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Paulina Ngov makes a new life. By Anne Scherer

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Signs of Spring Including housecleaning. By Cj Fosdick

Blood Brothers Shining the spotlight on Hempohilia. By C.G. Worrell


Coping with Grief A survivor’s guide to recovering from loss. By Catherine H. Armstrong

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Grandma, Mom & Me Memorable women. By Mariah K. Mihm


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The 1998 Tony Award winner for Best Play comes to Rochester. Directed by Jean Skattum, “Art,” written by Yasmina Reza (translated by Christopher Hampton) asks the question, “What is art?” A gentleman makes an expensive purchase of a modern painting and searches for validation from his friends. He does not get the response he wants. This comedy will have you laughing, as you think about other life questions and how you validate yourself. Tickets are $20 for adults; pricing varies for seniors/students, 2891737 or

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feel fortunate to have grown up around informed, opinionated women. Hear it straight from three generations: me, Mariah Mihm, 39; my mom, Debi Neville, 64; and my grandma, Verna Kraft, 87.


Mom: It’s interesting to look back in history at the women who were influential to the country or the world and also those who made an impact on me personally. Due to my age, Gloria Steinem was a major influence in my life. She revolutionized the role of women in daily life, broke barriers. Me: Her influence is still apparent. I knew who she was since I was a little girl. People still watch what she does and what she says. Grandma: Eleanor Roosevelt stands out in my mind. Her husband made lots of big changes, and she did too. She visited the servicemen and women all around the world during World War II. She visited them in the mess halls and on the front lines, putting her own life in danger to bring the experiences of the war home so we could understand what was going on. She raised the morale of the troops and all of us. Her efforts were very important. Me: I can’t help but think of Oprah. Her influence is nonstop and goes beyond race. She has overcome a horrible childhood and many other adversities. She did things her own way and found success in many areas. I love that she is able to bring topics and issues that have never before been addressed on a national level to the forefront. When Oprah speaks, people listen. Mom: I particularly liked her book clubs. She put lots of thought into her recommendations; the stories and authors were diverse. She helped spawn book clubs all over the nation and in many age

groups. Speaking of books, this makes me think of another woman I really admire: author Ayn Rand. Her book “The Fountainhead” had a tremendous impact on the way I viewed people, my morals and philosophy. Her ideas are incredible. I have recommended the book to many [people]. Me: I thought the book was extraordinary. I could not put it down—genius commentary on human nature and so much more. That is one to read over and over. Grandma: I really respected my 10th-grade geometry teacher, Mrs. Black. I can see her still. I took geometry because I liked algebra so much. There were six of us in the class having a really hard time, and after school, we would go to her house, and she worked with us one on one. I admired her dedication and caring nature. Me: My college dance professor, Gretchen Cohenour, is a remarkable woman and teacher. Her guidance and

knowledge still affects me every day. I learned not only about movement, but body awareness, about myself as a person. She challenged each of her students in ways that were unique to the individual. I learned to appreciate different genres of dance. Mom: Teachers hold such memories. I had two favorite teachers. Mrs. Blakeslee, my sixth-grade English teacher, encouraged my writing. My first play was performed in her class. Jan Helgerson taught public speaking, drama and literature in high school. They were my favorite subjects, but she brought them alive and opened an entire world. Me: My favorite women are sitting next to me. There are no words to express my love and admiration. I have learned so much from my grandma and mom. I feel blessed to be able to spend the time together that we do. March/April 2015


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orn in 1975, Paulina Ngov grew up amidst civil war in Cambodia. Anyone who resisted the government was put to death. There were unimaginable atrocities. “Starvation was common,” she says. “Although many of my family members died, I survived.” Scavenging for food in the forest, Paulina’s mother used her exceptional survival skills to keep the family safe and fed, often bartering whatever she had for something they needed more. “The horrors of war will never be forgotten,” Paulina remembers. Arranged marriages are common in Cambodian culture. At 21, Paulina was pressured into marrying a man she’d never met. He lived thousands of miles away, the son of a close family member. Neither she nor he had prior experience with relationships. “It was quite awkward for me, leaving home and then living in an intimate environment with him,” says Paulina. Then they moved to the United States.

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Everything is relative,” Paulina. “The challenges of surviving in a war-torn country and later, starting your life anew in the United States, gives you an upper hand in keeping your perspective. says

“As time went on, [my husband and I] definitely had some personality conflicts between us,” Paulina explains. Her husband was a hard worker and a terrific father, but they had different perspectives on how to manage situations that required critical decision-making. Paulina was not going to remain silent. Her outspokenness caused her husband to behave aggressively, which put her at risk several times. Paulina says, “I chose to sleep at the salon, as I could control the space and not be at risk.”

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE The strength to set aside her personal problems during the day and completely focus on her clients came from surviving the killing fields of Cambodia. “Everything is relative,” says Paulina. “The challenges of surviving in a war-torn country and later, starting your life anew in the United States, gives you an upper hand in keeping your perspective.” A practicing Buddhist, she focuses on the positive and not the negative.

Her business grew, and Paulina rented her own apartment. She purchased a larger salon in a better location in 2004. Providing clients with quality service and products at a competitive price, she kept the overhead down. Paulina was cautious with both her business and living expenses. Even though she was doing well, Paulina felt insecure. “My language skills were limited, and I lacked a formal education,” she shares. In 2008, she decided to obtain a degree in business and accounting and graduated in 2012 from Winona State University with a bachelor’s degree. After receiving her business degree, she sought out funding, sold the salon and purchased Tips N Toes. Paulina went back to cosmetology school and received a cosmetology license. Life has presented many challenges, and through it all, Paulina Ngov maintains a positive attitude. She has overcome obstacles, survived and thrived and continues to grow both mentally and financially. Anne M. Scherer is a writer and artist living in Rochester, MN.



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SARAH JUHN MOVES SOUTHERN KOREAN STYLE Sarah Juhn's colorful costume is a modified form of a Korean traditional dress, hanbok, with her top resembling what female royalty wear in the palace. The dance she performs, using fans with painted lotus flowers, was created approximately 80 years ago, based on a traditional Korean folk dance. “I decided to take a more active step toward reconnecting with my culture and started learning this dance with a family friend Yeonhwa Kim, who majored in Korean traditional dance,” says Juhn. “It’s nice to be able to perform this new type of dance since I already am a dancer with classical training in ballet/pointe,” she says. “Doing a traditional Korean fan dance and jang-goo [drum] dance, I oftentimes am the one showing what Korean culture is truly like, and this is a way for me to stay in touch with my culture. Doing this dance, I think it was nice for my parents to see me working to open up a part of our family identity, based on culture.” “Being a Korean-American teenager, I definitely struggled with an identity crisis,” she says. “Learning traditional Korean dance has helped to ground me, in the sense of understanding where I stand in terms of a cultural identity.” March/April 2015


Rochester International Association World Festival April 10-11, 2015 John Marshall High School, 1510 14th Street NW, Rochester Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy performances of music and dance. Friday admission is to be announced. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., highlights include ethnic foods, entertainment for children and adults, cultural displays from different countries and an international marketplace featuring a variety of souvenirs. Saturday admission is free. Learn more:

Gopalkrishnan says discipline and dedication are required to master the art of dance. “The performance also shows the dedication and enjoyment toward the art form. Dance is a form of expression of your inner self. Take time to enjoy and rejoice by participating in dances which showcase your culture and tradition.”

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Ganga Gopalkrishnan.

Somalian male costumes comprise a piece of clothing called macawis; females wear a long piece of clothing called hido iyo dhaqan. With special meaning, Ifrah Hassan performs a cultural dance that her great-grandparents once danced. Hassan practices and dances with purpose. “It means a lot to me because we display our cultural dance to the world and show the world that we value our culture. Families are happy to see us displaying our culture through dance,” says Hassan. “They are proud of us.” In dance—and life—Hassan recognizes the Somalian culture first and foremost. “It is a very important thing in my life, my culture is my identity. Without my culture, I would have nothing.”

