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VOLUME 10 · ISSUE 11 NOVEMBER

2019

TURKEY DAY SWEETS

Pilgrim-themed nibbles

KIDS + MONEY Teaching your children financial fundamentals


Hannah Klein, M.D., Ph.D., Boys Town Pediatric Epileptologist

Epilepsy care for kids, right here. Boys Town Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic is led by Nebraska’s only board certified pediatric epileptologist to provide comprehensive, life-changing care to children experiencing seizures. That means caring for the whole child from time of diagnosis and providing family support, addressing social and emotional difficulties and treating co-occurring conditions. To learn more about our epilepsy care and pediatric neuroscience program, visit us at boystownhospital.org.

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CONTENTS

REAL MOMS + ADVICE

SEASONAL

SPONSORED FEATURES

6 Editor’s Column 7 On Our Radar 10 Momaha Bookshelf 31 Get Organized 36 Money Basics for Kids 42 Be Well

12 Pumpkin Truffles 16 No-Bake Harvest Cookies 22 Thanksgiving kid’s table 25 Pumpkin Pie Necklaces 28 Gratitude Pumpkins 32 Give, Save, Spend Jars 38 School Banking

8 Skutt Catholic 14 Fontenelle Forest/ TreeRush Adventure 20 Opera Omaha 26 YMCA of Greater Omaha 30 Huntington Learning Center 34 Premier Dental 40 Right Turn 46 Private Schools

44 Communicating With Middle Schoolers

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The SainT John’S BiBle October 5, 2019–January 19, 2020 IMAGES: (Right) Creation, Donald Jackson; (Below) Thistle and Butterfly, Chris Tomlin; Both images © 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Exhibition organized by Joslyn Art Museum and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

A contemporary masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship, The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century. Featuring 76 original pages from this unique Bible and a selection of rare books and texts from other religious traditions, Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible explores the relationship between faith, art, and the written word.

Art of the Book Saturday, November 2; 11 am–3 pm The day begins with book arts demonstrations, displays, and hands-on fun for the whole family. Afternoon programming features an illustrated lecture, “Special Treatment Illuminations,” and personalized bookmark lettering by Diane von Arx, illuminator and part of the artistic team for The Saint John’s Bible.

General Museum admission is always free. Word and Image is a ticketed exhibition. Tickets are FREE for Joslyn members. $10 for general public adults; $5 for college students with valid ID; youth ages 17 and younger are free. Special Thursday pricing (4-8 pm): $5 general public adults. College Weekend: November 2-3: free admission for college students with valid ID.

Stroller Tour Wednesday, November 20 @ 9:30 am

Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm; Open late ‘til 8 pm on Thursday.

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Free event; $10 exhibition tickets for general public adults.

Story Adventures Tuesday, November 19 @ 10:30 am

Studio Classes for All Ages Explore calligraphy, painting with gold elements, drawing, and bookbinding, all inspired by The Saint John’s Bible. Find schedule, pricing, descriptions, and registration at www.joslyn.org

Additional support provided by: Wende and John Kotouc

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MOMAHA.COM EDITOR ASHLEE COFFEY Wife to Kevin Coffey, music critic for the Omaha World-Herald. Mom to Sam and Elliott. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleeCoffeyOWH

FAMILY TIME IS PRECIOUS TIME

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’m having a hard time accepting that it’s time to prepare for Thanksgiving and, shortly after, Christmas. It’s almost unbelievable that another year has nearly come and gone. One of the things I’m most thankful for is my extended family. Soon, my sister and her husband will be leaving for Italy, where they will be stationed for four years. Our final holiday together for a while will be Thanksgiving. I can’t even begin to tell you how slow I hope that day goes. We’ll be saying, “a dopo” or “see you later” sometime in early December. I’m also thankful for technology, so we’ll be able to video chat with my sister’s family. It’s not as good as being together in person, but it’s

certainly better than a phone call. I’m also hoping we’ll be able to save up and visit them in Europe. What an amazing opportunity that would be. I can envision all sorts of learning opportunities for my kids. I can’t wait to teach them about travel and new cultures along the way. But the most important thing I want them to experience is the joy of being with family — and not just during the holidays. Don’t think, “Oh, there will be plenty of time” to get together. There may not be; so enjoy every opportunity. That’s what we’re doing with my sister and her family right now. Here’s wishing you all a happy holiday season.

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ON OUR RADAR MARJIE DUCEY

THINGS TO TRY THIS MONTH

THAT’S NOT AWKWARD

With “It’s Blunderful,” imagine yourself in awkward situations and bet on how well you know your friends. Players take turns reading a situation card and three reactions to choose from. Everyone bets on the reader’s reaction, and gains points for matching answers; wrong choices lose points. The first to reach 100 points wins. This card game is recommended for ages 17 and older. $24.99, amazon.com

MESSY FUN

This non-toxic Playfoam Pluffle quickly became a favorite play thing for our reviewer’s 5- and 2-year-old kids. They loved squeezing it into a ball and watching it magically move back out across the table. They giggled while stuffing it into the tubes and pouring it back out. It’s a little messy, so be prepared to do some cleanup work. However, it’s easy to pick up and what you can’t pick up is easily vacuumed. The best thing about this is that it doesn’t dry out, so it lasts forever. $15.99 for a two-pack, amazon.com

FUTURE ENGINEER?

Tinkering Labs’ Electric Motors Catalyst was great fun to play with, our reviewer says. Her 7-year-old grandson really enjoyed building the “cool” (his word) mechanical pieces. He especially liked the ability to make items with moving parts. “The projects were easy to put together, but complex enough to entertain both of us for hours,’’ she says. “We both learned a lot, while having fun together.’’ $55, tinkeringlabs.com/catalyst

WHAT TIME IS IT?

The EasyRead Time Teacher is a great introduction into telling time on an analog clock. In addition to having large numerals 1 through 12, it includes small numbers to tell you what the minute is from 0 through 59. This is especially helpful for younger children who haven’t learned how to count by fives but can read numbers. The clock is silent (no tick), which makes it ideal for a bedroom or classroom where the sound could be distracting. It includes a watch. $34.95, amazon.com

BLASTOFF!

The Mini Maker Space Tubes — Lunar Lander and Astronaut — were a big hit with our reviewer’s 5-year-old. The instructions were a little confusing — definitely too advanced for a 5-year-old — but mom eventually got it figured out. Neither design lasted long as they were destroyed to make way for new 3D designs. The toy is perfect to help kids develop fine motor skills, learn to focus and be patient. It’s also a great way to boost imagination. $7.99, www.plus-plus.us

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SPONSORED FEATURE SKUTT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

A dream within reach How to afford private school on a budget

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ith the tuition of many local private schools reaching more than $10,000 per year, the thought of private school can be overwhelming, especially for families on a budget. Perhaps it’s easier to get behind the concept when you consider the cost as an investment in your child. Still, the practical nature of how you work the additional cost of private education into your household budget remains. Here’s how you might go about it.

SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN

Paying the entire year’s tuition at one time may be too much for your family but you may find that the annual tuition broken into monthly payments is something your family can handle. At Skutt Catholic, we offer annual, semiannual, quarterly, monthly and even biweekly payment plans to help families line up tuition costs with how they get paid from their employers. We can also create a payment plan that works specifically for your family.

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Many families think of scholarships as a financial tool only available to college students and unusually academically or athletically gifted students. The truth is that there is a huge variety of scholarships available to help fund high school

educations. Start with the school that your child is interested in attending. Reach out to your church, the archdiocese and any organizations that your family belongs to and ask if they offer any scholarships. Many Knights of Columbus organizations and a number of ethnic organizations offer scholarships as well. You should also check with your child’s grade school for information on high school scholarships. At Skutt Catholic, we offered 39 scholarships to incoming freshmen this year. Our students also earned 30 scholarships from various organizations outside of the school. Keep in mind to be eligible for a Skutt Catholic scholarship, eighth graders will need to take the placement exam at Skutt Catholic. The next exam is set for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. There also will be a seventh-grade practice exam on Saturday, Jan. 18.

