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FEBRUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

Will Thackeray | Will.Thackeray@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Brooke Benton | Bbenton@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Mimi Darley Dutton, Peri Kinder, Linnea Lundgren, Lindsay Park

Making it Happen

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lindsay Goeckeritz, Matt Van Horn

THIS ISSUE IS FULL OF PEOPLE WHO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGES IN OUR COMMUNITY: A local up-cycler Three awesome trail ambassadors The leaders and decision makers of our City Council The people behind the changes and renovations at Alta View Hospital The Draper Historical Commission And an example of those who've been afforded safer more secure lives with the creation of estate plans   As I read through these accounts, I'm inspired by the way creativity and doing comes in all forms, and that creation in a community often just means making things happen. In a traditional sense, I'm not very crafty (and neither is Peri in a

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very funny essay on page 34), but I am outdoorsy, and I appreciate the historic aspect of Draper while being solidly invested in its future too, and I love my family

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dearly: so I truly appreciate the members of our community who ensure our trails are safe and beautiful, and that our town retains its charm amid progress, and for the examples of smart citizens who care deeply for their families. Thoughtful locals like the ones featured on these pages are creating spaces for everyone in our community to thrive, whether literal or in thoughtful dialogue.

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FEATURES 08 Upcycling artist makes beautiful creations with purpose UVU professor finds artistic fulfillment with thrift store finds

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16 Continuous Care At Alta View Hospital Developing Campus Will Serve Needs of All

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Renovate & Refine

30 Our Town 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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Draper resident Renee' Borns creates tote bags and other accessories from thrift store finds.

UPCYCLING ARTIST MAKES BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS WITH PURPOSE UVU PROFESSOR FINDS ARTISTIC FULFILLMENT WITH THRIFT STORE FINDS

ARTICLE LINNEA LUNDGREN PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY GOECKERITZ RENEE’ BORNS IS DRIVEN TO CREATE. “My dad has always said that my mom and I have to keep our hands busy,” Borns says. This seemingly inherent quality runs throughout the family tree. Her two grandmothers (now deceased) and her aunt also had/have a compulsion to express themselves tactilely. Not one of them could sit still without working on a sewing or knitting project. As Borns puts it, “We have to be doing something creative.” Borns has found a unique way to explore her inherited artistic drive. A UVU associate professor in the department of student leadership and success studies by day, Borns spends much of her after-school hours handcrafting decorative 8

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accessories—tote bags, zippered pouches, colored pencil caddies, composition notebook covers, pillows with book pockets, and girls’ sundresses—mostly using materials and knickknacks she finds at local thrift stores. “It’s a creative process,” she says about her upcycling ways, also called repurposing. This technique means to reuse an

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object or material in such a way as to create a product of higher quality. “It’s less expensive than going to the fabric store, and it’s a fun challenge to my creativity to look at a piece of fabric and think about what I can do with it.” In her well-lit, organized sewing room, bins full of fabric await her attention. (“I love fabric,” she says. “It’s a big addiction.”) Her Bernette sewing machine, a workhorse that’s been faithful for 31 years, stands at the ready. Throughout her life she’s always “dabbled” in sewing, but it wasn’t until three years ago that her sewing got serious. Her mom suffered a health scare and Borns spent weeks in Florida caring for her. When she returned to Draper her general restlessness had turned into a specific urge to artistically create something unique and useful. “I started to sew, and I couldn’t put my machine away,” she says. Her beautifully crafted creations, each lined with a complementary colored fabric, are designed for utility. As an example, she’s created a quilt-like picnic blanket and matching pillow that fit nicely into a coordinated tote bag for outdoor concert aficionados to use. Borns takes coordination seriously, studying color theory in order to understand how different hues go together. Perhaps more important, her well-thought-out designs complement each other in form and functionality, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing and useful product line. Her friend, Mary Ness, says Borns’ creativity comes from a fine appreciation for textures, colors and patterns. She likes how Borns’ purpose-oriented totes and bags help organize her life. Ness has specially designed totes for the library, yoga and one for work with a special pouch for carrying brochures. All have proven their usefulness daily. “Her work is quality. It holds up well,” Ness says. “She is meticulous. She’s a person who takes pride in doing things well.” With the floodgates of creativity opened and sewing creations piling up, Borns decided to sell her work through her small business, Blue Sky Creations, and also displays handiwork at the Draper Arts & Crafts Festival. She holds open houses for friends, who she says are her best customers.  Like her hands, Borns’ mind is also busy thinking of new ways to embellish her work. She shows her favorite thrift store find—pearl buttons from the ‘40s—and wonders how she’ll decorate a tote bag or purse with them. She continues

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COMMON COURTESY IN

CORNER CANYON VOLUNTEER TRAIL AMBASSADORS SEEK TO EDUCATE USERS ON ETIQUETTE, LEASH LAWS, AND HOW TO APPROACH A HORSE

ARTICLE LINNEA LUNDGREN PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY GOECKERITZ AND MATT VAN HORN

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LISA CADDY with Echo.

AS CORNER CANYON GROWS, BOTH IN POP-

Maack hopes by educating users on proper

ULARITY AND TRAIL MILEAGE, IT ATTRACTS

etiquette and having positive interaction as an

MORE HIKERS, MOUNTAIN BIKERS, TRAIL

ambassador that the possibility of restrictions,

RUNNERS, AND EQUESTRIANS WHO, FOR

such as those in Millcreek Canyon, can be avoided

THE MOST PART, SHARE THE TRAILS IN A

in Corner Canyon. It’s not a matter of blaming a

HARMONIOUS FASHION. But, sometimes not.

particular user group for etiquette breaches, he

In an effort to reduce trail conflicts, Draper Parks

says. The ability to solve problems on the trail boils

and Recreation has 30 volunteer trail ambassadors

down to two things—good manners and realizing

who are trained to talk about trail etiquette to the

that your actions affect the experience of others.

