Planning With Purpose

November’s blustery days are here, but the painted Carolina fall landscape remains, so I plan to take in its beauty as long as it graces us with its presence. This month’s theme is “Planning with Purpose,” so we offer helpful tips to make your dreams or bucket list items a reality, advice on living wills, organizational strategies to boost your brain health, Medicare open enrollment information and help understanding long-term care insurance.

Our cover photo was inspired by Regional Culture columnist Ray Linville’s affection for fall and sweet potato pie, and we include a recipe for the decadent dessert by Cooking Simple columnist Leslie Philip to adorn your holiday table. But don’t overlook this month’s Cooking Simple recipe for crock pot white bean pumpkin chili as a main course either.

Viewers of WRAL-TV will recognize news reporter Amanda Lamb as we sit down for our November Carolina Conversations to talk about community news, writing and what’s on her itinerary for her Second 50. Having personally watched her work and cover news stories over her 20+ year tenure, this editor is still smiling from our visit.

We also learn about the specialty of neuro physical therapy and its benefits for those coping with spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and the effects of a stroke or other neurological disorders by strengthening the body and building new mental connections.

This month, we salute all veterans on Nov. 11 and honor Ret. U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Don Colvin in our World War II series with his harrowing story as a POW.

Skydiving often tops bucket lists, and we go up in the air with the Special Forces Association Parachute Team. This team, who in addition to jumping out of a perfectly good plane on a regular basis, performs patriotic skydiving displays with American flags, raises funds for wounded Special Forces veterans and tandem jumps with wounded veterans, all in the name of giving back.

And in this season of thanksgiving, we are so thankful and grateful to you, our readers and advertisers, for your continued support of OutreachNC!
Co-editor Jeeves is impatiently awaiting his serving of turkey and gravy with extra gravy. Until next month…


–Carrie Frye. Editor