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Re a l l y n e e d s o m e h e l p h e re . I ' v e g o t t h i s s t ra n g e ra s h , w e l l , "d o w n t h e re ", a n d w o n d e re d i f m a y b e y o u c o u l d u s e y o u r p o w e rs t o , y o u k n o w , l e t m e k n o w i f i t ' s s e ri o u s o r n o t . - I t c h y G i rl
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I f i t ' s "d o w n t h e re " a n d y a d o n ' t m e a n A u s t ra l i a A N D I T I TC H E S, t ru s t m e — i t ' s d e fi n i t e l y s e ri o u s . Ru n , d o n ' t w a l k , t o t h e n e a re s t E R. A n d n e x t t i m e , t ry a l i t t l e l e s s t e q u i l a a n d a l i t t l e m o re p e rs o n a l h y gi e n e . - RR ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
A R I E S
Y e s , P re s i d e n t C h e e t o S a t a n i s a m o ro n a n d h i s h a i r l o o k s l i k e s o m e w e i rd k i n d o f s a d , l o s t m u s k ra t , b u t l o o k o n t h e b ri gh t s i d e . U h , wait a minute. I almost had it. D a n g, s o rry I b ro u gh t i t u p .
T A U R U S
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G E M I N I
Okay, so Mexico isn't going to pay for the wall after all, a bunch of u s a re l o s i n g o u r h e a l t h i n s u ra n c e a n d t h e re a re n o m a n u fa c t u ri n g j o b s c o m i n g b a c k t o A m e ri c a . J u s t what exactly is yer point?
C A N C E R
Th e q u e s t i o n i s : “W o u l d y a d o i t again even if ya knew then what ya k n o w n o w a n d t h e re w a s n ’ t l e s s than $5 .00 in yer bank account?” O h , a n d t h e l l a m a . D o n ’ t f o rg e t the llama.
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Admit it. Last year ya did some p re t t y d u m b t h i n g s a n d t h i s y e a r y e r p ro b a b l y go i n g t o d o s o m e p re t t y d u m b t h i n g s . W h y n o t c h o o s e m e n t h a t a re p re t t y a n d n o t d u m b f o r a c h a n ge ? H m m m .
S C O R P I O
Admit it . La s t yea r ya did s ome p r et t y dumb t h ings a nd t h is yea r yer p r oba bl y going t o do s ome p r et t y dumb t h ings . Wh y not ch oos e men t h a t a r e p r et t y a nd not dumb for a ch a nge? H mmm.
Y o R upe!
Re a l l y n e e d s o m e h e l p h e re . I ' v e I u s u a l l y g o o n a n o n a b o u t h ogo w t t h i s s t ra n ge ra s h , w e l l , "d o wn a m a z i n g S c o rp i o s a re a n d h o w tthheere y ", a n d w o n d e re d i f m a y b e y ou m a k e t h e w o rl d a w o n d e rf u l p lcaocuel,d u s e y o u r p o w e rs t o , y o u b u t j u s t t h i s o n c e I w o n ’ t . W eklnlo, w , l e t m e k n o w i f i t ' s s e ri ous o r n o t . - I t c h y G i rl okay, maybe just a little.
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S C O R P I O
I us ua l l y go on a n on a bout h ow a ma z ing Scor p ios a r e a nd h ow t h ey ma ke t h e wor l d a wonder ful p l a ce, but jus t t h is once I won’t . Wel l , oka y, ma ybe jus t a l it t l e.
S A G I T T A R I U S
I t ’ s n o t w h a t y a d o o r w h y y aI fd oi t ' s "d o w n t h e re " a n d y a d o n ' t i t . I t ’ s w h a t y a d o A N D w h y yma e a n A u s t ra l i a A N D I T I TC H E S, d o i t . E v e n w h e n t h e y p a y y a ltoru t ss t m e — i t ' s d e fi n i t e l y s e ri o u s . Ru n , d o n ' t w a l k , t o t h e n e a re s t of cash to do it. E R. A n d n e x t t i m e , t ry a l i t t l e C A P R I C O R N l e s s t e q u i l a a n d a l i t t l e m o re p e rs o n a l h y gi e n e . - RR N o t h i n g s a y s b a t c ra p c ra z y l i k e :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: voting yer conscience and then c o m p l a i n i n g a b o u t w h o w o n . Th i n k A R I E S next time, okay?
I t ’s not wh a t ya do or wh y ya do it . I t ’s wh a t ya do AN D wh y ya do it . E ven wh en t h ey p a y ya l ot s of ca s h t o do it .
A Q U A R I U S
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36 // A TRIBE CALLED BEAN
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24 // 5 THINGS TO EAT + DRINK
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2017 FEATURES 7
This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heaven, it just feels like it.
