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History 30. WE LOVE OLD TOWN Elizabeth Pinkerton

Art 28. JUDY TAFOYA Arts Advocate 32. A NANNOSECOND in Art and Music 80. BOOK REVIEWS Sacramento Public Library

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Community 26. CRAB FEED Project Ride

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Health 62. BOWEN THERAPY Demystified 64. HEART ATTACK Symptoms Differ Between Men and Women 66. PROGESTERONE Rejuvenation Medical Spa 70. CONFIDENCE IN MARTIAL ARTS Sher Khan Karate 72. CROSS TRAINING AND TRIATHLON Keep Moving Mama

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

Kristin Berkery

A web and graphic designer and owner of Kristin Berkery Design, Kristin is a busy single mom and yoga enthusiast.

Kendra Holman

Is the owner of Love Junky Boutique in Elk Grove, California. Before becoming a business owner, she was an Associate Professor of English at Folsom Lake College.

Kerrie Hertel {Pea+Nut Portraits}

Philosophy-to create photographs that are pure and meaningful. Previously, a Creative Director in Fashion, now capturing special moments through my lens.

Wendy Hoag

Owner of Keep Moving Mama, Elk Grove.

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A Board Certified physician, she has served the Sacramento community for the past 20 years. Owner of Rejuvenation Medical Spa 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.

Carole Morris

Instructional Specialist, Author and Adjunct Professor. The proud mom of two perfect children and grammie to three flawless grandchildren.

Cindy Della Monica

Cheesemonger and Owner of Cheese Central in Lodi, Ca.

Kristyn Nelson

Public Affairs Manager of the City of Elk Grove, CA.

Barrie Olmstead

Adult Materials Selector at Sacramento Public Library.

Courtney Pettenger

Marketing manager at Realty Roundup, working mom of two girls, dog mom and a lover of health and fitness.

Elizabeth Pinkerton

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

Lana M. Shearer

Ms. Shearer of Lana M. Shearer Law and Mediation Services is a Elk Grove resident, who earned her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

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.

Chris Tanaka

Owner/Senior Instructor of Sher Khan Karate. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate.

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Owners of Grade Power Learning in Elk Grove.

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Owner of Liz Zimbelman Photography. She is a mama, wife and a lover of all things coffee related

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Dianna Rose Singh When asked to write about what my parents have taught me that I would pass on, where can I begin? Growing up we had, what I would consider, a very “normal” childhood. My dad worked, my mom stayed home and took care of five kids. Dinner was on the table at 5:00 p.m., and eating out was a treat. Personally, I don’t think I appreciated what my parents’ truly taught me, years ago. The truth is, I’m just learning the meaning of life, family and faith. My Dad instilled in me what work ethic means. Being on time, work hard and respect your peers. He NEVER complained.

My Mom had the toughest job (in my opinion). Raising five kids! She cooked, cleaned and “NEVER" complained. I could go on and on…on all that was taught to me. It made me who I am as a Mom. I have taught my kids integrity, passion, kindness, and love, but most importantly what it truly takes to be a parent. What I mean is, all along they were teaching by “doing"…and three kids and two grandkids later, I am teaching by doing! This is what I have been passing along.


Kerrie Hertel First, independence..."Do you hear that sound?" My dad said. "No," I replied straining to hear something. Then a horrid screech erupted from his mouth, simultaneously motioning the turn of a knob with his hand. "That is the sound of the money faucet turning...OFF!" He said this soon after my college graduation. This was my dad's goofy sense of humor. In his mind, he had given me the tools to stand on my own two feet. I agreed, I was on my own, sink or swim and I felt appreciative and ready!

The second is fearlessness. This of course does not extend to all aspects of my life (like spiders), but it does infiltrate much of the way I live my life, and encourage our kids to live theirs. My mom once said, "no one is going to knock on your door." What she meant by that is, unless I put myself out there, meet people, do and experience new things, nothing will ever happen. So don't wait to try something different, even if it makes you uncomfortable, and embrace meeting people, you never know what you may learn from them!

Kristin at three months old with her parents, Barry and Lynn, and great-grandmother Gertrude.

Kristin Berkery

Both my parents were registered nurses, so they instilled in me a sensitivity and concern for others. Since prehistoric times, humans have needed each other to survive the challenges life throws at us. When the problems of the bigger world get me down, I focus on the positive things I can do for those around me. Sometimes I'll make a meal for a busy family; other times I'll help a friend get through a difficult time. And when things are tough for me, my friends have returned the favor. Giving to others strengthens our communities and sets a caring example for younger generations. We're all in this together!

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Checking In Some people dislike the month of February because it’s drizzly and cold. However, February has plenty of awesome things going for it. The first and foremost being… it’s a short month, spring is right around the corner. The next obvious thing we all love about this month is Valentine’s Day, a day to give presents to our favorite people and pets. Another reason I love February—having the opportunity to sample Easter candy early, because the stores have it on the shelves for us to taste. I can totally justify eating candy in winter, it helps me stay warm. In the summer, it’s really hard to rationalize eating candy. As the days grow longer and the evenings are lighter, snuggle into your favorite chair and enjoy the newest edition of Ardent magazine. Just one more thing to love about February. executive editor

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In this issue of Ardent for Life magazine, we have a delightfully uplifting article about Project Ride; a program that serves 600 individuals with special needs. In addition, there is a heartwarming article about Jamie Whitmore, a woman of tenacity and faith. There are recipes galore in this issue, I even included one from my mother’s home country (Scotland) that will warm your tummy. We have a wonderful article on cheese that will whet your interest. It goes hand in hand with a new local brewery that is highlighted in this issue. Happy reading!

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A Lion’s Heart

JAMIE WHITMORE By Kendra Holman

Special. Tenacious. Extraordinary. Inspiring. Gritty. Funny. Dynamic. Sounds a little superfluous, right? However, even if I were to put the intensifier “very” in front of each of these words, they still would not be able to capture the essence of just who Jamie Whitmore is, because inside this tiny woman beats the heart of a lion. She is like a stick of dynamite. I have never met anyone like her. Jamie is a modern day, real life Superwoman—all she lacks is big Wonder Woman hair, a sexy costume showing way too much leg, and a cape. Jamie Whitmore is not someone you meet; she is someone you experience. Ever since the tender age of five, Jamie wanted to be the greatest athlete of all time. She found her niche in cycling. Shortly after becoming a professional mountain biker, she decided that she wanted to become a triathlete. With 37 wins, six national titles, and one world title, Jamie went on to be the most successful female athlete in XTERRA history. However, in March 2008, Jamie’s world was forever altered when she learned that a rare, but potent cancer called spindle cell sarcoma was causing the unbearable pain in her leg. Because the tumor had wrapped itself around her sciatic nerve, her left leg became atrophied.

Jamie’s world was forever altered when she learned that a rare, but potent, cancer called spindle cell sarcoma was causing the unbearable pain in her leg. Because the tumor had wrapped itself around her sciatic nerve, her left leg became atrophied.  16. ardentforlife.net - winter 2017

On March 28, 2008, she had her first surgery to remove the cancer. The doctors had to cut a significant amount of her sciatic nerve in order to remove the tumor, which was about the size of a butternut squash. The tumor had invaded her pelvic bone area; as a result, her ability to walk was greatly challenged, and according to Jamie the doctors’ prognosis was not good: “Everyone in the waiting room was told what happened. The doctor told them that I was never going to run again, I’d have trouble walking and that my pro-career was done,” Jamie explained. Jamie’s father, Biff, later told her that her husband, Courtney, did an extraordinary thing. He told everyone, “Don’t tell Jamie! Whatever you do don’t tell Jamie!” With love in her eyes, Jamie said he did this simply because he did not want anyone to tell her what she could or could not do. He wanted her to figure out what she could do on her own. Three days after her surgery two physical therapist came in to work with Jamie, and Jamie admits to being the worst patient. Her doctor told her if she did not learn to walk that they would


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have to send her to a rehabilitation center. The idea of staying in the hospital longer was so repugnant to her that she called in her dad and said, “Let’s do this. Look, you taught me how to walk when I was a baby, and you’re going to teach me how to walk again! We began walking to the nurses station and then we were making loops, and I was racing, no joke. Because I was the youngest person, I was racing against the old people, and they all beat me. There was even a prisoner there in chains; you could hear him; he had chains, and he still out walked me! It was terrible!” With a mischievous twinkle in her eye and laughter in her voice, she admits, “They all smoked me, but if I raced them now… I would totally beat them.”

After Jamie was discharged, she progressed from a walker to a cane—all the while trying to figure out how she could ride again, because she knew she would never be able to run. “I am a realist. It’s physically impossible to run with how I am disabled,” she explains. Four days into radiation the doctors called her in for a consultation: “I thought it was to tell me how well I was doing because I was swimming 3000 yards a day, and I was lifting weights, and I would drive to San Francisco do radiation and then I would go to sleep. I would work out for three hours, drive, radiation, and come home and sleep. That was my day,” she states. Jamie was sadly mistaken. Her doctors needed to see her because they had to tell her that her cancer was back, and that she would need to have another surgery. Jamie’s reaction was interesting: “I was like what? I didn’t know how to respond, so I just kept smiling.

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I thought you’re not going to ruin my day, because I’m having a good day. So I asked, “’well what does that mean?’” And they said you have to have another surgery, and I said, “’alright, let’s pick a date.”’ There was a calendar, and we picked a date, July 14, 2008.” Jamie admits that her second surgery was more difficult than the first: “That one was hard. That was the one where everything went downhill. That’s where they took the rest of my nerve, all of my glut muscle and part of my tailbone. I was really messed up after that surgery. I had to relearn to walk, and I was more ornery than I was with the first surgery because the second one was so much harder.” As if that was not tortuous enough, she almost died 12 days after surgery from an infection called sepsis. Jamie has undergone three surgeries to defeat cancer. We all hate the big “C,” with a vehemence that is bone deep. Cancer is an evil, hateful, demonic, chaotic, and relentless bully. So many of us have watched loved ones, and people close to us, suffer through and sometimes succumb to its painful assaults. It has been known to break even the strongest of wills, but cancer is no match for a woman who possesses the heart of a true athlete. How Jamie handled her bout with cancer was nothing short of Herculean. A lesser person would have given up, laid down and just died. Jamie chose to fight! She fought so hard that she left the doctors, who said she would never ride again, in shock and disbelief. Cancer takes so much, but Jamie was determined to not let it take who she was. Riding was so much a part of her identity that she defied the doctor’s prognosis and, against all odds, learned to ride again.

But Jamie’s story doesn't end there. They say that every cloud has a silver lining and Jamie’s story is no different. She had to have a kidney transplant. Jamie describes what happened, “After the kidney transplant, we went to another hospital because something wasn’t right. They said we know what’s wrong with you; you’re pregnant. I was shocked. I was freaked out. I realized that I was three days pregnant during my kidney surgery. I was terrified when I found out I was having twins, but they were my miracle babies. Every time I look at them, they are my absolute positive. They tried to come at 27 weeks, and I was hospitalized again. I said, “Stay in!” I carried them until 34 ½ weeks.”


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When the twins were a year old, Jamie tried everything to ride again— but nothing was working. She admits to finally throwing her hands up and saying, “God, I’m going to ride again, but I’m realizing that I’m going to ride when you want me to ride and not when I want to ride.” She has gone on to become a Paralympic World Champion and has become the top female cyclist in the world. She has been featured in national publications like Sports Illustrated and The Huffington Post. In 2016, she won a gold medal for the United States at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Today Jamie is a professional athlete, a coach, and a motivational speaker.

Faith has played a major role in Jamie’s determination to beat cancer and to ride again. She smiles and admits, “I raced with my powered by God sticker on my bike that was my way of witnessing to people, because I always felt like your actions should be louder than your words. So I would be the person racing who would say, “Excuse me, may I please pass on your right?’ People would always move for me. It’s just that kindness. I had one guy in Hungry say, “I know why you always win, because you are powered by God—and I’m not.”

In a world of skepticism and relativism where faith is no longer held in high esteem, Jamie’s battle opens our eyes to something. Faith in oneself, and in something so much bigger, is paramount to surviving such a hellish ordeal. Jamie did not just survive; she gave cancer the pounding it so richly deserves. I picture Jamie standing tall. She stands in a strength that is regal and majestic because it comes from a source that is regal and majestic. Behind Jamie stands a beautiful Lion. Some call Him the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and He has given her…A Lion’s Heart. Because of this Jamie has touched this world, and will continue to touch this world, with her overcoming testimony of hope, love, and redemption.


Project RIDE

Written by Kristin Berkery

“It’s one of Elk Grove’s best-kept secrets,” says Marisa DeSalles, Community Outreach Manager for Project RIDE, a therapeutic horse riding program that serves more than 500 area students. Many residents who have lived here for years don’t even know about this hidden gem; but Marisa is working to change that. Less than a mile from Old Town Elk Grove you’ll find Project RIDE’s facility, which is often buzzing with activity. It's tucked behind the Cosumnes Community Services District building on Elk Grove Boulevard that burned in 2015 and is awaiting reconstruction. As you approach Project RIDE, the first buildings you notice belong to Jessie Baker School, which has an important relationship with the riding program.

“Project RIDE tells the story of Elk Grove’s transition from a rural community to a suburb of Sacramento,” says Marisa. When the program first started in 1979, Elk Grove was an unincorporated small town with just 10,000 residents. Chris McParland, an adaptive physical education teacher for the disabled students of Jessie Baker School, had the idea of pairing gentle horses with her students to help them develop new physical and mental skills. Friends loaned their horses and arenas, and volunteers assisted with the students.

The program was such a hit with riders, parents, and volunteers that it continued to expand throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, mirroring the growing community around it. When you visit Project RIDE today, you’ll find a 34,000 square foot enclosed arena, nature trail, and round pen within walking distance of Jessie Baker School, which still sends students over for lessons.

she says. “We put medically fragile children on one thousand pound animals and their parents get to see them blossom. For kids with cerebral palsy whose muscles are tight and restrictive, we see their limbs loosen and they start having fun. It’s like physical therapy, but much more enjoyable for the child.

