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GREATER LANSING WOMAN MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2010

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COVER STORY

CHASING WELLNESS

Williamston chiropractor focuses on health, happiness BY LOUISE KNOTT AHERN

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ow many times have I told you to … wear sunscreen, call your mother, proofread your resume, communicate clearly, you fill in the blank. As mothers, wives, bosses and friends, we often find ourselves repeating the same instructions over and over again. Why don’t people listen?!

A DOSE OF OUR OWN MEDICINE Well, our doctors might be feeling a similar exasperation. “How many times have I told you to … TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.” Many women aren’t good at that — for myriad reasons, including ever-so-common “I’m too busy.” Stay active by exercising with friends. I’m GLWoman’s special health pictured here with friends Val Kniffen section serves as a reminder that (left) and Cindy Hudson (right) after the you’re not too busy. You need to Heart of A Spartan race earlier this year. be engaged in your health-care strategies and know your key numbers (page 18). Learn how to recognize the signs of depression in yourself and others (page 22). And find out what to do if you’re experiencing early signs of menopause (page 24)

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CHIROPRACTOR URGES PATIENTS TO FOCUS ON PREVENTIVE RATHER THAN REACTIVE CARE

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Tucker. Well, official might be a stretch. Tucker sort of adopted the role himself, deciding on his own that when the bell rings above the door, it’s his job to rise from his massive dog bed behind the reception desk to greet patients with a stuffed animal in his mouth. But the fact that he comes to work every day with “Dr. Ann” and her husband/office manager, Paul Riggio, is the first sign that she lives what she preaches. Do what makes you happy, she says. Find a reason to laugh every day. And remember that health is about a lot more than seeing your doctor when you’re sick.

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“People have a choice,” says Ann, who is following in her family’s footsteps as a chiropractor. “If what you’re doing today isn’t working, isn’t making you happy or making you feel good, then change. We can give them “IF WHAT YOU’RE the opportunity to see that DOING TODAY ISN’T there is more to life.” Which pretty much sums WORKING, ISN’T up her mission: To help MAKING YOU HAPPY people find a way to live their best lives possible. OR MAKING YOU It’s a mission she carries FEEL GOOD, THEN out not just in her chiropractic clinic, but also in CHANGE. WE CAN a “yoga for laughter” class GIVE THEM THE she teaches, in her constant search for new ideas and OPPORTUNITY TO methods, and, every DecemSEE THAT THERE IS ber, in a remote Native American reservation where MORE TO LIFE.” she’s reminded that the -ANN PUSHIES greatest path to happiness is helping other people. “Ann is a nurturer by nature,” says her sister, Rosemary Benjamin, a chiropractor in Manistee. “She is a caregiver at heart.”

CHASING WELLNESS

Ann is unabashedly evangelical in her passion. Get her talking about all things

health, and she’ll apologize several times for getting on a roll and not slowing down. “It’s so exciting to see people get better,” she says. “How cool is that? It pumps me up.” She has a name for her philosophy: Chasing wellness. It’s the idea that we would all be happier if we stopped defining medicine by how fast we run away from sickness but instead by how fast we run toward health. She’s gearing up to launch a new holistic health program for her patients called, “Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well.” She describes it as a back-to-basics program designed to empower patients to take charge of their own health by teaching them how to eat right, weave exercise into their lives and banish negative thoughts. The program is based on a certification course she recently finished in Philadelphia and is made possible by recent changes to Michigan law. Gov. Jennifer Granholm in January signed into law a new set of rules that allows chiropractors to expand the scope of their practices to include procedures and testing that used to be the exclusive domain of M.D.s or D.O.s. Ann’s program will offer clients an intense 12-week session or a slower-paced year-long program. What excites her most

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about it, she says, is that it gives her one more way to help her patients find their own path to health and happiness. They can continue to come to her for spinal adjustments — the central tenant of chiropractic care — for back pain and headaches. But now they can also learn other ways to pursue overall healthy habits that may prevent future problems. “I want to be part of the solution,” she says. “We want to move people who maybe are looking at their lives and saying, ‘I’m not as healthy as I want to be,’ or,

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Her passion could be at least partially inherited. Ann comes from a family of chiropractors (and, yes, she sees the irony in her last name). She and her sister became interested in the career because of their grandfather, George Pushies. “He got into it late in life,” Ann says. “My grandmother had some health issues with her heart. They were going to the doctor, but there was no relief. He


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• What she does: Pushies Chiropractic Clinic, Williamston • Age: 41 • Family: Husband, Paul Riggio; 9-year-old black Lab, Tucker • Education: Bachelor’s degree in nutritional science, Michigan State University, 1992; Doctorate of chiropractic medicine, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1998 • Newest passion: Ann recently became certified to teach “Laughter Yoga,” a form of yoga in which participants incorporate traditional stretching and breathing techniques along with self-triggered laughter in order to increase oxygen to the brain. • “When you’re laughing and having fun, are you stressed out?” she asks. “Of course not. I try to keep my mind open to anything out there. I want to be the best I can be.”

