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Rosanna Bowles: Seattle’s Designing Woman




VOL. 16 NO. 10 DECEMBER 2016

Tableware designer and entrepreneur extraordinaire spreads holiday cheer far and wide


he holiday season is a magical time for many, and Rosanna Bowles is no exception. This internationally-acclaimed tableware designer delights in sharing long-held traditions with family and friends. Her Seattle-based tableware and gift company, Rosanna Inc., encourages just that – it provides the backdrop for shared meals, festive gatherings and happy moments…moments as grand as a holiday party or as simple as sharing a cup of tea with a neighbor. When you learn about Rosanna’s life, its direction seems almost inevitable. Her parents ran a gift and tableware company in her hometown of Portland. Rosanna’s own passion for dishes began at age five when she first started collecting fine china. “Every summer, we’d go antiquing on the Oregon Coast and I was allowed to pick one piece of Limoges for my collection.” The love of a well-set table took an even firmer hold on her while spending a year as a teen studying in Perugia, Italy – a hub of ceramics production. There she became proficient in the language, and later earned her Master’s Degree in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Oregon. After finishing her Master’s, Rosanna was struggling to find a career path that would combine her love of Italian literature and the fine arts. She went to a fair where she took a class on how to be an entrepreneur. Inspiration struck – she decided to import Italian ceramics. She Rosanna Bowles’ book, “Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide wrote a business plan, took to Creating Family Traditions,” shares a year-round plan for establishing traditions and making memories that will out a $15,000 loan using restore home to its central place in family life. And because her house as collateral and, the table is where family and beloved friends most often come together, she provides more than fifty favorite recipes in 1982, she started her for season’s character. one-woman home-based tableware design company. 1920s bungalow in Seattle and Rosanna began by traveling the driver informed her she had to to Perugia, Italy and worked with unload the goods herself. local artisans to develop ceramics “I started to cry,” admits based on her own designs. “When Rosanna. “Oh, all right, lady,” the I sat with the artists and painted driver said and helped her unload with them, I had a sensibility and the crates. “Just don't tell anybody.” a knowledge for the craft,” she But a bigger surprise awaited when remembers. But she is the first to Rosanna unpacked the boxes to admit she hadn’t yet mastered the discover wet wooden shavings stuck operations end of the business. to 10,000 pieces of tableware. “It was There’s the now oft-told tale like an I Love Lucy episode with me of how a 20-foot container filled washing mountains of shavings off with her first order of hand-painted thousands of plates,” she recalls. Italian ceramics pulled up to her

Seattle’s own Rosanna Bowles oversees an empire of tableware, décor, handbags and gifts that are sold around the globe through her company, Rosanna Inc.

around the world. More than three Her first order was to Meier & decades and millions of dishes Frank, where she worked while in later, Rosanna has emerged as an college – before serendipitously innovative leader in the homewares stumbling onto a nascent industry. coffeehouse Rosanna is operation proud to think called that her products Starbucks. may play a part They were in her customers’ just starting traditions. Since to grow and the time she was had hired young, Rosanna has Howard felt a connection Schultz as between tradition merchandise and tableware. “My manager. mother taught me Rosanna about traditions took her and how dishes play suitcase with a big part in our her samples lives.” wrapped in She describes newspaper Rosanna is a strong believer in tradition the value of and showed and ritual, which she is passing down to her tradition in her them to daughters, Alessandra and Francesca. This Howard. He photo was taken years ago at the Oregon coast, book, Coming wiped out which has been host to many family celebrations Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating her entire Family Traditions. “When I was inventory with one order. growing up, our family life revolved For the first five years, Rosanna around traditions and rituals passed relied on a roster of specialty stores, down through the generations. The working her way west to east, values my sisters and I learned were growing one store at a time. Her based on life lessons that our parents, “big break” came in 1988, when grandparents and neighborhood Pottery Barn placed a major order. Since then, Rosanna products have continued on page 18 appeared in stores and gift shops


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named “Nussknacker Haus” and later another was opened in Bellevue Square. Vacationing in Leavenworth, she and her husband, George, found a store for sale and purchased it. The Wagners, having spent much time in Germany, felt right at home in Arlene Wagner: The Nutcracker Lady this Bavarian Village. In 1985, they became full-time residents and opened their …by Barbara Keevil Parker store specializing in German collectibles and woodcrafts. Conan O’Brien invited When purchasing her to be on his show. She’s nutcrackers for the store, appeared on the Food Arlene became excited Network, the A&E Network about the hundreds of unique and CBS’ Sunday Morning. designs available and the She’s assembled large displays idea for a nutcracker museum in Chicago, Minneapolis and began to emerge. She wanted Hong Kong. She gives power to share the beauty and point presentations around workmanship of nutcrackers the U.S. and Germany. with the public. George told She is the author of six her if they could earn enough books, numerous articles at the store to pay rent for the and produces a monthly upstairs space, she could open newsletter. Who is this a nutcracker museum. amazing person? Arlene began researching Meet Arlene Wagner, nutcrackers and discovered the Nutcracker Lady, who that early humans used lovingly cares for nearly nutting stones to crack the 7000 nutcrackers housed hard shell of the nuts they in a unique museum in gathered. She found that Leavenworth, Washington. throughout the centuries, This museum is one of only nutcrackers have been made Arlene Wagner is the founder of The Nutcracker two all-nutcracker museums in Museum in Leavenworth, housing the largest of wood, porcelain, ivory, the world. The other is located collection of nut cracking devices in the world. stone and various metals. Photo by Andy Jaynes in Neuhausen, Germany. The Wagners decided their Mrs. Wagner began collecting nutcrackers collection would include all types of nutcrackers and forty years ago when she was a dance instructor in they searched the world for unique examples. Antique Renton. During the holidays when her students dealers from various countries, aware of their quest, were performing the nutcracker ballet, she decorated contacted them whenever they found a unique piece. her studio with nutcrackers. Each year she added In 1995, her dream came true. She and her more until there was no more room to display her husband opened the nutcracker museum in collection. Leavenworth. Her love of nutcrackers led to a store in Renton In 2000, they donated all the nutcrackers and the building housing them to the National Heritage MORE INFORMATION Foundation, an umbrella for small non-profit foundations. They wanted to be sure their collection The Nutcracker Museum is located at 735 Front could be enjoyed by generations to come. Later, Street in Leavenworth. Hours: 1-5pm daily, the nutcrackers and building were transferred to May-October; hours vary November-April. The Leavenworth Museum, a non-profit 501(c)3 509-548-4573. foundation. Arlene was appointed curator by the board of directors. Arlene Wagner’s books include The Art & With official non-profit status, other collectors Character of Nutcrackers; The Nutcracker have donated nutcrackers to the museum, making it Lady’s Introduction to Nutcrackers, Kids Love the largest collection of nut cracking devices in the Nutcrackers; the I Love Nuts recipe book and world and one of Leavenworth’s most popular tourist Production List of Steinbach. attractions. Next time you visit Leavenworth, stop to say hello to the Nutcracker Lady at the Nutcracker Museum. You’ll find her dressed in a beautiful dirndl she made herself or one she brought home from Austria or Switzerland. When I asked if she wanted to share her age, she replied “I am 91 and ¾-years-old. At my age, you celebrate each step.” She may be 91, but don’t try to race th Arlene on the stairs of her building. She hikes up and down two long flights of stairs four or AM PM Join us 11 - 5 for cookies and $10 - $2,500 Free Play. five times a day with the Then, at 6PM, a drawing winner will energy of a teenager. receive $5,000 cash! Arlene Wagner: collector, curator, author, *Must be 21 and a Players Club member. Everyone is a winner while supplies last. speaker and amazing I-5 to Exit 88 • Rochester • 1-800-720-1788 • woman. ❖

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It’s Elementary Explore the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes at the Pacific Science Center Footprints, splatter patterns and the powers of observation mark the journey through The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, on display at the Pacific Science Center through January 8. “The Conan Doyle Estate can’t remember an undertaking as involved and exciting as this one,” says the estate’s representative Jon Lellenberg. “Museum visitors will experience the scientific and literary ideas that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes, and Holmes’ methods for investigating and solving crimes as the world’s first consulting detective. ”

The infamous sitting room of Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes

Visitors will be transported to Victorian London and can visit the very rooms in which all this took place. Learn how Sherlock Holmes used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today. The interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. The galleries in the exhibition include:

Examine tracks with Sherlock’s footprint maker, photos courtesy of the Pacific Science Center

Dr. Conan Doyle’s Study –Visit the learned doctor‘s study to view an original manuscript, letters and illustrations to gain perspective on the experiences that influenced Conan Doyle in creating Sherlock Holmes. Science and History – Sherlock Holmes solved mysteries using observation and solid scientific experimentation. Visitors will participate in experiments of their own by exploring the developments in science and technology in the 1890s. The exhibition digs into real forensic studies in order to demonstrate the link between the Sherlock Holmes stories, detective science and today’s world of forensics. Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street – Museum-goers will visit Sherlock Holmes’ and continued on page 18

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Travel Tips for a Safe Holiday In a little more than a year, two dozen travel scams have been reported to the Better Business Bureau. To help travelers have a happy holiday, BBB warns of these common travel scams and how to avoid them. • Hoax sites: Many travel websites appear to be legitimate, but once a vacation is booked, the business disappears. It’s best to book with a company with a good track record. Find a reputable travel business by searching • Be Wi-Fi Wise: Avoid using public Wi-Fi, including hotel internet access, for online banking or other financial account management. With just a click of a button, fraudsters can easily create fake Wi-Fi hubs, then gain access to personal information and passwords. • Hotel Tricks: It’s common for hotels to call and check in with guests shortly after they arrive, but be on guard if the caller asks for personal information, like credit card info, to finalize check-in. Never give out financial information over the phone. Instead, visit hotel management in person. • Vacation Rentals: Watch for fake rental listings and too-good-tobe-true deals. Scammers can hijack legitimate online listings and make it look like their own. Deal directly with the property owner or manager and verify through online research. • Delivery coupons. These deals are usually slid under the hotel doors. The trick comes when a customer calls to place the order and is asked to give credit card info over the phone. Don’t do it! Check with the front desk before placing an order to ensure the restaurant is real or offer to pay when the meal is delivered. • Easy on the selfies. Avoid blasting on social media that everyone in the house is away. This makes it all too easy for burglars to locate an empty house available for them to rob. Save the Facebook album for after the trip is over. • Report travel scams to local law enforcement and at scamtracker.


