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8 Our Thoughts Friendship Without Limits
The ’60s & ’70s Look Back Issue
10 Girl Talk Foxy Lady—10 Beauty Trends From the ‘70 | What’s in a Name? | Time Trivia | A Look Back on the 1960s & 1970s |The Times They Were a-Changin’ | The Mission of StoryCorps | Faves & Raves
24 Style and Grace California Dreaming
28 Healthy Living Waist-Training Corsets—Comeback or Craze?
30 Sports & Fitness The Fitness Craze: Can You Dig It?
32 My Time A Musical Flashback: ‘60s and ‘70s Films Inspired by Music
40 Special Feature: Next Generation
Climbing the Generational Ladder to Success
48 Real Life A Hometown With Heart
50 WWMB COMMUNITY Women to watch in business and in arts and culture, and highlighting women with milestones to celebrate. Also showcasing a “New Girl,” women who have recently moved to Tallahassee and are active in the business community.
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56 Money Talks Purchasing Power—Understanding Inflation
57 Community Snapshot PACE Prepares a Generation of Leaders | Cards for a Cure | Women We Admire | Haute Happenings | Around Town
70 Home and Garden Seventies Succulents Spark a Modern-Day Trend
72 The Dish From Casseroles to Crock-Pots—Retro Recipes Get a Modern Makeover | Best Bites on the Menu
78 Funny Girl Hippie Talk
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Friendship Without Limits
t’s been three years this August since my 90 years young grandmother, Zelma Nolton, passed away at Big Bend Hospice while I sang to her. The song “When I Leave,” by J.J. Heller, is about leaving a legacy of love by living honestly and passionately as if every day was your last. I spent a significant amount of time with her as she lay dying, our lives moving in slow motion, and had been learning the intricate ways our bodies start to let go. At all hours of the day and night, I was straining my ear to hear her jagged breaths, laying my head on her chest as I would do when I was a child, listening to her sing to me and soothe me with her accepting presence—a safe haven to keep my heart. As the days went by, she became unresponsive, but we knew she could still hear us. During my visits with her, I sang our favorite songs, recounted our many memories together and told her that she was my first best friend and how much she was loved by so many. I had just sat down next to her for what was to soon be my final visit with her. I had no idea at the time that my life, and hers, in those final 15 minutes, had been measured out in preordained heartbeats. As I sang the final notes of the song in which the chorus, “I’ll Fly Away” from the old hymn appear, she breathed her last breaths. At first I was overwhelmed with the complexity of the moment and time stood still. After mourning her death and sifting through the layers of meaning, my hope was reassured that this life is not the end. I believe that we are given a set amount of time to open our hearts to love, loss and everything inbetween and to fully live out each heartbeat as if it were our last. Our cover woman, Jen Taylor, has her own story of love and hope with her beloved friend Joanna Francis, who passed away from breast cancer in 2014. It’s a friendship story like no other, in which two women became completely honest and vulnerable with another, sharing in life’s greatest joys and sorrows and its ultimate ending. September is National Friendship Month—a time to celebrate and honor the women in our lives with whom it’s OK to not be OK with someone who knows everything about you and loves you anyway. Being intentional in our relationships and establishing trust—especially in our friendships, is vital for their sustainability. With the many social media fronts offered to us, it’s increasingly hard to feel like we can truly be ourselves, revealing broken and imperfect lives and families, but uniquely gifted to offer something that is missing in another. My hope is to see more women be brave enough to be authentic with each other and to share the mosaic pieces of our true selves as Jen and Joanna did. I can’t thank Jen enough for her courage in sharing a part of her heart with all of us. From my heart to yours,
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10 Beauty Trends From the ’70s That Are Making a Comeback By Carlin Rasky
Few decades produced as much polarizing beauty styles as the 1970s. Revive your look by incorporating these retro beauty trends.
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Accessories: Hair Flowers & Face Gems If anything epitomized the freewheeling hippie look in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was the beauty and elegance of hair flowers. Today, small hair flowers are more subtle and are the perfect accessory for weddings and outdoor parties. A funkier trend that is making a comeback this season is facial gems. Perfect for such outings as dancing at a disco, nowadays gems are more star-shaped and worn to parties and festivals.
In the early to mid-’70s, the overwhelming trend was simple, subtle makeup with a hint of pastel colors. For a more modern look, choose a matte texture for a softer finish. Women were inspired by such vocalists as Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees and her bold use of graphic eyeliner. Experiment and try different shapes to see which style fits your face best.
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When someone mentions feathered hair, Farrah Fawcett is the first name that comes to mind. Her iconic wispy layers were every woman’s dream hairstyle in the ’70s. Celebrities today are still fans of the layered look, but the feathering is tamer. In the early ’70s, full Afros entered the scene and became a wildly favored look. The 2010s saw a rise in African-American women celebrating and embracing a fuller, more natural style. The platinum bob was made popular by the likes of Debbie Harry of the band Blondie. These days, paler shades of blonde are making a splash as a more modern take on the blonde bombshell.
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What’s in a Name? By Carlin Rasky
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1960s and 1970s Trivia
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See what you can remember about the ’60s and the ’70s as you try your luck with some trivia!
1. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Where did Apollo 11 launch from?
A. Kennedy Space Center, Florida B. Vandenberg Air Force Base, California C. Johnson Space Center, Texas D. Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii
2. What was the highest grossing film of the 1960s? A. The Sound of Music B. Lawrence of Arabia C. Mary Poppins D. Saturday Night Fever
4. Where were the 1964 Summer Olympics held?
7. The best-selling singer of all time died tragically in the 1970s—who was it?
A. Athens B. Sydney C. Rome D. Tokyo
A. John Lennon B. Elvis Presley C. Andy Gibb D. Johnny Cash
5. What science fiction TV series created by Gene Roddenberry made its debut in 1966?
8 TV’s longest-running game show was launched in 1972, and it still runs every day. What show is it?
A. Star Trek B. The X-Files C. The Twilight Zone D. Doctor Who
A. The Gong Show B. The Newlywed Game C. Password D. The Price is Right
3. What music festival was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in 1969? A. Bonnaroo B. Coachella C. Woodstock D. Lollapalooza
6. Widely considered the first video game ever, this game was launched in 1972:
9. What computer software company formed in 1975?
A. Space Invaders B. Asteroids C. Pong D. Zork
A. Apple B. Microsoft C. Xerox D. Hewlett Packard
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A Look Back on 1960s & 1970s Retro Heartthrobs
David Cassidy—While playing Keith Partridge on the 1970s musical sitcom The Partridge Family, Cassidy became a teen idol and a music star. Donnie Osmond—This brother in the brother-sister duo Donny & Marie Osmond still looks handsome 40 years later! Leif Garrett—Garrett’s handful of groovy tunes and his barelybuttoned shirt made him a Teen Beat favorite. Andy Gibb—Andy had us at “I Just Want to Be Your Everything.” Davy Jones—A successful career in and out of the band called The Monkees, Jones captivated us with his youthful doe-eyes.
