Ardent for Life Late Summer 2019

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profile 38. SAM & MARSHA Choice Framing

design 32. NORTHERN ITALY Zina Sheya Designs



food & flavor 18. PRESERVE IT WHILE IT’S FRESH! Cindy Della Monica 23. SWEET RED PEPPER RELISH Farmer Fred 28. CRÊPES Carole Morris

fashion 66. SUMMER FUN Styles with Heart

real estate

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46. A LETTER FROM AN AGENT Justin Pinnell

contents education 62. WHAT I’VE LEARNED CT Morris

love 42. ANDREA & MARCUS


52. AVENUE OF THE ARTS 54. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library

...42 health 48. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY... Anna Osborn 64. THE ABC'S FOR A HEALTHY & SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR Kaiser Permanente 68. DR. MARIA KOSHY Kaiser Permanente 70. INFLAMMATION Rejuvenation Wellness

community 26. PIG ROAST McConnell Estates Winery 50. BOGLE VINEYARDS 76. STRAUSS FESTIVAL Elk Grove

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Community Cornerq a &

Lilly Wyatt

Public and Media Relations for Kaiser Permanente Story on page 68.

My workweek always includes: I have to start my days with a quiet time or

‘miracle morning’ which means… dedicating time to center myself, read a Bible App study, meditate and write down the top three things I’m grateful for, I’m proud of, and top items to tackle for the day. I also have to include workouts in my week, catching up with friends and most importantly making time to play with my two young boys. Notable Accomplishments: I have to say I’m pretty driven, it might be

because I’m a twin and we were always competing. Professionally, I was a news producer for over 15 years in both Spanish and English markets. I always wanted to start my own business, so I did and ran a successful PR/Media consulting firm for almost three years and won a few awards during that time. Then, I had a wonderful opportunity to join the Kaiser Permanente PR team two months ago, and here I am. Do you have a secret talent? I’m an actor, it was my minor in college, and I

always wanted to be in soap operas. Instead, I use my talent to do commercials. In the last few years, since most of the auditions happen in San Francisco, I decided to focus on doing Voice Over work and that is so much fun. The best part is that I can do my work and do VO work from my home studio when needed. I can’t live without these apps on my phone: I’m a newsie, I have to have

KCRA, the Sac Bee, and the Washington Post. I’m also addicted to the Starbucks app, Nordstrom and Amazon, which is very dangerous. What is the most important invention man has made? The microwave.

As a working mom, I have to steam broccoli and make the brown-quinoa rice for my kids when we are rushing after work and between sports and other activities. And, hello popcorn! What book are you currently reading? In my book club, we just finished

reading The Power by Naomi Alderman and we’re about to start City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. 10. - Late Summer 2019

Community Cornerq a &

Jenn Bartell Jenn Bartell Photography Cover Photographer

My workweek always includes: Children running crazy around our

home, laughter, one to three photo shoots and a lot of editing and emails during nap times... Notable Accomplishments: Most recent, becoming a

Click Pro through Clickinmoms.

Do you have a secret talent? My eyes work as a level... and

I can tell if something is hung slightly off.

I can’t live without these apps on my phone:

Instagram - Calendar app - Podcasts app

What is the most important invention man has made?

Air conditioning

My bucket list includes doing this in the next year?

Finishing out our backyard

What book are you currently reading?

The Joy of Parenting   13

Contributor’s Corner Justin Azevedo

Justin has been a Youth Services Librarian for Sacramento Public Library since 2010, and is currently the Youth Materials Selector for the system.

Jenn Bartell

Hello! I’m Jenn, a California based photographer, mom of three, wife and lover of design!

Denise Henderson

Denise is a creative thinker who loves building relationships! She has great ones with her husband and her two sons!

Christine Hensleigh

Christine is a writer who lives near Glacier Park. Her online publication glaciergazette. com chronicles history and lore about Glacier Park and the surrounding areas.

David Hipskind

Owner of Red Door Antiques in Old Town Elk Grove.

Dr. Dayle A. Imperato

A Board Certified physician, she has served the Sacramento community for the past 20 years. Owner of Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine in Old Town, Elk Grove.

Nan Mahon

Is an author and journalist. She is a member City of Elk Grove Committee for the Arts and received the Elk Grove 2011 Mayor’s Award for volunteerism in the Arts.

Cindy Della Monica

Cheesemonger and Owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, Ca.

Carole Morris

Instructional Specialist, Author and Adjunct Professor. She is married to an outstanding, brilliant man and the mother of two grown awe-inspiring children, and grammie to three flawless grandchildren.

Anna Osborn

Anna lives in Elk Grove with her husband and school aged twins. She owns Life Unscripted Counseling in Midtown Sacramento.

Elizabeth Pinkerton

Teacher and Administrator for 40 years, she is now a historian and author.

Justin Pinnell

Justin is not just another pretty face in Real Estate. He enjoys long walks on the beach and high mountain sunsets.

Susie Franklin Roeser

Owner & full time employee of Gifts From The Heart Of Elk Grove. Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mom x2, Carpool Minivan driver, 4-H Leader and lover of all things creative.

Zina Sheya

Has been in Interior design for 18 years. Award winning and featured in multiple publications. She is the owner of Zina Sheya Designs.

Dianna Singh

Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins for the past four years.

Brendle Wells

Is a librarian and lifelong reader who has a passion for sharing books with pretty much anyone she meets. She currently works as the Adult Materials Selector for the Sacramento Public Library and asks, “What have you read lately?”

Lilly Wyatt

Lilly Wyatt is a Public and Media Relations consultant with Kaiser Permanente serving the South Sacramento and Central Valley Service Areas. Besides handling PR and Media, Lilly writes articles for internal and external audiences and produces videos for the organization.

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On the Cover COVER PHOTO BY:

Jenn Bartell Photography

Read about Jenn in our Community Corner on page 13. COVER MODEL:

Jenn's sweet daughter, Olive.

creative director

executive editor

business manager

Sara Pinnell

Carole Morris

art & production

Justin Pinnell


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Checking In Summer is almost over; where has it gone? Exploring unknown places, staying up late, and eating at unusual restaurants. It’s about to come to an end for students, parents, and teachers all because school is about to begin. Parents will be chauffeuring their kids to school—every day. Added to it…schoolwork and studying will resume for students of all ages. The good news? There are a lot of grand stress-free things to love about late summer. Having a routine again, while it’s fun to shake routines and the same old procedures off for a couple of months--it’s nice to have a schedule again. Another thing to love is watching your child (or children) grow academically as they begin a new school year. The saying, “enjoy every minute with your child, because they grow up so fast” really is true. So, enjoy the end of summer, and every other season of the year. executive editor

Carole Morris

WHAT DID WE LEARN AFTER READING THIS ISSUE? This issue of Ardent has a lot of articles that really are inspiring. The article about Avenue of the Arts, illustrates for us the beautiful art that mirrors the pride we have for a city growing in stature and importance. We all know that California is a place where you want to plant a garden. Whether it is a tiny garden or huge a person you’ll want to get pointers from is local garden guru, Fred Hoffman (A.K.A. Farmer Fred to Northern California locals.) We have an informative article about the Master Gardener extraordinaire. We have articles that are health related in this issue. One of the articles tells us how to reduce inflammation in our bodies. Did you know that when inflammation becomes chronic it affects our blood vessels, our organs, our heart and our brain? It begins to damage the bodies internal organs, setting the stage for heart disease, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Take a break from chores, they can wait! There are lots of events that you could be going to instead. Invents such as Micke Grove Zoo for a night tour! You and your kids can meet the Zoo’s Nocturnal animals and enjoy games, crafts, and snacks along the way! Coming up is the annual Lodi Grape Festival. People in San Joaquin County have been gathering to celebrate the grape harvest for 80 years. Don’t forget to look at our event page, and see all of the fun activities that are approaching…you don’t want to miss them!


Summer is MY season, and you won’t hear me complaining about the heat. I’m in the pool, so warm weather meals are a must, and the garden is a joy! Friends get together at the drop of a hat, and sunny days are long. Our shop customers are delighted with fresh mozzarella and burrata for tomato basil salads. Also, they are looking for the myriad flavors of pepper jellies for easy appetizers to have by the pool or lake; or to make glazes and barbecue sauces for the grill. When I was a kid, my mom couldn’t wait for my great-grandma to find the perfect tomatoes in the market to make lemon-spiked Tomato Jam. Mom would toast up some nice white bread (probably Wonder!), spread it with cream cheese and top it with Grandma’s jam. Talk about a special treat! Only occasionally, Mom would ask if I wanted a toast, too…because I barely liked tomatoes on my salad at the time, but J-A-M? No way, Josephina!! Well, Mom was smart by not pressing the subject. This treat wasn’t shared with the kids, barely shared with my father, and certainly every spoonful was savored to the last sticky drop. Who knew Mom was on the cutting edge of the natural pairing of cheese and jam that we so love today? The introduction of a Bloody Mary at a friend’s brunch party was another tomatoe-y surprise—but I’m still not a fan. The concept is okay, I don’t mind the vodka, but I feel like I’m consuming cold spaghetti sauce over ice. HOWEVER, the pick-ly, dilly green beans as a garnish in that lovely glass is my idea of yum! Putting together a basket of Bloody Mary ingredients and a special glass for a birthday or hostess gift always includes my home-grown and canned green beans. What a way to enjoy summer! And then I ruin everyone’s warm bubble… Merry Christmas! Gasp!

Yes…. Today is when I start thinking about the holidays, complete with those delicious treats mentioned above. My garden is overflowing with awesome produce just begging to be put into canning jars. The figs are gorgeous, reminding me that the pickled fig recipe from that ancient Portuguese lady is the perfect accompaniment for the Thanksgiving turkey, with similar sweet/ sour flavor and little crunchy seeds for great texture as the ever-present traditional cranberry sauce. Fresh fruit jams, fruit vodkas and liqueurs, and dehydrated treats are all welcome hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, and coffee table “jewels” to be enjoyed throughout the winter season. 18. - Late Summer 2019

NOW is the time to be planning and executing these gifts, while the produce is ripe, and the production time is available! So put on the Hallmark Channel for the “Christmas in July” screenings and prepare for the holidays.

If you have never canned produce before, take the plunge. Fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables are packed into particular canning jars (easily purchased at any grocery or drug store) per your recipe. The jar is fitted with a special lid that has a self-sealing ring (included with the jars), and when the jar is heated in a “boiling water bath,” the high heat kills any dangerous organisms that might be present that would spoil the food in the jar. The heat causes the food in the jar to expand, which drives out any oxygen left inside the jar. When the jar is removed from the water bath and starts to cool, a vacuum is created inside the jar and it pulls the lid down over the jar mouth for an airtight seal. Unless that seal is broken, such as by opening the can, the food cannot spoil as no organisms can enter the jar and flourish. Following the rules for food safety is a must— washed produce, clean hands, clean surfaces, and no cross-contamination with foods such as raw meat or other proteins (i.e. multi-tasking by making dinner AND canning produce can cause inadvertent exposure by using the same surfaces and cutting boards). Enjoy this process, do it properly, and everyone will enjoy the “fruits of your labor” when the warm weather is over and the holidays actually do arrive! See for further, detailed instructions from Ball canning, the leading expert in the canning field. Or contact 800-240-3340 As always, our staff at CHEESE CENTRAL is ready to help you with samples of our 100+ cheeses at the counter. Visit us at 11 N School St, Lodi, CA 95240 or visit our website at


A quick refrigerator pickle that doesn’t need a water bath canner 5 oz. green or wax beans 1 pint jar with lid 1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered

½ t coriander seeds 1 small dried chili

1/8 t black peppercorns 1 bay leaf 1 C cider vinegar

½ C white wine 1 T sugar 1 t salt

Arrange beans vertically in pint jar to see how many fit. Remove beans and trim them to fit lengthwise in jars, leaving at least ½” empty space at top of jar. Stuff seasonings into jar around the beans.

