When INTEGRIS Health Edmond opened, we promised to bring Edmond and surrounding communities the care you deserve. And we’ve found that when we focus solely on that promise, others take notice. That’s why the Women’s Choice Award named us one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics and for Emergency Care, placing us in the top 1%. And they’re not alone. We’ve received awards for excellence in perinatal care and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence Designation. Of course, all of that doesn’t mean much without a patient experience that’s second-to-none. And according to Press Ganey, we’ve got that too, leading Edmond in patient satisfaction. It’s what Edmond deserves. And we’re proud to be the hospital that delivers it.
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the project is overseen solely by one company. Consolidating the construction and installation process ensures a more cohesive plan and ﬂuid project completion. Small also attributes that high quality of work to his skilled team of eight full-time workers. They have about 60 years of combined experience in granite, tile, cabinets and paint and special ﬁnishes. The company has seen such success in the past few years, it’s now moved into a new, larger facility in Edmond. The new building houses a tile design center and more product displays, all with a professional atmosphere and on-site consultations. An oﬃcial grand opening for the showroom will be happening soon. Small said customers are wowed by his crew’s attention to detail and desire to leave them with the best quality product. Plus, while other companies might slack on customer service after the sale is made, Fossil Stone shines. “Our service after the sale isn’t the standard oneyear warranty,” Small said. “If you call three or four years after the sale with an issue with the workmanship, we’ll ﬁx it. We really stand by our stuﬀ long term.”
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Our Wishes It had been days since Sandy had eaten anything or taken in any liquids. I had taken up sleeping next to her in her little hospice bed we had set up in our living room. She was now unresponsive. I knew the end of her life was near and I did not want her to be alone. After an evening of “watching” some of her favorite shows, I shut off the TV and did my best to get comfortable for a few hours of sleep until I had to administer medication again—every three hours. After days of quiet, suddenly at 2am Sandy was wide awake and talking. She wanted me to take her to “the softball game.” I had no idea what she was talking about—but she was adamant. Knowing this could be the last time we might speak—I went with it. She went on and on about how she needed to be there. We were late. They were waiting for us. Expecting us. I thought maybe she’s talking in metaphors, so I told her that if she needed to go to the softball game, it was okay. And I would meet her there someday. She didn’t like that idea one bit and explained that we had to go there together. So probably not a metaphor. At times like these, when her illness took over the conversation, I would listen and redirect. Because more often than not, these conversations would end up with her restless, agitated and trying to get up out of bed. I slipped out of bed and came along her side so we could be face-to-face. I wanted to make the most of this time. Our conversation lasted about 20 minutes, none of it really made much sense. But we did have one beautiful lucid moment together. At one point, Sandy cupped my face with both hands, looked me in the eyes, pulled me to her and kissed me over and over and over again. She knew we were best friends, husband and wife, she knew we had history and dreams. One real moment. Our last moment. That’s how I want to remember Sandy—with her love shining through, conquering all. Sandy passed three days later, with her daughter and son by her side. I was sleeping a deep sleep in our bedroom. Having been by her side for days, I reluctantly accepted the offer of relief. So I got my wish, Sandy was not alone. And I have to believe she got her wish, she spared me witnessing her last struggling breath. And gave me a beautiful last moment together. That was very sweet of her. That’s how she was.
23 Noodles of Fun
Children’s band Spaghetti Eddie combines learning and music in an entertaining way
8 Facts & Figures 10 Louise
Klemm’s, Kamp’s & The Zu Discover Edmond’s new restaurant scene
16 Business Science Fit Sit Means Sit
34 My Outlook Stephanie McGathy Body Painter
26 Get Fit. Stay Healthy. Have Fun. Want to get ready for summer? Hear from an expert on the best ways to get healthy and fit
30 Lawyers for Children
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18 Going the Distance
Camille Herron lives to run and has already surpassed world records and won countless races
32 Painting the Town
From sculpting to photography, five artists prepare for the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival
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Roadside trees reduce nearby indoor air pollution by more than 50%
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First Arbor Day was on April 10, 1872 by J. Sterling Morton
Register now for the Parkinson’s Rally, Walk and 5K on Sunday, May 1 at 2pm at Wheeler Park in OKC! This annual fundraiser for the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma is a family friendly event featuring a one-mile fun run/walk and a sanctioned 5K. All ages and activity levels can participate. Visit parkinsonoklahoma.com or call 810-0695 to create or join a team today! Get ready to take your soccer skills tothe next level and beyond! Register now for FC Barcelona Soccer Camp at Heritage Hall in OKC June 13-17 for boys and girls ages 6-18. Availability is extremely limited for this exclusive camp! For details and registration visit fcbcamp.cat/oklahoma or call 1-844-FCB-CAMP. Don’t miss the annual Arts Festival in Downtown Edmond at 2nd & Broadway on Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 from 10am-8pm, and Sunday, May 1 from 11am-5pm! Enjoy art, food, music and children’s activities, plus a free concert on April 30 at 7pm. Visit downtownedmondok.com for details.
