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Are you a mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, coach or mentor? We, women, tend to define ourselves by our relationships. Sometimes these roles can be demanding and leave us with little time or energy for ourselves. This issue of RochesterWomen magazine is about taking care of yourself so that you can be the best that you can be. You are worth it! I am a mom of four beautiful children: Tiffany, 19; Will, 16; Calvin, 9; and RochesterWomen magazine, 15. Like the {mom}preneurs featured in this issue of RochesterWomen (page 12), I have a passion for and take pride in my family and my work. Similar to the KAAL TV ABC 6 News women featured in the cover story (page 15), I have many “friends” in the community who know me from RochesterWomen magazine. This drives my children crazy because when we go places, I talk to (and they think I know) everyone. It’s a blast being part of this vibrant community. I hope my children remember the exciting adventures we had with their sibling RochesterWomen magazine. Read about the world-class, rejuvenating spa services available through the Mayo Clinic Resilient Living Program (page 22). I toured the impressive facility when it opened in the spring of 2014. Someday, I would like to “check in” for a few days to get away, relax and take some of their classes. But until then, I asked my friend Melissa Eggler to show us how to make an essential oils aromatherapy pack (page 21), like the one we made in Mothers & More club about 10 years ago. There is fun blossoming in southeastern Minnesota this spring (page 50). Lanesboro, named the “best girlfriends escape (southern Minnesota)” by the Star Tribune in their 2014 Best of MN, is hosting a Girls Day Out on Saturday, May 2, and there will be a JunkMARKET weekend full of fun at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery (May 29-31). For the wild at heart, plan a camping trip up north in the Boundary Waters (page 48). Or get creative and sign up for a painting and wine class (page 30). I hope you take time to have fun with friends this summer! Sincerely,

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G randma, Mom & Me BY MARIAH K. MIHM PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMN PHOTOGRAPHY

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MOTHERING Mom: Before you have a child, you think so much about logistics. Then you realize there is so much more to being a parent. Me: The feelings are so overwhelming, indescribable at times. Mom: You realize you’re responsible not just for their physical wellbeing, but your child’s mental and emotional care as well. The love is insurmountable. Grandma: I felt so responsible all of a sudden, but I was afraid too. You immediately become another person and your priorities shift. Their welfare is consuming. Mom: This tiny little human being is relying on me for everything. Me: I read so much the first year it became hard not to question myself and to trust my instincts. I had access to so much technology and information. I don’t think it was always a good thing. Grandma: You learn [parenting] one day at a time. Me: A life-changing moment came while reading a parenting article. There was a quote from Dr. Spock that went something like, “No parent has ever done wrong by their child while acting on instinct.” Mom: I remember when you talked to me about that. You became a lot less stressed and a much happier mother. Me: Finding the quote saved my sanity. It is fun to learn [childrens’] personalities. Many characteristics in Landon showed up really early and have not changed. Grandma: We didn’t have the resources you did. We relied mostly on our friends and family who had children.

Me: Family and friends were indispensible because they were real. They are the experts who I really trusted. I gained confidence from being around other great parents. The other sanity-savers were the other moms in my mommy group. All our kids were the same age. We relied on each other when it came to concerns about the kids, but the emotional support from each other was priceless too. We all grew close very fast.

Me: Balance is important but very hard to let happen. No matter how many times I was told, I had to learn for myself. It was a hard lesson, too, because mommy guilt is powerful. But that is a whole other subject. Mom: The rewards far outweigh the troubles. Me: I can’t imagine life without my little guy.

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Grandma: Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. You have to have strength, patience and love. Then you teach those things to your kids. Show them empathy and that you love them through good and bad.

Me: I thrive on the simple things Landon does that make me laugh, smile and my heart swell. I really enjoy his company and conversation. I knew I would like motherhood. I knew I would change as a person, but I didn’t know how much.

Mom: Balance is the key. How much is too much, and how much is too little?

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In October 2010, Jean Dwire began working with Thirty-One, a direct sales company that carries a product line of purses, totes and organizational items. Jean decided to go for it because she felt she could make a difference for her family. “I’m doing something that I was once afraid to do,” says Jean. Because of her determination and work, her family was able to pay off a large amount of debt. A wife and mother of three daughters—Emma, 16, Alyssa, 13, and Ava, 7—Jean is teaching her daughters that they, too, can work hard and achieve their goals. Through her work, Jean meets many women who are afraid to take risks, women who have forgotten who they are. Jean empowers her daughters and the women who are part of her team, and she also takes care of the women who host home parties. Empowerment comes in many forms. It can be offering positive reinforcement, showing kindness, caring for others or valuing relationships. Through empowerment comes personal growth, and that growth moves one away from fear to confidence. “Be fearless,” says Jean. “This has become a real theme for me.”

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In August 2000, Jessica Amos purchased a hair salon. An eternal optimist, she took a chance and Hair Studio 52 and Day Spa was born. Along with her husband, Tom, Jessica designed the studio’s current building, which opened in 2004. In February 2012, Tom died by suicide. Jessica’s life changed but did not halt. “Life is a choice,” Jessica says. “Are you going to find the negative, or are you going to find the positive? It’s your choice.” A single parent to daughter, Courtney, 18, and son, Tyler, 14, Jessica feels overwhelmed sometimes. Life can get out of balance. The business runs on an even keel, but family life is fragile. Finding time is difficult because of expectations, but Jessica makes time for herself with a long

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he women of ABC 6 News love what they do. They appreciate that journalism is a dynamic field full of creative freedoms. They welcome opportunities to meet new people, learn, craft and deliver a well-told story—and it shows. “I get to learn something new and meet someone new every day,” says Laura Lee, co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. “Work never gets boring,” morning co-anchor Brianna Long agrees. “Maybe it’s a breaking news story, maybe a fun story out on a farm, but whatever it is I’m telling stories and meeting new people, and that’s what I love about this job.” In a world where crime and tragedy are a daily occurrence, the news can also be uplifting. “One of my favorite parts of the job is telling positive stories that encourage and inspire viewers,” says evening news co-anchor Betsy Singer. For sports managing editor Jeanna Radz, storytelling local sports is especially rewarding. “There is such a genuine quality of emotion, passion and support in a community this size. It’s more than a highlight, a final score, or a leading scorer; it’s a story and it means a lot to people.” The faces and voices of ABC 6 are familiar off-screen as well. In addition to their regular

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAWN SANBORN PHOTOGRAPHY news shifts, Long and Lee often film special segments or report from the field. On an inclement weather day, meteorologist Cindy Morgan arrives at the office well before her usual 3 a.m. start time and delivers updates as long as they’re needed. Radz is a regular figure on the Friday night lights scene, traipsing up and down the fields with her bulky news camera, and Singer and morning co-anchor Rachel Wick often host or emcee local charity events.

When the camera isn’t rolling, the women of ABC 6 make time to unplug. Sometimes that means stealing away for a run, a pedicure or an afternoon of shopping. More often it means spending quality time with family. We got up close and personal to learn more about their lives at home – and the kids chimed in (pages 16 - 17).

WINNING AT WORK The pressures of working in a newsroom can put a lot of stress on families. But from snow days to chickenpox, daycare and school plays, the environment at ABC 6 makes being a mom easier, say the women. Because the news is delivered over different shifts throughout the day, flexibility is a reality for everyone. “I go into work very early, but my schedule allows me to spend a lot of time with my kids,” says morning co-anchor Long. “I love that I’m home every day when my son gets off the school bus.”

As colleagues and mothers, the women have learned to lean on each other. “We’re very supportive of one another when it comes to balancing work and family,” says Wick. “We never question if someone has to leave early, even if that means leaving one person with tasks that were to be completed together.” Equally important to their professional success is their relationship with ABC 6’s management team, who the women say champion values like mutual respect, trust and balance. “They’ve found a way to foster an environment where I can keep my life in focus and still be successful at my job,” says Morgan. “There’s a real effort to be human and make sure we keep things in perspective.” RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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LAURA LEE, 10 P.M. CO-ANCHOR Husband: Abe Knudson Kids: Nevelyn, 10; Halle, 8; Konur, 5; and Haakon, 2 months Working-mom mantra: If you can dream it, you can do it. My life: Loved. The greatest lesson my mother gave me: To love. Show kindness and compassion towards others, the world around you and the work you do. The greatest lessons I hope to impart to my kids: To love and appreciate all that they have been given. What my kids think about seeing me on television: They think it’s cool, but when I go to school and their classmates say, “Hey, it’s the TV lady!” my kids keep me humble by saying, “No, it’s just my mom.” Mother’s Day plans: The kids say their plans are a secret, but they love family day with me.

Kids: Aiden, 7; Lucy, 3 1/2 Working-mom mantra: Don’t forget to breathe! Significant other: Billy My life: CrazyFunScaryAdventurous LovingAmazing. The greatest lesson my mother gave me: Work hard. If you want something in life, you have to work for it and earn it. The greatest lessons I hope to impart to my kids: Be kind. We have this conversation on an almost daily basis. No matter what happens, I want my kids to be nice to others. What my kids think about seeing me on television: Aiden says, “I think it’s awesome and cool.” Lucy says, “AB six news!” She often forgets the C. Mother’s Day plans: Aiden says, “I’m going to buy you flowers and chocolates and a video game and I’m going to be good.” Lucy giggles.