TO ALL THE LITTLE GIRLS JENNIFER GOETZ Women Who Rock Revisited - in her own words
he art for the shirt came a bit like a bolt out of the blue. I'll be honest...
I was grieving the election and what it meant for my child's life going forward. I didn't sleep more than two hours that Tuesday night and I felt... sick. Numb. Sick. And not sure how to move. I called my daughter's father and sobbed into the phone, "You have to do better for her than what the nation just told her she's worth." He was very patient with my crying. He promised to always be a present man in her life. To be fair though, he always has been. I just needed to hear it.
"Go. Seek. Ask. Question. Learn. Get into some trouble. Break a couple rules.â&#x20AC;?
Then Hillary came forward to give her speech recognizing her opponents win. The quote came from Hillary's speech. I truncated it a bit but it's 95 percent the same. Using that quote isn't about Hillary (or President Trump), it's about committing to all our little girls that they are valuable, powerful, capable. That they are the change makers. They are smart. They are intricate. They are titans. All little girls deserve reminding that we will do better for them and will commit to that. And that they have all the power within themselves to be everything they aim for. I developed the art that quickly spiraled into shirts as an act of defiance to what my child was being told. But also as a means to manage my grief through my skills. To be useful when I felt numb. I needed to find a productive place to put my fear. I've always been the stand out girl. I'm a thousand feet tall so yeah...Always. I don't get away with "blending in" very well, but it's something I've come to know and love about myself. I've got solid parents too. They both squared up my shoulders and said, "Stand up straight and walk into every room like you know what you're doing, even if you're the most wobbly one there." So I'm lucky, is what I'm telling you. 8
I recognize that my daughter is lucky too. There are other wildly capable women she will meet that aren't afforded the same things she is. We talk about that, a lot. That she needs to do her due diligence to help the masses forward. How she does that, I leave to her choice. We also talk about her body... but mostly her brain. That kid is smart. Witty. Sarcastic. She's also stunning (I'm also biased). So for every time I tell her she's beautiful, she is also told she's smart. I've tried to always empower her with Go. Seek. Ask. Question. Learn. Get into some trouble. Break a couple rules. But if it all gets to be too much - my home (our home), will always welcome her. Always talk to her. Feed her physically, mentally and emotionally. She has to know she has sanctuary from the fray. To rest. Recharge. Purchase "To All the Little Girls" shirts at PT's College Hill, Tradepost Entertainment. Full store at zazzle.com/81arts_colorwheel
Then go back into the light all over again. Like the woman she is. I sold over 200 shirts so far, but I'm always hoping for more. I gain no personal profit and I'm going to keep pushing them as long as I see the kinds of injustices towards all women like I've faced and the new ones that seem to keep cropping up. So basically, I'm selling shirts forever. But I'll keep telling my child forever too. She's worth it. She's powerful. She's valuable. If that's my cross to bear? So be it. I'll be glad to carry it forward. aseveneightfive
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"I do everything that I do for a reason – to be positive!”
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mpressive, exciting or effective are adjectives to the word 'rock' according to Dictionary.com. A woman I met a few days ago fits this description.
Her name is Carrie Proffitt, and as I sat down to interview her at The Classic Bean, she amazed me. There was an appearance about her that displayed her positive nature, her love and compassion for others and for the wellbeing of all people, rich and poor, young and old, in all walks of life. Carrie’s husband, Chris, nominated her to be one of the featured Women Who Rock. He stated in his email to seveneightfive, “Aside from putting up with me for 15 years now, she works tirelessly to have a positive impact on everyone she comes across.” I have to say, she impacted me greatly in the brief time that I got to visit with her through her positivism and caring attitude! Carrie works fulltime for KDADS, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services as a Quality Assurance Manager and oversees three major programs for the state: the Senior Care Act, the Old Americans Act and the CARE program (Client Assessment Referral Evaluation). Carrie’s family, who she states is her biggest support team, consists of her husband Chris, who co-owns and operates Tailgators Sports Pub and Grub, her sons, Hunter, Ryder and Jman. ,
Hunter is in eighth grade and loves to play soccer for a traveling soccer club team, so his practices and games are in various locations outside Topeka. He is an advocate and a peer mentor for his fellow students at school. Ryder is a 3rd grader who has been diagnosed with severe autism and epilepsy. He sees specialists in the Kansas City area often and has a behavioral therapist come to the home twice a week, helping him adjust in the home and out in the community. Come spring, Ryder will be getting a service dog to assist him. Jman is a 4th grader and loves playing football and baseball with the leagues in their area. Jman is the Proffitts foster son and joined the family in December 2015. Carrie, like many mothers, has a lot on her plate, traveling to appointments, sporting activities and more. But what makes her a Woman That Rocks is above all, she finds time to help others. In the summer of 2015 a close family member was diagnosed with cancer. Nervous about losing her hair, she asked Carrie to cut it for
her when the time came. When she came to the door, there stood Carrie, with a freshly shaved head. This is the kind of person / friend / family member / mom Carrie is.
