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Kay Davis, owner of Atlantis in downtown Johnson City, is featured on our May cover.

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Jacqueline Krafft

Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., and staff would like to express our condolences to the family of Jacqueline Krafft of Washington, Missouri. Jackie was one of JCP’s children’s book authors. Her career was devoted to the Washington School District teaching kindergarten at South Point Elementary School from 1968 to 1993. Her passion for educating children led her to write and publish children’s books. Her books with JCP include Buddy and Clancy. Her love of teaching will live on in her books.

Wayne Major

Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., and staff would like to express our condolences to the family of Wayne Major. Wayne; his sister, Ralphine; and their mom, Juanita, made the trip from near Knoxville to meet with Janie about writing a children’s book series. Wayne shared that several years ago, while active in his church choir, he heard a voice tell him, “You need to write children’s books.” He created the character of Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, a registered trademark. Wayne was proud to be a published author of Jan-Carol Publishing, and JCP became proud of him and his literary accomplishments. He co-authored five books in the Piddle Diddle series with Ralphine. Our professional relationship with Wayne, Ralphine, and Juanita grew into friendship. We were saddened to hear of his passing, but his literary works will live on through his books.

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Voice Speaks Janie C. Jessee, Editor-in-Chief 4 Unveiling Bristol Bridal Station 5 4 Inspirational Gifts for Mother’s Day 6 Why I Joined the Navy Pam Blair 8 How to Grow a Recipe Garden April Hensley 10 How DIY Can Be Bad for Homeowners’ Bottom Lines 11 Atlantis Celebrating 35 Years of Sharing Magic with the Community Allison Chudina 12 Vicki Combs: New Role at Houser Shoes Allison Chudina 14 Birthplace of Country Music Presents: In the Pines 15 Connecting with our Children in the Kitchen Deana Landers 16 JCP New Book Releases 18 Free Spring Health Fair 23 Aging in Place Cindy K. Sproles 24 Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month 25 Pet Pals 26 Voicemale Ken Heath 27 Cinco De Mayo Recipes 28


Themonth of May is a time for the celebration of Mother’s Day. As with many of you, I celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother. My mother is 94 years old and still loves the gifts of beautiful flowers and a Mother’s Day card. She can’t see well enough to read her cards, so I purposefully get a card with long verses so I can read them to her. In our celebration, the conversation always turns to include her mother, my maternal grandmother.

Both have given me advice in my life. My maternal grandmother was a simple but smart woman. I recall as a child spending time with her, and one piece of simple advice she gave me was centered around washing dishes. I was about six or seven years old and wanted to help with the after-lunch dishes. She allowed me to help clear the table and set the dishes, glasses, and silverware on the sink counter. With no dishwasher, the dishes were hand-washed and dried. I pulled up a chair to the sink. I stood on it so I could reach into the sink to wash the dishes. I grabbed a plate. She gently said, “We don’t wash the plates first — we wash the glasses first.” I replied, “I don’t like washing glasses.” She smiled and said, “But if you don’t wash them first, they will sit there waiting on you, and you’ll have to keep looking at them, and they’ll be in your way. But if you wash them first, you will get them out of your way.”

It was a simple message, but one I think of often: Get the things you don’t like to do out of your way by doing them first. So, in life, to reduce my stress levels, I try to always wash the glasses first.

Yes, JCP’s Books & Gifts bookstore is now closed. As we closed the chapter on the bookstore, we see this as a new opportunity for JCP to rethink, redirect, and reboot. This is not a setback but a setup for growth and movement into new directions. Stay tuned for details on our plans.

JCP continues to grow with an online presence through our websites, social media, and our podcast and book blog, both called Bookmarked. The feedback from podcast listeners and book blog readers has been exciting and encouraging. Thank you for your support! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter promoting a “book of the week” at a discounted retail price. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and join the fun of the giveaways and other happenings. Email communications@jancarolpublishing.com to receive our newsletter.

From all of us to all of you — HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Thought of the month: “The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself, and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” — Unknown

Verse of the Month: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” KJV James 1:17

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IF YOU OWN IT, CLAIM IT! Beginner’s Inspirational Guide for Women Seeking to Start Their Own JANIE C. JESSEE was written to inspire and encourage women to seek out their destiny. Author Janie Jessee shares simple truths in starting business or pursuing career dream. Presented in uncomplicated terms, quotes, and verses that will enlighten you, encourage you, and inspire you, this book the perfect read for the beginning entrepreneur or the seasoned business woman needing to be uplifted in simple terms. family to receive college degree, Jessee was the first to start and publish women’s monthly magazine in her hometown region. She owns successful book publishing company, Jan-Carol Publishing, and through her work this business and Voice Magazine for Women she hopes to inspire women to grow, to be encouraged, and to find their destinies. Purchase Janie C. Jessee’s books, Woman to Woman: If You Own It, Claim it! ($5 includes free shipping) and Gone Before Breakfast ($10 includes free shipping) www.jancarolpublishing.com or call 423.926.9983
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Unveiling Bristol Bridal Station: Discover Your Dream Dress While Making a Difference

Introducing Bristol Bridal Station’s newest Bridal Station Manager, Amber Mumpower. A Tri-Cities native and King College alumna, Amber holds a bachelor’s in social work and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources Management. With extensive customer service experience and a passion for assisting others, Amber is thrilled to connect with brides in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas to help them discover their dream dresses.

“I love helping others while supporting in ways behind the scenes,” said Mumpower. “Taking on this role is the perfect combination of that and I take pride in being able to assist each woman and girl that comes into the station in finding the perfect dress for such a special day!”

At Bristol Bridal Station, brides-to-be can indulge in the luxury and quality of an upscale boutique without breaking the bank. Their collection features new, couture gowns generously donated by salons nationwide, allowing brides to enjoy savings of up to 75% off the original designer prices while supporting YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia programs.

Dedicated bridal consultants are on hand to guide you through the wide selection of gowns, which includes offerings from renowned designers like Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Maggie Sottero, and Stella York. With its newer location offering a more convenient shopping experience, finding your perfect gown has never been easier. Plus, inventory is regularly updated with new stock, ensuring a variety of sizes and styles to suit every bride.

In an effort to accommodate growing bridal inventory, the Bridal Station has transitioned to exclusively carrying bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, and flower girl attire.

Bridesmaid gowns will now be available exclusively at the annual Bridal Warehouse sale held in the YWCA gymnasium on November 1st and 2nd.

When you purchase from Bristol Bridal Station, you’re not only finding the dress of your dreams but also supporting children and families in need within the YWCA service area.

YWCA NETN and SWVA provides vital services such as sliding-scale childcare, education and support for teen parents, STEM programs for middle school girls, and more. Visit www. ywcatnva.org for more information on programs and ways to get involved.

“I’ve heard people say ‘Bristol Bridal Station is a best kept secret’ and ‘you all are a hidden gem’,” said Mumpower. “I want to help bring awareness of the bridal station so everyone knows about us and how truly special what we offer is. I’m looking forward to continuing helping women and girls say ‘YES’ to their perfect dress while having proceeds from sales make such a huge impact in our region.”

Visit Bristol Bridal Station Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 106 State Street, Bristol, TN. Schedule your appointment online or by calling 423-5731361. Weekday online appointments are now available on the website, and Saturday appointments can be scheduled by phone. Follow Bristol Bridal Station on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on new arrivals. Discover more at www.bristolbridalstation.com.

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Amber Mumpower

4 Inspirational Gifts for Mother’s Day

It is customary to lavish extra praise on moms come Mother’s Day, and that often involves gift-giving. The following are five gifts that can ensure Mom knows her efforts and unconditional love have not gone unnoticed.

1. Prompt mindful thinking: The cards from Sunny Present Empowering Questions Cards pose questions to prompt meditation, journaling or simply to practice mindfulness during the day. They are a great way to encourage positive self-talk. Each of the 52 cards feature a door in the Estonian city of Tallinn. Available through Amazon and www.sunnypresent.com.

