Aging Outreach Services
Vol. 3 Issue 10
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Navigating all your lifestyle choices
paints legacy with
each brush stroke
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NationalTheatre of Great Britain and Bob Boyett present
based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo • adapted by Nick Stafford • in association with Handspring Puppet Company
A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship.
For best seats, call or go online today.
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October like a
paint brush passes over North
Carolina leaving behind an array
of fall colors and cooler days. This month is
noteworthy for us with the NEW paper the
words you are reading are printed upon. We
hope you like it, and we want your feedback.
So give us a call, email, fax, Facebook post
or tweet and tell us what you think.
This month we meet North Carolina’s
native son and world-renowned artist Bob
Timberlake. From his gallery in Lexington to
his namesake restaurant and inn at Chetola
Resort in Blowing Rock, we introduce
you to the man behind those famous and
Another dedicated group of artists, the
Roundabout Art Collective in Raleigh,
shows us about art for art’s sake while
keeping their community at heart.
A new community effort in the Yellow Dot
program now available to Moore residents
aims at helping emergency personnel
have your vital information handy at traffic
accidents. The Rotary Club of the Sandhills
is combining efforts with other local entities
to launch only the third program in the state.
Mike Rood of the Montgomery County
Council on Aging has a community kitchen
as his top priority. His efforts to raise
awareness, funds and food for hungry
seniors make him a man on a food mission.
Foodie Bob Garner always keeps good
barbecue in mind as he sits down with us
for a Carolina Conversation on life, family,
his cooking style and his latest book, “Bob
Garner’s Book of Barbecue.”
Fayetteville native and author Howard
Owen comes back to his roots and pays
a visit to the Cumberland County Library
Photos by Mollie Tobias, ©Mollie Tobias Photography
From the Editor
to read from his 10th book,
“Oregon Hill,” when a newspaper man
goes after a story, something this veteran
newspaper editor knows all too well.
Wisdom and age go hand in hand as
Aberdeen’s Debbie Glisson heads to
represent our state in the Ms. Senior
America pageant Oct. 11 in Atlantic City and
reminds us the age of elegance signifies
dignity, maturity and inner beauty.
Words elegantly arranged by a writer can
be a beautiful thing indeed, and the N.C.
Literary Hall of Fame has chosen three
distinguished contributors of the state’s
literary community for induction this year in
Maya Angelou, Kathryn Stripling Byer and
John Lawson. We meet the women behind
their moving poetry and learn the amazing
feat of an 18th-century British explorer.
The Highland Games has a longstanding
tradition with dedicated athletes in kilts
tossing a sheaf or hurling stones. The
games in Laurinburg Oct. 6 attract crowds
of all ages and are a throwback to the
Scottish heritage of Scotland County.
Events are aplenty this month, so I couldn’t
pick just one on our yearlong tour. Depending
where you are, the Highland Games Oct. 6,
Literary Hall of Fame induction Oct. 14, or
Howard Owen reading Oct. 27 may strike
your fancy, or if you find yourself heading
west for the fall color, there’s the Lexington
Barbecue Festival Oct. 27, and the exhibit
“North Carolina Treasures” featuring artist
Bob Timberlake, potter Glenn Bolick and
rocking chair maker Max Woody on display
on the Blocking Rock Arts and History
Museum is certanly worthy of a visit. Happy
October! Until next month...
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Inside this issue
Ask the Expert..........................6
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by Celia Rivenbark................18
Grey Matter Games................34
Over My Shoulder..................50
Physician Focus: Age-related
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Q: I have recently decided to move my mother
into our spare bedroom. She experienced
several falls in her home, and her physician
felt that she needed more supervision and
care. Now that I have taken on this role, can you offer
some suggestions for helping me make this transition?
A: Making a decision to be a primary caregiver
for your mother is a big role and often a
labor of love. While being a caregiver can
be very rewarding, it can also cause a buildup
of caregiver stress and changes in your own family
dynamics. Now that you have accepted the role, here
are some suggestions to help you be successful:
• Complete a home assessment prior to your
mother’s arrival. Depending on her needs and current
mobility, there are a variety of specialists that can help.
Organizations such as AARP or National Council on
Aging offer home safety assessment tools that will walk
you through step by step and give you tips to make
the environment as safe as possible, reducing risk of
falls or other accidents. You can find many of these
online. If greater adaptations are needed, consult a care
manager for a full needs assessment, or a physical or
occupational therapist for equipment needs.
• Start gathering as much information as possible. I
suggest creating a binder of essential information. This
might include current medications and allergies, medical
provider information, medical records, legal directives
and other information from what pharmacy she uses to
what financial institution. The more information you have
initially, the easier it will be to access in a time of need.
• Identify health issues. You may or may not already
know your mother’s current health issues, if you have
not attended medical appointments with her in the past.
Now is a good time to have a conversation with her
and/or her primary care physician about what physical
and mental health needs she might have and how to
best meet these needs. For example, if she has special
dietary needs, you will need to know this when preparing
meals for her.
• Network and identify potential resources. At some
Ask the Expert
will answer any
you might have.
Fax your questions
to (910) 695-0766 or
e-mail them to
Amy Natt, MS, CCM, CSA
Geriatric Care Manager
919.535-8713 • 910-692-0683
point, you will need additional support or respite to
give yourself a break. Whether you have other family
obligations or just need time to yourself, it is wise to
have a network or resources identified and on standby.
You can start collecting information on services in
your community. Talk to your local Department of
Aging, adult care communities or a care manager to
request information on the types of resources that will
be available as the situation might change or needs
increase. Also ask about support groups that may be a
good resource for you to network with other caregivers.
• Keep lines of communication open. Bringing a
loved one into your home to provide care is a big step.
It can lead to changes or situations that you have not
encountered in the past. Be prepared for dynamics in
your family and with your mom to shift along the way.
I suggest open communication and clear expectations
and boundaries be established from the beginning. If
you come to a point where more help is needed, or you
are becoming overwhelmed in your role as caregiver, it
is important to openly explore that within yourself and
your family unit.
Information and planning are key factors to your
success. Be prepared for the unexpected and give
yourself and your mother the time and support you will
need to make this transition. Know the signs of caregiver
burnout, and take the steps necessary to sustain your
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Br e a d
a dish with
very old roots. Many
of you may have memories
of grandparents or family gatherings that
are evoked when you think of this dish. It is a comfort
food that began as a way to use stale bread. Over the
years it has evolved to a much more sophisticated
dessert with gourmet variations. This month, try a fall
version with Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.
5-6 cups stale cubed bread
3 cups apples chopped
3 egg yolks
1½ cups milk
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 Tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp butter, chopped
1 cup sugar
⅓ cup water
⅔ cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray
a deep 9"x13" baking dish. In a large bowl, toss together
bread and apples. Transfer to baking dish. In a large
bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients except for the
butter. When combined pour over bread mixture evenly;
let stand for 15 minutes until most liquid is absorbed.
Dab with butter and bake for 40-50 minutes or until
center is set. Allow to stand for five minutes before
cutting and then serve with caramel sauce and vanilla
Caramel Sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine
sugar and water over medium high heat and cook, stirring
occasionally, until sugar is dissolved about 2 minutes.
Using a pastry brush, coat the walls of the saucepan
with water to melt any sugar on the sides. Increase the
heat to high and cook,
5 minutes. Remove from
the heat. Wearing oven mitts,
slowly stir cream in 2 tablespoons at a time,
1 at a time. Using a wooden spoon, stir the remaining
cream into caramel. Cook, stirring over low heat until
combined, about 3 minutes. Drizzle over bread pudding.
Any remaining sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for
up to a week.
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Games offer Scottish hospitality
They’ll be tossing trees and
bouncing boulders when Scottish
clans gather for the Scotland
County Highland Games Oct. 6 on the
grounds of the John Blue Home and
Historical Complex in Laurinburg.
“It’s kind of like a multi-ring circus
with kilts,” says McDougald Beacham,
co-chairman of the event. “Several things
will be going on at the same time all day
long, and there’s something for everyone.
“This has become really big in
Laurinburg. Our city takes great pride in
the Highland Games and the job we do
putting them on.”
The Games are held annually. This is
the fourth time they have been staged
in Laurinburg after a 30-year stay in
Red Springs. Last year, nearly 4,000
people attended, and that figure seems
certain to swell considerably this time
around with the addition of Highland
“Lots will be happening all day long,”
Beacham says, “starting before sunrise
when the different clans (38 of them) arrive
and set up tents. A dozen pipe bands will
be competing as will the athletes and the
dancers who are coming from up and
down the Eastern seaboard.”
There will also be constant on-stage
musical performances, and at the end of
the day, an evening of Scottish and Celtic
Adult athletes are the centerpiece of the
Highland Games. All day long, they will be
turning the caber, throwing the hammer,
heaving a huge weight over a bar, tossing
a sheaf and hurling stones.
“These are what we call heavy
athletics,” Beacham notes. “They are all
veterans of these events and go from
one Highland Games to another. They
are very skilled and very experienced.
You don’t just show up and participate
in Games like these.
“They compete for trophies and medals,
but mostly for bragging rights. That’s what
it’s really all about.”
are a far cry from a
Saturday of college
football, but it’s well
worth leaving the
TV set to witness
of big-time sports
and to soak in all
Seeing a man
bounce a tree end over end is not
something you’re likely to catch on ESPN.
Oh, and there are Highland Games for
the small fry as well – reduced versions
of the same athletic events. There are
four divisions for children, and hundreds
of them will be on hand, ranging in age
from four to 15 years. And they all will be
decked out in Scottish attire just like the
“One of our board members sees to
that,” Beacham says. “Dotti Cross made
over 30 kilts for the kids to wear. They
come in various sizes and add a little
Scottish flavor for the children.”
No one will go hungry. Vendors will be
selling everything from traditional Eastern
North Carolina barbeque to Scottish
foods, including meat pies and haggis.
A lot of work goes into making the Games
fun and successful. After everything is
tallied up from this year, board members
will start right after Christmas planning for
The Scotland County Highland Games
are first-rate, and the word has spread.
People have come from the New England
states all the way out to California. About
80 percent of those who attend are from
outside Scotland County.
Volunteers make it all happen, and
more than 150 of them are involved.
“They aren’t just volunteers,” Beacham
points out. “These folks are super
volunteers. They are the reason we have so
much success. That’s because they provide
plenty of Scottish Southern hospitality. We
always roll out the red carpet.”
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Fayetteville author looks for the story within a story
Books have been an integral part of Howard
Owen’s life for as long as he can remember. He
has always loved reading them. For more than
20 years now, he has been quite good at writing them.
“When I was 12 or 13, I wanted to write a book some
day,” says Owen, who was born in Fayetteville and grew
up down the road a piece in the little country town of
Vander. “I had always planned to write a novel.
“I wrote my first one when I was 40.”
His tenth novel, “Oregon Hill,” came out in July. Owen is
set to read an excerpt and sign copies when he appears
at the Cumberland County’s Bordeaux Branch Library on
Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.
Owen, who has been influenced by authors such as
Clyde Edgerton, Richard Russo, William Wharton and
Robertson Davies, can’t remember when he wasn’t
enamored by the printed word.
“As a boy, I would go downtown on Saturdays,” he
says, “and play basketball at First Baptist Church, then
walk across the street to the library where I’d spend a few
hours reading. That was a great day.”
Owen earned a degree in journalism at the University of
North Carolina in Chapel Hill and later added a Master’s
from Virginia Commonwealth. His writing career began
with what he considered a dream job.
“I was a sports writer with the newspaper in Martinsville,
Va.,” Owen says. “I thought
somebody paying me to watch
ball games was the biggest
scam going. I had a lot of fun doing it.”
Living at 13 different addresses in less than eight years,
he continued to work with newspapers, moving to the
news side and trading his reporter’s pad for an editor’s
job. Writing a book remained on his mind, but mostly in
the back of it, until New Year’s Day of 1989.
