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The March “Hot Hunk” was Harrison Ford on page 9 in the Livewire Radio ad.

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From the EDITOR “The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself,” were words spoken by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his first Inaugural Address. His words are as important as ever as the collision between the coronavirus, the social media age, and presumptuous news reporting provokes widespread fear and alarm. Fear must be replaced with Faith. With the coronavirus pandemic, panic is the enemy. Listening to 24 hours of news reporting can convince you that we all have the disease and will die before morning. This panic threatens to over stress our hospitals and our medical care, and can contribute to delaying strategic planning for experts to contain or eradicate the disease for the public. We all must be responsible, heed restrictions, and take reasonable preparation steps by using common-sense precautions when it comes to hygiene and sanitation. How unfortunate that it appears that our politicians cannot agree. Perhaps they all should leave their egos and political gain out of this crisis and stop trying to score political points. This is not a game and is not the time to play politics. Here in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, we are fortunate. Sometimes our closest neighbor lives a mile down the road. Our region offers opportunities to get out of the house and keep within our social distancing requirements. With lakes, trails, mountain hikes, and ‘off the beaten path’ roads, we can still enjoy the outdoors without compromising our health or the health of others. Practice common sense and follow the guidelines. Here at JCP, we can continue business as usual by working from home. Visit our website www.voicemagaizneforwomen.com for the full version of the magazine. You can still shop and buy locally by purchasing JCP books online at www. jancarolpublishing.com. Our books are in print and as e-books. We just put our first audio book into production! Sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly special discounts on select books. JCP offers children’s books, historical fiction, romance, cozy mysteries, and much more! Now is the time to regroup, redirect, and recognize those indoors activities that you have been putting off. Finish that manuscript, clean out that closet, read that book, write that story, draw that picture, write that letter — make that phone call — and more! From all of us to all of you — Stay Healthy — Stay Safe — and Have a Happy Easter! Verse of the month: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Second Timothy 1:7 KJV Thought of the month: “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” W. Clement Stone

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Easter Egg Colors! Just in time for Easter, brighten your closet and yourself with ‘Easter Egg’ colors! This spring, your wardrobe should be all about a color palette. Use the egg coloring as your guide for colors, and look to a flower garden for the design. The 2020 spring trend has a floral influence. Designers showcased roses to make their collections elegant and feel like spring. The floral patterns are showcased in dresses and blouses. Paired with a denim jacket, it’s the perfect ensemble. Flowers can be found in a wide range of designs. Whether it’s dresses, mini or midi, or blouses, short sleeves or long sleeves, the trend is all about the color and a floral design. Handbags and shoes are included in this delightful floral trend. Be colorful!

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Décor Ideas for a Fresh Spring Look S

pring is a season of rejuvenation, and that spirit of renewal can take hold inside a home. Warm weather and longer hours of daylight make spring a perfect time to imagine a home’s interior design in a new light. The following are a handful of décor ideas that may inspire homeowners to give their homes an entirely new look this spring. • Wallpaper: Wallpaper fell out of favor years ago, but new styles that aren’t so heavily patterned can make for wonderful additions to any room. Large-scale prints can give a room a whole new feel without giving homeowners or their guests the impression that they have stepped back in time. • Pastel colors: Nothing embodies the spring quite like pastel colors. If colorful, bright flowers dot the garden in the backyard, homeowners can bring those uplifting pastels inside by painting an accent wall or even adding some brightly colored accent furniture to rooms that could use a lift. • Declutter: Clutter is often conquered during spring cleaning sessions, but homeowners who want to create more free-flowing interior spaces can downsize their furniture and/or look

for multipurpose features that make it hard for clutter to take over a room. Create more open space in entertaining areas by mounting the television and getting rid of a bulky entertainment center. Create even more space by replacing rarely used end tables with a storage ottoman where books and magazines can be stored to give a room a fresh, clean look. • Accent features: Sometimes the smallest changes to an interior space make the biggest impression. Replace dated accents like vases and table lamps with newer items that reflect the latest styles and trends. Such adjustments won’t break the bank, and they can give rooms a whole new feel. Spring is a great time to reconsider home interiors. This spring homeowners can embrace various strategies, both big and small, to give their homes a whole new feel.

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Gray is Here to Stay in Home Designs

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eige and white have long been go-to colors for neutral living spaces. But many interior decorators now look to gray as the neutral color of choice. Design experts advise that gray has a broad range. Gray can include everything from silver to charcoal to a dusty cloud. According to the trendsetters at Glidden Paints, gray coordinates well with other colors. Plus, the neutral appeal of gray boasts a timeless quality.

Gray is not a clear-cut color that’s simply a 50-50 blend of white and black. Gray has subtle nuances that can lean toward blues, greens, taupes, and more depending on the lighting and surrounding furnishings. That means that homeowners who are ready to replace their furniture or accessories need not necessarily repaint if they’ve previously decorated in shades of gray. Individuals need only replace small items to produce a big effect in rooms where gray is dominant. Because gray is so neutral, it works with soft, calming colors in various pastels, but equally as well with bright reds, yellow and oranges, according to Scott Bodenner, a Brooklyn-based textile designer. Gray also is a predominant color in natural stones used throughout homes in entryways, bathrooms and kitchens. It can make design sense to maintain continuity throughout by dabbling in gray elsewhere. Designers have shown how gray does not have to be cold, industrial or gloomy. It can be sophisticated in just about any room of the house. More designers are now leaning toward warmer variations of gray, such as taupes and blends dubbed “greige,” that are beautiful but not as stark as pure gray.

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Powder Room Update

Article and Photographs By Pam Blair

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hey’re the tiniest rooms in our homes and they often get overlooked. Could your powder room benefit from a fresh update? It’s a room that is functional for sure, but often has little personality or pizzazz. This is one place where you can take some risks and even have a little fun, as it’s a self-contained space that allows you to explore decorating options you might not consider in a larger room. Bold wallpaper, for example, can add drama as it won’t be affected by moisture like a bathroom with a tub or shower. Because it’s a miniature version of your home’s décor, you want to make a good impression, but where do you start? Here are some useful tips for giving your powder room some love and best of all, they don’t involve a major overhaul.

