July · August · September 2016

A Word From The Publisher

Kent Lower

I find that one of the more difficult tasks of publishing each edition of CIRCA is deciding what to feature on the front cover – I want to ensure the magazine is eye-catching and a...

CELEBRATE SUMMER AROUND TOWN

by Anna Bolton

Summer’s here so it’s time to have some fun. But where should you go and what should you do? Look no further, because I have the answer – spend your summer right here in Wake Fores...

SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS SUMMER SALADS

by Holly Hopkins

Sunny summer days are upon us and so are the hot summer rays. There are many ways to beat the heat – from dipping those tootsies in the water while hanging poolside to cranking up ...

SAFE TRAVELS

by Thomas Walters

It’s the time of year when families load their cars and gear up for summertime road trips. Whether you have your sights set on traveling to places close to home or you plan to crui...

MEGA DECKS

by Garth Hystad

Now that summer is here, people in the Triangle area are taking full advantage of the wonderful weather the region has to offer. For many families, one of the best ways to enjoy th...

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS

by Tina Mast

If you enjoy having blooming plants outside your home during the summer months, then by now you’ve likely planted your container gardens and hanging baskets with your favorite flow...

THE MIGHTY FLEA

by Vanessa Davis

All pets can get fleas ... and the flea problem is going to be worse this year since we have not had long winters with freezing temperatures for an extended time. What you hear abo...

LET'S PARTY!

by Todd Nelson

With summer cookouts and pool party season upon us, we asked a few folks who are well accustomed to entertaining dozens of guests at a time to reveal their best secrets for pulling...

SUMMER SAFETY

by Dr. Linwood Watson

Summer is a fun time of year, but it also sets off many seasonal health issues. Working in acute care, physicians often encounter many concerns and questions from patients. Here ar...

OUTDOOR APPEAL

by Ben Case

The hotter, longer days of summer have arrived, and homeowners are getting their outdoor living spaces in order – whether it’s to enjoy summer cookouts out on the porch or patio, s...

DENTAL DANGERS

by Dr. Edmond Suh

Candy – it was once regarded as the fruit of all things evil in the dental world. You probably recall the days when you went to the dentist and were educated about how much damage ...

SLEEP TIGHT ...

by WakeMed Health & Hospitals

If you’re a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, you may think you’re already familiar with an infant’s safe sleep environment. With new studies out, and with new recommendations in ...

ENJOY THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

by Courtney Barnes

Summer days bring cherished memories as you, your family, and your pet play, travel, or relax in the sun. But summer’s lazy days shouldn’t interrupt your four-legged family member’...

SUMMER COOKING

by Kristin Harper

Summer in North Carolina is the perfect time for cooking with Mother Nature’s bounty – whether it be with local peaches, corn, blueberries, tomatoes, etc., our state’s fresh produc...

THE HUMBLE DONUT

by Kelly Trimyer

Donuts are the quintessential American treat – available and affordable for the masses, yet adaptable for sophisticated palettes and reflective of foodie trends, thanks to a rich h...

WORK OUT WISELY

by Dr. Brian Campbell

Now that we are in the throes of summer, many of us are spending more time outdoors, moving our fitness regimens out of the gym. Whether your exercise routine has you venturing out...

ORTHODONTIC MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

by Dr. Jason Gladwell

In an age where information is so readily available and right at our fingertips, many parents and orthodontic patients want to learn as much as they can on their own before consult...

SLIM THE CHIN

by Beth Norton

Submental fullness is a pesky problem that affects so many. What is submental fullness you ask? It is more commonly referred to as a “double chin” – that unsightly area of loose sk...

DRIVEABLE DESTINATION

by Jennifer Smart

These are organic berries. Not certified organic, but organic all the same. Nothing goes on them but sunshine and rain. The blueberry field is called Wake Forest Farms, and when Ji...

FUN IN THE SUN?

by Diane Mack

It’s summer and you are finally heading to the lake or the beach for a much-needed vacation, or are simply off to lounge poolside on a lazy Saturday afternoon. You’ve packed your p...

MARCHING BAND

by Drew Wilson

Do you remember your high school marching band? If so, you will be happy to know that it still exists. There are numerous groups working hard to develop a show using musical innova...

GET YOUR VEGGIES ON

by Stacey Moritz

Not only has summertime brought with it lots of sun and rising temperatures, but a little change at my house as well. Over the last few months, one of my daughters has slowly been ...

CRAVING CONNECTION

by Hannah Adkins

There is no one around; the touch of the invisible swooshing rushes across your face, awakening you from your profound, wandering thoughts. Desires well up within you. Every young ...

MAKE THE GRADE

by Monique M. Rogers

Bells will be ringing for the 2016 – 2017 school year soon, and you want to make sure your kids are well prepared. Public, private, or home school students need the same basic scho...

THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

by Patti Fralix

This quarter of the year begins with thoughts of freedom. The 4th of July and all it symbolizes is in full force. The American flag flies prominently, and parades are held in many ...