This Recipe Makes for a Great Breakfast in Bed this Mother’s Day

2. Motivational can-do candles: A little aromatherapy can treat any mother to an uplifting or relaxing fragrance in her special place in the home. But these inspirational candles from Bianchi Candle Co. feature names like “bravery,” “joy,” and “gratitude” and a motivational message. Purchase at bianchicandleco.com.

3. Relaxing home spa experience: Many people have turned their bathrooms into home spas, particularly empty nesters who now have more time to relax and pamper themselves. Spending time in a relaxing shower is a way for Mom to clear her mind and unwind, and Shower Steamers from Body Restore can set the ideal environment. Purchase on Amazon and include alongside additional home spa necessities like loofahs or a bathrobe.

4. Ancestry exploration: Foster greater bonds in the family by giving Mom an opportunity to further trace her heritage. Popular genealogy companies include Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and 23andme.com, enabling anyone to enjoy a look back at the lineage that helped shape who they are today. These companies can help trace ancestors and even connect people with distant relatives.

Mother’s Day gifting can revolve around inspirational and heartfelt gifts that show special mothers how much they are appreciated.

There may be no better way to start Mother’s Day than serving Mom some breakfast in bed. A homemade meal before Mom even gets out of bed can set the right tone for a day that celebrates all mothers have done and continue to do for their children. There’s no shortage of breakfast in bed options to serve Mom this Mother’s Day. If Mom loves a traditional hearty morning meal, this recipe for “Mixed Berry French Toast” courtesy of Taste of Home (tasteofhome. com) is sure to please.

Mixed Berry French Toast

Makes 8 servings

6 large eggs

1 3/4 cups fat-free milk

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cubed

1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened mixed berries

2 tablespoons cold butter

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

Confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup (optional)

1. Whisk together the first 6 ingredients. Place bread cubes in a 13 x 9-inch or 3-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture over top. Refrigerate, covered, 8 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove berries from freezer and French toast from refrigerator and let stand while oven heats. Bake French toast, covered, 30 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, cut butter into brown sugar until crumbly. Top French toast with berries; sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. If desired, dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with syrup.

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We Asked our


Fans: What is some advice you have learned from your mother?

Mom always said...

• If you stay in the middle of the road, you’re gonna get run over.

• Not making a decision is making a decision.

• When you look in the mirror, you have to like what you see.

• Slow down. Life’s too short to be in a hurry.

• Enjoy the journey.

• You can do anything in the world; just believe.

• Being a mom is the best job in the world.

• If you can’t say something good about somebody, don’t say anything at all.

• God knows best. It will be alright, whatever happens.

• Call me when you get home, and hug and kiss my babies.

— Sheila Wandell

Don’t assume a skunk is dead...

• Treat others with kindness and compassion.

• Live each day as it’s your last.

• Be your authentic best self!

Pray a lot! God’s definitely got this. Go with the flow... There will be bumpy days, and that’s okay! Ask for help when needed, and you will need it sometimes. Savor every single second — they really do grow up too fast!

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Why I Joined the Navy

Near the end of the Vietnam War, I decided to join the U.S. Navy. Joining the military was not an easy decision, especially while an unpopular war was in progress, and it meant I would be making a commitment for the next four years of my life. I was at a crossroads, where I had gone to work in Washington, D.C. right after high school and held some interesting jobs, but I still wanted to go to college and find my career path. The GI Bill offered a way to fund my education without going into debt and I also hoped to learn a skill while in service.

Why did I choose the Navy? I toyed with the idea of enlisting in the Air Force, but I’ve always been fascinated by ships and the sea. My stepmother proudly served in the Navy during the Korean War and I admired her patriotism. I wanted to serve my country as well, so I took the leap and talked to a recruiter about enlisting. No one advised me to get a guaranteed school when I signed up, so I tell every young person considering enlistment to be sure and lock in a school before they commit to service. While in boot camp, we received all kinds of aptitude tests and I could have gone on to learn a foreign language, receive legal training, or many other career fields, but it would have meant signing up for more years of active duty. With a guaranteed school, that would not have been necessary.

There’s no getting around it, boot camp is a humbling experience. The purpose is to teach discipline, respect, and obedience, and our company commander was as tough as those you see in the movies, like “Private Benjamin.”

Picture 50 girls living in a barracks lined with bunk beds and lights out early after making sure our shoes were shined to a mirror finish and our beds made with sheets tucked so tightly a quarter could bounce off them. We learned how to shoot firearms and wear a gas mask, and the physical training was intense. Being in the Navy also meant having to pass a rigorous swim test. Our days began with the reveille

bugle sounding at 5:30 a.m. when we would stumble out of bed and line up for a group march to breakfast in the mess hall. That’s when I first started drinking coffee. I had to do something to wake up!

After boot camp, I received orders to report to the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center located in San Diego harbor. I loved working in the command’s boat pool, where it was our job to take 40-foot utility boats to meet ships coming in and out of the harbor, transporting officers and sailors as they underwent refresher training. Later I worked in the administrative office where I set up the command’s first computer word processor and finished my Navy service as a petty officer.

I received an honorable discharge and went to work full time at a VA medical center while going to college at night, eventually completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in library and information science. My education led me to meaningful work in VA medical libraries and later in VA public affairs and I thank the GI Bill for helping to fund my education and leading me on a career path that was unexpected, yet very rewarding. Choosing to join the Navy turned out to be the right decision for me, and working in VA medical centers throughout the South allowed me to help veterans from all branches of military service, an experience for which I will always be grateful. God bless our military and the USA!

{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.

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Each year on the final Monday in May, the United States commemorates military personnel who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Those individuals made the ultimate sacrifice, and Memorial Day is a way to honor them and thank their families for their selfless acts. This Memorial Day, families can embrace various measures to honor fallen veterans.

• Visit a local veterans cemetery. The United Service Organization (USO) notes that most states have national veterans cemeteries. Though some veterans cemeteries are open only to family members of service personnel, others are open to the general public. Visiting a veterans cemetery is a great way to honor fallen military members and ensure the memory of their service and sacrifice is not forgotten on Memorial Day.

• Celebrate veterans over Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend is now synonymous with getaways and backyard barbecues. By taking time out during the weekend to honor fallen veterans, families can ensure the meaning behind the holiday is not lost in the midst of celebrations with family and friends. Take time out during a family barbecue to discuss a family member who served or, if traveling, make an effort to visit a veterans memorial along your travel route.

• Help raise funds for veterans organizations. Fun runs or community Memorial Day walks may benefit local veterans organizations that help service members in need. Many service members may need help dealing with the deaths of friends or family members who died while serving in the armed forces, and veterans organizations may provide such help or direct funds to groups that do. That makes participation in events that benefit veterans organizations a great way to honor current military personnel and those who have served in the past, including those who died in service of their country.

• Teach youngsters about the role of the armed forces. There’s a lot competing for the attention of today’s young people, and that can make it easy to overlook the very freedoms that make the United States such a unique country throughout world history. Parents and guardians can emphasize the role the armed forces play in procuring and protecting freedoms in the United States and emphasize the significance of the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to ensure a higher quality of life for all U.S. residents.

Memorial Day commemorates military personnel who died while serving in the armed forces. There is much families can do to ensure those sacrifices are never forgotten or taken for granted.

May plays host to Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month

Readers looking to honor and learn about some of the courageous individuals who dedicated their lives to our nation’s military can pick up a copy of the republished best-selling novel, Those Devils in Baggy Pants, about the 82nd Airborne Division in WWII. It is available from Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, or directly through Jan-Carol Publishing.

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How to Grow a Recipe Garden

We gardeners love trying new things to grow. We may find our newest favorite. It’s exciting and fun knowing magic can happen in our little growing space plus getting to sample the harvest. Sometimes we pick easy veggies like squash and tomatoes that are heavy producers. But if we grow a lot that we end up not liking, most of it may be given away or worse go bad before we eat it.