MORE THAN A MISSION Photography courtesy of Hani Adan.

World Festival is the RIA’s largest event. The association was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1982. “In the beginning it was basically the only group that tried to have programs with the mission of multicultural education and exchange in a fun and social way, as well as being informational and educational,” says Herta Matteson, president of RIA. Matteson, from Germany, became involved with RIA in 1988 and continues to reap the benefits of multicultural interactions directly. “When I hear about something somewhere in the world, it is not just some distant event but the home of someone I know,” she says. “It gives me such a different way to look at it.”

TASTE, LEARN AND ENJOY! From the right they are Kowsar, Halima, Fartun(in the white) Maryan, Samira and Ifrah.

GANGA GOPALKRISHNAN DANCES BHARATHANATYAM Ganga Gopalkrishnan's two-piece costume consists of Indian silk with grand print, borders and frills around the body, and she dances Bharathanatyam, a classical dance/art form. “This dance performance is a culmination of years of learning and training various muscles according to the rhythm and expression,” says Gopalkrishnan. “Bharatanatyam is bhava (expression), raga (melody) and thala (rhythm). The dancer learns leg steps (adavus), hand gestures (mudras) and flexibility exercises separately,” she says. “In the dance performance, all of these are used in synchronized fashion for a recital. The dance tells the story of the Indian mythological character Krishna, including his childhood, youth and his superpowers.” 16

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At World Festival, the city’s largest multicultural event, dozens of cultures are represented by RIA members and other participants. “It’s a great and fun way to learn about all kinds of interesting people from many countries who contribute greatly and make up the colorful fabric of our city,” adds Matteson. World Festival is a place to gain understanding about cultures within our community. Attendees can visit with members of local ethnic communities and participating nonprofit organizations. There will be opportunities to taste international cuisine and take part in activities for all ages, including an international marketplace, face painting, a piñata and balloon animals for children and cultural displays. The journey awaits you! Performers such as Juhn, Gopalkrishnan and Hassan look to their cultural heritage for inspiration and are eager to share their world of art and dance with you. Certainly the influence of their performances goes beyond the journey. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.



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n March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku, Japan, ending the lives of 19,000 people and devastating the landscape and livelihood of those who survived. Tohoku survivors are healing through community engagement in art and sharing. On March 11-20, their art and voices will be seen and heard in Rochester at an event called “Surviving Tsunami Waves.” In the spring of 2011 Yuko Taniguchi, professor of writing at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, was overcome by grief at news of the tsunami. Yuko and Japanese friends in the United States organized various fundraising events.

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A COMMON THREAD Yuko began writing about the people of Tohoku, thanks to a grant from the Loft Literary Center’s Minnesota Emerging Writers program. In 2012, she traveled to Japan to visit with the residents of Tohoku and see the initiatives being taken to recover from the disaster. Yuko intended to document the effects of the tsunami on the landscape, but when she met the survivors, she heard heartwarming stories that contained a common thread. For instance, former fishermen’s wives became artists, creating traditional clothes and displaying them. Yuko also met a group of people who began the Sashiko Project. Sashiko is a form of Japanese traditional stitchery used to make everyday items such as tablemats. She heard stories of women who came together and worked collaboratively, creating items that could be sold, providing income for displaced families. Yuko gave presentations to the Dolores Jean Leving Center for the Humanities in Medicine, Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine and the Rochester Art Center. She shared her experiences with Linda Cooper and AJ Monpetit, Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic. Together they gathered a team of people to bring this exhibit and the artists to Rochester. Their mission

statement is, “The project is a discovery of resiliency and healing through connection of communities.” “It’s an exhibit that teaches us to help deal with stress and promote healing,” says Linda Cooper. Workshops on stress reduction will teach new tools for coping. “Everybody experiences being knocked over by some wave in life. But when the wave knocks us down we’re able to get back up again,” says AJ Monpetit. One person’s ability to do that more easily than another is intriguing. “I think we underestimate the power of our brains’ natural ability to help us heal during a crisis,” says Cooper.

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RESILIENCE AND HEALING There are few programs in Rochester that focus on community engagement as a means to meet the needs of individuals recovering from shock, grief or trauma. This can leave people feeling isolated. The exhibit and events are intended to promote conversation about resilience and healing within the context of community. “Art has proven itself to fulfill the civic purpose of connecting people through writing, music and visual arts, so healing can come about,” says Taniguchi. The hope is that this exhibit will foster dialogue between Rochester’s medical and art communities. Artwork will be displayed and workshops will be held at Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota-Rochester and the Rochester Art Center. Mayo Clinic healthcare professionals, Tohoku artists and Rochester artists and writers will present the workshops. The exhibit and workshops are open to the public, beginning with an opening ceremony in the Hage Atrium of the Siebens Building on March 11 at 5:30 p.m. A schedule of events is posted on Facebook at Surviving Tsunami Waves. Anne M. Scherer is a writer and artist living in Rochester, Minnesota. March/April 2015


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s an international traveler and a person with many international friends, I’ve always enjoyed the experience of meeting, relating to and communicating with people from other cultures. I often find that we have many similarities and connections. When my friend Stacey Greeley shared about her experience hosting an international exchange student, I was intrigued. Stacey was a host parent for two high school exchange students through a program called Young Life Amicus, which has brought 50-65 international students to the U.S. each year for 35 years. In the fall of 2013, I began to consider volunteering to be a host parent of a high school international exchange student. I asked Stacey some questions, and she connected me with her local Amicus representative, Sheryl Peterson. I emailed and met with Sheryl to discuss my questions. As we talked, I was fairly certain I wanted to be a host parent. But I also knew it would be a major life change for me, particularly as a single woman with no children. It took time for me to think about and process my decision.

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I soon learned that I would be hosting one of my choices, a 16-year-old student from Poland named Olga ‘Ola’ Jader. One of about 20 high school exchange students in Rochester, Ola would be attending John Marshall High School. During the months before Ola arrived, I busied myself preparing her room—my guest bedroom. I cleaned out drawers and closets, fixed a sink and cleaned the carpet. Before I knew it, it was the day Ola would arrive: August 21, 2014. I drove to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and waited for her arrival. Since we had emailed and video chatted during the summer, I recognized her immediately and greeted her with a big smile and a hug.

PROVIDING AMERICAN EXPERIENCES Ola was a great fit as an exchange student for my family. She was helpful, became friends with my pets, liked to have new experiences and travel and could spend hours reading, just like me. I drove her around my neighborhood. She said it was “very American.” In the first few weeks, we visited places such as Caribou Coffee, Cold Stone Creamery and the Mall of America. I enjoyed

taking her to a variety of places, explaining the American culture and learning about her Polish history and culture. In late summer, we visited the Minnesota State Fair. Ola tasted fair food such as deep-fried Reese’s peanut butter cups, jalapeno poppers and a chocolate malt. At the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, we passed people hawking pickles or turtles and calling out in exaggerated British accents. In the fall, we visited Lake City, along the shore of Lake Pepin. Around Halloween, Ola carved her first pumpkin at a pumpkincarving party at my house. Shortly before Thanksgiving, I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner party with friends. We had turkey, pumpkin and apple pie, rice pudding and more. I began dinner by describing that to me, Thanksgiving was about remembering to be grateful. I asked everyone to say something they were grateful for. When it was Ola’s turn, she said, “I’m grateful for Alison.” While I enjoyed these experiences and events, I particularly liked sharing these experiences with Ola, many of which were unique, new experiences to her.


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Being a host parent of a high school exchange student has been a big commitment and responsibility. It hasn’t been easy, and sometimes everyday concerns like planning dinners, organizing schedules and figuring out transportation have been challenging.

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However, it has also been a positive, lifechanging experience for me, and I have grown through being a host parent this year. I have enjoyed sharing my home and life with Ola, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be Ola’s host parent this year. Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester, Minnesota. March/April 2015



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ennifer Welper was born and raised in Caledonia, Minnesota. After years of being away, she now lives in Rochester, closer to her family. “Mayo called on me, and I couldn’t wait to get back to my family,” Jennifer says. “I was gone for 12 years. I went to school in Rhode Island. It was time to, I don’t know, do one of those things like find a husband or something.”

