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RST REFLECTS THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY Tiana O’Connor finds and tells the stories.
BY LAURA ARCHBOLD COVER PHOTO BY FAGAN STUDIOS
BLUES, BRASS AND BRAVERY Three authentic sounds from Rochester women. BY JOY BLEWETT
10 CATHERINE H. ARMSTRONG RELEASES “ROAM”
A story about a homeless teen and her family.
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CAREERS FOR WOMEN
13 WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT (WE)
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I had my bathroom retiled by In 2018 Rochester lost a couple of exemplary business Tile Superstore & More last year. On women. I got to know Dr. Bonita Patton, age 60, psychologist cold evenings this winter, I plan on and owner of Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (with taking a warm bath and listening to offices in Rochester, Owatonna, Faribault and Wabasha) music. How do you "hygge"? See and Post Town Winery. I met Nicci Sylvester through Mothers Hygge Week article (page 42). & More 13 years ago and I got to know her through her business. She opened Tonic – Local Kitchen and Juice Bar. She passed away days after her 43rd birthday in November. Each of these women did so much for others, and our community has been impacted by their contributions. What can we all learn from these ladies, who loved life and the people around them? Life is too short to worry (too much), be angry or be miserable. Live for your family and friends, do good for others, take care of yourself, listen to your heart and pursue your passions. We leave 2018 with its ups and downs—and wins and losses— and enter a new year. In 2019, we look forward to Kim Norton, Rochester’s first woman mayor, taking office, and we are hopeful that our economy will continue to grow and our city will become even more welcoming. Tiana O’Connor, marketing and communications manager at Rochester International Airport (RST), is featured on the cover of this January/February 2019 issue for commissioning a short film to capture Photo from Kim Norton one of RST’s employees (Michelle Nelson) hosting a family from for Mayor of Rochester. Mongolia through Samaritan’s Purse Children’s Heart Project. The kimnorton.org film celebrates our community’s 20-year history supporting this project (page 15). I love hearing about how our community comes together to help those in need. Along the lines of love and compassion, we give Catherine Ashton, founder of Compassionate Rochester MN (CRM), the opportunity to talk about her travels to China and inspiration for making our city more compassionate (page 26). To become a partner of CRM as an individual or an organization, go to compassionaterochestermn.org. RochesterWomen magazine has become a partner of CRM. We hope you will too! Mark your calendars for the 40th Annual Rochester Area Builders Home Show February 8, 9 and 10 at Mayo Civic Center. We are excited to “shine the light” on women working in the lighting industry and lighting trends (page 21). We are also featuring a remodeled home project with lighting to help “brighten up” your winter (page 24). Our RochesterWomen magazine 2019 goal is to help you, our readers, feel beautiful, confident and worthy. You are worth the time to care for yourself, to just be, read a magazine or relax. What are your goals for next year? Come to our Achieve 2019 event (page 47). I love you,
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BLUES, BRASS AND BRAVERY HEAR AUTHENTIC SOUNDS FROM THREE FEMALE MUSICIANS BY JOY BLEWETT
WE WELCOME YOU TO RochesterWomen MAGAZINE’S ARTIST COLUMN, OUR FIRST IN AN ONGOING SERIES FEATURING WOMEN IN THE ARTS. There’s nothing like good music that vibrates your bones, moves your soul, makes
your heart beat faster or raises the hair on the back of your neck. This issue’s arts column highlights three must-see female musicians from Rochester who do just that. Check out the local live theatre scene this winter as well.
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Annie Mack is one busy woman. As I write this, she is headed to Switzerland to perform at the Lucerne Blues Festival. Whether gracing local, national or world stages, Annie Mack has been building significant recognition for her music. Mack is known for her powerhouse vocals and meaningful lyrics based off personal experiences. Last year’s EP, “Tell It Like It Is,” introduced a new folk sound combined with her authentic blues. Even though she has been making music since 2012, First Avenue recently recognized her as one of the best new bands of 2018, and she is scheduled in their line-up for January 4 in Minneapolis. She also has two upcoming shows at Riverside Casino in Iowa, but don’t miss her here in Rochester: Monday, January 21, she is performing at Mayo Clinic in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Combs-Cawley to Minnesota before settling in Rochester. Immediately she got involved with the local community band. It was her way of getting connected with a social scene as well as live her passion for music. Through these connections, Loud Mouth Brass was formed and has been making the circuit opening for Cloud Cult and Har Mar Superstar. A six-person brass ensemble, Loud Mouth Brass is composed of several band directors and other local musical talents in Rochester. Combs-Cawley plays tuba alongside Ryan Donohue on tenor sax, Eric Stashek on baritone sax, Jon Knutson on trumpet, John Sievers on trombone and Nick Novotny on drums. While they began playing covers, this past year the band released original songs on their EP “Loud and Proud.” January 18: Music video release, Olde Pine Theater in Pine Island, 7:15 p.m. February 22: Big Turn Music Festival, Red Wing, 5:30 p.m. March 12: Canvas and Chardonnay
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Encouraged by her mother and aunt to sing and play music, Becca Combs-Cawley has been a musical performer since she was a child. In high school, she sidelined study hall to learn how to play the tuba, which led to a scholarship at Butler University in Indiana. Teaching brought
Fika (pronounced “fee-kah”) is a Swedish ritual of taking time each day to socialize with friends over coffee and cake. This concept of stepping back from the day intrigued Emily Nelson and helped her find new flow to her life as a college student studying abroad in Europe.
When she returned to Rochester, she felt led in new directions, and is now teaching music at Pure Rock Studios and creating her own music. This past year she released her first single under the name "VILD," the Swedish word for "wild." The track is called “Why/Fall.” The simple guitar and vocals speak to our inner fears, yet have a soothing lullaby-quality to calm them at the same time. Nelson's sound is inspired by her upbringing listening to The Cranberries and Enya. She has performed both locally and nationally and will be at Canvas and Chardonnay in January. She is also releasing another single that will have a more energetic spirit.
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A STORY ABOUT A HOMELESS TEEN AND HER FAMILY BY ALISON RENTSCHLER
ROCHESTER AUTHOR CATHERINE H. ARMSTRONG HAS WRITTEN A NEW BOOK, “ROAM,” WHICH WILL BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 5.
Armstrong’s first book, “The Edge of Nowhere,” was published in 2016. INSPIRATION THROUGH A WRITING ASSIGNMENT Armstrong wrote an article for the November/December 2014 issue of RochesterWomen magazine that she describes as a “life-altering event.” The article, “Saturday Noon Meals Provide More Than a Simple Meal,” describes meals—supported by donations—offered to those in need at Christ United Methodist Church at 12 p.m. every Saturday. Armstrong explains one woman used to organize it and volunteers served the meals. “There was a series of round tables, dishes and flowers. The meals were family-style… 10
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people liked each other and treated each other with respect. It gave me chills…the room felt like love,” Armstrong says. Armstrong explains how this experience became the inspiration for her book, “Roam,” which is about a homeless teen and her family. “I couldn’t stop thinking about what it would be like to be a kid.” Armstrong goes on to describe how she met people in that situation and imagined what she would do. Armstrong wrote the first draft of “Roam” in five or six weeks. “When I sat down (to write), it came to me, and it wouldn’t stop. Next thing I know its 2 p.m. I’d wake up at 3 a.m. and think, ‘I got to go write it down,’” explains Armstrong. “It was a fun book to write.”
INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS A few events in the book are also inspired by true events, Armstrong explains, such as the soup kitchen and the idea of the family squatting in a church’s basement. “Our daughter and her friend were 14 or 15. They went to the church’s basement storage room
THEMES AND TAKEAWAYS Armstrong explains the main theme and takeaway of the book is empathy and seeing where others are coming from. “I want them to think about how we treat people. We don’t understand what others are going through until we try.” “At the end of the book, there’s a presentation called ‘In My Shoes,’ that was inspired by the student body presentation of ‘In My Shoes’ at Mayo High School,” Armstrong describes. Armstrong goes on to say that as a parent, it’s important to stop and take a breath and think about what others might be going through. “I think we need more empathy,” she notes. Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester, Minnesota.
BOOK SIGNINGS The book will be released February 5, but will be available to buy presale before then. It will be sold at Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart and Amazon. Scheduled book signings in Rochester: February 9, 2:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Apache Mall February 17, 2 p.m. at Rochester Public Library
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Local Author Catherine H. Armstrong Releases “Roam”
and saw a homeless guy and freaked out…I talked to the Christian education director and asked what he’d do if he saw a family sleeping in the storage room. He said his first priority would be to make sure they were safe.” She drew inspiration for characters from life too. “One of the characters, Amber, is inspired by my daughter and quirky things from real life. But she has the physical attributes of my niece.” There really is a music teacher named Mrs. Miner as described in the book. Armstrong says, “She was my music teacher. I called her up and got a release. She was bigger than life. There isn’t anyone that doesn’t remember her.” Armstrong also mentions how she came up with many of the characters’ names in the book. “I have a huge, ginormous family, with 25 great-nieces and great-nephews, and I use all their names throughout the book.”