Instead of picking the brightest and prettiest seed packets at the store, think about what you and your family really

Taco garden

• Cayenne peppers and others to dry for seasoning

• Tomatoes

• Lettuce

• Cilantro

• Onions

• Peppers

Salsa Garden

• Tomatoes

• Onions

• Sweet or spicy peppers

• Cumin

• Cilantro

• Garlic

Spaghetti Sauce or Pizza Sauce Garden

• Basil

• Tomatoes

• Onions

• Peppers

• Garlic

• Zucchini

• Eggplant

• Mushrooms

• Oregano

• Parsley

• Alter the recipe to customize your pizza or spaghetti sauce.

enjoy eating. Maybe Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday is a weekly tradition. Check out your favorite recipe. Can most or all of the ingredients be grown in your home garden? If so, this may be the year to try a recipe-themed garden.

If you love making homemade salsa but only grow tomatoes, there will still be a need to go to the store for the rest of the ingredients unless we grow them all fresh. There are packaged seasoning kits that you can buy to add to fresh tomatoes to instantly make sauce or salsa but how much more interesting and fun to see the taste difference in fresh without all the artificial preservatives and chemicals.

Here are a few different ideas to get you started on growing a recipe garden.

Salad garden

• Onions

• Tomatoes

• Lettuce, spinach, and other greens

• Cucumbers

• Carrots

• Radishes

• Peppers

Pesto garden

(Great for a small container or patio garden)

• Basil

• Garlic



• Spinach and other greens

• Strawberries

• Blueberries

• Cucumbers

• Cold hardy banana tree

• Watermelon

• Cantaloupe

Pizza topping garden

• Tomatoes

• Garlic

• Sweet bell peppers

• Mushrooms

• Onions

• Basil

• Jalapenos

As you can see, all of the ingredients can be used for multiple other recipes too so you won’t be limited to trying new things. Meatloaf can easily be done with many of these ingredients and adding ground meat. Some will be ready to start harvesting before others. That’s easily worked around by drying herbs, processing tomatoes, and freezing berries. Most plants will provide fresh ingredients all season long.

{April Hensley works as an office manager and is an avid gardener, writer, and greenhouse hobbyist. April loves the outdoors and is passionate about animal welfare and the environment. She can be reached at aprils1105@embarqmail.com.

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How DIY Can Be Bad for Homeowners’ Bottom Lines

Online tutorials and advertisements for home improvement retailers can make DIY seem like a snap. However, there are potential pitfalls to consider that could make the ostensibly less expensive DIY route far more detrimental to the bottom line than homeowners may recognize.

• Permits: Permits ensure work is done in accordance with local codes, which are designed to ensure the safety of residents and their neighbors. Licensed contractors know which permits are necessary for projects they’re hired to work on, and many even procure permits for their clients (homeowners are urged to read estimates and contracts to determine who will be responsible for acquiring the appropriate permits). DIYers may not know about local permits, and therefore go ahead with projects without procuring any. In the short-term, a failure to procure the appropriate permits can make a home less safe and potentially lead to costly fines and necessitate a complete do-over of the project. In the long-term, homeowners who did not secure the appropriate permits may not be given a certificate of occupancy (CO) when putting their homes on the market, which can make it very difficult to sell the home.

• Ancillary costs: The ancillary costs of DIY are not often noted in online tutorials. However, such costs can dramatically increase the amount of money DIYers shell out in order to complete projects on their own. Ancillary costs include but are not limited to the price of tools and equipment; disposal fees for materials that will need to be discarded; and the cost of permits.

• Repairs: Even experienced contractors make mistakes, so DIYers, particularly novices, can anticipate making a few errors along the way. Minor mistakes may not prove too costly, but more significant mishaps can quickly negate any cost savings associated with DIY renovations. The cost to fix DIY mistakes varies depending on the project, but a 2019 survey from Porch.com found that the average DIY mistake cost homeowners $310 and added five and a half hours to the overall time spent to complete a project. It’s worth noting the Porch.com survey was conducted prior to the dramatic increase in materials costs related to inflation in recent years. So, it’s reasonable to assume that fixing DIY mistakes in 2024 could end up costing considerably more than a few hundred dollars.

Before diving in to DIY, homeowners may want to consider the real costs associated with forgoing professional experience in the potentially misplaced hopes of saving a few dollars.

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Atlantis Celebrating 35 Years of Sharing Magic with the Community

Enlighten your Mind, Pamper your Body, and Nourish your Soul

Looking for a magical gift? Kay Davis — owner of Atlantis, the metaphysical shoppe located at 242 E. Main Street in downtown Johnson City — has been providing an oasis of ideas for unique treasures for 35 years.

In fact, Atlantis will be celebrating its milestone anniversary on May 15 with a “large geode cake,” Davis said. They will also be offering giveaways and discounts from May 15–18.

“We hope to see all of our old friends and new friends during this celebration,” Davis said. “My dream is that Atlantis will continue to grow and be a beacon in the community for many years to come.”

Davis, who first opened the store in May of 1989, says her idea for starting the shoppe evolved from her eclectic interests in world cultures and religions, as well as in books, music, art, stones, and a “bit of fantasy.”

“I had no prior background in retail, purchasing, or anything remotely connected to operating a business,” Davis said. “My background had been in social work and psychology, and I worked for a number of years at the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Then, I worked as a mortgage broker and later became licensed to sell mutual funds. It was during this period that I decided to open Atlantis.”

When asked where Atlantis got its ethereal name, Davis cited her love of the famed lost continent. “I decided on the name Atlantis with ease, because I have always been fascinated by the lost continent of Atlantis,” she said. “For me, I always had a strong connection with the mysteries surrounding this highly evolved civilization. I know many believe Atlantis to be a mythical land, but I believe it truly existed. In my youth, Donovan recorded a song entitled ‘Atlantis,’ and even then, I was so drawn to the romance surrounding this land.”

The shoppe features diverse items from around the world. Davis traveled to Peru twice in the fall of 1988 and to

Egypt in January 1989, which is where she began purchasing products for her store. Following these trips, Davis went to gift markets in High Point, Dallas, and Atlanta, followed by major purchases at gem shows. “It all just seemed to fall into place,” she said.

Davis says the business has evolved over time, including its move from Boones Creek to State of Franklin Road, and most recently to downtown Johnson City, where Atlantis has remained since 1999. “There has always been a consistency with carrying gemstones, jewelry, books, and candles, but many, many items have been introduced through the years,” she said. “We have always searched for meaningful gifts. Hence, our tagline of ‘enlighten your mind, pamper your body, and nourish your soul,’ seems appropriate.”

When asked how she’d describe Atlantis to new customers, Davis said it is a metaphysical shoppe. “This basically means the study of reality and existence,” she explained. “Customers have always enjoyed the peaceful and relaxing shopping experience while uncovering the perfect treasures to enhance their lives.”

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Kay Davis — owner of Atlantis

A decade ago, Atlantis expanded its space to include an area for a spiritual center, which Davis said allowed the store to offer workshops, classes, rotating intuitive readers, and additional space for merchandise. “This was a wonderful way to provide a safe space for learning and spiritual growth,” she said. “We no longer have this extra space, but we do offer intuitive readings and have occasional classes available.”

Davis says she has made so many wonderful memories working in the shoppe over the years, but she particularly loves those special moments involving her two children, Alex and Tara.

“Alex and Tara were too young to help me when I first opened in 1989,” Davis said. “As they grew a little older, though, they both worked with me on weekends and holidays. It allowed me to spend time with them while introducing them to the experience of interacting with customers and learning about products. It was a great foundation for them both in learning to be helpful to other people.”

Davis also enjoys being a part of annual family traditions at Christmastime, where families come together to Atlantis to shop for loved ones. “We feel like we’re a part of their families as we share in these traditions,” Davis said. “I have had the privilege of making many new friends throughout the years by becoming close to regular customers who share bits of their lives with us. In addition, I have a number of people expressing to me how much Atlantis has meant to them and how they appreciate the store for being available to them throughout the years.”

Davis notes that this always warms her heart and is what holds “the most intrinsic value” to her.

