Aging Outreach Services
Vol. 3 IssUE 2
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Navigating all your aging needs
In the kitchen
with Walter Royal
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Fe b r u a r y
In honor of Leap Year,
celebrates love, From the Editor we learn how one man
celebrates his actual
past presidents and even has an extra birthday every four years.
day for Leap Year. This issue is also One gift for a birthday or retirement
extra special to OutreachNC as it marks could be a home renovation. We look
our second anniversary in publication. at universal design ideas and ways to
We cannot express our gratitude to our incorporate changes to your current home
loyal readers and advertisers enough. We or when building a new home and how
sincerely appreciate how you have warmly it can make aging in place and living
embraced us across a nine-county region. independently an easier process.
Thank you so much!
Then there are the times when we cannot
This month, we sit down with Chef be home and may find ourselves or loved
Walter Royal of Raleigh’s Angus Barn as ones in a hospital or rehabilitation center
the second in our new series, Carolina and in need of a bit of extra cheer. We
Conversations. Chef Royal graciously meet some certified therapy dogs (seen
shares some fond memories of family and above, Abby, Tess and Daisy) and their
of his Iron Chef experience as well as one dedicated handlers that may be just what
of his favorite recipes.
the doctor ordered bringing smiles and
In recognition of St. Valentine’s Day, we lifting spirits as they make their rounds.
have a story that shows love is timeless And lastly, on our quest for an enticing
and still for the young at heart as we learn event this month, we did not have to go
how one Southern Pines couple met and too far to find Seagrove’s Winterfest.
married in their twilight years.
Local potters are turning out amazing new
February 20 marks Presidents’ Day, wares and art for your viewing and buying
but instead of looking at Washington and pleasure. The rich history within the clay
Lincoln, we thought we would introduce where Randolph, Montgomery and Moore
former presidents in our region of First counties join has potteries opening their
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Inside this issue
Ask the Expert.......................7
by Celia Rivenbark..............41
Continuum of Care..............35
Grey Matter Games.............46
Over My Shoulder................50
Senior Shorts Guest Writer
Ruth Moose’s short story
Spirituality & Aging.............21
Cover Photography by
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Q: My husband and I were recently in town
to visit my parents. My parents are very
independent and are managing things fairly
well on their own. We didn’t notice any specific thing,
but in general, they just seemed a bit slower and not
as engaged in activities they used to enjoy. As we were
leaving town, I felt like I should be doing more for them.
I don’t want to intrude on their privacy, but how do I
know when they need more help?
Ask the Expert
will answer any
you might have.
Fax your questions
to (910) 695-0766 or
e-mail them to
A: It is typically more challenging to recognize
the warning signs that indicate a need for help,
when it is your own family member. Spouses
have a tendency to compensate for each other, and
adult children have a tendency to want to believe that
mom or dad is the same as they have always been. It is
often very difficult to notice the red flags that indicate a
change is taking place, because acknowledging that a
spouse or parent is not as spry or mentally alert as they
used to be, often opens up an uncomfortable realm of
confronting fears and making difficult decisions. While
the person’s typical patterns and personality must be
taken into account, there are several things that may
reveal a need for more support.
There are often triggers or signs that indicate a need
for more help, such as:
• Changes in memory
• Mail stacking up in the house
• Refrigerator is bare or filled with out-of-date food
• Bills not being paid, or being paid multiple times
• Routine household chores and maintenance not
being kept up
• Missed doctor’s appointments
• Multiple medications and/or physicians
• Weight gain or weight loss
• Increased sleeping or lack of ability to sleep
• Recent falls or unexplained bruising
• Recent hospitalization or ER visits
• Difficulty driving
• New diagnosis of medical condition
• Mobility issues (in and out of the house)
Amy Natt, MS, CCM
Geriatric Care Manager
• Personal hygiene changes
• Reduced participation in activities or isolation
Typically if you are
asking the question,
“When do I know if it is
time to get more help?,” it
means you have noticed
some indicators that help
might be needed. If you
are trying to help your
parents from a distance,
your parents’ minister,
physicians and neighbors,
or the department of
aging or a geriatric care
manager can be local
resources to help evaluate
It is a challenging
position to approach the
need for help with your
parents, but start with a
conversation. Keep your
eyes and mind open to
the reality of what you are
seeing, and be proactive
in developing a plan.
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pinched nerve occurs when too much
pressure is applied for an extended period to
a nerve by surrounding tissues—such as by
bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal
discs or rarely, tumors.
Everyone has at one time or another applied too
much pressure to the “funny bone” in their elbow,
which is actually the ulnar nerve. This physical
pressure disrupts the nerve’s function causing pain,
tingling, numbness or weakness from the elbow into
the fingers of the hand. Too much pressure applied for
too long to a nerve along the spine results in many of
the same sensations. Where these sensations occur
naturally depends upon the pathway of the specific
Nerve pain resulting from direct physical pressure is
called an entrapment neuropathy because the nerve
is trapped or pinched by some structure. This term
helps to distinguish them from neuropathies resulting
from infection or disease where the nerve pain is more
often referred to as neuritis or neuralgia.
These are not specific conditions, but rather describe
nerves cause back pain
a nerve that is being
pinched at or very
near the spinal cord
at the beginning or
root of the nerve. Radiculitis is from Latin word
“radiculo” for root plus “itis” for inflammation.
Radiculopathy comes from the same Latin radiculo
for root plus Greek pathos for suffering. There may be
slight technical differences between the two words,
but in truth, they are often used interchangeably.
or radiculopathy, the most common cause of this
physical pressure is a herniated or protruding spinal
intervertebral disc crushing the nerve against the bone.
The resulting pain at that level of the spine in the neck
or back, and along the pathway of the adjacent nerve
root itself may cause arm or leg pain through a process
called referred pain or radicular pain.
The differences between neuritis and neuralgia
are technical, and these terms, too, are often used
interchangeably. The most common causes of neuritis
or neuralgia are generalized metabolic issues such as
those that occur as a result of diabetes or alcoholism.
The nerve dysfunction is generalized and widespread
as opposed to being one specific nerve root such as in
sciatica, which is caused by direct physical pressure.
Acute or chronic poisoning, most commonly by lead,
arsenic, mercury, copper and phosphorus, may also
result in widespread nerve dysfunction.
Although the causes of back and neck pain vary,
spinal decompression is a common treatment that may
provide patients relief from herniated, degenerated
discs that have resulted in pinched nerves.
Hall, D.C. of Triangle Disc Care in Raleigh can be
reached at (919) 571-2515 or DrMLHall@nc.rr.com.
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Book Review: The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton
comic novel, “The Night Train,” is Edgerton
at his best. It is the story of intense racial
conflicts in the South in the early 1960s. In a
small town in North Carolina where the railroad track
divides the black section from the white, the story tells
of the friendship of Dwayne Hallston, a white musician
who aspires to emulate the success of James Brown
with his band, the Amazing Rumblers, and Larry
Lime, a black teenager who wants to play piano like
Thelonious Monk, and is being given lessons by the
to succeed. He even adds a
dancing chicken to the mix.
I have been a fan of Edgerton’s
since the publication of
“Raney,” his first and somewhat
controversial novel. I heard him
at Weymouth Center for the Arts
and Humanities in Southern
Pines several times when he
played his banjo. This novel is fun reading. Enjoy.
Don’t you like those
names? There are more,
too. There’s Uncle Young,
who picks up trash and
is a meat runner for the
dog food factory; Flash
Acre, who works at the
factory and looks after
his ailing mother; and
Aunt Marzie, who gave
all her kin monikers
that included at least
10 names. A musician
himself, Edgerton spells
out the scales the young
musicians must master,
the beat, the tempo and
the dedication necessary
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Love of a lifetime
Photo by Mollie Tobias
Tales of young love are a dime a dozen.
Everyone has heard the stories of high school
sweethearts and teenage puppy love, but rarely
do you hear about love stories that start in a couple’s
twilight years. Love at first sight at the age of 80 is not
common; however, it is possible. Just ask Southern Pines
resident Barbara Baum, who met the love of her life when
she was not even looking.
In 2006, Ed Baum was 90 and Barbara was a mere 82
years young. Both widows for 15 years, cupid’s arrow
still took aim and left its mark. It was an impromptu
dinner invitation of a close friend that brought this couple
together and changed their lives forever, even though
neither was looking for love. Their mutual friend, Suzanne,
had known Ed for years through their volunteer work as
master gardeners. Suzanne wanted to take Ed to dinner
to thank him for his years of faithful service. Barbara, also
Suzanne’s longtime friend, was invited as well and a date
was arranged, which would be the beginning of forever
for the unknowing pair.
It was a dark and cold January night, through the softly
lit, cozy cafe, the three were led to a table. From the
moment Barbara saw Ed, her heart skipped a beat.
Barbara fondly remembers Ed later confessing that he
was smitten also saying, “’Where has she been all this
time?’ even though he had just told his daughter that he
was through with relationships.”
By Heather Green
The next morning, Special to OutreachNC
Barbara’s phone rang. It
was Ed on the line, and a date was quickly arranged for
lunch later that week. When Ed showed up at Barbara’s
door, their lunch date lasted until 8 p.m. They both knew
that it was love at first and second sight. Before Ed left,
another date was set up for the following evening, and
every day after that.
It was Valentine’s Day when Ed Baum proposed to
Barbara, and she happily accepted. After months of
preparation, Barbara and Ed walked down a sandy
path that led to a garden full of smiling faces and the
beginning of what would be the happiest times of their
lives. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds joined
family and friends for an unforgettable evening of dining
Ed and Barbara often talked about how they could have
finally found the loves of their lives at their age.
Barbara recalls Ed’s answer, “It was the Man upstairs.”
However, she was convinced that it was Della Reese
and her band of angels. Whatever might have led them
to each other, they both agreed that it was divinely
arranged and that whatever God’s plan was, they felt
blessed and grateful.
And so they began their life together in Barbara’s
cottage in Penick Village, a continuing care retirement
community in Southern Pines. Like any newly married
couple, they learned to accept each other’s habits and
nuances. Ed quickly became friends with the neighbors,
and the happy couple was called “love birds” by everyone
who knew them.
After two years of wedded bliss, Barbara and Ed made
plans for a week’s vacation in Michigan. Halfway through
their romantic getaway, Barbara fell and was caught
by Ed, who unfortunately in turn also fell, but could not
get up. As luck would have it, Ed broke his leg and
immediately underwent a successful surgery.
As he began to recover, Ed was flown back to Pinehurst
where family and friends awaited the couple’s arrival and
hoped to help nurse Ed back to health. Although he was
surrounded by loved ones around the clock, unfortunately,
Ed was soon called home and passed away a few days
later from complications.
Even though Barbara and Ed’s married life was short, it
was long in love. Barbara still ponders why God wanted
her to meet Ed so late in life. She may never know
the answer, but she does know that love lives on. For
Barbara, it is better to have loved and lost, than to have
never loved at all.
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Effective retirement planning involves reviewing
your portfolio and making changes when indicated.
As we start the new year, it is important to be
aware of the 2012 IRA contribution limits and consider
whether there is opportunity to make adjustments to 2011
If you have not yet made a potentially tax-deductible
contribution to an IRA (also commonly referred to as a
traditional IRA), it may not be too late to take action, as
you have until the tax filing deadline date of April 17,
2012. The 2011 contribution limit to an IRA to anyone
under age 50 is $5,000. For those age 50 and over,
an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution is available,
allowing up to a $6,000 contribution. These amounts of
$5,000 (or $6,000 for age 50+) also hold true for Roth
IRA contributions. As far as tax-deductibility is concerned
however, the difference between a traditional IRA and a
Roth is that the traditional IRA may be considered taxdeductible
from your current year income and the Roth
contribution is not. Contributions to a Roth IRA are funded
with after-tax dollars.