by Louise Tucker Jones
April is a special month. Gentle rains. Spring flowers. But the main thing that makes this month special for me is that it is my youngest son’s birthday. My baby. And every April, I think back to the day Jay was born and the months leading up to his birth. In the summer of 1974, I was pregnant with my third child. But all too soon problems developed. Spotting. Bleeding. Bed rest. Then suddenly, it was the ER and hemorrhaging so badly that I was prepped for blood transfusions. Several hours later, I lost that precious baby that I wanted so desperately. The following summer, I knelt beside my bed and literally begged God for a baby. Our oldest son was seven years old. Our adopted daughter was five. Our second son had died nearly three years earlier at three months old. Then came the miscarriage and I so wanted to hold another baby in my arms and in my heart. A month later, I found out I was pregnant. You could hear my hallelujah across town. Then suddenly the spotting began again. The doctor gave me injections to help carry the baby. I was confined to my hometown. No travel beyond 30 minutes of the hospital. No climbing stairs. No bicycle rides. No…whatever. I obeyed it all. In December, right about Christmas, my doctor pronounced me healthy. I gladly went out of town to visit my parents. But just after New Year’s something drastic happened. My husband rushed me to the ER with severe pain where I was diagnosed with appendicitis. I refused surgery. I was six months pregnant and didn’t want to harm my baby. But
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when the doctor explained that both my baby and I would likely die without the surgery, I asked him to hustle us into that operating room. It was wild and crazy and painful and funny at the same time. I was like a celebrity with everyone waiting to see if this little one would wake up and start kicking. YES, HE DID! And believe me, you have never felt a baby kick until you have felt one kick the inside of a four inch incision. Three months later, I delivered this baby frank breech with no C-section after 18 hours of labor. The cord was wrapped around Jay’s neck and cut off his oxygen. One lung didn’t inflate for several hours and he was in an isolette for nine days. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome as well as congenital heart disease. And at 14 months old, a heart cath revealed more problems than doctors suspected. The abnormalities in his heart could not be repaired. He probably would not live more than a few years. But in the midst of all these predictions and problems, I picture God smiling and saying, “Watch what I will do with this baby boy. Watch all the lives he will touch and bless along this journey. Watch me protect him and heal his illnesses again and again. And watch the spirit and love and tenacity of this boy who will grow into a fine young man. Watch the miracle I will perform!” On April 7th, my baby boy will turn 40 years old! How it happened I’m not sure. I blinked and he was grown. Struggles? Oh, so many! Health? Still fragile. But love? Abundant! I can truly say I wouldn’t have missed this journey for the world. This roller coaster of tears and laughter. This precious life that forever turned my heart upside down. What a joy! Happy 40th Birthday, James (Jay) Ryan Jones! How I love you, my sweet son!
About the Author Louise Tucker Jones is an awardwinning author, inspirational speaker and founder of the organization, Wives With Heavenly Husbands, a support group for widows. Email LouiseTJ@cox.net or visit LouiseTuckerJones.com.
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Klemm’s, Kamp’s & The Zu
by Laura Beam
Discover Edmond’s new restaurant scene
It’s a busy weeknight, a lazy Saturday, an impromptu lunch with friends. Your stand-by salad or pasta just won’t do this time. You crave a little culinary adventure and new atmosphere. Quick, think of some place new you’ve been wanting to try. Sound familiar? Downtown, uptown and everywhere in between, Edmond is brimming with new eateries. Around every corner and intersection, something exciting is popping up and arresting the attention of hungry on-lookers. Get ready to be delighted. From German barbecue and fried crackling pork rinds to hobo pie, the new crop of Edmond eateries is a melting pot of enticing cuisine.
Everything you love about this fabulous food truck just got better--now it’s also a restaurant! After years of successful foodtrucking, the Clem family brings their unique German barbecue fusion to everyday dining in Edmond. Under the family name of their German ancestors, Klemm’s Smokehaus also reflects the family’s southern roots with a love of barbecue. And when the two get together on a menu, it’s pure magic! JJ Clem comments, “Edmond is our home and we always wanted to bring something different to our friends here. All the recipes are
created by my mother and father and we haven’t nearly scratched the surface of what combining the two cuisines could be.” The Jowler sandwich boasts succulent pulled pork, red apple cabbage slaw, bacon and German mustard on a homemade pretzel bun. Also topping the best-seller list are the smoked chicken sandwich with homemade cheese sauce and jalapeños, schnitzel and ribs--which sell out every day. Bring your appetite and get ready to take home leftovers. Every bite is a feast in itself! Kamp’s new location Located at 2000 S. Broadway in Edmond. Visit in South Edmond klemmssmokehaus.com. Look for the food truck locations, too!
Kamp’s 1910 Cafe
Edmond will soon boast the sought-after fare of Kamp’s 1910 Cafe. The signs and construction at 33rd & Boulevard are cause for celebration! Soon, the delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu of this renowned OKC
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icon will bring its signature dishes and deli favorites to Edmond. First opened in OKC in 2010, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Kamp’s Brothers Grocery Store in OKC, the restaurant took its inspiration from the quality meats and deli products at the store. Traditional deli foods with Oklahoma influences are seen throughout the menu and the handmade bakery goodies are irresistible. “We are seeing new things come to Edmond and we believe we can provide some new dining options that people are wanting to see,” says owner and Edmond local, Randall Kamp. “The cupcakes and cookies are always a hit,” he remarks. In addition, guests will find an extensive sandwich lineup, including a unique BLT with cream cheese and avocado, fresh salads and hearty breakfast entrees like biscuits topped with scrambled eggs and gravy. Yum! The hobo pie, like a pot pie, is also extremely popular. “There are a limited number of them, so you better come early if you want one,” Kamp admits. Kamp is also excited about opening a new location at the new General Electric Oil and Gas Research Center. Looks like we’ll be seeing even more of this famed cafe to come! Locations: 10 NE 10th St., OKC; OU Children’s Hospital, OKC, 33rd & Boulevard, Edmond. Visit kamps1910cafe.net for info.