The Basics – Every half bath has a sink and toilet and maybe a cabinet underneath the sink. Consider replacing the old faucet with a new one, which is an inexpensive way to refresh it without a lot of fuss. Painting the cabinet underneath the sink is also an option.

Color – If painting the walls, choose a color that makes you happy every time you open the door. Think of your walls like a painting, where the background has some color that allows you to add accents that build on and compliment it. 8 | April 2020 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

Lighting – Is there enough lighting and is it attractive? We had wall sconces installed in our guest bathroom, called “fizz lights,” as there are no windows and the overhead lighting wasn’t bright enough. Keeping a small nightlight on also helps when you’re looking for the light switch.

Mirror – There are countless mirror shapes and designs that can make a statement and really pack a punch in your powder room. Antique malls and furniture consignment shops have mirrors in all shapes and sizes that allow you to mix old world charm with modern fixtures, and they won’t make a big dent in your pocketbook.

Storage – Even the smallest powder room can use a narrow-depth cabinet to hold extra hand towels and paper products. If that’s just not possible, add a shelf above the sink. The additional surface area is also great for displaying objects of interest.

Tell a Story – Maybe you have a group of framed photos that don’t fit anywhere else in your home. In our powder room, we used a European theme with pictures of Paris, Venice, and other popular attractions to decorate the walls.

The Final Touches – Don’t forget to add a pretty soap dispenser, a box of tissues, a scented candle, and always include a trash can, which could be a cleverly repurposed basket or container. Now, stand back and admire the comfortable space you’ve created for your guests and let the compliments flow!

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DIY Projects That Can Conserve Energy Around the House

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Project: Seal uncontrolled air leaks.

hen looking for ways to conserve energy around the house and save money, homeowners need not necessarily commit to expensive projects. The DOE notes that the following are some energy-saving projects and details what homeowners can expect to save after completing them. While each individual project may not result in jaw-dropping savings, homeowners who follow many of these recommendations may end up saving more than $1,000 per year.

Project: Install exterior low-e storm windows. Low-e windows reflect infrared heat back into a home. Such windows are coated with an ultra-thin layer of metal that improves the window’s insulation ability. Homeowners who install low-e windows can save between 12 and 33 percent on their annual heating and cooling costs.

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Caulking, sealing, and weather stripping all cracks and large openings can cut back on air leaks that are costing you money. The DOE recommends hiring a contractor to seal any leaks on heating and cooling ducts. Homeowners can save between 10 and 20 percent on their annual heating and cooling bills with this project. Even the smallest DIY projects can produce big savings. More information about energy-saving home improvement projects can be found at www.energy.gov.

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Charge Up Your Car Battery Knowledge

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ar batteries are an important component of any vehicle. Even though engines are the powerhouse, without a battery, the engine wouldn’t be able to work. According to Firestone Complete Auto Care, car batteries work by providing a jolt of electricity necessary to power all the electrical components of the vehicle. This is achieved through a chemical reaction that changes chemical energy into the electrical energy needed to deliver voltage to the starter.

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In addition to initially starting the car, the battery also keeps electric current steady to keep the engine running. The battery also works in conjunction with the alternator to power the electronics in the car, according to the automotive information blog Autosessive. While the car is running, the alternator reverses the current produced by the battery, recharging it as a result. This happens during long journeys, so people who drive for short bursts of time may find that their batteries will not have a chance to recharge and may not have the longevity desired. No one wants to be caught stranded by a dead battery, so drivers may wonder if there are any indicators that may signal the battery needs replacement. • Slow turnover: If a vehicle does not immediately start or if the cranking is sluggish and takes longer to start, it may mean the battery is starting to fail. • Frequent, short trips: Drivers who make frequent, short trips may find their car batteries do not have time to fully recharge. This, coupled with overtaxing thanks to a lot of accessory use, may cause the battery and the alternator to have shortened life spans.

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• Low battery fluid levels: If the fluid level is below the energy conductor inside, it is often indicative of overcharging and excessive heat. • Corrosion: Corrosion buildup, dust, dirt, and grime on battery connections may cause performance problems. Inspecting and cleaning the terminals can prolong the battery life.• Odors and leaks: Battery leaks can produce a sulfur odor similar to the smell of a rotten egg. This can become problematic over time, and leaks may indicate an aging or damaged battery. • Age: Most batteries have a finite life span. A well-maintained battery can last up to five years. Neglect can reduce that life expectancy considerably. • Bloated or cracked battery case: Replace the battery immediately if the case is cracking, as it could be because excessive heat is swelling the battery. Understanding how car batteries work can help drivers keep their cars running smoothly.

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Manage expectations. Cars are generous gifts and not something teenagers have a right to. Teenagers may not realize the expenses involved in acquiring, running and insuring a vehicle. Parents can explain all of these factors. Note that bigger isn’t always better. Some parents think their teens will be safer in a truck or SUV. While large vehicles may fare slightly better in a crash, they can be more cumbersome to park and drive, especially for novices. Choose safety over looks. Safety should be the top priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are four

times more likely to crash than older drivers. Choose a vehicle with a high safety rating over one that looks stylish or comes equipped with distracting bells and whistles. Pass down the family roadster. Teenagers may anticipate being handed the keys to a brand-new or previously owned vehicle off of a dealership lot. But giving him or her a set of keys to a car already in the driveway may be more practical.


5 Simple Auto Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Yourself Contributed by Sheila Wandell CLU,

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riving and maintaining a car can be very expensive. According to a 2015 study by AAA, the average cost to own and operate a car is $8,698 per year. But it’s not just gasoline prices that are putting a dent in wallets—the average cost of maintenance is $766.50 per year. So why not save a few bucks and help retain the resale or trade-in value of your car? Regular engine maintenance and tire pressure adjustments can help keep fuel costs down. And while most auto repairs should be left to the experts, here are five that are usually do-it-yourself:

Replace your wiper blades Every 6–12 months is optimal depending on how often they’re used. If they leave streaks, make noise, or are hard and cracked, it may be time to install a fresh set. Visit this WikiHow entry to learn how, and consult your car’s user manual for more information about what type of wipers to buy.

