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eet the Models Dawn M. Abbott. Preschool teacher very interested in early childhood education. "I really enjoyed modeling for Lydia 's Style Magazine . I felt glamorous and pretty . Working with young children doesn't give me the chance to feel that way. I'm usually covered in finger-paint and grass stains by the end of the day." Dane Goette. 2 1/2 year old son of Robin and Don Goette. Dane likes balls, trucks , his sandbox and playtime. "I had fun!" Robin Goette. Marketing director at First National Bank , married to Don and mother of Dane, 2 1/2. She likes running, biking, swimming, weights, triathlons , and spending time with family. "Modeling is hard work but it was fun also. I especially enjoyed meeting and working with the other models and playing in front of the camera with my son, Dane . Everyone involved was professional and kind. Thanks Lydia!" Lori Kappel. Pharmacist married to Paul and mother to Chelsea, 2 1/2. Lori enjoys aerobics, water-skiing, needlework, art and playing the piano. "I absolutely loved the outfits I had a chance to wear and the modeling of them was great fun. Lydia and Kari both made me feel very comfortable which added to a great experience." Michael Powers. Director of Culture, Library, and Recreation Services for the City of Fort Collins, married to Myra and father of Stephanie, 24, and David , 20. Mike's leisure hours are spent playing racquetball, fly fishing, and photography. "A fun experience but I best keep my day job. Fabio can breathe easier." Myra Powers. Assistant to the President , Colorado State University, married to Michael and mother to Stephanie and David. Her hobbies include gardening, walking and reading. "I gained much respect for the professionals great fun , super people , much to organize and coordinate. Thanks for inviting us to play!" Vicki Square. Artist, currently most active in fibers, modeling artwear, drawing , painting and printmaking , married to Johnny and mother to Justine and Alex. Aside from all her creative interests, she loves reading, watching movies, running , lifting weights , cycling and water-skiing . "It was great fun, start to finish. From the fittings to the photography , Lydia and her people concerned themselves with making this an enjoyable experience for me. It was wonderful being pam-

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pered by Phyllis at Headlines, it was fun wearing clothes I wouldn't otherwise get to wear, trying new things , meeting new people. Best of all, I think, was the camaraderie working with the other models - it was just all such great fun! Thanks Lydia for asking me and my family to take part!"

Alex Square. Son of Johnny and Vicki , age 9. His activities include building things , rollerblading, street hockey, football, basketball, drawing and painting. "It was just really fun for me. I liked the photographer and being outside for the pictures. I really liked the clothes I wore. I want them!" Johnny Square. Pastor of lasis Christ Fellowship, married to Vicki, father to Justine, 11, and Alex, 9. His hobby is golf, golf, golf! "I had fun . Anytime I do things with my family, I have a good time . I enjoyed getting to model with my wife ." Justine Square . .11 year old daughter of Johnny and Vicki. She likes to play the piano, sing, art, and participate in basketball , rollerblading , and track. "I had a great time . I've always wanted to do some modeling. Most fun was working with the photographer, Derek. He had us just be natural, instead of trying to be someone you're not." Mary Alice Troxell. Owner of Possession Presenters and mother of Tiger, Jim, Ruth, Wade , Deri and Amy. She enjoys golf, tennis, antiques and Possession Presenters! "One more new experience - at my age! Quite a switch from jean skirts and warm-ups! What a great job Lydia, her staff, the photographers, and the shopkeepers do - all with so much expertise and consideration of us! Elsa Klensch (CNN) could take some pointers from Lydia! Mother/daughter things are always very special to me. The whole experience was interesting. We all had fun with lots of laughs!" Kim Veldhuizen. Miss Colorado , 1994 and Commercial Insurance Underwriter. She spends her free time as a Big Sister of Colorado volunteer, playing classical piano, and modeling . "I had a fabulous time . It takes a great deal of time 路 and energy to put it all together. I wish I could take the outfits I wore home! It was worth taking the day off from work and I'd love to come back." Amy White. Full time mother, part time daughter, free lance paralegal and mother of Jeff, 11 . Golf , tennis , horses , beginning construction assistant, and educational activities occupy her off-hours. "Whew! What a trip ! Everyone was absolutely fantastic - especially Phyllis and the Headlines staff. The other models were encouraging and fun. I didn't realize the work that went into this . Most special was sharing a new experience with my mom - my special friend. Not an everyday thing - but one that won't soon be forgotten! Than k you, thank you, thank you! "

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s I reflect on the past ten years in publishing, I am grateful to this wonderful community of Ft. Collins, the surrounding communities , its businesses and residents. They provided the support, acceptance, and confidence so that my small eight-page newsletter in 1984 could grow and develop into today's 116 page city lifestyle magazine. In the beginning, Peg Kiel ian Oliver and I sat down and decided on a look for this 11ewsletter that she called a magazine from the outset. She is truly creative! And , soon thereafter, Jane McComb Struble, a good friend and graphic designer, took the design and production even further towards being a true magazine. In the early years , the fashion was exclusively courtesy of Lydia's (promoting the store was the original intent) , and Lolly Clarke and I had a ball creating award-winning fashion photography. It was a pleasure to once again include Lolly's beautiful work in our Sensuous Style lingerie fashion spread in this issue. She is truly a talented photographer and one of only eight holders of the Master Photographic Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers of America . Corroborating with her in beautifully hand coloring the photographs was our creative, and fun art dire ctor , Kari Armstrong. With her art direction , the magazine has taken leaps forward. She is riot only my dear friend, but also a key part of Style magazine. As photography became a bigger part of the appeal of Style magazine, Tim O'Hara contributed his experience to our photography. Working hand-in-hand with him was a young talented photographer, John Forgach. When Tim's schedule became over-booked , John came on board and continues today as our staff photographer along with his partner, John Rice . In the 80s hair and make-up was the combined skill of my model and my cosmetic bag . When Marilyn Jordan called and offered her services, I jumped on the opportunity. She treated our models to lovely new hair styles and touched up make-up until back problems surfaced . Phyllis Thode of Headlines came to be part of the Style crew in 1989, and since then has become a special friend and a very important part of our fashion look. An extra bonus for our fashion models has been the addition of Lynnette Davis of The Nail Parlour. The actual production of Sty le has also grown through the years . Beginning with simple paste-up boards and printed in black and white , it has moved to state-of-the-art computer desktop publishing with disks generating film for our four-color printing . The production of our ads and editorial has, for the past 5 years been with Linda and Rick Roesener ' s agency, Advertising Development Specialists. Denise Znamenacek-Knuppel is a wizardess with desk-top publishing and manages to get all of our parts and pieces together efficiently and effectively. As the process continues , John Frans and Dick Fregosi at LithoColo r have helped make our magazine design possible through film and color. And , Lloyd Gum , our printing representative from AB Hirschfeld has always believed in the old-school principle of excellent service. The magazine could not have gotten off

the ground without advertising representa t ives and loyal clients. Cathie May pioneered advertising sales for Style when she came aboard in 1986. Vicki Albertson and Diane Dill followed in 1991. I have the highest regard for each of them , their abilities to contribute ideas to Style and to service their advertisers in a sincere and professional manner. They all get rave reviews from their accounts! Two key people in the overall picture are my bookkeeper Annabel! Sharpe and my administrative assistant, Cindy Wright. Annabel! has returned after a short sabbatical and Cindy has returned after having her adorable son, Casey. A very sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed in some way to the evolution of Style into what it is today. We have all worked hard . I for one, am very proud of our results! This issue has been especially momentous. Not only have we updated our design look again, but we also expanded our fashion coverage and overall size. Fashion was particularly fun to feature! Take note of the beautiful lingerie in Sensuous Style. In Style in Old Town Derek of Shoaff-Bembry Photography helped us capture wonderful daytime fashions in our vital downtown shopping area, and Elegant Style highlighted hot evening looks from our finest stores. A big thanks to all of our great models! They were helpful , patient, and lots of fun to fit and photograph! Getting to know our mother daughter models, Mary Alice Troxell and Amy White was delightful. It was so obvious they enjoyed spending time together doing something so fun and frivolous as modeling. They were a lovely example of our feature theme of Mothers and Daughters that Libby James wrote so well and Charles Lynch of Skillman Photography and JoAnn Hovland of Photo 55 photographed so sensitively. Having two daughters myself, the topic is close to my heart. As you can see by the photos, my two daughters , Meredith , soon to be 11 years old , and Alexandria , age 6, love to figure skate and get a big kick out of getting mom on the ice at EPIC . Needless to say, all I can do is barely get around the rink while both my daughters jump, spin , and fly across the ice in competitions all over the state. I am so proud of them and their many achievements. They are my friends and we love doing things together. I waited a long time for these two special girls and am thankful for the opportunity to be their mom! This 1Oth anniversary issue is packed with many interesting stories. We loved putting it together and hope you love reading it and will share it with a friend! May 1995 brin g ~ you good health and happiness .


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passion for and dedication to the performing arts has been the focal point around which the lives of Denise Burson Freeston~ and her two daughters, Jessica and Brenna, have revolved. Husband and dad, Bruce Freestone, has been equally involved. Bruce and Denise met in the Theatre Department at Colorado State University where Denise had a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in theatre arts. Denise performed in many university productions, was elected president of panhellenic, and named outstanding CSU Greek. In the fall of 1970 she dropped out of school for a while, and the following Winter 1994

summer she and Bruce travelled in the Northwest, living in a camper they built on the back of a 1952 Dodge pick-up. They returned to Fort Collins where Jessica was born in 1972, and both resumed their educations. In 1973 they founded OpenStage Theatre and have worked with the company ever since. A second daughter, Brenna, was born in 1978. Denise served as artistic director of OpenStage until 1988, at the same time holding down several part-time positions to support her "theatre habit." She now works full time in the CSU President's Office as an administrative program specialist, a job that entails writing and special projects. Between 1988 and 1990, Denise did

no theatre, returning in 1990 to present her one-woman show, Belle of Amherst, twice. She began performing for OpenStage again, slowly became reinvolved with the administrative aspects, and in 1993 became president of the board. Last August she began serving as artistic director as well. Denise's artistic soul is evident as she describes her daughters: "Both my daughters are bright lights in the world for me, and I believe, for others. Jessica takes flight and soars like a nymph. Brenna's soul delves to the earth's heart and her vision pierces to the core. Both my girls laugh heartily and play joyfully." Jessica is a talented dancer, a fea(cont. on page 109)

JAN LINDEBERG (cont. from page15) "My three daughters are as different as kids can be," Jan says. She describes Kim as bubbly, outgoing, responsible, dedicated, and an organizer. A wife and mother herself of a young daughter and son, Kim's days are filled with child care, homemaking, and attending Colorado State University where she is working on a degree in broadcast journalism. Ashlee approaches academics with a dedication unusual for someone her age, according to her mother. She is responsible, independent, fun, and easy to be around. She has great wit, humor and a strong sense of loyalty. Megan excels at whatever sports she takes up because she works so hard and loves to compete. A ninth grader at Wellington Junior High School, she plans to play volleyball, basketball, and tennis for Poudre High School this year. Still she manages to maintain honor roll status. Horses are her number one passion and she is respected as one of the most successful riders in the region. Jan says the basis for her relationships with her daughters is derived from her respect for their differences and varied talents. Along with her husband, she considers them her best friends. Kim and her husband, Alan, daughter Taylor, and son Taryn, live at the back of the Lindebergs' farm. "We see each other often and it's a great way to be a grandma," Jan says. The family has ritual Sunday night dinners that they laughingly refer to as FFDs (Forced Family Dinners). "Attendance is required, of course," Jan says, "and we talk about everything. No topic is sacred." They also refer to trips and events as FFOs (Forced Family Outings), but just try to keep a family member away! "These are the things that help us stay in touch, stay close, and help each other in this world that sometimes sends us in different directions," Jan says. Jan's hopes and dreams for her daughters are theirs, not hers. Each has her own agenda, fostered and encouraged by her mom. "I have encouraged them to be independent and I want them to be whatever they want to be. If I were to superimpose my goals for them on their lives, it wouldn't work. They each have careers in mind; Kim in broadcast journalism, Ashlee as an orthopedic surgeon, and Megan as a horse trainer. They all want families and I know they will make good decisions about their own lives. "I have great faith that I have given them the best advice and parenting I

can, and by my example as a parent and mom, I truly believe they will make and choose great lives for themselves. They each have a strong faith in God and our family values and nurturing support them and their faith." If she were asked to verbalize advice to her daughters Jan would say, "Be honest, be true to yourself and your beliefs, do unto others as you wish them to do unto you, and always make sure you are proud of your actions, that they reflect positively on you and what you stand for. Trust in God." For Jan, the most important and the hardest thing she has had to do as a mom, is to set her daughters free while letting them know they can always come home. "Teaching them to fly is easy," she says a little wistfully. "Letting go is not." If money were no object, Jan would present each of her daughters with a trip around the world so they could experience other cultures and see all the wonders of this earth. She thinks it would help them to be more compassionate and open their eyes. Travel would help them to be more understanding, less biased, and able to make better decisions. Taking a look back, Jan credits her parents and Rick's with providing solid family values and a work ethic for them, enabling them to provide the same for their children. "Their legacy lives on today, strong and beautiful, in my children and grandchildren," she says. Kim describes her mom as, "a beautiful and intelligent woman, a wonderful mother and grandmother." According to Kim, she strives hard to succeed at everything she does. It is important for her to do well, according to her oldest daughter. "She's funny, young at heart yet mature, a dedicated shopper, supportive in all the choices I have made, and determined to see her daughters be the best that they can be," Kim says. Kim has already chosen a path different from her mom's. She married her high school sweetheart, had two children, and is now going to college full-time and has an internship. "I wouldn't change anything about my life, and I'm sure my mom wouldn't change hers," Kim says. Sunday night family dinners are important to Kim, too. She likes the fact that everyone is welcome-from boyfriends to the horse trainer to casual friends. "We eat, laugh, talk, but most of all enjoy each other's company - an my mom's good cooking." Ashlee, whose name is Jan's feminized version of the Gone with the Wind character, is a freshman pre-med student at the University of Colorado in Boulder.


"My mom's idea of camping is a room at the Holiday Inn overlooking a pool," Ashlee says. "I'm such an outdoor person that we are different in this area. I think I have a carefree attitude while my mom can be stubborn at times- we're different that way, too." Ashlee admires her mom's sense of humor, her ability to shop all day (Ashlee can only handle about two hours), her refusal to give up on anything, and the fact that her mom has always been there when she was needed, to talk with, or just for support. "She stayed up late many nights waiting for me to come home," Ashlee admits. Now that she is away from home, Ashlee has a new appreciation for her mom. They can talk more intimately than they ever have before. "Now I realize how really special she is," Ashlee says. "The emotions and feelings I have for my parents are hard to put down on paper," Ashlee says. She finds it easier to understand her Dad, and feels comfortable with him because of their common interests. "But Mom, she's the one who dances in the car, sits on me and tickles me ... the list goes on ... she makes me laugh." To Megan, Jan is "nice, weird, pretty, and has a great sense of humor that's my favorite thing about her." Megan says she has a great relationship with her mom but one that is just as good with her dad. Megan thought it was pretty funny when her mom picked up a BB gun and fired it through the living room window, thinking that the safety lock was on. She's most grateful to the mom who is so supportive when it comes to Megan's horses and riding. "Usually she agrees with me, and she's always there to help and support me."

DEBRA McGRAW HANSEN (continued from page 18) because they want to, and for that Debra is grateful. Lisa and Katie describe their mom as a fun, caring and understanding person. She's always there for them in difficult times. They appreciate her creativity and, "how much fun she can be." Special things they do together include sports, horseback riding, shopping and talking. When they were younger, they remember she used to tuck little notes . into their lunches. The basis for their strong relationship with their mom is being able to share anything with her. "We are very grateful that she is our mom and we are proud of all her accomplishments. We are proud to call her our mom," Lisa and Katie say.

