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Hair Color Tips and Tricks 5

Common Skincare Ingredients 6

How Parents Help Prevent Bullying 7

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Spiritually Speaking

Another Voice: The Investigative Works of Kathleen Thum Anna Buchanan 10

Extending the Growing Season April Hensley 13

8 Ways to Make a Guest Room Cozy

Doug Fields 8

Pam Blair 14

Time Wisely Spent

Leaf Peeping in Vermont

Katina Rose 9

Nancy Binder 16

Jan-Carol Publishing New Releases 18

How to Prepare for a Unique Election D ay


JCP Featured Books 20

ike many days that came before it in 2020, Election Day figures to be unique this year. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of life as people know it, and it figures to change how they vote this fall as well. The right to vote and participate in a representative government should never be taken for granted. Many people across the globe have no such right, so citizens of the United States should be grateful they can vote and express that gratitude by doing their part and voting each year on Election Day. State and local governments may be approaching Election Day differently as they try to juggle their responsibilities to make voting accessible to all while simultaneously keeping voters safe during the pandemic. Voters can do their part by taking the following steps prior to Election Day, which is November 3, 2020. • Confirm you are registered to vote. Voter registration deadlines differ by state. • Learn the mail-in ballot policy in your state. • Return your completed mail-in ballot as soon as possible. Many states are urging voters who plan to vote using mail-in ballots to return their ballots as early as possible. Election Day 2020 will be unique. Voters should not hesitate to take all necessary steps in advance of November 3 to ensure their votes are counted this fall.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 22

Renting or Selling a Loved One’s Home Cindy Sproles 24

Over The Edge: Combining Fundraising with Excitement YWCA 26

Warm Up with these Fall Sips! 27

Family Fall Bucket List Amanda Hollifield Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities 28

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VOICE Speaks


he cool nights and the crisp, clear days, along with the delicious aroma of pumpkin pies, are good indications that the holiday season is approaching quickly! Election Day is quickly approaching as well, and it is very important that everyone exercise their privilege to vote, either by mail or in person. Change will occur regardless of the winning candidate, but your vote is your voice! With so many changes due to the pandemic, it is the perfect time to start thinking about this holiday season being about giving. This season is the perfect time to make your holiday ‘an attitude of gratitude with giving.’ Show your gratitude for what you have by giving and sharing with others. Many of the local fundraising events have been canceled, and organizations are in need of your financial support. If financial support is not in your budget, consider donating your time. Select one or two organizations, contact them, and ask what you can do to help. You may be pleasantly surprised! JCP continues to grow and expand with our book publishing. Our book titles include children’s books, historical fiction books, mysteries, romance, young adult, sci-fi, and much more! Plus, all of our books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. During October we will be releasing our first audiobooks! In this issue, check out our books of the month on pages 18 and 20. Visit our websites: voicemagazineforwomen.com and jancarolpublishing.com and sign up for our newsletters. Follow and like us on social media and watch for giveaways! Each month, through our newsletter, we offer special pricing on the book of the month. As we move into the holiday season, it is important to support local businesses. The money spent here stays here, and it helps us all. We ask that you show your continued support to the businesses advertising in Voice Magazine, and we ask that you support us as a small business. So, wear your masks, wash your hands, and go shopping! Thank you to all of you! We could not be here with you! Stay safe and healthy! Thought of the month: “If people are doubting how far you can go; go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” —Michele Ruiz, Entrepreneur, award-winning broadcast journalist, author, public speaker Verse of the month: “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” —Mark 9:23, KJV

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air coloring serves various purposes. Some women use differently hued tresses to make dramatic statements, while others want to conceal some gray hairs. Still, some appreciate how hair color can plump up hair follicles and contribute to fullness. With so much coloring going on, it can be helpful to learn the basics and some coloring tips and techniques to improve the appearance and health of your hair. • Color results will vary from the box model. At-home color kits only reflect the color on the box if you have never before dyed your hair and if your hair is lighter than the color on the box. Hair that has already been dyed may turn up a different shade. • Beware of “hot roots.” People who regularly touch • Invest in a sulfate-free shampoo. After dying, sulup their hair to combat roots or new gray growth may fate-free products can help extend the life of the color. end up with “hot roots.” This happens when the scalp Many women color their hair. Learning the right techniques glows brighter and reflects a warmer tone than the rest of the hair since it is virgin hair and reacts differently and employing some helpful hints can improve the end result. to the lift and deposit of color. In general, using a color that’s the same level or darker than existing color-treated hair can help women avoid COVID-19 Precautions and Cleaning Procedures Practiced! hot roots. • Save major color changes for the salon. One of the biggest mistakes people who dye their hair at home make is trying a dramatic transition on their own. Celebrity colorist Kari Hill advises women to stay within two shades, lighter or Our professional style team is ready to help you with all your hair care needs. Schedule today! darker, of their current color 7933 We 79 W West estt M Main ain ai in St St. Suit S Suite uit itee 10 0 • Ab Abin Abingdon, ingd gdon don, VA • 276.623.3309 276.623 623.330 330 309 9 when dabbling at home. More BOOK ONLINE: Schedulicity.com dramatic shifts require multiple processes that are best left to professional colorists. • Try a balayage technique. Many women extend time between salon visits by investing in balayage instead of traditional highlights. This technique does not usually go all the way to the root of the hair, making it appear more natural as hair grows out. Miranda Tiller Pauline Wilson Ombre techniques also can help camouflage root growth.

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he skincare industry is thriving. Many products feature prominently in daily self-care routines, and various items— particularly those with natural and organic ingredients—have surged in popularity. The following are some common skincare product ingredients and their purposes. • Vitamin C: Scientifically known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is found in many different anti-aging skincare products. Experts say that it protects skin from free radicals and can help brighten overall complexion. Rocio Rivera, Ph.D., and vice president of L’Oréal Paris Scientific Communications, says vitamin C can help combat fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration in the skin that leads to signs of premature aging. • Vitamin E: This antioxidant also protects the skin against damage. It is marginally more effective in the natural form than synthetic. • Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a powerful hydrator. It is a type of sugar molecule that keeps tissues in the body cushioned

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How Parents Help Prevent Bullying


he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that roughly 20 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 experience bullying nationwide. The DHHS notes that research indicates that persistent bullying can lead to or exacerbate feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair. Children who are persistently bullied also may experience new or worsening feelings of anxiety and depression. Parents can play a vital role in preventing bullying. Much of that role involves parents educating themselves about bullying, including what it is and what it’s not and what are some warning signs that a child is involved in bullying.

What is bullying? The DHHS website Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. The imbalance of power associated with bullying involves the children who bully using some semblance of power they have over the children they’re bullying to harm or control those youngsters. Their power may be physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity.

What are some signs a child is being bullied? • Unexplainable injuries • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. For example, children who are being bullied may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.

• Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

What are some signs a child is bullying other children? • • • • •

Kids get into physical or verbal altercations Children have friends who bully others Increasingly aggressive behavior Frequent trips to the principal’s office or to detention Kids have extra money or new belongings but cannot explain how they got the cash or items • Kids blame others for their problems • An unwillingness to accept responsibility for their actions • Kids are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity Parents have a vital role to play in preventing bullying so all youngsters feel safe and sound inside and outside of school. If you have been affected by domestic violence, you are not alone. Even JCP authors, such as Tawana J. Campbell, Susan Noe Harmon, and Jenn Sadai have their own stories to help create awareness for this cause. Their books, Shattered But Not Broken (Campbell), To Hide the Truth (Harmon), and Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman (Sadai), add to the narrative of domestic violence and are compelling reads. Available on Jancarolpublishing.com, Amazon.com, and Barnesandnoble.com. voicemagazineforwomen.com | October 2020 | 7

“You hang out with kids? What do you really do for a living?” “When are you going to get your own church and be a real pastor?” “So, you…actually spend time with teenagers? Why would you do that?” It seems that being odd and being misunderstood By Doug Fields is part of what men and women serving in youth ministry sign-up for when they follow God’s lead to love Him “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain and to like teenagers. Being odd is just part of the gig. from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul…” In God’s larger kingdom too, being odd is also a Peter 2:11 KJV part of simply following Jesus. As our Scripture passage today mentions, we are “aliens and strangers in the Interpretation: “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers world.” Jesus was odd too. In Him, God became flesh, in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against lived among us, and invited us to embrace a foreign your soul.” Peter 2:11 way of thinking; to exchange our focus from the physical to the spiritual, from the fleeting kingdoms of this orking in youth ministry for thirty years has world, to His everlasting Kingdom. He invites us to given me a strong taste of what it’s like to feel dance instead of walk; to be odd…simply odd. odd. Over the years, I’ve received odd comments, looks, But, this odd life is not for the sake of appearing and reactions for liking teenagers and caring about weird. It’s not as if all Christians are required to wear their lives. Some comments I’ve received: clown suits to church. Being odd for the sake of Jesus is the highest of callings. It’s living an odd life marked by love, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, humility and self-sacrifice. A. W. Tozer beautifully describes this oddness: “A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for one whom he has never seen. He talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another, empties himself in order that he might be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up. He is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He HERITAGE TV Point Broadband dies so he can live, forsakes in order to Channel 3 have, gives away so he can keep, sees Scott County Cable Channel 84 the invisible, hears the inaudible, and Comcast knows that which passeth knowledge.” (Norton system) As it turns out, maybe feeling Channel 266 odd isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, perhaps if the world does not recogSERVING FAR SOUTHWEST VA AND EAST TN nize the oddness of Jesus in us, we should start to wonder why. CONTACT US TO VIDEO YOUR SPECIAL EVENT!

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Time Wisely Spent By Katina Rose


think we can all agree that the past six months have been different. A lot of uncertainty, daily changes, mixed opinions, and confusion have caused people to look for various ways to safely socialize and communicate. Thankfully, I have a friend who thought of a great way to bring a group of women together during this time. Have you heard of The Chosen, a multi-season television show about the life of Jesus? The above mentioned friend suggested it to me and I was immediately hooked, along with many others. It was after this that she asked a group of ladies to commit to a Facebook group video chat one night a week, so we could talk about one show. I decided to give it a try because I was curious and excited to discuss this new series that I was thoroughly enjoying. Once a week, we watched a show and then met virtually to share, pray, and grow in faith together. We discussed the characters and discussed the parts that moved us to tears. We talked about how our personal situations mirrored the events that take place in The Chosen and the wisdom we could take away from watching Jesus and his followers. The days and weeks were a little better watching this series, and getting together with friends to discuss it was a great way to push through the time spent at home and out of routine. During our video calls there may have been kids in the background or someone snuggled in bed, regardless of the surroundings we still met and continued to learn from each other.

It turned into a time to pray for each other, laugh, and a time to grow in a spiritual relationship. Would this have happened if we had not been in the center of a pandemic? Possibly, but regardless, it has been a bright point within this chaotic time. Turn your struggles into opportunities. If you need an outlet or time with other adults, consider utilizing the technology tools available to you to reach out to friends, form a study group, book club, or just purely social time. You’ll form friendships and more than likely find a silver lining within this time period. Go ahead, form a group of people to discuss devotionals, books, The Chosen, or scripture. Your friends will thank you for it and you’ll be a little wiser at the end.


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

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Another Voice: The Investigative Works of Kathleen Thum By Anna Buchanan

Curator of Contemporary Fine Art and Craft


irection takes on many forms. You may find it as you drive down the old dirt road to your grandmother’s house—a forgotten note in your pocket, a simple color, a sweeping gesture, the kind words of a stranger, or perhaps a mentor. For Kathleen Thum, it was the latter, “I didn’t always know that I wanted to be an artist. It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school... that an art teacher said to me, ‘Have you thought about applying to art school?’ that I actually considered it. So it was just that one art teacher saying that one little suggestion that, kind of, turned everything around...that’s when I started thinking ‘Oh! I could do this!’” Now, as an Associate Professor of Drawing at Clemson University, Kathleen Thum, gets to be a mentor, herself. “When you have students, you don’t know where or how they’ve been encouraged, if they’ve been encouraged, if they’ve been discouraged, where their confidence is, where their support systems are...and it could be that I might have the capacity to make that difference, to be that difference...So, I always try to think about being generous and I try to offer support.” When asked what influences her work, Thum explained that her influence is fluid. “I’ve been making work for a while, but it’s changed. When I had my son, things started to change a lot for me. I think before my son was born, my artwork was more about the interior of the human body...then after

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my son was born, I started to be more aware of the outward. I had brought this [person] into the world...At that time, I became more aware of what was going on environmentally with climate change, and how precarious our Earth is...I was thinking about what my son is growing up into. What will be here for him? What will it be like?” Thum’s material echoes the surface of the natural landscape in all its stability and simultaneous fragility, especially in her use of paper. Thum’s work is not behind glass, rather it floats in front of the viewer. “I actually think that it gives the work more materiality for the viewer, and more physicality, because you don’t have that barrier, that separation of glass... So you actually get a better sense of the material...there’s a vulnerability [to the paper] and paper has been my favorite material to work with for a very long time...it is a very sensual surface...It

picks up marks, stains, and dings really easily, but also those cut paper pieces have a certain stability too...” Artwork has the potential to become an extension of the artist, Thum explained, “I think some of it is that it’s my voice in a way. I’m not a hugely outspoken person, I am a quieter person, I’m more introverted. So I think...the scale [of the work] is a way of turning up my voice in a different way than speaking. I think the scale of an artwork can impact the viewer in filling up a peripheral experience, or vision...It encompasses them, it engulfs them...there’s more embodiment in the experience of looking at something large scale, [there’s that moment] of possibly being overwhelmed. The two large scale pieces came out of looking at oil refineries...