was fishing one day with a friend who said, ‘Why don’t you try a chiropractor?’” This was back in the late ’40s, when chiropractic care was considered fringe medicine at best. But, her grandparents were willing to try anything at that point, Ann says. “So they went,” she says. “She got regular adjustments, and the problem cleared up. My grandfather was so blown away that he said, ‘I gotta do this.’ So he packed up his family and moved to Iowa. He worked full time and went to school.” The story still inspires her, not only because of her grandfather’s dedication, but also because it’s proof in her mind that a well-rounded approach to health care that includes traditional and preventative medicine is best. “I want to be part of a patient’s health care team,” Ann says. “Healthy people mean a healthy planet. If we can help just one person, they can then go out and help others. We can make a change in the world.”

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She’s not content to do that just from her chiropractic clinic. Soon, Ann will put up a Christmas tree in her office and begin collecting donations of toys and money for an annual service trip

“HEALTHY PEOPLE MEAN A HEALTHY PLANET. IF WE CAN HELP JUST ONE PERSON, THEY CAN THEN GO OUT AND HELP OTHERS. WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE IN THE WORLD.” -ANN PUSHIES

she takes to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. The trip is part of a program called “Love has No Color,” in which chiropractors from around the country gather at Fort Peck to deliver Christmas presents to children, provide health care and help rebuild reservation buildings. The group also provided a scholarship to a woman from the reservation to attend chiropractic school. For Ann, the experience has enriched her belief that health and happiness go hand-in-hand. “You see how excited these kids are when we get there,” she says. “I’ve made so many relationships out there. That’s what our world needs.”

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• What it is: The healthy range of the Body Mass Index • What it means: The BMI measures a person’s overall level of fat by comparing weight to height. Anything between 18 and 24 is considered normal or healthy. Higher than 24 is considered overweight, and over 30 is considered obese. • Why you should watch it over time: While your weight may fluctuate over time, your BMI is a good indicator of whether your weight increases are normal for your body. Just be aware that the BMI is not perfect. • Critics say it doesn’t differentiate between fat and lean tissue, so the BMI of a heavily muscled person may skew higher, even though they’re healthy. • What the doc says: “It gives you an idea of what your ideal body weight should be. As you move out of your ideal body weight, you increase your chance of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. That’s why it’s an important marker.” 18 | OCTOBER 2010 | GREATER LANSING WOMAN


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nly visiting your doctor when you’re sick? How old-school of you. Don’t you know that smart, sophisticated women today take charge of their health care by interacting with their doctors even when they feel fine? They even get regular physicals and can recite their last blood-pressure reading. We know. It sounds crazy. But it turns out that doctors — those men and women who always seem so busy — would actually prefer you spend a little more time talking to them, monitoring your own health and holding yourself accountable for the lifestyle changes you need. “We don’t want to just see you when you have strep throat,” said Dr. Lisa Ludwig, a family practitioner with the Sparrow Medical Group in Lansing. “We want to help you have more ownership of your health.” Here’s her advice for how to do that.

ASK QUESTIONS Silence may be golden, but not when you’re in your doctor’s office. How many times have you accepted a prescription from your doctor without a word? Or agreed to a series of tests without question? Stop. You are in control of your body, and it’s up to you to learn as much as you can before agreeing to any medical treatment. If your doctor wants to put you on a drug, ask about side effects and possible interactions with any other medications you’re taking. Ask how long before you should expect to see results. Find out if there are other options and why your doctor is prescribing this particular drug.

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• What it is: Healthy blood pressure • What it means: Your blood measure tells you how hard your heart is working to pump blood through your body. • Why you should watch it over time: The harder your heart has to work, the greater your chance of long-term damage. Plus, high blood pressure also can be a sign of another problem. That’s why your doctor checks it at every appointment. • What the doc says: “If we identify that your blood pressure is rising over time, hopefully it will inspire you to make positive lifestyle changes.”

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What you need by the numbers

BE ACCOUNTABLE AND ENGAGED Your doctor can only do so much. Once you leave her office, it’s up to you to follow her instructions, take your medications and make healthy lifestyle changes. And don’t wait to have a conversation with your doctor until you’re sick. Try making an informational appointment just to talk about your current health management plans. Are you on the right treatment plan for your asthma? Does your doctor have any advice for exercising with your bad knee? How can you work together to get your cholesterol under control? Bottom line: Don’t wait for the doctor to tell you what to do. “Write down your questions and thoughts before you get to the doctor’s office,” Ludwig says. “And if you have a question when you get home, don’t hesitate to call or write a letter. We would rather know what is confusing and unclear.”

