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Clothes-Minded

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She Finds

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Health & Beauty

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Prom-A-Rama

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Events

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She Says

Red and pink

Moisturizing during winter months Annual contest returns

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>> editor’s note

ho is your role model and why? It’s the question we asked women on the street for

qualities from those

this issue’s “She Says” feature.

in my life whom I

The answers to this kind of question are usually touching—full of personal memories and tributes. I decided to ask it in order to pair it with a feature

to emulate. This role model of

we started in honor of National Women’s History

mine possesses my husband’s

Month, which is coming up in March. To preview

positive attitude, playful nature

Women’s History Month, I thought it would be fun

and commitment to personal health; my mother’s

to explore some notable names in Bartholomew

fierce devotion to family; my father’s organizational

County’s historic landscape.

foresight; my sister’s thoughtfulness; my sister-

Naively, I didn’t foresee the extent of the po-

in-law’s strong sense of self; and the list could go

tential in this topic. In our research the names and

on. And when I meet someone who reminds me

stories we came back with quickly made it apparent

to be giving or compassionate or less judgmental,

that in order to do women’s history in Bartholomew

the example they’ve set gets added to the list of

County proper justice, we’d need more than one

personality traits that my super-human role model

story in more than one issue. The information and

exhibits.

stories also led to many other realizations, includ-

It is a constant reminder (which I need) to be my-

ing an overwhelming feeling of pride in my com-

self, but to continue to learn from others. I’m a work

munity and renewed sense of encouragement and

in progress. Anyway, take what you will from the

empowerment to reach my potential. These women,

women and their stories and look forward to the con-

despite the vast variations in not only talent but

tinuation of the series over the next several issues.

years between them, had one thing in common—the

Just as in each issue, this month’s magazine is

example they set. They are role models. Something

full of additional intriguing profiles and information-

about them evokes admiration.

al features, so I’ll end my rambling and let you grab

Now, not all role models need to be historic, nor do they need to be women. In fact to be honest with you, when I asked myself the “She Says” question, I couldn’t come up with just one person. And I rather like that fact. I look up to many people in my life, and that list is always changing. Sure there are some constants, but instead of picking just one person, I take

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Mannequin

makeover

David's Bridal senior vice president Michele von Plato arranges a dress on a plus-size mannequin. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)


by anne d’innocenzio ap retail writer

The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a muchneeded makeover. Wings Beachwear’s mannequins in Miami sport flower tattoos like some of the women who shop there. The mannequins at American Apparel’s downtown New York City store have pubic hair peeking through their lingerie. And at David’s Bridal, mannequins soon will get thicker waists, saggier breasts and back fat to mimic a more realistic shape. “This will give (a shopper) a better idea of what the dress will look like on her,” says Michele Von Plato, a vice president at the nation’s largest bridal chain. Stores are using more realistic versions of the usually tall, svelte, faceless mannequins in windows and aisles. It’s part of retailers’ efforts to make them look more like the women who wear their clothes. That means not only adding fat and hair, but also

“Mannequins are the quintessential silent sales people,” says Eric Feigenbaum, chairman of the visual merchandising department at LIM College, a fashion college in New York City. Stores for over a century have played with the look of their “silent sales people.” Until the early 1900s, the most common ones were just torsos. But with the rise of mass production clothing, fulllength mannequins became popular. The first ones were made of wax and melted in the heat and had details like human hair, nipples and porcelain teeth. By the 1960s, stores were investing in hair and makeup teams specifically devoted to taking care of the mannequins. That decade also started the trend of mannequins being made in the image of celebrities. The late Adel Rootstein, founder of mannequin

Back fat, tattoos and thicker waists make them look more like us experimenting with makeup, wigs and even poses. This comes after two decades of stores cutting back on mannequins to save money. Many have been using basic, white, headless, no-arms-or-legs torsos that can cost $300 compared with the more realisticlooking ones that can fetch up to $1,500. Now, as shoppers are increasingly buying online, stores see mannequins as a tool to entice shoppers to buy. Indeed, studies show mannequins matter when shoppers make buying decisions. Forty-two percent of customers recently polled by market research firm NPD Group Inc. say something on a mannequin influences whether they buy it. In fact, mannequins ranked just behind friends and family in terms of influence.

maker Rootstein, created a mannequin based on elfin model Twiggy in 1966. A year later, it made the first black mannequin based on Donyale Luna, the first black cover girl. The next decade or so ushered in an era of hyper realism, with mannequins showing belly buttons and even back spine indentations, says ChadMichael Morrisette, an expert in mannequin history. But by the late 1980s, the trend moved away from realistic mannequins and toward torsos or mannequins without faces. Now, retailers are doing another about-face. Saks Fifth Avenue, for instance, spent about a decade using mostly mannequins who were headless or faceless. But in the past two years, the

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luxury retailer has been showcasing more mannequins with hair, makeup and chiseled features. “There’s this whole generation of shoppers that hadn’t seen realistic mannequins,” says Harry E. Cunningham, a senior vice president at Saks. “We saw it as an opportunity.” Others also see opportunities. Ralph Pucci International, a big mannequin maker that creates figures for Macy’s, Nordstrom and others, plans to offer versions with fuller hips and wider waists next year. David’s Bridal also is going for a more realistic look. In 2007, the company scanned thousands of women’s bodies to figure out what the average woman looks like and applied those measurements to its first mannequins.

