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F R E E SUMMER

2013

Pam Determan and Vine Working to help seniors

Front Page Fun Amanda Dyslin’s Life Stories

Goodbye to Gage!

Nurturing Nature Betty and Jim Koberoski have kept Edenvale Nursery growing for 37 years.


Summer IS Here!


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MATURE LIFEST YLE • SUMMER 2013 • VOLUME 5, ISSUE 2

FEATURES 6  How Does Your Garden Grow? Betty and Jim Koberoski have been faithfully planting, weeding and watering at Edenvale Nursery for 37 years.

9  A Spot for Seniors Pam Determan grew up with a soft spot for senior citizens – and a vision for how to help them as well.

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12  Front Page Fun Amanda Dyslin creates personalized papers that celebrate memories, milestones and more.

14  Goodbye to Gage An icon of the Minnesota State University, Mankato landscape comes down this summer.

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17 Book Review 20 Travel: The Boys of Summer 23 Community Calender

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publisher’s notes

Welcome to the summer edition of Mature Lifestyles…

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s I write these Pub Notes, the sky is darkening and the air is cooling by several degrees. Seems like a storm is coming. Although this happens every spring, I am always amazed by the changing weather in Minnesota. If you had been at the Senior Expo in May, you would have heard Paul Douglas say the same thing. When the Earth’s temperature fluctuates by even two degrees, there are dramatic changes. He likened this to our body temperature: “How rotten do we feel when we have a temperature increase of only two degrees? We are achy, sweaty and just don’t feel good. This is how the Earth feels too.” Great analogy for our changing weather conditions. I wish that summer will continue into November this year, to make up for the late start to spring. It won’t be long until we’re discussing how very hot and buggy Minnesota can be, too! In this issue of Mature, check out several interesting stories. One that is near and dear to my heart is the implosion of Gage Towers at Minnesota State University, Mankato, which is featured on page 14. If you have a minute, check out the video of people’s memories at www.mnsu.edu/ gage. I am one of the almost 50,000 people who lived in those buildings and did a lot of growing up in them, and one of my memories is included in that video. University President Richard Davenport says, “Gage is a touchpoint for many of our 109,000 alumni worldwide.” This is so true. Friendships for life were formed in those buildings. I still stay in contact with my freshman friends from Gage A-10. There are seven of us who still see each other every year (ironically Gage was build the year we were all born!). We have survived weddings, children growing up, graduations and other important life events. We will always be life-long friends, and it all started in Gage. One of those friendships started in the elevator when a total stranger said to me, “Hey, would you like to be on a co-ed volleyball team?” I said yes – and this total stranger later became my maid of honor 4  Summer 2013 Mature Lifestyles

and is still my best girlfriend! Today we laugh about those early years and our Gage memories. I understand change, safety concerns and the goal of having a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly campus with a robust academic culture. I applaud Minnesota State Mankato for having that vision and building two new state-of-the-art residence buildings. My daughter lived in one of the new buildings; she has friends for life from living in Julia A. Sears Hall. So, although Gage will come down on June 29, the tradition will continue for many generations to come. You will see my friends and me there, watching our beloved dorm topple. It will be sad – but inspiring at the same time. Traditions seem to be the theme throughout this issue. Read about Betty and Jim Koberoski and what their business – Edenvale Nursery – has become for many gardeners in the area. I travel home from work on Hwy. 22 each day, and I marvel at the transformation of the nursery every spring and summer. The vibrant colors and wellcared-for plants can easily be seen from the highway. Jim says it’s from being “fussy,” but I think that it shows tender loving care for the environment and our world. My mother always said she talked to her plants to make them grow; I think Betty and Jim must do the same (a little bit of water seems to help, too). Be sure to read their story starting on page 6. Then continue on to read about Pam Determan and her devotion to Vine. She too had a tradition of taking care of parents and that lead into her passion for creating a difference in the lives of the elderly. As she said in the article, “…there is more to aging well than clean storm windows and a ride to the doctor.” I applaud Pam and the tradition she is creating for Vine, one of care and compassion for many generations to come. Along those same lines, read about Amanda Dyslin. She’s taking traditions of families and interesting life stories and writing them down before everyone forgets or are no longer around to tell their story. How wonderful! I have to admit that I have

been reading her articles in the newspaper for years and have been a fan of her writing. She writes from the heart, and I can envision her sitting down with my parents to discuss their stories. Not only of love, but of how they survived the war, the struggles they encountered in the early years and so much more. It needs to be written down now, so I can share it with my grandchildren. As with any other issue, read what is happening this summer in south central Minnesota, good summer reading, and our travel feature. You will not be disappointed. Happy summer!