Fix minor scratches and paint chips If they aren’t too big, a touch-up paint kit might be a good option. Be sure to follow the instructions to get the best results. Popular Mechanics has detailed instructions on how to fix a car paint scratch.

Tire inflation and inspection Tires are your vehicle’s contact patch with the ground, and they must be maintained in good condition with proper inflation for the safe and economical operation of your vehicle. Here are a few simple checks you can perform to help keep your tires from letting you down. It’s a good idea to visually inspect the tires on your vehicle on a monthly basis

at minimum. This inspection should note tread depth (in most states less than 2/32 of tread depth is illegal,) if the tire is unevenly worn (indicating a potential suspension alignment issues,) or if the tire is cracked, damaged, or otherwise deteriorated. If any of these conditions are found, you should consult your local tire professional. For the correct inflation specification, reference the inflation placard. It’s usually located in the vehicle’s driver’s door jamb or can be found in the vehicles owner’s manual. Now that you know the correct inflation specification for the tires on your vehicle, it’s time to check the inflation pressure. Inflation should be checked, if possible, in the morning before the car is driven. Tire pressure can change due to many factors, one of which is a change in the ambient air temperature. For every 10 degrees in ambient air temperature change, tire pressure can increase (if temperature rises) or decrease (if the temperature falls) by 1 psi.

a close-up look at scratches, chips, and dings you may not normally notice. Wash the car with a cleaning solution designed for automotive finishes. Work from the top down and use a microfiber washing mitt. Clean tires with a separate bucket of soap and water so you don’t get any grease and grime on the rest of your car. Dry thoroughly with fresh towels. Soft, absorbent, waffle-weave microfiber drying towels are a great option. Apply car wax. There are several varieties, but a liquid or paste wax applied every three months will help protect and maintain your car’s exterior. Don’t let the rising cost of car maintenance get you down. You don’t have to be a car care expert to do simple, money-saving maintenance repairs to your car.

Repair minor windshield chips Some windshield repairs are covered by insurance. If your windshield has a small chip with minimal to no cracks and you want to fix it yourself, a repair kit may be an option. They generally come with all the materials you need and take about an hour to complete. While it’s not possible to fix all chips, you may be able to stop it from growing larger or discoloring in the future. Popular Mechanics discusses the types of damage these kits are recommended for.

Wash and wax your car One of the best ways to maintain your car’s exterior is to remove dirt and residue that can damage the finish. It also provides

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Caring for Spring Blooming Bulbs

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By April Hensley

he first day of spring has passed and spring blooming bulbs are celebrating. Green wispy leaves topped by eye-catching yellow, pink, and purple flowers lift our moods and delight us with their beauty. These bulbs are ones planted lovingly last year or even longer ago. Most bulbs are planted once and erupt during their blooming season. Bulbs continue to work year-round underground, even though we can’t see them, getting prepared off stage for their next big show. Even though bulbs seem effortless once they are planted, there are some things we can do to help them out on their journey. Bulbs are triggered to bloom by the change of season. After the bloom has died back, the leaves and bulb are preparing for next year by taking in nutrients from the sun and the soil. Therefore, you should not cut the leaves until they die naturally. After they shrivel and turn brown you can mow or trim them without harming the bulb. A few times a year, sprinkle a little compost on the ground covering the bulbs. This will provide an extra source of nutrients. If they are in a flower bed with other flowers, use a water-based fertilizer. If planting bulbs now, sprinkle granular fertilizer just under the top soil layer so the bulb can be gradually fed all year. If you notice the greenery is thick, the bulbs may need to be thinned, moved, or separated. Do this after all the green leaves have died back so it doesn’t disrupt next year’s blooms. Place the relocated bulbs several inches apart so

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you do not have to thin them again for a few years. Make sure they aren’t too deep for the type of bulb. Sometimes bulbs get eaten by hungry varmints. Walk around your flower beds on nice winter days. Looks for areas that may be dug up. We want the cute creatures to survive the harsh season, but not at the expense of our hard work. If you notice your plants are being disturbed, sprinkle some blood meal around the area. Also, you can spray a tiny amount of predator urine purchased from a sporting goods store. Pets usually help to scare some munchers away. If you have a continued problem, wrap bulbs loosely in chicken wire. The leaves and bloom stalk will still come through the wire holes but the bulb will be protected inside the wire cage.

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Enjoy Hot Cross Buns this Easter A number of foods are enjoyed during Easter celebrations, from hardboiled eggs to ham to roasted lamb. Sweets such as candies and chocolates also take center stage on Easter Sunday. In addition to these traditional favorites, hot cross buns have become must-haves for many Easter celebrants. Hot cross buns are yeast-based sweet buns that are lightly spiced and studded with raisins or currants. The tops are marked with a cross that is often piped with icing. Hot cross buns are soft and sweet, and they’re easily created. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy of King Arthur Flour.

Hot Cross Buns 12 to 14 buns

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2020 TRIBUTE YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Announces 2020 Tribute to Women Recipients

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xceptional women who strive to improve the quality of life for women and families in our region are being honored by YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Heidi Dulebohn, a 2019 YWCA Tribute to Women recipient, had the following to say about this year’s recipients. I believe strongly in the mission of the YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, which they personify every single day. The YWCA’s efforts to eliminate racism and empower women is not only admirable, it’s effective. The YWCA improves the lives of girls and women who might otherwise be left behind. I was incredibly honored last year to have been among the recipients of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women, especially since we are blessed with so many women who work tirelessly and quietly, simply to help others in our region. Outstanding women in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia were nominated by area organizations and 9 were chosen by an independent panel of judges for this recognition. These recipients work to improve and enrich the region and the quality of life for the people living here. The women will be honored in three categories reflecting their impact on the community and region: Nurture, Transform, and Empower. The awards banquet has been postponed until the fall at the Bristol Train Station. The 2020 Tribute to Women Award recipients were selected for their leadership qualities, positive impact on the community, and demonstrated growth and achievement.