David’s Bridal dressmaker Noel Belancourt wheels a plus-size mannequin to his workstation in New York. (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)

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“There’s this whole generation of shoppers that hadn’t seen realistic mannequins. We saw it as an opportunity.” —Harry E. Cunningham, saks fifth avenue


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Whereas the original forms were closer to a size 6 with 36-26-36 bust-waist-hip measurements, David’s Bridal’s Von Plato says the new torso has less of a difference in measurements between the bust and the hip. The breasts are now flatter on top and rounder underneath. And the plus-size mannequins will now show the imperfections of getting heavier, with bulges in places like the belly and back. American Apparel, the teen apparel retailer known for its racy ads, this month has mannequins in its store in New York’s trendy SoHo shopping district that are wearing see-through lingerie that reveal pubic hair and nipples. Ryan Holiday, an American Apparel spokesman, says the number of customers in the store has increased 30 percent since the debut of the mannequins. “We created it to invite passersby to explore the idea of what is sexy and consider their comfort with the natural female form,” the company said in a statement. The windows were attention grabbing, with most people on a recent Friday stopping, pointing and laughing. “It’s a brilliant idea,” said Ali Mohammed, who works in construction in the area. But Allison Berman thought the realism went

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Clothes-Minded

By Catherine Hageman

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Wardrobe can function as

pick-me-up Last week, I had a bad day. Putting together an outfit for work was the last thing I wanted to do. All I could think about was throwing on my most comfortable sweatshirt, letting my hair stay in tangles and being a blob at home. Instead, I picked out a sparkly outfit, threw on some bright red lipstick and curled my hair before heading to work. It didn’t solve my problems, but it did help me feel just a little bit better. We’ve all had bad days. Whether you’re feeling sick or going through a breakup, bad days mean lounging on the couch in sweats and churning through your favorite TV show on Netflix. Unfortunately, bad days aren’t limited to the weekends. Work has to get done. Kids need their parents. Bad days sometimes seem to have the worst timing and fall when you have a big presentation or a prior commitment that you just don’t feel like sticking with. You have to keep going

– and thank goodness, because even though doing nothing may sound like the best idea, it’s usually the worst. I don’t want to pretend that a cute outfit will make that migraine go away. But for me, my clothes are one of the ways I express myself. The expression “Look good, feel good” is my mantra on difficult days, and when I’m wearing an outfit that I like, it gives me that extra confidence to just put one foot in front of the other and get through that no good, very bad day. Maybe you’ve been saving a pair of shoes for just the right occasion. Or maybe you bought a fun dress on sale without a place to wear it. A bad day is the perfect excuse to grab something extra special that you tucked away in the back of your closet. It’s so important to take care of yourself and spend a little extra time pampering yourself, especially if you’re going through a rough time in your life. Whether

it’s one bad day or several, even five minutes in the evening giving yourself a manicure (I’m partial to cerulean blue right now) will give you a little extra boost. And if something in your closet doesn’t suffice, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something new. I may or may not have been the recipient of one or two packages from Sephora and some clothes (on sale at least!) from Gap due to my bad day. It won’t make the bad day go away completely, but a cute outfit or a little indulgence is a small way to put yourself first. And sometimes on a bad day, that’s all you need. *she

Catherine Hageman lives in Columbus with her “fur babies,” Hamlet, Horatio, Othello and Perdita. She blogs daily looks, outfit ideas and fashion advice at smalltownbigwardrobe.com and can be reached at Catherine.hageman@gmail.com.

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shefinds Compiled by Kelsey DeClue

photos by andrew laker and chet strange

February is the month of love. Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but we’re still celebrating, well, celebrating the colors of love to be exact. Red and pink aren’t just for cards and hearts. Incorporating these bold, bright hues into your home and wardrobe is a great way to keep love in your heart year-round, and the drab feelings of winter at bay until spring.

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Lip Service Columbus banker Dawn Andrews tries her hand at the independent cosmetics business By jon shoulders photos by april knox

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Many people with full-time jobs and children look forward to their rare moments of free time for much-needed rest and recuperation. Not so for Columbus-based banker and small business owner Dawn Andrews. Each evening at around 9 o’clock, after having spent quality time with her husband, Scott, and five kids, her personal creativity and productivity time is only just beginning. Last March, Andrews launched Garb2Art, a cosmetics company specializing in a wide variety of lip glosses packaged and shipped in recyclable materials. What began as a one-time project to fulfill a creative impulse has evolved into a full-fledged and ongoing business endeavor that keeps her up nights – willingly. She’ll often work on her business through the evening until 3 a.m., only to wake up a few hours later to begin her day job as a mortgage loan originator at German American Bancorp. So far she’s pleased with the results. Andrews’ late-night sessions packaging and labeling orders and marketing on social media have yielded nationwide online sales, and she currently has handmade displays – which are also made of recyclable items – in 19 retail stores, including Studio Shag hair salon and Out of the Blue Finds in Columbus. “J. Crew will put us in their southern region so we’ll be in 47 of their stores through first quarter of this year,” she says. “If it sells well, they’ll put us in all 332 stores. It’s a pretty big break.” Last month, in order to take the business “to the next level,” Andrews started a business partnership with Atlanta-based businessman Stephen Burd, son of Columbus residents William and Loretta Burd. “He will be doing a lot of the busy work to give me a life back after my kids go to bed,” she said. “We will work in close contact daily, but he knows the industry and will be a huge asset when it comes to getting product into large retailer stores. Stephen

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is really the missing puzzle piece needed.” With a longtime passion for sales and experience in advertising, it was perhaps just a matter of time before Andrews, 36, launched her own business. Born in Salem, she grew up living in several cities in the south central region of the state and got her start in the banking industry as a teller at National City Bank in Seymour. An opportunity to work in radio brought her to Bartholomew County in 2001, where she hosted a morning radio show and eventually became a general sales manager for the station. A subsequent position as business development manager at Indiana Bank & Trust (since acquired by Old National Bank) in 2011 paved the way for a return to sales, which Andrews feels is her true forte. “I enjoyed managing, but at the same time my heart is in sales,” she says. “A mortgage position opened, and I was approached about that and thought it would be a good fit.” She has been at German American Bancorp since November 2012. "It didn't take very long to see that Dawn is ultra-high-energy,” said Joe Hauersperger, senior commercial banker at German American Bancorp. “She’s a producer and the kind of person who can immediately get results.” Despite a demanding daily routine that includes spending time with family after work and moonlighting as owner of an independent business, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “She doesn’t sleep much,” her husband, Scott, added. “Sometimes I get tired just watching her. But that’s what it takes if you aspire to do great things.”

