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Good Start / My Turn / By Dave Nimmer and were nearing the end of their lives, when shared rituals had become even more important. I remember wondering how that pastor could believe in a Christ who showed compassion for tax collectors and street walkers and yet deny two old Lutherans who tried their best to obey all the rules. One of my last acts as executor of Dad’s estate was to take his check for $5,000 to the church. I don’t recall getting a thank you.
A Protestant and the Pope →→I’ve found a hero in the Catholic Church
I was baptized Lutheran. Raised Presbyterian.
Respecting God, grandparents Pope Francis seems immune to such silliness. “I believe in God,” he’s said, “not a Catholic God. There is no Catholic God. There is God and I believe in his reincarnation, Jesus Christ.” He’s called upon “our better selves” to act together to combat global warming, share our wealth and provide a home to refugees. More than
For the next 30 years, I stayed away from church, a kind of Prodigal Son. When I
that — and I particularly like this —
became “willing to believe” again, I joined an ELCA Lutheran Church in Afton. I’m a
he’s urged the younger to pay attention
Protestant boy whose clerical hero is the Catholic Pope.
to the older.
I’ve been thinking lately how I would have loved to meet him in Philadelphia, to
“Do you open your hearts to the
thank him for making it easier to be a man of faith, whose spirit he’s kindled and
memories that your grandparents pass
soul he’s enriched.
on?” he asked an audience. “Grandpar-
Pope Francis has demonstrated extraordinary courage, compassion, conscience and clarity. He’s done away with the dicta, divisions, demagoguery and delusions that, in my opinion, have plagued not only Catholicism, but also much of organized religion.
Disappointed in dicta I got a first-hand lesson about dicta and divisions when my father was old and infirm.
ents are like the wisdom of the family; they are the wisdom of a people.” From my milepost on life’s road, this is evidence that, at the age of 78, he is indeed one of us. Pope Francis’ wisdom is keeping his
Dad, a Wisconsin Synod Lutheran for all 91 years of his life, wanted to take commu-
heart and his eyes open to what really
nion at home with his wife, my stepmother, who was a Missouri Synod Lutheran.
matters: He’s seeking peace, battling
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poverty and respecting nature. He’s done this while, in this Luther-
an’s opinion, upholding Catholic values on abortion, same-sex marriage and gender roles.
At peace with everyone As a former reporter, I think this pope is more accessible to the media, at least compared to his predecessors. Francis allowed a 60 Minutes crew into the Vatican for a story and met with Scott Pelley. On one of the flights aboard his plane, he came into the cabin to chat with reporters, making a candid remark about the faithful and birth control. (Good Catholics don’t have to be like rabbits.) Personally, his most important lesson for me is his humility, which, ironically, becomes a powerful force. He’s turned away from the red slippers, the palatial quarters and the luxury car. He appears equally at home with children at a Harlem school or the President in the White House. I believe he’s a man at peace, a
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Good Start / Memories / By Carol Hall
‘Number, please!’ →→Remember when a telephone was a luxury?
This call became a tradition, and a sort of Christmas gift that we all looked forward to, along with the package of California apricots and nuts he sent every year. Large offices in big cities, meanwhile, had switchboards with young
I don’t own a cell phone! Seemingly everyone else does, and uses it constantly, and not just to talk to someone. The thing texts, takes pictures, surfs the Internet, tells time — does darn near everything but knit socks! One wonders if inventor Alexander Graham Bell is rejoicing or turning over in his grave. Bell intended the telephone to be “an apparatus for transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically.” Nothing more; nothing less. The first telephone — circa 1915 — was shaped like a candlestick, with a handset held to your ear. Getting a call through entailed giving “Central,” the telephone company operator, the desired number, and she in turn made the connection. (My parents’ number was 743-J.) In the 1940s, the desk model phased out the candlestick. And the automatic rotary dial system was installed, which made calling faster. It also replaced Central’s request for, “Number, please?” During those early years, just owning a telephone was a luxury. If you lived in the country, you shared the line with your neighbors. Three rings meant the call was yours; four rings, the farmer down the road, and so on. And, yes, everyone could rubberneck, or secretly listen in on everyone else’s conversations. I well remember one warm June day when this was a good thing. I was 12 and staying with my sister Adeline and her husband, Dietrich, on their farm. Adeline discovered Dietrich lying ill in a field. She telephoned the doctor to summon him there. Immediately afterward, car after car pulled into the driveway. Neighbors who’d listened in arrived to offer help. Long-distance calls then were often of poor quality — scratchy and faint. They were also very costly, and so limited to special occasions. It was an exciting event during wartime for my parents in rural Minnesota to receive a call from my sailor brother, Orville, who was stationed in California. And later, after he settled there, Orville would phone on Christmas Eve, knowing our family would be gathered together and he could chat with everyone.
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women operators who snapped cords into sockets connected to individual telephones. Indeed, being a switchboard operator was one of my first jobs in Minneapolis when I moved there in 1955. Now, today all of this is ancient history. And I’m well aware the “old fashioned” telephone I currently use is fast heading in that direction. Nevertheless, it still meets all my needs. I haven’t yet figured out texting. I can surf the Internet at home. And my camera and wristwatch work just fine. Thus, I see no need to upgrade — yet. And I suspect many Good Age readers are with me. Maybe we should start a cell-phone holdouts club? Merry Christmas to you all! Keep the landlines humming! Carol Hall, who now lives in Woodbury, grew up in Southwestern Minnesota. She’s a longtime freelance writer, a University of Minnesota graduate and a former Northwest Airlines stewardess. Send comments and questions to chall@ mngoodage.com.