For 2012, the IRS limits for the traditional & Roth IRA
have not received a cost of living adjustment from the
2011 amounts; the limits will remain at $5,000 for anyone
under age 50 and $6,000 for those age 50 and over.
The IRS does have requirements in regards to whether
or not you are eligible to contribute to a traditional IRA
or a Roth. Here are some topics to consider and discuss
with your tax advisor:
Contributions can be made to your traditional IRA
• for each year that you receive compensation and
have not reached age 70½. Contributions cannot be
made to your traditional IRA for the year in which you
reach age 70½ or for any later year.
You can make a contribution to your IRA by having
• your income tax refund (or a portion of your refund),
if any, paid directly to your traditional IRA, Roth IRA or
time to review IRA contributions
You need to decide which
• year the contribution is for.
If an amount is contributed to your
traditional IRA between January
1 and April 17, you should tell the
sponsor which year (the current
year or the previous year) the
contribution is for. If you
do not tell the sponsor
which year it is for, the
sponsor can assume, and
report to the IRS that the contribution is for the current
Elizabeth Donner, CRPC
year (the year the sponsor received it).
Filing before the contribution is made. You can file
• your return claiming a traditional IRA contribution
before the contribution is actually made. Generally, the
contribution must be made by the due date of your return,
not including extensions.
One of the most important topics to review when
determining eligibility to contribute to a traditional or Roth
IRA is whether or not you (and your spouse if married)
have access to, or participate in a retirement plan at
work. The deductible contribution to a traditional IRA or
contribution to a Roth may be reduced depending upon
your (and your spouse’s) modified adjusted gross income
(modified AGI or MAGI).
If you are covered by a retirement plan at work, your
deduction for contributions to a traditional IRA is reduced
(phased out) if your modified AGI is:
More than $90,000 but less than $110,000 for a married
• couple filing a joint return or a qualifying widow(er);
More than $56,000 but less than $66,000 for a
• single individual or head of household, or
Less than $10,000 for a married individual filing a
• separate return.
If you either live with your spouse or file a joint return, and
your spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work, but
you are not, your deduction is phased out if your modified
AGI is more than $169,000 but less than $179,000. If
your modified AGI is $179,000 or more, you cannot take a
deduction for contributions to a traditional IRA.
If you are interested to know why we have two additional
days to complete 2011 tax returns, from the traditional
tax return filing deadline of April 15, it’s because April
15, 2012 is on a Sunday and April 16, 2012 falls on
Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.
Donner is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, holds
NASD Securities Licenses 6, 63 & 65, has a BS in Nursing, is
licensed in LTC and is NAIC Partnership Certified. She can be
reached at Beth@DiversifiedPlanning.com or (919) 460-6076.
Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Financial Network
Investment Corporation, member SIPC. Adams Financial Partners, Inc. and Financial
Network are not affiliated. Please consult with a tax attorney or advisor for more
information regarding your situation.
Beware computer virus scams
will be the first to acknowledge that I am not a
computer expert, but fortunately for both me and
my computer, I have an extensive background in
crime prevention and criminal fraudulent activity.
On New Year’s Day, upon opening my computer for
the first time in 2012, I was met with my first cyber
attack of the year. There on my screen was an antivirus
program calling itself “Win 7 Anti-Virus 2012.” This
program implied that it was scanning my computer for
viruses and when completed, it claimed that dozens of
files were infected and action was required to remove
the infected files. Both the scan of my computer and the
virus removal process were fake and simply an attempt
to make me a victim of internet fraud. “Scareware”
would be an appropriate term to use for this type of
You will find that this program is near impossible to
avoid once your computer is infected. Any attempt to
close the program will either result in your computer
shutting down completely, or you are redirected to a
screen where you can enter your credit card number
and purchase what is professed to be a solution to
your alleged virus problem. It is this design of limited
options that causes so much frustration in the user that
they eventually breakdown and enter their credit card
information to purchase the “fix.”
The virus scan and the “fix” are
both bogus, so do not fall victim
to the frustration of not being able
to avoid this scan and pay the fee.
In my case, the so-called “fix”
This fictitious virus has been
designed to morph its name
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to read what operating system your computer is using
and insert it into the name of the software. If your
operating system is Windows XP, the virus scan may
call itself “Win XP Anti-Virus 2012.” No matter what
it is called or how frustrated you become, do not enter
your credit card information.
The fix for removing the “Win 7 Anti-Virus 2012”
infection is complicated. I cannot offer an easy solution
for removal other than suggesting you have your
computer repaired by someone who has the knowledge
and skill necessary to completely remove the program.
The key will be to have all the infected files removed
not just to restore what appears to be normal operation.
For more information, contact the Community Services
Unit of the Southern Pines Police Dept. at (910) 692-2732,
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Leap Year can be confusing...
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November
All the rest have thirty-one,
February alone hath twenty-eight,
But once in four hath twenty-nine.
At some point in our lives, we are asked to
commit the above lines to memory. The reason
given for adding a day in February once every
four years has to do with the exact time it takes the
earth to orbit the sun. Most of us have that ingrained in
us at an early age.
It turns out that adding a day every four years is not
really an exact science, according to “Infoplease−Leap
Year explained.” And what about the 187,000 people
in the United States and 4 million in the world born
on February 29? In a world increasingly depending on
numbers, what sort of difficulties do they have when
asked their birthdate by some sort of official?
One young man, Brian Chetney of Oswego, N.Y., was
born Feb. 29, 1968 weighing in at 11 lbs. He arrived
mid-morning much to his parents’ delight. They like the
uniqueness of his birthdate. Their daughter was born
on July 4, so special days seem a little routine for the
Chetneys. Another son has a “normal” birthdate.
According to legend, or myth, or old wives’ tale,
since Brian was born
mid-morning, he should
officially celebrate on
Feb. 28. If he had waited
until after noon, then his
celebration should take
place March 1.
Brian has conquered
these myths and reports
that, “Anyone who knows
me, knows that I make
the most of my birthday.
I celebrate on the 28th
and on the first—usually
on the 28th unless the
first falls on the weekend.
It’s cool because my
birthday goes on for a
couple of days. Once you
celebrate on the 28th,
By Ann Robson
Special to OutreachNC
you can do it all over again on the first.”
When he was younger, Brian recalls being
a “little embarrassed,” when they would
announce over the loud speaker at school and say,
“Happy 4th birthday” instead of “Happy 16th birthday.”
Brian coaches a girls’ travel soccer team now, and the
girls are joking that their coach is only 10. His daughter,
Claudia, 11, informed him that she will always be older.
“She caught up with me, and my boys pick on my wife
for marrying such a young man,” Brian adds.
His wife, Julie, “always does creative things for my leap
year birthdays. In 2008, she threw me a surprise 40th
birthday party. Another Leap Year she swept me away
on a surprise trip.”
“You can count on two other things every four years,”
Brian says, “a presidential election and the Olympics.”
This is one young man who appears to enjoy his
special status of a Leap Year baby. His chances were one
in 1500 for arriving that day.
The Gregorian calendar, which now serves as the
standard calendar for civil use throughout the world,
has both common years and leap years. Leap years
occur to help synchronize the calendar year with the
solar year, or the length of time it takes for the earth
to make its way around the sun which is estimated at
365 ¼ days.
The solar year is about 11 minutes shorter than 365
¼ days. To compensate
for this discrepancy, the
leap year is omitted three
times every 400 years. A
century year cannot be
a leap year unless it can
be divided by 400. Thus,
1700, 1800 and 1900
were not leap years, but
2000, and 2400 are.
There is enough
information about the
Gregorian calendar, leap
year and solar years to
warrant a doctoral thesis.
For this leap year,
let’s wish Brian a very
Happy 11th (or 44th)
Birthday and hope his
celebrations go well.
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Scotland Memorial Foundation’s Women’s Health Event set for Feb. 4
Ladies, if you are looking for a fun and educational
event to attend, look no further than Scotland
Memorial Foundation’s ninth annual Women’s
Health Event on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The day offers you the opportunity to learn more about
health issues at four breakout sessions, laugh and cry at
a fun and inspirational keynote address, enjoy a delicious
catered lunch and visit with many exhibitors.
Scotland Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with
the Scotland County Health Department and a generous
grant from the American Cancer Society, sponsors
this fabulous all-day event. This day of dedication to
women and their health will once again be held at
Laurinburg Presbyterian Church on West Church Street
to accommodate the approximately 275 women expected
“This event has become so well known and so well
respected in our community that we’re expecting
registration to grow again this year,” states Karen Gainey,
Keynote speaker Nancy Coey often asks women
“What will happen if you do remove the mattress
Winter is upon us and with it flu season – the
time to start thinking about avoiding the
germs most likely to torture stomachs and
ravage respiratory systems.
There are preventive measures you can take. The best,
according to Jayne Lee, director of patient safety and
infection control at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital,
“It helps to be aware of surfaces
that are common breeding
grounds for germs. Some of
them might surprise you,” says
Lee. “Gas pump handles were a
new one for me.”
A recent major-city study
conducted by the University of
Arizona and the Kimberly-Clark
Professional’s Healthy Work Place Project identifies a
half-dozen commonly touched “dirtiest surfaces” that
are likely to be teeming with illness-causing bacteria.
Topping the list are the previously mentioned gas
pump handles, followed by mailbox handles, escalator
tag?” From this question, she
leads her audience into how to
become effective women willing
to discard the unnecessary.
The Women’s Health Event
kicks off in high gear at 7 a.m.
with free health screenings
including: cholesterol, bone
density, body fat, height, weight
and blood pressure.
Local physicians and other
community members facilitate breakout sessions on a
variety of topics.
“Information, education and inspiration are not all the
participants receive,” adds Gainey. “At the end of the
day each woman will receive a tote bag full of fantastic
goodies provided by many of our local businesses and
Registration for the Women’s Health Event is required.
The cost of the event is $20. Registration forms are
available online at www.scotlandhealth.org or by calling
rails, ATM buttons,
parking meters and
buttons and vending
public-place environments were involved in the study,
plenty of home surfaces also serve as breeding grounds
“Door knobs are the worst,” says Lee. “So are
telephones, computer keyboards and light switches. “
Since public exposure to illness is common and widespread,
no one is immune. Annual vaccinations help
prevent the flu, but actions as simple as hand-washing
and avoiding facial contact are very important.
“Effective hand-washing,” Lee points out, “involves
the simple combination of soap, water and friction. The
greatest of these is friction.”
While risk of infection is especially likely during late
fall and winter, it is also important to remember that
infection—and therefore, hand-washing—is a yearround
Illness-causing germs live on “dirtiest surfaces”
Straighten up and glide right
As a physical therapy patient and yoga teacher,
I have found that most people overlook proper
body positioning while seated or in motion. We
seem to have become sedentary from inactivity, watching
TV and hunching over computers. Unfortunately, the
result is poor posture with muscles under-functioning and
operating out of balance. Here are 10 tips for improved
balance when sitting and walking:
Be aware of whether the seat is level (preferred)
1 or inclined downward towards the rear. This is also
common in cars. The incline will cause you to slump and
compress the discs in your lower back. A thin pillow can
level the seat out.
Notice the height of the chair. If your feet don’t
2 reach the floor, slide a bit forward, place a thin pillow
behind you, and lift your heels up and rest on your toes. If
the chair is too short, slide back, place a thin pillow in the
seat, and keep your feet flat on the floor. Crossing your
legs may cut off circulation and fluid drainage.
Align your feet and toes to be parallel and hip width
3 apart. (Think of train tracks.)
Bring your elbows back over your hips (upper arms
4 are plumb from your shoulders). Align your hands
and forearms parallel to your thighs.
Keep your chin parallel to the ground. Imagine that
you are pressing a piece of paper against the wall.
