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Celebrating the 50-Plus Community of the Palm Beaches
Lifestyle Magazine October 2011
The Arts Issue Seniortopia Gets Creative
Seniors Activist Sampson Nebb Elder Law Attorney JoAnn Abrams Painting With Lori Shankman Wellington Art Society Artists
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Published as a supplement to the Sept. 30, 2011 edition of the Town-Crier
Nebb Lobbies For The Needs Of Local Seniors Wellington community activist Sampson Nebb has been a pioneer for innovative solutions to benefit residents, especially senior citizens.
Publisher Barry S. Manning Executive Editor Joshua I. Manning
BY LAUREN MIRÓ
Associate Publisher Dawn Rivera
Meet Elder Law Attorney JoAnn Abrams Thinking of guardianships, wills, trusts and powers of attorney is difficult, but it comes with the territory for seniors, and Royal Palm Beach elder-law specialist JoAnn Abrams advises people not to put it off. BY JESSICA GREGOIRE
Project Editor Chris Felker Senior Editors Jason Budjinski Ron Bukley Art & Production Manager Stephanie Rodriguez
Seniortopia Invites You To Find Your Inner Artist For older people who find they have too much time on their hands, Seniortopia this month explores venues available in the area for education in the arts. Many people are starting second careers after attending classes at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta or the Zolet Art Academy in Wellington. BY CHRIS FELKER
22 Lori Shankman Teaches One Stroke Painting Lori Shankman is helping people find their inner artist. A talented and accomplished artist, she is again bringing her personalized style of teaching to the Wellington Community Center with her One Stroke Painting classes this fall. BY CHRIS FELKER
25 Art Society Paves Way For Members’ Success The Wellington Art Society membership spans all age groups, but a significant portion is part of the 50-plus community. We reached out to a handful to learn more about their work. BY DEBORAH WELKY
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Artist Maria Hayden in the ceramics room at the Armory Arts Center, featured in our arts-themed Senior topia section. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA October 2011 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • Page 5
FOREVER YOUNG PROFILE
Wellington’s Sampson Nebb Lobbies For The Needs Of Local Senior Citizens BY LAUREN MIRÓ | Forever Young Staff Report
WELLINGTON RESIDENT and community activist Sampson Nebb has been a pioneer for innovative solutions to benefit residents, especially seniors, in Wellington. Nebb, 74, was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Brooklyn College, where he studied education, and, after graduation, worked as a teacher for many years before he retired. After retirement, Nebb and his wife, Anita, found themselves in a home on Long Island, where the cost of living was extremely high. “I figured we had to sell it and get out of there,” he said. So in 1985, he moved to Deerfield Beach for a while before buying a new home in Wellington. “My son decided he wanted to live in Wellington,” Nebb recallled. “He saw it, liked it and decided he wanted to buy a house here.” Nebb moved into a neighborhood near what was then the Wellington Country Club, where in 2003 he first began his activism in Wellington. “The club decided it wanted to put up a cell tower right at our entrance,” he said. “It was supposed to be 90 feet tall, but I saw the dimensions and you could have seen it from anywhere. It would have been probably 120 feet tall in the end. It was going to be right by our entrance, and people were afraid of the effects of it.” At the time, the Wellington Village Council was set to approve the tower, Nebb said. Looking to fight it, he gathered a massive crowd of people and packed the council chambers at the Wellington Community Center.
“That room was full of people objecting to the cell tower,” he recalled. “I had pickets, and I even got up and made a speech. They believed this tower was meant to be like a flagpole, but it was 48 inches around.” In his speech, which is still remembered by many today, Nebb removed his belt, which was, coincidentally, 48 inches. He used it to demonstrate just how wide the tower would be. “I convinced a couple of them,” he said. “[Former Mayor] Tom Wenham and [former Councilman] Bob Margolis went the other way, and [former Councilwoman] Laurie Cohen recused herself. I thank them for that. It didn’t pass. I guarantee it would have passed otherwise.” To this day, the cell tower has not been built. After his involvement in opposing the tower, Nebb was asked to join the Wellington Senior Citizens Task Force in 2005. Members of the task force were appointed by the council and asked to evaluate the needs of seniors in Wellington and make recommendations to the council for the community’s aging population. “I was pretty active on the task force,” Nebb said. “I helped formulate the questionnaire that was sent out to the seniors.” While serving on the task force, Nebb supported the idea of a trolley to benefit residents of Wellington in need of transportation to local plazas and attractions. The idea came when Nebb’s grand-
children became old enough to drive but didn’t have enough room to park all of the family’s cars. Nebb envisioned a community where residents could get around without a car. “It was not just for seniors,” he said. “I wanted this for everyone. I saw the advantage that we could stop jamming up our roads with cars. There should be public transportation, and we had absolutely none. Still to this day, we have none.” Nebb pointed out apart from meager service on Forest Hill Blvd., there’s no bus service in the community, aside from lines designed get people to and from the Mall at Wellington Green. “There are no other stops for anyone in Wellington,” he said. “No one has transportation if you don’t have a car.” Nebb’s trolley would have circumnavigated Wellington’s circumference, stopping not only at local shopping centers but also at the equestrian venues and other major Wellington areas. Unfortunately, his idea was struck down by Wellington during its budget hearings that year. “I thought the trolley would have expanded the boundaries of Wellington,” he said. “But it was a hard time for the village financially. I understand why they killed it.” Though the senior task force was largely successful, the sitting council at the time chose not to expand it into a senior advisory committee — something requested by members at the time. “The council didn’t like it because it was going to cost them money,”
