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editor’s note Come February I’m going to be a new mother. No, my husband and I aren’t getting another Boston terrier. We are excited to welcome a baby boy into our lives. My pregnancy thus far has been the sometimes difficult, yet always new and exciting, experience family, friends and health care professionals promised. I’m not going to attempt to put into words the emotions I feel about becoming a mom, however I will say I go to bed each night thanking God for this blessing and asking for his continued guidance. I’ve read, and been told, all kinds of things about how I would feel and act while pregnant, and it’s been fun to navigate my way through the process. Here are just a few of my thoughts: • Maternity pants rock. These comfortable, easy-to-wear garments are also perfect for freaking out your husband by flashing him views of their unnaturally high waistlines. • What I’ll call the “pregnancy card” is a powerful tool that can and should be used often. Why am I ordering an appetizer, full entrée and dessert just for myself? ’Cause I’m pregnant. ’Nuf said. • A public bathroom map system should be handed out to all pregnant women. We’re going to need to know where they are when our children start potty training anyway. Hide and seek isn’t fun when you have a cart full of items and you feel like you’re gonna bust. • Running isn’t as easy as it used to be. See previous bullet point for the reason. In this case I’ve learned not to stray far from home. • No, it’s not “weird” or “freaky” being pregnant. That makes it sound like I’m having an alien. It’s amazing and awe-inspiring. • Lastly, I actually don’t mind if you touch my belly; however this is a rarity among my kind and a privilege that should not be abused. All jokes aside, I’m excited to share this news with my She readers and continue this journey into motherhood. Now, onto this issue. My favorite wardrobe season is fall. I love the colors and textures associated with this time of year, and I love the options created by the ability to layer. That said, I always try to bring you a roundup of trends for fall fashion, and this year is no exception. You’ll also meet crafter and entrepreneur Paula Herlitz, whose fun personality and determination led her back to college as an adult and spurred her to start her own company. And, of course, as we will for the next several months, we check in with our She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans contestants with an update on their progress. There’s a lot ahead in this issue, so get reading!

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EDITOR Kelsey DeClue COPY EDITOR Katharine Smith GRAPHIC DESIGNER Stephanie Otte WRITERS Tim Coriden Jalene Hahn Shannon Palmer Marissa Pherson Jennifer Willhite

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By Kelsey DeClue Photos by Alton Strupp Ahh, fall — the season that inspires great fashion styles in myriad rich colors and fabrics. ’Tis the season of layering, light jackets and chic scarves, all of which serve the purpose of warming us when needed and making us look fabulous in the meantime. Fashion tends not to radically change from year to year, and many trends popular at previous seasons can carry over to others with subtle changes, adjustments or upgrades. For example the skinny pant remains big for fall, as it has for many seasons. Most popular in denim, skinny pants are now being dressed up for work and paired with tunics and layering sweaters for casual occasions.


Embellishments, such as raised stitching, rhinestones and ruffles, are popular features available on dressy tops and casual T-shirts. What stylists are calling “touch-me” fabrics, such as velour, leather and corduroy, can be found in all aspects of the fall wardrobe, from clothing to shoes and accessories, and are a great way to give an outfit dimension. One of the newest fall trends is the bow. They are the shape for fall and can be found on shoes, jewelry and blouses. Color-wise, jewel tones remain popular. Animal prints in traditional and neutral colors provide a great way to spice up an outfit, as long as they’re not overdone — in other words, don’t pair a leopard skirt with a zebra top and faux alligator boots. No matter your personal style preference, this season’s trends are easy to incorporate.

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From Van Heusen Tank, $13.60; blue ribbed ruffle sweater, $23.12; pinstripe trouser jean, $23.63; jewel cocktail ring, $9.10; army green shoulder bag, $17.12. Shoes: Nine West, $129.99

From Tommy Hilfiger Floral scarf, $24.99; graphic rhinestone and stitched T-shirt, $16.99; corduroy jacket, $48.99; fuchsia cardigan, $49.99; dark lowrise straight-leg jean, $49.99. Shoes: Nine West, red boot, $79.99.

From DKNY Leopard blouse with bow collar, $99; black zip-up jacket, $169; black skinny pant, $89; black ankle boot with bow detail, $179; black DKNY quilted logo purse, $225. Outfit 3: from Guess

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From Van Heusen Black blouse, $17.69; mini-houndstooth vest, $23.12; black and white skirt, $23.46; stud earring, $8.40; cocktail ring, $9.10; pearl necklace, $14.70; gray purse, $59.99 Shoes: Nine West, knee-high wedge boot, $139.99.

From Tommy Hilfiger Leopard print lavender vest, $99.99; white cinch-waist blouse, $49.99; bright pink long-sleeve T-shirt, $19.99; indigo skinny jean, $49.99. Shoes: Nine West, $79.99

From Guess Purple blouse, $39.99; jet black tank, $24.99; black boot-cut trousers, $44.99; peek-toe zipper detail sling backs, $69.99; pearl charm necklace, $16.99, and matching bracelet, $14.99; patent leather purse, $74.99.

