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Contents ON THE COVER Prom-a-rama returns Photo by J. Scott Photography Models: Natasha Trueblood and Erin Layton

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26 Arlette Cooper Tinsley stands up for equal rights

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Frankie Smith’s winning approach to life

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editor's note

The first year I went to prom I wore a very light blue, fairly form-fitting dress with straps that crisscrossed in the back. I loved that dress because it had faux-crystal beading that sparkled the entire length of it on both sides. My senior year, two-piece dresses were all the rage. I found one in lilac that had a sequin bodice and poufy, ball gown skirt made of crinoline. At 4-feet-9-inches tall, I looked like an upside down purple cupcake. However, that view comes from my now adult perspective. When we bought that dress, I was in love with it. I felt like a princess. Isn’t that what counts? Prom dress shopping occupies the minds of a lot of high school girls this time of year. Because of that, we present our annual prom fashion story in the pages to follow. Of course we have many other great stories, including a profile of the woman behind Columbus’ reality star Allen Smith — his wife, Frankie. I sat down with this busy gal to find out what makes her tick and how “The Biggest Loser” changed her family. We also break down those age-old beauty myths we’ve all heard from women who have come before us. Everyone thinks they have the magic, little-known equation for the perfect skin, hair or body, but do they really? We chose some of today’s more popular myths and found out from the experts if they’re real or exist only in our dreams. As I hope many of you know, last week we celebrated another successful She Goes Out: A Valentine for the Girls. We’ll have full photo coverage of the fun evening in next month’s issue. In the meantime, keep yourself warm with this one and get reading!

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Prom-a-rama Sometimes for us girls, prom is as much about all the hype leading up to the big night as it is about the dance itself. We start preparing months in advance, shopping for the perfect dress, researching hair and makeup styles and placing dinner reservations. There’s a lot that goes into creating the perfect prom experience. She magazine wants to make that process a little easier for one lucky high school student. That’s why we’re announcing the fourth annual Prom-a-rama contest, and it starts today. Register online to win your dream prom, complete with credit toward a dress from That Special Touch, hair styling and makeup from Studio B salon, tanning from Sun Kiss and dinner for two from Tre Bicchieri Italian restaurant. We’ll pick one lucky winner in early March. To get you in the prom mood, we found some of this year’s hottest dress styles, thanks to the experts at That Special Touch. This is the year to let your personality shine with bright prints and patterns, princess gowns or something classic and elegant. Check out the styles and tips to follow and find the perfect dress for your big night!

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Ball gowns tend to be more popular with first-time prom-goers, according to Terry Kutsko of That Special Touch. “Fuller skirts also accommodate a fuller figure,” she said. “Plus they’re fun; you can feel like a princess for a day.”

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Kutsko said slim dresses with prints and bright colors are very popular. “Girls are going for dresses with unusual features, such as beading, lacing and dresses with a neat back,� she said.

Kutsko noted that dark colors and black dresses provide an elegant, timeless look. If you want to accentuate your shape, go with a slim or mermaid style dress.

One-shoulder and halter-top dresses are classic looks in style this prom season. Jewel tones are popular, as are beaded accents and ruching to give the dress dimension.

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Lips Chapped

don’t have to be a rite of winter By Samantha Critchell Associated Press

NEW YORK — Screen-siren red lips might be the rage in Hollywood, but, for most of us, red lips are far less glamorous: They’re a sign that they’re chapped. Lips are susceptible to dryness — the root cause of the burning, cracking and flaking — because the skin is thin and they lack oil glands and natural moisture. Chapping can happen anytime of year, although lips are particularly susceptible in the winter when there is little humidity in the air. The best way to prevent it is to keep lips protected and moisturized all the time, says Dr. Charles Zugerman, associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “The key to keeping lips healthy and moist is simple — you have to care for them every day. A layer of lip balm applied every morning and again when it’s needed throughout the day will help

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form a protective layer between lips and the elements.” Lip balm has become a big beauty category, and the choices in stores range from waxy sticks to gooey gels. The right one depends on personal preference and condition. A gel tends to be soothing and moisturizing while giving the appearance of dewiness, with little or no color, explains Chase Aston, international makeup artist for The Body Shop. Wax-based products provide more of a protective shield, and creambased formulas tend to be thicker and heavily nourishing, he says. The richest, creamiest options are often called “butters,” Aston says. Linda Wells, editor-in-chief of Allure magazine, likes the gooey ones, especially with petrolatum jelly or shea butter. Sometimes she’ll put a waxy one on top.