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Carrie and Chris have been foster parents for over 13 years to over 30 children. The kids range in age from four months to 14 years and stay for varied lengths of time. The couple plans to continue fostering children for as long as they are able. They also donate to many causes, including Easter Seals, Capper Foundation, TARC, and local families with sick or severely disabled needs children. Carrie also volunteers with Meals on Wheels twice a month. I asked Carrie "why she does what she does with everything." She said, “...I do everything that I do for a reason – to be positive!” I again asked her "why, why hang in there?" To which she boldly stated, “because I am alive! And to give back!” She and I talked about people who just go through the motions and live vs. those who ‘are alive.' There is a big difference, we both agreed. aseveneightfive
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IN HERSELF JAMIE HORNBAKER
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itting in the office of her insurance agency, it could be easy to assume Jamie Hornbaker’s path to success was the one followed by many young professionals: a successful high school career, off to college, smooth entry into the job market and ongoing promotions, and a family built around the schedule of a career woman.
But we all know, according to Felix Unger of "The Odd Couple," what happens when one assumes… Jamie’s path was much more of a scribble than a straight line, but she attributes her personal, professional and community success to that very circuitous path. As she succinctly put it at the end of our conversation, “Live life in the positive as much as possible…I am what I am because of my experience, not in spite of it.” Raised in Mayetta, Jamie was rolling along until finishing her sophomore year, when seeing no future in continuing, left school and moved to Tennessee. By the time she was 19, she had earned her GED as well as having a daughter. At that point, having determined she “wasn’t going anywhere,” she started college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University. Jamie noted, “I did get in my own way on occasion, but these early challenges were enlightening.” While at WU, she met current seveneightfive owner Kerrice Mapes. With not many assets beyond determination and vision, the two launched the magazine in 2006. Jamie left the magazine shortly thereafter to focus on her children and her career.
Live life in the positive as much as possible...I am what I am because of my experience, not in spite of it." Elaine | bar manager
First stop was the non-profit world, working for the United Way and the YWCA. She then moved into the private sector through the insurance business and, for the last four years, has headed her own State Farm office. Jamie, along with her husband Matt, continue to be active in supporting the community by using her ties to the nonprofit world, which she cites as something that brings her joy and fulfillment.
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When asked about her biggest challenges, she noted the low-expectation environment for a female in a rural high school. Being both a teen and single mom also presented major hurdles. Jamie cited four major goals she’s set for herself: 1. create an environment for her children (two girls and a son) that encourages attending college; 2. do good things and help people; 3. grow the business to be the best it can be; 4. and write a book that would inspire others. When ask for words of advice, she provided these nuggets: • work towards a goal, not perfection; • Something awesome can happen if you keep at it; • Surround yourself with people who support you; and, as noted earlier, • live life in the positive as much as possible. Jamie's path may have started rocky, but it's what helped shape her to become a Woman Who Rocks. aseveneightfive
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LANGUAGE OF THE SOUL O ver the past 20 years Jancy has been working with a very special artistic technique in which she uses an energy field, pulling from her own personal chi and outputs a powerful form of abstraction.
One of the most difficult forms of artwork for most of us to understand is abstract art. By its very definition, abstract is non-subjective meaning there isn’t anything necessarily identifiable or definable in the artwork that we can draw on from our own experiences. What energy artist Jancy does with her artwork is something that can help us understand the abstract creative process and also draw from our own experiences, helping us appreciate the style.
Jancy employs a simple concept; after using meditation methods such as Tai Chi and Qigong to gather her energy, she uses various mediums, pencils, paint, charcoal to express that force onto a surface. You will notice repetitive lines that vibrate and play across her images. These do not simply represent her own life force but are intuitively placed there by it making the intangible concrete. Each piece is a record of the quantum she has harnessed and placed on the page in each creative session. Her energy art draws not only from her own spring but also from the essence around her in the room. Through her years of practice, she has experimented with performance art, commissioned work and workshops to teach her technique and share her work. Today, she has expanded her vision to make it possible to include anyone willing participate. With her new adult coloring book “Soul Expressions: Coloring for Transformation” Jancy invites you to join in the rich experience of coloring and bring you a closer connection to your own soul for helping you experience more peace, joy and energy in your life while making a connection to the energy she has placed on the page. We could all use a lot more of that don’t you think? She sees each image in the book as incomplete until it touches another soul to finish. This effort expands the images that she has started.
