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2021 Fashion Trends 5

5 Ways to Pamper Yourself More Often 6

YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Celebrates Summer 7

Pam Blair 14

Ottawa: Canada’s Capital Nancy Binder 16

Jan-Carol Publishing New Releases 18

Jan-Carol Publishing Featured Books

Barefoot Summer Deana Landers 8


Safety First for Seniors

Tips For Home Buyers

Cindy Sproles 22


Jewell Worley: Nothing is Worse than Not Knowing

Water Savers April Hensley 10

How to Handle Consumer Demands 11

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Did You Know? July 4th is a day when Americans celebrate their independence, but it’s also a day to commemorate two men who played vital roles in procuring that independence. Both John Adams, the second President of the United States, and his successor Thomas Jefferson passed away on July 4, 1826. The two men had an interesting relationship that became increasingly complex as the nation they helped to found developed. According to History.com, Adams and Jefferson were confidantes in the 1780s. But as time wore on, each man developed a different view of what the United States government should be, creating a rift in their relationship that was only widened by the 1800 presidential election. The men ran against each other in that election, which is still considered one of the more contentious elections in American history. Jefferson ultimately claimed victory, a result so unnerving to Adams that he left Washington, D.C. prior to Jefferson’s inauguration. The two men would ultimately reconcile, exchanging more than 150 letters before dying within hours of one another on Independence Day in 1826.

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es—summer is here and the heat is on! But it’s great to be able to get outdoors and try to get back to some kind of normalcy. I still wear my mask at different locations, and will never give up my hand sanitizer. I take precautions, but I am ready for vacation, relaxation, eating at restaurants, and celebrating the July 4th holiday. As gas prices increase, plan a staycation to enjoy the region’s many parks, lakes, campgrounds, trails, theater productions, and sites to see. Have a celebration, play tourist, and enjoy getting outdoors! For us here at JCP, in addition to celebrating Independence Day, the month of July is a time for us to celebrate eight years of publishing books. We are so proud of all our authors and their books. We publish talented authors from near and far (check out our website, jancarolpublishing.com). Stay tuned for another Authors’ and Readers’ Zoom gathering. Our last event was so successful that we are planning another and we want you to join us! In the month of July, we start planning for the holidays. Yes— Christmas in July! Voice Magazine has branded itself as the magazine for businesses and advertisers to promote their services and products. Call or email us for advertising specials! Now is the time to plan for your business holiday marketing! The businesses and advertisers showcased in Voice Magazine for Women need your local spending dollars. We, too, are a small business helping other small businesses. We appreciate you showing your support to the magazine by purchasing products and services from the businesses highlighted in our magazine, and buying JCP books. Would you like to share information with others? Voice Magazine is looking for experts in coupon shopping, decorating, crafts, cooking, health, fashion, or topics of interest to women. Submit your article for consideration to communications@jancarolpublishing.com. Happy Independence Day! We say ‘Thank You’ to all those who have served or are serving to ensure our freedoms! Thought of the month: “The Freedom to be yourself is a gift that only you can give yourself, and once you do, no one can take it away from you.” —Doe Zantamata Verse of the month: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV

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2021 Fashion Trends to Watch: Late 90’s Comeback and More


eeping up on the latest fashion trends often means having a foot firmly planted in the past. New Yorkbased celebrity stylist Samantha Brown says it’s common for trends to follow a 20-year cycle for reappearance. That means that the looks that were popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s are now poised for a comeback. Here’s a look at some of what’s trending. • Ripped jeans: Distressed jeans have now paved the way for big 1990s rips in lighter-washed denims, which have made a return in a big way. And while you’re updating your jeans, be sure to pick highwaisted, wider-legged “Mom” jeans, as they’re more popular than skinny options. • Chokers: Chokers were one of the quintessential accessories of the 1990s. Tight around the neck, these necklaces can be made from stretchy fabrics, leather cords or even beads. They’re at home at a music festival or a night out on the town. • Patchwork prints: Patchwork offers a more delicate take on the flannel of early 1990s grunge attire. Style experts say it provides a romantic touch, but is still casual and edgy. • Sporty and hip-hop trends: Sporty Spice and Gwen Stefani could often be seen in sports bras and athletic pants, and that look is returning. Athleticinspired hoodies, brands, track pants, and footwear are casual and comfortable. Overalls are another effortless and laid back style to make a resurgence. They’re equally at home paired with heels or Vans, Adidas, or Converse sneakers. • Cropped cardigans and tops: Showing midriff is back in a big way. Stores are stocked in cropped tops that are just as cute with lounge-worthy sweatpants as high-waisted jeans.

• Sweatpants: Perhaps fueled by a year of spending time indoors learning virtually and working from home, sweatpants and leggings emerged as go-to staples for daily dressing and were dubbed “couch clothing.” When heading out now, trade in muted gray or black for candy-colored joggers. • Bulky footwear: If you are a guy or gal who never left home without your trusty Doc Martens in the past, dust off those boots and other clunky shoes for the ultimate comeback. Top Trends Guide says 1990s shoes, such as square toe heels, combat boots, platforms, and thick-soled sneakers, are trendy once again. Fashion trends will look familiar this year, as many looks trace their roots to the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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5 Ways to Pamper Yourself More Often P

ampering means different things to different people. Pampering involves indulging in self-care strategies to improve mental, physical, and emotional health. Pampering can provide a respite from stress, enabling one to switch off his or her brain for a bit. Rest assured that pampering doesn’t have to involve big expenses, and many pampering sessions can take place right at home. The following are five pampering ideas to explore.

1. Take a nap

Getting enough restful sleep is essential for your overall health. The Sleep Foundation says people who work multiple jobs or for extended hours may not have enough time for sufficient sleep, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates one in three American adults do not get enough sleep. Getting seven or more hours of sleep per night is important, but you also can add to your sleep bank by taking short naps in the early

afternoon. A nap can reduce stress and elevate the mood. Stick to a snooze of 30 minutes or less.

2. Indulge in a luxurious practical item

Instead of splurging on something that is whimsical or unnecessary, allocate some disposable dollars to something functional—but put a luxurious spin on it. Think of buying a set of silk bedsheets or indulge on a high-end cut of meat for a family dinner. You’ll feel rewarded without feeling guilty that you were wasteful.

3. Schedule a salon service

Hair, nail, or skin services enable you to get away from home for an hour or more and devote time all to yourself. Plus, you’ll have the benefit of walking out of the salon looking like the best version of yourself.

4. Take a hot bath

People may be pressed for time when engaging in their daily beauty and grooming routines. A 10-minute shower before work might not provide the relaxation and sense of escape you need. Set aside a time in the evening to soak in the tub and let stress as well as aches and pains melt away in the water. Scent the water with essential oils for a relaxing aromatherapy session.

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Display fresh flowers on the table, listen to some favorite music while cleaning the house or plan a homemade meal for yourself accompanied by a fine wine. Planning for a simple pleasure once or twice a week gives you something to look forward to. Pampering comes in many shapes and forms and is an effective way to reduce stress.