“That was when I started writing a novel. It set kind of a
precedent for me, and I try to start most of my projects on
January first. I had done a good bit of research and made
an outline before I began writing.
“It took me 100 days to finish. I sent it to a publishing
company and got a nice rejection letter. I sent it to another
publisher in Arkansas, and they lost the manuscript.
Getting a book published is not easy.”
continued page 11
Synopsis of Owen's new book...
By Thad Mumau
Special to OutreachNC
Willie Black has
squandered a lot of
things in this life – his liver, his
lungs, a couple of former wives
and a floundering daughter
can all attest to his abuse. He’s
lucky to be employed, having
managed to drink and smart-talk
his way out of a nice, cushy job
covering (and partying with) the
politicians down at the Capitol.
Now, he’s back on the night cops’ beat, right where
he started when he came to work for the newspaper
almost 30 years ago. The thing Willie’s always had
going for him, all the way back to his hardscrabble
days as a mixed-race kid on Oregon Hill, where white
was the primary color and fighting was everyone’s
favorite pastime, was grit.
When a co-ed at the local university where Willie’s
daughter is a perpetual student is murdered, her
headless body found along the South Anna River, the
hapless alleged killer is arrested within days. Everyone
but Willie seems to think: Case closed. But Willie, against
the orders and advice of his bosses at the paper, the
police and just about everyone else, doesn’t think it’s
closed at all. He embarks on a one-man crusade to do
what he’s always done: Get the story. On the way, he
runs afoul. And a score born in an Oregon Hill beer
joint’s parking lot 40 years ago will finally be settled.
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Owen’s first published novel was “Littlejohn” in 1992.
“That wasn’t the first one I wrote,” he points out. “I wrote
three novels before 'Littlejohn' was released.”
In addition to the research – the background work –
there are some aspects to his book-writing process that
are very interesting.
“Before I start writing, I do a short outline … just a
few words to tell me where I’m going,” Owen explains.
“Then I cut pictures out of magazines to represent for me
the characters in my story. I staple them to a legal pad,
and I look at those pictures when I’m writing about the
characters. That helps me tell readers what they look like.
I write bios of all the characters. The bios and pictures
help me have a feel for the characters.
“I write first thing every morning. I get up around 6:45,
and I make myself write for one hour. I push myself,
mostly to make progress with the plot. I can go back later
and clean up the narrative and the grammar … the actual
writing. I find it’s better to write early than wait until after
I come home from work. Then I want to relax and wind
down, and then it is too easy to decide to write the next
Work for Owen, and for his wife, Karen, is at the Free
Lance-Star, a newspaper in Fredericksburg, Va., where
both are editors.
Where Owen came from and the people he knew way
back then play parts in some of the characters and stories
he writes about.
“I take bits and pieces of people I grew up around,” he
says. “Nobody I write about is exactly like somebody I
knew or know. Family and friends help form some of the
characters in my novels. Growing up, there was a bunch
of aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and uncles. They
all had a lot of stories to tell. None could say I reproduced
them as a character of mine.”
Owen does not always know for sure how he is going
to end a novel.
“Well, I have a pretty good idea. But as I go along, I
will change a lot of things. Maybe a character, even the
storyline. I might even add a character or make one more
prominent than I had planned. When I start a book, I don’t
always know how it will end. Things will happen that will
change the ending, and I have to figure how to get there.
“I have even changed the title. Only two of my 10 novels
have the title I started with. Karen would change it, or the
publisher would change it, or I would.”
There are always stories within stories, combining to
form the big picture, and it is not always easy for an
author to give appropriate attention to each.
“The trick,” Owen says, “is having more than one story
going, building a certain amount of action in each chapter
and bringing all the stories together as the book comes
down the stretch.
“My wife is my editor, and she is an excellent one.
Karen checks and corrects everything. She even makes
plot suggestions sometimes, and they are often very
good suggestions. I usually take her advice – whether
writing a book or otherwise – and I am very lucky to have
such an outstanding editor … and wife.”
Asked which of his 10 novels is his favorite, Owen says,
“I can’t pick one. That would be like asking a parent to
choose a favorite child.”
“Oregon Hill” will be the first of his books to have a
sequel. "The Philadelphia Quarry" will be available in July
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Let’s line dance...
Photos by Rebecca Heeley,
© English Rose Photography
Cupid Shuffle, Watermelon Crawl,
Booty Call and Electric Slide are
just some of the dances you can
learn on Tuesday evenings at the Moore
County Senior Enrichment Center. The Intro
to Line Dancing class meets at 5:30 p.m. and
fills quickly with men and women ranging in
age from 50 to 86. Don’t let their ages fool
you though. There is more pep in their step
than people half their age.
When you enter the room, you are greeted
by the talented and ever-faithful instructor,
Victor Walk, of Whispering Pines, who has
been teaching the class for three years. His
full-time job is working for the Department
of Defense at Fort Bragg. Years ago while
stationed overseas, he had the opportunity
to learn ballroom, line, square and Scottish
dances. When he relocated back to North
Carolina, he looked for an opportunity to
give back and share his love of dance. His
motto is three-fold: get people to exercise,
have fun and learn how to dance.
“Keep coming back. I’ll give you a year to
learn,” says Walk to his students.
Every Tuesday, he teaches the dance
steps all over again. A beginner can come in
any time and never feel behind.
Rebecca Lapping, 53, of Pinehurst,
attends the Tuesday night class and teaches
the Intermediate Line Dancing class offered
every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. The
intermediate class focuses on newer dances
from genres like country and beach music,
as well as old standards and hip-hop.
Lapping first became interested in linedancing
form of exercise
following a double
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t h a t
f o c u s e d
on using her legs. Others in the class have
joined after joint replacement surgery as a
way to enjoy low-impact exercise and the
fellowship of others.
Herman Thompson, 81, of Southern Pines,
attends the Tuesday class. He wanted to
find an exercise he could enjoy that wouldn’t
be too much for him. He loves music, so the
line-dancing class was a perfect fit.
“I love the camaraderie of everyone here.
People are so friendly and the music really
lifts your mood. You can’t help having a good
time,” says Thompson.
Three friends who met at the Diners Club
in Robbins come down to the beginners'
class together each week. Lydia Nails, 81,
Marie Shamburger, 74, and Rachael Brower,
72, love their outing for the class.
Dorothy “Dot” Young, 86, of Pinehurst, has
been a faithful line dancer.
“I love the exercise, music and to be with
people. The music just makes the exercise
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Get plugged into computer courses
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The Technology Training program of
creating and saving documents, editing,
Continuing Education at Sandhills
formatting, and printing are presented in
Community College offers
this course using Microsoft Word.
numerous classes to help people learn to
Students can learn Microsoft Office 2010
use computers with Windows Operating
Word and PowerPoint at an advanced level
System and run Microsoft applications.
with a class Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30
Computing for Beginners: Windows 7 is designed for p.m., Oct. 15 through Nov. 28.
the computer novice. The class will meet on Tuesdays A new one-day course, Creating Envelopes and Labels
and Thursdays from Nov. 27 through Dec. 20 meeting with Word, is available Dec. 3 and again on Dec. 5.
from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Another new class, Creating Newsletters with Word,
Microsoft Windows 7: Windows 7 Level 1 is offered on teaches participants to create and customize newsletters
Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 22 through November and meets Dec. 10 and 12 from 4-6 p.m.
19, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Participants learn the basics of Microsoft’s QuickBooks: Level 1 will teach students to manage
operating system, how to navigate in Windows, basic business accounts and how to enter customer, vendor,
file management, printing, and more. Windows 7 Level and banking transactions using QuickBooks Pro. This
2 expands student knowledge of the Windows operating course begins on Oct. 16 and meets each Tuesday and
system. This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from Thursday through Nov. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m.
8:30 -11:30 a.m., Oct. 25 through Nov. 13.
The registration fee for most of these Technology
Windows Live Movie Maker is a free program for Training courses is waived for those age 65 and older
Windows 7 that allows creation of video presentations that with only a $5 technology fee charged. Students must
play on home DVD players. Classes meet on Tuesdays register for class at least one week prior to the starting
and Thursdays from 4 -6 p.m., Oct. 23 through Nov. 15. date. Walk-in registration is at the Continuing Education
A new Technology Training course, Word Processing office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall or by
with Word 2010, begins Nov. 27 and meets each phone at 910-695-3980. View the entire fall semester
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community at heart
By Christine Lakhani
Special to OutreachNC
Photos by Frank Green, ©Green Street Studios
Top: First Friday at Roundabout Art, with local band 8 Miles Apart playing. Located at 305 Oberlin Road in Raleigh, the collective has
been such a success it has a waiting list of artists wanting to join. Pieces are available in a wide range of prices and there’s also a
small gift shop and artists’ studios on the second floor. For more information, visit www.roundaboutartcollective.com. Below: Mary
Ann Scherr, goldsmith, with her gold plated “disco vest” and artist Abie Harris with a recent self-portrait.
The First Friday of every month in Raleigh, art
galleries debut new collections and members
of the community are invited to view the art
and meet the artists. Flanked by a wide, inviting lawn
winds a walkway off Oberlin Road, one of Raleigh’s
cozy, busy streets, leading to a unique cottage, home
to the Roundabout Art Collective. Music wafts through
the night air and neighbors walk, drive and bike to drop
by for an evening of art. Sipping wine, one can see the
collections from a variety of artists, from pots to jewelry to
photographs. Artists are standing by to answer questions
about their creations.
“It’s unfussy, and not the typical gallery. Here you
can touch the art. We have a ‘hands on’ policy,” notes
Anne Atkinson, 43, a photographer and member of the
collective. continued page 15
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The Roundabout Art Collective, started in 2011, brings
together 25 regional artists with a wide variety of ages,
backgrounds and interests. In exchange for dues, a
small portion of commission, and sweat equity, the
collective offers the artists a space to show their work,
opportunities to serve the community, and a chance to
get to know and be inspired by their fellow artists.
“I really have enjoyed getting to know the other people,
how they juggle working full time and creating in their
spare time. How you can work full time, create, and
still have a life. That creative spirit just has to get out,”
comments Anna Ball Hodge, 56, a painter and another
member of the collective.
Members have careers as varied as stay at home
moms to emergency room doctor.
“Not all people start out as a ‘starving artist.' A lot of
people get established in their career, and then being
members of something like this gives them a chance to
come back to art,” says Atkinson.
The collective gives members a unique way to be
involved in the community through events like First Friday
and classes. A recent free class offered to the community
was a lesson on how to take better pictures with your
iPhone. There are even plans to collect donations for the
“The food pantry is low so we thought, ‘How can
we help?' So we’re going to find out what the pantry
needs and ask patrons to bring food in for a discount,”
Some of the members are internationally recognized
artists, one standout being Mary Ann Scherr. The
92-year-old Scherr has been creating her entire life,
as a designer for the automobile industry and as a
“Everything inspires me,” proclaims Scherr. “Talking to
people, living, watching, looking and searching – seeing
what’s around me and responding is how I create.”
Scherr has a studio in her home and works on
her creations seven days a week. One of her latest
innovations she refers to as “phraselets” - jewelry with
clever sayings worked in that you have to look closely at
to decipher. Taking another peek at one bracelet reveals
that the seemingly abstract shapes actually spell out
“Hell Yes," Scherr points out with a smile.
“I was tired of auto and product design and started
doing what I loved. I love fashion and trends and wanted
to make jewels I wanted to wear, and have been creating
ever since,” says Scherr.
Scherr also enjoys the opportunities to connect with
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Anna Ball Hodge, left, talks
about her paintings with a
patron of the collective.
continued from page 15
“We share the same incentive and drive to create. It’s
a special thing to be a part of,” notes Scherr of being a
member of the collective.
The idea for the collective came from artist Susan
Woodson, who is the wife of Randolph Woodson, N.C. State
University’s chancellor. Woodson was inspired by a similar
co-op she worked with when living in West Lafayette, Ind.