Her best tip, she says: “Avoid scented or flavored balms — these can irritate your skin.” She also makes the case for SPF 15 so you don’t add injury to insult. Naturals and botanicals are increasingly important in all skin-care categories but perhaps none more so than lip products. Surely, between eating and talking, some of your balm ends up being ingested. Kiehl’s signature lip-balm ingredient is squalane, made from olive oil, which mimics the skin’s natural oils, says Clyde Johnson, the brand’s director of education. Additionally, wheat-germ oil is very emollient, avocado is very gentle and calming, and vitamin E is a protective antioxidant — so they are other key ingredients to look for, he says. Aston recommends products with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and lanolin. Some balms have a textured-tip applicator to more deeply work moisturizers into the lip. It’s a conscious choice not to flavor Kiehl’s products with sweet flavors, Johnson says, because that could

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Frankie Smith’s life was hectic enough about a year ago when she was a wife and mother working two jobs and learning the ropes of her husband’s newly appointed role as county coroner. That was before the reality television show “The Biggest Loser” catapulted her husband, Allen, and the family into local stardom and a new lifestyle. “When we found out he had gotten through as a finalist, it was unbelievable,” Frankie said. “Exciting, but unbelievable. He still had to go through a week of testing before he was chosen, so although he was a finalist, it wasn’t promised.” When he returned from testing, Allen and Frankie began planning for the possibility that he would be chosen. “We were notified (he’d been selected) on a Friday, and he was on a 6 a.m. flight that Sunday,” Frankie said. “I remember it was May 10 — Mother’s Day.” The adventure began when Allen and a fellow firefighter decided to attend an open casting call for the show, but everyone knew the odds were against them. Allen was accepted; his friend was not, but the moment the network notified Allen that he’d be one of the next “The Biggest Loser” participants, friends and family rallied around, especially Frankie and the Smiths’ daughter, Taylor.

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“At the time he left that Sunday for the show, it wasn’t sad,” Frankie said. “We were all just so excited. It was the chance of a lifetime, and I think it just all hadn’t sunk in yet.” Three weeks went by without Frankie able to even hear her husband’s voice, and things changed. “Everything hit,” she said. “Not knowing when he’d be (off the show), we just went day to day. I would get updates from a representative from ‘The Biggest Loser’ telling me that he was OK and doing well. “We just took it one day at a time, and I hoped for snail mail from him. Let’s just say, God and I got really close.” In good company Friends, neighbors and co-workers rallied around Frankie and Taylor — often bringing over food, helping with household chores or just providing company.

“We’re all more involved, even just going out and having fun. We’re exercising together, and we’re more active as a family unit.” – Allen Smith

“I’m so grateful to all the wonderful people in my life,” she said. Frankie said she and Taylor kept reminding themselves that despite missing Allen while he was taping the show, the reunion with him would be a happy one, no matter his finish. “This would be a second chance,” she said. “He would have lost weight and learned a healthy lifestyle, and that was most important.” Allen ended up making it one week short of being in the final three on “The Biggest Loser,” but the long-term effect the show has had on him, Frankie, Taylor and the Columbus community is the real payoff. “We’re all on board,” Frankie said. “We still run into people we don’t know that are excited about it. “When the show was on, people were watching. They’re still February 2010 • she magazine

watching. It’s motivating and humbling to know that. We want to set good examples in our life and with our faith. It holds you accountable.” Frankie has already lost about 40 pounds, and the family has become more active together. “We’re all more involved,” Allen said. “Even just going out and having fun. We’re exercising together, and we’re more active as a family unit.” Allen taught his wife and daughter the ins and outs of the new lifestyle he learned through “The Biggest Loser,” and soon Frankie will pass that knowledge on through a program that’s being started by their church, St. Peter’s Lutheran. She’ll take a 10-week course that will ready her to become the trainer when the church launches the program. “This summer ought to be fun,” she said. page 17

No idle moments Even before “The Biggest Loser,” Frankie juggled a challenging schedule. She’s been a dental assistant since high school and is now working part time for Watts Family Dentistry. In 1996 she joined Mary Kay and became a consultant after undergoing a makeover. When Allen took office as coroner, she began helping organizationally in the office, filing papers, entering data and making phone calls. She even completed the state required 40-hour class to become a deputy coroner. “When Allen started as coroner, as I became more familiar with the office and his duty, I kept asking questions, and he suggested I attend the training,” she said. “So I’m technically a deputy coroner.” Frankie is involved in many activities, but they’re all linked by one common thread. “People,” she said. “I love people. And service. I like helping people.” As a Mary Kay consultant she looks forward to helping women feel good about themselves. “My customers are the best,” she said. “And technically I’m in sales, but its so easy to sell a product you really believe in and that your customers believe in and keep coming back to.” As a consult she can work as little as she wants; however Frankie has been ambitious enough to earn her family a couple of those infamous Mary Kay company cars and to be named a star consultant nearly 30 times. Dental assisting was her first passion. “I still love it,” she said. “It’s so much fun. And again, I’m a part of helping people improve their lives and their health.” It was that busy lifestyle and years of being a firefighter’s wife that helped prepare her to also be a coroner’s wife. “It’s a juggling act,” Allen said. “We have our priorities — God first, then family and then career, and we always keep those priorities in order. “Our communication also helps things run a whole lot smoother.” Frankie’s bubbly, affable personality makes her roles in her professional, religious and personal life seem like no-brainers, but it’s what’s beneath the surface that impresses her husband. “I think it is her flexibility, being able to roll with the punches and adapt to any situation,” Allen said. “And her determination. She’s a very strong person.” Whatever life throws her way, Frankie is ready. She strives daily to return the favors given to her as a child. “I was in a foster home as a teenager and I could have gone many directions, but I wanted to make my foster parents proud,” she said. “I’ve been given the chance to give back to people and it’s happened. It’s all part of God’s plan.”

