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On the Cover Pictured: Tanya Trotter from The War & Treaty at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2018 Photo Credit: Eli Johnson
Welcome Back to School! 6
The Future is Female: Women Rule Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2022
April Hensley 13
Deana Landers 15
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Keeping the Garden Green
YW Campaign of Promise
Charlene Tipton Baker 10
Pam Blair 14
Ken Heath 20
The Nose Tells the Tale Cindy Sproles 21
5 Ways to Show Seniors They’re Appreciated 23
Easy Meals for Busy Week Nights 26
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f you have followed Voice Magazine for Women over the years, you know that I’m a cat person. However, I do love dogs too. Having two Australian Shepherds in the family, this summer heat has made it difficult for them to stay cool. As a result, they are allowed to come inside into the den. But there’s a problem. The smaller one, Luna, who joined our family a few months ago, stinks. Yes—stinks! No amount of bathing helps. It’s so bad that I took her to our veterinarian to see if its health related. Since Luna was a shelter dog, we have no health history. The vet prescribed allergy pills, offered suggestions on food, etc. Still stinky! When I see her running to greet my vehicle as I arrive home from work, it reminds of the picture I have in my office with this caption: Only two will love you unconditionally: DOG and the word spelled backward…GOD. I know when I open my car door to expect dog hugs, kisses, and jumps with excitement. What to do with ‘Miss Stinky’? Well…I have found a new purpose for wearing a mask! Wearing a mask or not may be a question for us at our grand opening, but for now, it’s optional. So, mark your calendar to join us and bring a friend! Our grand opening for JCP’s Books & Gifts is set for Saturday, August 27, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We will have giveaways, prizes, and discounts on all our books, including children’s books! We are now scheduling author book signings. For more information, call Savannah Bailey, Communications Director, 423.302.0108 or email JCPbooksandgifts@ gmail.com. Located in the Food City shopping center in Blountville on Hwy 394, this is a big step for JCP, so your support is much appreciated. See details in our ad on page 20. Other exciting news: JCP has started a new book blog— Bookmarked. Please follow our blog offering insights on book publishing, topics of the month, spotlighting authors and books, highlights of Voice Magazine for Women, engaging questions and much more. Also, sign up for our newsletters for our latest news and book discounts. We have a new member in the JCP family. We are excited to welcome Abigail Webb to JCP! She joins us as our Books & Gifts Retail Assistant! I want to say a big thank you to all of you—fans, supporters, readers, advertisers, authors, and our contributing writers. We could not be here without all of you! Thank you all! Thought of the month: “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just to show up.” Brene Brown Verse of the Month: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
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Bad Habits That May Be Affecting Appearance
ho doesn’t want to look and feel her best? Many women go to great lengths in the name of beauty. But not every beauty tip or practice is beneficial. Women may be tempted to repeat bad beauty habits when they get the desired results, but doing so can put their bodies at risk. Turning a blind eye to these habits is never a good idea. In fact, recognizing potential beauty pitfalls and how to avoid them can promote long-term health, and nothing is more beautiful than that. • Failure to drink enough water. One of the most effective ways to nurture skin comes right out of the tap in the kitchen sink. When people forget to drink adequate amounts of water, loss of fluids can result in dry skin that may have a tired, faded look. Even subtle wrinkles may become more pronounced as a result. • Getting tan from the sun or tanning beds. A warm, golden glow is a hallmark of long days spent in the great outdoors. Many women aspire to have a beautiful tanned look and will spend hours in the sun or at tanning salons. Dermatologists warn that ultraviolet rays that come from the sun or tanning beds can be very harmful to the skin, even if you do not burn. Premature aging and skin cancer are two risks.
• Using dirty makeup brushes. Cosmetics can completely transform appearance, often with minimal effort. By failing to clean brushes after frequent use, women are potentially exposing themselves to bacteria and other microorganisms that congregate on brushes and applicators. This bacteria eventually can spread into the beauty products themselves. • Popping pimples. The temptation to pop pimples is significant. The wellness resource Verywell Health says popping pimples forces pore debris deeper into follicles, can make blemishes worse and increases the chances of developing acne scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Use a warm compress on pimples to speed up the natural healing process instead of popping them. • Taking hot showers. While this may be more of a concern in winter, when a steamy shower is the perfect way to chase away the chill, water that is too hot can remove a layer of the protective oils on skin and hair. Moderate the temperature instead. Bad beauty habits can compromise women’s appearance and their overall well-being. Some women may benefit from changing their beauty routines.
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hough the benefits of reading comprehension are well documented, many students are struggling in this area of their academics. Parents concerned about their children’s reading comprehension can try these strategies to bolster this highly valuable skill. • Let kids read what they like. The tutoring professionals at Oxford Learning® report that 73 percent of students indicate they would read more if they found books they liked. Parents can address this issue by taking children to their local libraries and
letting them choose which books to check out. The more practice kids get with reading, the more their comprehension skills develop. • Read aloud to children. Various studies have found that reading aloud to children significantly benefits literacy development. One study from the National Association for the Education of Young Children found that listening to others read helps children develop key understanding and skills, including how stories are written. In addition, the Reading Rockets project, which aspires to bring reading research to life in the hopes of helping young children develop into strong, confident readers, notes that children can listen on a higher language level than they can read. That makes complex ideas more accessible. • Ask questions when reading to children. When reading to children, parents can compound the benefits of this activity by asking youngsters questions about the book. Asking what, when, where, why, and how can encourage children to look for answers to these questions while they’re being read to. Strong reading comprehension skills can help students reach their academic potential. Parents can employ various strategies to help children bolster those skills.
Art-Based Extracurricular Activities
Enroll in an art course
Strategies That Can Improve Reading Comprehension
tudents looking to expand their extracurricular horizons need look no further than the arts. Art-related extracurricular activities can enhance lessons learned in the classroom and provide a way to explore creative pursuits to help relieve stress and improve focus. Consider these ideas to get started.
Visit an art museum
Those lucky enough to live close to an art museum can wander through the past or get artists’ interpretations of the future. Many museums sponsor extracurricular activities for young artists, but even periodic visits using a student pass can provide all the inspiration creative young people need. Museums showcase everything from paintings to sculptures to historical artifacts, so it’s possible to find a specially curated collection that appeals to any artist’s interests.
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Students who enjoy art can improve their skills by taking art classes and courses that extend lessons learned during the school day. Perhaps a student wants to hone his or her skills in a particular medium? An art class can do that and even expand on lessons learned in the classroom.
