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BEAUTY AND FASHION 11 STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL MAKEOVER Jaime Tjossem.

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COMMUNITY

KUTZKY PARK PORCHFEST AN END-OF-SUMMER EFFORT TO BUILD COMMUNITY TIES BY GRACE MENCHACA

WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU TALKED TO YOUR NEIGHBOR? Whether it’s been recently or awhile, the annual Kutzky

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Park Porchfest is the perfect opportunity to bond with the Rochester community over wholesome Midwest music and food. You may call it a Minnesota nice festival, but hot dishes are not required.

Kutzky Park, located in the near-northwest region of Rochester, is a center of community activity. The park sits near Cascade Creek and holds recreational amenities such as an open field, a paved trail, a playground and more. During the summer months, the park is bustling with locals and their agendas to enjoy and soak up the summer sun. As summer winds down and autumn picks up, the Kutzky neighborhood will clean out their garages, lawns and porches for new visitors this September.

MY PORCH IS YOUR PORCH What is a porchfest? Well, it’s exactly as named. The Kutzky Park neighborhood members offer their porches and garages as stages for local bands. Some members take an extra step and decorate their property. Interestingly, there are over 130 known porchfests in North America, with some of the first originating out of Ithaca, New York. Minneapolis is also a listed porchfest city in Minnesota. Jesse Welsh, founder of Kutzky Park Porchfest and former president of the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association, discovered the idea of the event in 2016. “I lived in the neighborhood at the time and wanted to give back by creating this day for everyone,” she says. “Some hosts offer beverages and snacks, but mostly the bands just set up and people come with their chairs and coolers. It is a very organic and casual event.” The Rochester community reacted positively to the first porchfest. A staggering attendance of over 300 people validated the need for a neighborhood tradition.

NEW AND FAMILIAR FACES One of those traditions is hiring Midwest musicians to play their tunes in a bohemian setting. This year’s Kutzky porchfest will have a number of returning bands. Ravensfire, a

traditional Irish and instrumental music group, followed by solo artists Liv Gordon and Tessa Stites, will make a recurring appearance, along with a lineup of new artists. The Walking Beat, Fred the Bear, Luke Hendrickson, Bells & Whistles, JT & The Gunslingers and Neil Young Tribute are performing for the first time at the Kutzky music scene. Each performance is designated a 45-minute play time on a compilation of neighborhood properties. The best way to navigate Kutzky is to keep an open ear, and it will lead from there. Otherwise, your nose will lead you. Twisted Barrel Pizza, The Wandering Scoop and Cafe Presto are the main food vendors for this year’s event. Twisted Barrel Pizza is noted for hand-crafted and locally sourced ingredients with a wood-fire cooking method for their pizzas. But one food vendor is doing something different. To celebrate the end of the festivities, Cafe Presto will be hosting a final performance block party in sponsorship with The Berkman and Alatus, LLC. The block party will be the last call for attendees to socialize and network before the garages close and the porch lights turn off.

A GOOD TIME DOESN’T HAVE TO COST A DIME Another notable aspect about the porchfest— it’s free! Well, consider good conversation

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and neighborly bonding as payment. “We don’t ask anything of the public and just want them to come and enjoy the afternoon,” Welsh notes about community donations. “If people want to support neighborhoods or the arts, I encourage them to get involved with their neighborhood association, attend live shows throughout Rochester and shop at small businesses.” Arguably, events such as Kutzky Park Porchfest give a sense of comradery and stability among a vastly changing city. When asked about her fondest memory of Kutzky Park Porchfest, Welsh explains, “We all get so caught up in our schedules and activities that we can forget to simply go outside and enjoy a gathering of new and old friends.” She continues, “This event brings people together, young and old, and I love walking around to see the human connection of this event. It is truly heartwarming.”

SEE YOU THERE, NEIGHBOR Since taking the lead position of the event in 2016, Welsh seems to find her gratitude for the results of Kutzky Park Porchfest in the people around her. “I have had a lot of help from great friends and community partners over the years,” Welsh reflects. “Even after leaving Kuzky Park, it is still something I love working on every year.” Kutzky Park Porchfest in Rochester is part of an emerging communication and relationship development effort to give locals a day to connect over great music and food. While you listen and eat, don’t forget to say “hi” to the people next to you. After all, they are your neighbors. Grace Menchaca is a student at Winona State University and aspiring freelance writer.


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FOURTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD JAIME TJOSSEM IS A WIFE OF OVER 12 YEARS, MOTHER OF TWO, AND STEPMOTHER OF TWO. Tjossem works as a biology professor at Rochester Community and Technical College, where she earned the title of Outstanding Educator in 2017-18. Tjossem’s friends describe her as adaptable, compassionate, outgoing, fun, humorous, quick-witted—and of course—strong. OVERCOMING CHALLENGES During her adolescent years, Tjossem thrived in Door County, Wisconsin, where she shared a dedication to basketball with her older sister. In her senior year of high school, however, doctors diagnosed her retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that impairs the function of the retinas. “I will never forget when the ophthalmologist said to me, ‘You will most likely go blind one day,’” Tjossem recalls. The disorder now affects most areas of Tjossem’s life, from noticing an outstretched hand to getting to work in the morning. Her physical challenges are not the only struggles Tjossem has faced. In September 2011, doctors diagnosed her 4-year-old son Kaden with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer. After an amputation and nine months of chemotherapy, hopes were high for Kaden’s recovery. However, in November 2012, doctors declared his condition terminal. Kaden passed away about a month later. “We

were devastated,” Tjossem confides. Despite their grief, Tjossem and her husband rallied to create “Kaden’s Running Hugs,” a program that gathers funds for families in similar situations.

INNER STRENGTH According the Tjossem, the key to this inner strength lies in embracing oneself and looking to supportive people for encouragement. “Simply believe in your abilities!” she says. “No matter how hard life might be at times, know that you are strong enough to handle anything and that there are many people out there who care.” While she validates her own needs, Tjossem’s strength also flows from her ability to give, especially to her students. “I feel strong when I know I have made a difference just by being caring, understanding and compassionate towards others,” she says.

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Tjossem received her makeover from her choice salon of 15 years—Salon Nouvo. The salon staff shares, “Jaime has endured so much in her life. Her story is amazing, and hopefully it will give others strength and encouragement in their lives.” Tjossem views their comment with awe. “At first I was shocked,” she says. “Then I felt very honored that the ladies at Salon Nouvo would consider me for this.” Tjossem encourages other women to take advantage of these opportunities. “It was kind of nice feeling a little pampered,” she confesses. “I don’t always do that for myself.”

Tjossem has big plans for herself in the future as well. Considering her past hardships, she wishes to watch her daughter grow up. “My goals really are to be able to see as long as I can see and make memories with my family as long as I can. We want to make the memories now, because we’re not even guaranteed tomorrow,” she says. Tjossem also hopes to continue her professorial duties, whale watch, tour Italy and someday pursue inspirational public speaking. She smiles as she lists these dreams. “Life doesn’t have to be perfect,” she says. “You can still find ways to do this or that.” Leanna Gerry is an intern writer for Rochester Women magazine and is a senior at St. Mary’s University Minnesota.

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FOR MANY PEOPLE, BUSINESS TAKES PLACE APART FROM THE FAMILY. But for April Larson, Megan Greer Wagner and Sarah Showers Wagner, family

is the center of business. With the goal of eventually becoming stay-at-home-mothers, the three sisters-in-law launched Sistique Boutique, a primarily online clothing store that offers affordable attire for women. The supplemental income allows the busy moms more time with their growing families as they work alongside their loved ones. “WE BOUGHT A BUS”

Sistique Boutique made its debut in the fall of 2017 after the sistersin-law decided that it offered the most lucrative after-hour opportunities for them. “Shopping, clothes, minimal start-up costs, being with our kids, girl time—all of it combined into this big thing!” says April. Though they began with the intention of marketing athletic wear, the sisters now sell shoes and clothing styles that Megan terms “casual-trendy.” The selection is certainly stylish, but it is also cost-effective. April explains this dedication to reasonable prices from a mother’s perspective, “We are moms, and we are frugal, but we want to have affordable, cute, trendy clothes.” Variety, both in price and style, is a priority for Sistique as well, and the sisters work hard to keep their inventory stocked with products manufactured in the U.S. 12

A year after start-up, the fledgling business owners purchased a renovated school bus that clients voted to name Roxy. The 1993 Bluebird sports a blue stripe, the Sistique title and eyelashes on her headlights. “She’s a gypsy,” says Sarah. Though Roxy has a habit of overheating and leaking gas and AC fluid, she is home to Sistique’s moving inventory of clothes—complete with a fitting room. The women work especially hard to ensure that they follow all regulations for operating Roxy, since driver Sarah is intent on staying out of jail. “It would be funny,” quips Megan, but Sarah is not convinced.

