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Back-to-school supplies needed: pencils, notebooks, and interpreters Their first ears and their voice. Hijab for a Day Fostering dialogue through perspective.

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Walking School Bus Healthy, safe and social. Traci Natoli Looks and feels better in less than a year. By Jorrie Johnson

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Girls’ Night Out Look What’s Poppin’ Exploring the popularity of pop-up restaurants. By Kim Zabel

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Brain Food Food that makes you feel smart.

Sexual Offenders Protecting your children and yourself.

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Night Owl Meditations A blog about life.

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I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman Lindsey Polin’s journey. By Elizabeth Harris

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The Carey Kitchen Pleases with space and style. By Bob Freund

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Women & Wine Wine Cellars A place to chill.

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International Travel Independently or with a group. By Cindy Mennenga

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For a few weeks this summer, I had the privilege of watching my friends’ I recently saw a Facebook post from a U.S. Marine Corps veter- 10-year-old daughter whose dad wanted her to learn about history. We took the public tour of Assisi Heights on a Monday at 2 p.m. My friends’ an who said, “My friends went daughter got to meet 98-year-old Sister Margaret Clare Style who was off to college or to their chosen previously a 5th Grade teacher in Rochester. The two shared stories and job while I went off to serve in giggled about what their fathers told them to do when boys pester them. the U.S.M.C. When we both look back on our respective lives, they'll like theirs, but I am DAMN proud of mine.” I honor and respect our veterans for giving their time and lives to serve our country. I, too, am DARN proud of the choices I have made. I got married when I was 19 years old. Earned a bachelor’s degree by the time I was 25 years old while supporting myself and living far away from home. I am proud that I became a mom at 26 years old and had two more children. Being a mom comes with demanding hours and little gratitude, especially when it comes to preparing healthy meals that young palettes don’t appreciate. I started RochesterWomen magazine as a home-based business when I was 30 years old, so that I could work from home and be the kind of mom I wanted to be (present). I earned a Master of Business Administration and have had the opportunities to pursue further leadership and project management education. I have completed three sprint triathlons and continue to live a healthy lifestyle. I chose to get divorced when I was 41 years old. At 46 years old, I don’t regret not climbing the corporate ladder, making it to every before and after hours meeting or social event with friends. When I am 90 years old, I want to be proud of my life and my decisions too. In the end, I hope I give my children enough and myself enough time to enjoy life. I suggest to start reading this issue of RochesterWomen magazine with “Proud To Be Alive” (page 53) and join me for a Women’s Wisdom Workshop this fall. There are lots of great articles in this issue of RochesterWomen magazine that reflect the great things happening in our city, including the community schools (page 11), interpreters in our schools (page 15) and diversity in the workplace (page 18). I hope your family shows their appreciation for all the love you put into preparing healthy meals that are good for their brains (page 43). Go on the Rochester Area Builders Fall Showcase of Homes and Remodelers Home Tour and have your children complete the Junior Builder questions (page 30). Please join me for coffee on Monday mornings or wine on Friday afternoons this fall (page ). I look forward to chatting with you in person!

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The play Pride’s Crossing, starting in September 2016 at Commonweal Theatre, is about a woman on the eve of her 90th birthday reflecting on her life. Adrienne Sweeney, associate artistic director for Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, and Jorrie Johnson, publisher and editor of Rochester Women magazine, are conducting a multigenerational workshop to contemplate relationships, choices, aging and memories throughout life. All ages are welcome to come to come listen to the monologue from Pride’s Crossing performed by Adrienne Sweeney and participate in discussions about www.commonwealtheatre.org RWmagazine.com

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CADEMICS, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ARE INTEGRATED AT COMMUNITY SCHOOL, WHICH IS “BOTH A PLACE AND SET OF PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND OTHER COMMUNITY RESOURCES,” ACCORDING TO COMMUNITYSCHOOLS.ORG. “COMMUNITY SCHOOLS OFFER A PERSONALIZED CURRICULUM THAT EMPHASIZES REAL-WORLD LEARNING AND COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING. SCHOOLS BECOME CENTERS OF THE COMMUNITY.”

Community schools are catching on across the country. In Rochester, Riverside Central Elementary School and Gage Elementary School are taking part in a two-year pilot partnership to become full-service community schools. They offer a range of services and opportunities for children and their families that promote school readiness, consistent attendance, student health and family

Jesica Johnston (left) and Jessica Marquardt (right) are community school’s site facilitators at Riverside Central and Gage elementary schools.

engagement. Assessments—and lessons learned—provide valuable insights to identify and address needs and deliver educational excellence that will stand the test of time.

SUCCESS ANSWERS, EMPOWERING SUCCESS Local educational professionals Jesica Johnston, community school’s site facilitator at Riverside Central Elementary School; Julie Ruzek, district facilitator of family and community engagement; and Jessica Marquardt, community site facilitator at Gage Elementary, embrace the new way of meeting students’ needs. They guide partnerships between Rochester Public Schools, United Way of Olmsted County, the individual school sites and other community resources. They also help provide answers to the challenges students and families face and empower students to achieve academic success. Johnston, Ruzek and Marquardt additionally answer questions and provide information about the background, purpose and impact of the community school model. The community school model involves all stakeholders to support students in achieving academic, success. Through the partnership, teachers are able to focus on academics while community partners, who often are located in a school building, provide services that help ensure academic success. Stakeholders are involved in decisionmaking processes, planning and implementation of family engagement activities, and are able to utilize the school’s resource room. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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PURPOSE OF COMMUNITY SCHOOLS The purpose of evolving schools into the community school model is to strategically and purposefully address barriers that students have to academic success. A full-service community school addresses the 4:38 PM following components: engaging instruction; expanded learning opportunities; college, career and citizenship; health and social support; community engagement; early childhood development; family engagement; and youth development activities. Following the completion of needs assessments by all stakeholders, and collection and analysis of numerous data points, short and longterm goals will be set to focus the partnerships’ work.

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Each community school is unique in the services it provides and the impact it creates. Both Gage and Riverside Central Elementary Schools have completed needs assessments to provide insight into to how the schools can best support students and families. This process involved surveying staff, students, family members and neighbors and partners currently providing services to the school. After identifying needs, new partnerships and strategies can be established to support students. The desire is to have these partnerships create an impact on students, families and neighborhoods, providing effective solutions to the information gathered in the needs assessments. To learn more, visit uwolmsted.org/community-schools or communityschools.org. Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.


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NLY 16 PERCENT OF OUR NATION’S CHILDREN WALK OR BIKE TO SCHOOL, DOWN FROM 42 PERCENT A GENERATION AGO. OTHER COUNTRIES, SUCH AS AUSTRALIA AND ENGLAND, HAVE BEEN COORDINATING GROUPS OF CHILDREN TO WALK TO SCHOOL TOGETHER FOR A DECADE OR MORE. THESE DAYS, ROCHESTER IS RECEIVING STATE RECOGNITION FOR ITS VERY OWN WALKING SCHOOL BUS.

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SIMPLICITY OF WALKING A Walking School Bus is a group of neighborhood children walking together to school. The group is supervised by volunteer parents, referred to as “drivers.” JoAnne Judge-Dietz works for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), which strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives. Judge-Dietz says a Walking School Bus is “a simple concept, but one we have lost over time. We forget how simple and smart it is to walk.” Several Rochester elementary schools have implemented Walking School Bus programs, including Riverside, Elton Hills and Folwell as well as the Boys and Girls Club. “Getting this program started has generally been a parent-led initiative,” says Judge-Dietz. “School staff are supportive because it helps decrease the traffic congestion around the school. For every child who walks or bikes, there is one less car in the queue at pick-up and drop-off time, and fewer cars make it safer for the pedestrians and bikers. By allowing kids the opportunity to share and communicate with other kids on their way to school, there are social benefits. Most importantly, there are health benefits.”

ACTIVE KIDS PERFORM BETTER IN SCHOOL A majority of today’s children are not reaching the minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day. This is a point Judge-Dietz is quick to mention. “Think about the difference you feel when you walk a couple of blocks versus drive a couple of blocks,” she explains.

“When you are in the car, you are cut off from your surroundings. But when you walk, you notice nature, you feel the weather, you say hello to a neighbor. A walk can quickly reduce your stress level. Kids need that too. Taking a walk stimulates the senses, burns off energy, awakes the mind and prepares students to concentrate at school,” says Judge-Dietz. In a study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, the link between physical activity in children and academic performance in school was investigated. This study concluded that the more active children were (such as participating in sports or other vigorous activity), the better they performed in school.

HAVING FUN, MAKING GOOD HABITS According to Judge-Dietz, adults express concern that children will lose interest or have issues walking in bad weather. But the feedback she has received puts worries to rest. “Walking to school becomes a good habit for kids,” she says. “They tell their parents how much they enjoy talking with friends in their group. For the kids, it’s fun. What child doesn’t like the chance to hop over a few puddles?” At Walking School Bus program also aims to keep children interested through incentives such as punch cards, theme days and recognition events. Positive feedback from parents, schools and children has made Rochester a model city for the program. Judge-Dietz sums up the reason for joining the program best when she says, “Just for the health of it!”

JOIN OR START A NEW WALKING SCHOOL BUS To learn about how to start a Walking School Bus, a short video created by Olmsted County Public Health is available on the Rochester Public School transportation page (youtu.be/Eo8yzi13qsA). Olmsted County Public Health can assist in setting up logistics and provide safety equipment through funds from SHIP. To give it a try before officially joining, consider participating in National Walk to School Day on October 5. Gina Dewink is a community-minded writer who literally high-fives her husband after surviving another day raising their precocious preschooler and fearless toddler. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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F THERE'S ANYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS LIVING IN ROCHESTER, IT'S SUSANA BOGGS, A LOCAL INTERPRETER AND IMMIGRANT. BOGGS WAS BORN IN ARGENTINA TO LAOS-BORN PARENTS, WHO HAD MOVED CONTINENTS FOR A BETTER LIFE. THEIR NEW LIFE IN ARGENTINA WASN'T WITHOUT ITS CHALLENGES, BOGGS RECALLS. "Growing up, we didn't have interpreters," Boggs says. "I've come to think, how was my mom able to communicate with people?" Boggs grew up speaking Spanish and Laotian, but upon moving to Rochester at age 18 at the behest of her parents, she was thrust into a world where she didn't know the language. Gradually, by taking classes, Boggs learned English. She watched her uncle's kids, met her husband, Michael, and had three daughters.

BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER Now Boggs helps non-English speakers, who are adapting to a new life in Rochester, and she break the language barrier. Within the Rochester Public Schools, there are 2,090 students who are English language learners. They speak 80 different languages, and 16 bilinguals—or interpreters—including Boggs, serve them. In Rochester, the majority of those requiring an interpreter speak Spanish, Arabic or Somali. Comparatively, in the smaller school district in Winona, 134 students don't speak English as their primary language, and speak about two dozen languages total. "Our bilinguals are a wonderful group of people," says Jean Murphy, principal on special assignment and English learner coordinator for Rochester Public Schools. "They build relationships with families and students and help make them feel like a part of the school and community." Today Rochester has a vast need for interpreters, and Boggs and her colleagues aim to serve. Boggs plans to attend a back-to-school bash in a neighborhood where she knows families she has served will flock to her. "They like to see a familiar face," she says.