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ancy Pettit is on a mission, she wants to gather together a community of fellow colorers to share their quantum source energy as a worldwide art project. You are invited.
“It is my hope that people will approach these in a way they may have never approached anything before, in that there are no rules. They can do it however they want to, they can draw around it, they can even cut them up and make collages with them. I give you full permission to do so.” Jancy explains. The important thing to Jancy is that you complete the piece and benefit from the experience and share them on Facebook: Soul Expressions Coloring The designs will connect with you at a deep level – expressing the language of the soul. Here is the great thing about this project, you can start right now with a download from her site that includes instructions at, JancyPettit. com/coloring. It is a liberating, relaxing and joyful experience to practice mindfulness and discover the feeling of drawing outside the lines for once. aseveneightfive
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West Bottoms of Kansas City, where she was spotted by a buyer for Hallmark. That led to demonstrating at the greeting card company´s Plaza store, which now sells her wares, as do other shops in the area. Hallmark is talking about putting her goods in its Topeka store, she said.
Her online business is thriving, too. She hand-lettered more than a thousand holiday ornaments between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which she called ¨too much of a good thing.¨
Nation also teaches calligraphy and is producing a video course. Her growing line of products includes maps, globes, mugs, T-shirts, terrariums, wooden wall hangings but maps with hand-lettered sayings are the most popular. Her favorite? ¨You don´t have to have it figured out to move forward.¨ That, she said, was what her father wrote in his impeccable penmanship on her high school graduation card. aseveneightfive
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ale Nation is writing her own success story one letter at a time.
She has turned a passion for penmanship into an entrepreneurial opportunity that has her selling hand-lettered home decor items in specialty shops around Northeast Kansas, including Hallmark´s HMK store on the County Club Plaza in KC and online through her GaleNation. com website. ¨I´ve always loved calligraphy and hand-lettering,¨ Nation said. ¨My dad was an engineer, and he had beautiful penmanship. He used fountain pens, and he would let me use them.¨
As a girl, Nation said she would copy words from the encyclopedia ¨and make them look pretty.¨ However, it would be years before she would turn her pretty writing into anything for which people would write a check. Nation, who was born in Wichita, grew up in El Dorado and earned her bachelor´s degree at the University of Oklahoma, was working as a marketing consultant in Kansas City when 10 years ago a friend set her up on a blind date with Vic Nation, a Payless executive, who happened to live across the street from her parents just west of Topeka. ¨It´s a good thing I liked him or that would have been awkward,¨ Nation said, with a chuckle. After the couple wed, another friend suggested Nation might want to volunteer at the New Hope
Food Pantry, 404 SW Polk, which is sponsored by Northern Hills Baptist Church and supported by other Southern Baptist congregations in Topeka. When the pantry´s director retired, Nation was asked to take over its operation, which she said ¨was a good way to give back, meet a lot of people and do some good.¨ Plus, she added, ¨I´ve been a single mom, so I kind of know what it´s like to stand on the other side of the line.¨ She did that for six and half years, and through the support of about 140 other active volunteers, including several from the neighborhood, Nation decided to pursue another home-based business (much like a line of appliquéd clothing for moms and kids which she operated in the 1990s). This time, however, she decided to hand-letter home decor items which which she initially sold at a NOTO Arts District shop before relocating to the
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TARA WALLACE orn in Topeka, Tara Wallace grew up in the Pine Ridge neighborhood where her mother and grandmother united and nourished the community by starting a job training program for teens and treating teens to summer bus trips to Worlds of Fun.
