‘Off the Cuff’ with the BENHAM BROTHERS

Benham Brothers

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA — Acclaimed North Carolina real estate entrepreneurs and former professional baseball players, David and Jason Benham have achieved untold success in their sporting careers and property ventures. Today the duo live out their faith by helping people from all walks of life in the areas of leadership, work, family, and culture. The twins shared their lighter side with JN.

My secret pleasure is …

Jason … eating peanuts and chocolate chips late at night
David … chocolate chip cookie cake with white icing (addicting!)

My first job was …

Jason … mowing lawns with my brother
David … taking out the trash for my neighbor in Dallas ($.10 per bag)

My most annoying habits are …

Jason … taking small sips of water while I eat – I just can’t stop
David … I don’t like to step on sidewalk lines

A clear childhood memory is …

Jason … riding big wheels with my brother in Kentucky – we were 3
David … when Jason and I threw rocks at cars!

What makes me nervous is …

Jason … thinking about my kids growing up in this culture
David … getting warmed up before a competition workout

The best advice my parents gave me was …

Jason … bloom where you’re planted
David … read the Bible from cover to cover every year

If I weren’t an entrepreneur, I’d be …

Jason … a professional movie critic
David … a Military commander

I’m most thankful for …

Jason … the wife God gave me – I don’t deserve her
David … my wife

My favorite meal is …

Jason … ribeye steak, sweet potato, green beans, caesar salad with anchovies
David … Ribeye steak (medium rare), sweet potato, mushrooms, salad

I know it’s good for me, but I hate …

Jason … drinking Kombucha
David … Apple cider vinegar (with the Mother)

A book I love is …

Jason … Jude – small but powerful
David … How Now Shall We Live, by Chuck Colson

A song that resonates is …

Jason … I Remember L.A. by Celine Dion

David … We Will See, by Gateway Worship

My ‘happy place’ is …

Jason … at home on my porch swing with my wife while our kids play outside
David … in the gym working out

My most embarrassing memory is …

Jason … farting on a blind date!
David … kicking a hole in the gym wall during a basketball game

My hidden skill is …

Jason … I’m a killer DJ – I can get people on the dance floor pretty easily
David … I love to interior design/decorate

If I were a dog, I’d be a …

Jason … Boxer
David … German Shepherd, to stop the bad guys

It’s a bit corny, but I love …

Jason … watching chick-flicks with my wife
David … romantic, heartfelt music

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I’m most at peace when …

Jason … I’m sitting with my wife and my kids aren’t arguing!
David … reading my Bible after a workout and a shower

The country I’d love to visit …

Jason … Italy
David … Italy

Favorite quote …

Jason … “I’d rather have bad breath than no breath at all” – my father-in-law, Frank Cantadore

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David … “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering” – Teddy Roosevelt

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WHATEVER THE COST

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Aussie, actually now in Kindle and Audible version

South African born, Lois Nicholls and her daughter Lara, have produced a book on the trials and tribulations of migrating to Australia from South Africa.

Called Aussie, actually, the book is an honest and humorous account of life as new Australians. “My intention was to relay our 12-year sojourn through a series of thoughts and anecdotes to help other migrants realise they are not alone.

People often assume the transition from one country to another is seamless, but there are many difficulties one encounters along the way. There are also many humorous episodes when misunderstanding language or cultural norms.
My Boston-born American sister-in-law lived in Australia for three years before returning to Los Angeles and found some of the Australian quirks very amusing. She couldn’t believe, for example, that people actually froze their chicken carcasses in summer so they didn’t propagate a bin full of maggots!” says Lois.
Lara illustrated each chapter with cartoons after she was given a brief outline of the content.“I’ve always loved drawing so my mum asked me to have a go at sketching some cartoons. It was great fun coming up with different drawings and I really enjoyed seeing my pictures when the book was printed.” says Lara.
Aussie, actually also captures the heartache of leaving familiar surroundings, family and friends to make a new start in a foreign country. Written from Lois’s personal perception as a young migrant wife and mother, it tells the warts and all story of the family’s journey.

“Some may say it’s too honest but from the feedback I’ve received so far, people have found it funny and poignant. Migrants of all nationalities have said they relate to the struggles and triumphs. They say they appreciate the honesty as so many people don’t speak about their tribulations – they put on a brave face.” says Lois.

A NEW updated eBook edition with five extra chapters, is now available on Amazon.

It’s also available on Audible.com

Aussie, actually, was originally published by Impact Unlimited Books in Australia in 2008 – www.loisnicholls.com.au

Pomegranate Soup

Three sisters flee Iraq in the midst of political and personal turmoil and settle in a quaint little Irish town called Ballinacroagh.

Reminiscent of Joanne Harris’s Chocolat, the sisters open The Babylon Café serving exquisitely created Iranian fare that transcends the bland local offering. Gradually, they win over the jolly Father Ferber Mahoney and a number of his merry followers, all inexplicably drawn to the café’s sublime and exotic aromas.

Not everyone, however, is entranced by their instant success – least of all the town bully, Thomas McGuire, who monopolises local business with his scare tactics. He also harbours a deep desire to take over The Babylon Café for the creation of a tacky disco.
The past also threatens to haunt the sisters and brings an insidious darkness to the fresh start they hope for. Each chapter begins with a recipe and by the end, the reader can almost taste the plump ‘elephant ears’ – pastries dusted in sugar and cinnamon, the heady aroma of abgusht – a rich, clear broth made with lamb, vegetables and lashing of exotic herbs and spices – and of course, the fragrant blend of Pomegranate Soup.

A gastronomical read that left my mouth watering – and my stomach begging me to seek out a little Middle Eastern café tucked away in my own city.

A feast of the senses!

Published by Harper Collins

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