MONITOR YOUR MEDS You can probably list all of your current medications, but do you know the dosage? Most people don’t, and that can be dangerous, Ludwig says. She recommends you have a list of your medications with their dosages in your purse at all times. And any time your doctor wants to put you on something else, pull out that list. Make sure he or she remembers everything you’re currently taking. And you know those pamphlets that are often stapled to your pharmacy bag? The ones that explain all the possible side effects and other information about your medicines? Try actually reading one, for once.

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Women are often vulnerable for depressive disorders after major life changes or transitions, including having a baby or suffering a major loss. But depression can strike at any time for no apparent reason, says Alyse Ley, clinical psychiatrist. Whether you’ve experienced a major change or stress or not, seek a doctor’s help if you suffer from any of the major signs of depression for more than two weeks.

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We have a bad day, or the weather gets us down. Or a major life change rocks our sense of security. But how do you know when singing the blues is something more serious? We asked Alyse Ley, a Michigan State University professor and clinical psychiatrist, to guide us through the signs that may indicate depression — a disorder that afflicts twice as many women as men, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. But despite depression’s prevalence, many women still feel stigmatized if they admit they are suffering. “You do not have to feel this way,” Ley says. “These feelings can be treated.”

SIGNS OF DEPRESSION

WHAT TO DO

If you’re worried that you may be suffering from depression, make an appointment with your regular doctor to discuss your symptoms. They may refer you to a specialist and/or prescribe medication. If you are having thoughts of death or suicide, this is a medical emergency. Seek help immediately.

If you feel any of these symptoms for two weeks or more, see your healthcare provider to discuss your options.

SADNESS

If you’re plagued by a dark mood that you just can’t shake, or unexplained bouts of crying, you might be suffering from depression. Feeling down for more than two weeks is one of the most noticeable signs that something is wrong.

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Are you suddenly hitting the snooze button over and over and feel like you drag yourself through the day? Or do find yourself awake in the middle of the night, restless and unable to calm your mind? Changes in your sleep pattern can also be a sign of depression.

LACK OF ENTHUSIASM

You used to wake up on Saturdays eager for your weekly yoga class. You looked forward to reading the latest bestseller or catching a movie with friends. But nowadays, you just can’t find the motivation. Lack of enthusiasm and motivation is a red flag for depression. It robs us of the ability to enjoy our favorite things.

SENSE OF GUILT OR WORTHLESSNESS

You made a mistake at work a month ago, and you can’t stop agonizing over it. Your mind echoes with negative thoughts that convince you that you are useless or make you feel guilty for no apparent reason. “Depression changes your thinking,” Ley says. “It becomes more negative and creates thoughts of worthlessness or ineffectiveness.”

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But don’t panic. There are treatments for nearly every symptom, and with the right attitude, going through it can be a catalyst for positive improvements in your life. “I try to get women to see the beauty of it,” says Dr. Maude Guerin, an OB/GYN with Alliance Obstetrics and Gynecology. “In our society, we think that going through menopause means you’re getting old. But perimenopause is a fabulous opportunity for change, so you might as well make it as good as can be. It gives you gumption.” Not sure if what you’re experiencing is perimenopause? Guerin has some advice.

MONITOR YOUR PERIODS

You know how your mom told you to make a little dot on your calendar every month to track the number of days between your periods? It’s especially important as you get older. That’s because one of the early signs of perimenopause is a change in your monthly cycles. “Early perimenopause can occur between 35 and 50, and usually what people find is that their periods get closer together,” Guerin says. “So instead of 28 days in between periods, they drop down to 22 or 26 days. Sometimes the flow gets a little heavier and the PMS gets a little worse.” FYI: Doctors don’t consider it menopause until you’ve gone a full 12 months without a period, and women can linger in perimenopause for as long as 10 years.

GET YOUR HORMONES CHECKED

Hopefully, you see your doctor at least annually. If not, now’s the time. Blood work to check your hormone levels will help you and your doctor determine if you’re in perimenopause or if your symptoms are caused by something else. “What else could it be if you’re 37 and your periods are getting closer together and heavier?” Guerin says. “It could be your thyroid.” But be aware that in the earliest stages of perimenopause, your hormone levels might not be markedly irregular.

MAKE A PLAN

Once your doctor has ruled out other causes of your symptoms — even if your hormone levels aren’t yet out of whack — it’s time to come up with a treatment plan. “I usually divide what to do about it into three clumps,” Guerin says. “The first clump is lifestyle. Get enough sleep. Exercise every day. Eat healthy, and try to get rid of stress in your life. A lot of people use it as an opportunity to get healthier overall.” Sometimes, those positive changes alone are enough to ease the symptoms of perimenopause, Guerin says. Others require a little more help, which is where that second clump comes in. Guerin says over-thecounter medicines and remedies can ease the severity of some symptoms. For example, soy or the herb black cohosh can treat hot flashes. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for recommendations.