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ummer means fun at the YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Outdoor activities in the sunshine are a part of the daily routine. Exploring and learning about nature helps to develop interest in science, and encourages an appreciation for the outdoors. For TechGYRLS summer means camp and all of the fun camp involves. The girls have an opportunity to create art, practice cooking skills, learn gardening, and participate in outdoor activities. Many of the enrichment activities included in the camp are STEM based. This further helps the TechGYRLS become interested in math and science, fields traditionally less popular with females. While spending the day at the YWCA, nutritious meals and snacks are provided. The classes in the child care center spend time exploring the outdoors and enjoying summer. Along with regular outdoor play, children have the opportunity to study and observe nature first hand. Class themes, books, and activities help students to become more aware of nature, its patterns, and helps being outdoors become a habit. A great way to support these vital programs such as TechGYRLS and the child care centers provided by YWCA is to participate in this year’s Tribute to Women “Share the Light” campaign. By sharing the light of a woman who has helped to transform, empower, or nurture her community you are shining your own light on the YWCA. The $125 for tribute submissions will go directly toward the vital programming the YWCA offers such as our childcare programs or our 24/7 YWCares crisis hotline. By sharing the light of a woman who has made an impact, you will be making an impact on countless women and children. To submit a tribute, go to www.ywcatnva.org.

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Barefoot Summer

By Deana Landers www.morningcoffeebeans.com


ur bare feet grew tough, our hair turned to gold, and our bodies browned and freckled in the sun that pursued us on long hot summer days. Across the dirt road where we lived, there was an old abandoned building. Bushes, high grass, and broken tree limbs hid it from the road, but we found it and made it our secret clubhouse. We swept the dust from one side of the room to the other, and put a cardboard box in the middle of the huge open space for a table and cement blocks around for chairs. We hid our peanut butter and crackers from critters that we were sure came out when we weren’t there underneath the cardboard box table. I was the youngest girl in our family, living at home with four brothers at the time. I followed them everywhere that summer. I learned how to climb trees, jump big gullies, make swords out of pine limbs, find arrowheads on Flint Hill, and run almost as fast they could. There was one thing I learned to do better than them, though; that was to whistle through my fingers. They would put their two little fingers together in a point, place them on the tip of their tongue, bring their lips down, and blow, but there was a little bit of a slur when the sound came out. I could do it, and it was clear as a bell. I was so good at it that summer that when other boys in the neighborhood visited my brothers; they would get me to whistle for them. I had the best whistle on our little dirt street. I guess it was because I could whistle so loud that they let me hang out with them as though I was just one of the boys.

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One of our favorite things to do that summer was to catch tadpoles and crawfish in the creek behind our house. From the back porch to the creek was about a quarter of a mile. My brothers made a path through thick brush and prickly blackberry bushes to get there. When I walked with them, they would lead, and I would follow in the path they made. Because I wanted to be as tough as they were, I never told them how frightened I was on that path. One of my brothers had been bitten by a rattlesnake while picking blackberries there. We carried pieces of screen wire to the creek and dipped them down into about two feet of water. After the water settled down, we lifted the screen wire, and there were hundreds of tiny black tadpoles wiggling around on the screen. Sometimes we caught a crayfish, and my brothers would chase me around the field with it. We put the tadpoles in a jar, carried them back to our clubhouse, and dumped them in a large washtub. It was a lot of fun because some of the tadpoles lived until they turned into baby frogs, and then we would release them back into the creek. One day my mother sent me to the creek to get my brothers for supper. I called them and whistled loud before I started down the path, but there was no answer. When I got to the creek, they were not there. I played around the water for a while and then started to head back to the house, but dusk had creeped up on me. Suddenly I was so afraid. Between me and the back porch was tall grass, blackberry bushes where I was sure a big snake was hiding, and impending darkness. I could barely see the back porch, so I wasn’t even sure which way to go. I thought about whistling real loud so my brothers could hear me and come to get me, but I was so afraid, all I could do was make a slurping sound when I put my fingers in my mouth. Just before I was about to crumble into tears, I saw the glow of a naked light bulb appear on the back porch. I whispered a prayer and started running as fast as I could through the brush, and the next thing I knew, I was standing on the back porch underneath the soft glow of the light bulb that had led me home. My brothers teased me about being too afraid even to whistle. It was the best summer I ever had. As with all families, we grew up. I have been lost many times since then, and the only sound I could make was small, but the memory of that summer when I was one of the guys and a whispered prayer has always helped me find my way home.


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

Tips For Home Buyers During a Seller’s Market


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combination of factors, including low interest rates and a pandemic-driven decision by many city dwellers to look for houses in the suburbs, has created a housing boom for much of 2020 and 2021. That boom has created an undeniable seller’s market in real estate. Just what is a seller’s market? The financial resource Investopedia defines it as a marketplace in which there are fewer goods for sale than there are interested buyers, giving sellers the ability to dictate prices. Since mid-2020, there has been an extremely low inventory of homes for sale but a very high interest among purchasing parties. So where does this leave buyers interested in relocating? Here are some tips. • Consider areas with slower overall price growth. Landscape Lighting & Pathway Lights Experts say the southern and Design | Install | Maintenance | Repair midwestern United States offer the best value for home shoppers because of their meager price growth. • Get preapproval or have your funds ready. Speed is the way to go if a buyer is interested in a property and wants PONDS - WATERFALLS - FOUNTAINS to make an offer. Real estate New Hope Aquascapes and Landscaping professionals say buyers should 833-LAWN-411 be “offer ready,” which means Info@NewHope.Pro www.NewHope.Pro having a mortgage preapproval Licensed & Insured letter or proof of funds for a down payment ready to go. Failure to have funds in check can slow down the process or compel sellers to reject an offer. • Work with a real estate agent. These are complicated Time for a New times and it pays for buyers to have a professional working in I welcome the opportunity to help with their corner. A real estate agent estates and downsizing. I have listings uses his or her knowledge to of every size for every need. Call today! make a timely offer and negoti Isaiah 32:18  ate on the buyer’s behalf. • Eliminate certain conOffice – 423.722.3223 • Direct – 423.647.9476 tingencies from the equation. 508 Princeton Rd., Ste. 106 • Johnson City, TN Contingencies are factors that must be met before a sale can RealtorRobinMiller@gmail.com Robin Miller go through, according to the www.premierhomestn.com Real Estate Professional


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Water Savers

How to Keep Plants Safe in Summer Heat Waves By April Hensley


uly marks halfway through the year and midway through the growing season in zone 7. Most flowers and vegetables have been planted and early bloomers harvested. There’s still plenty of time to put out more plants though, with around 100 days before the first frost. The bugs of spring have moved on with a few new munchers moving in. Other than that, it’s just weeding and watering until harvest time. July is one of the driest months of the year. So, watering thirsty plants can take a big chunk of time out of every week if you do it manually. It can also increase water and electricity bills if not done efficiently. There are some tried and true methods to help you save some money and time. • Mulching around plants helps keep moisture in the soil instead of evaporating. Pine bark mulch can be purchased, or use leaves, straw, cardboard, or newspapers. It also helps cut back on weeds. • Attaching a sprinkler head to the garden hose will put water to a targeted area without wasting it in places it’s not needed. • Soaker hoses can be placed in raised beds or between garden rows to put water near the roots. They can also be covered with mulch in flower beds and gardens. • A rain barrel is handy to catch water runoff from roofs, which then can be used to water plants when needed. They can be purchased or homemade. Don’t forget to cover to protect children and animals. • Remember to water potted plants on covered porches and under overhangs. They don’t get rain like garden plants and can quickly dry up in the summer heat. • After plants are established in the ground, they only need to be deep watered around once a week. Some plants may need more due to their size, so water them more if you notice they are wilting. • Get a rain gauge to see how much has fallen each week. Pay attention to how many inches of water your garden does best with every week. If you get more rainfall than that, keep an eye on your plants, but you probably won’t need to water that week.