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Dames by Design use landmark calendar to expose health crisis in Africa

By Kelsey DeClue Photos by Bob Anderson Move over Victoria’s Secret runway models. Out of the way Sports Illustrated women. The Dames by Design are here, and they’re hitting the pages of a calendar near you. Thirty-two local models ranging in age from mid-40s to late-70s began a local fundraising campaign for the global fight against AIDS. The first, and perhaps most attention-grabbing, element of the group’s efforts is a 15-month 2012 calendar featuring the models at various Columbus design landmarks.

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“I truly believe in both of the organizations that will be supported by the calendar, so of course I said yes.” — Pru Cooley

“I was surprised and happy to learn that some of my good friends had agreed to model.“ — Donna Stouder


To up the intrigue factor, the calendar is modeled after the famous fruit of the labor of characters in the popular 2003 movie “Calendar Girls,” starring Helen Mirren. The models gracefully posed at some sites around Columbus, appearing to be nude with their lady parts covered. Many of the shots were taken inside photographer Bob Anderson’s studio, and then the models were superimposed onto shots of well-known Columbus landmarks. Others were taken on location, and the women wore as little clothing as possible or Anderson later edited out a bra strap or two on the computer to make the photos appear authentic. The calendar marks one part of a project the group joined forces for to raise money for the Power of Love Foundation and Baobob Home Foundation. These foundations focus on developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to address the current AIDS epidemic in Zambia and Tanzania. The proceeds from the Dames by Design efforts will go to children orphaned by AIDS for things like school supplies, medications, improved nutrition and health care. “It is a travesty that a world with so much wealth and resources, especially Africa, which is a rich continent with natural resources that others have taken such advantage of for hundreds of years, is dealing with this cruel epidemic without the international support and resources to adequately deal with and eradicate it more rapidly,” said Mary Harmon, who organized the Dames by Design project. Harmon recently returned from another trip to Africa that reinforced her passion for the fundraiser. “When one sees the situation up close and personal, human being to human being, one can’t help but feel an inner urge to assist regardless of how small it might seem,” she said. “Every child that we assist to live a full life will impact many other lives in a positive manner, and so it goes on.” Each month of the calendar showcases multiple models at recognizable Columbus locales — in front of Eos, at Mill Race Park, on an antique fire truck, and the style of each photo is reminiscent of those in the “Calendar Girls” movie. “I truly believe in both of the organizations that will be supported by the calendar, so of course I said yes,” said model Pru Cooley. “I felt that I would be contributing to a great effort and how much fun it would be!” The group kept the project and the calendar a secret until the unveiling, with the exception of teaser advertisements designed to pique community interest. “The photo shoot was so much fun,” said model Donna Stouder. “I was surprised and happy to learn that some of my good friends had agreed to model. october 2011 • she magazine

“Our photo shoot was at the Learning Center, and believe me, we were quite a sight for passersby.” Although none of the women was completely naked in any of the photos, model Marcia Benjamin said many of the outside shots still teased members of the public who happened to see them during the process. “For example, my shoot on the fire truck — we tried to shoot a lot of them early in the morning hoping there was less traffic, but needless to say there was a lot of honking going on from cars that went by while we were there,” Benjamin said, with a laugh. “From one side, it looked like we were (naked).” The group unveiled the calendar at a special reception Oct. 18 at The Commons. It is now available for purchase at the Columbus Area Visitors Center and Viewpoint Books. Photo cards from the shoot are also available. However the dames aren’t done yet. In honor of World AIDS day Dec. 1 and in conjunction with the fundraiser, the Dames by Design are hosting a special showing of the movie “Calendar Girls” at Yes Cinema Nov. 29.

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Facial treatments and massages can make you look and feel renewed By Shannon Palmer Photos by kelsey declue Need a massage? Is your skin looking tired? With summer officially over and fall in full swing, try some of the popular treatments offered at local salons and medical spas. Most offer free consultations to determine what type of program best suits you. Massage therapy Rikki Hedge, owner of the Clipper Club in Columbus, says her salon offers various massages to tailor to her clients’ needs. Whether it is deep tissue massage to focus on back pain and discomfort, or cranial sacral massage that improves the functioning of the brain and spinal cord, it all depends upon the individual. “Deep tissue massage focuses on aligning the deep layers of the muscle and connective tissue. This provides the benefit of improved range of motion, posture correction, as well as stress and pain relief,” Hedge said. “This massage can also be tailored to specific problem areas that can be discussed in the consultation.” She also stresses that relaxation is always an added benefit to any massage, but the most popular request is for the basic therapeutic full-body massage. “This focuses on relaxation, stress relief and rejuvenation of the mind and body. This massage is a basic introductory massage, covering the full body head to toe paired with professional techniques and just the right amount of pressure for anyone just wanting to relax and be pampered,” Hedge said.