Bring your hips forward and up
6 while you position the shoulder
blades down and back. Imagine
holding a pencil between the blades.
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Replicate Numbers 5 and 6,
and imagine the crank around
the wheels of a locomotive
alternately pulling the elbows
back with each stride. The
elbows help to position the
shoulders and chin, allowing
you to gaze further than a few steps in front of you.
Roll your shoulders back to open your chest and
keep elbows parallel, generating speed and power.
Press the toes of your back foot against the ground
to help thrust you forward. This lengthens your
stride and strengthens your thighs.
Breathe in a manner consistent with the cycle
of your stride. Consider inhaling through your
nose with your mouth closed, then slowly and fully exhale
through your mouth. This provides a better flow of oxygen
for greater endurance.
Remember, whether seated, strolling or striding, you can
strengthen your body while enjoying your surroundings.
Shareff, director of You Call This Yoga in Raleigh, can be
reached at email@example.com or (919) 522-2646.
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Sing for better health
As 2012 gets underway, many
in the Sandhills will take steps
to improve or maintain their
health in the coming year.
We may not realize it, but singing is an actual
benefit to our health. According to researchers,
singing boosts our immune system. Scientists at
the University of Frankfurt in Germany performed
a blood test on singers in a professional German
choir before and after a one-hour rehearsal of the
Mozart Requiem. Tests results showed two trends:
1) a concentration of immunoglobin A, an immune
system protein that functions as antibodies, and 2) an
increase in hydrocortisone, a stress relieving hormone
occurred during rehearsal. Singing both strengthened
the singer’s immune system, and left him/her in a
Singing causes a release of endorphins into the
system, increasing energy and well-being. Singing,
and the deep, controlled breathing that goes with it,
increases lung capacity, and helps tone the abdominal
muscles. Singing also encourages good circulation. It
makes the singer breathe more efficiently.
Singing makes us seem youthful by keeping our
vocal cords in shape therefore making our voice sound
“younger.” When we sing, we stand or sit straighter,
expand our chest and improve our posture. Singers
often need fewer doctor visits, have fewer falls, require
less medication and are less likely to be depressed
than the general population.
The research shows that singing is good for you, and
singers know it. However, there is more.
By Anne Dorsey
Special to OutreachNC Beyond the physiological benefits of
singing, there are many that, while
they may be less measureable, are no less important.
Singing allows us to express emotions, moving us with
its beauty. If one sings in a chorus, these emotions
are shared with a group, which is working towards
a common goal. The camaraderie found in a chorus
makes participation therein extremely rewarding.
Singing has the influence to bind nations. Song can
galvanize the world to a cause. Singing is everywhere...
in our churches, schools, sports events, cars and showers.
Most importantly, singing is in our hearts. It transcends
our problems and our prejudices, uniting us.
Singing in a chorus, then impacts us physically,
emotionally, socially, personally and often spiritually
as well. Singing is the lifeblood of our world. It is how
we express ourselves, both as individuals and as a
people. Singers have the opportunity to enhance their
own health and well-being, but far more importantly,
singers have the power to enrich the world.
The Moore County Choral Society, now in its 37th
year is a non-profit organization that welcomes singers
from all walks of life. Members can enjoy the health
benefits of singing and experience a sense of cultural
and artistic community. The MCCS Spring Concert will
feature Mozart’s final work, “Requiem” on April 29 at
the Robert E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School
in Southern Pines.
For more information, call (910) 692-8306 or visit
Make most of earned income
There are not many opportunities to avoid taxes,
and although not everyone has the option to
contribute to a Roth IRA, if you are still working
and within the earning limits, you should.
Unlike a Traditional IRA, the money you contribute to
a Roth is allowed to grow tax free and be withdrawn
tax free. You can also contribute at any age and it has
no required minimum withdrawals so the Roth makes a
decent estate planning tool as well.
Who is eligible?
First, you must have some earned income; a part-time job
or seasonal work is fine. The second criteria is not earning
too much. If you file your taxes as “single” or “married
filing joint,” there are income limitations of approximately
$100,000 and $150,000. You will need to open a Roth IRA
account and contributions will need to be made in cash; no
transferring securities that you already own.
Why should you?
It may seem weird moving money into a “retirement plan”
when you may already consider yourself in retirement, but
the idea is to move it away from taxes. Let’s say you earn
ten thousand dollars each year and like the extra income
but you live off income from an investment account. If you
are over age 50 you can move up to $6,000 into a Roth
IRA—it doesn’t matter where the money comes from, as
long as you’ve earned at least that much this year. So
you can feasibly still live off your extra income and move
$6,000 from your investment account to a Roth. By
moving it into a Roth you then turn your taxable dividends,
capital gains and interest into tax free growth.
Income from your Roth
I cannot count the number of financial experts who
misunderstand the Roth IRA distribution rules, so it’s
okay if this seems confusing, it is. If you are the detailoriented
type of person who wants to know the details,
read on. Otherwise just talk to your tax and investment
professional prior to making any drastic moves. The
bottom line is: If you want to still receive dividends and
interest from investments in your Roth, you can.
There is a five year window that the government wants
you to keep “earnings” in your Roth account. However,
earnings to them does not mean dividends and interest;
it means the amount over what you contributed. If you put
$5,000 into the account, you can take out $5000 the next
day or year without penalties.
So let’s say that $5,000 earns five percent interest, you
would be earning $250 each year. In five years, you’ll
have taken out $2,500 which is less than the $5,000
you’re allowed to withdraw tax and penalty fee. Not too
confusing, right? This means you are safe to remove all
dividends and interest as long as you are not earning
more than 20 percent each year.
The five year holding period will
be in place for each contribution
you make. But again, as long as
you are not taking out more than
you have contributed, there are no
tax or penalty issues.
Clement is a financial planner
with Clement Capital Group,
offerering securities and advisory
services as an investment
adviser representative of
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SIPC a Registered Investment Advisor. She can be reached at
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You know how the more birthdays we have,the
greater the chance is we’ll get the same gifts
year after year after year? My 91-year-old
friend, Katarina, clued me in on that a few years back
at her cousin’s 88th birthday party.
Every time cousin Oberanne opened a gift, Katarina
whispered to me, “She got that same vacuum for her
84th birthday . . . got that same blender for her 79th
birthday . . . that’s the exact same
GE turntable microwave oven with
the custom functions that’s sitting
on her kitchen counter and it’s not
even a different color . . . got that
on her 80th birthday.”
Ever since that day I’ve been on
a quest for unusual gifts for
aging friends and family such
as the Peugeot Elis Electric
corkscrew, which according to
the advertisement allows you to open your wine bottles
“one-handed, with eyes closed.” If any of you have met
my relatives, this was a major selling point.
I’m also looking for gifts that really were not available
over the past . . . say 100 years. And those wily
Germans who gave us seasick outer space traveling
fish have come to the rescue again. A German firm
New gift idea quite aromatic
is selling cow f-a-r-t-s in a can.
In polite company, that would
be cow flatulence in a can.
But gaseous emanations
from the back end of a
cow are still cow farts
in my book.
marketing it has
identified a target
audience, said to be
city folk nostalgic for
the good old days in
the countryside when
everyone took a hardy deep
breath upon awakening and
felt all warm and gushy inside
at the sweet smell of farm do-do. In Germany, there
seem to be a startling number of such people, and
business is exploding. Whether or not buyers are those
who actually have worked on farms is still unknown.
Although I personally have never worked on a farm,
I have never pined for the aroma of a latrine, be it
derived from animals or humans.
I’m sure it helps that the price is right. At $8 a can,
this is something I’d buy for all my friends and family.
Even if your gift stinks, both literally and figuratively, at
least you’re not out a lot of money and what would the
odds be that they’d be receiving two cows in a can. I’ve
wasted more money on a mocha-mint specialty coffee
with the flavor of what I imagine hot boiled compost
would taste like, if you were to gather and boil compost.
And no, I haven’t tried it myself, neither the boiling nor
The cow fart company has had such great success
with canned cows that they’re expanding into the full
farm family of odors. Next will come horse-in-a-can,
followed by straw-in-a-can, the ever enticing smell of
pigs-in-a-can, and rounding out the line will be farm
manure-in-a-can. I suppose canned manure will include
all the poop smells in one, since I’m assuming horses
and pigs is the smell of the whole horse and the whole
pig, not just the gaseous releases of said animals.
I can’t wait to see these come to the U.S. Is it an
aerosol spray? Perhaps it’s an ignitable scent candle?
Oh, that probably wouldn’t be a good idea given what
my husband tells me about teenage boys and matches.
Well, whatever it is, I’ll be first in line at the WalMartia
fighting the crowds on Black Friday 2012 to get some.
Cohea, a freelance writer, can be reached by e-mailing
Leaping for love
Once again we come upon a Leap Year. Every
fourth year, an extra day is added to keep the
calendar year in sync with the seasonal year.
Adding this day keeps us on track with the solar year, as
our 365 day calendar is about six hours shorter than the
time it actually takes for the earth to go around the sun.
In researching all of this, I found it interesting to note
how many other calendars made a similar adaptation.
Seems we all want to be in time with our sun. I like it
when we all work toward a common goal, or at least a
common understanding exists among us, and we work
towards whatever we need to do to meet our own needs
within that understanding. In fact, I could push the point
and say that this sounds a little like ‘love’ to me. Granted
it may be self love, but love nonetheless.
In the New Testament of the Bible of the Christian faith,
Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is, “You shall
love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your strength and with all your
mind and your neighbor as yourself.” Our loving does
indeed seem to begin with love of self. As babies, we do
cry for what we need and want. And as we grow, our love
then takes one leap after another through childhood,
adolescence, young adulthood, middle age and our
With each leap of loving, our love deepens and grows
and moves us in and out of sync.
We do, and will forever, balance
all we are when we go beyond
ourselves with believing and
reaching for those we love. As we
continue on, we move from, solely
our love of self, to love of others
together. Herein lies hope for
My mother died in March
2009, and I carry her in my
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Spirituality & Aging
Rev. Pam Hudson
heart and think about her every day. I remember one
thing she said to me the week before she passed away.
She told me I was the love of her heart and that she was
here for me. I think about that a lot, and I would like to
believe that I share that love from her heart to mine with
those around me. But sometimes that requires a leap of
love from me, and I think I may need to add a day in to
make the time… maybe I will…
During this month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and
welcome another Leap Year, may we add the time to
take a leap for love. It might just do our hearts good.
Hudson, Senior Development Officer at The Foundation of
FirstHealth in Pinehurst, can be reached at (910) 695-7500 or
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Photos by Mollie Tobias
Lynn and Robert Anderson, left, of Anderson Architecture used many universal design aspects in Kathy McPherson’s Pinehurst home. The
elevator is a favorite of the McPherson’s 12-year-old Corgi, Cluny, who uses it to avoid back trouble from climbing the stairs.
Universal Designing to age in place
Most people cannot imagine
the day they will need a
ramp to access their home,
or extra-wide doors to accommodate a
wheelchair or a roll-in shower. That’s where universal
design comes in. Universal design is the design
of products and environments to be usable by all
people, to the greatest extent possible, without the
need for adaptation or specialized design. Keeping
these principles in mind can help when planning
re-designs to an existing home or when looking for
a new home to move into to, especially a home that
will be used in retirement.
Lynn and Robert Anderson of Anderson Architecture
in Southern Pines try to persuade their clients to
add little details to their homes when remodeling
or building a new home that will make access easier
should any members of the home ever need to
By Christine Lakhani
Special to OutreachNC
use a wheelchair. These changes and
additions do not detract from the
beauty of a home, but rather help to
make it accessible to all people.