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s a bride begin$ dreaming and anticipating the most memorable event of her life, thoughts of the hows and whys of the many customs surrounding marriage begins to enter your mind. The heart and soul of wedding nuptials was born long ago, in the spirit of ancient people. To them we owe many fond memories which we cherish in the wedding celebrations of today. The labors of love ahd its consequences are among our most ancient and cherished traditions. Few occasions in our lives today reach as far back into the past as the customs of marriage. They had their origins in the religions , folklore and superstitions of many peoples throughout the world, and it is from these ancient traditions that our traditions for weddings have evolved. Weddings started not as a religious service, but one strictly of folk festival. However, as religion became organized, the union of two people was deemed a rite of the church, where to many, the holy blessings made the service more meaningful and complete.

THROWING THE BOUQUET This tradition began as a form of self-defense. In past ages, friends and relatives of the bride would try to grab a piece of her outfit, believing it had some magic. One clever bride realized that by tossing her flowers away from herself she could escape with her gown in tact.

THE HONEYMOON The bride and groom would go off to a secret place and hide while the moon went through its phases for about 30 days, and drank Mead, a br~w made from honey. Hence the name honeymoon. They still believe in this tradition in Ireland. The wedding night consisted of public participation. The male attendants helped the bride and groom get ready to depart on their honeymoon and the young men would fight over the bridal garters as a wedding memento. The brides garters were then worn by the groomsmen in their hatbands, as you would a feather, as a sign of win ning the garters.

Stocking throwing was another custom which was very prevalent. After the bride and groom were undressed, they would sit on the bed and the groomsmen and bridesmaids would toss the stockings that the bride and groom had just removed. The person whom it landed upon was thought to be the next to marry.

HONKING HORNS AND TIN CANS Loud noises were said to chase away evil spirits, and even during the wedding ceremony the guests would make noises to keep the spirits away. Today it is traditional that the bridal party sound their car horns while leaving the ceremony.

THE WEDDING CAKE Cake (or a baked dough product of some kind) has always been an important part of the wedding feast. In fact, this custom is so ancient and widespread it is difficult to trace . In the year 1771 a young bake r came to London as an apprentice and the shop was in the shadow of the famous St. Paul's Cathedral and a short distan ce from St. Brides Church and its impressive steeple with many tiers. He decided to make his bride a special designe d wedding cake like the steeple of many tiers. It was the Hebrews, historians relate, who combined the custom of throwing nuts and grains and fruits at the bride for good luck, with the tradition of serving cake by also throwing cake.


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By the time of England's Queen Elizabeth 1, the refinements of sugar, eggs, and spices turned brides cakes into real desserts, though they were still tossed at the bride, either during the reception or as she crossed the threshold of her new home. Thus the change to throwing of rice as a symbol of fertility. The bride of the American Indian Tribes offered her husband a cake of meal. The romans broke cakes made of salted meal over the bride's head as a symbol of abundance. A number of cultures customarily dropped wheat flour or cake upon the brides head, then ate these offerings for good luck. The early Britons baked large baskets of small, dry, crackers for weddings and every guest took one home. This was the beginning of the Grooms cake to be taken home and put under the pillow of all unmarried girls to dream of their prince charming. For centuries it has been the custom for the bride to cut the first piece and feed it to her .bridegroom , who cuts a second slice and feeds it to his new wife. The first slice is cut from the bottom tier and fed to the groom as evidence that she is willing to share with him now and forever. And for centuries, too, a piece of wedding cake has been place under the bride's pillow for her to dream on.

FLORAL WEDDING TRADITIONS One of the oldest wedding customs is to have flowers. Garlands were carried or worn by the ancients and wreaths of real flowers were placed on the heads of medieval brides. The brides used to carry herbs and spices to chase. the evil spirits away (such as garlic, thyme, rosemary etc.) We are happy today that our brides carry fresh or silk flowers to symbolize this special day. An abundance of flowers and food at the wedding celebration symbolized fruitfulness which was wished for the new bride and groom.

THE BRIDAL VEIL Today's lovely silk illusion veils, hats, and flower halos evolved from a series of ancient Oriental customs . In Far Eastern countries, people believed that wicked spirits were especially attracted to women. So, as protection from the evil eye, women always wore veils . The custom continued although it became a symbol of modesty and obedience. According to early Christian tradition, the groom would bargain for the bride with her father and since she was swathed in a bridal veil the groom didn 't see her until after the

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TOASTS After the cake is cut and the drinks are served, the Best Man usually proposes a toast. He may simply stand, raise his glass and say, "Here is health and happiness to the loveliest of brides!" All in the group, except the bride, then stand, raise their glasses, and drink the toast. If this toast is given to both the bride and groom, then both remain seated. Then the groom replies with thanks for both of them. Others may, in turn, propose a toast to the couple however long winded speeches are out of order. Some simple wedding toasts might be, "To the health of the bride and groom, and may they always be as joyous and as constant as these good wishes, which are eternal", or "Here are orchids to the bride, champagne to the groom , happiness to their union, and a lifelong honeymoon."

SECOND WEDDINGS The traditional second wedding is usually a small and informal ceremony with a guest list of no more than fifty. Today you can throw tradition to the wind and do exactly what will make you, your groom, your families and guests happy. Your engagement is not usually announced, although you may certainly wear an engagement ring.




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WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS Lucky is a bride who married in old shoes. A stitch added to the bride's dress just before she leaves for the church will bring good luck. It is unlucky for a bride to look in the mirror after she is completely dressed before she goes down the aisle. An old Scottish belief for good fortune: A bride should be met at the door after the wedding ceremony by her mother, who must then break a currant bun over her daughter's head. The Irish believe that carrying a toy black cat under their bouquet will bring them good luck.

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free from all responsibilities of any debts which she or a previous husband had owed . A 1775 law stated that a young woman cou ld not be married wearing any makeup , because makeup was considered an ensnarement and the wedding would not be legitimate because the groom would have been trapped by the illusion of makeup.

BRIDES AND MOTHERS WORKING TOGETHER The parents of the bridal pair and their cooperation are one of the most important factors in making the wedding a successful venture. The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom should arrange a meeting of the parents as soon as the couple has announced their engagement. The groom's family should contact the bride's family, but if they have not done so , the bride's mother should make the initial contact. Bridal families have many compromises to make in carrying out the wishes of the bridal couple . It is so important the bride and her mother and future mother-in-law set some ground rules from the very beginning of the wedding plans. Moms have a tendency to want the very best for their daughters but sometimes forget that this is their daughter's wedding and not theirs. Many things are accepted today that never were in the past. Including family members in the wedding planning can be very special and meaningful. Moms or grandmothers might have family traditions they would love to see continued . Dad's might have their own creative ideas, and aunts and uncles might want to be involved in some way. Including dear ones in your wed ding planning will make your wedding special and unique. But remember, it's your special day and the final decisions should come from you-the bride and groom. Nora Tripp, owner of Shower of Gifts and Bridal Promotions has been in the bridal business for 19 years in Fort Collins. She organizes bridal shows throughout the United States. Nora also trains women to become business owners and bridal consultants.

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f asked to list 100 items that improve the quality of your life would you list, to write in a journal? Three years ago 11 cancer patients joined a special group lead by Joannah Lyn Merriman, M.A.. After six weeks a journal would be near the top of their lists. One participant, Mary Anne Sexton,* age 47, was married. She also had three sons, ages 15, 18, and 21. The doctors found colon cancer in 1988 and operated. By February 1991 she showed signs of more cancer. The surgery was "open and close." Her life ended July 2, 1991. Through journal writing , she discovered her biggest fear and moves past it. Her writing she said, "allows me to explore the incredible possibilities of my mind." She took risks physically and with relationships. Mary Anne found freedom to let go of the unimportant things. In her story lives our potential. Journal writing allows us to touch parts of ourselves that lay waiting for a door to open or want to be found amid the mind's clutter. Joannah created a special opportunity for journal writing. Mary Anne could not come to the regular class but participated with the class in special ways. Her story speaks to the gift writing offers. Mary Anne feared pain. She feared her life would be unending pain stopping only at her death. A calendar, a journal of her daily feelings, graced the wall. Every morning and every evening she recorded how she felt using just one word. After three months only one week showed "pain." The doctors worked with a new medication that week. She saw her reality not her fear. One assignment asked the class to write about themselves from another's viewpoint. Mary Anne wrote from her dog's perspective. The class roared at her story. From that came a treasure to her children - similar stories about them from the "dog's" perspective. Mary Anne learned that her whole life was not cancer. The "Wheel of Wellness" helped her see that not all parts of her life were sick. The other parts of her life included intellectual, work, nutrition, spiritual, family/social, emotional and attitudinal. She wrote about the bad and the good. Grief,

anger, hopelessness, joy, and clarity all splashed the pages of her journal. She created a space to heal her heart. Journal writing allows anyone a special freedom , an increased quality of life. Fear keeps some from trying but journal writing contains no rules. Four concerns generally keep people from writing: • Feeling overwhelmed - where to start. • Afraid they will do it wrong . • Afraid someone will read it. • Or the writer fears seeing the truth in black and white. "Journalling is an act of tremendous courage ," says Joannah Lyn Merriman, "You can no longer not know what you know." Inside we do know the truth but the mind can hide the truth. Writing spills out on the page. The truth glares. And journal writing also gives us peace. A catharsis comes from putting feelings, thoughts, ideas, dreams and memories on a page. We reveal deeper levels of self-awareness. Clarity comes to the rest of the day. Journal writing can give us the space to do what we need to accomplish . Angela Dressel, M:A. asks her clients to write in a journal. The reasons they write include: • They get direction on what to do next. • They see the progress toward getting their objectives. • They can admit they were wrong and take responsibility. • They capture intuitive thoughts. • They find faith and hope in life's meaning. • The journal becomes a mentor and guide. • They gain perspective to direct the future. • They put closure on the day, plan for tomorrow and ask for a dream. Clients find the journal writing enhances therapy , moves the process quicker and gives insights. They learn problem-solving tools that they can use long after therapy ends. Angela finds journal writing clears her mind, gives her

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insights about patients and provides a silent, supportive partner in her life. She stresses the importance of being open in a journal. Rules about grammar, spelling and punctuation do not exist. Dating the entries reveals patterns. The journal allows us one place where our feelings, our thoughts and our lives feel safe. Angela and Joannah use a variety of techniques . Kathleen Adams , a Denver therapist, developed a certification program for journal writing. Both Angela and Joannah became certified under Kathleen's program. Some techniques evolved out of the work these women do and some came from other people. Although many therapists recommend journal writing , many do not write regularly. Joannah feels the journal writing process provides so many positive benefits. Even writing a sentence every day creates a space, a space for peace in hectic lives. Techniques vary but a few exercises these three therapists use include: • A captured moment - writing in detail about a moment in time. • Character sketches - writing about ourselves from the perspective of another person , animal or object. • Cluster - creating a web of words or phrases associated with one word. Usually the single word brings up strong feelings. • Sentence stem - complete a sentence until the possibilities seem exhausted. For example: I feel __ . • Unsent letters - write a letter venting angry, sad or unresolved feelings to someone else but do not send the letter. • Spring boards - Short, structured writings, usually about five minutes about a phrase or word. • Calendar - writing a word or phrase on a calendar each day that describes a feeling or event. • Dialogues - writing a dialogue with part of your self such as the innerchild or an angry part. When Joannah Lyn Merriman wrote her thesis for the Boulder Graduate School in 1991 , she worked with cancer patients. She knew from books by Norman Cousins, Bernie Siegel, Carl Simonton , Jerry Jampolsky and Laura Davis that the body responds to feelings. Work by James Pennebaker showed the measurable effects of cathartic writing on the body's ability to heal itself. Pennebaker took college students

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and had one group write for fifteen minutes. They wrote for four days about personal traumatic events. A control group wrote about low-emotion events and trivia, such as the color of their shoes. He tracked the use of the student health facilities three months before and six months after the writing exercises by all the students in the test. The reduced illness of the college students that used a journal for four days was statistically significant. Additionally the group that used a journal about the traumatic events reported being happier, healthier and less anxious. From Pennebaker's research and the mind-body connection books lead Joannah to her thesis. She and Kay developed a journal writing course for patients with life-threatening diseases.

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and one-third will come from the heart. She suggests writing from a phrase, for example: I want ... The writer then lists as many unedited desires as possible. Joannah trains other therapists how to use journal writing. Jim Jobe, a local therapist used a journal writing technique in a group session. A participant felt agitated and unable to move beyond her feelings. On a flip chart he listed "The Problem, The Feelings, What can I do." The problem was lack of income. The feelings included fear, frustration, inadequacy, anger, and confusion. Within five minutes seventeen "solution" were listed from all the participants. From the list all the unwanted solutions got crossed out. Five solutions remained including two the woman had not thought of. Another participant suggested a person to contact. The therapy session continued with the woman feeling supported emotionally. The fear disappeared even in the days following the session. All therapists can use journal techniques in groups or for individuals. Joannah finds when she presents a program to therapists all but two or three recommend journal writing to clients. When she asks how many actually use a journal themselves she finds only about 10 percent use a journal regularly. Many do not feel they know how to use a journal. Joannah assures them there is no right or wrong way only a variety of tech·niques that help people use journals. Very few people write every day. Joannah considers someone who writes three or four times per week a regular writer . During her thesis Joannah took little time to journal but she did write a one sentence description every day. Three years later she remembers feelings and events because of her one sentence journal. Journal writing helps free the best of us. We journey into ourselves putting order where chaos reigns . We see what is important and what is not. When we take that little time for ourselves to write, to create, to express we find the peace, time and energy to enjoy life. If you need a reason to write in a journal then choose one from the list below or add your own reason: A journal - does not require that we do something : - is always available

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By Melissa Merritt n a neighborhood not far from where you live are two lovely suburban houses, side by side. They are the identical, well cared for homes belonging to the Thompsons and the Mitchells. Each home boasts a mother , a father , two point five chi ldren, a dog, and a white picket fence. Every Christmas the little Thompsons and the little Mitchells receive special gifts , and this Christmas is no exception . Let's just peek into the Mitchell household and see what's going on. It's 9:00 Christmas morning . Sally and Sammy Mitchell have been up since 5:30. Hmm. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell look a bit frazzled. And just look at the wreckage. Wrapping paper everywhere . Dozens of toys , some already broken, are strewn along the living room carpet. Is that dog chewing a Mighty Morphin Action Figure or is it just my imagination? From somewhere deep in the bowels of the basement, shouts can be heard. "Get off! That's MY ride on Mercedes!" "You 're just ruining it, anyway. Besides, Mom said you should share." "Well, it's not a two seater. Get off! The batteries are running down! Mom! Sammy's running down my car batteries!" And upstairs in the kitchen ..."You spent HOW much on all this junk?!" My goodness. Before things heat up too much

maybe we 'd better see what's happening next door at the Thompson 's. Well , would you look at this! They ' re all dressed . Is that almond mocha coffee I smell brewing? What a sight for sore eyes (and sore ears) . A family gathered around the warmth of a .. . of a ... What are they so interested in? Oh , I see. Naturally. It 's a brand new home computer . CD/ROM and everything. Impressive. I don't see any wrapping paper or broken toys, but the kids seem pretty excited anyway. This sort of scene could be repeated in homes all across America , if parents consider quality over quantity. You too could enjoy peace on earth this Christmas- or at least peace among the siblings in your household , if you take the proper steps when buying a home computer for your family. One of the first things to consider when looking for a personal computer is what you are going to do with it once you get it home. Who will use it most and for what purpose? Many parents say,"l have a typewriter, a calculator, a dictionary, and a budget ledger. What can I do with a computer that I can't already do with these tools?" The short answer is- more than you think! Not only can you word process and run your finances more quickly, efficiently and accurately- not only can you access library resources from your swivel chair, get your daily news without adding any