“THEY CALL US” Interpreters serve families in every conceivable capacity such as during conferences, at parent/teacher meetings and even in the home where they see what's happening in the lives of the student and his or her family. "Parents reach out to us," Boggs says. "They want to communicate. We're their first ears and their voice. Any questions they have, any concerns, any news, any excitement, they call us." According to Boggs, not having a voice is scary to newcomers. She knows first hand from her own upbringing, having watched her parents adapt to life in their new land of Argentina. "They were basically left to survive on their own," she says. However, Boggs states that in Rochester, immigrants are welcomed with more robust services than her family was when they moved from Laos to Argentina. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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Outside of Rochester Public Schools, other newcomers need language assistance as well and the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Organization (IMAA) stands ready. The organization has been active since 1984, and works with refugees who are settling in the Rochester area. IMAA helps with housing, employment and sends, for a fee, interpreters to aid with experiences such as health care and dental appointments. "Wherever services are needed, we're the point of contact," says Bao Xiong, manager of interpreter services for IMAA.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IMAA has 80 interpreters who speak 40 languages. The main languages IMAA provides services for mirror those of Rochester Public Schools—most requests are for interpreters for the Somali, Spanish, Arabic and Khmer languages. Likewise Rochester Public Schools, IMAA staff have noted significant change in the landscape of those served throughout the years. "In 1984, it was basically just our staff that was doing interpreting in the community," Xiong says. "That has changed tremendously. Now we're hiring our own interpreters to do the work. And the program has grown as well." Interpreters with IMAA and Rochester Public Schools are required to showcase their language fluency. And Xiong says their IMAA code of ethics prohibits interpreters from giving advice; rather, they're there to carry a message from one party to another so they're on "equal footing." Harold Scott, principal on special assignment and English learner coordinator for Rochester Public Schools, says, "Interpreters are very professional and have a lot of empathy and compassion. If they see

Bao Xiong is the manager of interpreter services for IMAA.

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HEN IT COMES TO OPERATING A SMALL BUSINESS, MINNESOTA IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE. ACCORDING TO THE 2015 KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION MAIN STREET ENTREPRENEURSHIP INDEX, MINNESOTA RANKS FIRST FOR THE RATE OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP AND SECOND FOR BUSINESSES OWNED BY WOMEN.

Combine the current rankings with the Destination Medical Center vision to generate high-value jobs, additional tax revenue and new businesses in Rochester, and starting a small business here seems like a no-brainer. However, starting a new venture can seem daunting even to a seasoned business professional. And when you factor in challenges related to gender, language and culture, it can seem overwhelming.

MAKING HER WAY Born in the Philippines, Joselyn Raymundo and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 16 years old. “We saw the great opportunity this country offers to young people,” Joselyn says, “and my parents wanted that for us.” But the English language isn’t an easy one to master. “I could speak some English when we arrived, but my fluency wasn’t great,” Joselyn recalls. “I learned a lot about the language and American culture by reading ‘Nancy Drew.’” 18

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(Left to right) Kris Gillard, R.N., Steven Ly, Pharm.D., Joselyn Raymundo, Pharm.D., and Karla Giguere, CPhT of Rochester Home Infusion.

Making sense of our nation’s post-secondary education system— and figuring out how to pay for it—wasn’t an easy feat either. “I didn’t understand the financial aid system in the U.S. or realize you could apply for money to attend college, so I joined the military,” Joselyn says. During the eight years she spent serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, she was exposed to healthcare for the first time working as a hospital corpsman. The G.I. bill allowed Joselyn to pursue her passion for helping others, and after years of schooling, she CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY received her Doctorate in Joselyn Raymundo and Rochester Home Infusion contribute to our community by Pharmacy from • Serving on the board of IMAA & utilizing the University of their translation services for immigrant California-San Francisco. populations. Joselyn worked • Participating in VAD Walk, Diabetes Walk, successfully in home other medical initiatives infusion and pharmacy • Supporting art events like the Ordinary Life, businesses in the Twin Rochester Summer Artz Blitz, and Artism Cities metropolitan area • Rochester Home Infusion is committed to for 15 years, but her growing the job base in Rochester. The passion to provide the company currently has more than a dozen highest quality patient on payroll, which is likely to double in the next year. Over $1 million that used care led her to consider to flow out of the community to national starting her own home companies is now being spent within the infusion business. “I Rochester community. began exploring options as to where that business should be located,” she recalls. “When I identified Rochester as an untapped market for local home infusion services, I knew I had to start the business here.”


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Two years ago, Joselyn, her husband, Sean, and their three children relocated to a small farm in Rochester that, according to Joselyn, was in the Mayo family for nearly a century. “It’s a peaceful little slice of history,” she says, “and only 10 minutes from my office downtown.”

STARTING A BUSINESS Joselyn is an immigrant, a woman and a veteran. She is also the owner, president and founder of Rochester Home Infusion (RHI). RHI serves a unique niche in the pharmacy market by providing intravenous (IV) therapy to patients who have ongoing medical needs but who are well enough to receive treatment at home. “People tend to recover more quickly when they are at home with support of family and friends,” Joselyn says. “And it allows them to return to their normal lives much more quickly.” Joselyn’s experience is unique. In fact, records at the Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center indicate that Joselyn is one of only three minority women in the entire state who have gone through the Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification process. “Starting a successful business is challenging on many levels,” Joselyn says, “but my advice is to focus on something that you are passionate about and where you know you can positively impact peoples’ lives.” Many entrepreneurs, regardless of whether they fit into an underrepresented category, underestimate how hard it is to launch a business. “The physical, mental, and emotional investment can’t be quantified,” Joselyn explains, “but it is much easier to do a great job if you love what you do.” For Joselyn, that purpose comes from impacting patients’ lives. “We help our patients take back their lives,” she explains, “and that gives me the resolve to overcome difficulties I encounter in my business.” Joselyn acknowledges that there are added challenges in business as an immigrant. She is proud of her Filipino roots and points out the rich history Filipino-Americans have in Rochester. “Many nurses were recruited to come to Rochester in the early 60s to help Mayo Clinic grow,” she says. But Joselyn herself identifies as an American now. “Having started my medical training as a corpsman in the Navy, I understand both the privilege and obligation of being a citizen.” “My English still isn’t perfect,” she says, “but we are very proud to contribute to the 20

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Joselyn Raymundo working in the lab at Rochester Home Infusion.

diversity of the business ecosystem in Rochester.” Her business is 100 percent self-financed, and while she isn’t looking for any special preferences just because she fits into a few unique categories for a business owner, she is looking for a equal opportunity to compete and contribute in this market. “All I want is a level playing field that allows us to serve our patients and give back to the community.”

DIVERSITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH Joselyn was recently a presenter and sponsor of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Supplier Diversity Summit. The event highlighted the economic power that is generated by the diversity within our local business community. “It was an opportunity not only to increase awareness about the services we provide our patients,” she says, “but the ways in which we can help grow and diversify the business environment in this city we now call home.” Journey to Growth ( J2G), an initiative of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI), is also aimed at expanding and diversifying the regional economy and ultimately making southeastern Minnesota a more connected, cohesive and inclusive region. J2G is striving to solve some of our workforce problems by helping employers recognize the quality workers that already exist in the region. “It’s not always about trying to attract talent,” says Heather Holmes, RAEDI’s vice president of marketing. “Business leaders recognize that we need to get more of the minority communities involved in the workforce, but it’s not always obvious how to do that.” Journey to Growth is kicking off a traveling photo exhibition this fall to help encourage dialogue about workforce diversity in our region. “The ‘We Are More’ exhibition is a unique opportunity for us to showcase and celebrate the diversity in our region,” Heather says. “The goal is to help each of us embrace the many races, cultures and lifestyles that make our region so dynamic.” Photos for the “We Are More” photography exhibit were submitted by the public and judged on their depiction of economic diversity and inclusivity in the region. The exhibit will kick off in September and wrap up in November. It will be on display in five cities across the region, including Rochester, Austin, Chatfield, Lake City and Winona. For more information, visit j2gmn.com/we-are-more/. Sarah is a freelance writer.


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OR ONE DAY, FOUR ROCHESTER WOMEN VOLUNTEERED TO WEAR A HIJAB—THE HEADSCARF TRADITIONALLY WORN BY MUSLIM WOMEN—TO WORK, SCHOOL, EVEN STARBUCKS, ALL WHILE BEING FILMED FOR COMMUNITY INTERFAITH DIALOGUE IN ISLAM’S (CIDI) NEWEST DOCUMENTARY, “HIJAB FOR A DAY.”

CIDI was founded by Regina Mustafa in 2014 to meet a need and provide an opportunity for a reliable resource on Islam and interfaith conversation. The organization is grounded in information being mutually shared, so doing the hijab project was a natural next step. “This kind of thing has been done in other cities,” Mustafa remarks, “but I hadn’t heard of it being done in Rochester, especially one that was well-documented.” With the help of a Rochester Downtown Alliance grant, the documentary will now be a full-fledged community event, hosted by the Rochester Civic Theatre.

ILLUMINATING THE HIJAB In the Muslim community, Mustafa explains there are multiple interpretations of hijab, making its meaning complex. On one side of the spectrum, hijab is law; both Iran and Saudi Arabia mandate that women wear hijab in public. On the other side, there are Muslims who do not believe their religion demands it. There are also women who choose to cover. This choice, Mustafa points out, is often mistaken as a sign of oppression instead of religious expression. Hijab is meant to convey a sense of decorum; Mustafa describes her own choice to cover as “a modest and humble way, and feminine way, of presenting myself in the public space.” This “covering” is not only humbling, but dignifying. 22

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Mustafa adds that this tradition of covering is not unique to Islam. Women (and men) in Jewish, Catholic, Hindu, Mennonite and even pagan traditions wore some form of head covering, some of which are still worn today. And while Mustafa feels the hijab is an obligation of Islam, she asserts, “Whether or not you cover your hair should not be a determining factor of how religious you are.” But this does not negate the idea that wearing hijab is a symbol, whether for religious or personal expression, as the women of this project discovered.

A FEMININE PERSPECTIVE Before the women were dressed in hijab, Mustafa noticed their similar anxieties; however, their reactions to themselves in hijab were distinctly unique. This response was no accident according to Mustafa. She explains the project was less about the difficulties of hijab and more about how these women came to see themselves. Participant Pam Whitfield, after seeing her reflection, said, “I saw a woman from the Old Testament,” but also added that she felt the hijab “gave me more autonomy and some space from society.” One of the participants

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became emotional, realizing how much the hijab went against her habit of trying to please others. For someone used to blending in, this deliberate personal choice was impactful. On a larger scale, the hijab also challenges the expectations of feminine appearance in Western culture. It confronts the idea that modesty and femininity are mutually exclusive and illustrates what is, and is not, for the public eye. Mustafa states, “Body issues, eating disorders… that is so much more of a threat to our well-being, our society, than a piece of fabric over your hair.” From those who wear it every day to those who wore it just for one, hijab can represent empowerment, bravery and, yes, femininity. Mustafa makes sure to add, “And it can be a lot of fun.”

SHARE IN THE EXPERIENCE “Hijab for a Day” debuts September 14 on the main stage of the Rochester Civic Theatre. The event will feature the documentary as well as poetry, essays, original music, slam poetry and interpretive dance performed by some of the film’s own participants. This event is free to the public; however, reservations are recommended.

EXPLORE WITH CIDI • Monthly interfaith talk shows at the Rochester Public Library • Classes, lectures and blog posts about observing places of worship • Go to cidimn.org to find out more or find them on Facebook and Twitter. Grace Murray is a student who uses writing as an excuse to talk with fascinating people.

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RECOGNIZING ANDREA WALKER AND NEEHAR BANERJEE

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Editor’s note: We want to recognize the achievements of and opportunities for young women (under 25 years of age) in science and technology in southeastern Minnesota. Please send ideas to editor@RWmagazine.com.

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MIDWEST ACADEMIC HIGH ALTITUDE CONFERENCE Andrea Walker and Nathan Brown, students at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), were among the presenters at this year’s Midwest regional meeting of the Academic High Altitude Conference held at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 29. “This is the first year RCTC has participated in the conference,” says professor Dr. Rod Milbrandt. The Stratospheric Ballooning Association has held the conference each June for the last seven years in the Midwest region. “Presenting at St. Catherine’s gave us a wonderful opportunity to share our experience with the scientific community,” says Andrea Walker. “I first became interested in physics when I attended the RCTC Physics and Engineering demo show with my dad while I was in middle school,” says Andrea. She remembers how seeing those experiments brought science to life. Durring her junior year in high school, Andrea took physics and, at RCTC, took the calculus-based physics series. Her love for the subject continues to grow. Andrea plans to continue her education at the University of Minnesota.

