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The Art in the Craft World Traveler Infuses Asian Designs into Quilts, Banners By Megan Joyce It’s been almost 40 years since renowned quilter Nancy Long first picked up a needle, her creative mind envisioning a quilt instead of a collection of old dresses. Long’s husband’s military career meant the couple lived and worked on the opposite side of the globe for many years, including stints in Thailand, Korea, and the Netherlands. “I had all these gorgeous cotton dresses made in Thailand. I brought them all back and decided to make a quilt out of them—and that’s sort of where I got started, cutting all those dresses up that were no longer in style.” Long has a career history as interesting and varied as her home addresses. Her résumé ranges from home economist and service corps director to kitchen designer. Long even taught math, science, and social studies to GIs working toward their GEDs during the Vietnam War. But it’s her talent for and love of quilting—fiber art—that has been her passion for nearly four decades. She has seen the art form come and go in cycles of popularity since the 1970s, but it’s been only within the last 10 to 15 years that the world of quilting has undergone a dramatic transformation. “It used to be that quilting was more of a craft. There was not a great deal of individualism in quilting, but there were a few artists who sort of came in and chose that as their medium,” Long said. “Now, quilting is probably please see ART page 16 Nancy Long, quilt designer and expert on Japanese fiber art, is seated in front of a century-old kimono with hand-painted swan detailing, once worn by an apprentice geisha. To the right hangs one of her own quilt designs featuring Japanese family crests.


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Zen and the Art of Bread Baking Saralee Perel he day before our county fair opens, scores of hopeful contestants stream through the gates carrying handmade items like sweaters, quilts, jams, and woodcarvings. The spirit is one of healthy cooperation and competition. Simply being a part of this 135-year-old tradition makes these fair goers shine. On the other hand, each year my easygoing husband, Bob, turns into an obsessed combat soldier in a bloodthirsty battle to beat everybody else. “Bob,” I’ve said, “it’s not about winning.” “Nobody believes that,” he growled, as he painstakingly braided the rum raisin challah. On the counter was a small clump of the dough wrapped in foil. He explained, “This is a traditional Jewish custom. It’s an offering. You’re supposed to bake it with the bread.”


“You’re not “Bob,” I Jewish, Bob. took his Why are you sticky, buttery doing it?” hands and “So I’ll held them, win!” “baking bread Bob has is supposed to the oven on be calming, all August. like Zen.” The heat He looked makes us at our clasped cranky. Once, hands, when I thought for a tiptoed moment, behind him, gazed into my he slammed eyes and said, Bob at the fair down the cup “You have of flour. “You exactly four were a marriage counselor for 22 years,” seconds to tell me what you’ve done with he hissed at me, while kneading his fifth the raisins.” trial loaf of challah. “Ever hear of “I … ate them.” I backed away, personal space?” slowly.

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“I slave all day in this hot kitchen. And you just waltz right in and take what isn’t yours?” “There’s also a dork contest, Bob. You won.” On cold winter nights, he sits near our wood stove poring through cookbooks. His ideas come from how ingredients sound together. Peanut butter, cheddar cheese, butterscotch, chocolate. These foods are “what people really want to eat,” he says. Oddly, his mother’s cooking, he says, was barely edible. “Everything was covered in Ragu. We’d place bets after dinner. Was it chicken or fish?” Bob has won seven blue ribbons for his breads, but once he won second prize, a red ribbon. He was a wreck. “You know what a red ribbon means?” he said to me. “It says to the world I’m a big fat loser.”

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Last year, he won not only three blue ribbons, but also the grand prize Best in Show ribbon for his rum raisin challah, which he attributes to the Jewish offering custom. This year, one of his entries is Bavarian black bread. Recently, we had a heart-to-heart talk. I communicated my most intimate feelings. I said, “You better act like something other than a repulsive gargoyle this August or I’ll write an article on your behavior.” Threats are much more effective and time efficient than the encouragement of actual psychological growth. And so, Bob has straightened up. But

unfortunately this turn-around has resulted in the following: 1. He’s adopted my Zen idea of bread baking and does everything agonizingly slowly. He stares at yeast. The dog and I roll our eyes. He speaks in parables that make no sense. “Without water, the yeast is, above all, alive.” 2. He’s overly polite to me in the kitchen. “Can I make you iced tea?” he’ll ask. “No thanks.” “You’re sure? It’s no trouble.” “No. But thanks.” “It’s easy. I’ll just get some ice and …”

