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October 2013

Shay Sharpe’s

Living IN A

Pink Wishes

Make-up Fantasy

wABI sABI

fAVORITES OF a culinary Professional

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Fierce Women

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SHAY SHARPE Mother, Advocate, Entrepreneur & Breast Cancer Survivor

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NICOLE PALERMO Her Fantasy of Becoming a Make-Up Artist Turns into Another Type of Fantasy

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Salon Success Event with World-Renowned Speaker Geno Stampora at Corbin Salon

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Caught On The Equator Finding the Fire Within

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Transform Your Health, Transform Yourself Series II of VIII

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On the Cover

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Shay Sharpe of Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes, www. shaysharpespinkwishes.org, was photographed by Alana Beall of Vanity’s Edge Design, www.vanitysedgedesign.com

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Wabi Sabi A Culinary Professional’s Favorite Dish

23 RECIPE Open Face Ravioli

A Make Up Artist’s Fantasy

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Get Ready to Get Covered What the Affordable Care Act means for Women

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Meet Terry Kleeman Compassionate Volunteer Makes BARCS into What It Is Today A LOVE STORY Jess and Phil


Women & The Future of Health Care

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Jess & Phil

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Geno Stampora visits Corbin Salon!

22 Most Memorable Meals

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cannot believe how many intelligent, unstoppable, courageous and sophisticated women there are that surround us every day. We get so caught up in our daily lives, our own obstacles and forget to realize that the women around us are dealing with maybe not the same situation, but something similar. Collaborating and working together to get through our daily lives is so important, I cannot stress it enough. If you’re like me (or the old me), you think you can do it all yourself. You’ve figured it all out and you don’t need anything from anyone. I love being independent. It makes me feel empowered. But it wasn’t until I started B Woman Magazine that I realized how much more we can accomplish, by partnering and sharing experiences, that we can get so much further in life. It is my mission to rebuild that lost connection and rediscover what it means to be an independent woman. Yes, we do need to be self-sufficient and look out for ourselves, but as we all know, you can’t get anywhere in life alone. All of these women mentioned in the October issue are fierce. They bring so much to the table and won’t settle for anything less than achieving their full potential. As you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. In this issue Shay Sharpe, our “Cover Girl” and a breast cancer survivor, will share her experience, her trials and triumphs and her passion for her foundation – Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes. We have all been affected by this horrific disease in one way or another and we cannot fight it alone. Shay’s story just proves the importance of us women forming bonds with one another. We will then hear from Nicole Palermo as she shares her journey of following her dreams and becoming a make-up artist. But she couldn’t do it by herself! She works with other amazing women to reach her dreams. Something we all should do! Be sure to see what else is going on in this month’s issues - there are so many great things! As always, I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of B Woman Magazine. B Fierce, B Passionate and B Empowered!

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Shay Sharpe Mother, Advocate, Entrepreneur, & Breast Cancer Survivor Written by Beth Kurtz Photography by Alana Beall of Vanity’s Edge Design

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magine you are the typical 26 year old woman. You have a great job, you met a wonderful guy, go on to get married, start having children and you begin to build the life you’ve always dreamed of. Everything is perfect, until find out that you have become the one out of eight women that will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This is the story of Shay Sharpe. She had it all, made more money than most women did at her age, had a beautiful daughter, was wearing the hottest labels, walked around with designer bags, and ate out at high end restaurants not just once a week, but a few times a week. But before she knew it, she would loose it all. Cancer took everything. The first thing Shay lost were her breasts, followed by her money, then her luxury/material items, and finally the 401k. She lost a physical part of her, something that most women feel defines them, their women hood. She battled the mental part of being broken down, and having things taken from her one after another. Then, at 27 years old, she had to file bankruptcy. She sold everything she had to be able to

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afford her medical expenses to fight the cancer. Keep Shay reflects on the moments after her diagnoin mind that she had insurance, and a good job. But ses: “I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at the it was never enough, the bills kept coming! She never age of 26. At the time I didn’t know that young women knew what was going to be next. “It took for me to could get breast cancer. I thought that it was an old loose everything, and hit rock bottom to see the things woman disease; I felt alone, so I searched the web and I didn’t need,” says Shay. found another young lady who also had breast cancer. If there was one thing cancer wasn’t going to Her name was Somer and she turned out to be my savtake, it was her life. ior and foundation. Shay’s family, esI wasn’t aware of any pecially her mother, had groups that catered to already been through a lot. the needs of young womShay’s mother had three en and I often thought of children. Her mother creating one. I felt that lost a son, Shay’s brother young women my age when he was 19 years old, were being ignored until six months prior to Shay’s a couple years later; I met cancer diagnosis. Shay’s two women who invited sister had passed away at me into a group that fojust 6 months old. Shay cused on young women never wanted to question with my disease. While God, but she could not unbeing involved with that derstand why her mothgroup, I began mentoring er had to endure such other young women, telltragedy. And as if things ing my story in the comcouldn’t get any worse, munity and volunteering Shay got a call from her full time. I felt like the doctor and he told her she young women could eashad cancer. ily relate to me because I Shay was home looked like them. I wasn’t when she got the the older lady portrayed heart-rending call. She in most commercials and had just been diagnosed on the billboards. with stage III breast can My experiences with cer. So many things ran that group afforded me through her head. She with the opportunity to “You are never fully back to life. thought about all the meet many inspiring Every relationship is forever things she should have women. Some of changed. Those who you thought young done, should not have their stories touched me without a doubt would be at your in a way that I will never done, and wish she could side, were nowhere to be found. It’s forget. The most heartfelt have the chance to do. a whirlwind and it never goes back testimonies came from After she received to the ‘old normal. You must learn the stage IV breast cancer the phone call, she cried for about 3-4 minutes and how to live with your new normal.” patients and I formed a then stopped. She was not special bond with them. I going to feel sorry for herself; she was not going to con- have walked a few of them from the beginning to the tinue to cry. She gave herself no other choice than to end of their journeys. They have shared their fears, fight this. “I told myself there was no other thing to concerns and wishes with me. Each of these relationdo but beat this. I have to win. I had to do it for my ships, especially the one that I formed with a young mom.” Shay was determined and would do everything lady name Dana, has granted me with more strength, she could to not allow cancer to take her mother’s last power and an increased purpose.” With all of her exchild. She was the only child left. periences, Shay knew she could make a difference in

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these women’s lives and wanted to continue to help others. Thus, in 2011 she formed Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes. Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes (SSPW) grants wishes to young women, age 40 and under who have been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Terminal is defined as having 1 year or less to live, as determined by their physician. When SSPW is not granting wishes, they are sharing cancer resources and mentoring young women who have been diagnosed or affected by breast cancer. This is actually where Shay spends most of her time when she is not fundraising for a wish. “We are also often speaking in the community, across the US and on social media forums, educating our peers on the importance of knowing your body. Young women CAN and DO get breast cancer!” states Shay. Shay runs SSPW full time. She does a lot of mentoring all over the world. She receives text messages and emails around the clock with questions from cancer patients 10

