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rt starts in the heart, and for Artist of the Month Tiffany Brazell, it ends in the heart as well. Each month the Holladay Arts Council selects a deserving artist to be featured as the artist of the month, and the Artist of the Month for October is Tiffany Brazell. At three years old, most children are trying to grasp the basics of cognition and understanding, but for Brazell, her artistic lifestyle had already begun blossoming. Beginning with a watercolor of a man holding a bunch of balloons, her artistic horizons have broadened. She now enjoys creating more natural scenes, featuring fish and other animals, including her numerous pets. “Real painters do not paint things as they are, but they paint things as they themselves feel them to be,” Brazell said. Brazell, a Utah native, moved to Australia

Brazell’s work “Shark!” (Lisa O’Bryan/Holladay Arts Council)

when she was four years old while her father was working on his PhD. She returned to Utah at age 10 and went on to get her bachelor of fine arts in painting and drawing from the University of Utah. She now specializes in animal artwork and large-scale art, which helps bring to life the scene and subjects of her paintings. Though humans are still the focus in some of her artwork, the joy and passion Brazell feels for animals emanates from her paintings. Her rabbit, salamander, two dogs and various assortment of fish share the spotlight in many of her paintings and are her inspiration. Brazell considers herself a modern expressionist, and her art rarely revolves around the same subject or idea. While many paintings can depict a natural and calming scene, her wide range can vary anywhere from just plain silly to unnerving and thought-provoking. Artwork lines the walls of her studio, engulfing her in the life and discipline of the work she enjoys with great passion. Reminders of past works and future inspirations follow her around, leaving few opportunities unexplored while perpetuating her talent and passion for art. When Brazell was in high school she experienced a traumatic brain injury causing her

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to lose much of her math and writing abilities. The injury was the result of the accumulation of unknown concussions from Taekwondo coupled with a singular event where she hit her head while playing football. “My math abilities just got knocked out of my head,” Brazell said with a laugh. Her artwork excelled as she retained her creativity, while at the same time she was having to relearn how to read. Even through the trauma, Brazell now has a publishing deal and is set to release two of her books, “The Prisoner of Mauvias” and “The Destroyer’s Empire.” Outside of painting, Brazell maintains 225 gallons of fresh- and salt-water aquariums while also maintaining her passion for scuba diving, and is even certified with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and intends to get her master diver with the hopes of one day herself becoming a diving instructor. Prints of Brazell’s work can be ordered online at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ tiffany-brazell.html. Like Brazell on Facebook and see her extensive series of paintings. Also check out her website at http:// tiffanybrazellfinearts.com/. l


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LOCAL LIFE Difficult to say, easy to do: Musculoskeletal relief

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or those with bones that shake and joints that ache, relief may be just down the street. The Holladay Lions Recreation Center is offering a musculoskeletal relief program, and though it may be difficult to say, the relief is easy. Some attendees claim relief after just one class. “Every bone spurt, every pain in the joints, is because things start going out of alignment,” said Laura Luker, the certified instructor for the class. Musculoskeletal relief applies the concept of aligning the body though certain exercises that adjust your joints into a more natural position. The program consists of free-motion exercises, which means weights are not used, with the exception of a couple classes. The exercises consist of lying in precise positions to allow gravity to play a natural part and realign the bones and joints. Reasons to seek relief differ for everyone, but the major three are to decrease the painful sensation in the joints, to improve posture and body alignment and improve joint health. Class begins with the basis that each joint is interdependent and that all joints must be in alignment for the body to function correctly.

Accordingly, the classes assist in identifying joints that are misplaced and adjust them. “The most successful joint we work on, the one that works the best for most people, would have to be the low back. I have had people come in with low back pain and soon realize, that after the ankle and feet class, their low back pain has been resolved,” Luker said. Classes begin at the end of the body with the feet and move up through major areas like legs and back, eventually ending on the neck and shoulder regions. Each class covers a unique pain condition and discusses what is happening when your body is in pain and the best actions to take to ease the pain. This isn’t just a class for Grandma and Grandpa. This class is for all ages. Since joint pain affects everyone differently, participants in the class vary in all ages and fitness ability. Since joint pain happens so slowly, most people don’t understand that their body is naturally falling out of alignment due to demanding lifestyle choices or certain genetic conditions. “Though it may be an easy class to participate in, it still requires some physical strength,” Luker said.

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Exercises in this class rely on the body’s ability to stretch and maintain a position for an extended period of time. The class schedule consists of eight sessions throughout September and October into early November. Classes are Saturday mornings from 10:45-11:45 a.m. with some exceptions. Luker is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been involved in the fitness industry since 1996. She is also a qualified group and personal fitness instructor, as well as being AAAAI older adult certified. Luker has personally led the musculoskeletal class for just over three years now and maintains her passion for helping others feel as good as she knows they can. Registration is easy. Just go into Holladay Lions Recreation Center, or register on their website at http://www.slco.org/recreation/ holladayLions/. “This is such a really great class; it can really help relieve pain if people are diligent and actually do the exercises outside of the class.” Luker said. l

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“Messiah” production comes to Holladay for 25th year By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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or the past 25 years, residents of Holladay have celebrated the start of the Christmas season with a production of “Highlights of the Messiah.” Sponsored by the Salt Lake Holladay Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Holladay Community Messiah Foundation and in cooperation with the Holladay Interfaith Council, singers and musicians Maestro Jack Aston gives instructions bring selected portion of to the orchestra prior to “Highlights George Frederic Handel’s of the Messiah” performance. (Dave “Messiah” to life. Robertson/Holladay Community This year’s Messiah Foundation) performance will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Olympus High School Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to the event. Tickets are free and children over eight are welcome. According to Dave Robertson, a representative of the Holladay Community Messiah Foundation, Jack Aston will be returning as conductor of the performance. “Ashton is a well-known local musician and teacher, as well as the former music department chair at Olympus High School,”