Good Start / This Month in Minnesota History / By Lauren Peck ⊳⊳ Christmas shoppers look at a circus scene in a Dayton’s display window in downtown Minneapolis in 1923. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
they were caught. A visit to see the Christmas windows became an annual holiday tradition for many families. Despite the windows’ popularity, George D. Dayton, a strict Presbyterian, kept his store and the Christmas displays dark on Sundays, even when customers asked him to keep the windows lit. Even after Dayton passed away in 1938, the store’s Sunday rules remained until the 1960s. After World War II, Twin Cities resi-
Christmas at Dayton’s →→Holiday displays started at the beloved downtown department store in 1902
For nearly a century, Dayton’s department store was an insti-
dents began to move to the suburbs and Dayton’s did too, opening Southdale, the first-ever enclosed shopping mall, in Edina in 1956 with Dayton’s as an anchor store. But after the mall opened, executives feared suburban families would drive by the downtown location to see the holiday windows, but wouldn’t stop to shop. They decided a floor dedicated to
tution in downtown Minneapolis. Even 15 years after the Dayton’s name
all things Christmas was just the thing
disappeared in favor of Marshall Field’s and then Macy’s, for many Minnesotans,
to bring shoppers inside.
the store will always be Dayton’s. George D. Dayton opened his department store, then Dayton’s Dry Goods
Originally the first floor was used, but in 1963, the Christmas shows moved to
Company, in 1902, and its holiday window displays became the talk of the
their longtime home in the eighth-floor
Christmas season over the coming decades.
auditorium. The first show was Santa’s
The store at Seventh and Nicollet featured elaborate windows, which became
Enchanted Forest; soon Dayton’s was
home to circus scenes, familiar Christmas stories and even fairy tales such as
devoting most of its holiday promotional
Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella.
budget to the eighth floor.
One year in the early 1920s, there was a mechanical elephant that wagged its
In 1967, Dickens’ London Towne cost
tail and rolled its trunk. But the beast created so much congestion, the police
as much as 10 years' worth of holiday
asked the store to remove it.
windows — with 20 buildings, antiques
During that same decade, Dayton’s had live tigers and bears in the Christmas windows. One year, two bears broke out and rampaged around the store before 14 / December 2015 / Minnesota Good Age
and 150 figures, including 109 animated ones. More than 100,000 people visited
→→Learn more Visitors can also delve into the history of Dayton’s and Southdale in the Minnesota History Center’s new Suburbia exhibit, now open through March 20. Learn more at mnhs.org. Check out the Macy’s SantaLand schedule of events, running through Dec. 24, at social.macys.com/believe.
during its run. Over the years, Dayton’s presented elaborate productions such as Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with each show taking five to eight months to create. Even the store’s popular collectible Santabear joined the eighth-floor shows after his smash debut in 1985. Within three days, 400,000 bears left stores. Santabear’s First Christmas and Santabear’s High-Flying Adventure followed in 1986 and 1987. In the 2000s, the Dayton’s department store chain, which had since rebranded as Marshall Field’s, changed hands to become Macy’s locations. The downtown Macy’s has continued the annual eighth-floor Christmas show. Since 2008, Macy’s has presented the same show, A Day in the Life of an Elf, which tells the story of elves at the North Pole as they prepare for Christmas. Lauren Peck is a media relations and social media associate for the Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota Good Age / December 2015 / 15
Good Health / House Call / By Dr. Michael Spilane
A visit to the doctor →→Be prepared and be sure to prioritize
It’s surprising how few people spend time preparing for something as important as a visit to the doctor. The minutes spent in a doctor’s office
Be ready for an exam Loose fitting and easily removable clothing is best. It might be a good time to leave the girdle or shapewear at home.
in a rush. For instance, if the main problem is
Unless you’re unable to present your own concerns, plan to meet with
a urine leak, you might ask the physi-
the physician privately, without a
cian for a time when this can be the
spouse, family member or friend.
should be considered precious and
only agenda item. And then stick to the
agenda. A specially arranged visit to
individuals can inhibit rather than
discuss one particular complaint is often
facilitate an accurate health assess-
ment. Of course, the choice is
Here are some simple tips for making your next doctor visit more productive and more helpful.
Set priorities, stick to them
Consider the physician's agenda — it’s probably a bit different from your
Sometimes the most concerned
always yours. If your physician provides a health
own. Attention to a patient’s presenting
questionnaire to be completed before
Consider your agenda, and be sure to
complaints is essential, but the physi-
a visit, spend the time necessary to
prioritize what you want to talk about
cian also needs to reserve time for other
be complete in your responses. This
important visit activities, such as a
will save examination-room time and
physical examination and health-mainte-
allow your doctor time to focus on
unlikely to be able to deal with numerous
nance issues. A patient’s arthritic pain is
issues that are of most concern to you.
complaints in anything but a superficial
of concern to the doctor, but it’s unlikely
manner. Focus on the problems that are
to be the sole concern.
With restricted time, a physician is
the most troubling. Give a high priority to new symptoms that haven’t been previously discussed.
