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here were you when our country was attacked in September 2001, twenty years ago? I was driving back from Kingsport when my sister-in-law called me, and without saying hello, she just asked, “Have you seen the news? I saw the plane fly into the twin tower! It was live. I saw it!” Her voice was trembling. As soon as I got home, I turned on the TV and stood staring at the screen in disbelief. That terrorist attack was on all Americans, and we all were in some way touched that day. A person I worked with at the time was from New York, and his best friend’s son was a fireman in New York City who perished in the falling of the second tower. We all knew of someone who knew someone. At one time, I worked for a pager company (remember pagers?), and one of the Executive Owners of the pager company was on the plane that went into the Pentagon building. A friend knew a flight attendant who was supposed to be on the plane that crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but the flight attendant wasn’t feeling well and she called in sick that day. With the current evacuation from Afghanistan, we are reminded that our hearts were broken twenty years ago on September 11, 2001. So, how do we mend or feel peace in our hearts again? On this 20th anniversary, take time to do something for someone else. Reach out to someone with a mailed hand written card, make a phone call to a long ago friend, or find a quiet time to pray and send prayers. Doing GOOD for others is a good way to do GOOD for yourself. Never Forget: The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, and were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Wahhabi Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four California-bound commercial airliners, which took off from three different airports across the northeastern United States, were hijacked mid-flight by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists, who carried out the attacks in three groups of five and one group of four. American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into the North tower of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan at 8:46 am. Seventeen minutes later, at 9:03 am, the World Trade Center’s South tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175. Both 110-story towers collapsed within an hour and forty-two minutes, leading to the collapse of the other World Trade Center structures, including 7 World Trade Center, and significantly damaging surrounding buildings. A third flight, American Airlines Flight 77, flown from Dulles International Airport, was hijacked over Ohio and, at 9:37 am, was crashed into the west side of the Pentagon (the headquarters of the American military) in Arlington County, Virginia, causing a partial collapse of the building. The fourth flight, United Airlines Flight 93, was flown in the direction of Washington, D.C.; the plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 am, after passengers forced their way into the cockpit and fought the hijackers over the controls. Investigators determined that Flight 93’s target was either the White House or the Capitol Building. (Source: Verse of the month: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11 New King James Version (NKJV) Thought of the month: “A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” Niki Lauda, Rush (2013)

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For preserving: • Keep all your picked vegetables and fruits out of direct sunlight and in a cool dry area to extend their life. Some do better in the refrigerator. • Cherry tomatoes are the usual overabundant culprit. Sundried or dehydrated packed in olive oil and spices is a great way to reduce supply quickly. Wash and freeze whole to be canned or dehydrated later or used in recipes. • Large tomatoes can be cored and placed on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, place in freezer bags and use later in recipes or for preserving. • Most peppers can be frozen also. The texture changes a little but overall, they remain crunchy. Core, chop, and freeze. • If you are looking to rehome your produce instead of preserving consider donating to a school or church.

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o when do you consider the end of summer? As a kid summer seemed to never end, stretching way past the opening day of school to somehow magically disappear without fanfare sometime during football season. The toasty hot days eventually gave way to nights where wool jackets and hot chocolate took over our young lives. As I’ve gotten older, the seasons seem to pass much more quickly, and I’m learning lots of folks see July 4th as the unofficial end of summer. For me, we do a huge festival mid-July, so our focus quickly ramps up beginning in spring to the credenza of the event on

the third Saturday. After the last note resounds across downtown, that’s when my summer actually starts. The pressure is off, the afternoons and evenings are not swamped with planning conversations and meetings. They once again become mine. The sweltering humidity of August is treasured. It means late nights of no tv, just my angel, the pups, and me on the back deck, wrapped in the inky darkness of our little forest. It’s a world away, my One Particular Harbor, and my time to recharge and renew. Soon enough, we’ll be loading up the navy and old gold plaid blankets for Saturday afternoon tailgating at my alma mater, loading the Thermos with hot chocolate for Friday night football at my hometown high school, and we’ll take in all the wonder the changing seasons bring to our mountains. Stopping and smelling the roses isn’t really my thing, but a tall glass of sweet tea and an evening of lightnin’ bugs is my paradise. And as I mark my 59th trip around the sun this month, I’m learning to appreciate these days—no matter the season— a bit more than the ones I took for granted as a kid. Let’s not let the season slip away, nor rush it. Let’s take it like we take our tea—one sweet sip at a time.


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Each September, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the autumnal equinox, which marks the official beginning of fall. In the Southern Hemisphere, spring is arriving at this time. Each year there are two equinoxes, the vernal and the autumnal (March and September, respectively). Shortly after the autumnal equinox, days begin getting shorter and the nights get longer. The autumnal equinox always occurs between September 21 and September 24. In 2021, the autumnal equinox takes place on September 22. The word equinox is from the Latin “aequi,” meaning “equal,” and “nox” or “night.” That means that during each equinox the hours of day and night are nearly equal in length across the planet. During the equinox, the part of the Earth that is closest to the sun is the equator, explains That helps make night and day equal in length. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Autumnal Equinox on September 22, 2021, arrives at 3:21 p.m. EDT, 2:21 p.m. CDT, 1:21 p.m. MDT, and 12:21 p.m. PDT.

Scenic Campgrounds Across North America


housands of campsites litter the North American landscape, providing an opportunity for campers of all ages and interests to find a place to call home for a few days. Many campsites feature some spectacular scenery and other attractions that make them coveted spots to pitch a tent. Here’s a look at a few camping locations that boast incredible views. • Bartlett Clove Campground, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: This remote and stunning campground offers views of crystal blue glacial water with a thick forest that surrounds the shoreline. Visit in the summer when the days are long and warm. • Hanakoa Campsite, Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai, Hawaii: The Napali Coast is recognized as one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and camping here can feel like you’re camping in paradise. Cliffs, waterfalls and streams make this location picturesque. • Garden Key, Tortugas National Park, Florida: Tortugas National Park is a remote series of islands which are accessible after a two-hour ferry ride from Key West. It offers a tropical camping experience under mangrove trees, sitting on the edge of beautiful blue waters. Lighthouses and historic forts are adjacent, while one of the world’s largest barrier reef systems can be steps from your tent. • Jedediah Smith Campground, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California: If you’re intrigued by the opportunity to camp beneath towering, ancient redwoods, look no further than this campground. Camp among the natural beauty with plenty of solitude and space. It’s possible to spot black bear, river otters, bobcats, and other indigenous animals while traversing 20 miles of hiking trails. • Assateague Island, Maryland National Seashore: The scarcity of tree cover on the island offers nearly unblemished views of miles of ocean. Campers can enjoy herds of wild horses and the siren’s call of the beach and ocean. While open year-round, late summer and early fall are the most comfortable time for camping.

• Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, Utah: This campground is surrounded by rocky peaks, juniper woodlands and massive sandstone cliffs. Bike trails along the Virgin River and other hiking opportunities help set this campground apart. Breathtaking sunsets also attract thousands of visitors to this area of the country. Camping is made even more special when visitors spend time at a stunning campsite with awe-inspiring views.

Make Minimal Impact When Enjoying the Great Outdoors The U.S. National Park Service reminds nature lovers that everyone has a role in protecting wild spaces. The concept of the Leave No Trace program is comprised of seven principles. Here’s a look at the seven principles. 1. Plan ahead and prepare Planning ahead helps outdoor enthusiasts accomplish their goals safely and with preserving natural resources in mind. Knowing regulations, visiting in small groups, scheduling trips to avoid busy times of year, and thinking about ways to minimize damage should all be part of the planning process. 2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces Durable surfaces are those designed to be used as maintained trails and campsites. They include gravel, rock, dry grasses, and snow. Visitors should avoid walking on natural vegetation and trailblazing. Stick to existing trails and campsites. 3. Properly dispose of waste “Carry in/carry out” means trash should be packed up and disposed of in proper receptacles. In addition, inspect surroundings for spilled food or litter. Waste also applies to waste water and human waste. 4. Leave what you find Do not take vegetation or other structures from natural areas. Avoid digging or modifying sites. Also, do not touch cultural or historical structures and artifacts. 5. Minimize campfires When fires are needed, use established fire rings, pans or mound fires. Consider using a lightweight camp stove for cooking and a lantern for illumination. Keep fires small and only use downed and dead wood. 6. Respect wildlife Outdoor enthusiasts should never feed or approach wild animals; observe from a distance. Control pets or leave them at home if they will disturb animals. 7. Be considerate of others You will not be the only person trying to enjoy nature. Therefore, keep voices and other noises low. Camp quietly and let the sounds of nature prevail. Maintain distance from other campsites and groups. Try to blend into the surroundings as much as possible. | September 2021 | 11

Morgan Wade On Tattoos, Sobriety, and Keeping it Real By Guest Contributor Charlene Tipton Baker


outhwest Virginia native Morgan Wade is on the fast track for success with her new album Reckless, a new record label, and a new puppy. The artist was “discovered” by Sadler Vaden (guitarist for Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit) who co-produced the record with Paul Ebersold, but Morgan had earned her stripes as a respected singer-songwriter here in our region years ago. Her tough, tattooed exterior masks the vulnerability that lies just under the surface. Her singing voice, like her speaking one, is drenched in the wells of Southern Appalachia, and her songs are as honest and raw as your first heartache. Seeing her in live performance is a soul-gripping and evocative experience as she peels away the layers of her soul on stage for everyone to see. We arranged the following interview over the phone as she is preparing for her fall tour.

The news is finally out! You have signed with a major record label, Sony/Arista! Congratulations! How long have you been sitting on this amazing news?

It’s been official for like, a month and a half. I mean this has been going on…but actually being with them and knowing has been about a month and a half of trying to keep my mouth shut.

Your social media followers had been waiting for you to reveal the name of your new puppy—Sony. You weren’t able to tell them because he was a gift from the label and you were keeping the news to yourself. What kind of dog is he? Will he travel with you on the road?

A little French bulldog. Yeah, he is, probably starting in October when I hit a two month long tour. I think he’s going to go along on the bus.

What’s his favorite chew toy?

Besides my Crocs? It’s funny, the Frenchie that I had, Gordy, passed away, and Sony actually knocked over some of his toys one day. So there’s a little rubber chicken—it looks like a little rotisserie chicken—and it’s like, his favorite toy. He takes it everywhere. 12 | September 2021 |


So many positive things have been happening for you and some may describe it as “overnight success,” but fans here in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia know you’ve been building up to this for years. Did you ever see yourself in this moment?

No, ya know, I don’t ever think that I saw it getting to this. I had hopes but I try to enjoy where I’m at because no matter how successful you get, you know, sometimes it don’t last so I think it’s just good to enjoy the moment and that’s what I’m trying to remind myself. I’m super grateful to be here. I think every time you get to a different level it’s good to aim for something else, but I don’t think I actually ever pictured a major label deal or anything like that.

For those of us who have been coming to see you locally, I’m curious—do you have a favorite local venue?

Man, I’m super bummed that The Willow Tree is no longer. I loved The Willow Tree and Teri (Dosher, the owner). That was just one of my favorite little spots, and I’m sad I didn’t get to play there more than what I did because of COVID and all that stuff, but The Willow Tree is definitely one of my tops. And ya know, I like to go back to Floyd and the Floyd Country Store. It’s obviously just a small room, but man, I spent so many Friday nights with my grandparents there. I went back probably about five months ago and had some lunch there. It’s a historical spot and it feels like home to me.

I’ve read that Sadler Vaden discovered your music when you performed at Floydfest. Is this true?

His guitar and sound tech had just went and mentioned it to Sadler, and Sadler looked me up. He sent me an email and was

just like ‘Hey,’ and I’m like, wow, okay—and he was like ‘Let’s jump on a call,’ and it feels weird looking back to see how nervous I was to talk to him on the phone because, you know, we talk four times a day now. I’m constantly talking to Sadler. But, he called me a few days after that and we just got to chatting and ended up jumping on a Facetime and playing some songs back and forth. He was in El Paso, Texas at the time on tour with Jason (Isbell). It was pretty organic and went from there. And now we’re here. When you first got that call, did Sadler tell you specifically why he was compelled to reach out?

That’s why “Mend” ended up on the record. It was a really old song. I wouldn’t have re-cut it and put it on the record but that was the first song Sadler heard of mine. He just got on YouTube and found this super old video of me just playing guitar and singing “Mend” and that just got him, right there. And he was like, ‘This is different, this is not a common sound,’ and he was just really intrigued. He said, ‘I dig your songwriting and everything about you, and let’s see if we can do something.’ And obviously, we’ve done quite a bit.

You have been very open about issues like mental health and your sobriety. How are you coping, especially now that you are more in the public eye? Are you in therapy?

When I first got sober it was obviously challenging, and living where I did and knowing everybody, I didn’t feel comfortable going to AA. It’s not like a bigger city or an area where I could have gone and no one knew who I was, but since COVID has hit I did attend AA online. You could phone in and that was great. To me, that was good to be able to be on there and be anonymous, and that helped me a lot through COVID. I think everybody has kind of experienced that too. It’s been a little difficult. But I’m still doing good and I’m super proud of that. I continually read about sobriety and I always kind of have to treat it like I just got sober. You’re just one sip away from a relapse and I think it’s just really important to never get cocky. You could easily fall back into addiction patterns. That’s why it’s called recovery. You’re always in it.