For example, one detail the Andersons encourage
is stacking two closets, one on the first floor and then
another directly above it. Along with space in the attic,
this will structurally accommodate an elevator if one is
“Realistically assess that you might be movement
impaired before you want to be,” says Robert, 57. “You’re
not too lazy to walk up the stairs, you’re preparing for
When the Andersons first moved to the area in 1988
as two young architects on a budget, they built a home
in 1993 with all the bedrooms on the second floor. Now,
however, they have a plan to add a master bedroom to
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“People often won’t even consider a house without a
master bedroom on the ground floor, especially if it is
their retirement home. It could impact the price you ask
for and saleability,” adds Lynn, 57.
Minor changes can also make a big impact. One
simple thing to do is replace a toilet with a new, higher
model. But really thinking ahead is putting in wooden
blocks behind the walls in the bathroom around the
toilet so grab rails can
be installed that would
allow someone to place
their full weight on the
bar. Robert also advises
sinks without cabinets
underneath, so that a
person in a wheelchair
can roll under the sink,
or just making sure there
is enough room around
the sink so a person in a
wheelchair can maneuver
“You can pre-plan
things. Clients might not
feel like they’re ready, but
we encourage people to
put blocks in the wall so
it’s easy to add grab rails
later. As we get older,
we’re less flexible and
it’s good to have that
security,” says Lynn.
Some things that are
taken for granted in
newer buildings are being
added to older buildings.
Architecture did a retrofit
at Brownson Memorial
adding an automatic
door opener. That wasn’t
required when the church
was originally built, but
the church had seen a need for it to accommodate
church-goers in a wheelchair or using a walker.
A revolving door, which can seem like a great saver on
heating and cooling costs, presents a barrier to many
hospital patients, so the Andersons were recruited to
replace a revolving door with an automatic sliding door
at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
Penick Village, a continuing care retirement
community in Southern Pines, has also incorporated
universal design, recently building apartments that are
compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.
continued page 24
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continued from page 23
“From the knobs on
the stove to the space
under the sink, when
we worked with folks,
we designed for active
seniors now and the
evolving future,” says Jeff Hutchins, 41, Penick Village’s
chief executive officer.
Penick’s mission is to de-institutionalize aging care.
Making it easier for residents to move freely around the
campus is one of their methods to meet that goal. The
entire campus is accessible by wheelchair.
“One of our favorite expressions around here is that
‘cookie cutters are only good for cookies,’” says Hutchins.
“Your needs are different from my needs, you’ve got to
take that into consideration.”
Hutchins related that one of the small details they
had noticed and learned from is as simple as where the
microwave in a home is placed.
“Like my home, like most homes, the microwaves in
the apartments are over the stove. The placement could
be more flexible on the counter where it would be
easier to reach.”
Good design at Penick is all about flexibility. The
village’s theater, instead of using traditional theatre
chairs bolted to the floor, uses moveable chairs.
The chapel uses moveable chairs instead of pews.
Instead of long hallways that are a struggle to
navigate to the outdoors or to a dining room, rooms
are grouped around central common areas with easy
access to the outside.
Designing with the principles of universal
design in mind helps achieve that goal. The seven
principals of universal design as defined by the
Center for Universal Design at North Carolina
State University include:
Photos courtesy Penick Village
Penick Village, a continuing care retirement
community in Southern Pines, incorporated
multiple Universal Design concepts into their new
Village House building (top left), the chapel with
moveable chairs (top right), and great rooms
with counter heights to accommodate wheelchairs
and open floor plans with double doors for easy
access to the outside patio areas.
PRINCIPLE ONE: Equitable Use. The design is useful
and marketable to people with diverse abilities. A
good example would be installing a ramp instead of
stairs at the entrance to a home or business.
PRINCIPLE TWO: Flexibility in Use. The
design accommodates a wide range of individual
preferences and abilities. Scissors with a large grip
that can be switched between right and left hands
create ease of use.
PRINCIPLE THREE: Simple and Intuitive Use. Use
of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the
user’s experience, knowledge, language skills or current
PRINCIPLE FOUR: Perceptible Information.
The design communicates necessary information
effectively to the user, regardless of ambient
conditions or the user’s sensory abilities. A flashing
light as well as a sound helps to indicate when it’s
safe to cross a street.
PRINCIPLE FIVE: Tolerance for Error. The design
minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of
accidental or unintended actions.
PRINCIPLE SIX: Low Physical Effort. Why grasp a
knob, turn and push when you could lightly press a
handle to open a door?
PRINCIPLE SEVEN: Size and Space for Approach
and Use. For example, making sure doors are wide
enough for wheelchairs.
Hutchins adds, “If you’re going to meet the needs of
so many people, it’s all about options.”
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Very few people actually
know what it is like to be
called “president.” The title of
president is associated with power, respect and the
ability to do pretty much whatever you want within
reason, of course. As with any position of power, a
president’s job is one that can be as stressful as it
is rewarding, and whether it’s being the head of a
country or corporation, being the commander in chief
is an honor. As we honor Washington and Lincoln with
Presidents’ Day, there are former presidents in the
region still caring for the communities they live in.
Jimmie Garner, former president of First Bank
headquarted in Troy, father of two, grandfather of four
and great-grandfather of one is just getting started.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Dot, for over 63
years, Garner is an active member of his community
and family man, who could be the definition of an
upright citizen and what a true president should be.
“I guess you could say I went from working with dirt
to working with dollars,” explains Garner on how he
ended up in the banking industry. “Early in my life, I
was a bulldozer operator among other related jobs. I
grew up on a farm in northern Moore County and still
live on family land. I spent some time as a knitter in the
hosiery industry and followed that as sales manager
for Phillips Ford in Carthage. I was approached by John
Wallace, president of Bank of Montgomery in Troy,
to manage and grow their first branch office out of
Montgomery County, which was to be built in Robbins,
my home community. This was their first effort out
By Heather Green
Special to OutreachNC
of Montgomery County where they
operated as the home office and one
branch office in Troy.”
Promoted from branch manager to regional manager
and eventually moved to the home office, Garner
was charged with total production of all the bank
branches. He became president in 1996 and enjoyed
bringing other financial institutions to become part of
“I saw the bank grow from the two beginning
branches in North Carolina to 60 branches in North
Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. We grew from
14 employees to 540 employees and assets of $1.8
billion,” says Garner.
Garner enjoyed the challenge of originating and
overseeing branch growth in five Moore County towns.
He was honored to have wonderful people come
to work with him to build up the business and still
cherishes their friendships today.
For Garner, retiring at the age of 77, was just the
beginning of “The Good Ol’ Days.”
“I enjoy retirement. I’m back to working the dirt on my
family farm and finishing my first project of building a
cabin near the lake located near my grandfather’s
residence,” says Garner. “There are no dull moments
with me. I am busy woodworking, gardening, growing
and baling hay for the cattle. I enjoy spending time with
my children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
We like traveling and spending time at Sunset Beach,
where I still love to body surf with my family.”
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During the week, Garner
is still very involved in the
progress of First Bank. He
meets with local boards and
continues to participate in
quarterly meetings as part
of the First Bank Community
Any given Sunday, you can find
Garner in the choir or teaching Sunday
school at Smyra United Methodist
Church, where he grew up.
Not many people can say that they
have a center named after them, but
Garner is one of those rare recipients.
The James Garner Community Center
is a large part of functions and
happenings in Troy.
“I have always lived in Moore County
on land my grandfather owned. Our
family loves living in a heritage rich
community,” says Garner. “In Moore
County, good banking and First Bank
are synonymous. I have never had the
urge to live anywhere else.”
Always open to serving his
community, Garner remains a God
fearing man, who is thankful for each
and every blessing and looks forward
to “whatever the good Lord has in store
for him and his family.”
Southeast of Troy and Robbins,
another former president
is making his mark, leaving
the private sector to tackle
working for a nonprofit.
continued page 28
Photo by Mollie Tobias
Former First Bank President Jimmie Garner and his wife Dot enjoy their retirement days on their
property in Robbins close to family and friends. They enjoy rocking in the gazebo that Jimmie built,
and he can often be found woodworking or gardening when he is not serving on many community
boards. Inset: Jimmie’s newest building project, a birdhouse that rests upon a cedar tree trunk.
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Photo by Mollie Tobias
Pat Corso, executive director of Moore County Partners in Progress, is working to make
positive changes for future growth and still makes time for an occasional round of golf.
continued from page 27
Pat Corso, 61, born in Logansport, Ind., is a former
president of Pinehurst Resort from 1987-2004 and
chairman of the 1999 U.S. Open Championship. In
2004, he founded National Resort Management, which
operated PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, Fla. and
Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H. Corso
shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This
married father of three stays active and involved in his
community, making Pat Corso a former president that
continues to raise the bar for others in positions of
The pros and cons of the nonprofit versus corporate
world politics are just a few of the hurdles that Corso has
learned how to manage.
“Partners in Progress is a nonprofit,which functions as
the economic development entity for Moore County,”
Corso explains of his position now as executive director.
“Leading the effort to improve the quality of life in Moore
County provides a great challenge and opportunity.
The pro is the challenge and the con is insuring the
necessary resources to accomplish
During his time at Pinehurst Resort,
Corso had the benefit of an incredible
team and very supportive ownership.
However, in his current role, he
explains the keys to success have to
include: leveraging relationships both
old and new, partnering to expand
the impact of limited resources; and
recruiting leaders to participate in
achieving our goals.
And when it comes to goals,
Corso is a man with big plans for
his community. With special projects
in the works, Corso has a list of ten
initiatives. One of these “positive
changes” is one that almost everyone
can agree on, bringing Dunkin
Donuts to Moore County. As much or
more about coffee as donuts, Dunkin
Donuts is “everyone’s coffee, high
quality and within anyone’s budget.”
Corso, too, is quite content to call
North Carolina home.
“The people are warm and
welcoming, and the culture is a
broad representation of what makes
the South such a wonderful place to live. Secondly,
the climate. Long springs and falls and very limited
extremes of heat and cold make this the perfect four
season location,” says Corso.
There’s proof, too, that presidents do get better
with age. Corso is the vice president of the Given
Memorial Library and Tufts Archives, as well as serves
on the Methodist University Reeves School of Business
Advisory Board, Pinehurst Community Trust and the
Moore County Chamber of Commerce. And in his spare
time, he is a chorister with the Carolina Philharmonic.
Past presidents, too, have to make time for an
occasional round of golf. Corso still plays the famed
Pinehurst No. 2 and considers it to be a privilege every
time. Since his tenure, the U.S. Open course was restored
in 2011. Corso is certain that it will once again be in the
top ten of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses.
An amazing past, present and future leader in his
community, Corso continues to improve with age,
making his life after presidency one full of positive
changes for the community.
March to your own beat
It is hard to stay
unhappy when you
hear a marching band.
At least, that is what a client
of mine told me. We were
sitting in a doctor’s office on
a cold rainy day. I asked her
if on a day like this, would
she want to listen to music
to match the day and curl
up under a blanket, or
would she prefer music that would
perk up her mood. She said she would definitely
want music that would dispel the gloomy weather, and
nothing is better at that than a good John Phillip Sousa
march. I had to agree with her. Just hearing a marching
band could greatly improve my mood and want me to
join in the parade.
Perhaps that is why another client recently chose a
Sousa march to be included in her memorial service.
She chose Sousa’s, “The Thunderer,” to be played
during the service. She was right. It was beautiful and
touching. We all smiled during that thunderous Sousa
march, just the way she had hoped.
I recently saw a television program with Andre
Rieu, known affectionately as the Waltz King. Rieu
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is a 62-year-old Dutchman,
classically trained violinist,
who has made his goal to
bring the joy of music to
everyone. The story opened
with the playing of “Seventy-
Six Trombones”, from the
popular musical “The Music
Man,” and a full-parade of
all the musicians to the
stage for their concert.
