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c contents ontents in this issue... 2 Publisher’s Prattle 4 Go Wild Ladies: How to Unearth Your “Wild Side” for Wildlife 6 Red, White & Blue All Summer Through 7 The Essence of Rho Lansden 8 The Sassy Celebrity...Amy Schumer 10 Oral Surgery - Sometimes a Necessary Evil 12 Spend Summer in Your Own Backyard 14 Nothing is Impossible... 15 Ask Gabby 16 A Little TLC Goes a Long Way: Bonnie Nicks 18 Labor Day Weekend Getaways 19 Cookin’ With Justin 20 A Dream to Sing: Jacqueline Yunker 22 Nip & Tuck
Cover Design by Rhonda Hartis Smith Rhonda Hartis Smith is an artist who has lived in Bowling Green since she was a child. Drawing constantly in her early years, she didn’t have any formal training until working on her business degree at WKU where she squeezed in art classes. Despite her interest in art, Rhonda didn’t start serious study until about 17 years ago. After a career in the corporate world, Rhonda is now retired and can devote more time and energy to her art. Check out her website at http://www.rhondahartissmith.com/ . Flair • 2017 • July/August/September • 3
Go Wild Ladies HOW to UNEARTH YOUR “WILD SIDE” for WILDLIFE
–— Yvonne The Plant Lady
There is a very fine dividing line these days between what looks like a overgrown landscape and that natural, wildlife-friendly landscape. Rightly so, since most landscapes consist of three acres of lawn and rows of privacy evergreens. That’s a suburban landscape, and it’s a desert to wildlife. So, how do we enjoy the songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies in such a landscape? We find our wild side and change our choices of plants for the garden. With basic landscape design, you have trees, shrubs and perennials which provide, height, shade, texture, color, and the foundation to a home. If you go to your wild side, many of these plants also can produce berries, fruits, nectar, and seeds which are great for our feathered friends. It’s what you choose and how you maintain your landscape that makes it beneficial in supporting the way of life for bees, hummingbirds, songbirds, and wide varieties of butterflies. Shade trees and large conifers (evergreens) provide shelter. These are the most important plants for songbirds. A large evergreeen is like a thermal cover for wildlife. I know it will be tempting to prune; just go a little wild and leave a few hedges unclipped for shelter and better nesting. Perennials. The plants that produce a wonderful display of color and then multiply into many new plants that appear year after year. When using perennials — go wild ladies! Plant them in numbers, 3’s, 5’s, or more and group them behind short evergreens. This way when they have finished their colorful display, they will fade into the landscape until next year. Let me give you some guidance. Those Hydrangeas....go wild and leave those old flowers on there until late winter! The birds will use them for nesting material. Seed heads Everyone likes birds. What wild on your Black-Eyed Susans and Cone Flowers...go wild and leave them. They are a great source of food the goldfinch! Lots and lots of tubular flowering plants like sages. Plant them behind some Boxw oods. creature is more accessible to for They will get taller than the Boxwoods and bloom all summer. The hummingbirds love them! A pile of our eyes and ears, as close to leaves and twigs...go wild and us and everyone in the world, let the beneficial insects like the ladybug lay her eggs as universal as a bird? there, and it’s a great place – David Attenborough for our ground-feeding birds, like the Rufous Towhee, to forage and nest, too. Instead of spending hours in the hot, humid garden pruning, weeding, and deadheading that suburban landscape...The Plant Lady says, “Go wild, ladies — let nature do its thing and enjoy the wild side of gardening.”
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Yvonne McQuitty (aka The Plant Lady) is a Kentucky Certified Nurseryman, Garden Consultant/Designer and Florist. Yvonne makes unique garden gifts including Cloche Gardens, Moss Gardens and dried floral wreaths. She also enjoys sharing advice on gardening and offers monthly Gardening Workshops here in Bowling Green. The everyday opportunity to tell everyone what to do in the garden (grin) is what makes this Plant Lady happy. Foraging for the goodies from nature and creating gifts with them is the blessing of being part of planning, working and relaxing in the garden. Check out The Plant Lady’s Facebook page for new ideas and workshop schedules.
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RED, WHITE & BLUE ALL SUMMER THROUGH: 4 Cute Outfit Ideas Incorporating
The Fourth of July may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to retire your red, white, and blue attire! Simply put together some clever outfits of your own by mixing different shades of red, white, and blue, plus neutrals and metallics. Then add fun details like stars and stripes for a look that’s all you, all summer. If you’re having trouble deciding on an ensemble, here are four ideas for cute outfits that are perfect for summer 2017, two day looks and two night looks, all incorporating red, white, and blue.