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Robertson said. “Elizabeth Warner will join Ashton as choral director.” Soloists will include tenor Scott Miller, a long-time Holladay resident and frequent soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as well as soprano Tricia Swanson, who has traveled across Utah for the past 20 years performing in schools with ARTS Inc. Mezzo soprano Demaree Clayson Brown will also be featured. Brown has taught high school and middle school choir in Nevada, Utah, Nebraska and New Mexico. The final vocal soloist is bass Michael Judd Sheranian, a musician with ties to Skyline High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in both violin and vocal performance. Jazz trumpeter Bob Taylor will also be a featured soloist. Taylor is an author, composer, educator and clinician. The Holladay Community Messiah Foundation was formed in 2014 as a not-for-profit organization with the goal of providing a tax-exempt vehicle for individuals and organizations to help fund the annual “Messiah” presentation. “Through the generous contributions of the community, the foundation enabled the use of the Olympus High School facility this year and hopes to continue to do so year after year,” Robertson said. “Anyone desiring to make a tax-deductible contribution to support the ‘Messiah Highlights’ concert may send a check to the Holladay Community Messiah Foundation, 4524 S. Butternut Rd. Holladay, Utah 84117. Please make check payable to Holladay Community Messiah Foundation.” For more information about the foundation and the upcoming production, visit facebook.com/HolladayMessiah. l

Singers Tricia Swanson, Demaree Clayson Brown, Scott Miller and Judd Sheranian prepare to go on stage. (Dave Robertson/Holladay Community Messiah Foundation)

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Brief relief for homeless youth By Bradyn Orton | b.orton@mycityjournals.com

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t can be very easy to take for granted the simple things in life, especially underwear. For those who go without such bare necessities, the luxury is apparent. The Volunteers of America (VOA) Utah branch is asking for new and unused underwear for homeless youth. The VOA is hosting an underwear drive at the VOA Youth Resource Center at 888 South 400 West, downtown Salt Lake City, from Sept. 5 through Nov.5. The VOA works closely with the Friend to Friend organization. The independent organization, based out of a network of Olympus High volunteers, consists of youth in the area reaching out to help other youth in the community. For more convenient locations, large donation bins are at the Holladay town where donations will be accepted. Friend to Friend retrieves the donations on a regular basis and delivers them to the VOA. “When we were approached by Friend to Friend they asked what our biggest need is, and what we really need is someone to do an underwear drive,” said Deann Zebelean, director of communications for the VOA Youth Resource Center. Friend to Friend will be out in the community seeking contributions for the underwear drive, with the largest drop on Saturday, Nov. 5. “Friend to Friend works to introduce youth to charity work and to help meet the needs of the community. So it is a great opportunity for youth to learn more about the needs of the community and do a service project by going out and asking

for contributions,” Zebelean said. Though underwear may not cure homelessness, it does offer a brief relief for those inflicted, and assists in removing one more concern from the minds of those looking to simply endure nights in the plunging temperatures. Homeless and at-risk youth are in danger as the weather gets colder. Warm clothing and additional layers are some of the most crucial contributions for youth living without. Though the VOA is focusing on underwear for their drive, no donation will be turned away. Any clothing that may be lying around the house can become a revitalized godsend for a young person living on the streets. Though the VOA cannot take used underwear, there are many other ways to help the homeless or the VOA. “Our center runs on community service. If someone doesn’t have the financial needs to donate something like that, we need help in our program. Come in and sort community donations, cook meals in our kitchen, or help work our front desk,” Zebelean said. Without the concern of fighting the cold or having enough to wear, homeless youth would be more able to focus on finding

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Eleven new projects and several improvement projects are part of the proposed parks and recreation bond. (Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation)

open space and space for a future gymnasium. New $25,000 multi-use sports courts are slated for Salt Lake City that will include lights and a storage facility. Each court will be made out of asphalt or concrete. The last project listed with the bond is a $1.75 million Oak Hills Tennis Center in Salt Lake City. Located along the fifth hole of Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course, improvements include renovations to the existing tennis facility clubhouse. The $31 million in maintenance and improvement projects will include the Dimple Dell Regional Park, the Equestrian Park, Mick Riley Golf Course, mountain trails, Oquirrh Park, Salt Lake County parks, Southridge Park, Sugar House Park and universally accessible playgrounds. According to Birdsall, the proposed projects were submitted to the ZAP board for consideration. The approved projects were then sent on to the county council for their approval. The county has held several public meetings in various cities to educate the public on proposed bond. “We have posters and brochures in recreation centers, city halls, event centers (and) libraries,” Birdsall said. Birdsall believes the public is responding well to the proposed projects. “The support of parks and trails and open space is incredible every single year because of the increase in population and the urban sprawl that is happening. The need for open space is exponentially growing,” Birdsall said. “When you talk about parks and recreation, most people are pretty excited about it.” To learn more about the proposed bond and the projects it includes, visit slco.org/parks-recreation-bond. l

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eens are getting involved in local government through the Holladay Youth Council. The council is made up of teen residents who help out at city-sponsored events as well as get a hands-on experience of how local government works. Jordan Tempest, a 16-year-old who attends Olympus High School, heard about the youth council through a friend and is currently in her second year with the council. “I think (the council does) a lot of important things and they are really involved in the community,” Jordan said. “They talk about really active stuff, which is really cool for me to learn about because I never would have known about the park coming up otherwise.”

for Santa to be her favorite youth council activity. “We gather gifts for different kids and then we wrap them and send them to them,” Rebecca said. “We’re doing the city Trunk or Treat again this year. The police help and we inform all of the elementary schools.” This is Rebecca’s third year on the youth council, joining when she was in the ninth grade. She said she loves helping people and being involved in the community.“The youth council is meant to help us understand how a city is run and what goes into it and all the different work and to help us be involved in the community and help other people,” Rebecca said.