Nebb favored expanding the scope of the senior task force into a standing senior advisory board. ‘The seniors represent almost 20 percent of the community; they need a voice,’ he said. Page 6 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • October 2011
Sam pson Nebb got his start with local senior issues while serving on the Wellington Senior Citizens Task Force. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/FYLM STAFF
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Seniors activist Sampson Nebb (right) with former Wellington Councilman Bob Margolis at the Patriot Memorial dedication ceremony last month. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/FYLM STAFF
Nebb said. “So it was put on the chopping block. The seniors represent almost 20 percent of the community; they need a voice.” Though there was no committee, Nebb continued to remain active in Wellington. He again gathered the community together when the village was looking to ease noise ordinance regulations to allow golf courses to mow early in the morning. “They propagated something which was not true,” he said. “They said that all of the other golf courses allow mowing at 6 a.m., but that wasn’t true.” Despite opposition from residents, council members passed the measure. Since then, Nebb has continued to
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push for Wellington to address senior issues in the village but has let other causes take a back seat. He said that he’d still like to see Wellington become a community with more public transportation and more senior input, however — and those issues have continued to come up in recent years. For now, he is enjoying his position as publicity director for the Wellington Seniors Club, spending time with his six grandchildren and taking cruises with his wife. “We still participate,” he said. “We use Wellington restaurants. We try to use Wellington businesses for all of our purchases. We love Wellington.” FY
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Client Communication Is Key For Elder Law Attorney JoAnn Abrams BY JESSICA GREGOIRE | Forever Young Staff Report
AS YEARS GO BY, priorities shift, and for seniors, legal issues become a major concern. Thinking of guardianships, funeral expenses, wills, trusts and powers of attorney is difficult, but proper legal planning is a crucial responsibility. With more than 25 years of experience, Royal Palm Beach attorney JoAnn Abrams has built relationships with her clients through honesty and integrity. “I tell my clients the truth, and I really listen to them,” she said. “I feel like I’m helping them with their lives. It’s not just about the legal work.” Originally from New York, Abrams moved to Broward County in the 1980s and attended Nova Southeastern University, becoming a lawyer in 1986. She began practicing as an entertainment lawyer but realized it was not for her. “I did not like the clientele, so I switched,” she explained. Abrams decided to focus on elder law because she prefers working with senior citizens. “I like working with the clients of elder law because I feel like I’m doing something for the clients other than just drawing up paperwork,” she said. “It’s very rewarding.” In her first meeting with a new client, Abrams counsels them and finds out what their needs are before making suggestions. Often, this means that a prospective client doesn’t need as much legal work as they initially expected. “I’ve talked myself out of a lot of business by just explaining to them what to do,” she said.
Abrams assists clients with legal documents such as living wills, irrevocable trusts, contracts of care for Medicaid eligibility, and healthcare powers of attorney. “I advise them on the documents I prepare, what they are for and what they do with them,” she said. “It’s not just, ‘Here’s the document. Sign them and goodbye.’ I want them to know the document they’re signing and review it with them to make sure it’s what they wanted.” Abrams provides legal counseling and documentation for healthcare planning, how to avoid probate and transfer of assets. “I explain different things to them and answer all their questions,” she said. Her law office also acts as a title agent for real estate transactions and files guardianships for seniors. But for Abrams, the most important service is often just someone to talk to. “The first service I provide is listening,” she said. “Sometimes all a client wants is for someone to listen to them.” Abrams believes that most people don’t take the time to listen to the elderly. “Many people don’t listen to the elderly because they feel that if they talk to them, they start talking and don’t stop,” she said. “I don’t find that to be true. I find that they just need you to listen.” During a difficult time, like the loss of a loved one, Abrams helps ease her clients’ pain through listening. “I get a lot of people who are widows and are grieving,” she said. “And they don’t know that there is another side to it —
that they won’t be grieving like that for the rest of their lives.” Abrams also deals with family members of senior citizens. “If someone passes away, generally their children call me, and I let them know what they have to do legally,” she said. Often as an elder law attorney, Abrams finds herself in the middle of uncomfortable family situations. For example, if a senior citizen comes in with a family member or caregiver, Abrams must make sure that the caregiver is not influencing her client to commit to anything the person doesn’t want to do. “I’ve had it happen quite a few times when a child comes in with a senior parent and says, ‘You want to do it this way, don’t you,’” she recalled. “When that happens, I would kick the other person out of the office because I need to make sure it’s the senior’s wishes, not the children’s.” Abrams central goal is to protect the seniors’ legal rights and wishes. “Everything that is said between me and my client is confidential,” she said. “They’re the client, so it depends on their preference.” Abrams assists those who are no longer able to care for themselves. “I do a lot of Medicaid law and planning,” she said. “And most of the time, I’m dealing with children whose parent has dementia or Alzheimer’s.” Abrams recommends that all senior citizens consult with an attorney if they want to save their family members
‘I like working with the clients of elder law because I feel like I’m doing something for the clients other than just drawing up paperwork,’ Abrams said. ‘It’s very rewarding.’ Page 10 • F orever Young Lifestyle Magazine • October 2011
JoAnn Abrams practices elder law from her office in Royal Palm Beach.