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I’m going to share my “what if I didn’t…”. Many told me not to. This is my story about “what if I didn’t pursue the career that I really had a passion and a natural talent for?” I guess you could say that I am lucky that I did. I am blessed to be able to share my passion and have it as my career as well. I have been in this industry for 25 years and I’m currently 46. I truly love my career choice and the opportunities it has given me. I have been able to be a trusted part of many people’s lives. I have owned one of my businesses for 18 years and another for 2 years. I really struggled with the stereotype of my career choice. When I was 21, I took the road of less-traditionally-bragged about by parents. I went to a Trade School…Yep, sure did. Even being the girl who loved math and science in high school and in my college courses, I still had a great desire to want to become a Cosmetologist. “You’re going to do what?... but you’re good in school…you’ll never make any money … you’re too smart …you should be a nurse, a teacher, anything but a ‘HAIRDRESSER’…!” UGH!! There are so many negative stereotypes of becoming a hairdresser and working in many other trades. I’m here to tell you that you or your loved one can be successful, happy, and self-supporting by training in the trades. You will have to work for it. If you don’t like to use your body or have great customer service skills, training in the trades might not be for you. But if that sounds like your thing, you can have a lifetime career that you will thoroughly enjoy. For the families and friends, I’m hoping that you can support the people in your lives who choose a career in the trades industry (you will need these people)! Cosmetologists/Estheticians, Massage Therapists, Plumbers, Electricians, Mechanics, Medical Technicians, Skilled-Construction workers, Culinary (everyone loves to eat), and so many more… If you are wanting a satisfying career, I highly suggest checking out your local Trade/Career Schools. Many traditional and non-traditional students can qualify for financial aid for their training by filling out a FASFA to see if they are eligible. Also, check into scholarships that the school may provide. Happy career planning! Jessica Amos, Owner- Hair Studio 52 and The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester
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EMPOWERING AND EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION BY TORI UTLEY
WHEN JESSICA AMOS REFLECTS ON HER CAREER, SHE’S REMINDED OF THE SAYING, "DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND YOU'LL NEVER WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE." For the owner of Hair Studio 52 and The Salon
Professional Academy, she's found this to be true: When you love your job, your employees and your industry, you experience a joy that makes even a difficult day at work easier. Amos is on a mission to empower more men and women to join the field of cosmetology and realize the life-changing opportunities the industry offers. PURSUING PASSION
In high school, Amos was discouraged from the (cosmetology) field by a high school counselor, an interaction she’s now realizing is common for young men and women who consider cosmetology as a career. She was initially thinking of becoming a math or science teacher, but decided to follow her heart instead. “One day, I realized I didn’t need to follow what other people were telling me to do,” Amos says. “I loved my job, God gave me the talent to do it and it’s a blast. How many people can say their job makes them that happy?" Today, Amos has not only built a flourishing career as a stylist, but she purchased Hair Studio 52 in 2000, and The Salon Professional Academy in 2016, creating an exciting opportunity as an entrepreneur.
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While the stylist-turned-entrepreneur says her story is equal parts luck and hard work, she says it is mentorship that played a vital role in transforming her into the business owner and stylist she is today. "One of my first supervisors, Sally McGovern, equipped me with so much knowledge early on in my career. She was pivotal," says Amos. "What she gave me then allowed me to grow, and pay it forward to young stylists today." After being given the gift of mentorship herself, Amos has established the same standard in her
workplace. Today, she invests in her employees and inspires them to reach their full potential, ultimately leading stylists to experience a career with high earning potential and the respect of peers, family members and clients. "This industry is all about customer service, including both the customers we serve and our staff," she says. "We have to work hard to maintain our culture and standards while delivering a great experience to our customers. Sometimes, this requires coachable moments and constructive criticism to help our staff grow and learn." Though there may be difficult moments on the job, Amos says the positive far outweighs the negative, especially when a meaningful bond is made with a client. "In this field, we often become an extension of a client's family," she says. "You'll have people who confide in you and cry in your chair, because they trust you. They know we care for them, and they care for us in return."
EQUIPPING THE NEXT GENERATION
Beyond creating a culture of mentorship and empowerment at Hair Studio 52, Amos is now leading The Salon Professional Academy alongside her business partner, Monica "Frankie" Soto. She shares that extending her expertise to educate the next generation felt natural— especially since she has so much passion for the future of this field.
"You can do so much with this education," she says. "You can go into education, sales, management, fashion and so many other avenues with incredible growth opportunities." Making it her mission to advocate for the industry she loves so dearly, she offers a final, important reminder to anyone considering cosmetology as a career. "You have to have passion," Amos shares. "You need to work hard and have good work ethic too, but it's passion that gets you through the dark days." Tori Utley is a Rochester-area writer and entrepreneur.
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ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REFLECTS THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY TIANA O’CONNOR FINDS AND TELLS THE STORIES BY LAURA ARCHBOLD
NO TWO DAYS ARE THE SAME FOR WORKERS AT ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (RST), AND IT’S A PERFECT FIT FOR TIANA O’CONNOR. Her journey began in 2005 with a part-time temporary assignment helping the airport with accounting and marketing. It has evolved into a fulfilling career for O’Connor, where she serves in the role as the airport’s first full-time marketing and communications manager.
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and RST plays a significant role in economic development. The airport provides an annual economic impact for the region of $161 million in annual output, 2,911 jobs, and $73 million in annual payroll. RST is Minnesota’s second busiest airport with flights serviced by United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines providing air service to three major hubs and beyond to anywhere in the world. The airport accommodates 290,000 passengers annually and provides air service to southeast Minnesota and border regions of Iowa and Wisconsin. FedEx arrives daily from Memphis. In addition, there are numerous private aircraft coming to access health care and businesses ranging anywhere from a jet arriving from Hong Kong to airplanes flying from Owatonna. O’Connor spends a lot of her time building community engagement with area employers and groups including Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Destination Medical Center and Mayo Clinic to find out what is important to them in local airline service. “While we continuously strive to add more flights and nonstop destinations, it takes commitments through partnerships, sustained community
engagement and continued use,” says O’Connor. To help with this strategy, O’Connor introduced the Fly Local campaign and Tailfin Rewards program which is paying off with overall increased awareness of the importance to choose flying local. Travel data for 2017 shows passenger retention has doubled with 24 percent of travelers now choosing RST, and the increased retention is visible in total passenger numbers. Through June 2018, total passengers have increased 50 percent over the same period in 2017. “We have great momentum and tremendous partners. This really helps to energize all of us who work here to provide exceptional care and customer service.”
STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE AND CULTURE OF CARE
As priorities have evolved inside RST, it has naturally aligned with O’Connor’s deep passion for highlighting the people and care inside the airport. “I never want us to be thought of as a commodity. There is so much more to our story and culture. We live in a community that embraces caring for people, and the airport supports that vision, and we are always looking for ways to make a difference. Critical to our RWmagazine.com January/February 2019
COVER STORY growth is acknowledgement of the importance of personal care for customers,” explains O’Connor. An example of this philosophy is the Caring Tails Pet Therapy program. O’Connor spearheaded the initiative as a way to enhance the overall airport experience, and provide stress relief, comfort and care to passengers through interactions with registered therapy dogs. Launched last fall, trained dogs and handlers from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs visit the main terminal during peak times, visiting customers awaiting departure and arriving from inbound flights to provide comfort. Now and then, O’Connor likes to accompany the dogs and volunteers inside the airport and is always inspired by the joy the program brings. “A significant number of our passengers are coming here for medical purposes, and that adds considerable stress in addition to general fears and anxieties about flying. It’s amazing to see what two to three minutes of contact with one of the therapy dogs does to help relieve stress and provide some joy. You can’t help but smile when you meet one of our furry ambassadors,” shares O’Connor. She sees the program continuing to grow and is always looking for more volunteers.
RST REFLECTS THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
As a global entry point, RST is often the first experience many people have when they come to the community. O'Connor discovered a humaninterest story in February 2018 through Delta Global Services employee Michele Nelson's involvement with hosting children from Mongolia through Samaritan's Purse Children’s Heart Project. Nelson got connected with the program through Calvary Evangelical Free Church and has been hosting families for three years. The program has been a long-standing community effort for more than 20 years. Samaritan's Purse Children’s Heart Project and Mayo Clinic have been partnering to provide life-saving operations for children from Bosnia, Kosovo, Honduras, Uganda, Mongolia and Bolivia. “Healing hearts is not a job of two 16
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guests are exciting to see, the best part of her job involves stepping away from her long task list to watch what is happening inside RST. She’s particularly fond of military and family reunions along with passengers and employees who care for them. “It’s a privilege to witness our everyday story and the employees that work at RST serving the needs of our passengers,” shares O’Connor.
organizations—it takes a wider group effort—it takes families, and it takes a community,” says O’Connor. She knew the story needed to be told and reached out to Encore Public Relations to do a short film documentary following the five-week journey inside Mayo Clinic, host family homes and the wider community. The film captures the life-saving medical care and community support through food, lodging, transportation and overall hospitality for the children, parents and interpreters. “The story is about healing more than hearts physically. It’s a much wider narrative about how our community comes together to provide hope and healing that, in the end, really transforms everyone’s heart,” says O’Connor. The story was shared widely through RST channels, area media, Mayo Clinic, area churches and other organizations. O’Connor shares, “I am so happy with the story as it really captures the spirit of our community and what we are all about.” The documentary can be viewed at flyrst.com/heart.
