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he month of June brings us the first day of summer and Father’s Day. Celebrating Father’s Day can be a sad time if, like me, your Dad has passed away. The way I cope with the sadness of his passing is to think about conversations that made him smile. One of those times was when I was wearing a pair of new blue jeans. They looked so fresh and neat, Dad asked if I ironed my jeans. I told Dad that if I started toward my jeans with an iron, my jeans would get up and run. Dad belly laughed. With thoughts like this one, he and I still share smiles together. I wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of you, and remember it’s the love and laughter that will keep you smiling. JCP books can be purchased either through Amazon, JCP’s website, or other websites such as Walmart and BAM. As our authors restart with person to person book signings, please show your support by attending their events and buying their books. Many of our authors continue to offer virtual book readings/signings. These events are fun and a wonderful way to show your support and get a one on one question and answer session. JCP conducted its first virtual authors’ event in May, and what a success it was! We are planning another one in the near future, and we hope all of you will join us. Attendance is limited, so be sure to sing up early. Watch for details! Books are great gifts, and with over 350 titles now, Jan-Carol Publishing offers different genres from children’s books to cozy mysteries to sci-fi. Our books are great for local book clubs, and we offer book clubs discounts on purchases. Join us! Would like to share information with others? Voice Magazine is always looking for experts in coupon shopping, decorating, crafts, cooking, health, fashion, or topics of interest to women. Submit your article for consideration. Email email@example.com. AND, JCP is hiring! We are hiring Advertising/Sales Consultants! Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org today! Great opportunities! We want to say ‘thank you’ for your continued support to Voice Magazine for Women, Jan-Carol Publishing, our advertisers, and our authors. Happy Father’s Day!
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Three Popular Creams and Gels to Help Sun-Damaged Skin
ummer and sun go hand in hand. Though a day of lounging in the backyard or at the beach may make for a perfect summer afternoon, it’s vital that people take steps to protect their skin from sun damage. The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that some sunlight can be good for the skin so long as people make a significant effort to protect themselves from overexposure. When ultraviolet rays from the sun penetrate outer skin layers and hit the deeper layers of the skin, skin cells can be damaged or even killed. Damage to skin cells increases a person’s risk of skin cancer, which the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research report is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers across the globe. In addition to increasing a person’s risk for skin cancer, overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can produce some painful side effects, including sunburn. The health care experts at San Diego’s Scripps Health note that various topical creams and gels can help treat sun-damaged skin. As effective and helpful as the following three creams and gels can be, individuals are urged to prioritize preventing sun-damaged skin, which involves avoiding the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s UV rays are strongest, and wearing and routinely reapplying sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30.
• Exfoliants: Scripps Health notes that exfoliants are designed to stimulate faster skin cell turnover. That can help people with sun-damaged skin, as such damage slows the rate at which skin cells turn over and replace themselves. As a result, exfoliants can help to alleviate the dull, dry skin that often develops after overexposure to the sun.
• Retinoids: Retinoids are compounds derived from vitamin A that, like exfoliants, also speed up the turnover process of skin cells. Scripps Health notes that retinoids also stimulate collagen production and lighten brown spots. • Vitamin C and other antioxidants: WebMD notes that some research has suggested that vitamin C can help to reduce the harm that UV rays do to the skin, though such creams should never be used as a substitute for sunscreen. Individuals concerned about sun-damaged skin can speak with a dermatologist about the various ways to protect their skin when they’re spending time in the great outdoors.
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Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day this Year
ather’s Day presents an opportunity for people to honor the special men in their lives. These include not only dads, but father figures and other influential men who offer care and guidance to the people they love. Many celebrations continue to look different than they were prior to the pandemic, and Father’s Day festivities may still require some modifications this year, even if celebrations are not governed by the same restrictions as in 2020. The following are some ways to show dads they are appreciated.
Backyard bash Restrictions on outdoor gatherings have eased up considerably in many areas. Outdoor parties are some of the safer ways to bring people together, particularly if attendees maintain their distance. Weather permitting, families can host barbecues and enlist someone other than Dad to man the grill. Serve foods buffet-style and space out tables so people can safely celebrate.
Plan a sports outing Professional sports teams are once again welcoming fans to stadiums and other venues, albeit with reduced capacities to maintain safety. It may be possible to purchase tickets to an upcoming game and surprise Dad or Grandpa with tickets on Father’s Day. Make Father’s Day festivities sports-centric, with coordinated decorations and themed foods to set the scene.
Plan a game day Whether your father likes board games, video games or crossword puzzles, gear Father’s Day around fun and games. Let Dad lead the way and choose the activity, and then everyone can step away from their screens and come together at the table over jigsaw puzzles or trivia questions.
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Set up an outdoor movie night Perfect for a father who is a movie buff, borrow or purchase a projector and show a movie on an outdoor screen or against a blank outdoor wall. Select one of Dad’s favorite movies to watch and invite friends and family to join in on the fun. Make sure there are refreshments at the ready and plenty of hot popcorn. Celebrating Father’s Day this year may require some ingenuity, but there is still fun to be had.
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n recent years, many outdoor cooking enthusiasts have taken to smoking, a “slow and low” way of cooking that aims to impart smoky flavors to anything from brisket to Thanksgiving turkeys. Foods cooked on a smoker are cooked at low temperatures for long periods of time. Smokers come in many varieties, which reflects their growing popularity. But that variety can make it especially difficult to determine which smoker to purchase, especially for people looking to surprise the special men in their life this Father’s Day. The following are some popular types of smokers that may delight dads this Father’s Day. • Kamado grills: Kamado grills employ vents at the top and bottom to control temperatures. Charcoal is placed in the bottom of the grill and food and water pans are placed on grates above the fire. The oval shape of a Kamado grill directs the smoke and heat over the food, which helps to create the smoky flavor people love. Many people also use Kamado grills to cook more traditional backyard barbecue fare, like hot dogs and hamburgers, which does not require the slow and low method, and some even use theirs to bake desserts or cook pizzas. Today’s Big Green Egg is a modern-day evolution of the ancient clay cookers known to the world as a Kamado. • Drum smokers: Drum smokers won’t offer the aesthetic appeal of Kamado grills, but some grilling fans like them because of the build-your-own kits that make the entire grilling experience more hands-on. Build-your-own drum smokers won’t cost nearly as much as more expensive smokers, but Father’s Day shoppers should make sure that Dad will enjoy building the smoker from scratch. Modifications to drum smokers that make it possible to cook with a water pan might be worthwhile, as cooking without such an accessory can make it easy to dry out foods.