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and their loved ones. She is often up at all hours, so she can support her fans in different time zones, as far as Australia. Shay is often asked how she can be so strong. She says, “Sometimes I say it so much, I don’t think about it.” She thinks back “oh yeah, that did happen to me, I did go through that.” When she’s asked how she deals with it, she just says, “I did not choose this life, it chose me.” She loves what she does for others, granting wishes to women who find themselves battling cancer. Without SSPW, Shay knows these women may not be able to do the things they want because cancer often takes all of your energy and the inspiration that is needed to go on. Some of them might not be able to spend so much time with their children, see another Christmas with their family, or spend a romantic evening with their husbands. SSPW provides them with that opportunity. In a recent photo shoot for the cover of B Woman Magazine, Shay was able to have her current wish recipient at the shoot. Her name is Charelle Barnes and she was able to assist Shay as her “unofficial personal assistant” by “doing a little bit of everything, grabbing makeup, pulling shoes, lotioning me down while my make-up was being done,” Shay explains. “It made my day.” The doctors told Charelle last summer to prepare her home for hospice, she could die any day. It is a year later and she is still here! She does not always feel up to life’s challenges, but that is what makes these women so amazing. When

Charelle gave SSPW her wish, her first wish was to live. “I cried all the way home wondering how I would grant this wish. All that I could do was pray on it” says Shay. “That was last summer. This spring, I received a call from her husband thanking me for everything that I have done for Charelle. He said since she has met SSPW, she is so busy running around behind me that she has not been laying around the house being sad, worried or thinking about dying. She is so full of life.” When Shay told this story at the Komen Symposium, the MC of the event stated, “Shay, you have granted her wish. You have given her life.” It is moments like these why Shay continues to run SSPW, even when funding is difficult to find, grants are not available and she has nothing left to give. She also makes time to educate her daughter, who has been along for her mother’s journey from

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the very beginning. Shay started her journey with an “I’ll be fine attitude” and did not want anyone’s help. She was independent and did not ever want to be a burden. But then she realized that she could not do it all alone. Many of her friends and family wanted to help, but just didn’t know how to. Her daughter is 19 and is attending college in Florida. She has watched her mother’s fight with breast cancer first hand. She’s seen all of it, even watched her hair fall out. It has been very hard on her. As a young woman who has a family with the history of breast cancer, Shay’s daughter has opted to get a preventative mastectomy. This past summer she had an ultra sound to ensure she did not have

any cancerous cells. Shay wants her daughter to know that “it’s more than just getting your breast removed. It leaves life altering scars and it takes a toll on you mentally.” People think that once you are done radiation and chemo, you are done. But that is not the case. You still have hospital visits, exams, and debt to clean up. Shay still takes on average 20 pills a day. She will more than likely be on them the rest of her life. “You are never fully back to life. Every relationship is forever changed. Those who you thought without a doubt would be at your side, were nowhere to be found. It’s a whirlwind and it never goes back to the ‘old normal. You must learn how to live with your new normal.’ ” Shay is an amazing woman. She is selfless and makes what seems impossible, possible for these women. Her organization, SSPW, just celebrated their second birthday in July and she is so proud of their accomplishments. So far, SSPW has worked with 4 wish recipients and assisted with the Christmas lists of 2 families. “We have touched countless lives through our social media sites, public appearances and print,” says Shay. What Shay does is difficult for anyone. Having to relive her experience through each woman’s stories and assist them to what may be their last day. But Shay would not want it any other way. She truly is an angel in the human flesh. “If I had to go through all of it again, to be able to help everyone out that I have, I think I would... Yes I would.” To learn more about Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes, visit Shay’s website at: shaysharpespinkwishes.org. Shay Sharpe, the President and Founder of SSPW, is always happy to talk to those who are diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. She can be reached at: 754-444-PINK (7465). Please also visit Shay’s social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please help to make a difference by making a donation through PayPal.

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Individuals: Please visit the website: www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org to make a donation. Industry/Business Owners/Event Planners: Choose SSPW to be your charity of choice to support. I’m asking you to add $1 charity to every ticket sold to your event to be donated to SSPW. It’s easy! 1,000 people attend your event = $1,000 to Shay’s non-profit. Show your support!

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Her Fantasy of Becoming a Turns into Another Type of

Make-Up Artist Fantasy Written By: Nicole Palermo Photography By: Alana Beall of Vanity’s Edge Design & Jill Gately of Jill Gately Photography

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hroughout my life, I have always had big dreams. I used to stare into the sky when I was little and think of all of the beautiful possibilities, hoping that one star would be mine. I am still a dreamer at 41 years old, and I have to say, it keeps me young and feeling alive, tired some days, but definitely fulfilled. Today I believe that with all of those beautiful bright stars in the sky, maybe I can have more than just one! So I keep pushing myself, embracing others, and believing in dreams coming true! 12 B WOMAN Magazine / October 2013

I am hoping that my story will inspire, someone to never give up, to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, and to give you hope in doing something that you love to do! It started for me, when I was little. I would slip into my mother’s heels, and take out my Tinkerbell makeup, with glitter lip gloss and let me tell you, I thought I was the cat’s meow! Glitter stills makes me feel that way, although I have to incorporate it into my look a little differently now. I was so drawn to makeup. The gorgeous pastel colors, textures and even the

smell of it! As I got older, I would wait for my mom to leave for work. My mom was such a girly girl. Her makeup was sitting there waiting for me, calling me. So I would quickly open up all the jars, and tubes then I would dip all 10 fingers in the products. I was not allowed to wear makeup in the 7th grade. Silly rule! After I had all of my product samples, I would run into my bedroom and start applying it to my face. The key was to blend it so much that my mom could not notice before she kissed me goodbye for work. So this is how I learned how to