“We got together at Ruth Little’s house (another one
of the members) with 10 people, and we didn’t all know
each other. Susan had been part of an art collective in
LaFayette and because there are no art galleries around
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Hodge. “And so now here we are.”
Another artist of note is 78-year-old Abie Harris, who
was the university architect at NCSU for 32 years. When
he retired, he took up painting.
“I keep asking myself what I can do next,” says Harris.
While surveying Harris’ self-portrait, recently painted
on a creative retreat to Penland, a teenager visiting the
gallery with her parents stopped in front of another one of
his works and said, "This one is my favorite."
(Harris graciously accepted the compliment and made
sure to tell them the work was for sale.)
Harris has also explored performance art. While a
friend played Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Harris “drew”
the music, quickly creating about 50 unique pieces of art.
He will be performing again at the NC Craftsman Fair.
Regarding starting a collective in other communities,
“It needs to start with strong leadership, individuals who
have good energy and the commitment,” Harris notes.
“You’re always learning, you’re fearless, you’re just
trying. People here love to inspire and teach. Maybe
because it’s later in life, the competition is over. It’s a very
welcoming environment,” remarks Atkinson.
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recent poll conducted by “Vanity Fair” and
“60 Minutes” asked Americans whom they’d
choose to write a new national anthem and the
winner was...Bruce Springsteen.
What? You were expecting Miley Cyrus? Of course
it was Springsteen. I wouldn’t even ask him to write
anything new, I’d just go with “Born in the U.S.A.” and
be done with it.
But this is why I am no Betsy Ross Key.
Everyone wants a new anthem and that means the
genius of lines like “You end up like a dog that’s been
beat too much” aren’t eligible.
No, the song must be new. If the Boss is going to
do this, he’ll need to avoid the pitfalls of the national
anthem we’ve been making do with since 1931 when
Herbert (“At Least I Can Get This Song Thing Right”)
Hoover made “The Star-Spangled Banner” the nation’s
Nobody much liked the words and the tune was
almost impossible to sing but we put up with it, the
same way you learn to tolerate that brother-in-law
who speaks of nothing except his toe fungus every
So, yes, let’s end this
business of ramparts and
bombs bursting in air and
Every so often, someone
suggests we simply
replace the problematic Belle Weather
with “America the
Beautiful” which is much
prettier and easier to sing but also has somewhat
Although, I must admit that talk of “fruited plains” and
“purple mountains’ majesty” isn’t nearly as off-putting
as “sent me off to a foreign land/to go kill the yellow
man,” which is yet another reminder that Springsteen
will have to start fresh.
“God Bless America” is catchy but a bit cliche and
would be spurned by all those people who take their
kids to Quaker preschool with bumper stickers on
their minivans that say “God Bless the Whole World.”
Plus that whole “through the night with the light from
above” is almost impossible to get right so you end up
singing “through the light with the night with the ... oh,
And what of “My Country Tis of Thee?” But first: Tis?
That’s just weird. Also, it’s a bit of an also-ran in the
patriotic song roundup.
After you get to the part about “Land where my
fathers died” you pretty much start winging it. Go
ahead, try it. See?
Finally, there’s Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.” I have
long campaigned for this song to be our national
anthem, championing, as it does, notions of, uh,
freedom and, well, birds.
It is a song that is emblematic of the American experience
if by American experience you mean breaking your
girlfriend’s heart while you go out to find the next best
thing. While high. OK, maybe not the best choice.
Bruce Springsteen has been given his assignment,
and I hope he takes it every bit as seriously as I would.
Yeah. This could take a while.
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Do you find it hard to make time for exercise?
We’re all granted the same 24 hours in a
day. Yes, some of us have time-consuming
jobs or we’re busy stay-at-home moms or retirees.
But finding time to exercise is
your choice. Would you skip
showering and brushing your
teeth for days on end?
Exercise should become one
of your top priorities. Set the
clock 30 minutes earlier, work
out on your lunch break and
have a protein shake or bar
afterwards. Hit the gym, or ride
your bike, before you settle at
home in the evenings. There
are many exercises you can do while watching TV.
Shorter spurts of activity count, too. Purposely park
your car a block farther away from work. Climb the
stairs rather than taking the elevator. Run around
the yard with your children or grandchildren. You can
even get a decent leg workout when standing at the
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Make an appointment with yourself,
and put it on your calendar. It can make
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The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 under the leadership of poet laureate Sam Ragan and is a program
of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. The 2012 inductees are Maya Angelou,left, Kathryn Stripling Byer and John Lawson. The
ceremony is open to the public and set for Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. on the grounds of Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities
in Southern Pines. For more information on the 2012 induction ceremony, visit www.nclhof.org.
Literary Hall of Fame honors distinguished three
As the blustery winds of October bring
cooler weather and fall leaves stirring about,
the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame pays
homage to three distinguished writers whose words stir
emotion among their readers.
Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies
at Wake Forest University, Kathryn Stripling Byer, the first
woman N.C. poet laureate, and John Lawson, a British
explorer, surveyor and naturalist known for his 550-
mile expedition in 1700 chronicled in “A New Voyage
to Carolina” are this year’s inductees. Although each is
different in their time and background, their writing works
represent patches of fabric sewn within the quilt of the
literary community that spreads across North Carolina
from the mountains to the coast.
The ceremony is set
for Sunday, Oct. 14, at
2 p.m. at Weymouth
Center for the Arts and
Humanities in Southern
Pines, where the N.C.
Literary Hall of Fame is
housed. The event is
free and open to all who
would like to attend and
support the literary arts.
By Carrie Frye
Angelou, 84, is a renowned poet, memoirist, professor,
screenwriter, novelist, filmmaker, actress, activist and
the list goes on. Born in Missouri and having lived
and traveled worldwide, Angelou is proud to call North
Carolina her home.
“When I am nearing North Carolina, I find myself
relaxing,” says Angelou. “I have been living here 31 years.
I came when I was offered the Reynolds Professorship at
Wake Forest University. I absolutely love the Piedmont.
It is the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it is
impossible to find an area more beautiful.”
Angelou is no stranger to awards either. Her induction
is the latest in a long list of honors that include honorary
degrees, three Grammy awards, the National Medal
of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, a National Book Award nomination for “I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” and a Pulitzer Prize
nomination for her book of poetry, “Just Give Me a Cool
Drink of Water.”
Unfortunately, Angelou has a previous engagement that
has been on her calendar for more than a year and is
unable to attend the ceremony.
continued page 21
Her esteemed colleague, Dr. Edwin G. Wilson, provost
emeritus at Wake Forest University, is presenting her
for induction and will accept on her behalf. In honor of
Angelou, poet Jaki Shelton Green, the 2009 Piedmont
Poet Laureate, will read Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.”
Although Angelou cannot be there in person, she
is certainly thankful and appreciative that Wilson is
“We worked together for 30 years,” says Angelou
regarding Wilson. “I am pleased and honored that
he would be pleased to attend and that Wake Forest
University is making a donation to the Literary Hall of
Fame in my name. I am grateful for each honor. Each
represents an instance where my colleagues and my
peers are saying thank you, and there is nothing more
Angelou has published more than 10 books that include
her autobiographies, poetry, fiction and recipes. She still
loves to cook and shares a special chicken recipe.
“I cooked smothered chicken for Oprah (Winfrey) when
she brought some students by for dinner. She tasted it
and said, ‘This chicken is not smothered, it’s suffocated,’”
explains Angelou laughing. “It is one of my favorites.”
2 (3-pound) fryer chickens Juice of 2 lemons
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 stick butter
½ cup vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced
1 lb button mushrooms, sliced 1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
Wash and pat dry
chicken. Cut into
pieces and put in a
bowl with lemon juice
and water to cover.
Refrigerate for one
hour. Wash lemon
water off chicken
and season with salt
and pepper. Dredge
pieces in 3/4 cup flour. In large skillet, fry chicken parts
on high heat in butter and 1/4 cup oil until dark brown.
Remove from skillet. Add remaining flour and oil to a
skillet. Cook flour until brown. Add onions, mushrooms,
and garlic, stirring constantly. Put chicken back into
skillet. Add chicken broth and water to cover. Turn heat to
medium, and cook for 25 minutes.
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In an ever-changing world, Angelou’s writing process
remains the same. She maintains a hotel room, where
she can find solitude and hone her creativity.
“I stay in the room from 6 o’clock in the morning until
around 12:30 in the afternoon and try to pretend to be
normal. I never sleep there, but every month or two, the
management will ask to please let us change the linens,”
says Angelou. “I always keep a Bible, Roget’s Thesaurus
and a deck of playing cards in the room to try to allow it
all to come out of my brain.”
Angelou also finds inspiration in the many writers she
keeps in her own library.
“I would just have to go to my study and see what
books are on the tables…Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nikki
Giovanni, Mari Evans. There’s a long list, and it goes
way back,” says Angelou. “Poetically, (William) Dunbar,
Robert Baron, James Weldon Johnson…Shakespeare,
but that’s going way back. Edgar Allan Poe; I like him so
much. Since I teach Dunbar and Baron together, I just
feel that both those men reach into their people, took their
light and laughter and put them right on the page.”
Angelou’s autobiographies chronicle her own tragedy
and triumph. She has kept her grandmother’s teachings
in mind and close to her heart.
“When I was young, my grandmother would say, ’When
you learn, teach,’” says Angelou. “I am still doing my best
and trying to be a Christian. I am still trying to be better
and ask for forgiveness, to be a better Christian, a better
woman, and I work at it.”
The creativity that flows from Angelou keeps readers
engaged turning page after page be it prose or poetry.
Her North Carolina following offers its thanks with her
“Writing helps me to define myself to myself and show
my gratitude to the Creator for giving me creativity,”
explains Angelou. “I have a constant attitude of gratitude.”
When You Come
When you come to me, unbidden,
To long-ago rooms,
Where memories lie.
Offering me, as to a child, an attic,
Gatherings of days too few.
Baubles of stolen kisses.
Trinkets of borrowed loves.
Trunks of secret words,
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22 OutreachNC • October 2012
continued from page 21
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Byer, 68, served as poet laureate from 2005-2009. Her
sixth book of poetry, “Descent,” debuts in November, but
Byer’s literary journey could more accurately be described
as an ascent with her induction into the N.C. Literary Hall
of Fame as one more peak in the mountain landscape in
which she finds refuge, solace and inspiration.
“It is right up there at the top,” says Byer of her
induction. “I think honors from the North Carolina literary
community are always the best. They show that you are
regarded by the people you live among and the people I
have met traveling around the state.”
Born on a farm in Georgia, Byer found herself inspired
by nature’s beauty and the influence of strong women
“My great-grandmother was an artist,” says Byer. “I
grew up with her oil paintings all around the house,
several of them haunting paintings with full moons or a
Native American woman in a canoe. I grew up seeing
these and was fascinated by the visual arts. I could
draw pretty well. I took a couple classes in college, but
I was more fascinated by writing. Majoring in English
was easier than visual arts,” she says with a reminiscent
laugh. “I love poetry and Wordsworth. It was a great
major. Realizing it opened the door, sometimes easily
and sometimes creakily, I was hooked. That is really the
way with anything we love, we keep following it because
it brings us joy. I have written really bad rough drafts,
and you never know when one of them will turn into
something. It has been a really interesting journey. I am
glad I persisted with it and didn’t give up.”
Collecting literary awards along the way, Byer also
taught at Western Carolina University
before retiring and still makes her home
“North Carolina is home,” says Byer.
“The farm in Georgia will always be
important to me, but this is home. I am
very much invested in the literary sense,
environmental sense and community
sense. I care very deeply about North
Carolina and the preservation of the
mountains. This state has invested so
much in the arts. When I arrived in the
'60s, it wasn’t as much, and I have watched
From Byer’s kitchen window as the photo
on her blog depicts, there is inspiration
through every pane.