Bring your medication bottles
Be honest, open Last, but certainly not least, be up front with your physician. If you feel
A list of the medicines (with specific
you’re not receiving the help you need
dosages listed) is better than nothing, but
or have problems that aren’t being
helpful; but it’s unrealistic to expect
a bottle-by-bottle check is best. A review
addressed, let the doctor know.
meaningful advice for all items on a long
by the physician of each medication at
list. Making out the list is in itself an
each visit helps minimize the likelihood
insist that your doctor be up-front
important exercise, since the time spent
of medication errors, and may be the
considering and analyzing the problems
prompt that allows for discontinuation of
is like a rehearsal for the time in the
an unnecessary prescribed drug.
A written list of concerns can be very
doctor’s office. Be sure to place the important issues at the top of the list.
Physicians often use nurse practitiopatient care in the office. Be accepting of these skilled professionals — they often
easy for a patient to have more concerns
allow more time with you at each visit
than the doctor can effectively handle in a
and they always consult with the doctor.
15- or 20-minute visit.
It may also be easier to find the nurse
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Without good communication, the path to good health can turn into a maze.
ners or physician assistants to help with
Even when a list is pruned, it’s fairly
The solution is to ask for another
The corollary of this also holds —
practitioner than the doctor if you need to call the office for advice.
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Handling the heartbreak →→It pays to make decisions now about how you’ll cope with Alzheimer’s
The heartbreak associated with losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease is indescribable. One day, an adult child holds the hand of a parent; the parent asks, “Do I know
Asking big questions early Denial and delay of these discussions — not talking or thinking about end of life — permits family members to avoid these all-important but difficult conversations that can result in conflict later as the disease progresses. The conversation of, “What do I want for myself (and my spouse)?” especially
you?” and the child’s heart (no matter what age) breaks into thousands of tiny pieces
for individuals with memory loss, is
never to be repaired.
important and should be held early
A spouse experiencing the same response may feel a sting of rejection or the absence of appreciation after nearly a lifetime of commitment and caring. How are spouses, adult children and other family members affected by Alzheim-
— before memory loss or a chronic or terminal disease advances. It should be held when logic prevails, rather than
er’s disease? What happens when the individual with the diagnosis no longer
emotion or guilt, which can change
recognizes his or her own family or believes a son or daughter to be their spouse?
Does this lack of recognition of marriage by a spouse with memory loss raise the option for the healthy spouse to pursue a companion or even another life partner?
Finding your way
Put decisions in writing I recommend placing these wishes in writing. Children and other family
Caregivers of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease commonly ask me if their
members typically place guilt on a
experiences are unusual.
spouse or the responsible caregiver for
I respond that with a diagnosis of memory loss there is no usual, meaning that each journey is unlike another and there’s no crystal ball to predict the future. This uncertainly is the component that causes so much stress and anxiety for families because many feel they have no control over the situation.
making decisions they may disagree with, even if those decisions represent the wishes of the care receiver. How many times after a loved one
They delay making a plan for care. However, the planning component is critical for
passes away do families argue over
people diagnosed with memory loss — especially if the memory loss is diagnosed early,
cremation or burial, service or no
if the individual is aware of the diagnosis and is able to express wishes and desires in
service, and last wishes? More often
writing to family.
than families might imagine.
This is the time to appoint a medical and financial power of attorney, to finalize a
If you were the person diagnosed with
living will and to establish a will or a trust. This is also the time to have “what if” discus-
dementia or Alzheimer’s, what type of
sions with family.
life would you wish for your spouse if
What if the time comes when a husband or wife can no longer provide care at home?
you knew there would be a time when
What if a care community becomes a necessity? In what type of community would the
the marriage relationship became
individual with memory loss choose to live? Are there financial resources to pay for
focused solely on care tasks related to the
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▲▲Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a compact city that’s easily explored on foot. Finnish design, architecture (such as that of Old Town, pictured here), culture and shopping attract visitors year round. Photo courtesy of Visit Helsinki
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andia Admire the music, cuisine and unparalleled design — in architecture, fashion, decor — of the friendly Finnish people By Carla Waldemar
o, a Finn walks into a bar …
… Sorry, there’s no joke because he doesn’t speak. Neither does the bartender. Finns are a private, laconic people, prizing modesty above all else. While an Irishman will greet you with “Top of the mornin’ to ye,” a Finn mutters, “Hey.” (Norwegians, far more voluble, say “Hey-hey.”) Modesty disguises friendliness, however. Ask for the pleasantest walkway between Here and There, and the Finns are quick to mark your map. Where’s the finest cup of coffee? Opinions tumble forth. (Finns drink more coffee per capita than any other nation.) What to order at Juuri, a café serving Finnish tapas? Convictions erupt: “Oh, the asparagus fur sure. And the cabbage roll.” They’ve got their priorities in order. Nature is No. 1 (60 percent of Finland is forested). A tour through the countryside makes me realize why Finns settled in Northern Minnesota — a similar terrain of lakes and pines. Minnesota Good Age / December 2015 / 21
Finlandia! National pride is a close second. Long ruled by Sweden and Russia, Finland gained independence in 1917.