“I was always the kid that asked why” reflected Tara, and while attending Topeka High School, Tara realizes now she was a “blender.” “I wasn’t part of any group” said Tara, but fit in with many different groups. Like her mother and grandmother, Tara says she has always been able to touch people and just make them feel good. When Tara graduated from T-High she wanted to pursue a degree criminal justice but plans changed when her son was diagnosed with Autism. After receiving a false diagnosis, Tara worked with the school to have her son correctly diagnosed. Through this process she wondered how many other parents were out there, parents who did not have access to the resources, professionals and friends in the community, that she had. This led her to change the focus of her studies to at-risk youth, psychology and social work. She received degrees from Central Texas College, Excelsior College and Washburn University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Andrea Leon | photo by Ali Hanlon
Today, Tara provides family therapy through her private practice, specializing in work with under-served populations. “I help them develop their language and find a healthy ways to communicate.” said Tara. Tara meets her families wherever is best for them, be that in their home, a relatives' home, the school or even Boys and Girls club. Tara said recently she took a young girl out to the lake to talk, and to have time to be a kid. “I want to challenge them to think bigger. I have a client that is brilliant but nobody tells her that.” “I want our youth to be able make healthy choices and to communicate their worth. If you don’t know your worth, you will compromise your worth.” Tara is part of many community organizations in Topeka including the Kansas African American Foster Care/Adoption Coalition, the Suicide Prevention Coalition, Care Portal and the Community Resources Council. Tara said that being part of these organizations helps her learn about and have access to resources for the families she is helping. Tara’s rolling briefcase has the word “lighthouse” stitched on it. “A mentor told me that I was a lighthouse," said Tara. "That I can walk into a situation and brighten it. That I don’t walk away. I continue to be a continuous piece of light. That’s what I want people to know about me.” aseveneightfive
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he first time Ronnie Wooten volunteered to distribute food for SilverbacksKs, she realized that while she was simply handing out granola bars to patrons, her then 10-year-old daughter was serving them cookies. “It was a game changer for me,” Wooten said. “I’m very much a taskmaster. Get things done. Go, go, go,” said the president and chief operating officer of Suntell, a Topeka-based national software company that develops and services systems that manage loan portfolios for community banks and credit unions. So four years ago when Ronnie, her husband, Les, and their youngest daughter, Grace, were part of a line distributing sack lunch items
for SilverbacksKs, she noticed “when they got to my daughter, things would slow down considerably, come to a halt. “Finally, I said to her, ‘What are you doing? Just give them a cookie, please. It’s not that complicated. What are you doing?’ “She said, ‘I’m asking them what kind they would like. There are different kinds, and I think they deserve a choice.’” “That really resonated with me,” said Ronnie in the front room of her home not far from Seaman Middle School where Grace is now a 14-year-old eighth-grader. “People do have a choice. This isn’t a task. This is a process. This is about building community. That’s what SilverbacksKs is about,” Ronnie said. “Everything we do is not to see how quickly you can get it done. It’s truly getting to understand the people we’re helping and treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
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While Ronnie also uses skills she developed in her financial career to provide administrative and accounting support for SilverbacksKs and manage its social media presence, it’s the hands-on, sleeves-rolled-up volunteering that remains the most satisfying. “If I get up Sunday morning and am feeling tired and maybe wishing I could lay in bed a little longer, I always remind myself that I’ve always, always left feeling rejuvenated and ready to conquer the week,” Ronnie said. “It’s Bill Blankenship | TopeaOnStage.com
That respect is evident at 408 SW Jackson, where most weekends Ronnie hands out trays to patrons of SilverbacksKs’ flagship program, SilverSundays, which from 11:30a to 12:30p serves hot lunches to anyone who needs them. On average, the nonprofit, volunteerstaffed group distributes 250 to 275 meals each Sunday. Ronnie greets many of the guests by name. She converses and asks questions that demonstrate she knows something about their circumstances and life at home, if they have one. “These people are so often invisible to the general public,” Ronnie said. “It’s part of our mission and it serves our overall goals to see them, know them and interact with them.” “The goal is for everybody to leave feeling recharged, both the patrons we serve and the volunteers,” she said.
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"It has opened so many doors to teach, while we are learning ourselves.” Although the multi-day holiday is observed in central and southern Mexico where families and friends gather to pray for and remember their deceased loved ones, it wasn’t as prevalent a tradition in the parts of Mexico from which most Topekans of Mexican heritage have their roots. However, Christina was curious.
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hristina Valdivia-Alcala’s life path has never moved in straight lines, from Point A to Point B to Point C and onward to some wellplanned destination.
“You know I hate to sound New Agey, but the trajectory of my life has never been in a linear fashion,” she said at her home in Oakland neighborhood, which lies in the shadows of the railroad shops that decades ago drew thousands of Mexican immigrants to Topeka..
CHRISTINA VALDIVIA-ALCALA Bill Blankenship | TopekaOnStage.com
Around Halloween, the Tonantzin Society, which Christina co-founded and directs, completed its fifth annual, month-long, community-wide celebration of Dia de los Muertos. (Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday.) But getting there, she said, has like the rest of her life “been very much in the trajectory of the feminine, and the feminine has a very kind of chaotic, undulating, moving around, coming back, seeing it from another angle, et cetera, fashion.” The impetus for observing the Day of the Dead in Topeka goes back to 2011, which is when Kansas Children’s Discovery Center education director Margaret Hennessey Springe asked Christina to organize a Dia de los Muertos event for the center.
The Discovery Center event drew a multicultural and multigenerational audience. It was so successful that Christina saw the Day of the Dead as a way to breathe new life into helping Topekans of Mexican heritage to learn more about an aspect of their specific culture that has universal appeal. “We all have lost a loved one,” she said. “How do we remember them? How do we pay respect to them? How do we do it in a way that’s not bound in continued sorrow and grief?”
