October is National Arts and Humanities Month

National Arts and Humanities Month is the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities around the nation. This year we are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.

Click here to read the Presidential Proclamation signed by President Barack Obama, recognizing October as National Arts and Humanities Month.

For more information on art advocacy, research, events and how you can get involved, visit


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In Observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This deadly disease not only affects women, but some men are susceptible to it as well, although it is rare. Breast cancer is a group of malignant tumors that begins in the cells of the breast and can be categorized by type of cells and size. This disease is known as the second leading cause of death among women.

Learn more about early detection, diagnosis, treatment, stages and other facts by visiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Here you will find various educational programs to help spread the word about the services and importance of early detection. For additional information about mammograms or how you can get involved, check out the American Cancer Society

Please share a tribute in our comment section to any breast cancer survivor or in memory of someone you love who succumbed to this horrifying disease. You’ll never walk alone.


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National Biscuit Month Ends but Kicks off the Season of Comfort Food

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Yep, we are at the end of National Biscuit Month, observed during the month of September. How do you like your biscuits? Buttermilk, flaky, cheesy or sweet? How do you eat your biscuits? With butter, jam, molasses, sausage gravy or honey? The term biscuit refers to a variety of baked, commonly flour-based food products.

According to Wikipedia, here are some historical, demographic references to the term biscuit:

  • The modern-day difference in the English language regarding the word “biscuit” is provided by British cookery writer Elizabeth David in English Bread and Yeast Cookery, in the chapter “Yeast Buns and Small Tea Cakes” and section “Soft Biscuits.”
  • It is interesting that these soft biscuits (such as scones) are common to Scotland and Guernsey, and that the term biscuit as applied to a soft product was retained in these places, and in America, whereas in England it has completely died out.
  • The Middle French word bescuit is derived from the Latin words bis (twice) and coquere, coctus (to cook, cooked), and, hence, means “twice-cooked”. This is because biscuits were originally cooked in a twofold process: first baked, and then dried out in a slow oven. This term was then adapted into English in the 14th century during the Middle Ages, in the Middle English word bisquite, to represent a hard, twice-baked product.
  • However, the Dutch language from around 1703 had adopted the word koekje (“little cake”) to have a similar meaning for a similar hard, baked product. The difference between the secondary Dutch word and that of Latin origin is that, whereas the koekje is a cake that rises during baking, the biscuit, which has no raising agent, in general does not (see gingerbread/ginger biscuit), except for the expansion of heated air during baking.

Biscuits are one of our southern staples for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It complements many food items such as fried chicken and sausage. Yet, biscuits can also be the foundation for some wonderful pastry creations, dumplings or appetizers. Just because our national celebration of biscuits ends in September, it is actually a kickoff to a season of delicious recipes that play a major role in comfort food for our souls. YUM!!!

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Celebrations, Food


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A Day at the Car Show

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I always had a secret love affair for unique and showy cars, so occasionally going to a car show gives me my fill of “ooh’s and ahh’s” as I pass by this spectacular showcase of cars. On Saturday September 19, 2015, I attended the Queen City Corvette Club 4th Annual All Chevy Car Show in Charlotte, North Carolina. The stage was set at Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte. Trophies for the Best of Show, overall Best of Show and numerous special awards were given. Dash plaques were given to the first 200 entries.

Being in the NASCAR Capital of the World, you see so many amazing cars that owners have invested a lot of money into. While I walked through the incredible aisles of spectacular cars, I was inspired to write the following poem, The Car Show.

The Car Show
By Kym Gordon Moore

Like the most precious gems in the crown of a palace royal
a sea of cars sparkles as the sun dances on their Pantone bodies
splashes of bold, magnificent colors in brilliant metallics
makes spectators drool from the corners of their hungry lips

showmanship on display like a prized thoroughbred
owners delicately removing any sign of dust or debris
polishing, wiping and polishing some more
too mesmerized to step away from the dazzling gleam

mouths agape by pristine details never before imagined
with an eye on the prize for title of best in the show
whether vintage models or the latest showroom performer
all await the judge’s announcement for that coveted trophy

each car has a story to tell about its family’s lineage
ancestry that resonates with regal nostalgia
as the votes are tabulated and announcements anticipated
honor is bestowed on the winner, luminous like Cinderella’s tiara.

Here are a few of my favorites, as we were “Cruisin’ in the Carolinas!”

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Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Contests, Leisure Pursuits


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Blu-Ray: Past, Present or Extinct?