• Electric smoker: Electric smokers may be an ideal choice for the father who loves the taste of smoked foods but doesn’t want to spend all day worrying about temperatures and fiddling with vents. Electric smoker users can set the temperature, sometimes via their smartphones, and then spend the rest of their days as they please. A computer within the smoker controls the temperature throughout the day while wood and water pans at the bottom of the device impart a smoky flavor to Dad’s favorite foods. • Propane smoker: A propane smoker employs gas, typically propane, and utilizes a bottom burner and vents to cook foods placed in the cooking chamber. However, propane smokers do not produce smoke on their own, so users typically place wood chips near the burner for that signature smoky flavor. Much like with electric smokers, it tends to be easier to control temperatures with propane smokers than with Kamado grills or drum smokers. Smokers are growing in popularity and can make for the perfect gift this Father’s Day.
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ne day I was coming out my front door and looked down on the walkway to see a little sparrow lying on the pavement, flapping its wings trying to get up. I looked around to see if any other birds might be a part of this little creature’s life. I saw nothing and leaned down to pick it up. I waited to see if it would try to get away, but it didn’t. It just became very still as I slid my hand under its body and lifted it to my chest. I checked to see if a wing or leg was broken, but it wasn’t. It looked like the little bird had been attacked. I held it close to my heart for a while and remembered the scripture I learned as a child, “Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” I knew if I put it back on the pavement or in the grass something would come along and eat it, so I decided to place it in a pot of beautiful flowers I had sitting next to the door. It didn’t look like it would survive, so I wanted the little bird to rest in a beautiful, quiet place.
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When I came home that evening, sure enough, the sparrow had died. I thought about how that particular scripture has always assured that God is with us at the beginning of our lives, throughout our lives, and at the end of our lives. So many times we feel the unconditional love of God through other people who pass through our lives. When I loved the little bird that day, I knew that I loved it for God, its creator. Often, at the most painful and frightening times, God sends someone to pick us up, comfort us, stand beside us, or lead us. That is what I believe he meant when he said not even a sparrow would fall that he would not see it. I remembered the story of the sparrow today after I heard something in my chimney fluttering frantically. I called my husband, and we opened the door to our fireplace to see what it could be. We couldn’t see anything. Sometimes birds resting or nesting atop the chimney wander inside it, unable to fly back up to escape. He said it was probably a bird and it would get out, either through our fireplace entrance or back up the chimney from whence it came. I listened for a while and asked God to help the bird see its way out, and then I thought about how I could help. I couldn’t get into the chimney, I couldn’t see it, but suddenly I thought about a flashlight. Maybe I could see it then. I shined the light up the chimney and still couldn’t see the bird, but I could hear the chirping. I sat back down in my chair and waited. Suddenly there was another flutter and then no more. The bird had seen the exit when I flashed the light and found its way down the chimney. I opened the door to the fireplace. Sitting there in the ashes was a frightened, little black-capped chickadee hoping and waiting to be set free. When we are lost or in a dark place, it is good to have someone shine the light and show us the way to safety. It only takes a tiny bit of light to make a difference in our homes and the world in which we live. We just have to be willing. We can do that with a word, a touch, a listening ear, or a helping hand.
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Homemade Garden Helpers By April Hensley
s much as people love their healthy garden, other creatures love it too— sometimes more. Rabbits love the tender leaves of your crispy lettuce. Aphids love the juicy sap of your rose bush. Weeds love the nutrients in the soil of your flowerbeds and vegetable garden. All that love can lead to a lot of work! There are a whole bunch of products in stores for every problem you might encounter. There are also natural things you already have in your home you can try first that will be healthier for your plants and family. • Coffee grinds can be composted and sprinkled around plants to repeal snails and help provide nutrients when mixed into the soil. Be careful if you have a dog, because coffee grinds can cause serious harm if eaten by pets. • Compost tea is a liquid fertilizer made from compost. Put some compost into the bottom of a bucket. The compost doesn’t have to be completely broken down. It can be things like wilted grass, eggshells, and soggy potato peels. Fill the bucket with water and cover for at least a couple of hours, but no longer than a day. Stir the mixture. Pour the liquid into a container. This is the compost tea. Add the solids back to the composter. Use this tea to fertilize your plants and flowers. • Eggshells are an all-around great additive to gardens. Break up eggshells into large, sharp pieces to deter snails
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from plants. Drop them into the bottom of holes before placing starter plants to help prevent blossom end rot. Eggshells add nutrients to compost. Epsom salt can be used as fertilizer and helps keep snails away from plants when sprinkled on top of soil. Hang a bar of strong-smelling bath soap from your tomato cages or place it on the ground to repel wildlife. One cup of milk mixed with a gallon of water in a sprayer helps with mildew on plants and blossom end rot on tomatoes. Spray directly on the leaves in the evening. Use daily until mildew is gone. Use newspapers anchored by something heavy like a brick or under mulch to help smother out weeds in the garden. Add a few drops of dish detergent to a quart spray bottle filled with water, shake well and spray on plants infested with aphids. Human hair helps to repel deer and other wildlife.
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What to Know About Outdoor Living Spaces
eal estate professionals and organizations like the National Association of Home Builders note the popularity of outdoor living spaces among prospective home buyers, and how that popularity has grown in recent years. Outdoor living rooms not only appeal to potential buyers, they also serve as a means for current homeowners to get more out of their properties. Homeowners mulling outdoor living space projects should consider various factors before deciding to go ahead with a project. • Cost: The home renovation resource HomeAdvisor estimates that the average cost of an outdoor living space is around $7,600. That cost can easily go up depending on where homeowners live and the features they want to have in their outdoor living spaces. For example, including a built-in fire pit in an outdoor living space will cost more than purchasing a stand-alone fire pit that can be picked up and moved. But many homeowners feel a built-in fire pit makes an outdoor living space even more special • Return on investment: Return on investment is another factor for homeowners to consider as they try to decide if they should install outdoor living spaces and how to design those areas. Much conflicting data about the ROI on outdoor kitchens can be found online, but many trusted real estate organizations report that such additions do not mesmerize prospective buyers. Data from the American Institute of Architects indicates that outdoor kitchens
are routinely ranked among the least desirable home features, which means homeowners should not expect substantial ROI when selling their homes. But that built-in fire pit? Estimates from the National Association of Realtors suggest fire features recover around 67 percent of homeowners’ initial investment. In addition, 83 percent of homeowners surveyed by the NAR who had installed fire features said they had a greater desire to be home after completing the project. • Space: An outdoor living space may only be as relaxing as the space allows. The proximity of neighbors may affect privacy levels, which can make it hard to enjoy movie night outdoors or curl up to quietly read a good book. In addition, landscaping also may need to be addressed if drainage is an issue in the backyard. That can add to the cost, and drainage concerns may limit the materials homeowners can work with. Outdoor living spaces are popular. Homeowners must consider various factors before deciding if such spaces are for them.
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Campsite Safety Tips
he National Park Service recognizes the popularity of camping and urges people to stay safe. Veteran campers and novices alike can benefit from reviewing these safety tips, courtesy of the NPS.