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Betty & Jim Koberoski

By Jean Lundquist

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t was 37 years ago that Betty Koberoski first gazed out her door and had her breath taken away by the beauty of what she saw before her. Now, when she looks out her door, the site has grown significantly – and so has her appreciation for what lies before her. The year was 1976. As the nation was celebrating its bicentennial, Jim and Betty Koberokski were celebrating the opening of their new business, Edenvale Nursery. The Koberoski’s had purchased a fiveand-a-half-acre flat, barren soybean field south of Mankato next to Highway 22. Jim’s skills as a nurseryman kicked into high gear. He had a vision for a nursery that would become a destination for gardeners, and he saw this site as the opportunity to build that. Jim worked in his father’s nursery as a boy, Betty explains. He learned a lot there, including the fact that he has a knack for growing things.  A childhood illness created lifelong health issues for Jim. “His health was so poor, no one would hire him,” Betty says. “So he had to go to work for himself.” The arborvitae and other trees that were planted as saplings in 1976 now tower 30 feet or more into the air. There’s also a saucer magnolia tree, which was sent as a substitute for something else that Edenvale had ordered from a company. “It wasn’t hardy here, so Jim wouldn’t sell it,” Betty recalls. So he planted it on site. “It gives me beautiful blooms every Mothers Day,” Betty beams.

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Now both Koberoski’s are into their 70s, a time when many people want to slow down. Retire, even. But Betty, who happily tells people she is 72, says she is out working “every daylight hour” during the growing season. How is it possible that her enthusiasm for the beauty in the yard and gardens has not diminished, that she has not taken it for granted? She sweeps her arm across the vista before her, and asks how anyone could ever take such beauty for granted. The Koberoski’s have five children, but none is interested in taking over the business. Only one son in law is currently

involved in Edenvale Nursery – Noah Nelson, who is in charge of the Edenvale website, and helps with accounting duties for the business. Although both Betty and Jim actively and happily participate in the day-to-day running of their nursery, Betty admits it is a lot of work. When the children were young, they helped with the nursery, and Betty believes that may be why her children are not interested in taking it on now. “They know what’s involved!” When asked if Edenvale Nursery is for sale, Betty turns thoughtful before answering. “If someone had the money and the

Betty Koberoski makes a daily routine of checking the flowering potted plants for water. After 37 years, she credits much of their success on dedicated employees and family members.


know-how to keep this going, we would sell,” she finally says. Neither she nor Jim could bear to see it be less than the park/ destination/nursery it is today, she says. Though the vision for Edenvale belongs to Jim and Betty, they are quick to share credit for its success with their crew of employees. How many employees does she have? Betty looks surprised at the question, and answers, “I won’t know until I do payroll.” She does know, however, that Edenvale has a core of long-term employees who have been key to the nursery’s success. Betty lists Jeanne Becker as an essential employee. “She was our first employee who was not a family member,” Betty says, though Jeanne is a cousin. Becker started 26 years ago, and at 74, still reports to work every day. “Have you had a day off, Jeanne?” Betty asks. Becker replies that she had a snow day off in late spring, and she also took a Thursday to take down her Christmas decorations. “There’s always work to be done here,” Becker says. Other long time employees are also essential and appreciated, Betty explains, but the new and temporary is also important. Especially waterers. Betty says that she and Jim respect the people who work for them, and that they also gain the respect of their employees. “They know we would not ask them to do anything we won’t do ourselves,” she says. Walking through the grounds, Betty notes a pot here and there that seems to have been missed with water, as the plants droop a bit. Before long, she happens upon Jim watering trees in pots. They spend a moment discussing who is in charge of watering, and Jim determines it is himself. “I’m fussy,” he explains. “But you don’t last long in this business if you aren’t!” Walking away from where Jim, hose in hand, is watering, Betty explains that it’s not as easy a job as it seems. “Watering is an art,” she says. “Waterers have to hit the pot. Not the leaves and foliage, not the path, but the pot. That’s why we don’t use sprayers, just a hose. “Jim’s tough on the employees, but they love him,” Betty says. “So do the customers, and so do I.”

Jim Koberoski checks over the health of the foliage at Edenvale Nursery. Plant condition can change rapidly in warm weather and he is an expert on bushes, lawn care, flowering annuals and perennials.

When a gentle rain begins to fall, Betty raises her hands to the sky and says, “Thank you, Lord!” Then she turns and says with a twinkle in her eye, “The best thing about this is that He never misses a pot.”

Neither Betty nor Jim could bear to see Edendale Nursery become less than the park/destination/ nursery it is today.