FAMILY ASSISTANCE

Grandparents and relatives may give your children gifts for birthdays and holidays. Suggesting that they help with tuition might be a way they can show they care in a more tangible long-lasting way. Grandparents who are looking to gift assets as an estate planning tool can pay all or part of the tuition bill without triggering any gift taxes as long as it is below a certain threshold. Many parents might be nervous about

having this conversation, but family is often willing to help with education expenses. Even if your family members are not comfortable helping directly with private school tuition, there are other areas, such as textbooks and uniforms, that they may be able to help with and free up family funds for tuition. At Skutt Catholic, we see a number of grandparents and family members sending in payments to help with tuition. We can set up separate payment plans for family members so that whatever portion they are willing to help with can be facilitated easily according to their wishes. We also see family members make anonymous gifts toward tuition to help ease the burden for families.

FINANCIAL AID/WORKSTUDY PROGRAMS

Not all families can afford the entire cost of tuition, which is why many private schools offer financial aid. Financial aid can vary from $500 per year to almost the entire balance of tuition depending on family need. Skutt Catholic uses the FACTS Grant and Aid System to help determine family need and offers a work-study program for students. About one-third of the students at Skutt Catholic received financial aid/ work study and the average award was $4,500.

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This holiday season, build lasting memories with family-friendly activities at Arbor Day Farm. Enjoy brunch with Santa and the trolley tour of lights, explore a mansion decorated in vintage Christmas spirit, and stay the night in the beautiful Lied Lodge.

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MOMAHA BOOKSHELF MARJIE DUCEY

Books help kids + adults with money matters

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oney isn’t an easy subject, and too many kids grow into adults who don’t know how to manage it. We asked money managers, investors and disciplined savers for their favorite books about money management. Even some librarians chipped in with money books that people check out most.

Kids Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not)

by Beth Kobliner A study from Cambridge University says kids’ money habits are formed by age 7, so parents might want to start money conversations early. One reviewer called the book a much-needed, tell-it-tome-straight effort, written with wit and humor.

Earn It! Spend It!

by Cinders McLeod In the introduction to the concept of earning money, an exuberant bunny learns that fame and fortune must be earned. In the second book, Sonny’s mother teaches him that he cannot buy everything with his allowance but must choose what is really important to him.

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Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids

by Gail Karlitz and Debbie Honig This is a good place to start if you want your children to have a better financial education than you received. There are chapters on inflation, banks and bonds. One is devoted to the stock market, conveying concepts such as equity, dividends and IPOs. It even explains how to buy and sell stocks. A good read even for adults.

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children

by Neale S. Godfrey, Carolina Edwards and Tad Richards This updated bestseller teaches kids, ages 3 to 20, about money. It offers exercises and concrete examples on everything from responsible budgeting to understanding the difference between “want” and “need” for children of every age.

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money

by Ron Lieber The New York Times columnist explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient and grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years. The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cellphones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs and college tuition.


Adults The 30-Minute Money Plan for Moms

by Catey Hill Smart, simple strategies to help maximize your money in minimal time. Drawing on research about the cost of raising a child at each age, she shows how to save in every area of your life. Topics include lowering your grocery bill, saving on education and child care, and dealing with high-interest credit card debt.

The Total Money Makeover

by Dave Ramsey This is always in high demand at the Omaha Public Library. Ramsey offers a no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

Women and Money

by Suze Orman The No. 1 New York Times bestseller has been revised and updated. Orman equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from acting in the best interest of their money — and themselves.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness

by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein This was named a Best Book of the Year by the Economist and the Financial Times. The authors explore our often poor choices about what to buy or eat, our financial investments, and our children’s health and education. With tips for making better decisions each day.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

by Robert Kiyosaki An easy-tounderstand and easy-toread book that reviewers say has changed their lives and helped make them more financially independent. One called it a great foundation book for improving your financial intelligence.

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together

by Erin Lowry Feeling clueless about budgeting or overwhelmed by student loans and other expenses? Several experts say this is a good place to start as it deals with both paying off debt and planning for the future. It covers things like the benefits and pitfalls of moving back home in an approachable tone and with practical tips.

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PUMPKIN WRAPPED IN CHOCOLATE No need to make a pie for Thanksgiving TEXT + STYLING Kiley Cruse

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Pumpkin truffles are the perfect bite-sized alternative to pumpkin pie at the holidays. This recipe packs pumpkin flavor.

Chocolate-Covered Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles

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• 15-ounce can Libby’s pumpkin purée

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• 1 box white cake mix • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

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• 1-2 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips • 1 tablespoon shortening, optional • 2 graham crackers, crushed

1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin purée and white cake mix (do not add any other ingredients) until completely combined. Spread mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, and place in oven. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until done. 2. Let cake cool to the touch. Carefully crumble the baked cake into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add cream cheese. Beat on medium until the cream cheese is completely incorporated into the cake and it’s a pliable dough consistency (about 1-2 minutes). 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough in about 1 tablespoon rounds; roll into balls with hands. Repeat until all dough is used. Place into freezer for 30 minutes. 4. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Once melted, add 1 tablespoon shortening to thin the chocolate for easier coating. (Alternately, the chocolate can be melted in the microwave. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, then mix with a fork or spoon. Place bowl back into microwave for 15 seconds, remove and mix again. Continue in 15 seconds increments until melted, mixing between increments. Use caution not to overcook the chocolate or it will burn and turn grainy.) 5. Dip each pumpkin truffle into the chocolate until covered. Using a fork, allow the extra chocolate to drip off. Set dipped truffle on parchment and sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top. Repeat for all truffles. 6. Place in freezer for 2 hours to allow the chocolate to firm. Serve cold. 7. Keep refrigerated to prevent the chocolate from melting. Notes: We recommend adding shortening. We tried dipping truffles without it and the chocolate was too thick. If you like chocolate, this is OK, but it overwhelmed the pumpkin flavor. Thinning the chocolate makes for a more even coating and a better chocolate-to-pumpkin ratio. Also, be sure to top with graham cracker crumbs quickly. Once the chocolate starts to harden, the crumbs won’t stick anymore! Adapted from domesticsuperhero.com

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eel the tickle of a cooler breeze. Stare — mesmerized — at swirling bronze and golden leaves. Pull on your sweatshirts and capture outdoor time with family and friends. Fontenelle Forest is the ideal place to witness the changing season as you zip and climb at TreeRush Adventures or kick up fallen leaves while walking wooded pathways. This autumn, plan adrenalineboosting fun at TreeRush Adventures, where you can balance on swinging bridges, pass through netted tunnels or glide on zip lines through the trees. Celebrate a birthday at KidRush, for ages 4 to 8, or in the main climbing area for ages 7 to adult. Group rates provide an affordable way to recharge a youth group after a summer break, bring together a newly formed team, or mark the end of a sports season well-played. If playing Tarzan on treetop trails isn’t for you, no worries. Fontenelle Forest offers additional options for enjoying sweater weather, many of which are included with daily admission or offered free to members. Here is a sampling of autumn treats. 1. Riverview Boardwalk, daily. This easy mile-long loop made Prevention magazine’s 2019 list of “50 Best Walks in America That Every Traveler Must Explore.” Though the walk is open throughout the day, the best time to be on the boardwalk is at dawn or dusk when deer, raccoons, owls, foxes and coyotes are active. In winter, keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles. The path is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly and has benches for resting or simply taking in the beauty of the wild. You also can hike and snowshoe some 2,000 acres of oak

savannas, bluffs and wetlands. 2. Vinyasa-style yoga classes, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 18 and 9 a.m. Sundays through Dec. 29. All levels of yogis are welcome. After class, take a meditative walk followed by tea. 3. Stroller Stride, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This functional, total-body conditioning workout is aimed at parents and caregivers with children up to age 3 in tow. Each workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun. The class finishes with a 15-minute walk in the forest. 4. Hiking for Seniors, the 4th Wednesday of every month, 10 to