Bring to boil the vinegar, wine, sugar, and salt. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour mixture over beans. Screw on the lid and let sit until cooled to room temperature. Refrigerate for two days or up to six months before eating.


A refrigerated fruit spread using much less sugar than traditional jam, thickened with cornstarch in a shorter cooking time, leaving a fresh strawberry flavor! This won’t last until Christmas, so enjoy this combination now. 2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh strawberries 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons cornstarch Process strawberries in a blender until smooth; press through a wire-mesh strainer into a 3-qt. saucepan, using back of a spoon to squeeze out juice; discard pulp. Stir in sugar. Whisk together lemon juice and cornstarch; gradually whisk into strawberry mixture. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Place plastic wrap directly on warm jam; chill 2 hours or until cold. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to one week.


Preserve It

While It’s

FRESH! By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger

and Owner, Cheese Central   19   19


This treat wasn’t shared with the kids, barely shared with my father, and certainly every spoonful was savored to the last sticky drop. Who knew Mom was on the cutting edge of the natural pairing of cheese and jam that we so love today? 20. - Late Summer 2019


4 pounds medium-ripe tomatoes 4 cups sugar 1/2 T broken stick cinnamon 2 C vinegar 1 T grated lemon zest

Scald, peel, and chop tomatoes. Place in preserving kettle. Add sugar, cinnamon, vinegar, and lemon zest. The spices may be tied in a loose muslin bag. Simmer, stirring frequently, until thick. Ladle into hot jars, leaving about ¼” space at top. Wipe jar rims and threads clean. Cover jars with hot canning lids. Screw bands on firmly. Place jars in a boiling water bath. Cover canner and return water to a boil; boil 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner and let cool. Check seals and store in a cool, dry place.


Get inspired to Get Growing with

Farmer Fred

Written by Susie Franklin Roeser Photos courtesy of Fred Hoffman

When one thinks of gardening, Hollywood probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. In the case of local garden guru, Fred Hoffman (A.K.A. Farmer Fred to Northern California locals) this is exactly where he began his journey to become a Master Gardener extraordinaire. Fred is the son of a farmer’s daughter. He was born and raised in the city of North Hollywood, CA, where tomatoes are a perennial crop! Fred’s career gardening began with the unassuming chore of picking hornworms off the tomato plants growing in the backyard. Other early gardening experience included fertilizing the rose garden with locally sourced dog manure. At the age of nine, Fred began to branch out from strictly gardening to landscape maintenance (mowing lawns in his neighborhood to earn spending money). Summers spent at Uncle Hubert and Aunt Minnie's farm near Beach, North Dakota provided even more agriculture opportunities. Consequently, Fred continued to build his knowledge for the rest of his career. In college, Fred received a degree in Broadcast Journalism. 1973 was the year he moved to Northern California—working as a radio DJ in Stockton, Modesto, and Sacramento. 22. - Late Summer 2019

The 80’s were the start of Fred’s radio garden segments on KRAK and KGNR. In 1982, Fred became a certified Sacramento County Master Gardener through the University of California, adding a degree in Horticulture in 1988. In 1989, Fred and his wife Jeanne moved to 10 acres of pastureland near Herald, in southeastern Sacramento County. Now, Fred had the space to experiment with growing everything that his garden show listeners would call in and complain about. “I wanted to feel their pain,” he explains. Fred & Jeanne called this location “home” for the next 27 years. Beginning in 1991, Fred took up writing garden columns for the Lodi News Sentinel, which has run weekly ever since. Fred claimed the additional roles of host and producer of “Get Growing” on KSTE (the day the station signed on the air, in the fall of 1992). He added the KFBK Garden Show to his onair duties in 2000. In 2015, he started up the KSTE

Farm Hour, an agricultural news show for Northern California farmers. As you can see, Fred has accumulated and shared a wealth of gardening knowledge over the years. He’s accrued roughly 10,000 Master Gardener volunteer hours alone! One gardening topic that is especially close to his heart (both figuratively and literally) is the selection, care and keeping of a “Heart Healthy” garden. In March 2012, Fred was diagnosed with four cholesterol-jammed heart arteries. At the same time, he was told he had full-blown Type 2 Diabetes. The surgery went well and the long road to healing from heart disease and diabetes began. Now, thanks to regular exercise and a healthier diet, Fred has lost over 60 pounds; his arteries remain cholesterol-free, his blood sugar levels are back to normal and he no


Photo courtesy of Kendall Tobe


longer needs to take any prescription medications for either of these ailments - with his doctors' blessings, of course. Part of the secret? Growing, and eating, heart-healthy fruits and vegetables, loaded with fiber such as: artichokes, blueberries, apricots, shell beans and green peas. Fred shares his first-hand knowledge about “Heart Healthy” gardening on his blog:

Sweet Red Pepper Relish Fred riding at the Foxy's Fall Century, Photo

http://farmerfredrant.blogspot. com/2013/01/the-heart-healthygarden.html

Perusing these pictures, does Farmer Fred seem to “look familiar?” Quite possibly you may have seen him on television—which seems ironically fitting for the boy from Hollywood! Fred has been featured on HGTV, and on DIY Network’s "Gardening by the Yard” and “The Dirt on Gardening” as well as the PBS show "California Heartland”. If not on T.V., you might have spied him out and about on his bike. An avid cyclist, Fred rides over 100 miles a week! You might be wondering, “With all of this gardening experience under his belt, what will be Fred Hoffman’s next gardening foray?” Now a resident of Folsom, he has a greenhouse just waiting to be assembled so he can enjoy nurturing plants from seed to harvest… to the compost pile year-round, regardless of what kinds of storms Mother Nature might send his way.

Inspired by Farmer Fred to try growing something of your own? You’re in luck! Fred has a myriad of resources in a variety of user-friendly formats to help you along every step of the way

"KFBK Garden Show", 93.1 FM/1530 AM KFBK-Sacramento - Sun., 8-10am "Get Growing with Farmer Fred", Talk650-KSTE Sacramento - Sun., 10am-Noon Both shows are available via the i Heart Radio App as well as podcasts of the programs. The KSTE Farm Hour, Noon-1pm on Sundays Lodi News-Sentinel; Garden Column Farmer Fred website: -which includes a month by month calendar of what vegetables to plant when Daily Garden tips and more on Twitter The Farmer Fred Rant! Blog Facebook: Get Growing with Farmer Fred Farmer Fred Garden Videos on YouTube

6 pounds of sweet red peppers, seeded and cut into one-inch squares (we throw in a few Anaheim peppers for a touch of heat)

stainless steel or unchipped enamel pan.

3 pounds onions, cut into one-inch chunks

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

4 cups distilled white vinegar 3 cups sugar 2 Tbs canning salt or non-iodized table salt 1 Tbs mustard seeds

Chop the peppers and onions, then put in a food processor or food chopper with a medium blade. Pour chopped peppers and onions into a heavybottomed, 8-10 quart

Mix in the vinegar, sugar, salt and mustard seed.

Reduce heat to mediumlow and let it boil gently, uncovered.

Stir often to prevent sticking. Cook about 50 minutes, until relish is thickened but still juicy. Makes about 7 pints.

A quarter-cup serving has 81 calories, 1 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 2 g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 3 mg sodium

Storage: Unprocessed or Processed

Unprocessed: Ladle into pint jars or refrigerator containers, leaving a half-inch head space. Apply lids, let cool, then refrigerate. Refrigerator life: 1 month.

Processed: Ladle hot relish into clean, hot pint jars, leaving a half-inch headspace. Run a narrow nonmetallic spatula between relish and jar sides to release air bubbles.

Wipe rims and threads clean. Top with hot lids, then firmly screw on bands. Process in boiling water canner for 15 minutes. Shelf life: up to 1 year.   23

Tis the Season Timely Tips for Gardners By Farmer Fred

Here are a few tips from Farmer Fred about what you can be doing for your garden this September TOMATO HORNWORMS are arriving late this year. Look for them when they are actively munching on your tomato leaves, early in the morning or just after sunset. FALL-FLOWERING PLANTS such as chrysanthemums and sedum may need staking now. CONTROL APHIDS NOW. On small plants, spray a strong stream of water or apply insecticidal oils and soaps. Conserve natural enemies such as predaceous bugs, lacewings, lady beetles, and syrphid flies. PICK OFF petrified fruit and nuts in trees. Rake up old fruit from under trees to thwart many of next year’s pests. CUT OUT any dead limbs from fruit trees now while the leaves are still on the living branches. PLANT DAFFODIL BULBS every two to three weeks from now through November to prolong the bloom period next spring. REMOVE the dead and dying summer vegetable plants from your garden. Add compost to the area, giving the soil a head start for next year's crops.

For a complete listing of recommend September garden care (and the rest of the year too) visit the “NOW” section of WWW.FARMERFRED.COM

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McConnell Estates Winery Pig Roast Photography by Amanda Perry

On July 20th, McConnell Estates Winery hosted its first-ever Summer Pig Roast. This premiere event allowed guests to experience an intimate and elegant Hawaiian inspired night, right here in Elk Grove. Guests gathered at the winery dressed in their best florals to be greeted with a lei and a glass of Piña Colada sparkling wine. From there, they headed into the private lawn. A single long table dominated the space; framed by lush grapevines and tiki torches, decorated with pineapples and beautiful flowers. Guests mingled with friends, enjoyed passed appetizers, and partook in barrel tasting of some of the winemaker’s favorite vintages. As the sun began to set guests took their seats and indulged in a decadent feast of barbecue beans, summer slaw, fresh fruit, and of course…a whole roasted pig, provided by Kilted Pig BBQ. The evening then cumulated in an ice cream-based dessert drizzled with the 6 Gen Zin wine, as well as an adorable pig-shaped macaron, baked by Gita's Gourmet Goodies. This incredible summer night will not soon be forgotten, and we already can’t wait for next year!

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CrĂŞpes By Carole Morris

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I had a wonderful and exhilarating vacation this year with my family. We had a real European vacation…in Paris, London and Scotland. Talk about remarkable sights; I still can’t believe all the stunning structures and ancient historical artifacts that we encountered! In Paris, one of the sights we had to see was the Eiffel Tower. We were not disappointed! It was beautiful…especially at night when it was all lit up. Even though the Eiffel Tower is one of the most well-known structures in the world, there were some facts about it that I didn’t know. One unknown fact was it originally was built as the entrance arch for the World's Fair in 1889. An additional unknown fact—it was the tallest man made structure in the world for 41 years. Another lovely sight in Paris is the crêpe, which also tastes really amazing. It is considered the national dish of France— and I applaud their choice. Who would have thought that a very thin, cooked pancake could be so amazing and versatile? The word, crêpe is of French origin, deriving from the Latin crispa, meaning "curled." This issue I chose one national dish from Paris, to keep my vacation alive! Next issue, (in the fall) I’ll unveil the national dish of London; this will enable me to revitalize my vacation mindset. Do I have a gorgeous crêpe recipe for you!