Many Project RIDE students have disabilities like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, brain injuries, and neurodevelopmental conditions. But Marisa is quick to note that Project RIDE isn’t about simply leading these kids around on horses. “It’s much bigger than that,”

Karen Vanderspek’s daughter, Sophia, is one of the many children who have been transformed by Project RIDE. Nine-year-old Sophia has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal, but she's expressive, funny, and loves being around people. When she was three years old, her therapists

Project RIDE also welcomes disabled and other special needs riders from all over, including Davis, Stockton, and Folsom. “Our oldest rider was a 98-year-old woman who’d had a stroke,” says Marisa. “She was a cowgirl when she was younger and riding a horse one last time was on her bucket list. She loved it!”

“For kids with autism, they might have a rough day with too much stimulation, which is hard for both the parents and children,” continues Marisa, “but they get on a horse and the stress melts away. Life is challenging for their parents, but for 30 minutes they can watch their children be happy. It’s such a relief for them.” Those are the kinds of experiences she says she looks forward to every day.

Above photo: “Sophia lights up every week when she rolls up to the barn on Tuesday afternoons,” says her mother Karen Vanderspek. Instructor Lauren Bender secures Sophia on Stella's back. Photos on page 21 starting from top right to left: Volunteer Sophia Williams with Bella. Sidewalkers Leann Carlson (left) and Sunia Suhail (right) secure rider Pat, while Sandy Hastie leads Jazz. Volunteers Kent Oliver (left) and Molly Winters (right) help student Evaleen into the riding arena. Riding instructor Genell Csik with Lucky.

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“We’re truly grateful for all of the volunteers and workers who pour their hearts into this program to make it such a special place.” recommended Project RIDE to help build her muscles and keep her active. Sophia had very little core strength, so she began her lessons on Stella, a mechanical therapy horse that helps riders become stronger. After a year, Sophia was ready to try a real horse. It was quite a moment at the arena.

“The first time Sophia got on a horse, she was beaming with excitement,” says Karen. “Many people, including Project RIDE staff, showed up that day just to watch and celebrate with her. We were so proud of her and knew how hard she worked to get to that point. Today she’s able to sit up better on her own and has much more muscle tone.” Sophia gets to meet all the new horses that are being considered for the program, and they must pass “the Sophia test" to ensure they're comfortable around wheelchairs. Karen and her husband Leon are now actively involved in Project RIDE’s fundraising events and board of directors. “We’re truly grateful

for all of the volunteers and workers who pour their hearts into this program to make it such a special place,” says Karen.

Project RIDE is accredited by PATH International, previously known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, an organization founded in 1969 to promote the use of horses as therapy for people with special needs. Project RIDE has four instructors who are certified by PATH, which ensures they’re expert riders who understand every disability their students have and can match each rider with their ideal mount. Tamara Lipanovich, one of the program’s PATH-certified instructors, recalls a recent lesson when she put a fragile student on one of their most trusted horses. “This student was non-verbal so I worked with her to tap the horse on the withers to tell him to walk forward,” says Tamara. “I would stop the horse, tell the student to tap, and cue the horse to walk. After several repetitions, her

little hand beat me to it and tapped the horse before I could tell her. The person leading the horse moved them forward and the girl lit up with a face-filling smile showing she understood she had prompted the horse to move. Her parents, the volunteers, and I had tears in our eyes.”

Tamara grew up riding any horse she could find and has owned her own horse for 15 years. She learned about Project RIDE in 2011 when she was searching for an organization to volunteer for. “I started as a sidewalker, securing students on the horse during the lesson,” says Tamara, “and it didn’t take long for me to become the person leading the horse. After about three years, I decided to become PATH-certified. I have a Master’s Degree in Special Education, so this was a natural step forward for me. It took about six months to become certified - I had to pass two skills tests and attend a training workshop. I’m currently working on my Advanced Instructor Certification.”

Above top and bottom: Volunteers Molly Winters (left) and Margie Burton prepare for the next riding lesson. Volunteers secure Sophia on Stella. At right, student Evaleen gives Blaze some affection, while volunteer Margie Burton leads. Photo on page 23: Student Evaleen on Blaze.

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Like the students, Project RIDE’s horses are also very special. They must be calm, gentle, and easy to trailer, but otherwise they come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Currently, they have a retired racing Standardbred, a retired police horse, a draft horse, and a Fjord, among others. There are typically 10 to 15 horses at the main facility during lessons and each horse works for a week, then takes a week off. When the horses aren’t working, they enjoy their break on 52 acres in nearby Herald. Project RIDE’s horses are provided through lease-loan agreements that allow the owners to take their horses back if they choose. It’s a perfect opportunity for older, sound horses to be regularly handled and cared for with no cost to the owners.

Not every horse that’s considered for the program is chosen, but some horses surprise the instructors. Tamara was evaluating a new horse who seemed like he might be edgy. “He was a little bit high-headed, so I watched him carefully the first time I put a special needs student on him,” says Tamara. “I secured the student and gave the sidewalkers instructions. As the horse stepped away, I think he understood the cargo he was entrusted with - he lowered his head and licked his lips, a sign of acceptance and relaxation. He knew this was his job and he was taking it seriously.”

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Every rider requires three volunteers - one to lead the horse and two to keep the student secure. Each lesson has about five students, meaning 15 adult volunteers are usually needed for each class. Like

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volunteers are the engine that keeps Project RIDE moving forward. In addition to the riding instructors, they have a small administrative staff; but many day-to-day activities like data entry, event planning, barn upkeep, and stall cleaning are done by volunteers. Experience with horses isn't necessary, although horse lovers are encouraged to donate their time as well. Marisa started with Project RIDE as a volunteer coordinator, which she calls “one of the toughest jobs here.” Every rider requires three volunteers - one to lead the horse and two to keep the student secure. Each lesson has about five students, meaning 15 adult volunteers are usually needed for each class. “If you schedule too many volunteers, the

extra ones sit around feeling underutilized. Too few and you can’t hold the lesson,” says Marisa. Fortunately local colleges like Sacramento State are a good source of volunteers because they offer earned education credits for students who assist at Project RIDE. In fact, Marisa says, “most of the Sacramento State nursing program graduates are likely to have worked with our kids here.”

And then there are the bustling fundraising events that help pay Project RIDE’s expenses, including a crab feed each January, a steak dinner in April, a spaghetti dinner in September, and a newly-added craft bazaar in the fall. The family-oriented spaghetti feed attracts more than 1,000 attendees and offers carnival games and a special rider talent show. The more intimate steak dinner in April is an elegant cowboy supper and live auction that draws 400 guests. Project RIDE events are a tradition for many local families and tickets often sell out two months in advance. Project RIDE is expanding into new areas to meet even more of the community’s needs. There’s a long waiting list for new riders, so

the program will construct an open arena this year to increase the number of lessons. “We’d like to serve every child in need with this addition,” says Marisa. Project RIDE may also expand into equine-facilitated mental health, which helps patients develop relationships with horses as a form of psychotherapy. New programs are being designed now that could eventually serve local at-risk youth, disabled adults, and veterans. A fourth PATH-certified instructor recently joined the team as well.

For nearly 40 years Project RIDE has

quietly made a difference in the lives of Elk Grove residents, and that’s what keeps the students, volunteers, and staff coming back. Instructor Tamara says it best: “No matter what’s going on in my life, coming to work always puts a smile on my face.”

(Photos on page 24) Lucky and volunteer Sandy Hastie. Above photos on left: Volunteer Leann Carlson with Bella. On right: Each lesson takes a team of volunteers. From left, Kurt Michaelsen, rider Marques, Leann Carlson, Loran Hines, Sophia Williams, Sunia Suhail, and riding instructor Lauren Bender. ardentforlife.net   25


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Over 1800 guests attend the sold-out Project RIDE Crab and Shrimp Feed each year. Billed as the "Biggest and Best Crab Feed in the West," this event features Dungeness crab and prawns‌ along with a full complement of pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. Corporate sponsors fight for the unique opportunity of receiving white-linen service for eight guests, inside the horse stalls, at this therapeutic horseback riding program for people with special needs.

This fundraiser represents as much as a quarter of the organization's annual income and has been a staple Elk Grove event for 18 years. Missed it? Organizers say the key to securing coveted tickets is to attend their fall fundraiser, a spaghetti feed geared toward families. Many parties reserve their seats for the Crab Feed at that event, which is scheduled for September 23, 2017. Project RIDE serves over 600 individuals with special needs. This event is crucial to maintaining their Jockey Club scholarship program to provide access to all families, regardless of financial circumstances.

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Arts Advocate Judy Tafoya Written by Nan Mahon

Judy Tafoya began a movement in support of the arts in Elk Grove. She watched as the city grew but saw the arts, in all forms, lingering in the shadows. In April of 2015, it became her mission to bring them to the forefront. Because of her dedication, in January 2017, The Elk Grove Citizen named her Artist of the Year. Tafoya likens her mission, toward the arts, to action taken in the 1960s and 70s across America. “We are there now,” she said, “constructing an arts identity for this city.” She gathered a small band of artists and art lovers and formed The Arts Advocacy Project (TAAP), an association to lobby for the arts. Painters, writers, musicians and actors responded. She and TAAP colleagues sought advice from leaders in Elk Grove City and the region involved in the arts, governance and business. They called upon the Elk Grove City Council, senior city staff and leaders of key Elk Grove agencies and organizations. “We found a lot of shared dreams and visions, “Judy said.

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She reminded them that, “Art boosts the local economy as well as enriching us culturally and our students’ learning experiences. It attracts businesses, industries and jobs.”

TAAP officers recognized the need for a major community-wide event to spotlight Elk Grove’s potential. They formed a planning task force to shape a month-long celebration in a community of many attributes and to make it an arts jewel and a regional destination. They contacted the Cosumnes Community Services District, the Elk Grove Unified School District, and others to ask for support.


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“Art and faith, like everything else you do in life, requires a framework and effort,” Judy said. “It is the command of rhythm, chords, and freedom of expression that resonates with humanity, along with beauty, melody and originality.” “People and circumstance are dots we connect Sacramento, filled with children and families anniversary with a house party full of friends like hers. Gang violence disrupted the and family and three bands playing.

to find our path,” she said. “together we can community, when she reached high school, produce as much as a month of arts celebration so the family moved to Sacramento where An active member of the Elk Grove Presbytethe culture was very different. She graduated rian Church, Tafoya had a long-time dream of

across the city. We are planning for the spring from McClatchy High School and attended producing a Jazz and Blues Vespers program. of 2018.”

Tafoya was born in Stockton to a Filipino tenant farmer and a mother of Mexican-FrenchIrish decent. She was an only child, raised in this tri-culture of rich experiences. Her father insisted she learn to read at age three, so she could be aware of the world around her.

California State University, Sacramento.

In 1963, she went to work for the State of California as a clerk. Recognized for her hard work and communication skills, she was moved up the ladder to higher positions. In 1969, she became a Governor’s appointee in senior policy management positions and stayed on for four administrations under Governors Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, and Pete Wilson.

“He was a highly principled man from a country with a depressive government,” Tafoya said. “He wanted me to watch what our “I had stellar mentors,” she said. “So, I was elected officials were doing at all times.” helped along the way. I’ve had the privilege of learning from amazing leaders what it means From her mother, Tafoya learned to love the to be a true servant leader. I am just as comarts and took ten years of classical piano fortable and willing to follow as to lead.” lessons. “I played in church, talent shows and in a neighborhood jazz band,” she says. “I Along the way a handsome, well dressed young cherish both classical and jazz styles.” man named Frank Tafoya stole her heart with his love of jazz and an interest in exploring the The family left Stockton when Tafoya was arts. They were soon married and have three school age and moved to the Broderick children, Allen, Adrian and Simone, and nine neighborhood in Yolo County, now West grandchildren. They celebrated their 50th

She asked the help of the congregation to join with her and Nan Mahon in presenting it. Vespers’ following continues to grow at the Elk Grove Presbyterian to capacity audiences. Now about to begin its third Vespers concert series, all people are invited to listen to an hour of popular and spiritually-based songs performed by professional musicians. This series begins Sunday, March 6 and continues (first Sundays of the month) through August at 4 p.m. with open seating and donations at the door. “Art and faith, like everything else you do in life, requires a framework and effort,” Judy said. “It is the command of rhythm, chords, and freedom of expression that resonates with humanity, along with beauty, melody and originality.”

Tafoya urges everyone to celebrate art in all forms, from the small theater, to house concerts, and local galleries. She says art is the heart of a community.

Photos left to right: Judy and son Adrian. (Middle) Frank and Judy at their 50th anniversary. Photo by Laura Bemis. (right) Judy and daughter Simone. Photo courtesy of Judy Tafoya.

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Old Town, Old Town

We Love Old Town Elk Grove By Elizabeth Pinkerton

Elk Grove is a large city with thousands of residents, but the city has existed for less than 17 years. Before July 1, 2000, Elk Grove was a little town along the railroad tracks in what is now referred to as Old Town. This part of our City of Elk Grove is our treasure and our link to the past. Elk Grove City Council and staff along with the Old Town Foundation members are dedicated to preserve this historic part of our city. Old town was the third site of Elk Grove with the first having been a stage stop on what is now Highway 99, south of today’s Elk Grove Boulevard. James Hall built that stage stop in 1850 during our gold days, and he named it Elk Grove because of the elk that roamed through the oak trees on their way to the Cosumnes River. The stage stop was used as a residence for many years after Hall left, but it was torn down when Stockton Road became Highway 99 in 1957. The stage stop was rebuilt by the Elk Grove Historical Society and is used as the museum in Elk Grove Regional Park.

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The second site of Elk Grove was on Stockton Road, today’s Highway 99 and Elk Grove Boulevard. This too was a stage stop and the little town grew up around it. But in 1868 something happened that changed everything. The Central Pacific Railroad put in a line from Sacramento to Stockton, and it missed the town of Elk Grove by a mile or so to the east. The railroad line crossed through the properties of the Kerr brothers, Joseph and George Harvey, and Elk Grove flourished there. The railroad station was by the tracks, and all types of businesses were around it; as the railroad was the key to prosperity and growth.