I was hookedn and it
seems I’m not alone. The
audience was standing
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Johann Strauss, and he has made it his goal to make
people happy by sharing his love of waltzes.
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Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow
this month, Seagrove’s potteries are choosing By Carrie Frye
to celebrate the season with Winterfest, the weekend
of Feb. 18-19. Over 100 potteries cluster together in and around Seagrove and the
surrounding towns of Star, Whynot, Erect, Westmoore and Robbins carrying on a
tradition that dates back to the 18th century. The Museum of North Carolina Traditional
Pottery sponsors the annual event as a preview of the latest works and to encourage
travelers to make a scenic drive along N.C. 705, better known as the Pottery Highway,
and visit the potters at their individual shops and studios.
“A number of years ago, winter was a slow time, so a few potters decided to have an
open house. It allowed them to present a few of their new designs they
will be showcasing in the spring,” explains Phil Morgan, 63, owner of Phil
Morgan Pottery and president of the museum. “Now, Winterfest provides
the potters a chance to showcase their shops.”
Morgan, world renowned for his famous crystalline glazes, specializes
in one-of-a-kind pieces, as does his wife Julia, 60, who was busily turning
her own pottery snowmen in preparation for the festival weekend.
“We hope people will come to Seagrove, spend the weekend and see
as many potteries as possible, stay at the bed and breakfast and narrow
it down to the pottery they like best,” says Morgan. “Every shop has a
different style, technique and glaze.”
Morgan is still making pottery the old-fashioned way and has been doing it
that way for 40 years, making his own clay, porcelain and glazes.
“What I do makes the experience so unique, I can’t ever get
bored with it,” jokes Morgan.” We’re still doing it the way it was
done originally. We age the clay for a year or two. We take
everything from raw materials to the finished art.”
That historical perspective can be seen with the
displays at the museum, which is typically a
good starting point for visitors.
continued page 31
Photos by Mollie Tobias
Phil Morgan is a master potter, whose works
have been included in presidential
collections. His crystalline glazes
require an ancient and rare
porcelain glazing technique.
Julia Morgan, left, explains
how potters are a green
society, using waste from
leftover industries to
make clay,and thereby
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Photo by Mollie Tobias
Seagrove area potteries kickoff 2012 with Winterfest Feb.
18-19 and follow it up with the 4th Annual Spring Pottery
Festival, April 14-15; Summerfest, June 15-16; Christmas
in July, July 20-21; 31st Annual Seagrove Pottery Festival,
Nov. 17-18; and a Christmas Open House, Dec. 1-2.
“The museum is open that weekend not to compete
with the potters, but to enhance the pottery experience.
We hope visitors will come to the museum, look at the
exhibits and pick up a map so that they can begin a
treasure hunt through the community,” says Morgan.
“Winterfest is open to all Seagrove area potters who
choose to participant. It is a time to show off all their new
and exciting designs and colors for 2012,” adds Martha
Graves, office manager of the museum.
It typically does not take visitors long to realize the
originality and authenticity of the works found in the
“What we have tried to do is create a pure pottery
community. Pottery is made by a potter on a potter’s
wheel and the glaze is hand applied. Having a lot
of potteries keeps prices reasonable and the quality
up,” says Morgan. “Seagrove has a history of quality
One unique shop less than a mile from Phil Morgan
Pottery is Pottery Junction (seen above). A former gas
station for 40 years owned by her father-in-law, potter
Regina Voncannon repurposed the building to beautifully
display her wares and works of art while retaining a bit
of yesteryear with an old gas pump, Cheerwine cooler
and vintage metal signs. She even has what she calls an
“ode to Grandpa” with a real whiskey still display adorned
by many of her pottery whiskey jugs, which were once a
very successful source of income for potters in the early
20th century until it was outlawed.
Voncannon started in commercial art, but upon moving
to North Carolina, her husband’s grandmother turned her
interest to pottery. After taking classes at Montgomery
Community College, she has not looked back since
opening her shop in 1989.
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“I turn a basic shape and do a lot of altering,” says
Voncannon, 50. “The wonderful thing about clay is that
it is all magic. The process takes you over, and you end
up with your best pieces.”
Voncannon, known for her teapots and Rebecca
pitchers with their tall, narrow shape, flared spout
and long, looped handles,
is never afraid to try
“I usually start and end the
year with something new,”
she says. “The main thing is
to have fun. Winterfest gets
people excited about seeing
your work and potters excited
about introducing their latest
work to all the visitors. These events help remind people
to come out and see us year-round. We aren’t closed for
As vice-president of the museum, Voncannon loves to
participate in Winterfest to welcome visitors to the area and
intends to have new creations to show off like the banks
she was turning out, both in a decorative pig version and
more surprisingly, a guinea bird (seen at right).
“Guineas are one of the dumbest birds I have ever
seen, but it is also one of the most beautiful. God has
a sense of humor, and I like a sense of humor and
Photos by Mollie Tobias
Regina Voncannon started Pottery Junction in
Hillsborough in a train caboose before later
moving to Seagrove. “I don’t believe in rules
when it comes to pottery,” Voncannon says, which
is illustrated in her latest design of a guinea bird
that once finished will be a bank with enough
space to be a “good start for a college fund.”
not taking things too seriously. With most of the shops
opening and creating new pieces, we’re ready for the
public to come and be tantalized.”
Morgan, too, enjoys spending time talking with and
meeting visitors and introducing them to his canine
assistant, Pookie, the family’s black Scottie, who
appreciates a pet from willing shoppers.
“We want people to come out and meet the potters.
The excitement is seeing the pottery made; seeing
the technique,” Morgan says. “That’s what Seagrove
is all about.”
Play the social game
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Bridge has been a social game ever since its
invention. Recently, in the movie, “The Help,”
the bridge game was considered a high social
event, and one character was being snubbed by not
being invited. Duplicate bridge still has a social aspect
today, but often in the heat of the
competition, we forget this.
How often has this happened to
you? You arrive at the table sitting
to play, only to hear your opponents
talking about the last result they
just received—they could be talking
about the line of play they took
and are defending it, or asking their
partner about the bid or play they
made in the middle of the hand.
Two things are wrong – you are
giving information about the hand just played away to
the competition, so your conversation needs to stop,
and you’re being rude. Stop and say ‘hello’ to your
opponents, and bring your attention back to them and
the new adventure ahead.
Have you ever finished the play of a hand and been
upset about a play made, or a line taken, and examined
a player’s hand by pulling it from the box, or taking it from
their hands and spreading it for review? A bridge hand
is your property until it leaves the table to be played at
the next. Others (including your partner) do not have the
right to look at it without your permission. If you would
like to look at a hand, ask your partner or opponent first
—and abide by their decision.
Now that you are ready for the next round, have you
ever had to wait for an excessive time to sit down for the
next round? Everyone needs to remember that bridge
is a timed event, and all players should have an equal
opportunity to think about the plays at hand. You get about
seven minutes per hand. Should the director give you
a warning for slow play—take heed. The next time you
are late, gracefully accept any penalty that the director
assesses, and try to play more quickly. Try not to keep
your friends waiting, but instead, keep a good pace.
Avoid gloating. One form of gloating behavior is
looking at the traveler at the end of the round and
proudly announcing you received a top or a good score
on the hand you played. We are all human and make
these simple breaches in etiquette from time to time.
Live, learn and have fun at the table – it is the GAME of
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The annual Spelling Bee for
Strikes Back” from Southern Pines
By Katherine Stevenson
Literacy is not your ordinary
Special to OutreachNC Rotary; “See Sharp or Bee Flat”
from Golf Capital Chorus; and “The
Twenty-two teams of three adults will fill the
stage at Sandhills Community College’s Owens
Auditorium and entertain a packed house
Newshounds” from The Pilot are predictably
good spellers. But last year, newcomers to the
stage, “The Killer Bees” from Sandhills
with their costumes, their skits - and,
Children’s Center, surprised even
yes, some of them - their spelling skills
on Thursday, Feb. 16.
“The Bee” is one of the Sandhills
zaniest traditions, as well as Moore
County Literacy Council’s major
fundraiser. Last year’s Bee raised 28
percent of the annual budget for the nonprofit agency
that provides free tutoring for adults who need to
improve their literacy skills in order to improve their
lives. Twenty-two percent of Moore County adults lack
the basic literacy skills to function well in everyday life.
The evening opens with the entry of the teams, all
of them sponsored by businesses, churches, service
organizations and neighborhoods. As the spellers
spill onto the stage, words like “Mardi Gras” and
“Olympic parade” come to mind. Though each team
comes ready to spell, great creativity and spirit go
into costuming and entertainment. Memorable teams
last year include OutreachNC’s “Miss Spellers Beauty
Pageant Finalists,” whose banners identified each
as “Miss Print,” “Miss Communication,” and “Miss
Informed.” Then there were the “B-52’s,” from Biggest
Buzz Sponsor Stifel Nicolas, who looked like a cross
between fighter pilots and 1980 rock stars. Or the
“Saintly Spellers,” the choir-robed angels with lighted
halos from Biggest Buzz Sponsor St. Joseph of the
Pines. Get the picture?
But can they spell, you ask? Well – some of them.
Returning winners like “Spelling Wars: The Rotary
themselves by being the last left
standing in the competition.
David Woronoff, publisher of The
Pilot newspaper and presenting
sponsor of the Bee, whose banter
has entertained the audience for eight
years emcees the annual event. He is assisted by the
astute Bob Howell, The Pronouncer, who picks words
from a large collection of possibilities that have been
carefully selected and ordered by degree of difficulty
by a secret Word Master.
In past years, three judges in robes have sat on
stage, accepting bribes from teams anxious to win
any competition they can. This year, the judges
are anonymous and seated in the audience. Their
experience in the entertainment field makes them
especially qualified to rule on the Best Costume
and Best Buzz awards. The final award—The Keep
the Hive Alive Award—goes to the team who raises
the most money for the students of Moore County
Literacy Council. The $10 (adults) and $5 (children)
event tickets can be applied to audience members’
favorite teams, and donations in that team’s name are
encouraged as well. Last year’s winners, “The Good,
The Bad and The Ugly,” representing the Professional
Women’s Network, proved their versatility by having
won the Best Costume award the year before.
For more information, call (910) 692-5954 or visit
Children often overlook decline in their parents
Working in the senior living industry, I watch
daughters and sons of aging parents
struggle with a wide range of emotions from
confusion to frustration as changes in behavior appear.
Many adult children wonder, is it normal to offer advice
and to provide support to a parent? Let me assure
you, as your parent ages, support from their adult child
is appreciated. However, admitting that mom or dad
needs assistance can be difficult. Dad was always the
strong one, and mom took care of us. It is normal to
overlook changes and to not acknowledge a parent’s
lifestyle needs have changed.
Ask yourself these questions to help determine
if your parent needs a little help at home or may
be ready to move into a
• Are you greeted with
a “to-do” list of repairs
and errands when you
• Have you seen your
parent wearing the same
outfit even though the
closet is filled with other
• When you look
around the house or
yard, is it as neat and
clean as it used to be?
• Is your parent taking
• Are the same
repeated more than
• Is your parent staying
home and not visiting
• Does your parent
respond appropriately to
• When you really look
at your parent’s current
lifestyle, do you see a
more limited person who
needs help a few hours a
day or around the clock?
If you answered
yes to even a couple
of these questions,
have a conversation
with your parents and explore
options or resources that can
provide support. Don’t wait for
your parents to ask for help.
Ultimately, the responsibility
lies on the shoulders of the
adult child to make sure their
parent is properly cared for,
comfortable and secure. It is
now your turn to be strong
and do the caring.