“Bob! I don’t want your stinky iced tea!” Somehow, in spite of an alwaysturbulent August, the day before the fair is wonderful. Bob does his final baking at 4 a.m. so the loaves will still be warm for the judges. I do love watching him carefully and tenderly wrapping his breads. And it’s so exciting in the exhibit building. Everyone, from the needlepoint designer to the pole bean farmer, is so proud of their wares. And I’m so proud of Bob. The competition is about people, not products. It’s about families and friends crossing their fingers. It’s about the fear

and courage it takes to risk putting something homemade on display that will be judged by others. But it’s also about what Bob says whenever he’s recognized for one of his many feats, whether it’s winning a blue ribbon or a recipe contest or making an appearance on a TV show. When it’s all over he breathes a heavy, grateful sigh and says, “I hope my ex-wife saw that.” Well, Bob’s made some progress, but he still needs work. Award-winning columnist Saralee Perel welcomes emails at or via her website:

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Robert D. Wilcox llen Finck knew as she grew up in New Jersey that she wanted to be a nurse. She and her twin sister had a cousin who was a nurse at the Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J., and the two of them were often hosted by the cousin as they toured the hospital and were introduced to the doctors and nurses. Her other main interest was Warren Cassaday, whom she met on a blind date when the young man who was supposed to be her date wasn’t able to make it. That worked out so well that she was engaged to Warren while she was still a high school senior. Early in 1941, Warren was drafted and shipped off to the Army. That’s the last of him that Ellen saw for four years, although they wrote to each other virtually daily. As soon as Ellen graduated from high school, she promptly entered the School of Nursing at West Jersey Hospital in Camden, N.J. She smiles as she says, “Three years later, when I had earned my RN, I then wrote Warren that I was coming to get him.” And she enlisted in the Army. The chances of her actually joining him, of course, were remote, but she plunged ahead, always hopeful that it would actually happen. When she and other nurses shipped overseas in March 1945, they were told they were headed for Japan. But, after they had been at sea for three days, they learned that they were actually headed for Camp Lucky Strike in Rouen, France, where she was assigned to the 196th General Hospital. They arrived there on March 29, 1945, the day that President Roosevelt died. Camp Lucky Strike was a tent hospital whose patients were German prisoners of war and American prisoners of war who were being prepared for return to hospitals in the United States. By that time, Warren had come from North Africa to Normandy to Belgium, where he ran an officers


mess that served many of the top generals, including Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, Montgomery, etc. Having such contacts apparently worked out well because, just after VE-Day, General Hodge loaned Warren his airplane to fly Warren to Camp Lucky Strike where he was to see Ellen again for the first time in four years.

2nd LT Ellen Cassaday and CPT Warren Cassaday on their wedding day in Paris.

Within days, they made wedding plans, and Warren “borrowed” a jeep that took them to Paris. Finding a place to stay was a problem. The American Red Cross had no space, but the French Red Cross got them a suite at a top hotel. And on May 12, 1945, Ellen and Warren were married in their full dress uniforms. All marriages had to occur in the office of the mayor of Paris. Neither Ellen nor Warren spoke French, and the mayor spoke no English. “So we had to say ‘oui’ wherever it seemed appropriate,” Ellen says. “So, officially, we were married, but we immediately went to the American Church in Paris, where we were married again by an army chaplain. A wonderful, two-week

honeymoon in Paris followed, and then it was back to our units.” Warren was soon sent back to the United States and was discharged. But it took Ellen until November to ship out for Boston. Halfway across the ocean, they ran into a hurricane, and one of the soldiers had appendicitis. Ellen was the attending nurse for that operation, and the rest of the trip was uneventful. Ellen spent five years as a homemaker while having two children, and then resumed her nursing career, first as a relief nurse at Underwood General Hospital in Woodbury, N.J., and then as school nurse in the campus school at Glassboro State College. She earned her BS degree and taught high school health and physical education for three years, followed by three years of high school nutrition. In 1995, Ellen and Warren decided it would be great to be married again in the same place they had been married 50 years earlier. So they traveled to Paris again to do that. This time, Ellen bought a lovely wedding gown, and they again said their vows at the American Church in Paris. In retirement, she and Warren spent 18 years in Fort Myers, Fla. There, good friends spoke so glowingly of Central Pennsylvania that she and Warren moved to the area in 2005. She lost Warren the following year, after 61 years of marriage. But she says she has made “an amazing number of new friends.” She has two children, five grandchildren, and nine greatgrandchildren. Ellen feels as if she’s had an especially blessed life, and she says with a grin, “I can’t help wondering how many other American brides were married in a ceremony conducted entirely in French, where you had to simply guess when to say ‘oui.’” Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in WWII.

Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Tips for Moving Antiques Dr. Lori hen it comes to art and And, blue painter’s tape is easy to antiques, moving a priceless remove from the glass, thus leaving only treasure is no small feat. a little bit of adhesive residue on your There are many considerations to make framed print. when moving a painting, piece of Clocks are more difficult to move pottery, tall case clock, or other precious than you might think. Many people object. find that once they move their family Paintings need special care. First and tall case clock to a new home, it doesn’t foremost, avoid scratching the surface of keep time as well as it had in its the painting. If the painting comes into previous home. Clocks are homebodies. contact with another object, you may Once they find a place that they like, puncture the canvas, flake off some they work better if you leave them pigment from the alone. Clocks surface, or need to be level damage the and the frame. environment To avoid (temperature, serious damage, climate, wrap paintings in humidity) of a a white cotton home can impact cloth or a soft their blanket. If you are timekeeping, too. moving a painting If you must Photo courtesy move your clock, to another Moving an antique clock requires special care. remove the location outside of your home, pendulum and wrap it in a soft blanket first, then wrap wrap it with care. Keep track of the the wrapped painting in bubble wrap or clock’s key. For small mantle-size clocks, place it carefully into a custom-made it is wise to remove the pendulum first crate. Once it is properly wrapped, then and wrap the clock in a white cotton move it. In addition to protecting the cloth or towel or small blanket before canvas, you also need to protect the wrapping it in bubble wrap. If you are frame whose job it is to protect the trying to move a tall case clock, be sure painting. to secure the works before you move it. If you are relocating a print that is If you are concerned about damaging framed under glass, be prepared. If the the clock in transit, look into hiring a glass breaks in transit, you’ve got trouble. professional. Many people think that the glass will Insurance is a no-brainer. If you don’t protect the work of art, but actually the have it, get it—along with a certified glass can cause serious damage to the appraisal so you can protect your work of art if it breaks. antiques in your new home as well. A good way to prevent the millions Remember to take your time when you of tiny shards of broken glass from unwrap the heirlooms too. puncturing your print is to place a Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and awardcheckerboard grid of blue painter’s tape winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents over the glass before wrapping it. This antique appraisal events nationwide and protects the art if the glass breaks. The appears on the Fine Living Network and on tape will adhere to most of the glass TV’s Daytime. Visit or shards and will deem them immobile. call (888) 431-1010.


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Aug. 6, 8 to 9:30 p.m. – Family Night Hike, Warwick County Park Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Chester County 83rd Old Fiddlers’ Picnic, Hibernia County Park Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Civil War Living History, Hibernia County Park

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Chester County Library Programs Avon Grove Library, 117 Rose Hill Ave., West Grove, (610) 869-2004 Bayard Taylor Library, 216 E. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-2702 Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, (610) 280-2615 Chester Springs Library, 1685-A Art School Road, Chester Springs, (610) 827-9212 Downingtown Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-2741 Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn, (610) 644-3765 Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, (610) 321-1700 Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, (610) 273-3303 Malvern Library, 1 E. First Ave., Malvern, (610) 644-7259 Oxford Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford, (610) 932-9625 Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 296-7996 Mystery Book Club – Call for dates/times

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By Pat Sinclair The meringue shells for this light, summery dessert can be baked a day ahead and stored at room temperature, loosely covered, if you only want to serve two at a time. Use summer fruits at their peak of freshness and arrange over the yogurt. You can also substitute sweetened whipped cream for the yogurt for a special occasion. I developed this recipe away from home and didn’t have a stand mixer like I usually use. Using a hand mixer it definitely takes longer for the meringue to form stiff peaks, but this doesn’t affect the tasty outcome. Makes 4 servings

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2 egg whites ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ½ cup sugar 1 cup Greek-style plain low-fat yogurt 2 cups summer fruit: strawberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines Heat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw four 4-inch circles onto the paper. Place drawing side down on a baking sheet. Make the meringue. Beat the egg whites in a medium mixer bowl using the whisk attachment until frothy, and beat in the cream of tartar. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until the sugar is dissolved and the meringue holds stiff, glossy peaks when the beater is lifted—about five to 10 minutes. Spoon about one-fourth of the meringue into each circle on the parchment and spread to the edge using a metal spatula, mounding slightly higher around the edges. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until firm and dry to the touch. Any cracks may look slightly moist. Remove and cool completely on a wire cooling rack. When cool, carefully remove from the paper. Just before serving, place meringue shells on an individual serving dishes. Spread ¼ cup yogurt into the center of each. Arrange ½ cup fresh fruit on top.

Cook’s Note: It is easier to separate the whites from the yolks when eggs are cold. After separating the whites, allow them to stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. After the egg whites become foamy, add the sugar slowly. If the sugar is added too quickly, it will take longer to beat the mixture to stiff peaks. Stiff peaks do not fall when the beaters are lifted. Test to determine if the sugar is dissolved by rubbing a little meringue between your fingers and feeling for sugar crystals. Don’t bake the meringues on a humid day or they will be sticky and chewy.

