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O C TO B E R • N OV E M B E R • D E C E M B E R ‘ 13

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Publisher’s Prattle And here it is…the holiday season! The evidence is everywhere. This is the time of year that we should be enjoying crisp cool mornings, bright fall foliage, football games, and a cup of warm apple cider. I don’t know about you, but I’m already plotting and planning about how I can “simplify” the holidays. I do this every year. I come up with grand ideas that, in theory, make the holiday season “doings” seem like a piece of “fruit cake!” Then, the momentum of the season picks up speed, I lose my mind (and all the grand ideas that were in it) and I forge ahead as usual doing all the “traditional” decorating, shopping, cooking, etc. By the time New Year’s Day rolls around, I am vowing that NEXT year, I WILL simplify! So, take a few moments, put your feet up, sip on your favorite beverage, and read about your friends and neighbors in FLAIR before, as Max so aptly put it, “the wild party begins!” Belinda Saltzman, Publisher

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contents

October/November/December 2013

— Publisher — Belinda Saltzman — Editorial —

features

Jim Browning Editorial Director

6 From Drab to Fab

— Production — Tricia Crawford Design Director

Lisa Frye

12 Not Your Ordinary Book Club

Lana Hendricks

14 Family Jewel Book Review

Advertising Sales Director

Tonya Kirby Advertising Sales

16 Wondering What to Wear?

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18 A House Haunted

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— Contributing Writers — Mary Anne Andrews Liz Bradley Jim Browning Mary Dale Reynolds Belinda Saltzman Casandra Spears Patty Sue Sutherland Meredith Thessen

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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10 Mama Helen Puts the Soul in Food Betty Britt & Len Harriford

30 Women Fuss too Much 22 Sassy Celebrity Patti LaBelle

in every issue

28 Remembering Her Roots Erika Brady

2 Publisher’s Prattle

— Contributing Photographer — Tricia Crawford

8 Christmas All Year Round Teresa Christmas

Meredith Thessen Pam McGuffey

5 the essence of Casandra Spears

Designer

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21 1/2 Full of... 24 Wine-0-1-1 29 Shout Out To Sheila

Cover Design by Sarah Saltzman Currently, Sarah is a junior at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado. She has moved eight different times all over the country due to being in a military family. Sarah is on her high school volleyball and soccer team, as well as participating on her school’s mock trial team: which has inspired her desire to go to college to pursue a career in law. She enjoys creating art of all kinds and has won six “Reflection” awards for her artwork. She paints, draws, enjoys photography, and even serves as a “faux” tattoo artist using Sharpie markers as her medium and skin as her canvas. Sarah’s artwork has served as the template for permanent tattoos on many of her high school friends. Art is Sarah’s favorite hobby and she hopes to inspire people with her creations for the rest of her life.

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United Way of Southern KY, the B.G. Chamber of Commerce, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and formed the Great Woman Project in 2012. She is also an honorable KY Colonel and involved with the 2013 Leadership Bowling Green class. Dalana is married to Marc Jones, and has two stepsons, Tyler and Dylan. Dalana is just one of many friendly faces you will see at SCB, so stop in and see her for all of your lending needs!

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the essence of

Casandra Spears My family: Husband

Step-son

Daughter

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Bryson

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Bella - 160 pound English Mastiff Tux - the stray cat...decided to stay

My work: Owner, Shenanigans Wine & Spirits and Wino’s Depot

My life in six words: • Lively • Passionate • Fortunate • Grueling • Hectic • Beautiful

My best friend says I’m: A passionate perfectionist with vision and drive... A modern day Wonder Woman!

I can’t live without: Black eyeliner, hot water and my children

My favorite line from a song: “But in this twilight, our choices seal our fate. ” ~Mumford & Sons

My signature dish: Chocolate pie

If I were a shoe I’d be: A 5” platform stiletto bootie, in dark gray suede with silver hardware and studs My words to live by: “If there is a will, there is a way”

The hardest lesson I’ve had to learn: That trust must be earned, not freely given

My guilty pleasures: Chocolate, fast cars, Thai iced tea & lemon cupcakes


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m o Fr

. . . b a r D Turn a world globe into a unique hanging light for your child.