FAMILY AFFAIR While they own the business, the sisters of Sistique do not run the boutique all alone. Rather, they acknowledge the behind-thescenes help of their parents and

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the support of their children and husbands. In fact, the entire family contributed at the 2018 Rochester Women’s Fall Expo, where the sisters had the chance to exhibit. “Our husbands came!” gushes Megan, and April says, “Everyone just stepped in and helped.” April notices that this family effort is one that not everyone understands. “People will ask us, ‘How do you guys mix business and family?’ A big thing for that is just realizing that we are all in this together. And while we might not always agree, that doesn’t change that we are all trying to do this,” she says. She admits that the task is not always easy, but communication and caring help the families resolve their differences.

FROM SISTIQUE TO MYSTIQUE The trio plans to return to the Expo this year with Roxy in tow.

They appear at other events, too, such as the Kellogg Watermelon Festival, Plainview’s weekly Music, Munchies and Market and the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique at U.S. Bank Stadium. Because of the obvious growth, expansion looms in the near future for Sistique Boutique. “We are always changing, kind of trying to adapt to our business and make it grow,” Sarah explains. Though she confirms that future development does not include replacing Roxy with a bigger vehicle, the rest of the sisters’ plans remain a mystery. Wherever the women decide to take Sistique from here, it seems they have the essential tools for success. “It’s just a matter of how you run your business, how you build your clientele, how you treat your customers,” April says. “And how you treat each other,” adds Sarah as Megan nods in agreement. “It’s a good thing that we have each one of us. We couldn’t do it without each other.” Leanna Gerry is an intern writer for Rochester Women magazine and is a senior at St. Mary’s University Minnesota.

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Many of us, as women, are looking for authentic connections, and we yearn to explore our spirituality in a safe and supportive environment. Diane Anderson, Marie Neher and Donna Magtibay came together as Sister Seekers to create just those opportunities. Anderson is a master’s prepared nurse who coaches in stress management. Neher is a healing arts practitioner with a master’s degree in education. Magtibay is also a healing arts practitioner with a master’s degree in naturology. They are all Reiki practitioners and Shamanic healers. They are concerned that people are so isolated and busy that they don’t find time to connect with others in meaningful ways.

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HUMAN BEINGS, NOT HUMAN DOINGS Neher explains, “Reality is being, not doing. We are human beings, not human doings.” She, along with her colleagues, wants to provide people with an opportunity to get off the hamster wheel of busy-ness on which so many of us are stuck. They see exploration of personal spirituality as a particularly valuable way to do that. In their understanding, spirituality is an individual’s sense of relationship to the source, the divine or god. It has to do with your own sense of being and interconnection with universal one-ness. People can be spiritual without being religious, or they can be both spiritual and religious. They understand religion as the shared practice of a set of beliefs. They further suggest that religion is talking and doing, while spirituality is listening. While Sister Seekers are creating opportunities for connection and spiritual reflection, they also believe that the setting

for those experiences is important. Their preferred setting is nature. Neher shares, “It is so important to connect with nature. Some cultures don’t even have a word for nature because they don’t see it as separate. We need a connection to nature to help connect spiritually. The connection to nature helps people to find a different part of ourselves that gets lost.”

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Good Earth Village will provide a lovely setting for the built-in free time to reflect and relax. Just taking time away from their normal routine can be transformative for people. The programs helps women do reflecting that can transform or set new directions to their life, career and family. The structure of the retreat will give women an opportunity to do some deep introspective thinking in a safe environment, where their voice can be heard without judgment. Participants will have the opportunity to find peace and a sense of purpose away from their usual busy life, as well as the opportunity to connect, share and talk with other women. That in itself can be a deep healing experience. Terri Allred is SE Regional Coordinator for the Minnesota Council for Nonprofits.

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SOUL SISTERS SPEND TIME TOGETHER IN COASTAL MAINE BY JENNIFER VISSCHER

Betsy and Jennifer in Maine, July 2019.

SINCE SOCIETY STILL STRUGGLES WITH DISCLOSING AND DISCUSSING HEALTH, MANY FIND THEMSELVES ONLINE LOOKING FOR OTHERS WITH THEIR DISEASE. That is how our Minnesota

and Maine friendship began.

Betsy Baker and I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, a systemic inflammatory disorder affecting the axial skeleton, peripheral joints, connective tissues (entheses), eyes, skin and intestines. People with AS often have extraarticular manifestations, such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), psoriasis and uveitis.

ANAM CARA As supporters and advocates of AS awareness, Betsy and I first met in New York City for a fundraiser held by our late friend Michael. He passed away in 2016 from a fall (his spine was completely fused). Since that trip over eight years ago, we have started having what we call a soul sister week of companionship, laughter, music, dance and making art. We’ve been fortunate enough to have many visits that have helped solidify our friendship. We connect deeply because of our shared disease but more so because of something less tangible—a deep soul connection like Irish poet and “In everyone’s life, there author John is great need for an anam O’Donohue cara, a soul friend. In this so eloquently love, you are understood as you are without describes mask or pretension. The in his book, superficial and functional “Anam lies and half-truths of social Cara: A acquaintance fall away, you Book of Celtic can be as you really are.” Wisdom.” – John O’Donohue

REMOVING MASKS

would love. “Love allows understanding Over the years our social masks continue to Everyone to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are come off. This year Betsy’s visit was met with needs an understood, you are at home. challenges. Betsy’s flights to Maine were anam Understanding nourishes delayed, my biologic IV infusion medication cara. belonging. When you really appointment was scheduled when she finally I had feel understood, you feel free arrived and we are each currently dealing no idea to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other with difficult and diverse symptom flares. meeting person's soul.” These unexpected events led us to learning Betsy about how we need to allow one another would be space within our visits. the beginning It isn’t always an easy balance—we of a deep and want to celebrate being together and do abiding honoring of self, self-care and true all the soulful spiritually nourishing things acceptance. Betsy and I have found such a we’ve planned. However, Betsy has to blessing in the midst of our struggle, and it's expend energy to travel, where I have really the best medicine around! to expend energy as the host. With our Jennifer Visscher lives in Maine and is an anama cara of complex disease, we live calculating where Betsy Baker, who resides in Rochester, Minn. we choose to expend our energy, and we’ve both decided that as long as we are honest with one another and accept that if our visits involve “Love begins with more rest than fun, then we paying attention to will fill our spiritual cup even others, with an act of if draining our physical one. gracious self-forgetting. With this in mind, we are This is the condition in which we grow.” taking care of ourselves.

PAINTING PARTY For me, art has been a way for me to communicate about AS, as well as my being a personal refuge. It is something I love sharing. Creativity is mindfulness, and color is a powerful healer. I have loved sharing my new studio and a painting session this visit with Betsy. For Betsy, music fuels her spirit and calms her flares. With chronic pain our words can fail us so music and powerful lyrics are something Betsy shares to express herself—they are her creative communication outlet. The night she arrived, I took her to a small pub to hear a local musician I knew she

Top: Besty enjoys painting at Jennifer's studio in Maine. Bottom: A Betsy Baker-inspired painting by Jennifer Visscher.

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COVER STORY

BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR STRENGTH BY GINA DEWINK

IN KELLOGG, MINNESOTA, EAST OF ROCHESTER, LIVES A FAMILY OF FOUR REMARKABLE YOUNG WOMEN. Olivia,

Maddie, Abby and Julia Schmoker are sisters who exemplify the mantra that strong is beautiful. The four sisters are home for the summer, enjoying time together. They spend many summer days working together managing the farm owned by their grandparents. Depending on the day’s chore list, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find two sisters pushing lawnmowers, one running a weed whip and the other cleaning gutters, washing windows or weeding the garden. In the fall, the farmland is divided among them, each claiming a spot to set up a hunting stand in an annual contest to see who can get the biggest deer of the season. They can also be found at the family cabin in northern Wisconsin, putting out the docks for fishing and tubing.

Olivia

“I am the oldest—and wisest—of the sisters,” jabs Olivia Schmoker (21). “We are all so very different. Maddie is the dramatic one who has an obsession with shoes. She’s the most driven to do the best in school. Abby is the one who could care less what people think about her. Julia is the clumsy blonde who has good taste in style and makeup,” she laughs. “But we are all very hardworking and strive to be the best at what we do.” Olivia graduated from Lake Superior College in Duluth with a degree in Surgical Technology. Currently working at St. Elizabeth’s in Wabasha as a surgical technician, she says, “In surgery, every employee is required to wear the same scrubs. This way, everyone is dressed in unison and treated equally. It doesn’t matter what your job position is, you are just as powerful as the person next to you. However you interpret strong, I believe you need to make it your beautiful in your own way.” Though the sisters are tight, living together can bring challenges. “On the one hand, I always have someone to turn to for advice, and there is never a dull moment between all our friends,” Olivia explains. “But you should hear the disagreements about what music is playing,” she adds with a laugh. “The worst part? They are always taking my stuff!”