Try other artistic activities
The arts include everything from music instruction to acting in a play or musical to participating in a choral ensemble. Some children like to experience art through culinary endeavors. Students should not limit themselves to one activity. Dabbling in all sorts of activities may inspire students to pursue new interests.
Find art in daily life
One does not need to be enrolled in a regimented program to enjoy art. Children can engage in art-related hobbies on their own at home or in the community. Find art in collecting leaves and flowers, building sand castles, taking photographs, or just about any other creative endeavor. Arts-related extracurricular activities can be the perfect way to pass time outside the classroom.
College Application Facts and Figures
he college application process involves several steps, many of which begin well before an applicant is ready to sign on the dotted line. These facts and figures can help applicants and their families gain a better understanding of what goes into the college admissions process. • College admissions teams view a potential applicant as more seriously interested in the school if they know he or she has visited. Interested parties can go above and beyond taking the Open House tour by auditing a class or even spending a night in a dorm. • Due in large part to COVID-19 disrupting SAT and ACT testing schedules and potentially setting an uneven playing field for those who tested and those who could not, many colleges are now test-optional schools. Despite that, guidance counselors may urge students to test and submit strong scores to test-optional schools because those scores can help unlock merit-based aid. • The College Board indicates the average financial aid award per student is $15,000. And the National Association for College Admission Counseling says 43 percent of all institutional aid funds are merit-based. • The Common App is one tool used to apply to colleges in today’s digital age. The same application can be used to apply to more than 400 schools. However, some schools may still supplement the application with essays or questions as part of their individual admissions processes. • The Huffington Post reports that students who have a
first-choice college should apply to it early decision, as early decision has been shown to increase an applicant’s chance of admission by up to 25 percent over regular decision admission rates. • Applicants should seek recommendations from people who know them best and can provide detailed reasons as to why they are the right fit for a school. • The Princeton Review says the top admissions factor at schools is a student’s GPA, underscoring the importance of getting good grades. • College applicants feeling the stress of the waiting game can rest assured. According to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, more than three-quarters of college applicants get into their firstchoice schools.
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Tips for Labor Day Getaways and More
t’s no wonder that so many people want to capture the last of the summer magic before it’s gone for another year; Labor Day getaways help people hold on to summer just a little longer. Explore these tips to make Labor Day trips a bit more safe and convenient.
Leave extra time
Roadways are bound to be busy with other Labor Day weekend travelers, particularly for those headed to seaside locales or campgrounds. One way to avoid some of the traffic is to depart from home in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. Leave plenty of time to get to your destination so you won’t be tempted to speed or drive erratically. Utilize GPS and mobile phone mapping apps to identify routes that can help you avoid traffic.
Be cautious of the weather
Extreme temperatures can be a concern even this late in the season. The American Red Cross urges travelers to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids while en route to destinations or while engaging in Labor Day fun. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Strong storms can blow through in an instant, so keep track of weather alerts and find shelter if a thunderstorm
approaches while on the beach or in other areas where lightning strikes occur more readily.
Labor Day vacationers number in the millions. Hotels and motels will be in demand, driving up rates, and airfare prices could soar. Book early to secure the best prices available and to guarantee you have accommodations.
Consider a bundled vacation
Package deals at destinations can save you a considerable amount of money. Fly.com allows users to search the site for destination-appropriate packages that can combine airfare with hotel and car rentals to save money.
Look for lifeguards
If the plan is to swim in a lake, river or the ocean, select areas that have lifeguards available. Always swim sober and with a buddy. Even strong swimmers can be caught off guard by the power of water, which can include rip currents or rushing rapids.
Consider smaller airports
It may seem more convenient to utilize larger airport hubs for travel, but driving a little further to smaller, regional airports can help you save money on fares. Plus, these airports may be less crowded, helping to calm stress and make the overall trip a little easier.
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ach year, YWCA NETN and SWVA’s Campaign of Promise serves as our largest individual giving event. This campaign gives YWCA the opportunity to share the impact of the vital economic-empowerment programs that serve our 21-county service area and inspire others to help us further our mission. Every year a different theme is chosen for the event to highlight the triumphs throughout the year. For this year’s theme, “Planting Seeds of Growth, Joy, and Hope,” we will be highlighting the growth our sliding-scale childcare brings to both children and their families, the joy our stem-based
TechGYRLS brings to adolescent girls, and the hope our MOMS R US brings to young families. It is through this event that we can support many others like Emily, who began the TechGYRLS program in 2014. Emily says, “…I was able to follow good role models. I was kind of without a female role model and no female figures to put myself after. It really gave me a chance to be around other girls and have social opportunities”. The community plays a monumental role in the success of this event each year. The JOY shared for the YWCA mission is why others choose to support and aid us in that mission. It is through this shared joy that we can continue to GROW our vital programs and serve our community. It is through this growth that we have the opportunity to give HOPE to those we serve. YWCA cordially invites all to attend the online event to see the seeds we have planted in our Tri-Cities area. Our Campaign of Promise event this year will be a onetime virtual event on Thursday, August 18, at 12:00pm. To register for the event, you can visit www.ywcatnva.org.
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Women Rule Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2022 By Guest Contributor Charlene Tipton Baker
ho says female artists don’t sell tickets? Tell that to Tanya Tucker or Rosanne Cash, two iconic country music queens that have been selling out venues for decades. Both ladies just happen to be headlining a strong, female-inclusive lineup at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion this year. Nearly half the acts featured at September’s festival are either led by women or have a strong female presence in their bands. We don’t have room to list them all here, but we do want to shine the spotlight on a few powerful, must-see acts across a diverse spectrum of genres; artists who are more than great musicians— they’re real, relatable women working through complex, real-life issues to become their higher selves.
The War & Treaty
The War & Treaty’s Michael and Tanya Trotter are couple goals. Michael is a U.S. Army vet who overcame homelessness, Tanya a born entertainer working in theater and music. Serendipitously, the two met at the Love Festival, and this is where their story began. Soon they would marry and later have a son while touring. It makes sense that their music is all about love and positivity, and the duo has won the hearts of audiences internationally with their intense, high-energy shows and all-around good vibes. In 2020 they performed alongside Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr., and Common at the GRAMMY’s for a tribute to Ken Ehrlich. They’ve also toured with the likes of Al Green, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. Tanya recently turned her signature pin-up style into a retro-cool side business, check out her online boutique at SheLovesVintage.com. 10 | August 2022 | voicemagazineforwomen.com
Sierra Ferrell is a country-folk gypsy from West Virginia who grew up with a single mom and two siblings. They were poor, and moved around the state a lot. Sierra spent her childhood playing outdoors and using her vivid imagination. Her introduction to music was whatever was on the radio and singing in the school choir. Since then, Sierra’s lived out of a van, hopped trains, and hitch-hiked her way across the country playing music, picking up a myriad of styles and influences along the way. A few years after moving to Nashville she was signed to Rounder Records and now she’s enchanting audiences on a grand scale with her authenticity, angelic twang, and a genre-bending sound that she describes as “past life.”
