October 2012 - OutreachNC Magazine

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October 2012 - OutreachNC Magazine

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OCTOBER 2012

Vol. 3 Issue 10

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Navigating all your lifestyle choices

Bob Timberlake

paints legacy with

each brush stroke

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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

numerous paintings.

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...

—Carrie Frye

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Inside this issue

Ask the Expert..........................6

Back Care...............................31

Yellow Dot

Program

page 32

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Bob

Timberlake

page 40

Belle Weather

by Celia Rivenbark................18

Consumer Beware.................24

Cooking Simple.......................7

Fitness...............................19

Grey Matter Games................34

Hometown Happenings........49

Learning Changes

Everything..........................13

Game On!

Highland Games

page 8

Bob Garner’s

BBQ

page 28

Literary Circle........................48

Money Matters.......................35

Over My Shoulder..................50

Physician Focus: Age-related

Macular Degeneration

................................................25

Senior Moments....................26

Senior Shorts Guest Writer

LFA Turppa’s short story

October Kiss”

.........................................44

Sentimental Journey.............12

Author

Howard Owen

page 10

Roundabout

Art

page 14

2012

NC Literary

Hall of Fame

inductees

page 20

Vitality............................38

Cover Photography by Rebecca Heeley

©English Rose Photography

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Ms. Senior

America

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Feeding Montgomery County

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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

Our experts

will answer any

aging questions

you might have.

Fax your questions

to (910) 695-0766 or

e-mail them to

info@outreachnc.com.

Amy Natt, MS, CCM, CSA

Geriatric Care Manager

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amyn@agingoutreachservices.com

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

new role.

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Bread

Pudding

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Cooking Simple

Br e a d

pudding is

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.

Ingredients:

5-6 cups stale cubed bread

3 cups apples chopped

4 eggs

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

Caramel Sauce:

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

ice cream.

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,

undisturbed, until

amber-colored, about

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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Catering in Southern Pines, can be reached at 910-695-3663

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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

dance competition.

“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

entertainment.

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.”

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Highland Games

are a far cry from a

Saturday of college

football, but it’s well

worth leaving the

TV set to witness

Scotland’s idea

of big-time sports

Game On

and to soak in all

the atmosphere.

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

adult athletes.

“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

next year.

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.”

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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

day.”

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

of 2013.

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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

as a

form of exercise

following a double

mastectomy. She

had to

find an Sentimental Journey

exercise

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

more fun,” says Young.

You’re never too old to enjoy the power of

music. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Get plugged into computer courses

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The Technology Training program of

creating and saving documents, editing,

Learning Changes

Continuing Education at Sandhills

formatting, and printing are presented in

Everything

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

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OutreachNCOctober 2012

Artists keep

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

food pantry.

“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,”

comments Atkinson.

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

product designer.

“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

likeminded people.

continued page 16

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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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N.C. State, we thought we should start our own,” says

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.

Lakhani, a freelance writer and editor based in Raleigh, can

be reached at christine.lakhani@gmail.com.

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Amber waves of … Springsteen

A

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“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

official song.

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

Thanksgiving.

So, yes, let’s end this

business of ramparts and

bombs bursting in air and

whatnot.

Every so often, someone

suggests we simply

replace the problematic Belle Weather

“Star-Spangled Banner”

with “America the

Beautiful” which is much

prettier and easier to sing but also has somewhat

inane lyrics.

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,

fugedaboutit!”

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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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.

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Staff Writer

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Maya Angelou

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

representing her.

“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

precious.”

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.”

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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

induction.

“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,


Beckoning me

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,



I CRY.

—Maya Angelou

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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

role models.

“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

in Cullowhee.

“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

it grow.”

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

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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

“Mountain Time.”

“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.”

Night Fishing

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

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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

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honored. If a third-party telemarketer is calling on behalf

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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

macular degeneration.

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.

Physician Focus

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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NEED TO KNOW

TO PROTECT,

PRESERVE & GROW

YOUR RETIREMENT

SAVINGS

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Cones better than hot coals

These days a lot

of people are

into the self-help

movement. I admire that

because I, too, have on

occasion self-helped

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

self-help?

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.

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Don’t start out all

running around

on hot burning

coals. Maybe

try running with

scissors pointed

toward you first.

P i c t u r e

Senior Moments

it. Six

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

burning coals.

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

Feet” seminar.

Cohea, a freelance writer, can be reached

by emailing a37_tao@hotmail.com.


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OutreachNCOctober 2012

Carolina Conversations

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

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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

mid 1990s.

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.

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ONC: How did your career path lead to becoming a

barbecue connoisseur?

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

2012 issue.

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

proud of?

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

neighborhoods.

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.

Bob Garner's

Brunswick Stew

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

additional hour.