11:30 a.m. Each hike is 1 to 2 miles with some hills, and at a pace that accommodates all participants. Dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. 5. Autumn Constellation Viewing at neighboring Neale Woods, Oct. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Spy Andromeda, Aquarius, Capricornus, Pegasus and Pisces in the sky. Bring water, insect repellent and binoculars. Preregistration required. 6. Dirt Time: An Animal Tracking Family Adventure, Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Dec. 28; 9 to 11:30 a.m. Join a naturalist and learn how to identify animal tracks and scat. Bring gloves and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. 7 . Fall in the Forest Walk, Oct. 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m. A naturalist-guided walk centered on the flora and fauna of the forest in autumn. Dress for the weather and bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. 8. A Night at the Forbidden Forest (ages 21+), Nov. 1, 6 to 9 p.m. Journey into our forbidden forest to hunt for Horcruxes or take your O.W.L.s via a pub quiz that will challenge even the most knowledgeable witch or wizard. Dress as your favorite Hogwarts character and compete for prizes. $35 for general admission; $25 for Fontenelle Forest members. Includes drink ticket. 9. A Holiday at Hogwarts (all ages), Nov. 2, noon to 3 p.m. Witches, wizards, and muggles alike are invited to experience the magic of Fontenelle Forest after dark. Visit owls and other raptors, enjoy Potter-themed crafts, and head out on our boardwalk for a Horcrux Hunt! $20 for general admission; $10 for Fontenelle Forest members. 0000081326-01

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Be thankful for no baking And easy decorative touches TEXT + STYLING Kiley Cruse

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here is no shame in taking a shortcut, especially when time is of the essence during the holidays. These no-bake Thanksgiving cookies are made with store-bought ingredients. All you need to add is a personal touch and – viola! – you have turkey, harvest corn and pilgrim hat cookies that your guests will gobble up.

Chocolate Pilgrim Hat Cookies • ½ cup of chocolate frosting • ½ cup of vanilla frosting • Yellow food coloring • 2 plastic sandwich bags • 1 package round, fudge-striped shortbread cookies • 1 bag mini peanut butter cups

1. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to the vanilla frosting, and stir in a small bowl. 2. Scoop frostings into two separate sandwich bags toward one of the bottom corners. 3. Snip off one corner of each bag to make a piping bag. The chocolate frosting bag should have a larger opening. The yellow frosting bag should have a small opening for piping fine details. 4. Flip the shortbread cookies so the striped side is facing down. Pipe chocolate frosting around the hole in the middle of each cookie, and place an unwrapped peanut butter cup, top-side down, onto the frosting. The frosting acts like a glue. 5. Decorate the pilgrim hat by piping yellow frosting along the bottom of the peanut butter cup and making a small square in the front for a buckle on the hat.

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Harvest Corn Cookies

Gobbling Turkey Cookies

• Yellow food coloring

• 1¼ cup white frosting, divided

• 1 container vanilla frosting

• Orange food coloring

• 1 package oblong, cream-filled vanilla

• 2 plastic sandwich bags

sandwich cookies

• 1 package of larger round cookies

• 2 cups multicolored peanut butter

(like sugar cookie or oatmeal cookies,

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not Oreo)

• 6 green fruit roll snacks

1. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to 1 cup white frosting in a small bowl and stir until well-blended. 2. Spread frosting onto one side of each sandwich cookie. 3. Lay alternating colors of multicolored peanut butter candies in the frosting. 4. Unwrap the fruit roll snacks and lay on a cutting board. 5. Using a sharp knife, cut fruit rolls in long, narrow leaf shapes. 6. Place a leaf shape on either side of the cookie, overlapping slightly so they resemble cornhusks. (We couldn’t find green fruit roll snacks so we substituted green sour strips found in the candy aisle.)

• Candy corn • Mini chocolate chips

Store-bought ingredients allow you to put your time in to decorating these harvest-themed cookies.

1. Scoop 1 cup frosting into sandwich bag toward one of the bottom corners. 2. Snip off the corner of the bag, forming a hole about ¼ inch to make a piping bag. 3. Pipe frosting onto cookie. 4. Immediately place candy corn, narrow side facing inward, onto the edge of the cookie to form the feathers. 5. Place two mini chocolate chips on frosting for the eyes. 6. Mix ¼ cup frosting with orange food coloring. Put into second sandwich bag. Cut a smaller opening in the corner, about 1/8 inch. 7. Pipe the turkey’s beak and feet. Adapted from www.pgeveryday.com

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SPONSORED FEATURE OPERA OMAHA

From Boo to Bravo

A beginner’s guide to Puccini’s heartbreaking ‘Butterfly”

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he return of Jun Kaneko’s version of “Madama Butterfly” to the Opera Omaha stage should strike a note of anticipation — to see Puccini’s beloved classic in its fresh artistic glory. Whether you’re a savvy opera-goer or a newcomer to the experience, you’ll be captivated not only by the memorable score but also by the vivid sets and costumes by the Omaha-based artist. Local audiences first saw the critically acclaimed Kaneko version at the Orpheum Theater in 2006 and again in 2011. When “Butterfly” returns Nov. 1 and 3, the production will be even more noteworthy, with a new cast and added costumes and new scenery created in partnership with San Francisco Opera, joint owner of the production with Opera Omaha.

TEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT “MADAMA BUTTERFLY”

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“Madama Butterfly” bombed at its premiere at La Scala in Italy on Feb.17, 1904. The failure was partly blamed on Puccini completing it late, resulting in inadequate rehearsal time. In light of its poor reception, Puccini withdrew the opera and undertook several large-scale rewrites that culminated in the fifth version, commonly known as the Standard Version, now one of the Top 10 operas worldwide. It’s an achingly beautiful story of a young wife and mother named Cio-Cio-San, in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1904. She awaits the return of her beloved B.F. Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. When his ship finally does come in, her dreams break along with her heart. Opera Omaha will introduce a debut cast of stellar artists with international acclaim, many of whom have made

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“Butterfly” their signature work. This nationally acclaimed production was Kaneko’s first venture into opera. Since its first performance at Opera Omaha in 2006, it has been performed in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Philadelphia, among others. Kaneko has since designed productions of two more operas: Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Puccini based his opera on the short story “Madame Butterfly” by American author John Luther Long, first published in 1898. This version was in turn based on the 1887 French novel “Madame Chrysanthème” by Pierre Loti. Long’s short story was also dramatized in a play by David Belasco called “Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan,” which Puccini saw in London in 1900. There have been at least 14 other adaptations of the opera. Some wellknown examples are “M. Butterfly,” a play by David Henry Hwang which opened on Broadway in 1988, winning the Tony Award for Best Play that year and the popular musical “Miss Saigon” by ClaudeMichel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, which first appeared on Broadway in 1991. The opera takes place during a very important period of Japanese history, called the Meiji era. Emperor Meiji was Japan’s emperor during a rapid period of industrialization after 1868, when the Meiji Resoration saw the reinstatement of imperial rule. Prior to this period, the shogun or political and military leaders, who had been dominated by the Tokugawa family since the 1630s, enacted sakoku, or a closed borders policy in the country. The restoration of 1868

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ended this policy and began increasing Western influence in Japan. The country also transitioned from a feudal society, in which the working class provided labor for the samurai, the ruling class, to a capitalist society. In “Madama Butterfly,” the protagonist Cio-Cio-San secretly converts from Buddhism to Christianity. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, which reenacted freedom of religion, Protestant missionaries in Japan grew. While they did not influence the religion of that many Japanese people, they did introduce Western customs. For example, more than 60% of Japanese weddings are performed Christian-style. Puccini, who had expensive tastes, was believed to have more than $200 million at his death. A serious car accident in early 1903 slowed his progress in writing “Madama Butterfly.” He was recovering from a broken leg leading up to its premiere. Perhaps that explains the disastrous opening! “Butterfly” did not return to La Scala for 112 years. Interestingly, when it did in 2016, the opera house chose to present the original version. This time, however, rather than boos it earned a 13-minute standing ovation. Malcolm McLaren, stage manager for the Sex Pistols, released an electropop single in 1984 called “Madame Butterfly (un bel di vedremo),” which samples heavily from Cio-Cio-San’s most famous aria from the opera, “Un bel di,” and pairs it with synthesizers and drum machines. The song hit the Top 20 pop charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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A TABLE SET FOR FUN Bring entertainment to the kiddie table this Thanksgiving with these Pilgrim-themed decorations. TEXT + STYLING Kiley Cruse

Cover your kid’s table with craft paper or a roll of newsprint so the children can color away while waiting for dinner.

