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Published by Estrella Publishing LLC, PO Box 6962, Goodyear AZ 85338. Additional copies and article reproductions can be obtained for a fee by contacting info@EstrellaPublishing.com Catherine Uretsky, Publisher and Editor 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com Al Uretsky, Publisher and Sales Executive 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com All contents © 2010-present Estrella Publishing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission from Estrella Publishing LLC is prohibited. Estrella Publishing accepts freelance contributions, there is no guarantee that materials will be used or returned. Some content is provided by Brandpointe and Family Features. Estrella Publishing is not responsible for the views of contributing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or Advertisers. Estrella Publishing reserves the right to restrict all advertisement to their proper classification and to edit or reject any copy at its sole discretion.

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From Me To You...

plan. We spent the summer in the US - California and Florida, where we dodged hurricanes and humidity. Fun, but not the original plan.

‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.’ Benjamin Franklin.

I am a planner, always have been. In fact I usually have a plan, a back-up plan, and a worst case scenario plan. I suppose it is because I work on an “assume the best but prepare for the worst” mentality and for that you need a few plans. We also have four children and that takes a ton of planning. School, work, extra-curriculars, they all need to be combined in the plan. Now that three of our kids are adults I thought I could ease up on the planning and allow others to take the lead. Well, as Michael Chabon said, “Man makes plans... and God laughs.” Our lives changed dramatically a few months ago and we have since welcomed two teenage girls into our home and our family. We love having them and we have known them for most of their lives so the transition is mostly seamless. Except for the planning. These kids have never learned how to plan ahead. For anything. They live on the fly and change plans on a whim. They are truly go with the flow girls and it has worked for them up to this point. The problem is that it doesn’t work in our family dynamic. I can’t drop everything to pick someone up from school when they decide not to go to a friend’s house after all, or they have to buy something for school the next day. I can help them out when I know what’s coming, we are working on that together and I know it will get better with time. Long-term plans are something else I love to do. You could call it a form of dreaming I suppose. The things I would love to do if everything comes together. I have been planning a family trip for a couple of years now but because of Covid my plans keep getting shelved and changed. My father turned 80 this summer and we were all supposed to be in England for a month of celebrations and exploration. Obviously that did not happen according to Estrella Publishing - The Park magazine

I am also coming to a new stage in life. Planning for retirement. Not the financial part, that happened many years ago, thank goodness. I am talking about the fun part. Downsizing to a smaller house, traveling, taking on a new hobby. All the things I have been putting on the back burner while I get on with the business of raising a family. The possibilities are endless well as endless as my budget allows anyway. I have never been to Belize, or on safari, I was supposed to live in New Zealand with family when I was younger, perhaps I could finally see what life is like in the antipodes. Whatever I decide to do I know that there will be many plans to make - and really that’s half the fun!

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Health Habits

Statistics show that 73% of Americans consider their health and wellness a priority and are reevaluating their own lifestyle habits. Many are now choosing to take their health into their own hands with healthy lifestyle changes - and no matter what changes individuals make, the journey to better health habits almost always begins with small steps. Wondering what you can do to make a lasting change in your overall wellness? Here are five ways you can start improving your health habits today, with insight from Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Health and Nutrition Officer at Herbalife Nutrition: 1. Eat with nutrition in mind We all know improving our health habits often starts in the kitchen, but maybe you need a few ideas to inspire you. There are hundreds of websites that offer great tutorials, and you can find recipes for virtually any ingredient to suit any taste or diet. 2. Skip the junk food We often reach for that bag of chips or find ourselves in line at the drive-through when we

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Holiday Shopping With the holiday season around the corner, there is no better way to reconnect with loved ones than through gifting a new experience or favorite pastime to create lifelong memories. Below is a list of five experiential travel gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list - including the person who has everything. Tickets to live events For the friend or family member who shares new music before it hits the radio. There’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite band take the stage to play their top hits live, or sitting courtside to cheer on your hometown team. Art class series For the friend or family member who spends their weekends covered in paint and clay. Give the gift of craftsmanship through a series of classes with local artisans. If your giftee is an interior design fanatic, a woodworking or upholstery class could be the winner.

seeking their next adrenaline rush. Help them chase their next adventure and give the gift of once-in-a-lifetime moments. Whether that be channeling their inner speed demon with a race car test drive or cheering on their daredevil nature with extreme whitewater rafting, these heart-pumping experiences make the perfect gift. Wellness essentials For the friend or family member who indulges in self-care on a daily basis. From aerial yoga to tai chi classes, spa and wellness packages will open the door to boost personal care. Put a bow on top Wrap any of these gifts up with a hotel stay! Many hotels offer unique experiences, so be sure to research or contact hotels in your sought-after destination to learn more. So, get a head start on holiday shopping and gift an unforgettable experience.