CINDY MORGAN, MORNING METEOROLOGIST Husband: Brian Kids: Grant, 1 1/2 Working-mom mantra: Poop happens. Seriously, I have two dogs and a baby… it’s everywhere! Life is not about what happens to you; it’s about how you respond. My life: Adventurous. The greatest lesson my mother gave me: To be confident in myself. The greatest lessons I hope to impart to my child: To be confident in himself. What my son thinks about seeing me on television: Brian answers, “He will look at the TV a bit differently, as if he sees his mom but doesn’t seem to fully grasp it yet.” Mother’s Day plans: Last year was simply spending a day together as a family. This year will be a bit more action-packed, especially if good weather is in the forecast.

RACHEL WICK, MORNING CO-ANCHOR Husband: Eric Kids: Zachary, 3; Collin, 9 months Working-mom mantra: Don’t go crazy. Sometimes I just have to stop, breathe, collect my thoughts and then move on. My life in one word: Pleasing. The greatest lesson my mother gave me: To be patient. If your child is happy, healthy and surrounded by love, you shouldn’t question your ability as a parent. The greatest lessons I hope to impart to my kids: To be strong, polite and offer help often. What my kids think about seeing me on television: Zachary says, “I see Mommy on the TV show! I like Mommy.” Mother’s Day plans: Have a good meal and spend the day together.

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Significant other: Zach (Furry) kid: Payton, our 2-1/2-year-old rescue dog from Mississippi. She is named after Peyton Manning, a cliche coming from a sports girl. Working-woman mantra: It’s all about balance. My life: Fulfilling. The greatest lesson my mother gave me: To be kind. My mother is the most genuine and selfless human I have ever met. I get my heart from her and my work ethic (and sports passion) from my dad. The greatest lessons I hope to impart to my kids: Work ethic and heart, just as my parents did to me. What my (furry) kid thinks about seeing me on television: It’s funny, she gets both excited and confused. She has adapted to my work life very well. Mother’s Day plans: Payton and I will probably enjoy a hike and a day off.

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HE SMELLS OF SPRING AND SUMMER ARE HYPNOTIZING AND HEALING AT THE SAME TIME. BRINGING THE SMELLS OF NATURE INSIDE CAN HELP RELIEVE MANY THINGS THAT AIL YOU. AROMATHERAPY PACKS CAN BE EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE, BUT THEY ARE INCREDIBLY EASY TO MAKE AT HOME WITH THINGS YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE. NOW THAT ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE COME INTO THE MAINSTREAM MARKET, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE TO EXPERIENCE THEM. THIS CRAZE HAS BEEN “ESSENTIAL” IN SOOTHING THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT AND MAKES USERS FEEL LIKE THEY ARE AT THEIR OWN PRIVATE SPA. HERE ARE EASY INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE YOUR OWN ESSENTIAL OIL AROMATHERAPY PACK.

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Mix the oil and rice together with a spoon so that the oils evenly coat the rice. The rice will dry quickly.

ONTO AND INTO THE BAG I chose the batik fabric for this project from a bag of scrap fabrics I was given by a quilter friend. The soothing colors and pattern complement the scent of the oils. You most likely have some fabric scraps lying around that you can use too. Cut the fabric into any size that you like. My fabric piece was 20 inches by 10 inches (10 inches by 10 inches when folded in half). It’s a great size to place on your face or on specific sore muscles. Fold your fabric so that the right sides of the fabric are together and sew down both sides, leaving the top open. Turn so that the right sides face out. Sew two straight lines down the top of the bag, making three sections. Making these sections makes your bag sturdier and keeps the rice in place. Use a spoon to fill each section with your infused rice, leaving enough fabric to fold over and sew closed. Fold the top over and sew the end closed. Make sure to backstitch to prevent it from unraveling. You can put this aromatherapy pack in the freezer to use cold or heat in the microwave for one minute to use warm. Enjoy the smells of the essential oils, while calming your mind, body and spirit. Melissa Eggler resides in Rochester and is a stay-at-home mom and artist. Her Facebook group entitled “Don’t Judge A Book” Recycled Creations has over 500 fans. RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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Mayo Clinic offers many great programs for healthy living, with resources for all types of people. The Mayo Clinic Resilient Living Program, open to the public, is specifically targeted to those who have stress in their lives, such as patients, loved ones of patients and, of course, mothers. It is designed to motivate and teach those who want to explore new ways of healthy living or discover something new about themselves.

MAYO CLINIC RESILIENT LIVING PROGRAM Mayo Clinic Resilient Living, defined as managing and growing from life’s challenges, is a program developed by leading psychologists and physicians with the backing of numerous studies and research on resiliency. Located in the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center (DAHLC), the Resilient Living Program is either a two-day or a half-day experience. Each experience involves the Healthy Living Program’s three pillars of healthy living: exercise, nutrition and resiliency. The half-day experience includes classes on exercise, nutrition and self-help, along with a featured speaker. The two-day experience includes additional classes and features three different speakers. Each month has a new theme, allowing people the option of participating during a month that may be more tailored for their health and wellness needs. Program Manager Heather Preston describes how participants, “can ‘get away’ without the burden or disruption of travel.” “A world-class experience is right here in Rochester,” Preston says. “Our clinical and wellness experts will expose you to many fun and innovative classes and strategies that will not only benefit you, but also people that you interact with in your daily life.”

GRATITUDE FOR A HAPPY LIFE Major themes in the program are gratitude and mindfulness. It places an emphasis on feeling gratitude for one’s self, opportunity and those around them. It also brings up the mindfulness in each individual’s life. Matthew M. Clark, Ph.D., L.P., psychologist and medical director of resiliency programming at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program,


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explains, “It’s about being kinder to ourselves,” which isn’t always easy to do when we have a laundry list of things to get done every day. Exercise is a very important part of stress relief, and the instructors get it! They make you feel comfortable as you explore movement. Try out a relaxing yoga class by candlelight, tai chi or a new type of exercise combining suspension training with flowing yoga poses. If you think of stress relief, chances are meditation comes to mind. The program’s meditation class isn’t what you might imagine. Participants don’t sit cross-legged, chanting “om” over and over again, while trying to reach some spiritual connection with the universe. At the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, meditation is something that should be part of your daily routine. Teachers discuss what individuals can do to meditate each and every day, then guide the group through that meditation. “By focusing your attention, you are able to eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health,” says Preston. Participants will walk out of the class with a new perspective on meditation and also feeling very relaxed. This program isn’t all about exercise and meditation. We could all use a little help when it comes to learning more about healthy eating, but what about mindful eating? Participants do just that. Exploring flavors, textures, and, obviously, delicious food are just a few things you’ll get out of these nutrition classes.

RELAX AND REJUVENATE If you’re a mom, you’ll definitely want to spend some time in the Rejuvenate Spa on the DAHLC’s sixth floor. The moment you step into the waiting room, you’ll enjoy a refreshment and settle into the calming ambiance, feeling the stress fade away. The spa is complete with locker rooms to store your items, a comfy robe and take home slippers, a steam room and a whirlpool. As part of the experience, the integration of spa and wellness is also part of the Resilient Living Program. Every participant receives a $50 credit to the Rejuvenate Spa. The credit can be used for any of

their services, including massage, facials or body wraps. I recommend the sea scrub body treatment and the renewing body wrap. As part of the program, time is set aside throughout the day to offer you the opportunity to visit the spa, or if you are too busy taking relaxing and learning, the credit is valid for up to one month after you’ve completed the program. All spa services are open to the public and offer a wide variety of packages specific to your needs. Spa services are also available individually, if you’re looking for a skin treatment or massage only. When you feel fully rejuvenated, visit the seventh floor and gaze at the beautiful living wall, or step out onto the patio that overlooks downtown Rochester. The best way to end your experience is living everything you learned.

GIVE THE GIFT OF WELL-BEING With the different options in packages, the Mayo Clinic Resilient Living Program is a great gift option. Mayo offers gift certificates for the program or spa services. The half-day program costs $250, and the two-day program is $750. Spa services vary in price from $15 to $155. There are also several exercise, resiliency and nutrition classes available, if an all-day experience isn’t your thing. Ranging in price from $10 to $60, these classes still have a lot to offer at a very affordable price. So, whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend, your mother or yourself--because we all get stressed-- the Resilient Living Program and Rejuvenate Spa have something to offer everyone.

