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e are celebrating 17 Years! Who knew? I sure didn’t. I never planned for year after year, but I should have. But there are some things that you cannot plan for—like a pandemic. Voice Magazine for Women had a sharp drop in sales/business as other businesses shut down and could only slowly open back up, but your support and local interest kept us going! It gave us the acknowledgment that the magazine is essential to the region. I am extremely proud of my staff. Each one continued to make adjustments in schedules, family obligations, and personal commitments so that deadlines were met and the work kept moving along. My staff works diligently from home. We have regrouped with our Zoom meetings and found that it is okay that we stay connected virtually. We have redirected our marketing and promotion to have a stronger online presence. So, what does all this mean? In 2021, JCP will be jumping onboard with many new projects. We are opening up opportunities for readers to become book reviewers for JCP. We hope to continue with the advancement of our audiobooks. Our plans include revamping our website to provide book orders filled locally, showcasing authors, having monthly book bargains, and much more. (Sign up for our newsletter to keep in the know!) We are stepping up into the virtual world and we want you to be a part of our growth. One vision for Voice Magazine is to recover an oldie, but goodie—our flip magazine. Modern Day Appalachian Woman Magazine still shines with support; therefore we may bring it back to our readers, but stronger, with a bolder online presence. We are also seeking members to bring back our informal board group for the magazine. In the past our board group was very successful, and we hope to continue the tradition. Spaces are limited. If you would like to be a part of this, please email communications@jancarolpublishing.com. Plans are that we meet once a month—virtually, for now—and with your ideas, suggestions, comments, and offered wisdom for the magazine, you can be a part of the first regional women’s magazine’s growth and continuation! Email today for more information and how you can be recognized as a contributor and serve as a board counselor for Voice Magazine for Women. Remember to check out JCP’s websites—voicemagazineforwomen. com and jancarolpublishing.com, and watch for our updated website in the near future with our books. Sign up for our newsletters! A great way to keep informed and it is ‘free to sign up for the newsletter!’ As any small business, we need your local support. As we regroup, redirect, and recover, we need your help and financial support. Let’s work together! A BIG thank you goes to all of you! We could not be here with you! Verse of the month: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” —Proverbs 4:23 NKJV Thought of the month: “If you own it, claim it—SUCCESS!” —Author/Business Owner, Janie C. Jessee

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Born into a blue collar working family and raised on a farm in Southwest Virginia, Janie Jessee was taught values of hard work, rooted in Christian-believing morals. Being part of the baby boomer generation, Jessee supported the old traditions being broken and new traditions being created for women in business and careers outside of the home. The first in her ve a college degree, Jessee was the first to start and en’s monthly magazine in her hometown region. She ful book publishing company, Jan-Carol Publishing, r work at this business and Voice Magazine for Women, spire women to grow, to be encouraged, and to find



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PUBLISHED BY JAN-CAROL PUBLISHING, INC. (Volume 18, Issue 2) While every precaution has been taken to ensure accuracy of the published material, Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. / Voice Magazine cannot be held responsible for opinions or facts provided by its authors, advertisers or agencies. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission. Agencies, Advertisers and other contributors will indemnify and hold the publisher harmless for any loss or expense resulting from claims or suits based upon contents of any advertisement, defamation, libel, right of privacy, plagiarism and/or copyright infringement. The views expressed in Voice Magazine for Women are not necessarily those of the publisher. © 2021 EDITORIAL MISSION: Voice Magazine for Women wants to provide a useful and complete reliable source of information for women and their families. We seek to celebrate women’s successes, and support their growth by defining and recognizing their needs and providing a concentration of resources for them. We want to be that “link” to all women.

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ecause fashion preferences were once ornate and dependent on precise fits, ready-to-wear clothing really did not become widely available until the early 20th century. Such attire is now available in just about any retail store. Because ready-to-wear clothing is so readily available, the average person may be unfamiliar with custom-made or tailored items. In fact, a couples’ wedding may be the only instance in their lives when they require the services of a seamstress or tailor. Fittings are a part of wedding planning, and here’s how brides-to-be can navigate the process of finding and being fitted for a dress. • Try on sample gowns. The first step is to make your rounds to various gown shops and try on the samples they have available. Most sample sizes will not be the size you wear every day, so expect them to be ill-fitting. Do not be discouraged. Once a gown is chosen, the dress shop will take your measurements and order the gown according to the manufacturer’s sizing guide. Again, this can be shocking, since the size will likely be larger than what you wear in street clothes. Some shops will also order a little larger to allow for adequate tailoring. • Schedule the first fitting. The first fitting should be anywhere from eight to 12 weeks before the wedding date, according to experts at WeddingWire, an online wedding information provider. This is the time it takes to complete most standard alterations. Complex customizations can take even longer. Brides should also budget a minimum of $500 for alterations, which may or may not be included in the price of the dress. • Bring shoes and undergarments. Remember to bring along the exact shoes and undergarments you will wear with your gown. A change in shoes or bra/corset can result in the alterations fitting poorly the next time. Bring these items along to all subsequent fittings. • Speak up. Martha Stewart Weddings suggests speaking up at fittings if anything is uncomfortable or needs tweaking. Seamstresses are masters at their crafts, but only if they understand the desires of the bride. • Check the details. The second fitting is designed to check that all issues from the first fitting have been addressed, the gown is comfortable and you can move freely. At the last fitting, ask the maid of honor to come along so that she understands how to bustle or help you handle complicated straps or closures. Open communication with a seamstress and bridal shop can ensure bridesto-be get a dress that fits like a glove.

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Gift Givers’ Guide to Valentine’s Day Jewelry


alentine’s Day is a great opportunity to bring a little sunshine into a special someone’s life. Nestled between the end of the holiday rush and the beginning of spring renewal, Valentine’s Day occurs at a time of year when days are short, weather is chilly and people might be looking for an excuse to celebrate. Jewelry is a personal gift and one that should be presented with care. These tips can help Valentine’s Day celebrants as they give that special someone jewelry. • Opt for jewelry only if you’re in an established relationship. Roma Designer Jewelry says jewelry can “speak” commitment without saying a word. Those who are living together, have been dating for some time or married couples are good candidates for exchanging jewelry, which can reinforce couples’ commitment to one another. • Mark milestones. Use jewelry to celebrate not only Valentine’s Day, but also milestone events. Jewelry can be given on a special birthday or anniversary in commemoration of children being born and other special moments.


• Take note of style. Scour social media posts or peek inside an existing jewelry box to use as a visual guide for clues regarding the style of jewelry your partner prefers. This makes shopping easier and increases the chances the item will be a hit. • Pay attention to allergies. Metal allergies are a consideration when purchasing jewelry. Earrings tend to be the biggest culprits for allergic reactions because posts are inserted into the earlobe. If you’re unsure if your partner has a metal allergy, stick to sterling silver and 14k gold. Always opt for nickel-free materials. • Plan in advance. Many jewelry stores run sales throughout the summer and the fall, so shoppers can get jewelry at a discount at these times. Zales recommends staying informed of special deals through a favorite jewelry retailer by signing up for emails. Engraving time may be longer around Valentine’s Day, so plan accordingly. • Stick with simple classics. Those who are unsure what to buy can opt for simple, classic items. Stay away from anything with a lot of color or beading. Small, delicate items tend to have universal appeal. Jewelry is a popular Valentine’s Day gift. When buyers put the time in to find the right piece, they can be confident knowing they’ve given that special someone an item they will cherish for years.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Guys

ith February 14 right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about shopping for items that show you care. Consider this list of carefully curated gifts that can provide inspiration for gifting the special man in your life. • Gaming gear: The appeal of video games is hard to ignore. A new report from the gaming industry researchers at DFC Intelligence indicates that billions of people across the globe people play video games. The next gaming generation is approaching with the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Gift ideas can include consoles and peripherals like headsets, gaming chairs and laptop keyboards, among others. • At-home luxury: Some men steer clear of massage therapy clinics or spas. That doesn’t mean they should forgo the benefits of a deep massage. With a portable back and neck shiatsu massager, he can enjoy a massage while watching the game or streaming movies or television shows.