Paint outdated furniture to give a modern look.

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When the majority of people set up housekeeping for the first time, they do so with their grandma’s cast-offs and their parents’ hand me downs. Let’s face it; it can be expensive to follow current decorating trends. We suggest you look at what you have with a new perspective. It’s easy to reinvent what you already own, if you’re willing to think outside the box. Repurposing your household items gives you the opportunity to resurrect old items and make them into something new. For instance, a child’s globe and a $5 light kit can turn into a unique hanging pendant. You can take an old suitcase or trunk, add legs from an old coffee table, and voilá - it’s a night stand. Vintage paint is another way to transform outdated furniture, brass chandeliers, or virtually anything you want to update. This paint can hide imperfections on damaged pieces, or just add a pop of color to a boring piece of furniture. Instead of going to the mall on your next weekend outing, try checking out a yard sale, auction, or consignment store when looking for an undiscovered treasure to update your decor. Or better yet, you may be surprised at what you have hiding in your own attic. Margaret Reynolds Baker and Mary Dale Reynolds are co-owners of The Resurrection Shop located at 1216 Nutwood Avenue. The Shop is South Central Kentucky’s only chalk paint/ vintage paint dealer. They carry unique vintage and antique furniture along with funky junk and one of a kind handcrafted items. Vintage paint classes are offered the first Saturday of the month or by appointment. Margaret is the pharmacist at The Free Clinic, mother of 3 boys, and collector of funky junk. Mary Dale is a former school teacher, mother of 4, and is a designer at heart.

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Chris mas All-Year ‘Round by Belinda Saltzman

Who better to feature in this holiday issue than a talented artist and entrepreneur whose last name is CHRISTMAS? Her story is one that says “follow your talent, follow your heart.” Teresa Christmas is originally from Russellville, but she moved to Bowling Green in 1976 to attend WKU where she earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education. Her college training also included early childhood development, which led her to a very important career path for Photo by Katie Meek our community. In 1998, Teresa worked with Judge Margaret Huddleston to implement our first Family Court. Teresa and Margaret visited other Family Court systems in the state and attended educational programs to learn the “ropes.” Teresa created the Family Court newsletter, designed the children’s waiting room with art and activities, and, after court hours, she taught parenting classes, along with her husband Michael Gramling. When Judge Huddleston’s appointment to Family Court was drawing to a close, Teresa, along with others, worked very hard to help Margaret get elected to the position of Family Court Judge. When that was accomplished, even though Teresa loved her job and those with whom she worked, she made the decision that her family and small children needed her at home. Then, sometimes, what you love beckons you to return. She got a call inviting her to be an artist-in-residence at Cumberland Trace Elementary School in 2002. That program has allowed every Cumberland Trace student to attend art class once a week. Parents and students often asked Teresa if she offered private or group lessons, so she made the opportunity available after school hours for any student to receive private lessons. By this time, Teresa’s children were grown, and the nest was empty, so she decided to take what she loved and turn it into a full-fledged business. In the summer of 2012, Art Matters opened. Summer art camp was only the beginning. After-school art lessons, adult art sessions, and whatever opportunities arise describes what happens at Art Matters. The charming little house at 718 State Street is very child friendly. Community art adorns the walls, with one room devoted to children’s art, and, of course, there is the BG Gallery Hop event. Teresa says, “People stroll into the shop and ask, ‘What is this place?” Her answer is: “What do you want it to be?” Teresa’s mission for Art Matters is to nurture talented kids through exposure to art lessons and opportunities. Her open-minded, think-out-ofthe-box attitude allows for many creative and fun opportunities. The name of the business is very appropriate - ART MATTERS and Teresa Christmas helps make that happen! Photo by Katie Meek

