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Women of the Law

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For the Health of It Women look to martial arts for self-defense and to stay 每 t

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Table of Contents From the Porch Swing ± Editor's Message

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She Said questions

What is the most hated chore on your household to-do list and why? Page 6 What do you miss ? most about being a kid P age 8 If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Page 11 What is your favorite summertime food or drink? Page 13 Do you plan to vote in this year's elections? Why or why not? Page 18 What is usually your ÿ rst thought when you wake up? Page 22 What is your biggest concern about aging? Page 33 Who was your all-time favorite teacher and why? Page 34

Health Quest

Top women Health Questers get salon makeovers Ð Marsha A tkins, Amanda DeWitt , Angie Hicks, Tara Nolan

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Magnolia Centerfold

District Attorney's o" ce is a place that truly celebrates women and the law P

age 20-21

For the Health of It Martial arts Ð ÿ tness and self-defense

Editor Charlotte Atkins

Web Editor Krystin Fain

Design and Layout Heather Koon

Advertising Director Mike Schuttinga

Photographers Ken Caruthers, Ryan Smith, Kaitlin Kolarik, Daniel Bell

Advertising Sales Kayla Fricks, Helen Allen, Missie Tolbert, Mandy Welborn

Contributing Writers Daniel Bell, Kevin Myrick, Lydia Senn, Kim Sloan, Chelsea Latta, Severo Avila, Diane Wagner, Charlotte Atkins

Creative Services/ Advertising Design Tona Deaton, manager, Caryn Ethridge, Lee Field, Jamie Metts, Donna Nevins, Allison Timbs

Editorial Assistants Valerie Creel, Beth MillerMcCain

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Contributing Artists Mike Lester

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Printing Rob Broadway

Special thanks to the following people who helped with this edition: To the four salons and stylists who did makeovers on the top Health Quest women Ð C arrie Williams at Blonde on Broad, Bridgette Hale at Inspiration Point Salon, Robbie Ann Baker at Robbie Ann's Coi#u res and Sabrina Gordon at Bu#y's Tanning and Style Salon; to Amy Patterson for helping arrange the makeovers and for her constant help with Health Quest 2010; to Paula Conaway and Paula's on Broad for the cute, colorful umbrellas for the DA attorneys'photos; to Mike Holloway and M&M Mechanical Bull rentals (found on Facebook) for use of his mechanical bull; to Paul Smith for allowing us to set up the bull and photo shoot at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds; to Marty Erwin of My Father's Garden for use of the cowboy hat; to Barbara Penson's brother John Holbert for use of his tractors for her portrait; to Honeymoon Bakery for allowing us to shoot photos there; to Aimee Madden and Shorter University for letting ud use the campus as a photo backdrop and for assisting with Magnolias of the Past; to the Rome Area History Museum for use of the jail cell for a portrait; to Susan Cooley for use of the Rome-Floyd County Library for photos; to Lee Webb and Beth Miller-McCain, our hand models; to Kathy Patrick for use of her Oktoberfest memorabilia; and to Greater Rome CVB Director Lisa Smith, who always seems to have an answer for whatever question we ask.

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Lisa Brown (BELOW), a local potter, surrounds her life in art Page 26

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Magnolia Portraits Elaine Peek Snow Tami Colston Barbara Penson Denise Downer-McKinney Anne Brinkley Bernita Smith Mary Catherine Chewning Mechelle Cliatt

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Ceviche Ð Citrus juice and seafood add up to refreshing summertime dish Page 10

Chill out this summer with frozen drinks

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50-Plus & Fabulous

These gals say pack your bags, see the world

Minding Her Own Business Elysium brings world to Broad Street P

Magnolia Moms Page 12

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Cover photo: Floyd County Police Department Corp. Mary Catherine Chewning makes a jump on her blue-eyed paint horse Zena at her Blue Line Farm. We photographed her with several of her horses, including her Dun ÿ lly Annie, shown in the inside portrait of Mary Catherine, as well as her black colt Zeus, who loves to give kisses in exchange for treats.

Home Sweet Home Neighbors celebrate, share Gardening Talents

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Women a key part of Shorter's legacy P

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EDITOR'S MESSAGE

From the Porch Swing

I must confess that I am a fan of television and books that involve crime solving, forensic investigation and courtroom drama. The popularity of hit TV shows and best-selling mysteries attest to our fascination with law enforcement and criminal justice. I think the allure is also in having the bad guys (and gals) caught in the end. While we all know TV and books aren't true representations because extra drama and contrived plots can play fast and loose with reality, we also know that it takes a team of trained professionals to ÿ ght crime and administer justice. It's hard, stressful but necessary work. And rewarding, too, say those on the front lines locally. And it takes special women to do this kind of work. So that's why our lineup of showcase portraits in this summer edition of Magnolia, which exists to celebrate our lives as women, spotlights women in local law enforcement and criminal justice. From the judge doling out justice from the bench ... to the court clerk and her team ... to the legal eagles prosecuting and defending cases ... to the investigators and patrol o" cers investigating or preventing crimes ...to the 911 o" cers who talk folks through emergencies and dispatch help ... to the clerks and administrative assistants who keep departments on track. You all are part of the criminal justice system that exists to keep our community safe. Decades ago it used to be deemed ªmen's work,º but these days

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there are hundreds of women involved in the local system, taking our calls, patrolling our neighborhoods, advocating for victims, collecting evidence in crimes, building and trying cases in the courtroom and managing the reams of paperwork involved. No, the system is not perfect. Yes, there are cases that get derailed and people who go astray. But like any profession, or

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people in general, there are good and bad examples. But law enforcement and criminal justice and their a" liated agencies are noble professions. And it's worth honoring those who train hard and then do the work day in and day out. Those I know Ð and those I'v e just met through these portraits Ð ar e passionate about what they do. They love serving and helping people and they get frustrated by the cycles that often have decent people caught up in very di" cult situations. Those ÿ ghting crime on the front lines are very brave indeed. They take their vows Ð t o ªprotect and serveº and to ªtruly and honestly, justly and uprightlyº conduct themselves Ð t o heart. And those in the support roles are vital to bolstering the justice system at all levels. So please join me in saluting not only the women featured here in Magnolia, but all of the women (and men too) who ensure law and order here in Greater Rome. Charlotte Atkins, editor

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ROME POLICE DEPARTMENT MAJOR

Photograph by Ryan Smith

Elaine Peek Snow

Elaine Snow loves rodeos so she was willing to try her hand at riding a mechanical bull. She managed to get her 8 seconds and then some on the M&M Rentals bull.

Elaine Peek Snow was a tomboy growing up in Alabama. Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne was her backyard and she and her three brothers and male cousins took full advantage. ªWe played cowboys and Indians, climbed trees, made tree platforms and houses, searched for and caught all kinds of critters,ºsays Elaine, who was the ÿ rst female police o" cer hired by the city of Rome. Her childhood ªboys clubºinteractions no doubt came in handy during her trailblazing career days that she calls ªan interesting and challenging time.º Now, decades later at 58 she's a major and police department leader who's been at the right hand of Chief Hubert Smith, who just retired. The cowboy part of her childhood play seems to have stuck because this woman loves the rodeo. ªI have attended the Alabama Southeastern Live Stock Rodeo in Montgomery, Ala., for the past 34 years,º says Elaine. She professes to be merely a fan and observer. That is until she rode a mechanical rodeo bull. She managed to hang on ¼ She's clung to more than just dressing up and playing cowboy. Her tree climbing days aren't over yet either. ªJust the other day, I was teaching one of my granddaughters how to climb a tree.º While she may be a rodeo-loving, treeclimbing police major, Elaine also likes working in her *ower gardens and ªspending time with my four beautiful granddaughters and the annual `girls weekend' trips we take with my daughter.º She enjoys travel adventures with her husband and her girlfriends too. Some of her favorite destinations have included Israel (ªbecause it was both educational and spiritualº), New York City (six weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. ªIt brought the reality of our vulnerability to me.º) and Alaska (ªIt is like no other state; the air is clean and pristine, eagles *ying everywhere.º) Still on her bucket list are taking ªa month to travel to the mid and northwest parts of the United States with my husband Tommy,º a hot air balloon ride and a trip to Ireland and Scotland. But when it's all said and done, Elaine still likes playing and exploring in her own backyard Ð R ome. ªRome is a people city, warm and welcoming. There are lots of good areas to hike or rivers to canoe. There is so much to o# er here Ð a wide mix o f activities, sports, plays, food, churches, education, medical and so much more. ª Rome sweet Rome. Charlotte Atkins, editor

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What do you miss most about being a kid?