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• Watering your plants too much can also cause problems. Blossom end rot on tomatoes, cracked fruit, and root rot happens because of too much water. If you get a lot of rain, make sure you have good drainage and no standing water.


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Rhythm By Mike DeVries

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 KJV Interpretation: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10


was talking with a friend about rhythm. Both of us are huge music fans, so the discussion started with our exploring what the other person had in his iTunes collection. As we went through each other’s collection, the discussion moved from musical tastes, to favorite bands, to songs that, in our humble opinions, are “flatout amazing.” As we listened to each other trying to describe what moved us about certain songs, we kept saying, “I can’t describe it. You just need to hear this song.”

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Music has a way of moving us, changing us. Sounds played in a certain rhythm, with words that capture our thoughts and emotions. For anyone who is a music fan, you know when a song comes together…and you know when one doesn’t. You know when it’s in rhythm, or whether it’s out of rhythm. Our lives are similar, aren’t they? You just know when you are living life in a good rhythm. It may be hard to describe, but you just know it. You can feel it. It just works together. At the same time, you can feel when your life is out of rhythm. It feels forced. You feel drained. You keep asking yourself, “Why is life so hard right now?” One day, Jesus is walking with His disciples and makes this astounding statement, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” In essence, Jesus is saying, “I came to show you how to live, really live. I came to show you how to live in rhythm with God—a life both now and forever more.” Jesus came, not only to open the door that we may be reconnected to God; He came to show us the very best way to live in the here and now—a life in rhythm with how the Creator wired us to live. Perhaps that’s why when we live as Jesus lived—a life of love, grace, and generosity—we feel that we are tapping into something beautiful, something that feels right. This is the way God wired you to live. To live in any other way would be out of rhythm with how we were designed by our Creator. Today, may you choose to live deeply in rhythm with how God created you to live: A life lived in the way of Jesus, empowered by His Spirit.

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onoring a legacy. Answering a call. My dad was my hero. He was the Fire and Building Inspector for the Town of Marion, and a Civil Defense instructor. The photograph to the right is my cousin Gene and me sporting my dad’s fire department hats. Both Gene and I grew up to serve as volunteer firefighters, he for Adwolfe, me for my hometown. For me, it was nearly a decade of running calls, working side by side with some of the greatest men and women I’ll ever have the honor of being associated with. But age, weight, worn knees, and time caught up with me, and as Marion moved from vol-

unteers, I took my leave to that chapter in my life. It was certainly one of the most rewarding ones, as I was physically able to give back to this community that I so love, and in doing so, got to fulfill a five-yearold bespectacled boy’s dreams. When I took each test along the way, the very badge that adorned that cap was in my pocket. Today, it’s one of my most treasured possessions. As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I’ll always be honored to have been able to be a small part of the fire service. May God watch over every single one of my brothers and sisters, and keep them safe.


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Nature’s Artistry By Pam Blair


e live in an area known for its stunning, natural beauty with breathtaking mountain views, scenic lakes, and endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Nature’s artistry is always on display in places you would expect, like the view from a mountain top, or the peaceful serenity of water flowing over rocks in a stream. I feel a sense of wonder that no matter where I go, there is always something interesting to see, which is why I was struck by the extraordinary beauty of fallen trees and reflected images on a recent visit to Watauga Lake. I never tire of mountain views or lakefront vistas, but do take special pleasure when I see artistry in unexpected places. Trees that have fallen in the lake are an example of this, for when soggy ground or root problems force them to release their hold on the bank, the results can be something quite dramatic. This tree fell on its side at the edge of a cove in the lake, leaving it perfectly horizontal with jagged branches reaching for the sky. The branches resemble the sharp teeth of a giant hack saw or steps on a broken ladder leading nowhere. Its bleak posture is a fallen soldier making a final salute and we mourn its passing.

A tree lies bent at halfmast, in harsh contrast to the thriving green foliage on the trees gathered behind it. The stricken tree’s extended branches reach for the water, arms thrown open in protest. It’s not given up yet as the tips of its branches tickle the water, creating little currents like fingers trailing from the side of a boat. Maybe it’s trying to show all of us some of the vibrancy of the life it once led. Water reflections create fantastic mirror images of objects above, causing the observer to wonder which end is up. Imagine standing on your head to view this perfect image in reverse, although the water and the boat would be upside down. Not many fish would be caught that way! Visions of tumbled trees and watery reflections fire the imagination with their effortless artistry, which reminds me to look for something exquisite in unusual places. Unconventional splendor can often be more inspiring than what we have always expected to see.

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

Tips to Book a Vacation Rental in a Unique Summer


fter a dismal 2020 when people’s movements were greatly restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel and tourism could increase significantly beginning in the summer of 2021. That’s great news for the businesses and workers who make their living in the tourism industry, and it’s music to the ears of people itching to get out of the house and head off for parts unknown. Vacation rentals figure to be hot commodities in the months to come. According to the short-term rental property management platform Guesty, vacation rental reservations between June and August of 2021 increased by 110 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. Competition for vacation rentals could be steep this summer, and a few tips could help vacationers find a property to call their home away from home. • Act quickly. Travel and tourism industry professionals reported an uptick in demand for vacation rentals as early as February 2021. COVID-19 vaccinations had already been available to millions of people by then, so it’s no surprise rentals picked up around that time. Anyone still looking for a rental should be prepared to move quickly upon finding properties they like, as remaining rentals may not stay on the market with more and more fully vaccinated people looking to travel. • Recognize that location might not be everything. Location is a top priority in a typical vacation season, but summer 2021 figures to be an atypical time to travel. Location typically bears such significance because travelers want to be close to attractions and amenities like shops and restaurants. But many areas, including some tourism hotspots, are only gradually reopening this summer. So proximity to amenities may not be as important this summer as it has been

in the past. Recognizing that may expand travelers’ options as they scan vacation rental listings. • Focus on the rental. Though location might not be as important in the summer of 2021, the rental property itself might take on heightened importance. Restaurants may still be operating under capacity restrictions this summer, which might make it hard to book dinner reservations. Travelers also may not want to dine out three times per day if doing so requires adhering to various restrictions. That places extra importance on the amenities of the vacation rental. Rentals with fully functional kitchens, and even those with outdoor kitchens, may be especially valuable to travelers this summer. In addition, rentals with plenty of space to lounge around indoors and outdoors could provide a comfortable respite for travelers without much to do. Many people are planning to go on vacation this summer. Would-be travelers may have to reconsider their traditional approach to vacation rentals in response to what figures to be a unique time to travel.