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“What Happened to Christmas?” …by Gretchen Houser

The Seattle sky was a slate grey that first day of January. I’d risen early to pack for my flight to Cleveland, but now I was savoring each remaining moment. My eighteen-month-old grandson Henry and I were snuggling in front of the picture window watching one of his favorite activities – the progress of the weekly garbage truck. He was mesmerized by its jerky movements, the stop-and-go of the garbage men and the truck’s grinding gears. But, in an instant, his mood changed and he looked genuinely worried. “Gammie, what happened to Cwristmas?” I rubbed the top of his head. “Honey, nothing will ever happen to Christmas.” “But,” he whined, holding out his empty hand as if the season itself had recently resided there. “It’s gone, it ‘disappearwed!’” I gazed outside, yearning to see what Henry saw, to try and understand his sadness. Several straggly Christmas trees had been set out and were awaiting pick-up; a few spindly ones already loaded, silver tinsel still nestling inside branches.

way out. “Sweetheart, listen to Gammie.” His big brown eyes focused on my face with a childlike faith that I knew all the answers. “You’re right, Christmas is gone this year, but it’s still here, in our hearts,” I explained. “And the best thing is, Christmas will come again next year.” He looked around the room to make sure his Thomas the Train set was still there, and seeing it, looked comforted. It was then I recalled the Christmases of my childhood, the sometimes bare-bones celebration in lean times, and in better Gretchen Houser with her adorable grandson Henry times, actually receiving a present I’d asked for. Even here, boxes of ornaments I then thought about my own sat stacked ready to be stored, while children and how I, because of my the once adorned Christmas tree childhood circumstances, had gone waited silently, pine needles strewn embarrassingly overboard with my about on the wooden floor. Pieces son and daughter, showering them of red tissue paper lingered under with too much, and then with even the coffee table, and on the mantle, more, which in the end only served cherished Christmas candles were to overwhelm them and exhaust misshapen from use. me. It was true! Christmas was on its In contrast, my daughter

December 2016 and son-in-law’s attitude about Christmas was wise No going overboard and, most importantly, encouraging me to do the same. They concentrated instead on family activities: sledding when possible, ice-skating, sharing home-cooked meals with friends, bringing in the Yule Log the old-fashioned way. As for me, I was in love with Christmas from the first time I got wind of such a wonderful happening. There had to be a reason for my devotion, and I have come to believe that it’s the very idea of it, that every year, a special day is set aside to celebrate and to think of others in a special way, but mostly, because it’s been going on for such a long, long time. Henry and I snuggled closer and I rested my head against his. “Let’s keep Christmas in our heart all year, Henry. Would you like that?” His eyes lit up with possibility. “We can do ‘dat’?” “Sure, we can!” I declared, kissing him soundly on his chubby cheeks. “Mama and Papa too, ‘wight?” he asked, searching my eyes with the perfect timing of a child. “Absolutely!” I shouted, once again thanking the universe for this child who’d completely, irrevocably, changed my life. ❖ Gretchen Houser is a Seattle freelance writer and editor. Gretchen has long realized that writing’s nettlesome reward is discovering divinity in the human condition.

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Naturally Healthy

How the Holidays Can Become Good for Your Health ‌by Lora Silver, reviewed by Dr. Diane Helsel, PhD, RDN

It turns out that ritual and ceremony surrounding holiday meals are good for us. For many Americans, the defining features of the winter holiday season include anticipation of special or traditional foods. and gratitude for the act of gathering together. The simple acts of slowing down and savoring food ensure maximum pleasure and nutrient absorption; this benefits our overall relationship with food and, ultimately, longterm health. Slowing down to appreciate and enjoy the food we consume is easier said than done, especially when the hectic pace of daily life tempts us to multi-task and eat our meals on-the-go. However, it is probably no surprise that we are naturally able to savor food more when it is associated with a favorite holiday or seasonal tradition. The act of savoring begins with our eyes and nose because the perception of taste begins with the appearance and aroma of the food we are about to consume. Research has demonstrated that

eager anticipation of meals prompt release of digestive enzymes and enhance pleasant flavors. Many factors work together in a surprisingly complex fashion to produce our taste experience. By chewing many times and delaying the act of swallowing, we increase the moisture content of food with our own saliva. Moistened bits of food are more accessible to the tastebuds on our tongue, and this, combined with other sensory aspects, contribute to a greater intensity of overall flavor. While it is true that taste preferences evolve and sense of smell fades with advancing years, a few tricks can enhance our eating experience at any age. Exposure to a diversity of foods makes a difference, similar to the notion of ‘use it or lose it.’ Experiment with fresh herbs and dry spices or purchase perfectly ripe, in-season produce to preserve as much as possible of your tastebuds and olfactory senses.

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approach: take small bites, breathe deeply and allow the chocolate to melt before any attempt to chew or swallow. A moment of mindfulness like this, whether consuming a dessert or entire meal, will elevate the overall taste experience by adding another aspect of ritual and celebration to your next holiday gathering. � Non-profit, accredited Bastyr University ( offers multiple degrees in the natural health sciences, and clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health (, the region’s largest natural medicine clinic.

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Using the Nose to Treat Damaged Knees Researchers are now reporting they have successfully harvested cartilage cells from patients’ own noses to produce cartilage transplants for treating bum knees in ten adults. All the patients had cartilage that was damaged by injury. Two years after reconstruction, most recipients reported improvements in pain, knee function and quality of life. They also developed repair tissue in their knees that was similar in composition to native cartilage. Researchers at the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland conducted a phase 1 study in which they extracted a small biopsy specimen (6 mm in diameter) from the nasal septum under local anesthetic. The harvested cells were multiplied by exposing them to growth factors for two weeks. The expanded cells were then seeded onto collagen membranes and cultured for two additional weeks, generating a 30 x 40 mm cartilage graft. The engineered graft then was cut into the right shape and used to replace damaged cartilage that was surgically removed from the recipient’s knee. The study showed that nine out of ten recipients (one was excluded because of several independent sports injuries)

reported substantial improvements in the use of their knee and in the amount of pain compared to before surgery. No adverse reactions were reported. “Our findings confirm the safety and feasibility of cartilage grafts engineered from nasal cells to repair damaged knee cartilage, but use of this procedure in everyday clinical practice is still a long way off,” said lead author Ivan Martin, Professor of tissue engineering at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel in Switzerland. While this is a promising advance and may ultimately help patients with osteoarthritis, much larger studies with longer follow-ups are required before this technique could be widely available. Improving Low Level Vision with New Technology A unique wearable artificial vision device may help people who are legally blind “read” and recognize faces. It may also help these individuals accomplish everyday tasks with significantly greater ease than using traditional assistive reading devices, according to a new study presented at the 120th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Millions of older adults have low vision. This sight loss impairs a person’s ability to do simple daily tasks. Optical

and electronic devices such as handheld magnifiers, tele-microscopic glasses and computer and video magnifiers can help. However, these devices are bulky, cumbersome or not readily portable. Researchers used a device called Orcam My Eye for their study. It clips to glasses, making it hands-free. It features a miniature camera that sees and recognizes what the user is viewing, whether text or a face. It then reads what it is seeing to the user via a small earpiece. The user activates the device by simply pointing a finger to the object or text, tapping it or pressing a trigger button. Researchers tested the device on 12 legally blind people, who all had a visual acuity of less than 20/200. Study participants performed a 10-item test simulating activities of daily life, including recognizing products and reading a variety of items such as emails, letters, newspapers, books and signs. The study found that without wearing the device, the participants’ average score was 2.5 out of 10. When they first tried the device, their average score improved to 9.5 out of 10 and after a week of wearing the device, the average score of participants improved to 9.8 out of 10. “While there have been many advances in eye care, the options for assistance in completing daily tasks are limited and cumbersome,” said Dr. Elad Moisseiev, with the Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel. “This represents a new step in the evolution of assistance devices for people with low vision, giving them hope for improving their functionality, independence and quality of life.”