FUN PERKS OF THE JOB
O’Connor’s job comes with unexpected activities that involve making accommodations for global leaders and visiting dignitaries like the Dalai Lama and the presidential visit by Donald Trump. Once notified of such VIP guests, it’s all hands on deck with operational planning, security and working with local, state and federal officials. O’Connor makes sure that communication is streamlined with media and provided to the traveling public to help with delays and disruptions. Although high profile
BLUE SKIES AND A BRIGHT FUTURE
Working toward continued growth is not easy and certainly comes with challenges, but O’Connor knows the airport is headed in the right direction. “I love Rochester, and it’s exciting to be living and working in a community that is experiencing such historic change. By working together, we are firmly committing to stay true to who we are. The sky is the limit, and the future is bright when it comes to providing more services, more flights and more offerings inside RST.” Laura Archbold is the owner of Encore Public Relations, a communications, public relations and marketing consulting firm that crafts purpose-filled narratives that inspire, educate and unite to make the world a better place.
For twenty years, Samaritan’s Purse’s Children’s Heart Project and Mayo Clinic have been partnering to provide lifesaving operations for children from around the world. Healing hearts is not a job of two organizations. It takes a wider group effort. It takes families. It takes a community.
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND DESIGN TRENDS IN THE LIGHTING INDUSTRY BY SARA LOHSE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY
I CAN EASILY SPEND HOURS IN LIGHTING STORES. The textures, finishes and shapes mesmerize me.
THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIGHTING
Sometimes my husband gives me a look, cueing me that we’ve been under the lights too long. Like a child getting kicked off an iPad, I try to soak up every remaining minute. I completely understand why someone would choose a career in lighting because it’s where form meets function.
I’ve had the privilege of speaking with three Rochester women who work in the lighting industry: Becky Holmen, Ami Olson and Heather Hughes. They’ve been able to combine their knowledge of lighting with their love of people. Their insights may even pique the interest of anyone looking for a “bright” career.
Becky Holmen, Bright Ideas
Becky Holmen is a lighting specialist at Bright Ideas lighting store in Rochester. Her career in the lighting field was anything but planned. “To be honest, it kind of was by chance that I came into this specific design career. As an interior designer, I came to Rochester with an open mind, looking for a position in the design field.” She was thrilled to find a showroom that specialized in lighting, as it was a great fit for her. She adds, “Lighting is a very important part of interior design and is often overlooked.” Ami Olson, a sales consultant at WT Lighting in Rochester, also bumped into the lighting profession accidently. “I actually came in to buy lighting for my new home, and they offered me a position to work on their computer. Shortly after that, the housing boom started. I was thrown into the sales area, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” Sometimes, identifying our strengths is what leads us down our career path. This was the case for Heather Hughes, lighting specialist at Dakota Supply Group (DSG) in Rochester. Hughes began as an electrical manager at Menards. “When I first started out in electrical, I had opportunities to help customers design houses and apartment buildings. I realized it was something I really enjoyed doing and was a strength of mine.” Recognizing this strength is what led her to become a lighting specialist.
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Heather Hughes, Dakota Supply Group
Olson thoroughly enjoys her role as a lighting sales consultant. She looks forward to client interactions, both listening to them and assembling custom lighting plans for them. Her mission is to help “create a home they want to come home to.” She adds, “I enjoy going to the job sites, working with the builders and the electricians to make everything come together. There is a nice feeling of accomplishment when a home or project is completed.” Holmen says that being a designer and lighting specialist also has its perks. “The most rewarding part is the smile on a client’s face when ‘they see the light,’ so to speak.” She witnesses the joy they feel when finding the perfect light or selecting the final fixture for their dream home. She says that in either case, “the look is the same, an over-joyous smile.” A reward for Hughes is knowing she helps her customers find what they need, while saving them money in the process. “Around 60 percent of the jobs I do are electrical-engineered projects, and the other 40 percent are jobs I help the contractor design/ retrofit.” She summarizes her biggest reward quite simply as, “Helping design jobs, start to finish.” RWmagazine.com January/February 2019
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Heather Hughes is part of the local DSG team of quotations specialists that provides bids for electrical contractors.
CHALLENGES FOR WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY
The lighting design industry is fairly young, having emerged in the 60s and 70s. As a result, there are fewer challenges to women lighting professionals than one may think. Holmen explains, “Interior design, specifically a lighting specialist, can be seen as a female-dominated career choice. Lighting and design are part of the big picture of the building industry, which is a male-dominated field.” She’s observed a positive trend in the last decade. “The lines of communication are open, and people are listening to their specialists, be it male or female.” Olson adds, “Once in a while you run across that person who thinks they need a second opinion, a man’s opinion. And when that man says the exact same thing (as me), they wholeheartedly agree. It can be frustrating, but it is one of those things that you have to shrug off and move on.” She does, however, share a redeeming aspect. “I do get a lot of support from the builders I work with and the electricians out on the job sites. So that makes up for those few who do not trust in a woman’s opinion.” Hughes shares her take on the issue, “I think everyone has challenges in the lighting industry. I don't feel being a woman makes any difference.” After two decades in the field, it’s very encouraging to hear it has not been an issue for her.
CAREERS IN LIGHTING: ILLUMINATING THE PATH
Careers in the lighting industry vary from architectural lighting designers to associates in a lighting store. Regardless of the career direction a person chooses, Olson gives some advice, “It is a learning process. Technology is changing all the time, and electrical codes are changing all the time. Use all the resources available to learn, and keep up with the changes. Be confident in what you know, and ask questions when you don’t.” Hughes also advises those interested in the field, “Make sure it is something you enjoy. If you don't enjoy it, you won't excel.” For those interested in the technical side of lighting, there are certifications available. Hughes has attained the AGi32 certification, which taught her about luminaire photometrics, calculations and CAD. She explains it in laymen’s terms, “AGi32 is a lighting design system that allows a person to see how much light you will get by using certain light fixtures.” Holmen shares wisdom for those interested more in the design side of lighting. “Be creative and open to new ideas. And just like fashion, lighting styles change and cycle around.” Her knowledge goes much deeper than just design though. She holds the lighting specialist certification from the American Lighting Association (ALA). She shares how comprehensive it is, covering “every aspect of the residential lighting industry, including industry trends, technology and technical developments.”
PRACTICAL TRENDS IN LIGHTING
It’s absolutely clear that LED is the top trend in lighting. Olson says, “I think LED lighting is one of the best inventions to hit the lighting industry. Imagine the amount of electricity it takes to run a 100-watt bulb. Now cut that down to a 15-watt LED bulb that will give you same lighting output without using the same amount of electricity.” LED bulbs are also cooler to the touch, saving both energy and the homeowner’s fingers. Minnesota code regulates that 75 percent of all new construction lighting must be energy efficient. Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) offers energy rebates for those switching over to LED and energy efficient lighting. They do energy audits for commercial sites, helping 22
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them reduce energy costs. WT Lighting offers a complimentary service to homeowners. They provide an estimate on the cost of switching from incandescent lighting to LED lighting. Hughes has observed another trend: Kelvin color changing lights. These lights adjust from warm white to bright white, reducing the need for multiple bulbs. These new innovations keep the lighting industry ever-changing and always interesting. It’s no wonder so many women find the lighting profession to be such a great fit for them. Sara Lohse is owner and professional organizer at The Rescued Room, TheRescuedRoom.com.
DESIGN TRENDS IN LIGHTING
The statement piece Exposed light LED and smart fixtures Matte black with gold Geometric shapes and straight lines Natural Materials concrete, wood, marble or granite Retro Designs with a touch of elegance and opulence Romantic – fun, soft shapes and textures Warm Metallic Finishes – soft gold and copper Courtesy of Becky Holmen, Bright Ideas
HOME AND GARDEN
LIGHTING SOLUTIONS ADD FUNCTION, COMFORT AND STYLE TO BUILDER’S HOME BY TRISH AMUNDSON
Rowland of Excel Homes, understands firsthand the importance of lighting and its impact on the enjoyment of a home. To get the lighting just right, Rowland works with a lighting professional to incorporate solutions into the homes he builds, including his own home.
ROWLAND’S HOME Rowland completed his personal home in early 2018, which features a rustic, modern farmhouse look. Warm wood tones, neutral classic colors and timeless custom finishes carry the farmhouse aesthetic throughout. Wide-planked hardwood flooring blends with sleek chrome hardware and Restoration Hardware vanities. The home includes custom cabinets and woodwork, beautiful Cambria countertops, and carefully chosen lighting to complement the design.
LIGHTING WITH VISION AND PURPOSE To get the lighting just right, Rowland turned to lighting design specialist Ami Olson of WT Lighting for lighting recommendations. “The first thing to consider is the size of the space,” says Olson. “Decisions will be different depending on whether it is a large, open room, such as a living room or family room, or a smaller area, such as a bedroom or sitting area. Second, if I am working with homeowners or a builder, I find out if they have a vision for the space and how 24
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it will be used,” she continues. “For example, do they want general purpose lighting—such as recessed lights and a ceiling fan—or do they want a more intimate space with a center chandelier?” Lighting is a functional aspect of Rowland’s home and the lighting design was created to make life easier and more efficient. “Lighting can transform any room, and the lighting choices are critical to ensuring cohesiveness in the house,” says Rowland. “I love to mix and match finishes and styles, depending on the room, to bring it all together for the beautiful finished product. Each room in my home has its own special features, but the mix of various chrome accents, distinct textures in the flooring, and bold wrought iron light fixtures in the kitchen really brought everything together to achieve exactly the finished product we envisioned.”