Nickname: Liv Favorite music for dancing: metal, hip-hop/rap and 90s country Local hangout: The Front Porch in Kellogg, Minnesota Currently binge-watching: "One Tree Hill" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" Fears: clowns, Band-Aids and cats Enjoys: working hard, friends, family, snowmobiling and sports

“The best thing about having three sisters is that you will always have a best friend to come home to,” says Maddie Schmoker (20). “Oh, and of course, I don’t just have one closet, I have four,” she teases. Maddie describes Olivia and Abby as hands-on types, she and Julia as the girly girls. “Abby and I do a lot of the cooking. We try to keep the others away from the kitchen,” she laughs. “Especially Julia, she struggles with this dangerously-complicated utensil in the kitchen called the butter knife.” Maddie graduated from Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) where she competed in track and field, throwing the shot put, hammer and weight. She plans to transfer to Wayne State University in Detroit to complete a Mortuary Science Degree, while competing in track. Maddie says, “This summer, I’m on-call for a few funeral homes in the area.” In addition, she has two part-time jobs and plays on a sand volleyball team and a women’s RWmagazine.com September/October 2019

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Maddie

Nickname: Schmokes Favorite music for dancing:

hip-hop/rap Local hangout: The Pioneer Club, after a long day on the Mississippi Currently binge-watching:

"The Bachelorette" Fears: nothing Enjoys: family, friends, snowmobiling and boating

Abby

Nickname: Schmoke Favorite music for dancing:

80s rock

Currently binge-watching:

"Lucifer" Fears: “Snakes get me every time.” Enjoys: hard work because of the satisfaction and accomplishment

Julia

Nickname: Juju Favorite music for dancing:

hip-hop/rap Local hangout: my friends'

houses Currently binge-watching:

"Grey's Anatomy" Fears: clowns, seaweed and cats Enjoys: friends, family, sports and traveling

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slow-pitch softball team, along with Olivia. “I am choosing this profession because of the determination I have to help families in one of the toughest times of their lives. It’s going to take a lot of strength, going to work every day, visiting with grieving families, but I have always been able to find ways to appreciate life.” Maddie started track as junior in high school. She was recruited by ICCC the next year. When preparing for nationals, Maddie was waking at 3:30 a.m. to weightlift before a day of classes and labs. After class, she went straight to practice, before heading back for study hall until 10 p.m. “I used to think strength was how much weight I could lift, but I’ve learned strength is more about how much you can manage mentally and emotionally. It took a lot of mental strength to push myself through those long, exhausting days. Strength takes a lot of discipline.”

Abby Schmoker (18) always knew she wanted to work with her hands. Spending time at their grandparents’ farm, she found enjoyment in cutting wood, mowing lawn and pulling weeds. Abby begins, “When I got to high school, I took every shop class—woods, welding, fabrications, basic auto—and I loved every one of them. My favorite became woodworking. As graduation got closer, I decided I didn’t want to go to college, but instead join the workforce right away. “The carpenters union fell into my lap,” Abby says with a smile. “A man named Nick Wille came and talked to my shop class about the union.” After that, Abby knew carpentry was what she wanted to pursue. After a call to the union hall, Abby was told everything would be set up for her. She was matched with the company Mulcahy Nickolaus. Abby explains, “Being in the carpenters union and working for Mulcahy Nickolaus has been amazing! Walking onto a job site with no training was a little scary, but everyone was welcoming and helpful. I’ve been there a month, and I have already grown so much. I feel loved by peers and the company.” Abby recommends contacting the carpenters union to anyone interested in shop and woodworking. Abby opines, “Strength to me is being able to hold your own, being able to stand up for yourself. No matter what you’re going through, you are strong. You can get through it.”

Julia Schmoker (16) is the youngest of the sisters. Julia coaches youth softball. She says, “Coaching takes a lot of time and patience in teaching young girls the rules and fundamentals of the game, but it’s empowering.” To Julia, strength is being able to adapt to life situations and overcome difficult decisions. “It is not always easy, but it is important to me to make the right decision, even if it’s not the easy one,” she states. Julia believes Abby and Maddie are more outgoing, where she and Olivia are laid back. She defines all of her sisters as hardworking, athletic and charismatic. “The best thing about being a sister,” Julia explains, “is that you always have someone there for you. The worst thing about being a sister is sharing every product in the bathroom!” Reminding that beauty doesn’t always have to refer to outward appearance, Julia states, “Whether it’s on the softball field, the stage or at work, beauty is what makes you, you.” Gina Dewink, one of five sisters, is a Rochester-based author and writer publishing the book, "Human, with a Side of Soul," in 2019 (ginadewink.com).


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CELEBRATE YOURSELF AT ENERGYWORKS VICKY SCHLEETER HELPS YOU REDISCOVER WHO YOU WERE CREATED TO BE BY HOLLY GALBUS

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION

Vicky Schleeter is passionate about helping women live empowered, authentically and with confidence. As owner of EnergyWorks, Schleeter, who is a holistic health practitioner, works with women who have the desire and courage to change unhealthy thinking patterns into rational and healthy ways of addressing challenges, obstacles and unwanted habits. She employs various modalities (or methods) to help a client identify the thoughts and actions that may be holding her back from her full potential. Schleeter says there is energy behind our thoughts, words and actions that is physically held within the body, and this energy moves us in a direction. When we change or reinterpret negative thought patterns, we can move forward and experience greater health and wellness. SCHLEETER’S “BLESSONS”

A favorite quote of Schleeter’s, one which describes her life thus far, is by Joseph Campbell: “We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” When she reflects on the life she planned versus the life she has, Schleeter says her life isn’t what she pictured it would be, and that it has brought its share of disappointments and obstacles. But she now looks at those challenges as true blessings, because they have taken her down a new and wonderful path. Rather than be dismayed by difficulties, Schleeter turns the obstacles into learning opportunities. They are her “Blessons” (blessings + lessons), she says, and they motivated her to go back to school and train as an Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner. Schleeter is registered and certified through the American Board of Hypnotherapy. She’s also a certified life coach, massage therapist, aromatherapist and Reiki master. Previous degrees include a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degrees in developmental disabilities and psychology. It’s

clear Schleeter has spent a considerable amount of time studying, but contends, “My strength doesn’t come from my degrees but from life experiences and the years of working with many, many people along the way. It’s about relating to people and realizing that some of the same challenges they are having, I have also had.”

HER MODALITIES (METHODS )

The core of EnergyWorks is the individualized, transformational coaching Schleeter uses in a session. She coaches clients in making lifelong changes in relationships, career, family, balance, stress management and more. Before incorporating any of the modalities in a session, she will first spend time getting to know you as the unique individual you are. She will ask what your needs and goals are and what challenges you face. You are in the “driver’s seat,” but she partners with you as you go deeper, bringing information from the subconscious level to the conscious level. Once those subconscious thought patterns are identified, you can work to create new patterns, those that will move you

forward, changing negative energy to positive energy. The various modalities incorporated into EnergyWorks sessions may include: therapeutic hypnosis, toe reading, energy work, aroma-auricular acupuncture, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping) and stress management techniques. Essential oils may be used alone or in conjunction with other holistic modalities. Schleeter will also help you explore what she calls “soft addictions,” those time and energy drainers such as habits, compulsive behaviors and recurring moods and/or thought patterns that hinder our deeper needs. Schleeter’s vision is a world where all women embrace and reclaim their true gifts, recognize their self-worth and live their life with confidence. Are you ready to become empowered and unstoppable? Then visit the EnergyWorks website at energyworks. site or call Schleeter at 507-251-7215 to schedule your appointment. The cost is $85 per session that lasts typically 45 minutes to an hour. Introductory and toe reading sessions are only $35. Virtual sessions are also available. Holly Galbus is a news reporter and Rochester freelance writer.

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AS THE KIDS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL AND THE MORNING HUSTLES BEGIN WITH COOL AUTUMN AIR, IT’S CLEAR THAT THE FLEXIBLE DAYS OF SUMMER HAVE OFFICIALLY COME TO A CLOSE. The chaos of

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Left to Right: Amy Beeman, owner of Busy Bee Meal Prep, offers over 15 menus for convenient meal options. The Rochester Downtown Farmers Market has a variety of colorful and healthy options to choose from. Heather Weller recommendds shopping at Rochester Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday mornings for healthy meal ingredients.

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A PERSONALIZED APPROACH

In response to the need for quick and convenient meal pick-up, Hy-Vee locations have rolled out an option for busy women and families called Hy-Vee Mealtime. In a designated aisle you’ll find entrees, side dishes and all the fixings ready for pick-up from the cooler shelves. A variety of entrees are available to meet individual tastes, quantity needs and cravings. Some of the most popular options include beef enchiladas, street tacos, lasagna, meatloaf and stir fry dishes. Individualized sandwich and wrap options are also available. Hy-Vee Mealtime also offers a vast selection of sides that includes parmesan potatoes, macaroni and cheese, grilled asparagus, blanched broccoli and candied carrots, among others. The arrangement is designed for shoppers to easily select the entree and any sides at a glance. Cooked ingredient staples such as shredded chicken are also available for pick-up and can easily be added to a salad or favorite family recipe without the hassle of grilling or having to first prepare the meat. Each package is clearly marked with a “use by" date. After selecting an entree and delicious side dishes, don’t forget to pick up a prepackaged salad. In addition, the Hy-Vee store on West Circle Drive has partnered with Progression Nutrition to create healthy, low-carb and energy-boosting entrees for those who have particular interest in the nutritional and caloric elements of their meals. Prices vary, but items can be found to fit any budget. If you wish for more convenience, you can also opt for delivery. By joining Hy-Vee Aisles Online, you can arrange for pick-up at the store or home delivery. Pick-up is free with a minimum purchase of $30. With the purchase of a membership, delivery is free.