Canyon’s users. Here’s a profile of three ambassadors who provide such a service when they use

KELLY SCUDDER—MOUNTAIN BIKER AND

Corner Canyon trails.

DOG LOVER As an avid mountain biker and racer, Kelly

JOHN MAACK—TRAIL RUNNER

Scudder loves the thrill of riding in Corner Canyon,

Long before Draper Parks and Recreation had

especially on the trail system's many climbs, as well

a volunteer trail ambassador program in Corner

as Vertigo and Rush, trails designed for downhill

Canyon, ultramarathoner John Maack served as a

biking only. She also knows first hand the conse-

steward for the trails. Maack (also known in running

quences of mountain bikers who don’t pay attention.

circles as Johnny Runner) trains year-round in the

“Luckily, no one was injured,” she says of one

canyon, 20-40 hours a month and even ran while

crash (there’s been two) that happened when an

undergoing chemotherapy. For 21 years, he’s picked

inexperienced downhill biker rounded a blind turn

up discarded doggie-doo bags, reported problems

on a multi-use trail and hit her. “The only thing

to city officials and helped lost hikers find their way.

damaged was the left shifter on my bike that got

“I use the trails so much that I wanted to give

turned around… [the rider] was apologetic and

back,” says the Draper resident, who is fortunate

realized [he was going too fast.]”

to have a trailhead outside his home. In 2012, he

While she understands it’s easy to get caught up

officially joined the trail ambassador program, and

in the moment, riders on multi-use, bi-directional

now wears an I.D. tag and neon yellow shirt printed

trails need to maintain control and speed (espe-

with “Trail Ambassador” when out and about.

cially around turns) and look ahead, not down.

His goal—and the program’s goal—is to educate all user groups on trail etiquette and to “try to figure

Moreover, she says, riders who cause many close calls or crashes are riding beyond their skill level.

out how we can all get along on the trails,” he says.

“Yes, there are some reasons mountain bikers

How people act on the trail affects other’s experi-

have a bad rap,” she says, regarding lack of eti-

ences, he notes.

quette on the trails. Scudder believes the mountain

“If everyone follows proper etiquette, then everyone’s experience for that day benefits.” Maack employs his easy-going, diplomatic style when he approaches users, mostly dog owners with

bike community needs to step up self-policing but adds that she’s seen improvements. What bothers her is the shaming and complaining done on social media about bikers from fellow bikers.

an off-leash dog (a violation of city ordinance No.

“Offer up solutions instead of just calling out

7-5-130). He’s a dog lover, but doesn’t like the prob-

bad behavior,” she says, a motto she lives by when

lems loose dogs present, namely bites and feces left

she’s riding the trails each week.

on trails. He’ll give the dog owner the benefit of the doubt by reminding them about leash laws. “Ninety percent of my interactions are positive,” he says.

When she comes upon an off-leash dog, she reminds the owner of leash laws and also recommends they try Round Valley, a Park City area with 1,400 acres designated off-leash. For bikers who let

One etiquette rule that he believes needs greater

their dogs run out in front, she suggests a proper

awareness is yielding to uphill traffic, no matter

harness setup that prevents entanglements. For

who you are.

mountain bikers who crave downhill speed, she

“If you are coming up hill, the biker, the runner

suggests the one-way, downhill-only trails.

[coming downhill], should yield to you,” he says.

Scudder became a trail ambassador because

“You are putting in more effort to climb uphill. You

she wanted to give back to a trail system she uses

should not have to be the one to yield.”

year-round. Besides being a competitive mountain CONTINUED >

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COMMON COUTESY IN CORNER CANYON

(CON TI N UED)

JOHN MAACK.

Photo Matt Van Horn

biker/racer, she serves as a guide for high school mountain bike team rides. With Kodi and Eros, her two German Shepherds, she competes in bikejor (biking with dogs attached to a harness) and canicross (running with dogs). On top of this, she regularly volunteers to build and maintain the canyon’s trails. She says she’s fortunate to live near a place that offers so many outdoor opportunities and for free. Anyone can be a good trail ambassador in Corner Canyon, she concludes. “You don’t have to have a badge. It’s all about being friendly and following trail etiquette.” LISA CADDY—EQUESTRIAN Echo, a 13-year-old quarter horse, chews his carrots slowly and likes to think before reacting. His contemplative nature is a plus for horsewoman Lisa Caddy, especially when mountain bikers quickly approach or hikers don’t announce themselves to horse and rider on Corner Canyon’s trails. Echo stays calm, perhaps due to his nature and the fact that Caddy has invested thousands of hours training him to remain calm under pressure. Other horses, she says, might not be so chill or well-trained. “Horses are a prey animal,” explains Caddy. “They are at the bottom of the food chain in the wild. Although they are domesticated, they still have those fears. There’s a lot of flight in them and not a lot of fight.” In the wild, predators are quick and quiet. So are mountain bikers (and some hikers and dogs), and that’s where the conflict comes in. “If people speak [or yell ‘Hey!’], the horse knows it’s a person and doesn’t worry,” Caddy says. It’s when people are silent or approach suddenly that horses get spooked and may buck off their rider. Due to the sometimes-unpredictable nature of horses, trail users must always yield to them, says Caddy. But, she adds, when she’s out with Echo, she doesn’t hog the trail. “If people just say, ‘Excuse me’, I’ll try the fastest way to get over and let them pass.” As for equestrians, only bring a trained horse on the trails, says Caddy, who rides in the Canyon several times a week and is a member of Back Country Horsemen of Utah.   Caddy remembers that years ago, the first time she rode in Corner Canyon, she feared for her safety due to mountain bikers failing to yield. She called Greg Hilbig, open space manager of Draper Parks and Recreation and declared, “We gotta fix this...and how can I help?” Caddy, along with other volunteers, revived the program that had been put aside after its main organizer, Ann Parr, died of cancer. “I am into service,” she says. “America was built on service and volunteerism.” Caddy believes trail users visit Corner Canyon for the same things: exercise, peace, and stress relief. It’s an important place for her, because after a long day at work, a ride on Echo helps keep her life balanced. She knows trail conflicts won’t go away, but users can improve. “Just communicate in all situations,” Caddy says. “Treat people the way you want to be treated. Be the example. How can people argue with that?” KELLY SCUDDER 14

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CONTINUOUS CARE + AT A LTA V I E W H O S P I TA L DEVELOPING CAMPUS WILL SERVE NEEDS OF ALL ON THE HEELS OF THE NEW INTERMOUNTAIN ALTA VIEW CLINIC OPENING IN DECEMBER, THE CUR-

With the clinic up and running, efforts are focused on completing the hospital renovation by year’s end.