ADD VISIBILITY AND AMBIANCE Dimmers, step lights, puck lights, tape lighting, rope lighting and wall sconces can be used in many areas of a home to set a mood or highlight unique aspects of the home’s design. Rowland’s kitchen incorporates recessed lights that add visibility and pendant lights that provide depth and texture above the island. The possibilities for lighting are endless. “Under-cabinet options can offer better task lighting, while cabinets with glass doors and glass shelves may require a puck light to highlight contents,” says Olson. “We can add rope lights or above-cabinet lighting for ambiance.” In addition, dimmers can be used to soften lighting.
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LIGHTING IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF ANY HOME. Real estate agent and builder, Mickey
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STYLES AND TECHNOLOGY The geometric light fixtures in Rowland’s home provide a modern look and are unique pieces of art. From the wrought iron fixtures in the kitchen to similar, yet translucent, geometric fixtures in the nearby rooms, each is a carefully chosen focal point. The home’s exterior displays a welcoming FREE PARKING • FREE ADMISSION barn light fixture. Olson says manufacturers are beginning to recognize that people use lighting as jewelry, or even art, in the design of their For complete show information visit: homes. Everyone has different tastes, and the market is now reflecting the Rochestermnshows.com • 507-387-7469 need for unique and updated styling. Today, homeowners also have interest in new lighting technologies, which often can be incorporated later. “Technology is changing every RochesterHomeLifestyleShow_JF19.indd 1 12/17/18 day, and sometimes it is hard to keep up. More and more people are using Google home systems or others like it,” says Olson. “Most of these systems are put in after project completion. Special smart bulbs and switches work with the systems and apps, so no special wiring is required. Sooner or later, we may not need wires to control our lighting or other items in our homes. Until then, LED lighting can be used to cut back on electrical consumption and promote energy savings.” As a mortgage professional and mom, Katie Lund understands LIGHTING THE WAY that you need a banker you trust “We involved Ami early in the building process to ensure we were on the to take care of it all. She’ll work same page regarding all aspects of the lighting throughout the home,” with you from start to finish if shares Rowland. “We reviewed the house plan, and we planned the you’re buying or building. lighting based on our budget.” Rowland shared the plans for the home with Olson who made the Email Katie for an appointment: lighting selections and kept on budget. Together, they reviewed and email@example.com finalized changes. Rowland adds, “She also does a great job selecting lighting options for our clients and suggesting lights that align with the style they are looking for.” Rowland thoroughly enjoys his new home, which is a blend of modern design and vintage charm. It is the result of a clear vision, attention to detail and quality lighting choices that demonstrate timeless function, character and style. While considering the many homes he has built, he concludes: “The lighting in this home is one of my favorites.”
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Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer. Her home includes Edison-style vintage lights and innovative smart bulbs.
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as if I knew it from a past life—that I became a tour manager in order to return to China. Tibet was included in my tours in 1993. After working for Chinese tour companies, graduate school coursework for East Asian studies and immersion in Chinese culture and language, I began organizing my own tours in 1997. In addition, I lived in Shanghai for two months in 1999 and spent 19 days in Tibet in 2007, on “kora” (pilgrimage) to Mount Kailash in central Tibet with additional travel to western Tibet—both times on my own. COMPASSIONATE INSPIRATION
My last trip was in 2012, and I thought I had retired from organizing tours. After long consideration and inspired by my commitment to my Buddhist life and study and my work with our initiative declaring Rochester a Compassionate City, I organized a different kind of trip for the end of October 2018. I made arrangements for my specified itinerary of two days in Shanghai, two days in Xian and nine days in Tibet. A challenge was receiving a “Tibet group permit” because of increasingly restricted travel there for Westerners. Fortunately, we obtained the permit mere weeks before our departure.
ADJUSTING TO THE CULTURE From the airport, we were given instructions to notice a camera and recording device in our bus. We were also advised not to take photos of police, military, the army, checkpoints, security checks or vehicles in front of the hotel and tourist sites. Flying into Lhasa, Tibet, with an altitude of 12,000 feet, meant we needed to adjust to the altitude by drinking plenty of liquids, making slow movements and getting lots of rest. Our food was freshly cooked Chinese vegetarian. We ate at a Nepali restaurant that served curries, pizza and 26
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naan bread. In the mornings, we found space to meditate, sometimes in the hotel lobby, often with a kitten on my lap.
FIVE DAYS IN LHASA In Lhasa, we went into the magnificent Potala Palace (home of past Dalai Lamas), Drepung and Sera Monastery where we witnessed debating monks. We also visited Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer palace. Our beautiful hotel was half a block to the Barkhor market surrounding the holy Jokhang Temple. We went through a security check to join those who circle the temple clockwise in meditation, spinning prayer wheels or reciting “om mani padme hum” with a string of 108 prayer beads. We carefully stepped around those performing full prostrations amid the prayers. There were two other all-day sites for pilgrimage in Lhasa: the Potala and the Lingkor (the old city), which can take many hours. I reflect on the challenges of keeping the centuries of Tibetan culture alive, while facing the realities of change demanded by the overwhelming Chinese presence.
TIBETAN THANGKA Traveling three days outside of Lhasa, we traveled through a 15,000-foot mountain pass covered in prayer flags. The banners support prayers carried on the winds. We exclaimed with spontaneous delight when we rounded a mountain road to the expanse of the holy Yamdrok Lake, with the snow-capped glaciers of the Himalayas far in the distance. At a rest stop, we encountered herders who have given work to their Tibetan mastiffs, which was a photo opportunity for US $1.50 per person. The herders have been moved off the plateau into multi-floor housing to be nearer the road. Moving the herders is a way to confiscate their land, vast areas of which are now being mined. Some of their yaks have an earring indicating they have been purchased and set free to roam, a gift of mercy. Tibetan “thangkas” (paintings) are complex mandalas (symbols) of the Buddhist story—heaven and hell, life and death, buddhas, colors,
Photos provided Catherine Ashton.
I WENT ON A BIKE TRIP TO CHINA IN 1982. I felt that China was so familiar to me—
Left to right: 1. Cathy’s group in front of the Potala Palace. 2. Monks debate at Sera Monastery. 3. Prostration in front of the Jokhang Temple. 4. Prayer flags on the mountain pass. 5. Cathy with a Tibetan mastiff.
AROUND THE WORLD & BACK
guides, dangers, spirits and humans. Thangkas are everywhere—the temples, the market—our hotel in Lhasa was even named the Thangka Hotel. Tibet is described as a living mandala. I contemplate what is seen and what is unseen. Entering the complexity of a Buddhist thangka to explore an unknown work, we try to define it by what is known, and so often we are left to gaze upward into the deep blue of a vast sky, abandoning the struggle, asking a question, being silent in the answer. We were on a journey to discover how compassion is revealed in the complex relationship between China and Tibet. We also reflected on how this relates to our own lives, in our own communities, and in our familiar and challenging world.
Since returning from our journey, I have recognized a shift in my way of being. Judgment and anger have lessened as I saw all beings in Tibet wanting happiness. I have made a connection to the challenge of finding how compassion for those who cause pain and suffering can begin to dismantle the boundaries that have too long divided us. Compassion has no hierarchy of worthy and unworthy suffering; It makes no distinctions between the deserving and the undeserving. Wherever there is suffering, there is a need for compassion. Finding compassion for those who are the cause of pain is a difficult journey, but the path of bitterness and division is far more painful. I have found a new way to open my eyes and heart in all the places where I had been previously blinded by fear or anger. May we all travel to a height of 12,000 feet to gain a much more expanded view of the world. Catherine Ashton teaches Buddhism and mindfulness meditation at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota. She spearheaded Rochester joining the worldwide Charter for Compassion as a Compassionate City in 2017.
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FOOD AND WINE
Chinese New Year RIGHT HERE IN ROCHESTER
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ROCHESTER HAS A VAST INTERNATIONAL DINING SCENE GIVEN ITS SIZE. There are numerous fantastic Asian restaurants
in town—some are trendy and upscale presenting new twists on classic dishes, while others are traditional and beloved by visitors and locals alike.
In honor of Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019), my husband and I wanted to explore a sampling of new and established Asian restaurants in Rochester. There are several excellent Asian eateries, but we chose to visit Hunan Garden and Asia Fusion.
Hunan Garden is well-known around Rochester as a popular Chinese restaurant, and we were definitely pleased with our meals. We started off with a tasty wonton soup: The broth was flavorful and the wontons were tender, making for a perfect beginning to our meal. For entrees, we enjoyed cashew shrimp and sizzling steak with shrimp. The cashew shrimp included jumbo shrimp and lots of perfectly cooked, crisp-tender vegetables. It was delicious. The sizzling steak had a generous portion of steak and jumbo shrimp with lots of veggies. Both meals were large portions, and we ended up with leftovers that made for a fantastic lunch for two the following day. The ambiance at Hunan Garden is very welcoming, and we will plan to visit again soon.
Asia Fusion surprised us, because from the outside, it looks like just any other small restaurant, but upon entering, it was like we were transported to another world. Asia Fusion’s unique decor is a mix of industrialchic-meets-classic-Asian influences. We ordered crispy chicken walnut and chicken satay. The crispy chicken walnut was what you’d expect: crispy chicken with walnuts and expertly prepared veggies with peanut sauce and rice. It tasted great, and
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the serving size was perfect. But the star of the show was the chicken satay. The entree was served in a huge bowl over a bed of rice. The chicken was marinated and cooked to perfection, tossed with a peanut sauce, cilantro, cucumber and red onion. It was an explosion of flavors, and it was absolutely our favorite entree. Asia Fusion is a delightful restaurant, and we will most certainly dine there again in the near future.
simplifying recipes if it makes them more approachable and increases the likelihood of cooking a favorite meal at home. Both restaurants we visited were wonderful, and we had great meals at each place. I highly recommend Asia Fusion’s chicken satay, and really, the best way to truly understand how unique it is, is to try it yourself. In the meantime, try making chicken satay at home following this recipe. Cindy Mennenga, owner of MedCity WordCraft, LLC is a freelance writer and editor based in Rochester.