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As TV’s longest-running variety show, The Ed Sullivan Show showcased famous acts such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles. This vaudevilleinspired show was hosted by entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan and was phenomenally popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, sparking the family ritual of sitting around the television together. If you liked this American program, you’ll like shows today that feature a variety of acts, such as Americas Got Talent. The Brady Bunch was before its time as it touched on the complexity of blended families with, of course, humoring awkward adjustments such as sibling rivalry and puppy love. On air from 1969 to 1974, this family show was hugely popular and spawned many movie spinoffs. If you liked this classic series, try watching modern takes on family dynamics, such as Modern Family or Parenthood. Maude, a spin-off of All in the Family, created the spin-off Good Times. The sitcom about an African-American family living in a Chicago housing project aired from 1974 to 1979 and focused on the lives of Florida and James Evans and their 3 children. While touching on sensitive issues prevalent during the time the show’s characters, including neighbors, superintendents and friends, entertained audiences with comedy, including the famous proclamation of Jimmie Walker’s character JJ as “Kid Dy-no-mite!” A comedy that featured such beloved characters as a movie vixen, an entitled millionaire, a science 14 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
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professor and the bumbling first mate, Gilligan’s Island was a major hit during its run from 1964 to 1967. Viewers watched to see the comedic dynamics between this unlikely group of castaways and their many failed attempts at getting off the island. This show’s modern-day comparison, Lost, will have you far more confused than this classic cheeky comedy series.
The British Are Coming!
In 1964, Life magazine said, “In 1776 England lost her American colonies. Last week the Beatles took them back.” They are referring to what pop culture history calls the “British Invasion,” which took place throughout the 1960s when British bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Kinks and many more took America’s rock n’ roll market by storm. Influenced by American artists such as Elvis Presley, James Brown and Muddy Waters and Britain’s own musical movements, young British musicians began to form their own bands. The Beatles earned fandom in their own country before “I Want to Hold Your Hand” topped American charts for seven consecutive weeks and their famous performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. “Beatlemania” began and girls could be heard screaming all over the States. As the Beatles evolved into a more mature band and acts such as the Rolling Stones entered the scene, a counterculture of stirred-up youths rose on both sides of the Atlantic, shaping the 1960s as we know it. This musical invasion has influenced rock n’ roll icons and also had a profound impact on American culture. Even today British popular music exports to our side of the sea with artists such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, and Jessie J.
1960s fashion varied throughout the years. The early 1960s was dominated by Mod fashion, with muses such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. “Mod” stands for minimalist and rejects the hyper-feminized fashion of the 1950s, with thick eyeliner, false lashes, geometric patterns and prints, as well as bold short hairdos. Designer Mary Quant is cited
as the force behind the birth of Mod, which began in London. She created the miniskirt, which was often paired with Mary Jane heels or knee-high boots. Later, the counterculture would take over, and hippie fashion would trend with their nonconforming attire. Many made their own outfits or altered their vests, jackets, and pants with fringe or patches. They embraced patterns inspired from Native American and Indian cultures as well as floral designs. Artists such as Joni Mitchell popularized the tie-dye look and also sported the typical straight and natural hairstyle popular of boho culture. 1970s fashion was the “Me Decade” when, in contrast to the 1960s, Americans stepped away from politics and focused on getting back to normal life. It was also the decade of jeans. Jeans were bell-bottom, hip-hugging, embroidered or embellished and often worn with platform shoes and a tight-fitting T-shirt. It was also a glamorous decade with fashions such as the jumpsuit, the pant suit and later disco gowns. Women’s hair got bigger as they asked their hairstylists for “the Farrah,” made by Farrah Fawcett who starred in popular series Charlie’s Angels. Diane Von Furstenberg created the wrap dress, worn at discos and business meetings alike. Every woman had a cowl-neck sweater and those who didn’t wear hot pants secretly wanted to. There were bright colors, polyester everything and spandex that left nothing to the imagination. Gowns made of fabrics such as satin and velvet were worn with feather boas, and when it came to club fashion, nothing was too outrageous. Towards the end of the decade, you also had an emerging punk scene that rejected the status quo and took on grittier fashion, sporting sneakers, ripped T-shirts and leather jackets.
That Girl Can Rock
Joan Jett became a rock star at the age of 15, when her band, The Runaways, formed and their song “Cherry Bomb” became a punk hit in 1976. After the band broke up in 1979, she started her own record company, Blackheart Records, and became the first female artist to own and have direct control over a record company. She then achieved solo success with hits such as “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock n’ Roll.” Another popular band, Heart, consisted of sister singers Nancy and Ann Wilson and their band mates. After being signed to a major label in 1976, the band quickly gained popularity worldwide with hits such as “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda.” Their hard rock, yet acoustic-inspired sound has forever made them rock legends. Blondie’s lead singer, Debbie Harry, and co-founder Chris Stein are responsible for created a new type of punk rock, inspired by reggae and funk. After gaining popularity in the underground punk scene, her band reached commercial success with the song “Heart of Glass.”