blend, and create subtle makeup that was not too noticeable. This journey in makeup, was not that easy I have to say. My mother wanted me to go to college and to get a degree. She was a single parent, and her main focus was my future. So she worked very hard to give me everything, and to make sure I had opportunity at my fingertips. I am very blessed to have a mother, God-mother and family that supported me. My only problem, is that I was an artist who did not have a clue on how to take my passion and turn it into a career. So I received my AA in Business management at Essex community college in Baltimore and then I transferred to Towson State University. I will keep this short and sweet, my poor mother will have to read this again and remember what I put her through. I changed my major 4 times. Finally ending with Health Science in my 5th year of college.. I should have gone to a beauty school, but at the time I had no idea how to make a career out of Makeup Artistry. I floundered, for years. Changing my mind as much as I changed my style, which was every day. I had every job you could imagine: Vacarro’s bakery sales girl, personal trainer, waitress, Victoria Secret Sales rep, receptionist, cleaning maid, Nanny, MCI telemarketer ( I lasted 3 days) Hostess, Bartender, and I think that is it for now. One crisp fall day, I was in class, day dreaming of course about my future, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed to pursue my passion, follow my dream and make it happen for myself. The courses were not in college, although my business degree ended up being a true force in my career. Beauty school at the time was not the right answer either, only because I did not want to do hair, the cutting and the coloring. I wanted to be a Makeup Artist, and not just any makeup artist..I wanted to be an amazing makeup artist! It did not matter if I worked with celebrities, or women that lived next door to me, friends, and family. I just wanted to make people feel beautiful, to make a difference in the way we look at ourselves. Touching one face at a time, connecting with others, and learning about their lives as well. So I called my mother, who had just about heard every career choice mentioned every other month, and this time I said “Mom, I am going to be a makeup artist!” I think I heard a thump on the ground, She responded “Really? How do you plan to make a career out of doing makeup?” Mind you, this is 24 years ago! I responded, “Well, that is a great question, and

my answer for that is “I have no idea!” That is when I started to cry, and the last thing I said to her was: “please believe in me.” Her response: “I will always believe in you no matter what you do, and I love you.” Those words “I believe in you” created that fire and passion that I needed to push myself! I bought a beautiful suit, heels, pulled my hair back in a bun, and I made sure my makeup was flawless. I marched right into Macy’s and asked to speak to the Estee Lauder manager (Estee Lauder was one of the top lines back then, not too mention, Estee Lauder owns most of the cosmetic lines in the department store now! I expressed to the manager, that I loved makeup, that I was an artist, but did not have trained experience. She smiled, and said that she loved meeting me, and would call me one way or another in the morning. I wanted this job so badly! So I left and I waited for that call. The next morning I woke up, and just as she had promised the phone rang, and I heard those words that I wanted to hear so badly. “ Nicole, we are calling to let you know, that we would love to have you work for Estee Lauder!” To me this was the break I needed, to get my foot in the door, and to get my hands in makeup. Once you make the move, and you make things happen in the beauty industry, I promise you the doors will keep opening for you. I worked for Estee Lauder for 1 year. I then went out for a position in DC, working at a beautiful Salon and Day Spa. I worked for the Nina Ricci line, and started freelancing for the salon. My celebrity moment, came from working in DC. My boss had sent me to one of the hotels one day, and I will never forget it. Charleton Heston opened the door! I was going to do his wife’s and daughter in laws makeup for a black tie event that evening. They were wonderful people. Although my hands were shaking that’s how nervous I felt. After about a year working in DC, I decided I wanted to work for MAC. So that was the next star I wanted to grab for myself. I worked for Nordstrom’s at the MAC counter for 7 years, with the most amazingly talented artist’s that I have ever worked with to this day. They took me under their wing, and embraced me with their creative talents and helped me to sculpt my makeup skills. I still freelance for MAC, and as an artist, this was the training that I needed to jump-start my career. This counter was everything to me. MAC opened all the doors for me. I started doing weddings, TV work, print work,


fashion, special events, Drag makeup, lessons, and of course Proms. Every day a new job would come my way, and every day one of my MAC friends, would call on me for something as well or give me a job that maybe they couldn’t book. LIFE was finally

feeling like I had a sense of control. Things were starting to happen! After many years at MAC, I created a reputation for being a Bridal Freelance artist, and for doing makeup for special events. It was time for me to spread my wings and fly. So I decided to start a Bridal Business, and to leave the MAC counter so that I could be out on my own. I will never forget telling my boyfriend (now husband of 15 years) that news, and then asking him which room I could take in our home and create my new studio. Poor guy was in shock. I was leaving my security, my MAC family, and pretty much jumping into an ocean. Not sure if could swim that well. The good news, is that I did swim, and I have been swimming ever since. I started my bridal business Happily Ever After LLC. I put all of the puzzle pieces into place, and prayed quite often. The weddings started to roll in, one colorful wave at a time. First 14

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I would start out with 1 wedding a month, then it went up to 2-3, sometimes 5. It was exciting! My husband was even getting excited! His color started to come back in his face. Now I am booking 4-5 weddings a weekend. I used to book a month prior to the big day, and now I am booking 1-2 years in advance. I truly feel blessed to be able to work with someone on one of the most important days of their lives. It can be stressful, I am not going to sugar coat that fact, nerves can get the best of people on a day like this. The day can be very intense sometimes, but most of the time it is amazing, and over the years I have learned ways to help my brides during the getting ready process by keeping things calm and fun at the same time. I thought, why stop here, why does the journey ever have to stop? So I started to add things to my business that I loved doing..creating one of a kind jewelry, canvas paintings to sell, an organic skin-care line, and working with amazing photographers for magazines, print work and photo-shoots! The possibilities are endless. I started a Bridal/Pinup Boudoir business where I work with some of the most talented photographers in the industry such as Jill Gately, Maria Linz, & Natalie & Jamie of Borrowed Blue Photography. We create one of a kind sultry photo-shoots with a pinup style, Victoria Secret Sexiness and the wow factor for our clients. Most of the brides create photo-albums as their bridal gift to their groom’s. Our clients sometimes like to mark something special in their lives by purchasing one of our packages and spending a day shooting with us. I think every woman in the world should experience a Boudoir Shoot. I know I have talked every friend I have into posing and they love it. Not only does it make you feel sexy, it makes you feel confident. This year, just when I thought things would slow down a little, but still feeling in my heart something big was about to happen, I met an amazing woman by the name of Alana Beall the Owner/Photographer of Vanity’s Edge Design. We met and instantly

were kindred spirits. We decided to collaborate and create something a bit out of the box, what happened next was nothing short of amazing. We would create photo-shoots for teens and children that were so magical that it was like nothing I had ever seen. My artistry was being pushed to new heights. The best way I can describe it is “A Fantasy Day,” a dream world, that once you enter it, you just want to stay for awhile and embrace it. Alana creates one of a kind artist back drops, and her photography feels like something from another world. We hire talented hair stylist’s such as Mindy Whalen who does everything from weddings, TV, print and boudoir styling, and Amy Bees who is an amazing stylist and creative educator at the Color Lab Academy of Hair. Alana, usually will find other talented artist’s to bring in on the projects and collaborate. Such as Mobtown Florals, and Rae Beth one of a kind head pieces. So for one day, you get to be something magical, and the smiles on our client’s faces are priceless.