Nurture

Jennifer Adler is a mentor professor and

public official. She empowers others to think independently while exposing them to new and different ideas. She works hard to help others, especially women and young people gain success on their own. As a first generation college student, Jennifer graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Harvard College. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University. As an alderman in Kingsport, Jennifer has helped the city grow. She holds regular monthly meetings with residents throughout the community. Jennifer also works with the Roan Scholars Leadership Program and the Girl Scouts. Jennifer’s story empowers young women in our region who don’t have familial models of academic achievement. In Jennifer they see themselves — that they, too, can be a professor, a public official, and a champion for others. 14 | April 2020 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

Lori Hamilton, RN originally began her

career as a clinical nurse. Lori’s role at Food City involves the care of 16,000 associates and countless customers. She travels throughout the company’s four-state marketing area, visiting each of the companies 132 retail supermarkets. Lori has been recognized with many achievements including the Health Care Hero Award, and 2018 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in Public Health. She has developed a comprehensive program that benefits Food City’s associates, customers, and community partners. Lori promotes a holistic view of health including wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Many times, mental and emotional health are overlooked or avoided. She believes we must focus our efforts on the person as a whole to achieve lasting behavioral change and overall impact. Lori’s commitment to serving others is evident to all who are privileged to meet or work with her.

Debbie Richmond

started her law enforcement career as a dispatcher with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. She later became one of the first female officers in Bristol. As a patrol officer she became a role model for women interested in law enforcement. She was later assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where, guided by her unique blend of strength and kindness, she became a trusted advocate in the Bristol community for the most vulnerable victims. Through the death of her father, Debbie recognized that the criminal justice system offered little in the way of victim services. Debbie currently serves as the Interim Director of Branch House. Her overwhelming desire to serve victims has been especially meaningful to our community in her role as an investigator of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse.

Transform

Linda Shepherd is a dynamic nursing professional and accomplished healthcare executive. Linda embodies many qualities that allow to her be a transformative leader in healthcare. She has a vision and optimism for the nursing profession, and particularly for nursing in Southwest Virginia. She works to support the professional growth of her nursing team locally and throughout the state of Virginia as president of the Virginia Nurses Association. Linda has and continues to


demonstrate skill development and growth in transforming not only herself professionally, but also those she leads through her involvement in many organizations. Linda has proven that with determination and a vision for your life, you can achieve what you desire and make a lasting impact for those you serve, despite the challenges you face.

Katy Ford Sikorski consistently leads by

example through her willingness to work, positive attitude, and dedication to service. As president of the Rotary Club she guided the club’s many community and international initiatives. Under her leadership as Junior League president, Katy led the creation of the Caterpillar Crawl, a permanent scavenger hunt in downtown Bristol. While working for the Wellmont Foundation, Katy had tremendous success in raising community funds to support critical projects. Currently Katy provides oversight, coordinates, and manages clinical deliveries for drug trials. Katy is currently responsible for an international study with 110 sites in 11 countries and a domestic study in 58 US cities. Katy’s leadership, kindness, openness, strength, courage, service, and commitment to do good in the world enable her to transform organizations and the community at large.

Jamie Swift plays a significant role in the safety

of people throughout the region, as well as within the system’s 21 hospitals and many other facilities as the director of infection prevention at Ballad Health. She brings an amazing level of knowledge and expertise to her job. She is one of the primary experts in the region on infectious diseases, and her guidance in the community on how to prepare and react to the threat of these diseases is crucial. Jamie has led the collaboration of multiple health organizations regionally to address the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. She has participated in or led numerous committees and councils related to safety and infection prevention within the health system and the community, and has traveled around the country to make presentations.

Empower

Becca Davis is a visionary in the Tri-Cities.

She is the co-founder and executive director of ReFrame Association, which supports affordable housing rehabilitation and repairs for low-income people throughout the United States, ensuring homes are safe, healthy, and more livable for residents. Becca has been involved with low-income home repairs since she was a high school volunteer. She empowers nonprofits by identifying and sharing their best practices, educating them in sustainable repair methods, and techniques for improved volunteer recruitment and retention. She is also a founder of 100+ Tri-Cities Women Who Care, a platform she created which has empowered 250 Tri-Cities women to give back to their community.

Becca has had a passion for helping the least fortunate for over two decades. This has manifested in various ways through her studies, career, and volunteer activities.

Dr. Shelley Koch’s teaching philosophy

at Emory and Henry College has been shaped by her personal journey, with one foot in the world of ideas and one in the world of work life. She believes she has a responsibility to help students connect what they are doing in class with their lives and with their communities; whether it is their local neighborhood or the global society. Her students learn from one another; even when discussing polarizing topics, such as race, gender, religion, and economic status. Shelley is a powerhouse in Southwest Virginia and has served on the board of Appalachian Sustainable Development and the Appalachian Peace Education Center. She has also published books and articles focusing on food and society. Dr. Koch believes a sustainable planet and a peaceful world will be the result of young people who are passionate about engagement that breaks down barriers and increases understanding.

Dr. Rene Rodgers played an integral role

in the development of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum while adhering to the high standards of the Smithsonian. She became the Curator of Exhibits & Publications in 2016, continuing her role in scheduling and creating vibrant and diverse special exhibits and educational programming. Dr. Rodgers helped to establish the annual PUSH! Film Festival in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA-TN. Rene led the effort in her church’s involvement with Family Promise, a program for the homeless. She also established a partnership with the Bristol Public Library to form the Radio Bristol Book Club, a monthly program airing on Radio Bristol that explores the literature of the Appalachian region. Rene personifies grace under pressure and inspires others through her tireless work ethic and methodical approach to problem solving. The YWCA NETN and SWVA will host a banquet this fall to honor the Tribute to Women recipients. Funds from this event help to support the mission of the YWCA, including efforts to increase the economic empowerment of women and families, promote women’s health and safety, and to support racial justice and civil rights. For more information, call 423.968.9444 or email alinder@ywcatnva.org or visit www.ywcatnv.org.