Adding Eggs to Salad May Increase Vitamin E Absorption Including whole eggs in a salad may boost the amount of vitamin E the body absorbs from the vegetables in the salad, according to research from Purdue University. The investigators found vitamin E absorption was substantially higher when whole eggs were added to a salad. This study is novel because the researchers measured the absorption of vitamin E from real foods, rather than supplements, which contain mega-dose amounts of vitamin E. “Vitamin E is the second most under-consumed nutrient in the average American diet, which is problematic because this fat-soluble nutrient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” said Wayne Campbell, a professor of nutrition science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. “Now consumers can easily improve their diets by adding eggs to a salad that boasts a variety of colorful vegetables.” Vitamin E, which is absorbed along with dietary fats, is often found in oils, seeds and nuts. Eggs are a nutrient-rich food containing essential amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids, B vitamins and a small amount of vitamin E. This study is intriguing because it highlights how one food can improve the nutrition value of another food when they are consumed together. The findings were published in The Journal of Nutrition. ❖ John Schieszer is an award-winning national journalist and radio and podcast broadcaster of The Medical Minute. He can be reached at

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Tax Considerations Quick, before the year ends, check your tax situation …by Teresa Ambord

The end of the year is rolling up fast. Time to think about tax moves you may need to make to protect your assets. While there’s time, talk to your financial advisor to see if any of these examples apply to you, and ask if there are others: • Do you need to take a required minimum distribution of your retirement accounts? Don’t wait too long. Financial professionals are busy at year-end and may not be able to help you if you rush in too late. • Should you sell investments now to take the capital gains hit in 2016? The answer may depend on what you expect your tax situation to be in 2017. If you have looming capital gains, would it be wiser to take the hit now, or wait? • Should you increase your charitable contributions to get a tax break? Under a new administration, the rules regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions may ultimately change. • Were you planning to reduce your taxable estate by making monetary gifts? You probably know that you and your spouse can each make an annual gift of up to $14,000 to any number of recipients without tax consequences. Suppose you have reason to reduce your taxable estate by more than that in the next few weeks. Make your $14,000 gifts by December 31st. Then on January 1st, you can do it all again and still spread the amounts over 2016 and 2017. • Are there business purchases you could make now, to reduce your tax bite? New computers, equipment, business vehicles? Prices are generally good at year-end. May as well minimize your net business profit with strategic purchasing. For 2016 you can purchase up to $500,000. ❖

December 2016

Holiday Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers …by Lisa M. Petsche

Many people consider the holiday season a hectic time due to the preparations and festivities that typically take place. Staying sane, not to mention enjoying this special time of the year, is even more of a challenge when you are caring for someone with dementia. If your loved one has changed significantly, you may be particularly uneasy about the approaching holidays. Follow these suggestions to help keep stress manageable for everyone in your household. Gifts • Shop by mail order or buy gift cards. • Use decorative bags and boxes to streamline wrapping. • Keep presents stored away until it’s time to exchange them. • Be prepared when friends ask for suitable gift ideas for your loved one. • Suggestions should take into account cognitive and physical limitations. Decorating • Don’t decorate too far in advance. • Keep decorations minimal and out of reach as much as possible. Forgo anything valuable or fragile. • Avoid lights that flash or play music, also avoid sound- or motion-activated items. • Don’t keep inappropriate food, such as a gingerbread house, out in the open. • Don’t let extension cords dangle or run across walkways and don’t rearrange furniture. • Steer clear of decorations that could be harmful if ingested. Entertaining • Whenever possible, entertain at home rather than go out. Familiarity provides comfort. • Prepare guests for your loved one’s cognitive and physical functioning and any uncharacteristic behaviors. • Enlist a friend to supervise your loved one while you’re engaged in hosting duties. • Keep rooms well-lit, since shadows may cause confusion and fear. Avoid candles. • Keep music soft and familiar. • Keep gatherings small. Otherwise, situate your loved one in a quiet spot and have guests visit one or two at a time.

• Instruct guests who your loved one may not remember to introduce themselves by name and relationship – for example, “I’m Mary, your brother John’s wife.” • Place guests’ coats and handbags in a secure area if your loved one is prone to rummaging. • Clean up immediately after entertaining, before your loved one has a chance to consume anything that might make them ill. • Before inviting overnight guests, consider how disruptive this might be to your loved one’s routines. Outings • If you accept an invitation, do so on the condition that you may back out if your loved one is having a bad day. • Limit the time and ensure there’s a quiet place your loved one can retreat to if they can’t handle the stimulation. • Take along medications, adapted dishes and utensils, a bib, extra briefs and a change of clothes as needed. • Recognize that your loved one may not eat as well as they normally do owing to anxiety or distractions. • Attend an event without your loved one if it’s not feasible to take them with you. Further Tips • Let family and friends know your needs and limitations. • Share plans with your loved one on a need-toknow basis. • Include your loved one in simple preparations to make them feel valued. • Share holiday memories. Bring out photo albums or home movies and play favorite seasonal music. • Schedule holiday activities during your loved one’s best time of the day. • Space out activities and try to stick to routines. • Have a plan in place to deal with challenging behaviors that may arise. • Don’t pressure your loved one to participate in festivities. Previously enjoyed events may cause distress if they don’t understand the significance or no longer recognize family or friends. Last, but not least, find something relaxing you can do each day. And do treat yourself to a special gift. ❖ Lisa M. Petsche is a social worker and a freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters. She has personal and professional experience with elder care.


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A Night Wrapped in Song …by Lydia E. Harris

The chilly wind blew as I huddled with other carolers outside our country church. I breathed in the crisp night air, shivering with excitement. After years of waiting, I was finally old enough to carol with the church choir. With church folk scattered throughout the rural area around Blaine, Washington, it would take most of the night to carol at each member’s doorstep. Bundled in my green woolen scarf and new gloves, I couldn’t wait to begin. I remembered past Christmas Eves when my older siblings left the warmth of our family gathering at 11pm to carol. How I had longed to go along. At bedtime, I would beg my mother, “Please, wake me when the carolers come.” When Mother awoke me in the middle of the night, I would peek out the dormer window of our green-and-white farmhouse. Sleepy-eyed and pajama-clad, I listened dreamily to the carolers with my nose pressed against the frosty window. They sounded like angels, singing Joy to the World and Silent Night. I returned their shouts of “Merry Christmas!” and nestled back in bed, wishing I could join them. Now, after years of yearning and waiting, my turn had come. The wind nipped my rosy cheeks. A few snowflakes would make it perfect. The choir director’s voice interrupted my dreaming. “Let’s get organized,” he said. “How many can take cars?” I looked around at the young men offering to drive. I hoped to sit in the front seat between a couple of them. But other teenage girls experienced at flirting won those seats. I piled into the backseat, just excited to go along. We laughed and chatted as we drove through the countryside, stopping to sing for church members. By starlight and flashlight, we crunch-crunchcrunched our way over the frozen ground to the front doors of homes. Most folks expected us and flung their doors wide open, inviting us in for a snack, even at two or three in the morning. Sipping hot

chocolate by the crackling fires warmed us inside and out. We continued our caroling, refueled with Sloppy Joes, hot dogs and fudge. As the night wore on, our throats wore out from singing in the winter air. We sounded more like croaking frogs than the angelic choir I remembered hearing as a child. After arriving home at five in the morning, I snuggled beneath my thick handmade quilt. I tried to snatch a few hours of sleep before the Christmas morning church service where the choir would sing again. But it was hard to fall asleep. The night had been better than I imagined.

More than fifty years later, all-night caroling on Christmas Eve remains a treasured memory. I savor those magical nights wrapped in song that warmed me like my new woolen scarf. Several years ago, I returned to the church of my childhood and asked the pianist, “Does the choir still carol all night on Christmas Eve?” Her face broke into a wide grin. “We sure do!” It cheers my heart to know the caroling tradition lives beyond my dreams, filling the hearts of another generation of youthful carolers with a melody that will last forever. ❖ Lydia Harris loves sharing Christmas with her children and grandchildren. She is the author of “Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting” and writes the column, “A Cup of Tea with Lydia”

and Other Joys …by Karen White-Walker

Our bustling Main Street was home to many five and dime stores: Grants, Woolworths, Kresge, Newberry’s, the upscale Williams Brothers and my all-time favorite, the Carl Company. Never mind that that store always had a peculiar, putrid smell and as kids, my brother, three sisters and I would dash in, squeal out “P-U!,” plug our noses and race to the back of the store and there, before our bulging eyes, would be the most delicious, unbelievable sight! continued on page 11