As an avid Rochester Farmers Market attendee and savvy meal planner, I enjoy finding the freshest local ingredients to use in my family's favorite recipes. In cooking for two teenagers who love vegetables, it’s easy for me to create fresh and healthy recipes while also supporting local producers. Typically, I’ll hit the market early Saturday morning after having made my general shopping list the day before. The basis for my meal plan is very simple: After determining which vegetables are in season, I select one to feature each day. Then I add a protein and side dish to complete the meal. After completing my ingredient shopping list, and throwing in a couple surprise findings to “mix things up a bit,” I head home to wash, chop and prepare five meals to sustain my family through the busy week. In addition to the ingredients needed for menu items, I also shop for vegetables that can be placed in snack containers for quick options as a mid-day pick-me-up. Interest in the idea of pre-planned meals and preparation options has surged in recent years. Whether a family creates and prepares their own meals, utilizes the convenient option of a meal-prep and delivery service or plans meals with grab-and-go selections, planning ahead allows for busy parents and families to eat healthier foods, accommodate dietary needs and save time so they’re able to spend more quality time together at the dinner table. Heather Weller is a licensed REALTOR® in MN.

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DeWitz started the company in 1957, and several of his children have been involved in the business. Currently three of his children Chuck, Jean and Julie work for DeWitz Home Builders.

DeWitz Home Builders have built thousands of homes in Rochester over the years. Jean DeWitz explains, “We’ve been developing land and building homes for several years. We are a general contractor, and we have more than 57 subcontractors in all aspects of home building. Most have worked with us a long time.” She adds, “Rochester has been good to us. We’ve been fortunate.”

Robert and Beverly DeWitz at the Soldiers Field Veterans memorial unveiling.

WORKING WITH FAMILY DeWitz says her dad was a great role model. He would tell them at the end of the day, “Let’s go to dinner. That was work; this is family.” Her father, Robert, was raised in a poor family and lived with relatives. He began working when he was young. DeWitz says, “He never stopped working. 28

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Onsite left to right: Bob DeWitz, Julie Leisen, Jean DeWitz, Jeff DeWitz and Cash the pooch.

Some people work to live. He lived to work, and he was successful.” She proudly adds, “He built the Soldier’s Field Memorial.” She enjoys working with her brother Chuck and sister Julie. “I’m lucky,” DeWitz reflects. “I get to see my family every day. I consider myself fortunate. We do stuff together. My twin sister Joan and I would also travel

FOCUS OF DEWITZ HOME BUILDERS DeWitz states, “The primary focus is workforce housing. We’re making sure there are affordable homes.” The builders work with many first-time homebuyers and retirees. “We’re focusing on building affordable homes, but we build in many price ranges. We build in Rochester, in all subdivisions,” she explains. She notes the homes they build are a variety of styles, and the models and lots are available to view on their website dewitz.com. “People think builders determine what gets built, but we build what they want.”

DeWitz sisters Jean and Julie.

WORKING AS A WOMAN IN THE HOME BUILDING INDUSTRY DeWitz explains her role, “I do everything! I work in sales. I meet with clients. I design the homes and help with selections. I walk through the building process with them, which can take four to five months. I also

Photos courtesy of DeWitz Home Builders.

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do job site coordinating and scheduling the subcontractors.” As a woman working in the home-building industry, DeWitz says, “I love it. I really enjoy my job. I was a hairdresser for years and then went into the trades. I’m very social. I love working with people, and I’m one of those ‘people persons.’” “I love the design end of it. The trends are always changing,” DeWitz says. “Seeing new products is exciting and seeing innovative products. We’re building sustainable homes that are energy-efficient.” DeWitz is also the owner and broker of Plaza Realty of Rochester, Inc., and she markets homes in Rochester. “I mainly market the homes we build,” she explains. She is also a former president of Rochester Area Builders, Inc. “It’s becoming more common to have women Allegro_SO19.indd in the home building business. But we still don’t have enough women doing labor, being electricians or plumbers. It’s unfortunate,” thinks DeWitz. “More women are getting involved as general contractors, and there are women in cabinetry and flooring.” As a woman in the building industry, she has sometimes had to prove herself. She explains, “There’s sometimes a perception that women don’t know what they’re doing. I’ve had to study like in any other field.”

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FUTURE THOUGHTS DeWitz notes that there is a need for people in the trades to be able to replace the aging workforce in the industry. She explains, “The average age of an electrician is 59. Their average salary is $79,000. They can make good money. There are trade schools or options to learn on the job.” “We need more kids in the building process,” DeWitz says. “We need more involved in trades. We’re working hard to make sure schools introduce kids to trades.” Alison Rentschler is a writer and editor living in Rochester, Minn., with her dog and cat. When she’s not busy working, she’s often planning her next adventure or future travels.

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GRACELAND MANSION IS NOTABLE FOR ITS ECLECTIC DECOR, INCLUDING A 15-FOOT-LONG WHITE SOFA; VELVET, FUR AND LEOPARD-SKIN UPHOLSTERIES; AND GREEN SHAG CARPET ON THE FLOOR, WALLS AND CEILING. Elvis’s former home reflects styles of the 60s and 70s. At the same time, it represents a decorating trend that has remerged and improved: corresponding wall coverings and floor coverings to create a smooth, distinctive and sometimes seamless look. This is a trend you “can’t help falling in love” with. DURABILITY AND CLEANABILITY OF TILE According to Mindy Junge, managing member at Junge’s Flooring, a common material used for both floors and walls—especially showers and backsplashes—is ceramic tile. The material is known for its durability and cleanability. It allows you to easily mix and match collections that vary in tile size and design to add appeal. You can introduce color and texture by combining the beautiful look of different materials. “Popular wall tiles currently are the subway tiles and natural stone,” says Junge. A variety of installation options gives you the ability to create a unique look that fits your style, such as a checkerboard, herringbone, brickwork, diamond, windmill, basket-weave or a pinwheel layout. “It comes down to personal preference and taste,” she says. “There are many different designs and colors to choose from.”

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BEAUTY OF TILE Experts at jungesflooring.com describe the benefits of installing tile on your floors and walls to enhance areas of your home: • Thin, linear tile in white can make a bathroom sophisticated yet serene if used on both the floor and walls. Calming, yet modern and stylish, the combination creates a subtle visual impact while maintaining a relaxed feel. • Using floor tile on kitchen walls will enhance the clean lines and sleek, smooth surfaces

that characterize the modern kitchen. Equal parts functional and stylish, tile provides the perfect easy-to-clean kitchen surface as well. • Versatile gray tiles are available in a variety of shades, and the combined effect of gray shades for both wall and floor tile creates effortless sophistication. You can get creative and layer the gray tones by using one for the floor and one or two different varieties on the walls. • In smaller rooms, tile can transform the overall feel. Mosaics and tile that require several grout lines could feel too busy, but medium-sized tiles in longer or hexagonal shapes can help create an eye-catching design that flows visually from the floor to wall. Tiles with surfaces that reflect light will also help make a space feel more airy and bright. Junge’s cautions, “Never use wall tile for floors, but you can use floor tiles on walls! Since wall tile does not need to hold up to foot traffic, unusual and exotic tile materials can be used for bold, unique, eye-catching installations that allow decorators and homeowners to completely break up any monotony within rooms. Glass, leather, tin, steel and of course stone can be used on walls for a dazzling effect.” The company suggests consulting a professional about the weight of floor tile to be used on a wall, which will help determine the combined weight of the surface to ensure it meets maximum weight restriction guidelines.

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Repurposed wood as well as other options can add natural beauty and character wherever it is installed. On walls, it can add texture and appeal while hiding dings and dents—and can complement your wood floors. Current trends in wood wall applications include shiplap, selfadhesive wood planks and reclaimed wood, plus a few options available from your flooring store. Installation method and stability of wood or wood-like materials will vary based on the specific material chosen, which should carefully be considered when selecting products for your floors, walls or for both. Solid wood flooring is very durable but can shrink or expand based on humidity levels. Engineered floors can have greater dimensional stability in extreme temperatures to help avoid buckling or rippling. “Wood-look tile is an established favorite. In fact, wood-look tile is looking better and better with each new product introduced,” say the DeGeus professionals (degeusflooring. com), who describe how the trend is shifting toward more creative uses of wood-look tile. “This includes the materials being installed in interesting patterns and also making a strong appearance on the walls. Everything from the barn wood look to aged painted planks is making an appearance.” LVP (luxury vinyl plank) is another popular wood-look option, which is waterproof and can be used in all floors of the home. “It provides an excellent choice for consumers in lower levels or even main levels of the home,” says Bakken. LVP can be installed by the professionals, and it also can be installed by the do-it-yourselfer. “We have a few products like LVP that are much more user friendly for consumers to install,” she adds.