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• Treat bouquet: Floral bouquets may be unusual gifts for men, but a bouquet of another sort certainly may be a winning Valentine’s Day gift. More and more companies are getting creative with food bouquets. From cupcake bouquets that require a double-take to ensure they’re edible to exotic jerky bouquets, there are items to tempt every palate. • Cordless earbuds or headphones: Fitness enthusiasts, movie lovers or music fans know that the freedom to move around can be impeded by cords on headphones and earbuds. A new pair of Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones can be just the thing to make men smile this Valentine’s Day. • Coffee mill: Many people are sticking closer to home these days. That may mean skipping a favorite coffee shop and barista on the way to work, and brewing a cup of Joe before heading to the home office. Buying whole beans and grinding fresh before every brew ensures a more flavorful cup. Gifting a coffee grinder, can help improve the taste of that morning brew. These are just some of the many gift ideas to make men smile this Valentine’s Day.


s the clock ticks down to Valentine’s Day, the pressure is on to find the ideal gift. While some sweethearts may provided some clues to help with Valentine’s Day shopping, many gift-givers are on their own. The National Retail Federation predicts that, in 2019, shoppers may match Valentine’s Day spending from a year ago, when lovebirds spent a total $18.2 billion on gifts for their sweethearts. With so much money invested, shoppers no doubt want to find the best gifts possible. When shopping for Valentine’s Day, try to avoid these common mistakes and choose gifts that are creative and heartfelt. • Skip the gas station flowers, candy or last-minute gifts. Valentine’s Day is a time to show you care. If you’ve left gifting to the last minute, you may make the situation worse by giving something impersonal you picked up on an errand. If you forgot or ran out of time, simply admit you goofed or time got away from you. Then ask your sweetheart what he or she wants and go shopping together.

• Avoid attention-getter antics. Sure it may seem like a good idea to send 20 helium balloons and a boatload of flowers to a sweetheart’s office. But what if he or she really doesn’t like being in the limelight? Are you gifting this way for the attention you’ll receive rather than doing so to make your sweetheart happy? • Eschew overly personal gifts. If your relationship is in its infancy and you haven’t both mutually expressed interest to take it to the next level, avoid gifts that suggest moving in together (appliances), personal fragrances, couples massages, or other intimate activities. Wait until the relationship has reached certain milestones before getting too personal with gifts. • Stop trying to be helpful. If your sweetheart has expressed a desire to make certain lifestyle changes, you may think a gym membership or a subscription to a new wardrobe mail service makes a great gift. But such gifts may send the wrong message, inadvertently, and even falsely, indicating that you don’t like your partner the way he or she is. • Pass up practical gifts. Valentine’s Day is a time to cater to fantasies and wishes more so than necessities. Even if your sweetheart needs a snow scraper for the car, go for something more special on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s gifters should focus on presents that will be meaningful to the recipient and something he or she may see as an indulgence.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a Socially Distant Manner


he following are seven socially distant Valentine’s Day celebration ideas. 1. Order a take-out dinner for two from a favorite local restaurant. It gives you the night off from cooking and helps support a small business. 2. Watch a romantic movie on your preferred streaming service.

Chocolate Meringue Kisses Yields about 3 dozen meringues 2 large egg whites 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar Pinch of salt 1⁄2 cup Baker’s Special Sugar 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa, Dutch-process or natural, sifted 2 cups Valrhona Dark Chocolate or other good-quality dark chocolate, tempered (see below), for dipping 1.




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Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Whip until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, whipping until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Gently fold the sifted cocoa powder into the meringue until evenly incorporated. Fit a piping bag with a 1⁄2-inch or larger round tip and spoon the meringue into the bag. Position the tip and bag directly over the prepared pan, and pipe the meringues onto the parchment, leaving 1 inch of space between the meringues. Place the meringues into the preheated oven, then turn the oven off. Let the meringues sit in the oven (keep the door closed) overnight, or until the oven is completely cool. Remove the meringues from the oven. To temper the chocolate, place 1 1⁄2 cups of chocolate in a temperer or in a double boiler and melt until completely smooth. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and gradually stir in the remaining 1⁄2 cup chocolate. Keep stirring until the chocolate is fully melted and warm to the touch; it should be between 86 F and 88 F. To ensure that the chocolate is in temper, you can dip the tip of a knife into the bowl, and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. The choco-

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3. Treat each other to a pair of cozy pajamas and spend the day under the covers catching up on cuddles and rest. 4. Bundle up and, if weather allows, take a hand-in-hand stroll through a park or favorite sightseeing spot. Just follow any protocols for remaining safe, such as wearing masks. 5. Those who reside in climates that are mild in February can rent a small boat and enjoy a few hours on the open water far away from others. 6. Take turns giving one another back massages at home. 7. Purchase the ingredients to a recipe you both enjoy and prepare the meal together. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert. (See recipes below!)

late should harden and become shiny. Dip half of each meringue into the chocolate, allowing the excess chocolate to drip, and return them to the parchment-lined baking sheet to set. Tip: If you don’t have access to piping bags and tips, you can drop the meringues by large teaspoonfuls onto the prepared pan. Source: King Arthur Baking Company

Ricotta Cheesecake with Coffee and Chocolate Serves 8 to 10 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar, plus 1⁄2 cup sugar 2 lbs. ricotta cheese, drained of excess liquid 8 eggs, separated 1/2 cup cream 1/4 cup espresso or extra strong coffee, cooled 1/4 cup coffee liqueur 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels 1. 2.


Preheat the oven to 325 F. Make a graham cracker crust by mixing together the melted butter with the crumbs, and sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Mix together the ricotta, sugar, egg yolks, cream, espresso, coffee liqueur, lemon zest, and salt until creamy. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the ricotta mixture. Stir in the chocolate morsels and pour onto the prepared crumb crust.


Bake the cake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until just set in the middle. The cake will still seem wobbly, but will be lightly browned and cracked around the edges. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6 hours or overnight before running a sharp knife along the edge of the cake and removing the pan. Cut into wedges to serve. Garnish with shaved chocolate and strawberries, if desired. Source: “Ricotta Cheesecake With Coffee and Chocolate” from Nick Stellino’s Family Kitchen by Nick Stellino

Ganache Makes 1 1⁄2 cups 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate 1 cup heavy cream 1⁄8 teaspoon coarse salt 1. 2.



Coarsely chop the chocolate and place in a heat-proof bowl. Bring cream just to a boil over mediumhigh heat. Pour over the chocolate, and add salt. Let stand for 10 minutes (don’t stir—doing so will cool the ganache too quickly, making it grainy). Stir with a whisk until smooth and shiny to break up any pieces and emulsify the cream and chocolate. Chocolate will often settle on the bottom or sides of the bowl. Scrape the dish with a rubber spatula to incorporate all of it. To make a whipped filling or frosting with the ganache, let it cool to room temperature, stirring often, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Beat the ganache with a mixer on medium-high speed until paler and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. This will yield about 2 cups. Use it as a filling or spread it over cakes. Source: Martha Stewart kitchens

Kitchen Hacks That Really Work! By Pam Blair


re you cooking more than ever before? It seems like we’re all spending more time in the kitchen, whether we’re cooking out of necessity or simply experimenting with new recipes. One thing is certain — everyone loves timesaving tips that make food preparation easier, and these tried-and-true kitchen hacks really work. Grate cheese with ease. Do you love freshly grated cheese, but hate to clean the messy grater? Give it a light coating of cooking spray before grating to keep the cheese from sticking. Clean up will be a breeze!