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The hit movie Saturday Night Fever and the popular show Soul Train gave Americans reason to dance all night long. Dress up, get the disco ball out, and put on these tunes to host your very own disco party! Bee Gees—“Stayin Alive” The Trammps—“Disco Inferno” Chic—“Le Freak” Donna Summer—“Last Dance” Gloria Gaynor—“I Will Survive” Rose Royce—“Car Wash” Marvin Gaye—“Got to Give It Up”
Anita Ward—“Ring My Bell” Peaches & Herb—“Shake Your Groove Thing” Earth, Wind, & Fire—“Shining Star” The O’ Jays—”Love Train” Lipps Inc.—“Funky Town” Abba—“Dancing Queen” Bonus Modern Disco Tracks: Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams—“Get Lucky” Bruno Mars—“Treasure” Cee Lo Green—“Bright Lights Bigger City” Karmin—“I Want It All” Maroon 5—“Makes Me Wonder”
• Starting in the 1970s, roller skating and roller discos became popular. At Skate World, you can listen to pop hits while enjoying this favorite pasttime. • In 1972, Atari launched Pong. Arcade games have come a long way since then, and you can enjoy a variety of them with drinks at Fire Betty’s Barcade. • Fermentation Lounge feels like a ’60s living room, complete with a projection screen often playing old movies. Enjoy wine and beer while playing the classic board games also available. • Whether you want to deck your wardrobe or your home in the ’60s and ’70s style, Otherside Vintage has all the furniture, clothing, and décor to bring some retro into your life. • Tiki drinks, Polynesian décor, jazz nights can be found at Waterworks. Behind this retro bar is Spaceport, a ’60s sci-fi bar with a mini-theatre playing space-based TV shows and movies. • If you’re looking for modern, yet classic vintage styles, visit Wonsaponatime Vintage in Railroad Square to view their handpicked items.
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THE TIMES THEY WERE A-CHANGIN’ MAJOR LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL EVENTS OF THE ’60S AND ’70S By Carlin Rasky
1960—The birth control pill is approved by the FDA; Tallahassee students sit-in for U.S. civil rights 1961—First manned launch from Cape Canaveral 1962—Cuban Missile Crisis 1963—Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman in space; President John F. Kennedy assassination
1965—Miniskirt first appears 1966—National Organization for Women (NOW) founded; Tallahassee Community College is established
1971—The Crock-Pot was introduced by the Rival Company; Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida
1968—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., assassination; The Florida statewide teachers’ strike of 1968 1969—Music festival at Woodstock
1974—U.S. President Nixon resigns
1977—Elvis Presley died
1975—Microsoft founded; Vietnam war ends
1978—The Old Florida State Capitol is saved from demolition
1972—Equal Rights Amendment 1976—Apple founded passes; Title IX passes
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1967—The domestic counter-top microwave oven was introduced by the Amana Corporation
1973—Miccosukee Land Co-op formed; Oil Embargo
1970—Women’s Strike for Equality
1964—Killearn Estates becomes Tallahassee’s first planned community; Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes
1979—Sony introduces the Walkman
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A Collective Oral History THE MISSION OF STORYCORPS By Carlin Rasky
tories have long been a method of oral history since time began, connecting generations of people together. Most people throughout history have learned about the past from the preservation of first-hand accounts through the spoken word. StoryCorps is one nonprofit organization whose mission is to record, preserve and share stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. Founded in 2003, StoryCorps has since collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 100,000 participants. It is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, with millions tuning in to listen to the weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on the StoryCorps website. Traditionally, the StoryCorps interview process takes place in person with a trained StoryCorps facilitator who records and guides the participants through the entire process. Recently, StoryCorps has developed an app that allows you to record your own stories and listen to others through the app on your mobile device. With the new app, users can choose someone to interview them, pick great questions, and find a quiet place to
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he 1960s and 1970s were the golden eras of entertaining, when style and décor took dining to an art form. Tallahassee hosts and hostesses continue to offer their own warm-hearted ways of welcoming friends to a soiree, with classic, Southern graciousness that will never go out of style. Tallahassee is arguably one of the most beautiful of Southern cities. From the canopy roads, rolling hills and ancient oak trees with Spanish moss dangling from their branches to the Southern hospitality of its residents—Tallahassee is truly a unique and special place. With that thought in mind, several Rosehill neighbors came together to create a “Southern” California evening at the home of Kyle and Hollee Bollman. The idea evolved into a fundraiser for Maclay School and blended the best parts of living on each coast, bringing friends together in a relaxed, yet elegant affair. A number of elements went into the evening. Aesthetically, the flowers were artfully designed and created, combined with fruit and placed in diverse and organic containers. Ed Blissard, from Purple Martin, took the “Southern” California evening idea and created an intensely colorful and interesting approach with the flower presentation, from the table tops to the buffet display and finally to the outdoor lighting accents.
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ST YLE&GR ACE In California, the weather is almost always ideal and lends itself to outdoor entertaining. The weather that evening was perfectly “California,” enabling the hosts to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor views here in Tallahassee. Dinner was served by the pool and under the old oaks. Mark Suber of Black Fig collaborated to create a simple and delicious menu, with all items farm to table. The menu consisted of smoked salmon, tomato basil mozzarella tarts, organic green salad with homemade dressings, paella and assorted desserts. Entertainment was special, as well. A young Tallahassee talent, Matthew Burhans, entertained the group with his acoustic guitar and softly played throughout the evening. Lastly and perhaps most importantly was the wine. Todd Newman of Dakota Shy Wine in Napa Valley, California, treated the guests to a spectacular wine tasting, delighting the Southern taste-testers, who appreciated all the evening had to offer—connecting everyone together under the moss-draped branches that waved in the evening breeze.
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went to a seminar recently about how to flatten your stomach. It really wasn’t about flattening your stomach, but rather on how to live healthier. It focused on detoxification to clear the body of toxins and enable the liver to do its job—detoxify and remove fat from the body—in harmony with balanced nutrition, including organic fruits, vegetables, and meats, as well as regular exercise. According to the speaker, this combination will not only help shed pounds but make you feel better and have more energy and help prevent other health issues—not easy and not overnight. The speaker also said that he never uses the word DIET. “Take the T away and what do you have?” Instead, he stressed, “Consistent lifestyle changes are key. Not quick fixes that often make matters worse.” During this time, I also began researching the trend known as waist training. My immediate thought was, “Does it work and where can I get one?” But, as I learned, not only is it a quick fix but a dangerous one at that.