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Beauty myths:

fact or fiction Don’t believe everything you hear

By Crystal Henry Mothers-in-law, grandmothers, gal pals and e-mail forwards have helped spread the word about how to cure everything from crow’s feet to cellulite. Trying to decide which pearls of wisdom to keep and which ones to toss can feel like a contributor to gray hair rather than a solution. Skin care specialist Carol Jordan tries to clear up more than fine lines and wrinkles at Renaissance Medical Spa. She helps patients with skin care advice and debunks some of the most common beauty myths. Page 20

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Myth 1: Soap is bad for your skin and dries it out. Reality: Not all soap is created equal. Harsh soaps with lots of chemicals have been known to dry out skin. They strip the skin of necessary oils, Jordan said. Mild soaps with fewer chemicals are better for the skin, and medical grade cleansers are the best solution, she said. A dermatologist or properly trained technician can help recommend one especially designed with a patient’s skin type in mind. Myth 2: Shaving your legs will make your hair grow in thicker. Reality: Absolutely not. While it might feel like the hair is thicker, it is not, Jordan said. The fine tapered tip is removed when hair is shaved off with a razor. The tapered tip gives the hair a softer feel and possibly the illusion that it is thinner. When the hair continues to grow, the flattened rough end gives the illusion of a thicker hair.

Myth 3: Drinking a lot of water leads to beautiful skin. Reality: Hydration is key. Jordan said this one is definitely true. The skin needs to be hydrated in order to be healthy. She recommends six to eight cups of water a day to keep skin healthy. This will also help with fine lines and wrinkles. Although dry skin does not cause wrinkles, it does accentuate them.

Myth 4: Split ends can be repaired. Reality: Cut your losses. The best way to repair split ends is to trim them off, Jordan said. While some products claim to repair the damaged ends, they really only coat them with a film. Myth 5: You can wash acne and pimples away. Reality: It’s part of the solution. Jordan said good cleansing is only the first step in getting rid of acne. A clinical grade cleanser is the best way to go, followed by a medical grade topical treatment.

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Myth 6: The sun clears up blemishes. Reality: Stay away from the light. “The sun is very harmful to the skin,” Jordan said. The sun will definitely cause more harm than good. She said the best anti-aging product she tells people about is sunscreen. Women should use sunscreen daily. And those who think they can get by without it on cloudy days are wrong. UV-A and UV-B rays can get through and do serious damage to the skin. Myth 7: Stick to one brand and line of products. Reality: Mix it up a little. Jordan said it is not necessary to stick to just one line of products. It all depends on the person’s skin. While many people use one line that works for them, it is not uncommon to mix brands. However, this should be done under a physician’s care when mixing medical grade products, and it should be tailored to a patient’s needs. Myth 8: Natural ingredients are hypo-allergenic. Reality: Read the fine print. In order for products to be hypo-allergenic they should be labeled as such, Jordan said. A medical professional will be able to spot real hypo-allergenic products based on the ingredients. Women should always check the labels. If makeup is 100 percent minerals, it is both hypo-allergenic and water resistant. But some companies will put minimal amounts of minerals in their product and label it as mineral makeup. She said real mineral makeup should not have any talc or other additives. One hundred percent mineral makeup is gentle on the skin and is good for fine lines and wrinkles. Myth 9: Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne. Reality: Don’t blame the bonbons. Sebum and oils in the skin are the true cause of acne, Jordan said. While food allergies can cause skin irritations, this is not acne. One thing people should be aware of is that recent studies have shown that white sugar and white flour are bad for skin as well as for overall health. According to Jordan, when the body is unhealthy, it shows in the skin. Myth 10: You can shrink the pores on your face. Reality: You can try. The only product that she has found effective in minimizing pores is Retinol, Jordan said. Retinol products and Retin A can help not only to minimize pores, but with fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and blotchiness.