Crêpes Ingredients

1/4 cup butter (melt) 2 eggs 3 tbsp. sugar 1/2 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla 1/8 cup water 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup flour (mix in last)


1. Using a whisk, mix all of the ingredients together (except for the flour). Next, whisk in the flour, a little bit at a time, until the flour has been mixed in (do not over mix).

2. Allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. Then, whisk the batter once before using.

3. Using a 6" skillet, melt butter in skillet over medium heat (enough to grease the bottom of the skillet). Ladle approximately 3 tablespoons of batter into the pan. Immediately tip the skillet from side to side so that the batter is spread evenly in the pan. 4. Cook crêpe approximately 40 seconds before loosening up the edges with a large spatula. If the crêpe lifts easily, then it is ready to be flipped. If it doesn't lift up easily, cook for about 15 or more seconds and try lifting it again. After lifting the crêpe out of the pan, flip it over and cook the other side for about 15 seconds. Remove from pan to cool. Repeat procedure until all batter is used. Makes approximately 8 crêpes.

Honey Raspberry Crêpes Ingredients

2 C Red Raspberries 1/4 tsp. grated orange peel 1 cup ricotta cheese 4 tbsp. honey (for ricotta cheese) 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 teaspoon melted butter or margarine Honey (for garnish)


Combine ricotta cheese with 4 tbsp. honey, orange peel and cinnamon.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of cheese filling onto each crêpe; fold into fourths (like a napkin). Place into baking dish. Brush butter on the top of filled crepes. Bake covered, at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.

Garnish top of crêpes with raspberries and drizzle with honey. As the Parisians would say, “jouir” (Enjoy)!   29


Strawberry and Cream Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar 1 package cream cheese (8 oz. softened) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 cup whipping cream (whipped) 6 cups strawberries (sliced)


Mix the confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and lemon juice together with a mixer until smooth, then stir in the whipped cream with a spoon.

Fill each crêpe with approximately 1/4 cup strawberries and 1/4 cup of the cream cheese filling. Next, roll up the crêpe and put a little of the cream cheese filling on top and a few sliced strawberries (for garnish).

Breakfast Crêpe Ingredients

8 eggs ½ tsp. salt and pepper 3 tbsp. butter 6 slices ham Hollandaise Sauce


Beat eggs with salt and pepper, then melt butter in pan. Add the eggs and cook until scrambled soft. Place one slice of ham on each crepe and put a spoonful of eggs on top. Roll crêpe (with ham and eggs inside) and top with warm Hollandaise sauce.

Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients

2 tbsp. heavy cream 2 egg yolks 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. paprika 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 c butter

Directions: Whisk together cream,

egg yolks, and lemon juice in small saucepan until blended. Cook, stirring constantly—over very low heat, until mixture bubbles at the outer edges. STIR IN butter, until butter is melted and until sauce is thickened. REMOVE from heat immediately. STIR in salt, paprika and pepper.

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Design Elements of

Northern Italy By Zina Sheya Designs Photos by Mason Sheya

While traveling abroad this summer through the Northern Italian countryside and villages, I marveled at its beauty and design details. The details were a little different from region to region. One of the most noticeable differences was in the old-world Tuscan design (which was natural and rustic) and Milan which had modern with sleek lines. One thing did carry through all the design styles in Italy, the quality and unsurpassed eye for details. 32. - Late Summer 2019



I always marvel at the pure craftsmanship and artistry in Europe's architecture. It's hard to believe that they were able to create such detailed tile work with their limited tools. The floors and ceiling details are focal points in Italian design. Pictured here are a few of my favorite examples of the mosaic wall and flooring that we saw. Take note, of the tile and notice that the wood flooring isn’t just straight running boards; it’s parquet blocks. Although this can be very costly, you can use this inspiration to incorporate a herringbone or inlet design on the boards of your floors.


No one does tile mosaics better than Italy! Imagine using small tiles no larger than ¼ of a penny and creating such masterpieces. It is hard to believe they would create their floors and walls using this technique. No wonder their buildings are jaw-dropping works of art.   35



Traditional Italian gardens are formal in design, with symmetrical geometric beds, delineated by hedges and walls. The design elements are those of clipped and shaped topiaries; however, color and flowers are few. Water fountains and statuary are focal points and often placed in the center of the perfectly shaped shrub walls. This layout creates formal walkways and private spaces within the garden. Hidden benches and seating interweave throughout the gardens. The pathways are paved with decomposed granite or pea gravel. We found the spacious garden (shown in picture) during our exploration of Verona. Verona is the backdrop for Romeo and Juliet’s story as well as the modern movie “Letters from Juliet”. I hope this article and past articles, featuring travel design elements, inspires you to embrace all design styles. For questions or design needs contact Zina Sheya Designs at 36. - Late Summer 2019


Sam & Marsha Choice Framing Written by Justin Pinnell

If you do business in Elk Grove, especially with the Chamber of Commerce, you know Marsha and Sam. They are always ready with a quick smile and great conversation that makes you feel included and special. Sam and Marsha have been doing framing for us for years, with perfect results in design, color and craftsmanship. I asked Sam and Marsha some questions to discover how this duet was formed--that is Choice Framing. Marsha gave me the details, “Sam and I are custom art and picture framers. As custom framers, we enjoy seeing a wide range of individuals and the many treasures that are important to them. They tell us why their treasures are important, and we learn something about our clients from their descriptions. This information helps in determining the direction we should go to frame the items. The first step is to design a frame package to present the item in the best way possible. It is so amazing to see how different colors and textures work together to create the final design. We know we have done a good job when the viewer notices the “art” and not the framing.”

“It is so amazing to see how different colors and textures work together to create the final design. We know we have done a good job when the viewer notices the “art” and not the framing.” 38. - Late Summer 2019

I then asked Marsha, "What was the journey that brought you to the place to become custom art and picture framers?" “Prior to moving to Elk Grove and opening Choice Framing in 2007, we were in the Bay Area both working in hi-tech industries. In our spare time, we frequented art galleries and often purchased art. In the beginning most of the art was already framed. After awhile we started buying unframed art and worked with an exceptional custom framer. During one of the slow times in hi-tech, Sam did a battery of aptitude tests to see what he wanted to do next. One of the top things on the list was picture framing.



“Sam and I both enjoy what we do and we want our clients to be extremely happy with the work we do for them. Many of our clients come back year after year, because they know we care about their projects." “Before pursuing a picture framing career, we researched the business by attending trade shows and conferences, took classes--and Sam mentored with our framer for quite some time. In the meantime, in 2001, the company I was working for in the Bay Area moved to Elk Grove and I made the move with the company. Sam framed in the Bay Area during the week and spent weekends in Elk Grove. In 2006, Sam moved to Elk Grove and with the assistance of a framing consultant, started the search for a location for a frame shop. We began the process of starting up a small independent Mom and Pop custom frame shop in Elk Grove, and opened for business in March of 2007.

With all the different and ever changing culture in art, how do you keep up with the times? “We continue to attend trade shows and conferences as well as take classes to stay up to date on what is going on in the framing world. We are members of the Professional Picture Framers Association which is a great source of information and assistance from other framers. Sam

is a Certified Picture Framer through the PPFA. He retests every four years to keep his certification up to date.

What are some of the changes you have seen? “In the twelve years we have been framing in Elk Grove, we have seen changes in the industry. Digital prints and LED lights are examples. One thing that remains the long as people want to protect, preserve, and present items of importance, there will always be a need for custom framing.

To what do you attribute your success? “Sam and I both enjoy what we do and we want our clients to be extremely happy with the work we do for them. Many of our clients come back year after year, because they know we care about their projects. I think they also appreciate that besides being business owners, we are also consumers who understand the value of the dollar. We strive to treat our clients the way we like to be treated. For us, it isn’t just a sale; it is a relationship.

“We feel the relationships we build are extremely important when in business. Not only do we have relationships with our clients, we have relationships with our fellow business owners. We are active in the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and in a business networking group. Because of these relationships, we have become active in our community and attend as many events and fundraisers as we can fit into our schedule. It’s great to see people we know wherever we go.” Choice Framing 4720 Elk Grove Blvd # 130, Elk Grove, CA 95758 (916) 691-5000 Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10-6 Sat. 10-4   39


The Brushes of ANNIE SLOAN By David Hipskind, Red Door Antiques

Annie Sloan has carefully designed a collection of brushes and tools that are the perfect match for Chalk Paint®. They make painting, waxing, stenciling, stamping and color-mixing; quick, easy and fun. Whether you're looking for a smooth finish or textured brushwork, Annie’s brushes give you the freedom to express your personal style. Painting is an easy, fun, and popular way to revitalize and repurpose your space. Anyone can do it; however, it is important to use the correct tools. Using the wrong tools (even if you have the best quality paint) for your project can waste time and money. Visit Annie’s website at, where you will find lots of video tutorials for working with her product.



The pure bristle wax brushes feature short, ergonomic handles to make working wax into paintwork easier than ever. They are shaped to a point, so you can get wax into detailed areas and move around in tight spaces. The point is shaped rather than cut, making use of the natural split end of the bristle, resulting in these brushes being the best performing and longest lasting wax brushes on the market. Wax will last about 30% longer using a wax brush over a cloth and about 15% longer than a softer, looser style wax brush that requires lots of towels to massage in the wax.

ANNIE SLOAN OVAL BRISTLE PAINT BRUSHES The oval-shaped Pure Bristle Brushes are perfect for producing a textured, vintage finish. The bristles are strong, yet pliable, and feature naturally split ends, allowing you to paint expressively. They hold a large amount of paint and can also be used for applying wax.

Sponge Rollers are the perfect complement to the Annie Sloan Stencil collection. Available in small and large, they each feature an ergonomic wooden handle. The sponge rollers are much stiffer and denser than regular paint sponge rollers. This allows the paint to roll on smoothly without creating air bubbles or circles in your paint. Small Sponge Roller head = 5cm Large Sponge Roller head = 10cm Refill sponge packs are also available in both sizes and contain seven replacement sponge heads per pack.

ANNIE SLOAN STENCIL BRUSH Do you love to stencil? Then, this brush is for you! Annie Sloan’s pure bristle stencil brush is made in Italy and finished with a wooden handle. It’s ideal for stippling and the perfect complement to the Annie Sloan Stencil collection. This brush is approximately 6 3/4 inches long, and the brush itself is about 3/4 inches wide.

Available in small No.8 (22cm x 4.5cm), medium No.12 (25cm x 5cm) and large No.16 (26.5cm x 6.5cm).

“The right tools make a world of difference when doing a project!” DETAIL BRUSHES

Annie Sloan’s Detail Brush set is designed to bring a no-fuss approach to mark-making and decorative paint effects. Ideal for painting fine details and dynamic shapes using Chalk Paint® and Gilding Waxes, the four brushes give great control, amazing precision and ensure an even spread of color—thanks to their soft, durable bristles. Each set comes with four brushes, Small Round, Small Flat, Large Round and Large Flat.

What's New

My name is Dave Hipskind owner of the Red Door Antiques. As certified “Stockists” for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, we can help you with any of your paint projects. We have new colors and a new and improved formula that assures you the finest results. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the “Original” (don’t settle for imitations). There is only ONE Chalk Paint. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was introduced over 30 years ago. I have been painting for more than 50 years. With that kind of experience, we can assist in answering all your questions. We also offer monthly workshops. We offer the Annie Sloan Method. We focus on four techniques for a more rounded approach. Plus, we apply those techniques to repurposed frames that you get to take home when the workshop has concluded. Call the store for more information and to register. (916) 714-0619 - 9056 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove

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Andrea Marcus WHO ARE YOU?