OutreachNC • February 2012 35
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February is the month we celebrate the sweet
potato, a staple ingredient in the South. The
sweet potato is not only nutritious, but versatile
and delicious. The history of the sweet potato dates
back to a farm in Louisiana in 1543, when Spain’s
explorers found them growing in a Native American
garden. North Carolina is now the No. 1 producer of
The sweet potato is also packed
with nutritional value. A medium
size sweet potato (with skin) has
300 percent of the Vitamin A daily
requirement. Vitamin A helps with
eye, bone and immune system
health. It has four times the daily
need for beta carotene and
35 percent of your daily
Vitamin C requirement.
Fiber is also an important
part of our diet. The sweet potato offers four grams of
fiber, which is more than a packet of oatmeal. Sweet
potato pancakes? Why not! Sweet potatoes are fat
soluble, so it’s okay to add that little pat of butter. It
actually helps your body absorb the nutrition. Low in
calories and packed with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants,
sweet potatoes should be a regular on your shopping
list, or pick them up at your local farmers market.
The sweet potato may seem somewhat plain, but it is
actually quite versatile. It comes in a variety of colors,
including white, golden and purple. You can use it as a
Photo by Mollie Tobias
substitute for any recipe calling for a white potato. Just
be mindful that because they are lower in starch, you
should roast them first, then add them to your soup,
stew, pot pie or potato salad. You can make healthier
fries and rich soups.
This month, I am sharing a recipe for sweet potato
soup. If you want a spicier version, just add a little curry,
cayenne or red pepper. The great thing is that this recipe
is also gluten-free and vegan.
Sweet Potato Soup
2 medium baked sweet potatoes (Bake at 425
degrees for about 45 minutes)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Blend all ingredients
together in a blender or food
processor. You should achieve bisque-like
consistency. You can use more or less
vegetable broth depending on your preference of
thickness. If you spice it up, try a dollop of sour cream
or Greek yogurt on top.
Morris, owner of Rhett’s Restaurant, Personal Chef & Catering
in Southern Pines, can be reached at (910) 695-3663.
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Learning for the love of it
Probably because of
Valentine’s Day, February
is often referred to as the
“Month of Love.” Flowers, candy or
a romantic meal often come to mind as we show that
special someone how much we care about them. Many
of us rarely think to do something special for ourselves.
Treat yourself this February and take a class through
Continuing Education Community Enrichment at
Sandhills Community College. Maybe choose to learn
a new language or a new cuisine, learn to salsa and
merengue dance or look into a new hobby.
Tina Maisano, a Chinese native, will begin a fourpart
series of Chinese cooking classes that begin on
Valentine’s Day. Maisano will teach the secrets of stir
fry cooking in the Russell Dining Hall demonstration
kitchen in Little Hall.
Italian and Spanish will also be offered.
The title of the course may sound frightful,
“Deconstructing the Face,” but it is not what may first
come to mind. This new course teaches a drawing
method used by artists that utilizes the grid. Students
will learn portraiture techniques
including transfer, enlargement,
Sandhills Community College abstraction variation, and value
change in this unique class. It begins
on Valentine’s Day and runs through mid-March.
Hot and spicy dances can heat up your “Month of
Love.” An Introduction to Salsa and Merengue Dancing
class also begin in early February.
The dates, times, cost, instructor and class locations
for all Continuing Education classes can be found on the
college’s web site or in the printed schedule.
Register at least one week prior to the starting date.
Classes may fill and prohibit further enrollment or may
be cancelled if enrollment is low.
Walk-in registration is at the Continuing Education
office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall during
scheduled hours of operation. Phone-in registration,
(910) 695-3980, requires payment with a credit card.
Don’t forget the opportunity is still available to
purchase gift certificates for all classes taught through
the Division of Continuing Education. This could be a
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Therapy that’s something to bark about
Making their way down a long hallway corridor
to the Inpatient Rehabilitation at FirstHealth
Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, Abby
and Tess are reporting for duty. Led by their owners,
Kathy and Jerry Constantino of Seven Lakes, this
Labrador and Golden Retriever are greeted with warm
smiles, hellos and thoughtful pats on the head. It is one of
their weekly visits as Delta Society certified therapy dogs
to work with patients.
“It brightens everyone’s face to see them,” says a
smiling Nicole Dubois, an occupational therapist at Moore
Regional. “A lot of patients are dealing with pain, but
they start talking and opening up around the dogs. Even
patients that are afraid of dogs are surprised at how well
trained and docile Tess and Abby are.”
One patient, Cindy Horn of Lumberton (seen below
at right), made a round inside the gym with her walker
as Abby walked alongside with Kathy next to her. Horn
focused on her steps smiling from the moment she
arrived to see the dogs.
The therapy dogs’ Delta Society certifications mean
that they are trained, stringently tested and re-certified
every two years and is what allows them to be involved
in therapy sessions with patients.
“We go in on a schedule,” explains Kathy Constantino,
65, who has been volunteering at the hospital now for
almost four years. “The dogs can help with occupational,
physical and speech therapies. They might walk with
someone or the therapist might have a stroke patient
reach with their affected side to pet the dog or throw a
ball for the dog to retrieve. There are only three of us
certified right now in the area that go to the hospital:
Nancy Copeland with her dog Chinook, Mary Kay Wilson
and her dog Jake and myself with Tess and Abby.”
Photos by Mollie Tobias
For information on therapy dog programs, visit www.deltasociety.org or
www.tdi-dog.org. Jerry and Kathy Constantino’s, left, good works with
their therapy dogs, Abby and Tess, extend beyond North Carolina with
their involvement with HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response. They
travel with their dogs to where they are needed in crisis situations to
give comfort and support such as Ground Zero, the Virginia Tech college
campus after the tragic shootings or areas affected by natural disasters.
Aside from inpatient rehab at the
hospital, Constantino also takes
the dogs to visit with patients in
neurology and oncology as well as
FirstHealth Hospice House.
“We’ve had incredible experiences
By Carrie Frye
Special to OutreachNC
in oncology,” describes Constantino. “Most of the time,
family members are with the patients, and the dog is
just a nice distraction. Abby was visiting with a cancer
patient, who was actively dying. The patient stroked her
head gently and said, ‘Good dog, good dog.’ I was pretty
choked up just watching. Afterwards, his family came out
of the room and told me, ‘That meant so much to us.’”
Constantino remains aware of the impact the dogs can
have and takes it seriously, even a few things others
might not think about.
“We are very careful with cleanliness. I put hand
sanitizer in the patient’s hands, my hands and on the
dog’s head. We are under the same HIPAA rules and try
to be very professional,” says Constantino.
Both Tess and Abby have FirstHealth name badges
and wear their Delta Society bandana or vest when they
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“It is important to note, too, that the dogs are valuable
to the staff. In oncology, the staff runs to see who can get
crackers for Tess or Abby first,” laughs Constantino. “At
hospice, we do a lot of visits with family. It is not a sad
place. It is peaceful and calm. The dogs are comforting
and an enlightening distraction.”
Constantino, a retired special education teacher, makes
time also for a monthly visit with Tess to Elmcroft, a
senior living and memory care facility in Southern Pines.
Residents’ faces sparkle (seen at top left) at the sight of
Tess. Conversations begin about their past pets as they
talk to and pet Tess.
Research regarding the impact of therapy dogs agrees
with Constantino. Studies conducted by both Delta Society
and Therapy Dogs International (TDI), have concluded
that patients experiencing therapy dog visits benefit
with increased socialization, verbalization, alertness and
positive mood alteration and that regular interaction with
dogs may also reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
levels. It also showed that staff have increased morale
upon viewing the dog visits as a break in their work
routine and observing the interactions between their
patients and the dogs. Facilities with the programs have
also shown to desire longer or more frequent visits and
often expand their therapy dog programs.
TDI also provides certification for therapy dogs and
their handlers so they may make visits to nursing homes,
hospitals or other institutional programs across the
nation and Canada. Bonnie Allen, 62, of Stem, a small
community in Granville County, has four years experience
as a handler taking her dogs to Central Regional Hospital
and Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner. She and
her Basset Hound Daisy (seen at top right) were lauded
for their work in 2010 when they won the Governor’s
Award for Volunteer Service.
“I have always had a love for all animals, but especially
dogs and horses,” says Allen. “When I found Daisy on the
side of the road, I knew she was special and first enrolled
her in basic obedience, then the American Kennel Club’s
Canine Good Citizen program, and finally, therapy dog
classes. I don’t care how bad I may feel before I go to do
pet therapy, but I feel like I’ve won the lottery when I leave.”
Allen appreciates how much the patients benefit from
“Once we came
to visit a patient,
who was very
upset and crying.
probably six or
in the room. Daisy
went to this lady
first, put her head
on her knee and
looked up at her. It
didn’t take long for
the tears to turn
into a smile,” recalls Allen. “Then there was a young
patient, who would not talk to anyone. So the staff
arranged a session for Daisy and I to visit with just her.
From the time Daisy walked in the room, the patient
began talking and talked the whole time we were there.”
These moments happen with each visit for the handlers.
“I know the individuals enjoy it, but so do I,” says Allen.
“It’s the best feeling ever. I would definitely recommend it
to anyone who has a love for animals and wants to bring
a bright spot to the day of so many, and it’s so easy.”
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In fact, Allen
did just that
when she was
a p p r o a c h e d
r e q u e s t e d
his wife Mary
A l z h e i m e r ’ s
“John told me he thought it was really great that I was
doing this and that his wife really enjoyed it,” remembers
Allen. “He asked me questions, and I said, ‘I’ve got a lot of
information at home, and I’ll bring it in next time I come.’”
Barrett, 61, delved into that information, conducted
research on his own and talked to other handlers.
“I thought I really wanted to do it, and I read the book,
‘Izzy and Lenore,’” says Barrett. “That sealed the deal.”
“Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey,
and Me” by Jon Katz tells the true story of the author’s
experiences visiting hospice facilities. Inspired by the
book, Barrett went in search of a dog. He already had
his dog Buddy, a Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso mix, but
the dog’s timid personality made him ill-suited as a
therapy canine. Barrett adopted eight-year-old Mulligan,
a Havanese, and began basic obedience training. When
they started, Mulligan, an otherwise good dog, did not
know any basic commands.
“We’re making progress,” says Barrett but he admits,
“There is something to that saying about ‘teaching an old
dog new tricks.’”
Barrett works with Mulligan and gets reinforcements
from trainer Abby Ganin-Toporek, owner of Sandhills Dog
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“You don’t have to use a trainer. You can do it on your
own,” says Barrett. “I thought I would have more chance
of success if I could rely on someone experienced.”
After obedience training, the next step for Mulligan is
to pass the AKC’s good citizen test. Then after additional
training, there’s the TDI-administered test.
“You get certified as a team, both you and the dog,”
says Barrett. “Mulligan is really bright. I keep kidding
people that Mulligan will probably pass and I won’t, and if
we don’t make it, that’s okay, too.”
Barrett is looking forward to the day he and Mulligan
can make patients happy, too. For now, he is comforted
in knowing that, though she can no longer communicate,
his wife Mary Anne would wholeheartedly support his
aspirations for Mulligan.
“She would love it,” says Barrett, adding that Mary Anne
was always the one to give their five previous dogs the
most attention. “She would have loved helping select
Mulligan, and she would have probably taken the lead in
the training. So taking the dog to make other people feel
good would be right up her alley.”
Helping patients feel better is what the mission of
therapy dog programs is all about, to bring individuals
together who share a love of animals and people and
are committed to making a difference within their local
communities. With committed individuals like Barrett,
Allen and the Constantinos and hardworking canine
efforts of Tess, Abby, Daisy and hopefully, Mulligan, the
good works of therapy dogs will be ongoing.