“The youth council is meant to help us understand how a city is run and what goes into it and all the different work and to help us be involved in the community and help other people.” According to Jordan, the role of the youth council is to get kids more involved in the community and more active in society. “You learn so much about the city. The mayor comes in and talk about what laws are being passed and what our views are on it,” Tempest said. “It’s also fun because we get to give input and say what we want in the city. If there was something that we want changed, we can actually have a voice and do something about it.” Jordan said her favorite activity the youth council participates in is the Sub for Santa event that happens in December. “We went and picked out all the stuff that the little boy wanted,” Jordan said. “It was really awesome to know we were making a difference in someone’s Christmas.” Rebecca Lunt, another 16-year-old who attends Olympus High School, also finds Sub

Sixteen-year-old Ben Denlis became involved with the youth council after his older brother told him what a great experience he had with the council. Ben said he believes the role of the youth council is to give teens a voice in the community. “Having a voice in things because the youth are in the background of things with their parents voting so it’s kind of fun to have a voice and have input in things in the city,” Ben said. While being on the youth council is a time commitment, Jordan said the leaders are flexible and forgiving if members are unable to attend all the events. “You want to do everything,” Jordan said. “You want to do it all but being a high school student, you can’t sometimes and it’s hard knowing that you’re missing out on so many cool things.” l


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Skyline Network forges ahead with grade reconfiguration By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

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arents in the Skyline network of schools introduced a grade reconfiguration to address the decreased enrollment of students at Skyline High School. The change involves secondary schools switching to a traditional 7-8 and 9-12 model. There are eight schools within the network. The change will go into effect in 2017. The proposal for the change was first initiated in 2015 and discussed amongst the school community councils. In February 2016, the discussion moved forward to the board of education for the Granite School District. A subsequent survey was sent home to parents in April 2016. The results showed that 65 percent of parents approved the move, while 32 percent were against. Martin Bates, superintendent of Granite School District, opened the discussion at the September 2016 BOE meeting. He initially addressed an incident that happened during the vote at an Upland Terrace Elementary Community Council meeting in July 2016. “I’ve been approached by quite a number of people expressing concern about the process that this went through,” Bates said. He was not present at the July Upland meeting, but spoke to the chair and many others who were there. “Some of the guests at the community council meeting were rude, disruptive and

inappropriate in that meeting,” Bates said. Specifically, Bates said inappropriate pressure had been placed on the council to support the recommendation. The board expressed disappointment about the behaviors from the meeting. Jennifer Reed, Upland Terrace principal, addressed the board about the Upland incident. She said there were norms and standards in place to prevent such an occurrence in the future. Doug Bingham, principal of Skyline High School, said, “We are still in support of that as principals and also our community councils are in support.” Karianne Prince, parent and SCC member for Skyline and Morningside, represented those in favor of the change at the September 2016 BOE meeting. “All of the schools in our network are in agreement,” Prince said. “Our community councils are unanimous in request for the change.” In contrast, Rick Miller, Upland Terrace School Community Council vice chair, voiced concern about the pace of the timeline. “I do not, as a vice chair of the community council, want any child in my network to be left behind, to have a program missed, to have an

Parents attend Granite School District’s February 2016 BOE meeting to learn about the reconfiguration. (Granite School District)

opportunity lost for anybody in our network because we decided to go fast,” Miller said. “Fast means problems.” Miller supported the reconfiguration, but said the timeline was “aggressive.”

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Will voting yes on Amendment B offer more money for students? By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

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arents of public school students may be interested to vote for or against Constitutional Amendment B in this year’s general election. Amendment B focuses on how the School LAND Trust funds are to be invested and distributed. Proponents for the proposed revision seek to increase funding for students in public schools throughout Utah. The State School Fund is a permanent school fund designed to support students in Utah public schools. The trust was established at statehood in the Utah Constitution. The school community council in each school manages allocation of funds for various academic achievement initiatives. There is currently $2.1 billion in assets in the school fund, with approximately $46 million designated for expenditure in 2016. “The change to the trust has to be a constitutional amendment,” said Susan Edwards, community engagement coordinator for Canyons School District. There are three proposed changes in Amendment B. • The first is changing annual distribution from “interest and dividends” to “earnings.” There are a growing number of ways the fund can increase value. Using the term “earnings” adjusts for new avenues for the fund to invest and distribute funds from such investment. • Next, the amendment would limit distribution from the fund to 4 percent. There is currently no cap on spending in the Utah Constitution. Instilling an annual limit for the distribution of funds would deter schools from overspending. • Finally, Amendment B would also shift investment from

“safely” to “prudently.” The current terminology implies investing in a way that is devoid of risk. However, risk is inherent to any investment. The term “prudently” suggests investing in a judicial and pragmatic way. Dawn Davies, president of the Utah PTA, supports the proposition. “I believe this change to the distribution formula is good for Utah’s students now and for future generations,” Davies said in a press release. While a majority of interest groups support Amendment B, the vote in the Utah Senate was not unanimous. Sen. Margaret Dayton from District 15 voted against the change. “While this strategy could perhaps increase the fund’s annual distribution, that increase would be achieved at the expense of predictable and demonstrated long-term growth,” Dayton said. Amendment B is one of three ballot questions this November. The other two include Amendment A — Oath of Office, and Amendment C — Property Tax Exemption. Legislative Votes Utah Senate 26 Yes / 1 No / 2 Not Present Utah House of Representatives 72 Yes / 0 No / 3 Not Present Legislative Votes Utah Senate 26 Yes / 1 No / 2 Not Present Utah House of Representatives

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NOVEMBER 2016

M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E I can’t believe I am writing an article referencing the upcoming holiday season, but here we are. As a former small business owner, I would like to address my message to the importance of supporting our local businesses. Did you know that when you spend $100 with a local business, on average, $55.30 will remain in the local economy? That same $100 will yield $13.60 when spent with a national retailer. That’s a multiplier of 4X when you shop local--- impressive return!