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Skin care options According to Dr. Susan Dorenbusch, medical director at Skin Deep Laser Center, fall and winter are the most popular times to begin facial treatments. All skin is different, and Dorenbusch advises anyone who has not been to a medical spa before to call for a free consultation. At Skin Deep, Carol Jordan, aesthetician and laser technician, will determine the best plan for your skin. “One of the things I hear the most from women who come to our center is that they are so surprised at how affordable the treatments are,” Jordan said. “Many are also surprised to find out that a facial or laser treatment takes less than an hour and is non-invasive, which means there is no downtime.” Lucretia Johnson, an aesthetician at DeLor Medical Spa, agrees the consultation is the first step in determining the best treatment plan for the client’s skin. Despite the smorgasbord of treatments available based on personal needs, some options are more popular than others. These include laser treatments, peels, facials and injectables. • Laser treatments — Laser therapy can be used for a multitude of skin issues: premature aging due to sun damage, the removal of age spots and even skin tightening. The laser offers results that are noticeable and virtually pain free. Spider veins can be zapped, broken capillaries on the face resulting in rosacea can be diminished, and even permanent hair removal can be achieved basically anywhere on the body. Susan Brook, a client at Skin Deep, says since she began treatment, her skin has done a complete turnaround. As she got older, she was beginning to notice a few lines and wrinkles, as naturally happens to all of us. “I was spending quite a bit of money on face creams at the department store, buying very expensive brands, but still not seeing the results I was looking for. I was constantly having the same problems. I finally made a consultation with (Jordan) and began the process of getting facials, using their line of recommended skin products, and within six months my skin was like day and night,” Brook said. • Peels and facials — Johnson also gives laser treatments and says they are very popular, especially in the fall and winter, but the Hydra Facial seems to be the big hit currently. she magazine • october 2011


“One of the things I hear the most from women who come to our center is that they are so surprised at how affordable the treatments are.”

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“This treatment gives deep cleansing and exfoliation with a mild chemical peel, and we finish treatment with infusing antioxidants and hylaronic acid into skin to hydrate,” Johnson said. “And there is no downtime.” Johnson added that IPL Photofacials are also popular. This treatment helps to erase sun damage and even skin tone. Fall and winter are the best time to repair the skin with this treatment.

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Gambling on the future Ex-banker Paula Herlitz hopes customers fancy her handicraft By Jennifer Willhite Photos by Alton Strupp Paula Herlitz understands what it takes to escape the confines of convention and venture out on one’s own. It is a balanced mixture of courage, determination and dedication. Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit instilled a committed work ethic in Herlitz.

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In 1981, she and her husband, Don, moved to Columbus from Detroit. When their sons, Jacob and Jeff, started school in 1987, Herlitz took a temporary, part-time position with Irwin Union Bank as a secretary. A threeweek assignment turned into many years. When she left the bank in 1999, Herlitz was assistant vice president and had earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University. “From 1987 to 2007 I was in banking, except for two years I was with the Heritage Fund,” Herlitz said. “I was the development officer from 1999 to 2001. But other than that my career is in banking. When I was 50, I thought, ‘I really want to do something else.’” It was breaking from the corporate mindset that Herlitz says she struggled with for so long. She finally silenced the nagging feeling that something was missing when she decided to start her own business. “I really have to say I took the leap after my father passed away and there wasn’t somebody in the background saying, ‘What about that vice president position you had?’” Herlitz said. “’Cause that was what was important to him. I had to look beyond what was important to everyone else and find out what was important to me.” Time for a change In January 2007, Herlitz and her sister, Sheryl LaMotte, started Gambling Girl Designs, an online business geared toward accessories for those who enjoy gaming. The business was born of the sisters’ love for gambling as entertainment and their frustration when shopping for gamblingthemed gifts. Dissatisfied with run-of-the-mill gifts, such as decks of cards and hats, the two decided to offer more interesting gifts women would enjoy receiving. LaMotte credits her sister’s business sense and a determination instilled by their mother, who always told them they could do anything they set their minds to. “Paula’s business savvy is to satisfy the customer, give them what they want,” LaMotte said. “She consistently goes over and above the idea of customer service; the customer is always right, and generally they turn out to be good friends because of her service and caring.” Unfortunately, when the economy suffered a downturn in 2008, so did Gambling Girl Designs. Although still in business, the women plan to close it once the inventory is

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gone. Herlitz says the business was intended for those with extra money to buy things they normally wouldn’t, such as gaming-, bingo- and bunco-themed clothing and dishes. Second chance Fancy That Bag is Herlitz’s second online business, originated during a phone conversation with her sister-in-law, Patty Zadorsky. “We were talking one day, and she said, ‘Maybe you should think about creating your own stuff. Creating Gambling Girl design things, create your own fabric,’” Herlitz said. “And that’s what we started to do. We’ve created purses and cosmetic bags.” Registered with the Library of Congress and offered for sale online and at the Columbus Area Visitors Center, original designs are the heart of Fancy That Bag. According to Herlitz, everything offered by Fancy That Bag is made from scratch, including the patterns. Among their inventory are wine bottle cozies, insulated lunch and snack bags and cosmetic bags. Herlitz also works two part-time jobs. Drawing on her background in finance, she is a secretary for Warren Ward Associates and director of major gifts for the Foundation for Youth. Pica Saddler, resource development director, works closely with Herlitz to secure funding for the foundation’s programs. According to Saddler, it was Herlitz’s easy-going nature and intelligence that stood out when the two first met a couple of years ago while collaborating on a project for the foundation through the Lilly Initiative. “She is very intelligent, and she has an incredible inner joy that just kind of comes out,” Saddler said. “I think that is the part that when you first meet her, you see the energy and soon you realize she has a wealth of knowledge. We make a very good team that way.” Admitting she has always been “kind of ambitious and probably a little aggressive,” Herlitz credits her mother, a vivacious and outspoken woman, with instilling determination and dedication. “In the ’70s, it was the beginning of an era where women could be anything they wanted to be,” Herlitz said. “And unfortunately, she died before she really had an opportunity to make more of her own life, but she made sure that was ingrained in us.” Having had her mother as a mentor, Herlitz says, she has learned life is too short to not enjoy what you do. page 23


