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Publisher’s Prattle Winter is behind us and spring is here! Woohoo! I love all the seasons but spring in Kentucky is just the best! As well as the beauty of the season, think of all the events we celebrate in spring…..Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation, Father’s Day, weddings, not to mention spring break, opening of the pools, and daylight savings time! On the subject of new beginnings…Flair welcomes a new contributing writer. In this issue you will find “1/2 Full Of” by Patty Sue Sutherland. Some of you may know Patty Sue. If you know her, you are well aware of her creative sense of humor and her comical way of relating everyday occurrences. If you don’t know her, you are in for a treat! Look for the glass 1/2 full! How about a new look...we have a MAKEOVER winner! Tammy Duke-Paul is the lucky girl to be primped and pampered by Bella Salon and Spa. Read all about Tammy’s MAKEOVER in this issue.

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April/May/June 2013

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4 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

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10 Grandma Grace

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22 A Mother’s Heartstrings

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featured women 5 the essence of Esli Pelly

14 The Makeover Tammy Duke Paull

18 A Peek into Leona Morelock - How a Wedding Planner is Born

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— Contributing Writers — Mary Anne Andrews Liz Bradley Jim Browning Mary Joyce Lawhorn Mariah Julio Belinda Saltzman Casandra Spears Patty Sue Sutherland — Contributing Photographer — Tricia Crawford Flair is published 4 times per year and is distributed free to 25,000 homes in Bowling Green/Warren County. Flair makes every attempt to ensure the material contained herein is not copyrighted elsewhere. Flair is not responsible for unintentional copyright infringement

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6 Word Buzz “There are only two ways to live”

8 Wine-0-1-1 13 1/2 Full of... 16 Sir-PRIZE Jack O’Callaghan

Cover Design by Jessica Agro Jessica Agro, Greenwood High School student, designed the cover for this issue. Jessica was a senior in Beverly Oliver’s art class. She was awarded the Gold & Silver Key - Scholastic Art Competition. Majoring in communications and journalism, she also designs and sells jewelry.

27 Shout Out To Sheila Flair • 2013 • April/May/June • 3


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50 R u les

Dads of Daughters

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by Jim Browning, Flair Editorial Director

“For my first Father’s Day,” writes Michael Mitchell, “my daughter Isabella gave me a mug that said I was the best daddy in the world. You probably have one, too. If you won’t tell my little girl, I won’t tell yours!” Mitchell is a 30-something husband and father who blogs daily tips and life lessons for dads of daughters at lifetoheryears.com. Mitchell describes his blog as a combination of the parenting style he’s trying to adopt and his attempt to capture the numerous thoughts he has as the doting father of Isabella Grace, “a beautiful and precious little young lady” who he’d like to see “grow up into a strong and talented woman someday.” Mitchell spends his days practicing the “arts of husbandry” (to the “lovely and talented Annaleise”) and fatherhood, while attempting to be “a man of God and a professional raiser of philanthropic funds, along with other pursuits of awesomeness and trying to carpe the heck out of the diem while drinking from a glass that’s usually half full.”

Bookmark lifetoheryears, follow Mitchell on Twitter, or “like” him on Facebook for more of his tips, lessons, and rules. 4 • Flair • 2013 • April/May/June

What follows are a select few of Mitchell’s 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters:  Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When your daughter grows up, the odds are good she will fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much as you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.  Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life . . . add life to her years.  Save the day. She will grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She will need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion: red cape and blue tights optional.  Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers; tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Someday soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees’ knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.  Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.


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the essence of Esli Pelly

I never want to be: Without friends

My family: • Husband - David • Daughters - McKay, 13 & Croslin, 21 • Grandson - Landyn, 17 months • Max the poodle, many cats and 2 pot belly pigs, goats, rabbits and a sheep named Sheldon My work: The Garden Patch, Owner

My words to live by: It will be all right

My signature dish: Anything that can be cooked at 500 0 The hardest lesson I’ve had to learn: Marrying a dairy farmer means never being on time

My favorite place to be: In my greenhouses

If I were a flower I’d be: A daisy - easily accessible to all

I can’t live without: My faith, family, friends and Diet Coke

I love to be kissed: By my wonderful husband, David

My favorite line from a song: “If we weren’t all crazy, we would all go insane” Jimmy Buffet

My best body part: My mouth you can change the world with a smile

My best friends say I am: Ve r y c r e a t i v e . . . but organizationally challenged