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The Zu Sports Grill
There’s an exciting resurgence happening in the heart of our city! The Zu, one of the latest additions that opened in Downtown Edmond on March Pulled Chicken Slaw 1st, brings fresh taste and a fun vibe to Sandwich from The Zu the downtown scene. Forget what you know about sports bars. Here, families, sports fans and diners seeking excellent food all find a welcoming mood and menu. The spacious destination sports six large screen TVs and large booths with chalkboards for the kids, plus 12 taps, 25 beers and reasonably priced food made predominantly in-house, from corn beef and prime rib to daily smoked chicken. “The burgers and wings are topnotch,” remarks owner Nancy Meoli. “And some different things that you don’t see everywhere are our fried crackling pork rinds and footlong Angus hot dog on a homemade baguette.” With live trivia on Tuesday, drink specials, a late night kitchen and weekly live broadcasts from WWLS, this downtown spot is a new go-to destination for fun! Located at 16 S. Broadway. Follow them on Facebook. Laura Beam is a business and food writer and 20-year advertising and marketing executive in radio, newspaper and magazines. Share new business tips and trends with her on LinkedIn or email Laura@outlookoklahoma.com.
Science Fit by Morgan Day Amy Foskin, Science Fit Success Story
Amy Foskin, Edmond resident and CPA at Ernst and Young, recalls how she felt when she discovered Science Fit personal training studio three years ago—ecstatic was the word that came to mind. Foskin had been searching for a fitness plan she could work into her busy schedule, and Science Fit’s 30-minute, low-impact, highintensity workouts were a huge draw. Within weeks of starting her one-on-one sessions—just once a week—Foskin, age 50, had already noticed a transformation in her strength and energy level. “When you have the combination of this once-a-week workout with a low-carb diet, it’s amazing what results you do get,” she said. “If you learn what your limits are and push yourself to your limits, the progress and strength you’re gaining over the course of a couple months is just amazing.”
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Foskin also enjoys the variety of exercises she can perform on the facility’s machines, ensuring she never gets stuck in the same old routine. Dr. Trey Milligan opened Science Fit in May 2011, offering Edmond area residents a new, safe alternative to achieve their fitness goals. Science Fit offers clients 30-minute, private workouts in a cool, 64-degree gym (read: no sweating) with a personal trainer who’s focused on safety, proper technique and intensity. “What science has shown in multiple studies is that we reap many health and fitness benefits if we exercise in a high-intensity manner in short bouts,” he said. “We limit high intensity training sessions to 30 minutes to minimize the possibility of over-training and injury. The Science Fit protocol allows us to serve individuals across a wide spectrum of ages, from teens to those in their eighties.”
It was in Dr. Milligan’s role as a family physician and urgent care physician that the idea of Science Fit was born. He often treated patients suffering from diseases that were largely preventable or at least treatable with lifestyle intervention, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. “I would see people with a laundry list of medical problems and an even longer list of medications and think ‘wow, we need to do a better job of achieving health and fitness through lifestyle intervention. But how can we do that in a safe way that fits into the average person’s already busy life?’’ The answer is Science Fit’s efficient, effective and safe workout protocol performed once or twice weekly.” To learn more about Science Fit visit sciencefit.net. All visits & sessions are by prior appointment only.
Sit Means Sit by Austin Marshall Lukas Miller, Owner of Sit Means Sit
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that friendship requires discipline and encouragement from the owner. Sit Means Sit offers a variety of training and discipline techniques for your canine companions. “I think every dog owner should train their dog in some form or fashion,” says Lukas Miller, who owns and operates the Edmond facility. “It’s a great way to build on your relationship with your dog, no matter what stage of life or training they are in.” Despite his fondness for dogs, Miller didn’t own one until adulthood during his service in the Air Force. He got two dogs, a brother and sister, and got to work training them. “When I would get home, everyone else would still be sleeping. I’d take the dogs across the street to this field to train them.” Some issues, he learned, couldn’t be solved by offering treats as rewards. “I found out about Sit Means Sit and
was astonished about how amazing dogs could be, and how fast they could get results.” Miller decided to go from client to owner and opened his own Sit Means Sit location. Miller believes dogs are never too old to be properly trained. “Some older dogs learn a bit slower, but they still learn all the same in the end. It’s a beautiful thing to train older dogs because we see the stress dissipate from their owner’s life. It’s typical for us to hear we are an answer to a prayer. Better late than never!” Miller has trained hundreds of animals, but one in particular stands out. “Patrick is a six year old yellow lab. He is completely blind and has been his whole life,” Miller explains. The dog was often placed in a kennel and had developed a habit of spinning in circles, often to the detriment of carpet and blankets. “The Sit Means Sit system is successful with all dogs, but even more so with dogs that
have complications, like Patrick,” Miller says. “We focus on developing a great line of communication between owners and their dogs.” Patrick can now “place”—be told to stay in one location and not move without permission—and can also now find his way around the house without a problem. “Patrick is so much happier, as is his owner because she can communicate with her dog in a way she never could before,” Miller adds. Miller and the staff at Sit Means Sit enjoy seeing the progress made by owners and their pets. “We work with each dog and their owner to find a package which facilities their goals,” Miller explains. “Our goal is to deliver dogs that are well mannered, but we never remove the playful part of training.” Sit Means Sit is at 14624 Metro Plaza Blvd, Ste D, near 33rd St and Santa Fe Ave in Edmond. For more info, visit sitmeanssit.com, or by calling 673-5538.