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“I have even said to my own children, ‘If you wake in the morning and you are not happy, that is not what you’re supposed to be doing,’” Herlitz said. “And, you know, I think I learned that the hard way.” Valuing the flexibility her businesses allow, Herlitz enjoys traveling to visit friends and family as often as possible. She loves the serenity of being around and on the water. Unable to commit to a single, favorite vacation refuge, she says she loves Hawaii for its water and mountains. As for her future business ventures, Herlitz remains realistic. Though she doesn’t see million-dollar offers anytime soon, she does look forward to working into and through her retirement. She says she already has ideas for future businesses that may evolve from Fancy That Bag. “It’s OK to not have the answers to everything,” Herlitz said. “It is OK if not everything is a success, because success is defined differently by different people. Success is not defined by money, and I learned that. I think it is defined by the people around you.”

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By Kelsey DeClue Photos by Andrew Laker The group of women anxiously chatted about how their lives would be changing over the next three months. “The hardest part for me will be the food and diet changes,” one said. “Well the thing is, I know what I should be doing. I just don’t do it,” chimed another. “I hope I can do the exercises; I’m looking forward to learning something new,” said a third.


Already joining forces as teammates rather than competitors, they were waiting for their first workout in the 2011 She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans contest to begin. For 12 weeks, they’ll follow the instructions, encouragement and guidance from the training staff at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club, led by fitness director Ian McGriff and his wife and club manager, Megan. At the end of the 12 weeks, the challenge’s winner will be determined by her percentage of body fat lost. The top prize is $500, however all the women have personal reasons for entering and goals they hope to reach. “I’m just really looking forward to living life with my kids again,” said contestant Buffy Shelton. “I used to be so active, and for the longest time I’ve been the one on the sidelines behind the camera because of my weight. “I can’t do the things I want to, and it’s so frustrating, so I’m excited to get my life back.” Fitness director Ian McGriff explains the manual to the contestants. Contestants Rose Ann Dunlap, left, and Greta Hoover stretch before their workout. Page 28

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The first workout involved a fitness test, which the women can use to gauge their progress throughout the competition and see how far they’ve come by the end. The moves involved squats, timed planks, balance moves and pushups. Each contestant also weighed in and got her starting body fat analysis. As they started their fitness testing, the women were told to focus on the future. “I don’t care where you’re at right now,” said Ian McGriff, “how flexible you are or how many reps you can do. I care where you’re at in 12 weeks.” Over the course of the competition they’ll learn about nutrition and healthy, positive thinking in

addition to the exercise program. They have full access to Tipton Lakes Athletic Club and a dayby-day, specially formulated nutrition and exercise program to follow, developed by McGriff. Even as the first workout began, the contestants cheered each other on and congratulated each other on their initial progress; however a bit of light-hearted competitive spirit showed through. “I’m going to win,” said one contestant. “I mean, that’s it. That’s just the way it’s going to be.” She magazine will follow the contestants’ progress with monthly updates in the magazine and weekly updates on our She Skinny Jeans Facebook fan page.

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Kat Dennings, left, and Beth Behrs in “2 Broke Girls.”

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LOS ANGELES — “I do not belong on network television. It’s a complete fluke!” says Whitney Cummings, sprinting across the studio backlot. She is late for a rehearsal for her new sitcom “Whitney” because, she says, “I have really low self-esteem, so I told my assistant she didn’t have to get up early this morning.” Walking onto the set, she apologizes to everyone she passes. “I’m so sorry I’m late, so sorry!” This is the woman NBC chief Bob Greenblatt has dubbed the “It” girl of the fall TV season. Not only is the 29-year-old comedian creator and star of the relationship comedy “Whitney,” but she also co-created another buzzy fall sitcom, CBS’ “2 Broke Girls,” featuring Kat Dennings. So how did a stand-up comic best known for making the bawdiest, most tasteless quips at Friars Club roasts end up with two prime-time sitcoms, both of which crack vagina jokes in the first 10 minutes? The TV landscape is suddenly flooded with edgy “It” girls, both in front of and behind the camera. NBC alone has signed a number of foul-mouthed female comedians — along with Cummings, there is Chelsea Handler’s “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” set for midseason and Sarah Silverman’s autobiographical sitcom snatched up after a bidding war. ABC has sharp-edged comedy “Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23” starring Krysten Ritter set for midseason; Fox has launched “The New Girl,” starring Zooey Deschanel and created by filmmaker Liz Meriwether; MTV has ordered a pilot about twentysomethings called “Dumb Girls” from “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich; and indie film darling Lena Dunham recently finished shooting her Judd Apatow-produced series “Girls” on HBO. october 2011 • she magazine