• Plan ahead. Camping trips may not require hours
of scouring travel websites in an effort to find the best deals on flights and hotels. But camping trips still require ample planning. When planning a trip, take into account who’s coming along. Assess their camping skills and physical fitness to determine the most appropriate place to camp. Campers with limited mobility may be best suited for accessible campsites. The NPS urges campers to consider if everyone in the group will be able to make a long hike from the parking lot to the campsite. If not, choose a site that you can pull right up to or is just a short, easy walk from the parking lot.
• Research the campsite and surrounding area.
Know as much as possible about the campsite prior to embarking on your trip. Learn about everything from the local wildlife you may encounter while camping to the condition of surrounding areas, including the altitude, the difficulty of nearby hiking trails and where to go in case of emergency.
• Develop an emergency plan. The
NPS urges campers to develop an emergency plan, noting that it’s always wise to expect the unexpected when camping. Bring a first aid kid along when leaving the campsite to engage in activities like hiking or fishing. Go over safety protocols before going on a hike, including the need to stay together and remain on the trail at all times. More information about what to do should anyone be injured during your trip is available at www.nps.gov.
• Bring the right gear. The NPS notes that each
camping trip will have its own equipment needs, which will be dictated by the setting, the time of year of the trip, the difficulty of the terrain, and the duration of the trip. Navigational supplies, sun and insect protection, insulation (i.e., extra clothing and blankets), shelter, flashlights and headlamps, first aid kits, extra food and water, firestarters, repair kits and tools, and a communication device like a smartphone or satellite phone are the essential necessities that should be brought along on all camping trips. Campers of all skill and experience levels can make the most of their trips by emphasizing safety at all times.
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Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities
hildren who spend a lot of time outdoors benefit from exposure to nature in myriad ways, some of which may surprise even the most devoted outdoorsmen. According to a 2006 study published in the journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife, fifth graders who attended school at a local prairie wetlands where lessons in science, math and writing were integrated in an experimental way had significantly stronger reading and writing skills than their peers who attended more traditional schools. Another study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that holding a class outdoors one day a week significantly improved the daily cortisol patterns of students, reducing their risk of stress and improving their ability to adapt to stress. Parents who want their children to reap the rewards of being exposed to the great outdoors can encourage educators to incorporate nature into school curriculums and also embrace these family-friendly outdoor activities. • Nature treasure hunt: A treasure hunt in nature can keep kids engaged on family hiking excursions and provide an excellent opportunity for parents to teach children about the assortment of plants, birds, and wildlife that live in the parks and along the trails near their home.
• Outdoor art class: Families don’t even need to leave their properties to spend quality time together outside. Pick a pleasant afternoon and set up an outdoor painting station, encouraging everyone to paint what they see. • Bonfire: Outdoor activities need not be limited to daylight hours. A post-dinner backyard bonfire can entice everyone outside, where families can tell scary stories as they make s’mores. • Stargaze: Stargazing is another way families can spend time outdoors and learn a few things at the same time. Some blankets, a thermos of hot cocoa, and a chart of constellations can provide the perfect complement to a sky full of bright stars. If visibility is compromised in the backyard, find a local spot where everyone can get a clear view of the night sky. • Fruit picking: Apple picking is a popular autumn activity, but families need not wait for the autumn harvest to enjoy a day picking fruit or vegetables at a nearby farm. Visit a local farm during its harvest season, teaching children about how the foods they love are grown and eventually make it to the family dinner table. Families looking to spend more time together in the great outdoors can look to a number of activities people of all ages can enjoy.
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By Ken Heath
t’s here. Hot, sunshine filled days, humid nights, all bringing back such fond memories of childhood. Growing up on Fairground Hill here in my hometown of Marion, these days of unlimited freedom were barely worth the wait of the final days of school. They were days filled with adventure riding our bikes around the racetrack, and nights filled with camping out in the backyard. We’d know where our buddies were by the bikes piled in the front yard, and a kickball game was always a buddy or two away. The old cliché of streetlights signaling the
time to come home was true for us, along with one of my buddy’s dad’s super loud, two-fingered whistle. We’d dine like kings on grilled hot dogs, then pack sleeping bags and flashlights into the canvas safari under the tree just steps away from the back door, but miles away from civilization in our youthful imaginations. Special days meant I’d get to ride with my grandfather on his Tom’s Peanut truck route, sitting on the engine cowl—no seatbelts back then—starting out at the crack of dawn to hit country stores. We’d pop open the back doors on that old Chevy panel van so we could use the steps as an impromptu picnic area. Those corned beef and hoop cheese sandwiches on white bread and homegrown tomatoes wrapped in wax paper made the early rising much more appealing, and spending time with my granddad was priceless. He was my hero—my best friend. He loved ’rasslin, so much that he’d wrap his route early on Fridays to take us to Roanoke for the big matches under the stars at Victory Stadium. He’d pull the console color tv to the window so we could camp out on the front porch and watch his favorites on these hot summer nights. On Saturdays we’d go fishing, stringing orange pearls of salmon eggs on rusty hooks in hopes of catching that elusive trout. Sundays before church, he’d pull out the electric skillet and fry up sausage and gravy before we’d dress and go to Grace Methodist, where he and my grandmother sang in the choir. And Sunday nights meant nights back at the church, down in the basement, where he was Scoutmaster and taught a generation of young men how to be leaders, how to be followers, and how to be good Christians. As these days and nights heat up, I can’t help but miss my grandfather. He’s been gone some 44 years now, but like those memories of backyard camping and sunny days, he lives on in my heart.
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Follow Christ, Not the Crowd By Jim Burns www.homeword.com
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27 KJV
ear the village of Gevas in eastern Turkey, while shepherds ate their breakfast, one of their sheep jumped off a 45-foot cliff to its death. Then, as the stunned shepherds looked on, the rest of the flock followed. In all, 1,500 sheep mindlessly stumbled off the cliff. The only good news was that the last 1,000 were cushioned in their fall by the growing woolly pile of those who jumped first. According to The Washington Post, 450 sheep died.
Anita Cochran Takes the Stage of the Grand Ole Opry as She Continues Her Mission of ‘Paying It Forward, By Paying Back’
n April, ACM and CMA nominated Country Music artist Anita Cochran played the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee. The night had a double meaning for her because, not only was she performing in the most revered venue in country music, but she was “paying it back” to the place that helped her during her battle with breast cancer. Back in 2017, the Opry Trust Fund was the first charity that helped Cochran when she was going through breast cancer treatment. She vowed that when she was back on her feet, she would try to repay the organizations that helped her.