In the Beginning The concept behind Garb2Art’s environmentally conscious packaging was borne out of a pastime Andrews shares with her children, Larry, 18, Luke, 16, twins Kate and Brenna, 3, and Maggie, 2. “I had really gotten into taking recyclable materials and making them into something, whether it was art or something else,” she recalled. “We have made


ABOVE: Scott and Dawn Andrews, with (from left) Larry Thompson, Brenna Andrews, Maggie Andrews, Kate Andrews, and Luke Thompson.

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several projects out of melted crayons. It was just a hobby, and with the kids it was something we could do at home. I realized I could take that approach and do something more.” Another piece of the conceptual puzzle fell into place in March of 2013, when she and Scott, an attorney at Coriden, Coriden, Andrews & Glover in Columbus, were vacationing in St. Petersburg, Fla. She became intrigued upon spotting a unique tube of lip gloss at a local boutique. “The lip gloss itself wasn’t that great, but I really liked the tube, and it’s similar to what I use now,” she said. She began doing online research during the car ride home from Florida, formulating her own line of beauty products and eventually creating Lipgarb, which features a tube of lip gloss with a mirror on the side and a wand applicator that lights up for use in dark clubs or restaurants. Many of Andrews’ quirky product names, such as her Maggie Dew and Fairy Mary lip glosses, are tributes to family, friends and colleagues. After compiling an ingredient list for what would become Lipgarb, Andrews lo-

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We asked Dawn: Who is your role model and why? “I grew up very poor. Seriously, like wait-in-line-forcheese-and-rice poor.  I remember being 7 years old and getting to go to the mall with my grandparents and was amazed by the well-dressed women that smelled good and wore loud shoes.  They seemed so powerful and put together. I hadn’t ever seen anyone like that, but knew it was what I wanted to be.” —Dawn Andrews

“She doesn’t sleep much. Sometimes I get tired just watching her. But that’s what it takes if you aspire to do great things.” —scott andrews cated a company that could manufacture her product, obtaining the necessary licensing and approvals from the Food and Drug Administration in the process. “I first did a run of 250 and thought that would be it, but those sold out in an hour, so I knew there was a possibility of doing more,” she said. A full line of beauty products soon followed throughout 2013, including lip liners, nail polishes, sugar scrubs and lotions, and Andrews says Lipgarb remains her best seller. When shipping her online orders, she uses “things that would normally be thrown in the trash, anything that you could think of that I could spray paint and turn into packaging,” from old cans to melted vinyl records, and she plans to try using recyclable materials for the

tubes and containers that house her cosmetics in the future. “I can't say I've ever jumped on an environmental bus, but once I started paying attention to everything we were throwing away, it felt good to try to make a little bit of a difference,” she said. While juggling the challenges of her banking career, family and independent business, Andrews says sticking to a daily timetable is vital. “I’m always on a schedule, and sometimes you can mix a little social time with business,” she says. “Usually when friends come over, they’re labeling with me. That’s just our hangout time, and they know that I’m really invested in my business. They get free makeup, too, so they’re OK with it.” *she

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By kelsey declue

U

North Pole, by now, you’re likely

it comes to skin health? Dryness. Several fac-

over the weather this season. Mul-

tors cause skin to lose moisture during the

tiple single-digit and sub-zero days have

winter, including indoor heating and wind

wreaked havoc on our wallets, minds and bod-

exposure. Harsh soaps, alcohol-based skin

ies. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but

products and UV exposure also deplete nutri-

several more weeks of cold weather are still

ents and damage skin.

nless you hail from Nome or the

in store. Old Man Winter’s toll on the bank

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What’s the No. 1 complaint of winter when

“Many people don’t realize how important

account may be inevitable, but his effects on

it is to wear sun protection year-round,” said

delicate skin don’t have to be.

aesthetician Carol Jordan, facial consultant at


tle and creamy,” Johnson said. “For the body use soaps with added oils.” Jordan recommends medical-

Where did the humidity go? Moisturizing products are essential for healthy skin in wintry weather

grade products because the ingredients are generally more concentrated. “With medical-grade products you see the changes so much quicker than using over-the-counter products,” Jordan said. “And really there isn’t much of a price difference between the two. Plus with medical-grade products, you don’t have to apply as much of the product, so you’re not going through it as quickly. “It’s really worth the investment.” Jordan recommends routine facials and chemical peels during the win-

ter to keep skin fresh. “These days there is no downtime, even with chemical peels,” Jordan said. “We don’t have time for downtime. (Chemical peels) are flaky forehead? The answer could lie in how

very therapeutic, and there’s no better way

you prepare your skin and the type of mois-

to get rid of the dead skin cells to encourage

turizer you’re using.

hydration and rejuvenation.”

“You can layer moisturizers all day long,

There are also some at-home remedies

but if it’s sitting on a buildup of dead skin

and practices that support skin health during

that won’t help,” said Lucretia Johnson, aes-

difficult winters. First, hydrate from the inside

thetician at Southern Indiana Aesthetics and

out – drink plenty of water.

Plastic Surgery’s DeLor Medical Spa. “So a

“Using a humidifier and keeping tempera-

Skin Deep Laser Center in Columbus. “Your

gentle exfoliant is a must. Also try applying

tures in the home on the cooler side can also

skin is absorbing those rays whether it’s 80

moisturizer while the skin is still damp from a

help,” Johnson said.

degrees and sunny out or 40 degrees and

shower or bath.”

cloudy. And the sun reflects very easily off of snow and ice.” Of course, experts maintain that moistur-

Johnson said the ingredients with natural

The winter months are an ideal time to focus on skin care treatments. Jordan and

ceremides, dimethicone and glycerin soothe

Johnson recommend finding a provider who

dry skin and help it hold water. Lanolin and

offers free skin consultations.

izing is key to skin health. Pretty common

mineral oils help the skin hold onto water that

sense, right? So why then do you keep slather-

is absorbed during showers and bathing, but

“A consultation can identify your personal

ing on the lotion with reckless abandon only

they’re not ideal for use on the face.