A few of our favorite Finns Nature and nationalism fed the music of composer Jean Sibelius. I’m here to trace his path on his 150th birthday anniversary, having learned to love his music through our own favorite Finn, Minnesota Orchestra’s Osmo Vanska. I hiked through the pines of Aulanko Park (where Sibelius drew inspiration for Finlandia), overlooking Lake Tuusula, where he made his home among other nationalistic artists, who proudly spoke Finnish rather than the customary Swedish. I visited his birthplace in Hameenlinna and heard his melodies on the very piano upon which he composed (pictured below). Ainola, his lakeshore home named for his wife, Aino, stands exactly as the master left it — green-tiled stove (he equated green with the happy sound of F Major), ashtrays for his unending cigars, the sauna Aino designed and the garden Aino planted to feed the six daughters she home-schooled. Then there’s his grave: JEAN SIBELIUS in mighty letters, with hers, too: Aino in tiny print. This Renaissance woman, who dedicated her life to him, gets her due in nearby Jarvenpaa’s Art Museum — her needlework, the music she played (but never was allowed to perform when he was home), a novel she wrote and some family photos. At the town’s Knitting Café (think kaffee klatsch with needles bobbing), a kit with her designs is offered. I biked to Krapi Estate, run by the genial Holma family, who converted it from a dairy to a homey hotel with a Sibelius room and Sibelius menu of his favorite foods, including
▲▲Finnish-designed items — for sale in a Helsinki showroom — are characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. Photos courtesy of Visit Helsinki
sausages, herring, tomato-rhubarb salad and cabbage rolls. But first, I spent a glorious hour in the lakeside smoke sauna before gritting my teeth and leaping into the frigid water.
Heavenly Helsinki After that, I was off to Helsinki and a luxe Hotel Kamp for a cocktail in the lounge where the composer relaxed, smoking cigars for a week at a time, leaving Aino home with the kids. The hotel anchors the effervescent Esplanadi, two classy boulevards spliced with a parklike median where all Helsinkians hang out (and where I saw a band performing That’s Amore in Finnish). I dined there at Kappeli, with another Sibelius menu of creamy salmon soup bobbing with potatoes. Oh, the Esplanadi! It’s home to the primary reason I adore Helsinki — Finnish design, marked by bold shapes and forward colors, often borrowed from nature. Shops celebrate Marimekko fashions (Jackie Kennedy “discovered” the phenomenon and bought nine outfits), Iittala crystal, Arabia china and Artek (contemporary furniture by architect Alvar Aalto). You’ll also find these works, among others, in the Design Museum, featuring home and office products, decade by decade (Fiskars scissors, Marimekko placemats) and a super-gorgeous Archeology of Fashion exhibit featuring yearby-year styles I’d gladly wear this minute. Aalto also designed Finlandia, a concert hall, while Eliel Saarinen, another star-chitect, drew plans for the iconic railroad station, the National Museum, the Art Center in Des
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→→Plan your trip See visitfinland.com.
modesty factor, too: They’re actually nice to you.) The prix-fixe menu includes four courses, a mere 42 euro ($45) segues from carrot in its many forms (puree poured over crunchy, translucent slices) to cabbage wrapping pork and barley, to local ▲▲Two pairs of granite statues holding the spherical lamps flank the main entrance to the iconic central railway station in Helsinki.
Moines and Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis. The National Museum is equally spellbinding inside, demonstrating Finnish history from the Stone Age through rule by Vikings, Swedes (gold and velvet) and Russians. But it’s not only the patricians who get their 15 minutes of fame: Exhibits also salute the homely farm folk (intricately painted horse collars and ironing boards) and northern tribes (birchbark knapsacks).
Design, dining Design seems imbedded in the Finnish DNA, so I’m eager to tramp the selfguided tour of the Design District. You can peer into the indie boutiques of today’s up-and-comers, and wander among the tents of the harborside outdoor market (pretty jewelry, warm knitwear, fur gloves and reindeer everything). But it’s lunchtime at harborside Olo, proud possessor of a Michelin star and a showpiece of the super-hot New Nordic cuisine. (Take that, Copenhagen! Here dining’s much more affordable and it's easier to snag a table. Then there’s that
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Yes, spruce. Spruce showed up again — mingling with asparagus and mushrooms — at restaurant Nokka, housed in a former seaside warehouse, also offering
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Plan your visit
At Juuri, I ordered, as instructed, the asparagus pudding, presented in a canning jar with creamy gouda, then the cabbage ball with smoked mustard dressing, and regional goose — first as liver mousse, then a sausage with raspberry sauce. You want “normal” granny fare? Try Kuu Kuu, which modernizes salmon soup and meatballs aside whipped potatoes and lingonberries. Or classic Café Ekberg, where my warm salmon sandwich came topped with cucumbers and a fried egg. It was hard to tear myself away, but a new Finnair flight from Helsinki to Chicago made the parting easier. Carla Waldemar is an award-winning food/travel/arts writer. She edits the annual Zagat Survey of Twin Cities restaurants and writes food and travel articles for publications around the world. She lives in Uptown. Minnesota Good Age / December 2015 / 23
Good Living / Housing / By Lynn Pribus
WALK-IN BATHTUBS 101 →→Aging in place? Reads this before you invest thousands on a tub with an access door
Doors open either in or out. An inward-opening door will require less space, while outward-opening doors may be more convenient for people who use wheelchairs or need the assistance of another person.
The ads are so inviting: Imagine taking a bath again after getting to a point when you can’t easily use your home’s bathtub. It looks so easy. But seriously considering a walk-in tub — a bathtub with a door that closes so the user can sit and soak in water rather than just take a shower — can be an intimidating process. Internet searches usually link you to manufacturers and vendors sales-pitching you on their particular products. They may even ask to come into your home. Nevertheless, it may well be worth pursuing because these tubs can make a difference in enabling older folks — as well as people with disabilities, arthritis, chronic pain or obesity — to bathe safely and remain living at home. Unfortunately, there aren’t many showrooms where you can take a tub for a test drive, so you must be careful in your research. (If possible, ask friends if they know anyone with such a tub and see if you can to try it out.) Some home-improvement shows feature the tubs, too.