Who's not a kid anymore? I still Hula Hoop, draw on the sidewalk with chalk and play in the sprinkler. That's what the problem is with most people. They grow up and forget how to play. Sonya Black What I miss most about being a kid is just that! Now when I act like a kid, I am told ÂŞadults don't act that way.Âş I guess at 52, I should know how to act! Regina Wright Some of the things I miss the most as a child are playing with my dolls and just being a kid. When I was a child, I never had to worry about bills or felt like I had a care in the world because I knew my mom and dad were there to make everything OK. I grew up in a loving environment and we just don't see too much of that anymore. I lost my father in 2004 and that really took a lot out of me. I miss the way Dad would come home from work and burst through the door and always have me and my siblings a gift! He always greeted us with a big kiss and a hug. My father was the backbone of our family to bring the bread and love to the table. Farrah Kennemore No responsibilities and nothing more to worry about than whether to go swimming or to the movies on a hot summer day, chasing down the ice cream man, playing made-up games until the sun went down, catching lightning bugs and watching Ăż reworks. In winter, the magic of Halloween and Christmas where gifts of candy and toys are bestowed upon children for no other reason than the fact that they are children. Jennifer J. Carter

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Tami Colston

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SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

Portrait painting is one of Tami Colston's creative pursuits. This do-it-yourselfer started with a drawing book but now takes classes occasionally.

Tami Colston is the consummate do-ityourselfer, from wood working to tiling, from canning to sewing. Heck, this Superior Court judge even made her own robe because she didn't see why the county should pay hundreds of dollars. ªAnd it's wash and wear, not dry clean only,º says Tami. She's comfortable with power tools and knows how to use them. ªBut I am no Bob Vila in a dress!º she proclaims. Her friends call her the ªtwo-week womanº since that's often her attention span on a new pursuit or project. Current projects include redoing a powder room in black and white toile. There are also new curtains in the works for her hobby room. She's re-caning two old rockers her daddy bought years ago, patiently weaving thin stands of cane in and out as her precocious yorkie Bruno perform antics nearby. Walk though a sitting area, and you see a Rembrandt-style painting of an old man. Elsewhere there's a young maiden from the Middle Ages. And there are others. ªI painted him,ºTami points out as she walks by the ancient fellow. ªI call him Otis. He's an old Civil War soldier. Did you notice his pin that says Yankee Go Home?º It turns out Tami paints portraits. She started out by buying a book on drawing and teaching herself . Since then she's sometimes studied with artist Frank Murphy. A portrait she painted of her mentor Judge Robert Walther hangs in her o" ce. Now she's working on one of her friend Mary Maire. Another recent skill she's perfecting is French pastries after returning from a trip to Switzerland and Paris this winter. ªI loved them and wanted to see if I could make them myself.ºShe knows her way around the kitchen, whether it's conjuring up chocolate croissants or something more savory. And she loves canning vegetables and soups. Pickling is yet another talent. Her specialty is sweet sa# ron-yellow turmeric pickles. No matter what Tami does, she's into the details. When a photographer interested in pickling asks, she explains how her six-day process unfolds and how each step impacts the crispness and texture of the pickles. The judge's sage words ring true when she says, ªWatch your pickles now ...º It's obvious she loves learning and trying new things as two old banjos sitting in a corner attest. She wanted to learn to make the ªbanjo talk like Papa did,º she says of her grandfather. But that didn't stick so now they're sentimental décor. But some interests do stick and the skills grow. For the summer at least, Tami is the pastrymaking, pickling, portrait-painting judge. Charlotte Atkins, editor

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Ceviche Ð C itrus juice and seafood add up to refreshing summertime dish

By Charlotte Atkins Editor

In Peru, it might be served with slices of cold sweet potato or corn-on-the-cob, while in Ecuador it's usually served with popcorn, potato chips, nuts or corn. In Panama you might see it served with buttered crackers or in pastry shells. In Mexico, you're likely to have it served with slices of onion and served on toasted tortillas. So we decided to share some of our favorite styles of ceviche from around the world.

It's summer and it's hot and ceviche is a cool and refreshing dish for this time of year if you like seafood. It's typically made with red snapper or other white ÿ sh that's ªcookedº by the acidity of citrus juices. Many people have sampled shrimp ceviche, but it can be made with assorted seafood and comes in a variety of styles Our lifestyle editor Severo Avila is a Belize native and he's from di# erent cultures. known for conjuring up a delicious ceviche to rave reviews. Variations in the *avor of ceviche depend on which citrus juices Belizean Conch Ceviche are used as well as the other seasonings in the marinade. Then hot peppers, garlic and onion can add an extra dose of *avor. This is a recipe for authentic Belizean conch ceviche. It's a Ceviche is a Latin American mainstay, served as an cool, tangy appetizer that many people enjoy while sipping a appetizer or side dish, and each culture gives the dish its own cold beer. Conch ceviche is a staple of seaside dining in Belize. *a vor and serving tradition. If fresh conch isn't available, feel free to use shrimp instead.

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2 lbs raw conch, cleaned and chopped or 2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined 6 cups diced tomatoes 4 cups diced cucumbers 1 cup chopped cilantro 2 cups lime juice 1 cup diced onions 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1½ tbsp black pepper 2 tbsp salt 1 habanera pepper (diced) Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, taking care not to crush the tomatoes. For an even more authentic Belizean *avor, dice an habanera pepper and mix it into the ceviche or serve on the side. Refrigerate before serving.

Shrimp Ceviche While many purists will say you should never pre-cook the shrimp Ð the citr us juice does that Ð others suggest ligh tly cooking the shrimp just a bit to kill bacteria. 1 pound small to medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 tbsp salt ¾ cup lime juice (juice from 4 to 6 limes) ¾ cup lemon juice (juice from 2 to 3 lemons) 1 cup ÿ nely chopped red onion 1 serrano chile, ribs and seeds removed, minced 1 cup chopped cilantro 1 cucumber, peeled diced into ½-inch pieces 1 avocado, peeled, seed removed, cut into ½-inch chunks In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, salted with 2 tbsp salt. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute to 2 minutes max, depending on size of shrimp. (Don't overcook the shrimp!) Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the shrimp. Cut each shrimp in half. Place shrimp in a glass or ceramic bowl. Mix in the lime and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for a half hour. Mix in the chopped red onion and serrano chile. Refrigerate an additional half hour. Right before serving, add the cilantro, cucumber and avocado. Serves 4-6

Peruvian Fish Ceviche For a Peruvian twist on ceviche, this ÿ sh recipe is divine. We suggest you use red snapper, corvina or perhaps tilapia. 1 lb ÿ sh ÿ llets of corvina, red snapper or any good quality whiteÿ sh Juice of 3 lemons Juice of three sour oranges or limes 1 medium onion, thinly sliced Salt and pepper to taste A pinch of cayenne pepper 1 clove of garlic, minced 1 hot pepper, chopped ÿ ne 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro Cut ÿ sh into pieces and place on a platter. Place the thinly sliced onions on the ÿ sh. Then add the remaining ingredients, covering with the juices. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve the ceviche on top of lettuce leaves. Suggestion: Serve with corn and boiled and sliced sweet potatoes on the side like the Peruvians do. Serves 6


Ecuadorean Ceviche In Ecuador, ceviche is often served with potato chips, popcorn, sweet potatoes or corn. Ecuadoreans usually combine three citrus juices plus vinegar in their dishes. 2 pounds whiteÿ sh juice of 6 limes, 3 lemons, 3 sour oranges, or enough to make 2 cups juice 4 teaspoons salt ž teaspoons black pepper Ÿ cup vinegar 2 medium onions, sliced thinly 2 red or yellow hot peppers, slivered Cut ÿ sh into bite size pieces, place in a bowl and pour juice over it. Add salt and pepper and vinegar. Let stand about 6 hours in refrigerator. Pour boiling water over the onions and drain. Add to the ÿ sh. Add slivered hot peppers and let set overnight.

Mexican Ceviche Here's a Mexican version that can be made with your favorite Ăż sh or with a mixture of seafood. 1 lb halibut, sea bass or red snapper Ăżl lets (or a mixture of Ăż sh and shrimp) 5-6 limes 1 cup diced fresh tomato

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There are other stories, but they all originate in Puerto Rico, so it's no surprise the pina colada is the o" cial beverage of the U.S. island territory.

When it's hot outside, sometimes there's nothing better than a frozen concoction to help beat the heat. I must confess frozen drinks are not my mainstay cocktails, but they're a tasty and celebratory way to kick o" or cap a vacation. So when I travel Ð especially to tropical destinations Ð fr ozen drinks often become part of the sweet memories. When a group of girlfriends and I went to Aruba this spring we started with mango daiquiris on the beach, staring out at the turquoise waters that would be our playground for the week. Then after a full week of adventure and revelry, we wrapped it up with pina coladas at the poolside Pata Pata Bar at the LaCabana Beach and Racquet Club. The pina colada seems to be a favorite with vacationers, especially since Rupert Holmes' 1979 hit ªEscapeº had us all singing, ªI like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain ...º So here are some frozen drink recipes to whisk you away on your own tropical ªescape,º whether lounging poolside or relaxing on the deck right here in the Greater Rome area. Some people like their frozen drinks sweet and rich, others like a tartness that curbs the sweetness. All are fruity.