WOOD-LOOK FLOORING An improvement over wood paneling of the past, wood-look flooring can be used on

walls to add character and style. For instance, armstrongflooring.com states that three of the company’s laminate flooring options are designed for wall installation, too. Wood-look laminate options resemble rustic barnwood, weathered concrete and reclaimed metal—and they’re just as easy to maintain as a laminate floor, with protection from scratches and fading. These options can be easily installed over drywall on any level of the home. Also available are matching baseboards and molding to complete the look for full wood walls, panels, wainscoting or other accents. Lumberliquidators.com includes a video about how to upgrade a single wall or an entire room in your home with wood flooring. You’ll learn how the process works best on straight, dry and clean walls and is not recommended for use over wallpaper or paneling. The website advises against using heavy wood flooring for this application and provides helpful installation tips, including details about measuring, needed tools and installation.

OPTIONS FOR EVERY BUDGET AND ABILITY Your budget will help determine a lot about the best floor and wall covering options for you. The cost of tile will vary based on your selection. “There is tile that can be quite expensive,” says Junge. “But if installed correctly, it can essentially last a lifetime.” Installation can be labor intensive, too, whether paying for the service or doing it yourself. “We recommend do-it-yourselfers get the appropriate waterproofing and installation materials and directions,” she says. If this is not done, future repairs can be very costly. Consult a professional first.” Engineered hardwood is generally less expensive than solid hardwood, but ultimately the quality and species of wood will be the biggest price determinants. LVP tends to cost less than tile and hardwood. Several materials can be used on both floors and ceilings to create a harmonizing or unified look. Carpet is still a very common and cost effective option for flooring, but on the walls, it will likely make you make you feel “all shook up.” Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer who enjoyed touring Graceland.

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RAINDROP THERAPY NOTHING MORE RELAXING BY TIFFANY HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY FAGAN STUDIOS

AS THIS SUMMER—WITH NO SHORTAGE OF RAIN— COMES TO AN END, YOU CAN STILL EMBRACE THE HEALING POWER OF THIS NATURAL PHENOMENON THROUGH A SESSION OF RAINDROP THERAPY.

It’s hidden in the hills of northern Rochester at Garden of Massage. Rosemary Schliep has owned and operated Garden of Massage for 18 years. She also taught massage therapy at Minnesota State College Southeast for eight years. She first heard of raindrop therapy when she was studying for her massage therapy degree. The power of the essential oils became immediately evident, and she chose to study aromatherapy further. RAINDROP INVIGORATES LEANN LAKE “Have you ever just felt ‘blah’—not feverish or really sick but just achy, stuffy, tired and generally worn out?” LeAnn Lake asks. “I feel that way on occasion, so the first time Rosemary suggested a raindrop session to me I thought ‘What good will that do?’ Little did I know; besides being very relaxing and smelling wonderful, I could feel my sinuses open and everything that ached started to relax. I sleep deeply after a raindrop session. Raindrop for me has been my go-to treatment for when I am feeling a cold or sinus infection coming or just feeling achy and tired. It always invigorates me and often shortens or eliminates the cold symptoms,” says Lake.

WHAT IS RAINDROP THERAPY? Schliep says raindrop therapy is all about the proper application of appropriate essential oils. The oils are dropped like raindrops along the spine and lightly worked in with specific massage techniques. This is then followed by a hot moist compress to

“NOT ALL STORMS COME TO DISRUPT YOUR LIFE, SOME COME TO CLEAR YOUR PATH.” ~ UNKNOWN encourage the oils to enter the body more quickly. Oils are also applied to the lower legs and the “spine” of the feet using a specialized technique. In doing so, raindrop therapy helps bring balance to the body, boost the body’s immune system and fight off viruses and bacteria. Each oil used is based on its qualities: • Thyme: Antiseptic; overcomes fatigue and exhaustion, especially after illness • Oregano: Antimicrobial; works against viruses, stimulates the immune system and balances metabolism • Wintergreen: Relieves joint and muscle aches; elevates the sensory system • Basil: Relaxes the muscles, including smooth muscles (heart, digestive, etc); great for mental fatigue • Cypress: Antimicrobial; wonderful for the circulatory system • Marjoram: Soothes the muscles and the respiratory system; calms the nerves and muscle spasms; antimicrobial and antiseptic • Peppermint: Soothes digestion; improves concentration and mental accuracy; aids in weight loss Other oils incorporated into raindrop therapy are a blend of frankincense, blue tansy, rosewood and spruce in almond or coconut oil. This blend is known for balancing electrical energies in the body, boost immune system and energy. It also lowers stress, anxiety and inflammation and induces sleep. A second, relaxing blend of basil, marjoram, peppermint, cypress and lavender is applied with a light massage to complete the application of oils.

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AN EMOTIONAL RELEASE Pam Ryerse says, “Raindrop therapy is my 'go to' therapy when I need to release emotional baggage or when I find myself feeling overwhelmed. Rosemary has a wonderful treatment room that sets the stage for a relaxing session no matter what the therapy. I recently called her for a raindrop treatment after I had driven long hours and had a busy schedule, so I was beat. Rosemary took care of me, and I was able to release a lot of tension and fatigue. I don't pretend to understand the principle behind the use of essential oils and their application, I just know I was in good hands, and the results were magical.” Tiffany Hansen works as a mental health practitioner and is interested in the medicinal benefits of essential oils.

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“Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby” SEX AFTER 50 BY LUANN BUECHLER

A GREAT SONG TITLE, BUT A MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TOPIC TO ADDRESS PERSONALLY, WOULD YOU AGREE? It’s no doubt

on a lot of women’s minds, but it seems to be a taboo topic. News flash: Women are sexual beings, even as they age. They have needs and desires and have a right to a satisfying intimate life.

Sex is a natural part of our body’s function and provides us with much needed, healthful energy stimulation in the body. A good sexual relationship leads to a healthier life, increases a couple's general happiness and satisfaction in their relationship and provides for better communication. That’s not to say it doesn’t come with challenges. Sex after 50—or after menopause that occurs at any age—can become uncomfortable and may even progress to the point damaging relationships and even your personal health. Challenges with sex at midlife and beyond are prevalent in both sexes, so let’s talk about it.

COMMON SEXUAL CHALLENGES According to Dr. Diana Gillman, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Olmsted Medical Center, when someone says, “It hurts when I have intercourse,” post-menopausal vulvovaginal atrophy—a thinning of the genital tissues—is often at play. This commonly results in painful sex, or dyspareunia. Dyspareunia occurs because vulvar and vaginal tissues are very estrogen-sensitive. Changes that occur around the time of menopause can lead to dryness that causes significant discomfort. Low libido is also a common concern. As Gillman explains, so many factors go into this. “Our busy lives, relationship issues, the effect of common drugs for depression and anxiety (Prozac, Zoloft, etc.), all can cause both lower libido and impaired ability to achieve orgasm.”

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from sex, you might express the need for additional foreplay to stimulate your body’s natural lubrication. Getting outside help is often beneficial. “I often recommend, at least at first, counseling, to try and tease out environmental and couple factors that may be contributing to low libido and other sexual challenges,” says Gillman. “Or it may help to work on body image. It can be difficult to accept our changing shapes and sexual response as we age. A professional can be helpful.” The medications you’re already using may benefit from a second look, as well. “Sometimes we look at changing to a different drug for depression or anxiety that has less of an effect on sexual well-being,” says Gillman. Topical estrogen applied to the vaginal tissues is a key solution to dyspareunia and has very little systemic absorption, meaning it stays where you put it and doesn’t have the same risk of side effects that oral hormones do. “Typically it's used every night at first, then eventually when used two to three times a week it works like a charm,” Gillman says.

According to Mayo Clinic, there are a number of treatments that can help with dyspareunia and other sexual challenges linked to menopause. A personal lubricant or vaginal moisturizer can be an effective starting point to make intimacy more comfortable. While low-dose estrogen therapy is frequently recommended, other drugs have also been approved in recent years to help with the condition. It may be worth a discussion with your health care provider about the benefits and risks of these drugs. Other options that can be explored include physical therapy for the pelvic floor muscles and sex therapy.

EMBRACING A HEALTHY SEX LIFE People need to also remember that when having sex—at any age—they need to use barrier protection such as a condom. If you’ve had sex with a new partner, getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is also critical. According to Gillman, the largestgrowing segment of people contracting HIV are those over age 50. “It’s important to acknowledge that women over 50 have sex lives!” exclaims Gillman. “And often these lives are very fulfilling, free of the stress of unwanted pregnancy and the presence of young children in the home that zaps so much of our energy. However, the factors that interrupt a satisfying sex life deserve acknowledgement and require open communication to overcome.” LuAnn Buechler, owner of PMC Events & Coaching, is a transformational coach.