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Deer Mitigation Update

• You keep tax dollars in our community

By Council Member Mark Stewart, District 5

• You supported our neighbors in their pursuit of the American Dream

The City of Holladay hosted a deer mitigation discussion on October 12th at City Hall. There was a large turnout for the meeting. The city was represented by City Manager Gina Chamness, Mayor Rob Dahle and Councilman Mark Stewart. The discussion was initiated by the city to gather input from Holladay residents in regards to whether the city should implement a deer mitigation program. Steve Gray from the Division of Wildlife Services presented the two types of mitigation plans that are available. The plans are either lethal or non-lethal. The non-lethal plan involves trapping and relocating deer living within the city; while the lethal plan involves a professional archer who would euthanize deer living within the city. The purpose of a plan would not be to try and eradicate the herd living within the city, but to try and control it. A large number of residents voiced their concerns either for or against the city implementing a plan. Those favoring a plan discussed the need for help from the city to control the deer population. Many of those in favor of a plan talked about destruction to their property caused by the deer. The safety issues posed by deer were also addressed. Opponents to the city implementing a plan discussed how they did not believe that the deer posed any problems and that any problems to personal property could be reduced or eliminated by residents’ use of fencing and repellants, among other solutions. Opponents also discussed how they enjoyed living in an area that has wildlife and expressed the excitement they feel seeing deer in their yards and throughout the community. The next step in the process of implementing a mitigation program by the city would be for the City Council to hold a public hearing on the issue. The City Council would then vote on a plan. In order for a plan to pass, at least four members of the City Council would need to vote in favor of it. The City Council has decided to hold a public hearing on this issue sometime in the beginning of 2017. It should be noted that if a plan passed, it would not be implemented until Fall of 2017. The city will provide proper notice when a public hearing date has been determined.

• You support those who support you, locally owned businesses support community causes at a rate 3X that of national chains • You make Holladay a destination

Our friends and neighbors invested mightily to build the business infrastructure • Economic benefits notwithstanding, that supports and sustains our communihere are a few things you also accomty. As the shopping season approaches, plish when buying local: I realize that you have many options, to • You embrace the character that local include an exploding on-line marketplace. businesses bring to our community I hope our local business owners receive • You create local jobs special consideration. Even if it costs a few more dollars, you are spending your money with those that have risked and invested in us. It’s the local merchants that help to create the unique character of our community, but they cannot survive without our support. As you begin building your Christmas shopping list, I hope you place some value on the myriad benefits of a healthy local business economy when choosing where to spend your hard earned dollars. Abundant blessings to your family this holiday season!!! –Rob Dahle, Mayor

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Holladay City Journal

NOVEMBER 2016

CITY INFORMATION CiTY CoUNCiL MeMBers:

Fall Leaf Collection The City is out of leaf bags. Other yard or waste bags CAN BE used as leaf bags. Residents can DROP OFF filled leaf bags from October 15 - November 30 at: • Holladay City South Parking Lot - 4624 S. 2300 E. • Cottonwood Ball Complex - 4400 S. 1300 E. PLEASE NOTE: • Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District DOES NOT collect leaves at your curb • Place leaf bags in the designated trailers at area parks, NOT on the ground. The trailers are emptied daily. • DO NOT dump garbage, yard waste, or other items at the leaf bag collection site. • DO NOT put leaves in your recycle can.

Property Tax Notices November brings falling leaves, falling temperatures, Thanksgiving and property tax notices. As you receive your property tax notice, you may notice changes in your overall bill. Your property tax bill includes assessments from a variety of entities including the Granite School District, Salt Lake County, assessments for mosquito abatement and others, as well as the City of Holladay.

rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 sabrina petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-535-6613 patricia pignanelli, District 3 ppignanelli@cityofholladay.com 801-455-3535 steve gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

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The City of Holladay’s share of your overall tax bill has fallen since the City incorporated in 2000, beginning at about 17% of the overall bill. in 2010, Holladay’s share was just over 14%. For 2016, Holladay’s share of your tax bill is just under 12% in most areas of Holladay. Holladay’s elected officials and employees have worked hard over the past 15 years to keep the Holladay portion of your tax bill low, and inflation has eaten away at the City’s spending power in that time. Look for future stories about how the City’s spending has changed since incorporation.

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17th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service This year marks the 17th annual City of Holladay Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The service will be held on Sunday November 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center located at 2675 East 4430 South (The “Pagoda” building). The keynote speaker will be Dan Clark with musical performances by The Madeleine Choir School to highlight this years’ service. Additionally, the service includes readings, prayers and a youth speaker. What a wonderful opportunity to join family and friends of all faiths to offer thanks for the bounteous blessings we enjoy as citizens of Holladay City and the freedoms we treasure living in The United States of America! Keynote speaker Dan Clark was born in Mesa Arizona on March 14, 1955. After succeeding in multiple sports at the high school level, including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, skiing and track. Clark accepted a scholarship in football and baseball to the University of Utah where he majored in Psychology. He was a starting wide receiver his freshman year and the starting defensive end beginning his sophomore year. Mr. Clark is the author of twenty-one books and is a primary contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He speaks to corporations, charities, universities, conventions, U.S. military academies and to troops and their families. Clark has also appeared on television and radio shows, including The Oprah Winfry Show, The Glenn Beck Program and The Adam Carolla Show. In 2012 he was honored as the Utah Father of the Year. In 2015 Mr. Clark was named one of the top motivational speakers in the world. The Madeleine Choir School choristers assist with the worship life of the Cathedral serving over 9,000 hours every year and performing in the Cathedral’s annual concert series. National and international performance tours are an integral part of every student’s experience at The Madeleine Choir School. Past tours have encompassed performances in Rome, Paris, Sevilla, Prague, Leipzig, and Vienna. The tradition of providing Utah Food Bank collection barrels continues this year. Please be generous in your donations to the Utah Food Bank. The barrels will be place in both foyers outside of the chapel doors. Please join us for fellowship and refreshments following the service.