How long have you been sober, and how important is it to you to use your platform to raise awareness now that you are on the national stage?

I have been sober for four years. Four years in June. I get a lot of messages on Facebook and Instagram asking ‘How can I get sober?’ so I’d like to be able to do something to help people and know what I’m saying is the right thing. It would be great to team up with other people that really know what they’re doing and be able to reach out to these people.

Your music is deeply moving and believable—like, I honestly feel like you have lived those songs. How important is authenticity in songwriting to you? And how hard is it to put it all out there?

I guess I don’t really know any other way to write. I guess it just kind of comes out. I mean, sometimes I do have to push myself to not hold back. Then I’m like, no, say what you want to say. Doing that has always got the best response. I try to remember honesty in my music is the biggest thing. That’s what people are drawn to. I always just wrote for myself. I didn’t ever write things with the intentions of sharing it with anybody else. It’s like sitting down to write in

a diary or anything like that. You’re just having a conversation with yourself and you can be as honest as you want to be. So that’s what I try to do with my songwriting. Sometimes it’s like, ‘Should I say that? Should I put this out there and let people know this?’ but that’s part of what I enjoy doing and that’s the only way I know how to do it. I saw you perform live recently and you did a great cover of Elvis Presley’s “Caught in a Trap.” I hear you are a big Elvis fan. What was your pathway to The King?

I was in like, first grade. I remember it specifically. There was a VHS sitting on the table and I asked my Mom, ‘Can I watch this?’ and she said, ‘You’re not going to like it, it’s in black and white.’ It was Jailhouse Rock and I bet I watched that movie five or six times that afternoon and Mom was like, ‘You gotta stop.’ They ended up getting me more Elvis movies and I was just hooked. I was drawn to him. He was different. Everything from the way he dressed to how he talked and sang. I don’t know, Elvis was definitely an outcast and I just really connected with that. I was just super drawn to him—still am. I played in Memphis a couple weeks ago. I’ve been to Graceland several times, we didn’t get to go that time, but I did get to go to the Lansky Brothers in the Peabody Hotel to get me some cool Elvis stuff. I don’t know, I’ve always just felt a connection to Elvis. I’m an Elvis nerd. I can’t get through this interview without asking about your

tattoos. They make you look tough, but anyone who meets you knows how down to earth you are—a real sweetheart. Do tattoos serve as some sort of armor to hide your vulnerability, or is it just one more way to be creative and express yourself?

I don’t know. I got one and three weeks later I went back and got three more and I just became slightly addicted to it. I just enjoyed it. It’s funny, ya know, growing up I was always told ‘Tattoos are awful, tattoos are the devil.’ And so I was always just like that—so anti-tattoo. For me, getting tattoos was kind of a realization that I need to think for myself and not let everybody dictate what I believe. There’s people in my family, it drives ’em up the damn wall that I have tattoos, but again it’s my life and it’s my body—and man, I just enjoy getting them. Do any of your tattoos have any special meaning? Do you have a favorite?

Some of them have meaning and some of them I’m like ‘Nah, I’m going to get that.’ We get one life, you gotta do what you want to do, you know? Probably the Morton Salt girl is one of my favorite ones.

Your album ‘Reckless’ is an amazing achievement. Do you know what kind of record you want to make next?

I always have a vision in my head. It’s obviously something we’ve talked about. Obviously the record’s going to be a while. I’ve always got ideas; I would want it to progress and whenever I start writing for a new record I want it to demonstrate where I’m at in that chapter of my life. I definitely hope my sound evolves. I think that’s what everybody wants. Filled with longing, heartache, and honesty, Morgan Wade’s Reckless is getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike; I highly recommend seeing her live and adding it to your collection, available for purchase or download at | September 2021 | 13

Barter’s Commitment to Safety


s Barter begins indoor performances again, we want you to know that your safety is of utmost importance to us! Working in cooperation with CDC guidelines and the Barter Medical Advisory Board, we have come up with many different avenues of ensuring the safety of our patrons and our community. To attend an indoor production, all people (regardless of vaccination status) must wear masks while in the building. To avoid crowds in the Gilliam Stage lobby, we will be utilizing touchless scanning of tickets upon entry to the building, directing patrons to enter the building via the door assigned to their seating area, and directing patrons to print their tickets at home or display them on a mobile device. In addition, the fall production of Frankenstein will be 90 minutes without an intermission. For the more cautious patrons, every Tuesday and Sunday we will also be having Enhanced Protocol Performances. To attend these performances, every patron will be required to show proof of their completed vaccination before entering the building. This, along with pod-style seating arrangements which allow for maximum social distancing, will be implemented in addition to the existing safety protocols of Barter Theatre. If you have any questions, or need to contact us regarding rescheduling your visit, please call our box office at (276) 628-3991. More information about our safety protocols is also available on our website at

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Is Busy Really Better? By Jim Liebelt

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38–42 KJV


hat is all the commotion about? It seems that everyone is rushing about, trying to work through our to-do lists so that we can…what? Create new to-do lists that we can then commit our energies to completing? We are not doing ourselves any favors as a society by living life at supersonic speed. Technology was supposed to create more “margin” for us—margin for leisure, relationships, and


mong the more indelible images to emerge on September 11, 2001 was the sight of two planes crashing into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center. Still photos and video footage of those planes flying into the Twin Towers were the first images of the attacks many Americans saw, and no one who watched events unfold that morning will ever forget those images. Though both the North and South Towers fell on that day, today the site where each tower once stood is a serene retreat in the bustling lower Manhattan neighborhood that was shaken to its core on the day of the attacks. The 9/11 Memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum notes that Arad and Walker’s proposal was chosen in a design competition that featured 5,201 submissions from 63 countries. The 9/11 Memorial is located on the western side of the formal World Trade Center where the Twin Towers once stood. Two enormous reflecting pools are part of the Memorial Plaza, which is where the North and South Towers once stood. The pools feature the two

relaxation. Yet, surely this hasn’t been the case. In fact, our use of technology has promoted the opposite effect. Today, we cram more and more activity into our lives, because we can. Our culture is providing our kids with the mistaken message that busier is better. Even we, as Christians, tend to cram our schedules with too many good things: ministry meetings, program meetings, small group Bible studies, accountability groups, recovery groups, and even meetings to plan more meetings. Yikes! Remember, just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should! When we look at Jesus’ life, He never seemed rushed or hurried. He never gave the impression that unless He moved quickly along to the next activity. He would miss out on something important. Consider this: when measured against today’s standards of success based on activity and production, Jesus’ ministry would be considered a flop. He didn’t have a cellphone or the Internet. And He walked—everywhere He went! How did He ever accomplish anything?! Somehow, despite the technological limitations of His era, Jesus was still able to do everything that His Heavenly Father asked of Him. Perhaps one of our greatest spiritual problems today is that we are too busy—and we have little time for solitude, reflection, relaxation and simply sitting at the feet of the Master. Today, spend some time evaluating your schedule. Consider cutting back. Who knows? It may be the best decision you can make right now!