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Mama Helen Hometown Kitchen

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Betty Britt and Len Harriford have managed to turn a talent by Belinda Saltzman into a successful business. Growing up in a household of seven kids with a Mom and Dad who both worked, Betty and Len, along with their siblings, were expected to help with household chores. The girls learned to cook at a very young age under the direction and guidance of their mom, Helen. Hard work and responsibility were two values taught to all the children. When the kids were old enough to have jobs outside the home, they were expected to pay one of the household bills. Len remembers, “When we moved away from home, our assigned bill was passed along to a younger sibling who was just getting a job.” These values obviously provided a good platform for the two sisters to become entrepreneurs. Betty and Len used their cooking knowledge and talent and began participating in festivals and events where they sold their delicious baked goods and other favorite family recipes--Mama’s, of course! People Betty Britt and Len Harriford, owners who tasted their food would ask, “Where is Mama Helen of Mama Helen Hometown Kitchen your restaurant?” 164 Old Porter Pike • 270-904-3621 The popularity of their food at festivals led to catering jobs. The ladies worked from their homes to provide food for various Mama Helen Hometown Kitchen special events. opened its doors in Smiths Grove (their In late 2008, Betty and Len were encouraged by their brother, hometown) in January, 2009. Today, the George, to open their own restaurant. He wanted them to name the restaurant is located at 164 Old Porter restaurant after their mom, Helen, who had recently passed. The ladies Pike and is open Tuesday through Friday liked his idea, but since they never actually called their mom “Helen,” to the public and on Monday and they decided on “Mama Helen.” Saturday for reserved groups. The sisters say, “We are thankful to God for his blessing in our business success.” When asked about their restaurant’s NC H SWEET POTATO CRU specialty, both ladies answered aten immediately, “Our catfish and fried corn • 2 eggs, well be cooked d he as m ps r cu ga 3 • • 1 cup su cakes!” Friday is all-you-can-eat catfish day from 11:00am-7:30pm. on vanilla sweet potatoes po as te 1 • This highly popular dish is dipped in a cornmeal batter which is d e, melte teaspoon allspice • 1 stick margarin 2 1/ • seasoned with “secret family spices.” on cinnam • 1/2 teaspoon The restaurant is a true family endeavor with help from sisters, a • 1 cup milk niece, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, brothers, and even husbands-er: d th te ge when they are so directed! el to m ix e, M rin G ga TOPPIN • 1/3 cup mar r ga su ns n Mama Helen offers fabulous home cooking and catering for ca ow pe br d p pe cu •1 cup chop rpose flour • 1 pu l al weddings, church events, businesses, and even the WKU football team p cu 2 s 1/ • or walnut and women’s softball team. nilla and spices. The ladies also take custom orders during the holiday season for tatoes, sugar, va Mix together po Pour into a ll. we ix M s. cakes, pies, and other specialty desserts, along with offering ham, nt ie gred Add remaining in rayed. Spread sp sh di e ol country ham, and turkey cooked to order. er ss t ca 9” x 9” or 2 quar 0 minutes. Serves 6 30 r fo 0 35 Mama Helen’s locally famous recipes live on and thrive at a friendly at on topping. Bake little restaurant on Old Porter Pike that is proud to bear her name. 10 • Flair • 2013 • October/November/December


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My book club was started in 2005, and is called The Gild. This (loosely) refers to “Girls Interested in Literary Discussion”. The term “Literary Discussions” also covers news about the members, news about people we know, (some would call this gossip), and in general topics of interest.  The club is a small band of women from different professions who have two things in common-we love to read, and we love each other! We’re there for each other during both the happy and sad times, and serve as a sounding board for different events in our lives!  After a wonderful dinner prepared by the hostess, or a potluck meal, we’ll eventually wind our way around to discussing the book. This comes after the usual question of “who’s book was this?”, followed by “I don’t know!” The book may get 10 minutes, or up to 30 minutes of discussion for a particularly riveting one—then we move on to other books, other news, and sometimes, other activities! Two of my very favorite evenings stand out in my mind—the first was at Julie’s home on a hot, humid Summer night. We had all been inside during the day, so when Julie said “Who wants goldfish?”, we jumped at the chance to go outside! Flashlights and nets in hand, we surrounded the Koi pond batting at the water in vain attempts to capture the goldfish. Finally, a few surrendered themselves to the net, and Katrina was able to stock her very own Koi pond! I truly loved this Gild meeting!  The other evening that’s my very favorite is a night at Elinor’s. After a great Italian meal, and a swift discussion of the book, we started rambling. The conversation turned to decorating, which in turn led to Elinor saying she wanted to paint her living room, which then led to Elinor stating that then she wanted to hang her sailboat boom on the wall. We decided she should mark where the boom went before she painted. In a moment the electric drills came out, and we all took turns finding the studs in the wall, and determining where to hang the boom by drilling into the wall! As the smoke cleared, with wine glasses in hand, we surveyed our handiwork. A long, uneven row of holes snaked across her wall, and we warily looked at each other, and said, “Oh,——!” By Meredith Thessen  Yes, that’s my book club. It’s not your ordinary book club, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! 12 • Flair • 2013 • July/August/September October/November/December