MEDICATE

Some women need extra help. That’s where the third clump — medicine — comes in. And again, there are a lot of options. Your doctor may prescribe hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills. Guerin said antidepressants have also been used for perimenopause. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to suffer. “When most people go through it,” Guerin says, “they come out on the other side and really feel fabulous.”

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ou’ve been thinking about it, haven’t you? Trying something new in your quest for health and well-being. Maybe your best friend swears her headaches were erased by a chiropractor, and that got you thinking. Or your mom says her irritable bowel syndrome eased up after she tried acupuncture. Or a colleague says she’d go crazy without her daily meditation and monthly massage. Whatever sparked your interest, you’re not alone in your growing interest in trying Complementary and Alternative Medicine — or CAM, for short — as part of your health-care regiment. CAM therapies include a wide range of both ancient and modern practices, from massage and chiropractic care to meditation and herbal remedies. Nearly 40 percent of Americans use some kind of CAM therapy, according to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “More and more, these are being seen as a complementary or part of an integrative medicine,” says Christine Reay, co-director of East Lansing’s Creative Wellness, a local leader in CAM therapies. “People are trying them and coming back to them because they’re getting results.” Here’s an overview of the most common CAM therapies available in the Lansing region. But remember: Always talk to your doctor before trying anything new, especially if you’re being treated for a chronic health problem.

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ACUPUNCTURE

• What it is: An ancient Chinese therapy in which hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points of the body to clear “interferences” in a person’s flow of energy — or chi. • What it’s good for: Anything, from back pain to allergy relief to infertility. The theory is that many health problems are caused by an energy imbalance. Correct the imbalance to restore your yin and yang, and you’ll get better. • Critics say: A poorly trained practitioner can cause injury, so be sure to choose an acupuncturist with several years of experience. Seek references. Some critics also consider it pseudoscience with few legitimate medical studies backing up its claims. • How to find a practitioner: Visit www.acufinder.com


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• What it is: The manipulation of the body’s muscles, tendons and ligaments through pressure and rubbing. • What it’s good for: Pain relief and prevention, as well as stress relief. Massage has shown to reduce healing time after an injury, improve sleep and boost energy. And it just feels so darn good. • Critics say: Not much. Massage is considered mostly safe, but people with certain conditions need to be cautious. If you’re being treated for a chronic illness or injury, check with your doctor before giving it a try. • How to find a practitioner: Try www.massage therapy.com to find a massage therapist near you.

• What it is: The treatment of disease or injury through manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures. • What it’s good for: Anything you’re having trouble with, from injury relief to digestion. The theory behind chiropractic care is that the body’s central nervous system controls wellness and blockages in the nervous system cause health problems. So by manipulating or adjusting the spinal column — which protects the nervous system — you clear the blockages and restore health. • Critics say: Chiropractic care has found growing acceptance among MDs in the past two decades, but critics still cite risks associated with certain chiropractic practices, such as neck manipulation. Again, check with your doctor first. • How to find a practitioner: Try www.chirodirectory.com

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It amounts to a lot of time trekking on familiar roads. Lynch counts on the girls who live in the Michigan State University sorority where she works as house mom to keep her iPod up-to-date with new music for her workouts. At least twice a Lynch week, she walks with other Team Playmakers athletes. She’s a three-year veteran of the group, which gives participants specific times to meet and train together around Greater Lansing. The Playmakers’ groups are designed to train participants to run or walk 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon or triathlon races. A new group for women 50 and older is forming this fall. The Team Playmakers motto, “any distance, any pace” inspired Lynch to join the team in 2007. She said when she started she was overweight, out of shape and had limited mobility. She couldn’t imagine walking a 5K. Now, she’s 75 pounds lighter and walks half marathons without breaking (much of) a sweat.