My favorite possession: Old quilts with blue stitching


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The Wine-0-1-1

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By Casandra Spears Come on girls, it’s time to flaunt what you got….in wine terms that is! I recently had the opportunity to meet a sassy Lexington, Kentucky local named Gwen Ogle who started her own wine label called Trophy Wife Wines. The wine is wonderfully tasty, easy to drink, and available at a great price! Gwen Ogle conceptualized Trophy Wife Wines after working as a wine territory manager in the beverage industry, where she learned that many people still consider wine intimidating and complicated. “I created Trophy Wife Wines to simplify the act of purchasing and drinking wine,” says Ogle. “I want people to feel that wine can be - should be - something simple to share with family and friends. The philosophy behind Trophy Wife Wines is all about having fun.” The Trophy Wife artwork plays a big part in the playful message. The labels are vibrant, cartoon depictions of fabulous women, each as unique as the varietal they represent. The Sweet White Wine, for example, showcases a sassy blond in a bright pink dress, sipping a glass of white wine while flashing a diamond ring. Their slogan “Being fabulous is exhausting, relax with a glass of Trophy Wife Wines” adds to the overall branding message and shows us that the company is celebrating wonderful women while giving them a sweet and sexy way to relax and have fun. “Women are amazing,” says Ogle. “We can be mothers, workers and wives, all while looking good and feeling fabulous. I want Trophy Wife Wines to honor these women, while giving them the confidence to walk into a wine store and feel good about their selection.” So, pick up a bottle of Trophy Wife Wines today and flaunt what you got….and I don’t just mean the wine! 8 • Flair • 2013 • April/May/June

Being Fabulous is Exhausting. Relax with a glass of Trophy Wife wine.

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Grandma Grace’s Extra Dose Of Love

by Mariah Julio, Bowling Green

Grandma Grace baked seven loaves of bread most Saturday mornings. The wondrous aroma of yeast working its magic to rise dough into satiny mounds filled her tiny home. She brushed melted butter on the top of each golden crust before wrapping the loaves for storage in her pie safe. Linda, my younger sister, and I believed Grandma’s mini-bakery was our private stock of future buttered toast coated with cinnamon and sugar or slathered with peanut butter and honey. Gracie, as she was known to family and friends, was a wispy woman with a puff of thistledown hair. Ravages of untreated osteoporosis had rounded her shoulders and back until her height dwindled to barely five feet. Her scrimshaw-lined face held an expression as delicate and patient as her name. Linda and I spent many hours at Grandma’s friendly home during childhood. Mom’s youngest sister, Dorothy, was seven years my senior and the only babysitter I remember. Luxuries were few for Grandma. Her one indulgence was the walnut spinet piano she played by ear. Linda and I considered it a treat to stay overnight with Grandma and Aunt Dottie. Occasionally, after everybody was scrubbed and in nightclothes, Grandma would play a host of melodies, including Home on the Range and Row, Row, Row Your Boat to satisfy the small fry. She finished by playing hymns: Jesus Loves Me for us and her favorite, His Eye Is on the Sparrow. Grandma was the bedrock for her family. Her paramount concern during the Great Depression had been the constant challenge to stretch the meager store of food available to nourish her growing brood of seven. The family may have

missed a few meals, but it always stayed together. By the time I arrived on the scene, a steady stream of grown children rarely visited empty-handed. My grandmother belonged to an era when homemaking skills were considered accomplishments, not chores. A stocked larder was a badge of honor for her. Despite what others brought, inside her refrigerator always rested a tureen of homemade soup to be savored with her special bread. You just weren’t trying if you left her residence hungry. Adept at using what she had on hand, Grandma grew produce decades before “green” became fashionable. Her garden overflowed with the fresh vegetables and herbs she used to flavor her food, alongside the blooming flowers she loved. “Flowers enrich the spirit the same as food aids the body,” she said, while Linda and I helped her weed around her treasures. Drawn more to romping with cousins during childhood, I rarely noticed her cooking although I enjoyed the delicious meals placed before me. I recall Grandma wiggling her fingers once above a dish bubbling on the stove. “That’s funny, Grandma. What are you doing?” She smiled. “I’m sprinkling in an extra dose of love. It’s the most important ingredient in any dish.” Among countless lessons, I learned optimism from Grandma Grace. Her merry hazel eyes seemed to hold a secret she was bursting to share. She taught us by example to enjoy the simple gifts provided by ordinary tasks that lay before us--comforting a child, mowing grass, painting the bathroom. These character builders developed a sense of purpose and pride in a job well done.