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Imagined letters by local author make for great sequel Well, ladies, tie your bonnets on tight, and, gents, hitch up your galluses for another hilarious, rollicking ride down memory lane, back to Buck Creek, Kentucky, April through August 1977, for another slab of Jewell Mattingly Garrett’s homemade buttermilk pie. Jim Browning’s new novel, Family Jewell (in sequel to Family Gems: A Novel in Letters, coauthored with Daniel Curry, 2008), is just that sweet and buttery, with a healthy heap of tanginess in every forkful. How much can happen to one rural family Family Jewell: A Novel in Letters & in five months, picking up Sequel to Family Gems right where Family Gems by Jim Browning, Bowling Green left off, sandwiched 162 pages, $16.95 (softcover); between the deaths of Joan Available from authorhouse.com, Crawford and Elvis bn.com, and amazon.com Presley? Book cover art by Susan Kinder, Bowling Green As it turns out, quite Book cover design by Lisa Frye, Bowling Green a lot: pregnancy, birth, adoptions, a wedding, Jewell’s teenage granddaughter’s first summer job (also her first appearance publicly intoxicated), and the crackup of bipolar, pill-popping sister, Opal, in overexaggerated reaction to the King’s untimely expiration, complete with an ill-fated road trip to Memphis. Betwixt and between, there’s community gossip, always an interesting diversion: the showdown at the Kurl Up and Dye beauty parlor, whence proprietress Weensie Bottoms throws out twin sister, Teensie, and her partying pal, Mr. Jerry; and, more seriously, the accidental death of a cherished friend and neighbor. During this brief period, Jewell’s baby sister, Ruby JaNelle Mattingly Clarkson, lately of Falstaff, Arizona, is temporarily unavailable to participate in onefor-one letter exchange as in Family Gems. She is otherwise engrossed in orchestrating the lengthy recuperation of her husband, Tommy, Sr., after knee replacement surgery. In the absence of dramatic tension created by the distance between two corresponding sisters, Browning offsets the potentially dull, one-sided conversation by crafting a cleverly organized and skillfully meted-out narrative consisting of Jewell’s customary letters to Ruby (without replies from Ruby, though phone calls between the two sisters are referenced) interspersed among letters to and from her younger daughter, Reba Lynn, her “Buck Creek Community News” columns and entries in her personal journal. In eavesdropping on Jewell’s portrayal of events in her diary, presumably addressed only to herself—not to a beloved sister, not to the public—we learn much about the title character’s deep, secret feelings, hopes and fear as well as her true opinions. Jewell also divulges more about her husband, Connie, than came to light