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Petroscape, Acrylic andchance Ink onand Hand Cut Participants Watercolor Paper, x 252”, Experiment with a Citrasolv workshop using will be84” taken on a2017 short journey of the abstraction. Using a unique process with orange oil senses to inspire the creation of an abstract paper One of the goals of this work is just to start a conversation coal and the sootiness of it as much as I wanted to. I like the way (Citrasolv Cleaner), transform ordinary shadow Explore line, color,[the and shape and dialogue...For people to...be engaged with the work and be that by makingbox. silhouettes...it abstracted coal] and with made it magazine pages into rich, textural images. decorative and frosted papers to make a unique piece. visually interested and to intellectually ponder it...I don’t feel look like it could be chunks of land, like a topographical map. I like I have the authority to say this is right or wrong, or this is what we should be doing, but [I’m] questioning it. I’m trying to WOODCUT PRINTMAKING figure out the answers for myself by making the work, putting it up, then engagingTuesdays and talkinginwith people. For the viewer, I’m August hoping it’s some of the same experience; that they look, they question, then they think about things.” Thum acknowledges the role that non-renewable energy sources play in society, yet her work begs the question, where do we go from here? Thum says, “I actually did a residency in Wyoming…and [before] leaving Wyoming, a local artist gave me coal...she heats her home with coal. That seems so old-timey, Learn the of woodcut relief but it’s not so basics old timey...So I brought [theprintmaking, coal] back with me to a fine artCarolina. reproductive allows atyou a South Some process of it was that just looking coaltoascreate an object series of original Studentsand willthinking, learn carving and thinking aboutprints. it as a material this isn’t bad techniques or it’s pine plank to So create an original or good as iton justbirch sits here, kind of inert. I became interested imagethought for print. in coal as an object...and about its similarity to charcoal…[I] also looked at photographs of miners and saw the sooty quality that gets all over them. I had been doing more realistic drawings of coal, but I wasn’t quite getting that darkness of the

like that, since coal is from the land, that [the drawings] start to reference this idea of land mass...I don’t think I’ve reconciled WRECK ARTeasy to be on one side with it, I think that [coal] is complex...it’s and demonize it...it’s amazing29 because part of our modernAugust – 30, it’s 2020 ization...but how can we change things?” When asked what it means to be a woman, Thum expressed that womanhood is layered with careful precision (much like her works of art), “Being a woman means being a balancing act, but I think there’s strength in that...There’s power in that, and I think that it needs to be talked about more so that it can be valued more. To be an artist and a This Wreck classthe focuses on creation woman...it should Art be about experience of beingthrough that artist; destruction Students will and receive a making that workand is analteration. important part of society culture. finished It’s anotherartwork voice.” sourced from thrift stores, attics, waste bins, will of beKathleen guided through to Youetc. canStudents see the work Thum inquestions the exhibiabout the artwork how new be tionconsider Transforming Politics: Art Madeand by Women, onlife viewcan at the breathed the piece. Virginia in The William King Museum of Artinto in Abingdon, United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery, through December 27, 2020.

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Extending the Growing Season By April Hensley


t feels like, with everything that’s been going on this year, we’ve just started our vegetable gardens, and already the growing season is coming to an end! Cooler nights are happening and some windy days hold a hint of chill. Temperatures are still warm enough to keep everything growing along for a while, but we know our lush gardens’ days are numbered. A lot of the things we do to jumpstart our gardens in the spring we can do to extend them in the fall. One frosty night can come along and be followed by two weeks of warm weather. Protecting plants from the cold will help us get a few more weeks of enjoyment from them while giving us more for our harvest. • First thing to do is google the average frost dates for your growing zone. It is not precise and happens earlier or later most of the time but this will give you a good idea of the pattern in the area.

• Be prepared to check the weather a lot! Weather is erratic and ever changing, especially in the fall. The news could tell you this morning to expect mild temperatures but by tonight could be warning of frost. • Replace dying plants like tomatoes with cool season plants like lettuce, kale, and spinach. • Garden centers have lots of plants on clearance now. Put herbs and quick growers in a pot that can be moved safely into an outbuilding, garage, or house during frost and freeze warnings. • Cover up to protect against light frosts. Short plants close to the ground can be covered with leaves, buckets, or empty flowers pots. Don’t forget to remove these after the danger of frost is over or the pots may turn into an oven during the mid-day sun. • On taller plants and bushes cover with sheets, light weight blankets, or row cloth. If there is wind you may need to tie them to something to keep them from blowing away.

• If you are handy, you can build a cold frame or similar type structure. It usually has hoops covered by plastic or cloth that rests low on the ground and protects the plants growing inside from cold weather. • Greenhouses are the ultimate in creating an artificial environment for gardening. You control the temperature by regulating the air flow during sunny days and with some type of heater on chilly nights.


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8 Ways to Make a Guest Room Cozy By Pam Blair


he holidays are rapidly approaching, and family and friends are coming to visit. Is your guest room ready for them? We all long for the comfort of home when traveling, but too often the experience is something we dread. An uncomfortable bed, a flat pillow, and no place to put your stuff is not the way to make houseguests feel welcome. With a few simple touches, your guest room can be cozy and comfortable. Guests may even decide to visit more often! 1. Declutter and clean. A guest bedroom that has no other function is a luxury indeed, but even a shared space like an office or playroom can be guest worthy. Take a good look at your guest room. Is it a place where you would want to spend the night? Clear the area and stash anything not needed, and then be sure everything is clean and dust-free. A guest bedroom may be tiny in terms of square footage, but the welcome can still be warm and caring. 2. Comfort matters. Give the mattress the bounce test. Is it firm enough but not too soft, or does it sag in the middle? Do the bedsprings squeak? Try sleeping on it yourself to see if it’s comfortable. It might be time to buy a new mattress or simply adding a mattress topper could make all the difference. 3. Dress the bed. Get high thread-count sheets in a neutral color and add a light duvet or coverlet. Add pillows, lots of pillows. An extra pillow is nice for propping up when reading in bed, or to cushion your knees while sleeping. Have an extra blanket or a cozy throw nearby in case it gets chilly. 4. Light up the room. A table lamp or two adds instant coziness, as well as good reading light. Nobody likes to be settled and comfy in a warm bed and then need to get up and turn off an overhead light.

5. A place for everything. Having a luggage rack or small bench handy is much appreciated, as unpacking a suitcase on the floor is not pleasant. Closet space is usually owner-occupied, so put some hangers on hooks over the door. If you can, have a chair in the room for reading, relaxing, or placing a handbag. 6. Details matter. Write the Wi-Fi password on a pretty card or frame it for the bedside table. Your guests will appreciate not needing to ask for it when settling into their room. Ensure that curtains close tightly or use window blinds for nighttime privacy, and have an accessible power outlet for charging phones or a laptop. 7. Bathroom essentials. Keep extra toiletries handy in case necessities like shampoo or lotion are needed. This is especially helpful when guests are traveling by air and want to be TSA-compliant. Make sure the bathroom they will be using has plenty of towels and extra toilet paper. If using a shared bathroom, clear some counter space for them. 8. Warm and fuzzy things. Fill a pretty tray with simple goodies like bottled water, energy bars, cookies, and individually wrapped chocolates. People are usually hungry after traveling and need a “Moving Forward” little energy, or maybe they are early risers Robin Miller and would enjoy a bite to eat without Real Estate Professional raiding the kitchen.