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Most of the network comedies aren’t exactly revolutionary in format — “Whitney” is a modern romantic comedy, while “2 Broke Girls” and “Apartment 23” are buddy shows with a caustic twist — but the profusion of series about young women’s lives driven by female creators suggests a shift in Hollywood. (It’s a shift allowed, in no small part, by loosening standards on broadcast networks when it comes to racy language and adult situations.) “There was nothing like (my show) in the air when I wrote it,” says Nahnatchka Khan, creator of “Apartment 23.” “Now it’s like this zeitgeist thing. ‘Bridesmaids’ came out this year, and everybody was so surprised it did well. It makes me happy that people are seeing that we can tell hard, funny stories with girls you can recognize.” “A lot of the time girls on TV are allowed to be a mess in an adorable way, and my series is girls being a mess in a not adorable way,” says Dunham, 25, who stars in as well as writes “Girls.” Dealing realistically with raunchy material may be key to drawing younger viewers. “Sexuality is such an integral part of my experience as a twentysomething woman that if I had to hide bodies, it would be challenging to tell this story,” she notes. “I am constantly tweeting things and going, why did I just say that to the world? I wanted to capture that feeling of there being no clear boundary anymore between public and private.” One reason for the lack of realistic depictions of female experience on prime time might be the scarcity of women writing them. A recent report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that women made up just 15 percent of writers on prime-time network TV in the 2010-11 season (down from 29 percent in the 2009-10 season). The lady-centric show creators say they are conscious of whom they bring into the writers’ room. “It was important that the ‘2 Broke Girls’ (writers) room was not 10 45-year-old dudes who have written for every sitcom ever,” Cummings says. Along with King and veteran TV writers such as Jhoni Marchinko and Greg Malins, they brought on blogger Molly McAleer, who burnishes the “broke” theme with tales of her odd jobs and bedbug infestation. Some worry that if these shows don’t bring big ratings, networks will write this off as a failed experiment. Iungerich, who created MTV’s “Awkward” and is developing the twentysomething comedy “Dumb Girls,” says the current hunger for girl talk has been “a great thing for me, as someone who likes to write authentic female voices. I just hope it’s not a passing trend and that it’s open to all different versions of the female experience.” So could girl-centric series become the new normal? As Khan quips, “Nobody ever says there are too many shows about a man with an attractive wife.” october 2011 • she magazine

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Some parents still ignore medical advice about vaccinations By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer CHICAGO — By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found. Worries about vaccine safety were common even among parents whose kids were fully vaccinated: 1 in 5 among that group said they think delaying shots is safer than the recommended schedule. The results suggest that more than 2 million infants and young children may not be fully protected against preventable diseases, including some that can be deadly or disabling. The nationally representative online survey of roughly 750 parents of kids age 6 and younger was done last year and results were released online in the journal Pediatrics. They are in line with a larger federal survey released last month, showing that at least 1 in 10 toddlers and preschoolers lagged on vaccines that included chickenpox and the measlesmumps-rubella combination shots. That survey, also for 2010, included more than 17,000 households. The Pediatrics survey follows other recent news raising concerns among in-

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fectious disease specialists, including a study showing the whooping cough vaccine seems to lose much of its effectiveness after just three years — faster than doctors have thought — perhaps contributing to recent major outbreaks, most notably in California. Also, data reported in September show that a record number of kindergartners’ parents in California last year used a personal belief exemption to avoid vaccination requirements. Kandace O’Neill is a Lakeville, Minn., mom whose views are shared by many parents who don’t follow federal vaccine advice. Her 5-year-old son has had no vaccinations since he turned 1, and her 7-month-old daughter has received none of the recommended shots. “I have to make sure that my child is healthy, and I do not want to put medications in my child that I think are going to harm them,” said O’Neill, who was not involved in the survey appearing in Pediatrics. O’Neill said she’s not an extreme antivaccine zealot. She just thinks that parents — not doctors or schools — should make medical decisions for their children.

Study author Dr. Amanda Dempsey, a pediatrician and researcher at the University of Michigan, said vaccine skepticism is fueled by erroneous information online and media reports that sensationalize misconceptions. These include the persistent belief among some parents about an autism-vaccine link despite scientific evidence to the contrary and the debunking of one of the most publicized studies that first fueled vaccine fears years ago. Some parents also dismiss the severity of vaccine-preventable diseases because they’ve never seen a child seriously ill with those illnesses. But vaccine-preventable diseases including flu and whooping cough can be deadly, especially in infants, said Dr. Buddy Creech, associate director of Vanderbilt University’s Vaccine Research Program. Creech has two school-age children who are fully vaccinated and a newborn he said will be given all the recommended vaccinations. “From being someone in the trenches seeing children die every year from influenza and its complications ... I would not do a single thing to risk the health of

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my kids,” he said. Creech has served on advisory boards for vaccine makers and has accepted their research money. Dempsey, the survey’s lead author, has been a paid adviser to Merck on issues regarding a vaccine for older children but said that company made no contributions to the survey research. Dr. Larry Pickering, an infectious disease specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the new survey is important and well done, and indicates that doctors need to do a better job of communicating vaccine information to patients. Pickering said he supports the idea of parents being actively involved in medical care for their children, but cautioned: “If they’re going to do that, they need to be fully informed about the risks and benefits of vaccines and need to obtain the information from a valid source.” The CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians are among groups that provide online vaccine information based on medical research.