FIND OUT MORE Information about Mayo Clinic Resilient Living and Rejuvenate Spa services can be found online at healthyliving.mayoclinic.org. Feel free to stop by the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center’s fifth or sixth floor to ask the staff about the program. Call the program at 507-293-2966 with any questions or to make a reservation for your spa services. By Caitlin Summers, a local certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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BY PAM WHITFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS Name: Robert “Bucky” Beeman Age: 24 Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota Relationship: Dating Hana for 3 years Current: Commercial Realtor Parents: Robert and Kristi Beeman

PAM: What makes you happy in a relationship? BUCKY: I love how much Hana cares about our meals. If I come home and there’s a hot meal in the oven, I’m happy. That meal is the one time that we get to sit down and look at each other, to talk about our day. She really cares about that step in the day. Hana is always there, showing concern, asking me, “How has your day been?” PAM: How did your mom raise you to respect women? BUCKY: She taught me to be very caring and compassionate, to understand that feelings are important. Appreciate the small things in the relationship. Try to stay positive and happy, even if things are shaky. When my parents had an issue, they dealt with it in a positive way. They worked together to solve their issues through communication.

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KRISTI: I always knew when he was dating someone new, because he would call me and ask me how to make spaghetti. That’s how I knew that he had a new love interest. Now [that he is in a long-term relationship], I support him with my time. I ask him and Hana over for dinner. We all make time to spend together.

them. She taught me to value what you have in life and be happy. She is good at hospitality, making people comfortable, asking, “What can I get you?” It sounds simple, but that taught me to be more caring. PAM: What’s one thing that men do well that women may not value? BUCKY: I feel like I’m relatively good at quick decisions—being in the moment. I’m decisive. I ask, “What’s the issue?” And then I say, “Let’s fix it.” Men are pretty good at doing the handiwork. But when it comes to the housework or the emotional side of the relationship, we may not appreciate that side as much as we should. Why is it that 75 percent of the time, men drive the car? The man tends to feel the obligation to drive—not that it’s complicated or challenging, but we do it. It’s not a control thing, but rather the instinct to lead. Women might appreciate that instinct to lead.

PAM: How about dating and leaving the nest?

PAM: How should men ask for forgiveness?

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PAM: When Bucky was growing up, what messages did he receive about relationships? KRISTI: His dad and I always led by example. We’ve been married 31 years. We always make time for each other. Bob has been an amazing dad and has always been there for the kids. When Bucky was growing up, we had a lot of family time, and that was valuable for us. Since I’m a teacher, I had the gift of holidays and summers [with my kids]. We went to the cabin. I taught Bucky how to fish. Bob taught him how to hunt.

whole week. It should be an event. There needs to be a little more effort or thought put into it. I’ve never heard a story from any of my guy friends about how they ask for forgiveness. There’s probably room for improvement in that realm of things. But asking for forgiveness should not be a public thing, like a Facebook posting or a big sign in the front yard. That’s a little too much drama for the man. PAM: How should women ask for forgiveness? BUCKY: Just by doing something that the man loves. Spend the day out with your guy. I love hunting; that’s my hot button. So do that with me. I’ll be as happy as I can be. What if the man is into breweries? Say, “Honey, I’m taking you out today and we’re going to try these three breweries. I’ve got it all planned out.” PAM: You’ve been in a relationship with Hana for three years. What have you learned? BUCKY: I’ve realized that time together matters the most. As you mature, you recognize there’s more to life. Different things motivate you at different ages. Once you recognize that time together is something you can’t put a value on, then you value that time because you can’t get it back. Pam Whitfield is a teacher, writer, horse show judge and spoken word artist. In 2011, she won the Minnesota professor of the year award from the Carnegie Foundation. RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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Local Author Jennifer Schwertfeger

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“Sometimes in our lives, we get to witness so many things, and I think for [some], they feel that [need] to help others,” Schwertfeger said. On one occasion, the family received an anonymous gift of a gas card to help defray some of the cost of traveling between Rochester and Mankato.

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Struggling with many of the common complications of a premature birth, including Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, reflux and the eventual need for a tracheotomy tube, each new day of that first year with Grace was a gift. Though the years have passed and Grace has grown stronger, the sights and sounds of those stressful first years continue to replay in the family members’ minds. “Our life was crazy — it was traumatic,” Shwertfeger explains. “It [was] like going to war…you try to relax as the years progress, but it’s still a part of you. You still remember. You envision. You hear the sounds.”

ADVOCATING FOR YOUR CHILD

Realizing their story might help others, Schwertfeger began his year’s Mother’s Day celebration is especially detailing Grace’s fight in a forthright and honest manner, providing both meaningful to Jennifer Schwertfeger and her family, as information and support to other families facing similar experiences. they mark the 10th year since the birth of their middle daughter, “I had to do something with this information because it was so difficult,” Grace. Born prematurely and nicknamed “Amazing Grace” by she explained. Schwertfeger wanted to help others who might be healthcare workers and family members, Grace spent the first year of going through the same thing by providing an informational resource. her life as a resident of Mayo Clinic’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Schwertfeger stresses the importance of being an advocate for your Saint Marys Hospital. child. “If you feel in your gut that something is wrong, [the doctors] In her recent autobiographical book, “Life with Grace: A Reference may give you advice, but you still have to make that primary decision Guide to Premature Babies,” Schwertfeger details the trials of her high-risk [for your child].” She explains that she and her husband didn’t initially pregnancy and the subsequent birth and medical needs of Grace. Born realize all the rights they had as parents, and that all parents need to at only 24 weeks and weighing just 1 pound, 6.2 ounces, Grace was understand what rights they have. considered a micro-preemie. She was roughly the size of a 20-ounce Grace is now 10 and in the fourth grade, and although she has some bottle of soda and had approximately a 50 percent chance of survival. minor developmental delays, overall she’s a happy, well-adjusted child. In “Life with Grace,” Schwertfeger describes the first year of their For more information about Grace’s story, you can visit Schwertfeger’s unusual family life and the constant travel between Rochester and website at lifewithgracebook.com or email info@lifewithgracebook.com. Mankato, making even the potty training of their older daughter, Autumn, a challenge. Home was no longer just Mankato; it was Catherine H. Armstrong is a full-time community volunteer Mankato, local hotels and the Rochester Ronald McDonald House. and stay-at-home mom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Thankfully, random acts of kindness were extended to the family in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has a variety of ways. recently begun writing novels. RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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HAT IS ROCHESTER’S OLDEST BUILDING IN CONTINUOUS USE FOR THE SAME PURPOSE? IF YOU ARE PLAYING ROCHESTER TRIVIA, YOU MAY SCORE POINTS WITH THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION:

CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Located at 111 Third Avenue Southwest, the red brick church is nestled among its towering neighbors, which are part of the Mayo Clinic campus. Touted as “a spiritual oasis,” the extensive park-like gardens and chapel are available to all for meditation and reflection. On any given day, you’ll see staff and patients of Mayo, as well as passers-by, enjoying a few moments of solitude amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Rochester. The parish itself was founded in 1860, when Rochester had a mere 1,180 residents. Construction of the church was delayed by the Civil War, yet perseverance allowed the first service to be held in 1863. The structure has indeed grown and changed over its 152-year history, but the brick chapel remains the heart of the church. Calvary had the first church bell in the city, which rung to mark the end of the Civil War and the death of President Abraham Lincoln. It cracked shortly after and wasn’t replaced for decades. Breckenridge Hall and other parts of the building were designed by the notable Harold Crawford. The exterior is quaint and remarkably maintained. The interior hosts a hand-carved altar, stone baptismal font and numerous stained glass windows (four of them made by Tiffany Studio of New York). The list of church members reads like who’s who of Rochester history and includes, in part: Mayo, Graham, Waters, Plummer, Judd, Berkman, Harwick and Crawford. They, and many more, have contributed to the vibrant life of the church, much to the delight of visitors and members alike.

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THE MOTHERHOUSE What is known as the Motherhouse, and who owns it? If you answered Assisi Heights, you would be right (though Motherhouse is an outdated term). If you answered Mayo, you would be wrong. RochesterWomen magazine incorrectly stated in the March/ April 2015 issue that Mayo Clinic had acquired Assisi Heights and the Wilson House on Walnut Hill. More accurately, in 2005, Mayo partnered with Assisi Heights A Saint Francis of Assisi statue stands amongst the and agreed to lease portions of the building blossoms at Assisi Heights. as Mayo Conference Center. The Sisters of Saint Francis were instrumental in the establishment of Saint Marys Hospital and the growth of Mayo Clinic, as well as many educational institutions. When the order outgrew their convent on West Center Street, they purchased acreage in Northwest Rochester from Dr. Louis Wilson and others. With an architectural style intentionally like that of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy, the Romanesque design was carried out in Mankato stone, with a Spanish red tile roof. It sits majestically on top of a high hill, with an incredible view of Rochester. Construction of the 410,000-square-foot structure took nearly three years and 200-300 workers (which included 30 stone masons). It was completed 60 years ago in 1955. A portion of Assisi Heights is used as a Spirituality Center, offering the opportunity for educational and spirituality programs. Office space is also used by individuals and organizations. The Choral Arts Ensemble and Honors Choir are two tenants who have held concerts in the chapel. Assisi Heights is a private home to more than 100 sisters, many of whom have retired. Another 100+ sisters work throughout Rochester, greater Minnesota and 10 other states, as well as Bogotá, Colombia. They minister to prisoners and work as therapists, administrators, artists and writers. They serve in parishes as pastoral ministers and on institutional and community boards. Opportunities for the public to visit Assisi Heights are varied and many. For information on upcoming events, as well as tour and worship times, visit rochesterfranciscan.org. Assisi Heights is located at 1001 Fourteenth Street Northwest. Debi Neville is a Rochester freelance writer who finds it difficult to abbreviate the history of these interesting properties. RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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’m a creative person, but I have a myriad of projects sitting in closets and drawers waiting to be finished. For some of you, I bet the same thing has happened, or maybe you feel the creative gene skipped over you and you are afraid to even try. Either way, Rochester offers several opportunities to teach you how to channel your inner Picasso.