“I always wanted to be in the mountains, a
place that pulls at you and wants to engage you. My early
sense was that the mountains had something for me. As
a child, we would travel to see my paternal grandmother
in Dahlonega, Ga. Real excitement was when the first
mountain came into view. I loved the landscape. It is
partly play of light and shadow, ridge after ridge and just
this perspective that I like here. I love the stories and
the music that I heard. I seem to feel women’s presence
rising up from the trails in the mountains. There were
stories here that I could write from. I like that sense of
narrative spine and its strength to what you write. I sense
that sort of voice and structure here and particular places
that seem to have spirits. I have just enough land to see
the birds and buzzards, and there’s a depth to the woods
and the shadows that I love. I always find that they pull
me into some kind of imaginative place where the poetry
is waiting for me.”
This fall, Byer is leading a master poetry class at the
North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference Nov. 2-4
in Cary. She will also be making a stop at Quail Ridge
Books in Raleigh during the first part of 2013 in promotion
of her book, “Descent,” and poetry readings after her trip
to Southern Pines for the ceremony.
Sally Buckner, a fellow poet, will present Byer for
induction. Her friend, bestselling novelist and fellow
hall of fame inductee, Lee Smith, will read Byer’s poem
“I am, of course, honored and delighted,” says Byer.
“I still feel a bit inadequate. I wish I had more books to
my credit. I have always been a slow worker, but that is
not such a bad thing when you think about it. I feel good
about the books that have been published. I have essays
that I hope to have published, and I am grateful for the
work that I have done.”
I bait my lines
with the scent of old planks
rotting over the muddy Flint
River where drowsy snakes
coil in the rushes and lightning
bugs fizzle like spirits
of night crawlers nibbled
by minnows. No catch
in my throat but this aching
to wade into lazy black water
and stand all night long
in its leave-taking, calling
the fish home to Mama.
—Kathryn Stripling Byer
continued page 23
John Lawson (1674 -1711)
Lawson, a native Londoner, sailed to the Carolina colony
in 1700, appointed by the Lords Proprietors to survey the
colony’s interior. Setting out from Charleston, Lawson
covered about 550 miles in 59 days, ending his journey
near Bath on the Pamlico River. His observations on the
topography and native peoples were published in England
in 1709 in “A New Voyage to Carolina,” considered “the
first significant effort to describe the natural history and
the natives” of North Carolina and North America, and
“a classic of early American literature.” Lawson was also
one of the founders of New Bern, and unfortunately, he
was the first casualty of the 1711 Tuscarora War.
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Lawson will be presented for induction by noted
nature writer Phillip Manning. Danny Bell, the program
coordinator for the curriculum in American Indian Studies
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will
read an excerpt from “A New Voyage to Carolina.” Kay
Williams, the executive director of Tryon Palace in New
Bern, will accept the induction on Lawson’s behalf.
“Although historians know Lawson as an important
explorer of North and South Carolina, he is best known
by his fellow authors as a fine writer. This is illustrated
by the many times his work has been paid the ultimate
compliments of being plagiarized and reprinted. Because
of this, few writers would disagree that he deserves to be
in the NCLHOF,” says Manning.
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Every fall, particularly the months preceding a
presidential election, there is a sudden interest
in the National Do Not Call Registry due to
what seems to be an endless
barrage of campaign calls to
our home and cell phones. The
good news is, the registry is an
effective tool in eliminating most
telemarketing calls. The
bad news is that because
of limitations in the
jurisdiction of the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC)
and Federal Communications Commission (FCC), calls
from, or on behalf of, political organizations would still be
permitted even after registration.
In addition to the political organization exemption,
telephone surveyors, charities and telephone calls from
companies with which you have an existing business
relationship are also exempt from the restrictions of the
registry. However, if you ask a company with which you
have an existing business relationship to place your
number on its own Do Not Call list, your request must be
honored. If a third-party telemarketer is calling on behalf
of a charity, a consumer may ask not to receive any more
calls from that specific charity.
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Dialing up Do Not Call
The National Do Not
Call Registry is facilitated
by the FTC and is
one of the easiest
citizens can enroll
in. There are two
ways in which
you can include
number on the registry. The
first method is to simply call
1-888-382-1222, and follow the automated instructions.
You must be calling from the number you wish to register.
The FTC uses technology known as Automatic Number
Identification or ANI, which will confirm that the number
you are calling from is the number you are registering.
A small percentage of U.S. phones do not have ANI.
If your phone doesn’t, the system will have trouble
locating your phone number, and you will need to register
your number using the Internet. Also, people in certain
communities such as senior living centers have phone
numbers that are hidden by a Private Branch Exchange
(PBX) telephone system and cannot be matched. These
numbers can be registered via the Internet as well. In
case you are wondering, you can register your home
telephone number along with your cell phone number.
To register online, proceed to the FTC’s registration
page at https://donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx. Simply fill
in the blanks, and a confirmation will be sent to your valid
email address. You must open your confirmation email,
and click on the confirmation link in the email within 72
hours to complete your registration.
Your name will be added to the registry the day following
your registration, but telemarketers have up to 31 days to
remove you from their call lists. Any calls made more than
31 days after your date of registration would be a violation
and should be reported to the FTC.
Recently, scammers have been making phone calls
claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry.
These calls are not coming from the Registry or the
Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond
to these calls. The FTC does not allow private companies
to register consumers for the National Do Not Call
Registry. Websites or phone solicitations that claim they
can register a consumer’s phone number on the National
Do Not Call Registry, especially those that charge a fee,
are most likely a scam. The National Do Not Call Registry
is a free service of the federal government.
For more information, contact the Community Services Unit
of the Southern Pines Police Dept. at 910-692-2732, ext. 2852.
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Tips to decrease macular degeneration
Figures 1-6 in order: Figure 1 shows an illustration of a normal macula without macular degeneration. Figure 2 is a photograph of a normal macula
without macular degeneration. The macula is the central part of the retina that allows for fine detail such as reading and driving vision. Figure 3 illustrates
dry or non-exudative macular degeneration. Figure 4 is a photograph of dry or non-exudative macular degeneration. Figure 5 illustrates wet or advanced
macular degeneration. Figure 6 is a photograph of wet or advanced macular degeneration. (photos courtesy of David M. Yates)
Age-related macular degeneration, commonly
referred to as AMD, is the main cause of visual
impairment in adults over age 60. Non-exudative
or dry macular degeneration affects 90 percent of people
with AMD (figures 1-4 above). People with dry AMD
typically have good vision, but vision may slowly deteriorate
over many years. There is no treatment for dry macular
degeneration at this time; however, there are several
national clinical trials researching treatment options.
The wet or advanced form of AMD causes loss of
central vision (figures 5-6 above). Central vision is the
part of vision that allows you to see fine details, such as
reading and driving. In the United States, as many as 11
million people are affected by macular degeneration, and
of those, more than 1 million people have the wet form of
What can you do:
• Quit Smoking. Smoking increases the risk of
advanced macular degeneration by two to three times
and is the most modifiable factor in reducing your risk.
• Take Vitamins. A balanced diet throughout life
can help protect your eyes from advanced macular
degeneration. In 2001, a study by the National Institutes of
Health showed the benefits of supplemental antioxidants
and zinc for people with macular degeneration by
decreasing the risk of developing advanced macular
degeneration. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, have
also shown benefit in people with macular degeneration.
• Wear UV Sunglasses. Lenses with UVA and
UVB filters can help to decrease the risk of developing
advanced macular degeneration. Wear hats and
sunglasses as much as possible to protect your eyes.
• Exercise Regularly. An active lifestyle has also
been shown to decrease the risk of developing advanced
macular degeneration by 70 percent.
• Monitor Your Vision. If you have been
diagnosed with macular degeneration, keep your regular
appointments with your eye care provider.
• Genetic Testing. The risk
of developing advanced macular
degeneration is 50 percent in
people who have a relative with
AMD. In the last year, commercial
genetic tests have become
available to determine the risk of
developing advanced AMD.
Dr. Almony, a diabetic eye, retina
and vitreous specialist at Carolina
Eye Associates, can be reached at
910-295-2100, or visit www.carolinaeye.com.
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These days a lot
of people are
into the self-help
movement. I admire that
because I, too, have on
myself. I, however,
have entirely done it
with books as nowhere
can you get excellent and
unbiased, especially by your
own weeping and crying,
advice for less than $19.95
than from a book. And if the
book doesn’t transform you,
heck, you’re only out the cost of four trips
to the Dairy Queen (DQ).
Take the book "Think, Get Rich, and Get
Happy" (I’ve absolutely changed the name
for self-protection). If this idea worked,
would any of us be hurting for money? No,
we’d be in our Lazy-Boy rockers thinking
up a storm. I’ve done it myself and, as
you might imagine, I still work my day job,
minus three trips to the DQ.
The book "Eating With Your Mind to
Stop Your Mindless Eating" boggles
my mind (ditto the whole self-protection
thing). If I’m mindlessly eating, how do
I know it? If there is mindless eating,
is there mindful eating? Me and every
chocolate chip cookie I eat are on a first
name basis; is that mindful eating? Minus
two trips to the DQ.
The DQ meter is why so many people
are going to self-help seminars. You can
sit and do nothing while some competent
person does your self-help for you. Is it
cheating if you don’t actually do your own
Outsourcing your self-help to motivational
talks that include firewalking can downright
backfire on you (get it, firewalking, backfire),
which is exactly what happened during
a motivational seminar last month. Six
thousand folks hell bent on overcoming
their fears forked over $600 to $2,500
for a weekend of workshops beginning
with a night of firewalking. Never hold the
firewalking on the first night before anyone
learns anything; baby steps, people.
Don’t start out all
on hot burning
try running with
toward you first.
P i c t u r e
t h o u s a n d
p o t e n t i a l
victims, I mean, attendees, lined up at 12
beds, each 10 feet long, three feet wide
filled with 2,000-degree Fahrenheit coals.
Off they go, and immediately, people are
speed dialing cell phones to get first aid
for the burns on their feet.
For those of us who know better, this
would be called a barbecue. And frankly,
having some two dozen folks cook their
feet instead of some nice juicy pigs is just
a waste of fine coals.
As you can imagine, the whole smell of
searing toe jam along with the screaming
really put a damper on the festivities.
Nothing like getting third-degree burns at
a seminar to overcome fear to ruin your
weekend. No word yet on whether they
did conquer their fears, but I’m betting
some of them left with a brand new one.
OK, physics says to fire walk properly,
one must walk quickly, meaning run.
With 6,000 folks lined up, speculation
is not enough fiery lanes were available
causing gridlock on the coals, a crush of
people who were then not fire walking
but fire standing instead, subsequently
igniting their tootsies, mostly because
it didn’t occur to them to step off said
I have a better solution for those having
an excess of spare money wishing to
face their fears. For $59.99, come to my
backyard, where I will be happy to beat
you with a stick until you overcome your
new fear of barbecuing. I’m gonna call it
the “Thrill of Victory vs. the Agony of De
Cohea, a freelance writer, can be reached
by emailing email@example.com.
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with Bob Garner
It is a true treasure to find a North Carolina native
who has achieved as much in life as Bob Garner.
An example to all, this barbecue pro will be the first
to tell you that he did not achieve culinary success until
his 50s. His latest book, “Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue:
North Carolina’s Favorite Food,” landed on bookstore
shelves and e-readers earlier this year. A well-known
restaurateur of The Pit Authentic Barbecue in Raleigh,
bestselling author, popular television personality on UNC-
TV and lover of all things barbecue, Bob Garner has
found his niche in life, leaving everyone he meets with a
good taste in their mouths.