Holladay Village Development Standards Under Review A condominium proposal in the Holladay Village area has spurred the City Council to consider possible changes to zoning regulations. In July the Council declared a 6 month study period to examine allowable housing density, building height and parking. After significant study and discussion Councilmembers Petersen and Stewart along with city staff have developed potential amendments to the Village zone that, if approved, would result in adjustments to building height, a cap on dwellings per acre and perhaps

one or two others regulations. A public hearing on these draft amendments is scheduled for November 15th at the Planning Commission with a similar hearing to follow on November 17th at the City Council.

Please watch the city website www.cityofholladay.com for agendas and more information.

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Public/private partnership creates pathway for students By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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Although the rollout of the program is fairly new, Mariotti mentioned she had not received any negative complaints from parents, teachers or others in the school community. “The only negative feedback received by (teachers or principals) has been related to training and/or initial deployment of the accompanying books,” Mariotti said. She explained the initial purchase of materials was based on the enrollment of students from the previous school year. The initial count failed to account for student growth. “It did not help that some schools hoarded materials on the off chance of receiving more students; we ultimately bought over $15,000 worth of additional books to address the problem quickly,” Mariotti said. “ We had some complaints about the August training and the fact that it was conducted in a fairly lockstep fashion — intentionally so — to force exposure to all elements of the program before teachers could dabble with their own class lists and personal calendars.” Mariotti disagreed with this assessment, mentioning several available trainings were offered in the spring and summer. “Teachers have had access to the entire program with the exception of their own class rosters and a personal planning calendar component all summer long and should have been well prepared for the first few weeks of school,” Mariotti said. “A vendor error did cause an issue with licenses being available for all sixth-grade teachers and our summer hires at the end of that August training day, although they were available to them before noon the following morning.” For more information about Reading Wonders Program, visit mhreadingwonders. com/ l


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School community council training guides stewardship over student funding By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

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ver 40 newly elected members participated in the Canyons School District School Community Council training in late September. This was the first of three available training sessions. Susan Edwards, community engagement coordinator, and Nancy Tingey, vice president of the Canyons School District Board of Education, developed and led the training. “School community councils were established as the place for School LAND Trust dollars to be distributed to make the greatest academic impact for students,” Edwards said. The School LAND Trust is a permanent funding resource for public schools. Council members act as stewards over the funds and direct allocation toward school improvement programs. By law, every public school in Utah must have its own school community council. School community council members are selected by an election process, held annually, and serve for one academic year. Parents in the community elect parent members and teachers elect fellow teachers as representatives. The council also includes the school principal. “One of the great points about LAND Trust distribution and the work of the councils is that it is the only money given directly to parents, teachers and administration of any given school, hence why it should be valued

and protected by allocating it with integrity and a singular eye towards academic achievement,” Edwards said. The trust, developed at statehood in 1894, grants four square miles per town in Utah. This totals 3.4 million acres of land. There is currently over $2 billion in the fund, with an average of $73 dollars per-pupil distribution per year. Challenges to the management of the trust fund include political pressure to use the funds in other ways, its high dependency on gas, proper uses of technological advances and potential mismanagement of land. Edwards highlighted four factors for successful school community council operation: being well informed, commitment, research and compliance. “The law and rules set up to govern SCCs and the distribution of the LAND Trust Fund are structured extremely well and provide for good governance,” Edwards said. Council members are expected to meet regularly throughout the academic year and communicate with their school community. Edwards also explained fundamental differences between school community councils to PTAs. Mainly, while PTA groups are voluntary, every public school in Utah is

Community Engagement Coordinator Susan Edwards and Nancy Tingey, vice president of the Canyons School District Board of Education, lead parents in a mock school community council workshop. (Rubina Halwani/City Journals)

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Two paws up for great dads in Watch DOGS By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com

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ads of students at Spring Lane Elementary are donating their time to Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students). The initiative, sponsored by the National Center for Fathering, is a nation-wide drive to increase participation of fathers in the school community. Chad Evans, PTA Coordinator and father of three, recruits others to donate time with various activities during the school year. “Fathers and father-figures (stepfathers, grandfathers, big brothers, etc.) are encouraged to volunteer for an entire day at the school to spend time in their children’s classroom and to be positive, male role models for the entire school,” Evans said. Evans helps to host the fall kick-off “Pizza Night” event at the school, on Sept.15.

“Fathers in the classroom and on the playground …interact with their own children and with their children’s classmates in a way that encourages trust and fosters confidence,” “I was introduced to a grandpa that brought his grandson to the event. Though the man was a stranger to me, through tears he told me how cancer had claimed the life of his son, and now he was trying to provide the fathering role to his grandson,” Evans said. “There are many reasons that a home may not have a positive male presence, and Watch DOGS helps to provide that influence

at school.” The pizza event attracted around 50 fathers and 70 to 100 children. Little Caesar’s Pizza donated pizza. At least 30 fathers register to donate their time during the year for at least one school day. Although some of the members cannot volunteer, many offer multiple days of service. On average, six to eight fathers volunteer every month. Services fathers provide range from reading, tutoring, chaperoning trips, playground assistance, crossing guard, small group supervision, and overall positive interaction with students. In February, Watch DOGS will host ‘Dessert with Dad’ night. The aim of the event will be to recruit additional fathers, and help fill in the spring calendar of volunteer days. “Fathers in the classroom and on the playground and in the lunchroom interact with their own children and with their children’s classmates in a way that encourages trust and fosters confidence,” Evans said. “Men can provide an element to education that many homes lack due to divorce, single-parenthood or even death.”  Tia Athens, one of Spring Lane’s Secretaries, noticed positive reactions from the presence of fathers in the school. Athens announces who the Watch DOG is for that day and encourages the kids to give him a big Spring Lane welcome. She said that the program brings balance to the classrooms, since most of the teachers are female. She also mentioned that children recognize someone’s parent from the neighborhood, drawing closer connections to the community. For more information about the Watch DOGS initiative, visit http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs. l

Fathers and kids enjoy the Watch DOGS kick-off event, Pizza Night. (Rubina Halawani/City Journals)