Mariah Julio has published essays and stories in www.FaithHopeandFiction.com, This I Believe, Patchwork Path: Friendship Star, Patchwork Path: Treasure Box, newspapers and periodicals. As a member of SkyWriters writing group, she is midway through editing her first novel. 10 • Flair • 2013 • April/May/June


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Join Rockin’ Ronda weekday mornings 6-9am on D93, Bowling Green’s Classic Rock. Laugh with her or laugh at her... a great way to start your day! 12 • Flair • 2013 • April/May/June


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A Day at the Spa

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As Tammy Duke Paull sat at her kitchen table making plans to nominate a friend for a day of pampering, she never dreamed it would be her feet, hands, face, and hair that got the queen’s treatment. Tammy won a makeover at Bella Salon and Spa after her husband secretly nominated her. He wanted her to have a day of relaxation that she so richly deserved. With two jobs, two dogs, and a two-year-old named Ava, Tammy said it’s hard for her to take time for herself. “When you become a mom, your needs come last,” she said. “But it’s totally worth it.” Not your typical makeover candidate, Tammy is lovely and stylish. But, with all of the plates she keeps up in the air all the time, she needed a break. “I used to go get my nails done, you know,” she said shaking her head. “Now I couldn’t tell you the last time. I’m very thankful for this experience.” Although she lives in Lexington, Kentucky, Tammy comes to Bowling Green often for work and to visit family. She graduated from WKU with a degree in Psychology and now works for the Pride Program, counseling and helping pregnant women with substance abuse problems. “You would be surprised how many women ‘use’ while they’re pregnant,” she said. Tammy gives these women the support and contacts they need to fight addictions and prepare for their new lives as mothers. She also owns her own event planning business, Tammy Duke Paull Events and Designs. She was most recently involved in the Wedding Expo at the Sloan Convention Center. She also used the event to raise money for a local charity, as she often does. Tammy said she always tries to incorporate giving into her events. Even her 30th birthday party was a fundraiser for two charities. Her causes include the Barren River Animal Shelter and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, along with countless others. Tammy sits back Last September, Tammy was named one of Bowling Green’s and relaxes while Hometown Heroes by WBKO based Bella Salon and on her philosophy of giving. “I try to gear everything towards giving,” Spa’s experienced she said. staff pampers her So, it was Tammy’s turn to receive. from head to toe. She was treated to a full line of services by the friendly staff at Bella. In the tranquil salon, Tammy sat in a massage chair as Tammy Duke Paull she got her pedicure, a warm neck roll draped over her after her day of shoulders. The spa session included a pampering at hydrotherapy treatment, a Bella Salon & Spa 30-minute massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, shampoo, and blow-out worth over $315. After her day at the spa, Tammy was off to put her relaxation to good use with a long nap.


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Sir-PRIZE...

Jack O’Callaghan

Sometimes our young people are described as lazy, having no work ethic, or feeling entitled. While that may be true for some, it is NOT true for all! Jack O’Callaghan is a 22-year-old “jack” of many trades who gives the phrase “work ethic” a whole new meaning! Jack’s family moved to Bowling Green when he was 7 years old. He had a typical childhood that included a lot of outdoor activities since they lived on 68 acres. When Jack was 14 years old, he had a 4-wheeler accident that fractured the same vertebra as Christopher Reeve did during his horse riding accident. Jack suffered a severe concussion, also. After 2 weeks of semi-consciousness, Jack awakened with total amnesia. That condition caused unconstrained frustration, fear, and anger. He had a lot of hard work ahead to overcome many obstacles. In Jack’s words, “Since my slate was totally clean, I could re-invent myself. I didn’t know who I was, what I liked, or anything about my personality, so I picked out a role model, Ashton Kutcher. I decided I wanted to be that guy – happy, confident,

JACK O’CALLAGHAN “Jack” of Many Trades

passionate about everything.” So, the previously very shy, not confident teenager transformed himself into the person he is today. Jack O’Callaghan is one of those people who walks into a room and lights it up brilliantly. He exudes joy, confidence, and charm (just like Ashton Kutcher). When asked what is his passion, Jack immediately answered “life.” His philosophy is that “your life is ending one second at a time...this is your life — live it!” And live like there’s no tomorrow is exactly what Jack does. He graduated with an associate degree in Graphic Art and Design from Nossi College of Art in Tennessee in 2010. Jack is the creative director for CCMS, a company that produces promotional magnets for national distribution. He is also a freelance graphic artist producing art posters, t-shirt designs, and commissioned graphite portraits. He owns and operates an established seasonal lawn care company. Plus, he heads up a crew that does radon mitigation for his dad’s radon detection company. With all these irons in the fire, Jack took on more responsibility when he decided last year to pursue a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Western Kentucky University. With one semester under his belt, he continues to hold down all his other jobs and maintain top grades at WKU while focusing on his new career path. FLAIR magazine salutes Jack O’Callaghan – a man who lives life with FLAIR!