OUTFIT 1: DAYTIME - CASUAL BEACH DAY Trendy shorts, striped beach bag, navy tank, Statue of Liberty bracelet & sandals
This look is super laid back and perfect for spending the day at the beach. To create this outfit, grab a navy blue tank and trendy shorts. Accessorize with simple sandals and a striped beach bag for a coordinated look. Finish with a bangle featuring the Statue of Liberty.
OUTFIT 2: DAYTIME - BACKYARD BBQ
Striped tee, jean shorts, basic sneakers & star bracelets
This second look is another example of a cute, laid-back outfit that’s perfect for daytime; it would be perfect for a backyard barbecue with the family. To start, find a striped tee, tie it in a knot, and pair it with some jean shorts. Next, find some canvas sneakers (preferably in red, white, or blue) and layer on some star bracelets.
OUTFIT 3: NIGHT OUT - MODERN
Red jeans, white tie-up tee, statement necklace, studded loafers, eagle ring & chevron cross-body bag
This trendy outfit is sleek and modern, perfect for a night out on the town. Start with red skinny jeans, a slouchy white tee shirt, and blue loafers. You’ll sparkle when you add a silver statement necklace, a metallic cross-body bag, and a cool ring in the shape of another American symbol, the Eagle.
OUTFIT 4: NIGHT OUT - CLASSIC
This final look is a classic and classy way to wear red, white, and blue, perfect if you’re going to a fancy soiree or out to dinner. A red and white striped dress is versatile enough to wear year-round. Bring in some blue with navy platforms, and grab a white cross-body bag to hold your essentials. Finish the look with silver star earrings and an adorable-but-subtle Captain America bangle.
Essence of... Rho Lansden WORDS I LIVE BY...
One of my favorite quotes is “the only people who don’t make mistakes are those who aren’t doing anything.” Like most people, my own mistakes loom larger-than-life, filling me with regret for a missed opportunity. But, as a mentor and employer to younger people, I have found that my personal slip-ups have taught me to be more tolerant of those made by others. While our mistakes can be painful, they have great value as lessons on how to succeed next time.
MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAID...
“You can get glad in the same clothes you got mad in.” In other words, get over it and move on! With six children under her feet, Mom was the arbitrator of daily squabbles. She taught us that winning an argument at the expense of hurt feelings wasn’t winning at all. It’s a lesson I still have a hard time with. But, thanks to Mom’s loving reminders that family matters more than anything, I’m making progress.
I AM MOST PROUD OF...
While I don’t take credit for their successes, I do count my children as my greatest blessing. It turns out that having grown-up kids is lots of fun. There’s much less worry, and they have given me grandbabies to love and spoil. The conservation and preservation of Lost River Cave is also a source of great personal satisfaction. I have been privileged to work side-by-side with volunteers, donors, board members, and staff who give their time, talent, and treasures to protect the cave and provide exciting learning experiences in the outdoors. Today, Lost River Cave is having a greater impact on the community than ever before as it becomes the first full-fledged nature center in South Central Kentucky. The trails and nature programs attract people of all ages and from all walks of life. They have discovered that the woodlands, wetlands, and prairie of the 70-acre park are a perfect place to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of time spent in the outdoors. Lost River Cave is serving to connect us to one another, to our history and to its own natural wonders.
MY GOAL FOR THE SUMMER IS TO...
This summer I checked-off an exciting bucket list item with a trip to Italy and Paris. Art, architecture, food, wine, and did I mention the fairy tale wedding in a romantic 700-year old castle? That’s right, the trip began with the celebration of the the wedding of Evan and Elisabetta Walker, son of my good friends Elaine and Dorian. It was the perfect start to a trip where everything went perfectly right. I can’t wait to go again!
We have to be a role model for little girls because who do they have? All they have literally is the Kardashians: a whole family who takes the faces they were born with as a light suggestion.
I donated blood blood today. That’s what I call getting an AIDS AIDS test.
In every group of girlfriends, there’s that one who is the sluttiest. If you don’t have that friend, you’re that friend.
You have to pretend like you want to use a condom. I like to say something fun when I bring it up, but honest. I’ll be like, “You’re going to want to wear this. I’ve had a busy month.”
Amy Schumer “Doin’ Her ‘Thang!”
You know that show Teen Mom? Or if you’re from the south, Mom.
Amy Schumer American Stand-up Comedian, Writer, Actress and Producer
I made out with a homeless guy by accident. I had no idea. He was really tan; he had no shoes on. I just thought it was, like, his ‘thang,’ you know?
I get labeled a sex comic, but if a guy got up onstage and pulled his ---- out, everybody would say, “He’s a thinker.” I just went through a break-up. I’m just worried about all the pictures, but my mom always told me, “Never put your face in them.”