By 1880 there were many businesses in the new Elk Grove. There were two hotels, a flour mill, two general merchandise stores, Wells Fargo & Company's Express and Telegraph Company, a furniture manufactory, hardware and tin store, meat market, two drug stores, harness shop, variety store, warehouse for grain and hay, dressmaking establishment, two millinery stores, shoe store, carriage and a wagon manufactory, and a blacksmith shop.

A devastating fire destroyed most of Elk Grove in 1892 – a spark from the railroad tracks started the fire, and on a hot July day, it spread rapidly, especially without a good source of water available. Good things happened after the fire though, as a volunteer fire group was organized and a water supply established. Also, most of the buildings were rebuilt and Elk Grove moved on.

By 1900, there were more businesses including the Toronto Hotel and Saloon, the Masonic Building, the International Order of Odd Fellows building, and the Iron Jaw Saloon. The amazing history of Old Town is not visible to folks as they walk down Elk Grove Boulevard, but some important parts of California history took place there. In 1881, the Elk Grove residents decided that they wanted a school closer than the one on Grant Line and Stockton roads, so they built their own. The parents and community residents called it Victory School, and that is why we have School Street today. Victory School was the Elk Grove elementary school until 1921, when the brick building across from Joseph Kerr was constructed.


Photos on page 30: The opening of Elk Grove’s first High School in 1893. Bottom image: Elk Grove Main St. Photos on page 31 from left to right: The Railroad Depot in 1892. Elk Grove Main St. Map of Elk Grove from 1880 History of Sacramento county.

Another great school story is that of Elk Grove High School. It too was started by community residents, and it was the first rural high school district in California. The year was 1893. The little building was where the Grange Hall is today, just east of School Street.

A third school story is that of the first rural library in California that was started by high school Principal, Harriet Eddy. It was right next to the high school, and the year was 1908.

Here are some buildings that are part of our history:

9085 – Lola’s Lounge – Joseph Hasman’s harness

shop was there in 1885. It was also the site of the Elk Grove Improvement Society and later, the Red and White Store in the early 1900s. Ernestine Springsted Smith and her sister, Vivian Springsted Welch took over the business in 1934. Later, it was a Saddle Shop, a brewery, and a general store.

9075 – Masonic Hall – This was the Farmers

and Mechanics Store in the 1880s. Later, it was the Elk Grove Cash Store and the Markofer General Merchandise. In 1930, it was the East Side Meat Market, and in the 1950s, it was the Marvin Dart

Grocery and Bert Green’s Butcher Shop (later Green’s Locker Service). The Masonic Lodge used the upper floor of the building for many years. In 1994, the building burned down but was rebuilt.

9070 – Cava and Faulkner – This building was

the first Elk Grove Bank. It was started by a group of local businessmen in 1912. It was sold in 1928, to the Bank of Italy of San Francisco, and later became the Bank of America. The building was also used by our first telephone system, Citizens Utilities.

9056 Toronto Hotel – The building burned down

twice, first in the big 1892 fire and then again in 1922. There have been many important businesses there including J. N. Andrews, Wells Fargo Office, post office; the Depot Saloon, Bill Toy’s Barbershop, the Elk Grove Citizen office, and Radio Shop.

8986 - Methodist Church - In 1876 this was the

Presbyterian Church and the Methodist Church was at the eastern end of Main Street. However, the two churches combined in 1919 and a new building was constructed at this site in 1922, the Community Methodist Church. The City of Elk Grove is developing a plan to revitalize the area southeast of the railroad tracks, and the Old Town Foundation is involved with the plans. Before long, Old Town will have a new look at the Plaza where the railroad station used to be. Residents

and visitors will enjoy more of the pleasures of our historic Old Town Elk Grove. The Foundation’s web page is http://www.oldtownelkgrove.com. Angela Perry is the president of the Foundation Board, and the other officers are Tal Crump, vice president; Frank Maita, treasurer; Jay Hyde, secretary; and Johnnise Foster-Downs, director.

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. Make your check payable to Laguna Publishers and send to 9227 Lamprey Drove. 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, and tell me who you want the books signed to. For more information call me at 916-685-0606 or email at elizabethpink@gmail.com.

You can also get the books at my web page,

www.elizabethpinkerton.com.


ELK GROVE HAPPENINGS

Elk Grove Vitamin’s Movie Night

Friday, Feb. 17th. 6:30pm Stop by and enjoy free popcorn and giveaways.

Red, Wine, & Brew

Saturday, Feb. 18th. 5:30pm to 8:30pm. $15 per person Ticket includes 5 tastes and commemorative glass. Food Truck on Site. Hosted at McConnell Estates.

THE TEMPEST

Feb 22nd- Mar 19th. Sacramento Theatre Company presents The Tempest. Visit www.sactheatre.org for show times and tickets.

BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH

Saturday, Feb. 25th 8:00pm. Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera presents BEETHOVEN'S SEVENTH at the Sacramento Community Center Theater 1301 L St.

Bridal Expo

February 26th 12:00-4:00pm. At The Falls Event Center in Elk Grove. Visit www.bridal-expos.com for more information.

Health Seminar

A NANNOSECOND IN ART AND MUSIC

New Orl eans Canal Street runs through the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana and Written by Nan Mahon

leads along the Mississippi River to the French Quarter. The fame, color, and flavor of the city lives here among the shops and cafes in what was originally a thriving market place.

The French Quarter was established in 1718 and is now registered as a National Historical Landmark. Along the old streets, bars, and cafés dwell memories of French aristocrats, Spanish soldiers, Creole queens, Civil War battles, and the birth of Traditional Jazz (Dixieland) music. The centerpiece of The Quarter is Jackson Square, where a small park is home to a stature of President Andrew Jackson on a rearing horse. It is there that painters set up easels to paint and to hang their work on the iron fence to sell. There are rows of tables where paranormal professionals sit and invite tourist to see what future plans lie for them in the Taro cards, the gem stones, or the psychic mind. Perhaps the most famous establishment in the square is the Café Du Monde, the original French Market Coffee Stand. However, it is no longer a stand, but a bustling outdoor café where the most well-known beignets in the world are served with black coffee or Coffee Au Lait. So popular is this café that it closes only for Christmas Day or hurricanes. If you are in New Orleans at the right moment, you might witness a wedding party leaving St. Louis-Cathedral, heading down the street—led by the bride in a flowing white dress on the arm of the groom, followed by family and friends, with a jazz band playing for them on their way to the reception. On any given weekend there may be a festival or two in New Orleans; the most notorious of all is Mardi Gras, which goes on for days. But other adventures include the open air market, the many museums, the old cemetery tours, a paddle boat ride on the Mississippi River, a visit to The Garden District (which is home to the old mansions), and fine dining in upscale restaurants. Take a ride around the district in a horse-drawn carriage, or see the city from the top of a hop onhop off bus. Don’t miss a thing is this city of art and music. 32. . ardentforlife.net ardentforlife.net- -winter winter2017 2017 32

Tuesday, Feb. 28th. 6:30pm Learn about The Bowen Technique. Hosted by Elk Grove Vitamins. This seminar includes a live Bowen demonstrations on volunteer participants. Curious? Sign up now to reserve your seat at the next presentation by calling Elk Grove Vitamins at 916-686-4488. 

BROTHERS GRIMM

Mar. 1st - Mar. 5th. Sacramento Theatre Company presents Brothers Grimm. Visit www.sactheatre.org for show times and tickets.

5th Annual Open Fine Arts Competition

March 4th. Reception from 4pm-7pm. Elk Grove Fine Arts Center will present its 5th Annual Open Fine Arts Competition, at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center located at 9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town. Open house at the gallery every first Saturday from 4pm-7pm. Refreshments, entertainment, guest artists featured.

Strauss Festival Spring Tea

March 4th 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Each year the Strauss Festival celebrates the arrival of “Spring Time” by hosting their Annual Spring Tea. They are excited to present the 2017 celebration: “Waltzing Those Ruby Red Shoes” at the Laguna Town Hall in Elk Grove. Call (916) 714-2527 for more information.

Jazz/Blues Vespers

March 5th - August 6. The first Sunday of each month at 4 pm. Jazz/Blues Vespers, a celebration of faith expressed musically, begins a third series of six concerts. Presented by Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, 8153 Elk Grove Blvd, suite 20. Open seating. Donations at the door.

Martinis & Merriment

March 10th at 6:00pm - 10:00pm Soroptimist International of Elk Grove event Martinis & Merriment will be at the Falls Event Center in Elk Grove. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at soroptimistelkgrove.org.


community} HAPPENINGS Vintage Trailer Show and Antique Flea Market

Saturday March 18th 9:00am - 5:00pm Admission is $5.00 per adult FREE to Children 16 and under. Tickets are available on-line from the Elk Grove Historical Society.

Keep Mama Moving Spring Kick Off

Wed. March 22nd at 7pm at the Sunshine Swim Center, 9360 Elk Grove Florin Rd. Find out about keep moving mamas unique approach to women’s’ fitness. We combine fitness, social activities and charity outreach (all in one place). Train for a triathlon, duathlon or to run or walk a 5 or 10k. Bootcamp will build whole body strength, while Pilates/yoga focuses on core, stability and flexibility. All ages and abilities encouraged! 916-690-7624

State of the City Address Dinner

March 30th 6:00pm to 9:00pm at The Falls Event Center in Elk Grove. This annual presentation by the Mayor of Elk Grove brings residents, business and civic leaders together to reflect on the most relevant issues and accomplishments the City has faced over the past year, and an opportunity for America’s first Hmong Mayor, Steve Ly to present his own vision for the upcoming year. For tickets contact the Elk Grove Chamber at 916-691-3760

Elk Grove Gauntlet

Saturday, April 15th The City of Elk Grove has thrown down the gauntlet! Join the Elk Grove movement towards healthier living at this one-day fitness challenge. Register a team today www.elkgrovecity.org

Would you like your event mentioned? Email submissions to us at info@mrsandmrpublishing


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Hot Bathroom Trends to watch for in 2017 By Zina Sheya Designs

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Most of us know that when remodeling our homes the areas of the best return on our investment is in the kitchen and bathrooms. With some of this year’s hot picks and trends it is easy to add even more wow factor, and interest, into those valuable and much used spaces. We head out on location to one of my personal favorites, Ferguson Kitchen and Bath Showrooms, to capture a few items on our Trend Watch List.

Let’s get started with THE JEWLRY:

I like to call the bathroom fixtures (faucets, mirrors, showerheads, and lighting) the “jewelry” because it’s the final finish layer that adds bling. This year there will be a stronger reappearance of brass fixtures, but my favorite is satin brushed brass; it adds a level of elegance with its warm matt finish. I agree with designer, Elizabeth Lawson, who is turning away from the “in your face shiny reflective finishes” and going for brushed finishes like brushed brass, because of the warmth it adds to a space. In addition, it exudes understated elegance and it looks good with almost any color. If your not into brass, even if it is brushed, don’t worry brushed nickel is still trending. And on the polished side, you will see polished copper.

THE VANITY:

I personally love this year’s bathroom trend, because it calls for thinking outside the box. Many homeowners, and designers alike, are adding unique chest of drawers and vintage consoles and turning them into one-of-a-kind vanities. Keep in mind, these often work great with vessel sinks. If you are handy with a saw or you have a craftsman close by, cut the top off and add a piece of granite (or stone) almost any unique piece can be converted into a vanity. This is not a new trend, but you will see it more this year.

SOAK IT UP:

For the past few years, you have seen the comeback of the bathtub… but not only the bath tub, the freestanding soaking tub. There is nothing quite as serene as soaking in warm water, after a long day. Look for unique additions in these soaking tubs, not only in shapes but also finish materials-- look for wood, marble, and the traditional white in an egg or round shape.

Still hot in 2017 the classic lines and timeless subway tiles. The style of tile shown here has my favorite white beveled edges.

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design} One of my favorites is this concrete soaking tub designed by Native Trails.

You see this material trend also making its way into kitchens in farm style sinks, as well as bathroom vessel sinks. I am excited for this because these types of materials, especially the concrete and stone, add a different choice to the standard stainless steel, copper, or white farm sink. Like they say in Texas bigger is better- If you have the space, designers are going for bigger showers by eliminating the tub/shower combo and making a bigger shower, with clean lines, glass walls and doors, accent stone floor tile and simpler soothing timeless wall tiles (such as a subway). Curbless showers are all the rage, which not only provides a cleaner look but allow for easier shower accessibility. Another trend you will see is subway tile with darker grout; I personally am not a fan of this, but the thought behind this is to make the pattern stand out. Sorry, I am not there yet on this trend.

LIGHTING:

Good-bye boring medicine cabinets, and simple mirrors. Hello framed gorgeous mirrors, hanging pendants, and mini chandeliers over the tub. This is the simplest way to give your bathroom that wow factor. I love adding glass pendants over a sink; depending on the size, you have the option of hanging a single or multiple. Glass pendants and glass bulb chandeliers provide that elegance, with limited obstruction. Another hot choice is adding wall sconces, flanking the mirror, but opt for unique and airy, interesting fixtures. The modern air bubble sconce (shown in picture) provides ample lighting and clean lines—yet it is interesting with the air bubble glass. And of course LED is the leading bulb choice, energy efficient and long lasting.

TECH GENERATION:

Bathroom technology is on the rise in 2017. A sample of the tech trend is front and center at the Ferguson showroom. As you walk into their bathroom, you will be greeted by a motion sensor toilet that opens the lid as it senses you are near. Additionally, a light goes on in the toilet, and the seats are heated. I would say the bathroom product designers are trying to keep up with the self-driving car. Moreover, there are music speakers in the showerheads, television’s in the mirrors, and motion sensor kitchen faucets making their way from the commercial application to residential. I personally like the speakers in the shower head, the motion sensor faucets, the towel warmer, and radiant heated floors. 38. ardentforlife.net - winter 2017


Katie &Henry Photographed by

Liz Zimbelman Photography lizzimbelman.com

Who are you?

Katie McCarthy: Born and raised in Davis, CA! I have had seven best friends since elementary school (my bridesmaids!) and the best big brother (man of honor) and parents (both walked me down the aisle) a girl could have. I love horses, and rode competitively during college. I also love fitness, cheese, mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts, the mountains, and Henry.