EXPERIENCES WITH HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONING A semester-long research project in the Classical Physics ll course, taught by Dr. Rod Milbrandt, inspired Andrea and her project partners. “This year’s project was the most remarkable I’ve seen in 19 years of teaching college physics,” says Dr. Milbrandt. While brainstorming topics, Nathan Brown found an article in a magazine on do-it-yourself high altitude ballooning. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Andrea.

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They launched their first balloon in May 2015. Tracking it, Andrea says, “was like being a storm chaser.” In both 2015 and 2016, they lost contact with the balloon on its descent. In 2015, they lost contact at 30,000 feet and in 2016, at 77,000 feet. Searching for the signal from the balloon and recovering the data from the payload was an extremely rewarding experience. “Having success in a project from concept to completion is very satisfying,” says Andrea. Andrea advises girls to ask questions, seek to understand, make connections, develop communication skills and turn “failure” into opportunity.

MINNESOTA ASPIRATIONS FOR WOMEN IN COMPUTING AWARDS The Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards honors young women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements, and encourages young women to enter the field of technology. These young women bring talent to technology and reduce the gender gap in the workforce. Advance IT Minnesota announced the winners on April 19, 2016. Neehar Banerjee is an award winner. A 2016 graduate from Mayo High School, Neehar taught herself advanced computer languages and coding when she was in the eighth grade. “I realized that these languages are incredibly powerful and can make even our wildest dreams become a reality,” says Neehar. Teaching herself the language C++, Neehar was able to program a microcontroller that would detect when a lawn or plant had a high moisture level, which would shut an automatic sprinkler off, thus conserving water. “It was extremely rewarding to see something that I had envisioned become a reality with the help of various types of technology,” says Neehar. Neehar will be attending Stanford University. Her hope is with technology, she will make a meaningful impact on other people’s lives. “I would just let other girls know that they are capable of pursuing whatever path they want to, whether or not there are many girls in their field,” says Neehar. Girls interested in technology should explore courses, classes and clubs in areas of interest. As a girl in many classes and activities, Neehar was in the minority, but that did not stop her from pursuing her dreams. For more information about Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards, visit: advanceitmn.org/aspirations-in-computing-awards/ Anne Scherer is a freelance writer living in Rochester. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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A MOTHER’S LOVE I am nominating my daughter, Lindsey Polin, as one of your Beautiful Women. At the tender age of 17, Lindsey was an addict who spent two years of her life in and out of treatment. In 2010, she discovered sobriety, but she also discovered she was pregnant. Out of pure selflessness, at the age of 19, she lovingly created an adoption plan for her firstborn child. That same year, my sister and her husband were given the news that they could not have their own children. Lindsey gave them the first choice to be the adoptive parents, which they excitedly accepted. When Lindsey’s daughter was born, she lovingly kissed her cheeks and handed her to her new parents. In essence, although she struggled with low self-esteem and confidence, everyone who knew her knew that she was capable of having confidence and self-esteem. She just had to believe in herself in order for those things to shine through. Yet, when she hurt on the inside, it was evident on the outside whose who saw her self-inflicted scars. Throughout the past couple of years, Lindsey has been an administrative assistant, and she does marvelous work. She coordinates events, plans travel, is a team player and doesn’t falter when it comes to her responsibilities. She takes on any project head on. Yet, even when she receives compliments, she still heads home with not an ounce of confidence or feelings of self-worth. In August 2014, after a failed relationship, her life spiraled out of control once again. Her self-worth, confidence and esteem all but disappeared. And then she landed a new job in June, and slowly, she has become a much happier, confident woman. In September 2015, she celebrated one year of sobriety and also got a promotion at work. The light is beginning to return to her eyes, and she cares deeply about her job and other people, along with making them happy. Yet, with all this, she still does not see her potential and worth. Although Lindsey is a young adult and does not live at home, she does have a younger sister and three younger brothers with whom she is always instilling confidence, love and encouragement them. She never stops telling them how strong, amazing and incredible they are, and takes her role as a big sister very seriously. Despite how she has acquired well deserved promotions and new responsibilities at work, she still does not fully see her own self-worth. Despite how her younger siblings look up to her, she still does not have self-confidence in herself. And despite how proud I tell her I am of her, her self-esteem does not rise. She has overcome addictions and demons and so deserves to be shown how beautiful she truly is. – Kristen Herring-Asleson

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The power of these words radiated throughout the room the evening of Lindsey’s reveal party, much like her beauty radiated on the day of her photo shoot. Lindsey chose to have her photos taken at her grandma’s stunning garden, complete with waterfalls, a hobbit tunnel and a grotto. On the day of her photo shoot, Lindsey reminisced and told Let me capture your Senior Moment. stories about her family, while walking the winding path with her www.traceymcguirephotography.com beloved dog. Animals are a passion of Lindsey’s—in particular, her rescue dog who she says “saved her life.” Lindsey thinks that her love for rescuing animals comes from her mom, who has saved several horses and given them new lives, just like she has TraceyMcGuire_JF16.indd 1 12/8/15 10:02 AM done with her dogs. It is those kinds of selfless acts that show Lindsey’s inner beauty. The night of her reveal party, Lindsey finally saw that beauty. On her way out the door, she stopped with a smile on her face to say that she really did feel beautiful. We would like to thank Amber Berry from Aberry hair for providing hair and makeup services for Lindsey and Camy Couture for gifting Lindsey an outfit for her photo shoot. It is through the generosity of our sponsors that we are able to continue this program. Elizabeth is a freelance writer.

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2016 FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES ENTRIES Anderson Builders, LLC 3384 Weston Court SW Brandl Anderson Homes 5134 Foxfield Drive NW Centurion Ridge, LLC 2155 Centurion Court NE Centurion Ridge, LLC 2650 Centurion Lane NE Countryside Builders, LLC 2212 Glady Lane NE 2304 Nickel Lane NE Cravath Homes, LLC 672 Shardlow Place NE Byron, MN Custom Homes by Bradley, Inc. 1349 Knob Creek Lane SW Derby Construction, LLC 6341 Oak Meadow Lane NW 2353 Britwood Lane SW 25896 565th Street Mantorville, MN West River Road DeWitz Home Builders, Inc. 6173 & 6189 51st St NW

Distinguished Homes by Mitch Hagen, LLC 3247 Woodstone Drive SW 2418 Woodstone Lane SW Excel Homes 2643 Glenwood Road SW Exclusive Home Builders 431 15th Ave NE Byron, MN R. Fleming Construction 2875 Sand Trap Road SE GP Development–Lilly Farm Lilly Farm M.P. Kaye Builders 4203 Stonecrest Lane NE Madery Construction, LLC 302 15th Ave NW Kasson, MN R. J. Manemann Custom Homes 5263 Scenic View Drive SW Maplewood Homes, LLC 1881 Kerry Drive NE MDH, Inc. – Fox Hill Builders 1050 Fox Hill Lane SW 1185 Fox Meadow Court SW

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The Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester is calling all small movers and shakers. Lend a hand to build, explore simple machines or transport cargo in this pint-sized construction zone. Little Builders fosters creative and critical thinking as children work together or independently to build, lift, move and test. This exhibit gives children the chance to explore the physics of movement and discover the concepts involved in building: size, weight, shape, balance, gravity and stability. They can even use Duplo® blocks and PVC pipes. Plan your visit to Little Builders exhibit at Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester through September 11. Little Builders was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

RECEIVE A FREE CHILDREN’S MEAL Take your family on the Fall Showcase of Homes and Remodelers Tour. Help your children discover how homes are built from the ground up and what areas of homes are remodeled. Answer the following questions: 1. What is green building?____________________________________________________________________________ helps you with the design plans of the home or remodeling project. 2. An designer help with colors, materials, finish palettes and fixture coordination of a home. 3. An 4. How would you choose a builder? who construct homes in your area to interview. Obtain a list of to learn about area builders, the types of homes they are building Read through ads and and the prices you expect to pay. agent and ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Contact a 5. When you add premium counter tops to your home, you are decreasing/increasing (circle one) the value of your home. 6. Plumbing fixtures need to be decided on early/late (circle one) in the planning stages of a new home along with flooring, lighting, walls and cabinetry because all of these need to flow together. places 7. Today, fireplaces serve more than functionality for heating homes. They also serve as and offer aesthetic value to a home. 8. What is the most popular room of the house remodeled shown on this year’s Remodelers Tour?______________________ 9. When you work with a member of the Remodelers Council you can be assured that your team is by the state of Minnesota. 10. How many members are there in the Rochester Area Builders association? ____________________________________

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LOVE TO VISIT OPEN HOUSES AND GET IDEAS FOR MY FUTURE DREAM HOME. WHETHER THAT DREAM HOME EVER ACTUALLY MATERIALIZES ISN’T THE POINT; IT’S THE DREAMING THAT KEEPS ME COMING BACK. WHEN I WAS ASKED TO WRITE ABOUT ROCHESTER AREA BUILDER’S 2015 FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES DIVISION 1 (HOMES OVER $600,000) WINNER, BUILT BY RANGE CUSTOM HOMES, I COULDN’T WAIT TO GET MY OWN PRIVATE TOUR OF THIS GORGEOUS HOME.

When the appointed day to tour this spectacular beauty finally arrived, I knew I was in for something special. As I pulled into the driveway, the home, nestled on the end of a cul-de-sac, was warm and welcoming and afforded peaceful views of a lush, wooded backyard. The lucky owners of this stunning home, Dean and Rachael Potter,

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stepped into the home buying process just as the fun part was about to begin. Rachael says that she and her husband were looking at new construction, and when they walked into this home, she immediately felt that it was designed perfectly for their family. They selected many of the finishing touches, but chose to include many of the items, especially the lighting, that were originally slated to go into the home. Rachael gushes as she talks about the design elements of this house, sharing that Shannon Range, design stylist for Range Custom Homes, created the perfect ambiance for their sanctuary.

THE MAIN FLOOR— CLASSIC ELEGANCE Upon entering the home, I was struck by the beautiful staircase, 10-foot high ceilings and showstopping wainscoting, which was custom-crafted to exacting specifications by the artisans at Range Custom Homes. The spacious foyer feels both grand and homey. The open concept of the kitchen, dining and great room flows beautifully. The entire area faces south, and you can almost imagine how inviting this room would be on a sunny day in winter, letting in the milky sunlight, hanging low on the horizon during our all too brief daylight hours. The great room boasts a beautiful gas fireplace and room for plenty of seating. Built-in bookcases grace either side of the stone fireplace,


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MY FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE Moving into the kitchen area, I instantly knew without a doubt that if I lived here, this would be my favorite room in the house. The kitchen features a gourmet gas range, which would be wonderful to use daily. The classic, creamcolored quartz counter tops give the kitchen a touch of sophistication and an airy lightness. The kitchen is also tricked out with high-end appliances, including a double-wide refrigerator and double oven, creating a very functional work space.

FROM THE INSIDE OUT Adjacent to the kitchen is a large and inviting screen porch, situated on the southeast corner of the house, rendering it completely free of the hot afternoon sun. The home was built with an eye on the minute details. The mudroom leading from the heated, attached, three-car garage is functional and exceptionally tidy. There is a wall-mounted cubby system, one for each member of the family, with room for two layers of shoes or boots below, an enclosed area to hang coats and a shelf above, perfectly sized to accommodate baskets to stow hats and gloves for each member. Everything the Potters need for outdoor wear can be neatly housed in the mudroom. The clean lines and organization of usable space is an inspiration to me.