largest man-made waterfalls in North America. Around the edges of the pools, the names of people who were killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York, the Pentagon, on Flight 93, and in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center are etched in bronze. In recognition of the crash sites, 400 swamp white oak trees were selected from nurseries located in New York, Pennsylvania and near Washington, D.C. These trees are located throughout the Memorial Plaza, providing a peaceful respite separate from the surrounding city. The Memorial Plaza also includes one Callery pear tree. That tree was discovered at Ground Zero weeks after the attacks and it was severely damaged. The tree, now known as the Survivor Tree, was nursed back to health by members of the New York City Parks and Recreation Department and returned to the World Trade Center site in 2010, where it still stands as an enduring symbol of resilience and perseverance. The 9/11 Memorial is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the 9/11 Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum can be found at | September 2021 | 15

Crater Lake National Park and Rogue River Article and Photographs By Nancy Binder


uring September a few years ago, we spent a week in southwestern Oregon. There are so many wonderful places to visit in this area. Two of them are Crater Lake National Park and Rogue River Gorge. They are both accessed from Highway 62 north of Medford in beautiful Oregon. Crater Lake was formed when the volcano, Mount Mazama, once 12,000 feet tall, imploded approximately 7,700 years ago. The eruption was about 100 times the magnitude of Mount St. Helens in 1980. 83% of the water in Crater Lake comes directly from rain and snow falling into the caldera and the rest of the water comes from runoff. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet and the ninth deepest lake in the world. The water level only fluctuates 2 to 3 feet a year, rising in the winter and falling in the summer. The caldera never fills up because the water seeps out through a porous layer of rock about half way up on the north shore. It leaks out at the rate of 2 million gallons an hour and goes deep underground. Even in the coldest winters ice rarely forms on the lake. The last time the lake was frozen over was in 1949.

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Crater Lake – Wizard Island Crater Lake contained no fish until it was stocked with fish from 1888 to 1941. Only rainbow trout and kokanee salmon have survived. The clarity of the lake is demonstrated by moss growing at depths up to 460 feet below the surface. People ask if Mount Mazama could erupt again. According to the U. S. Geological Survey, it is one of the 18 volcacontinued on next page

Pinnacles – Crater Lake National Park

Rogue River Mail Boat nos in the United States to pose a high risk to humans and property. It is unlikely to occur for thousands of years as the magma reservoir has not had enough time to recharge itself. Crater Lake National Park was established on May 22, 1902. The Rim Drive, a 33 mile paved road, is usually open from June through October depending on weather conditions. The park gets an average of 42 FEET of snow a year, as it is on the crest of the Cascade Mountains. The Rim Drive has more than 30 pullouts which offer excellent views of the lake and caldera walls. I recommend that it be driven clockwise with the lake on your right for ease of pullouts. Wizard Island is a newer volcano, a cinder cone, which erupted out of the lake 7,300 years ago. Three other eruptions have occurred in the lake; the most recent one was 4,800 years ago. It grew to within 95 feet of the surface. The best view of Wizard Island is at Watchman’s Overlook. Phantom Ship Island resembles a small sailboat but it is as tall as a 16 story building. It is made of lava, and it is the oldest exposed rock in the caldera. Pumice Castle is a layer of orange pumice rock on the caldera wall that has eroded to look like a castle. Pinnacles Overlook is 6 miles from the Rim Drive, but well worth the detour. The pinnacles are colorful 100 foot tall spires. They are actually “fossil fumaroles” (volcanic gas vents) that rose up through the ash from the eruption that created Crater Lake. The total Rim Drive with stops takes at least three hours. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of the overlooks. Back on Highway 62, only a short distance from Crater Lake National Park, is the Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint. This was the first of two encounters we had with the Rogue

Rogue River River. The Rogue River runs 215 miles from the Cascade Range to the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the eight original rivers named in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Its beginning is near Crater Lake and it enters the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach. The Rogue River Gorge is only 500 feet long and it is 25 feet wide. The water squeezes through the gorge at 410,000 gallons a minute before churning over the rocks into the wider river downstream. The viewpoint trail is a short .3 of a mile roundtrip on a paved path. You can hear the rush of the water as you walk on the sun dappled path through the brilliant green forest. The gorge rocks are covered in moss, with ferns and other green foliage adding to the vivid color. It is a gorgeous spot. Our second encounter with the river was a full day excursion starting in Gold Beach on the 2 ½ hour, 31 mile up stream ride on the Rogue River Gold Beach Mail Boat, a jet boat operator that also delivers mail. It was very cool and foggy, but once we got further up the river we had some sun. We had lunch and a stroll in the town of Agness before re-boarding the boat and heading down river. The wind beat on us going down river, making it pretty uncomfortable; fortunately the return trip only took 1 ½ hours. We saw one otter in the river and three black tail deer on the bank of the river. The black tail deer are much smaller than the white tail deer we are used to seeing. The jet boat did several spins on the way up and down the river just for fun. The beauty along the river made the trip worthwhile.


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 | September 2021 | 17

“every story needs a book”



Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. is a small independent publishing press with a motivated force of authors. Mountain Girl Press, Little Creek Books, Express Editions, DigiStyle, Broken Crow Ridge, Fiery Night, Skippy Creek, and RoseHeart Publishing are all imprints of Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.

During the Civil War, Amanda Armstrong’s family life unravels. Left alone in her home in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she runs out of food and takes to the mountain roads, hoping to find a way to survive. When she returns, her entire world has been shattered, and she must find a way to rebuild it.

Amanda’s Civil War

Amanda’s Civil War In the Great Smoky Mountains

Scattered Flowers– An Appalachia-Inspired Short Story Collection

Written by Maggie MacLean During the Civil War, Amanda Armstrong’s family life unravels. Left alone in her home in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she runs out of food and takes to the mountain roads, hoping to find a way to survive. When she returns, her entire world has been shattered, and she must find a way to rebuild it. “The Civil War caused irreversible division; not just between the North and South, but in families. It happened in Amanda’s family. But Amanda does not give up or give in. Instead, she fights for what matters.” — Brenda Musick, author of The Trials of an Appalachian Family Series

“Most of us, when reflecting upon the American Civil War, imagine major battles with roaring cannons and musketry, Rebels and Yankees at each other’s throats, and likely slavery along with all the depravity and wickedness that entails. However, Amanda’s Civil War by Maggie MacLean highlights an entirely different perspective—one of a southern woman who is trying to survive the war, while her loved and not-so-loved male family members are off fighting and dying for different causes. Readers can follow Amanda closely in her desperate struggles for social justice, women’s rights, love, and simply a quest to live. Careful, because you will be caught up in the story and pulling so hard for Amanda that you cannot put this book down.”

