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It’s hard to believe we’re into the last laps of summer!

Like most of you, I’ll be squeezing what I can into the remaining days of summer: things like taking a much needed road trip, yard work, and starting to decorate for Halloween.

Yes! I did mention Halloween - as of July 24, we will only be 100 days away. Watch for it…in August; right after back to school supplies stop, the stores put out an avalanche of Halloween décor and pumpkin spiced everything has started to hit the shelves.

Then comes September 22, the first day of fall, and only 100 days remain until the end of the year. I should stop here and enjoy each day as it comes. Speaking of joy, I just recently had my 5th GRANDchild. Having grandchildren is the great reward for enduring the indignities of aging. Holding your baby’s baby is life-affirming. It’s joyous. With our own kids, the love was tempered by responsibility. We had to guide them, keep them safe, get them through school, teach them manners, and on and on. Grandparent love is pure. Thank you to our advertisers, who serve as a go-to for information. Thank you to each and every FLAIR reader, for the motivation and for taking the time to send your feedback. We hope you will enjoy reading FLAIR magazine in print or online.

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2 Publisher’s Prattle 4 5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Social Security 5 Essence of...Julie Milam 6 Best Things to Do This Summer 8 Certified Celebrator: No Watering Required 10 Stories from the Square 12 Drink Your Veggies 14 Relaxation & Stress Relief: Let’s Plant Some Lavender 16 Sassy Celebrity: Tina Fey 17 Cookin’ with Justin 18 10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Cover Design by ABBY ABRAMS Abby Abrams is a sophomore at South Warren High School. She began painting at 5 years old and has continued to do so as a hobby. Abby takes art at school and is member of the Art Club. She has won the “People’s Choice Award” given by the Art Club and was awarded “Spectacular Spartan” by her art teacher. Abby also is a member of the Beta Club, loves singing in the choir, and participating in musicals. She and her family reside in Bowling Green.

••••••••••••••••••••••••• Nothing keeps you from getting your own Social Security benefit. If you’ve worked and paid taxes into the Social Security system for at least 10 years and have earned a minimum of 40 work credits, you may be eligible for your own benefits. Once you reach age 62, you may be eligible for your own Social Security benefit whether you’re married or not and whether your spouse collects Social Security or not. We figure everyone’s retirement benefit the same way. It’s based on a percentage of your average monthly wage using a 35-year base of earnings. If you don’t have 35 years of earnings, we must substitute “zero” years to reach the 35-year base. If you become disabled before your full retirement age, you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits, if you worked and paid Social Security taxes in five of the last 10 years.


There is no marriage penalty or limit to benefits paid a married couple. If you are married and you and your spouse have worked and earned enough credits individually, you will each get your own Social Security benefit. A working woman is not limited to one-half of her spouse’s Social Security. (That rate applies to women who never worked outside the home.)


— By David K. Smith If you’re due two benefits, you get the one that pays the higher If you’re divorced and were married at least 10 years, you’re eligible on your ex’s rate, not both. As a spouse, you Social Security record. Divorced women who were married at least 10 years are are potentially eligible for eligible for Social Security based on their ex’s record, if they are unmarried when they benefits on both your own and become eligible for Social Security. Some women sign divorce decrees relinquishing your spouse’s work record, but you their rights to Social Security on their ex’s record. Those clauses in divorce decrees are only receive the one that pays the higher never enforced. Any benefits paid to a divorced spouse DO NOT reduce payments rate, not both. A wife is eligible for made to the ex or any payments due the ex’s current spouse. Generally, the same payment between one-third and one-half of her rules apply to divorced wives and widows as to current wives and widows. That means most spouse’s Social Security benefit, if she divorced women collect their own Social Security while the ex is alive, but they can apply for does not have her own work record. Most higher widow’s rates when they die. working women who reach retirement age receive their own Social Security benefit amount because it’s more than one-third to one-half of their spouse’s rate. If your spouse dies before you, When your spouse (or ex) dies, you’re probably due a you can apply for the higher widow’s rate. widow’s benefit. A widow is eligible for between 71 percent (at age 60) and 100 percent (at full retirement age) of what the spouse was getting Learn more by reading our publication before they died. We must pay your own retirement What Every Woman Should Know at benefit first, and then supplement it with whatever extra benefits you are due as a widow, to bring your Social Security www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10127.pdf benefit amount up to the widow’s rate. We also can pay you a $255 one-time death benefit if you were living with your spouse when they died. If you made more money than your spouse, then they might be due a survivors benefit rate on David K. Smith is the Social Security District Manager in your record, if you die before they do. Bowling Green, Kentucky.