BECOMING A HOT CHEF Interest in food started early for Jennifer. “Early on I did baking for events—cake walks and bake sales,” she remembers. “I’d bake cookies and give them to kids out of my locker. I’d make breakfasts at 6 a.m. and literally have 15 high school students at my house by 7 a.m. I’d make cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and sausage. I’d have Orange Julius. You name it. It was fun, and I learned a lot in the process.” “In high school, working in a restaurant and hotel, it all just kind of came together, and I just couldn’t really imagine doing anything else,” states Jennifer. Jennifer studied Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University, graduating in 2006. One of her fondest food memories was working as the executive chef at Hilton Head 22

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HOT \HÄT\ (SLANG) PERFORMING WITH GREAT SKILL AND DARING Health. She remembers serving a healthy Thanksgiving dinner that the guests greatly appreciated. The process of creating a real, but nutritious, Thanksgiving dinner helped her form relationships. “Making stuffing with whole wheat bread, apples and things like that and the togetherness with me and my staff, we became really close,” recalls Jennifer.

JENNIFER’S STYLE Jennifer’s cooking style is quite admirable. She says, “I’m very everyday, so [for example], my style is making a sandwich and making that sandwich not seem like it’s healthy, but it is. I make Chicken Parmesan [see the recipe on page 24] but it’s healthier than usual recipes. It still looks like it, still tastes like it, but my cooking technique is different.” What Jennifer loves most about her job is that she can live out her passion and make a difference in the world. Her desire is to “make healthy food and make a difference in someone’s life as well.”



Jennifer is pretty strict in the kitchen and that means not using fingers to taste the food. But she remembers an intern who really didn’t want to waste chocolate. She walked in on the intern who was licking a drip of chocolate off the countertop. Jennifer responded with a gasp, a laugh and an exclamation of, “What are you doing?” But she let the whole thing roll off her shoulders. There is always an exception for chocolate. For Jennifer, food is where she finds joy in her life. “I like to entertain,” she says. “I like to welcome people into my home; I just like to make people happy.” And what’s Jennifer’s favorite dish? If she had to choose her last meal, it would be Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans and lots of butter. Dawn is a veggie lover and has sneaked many a veggie into her meals without anyone knowing.

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s long as I have lived on the farm, I’ve been crazy about making things healthy. When you start growing your own food, it’s amazing how much you really care about what you eat. Old favorites can be made healthier and still taste delicious. Check out Chicken Parmesan, recipe provided by Jennifer Welper, executive chef at Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Center (this issue’s “Hot Chef,” page 22), and registered dietitians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Keeping with healthy, try a new kind of chip—Kale Chips (yes, kale). This super-green is packed with nutrition that puts it high on the list of the world’s healthiest foods. Even spinach cannot come close in comparison to the number of nutrients in kale. And try Kale Salad (recipe courtesy of Tonic Fresh Juice & Local Food) and the Kale Chowder (recipe provided by Whitewater Gardens, Lonnie and Sandy Deitz).


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CHICKEN PARMESAN Created by the executive wellness chef and registered dietitians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program • 4 chicken breasts (4 oz. each) • 2 egg whites • 1 cup panko bread crumbs • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese • 2 tsp. dry basil • 2 tsp. dry oregano • 1 tsp. garlic powder • 1 tsp. onion powder • 2 cups marinara sauce • ½ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese 1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Pound each chicken breast to ¼-inch thickness; set aside. 2. Place the egg whites in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese, basil, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. 3. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Dip each chicken breast into the egg whites, and then dredge in the breading mixture until evenly coated. Lay fillets on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and internal temperature is 165° F. Top chicken with marinara and cheese. Serves four.

When you start growing your own food, it’s amazing how much you really care about what you eat. TONIC’S KALE CHIPS • 8 oz. organic kale • ¼ to ½ cup organic olive oil • 2 Tbsp. each of kosher salt and cracked pepper 1. Preheat oven to 300° F. 2. Wash the leaves and stems of the organic kale leaves, being sure to use dark green leaves only. Break off the top of the leaves and break around the stem, forming chip shaped segments. Lay flat on a sheet pan, so the leaves don’t touch. 3. Rub olive oil in your clean hands; then rub the front and back of each leaf, massaging the thin stem. Reposition leaves and sprinkle a mixture of kosher salt and organic cracked pepper from 2 feet above your sheet pan. This ensures your seasoning is evenly distributed and not clumped onto one part of a leaf. 4. Place baking sheet on top rack and bake for 30 minutes or until crispy. Note: High quality salt, pepper and olive'' oil make all the difference.


BENEFITS OF KALE* At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has: • Nearly 3 grams of protein • 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full) • Vitamins A, C and K • Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development

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• Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. While kale has far less omega-3 than fish, it is another way to get some of this healthy fat into your diet. • Lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that give kale its deep, dark green coloring and protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. • Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and zinc. *Source:

• 8 oz. organic kale • 8 oz. seasonal fresh greens • ½ cup dried figs, thinly sliced • ½ cup dried cranberries • 1 granny smith apple, cut into matchstick-size pieces • ½ medium red onion, cut into small slices • 4 oz. blue cheese • ¼ cup toasted almonds 1. Wash kale leaves removing the thick stems. Massage each leaf and small stem. Then chop kale in a chiffonade style (roll kale leaves and cut roll sideways) to obtain thin strips. 2. Mix with any type of fresh seasonal lettuce cut the same way, half kale and half lettuce. Add thinly sliced dried figs, dried cranberries, fresh granny smith apple cut into matchstick-sized pieces, red onion, blue cheese and toasted almonds. 3. Toss in balsamic vinaigrette dressing (recipe below).

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE DRESSING • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar • ¼ cup organic olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste

KALE CHOWDER Courtesy of Whitewater Gardens, Lonnie and Sandy Deitz • 1 bunch kale • 4 garlic scapes, chopped into small pieces (or 2 garlic cloves, minced) • 4 medium carrots, sliced • 1 pound potatoes, cubed • 1 pound sausage (old-fashioned, mild Italian or breakfast), sliced into ¼-inch thick diagonals • 1 quart cream (or milk) • 1 cup chicken broth • 1 Tbsp. olive oil • 1 Tbsp. butter • Salt and Pepper to taste 1. Steam kale. Chop stem into ½-inch pieces; cut leaves into large pieces. 2. Heat olive oil and butter in a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Add garlic, carrots, kale stems and potatoes. Saute for 1 minute; cover and turn down the heat to low. Cook until almost tender. 3. Add chicken broth, kale leaves and sausage. Cook for approximately 10 more minutes. Add cream and salt and pepper to taste. Warm through. March/April 2015


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STEP DOWNSTAIRS The lower level was designed around our six girls, so maximizing space within our budget was a necessity. The floor plan features three bedrooms with walk-in closets, two bathrooms and a large family room perfectly equipped for movie nights. We incorporated two bonus rooms into the design, as well as extensive storage under the front stoop, and a playroom beneath the stairs (with carpeting and lighting) has become a Barbie haven. The family room is built to serve adults, too, with a wonderful wet bar featuring knotty alder cabinets, granite countertops, stone backsplash and a live-edge, walnut, high bar-top from Iowa. The footrest beneath the bar (very inexpensive, durable corrugated steel) infuses a pop of modern and industrial into the natural finishes. A very high-tech, but easy-to-navigate entertainment system is installed throughout the home. From your phone and other devices, you can stream music through four zones (kitchen, deck, wet bar and family room) and play surround sound for movie nights.

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1 Closets Become Catch-all for Our Lifestyles ORGANIZE YOUR PRECIOUS STORAGE SPACE BY BOB FREUND


omeone yanks open a closet door, and an avalanche of household stuff tumbles out. Is this comical scene happening at your house or office?