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Dao-Chinese Philosophy on Sex PERSPECTIVES FROM MASTER HEALER CHUNYI LIN BY LUANN BUECHLER

SEX IS SACRED; HOWEVER, IT’S NEVER SPOKEN OF IN PUBLIC AND EVEN RARELY IN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Yet, it’s a very important part of life. After 50

women may find that they lack sex drive and it can be very painful. Unbeknownst, this is not only a female issue. WHY SEX BECOMES A CHALLENGE AFTER 50 According to Master Healer Chunyi Lin of Spring Forest Qigong Healing Center, because vibrations of the organs in the body are no longer in sync, sexual performance becomes challenging. Did you know that sex organs are miniature replications of the entire body system? This is much like in Reflexology, where it’s shown how different parts of the foot reflect each of your organs, thus pain in your feet can identify health challenges in your organs. The same is true in the way the male and female genitals fit together perfectly to massage one another’s meridian points, which reflect on the body functions in the organs. For example, the heart is represented at the back end of the vagina in a woman and the tip of the penis in a man. So when the two connect, heart health is impacted. The act of sexual intercourse is merging the two beings together as one. They are literally coming together to heal each other, to bring joy and even enlightenment.

AGING MEN AND SEX Men take little blue pills in hopes of it helping them (perform sexually),

but that only lasts for minutes. In his research, Master Lin says this (artificial erection) actually overstimulates the life force, which, in turn, has an adverse effect on the long term health of the man. “You start aging quicker and have more health problems over the long term of your life,” says Lin. The Dao philosophy looks deeper at this issue. When your body is not ready for sex, the energy is not there, meaning the sex isn’t good for either party. Oh, it may feel good for a few minutes, but in the long term it adversely affects the overall health of both parties. Your sex energy is a part of the longevity of life. It’s about cultivating energy to support your bodily functions. Sex is more than just for joy; it’s for healing the body and creating longevity of life.

REGAINING LIFE FORCE BY ENJOYING SEX Women need time for their sexual energy to be awakened before intercourse. When men ejaculate quickly, the females energy gets stuck in her body—in the breasts, genitals, etc.— and the energy becomes acidic to the body, ultimately creating disease. Our sexual organs are located at the vitality source of our body’s energy.

One kind of energy drives sex and feeds the energy back to the body, which is what Master Lin calls your “life force energy.” So, sex actually strengthens your life force. “Having sex is a longevity regimen,” says Lin.

MAKING SEX WORK FOR YOU The body is designed to heal itself in all circumstances using energy. Master Lin recommends a daily Qigong practice integrating posture, movement and breathing techniques, among other practices, to improve mental and physical health. The Chong meridian in the body is harmonizing the Qi energy in the entire body which supports the sex organs. Lin details very specific steps to creating comfortable and enjoyable sex in couples over 50. A few highlights include identifying time for sex, allowing the first round of excitement to pass, feeling the warmth in your hands and feet, tasting the sweetness of the saliva, and having a women’s legs wrapped around her partner. At 50 men and women tend to know their sexual preferences. Midlife is a time for confidence, freedom and new adventures. LuAnn Buechler, owner of PMC Events & Coaching, is a transformational coach.

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KINDERGARTEN ABCs BY MAKA BOEVE

IN A JUNE 25, 2019 NBC NEWS STORY, IT WAS REPORTED THAT “THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF 100,000 TEACHERS NATIONWIDE.” There

are also worries of potentially lowering educational standards to meet those voids.

Jessica Alexander remarks, “While being a teacher might not be the most desirable job today, it is so necessary and rewarding. Even on the hardest day, I get to go home knowing that I’m having an impact on the next generation.

AUGUST PREPARATIONS “It is like a dream come true,” Alexander declares with a big smile. She is starting her first job teaching kindergarten at the same school where, 18 years earlier, she attended kindergarten. In mid-August, Alexander began decorating and preparing her first classroom at St. Pius X School in Rochester. As a young teacher, she’s a little nervous but extremely enthusiastic. As a student, there were the butterflies of knowing who was going to be her teacher. Now there’s the delight of finding out which students are in her classroom. She also feels nostalgic, because while obviously some things have changed, many are just as she remembers.

BOXES AND BACKPACKS “Back-to-school time makes me feel giddy,” Alexander laughs as she tells of the boxes that are overflowing on her dining room table. “I used to love picking out backpacks, notebooks and

colored pencils, but now it’s exciting to search for organizational bins, locker tags and other school supplies.” “It’s going to be really cool that I’ll be working alongside teachers who taught me. I‘m excited to come home, and, most importantly, I feel that the school where I attended made me the person I am today. I cannot wait to give back to the community that gave so much to me.”

CAREER PATH Alexander recalls, “I always have liked little children, but especially after I was a nanny, I realized that teaching was my calling.” Alexander completed her student teaching requirements and graduated last year from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, which was formerly Iowa State Teacher’s College from 1909 to 1961. With double majors in elementary and early childhood education and a minor in literacy, Alexander chose this unique curriculum program because it allowed her to get into a classroom her first semester of college.

CHALLENGES AND CONCERNS Alexander is not naïve about the challenges of modern-day teaching, even in the elementary grade settings. “It’s my great responsibility and my duty to ensure the safety of all my students, but it’s more than that. It makes my heart happy to have all these little people look up to me and give me hugs. I want them to know that they are loved, and I believe in them.” She wants

Alexander returns to her roots, teaching at the same school where she attended kindergarten.

to foster a return of innocence and fun to kindergarten. There is also the big concern about the future lack of educators. “I’m very aware that my peers are choosing different career paths. I have a lot of friends who ask me why I want to be a teacher, because they don’t see the reward. But my rewards are greater than any job,” Alexander explains. She believes that despite the modest pay, the long hours, and the lack of respect, “we cannot give up.” It’s the “light-bulb” learning moments that are the most meaningful. “Having seen that child’s smile when the lesson is learned, like mastering their math facts, is worth everything,” she beams. Maka Boeve, owner of WaveMaker Consulting, LLC is a freelance writer and educator based in Rochester.

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WOMEN IN ART

HOLDING STEADY,

GROWING STRONGER SEMVA EXPANDS ART ENGAGEMENT IN THE ROCHESTER COMMUNITY LOCATED DOWNTOWN IN THE HISTORIC 19TH-CENTURY BUILDING AT 320 SOUTH BROADWAY IS THE MAIN SEMVA ART GALLERY. SEMVA, which stands for Southeastern Minnesota Visual

Artists, has been supporting local artists for more than 25 years. Comprised of nine board members and about 70 artists, this nonprofit organization keeps growing and thriving through member contributions and volunteering artists. ART AND HORS D'OEUVRES SEMVA gallery is a one-stop shop for all different kinds of artwork. Every single panel and display is filled from top to bottom with quality work from local artists. Browse paintings, drawings, printmaking and photography or metal and clay sculpture, fiber arts, scarves, shawls and stained glass. SEMVA gallery is a place to find artwork for your home, gifts for friends or greeting cards for special occasions. This October, SEMVA gallery will again be hosting Art and Hors d’Oeuvres, a special 40

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night at the gallery that brings the artists together with the public for a mix and mingle with art, food and drinks. What started as an initial open house three years ago has now become an annual event. It’s SEMVA’s main event each year and a time for artists to showcase their new masterpieces.

ART AND TRAVEL Along with all the gallery work, SEMVA provides space for art exhibits. Recently seven artists of varying art mediums

created the Endangered and Threatened Species in Minnesota exhibit. It began in July at the gallery and will travel around to different sites this fall. An interactive kiosk, kindly donated by Tracy Fedin, director of The Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University, creates sounds of nature and shares information on Minnesota’s endangered animals. From bobcats to buffalo, artists Gayle Dahl, Ivete Martinez, Larry Ricker, Miriam Knuth, Paul LeDuc, Rita LeDuc and Sarah Hill have captured the beauty of Minnesota wildlife. While another exhibit is in the works for next spring with the theme Historical Buildings, Vice President Julie Johns indicates that SEMVA is seeking to broaden their collaboration with other nonprofit organizations for more monthly theme

Photos courtesy of SEMVA Art Gallery.

BY JOY BLEWETT


Interested in becoming a contributing member or artist of SEMVA? Go to https://semva.com/join

Top left clockwise: From the Endangered and Threatened Species in Minnesota exhibit; Sarah Hill, Rita LeDuc, Ivete Martinez, Miriam Knuth and Gayle Dahl.

exhibits, as well as continue to expand art exposure outside the gallery. SEMVA currently has a mini-gallery east of the main lobby desk in the DoubleTree and in the future will have mezzanine gallery space in the Kahler Grand Hotel. Collaboration with the Rochester Civic Theatre is also in the works for providing themed art exhibits in connection with their theatrical performances.