“I mean if there is anything about our culture, it has some of the most joyous remembrances and humor about death,” she said, citing as an example the folk art that depicts skeletons engaged in the day-today activities of the living. Through partnerships with the University of Kansas Center for Latin American + Caribbean Studies, Mulvane Art Museum, Kansas State Historical Society, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, NOTO Arts District, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and others, the Tonantzin Society has organized film series, art shows, lectures, plays and a street fair that draws exhibitors and attendees from a four-state region. “It has opened so many doors to teach," Christina said, "while we are learning ourselves.”
FEB 28 - MARCH 7 Restaurant Week is brought to you by VisitTopeka in partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network. A portion of the proceeds from each meal will benefit the Harvesters' BackSnack program, which provides shelf-stable, nutritious foods to local children for the weekend. Eat at one the participating restaurants during the week (or specific day) of the prix fixe meal and $2 to $3 will be donated to BackSnack. As of printing, seven restaurants were signed up and you can find their menus and specifics at visittopeka.com. Those restaurants include Top of the Tower, The BurgerStand, NOTO Burrito, Cafe Holliday, Blue Moose Bar + Grill, Black Dog BBQ and Annie's Place. aseveneightfive
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Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each month at 5p - that is when Luis' Place opens for their monthly tapas and wine tasting night. Menu changes monthly and the wine tour is guided by Grant Holthaus. Luis' Place is open for lunch and dinner on Friday (only). Plan to have their Cubano sandwich this Friday. __________________________ LUIS' PLACE // 435 S Kansas Ave.
TACOS and/or THE GOOSE Every Sunday (not Saturday - sorry for the misprint last issue) enjoy traditional hard shell tacos at 75Â˘ each. Get there early, they do sell out. Not in the taco mood? The Dutch Goose is a legendary sandwich with their signature jalapeĂąo jelly. Be sure to take note of their new bar and floor, it looks great.
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Pedro Conception conceptualizes dishes beyond any "burger joint." From featured butter nut squash soup to chicken pozole - The BurgerStand is always thinking outside the bun. Euro Brussels Salad [right] Brussels sprout salad with roasted corn, feta cheese, bacon and sun dried tomato vinaigrette. ____________________________ THE BURGERSTAND // College Hill
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Bold. Very bold and solid from the first drink to the last drop. This IPA was full of Carmel and maple notes and tones. Not necessarily an afternoon "sixer," that's for sure. But paired with a nice steak or chop, a few to a handful could go down smoothly.
SPACE DUST IPA // Elysian Brewing Co. $3.25 Beer $3.25 Otis* $12 Pizza 15'' Single Topping
*OTIS: Via’s Adult lemonade (Think summer brew, but way better.)
Contrary to its brah, Space Dust was full of citrus and floral tones. This super crisp and hoppy IPA went down smooth, leaving me craving for another - this IS an absolute afternoon "sixer" or at the very least something that will appear in my fridge frequently.
JOE IPA // Barrel 10 First off, I'm bias. Since their beginnings (2006) their culture has been simple and profound: "3 Guys, 1 Mindset, BREW BEER, Drink Beer, Have Fun Doing It!" That's a pretty straight forward mission I can cheers too.
I've had the pleasure of tasting their Joe IPA (now SAM [Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic Hopes] due to a trademark issue) and it was a stunning, super hoppy and fruity citrus that filled me wanting more. So naturally, I was most anxious to try other varieties from Barrel 10. Barrel 10 does eight yearly brews with Apocalypse IPA being the flagship, a West Coast Style. One season and three small tanks. The last brewery that you'll see this month is Blue Point out of Long Island, NY. Started in 1998 Blue Point offers five year round brews and five seasonly, six small batches, three barrel aged and three oyster series. The company prides themselves on the region and her ingredients to create its masterpieces. aseveneightfive By Jarrad Boyer
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WOMEN. FUTURE. LEADERSHIP. TOPEKA. " There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women, " said United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan in 2005.