Pruitt’s conservativeCatholic upbringing in the Atlanta suburbs led her to live a closeted existence until she left town to complete her collegiate studies in Nashville. For years she had hidden her true self from her family and friends back home, and turned to music as a means of self-expression. She’s very open about her struggles coming out to her family and with mental health, and writes about it in her music. Today she’s living her true, authentic self as a queer woman. More indie-folk than Americana, Pruitt’s velvety vocals open the floodgates to confessional songs about love, longing, and societal expectations. Her music resonates universally with life-affirming beauty and resolve.
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
At 29, Molly Tuttle is hands-down one of the finest flat-picking guitarists of our time. In 2017 she was the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year and was part of the all-female super group First Ladies of Bluegrass with Alison Brown, Missy Raines, Sierra Hull, and Becky Buller. Tuttle has been vocal about her experiences with sexism in bluegrass music and her struggles with anxiety and alopecia. On her latest album Crooked Tree, Tuttle is re-writing the narrative. “Some of the old ballads are really misogynist. There’s a lot of violence towards women. So I flipped the perspective to a woman’s.”
At 24, Jade Bird is wise beyond her years. Raised in the U.K. by her mother and grandmother, who were both separated from their spouses, Bird credits her own feminist worldview to their strength and resilience. In an interview with Holler magazine about her latest album Different Kinds of Light, Bird stated, “There’s a strong sense of fury that comes with being a young woman with rights taken away.” With influences ranging from Alanis Morissette and PJ Harvey to Oasis and the Bee Gees, Bird harnesses her raw vocal power into and strong, relatable narratives that represent a woman who is still figuring out the world around her.
San Francisco native Nicki Bluhm gained widespread attention when her YouTube rendition of the Hall & Oates classic “I Can’t Go For That” went viral. At the time she was in the band Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, a group formed with her husband Tim Bluhm.
The Gramblers recorded two albums together and toured internationally, but Bluhm’s marriage was crumbling under the weight of her husband’s substance abuse and infidelity. Nicki left the band and moved to Nashville with something to prove to herself and her ex—that she could make it as a solo artist on her own terms. Success has indeed been the best revenge, following collaborations and appearances with artists such as Phil Lesh, Margo Price, Dawes, The Band of Heathens, Josh Ritter, Lukas Nelson, and the Wood Brothers. Oliver Wood, Karl Denson, and A. J. Croce are just a few of the major artists she collaborated with on Avondale Drive, an album best described as “nostalgic country soul.”
Miko Marks walked away from the music industry after recording two albums and struggling to feel accepted as a Black artist in country music. The Flint, Michigan native’s elders were part of the Great Migration of Black Americans who escaped from the Jim Crow South. “People don’t realize that Black people, we were watching ‘Hee Haw’ too,” said Marks in an interview last year. A decade later, in the midst of the pandemic, a former bandmate sent her the song “Goodnight America,” a bluesy ballad about injustice and the breakdown of the American dream. It was then that Marks revived her musical career. Marks has now reclaimed her place in the industry and is listed among CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2022.
S. G. Goodman
S. G. Goodman is a queer artist from Hickman, Kentucky who writes cinematic, indie-rock grooves with subversive, rural narratives that push back on Southern stereotypes. Goodman’s haunting, warbling vibrato echoes old-time voices of generations past, with punk sensibilities. Her continued on next page voicemagazineforwomen.com | August 2022 | 11
latest, ground-breaking release, aptly titled Teeth Marks, rips Southern stereotypes, emotional trauma, the opioid crisis, and small-town life into bite-sized shreds. “I always feel, when describing the South to people, that the South is the soul of the country. And when the soul of the country is sick, the body is sick.” The artist admits to writing an open suicide note on her first album called “Space & Time” when she was at her lowest, feeling isolated and unsupported by her community. She says it was her musical circle of friends that saved her life.
Emily Scott Robinson
Greensboro, North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson once worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Telluride, Colorado. It was there that her dream of becoming a musician was fostered by kindred spirits at Planet Bluegrass’ The Song School.
When asked what listeners would learn about her from her latest album American Siren, Robinson says, “I think they would learn that I absolutely LOVE unpacking the roles that religious, cultural, and moral beliefs play in our life choices. I like to take my characters into their shadowy places and explore their inner lives.” Inspired by other strong Americana songwriters like Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, John Prine and Brandi Carlile, the beauty in Robinson’s music is in the art of skillful and personal storytelling, delivered with pristine vocals that echo her influences. Robinson’s album has appeared on a number of “Best Of” lists in publications like NPR, Rolling Stone, Wide Open Country, and The Bluegrass Situation.
Oh He Dead
The story behind the Washington, D.C. quintet’s unusual name, Oh He Dead, came from a song written by the band’s vocalist C. J. Johnson. Based on an incident from Johnson’s life, the song’s narrator comes home to find her man cheating and guns him down. When asked by a band member what happened to the guy in real life, Johnson dryly retorted, “Oh, he dead.” No one was actually killed, but the phrase became a running joke and, eventually, the band’s name. The group had been together for four years when the pandemic placed a sudden halt on touring, so they started hosting weekly “Jammy Jams” where fans would tune in to listen to the group’s jazzy, rock and soul online. The two-year hiatus allowed the band to work on two albums of new material. In 2021 they submitted to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series and it helped revive the band’s spirit. Johnson cites Fleetwood Mac and Sade as influences, and her autobiographical songs touch on real life—like the birth of her son, her rocky relationship with her father, and a high school crush.
Check out these acts and a host of other amazing talent during Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, celebrating the 95 th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions September 9–11, 2022, in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia. Check out the full lineup and purchase passes at BristolRhythm.com.
