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A Publication of The Senior Network

January 2023

Remember When….

In the 1940’s you could buy any set of these items for one dollar:

1. 20 trips on the New York City subway (5 cents for a one-way ride)

2. Four jars of mayonnaise

3. Four 1-pound cans of coffee

4. A flannel shirt

5. Three pounds of top sirloin steak from your butcher

6. Five boxes of cereal

7. About 5.5 gallons of gasoline (average 18 cents a gallon)

Who’d A Thunk

Where would we be without the aerosol can? No more hair spray. The emergence of graffiti culture in the coming decades may not have come into fruition at all. Think about all the products you have at home that use aerosol spray technology.

Interestingly, the aerosol was created by the Department of Agriculture researchers Lyle Goodhue and William Sullivan. In fact, it was a product of WWII, created to find a means to kill malaria-carrying bugs for soldiers.

Golden Nuggets

January is the first month of a new year. It should be filled with hope and promise, yet it is often a month that seems full of gloom and disappointment. All the bright lights of the holiday season have been packed up for another year. Resolutions might have been made and some already broken. Daylight is short and the weather is mostly wet. There are long lines to stand in to return holiday gifts and the seasonal bills need to be paid. All in all it makes January seem like a month of darkness and disappointment.

Where is the promise of a brighter future? We long for everything to be fresh and new. It can be very depressing if we dwell on these negative thoughts. We are searching for a more positive approach to our future. Where is the promise of hope? It is in the Biblical words found in Jeremiah 29:11 which states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (ESV).

Amazing comfort to know that there is a bright future regardless of what this month or year bring. Here is the promise of hope in our future. Relax and enjoy!


Two guys are walking through a game park & they come across a lion that has not eaten for days. The lion starts chasing the two men. They run as fast as they can and the one guy starts getting tired and decides to say a prayer, "Please turn this lion into a Christian, Lord." He looks to see if the lion is still chasing, and he sees the lion on its knees. Happy to see his prayer answered, he turns around and heads towards the lion. As he comes closer to the lion, he hears it saying a prayer: "Thank you Lord for the food I am about to receive."


Mon., 1/23, 10:30 AM, The Lodge, 1151 S Main St., Wake Forest. Lenny Sutherland from Durham Rescue Mission tells his story.

Tues., 1/24, 10:30 AM, Wake Union Baptist Church, 13345 Wake Union Church Rd., Wake Forest. Shaklee Ambassador Cynthia Rapp is the Special Feature.

Singalong with Algia Motley, Networking, Door Prizes, Favors for All.


Saturday, December 3rd

at Triangle Town Center

was a huge success!

Thank you to all who participated!

The Second Annual Candy Cane Stroll is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

The Second Annual “April Love” Variety Show at the Renaissance in Wake Forest will be held on April 15th. Tickets available shortly.

Put these events on your calendar and join us!

January Senior of the Month

Sam Nehme

Sam Nehme is a North Carolina businessman and entrepreneur. Born in Liberia, West Africa, to a Lebanese family that left its business mark in the Liberian community, Sam immigrated to the U.S. to pursue higher education in structural engineering. After teaching for several years as an adjunct professor at A&T University in Greensboro, NC, Sam left academia in 1994, to establish his own business, the luxury home furnishings company, NOA Living. Sam’s company features an eclectic mix of modern Italian furniture, antiques and ethnographic art. Its center point is an expansive collection of modern, limited-edition rugs, meticulously hand-knotted in India and Nepal. Based on all-original designs, the rugs are made only from New Zealand wool and Chinese mulberry silk, both of which are considered sustainable, infinitely recyclable materials. They are truly modern heirlooms, embodying the spirit of human creativity and made to last for generations. Sam and his team are not proponents of “fast fashion”, choosing instead to offer products where quality, longevity and good design go hand-in-hand. Sam’s partner in business, as in life, is his wife, Fida Nehme, who is principal designer at the company. Fida began her design career after receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from NC State’s College of Design. Having created many innovative interiors as a practicing architect, Fida joined Sam in 1993 to build their unique business, headquartered in Raleigh, NC, but with a national and global reach. Sam and Fida have been married for 29 years and have an accomplished daughter, Nina Nehme, who, after following her father’s footsteps by studying engineering, now resides in Palo Alto, California, where she works as a specialist in fluid dynamics at the biomedical engineering firm Axbio. When not at the Raleigh Showroom, Sam spends his time renovating a beautiful old textile mill in Burlington, NC. A strong believer in historic preservation, Sam and his team are working to make the structure, (built circa 1893,) a fully operational mill, which will function as both company headquarters and a textile recycling/upcycling facility. This month, Sam will be opening a new branch of NOA Living at North Lake Mall in Charlotte, NC, where he plans to introduce his distinctive brand of home furnishings and collectibles to the Charlotte community.



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