Mango Daiquiri ½ ounce lemon juice ½ ounce lime juice 2 ounces light rum ½ ounce Mandarin Napoleon orange liqueur Half cup Sliced mango Pour all ingredients into a blender and mix on high speed. Pour drink into a tall glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. *** At a recent stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, I tried a fun drink called the Drunken Monkey that had this banana-co! ee-chocolate vibe the bartenders at the pool bar have perfected (and all take credit for). It's more like a milkshake than a cocktail, so it's rich and thick. And the historical landmark hotel was delighted to share the recipe with Magnolia readers.

Drunken Monkey 1½ ounces Parrot Bay Coconut Rum 1 ounce co" ee liqueur 1 ounce Crème de Banana ½ ounce Half `n Half cream Squirt of Banana Puree Chocolate syrup drizzled around cup Mix all ingredients, except chocolate, in a blender with 2 cups of ice until smooth. Drizzle inside of glass or cup with chocolate syrup and then pour drink mixture into glass, pop in a straw (which is necessary for this drink) and close your eyes and imagine you are poolside at the grand Victorian-style resort looking out over the harbor as you take that ÿ rst sip ... *** The pina colada is said to have been created in the 1950s by Ramon ªMonchitoº Marrero Perez at the Beachcomber Bar in the Caribe Hilton of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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frozen drinks Pina Colada 2 ounces white rum 6 ounces pineapple juice 1½ ounce Coco Lopez Coconut Cream 1 ounce heavy cream maraschino cherry for garnish pineapple wedge for garnish Blend all ingredients with approximately 2 cups of ice. Strain into a glass. Garnish with the cherry and pineapple wedge. *** Here's another rich and fruity drink that's yummy, especially if you love fresh strawberries.

Sorbet Cocktail 1 package fresh strawberries 2 bananas 2 cups apple juice 1 cup vodka 1 pint strawberry sorbet, scooped into melon balls, placed in freezer Hull strawberries and place in blender. Break bananas into chunks and place in blender. Add apple juice and puree until smooth. Add vodka, place sorbet balls into glasses and enjoy. This can be enjoyed without the alcohol too. *** While many frozen cocktails are rum-based, margaritas are popular tequila-based drinks. Here's a variation that's di! erent from the regular lime version.

Apple Margarita 1 cup of ice 1 ounce tequila 1 ounce Apple Pucker Photograph of 1 ounce apple juice Drunken Monkey ½ ounce sour mix by Kathryn Hearn, Jekyll Island Club Hotel apple wedge for garnish Pour the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth or into a cocktail shaker and shake well. If desired, wet the rim of a chilled margarita glass with Apple Pucker and rim the glass with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Pour or strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with a green apple wedge.


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What is your favorite summertime food or drink? Anything from the grill! Steaks, shrimp, margaritas or any frozen drink oozes summertime to me. Bridget Moore

Homemade ice cream. This reminds me of summertime as a child when we would take turns sitting on the hand-cranked ice cream maker and wait to lick the inside ladder of the churn. Debra Brooks McDaniel Chicken tenders and fries sitting on a dock at the beach Ð lo ved doing that when we were on vacation, and it was great. Beth Dabbs Fried squash ranks high on the list for food. There is nothing quite like going out to the backyard and picking your own squash and then frying it up Southern style. Ice cold water from Cave Spring's natural spring is a nice treat on a hot day. Ashley Garrard

Watermelon; the fresh, healthy, delicious taste of summer! Leigh Barba

Home-grown tomatoes and tomato sandwiches. Donna Knighten

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By Kevin Myrick Sta# Writer Using a gun might seem simple enough. Make sure the safety is o#, the weapon is loaded with bullets and line up the sights on a target. Slowly squeeze the trigger Ă? not pull Ă? and BAM! Pam Walters, who is the business manager for the Work Release Center at the Floyd County Prison, said when she Ăż rst took a class it wasn't her Ăż rst time shooting, but it was her Ăż rst time shooting at targets. ÂŞThere were lots of women in the class who had never even held a gun before, and they were scared,Âşshe said. While using a handgun might seem easy enough in the movies, actually handling one at Ăżr st can be daunting. That's why from time to time the Rome Police Department wants to help women gun owners learn to use their weapons responsibly. The gun class, Walters said, ultimately helped her feel more comfortable with guns. Rome Police Capt. Denise Downer-McKinney, who heads up the training division for the department, said the class for women is so popular that there is a waiting list for participation. A schedule for an upcoming class is in the works, but Downer-McKinney said the department had no Ăż rm date on when it would hold the month-long class again. Downer-McKinney said getting into the class is simple: Women who wish to sign up for the class are required to Ăż ll out paperwork at the Rome Police Department for a background check. ÂŞWe don't just want to train just anyone on how to use a handgun,Âş she said. ÂŞBut once you're cleared on the background check, you should be

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able to take the class.Âş Downer-McKinney said the class costs $20 for the entire month. According to o" cer Gary Pace Jr., the class is once a week from 6 to 9 p.m. and takes women through the di# erent parts of a Ăż rearm, how to use and clean a weapon correctly and the laws behind Ăż rearm purchasing, licensing and use. ÂŞAfter we go through proper techniques of how to clean, we usually on the second night of the class will let participants Ăż re o# a few rounds for practice,Âş Pace said. The class also requires a number of Ăż rearm experts to be on hand during lessons, so women that use the department's indoor range have instructors with them to help and keep safety in participants' minds at all times. The Ăż nal two classes in the month-long training session give women more time on the Ăżr ing range, Pace said. If they have their own handguns that are .38-caliber and lower, they can bring them along to practice with. He said a test on proper Ăż rearm safety and nomenclature is also given at the end of the class, and certiĂż cates are given to those who have participated. ÂŞWe don't require them to pass the test in order to get the certiĂż cate,Âş he said. Downer-McKinney and Pace said the class is not required for women to obtain a license to own a Ăż rearm or a conceal and carry permit, but instead it is just a way for women who might have once feared guns to learn how to use them. ÂŞThere are many more women today who are living alone and who need to protect themselves when they feel their lives are endangered,Âş Downer-McKinney said. ÂŞAnd if that's the case, it's better to know how to use a gun instead of getting yourself into a worse situation because you don't know how.Âş

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Barbara Penson has been driving tractors since she was 11, both antiques like this Ford and her brother's high-tech, air-conditioned John Deere.

Barbara Penson says driving a ªserious race carº is one of the top things on her bucket list. That's because she seems to be comfortable in just about any kind of vehicle you can name Ð fr om a motorcycle to a semi truck to a logging Hyster. ªI can drive most anything with two to 18 wheels and have done so,º says Barbara, whose day job is to be the driving force in keeping Floyd County's Superior Court on track as its elected clerk. When she's not administering the courts or behind the wheel, Barbara likes to be in the kitchen cooking up some Southern culinary magic. She says her hero is ªthe notable Southern lady Ð P aula Deenºand she aspires to follow in the cooking diva's footsteps on some level. ªI am in the process of publishing my own cookbook,ºsays Barbara, who also reveals her dream job. ªIn my own fantasy world I would host a television cooking show.º But Barbara is not shy about getting her hands dirty for she also likes to ÿ sh and garden. Other favorite leisure activities include ªspending time with my family and friends; reading; walking; traveling to new places by car, boat or plane.º Of course, her family ranks at the top of her list of pursuits, and she proclaims her true passion in life as ªspoiling my grandchildren!º While her title of clerk of the court is a prestigious one in Floyd County, the moniker she cherishes most is ªGran Barbie.º This native Roman has spent all but six years of her life here. One of her proudest accomplishments is graduating from Shorter College. ªI completed my college degree at Shorter while working two jobs and managing to care for my family all at the same time,º shared Barbara, who also noted that while in college she shared a class with her youngest daughter. And like most steel magnolias, Barbara has had to be brave on more than one occasion. ªMy bravest moments all seem to be when faced with adversity, tragedy and tests of faith. Examples are when my children were involved in a very serious auto accident, when my home was completely destroyed by ÿ re, and when I faced the reality that my husband had a lifelong illness and, of course, the day he passed.º So life's journey has not always been easy, but Barbara ÿ nds the joy and purpose in each day Ð in ser ving her community, enjoying her family, puttering in her garden or casting a ÿ shing line or in revving up the engine on whatever wheels she chooses to drive. And she keeps focused on the road ahead ... Charlotte Atkins, editor