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paper to a landfill, and leave messages for your Great which type of computer will work best for your needs , it's Aunt Hilda without actually having to shout into her time to do your homework. Research the market. A good place to start is in a computer store . Find a sales person answering machine. But best of all , you can take your chilwith whom you feel comfortable and in whom you have dren 's education leaps and bounds beyond a classroom and a homework binder. confidence. These two ingredients are essential to your First, decide which basic type of computer your fam ily ultimate buying satisfaction. The sales representative may would make the best use of. The two most accepted types be a computer whiz, but if you 're too intimidated to ask her how to shut the blasted thing off, you aren't going to are IBM compatibles and the Macintosh line of computers. Bruce Laramie , President of Connecting Point Computer be very happy with your purchase in the long run . When Center of Fort Collins (2401 r - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . you are shopping for a ~ computer store , you are Research Blvd. Suite 107), says a good rule of thumb ~ looking for information and ~education. Simply put, you to use when trying to make need someone who is willthis initial decision is to go by the ages of your chil~ ing and able to help . Ask ~ up front about their follow dren. The three to twelve year 8up service. Are you on your old set will likely be using ~ own the momen t you the Macintosh brand at become a proud PC owner, school and will be best or do they expect to help served by having a Mac at you set up your computer and answer unl imited folhome as well. They will be familiar with the way that low up questions? Do they charge for the follow up this type of computer functions , and they will also services? If so , find out understand the software . A how much up front. great advantage to having ........... In this particular area of the same computer system comparison shopping , serat home as at school is the Computerease must be put into terms which kids vice would have to be a top ability to work on home will understand and find entertaining . consideration - especially work papers in both locaif you are unfamiliar with the realm of computers. But there are other important considertions . Slip in a disc at home , copy the work you 've done , slip it back into the computer at school and finish that ations. Cost (for most of us) is an important part of making a buying decision. Some computer centers will match lower report on "Coral, the Living Rock" at lunch time. When your kids reach junior high or high school age , prices if you can verify that price. If you know a good deal about computers , you may says Laramie , it is wise to transition them into the IBM compatible world . These are the computers which they are want to consider going the mail order route available more likely to encounter as they enter the world of work. through computer magazines. Their price tags may be Once a youngster is comfortable using computers , switchmore reasonable but you are limited to only phone service , which can be frustrating if you don 't know what to ing from the Mac to the DOS environment is not as difficult as it is for adults. He points out that children do not deal call that little button that doesn't seem to be doing what it with that "learning curve agony" as their elders often do. is supposed to do. "Well , it's located right under the three One way to avoid having to make this choice altogether little holes in the back ... ." It could go on like that for is to buy a Mac Power PC with the Soft Windows software awhile , whereas a real in-person sales representative could just look at it and solve your problem. package. This system allows you to run both Macintosh programs and all IBM compatible programs . In other Another bonus to buying in town are classes. Find out if they are included in your purchase cost, if they are just words, this Mac will do Windows . Once you have determined your family's needs and a minimal fee , or if they are even offered by your sales




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center. It could make a big difference in your computer deal. A mistake that people often make when buying a home computer primarily for their children is skimping on the necessities. Yes, it's a high ticket item. You may be tempted to lay out the cash for a computer and monochrome monitor and leave it at that. Don't make this mistake. Experts agree that children need the attraction of a color monitor in order to get the most from their high tech experience. It's pretty frustrating for a youngster to try to color Cookie Monster in various shades of gray. It is equally deflating to create a masterpiece on the screen, but not be able to send it to Grandma in Iowa or even show it to the teacher at school because Mom and Dad didn't think a printer was all that important. In fact, a printer is essential. "I wouldn't buy a computer without a printer," says Patty Carr, owner of Compu-Kids, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio who also happens to be my mother. She runs a computer preschool which uses high tech to teach the basics in reading , writing, and arithmetic, but even with a plethora of resources on tap at her school, agrees that a computer at home accelerates a child's learning and comfort level where computers are concerned. She emphasizes that computerease must be "put into terms which they can understand." Therefore, Mrs. Carr teaches youngsters that a floppy diskette "has to wear a coat because it gets cold outside of the computer." It needs its paper jacket to keep warm. Also, she says, the computer is like a car. It does nothing until you put the key in to make it go. The disc must be

put into the disc drive to run a program . A red light on the computer is like a red traffic light - it means STOP! And, teaching children some discipline and manners around a computer is also important. Once they understand the basics of what to do and what to avoid, they are not afraid of breaking the computer. On the home front, kids have an excellent opportunity to use computers as learning tools right here in Fort Collins. Seven Oaks Academy (located at 1600 Specht Point Dr.), is an academic institution serving children from as young as two and a half through the sixth grade . Larry Neal, owner, explains that his facility devotes an entire room to language arts and computer skills and incorporates com puters into their language program. In fact, preschoolers and kindergartners are taught reading skills using IBM's Writing to Read program . For the first through sixth grade set the emphasis is on using computers to strengthen and develop skills with a strong emphasais on fun. He stresses that th.e center does not encourage the use of computers for computers' sake. Rather he sees them as media tools to be integrated into curriculum to help with language development. "We hope we take the mystery out of computers ," says Neal. No matter how you choose to educate your child where the technology world is concerned, it is important to get help. Friends, neighbors, co-workers school teachers and computer specialists are all excellent sources of information. Be wary of teachers who are too technical or too greedy. Some training companies charge a fee for each minute of service. Look for companies which support cus(continued on page 64)



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ITCH:EN BODS Local Men Jitlho Love to Cook! By Ashley Ryan Gaddis


ourmet cooking is all the rage. Unique specialty-food shops and elaborate kitchenware stores are popping up all over the place. Parents no longer feel adequate serving hot dogs or fish sticks to their children. Paellas and stir-fried dishes are the order of the day. However, becoming an excellent chef requires more than high-tech gadgets or fancy cookbooks. It demands hard work, dedication, patience, and a willingness to experiment. And cooking in today's times, in particular, is no easy task. Diners want spicy flavors and creative combinations, but they want them quickly and without any fat. Although our cultural stereotypes suggest woman cook much more often than men, many women in Fort Collins are lucky enough to come home to fresh-baked bread, home-made pasta, or a kitchen smelling of basil and oregano. In this issue of Style, we meet four local men who do enjoy pleasing the palate, and we find out what inspired them to enter the kitchen, and why their wives won't ever let them out!

Gene Fischer

'1{ I'm going to take my time to cook I'm certainly going to have the best ingredients that I can find. Very fine ingredients go a long way to make a good cook. " -

Gene Fischer

Gene Fischer says the secret to an excellent grilled steak is wellcooked charcoal. "You need a good hot fire, " he explains, "but also the charcoal cooked down so you get a lot less flaming. The average person who has a lot of flaming hasn't usually waited for the charcoal to get started correctly." And Gene should know. The 67-year-old Fort Collins attorney has been grilling porterhouse steaks, tenderloins and prime rib cuts for more than 40 years. An avid beef eater, he began barbecuing shortly after his graduation from law school in the mid-1950s. He's been keeping those coals burning ever since. "I was single and I shared a house with two other guys," he remembers.

"We had girlfriends, parties, and so on . I had a good friend and a good client who himself liked to charcoal steaks, and I suppose he influenced me a great deal." A native of Nebraska, Gene moved to Fort Collins in 1947 to attend college. And except for a brief stint in Boulder to attend the University of Colorado's law school, he has never left. He and his wife of 38 years, Marylynn, raised four children in Fort Collins - Lynne , Erik, Karen and Christopher. While charcoal grilling is perhaps Gene's favorite culinary adventure, he also enjoys making Italian foods, particularly home-made marinara and meat sauces; fresh, crisp salads; chafing-dish desserts, such as strawberry crepes Romanoff, a delightful combination of poached strawberries , melted butter, fresh -

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squeezed orange juice and Grand Marnier; and Sunday and holiday brunches. "From a family point of view, I'm a great brunch cooker, " he says. "I can do everything that ever wanted to be done by way of pancakes , waffles , muffins, eggs, Eggs Benedict, and so on ." Gene developed his interest in cooking while at law school , basical ly because if he didn't cook , he didn't eat. To pay his bills , he worked as a bartender and manager at a popular restaurant in Lyons, called The Foothills Rest搂J.urant. He says he developed his affection for fine beef at that restaurant, as well as learned the secrets to a successful salad . "They did an elegant Caesar ," Gene remembers , which he se rves to lucky guests even today . Simple yet fresh ingredients make or break a salad, Gene says, and he admits he will shop all over town to find the perfect romaine lettuce. Another secret is to toss the salad only lightly. "You don't need to bruise the leaves," he says. Gene and Marylynn both enjoy entertaining , particularly du ring the summer when they live at their 7,500-acre ranch in northern Larimer County. Gene says there is nothing better than leaving work early to treat good friends to a casual dinner of grilled chicken , steak , 路garden-fresh vegetables , or fish , marinated in a home -made oil-based marinade. Marylynn is an excellent cook as well, Gene says , although she doesn't find it as much fun as he does. Gene is the weekend and company chef , while Marylynn is the weekday one. All good cooking , Gene says, starts with the finest ingredients. "If I'm going to take my time to cook, I'm certainly going to have the best ingredients that I can find , " he insists. "Very fine ingredients go a long way to make a good cook." Thus, Gene has developed various arrangements for buying the best foods he can . If he can find the gourmet oils , vinegars , and he rbs that he likes in Fort Collins grocery sto res, he will buy them here. Otherwise, he and Marylynn will shop at specialty stores in Denver or order . items through the mail , such as their coffee路, which they grind themselves. And Gene buys from a local butcher

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only select premium beef that has been aged for 21 days and cut to his specifications. In today's health and nutrition conscious days , Gene says he and Marylynn eat less beef than they used to. Gene himself has had open heart surgery, and he admits he trims his meat more carefully than he did before. However, he does not let the fear of a heart attack dictate his menu. "There are just certain times that I am not going to be concerned about that, " he says. Despite his love of cooking, cookbooks are not Gene's cup of tea. He likes reading different food and wine magazines , such as Gourmet and Bon Appetit, but he never has been a big recipe-clipper. He does not precisely measure ingredients when he makes his marinades or salad dressings, but he says he never attempts . anything too complicated. "The simpler the recipe and the better the ingredients, the better the results ," he says. Although he began cooking in the 1950s, a decade remembered as one of rigid gender roles, Gene says being a man who likes to cook has never been a problem for him. He has many male friends who enjoy sweating over a hot stove or grill , and his culinary interests were never judged as odd . In fact , his wife, children , and friends all seem to appreciate the satisfaction he finds in the kitchen . "I think it's very fulfilling and rewarding . I just enjoy it," he concludes. "And I guess the people we entertain enjoy it, too . They seem to be coming back."

a taste-bud treasure that it was featured on "Good Morning America" last February. It was also named the "Best Kitchen in America " in the March 1993 issue of Food & Wine Magazine. Given the environment in which he has to work, it is not surprising to find out Ben is one of Fort Collins' finest amateur chefs . However, the awardwinning kitchen is only two years old , whereas Ben has been cooking for over half a century. The elaborate kitchen did not beget the wonderful cook; the wonderful cook begot the elaborate kitchen. "I began cooking even as a child ," remembers Ben, a 62-year-old orthopedic surgeon who has lived in Fort Collins for 25 years. "I was the oldest child in the family. And my mother fostered an interest in cooking, I guess, partly to have me help her." Raised on a farm in Nebraska, Ben

Ben Magsarnen If cooking is an art , Ben Magsamen has the perfect studio. Not only does his kitchen have all the tools a chef would ever need, from a duck press to a dumbwaiter, it has a design that is deliciously inspirational. Complete with Masonville sandstone walls, woodpaneled refrigerators and cabinets, a spacious teak-and-granite work island , dark wooden ceiling beams, and breathtaking views of Colorado's sunsets, Ben's kitchen is an architectural marvel that deserves only the finest culinary masterpieces. In fact , his kitchen , which he shares with his wife, O'Linda, is such


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grew up in a home where everything he ate was home-made. His family baked its own bread, butchered its own meat, and processed its own sausages, which Ben admits is a procedure best kept secret. Going to the hen house, picking out a chicken, killing it, and plucking its feathers to prepare it for dinner were regular assignments in his early culinary training. "Now, that's cooking from scratch ," he says. Growing up in a home that so celebrated food left Ben with a taste for only the finest ingredients. He and O'Linda , another gourmet cook, make sure their kitchen is always stocked with the best seasonings, grains and legumes they can find. During the summer, they savor the fresh fruits and vegetables available at the various farmer ' s markets around town, and during the winter,

路 "Cooking can be an art and creating a work of art is fun and enjoying the appreciation people have for it is fun. " -Gary Fritz

they relish preserved meats stored in their full -sized freezer. Alongside his liking for fine foods , Ben has developed a palate for fine wines. A collector for about 15 years, Ben has built two wine cellars below his house that hold more than 2,000 bottles of wine . One of his favorite wines is a French sauterne, a white wine he says tastes wonderful with fatty foods and fruit desserts. He also delights in a daily glass of red wine, which he believes is a secret behind the longevity of the French , despite their high-fat diet. "And so, I'm counting on red wine to be my medicine," he says. The effects of an unhealthy diet do concern Ben, and he and O'Linda are careful about what they eat. They try to consume less fat and less sodium than they used to , which Ben says is the best thing people can do to improve their diets. However, Ben contends that fat tastes good "We all enjoy it!" - and so he allows himself the highest-quality fats, if only in moderation. "If you 're going to use a fat, you might as well use a good-tasting fat , like olive oil and butter," he says. What Ben seems to love most about cooking is the mixing and matching of flavors . Finding the perfect combination of seasonings , ingredients and wines is a challenge he can 't let go. He has fun reading recipes, either in cook books or food and wine magazines, but he never follows them too closely, always adding an extra dash here or omitting something there. "And , maybe, it's a certain arrogance or elitism, or just too high a self-esteem ," he says. "I keep thinking , well , maybe I could make this recipe a little better." Chinese cooking is one of Ben's specialties, while Mexican food is a favorite for O'Linda . A wonderful chili poster, describing every hot pepper from the jalapeno to the anaheim , hangs near the refrigerator , and an elaborate wok station takes up one kitchen wall. The couple enjoys cooking together, says Ben, and they share the culinary responsibilities whenever they entertain . Entertaining, whether for friends or family , is important to Ben . The fellowship of food is as central to him as the flavors.


"I think it's important to be able to gather around in the kitchen," he says. "We built this kitchen to be a gathering place." In today's busy times, Ben worries that the culture of cooking , which he experienced as a child , is being replaced by a culture of fast-food lunches and microwaveable dinners. He understands many families have little time to cook, but he hopes even simple efforts continue to be made. "I'd just like to encourage people to keep up some of the cooking traditions," Ben says. "I think it's good for a family to be in the kitchen. I think you can teach each other a lot of things in the kitchen and not just cooking ."