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Leonardo

has departed with the inception of his alter ego, Dicaprio


viewfrommars By Tim Coriden

While watching one of his more recent movies, it occurred to me that between the worlds of Venus and Mars, there is no stranger phenomenon than the Hollywood career of Leonardo DiCaprio. With full disclosure, I had no use for Leonardo DiCaprio when his career began to take hold. Roughly being the same age as the actor, I watched as my female contemporaries gushed over him. Leonardo, as he was known by the occupants of Venus, was a teenage heartthrob. Gracing the cover of multiple adolescent magazines for seemingly years on end, Leonardo dominated the hearts of young ladies throughout much of the 1990s. Even my wife will concede that she thought of him as “dreamy.” In the mid-’90s, Leonardo starred in the romance films “Romeo and Juliet” and then “Titanic.” It did not appear from my untrained eye that he was a particularly unique actor. He never appeared to have great depth in any of his roles. Off camera, he often times seemed to pander for the attention of the paparazzi. However, after “Titanic,” and despite my observations, it seemed that the brightness of Leonardo’s star was unparalleled in Hollywood and that Venus had finally found its perfect man. In one word, it was nauseating. Then a funny thing happened. Leonardo’s star lost some of its shine toward the end of the last century and the beginning of this one. As I recall, he assumed the leading roles in a few movies that were not as well received as “Titanic.” At the same time, other young men, such as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, were beginning to encroach upon Leonardo’s “perfect man” territory. It seemed that the one they called “Leo” was destined to be nothing more than a flash in the pan. I, for one, was not going to miss him. Then an even funnier thing happened. About five years ago, Leonardo starred in “The Departed,” a movie about the relationship between the Irish Mob and law enforcement in the South Boston area. The movie boasted a cast of Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, and

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yes, Leo. The plot was fascinating. The trailers were perfect. It was directed by the genius, Martin Scorsese. Everything about the movie was geared toward my liking, except well … Leonardo. So I held off on going to see the film in the theater. However, a year or so later, during one of our DVD rental negotiations, my wife and I agreed to rent “The Departed.” This movie selection was reached in the true spirit of compromise. My wife, having no use for the plot or associated violence, was pleased with the cast, which included Matt Damon and Leonardo. I, on the other hand, being completely intrigued with the plot, was willing to grit my teeth and power through the fact that one of the leading men was Leonardo. That’s when it happened. The young heartthrob Leonardo, whom I disdained in my early 20s, transformed himself into DiCaprio. Not necessarily DeNiro, but radically different from Leonardo. DiCaprio was great, and his film presence dwarfed that of many of his co-stars. My wife made it through only half the movie before giving it a thumbs down and going to bed. This wasn’t her Leonardo, and she had no use for the premise. However, to me, I had just witnessed a Hollywood star being (re)born and was fascinated. “The Departed” was a movie made for the men of Mars, and DiCaprio helped take it there. It was then that I buried the proverbial hatchet and have since taken in a few other DiCaprio films, which from the Mars’ viewpoint, have been thoroughly entertaining: “Catch Me If You Can,” “Blood Diamond,” “The Aviator” and amazingly enough, “Inception.” With my newfound appreciation for DiCaprio, at the end of the day, I can only shake my head knowing that Venus’ Leonardo is also Mars’ DiCaprio. Attorney Tim Coriden lives in Columbus with his wife and two boys.

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Pizza and cupcakes will delight young ghosts and witches Associated Press Associated press photos If you’re looking for easy, no-recipe-needed Halloween treats, these creeped out cupcakes are an eerily good choice. In one, a traditional frosted cupcake falls victim to a bat attack. In the other, they take a slimy, almost radioactive, turn. Both ideas are from Matthew Mead’s “Monster Book of Halloween,” which is jammed with numerous ghastly treats and decorations.

VAMPIRE CUPCAKES Servings: 12 Bake up a batch of your favorite cupcake recipe or prepare a boxed mix according to package directions. Alternatively, most bakeries (even those in grocers) will sell unfrosted cupcakes if asked in case you want to do only the fun part — the decorating. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them with white cake frosting. Use black gel icing (the sort sold in tubes in the baking aisle) to draw a bat on top of each cupcake. If you need help with this, a template can be downloaded from Mead’s Web site at tinyurl.com/yeboobr. Cut out the template and use it as a stencil. Use a toothpick to make two holes (bite marks) near each bat, then drizzle red gel icing into each.

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Mini jack-o’-lantern pizzas, made with smoky Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese, will be a hit with adults and kids. Plus, they’re made with wholesome ingredients to balance out all the Halloween sweet treats. This also is a good cooking project for children, who can customize their jack-o’-lantern pizzas. Buy a variety of vegetables and other toppings and let the children design their own. Broccoli florets, for example, could be added for hair.