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Keeping the Garden Green By April Hensley
t seems like the whole United States has been battling a heat wave this summer. We have been luckier than a lot of areas in that even though we aren’t getting as much rain, we are still getting some. If you are fortunate enough to have a water hose that can reach your garden, or have the option to pump water from a creek or pond, then it’s not as stressful as for others whose gardens depend on rain water only. There are some things you can do this year and also get prepared for next year to help fight dry weather and brown plants, and keep them green and growing. • Get a rain gauge. This will help see how often you need to water. Frequent light rains may cool things off but the moisture can dry up quickly in the heat. • Rain barrels are great to catch rain to use later. There are many kits to purchase or make your own. Cover the barrel to protect wildlife and children. • Use a soaker hose in gardens, raised beds, and flower gardens to deliver water directly to the soil. A bonus is to cover the soaker hose with mulch to help keep the moisture from evaporating. Once the hose is down, you can leave it and plant around it next year to save time. • If using a sprayer, do not spray water directly onto plants. That water will have to slowly drip off to reach the roots of the plant. Most of it will evaporate in the heat before then. Also, any moisture that does not dry may cause plant diseases or attract thirsty bugs, birds, and other wildlife. • Many things can be used for mulch such as cardboard, hay, newspaper, leaves, grass clippings, or bark mulch from a nursery or garden center. Mulching not only helps with water retention but keeps dirt that can contain plant diseases from splashing on plants. Mulch also breaks down into organic matter in the soil. • Some growing things just like more water than others. Look for garden plants and grass seeds that
are drought tolerant. Avoid plants that, even though beautiful, grow best in wet areas. • Newly planted trees and shrubs need to be watered frequently the first year so they will get established. The next year their roots will have grown deep and they will be finding their own source of water.
April Hensley works as an office manager and is an avid gardener, writer, and greenhouse hobbyist. April loves the outdoors and is passionate about animal welfare and the environment. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Vintage Glassware By Pam Blair
am drawn to colorful glassware and through the years I have collected multiple pieces, mostly mismatched or incomplete sets of drinking glasses. Many of the glasses I collect are from the 1950s – 1960s and they come in beautiful colors and sizes, sometimes with lots of gold on them. I never mind if I can’t find a complete set because mixing them up is enjoyable and guests love to choose their own glass that won’t be mistaken for another. They require a little extra care as they need to be washed by hand, so that beautiful color or gold finish remains intact, but the extra effort is well worth it.
Why do I love collecting vintage glassware? Let me count the ways! Vintage glassware is: 1. Nostalgic. Commemorative glasses are keepsakes for special events, like the Lancaster Old Car Club glass that notes the club’s first meeting in 1957. 2. Whimsical. Three wise monkeys dance around a glass, embodying the principle “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.” Drinking out of this glass makes you smile. 3. Beautiful. Gorgeous birds adorn a set of six glasses that come with their own carrying caddy, a rare find. Brilliant red camellias are hand painted on another glass marked “Camellia.” Surely it was once part of a set of glasses that identified various flowers. 4. Funny. Sweet little juice glasses are called “Swanky Swigs,” but my BFF Janet calls them “Swish and Swallows,” which always makes us laugh. 5. Blast from the past. Think of the soda fountain in an old Woolworth’s store, where tall glasses were used for a frothy milkshake made to order. 14 | August 2022 | voicemagazineforwomen.com
The glasses are heavy even when empty and are also great for making yogurt or ice cream parfaits. 6. Valuable but affordable. Culver is known for its stunning decorative glassware that is gilded in 22-karat gold. Lavish and opulent, these glasses are perfect for drinking wine or enjoying a cocktail and they don’t cost much more than something brand new. Where can you find vintage glassware? Ah, the thrill of the hunt is part of the fun! Antique malls, garage sales, or flea markets are all good sources, but treasures can also be found on eBay, Etsy, or other resale sites. I once found two gold-crusted wineglasses for $5 each at an antique mall, and that was the deal of the day.
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 email@example.com.
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ur youngest child suffered severe separation anxiety going into kindergarten. It is a disorder in which a child becomes excessively anxious when separated from parents. I tried to assure him that he would make friends and learn many new things. That didn't impress him, so I told him, "Well, we'll just take it one day at a time." He misunderstood and interpreted “one day at a time” as he only had to go one day, and if he didn't like it, he didn't have to go back. The next day I met him outside the school with his brother and sister. They were excited about their first day at school. I asked our youngest child, "How was your day?" "Good," he said. Then he proceeded to tell me about his day. "Great, I said. Tomorrow will be even better." He let go of my hand and stood solemnly still. I asked him what was wrong and he said, "You said I only had to go one day!" His brother and sister laughed at him, but his distress was genuine. We understand it when our children experience separation anxiety. But what do we call it when we want to hold on to them when it is time to go off to college or their new adult life? "Empty nest" syndrome is a term popularized in the 1970s to describe the prolonged and significantly distressing identity crisis, loss, and emotional reactions that some parents experience when their last child moves out of the family home and becomes more independent. Parents feel pride and gratitude when their children continue their education and become mature, independent adults. Still, it can be tough to pack their bags and watch them go. Like many other moms, I experienced it. Even though I worked and had a busy life, being a mom was what I loved
the most. Of course, my family and friends laughed and teased me about it, and I worked hard to shrug it off, but my sadness was genuine. Our daughter was the first and probably the most difficult for me. We struggled through the years of her tugging for independence, and when it finally seemed that we were meeting on even ground, it was time for her to go. The college she chose was only two hours away, but it seemed like a world away from me. I fought back the tears when we took her to school, and to some extent she did too. We unloaded boxes and placed them in the small dorm room, void of personality, with only two single beds, two dressers, and a desk. I wondered how she would survive since she was used to having her own space. Later as we stood in line for what seemed like hours to register, I kept having these flashbacks of her childhood and all the things I should have done. Suddenly everything in life that had seemed so important became very small compared to the time I had spent with my daughter. The feeling repeated itself when our two sons went away to school. It was like a hole inside me, and the emptiness grew larger with every goodbye. Leaving home for the first time can also cause separation anxiety in young adults, but it didn't happen with our youngest son who didn't want to go to kindergarten. Instead, it was our middle son. He did things at school that were very unlike him in the beginning. For example, He would call home every few nights to say he was considering quitting. It is great to finally be free without mom and dad looking over their shoulders, but they are also leaving their home and friends. Our son was shy and making new friends was difficult. After he made friends and got involved in his classes, he couldn't talk enough about how great it was to be in college. I have found that parents have to do the same thing. We must make new friends and try new things when our children leave home. For me, it was writing. Writing about my children, the medical world, the wonder of God's creation, and life in general is something I love. For others, it may be changing the bedroom into something else or going back to school. My daughter went through the empty nest syndrome three years ago when our granddaughter left for college. I was there for her even though she was sure I couldn't possibly understand how she felt. Her son graduated this year, and we smiled at each other because we understood.