Juicier lemons. To make a lemon yield more juice, microwave it on high for 7–10 seconds. Then, roll it back and forth under your palm on the counter. You’ll get more juice from the lemon with way less effort. Try it with limes, too! Hull a strawberry with a straw. Insert a drinking straw (preferably a steel or reusable straw) into the bottom of the berry and push it through to the top. Presto! The green hull pops right off and the core with it. This is also great for keeping strawberries whole when dipping them in chocolate. Soften butter quickly. If you don’t have time to soften cold butter, use a grater to make smaller pieces that are easier to spread on toast or muffins. You can also cut a stick of butter into 8 pieces that will soften more quickly for use in recipes. Dental floss is not just for cleaning teeth. Use unflavored dental floss to slice soft cheese or cake. Take a strand of the floss and glide it through any kind of soft cheese or cake, and watch it make perfect slices. Is this egg rotten? How can you tell if an egg has gone bad? Place the whole egg in a cup of cold water. If it sinks, it’s fresh! If it sinks but stands up on its end, it’s a little old. If it floats, throw it out. Make an herbal bouquet. Ever wonder how to make freshly cut herbs last longer? Pop them in a glass or vase with several inches of water, just like a bunch of flowers. Change the water regularly and enjoy having fresh herbs handy.

No more soggy mushrooms. Sure, you can wash mushrooms, but they will take a long time to dry and not be as firm for cooking. Wipe them clean with a damp paper towel or a dry sponge and they will be ready to use. When is an avocado ripe? Ripe avocados yield to pressure and have a darker color, but an easy way to tell if they’re ready is to remove the stem from the top. If you see green inside, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If it’s brown, it’s past its prime. Stop burgers from shrinking. To keep burger patties flat while grilling, make a small dent in the middle of the patty before grilling. The patty will stay that size instead of shrinking down while cooking. Bake potatoes in minutes. When you don’t have time to bake potatoes, pierce them with a fork and microwave on high for 10 minutes. Then carefully transfer to an oven preheated to 400 degrees for about 10–20 minutes, depending on size, for a crisp baked finish. No more icky greens. Store spinach or salad greens with a paper towel to absorb the moisture that turns them slimy. Turn the container upside down with the towel on the bottom. Hot plates in minutes. Don’t you love how restaurants serve food on plates that have been warmed so the food stays hot? You can microwave a stack of plates or bowls on high for 1–2 minutes, but make sure they are microwave-safe. Or try warming them in a 150–200-degree oven right before serving, and carefully remove them with hot mitts.


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. voicemagazineforwomen.com | February 2021 | 9


stablishing Jan-Carol PubWhat did you do before starting lishing/ Voice Magazine for Jan-Carol Publishing? Women in 2003, I never Most of my background has been in saw the obstacles that were going banking, retail, and real estate. I lived on to be thrown my way. I was blindHilton Head Island, South Carolina for about sided by the harsh realities of seven years selling real estate. When I moved running a business. I tried to keep back to the region, I worked for a local newspamy focus and my vision on providper, a direct mailing company, and also owned ing a fun and informative magazine to a ladies consignment shop in Elizabethton, women in the region, but sometimes my disTennessee. My resume would be pages and appointments clouded my focus with tears and pages with the number of jobs I have had, but I more questions than answers. feel all of my jobs have built the foundation to However, when I have been at my lowest where I am today. points, there have always been friends and strangers telling me how much they ‘love the magazine!’ How did you get started in the Hearing that never gets old, and that never ending print industry? support keeps me motivated and uplifted! In 2003, the corporation, Jan-Carol PubI am amazed at the number of readers who lishing was formed to start the local women’s Photo by Rebecca Griffin / London Vine Studios tell me that they have every copy published. magazine, Voice Magazine for Women. It started Publisher Janie C. Jessee These women remind me how the magazine has on a ‘wing and a prayer,’ and the magazine conchanged through the years. Change is an undertinues to move forward. I have had many fans and supporters of the magstatement! Just as there have been growing pains and hard knocks, there azine because it was the first of its kind in the region. It has grown and have been many exciting times and more happiness than sadness! How taken on its own personality. I never get tired of readers telling me “I just do you show appreciation to the thousands of people in your corner every love that magazine!” month? Our readers and their unwavering support have continued to Almost eight years ago, JCP purchased a local book publishing stay with us throughout the pandemic! Thank you! We could not be here company, Mountain Girl Press, and book publishing has exceeded all my without all of you! expectations. There is so much local talent, and being able to publish local Through these years, I have met so many super people! From the authors has provided a pathway for them to see their works in print and advertisers, to the readers and the authors, my JCP team, and the contrib- have their books offered globally. It is very exciting! uting writers—the list could go on and on—I never, in my wildest vision, could have imagined the never ending joy and support! This encourage- What are some of your hobbies? ment is a small backdrop to the each month’s copy of Voice Magazine for I love my work—more than a hobby, it is my livelihood. But I do enjoy Women and the company’s growth over these seventeen years. the outdoors. I enjoy tennis, flying, golf, which is not my best sport, and When JCP stepped out into the book publishing arena almost traveling. I completed the ground school flying classes and my significant eight years ago, Voice Magazine for Women grew even stronger as a voice of other is a pilot. He and I enjoy flying. In quiet times, I enjoy drawing and women and the region. It was another challenge that has proven to be an painting. And I love shopping, especially at consignment and thrift stores. exciting road to travel each and every day. And as we march into the New Year of 2021, there will be unforeseen What does 2021 hold for you and your company? challenges and surprises. Our faith will keep us strong and your support Being very goal oriented, I do have many goals this year for the will keep us thriving! Thank you many times over! company, but this year will be driven by the pandemic. Therefore we are Here are some frequent questions I am still asked: concentrating on building a stronger online presence. We have many new

Are you from the region? Yes—With roots in Russell County, Virginia, I was raised on a farm in a God fearing, hardworking family. My Dad was a blue collar worker, and worked on the farm as well. My mother worked at home and took care of her family, which was Dad, my bother, and me.

ideas. However, personally, no one knows the future but our Creator, so I pray to God that He will always guide my steps and my direction.

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Seed Starting Tricks By April Hensley


t’s that exciting time to start planting your seeds indoors for spring! It’s magical to see new life push up from the soil, the seedlings growing quickly, and in a few weeks, can be transplanted outside into the spring sunshine. Seeds like cucumbers you can just drop into the starter pot and in a few days, they are sprouting into a thick, healthy seedling. However, some we find ourselves watching for weeks, wondering if there’s anything going on under the surface because we are not seeing anything up top. Different seeds have their own personalities of when and how they want to sprout. Here’s a few things that might help you this year on your first step to your spring garden. • Peppers were probably the hardest thing for me to grow from seeds until I found out they need the soil to be around 70 degrees before they will sprout. Purchase a germinating heat mat to go under the starter pots. The warmth signals the seed to sprout. You can also place them in a warm spot like the top of the refrigerator. • Some seeds need to be stratified. This means they need to be exposed to cold temperatures so they will think they have been through fall and winter. When exposed to warmth afterwards they think it is spring

and time to sprout. Some examples are herb and wildflower seeds. You can do this by planting the seeds outside in late fall directly into the ground. Starting indoors, put the seeds in the refrigerator in a Ziploc bag with a damp paper towel for a few weeks to simulate winter. Watch closely for mold. Afterwards, plant in starter pots. • Another technique is called scarifying. Seeds like catnip, nasturtiums, and milkweed have a tough outer shell to protect the seed from sprouting too early. One way to bypass this is by planting the seed in the fall directly in the ground. As it goes through winter the hard shell softens up to allow moisture to germinate the seed. When starting indoors, we can scarify the seed — remove some of the shell manually by using a file or sandpaper. Only sand enough to remove a tiny bit of the darker outer shell and expose a small amount of the lighter inside seed. Soak in water until you see the seed getting plump. Plant right away in starter pots.