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FOREVER YOUNG FEATURE from a lot of stress and loss of money when there is an emergency. “I’m saving them thousands of dollars by explaining things to them and giving them advice,” she said. The earlier senior citizens get their legal documents taken care of, the better. Seniors who move to Florida should also update their wills. “My advice to seniors, especially ones who just moved to Florida, is to stop waiting,” Abrams said. “You’re not going to be around forever, so do it now and get it done.” Abrams counsels her clients on the right things to do legally. “I teach people how to avoid probate and save them all those fees,” she said. “Plus, I’m spending a lot of time with them to give them all the proper documents they need.” Florida has strict document signing laws, and Abrams knows how to make the process of signing documents as
easy as possible. “Each state law is different, so I look at all their documents, and go over it with them,” she said. Before a client signs a document, Abrams makes sure that the person is of sound mind. “I speak to them at length to make sure they are competent enough to sign the document,” she said. “But usually, I know and can tell by looking at them if they have the capacity to sign documents.” Being considered competent enough to sign a legal document is a complicated legal issue that Abrams has tackled many times. “The bar rules say that capacity is a floating concern. If the client knows what they are signing at the time they are signing the documents, then they have capacity,” Abrams explained. “Even if they walk out of here five minutes later and don’t know what they were doing here, but knew what they were doing when they
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signed the documents, that’s still capacity.” Abrams provides a relaxed and stress-free payment plan for her clients. “My payment plans are to ask them how much they want to pay and when they want to pay it,” she said. “And I’ve never had a problem doing it that way.” When looking for an attorney, Abrams suggests that senior citizens look for someone who really listens to them and finds out what they want. She always recommends that her clients come into her office and meet with her to discuss their legal plans. “I firmly believe the people who walk in the door and hire me are meant to be my clients,” she said. JoAnn Abrams’ law office is located at 11440 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite 216, in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 795-9590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. FY
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Wellington’s Lunch & Learn Series Returns
OCTOBER IS Wellness Month, and Wellington’s Lunch & Learn series will resume with a series of lectures concentrating on different aspects of personal health and well-being, featuring an expert guest speaker on each topic. The first program will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, with a catered light lunch, and Dr. Elvis Grandic of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach will speak. Dr. Grandic is an orthopedic surgeon with specialties in minimally invasive hip, knee and adult reconstructive surgery, soft tissue preservation and rapid recovery. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. The Lunch & Learn session Oct. 13, also from noon to 2 p.m., is titled “Take a Break, Take a Cruise,” and will include presentations from AAA Travel and the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines. The Oct. 20 program is all
about cardiac disease. It will be led by Dr. Michael Lakow, a cardiologist and chief of medicine at Palms West Hospital. Dr. Lakow, affiliated with Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches, will speak about heart disease, risk factors for it and prevention strategies. The month’s final session will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with the topic being “Hearing Is Believing.” Jim Karrh of Professional Hearing Aids will speak about how people suffering from impaired hearing can improve the quality of their lives. All the programs are free and include lunch and refreshments. They take place in the main meeting room at the Wellington Community Center, 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., and the lectures usually begin around 12:30, after participants have had a chance to get some sandwiches, which are always freshly catered. For more information, call (561) 791-4000 or visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. FY
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Wellington, Royal Palm Offer Growing List Of Craft Programs For Seniors BY CHRIS FELKER | Forever Young Staff Report
THE WELLINGTON Community Center and Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center host a variety of artistic and craftwork classes and programs that are resuming their regular meeting schedules for the fall/winter season. The Wellington Community Center begins a new offering this fall called “Create It! Ceramics,” which will have one session in October, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 20, and one in November, with classes at the same times Nov. 3 and 17. Senior Services Advocate Howard Trager said he has been trying for a year to find someone with a kiln for baking the finished ceramic pieces and finally asked Heidi Caravetta, a Wellington woman who teaches children’s classes at the center already, to start a class for seniors as well. “This is a great addition to our programs,” Trager said. “It’s one of the beginning pieces of the expanded arts and crafts programs that we’ll have once we move into our new building.” An eight-week “Handyman Seminar” course will also be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Handyman skills could almost be considered an art form for guys, but Trager said more than half the class members are widows who need instruction on simple home maintenance tasks they can do themselves rather than hiring someone. The free classes will be led by Mike Sirucek of Rocky’s Ace Hardware, who can be contacted for more information at (561) 762-8736. He will
bring in a variety of tools and explain their uses in performing minor fixes around the household. Local artist Lori Shankman, a certified instructor and member of the Wellington Art Society, is offering One Stroke Painting classes at the community center through the fall. The classes are on Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registrations are currently being accepted for sessions beginning Oct. 17 and Nov. 14. Visit www.artandgifts bylori.com or call (561) 793-4768 for more information. At the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, several groups meet for brainstorming, sharing and creating. An oil painting program takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. each Monday (excluding holidays). Participants work on oil paintings in a group atmosphere, with assistance provided on brush techniques and mixing paints. Anyone interested should contact Joanne Perrine at (561) 784-4068 for information about required supplies, which cost about $40; participation is free of charge. The village is seeking an instructor for the course. A class teaching how to create beautiful watercolors meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, in two sessions: Sept. 13 through Oct. 18, and Oct. 25 through Nov. 29. The instructor leads participants in mixing paints, painting and brush strokes. The cost to register is $20 for Royal Palm Beach residents or $25 for nonresidents; supplies cost about $40, and the list is available by calling Jan Levy at (561) 791-8524. A fun-loving, generous group of vol-
unteers meets from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays for knitting and crocheting. Participants enjoy the camaraderie of working together and the satisfaction of creating handmade goods that are then sent to various children’s charities throughout the United States. There is no fee to join; however, yarn donations are accepted and appreciated. Get more information by calling Maria Gallaro at (561) 753-6919. Gallaro said she gets about 25 people attending each week and has a roster of 40 participants. “They produce a fantastic amount of stuff,” she said. The group’s products are donated to the Boston Cancer Hospital; the Davis Hospital near Elkins, W.Va.; and the Christ Child Society in Cape May, N.J. If you’re more the quilting type, you can join the Cultural Center’s old-fashioned quilting circle and learn to create blankets, quilts, place mats, tablecloths, baby blankets, apparel and other items. Participants work at their own pace, and people of all skill levels as well as ages are welcome to attend the group’s meetings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays. There is no charge to join. Vera Evans, who may be called for more information at (561) 333-1117, said she has about 15 regulars on the roster and that the group is at its limit of 20 right now, although she said people are welcome to come and observe. Evans took the last quilt the group produced to the VA Medical Center in Riviera Beach, and said the members’ current project is lap quilts for other veterans there.