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GLW: What about the Team Playmakers walking group works for you? Lynch: It was scary at first (but) I have loved every minute of it. I’ve gone from walking six blocks to working up to a half marathon. I just love the team support, the coaches, being with the group. Some days I walk on my own, some days I walk with a couple of women and we chat. If I’m out walking wearing my (Playmakers) shirt, somebody goes by and gives me a thumbs up and toots their car horn, I know it’s a Team Playmaker giving me that encouragement. GLW: What impact did losing 75 pounds have on you? Lynch: I was the poster child for a couch potato. I had a bad hip. I was out of shape, I gave all my time to other people and never looked after myself. I am 59 and I didn’t start getting fit until I was 56. It’s never too late. I can’t imagine how I functioned carrying that extra weight now. I know I don’t want to ever go back there. That keeps me motivated. GLW: What are you looking forward to about the new walking group for women 50 and older? Lynch: Meeting new women, hearing about their challenges, and I get so much inspiration (from them). I feed off of that, I get my energy from them. As a mom, sister, daughter, spouse, we don’t take care of ourselves and then when we hit our fifties we go ‘Whoa, our life has changed.’ We’ve been so focused for the last 25 years on maybe children, spouses, family that we need to take time for ourselves. I love the women I’ve met. I’ve met women outside my box that • The 50 and older women’s I probably would have never group kickoff is 6-8 p.m. met unless I was involved Oct. 3 at Playmakers. Cost with this group. is $55. Contact Ann Crane GLW: How has walking at anncrane98@aol.com with Team Playmakers or 332-7580 or go to changed your self www.playmakers.com for image? information. Lynch: I never thought of myself as an athlete. I’m a generation where there were no sports for girls at the school level, at any level. Our choices in school were cheerleading or marching band, that was it. I never had that feeling of a team or being athletic. Well, I’ll tell you what, when I did my first mile and I was under pain, I said you know what, I am. I’m doing something other people haven’t done today. That makes me an athlete.

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wouldn’t have given much thought. And in this era of social media, he was able to share many of his ponderings with his Facebook friends, who were quick to offer support, encouragement and feedback on his “ramblings.” Facebook and e-mail were our main forms of communication, and chatting there offered a sense of normalcy that now seems surreal. My sense of normalcy was shaken by photos he posted of his desolate surroundings, roughshod housing, and of himself, nearly always dressed in armor and carrying a rifle.

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‘WHEN I PAINT, THE TIME FLIES’ Watercolor painter Sharon Rowe spent over 40 years training and competing in dressage before taking her love of horses to the canvas. For those new to dressage, Rowe explains it’s a type of competitive horse training, sometimes called “horse ballet,” and the only type of riding recognized in the Olympics, other than jumping. “Like ballet, you go up through the different levels and learn different exercises to build the proper muscling so you’re able to do higher level movements and dances on the horse,” she says. Rowe won the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Grand Prix Horse of the Year in 1989. After accepting that honor, she retired — from dressage, that is. Now, she and daughter Tracy run Rowe Stables in Okemos, offering boarding, training, lessons and clinics. Even with Rowe Stables to keep her busy, Rowe found herself wanting to paint. She always painted as a child, and people at the stable kept encouraging her to give it a whirl. For help, she went to Lansing watercolor artist Dick O’ Malley, Art Unlimited Gallery painting instructor Barbara Stevens and Williamston watercolor painter Mark Mehaffey. In time, Rowe learned how to blend the paints and make free-flowing, trueto-life depictions of horses of every kind of breed. She also paints flowers and other animals. But, mostly horses: “I have a love for horses, but the love for nature goes along with that.” Mastering dressage, she says, helps

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her painting. “I became a perfectionist when it came to riding, because of the discipline and paying attention to detail. That’s helped me tremendously with my art, because I’m pretty patient, and I’m a perfectionist with it,” she says. “I try very hard to make paintings that please me to look at and that please others, too. I think that’s what drives you to do anything and do it well.” Galleries of Rowe’s paintings are for sale on her website, www.sharonrowe watercolors.com. They usually run

between $50 and $400, depending on size and detail. She also has pieces on display at the Shiawassee Arts Center, and in the past, she’s done shows at Walking Horse Gallery in Old Town. Painting is a relaxing, laid-back experience for Rowe. “When I paint, the time flies by because I get so into it. The whole world could go by and I wouldn’t even know, because I get so involved,” she says. “I do it mostly for my own personal pleasure, but it’s nice to have paintings in a gallery to share with others.”


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PREPARATION " In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar, beating with an electric mixer until thick and light yellow in color. Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mixing until blended. " In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add to egg mixture, mixing well. Spread batter into greased and waxed paper lined 10” by 15” jelly roll pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 11-12 minutes. When baked, wrap cake in towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. " For filling: In another bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth. " Unroll cake. Evenly spread filling over cake. Roll up cake (without towel). Wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Slice before serving. Keep leftover slices refrigerated. " Note: The Pumpkin Roll freezes well. You can keep it refrigerated for 2-3 weeks and frozen for 4-6 weeks.