SIP AND SPLASH If you haven’t heard, Canvas & Chardonnay, The Urban Easel and Wine & Canvas Rochester are all great places to get your paint on while enjoying an adult beverage. Each business has its own unique way of teaching painting classes for people of all ages and abilities. Canvas & Chardonnay has a large studio with room for about 60 people. During the painting session, the studio has the faint smell of acrylic paint, along with great music that many sing and dance to during the class. There are also staff members walking around to answer questions and assist painters. At the front of the class, the co-owner and instructor at Canvas & Chardonnay, Lisa Schneider, stands next to her painting and provides step-by-step instructions that are simple and easy to follow. She verbalizes each step and then demonstrates it. Cristal Adkins, a painting participant says, “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. She does a great job explaining each step.” Schneider says, “Sign up for a painting that you like, even if you think it looks difficult. Our paintings are all paintable. The instructors here are knowledgeable and talented painters. They’re patient and helpful.” Canvas & Chardonnay offers wine and beer, so you can sip while you paint. “The most popular wines are Apothic Red and a Moscato from Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery in Spring Valley,” Schneider says. Many of the painters agree that having a glass of wine helps them relax and makes it a little easier to express themselves. 30

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CREATING AMAZING ARTISTS The Urban Easel is another fantastic place to tap into your artistic side. Not only do they have a studio in Rochester, but they are a mobile studio as well, traveling up to two hours from Rochester. They also have an “Open Studio” where you pick your favorite painting and get one-on-one instruction. One of the owners of The Urban Easel, Elise Tensley, says, “Some of our paintings are more like fine art, but our class sizes are small so we can ensure that you understand the instructions. We also want people to learn something. We show different brush strokes and color mixing techniques so that we’re helping to create amazing artists.” “We encourage painters to make the painting their own. We love when painters choose their own colors,” Tensley says. She adds with a chuckle, “Sometimes [the paintings] are more creative than mine.”

PAINTING PARTIES Check your community calendars because Wine & Canvas Rochester is strictly mobile. They hold public painting parties at restaurants and other venues, as well as private sessions. Although they’re a part of a national company, Wine and Canvas Rochester has a lot of autonomy. “Our paintings come from local artists,” says Tim Schaefer, owner of Wine & Canvas Rochester. “We paint a lot of landscapes, floral arrangements and animals. We’ve done abstract art too. There are so many tastes out there; we try to vary color schemes and mix it up.” If you haven’t attended a Wine & Canvas event, Schaefer encourages you to sign up. “It’s a fun night out and you’re able to finish a painting and take it home,” he says. Nicole Czarnomski is a freelance writer.

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Alissa Cornell wears a comfortable basic black dress and accessories from Camy Couture. LITTLE BLACK DRESS Every woman needs a little black dress in her closest. Black is timeless, and we all know how it can give a flawless appearance. An instant favorite was a crocheted, form-fitting, sheath black dress from Mainstream Boutique.

BOHEMIAN COMEBACK Think rompers, flowy tunics, lace tops and long shrugs—paired with some leggings and you’ve got comfort with fashion. I chose a custom-made romper from Mainstream Boutique. RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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ave you ever heard of pork belly? Whether you have or not, you’ve probably had a version of it: bacon—well, sort of. Pork belly comes from the same cut as bacon, but it’s pure pork deliciousness. A fatty and rich cut of meat (the good fat, they say), tender pork belly melts in your mouth after some time in the oven, in the fry pan or over the coals. Thanks to Alex Sjoberg, chef at Rochester’s new Grand Rounds Brew Pub, for providing us with this amazing recipe for Banh Mi, a pork belly sandwich that is out of this world. Along with the sandwich, whip up some edamame salad and soybean pudding, and you’ve got yourself a full meal. Soybeans have long been important in East Asian diets and are a healthy option for meeting protein needs in a vegetarian diet. RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich

Pickled Onions and Carrots

Presented open-faced in three sections with pickled onions, carrots and remoulade . Recipe provided by Chef Alex Sjoberg of Grand Rounds Brew Pub.

• 2 carrots, julienned (cut as thin as possible) • 1 red onion, julienned • 1 cup champagne vinegar • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup water • 1 Tbsp. pickling spice

• 2 carrots • 1 yellow onion • 2-3 stalks of celery (not the whole bunch) • 1 bay leaf • 10 black peppercorns • 1 Tbsp. fennel seed • 1 Tbsp. mustard seed • 1 Tbsp. coriander seed • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes • ½ quart white wine • Pork belly in desired size you want to cook 1. Preheat oven to 350o F. Cut up classic mirepoix (carrots, celery and onions). Add spices (bay leaf, peppercorns, fennel seed, mustard seed, coriander seed and crushed red pepper flakes). Slightly score the fat on top of the pork belly and season both sides with salt and white pepper. 2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Place the pork belly fat side down and render fat slowly. Once rendered, flip and turn on high heat until the meat has slightly browned. Then move the belly to a resting rack. 3. With the heat still on high, add the mirepoix to the pan and saute for about 10 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add white wine and reduce until au sec (nearly dry). Place mirepoix in a baking dish and spread out evenly. (Tip: Cover vegetables with cheese cloth, making it easier to pull out pork belly). Place pork belly fat side up on top of mirepoix. Add enough water to cover half the pork belly. Wrap with plastic, then foil. 4. Place in preheated oven and bake for 3 1/2 hours. Once cooked, remove from oven. Place pork belly in a high-sided baking dish fat side up. Place another baking dish on top and weigh down. Refrigerate until cool (4-6 hours overnight, if possible). 36

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1. Cut carrots and onions and place in separate containers with airtight lids. Do not cover. 2. Bring water, sugar, vinegar and pickling spice to a boil. Once boiling, strain with a strainer big enough to catch all the pickling spice. Pour liquid over carrots. Repeat with the onions. 3. If you need more liquid, use ½ cup water, sugar, and vinegar and reuse the pickling spice. 4. Cover carrots and onions and let sit until they are room temperature.

Remoulade

• 2 Tbsp. Bearnaise reduction • ¼ cup sherry vinegar • 3 egg yolks • 1 pint oil • 1 Tbsp. miniature pickles, minced • tarragon • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper • jalapeno (optional) 1. Make Bearnaise reduction. Dice 1 shallot. Mix with champagne vinegar and 1½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer and reduce until au sec (nearly dry). 2. Place Bearnaise reduction, sherry vinegar and egg yolks in food processor or blender. Turn on to blend all ingredients, then slowly add oil until smooth. If needed, add more oil. Add. miniature pickles, tarragon, 1 tsp. Worcestershire and 1 tsp. cayenne pepper. For a little bit more kick add sliced raw jalapeno on top. Stack pork belly and pickled carrots and onions on a French roll and top with the remoulade. Pork belly deliciousness.

Edamame Corn Salad Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com by Chef4Six

• 1/4 cup sliced almonds • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar • 1 Tbsp. white sugar • 2 cloves garlic, minced • ½ tsp. freshly grated ginger • Salt and ground black pepper to taste • 2 (16-oz.) packages shelled edamame (green soybeans)

• 1 (15-oz.) can baby corn, drained and cut into bite-size pieces

• 1 (8-oz.) can water chestnuts, drained and sliced into thin strips

• 1 bunch radishes, halved and thinly sliced • 3 green onions, cut thinly • ¼ cup chopped cilantro 1. Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly toast almonds, 2 to 3 minutes. 2. Whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic and ginger together in a bowl for the dressing. Add salt and black pepper to season to taste. 3. Combine edamame, baby corn, water chestnuts, radishes, green onions, cilantro and toasted almonds in a large bowl; toss with dressing until coated. Serve cold or at room temperature. Recipe makes 8 servings.


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Soy products, such as tofu, are high in protein and are an acceptable source of dietary protein. • High cholesterol: Research reports that adding soy protein to the diet can moderately decrease total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol). • High blood pressure: Research in humans generally shows that soy lowers blood pressure. • Menopausal symptoms (hot flash): Research shows that soy reduces hot flash occurrence in menopausal women. *http://mayoclinic.org/

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lex Sjoberg knows how to braise beef (I’ve tasted it). “I like it slow and low and cooking with very lean cuts,” he says. Alex was born and raised in Rochester. At age 15, he started working at a pizza place, making dough and cleaning dishes. Shortly after that, he moved to a country club kitchen, where he learned even more by helping prep food and cooking on the line. So let’s just say, he grew into being a chef. Growing up in the Midwest, it’s no surprise that Alex considers his cooking style to very much be comfort food. “I throw in a lot of different techniques— French influence, Spanish influence, Asian influence—things that just make you feel good when you are done eating it. Midwestern-raised, of course, makes me a tater tot hot dish expert,” says Alex. Alex has worked with chefs who helped him become the chef he is today. He credits local chef Justin Schoville with molding him into a more professional style. “Boston Chef Eric Scott,” Alex adds, “he taught me how to get ahead of the rush and get food to people in a timely manner. It was a 350-seat restaurant, and I had only five burners to work with.”