‘It’s one of the beginning pieces of the expanded arts and crafts programs that we’ll have once we move into our new building,’ Senior Services Advocate Howard Trager said. Page 14 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • October 2011
Finally, talented writers or budding literary novices looking to improve their writing skills are welcome to come and share in the excitement of creating their own annual publication. Participants work on unique and creative short stories, poetry and other literary forms and meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month, excluding holidays. Margie Bonner, who directs the group, can be reached for information at (561) 712-4905. She said an average of a dozen people attend each meeting. The writers’ group members produce a weekly column called “The Writer’s Corner.” Bonner said they also collaborate on a book every year that is published by the village and sold to raise money for children’s recreation programs. New members are accepted from January to March, and the writers’ group is limited to 20, although Bonner said guests are welcome. “We do an ‘assignment’ each meet-
ing, with a topic drawn from members’ suggestions, and then the writers can do whatever they want with it,” Bonner said, noting that if people stay on the same topic all the time, the writing tends to get stale. “If it’s a sentence, for example, then they have to include
that sentence in whatever they write.” For information on other Royal Palm Beach programs and activities for senior citizens, which take place from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays, call Dolly Hughes at (561) 790-5149. Pre-registration is required. FY
A knitting gr oup meets regularly at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center. PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/FYLM STAFF
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HELPING YOU CREATE YOUR PERSONAL 50-PLUS PARADISE
‘The Arts Issue’ Invites Readers To Explore Untapped Creativity BY CHRIS FELKER | Forever Young Staff Report IT’S NEVER TOO LATE in life to learn something new, and when empty-nest syndrome or a recent retirement from the workaday world gives you extra time to yourself, it might be time to learn a new skill. Maybe you took art classes in high school or college and found the subject fascinating but never took the time to explore your own potential because you had to get a “paying” degree and launch a career. If so, you’re far from alone. Perhaps you’re looking to gain extra income by expressing yourself artistically and selling the fruits of your labor. There are many opportunities in Palm Beach County for older people to learn about creating their own style of art and get their creative juices flowing, and this month Seniortopia takes a look at various venues for artistic instruction. THE ARMORY ARTS CENTER The Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a hub for the education of local artists and the exposition of their works. Today, as it commemorates its founding in 1987, the Armory is thriving and diversifying, providing more than 100 different courses and educating 3,000-plus students annually in the art genre of their choosing. The center comprises three buildings occupying the leafy, sprawling former National Guard Armory property at
1700 Parker Ave., just south of Howard Park and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The historic main building was constructed in 1939 and was used by the National Guard until 1982. By the late 1980s, it had deteriorated and was to be demolished. But when the Norton Museum of Art closed its art school in 1986, its students and teachers joined with the Palm Beach County Cultural Council to convince West Palm Beach officials that the Armory should be preserved and converted to an art school. With contributions from many patrons, most prominently Robert and Mary Montgomery, the center opened in 1987. The National Guard’s former motor pool building behind the main Armory housed the school’s ceramic and sculpture studios in its 3,500 square feet. In 2000, with more support from the Montgomery family and a gift from Jerold Kaplan (son of Muriel S. Kaplan, the first sculpture teacher and an Armory director), the Muriel S. Kaplan Sculpture Building was renovated with a striking blue cantilever roof and redesigned to include state-of-the-art studios. Adjacent is the Ansin Kiln Complex; these facilities house ceramics, figure sculpture, bronze casting and 3D design studios. In 2003, with grants from the state, the county’s Division of Cultural Affairs, West Palm Beach and many contributors, the two-story, 11,000-squarefoot Young Artists Studio Facility was built for the Armory’s painting and
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drawing studios. Its six rooms feature natural northern light exposure. The main building contains the East Gallery, which hosts art exhibitions, lectures and special events. Studios for printmaking, digital imaging, jewelry making, metalsmithing, glass fusing and photography surround the 4,000square-foot multipurpose hall. The campus also has a garden with rare palms and sculptures, a courtyard and a plaza. To leaf through the Armory’s 20page course catalog for Session 1 of the current school year is to be reminded of the sheer variety of ways we humans decorate our world. In celebrating its 25th season, the Armory is doing several promotions, said Marketing Director Kati Erickson. One is sending postcards to people living nearby, inviting them to take a free “taster” course. Those who want to take full courses must purchase a membership, which cost $35 for youths, $75 for individuals or $100 for families. Erickson led a tour of the campus, pointing out the shop, where all the art is produced by students and is for sale, the airy classrooms/studios and the spacious exhibition room, stopping in each studio along the way. Some of the space is reserved for the artists-in-residence, five experts in their crafts — one in jewelry, one in painting/drawing, two in ceramics and one in sculpture — who sign on for eight-month stints and teach at least three courses during that time. “They make art in their studios day
PHOTO B Y ABNER PEDRAZA/FYLM STAFF
and night, so that people can observe and learn from them,” Erickson explained. This program gives Armory “regulars” — many people return for classes year after year, Erickson noted — a cadre of new instructors each year. The Armory’s regular faculty number about 60, including a few seasonal instructors. Though the Armory has a great reputation as a boot camp for budding young artists — it offers preparatory courses for auditioning at the Dreyfoos and Bak schools of the arts — Erickson said the majority of its students are adults and senior citizens. She said that many seek to learn skills for second careers or to produce salable items. The Armory gallery hosts a show opening about once a month. It also has a series of metal sculptures coming in for outdoor display from Dusseldorf, Germany, in December. The Armory’s web site has a full list of classes, and people can become members and sign up from the site, www.armoryarts.org. For more information, call (561) 832-1776 or just stop by. LIGHTHOUSE ARTCENTER
(Above) Artist Maria Hayden in the ceramics studio at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach. (Left) A printmaking class at the Armory. (Below) Armor y students practice drawing and painting from a model.
The Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum & School of Art in Tequesta is another local institution that offers a variety of classes for all, from novices to experienced artists, though on a smaller scale than the Armory. The two-building operation includes the museum, in Gallery Square North at 373 Tequesta Drive, and the school of art, a short walk away at 395 Seabrook Road. The center was founded in 1963 by Christopher Norton, son of founders Ralph and Elizabeth Norton of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. Programs include art openings, lectures, musical presentations and regular social activities on the third Thursday of each month. On Sept. 15, there October 2011 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • Page 17
SENIORTOPIA: THE ARTS ISSUE were three opening receptions and awards ceremonies for the Photo Now! exhibit, SoFlo ceramics invitational competition and La Petit Art exhibit by faculty member Ted Matz. Third Thursday events are free to members; others pay $5. The Lighthouse’s fall semester runs from Oct. 17 to Dec. 17. Memberships are $35 for students, $75 for individuals and $100 for families; members get discounts on courses and workshops, 10 percent off on multiple classes and 20 percent off at the Lighthouse’s art supply store. Twenty-one different painting and drawing classes are offered this fall, eight in ceramics, sculpture and threedimensional art and three in photography and digital imaging, plus at least seven youth courses. There are also
nine workshops scheduled, with titles ranging from “Painter’s Toolbox” and “Collage for the Soul” to “Storybook Writing for Adults” and “Taming the Teapot.” Executive Director Katie Deits said the school draws about 800 students yearly and that the faculty varies, up to 45 or so during high season. “A lot of people have a second life through the Lighthouse,” she said, noting that many students, the majority of whom are adults, are revisiting art late in life and learning crafts that they can turn into money-makers. Eight instructors are new this fall, including Pat Crowley, who was art director and an editorial cartoonist and illustrator at The Palm Beach Post for 30 years. Crowley is teaching three courses,
Judy Flescher and instructor Pat Crowley look over the sketch she drew during f igure drawing class at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. PHO TO BY CHRIS FELKER/FYLM S TAFF
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the Art of Illustration, Figure Drawing and Cartooning. Visited during his pre-fall Figure Drawing class, in which participants sketched as a nude male model posed at the front of the room, Crowley said that he really enjoys teaching this “classic form of art.” He said it’s a basis for everything else, and noted that he continues taking live drawing courses himself because he got into some bad habits sitting at his easel at the Post for so long. “When you can do figures, you can do anything,” he asserted. “You have to master drawing the body” to learn illustration well, he added, saying it’s a skill that an artist needs to keep practicing as he gestured around the room at his three students, who were all accomplished artists.
“It’s interesting,” Judy Flescher of Palm Beach Gardens said. “All three of us have improved in our drawing skills in just two classes. Getting proportions right is tricky.” The center’s full catalog of course offerings and a wealth of other information can be found at www. lighthousearts.org, or call the school at (561) 748-8737. ZOLET ART ACADEMY Linda and Lee Zolet opened the Zolet Arts Academy in the original Wellington Mall (12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 4) in 1991 and have been serving the community with art classes for children and adults alike ever since. Linda Zolet, who is 75, explained that she got into arts education because of her background (she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and film at 42).
Linda Zolet works with Lee Broglio during one of the adult classes. PHOTO BY LAUREN MIRÓ/FYLM STAFF
She started out teaching classes in theater long ago for the Royal Palm Beach and Wellington recreation departments, and when she was told she’d
have to cut back her classes, she approached landlord Jess Santamaria, now a county commissioner, to rent space in the mall.
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SENIORTOPIA: THE ARTS ISSUE “He was supportive of it from day one,” she said. “I taught drama then. We had children performing Shakespeare in the center of the mall, 12-yearolds doing Hamlet and Macbeth, and I’ve been teaching ever since. I was also teaching art, and the program has grown enormously.” About 10 years ago, Zolet had to choose between theater and art and “felt the art was more stable.” So since then she has concentrated only on visual arts instruction, offering audition prep classes for kids entering arts schools, and she said her “old-fashioned way, very traditional” instruction includes “all the basics,” many of the required skills that must be demonstrated in drawing, painting and sculpture. Zolet also offers adult classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Many of the participants, she said, used to bring in
their children when they were young parents, and now they’re retired (and some of those children are now parents themselves). She takes a different approach with adults. “Believe it or not, I have to feed the egos of the adults; they’re much more frightened about looking foolish,” Zolet said. “Adults worry about not doing good enough work. My goal is to prove to them that if you follow a step-by-step method … anyone can paint, anyone can draw.” Zolet breaks it down into basic concepts. “The world is made up of five or six shapes,” she explained. “Once you learn to see those shapes, and somebody up there demonstrates everything from beginning to end with them, they can be successful. I always leave enough room for them to be imaginative, but I keep it so structured that they succeed. Nothing breeds success like success, so when an adult
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goes home with a picture that they’re proud to hang, then they’re willing to take time on their own. With adults, you have to teach them to scribble all over again. You have to let them find the artist that’s in everybody and themselves. If somebody teaches you the tricks, you can succeed.” While teaching children tends to be more lucrative, Zolet enjoys the adult classes. “My adults are my treat, like my dessert,” she said. “The children are the main course because they pay the rent. The adults are the dessert because they take my brain and they twist it and turn it and challenge it. The adults, I feel I’m taking as much from them as I’m giving.” While Zolet has cut back her hours some in recent years, she has no plans to stop any time soon. For more information about her classes, call the Zolet Arts Academy at (561) 793-6489. FY
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One Stroke Painting Program Lets Artist Lori Shankman Share Her Talent BY CHRIS FELKER | Forever Young Staff Report
LORI SHANKMAN of Wellington is helping people find their inner artist. A talented and accomplished artist, she will again bring her personalized style of teaching to the Wellington Community Center for two sessions of One Stroke Painting classes this fall. “We did have a successful program last season when we did it, with two sessions and five or six people in each class,” Shankman said. There will be two sessions of four classes, beginning Oct. 17 and Nov. 14, with the classes taking place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Monday. A $75 enrollment fee for Wellington residents ($93.75 for nonresidents) gets you in. Shankman said that the One Stroke Painting method, copyrighted by its inventor Donna Dewberry, is very popular because it’s accessible to everyone, simple to learn and quick to produce spectacular results — works of art that are created using media as varied as the imagination is wide. Shankman paints on almost any surface — from canvases, sketching and card-stock paper to pieces of wood, glassware, furniture, clothes, even walls. “But glass is my favorite medium, because the paint moves so fast on there,” she said. “I’ve done wine glasses, fish bowls. Anything can be done, and it’s extremely easy to learn.” During an interview at her home, Shankman showed her studio, a large, open, airy room looking where she has a series of tables set up, plastic chairs and display shelves, along with utility