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overnor Gary Herbert announced the launch of a new medical innovations pathway on Sept. 27 that will allow high school students the chance to graduate with a certificate in medical manufacturing innovations. From there, students can either continue their education at the post-secondary level or begin their career in life sciences. The new pathway was brought about through a partnership of USA Funds, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Department of Workforce Services. “We set a goal to become the best performing economy and a premier business destination,” Herbert said during a special presentation at Edward Life Sciences in Draper. “It’s encouraging to see the fruits of our labors, to see that happening in front of our eyes.” The Medical Innovations Pathway is being funding through a $1 million grant from USA Funds. This is the third pathway the state provides to high school students, the other two being aerospace and diesel technology. According to Ben Hart, the managing director for urban and rural business services at the Governor’s Office for Economic Development, the pathway works by partnering high school students with both a post-secondary institution and an industry. “They get some experience, some curriculum while they’re in high school and then they get further, more rigorous training at one of the secondary institutions and then they get a chance to go onsite in the industry,” Hart said. “Whether that’s a 48-hour internship or job shadow, they get a chance to see what they’re actually going to be doing.” Hart said the purpose of the pathways program is to empower students to make better career decisions so they can understand what jobs are actually like before deciding if it’s the right career for them. Herbert praised these programs because of the partnership between public and private interests. “Education is the key to long-term success economically,” Herbert said. “One of the reasons we’re having success is what I call the spirit of collaboration, this partnership and the one we see in this pathways program, exemplifies this idea of public and private partnership working together for the good of the whole economy.” Herbert also praised the program for its potential to help people. “The advancements in science and technology we’re seeing and exhibiting here today is making people’s lives better,” Herbert said. “And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”

Ken Eliason gives Gov. Gary Herbert a tour of Edward Life Sciences in Draper after the announcement of the Medical Innovations Pathway. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

Ken Eliason, vice-president of plant operations at Edward Life Sciences, thanked Herbert for pursuing these opportunities to improve their workforce and provide students with workforce opportunities. “This program is a step forward for us addressing workforce challenges in our state,” Eliason said. “We hope this program will not only provide stable and rewarding jobs but also create an interest in life sciences and STEM classes.” The Granite School District has been working on a life sciences program for the past nine years, developing training programs in both biotechnology and biomanufacturing. “This medical innovations pathway will take that work to the next level by providing direct linkage to companies who are seeking employees and the real work that is going on in these industries,” said Martin Bates, the superintendent of the Granite School District. The program will start in the Granite School District and will expand to the Davis and Canyons School Districts next year. The first semester of the program will take place in the high schools and the second semester will include curriculum from Salt Lake Community College. Students will also do internships and job shadowing. Upon completion of the Medical Innovations Pathway program and passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the life science partners in Utah, receiving a family-sustaining wage. Kiera Terrlink, a senior at Skyline High School, will be starting the pathways program next semester. “People seemed so involved in their careers and it sounded like a good opportunity to start and figure out if that’s what I wanted to do,” Terrlink said. l

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Staring DETH in the face: How the Skyline Eagles are overcoming a challenging season By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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he 2016 football season has been a challenging one for the Skyline Eagles. Along with losing several key starting players to injuries, the young team of 75 players has struggled to overcome challenging components. “We’ve lost some good games right at the end,” Head Coach Zac Erekson said. “So we’re there, we’re in the games, we just haven’t been able to finish them off, so it’s been kind of frustrating.” Erekson said that though injuries have posed a major problem, one contributing factor to the Eagles’ difficulties on the field lies in their special teams. “We’ve struggled on special teams this year,” Erekson said. “We’re trying to re-instill within our culture and our program that you’re expected to win when you take the field. It’s not good enough to just put the jersey on and get the meal and the sweats and the T-shirts. You’re expected to go out and win on a Friday night.” Erekson and his coaching staff are working hard to cultivate this winning culture at Skyline by teaching players how to fight through and finish victoriously in tough games. “I love the coaching staff this year,” said senior co-captain Brody Burke. “The coaches are doing a really good job and leading us in the right place and they are getting us really well prepared for our games. But injuries have definitely been a headline to our season. Without a majority of our injuries, I’m sure our record would be a lot different.” At the time this article was written, the Eagles were 2-2 in the region. They lost by four points to Hillcrest on Sept. 23 and by three points to Kearns on Oct. 7. “We just didn’t really push at the last minute when we needed

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it the most,” Brody said. Because so many of the Eagles’ starting players have been sidelined from injuries, several first-time varsity players have had to step into bigger roles. For the inexperienced varsity football player, the final minutes of a one-score game can be incredibly foreign and challenging to fight through. However, Erekson feels confident the remaining weeks of the football season will see a different outcome for the Eagles. “Our upperclassmen have done a really good job at holding the team together,” Erekson said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries and had to bring in players who have never played on varsity before, but our seniors did a really good (job) at keeping the group

solidified.” As a first-year head coach for the Eagles, Erekson has depended greatly on his senior leadership to encourage the team to buy into what the coaching staff is trying to teach. “We wouldn’t be where we are without our seniors,” Erekson said. “Those guys have pushed each other and their teammates to be better every day and have encouraged the other guys to get to where they need to be.” One of Erekson’s main goals in establishing a winning football program is to build players that aren’t just dedicated on the field, but dedicated to being successful in life outside of football. “A lot of what Coach Erekson echoes is how much football and life apply together,” said senior co-captain Seth Kaelin. “And with our DETH motto, football really applies to our life so much.” At the beginning of the season, Erekson put into place four hallmarks that the team refers to every day: dedication, effort, team and honor — or DETH. “Being disciplined means that we do things exactly right whether we’re in school or on the field or talking to people, and if you can’t do everything full board, and if you can do it with full effort, then someone else will and someone better will step in your place,” Seth said. “T stand(s) for team; meaning you play for the person next to you, not just yourself. And H is for honor. You represent the name on the front; there is always your name — you represent your family, your team and your school.” As the end of the season nears, Erekson, his coaching staff and the 75 players are focusing on the task at hand: to fight adversity, to work hard and to become the best players, students and people they can be. l