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Turkey Place Setting

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• Larger pine cones

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• Googly eyes • Marker • Fall-colored cardstock • X-Acto knife • Scissors • Hot glue gun or glue dots

1. Cut a 2½-by-1½-inch rectangle of white foam. 2. Punch a hole, centered, in each end. 3. Feed the straw through the holes.

1. Cut colored foam sheets into a 2-by-3-inch rectangle for each feather. 2. With a cutting board under your foam, on the 2-inch end, start cutting a curve beginning at the 1-inch mark, repeat on other side to form the feather. Cut very small slits in the edges. 3. Fold each feather in half, lengthwise, and ruffle the slits a bit to give the feather some depth. 4. Cut red wattle and orange beak from foam using small scissors. 5. Glue on eyes, wattle and beak using hot glue gun or other glue. 6. Poke feathers into pine cone. 7. Cut a circle for the place setting and write the name on it with marker. 8. Glue finished pine cone turkey to the circle. Continued on Page 24

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Pilgrim Hat Crayon Cup • Black cups • Black cardstock paper • Brown scrapbook paper • Gold scrapbook paper • Glass or mug to use for a circle template

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1. Using the black paper, cut circles a little larger than the top of the cup. (Our cups had a 3-inch diameter opening. We cut 4½-inch diameter circles.) 2. Cut the bottom out of the cup with the X-Acto knife. 3. Cut a 1-inch strip of brown paper for the belt. (So the belt would lay flat against cup, we cut open one extra cup and used the curved edge of the top of the cup as our guide.) 4. Cut a 1½ inch square of gold for the buckle and a 1 inch square of brown for the inside of the buckle. 5. Using the tape runner or glue, attach the belt and buckle to the cup making sure any cup seam is turned to the back. 6. Glue the top of the cup centered in the black circle. 7. Fill with crayons. From hoosierhomemade.com

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SWEET AS PIE Sculpting clay project is a charmer TEXT + STYLING Ashlee Coffey

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y absolute favorite dessert at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. I’ve loved it since I was a kid — when my grandma would make me a pumpkin pie without the crust. Celebrate the best pie around with these cute pendant slices. They can be turned into a necklace, a bracelet or earrings — just in time for Friendsgiving!

Pumpkin Pie Necklaces • Polymer clay in orange, tan, white and brown, which you can use to dull the orange • Liquid clay • Toothpick • Round-nose jewelry pliers • Craft knife • Headpins (one per necklace)

1. Create a marble-sized ball from orange clay and then flatten it into a thick pancake. 2. Create a marble-sized ball from the tan clay and then flatten it thinner and a bit wider than the orange piece. 3. Set the orange clay on top of the tan clay and fold the overhanging tan edges over the orange clay to create the outer edge of the crust. 4. Roll out a thin, snake-like section of tan clay. Position it as the top crust and use a toothpick to flute the edge, as

you would for a real pie. 5. Using the craft knife, cut pie into eight slices. 6. Roll white clay into eight thin snakes about an inch long and coil into a dollop of whipped cream for each slice. 7. Use liquid clay to attach the dollops to the slices. 8. Insert a headpin into the crust edge, stopping just short of the tip of the pie slice. This eventually will be shaped to create a hanging point. 9. Bake the slices on a baking sheet at 275 F for 15 minutes. Let cool completely and then trim the headpin so there’s about a half-inch remaining. Using pliers, grip the end of the headpin and roll it toward the back of the slice to create a loop. 10. From here, you can slip a chain through the loop to create a necklace, or turn the slices into charms or earrings. The choice is yours!

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Passing it forward Childhood memories keep mom connected to YMCA; family membership is a slam dunk STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Watkins

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n many ways, Sigrid Moylan is a product of the childhood she enjoyed at her local YMCA in Hutchison, Kansas. She learned gymnastics, swimming and basketball through Y programs – all of which helped shape her into an accomplished wife, mother and bank officer. Today she is passing her love and respect for the Y onto her twins, Jack and Luke, and enjoys her connection as an active member of the YMCA of Greater Omaha board of directors. “The YMCA has been a part of my life since I was a kid, and even though I don’t get much time at the Y for myself, I’m here all the time with Jack and Luke,” says Moylan, a vice president of treasury services for Great Plains State Bank. “They love shooting basketball, so I pick them up from school and we go to the Maple Street YMCA. I shag balls – often in heels and my work clothes while they shoot. On the weekends, we go to the Y as a family. They love it.” In addition to the regular shootaround, Moylan says the boys, who are 6½, also learned to swim through the Y and are getting more involved in other activities and sports there. Because she, husband Mike, and the twins live in a downtown loft, they also frequent the Downtown YMCA branch. When they want to swim, they cross the river and enjoy the newer pool and facilities at the Charles E. Lakin YMCA in Council Bluffs. “We don’t have a yard for them to play in, so we go to the Y on

Sigrid Moylan is an active member of the YMCA of Greater Omaha board of directors.

those very cold days when there’s no school and they are stuck in the house,” she says. “We love that you can use your Y membership at any location.” Moylan joined the YMCA board seven years ago at the request of a former CEO who sought more diversity among its members. She has played an active role in game-changing decisions – most recently construction of the YMCA in Council Bluffs – and hints that more growth for the Y is coming soon. One thing she really loves is that the YMCA doesn’t discriminate against those who have limited incomes but still want to pursue

the active, healthy lifestyle the Y promotes and makes possible. “I absolutely enjoy being part of an organization that supports people at so many different levels of their lives,” Moylan says. “Studies have shown that kids and adults both do better at school and work when they live active lifestyles – and how cute is it to watch little kids play basketball? “As a busy, working mom, there is no better place for our family to enjoy some fun together than the Y. I tell other parents to become members, and to sign the kids up for everything available and see what sticks. There really is something for every member of the family at the Y.”

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Gratitude What are you thankful for? Here’s a sweet way to capture the answers STYLING Chris Christen, Kiley Cruse + Josiah, Elijah and Micaiah Pearson PHOTOGRAPHY Kiley Cruse

We’re believers in making memories, and what better reminder at the Thanksgiving table than a Gratitude Pumpkin? • 1 large fake or real pumpkin • Small fake or real mini pumpkins or gourds • White acrylic paint • Gold acrylic paint • Permanent markers

1. Paint the pumpkins white. 2. Paint the stems gold. 3. On the largest pumpkin, use permanent marker to write prompts for your guests pertaining to things they are thankful for. 4. Place a small pumpkin at each place setting on Thanksgiving. Encourage your guests to write or draw pictures of things they are thankful for this holiday season. Adapted from www.kellyelko.com

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oney smarts: It’s just another thing in the list of life skills we need to teach our kids. Through the years, your child’s income and the way he or she handles money will change. As a parent, you get to model good money management by sharing your personal finance guidelines and goals. Here’s how to get kids excited about saving, spending and giving.

ALLOWANCE

When our kids start wanting to buy things, it’s a good time to start an allowance. One way to do this is to pay your child for chores. There are pros to this, one being that motivated children can make more money than others. This can help prepare them for the real world. There are also some cons. Young kids are agreeable, but as they age, the negotiating will begin. This can create constant conflict at chore time. It also involves the parents keeping good track of the pay for each chore. If you have multiple kids, then there also will be conversations about fairness. Another con is as the kids grow, they get jobs outside the house. This gives them an income that enables them to decline jobs for pay at home. The easiest way for kids to have money is to give a monthly allowance. This means that chores are treated as an expectation of being part of the family and are completely separate from allowance. The pro to this is there is no negotiating payment for certain types of jobs and less arguing about fairness. The added bonus is that as the kids grow up and start having jobs outside the home, they are still expected to help with chores.

them when going out. When they get a larger chunk of change, take them to a bank to start a savings account. This will keep money safe and make it harder to spend. If you notice that your kids always have coins laying around, have a conversation about a way to contain them. You might just need a large jar. If the container makes it easy to put money in and has easy access to take coins out, it’ll be very useful. If either putting in or taking out is hard, it defeats the purpose.