— Carroll C. Jones, author of Master of the East Fork and Rebel Rousers

MAGGIE MACLEAN has been a Civil War buff since age twelve when she read House Divided by Ben Ames Williams. After retiring early, she read nearly every Civil War book in her local library. She decided to try her hand at writing Civil War fiction and fell in love with the process.

In the Great Smoky Mountains

Maggie MacLean

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

Maggie MacLean




What Do Police OfficersPOLICE Do?

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

MaryElla has just been given the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet. After she is injured on the playground, she loses her special part and must summon all her courage and strength to find her way back to health. On her journey she learns the important life lessons of dedication, acceptance, and forgiveness.


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

I Will Spin Again

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

a young girl excited to

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and adults about not giving up when life takes an

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unexpected turn.”

— Rebecca Williams Spindler,

—Martha Jane Orlando, Author of The Glade Series and Adventures in the Glade Series

Dale P. Rhodes, Sr.

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

Backyard Adventure Series

Author of The Tale of Two Sisters Series


Ricky’s Desert Adventure Backyard Adventure Series

Written by Dale P. Rhodes, Sr. “Pinky Swear will enthrall readers with its excellent and well-crafted You’ll save instantly feel a Ricky’s dad is in trouble and he isnarration determined connection with the characters, and the secrets you learn as you go keep you turning the pages. This is truly an engaging the day, but how does a prickly pear cactus do that? novel that readers will have a hard time putting down!” Thankfully the desert is full of new friends everywhere he goes. —Jeff Geiger Jr., Author of The White Room


Dale P. Rhodes, Sr.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle is a wife and mom of exuberant, imaginative children who provide her with love and laughter. She is the author of the Pale Woods Mystery Series, belongs to the Lost State Writer’s Guild, and invites you to read her mystery novels and share your thoughts about them on every social media platform ( You can find her at and on Instagram @pale_woods_mys teries.


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Book 4 of The Bad Love Series


—JOHN J. KELLY, Detroit Free Press

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


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


Written by Kevin L. Schewe, MD, FACRO Back from their mission in the Republic of Azur, the A to deal with the KGB Bad Love Gang returns to Earth and plan their time-travel trip back to World War II Europe to get the “Bad Love Medicine” breast cancer cure to Hannah Lieb. Before they can cure their friend, the gang meets with British Prime Minister, Winston KEVIN L . SCHEWE, Churchill who sends them on a mission deep into Nazi Germany to discover the secrets of Hitler’s secret project and then destroy it. Bad Love Medicine is rich in actual WWII history uniquely blended with the adventures of time-traveling 1970s teenagers and laced with the unforgettable music of the 1960s and 1970s. “Bubble Butt and the rest of the always adventurous, time-traveling, spy-evading, intrepid Bad Love Gang are back in action with plenty to do. If you loved the first three Bad Love books, you’ll be knocked out by what comes next in Bad Love Medicine.”


Bad Love Medicine


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fter a heartbreaking loss, thirteen-year-old Sydney Miller develops a toxic friendship with her classmate, Lydia Sneed. When the relationship comes to an end and a spirit influences an almost fatal accident, Sydney strengthens her bond with her grandfather and decides to live with him. Sydney finally finds the love and support she needs in her grandfather’s home, but Lydia begs her for help, and together they must solve a murder that will change their lives forever.


aches children the intrinsic and courage.”

endearing story of MaryElla,

I Will Spin Again

perform in The Nutcracker

Teresa Wilkerson

Ricky’s Desert Adventure

“I Will Spin Again is the

Written and Illustrated by JeanAnn Taylor MaryElla has just been given the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet. After she is injured on the playground, she loses her special part and must summon all her courage and strength to find her way back to health. On her journey she learns the important life lessons of dedication, acceptance, and forgiveness.


le and he is determined how does a prickly pear fully the desert is full of re he goes.

Amanda’s Civil War




Pinky Swear

A Pale Woods Mystery Book 2

Written by Courtnee Turner Hoyle After a heartbreaking loss, thirteen-year-old Sydney Miller develops a toxic friendship with her classmate, Lydia Sneed. When the relationship comes to an end and a spirit influences an almost fatal accident, Sydney strengthens her bond with her grandfather and decides to live with him. Sydney finally finds the love and support she needs in her grandfather’s home, but Lydia begs her for help, and together they must solve a murder that will change their lives forever.




Written and Illustrated by

JeanAnn Taylor

Carla: The Cherub of Death

Written by Michael Gryboski Carla has always feared the discovery of her violent world by the general public. She did her best to keep it hidden, even from loved ones. However, after a failed kidnapping by a cartel, one journalist might be close to throwing Carla into the greatest danger of her life.

Appalachian Authors Guild Meeting Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the Appalachian Authors Guild will meet at Shoney’s in Abingdon, VA, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. At this general meeting there will be a presentation from Board Member and Author Linda Hoagland who will discuss Exploring Social Media Strategies for Authors. All are welcome to attend.

Ask the Book Editor Q:

Judi Light Hopson

Judi, I am almost finished writing a biography about my great uncle. I’m worried that his children might not appreciate parts of his story. Could I be sued? He was a ladies’ man who was a politician in our state government. –Katie T., Detroit MI


Katie, go back over the parts that make you nervous. Make sure you can attribute any unflattering statements to a news article or an opponent. Do seek the advice of an attorney, because editors cannot give legal advice. To be fair, try to balance unkind remarks with his best attributes. Incorporate the Golden Rule as well. —Judi Light Hopson


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Every person has a story to tell. Why not dedicate yourself to writing that novel or nonfiction book soon? Let’s work together to make your dream a reality!

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This Month’s Featured Books

Kodiak: King of the Grizzlies 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-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.

Sweet Sofie Sue and Her Backyard Adventures By Debbie Neal

How the Dog Saved the Squirrel from the Hawk By D.L. Luke

Sam, the red squirrel with the screwy tail, caused trouble for the German Shepherd and the woman who lived in the old Dutch Colonial. Trouble began with the bird food scattered on the ground, bird feeder, and suet that hung from the shepherd’s hook in the fenced in backyard.