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Canada’s Capital Article and Photographs By Nancy Binder


ttawa is located on the Ottawa and Rideau rivers in the southeastern province of Ontario. The Algonquin people used the waterways here to trade, camp, hunt, and fish. The French explorer Etienne Brule was the first European to see Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River in 1610. The Rideau River was named by Samuel de Champlain in 1613 because the waterfalls gave the appearance of a curtain (rideau in French). There was no permanent settlement until 1800 when Philemon Wright, a New Englander, created the first European settlement on the north side of the Ottawa River, aptly called Wrightsville. In 1826 Bytown (Ottawa’s original name) was founded on the south side of the river as news spread of a proposed canal by the British government on the Rideau River. It was named after Colonel John By who was the engineer for the entire Rideau Waterway project. Bytown grew, and when it was incorporated on January 1, 1855 it was decided to change the city name to Ottawa to honor the indigenous heritage. The word Ottawa is derived from the Algonquin word “adawe” meaning “to trade.” In 1857, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of Canada. The British Crown owned the land now called Parliament Hill. It is high over the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers. This

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location was considered strategic against an invasion from the United States after the War of 1812. Construction of the Parliament buildings began in 1859. During a visit from the Prince of Wales in 1860, the maple leaf was first used as an official emblem of Canada. On July 1, 1867 Canada became country by uniting the provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick in Confederation. The province of Canada became Ontario and Quebec provinces. Canada was self-governed but it was still subject to British rule. Canada did not attain autonomy until the patriation of their constitution, called the Canada Act 1982, eliminating British Parliament’s amendment power. Canada’s executive branch consists of the Queen, the Governor-General, Prime Minister, and the Cabinet. The Queen appoints the Governor-General on the advice of the Canadian Prime Minister, which appears to be her only power. Between 1859 and 1876 construction of the Parliament building took place. A fire on February 3, 1916 destroyed the Center Block of the Parliament building. The House of Commons and the Senate were relocated to the Victoria Memorial Museum, now the Canadian Museum of Nature. A new Centre Block was completed in 1922, the centerpiece being the Gothic style clock tower known as the Peace Tower. On our visit to Ottawa, we took a guided tour of the Parliament Building. We toured the Senate, which has 105 appointed members who serve until they reach the continued on next page

Senate Chambers

Women Are Persons Monument—Emily Murphy mandatory retirement age of 75. Unfortunately, we could not tour the House of Commons as they were in session and tours were not allowed. The House of Commons has 338 members elected by the people of their district. The library in the Parliament building was not destroyed by fire in 1916 and is beautiful. The highlight of the tour for me was the Peace Tower. The Peace Tower functions as a memorial to Canadians who died in service to their country. Books of Remembrance listing the names of those killed are displayed in glass cases on seven altars in the Memorial Chamber. Every day at 11 am, the pages of each book are turned so that every name is on display at least once a year. There is an observation deck near the top of the Peace Tower affording beautiful views of the city. After our tour, we walked the grounds of Parliament Hill. The Women Are Persons Monument commemorates the Persons Case and the Famous Five women involved. Five women from the Province of Alberta fought to have Canadian women constitutionally recognized as persons. Led by Emily Murphy, and supported by Louise McKinny, Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards, and Nellie McClung, they petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada in 1928 but the Court rejected their case. On October 18, 1929 the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council decided in favor of the women. October 18 is known as Persons Day in Canada. The United States Embassy can be seen in its entirety from Parliament Hill. It was dedicated by President Bill Clinton on October 8, 1999. It was the first time that a U. S. President dedicated an embassy. While standing on Parliament Hill, a gentleman introduced himself to us. He was the Honorable Mark Eyking, an MP (Member of Parliament) from Nova Scotia. He was interested in where we were from and what touring we were doing of Canada. We had a delightful 10 minute chat with him. I hope that members of our Congress occasionally talk to tourists in Washington. A visit to the National Gallery of Canada is a must. The building was opened in 1988. Its permanent collection includes

Spider Sculpture and Notre Dame more than 93,000 works of art, including a large collection from indigenous artists. Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica started as the small wooden church St. Jacques built in 1832. The church was destroyed in 1841 to build a larger church. The new church was of Neo-Classical design. When the lower section of the church was completed, a new order of priests was sent to Bytown by the Pope. They decided that the upper section should be of Neo-Gothic design. The structure was completed in 1846. In 1847 it was designated a cathedral and in 1879 Pope Leo XII designated the cathedral as a minor basilica. The interior is beautifully decorated and was restored in 1999. We spent an afternoon riding our bicycles along the Rideau Canal. We talked to other bicyclists and they told us that in the winter people ice skate on the canal, many skating to work downtown. It was a lovely day and many pleasure boats were using the canal and locks to enter the Ottawa River.

Rideau Canal and Locks


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

n writing columns since he was the first newspaper in Odessa, Texas, in 1968. “Guest Community Columnist” for his The Glen Rose Reporter. Charlie and his their home out in the country in Glen proud parents of their son, Charles IV, lle. They are the grandparents of five


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?


Written by Various Authors Scattered Flowers is a collection of short stories centering on Appalachian women and the beauty of the Appalachian home-place. These stories have been carefully crafted by an impressive collection of talented authors. Each tale is sure to tug your heartstrings, bringing laughter, tears, and lasting impressions that will keep you coming back to this anthology again and again.


What Do Police Officers Do?


Written by Charles H. Norman III WHAT DO POLICE The author writes: This book is a collection of true short OFFICERS DO? 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.

Written by Jocelyn M. Lacey Illustrated by Teresa Wilkerson Come with us as we meet police officers and learn about all of the different jobs they do in their communities!

Come with us as we meet police officers and learn about all of the different jobs they do in their communities!

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t stories and personal anecdotes es I’ve had, and places I’ve been. e era, these writings afford the busyness of the hectic world in y to take the time to reminisce e innocent, easier time. All the ek deeper faith in the One who ands of West Texas, I’ve had a for allowing me to share a little

Scattered Flowers– An Appalachia-Inspired Short Story Collection

Andy and the Beats

Jocelyn Mooneyhan Lacey was inspired to write this story after her participation in the Citizen’s Police Academy offered by the Johnson City Police Department in her hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee. In addition to working at a police department in North Carolina, she also worked with law enforcement while employed at a domestic violence shelter and children’s advocacy center. She lives in Kennebunkport, Maine with her husband, two dogs, a cat, and two fish.


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Written by Rick Toomey, Ed.D The Joy of Being You uses the humorous differences in two dogs and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality Illustrated by Teresa Wilkerson preferences to help children find joy in who they are. 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 those around us.” -Micki Bare, Author “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 —Micki Bare, Author of The Hubbleville Series those around us.”