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WHAT DESERVES PRIME REAL ESTATE While scarce space is sometimes a problem, that’s often not the whole cause for the clutter. “People often say, ‘I just need more storage,’ when really what they need is to analyze what they have,” professional organizer Sara Lohse says. One of her favorite tactics is to pull everything out of a closet and work with the client to sort each piece into one of four tubs: “stay” (or keep),“move”(store), “donate” and “trash.” It can be tough triage for the client. “We’re so hard-wired to keep things we would have kept 10 years ago.” Once the clutter is thinned, it’s time to cure the chaos. First, Lohse wants to know how the closet space will be used. Is it intended for clothes, sporting gear or memorabilia? Then, she says, “You have to determine what objects are worthy of prime real estate.” It’s personal preference, of course, but your favorite shirt or dress might not be the first choice for front of the wardrobe. Lohse suggests that frequently worn clothes should be easiest to reach in the closet. On the other hand, off-season hats should probably be tucked out of the way on a top shelf.

THINKING VERTICALLY Today, there’s an industry of organization systems competing to maximize your closet space. Designers and do-it-yourselfers no longer have to settle for a single hanger bar in a long, narrow closet. There are tiers of storage from floor to ceiling to fill what might have once been empty wall space. Shelves and racks are adjustable to flex with the owner’s wardrobe. “[A closet system] can be as simple as you like, or it can be as extravagant as you can dream of,” says Kari Larson, office manager at Space Concepts, a Rochester store for organizing systems. The furnishings can range from simple wire baskets to expensive wood dresser systems built into walls. “Condense everything [clothes] into the closet,” Larson says. There are pullout racks for pants, belt organizers, jewelry drawers, laundry bins, valet rods (for preparing the next day’s wardrobe) and even decorative cubbyholes. Shoes no longer need to be stored on floor racks. They fit into metal baskets with a “shelf fence” designed to prevent them from sliding out, Larson explains. Last spring, Space Concepts outfitted a long, walk-in closet with an 8-foot center

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SARA’S CLOSET TIPS & TRICKS from The Rescued Room

Never stack more than two boxes on a high shelf. Use double, vertical bars for hanging clothes in closets. Allow 69 inches of length for a dress, 36 inches for a skirt and 38 inches for a suit coat, according to storage supplies retailer Menards. Use clear plastic boxes for shoes; attach crown molding to the wall for hanging high heel shoes. Install shelf dividers and open shelves to keep folded garments neatly together. Fold jeans and cashmere garments; hang dresses, suits and dress shirts. Use velvet hangers to keep shirts and other articles from falling off hangers. Place off-season wear in overhead spaces. Marking with labels (his/hers/ours) can also help.

island, says store manager Ben Witter. Some walk-in closets are now being built to connect related rooms, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, instead of being dead-end storage, Larson notes.

SAVING AN ORGANIZATION’S STORAGE SPACE Lohse often digs into closets as part of a larger task. The same principles can be adapted to organize an entire house or even an educational institution. Last year, Lohse and volunteers at Aldrich Memorial Nursery School disposed of or donated about one and a half dumpsters of items from a large storage space. “We realized things [supplies] had been purchased numerous times because no one knew we already had them,” says Kimberlee Fleming, a director on the Aldrich board. “This space was truly rescued by Sara,” she says. Bob Freund is a freelance writer based in Rochester. March/April 2015


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LD HOMES THAT SPAN GENERATIONS AND ECONOMICS SPARK THE INTEREST OF MANY. WE WONDER ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE AND ARE AWED BY THE STRUCTURES, WHICH SERVE AS CALLING CARDS FOR FASCINATING VENTURES INTO ANOTHER TIME AND WAY OF LIFE. PLUMMER HOUSE OF ARTS, ALSO KNOWN AS QUARRY HILL If the Mayo brothers’ homes are the king and queen of Rochester’s historic residential architecture, certainly the Plummer House is the grand dame. Situated atop a high hill, the mansion at 1091 Plummer Lane Southwest is an estate of 65 wooded acres, originally known as Quarry Hill. In 1912, Dr. Henry Plummer and his wife, Daisy, began construction of the 300-foot-long, five-story home. The Tudor Revival dwelling was designed by well-known Ellerbe Architects, completed in 1924. The interior of the home is reminiscent of an English estate, with a great deal of wood paneling, an ornate, open stairway, beamed ceilings and a multitude of windows. Nearly every one of the 49 rooms throws its doors open to a porch allowing sunshine and fresh air to flow into the house. The 800-square-foot living room is flanked by a study and formal dining room. There are five bedrooms on the second level and a ballroom on the top floor. Dr. Plummer was famous at Mayo Clinic for his inventions, and they figured prominently in his home: a central vacuum, intercommunication, cooling and security system and a central control of all utilities. A garage door was installed for convenience. A sprinkler system kept the grounds a lush green. 32

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The swimming pool, gazebo and green house are long gone, but visitors still admire the stone water tower with a delicate balcony, flower gardens, carriage house, servants’ quarters and circular drive. Plummer House of the Arts is on the National Registery and is under the care of Rochester Park and Recreation Departments.

WILSON HOUSE ON WALNUT HILL As if the drive up to Assisi Heights in Rochester isn’t impressive enough, Dr. Louis Wilson’s mansion is tucked away on the bluffs of northeast Rochester. A Mayo pathologist, Dr. Wilson and his wife, Maud, purchased 41 acres and built their three-story home in 1925. The Cotswold English-style mansion, designed by Harold Crawford, was built of Trenton limestone quarried on the farm site. A tiled entry and sun porch invited guests to a favorite spot for entertaining: a sunken library lined with mahogany. A massive fireplace warmed the room on cold days. Much of the original furniture and art still grace the estate. The second floor accommodates a master bedroom and bath, plus several guest rooms. The third floor is notable, with a projection room that seats 30 and a photographic darkroom. Dr. Wilson was known as “The Potato King,” raising hundreds of bushels of potatoes planted between rows of apple and plum trees. Two barns housed horses, cows and livestock. An outdoor fireplace, fishpond, playground and petting zoo were available for neighbors’ enjoyment, accommodating as many as 50 children on a summer afternoon. Given to the Sisters of Saint Francis in 1949, much of the horticulture remains. Home and grounds are well-cared for and preserved as part of the Mayo Clinic acquisition of Assisi Heights.

PRIME PILL HILL In 1923, Dr. John L. Crenshaw, a Mayo urologist, and his wife, Nell, joined colleagues at Mayo Clinic and built a lovely residence at 832 Ninth Avenue Southwest. The area was known as College Hill but eventually took on the name of Pill Hill, in reference to all the doctors who lived there. The 4,000-square-foot home features four bedrooms and four baths. Modest by some standards and grand to many others, the white-clapboard, New England Colonial Revival-style house sits on the steep east side of the street. A stone wall keeps the hill at bay and necessitates steps to ascend to the main entrance. The popular

Colonial style was varied with the second floor windows out of alignment with the first floor making it more interesting than many of similar style. Taking advantage of the southern exposure, a glassed bump-out bay is surely a favorite spot. Raised gardens in the back were home to a large and rather exotic variety of peonies raised by Dr. Crenshaw, attracting national attention. A nursery named one variety in honor of him. The home has remained a private residence. Debi Neville is a freelance writer and admirer of historic homes.

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hree remarkable women made their homes in the historic houses on pages 32-33. Each left a unique fingerprint on Rochester, helping create its identity and shape its future.