PERFECT ESCAPE—PEACEFUL RETREAT Continuing our tour, the walkout basement is completely finished. The family room has a custom designed full bar, along with a gas fireplace and lots of windows. There is also a large guest bedroom and full bath on this level. The family room is perfect for entertaining and ideal for overnight guests who would have oodles of privacy. Moving on, we toured the second floor of this spacious and beautiful home. The upstairs has four generous-sized bedrooms. The master bedroom is large and has a lovely fireplace and en suite bathroom, complete with a large walk-in closet. The master bath has two separate vanities and a huge walk-in tiled shower, large enough to fit a Mini Cooper. Just down the hall, the Potters’ children share a Jack and Jill bath between their bedrooms. One of the absolute coolest features of this house is the second floor walk-through laundry room. This laundry room was definitely designed by someone who has done a lot of laundry. Every little detail you might want is in this laundry room. The counter top over the high-end washer and dryer is raised and perfect for folding clothes. The built-in cabinets include shelves that hold three laundry baskets, so you can stage your laundry instead of having it in your way. There is even a clothes rod s for hanging clothes as you pull them from the dryer. This laundry room is astoundingly functional. Plus, it is on the second floor, so all of the

clean clothes can be returned to their proper location without several trips up and down the stairs. Also on the upper floor is a generous-sized bonus room, where the Potters spend a fair amount of their spare time. Rachael says that the family likes to spend their time in this room, watching TV, reading or exercising on the treadmill, which is well-situated in the room.

THE BUILDER— RANGE CUSTOM HOMES Jon Range, owner of Range Custom Homes says, “It was such an honor to be chosen as the winner of the 2015 Fall Showcase of Homes. As a custom home builder, my first and foremost priority is that my clients love the home I create for them. I want them to love not just the design and finishing touches, but the quality as well. As a custom home builder, I don’t get a lot of opportunities to showcase my work to others, so it’s wonderful to get opportunities like the Fall Showcase of Homes. Houses like this truly take an army to build, and it’s a team effort between me and the amazingly talented sub contractors that I am lucky to have help me create these beautiful homes. I could not do it without them. In my line of work, word of mouth is everything…and I only hope that the homes I build speak for themselves." The Rochester Area Builders Showcase of Homes is a great opportunity to tour newly constructed homes in the Rochester area. Whether you are in the market for a new home or just like to visit new homes, like me, the showcase is a wonderful chance to see the latest in housing and interior design trends. I’ll definitely be going on the 2016 Rochester Area Builders Fall Showcase of Homes tour. It runs for two consecutive weekends: September 10-11 and September 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Cindy Mennega, owner of Straight-Talk Wireless, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.

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A SPACIOUS SOLUTION rent and Beth Carey’s newly The couple and Kitchens Plus, which acted as designer and general remodeled kitchen becomes the center contractor, went to work in fall 2015 to create a spacious kitchen of attention whenever the Rochester couple has without expanding the house. They removed the peninsula and added family in town or entertains guests for an evening. counter space at the end of the kitchen. They took out a cabinet-style GATHERING SPACE Hosts and guests can comfortably gather in the kitchen to chat. At meal time, guests can flow on either side along a 9-foot long center island to fill their plates from a buffet-style spread. It’s a favorite hosting style for the Careys. At the same time, without being crowded for work space, someone can be preparing food using the quart counter tops. Before the Careys and the Kitchens Plus design firm in Rochester remodeled it, “The kitchen was really cramped,” says designer Becky Mickelson of Kitchens Plus. At one end, a peninsula counter jutted out from the wall and acted as a room separator. At the other end, a tall cupboard intruded into walking space from another wall. And there was not a lot of work room in between.

pantry and a door leading into an adjacent room. Then, the Careys decided to forgo part of their formal dining room and moved a kitchen wall 5 feet to make room for a walk-in pantry. The island is the centerpiece of the Carey kitchen. It features a quartz stone top that flares into a semicircular seating area for conversations over snacks with their two children or drinks with guests. Mickelson says she has rounded out the ends of kitchen islands similarly in other designs. The homeowners say Mickelson also found a way to open the view into the kitchen as people enter. By eliminating a door for stairs into the lower level, it was possible to remove part of the wall of the stairwell and get a glimpse of the kitchen through the open corner.

LOOK OUT THE WINDOW A view of the backyard was important too. “We really wanted a long window,” Beth says. So, the remodeling project doubled the length of the existing window from 3 feet to 6 feet. Another priority for the project was additional storage. Drawers in the base of the island added substantial storage; overhead cabinet space also increased. Yet, the largest single addition is the walk-in pantry, RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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MOSAIC AND ‘CRACKLE’ The Careys refreshed most of their appliances during the remodel. They switched their oven from electric to natural gas, and perhaps most eyecatching is the oven’s stylish ventilation hood, which is trimmed with glass rim. The oven is accented by a striking Glazzio Urban Pollen back splash, a mosaic of different sizes of glass and stones. A ribbon of the decorative tile continues into the rest of the kitchen back splash. There, it is surrounded by larger tiles with a sandy color and small white speckles. According to Mickelson, this type of tile is called “crackle.” From a design standpoint, “I like mixing the different tiles,” she says. Brent, an information technology specialist for a software company in Rochester, drew on his computer skills to choose the tiles. “I was able to make a 3-D model to picture and compare the various types,” he says.

TYING IT TOGETHER While updating the kitchen, the Careys says they also wanted Also coordinate its modern look with other parts of the house. For

example, the Glazzio tile complements—but is not exactly like—a mosaic around their fireplace in their large family room within sight of the kitchen. The Careys also installed the same American walnut hardwood flooring in the kitchen and adjacent dining room for continuity. According to Brent, base for the center island is dark cherry wood, which is a good match for the walnut flooring beneath. Their kitchen project was an important step in a renovation plan that started when they moved in 2008. “Basically, in the eight years we’ve lived here, the whole main floor (now) is...different,” Brent says. The Careys first contacted Kitchens Plus during last fall’s Remodeling Tour by Rochester Area Builders. Mickelson says the design firm plans to enter their kitchen in the annual tour this year. Bob Freund is a Rochester-based writer.

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INE CELLARS ARE MEANT TO PRESERVE AGING WINES, BUT THEY CAN FUNCTION DIFFERENTLY TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF THE OWNER. WINE IS A LIVING, BREATHING THING, AGING FROM INFANCY TO MATURITY TO OLD AGE; THEREFORE, THERE IS SPECIFIC CRITERION TO CONSIDER WHEN BUILDING A WINE CELLAR. THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF CELLARS: ACTIVE, WHICH ARE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS, AND PASSIVE, WHICH ARE BUILT UNDERGROUND.

ELEMENTS OF A WINE CELLAR The elements of a wine cellar are similar to that of a cave. The average temperature for a wine cellar is around 55 degrees, and the humidity ranges from about 45 to 70 percent. If there is too much fluctuation in the temperature, it can increase the speed of spoilage. Higher temperatures actually cause the wine to “cook.” The cellar must also have minimal lighting, and the bottles should be laid at an angle, keeping the cork in contact with the wine. The wine should be stored away from any appliances that may cause vibration. Vibrations can affect the chemistry of the wine. These are all factors to consider when designing a wine cellar. I met with three local people with vastly different wine cellars or ways to store their wine. We found that wine storage racks and cellars can be customized to suit the needs of the owner.

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Tami Berg’s wine cellar is an intimate space tucked in her basement. She affectionately calls her wine cellar the wine cave. “My husband built the cave jokingly so I would have a place to socialize with the girls.” Berg’s cave is magical. The walls are draped with black fabric, and there’s a long grapevine with a string of lights curling across the front wall. When she entertains, she lights dozens of candles throughout the room, making it a cozy retreat. Berg’s love of wine began in college when she took a European wine tasting course with a friend. “I learned about wines from specific regions and pairing food with wine.” Her cellar is stocked with small production wines from Tamara (Tami) Berg is an Associate California. “I like to travel to Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies at Winona State University. vineyards off the beaten path to discover wines that are ready to drink rather than wines that need to age for 30 years.” She is also a member of several wine clubs that ship her cases of wine periodically. She currently has about 500 bottles in her wine cellar, but they are not all on display in her wine tasting cave. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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WOMEN AND WINE Berg invited a few women to her cave to experience the magic. She had three different bottles of red wine, each paired with a unique appetizer. The wines she selected for us were from Jeff Cohn Cellars and Turley Wine Cellars. As we tasted the wine, Berg described the characteristics and made sure we tried the appropriate appetizer. “For me, wine is another food group, so I enjoy creating recipes that bring out the flavors of the wine.” Although Berg’s cellar is used as a place to chill with friends, it remains dark, with the proper humidity, a steady temperature with minimal vibrations. Her cellar is known as a passive cellar. Our next stop is a wine cellar constructed strictly for chilling and housing wine.

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Julie Domaille and her husband love to entertain and each of them. love having the perfect bottle of wine for every occasion. November 2016 Domaille designed the wine cellar in her home and Sat, Nov 5 – Rochester Microbrewery Trolley Tour chose Mike Allen Homes in Rochester to construct it. Sun, Nov 6 – GRR Wine Trail Trolley Tour Sat, Nov 12 – GRR Microbrewery Trolley Tour Allen says, “It’s easy to construct a wine room, but when you are a collector of wines, Sun, Nov 13 – GRR Wine Trail Trolley Tour especially red wines, you need to have the appropriate place to care for the wines, to let them Sat, Nov 19 – Rochester Microbrewery Trolley Tour age.” Allen and Domaille worked together to essentially construct a cave-like room to store Tours depart from the City-County Government Center, 151 4th St SE, wine. “I had to do a lot of research beforehand because I didn’t know a lot about storing wines,” Downtown Rochester MN 55904 says Allen. Advance Reservations Required – Book online or by phone! Allen spoke to Andrew Hightower, owner of Foxwood Cellars in the Twin Cities, for the www.RochesterMNtours.com • 507-421-0573 details in constructing a wine cellar. Hightower is an engineer with a passion for design and craftsmanship. He designs, builds and installs wine cellars trolleytour6th_SO16.indd 1 8/17/16 10:27 AM throughout North America. NEW CHEESECAKES With the knowledge Allen FOR FALL gained from Hightower, he had a starting point for creating the Wine Down Wednesday appropriate environment for Any bottle of wine half price after 4 pm Domaille’s wine. Once Allen felt confident enough to build the cellar, he worked with Domaille on the aesthetics. Domaille’s creativity is evident when you step inside the 55-degree wine cellar. “I wanted the space to be artistic and beautiful. I chose a deep golden paint color, rich mahogany wood for the wine racks that span from floor to ceiling and cool grey slate tiles for the flooring because the slate retains the cold air.” She says lighting was also an important selection for the cellar. “I wanted the lighting to function as an accent, not the main focal point, so I went with recessed lighting and one small light fixture 404028th 28thSt. St. NW NW 507-252-9400 4040 507-252-9400 hanging above the white www.NorthMrPizza.com www.NorthMrPizza.com Julie Domaille is a realtor with Edina Realty. wine cooler.” 38

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KEEPING THE CELLAR STOCKED Domaille’s cellar holds about 680 bottles of wine. Currently, it’s only about half full. Domaille’s husband, Dr. Jack Gross, is in charge of stocking the cooler. Both he and Domaille love wines from Napa and Sonoma, along with Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Typically, the wines they purchase are recommended by the magazine, “Wine Spectator,” and have a rating of 90 points or above. They also consult Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate.” And, because they house so many wines, they subscribe to the website, Cellar Tracker to track the wine they purchase. The tracker enables them to drink wines at the appropriate time. Additionally, Domaille and her husband are members of wine clubs and often order cases of wine and split them with their friends. They, furthermore, shop local and purchase wines from Andy’s Liquor, Apollo Liquor and Hy-Vee Barlow. Domaille says, “We purchase drinkable wines, wines that may need to age 25 to 30 years and futures.” Futures are wines that have not yet been produced.

