When Dreams Do Come True

It’s not often that a dream and a passion becomes a reality, but for local Ellis Jewelers General Manager Ryan Curry, it did. Over the years, Curry has found a passion and desire for acting. That passion has come to fruition with a few acting jobs and recently his acting is gaining recognition and awards.

In 2016, Curry showed up for an open casting call hosted by A Shardi Film Production, which was seeking actors for an independent Christian film, “Provisions.” Writer, producer, and director Shorni Hardy recalls the day. “We were looking for actors to fill our lead male role and our supporting male role. When Ryan came in there was a glow about him. He read for both the lead role of Joel and the supporting lead, Kevin Armstrong, and Ryan was perfect for Armstrong. He looked the part, sounded the part, and was the part!” Curry landed the role of Kevin Armstrong, CEO of a multi-million dollar company, and fit the bill just right, according to Hardy.

The movie is about struggle and loss and, most importantly, knowing that no matter what you’ve gone through or things that have happened to you in your life, God is always there. The movie expresses and encourages you to maintain your confidence in faith because God will see you through.

RyanCurry-acceptingawardHardy was born in Jamaica and when she was 12 years old her parents migrated to Aruba for a better life. She overcame adversity and struggle because she was in a new place, a new culture, and surrounded with new people. At the age of 21, she moved to the United States where, she said, “Everything looked giant to me.” Relying on her faith in God and the support of her family, she began writing films. “God took me through the struggles to help build the experiences I have grown from and am able to share with those that see my film,” says Hardy.

“Provision” is gaining a lot of attention in the Christian film industry and has been nominated for several awards. Curry recently received an award from the Christian Film Festival as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film. Curry says, “My dream is to make a huge impact in Christian films, playing a role that touches people’s hearts and increases their faith.”

When asked what Curry’s award and role means for the film and the cast Hardy says, “In his acceptance speech he says ‘Provisions’ is like family. That’s exactly what this experience has become for all of us. We are a part of something bigger and something grand, and that’s not just our immediate family, but our family in Christ.”

Curry believes that “by winning this award, hard work does pay off.” He said, “In acting you’re always learning and improving your skills. Knowing that ‘Provision’ has been chosen for so many awards is enough of an award for me.”

Award-Winning Feature 2017Additional roles that Curry has played include a role on a Christian TV show called “Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural,” “The Longest Ride” (a Nicholas Sparks film), and an upcoming film called “Obamaland,” a political satire scheduled for release later this year.

When Curry started acting in church productions and dramas he never thought it would build to this magnitude. “I enjoy entertaining people and Christian films are my passion,” said Curry.

Hardy believes that “Provision” is a film that is perfect for everyone in the family. “When you watch it, you will walk away knowing that no matter what, God’s got you. ‘Provision’ will make you laugh, smile, cry, and be happy to see how God restores someone who’s lost everything,” she said.

If you would like to see the film you can attend the public red carpet premiere on May 27, 2017 in Raleigh, NC at Redemption Raleigh Campus 9225 Leesville Rd. which is free to attend. To view the trailer visit http://www.ashardifilm.com/.


Hospice of Davidson County – Find Comfort Here

By Chris Burcaw

Nestled in a pastoral, serene setting off Highway 64, centrally located in Davidson County, lies the Hospice of Davidson County Campus, featuring administrative and Home Care offices, the Grief Counseling Center, and the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House facility.

HODC HHSince 1985, Hospice of Davidson County has been providing care and comfort to patients facing end-of-life illness by offering pain and symptom management, as well as spiritual and emotional support for patients and families.

“Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care. Pain and symptom management and emotional and spiritual support are unique to each patient’s needs and wishes. Our belief is that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support throughout the process,” Jan Knox, Director of Community Relations said.

Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. In most cases, care is provided in a patient’s home, but it is also given in the hospital, in nursing homes, in long-term care facilities, or in a hospice inpatient unit. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.

Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, HODC Campuswhen appropriate, helps make decisions for their loved one. Members of the Hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. The Hospice of Davidson County team is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. Other services include:

  • Assisting the patient with the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of dying.
  • Providing needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment.
  • Coaching and supporting the family on how to care for the patient.
  • Making inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or when he caregiver needs respite time.
  • Offering grief support care and counseling to surviving family and friends.


“Our team consists of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and certified nursing assistants, as well as social workers, chaplains, and grief counselors,” Knox said. “But we would be hard-pressed to offer our levels of services without the help of our incredible volunteers. Our volunteers assist with everything from answering phones and providing office support to running errands and providing companionship for patients.”

Because of generous community support, Hospice of Davidson County can continue meeting its mission to enhance the quality of life by providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual care for our community.

“We never refuse care to anyone based on their ability to pay. The services we offer exceed what is covered by Medicare and private insurance reimbursements,” Knox said. “For that reason, we depend on the Davidson County community to meet the needs of those in our community facing the end of their lives.”

Currently, Hospice of Davidson County is in the midst of its More Meaningful Moments comprehensive campaign, which is designed to raise funds to enhance patient care, expand services, enable growth, and expand therapeutic care.

“Over the next decade, it is projected that the population of residents over the age of 65 in Davidson County will increase by 23%,” Knox said. “The goals of the campaign are simple – to create More Meaningful Moments for our patients and their families while meeting the growing need for Hospice Care in our community.”

To learn more about Hospice of Davidson County, to become a volunteer or support the care we provide, visit HospiceOfDavidson.org, or call 336-475-5444.