DAISY BERKMAN PLUMMER: PATRON OF THE ARTS Daisy Berkman Plummer agreed with John F. Kennedy: “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” Her community activism and philanthropic acts exemplified these words. An accomplished pianist—Daisy dutifully practiced four hours each day—she made it her mission to support and promote local musicians. In 1912, Daisy founded the Rochester Music Society and organized the Lawler-Dodge Orchestra, predecessor of the Rochester Symphony & Chorale Orchestra. Perhaps her greatest gift to the community was her historic Quarry Hill home, which she shared with her husband, Dr. Henry Plummer, and their two children. In 1971, she donated the home and its acres, along with a small endowment, to the Rochester Art Center. Daisy envisioned Quarry Hill as a place for musicians, painters, dancers and other artists to showcase their talents. When Daisy died at the age of 97 on February 1, 1976, she had seen her dream fulfilled. Quarry Hill was used extensively as a center for the arts during the 1970s. Operated by the Rochester Park and Recreation Departments, Quarry Hill is now known as Plummer House of Arts, a place for social gatherings, such as weddings, and other events. Its beautiful botanical gardens are open for the public’s enjoyment.

MAUD MELLISH WILSON: PIONEER MEDICAL EDITOR Maud Mellish arrived in Rochester on March 1, 1907, at the invitation to join the Mayo staff as a medical librarian and editor. After graduating from nursing school in 1887, Maud had acquired 20 years of experience in the medical field and was especially skilled in editing medical papers. The Mayo medical practice required her expertise to organize its wealth of reference material and help produce professional medical papers for publication. Maud applied herself to the task with great efficiency and aplomb. She immediately sought out and gathered the medical materials scattered throughout the practice, placing them in a central location where every staff member could have access. After organizing the library, she turned her attention to medical editing. In “The Doctors Mayo,” author Helen Clapesattle states, “[Maud] set herself the task 34

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of seeing to it that the Rochester men said what they meant to say, that they were accurate in their facts and, as far as she could ensure it, straight in their thinking.” It wasn’t long before “editors and readers of other medical journals began to remark upon the uniform technical excellence and the clarity and readability of papers emanating from the staff.” By bringing editorial consistency to the published work of her colleagues and authoring “The Writing of Medical Papers,” Maud changed medical publication standards. It wasn’t all work for Maud. She married Dr. Louis Wilson, a Mayo physician, in 1924. When Maud died from cancer in 1933, Mayo Clinic closed during her funeral, a testament to the importance of her legacy.

NELL BRYANT CRENSHAW: WORLD WAR I NURSE ANESTHETIST Nell Bryant was so impressed with her aunt’s medical care at Saint Marys Hospital that she enrolled in its first nursing anesthesia class in 1914. The training led to volunteer participation in the American Expeditionary Forces Base Hospital #26, organized by the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic in 1917. Nell arrived in France the summer of 1918 and was soon transferred to Mobile Hospital Unit No. 1, where her anesthesia skills were needed for soldiers arriving directly from the Battle of Chateau-Thierry. Nell often worked 12 hours straight without eating or sleeping. The unit lacked electricity, and surgeries were often conducted under the glow of kerosene lamps. Sophie Winton, a Minnesota nurse serving in the unit, stated that during shell drops, a nurse would “remain standing, and continue her anesthetic of open drop ether and chloroform while holding a metal surgery tray over her and her patient’s head.” After the war ended, Nell remained in Europe for six additional months, continuing to care for the wounded. After participating in the war effort and saving the lives of many soldiers, Nell returned to Rochester, married Dr. John Lewis Crenshaw and had three children. She was an active community member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Rochester Garden Club. She died on May 30, 1979, at age 91. Amy Hahn is a freelance writer and published romance author. She has a master’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is pursuing a certificate in historic preservation.

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Blunt trauma can cause life-threatening internal bleeding for anyone. The condition that hemophiliacs face more commonly, however, is spontaneous hemorrhaging into the joints, muscles or tissues. Joint bleeds cause lots of inflammation, pain and cartilage damage; frequent bleeds can result in crippling arthritis. Cody recently endured a spontaneous bleed. “I felt tension, pressure and heat in my wrist, like a weight was taped to the joint,” he says. Jeff describes bleeds as “suddenly being very aware of a certain part of your body, in an uncomfortable way.” The key to successfully treating a bleed is early intervention; the missing clotting factor must be infused into the bloodstream. Prior to the 1990s, hemophiliacs received transfusions of blood or plasma that placed them at increased risk for exposure to hepatitis C or HIV. Modern treatment involves in-home intravenous infusions of synthesized factor concentrates. These infusions are safe and effective, though short-lived and expensive. Jeff, Cody and Brady use Factor VIII concentrate. “Growing up, Mom insisted that we assume many aspects of our medical care,” Jeff says. “I was infusing myself with factor from the time I was 6. Thanks to my mother, I can hit a vein in my sleep.”

Lori and her husband raised their sons with the mantra, “You have hemophilia, but hemophilia does not define you.” Each year she sent the boys up north to the summer camp sponsored by the Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota and the Dakotas. “Archery and boating were a blast,” says Jeff, “but the best part was the camaraderie with kids who shared the same condition and experiences that we did.” Although Lori encouraged her sons to lead active lives, she drew the line at contact sports. The strapping boys begged to play football and hockey, but no doctor would agree. So Jeff channeled his energy into four-wheeling and stock car racing. “Probably not the safest hobbies,” he chuckles, “but I refused to let hemophilia rob me of opportunities.” Currently Jeff manages his hemophilia with one or two infusions per month. He admits to three highway accidents in which factor concentrate has saved his life. Cody loves riding his CBR600 motorcycle but tries to approach life with a risk-management mentality. “If I plan to run a 5K with my girlfriend, or visit friends out of town, I’ll infuse factor before going,” he says. “It takes 15 minutes, and I get two days of protection.” Lori trusts her sons’ judgment, saying, “It goes to show that when people with bleeding disorders have access to proper training and treatments, they can lead active and healthy lives.” C.G.Worrell is a freelance writer and part-time veterinarian at Heritage Pet Hospital.


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SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS Elder Network offers classes for caregivers, providing evidence-based education on what it means to age and offering support services to help caregivers communicate more effectively, learn to take care of themselves, reduce feelings of guilt or anger and aid in making tough decisions. The classes last six weeks and provide participants with invaluable connections and friendships. “Elder Network is a hidden gem. We quietly take care of the elderly that are so vulnerable, as well as their care providers. Sometimes you are doing something for someone you love and never think of yourself as being their care provider,” Colwill comments. But being a caregiver comes with challenges. “You love this person you are taking care of, but you get exhausted,” Colwill says. “The relationship changes when you become a care provider—you have to learn to reach out.” The respite program offers adults with aging family members a chance to step out of the home and rest while volunteer companions assume the caregiving role. “You get disconnected when giving that support. You have to find out how to handle and work that relationship.”

SPRING FEVER ANNUAL FUNDRAISER Elder Network invites the public to join them for the Spring Fever Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, April 18 at the Kahler Apache in Rochester. The theme of the evening is “Grow With Us!”, emphasizing Elder Network’s desire to grow alongside our aging population. The semi-formal evening begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A program and dance will follow dinner, with a silent auction and music by the Reunion Band. While Elder Network does receive some government grant funding, the money from the grants must be matched by private donations. “We are at the capacity we can serve, and this fundraiser helps us to continue to expand and serve more,” explains Marreel. Tickets for the Spring Fever Annual Fundraiser are $75 and may be purchased at or by calling 507-285-5272. Amanda Wingren is a freelance writer in the Rochester area.

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Name: Don Hadley Age: 74 Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa Job: Owner, O&B Shoes (3 locations in Rochester) Family: Jeannine, and six children, 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren PAM: How have women’s changing roles in society helped relationships? DON: I’m surrounded by more women than men. Women love shoes, and both of our buyers are women, as are our store managers. Without women, I wouldn’t function too well. I’m fortunate to have women who understand what work is all about. We’re ranked first or second every year in the state of Minnesota as an independent shoe store. Why does that happen? It’s the women who work here.

DON: I always tell anyone who works at O&B, “I work for you.” Our employees are all people persons. And the responsibilities are shared by every individual working in the store. Sixty percent of our business is non-Rochester residents, people from all over the world. What do you do? Make them feel at home. PAM: How do you and Jeannine partner in the business? DON: She has her responsibilities, and I have mine. As long as I’m doing my job well, she’s happy with me. She works four days a week, and I work seven days a week. PAM: How do you determine household tasks and chores? DON: My wife lets me wear the pants. Today she told me to wear these black ones [laughs]. My wife does most of the work at home, but she lets me take out the garbage. PAM: I see the business card you had made for her.