WINE RACKS Lastly, I spoke to Steve and Debra Berland of Rochester. They have about 100 bottles of wine on display in their basement. They wanted their wine storage to be a visible point of interest. Berland says, “We looked at doing a wine cellar, but our collection is small and the cost didn’t match our objective for storing wines, so we decided on smaller shelving units under the stairs leading to our basement. Our wine racks blend into the ambiance we created downstairs. We have a couple of bistro chairs so we can sit and enjoy our wine.” Berland says they aren’t big entertainers; they are low-key and simply enjoy drinking wine together. Beyond Kitchens designed and constructed the custom, light-colored, solid wood shelves for the Berland’s wine display. The shelves are built into the wall and hold several bottles of wine. Below the shelving unit is a small bar with a quartz counter top and a tile back splash spanning from the counter top to the ceiling. Below the counter top, there are two small wine refrigerators, one for red wines and the other for whites. Berland says, “We keep our higher quality in the wine refrigerator, so they can age appropriately, but most of the wines in our collection are ready to drink.” The Berlands love California wines and have been on several wine tours and tastings. “We like visiting the wineries because it makes the experience more interesting. We enjoy the smaller, quaint, family-owned vineyards, and in certain wineries, you can sit in the tasting room and converse with the owner. Although we tend to have a high percentage of U.S. wine from California, we also have a few French and Australian wines,” says Berland. Collecting wine is different for each person. Whether you are a hobbyist, entertainer or simply love drinking wine, you want to protect each bottle to enjoy it at the appropriate time. There are endless options when it comes to building the perfect place to store your wine.

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N THE BACK ROOM OF FORAGER BREWING COMPANY, THREE LONG COMMUNAL TABLES AWAIT US, AS IF WE ARE SITTING DOWN TO DINNER WITH FAMILY. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVEN’T MET EVERYONE AT THE TABLE, IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG BEFORE WE HAVE INTRODUCED OURSELVES AND JOKINGLY BEMOANED OUR DIFFICULTIES REMEMBERING NAMES.

According to the menu, our first course is simply named “broccoli,” but what we see in front of us is anything but simple. Two, sometimes three, pieces of large, plump broccoli from Dan and Hannah Miller’s Easy Yoke Farm are smothered in a rich beer cheese sauce, embedded with a slice of bacon. After finishing her first bite, my friend, Jeanne, smiles at me and says, “You can really tell when your food is grown with love and care.”

HARVEST DINNER Forager Brewing Company owner Annie Henderson decided to base Harvest on the recent pop-up restaurant phenomenon, only Harvest uses products from local growers as its food source. “The point is to go to the farm and get fresh, season ingredients to showcase,” Annie says. This allows Forager chefs to create straight from the fields. The chefs are then tasked with developing a five-course meal to be served to Harvest guests. “Chefs go to a local farm on Tuesday, create the menu on Wednesday and prepare the meal on Thursday,” Annie says.

Our chef for the A five-course meal prepared with evening, Kari Davi, has done just that. She locally sourced ingredients, has visited Dan and is hosted by Forager Brewing Hannah Miller’s farm, Company on Thursdays each week Easy Yoke, in rural through September. Millville to plan and prepare the menu. Cost: $25 Additional beer flight: The fact that local $15.00. Featured farmers will be chefs forage for menu attending the dinner. Live music ideas at local farms with Joel Ward begins at just two days before preparing the food 7:00 p.m. turns a regular menu into an extraordinary one.

THAIPOP ThaiPop is a pop-up restaurant also located at Forager Brewing Company. Annie Balow, owner of the widely popular restaurant, along with her husband, Ryan, initially decided to take on this endeavor to share her cooking with friends and family. Annie, originally from Thailand, met her husband while they both were working as Peace Held twice monthly and has two Corps volunteers in her homeland. Ryan seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. raves about his wife’s Cost: $36 thaipopmn.com cooking. His mother also helps prepare and serve the meals. “We decided to do the pop-up more consistently because we had such positive feedback about my cooking. People loved it, and it gave me the encouragement to take it further,” Balow says. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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Annie Henderson approached the Balows with a plan to build a rentable, yet permanent, popup kitchen at Forager. “We found it to be the perfect opportunity. We are using this experience to build our menu, expand our customer base and build our brand name. We hope to expand into a permanent brick-and-mortar in the future,” Balow says. Her seven-course meal decisions are centered on fresh and seasonal ingredients, and Balow strives to have completely different meals each time. “I like to experiment with new recipes based on a combination of dishes that will balance each other,” Balow says. She will also host “private pop-ups” at homes for groups of 10-20 people. ThaiPop is held twice a month at Forager and usually sells every seat at the table.

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ATING WELL IS GOOD FOR YOU MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY. THE BRAIN REQUIRES NUTRIENTS JUST LIKE YOUR HEART, LUNGS AND MUSCLES. SIMPLY, YOUR BRAIN LIKES TO EAT, AND IT LIKES POWERFUL FUEL: QUALITY FATS, ANTIOXIDANTS AND SMALL, STEADY AMOUNTS OF THE BEST CARBS. THE PATH TO A BIGGER, BETTER BRAIN IS LOADED WITH OMEGA-3 FATS, ANTIOXIDANTS AND FIBER. GIVE YOUR BRAIN A KICK START BY EATING THE FOLLOWING FOODS REGULARLY FOR RESULTS YOU WILL NOTICE.

SMART INGREDIENTS Blueberries are possibly the best brain food on earth. They have been linked to reduce risk for Alzheimer’s and shown to improve learning ability and motor skills in rats. They are also one of the most powerful anti-stress foods you can eat. Wild salmon contains a good amount of Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for your brain. These beneficial fats are linked to improving cognition and alertness, reducing risk of degenerative mental disease (such as dementia), improving memory, improving mood and reducing depression, anxiety and hyperactivity. Eat more tomatoes. There is evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against free radical damage to cells, which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's. Flavor cooked tomatoes and enjoy with a little olive oil to optimize absorption and efficacy. Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower. Researchers report that because broccoli is high in glucosinolates, it can slow the breakdown

of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which we need for the central nervous system to perform properly and to keep our brains and our memories sharp. Low levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer's. Like everything else in your body, the brain cannot work without energy. The ability to concentrate and focus comes from an adequate, steady supply of energy in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain. Achieve this by choosing whole grains, which release glucose slowly into the bloodstream, keeping you mentally alert throughout the day. Opt for “brown” wholegrain cereals, granary bread, rice and pasta (mayoclinic.org).

PLAN AND SHOP SMART What sort of shopping decisions would make us healthier, wealthier and wiser? Buy fresh and make a shopping list for the week. Check out the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. It’s exploding with fresh fruit, veggies, eggs and meat this time of year. You may also still be able to find blueberries and broccoli. All vendors are within a 50-mile radius of Rochester, so you know that the food is super fresh, and buying from the market supports the local economy. Are you running out of time and off to ball games and lessons with your kids after school? Make shopping easy with Hy-Vee’s Aisles OnlineT. By shopping online and getting your groceries delivered, you can spend more time with people who matter. Hy-Vee offers online shopping and delivery straight to your door. Just a few minutes online and your groceries will be delivered for a minimal fee in as little as four hours. Pick-up is also available. Spend a little time planning and preparing meals that give you more brain function, clarity and energy. Your family will be smarter and more successful throughout the day. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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Oven Roasted Wild Salmon with Warm Quinoa & Roasted Broccoli Salad (serves 2 people) 2 wild-caught salmon filets 3/4 cup of quinoa 1 cube of vegetable bouillon 1 small head of broccoli 4 Tbsp. of olive oil, divided 2 Tbsp. of white wine vinegar 1 small tomato, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. 2. Chop the broccoli, toss with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, add the quinoa to a pot of boiling water with the bouillon cube. Cover and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, or until tender. Set aside. 3. Rub salmon filets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle with lemon zest, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes. 4. Make the vinaigrette for the salad by mixing some lemon zest, white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss the cooked quinoa and broccoli with the vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 5. Plate the salmon and salad by placing a large serving of the quinoa and broccoli salad on the plate, top with the salmon and add some sliced tomatoes for color.

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OULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF LOSING WEIGHT WAS AS EASY AS SPENDING MONEY OR DOING THINGS WE ENJOY? UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S NOT THAT EASY. GETTING MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD A HAPPIER, AND HEALTHIER YOU.

MEDIFAST TO THE RESCUE “I did not like to see myself in photos, and I had very little energy,” explains Traci Natoli. Feeling dissatisfied with how she looked and felt prompted Traci to do something about her weight. “My biggest motivation was my family. I want to be here for my husband, children and grandchild and to be able to have the energy to enjoy life.” After struggling with her weight for many years and trying a couple of weight-loss programs on her own without success, Traci turned to Medifast. She decided to try Medifast because of the great things she had heard and seen about the program. In October 2015, Traci finally found Traci before starting Medifast. the courage to visit the Medifast location in northwest Rochester and inquire the program. After being on Medifast for 10 months, Traci says, “I enjoy many benefits of going to Medifast, especially the personal one-on-one counseling and support I received from the counselors at the center here in Rochester. The structure and simplicity of the plan make it very easy to follow. The team at Medifast help me stay on track and stay focused even with a very busy schedule.”

Less than a year later, Traci has lost 52 pounds and 45 inches. “I feel so much better in so many ways. I have more energy, higher self-esteem and (am) just generally healthier and happier,” she says. Traci is working hard, through holidays and trips, to reach her weight-loss goal.

FINISHING TOUCHES RochesterWomen magazine wanted to help Traci celebrate her weight loss and put the finishing touches on her new look with style. We asked Jessica Amos, owner of Hair Studio 52 & Day Spa, to provide a makeover and invited Jennelle Stemper, owner of Mainstream Boutique, to help Traci find an outfit. Both women happily offered their products and services. The day before the makeover and photoshoot, Traci headed down to Mainstream Boutique to find clothing. “The ladies at Mainstream Boutique are fantastic. Janelle and Kyra were so helpful and made the experience so much fun,” Traci shares. The following morning, she was greeted and treated by Jessica “Jade” Handt at Hair Studio 52 & Day Spa. “Jade was amazing. She did my hair and makeup and made me feel so pampered and special,” Traci says. That afternoon, Traci met Mike Hardwick to capture the glamour and the glowing smile that Traci wears wherever she goes in celebration of her newfound health, wellness and confidence. Jorrie Johnson is the publisher and editor of Rochester Women magazine and, more importantly, the mother of three children. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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LEX BUNGER, M.S., COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS SUPERVISOR IN OLMSTED COUNTY, WORKS WITH SEX OFFENDERS ON A DAILY BASIS. WHEN ASKED WHAT TYPES OF SEX OFFENDERS THERE ARE, HE SAYS, “IT’S DIFFICULT TO Alex Bunger, M.S., Community Corrections PUT A SEX OFFENDER Supervisor in Olmsted County IN A SPECIFIC CATEGORY.” THERE ARE DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO SEX OFFENSES. AS SUCH, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT TYPOLOGIES OF SEX OFFENDERS.

BECOME INFORMED There are two distinct Groth typologies of sex offenders: child sex abusers and rapists. Within these typologies are categories of motivations and reasons for committing sex crimes. Child sex abusers are categorized as pedophilic and non-pedophilic. The pedophilic have a sexual attraction specific toward children. They may or may not act on their impulses. Non-pedophilic offenders may have sexual contact with children if they have experienced stress in their life—using it as a coping tool or to substitute for an appropriate partner. Rapists commit their crimes for multiple reasons. Anger rapists commit the offense out of anger and hostility and not necessarily for sexual pleasure. Power rapists possess their victims and cause physical harm. Sadistic rapists are the most dangerous since they feel sexual pleasure in harming their victims and enjoy watching them suffer.