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The Bible often refers to human beings as sheep (Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 9:36). Easily distracted and susceptible to group influence, we would rather follow the crowd than the wisdom of the Shepherd. I’m glad the Bible also describes sheep in a positive way. Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me” (John 10:14, 27 KJV). So the big question for us is: whom are we following? One another? Self-centered shepherds? Or the voice and direction of the Good Shepherd? Our challenge is to avoid the mistake of the sheep who blindly followed one another over a cliff. We must make it our daily purpose to ask ourselves: am I listening for the voice of the Good Shepherd? Am I following Him? Savior, like a shepherd lead us, Much we need thy tender care; In thy pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Thy folds prepare. — Thrupp
She launched her own charity, “The Love Anchors Fund,” and started a series of concerts to help raise money to pay back the grants she received. The first beneficiary was the Opry Trust Fund. Thanks to her October 2020, benefit concert held at Twin Creeks Resort in Winchester TN, with artist Sara Evans as headliner, she was able to present a $10,000 check to the Opry Trust Fund this past weekend. Cochran said she felt privileged to be in the position to give back. “Not only am I cancer free, but to be able to pay forward the help I received is an amazing feeling. Every performer knows what an honor it is to stand in the circle on the Opry stage, and I truly feel that paying back the Opry was a full circle moment.” Cochran’s “Love Anchors Concert Series; Waves On The Water,” continues into 2021, and a benefit concert was also hosted in May at the Tennessee National Marina. Anita continues to speak and perform at a variety of breast cancer events. For more information, visit AnitaCochran.com and join her @TheAnitaCochran on Instagram, Twitter and @TheAnitaCochranMusic on Facebook. (Photo credit: © Grand Ole Opry, photos by Chris Hollo)
New Ways to Use Old Things
Clever Upcycling Ideas By Pam Blair
was bitten by the collecting bug years ago and as time has passed, I have acquired a lot of old things I love. The problem is, I can’t resist rescuing new treasures from antique malls and I’m running out of room to display them. Have you ever asked yourself, “What can I do with all of this stuff?” I like my stuff, but now I’m looking for novel ways to use previously loved objects that still have a story to tell. It’s time to write another chapter for them. “Upcycling” is a recently added word in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary that means “to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item.” I’ve found numerous ways to upcycle beloved collectibles that are not only more useful, but also decorative and pleasing to the eye. By sharing a few of my favorites, I encourage you to look around your home and find new ways to use old things. Desk Set. This collection of 1950’s pottery could have been used on the set of the 1957 movie Desk Set, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Each piece is unique and when grouped together, they have star power as colorful—and functional—desk accessories. Upcycled Wine Bottle. Light up an empty wine bottle by turning it into a lamp. It would have been a shame to toss this oversized bottle in the recycle bin, and with its gorgeous blue color, it was just begging to be used again. Now it’s a conversation piece as a beautiful lamp topped with a neutral shade and a finial made from an old blue marble.
Vintage Refrigerator Dishes. These crockery dishes with lids were included with refrigerators sold around the 1950’s and were designed to keep food moist and fresh. They’re still great for cold food storage, but I use these beauties to store tea bags, sugar packets, and other dry goods in the pantry. Their rich colors glow on the shelves and they make everything look more organized. Got a corner cupboard stuffed with family bits and pieces? You can breathe new life into almost anything and have fun doing it. In the bathroom, I use a fancy, old egg cup to hold cotton pads for makeup removal. A McCoy pink planter holds folded washcloths and keeps them handy, plus it looks pretty sitting on the counter. Porcelain dishes that were cherished by my grandmother are loved again when used as a holder for rings and small jewelry, or little scented bars of soap. I hope you will get creative and have fun finding new ways to use old things!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Natchez Trace Article and Photographs By Nancy Binder
he Natchez Trace is an ancient path that follows ridges and goes through heavily wooded forests and cypress swamps from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, connecting the Cumberland, Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers. Native Americans followed trails created by bison, deer, and other large animals that migrated through the area looking for grazing land and the salt licks near Nashville. European explorers, emigrants, traders, and the military used these trails in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The most famous travelers on The Trace were the “Kaintucks,” boatmen who floated coal, agricultural products, and livestock from the Ohio Valley area on flat bottom boats down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Once in Natchez, they sold the products, dismantled the boats, and sold the lumber. After some celebrating by drinking, gambling, and carousing in the Under-The-Hill area of Natchez, they began the long trek home using the Old Trace. Research has shown that in 1810 more than 10,000 Kaintucks walked the Old Trace to return to their northern homes. It took about 35 days to walk to Nashville, and if they were fortunate to have a horse it took between 20 and 25 days. Once in Nashville, they took more established routes north and east to their homes. Some enterprising European Americans realized that inns were needed for travelers to rest and eat. These inns were called “stands.” The Trace was a dangerous route as highwaymen and gangs of thieves assaulted travelers. The Trace was commercially active for only a few decades before steamboats serving passengers and cargo soon replaced walking the arduous and dangerous Trace. The Natchez Trace Parkway was proposed by U.S. Congressman T. Jeff Busby of Mississippi as a way to pay tribute to the original Natchez Trace. In 1934, the Roosevelt Administration ordered a
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Monmouth Inn—Natchez Built 1818
Cypress Knees and Trees survey of the proposed parkway and legislation to create the parkway was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938. Construction began in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was overseen by the National Park Service. The Parkway is 444 miles long spanning Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. It is not only a scenic drive, but is used for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping. The Parkway begins with Milepost 0 in Natchez. The speed limit is 50 mph unless slower signs are posted. No commercial vehicles are allowed and the maximum length of RVs including a vehicle is 55 feet. There are no services along The Trace. You will have to exit at one of the 50 exits for fuel and food. Plan on at least two days to cover the 444 miles. continued on next page
Emerald Mound—Mississippian ceremonial mound After a driving tour of antebellum homes in Natchez, we picked up maps and information about The Trace. Our first stop was at milepost 10 at Emerald Mound. It is the second largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound in the United States only surpassed by Monk’s Mound near Cahokia, Illinois. Built between 1200 CE and 1600 CE, it is 35 feet high and covers eight acres. At milepost 41 we walked on a sunken portion of the Trace worn down by thousands of feet and wagon-wheels. We stopped at other historical markers and read the signs until we reached milepost 122, the cypress swamp. The boardwalk gave us an opportunity to stretch our legs and read the interesting signs about cypress swamps. The Pearl River flowed through this area until it changed course, leaving low water swamps. Cypress trees have “knees” that are particularly interesting as it is still unknown what their function is. Speculation was that they provided oxygen to tree roots, but experiments done by removing the knees showed no adverse effects to the trees. Another function might be to provide support and stabilization to cypress trees growing in swamps. After an overnight stop in Jackson, Mississippi we visited the Mississippi Agriculture and Agriculture Aviation Museum. It is a interesting museum with excellent displays and signage. Outside there are buildings depicting an agricultural town. At the General Store, we bought pecans that were fried in butter and Lawry’s seasoned salt. They were very good. On our second day on The Trace we hiked some of the trails and spent the night in Tupelo, Mississippi. On the third day, at milepost 385.9 we visited the grave and memorial of Meriwether Lewis. In the fall of 1809 he was on his way to Washington, DC to publish his journals from the Corps of Discovery with William Clark, to visit with former President Thomas Jefferson, and to protest the War Department’s denial of payment vouchers he had submitted for reimbursement. His original plan was to go down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and then take a ship to Washington, DC, but rumors of war with Britain changed his mind and he decided to travel overland. Lewis arrived at Grinder’s Stand on October 10, 1809 with his free personal servant Pernia and the slave of Major James Neelly, the US Indian agent to the Chickasaw. The Major had gone further south looking for escaped horses.