Throughout centuries, women have strapped themselves into corsets. Waist training is basically a type of corset that claims to “reshape” the body if worn consistently over time. These modernday corsets are sending a bad message to women of all ages. This garment we freed ourselves from in the 1970s is now promising the unobtainable while serving as a negative symbol in the liberation of women. I had the opportunity to talk with two Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare physicians about this phenomenon—Kelley Lang, MD, and Anna Hackenberg, MD. Dr. Lang trained in Australia. She came to the United States in 1990 and to Tallahassee in 2006. For the last two years, she has worked in obesity medicine, running the Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric Center. Dr. Hackenberg is a second-year resident, working at the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. She helps patients with their overall health. 28 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
Dr. Hackenberg said, “There are many pressures in society for us to be self-conscious when we don’t need to be. Waist trainers are a fad and don’t do anything to change your body. If anything, they do the opposite of what you want.” Dr. Lang explained that wearing a waist trainer can be dangerous and can cause a host of health problems, including bruised or broken ribs, severe reflux, ruptured spleens, bruised kidneys, decreased renal function, cramping, IBS and hernias. Waist trainers can put pressure on the diaphragm, preventing deep breathing and creating shallow breath. If worn extremely tight, they can slow blood flow to the heart, resulting in low blood pressure and fainting. Trainers can prevent the stomach from expanding, resulting in regurgitation and bad messages being sent to the brain about food. It can also cause harm to the pelvis and ovaries. Seeing the pictures on the Internet makes one think that waist trainers can’t be all bad. Are there any positives? “Consider other restrictive hosiery on the market,” Dr. Lang explained. “Wearing one for an evening might be fine, as long as it is not restrictive or painful—just like a pair of Spanx. But wearing it continually, especially when working out, can cause harm.” Some celebrities have promoted the use of waist trainers. Photos of celebs working out in them have flooded the Internet. But exercising in waist trainers is doubly problematic. When exercising, breathing is essential in order to oxygenate the muscles and body. When constricted, breathing grows difficult. Over time, the lungs may fill with fluid, causing infections. Dr. Hackenberg also explained, “As a workout device, using a trainer takes away the opportunity for the core muscles to work, making them lazy. You are actually losing your muscle mass instead of strengthening it.” Dr. Lang said that ideally a woman’s waist should be less than 36 inches. A man’s should be less than 40 inches. “If your waist is too big, work on ways to reduce the unhealthy weight. It’s not only about diet and exercise. There are many factors that can help people lose unhealthy weight. Waist trainers are not going to retrain your body or muscles or cause weight loss or fat mass loss.” I am always seeking ways to lose weight. For a while, I’ll stay on track, but often I find myself frustrated. I asked Dr. Hackenberg about the emotional and mental impact of using something like a waist trainer. She said, “One of the first things I would ask is— what do you think wearing this is going to change in your life? Feeling more loved? More popular? At the end of the night when you take it off, you haven’t changed. Put your motivation into something that will change your life.”
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The Fitness Craze
CAN YOU DIG IT? By Keasi Smith
t was in the 1970s that fitness became an industry, spawning celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Suzanne Somers and Richard Simmons. The industry capitalized on VHS sales and TV shows. All over America, men and women were signing up for aerobics classes wearing their brightly colored leotards and, in the early ’80s, adding thick legwarmers and headbands under their teased hair to their workout attire. What you may not know is that the man dubbed “The Father of Aerobics” was nearly kicked out of his own city for his radical ideas on exercise as a type of preventive medicine and prescribing his patients exercise. His name was Kenneth H. Cooper, and it was in 1966 that he coined the term aerobics, which in Greek translates to “oxygen for life,” during his studies on cardiovascular fitness. His studies found that low-to medium-intensive aerobic exercise improved cardiovascular health, promoted weight loss and increased muscle strength and resistance. Based on his findings, physical programs popped up across the country, and by 1978 an estimated 6 million people were participating in aerobic activities. If you don’t know already, aerobics is an exercise that combines rhythm with strength training. It is often performed with music in a group setting led by an instructor. An aerobics class typically goes like this: a 5- to 10-minute warm-up followed by 25–30 minutes of vascular conditioning, 10–15 minutes of muscular
strength and conditioning, 5–8 minutes of cool down and, finally, 5–8 minutes of stretching and flexibility. Aerobics is easy to start, and the intense routines, which are often set to pop hits, can also be a lot of fun! The rhythmic exercise burns fat, increases blood flow to your muscles and back into your lungs, augmenting the body’s efficiency to take in oxygen, and makes you breathe faster. Because this type of exercise works your heart and allows oxygen flow into your blood, it helps reduce health risks such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and hypertension. It also increases endorphin levels in your brain, boosting your mood and giving you more energy. There are different types of aerobics to participate in, such as low-impact aerobics, water aerobics and step aerobics. You may have also heard of Jazzercise and Zumba, which are both similar, yet different from aerobics. One is a specific type of dance aerobics and the other incorporates Latin dance. Simple workouts such as walking and jogging are even considered aerobic as long as you keep your heart rate up and sustain that intensity. This differs from anaerobic exercise, which is exercise performed at a high intensity that can only be sustained for a few moments, such as weight lifting or sprinting. Prior to the 1970s, very few Americans exercised routinely. Nowadays the benefits of exercise are widely known and its importance stressed, but it wasn’t until Cooper’s studies on exercise and health that this concept began to take root in America. The aerobic fitness craze and its promotional boom got people all over the world participating in recreational fitness, seeking to tone their physical appearance but perhaps unknowingly also increasing their life longevity.
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A Musical Flashback:
’60s and ’70s Films Inspired by Music By Carlin Rasky
When people think of America in the sixties and seventies, they often hear the music in their minds that was created in that time frame, which reverberated in its movies. Get a few friends together to explore a movie and music era that inspired generations to come.
charming, iconic film. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of a musical that captured the heart of audiences back in the sixties and still continues to today.