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The Long Run
by Austin Marshall
Tens of thousands of Oklahomans have participated in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon events over the past 16 years. If you’ve ever watched the race from the finish line area, you may recognize Camille Herron, and for good reason—she’s won the event three times. Herron’s success in running extends far beyond the streets of OKC. Marathons aren’t even her longest race distance—she’s recently completed 100K (62 mile) races and has won races at the state, national and international levels. Herron was introduced to the sport in junior high. Subsequent success in track and cross country in high school earned her a scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where her career was cut short by a series of stress fractures and other injuries. Herron continued to run recreationally throughout her undergraduate career, studying Exercise and Sports Science with a focus on Pre-Med. Herron met and fell in love with Conor Holt, a six-time AllAmerican runner at the University of Oklahoma and a professional road racer. He helped to reignite her passion for professional running, later becoming her coach in 2004. “Through him, I learned how to live and train like an elite athlete. He
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taught me how to recover and run easy on my easy days, allowing me to go even harder in workouts and races.” The hard work paid off— Herron was running stronger than she ever had before. Herron pursued a graduate degree from Oregon State University beginning in 2007, which is where her running career really took off. She was now training at distances of 100 miles per week and using her running as a real-life experiment for her graduate studies (she focused on bone recovery). Eight years later, her accomplishments are astounding: qualifications for the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Trials; a two-time member of the US Pan-American Team; 20 career marathon wins; 2015 US 100K national champion; and a world record for a 50-mile road race. Her 50-mile world record was set with a time of 5:38:41—the equivalent of averaging a 6:45 minute-per-mile race from Guthrie to Norman. Herron had an active childhood, but didn’t fall in love with running until she tried out for the cross country team in eighth grade. “I loved the natural terrain and hills, and running through the wheat fields in Guthrie,” she explains. Success in cross country led her to join the track team, where she won 3 All-State titles during her high school career. Speed came naturally, but technique was a different matter entirely. “The longer the distance, the exponentially better I got! I used to hold my arms up high and tight, so my coaches had to really work on getting me to drop and open up my arms so I could breathe better.” Despite her early success, she was constantly fighting injury. “It wasn’t until I was an adult, running higher mileage at a slower pace, and coached by my husband that my body got healthy, consistent and started to flourish.” Herron’s favorite distance to race, until recently, was the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. “I’m gradually warming up to the 50 mile and 100K road distances and feeling more comfortable calling myself an ultra-distance runner. I like the ultra-distances because they are more mentally challenging and my mental and physical strength shines through.” Herron’s typical training week is just exhausting to read, much less complete. “I keep my mileage consistently high—120 to 130 miles per week, with two hard sessions and a long run. The rest of my training is easy running a moderate pace. I run twice a day every day unless I’m tired, and then I will only run once or take a day off. I do cross train—I’ve gotten back into full body strength training. I’m an endurance animal and need lots of long slow distance, with small amounts of quality and strength work.” With all that exercise, her diet isn’t too restrictive. “I grease my engine with the things that make me happy. For as much as I run, I just need calories, wherever I get them from! I don’t believe in taking a lot of supplements, but I do take a multivitamin.”
Herron has advice for recreational runners wanting to improve their speed and endurance. “Get a coach, train with other people, keep a training log with your mileage and be consistent! The body likes to move frequently and consistently,” said Herron. “Run more miles. Rather than running Personal Records only three to four days per week, 16:46 break up the runs into shorter 5K 34:39 runs and build up to five to six 10K 1:12:34 days a week.” Adding in speed 20K work is secondary to the mileage, Half Marathon 1:16:36 2:37:14 but it helps. You need to train fast Marathon 3:20:58 to race fast, she adds. “I operate on 50K 5:38:41 a two-week cycle of doing short 50 Miles 7:08:35 intervals, hills, long intervals 100K and progression runs, with two or three days of easy running Achievements between.” 2008, 2012, 2016 US Olympic Many amateurs, Herron Marathon Trials qualifier explains, don’t focus enough on 20 time marathon winner in 12 the little details that make all different states the difference. “Sleep well, eat
3 time OKC Memorial winner well and frequently through the day, hydrate and minimize 3rd American at the 2011 NYC Marathon stress levels. Make running a top priority to improve!” Herron’s 2015 US 100K National Champion own life is a great example of US Championship Record, fastest how to reconcile professional 100K ever on American soil obligations with an active lifestyle. 2015 IAAF/IAU 100K World “I work full-time as a research Champion and Team Champions assistant, so it’s a fine balance 4th fastest 100K ever and 2nd managing the stresses of my job fastest 100K ever by an American with the stresses of running.” World Road Best for 50 Miles at Herron hopes to repeat her the Fall 50/US Championship previous success at this year’s Memorial Marathon. “I’ve had some real struggles each time I’ve run it—usually the weather makes it challenging. I would say my favorite part is whenever the wind is at my back!” If you’re at the finish line of this year’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, Camille should be easy to spot. She’ll be one of the first racers across the line, if not the first, and will do so with a smile on her face. To learn more about Camille’s accomplishments, visit www.camilleherron.com.