Photography by Monica S. Photography

My name is Andrea McNeil-Ware formerly known as Andrea Byrd. I am a mother of two beautiful children and a newly married wife. I am a Psychiatric Nurse and aspire to open my own business with my husband. I am passionate about family, adventure and experiencing new things with my loved ones. I like to travel and hope to do more of that in the future. My days are filled with love and life… and sometimes struggle. As an aspiring business owner, it can sometimes become overwhelming—when trying to navigate family life, and my new role as a wife.

over with the kids. I am very protective, and strategic when it comes to making family decisions.

My name is Marcus McNeil-Ware and I’ve been Andrea’s beau for the last seven years. We recently married in June, and we have been trying to figure things out since then. I was born and raised in San Francisco and refer to myself as a city boy; I refer to Andrea as a country girl growing up in Sacramento. I am an aspiring entrepreneur with a strong background in business and striking deals. We decided to work on a joint business venture which has both strengthened and tested our relationship. I am a loving father to our children and excited to travel all

The Proposal?

Who are you?

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How did you meet?

Marcus and I met on a Party bus for an associate’s birthday when I was 21 years old. He later got my phone number from a friend of mine and invited me on a date. Our first date was at Thunder Valley and he would describe me as an open book and talkative. We spent most of our free time together, and moved in with each other part-time. We have had many ups and downs but have lived together for most of our relationship. The proposal caught me totally off guard. Marcus and I had discussed marriage but not seriously. Every year we throw a Christmas Eve Party at his mother's home and I cook. December 24th, 2017 was no different. I cooked for my own proposal celebration and didn't even know it. Marcus had picked out a ring, asked my father for my hand and swore all of my closest peeps to secrecy. Christmas Eve was a little different in 2017, and Marcus took the liberty of inviting his closest friends and family and mine as

well. His excuse for the invites was believable, and I didn't question it. Instead, I prepared a larger Gumbo and (with family being the top of my list) took it all in. He proposed a toast after dinner and began to ramble. Honestly, I thought he was going to give a drunk speech; instead he started shouting out my attributes. He got on one knee, and I was absolutely floored. I couldn't find the words and was covering my mouth. Marcus is goofy and would fake propose all the time; so when I knew it was real…I of course said YES!

What is love?

Andrea: Love is patience. To truly love someone is to continuously show up for them in all aspects of life. To be present and to show them that they matter, especially when your time is precious. Love is learning to fight fair, and do your best to view the other's opinion as you would want them to do for you. Love is getting through hard times and not bailing. Love to me is thoughtful and soft—yet strong and powerful. Being loved correctly could be a super power and challenge you to be the best version of yourself. Love is family and family is EVERYTHING!



Love is patience.

To truly love someone is to continuously show up for them in all aspects of life. To be present and to show them that they matter, especially when your time is precious.   43





Marcus: Love is being able to trust your partner with your life, and knowing they have your best interest at heart. Love is understanding each other's weaknesses and partnering to get things done. Love is apologizing and owning up to your short comings. Love to me is not purely an emotion but a strategy. Love is knowing that you are better off with that person and letting pride take the back seat.

What do you love most about him?

Marcus's outlook and attitude on life is admirable. Marcus's strength and ability to get through the worst of situations only deepens my love for him. Strength is sometimes difficult to muster‌ but with him it just comes natural. Marcus is a protective individual and with him I've always felt safe. There is no beating around the bush for Marcus and his honesty is refreshing. Marcus's ability to evolve is what I love most about him—and what excites me for the years to come.

ran daily. Just to hang out with him, I would run it to. Not wanting to look like I couldn't handle it, I breathed hard and finished every run. Marcus was in much better shape than me at the time, but I appreciated the challenge I felt when I was with him.

When did you know you were in love?

What do you love most about her?

Marcus: I had never met someone that wasn't jaded by life; her happy go lucky, care free attitude was refreshing. She was hard working and worked a lot when we first met. She was a great mother to her daughter, and was always really caring. We became pretty much inseparable, and I gave her a key to my spot after six months.

When did you know you were in love?

Honeymoon plans

Andrea is a hard worker and very passionate. She puts her mind to it, a switch goes on and she just gets it done. Andrea's ability to forgive and be understanding is what I love most about her. She is not easily discouraged and is always there during hard times. Her loyalty is comforting and that's what I love best about her.

Andrea: I knew I was in love with Marcus about six months into dating him. Marcus seemed to push me to be better right from the start. Marcus lived in some condos when we first met and there was a running circuit that he

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Fun facts

Marcus Proposed to my daughter at our wedding. That was one of the top three moments for me! We didn't have a wedding planner until about three weeks before the wedding. Grand Island Mansion was the first venue we looked at and booked it that same day. Marcus and I were not going to honeymoon for financial reasons. Our main reason was that we wanted to be responsible and complete our business goals. Marcus planned our Maui trip

on short notice, and I couldn't have been any happier. To go on a honeymoon, to Hawaii, after such an amazing wedding was just surreal. We enjoyed five days in Maui, and the sunsets are like no other there. I learned Sea Turtles are really confident; we were sitting on the beach and two huge turtles swam right up onto the sand, and napped without a second thought.

Wedding details

We had an evening wedding at Grand Island Mansion, in Walnut Grove. Our colors were scarlet red, dusty rose, and gold. I wore a traditional white dress, and Marcus wore an allblack tuxedo. Our children were in the wedding and both wore red velvet. We had 16 people in our wedding party including a flower girl and a junior bridesmaid. We had a wonderful cocktail hour, and a delicious dinner. However, we were most excited about the reception and mixed our speeches all together. We did a very short cake cutting, and got back to partying with our guests. Grand Island Mansion offered rooms for the wedding party, and we got to sleep in the mansion with a pizza party and extended bar. The party continued for our overnight guests (including the little ones) who enjoyed apple cider into the wee hours. The whole wedding process was amazing (a little stressful at times) but overall unreal.

Love is being able to trust

your partner with your life, and knowing they have your best interest at heart. Photographer Monica S. Photography

Musician Saxophone player: Shawn Raiford

Videographer Serena Rae Visions

Hair and Makeup Miriam Smith, GlowbyChlo

Venue Grand Island Mansion

Florist Esmae Event Stylist

Caterer Grand Island Mansion

Tux Rentals The Black Tux

Desserts/Cake Mix Baking Co.

Bride's Dress La Soie Bridal

Wedding Coordinator Justea Blakely

Bridesmaid's Dress Azazie

DJ DJ Swanky

Rings James Allen   45

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to Anyone Considering Selling their Home So you’re thinking about selling your home? I realize you didn’t arrive at this decision lightly and that you might be nervous or scared. There are many things that are probably going through your head right now. Therefore, I’d like to help you by offering some advice, and hopefully putting your mind at ease.

First, do some research.

It’s important for you to understand how much money you can expect to get for your home. We need to be realistic. Unfortunately, checking online sites like Zillow or Trulia isn’t going to give you the most accurate picture of your home’s value. This is why it’s important to sit down with a real estate agent that understands the market and will give you a realistic home value estimate by comparing similar properties that have recently sold in your area.

Discuss your situation.

Discussing your situation with a real estate agent will also help you identify any other aspects of the transaction that you might 46. - Late Summer 2019

be forgetting. For instance, there might be something glaringly obvious that could get in the way of a smooth home inspection that you might not be considering… or, on the other hand, a unique feature that your home might have which could help maximize its value. Also, discussing the process with an agent will help you understand how much money you can expect to walk away with after the closing.

Pick the right agent.

Considering braving it alone?

Secondly, if the agent is giving you some inconvenient feedback or information, don’t dismiss them. The best agents will tell you the truth because they understand that setting the right expectations is more important than promising you the world.

If you’re considering selling your home without an agent, remember that you’re doing so at your own risk. There are quite a few things that can go wrong (many of them legal) which an agent is trained and perfectly set up to handle. Also, do you really want to deal with random strangers showing up at random times throughout the day, wondering whether they’re even qualified to buy a house or if they’re just bored and looking for something to do? Let an agent worry about these things; you’ll thank yourself later.

Working with the right person can mean the difference between a smooth transaction and a less-than-memorable experience. How do you pick the right one? First, make sure you feel comfortable with the person. You might spend a lot of time with them, so it’s important that you have rapport.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Lastly, ask as many questions as you need until you feel comfortable with your level of understanding. The right agent will be patient with you and will understand just how big of a deal this is.

If you’re considering selling your home without an agent, remember that you’re doing so at your own risk. There are quite a few things that can go wrong (many of them legal) which an agent is trained and perfectly set up to handle. Don’t stress!

This might be easier said than done, but try to keep things in perspective. Your home is probably your most valuable asset, and the most consequential transaction that you’ll ever work on. But people buy and sell their homes every day, and there’s a very comprehensive system in place that helps facilitate those transactions. Your agent will guide you through the process and help you feel at ease. Remember, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last person to feel the stress.

Expect the unexpected.

It would be lovely if I could promise you that everything will go perfectly smooth, but it rarely does. Obstacles almost always come up during a real estate transaction, but that doesn’t mean you should pull your hair out worrying. Agents know there will be bumps in the road, and they’ll also know how to get over them and get your home sold with as little stress for you as possible. So don’t stress, be realistic, find the right agent to help, and remember that small hiccups are just part of the transaction. And by the way, feel free to give me a call. Do you have questions regarding real estate in general? Contact Justin Pinnell BRE- 02045095, M&M Real Estate at (916) 812.0576 or   47


If you don’t have anything nice to say... By Anna Osborn, LMFT, owner of Life Unscripted Counseling

I’ve officially reached the point in my parenting career where I’ve run out of creative ways to say the same thing. There are only so many ways you can answer the 1 millionth “why” question before you lose your mind a little and use the standard go-to of “because I said so”. I always envisioned myself as the parent with endless patience and countless loving ways to communicate with my children. And the truth is…I have my good days. My hope is that you’re nodding your head in agreement because I can’t be the only one. The funny thing is that other sayings like “because I said so” or “Don't cross your eyes or they'll stay like that” come out of my mouth. 48. - Late Summer 2019

Then, I turn around to see if my mother is behind me. She is hands down one of the most patient people I know, however, she still used these tried and true parenting lines with my sisters and me growing up. With that being said, there is one great parenting line that I believe needs some updating. It’s the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” To be honest this one bothers me a bit and I think if we freshened it up, it could actually become helpful in all of your relationships, especially your partnership. Go with me here for a second. If you think about your relationship, your partnership, it’s extremely important to say what you mean and mean what you say. In fact, one of the areas in communication where individuals’ struggle (that I commonly see in

my office) is someone stuffing down a need or a feeling because they don’t know how to say it constructively OR they don’t want to rock the boat by bringing it up. And while this may help to create short term peace, it really ends up resulting in long term heartache. If you don’t know how to share your needs in constructive ways OR if you’re stuffing how you feel in hopes it will blow over…then I’m sure you know that approach results in more tension, more resentment and more disconnection. I believe that you can fall into this communication trap in your relationship because of an overarching (and outdated) belief that if you have nothing nice to say, you need to simply not say it. Yet, here’s a twist that I think has some great potential….if you have nothing nice to say,

health} f ind a different way of saying it. Yes, you read that correctly. If you have nothing nice to say, especially in your relationship, then you need to spend a few moments (or hours) deciding on how you can say it in a way that is both constructive and productive. Because you see, when you have nothing nice to say, it’s usually because something deeper was triggered that caused a flood of feelings. And regardless of the temporary nature of our feelings, they’re still valid and need to be tended to. If instead, you choose to stuff that experience down and not share it in a productive way, you miss a huge opportunity to create a new level of understanding and connection with your partner. Now, I’m not here advocating that you need to share EVERY thought that pops into your head or EVERY feeling that you experience with your partner. BUT, what I am saying is that if you experience something that is big enough for you to want to pop off and say something nasty, then it’s highly likely that you need to find a different way to express that feeling. And definitely in a way that ensures it’s going to be heard and received with a lot more consideration than hurling a reactive reply. And I get that when you’re feeling hurt, insulted, or rejected—the likelihood that you’re going to spout off something hurtful in response is much higher. AND, as we all know from experience, that has a great tendency to not only create further disconnection, it also usually results in you feeling being less heard and less validated.