By Joe Tennis 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.

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Meet the real Sweet Sofie Sue! She seeks adventure, love, and acceptance. She wants to fit in with her friends, but Sofie learns a very valuable lesson in her adventures. This story captures the reader with delightful illustrations and Christian themed principles that we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made, and for us to accept ourselves, as well as others, as God’s beautiful creations.

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hose close to people who have taken their own lives often wonder what they could have done to help. Although suicidal thoughts are not exclusive to the rich and famous, the tales of celebrities who take their own lives serve as sobering reminders that even those with fame, money and success may still fall into depths of depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts. Suicide is a public health problem that affects people from all walks of life. Various factors can contribute to thoughts of suicide, and promoting supportive behaviors and improving education can reduce the numbers of suicides and suicide attempts. Consider these statistics, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Government of Canada. • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. • More than 47,500 Americans took their own lives in 2019. • In 2019, 12 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, and 1.4 million made an attempt. • Suicide rates are on the rise in the United States, increasing by 33 percent since 1999. • For every death by suicide, at least seven to 10 survivors are significantly affected by the loss. • While certain instances of suicide seemingly come out of the blue, there are warning signs that may be present. Recognizing these signs can help people get prompt assistance. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that the following are some signs that a person may be having suicidal thoughts. • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves. • Mentioning feelings of hopelessness or indicating there is no reason to live.

• Speaking of great guilt or shame. • Acting very anxious or agitated. • Displaying feelings of unbearable emotional or physical pain. • Searching for legal ways of killing oneself. • Taking great risks that could lead to death. • Using alcohol or drugs more often. • Saying goodbye to family or friends and giving away important possessions. • Displaying extreme mood swings. Suicidal thoughts are an emergency and taking action can save lives and prevent injuries. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says if a person believes someone may be thinking about suicide the following actions should be taken. • Call 911, if danger for self-harm is imminent. • Ask the person if he or she is thinking about suicide. Listen without judgment. • Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt. • Stay with the person until additional help arrives. • Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK or text the Crisis Text Line’s number (741741). Suicidal thoughts or actions are symptoms of extreme distress and should not be ignored.

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Fear in the Aging Parent A By Cindy K. Sproles

ging brings about several issues that we rarely take into account. We are accustomed, for the most part, to have parents who have been our rock. When we face issues we can always go to our parents for good advice and guidance. But what happens when that rock suddenly cannot make a decision, or they seem lost on that advice you are used to receiving? Joan’s mother has always been the one whom everyone in the family depended on. If there was an illness or hardship, her mother was the one not only Joan and her sisters looked to, but her mother’s siblings looked to as well. When Joan realized there was a problem for her mother, she saw her mother’s anxiety level growing higher. Her mother worried more than normal and suddenly she couldn’t remember the advice she’d given in years past. Fear is a common change for the elderly. It’s not necessarily a fear of growing old, rather, it’s being fearful of things that would normally not be an issue. It’s a loss of self-confidence and


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many times our aging parents don’t see it happening. What can we do to help ease the natural fear that sometimes overtakes our parents? • Keep things positive — In a world where media pushes the negative, especially during this time of Covid, our loved ones see the bad more frequently than they see the good. Do your best to keep things positive. Encourage parents to only watch local news and only watch it once a day. Avoid streaming news stations that repeat the woes of the world every few minutes. Encourage laughter and help loved ones remember the joyful times of their lives. • Embrace the fears they face — Perhaps it’s the worry of contracting COVID, or vaccines, or even wearing masks. Take time to open a dialogue with loved ones by allowing them to address the things they fear. Help them grasp these are things we have no control over and it is what it is. My mother used to say, “Don’t fear until there’s a need to fear. You can’t change what is. Live life to the fullest.” Talking about the things loved ones worry over helps reassure them you are doing your best to take precautions. Talking brings fear into the present and out of the shadows. It becomes easier to manage if we address it. • Take time to make cheerful choices — The longer we are confined to our homes, the more difficult it is to remember the good things that exist outside our door. Encourage loved ones to open a window and bring in the fresh air, or to sit on the porch in the sun. Walk. Move. Watch movies that are joyful or listen to good music. Choices like these raise the level of happiness and lessen the moments of loneliness. • Remember your values — Life loves to drag us down and force us to agree with values that we may not be comfortable accepting. Help aging seniors remember their values, then encourage them to stand in those values because there is comfort and happiness when we do what we feel is right. We can’t stop the aging process, but we can help our loved ones over the little things that cause them to stumble. Remind loved ones of the inspiring type of individual they are. Help them to remember past advice and encourage them by reminding them how they have encouraged you over the years. You may not change every fear, but working alongside your loved one to maneuver their way through the obstacles makes a world of difference. As we age, certain cognitive abilities lessen, and in this time of Covid when folks are locked in, doesn’t help. Take time to keep in touch with your loved ones. When you notice those changes, take them by the hand and walk them through. The best encouragement is the hand of one who loves you.


Cindy K. Sproles is a novelist, speaker, and conference teacher. She is the cofounder of and the managing editor for Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals, imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Visit Cindy at

Make Vaccinations Part of Your Back-to-School Plan By Brenna Robinson, Outreach & Engagement Specialist for UVA Cancer Center


hile many parents have prepared for the upcoming school year by discussing the COVID-19 vaccine with their child’s pediatrician, some children are behind on other immunizations due to the pandemic. If your child is behind, now is a great time to catch up. You can also look into some often overlooked vaccinations at your school vaccination appointment. Yvonne Edwards, a school nurse in Scott County, said childhood vaccinations protect you and your family. “Childhood immunization has been so effective in preventing death and disease that many parents today have not encountered diseases that were once common years ago. Therefore, healthy children miss less in-class instructional time, making for healthy students,“ she said. Effective July 1, 2021, the HPV vaccination series is required by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) for all Virginia students entering seventh grade. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that can lead to six types of cancer, and nearly all men and women will get an HPV infection at some time in their life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many HPV strains resolve on their own, but they can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, genitals, and cervix when they do not. The HPV vaccine is recommended starting at age 9 to protect children before they are exposed to the infection. Dianne Morris, the Mountain Laurel Support and Resource Center Coordinator for Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc., is working with Lee, Scott, and Wise counties along with the City of Norton to ensure HPV vaccinations are provided to prevent cancer. Morris’s work has provided rising seventh graders with updated HPV vaccination information as part of the schools’ vaccination packets. She has also contacted local doctors and dentists to let them know the resource center has HPV education and resources available for use. “It [the HPV vaccine] is a cancer preventative vaccination which protects against throat and neck cancer, anal, penis, cervical, and vulvar cancers. That is why it is so important to get vaccinated at an early age. COVID-19 has impacted all vaccinations, and with school starting back