Gary Fritz If you like chocolate, you 'll love Gary Fritz. That's because Gary, a 38-year-old business consultant, makes chocolate desserts . And not just any chocolate desserts. Outrageous chocolate desserts. Take his 12-layer chocolate pecan torte with strawberry buttercream, for example. Or his chocolate apricot pecan cake, complete with dried apricot rose buds and chocolate rose leaves. Or, most scandalous of all , his mega-death nuclear chocolate cake , so named by his friends because of its pound of butter, pound of chocolate and one dozen eggs. "I can't even remember exactly how I got started ," Gary says. "I just started doing desserts for this group of friends that got together, and I did it once or twice , and they started suggesting I do it again the next time. And pretty soon, they started insisting , 'You do desserts, Fritz! "' A 15-year resident of Fort Collins, Gary enjoys all types of cooking, although chocolate desserts are his specialty. He says he learned to cook basically as a "bachelor survival kind of thing ," but that he developed a serious interest in the skill 10 to 12 years ago when he and about a dozen friends fo rmed a social cooking group. "We would get together and see who could out do each other with the most outrageous food and wine," he remembers. "There was incentive there to learn to do things." And that learning paid off. On his second date with his wife , Karen, Gary and a friend prepared a

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gourmet meal of curried butternut squash soup , stuffed roasted quail, and Gary's chocolate pecan torte extravaganza. Karen's reaction? "It was like , 'Okay, you can move in now,"' she says. A social and energetic man, Gary enjoys hosting gastronomic gatherings at the Long Pond home he and Karen share. Karen says he gets his batteries charged by being around his good friends , and he co~ cedes he eats up the compliments and attention his culinary endeavors bring. "It's real satisfying - the reaction that people have to what I make. It's good positive feedback," he says. The secret to his cooking success, Gary reveals, is two-fold. The first ingredient is bravery and a willingness to try anything. He learned to cook through trial and error, he says, and he encourages novice chefs to

'1've always said to people, 'Don't be afraid to experiment' The only thing that you can't correct is burning. " -JayWitlen

leave themselves room for failure. He remembers attempting to make a "quick and easy" chocolate cake in the food processor using a recipe a friend had shared. "It was just a comedy of errors from start to finish ," he says . The second ingredient to Gary's success is a strict adherence to the recipe he is following . Eight or nine cookbooks devoted solely to chocolate line one shelf of his kitchen cabinets. Preparing an elaborate dessert or meal without guidance is not one of his strengths, he admits , and he has great reverence for those he knows who have that talent. "I have several friends that are just really great at taking ingredients and creating something out of thin air, and I'm just amazed," he says. Gary creates his mouth-watering masterpieces in a relatively modest kitchen . No high -tech equipment lives atop the counters and no fancy cooking pots hang from the ceiling. Only sp ring-form pans and a double-boiler are essential for his baking binges, Gary says, although the Kitchenaid mixer he received as a wedding gift fou r years ago has seen some miles. While Ga ry has fun reading recipes , plan ning menus , going shopping and producing wonderful meals, Karen does not. She enjoys hosting guests, but she tends to stay in the living room . Her creativity is expressed through crafts, such as sewing and watercolor painting, and not through calories , which means Gary is the fam ily's primary chef. Still , his commitment to the kitchen and to her hunger does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. "The stuff they used to say 'The way to a man's heart is through his stomach' - is backwards," she laughs. When not consuming chocolate delights, Gary likes to eat hot and spicy foods , such as those found in Thai , Mexican and Chinese cuisines. He was raised on a farm in Iowa eating rathe r basic German-infl uenced foods , he says, but as an adult he has discovered the world of chilies , curry and cayenne. Gary guesses he cooks a gourmet meal or dessert fo r company about every six weeks. When he and Karen are home alone for dinner, he tries to prepa re something special , like

grilled fish or pasta; however, he admits daily dinner-making can be drudgery. For him, the greatest thing about cooking is not the process, but the final product and the look on people ' s faces when that product is revealed. "Cooking can be an art and creating a work of art is fun and enjoying the appreciation people have for it is fun, " he explains. "But, when you're not creating a work of art , when instead of painting a masterpiece, you 're painting your barn , that's not nearly as much fun , but it's got to be done."

Jay Witlen For Jay Witlen, preparing delicious and elegant meals is not just a hob~y; it's a profession . The successful owner of Jay ' s American Bistro in downtown Fort Collins, Jay has worked in the restaurant business for more than 20 years. But unlike other people who grow tired of what they do day in and day out, Jay has never found cooking to be a chore. "Even when I cooked a lot at work, I would still go home and make an Oriental dinner for 10 people and that would be my relaxation, " says the 43year-old gourmet chef. "I never get tired of cooking. It's fun for me. It's relaxing. That's where my creativity comes out." Educated in hotel and restaurant management, Jay has been pleasing the palate of Fort Collins' diners since 1972. His first job was as a codk at Nico's Catacombs, one of the city 's most celebrated restaurants . After five years, he left the Catacombs as its head chef, and in 1980 , he started the Columbine Cafe, which he owned and operated for 11 years. Three years ago th is month, Jay's opened , and it has been serving well-received lunches and dinners ever since. A native of Long Island, N. Y., Jay learned the basics of cooking as a child. His mother worked outside the home, and he often was responsible for preparing his family's meals. Then, when he went to college, he took his first real cooking classes and became hooked. American cuisine has become much more creative and interesting, however, since those first classes , Jay says. Latin American, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes have had a

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profound impact on American cooking since the 1980s, when they introduced new spices and flavors that critics found irresistible. "People enjoyed the spice of food, and I don't think they wanted to go back to the blandness of traditional meals and sauces," Jay explains. An admitted spice addict, Jay loves to experiment with unique food and seasoning combinations in his cooking. An avid sauce, stuffing and salsa maker, he boasts such creations as a raspberry, strawberry and kiwi salsa and a banana chutney. Jay also enjoys mixing different types of cuisines, which means he might serve traditional Greek lamb shanks with a Chinese, soy-based sauce. "I can sit and read cookbooks and think, 'This would go with this idea or cuisine really well,"' he says. "I think that's where the creativity comes in." Jay's American Bistro reflects that creativity. Jay describes its cuisine as an eclectic combination of various regional cooking traditions, such as those from the Southwest, Pacific Rim and Mediterranean. The menu is filled with spicy and savory dishes, developed by Jay and his chefs, that are both unusual and inviting. "Jay has a way with seasoning his food," says Jacki Witlen, Jay's wife of16 years and business partner. "He just has a way with being able to bring things together. That would be his claim to fame." Although Jay does the majority of the cooking for the Witlen family, which includes 13-year-old Jake, he is not left in the kitchen alone. "We work well together in the kitchen," Jacki says. "I don't cook necessarily, but I help him. I'm always in the kitchen with him when he's cooking. It's a good social time together." For people interested in becoming better chefs, Jay recommends a couple of things. First, he suggests beginners invest in the three pieces of equipment essential for successful cooking: sharp, durable knives, good cooking pans, and a food processor. Although high-quality cooking tools are expensive, they last forever, Jay says. They also make the cooking process less frustrating and more enjoyable. "A dull knife is the worst knife," Jay grimaces.

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Second, Jay implores amateurs culinary artists simply to try new things. They should think about what flavors they like, he explains, and try to reproduce those flavors in their own dishes. "I've always said to people, 'Don't be afraid to experiment,"' he says. "The only thing that you can't correct is burning." Jay encourages people to take up cooking not just to delight their senses but to build their relationships. "There's no better thing, in my opinion , than sitting down and having a nice dinner with your family and having a conversation around the dinner table," Jay says. "Food brings you together and can keep you together for a long period of time."

However, becoming an excellent chefrequires more than high-tech gadgets or fancy cookbooks. It demands hard work dedication, patience, and a willingness to experiment And cooking in today's times, in particular, is no easy task. Diners want spicy flavors and creative combinations, but they want them quickly and without any fat Jay's 路enjoyment of the social aspects of food is evident as he walks through his restaurant. With his hands outstretched and his smile wide, he greets almost every customer by his or her first name. He inquires about their families, their work and their meals. Jacki describes Jay as a wonderful host, and that's what he is. He shares with his customers his talents and love for food, and they share with him their appreciation and conversation. "The restaurant business is a lot of hours," Jay says, "but I've never felt like it's work coming here. It's different every day. I meet different people every day. I talk to different people. And I see people eating food every day, and that's rewarding." Ashley Ryan Gaddis is a free-lance writer living in Fort Collins . She is lucky enough to be married to her own kitchen god, Stephen, who makes excellent home-made pastas and delicious Sunday morning waffles.

Computers For Kids (continued from page 55) tips. Sue Clark, Software Support tamers and will go as slowly as you need to go. Technician for Micro Computer Educating your child is a necessity, Systems, Inc. (303 S. College) but don't overlook the need to learn explains that CD/ROM stands for: about the computer yourself. You "Compact Disc, Read Only Memory." need to be able to help when your Just as audio records and casyoungster says, "Mom, the computsettes are going by the wayside, The future appears to be short-lived for er's stuck!" Other training resources include the floppy disc. CD/ROM is so supecontinuing education or resource rior to past technology that it is steam rolling the competition. According to center courses, individual tutoring, and acquaintances. Your kids' Ms. Clark some of the most amazing CD/ROM offerings include: Campfriends may be your best bet yet! Another common sense rule of ton's Interactive Encyclopedia (a multi-media resource), Micro Soft thumb to remember when you are creating a home computer center is Bookshelf (a wealth of research to make it accessible. The computer sources), Musical Instruments, and a should be available and easy to use. program called Ancient Lands. These First, make certain that software items are fun Ask up front about for children and adults! you locate your computer in a prime place in their follow up Bruce Laramie cites service. A"re you a unique program which the house. It should be a place the kids enjoy on your own the displ_ays countl~ss fine frequenting, such as the art p1eces and g1ves the family room or better moment you user a tour of the yet, a study devoted to become a proud PC Louvre Museum in the the use of the computowner. or do they bargain. He also points er. Avoid the kitchen, or exp~ct to help to ~nim~l~, a program eating at the computer wh1ch v1s1ts the San may become a disciyou set up your Diego Zoo and includes pline issue. computer and live action video of the The monitor should answer unlimited animals there! Theresa Urdiales, of be at eye level when follow up Radio Shack in the Fort the child is sitting. You should add in the cost questions? Do they Collins Foothills Fashof reasonable computer charge for the follow ion Mall, says her furniture, such as an up services? If so f~vorite CD/ROM selec. ' t1ons are: Back to adjustable chair and a computer desk, when fmd out how School (a series which you are figuring the much up front. covers all school ages price of your computer and works on reading, writing , and arithmetic skills), the system. It won't be used very much if your computer is literally a pain in the Kids Can Read disc book series in neck because you don't have the game form, and a CD called Books proper furniture. That Come Alive on Your PC. Also, regulate your children's use Whether you go with an IBM compatible or a Macintosh system, a of the computer. For homes with several children, you will have to arrange CD/ROM or traditional software, if you are a careful shopper and get a system for taking turns. You'll want solid training, your Christmas comto balance the time you allow the kids to spend playing computer puter will be a welcome addition to your family this year. Even the games versus using learning software (although sometimes the learnMitchells have decided to get one ing tools are. so much fun that it's this time around (I just hope they put hard to tell the difference). the dog out this Christmas morning)! You should periodically refresh your children 's interest in the computer by Melissa Merritt is a homemaker, a introducing a new software program. speech teacher at Heritage Christian Most new computers are equipped High School, and a freelance writer. with the newest CD/ROM technology She enjoys spending time with her which can provide virtually unlimited family and friends, singing, and resources at your children's fingerreading.


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-Country Skiing let It Snow! let It Snow! let It Snow! By Steven Paul Olson

f the breathless rush of downhill skiing is still king in The economic argument is certainly persuasive. At a Colorado, then the steady glide of cross-country skiing time when it seems a family of four can't do anything is the crown prince. together for under $40 except eat greasy fast food , rent a No one is really sure when cross-country skiing startmovie or scream at each other, cross-country skiing is reled, but the consensus seems to be Norway, where the atively cheap. Gear can be rented at most sporting goods stores for around $10 a person . If you prehistoric inhabitants adapted to their awful winter climate by inventing want to buy skis, you can probably get The basic lesson in crossskis and learning to get around on a pair for anywhere between $135 and country skiing covers $300. Sure, it doesn't have the thrill of them. In those days, cross-country skiing was more transportation than recrehow to get up, the kick- bombing down a slope of virgin powder ation . A Norwegian pictograph dating high in the pristine air of the Colorado and-glide motion, how to Rockies, but how many downhill skiers back to 2,000 B.C. shows a human hunting on skis. use poles properly, some have that experience? Early skis were heavy narrow planks has gotte.n more popular in the downhill technique and last"Itthree with strips of animal fur attached to the or four years ," said Zeke bottom to provide traction when travelbackcountry skills. Most Garretson , owner of Garretson's Sports ing uphill. Cross-country skiing became Center in Greeley. "What with the cost people are ready to ski of a sport in 1860 at the Norwegian Ski downhill skiing and the lift tickets and after one lesson. Derby by order of the royal family as a meals, who needs it? Many more people can do it and it's cheaper too ." test of endurance. Now, cross-country skiing has beBesides the economic argument , come a multimillion dollar business with cross-country skiing is a sport for the masses. Almost anyone can do it. The a wide range of specially designed skis and equipment. According to owners of basic lesson in cross-country skiing local sporting goods stores, approxicovers how to get up, the kick-andmately 25 to 30 percent of their skiers glide motion, how to use poles properly, some downhill technique and backhave either forsaken the slopes or have added cross-country to their repertoire . country skills. Most people are ready to "It's less expensive, it's a great family sport and you can ski after one lesson. A skier also doesn't have to worry ski anywhere you get snow, " summarized Randy Morgan, about piling into a tree at 40 mph. "The common idea of cross-country is it's too much owner of Outpost Sunsport at 622 South College in Fort Collins. work," said Morgan. "Well, that's the point. Really, it's not