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Creativity Matters

Happiness, Creativity, and the Older Adult Judith Zausner appiness is big business. Hundreds of thousands of books in print, billions of dollars spent in pills and psychotherapy visits, and yet it remains temporary and, for some, elusive. Mental health is based on responding appropriately to experiences and, with life’s ups and downs, no sane person can be happy 100 percent of the time. So we fluctuate. We are happy, and then we are unhappy, and then find happiness again. We desire euphoria even though it does not have the stability of an inanimate object or the permanence of a tattoo. Happiness research provides surprising data. Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says a year after a person wins the lottery and a year after a person becomes paraplegic and loses functions of his/her legs, their happiness quota is the same.


He says research has shown that most traumatic events longer than three months past will lose their impact and duration with a person. Gilbert theorizes that it is due to our being able to synthesize happiness; we adjust to create happiness. For example, in his article, Aging Artists on the Creativity of Their Old Age, Dr. Martin Lindauer quotes a female artist in her 60s: “I can

no longer make very large projects, but making things can be rewarding also. My energy has diminished somewhat, and a lot of time has been lost recovering from surgery, but I have never stopped working. I have a compulsion to make things of my own design. I am fortunate in that my mind seems to be intact.” This woman uses her positive attitude consistently by recognizing the

problem, creating positive acceptance (synthesizing happiness), and moving forward with gratitude. It also exemplifies her flexible and resilient approach to living. So we have opportunities to be happy through a genuine experience (e.g., winning the lottery) or a synthetically adjusted experience. However happiness comes to you, numerous studies have shown that those who profess to be happy tend to be optimistic, unencumbered by failure or the unknown, more social, and experience greater control of their lives. Psychologist Adam Anderson’s studies have shown the value of being happy in our approach to processing information around us. “With a positive mood, you actually get more access to things you would normally ignore,” he says. “Instead of looking through a porthole, you have

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a landscape or panoramic view of the world.” This is excellent fodder for creativity, which requires unique thinking to incorporate sometimes disparate elements for an optimal solution. When you are feeling upbeat, you can embrace your world and respond positively to elements and are therefore more open and flexible to integrating them. The creative experience provides challenge as well as satisfaction and often a sense of exhilaration. You are the owner, the maker, the problem solver. Creativity is an integral part of aging well; it facilitates wellness through enhanced self-esteem and socialization. A positive attitude and a happy disposition are important in responding to the inherent hurdles of healthy aging. It is an active tool to combat everyday stress, which can lead to depression and illness. Instead of seeing problems, contented people often

perceive them as challenges to approach and overcome. Creativity is a tool that can fuel happiness and ward off depression. A study co-sponsored by George Washington University and the National Endowments for the Arts found that adults aged 65 and over who were continuously participating in arts programs were documented to have fewer doctors’ visits, require less medication, and were less apt to be depressed. We cannot simply turn on and off the happiness switch inside ourselves, but we can strive to find happiness in our lives as much as possible. It feels great, promotes our creative thinking, and benefits our health. The old adage, “Don’t worry, be happy,” is a great mantra for us all. Judith Zausner can be reached at

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3 Very Different Art Destinations By Andrea Gross ooths filled with pottery, paintings, or jewelry. Craftspeople eager to explain their work. Shoppers wandering the aisles, some looking for a “special something,” others just browsing and enjoying the atmosphere. I can spend endless hours looking at the wondrous objects made by creative people. Here, three not-to-be-missed art experiences.


The Country’s Largest Open-Air Craft Fairs – Ann Arbor, Mich. Note the s at the end of the event’s name: Ann Arbor Art Fairs. This sprawling art extravaganza, which pretty much takes over downtown Ann Arbor for four days in late July, is actually a confederation of four shows. Each is run by a different organization and each promises a slightly different focus, yet for the visitor the shows flow together, creating one immense outdoor gallery.


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Ann Arbor’s Art Fairs combine to make one of the biggest outdoor exhibitions in the country.