PROTECT YOURSELF “Statistically speaking, someone jumping out of the bushes to grab someone and rape them is pretty low,” Bunger says. “But there are ways you can protect yourself from being a potential victim.” First of all, be aware of your surroundings and stay off your cell phone in unfamiliar areas. When you go on dates with people you are just getting to know, don’t drink alcohol and watch your beverages. Always park in well-lit, visible areas, travel in twos or threes and ask for a security escort if you are unsure of your safety. Keep your house and vehicles locked. Always have your keys ready. Don’t put yourself in vulnerable situations.

NOTIFICATION OF SEX OFFENDERS According to “The Community Notification Act- Fact Sheet” (2014), offenders are required to register as a predatory offender and are assigned a risk level before they are released from prison or a treatment center. A community notification occurs when the offender is released. Level 1 – Lowest Public Risk: Notifications may be sent to victims of and witnesses to the crime, other law enforcement agencies and anyone identified by the prosecuting attorney to receive the information. Level 2 – Moderate Public Risk: In addition to the above, notification may be given to schools, daycare centers and other organizations where individuals who may become victims of the offender are regularly found. Law enforcement may also choose to notify certain individuals that they determine to be at possible risk. The information is not to be redistributed by organizations. Level 3 – Highest Public Risk: requires broad public notification, usually done through a public meeting. Law enforcement may also notify individuals and agencies included in Level 1 and Level 2 notifications and may use the media and other distribution methods to inform the public. It is important to know if a sex offender lives in your neighborhood or an area that you or your children frequent. This website https://coms.doc.state.mn.us/Level3/ lists beyond Level 3 offenders. When Level 3 community notification meetings are held in Rochester, they are announced in news media.

PROTECT YOUR CHILD You might be surprised to hear that there are many pedophiles in this world who do not act on their impulses. There are also many who do act on their impulses and are not caught. Bunger says, “Most victims know the abuser,” and “there were warning signs.” A lonely child may be more vulnerable for attention from someone else. The abuser may try to shower a child with gifts and attention and then try to get the child alone with them. Protect your child by being with them yourself or having someone you trust look out for them. You cannot possibly be present all the time, so it is imperative to discuss with your child the difference between good touch and bad touch. If your child tells you they don’t feel comfortable with someone, believe them.

Danielle is a freelance writer.

REFERENCES Chapter 3: Sex Offender Typologies. (2016). Office of Justice Programs. Retrieved 2 August 2016, from http://www.smart.gov/SOMAPI/sec1/ch3_typology.html Community Notification Act - Fact Sheet. (2016). Minnesota Department of Corrections. Retrieved 2 August 2016, from http://www.doc.state.mn.us/pages/files/3713/9878/6651/Jan_2014_Community_Notification.pdf Sexual assault and abuse | womenshealth.gov. (2016). Womenshealth.gov. Retrieved 2 August 2016, from http://www.womenshealth.gov/violence-against-women/types-of-violence/sexual-assault-and-abuse. html The Etiology of Sexual Offending Behavior and Sex Offender Typology: An Overview. (2016).Csom.org. Retrieved 2 August 2016, from http://www.csom.org/train/etiology/4/4_1.htm

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EPTEMBER 25 THROUGH OCTOBER 1 MARKS THE 2016 CELEBRATION OF BANNED BOOKS WEEK. THIS ANNUAL EVENT, SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AND ITS MANY PARTNERS, CELEBRATES READING AND HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING INDIVIDUALS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR READING PREFERENCE. Three of the top 10 most challenged books in 2015 featured themes related to homosexuality and transgender identity. They are “I am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin and “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan. All are written for youth under the age of 18.

DIVERSITY IN LITERATURE If there’s one thing that writers, prolific readers and librarians largely agree on, is the need for diverse books. The banning of ideas related to diversity hurts us all. Young readers, especially, need characters that reflect their own experiences. And, like the many shades of gray, those experiences vary by culture, race, sexual orientation and family structure—to name a few. Karen Lemke, Head of Marketing and Community Engagement at Rochester Public Library agrees. “Reading diverse books helps us better understand one another...(They allow) us to focus more on the similarities we have, rather than our differences.” Lemke elaborates by illustrating the profound effect author Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved” had on her as a young college student, and how it helped her better understand some of our nation’s strife. “It's still one of those books that haunts me and makes me wonder how much (or little) I would know about the plight of ex-slaves without reading that book,” she explains. Though “Beloved” is historical fiction, understanding where we’ve come from may be critical to healing the remaining scars . Local author Posy Roberts explains that diverse books are not strictly limited to race and culture. “Diversity is an umbrella term that covers a lot, but many people read that as multicultural,” says Roberts. “In a community like Rochester, I think it’s especially important to mention (that diversity also includes) books that deal with disability—mental and physical—as well as illness.”

GAY ROMANCE NOVELS Roberts is no stranger to diverse books. Appealing to the underrepresented market of gay romance is her livelihood. Her “North Star” series, featuring the budding romances of male

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OPEN BOOK READING CHALLENGE In an effort to help the public identify diverse reading, Rochester Public Library is hosting the "Open Book Reading Challenge." This program challenges readers to step outside their comfort zones to try titles of different genres, often featuring diverse characters or experiences. Lemke says, “(It’s) a great conversation-starter and provides an easy starting point for anyone looking to expand their reading boundaries.” Participants who complete the challenge receive a custom mug and, according to Lemke, “extensive bragging rights.” For more information about the “Open Book Reading Challenge,” visit rochesterpubliclibrary.org/ services/open-books-reading-challenge. For more information on Posy Roberts, visit posyroberts.com. Catherine H. Armstrong is the author of “The Edge of Nowhere,” and writes under the pen name C.H. Armstrong. She is a prolific reader and passionate about the inherent problems associated with banning and challenging books. For more information, visit her website at charmstrongbooks.com. RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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OU WON’T FORGET MEETING 90-YEAROLD MABEL TIDINGS BIGELOW IN “PRIDE’S CROSSING,” RUNNING SEPTEMBER 9 THROUGH NOVEMBER 13 AT COMMONWEAL THEATRE IN LANESBORO. MABEL WANTS TO HAVE A PARTY AND BECOMES ADAMANT ABOUT DECISIONS SHE WANTS TO MAKE FOR THE PARTY, WHILE OTHERS ATTEMPT TO TELL HER WHAT SHE CAN AND CANNOT DO. INSPIRED BY REAL-LIFE SWIMMER GERTRUDE EDERLE, MABEL'S CHARACTER SWIMS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL IN HER YOUTH, AND AS WE SEE THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE PLAY, THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT ULTIMATELY DEFINES HER.

“Pride’s Crossing,” written by Tina Howe, premiered in San Diego, California in 1997. The play addresses aging and the traps of gender and social identity. Howe says her work tends to express her feminist perspective, but in this production she allows her character (Mabel) to admire and be affectionate towards men.

ADRIENNE SWEENEY AS MABEL Adrienne Sweeney, in her 16th season with Commonweal Theatre Company, will be playing the part of Mabel Tidings Bigelow in “Pride’s Crossing.” Adrienne has performed in more than 30 productions at Commonweal. She also serves as assistant artistic director and as the director of external communications for the theatre company. You may recognize her voice from radio and television commercials as well. Adrienne researched the role of Mabel by talking with friends, family and theatre patrons at various stages of their lives. RochesterWomen magazine and Adrienne hosted a Wisdom Workshop at Congregational United Church of Christ in Rochester this spring. At the workshop, Adrienne had a conversation with an 85-year-old woman whose grown children, living out of state, want her to give up driving. They do not recognize that in a city like Rochester, with limited public transportation, she would forfeit a great deal of her independence.

Independence and the ability to make her own decisions are a major components of Mabel’s character. Adrienne explains, “I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to get to know this character and to learn from her how critical these issues are.” Adrienne met with someone who swam the English Channel to hear about the amazing feat her character achieved. She also swam in the Root River in Lanesboro to gain understand the feeling of swimming against the current in cold water.

NIFTY 90S To better understand the attitude of women in their 90s, Adrienne requested a meeting with some of the Sisters of St. Francis at Assisi Heights in Rochester. One day in August, I met Adrienne, four women in their 90s and two hosts for lunch at Assisi Heights. I sat back and listened while Adrienne conversed with some of Rochester’s strongest, independent women. Adrienne began by explaining her role as Mabel in “Pride’s Crossing.” She explained that the play shows scenes of Mabel throughout her life from age 90 back to age 10, 15, 20, 35 and 60. Adrienne explained her understanding that the events in life—from remarkable moments like swimming the English Channel to ordinary, everyday moments—can define us. She asked the women to share their experiences with aging and how they see the decisions they have made in their lives. Gertrude Caroline Ederle (October 23, 1905 – November 30, 2003) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in five events. On 6 August 1926, she became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. The four women shared their ages, ranging from 92 to 98 years. When asked what she thought about her age, Sister Margaret Clare Style responded with a chuckle, “No one believes I’m 98 years old.” As for women’s liberation and rights, the sisters’ feelings were mixed. In the 1930s and 1940s, there were a few career options for women: RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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nurse, teacher or housewife. However, as a sister, you could have a career, become educated and serve in various capacities around the world. Our lunch host, Sister Marlys Jax, chimed in saying, “After Vatican II, Sisters could choose their own ministry, which was liberating.” Sister Margaret Clare Style, 98, learned to stand on her own two feet when she was young. She says, “I was quiet when I was young. The older I got, I became a little more aggressive. No, assertive, in a good way.” Sister Margaret Clare Style’s family encouraged her to do our own thing to “keep her place.” She told us that when an older boy pestered her on the way home from school, her father said, “We aren’t going to have any whining in this house. Next time say politely, ‘Just stop it,’ and if he continues, punch him.” (Laughs around the table.) Adrienne asked the sisters to share their advice on living a long life. One sister explained, “You need to bounce, bounce back from disappointments and stay positive.” Another told us about her mission work in treacherous barrios (slums) of Bogotá and the importance of listening to people, asking them if they are working and eating. The women shared that faith in God, living in community and being positive were important throughout life.

NORMA FORTH OF MADONNA TOWERS Norma Forth lives at Madonna Towers in Rochester. She was born on January 6, 1926 and grew up on a farm outside of Mankato. When she was 10 years old, she remembers long summers and exciting days at school. After school, she remembers, she did chores—filling lamps with kerosene, bringing in firewood and helping her mother wash eggs to be sold. She comments, “We were probably very poor but didn’t realize it because everyone was poor. We always had plenty to eat, and we were warm. We had that security of a family and a warm home.” Norma Forth enjoys living Norma’s family hoped she would go to at Madonna Towers. college because they never had that luxury. She went to Mankato State Teachers College. She was 21-years-old when she got married and did not continue teaching. She notes, “At that time if you showed you were pregnant, you had to resign.” She did not go back to teaching until her oldest child went to college. She is very proud that all three of her children went to college. “For me, education was very important,” she explains. Norma’s husband died when they were both in their 60s. She says, “Aging is a privilege. My husband didn’t have that.” She says it was stressful losing him and made the choice to move to a townhouse in Rochester. She lived there for 25 years, until caring for the home became too much work. She didn’t want to wait for a crisis, so she chose to move to Madonna Towers. She says, “I got tired of eating alone. I just needed more activities.” She also explains that one of the sad things about aging is that you lose your friends, but you go on, you meet new people and you meet new friends. 54

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Two sisters of Norma’s are still living but are dealing with health issues. She says, “I’m so fortunate I’m in good health. I think I’m healthy because I’m very active, not only my body, but my mind. I keep learning all the time. I enjoy reading and doing puzzles. I play bridge once or twice a week. I walk and exercise 30 minutes a day.” Her advice to younger people is to, “Just embrace life.” She says there are so many things to do and that we are so fortunate that you have so many more options. The most important thing is to be happy and positive no matter what you choose to do in life.