RENT RENOVATION OF ALTA VIEW HOSPITAL WILL

“The communities in the southeast end of Salt Lake

CREATE A ONE STOP SHOP FOR THE COMMUNITY’S

County are growing – and fast,” said Blair Kent, Intermountain

HEALTH CARE NEEDS WHEN IT’S COMPLETE NEAR

Alta View Hospital Administrator. “To match that growth,

THE END OF 2018.

we’re renovating our campus so we can continue to meet the

In December, hundreds turned out for the Alta

healthcare needs of the families in the area.”

View Clinic open house, prior to its official opening on December 12. The new clinic, located on the hospital

A GROWING AND CHANGING COMMUNITY

campus, replaces the primary and specialty care clinics

Since the hospital opened its doors 36 years ago, the

and outpatient services that were previously scattered in

health care needs of the community have increased, and

several buildings across the campus, providing patients

in some instances changed. Sandy City and Cottonwood

one, easy to find, central location.

Heights residents are beginning to age, while Draper residents generally have younger families and children. These are two very different sets of health care needs, and Alta View Hospital aims to meet the needs of both groups. “We see it as a big and overdue step forward in our commitment to and investment in the community that we’ve been a part of since 1982,” Kent said. BRINGING HOSPITAL AND CLINIC TOGETHER: A SPECTRUM OF CARE OPTIONS ON ONE CAMPUS For Sandy, Draper and Cottonwood Heights residents, expanding the Alta View Hospital campus means blending primary care physicians with more area specialists for a more integrated care approach. From family medicine, inpatient treatment, and surgical services to pediatrics, physical therapy, InstaCare, KidsCare, and emergency services, it’s all in one spot on the Alta View Hospital Campus. Relocating the InstaCare from its location at 700 E and 9400 S in Sandy to the hospital campus means patients can be seen in the same building as their family care doctor. If an ER visit becomes necessary, patients will be transported across the parking lot — rather than across town — giving them more convenient and continuous care, closer to home. “We expect that having more consolidated services will improve access to care for more than 100 patients per day,” Kent said. “And all of these services will be closer to home. This array of care options closely follows Intermountain Healthcare’s vision of providing extraordinary care when, where, and how it’s needed.”

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HOSPITAL SERVICES Alta View Hospital is undergoing a renovation that will include a state-of-the-art, updated facility and a fourstory patient tower. The renovation will revitalize the look of the campus and include improvements in technology and patient flow. With an emphasis on patient convenience and comfort, inpatient and treatment rooms will be more private and spacious. Alta View Hospital will continue to offer the following services: ++

Emergency Room

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Radiology

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Women’s Center (including labor and delivery)

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Surgical services

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Acute care

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ICU NAVIGATING THE CAMPUS WITH EASE

CLINIC SERVICES

Patients and visitors will soon be able to navigate the new campus

The Alta View Clinic is a four-story, 170,000-square

with ease as buildings will be numbered and color coordinated, park-

foot clinic with the following expanded services:

ing lots flagged, and entrances more prominent. A new road wrapping around the hospital will allow easier access to each building, without

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Allergy

moving through parking lots and crosswalks.

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Audiology

++

Cardiology

scary for people,” Kent said. “The new hospital is designed to alleviate as

++

Dermatology

much of that stress as possible. Whether that means being able to park quickly or locating the correct building, to the actual care a patient receives.”

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Ear, Nose & Throat

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Endocrinology & Diabetes

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Family Medicine

“We recognize that coming to the hospital can be stressful and even

LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY

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Gastroenterology

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General Surgery

ment and care, allowing physicians throughout the Intermountain system

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Imaging Services

to meet with local providers and patients through a camera, TV screen and

Intermountain’s TeleHealth service brings technology into patient treat-

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InstaCare & KidsCare

microphone. This service has been in use in the hospital for the past two

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Internal Medicine

years and will continue to expand and improve to benefit patients.

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Lab & Phlebotomy

Another innovation designed to provide access to care when and how

++

Oculoplastic Surgery

patients need it is Intermountain Connect Care, a 24/7 online medical ser-

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Ophthalmology & Optometry

vice. Connect Care facilitates visits with health care providers straight from

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Optics Shop (moving in summer 2018)

a computer, phone, or tablet. While this does not replace traditional care,

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Orthopedic Surgery

it is very useful for basic advice, and allows patients to determine if an ER,

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Pediatrics

InstaCare, KidsCare or regular physician’s office visit is needed for care.

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Pharmacy

With these developments, more patients have access to high quality

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

care from a variety of locations. Connect Care does just that, it connects

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Physical Therapy

people to a wider range of expertise by using providers from throughout

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Plastic Surgery

the Intermountain Healthcare system.

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Pulmonary

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Senior Services

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Urology

CONTINUING TO LOOK FORWARD Space for further growth is also considered as Alta View Hospital aims to meet the health care needs of families in this area, well into the future. “These innovations help us improve the experiences of our patients so we can best serve our community,” Kent said. “Ultimately, it leads to a happier, healthier Draper.”

