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ou’re busting your butt at work so that you can snag that coveted promotion, and when you come home each evening, a whole separate pile of responsibilities and chores awaits you. You feel like you’re a victim of circumstances. You’re the farthest thing from “happy” and there’s not a thing you think you can do about it. Sound familiar? If your answer is “yes,” Todd Patkin, author of the book Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and — Finally — Let the Sunshine In has an important message for you: You can start to live a happier life. The choice is completely up to you. Learning to choose how you respond to life isn’t always an easy journey, Patkin admits. It’s going to take some effort, but it’s worth it. If you’re ready to take control of the stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts that have been running your life so far, then read on to learn about Patkin’s Twelve Weeks to Living a Happier Life… and why they’ll work for you. Exercise Exercise is one small change that yields really big, life-changing benefits. For start-

ers, it will begin to make you feel more relaxed, stronger, and more capable of handling life’s challenges — also, it will improve your sleep, and it’s a natural antidepressant that will help your attitude and outlook. And as time passes, you’ll gain the added bonus of being happier with your physical appearance as well. “Commit to walking just twenty minutes every other day to start out. You don’t have to join a gym, sign up for exhausting classes, and completely reorder your life to reap the benefits of this investment,” he says. Take Charge of Your Mind Why do you eat breakfast? To give your body the nutrients it needs so that you’ll have the energy to get through the day. Your mind is no different. If you want your thoughts and attitudes to be positive,

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you must fill your brain with encouraging ideas. For this reason, Patkin recommends making motivational books and audio recordings part of your daily ritual, too. “Listening to a motivational CD during your morning commute or reading for fifteen minutes as you sip your coffee in the morning can put you in a positive place until you go to sleep in the evening. When you do this each day, you’ll find that your attitude is improved, and that you have learned new tools to eliminate your own self-doubt and self-criticism. By focusing more on all the positive aspects of who you are, what you are doing, and what is great in your life, you’ll find that the whole direction of your life can change,” Patkin reassures. Learn to Be Easier on Yourself If you’re like most people, you probably tend to focus a lot of your mental energy on the things you mess up rather than the things you do well. And as a result of magnifying your failures, you reinforce in your mind just how “subpar” you think you are. No wonder you’re unhappy! It’s time to realize that you’re human — and thus fallible — so you will make mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up, start celebrating your many successes. Until you give yourself permission to break free of the cycle of self-blame and negativity that causes you to be stuck demanding perfection from yourself in every situation, you’ll never have a chance to be a truly relaxed, content, and happy person. “The really tragic thing about fixating on your screw-ups is that for every one thing most people do wrong in a week, they usually do a hundred things right,” Patkin points out. “It’s not an easy thing to do, but if you want to be happier, you’ve got to start showing more compassion and love to yourself. This means giving yourself a break when things don’t go perfectly, and giving yourself a pat on the back when they do. For instance, let yourself bask in your family’s compliments when you cook a delicious meal, and savor your boss’s praise when you offer an ingenious solution at a July - August 2012

meeting. Basically, extend to yourself the same love and kindness that you would to others you care about!” Play to Your Strengths Most of us don’t spend a lot of time doing things we enjoy or are truly good at. The fact is that we all possess special abilities and unique talents. And if you want to be happy, you need to recognize, use, and share them. When you do, you’ll feel more fulfilled and proud of yourself, and the world will be better off, too. “Sit down and make a list of the things you are best at and the things you enjoy doing the most. Then, make it a goal to spend more time doing these things. Focusing more on a hobby or personal interest is a good start, even if you do it for only twenty minutes every other day. And if you determine that your career doesn’t utilize your strengths, start looking at online job postings or for local classes in your field of interest. It’s never too early — or too late — to start doing the things that make you happy,” advises Patkin. Eliminate Stressors Stress is bad! It prevents you from living in and enjoying the moment, and it can also cause negative long-term effects ranging from high blood pressure and insomnia to depression and anxiety. So it’s smart to eliminate as many stressors as possible. Often, something as simple as a shift in perspective can make all the difference. “Start by identifying the two or three things that cause you the most stress on a consistent basis. Often, you’ll find that there are concrete things you can do to lessen or even eliminate the pressure,” says Patkin. “Also, if you can’t eliminate or change a stressor, such as a job you hate but can’t afford to quit, challenge yourself to handle it differently. Specifically, decide beforehand how you will react in a more enlightened way when certain stressful situations occur — actually visualize yourself handling them with poise instead of becoming outwardly or inwardly worked up. 24

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The plaintiff may never even have to prove a thing; the prospect of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills can scare a defendant into opting for a settlement without ever putting up a fight. Even if he did nothing wrong. More than 100 million lawsuits are filed each year; one in three people will be sued in the next 12 months. No one’s immune, but people with a lot of assets showing are especially vulnerable. If someone thinks you’ve got a lot to lose, and thus, they’ve got a lot to gain, you become a choice target. People who are less affluent are vulnerable in a different way: If a person with $100,000 in assets gets sued for $1 million, they’ll be wiped out, whereas the person with $5 million can survive a $1 million lawsuit. The time to protect your assets is before you get sued; it’s much more enforceable, costs less and you’ll have

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more options available. Here are some tips from Hillel L. Presser, author of “Financial Self-Defense,” and a lawyer specializing in asset protection. www.assetprotectionattorneys.com: Inventory your wealth Most people have a lot more than they think. Take stock of valuable domain names, telephone numbers, intellectual property, potential inheritances, and other non-liquid assets. Convert non-exempt assets into exempt assets State laws protect some personal assets from lawsuits and creditors. Those assets typically include your primary residence; personal items such as furniture and clothing; pensions and retirement funds; and life insurance. Find out the exemptions for your state and convert non-exempt assets (i.e. cash) into exempt assets (i.e. life insurance). Protect every asset from every creditor There’s no point in protecting your money if your business is exposed. There’s

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no point in protecting your business if your house is exposed. There’s no point in protecting your house if your boat is exposed. Protect everything! Your asset protection plan should hold up whether your neighbor is suing you or the most powerful attorney downtown. Don’t rely solely on liability insurance Buy as much insurance as you can; it’s cheap and it helps you sleep at night. But realize that 70 percent of claims are not covered. Your coverage may be inadequate for a particular suit; your insurance company may go bankrupt. Having insurance and an asset protection plan is the belt and suspenders approach to hanging onto your pants. Avoid fraudulent transfers A fraudulent transfer occurs if your creditor doesn’t get paid because you sold an asset to a person or entity for less than its fair market value when faced with a lawsuit. Such a transfer, done with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud a creditor, can invalidate your entire asset protection plan. 38

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Foods That Fuel The Fires Of Love Chuck Norris

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ust as some substances in excess can hinder romantic moods and performance, such as alcohol and even sugar, certain foods are believed to enhance sexual drive.

Here are a few of them from Dr. G. Frank Lawlis, co-author of the The Brain Power Cookbook, and other health professionals’ lists: Ancient Romans regarded oysters as aphrodisiacs, likely because they are high in zinc, which increases sperm count and libido, high in D-aspartic acid and Nmethyl-D-aspartate, which may increase testosterone and estrogen levels, and high in omega-3 fatty acids, which improve blood circulation and the nervous system. And acording to Dr. Barbara Bartlik, assistant professor of psychiatry and sex therapist with the Human Sexuality Program at Weill Cornell Medical Center, “sex is really about circuitry.” July - August 2012

Bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium and B vitamins, which contribute to healthy sex-hormone production, as well. They also contain the bromeliad enzyme and chelating minerals, which enhance male libido. Avocados, much like bananas, are rich in potassium, vitamin B-6 and folic acid, boosting sexual health and the immune system. Papaya has compounds that act like estrogen and has been used as a folk remedy in promoting menstruation, aiding in milk production, facilitating childbirth and increasing the female libido. Here’s what AlterNet reports on asparagus: “An English herbalist from the

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17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus ‘stirs up lust in man and woman.’ In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners. Apparently for a good reason: asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.” Soy, found in soy milk, soy cheese (tofu), soybeans, etc., contains isoflavones, which help promote healthy sexual organ function. However, be careful, for studies also have linked soy with increase risks of headaches and breast cancer.