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Angie Hicks

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Angie Hicks has lost more than 30 pounds for a 15 percent weight loss during Health Quest. She walked into Blonde on Broad a strawberry blonde, and after several hours with stylist Carrie Williams, she walked out with rich brown highlighted tresses looking like she could be the sister of Angelina Jolie. ªI feel so beautiful,º said an amazed Angie, who avoided Stylist: Carrie mirrors after the makeup process Williams Salon: Blonde on began. Broad, 217 Broad So when she turned to face the mirror after the full makeup and hair styling, St. 706-378-1111 her response was, ªWow!º

Amanda DeWitt

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Amanda DeWitt has held one of the top spots in the Health Quest rankings since the kicko#, having lost almost 14 percent of her body weight. She arrived at Inspiration Point Salon with a blonde slingback bob. Hair designer and owner Bridgette Hale gave her a new strawberry blonde color with highlights and lowlights and then ªadded some layers and took some Stylist: Bridgette weight o# the crownº to give her Hale Salon: Inspiration more styling options. ªIt's the color Point Salon, 1225 she should have been born with,ºsays Bridgette. Amanda, who has lost 27 E. Second Ave. 706-368-9500 pounds since February, was ectsatic with her new look. ªI absolutely love it!º

Top women Health Questers get salon makeovers They've worked hard and after 20 weeks, they were mainstays in the Health Quest's top 10 in weight loss performance. So four local salons and stylists generously o! ered to treat our top four women to hair and makeup stylings. Some opted just for touchups, while some made big changes. They're all lovely ladies, and the stylists enhanced their beauty in these makeovers.

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Marsha Atkins will be the ÿ rst to tell you she does not pay attention to things like hair and makeup. But Robbie Anne Baker, owner of Robbie Ann Coi# ures, proved to Marsha that getting dolled up doesn't have to feel unnatural. She shampooed, trimmed and styled Marsha's hair and applied mineralbased makeup that highlighted Marsha's features without having Stylist: Robbie her feel painted. The result: ªI feel Ann Baker Salon: Robbie pretty and I feel di# erent. Since I Ann's Coi!u res, don't pay attention to my appearance, I didn't know if I'd feel comfortable 2003 N Broad St., 706-291-9319 afterwards. But I am.ºMarsha has lost 20 pounds since starting Health Quest.

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Tara Nolan

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Tara Nolan has lost more than 11 percent Ð mor e than 28 pounds Ð of her body weight since beginning Health Quest. ªI feel much better and for the ÿ rst time in 20 years I have less pain.º Tara had just had her hair cut when we scheduled the makeovers and her natural brunette color suits her, so master cosmetologist Sabrina Gordon at Bu# y's Tanning and Style Salon Stylist: Sabrina focused on creating a stylish look for Gordon Salon: Bu! y's Tara's photo shoot. And Tara was so Tanning and Style Salon, 9 Central Plaza. pleased with the experience. ªIt's fun to be pampered, and I had a great stylist,º 706-802-0826 said Tara. ªIn the summer, I live in a ponytail so it's fun to get professionally styled.º


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In February, Yours Truly and about 100 other people started a journey Ă? H ealth Quest 2010. Magnolia magazine joined forces with the RomeFloyd County YMCA for the public weight-loss initiative where the group aims to lose 2,010 pounds by the end of October. The group started o# strong, staying ahead of the monthly average needed to reach our goal. Not surprisingly, with summer vacations and holidays the number of people weighing has tapered o# and we have some ground to make up. But there has been a committed core of participants who have made great strides and are transforming their bodies and their lives. At the 20-week mark Ă? just past halfw ay Ă? the mainsta ys have become clear. They have stayed true to their mission for the most part, eating healthier and exercising. Some have been slow and steady while others, like me, came out of the gate strong in the Ăż rst few months and now are struggling to sustain our momentum. But the enthusiasm is there and the desire to be healthier is heartfelt. Weight-loss is being tracked by percentage of body weight lost. Most people in the top 10 are in double-digit percentages or very close, with some exceeding the 14-percent mark. The Health Quest Top 20 as of late July were: Angie Hicks, Amanda DeWitt, Thomas Sullins, Doug Walker, Tara Nolan, Charlotte Atkins, Lance Cole, Carol Hines, Marsha Atkins, Ed Palmer, Kayla Fricks, Rob Koch, Norma Williams, Ellen Garrard, Robin Holt, Cynthia Mathis, Diane Lewis, Donatella Gentry, Greg Gaston and Delia Burton. The group meets monthly to learn about healthier ways of eating and for creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Most of us want to be healthier and avoid risk of disease. Others are already facing health concerns and are trying to turns things around and get o# their meds. Many are women and

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You better believe it. I'm descended from three signers of the Declaration of Independence. People sacriĂż ced their lives so that we have the privilege of voting. Elizabeth Ard I never know enough to feel like I'm making very informed decisions, but I vote all the same. Anna Erickson

Absolutely. If I don't, there might be no votes to count for the Democrats. This year, I'm feeling pretty anti-incumbent. Peg Arey Yes, I will vote in this election and every election while I'm living. An aunt instilled in me the importance of voting when I was very young. I turned 21 in 1968 and cast my Ăż rst vote in that year's presidential election. I remember crying as I marked my ballot, because I was actually VOTING. I Ăż rmly believe that if you don't vote, you don't have a right to complain about the election results! Claudia Oakes

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Denise Downer-McKinney prefers to drink tea not beer, but nevertheless she loves the German food, steins and celebration of Oktoberfest. She has since her Cincinnati days.

When Denise Downer-McKinney was attending college in Cincinnati, she grew to love the city's Oktoberfest celebration, the largest in the U.S. So much so that she later ventured to Germany for the world's original and largest Oktoberfest. ªI lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is a German-descent town. There I experienced Oktoberfest on a small scale. On my trip to Munich I had the opportunity to experience a real Oktoberfest. It was fantastic,ºsays the Rome Police Department captain. Upon completing her education at the University of Cincinnati, the Rome native returned home to re-establish her life here and begin her law enforcement career. Now at 51, Denise is secure in her life and loves her work. ªI could not envision myself doing anything other than what I am doing. I feel it is a calling to serve ,º she says. While her job in the police department requires her to be outgoing and engaging, she confesses that's not her true nature. ªPeople would be surprised to learn that I am basically a shy person. My profession has placed me in a position where I cannot be shy outwardly. I can slip back into my shyness at any time and I have to consciously work on not being quiet and shy.º It's apparent when Denise talks about her life that her late father has had a profound impact on her life. ªMy father, John H. Downer, is my hero. He was a man with a second-grade education but possessed so much knowledge and street smarts. He was a kind, gentle, giving man. His spirit of serving others was passed on to me. He was crafty, multi-talented, a great cook and very humorous.º In fact this ªdaddy's girlº remembers wanting to ªdo everything my father did. I have laid carpet, painted and have done some carpentry work.º Now she builds on his memory and lessons as she raises her own child. ªI feel my most notable thing I am currently doing is the challenge of raising my daughter. The constant attempt to keep her focused and involved not only in academics but also in the community and church is my No. 1 priority.º It is her father's legacy of service that resonates so in her daily life. ªMy job/career gives me the opportunity to do things outside my box. For instance to work with children through drug and violence prevention, prison ministry, and being a part of social and civic organizations to not just enforce laws but to have a handson approach to shaping young lives and giving back to the community.º Charlotte Atkins, editor

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DA's o" ce is a place that truly celebr By Charlotte Atkins Editor The Floyd County District Attorney's O" ce has 20 women on sta# from clerks to investigators to the attorneys. Needless to say, there's plenty of woman power in this prosecutorial o" ce of 29 people. District Attorney Leigh Patterson heads up the o" ce and the legal brigade that includes ÿ ve other female attorneys plus ÿ ve male attorneys. ªWe have more women attorneys than most large law ÿ rms,º she once said. They are known for their smarts and their litigation skills, and they share a common mission Ð t o ÿ ght crime by putting criminals behind bars and helping the victims involved. But when these ladies hang up their suits and stow their briefcases, they are a diverse group of gals. We decided to explore who these women attorneys are outside of the Judicial Center and share some intriguing Ð and perhaps little k nown details Ð about them. Leader of the pack Patterson, 45, says her professional persona di# ers from her personal one. ªEven though I `ÿght' for a living as the DA, and I box to exercise, I am a peace loving person at home. I do not like to ÿg ht in my personal life,ºshe says.

On a hot July afternoon the attorneys from the Floyd County District Attorney's o% ce posed for us by the fountains at the Town Green, downtown near the Judicial Center. Colorful umbrellas provided by Paula's on Broad Street provided protection from the summer sun and the splashing fountain. Mary Beth Gregoire returned from vacation just in time for her own personal photo session to complete the team.