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Myth 11: Rubbing coffee grounds on your skin can tighten it. 2450 Nor thpark Suite A, Columbus 812.376.3311 • 800.697.8093 Reality: Leave the Joe in the cup. While coffee berry has been found effective, coffee grounds will not tighten skin, according to Jordan. However there are medical grade products out there that were made to penetrate down to the dermis and tighten skin. Myth 12: Cocoa butter gets rid of stretch marks. Reality: Prevention is the best medicine. While cocoa butter and shea butter can help to prevent them, stretch marks are scars that are difficult and often impossible to remove, Jordan said. The best prevention is eating an orange every day. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce stretch marks and helps build elasticity in the skin. “The key to healthy skin is working from the inside out,” Jordan said. Depending on how deep the scars are, a product such as Mederma could help, but she said the best route is a Vitamin C serum or Retin A. Myth 13: You can get rid of cellulite with creams on the market today. Reality: Work it, girl! Jordan said the best bet for getting rid of cellulite is diet and exercise. Topical treatments only give temporary results because most contain caffeine, which restricts blood flow and smoothes out the area. She said 90 percent of women have some cellulite, but toning the muscle and losing the fat will lessen the appearance.

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Gl bal C onnections Arlette Cooper Tinsley focuses on educating citizens of the world and ensuring equal rights for those at home By Shannon Palmer Photos by Jan Nethercutt

Full of energy and compassion, Arlette Cooper Tinsley strives to bring cultural awareness and education full circle in Columbus. As the director of the Columbus Human Rights Commission, an attorney, one of the co-founders of the International School of Columbus, a wife and the mother of two children, Cooper Tinsley’s schedule is penciled in with meetings and events to ensure that Columbus remains a great place to live. In 1995 she moved to Columbus to begin working for the city and has immersed herself in community projects ever since. She is a facilitator of the Columbus Area Multi-ethnic Organization (CAMEO), which connects ethnic associations and individuals with each other and the community. She joined other mothers to bring life to the International School of Columbus. Her devotion has paid off, and the organizations she is affiliated with are now in full swing. Four years ago, Cooper Tinsley and three other women decided they wanted to open a school that would help their children excel in a global sense. They recognized that with technology and the Internet, our children are growing up in a worldwide community.

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And what better way to secure their future and success as Each showing usually has a presentation from one of the adults than to create a learning environment that would proarea’s ethnic associations. vide them with a solid background on how their sisters and “Part of the curriculum for the Interbrothers in other parts of the world national School of Columbus is to be inlive. quiry-based, and this ‘Journey in Films’ “What I love is it’s holistic; we are edseries falls into this category. And there ucating the child for life,” Cooper Tinis even a curriculum available to follow. sley said. “It’s very exciting to me. This After the film is presented, it will be disis our first year, with an enrollment of cussed in the classrooms to really bring 90 children, and we are hoping to have alive the heart of the films,” she said. 100 students enrolled next year.” Susan Staley, who has been associated The International School of Columwith Cooper Tinsley for years since their bus is tuition free, and 14 percent of children went to preschool together, is the students are from other counties. looking forward to her daughter’s first year at the new school. “There are parents and grandparents for life. who are driving their kids in from oth“Arlette is inspirational, dedicated and er counties, not because they have to, passionate about her causes and strives but because they want to,” she said. to make Columbus a better place for everyone,” Staley said. “She has really Bringing world to Columbus been a driving force behind making the Arlette Cooper Tinsley One of the projects she’s most proud school a reality, and my daughter is very of is a collaboration between the excited to begin school there next year.” school and Yes Cinema to provide the “Journeys in Film” Cultural liaison series. These foreign films give a glimpse into the lifestyles of young adults around the world. CAMEO and the InternaCAMEO was created to bring together multi-ethnic groups tional School of Columbus joined to show them to the comin Columbus and provide them with the opportunity to meet munity, at no charge to children and students. monthly and share their concerns and highlights. Staff at the

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Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Columbus asked Cooper Tinsley to facilitate this project. Thanks to her groundwork, CAMEO is functioning independently. “I think the organizations I’m privileged to work with are much more interesting than I am,” she said. Although immersed in the community and her passions, Cooper Tinsley remains humble and gives credit to everyone involved with the organizations she has been a part of. “The community has a lot to be proud of. I try to be very understanding that I am a caretaker of something very special,” she said. As the director of the Human Rights Commission she helps protect the rights of citizens in Columbus and ensures that individuals are treated fairly. “What I like about law is the opportunity to help others. I love helping people who might not afford it otherwise. Civil rights is incredibly important in our society,” she said. When she isn’t writing grants or sitting in meetings, she spends time with her husband and their two children who aren’t old enough to attend the International School of Columbus just yet — but will soon. She volunteers at her children’s school, likes to read and still makes time to shuttle her children to and from school-related events. Chatting with Maggie Frazier and Brian Fischer. February 2010 • she magazine