The amino acid arginine contributes to healthy blood flow and sexual response. Arginine is abundant in walnuts, peanuts, cashews, oatmeal, granola, dairy foods, green and root vegetables, ginseng, garlic, soybeans, chickpeas and seeds. These foods also contain healthy fats, which are required for the production of testosterone and estrogen. Though garlic typically is associated with not-so-romantic bad breath, it is also plentiful with allicin and arginine, ingredients that increase blood flow. Those in the Orient have long used ginseng as an aphrodisiac, as well as a natural treatment for stress-related symptoms. MedicineNet cites Christopher Sai-

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gal, M.D., assistant professor of urology at the UCLA School of Medicine, who said: “Ginseng, like a lot of herbs, is thought to work by helping the body make more nitric oxide — as does Viagra. A couple of good studies showed some effect from ginseng, so people can look at this as (a natural) alternative to Viagra. But it’s not going to be as effective as Viagra or Levitra or Cialis.” As far as other herbs and spices go, Science Daily reported in March 2011 that researchers from the University of Guelph studied natural aphrodisiacs in “the most thorough scientific review to date” and discovered that “panax ginseng, saffron and yohimbine, a natural chemical from yohimbe trees in West Africa, improved human sexual function... People (also) report increased sexual desire after eating muira puama, a flowering plant found in Brazil; maca root, a mustard plant in the Andes; and chocolate.” (But remember that even herbs and spices can be detrimental if taken in excess or the wrong doses, so always consult your physician or health practitioner before changing or adding anything to your diet.) Chocolate, called “the king of natural aphrodisiacs,” contains feel-good chemicals anandamide, phenylethylamine and tryptophan, all of which promote a sense of well-being and relaxation. Chocolate STEPS TO A HAPPIER LIFE— From Pg. 14 Having a game plan in place before the ‘beast’ rears its ugly head really can reduce your negative reactions to stressors — big time.” Live in the Present How often do your thoughts “live” in the present? More to the point, how often are they instead fixated on your disappointing or disturbing past or spent worrying about your future? If you are like most people, your percentage of time not spent in the present is way, way too high, and thus you’re missing out on life itself. If you’re ruminating on what’s already happened or fretting about what might come July - August 2012

also releases endorphins, which explains the craving and comforting feelings many associate with chocolate in times of stress. Though specifically not tied to sexual arousal in the Guelph study, chocolate’s chemical effects likely exacerbate sexual passions. A word of caution in all of this discussion about natural aphrodisiacs: There is no singular love tonic or cure-all food, herb or medicine that will create arousal even if desire is absent, but the above list can enhance romance if a couple’s chemistry is right. The fact is that a healthy diet and regular exercise enable proper human function in every respect, including sexuality. On the other hand, poor diet, no exercise and being overweight or obese can contribute to sexual dysfunctions, from low testosterone and estrogen levels to poor views of self. Just as saturated fats clog arteries, they can restrict blood flow to sexual organs, too. Mostly, remember that when it comes to love, romance and healthy relationships, there are no replacements for mutual respect, daily thoughtfulness and sacrificial giving to fan the flames of love. As the great Victor Hugo, the author of the classic “Les Miserables,” once said, “the supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”∆

to pass, you’re not enjoying the blessings all around you. You’re exacerbating your anxiety and unhappiness by choosing to dwell on things you can’t change or control. “In order to practice being in the present, you’ll have to do a little bit of homework,” Patkin instructs. “Specifically, you’ll need to look at your past and forgive others (and yourself!) for any wrongs you might be holding on to. Also, you’ll need to identify what, exactly, you dread about the future. First, figure out how likely these things are to actually happen, and then plan how you’d deal with the worst-case scenario. Usually, you’ll see that even the worst 32

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in a vacation rental home far outweigh the (extremely minimal) risks. These properties are more spacious and often less expensive than hotel rooms. They’re appointed with all the comforts of home (because, of course, they are homes). They’re private. They tend to be kid friendly. Often, they’re pet friendly as well.

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book your vacation home. Beware of super-cheap rates

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. The most common way scammers work is by enticing a large number of travelers in a short period of time. They do this by low-balling the rental rates. “If one listing is, say, half the price of all other comparable ones for the same amount of time, beware,” cautions Karpinski. “Put yourself in the owner’s shoes: Why would he or she voluntarily forgo that much income? Five, ten, or maybe even fifteen percent off, perhaps, but fifty percent? No way.” make sure the owner really is the owner Many states make it easy to look up property tax records. Google the property appraiser in the county where the property is located to make sure the person you are renting from actually owns the property. You might also Google the homeowner’s association and look for a phone number on the website. Call the HOA and ask if the owners really are the owners. “Now, some of the tax records might show that the property is owned by an LLC or trust. But that information actually serves as an extra barrier against being scammed,” says Karpinski. “The rental agreement should mention the LLC or trust. If it doesn’t, call the owner and ask. He or she should be able to tell you the name of this legal entity without hesitation.” Cyber-stalk the owner Do some cross-referencing across various websites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so forth. Make sure the place of residence (where the owner lives—not where the vacation home is located) is the same as the information the owner provided. “If, for instance, you were renting one of my vacation homes in Florida, you’d see that I always provide my guests with my home and cell phone numbers,” says Karpinski. “My home number is a 512 area code. Now, if you looked me up on July - August 2012

LinkedIn, my public profile says that I live in Austin, TX, which would match the info I provided.” Also, she suggests Googling the phone number listed on the advertisement. Many property owners and managers list their homes on many different websites. If you Google the phone number listed on the ad in this format XXX XXX-XXX (area code, space, first three digits, dash, last four digits) many other websites that the property is listed on should show up in search results. Look for clues in the reviews When you are reading the reviews of the property (either on the vacation rental website or on other sites such as TripAdvisor.com), there are sometimes references to the owners’ names. A review might say something like: “Thanks, Tom and Christine, for allowing us to rent your lovely home…” If the names in the reviews do NOT match the name of the person renting the home to you, it could be a sign that something is not right. “Also, a lot of times the owner’s name and/or the housekeeper’s name will be in the review,” notes Karpinski. “If you see several reviewers thanking Mary for her wonderful hospitality, and the woman you’re dealing with is named Mary, it’s probably a legitimate listing.” Speak with the owner via phone Sure, it’s possible to be scammed over the phone. However, it’s usually easier to fool someone when you’re communicating via type. If the owner sounds warm and engaging and seems to know her stuff, you’re probably okay. If she sounds guarded or uncertain, you might have reason to worry. Also, says Karpinski, when you get someone on the phone, you can ask specific questions—and listen carefully to the answers. “Ask about the local area,” she suggests. “Ask about the best restaurants, the most unusual attractions, and so forth. If you get quick, natural answers, it’s probably not a scam. If the owner hesitates, or if you hear

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S u m m er S ale the sound of her Googling furiously, you would likely be suspicious.” Pay only by credit card Don’t use PayPal, don’t send a personal check, and NEVER, EVER pay by wire transfer, advises Karpinski. “Scammers are less likely than legitimate property owners to have a credit card merchant account set up,” she says. “And even if you were to still get scammed, you’d be able to call your credit card’s fraud prevention center and report it.” Go with A major vacation rental website You’re probably safest choosing a site like HomeAway, VRBO, FlipKey, or Airbnb. Of course, a respected name doesn’t guarantee a 100 percent safe transaction — there have been instances of owners having their e-mail accounts hijacked by scammers — but the major websites tend to have better safeguards in place. Listen to your gut… it’s often right Do your research. Call the property owner. Listen carefully to everything. If something just feels “off,” move on to another property, advises Karpinski. Renting a vacation home is like anything else, insists Karpinski. It’s not risk-free, but when you take these steps to mitigate the risk, you can feel 99.9 percent confident that you’re not getting scammed, and these are pretty good odds. ∆

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The shorts are anything but basic. From office-worthy culottes and rompers to casual, sassy denim cutoffs, there’s plenty of short shorts out there to choose from — that is if you want to show off your legs — and if you don’t, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy wearing shorts when the weather gets chilly — just team your shorts up with tights! For a more professional look, belt longer shorts and pair them with a blazer and pumps; for more casual offices, sweaters and flats are great with shorts. Here’s what’s trending on the short list right now: Denim cutoffs An old favorite, these frayed shorts are always a laid-back option for lazy summer days. The more faded and soft the shorts, the better. Check out Levi’s 501 Worn Cut-Offs. High-waisted shorts A glamorous retro style inspired by Hollywood pin-up starlets. Often belted or buttoned up with sailor-front style, these shorts add feminine curves to slim waists. Or go for a high-waisted short with a fold-over waistband, if you want to emphasize your hips. Check out Paul & Joe’s polka-dotted “Reviens” shorts.