SPENDING: IT GOES FAST

The greatest financial gifts you can give your child is the opportunity to control how they spend their money along with the experience of being broke. Starting at a young age, kids will get

their small amount for allowance and want to spend it right away. Most wise parents will try to warn of the impending disaster of living with no money the last 29 days of the month. We try to make it easier for them and guide them to a better decision. But really, at this young age, it’s best for them to spend all their money the first day and be broke for the month. It might be a little painful but they will learn from this. This is much better learned now than when they are adults. To sum this up, the key is to make money management easy for the parents. Give the kids money, give them a place to contain it and let them spend it. The less involvement and less control you engage in, the more kids will learn money management skills. Plus, it’s way easier for the parents!

MONEY: IT ADDS UP

Kids will transition through many ways of collecting money. They might start with a piggy bank. Coin counters and sorters are always fun and educational for elementary-aged kids. They may also want to have a wallet to carry their money with

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SAVE, SPEND, GIVE: Raising generous kids STYLING Kiley Cruse

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ost parents value raising kind, generous kids. Those values can fit together with raising a money-smart child, according to Beth Kobliner, author of “Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not): A Parents’ Guide for Kids 3 to 23.” From very young ages, you can give children a jar for spending, a jar for saving and a jar for giving, she says. Research shows that people who give are happier, so even if you’re looking at it from a self-interested perspective, there’s rationale for giving. But more important, people realize that giving of time and giving of money gives kids context. Children being aware of the world around them is so important and even at young ages kids can have a great deal of empathy.

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Personalized Spend, Save + Give Jars • 3 pint Mason jars with two-part lids • Wooden box that will hold three jars • Acrylic paint, 2 colors • Paint brush • Colored card stock that matches paint colors • Stick-on letters • Small chalkboard stickers • Chalk marker or puffy paint • Hobby knife

1. Paint front side of box in accent color of your choice; let dry. This will be the background for the name you’ll put on the box. 2. Spell out child’s name with stick-on letters; position letters on box. (If you have a digital cutting machine, you can cut letters with vinyl as an alternative.) 3. Paint entire box, including letters, with main color. 4. While the paint is still a little wet, remove stick-on letters to reveal the paint color underneath. 5. Trace the jar lid on the card stock and cut three circles. Using hobby knife, cut a rectangle in the middle of each circle large enough for money to pass through. 6. Place circles in the outer band of the jar lid and screw lids onto jars. 7. Write “Spend,” “Save” and “Give” on the chalkboard stickers with either chalkboard markers or puffy paint. Once dry, affix to the front of the jar. Alternately, on the front of the jelly jars use a digital cutting machine to make vinyl stickers to spell out the words. You also could use a permanent marker.

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Growing up, growing wiser Early money lessons lay foundation for teens TEXT Marjie Ducey

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t’s never too early to teach your school-age children about money. Some experts say even kids in preschool can learn some of the basics. But setting a good example might be the best teacher. First explain what money is and how it works. It’s not just free at the ATM! Then let your children see you planning a budget, paying bills and saving for a family vacation. If they see you making good decisions, they likely will do the same. Here are other tips for raising smart money managers:

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When your child realizes that money can buy things they want, give them an allowance. It’s not just to pay them for doing chores. Have your child divide those funds into savings, giving and spending and begin to manage those pots. Start with 50 cents to a dollar a week for their age (7 years old, $7) and increase it as they age. Make sure it’s what you can afford, too. Show them how much things cost. If that toy car they want costs $5, have them take their own money out of their stash to take to the store and pay for that item. Seeing that empty money jar might change their mind. You also can give them the opportunity to earn extra cash if it’s beyond their means. Cleaning the basement can be worth more than taking out the trash. Make sure they have a place to keep their money. It will help them keep better track of where it is, where it goes and how

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fast it grows. Once those funds reach a certain level, consider opening a bank account in their name. If they are saving for something, have them place a picture of the item near their home bank. It will help to keep them on track.

TEENS

Now’s the time to teach them how to survive on their own. Help them figure out how they spend their money and make a budget. That will give them a plan and a picture of where the money is going every month. Let them set their own priorities, just like an adult. Talk to them about setting long-term goals. That might be buying a car, attending a special concert or saving for college. Work that into their budget and help them figure out just how long it will take if they save only so much each month. Goal setting teaches them patience and vision. Instead of buying their gas, clothing and other basics as needed, give them a certain amount a few times a year and let them know they are in charge of making it last until the next payout. That helps them to resist the urge of impulse spending. Teach them to pay themselves first. Every time they get funds from babysitting, or their allowance or a gift, a portion should first be put in savings for future use. That will help them learn early to make their money work for them. Educate your kids about how insurance works, how to avoid getting too far in debt by overusing a credit card and even planting the idea of saving for retirement. Explain the joys of compound earnings.


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It’s easy to get approved for a credit card as a college student. Paying off the balance every month is much harder. Make sure your college student understands that interest is charged and how easily debt can spiral out of control. Don’t co-sign for a credit card. A better idea might be a debit card, with specific guidelines on how to use it. Opt out of the overdraft protection, too. Make sure your student knows exactly what you’ll be paying for. That might be tuition and room and board with your child responsible for books. Don’t pay for everything. You want them to learn how to manage their expenses in this new stage. That first month of school, have your child track their expenses, no matter how small. That will give them an idea of how much they are spending and how much they will need in the future. After they have a semester under their belt, they might need to consider getting a part-time job to pay for those expenses. Has your son or daughter taken a personal finance course? This might be the perfect time. Understanding the basics will help them determine whether to take out another student loan and just how long it will take to pay it off after college. Student loan debt has become a major crisis, and a few cost-cutting measures now could prevent financial pain in the future. Look for easy ways to cut costs. A student who lives close to campus or on campus could go without a car, saving on a car payment, gas and insurance. Check out the amenities on campus. Many times a student will find a gym, movie nights or social events for free. The bonus is that they’ll meet more new people. One of the smartest things your children can do financially in college is graduate in four years. Instead of spending more money on student loans, etc., they’ll hopefully be in the workforce, realizing their dreams. Make sure they’re taking advantage of free education money in scholarships, grants, refunds and tax breaks. Sources: Dundee Bank, Military.com, Daveramsey.com and Ameriprisefinancial.com

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All Saints grade school students keep track of their cash at Dundee Bank at 5015 Underwood Ave.

Banking through school At student branches, kids teach kids about banking, saving STORY Marjie Ducey PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Machian

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he kids at All Saints Grade School love having their own bank. “It helps you learn about using money wisely,” third grader Ryan says. Preschool through eighth graders get to make deposits each week at the Dundee Bank All Saints Branch. Holy Name has its own branch, too. They are modeled after successful bank-in-the-school projects at several other elementary schools across the state. The Thayer County Elementary School Bank recently celebrated 10

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years. Last year, about 80% of the students at All-Saints participated and deposited about $1,200 into accounts at Dundee Bank. Some deposits were as small as 10 cents. Students tell Principal Terri Bush they’re saving for cars, houses and their education. Saving money for high school is Sam’s goal. He’s in fifth grade. “I think it’s an amazing opportunity for financial literacy and understanding the importance of saving and what it can mean for the future,’’ Bush says.

At All Saints, on South 10th Street, interested seventh graders go through an interview process to become tellers. Once they receive training, each week they take money from students and oversee deposits. Seventh-grade teacher Amy Hornberg oversees all activities aligned with the bank. The University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education is part of the partnership, and provides the educational materials used by teachers at All Saints and Holy Name.


Far left: Tyson Sutton shows students a deposit slip. Left: All Saints students Nissi Paul, left, and Angelina Pur practicing taking in deposits.

Tyson Sutton gives a tour to All Saints Catholic school students at Dundee Bank. Sutton is a personal banker.