Chunky Peach Salsa

Chunky Peach Salsa


4 peaches, peeled and diced

1/3 red onion, thinly sliced and chopped

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced and chopped

3/4 cup chopped parsley

½ jalapeno, seeded, ribbed and diced (optional)

20 mint leaves, chopped


Dressing Ingredients:

1-inch long piece of fresh ginger, grated

2 Tbsp olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

pinch of salt – optional



Place the peaches, onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno, parsley and mint into a salad bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together the grated ginger, olive oil, lemon juice and salt.

Pour the dressing over the peaches mixture and toss to combine. Set aside for 10-15 minutes and enjoy!


Silhouette young woman, exercise on the beach at sunset.

BYOB: Bring Your Own Workout for Summer Vacations

By Jen Fuller-Allen

J Smith Young Y.M.C.A Programs Director

Vacations are a wonderful opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy a chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Vacations were designed for us to rest, but some worry that all their hard work in the gym will go down the drain after a week or so of vacation. Not to worry. Your body will benefit from a small break and from the variation of your normal routine.

Your first option is truly to rest. Take a few days to let your body recover from exercise, catch up on your sleep and give yourself a chance truly to relax. Resting is just as important as working out because it’s an equal part of the total process required to build strength, endurance, and muscle. Working out breaks down your body tissues. Resistance training breaks down muscles causing microscopic tears. When the muscle heals and rebuilds itself, you grow stronger. Rest days allow your body the time needed to rebuild.

Sleep is also an important part of the process to get stronger. Your body produces more growth hormone during the REM cycle of sleep, which aids your body in repairing and rebuilding muscles post-workout. Sleep is also a very important part of keeping you healthy in general. If you are skimping on your sleep at home, a vacation is a great opportunity to sleep a little later and help your body recover.

If the idea of resting for a week is more than you can handle, here are a few quick and easy ideas to incorporate fitness into your vacation without spending all your time in the gym with your days of rest and relaxation.

  1. Bike around your destination. Bring your own bike or rent one from your vacation destination. Use it to explore your surroundings or to go to and from dinner. For most of us, almost all of our time commuting at home is spent in a car. Try to limit your time in the car on vacation as much as possible and make your travel time active time.
  2. Try something new – you can canoe, kayak or paddleboard at the beach. Try hiking, skiing, or rock climbing in the mountains – no matter where you are, there is sure to be something you haven’t tried before or something you don’t get to do frequently.
  3. Pretend that the elevators don’t work. Use the stairs whenever possible for a little added calorie burn.
  4. If it’s within a mile, walk. Walk to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the shops across the street. Lots of short bursts of activity will add up and you will have the opportunity to see lots of sights you might have missed from the car. If you wear an activity tracker, make it your goal to hit 12,000 steps a day instead of 10,000.
  5. Stretch – use this opportunity to try yoga, Pilates, or just spend time stretching outdoors and enjoy the quiet. You can easily create your own routine, download a free app for a workout that you can follow, or visit a class.
  6. Tabata – this is a quick and easy (and super challenging) workout for anyone. Select an exercise, preferably a bodyweight one, and perform that exercise as many times as possible for 20 seconds. Work as hard as you can in the 20 seconds, bringing your heart rate up as high as possible. Rest for ten seconds and then repeat for 8 total rounds (4 minutes of total time). Use a watch with a timer or a tabata timer app to help you keep track. Your goal is to do 4 rounds of tabata total (16 minutes). A full body tabata workout would include squats, pushups, planks, and burpees. You can substitute any exercise you can think of for those listed — just be ready to repeat it for four minutes. You can break it up with some core work or add in some interval run/walking at the end to make it a little bit longer.
  7. Visit a new gym. If you have a YMCA membership, your membership is good at any YMCA through membership reciprocity, so take a new class or try out another facility. If you aren’t a Y member, ask your hotel if they have any special deals worked out with local gyms that you could visit.
  8. Play a game with your friends and family. Volleyball, tennis, golf – anything that you all enjoy and will get you moving will fit the bill.
  9. Find a hill near you – walk, run, skip, lunge, backpedal (walking or running backwards), and sprint to the top of the hill and jog back down. If you want to make it a little harder, do 10 pushups every time you get to the top of the hill and hold a plank at the bottom of the bill for 30 seconds. Repeat the entire routine for 20 minutes.
  10. Use your body as your resistance for your workout. Bodyweight workouts are wonderful – they easily incorporate your entire body and can get your heart rate up in a hurry. Look for 10 minute body weight workouts on Pinterest – you may be surprised at how difficult they are.


If you want a more challenging outdoor workout – try this one.

-          Walk or run to a local park.

-          Wall sit with your back against a wall or phone pole – try to hold it for 1 minute.

-          Run to the monkey bars and either complete 10 pull ups or hang on the bar for 30 seconds at a time (repeat 10 times).

-          Complete a set of 10 tricep dips off a park bench or set of parallel bars.

-          Bear crawl in the grass for 30 seconds. (Bend down and put your hands on the ground. Try to keep your back flat as you crawl forward as fast as you can.)

-          Crab walk for 30 seconds. (Sit on the ground and bridge up with your hips so you look like a table top. Walk forward on your hands and feet as fast as you can.)

-          Hang on the bar again and try to do 10 knee lifts to your chest. If that’s too hard, hold a plank on the ground for 1 minute. Complete both exercises if you want an added challenge.

-          For your finisher, complete 10 burpee/broad jumps (From a standing position, bend down and put your hands on the ground. Now jump your legs out behind you, so that you end up in the top position of a push-up. Perform a push-up and then reverse the motion quickly and come back up. Immediately broad jump as far forward as you can.)

You can repeat the entire circuit or run/walk back to your starting point.


Exercise doesn’t have to be confined to four walls of a gym. No matter where you are, there are lots of options to find a way to work a little activity into your day.