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How does one decide to become a wedding planner? I found out firsthand from Leona Morelock, owner and lead designer for Lasting Impressions, who has a fascinating story. Leona explains, “I’m originally from England, and, yes, my mom had a party when Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married! I would like to say that after their wedding, I began dreaming of being a wedding planner, but since I was only two at the time, I probably didn’t know what I was watching. Rather, I arrived at my career destination via a business, a Spanish degree, and the world of banking. As I mentioned with the royal wedding, my parents had parties for everything, so, growing up, I learned to celebrate life at the turn of every corner!” Leona moved from Manchester, England, to Portugal with her family when she was eight years old. No one in her family spoke Portuguese, but Leona quickly became fluent in the language. Her dad was semiretired when the family moved to Portugal, but both Leona’s parents always owned and operated various businesses. The entrepreneurial spirit was a big influence on Leona at a very early age. She remembers creating several money-making projects when she was a child to support various charities or worthy causes. When Leona was 14, her parents decided to move the family to the United States because of more career opportunities for their children. Her dad had read the book 50 Best Places to Raise a Family. Nashville was third on the list. That’s how the family ended up very close to Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee. Leona graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2001 with a business and world cultures major and a minor in Spanish. Also, she met her husband-to-be there. Leona and her husband moved to Bowling Green in 2001 where she began her banking career. She loved her job, but her heart was still set on owning her own business, and her creative talent and business skill led her to a different career path. She pursued and received certification as a wedding planner in 2003. She had originally thought this would be a hobby or a creative outlet, but after helping her sister - and then a friend - with their weddings, she realized her dream of being a business owner was going to be a reality. Leona gained experience while working at a bridal shop and then at Dillard’s as a wedding registry consultant. Lasting Impressions, her own wedding planning business, opened in 2003. When asked about any unique wedding stories, Leona spoke about a fortuitous situation using her Portuguese language skills at one of her weddings. The bride was from Brazil. The parents flew in a day before the wedding and did not speak English. At the rehearsal, Leona was translating and speaking fluent Portuguese to the parents! What a great added service for that family! When asked to explain five good reasons to hire a wedding planner, Leona replied with the following list: 1. Providing stress relief for the bride and her mom; 2. Offering design expertise; 3. Obtaining vendor discounts; 4. Helping with every step; 5. Orchestrating the event for the ultimate guest experience.

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• • • • • Shout • • Out • • To • • Sheila • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Who’s hotter: Ginger or Mary Ann? It’s a debate as old as the hills, says Sonia Simone, Associate Editor at copyblogger.com. To quote Jim “Suldog” Sullivan, “This is the question which has plagued adolescent boys, and the men who think like them, since time immemorial (that is, 1964).” Before Lost, Survivor, or Castaway, there was the iconic Gilligan’s Island, so if you could be like a shapely star of a cheesy ‘60’s sitcom, would you be Ginger or Mary Ann? It’s fairly clear that the Gilligan’s Island creators thought Ginger had it hands down. A redheaded Marilyn Monroe knockoff in sequined gowns and high-heels, Ginger Grant was what used to be called a “starlet,” whose sole reason for existence was her sex appeal. Mary Ann Summers, on the other hand, was the girl next door. A Kansas cutie in pigtails and cut-offs, she was down-to-earth, sensible, and could make a comfy hammock out of coconut vines. Ginger was a star who had a certain dignity. She was a little aloof, holding herself apart as something special. When confronted with being marooned for the rest of her life on a desert island, she never considered compromising her essential identity. She didn’t dabble in activities at which she was no good, like catching food, cooking, or building shelter. Ginger was a specialist, optimized to perform in a certain environment and not interested in adapting to anything different. Some would call that strength of character; others, pigheadness. Do you adapt and shift to catch the latest fads, or do you stick to your sequins and create your own definition of authority? Mary Ann was useful. Along with the professor, Mary Ann had a deeply practical bent. When you’re on a desert island, it’s good to know how to do things that are actually useful: catch fish, build a hut, and fend off cannibals. If you consider yourself a Mary Ann, you’ll give lots of practical, solid advice that friends will want to file away for reference. You’ll be the queen of the numbered list. Ginger was remarkable when faced with desolation and probable starvation; anyone can start whipping up the bamboo huts and coconut pies; however, it takes some creativity and resolve to retain your movie star essence in the face of spending the rest of your life talking to the same six stereotypes. Ginger had a certain Norma Desmond stubbornness, a refusal to let shabby reality get in the way of her self-created legend. She was still “big:” it was the island that was small. She was still shaking her sequins when everyone around her was wearing frumpy grass skirts. Tina Louise Mary Ann was relevant. Mary Ann looked around and saw what needed to get done. She figured out aka Ginger the needs of her community, pitched in, and helped create what was most important to that situation and that audience. Mary Ann knew how to listen. Let’s face it: Ginger was hot. Ginger was champagne and caviar, martinis and cigarettes, Betty Page, and the Vargas girl. On the other hand, Mary Ann was hot, too. Mary Ann was cut-offs and hayrides, apple pie and farm breakfasts, Doris Day and the girl next door. Mary Ann was the girl men wanted to marry. So who are you: Ginger or Mary Ann? About the Author: Sonia Simone is an Associate Editor of Copyblogger and the founder of Remarkable Communication.


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