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Oatman, Arizona Home of Wild Burros

Article and Photographs By Nancy Binder

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long “The Mother Road,” Route 66, there are many quirky, fun towns to visit. One of my favorites is Oatman, Arizona located in western Arizona near the California and Nevada borders on old Route 66 between Needles, California and Kingman, Arizona. Gold was found in the Black Mountains near there in 1863 by Johnny Moss. He staked two claims, one named after himself and the other after Olive Oatman. The Oatman story was well known in the area by this time and the town was named for Olive. The Oatman family were Mormons traveling from Illinois to California. They joined a wagon train of fellow Brewsterite Mormons in Independence, Missouri. The group split near Santa Fe, New Mexico territory, with the Brewsters going north and Oatman and several other families going south. Near Maricopa Wells, Arizona territory, they were told that they would be risking their lives traveling further. The Native Americans were hostile and the land ahead was barren. The other families decided to stay, but the Oatman family continued on. Going it alone, Royce Oatman, his wife, and seven children were massacred on February 18, 1851. It is thought that Yavapai Native Americans wanted food and tobacco from the family. As they didn’t have much, they gave the Yavapai a meager amount which angered them. The Yavapai clubbed the family to death, 16 | April 2020 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

all except Olive, age 14, and Mary Ann, age 7, who were taken as slaves. Their brother, Lorenzo age 15 was left for dead. Lorenzo awakened to find his family dead and sisters, Olive and Mary Ann, gone. He found his way to a settlement where he was nursed back to health. Olive and Mary Ann were used as slaves to forage for food and carry water and firewood, and according to Olive’s memoir were beaten frequently. While living with the Yavapai, Mohave Native Americans came to trade. Topeka, the daughter of the Mohave chief, saw the girls and how poorly they were treated and tried to trade for the girls, but was refused. Topeka came back and offered two horses, some vegetables, beads, and blankets continued on next page


Historic Oatman Hotel for the girls, which the Yavapai accepted. The Mohave gave the girls plots of land to farm. Both of the girls were tattooed on their chins and arms. Mary Ann died of starvation during the drought of 1855–56 at the age of 10. Olive almost died of starvation, but the matriarch of the tribe saved her by feeding her gruel. When Olive was 19 years old, a Yuma Indian messenger brought a communique from Fort Yuma saying they heard that a white woman was living with them and requested her return. At first denied by the Mohave, they became afraid of reprisals and traded Olive for a white horse and some blankets. Olive was escorted on the 20 day ride to Fort Yuma by her friend Topeka. On arriving there she was given Western clothing. She soon learned that her brother was still alive and had been looking for her and her sister. A year later, a pastor named Royal B. Stratton collaborated with Olive on a book about the Oatman Massacre and the girls’ captivity. The book titled Life Among the Indians was a best seller. The proceeds enabled Olive and Lorenzo to go to the University of the Pacific. On the cross country book tour, Olive was a curiosity. People flocked to see her tattooed chin and listen to her story. She later married, had no children, and died at the age of 65 in 1903. Gold discoveries happened sporadically in the Black Mountains. Prospectors flocked there bringing their domesticated burros. As mines closed in the late 1800s,

the miners abandoned their burros, letting them roam free. The boom of 1915–1917, one of the last gold rushes, made Oatman a prosperous town. It was the largest producer of gold in the West. The mining operations were shut down in 1941 by the federal government, as other metals were needed in World War II. Oatman was still able to survive without the mines as Route 66 ran through town and they provided travelers with fuel, food, and accommodations. In 1953 a new highway linking Needles and Kingman completely bypassed Oatman, and by 1960 it was almost a ghost town. With the advent of gambling in nearby Laughlin, Nevada in 1964 and more hotels and casinos being built into the 1980s, tourists discovered Oatman and its wandering, wild burros. The Oatman area had a 2010 census population of 128. Its most historic building is the Oatman Hotel built in 1902. A fire in 1921 which burned many of the town’s buildings spared the 2-story hotel. It was a honeymoon stop of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard after their wedding in Kingman in 1939. Their honeymoon suite is one of the hotel’s attractions. A second claim to fame is Oatie, the ghost of William Flour, an Irish miner who died behind the hotel and is purported to be active at night. The hotel is now a historic landmark. The town gets extremely crowded especially on weekends. Periodic gunfights occur on weekends, where a hat is passed

Oatman residence

Burro close up view for tips. Unless you want to see the gunfight, we have found the best time to visit is mid-afternoon on a week day. Then the burros are walking freely through town, the shops are open and parking places are available. There are signs warning that the burros are wild and can bite or kick. They are protected by federal law from abuse. When driving through town, keeping your vehicle windows closed is recommended as the burros will stick their heads in looking for handouts. Many stores sell “burro chow” to feed them. Looking through the shops, feeding the burros, having a cold drink at the saloon, and imagining this as a boom town in 1915 all make for a fun afternoon visit.

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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.

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Basics Are Important By Jim Liebelt

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.” 2 Peter 1:12 KJV Interpretation: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12

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unlock the drawer, take out a book, read and then replace the book, and re-lock it in the drawer. He would then go about his duties for the day. For years, the captain’s lieutenant watched him go through this daily ritual. Upon the captain’s retirement, the lieutenant was promoted to become the new captain. As part of the changing of the ship’s command, the old captain handed over the key to the desk drawer and said, “Guard your ways well, sir, that you follow the advice given in the book. If you do so, you will succeed.” The new captain couldn’t wait to see what the book contained that had so inspired the old captain and provided so much wisdom all of those years. He anticipated finding the words of another great sea captain, perhaps those of a great philosopher, or even the wisdom of the Scriptures. So he rushed right away to the office,

Looking Back and Moving Forward By Katina Rose “If only I knew then, what I know now.”