Ricky’s dad is in trouble and he is determined to save the day, but how does a prickly pear cactus do that? Thankfully the desert is full of new friends everywhere he goes.

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“A charming Written by Dale P. Rhodes, Sr. tale that teaches children the intrinsic value of love, friendship, and courage.” Ricky’s dad is in trouble and he is determined to save the day, but how does a prickly pear cactus do that? Thankfully the desert is full of Dale P. Rhodes, Sr. new friends everywhere he goes.


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“Bubble Butt and the rest of the always adventurous, time-traveling, spy-evading, intrepid Bad Love Gang are back in action with plenty to do. If you loved the first three Bad Love books, you’ll be knocked out by what comes next in Bad Love Medicine.” —JOHN J. KELLY, Detroit Free Press


The Summer the Air Changed

Written by Padgett Gerler Life is right normal for fourteen-year-old Bit Sizemore L . SCHEWE, and her precocious twelve-and-a-halfKEVINyear old best friend, Wisteria Calliope Jones, until Bug Jeter sees Jesus in a rock and changes little Lovington, North Carolina forever. Tourists discover the sleepy mountain town, big-city pretty-boy Palmer Lee Compton threatens the girls’ friendship, and the town’s pets begin disappearing. That’s when Wisteria decides that it’s up to her and Bit to solve the mystery of the missing pets, while side-stepping the minefields of hurt feelings and teen crushes. MD, FACRO,

is the proud father of two daughters and two granddaughters. He is a board-certified cancer specialist and has been in the private practice of radiation oncology for 34 years. He is an entrepreneur, having founded Elite Therapeutics and Bad Love Cosmetics Company. He serves as Chairman of the Board of a micro-cap renewable, green energy and animal feed company called VIASPACE, Inc. Bad Love Medicine is Dr. Schewe’s fourth novel in the Bad Love Series. His award-winning and highly-rated first three novels have all been Amazon bestsellers.


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dolf Hitler’s darkest secret is about to cross paths with the time-traveling Bad Love Gang on their quest to save the life of one of their members from a fate of terminal breast cancer. Back from their mission to save the Republic of Azur from volcanic destruction in Bad Love Beyond, the Bad Love Gang are knighted in a royal ceremony and celebration for the ages at the Queen’s Palace on Planet Azur. Blue Nova One gives Bubble Butt the cure for Hannah Lieb’s breast cancer and a secretive rescue device. The Bad Love Gang returns to Earth to deal with the KGB and plan their time-travel trip back to World War II Europe to find Hannah Lieb. Before they can get the cure to Hannah, the gang meets with British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, in April 1945. Churchill informs them that British SOE spies have uncovered Hitler’s darkest wartime secret called the “Black Hole Project.” Hitler plans to escape the Battle for Berlin and take his evil agenda to the future. Using their expertise in time-travel and British de Havilland Mosquito bombers, Churchill sends the Bad Love Gang on a do-or-die mission deep into Nazi Germany to try and discover the secrets of the Black Hole and then destroy it, ruining Hitler’s horrifying end game. If they succeed, they must then find Hannah to give her the life-saving medicine. Can they triumph?



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is an author from Central Virginia. Rhodes’ accomplishments include several Christian fiction novels, as well as a book of poetry. Ricky’s Desert Adventure is the second book in Rhodes’ Backyard Adventure Series for young readers.

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Bad Love Medicine

Book 4 of The Bad Love Series

Written by Kevin L. Schewe, MD, FACRO Back from their mission in the Republic of Azur, the Bad Love Gang returns to Earth to deal with the KGB and plan their time-travel THE BAD LOVE trip back to World War II Europe to get the SERIES BOOK 4 “Bad Love Medicine” breast cancer cure to Hannah Lieb. Before they can cure their friend, KEVIN L . SCHEWE, MD, FACRO the gang meets with British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill who sends them on a mission deep into Nazi Germany to discover the secrets of Hitler’s secret project and then destroy it. Bad Love Medicine is rich in actual WWII history uniquely blended with the adventures of time-traveling 1970s teenagers and laced with the unforgettable music of the 1960s and 1970s.

Saturday, July 17, 2021, 10 am – 6 pm Book Signing, Hungry Mother Festival, Marion,VA “every story needs a book”

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The Lindsay Harris Murder Mystery Series; The Best Darn Secret; and anthologies Easter Lilies; Broken Petals;Wild Daisies; Scattered Flowers and These Haunted Hills and These Haunted Hills Book 2 Saturday, July 3, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing, Food City,Vansant,VA Sunday, July 4, 2021, 11 am – 4 pm Book Signing, Big Walker Lookout, Wytheville,VA Monday, July 5, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing, Big Walker Lookout, Wytheville,VA Saturday, July 10, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing, Food City, St. Paul,VA Sunday, July 11, 2021, 11 am – 4 pm Book Signing, Big Walker Lookout, Wytheville,VA Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 11:30 – 1:30 pm Appalachian Authors Guild General Meeting, Shoney’s,Abingdon,VA Friday, July 16, 2021, 10 am – 6 pm Book Signing, Hungry Mother Festival, Marion,VA

Sunday, July 18, 2021, 10 am – 5 pm Book Signing, Hungry Mother Festival, Marion,VA Monday, July 19, 2021 – 6 pm Habitat for Humanity Meeting Clinch Valley Community Action Board Room,Tazewell,VA Saturday. July 24, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing, Food City, Claypool Hill,VA Sunday, July 25, 2021, 10 am – 6 pm Book Signing Virginia Highlands Festival Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon,VA Monday, July 26, 2021, 10 am – 6 pm Book Signing Virginia Highlands Festival Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center,Abingdon,VA Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Speaker – Memoirs Virginia Highlands Festival Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Room 240,Abingdon,VA Friday, July 30, 2021, 9 am – 4:30 pm Writers’ Day,Virginia Highlands Festival Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center,Abingdon,VA

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Elliott, if your story is that appealing, try to find an agent. This won’t be easy, because you don’t have a track record, but it’s worth a shot. Send multiple letters and emails to literary agencies until you gain someone’s interest. Contact several publishers at once, too. — Judi Light Hopson

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing, Food City,Wise,VA

Appalachian Authors Guild Meeting July 11, 2021, the Appalachian Authors Guild will meet at Shoney’s in Abingdon, VA, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. At this general meeting there will be a presentation from Board Member and Author J.C. Schweingrouber (aka: Cyrus Alderwood). All are welcome to attend.


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This Month’s Featured Books

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Jocelyn Lacey

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Stacey Lynn Schlegl

July is National Make a Difference to Children Month! One person can make all the difference in a child’s life. Make sure that person is you!

Pete’s world is sad and lonely. Not only does he not like anything about himself, but he doesn’t fit in with the other kids. It isn’t until Pete’s misfit guardian angel, T.J., teaches him the art of loving himself that Pete becomes happy and fulfilled. The book is beautifully illustrated with vibrant colors and wonderful facial expressions. The book is a delight for adults to read and children will enjoy the heartwarming message about self image and loving oneself.