Deana Landers, a retired nurse and health educator, is Christian speaker who strives to educate and encourage. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-780-7355.
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“every story needs a book”
OUT NOW! Written by Fionne Foxxe Farraday Fighting to save a primitive planet targeted by the Alliance’s enemies, Kairn never expected to find the female who haunted his dreams made flesh and blood. Daria’s life revolved around her work. She had given up on finding romance...let alone love. Earth was now under attack by an evil alien empire—under siege. Daria is trying to do her job as best she can in an upside-down world. Then the cavalry arrives...in the form of giant, gorgeous alien warriors. These aliens are working toward restoring Earth to the pristine beauty she used to be. In their charismatic leader, Daria finds the most amazing partner. Laughter and love with her devoted alien, what’s an Earth girl going to do but grab on with both hands and hold on tight to enjoy the ride? After all...what could possibly go wrong?
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n Christmas Day, 1977, Vincent Joy gifted his parents a recently published Living Bible with the hope to encourage them to dig deeper into the faith that they had raised Joy and his siblings in. In the years that followed, that Living Bible became but a memory until resurfacing in 2021, but this time full of torn notes, each with scripture references, tucked between the pages. The discovery of the Living Bible led Joy to the realization of just how strong his parents’ faith was, a fact that overwhelmed him with emotion. Quietly Serving God is the story of Joy’s parents and their relationship with the Savior. It is Joy’s hope that readers feel a deep love for Jesus, the way he now knows his parents did toward the end of their lives.
is a Gospel minister with many years of experience in the Christian ministry. He has served in several pastoral roles, within and outside of traditional church settings. Together with his wife Valerie, they founded Finding Real Freedom Ministries, Inc., which they lead together from their home. After relocating with his wife to Savannah, GA, in 2021, Vincent was called to serve at Hope City Church as their Director of Global Missions. Quietly Serving God is Vincent’s first published work.
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Written by Faye Duncan In Canyon of Shame, the second part of The Bungalow Heaven Mystery Series, detective Peter McGinnis from the Pasadena homicide unit has to solve the murder of a forty-year-old woman whose body was discovered in Eaton Canyon. What at first appears like a routine investigation, turns into a career and reputation salvaging operation for the detective, who is not only the main witness in a prominent Black Lives Matter case, but who becomes more and more entwined with the case the more facts he uncovers.
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AUTHORS on the ROAD Tuesday, August 9, 2022, the Appalachian Authors Guild will conduct a business meeting from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, 852 French Moore Jr Blvd, Abingdon, VA. From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the workshop presentation will be “Back Cover Text Writing” by Kari Kilgore. All members and non-members are welcome to attend the business meeting and the presentation.
Linda Hudson Hoagland 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; Scattered Flowers; and These Haunted Hills, These Haunted Hills Book 2, and These Haunted Hills Book 3 Friday, August 5, 2022, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing Food City, Galax, VA Saturday, August 6, 2022 11 am – 4 pm Book Signing Big Walker Lookout Wytheville, VA Sunday, August 7, 2022 11 am – 4 pm Book Signing Big Walker Lookout Wytheville, VA Tuesday, August 9, 2022 Appalachian Authors Guild Board Meeting 12 pm – 1 pm General Meeting, 1 pm – 3 pm Small Business Incubator Abingdon, VA
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This Month’s Featured Books
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A 15-year-old city-boy moved into a remote forest cabin on Big Bear Mountain and realized his connection to nature after discovering the 100-year-old journal of a grizzly hunter. The journal tells the untold story about the extinction of the bears and describes an epic final battle between the grizzlies and the US Army. It even has a talking bear from outer space!
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. The Erdeans, though, have infiltrated all levels of our government. Jess and Jace must figure out who they can trust.
Marble Town tells the story of thirteen-year-old Cole Atwater whose mother was killed in an automobile accident when he was ten. Cole questions whether or not he will follow in the destructive footsteps of his best friend, cling to his childhood sweetheart, become further distant from his grieving father, or trust himself. Through mysterious clues left throughout the historic cemetery his mother tended, the story becomes one of hope, healing, and redemption.
Wind, waves—and a broken boat oar—force four teenagers from the suburbs into a saltwater swamp. There, they struggle to survive while constantly getting sidetracked in conversation. This comical adventure also becomes a fiery debate between two types of teens: ones who dream to make a difference and those who never dare to be different.
Padgett Gerler Life is right normal for fourteen-year-old Bit Sizemore and her precocious twelve-and-a-half year 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.
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Books You May Have Missed! Yesterday’s Books and Tomorrow’s Reading
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Martha Jane Orlando
Dixie Mason is just beginning to get used to her new home when she catches her mother sneaking out at midnight with a car full of teenage boys. As she begins searching for answers, she stumbles on an old book and a secret society. Dixie then finds a boy who is willing to help her find the answers she is so desperately seeking. Will Dixie find much more than she bargained for in her small East Tennessee town? Join the journey from the beginning in the first book of the exciting new series Lost Creek Saga, LOST CREEK.
Sixteen-year-old William Saxton, called Blue, lies awake every night listening to the buzzsaw of his sickly father’s lungs and worrying about his mother. Blue writes to Eleanor Roosevelt in Washington, D.C., asking for help, but she doesn’t answer. With no more than food from the family icebox and a fishing pole, Blue runs away intending to hop the rails to D.C. where he plans to confront the First Lady. Blue is not prepared for the extent of the journey ahead. Faced with hunger and the elements, but equipped with self-determination, Blue succeeds in reaching his destination. But the journey has changed his purpose, and Blue will never be the same.
When lifelong best friends, Da Juan and Sterling, head to school on the first day of their senior year, they are excited to be the top dogs.They never expected their rookie history teacher to throw down the gauntlet on the first day and make a challenge that would engulf the whole senior class, but that’s exactly what he does. This group of friends, however, backs down from no one and nothing. In their last year of high school and the mission trip that becomes their journey the next summer, they prove there is nothing that true friendship cannot overcome.