County’s “Operation Diversion” breaks cycle of drugs and criminality in troubled areas

ne of the greatest roles of Salt Lake County government is protecting the safety of the public. Since I began serving on the County Council I’ve been impressed with the men and women in our Sheriff’s Office, and in the Unified Police Department. Recently, our law enforcement officials joined with Salt Lake City to initiate a massive sweep of the Rio Grande area in downtown Salt Lake City, called “Operation Diversion.” This was a coordinated effort to disrupt the drug trade among the area’s homeless population. The operation was fairly straightforward – anyone caught using or dealing drugs was arrested. Prior to Operation Diversion, officers spent weeks watching the area to identify those who were dealers and those whose addictions were being exploited. Those who exhibited criminal intent were taken to jail. Addicts were arrested, but instead of going directly to jail, they were taken to a temporary receiving center. Once there, they were screened and assessed, and then given an alternative to incarceration - drug treatment. The goal was to

connect drug addicts with treatment to help them break free from their addiction during their arrest. Without this alternative, someone might serve their sentence, then be back out on the street with the very same issues that landed them there in the first place. Generally those with substance abuse issues have to wait months to get into a treatment facility. The hope is that this approach will help interrupt the cycle of incarceration and drug use that plagues this population, while still holding them accountable. This is an example of the philosophy of “alternatives to incarceration,” which emphasizes treatment for people addicted to drugs so they can get better, rather than just sitting in a jail cell with no help. Operation Diversion was the first time we’ve done it this way by getting addicts directly into treatment. One of the big challenges we are facing in this arena is a “revolving door” so to speak of people committing the same offenses over and over again, and just cycling through our criminal justice system repeatedly. Periods of homelessness, drug abuse, and incarceration can follow one after the other. We

need to disrupt that cycle. I’m pleased that the County was able to play a role supporting this operation, which included $1.2 million of our behavioral health funds to contract with more treatment centers. I had the opportunity to tour the receiving center during its operation, and was impressed with the efficiency of the center, as well as the general mood. Among those brought in, there seemed to be a genuine desire to get better and leave their problems in the past. I asked to interview some of the arrestees and was able to sit down and talk to them. One was so excited to be going directly to treatment. The other one was pretty annoyed to be there, but was still choosing to try drug treatment. We’ll continue to track the progress of this model and draw good lessons from its successes to apply in the future. I believe we can slowly chip away at this problem, and collaborative operations like these that disrupt the drug trade while connecting people with resources to help them get back on their feet are a key way to do that. l


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Holladay City Journal SPORTS Senior golfer Blake Tomlinson leads Skyline team through successful season

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n Oct. 4, Skyline High School senior Blake Tomlinson put a final stamp of success on the boys golf season by winning the 4A state tournament. “He placed fifth when he was a sophomore and fourth last year as a junior,” said Craig Barlow, head coach of the Eagles. “Then this year he happened to be the state champion, which he richly deserved because he’s the best player in 4A.” Blake shot a 66 on Saturday, day one, and a 71 on day two for a combined total of 137. For the notoriously difficult Gold Course at Midway’s Soldier Hollow Golf Course, shooting 137 is a sign of remarkable talent. “Blake has been playing golf since he was walking,” Barlow said. “From my understanding, his mom is one of the best female golfers in the state and he’s been playing since he was barely walking. He practices a lot, he plays a lot and his results pretty much speak for themselves.” In golf, each stroke counts as one point with par indicating how many strokes are required for each hole or course. Most 18hole golf courses are par 72, but Blake dominated each of the Eagles’ five regional tournaments by scoring an average of just 68 shots per course. “He’s gotten so much better this last year,” Barlow said. “He’s just learned how to be more focused and he’s improved his game.” Barlow, who has coached the Eagles golf team for eight years, says that Blake’s dedication and passion for the sport of golf has greatly contributed to his steady improvement as a player. But more than anything, Barlow said, it’s Blake’s unwavering mental focus that has made him a standout athlete. “He’s got a mental edge that a lot of kids don’t have,” Barlow

Senior golfer Blake Tomlinson poses with his first-place trophy after winning the Salt Lake City Open Golf Tournament in mid-August. Tomlinson’s total score of 129 is thought to be the lowest winning score since the 1970s. (Craig Barlow/Skyline Athletic Director)

said. “And he hits the ball so doggone far. He can drive the ball as far as the pros can.” And he proved just that. Early this season, Blake showed that not only can he hit the golf ball as far as the pros can, but that he can also out-drive, out-putt and out-score them. On Aug. 14, Blake won the Salt Lake City Open Golf Tournament at the Bonneville Golf Course where he went head-to-head with PGA masters like Chris Gresh and Tommy Sharp.

His prowess proved superior after he finished the competition with a final score of 129, a whopping 15 shots under course par. “It was pretty amazing to see him outdrive two of the pros,” Barlow said. Facing tough competition was nothing new for Blake or the 17 other members of the Eagles golf team. Skyline spent most of their short, eight-week-long competition season battling their rivals at Olympus High School for the region’s top spot. “Olympus won the first four tournaments we played and we won that last four,” Barlow said. “And then we tied for fifth at state. We’ve gone back and forth with Olympus like this for years.” Barlow, who has been coaching at Skyline for eight years, says that friendly, competitive rivalries like this are what make golf stand out as a unique sport. “What I love about golf is the kids can compete at a high level and still be gentlemen,” Barlow said. “There’s none of that ‘rip your head off’ attitude, or taunting, or anything like that. The kids at Olympus and Skyline are pretty good friends. They play competitively but they are still pretty close, which is nice because you don’t always get that.” Barlow credits much of this respectable team culture to players like Blake, who demonstrate good leadership both on and off the course. Blake’s reputation as a strong leader and even stronger golfer got him recognized by several university programs across the nation. In making it one step closer to the pros, Blake recently committed to play golf for the University of Utah in fall 2017 where he’ll represent the Skyline community with hard work, strong talent and Eagle spirit. l