The truth is our feelings get hurt in love. A lot of the time it’s not intentional or meant to create the deep wounds that is does; and yet it still happens. And the only way to soothe those hurt feelings, and move forward from it, is if you feel heard and validated by your partner. The more that you’re able to express that hurt in a softer way, versus a reactive way, the more likely your partner is to move into their role as listener and validator.

Which brings me full circle back to the new twist on that old saying….if you have nothing nice to say, find a different ways of saying it. If you’re feelings are hurt, find a softer way of letting partner know. If you’re feeling triggered or overwhelmed, don’t lash out and create reciprocal hurt. Take a breath and create an opportunity to pull your partner in and let them know how you’re feeling and what you need. Breaking the pattern of stuffing your feelings and responding with reciprocal hurt will create an amazing shift in your relationship. One that has the potential to yield less hurt feelings over time AND a deeper understanding of the raw spots we have a tendency to bump up against in love. (Wondering what a “raw spot” is? Give me a buzz and I will be happy to share more about them). As always, I wish you the best of luck as you apply these seemingly simple principles into the complexities of love.

Anna Osborn, LMFT, is the owner of Life Unscripted Counseling. She works with couples to improve communication, deepen intimacy and heal from betrayal. Anna was born and raised in California and lives in the Elk Grove with her husband, school aged twins and boxer dog. She is an avid sports fan and can often be found at the ballpark cheering on her local team.   49

Bogle Vineyards Spending an evening at Bogle Vineyards is a treat for everyone, however, spending the evening and getting the first taste of one of their newest wine sensations...unbelievable! As I was enjoying the evening and the hors d'oeuvres at Bogle Vineyards; I learned about the new 2017 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Petite Sirah. They informed us that after Bogle Vineyard’s wine barrels have been used for seven years, they sell their barrels to craft spirit companies. Then, the craft spirit companies use Bogle Vineyard’s barrels to age their spirits. Bogles winemakers thought, “Why not reverse the process…and age wine in a bourbon barrel?” Consequently, used bourbon barrels were purchased, then filled with Clarksburg Petite Sirah for 11 months. The result, magic. A rich, redolent wine with sweet berries; a touch of spice and heady aromas of whiskey, waffle cone, and smoke. This wine brings together the best of two worlds: whiskey and wine…and does so beautifully! Now, all Bogle Vineyard needed was a way to display this new wine perfection to the public. They called Honey marketing company, who collaborated with the Bogle team, to yield a beautiful packaging result. I encourage everyone to relax in the newly designed tasting room at Bogle Vineyards (designed by Zina Sheya Designs) and enjoy a symphony for the senses.

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Art s

AVENUE of the Written by Nan Mahon

Take a stroll down the Avenue of the Arts and see the City of Elk Grove’s salute to the performing, visual, and literary art forms. 52. - Late Summer 2019


The avenue begins at the corner of Big Horn and Civic Center Drive. Start the journey in front of the new Civic Center where the walkway spans the grounds across the buildings there. From the street, passersby may view the 24 foot high Cloud Fountain at the entry of the Civic Center compound. The artwork emerges from the ground like a surge of a dust storm, and after sundown glows in changing colors against the evening sky. The sculpture is the creation of Gordon Huether, a well know artist whose studio is in the Santa Rosa area. He has received more than 70 public art commissions throughout the country and his work is on display in many public forums.

Artist and Model, is the cut-out, stainless steel images of a painter and his subject in the process of working on a portrait. This is work of Viktor Verhovod. The artist explains that his sculptures reflect his life experiences in Russia as well as his life discoveries in America. Step onto the walkway and the next sculpture is placed in front of where the new city library will be built. Entitled Literature, it is a 10 foot model of a book topped with reading glasses. The book is The Grapes of Wrath

by Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize awardee, novelist John Steinbeck. The City of Elk Grove Art Commissioners chose this work to commemorate the migration of farm laborers to California during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s and the Sacramento valley’s role in that part of history. This salute to literature is the creation of artist Adrian Litman. Originally from Romania, he now has the Adrian Litman Art & Design studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been commissioned in major cities across California. Perhaps the most popular work is the Ravishing Retire’, a 14 foot high dancer in motion. The deep red steel makes a brilliant statement of movement. The creator is Trevor O’Tool, who works out of a studio in Tucson, Arizona.

An additional work is in progress and will commend the power of music. It will be installed in the fall.

Some two years in the planning, and development, this Avenue of the Arts has been a project of the City of Elk Grove staff and the Arts Commission. The City Council approved a one percent tax on new commercial building and designated it for public art. A call for artists brought submissions from established art studios around the country and the final choices were made by panels of art experts and members of the arts commission.

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By: Linda Holmes

Book Review by BRENDLE WELLS The definition of a beach read can vary. In reviews and booklists it almost seems like any book could qualify. And that is true, because ultimately it should be the sort of book that entertains you, whatever that may be—family drama, thrilling suspense, mystery, or another personal favorite. If you happen to like spending leisurely afternoons with a light and breezy romance, this debut novel will suit your summer reading habits perfectly. Evvie Drake Starts Over is a delightful book in which a baseball pitcher, who is suddenly unable to play thanks to a bad case of the yips, rents a room from a widow in a small town in Maine. Dean and Evvie are believable, flawed characters who learn and grow through their new friendship, a friendship that slowly turns into something more over the course of the time they spend together. Along with romance, their story also offers a refreshing and honest look at mental health issues as both characters come to grips with the pain of their past through support and treatment. That the story is as much about them as individuals as it is about them as a couple makes the romantic elements of the book all the more powerful and heartwarming. It’s an absolute pleasure to read. This is highly recommended for fans of romantic fiction and beach goers everywhere. Ballantine Books, 2019

Daisy Jones & The Six

By: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Summers are occasionally too busy to do all the things we want to do. The joy of an audiobook is that you can listen while you do something else. Occasionally, an audiobook is so good that all you want to do is “that something else” so you can continue to listen. Such is the case with the audio version of Daisy Jones & The Six. First, there is the story of a famed 1970s rock band which contains everything you would expect from such a tale. The era and setting provide plenty of sex, drugs and rock and roll. And when wild child Daisy Jones is paired with The Six, a moderately successful band of friends and family members, there is drama. Plenty of drama. Secondly, there is the presentation of the story in faux documentary format. This means characters each offer a perspective on their experiences as seen through the lens of time which offers an interesting entry point into the story and the development of those characters. Those two elements together make for a truly entertaining read, but if you combine all of that with a vocal cast that includes the best of Hollywood and the audiobook world, including Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt and Julia Whelan, you get an absolutely mesmerizing audiobook experience that you never want to end. Ballantine Books, 2019 Visit WWW.SACLI BRARY.ORG For details, telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit

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Author: Sarah Beth Durst Alloria is perfect. Nestled in a remote mountain valley, Alloria’s inhabitants wake up every day to blue skies, temperate weather, impeccably timed seasons, and wonders powered by wind and electricity. Alloria has the storm beasts to thank for this—one in four of Alloria’s children is tasked with caring for and bonding with a dragon that can control and shape wind, rain, sun, and lightning, all for the benefit of Alloria’s storied grandeur. Mina is such a child, and she assumes the storm beast that hatches from her egg will be as shy and quiet as herself. When it instead produces Pixit, a lightning beast that is an avatar of boundless energy and chaos, her family assumes there must have been some mistake. But Mina and Pixit are certain they belong with each other, and together they will discover and maybe even rectify a dark secret that sits behind Alloria’s greatness. Sarah Beth Durst is adept at writing middle-grade fantasy stories that offer adventure and wonder without condescension, and this book follows in that tradition, with deep world building that is nevertheless easy to grasp, a cast of loveable characters, plenty of page-turning action beasts, and interesting themes of self-realization and social change. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Clarion Books, 2019

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

Author/Illustrator: Cori Doerrfeld

Children's Book Review By JUSTIN AZEVEDO

This short, sweet picture book centers on the idea of every goodbye leading to a new hello. Stella begins the story with an anxious farewell to her mother, reluctant to leave for the uncertainty of a new schoolyear. However, she immediately meets Charlie, an outgoing child who quickly becomes Stella’s best friend. Their burgeoning friendship displays this dynamic again and again as the seasons pass, as they let go of outdoor play for indoor sleepovers and snowy days for puddlejumping. Sometimes, though, goodbyes really do feel more serious— when Charlie moves away, Stella learns that a hard goodbye will eventually become a new hello, too, even when it seems like it can’t at first. The book’s prose is simple and lyrical, punctuated by a few well-timed speech balloons. Doerrfeld’s digital artwork has a soft, smudgy quality that complements the story with a friendly, welcoming feel. Both the backing cast and the protagonists are diverse; Stella and her family have brown skin and black hair, while Charlie could conceivably be read as gendernonconforming or non-binary. A heartwarming story time read that can help children process change and loss, recommended for ages 4 to 8. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2019 Visit WWW.SACLI BRARY.ORG For details, telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit

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Summer By Dioni Dobbins

Elk Grove Civic Summer is a five-week program for high school students that provides insight into local government and introduces them to careers in public service. Two-weeks of classroom-style learning features guest speakers; including department heads, city council members and even an assembly member. The guest speakers share their experiences, pathways to success, events, and issues in Elk Grove. The last three weeks offers hands-on learning in public agencies and non-profit organizations throughout Elk Grove.

Carlos Garcia is a teacher at Florin High and one of the founders of the Elk Grove Civic Summer program. Mr. Garcia, and staff from EGUSD and the City, started the program in 2015 in an effort to engage students with a meaningful education in civics. They did this by giving students the opportunity to explore rewarding careers in public service.

“Students in the program get a first-hand look at the challenges and opportunities facing our community now and in the future,” explained Garcia. “Guest speakers representing government and municipalities on the local, state, and federal level provide students with lessons on leadership and share the stories and motivations that inspired them to serve. For their efforts, students are rewarded with ten units of work experience credit on their high school transcript.” According to Mr. Garcia, the most rewarding aspect of the program, as a teacher, is the opportunity to work with students from all of the different high schools in EGUSD and see them develop leadership skills that will benefit them in their college and career pursuits. 58. - Late Summer 2019



According to Mr. Garcia, the most rewarding aspect of the program, as a teacher, is the opportunity to work with students from all of the different high schools in EGUSD and see them develop leadership skills that will benefit them in their college and career pursuits. I was one of 33 students chosen to participate in the program offered by Elk Grove Unified School District and local agencies this year. I’m an incoming senior at Cosumnes Oaks High School. What brought me to the Civic Summer program? Honestly, my mom signed me up as a way to get me out of the house for the summer. She also wanted me to gain real-world working experience during my high school years. The program’s interview process was nervewracking and intense. Every student who applied had potential and was eager to get into the program. Orientation wasn’t nearly as nerve-wracking as the interview process, but I was still very nervous; because, I like presenting a positive first impression within the first five seconds.