These days, most walk-ins are molded from gel-coat fiberglass. Marine-grade fiberglass is considered the most durable. Cheaper products can eventually get cracks and leaks. Tubs come in two styles — framed or frameless. The former is built on a steel frame and typically has a 6to 12-inch threshold. Frameless styles use an extra-strength mold, rest directly on your floor and typically drain faster. Their typical threshold height is 3 inches or less. Your choice may depend partly on your home’s existing construction. Tubs generally vary from about 3 to 4 feet deep and fill to about 2 to 3 feet. Features typically include a molded seat, often with a non-slip surface, two or more grab bars and non-slip floors. Handheld bar, are also popular. 24 / December 2015 / Minnesota Good Age
out sitting in an empty tub while it fills, then stay sitting during draining until it’s empty and the door can be safely opened. Some tubs can take up to 15 minutes. Part of the wait depends on the home’s existing plumbing system. Generally, though, times range from two to three minutes.
How much do they cost? Treat this purchase as you would buying a used car and don’t believe everything you’re told. How much does installation really
What are they like?
showerheads, often on an adjustable slide
A significant consideration is filling and draining time: You must start
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cost? How long does it really take to fill? To drain? Will the salesperson put his claims in writing? Prices vary widely depending on
quality and extra features. Basic models start around $2,500 or $3,000 while better models with extras can run up to $10,000 or more. In some cases, you might need to upgrade an existing water heater and possibly remodel an existing bathroom to make a walk-in tub practical for your property. If you’re confident about large purchases and are willing to arrange for installation, you might consider a home improvement store such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. Make sure anyone you hire is licensed, insured and bonded. Installation requires plumbing and electrical work and sometimes carpentry as well. It’s usually better to use a single contractor, but not necessarily the one recommended by the tub vendor. On the other hand, not every plumber may have walk-in tub experience. Some vendors are quite competitive, especially with highvalue tubs, and have considerable
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Good Living / Finance / By Skip Johnson
BRIDGING THE RETIREMENT GAP →→Get creative when it comes to income shortages
Once you’ve made it to retirement age, you
help out at a bait and tackle store or even become a ballpark
may think the hard work is done. All those years of planning
usher. The benefits of working in retirement are more than
and saving have gotten you to this point, but now you may
monetary; working can increase both your happiness and
face a challenge that will test your creativity — a retirement
sense of purpose.
income gap. I often talk to my clients about the advantages of waiting
Change of address
to file for Social Security. Every year you delay collecting
In my article last month, I talked about relocating in retire-
payments, your benefits go up 8 percent. That’s after you hit
ment. Downsizing may be a smart financial decision if you can
full retirement age and until you reach age 70.
cut your home expenses by at least 25 percent.
But if you choose to postpone filing, you may find yourself
If you crunch the numbers and it won’t pay off, consider
looking for ways to bridge the income gap until you start
taking in a renter or finding a housemate. You may not have
collecting. There are, however, several creative solutions:
to look too far to find a renter; your adult children or their
Stay on the job
friends may be looking for a place to stay.
It may seem obvious that you’ll get income by working, but
many people don’t realize all of the options that are out there.
Consider refinancing your mortgage if rates have lowered since
Some companies have phased-retirement programs that allow
you took out your loan. If you have credit-card debt (which I
older workers to cut their hours.
hope you don’t!), look for a low-interest or no-interest rate card
Even if your employer doesn’t have this type of program, you
and transfer your balance. Lowering interest payments will
may be able to work something out. It never hurts to ask!
help increase your cash flow.
Turn play into work
Cut auto expenses
You can turn a hobby into a paycheck by taking a part-time job
If you’re not driving to work every day, do you need two cars?
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the other spouse files for spousal benefits until the higher earner turns 70. However, that strategy was eliminated in a budget deal President Obama signed into law last month. This option is still on the table for couples who reach full retirement age prior to May 1, 2016. (I will go into more depth about these changes in my January column.) I recommend talking with a financial professional before you claim Social Security to make sure you are using the strategies that maximize your benefits. You may find one of these retirement-gap solutions works for you. There’s no right or wrong answer. The important thing is to come up with a plan that works for you and your unique financial situation.
Skip Johnson is an advisor and partner at Great Waters Financial, a financialplanning firm and Minnesota insurance agency. Skip also offers investment advisory services through AdvisorNet Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor. Minnesota Good Age / December 2015 / 27
Good Living / In the Kitchen
Florets made flavorful! CREAMY CAULIFLOWER SOUP 1 head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds) 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces 1 leek, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced thinly and washed thoroughly 1 small onion, halved and sliced thinly Salt and pepper 4½ to 5 cups water ½ teaspoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives 28 / December 2015 / Minnesota Good Age
⊲⊲Pull off the leaves of the cauliflower and cut off the stem. Cut around core and remove it. Slice the core thinly and set it aside. ⊲⊲Cut a heaping 1 cup of ½-inch florets from the cauliflower and set them aside. Cut the remaining cauliflower crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices. ⊲⊲Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the leeks, onion, and 1½ teaspoons of salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the leek and onion are softened but not browned, about 7 minutes. ⊲⊲Increase the heat to medium-high; add 4½ cups of water, the sliced core and half of the sliced cauliflower. Bring to simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes. ⊲⊲Add the remaining sliced cauliflower, return to a simmer and continue to
Stay in the home you love! cook until the cauliflower is tender and crumbles easily, 15 to 20 minutes longer. ⊲⊲Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat while the soup simmers. Add the reserved florets and cook, stirring frequently, until the florets are golden brown and the butter is browned and releases a nutty aroma, 6 to 8 minutes. (Use a pan with a shiny or light surface so you can see when the butter has browned; don’t use a nonstick pan.) ⊲⊲Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the florets to a small bowl. Toss the florets with the vinegar and season with salt to taste. Pour the browned butter left in the skillet into a small bowl for garnishing. ⊲⊲Transfer the soup to a blender and process until smooth, about 45 seconds. Rinse out the pan. Return the pureed soup to the pan and return it to a simmer over medium heat, adjusting the consistency with the remaining water as needed. The soup should have a thick, velvety texture but should be thin enough to settle into a flat surface after being stirred. ⊲⊲Season to taste with salt. Serve in individual bowls, garnished with browned florets, a drizzle of browned butter, chives and freshly ground pepper to taste.