Spending the summer at Grandpa Will’s farm with his family is the last thing ten-year-old Davy Murray wants. How will he survive without his friends, the pool and his computer? There isn’t even a television at Grandpa’s house! Doesn’t anyone see how miserable he will be? In his frustration, Davy turns his anger on his mother, Kate, his sister, Anna, and especially his stepfather, Jim. Davy is determined to make their summer as dismal and disappointing as he believes his will be. But, then, Davy has a most surprising and unexpected encounter...one which will change his heart, and his world, forever.
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By Ken Heath
ife and ink, they run out at the same time, so says my old friend the squid.” I love writing, it’s a release that helps me move thoughts from my head to paper, and maybe to your head if I’m halfway successful. Since I was a grade schooler, I knew that the ideas that bounced around in my brain had to come out, and as I grew a bit older, I found that the pen and keyboard were the means to
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shove them out of the way for the next ones stacked up in there. My first writing gig was doing sports reporting for the junior high newspaper—a subject I knew less than zero about. So I dug in, learned the vocabulary, and I guess I did okay. Next up was some stuff in high school, then I was editor of the college newspaper. If only journalism paid enough to stock the pantry with pork and beans instead of having to choose, I might have stayed in that career track, but a love for radio, then a love for my hometown, took me on a different course. Still through it all, writing continues to be my release, my time alone with my thoughts, my tranquility base as it were. But back to the line about the squid and ink—this month I turn sixty. Six decades. What I would have considered, in those formative junior high school days, as an “old man.” And yes, my internal check engine light has come on. Knees, hip, a tendency to want to lounge a bit longer before getting up, never missing an opportunity as I pass by a public restroom, a bit more grey in what hair I have left. Those signs of aging I expected, even though I never saw them coming for me. The honest truth is that sixty is benchmark year in more ways than one. My dad passed away when he was just sixty. My maternal grandfather—sixty as well. So there’s a bit more apprehension facing that cake covered in candles knowing their ink wells were dry by this time in their lives. I know none of us are guaranteed tomorrow, or even the next breath, and I don’t take them lightly. But I’m hoping my supply lasts at least a bit longer. So many projects, so many ideas, so much I want to share, if only granted God’s continued blessing to be able to do so. I’m hoping my ink well isn’t at the dregs just yet, that there’s still more than a quill or two left in it, that God grants me the health, wisdom and humility to continue working toward what He wants me to be. And when the time does come, I’ll quote another Jimmy Buffett song; “Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I’ve had a good life along the way.” Here’s to more trips around the sun, more ideas brought to fruition, more stories told, more laughter, more love—and more ink in the well.
Ken Heath is a Marion, VA hometown boy who expresses his passions in his writings and through music. After his ‘real job’, Ken is owner of the legendary Cliffside Roadhouse, doggie dad to Miss Reagan and their rescue Scottie the Wonder Dog with his wonderful wife. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at #kenheath.
The Nose Tells the Tale By Cindy K. Sproles
othing is more honest than the words of a small child. Their brut honesty can knock us flat when we least expect it. When six-year-old Hatti visited her grandmother, she thought she was making good conversation when she commented, “Grammy, you smell funny.” Hatti’s mother couldn’t think fast enough to come up with a great explanation or apology before Grammy furrowed her brow, then smiled awkwardly. It never fails. Be it a child or an adult, the nose tells the tale, and so the question becomes: is there a distinct odor in the elderly? The answer is a simple yes, but let’s qualify that answer and offer a good comparison. For example, the sweet smell of a baby as opposed to the scent of a teenager. It’s not a matter of hygiene. It’s a matter of the normal skin-aging process. The smell you gather from Grammy is called “nonenal” (it sounds like phenomenal minus the phe).
WHAT IS NONENAL? Nonenal production naturally occurs as we age. Throughout our lives, our body does amazing things. One is the production of omega-7 fatty acids. As these natural oils in your skin break down, they produce a potent chemical labeled as 2-nonenal. It’s a natural part of the aging process and is nothing overly concerning. As we age, our bodies have less of the necessary antioxidants that slow down the process of oxidation, and we produce more fatty acids. This scent occurs because our body chemistry is changing. Nonenal is not a bad thing. Of course, no one likes to be called a smelly old man or lady— it’s enough to grasp that we are aging. Still, nonenal is part of the aging process that we learn to deal with as time passes. Can you remember when that sweet infant lost that baby powder smell? Probably not. It happens gradually—just as you wake up one day and notice your teenager may have a dirty sock issue.
WHAT CAN BE DONE? Unfortunately, a good hot shower doesn’t solve the problem because this is body chemistry, not body hygiene. If the scent is pungent, there are soaps on the market geared toward this issue, but the best way to manage nonenal smells is by doing simple things.
Drink plenty of fluids. Keep hydrated so the body can do what it needs to do. Drinking plenty of water is the single best thing anyone can do to help their body. Water helps cleanse and refresh the body and its internal organs. For lack of better words, it’s like the grease on a sprocket chain. When your fluid intake is good, your body heals faster, filters better, and joints and muscles perform better. • Healthy diet — Eating a good diet with fruits and vegetables provides the body with the necessary fuel needed to work at top proficiency. Eat good meals and don’t skip. • Good Hygiene and Moisturizing — Of course, good bathing habits are good, and good moisturizers with vitamin C and other antioxidizing ingredients help slow the breakdown of fatty acids. • Wear Cotton Clothing — Avoid synthetic materials like nylons and move to cotton undergarments. Not only is cotton comfortable and easily laundered, but it’s much more breathable. • Add an Air Purifier — An air purifier not only filters the scents in a room but it circulates the air. Many times uncirculated air, like uncirculated water, grows stale. Open a window for fresh air when possible, and then when a window isn’t doable, use the air purifier to filter the air and move it in the room. Finally, be kind. Having a hygiene conversation is awkward at best, but this is not a lack of hygiene. It is simply the aging process. If scents become overwhelming, there are health issues that can be tied to them, i.e., diabetes, kidney issues, and even heart and lung issues. If things move beyond mild, check with your family doctor to rule out any possible health issues. Nonenal is just a fact of life. Help your senior manage the issues so the nose can’t tattle.