Davis hopes that shoppers will always enjoy their time spent at Atlantis. To enhance customers’ shopping experience, there is always relaxing music playing inside, along with the natural aroma from the many products on hand, such as incense, sage, candles, and essential oils. “We offer compassionate and knowledgeable assistance in guiding our customers to find the perfect items for themself or as a gift,” Davis said. “We even offer free gift wrapping to make gift giving a little easier. We strive for our

customers to feel valued and know they can depend upon us for any help that they might need.”

Davis’s advice to other women seeking to open their own business is to simply have a strong passion for their goals. “Perseverance and dedication to your dream are the most important elements for success,” she said.

To learn more about Kay Davis and Atlantis, you can visit their Facebook page @Atlantis or call the store at 423-926-8884. (Photographs contributed)

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Vickie Combs Steps Into New Role As Assistant Store Manager for Houser Shoes

The shoe definitely fits for Vickie Combs, who recently stepped into a new position as assistant store manager for Houser Shoes in Kingsport, with a focus on community outreach.

Vickie previously worked for Barnes & Noble in Dallas in a store operations role. Within a year there, she was ready to take the next step into a community relations position and put her “personality to the test,” Vickie explained.

“This involved working with schools, educators, and non-profits, as well as setting up author visits,” Vickie recalled.

The Dallas job is where Vickie became interested in helping her community in a very personal way.

When Vickie heard Barnes & Noble planned to open a new store in Johnson City, she decided to return to the “gorgeous mountains of the Tri-Cities,” where she had previously left a career as a morning show host at FM radio station 94.9.

Then, in September last year, Vickie bid farewell to her career in books and began a new chapter in life. This is when she became involved with Houser Shoes. “I began working for a family-owned business that has been around for 50 years,” she said. “When I worked at Barnes & Noble, my customers became my family and friends. Now, at Houser Shoes, I am striving for that same camaraderie and personal touch. I want to build what I had with Barnes & Noble at my new position and offer a personal, one-on-one relationship to our customers.”

Houser Shoes aims to maintain an “in-person touch” with their store, and their goal is to treat customers like they’re part of a family. The business consists of Gary Houser, who founded the store and opened the first Houser Shoes in 1976, and Scott and Beth Houser, who take care of the men’s shopping and women’s shopping, respectively. The Kingsport store’s manager, Cherie Reed, has been with the store since 2022.

Houser Shoes currently operates 10 stores throughout the Southeast, making it one of the largest independent retailers in the region.

Vickie says that in March of this year, she brought up the need for helping schools and nonprofits through footwear in a meeting with Gary, Beth, Scott, and Cherie. “They loved the idea, and now I hold my current assistant store

management position with a focus on community outreach,” she said.

Vickie stressed that, having been involved with educators and school systems for more than 20 years, she sees that there are “so many challenges that face school systems and educators nationally on a daily basis. Educators are involved in helping students be fed and clothed.”

Helping children in need acquire proper footwear is one of Vickie’s main passions and goals with Houser Shoes. “For all the wonderful folks that I worked with over the years in trying to get as many books in the hands of children as possible at the best price, I’m wanting to make that happen for children and young adults to have a new pair of shoes to wear,” Vickie said.

Vickie’s goal is to cater directly to the needs of students and families by offering a variety of services, including arranging a hassle-free delivery of a truckload of new tennis shoes directly to school programs or organizations by providing convenience and ample supply.

Vickie explained that all local schools or groups need to do is email Houser Shoes the proper sizes and quantities needed, and she will curate a diverse selection of styles with pricing options tailored to the specific qualifications of the group.

To reach out to Vickie, you can call her at 423-747-7111 or email her at store9@housershoes.com.

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Coming to Historic Downtown Bristol June 1, 2024

estled in the heart of Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum stands as a beacon of heritage and culture, preserving the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and their impact on the music of today. Among the artifacts and exhibits, one interactive listening station takes visitors on a jaunt through the evolution of one of the more famous tunes recorded in those now-legendary sessions.

With one slight boop of the interactive touchscreen display, you’ll hear the Tenneva Ramblers’ version of the song “The Longest Train I Ever Saw,” recorded by Ralph Peer on August 4 of that fateful summer. Below that, the screen displays several other versions of the tune, recorded by different artists throughout the decades. One interpretation is Lead Belly’s, recorded in the 1940s. The song has been performed by Lead Belly under different titles such as “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” “Black Girl,” and “In the Pines.” Fifty years later, Kurt Cobain would cite Lead Belly as the influence for Nirvana’s live version of the song they performed on MTV Unplugged, under the title “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”

Headlining act Dwight Yoakam, with his classic honkytonk sound and rockabilly edge, embodies the spirit of country music’s golden age while remaining a vibrant force and influential outlaw in the industry.

Elle King brings a contemporary twist with her transition from pop to country; her scratchy, powerhouse vocals are reminiscent of Wanda Jackson’s famous growl— the one that Elvis himself couldn’t resist. Fun fact: King learned to play banjo as a teen and lists Earl Scruggs as an influence. She blurs the lines between genres and we love her for that.

This folk song, now considered a standard, has inspired a brand-new concert event coming to Historic Downtown Bristol on June 1—the inaugural In the Pines, brought to you by the Birthplace of Country Music, the parent nonprofit of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and WBCM Radio Bristol, which broadcasts from the museum.

Heralding a new era in Bristol’s storied music tradition, In the Pines offers an electrifying lineup of artists that represent the “Bristol sound”—an alchemy of many different influences in the realm of country, but beyond true classification.

Texas native Paul Cauthen is flashy, a bit outrageous, and wildly entertaining; it’s funky, subversive “late-night country” that pushes boundaries but can turn tender in a heartbeat.

At the ripe old age of 22, Wyatt Flores has been playing music since he was 16. Last year he released “Please Don’t Go” on social media and became a rising star on the country music scene, infusing his music with a youthful energy and authenticity. It just makes sense that his fresh-faced, emerging artist would open the show; he’s sure to be a headliner someday.

In the Pines is more than just a concert; it’s a celebration of community, culture, and connection. As music lovers gather to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Bristol Sessions and the artists who continue to carry the torch of early country music. It’s a chance to honor the past, embrace the present, and just have a good time.

Tickets are limited, so don’t miss your chance to hop on this train. Visit InthePinesBristol.com for more information and to purchase.

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from my hands, and move it up and down with a little twist in a methodical motion for a few minutes. After a while, she handed it back to me, placed her soft hands on top of mine, and helped me get a rhythm going.

I never churned long enough to make butter by myself, but when she took the lid off, I marveled at the creamy substance floating on top.

My mother dipped the butter out of the churn with a wooden spoon, washed it with cold water, added a dash of salt, filled the butter molds, and placed them in the refrigerator to firm up. I can still recall the warmth of that moment, the aroma of freshly baked bread mingling with the sweet scent of churned butter. My mother spread a generous dollop of the butter on a steaming piece of bread and handed it to me. It was a simple pleasure, but it tasted like pure joy.

When my dad, or later my husband, would say, “Could I see you in the kitchen,” the children always knew something important needed to be discussed.

Like Facebook today, the family’s best snapshots and most creative artwork are proudly displayed on the refrigerator in almost every home I have visited.

It is also a place where we can set examples for our children. Our middle son didn’t like helping with the dishes in high school and balked at having to take his turn. Finally, one day when I insisted, he said doing dishes was a woman’s work. “You never see Dad doing the dishes,” he complained so his dad could hear him.

Our kitchen was two steps down from the rest of the rooms in the farmhouse where we lived in Juliette, Georgia. When I was a little girl, I sat on those steps and watched my mother working in the kitchen.

She always had flour on the front of her dress and around her beautiful auburn hairline, where she wiped her forehead with the back of her hands.

Some mornings I perched myself on the stool beside the butter churn, gripping the wood plunger in both hands. I pushed the rotating paddle up and down frantically until my arms felt like they would fall off my shoulders.

She would tell me to stop churning so fast. Her green eyes were so pretty when she would smile and say, “Slow down; you must get a steady rhythm going.”

Then she would stop what she was doing, take the wood stick that went through the round hole of the lid

The kitchen is a place where families create the most cherished memories and learn the most profound lessons. It’s not just a room for cooking but a space for bonding, sharing, and growing together.

