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A MOTHER’S VERSION OF
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” — By Marissa Brown
Twas’ the night before Christmas and all through my abode, I was the only one stirring: I was cleaning the commode. Kids FINALLY all sleeping, of course in MY bed, with visions of Legos and bikes in their heads, while Daddy was snoozing, in front of the TV, with a half constructed bike propped up against his knee. When I heard the reindeer hooves all loud and a clatter, it made me all flustered, “Oh! NOW what’s the matter?” With the toilet bowl brush still tight in my hand, I came down the back stairs and saw the ole’ man. (Not my husband.) He was covered with ashes, cat hair, and some dust, which fell to my rug. “Oh, great! I could bust!” “Ho Ho Ho!” exclaimed Santa. “So glad you’re awake. Can’t tell you how hard your gift was to make.” “Oh, thanks,” I told Santa, “All I want is time alone.” “I get it,” he laughed, “so I made you a clone.” “A clone?” I questioned Santa. “Well, what good is that? Run along, you crazy Santa; I’ve got no time to chat.” Then out came my clone; she was my exact twin: same hair, same yoga pants, and even my double chin. “She’ll cook; she’ll clean; even take the kids to school. You’ll relax, paint your nails. Santa just ain’t no fool.”
“HECK, YEAH!” I exclaimed. “This doesn’t feel right. I can shower and read, even sleep though the night!” From my room up above, I heard the kids stirring. “Mommy, come quick! I’m scared, and I’m thirsty!” As my clone softly said, “I’ll be up in no time!” “Oh, yeah,” I said; then I opened the wine! My clone calmed my kids, put them right back to bed. This couldn’t be real, couldn’t get it through my head! “You’re the best mom ever,” I happened to hear. It just wasn’t right: her getting love from MY dears? So I excused Santa’s clone right out of my life, “That’s MY children’s love,” and she left without strife. As I kissed my sweet children and tucked them in bed. “Oh , thank you, sweet Santa, for clearing my head.” “Sometimes I get busy and know it flies by, but I know these days are special, and that’s the reason why, I’m choosing to parent and do the hard stuff, even when I am tired and I’ve had enough.” As the clock on my bookshelf began to chime, Santa whispered to my clone, “It works every time!” So as my clone and dear Santa wished me goodnight, he told me, “Merry Christmas, you dear Mom, you’re doing it right!” As parents we find daily that through our efforts to give our children “everything” we forget to give them the things that matter most…ourselves. This Christmas resist being taken by the excitement of what we think is important and remember the real reason we celebrate. Hold those who are important to you close. Merry blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
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A successful woman is one who: Works at happiness, not stuff My work: Dance Images, Owner, Instructor & Choreographer The hardest lesson I’ve had to learn: Life can change in a moment
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Michele Vise, Executive Director of New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding is passionate about her work. In fact, it provided a “new beginning”for her. Michele was born in Lexington, KY and grew up on a farm. She graduated from University of Kentucky in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Her career started in Franklin with a position at P.I.C. (Pig Improvement Company), which is a swine genetics facility. In 2004, she became the Director of Member Relations for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. In 2007 she was promoted to CEO of this organization. All seemed to be going well until life threw her a couple of curve balls in 2008. First, she lost her husband to a genetic degenerative disease. Then the non-profit she worked for merged with another nonprofit in Colorado. Michele found herself at a major crossroads in her life. After a lot of soul-searching, Michele decided to stay in Kentucky close to her Lexington relatives. She became a volunteer at New Beginnings, which at that time was located a mere 10 minutes from her home in the Plano area. She helped with exercising horses, helping riders, writing grant proposals, marketing & publicity and fund raising. As a result of her efforts, programs were expanded. In 2009, Michele became a parttime paid employee and in the winter 2012 she was named Executive Director. In 2013, New Beginnings found a new home on Bill Ferguson Road in Warren County. The picturesque setting and beautiful barn area is reminiscent of a Lexington horse farm. The facility allows for 40 weeks of classes and riding and to date has served over 800 students and over 10,000 volunteer hours! Therapeutic riding provides a recreational outlet that has therapeutic benefits for individuals with disabilities through the power of horses. 6 • Flair • 2015 • October/November/December
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Courtney George Gatton Academy Class of 2015 “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln
Courtney George has just graduated from Gatton Academy: the student to help augment the cost of the study abroad opportunities. The nation’s #1 rated high school located in Bowling Green on the WKU choices include Costa Rica, Greece or Italy, and England. Another campus. This remarkable difference is the underyoung woman is from graduate research option. Maysville, KY, a small Students can choose to town, population 8920, become involved with a in the northern part of WKU professor the state. in a research project.” When Courtney was a (Courtney’s interest in freshman in high school, English, especially 17th she already knew that her century poetry, led to her opportunities for pursing 3-semester research project academic excellence at on John Donne.) her school were limited. She learned about Gatton Academy through friends of her parents whose son had just graduated from Gatton. After thorough “The academy provides research by her Mom, and opportunities to meet likethen Courtney, the minded people and have decision was made that achievements that couldn’t she would do everything otherwise be accomplished. she could to prepare for The network of friends and being accepted at Gatton colleagues is invaluable.” for her junior and senior years. Courtney knew the Courtney has accepted a admission criterion was scholarship to WKU where attainable, but she also she will be working on a knew that competition double major, Mechanical would be stiff and she Engineering and Math. She would need to find a way has a very specific plan for to “stand out”as an using her degree. She has applicant. She focused on been studying and playing extra curricular activities cello since she was 6 years and community service old. Her father is a war where she racked up over veteran. Her experience at 400 hours in 2 years! Gatton has taught her to Courtney very clearly dream big and think outside remembers the day in her the box. She plans to use sophomore year when she her math and engineering received an email from skills to design musical Gatton inviting her to instruments that can be come to campus for an played by amputees. interview. She was very excited that she had When Courtney was asked to describe Gatton accepts around 60 incoming juniors each year to made the first cut! the program. The application requirements include: what the Gatton experience has taught her, she thoughtfully answered: 1) Resident of KY Courtney’s experience at Gatton Academy 2) High school sophomore standing has been life changing: “I don’t have to be , but I have 3) 22 on math ACT to be 4) Algebra II and geometry completed “The study abroad opportunities are great! The Academy provides a stipend to each 8 • Flair • 2015 • October/November/December
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Located in the heart of south-central Kentucky, the L&N Depot in Bowling Green, Kentucky stands as a crown jewel celebrating the rich history of rail transportation and passenger service. The Depot was built in 1925 and represents a unique and elegant atmosphere for special occasions. Our main lobby located at the front entrance has been host to many amazing events. Holiday parties, travel themed weddings, fundraising galas and even a royal princess birthday party have all unfolded in this amazing space. Events for as many as one hundred and fifty guests can be accommodated with our lobby and meeting room. Our venue includes a kitchenette specifically for catering set-up with its own discreet entrance. Variable lighting helps to set the tone for events and a service bar in the meeting/reception room may be used for food and beverage service along with many other uses. Daytime events such as luncheons, meetings, training sessions, corporate retreats or even family reunions may be scheduled in the Depot. The lobby and meeting room are often rented together. Evening events such as weddings, receptions, dinners, cocktail parties, anniversary parties, rehearsal dinners and birthday parties take on an added elegance when hosted in the L& N Depot or the Duncan Hines Dining Car. Come see our beautiful Depot and let us show you how to make your own history!
Dinner on the Duncan Hines Dining Car
Named after Bowling Green native, the Duncan Hines Dining Car offers an experience that is hard to come by these days. There are very few dinner cars running on the rails. This stationary car offers guests the opportunity to actually be a part of history. With seating for up to forty-eight guests, our dining car is perfect for company holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, meetings and even birthday parties. The car is fully furnished with tables and chairs. We offer white linen tablecloths and can even add white linen chair covers to create the highest level of elegance to your event. The car also has a kitchenette area that is perfect for caterers to set up for service. While no cooking takes place on the car, there is plenty of room for a full service staff to take care of your guests. When you’re planning a gathering that requires a unique style and you want to impress your guests, the Duncan Hines Dining Car just might be the perfect choice for you.
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Who doesn’t love a little red caboose? Every child recognizes the red car riding the rails. Our fully restored caboose can make your child’s next birthday party a fantastic event. We offer specially designed packages on the weekend for your lil’ engineer. Decorations can be added to the caboose but are certainly not required. Tables and chairs are included in your rental. Lil’ Toot is also available as an add-on to any birthday package. The up cycled train will make its rounds on our property and every child gets to take a ride on the kiddie train.