Garner, 65, was born in Havelock, near the town of
Newport, which now, coincidentally, is the home of one
of the state’s biggest whole-hog barbecue cook-offs,
although it was not known for that then. His parents both
grew up on farms near Newport, his father was a naval
officer, and the family moved around. His grandparents
remained in Newport and provided Garner with a home
base. Garner began his collegiate career at the University
Photos by Frank Green, ©Green Street Studios
By Heather Green
Special to OutreachNC
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but graduated from the
University of Denver in Colorado.
ONC: How did you first learn how to barbecue and did
it help develop a love of cooking?
BG: Well, I married the former Ruthie Everett of
Scotland Neck, an eastern North Carolina farm girl whom
I met at UNC. We have been married since 1969, have
three grown children and six grandchildren. Ruthie’s two
brothers taught me to barbecue whole pigs on a pit, and
I have been doing it for over 40 years, even though it
was mostly just for family, friends and church until the
My love of cooking, especially outdoor cooking using
various forms of fires and coals, dates back to my Boy
Scout days, when I became determined to cook and eat
well when out in the wilderness, rather than eating halfdone
or burned food. It was a matter of vowing that the
wilderness wouldn’t defeat me.
continued page 29
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ONC: How did your career path lead to becoming a
BG: I have been a working broadcast journalist most
of my adult life, and never ventured into professional
cooking or culinary pursuits, except for always liking to
cook, until after I was 50 years old. I have worked at both
commercial radio and television stations and at UNC-TV,
North Carolina’s public television network, as well as
being a freelance video and film producer.
I was known for being a pig-barbecuer, so I was assigned
to do some UNC-TV feature stories on famous North
Carolina barbecue joints for the program “North Carolina
Now” in the early 1990s. These were very well received,
there was demand for more of this sort of material, and I
gradually did less and less “serious” journalism (covering
the legislature, doing documentaries, general assignment
reporting) and more and more food features.
In 1996, I published my first book, “North Carolina
Barbecue: Flavored by Time,” which was followed in 2002
by “Bob Garner’s Guide to North Carolina Barbecue.”
"Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue” is my latest book. It
came out in May 2012.
ONC: How have you made your passion pay off?
BG: My very favorite job is the combination of three
endeavors at present: My full time occupation as “Minister
of Barbecue Culture” at The Pit Authentic Barbecue in
Raleigh, my freelance work as a restaurant reviewer for
“North Carolina Weekend” on UNC-TV and as an author
of books and various magazine articles. I have done a
lot of writing on traditional foods for Our State magazine,
where I had the cover feature article in the September
Making my passion pay has really been a series
of fortuitous accidents, totally unforeseen and all
resulting from those random barbecue restaurant feature
assignments during the early 1990s.
ONC: Can you share some memorable moments in
your food career?
BG: Being a keynote speaker at the 2002 Southern
Foodways Alliance Symposium on the campus of Ole
Miss in Oxford, Miss.: this is the biggest single gathering
of foodies and food writers in the country.
I have also enjoyed Food Network appearances with
Paula Deen and Bobby Flay and a really hectic live
appearance on "Good Morning America."
continued page 30
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continued from page 29
ONC: Why do you think it is that no one does
barbecue like the South?
BG: Cooking barbecue properly is a slow occupation,
requiring a lot of patience and a lot of humility since it
is dirty, messy, tiring work. The South has always had a
slower pace of life and has been made to endure a lot of
humility, so the Southern lifestyle and the art of cooking
barbecue are a really good match.
ONC: Of all of your achievements, what are you most
BG: The fact that people seem interested in my writing
and reporting about our food traditions. It is a great
feeling to actually do work that people seem to receive
in a positive way and appreciate, and I do not take it for
granted at all. I love getting to meet so many people who
are kind enough to comment about my work in a positive
way. I am an extremely fortunate person.
ONC: What is one of the most common mistakes
people make when it comes to barbecuing?
BG: Cooking too fast and not trying it, because they
think they cannot do it. My book gives detailed instructions
about how to cook a pig or a smaller portion, such as a
pork shoulder, and anyone can do it. Furthermore, they
should do it in order to help keep the tradition alive in their
ONC: What's next for you?
BG: Continue to work to enhance the guest experience
at The Pit and continue my freelance restaurant reviewing
and writing, plus have fun with my 10-year-old grandson
Sadler, a real foodie who likes to follow me around and
appear in some of my restaurant segments.
2 quarts water
1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, cut up
1 (15-ounce) can baby lima beans, undrained
1 (8-ounce) can baby lima beans, undrained
2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained & chopped
1 (16-ounce) package frozen baby lima beans
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 (15-ounce) cans cream-style corn
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce
Bring water and chicken to a boil in a Dutch oven.
Reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes or until
tender. Remove chicken, and set aside. Reserve 3
cups broth in Dutch oven. Pour canned lima beans
and liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into Dutch
oven. Reserve beans. Add tomatoes to Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring
often, for 40 minutes or until liquid is reduced by 1/3.
Skin, bone, and shred chicken. Mash reserved
beans with a potato masher. Add chicken, mashed
and frozen beans, potatoes, and onions to Dutch
oven. Cook over low heat, stirring often, for 3
hours and 30 minutes. Stir in corn and remaining
ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring often, for 1
Back therapy can begin healing process
Attempts to counter the effects of
gravity to relieve back pain and
neck pain are not a new thing.
Traction in one form or another has
been employed for centuries to achieve just that.
As a back specialist I'm asked these questions almost
weekly. What about an inversion table? What about a
vibrating thing for your special chair? What about heat
or ice? Or magnets? Or an expensive bed? Maybe a
massage would help? Perhaps a hot tub? There are all
sorts of back braces available. The list goes on.
Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of
what is wrong with backs and necks. As a spinal disc
degenerates, the side walls first get drier and weaker and
consequently begin to bulge, taking up space and putting
pressure on (or pinching) the spinal nerve root. In the early
stages this bulge can come and go somewhat dependent
upon what you did or didn't do yesterday, explaining why
your symptoms come and go. Second, as it gets drier and
drier, it gradually loses height and the vertebrae get closer
together further compromising the space for the nerve and
exaggerating the effect of the bulge. Third, the resulting
stress on the joint causes a gradual calcium buildup. The
buildup of bone further narrows the space for the nerve
roots. The effects of degeneration have culminated in
a narrowing of the channel for the nerve root, which is
referred to as spinal stenosis.
OutreachNC • October 2012 31
There are many problems with
inversion. Depending upon your body
weight, there may be way too much
pressure being applied to the weakened
disc fibers, which runs the risk of tearing them further
or there may not be enough force being applied to the
right place at the right angle to actually result in any
benefit. There is simply no way to measure the force or
change the angle. Further, hanging upside down is at best
uncomfortable as the blood rushes to your head. Those
with heart or blood pressure issues and those with certain
eye conditions must be especially wary.
Spinal decompression therapy, however, is a noninvasive,
non-surgical treatment performed on a computercontrolled
table. It targets a single disc level and utilizes
specific traction and relaxation cycles (a pumping action)
throughout the 20-30-minute treatment. This creates
a negative pressure within the disc. It works by gently
separating the offending disc 5 to 7 millimeters, creating a
negative pressure (or a vacuum) inside the disc promoting
the retraction of the bulging disc tissue. The pumping action
also circulates water, oxygen and nutrients throughout the
disc, thereby beginning the healing process.
Hall, a doctor of chiropractic and owner of Triangle
DiscCare in Raleigh, can be reached at 919-571-2515 or
32 OutreachNC • October 2012
Yellow Dot sparks Moore community effort
In today's far-flung world, there is almost no way
to get from place to place without driving or riding
in a car on a regular basis. While we all aim to
be conscientious, safe drivers, no one is immune from
the threat of traffic accidents. With that in mind, Moore
County is now one of three counties in North Carolina
where a little yellow dot on your car can go a long way in
As of Sept. 11, residents of Moore County have the
opportunity to participate in the Yellow Dot Program. This
program enables participants to provide vital information
to first responders during the “golden hour” after a vehicle
crash or other roadside medical emergency. Treatment
during this 60-minute period can make the difference
between life and death in a serious accident.
The Yellow Dot Program works in a pretty straightforward
According to Lora
Weaver of the Northeast
Alabama Traffic Safety
By Michelle Goetzl
Special to OutreachNC
Office, “Emergency medical responders find the
paperwork extremely valuable for any accident victim,
even if it simply notes that they have no allergies or
pre-existing conditions. In addition, many young families
in Alabama have joined the Yellow Dot Program out of
concern for their small children; Yellow Dot ensures that
there is emergency contact information if the parents are
unable to speak.”
With such a beneficial program available, one might
wonder why it isn't more widespread. The issue is that
getting the program up and running requires a great deal
of groundwork and financial resources. Although positive
knowledge of the program is spreading, especially after
Photos by Rebecca Heeley, ©English Rose Photography
Left: David Fusco, Yellow Dot Program project leader for the Rotary Club of the Sandhills, signs up Barbara Allred. Right: Volunteers
Edie Fusco, left, and Patricia Sheffield are ready to enroll residents. For more information about the Moore County Yellow Dot
program, visit www.yellowdotmoore.org. Moore County residents can sign up on Wednesday through Friday from 1-4pm at the
following fire stations: Aberdeen, Carthage, Pinehurst #91 on Magnolia Boulevard, Seven Lakes and Southern Pines.
way. People sign up by going to a designated location,
where their photo is taken and they complete a medical
and emergency contact information form. This packet
of information is then kept in the glove compartment
of their car in a designated Yellow Dot folder. They will
also receive a Yellow Dot decal to be placed on the rear
window of their vehicle. This decal alerts first responders
to the presence of the Yellow Dot packet.
The program began in Connecticut in 2002 and to
date has been adopted by counties in 36 states. It was
originally developed as a program for senior citizens and
people with medical conditions but has since expanded
to be a program for everyone. Some counties limit
participation because they only have funding for the
senior community, but emergency medical responders
praise the program for all citizens.
an article in USA Today in 2011, the program remains
a grassroots operation relying on local organizations to
develop and produce the information packets, market
the program and make sure that local “front line” first
responders are on board.
Each location is set up differently with different funding
sources. When Yellow Dot began in Connecticut, funding
was initially provided by a local bank. A program in
Kansas was backed by a local Kiwanis club, but due to
cost restrictions, it was only open to seniors. The program
in Alabama, which is one of the most successful, has
funding from a grant from the Alabama Department of
Economic and Community Affairs. In Guilford County,
N.C., and in much of the state of New York, local
law enforcement and emergency services brought the
program to the area. continued page 33
Now in Moore County,
the program has been
made possible by a variety
of groups including the
Moore County Fire Chief’s
of Public Safety, Sheriff’s
Department and various
police chiefs, FirstHealth of
the Carolinas, MooreHealth,
Pinehurst Toyota Hyundai
Kia, The Pilot, Moore County
Leadership Institute, Rotary
District 7690, and Rotary
Club of the Sandhills. The
goal for programs with
private funding is that after
one year, local government
takes over the stewardship of the program.
The cost of bringing the program to a region can vary
by the size of the population and by how much actual
development needs to be done. Each packet consists of
an information sheet, folder and decal. These items have
to be developed and produced. In addition, there are the
costs of marketing the program.
“There is no central policy or control, so the Yellow
Dot program has organically developed by counties
OutreachNC • October 2012 33
Aberdeen Town Manager Bill Zell took
part in the Yellow Dot kickoff event.
with established programs helping
those trying to get started,”
explains Dave Fusco, the Yellow
Dot project leader for Rotary Club
of the Sandhills.
For example, Etowah County,
Ala., has been able to help a
number of programs across the country by
sharing their templates and thereby helping
new programs reduce their costs.
Regardless of how the program begins,
first responders and citizens have been very
enthusiastic. First responders see the need
for this information for as many people as
possible. There is no doubt that having this
vital information available during the “golden hour” can
truly save your life.
Deputy Chief Richard Allred for the Aberdeen Fire and
Rescue Department couldn’t agree more and was on
hand to encourage the citizens who came out to sign up
at the group's initial event last month.