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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6 Steps to Organize Your Home Office

emote working has become popular in recent years, but the “working-from-home” economy bloomed exponentially as the world was forced to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, as of summer 2020, 42 percent of the United States labor force was working from home full-time. The need for home office spaces has increased as more people work from home. Many people have retrofitted various spaces around their homes into areas to get work done. More organized home work spaces can increase productivity. Individuals can follow these guidelines to create effective, organized home offices. 1: Begin with the desk The desk is the primary spot where work will take place. The right desk accessories can provide visual appeal and also serve practical purposes. Have cups for holding pens and pencils, baskets and bins for larger items, and store whatever you can elsewhere so it does not lead to clutter on the desk. Store wireless printers in a cabinet or even on a bookshelf so it doesn’t take up real estate on the desk. 2: Create a printing station While you’re moving that wireless printer elsewhere, designate a space to serve as the central printing hub. This way children who need to print assignments for school will know

where to go as well. Printer supplies like extra ink cartridges and printer paper can be kept in decorative storage boxes nearby. 3: Increase your shelving Shelving can help keep items organized and off the desk in home offices without closets or drawers. Look for shelves that blend in with decor but are sturdy enough to be functional. 4: Organize paperwork Figure out a system that works for you to help tidy up papers you choose to save. While some papers can be scanned and stored as digital files, color-coded file folders can organize statements and other important documents. This makes it easy to find the folder you need when looking for certain documents. 5: Establish a charging station Repurpose certain items, such as a desk organizer, into an easily accessible electronics charging station where phones and tablets can charge at one time.

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6: Make essential binders HGTV suggests making binders that can store the most important papers for easy access— even in an emergency. Set up a binder for automotive paperwork, including repair receipts, a medical binder where key medical records are kept, a binder for manuals for devices in the home, and one to store financial planning documents. These organizational tips can help remedy common problems around a home office.

YW CARES: 2 Years of Serving Crime Survivors in Sullivan County By Megan Parks, YW CARES Program Coordinator


n 2018, YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia (YWCA NETN and SWVA) was awarded a multiyear grant to create a young adult advocacy program for victims of crime within Sullivan County. The YW CARES program began serving victims in February, 2019. As we reflect on the first 2 years of actively serving victims of crime in our area, the statistics are astounding. “Working with YW CARES has blown me away. I didn’t know anything about the court process before, and my advocate helped me be prepared. I didn’t even know all the things that could be done to get me ready for going to court. Having this support has been really comforting to me, and I couldn’t imagine going through all of this alone.” —YW CARES Survivor Within the YW CARES Program’s first 2 years of service, the three-person advocacy team has served nearly 400 victims of crime. From providing immediate advocacy to victims at our local hospitals, to on-going case management and support, to virtual community education. YW CARES has also taken this opportunity to provide all services virtually in order to reduce barriers to service during the pandemic. It has become apparent that YW CARES serves a high need for our young adults, as well as all victims of crime in Sullivan County after business hours, on weekends and holidays. For 75 years, the YWCA has been at the forefront of identifying and tackling our community’s toughest issues and advocating for the victims of crime has become another pressing priority. CEO of 35 years, Kathy Waugh shares, “Once we learned of the area’s lack of evening and weekend advocacy resources, we

YW CARES Program Coordinator, Megan Parks and YW CARES Victim Advocate, Amelia Sporsen

were compelled to address this urgent need. Since the YW’s beginning in 1943, we have had a long history of successfully collaborating with community partners to deliver programs for the individuals and families in our region and we are grateful that this grant will allow us to now assist some of the most vulnerable among us.” YW CARES advocates are highly trained in victim advocacy, with the team culminating over 15 years of experience in Social Work and Social Services. Additionally, all victim advocates have completed a certification process of victim advocacy through the University of Tennessee. In recognition of their training and service each victim advocate holds a National Credential for Victim Advocacy. In January 2021, YW CARES was awarded a $1,500 mini-grant from the Junior League of Kingsport to support the efforts and services of the YW CARES program for victims of crime in the Kingsport area. These funds will empower YW CARES to provide emergency provisions such as clothing, food and hygiene items to all victims of crime

receiving YW CARES services during nights, weekends, and holidays, 365 days a year.

This project was funded by Award No. 2018-V2-GX-0024 awarded by The Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice through the Office of Criminal Justice Programs.

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By Ken Heath

The Year of Living . . . Detached?


e’ve had those times, some more than others, when we just want to get away, to hide from the rest of the world, where Gilligan’s Island would be a perfect respite if not for the rest of the crew having to be there with us. But never did we think we’d be living that life, especially right here at home. Last March, our world turned on its ear. “Social Distancing,” “Flatten the Curve,” “Mask Up!” all became catchphrases, then part of everyday life, as the Coronavirus stole pages off our calendars. And we’ve all struggled, trying to figure out how we can celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, then Thanksgiving and Christmas, in this odd fashion. But you know, we did it. We Zoomed, Facetimed, found a way to continue to connect to those we love. It’s sure not the same, especially for those with loved ones in long term care. It’s been heartbreakingly tough, not sharing a touch, a hug, a kiss. But as we start to settle in to 2021, with a vaccine being rolled out, and the cold, dark days of winter starting to break every now and then to hint at the coming spring, it’s a good time to remember that to everything, there is a season.

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I pray that soon this pandemic will be long past us, a bad memory, and we’ll quickly resume the life we paused nearly a year ago. But with new wisdom, new appreciation for the little things that were too often overlooked. I hope that we remember the wonderful nights we’ve cozied up with a good book, settled in for a rerun of a classic old movie, cherished a few moments with someone we had grown accustomed to seeing, but to be honest, had kind of forgotten how much they meant to us. The political division hasn’t helped. But I’m hopeful that with the coming seasons, that too will diminish as we turn our hearts to what’s best for our country and for our fellow human beings—and that we’ll soon have to see those we’ve argued with face to face. I’m a firm believer in those face to face encounters—in fact, I’ve made them a regular part of my work life. No matter how mad we are at someone, when we know we have to see each other, it’s really hard to stay mad for long. As we start to feel the warm sunshine, let’s hope that it’s truly a light at the end of the tunnel, and that truly a better day is just around the corner.


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, and a professional mobile DJ with Bow Tie Pro Music and Sound. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at #kenheath.

Getting to Know Kamala Harris P

rior to the 2020 presidential election in the United States, Kamala Harris may have been well-known to constituents in her native California, where she has served as senator for the last four years. However, when Harris declared her candidacy for the 2020 U.S. presidential election in January 2019, and later found herself on the ticket as vice presidential running mate to Joseph Biden, the rest of the United States—and the world— learned much more about her. Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, Calif., to Jamaican-born Donald Harris, a Stanford University economics professor, and Indian-born Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer researcher. Early in her life, Harris immersed herself in civil rights, and even attended civil rights demonstrations as a toddler. Harris maintained a connection to both her Jamaican and Indian heritage and was raised with Hindu beliefs. Her name means “lotus” and is another name for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who embodies the empowerment of women.

10 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month


lack History Month, also referred to as African American History Month, is celebrated each February. In 1976 Black History Month was recognized as a national observance, though many colleges and universities began commemorating the event during the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. Black History Month is widely celebrated now, and often provides educators with pivotal teaching moments. There are many different ways to celebrate Black History Month. 1. Businesses can invite black field experts to come speak to employees about topics relevant to their specific workplaces. 2. Organizations that find they are lacking in diversity and inclusion practices can reevaluate recruiting, interviewing and diversity protocols.

Harris studied political science and economics at Howard University, where she received her B.A. Three years later, she earned a law degree from Hastings College. Subsequently, Harris worked as a deputy district attorney in Oakland, Calif., prosecuting gang violence and drug trafficking cases. Rising through the ranks, Harris became district attorney in 2004, and later attorney general of California in 2010. As a woman and a person of color, Harris has been a trailblazer in many regards. She was the first female and first black American to become California’s attorney general. In 2015, when she declared her candidacy for the U.S. Senate and later won the election, Harris became just the second black woman to hold a Senate seat and the first South Asian American to do so. Harris also will be the first female, first Asian American and first black vice president in the history of the United States. Each February, the United States honors men and women of color who have had profound impacts on the world. Kamala Harris has already made a big impact on her country and the world, and figures to continue doing so as vice president.