WOMEN’S WISDOM WORKSHOPS RochesterWomen magazine and Adrienne Sweeney met with women of Congregational United Church of Christ in Rochester this spring to discuss the possibility of hosting a workshop with women of the church and inviting the public. Coincidentally, there was a group who had been studying aging and became the core group to attend and facilitate a workshop held in May. Adrienne Sweeney was introduced as the vivacious party-planner, Mabel, and gave a five-minute monologue from the “Pride’s Crossing.” Then, attendees were evenly divided into groups and assigned a facilitator to discuss relationships, choices, aging and memory. The discussions lasted about 30 minutes, which, according to attendees, wasn’t long enough. Adrienne says, “These are scary things to talk about because they deal with the unknown, which makes us feel out of control. In my experience, having frank discussions about these issues help minimize fears when we realize that we're not alone. Everyone is basically going through the same things in one way or another. When I share something with someone and they are right there with me, afterwards it's almost like I Sister Marlys Jax (left), in her 70s, works at can actually breathe easier. Assisi Heights Spirituality Center. You feel less alone. And who knows, maybe someone has the answer you’ve been looking for all along.”

UPCOMING WISDOM WORKSHOPS Adrienne Sweeney and I will be hosting two Women’s Wisdom Workshops open to the public this fall. The first one will be on Tuesday, September, 20 at Assisi Heights from 6:30-8 p.m. The workshop is free. Pre-register online at rochesterfranciscan.org. The second workshop will be held at Madonna Towers, 4001 19th Avenue NW in Rochester, on Thursday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. To register, contact Annie Skogen at 507-206-2177. If you or a group you know would like to host a Women’s Wisdom Workshop, please contact Jorrie Johnson, jorrie@RWmagazine.com or 507-259-6362. We look forward to seeing at a workshop and at “Pride’s Crossing” this fall. Jorrie Johnson is the publisher and editor of RochesterWomen magazine and more importantly the mother of three children who she hopes to enjoy late into life as well.


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IGHT OWL MEDITATIONS IS A BLOG I BEGAN WITH THE PURPOSE OF WRITING ABOUT THE RANDOM THINGS THAT I THINK ABOUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY. AT FIRST GLANCE THROUGH THE POSTS, IT MAY APPEAR CAPRICIOUS. THERE IS HUMOR (OFF-BEAT), AND I ALSO WRITE ABOUT PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN RELATIONSHIPS, MENTAL HEALTH, LOVE, ART, MYSTICISM AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT FEELS RELEVANT TO ME AT THE TIME.

Girl Of Darkness

My most recent post is entitled “Girl of Darkness,” and it is a metaphorical exploration of trauma. I read a book recently by intuitive coach Colette BaronReid called, “The Map,” and my post was inspired by the exercises in the book. It was an exercise for me in facing my inner nightmares brought on by trauma I had experienced, which caused me to live for a long time with undiagnosed PTSD. I have recently begun, mostly on my own, but also with the support of loved ones, healing from the trauma to have a better life. I haven’t written about it much because I’ve been experiencing it instead. The idea of facing and incorporating your shadow is a Jungian concept that I have found brings peace.

Free Spirit Fridays

I was also doing a regular series called, “Free Spirit Fridays,” where I interviewed local artists about the work that they do. I am considering starting that series up again if there is enough interest from the local artists. I will also be writing about spiritual experiences and topics relevant to my spiritual path, which does fall along the lines of Wiccan, though I do not consider myself to be Wiccan. I do a lot of dream analysis and oracle card readings and follow the moon phases for living my life. I may be writing more in depth about that, along with my travel experiences.

What Art Scene?

I have written a criticism of the arts community in Rochester entitled, “What Art Scene?,” which has received attention and brought about positive improvements. When I interview the artists for Free Spirit Fridays, I often ask what they would like to see develop for the Rochester art community. John Sievers mentioned that he wanted to see a jazz festival, and that occurred in July, which is wonderful. There are many artists in Rochester who are making things and deserve to have a space. Such creative talent could be put to use to make the city more interesting in many ways.

Writing For Personal Reflection

Other than that my latest writings are focused on personal reflection and the concept of success. It’s really easy for me to think that I haven’t done enough with my life, but my loved ones often point to the myriad of experiences that I’ve had as proof that I have really been living. I don’t like to buy into the typical idea of success in America (school, job, marriage, house, retirement, fun right before death). I didn’t go to college because I couldn’t afford it. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and didn’t want to go into debt. I’m glad that I didn’t go to college now, especially with the debt my peers are in and the trouble finding work. I have taken it upon myself to become self-taught. I have not had a typical life by any means. So, that is a taste of what I have created in my little space on the Internet. You can find me at nightowlmeditations.org. I do hope you’ll stop by and say hello. Also, please stay tuned for more.

Jessica Ripley is an author and artist from Rochester. She likes to travel, cook, read, garden, spend time with friends and nap. She lives in a duplex with the man of her dreams, their cat, Piper, and tortoise, Alex. She loves the ocean and the moon.

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BE RESPECTFUL AND ASK QUESTIONS

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HE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS FAST APPROACHING, AND THIS YEAR’S CANDIDATES MAY BE THE MOST DIVISIVE IN DECADES. PARTICIPATING IN MEANINGFUL DISCUSSIONS WHILE STILL MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE CHALLENGING—ESPECIALLY WHEN EVEN MAINSTREAM POLITICAL PARTIES ARE DIVIDED AMONGST THEMSELVES.

Local media personalities Betsy Singer of ABC 6 News and Julie Jones of Fox Country 102.5 have become especially adept at managing this precarious balancing act. They agree that discussing politics in mixed company is almost always a bad idea and, if possible, should be avoided. When those discussions can’t be avoided, they offer suggestions to help preserve relationships.

FIVE TIPS

1. Keep it out of the office. Both Jones and Singer refuse to discuss their own political convictions in a professional setting. They explain that a person’s choice of political candidate implies a lot about who that person is, and can also lead to erroneous conclusions about a person overall.

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2. Be respectful.

One of the most effective ways of showing respect is by listening, Jones explains. Singer agrees and adds, “Not every conversation requires a response. People may just want to tell you what they think.”

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3. Ask questions. Show others you respect their opinions and ideas by asking about them. “I am always open to learning new things I might not know,” Jones says. “I try to be open to learning from others and find it interesting as to why they favor one party over another.” She elaborates by explaining that one understanding another’s position is often a window into learning what they are passionate about. 4. Check your sarcasm.

Social media seems to bring out the worst in people. The keyboard often creates a disconnect between people, offering a sense of anonymity. This sometimes leads to a sense of confidence when expressing opinions that may be difficult to share face to face. Singer warns, “Nastiness doesn’t win people to your side, (and) attacking doesn’t win.” Instead, she suggests asking yourself what your goals are. “Do you want people to know what you believe? If you have to try to beat somebody up to get them to understand or believe what you believe, you’ve just done the opposite.”

5. Stand firm. Don’t be pushed into a conversation you don’t want to have. “Usually, people are very respectful when they realize you’re not going to say anything,” Singer says. But some people continue to push for an answer. In those cases, Jones attempts to redirect the conversation through her keen sense of humor. “I try to use my humor to say ‘not interested,’ yet hopefully give them a smile,” she explains. If they persist, Jones jokes that she’s been known to say, “How about them Vikings? Oh no—you’re a Packers fan, that’s right. Hey, how about some of that coconut cake? You want coffee?” When you refuse to engage, the other party eventually loses interest.

DISCUSSING POLITICS AT HOME Is there ever a venue that is appropriate for discussing politics and this year’s election? Singer and Jones agree that there may be room for private discussions among close friends and family, where the conversations remain respectful and without heated debate. But even in her own home, Singer is careful not to force her political beliefs on her children, instead reminding them of the importance of voting. She advises them that it’s always okay to write the name of your own candidate on the ballot if those offered don’t represent with your convictions. By December, this election will be over, but what is said today may never be forgotten. Maybe the best advice is to remember the importance of building and maintaining relationships, which may mean avoiding contentious debate entirely. C.H. Armstrong is a 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds a B.A. in Journalism. Her debut novel, “The Edge of Nowhere,” was released in January and was inspired by her own family’s experiences during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl. For more information, visit charmstrongbooks.com RWmagazine.com September/October 2016

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NTERNATIONAL TRAVEL IS A GREAT WAY TO OPEN YOUR MIND AND LEARN ABOUT OTHER CULTURES AND THE HISTORY OF THE REGION YOU ARE VISITING. TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY CAN BE A BIT OVERWHELMING. IN ADDITION TO BEING DISORIENTED UPON LANDING AT AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND MAKING YOUR WAY THROUGH CUSTOMS, THERE CAN BE JET LAG, LANGUAGE BARRIERS, TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES AND CURRENCY CONFUSION.

You can travel internationally on your own or with friends, family or your significant other. Independent travel allows you to really explore a region and truly immerse yourself in the culture. You can decide which hotel you want to stay at, which attractions to visit and where to dine. You are completely in charge of your travel experience. If independent travel is not your style, group travel is a great option. Group travel is desirable for many people because the logistical details are handled by the tour director traveling with you, who is familiar with the region. Plus, you have travel companions that add to the ambiance of the tour.

HOME FEDERAL’S JUBILEE TRAVEL CLUB Traveling with Home Federal’s Jubilee Travel Club provides an opportunity to travel with people from the Rochester area who share interests and backgrounds. Jean Jech, Jubilee’s tour director, says, “My goal is to make every trip worry free…It’s the little things that can make a trip so much better such as having transportation in place upon arrival and room keys ready at the hotels. I’m also there to handle the larger needs as well.” Jubilee will be offering two international trips in 2017: Romantic Danube River Cruise and Pristine Panama. Regarding the 58

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Danube River Cruise, Ms. Jech shares, “We’ve chosen the Viking Cruise Line as our ‘home away from home’ and will be enjoying three of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Prague, and Vienna as well as quaint towns throughout Germany and Austria. We love Prague so much that we’ve included a full day there before our cruise begins.” “With our Pristine Panama program, we’re offering a fantastic trip filled with truly unique adventures. We’ll be staying at a beautiful inclusive resort located deep in the Panamanian rain forest. In addition to a partial canal transit, we’ll spend our days on tram rides through the rain forest, in small boats viewing monkeys leaping through the trees and taking dug-put canoes to visit the Embera Indians.” Full details of Jubilee’s 2017 Romantic Danube River Cruise and Pristine Panama tours are available by contacting Jubilee’s Director, Jean Jech at 507.535.1231 or jean.jech@hfsb.com.

TRAVEL WITH AAA According to AAA Field Manager, Peggy Nixa, “The Auto Club Group has seen a large increase in river cruise bookings that sail along the Danube and Rhine Rivers in Europe. Many of our repeat cruisers love this travel option, since it allows them to see villages and cities up close and personal!” Nixa adds, “An alternative destination to European travel is a vacation in Canada, which offers a ‘French flair’ along the East Coast and spectacular scenery of the lakes and mountains in the West. The favorable exchange rate is another plus!” According to Nixa, “Escorted tour groups are also very popular, since they provide the peace of mind of having a AAA host and/or local guide who is Maria Peterson and Jean Jech with a sardana dance statue in familiar with the destination, and helps to ensure a flawless Barcelona, Spain. experience. Women, especially, enjoy guided tours, since they provide a detailed history of destinations.” For more information about AAA travel, call 507-289-1851 #5, or visit travel.aaa.com.

GO, EXPERIENCE THE WORLD Whether you choose to travel independently or with a group, choose a destination, book your vacation and start dreaming. You’ll never regret that you took an amazing trip and experienced things you wouldn’t have otherwise experienced. Don’t let fear of the unknown keep you sidelined. Get out there and see the world…on your terms. Cindy Mennega, owner of Straight-Talk Wireless, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.