I didn’t think I could be any happier, until my journey opened one more amazing door for me just recently. In a freelance artist’s world, your weekend is your profit zone, and during the week you feel elated when you get hired for makeup jobs or styling. It is like a golden ticket. My dear friend Amy


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Bees called me, to tell me that the Color Lab Academy of Hair located in Bel Air Maryland was in need of a Makeup Artist Educator. I am a little bit more skeptical now that I am older. My first thought, was this is too good to be true so it probably is. I’ll never forget that day, getting ready to meet with Claire Santiago, the President of the Color Lab and an educator herself in Cosmetology. I sat down with her for about an hour, and in my heart I knew that this was going to be a major piece of this puzzle. I loved her! She let me tell her all about my career, but not like a normal interview, it was more like two women talking about the industry, where we have been, and the direction we are going. The big picture! I felt like she understood my life as a freelance artist, and I could see all of the opportunity she was creating with her school and her dreams. The energy felt positive and I felt like I was in the right place at the right time. Amen!! I was hired that day, and I am not going to lie, I cried. Yes I did, big fat happy ARTISTRY TEARS! Not only did I get the position for teaching a Makeup Artistry course. This course would include all MAC PRO Products, someone pinch me! I was given the opportunity to develop and design the Artistry course for the School. My dream job! 24 years experience, and hard work and to this day I am still in love with MAKEUP. I designed a one of a kind course where our students learn everything. How to work with MAC Pro products, how to work with Vegan /Mineral makeup, Fantasy makeup, Correctors, Era Makeup, Runway and Airbrush Artistry just to name a few. I am now surrounded by talented Educators with 10-40 yrs experience. We are now partnered with Vidal Sassoon, as a Sassoon Connection & Wella Signature School, our Educators teach, cutting edge skills & trends, with the latest & hottest tools. We are educating a new generation of stylist’s and Makeup artist’s, every year to go out into the world, and apply themselves and reach for the stars. If you are looking to embrace a career in Cosmetology you can receive more information from www.TheColorLabAcademy.com I can honestly say, that I feel complete in my career. I love being an educator and my freelance business is my passion. I don’t have to search anymore, I can sit back and appreciate the hard work now....and think about how to give back to all those wonderfully talented souls that have helped me on this path. Lets not forget, a big BRIDAL SHOUT out to all of my gorgeous brides, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I appreciate you more than you will ever know. Most importantly, if you are that person that is thinking of doing something more fulfilling, making a change in your life that embraces your passion, just realize you only need one person to believe, and that one person is YOU. To me Love, Balance, and feeling beautiful are universal needs that all women share. I have been touching faces for 24 years, and I love creating looks that make women feel good about themselves. Working with brides, models, actresses, and children for the latest photography trend “Fantasy Shoots”, is every artist’s dream. I am living mine, and I don’t want it to ever end. - Nicole Palermo

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Salon Success Event with

World-Renowned Speaker Geno Stampora at Corbin Salon

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eno Stampora, Worldwide Beauty Industry Expert & Speaker, visited Corbin Salon to share his recipes of success with beauty artists of the local Baltimore Metro Area. It was an educational and entertaining seminar which provided invaluable training to attendees. Geno’s expert advice has been used by business owners all over the world to help them achieve success more quickly and with less challenges by teaching them what it took him years to learn and

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develop through his own trial and error experiences. The beauty experts enjoyed hearing the stories and lessons learned from Geno’s time spent as a stylist himself. The private event was hosted by Corbin Salon - Baltimore’s first and only Phyto Concept Salon. With a philosophy that emphasizes on innovation and learning, Corbin Salon consistently researches and offers the latest developments in hair cutting, hair coloring and hair treatments - allowing their Stylists to turn your hair into a masterpiece.

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Caught On The Equator

finding the fire within

Written and Images By Heather P. Shreve

Based on a true story about what can happen at 0 degrees latitude ..

“The beauty of Perspective is she brings Truth. Truth lights our way until we grow into a flame.” H. P. Shreve I was only nineteen and unsure; uncertain whether I would remember my sublime journey to East Africa in all her glory and detail. I took no notes, did no sketches and was without paper or brushes to record any part of my adventure. Except for a camera and my memory, I had left it all to chance… When I left for Kenya at age 19, before cell phones, computers, and even Out of Africa, I was completely in the dark. I was unaware that there had just been a major coup against president Daniel Arap Moi in 1982, that ivory poaching was at an all-time high, and that Kenya was on fire with corruption. I was naïve to the fact that there were many Americans, and others, who turned up missing, murdered. I didn’t know that president Moi had 18

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just reinstated the ‘Detain Without Cause’ law. Now, looking back, my journey into equatorial Africa in 1983 was relatively simple…the way out was not. Within twenty-four hours of arriving in East Africa, I got what I came for - something to remind me of Africa, proof that I was here. In that roadside tent of the Maasai that day, I traded some old jeans for two bone rings and a bracelet. That beautiful white bracelet turned out to be ivory. Dr. Erickson, the zoology professor from Towson University and Darsi, our guide, said it was probably just that. Ivory was banned in 1975, and so by wearing it, I was at risk. They said ‘no one would notice’, and ‘pre-ban ivory was everywhere.’ Somehow, I had already forgotten what I had brought with me; my integrity and the heart of a conservationist. Since I was young, my life amongst nature on our farm had inspired me to paint animals. In the era of Born Free, Jane Goodall and Louis Leakey, I was drawn to the greatest place on earth to see animals; Africa!

When I arrived at Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi, Kenya my focus was on capturing the flora and fauna on film for my paintings; that was it. Even though, the landscape was barren and alien, it was exotic and everything I had hoped for. With our group of ten, we struck out into the bush for 3 ½ weeks of camping. Soon, I realized this was much more than I had bargained for! And as our driver, Ekevu, took us over the edge into The Great Rift Valley, it was clear that I was going to be on God’s good humor. At that moment, I fell in love with Kenya. Ekevu would show me the majesty of nature on a grand scale. In joyful suspense, we would see it all! My first glimpse of Kilimanjaro and its crown of swirling snow left me breathless. I was mesmerized in the Maasai Mara Reserve as the equator melted the red hot sun into the horizon every day. I was energized by air that was always fresh and clear at dusk. The lions roaring enchanted me. The insects chirping at night soothed me. In the morning, the smell of Chai made over an open fire awakened me. The whir of


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a ten thousand pink flamingo wings at Lake Borgoria captured me, as did so many other moments. Standing against the endless open African sky I was anatomically small, and yet I felt immense. Truly alive, I was caught in the moment. Day after day, I would see the veil that kept life from becoming death. Challenged at every turn, I crossed the semideserts of northern Kenya; one hundred miles on foot and with camels. But the biggest test was yet to come. In the final leg of our trip, aboard the famous Uganda Railroad, we made our way to the coral isle of Mombasa on the coast of the Indian Ocean. There, we would rest and set up camp on Diani Beach. As my brown toes became acquainted with hot sand this amazing stretch of white wilderness engulfed me in blinding light. A blank canvas, my body was a singular silhouette casting a long violet shadow. Like a new painting it was peaceful yet vibrant, full of possibility and freedom. Gazing east out over pristine aqua waters I became one with the ocean. In that moment, we were wildly beautiful together. Yes, I had wandered through Kilango cha jaha - the