3. People can plan a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Smithsonian-run National Museum of African American History & Culture. Museum directors note it is filled with artifacts that can help any American better understand history through an African American lens. 4. Support black-owned businesses in the area or donate to a black organization. 5. Cook a special meal with the family and discuss African American history over dinner. 6. Support a charity that has a mission of improving racial justice, like Color of Change. 7. Read or reread Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” or his “I Have a Dream Speech.” 8. Watch the film “Hidden Figures”or read the book on which it was based. The book highlights the accomplishments of three black female scientists working at NASA during the Civil Rights era. 9. Focus this month’s book club choice on a black author. 10. Study the biography of any influential black figure from the past or the present. Throughout February, individuals can support African American culture, history, and causes in many meaningful ways. voicemagazineforwomen.com | February 2021 | 15

Article and Photographs By Nancy Binder


he Rhine River is a major river in Europe flowing in a northerly direction from Switzerland through Germany and the Netherlands into the North Sea. It is about 760 miles in length and is the longest river in Germany. The river is divided into sections with the Middle Rhine being described as the Romantic Rhine. It is known for its castles, fortresses and vineyards. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are more than 40 Middle Ages castles sitting high on the rocks along this stretch of the river, and the slate hillsides are so picturesque with vineyards covering their steep banks. The Rhine Gorge runs from Rudesheim am Rhine to Koblenz. Near St. Goarshausen is the famous rock Lorelei. The Lorelei story first appeared as a ballet by Clemens Brentano in 1801 telling the tale of an enchantress associated with the rock. She betrayed her lover and is accused of bewitching men and causing their death. The bishop, instead of sentencing her to death, sends her off to a nunnery. Three Lorelei Rock knights taking her there allowed her to climb the rock for a last look at the Rhine. She climbs the rock, peers down into the river, thinks she sees her lover and falls to her death! The rock still retains the echo of her name, Lorelei. In 1824, Heinrich Heine took the story and changed it. Lorelei the enchantress sat upon the rock combing her long golden hair which caused shipmen to become distracted by her song and beauty and allowed their ships to crash into the rock. There were a lot of shipwrecks while navigating around Lorelei rock. The gorge here is narrow, rocky, and has lots of twisting. We were on a Viking River cruise when we visited this beautiful area at the end of October several years ago. The mornings started out cool and foggy, but with jackets it was comfortable sitting on the sun deck viewing the castles and vineyards on the very steep hillsides. The leaves were changing color, many yellows and a few reds on the trees. The grapes

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Marksburg Castle

Half-timbered Houses had been harvested, but the leaves were still on the vines and shimmered golden. It is such a picturesque area. Watching the ship navigate through the Lorelei rock area was exciting. At several spots, there are remnants of toll buildings where nobility collected money from ships which helped to support their castles. Ehrenfels Castle near Rudesheim was built about 1212 by Archbishop of Mainz along with a customs post and the Mouse Tower built down by the river to control shipping. The castle was fought over during the Thirty Years continued on next page

Pfalzgrafenstein toll house on island in river with Gutenfels Castle on hill

Sundeck View War (1618–1648), and was mostly destroyed in 1689 during the siege of Mainz by Louis XIV’s army. Stahleck Castle built in 1135 by Goswin von Hochstein was also destroyed 500 years later during Louis XIV’s ravage of the area. It was purchased in 1828 by the Crown Prince of Russia, Frederick William IV, who began the job of restoring it to its former glory. Since the 1920s it has operated as a hotel. One of the most complete castles is Marksburg built in 1117 to protect the town of Braubach. It was built as a fortress and not as a residence for nobility. It had never been destroyed. It was damaged by American artillery in March 1945 but repaired. The German Castle Association now owns it and has their headquarters there. All along the river small villages, many with half-timbered houses, line the river. Many of these are homes of the people who own the vineyards, which cover the steep slopes behind the houses. There are no homes on the slopes. The farmers live and keep their equipment on the flat land by the river. As we approached Rudesheim the monument Niederwalddenkmal appeared high on the hilltop across from the village of Bingen. It is commonly called Niederwald Monument and it commemorates the unification of Germany in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War. It is 125 feet tall and the central figure, Germania, is holding the recovAutomated ered crown in her right hand and the imperial sword in her left. The right side of the monument is considered the peace side and the left side is the war side. We docked in Rudesheim, a town of about 10,000 people. Rudesheim is known for its winemaking, especially Riesling wines. A little motorized “choo choo” was waiting to take us to Drosselgasse, the main street in the old section of town. We visited the Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet

Homes along river, vineyards above Museum which featured automated musical instruments. In the collection were organ-grinding machines, player pianos and machines that played multiple instruments. The most interesting one to me was one that played violins, where the violins rotated and each position had a bow that played a different note. It was amazing. We hiked up the steep path music machine on the hillside through the vineyards to get a closer look at the Niederwald Monument and to enjoy the beautiful views of Rudesheim and the Rhine River below. It is easy to understand why it is called “The Romantic Rhine.”


Nancy Binder is a retired application software developer turned freelance writer combining her love of travel with her desire to share her experiences. She is passionate about exploring the outdoors and has been “bitten by the African safari bug,” now her favorite travel destination. Contact her with comments or travel questions at nancybinder@sbcglobal.net. voicemagazineforwomen.com | February 2021 | 17

“Kristine Cabot takes the reader for a ride to a small town where Madison Pope, a vacationing newspaper reporter, finds mystery, sex, and murder. This is a book readers won’t want to put down!�

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Monkey’s New Friend

Life is not always easy when you are a dog named Monkey. Losing a friend always hurts, but losing two can be too much to bear. How do you keep going? Sometimes, you have all you need in your own backyard.

Written by Dale P. Rhodes, Sr. and what you have. It reminds you to live in the present instead of focusing on what you no longer have. Everyday Life is not always easy when you are a anddog is a gift you nevernamed know the surprises of what lies in the next day!� Monkey. Losing a friend always hurts, but losing two can be too much to bear. How do you keep going? Dale P. Rhodes, Sr. Sometimes, you have all you need in your own backyard.

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Written by Jesse Robertson Illustrated by Blake Marsee Explore the adventures of two turtles who chose to race for a cabbage instead of sharing. They soon find out that they both lose in the end.

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The Bad Love Series Book 3 Written by Kevin L. Schewe, MD, FACRO In a race against time and space to rescue Hannah Lieb from the ravages of metastatic breast cancer, Bubble Butt and the Bad Love Gang must find a way to get to their new alien friend, Blue Nova One, hoping that she and her advanced civilization will have a cure for Hannah. Time and space travel are inexorably intertwined as the future, the mid-1970s, the WWII-1940s, and the best recorded music in the history of the universe continue to collide with each other in dramatic fashion!


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Hope House Girls Series Written by Charlotte S. Snead Michelle Meets Her Match follows Michelle through her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins University, where she falls in love with a fellow resident who is from South Africa. His father is a diamond merchant and both he and the doctor’s mother meet Michelle before they are married in the USA. As dual citizens the couple travel back and forth between the two countries sharing their families. The two of them are united around the care of critically ill children.

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CinDer Finn’s Fairy Godmother Written by Gail Baccelli Major CinDer Finn’s Illustrated by Teresa Wilkerson Fairy Godmother In CinDer Finn’s Fairy Godmother Gail Baccelli Major depicts a unique and exciting relationship between a young girl and her fairy godmother. Much of this beautiful story is inspired by and dedicated to Gail’s real life relationship with her own godmother. CinDer Finn’s Fairy Godmother teaches young ones that deep and meaningful relationships are filled with a magical energy and can offer a lifetime of rewards and love.

In CinDer Finn’s Fairy Godmother Gail Baccelli Major depicts a unique and exciting relationship between a young girl and her fairy godmother. Much of this beautiful story is inspired by and dedicated to Gail’s real life relationship with her own godmother. CinDer Finn’s Fairy Godmother teaches young ones that deep and meaningful relationships are filled with a magical energy and can offer a lifetime of rewards and love.


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hen Luna begins to see the pink petals of the blossoming dogwood outside her classroom, spring fever quickly turns to thoughts of summer vacation and her family’s annual trip to visit relatives in the Midwest. They soon pack their car with everything they need, including Luna’s pet hedgehog, Thistle, dreaming of watching the flickering fireflies dancing in the night. Fireflies Dancing in the Night is a story of the innocence of youth, the timeless beauty of nature, and the interwoven intricacies of the ties that bind us one to the other.                              Â?