needs and the best way to meet those needs to

to continuously find cracked knuckles and a

“Choose cleansers and soaps that are gen-

“Everyone’s skin is different,” Jordan said.

make your skin as healthy as possible.” *she

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Prom Perfection Follow trends that fit your personality By kelsey declue Weather that allows a skin-baring dress and strappy heels seems a distant reality during these frigid winter days; however that time of year is on its way (albeit slowly) and teens across the county must be ready. Which season is that, you ask? Why, prom season, of course. With terms “promzilla” and “promposal” surrounding the planning and festivities for one of the biggest nights in many high school students’ lives, it’s apparent that prom is like a miniature wedding to some, minus the exchanging of vows and the prospect of growing old with one’s dance partner. From finding the perfect dress to planning an epic after party, prom takes preparation. That’s why many students start the process in the late winter. When it comes to the special night, perhaps the most important element is the look, at least for the girl; and the most essential part of an overall prom look? The dress. National trends for the 2014 prom season feature traditional romantic ball gowns, sleek cutouts and eye-popping animal prints. However, the trends in Columbus are a bit simpler. “I think overall most girls come in and they want something unique,” said Terry Kutsko, owner of That Special Touch. “More so than picking something because it’s trendy, girls want to have their own style and wear something they’re comfortable in and look fantastic in.” Kutsko said there are a few styles that are more popular than others. “One pretty big seller this year have been dresses that are pretty in front, but also have an interesting back,” she said. “There are a lot of gorgeous options with really intricate backs and the girls seem to like those a lot.” One-shoulder dresses are also popular because they’re flattering on any body type. While on a buying trip in Chicago, Kutsko noticed the popularity of high-low dresses, which are cut knee-length or higher in front and taper to floor-length in back. Layer dresses that featured a short knee-length skirt atop a sheer longer floor-length skirt were another popular look at Chicago fashion shows. “As far as colors go, it’s all across the board,” Kutsko said. “We’re seeing a lot of bright neons and bold colors, as well as some really pretty spring hues and even more romantic tones like navy blue and wine.” Kutsko offers advice and a word of caution for shoppers: avoid buying dresses online. “It’s fine to look at styles online and I know that’s really popular, but we hear numerous times about girls who have bought a dress online from what ends up being a scam site and they either don’t get the dress or they don’t get the dress they ordered.” 22

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Kutsko said scam sites will use dress images from legitimate designers and then send cheap and sometimes, incomplete dresses or no dress at all. “It’s such an important night,” she said. “Why would you spend money on something like that that you’ve never seen or even tried on? “If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Coordinating hair styles can be as individualized as dress preferences; however the overall theme of a more natural look remains popular this year. That can be played out in anything from a girl wearing her hair down with soft curls, to a messy up-do that looks a bit less polished than the traditional bun. Rule number one when it comes to the ideal prom ’do? The hair should complement the dress, not compete with it. In other words if your dress is simple and unembellished, a wild up-do with blingy accessories will send a conflicting message. If your dress is vintage inspired, research some popular hairstyles from the ’20s, ’30s or ’40s and ask your stylist to give you one with a modern twist. Prom is a great night to express your personal style and interests and kick back and have fun. That’s why She magazine strives to make the night extra special for one area high school girl. This year marks another Prom-a-rama contest, and the online entry form is available at therepublic.com/prom. *she

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Part One in a Series By paige harden

Columbus’ history is peppered with legendary women. They have titles including movie actor, television producer, sculptor, chef, magazine publisher, newspaper executive and diplomat. Others lived modest lives, but all played a vital role in making Columbus the vibrant and thriving community it is today. They dealt with social and racial injustice, fought for equal rights and for their voices to be heard. Some even lost their lives in the pursuit of benefiting others. These Columbus pioneers paved the road, creating a much smoother path for the women of today and the future. To pay tribute to the accomplishments and sacrifices of these women, She magazine will feature profiles of historic women of Columbus in subsequent issues. Here are the first in the series, “Women Who Dared.� february 2014 // she magazine

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Newcomers to the area To start this historic series, it seems appropriate that the first featured woman be Mary Cox. Mary and her husband, Joseph, have been recognized as Bartholomew County’s first white settlers. While not much is written about the pair, their significance is without question. Mary and Joseph arrived in Bartholomew County in 1819. They raised 10 sons and a daughter and built their first cabin at what is now the intersection of Rocky Ford and Marr roads. The following year, in 1820, Joseph, who was 54 years old at the time, planted and raised the first corn crop of Bartholomew County. When land was opened for purchase, the couple bought 1,300 acres for $1.25 per acre. They later built a cabin on a hilltop at the corner of what is now the intersection of Rocky Ford and Taylor roads. Joseph and son Thomas built a small water mill that ground wheat and corn on Haw Creek, three miles northeast of Columbus. Mary died on Oct. 14, 1846, and Joseph died on Nov. 26, 1851. Their gravestones still stand at the edge of Middle Road, just north of Rocky Ford Road.

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Historical records of the Cox family. TOP: The graves of Mary and Joseph Cox.


Prima donna Madame Thea Dorre, or Effie Critchfield as she was known in Columbus, made a name for herself in the late 19th-century world of opera. Born in Jonesville, Dorre left Columbus when she was 21 and adopted Chicago as her birthplace. She may not have claimed Columbus, but Columbus certainly claims her. Dorre performed all over the country and throughout Europe. She was most known for her role as Carmen, receiving the following review in the Brooklyn Eagle in 1895, “Last Wednesday Carmen was interpreted by Mme. (Thea) Dorre with a power, a finesse, a charm which swept all before it and brought down the house quite after the fashion of the palmy days.” The San Francisco Call in 1896 said this about her: “Dorre’s magnificent interpretation of Santuzza saved “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and she alone made the curtain fall on a storm of applause. A more ideal Santuzza than Dorre’s it would be impossible to imagine. Dorre’s picturesque appearance, however, was one of the least of her good qualities. She sang Santuzza delightfully, her ringing, penetrating voice filling the theater without effort, and her notes being clear and true as a bell. She held her audience completely under her spell and applause was liberally showered upon her.”