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Yum Yum Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Grapes, Carrots and Parsnips Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/4 teaspoons turmeric 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 large garlic cloves, minced 4 chicken thighs on the bone, skin removed and visible fat trimmed 2 medium onions, sliced 1/3-inch thick 3 carrots, peeled and cut in 2 and 1/2-inch sticks 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut in 2 and 1/2inch sticks Freshly ground pepper 1 1/4 cups red California grapes Directions Heat the oven to 400 F with rack in the center. Line a shallow baking sheet (10x15 or 11x17) with parchment paper or foil (shiny side down). If using foil, spray with vegetable oil cooking spray to prevent vegetables from sticking.

In a large bowl, stir to combine the oil, cumin, turmeric, salt and garlic. Add the chicken, turning to coat, and then transfer smooth side up to the baking sheet. Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss in the remaining spiced oil, then distribute them around the chicken pieces on the baking sheet. Season with freshly ground pepper. Roast the chicken and vegetables for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the grapes over the vegetables and roast about 5 minutes more, until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with the tip of a small sharp knife. (Note: for softer roasted grapes, add them to the pan earlier.)

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Give Blood From surgeries to emergencies, life-saving therapeutics, and beyond, blood and plasma are essential for hospitals and health care centers to help patients. Unfortunately, experts report facilities throughout the country are facing critical shortages and are calling on more people - especially younger generations - to help by donating blood or plasma locally. There are many reasons why blood and plasma inventories have fallen so low. Thousands of blood drives were canceled due to COVID-19. Additionally, U.S. hospitals have seen an increase in trauma cases requiring transfusions. Compared with 2019, the demand for blood at trauma centers has increased 10%, escalating the urgent need for blood donations. Beyond current events, blood supplies in general are decreasing because the typical donor is aging and fewer young people are donating. Older generations like the baby boomers, adults 57 and older, are aging out of the donor pool and first-time donors aren’t replacing them at adequate rates. A plentiful blood and plasma supply is important not only for accidents and injuries, but for a host of medical procedures.

illnesses like cancer to burn injuries. To ensure help is there when people need it, we have to have a stable supply of blood and plasma and the need has never been greater. We urgently need donors of all ages - and we need it now,” said Dr. Alexander Carterson, head of medical, scientific and clinical affairs for Abbott’s diagnostics business. Whether it’s a one-time need, or for ongoing lifesaving procedures, blood and plasma donations help make a difference for millions of Americans every year. “One donation can save up to three lives and that’s truly amazing. We are committed to raising awareness about the need for blood donors so that people can live their best lives,” Carterson added. Join the BE THE 1 movement and donate to be a part of the solution. Learn more about donation at www.bethe1donor.abbott.

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Furry Friends

Did you know honey bees are responsible for over 35% of the foods you eat, as well as the honey you enjoy? Honey bees are vital to the health of the planet and to the food chain, as they are necessary for pollinating more than 90 food crops including fruits, vegetables and nuts - plus alfalfa, which is used as feed for the livestock that supply our meat and dairy. There are many ways you can enjoy the fruits of the honey bees’ labor, while also helping to support their habitats and ensuring they’ll be around for generations to come. The National Honey Board has partnered with registered dietitian Maggie Michalczyk, RDN, to bring you her favorite planet-friendly tips and ideas. Here are Michalczyk’s tips for enjoying and celebrating the hardworking pollinator. 1. Celebrate pollinator foods Honey bees are needed to pollinate over 90 crops. So the next time you are enjoying apples, avocados, cherries, almonds or sunflower seeds, you can celebrate the fact that all of these foods are made possible by hardworking honey bees.