Andy Todosciuk celebrates his 25th anniversary of coowning Andy T’s Farm this year. It was back in 1985 when the then-MSU agriculture student bought the 200-acre plot with his wife, Sunday, and had a dream to grow pumpkins and plenty of other fruits and vegetables. “This whole thing started through 4-H. They had a pumpkin contest, and I got into that, and then I started having too many pumpkins because I grew too many, trying to get the biggest one,” he says. Now he farms as many pumpkins as he wants, along with sweet corn (their largest crop), tomatoes, zucchini, pickles, cucumbers, eggplant, 131 S. OLD US-27 cabbage and more. (Business US-27) Andy T’s Farm is open ST. JOHNS, MI 48879 April 1 to Christmas. PHONE: 989.224.7674 There’s a farmers market WWW.ANDYTS.COM Note: Open April 1 and nursery/garden through Christmas, center with all Michiganseven days a week based fruits and vegetables, including 13 kinds of apples, 12 kinds of winter squash, fresh donuts, jams and jellies and any kind of pumpkin imaginable. The bakery serves homemade goodies: pies, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin cake, caramel apple pies and more. Family activities include taking a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, a petting farm, a straw maze, a blow-up maze for kids, a 6-acre corn maze and more. Todosciuk says he loves making people happy in the fall. “I like the pleasure and satisfaction of people coming in and seeing how relieved they are that we’re here,” he says. “There’s a lot of positive-ness.”

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OFF THE SHELF

SARAH REDMAN FOR GLWOMAN

A GLANCE AT BOOK-BASED MOVIES The fall film season traditionally ushers in many Oscar contenders and this year’s schedule has a bumper crop of book-based movies. Book name, if different from the movie, is in parentheses.

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This speculative novel set in an English boarding school appeared on many end of the year “best” lists when published in 2005. Author Kazuo Ishiguro has been nominated four times for the British Man Booker Prize and won for The Remains of the Day. The film stars Keira Knightley as a former student who begins to understand the real meaning of her years at Hailsham when she returns as an adult employee. (Sept. 17)

This political thriller starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn is based on the autobiography of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times denying Iraq purchased uranium from Niger. Shortly afterward, Plame’s true identity as a spy was published by a newspaper columnist, endangering the lives of her family and her espionage operation. (Nov. 5)

" ”THE AMERICAN” (A VERY PRIVATE GENTLEMAN) George Clooney excels at capturing ambiguity and nuance. He’ll have plenty to work with in a film based on the novel by Booker nominee Martin Booth about a mysterious Italian butterfly painter who also is a paid assassin. (Sept. 1) " ”THE SOCIAL NETWORK” (THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES) Facebook has become ubiquitous in American society, but the film based on a nonfiction bestseller, The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, takes you back to the beginning of the story. Fred Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin were geeky Harvard students who longed to join socially elite circles. Mark hacked into the university’s computer system and created a ratable database of female students so popular it crashed the server. (Oct. 1)

" ”LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS” (HARD SELL) Directed by Edward Zwick (Thirtysomething), this romantic dramedy set in the early days of Viagra stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway and is based on the biography of a salesman, Hard Sell by Jamie Reidy. (Nov. 24 ) " “TRUE GRIT” Charles Portis’ novel is considered a classic in Western fiction. John Wayne’s portrayal of the one-eyed U. S. Marshal who helps a 14-year-old girl avenge her father’s death won him an Oscar. Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon star in this remake which is bound to have a unique tone because it is directed by the Coen brothers. (Dec. 25 )

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LIFE IS BUSY. THAT’S WHY WE NEED A PLAN. HERE IS A SAMPLING OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN GREATER LANSING " SEPT. 24: Cristo Rey Community Center Fifth Annual Golf Outing, Brookshire Inn and Golf Club. Four-person best ball includes 10 a.m. shotgun start, 18 holes of golf, cart, breakfast items beginning at 8:30 a.m., lunch

at the turn, hole-in-one contest, dinner, silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds to benefit Cristo Rey Family Health Clinic. Info: 372-4700, www.cristo-rey.org. Cost: $80 per person.

" SEPT. 24: Friday Night Live Sewing and Crafting Party, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays. Union Street Center, Eaton Rapids. Bring your craft of choice to work on. There are sitter services available on-site through Guardian Angel Daycare Center. Call Jennifer at: 663-4257. Info: 663-5946. Cost: $7 each week or $20 per month. " SEPT. 25-26: American Heritage Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26. Woldumar Nature Center. A fall weekend full of rich cultural heritage featuring an authentic Civil War camp, historic saw mill and steam engine display. Info: www.woldumar.org, 322-0030, Cost: fee for nonmembers, free for kids and members.

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datebook " SEPT. 26: 2010 Mid-Michigan Walk from Obesity, 11:30 a.m. East Lansing Family Aquatic Center. The funds raised will support the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition’s independent educational missions and programs focused on prevention, research, education and advocacy for all those affected by obesity. Info: 913-4010, www.walkfromobesity.com. Cost: $25 with advance registration, $30 on-site registration. " SEPT. 26: Opening of “Petticoat Patriots: How Michigan Women Won the Vote” Exhibit, 2-4 p.m. Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame. Exhibit explores the suffrage movement in Michigan and the patriots who worked to win the right to vote. Info: 484-1880, www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org.