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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.




eople have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry. Many modern homes are equipped with pantries, but older homes may require some modification to create more useful pantries. Whether starting from scratch or modifying an existing pantry, these tips can help projects go more smoothly. • Maximize vertical storage. Utilizing vertical areas can help increase storage capacity. Build in extra nooks

by investing in undershelf storage baskets. These baskets can instantly create designated areas for different types of ingredients. Homeowners also can look for ways to use the inside of cabinet doors or add extra shelves on walls or in eaves. • Consider your needs. Figure out which items you would like to store in the pantry and then shop for corresponding storage systems. For example, storage solutions may feature wine bottle racks, baskets for potatoes and other produce, shelving for small appliances, and even pull out racks for baking pans or cutting boards. • Use clear storage. Put ingredients in clear, airtight containers of similar dimensions so that you can easily find items you need. • Store bulk items elsewhere. Bulk shopping can be cost-efficient, but bulk items can quickly eat up real estate in the pantry. Designate another area for non-perishable bulk products,

like paper goods or canned items, such as in a garage or utility room. • Pull-out drawers are convenient. Pull-out drawers can reduce the need to seek and reach for items. These drawers conveniently roll out so items in the back can be accessed without disturbing foods in the front. • Make it accessible. Think about who will be taking items from the pantry. Put children’s snacks on the bottom pantry shelf where they can reach them, and then organize other shelves for adults in the home.

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Leaf Peeping in Vermont Article and Photographs By Nancy Binder


ermont is a great place to visit in any season, but my favorite time is autumn when the leaves are changing color, the smell of burning leaves is in the air, and delightfully cool temperatures encourage outside adventures. The people in Vermont refer to the autumnal visitors as leaf peepers. Samuel de Champlain was a French explorer who in 1647 while mapping the area gave it the name Verd Mont, which translates to Green Mountain. As English settlers moved into the area. the name became Vermont around 1760. Vermont was admitted as the 14th state in 1791. With a little more than 623,000 residents, Vermont is the second least populated state in the United States; only Wyoming has fewer residents. It is also the sixth smallest state in area. The Green Mountains run north and south through the center of the state, separating the valley of the Connecticut River, Vermont’s eastern boundary, and the valley of Lake Champlain, the western boundary. Montpelier is the capital and the largest city is Burlington.

The Rock of Ages granite quarry located near Barre is the largest granite quarry in the United States. Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, a tour of the quarry began at the visitor’s center in Graniteville. An introductory video about quarrying and the manufacturing process was available for viewing. The factory that produces a majority of the tombstones in the United States is located there. A tour of the factory is self-guided from a mezzanine observation deck looking down on the artisans chiseling the tombstones with both hand tools and computer-aided power tools. The heavy granite stones are moved around on chains suspended from the ceiling. It was fascinating watching these skilled craftsman at work. One of the most interesting places to visit in Barre is Hope Cemetery. Many of the skilled stonecutters who settled in Barre were originally artisans from Italy, Scotland, and Ireland. As they and their relatives died, the stonecutters designed and carved elaborate memorials to their loved ones. Many of the tombstones are superb works of art. One of my favorites is a husband and wife reaching across what I think are their beds, touching hands and showing love eternal. There are beautiful angel tombstones, life size statues of the deceased, a basketball, race car, an airplane, beautiful floral designs, and so many more. continued on next page

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Vermont Fall Color Plymouth Notch, Vermont is the birthplace of our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge. He was born there on July 4, 1872. He is our only president born on the 4th of July. As an aside, three of our presidents died on July 4th, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died hours apart in 1826, and James Monroe in 1831. President Coolidge was born in the family home which was a small building attached to the back of his father’s store. After Calvin’s schooling, he studied law in Massachusetts before opening his own law office. He held a number of elected offices and at the 1920 Republican National Convention he was selected to be the Vice-Presidential candidate with Presidential Candidate Warren G. Harding. They were elected with more than 60% of the vote. On August 2, 1923 President Harding died from a heart attack while visiting San Francisco. Calvin Coolidge was visiting his family home in Plymouth Notch, Vermont which had neither electricity nor telephone when a messenger brought the news of the president’s death. The vice-president dressed and came downstairs where reporters had assembled. His father, who was a notary public and justice of the peace, administered the oath of office in the family parlor by kerosene lamp at 2:30am on August 3, 1923. The next morning President Coolidge returned to Washington and was sworn in again by a Justice of the Supreme Court. During his presidency, Coolidge maintained a “summer White House” above the store in Plymouth Notch. The State of Vermont administers the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic District. Tours were available of the home, store, and several other buildings on the site.

Hope Cemetery, Barre A short distance from Plymouth Notch is the town of Windsor. In Artisan’s Park there are wonderful shops such as a river outfitter, a sculpture garden, a brewery, distillery, and the famous Simon Pearce glass factory. It was very interesting to watch glass blowers heat the glass and form various objects. While roaming around Vermont, don’t miss a visit to St. Johnsbury where a true “cabinet of curiosities” is located. The Fairbanks Museum was established by the Fairbanks family who made scales for household use, butcher shop and grocery store applications, and large industrial sizes. The museum houses a lot of oddities but my favorite was the collection of bug art by John Hamilton. One of the pieces of art on display is General George Washington bidding his generals goodbye on April 11, 1783. Mr. Hamilton had intended this artwork to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the event, however it was not completed until 1909. It contains 7665 beetles and butterflies. If you prefer a more active outdoor experience of leaf peeping, Vermont has numerous bicycle trails along rivers where you can view and cross some of the over 100 19th century wooden bridges. While enjoying the red, gold, and yellow leaves of the maple trees, be sure to pick up some Vermont maple syrup to take home. The state is the nation’s leading producer of the golden elixir.


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 | October 2020 | 17


Lynda A. Holmes

Victoria Fletcher

Susanna Holstein

Bev Freeman

Jan Howery

Jeff Geiger Jr.

Linda Hudson Hoagland

Courtnee Turner Hoyle Sylvia Weiss Sinclair

Written by Audra Avery Zeb’s ParaNORMAL Life is the story of fourteen-yearold Zeb, a medium who refuses to accept his ghost communicating abilities until he forms a strong friendship with a new girl at school, who only he can help. Zeb is forced to attend Eusapia Palladino Academy, a high school in rural Pennsylvania devoted to helping students develop their medium abilities. Zeb is different than the other students in that he doesn’t just see ghosts, but he can touch them, too. Zeb ends up befriending, Karen, AUDRA AVERY a spunky girl with a stubborn attitude. Karen helps Zeb start to see his abilities as being a gift. However, their friendship takes a turn for the worse when Zeb discovers that Karen may actually be dead. In order to find out the truth about Karen’s past, Zeb will need to use all his psychic abilities that he’s been too scared to try.




Gorgeous Georgia: A Story of Inner Beauty

These Haunted Hills:

A Collection of Short Stories, Book 2


Written by Various Authors These Haunted Hills: A Collection of Short Stories Book 2 follows the ghostly trail from These Haunted Hills Book 1 with its new collection of short stories that tease the readers’ curiosity of the supernatural. With the Appalachian region as a backdrop, each story brings fictional characters to life with intertwining moments of mystery, humor, and a reality check of the beating heart. A group of talented authors has created a delightful, haunting read in a non-cookie cutter, invigorating style that each reader will enjoy!

Pete’s Angel: A Story of Self Love

“Pete’s Angel is a very special story that will warm the hearts of young children as they identify with Pete in his journey toward finding true happiness and self-acceptance.” —Rosalie O. Sheens, School Counselor

Written by Hunter D. Darden Pete’s world is sad and lonely. Not only is sad and lonely. Not only does he not like does he not Pete’s likeworld anything about himself, 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 but he doesn’t fit in with the other kids. art of loving himself that Pete becomes happy and fulfilled. It isn’t until Pete’s misfit guardian angel, Hunter D. Darden T. J., teaches him the art of loving himself that Pete becomes happy and fulfilled. “A marvelous book for children and adults! I absolutely recommend it for any age. I offer heartfelt thanks to Hunter Darden for providing us with a mechanism for boosting self-image and character in such a pleasant and comfortable way!” —Elizabeth David, M.D. Board Certified Psychiatrist

is the author of six children’s books, a novel, a photography book, and a collection of newspaper columns she wrote for The Charlotte Observer. She has won awards for her book writing including 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading By The Author’s Show, Excellence In Creative Writing Award By The NC General Federation Of Women’s Club, and the Meredith College Career Achievement Alumni Award. Visit her website at www.booksbyhunter.net.