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December 2016

Jake’s First Christmas …by Teresa Ambord

“Be sure to hang the delicate ornaments high,” said Polly, my stepmom. “Jake might mistake the colorful glass balls for his toys and try to bite them.” Jake was new to our family that Christmas. He was a beautiful brown and white puppy with giant puppy feet and a supremely expressive face. And of course, he was loaded with the puppy curiosity that makes everything a toy. Two weeks before Christmas we brought out the boxes of ornaments, some of which had been in Polly’s family for ages. Among them were many handmade treasures, including a special box that held an entire gingerbread family. They were real cookies, hung with red ribbons and made with love by a one of Polly’s relatives years earlier. Every now and then I, or one of my little sisters — Ruth and Sue — would pretend we were going to nibble one, knowing that Polly would say, “You’ll break a tooth! They’re so old that they’re rock hard and tasteless.” We didn’t really want to eat them, but we enjoyed teasing Polly. The weekend before Christmas, Dad and Polly said, “Let’s all bundle up to see the new holiday movie at the drive-in!” Excited, we loaded into the car with our blankets,

pillows and bags of homemade popcorn. A few hours later, we returned home, and opened the front door to find… a terrible mess. We stood just inside the door, staring at big brown chunks of… something. As it turned out, the mess was Jake’s bed. We didn’t know then that the bed was not the only casualty. The next morning we girls were in the living room. I waited for American Bandstand to come on, while Ruth and Sue watched cartoons. I noticed that they weren’t sitting in their usual TV-watching spots. Instead they were very close to the Christmas tree. We weren’t allowed to touch any of the presents, but we could look. So Ruth and Sue “took inventory” frequently, checking carefully to see if any more packages with their names on them had magically appeared. “Nothing new for me,” said Sue. “Just a new one for Dad.” Ruth continued to look, leaning in every

direction as far as she could, without touching. Then something caught her eye. “Hey, who broke Gingerbread Baby?” she asked accusingly. That brought Polly out of the kitchen and into the living room fast. “Where? Show me!” Ruth pointed out the former baby cookie, which was now just a head, still tied to the tree by its red ribbon. “Here’s another broken one,” said Sue. “It’s Gingerbread Grandpa. Or it was. Now it’s just his head and his hat and part of his bow tie.” That caused a flurry of inspection, and soon it was clear that four members of the gingerbread clan — Baby, Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle — had been reduced to gingerbread heads. “I didn’t do it,” I said… just in case anybody thought I’d had a midnight snack of rock-hard ornaments. Quickly my sisters echoed me with denials of their own. In unison, we girls and Polly all

looked at Dad. If anyone was famous for midnight snack raids, it was him. “Not me,” he said. “I’m holding out for some fresh gingerbread cookies.” Polly stared intently at the gingerbread catastrophe, then she realized, only the low-hanging cookies were affected. As if in slow motion, she turned, and said “Jacob!” Till that moment Jake had been sitting by Dad, happy as ever. Suddenly, his posture changed and he looked as guilty as if he’d been caught with Gingerbread Grandpa in his mouth. With his head bowed a little he tried not to meet Polly’s gaze, but it was clear what had happened. He may as well have been wearing a sign that said, “I killed three generations of an innocent family.” We learned a lesson that year. To Jake, rock-hard, decades-old gingerbread cookies were just a different flavor of dog bone. Every Christmas from that time on, when the ornaments came out, the first thing we did was hang the survivors of the gingerbread massacre, as well as the four gingerbread heads, high up on the tree, out of Jake’s reach. And every year, he’d stare up longingly, as if remembering those tasty “dog treats” he enjoyed in his first Christmas season. ❖

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biting wind, so everything was still and quiet until….until we hit Main Street. Crowds of shoppers were darting in and out of the stores, but many lingered outside to listen to the Christmas music that was piped out onto the street. And there on the corner of Market Street and Main was the most magnificent sight ever — the real Santa Claus, waving to passers-by and stooping over to lift up five little kids, one by one, from their sled to ask, “And what do you want Santa to bring you, little girl?” The overwhelming thrill of Santa patting my head and talking to me made the words stick to my tonsils like the snowflakes had clung to my eyelashes. But my brazen sister, Mary Paula had no trouble speaking up. “Santa, I want every single 4-cent thing on those back tables in that Carl Company!” And just when it looked like she was going to be reprimanded by our parents, she quickly added, even though I knew she was totally lying, “So I can give them to the other less fortunate children. Or,” and this is where she was telling the absolute truth, “I can resell them for five cents a piece.” The only one with the true Christmas spirit was our sweet little Beth, a mere “baby” at three years old. From underneath the blanket that had swaddled us from the cold, she held out in her chubby little hand her once-hot hard boiled egg, one of five that Mom had given each one of us to keep our hands warm. “Here Santa, for you.” A loving, selfless gesture that seemed to warm Santa’s heart more than his hands, and it came from a baby. A baby is what the world received on Christmas Day – a gift so that every day should feel like Christmas, even when life’s trials and tears get in the way. ❖

Tiny toys, gadgets and figurines, all spread out on long tables. …by Charles Forsher “You may each pick out one thing,” instructed both Mom and Dad. As my readers know by now, “Just one,” reiterated Dad. “I’m not made I am slightly obsessed by Elvis of money, ya know. There’s no Rockefeller in Presley’s Christmas Blues song our family tree.” (this is the third time I’ve written “But Dad,” we all cried, “those are only the about it). I have, to date, sung four-cent tables!” the song for an audience exactly “Hey kiddos, you do the adding — five kids twice. getting one thing a piece at four cents each, is The first time was a number what?” Charles Forsher of years ago when volunteering “20 cents?” spoke up little Michael who for the Trinity United Methodist Church soup really showed an aptitude for math. kitchen. They put on a Christmas event that year, “Make that a whopping 20 cents, Mike. In including carolers. I had been faithfully helping to our house, on Daddy’s budget, that’s big bucks, serve the homeless all year. I am sure these men and son.” women were quite surprised to see me on stage, and Dad was always giving us kids pop math they cheered me on through my presentation. What quizzes like he was preparing one of us to song could have been more poignant for a homeless become a mathematician, or something. person at Christmas than Elvis’ Christmas Blues? “And kids,” warned Mom but with a wink, This one-and-only performance as an Elvis “don’t go flaunting your treasures in front of Presley imitator would have been my singular way of your less fortunate friends whose parents can’t honoring Elvis, until last year. afford such extravagance.” One of my new experiences as a senior was a Even back then Mom always used big prostate problem. I took medicine to alleviate the words with us, even when we were in diapers, growing problem but to no avail. Initially, both my like she was preparing one of us to become a younger brother and I were against the surgery, but writer, or something. by December of 2015 it became apparent that I had “Remember my little darlings; you must no other choice. My brother stood with me at the always remain grateful and humble.” doctor’s front desk when I asked for the first available Looking back, there was one Christmas date to schedule the operation… the earliest date season, one magical night that mirrored a was Christmas Eve. I figured that the sooner I got Norman Rockwell painting. It had to have through this the better I would feel. been a Friday, yep, Dad’s payday when he and Following the pre-surgical instructions and Mom loaded us five kids onto our big sled and treating the surgery as an imaginary senior boy pulled us all the way into town. How young scout elective, I marched bravely into the hospital and vibrant they were! prep room on the scheduled date and disrobed for a It was snowing but there wasn’t any cold, procedure surgeons would never have dreamed of a century ago. I woke up in a small boxy room all to myself on the seventh floor of Virginia Mason, warm and sleepy. I knew that a recovery period lay ahead, but felt confident. I dozed in and out of consciousness for the next several hours. Sometime in the middle of the night, a woman came to look in on me. I felt sorry for her. I imagined she would have liked to have been with her kin and relatives on the night that Santa Claus travels in his magic sleigh pulled by his wonderful reindeer, delivering gifts to everybody in the world. What could I possibly give her for sacrificing her Christmas Eve to make hospital rounds? Memories of Christmas songs I Did you know we are blocks away from some of Seattle’s best cultural offerings have heard over the years came to me. Then it struck me. I was laying -- like Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet? Inside Bayview, is a in an echo-y hospital room and the vibrant community that values lifelong learning. Take a tour with Lea Miller, answer was instantaneous. It was as Director of Sales by December 20 and move in by March 1 to receive a $2,000 if the song wasn’t coming from me, gift certificate that can be used to help with your moving costs. *Restrictions Apply* Christmas Blues echoing off of the boxy walls and surrounding the object of my compassion from all directions – as if Elvis Presley’s spirit was right there, personally serenading just her. She stood transfixed, as Christmas Blues refocused her mind, for just those few moments, on things besides hospital rounds. She pulled away, turned and left with the last stanza. Mission accomplished, I closed my eyes and went back to sleep. It has occurred to me that in these last eleven months that my gift has Bayview is a 62+ Non Profit Life Plan Community come back to me eleven fold, and in | 11 W. Aloha St. Seattle, WA 98119 the most remarkable ways. ❖

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December 2016

Library Corner

A Conversation with Wendy Pender

King County Library System Older Adult Specialist Q: Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be the Older Adults Specialist for the King County Library System. Wendy Pender A: I’ve been a librarian for over 20 years, and have always had an interest in healthy aging. My mom turned 100 this year and grandma lived to be almost 100, so I know I need to be prepared! I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, near my grandmother and a lot of retirees. I was fascinated to learn from these amazing folks. What adventures they’d had: starting schools in Central America, helping people in Africa – I was inspired! I didn’t start out to be a librarian. My mom wanted me to go to law school after college. I wasn’t interested in being a lawyer, but being a paralegal seemed practical and fun. I got a paralegal certificate specializing in estates and trusts. In my work, I encountered a lot of widows who had no idea what

they owned and had never written a check, so I’m very committed to helping people develop financial literacy and get endof-life documents in order. Eventually that legal career felt rather “dry,” and I started volunteering at a library. I Wendy with her 100-year-old mother, who has two librarian loved it! Later that daughters of her seven children year, I entered the University of Pittsburgh where I identify needs, services, I earned my Master’s in library demographic and technology science. trends impacting older adults. I also A gerontology certificate develop partnerships to serve older seemed a natural progression: I adults in our community. wanted more education in a health Q: How did you happen to come field as a way to expand my skills. to Washington? I attended UW’s online certificate A: I fell in love on vacation! program so I could “go to class in I lived in Ohio at the time, and my slippers.” I had joined KCLS went hiking in the Grand Tetons as site manager of the Lake Hills National Park. The guy in the and Crossroads libraries in 2008. next cabin asked if I wanted to go When a new position specializing on a motorcycle ride. I jumped on in services for Older Adults was the back of his bike and we had a created last year, I was thrilled and wonderful time together. I thought, ready to jump right in! “What a nice man, easy to talk to” As an Older Adult Specialist, and told him, “If you ever get to


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An acupuncture benefit is now offered as part of a 2017 Medicare Advantage plan in our region. Seniors are disproportionately affected by so many chronic conditions Thomas Roben, M.D. that acupuncture can treat, and until now, most seniors have had to pay out-of-pocket for acupuncture treatment, which is a significant obstacle for many on a limited income. Humana has added a new acupuncture benefit on its 2017 Medicare Advantage plans in select counties in Washington state, including King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. The benefit includes an initial consultation and up to six visits for a $10 co-pay per visit. “We are very excited to offer our Medicare enrollees greater access to acupuncture treatment, which traditional Medicare does not cover,” said Thomas Roben, M.D., a medical director at Humana who continues to practice medicine and has used acupuncture in his practice since 1997. “Acupuncture can have tremendous health benefits, especially for people with degenerative arthritis, chronic neck and back pain and other chronic conditions.”