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One year in, first lady

learns on the job By Nancy Benac Associated Press Writer Associated Press photos

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WASHINGTON — Every once in a while Michelle Obama checks in with old friends. “Do you still recognize me?” she’ll ask. “Do I still feel like Michelle?” In the past year, the first lady’s name has popped up on Forbes’ “most powerful women” list, People’s “most beautiful” list, Time’s “most influential” list, Vanity Fair’s “international best-dressed” list, Barbara Walters’ “most fascinating” list. And so on. Her every word, move, bite, gesture, dress and shoe has been analyzed and secondguessed. Is she taking on too much? Why isn’t she doing more? Did she touch the queen first? Should her arms be bare? Are her shorts too short? Are her sneakers too expensive? Is she putting on weight? “It wasn’t something that I was prepared for,” she said as she looked back on her first year as first lady. The challenge, then, has been to remain Michelle through it all, and not become “somebody else that is in a magazine.” To stay grounded yet reach high. This is a first lady, after all, who wants to make a difference, who dares to speak even now about her legacy. She has spent the past year giving the job of first lady a test run, settling her family into a new life in a new town, trying to avoid creating controversy for her already burdened husband and figuring out where to make her mark. “Our goal was to do everything that was done before, so that we’d know what it was, and uphold those traditions, but try to tweak it,” she said. “And now that we’ve gone through a year, we can really think about really what works for this administration, what works for me as a first lady, what resonates with where America is today.” Looking back, then, here are a few moments that help to sketch the portrait of a first lady who calls herself a “110-percenter,” always looking to do more.

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The gardener There she is, this Harvard-educated lawyer and former executive, digging up sweet potatoes on the back lawn of the White House. Michelle Obama, gardener? The first lady took her “pipe dream” of a modest kitchen garden and transformed it into a platform that she hopes will improve the lives of millions of young people. The garden gave her a gentle way to start up a conversation about healthy eating that will get more pointed this year as she makes a head-on campaign against childhood obesity. “We have a chance to change the fate of the next generation if we get on it,” she says. This is what Obama hopes will be her legacy. The nurturer They could have been two girlfriends headed out to lunch: Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth, arm in arm, strolling in to a reception at Buckingham Palace in April.

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It may have been the most closely watched touchy-feely gesture of the first lady’s first year (“Astounding!” British wags called it), but it was hardly the only one. Obama, whose husband is seen as a rather cool character, emerged as the nation’s nurturer-in-chief. She hugs with reckless abandon, closing her eyes and enveloping school children, young women, ordinary Americans. It fits with her larger mission of mentoring young people, giving them the confidence to rise, as she says, “from mediocrity to fabulousness.” The first lady started her own mentoring program at the White House and is urging other Americans to do likewise.

“If there is a program that speaks fundamentally to who I am,” she says, “it is this.”

The fashionista The fascination with Michelle Obama’s fashion choices started with her inaugural twirl in a white, one-shoulder Jason

Wu gown and hasn’t let up since. The first lady’s wardrobe — mixing trendsetting designs and off-the-rack cardigans — won her accolades from the fashion world. She even held her own in a fashion face-off with French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model, at the NATO summit in April. Still, it must be said, there was the occasional howler. Even her husband turned fashion critic at times, poking fun at what he calls her “Star Wars belt.” And it’s a fair bet the first lady never meant to be photographed walking dog Bo on the South Lawn in those lessthan-flattering Bermuda shorts.

It fits with her larger mission of mentoring young people, giving them the confidence to rise,

“from mediocrity to fabulousness.”

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“It’s sort of like a swan, where we’re kind of calm and serene above water — but we’re paddling like mad, going crazy underneath, trying to look smooth.”

— Michelle Obama

Obama shares a laugh with daughter Malia.

The obsession with her wardrobe reflected the supersized scrutiny attached to everything about her. No wonder she’s a big fan of the presidential retreat at Camp David, far removed from any cameras. The swan Hours before the Obamas’ first state dinner, the first lady stood before young women participating in the White House mentoring program and made a confession of sorts. “It’s sort of like a swan, where we’re kind of calm and serene above water — but we’re paddling like mad, going crazy underneath, trying to look smooth,” she said. Everything did seem perfectly in order that afternoon. The first lady’s strapless, cream-colored evening gown was sure to be a knockout. A celebrity chef was trolling the garden for just the right herbs to garnish the evening’s feast. A chandeliered tent on the South Lawn stood ready to receive 340 A-list guests. Enter the party-crashing Salahis. Somehow, without an invitation, the fame-seekers insinuated themselves into the scene and eventually overshadowed it. The whole episode was emblematic of the outside forces that can upend things for a first lady who works from a carefully crafted script. The good wife It’s where she started as first lady and where it all will end: Michelle Obama is a wife and mother.