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am Determan says she was an unexpected bundle of joy. Her brother was 13 years old and her sister 15 when she was born to Vern and Lory Gralow in Hopkins. Because her parents were older, Determan says she spent time with senior citizens and in nursing homes visiting people, rather than with other families with young children. That experience paved the path Determan has followed in her life. Before founding the nonprofit organization Vine Faith in Action in 1995, Determan created Hilltop Neighbors – a way for senior citizens to stay in their homes, with help from others, in a very specific geographic area and for a very set age range. Perhaps because of those rigid restrictions, Determan set about finding ways to help more people in a larger area.  Pam and her husband Dan moved to Mankato from Marshall, where they met at college and where they had created and operated a half-way house for a few years. “When we started to have babies, it was obvious that was not the environment we wanted to raise them in,” Determan recalls. When they moved to Mankato for Dan’s new engineering job, her parents followed them to be near their grandchildren. “They moved in December, and the next April, my mother died,” Determan says. “So Dad came to live with us.” It was a good time to have him there, Determan recalls. By then, she and Dan had five sons. “There was another person to help rock the babies,” she says. As her boys reached their teenage years and her father developed brain cancer, life became less idyllic. Determan was in graduate school, she was dealing with two teenagers, and her father was exhibiting

the symptoms of someone with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Vine grew from that experience.  “I had no support at that time, other than neighbors,” she recalls. That’s when she realized she needed a lot of help with non-health related issues – the issues of everyday living. And that’s what Vine provides.

Planting the Vine With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Determan called together a board of directors to help her launch Vine, which initially was an acronym for Volunteer Interfaith Network Effort. “That interfaith piece was so important,” Determan says. “We worked across the

lines that sometimes divide us.” Vine was incorporated in February of 1995, thanks to that initial $25,000 grant. Over time, Vine’s mission evolved. Initially, Determan was the only employee; today, there are more than 20. “We realized that there is more to aging well than clean storm windows and a ride to the doctor,” Determan says. But those key components of Vine’s beginnings have not been abandoned. “We’re not so sophisticated that we’ve forgotten how to be good neighbors,” Determan says. When a woman called Determan at home at 9:30 on a Sunday night because a fuse had blown in her home, Determan (continued on next page)

Pam Determan started Vine Faith in Action in 1995 and as the business grew, expansion was needed. She looks forward to relocating in the former Nichols Office Center in downtown Mankato. Mature Lifestyles  Summer 2013 9 


Pam Determan (continued from previous page)

recruited a volunteer – her husband – to go change the fuse. “That’s the kind of thing that makes me feel good; just helping people with life.”

A Growing Vine Vine currently operates three sites, with hopes of consolidating many of the activities into one – the Nichols Office Center in downtown Mankato. Currently, Vine headquarters are located on Third Avenue, and the former senior center, the Summit Center, is operated by Vine in a building currently shared with the Blue Earth County Historical Society. Neither of these locations offers enough space for programming, especially with the organizations new focus on education, growth, wellness and fitness. “We have people exercising in the hallways, because there is no room anywhere else,” Determan says. And there aren’t enough parking spaces, either. The Nichols Office Center offers relief from all of those problems. “There are 156 parking spaces and 40,000 square feet of space,” Determan says. “That building has strong bones, but it also has a few problems.”  Corrections for a couple of the major problems have been donated by area businesses. Lindsay Windows of North Mankato is donating windows to replace the current energy inefficient windows on the building. Minnesota Elevator of St. Clair is offering a greatly reduced price on a compliant elevator for the building. The fourth floor of the building is being leased by other nonprofit organizations that serve the same population as Vine, Determan says, making it a one-stop location for a diverse population. Those leases are already in place, with some organizations expecting to move in this fall. “We’ll be ready enough,” Determan promises. None of the Nichols vision would have been affordable, except for the fact that Blue Earth County sold the building to Vine for a single dollar, with several provisions for fund-raising expectations. 10  Summer 2013 Mature Lifestyles

Whose idea was that? Determan smiles and says, “Mine.” “The County had offered it for sale for three quarters of a million dollars, and no one wanted it,” Determan explains. “It would have cost more than that to demolish it. We had nothing to lose.” Because of the provisions the County placed on Vine for funding expectations, Determan says several employees have been doing two jobs for several months – their regular jobs, and fundraising, too. “We’re finding out what people want, and we’re finding ways to help them get it as they age,” says Determan. “We’re all about aging to the max!” For more information, visit Vine’s website at www.AgingtotheMax.com.

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The Nichols Office Center was sold to Vine for a single dollar, with provisions for fund-raising expectations for improvements.

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of marriage. They wonder if a union will bring them the self-fulfillment and happiness that they expect from an intimate relationship once they reach retirement or as they approach it. Many look ahead to this new and long stage of life and make the choice to no longer invest in their existing relationships. Other causes for this increase in the over-50 divorce rate could include the de­parture of children from the family home, the feeling that time is running out on life, or the death of loved ones. Relationship experts believe that separation at this age usually occurs only if the marriage was already experiencing difficulties. Such difficulties might include ina­dequate communication and a lack of shared projects or interests. Some of these experts are of the opinion that the longer a marriage has lasted, the more difficult life will be after a separation or divorce. There is little question that such a big decision, taken at this age, will affect children, grandchildren, and everyone in your social network. So, one piece of advice for any who might be thinking it’s time to make a choice: be sure to think things through carefully!