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The Funny Side of Life

The Bite …by Sy Rosen

Okay, there’s a lot of information around about what you should do if your young child is a biter, but what do you do if it’s your three-year-old granddaughter Sy Rosen who bites? As a parent, you are supposed to make sure your child is behaving properly and that they are corrected and, if need be, disciplined for bad behavior. As a grandparent, your job is to spoil the heck out of them. So let me first recount the incident as best as my memory serves. I went to pick up my granddaughter, Summer, at daycare. She was playing outside and clearly was the prettiest girl there – she was actually glowing (not that I’m prejudiced). Summer was at a table doing some artwork and I must say her drawing was museum quality (not that I’m prejudiced). As soon as she saw me, she ran to me. Her speed was blinding

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and I’m sure in a few years she’ll be competing in the Olympics (not that I’m prejudiced). Summer then gave me a big hug and bit my leg right below the kneecap. As a grandparent, my first instinct (after saying ow) was to compliment her. Great bite, you’ve got strong teeth, a vampire would be jealous. And then, of course, I realized biting was not a positive attribute. I wasn’t totally crazy. I was just “grandparent crazy.” I decided to handle the situation myself. By saying “situation” and not “problem,” I was showing what a progressive grandfather I was. One thing I did not want to say was, “I’m going to tell your mother.” That’s not who I am. I am better than that. I can fix this problem myself (oops, I said problem). I thought I should get to the root cause for her behavior, so I looked up the reason for children biting on the internet (the internet can’t be wrong, can it?). They could be experimenting, irritated defending themselves, showing love or being controlling. I, of course, chose “showing love.” Summer loved me so much that she wanted a piece of my leg to take home with her. And now it was time for the talk: Me: Summer, when you bit me, were you just showing your love? Summer: Huh? Me: I just want to know why you did it. Summer: Did what? Me: A few minutes ago you bit me. Right on my leg. Do you remember? Summer: Huh? Me: Okay, I’m not reprimanding you. Summer: What does reprimoonding mean? Me: Okay, let’s table this for a second. Summer: What table? Me: I mean let’s not talk about it. Summer: Talk about what? Me: Never mind. Do you want to get some ice cream like last week? Summer: Yes, I want a little strawberry, vanilla and chocolate with six M&Ms, two Gummy Bears, cookie crumbles and whipped cream. Just like last time. Me: So you remember what you had last week. Summer: Yes! Me: But you don’t remember biting me a few minutes ago. Summer: Huh? Me: Let’s just forget the whole thing and you promise not to do it again. Summer: Do what? Me: Never mind. Just give me a hug. That’s nice, that’s a good hug. No, don’t bi—no, no, don’t bite - oww!!!!!! That’s it, I’m telling your mother. ❖

December 2016

The ongoing life-affirming adventures of Rose and Dawn

Relevance and Cheap Perfume …by Diana Couture

Today we find our heroines eating lunch at one of their favorite Thai restaurants in Fremont and discussing being ‘relevant’ in later years of life. “I don’t know Rose,” Dawn growled. “But I think we listened to our parents more than the younger generation listens to us. If my father said not to do something, we didn’t do it…end of story. Even after us kids got married, we still listened to what he said. Was it that way when you were growing up?” Rose didn’t have to contemplate for even a minute before she responded. “It was exactly that way when I was growing up. My father ran the house with a big Italian iron fist. He was the patriarch and that was that. No one questioned his decisions. Well, one of my brothers did once, but then he was asked to leave the house—permanently. So, the rest of us learned never to question the old man.” Dawn looked puzzled. “It sure isn’t that way today. It’s the other way around…the younger generation tries to tell the older generation what to do. And the computers make everything easier, so they don’t need our knowledge.” Rose smiled as she slurped a Phad Thai noodle that was trying to escape her mouth. “Does that surprise you, Dawnie? Be real. Get with the program. We have to make ourselves relevant and remember that we’re the ones with life experience and wisdom. If the kids don’t want to ask questions, then let them find out the hard way…on their own.” Now it was Dawn’s turn to smile. “Wow, Rose, you’re so feisty. I guess you’re right. We’re like walking encyclopedias, but if no one uses us, it doesn’t make us any less smart. It’s their loss.” Just then the smiling proprietress approached the table to offer to fill their water glasses. The girls slid dishes and glasses around to make access easier for the woman and smiled in thanks. Rose watched her walk away and wished her perfume were a little less odiferous. “I wonder if she has the same feelings of irrelevance. I wonder if younger people in her life look to her for answers to the mysteries of life.” Dawn was now wiping tears from her eyes. “Oh no, Dawnie. Have I made you

cry with my feelings of inadequacy?” Rose asked worriedly. Dawn responded with a chuckle. “No, no Rose. It’s the perfume. The woman’s perfume is soooo strong. It got me as she reached to fill the glass.” The laughter was in earnest at this time. “Should we tell her?” Rose queried with a snicker. “Or would she even listen, since we’re just a couple of old ladies?” “Old ladies with properly working noses.” Dawn guffawed. The women bent their heads down to their plates and continued giggling as quietly as possible as the proprietress passed by again. The cloud of cheap perfume followed her like a faithful dog. “Rose, there’s a lesson here,” Dawn said while wiping peanut sauce from the tip of her nose. We need to live and let live. That’s the way we stay relevant in today’s society. Let other people, even those we love, make their own mistakes and only offer answers when asked.” “That’s very wise of you to say, Dawnie. Possibly you are right. But it’s so hard to do. For example, to watch my niece try to get her towels white without using bleach just kills me. I want to tell her, for the love of God, put some bleach in the load. But I don’t want to appear bossy, so she continues to have dingy towels. Is that what you mean?” “Well, yes. I think that IS what I mean. I was thinking more along the line of life’s emotional troubles, but white towels work, too. If the younger generation wants to know, they just have to learn how to ask us. And not depend on the computer Google.” “Ok Dawn. I’ll bite my tongue and remain mute even when I want to scream that there might be a better way to do things. But really, can’t we start this new phase of our relevance tomorrow? We NEED to offer some guidance to our hostess about the power of subtlety when it comes to the application of perfume. She NEEDS to know!” ❖

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Holidaze Len Elliott

Across 1. Product used to cleanse Cupid’s counterpart? 6. Double-reed instrument 10. “If at ____ you don’t succeed, try spruces!” 14. Detroit’s NFL team 15. Las Vegas gas 16. Run ____ (go crazy) 17. Santa’s management challenge? 19. Behind time 20. Pershing’s WWI command: abbr. 21. “____ the Walrus” (Beatles tune): 2 wds. 22. Cochise, e.g. 24. Lozenges 27. MRI test, e.g. 28. Avoid Arsenio and family at the holiday party? 33. Assert without proof 36. Large lexicon: abbr. 37. That’s a moray! 38. Dancer’s foot 39. Weekend sketch show: abbr. 40. Waiter’s handout 41. It starts with Enero 42. Baleen whale 43. Pachelbel’s “Canon in ____”: 2 wds. 45. Removal of shiny trimmings from the holiday 67-Across? 49. Cheese with a red coat 50. In a group: 2 words. 54. Actor Martin’s favorite holiday 67-Across? 15 57. Is ____ to (probably will) 58. Part of mph 59. Capital of Samoa 60. National park where Santa keeps his Washington herd? 64. Soccer star Mia or actor Jon 65. Smallest great lake 66. Bingo’s original name 67. Conifer, e.g. 68. Garb 69. ____ king (Wenceslaus) Down 1. Sports shoe gripper 2. Crude vessel 3. Opera singer Anna 4. SASE, e.g.: abbr. 5. Chinese restaurant general 6. Paying attention to one’s work: 2 wds. 7. Mound of earth 8. Winning row in tic-tac-toe 9. Intertwined 10. Dancer Lola 11. 1998 Apple introduction 12. “Goodbye, Columbus” author 13. ____Ball (arcade game) 18. Daughter of a sister 23. Oom follower in a type of band 25. B-G filler 26. Embrace 27. Writer Silverstein 29. Gin and ____ (drink) 30. Actor Cobb: 2 wds. 31. He succeeded Carson 32. ____ one’s words (speak indistinctly) 33. At the drop of ___ (without delay): 2 wds.