“Gate of Paradise”. However, this paradise would soon bring together a cascade of circumstances, far beyond my wildest imagination. Tim, a high

school kid from Maryland, would contract a high fever- malaria! He just barely survived, and the day he recovered, we walked down the beach with another young boy, Patrick. Soon, I would see my grandmother’s words; Let the devil take the hindmost, underway. If there was ever a time when the hindmost was up for grabs, it was this day in 1983. Even

with my newly honed instincts, I didn’t feel the atmosphere shifting. My small steps in Kenya were about to converge, for better or for worse, at the tipping point. As we walked joyfully along, we were not aware that a stranger had been shadowing us. Following us from a distance, he watched and waited patiently until the right moment. Then, with no warning, he closed in and pounced! Stepping right up beside me in a grey-green safari outfit, he blurted out, “Jambo, Miss. Jambo?” Completely caught off guard, I wheeled around and to face him. “Excuse me, vijana miss ya, I want dat bracelet.” He got in front of me and tried to stop me. I just stared at him and quickly said, “I’m not giving it away.” Sensing danger, I turned and kept walking. He persisted and said, “I’ll give you 200 schillings for dat bracelet, Ma’am.” “No thanks…” I said, trailing off as I turned. “It’s not for sale.” “But, Miss, I am de police, Miss. Askari, de police!” I stopped again. “How do I know that? Do you have any identification?”

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“No, not today…” Skeptical, I had heard of common thieves posing as police, I turned away again. “Let’s go. Now!” I said under my breath to Tim and Patrick. Silently, we hurried up the beach. The hair on the back of my neck was on end now. The “policeman” seemed to give up, at least for now. Feeling responsible for my two younger companions, I decided we should turn around and head back to camp as soon as we could. First, though, I wanted to create a wide gap between the stranger and us. So we proceeded north on Diani Beach, towards Malindi. After that my whole life spiraled out of control. In the end, people drifted into my life at exactly the right moment to save me. Yet, in my darkest hour I would gain my greatest clarity and light. It would become the flame that would light the rest of my days. Back home, it appeared that I had little to show for my ordeal, but dwelling in the wild places and seeing my mortality had given me something I couldn’t touch; the most important questions in life. Who are you? What do you stand for? How far will you go? In fact, I left the equator with everything I would ever need. Yes, now I can see. Hindsight being the clearest vision, I see the portrait of my life as it has developed. Like a piece of canvas pulled around wooden strips- the strength always comes from the stretch. As it turns out, coming to Africa to see the animals was the easy part. The hard part was seeing myself. ■

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To find out more about Heather’s adventure and arrest in Africa, go to www.caught-on-the-equator.com, or see the trailer on You tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2xU5d40gE0 Buy the book at: http://www.amazon.com/Caught-Equator-Finding-Fire-Within/dp/147923883X In the words of John Muir, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” Intuitively, this has been Heather’s perspective and belief since she was very young and continues to perpetuate these ideals through her pursuits. Caught On The Equator, Finding The Fire Within began with the premise that perspective brings truth and that we cannot see ourselves clearly, or find our ‘fire within’, until we go deeper. And that, sometimes, our greatest gifts lay in the unknown. Heather has logged over 30,000 hours behind the brush and continues to support conservation efforts around the world, including elephants but also rhinos in South Africa. Currently, she is helping a vet in S. Africa with his own book ; POACHED! Her company will soon become a 501c non- profit foundation, so that her books, her art, and her writing will continue to bring awareness to our beautiful planet and keep people, and wildlife, thriving.

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that leaves others feeling sad and always sympathetic, your words are probably not empowered words. If they leave people inspired and uplifted, you are probably on the right track. As an example, this could have been my old story; ‘I am a 46-year old single mother with two kids whose lost her business and am struggling to make ends meet.’ (How sad is that?) New story; ‘ I am working actively on becoming a thought leader in health and changing the world through my stories, insights and art.’ (OK, that’s much better.) Remember, you are more than your circumstances, more than who you are right now. Your age and circumstances have no bearing on where you will be tomorrow. Your homework this week: write down your old ‘story’, look for dis-empowering words, then re-write it if necessary. How you see yourself is very important in who you become. And remember, the legacy you leave is the action you take. Until next time, look up. That is where life is. ■

Transform Your Health, Transform Yourself Part II of VIII By Heather P. Shreve

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ne of my heroes, Thomas Jefferson, once said; “If you want to know who you are, don’t ask- Act! Let your actions delineate and define you.” I prescribe this often as we have become less good at ‘doing’ and better at ‘talking.’ In this section, we are going to look at the first invisible force and then get into action! The 21 Club: How many times have you started going to the gym (or something else) and six months in, you are back to your old patterns? Well, this invisible force is the underlying cause for that reoccurring theme. It takes humans 21 months to change thought patterns at a fundamental level, to change behavior, or learn something new in order to master a new lifestyle. Just knowing this one tid-bit gives you the power to plan! Once you are there- you are free! I use the famous race car driver, Danika Patrick, to demonstrate this process. 1. Unconscious Incompetent- She doesn’t know cars exist, nor how to race one. 2. Conscious Incompetent- She now knows what a car is, but still doesn’t know how to drive 3. Conscious Competent: She knows how to drive a car, but hasn’t mastered racing. 4. Unconscious Competent: She knows how to drive/ race very well, and no longer has to ‘think’ about it. Words Create Worlds: I can’t emphasize enough how the words you use, drive your destiny. If you are repeating a ‘story’ about yourself

Heather Shreve is a certified Wellcoach ™ (ACSM) certified personal trainer (ACSM), creator of the Drawn Into Wellness™ Platform, author of Caught On The Equator, Finding The Fire Within, and Drawn Into Wellness; Train Your Brain to Create Lasting Change and Doodle Urself to Health for Teens, is a mother of two and has logged 30,000 hours as a fine artist.

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Wabi Sabi A Culinary Professional’s Favorite Dish

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s a culinary professional and perpetual student of food, I’m often peppered with questions: “Most memorable meal?” “What’s right for a celebration?” Or simply, “What’s good for dinner?” Sifting through my taste memories a clear pattern emerges. My most gratifying meals have involved simple, quality ingredients prepared with exceptional care. A few years ago, I stumbled upon a Japanese concept that defines deep moments of appreciation: Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature. An online source describes it this way: It’s simple, slow and uncluttered, and it reveres authenticity above all. It is not surprising then, that I experienced several of these moments the year I lived in Japan during my early twenties. Spending a few days in Kyoto with an art history friend, we walked from early morning to sunset through the cold winter streets in and out of temples and museums. He was in charge of our Asian art studies, and I was in charge of choosing the restaurants. Famished and freezing, I crumpled my list of researched possibilities as we ducked into a noodle bar. A rough ceramic bowl of steaming udon noodles in broth was placed before us. It was impossible to imagine ever being cold again. 22 B WOMAN Magazine / October 2013

“Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature... It’s simple, slow and uncluttered, and it reveres authenticity above all.”