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Amanda Dyslin

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manda Dyslin’s career as a journalist has taught her two important lessons: Everyone has a story to tell, and time is always of the essence. Dyslin has been telling people’s stories for The Free Press, Mankato’s daily newspaper, for the past 11 years. She’s worked a number of beats during that time – ­covering news, writing features and now, following schools and higher education – but admits that her favorite assignments are those that allow her to tell someone’s unique, personal story. “That’s the kind of story that I love doing the most,” she says. “I love finding every day people who have their own unique stories to tell. But not everybody gets to be in the newspaper, which is what got me thinking about if there was an opportunity to tell those stories privately, just for those people.” As that was simmering on the back burner of Dyslin’s brain, she started working on a story about a former New Ulm Journal reporter who had started her own business putting together books for local residents. Her books included personal stories, photos, recipes and other memories – and they made Dyslin think more seriously about her own idea. “I went back to the newsroom and said, ‘Geez, I wonder if I could do something like that,’” she says. “And the other reporters in the newsroom said they had wondered the same thing. We all agreed that it seemed like a good idea and that I should go for it.” 12  Summer 2013 Mature Lifestyles

That’s when Dyslin’s deadline mentality kicked in. She went home that evening and started working on a website for the business that was brewing in her head. She spent the next six weeks writing fictionalized stories that would serve as samples for the stories she was planning to write for people. She started meeting with a business coach at the Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato. And just three months after committing to the concept in January of this year, Dyslin was introducing her business – Life Story – to brides at the Southern Minnesota Wedding Expo in March. “When I decide to do something, it has to happen today,” she admits. “I just have to get it done.”

Making the News Life Story provides a front-page format in which people can turn the major moments of their lives into news – from high-school graduations and career profiles to weddings, anniversaries and retirements. Dyslin also wants to give veterans an opportunity to tell the stories of their service and senior citizens to share their favorite memories before it’s too late. “You can use it to tell any story,” she says. “There’s nothing I can think of that wouldn’t work.” She’s promoted her product, which includes 25 copies of the four- or eight-page “newspaper” as well

Amanda Dyslin tells life stories.

as a framed front page, at a couple of local events this year. She says that most people who visit her booth aren’t sure what to think at first. “People would come up and not seem to get it,” she says. “Then I would explain it to them and it was like a light going on. When people see what I’m talking about, then they understand.” She’s working with a handful of clients at this point, including a couple who’s getting married in July. She’s planning to attend the wedding and to gather comments from family and friends before putting the special Love Story edition of Life Story together. “I’m pretty excited for that,” she says. “I think it will be a lot of fun.” Dyslin approaches the stories for Life Story in much the same way she approaches her newspaper articles – she finds sources, does interviews and then writes the stories – with a couple of significant differences. For Life Story, the sources get to dictate the content of the stories. She talks to the people they want her to talk to and writes the stories that they want her to write. “I tone down my journalistic eye,” she says. “It’s not about what I think is newsworthy, it’s about what the client thinks. I really do take the back seat. My job is to tell the story that they want to tell.” Life Story also gives Dyslin an opportunity to add more emotional qualities to her writing than she’s typically able to in the


newspaper. “Even when you’re writing a feature for the newspaper, your goal is to be objective,” she says. “You can’t endorse anything in any way. So in Life Story, it’s fun to be able to express more of that in words, a little less objectively.” She admits that the tables have been turned on her as well. Instead of being on the receiving end of promotional materials for new products and services, she’s now the one sending them out and hoping for a little attention. “I really have learned how hard it is to promote yourself,” she says. “I’m not used to having to do that.” She’s learning, however, how to reach out to the audiences she hopes to reach. She reads the engagement announcements in The Free Press each week and sends personalized letters to all of the brides’ mothers. She’s working with people at a local retirement home to set up conversations with the residents there. She’s advertising on Facebook as well, and hopes that word-of-mouth from satisfied customers will help as well. She can’t imagine, however, that Life Story will ever take the place of her day job as a reporter. “I never really saw this as something that I would do fulltime,” she says. “I always thought of it as a side business, as something I could do for fun.” And so far, it has been exactly that. “It’s been great meeting so many new people,” she says. “That’s the best part of being a journalist for me. And it’s just made me realize over and over again that everyone has a great story to tell. That’s what keeps me wanting to do it.”

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GAGE TOWERS

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he first students moved into Gage Towers on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in 1964. The final residents departed the iconic buildings in 2012. In between, more than 50,000 students lived in the 12-story residence halls. The University is inviting those former residents back to campus to say goodbye to Gage when the towers are toppled early on the morning of June 29. “Thousands of our alums have wonderful memories of living in the towers,” says University President Richard Davenport. “We are hoping for a great turnout in June to celebrate those memories.” The University’s Alumni Relations office has planned several events in conjunction with the scheduled implosion of the Gage Towers, including several “Demolition Parties” at various businesses in Mankato on the evening of Friday, June 28, and a gathering to watch the implosion on Saturday morning. A post-implosion breakfast, available outside of the 1,000-foot safe zone, is in the works for Saturday morning as well. Memorabilia from the building and commemorative t-shirts will also be available. Plans for the events surrounding the implosion have been in the works for much of the past year; plans for the implosion itself have been going on much longer. In 1998, Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Residential Life started thinking about what it would take to renovate Gage. That started five years worth of research that included input from architects, engineers, facilities staff and others about the best course of action for the aging building. When it became clear that the necessary renovations would cost at least $40 million, the discussion about demolition began. 14  Summer 2013 Mature Lifestyles