Henry Webbe: Born in San Francisco and grew up in the mountains of Colorado. I love my older sisters, twin sister, and parents. I am one amazing skier, impeccable dresser and the funniest person in the room. I love cheese, mac and cheese, fitness, and the mountains (and Katie!). I am a more frequent reader than Katie is, although I have a hard time reading aloud.

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How did you meet?

Graduate school. We were the last two people to show up at a meet and greet (where we also met one of our three best friends) before school started, so we sat across from each other at the table. Best outcome of tardiness there ever was. We went on to meet the remainder of our friend group in the follow few weeks (three handsome gents). The three gents were groomsmen (even P, who could only be there in spirit due to work). We had a life-size cutout of his head on a stick; he was in a fair amount of the pictures.

The Proposal?

Football Sunday! We love football and football Sundays. We had our jerseys on and went to the National Arboretum, in the nation's capital. I (Katie) was being a brat and wouldn't walk to

Best outcome of tardiness there ever was.


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"Well I can't give you a horse or a dog, but I can give you this ring!" the top of the hill like Henry suggested, so we settled for a bench about half way up. He asked me "could this be any better?" I said, "Well, yes—if I had a horse and a dog here.” He said, "Well I can't give you a horse or a dog, but I can give you this ring!" Not sure how I convinced him to marry me, but good for me!

What is love?

Katie: Henry! And our doggie, Luna.

Henry: Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more.

What do you love most about him?

How selfless he is, and how much he makes me laugh. He is there for me—no matter what. Almost always we innately want to be doing the same thing. Hiking, not hiking, working out, not working out…watching a movie always, or eating mac and cheese always.

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When did you know you were in love? Katie: Far too soon.

Henry: When she replied to a group email I sent, before we even met.

Fun facts

We don't know what breed our dog is. We have the same favorite/lucky number. One of our besties got us a mac and cheese recipe book as a gift once. We can be extremely lazy.

Honeymoon plans

TBD.....Vienna/Slovenia/Croatia....or Iceland/Ireland/Scotland.

Wedding details

It was the most love-filled three days anyone has ever seen, thanks to our friends and family; just truly the best.

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About the Magical Day Photographer Liz Zimbelman

Desserts/cake Family

Videographer KPC Film Production

DJ SJ's Disc Jockey

Venue UC Davis Putah Creek Lodge Rentals A Grand Affair Caterer The Buckhorn

Hair and makeup Pinky (bridesmaid!) Florist Family Tux Rentals Generation Tux Bride's Dress Miosa Bride


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Desiree &

Michael Photographed by

Kerrie Hertel, Pea+Nut Portraits www.peanutportraits.com

Who are you? My name is Michael Fernandes, and I am a 38 years old man—born and raised in Stockton, California. I am the son of Rick and Anne Fernandes, and brother to Matthew Fernandes. I am very grateful to have been raised by such great parents who have given me the example of how to live life the right way. I am completely devoted to my beautiful wife Desiree Fernandes, and our son, Eli Burton. In addition, I love my family, friends and our three dogs. My family and I enjoy traveling to the ocean, going to Giants and Warriors games, and Sunday dinners with our large extended family. There is nothing I would rather be doing, than hanging out and laughing until it hurts…with my favorite people, my family! I help run a family business, Allied Tile & Stone in Stockton, CA; with my father and my wife. I take pride in my work and feel honored to be part of a team of craftsmen that, since 1953, has spanned three generations. It’s a job where I can bond daily with my beautiful wife and my father (who is my role model) doing what we love, creating art with tile and stone.

My name is Desiree Fernandes (Baker), I am 33 years old with a handsome ten-year-old son named Eliott. We currently live in Lodi, California, where I have lived most of my life. I am the daughter of Jeff and Rhonda Baker and John and Genevieve Picone. I have two sisters, Alyssa and Samantha, as well as a step-brother, Jason. I was raised by divorced parents who chose to remain friends, always emphasizing the importance of family. Through much of my life, our family trips centered around my volleyball tournaments. I played competitively for eight years, attaining first place, in 1999, with my team at the Junior National Olympics in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2007, I graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing. After graduating, I began a career in law enforcement, while continuing to spend my free time with my family. I believe life is always better when you can laugh, respect each other, and love each other, despite their differences.

How Did We Meet? Michael: A few years ago, I was scheduled to mea-

sure a tile and stone project on a Saturday morning. I walked up to the home and knocked on the door, but no one answered because Phil Collins was blasting in the house making it impossible to hear my knocking. Apprehensively, I proceeded to walk into the house and announced my entrance by loudly saying, “Hello.” Still no response. As I proceeded into the entryway, I noticed a startled woman—who quickly bent down to lower her music. As she stood up, Desiree’s beautiful smile and laughter greeted me. She was so wrapped up in her music, she didn’t hear me come in. She was embarrassed that I learned of her secret

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obsession with Phil Collins, in such a loud fashion. Desiree’s embarrassment quickly disappeared, however, as soon as I complimented her music selection.

I must say without make-up, her hair pulled back in a high pony tail and dressed to do serious demo, Desiree was stunning. Staying completely professional, I listened as Desiree quickly explained to me all the areas of her recently purchased home she wanted to remodel. The entire time she was talking I couldn’t help but smile and laugh to myself, because she was so enthusiastic about fixing up her home. I immediately told myself to remain professional, because surely this amazing woman is married. Just then an older man walked in, who was too old to be Desiree’s husband, who I learned was her dad. He greeted me with a fist bump, and apologized for not shaking my hand. He had just used the bathroom, and the water was turned off. I laughed, and began to measure so I could give Desiree an estimate for the renovation. Desiree had gone outside to talk with her mom, leaving me alone in the kitchen to measure. As I was measuring the countertops I notice a list of contractor’s names, what renovations they were

going to be doing to the house, and how much they were charging. This has never happened to me before, never! I couldn’t resist and quickly wrote down all the information, despite my internal moral dilemma. Afterwards, I walked outside and told Desiree that I had finished measuring and would be sending her a proposal in the next few days.

I was so excited that I had the estimates of my competitors that I rushed to the office and immediately typed up Desiree’s proposal. I also wanted to impress Desiree with the quick turnaround time of the proposal. To my surprise, after I had entered in all the measurements into my spreadsheet, the calculations revealed that I was the most expensive contractor on the list I had copied. Well, one thing was for certain I wasn’t going to lose the job because of price. I sent off the proposal after making sure I was the lowest price on the list and a few days later I received a call from Desiree with the news that I was hired. The job was completed without a hitch. After completion Desiree thanked me with a nice card and a gift card to a restaurant. I thanked her and asked her if she would join me for dinner. She accepted, and it was at dinner on our first date that she told me the prices I had copied were


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fake! I knew at that moment Desiree would always keep me on my toes. We have been together since that first date, and my love for her grows every day!

Desiree: I bought an older home a few years ago, and the home needed some TLC. I heard about a gifted tile and granite guy, who may be available to do my remodel. When Michael walked into my home the first time, he had this wonderful smile and sweet spirit that sparked my interest. After discussing my vision of what I wanted my home to look like, I quickly realized Michael was not only going to bring my vision to life, but he was going to make my home look more amazing than I could ever imagined.

As the project began, we developed a quick friendship and as time went on, we realized our lives were a lot more intertwined then we initially realized. As children, Michael and I lived down the street from each other for quite a few years. Into adulthood, a lot of our friends were mutual, yet we never met. One day we were talking about church, and found out we attended the same church‌ just different services. These similarities made us both feel like God had His hand in us meeting.

The Proposal: Michael: I planned a trip to Oregon and called our vacation the

Goonies trip. We both had never been to the Oregon coast, and I knew I wanted to propose to Desiree there. I led her to believe that we were just going to fly into Oregon, rent a car, and drive along the coast line exploring beach towns especially Astoria, the town made famous by the Goonies movie. I had my dad FedEx the engagement ring to a hotel in Cannon Beach. I notified the concierge, when we checked in, that a very important package would be arriving the next day and it was critical that I get it when it arrived. Later that night, I asked both sets of dads for their daughter’s hand in marriage. Both

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Michael and Eliott both waited at the end of the aisle in tears. It was the absolute most memorable moment of the day. were happy to say, “Yes” discreetly—via facetime. The next morning, I retrieved the package (with the ring). I concealed the ring, for an entire day. The next day we went on a site-seeing trip to Multnomah Falls. It was there that I got down on one knee, and asked Desiree to be my wife.

What do you love most about him?

can laugh and cry with. Someone who makes you feel safe and comforted in their presence. Love can have its ups and downs, but it’s unconditional and never ending. I believe that love should cause us to support, yet challenge one another. Most importantly, love is being able to wake up to the same person every morning, bed head and all, and have them smile at you the same way as when you are all fixed up.

Desiree is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. She is hysterically funny, and takes on life’s challenges one by one. She chooses to have a positive mindset daily and never lets herself look at a trial as a mountain that is not worth climbing over. Her energetic spirit and belief that together we can conquer the world, inspires me to be a better man. Most importantly she humbles me and reminds me that our family is blessed, because of God’s love and forgiveness.

taught me that giving her the feeling that she is safe, leading our family, and guarding her heart, are the three most important ways I can love her.

months when we decided to take my son to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I think spending the day with the two of them and seeing how they interacted made

Michael is the most creative, intelligent person I have ever met. His dreams and insight still amaze me every day. However, the thing I love about him the most is that he can make me laugh harder than anyone. I mean that belly rolling, can’t breathe laugh… my husband can make me do that so effortlessly.

What is love? Desiree: Love to me is having a best friend, who you What do you love most about her?

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me realize Michael was someone we wanted to keep. That day I knew I was in love and excited for a future I never thought possible. The love Eliott and Michael share for each other makes me feel so fortunate to have two wonderful men in my life.

When did you know you were in love? Michael: Every single day I feel a deep connection

with Desiree. I feel as if I found my partner in life. I knew I loved Desiree deeply after seeing her in action as a loving mother, and going to church with her and seeing her faith. Also, when we spent time with her family, she revealed to me her character. I fell in love with her right away, and I knew that Desiree was too amazing to ever let go.

Honeymoon Plans:

We haven’t taken a honeymoon yet, due to work schedules. However, our plan is to travel to the Caribbean or Thailand within the next year.

Wedding Details:

We were married May 28, 2015, at 5:33 pm. Our wedding was held in Desiree’s dad’s backyard. From


the very beginning we knew we wanted a very intimate wedding where everyone knew their importance in our lives. When we first went to Tricia (from Getting Hitched? Wedding Design and Rentals) our vision was to have an elegant back yard wedding that truly reflected our love for each other, sweets, and laughter. Tricia quickly stepped up and started offering suggestions that we immediately fell in love with.

The day of our wedding, the backyard was meticulously decorated with vintage furniture from Getting Hitched. Additionally, beautiful pink and white bouquets arranged by Jennifer (The Flower Basket). Desiree walked down the aisle, with both of her father’s standing by her side, to the sweet melody of the She Calls Him Wilson duo, singing their version of “Never Stop” by Safetysuit. Michael and Eliott both waited at the end of the aisle in tears. It was the absolute most memorable moment of the day.

For our ceremony, our guests were all seated reception style. Long, dark brown farm tables covered in lace, flowers, and candles lined the back yard. Mismatched vintage white chairs and china depicted what some guests referred to as, “an elegant tea party.” The bridal party consisted of some of our dearest friends and family. Our vows were exchanged under a 200-year-old oak tree with our church Pastor Glen Barns, from First Baptist of Lodi, officiating the wedding. For the reception, our wedding party dined on some of our favorite pastas, while seated under trees that had been covered in beautiful lights by Jeff (from Larcom Lighting). It added such a whimsical feeling to the whole night. Our guests enjoyed delicious cupcakes, pies, coffee and a candy bar. The DJ ended the party playing some of our favorite 80’s music.

Photographer: Kerrie Hertel, from Pea+Nut Portraits Rentals: Getting Hitched? Wedding Design and Rentals Caterer: Lisa Hernandez Desserts/Cake: Crystal Ingrum, from Get Your Bake On Wedding Coordinator: Christina Cagle DJ: Vincent Reyes Musician: She Calls Him Wilson Hair: Victoria Pena, from ALTER Custom Hair Design (Stockton) Makeup: Heather Camacho, from Exclusive Beauty Salon (Stockton) Florist: Jennifer Silveira, from The Flower Basket (Lodi) Tuxedo Rentals: Men’s Warehouse Bride’s Dress: Bride to be Couture (Carmichael) Bridesmaids Dress: David’s Bridal Bride’s Rings: Berilian Jewelers (Elk Grove) Groom’s Ring: Custom made by Michael’s father, Rick Fernandes ardentforlife.net   47


Tilted Mash BREWING Derrick and Jonathan met on a bus ride to the Jelly Belly Factory over 10 years ago. They were chaperoning their daughters’ preschool field trip, and chatted away as parents do. The girls became best friends and a bond forged between the two families. The two men would later bond over another shared interest--craft beer. Derrick was getting his feet wet by experimenting with different home brewing techniques and reading extensively on the subject. Jonathan was always up to lend a helping hand during homebrew days, and became more interested in the process of brewing beer. The two friends would then spend countless weekends creating recipes and brewing their creations.

Their homebrew system consisted of a three tier setup, which included a keg style mash tun. Over the years this mash tun began to wear out from the constant drops and use. The bottom became badly dented which caused the mash tun to tilt off to the side. This is when Tilted Mash was born. “We got something great here,” Jonathan would tell Derrick. “We need to share this with our community.” In 2013, Tilted Mash was no longer just a hobby in a garage, it was destined to become a brewery. They began to study the workings of commercial brewing. They received insight and advice from

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brewers throughout the Sacramento Area—and other cities with craft beer presence such as San Diego, Portland, and Chicago. Derrick attended Siebel Institute in Chicago with courses on advanced brewing and business focusing on the management of a commercial brewery. Jonathan attended courses in advanced brewing and yeast management Microbiology at UC Davis. They would then share what they learned and apply it to their techniques and business plan.