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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The Hows and Whys of Bad Breath
alitosis often is a highly preventable condition, provided an individual can discover the root of the issue, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. It’s important to note that while halitosis may be an oral condition, it also may be indicative of other health problems. That’s why it is vital to determine what’s behind bad breath. • Poor oral hygiene: Bacteria reside in the mouth on the teeth, tongue, and other tissues. Failing to floss and brush regularly may lead to increased bacteria growth, resulting in bad breath. Poor oral hygiene may lead to gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which also can exacerbate bad breath. • Dry mouth: When dry mouth, or xerostomia, occurs, salivary glands cannot make enough saliva to keep the mouth moist, states Harvard Health. Saliva helps flush away bacteria and food particles. Without saliva to wash them away, bacteria and debris can start to break down, leading to odor. Certain medications may
cause dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and using dry mouth aids can help moisten the mouth. • Food: Certain foods are linked to bad breath. Notably, garlic, onions and some spices are absorbed into the bloodstream and have the potential to affect breath until they leave the system. • Dirty dentures: False teeth, such as dentures and bridges, can collect bacteria, food and fungi if not properly cleaned. Improper cleaning can contribute to bad breath. • Tobacco products: Tobacco can cause unpleasant mouth odors, says the Mayo Clinic. Smokers and oral tobacco users also are likely to have gum disease, which contributes to bad breath. • Sleeping with mouth open: Like other causes of dry mouth, sleeping with one’s mouth open dries out the mouth and can lead to what’s often referred to as “morning breath.” • Sinus illnesses or infections: Small stones covered in bacteria can form in the tonsils and produce odor. Anyone with concerns about chronic bad breath should speak to his or her dentist about their condition. If the cause cannot be traced to oral hygiene, an individual may be referred to a general physician for a physical to rule out other issues.
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5 Ways to Show Seniors They’re Appreciated
enior citizens account for a significant percentage of the overall population. Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released in 2020 indicate the nation’s 65-and-older population had grown by more than one-third over the preceding decade. By 2050, the number of senior citizens is expected to be close to 90 million. As of 2021, Statistics Canada reported there were roughly 7.1 million persons age 65 and older living in Canada. People are living longer than ever, and as individuals age, the demand for senior services continues to grow —as does the need to be patient and respect the elderly. There are many ways to show seniors just how much they’re appreciated. Help with chores. Lend a hand with chores around the house that may have grown difficult for seniors. This can include mowing the lawn, weeding garden beds, shoveling snow, raking leaves, or even taking the garbage pails in and out on collection days. Visit more often. Frequent visits are one of the simplest ways to show seniors you care. Whether seniors live in a private home or managed care facility, visitors brighten their days, especially if they no longer get out and about as frequently as they once did. Spending time together and sharing stories can bring smiles to the faces of older adults.
Plan activities with seniors in mind. When organizing parties and special events, consider the needs of seniors on the guest list. Add music from their era to playlists or DJ requests. Seat seniors with mobility issues near exits and restrooms. Make sure to arrange for photos with the guest of honor to keep family history alive. Thank seniors. Find any reason to thank a senior. Perhaps someone served in the military or volunteered their time with children. Celebrate accomplishments big and small with a simple “thank you.” Prepare a meal. Invite a special senior over for a home-cooked meal with the family. Make it a regular occurrence on the calendar. If he or she cannot get out easily, bring a hot meal over to his or her place, instead. Simple gestures of gratitude and appreciation can brighten a senior’s day and let that person know he or she has not been forgotten.
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How To Make New Friends After 50
obbies and other pursuits outside of work are often more fun when enjoyed with friends. People over 50 undoubtedly recognize that it’s not always so easy to make new friends, even though it’s undeniably beneficial to have supportive relationships into your golden years. Making friends after 50 might not be as simple as it was during your school days, but these strategies can help men and women in midlife build new friendships. • Identify your interests. Fiftysomethings who have spent the last couple of decades building a career and raising a family can give some serious thought to their interests outside of work or passions they hope to pursue now that they have more time to commit to such pursuits. The more interested you are in a given activity, the more likely you are to
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stick with it. And the longer you stick with something, the more likely you are to meet like-minded individuals (i.e., future friends) willing to make similar commitments. • Utilize social media. In years past, men and women over 50 may not have had any readily available tools to reach out and connect with new people. Social media has made it much easier to build such connections. Even the most obscure passions likely have a social media group of locals devoted to them, and these groups can be great ways to meet new people. A local runner’s club may have its own social media accounts, and local governments and community groups often share information about sports leagues and other groups via social media. • Sign up for group outings. Communities often sponsor group outings to museums, the theater, sporting events, and other day trips. Signing up for a bus trip to a local museum presents a great opportunity to meet people who share your interests, providing the potential to build lasting friendships built on a foundation of shared interests. • Broaden your horizons. Just because you’re in your 50s doesn’t mean your friends have to be. Don’t hesitate to invite younger or older acquaintances and colleagues over for dinner or on weekend excursions. Friends come in all shapes, sizes and ages, so you could be missing out if you’re not willing to extend a hand in friendship to people of different ages and backgrounds. Making friends after 50 can be challenging. However, various strategies can help men and women over 50 connect with new people.
What to Know About COVID-19 Booster Shots
t’s been more than two years since the World Health Organization declared a global COVID-19 pandemic. Since that declaration, which was made in March 2020, remarkable progress has been made by scientists, medical professionals and researchers devoted to combatting the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus. The successful rollout of various vaccines has increased protection against COVID-19 across the globe, potentially saving hundreds of millions of lives. Millions of people are now encouraged to supplement that protection by getting one and possibly two booster shots.
What are booster shots?
Myths and Facts about Immunizations
The health care experts at OSF® HealthCare note that a booster shot is essentially just an extra dose of a vaccine. The protection afforded by many vaccinations begins to dwindle over time, so booster shots can serve as a safety net as protection wanes.
Myth: Vaccines are not safe. Facts: The WHO notes that the licensing of a vaccine
Are COVID-19 boosters recommended?
Myth: It is better to be immunized through disease than
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a booster dose for individuals of a certain age who have already received full doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Booster guidelines are subject to change as more research is conducted, but as of June 2022 booster recommendations were as follows: • A booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is recommended for people 16 and up if it’s been six months since their second dose of the vaccine. • A booster dose of the Moderna vaccine for adults 18 and over if it’s been six months since their second dose. • A booster dose for anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if it’s been two months since they received the single-dose vaccine. Individuals who received the J&J vaccine can get another dose of that vaccine or a single dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. • Certain immunocompromised individuals and people age 50 and over who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago are eligible for a second booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. • Adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the J&J vaccine at least four months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., Pfizer or Moderna). Parents of children who have received full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are urged to speak to their children’s physicians about their eligibility for booster doses. More information is available at cdc.gov.
requires exhaustive evaluation and testing. That evaluation and testing is conducted to determine not just the efficacy of a vaccine, but also the safety of it.
vaccines: Facts: This was a popular outlook among people who did not choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but the facts do not support it. The WHO notes that the immune response to vaccines is similar to the one produced by natural infection. In addition, WHO warns that the price paid for immunity through natural infection can be significant.