In 1898, a magazine in London wrote, “Madame Thea Dorre will surely create a very deep impression on London lovers of music when she appears at Covent Garden, for her performance of Biget’s reckless heroine is said to compare most favorably with that of any of her predecessors, and to be very near the perfection of Madame (Emma) Calve’s performance.”

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giving her life for her country Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck is the only servicewoman in Bartholomew County history to have been killed in action. Born in Columbus in 1912, she earned her pilot’s license while in college. She married Edward Norbeck in 1940 in Hawaii. The couple was at their home in Honolulu on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Jeanne Norbeck and her husband served in Honolulu as voluntary air raid wardens. In March 1943, Edward Norbeck entered the U.S. Army Intelligence Service. With her husband in the Army, Jeanne wanted to do her part and applied for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Except for combat training, Norbeck completed the same course of classroom study, flight instruction and check flights, and flew the same military airplanes as male Army Air Force cadets. Upon WASP graduation in 1944, she was assigned to Shaw Field in Sumter, S.C. Her job was to fly “red-lined” Army Air Force trainers to analyze problems needing repair and write engineering reports for the maintenance department. She also flew repaired trainers, putting them through rigorous flying tests to make certain they were safe for instructors and cadets to fly. On Oct. 16, 1944, Norbeck and a WASP friend, Marybelle Lyall Arduengo, reported for their next test assignments involving two BT-13 trainers. They flipped a quarter to see which airplane each would test. The BT-13 that Norbeck flew had been red-lined with a possible structural problem in the left wing. While testing the trainer, she discovered that something was wrong with the wing. She was turning back OPPOSITE PAGE: Jeanne married Edward Norbeck in September 1940. Photos courtesy of Atterbury Bakalar Air Museum

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>> “My mother.  She is a caring woman of faith, strength and wisdom.  I know it has not been an easy job being the mother of seven, however Mom has worked hard to raise us to be successful in all that we do, as well as instilling strong family values.  She, to this day, encourages all of us to keep strong in our Catholic faith.  Also, no matter how busy your life may be, you always have time for family.  Mom has always been a loving mother who has kept her sense of humor all these years.  I hope my daughter, Ella, can say the same things about me.” —Amy Powell


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toward the base when the plane suddenly rolled over and went into a spin. She could not regain control, and the airplane crashed. Norbeck’s body was returned to Columbus with a military escort. She was buried in Garland Brook Cemetery. In May 1998, the restored chapel in a World War II barracks at Columbus Municipal Airport was named the Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck Memorial Chapel and dedicated to her memory. *she

>> “I have two role models. My main role model is (Columbus North cross-country) coach (Rick) Weinheimer. He taught me about positive attitude, making the right choices, hard work and, of course, about running. My female role model is my grandma. She was a nurse, and I followed in her footsteps to also become a nurse.” —Julie Brinksneader

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Rebecca Pebley, with Jeff Khuel, while accepting her Columbus Area Arts Council award, top, and volunteering at local events, like Relay for Life (center, with Amber Price) and Foundation for Youth (bottom). Submitted photos

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Time Sharing

Community volunteer finds plenty of ways to help others By alaina sullivan

portrait by chet strange

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iving back to the community is something that arguably every person should do at some point in her life, but for at least one Columbus woman, it is a career on the side. At 28 years old, Rebecca Pebley volunteers what time she has leftover beyond her full- and part-time jobs. Pebley is a human resources coordinator at Columbus Container and parttime employee with Lemleys’ Catering. However on top of her work week, she volunteers with a variety of organizations, ranging from Harrison College, where she mentors students, to Foundation for Youth and the Columbus Area Arts Council. She has been a dedicated volunteer in the Columbus area since 2009. It is that tireless work that earned her Volunteer of the Year distinctions at Foundation for Youth in 2012 and the Columbus Area Arts Council in 2013. When Pebley attended last year’s arts council annual meeting, she had no idea she was an honoree. “They told me I was going to be volunteering for the annual meeting,” she said. When she arrived at the event she saw her mother and mother’s fiancée in attendance, which she thought was odd. As the program began and the presenter described the background of the person being honored, Pebley knew something was up. “I was like, ‘They’re talking about me,’” she said. Before she knew it, she was accepting the award. Giving back is something that comes naturally to Pebley. Growing up, the Rushville native enjoyed making jewelry and grew the hobby into a way to raise funds. She began to sell her jewelry, donating a portion of profits to Relay for Life. She has been a regular volunteer for the Bartholomew County Relay for Life, serving as the event chairwoman last year. The organization touches her heart through the experiences her family has had with cancer. Her great-aunt died recently of brain cancer, and her mother’s fiancée was diagnosed last year.

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Pebley at the 2013 Princess Ball with, from left, Samantha Cowan, Caitlyn Gross and Chase Banister.

We asked Rebecca: Who is your role model and why? “My answer may seem corny, but everyone is a role model to me. I look up to so many different people in my life for different things. My parents, volunteer coordinators, co-workers and friends have all helped me in different ways. Without all the different people that I have met in the last couple years I would not be the person that I am today.” —Rebecca Pebley

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“I love Relay for Life,” Pebley said. “It is hard to not talk to someone who has not been affected by it (cancer).” Through Foundation for Youth, she assists with the annual Princess Ball, Bowl for Kids’ Sake and the triathlon. “The youth triathlon is awesome,” she said. “It is really cool to see these first- and second-graders have that determination. I admire them for that.” This year, she is serving as an adult mentor for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services’ annual Dance Marathon on a committee that helps raise awareness while also raising additional funds for the dance. “Rebecca was a great addition for this committee, given her background and involvement with so many other great causes,” said Whittney Loyd, development coordinator of corporate relations and special events at Turning Point. Loyd said Pebley has provided a lot of great ideas and insight for the students in charge of fundraising. Pebley came up with the idea of getting cards for discounts to area businesses and helps the students learn how to speak to businesses and ask for donations. Pebley looks forward to the March event and plans to stay up all night dancing with the students. After graduating from Rushville High School in 2004, she moved to Columbus to attend Harrison College. She earned associate degrees in accounting, human resources and business management. However, she says her niche is in event management. “Ideally I would like to run my own company in event management,” said Pebley. She hopes eventually to work part time for all the local catering companies to gain experience in pursuit of her dream. She said she began her studies as a shy and introverted student, but through volunteering she found herself becoming more outgoing and assertive.