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CAH AND COU His favorite food to cook at home (CAH) after a long day’s work is a sandwich. Alex also reveals, “I like to cook a lot with pastas, chicken and trying to make my own sauces, more experimental. I do get creative when cooking at home.” Now ladies, isn’t that what we all want? A little creativity in the kitchen is a big sell. Alex believes that you become a family when you work closely together in a restaurant kitchen. He enjoys the banter and the inside jokes, like COU: Coversation of Understanding. If you are having a conversation with someone and another person comes along and asks what it’s about, it’s a COU—in other words, none of your business.

EAT FISH ON DEATH ROW One of the challenges Alex faces as a chef is an allergy to fish, which forces him to rely on what others tell him about the taste. “Since I am allergic, I can never taste it. I can cook with it, touch it but can’t taste it,” Alex laments. “I mean, I have an understanding of the flavor and idiosyncrasies of fish. I mean, scallops are sweet and lightly buttery, but there’s a lot of trial and error cooking stuff you can’t eat.” When asked what his last supper would be, Alex exclaims, “FISH! I would eat as much fish as possible. It’s not going to kill me. I

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just get real sick, so if I’m on death row, you know, I’m going to eat the things I could never experience before. I want some very, very good fish—sushi!”

IN THE FUTURE In five years, Alex hopes to still be running a kitchen. “I’d like to say I would be out of Rochester, but with the [restaurant] expansion, it’s a good place to stay and develop myself,” Alex says. “I’m 28, and I’m very quiet when it comes to the public eye. I just don’t need a lot of attention. But I’d like to be known as someone who is known for consistently making good food. Wherever my life leads me, I want to be making good food.” It’s the appreciation from people that he loves most about his job. “It’s those little everyday things, the small victories that you have on a day-to-day basis,” Alex shares. “Creating something with your hands that someone is going to enjoy gives you that nice, warm feeling inside.” Dawn Sanborn, professional photographer and food lover, is afraid of fish, physically and mentally, but does love a good hunk of meat.


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Up in the Air THE RIEKMANN’S HOME ADDITION BY BOB FREUND PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS

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aurie Riekmann likes to sit high among the trees, enjoying a second-story view over her backyard. “We feel like we’re up in a tree house,” Laurie says. “You can see all the leaves surrounding the room.” It’s a vantage point with all the comforts of their home. About two and a half years ago, Laurie and her husband, Glenn, lopped off the home’s original, walk-out deck and built an addition with windows on three walls. It’s an almost seamless extension of their 16-year-old home on Rochester’s northwest side. “I think the whole goal was to create more living space, and I think we created that, indoors and out,” Laurie says. Constructed in late spring and summer of 2012, the room with the view now offers a comfortable living and lounging area for the couple, their son, Justin, their dog and several cats.

A LESS FINISHED BEGINNING A fully finished addition was not the first idea the Riekmanns brought to their contractor, Master Builders Inc. of Rochester, a specialist in major residential remodeling. “We were going to have them originally replace the deck,” Laurie explains. But she also had a twist in mind. She wanted to construct a pergola on the deck to lend a little bit of shade and personality. “I’m all about being different,” Laurie claims. However, when the couple crunched the numbers from the cost estimate, Glenn says, “We could put on a room for this [cost].” So 40

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they raised their sights to a three-season porch and, finally, chose four seasons of use with a fully finished space. John Lindahl, president of Master Builders, has seen that type of transition before. Once you enlarge beyond the deck, “it’s not that much more expensive to [build] something you can use all year long,” he says.

UP ON STILTS The Riekmann expansion was a second-story job on the back side of the house. After analyzing the design, Master Builders was able to support the addition from beneath with 6-by-6-inch lumber columns, much like those that hold up decks. You might suspect that a four-wall addition would be much heavier than a wooden deck. But, Lindahl explains, “There’s not a lot of extra weight there.” “We felt confident about the whole ‘putting it on sticks’ thing,” Laurie says. The space tucked under the addition also has grown into a favorite family spot for relaxing, gathering and grilling. Cool breezes flow through it in summer, and the addition overhead provides shelter from rain and hot sun. Lindahl offered one note, though. The Riekmann house has tallerthan-normal ceilings in the lower level, and that allows enough headroom for a useful patio. That may not be true with other homes.


A SEAMLESS CONNECTION Making the addition look like it belonged was an important goal for the homeowners and contractor. “When we build an addition, we want it to be part of the house,” Lindahl says. Many times, the coordinated appearance comes from details. For example, the company’s staff designed an arched window in the new room expressly to match an existing arched window in the living room of the 3,200-square-foot house. “They were pretty good at suggesting how to make it look good from the outside,” Laurie says. Splicing a new roof into the existing roofline was among other challenges encountered at the Riekmann house. It had to be tied into a couple of different jogs in the roofline. Indoors, the construction crews removed a sliding glass door and reshaped the doorway into the addition. The change allowed unblocked views from the kitchen through the dining room into the new space. “It made the dining room feel bigger,” Laurie says.

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DOING DECOR They extended the same walnut-colored flooring from nearby dining and living rooms into the addition. One built-in centerpiece for the Riekmann’s addition is a gas fireplace with a stone-look facade. The room also is the spot where the homeowners often go to watch television, not to mention the beauty in their backyard. The home’s furnishings and decor reflect Laurie’s eclectic tastes, which, she says, tend to be “antique-y.” She describes herself as a flea market junkie. “If it makes me smile, it goes in my house.” A letter “R” with embedded lights stands on the mantle. A coffee table, once probably used as a shop hand cart, sits in front of the sofa. Painted in script on the side is: “Nutting Truck, Faribault, Minn.” Inside or outside, the view is comforting. The addition has become a room that “makes us happy,” Glenn says.

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MC A LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA IS PA RT OF A MULTI-YEAR CO LL ABORATION BETWEEN YMCA OF THE USA, THE NAT IONAL RESOURCE OFF ICE FOR THE Y, AND THE LIVESTRO NG FOUNDATI ON, THE ORGANIZ ATIO N CREATED TO SERVE PEOPLE LIVING WITH CA NCER AND EM POWER COMMUNITIES TO TAKE ACTIO FOUNDATION N. THE IS A LEADER IN THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT O N BEHALF OF 32 MILLION PEOPLE AROUN D THE WORLD LIVING WITH CANCER TODA Y. LAUNCHED IN 2008, LIVESTR ONG AT THE YMCA IS DE SIGNED TO IM PROVE THE HEALTH AN D DAY-TO-DAY QUALIT Y OF LIFE FOR TH E COUNTRY’S GROWING POPULATION OF CANCER SU RVIVORS AND THEIR FA MILIES. TO DA TE, LIVESTRON AT THE YMCA G IS OFFERED AT OVER 375 YS AROUN D THE COUNTR Y, AND MORE TH AN 25,000 CA NCER SURVIVORS HA VE PARTICIPAT ED IN THE PROGRAM NAT IONWIDE.

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ancer is a life-encompassing ordeal. After treatment, many survivors are left facing a second battle. The body they knew before cancer is different—weakened by the destructive side effects of chemotherapy or altered by surgery. Fatigue and stress are a daily challenge, and the emotions associated with being sick can be overwhelming. Thanks to the newly launched LIVESTRONG program at the Rochester Area Family YMCA, cancer survivors no longer have to face these challenges alone. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week small group program for adult cancer survivors and their supporters. A joint effort of the LIVESTRONG Foundation and YMCA of the USA, the program offers a holistic, research-based approach to help people affected by cancer reclaim their health and well-being.

MORE THAN A WORK-OUT Launched officially at the Rochester Area Family YMCA in winter 2015, the LIVESTRONG program is already making a big difference for cancer survivors. Over the course of a session, participants learn how to exercise based on the condition of their body. After sampling different types of exercise, most are able to find something they truly enjoy. Their goals run a wide spectrum, from building muscle mass and strength to increasing and improving flexibility, endurance and functional ability. One survivor simply wanted to be able to tie her own shoes again. But the experience is about more than physical exertion. Equally as 42

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important, the program focuses on emotional well-being—providing a supportive community environment where survivors and their supporters can connect and form relationships. “It becomes like a family,” says Lori Yokiel, former membership engagement coordinator for the Rochester Area Family YMCA. “A lot of the times people will get involved in classes and become very close friends. It becomes about much more than fitness.” For cancer survivors, the benefits of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA are obvious and abundant. For those who help lead the program, the rewards are just as rich. Y instructors undergo extensive training to become Livestrong certified. The training—including everything from healthy lifestyle principals to courses on lymphedema and CPR—teaches leaders to help survivors exercise despite limitations and prepares them for potential treatment-related problems during the program and beyond. Helping cancer survivors stirs a unique passion in each instructor.