MINI JACK-O’-LANTERN PIZZAS Servings: 12 12 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise 12 pitted black olives, quartered lengthwise 6 slices (about 3 ounces) Canadian bacon, halved 20-ounce ball prepared pizza dough, room temperature, divided into 12 portions 8-ounce can tomato sauce with basil and oregano 2 cups shredded, reduced-fat orange cheddar cheese

Heat the oven to 450 F. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray. To make eyes, place the tomatoes cut-side down on a cutting board. Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, make a ¼-inch slit through the center of each tomato. Stuff an olive quarter into each slit to make the pupils. To make mouths, trim each half of Canadian bacon into a jack-o’-lantern-style mouth. On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a 5-inch wide round, then transfer to one of the prepared baking sheets. To make the pizzas, coat each round of dough with tomato sauce and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Arrange the mouths and eyes on the pizza. Additional olive quarters can be used as fangs. Bake until the crusts are browned and the cheese is melted, about 8 to 12 minutes.

GET SLIMED CUPCAKES Servings: 12 Prepare 2 packages of Jell-O gelatin (any variety, though green and yellow are good) according to the package’s directions for Jigglers (2 packages plus 2 cups boiling water). Divide the liquid between 6 flexible silicone baking cups. Divide the remaining liquid between 6 round-bottomed teacups (this creates a domed top for each cupcake), filling each about ½ inch. Refrigerate everything for 4 hours, or until set. To remove the gelatin from the cups, set the base of each in a bowl of warm water for about 10 seconds. Overturn the cups and gently pry out the cupcakes and dome tops. Invert a dome onto each cupcake, then decorate with gummy worms.

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Car buying entails many financial decisions By Jalene Hahn My oldest son will get his driver’s license this fall. (He can’t be that old.) I am looking forward to less chauffeuring, but it means we will want another vehicle. I started to use the word “need,” but it really is a want on our part, giving us more flexibility and him a little more independence. A car is not just about getting from here to there for most Americans. People are passionate about their cars. For many of us, a car is an extension of our personality and reflects how we would like others to perceive us. Different vehicles evoke different feelings and perceptions. Our emotional expectations of our automobile can sometimes lead us to make poor transportation decisions. What we drive and how we pay for our transportation needs have long-term impacts on our financial well-being. The staff at MSN Money said, “If

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you’re 25 and buy a $20,000 car rather than a $30,000 one and sock away that 10 grand in a Roth individual retirement account at 7 percent, you’ll have $160,000 to retire on.” According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an average car lasts about 13 years and 145,000 miles. So before you head out to the lot to look around, there are some decisions to make and some homework to do. The first decision is, “Who will be the primary driver and how will it be used?” For us we debated if we needed a new family car, a car for my son, a great gas mileage car for me or a truck for my husband. For this round my husband won, and we will be getting a truck. Using the van (a 1999 Ford Windstar) for a “truck” just isn’t working anymore. The really hard decision is deciding how much car to buy. One rule of thumb

is that you should spend no more than 20 percent of your take home pay to buy and operate a car. The purchase price of the vehicle is important, but we often forget to factor in the operating costs. These include gas, insurance, licensing, registration and maintenance (oil changes, new brakes, air filters, tires and more). These expenses could run an additional $3,000 to $5,000 a year. More expensive cars result in more expensive insurance payments and registration fees. Some models will be more expensive to maintain and repair than others. These operating expenses can be about one third to one half of the monthly cost of

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a new car. So take 20 percent of your take home pay and multiply it by .66. That is the most you should consider spending on monthly payments and still be able to afford the operating expenses as well. Affordability is not the same as a low monthly payment. How much you pay each month will be a factor of the price of the car, the interest rate percentage and the number of months you will make payments. A common mistake is making a purchase decision based on the monthly payment. For example, if you could have the same car for $346 a month or $242 a month, most people would choose the $242. The difference is the term of the loan. Both payments are

based on a $15,000 loan at 5 percent. The first payment is based on a fouryear loan, and the second is six years. Payments for the four-year loan total $16,608. Adding two extra years will increase the total paid to $17,242. Ideally you should stick with a 48month loan. That will allow you time to pay off the loan before needing to take care of repairs. It also pays to continue making car payments to a separate account to accumulate the next down payment or to be able to purchase a car for cash. Other ways to decrease your monthly payment are putting down a larger down payment or finding a lower loan rate. Your down payment should be at least 10 percent of the

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purchase price of the car. Don’t assume you will just use dealer financing. Talk to your local bank or credit union to determine how much you could borrow and at what interest rate. So before buying your next vehicle, ask some questions, crunch some numbers and take a reality check on whether or not your dream car will help you or hurt you reach your longterm financial goals. Jalene Hahn is a certified financial planner with Warren Ward Associates.