“We have worked on this program since January. It will
do a lot to help fire and emergency services. Let it talk
when you can’t.”
34 OutreachNC • October 2012
See Grey Matter Puzzle Answers on Page 38
1. Hits hard
15. Timid, childish
16. “So soon?”
17. “___ alive!”
18. College fee
20. “Fantasy Island”
24. Hacienda hand,
25. Fishhook line
28. Shoulder gesture
32. Contemptible one
39. “Silly” birds
40. Greyhound, e.g.
46. Back of the neck
47. “To ___ is
48. Layered ice
50. Blazer, e.g.
51. Run away lovers
53. Not worth using
55. Differing from
57. E-mail option
58. Detroit’s county
2. Handgun sheath
3. Arctic bird
4. “Check this out!”
5. 1988 Olympics
7. Building near a
8. Trick taker, often
9. Those who climb
up and over
12. Out of proper
13. Tinker Bell, e.g.
19. Get misty-eyed
28. Kind of fund
30. Big wine holder
34. Mollusk diver
36. Gang land
38. Drive back
39. Excessive desire
42. Retain with stone
49. Soft porous rock
deposited from springs
54. “Don’t give up!”
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Revisiting our national debt
Just over a year ago, I wrote my first article here,
“Debt, Deficit and Default,” at the height of everyone
talking about the U.S. economy defaulting and no
longer paying Social Security checks. As a country, we
were facing the issue of hitting our debt ceiling, a number
that is so high it’s hard to comprehend and in the article I
mentioned that the solution was greater than just raising
the ceiling. We would see the government start to solve
the problem the same way any family solves a problem
with debt. You make hard choices, some sacrifices and
work hard to create a budget and stick to it.
As I look back over the last year, I’m really surprised.
The debt ceiling was raised and as soon as the fear of
Social Security checks bouncing had faded, the concern
for our national debt also faded. Since then, the national
debt has increased another $2 trillion. Even at a modest
1 percent interest rate, we’ve increased our annual
spending (on new debt interest alone) by $20 billion. If
our spending is more than earnings, we have a deficit,
which then adds to the debt. If we can’t eliminate the
deficit, we are eventually going to be in a place where
the tax revenue isn’t enough to pay off the interest
alone. We’re in a downward spiral, and it needs to be
The Federal Reserve announced a plan in mid
September for QE3 (the third Quantitative Easing), which
is a limitless spending plan that pours $40 billion per
month into the economy in hopes of increasing spending
and creating jobs. No one knows if we can actually
create jobs by changing money supply, but we will find
out. Then, we have to deal with the aftermath of a hugely
increased monetary supply and national debt. In some
ways, it makes perfect sense. If you can de-value the
dollar, our national debt won’t seem like as much money.
But what happens to our savings?
I’m not pointing my finger at our current president or
past president and saying it’s their fault, because we’ve
been contributing to the debt for a long time. But we need
to see someone start implementing solutions, not just
campaigning and making promises.
As I watched the Republican and Democratic National
Conventions a few months back, it reminded me of a
quote from a great children’s book by Norton Juster, "The
Phantom Tollbooth," which says, “Since you got here
by not thinking, it seems reasonable to expect that, in
order to get out, you must start
I hope that whoever gets
elected this November
thinks about how our current
actions affect the future
for our children and Money Matters
grandchildren. A year
from now, I hope that I’m
not writing another article
on how bad the debt has been for our country and, more
importantly, I hope 20 years from now we’re not leaving
our children to deal with problems it’s caused.
Clement is a Financial Planner practicing at Clement Capital
Group in Southern Pines and an investment advisor representative
of Commonwealth Financial Network®, a member firm of FINRA/
SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor. She can be reached at
910-693-0032, email Taylor@ClementCapitalGroup.com. or visit
36 OutreachNC • October 2012
right recipe for
p a r t i c u l a r l y By Ann Robson
Special to OutreachNC
seniors, is Mike
Rood’s mission. As director of the Montgomery
County Council on Aging, he sees both the current
and future need for providing healthy food for seniors
in his county. He doesn’t believe that Montgomery
seniors will be moving away to retirement centers
but rather they will age in place. This trend will add
to the work of the council, and he wants to be ready
and able to help.
Rood is in the midst of building a commercial kitchen
that will serve four primary functions for the county.
Such a kitchen will provide a fully-certified kitchen for
local farmers to prepare and process "value added"
products such as jams, jellies and sauces.
The kitchen will provide a working kitchen for the
Star Community Center so that local groups and
organizations can expand the use of the facility to
hold events there. Rood sees this part of the project
as bringing tourists to Star for special events. The
center will employ cooks for the meals and others as
needed to run the center.
The Montgomery Council on Aging will use the
kitchen to prepare healthy meals for the county’s
seniors. They plan to start with 100 meals a day and
are prepared to expand that number to whatever the
county’s demand might be. Rood’s approach was to
to talk with county residents and employ his “You
tell me what you want” ideal. He mentioned that
some areas may want meals only two or three days
a week. He thinks that offering meals at least one
day a week to mothers with small children at home
or grandparents who are raising grandchildren will be
Currently, he contracts out for the four congregate
meal sites and the home-delivered meals. As in
most counties, there is a waiting list for both types
of meals. Rood believes that a large, commercial
Photos by Rebecca Heeley, ©English Rose Photography
Mike Rood, director of Montgomery County Council on Aging, is a
man on a mission to feed hungry seniors in his county with his latest
project, a community kitchen in the town of Star.
kitchen will allow the council to prepare their own
meals and reduce both the cost and waiting list.
Expanded refrigerator, freezer and dry food storage
space will be created to give local food pantries a
nearby central point to pick up groceries for their
pantries. There have been times when food was
offered to Rood, but he lacked sufficient storage.
However, he is very creative and never says ‘no’ to
It hasn’t been easy to bring his concept to reality
due to many different kinds of permits required.
Rood’s enthusiasm for the project and what it can
mean to the area is contagious. Funding has also
been a major hurdle. The Golden Leaf Foundation
granted $70,000. The Town of Star helped provide
a building—the former emergency building, which
is being retrofitted to meet various codes—and
Progress Energy, Home Depot and others in the
county have provided financial help. Rood is still
looking for additional funds and partners. He works
closely with the Second Harvest Food Bank.
continued page 37
OutreachNC • October 2012 37
Montgomery County's effort for a community kitchen in Star includes County Extension Director Molly Alexi, Livestock/Forestry Extension
Agent Jamie Warner, Horticulture Extension Agent Danélle McKnight and Family & Conusmer Science Extension Agent Hayley Napier.
One of his major partners is Molly Alexi, county
director for N.C. Cooperative Extension. Alexi sees
the new community center with a commercial
kitchen as a wonderful spot, not only for food
but for the community activities. As a human
development specialist, Alexi is looking forward to
intergenerational activities. She is also enthusiastic
about the extra opportunities for farmers to bring
their goods to a central spot.
When he wrote his grant proposal to Golden
Leaf Foundation, Rood noted that “common sense
dictates the more events offered at a newly created
Star Community Center, the more people will attend
and the more money they will spend in Montgomery
While his concern for feeding more in Montgomery
County started his thinking about a commercial
kitchen, the bonus of getting a building that will house
the commercial kitchen, additional refrigerator and
freezer space and extra dry food storage and still
have lots of space for public use seemed to make a
lot of "common sense" to him.
Mike expects the new kitchen in the Star Community
Center to officially open later this month.
Feeding the elderly is a statewide concern. Most
counties offer either congregate meal sites or
home-delivered meals. Some offer both. Nearly all
counties recognize they are not meeting present
needs and know their aging population is only going
In Moore County, the Department of Aging
and Meals on Wheels have teamed together to
provide healthy weekend snacks for their clients
numbering approximately 200. Each Friday a bag
of nonperishable food such as individual servings of
cereal, pudding, juice and similar items is delivered
with the Friday meal to help the recipients through
AARP has partnered with Hendrick Motorsports
and NASCAR in the Drive to End Hunger. The
program hopes to raise awareness of senior hunger,
raise funds and support regional food banks. Jeff
Gordon is the NASCAR spokesperson.
According to the latest Drive to End Hunger
statisitics, which are staggering, "North Carolina
ranks seventh in state rank for adult risk of hunger,
9.11 percent of older adults are at risk of hunger,
11th in the USDA food insecurity rating and 23.5
percent of residents reported not having enough
money to buy food in the last year."
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Stretch to expand range of motion
The science of flexibility has come a long way
with a better understanding of traditional
practices of stretching muscle and the
connective tissue called fascia. Fascia is a system of
tissue that plays a critical role to support the body's
joints and organs and provide a gliding environment
Muscle has the
capacity to stretch 1.6
times its resting length,
if stretched beyond
this point muscle can
tear and rupture, which
creates scar tissue,
which will diminish
flexibility even more. In
the past, one standard
was the static stretch,
where a prolonged
stretch from 30-60
seconds was held.
Another method is a
ballistic type stretch,
which involves quick
bouncing movements and can result in trauma or
injury. This is why it is important to have a better
understanding of all the systems that play a role and
develop proper practices that can make a profound
change in range of movement, strength and reduce
stress that occurs due to muscle imbalance.
Our bodies have a defensive mechanism in order to
Grey Matter Answers
protect us from overstretch and
trauma. This system involves
sensors within the muscles and
tendons. When you contract a
muscle for a few seconds, the
myotatic stretch reflex initiates
and signals the opposing
muscles to contract to protect Vitality
us from stretching too far
or too fast, thus preventing
trauma or injury.
One of the safest and most effective methods of
stretching muscle and fascia has been developed
by well-known expert, Aaron Mattes, founder of
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), also known as The
His systematic method utilizes a 1.5 to two-second
stretch, which is key to allowing the target muscle
to be optimally lengthened without triggering the
protective reflex and contraction of the antagonistic
(opposite side) muscle. Performing a series of eight
to 10 stretches no longer than two seconds allows
the targeted muscle to relax, and maximal stretch
can be accomplished. This technique creates the
ideal environment to relax the muscle and helps avoid
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
Proper breath with repetitions helps to increase
blood flow and oxygen, bringing nutrition to the
tissues being restored. It also assists in preventing
lactic acid buildup, which contributes to soreness and
can reduce strength and range of motion.
Whether you are a casual
exercise enthusiast or an athlete,
therapeutic stretching can be
incorporated daily to optimize
your ease of movement, restore
posture and reduce pain and
stiffness to increase your
flexibility to avoid injury.
Rice, instructor and owner of
Art of Motion Pilates and Barre
in Aberdeen and AIS Trained by
Aaron Mattes, can be reached at
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paints legacy with
each brush stroke
Photos by Rebecca Heeley, ©English Rose Photography
Bob Timberlake inside the Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington, where visitors can see many of his personal and designer collections in the
venue, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the gallery, visit www.bobtimberlake.com
North Carolina autumn offers a picturesque
palette of color for any artist, but one in particular
is leaving not only his mark or brush strokes but
also quite a legacy on his native state. Born in Salisbury
and raised in Lexington, which is where he still resides
today, Bob Timberlake is much more than a worldrenowned
painter and designer. His works accentuate
the state’s history and landscapes from Blocking Rock
to Manteo. Two special phrases hold great meaning to
Timberlake and stay at the forefront of his endeavors:
Made in America and Made in North Carolina.
“Whether it is furniture, rugs, dog food or whatever it
may be, the main thing we want to do is work with the
best people,” explains Timberlake of his philosophy that
is the framework for the Timberlake line of products that
complement his countless works of art.
Painting since he was just 5 years old, Timberlake’s
talents were not only with his
“I built my first piece of
By Carrie Frye
furniture when I was 14 and finished it when I was 15. I
was preparing myself and didn’t even know it, so I guess
my subconscious was interested in furniture,” he says
with a grin.