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Children’s band Spaghetti Eddie combines learning and music in an exciting way Brendan Parker taught himself to play guitar during middle school. However, while practicing Nirvana tunes, he never thought, “When I’m 30, I’ll have a fan base of two to six year olds.” And yet, this local celebrity, known as Spaghetti Eddie, has found children and parents to be a rockin’ good audience. “It’s surreal to play a gig and see kids dancing and singing like Spaghetti Eddie is their favorite rock-n-roll band,” Parker said, “They act like we’re celebrities—even though we’re singing songs about colors and cats.” Becoming Spaghetti Eddie was an accidental journey that began six years ago when Parker and his wife, Carrie, became godparents. Instead of a traditional gift, Parker decided to write five songs for his goddaughter, which he recorded on his home computer. “I didn’t have kids at the time,” Parker said, “but I’m young at heart and a little goofy—so I wrote about things I thought kids might like.” The mother made copies of his CD and passed it around to her friends—who demanded more. So Parker wrote five more songs, which included a silly song about a noodle-loving guy named Spaghetti Eddie. Those ten songs became Parker’s first album. During the album’s final stage, Parker hosted a Name the Album Contest. Suggestions included variations on ���Make Believe with Brendan,” but Parker’s older sister, Caitlin, hit upon the final idea. She was designing the artwork for the CD cover and decided to create Spaghetti Eddie as a character. Spaghetti Eddie clicked as both the mascot and the album name, and the band name naturally followed. Initially, Parker played solo. The first time he was invited to sing at a local bookstore, he sang to a musical track, much like a karaoke performance, but having no opportunity to interact with the audience stifled him as a performer. To improve his stage presence and meet the growing demand to perform at libraries, schools and events, Parker added drummer Todd Parsons to the mix. Spaghetti Eddie has now played hundreds of gigs, from birthday parties to baseball games. They’ve become regulars at non-profit events, the Festival of the Arts and Read Across Oklahoma. “Our producer, Erick Alexander, is amazing. He understands our fan base, and sees the vision for fun, silly songs,” Parker said. “He’s creative and often thinks of little touches that improve our recordings. He’s worked on every album, and last year, he replaced Todd as the drummer.”
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Brendan Parker and Erick Alexander of Spaghetti Eddie
In some ways, Spaghetti Eddie follows the formula used by most children’s bands. Each album includes a movement song, like Freeze or Stomp Your Feet, a mix of fast and slow pieces, and a final calm song. What’s unique about the music is that instead of relying upon highly repetitive lyrics, he follows the more traditional verse-andchorus storyline format heard on the radio. Parker’s laid-back continued on next page
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personality comes through in his music. His uncomplicated guitar-anddrum sound could easily pass in the adult market— that is, if the lyrics didn’t focus on zoo animals, trains or monsters Photo Courtesy of under the bed. the Peace, Love & He finds Goodwill Festival it high praise when a parent admits to listening to his music after dropping the kids off at school. Parker hopes that someday he’ll record for adults, “But now is not the time,” he said. “I have a fan base that is anticipating the next album. Kids grow up quick, so I have a sense of urgency.” In six years, Parker has released four CDs and is currently writing songs for a fifth. He loves the writing process, which brings out his “inner kid.” Now that he has two sons, age three and five, it’s even easier to find song topics that appeal to children. “Songs come to me in many ways,” Parker said. “It might be something my son says, a silly phrase, or a catchy melody. My kids are great test subjects for what works and what doesn’t, because they are
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very honest. They definitely want a superhero song on the next album.” Although Spaghetti Eddie primarily performs in Oklahoma, the band has found a unique niche in the international market thanks to YouTube. One song in particular, called Body Parts, is being used to teach English. “I frequently get emails or class-made videos from teachers in Portugal, Japan, Spain or Germany who are using our music to teach basic words. It’s like, ‘Wow! Some class in Russia is singing my song every day.’ It’s such a good feeling to know that our music is useful around the world. I wish I could bottle that.” Parker’s local fans also provide plenty of positive encouragement with comments like, “My daughter learned the days of the week because of your song.” One woman recently told Parker that her sixyear-old daughter was devastated when singer, David Bowie, passed away—because she’d planned on marrying him. “The mom heard our music playing while she was on hold with a toy store. She looked us up and played our YouTube video for her daughter. The little girl came out of her depression and said, ‘He’s my new David Bowie.’ It’s humorous, but music has a strong effect on people—it can bring people out of great sadness or get them through a tough situation.” Parker’s goal at concerts is to provide clean, family-friendly music. He never tries to force the audience to participate, choosing, instead, to allow listeners to respond as they choose. “We encourage kids to move to the action songs, but we’re pretty laid back if they’d rather sit and focus on the story-side of the song. I’m not a teacher, but it’s a proven fact that music is a good way to channel emotions and teach things. That’s why I write songs that are fun and teach at the same time.” To purchase music or see Spaghetti Eddie’s performance schedule visit thespaghettieddie.com.