Tilted Mash Brewing opened April 1, 2016, and has since become popular with the Elk Grove Community. They started off in a small 1000 sq ft warehouse, which then expanded to a second warehouse next door. Tilted Mash Brewing offers a casual family friendly setting where patrons can enjoy a pint of their favorite brew, while playing a game of JengaTM or Connect FourTM with the family. There are usually eight different styles of beer on tap at any time. “We need to always have a variety of beers,” Derrick says. “We brew what we like, whether it’s the darkest of the dark or the lightest of the light and everything in between.”

In June of 2016, Tilted Mash was awarded 3rd place in the State Fair Commercial Beer Competition for their pale ale, Summer in the Grove. This pale ale was created as a special release for Elk Grove’s first annual Craft BeerFest, and was meant to be a seasonal beer. The beer was entered in hopes that the judges’ feedback will give direction for

this new Tilted Mash beer. Like a Cinderella story, Summer in the Grove took home 3rd place in the highly competitive Pale Ale category out of 63 other entries. For a brand new brewery, only open three months, to place in such a prestigious competition was truly an honor for Tilted Mash Brewing. Pictured above, owners Derrick Prasad (on the left) and Jonathan Martinez (in the middle) with taproom manager, Kyle Middlebrooks (on the right).


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There are usually eight different styles of beer on tap at any time. “We need to always have a variety of beers,” Derrick says. “We brew what we like, whether it’s the darkest of the dark or the lightest of the light and everything in between.”

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THE BEERS

Crisp Hi5 Double IPA is one of the top selling beers, with aromas of sweet juicy melon that gets cut by dank citrus, a nice Papaya/ melon rind up front that finishes with super zesty citrus that lingers in your taste buds it’s no wonder why. Hoppy Jefe IPA with its bready, sweet malt backbone that finishes dry accompanied by citrus, mango, and papaya notes from hops rocks those taste buds to tropical paradise. M.O.T.H. Brown Ale is full bodied, and malty with light roast on the nose with hints of residual caramel sweetness. Parental Responsibility is a Cream Ale made with Citra hops containing powerful tropical flavors. With its light body made from flaked corn and barley it’s the perfect beer for a nice warm day. Tilted Mash Bier de Garde is a French Strong Pale Ale. Candied Ginger, baked pear and wheat toast on the nose. Almond butter mid with pear and dried orange zest on the palate. Crisp, clean but with medium body. TMB Vienna Lager with its chestnut colored good looks and smooth malty finish, this rich Vienna Lager is inspired by Octoberfest beers of the Fall. This version is a little lighter in color than some but packs a flavor punch using only Vienna, Munich and Pilsner Malts combined with a touch of Noble German hops. Winter in the Grove Pale Ale comes from the same base recipe as Summer in the Grove Pale Ale and gets its North American hops swapped out for the bounty of Australia and New Zealand. Galaxy, Motueka, and Vic Secret blend to create notes of pineapple, passion fruit, and lime, because when it’s Winter here it’s Summer there. Hazed in the Grove IPA is a new beer style to be released in February 2017. This IPA uses Trois yeast and gets combined with massive whirlpool and dry hopping with Galaxy and Mosaic hops that creates Hazy look to the beer.

Looking into the future

9175 Union Park Way Elk Grove, CA 95624 Tilted Mash Brewing plans to expand its brewery location in 2017 to a 7200 sq ft facility. The new location is directly down the street from its current location, and will include a 1800 sq ft tasting room. Besides increasing the brewing capacity, the plan also calls for a barrel aging program which will include Rum Barrels, Bourbon Barrels, and Wine Barrels. This expansion isn’t just about growth in production: it’s about letting an unbelievably talented brewing team run wild in a facility that maximizes their skills, and passion for the craft to keep producing top quality brews for the community.

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The Egg

Eggsplained By Emmie Satrazemis, Raley's Wellness Evangelist

Eggs - few foods have such a tumultuous "healthy food" identity crisis history. One day they are “bad for us” and the next they are “good for us”. So are eggs healthy?

Eggs are a nutritious, whole food choice that can be included as a part of many healthy and balanced diets. They are a good source of protein and one of the only naturally occurring sources of vitamin D. They also pack important nutrients like selenium and choline (1).

What about the cholesterol?

Previous dietary guidelines state that Americans should consume less than 300mg of cholesterol a day- one egg provides more than half of that amount (186mg per egg). However, research shows that dietary cholesterol has only small effects on blood cholesterol levels (2). And the most recent 2015 dietary guidelines have removed cholesterol from the list of nutrients of concern (3). Some research does indicate that individuals with diabetes may be more sensitive to dietary cholesterol. But, experts concluded that up to one whole egg a day can be included as a part of a healthy diet— without negative health effects for most people.

What if you remove the yolk?

Majority of the fat, cholesterol and calories in eggs are stored in the yolk. Of course, that also means much of the nutrition, especially the fat soluble vitamins A and D, are also found in the yolk. Egg whites contain mostly protein and can be a lean, lowcalorie solution for egg lovers concerned about the amount of cholesterol they are consuming. But keep in mind that including a yolk here or there can add a little more nutrition to your plate, than egg whites alone.

Are some types of eggs better than others?

For starters, no matter what kind of eggs you buy, the color of the shell or the yolk has no bearing on egg quality or nutrition. The shell color is usually determined by the breed of hen - most white chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs, while red-feathered birds with red ear lobes lay brown eggs. Egg cartons can carry many confusing labels – like cage-free, organic, humanely raised or pasture-raised. Some of these labels are more regulated than others, like Organic eggs which require specific dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the hen as defined by the USDA. And although most eggs contain similar nutritional values, research has shown pasture raised hens may be different (4). Hens who are pastureraised typically spend their days outside of a barn with access to roam and forage for bugs and plants. These hens soak up more vitamin D from their exposure to sunlight, which may be translated into their egg nutrition. In addition, pasture-raised have been shown to produce eggs with slightly more vitamin A and E and a little less cholesterol. But the pasture-raised label is not tightly regulated and the definition can vary from one farm to the next. For more information on what the many labels on your eggs mean, check out: http://raleysletsbegin.com/how-to-buy-eggs

References: 1. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28. Version Current: September 2015, slightly revised May 2016.  Internet: http://www.ars.usda.gov/nea/bhnrc/ndl 2. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/eggs/ 3. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/ 4. http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/free-range-eggs-zmaz07onzgoe.aspx

Emmie Satrazemis As a former athlete and big time “foodie”, nutrition has always been a big part of Emmie’s life. She loves creating new ways to teach and inspire the people around her to live a healthy life to the fullest. Emmie believes in whole food nutrition, eating quality food, and understanding where food comes from. She is passionate about helping others achieve their personal nutrition for optimal health.

Emmie is a board certified sports nutritionist and registered dietitian. Before coming to Raley’s, she worked with professional and collegiate athletes, and served as the dietitian for the Navy SEALs. She also worked in public relations in Washington, DC, as a nutrition communications manager.

Emmie enjoys anything that will get her outdoors or moving, and has recently become a big fan of yoga, adding a much-needed balance to her life. Originally from Maryland, Emmie moved to Sacramento with her husband last year. Together they love finding new places to eat around town, and enjoy traveling around the world and meeting new people.

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Farmers Market

OLD TOWN The Old Town, Elk Grove—Certified Farmers Market boasts fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, gourmet specialty foods, and local artisans who make what they sell, live music and fun activities every Sunday, from 9 am – 1 pm at the Old Town Elk Grove Plaza at 9615 Railroad Avenue. This year-round market offers shoppers

a wonderful variety of foods to choose from, with over 65 vendors. Additional special events, throughout the season, include the Health, Wellness & Fitness Fairs scheduled for March 12, March 23, July 30 and September 24. They include local health professionals showcasing and sharing information, products and services to improve your overall health.  On April 6, the market will host “Sunday, Fun Day” offering free kids crafts, games, a scavenger hunt and a Spring Eats Chef Demo. July 9, 2017, the market will host their First Annual Shortcake Strawberry Festival, a free event that will include games, prizes, strawberry inspired foods, products, canning demos, chef demos a parfait eating contest, best strawberry desert contest and the best baby berry costume contest.  August 20, the 7th Annual Tomato Taste Off will take place where you can taste and learn about the many heirloom varieties of tomatoes grown in CA.  October 8-October 29, you can pick and paint your pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch!  Visit us on the web at ILoveMyFarmersMarket.com for more information

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Scottish Beef Pie By Carole Morris

Meat filling: INGREDIENTS

1 ½ pounds of peppered beef loin (cut into small cubes) 3 medium chopped onions 2 tsp salt 2 large potatoes, cubed 2 medium carrots, diced 1 cup of shredded medium cheddar cheese

This recipe is a classic and fun to change up. My mother was born and raised in Scotland, and one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. If she was still alive, I’m pretty sure that she would say Beef Wellington also originated in Scotland. Let me give you a mental visual of the original Beef Wellington… it was a hunk of beef wrapped in a dough of flour and water (boring). Consequently, instead of Beef Wellington—we are sharing a recipe that truly is Scottish, Cornish Pastry.

Instead of meat served semi-raw and wrapped in pastry, our recipe is made with seasoned meat cut

up into squares and mixed with onions and potatoes, then rolled up into individual servings.

We add a twist to this recipe by adding the Bordelaise sauce that is usually served with Beef Wellington. You are going to love this meat pie, it is a perfect comfort food for the winter months!

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1 tsp red pepper flakes 6 tbsp. of melted butter Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

Pastry:

INGREDIENTS 2 tsp of salt 1 ½ tbsp sugar 3 cups of flour 1 cup cold butter ½ cup cold water 1 (large) egg yolk 1 tsp lemon juice In mixer (using pastry flat beater) mix together the salt, sugar and flour. Slice the butter into thin slices, then slowly add it to the flour mixture. When the mixture resembles pea sized lumps, turn off the mixer. Whisk together, in a separate bowl, cold water, egg yolk, and lemon juice. Add this mixture, slowly, to the flour mixture until the dough is mixed and stays together.

Lightly flour table surface, and form dough into a ball. Roll from the center (of the dough) out to the corner until you have a circle approximately 1/8 inch thick. Cut the dough into eight circles for individual pies. Place 1/8th of the filling onto the top center of each oval (leave a one-inch border around it). Moisten the top edge of the pastry with water, then fold bottom half over to make a half moon. Press the edges together and seal with a fork. Make a slit on the top of each pie to allow steam to escape. Heat oven to 400⁰

Next: Whisk 1 egg and 1 tsp. of water together in a small bowl. Brush the top of each pie with egg mixture and bake on cookie sheet for approximately 30 minutes (until golden brown). Serves 4

Bordelaise Sauce: INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups water

¾ cup red wine 2 tbsp finely chopped onion 2 tsp beef bouillon (granules) ½ tsp thyme (crushed). 1 bay leaf 3 tbsp butter (After ingredients have simmered for 20 minutes, mix 2 tbsp. corn starch with ¼ cup water) In a saucepan combine all ingredients (except corn starch mixture), and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes, remove bay leaf. Slowly add corn starch mixture until desired thickness is achieved. Serve in gravy boat.


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ITALIAN CHEESE FROM THE FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA REGION

By Cindy Della Monica, Cheesemonger and Owner, Cheese Central Originally published in the Corriere Della Valle magazine, an exclusive publication of the Pacific Italian Alliance. 58. ardentforlife.net - winter 2017


food} I have always been curious about the history and stories of cheesemakers and the cheeses they produce. The research can sometimes be contradictory, but geographic clues can help clear the picture.

A region’s borders are clearly

defined on a map, but the “border” of any cuisine is fuzzy at best. Thus, today we learn about the cuisine, and specifically the cheeses, of the small region of the far northeast corner of Italy--Friuli-Venezia Giulia. An area rich in small and mid-sized agribusinesses that grow, produce and distribute fresh products to the European community, and integral to the region’s food culture are exports of cheese, cured ham and white wines, which are known worldwide. However, the “typical” Italian cuisine we are familiar with has influences of Austria and Germany to the north and Slavic countries to the east.

Alpine mountains to Adriatic shores, the area has diverse landscape that provides excellent conditions for raising livestock and poultry, farmed crops, and orchards of apples, pears and stone fruits. Some of the best prosciutto comes from the hill town of San Daniele, where its unique placement high in the hills provides the perfect climate for the air drying of hams. Mushrooms abound in the hilly forests, and coastal fishing and several species of fresh water trout are popular.

Cheeses, wines and beer find their way to most tables, and the neighboring Slavic countries influence cooking for many of the region’s recipes. Goulashes and borscht-style soups are entrenched local favorites, as are filled dumplings, with ravioli fillings of dried pears or spinach, ricotta and apples, and hearty dishes like potato or cheese gnocchi. “Strangolapreti,” a green gnocchi made with cheese and spinach, kale or beet greens, are served with melted butter, more cheese and sage, and were traditionally served on religious, meat-free Fridays. Priests and other clergy members much enjoyed this dish at their parishioners’ homes, and would “eat it until they choked,” hence the name that translates to “priest stranglers!” While pasta is not as prevalent in Friuli-Venezia Giulia as in other parts of Italy, hearty polentas are widely enjoyed, as are dishes rich with cheese, cream and butter. A variety of predominantly cow’s milk cheeses are produced here, such as Carnia and Tabor di Monrupino, both pungent and semi-firm when aged. Ricotta affumicata, a smoked ricotta, is unique, adding smoky flavor to pasta fillings and cheese boards that showcase the cured meats and bacon of the region. Liptauer, mild and creamy, is used to make a spicy, oniony spread common in Slavic cuisines, and enjoyed here. Baita Friuli comes from Giulia, located on the Slovenian border. It is a firm-textured cow's milk cheese, aged for about five months, rich, fruity, and spicy, with flavor reminiscent of Swiss Gruyere. It is a good melter to use in pasta dishes, casseroles and with meats… and served with hearty red wines!