Gorgeous Georgia


a story of inner beauty

Written by

Illustrated by

Hunter D. Darden

Sally Vacca

Gorgeous Georgia discovers that the beauty from within is more important than outside beauty.

Written by Hunter D. Darden Gorgeous Georgia: A Story of Inner Beauty is about a giraffe who brags on herself to the other animals, calling herself Gorgeous Georgia. She eventually learns that beauty comes from within your heart. The other animals learn that you should never judge others because you don’t know what they are dealing with.

Hunter Darden has a B.A. in Psychology from Meredith College. She

Over the Circumstances

is the author of The Everlasting Snowman, Pete’s Angel, Milliseconds of Joy, The “Reel” Thing, Tapestry, and Horse Sense and Savvy.



Tweets From Another Donald

Michael Gryboski

Zeb’s ParaNORMAL Life


These Haunted Hills: A Collection of Short Stories Book 2 follows the ghostly trail from These Haunted Hills Book 1 with its new collection of short stories that tease the readers’ curiosity of the supernatural. With the Appalachian region as a backdrop, each story brings fictional characters to life with intertwining moments of mystery, humor, and a reality check of the beating heart. A group of talented authors has created a delightful, haunting read in a non-cookie cutter, invigorating style that each reader will enjoy! Each story brings its own intriguing and engaging moment of excitement and thoughtfulness.







“We are infatuated with Carla.” —Geneva & Addie, Better Read Than Dead Book Club


Tweets From Another Donald

Gorgeous Gorgeous Georgia Georgia a storyof of inner inner beauty a story beauty

By Hunter D. Darden Illustrated by Sheila Hogan

Written by Donald Umbarger Written from the heart, author Donald Umbarger uses Tweets From Another Donald to share his humble beginnings. He was molded and shaped by his surroundings, and his personal stories—set in Ceres, a small community nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia—will resonate with anyone who has grown up in a small, rural community or in the Appalachian Mountains. His stories, experiences, and views reflect his journey of growing up in a hardworking family and finding peace in Donald Umbarger his Christian walk. Marching to his own beat, his “tweets” take readers through different stages of his childhood and adulthood. Step back in time with him as he takes you through the good times, the sad times, and the conflicting times of being a member of a small, poor farming family. You may discover that you don’t always agree with his opinions and his commentaries; however, you will be educated on how to walk the road less traveled.

Donald Umbarger

resides in Bristol, Virginia. He is retired, walk by his faith in God, God’s promises love of gospel music. He enjoys gardensurplus of garden vegetables to many munity and to the local agencies helping ily, faith, and the promises of God bring hat in sharing his story of humble beginhis book will assist others in overcoming nd strengthening their faith.

“Gryboski’s writing was very unique and incredibly descriptive—I had a perfect image of the story’s events in my mind the entire time.” —Rebekah Crozier, My Bookish Babblings 

—Micki Bare, author of The Hubbleville Series

Tom Callaghan is a retired environmental scientist, mountaineer, and nature lover. He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a Master’s degree in natural science. After 27 years of protecting natural resources, he began to teach. Tom founded a non-profit organization to help kids learn critical thinking skills through the game of chess. Founded in 2010, Kids Chess Club has taught over 3,000 young minds to play chess, some who went on to win State and National titles (www.kidschessclub.org).




—Elizabeth Gibson, These Magical Pages

“5 out of 5 stars.” —Kerrie Irish, Comfy Reading

“Tom Callaghan intertwines a legendary pioneer story with the present-day intrigue of a bored 15-year-old to stir the hearts of readers. Detailed descriptions of life before and after humans developed the California wilderness draw readers into conflicting worlds, challenging them to rethink their own ideals and redefine the notion of hero. Can the great beasts of the wilderness coexist with humans? Some people—and beasts—thought so. The balance of nature and future of our ecosystem may depend on what you think, too.”

Tweets From Another Donald

or Donald Umbarger uses Tweets from s humble beginnings. He was molded d his personal stories—set in Ceres, a ountains of Southwest Virginia—will wn up in a small, rural community or stories, experiences, and views reflect dworking family and finding peace in s own beat, his “tweets” take readers ldhood and adulthood. Step back in ugh the good times, the sad times, and mber of a small, poor farming family. ways agree with his opinions and his be educated on how to walk the road

Written by Michael Gryboski PRAISE FOR Carla had been on the fringes before. She was once a hired allowed her to pay for her grandfather’s medical bills. This time, the powers that be want her on the extremes to stop a mysterious mastermind who wants to destroy the very idea of reason.





“It’s been a long time since I’ve read something quite like Kodiak: King of the Grizzlies. Callaghan draws from his background in environmental science and his love of nature—plus his wild imagination—to create a very rare and compelling story with plenty of surprises. As a protagonist, Cole possesses a sense of curiosity and adventure that can only be described as contagious, and I kept thinking about him, Uncle Bill, and Big Bear Mountain long after I finished reading.” —Dylan Roche, author of The Purple Bird

arla had been on the fringes before. She was once a hired killer for a domestic terrorist organization, a position that allowed her to pay for her grandfather’s medical bills. This time, the powers that be want her on the extremes to stop a mysterious mastermind who wants to destroy the very idea of reason.

“Gryboski highly deserves the praise for creating this truly fascinating world and characters. I won’t go fully into who is who and how the story develops. The rest is for you, the reader, to find out. I highly recommend picking this book up.”

Tom Callaghan

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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 California Grizzly Bear was hunted into extinction 100 years ago, and was the most terrifying monster the early pioneers had ever faced. 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! Kodiak was a fierce, giant grizzly with special powers who was sent by the Great Creator to help the bears survive their impending doom. Battles raged and the bears were pursued but one clan escaped total annihilation with some unexpected help.  This book has stories within stories as you read the entries in the journal, the boy’s reaction, and how it affects events in his modern life. It is written in a way that mixes natural science with war and fantasy to create a roller-coaster adventure with many surprising twists.

Written by Tom Callaghan 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-yearold journal of a grizzly hunter. The California Grizzly Bear was hunted into extinction 100 years ago, and was the most terrifying monster the early pioneers had ever faced. 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! It is written in a way that mixes natural science with war and fantasy to create a roller-coaster adventure with many surprising twists.


s a southern bound writer from the writings are influenced by her love sterious, curious, and miraculous. multiple screenwriting contests 15 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, an Short Screenplay Contest, and od Screenplay Contest.

Kodiak: King of the Grizzlies A


Carla: The End of Reason


can talk to spirits. After t school, he’s forced to her.



Zeb’s ParaNORMAL Life


“every story needs a book”

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Written by Jan Ellis Over the Circumstances is a book of engaging, relatable, true stories and observations about life that help the reader to learn biblical truths through human experiences. The author shares insights the Holy Spirit has opened to her as she observes the lessons that God has hidden in His creation and the every-day, mundane occurrences of life.