JESSICA’S JOURNEY Jessica Williams is part of the original cohort of instructors to receive the training and teach the program. A group fitness instructor since 2013 and the new membership engagement coordinator at the Rochester Area Family YMCA, she says one of the things that impresses her most about the individuals she’s worked with in the LIVESTRONG program are their positive attitudes and determination. “[They] are excited to be part of Livestrong,” Jessica shares. “They might be a little scared of starting to move more or to exercise in


general. Some have pain and physical limitations that make it tough to participate, but they still show up and try hard. They are survivors and they are ready to take this next step.” Jessica’ understanding of cancer—including how it changes lives and families—is deeply rooted. She was just a teenager when her 10-year-old sister was diagnosed with leukemia. It was a moment that branded her and her family forever, she says. For the next two years, she watched her sister endure painful treatments, recover from surgeries and lose her hair to chemotherapy. She was by her side when she took her last breaths. “No one gives you the path you are to take when you have to leave a hospital and never be with the person that is now gone,” says Jessica. “There is no follow-up. There isn’t a six-month check-up for the survivors of the cancer patient. The doctors and nurses you knew and relied on for knowledge and information and sometimes comfort, they don’t follow you out the doors.”

FINDING JOY THROUGH STRENGTH While losing her sister was devastating, Jessica says the experience has helped sharpen her focus on the important things in

life. As a busy wife, mother to three, blogger and fitness instructor, she seeks and relishes opportunities to find joy and think positively. Her role in Livestrong at the YMCA helps in both endeavors. The program fulfills the important need to support the increasing number of cancer survivors and their supporters, who find themselves in a transitional period not dissimilar to Jessica’s. Many have completed their cancer treatment and are shifting to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life—or their “new normal.” “I won’t ever fully understand their lives and what they experienced before they came to Livestrong,” says Jessica, “[but when I work with cancer survivors] my heart stretches farther. I learn, feel and listen more intensely. I hope that I can help them understand how to comprehend this chapter of their life… how to find joy through their battle.”

SUPPORT FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE

Following completion of a pilot phase in December 2014, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA launched to great demand, resulting in waiting lists for many registrants. To sustain and grow the program, the Rochester Area Family YMCA depends on partnerships and philanthropic support. Inaugural partners include Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Medical Center and other local organizations that serve a role in engaging cancer survivors through a whole-person approach. With support from a generous donor, the Rochester Area Family YMCA currently has funding to operate the program through approximately mid-2015. To learn more about participating, partnering or donating to Livestrong at the YMCA, contact Talbird Lovan, program coordinator: 507-287-2260 ext. 1013, or Livestrong@rochfamy.org. To learn more about Jessica Williams, visit “The Journey” at: smallchangesbigpicture.wordpress.com. Laurie Simon, a freelance writer living in Rochester, Minnesota.

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK, SO IT CAN TAKE CARE OF YOU BY CINDY MENNENGA am no stranger to back pain, so when I was asked to write this article, I jumped at the chance. I thought, now here’s a topic I know a thing or two about. I have had back pain for a good portion of my adult life, including surgery several years ago. This topic was in my wheelhouse. I wanted to get right down to the nitty-gritty and see what the experts had to say. Common sense teaches that proper posture is key to preventing back pain. As cute as they are, high heels and sandals do not provide your feet with appropriate support, which adds stress to your back. When you are young, you can get away with it for a while, but as you age, your body may begin to rebel. I met with Dr. Melissa Brennan from Brennan Family Chiropractic and Nutrition Center to find out what the professionals consider to be the tripping hazards when it comes to back pain and how to reduce or manage the risks. Dr. Brennan named three types of stressors that contribute to our spines not being properly aligned: physical stress (accidents, disease, body size); emotional stress (new baby, work, finances), which she indicated is the worst type of stress; and chemical stress (toxins we eat and breathe, along with environmental hazards). According to Dr. Brennan, subluxations, when the spine is out of alignment, are akin to “kinking a garden hose,” stopping the flow of water. To maintain a healthy back, it is important to utilize great ergonomics. (Think about your desk: Is it set up correctly?) In addition, frequent stretching and a proper diet (lots of proteins, healthy fats, veggies, some fruit and water) are key. Healthy eating will also help women hold a spinal adjustment for a longer period of time.

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There are no rewards for martyrdom, but there sure can be a lot of pain associated with it! Dr. Layden advises that gardeners take their time and take lots of breaks to stand and stretch. women and postpartum women to sleep with a body pillow for comfort and to help keep the spine aligned. He also recommends that breastfeeding women support the upper back with pillows or a support garment, which will passively benefit a new mom’s posture while breastfeeding her infant.

RETURN TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS With the arrival of spring, the urge to get outside and start planting can be a siren’s call beckoning us to run to the local nursery for splashes of color to place around the front of the house and on the deck. Some superambitious types will plant a garden and do some serious landscaping all in one day. When the howling winds of January make us dreamy-eyed at the thought of spring planting, our plans can get a bit grandiose.

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Dr. Katie Layden from RAK Chiropractic advises women who are pregnant to continue being active. “Exercise keeps the pelvis agile and strong for the weeks ahead,” she says. “If a pregnant woman is too sore to exercise, make sure she is getting to a chiropractor to help with her alignment to get her… exercising again!” Other options for relieving lower back pain are massage, acupuncture and essential oils. Dr. Todd Buchanan from Northgate Chiropractic Clinic counsels pregnant

Remember to keep your gardening goals realistic, accounting for your age, your overall health and ability and the amount of time you can dedicate to maintaining the plants. To protect your back, remember to lift using your legs. Enlist help from your kids, spouse or even neighbors. (Form a neighborhood garden club and work together!) Getting outside and doing physical work after being sedentary for several months is a recipe for aching muscles. Pace yourself and break chores up into small, manageable tasks. There are no rewards for martyrdom, but there sure can be a lot of pain associated with it! Dr. Layden advises that gardeners take their time and take lots of breaks to stand and stretch. Don’t stay bent over or on your knees for too long. Plant flowers over the course of a few planting sessions, rather than trying to get it all done in one marathon session.

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COOL COMFORT If you do suffer from back pain, remember your friends: ice and heat. The experts at Olmsted Medical Center Obstetrics, Gynecology and Rehabilitation Services recommend that you “rest the affected area and apply ice as soon as possible. Then, if your pain or discomfort doesn’t change within 48-72 hours of an injury, seek medical attention.” Dr. Brennan also advises using ice for inflammation and applying heat for no more than 15 minutes at a time. She cautioned that you should use more ice than heat. While heat feels good, ice is the workhorse that will aid most in your recovery.

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and smoking—that is how bad sitting is for our bodies! Get up from the computer every 20-30 minutes to get some water, go to the bathroom, stretch and make sure activity or exercise is in the daily regimen.” A sedentary lifestyle, stress and not taking time for yourself will only add to any health-related problems you may have. To achieve and maintain a healthy back (and body), stay active, eat a healthy diet, drink water and breathe. This is pretty straightforward information, but when you add gentle stretching, correct posture, regular chiropractic adjustments and applying ice and heat as needed, you have built a solid foundation to avoid or alleviate back pain.

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BOUNDARY WATERS TRANSFORMATIONAL TREK

“As a team we worked together remarkably well, and each of our strengths and weaknesses were well complimented and covered by one another.” —Beverly “Qigong was a wonderful addition to the trip. We learned the value of it and felt the benefits from it.” —Lori “Meditation was an added bonus along with the Qigong and what a better place to do both than in the wilderness on shore, in a setting of absolute peace and tranquility.” —Catherine

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ur trek began at Seagull Outfitters at the end of the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marias, Minnesota. Our adventure team consisted of my sister Lori, friend and colleague Beverly, family friend Catherine and me. With the most outdoor experience, Lori was our guide. It had been many years since Catherine or I had enjoyed the beauty of the wilderness, and Beverly had never done anything like this before. Although she had fears, Bev decided to “feel the fear” and do it anyway. Her two primary concerns were toilet paper and bears. We assured Bev that in all the years we have ventured into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, we have never seen a bear, and we always bring toilet paper (used sparingly and properly in the woods). Just as we were explaining to Bev that there was nothing to worry about, a bear crossed the road in front of our vehicle. It was a humorous beginning to our trip.

GETTING OUR FEET WET The trip was designed to be moderate in difficulty and slow to start. We planned to get our feet wet the first day by paddling two lakes, taking two small portages and finding a campsite early. It was a lovely sunny day with mild temperatures and easy paddling. Unfortunately, when we got to the lake we planned to camp near, there were no sites left. We pushed on to the next lake, and the next and the next. We ended up paddling across five lakes and taking five portages before we found a campsite just before dark. On that first day Beverly came up with a chant that helped us to persevere through all our portages. “My footing is secure, and my pack is light.” We chanted this to ourselves and to support one another (and laughed a lot). The portages were wet, muddy and rocky, including many large boulders, which made footing interesting. We accepted each challenge as it came, with grace and perseverance.