The most famous cheese of the region, Montasio, originated as a monastery cheese made of sheep’s milk, centuries ago. Today it is produced

only in this specific region of Italy following age-old traditional methods, but now made of unpasteurized cow’s milk. Having received its protected designation of origin in 1986 (PDO), this cheese is made from morning and evening milk, partially skimmed (the skimmed cream is used to produce mascarpone), from dairy farms within the PDO area. Veal rennet solidifies the milk, and the resulting curd is broken into pieces the size of rice grains. After “cooking” the curd (a step that helps expel whey and promotes long aging), it is then shaped into large, flat wheels, each bearing the official consortium stamp and numbered to identify the producer and the date of production. The cheese is pressed, and either rubbed with salt or a wet salt cure to prepare for aging. At two months of age, Montasio’s interior is ivory-white, soft, dotted with holes and considered “fresco,” or fresh, with a tangy, grassy flavor. This cheese is used for slicing. After five months, it transitions to “mezzano” or semi-aged; the color turns slightly golden, the texture becomes firmer, the flavor deepens, and it is used both at table as well as an ingredient. After ten months or more, Montasio becomes “stagionato,” or aged, with a richer, nuttier flavor, straw color and firm texture, and it is used as a grating cheese. Frico, a thin “cake” of grated Montasio cooked in a hot pan with a bit of olive oil, has variations which are endless. Young Montasio cheese creates a frico that is soft like an omelet, and often includes other ingredients like sauerkraut or asparagus. Lidia Bastianich, noted Italian cook and author, makes frico with a layer of tender Golden Delicious apples sautéed in olive oil. Joanne Weir, a San Francisco chef and author, prepares frico with potatoes and bacon, a dish well-known to Friulian households. An aged Montasio will result in a crispy frico that can be cut and molded over a small upturned cup while hot, forming a “basket” to hold fillings or well-dressed salads.

Montasio is perfect for enjoying with one of Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s excellent white wines such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or a Merlot. On the cheese plate, add a savory apple mostarda or one of the luscious stone fruits that are grown in Friuli, such as peaches, plums, and cherries, for a tasting adventure. Grate Montasio over hot pasta or potato gnocchi in a simple butter sauce with a sprinkling of poppy seeds, or melt it over roasted wild mushrooms. It is as delicious in fondue as it is to make a grilled cheese sandwich on really good Italian bread. I’m hungry now… how about you? Buon appetito!

Frico con Patate INGREDIENTS 3 T olive oil 1 small onion, diced 4 medium potatoes, diced 1 C chicken broth 1 lb. Montasio cheese, shredded Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

In a non-stick frying pan, heat several drops of olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and diced medium potatoes, and briefly sauté. Add chicken broth and reduce heat to low. Cook until potatoes are tender and the broth has been absorbed. Evenly sprinkle the shredded Montasio on top of the potato mixture. When the edges turn crispy brown, place a plate on top of skillet, carefully invert, and slide pancake back into pan to briefly brown the bottom. Serve immediately. Regional Variation: Bacon or sausage can be fried in the pan as a substitute for the olive oil. Drain excess grease and dice meat. Add to the frico. NOTE: If Montasio is unavailable, Asiago can be used, either fresco or stagianato.

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Lemon Meringue Pie By Carole Morris

It’s citrus season in California, which means I have the perfect reason for making this mouth-watering pie. Just looking at a lemon meringue pie, conjures up images of sunshine-yellow happiness. On the other hand, viewing the fluffy golden meringue can instill an anxiety attack in a cook who is trying imitate the picture in their cookbook. Do not fear the meringue… you can make it. Just follow the directions below.

Pastry for a single crust Preheat oven to 4500

Lemon filling

3 tbsp. flour (all purpose)

1 ¼ cup flour (all purpose)

3 tbsp. cornstarch

½ tsp salt

1 ½ cups sugar (granulated)

1/3 cup shortening

Dash of salt

4 tbsp. cold water Mix together flour and salt (with a pastry blender). Next, mix in shortening until the pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle (1 tbsp. at a time) water over the mixture and mix with a fork. Form dough into a ball.

Lightly flour flat surface, then place dough in the middle. Roll out dough from center to edges— forming a circle of about 12 inches in diameter. Ease pastry into pie plate, and trim off edges and depress with a fork or your fingers. Prick with fork tines, the sides and bottom of the pastry. Bake for approximately 10 minutes (until golden brown). Cool to room temperature.

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1 ½ cups water 3 egg yolks (save the egg whites for meringue)

two more minutes. Remove from heat, add butter, lemon peel and lemon juice. Gently stir all ingredients together, and set aside.

Meringue

Preheat oven to 3500

3 egg whites (room temperature) ¼ tsp cream of tartar ½ tsp vanilla

2 tsp lemon peel (finely shredded)

6 tbsp. sugar

1/3 cup lemon juice

For fluffy meringue, egg whites must be a room temperature before you beat them.

In a saucepan combine the following ingredients: flour, cornstarch, sugar and a dash of salt. Slowly stir in the water, cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for two more minutes. Remove from heat. Separate egg yolks from whites and set aside whites for meringue. With a wire whisk, beat egg yolks slightly then (by teaspoon) slowly add one cup of hot mixture into egg yolks. Next, slowly add egg yolk mixture into saucepan stirring until well blended. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for

In a mixing bowl, combine egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer for one minute, until soft peaks form. One tablespoon at a time add sugar, beating on high speed about four minutes. Meringue is done when stiff, glossy peaks are formed and all sugar is dissolved. Immediately spread meringue over pie—sealing to the edge of the pastry, to prevent the meringue from shrinking. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.


BOWEN THERAPY

DEMYSTIFIED By Dianna Singh, Owner of Elk Grove Vitamins

Continuing our efforts, in regard to health, I am excited to share with you one of the members of EGV- Health Committee….Lisa Bryant. When I first introduced all of the members in Ardent Magazine, each of their bios was shown. We addressed all the different modalities of health; mind, body and soul. They are the key to great health, in my opinion. With that being said, Lisa offers her expertise in Bowen. I have been a client of Lisa for both her Bowen work and the detox foot bath she offers, and I can tell you first hand the impact it has made on me. Enjoy Lisa’s article, and feel free to contact her with any questions you may have. Also, in the month of February, she will be presenting a seminar at Elk Grove Vitamins. On behalf of all the members, and myself, I want to thank you for your continued support. Let’s get Elk Grove healthy! Dianna Singh-owner 62. ardentforlife.net - winter 2017

By Lisa Bryant, MA, SLP, ABP, NE Accredited Bowenwork Practitioner and Certified Holistic Nutritionist Dear Readers, I am excited to appear in Elk Grove’s beautiful Ardent for Life magazine, to showcase my passion (and occupation): The Bowen Therapeutic Technique from Australia – a renowned and revolutionary healing method. I define Bowen Therapy as “Gentle Bodywork for Natural Healing” because of its surprisingly soothing and noninvasive approach to healing, which paradoxically works on a deep level, yielding positive outcomes that are frequently immediate and lasting. As numerous healing therapies abound, Bowen is sometimes confused with other modalities. To clarify, The Original Bowen Technique, also known as “Bowen Therapy”, “Bowenwork”, “The Bowen Therapeutic Technique”, “BowTech”, or simply

“Bowen”, is not associated with painful, vigorous or abrupt forms of bodywork.

Bowen Therapy is challenging to explain - among both clients and practitioners. This is because it is best understood as an actual felt experience. Consequently, for nearly 13 years I have conducted periodic presentations to introduce The Bowen Technique to our community. These events, predominately hosted by Elk Grove Vitamins, include live Bowen demonstrations on volunteer participants. Curious? Sign up now to reserve your seat at the next presentation on February 28, by contacting the accommodating Elk Grove Vitamins staff at (916) 686-4488.

Bowenwork is best described as a deeply relaxing and restorative “hands-on” style of bodywork that resets and accelerates the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The Bowen Technique is uniquely its own method and is not derived from any other type of bodywork or healing system. It is a fascinating blend of bodywork and energy work that addresses the mind/body in a truly holistic (whole-body) manner, working with every organ system at the cellular level. In a single session, very specific “Bowen moves” applied by the practitioner mostly over fascia (an extensive, nerve-dense soft tissue network) signal powerful responses in the body, such as tissue tension adjustments and postural alignment, while simultaneously balancing a commonly over-worked nervous system. The healing energy resulting from these processes manifests in profound physiological


health} changes; including alleviating pain/spasm, facilitating recovery from injury/illness, relieving stress/anxiety, enhancing immunity, and bringing the body – any body (from infancy onwards) – to an optimal level of functioning for that individual. Even clients without preexisting conditions (who still must undergo normal aging) choose to receive regular Bowen “tune-ups” due to noticeable shifts into states of ease and well-being (which often sparks motivation for positive lifestyle changes from “feeling good again” in their bodies). My involvement in the wonderful world of Bowen inadvertently began following a series of personal tragedies. I initially discovered Bowen Therapy at a health fair while transitioning out of a successful career in brain injury rehabilitation. After each of my first few weekly visits (the preliminary phase of treatment), I experienced an immediate improvement in mood and energy (both had been dampened from a long period of recovery from traumatic events). Over the next several sessions, I also began to notice a significant reduction in the emotional and physical pain that I carried in my body, which was related to post-traumatic stress (and subsequently eliminated). Another notable side benefit, which evolved after receiving regular Bowen “tune-ups”, was when my earlier chronic pain patterns from a congenital hip rotation virtually disappeared – after years of trying pain relievers and various therapies with limited results (i.e., chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy and hatha yoga –

all valuable resources). Incidentally, the principal clientele in a professional Bowen practice – who initially report unresolved pain issues after “trying everything” – eventually find success with Bowenwork. When I completed basic Bowen training, which commenced immediately after becoming a new client myself, I was eager to study the advanced training levels in order to practice Bowen Therapy more extensively. I was compelled to use the inspiration I derived from this work to help ease suffering and promote a safe, effective, natural healing alternative.

BOWEN THERAPY

These cornerstones to healing encompass: (1) a neurological component – addressed by Bowenwork, (2) a biochemical piece – addressed by Holistic Nutrition as whole foods and foodbased supplements provide appropriate fuel for healing, and (3) a healthy balanced lifestyle – incorporating nourishing food, fresh air, stress reduction, natural/herbal medicine, adequate sleep, physical activity, social connection, creativity, play and inspiration. While previously known as “BOWEN by BRYANT”, my Elk Grovebased practice, featuring Bowenwork, Holistic Nutrition and Cellular Detoxification Footbaths, was renamed “FOUNDATIONS for HEALING – Bowenwork & Holistic Nutrition” in 2017, to represent these supportive foundations for healing – and vitality! To understand Bowenwork further, please visit www.foundationsforhealing.com (formerly www. bowenbybryant.com). I can be reached at (916) 271-3363 for complimentary initial consultations. For best results, seek a practitioner certified through BowTech (Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia) to receive the original technique as intended by the late Thomas Ambrose Bowen.

In my natural health practice, Bowen Therapy serves as one of Three Pillars of Natural Healing.

Many thanks to Dianna Singh, owner of Elk Grove Vitamins and founder of Elk Grove Vitamins Health Committee, for her gracious invitation to present here as her committee member. Thank you to Ardent for Life magazine for this opportunity. Thank you for your interest. Be healthy!


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HEART DISEASE

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Heart Attack

A stomach ache, jaw pain, fatigue. Each symptom on its own may not prompt a woman to call her doctor. But combined, they could signal that a woman is having a heart attack. Heart disease isn't a "man's disease". Women are impacted by it as well. In fact, heart disease kills more women than men. It is the leading cause of death among American women. But consider this: Four out of five women don't know that heart disease is the leading cause of death. It is easy for many women who are busy with family and work responsibilities to ignore the first signs of a heart attack. They are so occupied with taking care of others that they may ignore their own health needs. But it’s important to change that trend. We can do that with education and information. Chest pain is the most common heart attack symptom. But it is not the only symptom.

Symptoms Differ Between Men Women By Peter Miles, MD, Kaiser Permanente

Now that you know some of the symptoms of a heart attack, it’s a good time to talk about how you might prevent or reduce your risk of having a heart attack in the first place. To take care of your heart, you need to take care of the whole you. Lifestyle changes may be in order. Try to eat heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins (such as fish, beans, chicken, nuts and low-fat dairy) and whole grains to help keep your heart and blood vessels in good shape. If you drink alcohol, drink it in moderation. Women should limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day.

A healthy weight is important, too.

Men tend to feel heavy pressure in their chest, while women may feel a burning or numbness that can radiate to the back or shoulders. Because women's symptoms can differ from men's, it can be easy for women to think their symptoms aren't serious.

can make a significant difference in

If your pain or discomfort lasts more than five minutes, isn’t relieved when you lie down, and travels through your back, shoulder, neck, or jaw, you need to get medical treatment right away. Getting treatment quickly can lower the amount of heart muscle that is damaged.

Visit www.kp.org/heart for more about the signs and symptoms of heart attacks and heart disease.

Exercise also plays a huge role in heart health. Get your heart pumping. We recommend that you do 150 minutes of exercise in a week or at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days. If you can't do all 30 minutes at once, do 10 minutes at a time. Brisk walking, swimming, or cycling are especially good for the heart. You can start out slow and build up gradually.

Women often experience different symptoms than men and it’s not always the dramatic, crushing chest pain you may see on TV.

The more symptoms you experience, the more likely it is that you're having a heart attack.

February is heart month, but anytime is a good time to talk about heart health. Knowing what causes a heart attack - and the symptoms if you are having one - can go a long way toward helping you thrive.

Lowering your weight by just 10 percent reducing your risk for heart disease. Another way to reduce your risk is to reduce your stress. Anger, anxiety, and depression may keep your blood pressure high and increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other illnesses. Try meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises to help control the stress in your life. If you smoke, now's the time to quit. The chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart arteries and increase your risk of blood clots, which inhibit blood flow. Your doctor can point you to resources like medications or classes to help you quit.

Peter Miles, M.D., is the chief of cardiology at Kaiser Permanente in south Sacramento and has regional leadership roles with Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Dr. Miles is also a current member of the American Heart Association board. He joined Kaiser Permanente in 2011 and is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. In his spare time, Dr. Miles enjoys reading, skiing with his family and serving as a volunteer lacrosse coach. (https://mydoctor. kaiserpermanente.org/ncal/provider/petermiles) ardentforlife.net   65


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Progesterone

By Dayle A. Imperato, MD, Rejuvenation Medical Spa

Progesterone is one of your sex hormones. It plays a role in menstruation, pregnancy, and the formation of embryos. Progesterone is made in the ovaries up until menopause. After menopause, it is made in the adrenal glands. Progesterone performs many functions in your body aside from those listed above.