MAKING CHICKEN SATAY AT HOME
Since our evening at Asia Fusion, I’ve been experimenting with chicken satay recipes because it’s now one of our favorite meals. The key is to marinate the chicken and let it absorb the flavors of the marinade. When it comes time to cook the chicken, be sure the meat is cooked through, but don’t overcook it because it will become dry and chewy. The original recipe recommends grilling the chicken, which you can do, but I find the hassle of getting the grill going a deterrent, so I cook the chicken slowly in a skillet. It saves time and is more convenient. Another short cut I like to take because I am usually in a hurry and don’t always have all of the ingredients on-hand: I use store-bought peanut sauce rather than make my own. I’m sure you purists out there are aghast at the thought, but I don’t see any harm in
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Prep time: 15 min. (Prep time does not include marinating time.) Cook time: 10 min. Total time: 25 min. Serves: 4 CHICKEN MIXTURE • 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast (or chicken thighs) cubed into bite-size pieces • ½ cup coconut milk • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 tsp. ginger, minced • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce • 1 Tbsp. red curry paste • 3 Tbsp. light brown sugar • 3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce • ½ tsp. ground turmeric • ½ tsp. cumin • 2 Tbsp. olive oil • 1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped • 2 Tbsp. cucumber, chopped • 1 Tbsp. red onion, chopped • Lime wedges for garnish, if desired • 1 cup rice, cooked • Peanut sauce, recipe below Add first 10 ingredients (above) to a plastic container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. When ready to cook, add olive oil in large skillet. Preheat to medium high heat. Cook chicken mixture 4 - 5 minutes on each side, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat, toss with peanut sauce, cilantro, cucumbers and red onion. Serve over rice with lime wedges and extra cilantro for garnish, if desired. PEANUT SAUCE • ½ cup creamy peanut butter • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tsp. ginger, minced • 2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce • 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar • 1 whole lime, juiced • 1 tsp. sesame oil • 1 tsp. red curry paste • 1 tsp. sriracha • 2 Tbsp. water Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined. Alternately, mix ingredients in a medium bowl until combined (or use store-bought peanut sauce). Set aside until ready to add to chicken mixture. Recipe adapted from ChefSavvy.com.
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OF THE WORLD SUPPORTS BEAR CREEK SERVICES BY MARGO STICH
FOR THE PAST 28 YEARS, WINES OF THE WORLD HAS OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A FINE EVENING OF FOOD AND WINE TASTING, WHILE SUPPORTING THE MISSION OF BEAR CREEK SERVICES. Rochester International
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Event Center is transformed to a showcase of more than 200 wines and delicious food, along with select beers and craft spirits, auction items, live music and more. The event closes with an opportunity to order wines featured at the event, at special event prices. Plan to enjoy these at a later date, in your souvenir wine glass.
WINE TASTING HOW-TO’S At an event like this, where there is so much to sample, remember, you don’t have to try it all–well you can’t–and you don’t have to like everything you try. That said, being open to hearing why someone likes a wine you don’t can help you better understand, and identify,
those wines which you are more likely to enjoy. Such insight can help you make better decisions when ordering wine at a restaurant or purchasing a bottle at a wine shop. The very basics of wine tasting can be reduced to “see-swirl-smell-sip.” As you engage in conversation with wine distributors who have in-depth knowledge of their wines, learn what affects the color of wine. Become more aware of the nuances of aromas and flavors a given varietal of wine can display. Notice the “weight” of the wine. Essentially, this is the physical sensation, or “mouth-feel” experienced by your palate and often referred to as “body.”
UNEXPECTED SURPRISES It can be a delight to discover liking a specific wine, which falls in a style category you normally don’t care for. This can be as simple as finding a white, when you describe yourself as a “red wine drinker.” Or you may discover a California Malbec which your palate prefers to those from Argentina, where you thought all Malbecs were from.
WINE TASTING ETIQUETTE As wine is very sensory, it is a courtesy to others not to wear perfume, aftershave or anything with fragrance. Feel free to linger at the various tasting stations, engaging in conversation with the knowledgeable distributors, but do be aware of others around you, stepping back as needed so others can get a sample poured. After stepping aside, you can continue to enjoy what is in your glass while engaging in other conversations. Indeed, there is a world of difference in how a given varietal can present, which goes beyond vintage and region. Wines of the World offers an opportunity to experience all this and more while supporting a good cause, right here in Rochester. Margo Stich is a Rochester area freelance writer.
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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Vaginal Rejuvenation LESS RISKY THAN VAGINOPLASTY BY CAITLIN SUMMERS
AT LONG LAST, WOMEN ARE SPEAKING THEIR TRUTH AND TELLING SOCIETY THAT THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN TELL THEM HOW TO LOOK AND FEEL IS THEMSELVES. To that end, women are being more assertive—asking for
experience with Dr. Balgobin was awesome and adds, “He’s super personable. He tells it like it is and doesn’t sugarcoat things.”
I sat down with Dr. Christopher Balgobin of Arijai Aesthetics and Wellness Center, who offers his expertise in Rochester at Posh Facial Esthetics & Med Spa, to talk about vaginal rejuvenation, which he says is “a hot topic right now.”
Because of Dr. Balgobin’s passion for education, every patient has a consult before the procedure to review the patient's health history. If you’ve had an abnormal Pap smear, chronic inflammation, chronic infections or a sexually transmitted disease, then you’re likely not a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation. For healthy candidates there are very few risks. The procedure itself takes only 15 minutes, and it’s a series of three treatments one month apart. The cost for this procedure is $2,750 compared to $10,000 for vaginoplasty, which is a surgical procedure and has more risks. There’s no intercourse allowed for one week after the procedure, and some patients may notice spotting. Dr. Balgobin recommends a touchup once a year after the initial treatment. To find out more about vaginal rejuvenation or to schedule a consult visit poshfacialesthetics.com or call 507-208-4237.
and getting what they want—and having plastic surgery procedures done that make a big difference in their lives: vaginal rejuvenation.
Walking into Posh Facial Esthetics, I was greeted immediately by friendly staff as I asked to see Dr. Balgobin. He met me in the lobby and welcomed me into the office, which was covered in balloons for an upcoming birthday party. For having over 100,000 followers on his Instagram account, Dr. Balgobin is not what I was expecting. A laid back, incredibly kind person, his passion for what he does was immediately apparent. Starting his career as an OB/GYN and having delivered over 1,000 babies, Dr. Balgobin has extensive experience working with female patients. Practicing mostly out of Burnsville, Dr. Balgobin performs nonsurgical procedures about once a month at Posh Facial Esthetics.
I’ll admit, I’m not up on the latest procedures for women, and I haven’t had children, so my familiarity with vaginal rejuvenation
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was extremely limited. Due to my lack of knowledge about the procedure, Dr. Balgobin gave me what he gives all his patients: an education. Vaginal rejuvenation is a nonsurgical procedure using a laser to tighten the tissues of the vaginal wall. A laser is also used on the external areas known as the labia majora and labia minora. Dr. Balgobin states that the majority of patients having this procedure done are those who’ve had children and experience incontinence while coughing or laughing. The procedure also improves sex for both the patient and their partners by an increase in friction as well as vaginal lubrication. If those weren’t enough positives, the procedure may also reduce bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections by balancing out the vagina’s pH levels. One of Dr. Balgobin’s patients, a new mother, told me, “I can laugh again and not have to cross my legs.” She noted that while most women would prefer a female doctor, her
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Permanent Cosmetics and Paramedical Tattooing IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU? BY ERIN PAGEL
FROM EYEBROW SHAPING TO EYELINER, SCAR CAMOUFLAGE TO COVERING HAIR LOSS, PERMANENT COSMETICS AND PARAMEDICAL TATTOOING ARE AFFORDABLE WAYS TO STRATEGICALLY Desire Dalrymple DRAW ATTENTION TO OR CONCEAL FACIAL FEATURES. Desire Dalrymple, owner and aesthetician at
Permanent Cosmetics By Desiree in Rochester says, “Permanent cosmetics can be life-changing for people on all levels and can help real women feel like themselves...beautiful.”
Permanent cosmetics are shade-matched pigments implanted into the skin (similar to an artistic tattoo) to minimize or eliminate the need for daily makeup application. The pigments are specifically selected to be a perfect reflection of the pink of one’s lips or the shade of one’s lashes and eyebrows. The term “permanent” is a bit misleading. “Semi-permanent” is more accurate. The treatment fades over time and typically lasts from a year and a half to three years. Traditional tattoo ink can last even longer.
MORE THAN CONVENIENCE
It’s hard to argue the convenience of always having perfectly shaped eyebrows or ever-there eyeliner. Permanent cosmetics are sought after by female athletes, professionals, entertainers, models and moms. Permanent cosmetics can also be a help to women who have allergies or sensitivity to traditional makeup. Women with arthritis, Parkinson's disease, tremors, vision problems or blindness may find putting on makeup a nearly impossible daily task. Permanent cosmetics can offer both relief and convenience. Dalrymple notes that such clients find it liberating to remove the daily struggle of applying makeup.