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“Journey to Your Self is a riveting read and grabs the reader’s attention with a deep account of the author’s personal trauma. Sandra Cooze bravely deals with unspeakable subjects that imprison our emotions and grip our ability to thrive. Through her struggles, she is able to provide a pathway for recovery and a method of forgiveness. The addition of a personal workbook is a welcoming gift within these pages.� —Susan Noe Harmon, Author of To Hide the Truth

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Written by Sandra Cooze Trauma takes you away from who you are. It makes it impossible to live a life of fulfillment, ease, and joy. The stories it weaves can become a cage that traps your essence, keeping you from truly living in the world. It’s time to heal. Sandra Cooze shares her path of healing from multiple traumas and the tools she used to come back home to herself. Included in her toolbox are: Reclaim your life. Heal your trauma. Let Sandra show the way. —Stephanie Renaud, B.A., B.Ed., Author, Editor, Coach


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Fireflies Dancing in the Night

Written by Kathleen M. Jacobs When Luna begins to see the pink petals of the blossoming dogwood outside her classroom, spring fever quickly turns to thoughts of summer vacation and her family’s annual trip to visit relatives in the Midwest. They soon pack their car with everything they need, including Luna’s pet hedgehog, Thistle, dreaming of watching the flickering fireflies dancing in the night. Fireflies Dancing in the Night is a story of the innocence of youth, the timeless beauty of nature, and the interwoven intricacies of the ties that bind us one to the other.

Submissions Open for the Fourth Installment in Appalachian Anthologies Collection


an-Carol Publishing, Inc., of Johnson City, Tennessee, is proud to announce that submissions for their Spring/Summer 2021 in-house anthology, Scattered Flowers, are now open! Jan-Carol Publishing will continue their tradition of publishing an annual anthology in 2021. The theme for Scattered Flowers is short stories about Appalachian women. There should be a strong sense of place, i.e., Appalachia. Submission guidelines for Scattered Flowers require all stories to be fictional and to be anywhere from 1500 to 3500 words. Stories should be emailed to submisJudi Light Hopson sions@jancarolpublishing.com. The submission fee per story is $10 and is non-refundable. You may call Dear Judi: I want to write a novel the office at 423.926.9983 with a credit card number based loosely on my family history. There are or mail a check to JCP at P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, some stories my relatives don’t want revealed. TN, 37605. Submissions end February 28 th. For example, our great-great grandmother ran Previous anthologies in JCP’s collection include a brothel in 1890. My aunts are worried this Snowy Trails (2019), Wild Daisies (2018), Easter Lilies might find its way into their social circles. I say this is ridiculous. What do you say? (2017), and Broken Petals (2014). Each of JCP’s previ—Katherine P., Montreal (Quebec, Canada) ous anthologies can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through Jan-Carol Publishing, Dear Katherine: Change the names Inc. JCP also has two Halloween themed anthologies, to protect sensitive secrets. Name your These Haunted Hills and These Haunted Hills Book 2. grandmother as a family friend. Place the JCP’s anthologies continue to celebrate the Appalabrothel in an alternative setting, and don’t give out details that could be found in chian region through all different seasons and walks Newspapers.com. –Judi Light Hopson of life. Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., includes the imprints Mountain Girl Press, Little Creek Books, Express Editions, RoseHeart Publishing, Broken Crow Ridge, Skippy Creek, and DigiStyle. Each imprint specializes in a particular EXPERT BOOK EDITING SERVICES genre—from Appalachian stories to children’s books and more. At JCP, we believe ‘every story needs Judi Light Hopson a book.’ For more information or to Call: 423.743.9052 schedule a book signing, call Every person has a story to tell. Email: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., at Why not dedicate yourself to judihopson@earthlink.net 423.926.9983, or visit jancarolwriting that novel or nonfiction publishing.com. book soon? Let’s work together

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arla al-Hassan thought she had escaped. After years of working as a hired killer for a domestic terrorist organization to pay for her grandfather’s medical bills, she went into the darkness one more time to disappear. However, Carla could not escape the world of violence forever.




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“Her quest to know the truth about what happened to her mother takes us from caves in the Unaka Mountains to the snowy peaks of Palmer, Alaska, as Freeman presents a puzzling mystery and a coming-of-age story all rolled into one.”—Rita Quillen, Author

“Gryboski highly deserves the praise for creating this truly fascinating world and characters. I highly recommend picking this book up.” —Elizabeth Gibson, These Magical Pages

“A must read filled with drama and unpredictability!” —Bev Freeman, Author “With brilliantly sewn intrigue and a beautiful and strong female lead, Dale Crotts keeps the reader guessing in this compelling government thriller. The suspense truly does not let off until the very end. This is a page-turner!” —Faye Duncan, Author

“Freeman skillfully weaves a story of intrigue and suspense, at the same time placing the reader in the splendor and beauty of the Appalachians. I did not want to put this book down.” —Brenda Crissman Musick, Author

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The prose and the poetry that intertwine throughout this book express in a simple way how to live for God, and to see how His grace and mercy go a long way, which is very important in the world that we live in today. One cannot go at it alone; we must have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.

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Taking Care of Our Heart By Deana Landers, Morningcoffeebeans.com


y sister called and told me she was having some symptoms that felt like a heart attack. “What are you feeling?” I asked her. “I don’t know,” she said. “Something doesn’t feel right. I feel anxious, and my jaw is aching a little.” I suggested she go to the emergency room. She argued, “But I don’t feel any chest pain. I just wanted to talk to you about it.” “Sis, please trust me. Go to the hospital. We can talk after you get checked out,” I pleaded. She said okay, and a few hours later my niece called to say that she had been taken into emergency surgery. She had three arteries with more than 70 percent blockages. Two years ago, I experienced the same feeling of denial when my husband urged me to see a doctor about my increased anxiety. The silent anxiety I felt was a culmination of things weighing heavy on my heart. I assured him I was fine and would make an appointment if it got worse. After he left to run some errands, I suddenly felt overwhelmed and couldn’t stop crying. I began to feel an increasing heaviness in the middle of my chest. Without a doubt, I knew my heart was in distress. Then a slow ache crept into my left shoulder and my lower jaw. The first thing I did was take one of my husband’s nitroglycerin tablets. I noticed he had left his phone on the table. The nitro tablet didn’t provide any relief, and I suddenly felt an urgency inside that moved me forward to get my keys, my purse, my phone, and get in the car. I know what you are thinking, and you are right; I should have called 911! As I drove through town, I saw my husband’s truck at Hardee’s, but I knew I couldn’t take the chance to stop and tell him what was going on. Besides, I was still in denial. “I’ll tell him about it later after they let me go from the emergency room,” I thought. When I walked into the emergency room, I stated my name, age, and said, “I have some chest pains.” Of course, everyone went into action and before I knew it, I was in a gown on a stretcher while an IV was being started and EKG leads were being placed on my body.

I tried to tell them where my husband was, but the medical staff kept telling me first they had to take care of me. After the EKG was completed, they said they would try to get word to my husband. It will be alright, I assured myself, as they lowered the lights and said they would be back soon. Within minutes my room was filled with medical staff, including an emergency medical technician (EMT), who would accompany me in the ambulance. I was told I had already had a heart attack, and they needed to transport me to Abingdon immediately. In the ambulance, the EMT assured me they had reached my husband and that he would meet us at the hospital. While I was lying inside the ambulance, I was stunned, but I knew God was with me no matter what happened. When we arrived at the hospital, I was transported from the ambulance directly into the cath lab with everyone already clad in surgical attire. When I awoke, my husband was there beside me. The doctor explained that I had experienced stress cardiomyopathy, which mimics the symptoms of a heart attack. It is a condition in which intense emotional or physical stress causes rapid and severe heart muscle weakness, leading to congestive heart failure. It is potentially life-threatening. I was not surprised that my sister had a heart attack. She was a stressed-out, single mom who was also a lifetime smoker. She didn’t have time to take care of herself because she was overworked and raising her seven children alone. In my immediate family medical history, we have a higher-than-usual chance of heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes—five heart attacks and four strokes, to be exact. I was surprised that I had a heart attack. I assumed because I lived a healthy life and had not experienced any major health issues that I was safe. Denial is a deadly condition in many areas of our lives, especially in matters of the heart. For my sister, it was, “This can’t be a heart attack. I’m just feeling a little pain.” For me it was, “This can’t happen to me. I am a healthy person.” Remember: The five most dangerous words associated with chest pain are: “Maybe it will go away!” If you feel something in your back, chest, jaw, or tooth that you haven’t felt before, or you feel the slightest chance your symptoms mean a cardiac event is imminent, call 911.