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ave you heard this expression before and found yourself nodding your head in agreement? Hindsight is worth more than any amount of money. It’s that small voice in your head that told you to think twice, or maybe reconsider when all the people in your life warned you against taking a certain action. It’s that wisdom that can only come from experience when the candles light up a majority of your birthday cake. How many times have you wished for that magic mirror that offered a peek into the future? More than likely, all of us have at one time or another wished we could go back in time and use the knowledge from the present to change decisions in the past. The beautiful truth is that every single moment we have lived, each decision we make, brings a new appreciation and clarity to the present. Does the

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unlocked the drawer, pulled out the book, and opened it. In the book he found only one page with writing upon it. On that page were two sentences: “Port is left.” “Starboard is right.” This story is a simple reminder of how some of the basic things in life cannot be overlooked. Living as a Christ-follower is no different. While the Scriptures do challenge us to move towards maturity in our faith, the call to remember the basics is also found. There are some very basic components of the Christian life that we should remind ourselves of repeatedly in order to make sure that we don’t forget and move away from important areas like simple, loving devotion to Christ. Today, reflect for a moment on how your life might be different if every day when you wake up you remind yourself of the basic truth that you are dead to sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. This kind of daily reminder might just make a world of difference! Source: www.homeword.com

past define us? Absolutely not. Each morning brings a new day to start over and use our wisdom to encourage and uplift others. Instead of looking at past decisions, mistakes, or trials as a daunting time, turn those experiences into a gift that allows you to have empathy and understanding for those around you. Learn how to share your experiences to give the gift of compassion. Embrace that hindsight for the power it gives you to move ahead in strength and love. Throughout my own life, I have discovered that the mosaic of events that have formed my past are pieces to be grateful for because they increased my ability to feel the pain of others, rejoice in their happiness, love the broken, and extend words of comfort when that’s all there is to offer. We are meant to live with eyes that look ahead and focus on what’s in front of us, in the moment, with arms wide open. While hindsight makes us wise, it can also be the gateway to caring more deeply and extending the grace that God extends to us at all times. Trust the road of your past decisions to bring knowledge and joy to the beginning of a new day. 

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t’s always been a very close second to a religious experience for me. The crowds filling the red-velvet lined pews, the buzz of voices unanimously silenced by the dimming of the lights. The sound of twin fiddles fills the room as the footlights flood the giant curtains draping the stage, pooling on the golden hardwood where so many of my heroes have stood. The hair on the back of my neck jumps, the goose pimples race to the top, and tears fill my excited eyes as the resonating dulcet tones of the announcer begin the all-too familiar refrain, rising in intensity and excitement with the mood of the crowd and the lifting of the curtain to reveal that iconic red barn backdrop and hallowed circle center stage. “From Nashville, Tennessee, it’s THE GRAND OLE OPRY!” My dad rolled his canary yellow 57 Chevy in a cornfield near his home in Friendship, twisting the dial to tune in. And every Saturday night the Bow Tie Boys play, we tune in on our way home. I’ve been honored to sit on that stage, to reminisce backstage with Cousin Zeke, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jack Greene, Jeannie

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aster is the most important day of the year on the Christian calendar. A celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter commemorates the very core of the Christian faith. So it comes as no surprise that such an important day is steeped in tradition. Easter traditions such as Easter Sunday Mass are widely known. But there are many unique Easter traditions across the globe that illustrate the power of this very special day in the Christian community. • India: India may not be the first nation to come to mind when thinking of countries in which Christianity has a strong foothold. And while only a small percentage of people in India identify as Christian, Easter celebrations in the country are elaborate. For example, in the small state of Goa, Easter celebrants host carnivals and exchange gifts with fellow Christians. Those gifts include the Holy Cross, which is exchanged after Easter church services have ended. Such services are then followed by Easter parties, where families and friends gather and

Shepard, and so many others. I am still trembling some 30 years later at being invited by Mr. Acuff himself into his dressing room, where he shared Opry memories before taking his stage where I stood in the wings to hear “Wabash Cannonball” and “Great Speckled Bird.” This weekend was the first time in over five decades The Opry played to an empty house. No live audience due to the COVID-19 virus precautions. But live audience or no, Opry house or Ryman, The Mother Church of Country Music lives on. So Saturday night, instead of cheating and using the internet, my angel and I cruised the back roads of my hometown after darkness set in and the ionosphere allowed that distant hum to bounce heavenward, and listened to the Opry as God meant it to be on AM 650, from the dashboard of our old Jeep Wagoneer. For Mr. Acuff. For Cousin Zeke. For my old man. For my soul.

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break bread together, much like Christian celebrants do in other parts of the world. • Italy: Residents of Florence celebrate Easter Sunday with a genuine flash. In a tradition that dates back several centuries, Florentines load a cart with fireworks before exploding it outside the famed Florence Cathedral. • Europe: Many European Christian communities burn an effigy of Judas Iscariot as part of their Easter celebrations. Christians believe the apostle Judas betrayed Jesus Christ, a betrayal that led to Christ’s crucifixion. Despite some groups denouncing the burning of Judas as anti-Semitic, the practice continues in many countries. • Spain: Holy Week commemorates the entire week preceding Easter Sunday, including Holy Thursday and Good Friday. In the Spanish town of Verges, Christians commemorate Holy Thursday by reenacting scenes from the Passion, which refers to the short period at the end of Christ’s life. The “Dansa de la Mort (Death Dance)” is part of that commemoration, and during this dance, participants dress up like skeletons. Easter celebrations across the globe are steeped in tradition, including some that might surprise even the most devout Christians. voicemagazineforwomen.com | April 2020 | 23