Years ago, friends from Kentucky arrived for a brief visit. From their car, they retrieved a basket of their farm produce picked moments before they headed to Baltimore. Together we prepared an impromptu summer lunch. The crazy colors and shapes of their tomatoes energized me. This was my first glimpse at heirloom varieties and I was converted on the spot. We cut the tomatoes, still warm from the long car trip, and randomly laid the slices on a white platter. I snipped a variety of basil leaves from the pot on my porch and casually added them. We sprinkled French sea salt. I put a bottle of Tuscan olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar on the table, along with local cheese and bread. As a peach and nectarine cobbler baked in the oven, its aroma gaining momentum as we caught up with our news, we relished our feast. A more recent memory captures a late night dinner with friends after an afternoon of preparation

did not flow according to plan. Our pasta sheets were homemade-gorgeous—and we kept sneaking spoonfuls of fresh ricotta, but after two failed attempts at making mozzarella we were out of milk and too hungry to try again. We surveyed the contents of the refrigerator and

the vegetables from my friend’s garden. By 10 p.m. we were enjoying a still memorable dinner of openstacked lasagna with ricotta and sautéed wild mushrooms, roasted vegetables, and 97’ Brunello. My dinner advice is simple. Shop at farm stands and farmers’ markets. Stock your pantry well. Relax and keep it simple. Honor your ingredients. Opportunities abound. Appreciate. ■


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Open Face Ravioli By Harriet Dopkin, The Classic Catering People Serves 4 to 6 people. INGREDIENTS 2½ cups pasta flour 3 whole eggs 1 egg yolk 2 to 3 tablespoons water, if needed DIRECTIONS Mound flour on flat work surface or large cutting board and make well in the center. Place the eggs and egg yolk into the well. Using a fork, beat the eggs lightly, then slowly drag the flour into the egg with a fork to incorporate. Continue to mix the ingredients, eventually using your hands to knead the dough together. Add water if needed. Knead for about 10 minutes until elastic and smooth. Cover with inverted bowl and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cut dough into eight pieces, covering the dough that you are not using. Press the first bit of dough as flat as possible and lightly dust with flour. Run through pasta rollers at the widest setting (6). If it is crumbly at first, press it back together and run it through again. When the sheet holds together, move to the next setting on the pasta rollers. In between each pass, fold in thirds and send it through each setting at least three times starting at setting number 6 and finishing at number 2. After the dough has passed through setting number 2, cut to desired width. Lay sheets of dough out until ready to use.

To Cook: Place pasta in a pot of well salted boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain. INGREDIENTS 1-2 Shallots, sliced very fine 1-2 lbs Mushrooms, domestic and wild, sliced 1-2 tbsp olive oil Salt Red Pepper Flakes 1/4 cup white wine 1/4 tsp fresh thyme 1 lb local fresh or homemade ricotta DIRECTIONS Heat pan, add olive oil and sauté shallots until soft. Sauté mushrooms add white wine and reduce by 2/3. Add salt, red pepper flakes, and fresh thyme. TO SERVE: Layer sheet of pasta, ricotta, mushrooms, repeat if desired.

Harriet Dopkin serves as president and partner of The Classic Catering People in Owings Mills. Cooking since she was eight, Harriet has had a life full of culinary adventure. After pursuing a degree in the Classics at St. Johns, she went on to study the culinary arts in the U.S. and Japan. Backed by an ever-expanding library of cookbooks, great food reads and collaborations with international friends, Harriet loves to introduce new flavors, cooking techniques and producers to Classic’s kitchen. She enjoys gardening, experimenting with different heirloom vegetables and sharing them with family and friends, as well as working with local children in Classic’s cooking camp and the Days of Taste food discovery program. She can be contacted at hdopkin@classiccatering.com.

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Get Ready to Get Covered What the

Affordable Care Act means for Women

Written By Jenny Black, President & CEO, PPMaryland Photography by Dan Anderson Photography

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ith all the news about healthcare reform, know best as “Obamacare,” many of us are still wondering what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for us and our families. At its core, the ACA means that all Americans will have access to insurance, and cannot be denied insurance for any pre-existing conditions. To support this goal, the ACA requires that everyone get a health insurance plan, either through our employers as many of us already do, or on our own. Those who do not

“The good news is that now, millions of people who haven’t been able to afford insurance will get financial help to do so. For many people, insurance has been simply too expensive for too long. The ACA fixes this problem.” choose to enroll for insurance will eventually pay a fine instead. The success of the ACA depends on everyone, young and old, healthy and not, joining health insurance programs together - to spread costs evenly and help stabilize our healthcare industry. The good news is that now, millions of people who haven’t been able to afford insurance will get financial help to do so. For many people, insurance has been simply too expensive for too long. The ACA fixes this problem. Enrollment in new health insurance plans begins on October 1, and Planned Parenthood of Maryland is already working to educate our communities about what the new healthcare law means for them. On 24

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our website, through our social media, or even during a regular visit to one of our 8 health centers across the state, we are working hard to make sure Marylanders are ready for these changes. Nearly 12 million women between the ages of 19 and 44 will be eligible for health insurance coverage. In Maryland, there are 196,542 eligible uninsured women in this age group. Nationwide, nearly 2 million African-American women and 2.5 million Latinas currently uninsured will have access health insurance. The bottom line is, millions of women will have access to health insurance for the first time – and that makes this a very exciting time in our country’s history.


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We hear often, “Why is it so important for everyone to have health insurance?” Our best answer is that it means if you or a member of your family gets sick, you won’t have to worry about astronomical medical bills forcing you into bankruptcy. These horror stories are a thing of the past under the ACA. Under the new healthcare law, it also means all health insurance plans will have to cover preventive care, including birth control and well-women exams, without a copay.