The sixties were the golden age of rock n’ roll, with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Beach Boys, and saw the return of Elvis Presley, all of which produced music that defined the decade. The music of the sixties helped inspire musical films such as A Hard Day’s Night and Viva Las Vegas and further popularized musicals in cinema. The seventies saw the rise of disco, with artists such as Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, and KC & the Sunshine Band growing in popularity. Musicals such as Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It’s Friday further contributed to disco’s rise in mainstream culture. Relive the sixties and seventies with some of the most popular films of each decade. West Side Story (1961) Two young people from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. This musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has some of the most famous musical numbers in Hollywood, and it’s obvious as you watch it, even today, why it took home so many Oscars. Mary Poppins (1964) A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker’s unhappy family in this whimsical Disney musical starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The beloved classic has beautiful and catchy songs, stunning choreography and some of the best acting in cinema. The Sound of Music (1965) A young woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower in this 32 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Part campy musical, part horror film, this offbeat motion picture first opened back in the seventies to mixed reviews but soon became a beloved cult classic. Starring Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Tim Curry, this film tells the story of young engaged couple whose car breaks down in a thunderstorm and they are forced to seek help from a mad scientist in a nearby castle. For those willing to experiment with something a little bit different and bizarre, this movie has a lot to offer. Saturday Night Fever (1977) John Travolta stars as a young Brooklyn teenager who spends his weekends dancing at the local discotheque. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life. This dance movie perfectly captures the disco culture of the seventies, with a soundtrack that spawned a hugely successful album comprising many disco hits of the time. Thank God It’s Friday (1978) Produced at the height of the disco craze, this film tells the several intertwining stories of the patrons and staff of a local disco club. This movie features The Commodores performing “Too Hot to Trot” and Donna Summer performing her Academy Award winning song “Last Dance.”
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“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”—Aristotle 34 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
Jen Taylor never imagined she could have a friendship like the one she had with Joanna Francis of Joanna Francis Living Well Foundation It was a friendship with an expiration date, as Joanna had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. During a four-year timespan, Jen and Joanna embarked on a journey that would change both of them and teach others to live life well, one sacred moment at a time. In a series of e-mails and life adventures, Jen and Joanna began to peel away the layers of their fears and insecurities that all women have in a friendship, exposing the hidden heart within. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable and real, to trust, sacrifice and hope, creating an eternal bond of friendship and love. The Grammar of Love
(E-Mail From Joanna to Jen; January 10, 2012) I know you think that with my history of friendships, I will move on from you at some point. I have done that to other people, but not really on purpose. I feel like our friendship is different. Yes, there is this crazy, busy time right now, but that will be even more reason to trust God and our hearts to love even when it might feel scary.
t the baseball game, leaning against a wall by herself with her arms crossed, a bald woman with a stand-off expression captured Jen’s attention. Jen Taylor figured that this was Joanna Francis, the woman with breast cancer that she had been exchanging e-mails with concerning baseball matters, as Jen was the team mom and her husband Todd was one of the coaches. Joanna’s youngest son, Harry, and Jen’s son Pace played on the team together. Jen walked over to her and introduced herself and asked how she was doing. Jen says, “She just looked at me for a moment and asked, ‘Would you like for me to say that I’m fine? Because I’m not.’ The irony of her first words to me summed up the whole point of there being no time for false fronts, but instead to just be honest and get straight to the point. Within a couple of hours of meeting her, I was at her house while she was violently ill and on the phone with her oncologist.” From that day on, Jen and Joanna were always together, whether it was baseball practices and games, doctor visits or hanging out at their homes or by phone and e-mail. E-mails were the first line of communication. “We made a point to check in with each other every day. If I didn’t get an e-mail from her and knew it was her turn to respond, I would get concerned. We both consciously realized that these e-mails were recording more than an evolution of a friendship. Joanna had a lot she wanted to share, particularly how much she loved her boys and fought to hold on as long as she could for them.” Being a nurse, at first Jen thought their friendship would be a nurse and patient relationship. As time went on, they both leaned on each other. “A lot of people think I took care of
Joanna. Maybe the things I did for her were more visible, but our friendship was not at all weighted in either direction. I was fortunate to learn from her—she had lost a parent, and I had just gone through losing my dad. Her boys were older and she was further along in her faith. There were days when it was my job to take care of her, and then she took care of me.”
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(E-Mail From Jen to Joanna; March 4, 2013) I am more of a Martha than a Mary, more practical than spiritual. My soul is restless, impatient, and I have to put my faith in action. In the end she was responsible for preparing the body of Christ for the grave. What task could be greater than that? To be allowed to spend the last moments with a person as they enter the Kingdom of God—there is no higher reward. As a nurse, I have done that, as a daughter I have done that, and I intend to do that with you, if that is the plan laid out for me. You are more like Mary—meditative, reticent and quiet. You are accepting and mindful of your task. Your questions never start with, “why?” and you never consume the conversation with the full potential of your loss. Your eyes watch the road in front of you and look to the clouds, but you maintain your focus on only the important parts of the horizon. God has placed us each on this road for a purpose. He wound our paths around each other for his plan, not our own. I know that we were meant to sit side by side in service to Him. I’m forever grateful to be bound to you. Jen says, “It was hard to define our relationship and give a name for it or a comparison. Joanna said that maybe we were like Naomi and Ruth in the Bible. That didn’t seem to fit as well for me as Mary and Martha did, two sisters in the New Testament who were different in personality, but those differences brought out the best in the other.” A busy mother of three children, Jen is someone who “thrives on control” and has a hard time being still, which serves her well as a nurse educator at Tallahassee Community College, specializing in medical surgical nursing. “I take students to hospitals and assist in assessing the patient from head to toe, communication is always a focus for me. I tell them, ‘The one thing that we TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015 35
“Everyone always says they hope I will get well. For me, it’s about living well with the time I have left.”
(E-Mail From Joanna to Jen; January 22, 2014) “That dream was exactly right. You don’t have to be strong for me. You don’t have to know what to do. Just be here with me as much as you can. You are my comfort.”
cannot directly teach you to do is to be a critical thinker. Look at the patient as a person. Step back from your checklist and really assess the situation and tweak what you are doing.” Combined with her past experience as a doula and working in hospice, Jen was uniquely situated to be a resilient advocate for Joanna.
The Joanna Francis Living Well (JFLW) idea came about from a discussion on Joanna’s birthday, after an out-of-town doctor’s appointment. They were sitting on the beach, watching and listening to the pull of the waves. Jen remembers Joanna saying, “Everyone always says they hope I will get well. For me, it’s about living well with the time I have left.” The goal from that point was for Joanna to live well—to live each day to the fullest, because she wasn’t going to physically get well. This blossomed into wanting to create a financial reservoir for women struggling with the financial burdens that come with a breast cancer diagnosis—a “come to the well to get some help.”