• Loss of weight—Weight loss is a sure sign something is not right. It can signal illness, dietary issues, even issues with dental work. Weight loss is not an issue to be ignored. At the first signs of this, contact your physician. • Pressure sores—Pressure sores (otherwise called bed sores), happen more in those who are unable to ambulate on their own. When the bulk of their hours are spent in a bed rather than walking or sitting, pressure sores develop. These can become not only serious, but chronic very quickly. It’s important that, should your By Cindy Sproles senior be bed ridden, they are shifted frequently to allow air and blood flow to return to suspect areas. Contact ging presents several unique issues your healthcare provider immediately if a pressure sore for seniors. Things like dementia develops so proper attention can be given to prevent and Alzheimer’s seem to be the most infection and aid in speedy healing. prominently noticed, but there are other • Teeth and gums—As we age our body size lessens–we things that cause great concern in our grow smaller, so to speak. You may notice rings don’t aging loved ones. fit like they once did or shoes that normally fit well, It’s important to be proactive. Don’t depend solely slip. This is true of dentures as well. Gums can shrink on a facility to take note of the little changes that become causing dentures to slip and rub. Sores can develop or large issues when left unattended. Being proactive can even choking can happen. If your loved one still has save your aging parent/grandparent’s life. their permanent teeth, regular dental appointments may Watch for small changes, the things that normally need to be upped to three or four times a year instead would not be noticed by a healthcare professional simply of the normal every six-month visit. Dental appliances because they do not know what is fully normal for your need to be checked frequently throughout the year to loved one. Here are a few tidbits you can look for in the assure a good fit. Loose teeth can cause pain and root care of your senior. decay. Watch for difficulty in chewing or wearing dental • Changes in diet—Is your aging parent only nibbling appliances and seek attention if necessary. at meals? As we grow older the appetite diminishes, • Hydration—A lack of hydration will quickly send a but it doesn’t mean we don’t need to eat. Be aware if senior into physical distress. The body requires water. your loved one is eating well and if you see they are Urinary tract infections, potassium issues, blood presnot, check immediately with your health care provider sure, and kidney and liver issues can happen when for appropriate supplements such as Premier Protein seniors are not hydrated. Be sure your loved one is or Ensure that will help bring protein and vitamin receiving adequate amounts of fluids to keep them in levels up. top notch shape. These are a few symptoms that may require attention as our loved ones age. It’s important to remember our parents were raised in a time when you didn’t complain, rather “Keeping the Comforts of Home” you simply tolerated the issue over having it attended to. It is not uncom• Alzheimer's Care • Respite Care mon for them to brush these aches and • Dementia Care • Companion Care pains to the side. Take time to notice • Hospital to Home • Hospice Care the little things in the care of your aging • Personal Care parent. Acting quickly can save their life.

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utism spectrum disorder has the potential to touch just about anyone. The World Health Organization estimates that one in 160 children across the globe has ASD, while some well-controlled studies have reported that figures are substantially higher than that. ASD affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups, meaning just about any family can be affected. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its biennial update of autism’s estimated prevalence among the nation’s children. The update was based on analysis of medical records, and where available, educational records of eight-year-old children from 11 monitoring sites across the United States. In a two-year period, the new estimate indicated a 15 percent increase in ASD prevalence. Understandably, anyone who has been affected by ASD wants to learn more about what individuals can do to advocate for high quality services for those with ASD. The autism information group Autism Speaks says more work is needed to understand the increased prevalence and the com-

plex medical needs that often accompany ASD. There are many different and effective ways to become more involved in the autism community.

Educate children Many schools have integrated classrooms where children who have ASD work alongside their peers. Others may have specialized programs for those who need one-on-one support. Either way, the goal is to introduce children to ASD when they are young, as many have friends or classmates with ASD. Helping to dispel myths about ASD and encouraging support and compassion can improve relationships during childhood.

Those who do not have someone with ASD in their immediate family but know a relative, friend or neighbor with ASD can be a listening ear, a person to rally at events or advocacy meetings, or just a touchstone when a little extra support is needed. People who own businesses can support adults with ASD in the community through program’s like the Organization for Autism Research’s Hire Autism Initiative. Autism spectrum disorder affects many different people. During the month of April and throughout the entire year, there are many ways for people to spread the word about ASD and support ASD research.

Fundraise Research into causation as well as treatment options and interventions for ASD can be expensive. That makes fundraising a necessary component. Individuals can participate in many organized fundraisers, such as walks, runs,

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Coronavirus Sparks Worldwide Concern

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he dawn of 2020 ushered in many newsworthy headlines, but few have turned the heads of the masses as sharply as the arrival of a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. In late 2019, Chinese authorities identified the new virus, which has resulted in scores of confirmed cases in China, and additional cases identified in a growing number of international locations. Both the World Health Organization and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have closely monitored the coronavirus, which was named COVID-19 in mid-February 2020. The public is understandably concerned, but educating oneself about COVID-19 and coronaviruses in general can assuage some fears.

This information was published on March 4, 2020. Rolling updates on COVID-19 can be found at the World Health Organization website at who.int. Updates can also be found at www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

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COVID-19

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COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms

of COVID-19 cases are mild, causing cold- or flu-like symptoms

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Protect Yourself & Others

Fever • Cough • Shortness of Breath Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes are at increased risk for severe symptoms that may lead to viral pneumonia and even death. Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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1. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and always before eating; after using the bathroom; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the trash. 4. Stay at home when sick until your symptoms are gone. Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

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Testing Guidelines

If you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, contact your doctor or local health department to help determine if you should be tested for COVID-19. People experiencing severe breathing problems should seek immediate medical attention. Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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How to Practice Social Distancing During a Pandemic

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s COVID-19 continued to spread across the world, it quickly became evident that the public would have to take drastic measures to slow the transmission. In addition to practicing generalized sanitation and good hygiene, people in some of the hardest-hit clusters were advised to take additional, more aggressive measures. Quarantines and travel restrictions were implemented, and the term social distancing became a buzzword. Social distancing involves people keeping a physical distance from each other during disease outbreaks in order to slow transmission rates. Social distancing also is employed to lessen the impact of the disease on the medical care system, which quickly can become overwhelmed with a high number of cases presenting in a short period of time. In best-case scenarios, social distancing also may enable a few people to avoid infection until a vaccine is available. So how can people socially distance themselves? Here are some of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other leading health groups. • Opt out of group events. Steer clear of events, whether meetings, sports games, conferences, and other gatherings where large amounts of people congregate together. • Stick to non-contact greetings. Avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes. Substitute a smile, a wave or a bumping of elbows, instead. • Practice remote learning. Students who attend large schools, such as high schools, universities and colleges, can continue their studies via remote learning and virtual classes instead of gathering in classrooms.

