July - August - September 2021

A Word From The Publisher

Kent Lower

Welcome summer! If you’re like me, you’re super excited about its arrival ... the weather is warm, the days are longer, and after a crazy time like no other, life feels like it’s g...

Hey Wake Forest ... We're B-A-A-A-C-K!

by Town of Wake Forest

Now that North Carolina has lifted all indoor and outdoor capacity requirements and masks and social distancing are no longer required, the Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announ...

Pesty Plants

by Margarita Cohen

For gardeners, nothing is more delightful than time spent caring for and cultivating plants. But what can ruin this pastime more than a mosquito? Over the years, numerous articles ...

Cool Summer Slaws

by Stacey Moritz

Summer is in full swing, and we are finally able to gather again with family and friends. What better way to celebrate together than gathering around the grill in the backyard and ...

It's Hot Out There

by Allison Caudle Abbott

On April 26, 2021, Apple made an announcement that they will be settling down in the Triangle, a move that will create thousands of high-paying jobs over the next five years. The l...

It's Kidney Stone Season

by WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Kidney stones are comprised of tiny crystals that form inside the kidney. These solid masses may form one at a time or several may form all at once. Did you know that North Carolin...

Say Goodbye To Summer Stains

by Todd Nelson

Summer is a season for swimming pools, running through sprinklers, water balloon fights, tree climbing, gardening, grilling out, and al fresco dining. Sadly, that also makes it pri...

Crafting ... Farmhouse Style

by Dolores Riggins

Farmhouse style – when I hear those two words, my mind immediately goes to beautiful shiplap walls, the perfect holiday mantel, the cool white porch … and dollar signs! I lo...

Take Me To Your Seltzer

by Joe O'Keefe

When I was in college, I had a professor who taught all about paradigms and paradigm shifts. He thought he was training me to be a teacher (he was). But he probably did more to pre...

Driveable Destination

by Grace Lower

If you live in North Carolina, you’ve surely heard of Pinehurst, known for its world-renowned golf facilities that have hosted numerous prestigious golf tournaments. The Pinehurst ...

Cooked In (Non) Tradition

by Grace Lower

Marshmallows. Chocolate. Graham crackers. The well-regarded s’more is a staple summer treat that we all know and love. As I sat down to write this edition of “Cooked In Tradition,”...

Outdoor Living

by Sommer Donahoe

Outdoor spaces have become an extension of our homes, especially over this past year. Homeowners have found creative, functional ways to utilize space and bring conveniences such a...

Proper Pruning

by Jimmy Tompkins

Pruning, while not necessarily the most enjoyable of the landscaping tasks, is important not only for the beauty of trees, shrubs, and plantings, but also for their health, and the...

Sleep ... Where Have You Gone?

by Nick Pione

As described by the Mayo Clinic, sleep provides the foundation for all of your daily habits and decisions. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect your mood and temperament, as wel...

Good Reads

by Suzanne Lucey

While the COVID-19 pandemic is something none of us ever wants to live through again, one silver lining from it is that the book world is booming, as many authors were able to take...

Storm Ready

by Wake Electric Membership Corporation

Researchers at NC State have predicted the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will see 15 – 18 named storms forming in the Atlantic basin. Of those, seven to nine may grow strong enoug...

Decor Dilemma?

by Rhonda Benvie Plummer

Summer is the season of home projects. Maybe you want to freshen up your space a bit, or you’re ready to tackle a complete overhaul. Perhaps in this hot real estate market, you are...

Hidden Gem

by Robyn Goss-Bennai

If you have lived in the area for a while, you may have already experienced this not-so-hidden gem. And if you haven’t yet discovered it, it’s a gem like no other around and one yo...

The Menopause Transition

by ​Hajira Yasmin, MD, FACOG, NCMP, AASECT-CSC, IF

Being in the space of reproductive healthcare for more than two decades, year upon year I have gained knowledge and understanding of women’s bodies and their functioning that gradu...

You Are What You Eat

by Buck Buchanan

Vanilla is a very popular flavoring, commonly used in both food and drink. It can be found in a variety of sweet treats, including yogurt, coffee, and smoothies, as well as some sa...

Feeling A Tad Sensitive?

by Dr. Edmond Suh

There isn’t a pain much more annoying and distracting than the kind that comes with a sensitive tooth. Whether your teeth are chronically sensitive or you have an occasional twang ...

The Focus On Contacts

by Samantha K. McPherson, OD, FAAO

Contact lenses have a fascinating history. Leonardo da Vinci had the rudimentary idea of a contact lens way back in the 1500s. He recognized that his vision changed when looking th...

Too Much Elbow Grease?

by ​Dr. Thomas Pendergrast

“Just give it a little more elbow grease!” We’ve all heard this expression before as a playful way to refer to hard work. But as we get older, many of us realize just how much sens...

Sweet Slices Of Summer

by WakeMed Health & Hospitals

What better way to cool down this summer than with one of our favorite summertime fruits? Pineapples are delicious, low in calories, and loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Thi...

Our Heritage

by Ed Morris

On February 3, 1834, on an unusually warm winter morning, Samuel Wait sat down with 16 students in the former home of Dr. Calvin Jones. On that morning, what is now Wake Forest Uni...