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• When you are going to be away from home, remember, just as in vacation season, never discuss your plans on social media or in general conversations that can be overheard; also, caution your children about discussing plans;
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Tori Henninger A Communicator with a Critically Important Message DOMESTIC VIOLENCE … a topic we don’t like to talk about or even think about. But we must. Tori Henninger, Executive Director of BRASS (Barren River Area Safe Space), sums it up, “We need to open lines of communication about domestic violence in our community. It is a societal issue that can happen to ANYONE and effects EVERYONE.” Tori is from the very small town of Burgin, Kentucky, about 30 miles south of Lexington. She came to Bowling Green as a Western Kentucky University student where she graduated with a BA and then a MA in Communication in 2009. Tori worked with the Alumni Association as a WKU student, and then the association hired her after graduation where she worked for 10 years. She was not looking for a new career opportunity, but, as fate would have it, one came looking for her. She saw a posting for the BRASS Executive Director. It wouldn’t leave her alone. It kept cropping up, she kept hearing about it, thinking about it. Tori has a strong faith, and she started to feel as if she were being led to make a change. She applied for the position and was hired as the new director (replacing the retiring Lee Alcott) in July of this year. Tori explains that she quickly dived into learning all the aspects that are involved in this critically important agency. “I was very lucky that BRASS has the best staff in the world! The 21 staff members and several volunteers are well trained and totally dedicated to providing a safe place for women and their children to remove them from a domestic violence situation.” Tori’s mission is to build awareness about domestic violence and BRASS. How does the process work? When a victim calls the crisis line, it is determined if they are in eminent danger; the victim and children then come to the emergency shelter (83 women and children were served in July, 2015, in the 28-bed shelter). Male victims are offered alternative arrangements. Next, an initial assessment is conducted to determine the barriers to safety, and a BRASS advocate helps devise a plan and educates about what resources are available. Permanent housing is arranged if possible or rapid re-housing is available as a short term option to help victims get back on their feet. Outreach services are utilized that include group and individual counseling. BRASS is one of 15 agencies that comprise KCADV, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It is funded by donations and multiple grants provided by various sources. When asked about volunteer opportunities, Tori responded, “The list is endless. If you have some time, there is a need that will fit your skill set!” Training is mandatory for some of the volunteer positions. BRASS also works in partnership with Goodwill. You can designate that your Goodwill donations go to BRASS, and women will get vouchers to purchase items for setting up their new housing.
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Forget about Valentineâ€™s Day...
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Couplesâ€™costumes are often outrageous, funny, and very creative. Costumes for couples really have no limits and can be as far out there as you would like. Especially if you have a completely unique costume idea for you and your special someone, the idea you have in mind is often not available in Halloween stores, so many resort to creating their own original costumes from scratch. So what ideas do you have for this Halloween?
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I still sing because I love the sound of applause, because it’s who I am, and because I still can. Whatever happened to the tomboy I used to be, the slightly rebellious rocker? I’ve spent an awful lot of my time in the air. I’ve had everything happen to me in a plane that could happen, except a crash. The amazing thing is that I’m sane. I’m not bitter. I’m not drugged out. I’m not broke. I’m still married to the same guy. My children don’t hate me. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but I was a big favorite with the Mafia. I’m not used to introspection. I’ve never lingered on my feelings. The show must go on. 20 • Flair • 2015 • October/November/December
Brenda Lee Top-Charting U.S. Female Pop/Country Vocalist Best known for her 1958 Christmas classic, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
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THANKSGIVING ETIQUETTE 1
Invite at least one
to ensure that everyone is on his or her best behavior. In communicating . timing, be Don’t say when the meal is to be served, or your guests will arrive at the last moment.
Ask some close friends or good conversationalists to come early and be . This deflects the the awkward early phase and allows you to get on with prep.
Thanksgiving is the ideal time to gently haze new additions to a family — like placing an eager young boyfriend next to a curmudgeonly uncle.
the only aromas.
Pay extra attention to your bathrooms, which should be well stocked and absolutely spotless.
and decorate your table with from Skip the the garden (or farmers’ market). Twigs, pinecones, gourds, leaves: anything autumnal, unscented, and low enough to allow sight lines across the table.
of Phones are the conviviality. Meals like Thanksgiving should be havens from the intrusion of work and social media. So Instagram your thumbs off before and after the meal, but in deference to the cook, turn off and put away all devices while there is food on the table.