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pril is Child Abuse Awareness Month. The World Health Organization notes that one in four adults across the globe were abused as children. Data from the WHO also indicates that about 41,000 children under the age of 15 are victims of homicide every year. Some people may hesitate to report child abuse because they are unsure if what they see is abuse. In recognition of that, the U.S. Department of Health and Human

Social distancing protocols encourage people to avoid crowds, such as those at concerts and sporting events.

• Work from home. Many companies are now equipped to allow employees to work from home all the time or a portion of the time. Businesses can encourage employees to stay home and utilize the internet to get their work done. • Stagger commute times. Commuters in urban areas can consider staggering work hours so that they help curb crowds on public transportation. • Alter shopping schedules. Try to visit stores in the early morning or late at night when they are less likely to be crowded. • Make changes in worship practices. Celebrants may have to make modifications to the way they worship. The Catholic Diocese of Trenton, NJ, recently advised all diocesan churches to halt the distribution of the most precious blood (wine) from communal chalices; encouraged clergy and eucharistic ministers to sanitize their hands before distributing the eucharist; and parishioners to avoid contact during the sign of peace. Common sense is key to stall disease transmission, and social distancing can be an important public health measure.

Services’ Administration for Children and Families notes that the first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect. Children • Sudden changes in behavior or school performance • Lack of medical attention for physical and medical problems brought to the parents’ attention • Learning problems, including difficulty with concentration, that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes

• The child is always watchful, as if preparing for something bad to happen • Lacks adult supervision • The child is overly compliant, passive or withdrawn • Arrives at school or other activities early, stays late and does not want to go home These are just some of the signs that may indicate children are being abused and/ or neglected. It’s important to note that there are various forms of child abuse, and each may produce its own unique indicators. voicemagazineforwomen.com | April 2020 | 27


By Amanda Hollifield Dear Mama Bears and Papa Bears, March has definitely not started out as we had expected and hoped. Life right now in this season and time is chaotic, stressful, and uncertain, BUT I wanted to come to you this month with some encouragement, plans, and yes, FUN. Let’s focus on the GOOD right now. That’s also the focus of this week’s Macaroni Kid Tri newsletter. Here is a snapshot of the FAMILY FUN that you can find in this week’s newsletter at tricities.macaronikid.com. We are all on information overload, so take it a day at a time. You DO NOT have to do everything and be everything to everybody right now. 1. Accidental Homeschoolers: God bless to those mamas (and daddies) who make the decision to homeschool every day. I admired you before COVID-19, and now every parent wants to know your secret. Thanks to some amazing local homeschool mamas we have an article this week with some homeschool tips. My favorite? Teach your kids some life skills (laundry, balance your checkbook, check and change the oil on your car, change a flat tire, make dinner, pull out some of your tools and let them practice with a hammer and nail, screwdriver, etc.). 2. Dinner Meal Plan: Grocery stores right now are insane. IF you can find what you are looking for, good for you. Don’t stress. Be

creative. We always say we don’t have the time to meal plan. Now you do. Make it part of your morning schedule. Get on Pinterest at those recipes you have pinned and never tried. Now is the time. I provide three free printables in Macaroni Kid Tri to get you started, but customize it to your family! As for me, I can’t wait for Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner). 3. Home Schedule: This will probably be the LEAST favorite for your kiddos and will take some time for you to do, but I believe this is so important. IF our kids go back to school soon, for the teacher’s sanity, they need to have some form of structure while at home. We are trying to get the school work done first, while their brains are fresh, and to encourage the kiddos to get it done for more FUN and PLAY. Think of something you have always wanted to do as a family and DO IT! Start a small home garden, a DIY home project, puzzle, etc. 4. Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19. This pandemic is affecting our kids too. They miss their friends, maybe even their teachers and school. Most churches have canceled. Don’t think you have to know all the answers, but take time this weekend to sit down in a comfortable setting and just talk. Invite them to ask questions. Focus on helping your child feel safe. This is also a great time to encourage them to show kindness within the home and to others. 5. Inside Fun, Outdoor Fun, and Educational Websites. YES, we offer all three of these in this week’s newsletter. Like I said before, don’t get overwhelmed! Take bits and pieces that will work for your family. You probably have many of these items in your house already. Don’t feel you have to spend $200 online at Oriental Trading to be a super mom during COVID-19. But, Oriental Trading does have some great discounts right now for families with at-home craft kits! 6. Quarantine Bucket List: Why not? You can do all these bucket items from your home, backyard, and curbside delivery service. Have fun with it and make some great memories! I am a mom just like many of you. I am still working full-time at my job and my husband (love his heart) is home with the kids ALL DAY tackling the homework, housework, and more! By the time I come home, I hopefully get a little left over from them. We know what you are feeling and experiencing emotionally, physically, and yes, spiritually. I want to leave you with this: It’s okay to not know how to homeschool your own child, to not know how to work from home, to give kids more screen time than usual, to not magically feel motivated to work out at home. It’s okay to not feel okay. Be kind to yourself. Sign up for FREE for your Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities newsletter to have more fun and helpful resources come right to your email each week. Make sure to check out April’s Fun Days Calendar as well! #mackidquarantine2020

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Amanda Hollifield is a Johnson City hometown girl who, like many women, wears many hats, but her favorite is Mom! After her ‘real job’, Amanda enjoys being the Publisher Mom for the local Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities TN/VA newsletter, helping local families find their family fun, and being a mom to Grace (12) and Jackson (8) and wife to her Duke Blue Devil lovin’ husband, Brooks. Follow her on Facebook @MacaroniKidTriCities and Instagram @mackidtricities or email her at amandah@macaronikid.com.


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