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She has spent the past year figuring out how to be a very public role model, policy advocate and mentor without losing hold of that. She’s tried to be the perfect example without suggesting she’s perfect. When she sat for an Oval Office interview about marriage with her husband last fall — something of a novelty in itself — she insisted that bumps are inevitable, even continuous, in any relationship. “The last thing we want to project,” she said then, is the image of a perfect marriage. Ask her what she’s most proud of in the past year, and she doesn’t hesitate: “That my kids are sane,” she says. And sanity can be a precious commodity when one’s life gets this level of scrutiny. Last fall, a high school student in Denver asked what was the hardest thing about being first lady. She gestured toward the ever-present bank of news cameras and said it was “making sure my girls don’t get lost in all this.” “I want to make sure they come out of this as whole as possible,” she said. She was talking about Sasha and Malia. She could have been talking about herself.

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Cuisine

OLYM

If you're game,

try these eats based on

These crostini resemble people flying head first down a hill on a tiny sled, as happens in the skeleton event. Let them fly right onto a platter for chowing down while watching the games.

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By Alison Ladman For The Associated Press Associated Press photos

Recipes inspired by the sports at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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feats

CREAMY TURKEY DIJON CROSTINI

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Servings: 12

12-inch baguette, cut into 12 slices

Âź cup olive oil

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

4 ounces smoked deli-sliced turkey

12 fresh basil leaves

1 orange bell pepper, cored and cut into 12 slices

Heat the oven to 375 F.

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Arrange the bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over the bread, then season with salt and pepper. Toast until just golden, about 10 minutes. Remove the toasts from the oven and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese and mustard until smooth. When the toasts have cooled, spread each with a bit of the cream cheese mixture. Wrap one basil leaf around each pepper strip, then wrap a slice of deli turkey around that to make little cigars. Place one cigar on top of each crostini.

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ASPARAGUS AND APPLE SALAD WITH PROSCIUTTO AND GOAT CHEESE Start to finish: 20 minutes

Get ready to hit the slopes. A mountain of soft white goat cheese paired with asparagus spear “skis” makes for a fine arranged salad reminiscent of Alpine skiing.

cored

Servings: 4

¼ cup white balsamic vinegar

8-ounce log chevre (goat cheese)

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

8 spears asparagus, bottoms trimmed

¼ teaspoon salt

2 scallions

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

4 slices prosciutto

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 medium green apple, quartered and

1 teaspoon honey

Cut the log of goat cheese into quarters, arranging each on a serving plate. In a medium saucepan over high, bring 3 inches of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and blanch until the spears are bright green and just tender when pierced with a fork, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and cover in cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again, and dry the spears.

Lean 2 asparagus spears on each portion of goat cheese. Cut each scallion in half lengthwise. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around a quarter of apple and tie with a length of scallion. Place on top of the asparagus “skis”. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, mustard and honey. Drizzle over each salad.

BLONDIES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE Start to finish: 45 minutes, plus chilling

½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted ½ teaspoon orange extract

Servings: 9

½ teaspoon almond extract

2 eggs

You can dream up some killer snowboarding moves while indulging in the frosty peaks that coat these easyto-make blondies. Or use the white chocolate ganache to turn any cake or brownie into a snowy scene.

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¾ cup sugar

12-ounce bag white chocolate chips

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup heavy cream

Heat the oven to 325 F. Coat an 8by-8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar until the mixture is light and thick. Fold in the flour, then the butter and orange and almond extracts. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until set and just golden at the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes before topping with the ganache.

Meanwhile, to prepare the ganache, in the top of a double boiler, combine the chocolate chips and cream. Stir until melted and smooth. When the bars are slightly cooled, pour the ganache over the top and spread to the edges. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until the ganache has set up. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.

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THREE-ONION LAMB STEW WITH DUMPLINGS Start to finish: 2 hours (30 minutes active) Servings: 6

This rich and hearty stew was inspired by curling’s Scottish heritage. The shuffleboard-like game involves sliding a large granite stone across a sheet of ice. The large dumplings in this stew will slide down your throat just as nicely.

In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high, heat the oil. Working in batches, add the lamb and sear on all sides. Transfer the meat to a plate and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion, carrots and celery and saute for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften. Add the shallots and leek, and saute for another 5 to 7 minutes, until the leek is tender.

For the stew: 1 pound lamb stew meat, cut into bite-size chunks 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 large carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, sliced 2 large shallots, peeled and chopped 1 leek, white part only, sliced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, Add the flour and stir to coat the vegetables. Add the potatoes, beer, bouillon, tomato paste, thyme and water. Stir to combine, then bring up to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, uncovered, for 1½ hours, stirring occasionally and adding more water, if necessary. Taste the stew and season with salt and pepper. To make the dumplings, in a small

cubed ¾ cup dark lager or stout beer 2 tablespoons beef bouillon 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 teaspoon dried thyme 3 cups water Salt and ground black pepper, to taste For the dumplings: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 egg ¼ cup milk Use paper towels to dry the lamb. bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In a second small bowl, mix the egg and milk. Gently stir the milk and egg into the dry ingredients, being careful to mix only until just combined. Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture directly into the stew, repeating until all the dumpling mixture is used up. Cover the stew and let the dumplings steam for 10 minutes.