My children hung out in the kitchen when they were little, too. Their favorite activity was standing on a chair at the kitchen sink filled with suds. As they grew older, my children became more than just observers in the kitchen. They became active participants, washing the dishes, setting the table, and buttering the rolls. During these shared tasks, they would open up, telling me about their day, their friends, and their dreams.

I’m sure they shared more with me during those moments than any other time when I asked them questions.

One of the girls where I work told me that time in the kitchen is how she and her husband bond with each other. “He is a policeman,” she said. “He works different shifts, and we like to cook together in the kitchen at home. We talk, and it keeps us close.”

My husband was quick on his feet. He placed a towel around his waist and said, “Well, maybe it’s time I start helping with the dishes, too.” I didn’t hear that many complaints about doing the dishes after that.

Just like the kitchen of my childhood, our kitchen is where our children and grandchildren learned to be thankful when they were taught to say the blessing. We also played board games and put puzzles together around the table.

I loved watching our granddaughter sitting on a stool when my daughter worked in the kitchen. Even as a toddler, her mom gave her something to do, and they talked, laughed, and sang together while she worked. It would be easier to send her out of the kitchen sometimes so she could get the work done quicker, but my mother was right when she said we needed to slow down and develop a little rhythm.

Precious memories are made that way.

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

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“The Unicorn’s Birthday”

Family Concert

• May 5, 3 p.m., Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN

School Concerts

• May 6, 9.30 a.m. and 11a.m., Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN

• May 6, 4.30 p.m. Virginia High School, Bristol, VA

• May 7, 9.30 a.m., J.W. Adams Combined School, Pound, VA

• May 8, 9.30 a.m., McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, VA

Symphony of the Mountains, under the direction of Music Director, Cornelia Laemmli Orth will present our Family and School Concert “The Unicorn’s Birthday™” composed by Bob Singleton. This is a gentle, fantasy-and-

Over Waiting

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Isaiah 64:4 KJV

Interpretation: Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any god besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. – Isaiah 64:4

Because of an insane amount of traffic, it took me over an hour to drive one mile on a recent trip to Las Vegas. After shouting at the surrounding cars and threatening to throw the car into park to begin walking up the emergency lane, my mother, who was with me, prayed over my soul and offered to drive so that I could curl into the fetal position and dream about licking the tops of cupcakes. Thankfully, the children were engrossed in a video and my mom knew how to smile and wave at the other cars and their passengers so that no one felt threatened by the eyebrow tweezers I was brandishing. I hate waiting.

fun-filled symphony experience with terrific music, live narration, fun sounds, captivating on-stage activity, friendly graphics, and gentle audience interactivity. Commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, this new work is designed to be a musically satisfying and welcoming concert for families and special needs audiences. It is perfect for children and patrons that are okay with moderate audience activity during the performance and wish to enjoy a memorable orchestra experience without loud, sudden noises or musical tension. Rick McVey, formerly with Barter Theatre, will narrate the story.

Bring your families, school classes, and other children programs for a wonderful time with Symphony of the Mountains! All children and students are free. You can buy adult tickets online at https://symphonyofthemountains.org/ event/the-unicorns-birthday/ or by calling our office at 423-392-8423.

As I contemplate life’s circumstances and fatigue over family issues, the routine of praying and waiting, praying and waiting some more, praying and waiting even more, I was reminded that God’s timing is perfect. I have no business hurrying Him along even if it were possible. While I desire to exist inside of God’s will, it feels as though my plans are on hold, change is slow, and the trials continue with little relief.

The other day as I was driving to work, I asked God to speak to me. I drove in silence for a while. However, mundane thoughts regarding homework projects, after-school agendas, and appointments I had to schedule kept interrupting my listening. Instead of truly being silent so that I could absorb exactly what God was communicating to me, my mind was focused on tracking to do lists. I have an unhealthy relationship with “to do” lists. The silence and listening to God thing wasn’t working, so I turned on the radio that was tuned to a station that broadcasts pastor’s messages.

At the exact moment I pushed the power button, the pastor spoke “God [pause] is never [pause] in a hurry.” I laughed as I told God, “Okay, I get it. You are never in a hurry” and was reminded again that when we rush to accomplish our own plans, we miss out on intentional planning orchestrated entirely by God. Then, we suffer through hurried decisions based on feelings and self-satisfaction that never ends well. We need to be reminded that God does serious construction by clearing boulders from paths and removing mountain-sized obstacles in order for His plan to take root. God’s bulldozers are slow and methodical in order do the job correctly. When you have trouble waiting, learn to pause, settle into the back seat, and watch God work, while waiting for the obstacles to clear. www.homeword.com

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Sad Eyes: Book Two

1939 to 1951

Written by Dan Perkins

Sad Eyes: 1939 To 1951 is the story of a blossoming woman, Mary Ellen Murphy, from Waterloo, Iowa. She finds herself stationed at Hickman Hospital in early December 1941, and she’s halfway through her honeymoon when the Japanese bomb the fleet in the harbor. She is the right person, in the right place, at the right time to significantly contribute to the war effort. As an Army nurse over the balance of World War II, Mary Ellen helps save tens of thousands of soldiers’ lives. Her assistance to Army Chief of Staff John Marshall throughout her journey proves crucial to the war’s outcome. Join this red-haired, green-eyed, Irish lass who is as intelligent as she is beautiful on her adventure during World War II and its aftermath.

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.

The Green Knight: A Fairy Tale & A True Story

Written by Anna L. Sobol

Illustrated by Blake Marsee

Candisi Avita loves being a Green Knight. But when she must choose a different path, she finds a new adventure that changes her life forever.

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Abramo’s Gift

Written by Donald Greco

Remembrances II

Written by Charles H. Norman III

This book is a collection of 32 true-to-life anecdotal short stories about intriguing people author Charles H. Norman has known, special places he’s traveled, and providential experiences that has come his way. Charlie writes as he talks, so as to connect with the reader quickly and easily. The goal of Remembrances II is to give the reader a respite from the hectic world in which we live … all the while entertaining, inspiring, and challenging readers to count each day as a gift from the One who made us.

Abramo’s Gift is a family saga and love story that takes place in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1920. A disheartened, young, Italian widower, an immigrant named Abramo Cardone, arrives in Youngstown to work in one of the steel mills there. At the time, the small city seethed with ethnic strife between Italian and Irish immigrants because they were forced to underbid each other for low-paying jobs in the mills. Amid this turmoil, Abramo saves the life of an Irish girl who has been raped by two members of a vicious local Irish gang called the Hannons. Abramo is also injured in the rescue, and his life is saved, in turn, by a little orphaned street urchin who hides him from the same gang. All the people in Abramo’s life interact in this story to unite him, the Irish girl, and the little girl who saved his life. It is a multifaceted love story.

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Steamy Creek A Cozy Romance Anthology

Written by Various Authors

Surprises Are Okay, Secrets Are Not

Written by Justin Shepherd

Stories for the hopeless romantic! Take a dip in Steamy Creek where you’ll find flirtatious characters and tender tales of love. Seven talented authors come together to create an irresistible anthology that will leave you feeling smitten with every page.

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In “Surprises Are Okay, Secrets Are Not,” follow Logan, Victoria, and Sophia on a journey of friendship, trust, and doing what’s right. These three friends share everything until Logan discovers a troubling secret. As he grapples with his promise to keep quiet, Victoria learns from her mother: surprises bring joy, but secrets can harm. Guided by their parents, the trip realizes that secrets have no place among friends. They vow to always speak up when something feels wrong, while also learning a crucial lesson: adults should never ask kids to keep secrets.

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The Mitchellgoshes: Party in the Wishing Well (Book 2)

Written by Retta West

Illustrated by Grayson Campbell

The Mitchellgoshes are back. They are getting ready for their biggest adventure yet, and yes, our sweet friend the pink pig is back with new friends of her own. Can’t wait. See ya soon.