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POPULAR DIET PLANS REVIEWED: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET This heart-healthy diet is based on (and aptly named for) the eating habits of those living in the Mediterranean region. The diet emphasizes healthy fats (olive oil), seafood (omega-3 fatty acids), fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Although red meat is not recommended on this plan, some dairy products (yogurt and cheese) are allowed. PROS ++ Easy to stick to: This diet offers varied flavors and food options, and it covers all major food groups. ++ Heart healthy: Low in saturated and trans fats, and high in

ARTICLE LINDSAY PARK, REGISTERED DIETITIAN, INTERMOUNTAIN ALTA VIEW HOSPITAL

healthy unsaturated fats ++ Decreases risk of heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease ++ Improves glucose control CONS

IT’S THE NEW YEAR, AND ADVERTISEMENTS AND BUZZ FOR DIET PLANS ABOUND. But too often the focus is on quick results

++ Dairy products are limited, and you may need to increase your calcium intake.

and not a longer-term approach to healthier living. From miracle diets

++ Wine is permissible, but avoid drinking more than 1–2 glasses per

to fat burning pills, we’re bombarded with lots of ways to lose weight.

day since too much alcohol is linked to breast, esophageal, oral,

As a registered dietitian, and to help you sort through the clutter

laryngeal and liver cancers.

and hype, I’ll break down five popular diet plans that I frequently

++ Lots of fat: It may be healthy fat, but it still is high in calories.

see in my work at Intermountain Alta View Hospital. I’ll share pros

++ The ability to cook meals on your own is preferred.

and cons of each plan to help you get on track with a healthy plan

++ Mediterranean Diet recipes contain lots of garlic, which could be

that works for you.

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good or bad depending on how much you like garlic.


THE ATKINS DIET

THE KETOGENIC DIET

This high protein diet prohibits carbohydrates (the body’s usual

Originally created to treat epilepsy in children, this high-fat, ade-

fuel source) to burn fat and accelerate weight loss. The four phased

quate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet excludes fruit, starchy vegeta-

diet plan starts by limiting carbs to 20 grams per day – to jump start

bles, bread, pasta, grains, and sugar. However, it does allow for nuts,

weight loss – and gradually increases until weight loss slows or

cream, butter, and coconut oil.

stops. Then healthy carbs are permissible (fruits, legumes, oats, rice,

PROS

potatoes) as participants near the maintenance phase. PROS ++ The diet is pretty black and white when it comes to what you can and cannot eat, (no carbohydrates and all the protein you want) so in that sense, some find it easy to stick to this diet. ++ No calorie or portion counting ++ Glycemic control: Limiting carbohydrates helps regulate insulin and eases metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, and diabetes. CONS ++ Unbalanced diet: Completely eliminating food groups eliminates necessary nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, and it’s hard to get these nutrients from a pill or supplement. ++ Lack of calcium: New research indicates that people who get sufficient calcium through food (1,200 mg a day) lose weight and maintain the weight loss. Supplements are not as effective.

++ Nearly half of children with epilepsy who tried some form of a ketogenic diet saw the number of seizures drop by about half, and the effect persists even after discontinuing the diet. ++ Very filling: Naturally if you’re eating more fat and protein, you’ll eat less. ++ Controlled blood sugar levels may improve insulin sensitivity CONS ++ Constipation: About 30 percent of patients I see that are on this plan report constipation due to fluid restriction. ++ Kidney stones: This is also a risk factor ++ High fat: Could potentially have a negative affect on cholesterol levels and heart health ++ Excludes food groups necessary for growth and overall health (fruits, veggies, whole grains). Deficient in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and potentially protein. ++ On this diet, some patients may complain of the ‘keto flu’ and

++ Dehydration: Carbs hold onto water, so when you don’t eat carbs,

have symptoms such as poor energy and mental function,

you lose water weight. This can cause gout, increase calcium

increased hunger, sleep issues, nausea, digestive discomfort and

loss through urine, and overwork your kidneys and liver.

decreased exercise performance.

++ Bowel obstructions and even kidney failure have been reported with this plan. THE PALEOLITHIC (PALEO) DIET

THE DASH DIET (DIETARY APPROACHES TO STOP HYPERTENSION)

So easy a caveman can follow it? Kinda. This diet operates on the

Originally developed to lower blood pressure, this plan emphasizes

premise of eating only foods consumed when man first roamed the

fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, legumes, and healthy fats.

earth. So basically if a caveman didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.

It’s low in red meat and processed and high sodium foods. It also empha-

Eliminating foods with little nutritional value — high-sodium, high-

sizes antioxidants that may help protect against certain cancers, reduce

sugar processed foods, along with emphasizing lean proteins, fruits,

the risk of stroke and heart attack, and improve blood glucose levels.

and vegetables are the foundation of this plan. And although not cre-

PROS

ated for weight loss, restricting certain food groups (dairy, legumes,

++ Well balanced and nutritionally adequate

refined sugar) can result in weight loss.

++ Low in saturated fat and cholesterol

PROS

++ Moderate amount of protein (lean meat, poultry, fish, nuts, beans)

++ Relatively healthy: Focuses on lean meats, and fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. ++ Simple: Eat the foods that are acceptable and avoid those that are

++ High in fiber CONS ++ I haven’t found too many cons for this plan except that with the

not. There’s no pre-packaged meal plan or diet cycles to stick to.

expectation that you will eat lots of fruits, veggies, and unpro-

++ Emphasis on exercise: This plan emphasizes exercise which is an

cessed foods, it could get expensive or the food could go bad if

important part of a healthy lifestyle and can accelerate weight loss.

not consumed quickly enough.