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There's a creative side too. ªI used to direct all my friends'weddings.º( That would also make her brave ...) And her fashion look has entailed far more than tailored suits. ªWhen I was a student at Berry, I worked at Oak Hill as a tour guide. Sometimes we gave tours and served lemonade and cookies wearing Southern belle dresses with all the crinolines or hoop skirts.º Assistant District Attorney Natalee Staats, 47, is a clotheshorse (as many in this o" ce are), and you almost never see her wearing the same pair of shoes. But here's the real scoop: ªDespite all my shoes, I would rather be barefoot,º confesses Natalee. She is a woman of many talents, including creative culinary skills. But lots of people can cook. ªI can speak in a voice just like the woman at the airport who delivers the messages in the transportation

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concourse,ºsays Natalee. You might ask her to prove it next time you see her. And then there are the B movies. ªI love cheesy sci-ÿ movies with really cheesy special e# ects.º ªStarship Troopersº rates at the top of her list. But do these ladies watch crime shows on TV after living ªLaw and Orderº for real? No, says ADA Suhirjahaan Morehead. ªI hate all TV shows in any way related to the law or police,º says Suhir, 32, who's more into comic and animated illustration. ªI'm a super nerd who likes things like comic books and anime.º

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di# erent interests and styles, they ÿ nd commonality in the law Ð a nd in Walmart sweaters it seems. Earlier this year, one of them discovered versatile little sweaters at a good price and in lots of colors. She bought a couple and told the others. So another went to the store and found them marked down to less than $8. She shared that reconnaissance. So someone else had to check it out Again the sweaters were even cheaper. So they kept buying an array until they were on clearance for $1 and were sold out. So, following the bargain shopping frenzy, now many of the women of the DA's o" ce have a collection of the sweaters. Suhir has it in black, navy, blue and white. ªYes, of course,º confesses Kay Ann. ªI have the sweater in black, navy blue, ivory, khaki and medium blue.º And Natalee also owns ÿ ve Ð black , navy, coral, pink and blue. Martha has a collection of three. Mary Beth has a pair. ªHow did our top secret DA dress

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code get out to the public?! Yes, I have two such sweaters, pink and black. They are the bee's knees.º But did the DA succumb to the bargain-hunting fashion trend? ªYes, it is gray. But it is not the same style as the kind everyone else in my o" ce went crazy over earlier this year.º There's nothing like a passion for justice and cute clothes to foster team spirit and woman power.

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Anne Brinkley, in the old jail cell at the Rome Area History Museum, said, ªI was here the day they brought it in in pieces, and I watched them put it together.º

Anne Brinkley spent the better part of 30 years at the Floyd County Prison. Not behind bars, mind you. Rather she helped run the place since 1979 and was the warden for a decade until she retired in 2008. She saw the local prison system transform through the years from a 40man chain gang to a 450-bed prison with a 100-bed work release center. Now at 61, Anne is reveling in retirement. She especially enjoys traveling. ªBecause of my career, my favorite trips have been to prisons! The most exciting were personal tours through Folsom in California and Angola in Louisiana,ºsays Anne. ªFolsom was interesting because it is older, larger than most, and the California system is di# erent from Georgia. Angola is huge, and Warden Burl Cain is renowned for his success in turning it around from the bloodiest prison in the U.S. to one of the best. ªI visited the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam where our soldiers were held as POWs. It was amazing and heart-touching. And, of course, Alcatraz (which reminded me of the old Floyd County Stockade). Probably not something everyone could get excited about, but for me it was awesome.º Her retirement gift to herself was a trip to Disney World with her family. ªIt was great for my grandsons and nieces, but I believe I was the one who had the most fun. Wonderful memories and a dream come true in a magical place.º It might not have been the most exotic trip, but it was one of her most memorable because it combined her love of travel with her love of family. ªMy passion is my family and friends. I believe the most joy in life comes from those you love and care about. I hope to spend the rest of my life making memories and being a person who makes a di# erence in others' lives.º Anne has been in Rome most of her life except for a four-year stint in Rapid City, S.D. Some might be surprised to know she once worked for South Dakota State University with the Launch Control o" cers of the Minuteman Missiles. She now enjoys a quieter life here. ªSince retirement I am enjoying working in the yard, reading and just watching the birds. These are things I never had time for during my working years and I have had to learn to relax.º Of course, she's planning on more traveling too, especially when her husband retires in a few years. ªMy dream trip is touring the Greek Isles.º Charlotte Atkins, editor

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For the Health of It

Photograph by Daniel Bell

Christyl Ware has her practice attack countered while working with a partner during a training exercise at Roman Martial Arts.

Martial arts ± ÿtness and self-defense By Daniel Bell Sta# Writer Imagine this: You're walking alone when a stranger grabs your shoulder from behind, spins you around and demands your purse ± or worse. How would you react? What would you do? The women who take the hapkido class at Roman Martial Arts know what they would do. Thanks to their training, they would have a variety of options for defending themselves in just such a situation. Hapkido is a form of martial art that employs long- and close-range ÿ ghting and joint lock techniques for self-defense. During a recent class, the female participants partnered up during various exercises and practiced countermoves, sometimes using the attacker's weight against them to throw them to the ground. Other times the defense tactic resulted in a kick to the head, legs or body. Christyl Ware, a Georgia Highlands College nursing student, said she has been practicing martial arts for about seven months. ªI'm learning how to defend myself, and there are a lot of

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cardiovascular beneÿ ts too,º said Ware following a recent afternoon class. Amber Wheeler, a Berry College student, agreed. She said she feels more conÿ dent about going out alone, but she also said the class has been a great way to make new friends. ªPlus, I'm more in shape than I would be otherwise, obviously,º said Wheeler. Richard Bradley, who teachers the hapkido class, said most of his students come from a free two-hour self-defense seminar he o# ers several times a year (the next one is planned for Oct. 9). Overall, he estimated that about 40 percent of all his martial arts students are female, from children all the way up to adults, and he would love to have more. ªI seem to now have a high percent of women in my selfdefense class,º said Bradley. He said that in addition to the health and self-defense beneÿ ts, students learn a lot more from martial arts. ªThere are lots of those intangibles that are impossible to teach,º said Bradley, listing conÿ dence, discipline and self-control. Don't take his word for it though.

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You're tired, it's late and you think you hear footsteps behind you. Nervously, you turn around and see a shadow. Self-defense instructors call this the ªuh-ohº moment Ð the moment before a possible assault. Here's some suggestions from experts: 1: Let the person know you are aware of their presence. Immediately turn to where you heard the noise. Firmly and loudly say, ªI hear you. I don't want any trouble. Go away.º Most attackers will judge you based on your initial reaction. 2: Ready your body. Bring your hands up in front of your chest and put one leg slightly in front of the other, shoulder-width apart, with your weight evenly distributed. This ªready stanceº allows you to move easily and shows the attacker you are not backing down. 3: Ready your hair. If you have long hair, tuck it into the back of your out®t. If you have a ponytail, quickly undo it and do the same. Many attackers reach for a woman's hair ®rst. 4: Take a quick personal inventory. Do you have an umbrella? Books? A pen? Any object you have can be used as your personal weapon. You'll want to hang on to these. If you're empty-handed, try to grab any object within reach. If you can swing or poke with it, it could save your life. 5: Yell ª®re.º If your attacker continues to approach you and there aren't many people nearby, yell ªFire!º Y ou're more likely to get others' attention this way. 6: Enlist people's help. If there are people nearby, ask them to call for help. Be speci®c as they're likely to panic. Example: ªHey, you in the yellow shirt, call 911! This man won't leave me alone.º 7: Wait for your moment to explode. If you've been attacked and are pinned on the ground, be temporarily complacent. In order for him to hit you, or for a sexual assault to take place, he will have to let go of you somewhere. When he does, use your free arm or leg to hit, gouge, kick or scratch as hard and as fast as you can. Source: Savvymiss.com


His mother, June Aycock, is a master black belt and teaches with her son at Roman Marital Arts. She said what started as a family activity became her way of life. That sort of beginning inspired her to want to give back, which led to her teaching career. ÂŞWe worked to create a family atmosphere here and we encourage long-term commitments,Âşsaid Aycock. She said a lot of moms and daughters participate together, as well as moms and sons. Her students often end up becoming friends and they have birthday parties and other celebrations together. ÂŞWe like everyone to get to know one another and enjoy each other,Âşsaid Aycock. Returning to that situation with the stranger and his terrible demands, Bradley said a big part of self-defense is predicated on being ready to stand up for youself. ÂŞA lot of the defense doesn't have to be fancy. A lot of the time when you show yourself you are willing to stand up for yourself, that's enough,Âş he said.