Student branches are designed to: • Introduce the economic concept of saving early and reinforce the idea throughout the elementary curriculum. • Demonstrate that saving should be part of a student’s personal finance plan for his or her future. • Provide the opportunity to discover careers in banking and finance. • Increase parental involvement through savings and banking activity.

Dundee created a sign and students step up to a window. The kids are rewarded with small prizes for making a deposit, which they love, too, Bush says. Bush says she communicates with families through newsletters and announcements leading up to every week children can put money in the bank. “The bank people are so nice, and they keep our money safe,’’ says seventh grader Priva. Deposits remain at Dundee Bank until the account is closed by a parent.

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New beginnings Adoptive families need time to build trust, settle in STORY Emily Benke

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aturday, November 23, marks the 20th anniversary of National Adoption Day, a collective effort to raise awareness of the more than 123,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. It is also a day when thousands of children will complete the legal adoption process. Some families may have struggled with fertility issues and waited a long time to complete their family while others may have stepped up and adopted their grandchild or relative. Regardless of how they came to be adoptive or guardianship parents, through private adoption or the foster care system, they are now beginning a journey that can have many ups and downs. Unlike the happily-ever-after shown in the movies, the reality of adoption can be much more challenging. Families formed through adoption may experience loss, rejection, guilt and shame, grief, and other difficulties associated with adoption. There are many things you can do to help support your child.

TAKE YOUR TIME

As much as every parent wants the instant happily-ever-after, it takes time to develop a strong, healthy attachment with your child. If your child experienced trauma, consciously or not, it can impact them. Try to develop an understanding of your child’s perspective and their experiences. This can help build your relationship. Your child may need the help of a professional to work through their experiences and that is OK.

DISCUSS ADOPTION

As the parent, you are the gateway to your child’s story. The circumstances surrounding their adoption may be too

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difficult for them to comprehend at a young age, but as they become older, you can provide more details until they have their full story. Transparency regarding your child’s adoption will help them to more fully develop their identity. Having the pieces to their puzzle can help answer questions they may have and strengthen the family bond.

DEVELOP A SUPPORT NETWORK

While there will be many memorable experiences growing your family through adoption or guardianship, it is important to be aware there will be challenges. As a parent, you may get frustrated and start doubting your parenting skills, your decision to adopt, and whether you are

the right person for your child. You are not alone in these feelings; that is why developing a strong support network for you and your family is important. A strong support network can provide a sense of community and understanding.

BE EMPATHETIC

Children who are adopted or in guardianship may have experienced rejection and, as a result, could face unique challenges building trust. Oftentimes, these feelings appear in the form of defiance, which is your child’s way of coping. Don’t take it personally. Your child needs your patience and understanding. Communicate with empathy and help them process their feelings.

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A FATAL RISK

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hat explosion in scary stories you’ve been reading about teens and vaping? That could be just the start, says Tom Klingemann, a pharmacist and certified tobacco treatment specialist at Nebraska Medicine. As more teens turn to the battery-operated e-cigarettes, believing they are not as harmful as traditional cigarettes, he expects health issues to grow. There already has been a surge in lung ailments and deaths, including one in Nebraska. “It’s running a gamut of how bad it is,’’ Klingemann says. “There are some patients on ventilators. Some are treated and released.’’ Ingredients in vaping juices are unregulated and can come from all over the world. Klingemann says the outcry created by recent illnesses and deaths could become so big that it could bring a call to put products under the control of the Food and Drug Administration. Although there are not the 7,000 chemicals in e-cigarettes as in traditional cigarettes, both still contain nicotine. And that’s getting a whole new generation hooked on the highly addictive chemical, especially one wrapped in fun flavors like buttered popcorn or strawberry and bananas. Vaping use is being called an epidemic − 27.5% of high schoolers in 2019 said they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, up from 20.8% the year before. The surge in popularity is hitting teens at a vulnerable time, Klingemann says. Many are STOCK.ADOBE.COM

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depressed and anxious, feelings eased for a short time by nicotine. Teens desperately want to show they’re adults, and vaping helps fill that need. “It’s the perfect fix for the perfect storm that teens are in,’’ Klingemann says. “It makes them feel good for a few minutes. An hour later, they are wanting to get that fix again. They find the drug that continues to improve their mood, and they are going to continue doing it.’’ Tom Because there is no Klingemann long-term smell with vaping, it’s easy to get a quick hit, say in the bathroom of the local high school. Klingemann says he has been amazed to hear how many of his son’s peers are using e-cigarettes. It’s not easy to stop. Cognitive behavioral therapy is first-line treatment for adolescents addicted to nicotine. It’s important to discuss the pros and cons with your pediatrician. Klingemann says another way is to educate teens about what happens to their body when they vape. Addressing the root emotional issues that drive them to vape also could help.

RISKS WITH VAPING

Jill R. Selzle, a physician assistant and certified tobacco treatment specialist at Nebraska Medicine, said e-cigarettes and other products expose nicotinenaive brains to high levels of nicotine. “It’s creating very highly addicted young people,’’ she says. Jill Selzle Some dangers and risks, ranked from minor to significant: 1. Mouth/gum irritation (bleeding gums). 2. Throat irritation and cough. 3. Headaches. 4. Dulled sense of taste. 5. Immunosuppression. Some studies have suggested that vaping can harm the immune system, allowing consumers to be more vulnerable to infections. 6. Pulmonary fibrosis. Certain chemicals in flavorings cause damage to the small air sacs in the lungs, causing a fibrosis or scarring, termed “popcorn lung.”

7. Injuries from failed devices. Overheating of a lithium ion battery that powers the device can cause serious explosion resulting in significant burns/injury to user and bystanders. 8. Nicotine addiction. This is what typically drives repetitive and longterm use, and it has physiologic effects, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. Levels of nicotine are loosely monitored, and some studies have found that products labeled as “nicotine free” actually contain traceable levels of nicotine. Regulations and monitoring of products is minimal. 9. Accidental ingestion of liquid is poisonous. The number of calls to poison control centers has dramatically increased since the arrival of electronic nicotine devices on the market. Poisoning can occur through ingestion, inhalation or absorption (eyes/skin/etc). Alarmingly, over half of the calls to centers involved children under age 5 having access to these liquids. 10. Heavy metal exposure. Some studies have found metals, such as tin, nickel, silver, iron, aluminum and chromium. These tiny metal particles can get deep into the respiratory tract, causing damage and scarring in the lungs, potentially increasing risks of abnormal growth of cells and/or cancer. 11. Formaldehyde exposure. There is concern that vaping may contain more exposure to formaldehyde than traditional combustible cigarettes. The heating and breakdown of certain chemicals produces formaldehyde, and this chemical is associated with increased risk of cancer. 12. Risk for acute lung injury or lipoid pneumonia. A form of pneumonia caused by an inflammatory reaction to the presence of oils or lipid substances that are deposited into the lungs once inhaled (thought to be the cause of the hundreds of cases of acute lung injury in the recent news). Some data about the safety and benefit of vaping devices are supported by

funding from tobacco/vaping companies. Consumers should be aware of whose information they are reading.

HOW TO QUIT VAPING

Nicotine is a tricky player, Selzle says. There is very limited data as to how to help people quit vaping, but there is a lot of information on helping people quit combustible cigarettes. “We are extrapolating that data to fit our current situation,’’ Selzle says. Some ways to quit: 1. Reduce use. Slowly decreasing the amount of usage and the amount of nicotine over the course of time; referred to as “weaning.” 2. Nicotine replacement therapy. This includes nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhaler and nasal sprays. These are typically given in a combination approach to minimize the withdrawal symptoms as one stops vaping. Many are over the counter, but nasal spray and inhalers require prescriptions. Dosing can be a challenge with vaping devices – there are no formal guidelines for dosing of nicotine replacement with electronic devices. 3. Oral medications (prescription only, two FDA approved medicines): These also may be considered in adults, but there is no data for this specific subset of the vaping population, Selzle says. Since nicotine is driving the addiction in both vaping and combustible nicotine, she says, one could assume that it would be as effective. 4. Cognitive behavioral modification. This is a larger (and most important) part of treating addiction. This means helping people figure out how to mentally and physically deal with urges. Cognitive behavioral therapy includes developing coping skills (both physical and mental), replacement techniques, visualization, positive self-talk, goal setting, affirmations and relapse prevention. “Quitting nicotine is hard work,’’ she says. If you are on the journey to become nicotine free and need assistance, call the Nebraska Medicine Nicotine Dependence Clinic at 402-559-3232.