Painting professionally since 1970, Timberlake’s realist
art depicts many vintage scenes of Carolina landscapes,
Native Americans, homes, hearth, windowpanes and
barns from pastoral to coastal.
“I just paint the things I love the most. I have been going
down to Bald Head Island to paint since 1955 when there
were boars on the beach,” remembers Timberlake of
the scenes there, which have inspired many a painting,
including “Lighthouse Window.”
continued page 41
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Photo by Mollie Tobias, ©Mollie Tobias Photography
View from atop Blowing Rock, just a few miles from the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum in downtown Blowing Rock.
A special exhibit “North Carolina Treasures” at the
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum began in August and
pays tribute to Timberlake and two other artisans, potter
Glenn Bolick and rocking chair maker Max Woody, through
the end of November when Timberlake’s retrospective
moves to Lexington.
Timberlake’s many showings have been nationwide
from Seattle to New York and museums in-between.
His good works even landed him at the White House.
Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan recognized
Timberlake for his Keep America and NC Beautiful efforts.
“We did a PSA (public service announcement) with
Indians directed at fourth and fifth graders in the 80s, and
now they’re all grown up. With all that time and effort that
we put into it, and recycling now at its level and going
strong. It is satisfying to see the results,” says Timberlake.
His showings in foreign countries and worldwide travels
have also taken him to Buckingham Palace for a private
tour with Prince Charles.
“Prince Charles paints, so the whole idea of us getting
together was for us to be able to sit down and talk about
the world or fishing or art with no one else around. He
asked things to tell me he was definitely curious about
art,” recalls Timberlake.
The Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington opened
in 1997 with 15,000 square feet of his art, apparel,
furniture and home furnishings for purchase as well as
displays of his amazing and varied collections such as
decoys, Russian snow babies, Annie Oakley guns and
antique wooden canoes to name just a few.
“I went up to Cherokee when I was a kid, and I was
just fascinated with a little wooden toy canoe. I stayed
fascinated and started collecting them. I did have almost
90 at one time, and now, I have
about 35,” says Timberlake,
pointing out the 1890 solid
mahogany canoe that hangs
suspended from the ceiling in
the center of the gallery.
The gallery’s exterior
entrance itself is marked
with another of Timberlake’s
inspirations, a Latin quote by
Horace, “Ille terrarum mihi
præter omnis angulus ridet,”
which translates to “This
corner of the world smiles for
me more than anywhere else” and is written in English
above the interior side of the door. There is a courtyard
adorned with the Timberlake line of outdoor furniture. The
millstones and brick in the courtyard and main entrance,
27 different varieties, were all made in North Carolina.
Visitors to the gallery can see, touch and sit on the
Timberlake collection by Century Furniture based in
Hickory. The brand is America’s most successful furniture
line in history, exceeding the $1 billion mark in sales.
“The way we do furniture, it is never-ending with a
whole palette of finishes and fabrics,” says Timberlake.
“When I see furniture that I want to take home, that’s
when it is right. My wife is just over five feet tall and after
having both hips replaced, she needed a bed that was
easier to get in and out of, not only for her but also for
the grandchildren to climb in and out of, so we put a step
around the edge,” says Timberlake of the design of the
bed on display on the second floor of the gallery.
continued page 42
The “North Carolina Treasures” exhibit at the Blowing Rock Art &
History Museum began in August and pays tribute to Timberlake and
two other artisans. "Lighthouse
Window" is one of the many
paintings on display. For more
information, call 828-295-9099
or visit the museum's website at
Photos by Mollie Tobias,
©Mollie Tobias Photography
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Photos by Mollie Tobias, ©Mollie Tobias Photography
Timberlake at the grand opening in late August of Timberlake's, the restaurant connected to the Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola
Resort in Blowing Rock. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Timberlake was presented with an antique fly fishing rod in a vintage
wooden case to mark the special occasion in honor of his other passion, fishing. When it comes to fishing, Timberlake says,
“There’s a quote about the Lord is the happiest when his children are at play,” he says grinning. “I know it is not in the Bible, but
it’s written in the side somewhere. That’s how I feel about fishing.”
continued from page 41
Visitors can see Timberlake's latest release of 2012, "Summer
Green," as seen below. Another ornate gallery display shows
the four stamps created by Timberlake for the U.S. Postal
Service. He was the first Southerner to join the ranks of fellow
artists Norman Rockwell, Jamie Wyeth and Grandma Moses
with this honor.
Awards abound for Timberlake, from honorary degrees to Order
of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor, to having
a section of Interstate 85 near Lexington declared to be the Bob
Timberlake Freeway to the distinguished alumni award from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater.
“I was most overwhelmed with the Albert Schweitzer Prize for
Humanitarianism for Artistry award, because it wasn’t just for
art but for doing all the things in the other aspects of my life,”
continued page 43
Photos by Rebecca Heeley, ©English Rose Photography
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Another expression of Timberlake’s giving nature
began in 1977 when he gave out 25 bottles of North
Carolina wine for Christmas, which is now a tradition with
wines from Richard Childress Vineyards in Lexington.
Timberlake continues to design a special wine label
annually for Childress Vineyards that can be purchased
at the Lexington Barbecue Festival, held this year
Saturday, Oct. 27 in the “Barbecue Capital of the World.”
They even created a commemorative bottle to
celebrate Timberlake’s 75th birthday earlier this year.
“North Carolina was a big producer of wine before the
Civil War and Prohibition, and I always try to promote
drinking North Carolina wines. We are creating an
industry here. Last year, 350 farmers started growing
grapes,” says Timberlake as he jokes that house wine
is sweet tea.
Where there is North Carolina wine and sweet
tea, food cannot be far behind. Timberlake marked
another special occasion in late August with the grand
opening of Timberlake’s Restaurant. The restaurant is
connected to the Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort
in Blowing Rock, an eight-room bed and breakfast,
where all the rooms are adorned with the artwork,
furniture and accessories of the Timberlake collection.
The collaborative effort with Timberlake and the
resort began in 2004. When the resort’s restaurant
sustained a kitchen fire last year, a yearlong plan was
put in place to redesign and rebuild the restaurant to
reopen as Timberlake’s. With its mountain lodge motif
and Timberlake décor, the restaurant has three main
dining areas and a fourth that spills over to a waterfront
patio facing Chetola Lake and festooned by a large fire
pit and Timberlake’s 1930-31 Model A Ford Roadster.
“This is truly going to be one of the finest restaurants
in North Carolina,” says Timberlake, who worked
with the chef to add in some of his personal culinary
favorites like the Tempura-fried oysters, mesquite
shrimp and roasted quail in addition to the innovative
creations of ostrich and wild mushroom roulade, bison
filet and grilled Carolina trout.
“I always say, ’I can’t cook a lick, but I married the
best cook,'" adds Timberlake with a wide smile.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Kay, since
1957, the Timberlakes have a daughter, two sons and
seven grandchildren, all of whom he is extremely proud.
The Timberlake legacy continues to grow and deepen
its roots, reaping a homegrown harvest depicted by
each brush stroke.
“My family has been in this county for 270 years,”
says Timberlake. “This is where it all comes from. This
is my heritage.”
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The clean, crisp air of the North Carolina mountains
filled Rosalie’s lungs as she spread the cotton
gossamer across the bushes in her front yard. It
was meant to look like spider webbing, but fooled very
few people. Lucky those few people were children, she
With a click of her tongue, she checked her watch.
Rodney was running late, once again. He’d promised
to help her decorate for the little whippersnappers. She
giggled. Whippersnappers. When had she become her
The question nagging her now was: When had she
become OK with it?
Rosalie shook her head and a gust of wind chilled her
bones. She clutched her windbreaker tighter, looking up
at the sky. Overcast, but it didn’t look like rain. She went
to the porch and picked up the little bag of plastic black
spiders. She tugged at the corner of it with her teeth,
tearing it open.
Her mother’s words echoed in her head, “You’ll wreck
your teeth if you keep treating them like that!”
She snickered as she placed the little spiders all over
the webbing. She had yet to replace these chompers with
the false ones her mother had; maybe she wasn’t turning
into her after all!
A car horn sounded from behind her as it came up the
street and up her driveway. She knew who it would be
and feigned anger as she heard the car door slam.
She didn’t turn, even as he spoke. “Hello dollface,” he
said, using his best Cary Grant impression. He kissed the
back of her neck, raising the warmth that most people
thought had gone from the blood of old folks. It wasn’t
gone, per se. Those “old folks” who had “lost it” had
merely lost their excitement for one another. She and
Rodney? They were like a pair of young lovers, starting
anew, and with that very same excitement!
“Come on, honey, I was only a little late. Forgive me?”
She let him sweat it out a few minutes before turning
with a playful pout. “I had to do all this, all by myself.”
“And it looks wonderful,” he said, lifting her in his arms.
His lips met hers in a kiss that produced so much electricity
it could have powered a small town, even though it lasted
mere seconds. He let loose of her, leaving her breathless.
“Thank you,” she smiled.
“For the compliment or the kiss?” He winked one of his
warm brown eyes.
She faltered, “Both, I suppose!”
They completed festooning her yard with the spooky,
kitschy, Hallow’s Eve decorations. Though Halloween
wasn’t until tomorrow, her neighbors had practically
been decorated since Labor Day. When she brought this
to Rodney’s attention, he said, “Phooey on them. It’s a
holiday, one night a year, if you can even call it that! More
like, kids getting sick all over the place because they have
“Kinda gets you in the mood, though, doesn’t it?” she
asked, snuggling close to him in front of the fire he’d built.
He wiggled an eyebrow. “For what, exactly?”
“Not that…” She laughed. “For, I don’t know… things
like this. Snuggling close, and cold weather? I mean, to
me, it always meant that Thanksgiving and Christmas
were just around the corner so there were big family gettogethers.
It sort of, mounts an excitement, you know?”
He nodded knowingly. “You just couldn’t wait for the
She slapped his arm playfully. “No! Well, I mean, yes…
there was that. I was a kid, after all.” She giggled. “I
always loved autumn. It was more than the holidays; it
was the way our breath hung in the air as we walked to
school, and how we had to keep the stove burning or
She stopped talking for a moment and looked around
her cozy little house. All of her modern conveniences;
things like her microwave, dishwasher, central heat and
air… things she took for granted, had been a foreign
concept when they’d been introduced to the world more
than 40 years ago. To think how she’d been there for it
all! She almost felt sad. Instead, she felt thankful to have
lived so long; to have seen so many miraculous wonders
come to fruition.
She stared into the fire, having stunned herself into an
epiphany of sorts.
“You all right, dollface?” Rodney said, putting on Cary
She grinned. “Certainly. I was just thinking about how
we’ve seen so much in our lifetimes.”
“Sure have, honey,” he took a deep breath. “Sure have.”
Rodney had been a soldier in WWII, but never talked
about it. Ever. She knew he suffered some sort of post
traumatic syndrome, though, because the few times he’d
slept over, he’d woken up in the middle of the night in a
cold sweat, screaming until he was hoarse.
continued page 45
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The timer on the oven beeped rapidly. “Dinner’s ready!
I hope you’re hungry!”
“Famished!” he said, smiling.
After they’d eaten a nice dinner of mild chili, homemade
bread, and wine, Rosalie walked him to his car. “You’ll be
all right to drive?”
“Of course. After all, you’re the one who drank half
the bottle,” he chuckled as he slid in behind the steering
wheel of his Camaro.
She leaned in and pecked him on the cheek. “I’ll see you
tomorrow night, so we can hand out candy to all the—”
was she really going to say it again?—“whippersnappers.”
He laughed, his face contorted with joy. “Six sharp! No,
quarter ‘til, I promise!”
She smiled as he shut the door, turned the engine and
She awoke with little less than a hangover, showered
and dressed. She cleaned up the kitchen then inspected
the yard to ensure none of the decorations had blown
away in the night; none of them had.
She went back inside and pulled out her largest mixing
bowls, then the bags of candy she’d bought last weekend.