Boardwalk into cypress swamp mound
Mississippi Agriculture Museum—town replica Lewis stayed in a cabin that night and Pernia and the Major’s slave stayed in the stables. Mrs. Grinder had served Lewis a meal. In the middle of the night, Mrs. Grinder heard two gunshots and by sunrise on October 11, 1809 Lewis had died of wounds to his head and his gut. Historical accounts support the probability of suicide. Lewis had written his will while on the trip. Being despondent over his debts, heavy drinking, and possible morphine and opium use, failure to have his journals published and deterioration of his friendship with Thomas Jefferson are all reasons historian point to suicide. However Lewis’ mother always contended it was murder. A monument of a broken column signifying a life cut short was erected by the State of Tennessee in 1848. The grave was designated as a National Monument in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. Our final stop was a viewpoint of the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge over Birdsong Hollow near Nashville. It is a cathedral arch bridge and has won many awards. It was a most enjoyable trip learning about the hardships travelers of that time endured.
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 email@example.com. voicemagazineforwomen.com | June 2021 | 17
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Andy and the Beats
Written by Andy Rogers Illustrated by Karen Maston It was a day like any other for Andy, until a visit from the virus turns his whole world upside down! Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Andy sets out on an adventure to find a cure with the magical Beats. Will they find the key that fits the cure?
Journey to Your Self — How to Heal from Trauma Written by Someone Who Did
Molly’s life as she knows it Great Granny and is about to change… Her Yucky Old Cat
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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.
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The Joy of Being You The Joy of Being You uses the humorous differences in two dogs and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality preferences to help children find joy in who they are.
“In this inspired picture book, Rick Toomey celebrates the differences that make us special through the stories of his last two pets. As you get to know Mia and Beau—two very different dogs—their contrasting yet beautiful personalities will win you over. Their adventures help us see the strengths in not only our unique take on the world, but also that of —Mikki Bare, Author of The Hubbleville Series those around us.”
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his book is a collection of true short stories and personal anecdotes about people I’ve known, experiences I’ve had, and places I’ve been. Life lessons and fun tales from a bygone era, these writings afford the readers an opportunity to escape from the busyness of the hectic world in which we live, along with the opportunity to take the time to reminisce about or become acquainted with a more innocent, easier time. All the while, this book encourages readers to seek deeper faith in the One who made us all. Born and bred on the flatlands of West Texas, I’ve had a blessed life, and I thank you, the readers, for allowing me to share a little bit of it with you. Charlie Norman has been writing columns since he was the first editor of his high school newspaper in Odessa, Texas, in 1968. Since 2017, he has been a “Guest Community Columnist” for his hometown newspaper, The Glen Rose Reporter. Charlie and his wife, Carolyn, have made their home out in the country in Glen Rose, Texas, and they are proud parents of their son, Charles IV, and their daughter, Noelle. They are the grandparents of five wonderful grandsons.
RICK TOOMEY is a lover of life and people. He has a B.S. in
Industrial Management, a Masters in Religious Education, and an Ed.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology. Rick has devoted his work life to being a counselor, minister, corporate trainer and organizational consultant. He loves to focus on understanding people and helping them grow.
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Frechia Collins Cover Illustration by Axsel Brown
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Written by Billy Dixon In Billy Dixon’s first book in the series, They, Jess and Jace Grisham survived a harrowing adventure to find their father and expose the truth that aliens have been visiting Earth for years. In Us, “They” have arrived and nothing will ever be the same. The battle for the future of the planet is just beginning. The Erdeans, a race of highly-advanced locust-like creatures, are arriving in force to strip our world of the rarest natural resource in the galaxy. The only hope is to stop them before their full alien army can arrive. Can Jess and Jace survive an alien invasion and a government under Erdean control? They are here. Survival is up to us.
Frechia Collins and her mother-in-law, Wilda Collins. Through years of cherished memories, Wilda helped inspire Frechia to write this book to pay homage to times long gone and to share a deep appreciation for our older generations.
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“Frechia Collins has written a truly delightful story, seamlessly combining the generations with all their differing attitudes, to make a comforting tale of discovery and joy. She takes us back to simpler times, reminding us that the natural world and all it has to offer may be all we need for our happiness.” — Helen Thatcher, Author of A Little Black Cat's Big Adventure
ght is a story of the ss beauty of nature, the ties that bind us
Fireflies Dancing in the Night
and forced to stay with my old great granny for an entire week. Written by Frechia Collins No computer, cable TV or even video games! My life is over! And then there’s that pathetic cat of hers. He’s always nearby, grossing me out!”looming, staring at “The scary old house stands Molly’s thoughts run away with her as she realizes her reality for the next seven days. But Molly’s reality begins to change as she me with its creepy dark windows. I have learns some very interesting things, suchbeen as how to gut a fish. She soon realizes that appearances can be deceiving. abandoned against my will, and forced to stay with my old great granny for an entire week. No computer, cable TV or even video games! My life is over! And then there’s that pathetic cat of hers. He’s always nearby, grossing me out!” Molly’s thoughts run away with her as she realizes her reality for the next seven days. But Molly’s reality begins to change as she learns some very interesting things, such as how to gut a fish. She soon realizes that appearances can be deceiving.
Great Granny and Her Yucky Old Cat
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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Written by Betty Carver Illustrated by Emma Grace Cook A little boy named Andrew, a special needs orphan, is on a journey to find a forever family. This story of adoption is written in poetic form from the view of the adoptive family, as well as the child, expressing the joy of these two becoming one family. We see the patience, labor, and love involved in the process and the joyful ending.
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June is Audiobook Month! Did you know that JCP has some great audiobook options for listeners? Check out Kevin L. Schewe’s Bad Love Series, with the first three novels all available in audiobook format. Plus, check out Jenn Sadai’s Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman audiobook! All JCP audiobooks are available on Amazon. With more audiobooks in the works, JCP has something for book lovers from all walks of life.