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Kinghorn created this pincushion flower with sterling silver, 24-karat gold and 22-karat gold. The brooch is 3 1/4 inches across and features flexible petals. Photo by Stuart Lorenz
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CAREER By Stephanie Fox
Minneapolis artist Judith Kinghorn transformed her metalworking hobby into a successful business that’s made her one of the most revered jewelry artists in the country
udith Kinghorn started making jewelry when she was only 9 years old. “I made earrings for my mom out of seashells, which
she graciously wore,” she said. It was a child’s pastime, but it was the beginning of something more, something that decades later would become a career and a vocation for the Minneapolis artist. For years, Kinghorn worked so-called “real jobs.”
Minneapolis artist Judith Kinghorn fuses 24-karat gold to sterling silver by using a mouth blowtorch. Photo by Stuart Lorenz
She was an interior designer and also once owned and operated a trucking company. Minnesota Good Age / December 2015 / 31
Craft turned career
But she found she needed an artistic outlet, and, in the 1980s, she started making jewelry again. “I made things out of natural fiber,
rassed to put my name on (them),”
natural materials — sterling silver,
18-, 22- and 24-karat gold, gemstones
and pearls. Her earlier works were architectural
shells and found objects. A friend sold
Later, Kinghorn attended a moti-
in terms of style. Her current pieces
them for me, but I was too embar-
vational seminar in search of
are inspired by the natural world, with
impressionistic flowers and leaves that
She found it, but not in the way she was expecting. “They told us, ‘You can do anything!’”
— Judith Kinghorn
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same time. Today her pieces start at about $50 and
she said. For Kinghorn, “anything”
go up to about $7,000. She recently sold a
meant starting a professional jewelry-
single custom piece for $15,000.
Working in the arts gives me a purpose. Seeing people wearing my work and thinking that it’s beautiful makes me happy and keeps me young.
look delicate and indestructible at the
She mentioned her idea to the speaker.
“He called it my ‘little artsy-craftsy’
Kinghorn is now considered one
business,” Kinghorn said, “and I said to
of the country’s most respected
myself, 'I’ll show him.'”
Kinghorn wrote a business plan
She was one of only 56 exhibitors
and started working on building her
invited to the prestigious Craft2Wear
show in the Great Hall at Washington,
Instead of using fibers and shells, she
D.C.’s Smithsonian Museum. She’s won
took a metal-smithing class at a local
numerous awards, including honors
technical college and began to use other
from the Minnesota governor’s office
Photo by Stuart Lorenz
Craft turned career
and Best of Show awards from the American Craft Council, a national, nonprofit organization that moved from New York City to Minneapolis
→→Learn more Check out Kinghorn’s show schedule and artist’s portfolio at judithkinghorn.com.
in 2010. Kinghorn was commissioned by the National Association of Women Judges to make pins that are now worn by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Conner and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Kinghorn said she doesn’t begin a piece with a set idea. In fact, each piece evolves as she’s working on it. “I don’t draw what I’m going to make. I notice things and build detail. I love seeing the transformation — from pieces of metal into a thing of beauty,” she said.
One-of-a-kind crafting Everything Kinghorn makes is one of
one, into water, then sorting them by size
a kind, and every element is created
and fusing them onto a piece of jewelry.
entirely in her studio.
If the timing is off, she said, everything
Kinghorn often puts in 14-hour, laborintensive days in the studio, working
Her signature piece, Chrysanthemum,
with machines such as a hydraulic press,
made of 24-karat gold and sterling silver,
a drill press and a belt sander / bench
took 65 hours to create, she said.
grinder, all used to create the special look of her jewelry. She fuses 24-karat gold to sterling
Sometimes Kinghorn collaborates with Susan Bradley, a Minneapolis-based
Blowing carefully through a long tube,
clothing artist and longtime friend. She
she can control the heat to create a look
wears Bradley’s “museum chic” dresses,
wraps and capes with her own pieces
by running sheets of precious metals
of jewelry. “Susan’s clothing pieces are dramatic,”
through rollers along an etched plate.
said Kinghorn. “When I’m at shows,
Sometimes, she has to look through a
I wear her clothes with my jewelry. It
high-powered magnifying glass to attach
makes me feel good.”
tiny petals to her flowers. She makes minuscule, perfectly
The admiration is mutual. “I work with industrial fabrics,” Bradley
round gold beads by melting snippets of
said. “And Judith’s jewelry works with my
22-karat gold and dropping them, one by
pieces. I really love her work. It is very
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— Judith Kinghorn
silver by using a mouth blowtorch.