There’s more good news:

These new insurance plans CANNOT deny you coverage if you have a pre-existing condition – whether you’ve had a C-section, received treatment for breast cancer, or if you have diabetes. Once again, discrimination that can be so common in the private health insurance industry today disappears with the implementation of the ACA. Planned Parenthood is proud to be the nation’s leading provider of healthcare to women. And Planned Parenthood of Maryland is here to help our friends and neighbors in Baltimore understand the law, have the information they need to enroll, and know what to look for

in an insurance plan that will meet their needs. For over 85 years, Planned Parenthood of Maryland has been providing confidential, expert women’s health care – and that’s not changing. If you don’t have health insurance, or you do, we’ll be here to give you the care you need. That’s how we live our motto: Care. No Matter What. ■

Find out more about how the ACA will impact you and your family by visiting Planned Parenthood of Maryland today, calling us at 410-576-1414, or online at PlannedParenthood.org/Maryland. @PPMaryland

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Meet

Terry Kleeman

Compassionate Volunteer Makes BARCS into What It Is Today

Written by Beth Kurtz

Mission: To accept and care for all animals in need and promote responsible pet ownership for a more humane community in Baltimore City.

That is the mission of BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc.), a non-profit organization created in July 2005 to take over the operations of the city shelter and to work directly with Baltimore City Animal Control. BARCS is responsible for taking in homeless, neglected, and unwanted animals in Baltimore City. A lot

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of their success is due to their compassionate volunteers. The volunteer department consists of about 90% females. The women there are trustworthy, unselfish, caring and go above and beyond for the animals at the shelter. They put the mission of BARCS on the top of their priority lists and balance it with the family, work and personal lives. This month’s featured volunteer is Terry Kleeman. Terry started volunteering with BARCS around eight years ago, right when it first became a non-profit in 2005. Being one of the very first volunteers, she has helped to build their organization into what it is today, and she continues to help them grow to achieve their vision. When she came on board, there were so many things to do, but not enough people to do them. Terry jumped right in and helped with anything that was needed. Whether it be the dish-

es, laundry, walking the dogs – it didn’t matter, Terry was more than happy to pitch in. She also learned to administer daily medications and clean cages if they were shorthanded, and give vaccines as they were needed. As BARCS grew, the organization created more centralized processes and offered training for each of the tasks needed to be accomplished. Terry got to be a great help in making this happen. Terry’s specialty is bottle feeding foster kittens. When kittens come in without a mother, sometimes only hours or days old, they need round-the-clock care which includes providing a safe, warm space and being fed and “pottied” every 2-3 hours. When they reach 4–5 weeks old she is responsible for introducing them to wet and dry food and a litter box. Some of the kittens come in sick with upper respiratory infections, which creates an even stronger need for volunteers like Terry. She had to learn and now teaches others how to give medicine to the animals. Some


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family. According to Joe Miof the kittens may be able to letti, Volunteer Program Maneat, but still need to learn to ager, “She is a true asset to socialize. It is the socializing BARCS, and we are forever and learning to be around indebted to her generosity.” people that makes them You can make a differmore adoptable. Terry is ofence too! BARCS is always ten asked how she is able seeking volunteers and doto give them up, after formnations. Their partnership ing such a strong bond. Terwith Baltimore city requires ry’s response: “if I can’t give them to take in every animal, them up, I can’t help anoththerefore, there is always er animal.” Once Terry has raised a litter and takes them Photo by: Brian George, Enrichment Coordinator at BARCS help needed. Stop in and assist for a few hours, or become down to the rescue for adoption, Over her time volunteering, a part of their dedicated team of she is usually handed another litter right away. The need is so great Terry has fostered close to 100 an- volunteers. Check out their Faceimals, transported 100+ animals to book page (BARCS Animal Sheland never ending. Terry is proud of her com- rescues and hospitals when need- ter) to see what they need, which mitment to BARCS. She feels that ed, is a “regular” at their monthly is often posted there. Your dedica“it is rewarding seeing how it was in low-cost vaccination clinic, assists tion will not only be beneficial to a the beginning to how the program in their surgery and vet tech depart- local organization and the animals, has changed. It is amazing how far ments, and to help prevent return but you’ll leave there feeling good they’ve progressed over the years. adoptions Terry holds inexpensive about yourself too. For volunteer I love being a part of it. It’s very ful- Family Dog Training classes for opportunities, contact Joe Miletti, filling.” Every time she leaves the new adopters to help their dogs Volunteer Manager, at Jmiletti@ shelter, she feels good about the learn basic manners so they be- BARCSAnimalShelter.org, or 410come a welcome member of their 396-4695. ■ impact she has made.

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ing Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin. Phil had planned to propose in Paris, specifically, in the dome of the Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica. However, the dome was closed that day and no amount of begging or bribing by Phil was enough to re-open it for the proposal. Having to completely change his plans, Phil and Jess walked around Montmartre for hours waiting for it to get dark. When it finally did, they happened to be walking down a side street by the Basilica just as the Eiffel Tower lit up. Jess jumped up on a curb to take some pictures of the tower, and when she turned around Phil was down on one knee. Exactly a year later, Jess and Phil celebrated their wedding on June 21, 2013. When they originally picked the date, Jess and Phil had no idea that both sets of maternal grandparents would be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary that very same day. They had a traditional catholic mass at St. Joseph’s Monastery Parish and had the reception at the American Visionary Art Museum.

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October Events Dogfest Featuring Paws On Parade Walkathon

DATE: October 5th HOURS: 10am-5pm LOCATION: Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136 DETAILS: Baltimore Humane Society’s Dogfest featuring Paws on Parade Fundraiser Walk is Saturday, October 5th. It’s a dog day extravaganza for pets, pet owners, and pet lovers that benefits animals in need of care and refuge at the 365 acre no-kill shelter. This Family Fun day will include a fundraising walk, activities, games, events and contests galore! MORE INFORMATION: To Register, visit: http://dogfest.org. For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org.

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1st Annual “Tips For Tatas” Fundraiser

DATE: October 5th HOURS: 7pm LOCATION: The Phoenix Emporium, 8049 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043 DETAILS: Miss FIT has partnered up with The Phoenix

for a Guest Bartending night! All tips will be added to our Race for the Cure fundraising goal of $15,000. Grab your friends, have a drink, and help save the Tatas! MORE INFORMATION: Call us at (410) 747-1680 or visit: www.MissFITBaltimore.com

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DATE: October 10th-13th HOURS: Preview Event 5:30-8:30pm. Sale through Oct 13th. See website for Store Hours. LOCATION: Ruth’s Closet, 9131 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills 21117, Valley Village Shopping Center (back/lower level) DETAILS: One Great Thing 2013, a fundraiser for the House of Ruth Maryland. Shopping extravaganza at Ruth’s Closet, upscale resale boutique, for fashionistas and bargain hunters alike. Luxury coats and outerwear. Designer handbags, boots and shoes. Fine and costume jewelry. Accessories galore. Preview Event October 10th 5:30-8:30pm for ticket holders, $20 each, limited to 125 women. MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.hruth.org

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B Woman Magazine is

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Sunday, October 27, 2013 Join Team B Woman for a 4 mile fundraising walk!