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any more work than running and its better on your joints because you 're gliding most of the time. We have many downhill skiers who gave it up and became cross-country because it was easier on their joints." You don't have to have the body of an aerobics instructor or Conan the Barbarian to take up the sport, either. Matt Figi, a salesman and ski specialist at The Mountain Shop, 632 South Mason in Fort Collins, puts it bluntly: "If c h i n someone could take a mile walk, they can cross-country chilla, fleece ski ." Toddlers can learn how to ski , added Figi, but the or pile . Sweat average age when parents start teaching their children is pants? Forget nine to ten. 'em. "Those are Should you want the body of an aerobics instructor, made of cotton and cross-country skiing is not the genie that will give it to you, when they get wet they do but it isn't a bad way to start. Dr. Jack Harvey, a doctor of nothing but soak up the moissports medicine with the Orthopaedic Center of the Rockies ture, " Figi said. Over the second is even more blunt than Figi: "If you can walk you can crosslayer should go a jacket and pants of country ski. It's a wonderful form of exercise. It's ranked Gore-Tex or a tight nylon-fiber weave. among the top cardiovascular events in sport. That may Now you're ready to ski, unless you want scare people off but you can do it as a walk in the woods." to go into the backcountry. Venturing off the According to Harvey, oxygen consumption exercises beaten path requires more gear. Just how done on professional runners , cyclists much depends upon how and Scandinavian cross-country skiers City Park is a popular long you'll spend in the wilderput the skiers on top every time . "It ness. place for beginners just doesn't do bad in burning calories , "I could go on forever about either," he said. what to take for a weekend in the wanting to try a glide. backcountry because that's what I Although you don't have to be in For the more arduous like to do ," said Figi . After some shape to take up cross-country skiing , beginners should take things easy. "If skier, Beaver Meadows thought, he came up with a list. you haven't been hiking for a while you two pairs of wicking socks to near the Red Feather helpFirst, shouldn't climb Longs Peak the next keep feet dry. Second, a 4,500 to day," says Morgan. Harvey advocates lakes area, Cameron 5 ,500 cubic inch backpack in which skiing on flat terrain for about 20 to 30 go: another two pair of socks, a Pass, Edora Park, lory should minutes while the skiers pulse rate is 60 lightweight backcountry stove and to 85 percent of maximum. That rate is State Park and Horse- cookset, fuel , (isobutane or white gas) , high-carbohydrate food , 220 beats per minute minus your age. tooth Park are popular freeze-dried Cross-country skis are different from an insulated ground pad , compass , sites. map , a folding shovel with a head the downhill in that they are generally narrower and stiffer . The skis are patsize of a notebook , a mummy-style terned or waxed on the bottom to aid in sleeping bag rated to -2o路 F, a couple of climbing uphill. That is the template for insulated bottles for water and a fourcross-country skis. In recent years the season tent. sport has specialized to the extent that Since the trail is not groomed and there are skis for the backcountry, skis the skier will be up to his knees in for skating and skis for telemark turnsnow, traveling up and down hills, Figi ing . And those are just the skis. recommends skins and gaiters. Gaiters "We usually ask people what they are a kind of super spat wrapped want to do and then talk about boots around the boot and the skiers calf to keep snow out of the 路boot. Skins snap rather than skis because people relate around the bottom of the ski to provide more to boots," said Morgan. Boots can vary according to the tertraction while going uphill. rain. Since cross-country skiing requires the heel to be There are no real cross-country ski trails in the area, free, a flexible boot designed for flat country would not be which is one of the more popular features of the sport. A appropriate for the backcountry. Such a boot would tend to skier can go just about anywhere , as long as he has the swing off the ski and onto the ground , hampering the skier. permission of the landowner. City Park is a popular place "You really need to make sure the equipment is properly for beginners just wanting to try a glide. 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oe's Fireside Restson moved to Fort Collins. He contacted aurant has a new Joe to see if there might look, a new name , 路 be an opening in the and a new location. But don't be alarmnew restaurant. He was hired as chef . It has ed; it still has the comfortable feel , delibeen a great match. Because of Mark's excious homestyle food, tensive experience and and the quality service we 've come to expect because he had the opportunity to be infrom Joe's. Style Magavolved with the reality of zine recently had the opr the restaurant right from portunity to check it out the beginning , he has when Vicki Albertson, brought fesh new ideas Lydia and I met at the new location in the into the kitchen and throughout the operation Hobby Lobby mall at of the restaurant. 4200 South College. One of Joe's main The restaurant is much larger than Joe's Jen Gard, Assistant Manager, Joe lerisi, Owner, Ryan Maxner, Manager, reasons for opening the original 44 seat location and Mark Branovan, Chef, cordially invite you to stop by Joe 's Other Side. new location was a dein an alley downtown sire to increase his lunch and dinner market. Joe and Joe's Other Side has new faces as behind Aggie Travel. This new locaMark went back and forth on different tion, which was formerly a Mexican well. When Joe began the planning selections for the menu and came up on this new location, he had the restaurant, was nearly gutted to bring great fortune to get a call from Mark with a varied and eclectic group of about the look that owner Joe lerisi Branovan , a chef who has been in dishes. As Joe says, "We wanted to wanted for his new facility . It is open and spacious with lots of faux paintthe field for 18 years. He was trained provide a few choices for everyone. During the week you can bring ings. Annie Nicholl, owner of the family in for a lighter meal Prima Fascia, Interior Innovation 1 We wanted to provide a few choices for with a good selection for kids . & Renovation , and JoEIIen on the weekend you can Then Walling created beautiful works everyone. During the week you can of art in the form of creatively leave the kids with a sitter and bring the family in for a lighter meal designed rooms and furnishings find us a great location for a quiet more leisurely dinner for with "splendid murals" which with a good selection for kids. Then on two ." This location has a more provide diners "windows" to a the weekend you can leave the kids spacious kitchen than his other charming garden of spiraling with a sitter and find us a great location place along with a separate vines and flowers. Annie and lounge facility. There is full bar Joe were responsible for paintfor a quiet more leisurely dinner for service where you can go just ing the "sandstone" pattern on 11 -joe lerisi two . the floor. Annie ' s choice of for a drink or to finish an evening with espresso and wrought iron chairs , which are homemade dessert. at the California Culinary Academy works of art in their own right , comLet's face it...we were here to try bines with iron lamp holders and float San Francisco , and for the last five the food . And try we did until we ral accents to create a truly charming years had been working at restaurants in the California wine country were so stuffed that our excellent atmosphere. She has captured Joe's server, Warren , offered to carry us quintessential requirement "that the and Santa Rosa. In January of 1994 restaurant still feel cozy." he and his wife and three-year-old out to our cars on a dolly! It really


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was Mark and Joe's faults since they selected several favorites from the lunch/dinner menu for us to try. We began with a smaller version of the Joe's Sampler appetizer platter which features selections of all the "Finger Foods and Appeteasers." There are two seafoods, pan fried oysters and lightly battered, fried calamari. The calamari is very good, crisp and tender, not too chewy and were Lydia's favorite. Though I am not a real fan of oysters, these were nicely done. Both were served with two dipping sauces, basil marinara and lemon aioli. These homemade sauces were excellent and truly complemented the fish dishes. I enjoyed the Tamari Chicken wings. They were spicy and sweet ali-in-one - a nice break from the usual Buffalo wing. Vicki liked the Rainbow Tortilla Chips with guacamole. We all found the Mexican Egg rolls delicious. These are cheddar, Monterey Jack and green chiles wrapped in egg roll skins and deep fried. Also as a starter or in combination with a salad, Joe's features two soups each day which are created with the freshest of ingredients. Before I tell you about the entrees we tried, let me tell you of the variety available here at Joe's Other Side. There are several "meal size" salads from Oriental Garden Salad to Seafood Saute Salad. You can select from a Joe's Build Your Own Burger to Grilled Eggplant on a baquette with roasted peppers, mozzarella, and sun dried tomatoes. The menu boasts a wide selection of Mexican choices including several meat and seafood fajita selections or Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas. A selection of pastas await your approval with such taste tempting names as Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan and Rock Shrimp and Scallop Alfredo. And finally, full meal specialties such as Chicken Nicolas - chicken breast sauteed in olive oil with red pepper, fresh basil, garlic and a touch of jalapeno and white wine served with wild rice and vegetables; and Tamari Beef Stir Fry, sirloin strips and oriental vegetables in the restaurant's homemade tamari sauce. We started with Annie's Cilantro Steak Salad which is tasty slices of steak, grilled onions and peppers on a bed of greens, tomatoes all lightly dressed with a lime cilantro cream dressing and sprinkled with sunflower seeds. The taste of this salad was very refreshing and light even

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has trained his kitchen staff well and now spends much of his time checking to make sure that the presentation of each plate that leaves the kitchen is perfect. Much of his trust is given to his sous chef, Bill Hundley, who efficiently goes about preparing guests orders. One of the areas that Mark continues to maintain control is the preparation of the desserts offered as a finale to your meal. Each night there are several different choices on the dessert tray, but there are always some particular favorites . One of Mark's specialties is a bread pudding made with breads from Maggie McCullough's, spiced with cinnamon, and served with an awesome caramel sauce. If bread pudding was a favorite from your childhood, you better get in and try this. We also tried two of the fresh made New York style cheesecakes, an amaretto and raspberry . Both were quite tasty creamy in a light crust. We had strawberries cut and decoratively placed in pools of the caramel sauce (to die for) and we tried a rich chocolate carrot cake which is a unique and delicious change. Moist, traditional carrot cake is layered with chocolate then topped with cream cheese frosting - no calories there, I wish. If you have grown to be a fan of Joe 's for breakfast, have no fear , your favorite breakfast choices are still available at Joe's Other Side. The hours at Joe's Other Side are breakfast from 7 :00 a.m to 11 :00 a .m . Monday through Friday and until 2 :00 p .m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch and dinner selections are available from 11 :00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The bar is open until midnight. We had a great time and really want to thank Joe, Mark and all the staff at Joe's Other Side for making our dining such a fun and delicious experience. If you are missing the tastes you enjoyed at Joe's Fireside, come out to the new location. If you haven't experienced Joe's, then you must make a point of trying Joe's Other Side. Here you 'll find a sense of delicious fine dining presented in comfortable surroundings at reasonble prices. Stop by. You won't be disappointed! Linda Roesener is a free lance writer and partner in ADS and Nightwing Publishing.

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By Donna Lock


Holiday Art Walk Art patrons have long recognized Loveland as a leading art center in the United States. The city has always attracted sculptors due to the renown casting foundries located nearby but has now become a community for painters and other artists. Loveland has more artists per capita than any other Colorado city. Loveland welcomes and supports the artists as demonstrated by the city's 45 outdoor sculptures and 150 piece public art collection. To further enhance this reputation, eleven galleries in Loveland have formed the Loveland Gallery Association. The mission of this association

is to promote art and the galleries in Loveland. Galleries involved include Art Erickson Gallery, Columbine Gallery, DeMott Gallery, Designs , Gallery East, Gallery South, Horse Of Course, Lincoln Gallery, Loveland Craft Gallery, Loveland Museum Gallery and Orr Pardun Gallery Studio. The Loveland Gallery Association plans to sponsor quarterly art walks . The art walks will feature artist demonstrations, raffles, refreshments and entertainment. The Holiday Art Walk will be on Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m . to 7 p.m. Columbine Gallery will feature the paintings of German born painter, Peter Pohle during the Holiday Art Walk. His paintings reflect the old

Sunday Solitude, 9"x12" by German born Peter Pohle is featured in Columbine Gallery.

John DeMott, featured western painter of DeMott Gallery, specializes in painting Blackfeet Indians.

world landscapes of the European countryside and cities. Pohle's recent honors include the Colorado Governor's Show and the 36th Annual Society of Illustrators Exhibition in New York City. Columbine Gallery is located at 1032 North Lincoln . DeMott Gallery opened in August 1994 and is a recent addition to the Loveland arts community . Owners Cindy and John DeMott will feature John's own sculptures and oil paintings during the Holiday Art Walk . DeMott considers himself a western artist and focuses on the late 1800s and early 1900s time period in all his paintings. He is fascinated by this time and immerses himself in research and study. Detvlott has a large collection of costumes , artifacts , guns, historical tack, buckskins and black powder weapons, all from the late 1800s. Items from this collection are often used in his paintings and he also uses models. Indians have always fascinated DeMott and his paintings reflect that interest. "I specialize in the Northern Plains Indians, primarily Blackfeet. The Blackfeet are one of the more colorful tribes in their wardrobe and costume. Lydia's Style Magazine

They have always intrigued me and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can preserve their tradition and put a piece of history back together for others down the road ," he explains. For additional information about the Holiday Art Walk , contact any members of the Loveland Gallery Association .


DeMott Gallery DeMott was born and raised in Southern California. His father raised race horses and John grew up on a thoroughbred ranch. His inte rest in western items can be traced back to his early years at the ranch. He is a self taught artist and began his art career by establishing a metal sculpture business after high school. After a few years, John sold the business and decided to further his career as an artist in fine oils. To prepare for this career , he t raveled extensively around the western Unit-

ed States and spent hours researching the time period of the late 1800s. DeMott returned to California after his travels and pursued his painting career with increased dedication. DeMott and his family moved to Loveland two years ago from Southern California. The move was prompted in part by the fact that Loveland is an art community. He lives on a farm and feels a new inspiration in his work. "For scenery, I can grab the camera at any time and step outside to take photographs of the snowy mountains, the forests, or the wildlife," explains the artist. John and his wife , Cindy, have recently opened DeMott Gallery. The gallery is located in a restored home built in 1918. It features the works of 15 artists.

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Clara Hatton Gallery, 491-6774, Colorado State University Through November 18, Form and Power In African Art. December 3-January 6, Master of Fine Arts candidates present their work in a variety of media. Fort Collins Museum, 221-6738, 200 Mathews. Through November 27, Trails Through Time, Overland Trail Room. November 1-December 31, Merry Christmas To Us - Recent gifts to the Fort Collins Museum - Community Celebration, North Gallery. Opening reception and carolfest on December 8. December 2-January 29, Wonderful World of Trains, Overland Trail Room. Presented by Northern Colorado Model Railroad Club. January 3-February 26, Valentines: The Art of Romance, North Gallery. Lincoln Center, 221-6735, 417 West Magnolia. November 28-January 3, Great Glorious Gifts, Intimate Gallery. December 1-January 4, Paintings by Allison Berry and Patrice Sullivan, Lobby Gallery. December 3-January 9, Artwork by John Bramhall and Marie Vescial Risbeck, Walkway Gallery. Opening reception December 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Lloyd's Art Center, 482-2218, 216 North College Avenue November-February, Exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography and pottery by local artists. One West Contemporary Art Center, 482-2787, College at Oak Plaza Through December 23, The Select, 1993 Colorado/Wyoming Biennial winners. Trimble Court, 221-0051 , 118 Trimble Court in Historic Old Town Fort Collins November through February, Featuring pottery, stained glass and jewelry by regional artists. LOVELAND Baker Gallery, 663-7407, 1041 North Lincoln November through February, Pot-

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tery display by Colorado artists Randy Bowen, Shannon Bowen, Cindy Lee Lord, Sandy Bredbenner and Mark Wharton. Outdoor Sculpture Yard New works by various artists. DeMott Gallery, 593-0244, 1325 North Cleveland November through February, Paintings, sculptures and limited edition prints by national and regional artists. Featuring the works of John DeMott, Kang Cho, Fritz White, Lisa Danielle and Steve Elliott. Gallery East, 667-6520, Lincoln and 1Oth Street November through February, Featuring original paintings by Jim Biggers, Sharon Hults, Ellie Weakley and Rick Stoner and bronze sculptures by regional artists. Loveland Museum and Gallery, 962-2410, Fifth and Lincoln Through November 27, Kiowa Culture in Transition, 1925-1955: The Photographs of Horace Poolaw. Exhibition includes 72 photographs documenting tribal events and everyday life around Mountain View and Anadarko, Oklahoma. Through November 27, Portraits of American Indians in Larimer County: Photographs by Ginny Grimm. November 19 and 20, Sugar Beet Day, north of the Great Western Sugar Factory on Highway 34. ESTES PARK Impressions Ltd., 586-6353, 150 East Riverside Suite 210 November-Wild and Wonderful Wildlife. Featured artists include Sarah Woods, Simon Combes, Rod Frederick, Scott Kennedy, Carl Brenders and Robert Bateman. December-Featuring prints, books, ornaments, clocks, and plates by Terry Redlin. January-Camouflage art will be featured with works by Julie Kramer Cole, Craig Tennant, Judy Larson and Bev Doolittle. Serendipity, 586-8410, 117 East Elkhorn November, Gold and silver work by Hopi silversmith Watson Honanie. December, Fetishes for the holidays. Zuni fetishes will be featured including carver Lena Boone. January, Father and daughter team of Bill and Traci Rabbit will be featured. Original acrylics and limited edition prints will be available.