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by Chloe Shelby
As the days get longer, sleeves disappear and the flip-flops enter the scene, it’s evident that summer is just around the corner! However, along with summer comes the dreaded bathing suit. Don’t worry though; here are some tips from a local expert to help tone up prior to putting on that bathing suit. Brent Wilson, a registered dietitian at Integris, works in an outpatient setting and focuses on diabetes education and prevention, as well as weight management. In his teens, Wilson was eating way too much fast food, processed meats and sugary beverages and missing out on essential vitamins and minerals. He was unhealthy and dehydrated. At 18, when Wilson found out he had high blood pressure that required medication, a body mass index in the obese category, and diabetes not far behind, Wilson decided it was time to make a lifestyle change for the better. “I found that eating real, wholesome foods, not only makes us look better, but most importantly, it makes us feel better,” said Wilson. “And who doesn’t want more energy?”
Change Your Lifestyle
While Wilson recommends a complete healthy lifestyle, and not just a quick weight loss for the summer months, he shares some tips that will help people get lean and feel confident before heading out in their bathing suit. An easy option is to remember is to eat real foods. Foods that come from the earth—think fresh fruits and vegetables—are high in fiber and keep people full longer. Choose protein from sources like fish, eggs, nuts, chicken and beans. When someone bases their meals around vegetables, fruit and lean protein, they will quickly reach their health goals. “As a nation we have become dependent on fast and convenient food—but unfortunately these are often filled with empty calories, saturated fat and sodium,” said Wilson. People trying to lose weight should also keep a food log to hold themselves accountable and better understand their daily eating habits, and where they may get off track. Not only can writing it down help people resist that candy dish because they don’t want to note it, but they will also see how misguided they may be when it comes to portion size. “Use phone apps to help you see the nutrition information in the food you eat every day, and consider the portion size,” said Wilson.
blood sugar, initiating insulin production, which leads to weight gain and the development of Type 2 diabetes. Instead, focus on complex carbs like whole grains and fruits. It’s similarly time to say goodbye to processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, sausage and bologna that are loaded with saturated fat and staggering amounts of sodium. These foods cause cholesterol and triglycerides to skyrocket and ultimately can lead to heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Wilson references author Michael Pollan in his quote “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” To lose weight, eat natural food from the earth, measure portions, keep a food log and eat mainly vegetables. When looking to drop a few pounds, most people would be surprised to hear that eating snacks throughout the day actually helps one lose weight. Snacks can fuel metabolism as well as keep people from overeating at their next meal. Wilson recommends snacks to have a source of protein and fiber, which will help people feel full longer. For example, eat fresh fruit paired with string cheese or a handful of nuts; 100% whole-wheat toast with peanut butter; or carrots and hummus.
Preparation is Key
The most common issue when people aren’t successful in their weight loss is lack of preparation. Not having healthy foods around the kitchen will cause people to choose fast and convenient foods, which are usually poor choices. Meal prepping can keep people focused and on track. Wilson suggests choosing one night a week to meal prep—clean produce, pack snacks and make a weeks’ worth of breakfast and lunches. Generally, someone can determine how many calories they should consume in one day by multiplying their current weight by 11. This number is the calories needed to maintain current weight. If they want to lose weight, aim below that number and add some exercise! “Stay positive, there will always be ups and downs. The most important thing is that you don’t let those slip-ups ruin your progress,” said Wilson. “Trust me, I know weight loss is tough, but you can do it!”
What to Eat
So what shouldn’t someone eat before hitting the beach? Wilson says two things immediately come to mind, simple carbohydrates and processed meats. Simple carbohydrates cause a rapid rise in
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Brent Wilson, Registered Dietitian
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Lawyers for Children by Heide Brandes
In Oklahoma County, a child is removed nearly every day from their home due to neglect or abuse. The county then holds an Emergency Show Cause hearing, where state agencies, lawyers and a judge determine where the child goes next. Every child in Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services care is required to have an attorney represent him or her throughout the entire process. With 11,300-plus children currently in the custody of the state— two-thirds of that number in Oklahoma County alone—the demand for lawyers for children is great. Take into account that the Office of Juvenile Justice only has a handful of juvenile public defenders to work both the neglected children and the delinquent children, the workload becomes nearly impossible to imagine. Because of that need, a specialized non-profit volunteer organization was created to protect the rights of abused, neglected and deprived children at hearings, which are held five days a week, 52 weeks a year. These volunteer lawyers provide legal representation to thousands of children in “the system,” fighting for what is in that child’s best interest.