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Booty call These shorts are only for those of us with really great legs. Often dubbed “booty” shorts or “hot pants,” these very short shorts often look almost like bikini bottoms and therefore should probably remain poolside or on the runway — definitely not on the street! Check out the printed floral shorts with matching bustiers from Jason Wu at jasonwustudio.com. Soft shorts There are lots of shorts that look a lot like short skirts. In soft, silky, drapable fabrics, these shorts resemble “tap pants” and are one of the most flattering silhouettes because of their breezy style that moves like a twirling dance skirt. In longer “culotte” styles, they are perfect for casual work places. Check out the “Surf Luxe” version at topshop.com. STEPS TO A HAPPIER LIFE— From Pg. 24 turn of events would not destroy you and could be handled, albeit with some stress and difficulty. “Once you have begun to take control of your past- and future-oriented thoughts, you can truly begin to appreciate the present moment. You’ll need to be aware of what your thoughts are ‘doing,’ and please don’t get discouraged when you find yourself going back to your old negative mental habits! In fact, pat yourself on the back because you’re noticing that you’re doing something you don’t want to do anymore. Over time, you’ll start to live the adventurous, wonderful life in the present you were always meant to!” Spend More Time with Positive People. Have you ever heard of “social proof”? It’s the phenomenon of being influenced more by the people we are around the most. If you spend as much of your time as possible with positive people, you’ll continually be inspired. However, if most of your friends, family, and coworkers are July - August 2012

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negative, they will inevitably pass their unhealthy attitudes on to you. “If you’re truly serious about building a happier life for yourself, you need to look at the people with whom you spend most of your time and decide which are positive influencers and which are negative influencers,” Patkin instructs. “Gradually, you need to gravitate more toward the ‘Positives’ and distance yourself from the ‘Negatives.’ This might mean calling a positive friend and asking to meet up for coffee or a beer, or walking away from the water cooler when your coworkers begin to gripe and complain. “Over time, your goal is to make a significant shift in terms of the people with whom you surround yourself. I know that it’s hard to put distance between yourself and a person who has been a big part of your life, but the fact is that you’re at a crossroads. Would you rather maintain relationships that are familiar, but built on negativity, or would you rather form new ones that will propel your happiness journey forward? I strongly recommend

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ate Middleton has quickly become a fashion icon, admired the world over for her easy elegance.

It seems that whatever she wears is an immediate hit at retail — Zara’s tangerine jeans, a green Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, a Burberry trench coat, Adidas sneakers — they’re all snatched up by followers of the chic Duchess of Cambridge. But you don’t have to be able to afford High Street prices to get the young royal’s high style. Yes, you, too, can get the Kate Middleton effect on a budget. Her look is easy to mimic with clean classics that never go out of fashion. Here’s a list of some of Kate’s favorite looks that retailers and designers have copied at all price points: The sculpted dress The British icon has single-handedly made the dress once again a wardrobe favorite. In simple, elegant silhouettes, she stands out in royal style, particularly in shapes that are fitted and sleek on top, belted and more flared on the bottom. The wrap dress is another one of Kate’s essentials — again highlighting the waist and showing off one of her best assets. Green is one of her go-to colors for dresses, but she also likes navy and even white. The creamy white dress by Joseph that she wore on her visit to Quebec was very unexpected and a stunner. July - August 2012

The colored jeans Making a casual statement is another one of Kate’s most photographed moments this spring with Great Britain’s hockey team in the tangerine Zara jeans complete with navy Pucci blazer and printed “Olympic” official scarf one moment and out on the playing field sans blazer and in a hoodie the next. Add some colorful sneakers to the mix and you’ve got a unique approach that we can all appreciate for function and versatility. The trench coat Another British classic, the trench coat (hers was by Burberry) always seems cool and chic. If you’re lucky enough to be going to the Olympics this summer, be sure to pack this essential. The skirt suit Tweeds are so British, but Kate has managed to make the tweed suit look modern by wearing updated designs like the ones she’s worn from designer Rebecca Taylor that feature sexy slim pencil skirts and crisp sharp jackets with frayed seams. Peplum jackets are another Kate favorite, once again showing off that fabulous 38 figure.

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hen it comes to style, men have it so easy. Men’s fashion trends don’t change as often, or as drastically, as they do for women.

However many men stumble into some of the same fashion pitfalls, according to Sherrie Mathieson, fashion expert and author of the Baby Boomer’s guide Forever Cool: How to Achieve Ageless, Youthful and Modern Personal Style. The fashion stylist urges men to reevaluate their physical size occasionally. “Do you really still have a 34-inch waist or is it closer to 40? Men often cling to formula dressing that should have been retired long ago.” She also calls for caution when it comes to borrowing ideas from the younger generation. “Think twice before you indulge in the excessive or outrageous,” she says. “The goal is to find comfort and style in a look that is simple, unaffected and masculine. It’s not about being a fashion plate — it’s about simplicity in both color and style.” While you may not be ready to step out in the latest trim swim trunks or a colorful pair of suede wingtips, there are definitely some ways to update your wardrobe this summer. Here are some of Mathieson’s tips: • Skip the bold, overwhelming colors. Look for more understated hues to July - August 2012

combine in both sporty clothes and suits. Tone-on-tone charcoal and blue are two of the most popular color combos this season. • Make sure clothes fit. There’s nothing worse than baggy T-shirts and shorts that make men look older than they are. “No piece of clothing should be too tight,” says Mathieson. Experiment with hightech fabrics that offer form and function in casual clothes. And while the “skinny” jean has loosened up this year, trousers and pants are still on the narrow side and can be much more flattering than pleated, slouchy styles. Front pleated denim pants are neither jean nor trouser. They belong in no-man’s-land. • Steer clear of “problem prints.” We’ve all seen these — from the other end of the mall. Hawaiian floral prints are still around but very toned down in more subtle colors. And there are plenty of other newsy “prints” out there in more sophisticated checks and plaids. • When it comes to accessories for men, Mathieson’s No. 1 pick is a watch. “It’s as good a clue to his personality as handwriting analysis,” she says. “The watch you choose can scream, ‘I’m wealthy’ (think gold, encrusted with diamonds) or it can

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speak quietly of self-confidence with its spare elegance.” • Ditch the Mr. Magoo oversized glasses and choose eyewear that’s modern and in a shape that flatters your face. Horn-rimmed glasses are a classic. • Belts should always complement your shoes in style and color. A black or brown belt in plain leather with a simple buckle will work well. And remember, you don’t always have to wear a belt — especially with shorts. • Shoes should never be considered a mere necessity or afterthought. A classic

shoe is always a safe bet (black or brown Oxfords in a wingtip or cap-toe), but if you opt for something trendy, make sure it’s well designed and understated. And please skip the knee-high socks with sandals. That’s a definite fashion “don’t.” • The more extensive your repertoire of accessories — those you buy each season for updating and those classics you’ve collected over the years -- the more options you’ll have for mixing-and-matching, and increasing the potential for multiple outfits whether they’re casual, professional, or dressy. ∆

PROTECTING EVERYTHING — From Pg. 18

Don’t title your assets solely to your spouse or to “straw men” They may have more financial problems than you.