Pierre the Peacock is delightfully illustrated with a valuable message. It is about acceptance, friendship, and a valuable lesson in how we should treat people. Come with us as we meet Pierre, a peacock who thinks that he will get friends just from his pretty looks. When he meets Jerry, a colorblind little boy, he teaches Pierre th

Shell Racers is a beautifully illustrated book that will engage any young reader. The illustrations capture the excitement and emotion of the moment for each turtle in their quest to win the prize—a head of cabbage. Explore the adventures of these two turtles who chose to race for a mouth-watering head of cabbage instead of deciding to share it. They soon find out that they both lose in the end.

Luke Kramarski This book is written to help your child get into the habit of reading and staying active. Each day is a new adventure and a new exercise. Beautiful illustrations help the child stay engaged and motivated.

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Against his mother’s wishes, Tiny, an adventurous kangaroo rat, ventures out into the heated desert, encountering the dangers of predators and wishes he’d listened to his mother’s warnings after all.

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The Risks of an Overly Sedentary Lifestyle


ealth experts call it “sitting disease.” It refers to when people spend more of their time behind a desk, or steering wheel of a car, or planted in front of a television than they do engaging in physical activity. According to the American Heart Association, sedentary jobs have increased by 83 percent since 1950, and technology has reduced many people’s need to get up and move. Inactivity is taking a considerable toll on public health. Increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess body fat all can be attributed to inactivity. Mental health can be adversely affected by a sedentary lifestyle as well. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle can significantly increase a person’s risk for various types of cancer. A German meta-analysis of 43 studies involving four million people indicated those who sit the most have higher propensities to develop colon cancer, endometrial cancer and lung cancer. Johns Hopkins Medical Center says research shows that high levels of exercise at some point in the day can lessen some risk, but it’s not entirely effective if most of the rest of the day a person is inactive. Risk for cardiovascular disease increases significantly for people who spend 10 hours or more sitting each day.

Various medical organizations recommend individuals get up and move at any opportunity to help reduce risks of inactivity. Erin Michos, M.D., M.H.S., associate director of preventive cardiology at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, advises people who are very sedentary to aim for 4,000 steps per day. Such individuals can then build up to a target of 10,000 steps daily. The Mayo Clinic recommends these strategies to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting. • Stand while talking on the phone or watching television • Invest in a standing desk • Get up from sitting every 30 minutes • Walk at lunch or during meetings Sedentary lifestyles can affect health in many negative ways. But there are various ways to get up and go over the course of a typical day.

Exercising Safely After Recovering from COVID-19


study from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency found that 91 percent of people who recovered from COVID-19 reported at least one long-lasting symptom, and fatigue and trouble concentrating were the most common. Health experts recommend a slow, phased approach to resuming exercise after recovering from COVID-19. It’s also worth noting that it may take some time to regain pre-illness fitness levels, so individuals are urged to go easy on themselves if they cannot meet certain milestones. It is recommended to wait for seven days after major symptoms have stopped before beginning to slowly build up physical activity. One should start with light-intensity exercises, such as walking or yoga. Gradually, more challenging activities, including brisk walking, swimming or light resistance training, can be introduced. Each phase should be maintained for at least seven days. People should be mindful of getting out of breath or feeling too fatigued by exercise. If this occurs, they should move back a phase until exercise feels comfortable. voicemagazineforwomen.com | July 2021 | 21

Safety First for Seniors By Cindy K. Sproles


afety first! I remember my own mother chanting those words to me as a child and as I think back, many of the things my parents did to protect me around our home have simply cycled into the senior care for them. As children become caregivers it’s important to remember the safety first theory. Though safety in our parent’s home is sometimes more difficult, it is still vital to prevent falls and to prepare for the unexpected. With safety first in mind, here are some immediate things families can do to help protect their seniors from both inside hazards and outward hazards. • Remove items that obscure a clear walkway – Remove throw rugs that easily catch the toe of a shoe. Despite the fact your loved one knows where those rugs are located, this does not prevent a foot that once lifted when it walked but now scoots from catching on a loose rug and causing serious falls and injury. Clear footstools and furniture that may block a clear path through the home. Magazine racks are notorious for protruding into a walkway. Anything that can cause a senior who may teeter when they walk to catch a foot should be cleared away. • Consider auto shut-off appliances – As our loved one’s age, memory begins to fail and it’s not always memories of the past. It is memories of where they laid a book or if they shut off the coffee pot. Most small appliances come with auto shut-off included, but if a senior has owned the same iron for thirty years, it’s best to replace it with a new one that shuts off after a few minutes. The same is true of coffee pots and hot plates. Where ever these items can be replaced – do. • Install safety rails in bathrooms – Making a bathroom safe means making some changes. Add handrails to the tub/shower and even next to the toilet. Place non-slip rubber mats in the bottom of tubs or showers and consider adding a handheld showerhead along with a sliding shower seat that allows seniors to sit down first then twist to swing their legs into the shower. Sitting to bathe is much safer and prevents more falls than imaginable. Place a small shelf with toiletries and towels directly beside the tub so that seniors do not have to reach and stretch to attain the items. • Consider a Personal Emergency Device – PEDs are wonderful tools for seniors. These are buttons worn around the neck or wrist at all times, that can be pushed if your senior needs help. Note – Do your homework. There are companies avail-

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able that connect directly to a live person who can talk immediately with your senior. Some companies immediately dispatch 911 services, and seniors are obligated to pay the bill when they are dispatched. However, finding a service that connects to a live person, can not only save a senior costly services but can put them in contact with what is immediately needed. It could be a call to a family member who can manage the need as opposed to calling out the calvary. Every call a senior may make is not always life-threatening. It is important to remember that if you have a senior who suffers from dementia, these items may not be effective since their short-term memory may not remind them to push the button. In this case, there are PEDs that only note a fall. Check each option to assure you choose the one that best serves your loved one’s needs. • Consider in-home devices such as Alexa Echo, or in-home cameras like Blink or Ring – As frustrating as new technology is for seniors, having something like the Echo is great. Calling or answering a call is one button and most of these items include a “drop-in” button, which means you can check in on your loved one without making them answer the phone. This is a wonderful addition should you suspect a fall, or if your loved one is not answering the phone. • Get a senior cell phone – Stay away from smartphones since our seniors have difficulty maneuvering through the madness of a smartphone, but acquire a simple phone meant for senior use, i.e. Jitterbug, or Consumer Cellular. These phones can be preloaded with important numbers and they fit in the pocket for easy retrieval. • Check the locks – Finally, check the locks on doors. Remove the lock from a bedroom door or bathroom door to prevent accidental locking. Install press button deadbolts so seniors can enter an easily remembered number code to access. If wandering is a problem, then install deadbolts high on doors so they cannot be reached by seniors. With current security systems, you can lock and unlock doors remotely from your cell phone. • Do not advertise a senior’s home address – Sadly enough, seniors become the prey of scam artists. Never advertise your senior’s home address or phone number unless you are sure it is secure. These are only a few of the things families can do to protect their seniors. Remember, you are never wrong to consider safety first.