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Winter is no time to give up a healthy lifestyle

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By Marissa Pherson In winter, most of us go to work in the dark and then come home in the dark, loading up on carbs and piling on layers. We have a hard time getting out from under our blankets and starting the day, let alone accomplishing anything active. Hibernating, we forget the summer evenings spent riding our bikes or walking on the People Trails. Minnesota, my home state, embraces winter with outdoor skating rinks, festivals, cross country skiing and sledding. It’s not cold or snowy enough in Columbus for most of these activities, but that shouldn’t keep us from going outside and taking in the fresh air, somehow. Since I started working in Columbus, I’ve taken the challenge to commute to work via bike. I ride my bike to work (three to seven miles, round trip), for errands and to get around town. My husband and I have cars, but I have seldom driven since the weather warmed up. I’m getting more exercise than ever before as a result of building it into my day. Dragging myself to the gym has never been easy, and early morning exercise requires dedication. The stationary bike won’t cut it after riding through summer, so I’m continuing to Commit to Commute with Healthy Communities this winter. Commit to Commute is a community challenge during which participants log their cycling miles with monthly prizes throughout the winter installment of the competition, which begins Nov. 1. There are many benefits to maintaining an exercise routine during the winter and, specifically, commuting actively to work. They include: • Adults who bike to work have better weight, blood pressure and insulin levels. • Bike commuters report lower stress and greater feelings of freedom, relaxation and excitement than car commuters. • Each hour per day spent driving corresponds with a 6 percent increase in the odds of being obese. • Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour. • The more often an employee cycles and the longer the distance traveled, the lower the rate of absenteeism.

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A Type-A gal, I do my research. I contacted a friend, an all-season bike commuter in Minneapolis, and sought tips. Minneapolis is colder and snowier, but he’s from Ohio, so he can relate to Columbus’ climate. I also asked coworkers at The Bicycle Station for their advice. With the ice we saw last year, I expected someone might suggest expensive studded tires, but they advised knobby mountain bike tires. How to stay warm? It’s better to under-dress and expect a little cold in the beginning than arrive overheated. Face, fingers, ears and toes are important, so a scarf, wind-resistant gloves and wool socks with waterproof shoes or boots would probably be fine. Layering is important for a longer ride. My water-resistant parka will be perfect, and I have leather gloves that keep my hands warm and dry. Still, I’ll probably invest in a pair of water-resistant shoes and better bike lights. The plan is to ride my old blue hybrid style bike, with its mountain bike tires, fenders, rear rack and my roll-top pannier bag. I’m gearing up for colder weather and am excited for the challenge I’ve set: bike at least three times a week. If you want to Commit to Commute actively this winter, check out the “Staying in the Saddle” workshop at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Bartholomew County Public Library. Maybe I’ll see you some dark and chilly morning. Look for the pink jacket and know I’m smiling at you behind my scarf. If you’re not ready now, you can always look forward to bike commuting after the spring thaw. Safety tips • Mornings and evenings are dark, so always use a headlight and rear light. Reflectors are not enough. Adding reflective stickers and colorful apparel or accessories are bright ideas. • Water- and wind-resistant jacket and gloves will keep you warm and dry. Biking is exercise, so you’ll produce heat that even a breathable jacket will trap. • Run the air pressure in your tires at the lower end of the suggested psi. Mountain bike tires can usually run around 40 psi, are wider and provide more traction and stability. Information: www.whatsyourreach.org. Marissa Pherson is a Healthy Communities volunteer and employee at The Bicycle Station.

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Landscape logic Fall is a good time for planting most trees and shrubs in the home landscape. If you’ve bought plants in containers or balled and burlapped, you’re less time-bound because the soil stays with the roots. You can plant them any time the soil can be worked. Transplanting of trees can be done in the fall as well. The smaller the tree and With many of us wrapping up mowing of our yards for 2011, a common question I’m asked is, should one adjust the mowing height of the lawn mower? The answer is no.

Mowing shorter does not reduce damage from snow mold, and mowing higher does not improve insulating properties. The best recommendation is to maintain the recommended mowing height all the way up to the last mowing of the season. As long as you stay at a height of 3 to 3½ inches for most cool season grasses, your lawn will be fine. Information: 379-1665. — Extension educator Mike Ferree

Recommended reading “Zeitoun,” by Dave Eggers. $15.95 “Zeitoun” is the true story of one family caught between two of America’s greatest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Abdulrahman to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on Sept. 6, police officers armed with

M-16s arrest him in his home. You will marvel at the bravery of Abdulrahman and grow furious with what our government puts him through in the name of homeland security. Above all you will be moved by the Zeitouns’ love of New Orleans and America in spite of their travails, and the hope they represent for our collective futures. Told with eloquence and compassion, “Zeitoun” is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. — Viewpoint Books

Beauty bits Thinning lashes? It seems to be a problem for many, but you don’t have to resort to prescription topical treatments just yet. Try these tips to keep your eyelashes in good shape: • Use a gentle remover and pat or dab at the lids rather than rubbing or pulling. • Never tug at lashes.

• If you use a lash curler, make sure you’re not pulling on your lids at all. • If you want to remove clumps from mascara, you must do it when the mascara is still wet and easy to comb through. — webmd.com

Out and about Get ready for the pink party of the century. This year, our annual She Goes Out: Pamper Party is going pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Commons. Browse and shop salon, jewelry, health, food and clothing vendors; sample appetizers; and Page 48

enjoy entertainment from the Dancin’ DJs. After the event, enjoy a special pink drink available for purchase at many of the downtown restaurants. Admission is free.

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