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Cheers to celebrating every day — Your Certified Celebrator! About Brittany...I’m a Jesus loving, craft making, aDOORably painting, homemaking, toddler mom. I’m a certified celebrator who looks for any reason to decorate, throw a party, and make every day special. I’m slightly obsessed with all things monogrammed, anything pink, and glitter by the can! Visit my website for decorating and celebrating tutorials — www.certifiedcelebrator.com.

Front porches are my jam. I’m passionate about creating front porch FLAIR for every home. Adding an aDOORable door hanger to a brightly colored front door, colorful blooming flowers, and some coordinating pillows is the perfect way to ensure that you have the happiest home on the block! I LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching women how to turn a house into a home. A place that brings joy, celebrations, and forms strong family memories. You may see me on TV as I’m a regular guest on Nashville’s Talk of the Town, WBKO MidDay Live, Louisville’s Great Day Live, and Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family Show. All of this allows me to come into your home and show you ways that I decorate, eat, and live. I’m no artist just a little crafty! I love using this gift to bring women together to celebrate the goodness of life. In a nutshell, I’m married to THE BEST husby on the planet, have one precious little boy, one curly headed Goldendoodle, and I’m making my way through life celebrating every day!

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Walking under the warm sun of July, August, and September to get to the Square is a great way to beat the summertime blues. Wandering around the downtown buildings, I encountered a white-painted door which led to a beautiful art gallery named Art Matters. Inside were pristine walls lined with hooks and paintings, only half rehung after a successful charity auction. Also inside was Teresa Christmas, the owner and head art teacher at the gallery and school, with whom I spoke. Each day after school, Teresa holds three to four workshops for kids from local schools. Teresa coaches each child’s artistic talents and abilities on a theme, and at the end of the quarter, the students get to display their art in the gallery. Teresa advocates heavily for arts education and says the gallery continually strives to mix different art forms. She envisions the gallery as a community space where everyone can come to experience and create art together. Creation aside, the gallery holds multiple successful art auctions each year that function without commission to benefit charities that give back to the community. Without a commission, the profit can all go to making Bowling Green, and the Commonwealth, a better place, and her gallery works to help those around her. Teresa uses her passions to help kids through making art and the community through selling it. This little shop truly is a community space to work and be inspired by the presence of art and the artists who make it, both new and old. The Square yields many jewels, and this quaint gallery is a reminder of the power of expression and the importance of coming together to celebrate our talents. Visit Teresa at Art Matters at 310 East Main Street in downtown Bowling Green. You can also learn more about Art Matters by visiting the website or the Facebook page at http://www.artmatterscommunitystudiogallery.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/CommunityArtGallery, or by calling Teresa at 270-781-0361.

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Let’s Plant Let Plant Some Some LLavender avender –— Yvonne McQuitty, The Plant Lady