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Walk To End Alzheimer’s, University Center Rochester Regional Sports Center, Walk to help advance Alzheimer’s support, care, and research, 9 am, 289-3950, act.alz.org

SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 2-3

Irish-Fest,Soldier’s Field East Park behind the Y, music, dancing and food, Fri 4-10 pm, Sat 11am–10:30 pm, volunteers@irishfestmn.org, IrishFestMN.org

SEPTEMBER 3 2016 5K Trail Run, Quarry Hill Nature Center, runners of all levels, proceeds go towards youth scholarships, 7 am, 328-3950, qhnc.org

SEPTEMBER 8 Hiawatha Home’s Festive Mixology-A Signature Cocktail Experience, Peace Plaza Downtown, cocktail samples, live music and delectable appetizers, 5:30-9 pm, 289-7222, hiawathahomes.org

SEPTEMBER 8- OCTOBER 23 SeptOberfest, Wabasha, pumpkin races, scarecrow contests, entertainment, food, and more, (651) 565-4158, wabashamn.org/septoberfest/

SEPTEMBER 9-10, 15-17, 22-24 & 29OCTOBER 1 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rochester Repertory Theatre, gently risqué, charming musical, 2891737, rochesterrep.org

SEPTEMBER 9- OCTOBER 2

SEPTEMBER 10 Harvest Jam, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, one-day country music festival featuring live artists, delicious food and drinks, 3-10 pm, 286-1010, quickcountry. com/harvestjam

SEPTEMBER 10 Rochester Symphony Chorale: Echoes of 9/11, Mayo Civic Center Auditorium, concert to honor the heroes and commemorate the 9/11 tragedies, 2 pm, 2868742, rochestersymphony.org

SEPTEMBER 10-11 Remodelers Tour, Rochester Area Builders Inc., remodeled homes with varying levels of updates, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

SEPTEMBER 10-11, 17-18 2016 Fall Showcase of Homes, Rochester Area Builders Inc., see new homes and the newest trends in home building, 11 am-5 pm, 282-7698, rochesterareabuilders.com

SEPTEMBER 11 ARF in the Park, Eagles Club, event featuring caninethemed artwork and merchandise for dogs and dog lovers, 11 am-3 pm, (612) 816-7366, rochestermneaglesclub.com

SEPTEMBER 14 Hijab for a Day sponsored by Rochester Downtown Alliance, Rochester Civic Theatre, lobby performance and art show 6:30 p.m., documentary and performance followed by community dialogue, 7 pm, respond to info@rochestercivictheatre.org, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

SEPTEMBER 15

Rock of Ages Musical, Rochester Civic Theatre, a big hair era musical about life, dreams, love, and rock & roll, Thurs, Fri and Sat 7 pm; Sun 2 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

STYLE on the Plaza, Peace Plaza, premier fall fashion show presenting the latest trends with live entertainment, 216-9882, downtownrochestermn.com

SEPTEMBER 10

Just Between Friends, Rochester-Huge Community Consignment Sale, Graham Arena Olmsted County Fairgrounds, consignment sale, deals on brand names, Thurs 7 am-7 pm; Fri 8 am-7 pm, Sat 8 am-1 pm, 990-7668, rochester.jbfsale.com

NPC Med City Muscle Classic, Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, athletes compete in various divisions, 8:30 am, 328-2222, mayociviccenter.comictheatre.org

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SEPTEMBER 16 Haunted Rochester Trolley Tour, tour eerie graveyards, haunted bridges, and more, 7-10:30 pm, 421-0573, rochestermntours.com

SEPTEMBER 17 Tribute to Enrique Granados, Christ United Methodist Church, Pianist Horacio Nuguid, violinist Helen ChangHaertzen, and cellist Wilhelmina Smith, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org

SEPTEMBER 17 We Won’t Stay Silent Recovery 5K Walk/10K Run, RCTC Fieldhouse, help raise funds for recovery from addiction, 8 am-2 pm, 218-4773, recoveryishappening.org

SEPTEMBER 18 12th Annual Join the Journey Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Mayo High School, celebrate life, remember loved ones, and join in the journey, 7:30 am, 206-3212, jointhejourney.us

SEPTEMBER 20 Women Wisdom Workshop, Assisi Heights, Pride’s Crossing monologue by Adrienne Sweeney of Commonweal Theatre and discussion, 6:30 – 8 pm, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

SEPTEMBER 22 Women Wisdom Workshop, Madonna Towers, Pride’s Crossing monologue by Adrienne Sweeney of Commonweal Theatre and discussion, 1:30 –3 pm, 288-3911, madonnatowers.org

SEPTEMBER 22 8th Annual BGC Chili Challenge, Peace Plaza, sample varieties of chilies to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, 4-8 pm, 287-2300, bgcchilichallenge.orgs

SEPTEMBER 23 Weathered & Rusty Market, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, one-of-a-kind, vintage, antique, handcrafted, and repurposed items, 8 am-6 pm, 951-0873, weatheredandrustymarket.comorgs

SEPTEMBER 24 Encore Gala, Rochester Civic Theatre, Annual Creative Black Tie fundraiser in the new Black Box Studio Theatre, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

SEPTEMBER 24 16th Annual Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run, Essex Park, raise funds research and raise awareness for Lupus, 9 am-12 pm, (952) 746-5151, lupusmn.org


SEPTEMBER 24

“Out of the Darkness” Community Walk, Silver Lake East Pavilion, raise awareness of suicide and funds to support ASFP, 11 am-1 pm, 884-9284, afsp. donordrive.com

SEPTEMBER 28 Franciscan Art Tour, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, visit the Hall of Franciscan Sisters and view their beautiful artistry, 6:30-7:30 pm, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 30 Fright at the Farm, Willow’s Keep Farm, a walk-through tour presenting indoor haunts, actors, and a spooky corn maze, Thurs: 7-10 pm, Fri and Sat: 7-11 pm, 491-2639, rochesterhorror.com

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 1

So MN Mothers of Multiples Fall Sale, Olmsted County Fairgrounds Bldg #40, 7:30 a.m.-1 pm, children’s clothes in all sizes, baby equipment, toys, adult and maternity clothes, household goods and bake sale, 507-319-3425, www.somnmoms.org

OCTOBER 1 10th Annual Brains Together For a Cure Walk, RCTC Fieldhouse, awareness of brain tumors and the need for effective treatments, 9 am, brainstogetherforacure.org

OCTOBER 1 Franciscan Art Tour, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, visit the Hall of Franciscan Sisters and view their beautiful artistry, 1:30-2:30 pm, 282-7441, rochesterfranciscan.org

OCTOBER 1 ROCK the HIVE, Wood Lake Meeting Center, compete in this new regional adult spelling bee to support youth programs, 8:15 am, 288-1282, ssc.coop

OCTOBER 7 Med-City Crab Crack, Rochester Golf & Country Club, fundraising will support updating the Madonna Towers main dining hall, 5-9 pm, 206-2219, medcitycrabcrack2016.mydagsite.com

OCTOBER8-9 50th Annual Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts, Red Wing, event featuring stunning artwork from 100 local artists, 651-388-7569, redwingartsassociation.org

OCTOBER 14 Americana Showcase, Rochester Civic Theatre, a celebration of the American Midwest’s rich musical heritage, 7:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

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OCTOBER 15 Andrew Galuska and Med City Brass, Christ United Methodist Church, a festive program featuring organist Andrew Galuska and the Med City Brass, 7:30 pm, 287-9765, rochesterchambermusic.org

OCTOBER 16 Jazz Jam, with The D’Sievers, Rochester Civic Theatre, bring your instrument or voice and perform with a jazz rhythm section, 5:30-8:30 pm, 282-8481, rochestercivictheatre.org

OCTOBER 19-23 9th Annual Flyway Film Festival, Lake Pepin, over 50 films, visiting filmmakers, panel discussions and workshops, and more, 855-800-8008, flywayfilmfestival.org

OCTOBER 21-NOVEMBER 6 WIT by Margaret Edson, Rochester Civic Theatre, story of a professor’s profound journey dealing with ovarian cancer, Thurs Fri and Sat 7 pm; Sun 2 pm, 2828481, rochestercivictheatre.org

OCTOBER 22-23 Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: West Side & Rhapsody, Lourdes High School Auditorium, Pianist Dan Chouinard and the orchestra will perform Ellington and other selections, Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 2 pm, 286-8742, rochestersymphony.org

OCTOBER 24 Journey of Gratitude, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, how to incorporate gratitude into life, 6:30-8:30 pm, 2827441, rochesterfranciscan.org

OCTOBER 29 Rochester Women’s Fall Expo, Mayo Civic Center, Enjoy over 100 exhibitors, a fashion show, cooking demonstration, and much more, 9 am-4 pm, kroc.com/expo

NOVEMBER 3 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, Rochester International Event Center, an evening of culinary excellence while giving generously to help babies, 5:30 pm, 990-8624, signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org

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IT WAS IN THE SCHOOL SUPPLY AISLE AT TARGET THAT REALITY STRUCK. THE REST OF THE CIVILIZATION HAD GONE BACK TO SCHOOL THAT MORNING, AND AFTER FIVE YEARS OF OUR OWN BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL, WE HAD MADE THE INEXPLICABLE DECISION TO HOMESCHOOL.

THIS COULD BE TROUBLE “Stick close to the cart!” I commanded my three kids. “If anyone talks to you, smile sweetly and act super polite!” I wasn’t even sure we were allowed to be out in public as the rest of the world’s children were tucked away in classrooms. Our first day was still a week away, but the panic, as we teetered on the edge of the unknown, had already set in. Ten years ago, I didn’t even really know that homeschooling was a thing. We worked hard at living neatly inside the box. Maybe that’s why I expected my husband to laugh when I lightly shared that home education had been popping into my head and maybe God was nudging me. When he just smiled and said he had sincerely thought about it too, we both knew we were in trouble.

WHAT IF WE HATE IT? What if we all sit down to study American history, and I’m as perky as can be, but they just stare at me blankly? And what if they grow up to resent their mother for pulling them out of a normal school and forcing them to endure her perkiness? All the books, all the blogs, all the pictures depict homeschool siblings skipping hand in hand across the yard as they set out on nature walks to journal about photosynthesis before enjoying a beautiful picnic lunch and becoming forever confidantes. What if mine fight all the time or, even worse, just feel lonely? This wasn’t exactly the life my husband dreamed about. His PTO days? Now field trips. His relaxing nights at home? Replaced with his 62

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new roles of tech support, guidance counselor and algebra tutor. Will the principal even have time to hang out in the “teacher’s lounge” with me? What if I spend a month making binders, hanging posters and preparing unit studies only to find that it wasn’t really such a party after all? What if I (gasp) fantasize about the big yellow bus coming to take my children away? Will I be stuck in the kitchen forevermore? Breakfast and dinner plus my new role as the lunch lady?

I DON’T KNOW IT ALL Yes, I have a master’s degree, and yes, I was a teacher. But I don’t remember all the state capitals or the order of the planets. I don’t even do math in my head. My academic weaknesses have been redeemed by excellent curriculum and kids who have become eager, independent learners. Let’s just say my husband enjoys kissing his kids’ teacher. Homeschooling has certainly brought us closer together. And another bonus, having my three kids home means they can help out more around the house. As for socialization, it truly is a problem. We need to stop socializing so much in order to accomplish school. And if anyone accuses me of sheltering my kids, I simply say, “Thanks for noticing.” As a mom who has taught in a public school, sent kids to a public school and now homeschools, I can’t help but focus on our common thread. We all want the best for our families. And quite frankly, we just want to sit down with our adult children some day and feel glad about the way everyone turned out. Five years into homeschooling, I laugh about that day in Target. We successfully navigated our way through the checkout lane and into a brand new lifestyle. On the first day of school, the kids laughed a little at me, but with each other, so, sibling unity for the win! Overall, homeschooling provides all sorts of perks for them, including their new status as “Top of the Class.” and birthdays as school holidays. Amy Brase is a writer and homeschool mama who loves God, the smell of new books, historical field trips and spontaneous “Snow (and even Sun!) Days!”

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