More than 100 artists have studios in the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

More than a thousand exhibitors, including emerging artists as well as established professionals, put their work on display. The items range from refined and elegant to hip and quirky, from $10 mugs to $1,000 vases. The fairs routinely draw 500,000 people. While you’re in Ann Arbor, also check the outdoor sculpture on the University of Michigan campus. Works include

Wave Field by Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

50plus SeniorNews and A Prison Turned Art Center – Lorton, Va. Unique is a word that’s much overused, but it’s safe to say that it correctly describes the Workhouse Arts

Center in Lorton, Va. What other place once housed incarcerated suffragettes and now houses some of the country’s most creative artists? The large brick buildings that surround an open field were built in the early 1900s as a reformatory for nonviolent criminals, including women who had campaigned for women’s voting rights. Later it became a mediumsecurity prison, replete with watchtowers and wired fences. In 1997, when officials decided to close the prison, the Lorton Arts Foundation suggested transforming it into a cultural arts center. Today, more than 125 artists have studios where they create, display, discuss, and, yes, sell their work. The artists include painters, sculptors, and photographers as well as glassblowers, jewelry makers, and potters. The center also offers classes that may be as short as a day or as long as a semester. In addition to the visual arts, the center has a full program of music,

theater, poetry, and film. Performances occur at least four times a month.

by the seeming mutations of obviously immutable objects. Inside a nearby barracks are more boxes, this time of aluminum, all A Small Town Noted for Big Art – perfectly aligned with each other and Marfa, Texas with the building’s huge windows. Again the streaming light plays tricks on For years, the small west Texas town the eyes and of Marfa was emphasizes the known, if it was tension between known at all, as the the order of man home of mysterious and randomness of “ghost lights” and nature. as the site where Now owned the 1956 Academy and run by the Award-winning Chinati movie Giant was Foundation filmed. (named after a Then in 1973, range of nearby Donald Judd, a mountains), Judd’s darling of the New Donald Judd’s minimalist installations art, along with that York art world, turned Marfa into an art destination. of a select number found in the town of other artists, the three things he forms a contemporary art museum valued most: space, light, and privacy. unlike any other. He acquired 340 acres on which he In addition, other artists have— installed his most famous work: 60 pardon the pun—seen the light, and concrete boxes arranged in 15 groups in now Marfa has more than a dozen small front of a row of cottonwood trees. galleries. Each box is identical in size—5 meters long by 2.5 meters wide and 2.5 and meters high—but as the light and shadow play upon them, patterns Photos by Irv Green; Story by Andrea emerge and visitors become fascinated Gross.

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Gravesite Care When You Can’t Get There Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any services or organizations that provide gravesite care and decorating? My 82-year-old mother cannot take care of Dad’s grave anymore, and I don’t live nearby to do it either. – Need Help Dear Need, Depending on where your dad is buried, there’s actually a hodgepodge of places you can turn to for gravesite grooming, decorating, and special care when you can’t get there. Here’s what you should know. Gravesite Care As a general rule, most cemeteries only provide basic grounds maintenance, like mowing the grass and trash pickup. Special gravesite care is almost always up to the family. But for elderly seniors who have trouble getting around, or for

families who live a distance from their loved one’s burial place and can’t get back very often, what options are available? Here are several to check into. A good starting point is to call a friend or family member in the area, or contact your parent’s church or religious affiliation to see if they would be willing to help you. If that’s not a possibility, contact some local funeral homes or the cemetery staff where your dad is buried to see if they offer any gravesite services or know of anyone who does. If you don’t have any luck there, another option is to hire a gravesite care

company. These are small, individually owned businesses that provide services like plot maintenance and include grass trimming and weeding, headstone cleaning and restoration, flower and wreath deliveries, and more. And, so you know the work was completed or the flowers were delivered, many companies will take pictures of the gravesite and email or mail them to you. There are literally dozens of small businesses that provide gravesite care services in communities or regions across the United States. To find them, try contacting your nearby memorial society

or local funeral consumer alliance program (see or call (802) 865-8300 for contact information). These are volunteer groups that offer a wide range of information on local funeral and cremation providers, cemeteries, and more. They may be able to refer you to a local service – if one exists. You can also do a search online. To do this, go to any Internet search engine and type in “grave care services,” plus your city or state. If you can’t find a local service to help you, check into some national companies like Grave Groomers (, which has 22 different businesses in 12 states. Or Gravesite Masters (, (877) 476-6687), which provides a wide array of services nationwide through its nearly 200 subcontractors around the United States.

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The cost for most gravesite care services can range from $30 to $50 for flower and wreath deliveries, $20 to $60 for plot grooming, and $40 to $150 for headstone cleaning and memorial restoration. Special discounts for multiple gravesite services and visits may also exist.

option is to call a local florist to see if they can make a delivery directly to his grave site. Many florists will accommodate this request if you provide them the cemetery location and plot number, but you probably won’t get a photo verifying the delivery.