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Lisa Brown surrounds her life in art

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By Lydia Senn Sta# Writer Lisa Brown's hands are smooth and steady as she bends and shapes the clay on the pottery wheel in front of her. She's been working to shape lumps of clay into beautiful pieces for the past six years and with each piece she creates, Brown grows to love the art a little more. ªI always wanted to be an artist,º Brown said. She has achieved that goal, ÿ lling her home and life with her artwork, including some early sketches from her high school days. Walk through the front door of Brown's home, and it is immediately apparent that pottery is her ÿ rst love. Her favorite pieces pepper her home, plates hanging on walls, pots on shelves and planters holding summertime garden staples. Brown even keeps pieces she feels are imperfect. ªThe glaze on this one didn't turn out right,º she said pointing to a brown and beige mug containing pottery tools. ªBut I have found a use for it.º Brown, a Berry College graduate, ÿr st began her foray into pottery while attending college. She says she chose a school that would allow her to seek both a career and nurture her as an artist. ªI wanted the creative outlet, but I chose to major in marketing because I knew I could have a career. I could have stability to support myself,º she said. During her sophomore year at Berry, Brown signed up to take a hand-building class under the recommendation of her adviser. That is when her love for pottery began to grow. ªThe more I did it, the more I liked it,ºshe said. Mastering the art of throwing clay on the pottery wheel didn't come easy at ÿ rst for Brown. She said it took a lot of practice, patience and clay to perfect her skills. ªIt deÿ nitely takes awhile to master it. There are lots of disasters. One of the lessons they teach you is not to get attached to your work,º she said. During her last semester of college, Brown

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took a job Redmond Regional Medical Center as its director of marketing. She balanced 18 hours of courses, 20 hours of work and countless hours on the wheel each week. ÂŞIt was exhausting,Âşshe said. After graduating Brown didn't let her pottery practice slip; for two years after graduation Brown continued to work in the pottery studio at Berry where she worked with art students in exchange for having a place to continue her work with clay. Later she purchased a kiln and a pottery wheel to continue her work. Brown began selling her work through festivals and through her website Âą www. potterybylisa.com Ă? and her blog wher e she writes about the pottery process and shares photos of some of her favorite pieces and ongoing projects. ÂŞI don't post new things every day. It's a really good place to put photos, and I like to write,Âş she said. Brown also shares her love and talent with other people interested in learning the artform, teaching classes at Earthworks on East Second Avenue. ÂŞEverybody's attitude is really great, and their reactions are great. They are excited, and they don't know what to expect. Everyone really wants to be there,Âş she said. ÂŞIt's important to have something outside of work to focus on. This has also been a great way to meet friends and local artists.Âş

Brown is creating usable, durable art and in the process has helped students view their creations as art as well. ÂŞPeople don't think of pottery as art. They think of a painting or a photograph, but I like pottery because it is useful,Âşshe said. During the summer months Brown throws on her pottery wheel on her front porch, and in the winter she places the wheel in her basement. She creates everything from vases, to bowls to cups and plates. Right now she is working on four place settings to use in her own everyday dining. ÂŞI like to do functional things that can be used in everyday life,Âşshe said. Recently, Berry College commissioned Brown to create bowls as gifts for their Board of Trustees. Later a bowl was given to Sen. Saxby Chambliss when he spoke at a Berry graduation. ÂŞHe sent me a hand-written thank you note,Âş Brown said. ÂŞI thought it was very nice of him.Âş Brown has the note framed and keeps it on a shelf in her living room. ÂŞI deĂż nitely want to continue teaching,Âş she said. ÂŞI always said I wanted to do this full time. I know that if I moved somewhere across the country, I could do this to support myself.Âş

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Women a key part of Shorter's legacy By Chelsea Latta Sta Writer

This summer as Shorter celebrates its new university status, we celebrate some of the women who were a key part of its legacy. Strength, compassion, intelligence and kindness are hallmarks of these notable women in the history of what was Ăż rst known as the Women's Baptist College Ă? no w Shorter University.

Martha Shorter Martha Shorter had a great impact on the Shorter legacy; in fact, she is recognized as a cofounder of the school. She was wife of the founder of the college, Col. Alfred Shorter, and was known to be very humble and hospitable. Unfortunately, Martha Shorter did not live to see the completion of the Ăż rst building. At her funeral in 1877, the faculty and students who had often eaten Thanksgiving dinner at her home were present to honor their close friend. The novel, ÂŞOn the Hill: The Story of Shorter CollegeÂşsaid, ÂŞShe was a mother to the orphan, and a friend to the friendless, a benefactor to the poor and a reliable support in every noble undertaking.Âş

Mary Lunsford Another important woman in Shorter's history is Mary Lunsford. She attended Shorter College more than 70 years ago when she received a full-tuition scholarship. After that she served as president of the Alumni Association, was named Alumni of the Year in 1982, served on the Board of Trustees in

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Edith Lester Harbin Edith Lester Harbin was a member of the class of 1894 at Shorter College. After graduating, she went on to the Conservatory of Music where she earned her teaching certiĂż cate and studied in Germany for three years. After returning and teaching music in Rome for 55 years, she received the ÂŞFirst CitizenÂşaward for teaching music to children. Harbin also formed the Rome Music Lovers club in 1904; she created the Ăż rst junior orchestra in Georgia, and contributed to the forming of the Rome Symphony Orchestra. Now, Shorter University's department of music is named in her honor.

Clara Louise Kellogg Clara Louise Kellogg taught history at Shorter for 38 years until her retirement in 1955. According to Shorter legend, Kellogg was at King Tut's tomb when it was opened, and she inhaled some of the poisonous gas, which damaged her lungs. She was told that she needed a quiet environment, and that's why she came to Shorter.

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Bernita Smith loves to read, but watching golf Ð especiall y Tiger Woods Ð is her secret passion. Her not-so-secret passion is ministering to those in need.

A joyful peace just *ows from Bernita Smith. She can't seem to help it. And that comes in handy when you are answering 911 emergency calls. Bernita loves the feeling she gets from helping people. ªMy true passion in life is to see hurting people healed,º says Bernita, a wife and mother of two at 41. That's why she became a lay minister. ªI also do prison ministry and it is so rewarding.º Bernita has lived in Rome ªpretty much all my lifeº and loves it because ªit's not too big.º When she's not taking emergency calls and dispatching o" cers to scenes or ministering, Bernita has a few little indulgences that might surprise even those who know her well. ªI love, love, love golf,ºshe says. She doesn't play, mind you. She loves watching it on TV. Not a sports fan at all, Bernita noticed her husband Reuben intently watching it one day and joined him. She got hooked. ªIt's so intense. You sit on the edge of your seat and can't wait to see if that little ball is going to fall in the hole. You just hold your breath,ºshe says. As she thumbed through a book at the library about Tiger Woods and his caddie Steve Williams, she admitted that Tiger sparked her initial interest in golf. ªI just love Steve too!º See what I mean Ð the w oman knows Tiger's caddie ¼ Her other ªme timeº indulgence: ªI love to sit with a bowl of no-sugar butter pecan ice cream and a Cosmo magazine.º But Bernita reads far more than an occasional copy of Cosmopolitan (and Magnolia). Reading is her favorite past time. ªThe activity that I could not live without is reading. It gives me such a peace,º she says. Of course, the Bible is the most important book in her life. It's given her strength when she's needed it most, like burying her father. ªMy dad was such a hero. He was such a rare person who could wear any shoe no matter the size, who taught me how to love unconditionally and to look for the good in others.º She takes that loving spirit to her job and her ministering, which she would love to be able to do full time at some point, and to her family. Her focus of late has been on her ailing mother and she looks to her husband of 20 years and her daughters Avery, 5, and Nadia, 9, to lift her up. That, and Tiger Woods putting for a championship ¼ Charlotte Atkins, editor

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Home Sweet Home Neighbors celebrate, share

By Severo Avila Sta Writer

Some Rome residents took a garden tour through some of the city's most charming gardens, discovering that Ridgewood Road boasts a handful of homes whose owners are alike in the care and work they put into their gardens. Tucked away in the Shorter Heights neighborhood, Ridgewood Road stepped into the spotlight recently when the Rome Area Heritage Foundation hosted a garden walk that featured the gardens of Gary and Karen Smith, Bannester and Diane Harbin, Steve and Betsy Pruett, Vernon and Gaynelle Grizzard and Nancy and Harlan Starr. Each garden had its own personality, and tour participants got to walk from home to home, each time stepping into a completely di# erent atmosphere. ªOur house was the headquarters for the tour,ºsaid Diane Harbin. ªThe Heritage Foundation tries to have tours of gardens or historic places such as buildings every few months. Visitors registered here then started the tour. The great part about it was that it was a leisurely walking tour. All the houses are on Ridgewood so it was easy to go from garden to garden.º And each garden held its own special surprises.