“My instructors told me I had a complete transformation,” she said. “It broke me out of my shell.” Pebley intends to stay in Columbus, as she loves the vitality and volunteerism in the community. She said she found her hometown lacking in that area. “There are so many opportunities and nonprofits (in Columbus),” she said. “In order for them to be successful, they need volunteers, and there never is any lack of volunteers.” In what little free time she has, she still enjoys making jewelry, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends. “I actually started horseback riding last summer after almost 12 years of not riding,” she added. “It is something that I can do with my mom that we both enjoy.” Pebley knows at some point she might need to scale down her volunteer efforts, however she has no intentions of doing so soon. It has given her a chance to stay busy, network and make new friends. However, those are not the only reasons. “I do it out of pure enjoyment,” she said. *she Pebley with Harry Cooper, Jr. at Foundation for Youth.

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“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

‘Gone Girl’

makes author Gillian Flynn a literary celebrity By Amy Driscoll

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ith the runaway success of “Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn has arrived. After more than a year on bestseller lists, her deliciously poisonous ode to a marriage gone bad is heading to the big screen with Ben Affleck starring, David Fincher directing and Flynn writing the screenplay. Her previous novel, “Dark Places,” is also being made into a movie, starring Charlize Theron. And she’s only written three books. Gillian, formerly a TV critic for Entertainment Weekly who was laid off in 2008, is now perched atop the literary pile. Recently at a literary seminar, she found herself amid long-established authors who are now easily her peers, such writers as Judy Blume, Sara Paretsky, Carl Hiaasen, Laura Lippman. As fans lined up to talk to her, someone thrust a copy of the most recent EW into her hands. On the cover? “Gone Girl,” the movie. Her movie. “It’s insane. It really is,” she says with a bemused smile. “I was a very shy and awkward kid. Painfully shy. I always wanted to be a writer, but I wasn’t exactly booming with selfconfidence. This weekend is one of those times where I wish I could go back and say, ‘You’re

going to meet Judy Blume, and you’re going to talk about her books with her. And Joyce Carol Oates. It’s gonna be OK, kid.’” It’s been more than OK. “Gone Girl” hit a sweet spot in publishing, a suspense novel with such artfully crafted twists and turns that a New York Times reviewer compared the author to legendary psychological thriller writer Patricia Highsmith. Flynn’s pop culture roots are never far from her writing — and that may be why she’s been so successful. The basis for “Gone Girl” isn’t unique. It’s about a marriage that goes horribly, publicly wrong. But Flynn brings a fresh eye to the concept through the use of revenge, secrets and a critical look at the personas we construct for each other and ourselves. By combining our modern-day, reality-show culture with a universal theme of relationships, she puts her finger on something that resonates. “There’s something to talk about for everyone. The gender roles we play, the domestic roles we play. There’s the push and pull between husbands and wives and how do marriages go wrong. I think people are fascinated by that,” she says. “You know, people who are in good marriages fear that, because they have seen good marriages go bad.” She has not, despite reports to the contrary, completely rewritten the ending for the film, she says. “You have to dismantle a book in order to put it back together as a movie. And it was fun to take all the different puzzle pieces and figure out what’s going to make it in the new puzzle and what can be left behind.” And though she notes she has done a lot of rewriting for the script, “They hired me because they liked the book so ... reports have been greatly exaggerated that everything is completely different.” Flynn knows a lot about the ways popular culture is increasingly creating and manipulating our world. That viewpoint is solidly on display in “Gone Girl.” “We’re so saturated that … we repeat things to each other, the chatter becomes very similar. We use movie references. I remember the first time I saw the Mona Lisa in person and I was like, meh. Because you’d seen it — it’s been big jigsaw puzzles. It’s been on posters. Like, I waited in line for this? And there are so many things like that, that you’ve seen so many times.” But she’s also quick to recognize the

strength of what she calls the “democratization” of culture that allows us to feel OK combining the popular with the classic. When she forgot her book for this trip, for example, she bought two at the airport: Rachel Kushner’s “The Flamethrowers” and Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” “It’s somewhat of a psychotic mix,” she jokes. “But there’s been a nice democratization — people will not only read this highbrow thing. You can acknowledge that more mainstream things are worthwhile.” Reality TV has further pumped up the emotional content of the internal scripts we’re now carrying around, she says. That kind of over-acting in real life is “something to be fought. I think it’s worth fighting. Living a genuine life, in which you are having your own responses instead of someone else’s, is a worthwhile pursuit.” She’s not averse to manipulating her own moods through pop culture consumption — especially when she needs to shed the creepy, devious thoughts that allow her to create a warped relationship like the one in “Gone Girl” between Nick and his wife, Amy. “I’m a big fan of setting the mood for writing. So for Nick and Amy, I had certain playlists put together for them. I knew kind of what would be on their iPods.” Nick, “a child of the ’80s,” would have some country and some Kiss, more mainstream than Amy, whose playlist included The Smiths. “I discovered particularly during the writing of ‘Gone Girl,’ where it’s about this toxic marriage, and you’re in Amy’s head for so long, and you’re in this angry place, that it was important to kind of pull out of that.” Her cure? Listening to songs from musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain.” “Moses Supposes,” a celebration of silliness, is her favorite. “Every time I watch that I’m like … aaaand I’m happy now. It’s a go-to, easy fix. I could kind of shake it off.” She still has the eye of a critic but dislikes anything that feels too calculated. “I don’t read a book on, is it perfectly structured, is it perfectly put together? To me it’s, is there a voice, is there a point of view? Do I feel refreshed when I read it and energized, as opposed to feeling that I’ve read it before but it’s been done perfectly? Those are writers where I always feel like they’re writing from a genuine place and not pandering to what they think we want.” *she february 2014 // she magazine