“Since its inception over 125 students have taken part in the Elk Grove Civic Summer program; and this is our biggest year so far with 33 students participating in the program from eight local high schools.”

I interned in the City’s Public Affairs Office for three weeks. The division is part of the City Manager’s Office and oversees public relations, marketing, and even event planning. This side of their work was surprising to me since I thought they were mostly responsible for just providing information and monitoring social media. I was given projects, within my first week, to storyboard a safety code video. It was a crazy experience and the first time I have been part of a huge project where I was the brain behind the ideas. The weeks flew by pretty fast, faster than I would like to admit. The first week, I was following my supervisor like a shadow to most meetings and taking notes about what details needed to be addressed. The second week presented a little more independence; I lead a concept review meeting involving city staff and some of my fellow interns. That meeting felt way different from my average school presentations. I was super nervous, to the point I thought my hands were about to become waterfalls because I was sweating so much. But once I began my presentation, I felt comfortable with the information I had to relay and was able to continue smoothly. The third week   59



“During my time with Code Enforcement, I got an enlightening and intriguing insight into their job. I rode along with officers Ana Solis, Cathy Lantsberger, and Jeff Weiler and helped them in investigating complaints and writing case reports. We worked together on a variety of cases including nuisance and housing complaints.” -Cassidy became tougher for me. Not because of the work load, but really just because I knew I would be leaving soon.

Hanah Shih, a Pleasant Grove High School senior, described her Civic Summer experience. “It was a valuable experience. At first, I didn’t know what to expect, but everyone seemed nice and I enjoyed the classroom and the lunches. Elk Grove city council member Stephanie Nguyen stood out for me because she taught us about networking.” Her internship experience in Development Services, the City’s planning division, “became a valuable experience.” I learned what I like (and dislike) as part of a group.” Cassidy Nowlan, a Sheldon High School junior shared her perspective with me. “During the classroom portion of the program, I got to meet 60. - Late Summer 2019

a variety of students from all around Elk Grove. We got to talk with various city workers and gain an idea of what they do and how they work. It was very fun and informational; and I had a great time with the other interns.” Cassidy interned with the City’s Code Enforcement division. “During my time with Code Enforcement, I got an enlightening and intriguing insight into their job. I rode along with officers Ana Solis, Cathy Lantsberger, and Jeff Weiler and helped them in investigating complaints and writing case reports. We worked together on a variety of cases including nuisance and housing complaints.” For me personally, I learned way more in those three weeks about what goes into public affairs. I think it’s wonderful that there is way more to it than meets the eye. Some of my favorite assignments were writing reports, preparing event promotions, and posting things on social media.

I would recommend the Civic Summer program to any student who has an interest in public service and government (or simply wants to try something new). This program gave me realworld experience and I gained some new skills while I was there such as, networking, confidence, and even time management. This internship was worth it. For more information about the Civic Summer program, visit or email


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education} By CT Morris - BS Elementary Ed., MS Ed.

What I’ve Learned About

Holding Grudges

Last year I was listening fixedly to a colleague who vehemently was describing the anger and hurt her grown daughter had caused. My colleague’s eyes glistened with angry tears as she relived the details of what her daughter had done. I thought, “It’s going to take a couple of weeks before she’ll be able to forgive her daughter; she really needs to work through this anger.” Then, my colleague threw down the bombshell—when she said the following words. “It’s been three years since I’ve talked to her.” My mouth dropped open, “three years? People who commit felonies get a three year prison sentence. That’s a long time to hold a grudge!” Well, needless to say—that colleague isn’t talking to me either. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people who hold grudges, intense grudges that sometimes last a lifetime. In fact, many individuals remain extremely angry about a slight or wrong that happened to them in the past, even though the incident may have been unintentional. We have to ask the question, why hold grudges when they’re agonizing to maintain? When the wound is kept exposed and we relive past experiences of pain, we are stuck in the past. Every time we retell the “incident” we feel the pain and betrayal again, as if it just happened. New experiences with friends and family are kept from happening because we can’t let go of “what happened to me”. We are in a time warp that won’t let us change and let go. What are we getting by holding onto a grudge? What is the benefit of telling friends, family, and acquaintances how we were 62. - Late Summer 2019

wronged and mistreated? Why embrace the “characteristics” that go with a grudge holder? After listening to my colleague’s grudge, she expected comfort and compassion from me. Obviously, that’s the response she’s use to getting when (over a three year time period) she has told her tale of woe. Grudge holders want sympathy for what happened; because they’ve been wounded by a friend or loved one. Now, (they believe) they should get special treatment and are deserving of extra benevolence. Their anger is a call, to all who will listen, to be treated in a different way. When my colleague didn’t get the response she desired from me, I became unimportant or “on the side of the enemy”. Grudge holders now have a new distinctiveness. They are the person who was “persecuted.” There is power and appropriateness in this identity. Something that defines them… their fury gives them a sense of toughness and

drive. If they let go of the grudge, they will have to be prepared to let go of their identity of being the “mistreated” one Grudges are a horrible weight to carry around, because they are venomous. They keep the grudge holder stuck in anger, and the grudge ends up spreading to others—who feel they must choose a side. Grudges don’t heal the hurt or (when shared with others) feel any lighter. What they becomes is an edifice of the mind, a story that is usually enhanced. Instead of holding grudges, we need to talk to the person who we feel wronged us; because communication is always the key. Instead of blocking kindness and forgiveness, embrace them so that the grudge doesn’t become an obstacle to a healthy life. Living in the present and looking forward to the future, is the key to being healthy, both in mind and body. Don’t dwell in the past where ancient grudges live.

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For a Healthy & Successful School Year Submitted by Abigail Bewley, MD, Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center

Sweet, sweet summertime, we had so much fun that it felt like a breeze‌ a hot breeze that is. Now that schools in our wonderful city of Elk Grove are gearing up for yet another fantastic year (though we acknowledge that many Elk Grove Unified School District students are on year-round track sessions and attend school throughout much of the summer). Now is the perfect time to prepare your child for a healthy school year. Back to school is a good opportunity to be sure your child is up to date on immunizations, checkups and ready to tackle the school year with a healthy routine of early bedtime, a healthy breakfast, lots of reading, limited screen time and regular exercise. Here are some easy ABCs for you to keep in mind as you prepare your children for back-to-school. 64. - Late Summer 2019


list of immunizations

One of the best ways to ensure a successful start to the school year is making sure your child is healthy. Children who miss school because of illness often fall behind and have a hard time catching up to the rest of the class. Making sure your child has the proper immunizations can protect him or her from common childhood diseases and other contagious illnesses throughout the school year. Most school-aged children receive several required vaccinations at ages four or five, just before entering kindergarten. Students entering 7th grade should have the following vaccine for full protection: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster (Tdap), human papilloma virus (HPV ), and meningococcal before entering school. Other immunizations can protect against chicken pox, Hepatitis A and B, measles and mumps. A flu vaccine – available starting in mid to late October – can also prevent your child from catching the flu, which is highly contagious, and can help ward off outbreaks at school sites.


egin to get plenty of rest

We recommend getting your child on a regular bedtime schedule a couple of weeks before the start of the school year so it’s an easier transition once they kick off the school year. Having a restful night’s sleep will lead to a more focused student. Children need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night. Some may have a hard time adjusting to the early morning start of school, so it’s a good idea to get them used to waking up early now. Encourage children

to set an alarm so they are waking up at the same time every day. Technology—television or other screen like a computer, or smartphone, or a video game system—in a child’s room can disrupt a child’s sleeping habits. Set limits on how long and when to cut off screen time during the school year.


ut out the junk food

A healthy diet – with plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout the day – will help children stay fit and keep them energized. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast can reduce the urge to snack on less nutritious items such as chips and cookies. Children also need a healthy lunch to sustain them throughout the school day. One of the most important things parents need to watch for when packing a school lunch is avoiding foods that are high in sugar. Pack a bottle of water rather than juice or soda. Make sandwiches using whole-grain breads. Select low or non-fat dairy products. A healthy lunch doesn’t necessarily need to come from home. Many school cafeterias are now offering healthier options such as salad bars, fresh fruit and foods lower in sodium or fat.


pain and trouble sleeping. It can also make your child moody, depressed or tense. Talk to your children about how they are feeling as they get closer to starting school. Make sure they know that there are ways to deal with their stress. Teach them time management techniques. Help them to unwind with a hobby or a good book. Offer to work through problems together. If they are unwilling or uncomfortable speaking with you, have them speak with their pediatrician who can also put you and your child in touch with a mental health professional.

Now you see, these ABC’s are as easy as 1, 2, 3. Making sure your children are healthy is one of the best ways you can have them thrive throughout the school year.

eal with stress

For some students, the school year may bring on stress as they face dealing with new teachers, classmates and, in some cases, a new school. Stress can be normal, but if it happens too often or lasts too long, it can lead to health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, back

Dr. Bewley is a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.   65

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Chief of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento By Lilly Wyatt, Kaiser Permanente Public Relations

Women represent 34 percent of U.S. psychiatrists and 55 percent of current psychiatry residents, the number of female leaders in the field across the country is even lower. However, within just a few years in the field, Dr. Maria Koshy has taken the helm as the Chief of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento and leads with wisdom, ease and grace. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2013 and now leads a team of mental health physicians in South Sacramento and Elk Grove. Dr. Koshy attended Rush Medical College in Chicago and was a resident of Emory University in Atlanta. In a medical field dominated by men, Dr. Koshy believes that having women in leadership roles has a positive impact on an organization and others. “I hope that by taking this on, I’m opening doors. The more of us there are in leadership, the more possible it will be for other women out there to close the gender gap,” she said.

Q: Why did you decide to go into this medicine?

“I initially thought I would go to Law School, I even wrote the entrance exam. But the more I thought about it, I realized that I would miss the human experience, so I thought medicine was a great way of combining science with humanity. The idea of taking something as miraculous as the human body and attempting to decode it to help people seemed like an amazing way to spend my career.” 68. - Late Summer 2019

Q: Why psychiatry?

“I went through all the specialty rotations in medical school and they were all fascinating in their own way, but in behavioral health or in psychiatry there was this enthralling way to combine both my scientific knowledge with who I was as human being to be an agent of change in people’s lives.”

Q: What do you like doing the most in your practice?

“One of the most valuable lessons I learned during my training was the importance of listening to our patients and treasuring their individual human experience within the context of their medical and psychiatric symptoms. I enjoy hearing people’s stories and am often left with a sense of wonderment about their level of resilience. I meet many people in my practice who make it through some very difficult times in their lives and can turn them around to really create change in their own family story or to make change on a larger scale.”

Q: What has change in the last 10 years in the world of behavioral health?

“As a field we’re getting better at using evidencebased treatments for various mental health diagnoses, which is an important shift as it allows us to take these treatments and replicate them on a larger scale in our organization.”

Q: What are some stories you’ve heard

from patients about choosing therapy? “I will say that generally when patients come back to thank me, it often turns into a conversation about how if they hadn’t decided that they wanted to change things… nothing would’ve been done. So, in the end, they‘ve become the architect of their own change and I am the coach on the sidelines. Often patients wait eight or nine years to seek professional help, because they may not recognize when their stress has gone out of bounds. Years after the first onset of increased anxiety, they are more likely to be functioning poorly, and they may have developed unhealthy coping mechanisms.”