ADVENTURE FORWARD The next day was Sunday, so we decided to honor it as a day of rest. After all, we had already traveled two day’s distance in the first day. We went fishing, ate lunch on the water, using a paddle as a cutting board for cheese and sausages. Catherine stayed back at camp because she wanted to spend the day in quiet reflection. We supported each other’s choices and made decisions together about how far we would push ourselves each day. On Monday, we woke to a misty rain that continued on and off for the next two days. This is when we became “the women of the mist.” Despite this, our spirits were high from great conversations around the fire, qi gong in the morning and afternoon meditations in the peace of our natural surroundings. We saw very few other people on the rest of the journey but enjoyed our time together. “Adventure forward” became our mantra each day, as we arose to the beauty and faced the day ahead. On our last day, no one was anxious to get back. Each of us kept a journal daily of our adventures, although each read differently. We had details and snapshots of inspirational moments or funny stories. Another mantra that sticks with me is “you gotta go to know.” If you would like to engage in this type of experience, visit transformationaltreks.com for upcoming dates or LuAnnB.com for other opportunities to transform. LuAnn Buechler, creating events that inspire people to achieve the life they desire, www.LuAnnB.com.

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Wabasha is the ideal place to call home. Known for its extraordinary natural beauty, Wabasha offers unmatched recreational opportunities, affordable housing, excellent schools, world-class medical care, and high speed digital connectivity. It is a family oriented community with small town friendliness and security. No place is a better place to call home than Wabasha, MN. Catherine chilling on a rock, reading a book.

Photography submitted by LuAnn Buechler.

Sunday cruise, fishing and munching on cheese cut on a paddle. (That is Beverly upfront and me in the middle. Lori took the picture from the stern of the boat.)

See what we have to offer @ wabasha.org “We did it.” or “I am Woman - hear me roar.” (This was taken at the moment we arrived back at the landing. We had completed our trip and proud of it. We started with a “grounding exercise” and we're grounding ourselves again in the end with a powerful fist.) RWmagazine.com May/June 2015

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Fun in Southeastern Minnesota GIRLS DAY OUT IN LANESBORO AND JUNKMARKET IN SPRING VALLEY

GIRLS DAY OUT IN LANESBORO Grab your girlfriends and make your way to Girls Day Out, a fun shopping event held on Saturday, May 2 in scenic Lanesboro. Lanesboro’s unique downtown businesses cater to the event, offering sales, book signings, featured artist demonstrations, craft classes, sidewalk fashion shows and samples from local restaurants. “It’s a great way to spend some time with your girlfriends, and it’s so much better to shop local and spend the day outdoors than to go spend a day at the mall,” says Sarah, Girls Day Out coordinator. “All of our shops are local, independent businesses, and it’s easy to park your car and walk anywhere you like.” The variety of artsy and handmade wares available in Lanesboro is delightful. Essence of Lanesboro offers lotions and lip balms made in-house, while Windy Mesa Jewelry offers authentic Indian jewelry, carvings and artwork. The Stone Mill Art & Craft Gallery displays work from up to 20 vendors, featuring locally and American-made art, jewelry and pottery. Cheryl’s Apparel offers handmade quilts, table runners, handbags, aprons and more. Lanesboro is also excited 50

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Lanesboro also hosts their Rhubarb Festival on June 6 and celebrates Art in the Park on June 21. Stop by the Lanesboro Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., or make a special trip to visit the Commonweal Theatre and catch one of their exceptional, professional theatrical performances. “Whatever you come out for, we’re happy to have you!” laughs Pieper. “Everyone is invited, and there’s always something happening.”

Most of the presentations and performances will be by women, for women. Among the musical and artistic events will be fly-fishing and archery demonstrations and contests. “So many people go to the lakes up north, they don’t think about the different types of fishing you can do around here,” says LuAnn Wilcox, of Idle Time Recreation Services. The summer blossoms with activity in Lanesboro, and with so many historic hotels, guest cottages and campgrounds, it’s easy to extend your stay. Enjoy the outdoors with bike, canoe or kayak rentals, or get out and walk the scenic Root River State Trail. “Lanesboro has so many festivals and activities for a town its size,” explains Wilcox. “There are so many things happening, it’s hard to find time to stay home!” For details of Girls Day Out and an ongoing calendar of events in Lanesboro, visit the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce website at lanesboro.com.

Photography submitted by JUNKMARKET Style, Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce and Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery.

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JUNKMARKET AT FOUR DAUGHTERS Uncorked JUNKMARKET will debut at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery in Spring Valley Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31. Coordinated by Sue Whitney, founder and editor-in-chief of JUNKMARKET Style, this shopping extravaganza will feature a blend of local artisans and first-time vendors to Minnesota showcasing their repurposed vintage junk. “It is much more of a festival,” explains Whitney. “We will have live music every day, wine available and good food. It’s the place to go to get everything.” Four Daughters will feature vendors inside and out, and the JUNKMARKET dealers will be required to set up their booths with creative and stylish decor. The purpose of

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the event is to inspire and motivate. Not only will shoppers be able to buy one-of-a-kind repurposed furniture or artwork; they will leave filled with fresh ideas to inspire the lifestyle change that Whitney promotes.

ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN “It is all about having fun,” laughs Whitney. “I don’t like to have the shows be too big. In a medium-size show, the customer has the ability to shop at a leisurely pace. The customer and the dealer create a relationship, and in this market, it can be a lasting relationship.” The artwork displayed will range from farm-oriented, vintage-style pieces to salvaged industrial parts repurposed as furniture or artwork, as well as all sorts of vintage jewelry. There will be steam-punk dealers, very modern dealers and primitive dealers. “We have to take

it from country to ultra-modern because we want to address everyone,” explains Whitney. “There will be furniture, accessories, textiles, linens, hand-crafted things you can carry, wear or put in your home. We really run the gamut on vintage style.” Uncorked JUNKMARKET will also offer junk.edu classes, live music daily, early-bird specials, art demonstrations, great dining and wine tasting. For more information or to reserve your tickets in advance, visit junkmarketstyleevents.com. Amanda Wingren is a freelance writer.

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Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015 10am - 5pm 100+ arts & crafts booths / live music /scrumptious food & craft beer / kids & family art activities Sylvan Park, Lanesboro, MN www.lanesboroarts.org 507-467-2446

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Deadline for submitting events for RochesterWomen July/August 2015 issue is May 31, 2015. Send events to calendar@RWmagazine.com Events in purple are sponsored by Rochester Women magazine. *(507 area code unless stated) TUESDAYS Terra Loco Tuesday 5k’s, Terra Loco $ 5 Dollar-”themed” 5K’s take place on most Tuesday evenings. All proceeds go to the local charity of choice for that week. Runs begin at 6 pm, 289-5626, runterraloco.com

MAY MAY 1-3 100 Mile Garage Sale, Residents of fifteen river towns and two states put on a spectacular garage sale that runs for 100 miles, mississippi-river.org

MAY 3

Walk MS: Christopher & Banks 2015, presented by Walser, Soldier’s Memorial Field, 10-11 am registration, walk find a cure for MS Pledges required, register at walkms.org or specialevents@MSsociety.org

MAY 5 - 14 Horticulture Science Program 2015 Spring Plant Sale, Tues., May 5 - Thurs., May 14, times vary, Horticulture Technology Center Greenhouse located at the Heintz Center. For more information visit rctc.edu/program/hort/news_events.html.

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

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

Choral Arts Ensemble Gala 30th Anniversary Concert, Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, cherished musical selections will be presented to close the year’s celebration, 7:30 pm, 252-8427, choralartsensemble.org

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

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

MAY 2 Rochester Craft Beer Expo, Mayo Civic Center, celebrate craft beer from all over the United States with different styles, 3-6 pm, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

MAY 2 Aldrich Carnival, Aldrich Memorial Nursery School, variety of activities to help support the Aldrich Program, 10 am -2 pm, 289-3097, aldrichnurseryschool.com

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MAY 8-10 Gold Rush, Graham Park, antique shows and flea markets will be presented, Fri.-Sat. 8 am-6 pm; Sun. 8 am-4 pm, 269-1473, townsendshows.com

MAY 9 Peter Mayer, State Theatre, famous guitarist Peter Mayer will be delivering originally composed music, 7:30 pm, 732-7616, crossingsatcarnegie.com

MAY 15-31 On Golden Pond, Rochester Civic Theatre, enjoy the heartwarming drama of On Golden Pond, Fri. and Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 2828481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 16 ROC Classic 5K, 10K and kids 1 Mile, Soldiers Field, 9 am, raises money for the Rochester Orcas Swim Club & Cyclone Triathlon Team, $5-$45, registration required, 250-4133, tritonmultisports.com

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

MAY 16 Art on the Ave, Slatterly Park Neighborhood, annual spring art fair that showcases local artisans and musicians, 9:30 am-4 pm, 208-2818, slatterlypark.org