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.

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Jewell Worley: Nothing is Worse than Not Knowing “The process is painless, and the prep process has greatly improved over the past eleven years.”


Dr. Jewell Worley

ewell Worley’s younger sister, Melissa, was in the ICU after her third major surgery. It had been 21 days since the start of the operation. Worley was hoping the end was in sight. After the first procedure, the family was informed that the cancer was no longer in the colon but had spread. Melissa was only 42 years old, much younger than the age at which the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends people with average risk begin screening — 45. Melissa would take years to recover from cancer. The pain and suffering that Melissa and the family went through has changed their perspective of colon testing. Worley had put off the recommended screening for fear of the screening prep, but after her sister was diagnosed at such a young age, her decision changed. Since then, she has received multiple screenings and has formed a close bond with her gastroenterologist. Although awareness of colon cancer is increasing, many people remain uncomfortable with doctors’ advice, fearing the prep for screening. Although according to the National Cancer Institute, screenings of colon cancer for the targeted age group have increased in the last 20 years.

Worley encourages everyone she knows to get screened. The screening process has gone through many changes in the past years, but the stigma around the screening process is still present. Worley said, “The process is painless, and the prep process has greatly improved over the past eleven years.” She does not believe her sister could have survived without the doctors’ proactive care and knowledge about colon cancer. According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), more than 50,000 people die every year from colon cancer. Worley and her family went through a traumatic experience. However, they did not lose her sister thanks to the doctors helping her. Worley said, “We prayed for wisdom for the doctors and nurses who treated her.” Southwest Virginia has a lower percentage of screenings than the national average, and The American Cancer Society describes Southwest Virginia as falling behind the recommended screening rate. If screening rates improve, many lives could be saved in the community. This article is from the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement for the University of Virginia Cancer Center. The Cancer Center Without Walls Southwest Virginia Community Advisory Board addresses 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/. voicemagazineforwomen.com | July 2021 | 23

The Health Benefits of 4 Popular Teas W

hen in need of a beverage to warm them up, billions of people across the globe routinely look to tea. That choice has been made since ancient times, as various historians trace the habitual consumption of tea to ancient China. Anything that has survived since ancient times no doubt has some good qualities, and tea is no exception. According to Penn Medicine, various types of tea each provide their own unique health benefits, some of which may surprise even the most devoted tea drinkers. 1. White tea: A 2010 study published in the Journal of Food Science found that antioxidant-rich white tea boasts anti-carcinogenic properties. Penn Medicine also notes that white tea is a significant source of fluoride, catechins and tannins, ingredients that can strengthen teeth, improve their resistance to acid and sugar and fight plaque. 2. Chamomile tea: Many people like drinking this herbal tea before bedtime because they feel it helps them fall asleep, and one study published in Molecular Medicine Reports in 2010 notes that chamomile tea is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Chamomile tea also has been shown to improve heart health. A 2015 study of 64 patients with diabetes published in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation found that those who consumed chamomile tea with meals had improved triglyceride and “bad” cholesterol levels compared to patients who drank water. 3. Peppermint tea: The Mount Sinai Health System notes that peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile. Made from dried leaves of the peppermint plant, peppermint

tea can help to soothe an upset stomach and help people overcome conditions like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and motion sickness. 4. Green tea: Green tea is loaded with flavonoids, which Penn Medicine notes improve heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting. In addition, the National Cancer Institute notes that the polyphenols in green tea may protect people against the damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet B radiation. One study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association also associated green tea consumption with a reduced risk of stroke. Tea has been consumed for millenia. Though many people drink tea simply for its taste, those same people may drink even more after learning about the effects this beloved beverage can have on their overall health.

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Backyard barbecue essentials


ince so many backyard gatherings were canceled in 2020, now may be a great time to revisit the essential components that make barbecues such a beloved summertime tradition.

• Furniture: In early spring, fully vaccinated individuals were given the go-ahead to gather mask-free with fully vaccinated people from other households. That was a relief for people who are itching to spend time with family and friends after more than a year apart. If you’re planning to host a backyard barbecue this summer, inspect your outdoor furniture for wear and tear, especially if you did not bother to take it out of the garage last summer. A thorough cleaning might be in order. • Food: Ask guests if they have any food allergies prior to the barbecue. Let it be known that anyone with a food allergy can bring their own foods without fear of offending hosts. If someone does have an allergy, set aside some freshly cleaned dishes for them in the days before the party. Make sure those dishes are not kept alongside other serving dishes so guests have uncontaminated plates and cutlery to use when they arrive. When planning the menu for people without food allergies, don’t forget traditional fare like hamburgers and hot dogs. Such foods might not be fancy, but they will lend a little normalcy to the festivities. And be sure to stock up on supplies for s’mores so everyone can finish the night off with a delicious dessert around the firepit. • Games: A new cornhole set, some frisbees and even a few extra baseball mitts and baseballs can ensure everyone has something to do in between hamburgers. If you have the room in your backyard, set up a wiffle ball field and encourage willing guests to make teams and play a game of wiffle ball. • Audio/visual entertainment: An outdoor movie screen or television and some surround sound speakers can allow those interested to watch a game during the barbecue. If yours is more of a musical crowd, some Bluetooth speakers around the backyard set to a relaxing summer playlist can help to establish the perfect backyard barbecue ambiance. • Miscellaneous items: Many adults are fully vaccinated, but the vaccine had yet to be approved for kids under 16 as recently as mid-spring. If families with kids under 16 will be coming over, purchase extra masks to keep

kids safe. It’s also a good idea to stock up on hand sanitizer and make it available in the backyard as well as inside near doorways and in bathrooms. As summer hits full swing, now is a great time for homeowners to revisit the essentials for throwing a backyard barbecue to remember.

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Take your Fourth of July Burgers Up a Notch Fourth of July celebrations often take place in the backyard by the grill, and this year marks a perfect opportunity to expand your culinary repertoire. This recipe for “Best Burger With Blue Cheese Butter” courtesy of Eric Treuille and Birgit Erath’s “Grilling” (DK Publishing) offers a new take on a backyard barbecue staple.

down on grill pan until warm lightly golden, 1 minute. Blue-Cheese Butter Makes 15 servings 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 4 ounces (1 cup crumbled) blue cheese 2 teaspoons black pepper Place ingredients in a food processor or blender; pulse until well blended. Wrap in foil. Place in the freezer until hard, about 45 minutes. To serve, roll back foil and cut into 1⁄2-inch slices. When slicing from frozen, warm the knife under hot water first. After slicing, always tightly rewrap the unused flavored butter roll in the foil before returning to refrigerator or freezer. Best Burger Variations

Best Burger With Blue Cheese Butter Serves 4 1 pound ground chuck steak 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 4 1⁄2-inch slices blue cheese butter (see below) 4 sesame hamburger buns, halved Combine ground steak with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 equal-sized pieces and gently shape into 4 burgers about 1-inch-thick. Grill burgers and warm buns according to instructions below. Top burgers with butter and serve hot in sesame buns. Outdoor cooking: Grill over hot coals for 3 minutes per side for rare, 4 minutes per side for medium rare, or 5 minutes per side for well done. Place buns cut side down on grill until warm and lightly golden, 1 minute. Indoor cooking: Preheat a ridged cast-iron grill pan over high heat. Cook for 3 minutes per side for rare, 4 minutes per side for medium rare, or 5 minutes per side for well done. Place buns cut side 26 | July 2021 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

• Herbed Burger: Add 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 crushed garlic clove and 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion to the ground steak. • Spicy Burger: Add 1⁄2 teaspoon tabasco, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard to the ground steak.