ART AND COLLABORATION SEMVA and Gallery 24 are collaborating this fall to bring a fun, inclusive, family event to downtown Rochester. Med City Arts Festival will be packed with nonstop activities that seek to bring the community together through art. Performances of dance, theater, poetry

and music will highlight the main stage, while more than 30 artist and vendor booths will be open to peruse. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss a scavenger hunt through downtown, make and take art classes, artist demonstrations, pop-up art competitions and public art collaborations. Enjoy food and beverages from downtown restaurants and breweries and a petting and adoption area hosted by Paws and Claws Humane Society. This will be the first year for the Med City Arts Festival, but the vision is to expand the scope for future years. Joy Blewett is a freelance writer, artist and teacher in Rochester.

MED CITY ARTS FESTIVAL

First and Third, Downtown Rochester Saturday, September 14, 2019,

ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES IN MN EXHIBIT Quarry Hill Nature Center, September 17-26, 2019

125 Live, October 10-19, 2019 Hormel Nature Center, Austin, MN January 2019

ART AND HORS D'OEUVRES SEMVA Open House, Friday, October 4, 5-9 p.m.

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TRAVEL

Mississippi River Valley from Red Wing to Winona AUTUMN IS A FEAST FOR THE SENSES BY HOLLY GALBUS ILLUSTRATION BY LEANNA GERRY

CRISP TEMPERATURES PERFECT FOR HIKING OR BIKING, THE BEAUTY OF GOLDEN AND RUSSET LEAVES ON THE TREES AND THE SCENTS OF FRESHLY-BAKED APPLE PIE, CINNAMON-LACED CIDER AND OOEY-GOOEY CARAMEL APPLES FOUND AT THE LOCAL ORCHARD. All of these will remind

you that fall in the Midwest is something to be savored and celebrated. The snows of winter will soon be at our door, which makes it the perfect time for a day trip.

Red Wing

There is much to see and do in this historic town along the Mississippi River. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure, unique shopping experiences or a relaxing night of dinner and theatre, Red Wing has it all. Often called “the crown jewel of Lake Pepin and Southern Minnesota,” downtown Red Wing has a lot to offer. For unique finds, stop in to the UFFDA store, Duluth Trading Company, Red Wing Confectionery and the Red Wing Shoe Store and Museum. The St. James Hotel, established in 1875, provides an elegant dining experience at The 42

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Veranda and newly-renovated Veranda Patio. Renovations of the Veranda Patio began last winter, and the results are stunning. The Patio has a modern atmosphere and features an outdoor bar, gas firepit, a combination of dining and lounge chairs, two pergolas and new and unique lighting. The menu has also been updated and now showcases local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. The Veranda Patio is a great place to catch a lovely panoramic view of the Mississippi River. Renovations to the St. James Hotel continue. The Portside Room, their new wedding venue with a charming old-world atmosphere, will

open in December. And, renovations to the interior of The Veranda are scheduled to be completed by Mother’s Day 2020. If you’re an art lover, you may want to plan your visit to Red Wing during the Red Wing Arts Fall Festival, October 12 and 13. More than 100 artists will be showcasing their work at this juried art festival, located downtown along Bush and Third Streets. A variety of artwork—painting and drawing, metalwork, jewelry, glass, ceramic, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, wood, leather and fiber—is on display and available for purchase. New this year, the work of three emerging artists will be displayed. They are able to do so because of an emerging artist grant in honor of the memory of Larry Veeder, who recently passed. Veeder, a painter who advocated for pursuing art as a profession, founded the art festival 53 years ago. The event also includes a Youth Art Fair, as well as crafts and other activities in the Kid Zone, music performances and food trucks.


Frontenac and Lake City

Leaving Red Wing and traveling 12 miles south, you will arrive at the small community of Frontenac and nearby Frontenac State Park. A great place for a fall hike, the park is also known for being one of the best places to watch birds migrating in the spring and fall. More than 260 bird species have been seen there. If you are craving a freshly-picked, juicy Honeycrisp or SweeTango, stop at Pepin Heights Orchard, just off Highway 61 in Lake City. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the orchard store stocks a nice selection of apple varieties. It also carries regional goods, seasonal decor and home goods. Pick up one of their delicious caramel apples and sip fresh apple cider.

The museum was recently honored with a Visit Winona Tourism People’s Choice Award. Opened in 2006, the MMAM, which has been visited by tens of thousands of people, is known worldwide for its collections that include works from some of the world’s greatest masters: Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and Picasso. Plaza Hotel and Suites was recently awarded by Visit Winona Tourism for its commitment to a quality visitor experience. If you prefer the charm and historic grandeur of a B&B, then

the Alexander Mansion, located in the heart of Winona, will surpass expectations. Innkeeper Richard Grabau, ensures a restful stay in one of the five guest rooms and serves an unforgettable five-course brunch, finished with homemade ice cream. Holly Galbus is a news reporter and Rochester freelance writer.

Wabasha-Kellogg

SeptOberfest, Wabasha and Kellogg’s celebration of fall, runs September 6 through October 26. Artistic displays of fall splendor— bursting with colorful pumpkins, cornstalks, flowers, hay bales and gourds—decorate the historic river town of Wabasha. There are many fun activities scheduled throughout the seven-week event, including pumpkin races, scarecrow contests, carriage rides and a petting zoo. Each weekend, enjoy the Meet Me Under the Bridge Concert Series. A short distance to the south is Kellogg, home of LARK Toys, a special place for the child in all of us. It is a toy store and so much more. Take a trip down Memory Lane, where you will see thousands of toys from eras past. Play mini-golf and visit the bookstore, gift shop and cafe. And don’t leave without taking a ride on the carousel. Each piece is hand-carved from Minnesota basswood and has amazing detail; the Lark Carousel is a rideable work of art.

Winona

If you have never visited Winona in the fall, it really is a must-do, as the view from Garvin Heights Scenic Overlook of the rolling hills and river valley below is breathtakingly beautiful. Another place to get an exceptional view of fall color is at John Latsch State Park,12 miles northwest of Winona. There, the bluffs tower 500 feet above the river and a strenuous half-mile hike (via stairs) up to the top of Mount Charity nets you extraordinary fall color views. Another must-do in Winona is a visit to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, a real treasure for art lovers, located along Riverview Drive.

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CALENDAR EVENTS GATHERED BY SARA ALBERTELLI

Check out our Community Calendar online for additional listings at RWmagazine.com Events in purple are sponsored by RochesterWomen magazine. Deadline for submitting events for RochesterWomen November/December 2019 issue is September 30, 2019. Send events to calendar@RWmagazine.com *(507 area code unless stated)

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 6-OCTOBER 26

SeptOberfest, Wabasha, pumpkin races, scarecrow contests, entertainment, food, contests and more, 651-565-4158, wabashamn.org

SEPTEMBER 7, OCTOBER 5 & NOVEMBER 2 Zumbro Valley Audubon Society, monthly bird walk, meet at west entrance of Quarry Hill park Sept. 7, other weekends meet at Quarry Hill Nature Center, 9 am, zumbrovalleyaudubon.org

SEPTEMBER 7-8 Workshop Weekend: Land Management, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, learn new skills and improve upon your current land management techniques, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org

SEPTEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28 & OCTOBER 5, 12, 19, 26 Downtown Farmers Market, Rochester Farmers Market, farm-fresh products, music, and special events for the whole family, 7:30 am-12 pm, 216-9882, rochfarmmkt.org

SEPTEMBER 11 Greater Rochester Rotary Membership Social, Sargents on 2ns, 5-6:30 pm, facebook: rotaryrisers

SEPTEMBER 12-14 Just Between Friends Annual Fall Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, consignment sale featuring discounted prices on name brand items, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com

SEPTEMBER 13-15 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, women will participate in three outdoor activities with a knowledgeable instructor, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org

SEPTEMBER 13-29 Mamma Mia, Rochester Civic Theatre, ABBA's hits tell the story of a woman's search for her father, Fri., Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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SEPTEMBER 14 9th Annual “We Won’t Stay Silent” Recovery 5K Walk/10K Run, Peace United Church of Christ, support Recovery is Happening and local members of the community battling addiction, 8 am-1 pm, 358-4761, recoveryishappening.org

SEPTEMBER 14 Urban Sketching, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, a multimedia class conducted in the spirit of the Urban Sketchers movement, 9 am-4 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

SEPTEMBER 15 15th Annual Join the Journey Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Mayo High School, celebrate life, remember loved ones and join in the journey, 8:45 am, 206-3212, jointhejourney.us

SEPTEMBER 20-22 38th Annual Women and Spirituality Conference, Mayo Civic Center, multifaith gathering including workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebration, Fri. 5:30-8:30 pm; Sat. 8 am-5:30 pm; Sun. 8:30 am-5 pm, womenandspirituality.org

SEPTEMBER 21 “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk, Bear Creek Park, raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention programs, educational programs, and more, 9 am-12 pm, 721-8246, afsp.donordrive.com