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.

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Standing at the Window Wondering By Jim Burns

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25 KJV Interpretation: I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25


y friend Steve Arterburn told a wonderful story that has a great moral to it: There was a little boy and his sister visiting their grandparents on their farm. Johnny was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.” Then she

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally just smiled and said, “Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help,” She whispered again to him, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, “Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.” And so it is with us. Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done…And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) …whatever it is…You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. Today, as a follower of Christ, don’t allow the devil to keep you in slavery. Instead, celebrate the freedom found in Christ: freedom from our past sins, and freedom to choose not to repeat them. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes.

whispered to him, “Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes. A young woman’s life turns upside down when her father, who was her best friend, suddenly dies. Throughout her pain, she decides to turn her tragedy into triumph by writing a collection of poems in memory of her father. Her faith in God gave her the strength to survive such a challenging time in her life. This collection of poems gives hope to people who suffered the loss of their father and will show how God brings restoration through hope and prayer. This collection is my poetry journey from pain to purpose for Christians who can identify with the loss of a loved one.


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One of Jan-Carol Publishing’s most dedicated authors, Hazel Rash Fleming of Abingdon, Virginia, passed away on January 18, 2021. Hazel lived life each day to its fullest, always looking forward to what the day would bring, appreciating the opportunities brought her way, and giving God praise along the way. We will miss her.

Essence and Presence of Time By Katina Rose


he essence and presence of time is an interesting concept. I’ve often thought about how decisions we make and paths we cross determine so many future choices. It can be a minor decision, such as deciding to volunteer at a school function or attend a particular church service. Or a slightly more important decision such as accepting a new job. By making these choices we face new people, crossing our path with theirs and confronting new destinations. Possibly on the path you built together. In my own life, the road to a close friendship has often been opened when I made a decision to turn a corner or engage in a particular activity. I think about the many times that a split minute decision, or even a well thought out one, lead to new interactions with people I may have never crossed paths with before. Often, we don’t intentionally seek out some of what become our most faithful relationships, but rather they happen and evolve when we’re least expecting it. Some of my own deepest friendships have come from work interactions or my children’s activities. I’ve discovered that when I place aside my reservations and find myself focusing on the task at hand, the friendships that are meant to be will thrive and grow.

I would like to think that God places people in our path in everyday situations and throughout our mundane, day to day schedule. That’s the beautiful part of it all. Inseparable bonds seem to nearly fall together like puzzle pieces. Never eroded by time or distance. Never forced, but​ ravishingly p​ut together in the mosaic of our lives. We were meant to interact with each other, enjoy conversation, and learn from each other. Opening up ourselves to new friendships can create opportunities for growth and teach us how to be better people, parents, friends, and citizens. The next time you cross paths with a new person, embrace the time to share and inquire. Share your faith, a story to encourage, or offer your empathy. When we take the time to pause and look around, we may find that same beautiful solace in those around us that we find in the nature of God’s clockwork and carpentry of our lives. We are meant to grow, learn, and encourage each other throughout this life. Look for the opportunities to cultivate new friendships each day as you walk this path of creation with those you have built it with.


Katina Rose is a mother and a fan of traveling, food, fitness, and good books. Rose lives by faith, hope, and prayer. She is the Program Development and Tech Manager at Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency. Contact her at katinarose71@gmail.com.

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COVID–19 and the Elderly By Cindy K. Sproles


OVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the nation, especially with our elderly. It’s enough that those of us with families have had to revamp our lifestyles, lost jobs, grown ill, or worse, faced death. Though our concessions have been a great inconvenience, our elderly have truly taken a hit. Nursing homes, assisted living residences, and senior communities have been forced into quarantine for nearly a year. Our family can only visit with our mother through her window. It’s a difficult time, but just how do we help our seniors adapt when most of them function on routine? For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, an already confusing situation grows worse and families are left to wonder how or what more they can do to ease the frustration and loneliness forced on them by this virus.

Keep in touch— Sometimes simple is best. Call your loved ones. Talk to them daily. Remember that living in a group situation is hard and it’s important to keep the lines of communication open. Talking several times a week with your senior offers a small amount of normalcy. It re-establishes routine and it helps prevent depression. Don’t allow your loved ones to assume they are forgotten. A phone call means the difference between sadness and hope.

Visit through a window— It

may seem silly, but your face in the window of a loved one’s room can change everything. Don’t allow fear and despair to prevent you from popping up to your parent’s window. When we are blocked from in-person visits and touch, we can at least connect through a window. Visit your senior, let them see your smile and hear your voice. It means the world.

Technology allows great contact— Though many parents are poor at managing technology, they can become a pro at video chat. New devices are simple and easy to use. They allow face-to-face contact more frequently. Major companies have devices like, Echo, Alexa, Dot, and more that only require your loved one to press a button when it rings or ask it to dial a family member. 24 | February 2021 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

These devices are relatively inexpensive and most have free apps that do not charge you monthly fees. Utilize technology. The learning curve is small and the value is great.

Send cards or letters—In

a technology-oriented world, the old fashioned art of writing a letter or card is nearly extinct. Take time to grab a card or jot a note and drop it in the mail. There is nothing more exciting than receiving mail, especially when it offers a hand-written note.

Drop off books or small gifts— Though

many senior facilities are shut down to protect their residents, families can ring the bell and leave a gift. Employees are thrilled to deliver packages to their residents and enjoy their excitement as they open them. It doesn’t require a huge expense—puzzle books, cards, stamps, novels, framed photos. All these things help pass the time and bring great joy. When most of us complain about being stuck in our homes, our seniors are managing in one or two small rooms. COVID-19 has made life difficult, but it’s important to remember there is hope and healing on the horizon. Take time to make an attitude change from negative to positive and then share that positive with your aging parents. They couldn’t ask for more than simply you.


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.


Herbs that Promote Healthy Hearts

hough some people may associate healthy diets with bland foods that lack flavor, people can incorporate various heart-healthy herbs and spices into their favorite dishes to make them more nutritious and flavorful. • Garlic: Garlic has long since earned its place on the kitchen spice rack. However, botanically, garlic is neither an herb or a spice but a vegetable. Regardless of how it’s classified, garlic is loaded with flavor and can be used to improve just about any recipe, all the while benefitting heart health. The United States-based health services provider Mercy Health notes that garlic can help lower blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol levels. • Cayenne pepper: Few ingredients may change a recipe as quickly as cayenne pepper. The addition of cayenne pepper can instantly make dishes more spicy. But cayenne pepper brings more than a little extra kick to the dinner table. Healthline notes that various studies have shown that capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, can provide a host of health benefits. One such study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that adding capsaicin to a high-carbohydrate breakfast significantly reduced hunger and the desire to eat before lunch. Eating less can help people more effectively control their body weight, which in turn reduces their risk for heart disease. • Turmeric: Garlic and even cayenne pepper may already be staples in many people’s kitchens, but that’s not necessarily so with turmeric. A

yellow spice often used when preparing Indian foods, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to curcumin, the part of turmeric responsible for giving it its yellow color. Experts acknowledge that turmeric needs to be studied more to definitively conclude its effects on heart health, but WebMD notes that one small study indicated that turmeric can help ward off heart attacks in people who have had bypass surgery. • Coriander: A popular herb used across the globe, coriander is sometimes mistaken for cilantro. Though the two come from the same plant, cilantro refers to the leaves and stems of the coriander plant, while the coriander in recipes typically refers to the seeds of that plant. Mercy Health notes that coriander seeds may help reduce bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, both of which are significant risk factors for heart disease. Heart-healthy herbs and spices can be added to various recipes, proving that nutritious meals need not be void of flavor.