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Contemporary Painters

The Stanford Group The Stanford Group is composed of five female artists who share a common bond in contemporary art. Th ei r relationship began when four of the artists took painting classes with Barbara Marquardt as their instructor. Each member had been working in their separate studios but soon began painting together, both for the excitement of bringing together diverse ideas and styles and for the camaraderie. The increasing commitment by these artists to foster a work team led to a more professional association called The Stanford Group . The group meets at least twice a week to paint, critique and develop opportunities for exhibiting their work. Barbara Marquardt, a member of the group , describes the artists as serious professionals dedicated to their art. She says, "People paint because they are compelled to paint. They don't work for the prize - they simply want to do it. People who paint just to sell are like scientists who do research just to win the Nobel Prize. They don't experience the ecstasy of the process. Painting is a two part process - the artist bares her soul on the canvas and then the canvas must be shared . Someone must see it and respond emotionally to it. A painting must have an audience . If it sells , that is just icing on the cake." Betty Cummings was trained in chem istry and techn ical writing and is involved at the administrative level in 路 the League of Women Voters and the Unitarian Church . Painting has always been an interest of hers and she has studied the styles and tech niques of famous artists. The Stan ford Group provided her w ith the opportun ity to work at a professional level. Barbara Marquardt has degrees in painting from the University of Illinois and the University of Northern Colorado. She has also studied design at the Chicago Art Institute. Barbara exhibits extensively and teaches

graduate classes and workshops in painti ng. She is an author and lectu rer on modern art. Her book Ho w To Paint From Start To Fin ish is now being revised . As th e daug hter of a commercial artist in New York City, Joan Meyers has been closely linked to art all her life . She has a degree in psychology and was a travel agent for many

scapes , and human figures to abstracts and are distinguished by their different styles and color. Debbie Jones of Lloyd's Art Center states, "The works by The Stanford Group at their recent show were colorful, vibrant and had lots of energy. They use a contemporary style with loose , vivid brush strokes that is very pleasing. Members of the group

The Stanford Group of contemporary artists, Jody Stephenson, Julie Nilsson, Barbara Marquardt, Betty Cummings, and Joan Meyers will participate in the Loveland Studio Walk in February. years. Joan volunteers her time at On e West A rt Center and the Wom en's Center. Julie Nilsson , the newest member of The Stanford Group , has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Uni versi ty of Nebraska. She has painted co ns istently for two yea rs and is rep resen ted by the Poudre Valley Artist Galle ry in Fort Collins. Artist Jo dy Ste p henson has a bachelor' s degree in Art History from the Uni ve rsity of Kansas and has done advance d study in drawing , paintin g and design . He r work is exhibited at th e Art Cente r of Estes Park, Poudre Valley Artist Gallery in Fort Col li ns, The View in Buena Vista and Evergreen Gallery in Evergreen. The pain t ings of T he St anfo rd Group w ere recen t ly exh ibited at Lloyd's Art Center and Bank One in Loveland . Thei r pain tings range in subj ect matter from flowe rs, land-


painted the same Oriental still life. It was interesting to see the same subject matter from several different approaches ." The Stanford Group will be participating in the Loveland Studio Walk in February at the Stephenson Studio , 459 West Seventh Street in Loveland. For more information about The Stanford Group or future exhibits , contact Barbara Marquardt at 2261374.

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Woodcarving The promotion of woodcarving as an art form is the goal of Northern Colorado Woodcarvers . The group was established in 1990 and has 71 members. The members are involved in all types of carving from waterfowl ,

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raptors and birds to characters. The experience level of the membership is wide and includes both novice carvers and professional full time carvers. "Most woodcarvers get into carving as a hobby and find they enjoy it and want to pursue it further," explains Frank Jabernick, president of the organization . "Woodcarving is an acquired art form and involves more artistic talent than most people realize. Our organization is designed to help any carver. We can help by showing a new technique or distributing information about upcoming shows ." Jabernick has been involved in woodcarving for several years and displays his carvings in local galleries. Meetings are scheduled monthly and workshops and seminars are presented on a regular basis . A workshop in 1994 featured the carv-

Hand-carved wood Eastern Bluebird by Frank Javernick. ing of a miniature red tail hawk by Phil Galatas, a two time world woodcarving champion . Northern Colorado Woodcarvers participate in an annual show at Lloyd's Art Center. The 1994 show included duck decoys, wildlife, flower carvings, contemporary art pieces and functional art items such as checkerboards. Participants in the art show ranged from beginning carvers to award winning professionals. For further information about Northern Colorado Woodcarvers, contact Frank Jabernick at 667-5725. Donna Lock is a free-lance writer living in Fort Collins and a frequent contributor to Style.

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Of course, I do my pa rt w ith a disc iplined d iet and exercise . wa lk effortl ess ly and aerobi ca ll y four mil es, four times per w eek. I also adh ere to a lo w-fat di et. In essence, I am peti te and phys ica lly fit wi t h not an " in c h to p in c h" anyw here. I ca n brag beca use yo u acco mplished thi s for me. I onl y mainta in your artistry . M y husband is simply fasc in ated by th e res ults of my surgery and you can' t imag ine how proud he is of hi s little wi fe's new figure - not to menti on her new attitude. As far as he is concern ed, there ca n' t poss ibly be enough acco lades fo r Dr. Lillis. If he had hi s way, he w ould put my body on di spl ay to show my svelte new fi gure to everyone, but th at would be a bit brazen fo r a wife and mother of 60 years of age w ith 5 children and 8 grandchildren! Right? M any of my fri ends were apprehensive abo ut my dec ision to have lipos uctio n beca use they tend to dwell upon the negati ve press it has rece ived from the med ia. Nothing co uld have deterred me from my dec ision to have thi s surgery, and it had to be in Loveland ... w ith you. You can imagin e how thrilling it has been to report back to all of th em that my surgery was effo rtless, painless, probl em-free and fun . M o reover, they w ere stunned when I told them that I wa lked to your office the next mornin g and flew off to Texas the fo llowin g day to enjoy a ca ndlelight " Dinn er of Ce lebratio n"! This letter w ould not be co mpl ete if I failed to mention th e enormous psycholog ica l effects of my surgery. You have restored my se lfesteem and confidence . The phenomenal res ults w ere more than I had ever hoped to ac hieve. You removed yea rs from my dow dy, matronl y bod y- people tell me so ! It is sheer ecstasy to w ea r lovely clothin g I haven't w o rn in yea rs - with zippers th at glide eas il y and bea utifull y. I w alk a 15 minute mile th at betrays a heady boun ce th at says, " I' m spec ial! " I w ea r a radi ant smile beca use I fee l terri fic in side and out. M y fu ture yea rs of retirement will be greatly enh anced beca use of your unique talent and genius . I trul y love my " Body by Lilli s." Th ere is one more acco lade fo r my doctor. M y daughter owns and operates a booksto re in Chi cago, and w hen I vi sited her she presented me with a very spec ial gift - bea utifull y w rapped . It was a copy of Fitness M agazin e which fea tured none other than Dr. Patrick). Lillis. I w as ecstatic! I wo uld like to offer our most sin ce re co ngratul ations to yo u on yo ur exce ll ent articl e w hi ch I have shared w ith everyone. O ur warmest rega rds to yo ur wo nderful staff, and our best w ishes for th e co ntinued happin ess and success yo u so ri chl y deserve. Fondl y, N orma Barto, W isco nsin

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their developing relationships with her as adults. Ron and Mary's strictness when Anna was in high school was tough at the time, but Anna is already grateful. Recently she and Mariah had a discussion about who was "the biggest pain as a senior." For her daughters, Mary hopes that each will have courage, confidence, and a clear sense of God's presence and direction for their lives. "I hope they will have faith enough in God and in themselves to sustain and encourage them through all of their life stages . I hope they will have the opportunity to develop their talents and interests. I think having a way to support themselves is imperative, but I hope they will have marriages and families , too. My marriage and relationship to Ron has been so much fun and so satisfying, I can't help wanting the same for them - as well as the opportunity to raise a family." For Mary, knowing that her daughters are good friends and there to offer support and encouragement when necessary is of great importance . Seeing them have fun together and enjoy each other has been important to her. When Anna was only a week old, Mary entered the hospital with a serious infection. At that time she knew that more than anything , she wanted to see her children grow up. Being able to do that has been her greatest privilege. Anna's mom is beautiful , kind, gentle and the most giving person she knows. "She works hard to make life for the people she loves special ," Anna says. "She has helped me create the person I am ." She has taught me about honesty and trust- something that is hard to earn , easy to lose , and hard to rebuild . Anna likes hanging out in the kitchen with her mom, talking about life, and occasionally, boys. Yes. Anna would like to have a life like her mom's . A romantic marriage after 25 years. A man who is as good to her as her dad is to her mom . A loving , happy family. Three beautiful daughters who will be successful. "Who could ask for more, except of course , a condo in Kauai! Anna is grateful to have a mom that loves her - when her life is going to hell, she's there for a hug , and when things are going great, she's there to share her joy with her. "I'm pretty sure dealing with three teenage daughters is one of the hardest things in life. I admire my mom for doing it so well . I didn't feel quite so good about her comment when , as a sophomore in high school, I was headed out the door on my 'dream date.' (cont. on page 108)

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ents Calendar 5TH ANNUAL MS HOLIDAY ART AUCTION November 19, 7:00p.m. McKee Conference Center, Loveland $20 per couple The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to present Mr. Bob Refvem as this year's featured artist. This gala evening will also showcase holiday ornaments , paintings and sculptures donated by over 100 artists from around the region . The art will be available for silent bid , while complemented with delicious hor d'oeuvres, champagne, and holiday cheer. Proceeds from this year's auction will support research and services to the over 4,000 families in Colorado including more the 500 families in Larimer County, who are affected by this prevalent and difficult neurological disease. For more information , call 667-5355 or 482-4807. FORT COLLINS THANKSGIVING DAY RUN November 24, 9:00 a.m. Oak Street Plaza $14 pre registered, $16 day of the race Get your physical activity in before you settle down for that Thanksgiving feast at the first annual Thanksgiving Day Run to benefit the Children's Clinic. This family fun run is a 4 mile race and walk with a children's 1/2 mile race. Runners will be treated to the World 's Greatest Aid Station complete with espresso! Prizes will

be awarded in all age groups. Call 224-2582 for more information. COME CATCH THE GLOW November 25, 12:00 noon Estes Park Free to the public Bring the kids to Estes Park for a fun day of holiday activities! Festivities begin at noon with free hayrides, hugable wildlife , and pictures with Santa for $2.00. The spectacular light parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on Elkhorn Avenue with 18 floats , the U.S. Marine Color Guard , local bands and , of course , Santa and his reindeer, all loaded with thousands of twinkling lights. Come shop , come play, come eat, come stay! Call 586-4431 for more information. NUTCRACKER BALLET November 25, 7:00p.m., Nov. 26, 2:00p.m. & 7:00 p.m., Nov. 27, 2:00 p.m. Lincoln Center $8, children, $10, $12 & $14, matinee; $10, $12, & $14, evening Produced by the FCSO Women 's Guild , this traditional holiday season favorite features the magic of ballet performed by Canyon Concert Ballet with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky 's wonderful music. To purchase tickets, call the Lincoln Center Box Office at 221-6730.



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FESTIVAL OF TREES November 29 - December 2, 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Union Colony Civic Center Lobbies $.50 children 12 and under, $1 for adults The lobbies will be transformed into a winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths as its plays host to this eighth annual event. Throughout the festival , guests can bid on their favorite display item . The silent auction ends with the music of the Greeley Philharmonic's Poinsettia Pops Concert. For more information , call 350-9451. CHRISTMAS FANTASY BALL December 2, cocktails 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m. Estes Park Conference Center, Estes Park $40 per person Usher in the holiday season as the Estes Park Music Festival presents it's second annual ball. Patrons will be treated to an exquisite dinner followed by dancing to The Dean Bushnell Orchestra in the lavishly decorated conference center. Proceeds from this event sponsor symphonic concerts in the summer and special programs for the schools in the winter. For more information , call 586-6585. HOLIDAY HOMES OF NOTE December 8, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. One West Art Center $12 walk tickets, $25 patron tickets The Women ' s Guild of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra is hosting a tour of festively decorated homes for Christmas , each selling unique Christmas gifts and food. The Patron Party will be held at the Main Gallery following the tour. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Symphony Orchestra. To purchase tickets or for more information , please call 482-8342 or 493-3958. WINTER WISHES ICE SHOW Dec. 16, 7:00 p.m., Dec. 17, 1:00 & 7:00 p.m., Dec. 18, 1:00 p.m. EPIC $5 children, $7 adults, $6 Seniors Reserved seating available $1 discount with a canned food donation A Storybook Christmas is thi s year's theme with skaters acting out 5 favorite fairy tales. Gere Michaels , 1994 U.S . National Junior Men's Champion is the guest skater. Members of the Canyon Concert Ballet will also be performing a special presentation. For more information , call 221-6684. 2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL AUCTION March 11, 1995, 7:00 p.m. University Park Holiday Inn $35 per couple The Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club will host its second annual International Auction with proceeds going to youth projects in Fort Collins and Larimer County. The event will be attended by 30 Rotary District 5440 International Exchange Students who will talk about the significance of the items brought to the auction from their respective countries . A social hour including hor d'oeuvres will precede the auction. For more information , please call 484-3214.

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The Poudre Talley SO DEAR TO MY HEART

Much of the time my eyes are turned toward the old days, the swaggering, swirling, snarling early days at the end of the 19th century when Fort Collins was a new town and life was taken in big bites. This seems like real history to me. For a long time it never occurred to me that there would come a day in which my own era would become someone else's history. Yet my own memories, and those of many others, are filled with the exciting events that have been a part of the explosion of Fort Collins in the past 40 years. I suppose it never seems like history when you are living it, but it is ... So Dear To My Heart. It was the summer of 1952 ... early summer. The air was clear and clean . Pure white, fluffy clouds floated by in a sea of deep , electric blue. The trees, bushes , and grass were all green and lush. All along the wide streets of town were neat houses with colorful flowers blooming in all directions. It was warm and pretty and it was great to be alive. Best of all, we were MOVING! We had been living by City Park, close to the lake. Now we were moving all the way across town ... way over on the other side just three blocks from the high school. Our new house , on which my dad had done most of the building, was on Petersen Place, a half block off Prospect Street on the south. It was almost in the country and it was a full THREE miles from the old place - about as