PAN-FRIED CATFISH WITH SMOKY POTATOES Start to finish: 25 minutes

Hockey brings to mind two things — frozen lakes and big, hungry players. This hearty fish dish is unfussy, full of flavor and sure to satisfy Olympic-size appetites. The potatoes and peppers make a smoky red sauce that goes great with the seared fish. Any white fish works well.

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Servings: 4

2 small yellow onions, thinly sliced

1 pound baby red potatoes, quartered

1 green bell pepper, cored and sliced

½ cup water

Salt and ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons peanut oil

2 tablespoons butter

4 catfish fillets (about 1 1/3 pounds)

1 teaspoon smoked paprika In a deep medium skillet over medium heat, combine the potatoes and water. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. They should be almost cooked through. Add the olive oil, butter, paprika, onion, bell pepper and ¼ teaspoon each of salt

and pepper. Saute until the onion and potatoes are tender, about another 5 minutes. Cover and set aside. Place a large, dry skillet over mediumhigh. When the pan is very hot, add the peanut oil. Sear each catfish fillet for 2 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over a bed of potatoes.

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SAUSAGE AND APPLE-STUFFED ZUCCHINI Start to finish: 40 minutes (20 minutes active)

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed (optional)

Servings: 8

4 ounces Italian sausage meat, crumbled

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium apple, peeled, cored and diced

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced 1 medium carrot, finely diced

3 cups stuffing-mix bread cubes 1½ cups chicken broth

1 stalk celery, finely diced

4 medium zucchini There aren’t a whole lot of foods that easily convey the high-speed downhill thrills of the luge. But you can at least get in the mood with these sausage and apple-stuffed zucchini sleds. Also try them topped with shredded cheese.

Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large saute pan over medium-high, melt the butter. Add the onion, carrot, celery and fennel seeds, then saute until the onion is tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and apple, then saute until the meat is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the stuffing, then mix well. Drizzle in the broth, then mix well. Turn off the

CO L U M B U S M E D I C A L P H Y S I C I A N ’S P R A C T I C E O RG A N I Z AT I O N, I NC.

Roy Goode, MD

heat, cover the pan and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a spoon or melon baller to scrape out the seedy center of each half, then arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet or in a large, shallow baking dish. Fill each half with the stuffing mixture, packing it well. Bake until the zucchini are tender, about 20 minutes.

Dr. Roy Goode is leaving Columbus Medical, February 12, 2010, after nearly two decades of service to the practice and his patients. Dr. Goode has accpeted a position with a private clinic. He will continue his involvement with Hospice in Columbus.

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Eriko Onishi, MD Philippa Shedd, MD Dale Guse, MD All the providers at Columbus Medical look forward to continuing your care and helping Dr. Goode’s patients with this transition.

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Cash talk

By Jalene Hahn

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“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

I attended the Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting last month. The keynote speaker was Dan Ariely, author of “Predictably Irrational.” His book looks at how “expectations, emotions, social norms and other invisible seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities,” according to Ariely. Traditional investment theories assume rational behavior. In real life, markets get messy, emotions get involved and we end up doing stupid things with our money. In an effort to explain why markets don’t behave as expected, researchers have started looking beyond pure economic theories. Behavioral finance and neurobiology are two such fields. Behavioral finance focuses on the psychological factors that help explain spending decisions within large groups. Neurobiology uses brain imaging technology. Studies have found that risk taking and risk avoidance are centered in different parts of the brain. So when someone makes a different financial decision than you, the statement that “your mind was in a different place than mine,” may in fact be literally true. The context in which we make decisions also affects our choices. A Stanford University study tracked brain activity in undergraduate students making financial decisions. Prior to being asked to make a financial decision, students were primed with suggestive images. They made riskier decisions when the risk-taking center of the brain had been stimulated. Casinos are experts at priming patrons risk-taking center by offering free drinks and other positive rewards. Another study Ariely cited involved stores where displays of jam were set up. In one setting the display contained a choice of six jams, while the other had 24. The 24-jam display created more excitement and traffic, but actuFebruary 2010 • she magazine

— Warren Buffett

ally resulted in significantly fewer sales. People were overwhelmed with choices and therefore made no choice. Although fewer shoppers stopped by the sixjam display, jam sales skyrocketed. I see similarities in financial services. People understand logically that they need to save more but are overwhelmed at the options and complexities of making a decision. Hence, they end up taking no action. Where the status quo lines are drawn also affects our choices. For example, until recently an employee had to consciously choose to participate in an employer’s 401k plan. As a result many did not make the choice to sign up. Now that companies can set up automatic enrollment as the default option, participation rates have increased significantly. We tend to seek paths of least resistance. If the destination of the path of least resistance is changed, we often will change course with it without knowing we have done so. These findings help explain why we may not always act rationally when making financial decisions. We can use this information to help us make better decisions. Ariely also noted that we will seek help with physical limitations, climbing stairs to a stage or wearing glasses, yet not feel comfortable asking for help with our financial matters. It is OK to ask for help. Sometimes an outside professional will be able to ask questions about your motivations and point out when your emotions may be guiding your choices. While we may be programmed biologically to respond to certain triggers, we can choose to make rational decisions. Jalene Thompson Hahn is a certified financial planner with Warren Ward Associates. She can be reached at 379-1120.