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CHANGING DYNAMICS How to talk to your middle-schoolers (so they might actually listen to you) STORY Phyllis Fagell / The Washington Post

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y friend Michelle Hoffman’s son Alex, 13, was an open book when he was in elementary school. “If something good happened, we heard about it; if something bad happened, we heard about it,” she says. But in seventh grade, he entered what Hoffman calls “his grunting phase.” “I’d ask, ‘How was school?’ and he’d say, ‘Eh.’ “ His processing shifted from external to internal, she explains, adding that, “suddenly, we weren’t part of it, and that felt really bad.” Middle-schoolers need their parents’ support as much as — if not more than — when they were younger. But as a school counselor, I know this is when once-foolproof communication strategies can stop working. Tweens can bewilder their parents by toggling inconsistently between seeking affection and demanding privacy, soliciting advice and asserting independence. Here are eight ways you can stay connected to your

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child during a phase that’s defined by contradictions and flux.

UNDERSTAND THE DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE

Your middle-schooler is becoming less childlike, and “one of the forms this takes is wanting to share less with one’s parents because to kids, that can feel ‘babyish,’ “ says Lisa Damour, author of “Untangled” and “Under Pressure.” Tweens are micromanaged all day, so be prepared to talk on their time. “A lot of kids need time to restore themselves after school,” Damour says. “It’s not that they’re shutting the parent out, it’s that they need to not talk to anyone.” She adds that a common dynamic is that parents will pepper their child with questions when they first see them and the child is too exhausted to talk. Then, when


the kid does want to talk about something that happened in math class or at lunch, the parents have turned their attention elsewhere.

TAKE THE SMALL STUFF SERIOUSLY

For middle-schoolers, even minor incidents can be distressing. When Sofia Flynn, now 16, attended a seventhgrade dance with friends from her old school, a few of them spent the evening making mean comments about kids across the room. “I felt guilty for not saying anything, and also vulnerable, because I’d been excluded on and off in the past,” Sofia says. “That could have been me.” Later that night, she crawled into her parents’ bed and started crying. “I told my mom I felt like I didn’t belong, that I had known these friends since I was 5 and it was like outgrowing a favorite pair of pajamas.” She still remembers how well her mother handled her distress. “She hugged me and let me blabber, and never once lectured me or said, ‘This is silly.’ “ Her mother also shared her own memories of feeling excluded. Sofia remembers thinking, “If my smart, awesome mom could be a teen and handle friend drama, then I could handle it, too.”

FIND A NEUTRAL ZONE

The prevailing myth is that middle-schoolers seek drama, but most hate it, and they definitely don’t want to deal with drama from parents. Before engaging in conversation, assess whether you’re able to approach your child from a stance of curiosity, not criticism. Middle-schoolers tend to be sensitive to any sign of disapproval, so adopt a neutral facial expression and tone, give them your full attention and don’t assume you know best. If you come across as judgmental, “your child will feel as if you’re diminishing him or her,” explains social psychologist Susan Newman, author of “Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day.” The result, she adds, will be a defensive, uncommunicative child.

KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS

The middle school transition can be tough for parents, especially if they’re used to being more involved in their child’s life. Parents also may bring their own painful memories to the table. Rachel Simmons, author of “The Curse of the Good Girl” and “Enough As She Is,” cautions parents not to over-identify with their child’s struggles. “Ask yourself, ‘Am I revisiting my stuff or dealing with their stuff?’ “ she says. “What would you say if you knew everything would be fine? Say that.”

BE CLEAR YOUR LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL

Your middle-schooler is wrestling with identity issues and impossible cultural ideals at an age when they most want to belong and fit in. Make it clear your love is unwavering. Sofia recalls how good it felt when her parents sent her an article about LGBTQ+ issues right after she told them in seventh grade that she was questioning her sexuality.

“It was so validating,” she says, “especially in middle school, when it’s hard to know whether you’re experiencing romantic or physical attraction or a crush — or just want to be someone’s buddy.” No matter what your child reveals, resist the temptation to say, “You’re too young to know.” “If your kid is bold enough to talk to you, they just want to hear, ‘We support you no matter what, and it’s OK to try out different labels until you find the one that fits you best,’ “ Sofia adds.

DON’T PUT THE BURDEN ON THEM TO ASK FOR HELP

Middle-schoolers often feel like an enigma to themselves, and they may not even recognize when they’re depressed, overwhelmed or need your help. That’s why 13-year-old Amelia Otte says parents should never ask a child, “Are you OK?” “We’ll always say, ‘I’m fine,’ “ she says. “It’s the biggest lie we tell.” Once a child denies being upset, they may feel they’ve lost the chance to ask for support. Instead, Amelia advises saying, “Hey, I can tell you’re a little off. Let’s talk today.”

EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT FORMS OF COMMUNICATION

Talking isn’t the only way to connect. Identify interests you can explore together, whether it’s baseball, video games or dystopian novels. Sofia shares a love of music with her father and calls it “a neutral starting point for dialogue.”

TREAT ARGUING AND COMPLAINING AS PRODUCTIVE

“Middle-schoolers communicate by complaining, and that is them giving us a detailed account of their day,” Damour says. Rather than challenge or question their complaints, let them unload and then ask, “Do you want my advice, or do you just need to vent?” One child told Damour, “When I tell my parents about my day, the only thing I want them to say back to me is, ‘That stinks.’ “ “A complaining child is dumping the psychological trash of the day so they can go back in the next day unencumbered,” Damour says. Similarly, when your children argue with you, it’s because they respect you and want to know what you’re thinking. Hoffman discovered a way to connect with her son by the time he finished seventh grade: “I told him we were curious about his day, period, and we weren’t looking for something to fix or to pry, because that’s what he believed.” She also stuck to impersonal questions, asking what his teachers had taught him rather than what he had learned. Hoffman discovered it’s possible to connect with even the most uncommunicative middle-schooler — as long as it’s on their terms. The author is the school counselor at Sheridan School in Washington, D.C., a therapist at Chrysalis Group in Maryland and the author of “Middle School Matters.”

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Every fall, Gross Catholic holds a sorting ceremony, and freshmen are put into the houses they’ll be a part of for the next four years. It’s a Marianist school tradition, and each house has its own colors, motto, coat of arms and traditions. At the end of the year, houses compete for the “Cougar Cup.’’ The objective is to enable all students to embrace their potential for leadership and to become part of a multi-grade community that is responsible for the academic, social and spiritual growth of all its members. “I love it. I think it is really cool,” student Isabel Simpson said. “Your house is kind of like your fam.”

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Junior Raleigh Kreis receives a ring from senior Lauren Coldiron during the 2019 ring ceremony, a tradition at Duchesne Academy. Each spring, seniors present juniors with their rings, then turn their own to face outward. It’s a symbol of their imminent departure from Duchesne, and their responsibility to spread the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the world. Sacred Heart grads find each other all over the world, thanks to those rings. “It is truly unique to make an instant connection with students who live across the country and have a shared high school experience,” recent graduate Sunny Washington said.

very private school in Omaha has something special that graduates remember long after they’ve left the building. Several share them here.

