Publisher’s Letter

Dave has been back in the States for over two weeks now and it’s been so much fun introducing him to the new businesses that have opened since he left for Ecuador, and revisiting many of the restaurants and businesses that he missed while he was away. It’s great to have him home! Check out his story on reverse culture shock this month. There are some memories that stay with us through the years more than others. No matter how old you get, that one moment in time is always…

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Macular Degeneration Prevention

Although macular degeneration prevention is possible, there isn’t a foolproof method of avoiding the disease.  There are, however, steps you can take to help reduce your risk. Pay special attention to prevention if you already have a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or if the disease runs in your family. AMD is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss among people older than 60 years of age.  In time, a person with macular degeneration may find it difficult or impossible to read, drive or recognize familiar faces. Guidelines to…

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You are Never Too Old to Play

Betty Jean LaGrange is not your typical 91-year old. She grew up in Berne, New York on a farm, and her favorite pastime was playing in the woods.  When her daughter married Tom Deck and moved down to North Carolina, she relocated to Grantville to be closer to them and her other daughter, Barbara, about twenty years ago. Always an active person, she moved to Cross Road Retirement Community five years ago and often participates in their activities and trips.  While attending a recent seminar held at the facility, the…

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Logo of Love

Sometimes, the best ideas come to us in the least likely places. Brandi Crumley, owner of Ennobra Bloom Boutique, was driving to Lexington one day last summer, listening to K-Love and they were talking about how Romans built the cross, and it was their symbol.  They continued on to say that God was able to turn that symbol into one of love.  In an instant, the road faded to the background and the Logo of Love image popped into her brain, perfectly formed and she quickly pulled over to the…

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Date Night: Jeff & Shanna Hodgin

1. How did you meet? Shanna: We lived in the same 3755 Student Squadron on Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX. Jeff: 3755th Student Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX. 2. Was it love at first sight?  Shanna: Don’t tell him but I’m afraid so. Jeff: I’m not sure I believe in love at first sight, but it was close. When did you know that this was the “one” and you were going to get married? Shanna: When I went to Okinawa to visit him. Jeff: Around six months after…

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Spirit Horse Ranch: Sharing a love of horses

Rosie Goldstein grew up on Long Island, where her parents owned horses.  Like many little girls, she was obsessed with horses even before she could read, and dreamed of having her own horse.  When she was five years old she got her first pony and was taught how to ride and care for it. When she was eight, her Dad won the concession to give wagon rides in the Children’s Farm at the new Flushing Meadows Park, the site of the 1964 World’s Fair. The park included many of the…

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