I went home with this French guy because he said something adorable like, I have an apartment.”
I feel like you know what you’re going to be good at when you’re older based on what you liked when you’re younger. When I was younger, my best friend was this kid Tony, and he loved rocks. Now he’s a crack head.
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It was only supposed to be “a couple of kids and a little something to do.” At least, that was what her husband thought at the time. That “little something” has grown into Bonnie Nicks’ The Learning Center, an educational resource that specializes in providing research-based tutoring to remediate the reading, writing, and spelling weaknesses experienced by students with dyslexia. Bonnie, a Southern Kentucky resident for the past 32 years, has always been passionate about working with children. For 10 years, she worked with the Kentucky School for the Deaf as a speech therapist and then continued to work in the Bowling Green City Schools for 20 years before her retirement. However, her true inspiration for The Learning Center came through her son, who struggles with an auditory processing difference and dyslexia. “Through self-education and my journey with my son, I began to recognize that many of my speech students struggled with the same issues and were falling through the cracks,” Bonnie says about the moment she realized what her next step may be. “I would periodically state that one day I would love to have a practice that worked specifically with students with auditory processing disorders,” she adds. A short time later, The Learning Center was born. In the past ten years, what was supposed to be a small project and something Bonnie did during her retirement has grown to serve 92 families and provide over 220 tutoring sessions per week. The sheer volume by which her center has grown is one of the difficulties for Bonnie, as logistics were never a part of her previous education; however, she manages with her love of learning and education to motivate herself. Additionally, it is the impact that Bonnie is able to have on her students that truly helps her stay motivated and reminds her of why she began this in the first place. “It is nothing unusual to have parents stopping in our office telling us we have changed their child’s life or have saved their family and that they can’t thank us enough; this is something that NEVER gets old,” says Bonnie, smiling and reminiscing about past students and successes. “It is as rewarding every time it happens as it was the very first time it happened,” she adds. Despite being viewed as the hero to the kids, Bonnie argues that it’s more that the children she teaches are her heroes and her legacy. “Even though I was a good speech therapist, I didn’t really believe I was leaving a legacy,” says Bonnie. “These children, however, are permitting me beyond any shadow of a doubt to leave one.” The work Bonnie has done with the children in Southern Kentucky definitely will continue, as her “little something to do” grows and grows.
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Labor Day Weekend Getaways — IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD —
Get away for Labor Day and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather. Take a trip in your own back yard for a quick vacation with the family or a romantic getaway with your special someone. Popular Labor Day weekend getaways include destinations where you can try many different activities with your family, as well as more secluded spots ideal for couples looking for romance. If you are wondering where to go for Labor Day weekend, here are three excellent ideas close to home for this last, long, summer holiday weekend: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Hidden Cave Ranch 877 Thrasher Road • Burkesville, KY 42717 (270) 433-3225 or (270) 576-2762 Quietly tucked into the wooded hills of Cumberland County in South Central Kentucky minutes away from Dale Hollow Lake and Lake Cumberland, Hidden Cave Ranch is an award-winning bed and breakfast and rated #1 on TripAdvisor. Perched on a secluded hillside, it offers luxurious accommodations in a peaceful and private location as well as easy access to the attractions in the area. The perfect place for a romantic getaways, quality family time, or special events, innkeepers Jaro and Marion have a passionate desire to offer you the best in service and hospitality and provide you an opportunity to reconnect with yourself, a loved one, and God.
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This Meal & Drink is Perfect for an Afternoon with Friends Featuring Stuarto’s Line of Olive Oils, Balsamics & Spices
Nothing can beat the perfect recipe! In this series, Justin shares with you some of his favorite recipes to use with your Stuarto’s olive oils, balsamic vinegars, sea salts, spices and cane sugars.