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clients in every process. Past clients frequently become repeat clients when he shares the vast, top-notch knowledge he shares with his clients. Part of making the home buying experience a comfortable one starts with Olschewskis’s advice that home buyers prequalify for a loan so that comfortable budget limits are set before launching into the home hunting process. That means that Olschewski can help home buyers find a home they can live in happily and afford, in addition to avoiding a home that a client may later regret buying. Similarly, he also pays for a market appraisal on a home before he lists it so that customers know what to expect. He doesn’t believe in inflating home prices for more profits. An accurate appraisal also speeds up the sale of a home. Ulrich Realtors was founded in 1986 with an emphasis on honesty, integrity, service, and a commitment to our industry. Their agents

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n this world of instant gratification it’s become harder than ever to keep overspending at bay. Sometimes we neglect to see just how much those little things can add up. I ask you though, if you saw a $20 bill lying on the sidewalk wouldn’t you bend over to pick it up? Improving your bank balance can be as easy as stopping to pick up that cash. Here are a few ideas: Hit the Library for Family or Date Night – Not only is the Library a great place to browse books, pick up videos and borrow music, they also host a variety of events throughout the year. A quick browse of the events section at my local Salt Lake County Library reveled, Teen Laser Tag, Yoga, Adult Coloring, Toddler Playtime, book reading, as well as various holiday events. Use Ibotta – There is a plethora of money saving apps out there. My recommendation for getting started is with the Ibotta app. Ibotta allows you to submit a picture of your receipt and get cash back on purchases from everything from groceries to department stores. They’ll even pay you cash back when you shop online. Plus, for a limited time, new users get a FREE $10 bonus just for cashing in their first rebate. More info at www. coupons4utah.com/ibotta Brew Your Own Coffee – On your way to work and stopping in the convenience store for that quick fix? An average cup of Joe can cost as much as $1.85 vs. the $0.25 fresh home brewed, more if it’s from a specialty shop. You may think it’s worth it, but calculate that for the entire year and that could be as

much as $300 or more in your pocket. That makes me bounce off the walls just thinking about it. Learn to Craft – Ever hear the saying you can’t buy love? Truth is little kids don’t care as much about toys as they do about time. Instead of buying that expensive toy break out empty toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, left over party supplies and create some memories instead. Visit Coupons4Utah’s Pinterest page for a ton of ideas. Use Your Crock Pot – Crock Pot cooking not only is easier on the electric bill than the oven, it’s also a great way to over cook. Use the leftovers for a second dinner and lunches. Check out Utah food writer www.365daysofcrockpot.com for some amazing recipe ideas. Ditch Brand Loyalty – Instead of sticking with the same old brand name. Shop for sales instead. Or go generic; often the same company makes these products. Blind taste tests have shown that some people can’t tell the difference or prefer them. Nothing ventured, no money gained. Skip The Shopping Cart – Running to the Grocery Store to pick up a few items. By forcing yourself to carry your purchases, you are less likely to buy things you didn’t go for. Or, skip going in the store all together and order your groceries online and pick them up at the curb instead. Many stores now provide this service, including Macey’s, Walmart and Smith’s. I tried out Smith’s Clicklist recently and found this method of shopping easy to

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f researchers study my genetic make-up, they’ll find a preponderance of genes that create a longing for candy and silence, and a disturbing lack of genes related to interior design and holiday decorating.  When my kids were little, my decorating style was what I called Sticky Chic or Bohemian Toddler. As they grew into teenagers, my design concepts alternated between Early Landfill and Festive Asylum. Now, my style is what I lovingly call Dust. Before Pinterest was a thing, I’d scour magazines for ways to make my home look pleasant that didn’t involve renting a bulldozer or spending $5,000. Now I’ll spend hours on Pinterest, scrolling through images of beautiful kitchens and bathrooms; then I’ll purchase a new garbage can and call it good. I’m amazed by people who can look at a room and visualize décor that belongs in Good Housekeeping because people who visit my home usually ask if I get my decorating ideas from Mad magazine. I just don’t have an eye for that kind of stuff. My genes have no idea

what to do with throw pillows. How can you sit on a couch with 27 throw pillows? Someone once said, “Design is thinking made visual.” If my thinking could be made visual I’m afraid it would include a lot of blank and/or confused stares, accompanied by slow blinking. I know a woman who used a handful of matchsticks and a pound of year-old taffy to sculpt a quaint Halloween yard display.

For Christmas, she twisted three green pipecleaners into a full-size holiday tree, and then adorned it with a dozen hand-knitted baby quail. She leaves a trail of glitter wherever she goes. I hate her. To me, decorating means finding kitchen tile that camouflages spaghetti stains or changing out the family photo that is 10 years old. I have no idea how to arrange lovely accent pieces. If I’m feeling a little wild, I might invest in a scented candle. I was recently asked to help create fun table decorations using crinkly paper strips and plastic flowers. I dumped what I thought was an appropriate amount of paperage and flowers on the table, but my centerpiece looked like a crinkly green nest that had been attacked by crows. The woman in charge of the event walked up to my “decorated” tables and let out a gasp. She quickly rearranged four strands of the crinkly paper and suddenly the whole table transformed into a fairy wonderland with twinkly lights and butterflies. A real decorator

defies the laws of physics. Halloween decorating is easy. I already have the cobwebs and spiders. I just sprinkle some blood on the floor and call it good. Christmas decorating is a little more difficult. Last year, using my sparse skills, I spent the entire afternoon creating a festive holiday atmosphere in our home. My husband walked in, sipping his Diet Coke, and glanced around the room. “I thought you were going to decorate.” I looked at my hours of work and tersely replied, “I did.”   “What’s that pile of crinkly paper strips doing in the middle of the room?”  There was a long pause while I considered the ramifications of manslaughter. “Don’t you have something to do?”  Now that scientists can genetically modify our DNA, perhaps I can get an infusion of the interior design gene. I don’t need to be Martha Stewart level, but at least something a little better than Mad magazine.

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