Identifying a Problem
In 1997, Oklahoma City attorneys Don R. Nicholson, II and D. Kent Meyers attended a Child Watch Tour, where they and other attorneys visited the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center and the Pauline Mayer Shelter. The two men were shocked at what the system had to deal with.
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“Many people do not realize that every child taken into state custody is required by statute to have an attorney,” said Tsinena BrunoThompson, executive director for the Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. “There were 3,000 kids and only four public defenders working those thousands of cases, including the delinquent cases. Obviously, the hearings would be pushed back and back because there are only so many hours in a day. In addition, these defenders are expected to know every detail of every case, and that’s just not possible.” After that tour, Nicholson and Meyers started recruiting volunteer attorneys to help these children. At first, the effort was tough. Not many attorneys were versed in juvenile law, but the number of attorneys willing to be a part of this organization grew and grew. “I was in the first batch of volunteers,” said Bruno-Thompson, who was a commercial attorney at the time. “I was happy in my commercial world, but Don came in and said we needed to talk. He told me about a case, and the case was horrific. He said, ‘This child has no one. Will you help?’ I was hooked.” In 1998, the Oklahoma County District Court Judges signed an administrative order allowing OLFC to be assigned cases directly from the Juvenile Public Defender’s office in order to begin representing the 5,000 children in the juvenile justice system at the time. By 2011, another administrative order authorized OLFC volunteers to be appointed in special circumstance cases arising in the District Court of Oklahoma County. “Some of these cases, you just can’t believe,” Bruno-Thompson said.
“The horrible stories you read in the paper? In reality, it’s five times worse. I don’t think most people could handle the facts that bring kids into the state’s custody.” Each case is different. If the circumstances are found to be “heinous and shocking,” then the parents are not given the ability to try to rehabilitate to have their children back. These crimes include instances of sexual and physical abuse as well as extreme neglect. Other times, parents can work to correct the situation and problems in order to have children returned home.
Becoming a Solution
Today, more than 1,600 volunteers work with Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, 1,037 of whom are attorneys. The volunteer attorneys also provide Guardian Ad Litem services, assist children in obtaining medical and mental health services when needed, provide children with information and assistance and prepare them for life outside of foster care. Because many attorneys do not specialize in juvenile law, the OLFC provides basic training in juvenile law for volunteers and also provides in-depth training, trial practice techniques and training on various other matters affecting the welfare of children of all ages. “When kids are first taken into state custody, it’s chaotic,” said Judge Cassandra M. Williams, who was a volunteer with the organization before taking the bench. “You’re trying to get as much information as possible about what has happened, what the issues are. These volunteers are in for the long haul. You have to spend time with the child and figure out what that child’s best interests are. It’s not an easy volunteer position.” Outside of the courtroom, the work continues. Volunteers help Oklahoma County children in foster care or shelters by coordinating
Tsinena Bruno-Thompson, Executive Director for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children
foster home reassessments, hosting an annual free tennis clinic and outdoor picnic and organizing a mentorship program for foster kids nearing adulthood. Funding is also a challenge for the organization. OLFC does not receive state or county funding and relies on fundraising efforts like the annual gala it hosts every fall. “We have between 2,500 to 3,500 kids a year,” said BrunoThompson. “We represent every child that comes into custody and do the daily dockets. We are talking about children’s lives. We’re talking about children and families.” OLFC accepts donations, which can be made by calling 405-232-4453. To volunteer or learn about the organization, visit www.olfc.org.
Painting the Town
by Lance Evans
Five Oklahoma artists are ready for the Downtown Edmond Art’s Festival
Oklahoma is a big piece of fine art. Just walk outside and look up at the beautiful April sky. You’re definitely marveling at its brilliant blues and soft oranges. This spring, several local artists will help you see the beauty that surrounds our state all draw some inspiration from the Sooner State. The beauty of events like the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival is the abundance and variety of talent that consumes the show. From oil paint to hand-blown art and photography—there truly is something for everyone.
Pop Art by Chris Cargill
Chris Cargill is an Oklahoma native who currently resides in Edmond. Naturally, Oklahoma has inspired his work. “Although I have worked with oil paints, I currently work with acrylics on mixedmedia paintings,” Cargill said. He has garnered local notoriety for his portrait of a famous Oklahoman. “One of my favorite pieces I’ve done is a portrait of Kevin Durant,” he said. “When it was displayed at different festivals, it was always fun hearing people say, ‘Look, it’s Kevin Durant!’ as they saw the painting and then watching all the other people start looking around for the real Kevin Durant.” This year, Cargill will be a featured artist at the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival. The experience gives Chris a chance to get up close and personal with his hometown supporters. “I think events like this festival are important for artists because they help provide exposure for the art as well as a venue to visit with other working artists,” he said. “The visitors also provide useful critique and reinforcement to your artistic endeavors.”
Edmond Memorial graduate Andrew Boatman loves sharing the gift of art with his supporters. “I create hand-blown art glass. We work with 2000° molten glass to create a wide variety of pieces,” Boatman said. The uniquely stylish pieces he designs are definitely conversation starters all inspired by the natural beauty of Oklahoma.