“Perfection is not a necessary goal and certainly not the key to happiness. If you can let go of what you perceive to be missing in your life and find joy in the things that you do have… you may be closer to being at peace with yourself.”

Q: Have any of your childhood or

early experiences had any influence on your profession?

“I’m an immigrant. I immigrated when I was a teenager and that has had an impact on my perspective, because when you are an immigrant you become an observer for a little while… from the outside in. What I really took away from that experience is that people might speak differently and look different, but at the end of the day when you really sit down and talk to someone else it is relatively easy to find commonalities in your experiences and find ways to connect with each other.”

Q: As a successful working mom and a leader in the field, how do you manage work, life, and family balance? Friends?

“It certainly is a challenge! Work, life, family balance requires a lot of deliberate effort on a day-to-day basis. One of the biggest assets for me is having a very supportive partner and a very extensive “village”. I also decided that I would value time spent with my family and be present in the moment with them… over maintaining control over the little things, like things around the house, etc., which is where my ‘village’ comes in.


Q: On a day-to-day basis, what continues to inspire you?

“The people that I interact with daily: my team, my colleagues, my patients and my family.”

Q: Favorite books?

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb Lean In, by Cheryl Sandberg Becoming, by Michelle Obama The Obesity Code, by Dr. Jason Fung‎

Q: What are your hobbies?

“We like to travel locally within the U.S. and internationally. Traveling with our children and seeing things through their eyes has been a whole new experience for us. I think that children have a sense of joy and discovery about everything they see that we can sometimes lose sight of as adults.”

Q: What tips to you have for women readers in Elk Grove?

“Perfection is not a necessary goal and certainly not the key to happiness. If you can let go of what you perceive to be missing in your life and find joy in the things that you do have… you may be closer to being at peace with yourself. Practice self-care as much as you can. Why? Because good mental health is essential to overall well-being.”   69


Inflammation By Dr. Dayle A. Imperato, Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine

Inflammation is a biological, critical pathway that serves a specific function. If you cut yourself or get an infection, inflammation is your bodies response by transporting immune cells to kill the invading bacteria and begin the process of healing. In this biological setting, inflammation is self-limited and resolves as the body heals its tissues. Inflammation is a complex cascade of events that naturally occurs in the body, but it is the root cause of chronic disease. A normal amount of inflammation, when it is first initiated, is fine. It’s a normal response of the body and is needed for survival. However, if resolution does not occur over a few days, that’s when the problems begin with inflammatory markers, oxidative stress and free radicals. When inflammation becomes chronic it affects our blood vessels, our organs, our heart and our brain. It begins to damage the bodies internal 70. - Late Summer 2019

organs, setting the stage for heart disease, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. One of the key factors relating to chronic inflammation is insulin resistance, especially related to fat cells. When fat cells start growing, they become more metabolically active. Initially the body can handle this well, but over time, the fat cells make a transition and become inflamed. White blood cells rush in and the fat cells begin to release chemicals that spread inflammation throughout the body. When that inflammation goes to blood vessels, it begins to cause arthrosclerosis, when it goes to the pancreas it can start affecting insulin, setting the stage for Type II diabetes, when it goes to the brain it can promote dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.


Inflammation is brought about by our lifestyle. Poor diet choices, lack of exercise, eating processed foods, processed flours, fruit juices, environmental insults, stress, lack of sleep, to name some of the causes.

Inflammation causes damage to cells and our proteins, creating free radicals and oxidation. Oxidation is when metal rusts, or an apple turns brown or oil goes rancid. Imagine this happening to your body, its rancid fat in your blood, rancid fat in your brain, it’s oxidized damaged chemicals that causes huge havoc with every function your body. It’s the single, final pathway for aging and for all diseases, be it heart disease, cancer, diabetes or brain disfunctions. So, controlling inflammation, oxidative stress and free radicals is a critical step in creating a healthy body and brain. Inflammation is associated with the intake of sugar. And inflammation will elevate sugar, so it’s a vicious cycle. Because the high sugar causes damage to the tissues, which in turn aggravates inflammation. Having a higher blood sugar drives inflammation through several different mechanisms. Sugar interacts with proteins, in a process called glycation, which creates a crust, like you see on bread or crispy chicken skin. This crust literally clogs up your brain.

health} Your hemoglobin, which is also a protein, can be affected by too much sugar and combines with the sugar to become glycated, which we call hemoglobin A1C. Which is your marker for diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Inflammation is very damaging to the brain. Almost every neurological disease is driven, at least in part, by inflammation. Free radicals bump into other cells, causing damage to the point of killing some of your healthy cells. This can actually lead to shrinkage of parts of the brain. The memory site in the brain is the hippocampus and damage can occur here earlier that seen in other parts of the brain because the hippocampus is highly sensitive to spikes in blood sugar and high insulin levels. This is seen in brain scans in the form of shrinkage of the hippocampus.


Inflammation can both contribute to and be the result of insulin resistance. By eating the right foods, focusing on fibrous vegetables, eating nutrient dense whole foods, you’ll go a long way towards mitigating inflammation in the body, thus helping your body process glucose which is going

to promote insulin sensitivity which is going to minimize your risks of developing diabetes and other chronic diseases. Exercise is very important. When you exercise it makes your muscles hungry for glucose. Another way to sensitize the cells to insulin, making it easier for glucose to get into your cells, is fasting.

You can have a huge impact on your health and in the prevention of inflammation, diabetes and chronic disease by dramatically reducing your intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar, by avoiding processed foods and vegetable oils, by optimizing your microbiome, by making sure you don’t have a leaky gut, by focusing on ample amounts of plant food and fiber, by considering fasting and getting good quality sleep. So, don’t wait until your fasting blood sugar is high. By that time, you already have diabetes. Which significantly increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Fasting glucose should be no higher than 80 mg/dl. The foods you eat is one of the most important ways to take control over the health of your brain and body. Our food choices either increase or

decrease inflammation in your entire body and subsequently increase or decrease your risk of chronic diseases. Dayle A. Imperato, M.D. Rejuvenation Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (916) 670-7601 9180 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove.   71


Barbara Morse Wackford By Elizabeth Pinkerton Photos courtesy of Louis Silveira and the Elk Grove Historical Society

2018 Western Festival Grand Marshall. Photo by Lance Armstrong, Elk Grove Citizen.

This is the third story about Elk Grove area men and women, from long time local families, who have and continue to make contributions to our communities. This story is about Barbara Morse Wackford, whose Morse family connections go back to the mid 1800s in our Franklin area of South Sacramento, California. Elk Grove residents are very familiar with the Morse name as we have Barbara Comstock Morse Elementary School and we have Morse Community Park. We also have the Barbara Morse Wackford Community and Aquatic Center – and it is named for the star of this story. You can see the magnificent entry sign on Bruceville Road just south of the intersection with Big Horn Blvd. in the Laguna area. committee for the facility. The facility is truly a symbol of the commitment to excellence the CSD always followed in providing both Park and Fire services to the community. I am so proud to have my name associated with such a wonderful facility that serves to enrich the lives of so many.”

This is what Barbara tells us about the Center: “It is difficult to convey how incredibly honored I feel to have that very special facility named in my honor. The facility was the culmination of a dream envisioned in the 1990’s by the Laguna task force. The Community Services District (CSD) Board embraced their vision and set out on a course with dedicated people working together to achieve a common and remarkable goal. I was privileged to have been on the design 72. - Late Summer 2019

Barbara Morse Wackford spent many years with Sacramento County parks programs and what is now the Cosumnes Community Services District. She has seen the Elk Grove program expand from two parks (Elk Grove and Castello) to over 55 parks that were built during her tenure—to the 95 that we have today. She knows the history of the Cosumnes Community Services District better than anyone, for she has been closely involved with parks for many years. When the District was formed in mid 1980s, Barbara was an employee of Sacramento County. She was invited to interview for the position of

the CSD Parks and Recreation Administrator. She was offered the position in 1985 and she tells us that she “happily accepted”.

“In becoming the first Administrator in the history of the District, I think I found my dream job!” is how Barbara remembers it. During her years with CSD, Barbara received many awards and honors. Some that she is most

Morse Family: Bert, Dave, Barbara, Archie, George and Archie A. 1920 Above: Barbara’s siblings and parents 2000. On right: Family Photo: Clockwise from left to right. Grandsons William, Lucas, Don, daughter Jenci and Barbara.

Father's Day at the Ranch 2011 proud of are these: Being named the Elk Grove Citizen Woman of the Year in 2002, receiving the Fred Anderson Award from Home Field Advantage, being awarded the California Parks and Recreation Society Fellowship Hall of Fame award, serving as Grand Marshal of the Elk Grove Western Festival, having a tree planted in her honor by the Strauss Festival Board of Directors at the Wackford Center, and receiving the California State University Sacramento Alumni Honors Award.

Barbara tells us that her family members are her true treasures and they continue to create an unending circle of strength and joy in her life. their children: Frankie Morse, Egbert Morse, Maude Morse Ehrhardt, Archie Morse and Evelyn Rose Morse. Grandparents: Archie Morse and Barbara Elinor Comstock Morse, and their children, Barbara Evelyn Morse, Archie Adelbert Morse, David Comstock Morse, George Wilbur Morse, and Herbert Earl Morse.

Barbara tells us that her family members are her true treasures and they continue to create an unending circle of strength and joy in her life. She lists all these members of the Morse family:

Parents: Archie Adelbert Morse and Patricia Mott Morse Franco. Their children are Sharon Louise Morse Helmar, Archie Charles Morse, Bonnie Morse West, Bruce Kirby Morse, and Barbara Evelyn Morse Wackford. Great Grandparents: George Washington Morse and Sarah Emily Russell Morse, and

Barbara Morse Wackford grew up with the close-knit Morse family on Bruceville

Road in the Franklin area. She went to kindergarten and grades one and two at Elk Grove Elementary, but by third grade, District boundaries changed and she and others were relocated to Franklin Elementary.