34. “WKRP in Cincinnati” actress Anderson 35. Diving bird 39. Appear to be 40. Poet Angelou 42. Angrily closed the door 43. “____ know you from somewhere? “: 2 wds. 44. 3,000 to the Romans 46. “____ Street” (PBS offering) 47. Writer LeShan (anagram of 63Down)

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48. Conical shelters 51. Thrown weapon 52. “____ evil,…”: 2 wds. 53. Swashbuckler portrayer Flynn 54. Thai monetary unit 55. On ____ with (equal to): 2 wds. 56. Citrus fruit 57. Desert-like 61. Play about Capote 62. 39-Across network: abbr. 63. Narc’s agency: abbr.

Aging One-Liners Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts thrown in Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside When I was a boy, the Dead Sea was only sick I'm wrinkled, saggy and lumpy...and that's only my left leg

On TV, there are pretty young faces; All flawless and perfect and new. If they’re lucky, they’ll live a long life And then they’ll have wrinkles too. -- Pat D’Amico

It Begins and Ends with Santa Len Elliott

Each clue defines a two-word phrase. The second word of each answer is the first part of the next answer. Southern California city; First Lady 1987-91; Alaska aviator; gas stove feature; “Naughty Marietta,” e.g.; area from which to watch “Naughty Marietta”; cereal carton lid; security clearance classification; unknown holiday gift giver at the office.

Santa _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______ ______ Santa

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Scenes from Childhood

Writing Corner

Just Put Up the Christmas Lights

Event Writing …by Ariele M. Huff

…by Pete MacDoran

It’s 1956 and I’m 15 years old, the eldest of four kids. Our mom is a real Christmas house-decorating enthusiast. I’m busy doing other stuff, but Mom says to get the stepladder and the big box of Christmas lights down from the garage rafters. I’m frequently on our house’s roof, installing my ham radio antennas, so I am the go-to person to be up on the ladder. I get the big box down and reach into this veritable snake pit of multistrands of colored lights as I must verify that each bulb actually works and that I don’t bunch up the same color bulbs. “Hi, what are you doing?” asks Louie, a precocious seven-year-old from across the street. “My mom says I have to put up our Christmas lights,” I half-heartedly reply. “What’s Christmas?” “You get presents at Hanukkah, right?” “I get eight presents…one each night.” “Who brings the presents to you?” “My mom and dad.” “No, it’s actually Santa-Stein who is

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sometimes called ClausBurg,” I inform him. Louie thinks for a bit, then walks home. I manage to untangle the Christmas lights, verify their ability to provide optical cheerfulness and string them around the roof edges. About an hour later, Louie’s mom comes across the street and knocks on our front door. I immediately think this can be trouble. My dad had previously cautioned me that making fun of someone’s religion was likely to cause problems. I overhear Louie’s mom relating how Louie had told her that it was Santa-Stein and Claus-Berg who actually brought Hanukkah gifts. Then she says, “It’s the funniest story I ever heard.” Whew! Good luck for me that Louie’s mother had a good sense of humor. ❖ Pete MacDoran is the author of “THE OLD MEN WILL DIE FIRST–A True Story of Cold-War Espionage” B01DB0B3WO

All of our lives are a series of events, large and small. Sometimes, simply a moment watching a sunset or a butterfly in flight can be the most significant. Ariele M. Huff Documenting events can be dry and boring OR it can be as touching and captivating as the movie Titanic or the book The Grapes of Wrath. Three things especially distinguish good writing about events. 1) Cherry picking: Careful selection of events/moments that are important to the writer because they altered life in some meaningful way. 2) A clear “take home message”: Using the telling of an experience to demonstrate a point. 3) Including thoughts and feelings caused by and surrounding the event to compel readers by triggering our natural sympathies for a fellow human. Choose from the several genres of narrative nonfiction (a combo of fiction strategies to deliver real experiences) to achieve a powerful story. Examples are from some of my books. A) The Epistolary Novel approach utilizes the format of letters, journals, logs, diaries or emails to tell a story or parts of one. My Kitten Love: The Trilogy was a series of journals kept to retain sanity during the incorporation of a litter of abandoned kittens into my home which included two elderly pets and plenty of other things to do. Common to the epistolary model, my journal addresses readers

in second person (“you”) and shares deep feelings and intimate thoughts in first person (“I”). B) A how-to nonfiction book shares events as part of learning a skill or method. My books Pain: Treatments & Therapies; Processing Loss Workbook; and Get Rich, $tay Rich use personal stories (from me and others) to demonstrate success in these areas. C) Making Mud Angels: Winning Strategies for Tough Times combines how-to with definition rhetoric. Books like this define a concept (winning strategies, in this case) and, thereby, make it doable. The book takes homey aphorisms shared by female mentors with me and demonstrates their application to real situations. For example, making lemonade out of lemons. D) Fifty Shades of Graying: Love, Romance, and Sex after Fifty is an anthology of pieces gathered on my blog by the same name. The use of numerous authors sharing on the same topic is quite popular. Housekeeping is a group of opinion “shorts” that include events as examples. E) The Perks of Aging: Blessings, Silver Linings, and Convenient HalfTruths is a poetry chapbook which records events and the feelings they bring stimulated by a set of lists of perks in specific areas of aging. The lists were all gathered from my elderly students, friends and family. That process inspired mostly humorous poems. F) Gratitude, an anthology of published articles, is a book defining that emotion also employing lists (of gratitude given and received “events”). G) The Queen of Mean: The Conversion of a Cold and Prejudiced Heart is a Magical Realist novella and Last Duets is a Suspense Romance novel. Both follow the narration form—a string of events— in these books, the majority of those events actually happened! All books available at Amazon. com in eBooks and paperbacks. ❖

Poetry Corner Are you investigating care for your elderly veteran or family member? Are you surprised at the costs? If so, you’re certainly not alone! The average monthly costs for assisted living is over $3,400.00. With a need for assistance and living on a fixed income, getting the needed care can be a real challenge. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that help may be available from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Happy Hatcher How happy I can be now I’m 94 you see. In my dream by chance I’m going to the place I used to dance. I see a tall handsome man coming my way and then the music starts to play. I am going to take a chance. I rise from my wheelchair in a trance. We dance a few steps of the Tennessee Waltz. We dance together beautifully without any faults.

How happy can I be that I’m still alive. I may even make it till 95. How happy I can be, I’m only 93. My dentures fit tight; my hearing aid is all right; I’ve got new lens in my eyes that help me see. The old boys smile as I walk by. They want to talk about yesteryear. I smile right back and keep on track. I only talk about tomorrow. How happy can I be, I’m only 93. --Goldie Hatcher (Poetry Corner 12/07)

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LET’S GO! Senior Events

Wisdom Cafes Free hosted conversations for older adults, all 2-3:30pm, Dec 4 “Make New Friends, Keep the Old” Shoreline Library; Dec 5 “downsizing” Lake Forest Park Library; Dec 6 “Gratitude” Richmond Beach Library; Dec 12 “Living our Legacy” Lake Forest Park Library. Northshore Senior Center Dec 8, 10am-2:30pm potluck & line dancing $6; Dec 13, 7:30-9:30pm Holiday Pops & Dessert $3; 10201 E Riverside Dr, Bothell, 425487-2441, Shoreline-LFP Senior Center Dec 9, Karaoke/Bingo wear your favorite ugly holiday sweater, RSVP; Dec 20, 9:3011:30am, free hearing screenings and hearing aids cleaning call to schedule free appointment, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, 206-365-1536, OWL-voice of older women free, everyone welcome, University House at Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way N, Seattle, for info call Carol 206-325-6622. Mercer Island Dec 6, 13, 9-3pm Foot Care Clinic; Dec 14, 12pm, Senior Lunch & Conversation; Tue, Wed, Thr, 10-2pm Senior Social for those w/ physical, memory, hearing, visual limitations; Dec 16, 1-3pm Meet Me at the Movies-FREE (no RSVP needed)-“The Pianist;” Thru Dec 6, 10:3012:30pm lively discussions for lifelong learning; Dec 6, 2-3:30pm Parkinson’s Disease Support; RSVP 206-275-7609 or www.miRecConnect. com, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island. Social Security for 2017 Dec 8, 4-5:30pm, workshop about 2017 benefits, Evergreen College, 1210 6th Ave, Tacoma. Free, no RSVP, more info at 253-7984600. Northwest Center for Creative Aging Learn about programs SHIBA Counseling First and third Wednesdays of the month, by appointment from 1-5pm, make an appointment to speak with SHIBA volunteers about Medicare and other insurance questions; also ask about one-on-one help with computers, Shoreline Library, 206-362-7550. Dementia Friendly Recreation withOngoing, Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation Program offers a variety of walks and classes for those with early stage memory loss and their care partners, 206-684-4664 (Mari). Alzheimer’s Café 2nd Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm, Greenwood Senior Center’s Alzheimer’s Café moves to Stage Door Café, 208 N. 8th St, Seattle, chance for those with Alzheimer’s and their care partners to socialize in safe environment, info call Carin 206-230-0166,

Holiday Events

Lights of Christmas Dec 1-4, 8-11, 20-23, 26-28; 5-10pm, the NW’s largest Christmas Festival, 20800 Marine Dr, Stanwood, 1-800-228-6724, www. Farmhouse Christmas Celebration Dec 3, 12:30, 2, or 3:30pm, tour the mansion decorated for the holidays, live holiday music, visit new Swedish and Japanese rooms, light refreshments, unique gifts, $10-$18, Neely Manion, 12303 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Rd, Auburn, RSVP 253-850-2777, www. Big Band Christmas Dec 5, 7:30pm, enjoy the music of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie the Andrew Sisters and others with 16-piece orchestra and vocalists, $25, 253-565-6867, Yule Log Hunt Dec 11, 1pm at group camp shelter at Schafer State Park in Elma, WA, hunt for log and enjoy bonfire with hot beverages and holiday music, bring cookies, free need discover pass to park. Model Train Festival Dec 17-Jan 1 (except Dec 24,25), $8-$12, Washington State Historical Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 1-888-238-4373, www. Cirque Musica Dec 18, 6pm, acrobats & aerialists with orchestra playing holiday favorites, Xfinity Arena Everett, 425-322-2609, www. Pacific Place Holiday Parties Thru Dec 24, 2 nightly snow shows, weekend live music,600 Pine St, Seattle, 2nd level, 206405-2655,

A Calendar of Places to Go, Do or See…

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Bellevue Holiday Ice Arena Thru Jan 8, next to Bellevue Library at 10820 NE 10th St, $9-$12, free Mondays & Dec 11 free for grandparents with grandkids, www. New Year’s Music of Paris Dec 31, 6 & 9pm cabaret shows at Maximilien, 81a Pike Place Market, RSVP 206-682-7270.