Oh, my! It’s here! My heart swells with excitement. I think about it through the winter as I make wreaths from this plant. Then spring arrives: waiting for new growth to appear on my precious few plants; hoping nothing is damaged by winter’s cold or by a late frost; then watching for the first flower stems to form. Summer is here, and harvest begins. Over the years I’ve talked about plants; I’ve done plant things. I specialize in plants for a living, but this plant has made a big impact on my craft and my health and inspires me to travel during the months of June and July just to get as much of this plant that I can. LET’S GO GET US SOME LAVENDER! With tobacco sales in the state declining, some Kentucky farmers began looking for new ways to maintain their livelihood. Some of these farms chose agri-tourism as their new path. Six have chosen to be lavender growers. Two of the farms in Kentucky hosted festivals this year, and they were not a disappointment with sweet, hardworking people who have chosen to become lavender farmers, and the change is good. Imagine a field, once planted in big, leafy, green tobacco plants now covered with mounds of the purple haze of lavender. The change may seem new, but some of these farms have been growing over 22 different varieties of lavender since 2006. While I wander through one of the fields of lavender, the beauty of the sweet smelling herb is breathtaking yet relaxing. These lavender plants are bushy and lush with flowers now. We get to cut our own bundles of lavender to take home to participate in wreath-making, wand-making, even a class on painting one of the lavender fields, and the vanilla lavender ice cream with a lavender sugar cookie was a treat! Every summer in regions all over the world, lavender plants bloom into beautiful and wildly fragrant flowering shrubs that are used in baking, soaps, crafts, and essential oils. The lavender flowers are at their peak of color and bloom between mid-June to mid-summer. It all depends on the species. There are 47 different species of plants with flowers ranging from violet, to lavender, to blue, and even white. They grow best in dry, well-drained, rocky soil and are actually very hardy for our region, which is zoned 6b. Just a note: a wet spring can take a toll on your lavender, and these farms are starting to find out that lavender grows best in rocky soil, so they are literally planting them in dense grade rock. That amazes me. So for relaxation and stress relief, I suggest you plan on planting some lavender or get online and support our Kentucky lavender farmers and buy their wonderful lavender products! This enchanting herb grows well here and offers more than just pretty flowers.

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10 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet . . . for Women and the People They Love

Women know how much their furry friends can improve their quality of life, but it’s not all about unconditional love--writes Alexandra Gekas at womansday.com--although that actually provides a wellness boost, too. On an emotional level, owning a pet can decrease depression, stress, and anxiety. On a physical level, it can lower blood pressure, improve immunity, and even decrease the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. And the positives don’t stop there. Read on to discover ten of the incredible health benefits that can come with owning a pet--for women and the people they love.

1 . D E C R E A S E S S T R E S S : When completing a difficult task, people experience less stress when their pets are with them than when a spouse, family member, or close friend is nearby. 2 . L O W E R S B L O O D P R E S S U R E: Having a pet has the

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a pet may stem from the mental and emotional benefits. People who have pets are less frustrated because there is more laughter in their life; they have someone for whom to care, and someone cares about them.

6 . H E L P S P E O P L E S O C I A L I Z E: Pet ownership leads to an

increase in social contact, more socialization within neighborhoods (such as neighbors chatting when walking their dogs), and even a greater perception that a neighborhood seems”friendly.” 18 • Flair • 2018 • July/August/September

7 . P R E V E N T S S T R O K E S: If you have a cat, you’re 30% less likely to have a heart attack, and you’re 40% less likely to have a cardiovascular incident like a stroke. In addition, pets can aid in the recovery of a heart attack. 8 . M O N I T O R S B L O O D S U G A R L E V E L S F O R D I A B E T I C S:

One-third of the pets living with diabetics (mostly dogs, but other pets included cats, birds, and rabbits) would change their behavior when their owner’s blood sugar level dropped.

9 . P R E V E N T S A L L E R G I E S A N D I M P R O V E S I M M U N I T Y:

Pets can dramatically improve immunity and prevent allergies. The more pets you have earlier in life, the fewer allergies you will develop; however, getting a pet as an adult will not minimize allergies.

1 0 . H E L P S C H I L D R E N D E V E L O P: Children who grow up in a

household with pets benefit in many ways, especially in their emotional development, by learning to express themselves more fully and by learning to relate better. Pets are also hugely beneficial to children suffering from Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) because taking care of a pet can encourage them to focus on responsibilites through a predictable routine, and the sensory experience of holding and petting an animal can be soothing for children with Autism.

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