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Ancestral Travels: Learning My German Heritage

Written by Joye Cantrell

What do you know about your ancestors? What was their home like? How did they make their living? What shaped their values? How are you like them and why did they leave their homeland? The author tries to answer these questions about her German ancestors from Ladbergen, Germany in this historical memoir of her ancestral village. Research was conducted through family genealogies, ship records, and histories of life in Ladbergen. The author uses impressionistic art to recreate typical life on a small German farm in the 1800s. Traditional cottage industries and farm life are shared through illustrations and simple descriptions.

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Now Accepting Your Horror Short Story Submissions

Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., of Johnson City, Tennessee, is now accepting submissions for the sixth edition of These Haunted Hills: A Collection of Short Stories.

Jan-Carol Publishing’s These Haunted Hills series has produced five frightening editions since debuting in the fall of 2017. Each anthology is filled with stories that indulge readers’ curiosity for the supernatural from an array of accomplished authors. These Haunted Hills: Book 6 is set for publication in autumn 2024.

Stories submitted to the sixth edition of JCP’s haunting anthology collection should follow the theme of spooky or supernatural stories set in the Appalachian region. Stories must be fiction. Please include with your submission a short author bio. Author bios should be no more than 50 words and should be written in the third person.

have a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 3500 words per story.

Authors accepted to the anthology will receive two free books upon publication. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2024. Send your submissions to submissions@jancarolpublishing.com. Join the host of talented writers to take part in our most beloved anthology series!

Other Jan-Carol Publishing Appalachian-themed anthologies include their spring collection, consisting of Daffodil Dreams; Scattered Flowers; Wild Daisies; Easter Lilies; and Broken Petals. In addition, the company has also released a winter anthology, Snowy Trails: A Collection of Short Stories, and a romance anthology, Steamy Creek: A Cozy Romance Anthology. Each book is an assortment of stories from talented and award-winning authors, many of whom are recurring contributors across Jan-Carol Publishing’s anthology collections.

The submission fee per story is $20, and authors are allowed to submit a max of two stories. You may call the office at 423.926.9983 with a credit card number or mail a check to JCP at P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN, 37605. Stories must


Appalachian Author’s Guild Meeting

Come to Fiddler’s (formerly: Shoney’s) in Abingdon, VA to listen to a presentation on “Fiction,” by Linda Hudson Hoagland, author of 38 books, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is a general meeting for the Appalachian Authors Guild and all are welcome to attend.

Linda Hudson Hoagland

Author of The Lindsay Harris Murder Mystery Series, The Best Darn Secret; and anthologies Easter Lilies; Broken Petals; Wild Daisies; Scattered Flowers; Daffodil Dreams; and These Haunted Hills: A Collection of Short Stories Books 1-5

Weather Permitting:

Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Signing at Food City Weber City, VA

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 jancarolpublishing.com. Follow JCP on Facebook.

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Signing at Food City Euclid Avenue, Bristol, VA

Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Signing at Big Walker Lookout Wytheville, VA

Friday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Signing at Food City 1205 N Eastman Rd, Kingsport, TN,

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Signing at Food City Chilhowie, VA

Tuesday, May 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Appalachian Authors Guild General Meeting Program: Fiction –Speaker: Linda Hoagland Fiddler’s (formerly Shoney’s) Abingdon, VA

Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Signing at Food City Volunteer Parkway, TN

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Book Signing at Food City, Coeburn, VA

Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Book Signing at Big Walker Lookout Wytheville, VA

Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Book Signing at Food City Galax, VA

Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Book Signing at Food City Abingdon, VA

Sunday, May 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Book Signing at Big Walker Lookout Wytheville, VA

Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Book Signing at Big Walker Lookout Wytheville, VA

Friday, May 31, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Book Signing at Food City St. Paul, VA

Frechia Collins Winchell

Author of Great Granny and Her Yucky Old Cat

Monday May 6, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Authors in Grocery Stores

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2145 Old Spartanburg Rd. Greer, SC 29650

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May is Mystery Month

Kathryn Raaker & Robert Taggart

Elizabeth and her family are tangled in a deadly spy game between the U.S. and China. A stolen file has disappeared, and they are being hunted by the world’s deadliest assassins to find Harbinger. Elizabeth will risk losing family and friends to protect this file from getting into enemy hands. The life of an expatriate can be lonely, especially without boundaries in a strange, foreign land full of adventures, longing for home.

Geiger Jr.

For detective Barry Kendall, the loss nearly broke him. It’s been almost thirteen years since Holly was killed, but he’s still haunted by sound of his girlfriend’s piercing screams. And when the screams begin to die down in his head, the image of the witch that killed Holly that day is there to take its place. Now, so many years later, Barry is working a case where two young boys have been kidnapped right out of their bedrooms. As he investigates, it becomes clear to him that the witch is not only responsible for the kidnappings, but that she’s back to end his life as well.

Mike Grindstaff

Life is good for legal assistant Lindsay Harris. She has friends, three wonderful children, and a job that pays the bills. However, when a man from her neighborhood is murdered, her world is shaken up. Not only does she have to deal with her overbearing boss, but now her crazy ex-husband is back in the picture — and that means trouble. With the help of some of her closest friends, Lindsay decides to take matters into her own hands. But she soon finds herself in the middle of a deadly situation as she learns that snooping can, indeed, be dangerous.

Madison and her dog discover a skull along the Appalachian Trail. Emotions overflow as she sees the empty eye sockets looking up at her. Madison feels pity for the lost one’s life. She knows the feelings of abandonment; what it’s like to be thrown out like trash. She wants to be the voice of the skull. She silently asks, “Who put you in this lonely place? How did you die? And who are you?” Madison’s task is to solve the mystery of the broken heart but in the process, she uncovers secrets long hidden.

Marwin Gelstone, a divorced pharmacist with a unique practice, tries to get through the daily grind of pharmacy while simultaneously trying to understand his adolescent children. His life takes a drastic turn when his partner’s wife commits suicide. Madeline Montgomery is a well-known socialite in the Knoxville community who abruptly ends the life that so many have longed for. The senseless nature of her suicide leads Marwin to search for an answer to the age-old question of why a person takes their own life. As he explores, Marwin becomes entrenched in a twisted plot that could cost him everything, including his life.

Order this book directly from JCP — for a discounted price and FREE shipping in May! Go to the “JCP Book Shop” at www.jancarolpublishing.com.

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Green, a cheery crayon known as The Crayon Rapper, uses rhyming patterns in a “rap” music beat to describe the adventures of his multi-hued pals. Great teaching tool for children to learn colors. Can be set to a teacher’s music inclination. Beautiful illustrations and easy read.


Author Charlotte Snead creates a delightful story to help children overcome the fear of going to the doctor. The author’s goal is to take the fear out of going to the doctor and shows how Deano can be brave, and ultimately, allow the reader to feel brave too!

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.

Off the rocky coast of Maine lived a mermaid named Coral. Coral was like most mermaids her age. She liked going to school, had many friends, and was fun to be around. The only thing that made her different was she still had her baby blanket she’d had since she was born. What would her friends think if they found out that she still had her baby blanket? Would they make fun of her?

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Homeschool Awareness Month?

Homeschool Awareness aims to demonstrate how homeschooling can be the better option, rather than regular schooling, for many children and that they can have the same growth while learning from home. Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., offers many educational books for kids who learn this way.

Some such books include The Crayon (W)Rapper by Cheryl Livingston, which teaches kids about colors through rhyming patterns in a “rap” music beat; Seasons by Raven Howell, which teaches children about the seasons and weather through the diversity of a year; and Heart of Hearing by Meaghan Thomas, which is an animated story that encourages kids to wear their hearing aids while highlighting aspects of the world around us that would be missed without the aids.

These educational books (and more) can be found on JCP’s website, www.jancarolpublishing.com.

Bookmarked is a platform designed to highlight and promote authors and books associated with Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., and beyond. The blog and podcast feature interviews with authors, updates related to JCP events, and other bookish content you won’t find anywhere else.

Bookmarked Interview with Author Raven Howell

BOOKMARKED: What initially inspired you to get into writing?