Protect with liens What is a $100,000 car worth if you owe $95,000? What is a $1 million house worth if you owe $950,000? Take out lines of credit. Record mortgages against your property. Make all of your assets valueless. Become an unattractive candidate for a lawsuit. THE KATE EFFECT — From Pg. 34 The elegant coat Fall may be a few months away, but a standout coat is always a good investment at any time of the year. Kate takes a streamlined approach to her outerwear — from fitted princess styles worn over dresses to sportier shorter jackets trimmed in fur and worn with jeans. The evening gown Of course, all royals need a few glamorous gowns to round out their wardrobes. And if you’re planning on attending a ball yourself in the near future, then you’ll want to take some cues from Kate herself. The all-over lace gown from Alice Temperley she wore to the “War Horse” July - August 2012

Transfer your assets to a protective entity The key to asset protection is to own nothing while controlling everything. Transfer any non exempt assets out of your name to protective entities such as trusts, LLC’s (limited liability companies), limited partnerships, etc. Keep your plan up to date Laws change every year. Have your plan reviewed yearly. ∆

movie premier was a stunning example of one of her finest moments last year, but you can’t go wrong with a black strapless number, either. All the extras Between nude pumps and cowboy hats, what’s not to like about this newest member of the British royal family? She loves Jimmy Choo stilettos, but she is just as at home in a pair of Adidas sneakers, too. She and her sister, Pippa, have also inspired us with their fascinating “fascinator” hats. And she loves her clutch handbags by Anya Hindmarch — another British designer. Then there’s the famous sapphire ring copied by jewelers everywhere. ∆

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hey may be featherweights, but as decorating tools, accent pillows pack a powerful punch. The right pillows take a nothing room and make it fresh and fabulous.

Here are some simple steps: Picking out the blend of colors, patterns and fabric styles for accent pillows is a personal pilgrimage. There is no one right approach or combination, except the one that makes your heart jump for joy. Some people want a mix of classics that will never go out of style. Others want to embrace the latest trends, with the freshest and newest colors and patterns. Some like a muted, tone-on-tone palette, while others want an electric mix of zesty colors and robust patterns. To find a picture-perfect pillow combination, first evaluate the style and color palette of the space and the furniture where July - August 2012

the pillows will sit. If there is already a lot of pattern and color in the furniture or room, keep the pillows pretty neutral. But “neutral” doesn’t mean “boring.” You can use lots of different fabric textures, styles and trims to give the pillows personality. If the room and furnishings are neutral, then the sky’s the limit for pillows. You can keep your pillows neutral, in keeping with the room. Or you can use the pillows to introduce contrasting colors and patterns. If you want to try bold new colors and patterns, go for it. When you group pillows, create balance in the fabrics so they work wonderfully together, complementing each other, not

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A selection of decorative pillows from BoConcepts. competing. To strike this fine line, pay attention to the size of the patterns. If you have a big pillow with a bold, large pattern, then pair it with pillows in solid fabrics. If you pick a smaller geometric pattern, then you can mix it with a larger plaid or floral. Once you pick fabrics that make you smile, it’s time to determine the number, size and shape of your pillow mix. The size and scale of the furniture you are adorning will give you boundaries, and your personal taste will let you know how full or sparse to fill in within those boundaries. Some people like their sofas decorated with a number of pillows in different sizes,

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and surrounding landscape together. If possible, locate your water feature where you can enjoy it most -- near a window close to your easy chair or next to the patio or deck where you can spend a pleasant summer evening. Once you’ve found the perfect setting, consider the needs of the feature and its occupants before you dig. Avoid low or poorly drained areas where rainwater runoff might contaminate the water. You’ll want at least five hours of direct sun daily to support light-hungry water plants. Still water is the ideal environment for many delicate aquatic plants like water lilies that can’t take rushing torrents. A still-water pool makes a perfect mirror to reflect the colors of summer, the clouds in the sky and the fire of fall leaves. If your pool is large enough, a flowing fountain or waterfall at one end will leave the water still enough at the other for fragile plants. Moving water’s ever-changing sounds and shapes can have a relaxing effect. Water’s sound can even be adjusted to personal taste: the farther it falls, the louder the sound. Dampen the tones with lush plantings or amplify them by building a small, cavelike resonating chamber behind the waterfall to reflect sound back. There are several basic types of aquatic plants for a water garden. Oxygenators are rapid-growing, floating plants sold in clumps. They release oxygen into the water through photosynthesis, and shade the water to help prevent algae growth. Parrot feather, water hyacinth and water poppy are popular oxygenators. Emergent plants like water lilies are

the signature water plant. Hardy varieties have rounded leaves and white, yellow or rosy flowers that float on the water. They overwinter in Zones 3-10. Tropical water lilies also come in lilac and blue tones, have scalloped leaves and hold their flowers on stems that stand out of the water. They are either grown as annuals or removed from the water and stored in damp moss where they won’t freeze. Both have cultivars tiny enough for even the smallest water gardens. Hardy water lilies include bright red “Louise,” bright pink “Pink Opal” and white “Walter Pagels.” Tropical water lilies include deep blue “Midnight,” pink “Texas Shell Pink” and night-blooming, white “Woods White Night.” Arrowhead and dwarf papyrus provide a strong vertical accent to lowgrowing floaters. For the edge transition zone between pool and dry land, plant moisture-loving ground covers, bog plants and perennials like lady’s mantle, Siberian irises, yellow flag, lobelias, ferns and primrose. If you want to start small or just create a showpiece container for a deck or patio, use a 15- to 25-gallon (or larger) lightweight fiberglass pot. Run the electric cord of a small submersible pump through the drain hole and seal the hole with silicone caulk. Fill the pot with water and plant with a mix of oxygenators, low and tall emergent plants. There are plenty of how-to articles and videos online that can take you through the entire process. It’s a simple and inexpensive project that only takes an hour or two to set up and a great introduction to the many benefits of having a water garden. ∆

PILLOW TALK — From Pg. 43 If your sofa is unusually deep or the back is very high, you might prefer a 27-inchsquare pillow. In fact, you might need a row of them against the back of the sofa to fill in the space and allow you to touch the floor. The secret to success in creating a lovely pillow is use a high-quality fill. Choose a mixture of feathers and down because they

are soft and dense and can make even inexpensive readymade pillows look amazing. Even if you make a pillow out of a topof-the-line fabric but use a lower-quality fill, the pillow will look scrawny and shapeless. If you have to scrimp someplace when doing a custom pillow, scrimp on the fabric and use a high-quality feather pillow form. ∆

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yme disease is caused by a bite from a of seeds. With a mild winter and early

There is a long list of symptoms of Lyme disease, and many of them can be vague. Ticks carrying Lyme Disease leave behind a large ‘bulls-eye’ shaped rash. The rash can appear one to 30 days after a tick bite Other symptoms include fatigue, chills, fever, headache, and muscle aches. Epidemiologist Megan Saunders, from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, further explained, “The classic symptom is a rash but also can have very serious long-term neurological, rheumatological and arthritic symptoms, as well as some cardiac symptoms.” Moreover, the National Institutes of Health concluded that Lyme’s impact upon one’s total personal health can be equal to congestive heart failure. July - August 2012

Brand-new research also is linking chronic Lyme disease, or CLD, to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults, and also to depression and anxiety. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, Lyme disease can seriously and chronically affect all systems in the body. Obviously, the best way to avoid Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by deer ticks. So do your best to stay away from areas potentially infested with them. That means staying on paths and out of brush, tall weeds and long grass. Remember that ticks don’t fly or jump. They cling to plant life often no more than 18 inches off the ground, where they wait for humans or animals to brush up against them. Once on board your clothing, they

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deer tick the size of a freckle or the smallest heat waves, the tick population is booming. crawl to areas of open skin. The American Lyme Disease Foundation advises to wear light-colored, tightly woven clothing to make it easier to see crawling ticks.” The ALDF also suggests “avoiding sitting directly on the ground or on stone walls; walking in the middle of established trails rather than at the edges; tucking pants into socks, and shirts into pants; and wearing covered shoes. Cover as much skin as you can. If you’re going to be outdoors working or playing, apply insect repellant to your clothing and skin (the Mayo Clinic recommends those containing a 10 to 30 percent concentration of DEET); just make sure you wash thoroughly when coming indoors or before eating.