shelves lining the walls that hold her paints, media and materials. While gathering up materials, Shankman described the One Stroke method in layman’s terms. “It doesn’t mean the whole thing is done in one stroke — it means that we use two or three colors on our brush at the same time, so all of our highlighting and shading is done in one stroke,” she explained. “So you don’t have to go back in and put it in.” She picked up a wine glass she had painted and said that when she does demonstrations for the uninitiated, as she did at a recent Wellington Seniors Club meeting, invariably the quickness of producing something gorgeous impresses watchers. “I can probably paint this glass in maybe 10 minutes. It’s something that anybody can learn to do,” Shankman said. “The majority of my students have never picked up a brush, but then I have a few who are artists themselves.” After pulling out some sketching paper, Shankman selected the wide brush she would use to paint a hibiscus flower. “I have the yellow and orange on here, and I do that whole petal at once, in one stroke with the brush,” she said. “So it’s not like I have to go back in and put the yellow in and then blend the orange. The brush just does it.” The process uses a special set of brushes called One Stroke brushes made for this technique. “They have a sort of chisel edge on them,” she ex-
plained. “So I’ll use two colors on my brush, and put on a little medium — that’ll make it flow a little smoother.” The whole thing can be done in just a matter of seconds. “You can see how quickly this comes out,” Shankman said. “It’s faaabulous. I’ve been doing this, it’s got to be close to 10 years now, and I can’t get over how cool it is.” People who thought they’d never be able to paint have had success, Shankman said. The key is in learning the step-by-step process. “If you can learn technique, anybody can do this,” she said. “And the biggest trick to this, is if you can hold the brush perpendicular to your surface, and lay it down when I tell you to, and then stand it back up, you can paint anything. Most people want to hold it like a pencil, or they’ll start the stroke and they’ll see it happening, and they get excited and rush the end. If you rush the end, you’re going to lose it.” Shankman has taught all ages. “I’ve had students as young as 10, to people in their 90s,” she said. “I had one or two who were really old, but they did it.” For the classes, Shankman will tell students exactly what they’ll need to buy and where to go, but she keeps supplies on hand to sell to students for an extra $30. That covers a caddy with 10 One Stroke brushes, and a separate basin. The basin is very important for cleaning the paint out of the brushes, then drying them so they keep their chiseled edges. Shankman’s classes are broken into
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(Above) Artist Lori Shankman shows a wine glass displaying the One Stroke Painting technique. Also shown here are examples of the One Stroke technique on a handbag (below) and holiday-themed candles (right). PHOTOS BY LAUREN MIRÓ/FYLM STAFF
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SENIORTOPIA: THE ARTS ISSUE an hour of practice on paper, then participants are welcome to paint their design on whatever medium they brought with them. Each student will go home with at least one completely finished piece from each class. “I’ve always loved art. Many years ago, I used to be a nurse, until I had my daughter, who’s now 32,” she said. “And then I was a stay-at-home mom, Lori Shankman with one of her paintings.
but I was always doing some form of art. I used to have a business where I did hand-painted clothing.” After that, Shankman became a Mary Kay Cosmetics distributor. She has been with Mary Kay for 20 years. She began her teaching classes at area craft stores. There is steady demand for her teaching services, making her licensing to teach the One Stroke technique one of the masterstrokes of her life. Most of Shankman’s sales are through word of mouth. She sells a lot of glassware, gift sets, champagne flutes for special occasions and wedding decorations and mementos. And, of course, for the holidays, she ramps up production of hand-painted candles and other items. She notes that students at her classes this fall will have a variety of projects to work on, something different each week. And that may come in
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handy for some, to earn extra cash during the holidays. “I have students who go home and they’re painting candles, or gift cards, like on cardstock with an envelope. I had one lady call me up and say, ‘Oh my God, Lori, they’re ordering!’” she recalled. “So a lot of my students have spawned their own business off of this. So it’s really great. And it feels really good for people to share this, who thought they had no talent, and now they’re making them for friends.” Shankman noted that there are a lot of classes available on TV and online, but there’s nobody there to point out what you’re doing wrong when you try to learn that way. To sign up, register at the Wellington Community Center by Friday, Oct. 14. For more information, or to find out what art supplies are required, call Shankman at (561) 793-4768 or visit www.artandgiftsbylori.com. FY
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Wellington Art Society Helps Pave The Way For The Success Of Its Members BY DEBORAH WELKY | Forever Young Staff Report
THE WELLINGTON ART Society’s reason for being, according to President Suzanne Redmond, is to educate, inspire and help pave the way to success for its members. When it formed in 1981, the founders laid out three objectives: “To educate and encourage originality among its members; to provide a place where amateur and professional artists may meet on social and business levels; and to present art, promote art appreciation and further advance all cultural endeavors in the western communities,” Redmond explained. The society is now a tax-exempt charitable organization that provides scholarships to local art students. It has
nearly 100 members from throughout the county, artists and art lovers alike. The Wellington Art Society’s meetings often feature demonstrations, and many opportunities are provided for members to show and sell their art. The next meeting, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, will feature Wellington watercolor artist Kathy Morlock. Members create art in all disciplines: painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage and more), woodworking, jewelry, encaustic, music and dance, sculpture, pottery, digital art photography and others. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Wellington Community Center, but
soon will move to the Wellington Recreation Center when the reconstruction of the community center begins. The public may attend the meetings at a cost of $5; membership is $40 per year and includes access to “art opportunities” as well as discounts for events. Two of those upcoming events are a reception for member Nancy Tilles from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at Whole Foods Market Café on State Road 7 to honor her solo show of oil paintings at the café through Nov. 30, and an all-day, outdoor art show with member booths and live music on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13 at the Wellington Amphitheater. Visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org for more information. The Wellington Art Society membership spans all age groups, but a significant portion is part of the 50-plus community. Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine reached out to a handful to learn more about their work. URSULA FERNANDEZ
Wellington Art Society President Suzanne Redmond (center) with new members Deborah Baker and Joyce Kumisky at a Sept. 14 open house kicking off the group’s new season. PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN/FYLM STAFF
Ursula Fernandez, 74, didn’t become a professional artist until 2000. Previously, she was pursuing a career and raising four children. Yet she’s had a deep-seated desire to paint since childhood, inspired in part by notable portrait artist Felix de Cossio, a Havana neighbor who let her watch him work when she was a girl. Fernandez moved to the United States in 1960 and, today, paints in her own space at Belvedere Road and Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. “I have a studio/gallery that my son John repaired for me and gave me as a
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SENIORTOPIA: THE ARTS ISSUE ton Art Society. I started my profession late in life, but I love it. I like to encourage women my age to pursue it, if not for profit at least for enjoyment. It’s a time of life when one needs something to dive into and, with art, you have the pleasure of creating.” See Fernandez’s work at the Fine Art at West Best studio at 2602 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach or visit www.ursulafernandez.com. KARLA SMITH
Ar tist Ursula Fernandez with some of her artwork.
