Reverse Culture Shock

It is amazing how easily we, as human beings, adapt.  Most people, mental illnesses aside, can and do adjust to their surroundings very quickly.  After living in Ecuador for two years, I had all but forgotten about the conveniences in the United States that I missed when I first arrived.  Things like getting a hot cup of gourmet coffee just about anywhere, super stores that carry everything from artichokes to zinc, and fast food restaurants open until the wee hours of the morning were quickly forgotten as I adjusted to…

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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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Christian Emphasis – Good Friday Prayer Breakfast

When you think about the YMCA, you think of kids playing basketball, seniors doing water exercise in the pool and people working out in the fitness area. You may not know that the “C” in YMCA stands for Young Men’s “Christian” Association. The “C” gives us clarity of purpose and a foundation for building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  At the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA we started a Christian Emphasis Committee last year to help ensure that we are following our mission to put Christian principles into practice focusing…

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Cross Road Retirement Community Contracts With Sunstates Security

Sunstates Security has contracted with Cross Road Retirement Community to provide security services on their campus seven nights a week from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. “We felt it was time for us to look at doing more for the safety of our residents,” said Steve Rumbley, Executive Director.  “Our world has changed and continues to change.  We want to be proactive in responding to the needs of our residents and believe this is a good first step.  In the future, additional security services may be added as we continue…

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Randolph Health Community Foundation Makes A Positive Impact on the Community

Supporters and friends of the Randolph Health Community Foundation gathered on Friday, March 3rd, for a lovely evening of elegant dining to support a great cause. Beginning in 14 beautiful homes throughout Asheboro, the 16th annual DineAround event culminated with dessert at Pinewood Country Club. The Randolph Health Community Foundation’s signature event, DineAround, proved to be an outstanding success. Over 250 sponsors contributed to help raise more than $120,000, the most sponsorship money raised to date through this event. “With a record number of sponsors and amount of money raised…

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Four Saints Brewing Company Welcomes Fourth Art Wall Project Artist, Michael Messer

The fourth of five selected visual artists begins his creative journey as part of the Four Saints Brewing Company’s Art Wall Project.  The inaugural visual art installation series spans almost two years.  The project provides five regional artists each the resources to produce a three-month art installation across a 12 foot interior taproom wall.  The mission of the All Wall Project is to foster artful discourse among the local community.  Greensboro-based visual artist, Michael Messer is the fourth featured artist.  Michael will hold a public work session in the F.S.B.C.…

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