If you’re camping, elevate your bedding and other items on which those creepy critters might crawl or cling. For those who own pets, keep them on a leash, and keep them from roaming into potentially invested areas. Check them often for ticks, and bathe them regularly so that they don’t become transports for ticks. Furthermore, consider where your animals lie and sleep in the house; if it’s often in family beds, don’t be surprised if you find yourself “sleeping with the enemy.” Treat your yard or campsite with insect repellant or pesticide, but be very careful, as some of them are unsafe for kids and hazardous for pets. Read labels carefully, and make sure campground regulations

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allow such treatments. Right before you come indoors, check yourself or have someone else thoroughly check you for ticks. Pay special attention to your head, your hair, the back of your neck, your underarm areas, between your legs, around your waist and the back of your knees. Bath after being outside to help spot ticks or wash off ones that haven’t attached yet.Check outdoor gear and pets for ticks, and run clothing through a hot dryer for an hour to kill any ticks. The good news is that a tick that carries the bacteria has to be on your body for 24 to 36 hours before it can transmit Lyme disease, according to Dr. Rajlakshmi Krishnamurthy from Boston Medical Center. So you have a small window to remove them from your body and garments. The bad news, according to Phillip Baker, executive director of the American

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Lyme Disease Foundation, is that the risk of Lyme disease increases if an attached deer tick is on you for 36 to 48 hours and is engorged. If you find a tick feeding on you, take caution that you remove it correctly. Sue Beebe, the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s assistant director, warns, “Using matches, Vaseline, credit cards, those are the things not to remove a tick.” Kelly Spindler, director of environmental health for the Ross County Health District in Ohio, advises not to twist it, and never to burn it off with a match or by pouring some sort of chemical on it. The last thing you want is for the tick to regurgitate or burst, which will increase the risk of infection. Instead, use tweezers to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible (by its mouth’s base), and then pull it smoothly and directly up. Apply antiseptic immediately

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afterward. If caught early, Lyme disease can be treated with two to four weeks of antibiotics, says Dr. Rajlakshmi Krishnamurthy from Boston Medical Center. She and other experts say that such treatment usually prevents the development of the later stages of the disease. The Mayo Clinic’s website explains that more intense forms and treatment of antibiotics (including intravenous) can cause various side effects, including a lower white blood cell count, mild to severe diarrhea, or colonization or infection with other antibiotic resistant organisms unrelated to Lyme. Some experts believe that certain people who get Lyme disease are predisposed to develop an autoimmune response that contributes to their symptoms. Contact your physician or health practitioner immediately if you or your loved

ones see a large bull’s-eye-shaped rash left behind by a tick carrying the Lyme disease bacteria or experience early symptoms, such as fatigue, fever, chills, muscle aches and headaches. For more information about deer ticks and Lyme disease, I recommend the following websites: www.lymediseaseassociation.org, www.cdc.gov/ticks, www. underourskin.com and www.texaslyme. org/about.htm. Also check out natural resources such as Cellgevity and glutathione to build up your immune system and energy. But be cautious of Lyme treatments with Bismacine, also known as chromacine, which contains high levels of the metal bismuth, which the Mayo Clinic also says to avoid. For a more medical, holistic approach check Sierra Integrative Medical Center (www.SierraIntegrative.com), in Reno, Nevada. ∆

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As the body tries to maintain a normal temperature, exposure to high heat causes profuse sweating, increasing heart rate and respiration. Increased flow of blood through the lungs and skin helps reduce body temperature. More dangerous than excessive sweating, heat exposure can cause a heart attack or stroke, particularly in people with cardiac problems. High blood pressure, diabetes or significant obesity increases the risk of heat-related illness. In addition, medications can make coping with heat waves more difficult. Many tranquilizers interfere with the body’s ability to cope with heat as do beta blockers to treat high blood pressure and diuretics to promote fluid loss. Alcohol particularly compounds health dangers of heat, as it not only leads to fluid loss but also interferes with judgment, which may result in an inebriated person spending more time in the heat than appropriate. Older adults are at particular risk of serious problems during heat waves. Aging blunts the thirst drive, making it difficult to recognize dehydration or the need to increase fluid intake. Research has shown that when fluid is withheld from anyone July - August 2012

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over the age of 70, it takes much longer for the body to replace the fluid than it does in a younger person. If fluid is not replaced, a condition called delirium develops, which leads to confusion, even less fluid intake, and a vicious cycle of worsening dehydration and confusion. Once dehydration occurs, the ability to regulate body temperature becomes compromised. The temperature can increase to 105 degrees or more. In turn, this leads to damage of many organ systems and a high risk of death. Each year, hundreds of older people die from heatstroke, particularly if they live alone or in homes that do not have air conditioning. For many older people, problems with heat can occur without much exertion, but for younger people, it can be extremely dangerous spending a great deal of time outdoors during extreme heat or exercising when it is very hot. Early problems suggesting heat problems include: headache, dizziness or fainting, profuse sweating, cold and clammy skin, muscle cramps, a rapid heart rate, and nausea or throwing up. As the problems progress, heatstroke can occur. Symptoms include increas- 59

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High Intensity Exercise Takes Your Breath Away Marilynn Preston

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elcome to the brave new world of high intensity exercise, or Peak Fitness training, the world of getting stronger and lasting longer.

It’s now being marketed by one of its most breathless champions, the controversial and courageous Dr. Joseph Mercola. Adding individualized anaerobic workouts to your exercise routine — one or two sessions a week, just 20 minutes each — will dramatically boost your fitness, burn your fat, rip your muscles, rejuvenate your heart and much more, says the good doctor. All this, while saving you hours in the gym. It’s a major exercise mistake, Mercola insists, to focus exclusively on long hours of aerobic training. (Think running, walking, biking, swimming.) Aerobic exercise is wildly important for all the reasons we know, but what we don’t know and what Mercola wants to teach us is the tremendous value of exercising anaerobically, as well — 20-30 second sprints of all-out exhausting effort, followed by 90 seconds of recovery. In one of his 20-minute Peak Fitness workouts, ideally done on a recumbent bike or elliptical cross trainer, you’re aimJuly - August 2012

ing for eight cycles of 30 second sprints for a total of four minutes of the hardest work you’ll ever do. The intensity will vary greatly, from person to person, heart to heart, but the results that Mercola is reporting are the stuff that fitness dreams are made of. Based on the latest research, Mercola says that pushing your heart rate into your target zone — your anaerobic threshold — and holding it there for 20-30 seconds is the only way to activate your super-fast muscle fibers and naturally boost your production of growth hormone (HGH), the holy grail of healthy aging. Anaerobic training also changes your biochemistry in a quick, efficient way that helps you regulate your blood sugar and levels of insulin. “Normalizing your insulin level,” says Mercola, “is the most important factor for optimizing your overall health and preventing disease of all kinds, from diabetes, to heart disease, to cancer and everything in between.” 59

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fter months of searching, you’ve finally landed an interview for the job of your dreams. You’ve chosen your wardrobe, Googled the company so you can intelligently discuss the issues, and thought

“Recruiters and executives who are actively hiring, will tell you that there are three types of questions they get: no questions, bad questions, and rarely, memorable questions,” says Andrew Sobel, co-author of Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others. “Candidates who ask memorable questions are often the ones that receive job offers. By asking questions — not just any questions but thought-provoking ones — you come across as a cut above the average candidate. You can tell people all day long how qualified you are, how talented you are, and what a tremendous asset to the company you would be,” adds Sobel. “But no statement is ever as impactful as a welltimed, well-executed question. In all situations, power questions help us connect and engage with others in meaningful ways.” He advises to avoid these types of questions in a job interview: • Informational questions: Don’t take up a manager’s time asking, “How much vacation will I get?” Get the basic information

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through questions you may be asked. But if you haven’t brushed up on the questions you want to ask the interviewer, you’re missing a key part of your preparation, the part that may win you the job.