WHAT ARE PARAMEDICAL TATTOOS?
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decoration or art, but to discreetly enhance one’s appearance by diminishing the appearance of scars or other imperfections. For men and women who have lost their hair due to medical treatments like chemotherapy, permanent eyebrows and the restoration of the appearance of hair can boost self-confidence. A skilled aesthetician can help mask the symptoms of medical conditions like alopecia (complete absence of hair) and vitiligo (loss of pigment in the skin causing patchiness). Paramedical tattooing can diminish the appearance of scars and burns or “reconstruct” the areola after breast surgery. It can also disguise facial imperfections such as a cleft lip.
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE DONE?
Dalrymple hones 20 years of experience in body art, permanent cosmetics, paramedical tattooing and skin care to help both male and female clients feel beautiful. Each client starts with a consultation to discuss what the client wants and how they want it to look. Goals of the treatment are discussed and defined. Once the plan is set, Dalrymple uses a topical anesthetic to numb the area and draws guidelines on the face before beginning the procedure. She uses relaxation and visualization tactics to help clients keep calm throughout the visit. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, and the entire experience takes about two hours. Clients should expect swelling and initial fading of ink over a few days. Four to six weeks
Pigments are selected to be a perfect reflection of the shade of one's lashes and eyebrows or the pink of one's lips.
after the initial appointment the client returns for a touch-up to fix any fading and to add highlights and any further definition desired.
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND DISCOMFORT
Permanent cosmetics and paramedical tattooing are not for everyone. Those taking blood thinners, people with diabetes, high anxiety or folks prone to eye infections may want to consult with a doctor first. The medical risks, while relatively rare, include infection, allergy to pigments, granulomas and scarring. Discomfort during permanent cosmetic procedures or paramedical tattooing procedures depends on the procedure, personal pain tolerance and skill of the technician. Where artistic tattooing commonly does not use anesthetics, permanent cosmetic procedures and paramedical tattoos typically use topical anesthetics and desensitizing products to make the procedures as pain-free as possible. Erin Pagel is a freelance writer living in Rochester.
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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
OLMSTED MEDICAL CENTER Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery BY CINDY MENNENGA
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AS ANYONE WHO HAS EVER LOST A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WEIGHT KNOWS, IT FEELS AS IF YOU HAVE A NEW LEASE ON LIFE. You feel better, your
clothes fit better, and people look at you differently. It’s as if you turned back the clock and life seems easier. Perhaps you have significant weight to lose, you’ve tried to lose weight unsuccessfully in the past or perhaps you have developed a medical condition that requires you to lose weight.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
According to Olmsted Medical Center’s (OMC) website, “Weight loss surgery has been shown to be the most effective way to reach long-term weight loss and can help reduce obesity-related health concerns. At OMC, the weight-loss surgery (bariatric) team will help you learn lifestyle and behavior skills needed to successfully reach your weight loss and health goals.” OMC’s website explains the criteria for surgery, which says, “You may be a candidate for weight loss (bariatric) surgery if you meet the following requirements: a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, but less than 60; a BMI of 35 or greater with obesity-related health problems (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, heart disease); multiple failed weight loss attempts; no untreated mental illness; commitment to long-term lifestyle changes; smoke-free and no history of drug and alcohol abuse; at least 18 years of age; and attend the patient informational session.” In the event you would like to proceed with weight loss surgery, the process to get accepted into the program takes several months
OMC offers three types of weight loss surgery: adjustable gastric band (Lap-band), laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. “During the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery,” OMC’s website explains, “the surgeon places an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach, creating a smaller pouch. The band is connected to tubing and an access port which is placed under the skin. The surgeon injects saline into the port to make the band tighter. This will limit how much food can be eaten and how fast it empties into the larger portion of the stomach. The surgeon can also take out fluid from the port if the band is too tight. The average weight lost with the band is approximately 40 percent of patient’s excess body weight.” “During the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy,” OMC’s website says, “the surgeon removes about 80 percent of the stomach, including the part that makes the hunger hormones. The stomach is reduced to the size of a banana. This causes a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food. On average gastric sleeve patients will lose 60 percent of their excess body weight. Because you are not able to eat much food, you will need to take vitamin supplements the rest of your life.” “During the gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created and separated from the rest of the stomach. The new pouch (stomach), which is about the size of an egg, is then attached to the lower portion of the small intestine. This pouch holds much less food and you feel full after eating only a few ounces of food. This reduces the number of calories and nutrients you can absorb from the food you eat. On average, gastric bypass patients will lose approximately 70 percent of their excess body weight. Because you are not able to eat much food, you will need to take vitamin supplements for the rest of your life.”
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HUDDA IBRAHIM FROM SOMALIA TO MINNESOTA BY ANNA MATETIC
term Minnesota is synonymous with America,” said Hussein Mohamud, one of the refugees interviewed in Hudda Ibrahim’s book, “From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis.” Like Mohamud and many other Somalis, at age 19, Ibrahim arrived in the United States as a refugee.
It was Minnesota resettlement agencies that first settled Somali refugees here in the United States. Once here, however, it was Minnesota itself that became a draw for this newest of immigrant communities. Ibrahim says in her book, “Somalis who have been resettled in Minnesota often spread the news of Minnesota’s hospitality.” This story of immigration is not a new one nor is it unique: From the cold environment of Scandinavia to the warm climate of Africa, there is a shared experience, regardless of country of origin. Often, it starts with why people decide to leave their homes at all.
COMMON CHALLENGES AMONG REFUGEES
“What all immigrants and refugees have in common,” says Ibrahim, “is that they all fled persecution, poverty or discrimination.” The United States became a refuge because it provided safety, as well as better opportunities for immigrants and their children. All immigrants faced the same challenges and hurdles, whether trying to keep the home country’s culture and language alive at home or learning the English language. “Foreign-
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born parents and grandparents struggle to learn English,” says Ibrahim. After the events of September 11, 2001, the Somali community faced a new and unforeseen challenge. Once welcome, the perception toward Muslims changed. “Most Somalis are strict in adherence to their Islamic faith,” she explains. This leads some Americans to associate Somali immigrants with terrorism.
SOMALIS IN ST. CLOUD
Ibrahim’s book seeks to educate not just the St. Cloud community, but anyone who is willing to listen, about the positives in the Somali community. The Somali culture values community, hospitality and generosity. “When new Somali refugees arrive from Africa,” she explains, “the Somalis who arrived before them give the new family clothing, furniture, dry goods and utensils.” The same support is seen when members of the community face other circumstances, such as losing their job or illness and hospitalization. “The rest of the community collects money to cover their food and house rent,” says Ibrahim with pride. In addition to giving a history of Somalia and immigration to the United States, “From Somalia to Snow” also provides insight into the culture of the Somali household. Ibrahim also discusses the differences in assimilation and integration, which any immigrant household will recognize as a hurdle within the community as the older generations who remember their homeland seek to retain their culture, while younger generations born here don’t feel as connected.
IBRAHIM MENTORS YOUNG WOMEN
In addition to writing and teaching diversity and social justice at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Ibrahim mentors
When I was in Africa,
I used to hear members
of my family in Minnesota
saying the state was freezing cold, but Minnesotans were welcoming and friendly.
- Hudda Ibrahim “From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis”
young women in the Somali community who struggle with cultural differences. “They are young Muslim hijabis (women) who are trying to hold onto their values,” she explains, “but at the same time they want to adapt and acculturate to their new home.” Her goals are to help the younger women with selfconfidence and build leadership skills. She also advocates for college education and encourages them on a path after high school. If there is one thing Ibrahim hopes readers will take away from her book, it is that Somalis are not opposed to integration or American culture. “We embrace American values while holding onto ours,” she says. Just like all immigrants before and after them. Anna Matetic is a local writer and business owner. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota.
Photos from huddaibrahim.com.
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DOGSLEDDING LIVING ON THE EDGE (OF THE SUBARCTIC) BY TIFFANY HANSEN
much more until I had the opportunity to participate as a volunteer at the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race in Bayfield, Wisconsin last winter. I saw firsthand how dogsledding continues to enrich society. After a wonderful introduction to the activity I wanted to find out more, and I’ve discovered dogsledding is quite a dynamic activity. DOGSLEDDING COMMUNITY
Experts believe dogsledding began around 1000 A.D. to transport items and people long distances, over arctic landscapes. Dogsledding today promotes understanding and respect for the Inuit and appreciation for history of other cultures. Some people are drawn to the history, the exhilaration of a race or being immersed in nature; however, it’s most often the community that keeps viewers, volunteers, participants and competitors coming back for more. Christine Harrison Schmit, of Byron, says of the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race, “Guests and racers (alike) are treated like family. There’s a heated tent that sells soup and hot cocoa at the main camp and more food at the halfway point, as a fundraiser.” We enjoyed meeting spectators around a huge bonfire at the start and finish line of the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race. At the halfway 40
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point, there is a potluck style table setup with food and beverages. We met spectators from around the region and cheered the mushers along this portion of the trail.