Community Events

Mercer Island Dec 2, 6:30-8:30pm Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch, FREE! Dec 2, 9, 16, 7:30pmClassics On Film; Dec 6-15, 12:45-3pm Contract Bridge (RSVP) 206-275-7609 or www. Annual Outlet Store Sale Dec 3, 9am-2pm, homeware and gift sale at Rosanna Inc.’s annual sale, 6755 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, 206-264-7882. Annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner Dec 3, noon-6pm, free parking, no RSVP required, $10-$25, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 425-4859085, PROBUS Dec 7, Christmas Luncheon, educational/social organization for full/part time retired persons, Covenant Shores Retirement Community, 9107 Fortuna Dr, Mercer Island, 206-232-0790. Walking Tour Lakeview Cemetery Dec 10, 1-2:30pm, Atlas Obscura hosts history walk and talk, $20, RSVP National Cookie Day! Dec 18, 11am-5pm for cookies and $10-$2500 free play! 6pm drawing for $5,000 cash! Lucky Eagle Casino & Resort. I-5 to exit 88. 1-800-7201788. David Sedaris Workshops Jan 14-20, 7pm, readings from his new book before it’s published, Q&A, $50, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle, www.

Garden Events

Bellevue Botanical Garden Dec 3, 10am-noon or 1-3pm “Holiday Wreath Making Class” RSVP, Winter Gardener Speakers Series Sign up now for series that begins Jan 6, 9:3011:30am, first topic “Banish Boring Yards” by Steve Smith, OMukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4515 84th St SW, Mukilteo, $20 (or $85 for series), 425-338-2400,

Exhibits & Performance

Pacific Science Center Thru Jan 8, the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, discounted admission for seniors, 206-443-2001, Tacoma Art Museum Thru Mar 2017, “Coast to Cascades” artist C.C. McKim’s impressionist vision of the northwest, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258, Icicle Creek Theatre Dec 3, 7pm, Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker, $7-$13; Dec 9-10 Old Time Live Family Radio Show; Dec 10 Live at the Met “L’Amour de Loin”; Dec 15 Joyeuz Noel film about real life truce during WWI; Dec 16 Magical Strings Yuletide; Dec 17 A Candlelight Christmas Concert; Icicle Creek Theatre, Leavenworth, Khambatta Dance Company Dec 9-10, 8pm, global dance, $18-$22, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle, www. International Ballet Theatre Dec 10-13, Dec 15-22, The Nutcracker, Meydenbauer Theater, 11100 NE 6th St. Bellevue, Museum of Glass Thru Dec 31, “Season of Fire & Ice” handson activities, performances, demos, gift shop specials, 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, 253-2842130, Museum of Northwest Art Thru Jan 1, Northwest Artist Couples, 121 S. First St, La Conner, 360-466-4446, www.


Seattle Public Theater Dec 2-24, Christmas Town, a film-noir inspired hard-boiled holiday thriller, $17-$34, 7312 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, 206-524-1300, Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 3-22, based on TV special, Second Story Rep, Redmond, 425-881-6777.

It’s a Wonderful Life Dec 10, 8pm, Theater Anonymous fly-by-the-seatof-your-pants theater, $25, Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, Seattle Rep Thru Dec 11 “King Charles”; Dec 12, 7:30 public reading of “I’ll Get You Back Again” reunion of 60s rock band, 206=443-2222, Centerstage Theatre Thru Dec 22, Little Red Riding Hood traditional English Christmas pantomime $12-$35, Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, 253-661-1444, www. Miracle on 34th Street Thru Dec 24, $20-$24, Tacoma Little Theatre, 253-272-2281,

Seattle Girls Choir Dec 10, 1:30pm Town Hall Seattle; Dec 11, 3pm First Church near Seattle Center; Dec 17, 7:30pm Chapel of St Ignatius, Seattle U; Dec 18, 7:30pm Holy Rosary Church West Seattle, Orchestra Seattle/Chamber Singers Handel’s Messiah, Dec 17, 7:30pm Free First Methodist Church; Dec 18, 3pm Everett First Presbyterian Church, 1-800-838-3006, www. Sanctuary Choir Christmas Dec 17, 7:30pm; Dec 18, 1pm free concert “All American Christmas” features music from North, South and Latin America, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle.

Musical Theater

Ladies Musical Club Dec 1 noon featuring mezzo-soprano Gwen Trussler Seattle Art Museum; Dec 3, 2pm string quartet Frye Art Museum; Dec 11, 3pm Chopin West Seattle Library; Dec 11, 7:30pm piano concerto University House Wallingford; Dec 14 noon soprano Emily Riesser songs by Bellini Seattle Central Library; Dec 18, 3pm Italian songs of love by soprano Regina Thomas Mirabella; Seattle Symphony Dec 9, 10, 11, Holiday Pops; Dec 28-29 The Four Seasons; Dec 30 “Untuxed”; Dec 31 New Year’s with the symphony classical soul of Motown; 206-215-4747, www. Navidad New World Christmas Dec 9, 7:30pm Edmonds Methodist Church; Dec 10 Emmanuel Episcopal Church Mercer Island; Dec 11, 2pm Benaroya Hall, Latin America’s unique mix of music, dance, chorus, 206-7086003, Early Music Guild Bach’s Christmas Magnifcat, Dec 14, 7:30pm, Bach’s Christmas Magnificat, Town Hall Seattle 1119 8th Ave Seattle; Dec 16, 7:30pm, Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, 206-325-7066, The Irish Tenors Dec 13, 7:30pm, holiday concert at Benaroya Hall, tickets on sale now! VIP seating includes reception with the Tenors, benefiting the Ballard NW Senior Center, 1-866-833-4747,, more info at www. Byron Schenkman & Friends Dec 29, 7pm, Bach & Corelli, Benaroya Hall,

Tacoma Musical Playhouse Dec 2,-3, 9-11, 16-17, “A Tuna Christmas” hilarious holiday show, $18-$20; 7116 Sixth Ave, Tacoma, 253-565-6867. Showtunes Theatre Company Dec 3, 8pm; Dec 4, 2pm “Leap of Faith” gospelstyle performances, $21-$46, Benaroya Hall, 206-215-4747, Village Theatre Thru Dec 31, Singin’ in the Rain, Issaquah, 425392-2202, 5th Avenue Theatre Thru Dec 31 “Disney’s Little Mermaid”; 206-6251900, groups of 10+ call 1-888-625-1418, Burlesque Nutcracker Dec 9-29, traditional ballet gets bawdy makeover, $40-$65, Triple Door, 216 Union St, Seattle, 206-838-4333. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Dec 13-18, Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, 1-800745-3000. Driftwood Players Thru Dec 18, Mr. Scrooge, $22-$25, 425-7749600 x1, Meet Me in St Louis Thru Dec 18, classic holiday musical, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave, Tacoma, 253-565-6867, A Prairie Home Companion Jan 7, 2:45pm, with the program’s new host Chris Thile, $31-$61, Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, 1-800-745-3000,

Choral Music

Northwest Chorale Carols and sacred works; Dec 3, 7:30pm, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave NE, Seattle; Dec 10, 7:30pm Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, free, donations go to Northwest Harvest, 206-696-1222, Medieval Women’s Choir Dec 3, 8pm, $25-$30, St James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave Seattle, 206-254-4822, www. Seattle Symphony with Choir Dec 3, 11am, family friendly concert, music from holiday classic Polar Express,$15-$20; Dec 1617 Handel’s Messiah; Benaroya Hall, 206-2154747, Songs of Winter Dec 3, 7:30pm; Dec 4, 2pm; holiday concert featuring global music and the Adelphian Concert Choir, $5-$10, University of Puget Sound, 253-869-3100, directions Northwest Chamber Chorus Dec 4, 3pm; Dec 10, 7:30pm, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. Seattle Men’s Chorus Dec 4-22, Holiday concert at Benaroya Hall, $25-$84, 206-388-1400, Bellevue Chamber Chorus “O Magnum Mysterium” Dec 11, 3pm First Congregational Church in Bellevue; Dec 17, 7:30pm St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue; Dec 18, 4pm Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Seattle. Special senior prices available, 425881-0445, Handel’s Sing-A-Long Dec 9, 7:30pm, with Garfield High Symphony Orchestra, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, $10-$15, 1-800-838-3006, Seattle Choral Company Dec 9 & 10, 8pm, Dec 9 arrive early for talk and carol sing-along, Wintertide Holiday Fantasy, St Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, 1-800-838-3006, www.