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“I keep trying to capture the colors of the sunset in a vase,” Boatman said. “The people, sounds and colors create within us a way of being. I think that comes out in the endeavors of the people.” Boatman believes events like the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival create an interesting opportunity for art consumers. “It is important for people to see art,” he said. “To see how accessible it is. Folks can begin collecting what they like and hopefully even engage in creating art in their own lives.”
Bixby, Oklahoma native John Kennington is also hoping to share his passion this year. The photographer has maintained a 45-year career that spans from dark rooms to digital jpegs. “As I got busy with my children and work, I went through many years not doing much other than snapshots of my family,” Kennington said. “About 8 years ago, after my kids were on their own, I spent more time in the field birding. The vast and varied landscapes of Oklahoma inspired me to start getting serious again about photography.” Kennington thinks that every novice artist should consider taking their work directly to the people. “Nothing beats participating in an arts festival and showing your work to thousands of people and hearing their immediate feedback. When a stranger actually buys your work so they can display it in their home, you know you are succeeding!”
Bart Gernandt has grown his craft through many conversations with patrons of arts festivals. “I’ve lived in Oklahoma since I was 12,” he said. “I think the colors I see in the sunlight or nature is where I get my ideas.” Gernandt family was initially his greatest support system. His first piece was a painting he completed in hopes of finding a complementary art piece to go with a new comforter set that his wife picked for their bedroom. After receiving accolades from friend and family members, Gernandt decided to enter the painting titled “Acid Rain” into one of his shows. Only a few hours in, the family jewel was being sold to a new admirer. “It was pretty emotional,” he said. “Your family likes it, but you take it with a grain of salt. When you see other people coming through, even if they don’t buy it, you feel good that someone appreciates it.”
Kevin Byrne is hoping that art lovers appreciate the functionality of his pottery items. He’s been to nearly a dozen art festivals in Oklahoma and he notices that people still appreciate fine art that serves a purpose. “At festivals you can go around and see what other potters are making. Functional things are key.” Byrne is known for his colorful bread bowls. While all of his items are practical, they are also showcase pieces. In addition to using them to serve your favorite dishes, his items will also enhance your home décor when displayed as the intricate pieces of art that they are. Byrne enjoys making pottering mainly because clay is his favorite material to work with. “The material is so open-ended,” he said. “It’s kind of like people, if you educate them and nurture them, it’s amazing what they can do.” Visit the Edmond Arts Festival April 29-May 1, 2016. Head to downtownedmondok.com for more info.
Stephanie McGathy, Body Painter by Bethany Marshall
How long have you been a body paint artist? My first paid body painting was about 18 years ago. How many bodies have you painted? More than 100. How did you get started in body paint? About 20 years ago I was working as an airbrush artist. While working with some other artists on a large preorder of airbrushed t-shirt designs for a client, I got a bit bored doing the same design over and over again. One of the guys was shirtless so I told him I was going to paint the design on his chest. Technically that was my first “body painting.” Shortly after, one of the other artists heard about Coca-Cola needing airbrush body painters for the Super Bowl that year in San Diego and I was hired. Next year I was the primary coordinating artist for the event in Florida where we painted “Fanatical Fans” every day for a month. How long does it take to body paint someone? I’ve done body painting for quick cameraready shoots in under two hours. For Sports Illustrated (SI), there are several things that happen throughout the body painting like interviews, several breaks, hair and make-up, etc., so it can take upwards of 12 hours. We try to let the model sleep through it so they can be fresh for the camera. Do you know what you are doing before you start? To do a good body painting, you really need to work out what looks best on the body. One design might look good on one girl, but on another, it may not be flattering. For SI, we have specific suits picked out for each model ahead of time so we have time to figure out what would work for each design.
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How do you prepare a body for painting? The model needs to be clean without lotions or deodorant since those can affect how the make-up stays on the skin. If it’s nude painting, obviously no hair except on their heads.
Rhonda Rousey with Stephanie McGathy
What is your favorite part about body painting? I love seeing the reactions of people as they do double takes when they realize the “clothes” are really painted on. What was it like working on a project of this magnitude? This is my 5th year on the body painting team with SI. The crew is amazing and we all work very well together. Even though the work has long hours that lasts for several days, we get to go to beautiful and tropical locations. How was working with Ronda Rousey? With any of the models, you try to make it a very relaxed atmosphere. Ronda was very eager to be body painted and within moments she was quite comfortable with us and was joking and telling stories. We actually painted Ronda twice since the first time the photos were leaked by paparazzi. The second time we saw her, it was like we were family. Is this your most prolific artwork to date? If not, what other work have you done? This was our first cover for the SI swimsuit issue. Our other SI cover was Giancarlo Stanton last year where we painted on his Miami Baseball jersey. I’ve worked five years for SI body painting on models including Kate Upton, Erin Heatherton, Alyssa Miller and more. How long does the paint last? For quick photography in studio, we can use water-based make-ups. For SI, our models shoot in humid, warm environments, go in the ocean and lay and frolic on the beach. For this our make-up must not only be waterproof, but be able to stand up to pounding waves and sand. Do you ever get a little sad knowing it will be washed away? Not really, since there are always lots of pictures that last forever. On the SI shoot, we usually work overnight and into the next day so by the end of it you are so tired that all you can think of is going to sleep. For more info about Stephanie McGathy, visit trendytribals.com
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