“every story needs a book”
AUTHORS on the ROAD Linda Hudson Hoagland Author of Snooping Can Be Regrettable; Snooping Can Be Scary; Snooping Can Be Uncomfortable; Snooping Can Be Helpful – Sometimes; Onward & Upward; Missing Sammy; Snooping Can Be Doggone Deadly; Snooping Can Be Devious; Snooping Can Be Contagious; Snooping Can Be Dangerous; The Best Darn Secret; and anthologies Easter Lilies; Broken Petals; Wild Daisies; and These Haunted Hills and These Haunted Hills Book 2 Friday, June 4, 9 am – 3 pm Book Signing Flea Market & Antique Mall Behind the Valero (Gravel Road) Hansonville, VA Saturday, June 5, 10 am – 5 pm Book Signing Clinch River Days St. Paul, VA
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Appalachian Authors Guild Meeting June 8, 2021, the Appalachian Authors Guild will conduct a business meeting from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, located at 852 French Moore Jr. Blvd., Abingdon, VA. From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm there will be a Zoom workshop presentation from Board Member and Author Kari Kilgore who will discuss Writing Effective Blurbs, Preface, and About the Author. All are welcome to attend the business meeting and the presentation. For Zoom info contact Vicki Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This Month’s Featured Books
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June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month! In honor of this special occasion, we’re featuring books for all the kitty lovers this month and every month! A fun story that is based on the actual lives of two cats and how they saved themselves and their babies. This is a true story and is brought to life through beautiful illustrations! A delight to read.
Children will adore these two sassy cats with their very different personalities. Butterscotch and Chocolate Fudge use their time together to learn to accept their differences and become caring friends. Here is a universal lesson for us all to ponder.
Hunters arrive in Africa to capture wild animals to sell to a zoo. Two children want to save the animals and help them stay with their families. Wonderful story with detailed illustrations creating a great tool for teaching a valuable lesson about preserving life within the animal kingdom.
Frechia Collins Molly’s Life as she knows it is about to change... “The scary old house stands looming, staring at me with its creepy dark windows. I am being forced to stay with my old great granny for an entire week! No computer, cable TV, video games or even my cell phone! My life is over! And then there’s that pathetic cat of hers. He’s always nearby, grossing me out!” Molly’s thoughts run away with her as she realizes her reality for the next seven days. But Molly’s reality begins to change as she learns some very interesting things, such as how to gut a fish, and realizes that appearances can be deceiving. Molly learns many lessons in her visit with her Great Granny!
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This collection of stories and photographs explores the silent world of animals through the author’s personal experiences and a lifetime of living with a variety of domestic, wild, and exotic animals.
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Jan-Carol Publishing is thrilled to announce that our first ever virtual event was a huge success!
“every story needs a book”
Thank you to everyone that participated and attended the event!
JCP looks forward to hosting more events like this in the coming months—and we hope you’ll join us!
“A must read for mystery lovers.”
THE LINDSAY HARRIS MURDER MYSTERY SERIES BY
LINDA HUDSON HOAGLAND
Thurston T. Turtle (HubBlevilLe) Early chapter BoOk Series
“...Well crafted, cozy mystery that keeps you guessing. Perfect read for a rainy day when you want a book you don’t want to put down.”
By Author Micki Bare
God, My Greatest Love
“Amelia Townsend weaves a web of deceit in vivid detail and proves once again that things are seldom as they seem.”
—LINDA HUDSON HOAGLAND, Author of The Lindsay Harris Murder Mystery Series
“I challenge anyone to read this novel without tears. Whether tears of joy and hope, those of sadness, or the raw emotions of real pain, tears will erupt throughout My Brother’s Keeper. Scenes set in and around Erwin, TN reflect images of the small railroad town. The Miller Family can be your closest neighbor or distant kin. Mysteries of the mind and soul trick the reader at the turn of every page, keeping the truth under wraps to the very end. I truly look forward to her next novel.” —BEV FREEMAN, Author of The Madison McKenzie Files Series
Middle Grade, YA readers (and even some moms!) are Courtnee Turner Hoyle enthralled by the three books in this delightful series! resides in Erwin, Tennessee, with her children and husband. She enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the timeless mysteries of her hometown. She never stops learning, and grows with her community through volunteer organizations. Learn more about Courtnee by visiting www.courtneeturnerhoyle.com, find her on Instagram @pale_woods_mysteries, and follow Courtnee Turner Hoyle’s Pale Woods Erwin Mysteries on Facebook.
The Tale of Two Sisters Series from Mother/Daughter writing team Rebecca Williams Spindler and Madelyn Spindler, depicts the dynamic relationship experiences between big and little sisters. COPYRIGHT 2020 AUTHOR PHOTO: TOSHA CANNON/ WWW.THEGRANDCANNONS.COM COVER DESIGN BY TARA SIZEMORE JAN-CAROL PUBLISHING, INC. WWW.JANCAROLPUBLISHING.COM
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eventeen-year-old Jerrod has struggled with the guilt of his actions for an event that took place almost a year ago. His friends have abandoned him, his family ignores him, and he lost his best friend. To make matters worse, he was unable to access records that may have revealed his father’s whereabouts. His sister, Ella, guides Jerrod as he tries to learn and accept secrets his family has tried to hide. However, a sinister spirit may be influencing Ella’s actions, and it has an agenda of its own.
My Brother’s Keeper
“In My Brother’s Keeper Courtnee Turner Hoyle allows Jerrod to tell the world about the frailties and faults that are apparent in his family, complete with a touch of the supernatural for added flair. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It is filled both with laughter and tears; there is not one boring moment on any page.”
“In God, My Greatest Love, Rose Klix uses the familiar to inspire thoughts of God and bring about spiritual reflection of our relationship to Him and to the world around us. Her words paint images on the page that are both challenging and comforting.”
A PALE WOODS MYSTERY
COURTNEE TURNER HOYLE
“This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It is filled both with laughter and tears; there is not one boring moment on any page.”
“ Scenes set in and around Erwin, TN reflect images of the small railroad town. Mysteries of the mind and soul trick the reader at the turn of every page, keeping the truth under wraps to the very end.”
THE MADISON MCKENZIE FILES
Bev Freeman KODIAK is written in a way that mixes natural science with war and fantasy to create a roller-coaster adventure with many surprising twists!