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Gloria May, M.S., R.N., CHES all prevention should be a priority for all of us, particularly as we grow older. The CDC (Centers for Disease and Control) reports that seniors are treated in an emergency room for fall-related injuries every 18 seconds, and every 35 minutes an older adult dies as a result of a fall. So, it makes perfect sense to be wary of falling and to take reasonable measures to avoid it, but can we be too cautious? Does this kind of hyper-vigilance work for or against us? Recently I read the results of a study that suggested that exaggerated apprehension about falling might be associated with an increase in falls, not the (anticipated) opposite. Here are the basics of the study and its conclusions. Researchers recruited 500 senior volunteers in Sydney, Australia. The average age was 78. The subjects underwent a series of medical tests that measured their muscle strength, reaction times, and ability to both maintain and regain balance, all factors that contribute to the risk for falling. The participants were also asked to express how worried they were about their chances of falling. The majority of the subjects had perceptions of their risk in sync with the physical findings, i.e., if they were physically at high risk for a fall, they knew it and rightly expressed anxiety about it; if they were physically at low risk, they too knew it and were more confident. But, surprisingly, more than 30 percent of the subjects expressed levels of fall anxiety not consistent with the physical assessments; they were either at high risk physically and had few or no


worries about falling, or they were at low risk physically and were very nervous about the possibility. The researchers followed all the subjects for a year after the exams and found that the group that incurred the greatest number of falls in that timeframe was not the unsteady but overconfident ones (who you might think dash about their lives with reckless abandon) but the sturdy-but-anxious group, those who were not at high risk level for falling but who had expressed the greatest fear about falling. The study’s investigators theorized that amplified fears can cause folks to do less, to limit their participation in physical and social activities, and to even become unwilling to leave the house at all. This social withdrawal can lead to physical de-conditioning and that, of course, increases the risk of falls. The message is that while it’s important to have a realistic picture of our physical conditions, it’s also important for us to acknowledge our fears and to discuss them with our doctors. It’s a two-way exchange: Your doctor should evaluate and talk to you about your objective risks of falling, and you should discuss your worries and anxieties about falling and how they have influenced your life. Fear of falling, it has been said, is a treatable condition through physical therapy that increases strength and gives confidence and through behavioral therapy that can help reduce anxiety. Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in adult health education and a Certified Health Education Specialist designation.

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Nature’s ‘Farm-acy’ By Myles Mellor Wendell Fowler t’s an old-fashioned yet newfangled concept: the freshest, seasonal local fruits and vegetables; raw honey; artisan cheese, wines, brews, and bread; clean, grass-fed meats; and bug-fed chickens straight from family farms to the kitchen. I adore going to farmers markets, lively social centers where I always run into smiling friends and bask in the warm glow of community. These outdoor markets keep me grounded to the earthy roots of nutrition, where fresh food fare is vastly more significant to a senior’s health than the eventuality of a geriatric doctor. Thirty years ago, eating local was a radical notion, but times are a-changin’. Farmers markets provide sanctuary from proliferating genetically modified grocery versions of God’s creations. Community farmers markets solve the growing problem of food access and the plight of family farmers. Farmers markets remind us that fresh, wholesome food contains maximum heavenly nutrition that sustains body and soul. As you know, to remain mentally and physically sturdy, our manufacturer expects us to eat balanced meals containing complex carbs, clean plant and animal protein, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, and an occasional goodie as a reward for being a good steward of his creation. Nevertheless, we’ve departed from the road of nutritional righteousness, settling for what’s set before us as long as it’s effortless and looks and tastes familiar. Many of our grandparents smoked non-filtered cigarettes, drank hard


liquor, decanted clouds of heavy cream into their coffee, and ate globs of butter and bacon fat. Dinner was either chunks-o-beef, pork, chicken, or fish. They did not, however, use poisonous chemicals and growth hormones and, sure, some of the food they ate was gross, but our grandparents knew the importance of fresh, balanced meals and taking care of themselves in a much less neurotic, self-interested way. What’s right is often forgotten by what is convenient. In a haze of suitability, Americans have resorted to buying plastic fruitsalad cups shipped from overseas. Oh, the agony of inconvenience! Happily, Americans are transcending this mindset and are increasing their intake of fresh, local produce and backing off on meat and taters three times a day. Whole grains are replacing potatoes. Folks are returning to the simple, pre-Industrial Revolution lifestyle of their forefathers, foraging for fresh food from local farms. If your great-grandfather wouldn’t have recognized it as food, then it’s not fit for consumption. So, my suggestion is don’t eat anything that comes in a box, tube, or bag.. Breaking pre-Industrial Revolution tradition has proved catastrophic to the collective health of a great nation. The backbone of America, the family farm, has all but been destroyed by Big Food. Let us all return to the “farm-acy” and dance till the music stops. Wendell Fowler is a retired chef turned motivational speaker and the author of Eat Right, Now! Contact him at

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pretty much the reverse—it is more of an art form, and you have a great number of very talented artists you work with in the field. It’s very, very creative. “As much as quilting in [Central Pennsylvania] is very traditional, such as Amish quilting, the quilting you see at a quilt show is really extraordinarily arty,” she said. Long’s overseas experience seems to have combined with an inborn talent for quilting she inherited from her greatgrandmother.