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" SEPT. 27: Esteemed Women of Michigan Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. Royal Park Hotel. Celebrate the achievements of women in Michigan while raising funds for the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic of Pontiac. Featuring Diana Lewis as mistress of ceremonies. VIP reception 10:30 a.m.; lunch served 11:45 a.m. Info: (248) 758-1690, www.garyburnsteinclinic.org. Cost: $75; $150 per guest for VIP reception and lunch. " SEPT. 28: Girls’ Night Out Presents Maryjanice Davidson, 7 p.m., Schuler Books & Music. Meet the New York Times bestselling author of The Undead Series and her newest book, “Me, Myself and Why.” Info: 316-7495, www.schulerbooks.com. " SEPT. 28: Mom to Mom Fall Kickoff, 9:30-11 a.m. River Terrace Church. Keynote speaker: Linda Anderson, founder of Mom to Mom. Group meets Tuesday mornings to educate, encourage and equip moms of all ages and stages. Child care is provided for infants and toddlers. Kid to Kid program for children ages 3-5. Register at the church or online. Info: 351-9059, www.riverterrace.org. " SEPT. 28: Women’s Center Book Club, 5:30-7 p.m. Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. Each month’s discussion features a book from a different genre. This month: “Starvation Lake” by Michigan author Bryan Gruley. Call to register. Info: 372-9163, www.womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org.

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" OCT. 1: East Lansing Film Fest Fundraiser featuring Bob Seeley & Bob Baldori, 8 p.m. East Lansing Hannah Community Center. An evening of jazz, blues, boogie, stride and rock featuring Michigan’s boogie-woogie virtuosos performing on two grand pianos and dancers from the Ruhala Performing Arts Center. $75 for VIP seating and afterglow party with a meet-and-greet, hors d’oeuvres, wine and jam session. Info: 333-2580, www.boogiebob.com. Cost: $15-$75 reserved seating in advance online until Sept. 29, $5 additonal day of event. " OCT. 1: Harvest Music Fest, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Riverview Community Church. Money raised will benefit the Lansing Area Aids Network, local food banks and other Lansing-area community service projects. Local bands will perform. All ages are welcome. Info: 694-3400. Cost: $10, $25 per family includes food and beverages. " OCT. 1-2: Old Town Oktoberfest, 6-11 p.m. Oct. 1, 2-10 p.m. Oct. 2. Old Town. Featuring authentic German food, live polka music, dancing and souvenir mugs filled with German-style beer. Info: 485-4283, www.oldtownoktoberfest.com. Cost: $13 in advance, $25 weekend pass, free for kids 12 and younger.


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datebook " OCT. 2-3: Fiber Arts & Animals Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cornwell’s Turkeyville U.S.A. A family friendly event featuring fiber artistry, fiber-producing animals, including llamas, sheep and rabbits, sheep-to-shawl demonstration and the National Icelandic Sheep Breeders Show. Info: (269) 749-9404, www.fiberartfest.com. Cost: free admission and parking. " OCT. 2: Hannah’s House International Dessert & Silent Auction Evening, 6-8 p.m. Mt. Hope Church. Garden Prayer Chapel, Fundraiser for homeless mothers and babies. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling Hannah’s House at 482-5856. Info: 321-2780, www.hannahshouse lansing.org. Cost: $12. " OCT. 2: Lansing Sisters in Stitches’ Third Annual Quilt & Crafts Exhibition, noon-6 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church. Featuring a variety of handmade items that women crochet, embroider, knit and needlepoint for a number of faith-based charities in the community. Info: 882-0661. " OCT. 3: Tomorrow’s Child Mid-Michigan Baby Walk, noon Hawk Island Park. Community event featuring entertainment, games, refreshments and awards. Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m. Walk begins at noon. Proceeds to benefit the Infant Safe Sleep programs of Tomorrow’s Child. Call or go online to register. Info: (800) 331-7437, www.mibabywalks.org.

" OCT. 6: “It’s a Breast Thing”, 5-9 p.m. Perspective2. Mix-and-mingle party will showcase 30 bras transformed into art that also will be featured in a silent auction. Light refreshments will be served. Donations and all proceeds will go toward the It’s a Breast Thing Foundation. Info: 381-5432, www.perspective2studio.com. " OCT. 6: Peckham Community Partnership Foundation Speaker Series presents Bertice Berry, 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. Peckham Inc. The sociologist, author, educator and mother will share inspirational stories of overcoming racism, sexism and

" OCT. 8-10: Color Cruise & Island Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Island Park. Pioneer crafts and activities, Civil War encampments, fur traders, petting zoo, car show, wagon rides downtown, helicopter and plane rides at the airport, weather permitting, plus music and pressed cider. Info: 627-2383, www.grandledgemi.com. Cost: $3 adults, $2 seniors 60 and older Friday only, $1 children 12 and younger.