Come and join Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, on fun adventures! Written by
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Ralphine Major Illustrated by
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Grasping Hold of Memories By Cindy K. Sproles
t is a harsh reality—coming to terms that our parents are older. Our parents have always been there for us. They’ve supported us, helped care for our children, taught us. Then one day the realization hits us that mom isn’t as strong as she used to be, or dad has forgotten about the details of a Boy Scout venture he took with his son. Age comes upon us all. For some, this season of life hits us square between the eyes with a catastrophic event, and for others it may be something as subtle as forgetfulness. Joan’s mother was living alone. After a brief hospital stay, she returned home. Joan and her brother thought all was well until Joan opened the refrigerator to fix her mother a meal. Curdled milk, molded food sealed in containers, bad vegetables in the crisper drawer, and it hit Joan—her mother was aging. What would they do? We can’t stop aging nor can we gauge how it will affect our loved ones, but we can work to preserve all the memories possible. Take time to walk with seniors through their homes. Reminisce with them over photos and personal items that are special to them. Jot down the items that are especially dear to them and find the story behind the meaning. Sort through recipes and pull old handwritten cards. Go through family photo albums. If possible label all those black and white photos from a time gone by so that you know who the individuals are and how they related to your loved ones. 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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The reason is two-fold. First, should your loved ones begin to suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, you have moments captured that you can use to help remind them of the joy in their past. Tiny tidbits that can help calm should fear overtake them. Secondly, these memories are now journaled for your reference. The old photos with those you never knew in the picture, now have meaning. You’ve learned a small amount about your family history from a deep and personal level. Spend time asking your parents about their childhood, the people they kept company with, and the situations they lived through. We are nothing without our past. Glean from your loved ones, the past, and the lessons they learned, then adapt them to your own life. Aging is hard—when the children become the caregivers, when the roles reverse, life can become confusing for everyone, but if you take time now, to take in the memories, your time with aging parents becomes more valuable and better spent. Grasp hold of the memories. Enjoy your aging parents so that when they are gone, you have precious moments to hold to.
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.
Simple Ways to Maintain Memory as You Age
hough many changes in older adults are linked to aging, other changes commonly associated with aging, such as a decline in memory, reasoning and other thinking skills, are not natural. The Alzheimer’s Association® notes that dementia is not a normal part of aging. There are many different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and these are the result of damage to brain cells that affect a person’s ability to communicate. That damage is not inevitable, even if it’s commonly associated with aging. The Harvard Medical School notes that fleeting memory problems experienced with aging often reflect normal changes in the structure and function of the brain. But it’s important that those changes not be mistaken for dementia, and it’s equally important that adults recognize there are many ways they can protect and sharpen their minds as they age. • Continue learning. HMS notes that a higher level of education is associated with improved mental functioning in old age. The reasons for that are unknown, but experts theorize that advanced education compels people to remain mentally active, which in turn helps them maintain a strong memory. Even aging men and women who are still working in challenging fields can benefit from pursuing a new hobby or learning a new skill. • Use the tools at your disposal. It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that organizational tools like planners, maps, and lists can help people maintain their memories. However, HMS notes that expending mental energy on finding car keys or trying to remember what to buy at the store makes it harder to learn new and important things. • Let all your senses play a role. HMS reports that the more senses a person uses to learn something, the more his or her brain is involved in retaining a memory. HMS cites one study in which adults were shown a series of emotionally neutral images that were each presented along with a smell. Participants were not asked to recall what they saw, but were later shown a set of images and asked to indicate which they had previously seen. The participants had excellent recall for the odor-paired images, and researchers believe that’s because additional parts of the brain were activated when participants were asked to use more than one sense. Memory loss is not an inevitable side effect of aging, especially for adults who take steps to maintain their memories as they age.
Signs and symptoms of dementia Early stage Signs and symptoms that mark the early stage of dementia are often chalked up as side effects of aging. But the World Health Organization notes that dementia is not a normal part of aging, so its signs and symptoms, even if they are not yet severe or significant, should not be written off as a byproduct of growing old. Common symptoms in the early stage of dementia include forgetfulness, losing track of the time, and becoming lost in familiar places.
Middle stage Life becomes more difficult during the middle stage of dementia, when signs and symptoms become more apparent. The forgetfulness present in the early stage now becomes forgetfulness of recent events and people’s names. People in this stage may need help caring for themselves, and some experience behavioral changes such as wandering and repeated questioning.
Late stage Memory disturbances are significant in the late stage of dementia, when people are almost entirely dependent on others. People in late stage dementia may have difficulty recognizing relatives and friends and be unaware of the time and place. Many people in this stage need assistance with self-care and they may have difficulty walking. Dementia affects tens of millions of people across the globe. Though there currently is no cure for dementia, the WHO emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis, which starts with learning the stages of dementia and the hallmarks of each stage.
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Recommended Men’s Health Screenings
en need to be proactive in regard to monitoring their overall health. This includes seeing their doctors for regular wellness visits and keeping up with recommended screenings to catch and/or prevent illnesses. While many screenings are recommended starting at age 40 or 50, men should discuss family histories and risk factors to determine if testing should begin earlier. The following are important health screenings to consider. • Prostate-specific antigen test: A PSA is a blood test that measures how much prostate-specific antigen is in the blood. Measuring PSA has been a standard for prostate cancer screening for 30 years. General guidelines indicate PSA screening begin at age 55. However, having at least one first-degree relative with prostate cancer could necessitate earlier testing. • Colorectal cancer screening: Colorectal cancer screening generally occurs between ages 50 and 75. Tests include fecal occult blood tests, stool
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DNA tests, colonoscopy, and contrast barium enemas. Doctors will determine which tests are applicable and how often to conduct them. • Diabetes: Men who have a BMI over 25 are overweight and should consider a diabetes screening. In addition, blood pressure above 130/80 mm Hg or other diabetes risk factors could require a blood test to check for elevated glucose levels. • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Guidelines recommend a one-time screening for men who have smoked between the ages of 65 and 75. • Hepatitis B and C: Men are at increased risk for infection if they have had unprotected sex with multiple partners, received blood transfusions or transplanted organs before June 1992, are healthcare workers who have been stuck by needles, or travel to regions with high rates of the hepatitis B virus. • Lung cancer screening: Men should undergo a lung cancer screening through low-dose computed tomography if they are over age 55, have a 30-pack-per-year smoking history and currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years. • Testicular cancer screening: Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers among young men, says Johns Hopkins Medicine. Early screening can include self-checks. Routinely checking the testicles for any lumps or unusual features while showering can help detect testicular cancer. Doctors may order a painless ultrasound if something is discovered. Health screenings are an important component of men’s health care. Now is the time to have a discussion with the doctor about which screenings are necessary.
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Health Problems Men May Face in Middle Age High blood pressure/hypertension
Blood vessels naturally become less flexible as the body ages. That’s one reason why high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is more common among aging adults. Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that shedding excess weight, reducing alcohol consumption, becoming more physically active, and reducing stress are just some of the ways adults can reduce their risk for hypertension.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a growing number of middle-aged Americans are dying from heart disease. The American Heart Association notes that a significant percentage of heart disease cases are linked to obesity, so men in middle age can make a concerted effort to lose weight if they’re already overweight or obese.
WebMD notes that the prostate begins to enlarge as men age. Various organizations recommend men, beginning around age 40, start speaking to their physicians about their family history in regard to the prostate. Lifestyle changes like cutting back on caffeine and alcohol consumption may help reduce the side effects of an enlarging prostate by decreasing the number of times men must visit the toilet each day. Men may have to confront various health issues in middle age. Many of these issues can be overcome or made less severe by implementing some simple strategies.