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The biggest block party ever

viewfrommars By Spencer Thompson republic file photo The day had finally come — my college graduation. It was great in many ways: I completed a lifelong goal of finishing college; I never had to go back to school unless I chose to; and the most important to me at the time, I was finally moving away from Indiana and never coming back, except to visit. Besides a couple of college internships in New York and San Diego and a short stint in Starkville, Miss., to attend Mississippi State University, the only two cities I had lived in were Columbus, where I grew up, and Bloomington, where I finished school at IU. I was excited to get away and see what else was out there. I accepted a job with a large company in Atlanta. I didn’t know anyone or anything about the city but was looking forward to the challenge. I made good friends at work, but they weren’t the same as my friends from Columbus. I did meet Heather, who is now my wife. The job was OK, but I was never passionate about it. Heather knew I didn’t enjoy the job. She said she would go anywhere with me and that I needed to do what I loved. She suggested returning to Columbus and Thompson Furniture, our family business since 1927. She grew up in south Georgia and had never been to Columbus. I told her I thought Columbus lacked a social scene with enough activities for us to pursue outside work. She assured me that we’d find plenty of things to do and that I would enjoy being back in Columbus. So here we are today, back in Columbus and happily married since May. Heather is a runner and quickly found the People Trails. I don’t think in all the years I had lived in Columbus I had been on them more than twice. I have found that the city does have something for me, and I think, for everyone. Co-

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lumbus has some of the best parks in the country. I encourage people, new or native to the area, to take advantage of our great recreational and outdoor scene. We also have a downtown that is growing toward the future. This will attract new people and make lifelong residents proud. That same downtown has excellent local restaurants, varied businesses and great events — the Block Party, Ethnic Expo and Neighborfest are just a few that come to mind. In the summer it’s so nice to see farm stands with fresh produce. On Saturday mornings, my wife and I go to Fair on the Square and sample local offerings. Columbus has athletic events and leagues for all ages and ability levels. They are fun and a great way to be active and meet other people. The city also has nonprofit groups and clubs that offer ways to give back to the community. I could go on and on about things in Columbus that I never even knew existed. For someone who said he would never return to Columbus, I’m happy and excited that I did. The city continues to grow for the future, but stays true to its historic roots. Next on my list is the architecture tour provided by the Visitors Center, so I can see what everyone is talking about. It took a woman from Georgia not only to bring me back to where I am from, but to get me to see how great Columbus is and what it has to offer. Spencer Thompson works for his family business, Thompson Furniture. He and his wife, Heather, reside in Columbus with their dog, Eddie.

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Minute Out and about Warm things up by attending Caribbean Night in downtown Columbus Feb 27. Presented by Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association, participating downtown restaurants and bars will feature Caribbean-themed food and drink specials. Look for the lighted palm trees in front of each business and get ready to pretend you’re on a warm, sandy beach for the night!

Recommended reading “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova. $15. 293 pages. “Still Alice” is a heart-wrenching novel about Harvard professor Alice Howland’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Unflinching in its narrative, you will intimately feel the terror and bravery of Alice’s struggle. You will relate to the helplessness and anguish of her husband and children as they face the effects of her disease on their lives.

Of the many books that have attempted to get inside the mind of those with Alzheimer’s, this one succeeds as few others have. The author is a Harvard neuroscientist. You will not soon forget these characters. —Viewpoint Books

Landscape logic Using last year’s garden seeds can be a way of saving money when getting seeds for the 2010 gardening season. Normally when seeds are stored in a cold, dark and dry location, they will stay viable for about three years. However, there are exceptions to those guidelines. For example, members of the carrot family (carrots, parsnips and parsley) are short-lived and are usually good for only one to two years.

If you are unsure of viability and have plenty of seed, there is an easy method of determining how good your seed is. Germination tests using 10 seeds and moistened paper towels can be a way to determine percentage of viable seeds. For more information on germination tests, contact Purdue Extension at 379-1665. — Extension educator Mike Ferree

Healthy habits February is Heart Health Month. Among the most heart healthy hors d’oeuvres are raw vegetables, particularly broccoli and cauliflower because of their high fiber content. Among the most heart healthy dips are hummus, which contains good monounsaturated fats. — Columbus Regional Hospital Page 48

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