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becoming an instant mother of five adopted children with learning disabilities. Morning or afternoon sessions. Seating is limited. Call or e-mail events@peckham.org to reserve tickets. Info: 316-4000. " OCT. 10: Inspiring Talks , 2:30 p.m. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Listen to a recorded talk by founder Mata Yogananda titled “The Way to Prosperity,” followed by silent prayer and Pure Meditation. All are welcome. Info: 641-6201, SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org.


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datebook " OCT. 12: Zonta Club of Lansing presents “Hats Off to Lucile: Own a Piece of the Legacy”, 5:30 p.m. Country Club of Lansing. Zonta Club of Lansing, the recipient of Lucile Belen’s trademark hats upon her death in June, is auctioning off the hats to raise money for some of Lucile’s favorite charities. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Live auction begins at 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Zonta members Darlene Harris at 482-1455 or darhar1953@hotmail.com; or Melody Atwood at 881-6737 or atwood.melody8 @gmail.com. Cost: $15, $25 per couple in advance, $20, $30 per couple at the door.

" OCT. 15-17: Silent Retreat, Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre. Deepen your experience of inner peace in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Includes shared accommodation and vegetarian meals. Private room or suite may be available for an additional fee. Advance registration required. Info: 641-6201, www.SelfRealization CentreMichigan.org. Cost: $140 plus taxes per person for a shared room. " OCT. 17: Eighth Annual Gourmet Gents Fundraiser, 3-4:30 p.m. Trinity AME Church. Featuring male chefs from Greater Lansing. All proceeds will benefit the Delta Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority scholarship fund and community programs. Carry-out meals available. Info: 303-4086. Cost: $20, $10 for youth 12 and younger. " OCT. 20-28: East Lansing Film Festival, This 13th annual world-class film festival offers independent features, documentaries and shorts, as well as tributes, seminars, premieres and parties at various venues throughout the Lansing area. Info: 980-5802, www.elff.com. Cost: varies.

" OCT. 22-24: Free Yoga, Oct. 22-24. Hilltop Yoga. For seasoned practitioners and those who have always wanted to try yoga. Classes are suitable for all levels and are held backto-back for three days straight. Call or go online for schedules and locations. Info: 230-7497, www.hilltopyoga.com. " OCT. 23: Halloween 5K for JA, 9 a.m.- noon Hawk Island Park. This event is part of the Playmaker’s Race Series. Money raised will provide work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs in tri-county schools. Info: 371-5437, www.jamid michigan.org. Cost: before Oct. 15: adults $30, children $15, families $60; after Oct. 15: adults $33, children $18, families $70. " OCT. 30: American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb Lansing, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. MSU’s Spartan Stadium. The Fight For Air Climb is the American Lung Association’s stair climb event. Individuals and teams will climb up stairs at Spartan Stadium, while raising money to fund lung health research, education and advocacy. Info: (248) 784-2018, www.climblansing.org. Cost: $30 registration fee and additional $100 fundraising minimum.

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degree in apparel and textile design from Michigan State University. She runs the store herself. “I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted the outcome of my degree to be, I just knew that I loved working with clothing,” she says. After graduation in 2007, Gross managed an Aeropostale clothing store. She also helped open a sewing school in Mount Pleasant called Dream Key Design Academy, where she created the curriculum, helped hire teachers and advertised for the school. “I just really got a big burst of confidence after putting together the sewing school and realizing that I have the skills that I need to make something happen,” Gross says. While Jeanologie carries its namesake blue jeans, ranging from $40 to $170, it also features everything from designer cocktail dresses to cuff links made from

What made you decide to return to East Lansing and open a clothing boutique?

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bit difficult for me not having a car living in East Lansing or being a freshman and taking a bus to the mall. What is your target demographic?

to help designers and young professionals get a foot in the door. And by displaying their clothing for them, or jewelry, it would be a great way for students to start design-

Gross: The 18-year-old to the 27-yearold college student and then their parents ... that go shopping with them. I’m really focusing on sororities, fraternities, having dresses for cocktail events and going out. What are your plans for a fashion incubator at the store?

Gross: I want to help students. I want

ing a label for themselves. All the students would be selling on consignment. What are your long-term goals? Gross: I’m hoping to maybe start an online store eventually. I would like to expand and see multiple stores. I personally would really love to see my own work in the store, so I’d like to start my own line and bring that in within the next two years.

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