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The Harbin garden yielded roses, black-eyed susans and planters beside a beautiful swimming pool, as well as hanging baskets of moss and a corkscrew willow overlooking a ÿ sh pond. The Starr garden was a model of understated beauty with its lush vines, low walls and even a life-like statue grinning at passersby. A stunning water feature provided a cool respite from the heat.

TOP: A statue grins at passersby in the garden of Dr. Harland and Nancy Starr. MIDDLE: Decorative rocks mark the herbs and vegetables in Karen and Gary Smith's garden. BOTTOM: Pink daisies add a splash of color to Diane and Banny Harbin's garden.


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Many found creative ways of decorating, like this music stand found in the garden of Karen and Gary Smith. And as visitors strolled through each home, they enjoyed either the vibrant *owers at the Grizzard garden or the bountiful vegetable beds at the Pruett homestead. It appears that all the homeowners on Ridgewood are carefully tending their gardens and share a love for their outdoor spaces. ÂŞEveryone in this neighborhood cares,Âş said Diane Harbin. ÂŞEveryone keeps their grass cut and beds tended. Everyone has beautiful *o wers, and we all share our *owers. That's the beauty of it Ă? tha t sharing attitude. We are very fortunate to have such caring, conscientious neighbors.Âş

Betsy Pruett (from left) inspects her pick of the day in her garden while Bettie Daniel and Mana Davenport walk through during a recent tour.

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Nancy Garnett has traveled all around the world, including going on two round-the-world cruises. She got back from the second just this spring.

These gals say pack your bags, see the world By Doug Walker Associate Editor If laughter is the best medicine, you need to make an appointment to take your next trip with Martha Ann Kuhlman and Cindy McClellan. Both retired health care workers, Kuhlman and McClellan know how to have been on four trips together in the last six years and have spread their infectious fun-loving spirit from Amsterdam to Barcelona, Spain, to Cologne, Germany and Anchorage, Alaska. Kuhlman and McClellan worked together for years at Norton Women's Clinic in Rome. During lunch breaks or down time between patients, they would talk about places they'd like to see and things they'd like to do. ªEven before she retired, we agreed that we would travel well together,ºMcClellan said. The two basically liked the same things. ªWe have a lot of similar tastes,ºKuhlman said. ªShe's easy to travel with.º

Traveling duo After Kuhlman retired, the longtime friends would still talk about taking a trip or two together and when McClellan ÿ nally decided to semi-retire, the two agreed to take a riverboat cruise to Holland in March of 2005.

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Martha Ann Kuhlman (left) and Cindy McClellan get ready for a fivecourse feast aboard the Sapphire Princess while traveling Alaska in 2009. ªI would do that all over again,º Kuhlman said. ªI do like the riverboat cruising. It's a more laidback atmosphere.º While there's probably a little magic about that ÿ rst trip with a traveling companion, the trip to Holland was special for McClellan for other reasons. ªMy (late) husband and I lived over there for a while,ºMcClellan said. While Kuhlman and McClellan have similar tastes, their wish list of places to see in the future

does vary a little bit, but they are in agreement on wanting to go back to Alaska. ªI just was blown over by it,º Kuhlman said. ªAlaska is just raw beauty to me.º ªI'd like to go back to Alaska, too,º McClellan said. In the summer of 2009, the pair took a cruise touring the inside passage from Vancouver to Whittier and then rode the glass-domed train through Anchorage to Denali National Park.

Unlike many visitors to the Alaskan interior, Kuhlman and McClellan got to see the peak of Mt. McKinley for three straight days. From there, the two have a few di# erent destinations in mind for future trips. Kuhlman would like to visit the parks of Western Canada. Ban# and Lake Louise are on her short list. Overseas, Kuhlman would like to take a riverboat tour through Spain and Portugal. McClellan would like to see Scotland, New Zealand and the Three Rivers Gorge in China, though she admits she may not be up to the extra-long *ights that are required for either trip. A return to Holland is also on McClellan's wish list. After taking the summer of 2010 o#, the two are each looking forward to planning a trip again in 2011. ªIf I had to go alone, I wouldn't go,ºMcClellan said. Kuhlman said that having the right travel friend is so important. ªMake sure you're compatible; the roommate can make or break your trip,ºshe said. Kuhlman said she enjoys both land tours and cruises, but adds that cruises are a little easier nowadays. ªI liked land tours when I was younger, but now it's harder. You have to move every day and that means packing your suitcases every day and long bus rides. Cruising is just a lot easier,º Kuhlman said.


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I am very active, and I ÿ nd that injuries don't heal as fast as they used to. But other than that, I haven't slowed down one bit and don't intend to! I think aging is actually pretty fun! It certainly gives us a lot to talk about. Gena B. Agnew I want to be able to keep my state of mind. I pray that I keep my ability to reason and remember until I leave this earth. It would be frightening to me to get up and put on the same clothes that I wore the day before or not to know my family. Cordelia Aaron That I can't go backwards. Let's face it, my stomach will never be that *at again no matter how much I try ... Tracy Page As I turn 50, I am more concerned now about my health and ability to stay active, so I am working on that. I want to be there to see my grandchildren and great-nieces and nephews grow up. Alison Lampkin Becoming irrelevant and stuck in the past. That's why I believe so strongly that ªreaders are leaders.ºKeeping abreast of thought leadership and current events will help me counteract this fear. Ti! any Greenway

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A wonderful adventure Travel was not a big priority for Nancy Garnett, until Rome travel agent Martha Bryant Summerbell encouraged Garnett to join a group that was going to take a two-week cruise across the North Atlantic about ÿ ve years ago. Now it's hard keeping her at home. A trans-Atlantic *ight across the Big Pond led to a trans-Atlantic cruise, the Voyage of the Vikings, from London back to New York. After that she was hooked. ªIt opened my eyes that there is so much out in the world,º Garnett said. One of her most eye-opening experiences was a trip through the Bosporus Strait that separates Europe from Asia at Istanbul. ªSeeing all the mosques on one side of the strait and, well, everything was just so di# erent on the other side,º Garnett said. That journey was part of one of two roundthe-world cruises Garnett has enjoyed. The ÿ rst taking 110 days, the most recent, which concluded this spring, a mere 108 days. ªIt's a wonderful adventure,º Garnett said. ªIt gives you so much conÿ dence.º

Garnett has one of those personalities that makes her so easy to talk to, and it has resulted in her making acquaintances with other widows, literally from around the world. Five in particular have become traveling companions. ªWe reconnect, meet and cruise on Crystal Cruises. It's a safe way to travel,º Garnett said. She'd like to do one of the riverboat cruises in Europe but says the security of being on board one of the large cruise liners is di" cult to match. That was exempliÿ ed this past March, during her second round-the-world trip. One of her excursions took Garnett and perhaps two dozen others to Tehran, Iran. ªThe people in Iran are very, very friendly. They wanted to know about America, and they were very kind,º Garnett said. A problem with one of the travelers' passports held the group at the airport in Tehran for hours, and Crystal ÿn ally *ew a huge jet into Tehran to pick them up and return them safely to port at Kuwait City. ªI used to look at things and think there's no way I can do this,º Garnett said. ªNow I know that I certainly can.º

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Anyone who knows Mary Catherine Chewning seems to know of her love her horses. It's no mild infatuation. This is true love. ªI've ridden and owned horses since I was about 4 or 5 years old. I have several horses on my own small horse farm,ºsays Mary Catherine. The horses on her Blue Line Farm range from her 28-year-old gray dappled Appaloosa Dapp she's had since she was 10 years old. He's her longtime love, but there are newer ones that have captured her fancy. They each have di# erent personalities and tricks. There's Zeus, the dark colt, who'll curl up his lips and smile on command as well as o# er up a big kiss. Annie Ð a sw eet dun ÿ lly that sports a white blaze on her face, white stocking markings on her legs and the requisite darker dorsal stripe down her back Ð was a gift from her ÿ ancé and fellow o" cer Buddy Parris. Annie's trick is bowing. Zena is Mary Catherine's blue-eyed, white paint horse who loves to run and jump. ªShe has two speeds Ð standing still and Code 1, which means full speed.º And then Razz is an older shy Tennessee walker content to stay in the background. ªMy No. 1 favorite activity is training my three younger horses,º she says. ªAnd if the weather doesn't cooperate, I enjoy several things including working on my house and cross stitching.º Training is Mary Catherine's main task at this point in life. She loves her job and as a corporal with the Floyd County Police Department a big part of her role is training new o" cers. But serving the community is what makes her tick. ªI love helping people, the victims and the children. It is really a good feeling when you've helped someone and they say thank you,º she says. Police work can also be dangerous. She says her bravest moment came on duty about ÿv e years ago. A drunken female suspect had been handcu# ed but managed to get free. ªShe grabbed an 8-inch butcher knife and tried to kill herself and us. I tackled her and wrestled her to the *oor. We held her there until our backup units got there. It was pretty intense.º Mary Catherine, who grew up in Gri" n, came to Rome in 1996 to attend Berry College and loved it so much she's made it her home. Not surprisingly, it's the perfect place for a horse farm. And when she's not helping make Floyd County safer, that's where her heart is. In fact if she weren't a police o" cer, that would be her career choice. ªI would train horses professionally and teach children and adults horseback riding.º Charlotte Atkins, editor