Kinghorn creates subtle textures
I don’t like being put into a box. I’m a person with high energy.
could melt together.
different, very sophisticated.” Linn Veltema, a friend and client, first discovered Kinghorn’s jewelry while attending an American Craft Council show 15 years ago. “I went through the show and then went back to Judith’s booth. Her stuff just stood out,” Veltema said. “It was so cool. I bought a couple of pairs of earrings. They were magical.” Veltema’s favorite from her collection of Kinghorn pieces is called The Charm
⊳⊳ Other works by Kinghorn include a poppy ring, a dahlia brooch, a meadowflower brooch, blue moonstone earrings decorated with granulated gold and a brooch that pays homage to the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. Photos are by Stuart Lorenz, except for the blue moonstone earrings photographed by Danielle Holzschuh.
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Ageless artist on the go When she’s not in her studio, Kinghorn is always on the move. By the end of the year, she will have attended 13 shows across the country, sometimes with only a day or two between them. “Setting up and taking down shows takes four to six hours. I haul stuff — I don’t have to do weight training,” she said. Her next local show — an American
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retired from traveling to out-of-town craft shows. “She can’t keep up with me,” Kinghorn said. “Some days I think I would like to sit on the sofa and watch TV, but that doesn’t happen,” she said. “I’m lucky to be doing what I’m doing. "I’m supposed to be at the age when I’m winding down, but I’m thinking I’m still 20 years old. “Working in the arts gives me a purpose. Seeing people wearing my work and thinking that it’s beautiful makes me happy and keeps me young.” Stephanie Fox is a freelance journalist who covers ethnic foods, gardens, the arts, dogs, business, science, real estate, politics and government. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their two English bulldogs.
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
→→Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang as they discover the real meaning of Christmas. Visitors to the theater, which is housed in the Hopkins Center for the Arts, will also be treated to a special exhibit offered in conjunction with the show: Home for the Holidays: A Celebration of Charles M. Schultz. This interactive display of history includes a Snoopy’s Doghouse statue, a Christmas tree display modeled after scenes from the beloved TV special and memorabilia recently discovered by a local family. When: Through Dec. 29 Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins Cost: $23 for adults, $20 for ages 60 and older and $16 for ages 5 to 17. Lap passes are available for ages 4 and younger. Info: stagestheatre.org or 952-979-1111
Making Spirits Bright →→Enjoy live music, outdoor lights, a 20-foot live poinsettia tree, decorated evergreens, a Land of Gingerbread exhibit, holidays teas, art sales, classes, workshops, story times, guided walks and visits with Santa. When: Nov. 27–Jan. 3 Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, with many events in the Oswald Visitor Center Cost: Events are free with gate admission ($12 for ages 13 and older). Admission is free every Thursday, November through March. Info: arboretum.umn.edu
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Holidazzle →→This year’s all-ages holiday celebration, organized by the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is free and happening in a new venue, Loring Park, which will be home to another new feature — a free seasonal ice-skating rink. Minneapoliscentric vendors will provide prepared and packaged food, beverages, unique gifts and craft items. Other highlights include visits from Santa, musical performances from bands and choirs, weekly movies, themed days, giveaways and more. When: 5–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 27–Dec. 20. Opening ceremonies will be at
6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and will include a musical performance by MN Chorale, comments from local leaders and fireworks. Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: holidazzle.com
A Christmas Carol →→With a 41-year history on the Guthrie’s stages, the classic Dickens play follows grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge through an evening of visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. When: Through Dec. 27 Where: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Cost: $34–$116 Info: guthrietheater.org or 612-377-2224
Can’t-Miss Calendar Chanhassen Dinner Theatres holiday events →→Celebrate the holidays with a variety of performances, including Keri Noble: A Very Special Christmas with the famed Cities 97 radio personalitysinger-songwriter (Nov. 27–28); The Rock ‘N’ Roll Xmas Spectacular with an all-star 8-piece cadre of musicians (Dec. 3–6 and 10–13); The Sherwin & Pam Linton Christmas Show (Dec. 15–17); At Christmas, a comedy-drama with a six-piece band (Dec. 18–20); A Three Tenors Christmas (Dec. 22–23); Celtic Holiday Hooley, a variety show (Dec. 26–27); An Andy & Bing Christmas (Dec. 29–30); a New Year’s Eve celebration (Dec. 31). When: Nov. 27–Dec. 31 Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen Cost: $40–$55 ($99 for New Year’s Eve) Info: chanhassendt.com
Macy’s SantaLand →→Walk through an animated story of Santa’s elves preparing for Christmas at the North Pole. Visit Mrs. Claus’ bakery and Santa’s toyshop. When: Nov. 21–Dec. 24 Where: Macy’s, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: macys.com/believe
The Wizard of Oz →→This all-ages production of the beloved L. Frank Baum story features a cast of munchkins, monkeys and four friends (Toto, too) in the pursuit of courage, a brain, a heart and a home. When: Through Jan. 10 Where: Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis Cost: Tickets start at $10. Info: childrenstheatre.org or 612-874-0400
Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar →→Browse 75 booths of handcrafted gift items from local artisans, including jewelry, wreaths, paintings, lotions and soaps, and enjoy live music and treats while you shop. When: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Dec. 3–4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Dec. 5 Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul Cost: $5 for ages 12 and older, free for ages 11 and younger Info: landmarkcenter.org
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→→It’s 1959. Buddy Holly and The Crickets are the hottest thing going in rock ’n’ roll!