CONS ++ It can get boring as most foods are eaten plain [without salt or spices]

At the end of the day, you can see that most of the named diet

++ It can be expensive: Only organic foods and/or grass-fed beef

plans have some good and some not so good qualities to them. The

are recommended on this plan, which can cost more. ++ Eliminates healthy food groups: Dairy, legumes, cereal, grains, starchy vegetables are unnecessarily restricted on this plan.

key is to choose the plan that works best for you. Work with your physician or dietitian to choose a plan based on your health history. Remember, diet means ‘way of life,’ so try not to overhaul your diet in

++ Low in certain nutrients, including calcium

one day. Just look at your overall health and ask yourself these questions:

++ Lack of scientific proof: There’s no scientific proof that Paleo

Can I maintain this lifestyle? Do I enjoy eating this way? Chances are, if

or hunter-gatherer diets ward off disease. Any evidence of its

you can answer yes to both of these questions, you’re set up for success.

benefit is anecdotal.

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MAKING A PLAN FOR PEACE OF MIND J. CULTER LAW HELPS CREATE SAFER FUTURES FOR FAMILIES ALTHOUGH DIFFICULT TO CONSIDER, ESTATE PLANNING IS REALLY ALL ABOUT TAKING CARE OF FAMILIES SHOULD THE MOST FEARED AND DIFFICULT SITUATIONS OCCUR. With a properly drafted will, trust, power of attorney and health care directive, this is possible! And with help from J. Cutler Law, easier than you think. These local families attest to the peace of mind found in creating future plans for their families.

ZELLA NELSON

“It gives me peace of mind that if something happens to

us that the kids will be ok.” I was married for 36 years to my first husband, Scott, who was an anesthesiologist. In December 2015 he diagnosed himself with a glioblastoma. We went to Justin to update our will. It was so nice to have it done before my husband got really sick. Scott died in August of 2016. Our children from that marriage are in their twenties and early thirties and they know how the estate is set up, and it gives them peace of mind that they don’t have to make any hard decisions with medical end of life planning. Working with Justin was great—he is lovely. He is SO easy to work with—he’s very sensitive to sensitive matters, and very ethical. My second husband, Hal, has kids ages 15 to seven. When we married, we needed family planning for our new combined family. Justin gave us a free 30-minute consultation and it didn’t take any longer than that to take care of what we needed to talk about. He returned my calls, he emailed me back, and he had it finished in four days. When we met with Justin, I thought, “This is who I want to help me… this is my guy.”

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REED & LINDA EWELL

“We were amazed at how easy it was and we felt relieved to have

it all taken care of.” We were motivated to get our estate in order after Reed's father’s death in August. It had been on our minds for quite some time but we just never got around to it. Justin was recommended to us and we gave him a call. He met with us within the week and was very helpful and knowledgeable. Justin had a plan that was easy to understand and follow. His expertise was so helpful. We are not concerned about our future and Justin has assured us that if we need, or want, to make any changes in our family trust, that can easily be taken care of as well. When you ARE prepared for the worst, the fear goes away. Our fear was leaving a burden on our children and now we know that won't happen because we have taken the necessary steps to make sure everything is taken care of and our plans and wishes are known. Justin is a good man. We have known the Cutler family for years and their integrity and honesty

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BRADY & LIZ WITHERS

“Really being prepared is what lessens the fears, and when you are

prepared with help you know you have done all you can.” Getting our estate in order had been on our to-do list for a while. But in recent years we have had friends pass that didn't have their estate in order and it was a nightmare for them. When Liz's grandpa CONTINUED >

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MAKING A PLAN FOR PEACE OF MIND

(CON TI N UED)

passed this year there were some things that

to sue for anything I would leave behind. Now

were very easy because of his trust. We've also

that things are in order, the stress and anxiety

recently gone on trips without our children and

have decreased. It wasn’t difficult to do, even

we always talk about what would happen if

though I was worried that it might be. My son

something happened to both of us. So we finally

researched an attorney that specialized in

took the plunge to just get it done. It's one of

estate planning and found J. Cutler Law, and

those things that you worry about it constantly,

read nothing but positive comments. It was

but now that it's finished we don't think about

a painless experience and we left the office

it at all. It was WAY easier than we thought it

feeling that we had made the best choice. We

would be. At first we wondered if we could just

were informed about things we hadn’t thought

do it on our own because there are a lot of free

of. All questions were answered in a way we

online options. But we have investment prop-

could understand. Everything was done in a

erty and own some businesses so we didn't

timely manner, taking only seven days from

feel as though it was really cut and dry. Plus

beginning to end. And the cost was far less

we realized there were a lot of specific things

than expected. I was so pleased with every-

that we wanted in our estate planning that we

thing. He also included an eight page on How

didn’t know the correct legal way to write up.

To Set Everything Up. That was a surprise, but

Before we even decided to go with Justin at J.

it tied everything up for us. I hope others will

Cutler Law, he gave us a free in-person con-

get this done.

sultation where he answered so many of our

GARY WILSON

questions that we didn't feel like he was in it just for the money. He genuinely wanted to help and he answered and taught us in a way that

"Justin is an attorney who will always be on

my speed dial!"

we could understand, and that helped us make

My situation was very dire, as family rela-

educated decisions on all aspects of our estate

tions became strained and complicated with

planning. We also decided to go with him for the

my mother’s estate. I went through many

simplicity of flat rate pricing. We have worked

attorneys, all with the desire to put me at

with lawyers that charge by the minute, and the

the end of the line, and they would get to me

For a free consultation,

price can really rack up! We loved Justin’s low-

when they would get to me. This would go on

reach out to Justin

key, personal approach. It's obvious they know

for almost three years. I saw a web site for

at 801-618-4469 and 

their stuff and it's nice to be able to deal with

Justin Cutler Law and sent him a brief e-mail

JCutlerLaw.com

down-to-earth lawyers. We still can't believe

out lining my situation, he responded back

how easy the whole process was—if we had

that day. I met with him at his office and just

known it would be so easy we would have done

felt not an attorney and client relationship

it a lot sooner.

but a friend and friend relationship, so I hired

REBECCA CONNELLY

him on the spot. Justin did more that first month than many of the past attorneys had

“Doing this wasn’t hard, it was reassuring.”

done in a year. He was very aggressive and

I was motivated to seek help to get my

determined to win my case. At times I felt like

estate in order because after 45 years of mar-

I was his only client the way he was keeping

riage, I learned my spouse had been cheat-

me informed and working so hard for me,

ing for the last 10 years. In the divorce I was

but I was not—later learning that many a late

given the house and property, but because of

night he spent working on his presentation

some health issues I wanted to be sure that

that would eventually "wow" the jury to side in

my son would be able to get everything I had,

my favor and win. He is an attorney who will

without having other family members trying

always be on my speed dial!