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Mercy High School participates in the annual Mercy Girl Effect, joining other schools across the country to raise money to support humanitarian efforts in Third World countries. Last year, funds provided basic necessities for misplaced Syrian refuges living in camps in Lebanon. This year, the focus is sustainability. Funds will go to planting trees in Africa. Sponsored by the Student Council, project activities included a class penny war, a dodgeball tournament and a special pizza luncheon with booths and sale items. “It’s so special because the student body comes together for a common purpose — to help others and to build school spirit,’’ said Sophie Harvat, student council president. MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

SKUTT CATHOLIC

First Friday Popsicle Day is a fun way to finish the first week of school at Skutt Catholic. All the students are invited outside for the treat. A rewarding part of being a student at Skutt Catholic is the ability to be involved in activities and athletics while achieving academic excellence, graduates say. In fact, 93% of the students are involved in a sport or activity. The reading of the Legend of the SkyHawk caps a student’s time at the school and ushers them into being an alum. The SkyHawk is named because it soars higher than others of its species. It is a messenger calling others to reach their highest potential and to be closer to God.

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After students move in at Mount Michael, an all-school picnic is held outside the bell tower. It starts with a Mass in which students lead the choir and band members contribute music. Parents, teachers, staff members, members of the monastic community and others attend to showcase the community to the new families. Afterward, each family contributes a side dish to go along with the main entrée supplied by the booster club. Senior Calvin Benson describes the picnic as “a great way to start the school year because it brings families together and introduces the new families to the great community of Mount Michael.”

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Developing Mind, Soul and Body One of the nation’s leading college prep educations for young men ESTABLISHED: 1970

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OUR MISSION: Mount Michael Benedictine School is a Catholic college preparatory residential/day high school rooted in Benedictine values for young men committed to excellence. Students develop spiritually, intellectually, and socially through the comprehensive curriculum and communal experience to become future leaders.

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• $11,057,026 scholarship dollars offered to the Class of 2019 • Class of 2019 Average ACT: 30.4 • 5 Year Average ACT: 29 • 7:1 Student-to-teacher ratio • Average Class Size: 14 • 14 Countries Represented in Enrollment • 21 Extracurricular Activities offered

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Call Director of Admissions Kim Schinzel at 402.556.3772 to schedule a private tour.

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BT is ethnically diverse with 36% of students identifying as persons of color. BT offers world languages in all grades beginning with 3-year-olds in the Early Years program. The average class size is 14 students. BT offers 11 team sports and 17 extracurriculars. College counseling seminar classes begin in eighth grade with every Upper School student assigned a counselor for individual guidance. 27% of students receive financial aid to attend BT. The mean ACT score for Upper School students is 28.5, almost 8 points above the state average. 100% of graduates are accepted to college.

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ESTABLISHED: 1955

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Mercy High School is a diverse educational community, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, focusing on academic excellence and inspiring young girls to become confident women of Mercy who embody faith, knowledge and compassionate service.

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What she needs to succeed. Founded and led by passionate women, Mercy High School offers girls of every background the opportunity for success. Our college-prep curriculum combines academic excellence and extracurricular activities with immersive leadership coaching tailored to each year of development.

Learn more at mercyhigh.org

• 100% of students receive free ACT prep from OnTo College with John Baylor. • 100% have the opportunity to participate in the Kaleidoscope, a unique four-year leadership and empowerment program which encourages each student to maximize individual strengths. • 100% of Omaha zip codes and income levels represented. • Over $6 million in college scholarships earned by the Class of 2019. • $1.8 million given in tuition assistance-more per student than any other Omaha area high school. • 10,000 plus hours of service performed by students annually. • More than 40 sports, clubs and student organizations. • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. • More than $3 million invested in building improvements the last three years.

CONTACT US: 402-553-9424 Admissions Director, Mrs. Anne McGill ’00 mcgilla@mercyhigh.org mercyhigh.org 1501 S.48th St., Omaha, NE 68106

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ESTABLISHED: 1998

OpEn HOuSE: (‘Experience Concordia Day’) FrIDAy, OCTOBEr 25TH 12:00 - 3:00pm.

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ESTABLISHED: 1881

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Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent, Catholic, collegepreparatory high school for girls in grades 9-12. Duchesne was established in Omaha in 1881 and is one of 24 Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada. Central to its mission is the value Duchesne places on the development of the total person and, therefore, the school commits itself to building an environment characterized by an active faith life, love of learning, creativity, and lifetime relationships.

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• 338 students from 47 zip codes are enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year • 9:1 student to teacher ratio with an average class size of 15 • Over 35 clubs to join • 65% of student participate in at least one sport • The class of 2019 was awarded more than $19.9 million in scholarships • 96% of the class of 2019 received at least one scholarship • Average ACT score for the class of 2019: 27

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OUR MISSION: Creighton Preparatory School forms men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition.

BY THE NUMBERS: • 50 area ZIP Codes represented in a diverse student population • Over $2.5 million awarded to 52% of all students in financial assistance and academic scholarships • 12:1 student to faculty ratio, 19 average class size • 90% of student involvement in 70+ clubs, activities and athletics • 98% of graduates attend a college or university • 26.3 average ACT score • $37,851 average four-year college scholarship earned last year • 185 grads earned college scholarships, 52 earned full tuition

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OUr mISSION: V.J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School forms and educates young men and women to become Christian leaders who empower others, promote justice, and initiate change.

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• Last year, Skutt Catholic students: ◆ Earned $17.2 million in college scholarships ◆ Achieved three perfect 36 ACT scores ◆ Earned eight National Merit Scholarship recognitions, including four finalists ◆ Won four Nebraska State Athletic Association Championships, the NSAA Cup and the Omaha World Herald All Sports Award ◆ Volunteered over 14,000 hours • Our students join us from 31 different schools, representing 27 zip codes and 25 Catholic parishes. Nearly 25% attended public school prior to joining Skutt Catholic, and 10% of the school population is non-Catholic. • Skutt Catholic’s composite ACT average, currently 25.6, typically ranks among the top 10% of scores nationally. • Skutt Catholic High School offers more than 150 different college preparatory, 18 advanced placement and 21 dual credit courses. • Thanks to our extensive dual credit course offerings, our students have the opportunity to earn college credits in art, computer programming, English, foreign language, math, science and social studies, simultaneously while earning their high school diploma. • We have embarked on extensive building renovations, promoting innovative teaching and interactive learning. Recent expansions enhance school security and course offerings in the sciences, arts, broadcasting and choral music programs.

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Field Day at Marian isn’t a typical day of track and field events. It’s a colorful, creative and funfilled competition between the classes to see who can display the most school spirit. The event takes place in April, but students prepare for the big day for months. About 3,000 people came to watch last April. “You have such a small amount of time to work on something so large. It brings classes together to create something bigger than yourself. It’s stressful and crazy, but it’s awesome,” said sophomore Elleiana Green. JOE MIXAN

RONCALLI CATHOLIC

Above: At Roncalli Catholic, students are taught how to live their faith through their actions. One way came last spring, when the Textiles Analysis and Construction class made dresses from pillowcases for Little Dresses for Africa. The nonprofit organization, which is based in Michigan, sends the dresses where they are needed most. The school hopes it’s the start of a tradition.

KRISTY KUNKEL

Left: Kids at the Jesuit Academy look forward to summer camp all year. Class in the morning is followed by activities in the afternoon, including swim sessions, hikes, football, archery and more. Everyone attends the three-week session, which builds brotherhood between students. For some, it’s their first time at a camp. One fourthgrader said his favorite part was hanging out with his friends and having fun in the pool. “This year I even got to pick berries from bushes on the hike.”

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Work together with our life-sized animatronic dinosaurs to dig and build as you pretend to be an engineer, architect, paleontologist and more!

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Now Playing! Raise the curtain and light the lights! The Rose Theater welcomes you to the 70th season of children’s theater in Omaha!

By Karen Zacarias. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Adapted from the book by Gail Carson Levine.

Oct 25 - Nov 10, 2019

Fridays at 7 pm · Saturdays at 2 pm & 5 pm · Sundays at 2 pm

TICKETS: $20

Rose Members receive FREE tickets

IGHTS & FAIRIES! KN , ES SS CE IN PR & S CALLING ALL PRINCE stume on opening night, Friday, Oct. 25, ! Wear your favorite co on The Rose mainstage for a Halloween parade

Get your tickets today! Coming Soon:

Nov 29 - Dec 22

Jan 31 - Feb 16

2001 Farnam Street · Omaha, NE 68102

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November Momaha 2019  

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