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Blu-Ray: Past, Present or Extinct?
By Kym Gordon Moore

Are you a fan of Blu-Ray or traditional DVD players? Do you think Blu-Ray discs and players are headed for extinction? Blu-Ray, a digital optical disc capable of storing HD (high-definition) video resolution was designed to supersede traditional DVD’s. The rise in popularity with Netflix, Hulu, Paid-Per-View and On-Demand services however, gives consumers more options and convenience to watch their favorite hit TV shows, movies and clips. It appears that Blu-Ray discs are losing its charm and popularity, by becoming an unnecessary luxury in today’s home entertainment market.

With increased technological advancements around the mid 1990’s, DVD’s began replacing the ever-popular VCR’s. VCR’s contained a magnetic tape used to record audio and video programs from television broadcasts. On the heels of improving this technology, DVD’s were designed with the same dimensions as a CD, but with the ability to store more data than a CD.

The advancement of streaming media and content continues to improve with technological advancements. We witnessed this evolution when film projectors were replaced with Betamax, which was replaced by VHS. Next, Laser Discs and HD-DVD became extinct when DVD’s and Blu-Ray Discs were introduced to the market. The popularity of TiVo, Nintendo, PlayStations, Wii, video television and video games created another major shift in the home entertainment industry.

Smartphones, computer notepads and wearable technology is making it possible and convenient for end-users to record and watch their favorite movies and shows anytime they wish. While Blu-Rays have not reached that point of extinction yet, they have certainly surpassed the mature stage of its life cycle. At the growing rate of introducing new high-tech gadgets on the market each year, there is no doubt we will see a new and improved game changer to replace the old technology from last year, or even a few months ago.

Consumers are savvier spenders and new technology upgrades offer greater opportunities to view their favorite TV shows or movies, while on the go. On the flipside, many consumers are putting the brakes on their appetite for the latest and greatest high-tech electronics and gadgets that will sooner or later become another thing of the past.

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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Computers, Leisure Pursuits


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An Edible Water Blob Battles Plastic Pollution

Kym Gordon Moore:

An option to drink your #water is to eat it, with Ooho!, the edible water blob!

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If someone said to eat your water, you would probably look at them like they were an alien. Actually, we couldn’t blame you because we would probably look at them the same way.

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Recently, we came across an article that talked about a way to get rid of plastic packaging and consume your water through an edible blob. It’s called Ooho!. This edible water blob is a water bottle without the plastic. The mission of this water orb is to battle the worldwide epidemic of plastic pollution that plagues landfills, oceans and the typical litter we see lying on our highways and byways.

Designers of Ooho! note that by rethinking the bottle, it is possible to reduce production cost. The container holds water in a double membrane using “spherification,” the technique of shaping liquids into spheres. This process works like an egg yolk, but…

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


A Poetry, Music and Art Anniversary Celebration

Indian Trail CAC Poetry Open Mic, From Behind the Pen, Kym Gordon MooreIn celebration of the second year anniversary of poetry open mic events, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, poets, artists and musicians shared an array of poetry compositions, stories, art and musical talents throughout the night. Since the inaugural open mic event, An Evening of Conversations in Poetry two years ago, the poetry group has showcased an explosion of talent through various poetry and art sectors, contests, workshops and open mics. Participants included voices from the local arts and humanities community.

This Poetry Open Mic 2-Year Anniversary included recitals and performances from Norman Bartee (The Theater of My Life), Dwight Roth (Chasing Truth), Catherine Ross (Feedback), Pam DeMaria (My Magic Place), Ryan Fish (The Rooster on guitar), Casey Zvanut (And the Rest Is), Roger Fish (History of Cotton in IT), Davis Taylor (The Marine), Jennifer Nicks (Lovely on guitar), Odette Tejada (Flying Back), Andrea Haynes (Little Thoughts and Time), along with poetry, art and a skit performed by Isabella Fish, Lilli Fish, Elise Meehl (Paris) and Leila Meehl (Millie).

Indian Trail Community Development Specialist, Susan Didier and North Carolina Poet, Kym Gordon Moore collaborated together and coordinated an evening of fun for all. The monthly poetry and art platform showcases many veteran, novice and first-time appearances. By expanding monthly poetry open mic events to include other artistic performances, individuals are challenged each month with a new theme prompt to help ignite their creative juices.

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Part of the night’s refreshment bar was courtesy of Mr. Steven Chip Long, Notary Public and CNSA, of Indian Trail. Be sure to join us next month for another evening of poetic excitement. To sign up to read or RSVP to attend this FREE event, contact Susan Didier at 704-821-2541, or by email at We will also collect donated canned goods and non-perishable food items to benefit the recipients of Common Cupboard, a subsidiary of Common Heart.


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