Fort Collins, aerial view in 1941, just at the dawn of the boom. Prospect street is merely a dirt road. The whole city is not even 3 square miles. Today it is 55 square miles. far as you could go and still stay in the city limits of a town. It was the world of an eight year old that was bounded by City Park on the west, Whedbee Street on the east, downtown on the north and Prospect Street on the south. Now moving day had finally arrived and I had magnanimously volunteered to do my part by "moving" my bicycle, with me on it, across town . I had shrewdly reasoned that this was also a way of getting out of all that hard , boring work for a while . Well , my dad indulged me and now I was pedaling across the whole town, all by myself. It was a beautiful day, no wonder I was in high spirits. I rode down Mulberry to Shields. I ignored the stop sign as I crossed the street, since there was no traffic in sight anyhow. A few blocks ahead , on the left, was Lincoln Junior High School. Today it is the Lincoln Center. Then it was a three story brick building and the only junior high in town. I went south on Howes and entered the CSU campus through the

oval. The entire university was wrapped around the oval. It was plenty of space for the 3,000 students and it was called Colorado A & M. As I worked my way toward College Avenue , I encountered the only place in my voyage that made me nervous, which was crossing that busy street. There was no traffic light at Pitkin , where I wanted to cross. As a matter of fact, there were only three traffic lights in the whole town! They were on College Avenue at the intersections of Laporte , Mountain and Olive. Out here near the edge of town there was none of that and you had to be careful. My father had reminded me to be careful , but he didn't seem to think that it was beyond the abilities of an eight year old. I looked both ways up and down College Avenue. The traffic was unusually heavy that day. There must have been a dozen cars within sight. None of them were very close , so I scampered quickly to the center median just in time to wave to the conductor and the people riding on the trolley as it rolled by on Lydia's Style Magazine

the way downtown in the center of city needed a shot in the arm to Of course , all of this was completethe great street. grow. ly lost on yours truly. About the only I cut through the campus of the Palmes looked around the country thing I worried about was how I could high school to save some pedaling . and found out that the modern thinkbeat Dick Boggs home from Harris Someday I was going to go to that ing among cities was to bury underschool on my bicycle during the lunch school and I couldn't wait. Then I ground all their utilities. It was cheapbreak. The Boggs lived next door to zigzagged over to Petersen Street, er in the long run to do this, but very us on Peterson Place. They had five crossed Prospect which was a kids and a business stuffed dirt road , and onto Petersen into a two bedroom house Several factors contt•ibuted to Place, also a dirt street, to my with a basement. They made the little town of Fort Collins new home, second one on the "Bogg 's Chocolates ." It was left. Our house was on a big the best candy I ever ate in emerging into a thriving lot. It had a large hole dug in my life. By that time I was ten Jnetropolis., not the least of the back for the unheard of or eleven and I thought I had idea of building a swimming died and gone to heaven living which was that the lifestyle pool there someday. next door to a candy factory! It enjoyed here was simply So that's the way it was in was here that I learned a very superior to about 99% the summer of 1952. It was a valuable lesson. quiet town , even sleepy. The first time that I was of the t•est of the world. There were, perhaps , 3000 invited to come into the inner families living in Fort ~ sanctum where they actually Collins .. . 10,000 people. It was '3 wrapped the candy and put it the kind of a town where an ~ into boxes , I was told to sit eight year old could ride his ~ down and help wrap the bike across it in 30 minutes 8 candy. Mr. Boggs told me and be perfectly safe to do so. '§ seriously, "We can't have any We never locked our houses. ~ candy going out that is We left the keys in our cars ~ cracked or messed up." "What and when we drove them , we ~ do I do with the 'bad' candy, " I never signaled our turns asked? "Oh , you can eat any because everyone knew of that," he said . "In fact, eat where we were going anyhow. all the candy you ·want. " But powerful forces were at Guess what? I ate all the work and the curtain was candy I wanted, and then about to go up on one of the some. It made me sick. For most remarkable stories of years after that I never more growth , expansion and prosthan nibbled on any of their perity in the entire United candy , even though I must States. Fort Collins was about have wrapped 10,000 pieces. to be discovered. The moral being that you just Several factors contributed can 't drink the whole ocean to the little town of Fort Collins even though someone is holdemerging into a thriving ing it to your lips. I'll bet Mr. metropolis , not the least of Boggs knew that. which was that the lifestyle Dick Boggs and I were in enjoyed here was simply the same grade and in 1955 superior to about 99% of the Guy Palmes, Manager Ft. Collins Light & Power, 1936- we were taking the bus or ridrest of the world . But also 1950, and City Manager, 1950-60. He was the vision- ing our bikes in good weather there was the completion of ary architect of the modern boom of Fort Collins. to Lincoln Jun ior High. The the Big Thompson Water proschools were already getting ject and its principal receptacle reserexpensive up front. But cities wanted crowded because of all the growth , voir , Horsetooth , and its 156 ,000 to underground their util ities because especially in the lower grades , and acre feet of water. Now there was it removed all that unsightly overhead so we were sent off to junior high in enough for both agriculture and a wiring from the horizon . Most cities the sixth grade. It was the big time! In much larger urban population. were charging up to a thousand dolthe seventh and eighth grades we The catalyst that started the ball lars per lot to the home builders for got to move from room to room for rolling , however, was a slick move by this service . That was a lot of money our classes with different teachers for a wily city manager by the name of every subject. in those days when you could buy a Guy Palmes. In the early 1950's , whole house for $5 ,000 . Palmes You know you are getting old when Palmes was searching for a way to decided to take the plunge and he they start naming all the new schools stimulate a little growth into Fort announced that the city of Fort in town after teachers you had. Well , Collins. The population was just Collins would only charge $50 a lot Lincoln Junior High had a lot of them . 10 ,000 people . It had been over for burying utilities .. .and the boom These days, they are just names on 2,000 at the turn of the century. The was on. buildings , but to me they were and

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are living people. Shepardson , could be fun when you put a little quiet and unobtrusive manner as possible and we won 't mention it Linton , Lopez , Johnson , Olander , flesh on the bare facts and dates. Works pretty well , doesn 't it? No Bauder and more. They were all eduagain." Now that is articulate! One litcators there in the same school at tle gesture . When she talked , she wonder they named a school after the same time. They were good him. was even better. enough to have schools named after For telling stories AND setting a The most memorable of all the stories she told was of he r trip to them and they were good enough to good example, the unquestioned proGermany to see the Passion Play at totype was Margaret Shepardson . make sure I got a fine education . She was my English teacher in both I took my first course in Colorado Oberammergau. There were no video cameras in those days, hardly seventh and eighth grades, in 1956 History in the eighth grade. The teacher was Wayne Linton any audio-visual aids at all. (Linton Elementa ry). Now I So she told the story of her By 1957~ the period of expansion trip with postcards that she suppose that I read somewhere that Stephen Long led in Fort Collins was in full stride. had collected and she tacked an expedition to Colorado in them all in a row around the Between 1950 and 1960~ the room. She would walk from 1820 and wrote on his map population went from card to card and tell the story that all of this we live in was of this experience . It wasn 't actually , "The Great 10~000 to 25~000 people. American Desert." That's not just all about the story of the how I learned it. What hapPassion Play, it was the hisand 57 . She was elegant , sophistipened was Mr. Linton held up a pictory of it, how the whole town particiture of a bleak landscape and said , cated and quite articulate with a wonpated , what the German people were "Does this look like Fort Collins?" "Of derful vocabulary. She never raised like, what the countryside was like. It took her two weeks . It was without a course not," we all said in unison! Mr. her voice, never shouted and never seemed to be in a hurry. She was doubt, the most spellbinding story I Linton smiled and said , "Why do you suppose he was wrong ?" All the had ever hea rd in my life. Even patient, understanding and loving. today, the memory is still fresh and in She used sign language. When she time , he was telling us why Stephen living color. I always have to smile put her finger to her lips, just so, and Long was wrong . One story led to another and anothe r and before I looked at me knowingly, it meant, "I when I drive by Shepardson knew it, the semester was over. Even think you are chewing gum , young Elementary School in Nelson Farm though I learned a lot , the more man, but I'm too polite to mention it. since it reminds me of the lady, and a important lesson was that history Please dispose of this gum in as neater, sweeter time. By 1957, the period of expansion in Fort Collins was in full stride. Between 1950 and 1960, the population went from 10,000 to 25,000 people. More than doubling a population of any town in ten years will cause all sorts of growing pains and it was no different here. The Miller Brothers were building to the west between Shields and Featuring Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Taft Hill. Bill Tiley was building along 1 Handmade/High Quality Originals College south of Prospect. • Woodcrafts • Jewelry • Clothing Now the traditional end of the city We Accept Major Credit Cards limits had always been Prospect Street. It was here that all of the originally platted streets from Franklin Avery's time in1873 came to an end. Those are the streets that are so wide , a hundred feet or so . When the developers came to the city and proGreat Sales Location posed that new subdivis ions be Open 7 Days A Week designed in the modern fashion for Advertising that time , the city thought it was a Promotions great idea . The thinking called for cu rved streets , cui-de -sacs , lots m~~~enz~ct Sales backed up to each othe r wi t h no ~~~~~Jl ng~[Q~~~~lit~ij alleys , underground utilities , AND smaller lots with narrowe r streets. It was called "clus t er desig n" w ith homes arranged around little parks , greenbelts and other amenities. Well , that 's what they bu ilt. The first big example of it being Sou th


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College Heights which lay south along College Avenue for half a mile to Drake and east all the way to Stover. But the problem that nobody seemed to think about was that there were no big thoroughfares or even feeder streets through the subdivision. What this meant was that big thru-streets like Petersen and Whedbee were cut off at Prospect. Had these wide streets been continued all the way to Drake , it would have eventually taken much of the pressure off College Avenue . So , hemmed in by South College Heights on the east and the railroad and the University on the west, College Avenue became the single big pathway to the south, where all of the growth was heading . That committed the street to become a largely commercial road and, in just a few years, people were complain-

part. They were now freed from the tedious job of having to drive me to the radio station everyday. By this time, I had been on the air at KCOL radio for almost three years trying as hard as I knew how to sound as articulate and as knowledgeable as Miss Shepardson. She actually called me once when I was on the air and corrected by grammar on something I had read. She said that she often listened to me and "tsk,tsked" when I made mistakes, but that the most recent one was particularly egregious and she felt compelled to call. Egregious . That is the exact word she used . Go look it up yourself. I had to. When I was in the seventh grade she would have said "glaring" or "outrageous ." Now I was older and she felt that I should progress to more complex language. But the cycle of expansion was just beginning . I graduated from Fort The early foundet•s of Fort Collins High School in 1961. Boy , the Collins... Mason., Stover., Avery., stories I could tell! I Weleh., Loomis and the rest., had become accustomed to having would not recognize or believe things change all the Fort Collins of today. the time . I came to believe it was a ing about the ugly strip city that we given that the city would continue to grow ... forever. But the basic framewere building . I didn't think it was ugly. I thought it work of the city evolved during this was exciting . And besides, I was 13 period. For the past 30 years it has years old and a freshman at Fort been just more and more of the Collins High School. Ours was the same. biggest class to ever descend on that The early founders of Fort Collins venerable institution . I viewed the ... Mason , Stover , Avery, Welch , school as enormous with nearly 1,500 Loomis and the rest, would not recstudents. There were a lot of new ognize or believe the Fort Collins of people who had moved to town , famitoday. Even if you took away all the lies with tantalizing daughters. In gym technological improvements , the class and athletics they called you sheer size of the city would overwhelm them. I have no idea what MEN! What was there not to like? I they would say, but I can guess that lived three blocks from the school. one of the questions they would ask Later in high school we did move to one of the new subdivisions, would be, "How do you manage with University Acres. I could still walk to all these people? " Leave it to the school and we had a much bigger founders to ask real hard questions. In the fullness of time, as the sands house with a LOT better swimming pool. I had a huge room in the baseof the 20th century run out, we do not have the founders to answer the ment and my dad let me pick out my own color for the walls. I chose question for us. We must ask our"Hawaiian Orchid." Well, it seemed selves. like a pretty color at the time. Phil Walker is the Fort Collins native By the time I was a junior at FCHS I turned to that magical age of 16! whose stories of the early West can be heard six times a day on the Driving age . My folks did not think I needed a car, but were very willing to Eagle 96. 1 FM and TRI -1 02.5 FM. He is heard daily from 6-10 A.M. on let me use theirs. This was not from some philanthropic gush on their the Breakfast Club, on the Eagle.

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'She needs to be home at 10:30,' Mom called out as we left. 10:30? I didn't know it then, but there would be times when I would have given anything to have an early curfew!" Bree wishes that sometimes her mom wouldn't be quite so nice, because sometimes people take her for granted. Mary stops at nothing to please a family member, a friend, a customer, or even a stranger who crosses her path. Cooking and sewing are activities Bree enjoys with her mom, because Mary can always get excited about doing something, "just for fun." A couple of times, when Bree has been tempted to cut her hair short, Mary has dissuaded her. "I've always been thankful that I listened to my mom," she says. "She puts up with me when I'm hard to get along with, and for that I'm grateful," says Bree. Mariah calls her mom the nicest and most caring person she's ever met. Sometimes, she says, her mom is so focused on something that she doesn't hear Mariah until the third or fourth request. She has fond memories of her mom reading bedtime stories in a voice that soothed and helped her to go to sleep. "My mom always listens to me and tries to see things as if she were in my shoes. When she doesn't approve of what I'm doing, I listen and try to apply what she has said to my life. I'm grateful for her kindness, understanding and morals. She loves people, especially children, and never shows prejudice."

STEPHANIE CLEMONS (cont. from page 17)

"youngest in the family." She's demanding, lovable, and much loved by her siblings and parents. Stephanie says she has a reciprocal relationship with her daughters. If she has a bad day at work, the girls will sympathize, perhaps rub her back. Likewise, she is there to listen to their challenges, large and small. "My family is the balance-keeper in my life," Stephanie says. She treasures an annual event, girls' day in Estes Park. Each girl invites a friend and they spend a day picnicking, having "oldtime" pictures taken, and enjoying the mountain setting. Career, church, and family are elements that Stephanie strives to balance in her life, and she hopes her children will grow up wanting to establish the same kind of balance. "I talk to them frequently about setting goals, having a work ethic, and understanding that intelligence is not enough, that discipline

and application are equally important. "My hopes are not that my daughters will contribute to the world in great and admirable ways, rather that they are at peace with who they are and their choices in life, that they live every day to its fullest, and that they can laugh at themselves with others. "Don't be afraid to take risks, I want to tell them. Enjoy life, appreciate the natural (nature, people, or objects). Find some way to serve others, don't be afraid of hard work, and hold to your high standards. The most important thing I can do for my daughters is to provide them with a stable family home life. I believe children's identity is wrapped up in their home life. I want my children to know there is always a place where they are loved, safe, and appreciated. "Sometimes making sure that each child gets an equal amount of time and attention is difficult,'' Stephanie says. Yet she finds the greatest pleasure in experiencing simple, every day events with her daughters, and laughing with them. She gets excited when her children receive awards, indicating that others appreciate them, too. She enjoys observing her girls as they respond to various situations and questions presented to them. If money were no object, Stephanie would give her girls an extended trip to a place with a different culture. She would choose for them to live abroad and learn to appreciate another race. Stephanie considers her three daughters three lovely blessings, and has never felt the lack of a son. She sees her daughters as strong individuals upon whom she and Redge can count, and she knows will be able to count on in the future. Taking work home is something Stephanie avoids. When she is at home, she belongs to her family. She limits evenings away from home, and says that even at work her family comes first. Her family understands that sometimes others control Stephanie's time and there are people to whom she is accountable. "If I am going to work and be away from my family, then I am going to do my very best at my work," Stephanie says. She stayed at home for a time after Jenny was born, but found herself so involved in the community that she decided to return to work. Becca, a seventh grader at Blevins Junior High School, has a special talent in writing and reading stories. Last year her essay on the positive aspects of the DARE program won a first place award. Her favorite thing about her mom is her smile. "It lights up a room," she says, " she has a laugh that can bring peace to a tense situation." This insightful 12-year-old describes her mom as fun loving and wise in actions


and works, great at her job, and a great mom. "She gets along with everybody, and is probably so understanding with us because as a kid she was rebellious and a problem child. (This according to Stephanie's mom.) "It bugs me that she knows me so well that when I am really mad and determined to ignore her, she can find something to make me laugh. I've noticed that we can be in a fight, and when the phone rings and she begins to talk, she puts on a fake voice and tells the caller everything is fine." Becca admires her mom's life and would like to have one like it - a good husband, three great kids, a stable job and reachable goals - such as owning a horse and a piece of mountain property. She does say that she would like to live in a smaller town, and perhaps have a less time-consuming job. Early memories include cutting a big chunk of hair from her bangs and having her mom tell her, "Your hair is mine until you are 15." Becca remembers being made to sweep up the Minute Rice she dumped on the floor and getting lots of good care when she suffered from chicken pox. Advice from mom has included a warning to take care when choosing a husband: "Don't get married because the guy needs or looks up to you. Don't marry him because you feel sorry for him. Marry him because you love him and can't live without him. Marry him if your are a good team and can live with each other." "I admire my mom's patience and wisdom,'' Becca says. "It seems the more I try to live my life right, the better mom she becomes. I look up to my mom and want to do all I can to be as good a mom as she is. The more loving, patient and kind she becomes, the farther away my goal seems." Jenny, a fifth grader at Olander Elementary School who this fall achieved top math scores in her class, has lots to say about her mom. "Strict, likes a clean house, organized, but not always punctual, fun but serious, adventurous, sometimes changeable." Her life, she thinks, will be different from her mom's. Her career will be more complicated, she'll marry either much earlier or much later. She thinks three children is about the right family size. She won't allow her work to determine where she will live. Advice from Mom that has been especially helpful to Jenny: "Do your best, whether it is for school, for me, or for anyone else ... it will help you in the future." If Jenny had been born into a different family, she thinks she might well be confused about what to do with her life. Her mom has been able to understand her

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feelings, show her a way to live, and guide her in what to do with her life. "I have a good one, compared to some other girls' moms, I know," says Jenny. I admire her calmness when people are mad at her. I admire the way she takes care of herself and her children. Both Becca and Jenny speak with fondness about solid relationships with their biological dad who lives in Utah. Maintaining closeness is sometimes difficult because of distance. Becca says her relationship with her biological dad is different from her relationship with her mom because of distance, and because, "He's not a mom, and has never been a young girl trying to live her life to the best." At four years old, Victoria elected to leave the verbalizing to her articulate sisters. Her time will come.