in Family Gems. Rather than being backdrop to the sisters’ confidences, Connie comes to the fore as the larger-than-life figure that he is, an unswervingly loving husband, father and Pappaw, seeming to make the family’s world go ’round with his grand gestures. First, Connie buys Jewell an IBM Selectric typewriter at the City of Hazard annual public auction as a “labor-saving device” and tells her to “s--t or get off the pot.” Taking Connie up on the challenge, Jewell becomes increasingly emboldened and expansive in her writings in all forums. After warming up with a news column in which she announces the impending nuptials of Reba Lynn, P.E. teacher at Oldham County High, to a social studies teacher at same, Jewell’s first major typewriting foray is on the subject of the death of Joan Crawford, whom she is moved to elegize in both a lengthy journal entry and a weekly column. Jewell had seen her first Crawford movie at the age of 11 and immediately thereafter written a fan letter, to which Crawford had replied (not implausible, as Crawford was known to personally respond to selected fan mail). The family fold increases in number as Ruby’s son, Tommy, Jr., and his partner, Tony, attempt the unprecedented adoption of a five-year-old, Vietnamese girl, Lee Sing. She is the granddaughter of Lulu, a seamstress in Tommy Jr.’s fabric store, product of Lulu’s no-good son and daughter-in-law. Though the adoption by the “two single men of Atlanta” fails, Jewell’s brother, Garnett, and his wife, Geneva, who have long been childless, step into the breach and adopt Lee Sing just in time for her to participate as flower girl in Reba Lynn’s wedding. Everybody’s thrilled, of course. The estranged husband of Jewell’s elder daughter, Deborah Lynn, seems to have straightened out. He no longer drinks, holds a steady job and sees their children, Tiffany Dawn and Preston, regularly. He’s coming around more often and being counted in on more and more Garrett family functions. And Tommy, Jr. and Tony haven’t given up. Lulu’s daughter-in-law is going to adopt out yet another child who is on the way, as her worthless husband has just gone to prison. Amidst the heady anticipation of Reba Lynn’s wedding, lurking in the background is the threat of the reappearance of ex-boyfriend Cornell Hayden, a man with whom Reba Lynn lived for a number of years and who fathered a child she miscarried. Cornell gets liquored up and calls the Garrett home a couple of times shortly before the wedding, asking to speak with Reba Lynn. Thank goodness Jewell picks up the phone. She painfully keeps her anxiety to herself, remarking in her journal that it’s a good thing Connie wasn’t the one who answered. And where’s all the food we came to love in Family Gems? Well, it’s still everywhere. But recipes take a turn for the ultramodern after Connie buys Jewell an Amana Radar Range. Though she would rather have gotten a Curtis Mathes color TV, Jewell is intent on learning how to use her new space-age appliance to feed her ever-expanding family. The microwave peanut brittle (recipe included) is apparently to die for. Hopefully the wedding will come off without a hitch, without Cornell Hayden, and with Jewell’s homemade Lady Baltimore cake perfectly baked in her traditional oven. Still, Jewell is worried that the baby Reba Lynn is now carrying might somehow be Cornell’s rather than her intended’s. The novel comes to a close with Jewell journaling about dreams—the real dreams of sleep, good and bad—from which she emerges determined to be strong for the new grandchild she already loves, regardless of the father’s identity. Finally, for those adventurous enough to explore microwave cooking beyond popping corn and reheating leftovers, there’s an appendix of several tastysounding, time-saving recipes excerpted from the Buck Creek Community Homemaker’s Club Magic of the Modern Microwave Cookbook. Enjoy!

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A House Haunted — By Liz Bradley

On October 31st we celebrate the scary, the spooky, and the spine chilling. We pretend to be someone or something else. We let our imagination run. It’s a time when it’s fun to be frightened. Halloween has quickly become one of the most decorated holidays, with unique themes and colors that branch out from the typical black and orange. However, haunting your house doesn’t have to be killer on your checkbook. Try some of these fun tips to stretch your dollar as far as you stretch your cob webs. Tattered books, groups of candles, or other everyday items that you have around the house can start to look scary when paired with Halloween items on the mantel or spider webs draped across them. Always be on the lookout throughout the year for items priced just right, such as old frames. They become quick and easy decorations when creepy pictures from the Internet are printed out and added to them. Or, old white sheets thrown over chairs and mirrors to make a room look instantly abandoned. Never underestimate the power of a cheap bag of spider webbing. Everything from a light fixture to a stack of books becomes a little more spooky when covered in spider webs. The trick is knowing how to use the spider webs. A little goes a long way. Keep pulling the threads apart until they can not be pulled apart anymore. The super thin and fine threads look like a real web. You could of course always allow the real ones to accumulate over the year and get out of dusting. Just tell your family it’s all part of the Halloween plan. I’m sure they will understand. Using black ravens and crows throughout the house can really bring a haunted house to life. Use a lot for an Alfred Hitchcock “The Birds” feel, or use one or two for the Edgar Allan Poe “Nevermore” look.