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Zeb’s ParaNORMAL Life is the story of fourteen-year-old Zeb, a medium who refuses to accept his ghost communicating abilities until he forms a strong friendship with a new girl at school, Karen. Karen helps Zeb start to see his abilities as being a gift. However, their friendship takes a turn for the worse when Zeb discovers that Karen may actually be dead. In order to find out the truth about Karen’s past, Zeb will need to use all his psychic abilities that he’s been too scared to try.


Jake Koenekamp

Just as soon as the beautiful drifter, Heather, finds peace of mind among the majestic blue mountains of the great Northwest, it is stripped away. Now, a familiar posse runs the town called Marigold and its mining community with their sharp and newly deputized claws. After finding out that this shot of evil has infected her life again and now rules everyone still left on the mountain, she quickly begins to search for the root source of its existence, before it poisons the people and the land itself forever.

Diane Trott

This page turner captivates the reader with mystery, murder, and a story that unravels to the end. Rose Martin of the series, Cherokee, Inc., begins a hunt for the brutal killer who chose a newcomer to the town as the victim. Rose, a private investigator, hunts for a brutal killer through grisly crime scenes. Follow her as she uncovers all of the strings that lead to why this happened.

These Haunted Hills and These Haunted Hills Book 2 With the Appalachian region as a backdrop, each story brings fictional characters to life with intertwining moments of mystery, humor, the supernatural and a reality check of the beating heart. A group of talented authors has created a delightful, haunting read in a non-cookie cutter, invigorating style that each reader will enjoy! Each story brings its own intriguing and engaging moment of excitement and thoughtfulness.

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By Ken Heath

The Power of Song L

ast month, we gathered virtually, as everything seems to be nowadays, to mark the 19th anniversary of 9/11. It’s a day that, like certain ones before it, that shall live in infamy. But for me, equally as memorable was 9/12, the day we stood tall as Americans, broken hearts and all. And in the midst of all the turmoil in our world right now, my heart yearns for that unity more than ever.  This takes me back to an evening cruise on the Potomac in the time following 9-11-01. As part of a municipal government conference, we had boarded one of the harbor boats for what was intended to be a short ride around the Capitol city. The events of 9/11 had changed us all, knowing the Pentagon, just a stone’s throw from us, had been attacked and that the very buildings and monuments breaking the fading horizon in that autumn sky were targeted too. It was an unusually somber ride, not the usual banter from folks gathered in a faraway city for a convention. As conversations lulled, and our boat sailed between the setting sun and marble icons of our great country, a lady rose to her feet. Alone, she began: “Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.” As she continued, the panorama of American history was in sharp focus, the golden twilight enhanced by this angel’s soaring voice. “For purple mountains majesty, above the fruited plain.” That memory still brings chills to my spine, fills my eyes with tears. For it was that moment, that voice, that sunset on the shores of that shining

city on a hill that let me know God’s Hand was with us, and somehow, with His guidance we would be ok. Stephanie Clark, the city of Covington’s first African-American mayor, was elected to that council in 2004, only the fourth African-American to be elected to city office in Covington. In 2013, she was ordained as pastor of First Baptist Church in nearby Buena Vista. I had the opportunity to grow closer to Stephanie during our terms serving our towns, and always appreciated her easy smile, warm sense of humor, her passion for service. I treasure her friendship, across the years and miles that have passed since then. But most of all, I’ll always be in Stephanie’s debt for helping heal my heart with her wonderful gift of music, and teaching me to use the talents God has given us when He speaks, whether we think it’s the “appropriate” time or not. And for reminding me that, through our darkest hour we shall rise, we shall come together, and we will know we are one people. My heart smiles this October morning, because of a chance encounter, an open mind, and a willing heart to hear a stranger willing to lift her voice while the rest of us were still. 


Ken Heath is a Marion, VA hometown boy who expresses his passions in his writings and through music. After his ‘real job’, Ken is owner of the legendary Cliffside Roadhouse, doggie dad to Miss Reagan and their rescue Scottie the Wonder Dog with his wonderful wife, and a professional mobile DJ with Bow Tie Pro Music and Sound. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at #kenheath.



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Early Warning Signs


reast cancer affects millions of women across the globe every year. According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, affecting 2.1 million women each year. As daunting as that may seem, the WHO also notes that early diagnosis can greatly reduce a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer. Women can be proactive in the fight against breast cancer by learning to identify early warning signs of the disease. The nonprofit breast cancer advocacy organization Susan G. Komen® notes that the warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women, but the most common signs include a change in the look or feel of the breast or a change in the look or feel of the nipple. A discharge from the nipple is another common warning sign of breast cancer. Physical changes in the breast can vary, but Susan G. Komen® advises women who notice these changes to bring them to the attention of their physicians immediately: • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside of the breast or underarm area • Change in the size or shape of the breast • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast

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• Dimpling or puckering of the skin • Women with breast cancer also may notice physical changes in their nipples, including: • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple • Pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast It’s important that women recognize that physical changes in their breasts are not necessarily indicative of breast cancer. In fact, the American Breast Cancer Foundation notes that not all lumps in the breast cause cancer and that many such lumps are benign. Fibroadenomas and intraductal papillomas are examples of benign lumps, though it’s important to note that even benign conditions such as these may put women at greater risk of developing breast cancer. Susan G. Komen® notes that breast tissue naturally has a lumpy texture. If lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and it feels like your other breast, then it’s likely that this is just the normal texture of your breasts. However, women concerned by a lump or lumpy texture are urged to discuss those concerns with their physicians immediately. Breast cancer is a formidable foe. But women who arm themselves with knowledge of the disease, including its early warning signs, are in better position to overcome it.

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer Guidelines


edical News Today reports that the symptoms of COVID-19 may be more severe for breast cancer patients. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that undergoing cancer treatment can weaken the immune system, further increasing a person’s vulnerability to infection. Specifically, targeted therapies, chemotherapy and radiation can weaken the immune system and compromise its ability to fight off the coronavirus. Furthermore, these treatments also may cause lung problems that can exacerbate COVID-19 symptoms, particularly among breast cancer patients whose cancer has metastasized to the lungs. In April 2020, new guidelines for the prioritization and treatment of breast cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic were released, compiled by a group of U.S. medical organizations, including the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, the American College of Radiology and the Comprehensive Cancer Network. At hospitals where resources and staff have become limited due to COVID-19 treatment efforts, doctors have had to define which breast cancer patients need urgent care and which can have delayed or alternative treatments. These measures can help balance maintaining positive survival outcomes as well as reducing risk of exposure to the virus, according to the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Breast cancer patients have been broken down into priority levels of A, B, and C for urgency of care. • Priority A: A patient has conditions that are immediately life-threatening or require urgent treatment. • Priority B: A patient has conditions that don’t require immediate treatment, but he or she should begin treatment before the end of the pandemic. • Priority C: A patient has conditions for which treatment can be safely put on hold. Breast cancer patients are further urged to take extra caution in their daily activities to help reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. That means always wearing a mask or another face covering when interacting with other people. This advice may be applicable even if a six-foot distance can be maintained. Wash hands frequently, especially when coming in from public places. If possible, ask a friend or family member to do your shopping or run errands for you to limit exposure to other people and crowds. Breast cancer patients may have to discuss the possibility of altering or delaying treatment for breast cancer with their oncologists because of increased risk factors presented by COVID-19. Together, patients and doctors can work to keep breast cancer patients as healthy as possible.



reatment may induce feelings of anxiety among patients. Equally scary can be what to expect after treatment ends. Here’s a closer look at what comes next.