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you need before you go in for an interview. • Closed-ended questions: If someone can give a “yes” or “no” answer, it diminishes your prospects for having a good conversation. • “Me” questions: An executive is interested in how you will add value to her organization and whether or not you’re a good fit. Skip questions like “I skydive every Saturday — so will I ever be asked to work weekends?” Here are the kinds of questions you should be asking in a job interview, according to Sobel: Credibility-building questions: “As I think back to my experience in managing large sales forces, I’ve found there are typically three barriers to breakthrough sales performance: coordination of the sales function with marketing and manufacturing, customer selection, and product quality. In your case, do you think any of these factors are holding back your sales growth? What do you believe are your own greatest opportunities for increasing sales effectiveness?” “Why?” questions: “Why did you close down your parts business rather than try to find a buyer for it?” or “Why did you decide to move from a functional to a product-based organization structure?” Personal understanding questions: “I understand you joined the organization five years ago. With all the growth you’ve had, how do you find the experience of working here now compared to when you started?” Passion questions: “What do you love most about working here?” Value-added advice questions: “Have you considered creating an July - August 2012

online platform for your top account executives, so that they can share success stories and collaborate better around key client opportunities? We implemented such a concept a year ago, and it’s been very successful.” Future-oriented questions: “You’ve achieved large increases in productivity over the last three years. Where do you believe future operational improvements will come from?” Aspiration questions: “As you look ahead to the next couple of years, what are the potential growth areas that people are most excited about in the company?” Organizational culture questions: “What are the most common reasons why new hires don’t work out here?” or “What kinds of people really thrive in your organization?” Decision-making questions: “If you were to arrive at two final candidates with equal experience and skills, how would you choose one over the other?” Company strengths-andweaknesses questions: “Why do people come to work for you rather than a competitor? And why do you think they stay?” In general, says Sobel, good questions prove you’ve done your homework. They show you’re not just concerned about yourself but that you’ve given some thought to the future of the company. They allow you to demonstrate your knowledge without sounding arrogant. And they greatly improve your chances that the interviewer will like you — and we tend to hire those we like! “If you want to be noticed by recruiters, don’t talk more,” he summarizes. Instead, ask better questions. You’ll soon find yourself answering the best question of all: How soon can you start? ∆

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HEALTH THREATS— From Pg. 53 ing confusion, unconsciousness, seizures, and serious and life-threatening drops in blood pressure. Whether you are young or old, healthy or suffer from chronic illnesses, be prudent in dealing with sultry summer days. During this time of the year, even an elite athlete can collapse and die from heat exposure. If you develop a headache, become lightheaded or have any of the symptoms described above, get out of the heat and drink plenty of fluids. Call 911 if the person becomes confused, disoriented or collapses. Even if it’s extremely hot, it does not mean that you must spend all your time indoors. Don’t go outside during the hot-

test time of the day, and in a serious heat wave, be sure to drink liberal amounts of fluids, avoid alcohol and caffeine (a potent diuretic), and find out if any of the medications you are taking can increase the risk of dehydration and heatstroke. Never exercise during the hottest time of the day and always carry plenty of water. If the heat is blaring, take some time to check on the older people in your life. Remember, they are particularly susceptible to heat-related health problems. Make sure that they have adequate air conditioning and are coping well with the heat. Follow this simple advice and everyone should be able to survive the summer without health hazards. ∆

HIGH INTENSITY EXERCISE — From Pg. 54 To learn about the many benefits of high- bell, author of “Ready Set Go,” a book that intensity training, sprint over to www.mer- details how anaerobic exercise stimulates cola.com for several lifetimes of more detail, your super-fast twitch fibers — something and watch the videos of Mercola himself aerobic exercise does not do — and increases demonstrating what it looks and feels like your growth hormone levels naturally, withto anaerobically exercise. out nasty shots or risky drugs. It looks like the worst 30 seconds of his life. “The higher your levels of growth horMercola, on a recumbent bike -- fabulously mone (HGH), the healthier and stronger fit for a man of 56 — is pumping his legs as you’re going to be,” says Mercola. “And the quickly as he can, against fierce resistance (a longer you can keep your body producing 19 out of 20), sweating bullets, unable to talk, high levels of HGH, the longer you will experience robust health and strength.” panting so loudly, it’s a little scary. As intriguing as it is, anaerobic exercise But Mercola knows what he’s doing, and more importantly, he knows he’s only going presents some real-world challenges. It’s to be doing it for 30 seconds. After the sprint a brutal workout. It’s impossible to talk or — the extremely challenging part of anaero- catch your breath for short bursts because bic exercise, when you push your pulse to a you are in oxygen debt. You have to build up certain target zone and keep it there — you to it gradually, mindfully, checking with your get to relax and recover for 90 whole seconds doctor, listening to your body, developing ... and then you go again. If you’re still alive. stamina and endurance as you go. Mercola adores it, but it’s not for everyIn the video, Mercola is expertly coached through eight sets of sprints by Phil Camp- one. ∆ STEPS TO A HAPPIER LIFE— From Pg. 33 of burden,” Patkin points out. “You can’t make their pain, stress, or grief magically disappear…but you can be what I call a ‘lamp-lighter’ — someone who makes others feel just a little bit lighter and happier, even if only for five seconds. When you make friendliness a habit, you’ll at

tract kindness and smiles in return…and you’ll feel great about yourself for making a positive difference!” Help Others It’s true: It really is better to give than to receive. You see, humans are by nature 70

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MontrĂŠal is a vibrant destination where the French and English worlds coexist and thrive, where outdoor living is celebrated to the fullest, and where the old and the new intertwine. A great travel destination.

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the Star Wars movies. Next, visit the Quartier des Spectacles, the cultural hub of the city, an area of expansive plazas, water fountains, and sprawling lawns that surround the Opera, Ballet, and Symphony halls, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts. The Quartier serves as the main stage for the city’s outdoor events

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Start your visit in Old Montréal on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. Stroll along Rue St. Paul, a cobblestoned pedestrian alley lined with art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Meander along the winding streets, take in the historic architecture, sip a café au lait, and check out the street performers at Place Jaques-Cartier. Stop by Marché Bonsecours and browse the local fashion and crafts boutiques. Explore Montréal’s early days at the archeological museum, Pointe-à-Callière, built atop the city’s ancient remains. Also visit the museum’s Samurai exhibit, a prestigious collection of full armors, swords, and functional objects used by the mythical warriors. Continue your leisurely walk along the river and stop at the Science Center, the current home of the Star Wars Identities exhibit. The show features a large collection of original props, costumes, models, and artwork from the Lucasfilm Archives. Take an interactive voyage of self-discovery. Find out what shapes your own personality and how you would fit in the alien worlds of

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Montréal Jazz Festival. including the renowned Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, as well as movies, plays, art displays, and installations throughout the year. Check for performances during your visit at www. quartierdesspectacles.com. Montréal is also the birthplace of the celebrated Cirque Du Soleil. Do not miss their newest production, Amaluna, a combination of amazing circus acts, creative costumes, magical sets, and enchanting music.

The city offers a variety of museums. Start at the Museum of Fine Arts, a showcase of paintings, sculpture, film, fashion, and design. This summer, the museum features a retrospective of Tom Wesselmann, one of the greatest American pop artists. Stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art and explore Québec’s creative talent in current painting, drawing, engraving, photography, installations, and electronic arts. Continue to the McCord Museum for a glimpse into Montreal’s past and present as viewed through its people, artisans, and communities. Explore the Inuit Modern exhibit, one of the most comprehensive collections of Inuit art in the world. Your art tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to LHotel, a boutique hotel located in a former bank building in the old city. The hotel is home to a multimillion dollar, privately owned art collection. The entrance to the lobby is flanked by a larger than life Voluptuous Man on Horse by Botero, and a huge, iconic LOVE statue by Robert Indiana. The lounge area and the corridors feature artworks by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Chagall, Rauchenberg, and many other 63

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prominent artists. All the hotel’s rooms and suites are also decorated with fine art from the vast collection. www.lhotelmontreal.com. The best way to explore the city is to walk through its various neighborhoods and take in the sights. Montréal is dotted with visual works of art from classical sculpture to avant-garde installations. These artistic displays are the result of a city mandate that requires all construction projects to dedicate 1% of the budget to artistic creations. The city keeps its streets clean of any “visual pollution” such as sidewalk vendors and newspaper boxes. The city is proud of its own designers, artists, and artisans. Stores that feature local fashion, décor, and art are marked with a special symbol to differentiate them from multinational brands that are prevalent throughout the world. The fashion world comes alive every summer at the Montréal Fashion and Design Festival, when catwalks and shows