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When I met Scott Willis, a laid-back, soft-spoken, mild-mannered guy, it was hard to imagine him as the “jump-on-the-table, insanely screaming rocker” who sang with Government Cheese, a regionally-famous rock band in the mid-80’s to early-90’s. It didn’t take long for him to convince me he is quite a Sir-PRIZE. Scott grew up in Louisville and became interested in music when he was in high school. In his words, “I had no talent, no music background, and no reason to think I was good, but I decided I wanted to be in a band.” After a failed attempt at playing drums, he picked up a guitar and basically taught himself to play and sing. In 1981, Scott came to Bowling Green to attend WKU where he majored in marketing and minored in economics. Scott remembers, “My dad said, ‘Music is great, but you need to have a degree!’” In 1985, Government Cheese, an alternative rock band, was formed by Scott, Tommy Womack, Joe “Elvis” King, and Billy Mac Hill. “The first few months we were just terrible; then, we thought we were starting to get really good,” Scott recalls. The early days found Government Cheese at Picasso’s on Monday nights and Michael’s Pub on weekends where they were quickly packing both houses. Soon thereafter, they were cutting a record, buying a bright yellow “junker” van, and hitting the road playing regional gigs. In 1987, they were signed by Reptile Records, a Nashville label, and they were sure they would be the next “Rolling Stones.” They spent the next three years on the road from one show to another reaching for the brass ring, and their bright yellow van with the “Government Cheese” sign would oftentimes draw a line of people looking for actual government cheese! In 1990 while on tour, Scott was ambushed by rowdy fans in West Virginia and suffered a shattered jaw. He came back to Bowling Green to recuperate and then returned to a previous job in the bike department at Nat’s Outdoor Sports. One by one, the band members decided the road was getting old and it was time to pursue other paths in life. Scott found a new career through his mentor and friend, Nat Love, and he has been a sales representative for Columbia Apparel for 12 years. In 2010, Tommy Womack produced a remastered CD of Government Cheese’s recordings, and the positive fan reaction prompted a Reunion Tour in 2011, with stops in Bowling Green, Louisville, and Nashville, where all three venues sold out. Today, Scott is happy to get together with friends, both old and new, to play music for the occasional benefit, such as his recent appearance with Chris Carmichael and the Thrashing Fossils at the Lost River Music Fest, a benefit for The Center for Courageous Kids and The District. Scott would probably admit the band was a great experience, but Dad’s advice turned out to be good, too.


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You know, I so appreciate reading and hearing what friends are thankful for as we approach the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. It helps me reflect on life and it’s many blessings. I do find, however, that when I am in a circle of friends and it gets around to me to say what I am thankful for, all I can shout out is MERRY CHRISTMAS! Why, you ask? BECAUSE...All I hear and see on radio & TV is how much earlier ‘this’ or ‘that’ store will open for “Black Friday!” Why pretty soon, there will be “Food Court” vendors that will serve a “Thanksgiving Meal on a STICK” and you will be able to take 15 minutes out of your assault on the MALL for nourishment and then right back at it! I certainly salute any of you that will fight those crowds, but as for me....UNLESS they are giving a CAR AWAY for FREE for anyone with all the tools in their garage strapped to their body, I AM STAYING HOME! Fantastic Holiday wishes, campers! 1/2 full of hot deals, turning a profit, and this kick off to the holiday season thing called LIFE!