Functions of Progesterone in Your Body ·Balances estrogen ·Has a positive effect on your sleeping pattern ·Helps build bone ·Helps prevent anxiety, irritability and mood swings ·Helps the bladder function ·Relaxes the smooth muscle in the gut so that your body can break down food into nutrients that are absorbed to be used elsewhere in the body Sometimes, progesterone levels in the body drop below the optimal level. There are many reasons why this can happen. When progesterone levels decline, there can be side effects, some more serious than others.

Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency ·Anxiety ·Decreased HDL Levels ·Decreased libido ·Depression ·Excessive menstruation (lasting longer than seven days and very heavy bleeding) ·Hypersensitivity ·Insomnia ·Irritability ·Migraine headaches prior to menstrual cycles ·Mood swings ·Nervousness ·Osteoporosis ·Pain and inflammation ·Weight gain 66. ardentforlife.net - winter 2017

As mentioned, a progesterone deficiency can be caused by a variety of factors.

Causes of Progesterone Deficiency ·Antidepressants ·Decreased thyroid hormone ·Deficiency of vitamins A, B6, C and zinc ·Excessive arginine consumption ·Impaired production ·Increased prolactin production ·Low luteinizing hormone (LH) ·Saturated fat ·Stress ·Sugar Just like your body can have too much estrogen, it can also have too much progesterone. Too much progesterone can have a variety of side effects.

Symptoms of Excess Progesterone ·Causes incontinence (leaky bladder) ·Causes ligaments to relax (can lead to backaches, leg aches, and achy hips) ·Decreases glucose tolerance (may predispose you to diabetes) ·Decreased growth hormone ·Increases appetite ·Increased carbohydrate cravings ·Increases cortisol ·Increased fat storage ·Increases insulin and insulin resistance ·Relaxes the smooth muscles of the gut (can cause blotting, fullness and constipation; can also lead to gallstones) ·Suppresses the immune system


health}PROGESTERONE Unlike excess estrogen, which can be caused by a variety of factors, high progesterone levels can only result if a woman is taking too much progesterone or too much pregnenolone. Natural Progesterone

Natural progesterone means that the progesterone that you are taking is the same chemical structure as the progesterone that you were born with. It is usually made from yams or soy. Synthetic progesterone, which will be discussed later in the section, is not the same chemical structure. The process of producing natural progesterone was discovered by Russell Marker, a Pennsylvania State College chemistry professor. Back in the 1930’s, Marker discovered that by using a chemical process, diosgenin (a plant steroid) could be tuned into a form of progesterone that is an exact biological duplicate of the progesterone produced by the human body. Natural progesterone, since it is biologically identical to the progesterone produced by the human body, has plenty of good effects not seen with synthetic progesterone. Consequently, many of these effects are like the effects of the progesterone that is produced by the body itself.

Effects of Natural Progesterone ·Balance estrogen levels ·Decreased the rate of cancer on all progesterone receptors ·Dose will not change the good effect estrogen has on blood flow ·Enhances the action of thyroid hormones ·Has a natural calming effect ·Balance fluids in the cells ·Helps restore proper cell oxygen levels ·Helps you sleep ·Helps your body use and eliminate fats ·Increases beneficial effects estrogen has on blood vessel dilation ·Increase metabolic rate ·Increases scalp hair ·Induces conversion of E1 to the inactive E1S form (E1S form does not increase the risk of breast cancer) ·Is a natural antidepressant ·Is a natural diuretic (water pill) ·Is an anti-inflammatory ·Leaves the body quickly ·Lowers cholesterol ·Lowers high blood pressure ·May protect against breast cancer by inhibiting breast tissue overgrowth ·Normalizes and improves libido ·Prevents migraine headaches that are

menstrual cycle related ·Promotes a healthy immune system ·Promotes myelination, which helps protect nerves from injury ·Relaxes smooth muscle ·Stimulate the production of new bone Synthetic Progesterone

Synthetic progesterone is called “progestin”. It is very different from natural progesterone since it does not have the same chemical structure as the progesterone that your body makes on its own. Consequently, progestins do not reproduce the actions of natural progesterone. For example, progestins do not help balance the estrogen in the body. They interfere with the body’s production of its own progesterone, and when they’re in your body, they attach to many of your body’s receptor sites, not just the progesterone receptors. Furthermore, progestins stop the protective effects estrogen has on your heart, and can cause spasms of your arteries. A recent study has shown that the use of synthetic progesterone increases the risk of breast cancer by 800 percent when compared to the use of estrogen alone. Progestins may have other side effects that do not occur with natural progesterone.

Side Effects of Progestins ·Acne ·Bloating ·Breakthrough bleeding/spotting ·Breast tenderness ·Counteracts may of the positive effects estrogen has on serotonin ·Decrease in energy ·Decrease sexual interest ·Decreased HDL (good cholesterol) ·Depression ·Fluid retention ·Hair loss ·Headaches ·Inability to help produce estrogen and testosterone ·Increased appetite ·Increased LDL (bad cholesterol) ·Insomnia ·Irritability ·Nausea ·Protects only the uterus from cancer (not the breasts) ·Rashes ·Remains in your body longer than natural progesterone, which can prevent it from balancing with the other hormones ·Weight gain ardentforlife.net   67


health}PROGESTERONE There are, however, a few positive effects of progestins, all of which are also effects of natural progesterone. For example, both build bone, help the thyroid hormone function, protect against fibrocystic breast disease and endometrial cancer, and normalize zinc and copper levels. Aside from these few common positive effects, it is clear from this discussion that natural progesterone offers a safer approach to HRT than synthetic progesterone (progestin) does. It is also very important that you have your levels of progesterone measured before you begin HRT, and then on a regular basis afterwards to confirm that you are taking an optimal dose for you. Progesterone can be taken orally or used transdermally. As mentioned, natural progesterone is made from yams or soy. Your compounding pharmacist will add an enzyme to convert the hormone from these plants (diosgenin) into progesterone. Over the counter progesterone, which you can buy without a prescription, frequently does not contain this enzyme.

If you’re suffering from insomnia and you need to take progesterone, you should opt for the pill form. The pill affects the GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter. It has a calming effect on your brain, which helps your sleep. The absorption rate of oral progesterone increases as your age, so you may need less medication as your grow older. Some women experience side effects from oral progesterone, such as nausea, breast swelling, dizziness, drowsiness, and depression. Natural progesterone is also available as Prometrium, which is a pill derived from peanut oil and us made by a pharmaceutical company. As women age, progesterone applied transdermally is commonly used, though it does not aid your insomnia. Many women who have had a complete hysterectomy wonder if they still need progesterone. The answer is yes. Natural progesterone has many positive effects on the body, as previously discussed. Lastly, adrenaline also interacts with progesterone. When a person feels stressed, his or her adrenalin surges, which can block progesterone receptors. This can prevent progesterone from being used effectively in the body.


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CONFIDENCE in

Martial Arts By Chris Tanaka, Sher Khan Karate, Owner/Senior Instructor

As a martial arts instructor, there are certain questions that always seem to come up in conversation. Questions like, “Are you a Black Belt? How long did it take you to get your Black Belt?” and “How long will it take me to get a Black Belt?” The most common question I am asked is, “Have you ever had to use your martial Arts?” My initial answer to this is always no. I’ve never had to use my training to defend myself. However, the more I was asked this question and began to think about it, I actually use my martial arts training every day. Martial Arts has so many benefits, both internally and externally. Internally, martial arts offers respect, selfdiscipline, self-confidence, perseverance, and much more. Externally, martial arts can offer balance, coordination, strength, and agility. These benefits are explained in greater depth in a previous issue of Ardent magazine, under Benefits of Martial Arts. This article will focus on one of the internal benefits of martial arts: Confidence. Studies have been done where prison inmates were asked to watch a video. As the inmates watched the video, they were asked to pick out the people they would choose to attack, rob, etc. As this study continued, it was noted that the inmates all seemed to be picking the same people. The common variable was how the individuals carried themselves. Predators always look for the easy target. If you do not show confidence or look like you will stand up for yourself, you are more of a target. This trend starts as children in school. Bullies look for the easy target. They seek out the children that won’t take a stand or tell on them. Criminals of all kinds, whether they are looking to rob you, sexually assault you, etc., are all looking for the “easy target.” The confidence I’ve attained, through training in martial arts, is with me each and every day. I am positive that my confidence has helped me avoid becoming a target countless times. That confidence has also allowed me to stop a few domestic violence situations I have come across in public. My confidence in training gave me the ability to step in, without 70. ardentforlife.net - winter 2017


health} the fear of getting in over my head. Without that confidence and knowledge of martial arts, it would be very easy to walk past a situation like that without intervening, and rightfully so. Any violent situation you insert yourself into can quickly turn, with you becoming the victim.

I have a student who shared with me that she had nightmares about being attacked.

After being in

class for a while, she noticed that she was no longer having these nightmares. In addition, the confidence she gained from class also helped her defend herself against a man who tried to sexually assault her in an elevator. Her training gave her the confidence and skill set necessary to defend herself, and free herself, from a very real danger.

A common question from someone who is looking to start martial arts personally or get their kids involved is, “How will martial arts benefit myself or my child?” What If I were to change the question to, “How would having more confidence benefit myself or my child?” As an adult, just carrying yourself with more confidence will make you less of a target. It can help you protect your spouse and children, should it become necessary. For children, building confidence at an early age will impact their lives in many different ways. Simply carrying themselves with confidence can make them less of a target for bullies. Moreover, if they are bullied, it can give them the confidence to stand up for themselves or others. Early established confidence can also make a difference in academics, home life, other sports, and personal growth throughout their lives. ardentforlife.net   71


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CROSS TRAINING AND TRIATHLON By Wendy Hoag, owner of Keep Moving Mama

Muscle fibers are smart, not like your smart phone smart but before the 80’s smart…before your great grandma was born smart. Smarty pants smart. They learn from what we demand of them. Muscle fibers get stronger when challenged, say in a squat. Your quadricep, hamstring and glute muscles engage and give you power to lower and lift your body.

Then the magic occurs. Your muscles repair themselves from the work you did and they rebuild stronger. This rebuilding is what causes the soreness you feel the next day. It’s called DOMS…delayed onset muscle soreness aka “I wasn’t sore that day, but the next afternoon I could really feel those squats.” Next time you do a squat workout your muscles remember what you asked of them the last time, they have adapted. Great, yes; amazing, yes; however, if we continue to repeat those same squats to build those

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muscles over the course of weeks or months, they are just not challenged any longer. And they don’t do the magic of getting stronger each time. We have to outsmart them!

a yoga class challenges those large muscles in a completely different way.

With the squat example, you can add pulses to the end of your set of 12 squats. Focus on a small range of motion and keeping your good form. Then the next time, hold every fourth squat for five seconds. Or lift one foot, and do a single leg squat requiring one leg to engage stabilizing muscles to maintain balance. To take it further away from the original squat, isolate the glutes and hamstrings along the back of the leg by doing bridges from the floor. Add a single leg lift to increase the challenge. (as shown in the picture on the right.) Taking

In comes the multi-sport event! The ideal in cardio cross training.

By adding variations to the types of exercises we use to strengthen particular muscles, we can continue to demand that they get stronger. How you ask?

These same principles apply to cardio exercises. Mix up your running with some walking. Exchange a walk day for a biking day. When you head to Sunshine Swim Center for lap swim, add in intervals of fast and slow to your normal pace. Fitness buffs call this cross training, which is combining different types of exercise to strengthen the body in ways that just one exercise cannot do.

Swimming, cycling and running are combined into the multi-sport event of triathlon. Have you heard of the increasingly popular duathlon? This multi-sport event begins with a run, followed by a bike ride, and finishes with a second run. Not only is the event a mix up of types of training, but it also requires that you include several sports in your training.


TRIATHLON DISTANCES Super Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon 200 yard swim or 1 mile run 4 mile bike 1 mile run

Half Iron Man 1.2 mile swim 56 mile bike 13.1 mile run

Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon 3 mile run 16 mile bike 3 mile run

Iron Man 2.4 mile swim 112 mile bike 26.2 mile run

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Ironman is the ultimate in Triathlon, an amazing feat of athleticism and combination of hundreds of training hours. Enormous congratulations to any man or woman who has completed the ultimate in the sport of triathlon…the IRON MAN!!! However, you can begin in triathlon at a much more basic level. For those entering the sport, or just looking to mix up their training; or adding a fun event to their exercise schedule, the Super Sprint and Sprint distance event fit the bill perfectly. Keep Moving Mama, formerly Moms in Motion, is one of the local groups who train for triathlon. Keep Moving Mama will train from April through June for the TRI for FUN Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon at Rancho Seco. Both beginner, first time triathletes, as well as experienced duathletes are encouraged to join this group of women to train on Saturday mornings. Regardless of how you choose to mix up your workouts, these variations are sure to keep you interested in your workouts as well. Our brains are pretty darn, smarty pants smart, too.

Wendy Hoag’s daily goal is to help other moms, new to the job or not, build confidence in themselves physically and emotionally. Keep moving mama is her local fitness business, offering personal and group training. She also writes on fitness topics as they apply in her blog at www.keepmovingmama.com 916-690-7624

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I AM DISSATISFIED WITH MY JOB By CT Morris - BS Elementary Ed., MS Ed.

If the feeling of dissatisfaction at your work place has been haunting you, why stay where you are unhappy? There are jobs galore available, why stay at a job—when you are miserable working there? You can choose a position in the technology industry, the agricultural industry, or the entertainment industry. In addition, if those types of jobs don’t spark your appetite for a career adjustment, click on a job search site and you will find hundreds of jobs that you can explore. You can do a search on your phone, and check out each job’s benefits and pay, all in a matter of minutes.

financial rewards are great, the luster wears off as the years on the job add up.