RAVEN HOWELL: Writing came naturally to me. I don’t remember a time I did not write something. Even as a young child, I jotted down stories, verse, and plays that had scripts for various characters. I loved creating whimsical little worlds! And I wrote songs, which involved writing lyrics, too.

BOOKMARKED: Where did you get the idea for your book, Seasons?

RAVEN HOWELL: I wanted to create a simple rhythmical picture book for the youngest readers to encourage interest in our climate and environment. I hope it contributes a spark for children to participate in seasonal outdoor activities and gives glimpses of the discoveries that nature surprises us with throughout the year.

BOOKMARKED: What do you think are the key ingredients to writing a children’s book?

RAVEN HOWELL: Several ingredients you can mix and match are mystery, adventure, wonderment, inspiration, fun, and a good dose of humor where applicable.

Read the entire interview on our website: www.jancarolpublishing.com.

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MAY 23 & 24

Healing Hands Health, in collaboration with the ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, is pleased to announce a Free Health Fair scheduled for Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24, 2024. The event will take place at 245 Midway Medical Park in Bristol, TN.

The two-day Free Health Fair is open to the public! Everyone is welcome whether you have insurance or not. Attendees will have access to a range of care services, including Medical Exams such as blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, and labs. Additionally, Mental Health Screenings/Consults, EKGs, and Mammograms will be available. Please note that Mammograms will only be offered on Friday, May 24. To schedule a mammogram appointment, please email Suzanna.hale@balladhealth.org.

In addition to health screenings, there will be giveaway opportunities, and attendees will receive a complimentary meal!

Appointments are required for all services. Please call (423) 652-0260 ext.3 to schedule an appointment. The clinic is conveniently located down the street from Kroger at 245 Midway Medical Park, Bristol, TN.

Helen Scott, Executive Director of Healing Hands Health, stated, “This is our 21st year of collaborating with ETSU Quillen College of Medicine to bring this Free Health Fair to our community. Access to healthcare is essential for everyone, and we are committed to promoting the long-term health of communities in our region.”

About Healing Hands Health:

Healing Hands Health provides affordable, community – supported care that allows individuals with limited insurance cover age to restore their quality of life. Qualified residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia can receive supportive, medical, dental, and vision care-typically for $50 or less at each routine visit, including diagnostic testing.

About ETSU Quillen College of Medicine:

ETSU Quillen College of Medicine is one of the nation’s leading schools for rural medicine and primary care training. ETSU Quillen College of Medicine plays a vital role in advancing healthcare in the Appalachian region and beyond.

MAY 23 & 24 2024


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Aging in Place

Statistics prove that our aging parents’ overall happiness and well-being is when they can live at home throughout their golden years. Though the thought is wonderful, it is not always possible.

Families never like to have “the conversation.” It’s a harsh reality to face that life is a circle, and the thought of losing a loved one hurts just as much in the planning of the future as it does when the event happens. Still, a loving family will take time to have these difficult conversations well before the need occurs.

Putting a plan in place begins with understanding your aging parents’ desires. Having plan A and plan B is just wise. The obvious desire is for our parents to live fully in their homes. For some, that is a possibility, depending on the circumstances. Take time to find out your parents’ wishes and then agree on an alternative plan if aging in place is not possible.

Following a list of essential facts to help pull together a plan would consist of:

1. If living at home is not possible, what are your suggestions?

2. What is your financial status? And adding one trusted family member to bank accounts as an owner, not just on a signature card—there is a vast difference. Talk to your bank representative to understand these differences.

3. Are finances available to hire an in-home, non-medical company to provide at-home care?

4. If an assisted living facility becomes necessary, what are the costs? Is there availability?

This same process is good once the need arises to decide on aging in place.

1. What are your parents’ health needs, and can they be managed at home?

2. What are the fall risks?

3. What are the mental aspects, i.e., dementia or Alzheimer’s, and what is the progression of their needs?

Aging in place can be an ideal situation. Parents are familiar with their surroundings, and adjustments are minimal. Aging parents keep a certain amount of independence and control. The key is recognizing when and if giving up that control becomes necessary and then acting upon that.

There are several tools available to families to help parents remain at home for as long as possible, and one excellent service is that of in-home, non-medical caregivers. Though just as costly as assistive living, these services can provide exceptional longevity for aging parents. Caregivers come into the home and perform simple tasks like light housework (vacuuming, dusting, laundry), meal preparation, errands, simple transportation (quick outings, appointments, etc), and even 24/7 companionship. Most hired companies require their night shift caregivers to remain awake all night so they can keep a watchful eye on loved ones, help with bathroom trips, or remind parents to take medications. It is essential to understand these caregivers are not CNAs nor are they nurses, so they cannot legally do wound care, administer medications, or manage IV pumps, insulin pumps/lines—anything regarding medical needs must be done by those licensed and qualified to perform such tasks.

Non-medical companies provide liability insurance and workman’s comp, and caregivers are paid through the company, so state and federal taxes, W2s, and necessary legal requirements are managed. Hiring a company prepared to manage these things saves families time and frustration, and the legal side for aging parents is protected. Though many families hire private caregivers, keep in mind that state and federal taxes still must be filed, 1099’s provided, and families become solely responsible liability-wise. There is nothing that can replace doing your homework on the pros and cons of hiring private caregivers. Remember, always play by the rules financially and legally.

Aging at home is beneficial for parents, but it comes with its difficulties that families must prepare to manage. Begin with a plan to age in place, but be sure there is a plan to take over in the event aging in place changes. Making plans early offers families and aging parents a great amount of comfort. You are then able to make the wisest decisions possible with your aging parents.

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

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Overcome Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies crop up at certain times each year, particularly in spring and fall. In 2021, approximately 81 million people in the United States were diagnosed with seasonal allergic rhinitis, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Tree and grass pollen are notable contributors to allergies, as is mold. Verywell Health says allergies can be worse in certain areas. In the U.S., certain areas of the East Coast have high rates of allergies, while cities on the West Coast tend to be less harsh on those with allergies.

Since allergies can make life uncomfortable, people want to know all they can do to overcome seasonal allergies. These strategies can help.

• Know the pollen count. Information is key, and knowing when pollen or mold counts are particularly high can help people take certain steps to avoid allergic reactions.

• Close the windows. When pollen levels are high, closing windows to prevent breezes that can bring pollen inside a home can be an effective strategy. You also can utilize a HEPA filter on the home’s air conditioning system.

• Remove clothes worn outdoors and shower to rinse pollen off of skin and hair.

• While it can reduce energy usage, hanging clothing to line dry during high pollen counts can cause pollen to stick to freshly laundered items.

• Avoid gardening or other outdoor activities when pollen is high. If you must be outdoors, wear a mask.

• Try an antihistamine product that will reduce your body’s reaction to the seasonal allergen. WebMD says butterbar as well as a plant-based Phleum pratense could be natural alternative antihistamine products.

• Use a nasal rinse to clean allergens out of your nose. This can help ease congestion and itching. Select sterile saline solutions or carefully follow directions for preparing rinses in neti pots.

• Corticosteroid nasal sprays can improve nasal symptoms. Speak with a doctor about how to use these products and how long to use them.

• Consider allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy. These shots can help desensitize the body to common allergies by using very small amounts of allergens over time. Eventually the immune system will produce a reduced reaction to the allergen.

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How to Help Pets Acclimate to New Homes

Welcoming a new pet into a family can be an exciting time. Pets are wonderful companions and can even be beneficial to their owners’ overall health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that pets may create increased opportunities for exercise. A new pet requires owners to make various changes to help both humans and companion animals. It can take a period of transition for everyone involved to determine their new roles. Here are some strategies to help pets and people acclimate to new living situations.

• Create a safe place. Any person who has moved understands that relocating can be stressful. Pets may be on edge when moving into a new home because they don’t have the capacity to process why a move is taking place — even if the eventual result will be something positive. Establish a quiet spot that is away from high-traffic areas so the new pet can grow accustomed to the sounds, smells and routine of its new environment. Then he or she can retreat there when necessary.