APOSTLE ISLANDS SLED DOG RACE
Lifestyles that embody closeness with nature, such as dogsledding, intrigue me. I was thrilled when my mom and I were invited to volunteer at the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race. We arrived the morning of the race ready to help, without knowing what role we would have. We were put right to work checking sleds for necessary safety equipment, which gave us the opportunity to meet most of the dogs and mushers. The Apostle Islands route isn’t as long or difficult as some, so the mushers ranged from 10-dog teams to first-time youth mushers, who only had a few dogs. Each category of team is released with its competitors during a pre-determined time-frame. We soon learned how dogsledding involves the whole family. Owning dogs usually means that each member of the family has a role in caring for and assuring the dogs are exercised regularly. The annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race is being held February 2 and 3, 2019. For details and to “voluntour,” visit the website at aisdr.org.
As an animal lover, I was curious to learn how the racing dogs were cared for and what their quality of life seemed to be. I was blown away by the respect shown toward each animal. We even met a rescue dog team that gave dogs previously living in shelters a purpose.
A veterinarian’s role can be overlooked by spectators; however, veterinary expertise is extremely important to successful races. They help dog owners ensure each and every dog is both physically and mentally fit and safe to run. Veterinarians become especially important for smaller races that include mushers with less experience treating their own pets and understanding animal limits. They may not be there at every moment, as experienced owners will triage their own dogs to a certain degree, but veterinarians are truly lifesavers for the dogs.
Like many parents start their children skiing or skating once they’ve just learned to walk, the same is true for dogsledding. Dogsledding also teaches children “responsibility, leadership and cooperation,” as mentioned in the article written by Lissie Harter in Eagle Bluff’s 2017 Skills School Catalog, “North Star Sled Dog Club: The resurgence of a long-lived sport with a rich history.” Schmit took her sons to the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race a few years ago. “We had an incredible day…watched the start, talked with mushers and their families. We found teen mushers, like most teens, to be amazing, involved, inquisitive and wicked smart.” Christine mentioned the importance of dressing for the weather and agrees you can never bring too many layers. At the Apostle Island Sled Dog Race last year, we met a 12-year-old girl who was racing her first race. Her goal is to race in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska someday.
Photos provided by Kidron Flynn, Christine Harrison Schmit and Tiffany Hansen.
PERHAPS, ALL YOU HAVE KNOWN OF DOGSLEDDING IS THAT IT INVOLVES A SLED BEING PULLED BY ONE OR MORE DOGS. I didn’t know
In the early 60s, North Star Sled Dog Club, Inc. was founded by an enterprising group of avid mushers, spearheaded by Mabell Hill, who is often referred to as the "Godmother of Minnesota Mushing." In 1963, this elite group helped stage the first St. Paul Winter Carnival sled dog races. At the starting line of Apolstle Islands Sled Dog Race.
A veterinarian checking a dog before a race.
ADVICE ON TRYING DOGSLEDDING
of Wintergreen. The dogs love to pull, but are friendly with people of all ages. Guests have the opportunity to drive, harness, feed and care for them. Day trips, three-or four-night lodge-based trips and dogsled camping vacations are available by reservation from December through March. For an extensive list of dogsledding tours in Minnesota, visit minnesota-visitor.com/dogsledding-tours.
Rochester dogsled enthusiast Kidron Flynn quotes Gary Paulson, “Running with dogs is like dancing with winter.” Flynn says the quote perfectly describes dogsledding to her because “it is an opportunity to be present in the moment, in nature, and with animals who possess an amazing drive and intuition. That calls for the utmost respect.” Having always loved winter and dogs, Flynn thought a trip to Wintermoon Dog Sled Adventures in Colorado—which a friend invited her to several years ago—seemed like it would be an “excellent adventure!” She has since traveled to Wintermoon to dogsled for many years and highly recommends it. Flynn has some important advice for anyone who wants to go beyond viewing and volunteering and try dogsledding themselves. First off, be mindful of where you choose to go for your first experience. Though the thought of mushing a sled may be exciting and seem simple, know that responsible kennel owners will not set up a novice on a sled with dogs attached and say, “have fun.” The basics of dogsledding, including commands and what to do if you’re thrown off the sled are key to an enjoyable and authentic experience. The most important part is to remain calm and respect the animals, as athletes, who are doing an amazing amount of work.
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next season by helping with promotion, paperwork, supply gathering and mailings. My mom and I enjoyed volunteering for the Apostle Island Sled Dog Race last year and we’re planning on going back again this year. We’ll see you there! Tiffany L. Hansen graduated from University of Minnesota CLA (2018) and enjoys volunteering.
John Beargrease and his brothers delivered mail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais until 1899. His fastest trip was 28 hours, which mushers today can barely beat. The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon mission is to conduct the best long-distance sled dog race in North America in a culturally sensitive manner and to promote the sport of dog mushing. John Beargrease is North America’s premiere sled dog race, covering nearly 400 miles of difficult terrain and entertaining more than 4,000 spectators in Duluth. This season’s events begin January 25. The race begins January 27, and events continue until the race ends January 30. The race start is on Highway 2 north of Duluth, and there are various checkpoints north to Grand Portage in a loop back down to the race’s end at Billy’s Bar in Duluth. Volunteers for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon have been meeting since November. You can register to volunteer online at beargrease.com/volunteers.
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HYGGE WEEK IN GRAND MARAIS A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS COZY BY HOLLY GALBUS
GRAND MARAIS IS A SMALL TOWN NESTLED ALONG MINNESOTA’S NORTH SHORE. Lately, it has been getting a lot of attention for
being a premier vacation area, particularly for outdoor enthusiasts. In 2017, USA Today named Grand Marais one of the “Best Midwestern Small Towns,” and it also was the winner of Lake Superior Magazine’s 2015 “Minnesota’s Best Weekend Destination.”
While Grand Marais is wonderful to visit anytime of the year, you just may want to mark your calendar for February 8-14, as the town will host their third annual Hygge Week, which is seven days devoted to all things cozy. Hygge (pronounced ”hoo-gah”) comes from the Danish word meaning “to give courage, comfort, joy.” The expression encompasses an attitude of savoring everyday simple moments. And that’s just what you’ll find in the events and activities planned for Hygge Week, which include outdoor pursuits like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking, as well as indoor events like card writing, knitting lessons by the fire, a comfort food cooking demonstration, live music and dancing, plus Scandinavian storytelling.
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Linda Jurek is the executive director of Visit Cook County, a collaboration of tourism associations in the northeastern tip of Minnesota. Jurek is a native of the area and says the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota is uniquely different, in part due to the majesty of Lake Superior and the number of rivers that flow into it. Jurek shares, “It’s so beautiful. It’s an experience that everyone should have at least once in a lifetime.” There are many outdoor adventure options geared toward enjoying the natural beauty of the area, and the information center at Visit Cook County has maps and routes to help you plan your cross-country ski, snowmobile or snowshoe excursions. A special event during Hygge Week is a fat biking tour up the river with the mayor of Grand Marais, Jay Arrowsmith Decoux, an avid cyclist.
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“These are historic fireplaces,” explains Jurek. “Majestic, iconic fireplaces. Very Scandinavian.” Typically, there are about a dozen fireplaces on tour, including Cascade Lodge (built in the 30s,) located along the shoreline of Lake Superior in Lutsen, and the rustic-chic Bearskin Lodge, located on the Gunflint Trail near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The Gunflint Trail is a national scenic byway in Cook County. The 57-mile stretch of road begins in Grand Marais and travels up through the Superior National Forest to the Canadian border. Numerous side roads off the Gunflint Trail lead to campgrounds, a history museum and nature center, and smaller trails which are ideal for dogsledding, snowmobiling or catching a glimpse of the northern lights.
VOYAGEUR BREWING COMPANY
When planning your Hygge Week itinerary, you’ll want to include a stop at Voyageur Brewing, located between the ancient Sawtooth Mountains on the west and Lake Superior to the east. Known for their adventurous craft beers and perfectly paired foods (Reubens, sliders, flatbreads, wings and cheese curds), the taproom welcomes guests during Hygge Week. There is also music and fun at Drury Lane Books, a quaint bookstore on the east bay of Grand Marais. Guests will gather around a bonfire for Scandinavian folk tales and music. For a calendar of Hygge Week events in Grand Marais, go to visitcookcounty.com and click on events.
HYGGE DIY If you are unable to venture north for Hygge Week in Grand Marais, there are numerous ways to add a little hygge to your winter at home. You might start by asking yourself, “What are some simple things that add joy to my life that I can easily do more of this winter?” Here are five ideas to get you started.
Board game night with friends. There’s no need to get bundled up for a night out on the town. Instead, invite some friends over, pop a big batch of popcorn and enjoy some lively conversation over a game of Clue or Monopoly.
Spend an afternoon cooking or baking an old family recipe. When the weather outside is frightful, I like to stay in and cook up a pot of my grandmother’s chicken dumpling soup and bake her from-scratch biscuits.
Add cozy accents to your home decor to create a more comfortable atmosphere. Build a fire, use candles and soft lighting or illuminate an area with twinkly lights. Add fluffy pillows and large knotted blankets to your living area. Create a spa-like bathroom by adding a plush rug, extra-large towels, moisturizing soaps and lotions, and buy yourself a soft, cozy robe to curl up in after a bubble bath.
Learn a new hobby, like knitting or crocheting, or start a book group. The hours of a long winter evening can be much more enjoyable when you learn something new.
Plan your own outdoor activity such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing or ice-skating. Both Quarry Hill Nature Center and Oxbow Park in Byron have cross-country ski trails and snowshoe routes that get you into the woods on a snowy winter’s day.