Sweetly Smoked Grilled Chicken & Brie Sandwich with Buttery Parmesan Corn-on-the-Cob
Sweetly Smoked Grilled Chicken & Brie
Base Ingredients: • 3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts • Small Wheel of Brie or Triple Créme • Red Cabbage Sprouts (any sprouts can be used or your choice of salad greens) • Brioche Buns (Challah works well too) • Mayonnaise • Stuarto’s Olive Wood Smoked EVOO* • Stuarto’s Chipotle EVOO* • Kentucky Honey Farm’s Wildflower Honey* • Stuarto’s Olive Oil’s Best Friend Herb Blend* • Stuarto’s Bonfire Sea Salt* • Stuarto’s Applewood Smoked Pepper* • Stuarto’s Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic* Chicken Marinade (3-4 Chicken Breasts) • 4 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Olive Wood Smoked EVOO* • 3 Tbsp Kentucky Wildflower Honey* or local honey • 2 tsp. Stuarto’s Olive Oil’s Best Friend Herb Blend* • 1/2 tsp. Stuarto’s Bonfire Sea Salt* • 1/2 tsp. Stuarto’s Applewood Smoked Pepper*
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Combine all marinade ingredients and coat chicken well. Allow chicken to marinate for a minimum of one hour. While grilling chicken, mix all of the Chipotle Smoked Mayo ingredients (recipe below) and blend well; chill until ready to use. Now blend Chipotle EVOO and Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic (recipe below) to create a simple, yet, fantastic vinaigrette; toss sprouts or greens in vinaigrette and chill until use. Immediately after removing chicken breasts from grill, place sliced proportions of Brie on top of chicken and tent with aluminum foil and allow to rest while the cheese melts to perfection. While the chicken rests, toast your buns on the grill or in the oven. Spread Chipotle Smoked Mayo on your toasted buns and begin to build your sandwich, topping it off with your simple sprout salad. A most delicious sandwich! Chipotle Smoked Mayo • 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Chipotle EVOO* • 1/4 tsp. Stuarto’s Applewood Smoked Pepper*
Sprout (Greens) Simple Vinaigrette • 1 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Chipotle EVOO* • 1 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic*
Buttery Parmesan Corn-on-the-Cob (3-4 Ears of Corn)
• 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Butter EVOO* • 1-2 Tbsp. Colonel De’s Parmageddon Seasoning Blend* Here is a simple way to make your summer corn even tastier! It’s so good, you’ll have to make extra. Simply drizzle corn with Stuarto’s Butter EVOO and sprinkle Colonel De’s Parmageddon Seasoning Blend on your corn and grill to your liking. While these are simple measurements, feel free to use more or less to suit your specific tastes. Oh, and keep that Butter EVOO handy while at the grill.
A Sip of Sunshine
(Yields One Cocktail) • 1.5 oz. Vodka (2 oz. for rainy days) • 2 Tbsp. Stuarto’s Sicilian Lemon Balsamic* • 3-4 Fresh Basil Leaves • 1 Tbsp. Kentucky Honey Farm’s Honey* or local honey In a cocktail shaker or glass, muddle 3-4 torn basil leaves with Sicilian Lemon Balsamic; add ice. Top ice off with honey and vodka; shake well until frost forms on the shaker or glass. Fill a rocks or highball glass with crushed ice. Strain cocktail into ice-filled glass and serve with a spring/stem of basil for garnish. To make it extra special, rim your glass with honey and chipotle sea salt! This cocktail is so fresh, perfect for a hot sunny Bluegrass day! *Denotes Stuarto’s Products
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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known that I wanted to be a singer. Other than owning a puppy, it was my very first dream. I grew up listening to country music with my grandmother and even learned to play guitar when I was 14 years old. At Moss Middle School, I decided I would join the choir to see if I liked it. That was where I auditioned and performed my very first solo. I discovered that not only did I love singing in the choir, but I was very good at it. I continued to sing in the choir all the way through high school. My senior year of high school is when things started to change for me. I was content in singing in the chorus without auditioning for anything special, but I had one of those teachers who wouldn’t let me settle for less than what she thought I was capable of. It was through her encouragement and support that I decided to pursue music in college. I ended up getting married not long after graduating from high school and decided to put off Jacqueline college for a few years; in her title however, my heart longed role in “Suor for music, and I was lost Angelica” without singing. In 2007, I decided to give it a try. I auditioned for the music department at WKU and was accepted. I had two very small children at the time, but I knew that with hard work and dedication, I could make it happen. The next few years were some of the most memorable years of my life. I made lifelong friends and accomplished more than I ever thought possible. My personal life was in turmoil, Photo Courtesy of Jeff Smith but I was able to direct that energy into something positive. In 2010, I won first place in the National Teachers of Singing competition and also the WKU Performer of the Semester. I couldn’t have done it without the support of all of my teachers there in the music department, including Jana Ballard, Nancy Cron, and Dr. Wayne Pope, to whom I send all my thanks and love. Unfortunately, my personal life took a turn for the worse, and I had to drop out of school during my senior year. It was heartbreaking, but I didn’t lose hope. Five years passed, and I returned in the fall of 2016. It was then that I auditioned for and got the title role in the opera “Suor Angelica” to be performed in the spring of 2017. It was a success, and I’m very proud of the growth that I had during that performance. After I finally graduate, I plan to go to graduate school and focus on performance. In my heart, that’s what I’ve always wanted. They say that dreams come true when you put your mind to it. I have proof that they can. 20 • Flair • 2017 • July/August/September
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