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Minding Her Own Business

Elysium brings world to Broad St. By Diane Wagner Sta# Writer Nancy Brown parlayed an artistic sensibility into a little slice of heaven in downtown Rome. She owns Elysium Inc., a jewelry store at 226 Broad St. named for the Greek mythology paradise reserved for the heroic and the blessed. The store is ÿ lled with selective treats for the eyes Ð fr om the glittering Austrian marcasites and warmly burnished South Seas shell bracelets to colorful Thai silk purses, hand-carved wooden crows from Malaysia and her signature sterling silver from Mexico. ªWe specialize in handmade items from little cottage industries,º she said. ªWe try to o# er something di# erent and interesting, and give people work all over the world.º Her business completes a circle for Brown, who was a music student in the 1970s when she started making her own jewelry, just for fun. ªThat was back in my hippie days Ð the dingle-dangle abalone earrings, the enamels.º ªMy friends would always ask where I got

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them, so I started selling them in stores in Athens. When I graduated, I thought, `well, I'll just keep doing this.'º She opened her ÿ rst store in 1974 and made frequent trips to Mexico for stock, roaming the countryside in search of unique items. As her connections grew, she realized she could wholesale to other jewelers. When she started setting up booths at gem and mineral trade shows in 1985, ªit just morphed from there.º ªI'm there to sell, but in my spare time I pick up things for the store,º Brown said, pointing to one of her newest ÿ nds Ð a c ollection of polished Moroccan burlwood boxes. ªI know people from all over the world, and I get to see things before they come out,ºshe added. ªI really enjoy creating a market.º Her career has spanned three stores in Atlanta, but she decided to open Elysium in Rome when she and her husband, artist Jerry Maschinot, moved to Cave Spring in 2008. Now she shuttles between their Cave Spring studio and an apartment in Taxco, Mexico, where many of her regular artisans are based.

A sterling scrollwork bangle dominating one of her jewelry cases gives mute testimony to the city's rich history of silver craftsmanship. The design is ªold Mexico,º from the 1940s, she said, and the father and son making them are still using the original molds. ªI'm able to buy things that were made 60 years ago by the same family,º Brown said. ªI'm able to help perpetuate the tradition.º Other times, she will bring along her own designs or ask for a special *ourish to be added to a standard line. ªBecause I'm dealing with all these people in cottage industries, independent home industries, they're willing to do things larger factories don't want to do,º she said. And, even though she doesn't do a lot of countrywide rambling these days, Brown said she likes nosing around for up-and-coming young artists. ªIt's nice to help start somebody out,ºshe said. ªYou remember when you were in the same boat.º Brown's boat became a little larger six months ago, when she opened a second shop Ð The Silver Fox Ð in Madison, G a.

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Nancy Brown, owner of Elysium She said she doesn't have time for pets or hobbies. The business that slowly grew from her college-age creativity has become both work and play. ªI gravitate toward certain things I think are sophisticated in a certain way, things that are new and novel or a di# erent interpretation of an old standard,ºshe said. ªThis is work, but I enjoy it.º


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Parents face new challenges in Facebook, texting era the time they are babies in their laps. ªAs the child watches the parent online, that parent should explain concepts that are important ªI'll Facebook you.º such as how necessary it is to be kind to others online, ªI'll Tweet about it.º why one shouldn't believe everything and everyone ªR U OK?º found online, and how to respond when something With social media and text messaging, teens happens that makes you feel uncomfortable,º (and some adults) seem to speak their own Dowling said. ªThis may include making language, like some of the statements listed screenshots of the page, reporting it to authorities, above. Most teens have Facebook and Twitter telling an adult, blocking a user, and/or not accounts. And while texting, most use a texting responding to an e-mail or clicking on a hyperlink.º language as in ªR U OKº for ªAre you okay?º And while news programs such as NBC's ªTo For parents who grew up in a generation with Catch a Predatorº show the horror stories of what typewriters instead of computers and phones can happen when a child is solicited sexually with coiled cords instead of cell phones, the online, these stories are very rare, Dowling said. technology and the language can be confusing. ªThere are no studies for Georgia regarding the New frontier for parents number of children solicited online, but we know Carlos Carter of Rome has six children ranging in from national studies that this is a low risk although age from 19 to 6. With the exception of the youngest a very dangerous one when it does happen,ºshe said. ªMost children are not at a higher risks for such child, all have a cell phone with Internet access. ªI am able to ÿ gure most of it out,º Carter said. dangers unless they exhibit certain risk factors that ªI am very close to my 19-year-old, and if there is include a willingness to talk to stranger online Ð something I don't understand, he'll let me know.º especially about sexual topics Ð e xhibiting riskWith the new technology comes new ways for taking behaviors online and o[ ine, and have other factors in their life that may make them susceptible predators or scammers to get to children. The biggest challenge facing tweens and teens is cyber to a predator's grooming such as dysfunction in family life, problems with friends or school.º bullying, said Sue Dowling, the Internet safety Many companies advertise Internet safety coordinator for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. This is something that is always on Carter's mind. software to help parents monitor their children. ªYou are always afraid that someone might be Dowling said these can help, but parental guidance is still the best deterrent. out to hurt your children,º Carter said. ªThe one ªChild browsers, child safe search engines and that comes to mind is the woman who pretended ÿ l ters can help protect a young child from to be a little boy.º The case Carter mentions involved Lori Drew, a accidental exposure to inappropriate materials,º Missouri mother of a teen, who posed as a boy on Dowling said. ªTrain the child to assume more responsibility rather than relying on ÿ lters and a popular social networking site. other technology solutions. A child has access to After carrying out an online *irtation with a interactive technologies (the Internet, cell phone 13-year-old girl, the ÿ ctitious boy dumped the and gaming) at many places, including schools girl. The girl committed suicide. Drew was charged under the Federal Computer and friends'homes. The child must become responsible and learn to control their own actions.º Fraud and Abuse Act, but was later acquitted. Carter encourages his children to let him Protecting your children know about any suspicious online activity. ªI let them know everything is not what it Modeling is one of the most successful appears to be,º he said. ªYou have a lot of sick strategies parents can use in keeping your kids safe online, Dowling said. In other words, parents individuals who may prey on children. I tell them, set the example for the kids'o nline behavior from `If you don't know, come to me or your mother.' º

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When Mechelle Cliatt looks at the grand white columns on Shorter University's campus she sees more than just architecture (which she loves). Those columns remind the Shorter alum that she's the ÿ rst college graduate in her family. Mechelle, 44, herself is a pillar of faith and anyone who knows her will tell you she simply exudes faith. It's been her foundation all of her life, since she was a wee one and knew all of the books of the Bible by age 4. ªI humbly walk the walk, not just talk the talk. º She says her days are ÿl led with work, home and church. Work is keeping the Floyd County Sheri# 's O" ce on track as the sheri# 's executive assistant, something she's done for 13 years and two administrations. Outside of work, ministering and church activities make up the lion's share of her personal life Ð tha t and her family. She's a leader in her Faithful Baptist Church's women's ministry. But her main role is as mom. She's got three children (Byron Jr., Ashley and Tre) ranging in age from 4 to 27 ¼ and 4year-old Tre keeps her joyfully busy. Of course, helping her is her best friend and partner in life Byron, who's been her sweetheart for three decades Ð sinc e high school Ð and her husband for 25 years. ªMy family is everything to me. Those moments are sacred,º says Mechelle. When she does make time for other pursuits, decorating and reading are favorites. She says decorating is a passion she shares with her mother Rosha Booker. ªI love European style, especially Tuscan,º says Mechelle of her decorating taste. In fact, if she could do any other job it would be as a decorator. ªI'd love to be an interior designer because I love to decorate, architecture and creative spaces.º That's what she looks for in her travels. ªI love Chicago, the park, the tall buildings, the atmosphere, smell of the *o wering trees, the pier and park activities,º She also loves places with Southern charm and historical architecture like the cities of Savannah, New Orleans and Charleston ªfor their ambiance and carriage rides.º And she'd like to truly experience the European style she loves so. ªI really want to go to Paris.º But the charm of her college alma mater is closer and easier to access when she wants to bask in its stately allure. ªI just love the columns. I like their structure,º says Mechelle. ªThey dress things up and hold things up, just like we do as people.º Charlotte Atkins, editor

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