For more suggestions, Gwen Danfelt, manager of Drury Lane Books, suggests reading, “Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life,” by Christiana Coop and Aimee Lagos of the design company Hygge & West, and “Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures,” by Charlotte Abrahams. Holly Galbus is a Rochester freelance writer who has many Hygge moments planned for this winter.
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The Wedding Extravaganza: Southeast Minnesota’s Bridal Expo, Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, wedding vendors, resources, and inspirational ideas for all brides-to-be, 9 am, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com
JANUARY 5 Polar Bear Prediction Run 5K, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, predict your running time on a snowy course and receive door prizes, 10 am, rochestertrackclub.com
JANUARY 10 19th Annual OAKS Scholarship Ceremony, Rochester International Event Center, celebrate high school and first-year college students achieving academic goals, 285-7210, rctc.edu
JANUARY 11-13 RV, Boat, Hunting, Vacation and Home Show, Mayo Civic Center Arena, browse the latest trends in everything RV, hunting, fishing, vacation and home, Fri. 3-8 pm, Sat. 10 am-6 pm; Sun. 10 am-3 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com
JANUARY 11-12, 17-19, 24-27 Rochester Repertory Theatre Presents: Three Hots and a Cot, Rochester Repertory Theatre, examining the struggle for self within the constraints of the prison experience, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org
JANUARY 12, 26 & FEBRUARY 9, 23 Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, locally grown produce and homemade products for sale, 9 am-12 pm, 273-8232, rochfarmmkt.org
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JANUARY 14-15 Auditions for Jesus Christ, Superstar, Rochester Civic Theatre, a musical telling the story of biblical Jesus before his crucifixion, 7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
JANUARY 18 The Art of Cheese Making, Eagle Bluff, learn the art of cheese making, 9 am-12:30 pm, $45 fee, registration by Jan.1, 467-2437, firstname.lastname@example.org, eaglebluff-skills-school.org
JANUARY 18 The Fab Four Presented by Riverside Concerts, Mayo Presentation Hall, Emmy award-winning group featuring Beatles tribute music, 7:30 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com
JANUARY 19 January Delight, Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester composer David Kassler premiering his new work for quartet, 7:30 pm, rochesterchambermusic.org
JANUARY 19-20 65th Annual Eagles Cancer Telethon, Mayo Civic Center, raising funds for cancer research through televised talent and entertainment, 8-4 pm, 358-4744, eaglescancertelethon.org
JANUARY 23 Women on Wednesdays Presents: Being a Caretaker for a Loved One, Rochester Civic Theatre, explore social issues impacting our community and promote inclusiveness through discussion, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
JANUARY 24 Achieve, goal setting and planning event for 2019, connect with great community resources, Forager Brewing Company, $30, Eventbrite.com
JANUARY 24 "Carillion Bells of Mayo Clinic" by Austin Ferguson, History Center of Olmsted County, a Alan Calavano history lecture telling the story of Mayo Clinic, 5:30-6:30 pm, 282-9447, olmstedhistory.com
JANUARY 26 Wit, Wisdom, and Wine, Rochester Public Library, featuring hors d'oeuvres, notable speakers, gifts in the silent auction, and more, 6:30-10 pm, 328-2300, rplmn.org
JANUARY 26 Until All the Pieces Fit: a Gala For Autism Awareness, Rochester International Event Center, the RT Autism Awareness Foundation presents a seated dinner and other activities, 226-7037, rtaaf.org
JANUARY 27 & FEBRUARY 24 Townsend Flea/ Vintage Market, Mayo Civic Center, collection of vintage finds, antiques, collectibles and repurposed items for sale, 10 am-4 pm, 269-1473, mayociviccenter.com
JANUARY 27 & FEBRUARY 24 Taizé Prayer Service, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, participate in repetitive prayer set to simple music, interspersed with meditation, 6:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 1
Music for Baroque Spas, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, transporting music listeners to the spas of Baroque Germany with joyful selections, 7:30 pm, 651-321-2214, lyrabaroque.org
FEBRUARY 1 15th Annual National Wear Red Day, raise awareness for women’s leading cause of death: heart disease and stroke, 800-242-8721, goredforwomen.org/wearredday
16th Annual Hearts & Diamonds Spectacular, Somerby Golf Club, dinner, dancing and diamonds to support the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, 282-3955, rmhmn.org
Women on Wednesdays Presents: Swiping for Love: The Dating Scene in Rochester, Rochester Civic Theatre, discussions about social issues in our community, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
FEBRUARY 2 Dinners on the Bluff Presents: The Future of Farming in the Age of Climate Change, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, speaker Dr. Mark Seeley will discuss climate change in the Minnesota area, 5-8:30 pm, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org
RCMS Chamber Jazz Consortium, Christ United Methodist Church, The Intrigue of Jazz features a 10-piece professional ensemble, 7:30 pm, rochesterchambermusic.org
SocialICE, Downtown Peace Plaza, an outdoor ice bar experience with signature drinks, DJ and entertainment, Thurs. 5-9 pm, Fri. and Sat. 4-10 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com
17th Annual A Chair Affair, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, create chairs that will be sold in live and silent auction, 287-2300, achairaffair.org
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40th Annual Rochester Area Builders Home Show, Mayo Civic Center, includes a showcase of sustainable and energy efficient products within home building, Fri. 3-8 pm, Sat. 9 am-6 pm, Sun. 11 am-4 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com
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Diary of Anne Frank, Rochester Civic Theatre, awardwinning drama about the memoirs of Anne Frank during the Holocaust, Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 7 pm., Sun. 2 pm., 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org
FEBRUARY 9 Polar Plunge, Foster Arend Park, support Special Olympics Minnesota programs and help athletes transform their lives, 10:30 am, 763-270-7119, plungemn.org
FEBRUARY 9-10 The Rochester Symphony Presents: Four Seasons Serenade, Lourdes High School, concert presenting the Four Seasons from Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org/french-festival
FEBRUARY 14 Valentine’s Day Tea Party, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, celebrate and remember those we love, 2-3:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org
FEBRUARY 14 RAACHE Choirs Winter Serenade Concert, Trinity Lutheran Church, three choirs, audience sing-a-longs, and special performances by choir individuals, 7 pm, raachechoirs.org
MARCH 1 Bear Creek Service’s Annual Wines Around the World, Rochester International Event Center, a wide selection of 200+ craft beers, wines and spirits, 6-9 pm, 288-7195, bearcreekservices.org
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A Night in Monte Carlo, Olmsted County Bar Association fundraiser for Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, Mayo Civic Center, 6:15 pm, $80 if purchased before February 15, $90, Karen Fairbairn Nath, 507-287-2036, email@example.com, laocmn.org
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Valentine’s Day 2009: Short trendy skirt, tall drink IN OUR FAMILY, IT WAS AROUND SIX YEARS AGO THAT VALENTINE’S DAY STOPPED REVOLVING AROUND ROMANTIC LOVE AND STARTED INCORPORATING A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE. You know, the kind of love that fills your heart even as you watch a nose being wiped across your work shirt: kid love. As any parent knows, kid love is a whole new level.
I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH Last Valentine’s Day, to celebrate, we bought sparkling grape juice and clinked fancy glasses with our young children. After the kids were in bed, my husband and I switched to real wine. Because, let’s face it, we needed it after enduring the tedious act of
a preschooler writing out 20 Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates. And this year? Our plans are similar. I asked my 3-year-old son what he thought about love. He gave me a thumbs-up and ran away. So I turned to my daughter who is in kindergarten this year. She proclaimed, “I love you more than all the hairs on all the carpet…in all the world!” And there it was: kid love. It didn’t matter that I’d yelled about the banana peel left in the car or the mittens forgotten at school again. It didn’t matter that I was in my pajamas and slippers. Her love was there regardless. And though my son might not articulate it as well, his love is in every head-popping hug, every dash into my arms and every teary goodbye at preschool drop-off. This was not the kind of love I had ever imagined during those years of singles’ parties or candlelit dinners, but since my husband and I understand
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Valentine’s Day 2019: Short toddler nap, tall coffee they won’t be this small forever, handing over a few Valentine’s Days seems OK. We can celebrate their love too. (Because I know it’s only a matter of time before asking them to hug and clink glasses with me will cause them to run the other way.)
BEST FRIENDS The other night, I walked into my daughter’s bedroom to say goodnight. She dramatically covered her pillow with her arms. “What’s going on?” I asked, sitting on the edge of her bed. She didn’t say anything, but was obviously holding down her pillow. “Do you have something under your pillow? You’re not supposed to be looking at books after the lights are out, you know,” I said. “I’m not,” she yelped. So I started to reach under her pillow. “No!” she shouted, throwing herself on top of it. My brain went into a mom-tailspin, thinking: “She’s only five! She’s already hiding
things from me? What doesn’t she want me to see? Is this the end of her being open with me? Is she old enough to have secrets from me? She’s done telling me every detail of the things that are important to her? What could she possibly have under her pillow that her mom shouldn’t see?” On the outside, I stayed calm and answered, “OK…I hope you will show me when you’re ready.” Then she smiled and said, “I’ll show you when it’s Valentine’s Day, Mama. It’s a secret for you.” Her cherub cheeks were plump with her grin. On the inside, I laughed at myself (while simultaneously sighing in relief and chastising myself for being more dramatic than my 5-year-old), but on the outside, I gave her a big hug. For now, we’re still best friends who tell each other everything.
Gina Dewink is a writer, author and digital marketer living in Rochester with her husband and two children (ginadewink.com).
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