“We rode the bus to school,” Barbara says, “and we changed classes for every period including Math, Science, Social Studies and English. Our school went through the 8th grade so you got to know the students and teachers well after 6 years at the school. I still remember my teachers and their dispositions! Many of the students at the school also joined 4-H led by Margit Kloss. It helped to make us well rounded. The school was close to King’s Skate Rink so many school celebrations were held there.” Barbara lived in the house built by her grandfather in 1923, on land purchased by her great grandfather in the 1860’s. Here are Barbara’s memories of those times: “My family always got together to celebrate almost any holiday as well as everyone’s birthday. My grandmother, Barbara Elinor Comstock Morse, was the family matriarch until her passing in 1959. My aunt Barbara Evelyn Morse (my name sake), took over her role at that difficult time. She raised me to be giving and considerate and to always do my best. She

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Pat, Bonnie, Barbara and Sharon 2014

Don and Barbara Wackford Cousins at the ranch Holly, Sharon, Buddy, Michael, Scott and Barbara 1952 volunteered a lot of time in the community and helped me develop my love for working with others to improve our community. I learned giving back is what sustains us. “My Uncle and Aunt, Dave and Jane Morse, lived down the road with my three cousins and most evenings we’d have dinner with them. They shared with me the value of family and supported all that I did. My Uncle Bert and Aunt Arlene built a house across the street, therefore, family was all around! My parents and siblings visited often, and many weekends were spent together. During the summer I spent time in Elk Grove at the family home on Melrose Ave. I was blessed…

“Growing up in Franklin grounded me and gave me a love for the country and open space. I still consider going home is going to the ranch house where I grew up and celebrating special holidays as we still do today.” When the Franklin students graduated from the 8th grade, they moved on to Joseph Kerr Junior High School in Elk Grove for their 9th grade year. This was Barbara’s first experience to make friends outside of the Franklin community. Barbara remembers it well: “I met many new people and our friendships carried on to Elk Grove High School. Amazingly a good number of those friends attended our 50th class reunion in September of 2018. I truly enjoyed being part of the reunion committee and reconnecting with former classmates. The Class of 1968 had many strong leaders who made an impact on our society.” 74. - Late Summer 2019

I asked Barbara to tell us about the changes that have taken place since her elementary school days in Franklin and Elk Grove. “Growth was always inevitable,” she said. “The Elk Grove community has the opportunity to shape that growth. Hopefully, the goal will be to maintain a harmonious balance between urban growth and preservation of open space and park land, not only for today but for future generations as well. “Elk Grove, with the guidance of the City and the CSD, has become a dynamic community. Two people who truly left their mark on the community were Toby Johnson and Don Nottoli (Supervisors, Sacramento County) with the support and guidance they gave to all of us. So much of what has changed was due to their foresight and commitment to helping create a solid foundation for growth and prosperity. “Growth will continue to come to the region. The expansion south of Kammerer Road will expand opportunities. Hopefully, jobs will come with the housing. The CSD working with the City seems set to accommodate the growth. Partnerships with the agencies will continue. A great example is the new Aquatic Center in Laguna Ridge. The mutual vision of the CSD and City of Elk Grove should continue to shape the region and sustain the values of our heritage while thoughtfully addressing future needs.” Barbara, following her retirement in 2002, started the BMW Consulting Business and worked in long range planning with the City of Sacramento. She finds that her days now are filled with many opportunities. She travels and does volunteer work

and is exploring her family heritage and ancestry. As she says: “I spend time with my wonderful husband Don, my beautiful daughter Jenci, and my loving grandsons Lucas and William. Retirement has given me the time to become closer to my siblings and extended family. I was blessed to have time to spend with my father, mother and my loving aunts and uncles in their final precious years. Life is good and there are so many more adventures yet to be embraced!” We thank Barbara Morse Wackford for sharing her family and community stories, and we appreciate all that she has done for our Elk Grove communities.

BOOKS By ELIZABETH PINKERTON History Happened Here, Book 1 – River, Oaks, Gold Book 2 – Fields, Farms, Schools We the People, a Story of Internment in America

All book proceeds go for student scholarships, and I thank the many purchasers who have made possible the 75 scholarships with each one $1,000 – Make your check for books payable to Laguna Publishers and send to me at 9227 Lamprey Drive, Elk Grove CA 95624. Books are $20 apiece and California sales tax is included. Add $3 for shipping of one or two books; $5 for 3-6 books. Call me at 916-685-0606 or email me at

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The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, celebrated its 32nd anniversary in 2019—bringing the sounds of the music of Austrian composer Johann Strauss to Strauss Island, in Elk Grove Park. Each year, the Strauss dancers (accompanied by the Camilla Symphony) waltz and polka to musical numbers under the summer sky. This year, the ‘Pea’utiful Princess told the story of a Prince searching for his princess. The Queen Mother hosts a grand ball inviting royal families from the kingdom in order to find the “real” princess for her prince. The Queen has other requirements of a “real” princess, and slips a pea under the mattresses on the bed where she sleeps. Envisioned as a free, cultural event for the community—by founders Iris and Arnie Zimbelman; the Festival continues to delight and enchant all who attend. Mark your calendar now for the 2020 festival, which will be held the last weekend in July.

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save the date... Jazz Blues Vespers

Sunday, September 1st. from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, 9175 W Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove. Every 1st Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. ending on the 3rd of November. For more information visit

Paella Party - Bogle Vineyards Hot Summer Nights Concert Series Every Friday, in August from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove.

Warm nights and great tunes are back in August. Bring your family and friends out to enjoy these FREE outdoor concerts! Alcohol and food are allowed in the amphitheater. Don’t feel like cooking or packing your dinner? Food is available for purchase from local vendors. Children’s activities and other concessions will be offered at varying costs. For additional information visit the

Micke Grove’s Zoo after Dark

Friday, August 23rd from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and September 6th and 20th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Micke Grove Zoo, 11793 North Micke Grove Road, Lodi. Visit Micke Grove Zoo for a night tour! Meet the Zoo’s Nocturnal animals and enjoy games, crafts, and snacks along the way! Ages 5+ $20 per person ($15 for members) Registration Required! Call 209-331-2138. Visit or email for more information.

Elk Grove Multicultural Festival

Saturday, August 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove. Free Parking and Admission Join the City of Elk Grove and the Multicultural Committee as you learn about other cultures through music, art, food, entertainment and much more at the 8th annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival, Presented by Kaiser Permanente. Enjoy two stages of musical and dance entertainment, local artistry on display, cultural displays and booths, a kid’s craft area, car show and much more. Free admission and parking. Celebrate our diversity and travel the world without leaving Elk Grove! 78. - Late Summer 2019

Saturday, August 24th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Bogle Vineyards, 37783 County Rd 144, Clarksburg. We’re taking a little trip to Spain…Zocalo’s Chef Ryan Rose will be creating an amazing adventure with tapas, sangria and his famous paella—cooked right on our lawn. Music by Latin band Maya completes the evening! $60 General Admission/$50 Club Members Adults only, Tickets can be purchased at

Party on the Palms

Saturday, September 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove. Free Admission This teens-only event brings you a party like no other! Leave the parents behind and dance the night away to DJ music, splash around in the foam dance party, hang out in the teen scene social media lounge, geek out in the on-site game truck, snack on food and drinks, and show your skills at foosball, corn hole, ping pong and a special carnival-style game. Admission is free with valid school ID for those 13-18. Party on the Palms will be #amazing!

Healthy Kids Extravaganza

Saturday, Sept. 7th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wackford Aquatic Complex, 9014 Bruceville Road Elk Grove. One in five children in the United States are obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once only seen in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. There are opportunities to change these trends. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the CSD encourages your family to attend this FREE event to learn how to make healthy changes together. Visit for more information. Event Highlights

Arts and crafts - Hands-on activities - Fitness challenges - Goal setting - Healthy food options Interactive demonstrations from CSD programs

Movie Night Sixteen Candles

Saturday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. (doors open) 7:45 (Movie Starts) at Bogle Vineyards, 37783 County Rd 144, Clarksburg, CA. Hey sexy girlfriend…come watch Samantha, Jake and Long Duc Dong suffer high school angst under the stars! Pre-movie wine tasting and food for purchase from a local food truck is the perfect date night! Pre-Movie Wine Tasting $10 General Admission /$5 Club Members Adults only, Tickets can be purchased at

Lodi Grape Festival

September 12th through the 15th For over 80 years, the people in San Joaquin County have been gathering to celebrate the grape harvest at the annual Lodi Grape Festival. What started out as a small food festival in downtown Lodi has now evolved into a four day event filled with great entertainment, food, vendors, grape and commodity murals, competitive exhibits, carnival, wine tasting, and so much more. HOURS Thursday, September 12 - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, September 13 - Noon to Midnight Saturday, September 14 - Noon to Midnight Sunday, September 15 - Noon to 11 p.m. ADMISSION Adult (ages 13 and up) - $10 Youth (ages 6-12) - $6 Ages 5 and under are free Thursday is Family Value Day - everyone 16 and under get in free all day long Friday is Free til' 5 Day - everyone gets in free from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday are Two for $2 til' 2 p.m. bring two cans of food and get admission for only $2 from noon until 2 p.m.

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Friday, September 13th Seating opens at 6 p.m. - Show starts at 8 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave, Elk Grove. The Cosumnes CSD and Sacramento’s Laughs Unlimited are partnering once again to bring the Comedy Under the Stars summer series back to Elk Grove. Bring a picnic dinner, blanket and a group of friends to laugh under the stars. This show is suitable for adults only (ages 18+). No high-back chairs. No pets permitted, with the exception of service animals. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Register online or by phone at 916-405-5600 or 916-405-5300, or in person at a CSD registration location.

Harvest of Hope Gala

September 14, 2019 at 6p.m. - 10:30p.m. at the Sheldon Inn 9000 Grant Line Rd, Elk Grove. The Harvest of Hope Gala is our annual Building Fund fundraiser presented by the Kay Family Trust and benefiting Elk Grove Food Bank Services. Please join us for a magical evening with dinner under the stars. Presiding over the evening will be Master of Ceremonies, Emmy Award winner Mark S. Allen from ABC10 and Extra Butter. The evening will include a silent auction and a delicious dinner followed by a live auction with auctioneer extraordinaire, David Sobon. You will also have a chance to win a Chevy Colorado pickup courtesy of Maita Chevrolet. The evening will finish off the evening dancing to the tunes of the Why Nots. For tickets and information please visit

The Rhythm Vandals Tribute to Santana

Saturday, September 14th Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m. at McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 West Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove. The Rhythm Vandals “Tribute to Santana” is a fiery tribute to the classic Santana sound, with a set list that plays like a Greatest Hits” CD! From searing guitar solos, to smooth vocals and the rhythmic beat of the congas, timbales and drums, you’ll hear everything from "Black Magic Woman” to “Jingo”, “She’s Not There”, “Smooth” and much more! Food Truck on Site. Visit for more information and Tickets. Tickets are $18.00.   81

community} HAPPENINGS 3rd Annual Pinkerton Picnic in the Park

Sunday, September 22nd starting at 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Elk Grove Stage Stop & House Museum 9941 East Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove. 12:45 p.m. – History Award presented by Elizabeth Pinkerton to Superintendent Chris Hoffman and School Board President Chet Matson on behalf of the EGUSD. Expect a few short speeches. The picnic is a casual event with good friends and a very sincere congratulations to the EGUSD for providing our community with sixty years of committed excellence to giving our students the education they need to be contributing members to our society. It’s a FREE picnic, open to the public, and all are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches, but catered meals can be bought ahead of time if desired. This is not a fundraiser. We only want all to have pleasant time. There will be historic children’s games available to play: gold panning, water pump races, etc., so bring the kids. Catered Lunches purchased at ADULT – $10 CHILD (12 and under) – $5

Sushi in the Vines

Thursday, September 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Bogle Vineyards, 37783 County Rd 144, Clarksburg. Treat yourself to dinner AND a show from sushi samurai Ed Soliven as he prepares a tantalizing dinner paired with some very special Bogle wines. From sashimi and sushi rolls to grilled vegetables, this is more than just a dining experience…it will be one to remember! $85 per person. Space is extremely limited. Adults only, Tickets can be purchased at

"Renegade", Blue Collar Men A Tribute to Styx

Saturday, October 5th. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m. at McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 West Stockton Blvd. Elk Grove. Starting in 2008, and originally formed as "Renegade", Blue Collar Men, A Tribute to Styx have fast become one of the most sought after and favorite classic rock tribute bands in Northern California. They accurately recreate the music of STYX as you heard on the records, plus, all the great rock classics are included in their repertoire with covers from Journey, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Boston, Night Ranger, The Beatles, and much more. El Rodeo Food Truck onsite. Visit for more information and Tickets. Tickets are $18.00. 82. - Late Summer 2019

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