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by local designers fill the streets around McGill College. www.festivalmodedesign.com The city’s restaurant scene is a melting pot of international cuisines, French accents, and trendy, fusion style offerings. In season many restaurants open their sidewalk cafés and summer gardens. Have lunch on the outdoor terrace at Boris Bistro, or at Le Hangar in the popular Griffintown neighborhood. For dinner try Communion in Old Montreal across from the old port. If you’d like to try cutting edge cuisine, visit the Foodlab at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), a center dedicated to digital culture. This casual notfor-profit restaurant features a creative, seasonal menu with a focus on inventive preparation techniques. www.sat.qc.ca. Located only a short flight away, Montréal is an exciting and vibrant destination, ideal for a mini vacation. For more information visit www. tourisme-montreal.org. ∆

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monumental glass monolith emerges majestically from the sand, its mirrored facade undulating along the wavy shore, reflecting skies and sea. Behind the glittering exterior pulsates Revel, the newest Atlantic City resort/casino signaling the city’s long awaited rebirth. Developed at a cost of $2.4 billion, Revel rises 47 stories straddling 20 oceanside acres, on the boardwalk’s northern edge. Everything about Revel is grandiose, trendy and elegant. The lobby, perched 112 feet above sea level, is a cavernous space surrounded by floor to ceiling glass walls overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. On the right, you’ll find the Sky Garden, an oasis of tranquility, with sitting areas, fire pits, murmuring water fountains and rivers, and unobstructed ocean views. On the left, the InOut Pool, the hotel’s all season indoor and outdoor pool stretches into the horizon. Slightly off the center, a glass enclosed open-roof space invites you to enjoy fresh air and starry

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nights while relaxing around a fire pit. The lobby is appointed with stylishly decorated seating areas and two libraries with coffee-table books and games. Against the far wall, a long reception desk and electronic self check-in kiosks await arriving visitors. The resort’s 1,898 spacious, ocean view rooms and suites are modern and airy, tastefully appointed with stylish furnishings. The hi-tech amenities range from an electronic “smart” room key to a bedside tablet computer that controls lights, room temperature, hotel services, and Internet access. The elegant, supersized marble bathroom suites have his and her sinks, glass enclosed showers and separate toilets. Revel’s heart is its 130,000 square foot casino, an expansive, stunningly decorated space, a theatrical kaleidoscope of lights, colors, and textures. The gaming machines and tables are organized in different “neighborhoods,” defined by oversized lanterns, hanging art pieces, curtains of beads, and lowered ceilings. The lighting changes subtly, creating a warm atmosphere during the day, and a nightclub-like radiance in the evening. One of the resort’s draws is its “concept” restaurants from New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, along with dining venues operated by handpicked, awardwinning, celebrity chefs. Amada is an authentic Andalusian tapas bar by Chef Jose Garces, offering traditional Spanish small plates as well as seafood, meats, and paellas. Order white anchovies with pine nuts, grilled lobster, garlic shrimp, diver scallops, empanadas, and “cocas,” Spanish flat breads. If you prefer, treat yourself to “La Mesa de José,” a tasting menu prepared at the discretion of the chef, also available with paired Spanish wines. On weekends, the restaurant presents a fiery and exciting Flamenco Sitting Area. Guestroom. Bath Suite. July - August 2012

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floorshow. Azure by Allegretti is a stylish Mediterranean restaurant where chef Alain Allegretti recreates the coastal cuisine of the French Riviera. Start with the flavorful Provencal fish soup and refreshing scallop ceviche. Continue with a grilled whole fish (Dover sole, branzino, or red snapper) surgically deboned at your table and served with ratatouille and roasted fingerlings. Complete your meal with a bottle of French wine and the Guanja chocolate mousse. There are additional fine restaurants including Central by Michel Richard, American Cut, Lugo, One, Mussel Bar, and even a Mexican style food truck. Spend a day at Bask, the 32,000 square foot Exhale spa. Experience the coed bathhouse with its cascading waterfall, saltwater pool, hammam, and hot whirlpool. Relax in the salt room while inhaling the briny air. Sweat your toxins away in the sauna and steam room. Pamper yourself with their signature “flow massage,” a soothing combination of muscular kneading and lymphatic drainage designed to detox the body and boost the immune system. Revel offers several entertainment venues. Catch a show in the 5,500 seat Ovation Hall, home to major headliners such as the Gipsy Kings, and Barry Manilow. Head to the HQ Nightclub, a 40,000 square foot four level, high-energy club overlooking the ocean. For nightly shows, stop by The Social, a 700 seat theater and lounge in the casino, where different bands play for your enjoyment. Have a cocktail at the Ivan Kane Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub and view their modern take on classic burlesque. The entire resort property is smoke free, upscale and luxurious. Even if you are not a casino lover, Revel makes a great weekend escape. www.revelresorts.com. ∆ The Casino. Scallop Ceviche at Azure. Azure Restaurant. The InOut Pool.

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Nanoosh at Garden State Plaza in Paramus Nanoosh, an organic Mediterranean eatery, has recently opened at Garden State Plaza (Level 1 between Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus). A healthy alternative to traditional mall food, Nanoosh’s menu features soups, salads, falafel, wraps, and humus, all prepared with fresh, organic, and all natural ingredients. Off premises catering is available for corporate and personal events. There are also three Nanoosh locations in NYC at 2012 Broadway (68th-69th), 111 University Place (12th-13th), and 173 Madison Ave.(33rd-34th). 201-556-1300. www.nanoosh.com.

Pearl Restaurant in Ridgewood Expands In order to accommodate their growing number of patrons, Pearl Restaurant, (voted “Best BYO in Bergen County”) at 17 South Broad Street in Ridgewood, has recently expanded the dining area. The elegant new room is stylishly appointed with crisp linens in violet hues and features an espresso bar, and a piano player on Friday and Saturday evenings. The room is also available for private parties. Reservations required. 201-857-5100. STEPS TO A HAPPIER LIFE— From Pg. 70 social beings, and we find our greatest fulfillment in helping others. Plus, reaching out a helping hand to someone who isn’t as fortunate as you tends to quash selfish impulses and highlight your own blessings. Giving of yourself doesn’t have to involve money, either — remember that your time, talents, and compassion are just as valuable as cash, if not more so. “To put it simply, givers are happy people,” asserts Patkin. “You’re busy, but make the effort to do something nice to help another person or organization. Whether you’re giving time, energy, money, or encouragement, being generous will build up your self-esteem, broaden your perspective, keep you anchored in reality, and connect you to your blessings .” July - August 2012

Deepen Your Relationship with Your “Higher Power” Believing in something bigger than yourself is essential to developing the kind of perspective you need to be happy. Whether you consider your Higher Power to be God, Yahweh, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, the Universe, or even just Nature or another entity, being willing and able to see and feel His (or Her) presence in your life will enable you to move away from self-centeredness and focus your energy and concerns on the greater community. It’ll also provide solace and give meaning to unfortunate events and troubling life circumstances. “Clarify your thoughts about faith and make an effort to connect to your Higher Power, whether it’s through prayer, meditation, writing a journal, doing random

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Openings Lafont Boutique at Jacqueline Stanley Opticians in Englewood Jacqueline Stanley Opticians, at 12 E Palisade Avenue in Englewood, has opened a Lafont boutique in their optical shop. Lafont is a leading French designer that creates unique and stylish frames that blend Parisian chic and elegance with the highest quality materials. Stop by and choose your perfect frame from the exquisite, colorful eyewear collection. 201-541-8383.