in person this fall, it is imperative that parents have their children vaccinated for HPV,” Morris said. Emma McKim Mitchell, Director of Global Initiatives at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, said there is lots of evidence to support the use of the HPV vaccine. “There has been a lot of good research about how safe it is and how effective it is, and it really doesn’t have any additional risks compared with other vaccines we routinely give. The vaccine currently available here in the U.S. and in some other countries as well, protects against nine different strains of the virus, which means even more protection for those vaccinated,” she said. In addition to the HPV vaccine, VDH also updated their requirements for students to have the Hepatitis A (HAV) vaccine and Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine. Effective July 1, a minimum of two doses of the HAV and MenACWY vaccine are required for children to attend school. The Tdap booster dose is also necessary for all children entering seventh grade in Virginia. With the additional updates, cancer prevention, and COVID-19 precautions, taking the time to discuss vaccines with your child’s pediatrician is an essential part of preparing for school this year. As Edwards said: “Don’t wait, vaccinate!” This article is from the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement for the University of Virginia Cancer Center. Dianne Morris, co-chair and Yvonne Edwards, member lead outreach with The Cancer Center Without Walls Southwest Virginia Community Advisory Board in addressing cancer disparities and access to care in Appalachia. For more information, visit the Cancer Center Without Walls’ website: https://med.virginia. edu/ccww/community-advisory-boards-2/community-advisory-boards/. | September 2021 | 23

Skin Cancer Still Poses a Threat in Fall and Winter


kin cancer may be something on the minds of beachgoers and summer revelers frolicking around the pool. After all, when the sun is blazing hot and one’s skin reddens after mere minutes outside, it’s hard to ignore the potential for skin damage. But summer isn’t the only time of year that skin must be protected. According to the health and wellness resource Cancer Therapy Advisor, ultraviolet radiation is just as dangerous in the fall and winter as it is in the summer, and people should continue to care for and protect their skin as

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the weather gets colder. In fact, sunscreen is something that should be worn year-round. Various lifestyle choices increase a person’s risk for skin damage and even skin cancer. • Spending time outdoors in high altitudes: MD Anderson Cancer Centers warns that UV rays are especially intense in higher altitudes. The risk for sunburn increases because the thinner atmosphere isn’t able to block many of the sun’s most harmful rays. • Enjoying snow-related activities: Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays. Individuals may not realize that time spent on the slopes can result in sun damage that is just as harmful as that caused after a day at the beach. • Heading out on cloudy days: Fog and clouds will not deter UVA rays from reaching the surface of the Earth. UVA rays, which are present throughout the year, can penetrate fog and clouds and even glass, warns the Skin Cancer Foundation. • Traveling to warm climates in winter: It’s common for people to try to escape the cold and snow by vacationing in tropical locales during the winter. Many may mistakenly think it’s a good idea to use a tanning bed to get a golden glow prior to departing. The Mayo Clinic reports that UV light from tanning beds is 12 times as intense as light emitted by the sun. Couple that with time spent in the tropical sun and severe damage can occur to unprotected skin. Protecting skin from the sun is a year-round endeavor. When thinking about skin damage and skin cancer prevention, do not overlook the lips as well, as the skin on the lips is very sensitive. Use a lip moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 and sunscreen on the rest of the exposed parts of the body every day.


By Deana Landers


few years ago we decided to grow a sunflower house for our grandchildren in the spring. We used sticks and strings to map out a section of ground for the tiny house, leaving a clear space at one end for the door. We cleared out the grass and rocks and dug a small trench underneath the string. Then we planted two rows of giant sunflower seed about six inches apart so that the sunflower walls would be thick. Finally, we watered and mulched them and watched them grow. When the grandchildren visited in the summer, they were delighted to find their own sunflower house to play in. They loved it, and so did the birds. They have mostly grown out of playing in sunflower houses, but they still love to help in our garden and pick the wild sunflowers that grow in our yard. There are three groups of sunflowers; tall sunflowers, dwarf sunflowers, and colored sunflowers. There are also over 50 varieties, ranging from the common sunflower that sometimes grows without an invitation to the tall sunflowers grown as decoration in private gardens that usually only have one flower per stem. One of the rarest types of sunflowers, Schweinitz’s sunflowers, was named after Lewis David von Schweintz, a botanist who discovered the species in the early 1800s. They can grow to be about 6 feet tall. Sunflowers are universally loved, representing happiness, optimism, honesty, longevity, peace, admiration, and devotion. With their round face and outstretched petals, they look like a burst of sunshine, turning their faces to the sun. They are hardy plants that are

drought-resistant and have deep roots that represent vitality and longevity. One thing most people don’t know is that sunflowers are also symbols of nuclear disarmament. I know. That sounds weird. Right? However, a little-known fact is when the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991, the new nation of Ukraine held the third-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons. In 1996, Ukraine committed to complete nuclear disarmament. Representatives from the U.S., Russia, and Ukraine planted sunflowers in the previous nuclear missile location to honor the occasion. But why did they plant sunflowers? Not only are the bright yellow flowers symbols of peace and optimism, but they also possess the ability to absorb radioactive isotopes. Sunflowers have been planted at both the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disaster sites because they help clean the environment of radioactive toxins. Sunflowers have the power to soothe troubled souls. One of the most famous portrayals of sunflowers in the world is Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork. The troubled painter traveled to Arles in the south of France for the landscapes and bright sunshine. Painting the sunflowers brought him a level of peace and serenity. One of the most beautiful sunflower fields I have seen in a while was when we visited the Southern Grace Farm, named after Gracie LeAnn Demit, one weekend in August weekend. Along with friends and family, her mom and dad planted 250 pounds of sunflower seeds to remember their daughter, Gracie, who died last year. Her mother said she was concerned that the flowers were not as vibrant as they should be because of the drought. I listened as she talked about her amazing daughter, who loved sunflowers. It seemed like the powerful description of the sunflower reflects the testimony of this beautiful young life. Nature is one of God’s beautiful creations. Through nature, God teaches us, speaks to us, and provides for us. It has a way of soothing our souls by reminding us to look to the Son. He knows how to heal our hearts, give us peace, and give us the strength to go on, even when there is a drought in our hearts. If you think you missed your chance to plant sunflowers this year, don’t worry. Even though the best time to plant them is in March or April, you can still plant them right now to enjoy through the fall.