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and AS OF JANUARY EIGHTH, THE CITY COUNCIL HAS TWO NEW FACES WITH A FAMILIAR FACE RETURNING TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICE. Three of the five council seats are held by women for the first time in the city’s history. ALAN SUMMERHAYS is the most tenured of the council with nine years of service and he’s lived in Draper the longest of them all. He was raised here, back when Draper’s population was about 500.

MANAGING GROWTH DOMINATES COUNCIL’S FOCUS AND MAYOR CONTINUES “FORWARD”

He recalled from his boyhood that before Draper was a city, the county required a minimum of five acres on which build to build a home in what is now Draper. He takes pride in having helped grow Draper’s recreation program and he said he was first prompted to run for city council for Draper’s youth. “The city’s recreation manager currently has about 7,000 kids and adults that he has programs for through the year. It’s been very successful and it’s grown exponentially through the years,” Summerhays said. Summerhays owns several local businesses including Guadalahonky’s restaurant and Donkey Tails cantina. He also raises bulls and calves on more than 100 acres in Mount Pleasant. Guadalahonky’s recently celebrated 29 years in business. Summerhays estimates Draper’s population was about 3,000 people when the restaurant first opened. In the coming year, Summerhays plans to focus on helping the city finish baseball fields so Draper doesn’t have to rent them from nearby cities. He also hopes the new county recreation center that will be built in Draper will have more basketball courts for Jr. Jazz participants to use, again so the city doesn’t have to rent from others. “I think you have a better society if you keep kids busy,” Summerhays said.

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ARTICLE MIMI DARLEY DUTTON


He’d also like to explore solar and wind possibilities for power for the city and he’s a proponent of recycling. “I’d like to be num-

accomplishments including more walking trails in the mountains and the conservation easement in Suncrest.

ber one in the state on being green,” he said. “Simple things that

Separate from the council, Weeks has organized an annual

make things better for our kids and grandkids, that’s what we

celebration of teachers who were nominated for Teacher of the

have to look out for in my opinion,” he added.

Year from their schools. The teachers and their families spend

MARSHA VAWDREY has completed four years on the coun-

an evening at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium that includes

cil with two more left in her term. She was appointed to her first

dinner and door prizes. Weeks has raised funds to put on the

two-year term, rather than running an election campaign, when

event, working with local businesses for donations.

Troy Walker was elected mayor in 2014. Walker had two more

Going forward, Weeks wants to focus on the city’s master

years on his council term at the time, resulting in a vacancy that

plan. “ One of my big things I want to work on is tweaking the

needed to be filled.

proposed master plan to reflect what I’ve heard from Draper

Vawdrey had served on various city committees prior to her

residents. As we grow, we need to be sure we don’t sacrifice our

city council appointment, including eight years on the plan-

quality of life. I don’t want to outgrow the sense of community,

ning commission and years spent organizing the Draper Days

warmth and charm that we all live in Draper for,” she said.

rodeo along with her husband. She also served on the Salt Lake County Fair board. Vawdrey is a third generation Draper resident who moved here when she was 12. “I thought I was moving to the sticks,” she said with

TASHA LOWERY moved to Draper 10 years ago and made a successful first run for city council in 2017. “I love Draper, I have three young children and I’m invested in Draper’s future. I want to make sure we continue to move in the right direction,” she said.

a laugh. “We have certainly grown. I have a perspective of what the

Lowery was raised in California’s Silicon Valley, in Los Gatos.

past was like. Every hard part about a change brings a good part. I

She holds degrees in Spanish and education from Colgate

remember when we only had one grocery store. All the conveniences

University in New York as well as two master’s degrees from the

we have are a benefit, but growth and change are also hard. I try to

University of California, Berkeley, one in language and literacy

help shape change, try to embrace it where I can,” Vawdrey said.

and the other in school administration. She and her husband

She explained that her proudest accomplishments on the coun-

moved from Montana to Utah for his job at Adobe. She taught

cil in the past four years have been a team effort. They include a

in a dual immersion Spanish/English charter school in California

splash pad, a community garden, and improved rodeo grounds

and then worked as a director of Title 1 programming and inter-

as well as the conservation easement in Suncrest. She also noted

vention services in Bozeman, Montana. In recent years, she’s

the successful businesses that have come to Draper. She hopes

primarily been parenting her three children.

for more trails to be established and for improvement of streets and connectivity. “You think about yourself, who you are, how you represent the council. I’m quiet but I’m still a strong voice. I’m deliberate. I study and measure my decisions and I show up prepared,” Vawdrey said.

“The traffic infrastructure, open space and parks and trails are things that really matter to me and impact my daily life and my children’s daily lives. I believe in our town. I think I bring a new perspective to the council,” Lowery said. She recognizes that each council position has limits. “One thing I’d like to clarify to residents is that sometimes there’s not as much

MICHELE WEEKS started on the council at the beginning

leeway as people believe there is with decision making on the

of 2016. Weeks grew up in a small dairy town in Maryland and

council. At times our choices are determined by city codes, zoning

graduated from Towson University in Baltimore with a degree

ordinances, state law and the town master plan,” Lowery said.

in public relations and communications. She moved from New

Lowery is optimistic for Draper’s future. “We are so fortunate to

York City to Draper in 1999 because her husband, who grew up

live here. Our potential for the future is extremely exciting. We always

in Utah, had children living here.

want to focus on protecting and preserving our quality of life while

Weeks’ areas of focus in the past two years have been con-

simultaneously developing our economic opportunities,” she said.

trolling growth through zoning and improving council commu-

She hopes for a spirit of collegiality for the council. “I’m excited for us

nications. “I’ve worked hard to open up a two-way conversation

all to work together. If we can all listen to each other, I think it will be

between the council and residents through my Facebook page

very reasonable and we will continue to see amazing things happen

‘What’s Draper Up To?’ I love problem solving and working as a

in our town,” she said.

liaison between the citizens and the city in helping get problems solved,” she said.