Because she had the scissors on hand, she didn’t use
her teeth this time, and poured the candy easily into the
bowls. She mixed the candies together so that the kids
could reach in and get a handful of mystery. In a smaller
bowl, she dumped a bag of fruit candies that would go
to the kids that might be allergic to (or just didn’t want)
chocolate or nuts.
It was time to work on her costume for the party later;
there were some last minute details she needed to focus
on. Once she sat down to work on it, however, she
realized she needed to run to the craft store. “Dangit!”
After a quick errand, she brought back what she needed
and then some. Decorations still in place, she hurried up
the stairs and into the house. She worked quickly, her
skilled hands deft in their task. She kept her eye on the
clock. 5:30. He’d said quarter ‘til; this would be the day he
keeps his schedule.
There! Perfect! With only minutes to go, she’d completed
the costume, and was pulling it over her head. She was
looking herself over in the mirror when she heard the
Rosalie quickly ran a brush through her steel gray
curls and pinned them back on one side with a colorful,
She rushed to the door, heels clicking across the
mahogany. She smoothed down the dress, checked
her makeup in the hall mirror, and put on her best sultry
smile. Her hand on the door knob, she waited until he
rang the bell.
His jaw dropped when she opened the door to him, and
he nearly dropped the dragon head he was holding as
well. “Flapper?" He squeaked out. “You look beautiful.”
She nearly choked while she silently screamed at him.
A dragon? Really…could you have thought of anything
less appropriate? In his defense, it was partially her fault.
He’d once mentioned how he had adored the Roaring
Twenties and she had wanted to surprise him tonight.
But… a dragon?
She stepped aside while Rodney swished his long tail
in, and began to laugh uproariously. “You should have
seen your face!” He unzipped the costume and stepped
out of it, revealing a tuxedo, and a prosthetic cleft chin,
which he clamped on. He swept his hair just to the left.
“Oh, dollface, you don’t really think I’d do that to you, do
She giggled, giddy with relief.
“Oh, and one more thing…” Rodney got down on one
knee, opening a small velvet box from his jacket pocket.
“Will you do me the honor of being my wife?”
“Rodney,” Rosalie said, breathless. She stared at the
sparkling diamond. “We’re… too old for marriage...”
“No, we aren’t,” he insisted. “What I know is I want to
be with you until I die.”
She watched him, her eyes misting up. Her knees were
weak. What else could she possibly say? “Yes, Rodney!
Yes, I will marry you!”
In the very next moment, they shared the sweetest
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Sisterhood takes center stage
Photo by Rebecca Heeley, ©English Rose Photography
Debbie Glisson of Aberdeen represents North Carolina in the Ms. Senior America pageant this month. For information about the Ms. Senior
America Pageant or to schedule an appearance with Glisson, call Bev Weatherbie at (910) 944-8171 or visit www.senioramerica.org.
One lucky lady is going to be crowned Ms. Senior
America 2012 at the national competition in
Atlantic City, N.J. on Thursday, Oct. 11. The
state of North Carolina is rooting for Moore County's
very own Debbie Glisson of Aberdeen.
Glisson is a glittering gem who embraces her 61 years
with style and panache. At 59, she was approached by
Joan Frye, a previous Ms. Senior America contestant
and all-around pageant supporter. Frye wanted her to
start thinking about becoming a candidate once she
turned 60 and sent her an application the following year.
Glisson was skeptical about the whole thing, but after
meeting all of her senior sisters at the first orientation,
immediately bonding with them and
realizing that they
had the same
charm and beauty,
it was a go from then
on. In 2011, she was
the first runner-up in
the N.C. pageant
Now she can't imagine
life without the support of
her senior sisters.
The sisterhood of the
By Michelle Goetzl
Special to OutreachNC
Ms. Senior America Pageant is a big part of why these
ladies get involved. Of course, possibly winning a
pageant that is able to “emphasize and give honor to
women who have reached the 'age of elegance," is
a great rush, but the process also gives women who
have hit the elegant age a special bond of sisterhood.
When women hit their 60s, they begin facing issues
that they didn't have in their 20s. By joining the Ms.
Senior America Pageant, and thereby becoming a
member of the Cameo Club, these women have a new
support system of like-minded ladies. They support
each other emotionally and also push one another to
grow and try new things.
The pageant itself is a search for the “gracious lady
who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner
beauty of all senior Americans.” It is also based on the
philosophy that “seniors are the foundation of America,
and our most valuable treasure.” During the pageant,
contestants are interviewed to show their charm and
personality, compete in an evening gown walk to display
poise and grace, give a talent presentation and present
a statement that conveys their “philosophy of life.”
continued page 47
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Once crowned, state queens take the founding
philosophy to heart that seniors use “their knowledge,
experience and resources so that the younger
generation has the opportunity to build a better
society.” Giving back to the community and enriching
the lives of others is a basic tenant of the Ms. Senior
America Pageant. Queens are involved with and teach
the younger generations of pageant contestants. They
promote that there is life after 60 and that there is life
after any hardship as long as you go out there and
take charge of your life.
As Bev Weatherbie, Ms. Virginia Senior America
2005 and co-director of the N.C. pageant, explains,
“We are always learning new things because you are
never too old. If you let your mind stop working, then
your body stops.”
Weatherbie encourages people of any age to “get
out there, open the door and do it, because you don't
know what's on the other side of the door unless you
Glisson is the embodiment of this message. She is
currently three-and-a-half years breast cancer free
and hasn't allowed it to slow her down. Rather, being
a part of Ms. Senior America has put her in places
where she can meet others who might need the
support of someone who has been through that kind
of a health scare.
In addition, becoming Ms. NC Senior America has
allowed Glisson to visit people of all ages throughout
the state to promote the pageant, to entertain and to
just give back.
“I love giving back,” says Glisson. “God teaches us
that we can get full and unless we give it back, we are
going to become stale.”
Even after winning the state pageant, Glisson is
nervous about her upcoming trip to Atlantic City,
because she is just a small-town girl who is going out
there and putting her best foot forward. Unlike many
of the contestants, she is not a professional singer or
dancer, but when she performs “The Anchors Hold,”
she sings with all of her heart. This song is deeply
personal to Glisson and portrays her message about
facing the trials of life, especially as we get older.
Glisson's philosophy of life sums it up perfectly.
“Life is a journey and a gift,” she says. It’s our choice
to make it happy, successful and complete. As we
reach that age of elegance, and sometimes before, our
trials don't always take us away or bring us forward to
where we need to be, but put your faith in God, and
He will see you through. Just be real, and be yourself.”
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Karen White authors an intriguing story "On Folly
Beach" about Emily Hamilton, a young widow from
Indiana, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan
and who is at loose ends in her aloneness. Her mother,
who grew up on Folly Beach, suggests she buy a book
store and explore a new terrain. Reluctantly, she does so
and is soon confronted with an older woman who sells
bottle trees from the backyard, interested townspeople
who have their own set of problems, and a set of used
books, in which a mystery is solved.
White writes two stories interwoven into one. One is
set in the 1940s when German U-boats sailed the waters
of the Eastern coastline and spies
abounded in the area. Another
is set in 2009,
which tells a
whole new story
of mystery, love
C h a p e r o n e , "
description of Louise
Brooks, a silent-film
star and icon of her
generation from age
Book Reviews: On Folly Beach & The Chaperone
15 until old age, is fitting and without
flattery. The other main character is
Cora Carlisle, a 36-year-old orphan
who wants more than anything to
discover more about her biological
family. The two set off for New
York in 1922, the first to study with Book Review
Denishawn School of Dancing, the
latter hoping to discover clues to her
background. To satisfy propriety, the
latter is the chaperon of the first. Moriarty does an excellent
job of contrasting the intergenerational conflict between
the two women. The younger is a flapper with jet-black
hair fashioned in a fabulous bob and the other corseted
and wearing long skirts and high necklines, symbols of her
generation’s fight for suffrage and against alcohol.
Each has her own passions, quirks and idiosyncrasies,
but the real story belongs to Cora, who has always felt
she is a lesser person because she was given up at birth.
Luckily, she was adopted by a kind family; however, the
urge to find out more about her genealogy prompts her
to take investigative chances. In the process, her life is
altered considerably and she develops a change for her
non-traditional domestic life.
Brooks’ memoir is entitled “Lula in Hollywood.” It is next
on my list.
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For a more complete listing of area
events, visit www.OutreachNC.com
and click on Hometown Happenings.
Saturday, October 6
‘HOLY SMOKE’ BBQ &
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family fun
day. Admission is free. First
United Methodist Church, 410
E. Washington St., Rockingham.
Sunday, October 21
Sandhills Horse Farm Tour
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour six barns and
homes and see demonstrations of
horse events such as dressage
and driving at this annual fundraising
event for Prancing Horse.
Tickets $25. For more infromation,
call 910-246-3202 or visit
Alzheimers NC Walks
Saturday, Oct. 6
Saturday, Oct. 20
Sunday, Oct. 21
Saturday, October 13
Shaw House Fair
Fair of vintage
collectibles and antiques
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
rain or shine. The Fair is
held at the historic Shaw
House, corner of Broad
Street and Morganton
Road in Southern Pines.
Sponsored by the
Moore County Historical
Association. Call 910-
692-2051 or visit
Saturday, October 20
& Ghost Walk
The Malcolm BOO Farm
in Aberdeen from 2 to
9 p.m. Admission $5.
Ghost walks, haunted
and a costume contest.
Chicken and dumplings
served by the American
Legion for $8 per plate.
Located at 1177 Bethesda
Road, Aberdeen. Visit
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Do you need what you want?
It seems that the line between “need” and
“want” is slowly fading and may soon
I overheard a mother and her pre-teen
daughter doing some back-to-school shopping
and was shocked to hear “I NEED this” several
times. The mother tried to suggest more
reasonably-priced items, but she finally gave Over My Shoulder
in. While neither mentioned it, I felt that peer
pressure was at play here. So many people
tend to judge others by what they have rather
than who they are. I find it hard to believe that you NEED a $100 pair of
sneakers in this economy. You may WANT them but need? I think not.
We truly have become a nation of conspicuous consumers, even with
tough economic times. Some may buy less, but there are still a lot of folks
out there who feel somewhat entitled to get whatever they want instead
of stopping for a moment and thinking about those who cannot afford to
continue to keep up with the Joneses.
It requires some careful thought, but if everyone who could afford the
higher-priced designer items chose a lesser-priced item and then gave the
difference to someone truly in need, we’d have a mini-revolution. Or, when
you shop for groceries, pick up one item and donate it to any one of the
several agencies such as the food bank. What a difference that would make!
We have many people in true need all around us. We may not see them,
because they are too proud to ask for help, or perhaps aren’t aware of the
several agencies that are ready and willing to help them. Our job is to help
the helpers. Consider what a difference a warm coat would make to a high
school student, a warm sweater to a senior who is keeping her home cooler
to keep her utility bills lower. Real needs for all of us include shelter, food,
clothing, human companionship and for many, medicine. Each day seniors
are forced to choose between food and medicine, utilities and clothing.
As many receive some help, there are almost as many who slip through
the cracks. That’s where we come in. By cutting back on our “wants” and
becoming aware of the “needs” in our community, we can be a big help.
Don’t know where to start? There are several agencies trying to feed
the hungry and shelter the homeless. Some agencies are well known—
Salvation Army, churches, government departments, the Coalition for
Human Care, service organizations, Toys for Tots, etc. There is an amazing
number of informal groups who try to help—God Sent Angels, the Good
Hands Gang, the Bicycle Man, your neighbors. You get the idea. If you don’t
know of a group to fill a specific need, then get together with a few friends
and take care of that. Every volunteer will tell you they get as much out of
giving as the person receiving. We don’t
have to take on the world, just the part of
it that we know is hurting.
The next time you think you really, really
need something, ask
yourself do I really? Could
I make someone else’s
life a little easier instead?
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