This source of strength came naturally for her, having had strong leadership influences early on. Jen was born and raised in Tallahassee with two older sisters and one younger brother in the Ervin clan, a long-time Tallahassee family with deep roots. Jen’s father, Thomas Ervin, was a highly regarded attorney throughout the state. Jen’s mother, Helen Ervin, was an inspiration of advocacy. “My mom worked for Children’s Home Society for 43 years. She never had to say that I must do good things in my life. I just knew I had to make a difference because that was the example given to me.” Joanna was a divorced, single mom of three boys, and had been battling cancer since 2005. She was 5 years older than Jen and had an easygoing personality that contrasted with Jen’s busy one. Their pasts and personalities were gifts to the other. “I think what Joanna learned from me was consistent daily love and concern, because a lot of people would shy away from her because it was too painful. She saw that my family was absolutely going to support her no matter what and be honest about that and never make promises we couldn’t keep. We would figure out a way to be there for her in whatever way she needed.” From Joanna, Jen learned how to be still. “I learned an appreciation for where I am. She reminded me of childhood’s singular focus. She’d say, ‘We need to stay on the water and just sit and do nothing.’ It wasn’t as important to her what we got done, but where we were at that present moment.” Very poignantly, Joanna would stop Jen midsentence at times and gently lay her hand on Jen’s chest, as if she was soothing a frantic bird. “She’d ask, ‘What are you avoiding by creating this work over here? What is really important that you’re missing and need to focus on?’ It took me a few years until I could do it for myself. Even now, I’ll lay my hand on my chest and hear her tell me to be still and to listen.”
Living Well Now
E-Mail From Jen to Joanna; January 22, 2014 “I just had the most real dream. You sat down on the couch and told me, ‘I am the only person you never have to be strong for. I want you to sit right next to me and fall apart and just be honest. And I promise that I will love all the pieces as much as I ever loved the whole.’” 36 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
Having Jen in her life, Joanna also knew the value of a support network and wanted other women to get connected to one. Joanna was starkly honest about her situation, not hiding it, in order for other women to feel confident enough to share also. “One of the best things that we’ve done through JFLW is encourage woman to have a sounding board, to take a partner in this to try not to do it alone.” Since its conception in 2011, JFLW has helped more than 50 women and their families and raised over 150 thousand dollars through donations and from its annual Living Fashionably Well fashion show fundraiser, which features breast cancer patients and survivors as the models. The participants naturally banded together and became their own support group so they decided to make it official. “We get the women participants together once a month, and it just continues to grow.” This speaks to what Jen has learned about women and friendships. “We can’t really have mature friendships with women unless we are honest and accept honesty from them— to listen to what our friends say to us and trust what they say. Joanna taught me how I can be, that it’s important to strive to share who I really want to be, instead of who I think I am— It’s about finding the disconnect between the two halves of yourself. I didn’t have to be the strong one all the time. We brought each other to that place of understanding.”
Hold My Heart
(E-Mail From Joanna to Jen; January 15, 2012) I can’t place a number on the things that make you, you. Your heart is actually warm when I put my hand on you. That warmth exudes from you all the time—happy, sad and fiery mad. You are beautiful and you won’t admit it. Your intelligence is mind-boggling to me. I love to hear you talk. I learn something every time I hear you and I do listen. I also learn by your example of how you live, love and share. You have truly brought my soul back to life, over and over again.
‘I’m right here. I’ve been here the whole time.’ And there she was, with her hand on my chest, as if she was holding my heart.”
A New Name For Our Growing Practice Jen was getting increasingly sick in early 2012. She had always had a heart murmur but learned that it had turned into atrial fibrillation (AFib). She was due to have a routine AV node ablation done on February 15, 2012, the day after the first Living Fashionably Well fashion show. When she woke up from the surgery, she saw that the room was full of people, and Bob Evans, her pastor, was holding one hand and Todd was holding the other. “It was 8 o’clock according to the clock on the wall, so at first I thought it was only an hour from the surgery start time, but it was actually in the evening. The doctor told me that there were serious complications during the surgery and it wasn’t as routine or successful as they had hoped it would be, so everyone was called in. I immediately asked aloud, ‘Where is Joanna?’ because I couldn’t see her. Then I heard from behind me, ‘I’m right here. I’ve been here the whole time.’ And there she was, with her hand on my chest, as if she was holding my heart.” Because of the unforeseen nature of Jen’s AFib, it was recommended that she go to Boston, Massachusetts, for another surgery. She asked Joanna and two other friends to go with her, while Todd stayed with the children in Tallahassee. After the surgery and the return to Tallahassee, Joanna helped to take care of Jen during her recovery for the next three months. “I had always had that fear of me always taking care of her, and I thought if anything happens to me she
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won’t be able to help. She just jumped right into that role of taking care of things and recognized that I needed her. It changed everything. I realized how much our friendship was a give-and-take, and she was as well as I’ve ever seen her, as if caring for me energized her, and made her fully alive.”
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(From Jen to Joanna; May 9, 2014) It is possible that cancer may take your physical comfort from me. That seems to be the prevailing opinion. Every day people ask me what will I do “without” you? I haven’t crossed that bridge yet. How could I ever lose you completely? You are in my thoughts all the time. Your laugh rolls through my mind as I see something that previously would have amused you. I can hear you breathe even when I am alone on the couch. I asked you if you thought I would ever see the day that I was really living without you and you said, “I hope not.” That’s really enough for me—a commitment of love, a promise to keep your spirit moving through my life and the lives of our children. I will keep moving, changed. I know I have been loved completely and I have been brave enough to return the favor. I love you, Joanna Francis. I always have. From the very first conversation all the way through the thousands of exchanges we will have in my head. You are my sister, my friendship soulmate, my heart. Thank you for changing my life.