What To Expect From Cataract Surgery Cataract surgeries have become routine and most operations are successful. Here are some things to expect from cataract surgery. • A week or more before the surgery an ultrasound test will measure the size and shape of the eye. This helps to determine which type of intraocular lens implant (IOL) will later be inserted and become a permanent part of the eye. • Medicated eye drops may be prescribed before surgery to reduce the risk for eye infections.
• Patients may need to stop taking certain medications prior to surgery, particularly if they can increase bleeding risk. • You will be awake for the procedure, but your eye will be numbed and you won’t be able to see what the surgeon is doing. • Typically the surgery is an out-patient procedure, meaning you’ll be able to return home the same day. • Medicated eye drops may be prescribed, and recovery may include limiting activities for a few days. Any eye discomfort should disappear after a couple of days. Eye patches and protective sunglasses also may be recommended.
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Life-long Health Advocate Finds Colorectal Cancer Screenings to be Life Saving!
oes a good family health history, consistent exercise, and a healthy diet make colorectal cancer screenings unnecessary? Judy Willis thought so, but she was proven wrong. In her role as director of care coordination at Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc., Willis promotes cancer screenings as a presenter of Understanding Cancer workshops, which provide education on cancer prevention, screenings, treatment, and resources to groups and individuals in the community. She also encourages her friends and family to get screened. Willis knew the screening recommendations, but did not schedule her first colonoscopy until she was 63 years old. She had always known it needed to be done, but she dreaded the preparation that takes place the day before the screening. Willis did not have a screening done until a friend and fellow workshop presenter emphasized the lifesaving capabilities of colorectal cancer screenings.
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The first time she was screened, she had pre-cancerous polyps that the doctor was able to remove. Five years later, at the age of 68, she had another colonoscopy that was clear. Now, she does not have to repeat the screenings unless she has related health issues. Willis is glad she did not wait to be screened. “The prep is a minor inconvenience when weighed against the possibility of the cancer it is designed to detect,” Willis said. Willis encourages people who are hesitant to be screened to do it because her screening revealed pre-cancerous polyps, despite her healthy lifestyle. “It’s so important because it could save your life, and it’s worth the trouble and inconvenience,” Willis said. “I felt that I followed a healthy lifestyle and had no risk factors, so I was not expecting anything to be found. I was wrong!” This article is from the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement for the University of Virginia Cancer Center. Judy Willis is a member of The Cancer Center Without Walls Southwest Virginia Community Advisory Board, addressing cancer disparities and access to care in Appalachia. For more information, visit the Cancer Center Without Walls’ website: https://med.virginia.edu/ccww/community-advisory-boards-2/community-advisory-boards.
Grilled Veggie Pizza 6 Servings 8 small fresh mushrooms, halved 1 small zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 small sweet yellow pepper, sliced 1 small sweet red pepper, sliced 1 small onion, sliced 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon water 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 prebaked 12-inch thin whole wheat pizza crust 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce 2 small tomatoes, chopped 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1. In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, onion, vinegar, water, 3 teaspoons oil and seasonings. Transfer to a grill wok or basket. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender, stirring once. 2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Brush crust with remaining oil; spread with pizza sauce. Top with grilled vegetables, tomatoes and cheese. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted. Rotate pizza halfway through cooking to ensure evenly browned crust. Source: www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ grilled-veggie-pizza
Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches 20 Servings 4 large green peppers, thinly sliced 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste 1 cup water 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons dried basil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried oregano 20 uncooked Italian sausage links 20 sandwich buns Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, optional 1. In a large saucepan, sauté peppers and onion in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, sugar, basil, salt and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until heated through. 2. Meanwhile, grill sausages, covered, over medium heat for 10-16 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°, turning occasionally. Serve on buns with sauce and cheese if desired. Source: www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ grilled-italian-sausage-sandwiches
Easy Grilled Squash 4 Servings 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices 1. In a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Brush over squash slices. 2. Grill squash, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until tender. Source: www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ easy-grilled-squash
Grilled Angel Food Cake with Strawberries 8 Servings 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 2 teaspoons sugar 3 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 8 slices angel food cake (about 1 ounce each) Optional: Reduced-fat vanilla ice cream and blueberry syrup 1. In a small bowl, toss strawberries with sugar. In another bowl, mix butter and vinegar; brush over cut sides of cake. 2. On a greased rack, grill cake, uncovered, over medium heat until golden brown, 1–2 minutes on each side. Serve cake with strawberries and, if desired, ice cream and blueberry syrup. Source: www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ grilled-angel-food-cake-with-strawberries
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How to Keep Kids Safe Until They are Vaccinated
n early May, the FDA was expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine for kids as young as 12. Though that’s welcome news for parents of children between the ages of 12 and 15, those with younger children may be wondering what they can do to keep their youngsters safe this summer. Like their parents, children are itching to get back to normal life, but no one knows when young children will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that children are not little adults, so medical professionals cannot just assume vaccines will have the same effect on kids as they do on older people, including adolescents. Clinical trials on thousands of children are now underway to determine if the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for kids, but the AAP notes that those trials will need to be completed and researchers will need to determine if the shots are safe before kids can receive the vaccinations en masse. With no vaccine available to young children, parents will need to tiptoe through another summer balancing act as they try to keep kids engaged and happy but also safe. • Dine outside. The CDC notes that on-site outdoor dining where tables are spaced six feet apart is significantly less risky than dining indoors. When dining out this summer, visit restaurants with outdoor seating that meets the minimum distancing recommendations. • Resist the temptation to throw caution to the wind. As more adults and adolescents become fully vaccinated, community transmission should go down. That should calm parents’ fears, but they must keep their guard up anyway. Kids should keep wearing their masks when they go to stores or even outdoor areas like playgrounds or ballgames.
• Travel wisely. It’s important that parents keep their guard up on summer vacations as well. Traditional tourist attractions may not be wise when traveling with children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. When choosing a vacation destination, choose a locale you can drive to so contact with people from other households is minimized. As you shop for a place to stay, consider a private vacation rental instead of a hotel. Private rentals with their own fully equipped kitchens and barbecue areas can reduce reliance on dining out, which should also make it less likely that kids are exposed to the virus while traveling. Until all children can be vaccinated against COVID19, parents must continue to be patient and vigilant. That means safety must once again be a big priority this summer.
June is Adopt–A–Shelter–Cat Month! If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, check out your local animal shelters. For the Tri-Cities area, those shelters include Washington County Animal Center, The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue, Elizabethton Animal Shelter, Petworks Kingsport Animal Shelter, and several others. There is no shortage of adoption centers to visit to find the perfect feline friend for your family. Alternatively, people not able to adopt this month can show support by donating pet supplies to their local shelter! 28 | June 2021 | voicemagazineforwomen.com
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