After surgery If treatment involves surgery for a lumpectomy or mastectomy, patients will move to into the recovery room after surgery to wake up from anesthesia. BreastCancer.org says if you are feeling any pain, now is the time to speak up, as staff in the recovery room assess your pain and vital signs. Doctors will set up a schedule of follow-up care to check surgical sites and monitor healing. Radiation or chemotherapy may be used in conjunction with surgery and may continue even after surgery.

After chemotherapy Chemotherapy causes an “enormous assault” on the body, according to Marisa Weiss, MD, founder of Breastcancer.org. Many of the hurdles that people feel post-treatment are lasting fatigue. After chemo ends, it may take up to six months for hair to start to grow back, and hair that grows back may be a different color and have a different texture.

After radiation Extreme fatigue is often noted, and such feelings may come and go. Some people experience skin changes in the radiation treatment area. The skin may appear red, irritated, swollen, or blistered. Over time, the skin may become dry, itchy, or flaky.

Follow-up Doctors will prescribe a regimen for follow-up care. The longer you have been cancer-free, the fewer follow-up visits will be required. Mammograms on any remaining breast tissue will be scheduled between six and 12 months after surgery, and annually thereafter.

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Closing Up Shop—

Renting or Selling a Loved One’s Home By Cindy Sproles


he finality of placing our loved one’s possessions into storage is tough. It’s wonderful when our parents shift from full independence to assisted living with little difficulty. There is a great adjustment present for them as they give up the care of their home or their privilege to drive for a life that requires a little extra help. It’s the next phase of decisions that easily throw families for a loop—the time when the maintenance on an empty residence becomes too much. How do families know when enough is enough? There is no tell-tell sign. Each decision is as individual as the loved one it represents, but the time will come when the reality of eldercare forces a decision and the question becomes, how to move ahead?

Begin with the practical The costs of assistive living are draining, especially if parents were unable to save or afford long-term health insurance. A simple reality is how an empty residence affects the pocketbook. Find a calm time to discuss the house positively. Show parents the benefits of selling or renting as opposed to describing the burden of upkeep, maintenance, and insurance on an empty home. Perhaps say: “How would you like to see some additional income to help cover your expenses in assistive living?” Or, “I think I know how we can generate some additional income for you and you won’t have to do a thing.” Finances generally pique their attention and open the door to suggest renting or selling the home. When the subject is broached positively, seniors are less defensive and more open to hearing options. They can decide to rent or sell on their own – a decision, important not only to their financial well-being but their physical well-being too. Seniors sense they are still in control of their independence and good cooperation is usually a result.

Keep them involved Always offer options from how to handle insurance for the storage or auction of personal belongings. Don’t insist their entire life’s belongings be disposed of. Respect the time and hard work behind their possessions. Suggest storage as a short term solution and allow them to slowly let go. Inclusion in these 24 | October 2020 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

decisions does three things for aging parents: 1) It allows that continued involvement in personal decisions, 2) it gently guides them to let go, 3) It brings closure and acceptance. They’ve worked their entire lives for their home and its contents. They were raised in a time when it was hard to own anything, so letting go is especially difficult.

Rent or sell? Again, a very individual decision. In order to allow a slower and easier acceptance, renting a home first might be the answer. Allowing a stranger into their home is the first stage of acceptance. Once loved ones see the benefit of someone else doing the maintenance and upkeep, the realization that holding on to a residence lessens. They begin to see the burden of maintenance. After a time, suggest selling and show aging parents how the money from the sale can be invested into their care. The biggest fear for seniors is returning to a time when they had nothing. Be sensitive to this fear and remember they were raised in a time when life was much harder. Will these suggestions work for every aging parent? Probably not, but they will offer some guidelines. Whatever option you choose, closing up shop is difficult. Guide your loved ones with love and understanding.


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.


Help Isolated Loved Ones this Holiday Season

n addition to seasonal cabin fever, this year another factor comes into play: social distancing and voluntary quarantine as a result of COVID-19. In these instances, friends and loved ones can mitigate feelings of isolation in various ways. • Schedule video chats. Video conferencing apps have become the communication vehicles of choice during the era of social distancing. Different applications to making favorite holiday recipes can be conducted and services continue to evolve and help people stay online. Give an isolated individual daily purpose and in touch. Plan regular chats, either once or twice per distraction by engaging him or her with online lessons. week with isolated or vulnerable people. Try to orgaIsolation and feelings of loneliness can affect anyone nize a large group chat on the holiday itself so no one who normally suffers from cabin fever. However, this year has to spend Christmas or Chanukah alone. • Drop off supplies. Even though supermarket shop- it may be more pronounced, as it could be coupled with from-home and other delivery services have normal- social distancing precautions that have already been in ized somewhat since the start of the pandemic, treat effect for some time. individuals who may be isolated to some personalized attention. Put together care packages of supplies or holiday treats and deliver is here to introduce you to merchants, needed services, and all them in person so you can see the cultural aspects of your new home area. The GOOD NEWS is you have moved to a region of the south that is full of smiles that result from being able “friends you just haven’t met!” to visit with someone familiar. • Send uplifting messages. ChilCall for your free free in-home in-h home visit dren or even adults can make perd shopping h i bag b off goodies! di ! and sonalized cards and mail them to loved ones at home or those who Call Benita may be in long-term care facilto learn more! ities. Send new mailings every 423.202.1679 week or two so that residents always have something to look forward to in the mail. • Start a virtual club. A book club Life Care Center of Gray or another shared interest can be the catalyst for more frequent We are a perfect choice for: communication. A club puts •Short-Term Rehabilitation everyone on the same page and • Long-Term Care enables them to come together, • Post-Operative Recovery via phone or video chat, for a Life Care Center of Gray focuses on inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with 24-hour skilled nursing care. discussion. • Ask for help learning a new skill. Stop by today for a tour! Along the same vein as a virtual 791 Old Gray Station Rd • Gray, TN club, lessons on everything 423.477.7146 • lifecarecenterofgraytn.com from woodworking to crochet voicemagazineforwomen.com | October 2020 | 25

Over The Edge:

Combining Fundraising with Excitement


he third annual Over The Edge fundraiser is ready for action this fall. This year we are excited to announce UPM Pharmaceuticals and NFI Consumer Products as the naming sponsor for the event. Their team has worked hard to raise funds to rappel, and support the mission of the YWCA and Speedway Children’s Charities. UPM and NFI are proud to help the YWCA raise support for the critical services they provide not just to our city, but the entire region. From a childcare program that many working families and single parents depend on; to a STEM enrichment program, TechGYRLS, that educates young women in our community; to providing immediate assistance to victims of domestic violence via YWCares, the YWCA is touching lives that will affect generations to come. We are excited to partner with them…even if it means rappelling down the 10 story tower at Bristol Motor Speedway. – SUSAN SORRELL, CEO

We are also excited to have Wells Fargo, the Bristol Hotel, and Blackbird Bakery as sponsors for the event. Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is home to thousands of children and families in need. They are not only in need financially, but mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. The YWCA of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia along with Speedway Children’s Charities have made a commitment to this region, to better the lives of children and to offer an opportunity that children and families wouldn’t have otherwise. Because of this commitment, our goal is to raise funds needed for the YWCA and Speedway Children’s Charities through Over The Edge. This event gives the opportunity for participants to rappel from the 200-foot iconic Bristol Tower at Bristol Motor Speedway. Each participant has a fundraising goal of at least $1,500 in order to reserve their spot to rappel on Saturday, October 24, 2020. In light of COVID-19, social distancing and extra sanitation precautions will be in place for edgers and attendees at the event. At the YWCA we are always looking for new ways to build awareness and generate funds for children and families in need throughout the region. Thrill seekers are in for a real treat during this one-of-a-kind experience. The Bristol tower is one of our area’s most recognizable landmarks in both the local and NASCAR communities and the perfect location for a fundraiser to allow for social distancing. – KATHY WAUGH, YWCA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Warm Up with these Fall Sips!