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“The thought of being crushed by grief... and that I will have to endure the loss over and over again with each sunrise.” Joanna responded, “I get that. Let the crushing feeling be LOVE. It’s everything that I have to give to you.” In one of their last e-mail exchanges, Jen says, “The thought of being crushed by grief... and that I will have to endure the loss over and over again with each sunrise.” Joanna responded, “I get that. Let the crushing feeling be LOVE. It’s everything that I have to give to you.” They gave everything to each other, and soon, Joanna would give Jen the gift of her last heartbeats. Jen spoke with Joanna’s doctor after Joanna’s lab results in April of 2014. “He said, ‘One of us needs to talk to her. There is a need for some strong decisions to be made about preparing for the end.’ We went to the beach together with the kids over the weekend at a friend’s house and, as we shared everything, we faced this together.” Joanna went into hospice the day they got back from the beach in order to receive hospice care at home, so that her children, family and friends could come and go. Joanna asked Jen to stay with her for the duration, so Jen moved into her house and lived with her for Joanna’s final weeks. Jen says, “My husband Todd encouraged me to devote this time to her care. He was really insistent that we show the boys that Joanna deserved our full devotion and that we wanted to make sure they could be at home with her with as much access as they wanted and needed. Todd was a hero to all of us during this time, bringing meals to me and making a point to bring our kids over all the time so that our children did not lose their sense of family.” Remembering the moments of June 1, 2014, Joanna’s last day, is still vivid for Jen. “She was talking to me during the night but became unresponsive around 5 a.m. I did what I had done for weeks every morning—I gave her a bath and put lotion on her arms and feet, but I just knew that this was the last time I would do it. I called Joanna’s sister Patricia, Joanna’s oldest son, and some of our friends and told them that they needed to come.” Joanna had written a script for Jen to follow after her heart had stopped beating. “She was very specific as to what she wanted to hear in those moments after I knew she had stopped breathing. There is still oxygen in the brain, so Joanna wanted to hear specific things at that point, so I just started her plan. I had no idea how comforting it would be for me to have her written script, and I realized that what I thought was her preparing herself for the final hours and the week after her death (her funeral), was also her preparing me. She knew those moments would be hard for me and gave me the path I needed to take during those last minutes when there is no control.”
Per Joanna’s request, with loved ones gathered around her, Jen prayed the Lord’s Prayer, and then spoke Joanna’s sister’s name, her children’s names, family member names and a long list of names of friends. “She wanted me to remind her of all the people who loved her and who would remember her to her children. Throughout the day, everyone got a chance to personally say good-bye.” Even though Jen has had to say good-bye to Joanna’s physical presence, she says she feels Joanna’s spirit with her all of the time. “In some ways, I feel closer to Joanna than ever. Our friendship changed me irrevocably and has deepened all of my core relationships. Together, we created this separate, living thing that we both felt courageous about because of how authentic we were together. We had to be intentional and fearless about our friendship, stepping into the pain and the joy together. Her love is all around me.” The Joanna Francis Living Well support group meets the first Monday of the month at Paisley Cafe, at 6 p.m. The group is for all breast cancer patients, survivors and care givers. A men’s group will start in September. Visit joannafrancislivingwell.org for more information.
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Climbing the Generational Ladder to Success By Shannon Postrion | Photography by Tai Nuñez
Looking back at the last 50 years, women have continued a climb that has helped break through many barriers, advancing up ladders of education, business, leadership roles and beyond. The next generation of women leaders with Tallahassee roots continue to climb higher, made strong by the community that nurtured them. They are entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, innovators, caring community builders and artists who do us proud and inspire us all to greater heights.
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Roxanne Jester has always loved entertaining people, whether performing on stage or for her friends and family. She first discovered her love of performance arts around the young age of three, when she was put into her first dance class. Later, after seeing her first show, Roxanne knew she was meant to perform. She explored her passions with the encouragement of her family, who provided her every opportunity to take lessons to further develop her natural artistic gifts, and supported her attending shows and events that interested her.
“Music is such a crucial part of everyone’s lives, whether we realize it or not.”
Incredibly talented at performance art, Roxanne can be found in all forms of the spotlight. While pursuing her interests in singing, dancing and acting, she regularly performed in a number of plays, musicals and vocal performances in the Tallahassee and Quincy community and at Chiles High School, where she graduated in 2014 with a 4.0 GPA. Roxanne’s awards, recognitions and accomplishments are impressive, and includes being named as the Best and Brightest in Performing Arts in 2014, and given superior ratings by both the Florida Vocal Association as well as the International Talent Support contest in both the district and state competitions.
Her experience at the Opera Institute not only honed Roxanne’s vocal skills but also prepared her for life as a student in a college music program, as her incredible talent and academic performance earned her a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where she is currently working on her bachelor of music in vocal performance. While a freshman in college, Roxanne was fortunate enough to perform in two shows and still participates as both a performer and volunteer in theatre programs.
Roxanne’s talent and academic achievements did not go unnoticed beyond Tallahassee. In 2013, Roxanne received the chance to study with the prestigious Washington National Opera Institute in Washington D.C. This selective program only accepts 30 music students from around the 42 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
country and entails rigorous auditioning. During this threeweek program, Roxanne worked with nationally renowned teachers and performers on aspects of opera, performance, music theory and more. At the end of the program, the students performed at The John F. Kennedy Center.
Roxanne’s passion for singing and performing comes from the same place in all of us that cries, dances, or reminisces to a song that touches us. “Music is such a crucial part of everyone’s lives, whether we realize it or not,” she says. As Roxanne follows her calling and continues her formal education, her passion to continue to entertain and inspire others through performance art will surely bring her continued success as well as joy to others.
“I enjoy fashion because it has a creative design aspect and I believe that fashion can be anything that you make it.” Kyra Milton recently graduated from Chiles High School. She was a part of the externship program at Chiles and was able to intern for Capital City Big Bend Chamber of Commerce. During her internship, Kyra had the opportunity to assist business owners, participating in meetings and contributing to event planning efforts while acting as a part of the young entrepreneur council and the women’s business council.
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Because of her success while interning, Kyra was hired to keep her position at Capital City Big Bend Chamber of Commerce during the summer. She will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall to study apparel and textiles with a focus on fashion retailing. Kyra has been interested in fashion her entire life, but she knew that she has been serious about it since she was six years old. Kyra says, “I enjoy fashion because it has a creative design aspect, and I believe that fashion can be anything that you make it.” Kyra wants to own a boutique so she can express her style in a store; however, she dreams of creating her own clothing line someday. Her drive to become an owner of a clothing line is based on her experience working with the women’s business council and her desire to make something her own, which she can eventually share with others. As an aspiring entrepreneur, Kyra believes that the power of networking and building connections are most important. Her advice for other young entrepreneurs is to “find what you love and stick with that because your originality and individuality is what makes you stand out from everyone else.”