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When: Nov. 19–Dec. 20 Where: History Theatre, St. Paul Cost: $15–$45 Info: historytheatre.com
Black Coffee →→Agatha Christie’s only stage play to feature her famous Belgian detective, this production finds an English country estate thrown into chaos when inventor Sir Claud Amory is found murdered and his new earth-shattering formula stolen. When: Nov. 20–Dec. 20 Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis Cost: $15–$22 Info: theatreintheround.org
→→Celebrate the holiday season with a European Christmas Market, a treelighting ceremony, live music, a bake sale, fireworks, a North Pole Express train and a series of free holiday movie nights. When: Dec. 4–13 Where: Union Depot, downtown St. Paul Cost: Most events are FREE. Info: uniondepot.org/holiday
Welcome Christmas →→VocalEssence’s beloved annual Christmas concert will feature the group’s 100-voice chorus and 32-voice ensemble choir performing a lineup that blends big band and jazz styles with traditional melodies. When: Dec. 5–13 Where: Apple Valley, Minneapolis,
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Wayzata and Roseville Cost: $10–$40. Not all price levels are available at all venues. Info: vocalessence.org
Artists’ Holiday Shop →→Soo Visual Arts Center will present art and gifts from Minnesota artists to encourage residents to shop local this holiday season. Choose from prints, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and much more. When: Dec. 5–24. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Where: SooVAC, 2909 Bryant Avenue S., Minneapolis Cost: Various Info: soovac.org
Dec. 5–Jan. 3
Historic Holiday Homes →→Many of the Minnesota Historical Society’s sites and museums will offer programming to celebrate the holiday season, including Hill House Holidays, a theatrical look at the holidays at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul (Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 5–27), and A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House in St. Paul, offering a glimpse the holidays in the year 1875. When: Dec. 5–Jan. 3 Where: Various venues in the Twin Cities Cost: Various Info: mnhs.org
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Christmas With Cantus →→Minnesota’s own internationally renowned vocal ensemble celebrates the holidays with songs that reflect on the many meanings, messages and traditions prevalent at this special time of year When: Dec. 10–19 Where: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, Apple Valley, Stillwater, Wayzata Cost: $10–$40 Info: cantussings.org
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→→Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical features classic songs such as My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss in this timeless story of Maria and the musical Von Trapp family. When: Dec. 10–Jan. 2 Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul Cost: Tickets start at $30. Info: ordway.org
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→→Celebrate the songs of dark and light with this Ivey award-winning winter solstice show. When: Dec. 11–21 Where: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: $20 Info: hotb.org
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Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy →→The Minnesota Dance Theatre, nonprofit professional dance company, presents beautiful choreography, lavish sets and costumes along with a multitude of scenic transformations with more than 150 dancers, artists and behind-the-scenes production professionals, plus a 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra, masterfully interpreting Tchaikovsky’s composition. When: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 19 and 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 19; and 3 p.m. Dec. 20 Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: $20-$75 Info: mndance.org and ticketmaster.com
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ABOUT CREMATION Q. How does the Cremation Society of Minnesota work? A. The Cremation Society is notified immediately
at the time of death. The member’s body is taken to the Society’s crematory. It is held until proper medical authorization and a cremation permit is secured. It is then cremated.
Q. What happens to the ashes after cremation? A. The member’s remains are handled according to their written instructions. They may be picked up by survivors or delivered for a fee.
Q. What is the cost for cremation? A. “Our current cost for our basic direct cremation service is $1,595.00.” It includes removal of the body from the place of death, cremation, filing of necessary papers, and a cardboard container suitable for burial. The charge for non-members, who we also serve, is more.
Q. How do I become a member? A. Fill out the registration form and mail it to our
near-est location. Enclose a one-time membership fee of $15.00 per person. The fee covers setting up and maintaining records. It is not refundable nor an offset to final service costs. We will register you and send you a wallet-sized membership card, and a certificate of registration.
Q. What are the benefits of prepaying for services? A. Prepayment provides two benefits – it removes a
stress from survivors and guarantees that services will be performed at today’s cost.
Q. Where can I learn more? A. You may call or visit any one of our locations, or
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Name Address Telephone (
INFORMATION REQUIRED ON THE DEATH CERTIFICATE Date of Birth
(will remain confidential)
Place of Birth
Sex ❏ M ❏ F
Hispanic ❏ Yes ❏ No
Social Security #
Marital Status ❏ Married ❏ Never Married ❏ Widowed ❏ Divorced If married, spouse’s full legal name, including maiden Are you a Veteran? ❏ Yes ❏ No
If Yes, enclose a copy of your discharge paper.
AUTHORIZATION FOR CREMATION I, the undersigned, authorize and request the Cremation Society of Minnesota or its assigns to cremate the remains of , and further authorize and request that the following disposition of the cremated remains be made: . I will indemnify and hold harmless the Cremation Society of Minnesota and the crematory from any claims to the contrary including all liability and claims related to the shipment and storage of the cremated remains. Signature
Address Telephone (
NEXT OF KIN – Please list at least one. Name
Address Telephone (
PAYMENT PLAN – You are not a member until this form is on file and your registration fee is received. “Our current cost for our basic direct cremation service is $1,595.00.” ❏ I wish to preregister with the Cremation Society of Minnesota
❏ I wish to prepay for my Basic Cremation, I understand my pre-payment will be placed in an insurance policy to be used at time of death ❏ I wish to register at this time but not prepay
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