gift right next to his jewelry store,” Fernandez explained. “I paint, teach and exhibit my art there. Right now I am mainly teaching. Saturday mornings, my studio is open for artists, and sometimes I do portraiture workshops.” Before branching out into art, Fernandez worked alongside her son in the jewelry store, but when she retired, it was time to follow her artistic passion. “I asked myself, ‘What does an artist have to do to become a professional?’And the answer was ‘practice.’ So I began painting five, six, seven hours a day and did a lot of workshops,” she said. “I met Felix here again before he
retired in Miami and took a course with him before he passed. I would call him my mentor.” With oil as her preferred medium, Fernandez specializes in figure painting, portraits and pets, but she also loves painting flowers, fruit and palm trees in the rich tropical colors of her native land. Fernandez credits her husband, Orlando, and her children as well as the Wellington Art Society for supporting her efforts. “In 2000, another member invited me to one of their exhibits, and I’ve been an active member ever since,” she said. “I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration, help and support though the Welling-
Karla Smith, 58, began painting and drawing when she was a young girl, inspired by an innate love of nature and the artwork in books. “I’ve always had a love of animals,” Smith explained. “I had horses and dogs when I was growing up and was reading Black Stallion and books like that, and I enjoyed the artwork. I just started drawing and painting from there. I also have an aunt who is 96 now who is an incredible artist. She lives in New Orleans and does fabulous portraits.” Pursuing a career in advertising and design, Smith graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1985 and, for the past 22 years, has worked as art director and web designer for Seta Corp., a jewelry catalog company headquartered in Boca Raton. But on her own time, she paints a variety of subjects in oil — horses, pets, wildlife, portraits, still lifes and even cupcakes. She sells online and through word of mouth but also attends conventions. “In the past 10 years, I have also done a lot of fundraiser artwork,” Smith said. “I usually donate a painting or a custom pet portrait to the organization.” Smith’s chosen charities include Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Wellington,
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Beauty’s Haven in Ocala and Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. A Wellington Art Society member for the past two years, Smith continues to get inspired by poring over Art Collector and International Artist magazines. “I love to see the high-quality artwork in those magazines,” she said. “I also visit web sites to look and see what other artists do. I visit galleries and museums. I particularly love wildlife and Western art. I am definitely more of a realism artist than an abstract artist.” To view Smith’s work, visit www. sapphireartstudio.com. To contact her, call (561) 483-0242 or e-mail arabian email@example.com. ARLENE BRAND Years ago, Arlene Brand, now 64, graduated from Philadelphia University as a textile designer. She designed fabrics for big companies for a decade, then opened a woodworking business with her husband, Marvin. “After seven years, we sold that business and moved to Florida. It was 1989,” she said. Then the couple opened a Dan’s Fan City franchise here, which is still going strong. That occupation didn’t allow for much artistic expression, however, and Arlene began looking forward to retirement when she could get back to her art. “Then Marvin got me an easel for Hanukkah and my first batch of art supplies,” Brand remembered. “He said, ‘Don’t bother waiting until you retire; start today.’” So she did. A self-taught artist, Brand started with acrylics, but they dried too fast for her liking; oils were too slow. Then she discovered her medium of choice — alkyd oils, which set up in about 24 hours, offering more flexibility. Now Brand could work to her heart’s content for a day, then do some layering
Artist Karla Smith loves painting animals, such as these Arabian horses (above) and this poodle on a bench (below)
on top of the nearly dry paints the next day. “I’ve concentrated on painting people and animals — everything from
domestic animals like birds, dogs and cats to exotics like orangutans. Last year, I started doing a lot of horses, since we live in Wellington,” she said.
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SENIORTOPIA: THE ARTS ISSUE “I still have to fit my painting in around my business, so some days I can’t paint at all and some days I may have quite a few hours to devote to it.” She joined the Wellington Art Society several years ago when she read an article about the philanthropic work it was doing. “That impressed me,” she said. Brand has since donated two paintings to the Children’s Hospital at Palms West; they’re displayed on the oncology floor. “The type of painting I do could best be called photo realism. Photography plays a large part in my subject matter. I do my own photography,” she said, admitting that a bit of Impressionism sometimes finds its way into her work.” Until Brand retires for real — perhaps in a year or so — she works mainly by commission. To contact her, e-mail angel151147 @aol.com. FY
Artist Arlene Brand in the studio at her Wellington home.