“Throughout the years I have realized the value dogs
have when interacting with people in all kinds of life
situations,” remarks Constantino. “They are comforters,
teachers, sharers, lovers and devoted companions. Many
dogs have an insight into what people need, and they
give their love freely without reservation or expectation
of anything in return. And, they are willing to do it all over
again the next time. That…is why I do this, to share my
dogs with people who need a little extra love.”
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Think before you ink
Among the more horrifying trends forecast for
2012 is the one predicting that more and more
women between the ages of 50 and 70 will be
I’m not talking about a demure lil butterfly fluttering
above the ankle bone. No, I’m talking full-on sleeves
and tramp stamps.
Now far be it from me to tell a sister how to live her
life. Oh, I’m just kidding. Y’all know I fairly much LIVE
for moments like these. I want to be all open-minded
and embracing of any woman’s choice to decorate her
aging body in whatever way she chooses but, instead,
I’m thinking, “Fool, what is wrong witchu?”
Because I’m comfortably ensconced in this age
group, I feel qualified to point out my main objection.
It should be pretty obvious: The truth is, when you get
right down to it, the nursing home isn’t all that far away.
Trust me: You’re going to feel like a mo-ron the first
time that nursing assistant spots the giant red aorta
wrapped in thorns right above your Depends.
Come on now. Do you want to be the hospital patient
that the nurses identify as “the weirdo in 207 with the
No you do not.
There doesn’t seem to be much of a pattern as
far as tattoo choices go among the 50-70-year olds.
Mercifully, most of the women don’t seem to want
Chinese symbols, perhaps realizing, as a pundit once
observed, if you don’t read Chinese, the symbol that
you think means “Peace” or “Happiness” could simply
mean “Moo Goo Gai Pan.” And most don’t choose
cartoon characters like Tweety Bird or Smurfette,
favoring a tatt of Grandpa’s name intertwined along
the upper arm via an ornate Celtic band. No matter the
closest Gramps got to Ireland was drinking a Guinness
at his brother-in-law’s house one time.
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Among the more eye-catching
designs I have seen was a colorful
full-size tattoo of a handgun inked
on a 65-year-old grandmother.
I guess that’s one way to
let those bratty neighbor
kids know that she’s DEAD
serious about them not
playing in her yard. (“Show
‘em yer gun, Mildred!”)
And then there was the 50-year-old who had lifelike
portraits of the stars of the “Twilight” movies tattooed
on her back from neck to waist.
At the young end of this trend, she should feel a little
better that it will be about 20 years before she’s actually
sitting on Robert Pattinson’s smiling vampire face.
In a perfect world, I suppose, the tattoo would
disappear in the morning only to return after the sun
Just a thought.
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Photos by Mollie Tobias
Chef Walter Royal stands in Raleigh’s Angus Barn restaurant’s famous room known as the Meat Locker, where guests can enjoy one of the
chef’s specialties, spirits and smoke in the open air dining room that overlooks the outdoor patio area.
By Heather Green
Special to OutreachNC
with Chef Walter Royal
Chef Walter Royal is not just an amazing chef. He
is an Iron Chef. This Alabama native not only
took home this coveted Food Network title,
but the standards by which he won, he takes with him
to work every day at the Angus Barn in Raleigh. Like
the Angus Barn, Chef Royal, 54, has high standards for
food and life. This humble and talented palette-pleasing
expert may have achieved what other chefs only dream
of, but Chef Royal is just getting started.
ONC: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
WR: I’m from a small town in Alabama named Eclectic,
and I currently live in Durham. I have a 31-year-old son
and 6-year-old grandson, and we are affectionately
known as Walter one, two and three. I was very close to
my parents, who passed away recently.
ONC: What made you choose to become a chef?
WR: Growing up in rural Alabama, going out to my
grandparents’ farm, playing in the dirt and watching
things grow, watching my grandmother collect fresh
eggs—it all became a passion of mine. At first, I wanted
to be a farmer, and later on in life, I decided I could have
the best of both worlds.
ONC: Who taught you to cook and are there any
special memories in the kitchen growing up you can
WR: My grandmother Willie Mae, my mother Ida,
my beloved Effie and hanging out in the kitchen with
my Aunt Betty. Eating! Eating great, fresh food and
the fellowship around the dinner table during family
ONC: Do you hope your son might carry on the
family cooking traditions?
OutreachNC • February 2012 43
WR: My son is in law enforcement, but he is a
wonderful cook. Someday, he may decide he wants to
follow in his daddy’s footsteps.
ONC: Do you have any special cooking values or
perhaps a favorite product or spice you always use?
WR: Growing up in Alabama and hanging out at
the farm, I learned to appreciate nice, fresh, simple
ingredients. When you have good, fresh ingredients,
you must complement them with simple preparations
and let those ingredients be the shining star. In my
many years of cooking, I have learned that a recipe or
meal is only as good as the characters on the plate,
good fresh ingredients and simple preparations.
ONC: What is the hardest thing you have ever
perfected making? Is there is anything you don’t like or
WR: There are two items. I finally mastered my Aunt
Vertle’s tea cakes recipe, and I’m still trying to master
Betty’s navy bean pie. I try to avoid things that are not
free range, all natural or organic like fois gras (duck or
goose liver that were fattened by force feeding), caged
veal and net caught seafood.
ONC: How did your career lead you to Angus Barn
and what do you like most about being a chef at a fine
WR: After working for years in the Triangle, the
Angus Barn had always been that large, shiny apple and
a place that had many of the same values I had growing
up. It is owned by Van Eure, who personifies exceptional
family values, community civic responsibilities, hard
work, animal rights, education and most of all, giving
back. With these values, it was a
place I yearned to be.
But the most rewarding part of my job is watching
people grow in their professional and personal lives.
ONC: Tell us about your Iron Chef experience.
WR: It is undoubtedly one of the largest and most
gratifying experiences of my life. But at the same time,
I was horrified, just a nervous wreck. I just stopped
and exhaled. I reflected back on my days at the Angus
Barn, which have prepared me for any challenge in life,
because if it’s going to happen out in the world, chances
are, we have experienced it at the Angus Barn. A lot of
the philosophies that we use, I used on the Iron Chef
like simple ingredients, using the 20-foot-rule (that
everyone within 20 feet of a problem should contribute
to the solution), counting on my team members,
relaxing and making the best of any situation, good,
bad, or indifferent.
ONC: Could you offer any advice for aspiring chefs?
WR: No. 1 is to make sure, and after you’ve thought
about it think more and be absolutely certain, that this is
the career that you want, because it is very demanding,
high pressure, and it’s not a job that you can take off for
holidays, birthdays or family summer barbeques. These
are the days that your customers and guests demand
that you be at the restaurant. It will consume 80 percent
of your time. But if you are prepared to miss the parties,
the family gatherings, the holiday meals, the concerts,
you will be the cream that rises to the top. It is one of
the most gratifying and rewarding things that you can
No. 2 is to read, make notes and experiment with food.
Learn from the mistakes that you make when you are
continued page 44
ONC: Any special stories or
memorable moments in the kitchen
at the Angus Barn?
WR: Being a part of such a great
group in my Angus Barn family,
every day is special. It is like going
down the rabbit hole and waking
up in Alice’s Wonderland. Now with
this, you listen, grow, share and
learn, but the hardest part of my
job, is to counsel negative behavior.
44 OutreachNC • February 2012
continued from page 43
No. 3 is that the dish station is the best form of
education, because it is the heartbeat of any restaurant.
Watching what is returned on the plate helps in knowing
things that you need to change or tweak. And if you
survive the dish station, you can survive any position in
the hospitality business.
ONC: What would you want people who have never
dined at the Angus Barn to know?
WR: I would like to dispel the conception that Angus
Barn is only a steakhouse. We are a great steakhouse,
but we cater to everyone. Our menu offerings consist of
seafood, poultry, pasta and vegetarian dishes. Not only
can we accommodate parties of 20 to 600 using our
private rooms in the restaurant, our world class private
rooms in our Wine Cellar, which has wines from every
wine-producing country. Our newest baby that has
taken off is our 27,000-square-foot Lakeside Pavilions,
which can accommodate parties, retreats and weddings
for 100 to 600 people. And then there’s the fact that we
are a family-owned business.
ONC: Any special happenings for Valentine’s Day at
WR: I recommend that you make your reservations
early for Valentine’s night, because we do fill up quickly.
We have a five-course meal in both dining rooms and
in the Wine Cellar with wines paired with each course.
We are also having a five-course meal at the Lakeside
ONC: What does it mean to you to have reached this
level as a chef?
WR: My work has just begun. I need to continue to
educate myself, as well as up-and-coming chefs and the
Chef Walter Royal’s
Cream of Butternut
Serves 6-8 people
3 lbs. Butternut Squash, washed, peeled & diced
½ gallon of Rich Chicken Stock
1 cup of Heavy Cream
3 tablespoons of Butter
3 tablespoons of Flour
2 ribs of Celery, chopped
1 Garlic clove, chopped
1 cup of Yellow Onions, chopped
1 Carrot, chopped
1 teaspoon of Basil, dried
1 teaspoon of Oregano, dried
3-4 dashes of Texas Pete
½ teaspoon of Nutmeg
Salt and Pepper to taste
Take butter and melt in heavy-duty soup
pot. Stir in flour. Add onion, squash,
celery, garlic, carrot, basil and oregano. Stir
and add in chicken stock. Simmer on medium
heat 20-30 minutes until sauce is completely
soft. Add in nutmeg, Texas Pete, heavy cream,
salt and pepper to taste. Puree in blender/
processor. Adjust seasoning if needed. Top with
fresh chives and bacon (bacon is optional).
ONC: What are some of your favorite things
about North Carolina, and what keeps you here?
WR: It’s location. We have a bounty of
everything, seafood, the growing period for
vegetables, where we are with wines and
fruits, and education. We at the Angus Barn
are at an arm’s reach of anything we need
from the shore, the mountains, New York,
Florida and Atlanta. Being a chef, you couldn’t
ask for more.
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There are a few things you can do to specifically ward off
memory loss. Most importantly, EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN!
HOW TO PLAY
• Every row of
9 numbers must
include all digits
1 through 9
• Every column
of 9 numbers
must include all
digits 1 through 9
• Every 3 by 3
subsection of the
9 by 9 square
must include all
digits 1 through 9
See Grey Matter Puzzle Answers on Page 48
Rearrange the letters in each word
below to spell the names of words
pertaining to Mardi Gras.
1. Handle the party food
6. Auditorium’s sound
15. Convex molding
16. Port city in SE France
17. Merry old times
18. Space between
margin and line of text
19. Conk out
20. Hutzpah, e.g.
22. Amazon, e.g.
23. Smeltery refuse
25. Freshman, probably
26. “___ bitten, twice
28. Waterproof hip
30. Mrs. Bush
33. Put up, as a picture
34. Ball field covering
38. “So soon?”
40. “The Canterbury
42. Makeup, e.g.
43. ___ line (major axis
of an elliptical orbit)
45. Brunch serving
53. Harp’s cousin
55. Unhurried walkers
58. PC linkup (acronym)
59. Branch that
connects with capillaries
61. Cast out
63. One who drools
64. Hindu queen
65. Those who boldly
state an opinion
1. Physical reaction to
fear (2 wds)
2. At hand
4. ___ Grove Village, Ill.