DON: Her business card says Secretary of State on it. That’s probably the only conflict we had, when I got those cards for her. The employees call me “boss” when I’m here. What do they call me when I’m not? I have no idea. PAM: How about equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender? DON: Women are equally paid here. O&B has always paid at or above minimum wage, even before minimum wage was invented. The women here are well-versed in the world of fashion, and they are paid well. They are making a living wage. PAM: It sounds like you have a good power balance in your business. DON: The women buyers make the decisions; I don’t. Because of that, the last seven years of business have been the best seven years we’ve ever had as a company. Who can I blame for that? [Laughs.] Women! PAM: Do women make better buyers for shoes? DON: Absolutely. Our two female buyers go to the big shoe shows, two or three times a year. They stay updated on everything in our field, they analyze the trends and they make good decisions. PAM: Any plans to retire? DON: I don’t ever plan to retire…unless I’m pushed out by women. Here at O&B, work is fun. March/April 2015


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Name: Dr. Jarrod Brennan Age: 38 Hometown: Hinckley, Minnesota Job: Owner, Brennan Family Chiropractic and Nutrition Center Family: Dr. Melissa Brennan and five children PAM: How have women’s rights and changing roles in society helped relationships? JARROD: Women have more ability to get out in society and interact. Look at old TV shows: The mom was at home, in the home. Now women have freedoms and new roles, especially in entrepreneurism. Think about it: Even when women stay at home, they’re often starting home-based businesses. PAM: How do you and your wife, who’s also a chiropractor, balance work and home life? JARROD: We have a unique situation at work. We’re fortunate that each of us only works half days at the office. When I’m at home with the kids, she’s here seeing patients, and vice versa. So we both play with the kids; we both homeschool them. That gives each of us an opportunity to connect and bond with the kids. We’re working hard to build a staff that can duplicate what we do, so we don’t always have to be here [in order for the business to run]. 44

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“Marriage is not a ‘that’s your job, this is my job’ arrangement anymore. I think it’s a mixture of things. That takes the stress off each other, and then [marriage] becomes more of a partnership,” says Dr. Jarrod Brennan. PAM: How do you partner at home? JARROD: She’s the organizer. I’m more of the direction maker. If I come up with an idea, she knows how to make it happen. In any relationship, there needs to be open communication. You need to be able to ask for help too. Both [people] should have a willingness to get things accomplished. PAM: How do you and Melissa balance power and roles in the marriage? JARROD: We take each other’s strengths and go from there. Melissa is the finance person at our house, mainly because she didn’t like the way I handled it. I do the grocery shopping, and I do the cooking. Marriage is not a “that’s your job, this is my job” arrangement anymore. I think it’s a mixture of things. That takes the stress off each other, and then [marriage] becomes more of a partnership. PAM: How do you balance work and family? How do you find down time?

JARROD: Things never stop. [Laughs.] Welcome to the business world. If you’re a Type A personality, you may need to schedule your down time and make that a priority. Because the work will still be there tomorrow and the day after that. There’s always something to do. We put a lot of time and effort into our work, but we also spread our three or four weeks of vacation time throughout the year. That way, we always have something to look forward to. We’ve taken the time to train and develop a capable staff, so we can leave the business in capable hands. And we’re only a phone call away. PAM: How did you end up with a prominently female staff? JARROD: Our staff is largely women. Who’s going to be more communicative? The front desk staff and the patient advocates need to be very communicative. There is a natural flow here, both in terms of how the staff serves our patients and how we communicate as a team. I see a lot of willingness and initiative in my staff. We value that.

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rief. It’s a life experience that’s unavoidable. It affects the young and old alike. Grief has no regard for race, color, creed, culture or gender; it shows no prejudice. It is an equal opportunity defiler of happiness. Rochester author Harriet Hodgson is no stranger to grief. In 2007, Hodgson’s life was permanently changed with the deaths of not one close family member, but four—all within the span of less than a year.

In February of 2007, Hodgson’s daughter died in an automobile collision, leaving 15-year-old twins to be raised by their father. Two days later, her father-in-law passed away. In April, the father of Hodgson’s twin grandchildren was killed in an automobile accident, and eight months after that, she received news of her brother’s death. It was too much too soon. “We would just start to feel better and another family member would die. Then start to feel better again and another one would die. I didn’t know how I was going to cope,” reflects Hodgson. As an experienced health and wellness writer and member of the Association of Healthcare Journalists, Hodgson turned to her greatest coping skill: writing. “A week after my daughter died, I sat down at the computer and turned to my occupation and [decided] I was going to write about this,” Hodgson explains. “I would pour out my soul in words.”

FINDING HAPPINESS AGAIN The result was a short, easy-to-read guide entitled “Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss.” Drawing from her own experiences and meticulously researching information about the grief process and healing techniques, Hodgson provides the reader with intimate insights from her own grieving process and practical approaches to help move past the grief and find happiness once again. “‘Happy Again’ is purposefully succinct,” Hodgson explains. “People who are grieving do not want an encyclopedia. They want reliable help, and they want it fast. But they may not remember what

they read 10 minutes later,” she said. Hodgson’s goal was to give information that could be read in one sitting.

GRIEVING IS WORK In her book, Hodgson discusses not only the stages of grief, but includes the lesser-understood sub genre of grief known as “secondary grief.” In secondary grief, the mourner grieves not only for the lost loved one, but also for those aspects of life associated with the original loss: income, home, security, way of life and even friendships. After their father’s death, Hodgson raised her twin grandchildren, and with that came the secondary grief of losing the retirement lifestyle she had enjoyed. She and her husband traded social gatherings with other retirees for homework, sporting events and the challenges that come with raising teens. Her grandchildren lost both parents, as well as their home, neighborhood, friends and even their family dog. There was much to be done to overcome the grief, and, Hodgson says, “Grieving is work.” One important aspect of coping with grief can be finding a new purpose. Mourners sometimes need to redefine themselves by creating new roles, and it may be helpful to take on volunteer work to give them a sense of purpose. Among Hodgson’s new roles was parenting her grandchildren. “I get up every day with a sense of purpose,” she says. “I have very good reasons to get out of bed and face the day.” Hodgson identifies two key components in the healing process: tears and laughter. Tears help cleanse the body of its pain, and laughter heals the soul. “I remember the first time I had a belly laugh after all these family members died, and it felt so good,” she shares. “Every time I have a hearty laugh, I dedicate it to my daughter, and it links me to her.”

HELPING MOURNERS HEAL Online communities and support groups can be critical tools in overcoming grief. Hodgson recommends the online resources and for those looking for online support. In Rochester, there are a variety of grief support groups available, including GriefShare, which meets at 6 p.m. on Mondays at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in room 223. More information is available by calling 507-206-6621. Rochester Assembly of God Church sponsors a support group for those who have lost a spouse or a child. For information, call 507-288-0868. Other resources are available in the back of Hodgson’s book. Catherine H. Armstrong is a full-time community volunteer and stay-at-home mom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on her first novel. March/April 2015


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Rochester AuthorHelen Chen


DEPICTS THE DELICATE BALANCE OF MULTIPLE CULTURES IN “JIN-LING’S TWO LEFT FEET” BY CATHERINE H. ARMSTRONG Jin-Ling envies what she sees as the simplicity of her American friends’ lives. As the two cultures conflict within her, she feels like “a polite layer covers an angry layer” and “a Chinese layer fights with an American layer.”