Deana Landers, a retired nurse and health educator, is Christian speaker who strives to educate and encourage. She may be contacted at dlanders1511@ or 276-780-7355. | September 2021 | 25

Common Signs of Alcohol Dependence


n 2019, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s national survey found 14.1 million adults ages 18 and older had alcohol use disorder. Among youth between the ages of 12 and 17, an estimated 414,000 had Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). AUD is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use. Certain people are at increased risk for abusing alcohol, including those with a family history of alcohol problems; people who drink at an early age; individuals with various mental health conditions; and those with a history of trauma. Bradford Health Services and American Addiction Centers, which provide addiction treatment services, say these signs can tell if someone’s casual or social drinking has become a problem. • Heavy drinking: Habitually overindulging or binge drinking is a key sign of alcohol abuse. Consuming alcohol in large amounts most days of the week is another sign of a problem.

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• Risky activities: Alcohol can lower inhibitions, so those with AUD often drive under the influence, leave gatherings with strangers, ignore risks, and act out. • Powerlessness and disinterest: Some with alcoholism feel powerless to control their level of alcohol use. Hobbies and social activities that were once enjoyed may not be of interest any longer. • Cravings and withdrawal: Individuals who think about alcohol when not drinking or those who experience sweating, shaking and nausea while sober likely have alcohol dependence. These symptoms may be paired with mood swings and drinking to feel better. • Tolerance: Heavy drinkers may develop a higher tolerance and need to consume more alcohol over time to match feelings from earlier use. • Sneaking drinks or drinking alone: Drinking alone more than normal or sneaking sips when others are not looking are signs of an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. • Making excuses: People with AUD may find reasons to justify drinking, such as being under a lot of stress or using alcohol as a sleep aid. People need not reach rock bottom before seeking treatment for AUD. It’s never too early to seek help. According to Robert Poznanovich, executive director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a person must first recognize that he or she has lost control and wants to regain that control.

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Taste, add salt and pepper to your personal taste if needed, and stir in noodles. Serve immediately garnished with cracked black pepper and fresh thyme if desired.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons


Crispy Chicken Tenders

September is National Family Meals Month, which means it’s the perfect time to start making family meals a normal occurrence in your home. Here are a few tips on how to do it: Pick one or two days a week for everyone to commit to. Pick a recipe and side dishes the family can agree on.

Serves 4 1 tablespoon olive oil

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

1 onion, diced Serves 4 1 large egg 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or juice of 1/2 a lemon)

3/4 teaspoon salt to season

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish

1 ½ – 2 pounds stew meat

1/2 cup regular breadcrumbs (garlic, herb, or Italian seasoned for extra flavor)

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon mild paprika (or sweet, smoky, spicy)

2 cups beef broth

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup sliced mushrooms 

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon minced garlic


Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease a baking tray / sheet with cooking oil spray, or a light coating of oil. Set aside.


In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.


Dip chicken tenders into egg mixture and let sit for 5 minutes while preparing crumb mixture.


In another bowl, combine both breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and Parmesan cheese.


Dredge the egg coated chicken in the breadcrumb/Parmesan mixture, lightly pressing to evenly coat.


Arrange tenders on the baking sheet / tray and lightly spray with cooking oil spray.


Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until cooked through. (Broil in the last 2-3 minutes for a golden crispy crumb!)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

12 ounces short pasta noodles — cooked according to package instructions 1.


Lightly grease your slow cooker, then add stew meat and sprinkle Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste over the top. Add mushrooms, beef broth, garlic, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, stir corn starch (or flour) into 1/2 cup beef broth and stir mixture into slow cooker. Add cream cheese and sour cream to slow cooker then cook another 20-30 minutes on high, stirring occasionally until cream cheese and sour cream are incorporated and sauce is thickened. 

1/2 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

4 tablespoons corn starch (or flour) + ½ cup beef broth

2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes

2 teaspoons minced garlic

28 ounces (800 g) chicken tenders

6 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes, — softened

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Serves 6

1 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

3 garlic cloves, minced


FOR THE GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 slices white or wheat bread 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1.

Heat olive oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spread 1/2 tablespoon butter over 1 side of each bread slice. Turn the slices over and top 2 slices with cheddar and place remaining 2 slices of bread on top, buttered sides up. Add sandwich to pan and grill until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side. Let cool for 1 minute and cut into 1-inch cubes.


Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes and bay leaf and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 3-5 minutes.


Stir in tomatoes and mash, using a potato masher, until broken down into smaller pieces. Stir in heavy cream and brown sugar.


Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Remove bay leaf.


Puree with an immersion blender. Stir in vegetable broth until heated through, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper to taste.


Serve immediately with croutons, garnished with parsley.

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Retired Teacher Donates Books to Children’s Hospital Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., of Johnson City, Tennessee, is celebrating author Debbie Neal and her generosity as she continues to donate to crucial organizations around the region! Ms. Debbie Neal is a retired Kindergarten teacher of 32 years. She lives in Johnson City, Tennessee with her husband and yorkie, Sweet Sofie Sue. In August, Ms. Neal visited the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN to donate copies of her debut children’s book, Sweet Sofie Sue and Her Backyard Adventures. In Sweet Sofie Sue and Her Backyard Adventures readers meet the real Sweet Sofie Sue! She seeks adventure, love, and acceptance. She wants to fit in with her friends, but Sofie learns a very valuable lesson in her adventures. Since the publication of Sweet Sofie Sue and Her Backyard Adventures in 2019, Ms. Neal has spent her time donating books and proceeds to various children’s organizations around the Tri-Cities. “Sweet Sofie Sue and Her Backyard Adventures displays such an important message that God made us all individually unique with different gifts! It teaches a valuable lesson that we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made, and for us to accept ourselves, as well as others, as God’s beautiful creations!” — Jocelyn Lacey, author of Pierre the Peacock Sweet Sofie Sue will soon be back for another adventure, with the second children’s book in Ms. Neal’s series scheduled for release in Spring 2022. Sweet Sophie Sue and Her Backyard Adventures is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through Jan-Carol Publishing.

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Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. includes various imprints, each specializing in a particular genre—from Appalachian stories to children’s books and more. At JCP, we believe ‘every story needs a book.’ For more information or to schedule a book signing, call Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., at 423.926.9983, or visit Follow JCP on Facebook.

Looking to adopt? A local Piney Flats family has kittens available for adoption! The kittens are scheduled for a spay/neuter in late September and will have had all three rounds of initial shots by the time of their surgery. There are two males and three females. The kittens, born in May, have enjoyed exploration and plenty of socializing during their time with the foster family. They are up to date on their flea, tick, and heartworm medication. The mother of the kittens is also up for adoption. She is a calm and sweet girl who loves lounging in the sun and gentle pets. She has been spayed, is up to date on shots, and has received flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. To inquire about adding a precious new member to your home, please email Adoptions are free to kind and loving homes. | September 2021 | 29

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3×3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9.

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