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WOMEN'S MARCH TOPEKA, KANSAS
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ver a decade later, the Women's Foundation, an organization committed to promoting equity and opportunity for women of all ages, commissioned a study on the status of women in Kansas with the University of Kansas's Center for Science Technology + Economic Policy. The study was released February 2016 and is being used to provide a baseline for continued research and reasonable policy solutions. For me, a hermana to the hundreds... thousands...who gathered and rallied on January 21 at the State House, the findings are a staggering truth, that undoubtedly will spark and fuel a fire. continued >>
WHAT'S HE WORTH, KANSAS? [ Women's Foundation "Status of Women in Kansas", 87-page analysis available at womens-foundation.org ]
the dollars and sense of gender equality in Kansas
ansas' female labor force participation ranks higher than the rest of the country, yet the median earnings for women in our Sunflower State is 10 percent lower. In the U.S. at the time of the report (2014), women working full-time, year-round earned 83 cents for every dollar of male earnings, but in Kansas, that gap is wider - 79 cents. For the sake of my research comprehension I pulled out the trusty TI-83; this equates to a male earning $50k a year and a female counterpart earning $39k annually. (I Pause.) On a positive note, female higher educational attainment is greater than men across the U.S. Over 34 percent of females in Kansas have a bachelor's degree or higher. "Now put your head in, put your head out, put your head in and shake it all about...."Because the earnings gap is larger for those with a bacherlor's degree in the KC Metro than any other Midwest metropolitan area. The study goes on to point out that women in Kansas are most likely to work as secretaries or administrative assistants, registered nurses or school teachers. Men most likely to work as driver/sales workers, first-line supervisors of sales workers, and managers, general.
Let's compare apples to apples. Within the same occupation and the same state, men earn more. Women hold fewer management positions, are significantly less likely to be self-employed or own a business than men. Women's management positions and business ownership are significantly lower in Kansas than in the U.S. On the wake of the Women's March, I read and re-read the 87-page report, finding one last section the most... interesting - civic engagement. In Kansas, women vote in higher numbers compared to men. In the Kansas state legislature, women are in the minority. Women votes make up over half of the population, but women comprise less than 25 percent of state legislators. In 2014, no female held an elected statewide office, however, Susan Wagle is the first woman to be President of the Kansas Senate. A decade earlier, the Governor, Commissioner of Insurance, and State Treasurer were all women. Kansas has only one female member of Congress out of its six member Congressional delegation. aseveneightfive
PROJECT PROMOTES LOCAL FEMALE LEADERSHIP
ast month the Women’s Foundation, the City of Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce announced a new effort to increase the number of women serving on city boards and commissions.
Topeka is the ninth community in Kansas and Missouri to launch the successful Women’s Foundation Appointments Project program and Angel Zimmerman is the first appointment, to the Capital Business Improvement District.
"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women
“I am honored to receive the first appointment," said Zimmerman. "I am grateful to leaders like Councilwoman Karen Hiller and to Women’s Foundation for their guidance in this process, and am looking forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with more women in local leadership positions." “Angel will be a valuable addition to the Capital Business Improvement District,” said Hiller. “I know firsthand that having more women in leadership positions will enrich and strengthen our city.” “We are very pleased to launch this city-wide Appointments Project to enable more women to lead in their community,” said Wendy Doyle, president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation. “This expansion is another great step towards our goal of removing barriers for women of all ages in Kansas.”
WHEN WILL THE NUMBERS E QUA L E QUA L I T Y ? the next steps 34
ourty-six years ago Congress declared August 26 Women's Equality Day, in commemoration of the 19th amendment, which granted women's suffrage. Gaining the right to vote was monumental for womankind and obviously a right exercised by many in our state, but perhaps just a small step towards equality. Wendy Doyle, president + CEO of Women's Foundation, in an article "Instead of Commemoration, let Women's Equality Day be a Call to Action" urges us to keep working for change and approach Women's Equality Day as a day of action to further our quest for true gender equality. Ninety-seven years after gaining the right to vote, women are still not paid equally for their work, make up a dismal percentage of CEOs in the U.S. and are largely underrepresented in elected office.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? The Women's Foundation published the "Pay Equity Best Practices Guidelines," which seeks to improve standards for pay equity and achieve measurable results with three best practices: determine if disparities exist, re-evaluate and promote and ensure pay transparency. You can find the one-page document on their website, womens-foundation.org. Additionally, womensmarch.com has developed 10 Actions 100 Days, to help peoples all over the world define next steps, and envision how to transform the energy of this year's Women's March into local and national action. Seven years after the Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913 the 19th amendment was enacted. Participants of that march will be honored on the back of the new U.S. $10 bill in 2020. That's three years from now...I wonder what changes we can make before, to honor all women, leaders of our past and future? aseveneightfive