SEPTEMBER 21-22 Rochester Area Builders Annual Remodelers Tour, visit remodeled homes with varying levels and types of update, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

SEPTEMBER 21-22, 28-29 Rochester Area Builders Annual Fall Showcase of Homes, see the newest trends in home building and visit with builders, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

SEPTEMBER 23 Fore the Kids Rochester YMCA Golf Challenge, Somerby Golf Club, help improve academic success, the health, and overall wellbeing of youth, 11 am-5 pm, 2872260, ymcamn.org

SEPTEMBER 26 11th Annual BGCR Chili Challenge, Peace Plaza, family activities, chili varieties, and beer benefitting the Boys and Girls Club Rochester, 4-9 pm, 226-0107, bgclubroch.org

SEPTEMBER 27-28 Weathered & Rusty Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, a fall market featuring rusty, repurposed and homemade items for sale, Fri. 9 am-9 pm; Sat. 8 am-5 pm, 951-0873

SEPTEMBER 28 Crushing Koopas and Childhood Cancer, Mayo Civic Center, Mario Kart, food, and more to raise money for childhood cancer research, 1-8 pm, 216-9882, mayociviccenter.com

SEPTEMBER 28 SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, Church of the Resurrection, 5K Walk/ Run and breakfast to raise funds for those in need, 9 am, 282-8409, svdp-rochmn.org

SEPTEMBER 28 Back the Badge 5K/2 Mile Run/Walk, Soldiers Field Memorial Track, run to support the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation of SE Minnesota, 8 am, lawenforcementmemorial.org

SEPTEMBER 28 Wykoff Town and Country 6K Run/Walk, Immanuel Lutheran Church, help build a fitness/ recreation center at the former Kingsland Middle School, 8 am, 258-1049, raceroster.com

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 4-5, 10-12, 17-20

Miss Holmes, Rochester Repertory Theatre, a drama with Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson featuring crimesolving adventures, Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 289-1737, rochesterrep.org

OCTOBER 5 Fall Fest, Peace Plaza Downtown, pumpkins, activities, fall treats and more for the whole family to enjoy, 10 am-2 pm, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

OCTOBER 5 13th Annual Brains Together For a Cure 5K Walk/Run, RCTC Fieldhouse, walk or run to raise funds for brain tumor research and medicine, 8 am-12 pm, brainstogetherforacure.org


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OCTOBER 6

OCTOBER 18

Rochester Trolley & Tour Company trip to Commonweal Theatre for On the Verge, 12:15 – 5:45 p.m., $29 per person includes reception, reservations required, rochestermntours.com

Med-City Crab Crack, Rochester International Event Center, games with prizes, raffle, live auction, and more to benefit Madonna Towers, 6-9 pm, 206-2212, madonnalivingcommunity.org

OCTOBER 10

OCTOBER 18-NOVEMBER 2

15th Annual Empty Bowls, Mayo Civic Center, join the Channel One Regional Food Bank to help end hunger, 10:30 am, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

Night of the Living Dead, Rochester Civic Theatre, this terror-filled play brings the fright of the cult classic to life, Fri., Sat. 7 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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OCTOBER 20

12th Annual Flyway Film Festival, Lake Pepin, showcasing over 50 films, visiting filmmakers, workshops, discussion panels and more, varying times, flywayfilmfestival.org

Unveiled: The Wedding Show by the Wedding Guys, Mayo Civic Center, experience a day of bridal eye candy and find inspiration everywhere, 12-4 pm, 888-715-7620, theweddingguys.com

OCTOBER 12

OCTOBER 24

22nd Annual Scholarship Banquet and Fundraiser, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, proceeds will allow students to attend the Outdoor School and Summer Camp, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org

Women on Wednesday Presents: Historical Trauma: No, you don't just "get over it," Rochester Civic Theatre, providing a stage to showcase the richness of our shared cultural heritage, 5:30-7 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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OCTOBER 25

53rd Annual Red Wing Arts Fall Festival, Downtown Red Wing, showcasing original, stunning artwork from over 100 local artists, Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-4 pm, redwingarts.org

Trick-or-Treetops, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, trick or treat 30 feet off the ground, traversing through wooden elements, 467-2437, eagle-bluff.org

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OCTOBER 26

Rochester Symphony Presents: A Century Together, Lourdes High School, performing classics played by the orchestra in 1920 and newly commissioned pieces, Sat. 7:30 pm; Sun. 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org

Chopin, Poet of the Piano, Christ United Methodist Church, pianist Horacio Nuguid presents an all-Chopin program including the "Funeral March" Sonata, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org

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OCTOBER 26

Festival of Music Presents: Duo B, First Presbyterian Church, violin and cello duo showcasing original style in classical music and programming, 4-5 pm, 282-1618, fpcrochester.org

Rochester Women’s Fall Expo, Mayo Civic Center, fun, shopping, entertainment, drinks and more, 9 am, 328-2220, mayociviccenter.com

OCTOBER 13

NOVEMBER

Journey of Peace, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, embrace people of all traditions and commemorate peace through various artforms, 2-4 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

OCTOBER 14 How to be a Gentleman: Boys Stepping Up, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, evening with pizza to teach boys life skills toward becoming respectful men, 5:30-7:30 pm, 280-2195, rochesterfranciscan.org

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

My Match LUCKY TO BE LOVED BY KATHRYN LENN

CASEY AND I MET ON HALLOWEEN OF 2011 BY A STROKE OF SHEER LUCK. We had the same costume and

snapped a photo together. That was it—I didn’t get his name or his number. But, the universe intervened. First, I passed him a week later without the chance to talk with him. But then I saw him again the week after that, and we were able to talk. The rest is history!

SERIOUSLY, IT’S LOVE Nobody makes me laugh like my husband. Nobody is my better partner. Nobody understands my ups and downs, and nobody is my cheerleader like Casey. From our scary similarities in preference of movies, food, activities and upbringing to our combined effort to maintain our household by both balancing school and work and additional jobs with housework and parenting, we have found a way to make it work—together. We were married in 2013, and Casey started back at school that fall. I became pregnant in early 2015 and began graduate school in May of 2015. Cecelia was born earlier than expected, in September of 2015. Casey graduated in May of 2016, then started his own business in the summer of 2017. All the while, we kept parenting as he worked two nights a week in addition to his full-time job, and I single-parented those two nights. He single-parented the nights I had school, and we shook hands and reintroduced ourselves whenever we had a chance to be together. In June of 2018, I graduated, and we could have another night together. Now, we are still apart two nights a week, but we have goodnight phone calls, and I stay up to have some quality time when he gets home.

A BUSY RUN Together, we have attained two degrees, adopted one cat, birthed and cared for one child, successfully managed five years of marriage, found a church family of our 46

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own, purchased and cultivated a home and established a life that I would trade for no other. We have been hand-in-hand in Rochester, Minnesota; Dallas, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; San Diego, California; and other towns and cities that were the destination of many day-cations. We have seen dozens of movies, watched numerous shows and concerts, have adopted each other’s interests and sense of humor and have painted and remodeled numerous rooms and completed home improvement projects. Amidst the other obligations, job changes, parenting and typical curveballs of life, we have not only made it work, we’ve made it something wonderful. He is my other half; truly my better half. Casey has the ability to make anyone feel comfortable and important. On our wedding day, my dad informed me that Casey was the kindest person he had ever met, and I couldn’t agree more. Casey looks on the world with kind eyes. He is calm and easy. I am intense and sensitive. He keeps me calm, and I rev him up.

LUCKY AS CAN BE In a world of divorce and difficulty maintaining a connection, I feel so lucky to have found someone who clings to me as tightly as I to him. I feel we were meant to be, and we continue to prove that theory each and every day. It is not without swallowing that hard pill to admit that you may have been out of line and apologize for actions and statements. It is not without disagreeing on who spends

Top to bottom: The dynamic duo, wedding day and family of three.

more money and if we should go to this event or not. It is not without deliberate connection because no matter what other boxes another may check, there is more we have together that could never be replaced. On the nights when it is just me and Cecelia, we know that Casey loves us and is away because he loves us. I get a little “me” time until my favorite person comes in the door, gives me a kiss and asks me about my day. I may get a little less sleep on those nights, but I would trade sleep for an hour of quality time with my match any day. Katie Lenn is a wife and mother from Rochester; working full time and counting her blessings.


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Katie Lund

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 (800) 944-6285  www.merchantsbank.com/mortgage  3586 55th Street NW, Rochester  1600 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester  (800) 944-6285  www.merchantsbank.com/mortgage September/October 2019 RWmagazine.com

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55th Street NW, Rochester (800) 944-6285  3586  1600 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester  www.merchantsbank.com/mortgage  3586 55th Street NW, Rochester  1600 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester

Mark Muck *Subject to credit approval.

(507) 536-3901 MRMuck@merchantsbank.com

*Subject to credit approval.

*Subject to credit approval. *Subject to credit approval.

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