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Marijuana Awareness Month What Research Says about Marijuana and Cancer


hifting attitudes about marijuana, also known as cannabis, may be attributed to various factors, including medical research. Though research studying the effects of marijuana on recovering cancer patients is ongoing, cancer patients and their families may be curious about the potential for cannabis to assist in their recoveries.

What is marijuana? Marijuana is a plant that originated in central Asia but is now grown in many parts of the world. According to the National Cancer Institute, the cannabis plant produces a resin that contains compounds known as “cannabinoids,” which are active chemicals that, when ingested, affect various parts of the human body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. One active cannabinoid is cannabidiol, or CBD, which the NCI notes may relieve pain and inflammation without making users feel the “high” that other cannabinoids produce.


CBD Oil and Arthritis

ealth-conscious consumers have no doubt encountered advertisements for CBD oil at some point in recent memory. Supplement stores, pharmacies and even gyms may promote CBD oil, prompting consumers to wonder just what CBD is and how it may or may not play a role in the treatment of certain conditions, including arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation®, two kinds of the cannabis sativa plant, hemp and marijuana, produce cannabinoids, which Harvard Medical School notes is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis. People unfamiliar with cannabidiol, or CBD, a type of cannabinoid, may assume it gets users high like marijuana. However, CBD doesn’t get users high, as another cannabinoid, a psychoactive

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What are some other potential effects of cannabinoids? The NCI notes that research has shown that cannabinoids may be able to do more than relieve cancer patients’ pain and inflammation. While additional research is necessary, the NCI says cannabinoids may be able to block cell growth. The NCI points to studies in mice and rats that have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth and blocking the development of blood vessels that tumors need to grow. Cancer is marked by the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells, so the potential for cannabinoids to block that growth is a significant benefit. In addition, the NCI cites laboratory and animal studies that have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

Have cannabinoids been linked to particular cancers? Studies have shown that cannabinoids may have an effect on various types of cancer, including breast cancer and liver cancer. The NCI notes that a laboratory study of delta-9-THC, the main active cannabinoid in marijuana, in liver cancer cells indicated that the cannabinoid damaged or killed the cancer cells. Another laboratory study of CBD in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that CBD caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Societal attitudes about marijuana are shifting, and ongoing research regarding its potential benefits in treating cancer may be changing the way the medical community views marijuana as well.

part of the marijuana plant known as THC, is responsible for that effect. Advocates for CBD often note its potential to alleviate pain associated with arthritis. While animal studies have supported those claims, the Arthritis Foundation notes that such studies do not always translate to humans. In addition, the Arthritis Foundation notes that, thus far, human studies examining the potential efficacy of CBD in treating arthritis pain have produced mixed results, and the Harvard Medical School notes that more studies are necessary to determine the potential of CBD in treating pain, including that caused by arthritis. Laws also vary regarding the legality of CBD, though many places allow some form of CBD. Consumers should first consult with their physicians regarding their conditions and whether or not CBD might help them

When Can Children Brush Their Own Teeth?


arents quickly learn that their children go through a transition marked by a desire to be more independent. They’re picking out their own mismatched clothes and no longer want any help when solving puzzles or complex toys. That newfound independence signals getting older and can be a healthy thing to nourish. But what happens when a youngster suddenly believes he or she is capable of brushing his or her teeth without assistance? Parents wrestling with their kids’ can-do attitude and if it’s wise to allow them to brush their teeth unassisted can familiarize themselves with certain guidelines to determine their youngsters’ readiness. According to Scripps Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, most kids are at least six years old before they

have developed the finesse and dexterity to handle a toothbrush in a manner that will effectively remove plaque. Dentists also may ask if the child can tie his or her own shoes, which can serve as a barometer of readiness to wield a toothbrush without assistance. Pediatricians and pediatric dentists recommend that children visit a dentist as soon as a child’s first tooth starts to appear. This also is when parents should begin to clean their children’s teeth. As a child ages, the natural proclivity to want to take charge of brushing teeth takes hold. The child may not yet have the manual dexterity to brush alone, but parents can encourage the child to brush and then go over the teeth as a “double check.” This helps foster independence while also ensuring teeth are fully cleaned. Flossing may require even more dexterity than brushing, but it is essential for sloughing off plaque that accumulates between teeth and below the gum line, according to Parents magazine. Moms and dads can introduce their children to prethreaded Y-shaped flossing tools, which are easier to handle than loose floss. Parents will have to check on children even as they age to be sure they are practicing good oral hygiene. Parents who are in doubt about their children’s readiness can work with dentists or dental hygienists to assess skills and get other pointers.


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Take an Active Role in Your Health Care R

esearch pays dividends when choosing the right health care services. Adults who are enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance plans may feel as though their options are limited in regard to their health care services. However, there are many ways for patients to get more out of their health care plans. • Shop around for a primary care physician. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when perusing lists of in-network primary care physicians provided by insurance companies. Such lists can seem endless and it can be hard to distinguish one physician from another. Adults in need of new primary care physicians can ask neighbors or family and friends who live nearby for recommendations. It’s important to put the time in when choosing a primary care physician, as people who are comfortable with their physicians are more likely to schedule annual



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wellness visits or book appointments when they aren’t feeling well. Such visits can be life-saving. • Schedule annual wellness visits. Annual wellness visits are very important, even for health-conscious individuals who are not experiencing any signs of illness or injury. Regular checkups and screenings can uncover health problems even when no symptoms are present, potentially saving patients’ lives. For example, Hackensack Meridian Health reports that mammograms have reduced breast cancer mortality in the United States by 40 percent since 1990. Many insurance providers cover annual physicals at no cost to the patient, and screenings can catch diseases early when they’re at their most treatable and treatment is less expensive and less time-consuming. • Be a prepared patient. Prepare a list of questions prior to a scheduled doctor’s appointment. Jot questions down as they come to you in the weeks leading up to the appointment and don’t hesitate to ask questions during the visit. • Be open and honest with your physician. Concealing behaviors from your physician will negate some of the benefits of visiting the doctor. For example, if you live a largely sedentary lifestyle but tell your doctor you’re physically active, he or she won’t offer advice on how to make exercise a bigger part of your life. Being open and honest with a physician enables the doctor to give the best medical advice. Taking an active role in their health care is a great way for adults to improve their overall health and can help them reduce their risk for illness.

By Amanda Hollifield, Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities


ebruary may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s filled with love, fun, history and so much more fun for you and your family. Here are some fun ways to celebrate the month. Head to tricities.macaronikid.com for recipes, crafts, games and more for each event, including our full February Fun Days Calendar! Feb. 2—Groundhog Day Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? If he does, it’s six more weeks of winter. This year the groundhog is set to make his appearance at about 7:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person viewing and no guests on the grounds. Instead, a variety of online celebrations are in the works, including a live stream of Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction at www.groundhog.org. Feb. 7—Super Bowl Super Bowl 55 will be played on Sunday, February 7 in Tampa, Florida. Super Bowl 55 will be televised by CBS. We’ll

be there for the commercials, the food, and, oh yeah, the game itself! Feb. 14—Valentine’s Day There are so many ways to celebrate the day of love. It’s one of my favorite holidays to showcase with Mac Kid Tri with fun snacks, crafts, and more. Many of our kids may not have a school party this year so I have shared ways on tricities.macaronikid.com to celebrate at home! Feb. 17—Random Acts of Kindness Day There is no better time for us to perform random acts of kindness for others. Don’t overthink or complicate it, focus on the act of kindness. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Give your mail delivery person a drink and a snack. Give a compliment. Feb. 17—President’s Day Presidents Day was started to recognize the birth date of George Washington following his death in 1799. Who is your kids’ favorite president? Can they tell you why? Research together to find new facts about our nation’s leaders. Feb. 20—National Love Your Pet Day Need I say more?! Don’t have a pet? What a great day to donate to your local animal shelter or humane society! Remember as always to focus on spending time with your loved ones and making memories! I hope you all have a wonderful February.


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