“I have a couple of her quilts, like her wedding quilt. I also have my grandfather’s baby quilt that she would have made,” Long said. “So the quilting gene must have come from somewhere.” She has had quilts published in quilting magazines and has created copyrighted quilt patterns, but public speaking and teaching are where Long feels she’s most engaged in spreading the word about her art. Long has been teaching courses on fiber art for more than 20 years, having

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taught extensively in other states, and she never make the same mistake twice, so now shares her knowledge locally. She has that’s pretty good teaching,” she laughed. done programs for the Lancaster Quilt & Decades ago, Long graduated from Textile Museum, the Lancaster Historical Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Society, and the Heritage Center degree in home economics, but at age 50, Museum. In 2008, her piece of Asian she returned to college for graduate fabric art called Lattice was chosen as part studies in East Asian history and of a trunk show that traveled through Japanese. The years spent living and Canada for a year. traveling abroad had provided Long with Long, a Berks County native, is now an invaluable firsthand learning living in a retirement community and experience, and her college coursework founded its first quilters guild. She helped flesh out the knowledge base she recently presented a lecture there on needs to educate others about the Japanese fiber art historical and cultural techniques, focusing significance of Asian specifically on the fiber art. period between 1606 Long sees quilts and 1868. not only as art, but During this time, also as functional Japan’s government pieces, using them as kept the country in bedding, tapestries, complete isolation and gifts. from the rest of the “I live in a padded world, forbidding house; my walls are foreigners entrance covered with quilts,” into the country and she said. denying Japanese There is one quilt citizens the option to hanging on her wall return if they left. of which Long is “So for 250 years, especially proud: her Long’s replica of the Dear Jane all of these fiber arts replica Dear Jane quilt, quilt—which took almost four years of Japan developed in which took her almost to complete—now hangs in her total isolation, and apartment but has been displayed four years to in quilting museums on several they’re absolutely complete—“three occasions. amazing techniques,” years and eight Long said. months, but who’s This 250-year incubation period counting?” she joked. affected many aspects of Japanese life and The original Dear Jane quilt, now cultural development, including the housed in the Bennington Museum in methods used to create and design Vermont, was created in 1863 by Jane garments suitable for the four classes that Stickle, a farmer from Shaftsbury, Vt. comprised the country’s very structured Sickle’s Civil War-era quilt is constructed class system. For example, Long is from 225 squares and triangles, and each fascinated by the kasuri weaving 4.5- by 4.5-inch piece contains, within technique, where all of the thread is resist itself, as many as 50 pieces of fabric. dyed before the fabric is woven to reveal Long knew going in that the a preplanned design. replication of the Dear Jane quilt was In conjunction with her lecture at going to require a commitment of time Willow Valley this summer, Long’s work and patience that would be staggering for was on display in the community’s even an experienced quilter. Cultural Center for the month of July. “It’s very easy for a quilter to say, ‘Oh, The 19-piece exhibit included some of I’m kind of tired of working on this,’ her quilts, scrolls, and banners, as well as because quilts don’t take a couple of pieces from her collection of antique weeks; some take a couple of years,” she Japanese kimono and haori (short work said. “I kind of made a deal with myself. jackets), all between 70 and 120 years old I said, ‘If you’re going to start this and examples of different Japanese fabric- project, you’re going to have to work on dyeing techniques. it every day except major holidays. I With the amount of time Long has honestly did work on that every day for spent educating others on the history and four years, whether it was 15 minutes or methods of quilting, it is surprising to two hours. learn that she is actually self-taught—if “I always figure if I ever had to take you ask her, it was somewhat of a trialjust one item besides my cat,” Long and-error method of skill refinement. chuckled, “I would save that because I “Once you make a mistake, you’ll cannot make that one again.”