The final decision was about more than costs, though. Gage Towers had been built in the 1960s, with double rooms that were standard at the time. By the late 1990s, those rooms were severely out of date. “The rooms were not up to the expectations that students and their families had,” Davenport says. “They were outdated, but it was impossible to retrofit those rooms to modern-day standards and to meet the needs of students.” Gage had been built on the outskirts of campus. Its location across Stadium Road required students to cross a busy intersection several times each day, which led to safety concerns. “We had thousands of students crossing that street every day,” Davenport says. “That’s a bit of a hazard, and we need to be a safer place.” All of the factors combined to make it clear that investing resources in a

renovation of the building wasn’t the wisest course of action for the University, and that those dollars would be better invested in new buildings that met the needs of current and future students. Since 2008, two new residence halls have opened on campus – the Julia A. Sears Residence Community and the Margaret Preska Residence Community, which opened its doors last fall. “Imploding the towers is part of our campus master plan,” Davenport says. “The two new state-of-the-art residence buildings we have opened within the last few years are just one example of the green footprint and ‘global solutions’ we are developing for our campus.” More information about the implosion and the events being planned for that weekend is available at www.mnsu.edu/gage.

Gage Towers will be imploded early on the morning of June 29. See list of related events online at www.mnsu.edu/gage.


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Book Review by Terri Schilichenmeyer

FICTION FICTION

If a good romping romance with a dose of drama sounds good to you today, then look for Close Quarters by Shamara Ray. This is a book about two roommates – she’s engaged and he’s a jerk – and what happens when they realize that they really can’t live without one another. The Underground Railroad is the setting for The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. When a young Quaker girl moves to Ohio for a new life, she is drawn into helping the effort to spirit former slaves to freedom. And speaking of running away, check out My One Square Inch of Alaska by Sharon Short. It’s the story of a young girl who runs away from a life she’s yearned to escape, packs up her brother and his dog, and heads to a long-time dream way up north.

Fans of quirky mysteries will love The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks: A Novel by Gillian Royes. This sequel to Royes’ first book picks up with Shad Myers, unofficial lawman and bartender for Largo Bay. Shad is in the midst of turmoil that may – or may not – save his little community. You’ll find more turmoil in The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne. It’s a novel of suspense, in which a London solicitor takes on a crime that’s possibly been committed by a child. Can he keep his own bad memories from tainting the solving of this case? One of my favorite authors has a new book out: Live by Night by Dennis Lehane. Set in the Roaring Twenties, this is a book about gangsters, Prohibition, and one man’s life in the underworld. Coming from Lehane, you know it’ll be good. If you’re more of a short-story fan, then look for Could You Be With Her Now by Jen Michalski. This book contains two novellas: the first, a sort of mystery-thriller; the second, a story set within a relationship that raises eyebrows.

NON-FICTION NONFICTION

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ummer cleaning is always a good thing. You find a lot of dirt when you’re scrubbing the corners of your house. You find a better mood when everything’s clean and tidy. And you find things you thought you’d lost and things you never remembered you even had. Like gift certificates left over from December. Uh oh. So you got a bookstore gift certificate and you don’t know how to use it. Why not check out these great books….

If you love a good step back in time, then look for Successful Farming: Traditional Methods and Techniques for Every Farm by Frank D. Gardner. This thick, thick book takes a good look at all kinds of farming and gardening, the way it

was done in Grandpa’s day – which makes this book perfect for reminiscing. Ever wonder what you’re made of? The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean takes readers on a ride inside. You’ll learn fascinating things about genetics, DNA, and how it shapes each individual who ever lived – including you! Pair it up with The End of Men by Hanna Rosin, a book about how the “stronger” sex is slowly being dominated by the world’s women. How do you keep your family safe? In Dangerous Instincts by Mary Ellen O’Toole, PhD and Alisa Bowman, you’ll learn a few tips straight from an FBI Profiler. This is a book for parents, businesspeople, and single folks. It doesn’t just touch upon physical safety, but decision-making and risk-taking, too. In this weird world, isn’t that info you need? Also look for TwentySomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig. Reading this, for parents, is just a different way of keeping your (grown) kids – and your sanity – safe. So you say you love classic literature. But did you know that some fiction is actually non-fiction? In the book Black Fire by Robert Graysmith, you’ll read about Samuel Clement, the real Mark Twain, and a hundred-fifty-year-old mystery. And speaking of mysteries, how about a medical one? Look for Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (continued on next page) Mature Lifestyles  Summer 2013 17 