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dolescence is a confusing time for young people. The inner turmoil of emotional growth and physical development is especially pronounced for students who are from different cultural backgrounds than their American peers. Many experiences are similar, despite cultural differences: the anxieties of grades, friendships, first loves and choosing a college. But adding in the pressure of a different culture can be especially overwhelming. Such is the case of the protagonist in Helen Chen’s young adult novel, “Jin-Ling’s Two Left Feet.” Narrated in first person, Chen tells the story of high school senior Jin-Ling, a first-generation Chinese-American girl struggling to balance her American high school experience and her traditional Chinese family’s expectations. Jin-Ling’s mother and father have especially high expectations of their children. Jin-Ling must uphold the family honor through superior academic excellence. Getting good grades and being accepted to college aren’t enough; Jin-Ling must secure acceptance to an Ivy League university. To her family, a top-notch education and respected job are critically important, and while her parents pinch pennies by reusing plastic zipper bags and envelopes, they have no qualms with accumulating large debt to pay the high cost of an elite education. As her Chinese-American friends receive acceptance letters from Ivy League schools, Jin-Ling’s mailbox remains empty, and the anxiety of potentially dishonoring her father begins to consume her. She begins to feel like a “nobody” in her own home. When Jin-Ling finally receives a letter of welcome from Yale University, she evolves in the eyes of her family “from a nobody to a somebody.”

Rochester-area readers will enjoy the familiar landmarks in “Jin-Ling’s Two Left Feet,” including downtown businesses Victoria’s Restaurant, Broadstreet Cafe and the now-closed Barnes & Noble in Peace Plaza, as well as Apache Mall and the nearby Bailey Heights neighborhood. Chen’s novel comes alive with the sights and sounds of Rochester as seen through the eyes of Jin-Ling. Born in Taiwan, author Helen Chen is a 20-year resident of Rochester whose daughter, Candace, a first-generation ChineseAmerican, graduated from Mayo High School. Though the book is a work of fiction, Chen took inspiration for many of Jin-Ling’s experiences from those of her own daughter. “This book is like a family photo,” Chen says. Jin-Ling’s parents have the voices and some of the experiences of Chen’s parents, while many of Jin-Ling’s experiences echo those of her daughter, Candace. Like most first-time authors, getting published was challenging for Chen. She spent two years writing and two years editing “Jin-Ling’s Two Left Feet,” attended numerous writing conferences and met with various publishers in hopes of receiving a publishing contract. During this process, she was counseled by an agent to change the book’s ending. The agent believed that if Jin-Ling clearly chose one culture over the other in the story, the book would be more marketable. Chen refused, keeping true to Jin-Ling’s character and experiences.

IN THE END Chen elected to self-publish rather than continue searching for a large publishing house, explaining that telling the story of “Jin-Ling’s Two Left Feet” was more important than profiting from the book. In fact, during the first several years after publication, Chen donated all profits from the book to Channel One of Rochester to benefit the needs of people experiencing hunger in Olmsted County. Chen hopes that readers will walk away with the understanding that Jin-Ling’s experiences reflect the idea that no one culture is better than another; it’s the pieces of each culture that make us who we are. Mothers of teenage girls and young adults alike will enjoy reading “Jin-Ling’s Two Left Feet.” The words of the characters ring true with the thoughts, feelings and experiences of many high school girls as they navigate the waters of school, friendships, relationships and finding their way. Catherine H. Armstrong is a full-time mom and community volunteer. She is currently working on her first novel. March/April 2015


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Magazine Beads MATERIALS

^^ C olorful pages from a magazine. You can use the

cover (thicker paper makes fatter beads) or colorful scrapbooking paper. ^^ Pencil and ruler ^^ Pair of scissors ^^ Toothpick ^^ Clear-drying glue (Aleen’s Tacky Glue, Elmer’s, Scotch 3M or a glue stick) Start by choosing your magazine page. You can make beads for three bracelets from just one recycled page. Very colorful or patterned pages are best. Tear the page from the magazine. Cut into strips of paper in a long triangle shape, about 2 cm at the bottom. (Measure and draw out triangles, if needed). Then make a diagonal cut to a sharp point at the end. Strips do not have to be exact or the same shape.

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Cutting paper strips into different shapes will make different types of beads. Photo courtesy of Put the patterned, colorful side of the paper down and the side you don’t want to see up. Place the wide end of the paper along the edge of the toothpick. Squeeze and roll at the same time so that the end rolls tightly around the toothpick. Continue until you get close to the point of your paper strip.

Add a tiny bit of glue on the inside of the paper and continue to roll. The glue will spread out and coat the outside of the paper bead to seal the end of the paper strip. You can also use a glue stick to seal the inside of the paper. Gently slide the bead off of the toothpick and lay aside to dry. Roll as many colors and shapes as you like and pair different ones together to create a unique collection of your own, custom-made beads. You can now use them to create an amazing recycled and eco-friendly bracelet, pair of earrings or necklace. Pair them with natural stone or glass beads for a one-of-a-kind creation.

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Calendar Events BY MARIAH MIHM


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Deadline for submitting events for RochesterWomen May/June2015 issue is March 15, 2015. Send events to Events in purple are sponsored by Rochester Women magazine. *(507 area code unless stated)

MARCH MARCH 1 Salvation Army 31st Annual Taste of the Town, sponsored by Sterling State Bank, Rochester International Event Center, 5-7:30 p.m., proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Medical & Dental Clinics, featuring over 30 area restaurants and vendors, silent and live auction, 288-3663 for tickets,

MARCH 5 International Women’s Day 2015: Grace in the Margins, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, 6-7:30 pm, meet three ordinary women share their stories of resiliency, $28 per person, includes light meal, 280-2195,

MARCH 5 DAR Insignia and Pins Presenter: Patty Arndt, Daughters of the American Revolution- Rochester Chapter, History Center of Olmsted County, 10:45-11:45 am, free and open to the public,

MARCH 7 George Kahumoku, Jr., Riverside Concerts, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, Grammy award winner of contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music, 7:30 pm, 328-2200,

MARCH 7 & 21, APRIL 4 & 18 Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers Market, Building 41 Olmsted County Fairgrounds, 9 am– 12 noon, 273-8232,

MARCH 11 Women on Wednesdays, Rochester Civic Theatre, join us for discussions around issues that affect women in our community, March: Women in the Performing Arts, 5-7 pm, complimentary appetizers and cash bar, events are free but please register to by the Monday before each event

MARCH 14-15 Choral Arts Ensemble presents J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, times vary, 252-8427, tickets at 52

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MARCH 13-29 Cabaret, Rochester Civic Theatre, twelve-time Tony award winning musical, recommended for ages 16 and older, Thursday-Saturday at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, for tickets call 282-8481 or

MARCH 13-15 Children’s Dance Theatre presents Hansel and Gretel, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, in cooperation with Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, 328-2222,

MARCH 15 Historic Fashion Show, Kahler Apache (formerly Ramada) Ballroom, afternoon tea and deserts while enjoying fashions from the 1800’s by renowned costumer Joy Melcher, benefits History Center of Olmsted County, doors open at 1 pm, show at 2 pm, $30, 282-9447,

MARCH 22 SINGSATION! Children’s Choral Festival, Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Bethel Lutheran Church, guest clinician,Tesfa Wondemegagnehu and guest choirs and singers from area elementary schools, 4 pm, 252-0505,

MARCH 27 Paws & Claws Humane Society 7th Annual Wine Tasting, Rochester Athletic Club, 6-8 pm, featuring a large selection of wines, appetizers, silent auction and commemorative wine glass, $30 admission cost, 288-7226,

MARCH 28-29 SymphonicVisionTM, Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Lourdes High School, multi-sensory musical experience for the whole family, 7:30 pm and 2 pm, 286-8742,

MARCH 28-29 Rochester Woodcarvers 39th Annual Show, 4-H Building Graham Park, demonstrations and more, carvings, tools and wood for sale, 10 am- 4 pm, free admission,

MARCH 28, APRIL 18 Create Your Own Walking Stick, Oxbow Park, bring your creative spirit and a pocket knife to personalize your walking stick in the first session, second session is accessorizing and finishing touches, lead by naturalist and artist Sister Rita Brom, $25 per person, March 28 session 8-10:30 am and April 18 session 1-2 pm, 282-7441,