DENISE BURSON FREESTONE (cont. from page 19) tured ballerina with Canyon Concert Ballet, and has had two leading roles in OpenStage productions. She teaches dance and style classes in figure skating. In October she married Todd Hoven, who is also involved with OpenStage. Brenna dances with Colorado DanceArts, is involved with forensics and theatre at Poudre High School, plays the bass, and has performed with OpenStage since she was small. Of her relationship with Jessica, Denise says: "Our emotions are out front where all can see them. We communicate directly and almost intuitively understand each other. "Brenna and I are very different," Denise says. "She is a deep pool, and her expressions of self are not easily accessed through words. She is a mystery to me, and I learn, with joy, from our differences." Always a free spirit, Denise hopes for her daughters that they will not be limited by the strictures often placed on people by society. She knows they won't be able to avoid some of the pain that living in today's world creates, but she hopes they will maintain a sense of value of themselves and of life, and an ability to rejoice in the things they create and the obstacles they face as well. Advice to her daughters? "Find and keep your true selves. Seek that which you believe is right, based on your beliefs and values. Maintain a close relationship with laughter and the joy of others. Seek excellence and happiness in the moment. Love yourselves and know your true worth. Sing, dance, and celebrate life." Denise is much aware of her evolv-

ing task as a mother - from protector to admirer. Letting go has been a great challenge for her, but as she lets go, she is discovering the power and passion of her daughters, and she must rejoice. "I think they are beginning to protect me more than just a little," she says. If money were no object, Denise would pay for Jessica to travel all the cities in the world where she wants to audition for dance companies or study dance. She would pay for Brenna to attend a performing arts high school one of the best, of course. Denise and Bruce chose their daughters' names for the music of them. Jessica Valley Freestone's middle name is after her paternal grandmother - Valley of God's Beloved. Brenna Aine - Graceful Raven Maid - the raven symbolizes magic. To Denise, their names have proved to be incredibly appropriate. Jessica appreciates her mom's intuition and ability to sense things about her. She can see when Jessica is doing something that might lead her in the wrong direction and sometimes steps in before Jessica has a chance to figure things out on her own. Often, it takes a confrontation between the two of them before they get to the heart of an issue. "It's on these occasions, though, that I learn the most from her," Jessica says. These two women have learned to be straight forward and to the point with each other. Their relationship is based on the verbal while Jessica and her dad have always had a silent understanding of each other. Like her mom, Jessica loves dance and theatre, and although it is hard for her to imagine accomplishing what her parents have with OpenStage, she admits that she and Todd have talked about moving to a small town and starting a theatre company. Jessica admires her mom for giving so much to her community and at the same time allowing time for her family and close loved ones. She has always been able to tease and have fun with her mom. When she was in elementary school, she came home with a joke. She pulled a chair up to the sink as her mom did dishes and put her hand on top of her mom's head. "What's this?" she asked. "I don't know," Mom answered. "A brain sucker," said Jessica. "What's it doing?" Mom- "I don't know." Jessica- "Starving to death." Denise thought about it for a while, then said she didn't get it. Jessica tried to explain, and finally gave up. The next night, as Denise did dishes, she blurted out, "Now I get it!"


Jessica - "Oh my God, it was starving to death!" Brenna describes her mom as, "one of the most together women I've ever met. .. She always knows what she'd like to accomplish in any situation, although she may not always know how to accomplish it." In Brenna's eyes, Denise has a unique ability to express her feelings, something Brenna has trouble with, and the wisdom to know that expressing feelings is hard for Brenna. Denise listens, advises, understands, and right now for Brenna, is the most important thing in her life. "If it weren't for her," Brenna says, "I wouldn't be who I am right now, and a wouldn't be discovering who I'm going to be." Brenna would one day like to command the respect her mother does, to be as accomplished as she is, but to have less stress in her life than her mom does. Brenna continues to be amazed at the way her mother stands up for her rights, never gives up, and handles nearly constant stress, maintaining her bearings regardless of the situation. She describes an early memory when she sat, propped up on the couch and watched her mother approach with a big laundry basket "looking as beautiful as I've ever remembered her."

Common themes emerge in our visits with our mothers and daughters; the pride mothers feel in their daughters, and the strength daughters derive from supportive moms. There are hints that sometimes there have been stressful times in their relationships with each other. But more often there have been laughs, shopping trips, athletic events -good times spent together that combine to create t!ie stron!Jfamily ties that sustain during tough ttmes. Daughters make it clear that without supportfrom their moms, it would be much tougher, perhaps impossible, to be successful as they move from childhood into adolescence, and on into adulthood. Moms, on the other hand, can't imagine life without their daughters. They view them as playmates and best friends, objects of their unconditional love and concern, and in many cases, as theirfinest contribution to life. Thanks to everyone interviewedfor taking time from busy lives to respond to some penetrating questions. Libby James lives in Fort Collins, has two daughters and three granddaughters, (and two sons and two grandsons) and thanks everyone who took the time to write this article for her.

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tyle Salutes Ginny Riley "/like getting up in the morning knowing what I do is making a difference." By Sandra Cowan


inny Riley , the Executive Director of Crossroads Safehouse , is an efficient, organized , easy-going , and fun-loving individual who loves to "work with people and organize things ." She manages Crossroads, a nonprofit organization that offers shelter and counseling services to victims of domestic violence in Larimer County. "I like getting up in the morning knowing what I do is making a difference." In the five years as Executive Director, she has raised more than $2 ,100,000 to help the shelter. She has been able to increase the budget from $194,842 in 1989 to $365 ,000 in 1994, plus procure $400 ,000 from the city, county, local service clubs and individuals to build an addition to the existing building. Her ability to "work with people and organize things" has helped financially stabilize the agency so it is not living on the edge. With more resources , she has hired a stable staff (less turnover means decreased costs) and developed a vision for the addition. These improvements will increase the services the shelter is able to offer. Using her management skills to organize and delegate responsibilities , she has been able to work with a good staff and gather community support to build a solid reputation for Crossroads. Not only has she stabilized the shelter financially, but has increased the counseling services to 1200 nonresidential women in the community. She has extended the children 's program 120 percent in the number of requests in one year. What does all this mean in terms of domestic violence? Family violence is the single major cause of injury to women , ranking higher than auto accidents, muggings , and rape. The violence includes both physical assault

and emotional abuse . Crossroads handles over 6,000 calls for assistance each year . As the violence increases in Larimer County, victims need a safe place to go that offers emotional and physical shelter while they heal from the abuse. With good management and increased financial resources, Ginny has been able to provide more services to more victims. She describes her director position as being easy compared to the counselors who listen to the domestic vialence horror stories of each victim on a daily basis. "The counselors are a special group of people who hear the terror and frightening experiences of the victims." Ginny works directly with a 26-member board of directors. Even though the main thrust of her job is to manage the agency and the people, she works with other agencies , the community, clients and volunteers to make sure it is a good experience for them and for Crossroads. "I like to organize a lot of diverse details , have a lot of projects going at one time, and juggle numerous deadlines and activities." Born and raised in the small farming and dairy community of Phillipsburg , New Jersey, Ginny is the oldest of four children. Her mother was a homemaker and a bookkeeper and her father was an executive with the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company . He died when she was 12 years old. The value and enjoyment of volunteer work in the community was deeply imbedded since her childhood and continued throughout her college years. She graduated from Rider College , received a grant, and earned her masters degree from Rutgers University. Her interest was in women 's studies and labor force. After graduation, she worked in Philadelphia with lowincome children.


In 1979, after a visit to Colorado, she moved to Fort Collins and worked at the Crisis Helpline for seven years, three of those years as director. Then she started the Project Self Sufficiency program for low-income single parents . She recruited agencies to provide staffing, develop case management teams and funding to help people become employed and sustain that employment. She combined community resources in child care , job training, job search, and counseling. During the work with Helpline and Project Self Sufficiency, she had contact with Crossroads. The organizations interacted to help each other. In 1989, Ginny became executive director of Crossroads. "My goal is to put ourselves out of business. My dream is not to need the kind of services we provide. " Her goals are to increase Crossroads' ability to provide shelter and counseling services for people in need in the community. "I don't want to turn away even one person ." In the last three years, the Safehouse has had to turn away one in four local requests. The goal is to expand the building 4300 square feet. The new facility will increase from eight to 12 bedrooms, provide a handicapped-accessible bedroom , expand the children 's playroom three times its current size, make an additional family room , add three bathrooms , five counseling rooms, and a group counseling room . Not only does she want to provide counseling for people who stay at the shelter but for those who do not stay but are in need of counseling. She wants the ability to reach out and serve new victims. Another goal is to increase the agency's long-term financial stability. "The Fort Collins' community has been especially supportive of Crossroads

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with in-kind donations and financial resources." Ginny wants to develop sustainable funding, establish trusts and deferred giving. "We also want to work together with other agencies on joint projects," as another goal. The work Ginny does is important. "Knowing what I do is making a difference makes it easier to come to work. The people that we see at Crossroads are living in terror. People we see are one step away from a tragedy occurring because violence has the potential to become deadly. The strength that the women and children have exhibited in their experiences to survive is inspiring. We as a community need to support and encourage people to get help, to stop the violence as it increases as it passes from generation to generation. It is documented that children raised in abusive homes will become abusive or victims of abuse as adults. We have a social disease that is spreading to the next generation. It we don't act to intervene now, we will have a future for our children that will involve more violence, more killings, and more emotional damage to people." "You see these people with this wonderful strength, yet have low esteem, and I am able to see them grow, change and gain confidence. To see the children have an opportunity to be children and not short adults is very rewarding." Children who witness or experience violence in the home carry that experience with them into adulthood, at which time they are more likely to assault their partner and/or children than children raised in non-violent homes. "We see a change in everyone who has been here long enough to have participated in our program." Even the people who do go back into the relationship have something they did not have before they came to the shelter. They have knowledge that the shelter is there to help them. They have education about domestic violence, that they are not alone or isolated but have support, an understanding of the cycle of violence, and information on community resources and where to get help. Statistics show that battered women return five times to the relationship before they decide to leave that relationship where nothing changes. "We work with the women about how to be safe, how to get out of an abusive situation if they need to get out quickly. They know we are here and that they can come back." Ginny sees more success stories than failures. Crossroads provides a safe-

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house, crisis intervention, 24-hour crisis phone lines, support, counseling, education about community resources, job training, and medical needs. The cycle of violence involves three phases. The tension building phase, the explosive phase, and the honeymoon phase. In the tension building phase, the abuser becomes more distraught and intense. A fight may begin. A victim may believe if she had done something different, the abuse would not have happened. That belief is not true. The tension increases regardless of what the victim has done. The tension builds to the explosive phase, which involves throwing things, punching the wall, hitting the dog, hitting the children, threatening with weapons, or assaulting someone. There is no way to predict what that will be. People go through years of abusive relationships, but are not necessarily physically hurt. Threats are so credible that physical explosion is not needed by the abuser. The threats serve to control. The issue is an excessive need to control and the inability to handle conflict in a productive way. You cannot predict it someone has not been physically abusive in the past. He may

jump to kill a person at one explosion. You cannot say he has not hit me yet, so I have some time until the situation gets serious. You can never predict when that explosion will be. The final is the honeymoon phase where the abuser is apologetic and sorry. He brings gifts and tries to win her heart back. He is sincere. Most abusers are seriously sorry and would not like to be abusive. It is the only tool the abuser has to get that need to control satisfied. There are good times until the cycle starts to build again. Domestic violence is a problem in all economic classes and is a serious crime. Emotional abuse is indicated by threats of physical harm and excessive control. Evidence is manifested by isolating a person, not letting her leave the house, denying her comforts such as no heat, not allowing her to go shopping by herself, isolating her from her relatives, threatening with physical harm (I'll kill you it you or the children leave), saying she is a bad mother, keeping the children from her, saying put-downs, constantly criticizing, non consentual sexual demands, and sexual assault. Education gives the potential for awareness. Women would rather be hit than be emotional-

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ly abused and have damage to their self esteem. Counseling is a process of self-discovery and planning for change; women and children learn that they are not alone and that they can be safe. There is a strong possibility that abusers are child witnesses or victims of child abuse. These children are our hope for the future. Children who come to the shelter model the behavior they see at home. Male children are overly aggressive, fight a lot, and have inappropriate play behavior. Female children are excessively docile, trying to please all the time,

keeping the peace, putting themselves last in their needs. In both cases, many children feel it is their responsibility to protect the victim. The children's program helps them cope, deal with conflict and anger in healthy ways, says it is not their fault; it builds self esteem, shows how to stay safe. "We have to get to those children now before they become abusive or victims of abuse." The shelter has a strong focus on adolescents and teen-dating abuse. Statistics show that one in three will experience abusive relationships before the age of 18. Fifty percent of

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18-year-old women have experienced abuse in at least one dating relationship. "We educate the teens on what is a healthy and unhealthy relationship. Excessive jealousy is often shown as a sign of love, but it actually is not." The community can help. Ginny says, "Be a messenger for Crossroads in your daily life." Women have the strength to go to the shelter because family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors have reached out, supported and encouraged them to seek help. "If you suspect that someone is being abused, reach out to her, because a tragedy is likely to occur. Help and get help." Another way to help is through donations and volunteering. Ginny balances her professional and personal life through hobbies, sports and volunteering. She serves on the boards of directors for the Food Distribution Center, Poudre Valley Hospital District board, and the Rainbow Chorus. She chairs the City of Fort Collins Personnel Board. She likes flower gardening, mountain biking and walking. She says she uses counted cross stitch as a stress management technique. She does not burn out because she enjoys her job, delegates responsibility and balances her life. To celebrate Crossroads' 30-year anniversary in August 2010, Ginny is working on a project called the time capsule, which is a collection of letters, poems, testimonies, and pictures that will provide inspiration to women in the future. These success stories are from women who have been helped by Crossroads explaining how they got through the hard times or how Crossroads has helped them. The contents will be put into an airproof box until 201 0. People should send letters, etc. to Crossroads P.O. Box 993, 80522 by December 31, 1994. Ginny has served the community in human services since childhood and now works in a position that fits her interests and abilities of working with people and organizing things. Through Crossroads, she provides the only shelter opportunity with a homelike atmosphere to victims of domestic violence in Larimer County. She has helped increase financial resources that will provide more services to make Crossroads successful in providing intervention to break the cycle of abuse. Thank you, Ginny, for your management skills, leadership, and serving attitude to the community. What you do is making a big difference and Style salutes you. Sandra Cowan is a free lance writer.

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