MIKE GREEN also ran his first council campaign and it also resulted in a win. He grew up in West Jordan with an Argentinian

She’s most proud of her idea for a right-hand turn lane at 1300

mother and a career military officer father whose roots go back to

East and Highland Drive that has eased traffic as well as council

the founding of the country, according to Green. “On one side, I’m a CONTINUED >

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DRAPER’S CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR

(CON TI N UED)

son of Utah pioneers and on the other side I’m a first generation

was the right thing at the right time. I’m in the unique position that

American. It’s really interesting how I can see the American Dream

I don’t have a vote, but I have the opportunity to persuade. I’m

from multiple perspectives,” he said. Green moved to Draper five

grateful the council listened,” he said. (With five council members,

years ago for the view from the lot his home is built on.

the mayor only votes in instances where there’s a tie and the mayor

After graduating from high school, Green joined the Army National Guard just prior to September 11, 2001. He served in

the majority or a minimum of three council members.)

Afghanistan from 2003-2004. “I joined to serve my country,” he said.

Walker’s offer for Draper to house a homeless shelter, made

Upon returning home, Green enrolled at the University of Utah and

during his first term as mayor, drew a lot of controversy. Salt Lake

earned a degree in political science along with a Hinckley Institute

County Mayor Ben McAdams had a short timetable to locate and

internship with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He holds a master’s

name new homeless shelter sites to alleviate the problems sur-

degree in political science and he did his thesis on data supporting

rounding Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande area, and Walker offered to

policy decisions. “I’ll probably be a numbers guy on the council

help. He said his rationale for that offer was not a political stunt. “I

moving forward. I like to make sure decisions are supported by

was honestly trying to see the conversation change from the neg-

strong justification data and facts and that the outcome is positive

ative. We have so many resources and a lot of people who serve

and falls in line with the values of our community,” he said.

in churches and volunteer organizations. I was trying to look at a

Green went to law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law

small way we could help, be part of the solution,” he said. Walker

in San Diego. While there, he did a study abroad in China to learn

had envisioned a shelter for women and children, and he knew

about the legal aspects of doing business with China. Green is

the county mayor had authority to name the sites, even without

employed as a Utah Assistant Attorney General.

permission from the cities. After a long town hall meeting that he

He was prompted to run for the council because he thought his skills were needed. He anticipates having children and he

described as unpleasant, he said it was clear that a homeless shelter wasn’t something the people of Draper wanted.

wants to make sure they have the same opportunity to live

Walker projects the city’s population will increase by a couple

the American dream that he has had. Green grew up in West

thousand at most in the coming two to four years. “We’re pretty

Jordan before it became the third largest city in Utah and he

built out, we don’t have a lot of land left. The prison site will be

fondly remembers playing on open space in his youth. “Two

the biggest growth but that’s still years out,” he said, adding that

things I care about are quality of life, number one, and number

they’ve tried to put high-density housing next to Frontrunner in

two our pocket books,” he said.

the transit-oriented development site by E-Bay. The mayor has an

Lowery and Green met while both were campaigning and

appointed position on the Point of the Mountain Commission but

attending city council meetings. “Mike and I are a good balance.

the project is directed by the state. “If cities want to stop growth,

We come from slightly different angles but we compliment each

we’re political subdivisions of the state. The state has a responsibil-

other,” Lowery said.

ity to govern, so we wouldn’t want to obstruct growth or the state

‘Forward’ was TROY WALKER’S first mayoral campaign slo-

could take away our land use authority,” he said.

gan and it became the city’s slogan when he took office. “If you’re

Looking forward, Walker plans to focus on the prison site for

not moving forward, you’re going to get run over,” said the recently

future economic development. “We have to make sure we get the

re-elected mayor. Walker has been a practicing attorney since

most out of it and still have the quality of life we have,” he said.

1996. He opened an office in Draper several years ago. Walker

He’s also interested in developing more transportation options

spent six years on the city council prior to being elected mayor for

including active transportation trails that allow for battery assisted

the first time in 2014.

bicycles people can ride, even in winter, resulting in trails that are

Walker is married to Stefani and they have four children. He

corridors for commuters. He said the city plans to connect the

has a pilot’s license and used to own an airplane for leisure

E-Bay area to the Jordan River Parkway so that a person could

use, but not presently. “I haven’t flown for a couple years with

ride all the way from Thanksgiving Point to E-Bay, charge their bike

kids in college. I’m paying to educate my children, but I hope

while there, and then ride back. “Whenever we widen a road in the

in the coming year I’ll get a chance to get back into it,” he said.

city, we put a bike lane on it,” Walker said.

Meanwhile, Walker can often be found on his mountain bike enjoying Corner Canyon’s many trails.

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chooses to vote, so everything that occurs in Draper is a result of

The council and the mayor have several big items of business beginning in 2018 including developing a General Plan

Walker considers Draper City leaving the Unified Fire Authority

for the city. Once adopted, it will be the plan for the city’s

and establishing its own fire department his biggest accomplish-

development and physical form for city leaders to follow for

ment from his first term as mayor. “I led the charge on it, I did the

the next decade. “I’d expect that to get approved sometime

research and analysis and convinced fellow council members it

mid to late 2018,” Walker said.

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Alan Summerhays

Michele Weeks and her husband, Ken.

Mike Green

Mayor Walker in late December, signing the Suncrest conservation easement.

Tasha Lowery with husband, Jason, and children, Hope, Lucas and Zack.