2. Sweat for bees Movement is key to a balanced life. Skip the pesticides in your yard and pull weeds by hand instead. Then make sure to plant beefriendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden and yard. 3. Expand your produce palate Pollinators, including honey bees, are responsible for 1 in every 3 bites of food that everyone eats, including many fruits and vegetables. Eating a wide variety of produce plays a role in enhancing the diversity of your gut microbiome. 4. Work in daily natural energy boosters Consider a mid-afternoon break with a cup of tea sweetened with honey. Green and black tea both contain beneficial antioxidants, and honey is a 100% pure and natural energy booster. 5. Make it Mediterranean Take a page from the popular Mediterranean diet and fill your plate with whole grains, lean proteins like fish, unsaturated fats, fruits and veggies - and use honey whenever possible. Honey is traditionally part of the MediterraneanStyle Dietary Pattern, as recognized in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Power Skills

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them understand the wide range of people and work styles they encounter. Empathy also strengthens teams by helping team members feel appreciated and heard. 3. Collaborative leadership A collaborative leadership style is more effective in inspiring and bringing team members together in pursuit of a shared vision and common goals. 4. Innovative mindset An innovative mindset ensures teams are applying new ideas and fresh perspectives to how they organize work and address the myriad obstacles that emerge. An innovative mindset also allows teams to remain agile and pivot more quickly in the face of challenges. 5. Purpose-driven goals Having a for-purpose orientation helps minimize risks and ensures the organization’s values and commitment to social good are infused in all aspects of project design and implementation. Clear goals also empower changemakers to use their skills to bring about positive social change within teams, companies and communities. To learn more about these skills and effective project management, visit PMI.org/MakeReality

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Alzheimers

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be rewarding, but has its challenges. Early diagnosis, having open communication and doing some simple activities can significantly help in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Here are ways to help your loved one cope with Alzheimer’s or dementia. 1. Seek early diagnosis While an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is extraordinarily difficult for everyone involved, early diagnosis can make a significant impact on quality of life, giving patients and families the opportunity to plan and find an appropriate level of care. Common symptoms to watch for: * Forgetting recently learned information * Trouble completing ordinary tasks * Disengaging from work, hobbies or socializing * Difficulty following a conversation * Using the wrong words for everyday things

If you see these signs in your loved one, make an appointment with their healthcare provider. 2. Open a dialogue about Alzheimer’s Starting a conversation about Alzheimer’s with a loved one is daunting. Approach the topic and your loved one - with sensitivity. Including others in the discussion helps, such as family members, a trusted friend, clergy, social worker, or healthcare professional. Support groups for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can also be helpful. Visit www.Alz.org to find a virtual support group or location near you. 3. Seek help when you need it Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Locating Alzheimer’s care for a loved one is as simple as finding your local Comfort Keepers office. Comfort Keepers is a national network of trained caregivers who are passionate about caring for seniors in their own homes. Comfort Keepers caregivers are trained in dementia and Alzheimer’s care, so they understand the challenges of these conditions. 4. Learn techniques for Alzheimer’s and dementia care Providing a calm environment and predictable routine can help your loved one cope with the confusion, agitation and anxiety. Lifestyle Gerontologist, author and spokesperson for Comfort Keepers Alexis Abramson, Ph.D., offers suggestions for helping seniors: * Plan regular activities and exercise. * Focus on nutrition. * Stay calm when they’re agitated. 5. Don’t delay important decisions Take care of financial, legal and long-term care planning issues as soon as possible. “Try to involve your loved one in decision-making, if they are still capable of providing input, and consider their wishes related to future care and end-of-life issues,” said Abramson. With a positive attitude, patience - and help when you need it - you can provide muchneeded care and support for your loved one.

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Halloween Vocabulary Puzzle

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Samurai Sudoku for October This samurai sudoku puzzle is a great way to engage the brain and help develop logic skills. There are 5 overlapping grids with one unique solution. Each of 4 corners are shaded. To solve this Samurai puzzle use standard sudoku rules for every 9x9 grid: each digit from 1 to 9 can only appear once in Samurai Sudoku Puzzle #13 every row, column and 3x3 box. Good Luck! Solutions are on our website www.EstrellaPublishing.com This samurai sudoku puzzle is a great way to engage the brain and help develop logic skills. There are 5 overlapping grids with one unique solution. Each of 4 corners are shaded. To solve this Samurai puzzle use standard sudoku rules for every 9x9 grid: each digit from 1 to 9 can only appear once in every row, column and 3x3 box.

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