What would you do without your pals? In Friendkeeping by Julie Klam, you’ll read about good friends, better friends, and the best friends of all. And for a friend of a different sort, read Swoon: Great by Susannah Cahalan, a book about one Seducers and Why Women Love Them by woman’s scary illness and the doctor-sleuths Betsy Priouleau. who diagnosed it. If you’re in the mood for something a If a memoir is your thing this spring, look little on the spiritual side, then look for for Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Imperfect Spirituality by Polly Campbell. Pandl, a book about growing up in a family This is a book that teaches you to find and restaurant and the life lessons learned. Or get in touch with the inner you by learning try Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter by new techniques and methods to increase Melissa Francis who, you might remember, personal growth and spirituality. Team it was one of the kids on Little House on the up with Nurturing the Soul of Your Family Prairie all those years ago. by Renee Peterson Trudeau and Journey to One of the things you want to do this year the Woman I’ve Come to Love: Affirmation is to strengthen the relationship you have from Women Who Have Fallen in Love with your honey-bunny. That means you’ll with Themselves, photos by Miki Turner, and want to find What Makes Love Last? by won’t you feel better? John Gottman, PhD and Nan Silver. This So you’ve vowed this year to stay green, is a book filled with hints, science-based and Eco Thrifty by Deborah Niemann is tips, quizzes and more. You’ll, um, love it, going to help you do that. This is a book especially if you team it up that will take you around your with Love 2.0 by Barbara L. home and vehicle to show you Fredrickson, Ph.D., which is how to save the earth while No matter how a book about our emotions in you’re saving money. What’s much stress you not to love about that? Team it amour and how being twitter­ pated changes who we are. have, it all just up with The American Dream If you love biographies, slips away when by Lawrence R. Samuel, a poplook for Hello, Gorgeous you lose yourself culture book about the history by William J. Mann. It’s a in a great story. of Having It All. big, solid, thick book about If you’ve got a stack of Barbra Streisand, her life, and books on your shelf that you her career. You loved her on haven’t read since high school, Practical the Oscars. You’ll love this book. Also look Classics by Kevin Smokler will give you a for Skirt Steak by Charlotte Druckman. It’s good reason to change that. This book looks an anthology of memories and brief memoirs at those old classics, how they’re relevant, written by women chefs. No recipes, but it and how you’ll probably enjoy them more simmers nonetheless. now than you ever did back in class. And Every now and then, you like to read speaking of class, check out No Hugging in something that sends shivers up your spine, China by Florida ’s Felicia Brings. She was which is a good time to find R ­ estless in Peace a middle-school teacher at a private school by Mariah De La Croix. The author is a in Guandong Province, China. This is her mortician. She’s also a psychic. You can well story. You’ll like it. imagine how interesting THAT can be, right? Loss is never easy and if you faced one And when you’re done, read The Metalast year, then Happily Even After by Carole morphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Brody Fleet may need to be next to your Houdini by Bruce MacNab for a magical easy-chair. This is a book specifically for afternoon’s reading. widows and widowers, written to help you (continued from previous page)

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get beyond grief and back to a new normal – whatever that is. Another book to find is Mom’s List by St. John Greene. It’s a memoir written by his wife, who was dying and wanted to be sure that her family remembered certain life lessons. Buy them – and a box of tissues to go. Finally, you saw the movie, so you know Lincoln was assassinated. But did you know that there was an attempt on his life years before that? In The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower, you’ll read about that almostcrime and the man who saved Lincoln ’s life by foiling a plot that most certainly would’ve changed history.

PETS If you’re a “cat person,” you’ll want to find Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg. This is a book about a man’s search for his lost kitty, and the cool things he found while looking for her. You already probably know that American soldiers often rely on dogs while at war. You might even know a former working dog – or you may have one yourself. In Dogs of Courage by Lisa Rogak, you’ll read about more of them: police dogs, therapy pups, service dogs, and more. Your dog or cat has the best life. So have you ever wondered about the lives of farm animals? In the new book The Lucky Ones by Jenny Brown, you’ll read about one woman’s fight for better lives for those critters. Be aware that this book could be very controversial but that’s never stopped any animal lover I know… You also might like Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by Brian McGrory. That’s a story of a man who marries a woman and gets kids and a fowlmood fowl in the package. And if your pets run a little big and it’s wild around your house, look for Of Moose and Men by Dr. Jerry Haigh. That’s a book by a Canadian veterinarian who cares for wildlife; in particular, moose. Or would that be “mooses?”

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If you simply can’t get enough of politics or if you’re fierce about social justice, then look for Irresistible revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics by Urvashi Vaid. This book, written by a social justice leader, is heavy and serious, but it’ll make you think and it’ll start a lot of conversation. So you’re looking for something a little bit different? Then look for The Missing Myth: A New Vision of Same-Sex Love by Gilles Herrada. This book examines homosexuality in the context of psychology, history, mythology, culture, spirituality, and meaning through human experience. It’s deep, it’s thought-provoking. It’s no secret that gay men and lesbians have served in the military since there’s even been a military. In Fighting to Serve by Alexander Nicholson, you’ll read about one man’s discharge under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and how he organized a group to fight DADT. And here’s something fun: Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota by Stewart Van Cleve. This book, filled with pictures and a ton of history is easy-to-read, and just a little scandalous, in a time-gone-by way.