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y at Stadium Place 900 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 Registration begins at 8am and Event Program begins at 9am For more information: www.BWomanMagazine.com/hope (443) 278-3823 info@BWomanMagazine.com

One Great Thing 2013

Hammers & Ales Party & Fundraiser DATE: October 19th


B POETRY

HOURS: 6pm-10pm LOCATION: M&T Bank Stadium, at 1224 Wicomico Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 DETAILS: Please join us at the Baltimore Community ToolBank to celebrate our inaugural Hammers & Ales Party and Fundraiser! Coinciding with Baltimore Beer Week, Hammers & Ales will feature good music, delicious food from Mission BBQ, and of course, great beer! They’ll also be raffling and auctioning valuable prizes to raise money to support the ToolBank’s mission--serving Baltimore-area nonprofits, churches, schools and community groups. MORE INFORMATION: Tickets are just $50 and can be purchased at www.hammersandales.eventbrite.com.

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Wear It Out Wednesdays

DATE: October 23rd HOURS: 6pm-9pm LOCATION: 225 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21212 DETAILS: This summer, Embassy Suites Baltimore Downtown is hosting “Wear it Out Wednesdays” Baltimore’s monthly fashion showcase cocktail hour. MORE INFORMATION: Call 443-864-4246 or visit: http://www.wearitoutbaltimore.com

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Mrs. Maryland America Pageant

DATE: October 26th HOURS: 7pm-10pm LOCATION: Crowne Plaza, Baltimore North Hunt Valley, 2004 Greenspring Dr, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 DETAILS: Married women from all across the state will compete for the title of Mrs. Maryland. The winner will advance to the Mrs. America pageant, the premiere national pageant for married women. Come out and support the most accomplished married women in the state of Maryland! MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://mrsmdamerica.com

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B Woman Magazine is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

DATE: October 27th HOURS: 9am LOCATION: American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 DETAILS: Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, so we’ve decided to make a difference by walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And B Woman Magazine wants you to join us. MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.BWomanMagazine. com/hope or contact Beth at info@BWomanMagazine.com

The Bird and the Fish By: Carin Donadio

The moon and the sun share the same sky, But never shine brightly together. Is this the life we have chosen? The one we will live forever? I am trapped, I cannot breath. It’s me, not you, who has been deceived. You are a fish and I a bird. With you I drown, And am no longer heard. I gasp for air, but fail to see. There is no air in the water that surrounds me. I cannot find you. My vision is blurred. And then I remember, You are a fish and I a bird. You swim and I fly. You laugh and I die. Would you transform yourself? If given the chance? Change who you are on the whim of romance? I would change my being, If it would make you love me. I would have sold my soul, And headed to your sea. Given up my freedom of the wind and the sun; An act of sacrifice that cannot be undone. I would have done anything, been anything, That you had preferred. And then I remember, You are a fish and I a bird. I have wished for you on every star. I sail your waters. So close, yet so far. A fish out of water could take a new meaning, Or a bird without air, I fear I’m careening. I think about what life would be like, If you and I were the same. But when I think of you and me, I just look for someone to blame. Who put us in such an impossible situation? To make me love someone I cannot have. Lured me with disgusting temptation. For our hearts will remain unheard. Because I remember, You are a fish and I a bird. Carin Donadio is a devoted mother, sister, and dedicated psychology student who has always been passionate about the arts. Her interests include acting, writing, music, singing, and drawing.


F A M I LY F U N ! and FI NE FOO D! FURRY FRIENDS! PAWS ON PARADE Fundraising Walk

Saturday, October 5

Walk 10 am-12 pm • DogFest 10 am-5pm

BALTIMORE HUMANE SOCIETY

1601 Nicodemus Road • Reisterstown ENTRANCE FEE: $10 • Buy Your Tickets Online

WWW.DOGFEST.ORG

The Festivities

E FOR THES CANIN ! • Best Kisser

• Best Trick • Best Costume • Bowling

• Paw Painting • Pick-Up Ducks • Dog Swim • and More!

DEMONSTRATIONS • AGILITY • RESCUE GROUPS Moon Bounce • Crafts • Play Area FOR TH!E S KID Plenty of Food! Free Parking! no retractable leashes allowed

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ONE GREAT THING

sterling silver hoop earrings

A FASHIONABLE SALE

October

sheared fur reversible vest

10-13, 2013 Preview Event October 10th 5:30pm-8:30pm

bakelite bangle bracelets

at Ruth’s Closet Valley Village Shopping Center 9131 Reisterstown Road Owings Mills, MD 21117 Preview Tickets go on sale September 3rd for $20. Purchase at Ruth’s Closet or online at www.hruth.org

italian leather-lined boots

For more information call 410-581-9780 or visit www.hruth.org

Ruth’s Closet

donations & Purchases support the

Shop with a Purpose, Donate with a Passion

Ruths.Closet.HRM designed by

Kristin Knoerlein

www.kkdesignonline.com

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Wacoal Presents Fit for the Cure® Event on 10/10/13 at Bare Necessities of Greenspring Station to Benefit Susan G. Komen® for the Cure In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Bare Necessities of Greenspring Station is participating in Wacoal’s sponsored Fit for the Cure® event to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. To date, this annual multi-location event has donated more than $3.5 million, held over 12,500 Fit for the Cure® events, and fit over 604,000 women! A guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 will be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by Wacoal. Spread the word and bring your friends to this special event so that we can work together to increase that donation and make the 2013 Fit for the Cure® the most successful yet! Who is Susan G. Komen and what does Susan G. Komen® for the Cure do? From ww5.komen.org: “Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested almost $2 billion to fulfill our promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries.” How can you participate? It’s Easy! A donation will be made to Susan G. Komen for each woman who stops by the shop for a professional bra fitting by our Wacoal Fit Specialist, and no purchase is necessary! An additional donation will be made for each purchase of a Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra. Make Thursday, October 11th your day to stop by the shop for one of your bi-yearly maintenance fittings. Every woman should have her bra fit checked a couple of times a year to retain support and comfort, especially if she has had changes in weight, is a new mom, has recently finished breast feeding, or undergone surgical procedures for augmentation, reduction, or reconstruction. How does Wacoal say, “Thank you” for participating? Wacoal will give an exclusive gift with $80 purchase while supplies last. When you use the fun cosmetic bag and wear the signature pink panty it will always be a reminder that you participated in THE BEST nationwide event in the lingerie industry to raise money for breast cancer awareness! Many of our lives have been touched by a relative, friend, or co-worker who has been diagnosed with breast cancer or who is part of a support network for someone who has been diagnosed and may be undergoing intensive treatment. Check out the great resources that Susan G. Komen for the Cure® provides on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and community support networks for those in need at ww5.komen.org. We look forward to seeing you on October 11th to make your contribution to this amazing event and the organization that created it! Don’t forget to wear pink to show your support!

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