Marsha Vawdrey and husband Doug at the Draper Moto Challenge.

Mike Green on the steps of the US Supreme Court following his father’s and his admission ceremony. From l-r: dad Kelvin Green; mom, Maria;  Mike;  youngest sister, Rachel West, and Coz Green, uncle.

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OUR TOWN The group also works extensively with owners of historic properties to help them obtain grants and other funding to offset the cost of maintaining and restoring historic properties. Preserving historic buildings can help solidify a community’s past and help

DRAPER HISTORICAL COMMISSION

strengthen it’s future. Research also shows that historic buildings can help create vibrant, cultural downtowns that draw tourism, art, festivals, and other activities which can in turn draw investment, revenue, and economic growth. DraperHistory.org

A BEAUTIFUL COLLABOARTION THAT GIVES OLD DRAPER NEW LIFE

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY GOECKERITZ

The Crossgrove House, built in 1873, is currently a private residence. The city council recently reached a decision to change the zoning on the home so that it could not be demolished. Learn more at www.draperpioneerhouse.com

DRAPER’S HISTORICAL BUILDINGS ARE BEING GIVEN NEW LIFE AS RENOVATED HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND VENUES. Their continued presence in the community is due in large part to the collaboration between community members, the Draper City Council and Mayor, and the Draper Historic Preservation Commission.     The

Draper

Historic

Preservation

Commission is a group of citizens who are appointed by the mayor and city council to volunteer their time by “identifying, pre-

Renovated interior of the Joshua Terry Home built in 1878. Currently home to Cafe Charleston & Shoppes.

serving, protecting, and enhancing historic buildings, sites, monuments, streetscapes and landmarks within the city deemed architecturally or historically significant.” Draper currently has 14 properties

Evidence of economic growth via historic buildings can be seen in the thriving businesses, especially in the Historic Draper Town Center, that have taken up residence in beautifully repurposed historic structures that include:

listed on the National Register of Historic places, with numerous other

++

Day Dairy Barn 1164 E. 12400 S. Built in 1922. Relocated in 2010.  Rental Venue

homes throughout the city that are

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Joshua Terry Home 1229 E. 12400 S. Built in 1878.  Cafe Charleston & Shoppes

100+ years old. The question posed by

++

Perry & Agnes Wadsworth Fitzgerald House 1160 E. 12400 S. Built between 1865-1870 Draper Chamber of Commerce

many is: are they worth saving? According to the Draper Historic

++

Draper Park School 12441 S. 900 E. Built in 1912  Multiple businesses and rental venue.

Preservation Commission, the answer

++

S.J. Mickelsen Hardware Store & Lumber Company 12582 S. Fort Street

to that question is a resounding “Yes!”

Built from 1912-1926 Businesses include The Piano Place, Neighborhood Acupuncture & Healing Arts, and Dave's Barber Shop of Draper

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PARTING THOUGHTS

ARTICLE PERI KINDER

CRAFT Y M AT T E R S

I THINK IT WAS SOCRATES WHO SAID,

rocks (?) and paper, and put the lid back on

“THE ROAD TO CRAFTING HELL IS

the box and slide it back into the closet.

PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.” If

Or my grandkids will drag out my art

that’s the case, I'm well on my way. Not to

supplies that consist of pipe cleaners, pom

brag, but my crafting skills are often com-

poms, bottles of glue with the lid glued

pared to those of an attention-deficit chim-

shut, rectangles of brown felt, and for some

panzee. That’s a compliment, right? Because

reason, a huge bottle of silver glitter. They’ll

chimps are cool.

cobble together some interesting looking

I jump into craft projects with an all-out

creatures and sprinkle them (and the rest of

zeal. I purchase ALL the supplies, I bring

the house) with glitter before running off to

home ALL the bags, I order ALL the crafty

read a book. Hahaha! Just kidding. They run

materials online, then one day I wake up from

off to play on their phones.

my craft frenzy to realize I have no desire to

Pinterest is the trigger for my craft com-

embroider daisies on all my pillowcases or

pulsions. I try to avoid it because I know I’ll

turn a $5 blanket from Kohl’s into a scarf/

get sucked into something I won’t finish. But

legwarmer set.

while looking for healthy recipes (Hahaha!

Basically, I have a ton of half-finished proj-

Just kidding. I’m looking for snickerdoodle

ects just waiting for their chance to shine in

recipes.) I’ll take a quick glance at what’s

the sun.

happening on the crafty side of the website.

I was always so excited for craft projects

The headlines always grab me: Top 10

in elementary school. For Valentine's Day,

Things to Do With Burlap, 12 Tips to Building

I’d wrap little squares of pink crepe paper

a Treehouse, DIY Modern Clocks or 30 Gifts

around the end of my pencil, and glue all

Made from Altoid Tins. It doesn’t matter that

those twisted bits of paper into the shape of

burlap makes me itch, I don’t have a tree,

a heart. For Christmas, I’d wrap little squares

no one uses clocks and I never remember

of green crepe paper around my pencil and

to save Altoid tins—I’ll start hankerin’ for my

glue them into the shape of a tree. For Easter

glue gun until my husband distracts me with

. . . well, I think you now understand the

Mexican food.

depth of my craft skills.

I’ve accepted that I’ll never be the kind of

Once in a while, the crafting bug will bite

crafty woman I’ve aspired to be for several

and I’ll pull out my boxes of projects, rummage

decades. At least my road to crafting hell will

around in the cloth and paint and buttons and

be covered with silver glitter.

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I WAS ALWAYS SO EXCITED FOR CRAFT PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. FOR VALENTINE’S DAY, I’D WRAP LITTLE SQUARES OF PINK CREPE PAPER AROUND THE END OF MY PENCIL, AND GLUE ALL THOSE TWISTED BITS OF PAPER INTO THE SHAPE OF A HEART.


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February 2018 Issue of Draper Lifestyle

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February 2018 Issue of Draper Lifestyle