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County resident starts group geared toward firearm education and camaraderie for women

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arti Finke often carries her Ruger LCP .38 handgun wherever she can legally. At home, she keeps her Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun loaded and ready. Owning firearms meets many needs, Finke said, including self-protection, increased self-confidence and her desire for target-shooting recreation. The rural Bartholomew County resident has been around guns nearly her entire life. She served in the U.S. Navy, and her husband, Jim, was an officer for the Bartholomew County Sheriff ’s Department for 26 years. “We’ve always had guns,” she said. “It’s something we’re comfortable having around us.” In the early years of their marriage, Finke and her husband spent time at various shooting ranges, but when raising children took priority, she lost touch with her love of guns. In 2000 she founded Central Tech Solutions, an

information technology support and website design and development firm for small businesses. “We just didn’t have time to shoot anymore,” she said. “But we always taught our kids about guns, gun safety and how to store them properly.” Two years ago, after Jim retired from BCSD and Finke scaled down her duties at Central Tech, her interest in guns took center stage again. “(Jim) likes golf and guns, and I’m not too crazy about chasing a little white ball around,” said Finke, smiling. “This became something we could do together. I’m a very competitive person, and this gives me a way to improve my skills. I’ve only been doing this seriously for about two years though, so I still feel like a newbie. I still have so much more to learn.” Her newly revived passion for shooting sports is what led Finke to launch a local chapter of The Well Armed Woman. The Well Armed Woman was founded in February 2012 by Carrie Lightfoot, a Scottsdale, Ariz., pistol instructor. The organization now boasts more than 3,800 dues-paying members in 156 chapters across 37 states. The organization’s Facebook page has more than 105,000 fans. So obviously, Finke isn’t alone. According to Gallup poll data, the percentage of American women who own a firearm nearly doubled from 2005 to 2011, rising from 13 percent to 23 percent.

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Carolyn Hatfield

“A lot of people are buying guns for personal protection, but women also are buying guns for hunting and target shooting,” —Carolyn Hatfield

Indiana State Police data from 2013 shows that 112,730 women in Indiana have a firearm license. In Bartholomew County, 1,401 women have a license, which accounts for 21 percent of the 6,615 firearm licenses in the county. According to The Well Armed Woman’s website (thewellarmedwoman.com), the organization’s focus is on education, firearm safety, self-defense techniques and introducing women to the world of firearms. “While guns are still considered a man’s world, women are becoming much more interested and involved,” Finke said. “This club gives women the opportunity to learn more about

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guns in a safe and friendly environment.” She said the fact that the club is for women only is appealing. “Many women are more comfortable learning about, shooting and talking about firearms with other women,” Finke said. The Columbus chapter will meet once a month at the Sandcreek Conservation Club. Each meeting will include an hour of discussion about a topic relating to guns, protection, equipment, etc., and an hour of shooting. A National Rifle Association-certified range safety officer must attend all meetings that involve shooting to train members and to ensure that safety standards are being followed. People may join whether they are an expert or someone who has never picked up a gun. “It will be a great place to learn about guns and gun safety and to meet some new friends with similar interests,” Finke said.


“Plus it will give you an excuse to shoot your gun once a month.” Jim Finke said he completely supports the effort. “Even if a woman is not interested in guns but her husband has guns in the house, she should come to the meetings so that she will be properly trained in how to handle, unload and store guns to keep herself and her family safe,” he said. Lt. Matt Myers, the Columbus Police Department public information officer, said he appreciates the safety and education aspect of the organization. “Everyone has a right to bear arms as long as they are licensed and do it properly,” Myers said. “Our biggest concern is people who own guns but aren’t properly trained. We would like anyone who carries a gun to be trained and to go through a safety course. The Well Armed Woman sounds like a great opportunity for women to receive training and education and to learn to be confident with their weapon.”

Carolyn Hatfield, co-owner of Phoenix Guns in Columbus, said that women represent approximately 40 percent of new gun sales at her store on State Street. “Women are definitely one of the fastestgrowing segments in the market,” Hatfield said. “I think women are getting more publicity lately in connection with shooting sports. You can now see women from all walks of life on TV who are very competent with guns.” The types of guns purchased by women are as different as their clothes, Hatfield said. “Everyone has their own personal preferences and tastes,” she said. “We all feel comfortable with different sizes, fits and styles of guns. Many women start small and expand from there.” While handguns are the most popular type of gun purchased by women, Hatfield said women also buy rifles and shotguns. “A lot of people are buying guns for personal protection, but women also are buying guns for hunting and target shooting,” she said. “If I don’t feel like they are competent

with a gun, I will try to convince them to do their research before they buy a gun. If they buy something they can’t feel confident using, it would be better not to buy one.” Many women appreciate the fact that a woman is at the store to help them select the right gun, she said. “Everyone’s hands are different, and women’s hands are very different from men’s,” Hatfield said. “It’s all in the grip. I tell them they will know they have found the right one when they feel comfortable holding the gun in their hands.” The first meeting for the Bartholomew County Chapter of The Well Armed Woman is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Sandcreek Conservation Club. *she For more information check out the group’s Facebook page, facebook. com/TWAWSouthernIN or email TWAWSouthernIN@gmail.com.

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Mint Ice Cream with Thin Mints

Three-Ingredient Raspberry Tart

Peanut Butter Blondies with Peanut Butter Patties


Made to Order Girl Scout cookies yield stellar desserts

By ellise pierce

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It’s Girl Scout cookie season, and this year, I challenged myself to come up with recipes using them. And I love a challenge, especially one that involves cookies. There’s no sew-on badge for my efforts, but these resulting sweet treats — a raspberry tart, peanut butter blondies, mint ice cream and apple-cranberry crisp — are reward enough.