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MEMORY LANE BY JOE NASUTI
The Sixties: An Era Of Outstanding Accomplishments And Tragedies WHAT COULD possibly follow the Fabulous Fifties? Answer: the Swinging Sixties — an era like no other in history, with outstanding accomplishments and terrible tragedies. The assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy are first and foremost, along with the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam and Kent State. But the accomplishments were remarkable: the pill, Christiaan Barnard’s first human heart transplant, the civil rights movement, the Berlin Wall, women’s liberation, the ’64 Ford Mustang, the Beatles, Woodstock and, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 moon landing. 1960 was my senior year at Bishop Neumann High School in south Philadelphia — yes, senior year, arguably the best year in our lives! It was also my final year on American Bandstand, and the start of my college years at Drexel University. Gasoline shot up to 25 cents a gallon; it was getting out of control. My dad’s new Cadillac cost over $5,000, and four-bedroom houses were as much as $25,000 … what next? Movies played a major part in our social lives, and the ’60s had its share of blockbusters: the highest-grossing of the decade was The Sound of Music. Who could ever forget Julie Andrews as Maria? Other classics inJoe Nasuti is an entertainment columnist for the Town-Crier newspaper. His monthly Memory Lane column will feature his memories from bygone days.
clude: Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mary Poppins, The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove, Doctor Zhivago, The Dirty Dozen, Easy Rider, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Graduate. I will never forget the shower scene in Psycho, an icon in film history. Music defines every era, and the music and artists of the 1960s were no exception, starting with Elvis returning to civilian life and releasing It’s Now or Never and Are You Lonesome Tonight. Other greats included: The Four Seasons, The Marvelettes (Please Mr. Postman), The Supremes (Where Did Our Love Go), The Rolling Stones (I Can’t Get No Satisfaction) and the countless hits of Simon & Garfunkel. Other unforgettable performers and bands were the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Bee Gees, Johnny Cash, Sly & the Family Stone and The Who. But perhaps nothing was more defining of America than the Woodstock festival of 1969, a monumental end to one of the best decades in music history. TV came of age in the ’60s, and the programming was captivating. I think there was more to see on just three channels then than the 300 channels today! Look what was on: I Dream of Jeannie, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Williams Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Wonderful World of Disney, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, McHale’s Navy, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Fugitive, The Tonight Show, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Flintstones, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Lassie,
The cast of Star Trek.
The Danny Thomas Show, Lucy, My Three Sons, The Red Skelton Show, Star Trek, Bewitched and The Ed Sullivan Show, which introduced America to Elvis in the ’50s and the Beatles in the ’60s. Fashion trends of the 1960s were influenced by the Beatles, who exerted an enormous influence on young men’s fashions and hairstyles in the ’60s, which included most notably the moptop haircut and the Nehru jacket. The hippie movement late in the decade also had a strong influence on clothing styles, including bell-bottom jeans, tie-dye and batik fabrics, as well as paisley prints. The bikini finally came into fashion in 1963 after being featured in the film Beach Party, along with the miniskirt, which became the rage in the late ’60s. Women’s hair styles ranged from beehive hairdos in the early part of the decade to very short styles popularized by Twiggy just five years later. Well, that takes care of our stroll down Memory Lane. I hope it jogged your memory and brought some smiles to your face. Until next time, remember: We can’t help growing older, but we don’t have to grow up … so stay Forever Young. FY
Gasoline shot up to 25 cents a gallon; it was getting out of control. My dad’s new Cadillac cost over $5,000, and four-bedroom houses were as much as $25,000 … what next? October 2011 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • Page 29
SENIOR MOMENTS BY DEBORAH WELKY
For Me, Picking A New Hair Color Seems Like Choosing A Whole New Personality IT HAS COME TO THIS: I have begun touching up my that peeked out occasionally and deep, rich chocolate brown at night. hair. But that’s not what you get in the hair dye aisle. Your Now, some might argue that the correct terminology is “dyeing” and that the correct time frame of this “new ex- choices are dark brown, medium brown, light brown or perience” may be in dispute — but play along with me reddish-brown. So I stood there for quite a while, trying to here. Last week, for the first time ever, I noticed enough choose a new personality. At least that’s how it seemed to me. Reddish-brown was completely out. For me, it would gray hairs to do more than pluck them out. What? Those same nasty people who had a problem with be like going blonde. Way too much of a leap. Light brown the first sentence are now arguing that any “plucking” I was my mother. Medium brown was a maybe, but I had always been closer to a dark did would have left me half bald brown. So dark brown it was. and in a great deal of pain, so sufNext came the part I dreaded fice it to say that “things are not most — applying the hair color. as they seem on top the ol’ craniThis is a drippy, soppy, messy, um.” Any problem with that? disgusting process that stinks. I Fine. Let us continue. had inadvertently bought a dye The majority of men and the that contains ammonia, a smell most peaceful of women choose they try to cover up with Essence not to dye their hair. They emof Muskrat, but it wasn’t worbrace what God gave them and kin’. At least not for me. believe that “for every time there By the time I was done mixing is a season.” We call these peoand shaking and pouring and tryple “hippies.” ing to breathe only through my No, no, just kidding. mouth, I was wishing I had paid Gray hair is lovely, and somemore attention in chemistry class. day I will let it reign, but I don’t Not only that, but I had brown care for the transitional period — smears across the countertop, the “salt and pepper,” they call it. It mirror, the floor, the sink and my sucks. I want strictly pepper unshirt. I had to clean this up betil I’m an “old salt,” you know? fore Mark got home and found So I found myself in the hair the evidence of my deception! dye aisle. I was in disguise, hopClean-up was a challenge, esing none of my younger friends pecially as my head was wrapped would see me while I tried to in a plastic bag and secured with choose a color. Here’s the color I clothespins. Whenever I bent want: brown. And I don’t want The majority of men and the most over to scrub anything, the enjust any brown, I want the brown I was born with — the many-nupeaceful of women choose not to dye tire mess would flop to one side anced shades of brown that gave their hair. They embrace what God gave and threaten to unravel. Finally, an exhausting two hours after I my hair the unique personality by which I defined myself. I wanted them and believe ‘for every time there first cut the tip off the bottle, my hair was dry. And it was brown golden brown strands that glimis a season.’ We call them ‘hippies.’ again — dark, monotone brown mered in the sun, auburn strands of South American coffee beans. In fact, all I need to finish Deborah Welky’s humor column The Sonic Boomer is off this look is a set of castanets. ¡Arrrrrrrríba! When Mark came home he looked at me strangely, cocked published weekly in the Town-Crier. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer and visit The Sonic his head to one side and said, “Did you get a new pair of glasses?” Mission accomplished. FY Boomer page on Facebook. Page 30 • Forever Young Lifestyle Magazine • October 2011
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