KIDS KIDS

If the gift certificate belongs to your young’un, then look for The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy by Ursus Wehrli. This is a cute (but unusual) book in which a messy situation is made neat by lining up all the things that made it a mess. It’s very different, and could be used as a counting book for kids who need practice with higher numbers. If your 9-to-12-year-old is concerned about being kind to the Earth, then introduce him (or her!) to Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees by Odo Hirsch. This is a book about a boy who learns that something bad is happening to bees and it won’t just mean no more honey.

What he does in this honey of a book is for your child to find out… For a great read-aloud that grade-schoolers will love, look for the Deputy Dorkface books by Kevin D. Janison, illustrated by Eldon Doty. These books teach kids manners, hygiene, and eating right, but not in a preachy way that kids hate. Nope, these books are laugh-out-loud, and kids will love them. If your little squealer loves everything porcine, then look for The Big Squeal by Liberty the Pig and Carol Alexander. This book is all about the adventures of a piglet that lives near Lincoln ’s tomb in Indiana and becomes a Very Important Pig. Kids who love All Things Automotive will want to read My Name is Huber, A Tractor’s Story by Jane Aumann & Cindy

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Ladage. It’s the story of a very old tractor, and the changes it’s seen down on the farm. Accompanied by drawings, this might be a cute book for Grandpa to share with the next generation. High schoolers who face peer pressure might enjoy reading Cameo by Tanille, a book about a teen who thinks she’s being hassled by a secret society in school. Read the book, then download the free songs that you get when you buy the book. And there you are. You found a gift certificate, and that’s a good thing. If these books don’t sound very appetizing to you, be sure to ask your bookseller for even more ideas. They like to talk about books. Really, they do.

Happy Reading!

Baby boomers travel off the beaten path

ictor Hugo once wrote that 40 is the old age of youth but that 50 is the youth of old age. And because travelling is such a for­mative experience for the young, it’s not surprising that baby boomers are in the process of redefining the tourism industry by imposing their own vision. Most baby boomers feel younger than their chronological age, and they are

compelled to live life to the fullest and realize their dreams while they still enjoy good health. They might have grown up with mass tourism, but they are now in search of a more personalized travel experience. They prefer to travel along their own paths, ra­ther than with tourist groups, and they want fresh itineraries that will lead them to new discoveries. While seniors aged 65 or older generally opt for more traditional and contemplative activities, baby boomers seem determined to be much more active. One 2008 survey showed that in North America, 56 percent of adventure tourists were baby boomers! Indeed, when they pack their bags, baby boomers are in search of unique sensations. They want personalized planning, pleasure, excitement, and new experiences. Travelling might have been considered a luxury by their parents, but baby boomers make travel a central part of their yearly schedule. And they are ready to pay the price for it, as long as they get their money’s worth! Mature Lifestyles  Summer 2013 19 


travel

thwack of bats hitting balls

signals that summer has started. And although the baseball season isn’t quite as fleeting as those lovely lilacs, it comes and goes quicker than most fans want it to – which is why this summer is the

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Check out some of the young-

MoonDogs, a member of the

est Twins just five hours south of

9-11, including a doubleheader on

Northwoods League, play ball

Mankato in Cedar Rapids, where

August 9, and again in September.

at Franklin Rogers Park from the

the team’s new Single-A minor

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end of May through the middle

league ball club plays at Veter-

further, consider seeing the Twins

of August (see www.moondogs.

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the Twins’s top prospects – Byron

July 12-14.

for those looking for a baseball

Buxton – is roaming the outfield

getaway, there are options both

for Cedar Rapid Kernels this year.

near and far this summer.

For more information about the Kernels, including schedule details,

Target Field The new home of the Minnesota Twins is just 90 minutes away in

ily qualify even as a day trip from Mankato, going to a game at the beautiful outdoor ballpark is still an experience. Check

The MoonDogs travel schedule is much less far-flung than the Twins;

visit www.kernels.com.

you can catch games that are just

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Duluth, Alexandria, St. Cloud or La

a few hours away in Rochester,

When the Twins travel, you

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can travel with them – Baseball especially when they games give visit teams within families a great driving distance. excuse to get away Consider making a – whether just for trip to Kansas City a day, or for an to see the Twins extended vacation take on the Royals

be watching future major-leaguers

Minneapolis. Although it doesn’t necessar-

Closer to Home

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June 4-6 or August 5-7. Chicago is even closer. The Twins play the White Sox August

in action; 100 former players from the Northwoods League have made it to the big leagues, including Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers and speedy Curtis Granderson, who got his start playing in Mankato.