MAY 16 Pushups for Charity, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, annual event that raises awareness of the challenges military service members and veterans face, and raises money to support their unique needs, 10:30 am -12:30 pm, 261-7411, pushupsforcharity.com

MAY 16

Cronin Home 3rd Annual Blues and BBQ, Olmsted County 4H Building, BBQ dinner, music by Dave Lambert and the Motivators and Rick Miller and the Swamp Kings, 4-9 pm, 282-1204, thecroninhome.org

MAY 17

Jazz Jam, Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage, The D’Sievers will host jazz open mike with a live rhythm section, 5:30-8:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 20 Civic Live Americana Showcase, Rochester Civic Theatre, celebrate the musical heritage of the American Midwest, featuring Jeffrey Foucault, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

MAY 21

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& Canvas painting party, Post Town Winery, sip wine while you create your very own work of art, Thurs., May 21, 6 - 9 p.m. $40 for painting class and wine tasting. Register at wineandcanvas.com/rochester-mn.html or call 507-923-0474

MAY 23

Med City Fitness Expo, Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, health and fitness exhibits and race kits for preparation, 10am-7 pm, 254-2703, medcitymarathon.com


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JUNE 12

20th Annual Med City Marathon/ Half Marathon/ Relay, start: Byron Elementary School, finish: Mayo Civic Center, participate for the chance to win prizes and enjoy the post-race party, 7 am, 254-2703, register at medcitymarathon.com

MAY 25

Memorial Day Celebration, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, honoring and remembering those who have protected our country, 9:45 am parade; 10:30 am program, 289-8981, soldiersfieldmemorial.org

MAY 29-31

JunkMARKET Style, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, finest vintage dealers, artisans and crafts from across the country, 11 am - 6 pm, $7 admission, junkmarketstyleevents.com

MAY 29-30

The Illuminating Photograph: The Elements of Visual Design, Assisi Heights, Randy Zeigler teaches photography in a trip to Red Wing, Friday 7-9 pm, Saturday 8 am-5pm, 529-5324, rochesterfranciscan.org

MAY 30

Celebark 2015, Rochester Eagle’s Club, welcoming people and dogs to participate in fun contests, games, and activities, 11 am-2 pm, 612-816-7366, bacbunleashed.com

MAY 30

Earth Tour, Assisi Heights, a walking tour in the Umbrian Garden with Dr. Louis Wilson, 10-10:45 am, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

MAY 30

An Occasional Market, 2064 Superior Dr NW (parking lot in front of RBC Wealth Management off West Circle Drive), variety of projects: furniture, antiques, salvages, re-loved, reclaimed, junk, industrial, handmade, vintage, original art, photography and home décor, 10 am-3pm, 701-640-5636

JUNE 4 - AUGUST 27

Thursdays on First & 3rd, Peace Plaza Downtown, weekly outdoor market featuring arts, crafts, food, and live entertainment, 11 am- 8:30 pm, 424-4744, downtownrochestermn.com

Chester Woods Trail Races, Chester Woods, run 5k (8 am), 10 mile (8:10 am), or 50k (6 am) on trails of Chester Woods, 951-2415, rochestertrackclub.com

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JUNE 13 Go for the Gold, 5k Run, 3k walk and kids races, proceeds to benefit Brighter Tomorrows, a Rochester based non-profit which supports families facing childhood cancer, rochestertrackclub.com

JUNE 14

Honkers Bike/Walk 2015, Mayo Ball Field Lot, walk or bike to Rochester Honkers baseball game and receive free tickets, 1:05 pm, webikerochester.com

JUNE 16

10th Annual Power of the Purse, presented by United Way's Women's Leadership Council, Rochester International Event Center, raise money for early childhood programs through Silent Purse Auction, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, 287-2487, uwolmsted.org

JUNE 19 Summer at the Civic, Rochester Civic Theatre, free Friday concert featuring Dianna Parks and Friends, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

JUNE 21

Rochester Area Family Y Hall of Fame Weekend 2015 Community Picnic, free event will feature a picnic lunch, family games and entertainment, rochfamy.org

JUNE 20- 28

Rochesterfest, Citywide Rochester, events take place all week with food, entertainment, and sports, 285-8769 or visit rochesterfest.com

JUNE 26

Summer at the Civic, Rochester Civic Theatre, free friday concert featuring Jazz Jam, patio and grill opens at 4 pm, happy hour 4-6pm, live music 5:30-9pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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Summer at the Civic, Rochester Civic Theatre, free Friday concert featuring LP and the 45’s, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

Gift of Life Transplant House Run, Gift of Life Transplant House, 5k/2.5k to support those undergoing a transplant, 9am, rochestertrackclub.com

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JULY JULY 10 – 11 Hambone Music Festival, History Center of Olmsted County, educates the public about the blues and general music through performance, for a complete schedule visit hambonemusicfestival.com

JULY 17-18

Relay for Life of Olmsted County, Rochester Community and Technical College, honor survivors by raising money to end cancer, 6pm-6am, 424-4604, main.acsevents.org. Rochester Women magazine will be sponsoring a Relay for Life team. If you would like to join us or sponsor, please contact Margo Stich at missmargo@charter.net

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ParaminnowWHAT? PERIMENOPAUSAL, THE OTHER PMS BY PAM WHITFIELD

adore my doctor. I chose him for totally unscientific reasons. I was on the front edge of a divorce and needed to see someone about my sleeplessness, anxiety, stomach pains and weight loss. My mother, an RN and emergency room veteran, mandated it. “You are Superwoman,” she said, “but even Superwoman’s body can’t take that kind of stress for much longer. Go see someone. Today.” Dr. A (as in Awesome!) spent an hour listening to me. He asked intelligent questions. He was empathetic to a woman’s challenges. He also had amazing artwork in his exam room. Every exam room has something colorful or cheerful or soothing to look at, and Dr. A chose to display his 5-year-old son’s crayon art. My favorite was of an elephant with a huge pile of dung behind him. The pile was so realistic; it was practically steaming. Later, when I paid a compliment to the artist’s sense of realism, Dr. A told me that said manure was actually a mud puddle. To this day, I look at that picture and see poop. I like Dr. Awesome and that elephant so much that I continue to see him, even though I am now single, anxiety-proof, and living the dream. I like how he laughs at everything I say. I like how he takes my questions seriously and how he peeks into the manila folder I bring each year to see which new health and science articles I have clipped for 54

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him. “I am in charge of my health,” I tell him, and he nods sagely. “If only all patients thought that way,” I can see him thinking.

HORMONAL OVERDRIVE But there is one thing I am clearly not in charge of: my ovaries. And according to Dr. A, one day those twin organs are going to quit dropping eggs down my tubes. They’re going to retire and send my body into a strange hormonal overdrive. They’re going to mess me up for 7-8 years, minimum. Dr. A is clearly trying to prepare me for the inevitable. Whenever I see him for a checkup, every symptom or concern I mention makes him ponder and then thoughtfully respond, “You could be perimenopausal.” Para-minnow-what? When does that start? How long does it last? How does one avoid it? Does giving up carbs or caffeine or your best friend help? Sadly, his answers are not very specific. He began using the term “perimenopausal” when I hit 40. I’m sure it won’t stop until I’m at least 55. That’s when I expect to actually reach menopause. How do I know when it’s going to happen? For another wholly unscientific reason: That’s when my mother went through the change. At least she thinks she did. Dr. A instructed me to ask her. She’s not quite sure, actually—it took a few years,

and like a broken bone, she says that memory of the pain faded over time. As much as I enjoy seeing Dr. Awesome (and that pooping elephant), I have to wonder about the PMS diagnosis. When did menopause become a catch-all for what ails me? Can he really blame everything that’s wrong with me on this change of life? I don’t think so. I am Superwoman. And I have a plan.

ANNUAL CHECKUP This year I’m going to be really prepared for my annual checkup. I’m filling up sticky notes with potential symptoms and sneaking them into my manila folder (behind the article about only needing to get a Pap smear every five years—hooray!). My list of new maladies is growing. So far I have dry mouth, spider veins, recurring sinus infections and sarcasm. We’ll see where the buck stops. I’m betting on hammertoe. There is no way a crooked foot can be blamed on estrogen, unless you kick your husband constantly. I guess that could count. But why would you stop doing that just because you’ve reached age 55? Pam Whitfield is a teacher, writer, horse show judge and spoken word artist. In 2011, she won the Minnesota professor of the year award from the Carnegie Foundation.

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It’s one thing to be a la bor and delivery nurse. It’s a whole other thing to actually be the one having the baby. For the first time, I saw delivery through a new mother’s eyes. Going two weeks late and then inducing labor — my eyes were wide open. Especia lly when complica tions forced me to dec ide if I wan ted to continue w ith natural childbirth or have an epidural. Dr. McKeon and Dr. Agudelo helped me stick with my plan for a natura l birth. And all the nurses cheered me through delivery. Sharing a moment like that gets you c lose to people. I felt like I was surrounded by friends. Fortunately, those friends are also experienced profession als.

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