APRIL APRIL 7 Twelve Things You Can Do to Heal the Earth, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farms will discuss how permaculture philosophy can be applied to your life for positive change, $10 per person, 7-8:30 pm, 282-7441 or

APRIL 11 Big Sing 2015, Rochester Male Chorus, Mayo Civic Center Taylor Arena, over 300 male voices come together from the Upper Midwest District of the Associated Male Choruses of America, 7 pm, Mayo Civic Center box office, Ticketmaster, Alan Calavano at 282-4389,

APRIL 11 Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Rochester Chamber Music Society, Christ United Methodist Church, 7:30 pm, featuring Minneapolis-St. Paul based artists performing new and traditional work, 287-9765,

APRIL 11 Dinner on the Bluff “Mysteries of the Driftless,” dinner and lecture based on the documentary film about the driftless region, $25 in advance, $30 week of show, 467-2437,

APRIL 11-12, 18-19 2015 Spring Showcase of Homes, Rochester Area Builders, Inc., homes, townhomes, and subdivisions, featured in various stages of completion, 12-5 pm, free, 282- 7698,

APRIL 12 Fools Five Road Race, Lewiston, MN, 8k & 1 mile, registration 9 am- noon, proceeds benefit cancer research,

APRIL 12 Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre, live jazz and open mic hosted by Rochester’s own jazz band the D’Sievers, 5:30-8:30 pm, free to the public,

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The Gibson Brothers, Riverside Concerts, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, country and bluegrass music, 7:30 pm, 328- 2200,

Spring Finale, Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Bethel Lutheran Church, 4 pm, 252-0505,


Rochester ¡Cantaré! Community Concert, Bethel Lutheran Church, 7 pm, Minnesota choral organization VocalEssence and Mexican composers Rodrigo Cadet and Novelli Jurado will bring the vibrancy and traditions of Mexican music to Rochester, or 612-716-0556

Women on Wednesdays, Rochester Civic Theatre, join us for discussions around issues that affect women in our community, April: Young Women and Their World, 5-7 pm, complimentary appetizers and cash bar, events are free but please register to by the Monday before each event

APRIL 23 Studs, Struts & Stilettos-A Construction Fashion Expose, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, benefits Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity, a unique fashion show experience where you won’t believe what you can wear from the hardware store, 282-7698,


MAY MAY 2 MedCity Spring Art and Craft Show, Mayo Civic Center, door prizes and over 100 exhibitors, 9 am - 4 pm, cost is $1 at the door, 864-2065, medcityproductions@ or on Facebook at MedCityProductions

APRIL 23-25


Mid West Music Fest, Winona, a community music festival, 608- 498-0268, tickets available at

Southern MN Mothers of Multiples Spring Sale, Building 40-Olmsted County Fairgrounds, quality children’s clothes, household items, maternity clothes, baby equipment and toys, bake sale and raffle basket, 8 am-1 pm, 261-1410,

APRIL 24 Wine and Roses, Somerby Golf Club, this fine dining, silent auction benefits PossAbilities of Southern MN, serving children and adults with disabilities, 5:30 pm, 281- 6116,

APRIL 24-26 Bluff County Studio Art Tour, Southeast MN, 10 am-5 pm, visit local artists in their studios, Lanesboro Art Center at 467-2446,

APRIL 24 Pick-up Rochester Women May/June 2015 issue or read online at

APRIL 25 The Color Dash-The World’s Brightest 5K!, benefits The Place, a neighborhood-based family and youth center, 12 pm registration, 2 pm run,

APRIL 25 March of Dimes-March for Babies, Mall of America, Bloomington, 7 am registration, 8 am start, 282- 0649,,

APRIL 26 Athleta-Unleash the SHE, Rochester Community and Technical College, 5k, 10k & Kid’s Fun Run, proceeds benefit ovarian cancer research, register at

MAY 2 Rochester Downtown Summer Farmers Market opens, (4th St and 4th Ave SE), 7:30 am-12 pm, 273-8232,

MAY 3 Walk MS: Christopher & Banks 2015, presented by Walser, Soldier’s Memorial Field, 10-11 am registration, walk find a cure for MS Pledges required, register at or

MAY 6 Women on Wednesdays, Rochester Civic Theatre, join us for discussions around issues that affect women in our community, May: Mothers as Mentors, 5-7 pm, complimentary appetizers and cash bar, events are free but please register to by the Monday before each event

MAY 16 Dancing for the Arts-Take IV, Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, get your tickets now, this fabulous fundraiser sells out in a flash, don’t miss the dance competition where ten local celebrity guests are paired with professional dancers from Dahl Dance Center to raise money for area youth arts education, 5:30 pm, 424-0811,,

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the fear of God in his own children. He would judge my trespassing as a criminal offense. I had visions of him running errands in his car, with me crouching in terror behind the driver’s seat. If discovered sooner, he would probably drag me home by the ear and forbid me from having any further relationship with his daughter. Thankfully, he didn’t use his car that morning. I waited until I was sure the coast was clear, then scuttled back home. When I told Bernice about the incident at a high school reunion many years later—long after her father passed away—she laughed. I forgave my mother when I raised four teenagers who also judged Saturday mornings as sacrosanct. But I did relay sympathy. We were pet lovers who lived among fur balls and dust bunnies and tripped over riding boots and shoes in the hallway. I made excuses for a messy house, even after the nest was empty and we were down to two smaller indoor dogs. I was free to pour my energy into my passion to write. And everyone knows, of course, that creative people never make good housekeepers. However, I do envy women with a mission to keep their home white-glove clean and uncluttered. To this day, I hire painters when a room needs freshening. Spring cleaning is on my list, but it is never a frenzied priority. Sorry Mom. The smell of ammonia still traumatizes me, and I confess I am still a late riser on Saturday mornings, though spring—and maturity—quick-start me hours short of noon. Cj Fosdick has freelanced stories and articles for many years. Her new novel, “The Accidental Wife,” grew out of an award-winning short story. The novel was published this spring by Wild Rose Press. Follow her on facebook, twitter and

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or those of us who live in tropical Minnesota, thoughts of spring always bring a smile and a big sigh of relief. More daylight, more sunshine, more birdsong, cleansing rain, daffodils, new outfits, baseball and housecleaning. OK, for some of us, that last one may not get the same share of earnest applause as the others. I come from a long line of German stock who elevated the art of housecleaning to a ferocious priority each spring. Mattresses had to be turned, doorknobs polished, dust motes sucked from refrigerator cubbies, walls washed and painted, area rugs and upholstery cushions beat senseless, floors and windows cleaned, lightbulbs changed… well, you get the picture. I did not inherit those frenzied cleaning genes, perhaps due in part to the teenage trauma it once evoked. Teenagers need a lot of sleep. The current recommendation is 9-10 hours per night. Like tender buds of spring, growing minds and bodies need sunlight, warmth and rest. Growing up, I had a great relationship with my feather pillow and comforter. When I was a bud of 15, I was rudely awakened at 7 a.m. one Saturday morning. Armed with rags and a bucket of toxic-smelling ammonia water, my mother announced that my room needed to be prepped and painted and I had to help or leave. A Saturday morning at 7 o’clock? Barely equivalent to dawn any other day of the week! Saturday was my day to sleep till noon. My mother had no sympathy. She clerked in a department store five days a week. You’d think she would relish sleeping late on Saturdays. Apparently, she didn’t understand my objection, and we exchanged words. In a fog, I dressed and chose the latter option—leaving—in as much of a huff as I could muster at such an ungodly hour. I hiked a half block to my best friend’s house, and knowing Bernice was probably still asleep, I found refuge in her garage and stretched out on the back seat of her dad’s Buick. Catching five more hours of thwarted sleep was not meant to be, however. I was dozing off when I heard some off-key whistling and popped up to see Bernice’s dad several feet away tinkering with something on his workbench. My heart raced. He was a big, humorless man who spoke with a Polish accent and could instill

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