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Back therapy can begin healing process

OutreachNC

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.

Back Care

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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

email office@triangledisc.com.

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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

saving lives.

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

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Now in Moore County,

the program has been

made possible by a variety

of groups including the

Moore County Fire Chief’s

Association, Department

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

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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.”

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Grey Matter

See Grey Matter Puzzle Answers on Page 38

Across

1. Hits hard

6. Discompose

11. Provokes

13. Weak

15. Timid, childish

man

16. “So soon?”

17. “___ alive!”

(contraction)

18. College fee

20. “Fantasy Island”

prop

21. Locale

23. Apprehensive

24. Hacienda hand,

maybe

25. Fishhook line

27. Ballad

28. Shoulder gesture

29. Mourner

31. Category

32. Contemptible one

33. Grimace

34. Letters

36. Betting

information seller

39. “Silly” birds

40. Greyhound, e.g.

41. Hang

43. Absorbed

44. Ringlets

46. Back of the neck

47. “To ___ is

human...”

48. Layered ice

cream dessert

50. Blazer, e.g.

(acronym)

51. Run away lovers

53. Not worth using

55. Differing from

accepted standards

56. Thaw

57. E-mail option

58. Detroit’s county

Down

1. Literary

composition

2. Handgun sheath

3. Arctic bird

4. “Check this out!”

5. 1988 Olympics

site

6. Fusion

7. Building near a

silo

8. Trick taker, often

9. Those who climb

up and over

10. Repulsive

11. Awry

12. Out of proper

order

13. Tinker Bell, e.g.

14. Eager

19. Get misty-eyed

22. Snob

24. Four-wheeled

horse-drawn carriage

26. Freetown

currency unit

28. Kind of fund

30. Big wine holder

31. Bluecoat

33. Lost

34. Mollusk diver

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35. Scold

36. Gang land

37. Dodging

38. Drive back

39. Excessive desire

for wealth

40. Explode

42. Retain with stone

44. Traveling

amusement show

45. Strength

48. Clap

49. Soft porous rock

deposited from springs

52. Lulu

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

addressed.

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

thinking.”

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

www.ClementCapitalGroup.com.

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Community kitchen

right recipe for

county's hungry

Feeding people,

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

popular.

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

free food.

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.

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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

County.”

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

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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

to increase.

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

the weekend.

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

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Stretch to expand range of motion

The science of flexibility has come a long way

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Muscle has the

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if stretched beyond

this point muscle can

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stress that occurs due to muscle imbalance.

Our bodies have a defensive mechanism in order to

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One of the safest and most effective methods of

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Mattes Method.

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

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the targeted muscle to relax, and maximal stretch

can be accomplished. This technique creates the

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Proper breath with repetitions helps to increase

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Bob Timberlake

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

A

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

paintbrush.

“I built my first piece of

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Staff Writer

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.”

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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

www.blowingrockmuseum.org.

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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,”

he says.

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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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October Kiss

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

thought sardonically.

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

mother?

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

no willpower!”

“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

presents.”

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

we’d freeze.”

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

Grant again.

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.

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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

drove off.

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

familiar horn.

Rosalie quickly ran a brush through her steel gray

curls and pinned them back on one side with a colorful,

oversized flower.

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

ya?”

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

October kiss.

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Sisterhood takes center stage

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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

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charm and beauty,

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on. In 2011, she was

the first runner-up in

the N.C. pageant

and also

voted Ms.

Congeniality.

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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.”

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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

open it.”

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

and conflict.

In "The

C h a p e r o n e , "

Laura Moriarty’s

description of Louise

Brooks, a silent-film

star and icon of her

generation from age

Literary Circle

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 &

MUSIC FESTIVAL

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family fun

day. Admission is free. First

United Methodist Church, 410

E. Washington St., Rockingham.

Call 910-895-4027.

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

prancinghorsecenter.com.

Alzheimers NC Walks

Saturday, Oct. 6

Alzheimer’s Walk-Triangle

Saturday, Oct. 20

Alzheimer’s Walk-Sanford

Sunday, Oct. 21

Alzheimer’s Walk-Fayetteville

Visit www.alznc.org.

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

www.moorehistory.com.

Saturday, October 20

Haunted Hayride

& Ghost Walk

The Malcolm BOO Farm

in Aberdeen from 2 to

9 p.m. Admission $5.

Ghost walks, haunted

hayrides, storytelling

and a costume contest.

Chicken and dumplings

served by the American

Legion for $8 per plate.

Located at 1177 Bethesda

Road, Aberdeen. Visit

www.malcolmbluefarm.

com or 910-944-7558.

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from radiation treatments. For more information, call (910) 715-5901 in Moore County or

(910) 417-3636 in Richmond County.

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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

disappear.

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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