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WHAT’S HAPPENING

What to Do and Where To Go Songs on the Lawn Presented by Xcel Energy 6/6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hickory Street, Mankato, (507) 385-6640 Minnesota Fishing Tournament for Life 6/8, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Madison Lake, (507) 317-3071 Minneopa Falls Bridge Dedication 6/8, 12 p.m. Minneopa State Park, (507) 384-8890 Arts by the River 6/8-9, 12 .m.-5 p.m. Riverfront Park, Mankato, (507) 387-1008 Fun-Raiser for South Central Minnesota Pride 6/8, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mankato Brewery, (507) 720-4464 Noon Tunes Featuring Steve Moran 6/11, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. New Ulm Public Library, (507) 359-8334 “A Grand Night for Singing” by Minnesota State Mankato Highland Summer Theatre 6/12-15, 7:30 p.m. Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, MSU, (507) 389-6661

Solstice Outdoor Music Festival 6/15-16, 12:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Riverfront Park, (507) 388-2506

Blues Traveler 6/29, 7 p.m. Riverfront Park, (507) 389-3000

Worship in the Park 6/16, 10:45 a.m. Sibley Park Band Shell, (507) 387-4074

The Thunder of Drums 7/1, 7 p.m. Blakeslee Stadium, MSU, (507) 387-1008

Songs on the Lawn Presented by Xcel Energy 6/20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hickory Street, Mankato, (507) 385-6640

Buckcherry 7/3, 7 p.m. Riverfront Park, (507) 389-3000

Rockin’ by the River Mankato Symphony Orchestra 6/22, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Riverfront Park, (507) 625-8880 “I Ought to be in Pictures” by Minnesota State Mankato Highland Summer Theatre 6/25-29, 7:30 p.m. Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, MSU, (507) 389-6661 Songs on the Lawn Presented by Xcel Energy 6/27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hickory Street, Mankato, (507) 385-6640 Dakota Language Programs 6/27, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. New Ulm Public Library, (507) 359-8334

Songs on the Lawn Presented by Xcel Energy 6/13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hickory Street, Mankato, (507) 385-6640

Historic Front Street Pub Crawl 6/28, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. BECHS Heritage Society, Mankato (507) 345-5566

ArtSplash Art Fair 6/15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. North Mankato Taylor Library (507) 345-5120

Bend of the River CookOut 6/29, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Land of Memories Park, (507) 381-7742

“Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” by Minnesota State Mankato Highland Summer Theatre 7/11-13, 7:30 p.m. Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, MSU (507) 389-6661 Tacy’s Birthday Party 7/13, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. 332 & 333 Center St., Mankato (507) 345-9777 “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” by Minnesota State Mankato Highland Summer Theatre 7/17-20, 7:30 p.m. Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for Performing Arts, MSU (507) 389-6661 Old Main Village Senior Living Community Celebration of 25 years 7/18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Old Main Village, 301 South Fifth Street, Mankato RSVP to 507-388-4200

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Experienced workers are much appreciated

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aby boomers dedicated their lives to building the comfortable society we live in, and now they are helping to round out the labor shortages we are seeing in some economic sectors. Many seasoned men and women aged 55 or older are leaving retirement to join the retail forces. Baby boomers are an emerging labor force, a trend that is likely to increase over the next few years as traditional sources of inexpensive labor – young people aged between 15 and 34 – shrink. Experienced workers have a great deal to offer employers, including knowledge, experience, maturity, patience, respect, and concern for a job well done. A retired plumber who becomes a clerk in the plumbing parts department of a hardware store is a huge asset for any employer. He or she is also a bonus resource for the customer because of professional experience in the domain and a positive, mature attitude. Employers will benefit from attracting and keeping these workers, who are keen to supplement their income and finance an eventual retirement. Generally, older employees will still want some scheduling flexibility, so they can enjoy a bit of Experienced workers have a lot to well-deserved leisure time. offer employers.

Which plants attract butterflies?

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utterflies are a true delight and a symbol of living nature. But they are not just beautiful to look at; they are also very useful. As they flutter from plant to plant, they spread the pollen that is so essential to plant reproduction. The first thing to remember when creating a butterfly garden is to avoid the use of pesticides as much as possible, as butterflies are very sensitive to these products. In other words, love of butterflies translates into respect for our environment. Butterflies will flock to your garden if Plan your butterfly garden for a spot that you plant some annuals and perennials receives plenty of full sun. Butterflies need lots to attract them. of sunshine to warm their muscles and wings, which is why we see more of these insects on warm, sunny days. Create your garden one step at a time in order to avoid any frustration. You could plant three or four of the annual varieties mentioned below during the first year and then add a few perennials in the second year. You’ll be thrilled with the results. Not only will you have added a touch of romance to your backyard, but you’ll be amazed to see what a busy place it suddenly is! Here are a few annual and perennial flowers that will attract butterflies to your garden. Annuals: centaurea, cosmos, sunflowers, petunias, French marigolds. Perennials: achillea (yarrow), milkweed, asters, buddleia, rudbeckia, day lilies, lavender, monarda, scabiosa. Mature Lifestyles  Summer 2013 23 


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