• Retain some of the pet’s items. Owners may want to buy their pets new toys and supplies, but they should utilize some of the pet’s original and familiar items to make it easier for the animal to adjust. This familiarity can be comforting for the animals.

• Consider the 3-3-3 rule. Animal rescue and training organizations, such as Alpha and Omega Dog Training, say the general rule is that pet owners can expect three days of a new

dog feeling overwhelmed and nervous; three weeks of settling in; and three months of building trust and bonding with new owners. New pet owners should not feel disappointed if it takes some time for a pet to settle in. Cats and other animals may acclimate differently.

• Be patient with behavior. Pets who have moved to new places may temporarily forget their training. This means engaging in undesirable behavior, such as having indoor accidents (or those outside a litter box), jumping up on people, howling, barking or meowing, and more. It will take some time for pets to feel safe, so reinforce training with patience.

• Stick to a routine. Animals prefer knowing what is coming next and are creatures of habit, says the American Kennel Club. Individuals should establish and stick to daily routines where feedings, play time, walks, and other activities occur at roughly the same time. This will help pets feel more relaxed. It can take some time for new pets to settle in, but with patient and reassuring owners, pets will eventually acclimate to their new homes.


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A Different Kind of Toy

I’ve realized that boys love their toys, but the toys change as we get older. As a kid I collected GI Joes, Hot Wheels, and, on super special occasions, those awesome Corgi cars and Lionel trains. But time marches on, and my toys have turned into DME—durable medical equipment. As my kid bowl cut hair started turning grey then running away, I’m finding the gizmos I collect now are just as important as Major Matt Mason was to me back then.

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Short and sweet film reviews of old, classic movies perfect for a girls’ night in!

appy May! This month, in honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d recommend a classic movie with a complex mother figure at its center: Mildred Pierce (1945). Directed by Michael Curtiz, this movie follows Mildred Pierce (played iconically by Joan Crawford) after her wealthy husband leaves her for another woman. Mildred, consequently, makes the decision to raise her two daughters by herself. Despite her financial successes in the restaurant business, Mildred’s oldest daughter, Veda, resents her for degrading their social status. In the midst of

Glasses were always part of my gear, astigmatism as a child had me at Johnson City Eye Hospital as a toddler (there’s even a story of me flushing my very first pair of glasses down the toilet, much to my parents’ dismay). A rusty hip brought me a cane and a slower gait. My angel’s insistence that my earth-shattering, door-slamming snoring necessitated a sleep study brought me a CPap machine. Now, those years in radio with headphones, front row concert seats, and a stereo I cranked up to eleven means a visit to my buddy Don Cornwell at Soundz. He put me in a booth, buzzed me with tones, and discovered I really wasn’t ignoring folks—high end hearing was affected by decades of great music. So, my next toy looks to be some hearing aids.

Oh, I guess I could complain about getting old, but I choose instead to marvel at the miracles of modern technology that’s helping me live my best life in this fourth quarter of the game.

Maybe now I can hear what GI Joe is saying when I pull that dog tag again!

{a police investigation after the death of her second husband, Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and complicated relationship with her daughter. Ultimately, this film stands the test of time because of Mildred’s character and Crawford’s compelling portrayal of her. Mildred is a great example of a strong yet vulnerable, determined, and flawed screen heroine, and I think many women (and mothers) could relate to the complexities this movie presents.

Wine Pairing:

Watch Mildred Pierce with a glass of sparkling rosé in your hand, and don’t forget to give your mom a big hug!

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

Cinco de Mayo is a festive occasion that celebrates Mexican culture and food. Cinco de Mayo commemorates a minor Mexican victory over France that took place on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. While it has never been a big deal in Mexico — especially in comparison to celebrations of Mexico’s independence — Cinco de Mayo has become a festive phenomenon north of the border. When it comes to food and beverage, many people see Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to indulge in a few margaritas and dine on tacos. Try your hand at these recipes to kick off your celebration.

Spicy Margarita

1 lime wedge

2 jalapeño coins, seeds removed

2 ounces Blanco tequila

1⁄2 ounce orange liqueur

1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

1⁄2 ounce agave syrup

Optional: garnish rim with salt and jalapeño coin

1. Rub the rim of a rocks glass with lime wedge, dip the rim in salt to coat (if desired), and set aside.

2. Add the jalapeño coins to a shaker and gently muddle.

3. Add the blanco tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave syrup, plus ice, and shake until well-chilled.

4. Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a jalapeño coin if desired. Source: Liquor.com

Carnitas Tacos

8 Servings

1 tbsp. canola oil

4 lb. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed, cut into 3 pieces

2 tbsp. ground cumin

1 large white onion, chopped

3 poblano chiles, seeded and chopped

2 serrano chiles, sliced

4 cloves garlic, crushed with press

1/2 c. chicken broth or water

1/4 c. lime juice

24 small tortillas, warmed Cilantro, sliced green onions, sliced radishes, salsa and lime wedges, for serving

1. In a 12-in skillet, heat oil on medium-high until hot. Season pork all over with cumin and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook for 5 minutes or until browned on two sides, turning over once halfway through. Transfer pork to a slow-cooker bowl.

2. To the skillet add onion, chiles, and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Transfer to the slow cooker bowl along with broth and lime juice. Cover and cook on Low for 7 hours or until very tender.

3. Transfer pork to a cutting board; with two forks, pull into bite-size shreds, discarding any fat. Serve with tortillas and fixings.

Source: www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a42403/ carnitas-tacos-recipe/

Stuffed Loin of Pork

Serves 6

3 to 3 1⁄2 pounds boneless pork loin, butterflied and ready for stuffing

For the stuffing:

1⁄3 cup raisins

1⁄2 cup dry white wine

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 1⁄4 pounds ground pork

2⁄3 cup vegetable stock

2 tomatoes

1⁄2 cup chopped almonds

1⁄2 teaspoon each salt and ground black pepper

1. Make the stuffing. Put the raisins and wine in a bowl. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes over low heat.

2. Add the cloves and cinnamon, then the pork. Cook, stirring, until the pork has browned. Add the stock. Simmer, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes. While the pork is simmering, peel the tomatoes. Cut a cross in the bottom of each tomato, then put them both in a heatproof bowl. Pour in boiling water to cover. Leave the tomatoes in this water for 3 minutes, then lift them out on a slotted spoon and plunge them into a bowl of cold water. Drain. The skins will have begun to peel back from the crosses.

3. Remove the skins completely, then chop the flesh. Stir the tomatoes and almonds into the pork mixture, add the raisins and wine. Cook until the mixture is reduced to a thick sauce. Let cool.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Open out the pork loin and trim it neatly. Season the pork stuffing with salt and pepper to taste. Spread on the surface of the meat in a neat layer, taking it right to the edges and keeping it as even as possible.

5. Roll up the pork loin carefully and tie it at intervals with kitchen string. Weigh the pork and calculate the cooking time at 30 minutes per pound, plus another 30 minutes.

6. Put the stuffed pork loin in a roasting pan, season with salt and pepper, and roast for the calculated time. When the loin is cooked, transfer it to a meat platter, place a tent of aluminum foil over it, and let it stand for 10 minutes before carving and serving with the roasted vegetables of your choice.

Source: The Complete Mexican, South American & Caribbean Cookbook by Jane Milton, Jenni Fleetwood, and Marina Filippelli

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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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Do you have a story of success to share? Are you proud of your roots and accomplishments?

Now you can tell the world! Here’s your opportunity to share your “voice.”

In celebration of 20 y ears of being the “voice” for women in the Appalachian Region, Vo ice Magazine for Wo me n and Jan-Carol Publishing a re teaming up for a one-of-a-kind project. We are inviting twenty business and/or career women to share their inspirational stories of struggles, challenges, and successes. Yo ur stories w ill be part of the b ig picture for inspiring other women to pursue their dreams, i gnore the naysayers, and achieve the success that they deserve.

JCP is now accepting submissions for this debut elite book of accomplished women to share their stories. The book will be sold on Amazon and other retail outlets in print and E-book formats. The deadline is July 31.

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