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The Medium is the Message Candace O’Donnell t is an inspiring moment on Oprah. A “mature” woman is announced with a drum roll. The curtain parts, and she emerges into the spotlight. She is greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. Close-ups of audience members reveal tears streaming down their cheeks. The woman’s husband beams his approval. Oprah shoves a microphone in her daughters’ faces, and they proclaim themselves “so proud of her.” Why is this audience so enthralled? What has this woman accomplished? Has she discovered the cure for cancer? Has she won the Nobel Prize? No. As Oprah gleefully reveals, this courageous woman has just undergone a one-hour makeover. Her hair has been styled and colored. Thank God, no more gray. She is heavily made up, and she’s sporting a “hot” outfit with “a pop of color.” All of this explains her crowning achievement: She looks younger. Glory be. This was just a quick makeover. I suppose if she had had time for a facelift and tummy tuck, the audience would have knelt in worship. This sick obsession with looking youthful is planted and perpetuated by the media. The impossible goal is to never age, to always feel, act, and especially look years, even decades, younger then we actually are. Take, for example, a national magazine specifically targeted to seniors, which shall remain nameless. The cover features five actresses over 50, resplendent in blond hair and cleavage. This article trumpets age-defying feats— starting a new business at 75, circling the


globe at 80, swimming the channel and running marathons at 85, and, of course, enjoying passionate romance at 90. Naturally, the ads in the front of the magazine support these myths. “Three-minute facelift,” “instant agerewind creams,” Botox, and Grecian Formula—all hold a cup to the fountain of eternal youth. But the smaller, more discreet advertising in the back of the publication reveals some of the realities of aging. Here we find ads for denture adhesives, Viagra, adult diapers, arch supports, walk-in bathtubs, StairMasters, and retirement communities. And don’t even get me started on TV commercials. They are not only misleading, but also downright sexist. Have you ever noticed how everything from luxury car ads to pitches for Cialis match men with silver at the temples with dewy-eyed ingénues? Talk about your double standard! All of this would be hilarious if it weren’t so dangerous. Because if we dig beneath the glitz, we realize with a jolt what this obsession with looking young is actually saying. In truth, this blatant insult to the largest-growing segment of our population sends a chilling message: that it is a failure to grow old—indeed, that

aging is the most profound failure imaginable. Following that warped logic to its logical conclusion, then every single one of us is doomed to fail—not exactly “a consummation devoutly to be wished,” as Hamlet would put it. Unless, instead, we die young, which reminds me of the old joke, “It’s hell getting old unless you consider the alternative.” But, take heart, gentle reader. There is another alternative. We don’t have to slavishly obey media dictates. No need for extremes. We can strike a healthy balance.

We can continue to groom ourselves to look presentable, indeed attractive, without trying to channel Joan Rivers or Bruce Jenner. We can exercise moderately to maintain flexibility without sweating for hours in a desperate and futile struggle to regain the abs of our adolescence. We can eat sensibly without starving ourselves. All of this is really a question of basic motivation. Are we aiming to look and feel healthy, or are we still fighting to look and feel young? With balance, we can revel in the sheer pleasure of each day, oblivious to crow’s feet, sagging muscles, and graying hair. It’s called aging gracefully. It’s called finishing well. Candace welcomes feedback via letter to 231 N. Shippen St., Unit 424, Lancaster, PA 17602 or by phone at (717) 392-7214.

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Dancers Perform for Veterans

Veterans living at Coatesville VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center got an early Memorial Day treat. For the fourth year in a row, volunteers Ayana, Satara, Aquila, and Shelimar performed a belly dance routine clad in exquisite costumes with colors, sparkles, and matching beads and scarves. Fun, lighthearted events like this are part of VA’s ongoing cultural transformation in long-term care.

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‘Flamingo Fridays’ Enliven Local Community This summer, Flamingo Friday is celebrated once a month at Spring Mill Senior Living in Phoenixville. Staff and residents alike dress in all their pink tropical finery and celebrate summer. Each Flamingo Friday highlights a fun activity or educational opportunity for Spring Mill’s residents. Most recently, the Elmwood Park Zoo stopped in to talk about their exotic animals, all of which had flamingo or “happy hour” From left, Spring Mill residents E. Whiting, G. Lund, T. themes. Sally, the Moluccan cockatoo, Neafcy, J. Neafcy, and M. Hartman enjoy Elmwood Park impressed with her talents that included Zoo’s presentation of Sally, a Moluccan cockatoo. dancing and flirting with residents while blowing kisses at the gentlemen in the room. There were also visits from other rare and exotic animals.

Say Cheese! Seniors attending a recent program on oral health at the Coatesville Senior Center are, seated from left, Maria Varga; Alyse Harding; Bessie Ragsdale; Connie Wills; and Terri Fegely, program director. Standing, from left, are Eduardo Cotto; Jaclyn Gleber, RDH, Ph.D.; Susie Monroe; Pete Humenuk; Linda London; Lanna Cox; Helen Walls; Ernie Wills; Grier Hoskins; James Mosbey; and Jack Kriest.

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