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By Casandra Spears I feel it’s time to get serious, with some serious wine, for some serious wine drinkers. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a pretty label just like the next girl, but pretty labels are a dime a dozen and at times the wine can be disappointing, to say the least. I have been thinking lately that it was time for a change; this quarter I’m going to give you three suggestions, one for each month to get you through all those gruesome gatherings with the in-laws and time with your version of Cousin Eddy. So there’s this varietal of grape that I recently discovered; it’s called Pecorino, and it is my new favorite white! Pecorino is a light-skinned wine grape varietal used in Italy’s eastern coastal regions, notably Marche and Abruzzo. It is used to make dry, mineral-scented wines under the Offida and Falerio DOC titles, but also works well as a blending component, most often alongside Passerina and Trebbiano.

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Erika Brady

Remembering Her Roots By Mary Anne Andrews

With a low musical voice, smooth as Kentucky honey, Erika Brady personifies the music she loves. For over 15 years Erika has been host and senior producer of Barren River Breakdown on WKU Public Radio. The non-commercial program plays roots music, or Erika says, “American music with roots,” since the show predates the roots genre. Erika said Barren River Breakdown began in the 1980’s as filler for the Live from the Met. However, the appeal for Barren River Breakdown outgrew the appeal of the opera and gradually replaced it. “It became the tail wagging the dog,” Erika said. When Erika joined the show she said she wanted to continue to grow its success in a community driven direction. Slowly and organically she redefined the formula of the program. By adding more diverse sounds and local talent, Erika gave the audience a stronger connection to the show. Erika finds the history of music especially beneficial and interesting. “Music can give us a perspective of what it was like to be in a certain place at a certain time,” she said. “We can hear what was on our parents’ and grandparents’ record players.” Erika also teaches Folklore at Western Kentucky University. She said being a folklorist allows her to dig deep into her passions of history and music; two things she says make up a community. Along with many more, Erika said her favorite bands include the Kentucky HeadHunters. The HeadHunters fit into her lineup because they reflect the reality and diversity of the area. Erika also said she loves all the groups involved in the local bluegrass festival including Curtis Burch, a dobro player. Barren River Breakdown normally kicks off with a guitar piece from Muhlenberg County, an area famous for their guitar picking style. Others who frequent the show include Pat Haney and Chris Knight. As far as personal and musical heroes, Erika said she is inspired by Nolan Erika Brady behind the microphone Porterfield (a famous host and producer), Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward and of Barren River Breakdown many others. Along with teaching and hosting the show, Erika has found her own personal passion for music. She plays the guitar and the mandolin, and recently began singing alongside an old friend. After producing his concert four years ago, Erika asked gospel singer John Edmonds if he offered lessons. “Do you think a white girl from D.C. can get a lock on it?” she asked him about trying the soulful genre. Gospel is one of Erika’s favorites types of music to listen to. After taking lessons for a while, Erika and John began collaborating and are working on a CD together. Erika is willing to volunteer her time for Barren River Breakdown because of the high value she places on culture and what she calls, “the language of music”. “There’s a lot of evidence that music is good for your brain and for social interaction,” she said. “It opens another world to you.”

Tune in to 88.9 FM at noon every Saturday and Sunday to hear Barren River Breakdown.


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“WOMEN FUSS TOO MUCH AT CHRISTMAS,” Say Men Who Think They’d Do It Better For the women racing to order the turkey, wrap the presents and write the cards, here’s a handy Christmas tip – stop making it all such a big deal. • A third of men say women make far too much fuss about Christmas and believe they would do a much better job. In fact, with chaps in charge, the festivities would be less rushed, less expensive and much less stressful. • A quarter of them would happily ditch turkey for a different lunch, half wouldn’t bother sending Christmas cards and 40 percent would cancel visits to the in-laws. • Given the chance, one in five men would radically change the Christmas Day menu. A fifth of the antiturkey brigade would choose steak and chips while another fifth would simply order take-out. Children also have strong ideas about the way they would like to celebrate Christmas. • Forty percent would rather Santa brought them time with their parents than a sackful of presents. • A quarter hope for visits from family members they rarely see during the year, although 15 percent of these fret about the risk of family reunions leading to arguments. • And more than one in four children said they were worrying about how their family would afford the expense of Christmas. Take time to discuss Christmas plans with your family to determine what needs to be changed to enhance the holiday experience for everyone!


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