Serve Apple Turnovers at Summer Gatherings Celebrations are common in July. American Independence Day is celebrated each July 4th, and that momentous occasion lays the foundation for a month-long celebration of Americana. Apple pie is a popular Independence Day dish made from apples, but a close cousin to pie — turnovers — can be just as delicious. Turnovers are handheld desserts made with many of the same ingredients as pie. They are small pastries made by covering one half of a piece of dough with filling, folding the other half over on top, and then sealing the edges. Apple turnovers can be a sweet treat for July 4th barbecues or other events this summer. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy of PillsburyTM.

Easy Apple Turnovers Serves 4 1 1⁄2 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (roughly 11⁄2 medium-sized apple) 1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla 1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts 1 egg In a 2-quart saucepan, mix apples, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of the water and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender. In a small bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar and salt. Gradually stir into apple mixture, cooking and stirring until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 F. Let pie crust pouch stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Remove pie crust from pouch; unroll crust on ungreased cookie sheet. Spoon cooled fruit mixture evenly onto half of crust to within 1⁄2 inch of edge. In a small bowl, beat egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush over edge of crust. Fold untopped half of crust over apple mixture; firmly press edge to seal. Flute edge; cut small slits in several places in top crust. Brush top with remaining egg mixture. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm or cool. Drizzle with icing, if desired.


7 Ways to Incorporate More Blueberries Into Your Diet

ruits and vegetables are vital components of a nutritious diet, and few foods pack a more nutritional punch than blueberries. Enjoying a blueberry muffin or a cup of blueberries with breakfast are two ways to consume more blueberries. But those are not the only ways to incorporate more blueberries into your diet. 1. Make a smoothie. Blend blueberries into a smoothie containing frozen yogurt and other fruit. Drink it any time of the day as a filling snack or even a small meal. 2. Whip up blueberry relish. Diced fresh blueberries tossed with onion, diced tomato and various seasonings can be used to top fish tacos or spread on toast rounds. 3. Create a fruit salad. Blend together various fresh fruits into a delicious fruit salad. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top to prevent browning of the fruits used. 4. Whip up overnight oats. Mix equal parts of almond milk, oats, and Greek yogurt together in a container and

Blueberry Apple Pie Makes 1 large pie 1 Vegan Shortcrust Pastry (see below) 2 medium apples 2 1⁄4 pounds fresh blueberries 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (Alternative: Use 1 tablespoon oat bran instead of the flour) 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 11 1⁄4 inch pie dish with half of the pastry, and prepare the top crust. 2. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Spread the apple slices over the bottom of the pastry base. Tip the blueberries into the pie dish, and spread evenly to cover the apples.

let sit overnight. In the morning, mix in favorite some blueberries. Add a little pure vanilla extract for added flavor. 5. Add blueberries to batters. Mix blueberries into pancake or waffle batters to add extra nutrients to meals. 6. Flavor your drinks. Drop blueberries into water, fruit juices or lemonade for a nutritional boost. Dress up sangria with blueberries for an added punch to this popular cocktail. 7. Mix up energy bites. Pair nuts, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, and other healthy ingredients with blueberries. Utilize maple syrup or honey to keep ingredients together, and bake until golden brown. Many different recipes are available online for these types of treats. Blueberries make nutritious additions to any diet, and there are various ways to incorporate more of this flavorful fruit into your meals.

3. Mix together the sugar and flour in a small bowl, and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the berries. 4. Position the prepared top crust over the pie, seal together the edges of the pastry and pierce the top crust with a fork or knife. 5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the pastry is golden and crisp. 6. Cool and serve.

Vegan Shortcrust Pastry Makes top and bottom pie crust 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting 2 3⁄4 ounces coconut oil 1⁄3 cup fine cornmeal 1. Measure the flour into a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and ‘cut’ it into the flour, using a fork or table knife, to create an even texture throughout. Add the cornmeal, working it in the same way to create an even texture.

2. Add 1⁄2 cup ice cold water, and quickly work it into the dough with your fingertips. Shape the dough into a ball, cover the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours. 3. Remove the pastry from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before use, and bring to room temperature. Lightly flour your work surface and a rolling pin. Keep a little extra flour to one side, to use as needed. 4. Divide the dough in two, and knead one portion on the work surface to ensure an even consistency. Roll out the pastry into a round or rectangle, as required, to a thickness of 1⁄4 inch. 5. Lift the pastry into the pie dish and press into place, trimming off any excess. Roll the remaining pastry in the same way, to make the top crust, or to line a second pie dish. Source: The Contented Vegan by Peggy Brusseau

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Fantastic facts about fireworks C

ities and towns across the country commemorate special days with various festivities, particularly when warm weather beckons people outdoors. Fireworks long have been a popular way to cap off parades, concerts, sporting events, and national days of celebration. Entire communities come together to watch spectacular shows in which blazing pops of color light up the night sky. Fireworks are a wonder to behold when they are part of professional displays, and their history can be interesting as well. • While the Chinese invented fireworks, Italians helped fine-tune them. Italians are credited with designing aerial shells and figuring out that certain metallic powders could create specific colors. • The largest consistent fireworks show in the United States is the Macy’s show in New York over the Hudson River on July 4th. More than three million people view the show, which includes more than 40,000 shells. • The Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the world, according to Business Insider. It also is the second largest purchaser of explosive devices, behind only the U.S. Department of Defense. • High-energy metal compounds like copper chloride emit colors like violet and blue in fireworks. Low-energy compounds like strontium chloride produce orange and red. • The pattern fireworks will produce in the sky is determined by how stars are arranged inside of the shell.

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Stars are the cubes or spheres that contain the chemicals needed for the firework reaction. • Mental Floss notes that “daytime fireworks” are made up of colored smoke and can be seen during the day. • Individuals who are employed in the manufacture of fireworks must wear cotton clothing, including undergarments, as synthetic clothing can create sparks capable of detonating fireworks, according to Alamo Fireworks. • Various fireworks shapes have their own names. They may be called willows, palms, crossettes, horsetails, rings, cakes, and more. • New Castle, PA is known as the “Fireworks Capital of America” because Zambelli Fireworks Internationale and Pyrotecnico both got their start there in the mid-nineteenth century. • Scientists are currently working to create more ecofriendly fireworks. Fireworks will soon be booming in towns and cities all over, and their history is as interesting as their displays are awe-inspiring.

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