Myth: Vaccines cause autism. Facts: Autism Speaks, an organization devoted to supporting and advocating for individuals with autism and their families, notes that extensive research has been conducted over several decades and concluded that there is no link between childhood vaccinations and autism.
Myth: Vaccines contain mercury, which is dangerous. Facts: The WHO reports that very few vaccines contain thiomersal, an organic, ethylmercury-containing compound. Vaccines that contain thiomersal have only a small amount of it, and the WHO notes that no evidence exists to suggest that the amount of thiomersal found in vaccines poses a health risk.
Myth: Vaccine-preventable childhood illnesses are a fact of life.
Facts: Vaccine-preventable diseases are preventable. Such diseases can lead to serious complications in children and adults who are not vaccinated. Complications can include pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, diarrhea, ear infections, congenital rubella syndrome, and even death.
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Easy Meals for Busy Week Nights
butter warmer over high heat. When it begins to smoke, add the mustard seeds, covering the pan with a lid or spatter screen. As soon as the seeds stop sputtering, pour the oil over the cayenne. Stir the dressing in and serve at room temperature or cold.
Source: 5 Spices, 50 Dishes by Ruta Kahate
Crunchy Cucumber Salad with Crushed Peanuts Serves 4 2 unwaxed cucumbers, chopped into 1⁄4-inch dice (about 3 cups) 1 medium green serrano chile, minced (seed first if you prefer) 1⁄2 cup peanuts, preferably raw, but toasted, unsalted ones will do 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or more if needed 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 teaspoon sugar 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon canola oil 1⁄4 teaspoon mustard seeds 1.
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Place the diced cucumbers in a medium bowl along with the chile. Using a coffee grinder or food processor, pulse the peanuts until they are reduced to a coarse powder. You don’t want big chunks of peanuts, nor do you want a fine powder; stop grinding somewhere in between. Add the peanuts to the cucumbers along with the lemon juice, salt and sugar, and mix well. Taste and adjust the salt, sugar and lemon juice as needed. The salad should be slightly tart. Make the tadka: Place the cayenne in a little pile on top of the salad. Do not stir it in yet. Heat the oil in a small skillet or
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Fish Sticks with Fries and Tartar Sauce Makes 12 Tartar Sauce 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon minced cornichons (gherkin pickles) 1 tablespoon chopped capers 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon coarse-grain mustard 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Fries 1 large parsnip, peeled 1 white-fleshed sweet potato (such as Hannah), scrubbed but unpeeled 3 tablespoons avocado oil Kosher salt Fish sticks 1 pound haddock or cod fillets 4 ounces plantain chips Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 egg whites, beaten until frothy 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1. 2.
Preheat the oven to 450 F. To make the tartar sauce, in a small bowl, mix together the
mayonnaise, cornichons, capers, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, parsley, and pepper. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you make the fries and fish sticks, or up to three days. To make the fries, cut the parsnip and sweet potato into matchstick fries. In a bowl, toss the vegetables with the oil. Spread in a single layer—not touching—on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once during baking, until browned. To make the fish sticks, meanwhile, cut the haddock into 3-by-1⁄2-inch strips. Place a wire rack on top of a clean kitchen towel and brush the rack lightly with avocado oil. In a food processor, or using a mortar and pestle, pulse the plantain chips a few times until they resemble coarse sand. Pour the ground chips into a shallow bowl and combine with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites and mustard. Pat the fish dry with paper towels and season generously with 3⁄4 teaspoon sea salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. One at a time, dip the fish strips into the egg mixture and shake gently, allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl, then dip the fish into the plantain chip mixture, turning to coat each strip and shaking off any excess. Place the fish strips on the prepared wire rack. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and scoot the fries over to one side. Position the rack with the fish sticks on the baking sheet and return to the oven. Bake the fish and fries together for 10 to 12 minutes, until the fish is crisp and cooked through. Season the fries generously with the kosher salt. Serve the fish sticks and fries immediately with the tartar sauce on the side. Source: Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love from Ten Speed Press
Almond Chicken with Peaches and Roquefort Serves 2 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour Salt and pepper 1 egg, lightly beaten 3⁄4 cup sliced almonds 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 unpeeled peaches, sliced; or 2 small pears, cored and sliced 1⁄4 cup dry white wine or chicken stock 1⁄4 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons Roquefort or Gorgonzola cheese 1.
Place chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness of about 1⁄4 inch. Dredge in flour mixed with 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Dip each breast in egg and coat with almonds. In a large skillet, heat half the oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes per side, turning once, until golden and no longer pink inside. Remove to a warm platter and keep warm. Add remaining oil to pan and heat over medium heat. Add peaches (or pears) and cook 1 minute. Stir in wine and bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes to reduce. Stir in cream, cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Cook stirring, until thickened. Spoon sauce around the chicken and serve. Source: 125 Best Chicken Recipes by Rose Murray
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Travel Assurance By Kelly McFadden
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:22–23 KJV Interpretation: Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we pofess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22–23
y husband was leaving the country for a trip, so we began looking for travel insurance for his time abroad. This way, if he was in an accident, needed to cancel due to illness, or if his bags got lost, he needed to visit a hospital, or his flight was cancelled, he was covered. Fifty dollars and a ten-minute phone call was a small price to pay to know he would be covered.
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Christians are offered incredible travel assurance, the deal of a lifetime. We have been offered eternal life. In fact, the price has already been paid. God loved the world so much, He sent his only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. This sounds almost too good to be true. God came in the flesh and bore the penalty of our sins by dying on the cross, then rose from the dead, so that we can spend eternity with Him. We do not have to pay a dime. Although, I sometimes wish we did. It makes more sense to have to assess the purchase, determine the cost benefit, and then pay the money. When I have had to pay a price, I am more likely to follow up and follow through with my commitment. However, in this case, the price has been paid, the gift has been given. Jesus paid a far greater price than I think I would have been willing to pay. He gave His life for us, so that we could have assurance for this life and after. There is a portion that is our part. We are called to believe and humbly accept the gift. With that belief comes a lifetime of true hope, for, as we read in the New Testament book of Hebrews, God is faithful and He will follow through on the great gift we have been given. Have you picked up your travel assurance? Have you professed the name of Jesus and made the Savior, your Savior? www.homeword.com
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