The Appointments Project - Topeka will work to identify good candidates for city leadership positions by increasing awareness of open board positions, connecting local talent, and helping women navigate the process. The Project serves as a talent bank, advisor and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead in their communities and works to attract diverse applicants. Past research on civic engagement conducted by Women’s Foundation has shown that while women have the drive and the desire to serve on a board or commission, many feel like they do not have the knowledge or experience to do so. In addition, many women express they would serve, if they were asked. The Appointments Project was first launched in Kansas City in 2014. Since its launch, over 35 women have been appointed to boards and commissions and the project has expanded to nine locations. Topeka women interested in learning more or applying to Women’s Foundation Appointments Project - Topeka are encouraged to participate in an informational webinar on Thursday, February 16 at 12:15p. Go to womens-foundation. org to sign up and learn more. aseveneightfive 35
a tribe called bean CAFFIEND Melanie D. Alderson
WHAT'S THE WHAT THE PERCULATING BUZZ CAFFIEND isn't just another coffee shop in another strip mall; caffiend tribers know the chemistry behind the bean - one of the best roasters in the world. Adam Ross, co-owner, was named the 2009 Roaster of the Universe. He has over 15,000 hours of roasting and cupping specialty coffee including roasting over 20 of the top 100 rated coffees on Coffee Review. Adam has received scores of a 90 or greater on coffee varieties ranging from Moka to Maragogype. THE MISSION: Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication = Give the people what they want, when they want. And they wants it all the time! Now put that in your cup and drink it. 36
MODERN INDIAN CUISINE INSPIRED & PAIRED WITH BELL’S BEERS
hen my sister and brother-inlaw, Tosha and Adam Ross, announced in August of 2015 that Adam was leaving his full-time job to make a shift in his career path, I had no doubts they would create something interesting. Adam spent more than ten years roasting coffee beans for PT’s before he decided to do it his way and begin roasting independently. After taking a huge leap of faith, the nano roastery was born. The pair have since been sourcing, roasting, packaging and distributing whole and ground beans to coffee drinkers in Topeka, our surrounding counties and to coffee enthusiasts throughout the nation. Buzz to January of 2017, the couple hosted a soft opening in their storefront for family, friends and neighbors and filled their space with love and positive energy. By the end of the month, they were ready to show the public the eclectic CAFFIEND, located at 714 Gage. The coffee shop welcomes diversity and embraces community, all while serving some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. Their menu includes a pour-over bar for drip coffee, espresso, specialty drinks and soon seasonal beverages. Adam’s mad scientist approach to creating perfect roast blends is awe-inspiring to watch, that’s why the open layout of the shop is perfect for spectators to witness Adam in his “laboratory.” He thrives when experimenting with brewing methods and is passionate about de-mystifying the bean, all while educating coffee drinkers. It’s obvious he embraces his coffee nerd-ery. Tosha’s role is essential to running this hyper local spot as smoothly as possible. In addition to keeping up with the business side of CAFFIEND , she is becoming quite the barista. She continues to be a supportive partner to Adam and maintains positive relationships with all their customers, importers and members of the community. She has dedicated herself to helping those in need and places importance upon donating coffee to those who may not be able to afford a good cup. Ask her about a “pending cup” when you make your visit. If CAFFIEND is the Voltron, then Adam is the head and Tosha -- the heart. So whether you want a great coffee or need a hug, your bases will be covered with a visit to CAFFIEND. aseveneightfive
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I am momentarily stunned as I enter the establishment by an immediate greeting in the midst of the others looking for fresh baked goods on this morning. A smile and jovial banter accompanies the greeting from the woman behind the counter. Each customer is the most important to her and she is eager to show them her mettle in this brawl.
If this ninja has a weakness, it is kolaches. I procure four, one of each variety offered for the day, more than enough for this ninja’s battle grown appetite. In a moment of defeated will power, I also acquire a cinnamon roll that looks too delicious to pass. The goods are wrapped to retain warmth, and I am on my way before this foe can bet me. As I arrive at my fortress lair, I settle in to inspect my purchase and devour my meal. The flavor is rich, the bread perfectly baked, soft and warm. The proportions of the ingredients within are just right so you get everything in each delightful bite. My foe has beat me. And I never saw it coming.
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make not a sound as I approach my foe, leaving nothing but silence in my wake to infiltrate Josey Baking Company. The lights from the shop are the only guide on the still quiet street, and I make my advance…
A warm, calming environment with the smell of fresh baked goods and coffee to awaken and entice the senses. A trick of dark magic, no doubt, intended to force me into a mistake to gain the upper hand. I am momentarily entranced by the simple elegance of this place, the small details in decor like hand-written tags for the baked goods, alas I recover and continue my infiltration.
MENU Different each day, offering whatever new concoction the owner has decided to share us with. There are a multitude of choices before my eyes and I am pleasantly confounded by the variety I am forced to contend with. So many delectable treats, sweet and savory, my foe is worthy and has prepared for this battle with skill and dedication, with attention to detail.
FUNDS My selections, all five of them, were under $15, and provided me with enough nourishment for two meals. When I recover from the first foray into the mind of this foe, I repeat my mistake in battle and end up once again caught unaware of the effect of these delicious treats from Josey Baking Company. I may have met my match in this battle, but I will return to fight another day and swear to the gods that I will devour whatever kolache this baker may throw my way. Until then… aseveneightfive
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