Aprium® Sangria Serves 6

3⁄4 cup pitted sour cherries 3⁄4 cup sugar 2 cups vodka 8 apriums or plumcots peeled, pitted and diced 1 (750 ml) bottle Sauvignon Blanc 3 12 ounce bottles dry cucumber soda 1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cherries and sugar, stirring and pressing the fruit to extract the juice and dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat as soon as all the sugar is dissolved and let cool. Combine the cherries and vodka in a small pitcher and refrigerate overnight. 2. The next day, strain out the cherries, pressing the fruit firmly to extract plenty of juice. In a large pitcher, gently blend the cherry-flavored vodka with the apriums, then slowly pour in the bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, stirring gently. Chill for at least 3 hours. 3. To serve, add a few ice cubes to a highball glass and fill the glass two-thirds of the way with sangria, using a spoon if necessary to make sure each glass has a generous serving of fruit. Top up with dry cucumber soda and gently stir to combine. Source: “Aprium® Sangria” from Edible Seattle: The Cookbook by Jill Lightner

Real Hot Chocolate

wedge. Add the cinnamon stick and lemon wedge to the mug. Allow lemon and cinnamon stick to steep in the beverage for a few minutes. Stir and enjoy. Source: PBS Food

Ginger Papaya Smoothie Yields 4 1-cup servings 1 cup chilled papaya nectar 1 container (8 ounces) peach low-fat yogurt 1⁄2 cup silken tofu 1⁄4 cup whey protein powder 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger 2 cups papaya cubes, frozen 4 papaya spears for garnish (optional) 1. Combine papaya nectar, yogurt, tofu, whey protein powder, and crystalized ginger in a blender or smoothie maker. Blend on high speed for 45 seconds or until mixture is puréed and smooth. Add papaya cubes and blend on high speed again until mixture is smooth. Serve immediately garnished with papaya spears, if desired. Tip: Crystallized ginger is fresh ginger that has been cooked in sugar syrup to render it both sweet and tender. It is usually then coated with sugar to prevent the slices from sticking together. To find crystallized ginger, look in the baking section of your supermarket rather than the produce aisle. Source: “Ginger Papaya Smoothie” from Super Smoothies by Ellen Brown

Serves 1 to 2 1 1⁄2 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces 1 1⁄4 cups milk Chocolate curls to decorate 1. Place the chocolate in a large, heatproof pitcher. Place the milk in a heavy-bottom saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour about one-quarter of the milk onto the chocolate and leave until the chocolate has softened. 2. Whisk the milk and chocolate mixture until smooth. Return the remaining milk to the heat and return to a boil, then pour onto the chocolate, whisking constantly. 3. Pour into warmed mugs or cups and top with the chocolate curls. Serve immediately. Source: “Real Hot Chocolate” from Chocolate by the editors of Love Food

Classic Hot Toddy Serves 1 1 1⁄2 ounces bourbon, whiskey or another brown liquor 1 tablespoon honey 1⁄2 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 cup boiling water Cinnamon stick Lemon wedge Cloves or star anise Combine liquor, lemon juice, honey, and boiling water together in a mug or Irish coffee glass. Push cloves or star anise into the lemon

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Family Fall Bucket List By Amanda Hollifield Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities


re you ready for Fall? October is here and I am ready for the cooler weather, fall foliage, and yes, pumpkin everything. Don’t get me wrong, I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few weeks’ amazing weather at the pool (trying to soak it all in before swim season is over). Just like the nine months before, October will look different in 2020, but find those moments to pause, take a breath, and enjoy the month and all it brings. So, let’s talk Fall. I’m usually busy packing the event calendar with fall festivals, Halloween events, and more family fun events. While there are a few events popping up this month, event organizers and businesses are still being cautious. Our Ultimate Family Fall Bucket List is one of my favorites and is sponsored by Olson’s Martial Arts Academy. If you know of any Fall Festivals and/or Events for our community, please send me a message and I will get it added! We all want to spend time with and have fun with our families, but life is BUSY! As we roll from summer into fall we wanted a simple way to remind everyone to take some time to slow down and enjoy our community with your

Social Distancing and Halloween


epending on regulations in your city or town, parties, trickor-treating and school functions (if school is in session) may be canceled or significantly modified. Since COVID-19 is so easily spread, health officials have long touted the need for social distancing. And while masks in public have long since become the norm, Halloween masks may not be sufficient. So what is the public to do in the wake of the risks of going out for Halloween? • Maintain social distancing if trick-or-treating is allowed. • Consider small gatherings that enable youngsters to exchange candy with a limited group of friends or neighbors. • Head to the mall or nearby stores in costume and get candy from retailers where it may be easier to maintain distance.

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family. Fall Break is around the corner for many of our students (and more importantly our teachers, school administrators, and of course, parents)! Many of us may be planning a staycation this Fall Break and our list has some great ideas, including enjoying our Virginia and Tennessee State Parks. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for upcoming events, event schedule changes, and more fun! Last but not least, I strive every week to make Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities your family’s go-to, fun resource. My ears are always open to what you want to know more about, so let me know. Do you know of a friend or family member that would LOVE Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities, forward them our e-newsletter and encourage them to subscribe...it’s FREE! As always, I hope all of you have a blessed month together! Amanda Hollifield is a Johnson City hometown girl who, like many women, wears many hats, but her favorite is Mom! After her ‘real job’, Amanda enjoys being the Publisher Mom for the local Macaroni Kid Tri-Cities TN/VA newsletter, helping local families find their family fun, and being a mom to Grace (12) and Jackson (8) and wife to her Duke Blue Devil lovin’ husband, Brooks. Follow her on Facebook @MacaroniKidTriCities and Instagram @mackidtricities or email her at amandah@macaronikid.com.

• Wear your mask or special face coverings when trick-or-treating. Consider building a costume around the masks so it fits with the Halloween theme. • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when water and soap is unavailable • Ask family or friends to send digital treats, such as gift cards or certificates. Many restaurants may offer voucher programs for coupons for free ice creams at their locations, and while these may not be traditional Halloween goodies, ice cream is still sure to please youngsters. • Consider car parades instead of traditional trick-or-treating. Despite the COVID-19 virus, Halloween enthusiasts can find ways to be safe and have fun this year.

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