5. Like Santa’s cheeks
6. Organic compound
7. Unit of luminous
8. City government
9. A Swiss army knife
has lots of them
10. Portugese Mr.
11. Little bird
12. ___ artery
21. “___ alive!” (2 wds)
24. Inherited, such as
27. Musical mark
29. Swedish shag rug
35. Metal welding gas
36. Expressed in
37. One who is given
39. 10 liters
41. Trick taker, often
44. ___ and Meara
48. “___ Town Too”
49. Runs smoothly
50. Con men?
54. Arp’s art
56. Soft roe
57. Balkan native
60. “The Three Faces of
62. Long-jawed fish
Safety first when traveling
On my last trip to Johannesburg, South
Africa, I had to get a ride from the airport
to the hotel, which was a 30-minute
drive. Were this not South Africa, I would rent a
car and enjoy the drive in a new country. But in
South Africa, and Johannesburg in particular, I would
not do such a thing. Driving in Johannesburg can be
dangerous. Human life is not valued, and there are
frequent robberies at gunpoint at intersections and
traffic lights. A cell phone or laptop bag on a passenger
seat is reason enough for thieves to approach with a
gun and demand valuables. Public transportation is
simply not for non-locals.
After collecting my bags, I noticed a taxi stand in
the arrival hall. A large sign indicated that these taxis
were police-approved. The representative at the stand
greeted me affably and quoted a price along with an
estimate of how long the drive would be. I felt safe and
reassured since policemen were standing next to the
stand. A taxi driver came to the stand and escorted me
to his vehicle. The vehicle was painted yellow and was
clearly marked with a taxi sign on the roof. A meter was
mounted inside on the dash board, and registration
numbers were clearly visible on the vehicle exterior.
Most important, all other yellow cabs in the waiting area
were outfitted in the same way.
Within the estimated time and for the quoted price,
the cab delivered me securely to my hotel. En route, I
noticed that the driver approached every red traffic light
by decreasing the speed early enough so he would not
have to come to a full stop before the light turned green.
During check-out, I asked the front desk clerk to call
a taxi to transport me back to the airport. He placed a
brief phone call and told me the doorman had called a
taxi for me. Five minutes later, a blue private car pulled
up. The doorman pointed to the car and told me this
was my taxi. Alarm bells went off inside my head. The
driver was not wearing business attire. There was no
OutreachNC • February 2012 47
meter on the dash
board, nor any other
credential that could
identify the vehicle
as a taxi. I refused
to get in the car, and
the doorman started
to argue with me.
He refused to call a
police-approved taxi from the
After a few tense moments, a representative for the
rental car company intervened. He told me he was
going to the airport to pick up a customer and offered to
take me for a reasonable price. I gladly accepted.
In a subsequent call with my client, I found out I did the
right thing. By refusing to get in the private car, I avoided
a common trap for tourists and foreigners. In this scam,
an accomplice to the driver impersonates a police officer
conducting traffic control. The “police officer” stops the
car, and there, the passenger is stripped of all valuables
except the passport. The thieves cleverly assume their
victims will not miss a flight out of the country and will,
therefore, not press charges.
You may not ever need a taxi in South Africa, but
whether you’re in Johannesburg or Manhattan, it’s
a good idea to stick with official and legitimate taxi
services. Doing otherwise risks your valuables and,
more importantly, your well-being.
Travel safely and keep exploring.
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only did what a good friend, a very good friend
would do. She would do that for my husband, if
I had one, which I don’t. So there I was at the
Goodwill Store where I browse on occasion, and saw
her chair. Derva’s very special chair her husband had
so proudly paid through the nose to buy. $2,000 he
kept saying. A healthy spine chair because all the time
he and she and the doctors thought her back was the
trouble. Trouble was, it wasn’t her back at all, but a
deeper, darker thing that took her right out of that chair
in a millisecond. That’s when he called me. “Judy, oh
Judy,” he said. “She’s gone.” At first I thought gone to
the mall? Gone shopping? Where? Then he told me.
After the EMT and all that and the preacher, undertaker,
then the services. Her special chair sat there empty
through it all. Casseroles and crying. Until suddenly
the house was quiet. He said he couldn’t stand it. The
quiet. He said come over for a glass of wine. I said
maybe later in the week. Truth to be told, I didn’t think
I could be in that too quiet house either. Nor see her
I know houses that suddenly go too quiet. And
playing so much yakkety, yakkety radio and TV in the
background doesn’t fill even the corners, much less
the rooms. You have to get to the place where you and
a quiet house are one. You learn to live in so much
silence, even cat’s feet across the floor sound loud. And
welcoming. That’s after you stop crying long enough,
loud enough to listen.
I let her husband, Wallace, cry on my shoulder as
long as I could stand it. Truly. And that was as far as
it went. Wet spot. Tears. I didn’t mind. Much, even if it
was messy. Just necessary. I’d pat his back like you
Ruth Moose has been on the Creative
Writing faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill since
1996. She’s published two collections of
short stories, “The Wreath Ribbon Quilt” and
“Dreaming in Color” as well as six collections
of poetry. Born in Albemarle, Moose now
resides in Chapel Hill.
would comfort a child. “There, there,” I said. “It will be
Even if I knew it wouldn’t. Not for a long, long time.
You spend 35 years of your life with one person, and
they’re gone in a flash. Blip. Blink. Zip. Then there’s
white space, empty space wide as the world. You wake
up alone. You go to sleep alone, though the people in
the grief support group told me, and the other widows,
that awful word, time, would made a difference. First
time I had to check Widow in some box on some form, I
thought. Am I My Mother? She who was a widow longer
than she was a wife. The grief group had said make
noise. Make your own noise. I cried, tried to play CDs,
DVDs, anything to fill up the empty space.
Anyway, another thing the grief people told me was
to go out and buy a “husband.” One of those long, long
pillows you see in places like Linens & Stuff or Wal-
Mart. You see them in plaids and polka dots, suede
and corduroy. Every color. I picked one up in a store,
squeezed it, hugged it and all I felt was shredded foam.
No husband at all. Nothing hugged me back.
continued page 49
Grey Matter Answers
OutreachNC • February 2012 49
I got a cat instead. A fat, black foot-warmer of a cat,
that I have to feed, and brush, but he looks at me when
I speak. Even if he never answers back, I can tell what
he’s thinking. Food. Go out. Come back in. Food. Sleep.
The first time you hear yourself talking out loud in an
empty house, it’s almost as if there is another person.
Who? You ask. Who said that? Of course it was you.
Nobody else but you. And the cat.
How do you write grief out of your life? You don’t. You
go on going on, each day longer than the last.
No use going to the cemetery. That’s what I tell
Wallace. “She’s not there. Now now. Nor will she ever
be. Derva. Derva his darling and my very good friend.
Derva’s not there and neither is my Mitchell. My Mike.
But my Mike’s in his clothes closet. His car. His mail.
Sometimes the phone rings for him. I have to say he no
longer lives here. Let them think divorce. The caller. Let
them think he has left the country. Moved to the moon.
Let them think whatever they want to think. He’s not here.
He’s not in his chair, but his chair sat solid as a boulder
in my den. If I sat in it, I’d cry. So I walked around it. And
I kept walking around it. Then walked around it some
more until one day, again at the Goodwill Store, I saw
a pink wing chair that said Judy, that’s perfect for your
den. Out goes Mike’s big brown leather bathtub of a
chair; in goes my pretty pink little winger. Next, out went
the matching brown leather sofa and in went a little floral
love seat. I was on my way into a new life. A life alone.
But of course one has friends. Old friends. And you
make new friends. What you don’t have anymore are
couples friends. The wives cling closer to their husbands
when you are around. They pull them away on some
pretext if you start a serious conversation with them.
They never call you to go out. You are one. With them
that would make three, and three is an uneven number,
and then there would be that old business if he should
start to pay any attention to you. Any. The wife feels
threatened. So the couples go out with couples.
Sometimes the wife will call and you go out for
lunch. They don’t know what to say. You don’t know
what to talk about. Half your life is gone. You live in a
foggy space. You do not know how to make sparkling
conversation these days. You have no funny incidents
to share. All is gray. And white for empty. And black for
sadness. So the lunch invites get fewer and fewer with
more space in between.
Except Derva. She had been the exception. The dear
one who sometimes called just to say how are you.
Lunch? And she knew what to say. Not to complain
about Wallace, not tell what silly, stupid thing one of
them had recently done. She listened to my crazy
tales. How I put diesel fuel in my Toyota. How I lost
that same Toyota in the mall parking lot and couldn’t
find it until everyone else had gone home and mine was
the only car left unclaimed. How I couldn’t remember my
own phone number or the way to my office a week after
Derva was the one who let me pile her van full of Mike’s
clothes and take them to the PTA Thrift shop. Then go
back with me the next day when I cried I wanted his worn
old sheepskin slippers back. Of course they were gone,
and of course it wasn’t the slippers I wanted back. It was
Mike. She knew, and I knew.
When I brought home the coffeemaker for one, Derva
said it made a perfectly good cup of coffee though it
tasted like dishwater to me. Still does.
She was the one who said someday you will sing again.
You will hum songs to yourself and you will dance. And I
said never. I don’t know how to smile. I will never laugh
again. She said I would and I did. I do. It still startles me
to be in the sunshine and not the rain.
So I guess I owed it to her when I saw her chair in the
Goodwill Store. That ugly, awful chair that cost a mint
and didn’t ease her pain a dime. I sat in that chair and I
bought that chair.
And the day I knew Wallace was going to be at the
men’s prayer breakfast at church, I had that chair
delivered to his house where I knew they always kept an
extra key by the rock under the fig bush.
I had the delivery men put that chair by the den
bookshelves where Derva always had it, then I dressed
myself in pink, though it isn’t my color, makes my skin
look flushed, but does blush up my cheeks. Pink was
Derva’s color. Tall, dark-haired, big
blue eyed Derva. I sat in that chair
and waited for Wallace to come in
When he did, I didn’t say a
word. I waited as he walked by
me, patted me on the head
and said, “Just a minute,
darling. I’ll shower first.”
And he did.
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Over My Shoulder
On the first day, there
were mild cramps
between my shoulder
blades while I was on the
On the second day, the cramps
were more noticeable.
On the third day, during
a routine office visit, I
mentioned the cramps to
my doctor. While we were
talking, she reached for a phone and dialed a
cardiologist and booked a cardiac catherization for
me. I was surprised. Why? What do I need that for?
She was calm and reassuring saying she just wanted
to make sure “there’s nothing going on” that could
That was almost 20 years ago.
The catherization was followed in a few days by
open heart surgery for a triple bypass. My doctor,
who was about nine months pregnant at the time,
came to see me on a cold blustery Michigan morning
to wish me well before the surgery. She came back a
couple of days later looking much happier than she
had earlier. It took me a
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However, I have a
lengthy scar to show
where my gall bladder
was removed, long before the days of two little holes
and maybe a day in the hospital.
Women tend not to take some aches and pains
seriously—it’s not an easy thing to think that a pain in
your shoulder, arm or jaw could be a warning sign.
The most common warning signs for a heart attack
are chest pressure, tightness, or heaviness; pain in
shoulders, neck, jaw or arms; lightheadedness; fainting;
paleness. If these signs continue for even a short time,
call 911, and get to a hospital. Do not drive yourself!
(That seems so obvious but the number of people who
decide to drive themselves is alarming.)
Pain related to a heart attack can range from
dull to strong, or mild to severe. Many women feel
accompanying nervousness and anxiety that frequently
go ignored. People who commonly have heart attacks
without symptoms include women, elderly people and
I can be counted among those who knew very little
about heart problems for women. It took a caring doctor
and excellent surgeons to take care of the blockages. At
the time, I thought it was something like going to the
dentist, getting a problem fixed and that was all. I was
very wrong. Heart disease is a lifelong problem that
needs attention regularly.
Life can still be fulfilling
AUDIOLOGY of the SANDHILLS
Belinda Bryant, Vallie Goins,
Kate Tuomala, and Ruth Jones
PHONE (910) 692-6422
1902-K N. Sandhills Blvd., Hwy. #1 • Longleaf Medical Center • Aberdeen NC 28315
with that extra care. If
knowledge is power, then
learn as much as you can
about your heart and
what keeps it ticking.
February is Heart
Month. Take care of your
heart, and encourage
those you love to do
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