Classical Music

Pop, Jazz, Folk, Country

Geoffry Castle’s Celtic Christmas Dec 2 Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living; Dec 10 Historic Everett Theater; Dec 16 Kirkland Performance Center; Dec 17 Northshore Arts in Bothell; Dec 21 Unity in Lynnwood; Dec 22 Bake’s Place Bellevue; details at www. Maritime Folk Concert Dec 3, 7:30pm, featuring the Whateverly Brothers and Village Carols, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1215 Thomas St, Seattle, $5-$15, 1-800-838-3006, Thumbnail Theater Dec 3, 7:30pm “The Neil Youngs & Harvest Moon”; Dec 17, 7:30pm “Jose Gonzales Trio play a Charlie Brown Christmas” 1211 4th St, Snohomish. Seattle Jazz Vespers Dec 4, 6pm, Seattle Buskers, free and open to public, Seattle First Baptist (Harvard & Seneca in Seattle) Whateverly Brothers Holiday Show Dec 9, 7-8:30pm, Egans Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market St, Seattle, 206-789-1621, Sophisticated Jazz Experience Dec 11, 6-9pm, lobby of Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, includes unique shops, benefits nonprofit serving emergency care for pets, $35, 911 Pine St, A Circus Christmas Carol Dec 23, 7:30pm, playfully spooky holiday music revue, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave, Everett, 425-258-6766, www. Songwriting Contest Write a song on the theme of the centennial of the Ballard Locks and Lake Washington Ship Canal. All genres of music are encouraged. Your song can be about historical events, or the present day. The top 15 songs will be recorded at Jack Straw Cultural Center, thanks to a grant to Maritime Folknet from 4Culture. Deadline: Jan 6, For more information:


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Rosanna Bowles: Seattle’s Designing Woman

awards. In 2005, Rosanna Inc. became the first American company to win the prestigious Gift of the ...continued from page 1 Year Award in the U.K. “It is the gift industry’s equivalent of an Oscar!” friends Earlier learned during this year, their lives.” Rosanna was And she is chosen as the passing down lead designer these same to create lessons to a historic her own two collection of daughters, memorabilia Alessandra, for the 28, and influential Francesca, 19. White House But she Historical sees these Association. Baby Rosanna with her mother and two sisters traditions as “The White falling away House in today’s hectic world, and wrote her Historical Association, founded by book to help others recapture family Jackie Kennedy in 1961, approached traditions throughout the year and to the company to design for them after “take pleasure in life’s small moments seeing Rosanna product at the 9/11 of happiness.” Memorial Museum in New York,” Reflecting those small pleasures says Rosanna. “It was a very exciting has led Rosanna’s company to grow surprise and huge honor for us. We into a veritable empire of tableware, created product that honored past décor, handbags and gifts that are presidents and first ladies, as well as sold around the globe. Rosanna Inc. a 3D ornament of the White House, is known for its lines of “fashion complete with a little flag on top.” tableware” with products that Despite Rosanne’s many can be mixed and mingled. Twice successes, home and family remain yearly, Rosanna launches her new at the center of her heart. Her collections of festive porcelain dishes, motto could well be: savor life, plates, glassware and trays, as well create traditions and cherish family. as ornaments, textiles and other “Growing up, I felt abundantly “giftables.” loved by my parents and two sisters. Rosanna and her company have To this day, their love inspires me been featured in Oprah Winfrey to infuse every Rosanna product magazines, the New York Times, Vogue, we design with that feeling. As an Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appetit, entrepreneur, I'm also proud to be Sunset and many others. Earlier this a role model for my two daughters. year, Rosanna graced the cover of I feel that through my career I've Seattle Business Magazine along with been able to show them that they, other top Seattle business women. too, can achieve any and all of their She has also received many dreams.” ❖

MORE INFORMATION The Rosanna Inc. outlet store is located at 6755 East Marginal Way South in Seattle, and is open Fridays from noon to 4pm. The annual Warehouse Sale is December 3, 2016 from 9am to 2pm – find specials on everything from current collections to one-of-a-kind pieces from their archives. For more information about the outlet store, call 206-264-7882 or email You can also find Rosanna products at stores around the world, including local retailers such as Macy's, Starbucks, Nordstrom and many more. Enter your zip code into Rosanna’s location finder to discover the many places to shop for Rosanna products:

Rosanna offers these holiday entertaining tips: • A key savvy tip for entertaining for the holidays is to keep things simple. Do what you do best and don't do things outside of your comfort zone. Use your go-to recipes. Decorate the home simply; candles are fabulous. Greenery is great. Basic dishes with decorated salad plates to change it up. Express who you are in the way you decorate and entertain. • Take and tweak something you can do. My mother made 12 kinds of cookies at Christmas. I can’t do that. I make two. • Four elements of a good party include enlightening conversation, fascinating people, great food and plenty of it, good wine and an interesting venue. • What Rosanna appreciates in a party host: Someone who makes you feel welcome and introduces you to other guests.

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Dr. Watson’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street, London, where their investigations began and concluded – a room looming large in popular imagination around the globe ever since the first Sherlock Holmes tale, A Study in Scarlet, in 1887. Become a Detective – Visitors will have a book full of clues while hot on a trail to solve a remarkable murder. Using their own powers of observation, guests can crack a new Sherlock Holmes mystery written exclusively for this exhibition by Daniel Stashower, the writer and award-winning Conan Doyle biographer (author of Teller of Tales: TheLife of Arthur Conan Doyle and the author of new Sherlock Holmes stories. Culture of Sherlock – Pop culture enthusiasts will enjoy the exhibition’s final gallery, housing a collection of all things “Sherlockian,” ranging from vintage Sherlock Holmesthemed card games, comics and magazines, to radio scripts, to movie and television show props and costumes. Featured are items from the Warner Brothers’ current Sherlock Holmes movies set in the Victorian era, alongside costumes, props and behind-the-scenes tools from the hit CBS television shows Elementary and the BBC’s Sherlock, both of which set Sherlock Holmes in the present day. The exhibition offers museum guests the most comprehensive display anywhere of Sherlock Holmes as portrayed in popular imagination over the last 126 years since his creation. “We will also have some fun holiday promotions for the exhibit,” says Alia Mahlum, Pacific Science Center Marketing and Event Manager. Through December 30, evoke the spirit of the season during Holmes for the Holidays, which includes a fashion show, high tea tastings, the Dickens Carolers, Victorian-themed lectures, nut roasting, snow machines and a Little Library Book hunt. ❖

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The Great Outdoors

Let’s Play in the Snow! Roger Urbaniak

“Snow means fun” was the attitude I developed growing up in the Midwest. School might be cancelled and I’d be free to go outside and play in the snow. Familiar locations and objects took on mysterious new looks as the snow piled higher, challenging our memories on what might be buried under those strange-looking mounds. It was a time for building snowmen, sledding or tobogganing, ice skating, making snow angels and, of course, tossing snowballs. Never mind the cold, chasing after whoever tossed that snowball kept our cheeks rosy and warm. Years later, when I moved to Seattle, I soon discovered that I missed the snow. But on the rare snow days in Seattle, Linda and I seldom waste the occasion. We keep plastic discs on hand and walk about a block to the local park with a hill. There we join several preschoolers with our discs and take great pleasure in going further down the hill than they can. At first, parents gave us curious glances, but they eventually got used to us. A few of them even bring their own discs and join us now. Kids playing on our hill come in all ages. Not a fan of skiing, I discovered that I enjoyed the peace and quiet of snowshoeing, especially when I get off the beaten path where snow clings tightly

business of seeking food, shelter or possibly avoiding a predator, and I enjoy studying their behavior. Some of the more unusual tracks I’ve seen are bear, beaver, otter, wolf, pine martin and bobcat. Twice I have back-tracked my own trail and found that I was being followed by a mountain lion. Now I look over my shoulder on outings as a result. I tell myself that the animals may have only been curious – after I have repeated this several times, the goose bumps seem to get smaller. When it snows in Seattle, I will walk

a mile to the store to fetch a necessity. In reality, what I come back with is seldom necessary; I just wanted to be outside enjoying the snow. Once it snowed enough for me to strap on snow shoes. The grocery clerk was impressed when I showed up. The touch of a soft snowflake on my skin as I watch it pile higher and higher brings back pleasant memories of my youth. They say there is a little child still in most of us. For me, all it takes is a good snow storm to bring him out. ❖


to tree branches in a forest. I purchased a good pair of high-tech snowshoes for just over $100 and quickly paid for them with saved lift ticket money. Sno-parks are located along I-90 between the top of the pass and Easton. Season passes for sno-parks are $40 per car plus an additional $40 if you intend to use a sno-park with a groomed trail. Day rates of $20 (valid for 1-3 consecutive days) are good for groomed or un-groomed trail parking. Parking fees encourage carpooling. Groomed trails accommodate snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and some locations have snowmobile trails. I’ve used sno-parks several times and enjoy them, but I prefer areas where I am likely to be on my own without the aid of a groomed trail. Under certain conditions, specifically deep powder, I tend to use the sno-parks as it is too difficult to break trail in deep snow for any distance. Finding and identifying animal tracks is my passion on outings. Often they tell a story as the animal goes about its

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