However, before you jump from your current position into a new job, you need to explore why you feel dissatisfied at your current job. Typically, jobs that pay well are exciting when we are first hired. When we receive our first paycheck, the Ebenezer scrooge (hiding in all of us) rubs his hands together and murmurs, “Mine, mine, mine… all mine!” Now we can buy all of the things we have been lusting over… since we were pinching pennies in college. Sadly, however, even though

A job that has meaning, and makes a difference, many times lists those qualities in the background—way back in the job description. This is a sad state of affairs, in my opinion, because making a difference in people’s lives is something that makes a job worthwhile.

But, if you can’t afford to leave your present job and you are experiencing burnout, and feel there is no way out, there is an alternative available. Make where you work a better place. Really look at your coworkers, and make a difference in their lives. Treat them with dignity and respect. Be someone who is trustworthy and has positive interpersonal relationships, and invest your time supporting others. We all can change our world for the better, and achieve job satisfaction by making a difference in the people’s lives around us.

Personally, I have worked for companies where I received a great salary and benefits. However, I was unhappy because the job seemed pointless. Making

As Margaret Mead said, “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”

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Even more important to some people, than an impressive salary, is that sexy, alluring word “status”. Feeling self-important and taking pride in what is achieved on the job. While there is nothing wrong in taking pride in what we do, working to meet another person’s definition of success can become draining and depressing. Is everything you achieve on the job done to impress other people? As with financial rewards, a job that is done only to impress others or to give you status becomes very wearing. Truthfully, getting paid a lot of money doesn’t always give us job satisfaction. Having status is all well and good, but does it provide a sense of purpose? A feeling of a job well done? Changed anyone’s life for the better?

a difference, I now know, is an essential component of a job. While making a difference can be about helping the environment, I feel the most fulfilled helping others. Unfortunately, financial rewards and humanitarian rewards do not go hand in hand. In fact, most jobs that contribute to society do not compensate their employees well. Teachers, for example, make a difference in students’ lives every day. Even though their pay is lower than other jobs that require a degree, a dedicated teacher finds the impact of their job on others outweighs a financial reward. They know their job makes the world a better place.


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SHOULD I CHOOSE A LEGAL

Separation or Divorce? This question comes up many times in my office from both individuals and couples: What is the difference between a legal separation and a divorce in California? Is a legal separation process easier, shorter, and/or cheaper than obtaining a divorce? Can I stay on his/her medical insurance if we stay married but obtain a legal separation? I will answer these questions and more below. The simplest answer is: A legal separation is an alternative to a divorce whereby you and your spouse agree to live separate and apart from each other and operate independently from each other, and yet, remain legally married. All of the same documents must be completed in a legal separation as in a divorce, all the same issues may be resolved either by agreement or court order, and you will still end up with a judgment at the end – and yet, you are still legally married. So, no, the process is not easier or cheaper.

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Written by Lana M. Shearer, Attorney & Mediator

One key difference is it CAN be shorter, but is not necessarily so. The process can be shorter because there is no “mandatory 6-month waiting period” between the filing of a petition and obtaining a judgment of legal separation, but there is for a judgment of divorce in California. However, please remember that a judgment for legal separation or a judgment of divorce does not magically occur at the end of the passage of time. A party must first complete the legal requirements of disclosure, and then must actively request that the court issue a judgment. This request for a judgment typically occurs by the filing of a settlement agreement with all of the necessary judgment documents, or having a trial if the parties are unable to reach agreements. Some couples may choose legal separation as an alternative to divorce for religious reasons or for some practical purpose such as immigration status of one of the parties. Many couples choose legal separation with the desire to maintain one spouse on the other’s health care plan. However, if this is the primary reason you desire to obtain a legal separation instead of a divorce, I caution

that you must contact your individual health insurance provider to confirm that a legal separation does constitute a “disqualifying event” under the plan and therefore the nonemployee spouse would be “ineligible” for health care coverage.

Another common question is, can’t I change a legal separation to a divorce later if I want? The answer is “probably not.” There are limited circumstances under which you may “amend” your petition to change it from a petition for legal separation to a petition for divorce. However, you may not change it after a judgment of legal separation has been issued. If you decide you want to file a petition for divorce after you have obtained a judgment of legal separation, you must then file a new petition for divorce, with a new case number, and complete all of the same legal documents as with the legal separation. Yes, it is duplicative, and yes, it is required. A Separation Agreement may be right for you. A separation agreement is a possible alternative to filing a petition for legal separation.


law} If you decide you want to file a petition for divorce after you have obtained a judgment of legal separation, you must then file a new petition for divorce, with a new case number, and complete all of the same legal documents as with the legal separation. Yes, it is duplicative, and yes, it is required.

In California, spouses may enter into a “separation agreement,” which is a legally binding contract that deals with all aspects of their separation, including issues of child support and visitation (if there are children), property division and spousal support. With a separation agreement, you do not have to file a petition or complete the legal documents to file with the court. It is a formal contract between you and your spouse, similar to a pre-marital agreement. A separation agreement is a mutual, voluntary agreement which addresses important issues that may come up during the separation period. This agreement may be introduced as evidence in a subsequent petition for legal separation or divorce in the future. The issues which are typically addressed in a separation agreement include:

·A parenting agreement outlining when children will spend time with each parent;

·How the couple will handle the payment of living expenses during separation, (rent and/or mortgage payments, utilities, taxes, health care costs and groceries); ·Any payment of child support or spousal support during separation; ·How the couple will manage finances during the separation such as banking and investments; ·Whether the couple will divide or sell any property during the separation period, and ·How property and income obtained after the date of the separation will be treated – post-separation earnings are typically the separate property of the earning spouse, subject to any support rights, but you can agree to treat it differently. If you are considering filing for a legal separation or divorce, or desire to enter into a separation agreement, our office can assist you. Please contact us at (916) 226-1305 and visit our website at www.shearerlawandmediation.com.

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Helping Parents and Students Decipher Report Cards By Lindsey Peralta and David Vallerga, owners of GradePower Learning, Elk grove

“What did my teacher say about me? How did I do in science? Am I failing math? What will my parents say?” Students’ stress levels often rise as report cards arrive home for parents to review, analyze, and decipher. The report card can be a helpful tool to guide both parents and students in setting an action plan to achieve success. It can also help to identify learning issues quickly, so that students can gain confidence and make the most out of their school year. But what’s the key to breaking the code? How can a parent read between the lines to get the most information possible from the report card?

Making the Grade

Parents can play an integral role in the success of their child’s education by taking the time to review the report card. Report cards measure how well our children are doing in school, but are only effective if they are used to inspire and encourage action and improvements.

Students Dread Them. Parents Don’t Understand Them.

GradePower Learning recommends that before evaluating the most recent report card, parents should review report cards from previous periods and past years. If your child is currently in grade four, review the report cards from grades two and three before reading the most current report card. Look for academic strengths and challenges. Check for common problems, consistent comments and most of all, improvements or new challenges.

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When reviewing past report cards, look for common threads such as homework completion, interest in participating in school activities, and organization. Once you have done this comparative analysis, it is much easier to evaluate the current report card and address key areas that your child has either improved or still requires improvement.

Reviewing the Report Card is a Family Affair

GradePower Learning recommends that parents and children examine the report card together. This can help open lines of communication about the child’s achievements and need for improvement. Be positive, and avoid arguments. This is the time to begin developing goals and an action plan that can lead to strengthened skills, improved grades, self-confidence and motivation.

Sit down with your child after dinner, when the household is quiet, and review the report card together. Always start with empathetic and positive comments such as: “This is a big year. I know it’s harder this year. We are really pleased with your spelling; or, you are showing great improvement in science.” Next, review learning strengths. Children need praise. Congratulate them and tell them how well they are doing. Now is the time to address challenges and set the plan for the rest of the year. Children quickly sense if you are on their side. By telling them how proud you are, you give them the confidence and support they need to manage difficulties and strive for improvements. Only after you have accentuated the positive should you address the key areas that need improvement.

When the News Isn’t Positive: Your Child is Not Alone

Most children have at least one subject that could benefit from special attention, and it is often the same one as the year before. Chances are that if a student had trouble with a subject last year and didn’t work on it over the summer, the challenges are even more overwhelming and demoralizing in the new school year. If the child had difficulty with reading comprehension or problem-solving, it is crucial that it be addressed as soon as possible. Don’t be surprised or disappointed if the comments are similar to the previous year; this is a clear signal that your child needs help. Look for common themes and quickly recognize the symptoms of academic challenges. However, if your child complains about or is very unhappy with a particular teacher or subject, take it seriously. Traditionally, children who are doing well in class and achieving their potential do not complain very much. It’s usually those students who are struggling who are most vocal. Their complaints are often a call for help. Listen carefully without interruption. Parents are often amazed by how much they can learn about their child through the process of reviewing a report card, and listening to their explanations.

Once parents have reviewed “the facts” of their child’s report card, the most important section they should be looking at is the teacher’s personal comments. Teachers will usually provide their insights into learning strengths and identify areas that


education} require improvement. Some reports also provide a comparative analysis between your child and the rest of the class. This will help parents gauge whether or not their child is learning new information as easily as the other children in the class.

A child’s approach to homework, assignments and studying, is often a good indication of their comfort with their schoolwork. Study skills are often a child’s biggest problem and too often students are never taught how to study and how to learn. This basic skill will help every child improve his/her success. Spend a few moments watching how your child does homework. You’ll be amazed at how much you can discern from this little task. Be optimistic, because new and better study skills can be learned at any age.

Planning for Parent-Teacher Interviews

When parents receive their child’s report card, they are usually invited to a parent-teacher interview to discuss their child’s academic achievements and areas for improvement. It is critical to be prepared for this meeting. Ask your child a few basic questions: What do you think your teacher is going to say about your work? What do you think the teacher will say about you? Is there anything you want me to ask the teacher? Equally as important, is for parents to ensure that they leave the interview with a follow-up action plan and steps in place that have been agreed to by both them and the teacher. This will help keep the momentum moving forward and, if combined with regular check-ins, will allow parents to measure their child’s success along the way. Founded in 1984, GradePower Learning uses innovative approaches to learning that have helped thousands of students reach their educational goals. Customized programs, based on the science of cognitive development, help children to develop the skills that they need to succeed in school while they develop the confidence that they need to succeed in life.

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News of the World

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Book Reviews by BARRIE OLMSTEAD Paulette Jiles, author of The Color of Lightning, revisits the post-Civil War Texas hill country in her spare and stunning new novel. The premise is simple: Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a widower and veteran of three wars, is charged with the task of returning 10 year-old Johanna Leonberger to her aunt and uncle, a trip of some 400 miles. The Captain, who makes his living reading newspapers at a dime a head to captive audiences in a part of the country where news is scarce, is deemed appropriate for the job given his itinerant career. Johanna, known to herself as Cicada, had been adopted by the Kiowa after her parents were murdered by the tribe. Having no memory of her previous life, Johanna speaks no English and, as Jiles writes, “The Kiowa words in all their tonal music lived in her head like bees.” She is unruly and obstinate; it is clear from the beginning that she and the Captain, whom she eventually refers to as “Kep-dun,” are in for a long and harrowing journey. The pair bond and find themselves repeatedly faced with dangers; from wary U.S. infantrymen, hostile tribes, nefarious hustlers, and an unforgiving countryside. Jiles touches the reader without becoming sentimental. This book is a pleasure and well worth a second read. William Morrow, 2016

The Wangs vs. the World

By: Jade Chang In her debut novel, Jade Chang shows off her considerable chops for snappy dialogue and vibrant, of-the-moment characters. She also lends a new perspective to the immigration experience, eschewing the notion that there is any kind of template for first generation Chinese Americans. Told from the perspective of all five family members, the Wang’s story unfolds on a road trip. Charles Wang, who moved to America from China with nothing and found success in cosmetics, has lost his considerable fortune in the Great Recession. Accompanied by his second wife, Barbara, Charles is forced to pull his children, Andrew and Grace, out of their expensive schools. The plan is to stay with his eldest daughter, Saina, in upstate New York. None of Charles’s children have followed conventional paths. Andrew is an aspiring stand-up comedian, Grace a fashion blogger and Saina a successful but reclusive artist. Charles’s ultimate dream is to find his way back to China and reclaim his family’s ancestral land. Chang provides the reader with a rollicking ride and illustrates the Wangs’ loyalty to one another, despite their many dysfunctions. This is a skillfully told family drama with plenty of amusing detours and an ending that will keep the reader guessing up until the last page. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

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When the Sea Turned to Silver

By: Grace Lin

Pinmei lives with her grandmother, an esteemed storyteller she knows simply as Amah, in a village at the foot of the mystical NeverEnding Mountain. Their lives are quiet and bucolic until the Tiger Emperor comes to call, abducting villagers for forced labor on his Vast Wall and, as a last cruel gesture, kidnapping Pinmei’s Amah. With the hope that the emperor will release Amah if he is presented with a Luminous Stone, Pinmei sets out on a journey with the secretive village boy Yishan to rescue her. Each chapter of this dreamlike story is woven with Amah’s folk tales, which draw together to tell a lyrical allegory about the immortal power of storytelling. Lin’s prose is lush and gorgeous, making for a story easy to get lost in and perfect to read (or listen to) aloud. Chinese mythology blends with epic, tightlywritten fantasy, and yet just as with Lin’s previous books (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky), it is perfectly pitched to middle-grade readers. A staggeringly good read recommended for ages 8-12. Little, Brown and Company, 2016

Life on Mars

By: Jon Agee

Children's Book Reviews By JUSTIN AZEVEDO This picture book opens with a young, intrepid astronaut’s arrival on Mars. He has come to find life, and he is certain that he will if he looks long and hard enough. Two-page spreads of soft, simple artwork chronicle his journey across the starkly beautiful Martian landscape, as he despairs of ever finding what he’s looking for even as it starts following him around. Finally, on his way back to the spaceship in defeat with his woefully uneaten celebratory cupcakes in tow, he finally discovers Martian life— but, maybe, not quite the life that discovered him. The minimalist illustrations and high-contrast text make this book a great selection for emerging readers, but it is also a sweet, laugh-out-loud funny story for reading together. Recommended for ages 4-8. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017 Visit WWW.SACLI BRARY.ORG For details, telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.

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