Roasting turkey and stuffing should be
AFTER DINNER: Standards of
, relax etiquette, a little after dinner, and it is perfectly acceptable to stretch out on the sofa or turn on the game.
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HERE’S WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS -
Something That Makes Her Feel Like You Think. . . . . . She’s incredibly beautiful. Maybe it’s jewelry or a scarf: just something that says, “I love looking at you.”
Ladies, what do YOU really want
for Christmas from your man? If you can’t tell him directly or just want to be surprised, leave this article for him to read — and happy shopping gentlemen!
. . . She’s incredibly smart.
Maybe it’s a first edition copy of The Catcher in the Rye: this gift should say, “I value your intellect.”
. . . She’s incredibly funny.
Maybe it’s a silly tee-shirt: something that says, “You make me laugh.”
. . . She’s a good mom.
Maybe it’s a bracelet with a charm for each child or a framed family portrait.
. . . She’s deserving of a break. Maybe it’s a day at the spa or a personal chef for a week.
Not to make a sweeping generalization, but most men aren’t great at buying women Christmas presents, although some seem to get into the whole process of searching for the perfect gift for their wives or girlfriends. However, many men are the type who spend the last couple of days before Christmas wandering around the mall in a daze, staring with panicked confusion at anything sparkly, pink, or fruity-smelling: “Does that look like something she would want? I don’t know what it 24 • Flair • 2015 • October/November/December
is, but it’s shiny, and it reeks of perfume in this store, and, hey, the gift wrap is free?! Sold!” Here’s the bad news...she probably won’t be thrilled when she opens up that random, shiny, last-minute purchase. She’ll probably be weird, distant, irritable, and sad for at least a week or two, until she convinces herself you’ll redeem yourself on Valentine’s Day. Here’s the good news...this year, you can avoid this common holiday couples’ conflict!
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RISING STAR! Brent Rupard grew up in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, 30 miles from Louisville. Music played an important role in Brent’s family. His dad was the worship leader at their church and played guitar. His mom plays piano and both his sisters love singing. When he was 10 years old, Brent took the family musical influence and started developing his own musical interest and talent with the drums and then guitar. A tragic event in his young life led Brent Brent and friend Anthony Olympia to write his first song when he was 14. He was able to perform at the 2015 CMA Festival. express his feeling through songwriting when a close friend died. By the time he was in high school, Brent was in a Christian based band that had regular gigs at church events and youth activities. He wanted to pursue his music, but he also knew that getting a college degree was very important. 2003 brought the rising star to WKU where he stayed very busy in his spare time performing in an acoustic duo with friend and fellow musician, Anthony Olympia. The duo was billed as Easy Street. Brent describes the music industry as a large family. “If you have consistent exposure, with talent and a little luck, you end up being noticed.” Brent was noticed by Lee Ann Phelan, an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) representative. Lee Ann was an early believer and supporter of Brent, setting up meetings for him and arranging for him to participate in an ASCAP workshop for unsigned songwriters. Professional songwriter Bonnie Baker led the workshop. Through the workshop, Brent was nominated for and won the prestigious Leon Butler Award in 2011. His association with Bonnie Baker and Lee Ann Phelan led to his being signed as a songwriter for Sea Gayle Music (a publishing company owned by Brad Paisley and Chris Dubois) and being signed by his booking agency, William Morris. Brent just finished cutting a record and will begin the process of finding the right label for his music. His music genre is organic country, gritty soul with an Americana vibe. When asked about artists who have had an impact on him, Brent answered, “George Jones, Buck Owens, The Eagles, Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, Garth Brooks, Elton John, Brent’s fans come in all ages, and, currently The Band with Levon Helm.” including one of his biggest, Brent’s Christian values shine through like 8-year-old Keegan McLaughlin. a beacon. When asked where he sees himself in 10 years, he thoughtfully answered, “Continuing to work hard and be inspired, having a good balance of career and personal life, staying grounded and true to my music, making music that inspires and touches people, and continuing to grow in my faith which has been a catalyst in my life.” He has opened for The Band Perry, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Turner, Kenny Loggins, and Scotty McCreery to name a few. In May of this year, Brent opened for Thompson Square at SkyPAC here in Bowling Green and is now touring with the country band Lonestar. Find out more about Brent and his music at www.brentrupardmusic.com Brent and Anthony always pumped for the next concert.
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