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Three-Ingredient Raspberry Tart Makes

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1 (9-ounce) box Trefoils shortbread cookies 1 stick butter, softened ½ cup raspberry jam Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Mint Ice Cream with Thin Mints 2 cups whole milk ¾ cup sugar ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves 1 cup cream 5 egg yolks 10 Thin Mint cookies, crushed

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Warm the milk, sugar and mint leaves in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour the cream in a bowl with a colander on top. When the milk mixture is hot and steaming, turn off the heat, cover and let steep for an hour. Remove the mint leaves, then reheat the milk over medium heat again. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Pour a little bit of the warmed milk into the egg yolks and whisk continuously, then a little bit more until the yolks are warmed through. Add the yolks to the saucepan. Stir until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Pour through the colander, mix with the cream and let cool. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled. Churn the ice cream according to the ice cream maker’s instructions. Add the crushed Thin Mints to the container you will be pouring the ice cream into. Add the ice cream and stir so that the cookies are evenly distributed, then pop into the freezer until firm.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the cookies in the food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture comes together. Press into a tart shell and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly firm and browned. Let cool completely. Spread the raspberry jam into the tart shell, sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar and serve.

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Peanut Butter Blondies with Peanut Butter Patties ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 cup flour 1 stick butter, melted 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup smooth peanut butter, such as Skippy 1 egg 8 Peanut Butter Patties, crushed

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Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with parchment or foil and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the sea salt and flour. Set this aside. Put the melted butter, brown sugar and peanut butter in the mixer bowl and combine. Add the egg and beat until the color changes to light yellow — a few minutes on high will do it. Add the flour mixture and gently mix. Fold in the crushed cookies. Pour into the pan and slide into the oven. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the edges brown. Be sure not to overcook; err on the side of under- rather than overcooking. (Gooey is gooooood.) Serve right away.

Apple-Cranberry Crisp Makes

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7 Cranberry Citrus Crisps 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon cornstarch ¼ cup dried cranberries To make topping: Place cookies in food processor and pulse until finely ground; add the butter and pulse until the mixture comes together. Refrigerate until firm. (You may do this ahead of time.) In a bowl, toss apples with the brown sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and cranberries. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and put two (4-ounce) ramekins on a cookie sheet. Divide the apple-cranberry mixture between them, making sure to pile up the apples as much as possible — there will be shrinkage. Add as much topping as you’d like, slide into the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until the apples are cooked and the top is brown. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature. This recipe easily doubles, triples … you get the idea. *she

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Living with Grace By ian mcgriff

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n June 4 I became a father. I always knew that I wanted to marry and start a family. I looked forward with excitement to our little girl. My wife and I often discussed which of our personality traits she’d share, whom she’d look like, would she sleep ... all the natural parental questions that come with expecting your first. I knew it would be wonderful. I knew it would be great. I knew it would be rewarding. I knew it would be hard. I didn’t know just how much fun it would be. I feel like I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky guy who has a good time almost always. This, however, was a whole new level of fun and excitement. As Grace has gotten older and she’s interacting more, it’s just gotten better. Seeing her and hearing her laugh are the greatest sight and sound I have ever experienced. The best part is that I can’t really explain why it’s so wonderful. It just is. Becoming a father has been the best thing I have ever done. She’s my masterpiece, and there is no doubt that I will love her unconditionally, forever. Regardless of what will happen, I know that I was meant to be a daddy to a little girl. I made a list a few weeks ago of things to remind myself to say or do as she gets older. Things that I hope will fill her with confidence, strength and the knowledge that this world is hers to shape and that I will always love her.

My List: –Show her that strength is not just for men. –Show her courage and fearlessness. –Don't let your insecurities rub off on her. –Show her ways she can do what she dreams. Encourage her. –Teach her that her body is perfect and that shouldn’t be reflected as a number on a scale, but by how she feels about herself. –Teach her to talk to herself in a positive way. Negative self-talk can debilitate her. –Be the superhero she’ll think you are one day. –Be the man she needs when that fades and you are just dumb dad. –Say “no.” –Say “yes.” –Say “I love you.” –Never disagree with Megan in front of Grace. Be united at all times. –Don't let her play us against each other. If she’s as smart as her mom, it’ll be hard for me not to be fooled. –Give her every opportunity, but make her earn it. –Teach her value. –Teach her kindness. –Teach her trust. –Teach her faithfulness. –Teach her love. –Talk to her often. –Have a lot of “daddy-daughter days.” –Be strong for the times that get hard. Know that loving her is the best thing you can do to make it through those hard times. –Remember the times you sit and read to her. They’ll soon fade to new and exciting things, but the glider and the books are where you started to learn from each other.

Ian McGriff is director of fitness at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club. He and his wife, Megan, and daughter, Grace, live in Columbus.

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just a minute Recommended reading “The Invention of Wings,” by Sue Monk Kidd

Out and about

This time of year, it’s easy to become a shut-in. Get out of the house and get moving with your Valentine this weekend at Dance Indiana’s Sweetheart Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Commons. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25. Information: 350-5545.

Healthy habits

Want to start a workout routine that you’re more likely to stick to? Exercise in the morning. Working out not long after waking up helps energize and prepare your body and mind for the day, and helps you burn more calories throughout the day than you would without exercise. Also, people who exercise first thing are more likely to keep it a regular part of their daily schedule.

From the celebrated author of  “The Secret Life of Bees,” a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early 19th-century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimkes’ daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment and expression will leave no reader unmoved. —Viewpoint Books

Landscape logic

Cabin fever? Some yard and garden chores are ideal for mild winter days, such as pruning shrubs or small trees and picking up dropped branches. Even some mulching is a great way to get fresh air and clear the way for spring. Need pruning advice? Check with Purdue Extension or your public library for resources. — Extension educator Kris Medic

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