Zana D Restaurant in Tenafly Zana D Restaurant, serving Northern Italian cuisine, has opened at 50 Prospect Terrace in Tenafly. The dining room is stylishly appointed & the staff is warm & friendly. The chef has created a diverse, reasonably priced menu of traditional favorites and innovative dishes. The wine list is well priced and features a large selection of vintages. Enjoy a cocktail before or after your meal at the inviting bar. Zana D is also available for private functions. www.zana-d.com. 201-894-1211. acts of kindness, or just spending time in nature,” Patkin advises. “Eventually you’ll begin to see your Higher Power as a source of inspiration, renewal, strength, guidance, and aid.” Develop an Attitude of Gratitude Living with an “attitude of gratitude” is a clichéd concept. But grateful people are happier and healthier. Studies have shown that thankful individuals are 25 percent healthier too! “It’s important to be aware of all of your blessings, and to honor and thank those whom you owe for them. Once you start recording your blessings, you’ll probably be amazed by how long the list of people you have to thank for them is. And the hu

mility that comes from knowing you owe so much to so many others will spur you to give back more often.” Make a choice. Do you want to put in the effort to build a happier life for yourself and your children as well? (your kids are likely to grow up conforming to the example you set) If so, you can look forward to an enriched future with confidence. Or will you to take path of least resistance and allow life’s unpredictability to dictate your unhappiness? “Happiness is something that’s largely within your control,” concludes Patkin. “No, you’ll never wake up and have the ‘perfect’ day with everything going just the way you’d like it to. But you can choose how you respond to life… and that will make all the difference!” ∆

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NYC Trendy Thai Cuisine at The Ember Room The Ember Room is a trendy Thai restaurant by the renowned Chef Kittichai. The stylish dining room is decorated in warm colors, woods and brushed metals, and is appointed with Far East accents. The excellent fusion cuisine is innovative and contemporary, offering small plates, appetizers, and regular size entrées. Don’t miss the grilled Japanese eggplant and the red chilli glazed sea bass. Ember Room is located at 647 9th Ave., at 46th St. Call 212-245-8880, or visit www.emberroom.com.

Monet’s Garden at the NY Botanical Gardens The New York Botanical Garden presents a tribute to Monet’s idyllic garden in Giverny, France. The exhibit showcases floral masterpieces, including the artist’s most famous subjects, water lilies, and two of his paintings from Giverny. Through October 21. www.nybg.org.

Live Music at MoMA’s Sculpture Garden The Museum of Modern Art presents live music in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights in July and August, and Summergarden concerts on Sundays in July. www.moma.org.

Revised Schedule for Concerts in the Park

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

The NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Park will take place on July 13 and 16 on Central Park’s Great Lawn. www.nyphil.org. July - August 2012

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The Lincoln Center Out of Doors season offers 180 free performances by international and local artists. It takes place on the plazas of Lincoln Center from July 25 to August 12. www.lincolncenter.org.


New Schooner Sails the Hudson River Classic Harbor Line introduces its newest schooner, America 2.0, a beautiful 105 ft yacht that offers Sunset Cruises, Sunday Brunch Cruises and more. Classic Harbor Line also features Architecture Tours hosted by the NY Chapter of the American Association of Architects. www.sail-nyc.com.

Mostly Mozart Festival The Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center takes place from July 28 thru Aug 25. Highlights include nine concerts by the Festival Orchestra, performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group, seven premieres and numerous festival debuts. www.lincolncenter.org.

Rooftop Lounge at Dream Hotel Ava, the rooftop lounge at Dream Hotel Midtown, is open for the season. Enjoy a signature cocktail and take in the panoramic views of New York City’s skyline. At 210 West 55th St. (between 7th Ave. and Broadway) www.dreamny.com.

The Fazzino Ride The Fazzino Ride is a specially designed bus with stadium seating offering front row views to the ever-changing city scenes. The vehicle, decorated with Fazzino’s whimsical art, passes by staged street performances and city “characters,” that interact with the riders. www.experiencetheride.com.

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American Pearl Restaurant — 17 South Broad Street, Ridgewood. Pearl Restaurant, is an intimate yet elegant restaurant voted Best BYO in Bergen County by the readers of Bergen Health & Life Magazine. The chef, who trained under Wolfgang Puck, was formerly with the River Cafe in Brooklyn. A new menu, featuring ingredients from local markets and farms, is offered every evening. Specialties include fresh oysters and mussels, Pearl’s 3 tier seafood tower, a large assortment of fish, risotto, crispy duckling, and grilled lamb chops. Homemade desserts include flowerless chocolate lava cake, bread pudding and various fruit tarts. Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10 pm, Fri & Sat 4-11pm. BYOB. Sun 4-9pm. Reservations required. Parking next door. www.pearlridgewood.com, 201-857-5100.

Italian Amarone Ristorante – 63 Cedar Lane, Teaneck. Rated Excellent by Zagat and in the “Top 5” for Atmosphere by the Record. Amarone Ristorante serves distinctive Northern Italian specialties such as Osso Buco, Roasted Duck and many varieties of homemade pasta. The menu also features fresh fish, poultry, and beef. Owner Nick uses the highest quality ingredients and all dishes are made to order. The atmosphere is warm and hospitable and prices are moderate. Full bar service, ample parking. Open for lunch Mon-Fri and dinner daily. 201-833-1897.

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Café Italiano — 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs. The restaurant occupies the historic home of flamboyant 1920s NYC mayor, Jimmy Walker. The turn of the century architecture, combined with the fine Italian cuisine makes for a memorable dining experience. The menu features great selections, large portions and affordable prices. From the hot and cold appetizers, to the pastas, risottos, chicken, veal, seafood, beef and lamb entrees, you will find every item uniquely prepared and presented. End your meal with a cappuccino or sinful dessert. A wine list at fair prices is also offered. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Available for private parties of up to 100 people. Ample Parking. Call 201-461-5041. Spasso Italian Bistro - 172 Piermont Road, Cresskill. Stylishly decorated with dramatic black and white upholstery and chic table settings, Spasso has become a local favorite since opening in December 2009. The well crafted menu combines traditional favorites with modern day cuisine. There is a large assortment of imaginative starters. Some of the popular entrees are osso bucco, scallops, and many varieties of pasta. In addition, there is an extensive selection of daily specials. All dishes are made fresh from scratch. Save room for the house specialty dessert, brick oven apple pie pizza. Spasso Italian Bistro now serves cocktails and has a large, moderately priced wine list. Open daily for lunch, dinner, happy hour, late dining, and takeout. Outdoor patio. 201-227-0008. Vicolo Ristorante — 216 Old Tappan Rd (Bi-State Plaza) Old Tappan. Vicolo Ristorante is a new addition to Old Tappan’s dining scene. This charming and intimate 74


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restaurant is appointed with crisp linens and colorful oil paintings. The menu offers a fine selection of dishes such as wild mushroom soup, homemade ravioli, and Mediterranean Sea bass. The delicious desserts, made on the premises, include a delicate tiramisu. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sun. Full bar. Catering. www.vicoloristorante.com. 201-497-8777. Zana D Restaurant — 50 Prospect Terrace, Tenafly. This new restaurant offers a combination of stylish decor, welcoming service & moderate prices. The spacious dining room is romantic, warm & comfortable. The menu features Northern Italian specialties including fish, seafood, pasta, chicken, veal, and beef dishes, along with many daily specials. A well priced wine list complements the meal. Open for lunch and dinner Tue-Sun. Available for private parties. www.zana-d. com. 201-894-1211.

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Tatsumi of Japan - 1034 River Road, Edgewater. Recently opened, Tatsumi of Japan has already become a favorite dining spot of those who enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine. Specialities, in addition to sushi and sashimi, include fresh seasonal fish, a variety of noodle dishes, and shabu shabu cooked table-side. All dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients. Save room for their signature dessert - tempura ice cream. Lunch Tue-Fri, Dinner Tue-Sun. 201-969-0202.

Mediterranean Nanoosh ­— 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus (Level 1 between Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus). Nanoosh, an organic eatery, is a welcome alternative to traditional mall food. Serving a casual Mediterranean cuisine, Nanoosh is vegetarian friendly offering a large assortment of healthy, light, and satisfying selections. Favorites include Lentil Soup, Greek Salad, Hummus Plates with different toppings, Hummus Mushroom Wrap, Hummus Chicken Wrap and Quinoa Salad. Everything is prepared daily using fresh, organic, and all natural ingredients. Many of the items are gluten free. Nanoosh is moderately priced and kid friendly. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-10pm. Dine in or take out, catering. www.nanoosh.com. 201-556-1300.

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Steaks and Seafood Assembly Steak House — 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs. Assembly Steak House is a favorite local dining spot among those who recognize and expect fine food, service, and ambience. Assembly prides itself on serving prime beef, including the popular porterhouse for two, fresh seafood, fish and daily specials. You can also order traditional Sushi dishes in the main dining room, or at the new Sushi Bar. Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch $2195. Happy hour 4-7pm Mon-Fri, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Open Sun-Fri 11:30am10pm, Sat 5-10p. Party room, outdoor dining featuring live music Thursdays, off premises catering. www. AssemblySteakhouse.com. 201-568-2616.

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