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Brittany Williams Heart-Health Advocate Brittany Williams may seem like a healthy young adult. However, she endured a health crisis that nearly took her life. In December 2014, Brittany was visiting New York City with her family. While at a restaurant she went into cardiac arrest. Frantically, her family yelled around the restaurant for help, unsure of what was happening at the time. Luckily, two ophthalmologists were eating in the same restaurant and were able to give Brittany CPR. She didn’t have a pulse, but Nick Farber and Brandon Johnson were able to bring her pulse back. According to Brittany, “People lose their lives every day due to someone not knowing CPR, but I’m here today because someone did know CPR.” After her life-changing event, Brittany strongly believes that everyone should know CPR, which is why her goal is to pass legislation requiring CPR to be part of the high school curriculum. Brittany has already been interviewed on the news and attended numerous events in order to get the word out to as many people as possible. Brittany speaks out about the importance of being aware. From experience, she has learned that even when 44 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
“People lose their lives every day due to someone not knowing CPR, but I’m here today because someone did know CPR.” you are young and healthy, heart complications can happen to anyone, which is why she strongly believes that teaching CPR can save many lives. In May, Brittany was able to personally thank the men that saved her life when she was invited back to New York City by the fire department to attend a Second Chance Brunch. On June 4, Brittany awarded her rescuers with a Heart Saver Award presented by the American Heart Association in Times Square.
At the age of 18, Carolyn Pompilus was able to successfully create a nonprofit organization to support her main cause, which is to help Haiti. Now at the age of 24, her foundation, Recycle4Haiti, is continuously growing while she continues her studies at Florida A&M University to receive her master’s degree in agricultural business.
The motto for Recycle4Haiti is “Recycle and Save Lives,” which is exactly what Carolyn plans to do with her organization.
Carolyn is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but was raised in Haiti for nine years. While living in Haiti, Carolyn recognized the country’s drastic needs. She is very passionate about Haiti because she has family that still lives there and because of how much the country struggles with poverty and an unsanitary lifestyle. But it was the Haitian earthquake in 2010 that inspired Carolyn in her decision to help.
about how to reduce the cholera outbreak, which is a water-born disease that has the most negative impact on children.” They also plan on distributing personal water filters to children in orphanages while providing water quality workshops. Having fallen in love with Tallahassee, Carolyn plans to continue to live here after graduation while she continues to grow her organization. Carolyn says “the city of Tallahassee has supported me in many ways by including me in their local activities to expose my efforts in helping Haiti. I enjoy being here and will remain here.”
In the past five years, Carolyn’s foundation has collected a total of 90,000 pounds in cans from local residents and business in the United States. She sells the recyclables to local For more information about the Recycle4Haiti recycling plants, and the proceeds are then sent to Haiti to Foundation visit online at Recycle4Haiti.org. fund medical, nutritional and educational needs. The motto for Recycle4Haiti is “Recycle and Save Lives,” which is exactly what Carolyn plans to do with her organization. There is a drop-off location for recyclables at Railroad Square. Educational workshops to local residents and students about the importance of recycling to benefit people in need are also hosted here. Recycle4Haiti is traveling to Haiti in August for nine days. Carolyn says “The organization will educate residents
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Community Leader In Sara’s Own Words: No one could have prepared
me for the crippling disease that is an eating disorder. No one could have prepared me for the hope and strength that recovery has given me. I can remember experiencing body dissatisfaction from as young as ten years old. My discomfort followed me to high school, looming over me, infiltrating my mind with insecurities. Infatuated with the idea of losing weight, I deemed myself a “health nut,” and developed a severe adversity and legitimate fear of foods I did not consider “healthy.” The treadmill became my closest friend, whom I spent hours with, desperate for the results that it promised me. My façade of control lasted until my doctor seemed worried over the weight I’d lost in a matter of months. I did not see what he saw, though a very ill part of me found thrill out of his concern. To me, health and thinness were synonymous. My disorder stalked me to Florida State University, where I’d be attending college. Here, I just wanted to fit in. I found I could not do things as simple as go to eat with friends without feeling uncomfortable. Binging and purging became a regular occurrence. Although I thought this was my quick fix, it soon became a dangerous addiction. The binges became more frequent, always followed by hours in the bathroom. My once extroverted, spirited self had been replaced with isolation, and constant thoughts of ways I might make the pain disappear. My family and friends soon became fully aware that I was unable to fight on my own. My stubbornness had run its course as I 46 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
agreed to spend three months at a treatment facility in Tampa, Florida. Here, I learned about the twelve-step recovery program and how my illness was deeply rooted not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. I learned to stop beating myself up, that this was a cunning and baffling disease of which I had no control over. It was an exhausting yet revealing, life-changing experience. Recovery is not a diet, a waist size, or calories burned. Recovery is true health and being kind to the one and only body I’ve been given. Coming back to Tallahassee, I had assumed there would be an abundance of the spiritually founded Twelve-Step meetings like I’d attended in Tampa. I was confused to find that there are few to none and that the support was severely lacking. It gets scarier when you look at statistics—ninety percent of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. Ninety one percent of women surveyed on a college campus have attempted to control their weight through dieting. One in five women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating, and it holds the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. By opening up this difficult conversation, by challenging the pressures and vanity of our culture and media, by offering more outlets of help, it is my prayer that we can begin to lower these statistics. My desire to start Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous is fueled by my own desire to stay in recovery, and the desire for a community of others like myself. ABA is not intended to replace medical treatment, but a safe haven for those to share their experience, strength and hope. The first ABA meeting will take place Tuesday, September 1st at 7pm at 636 McDonnell Drive. Visit their page on Facebook for more information.
Nicole Thomas As a young entrepreneur who owns her own business and a fulltime student, Nicole Thomas stays motivated with her drive to reach her goals and with the support of her family. Her business ventures began when her mother and twin sister took over The Pony Express Riding Shop. When the business grew, the family expanded it and moved it to a larger facility. Originally, the family planned on renting only part of the facility, but Nicole suggested using the other unit for extra retail space because it contained a drive-thru. During the growth of the business, Nicole used money that she had saved to make the extra space a coffee shop called the Pony Espresso Coffee Bar. Currently, Nicole is attending Florida State University. She is studying dietetics, with a minor in chemistry. Since she is attending school while maintaining her own business, she puts a ridiculous amount of hours into everything she does. She admits that time management can be difficult; however, her mother is always there to help whenever needed, while her sister is very supportive of her business. Nicole believes that the most important aspect of small business is the people. She has become courageous thanks to the people that support her and have impacted her in a positive way to reach her goals. When talking about her business, Nicole said, “I hope that caring for every individual that walks through my doors affects them the same way. Sometimes it’s a free cup of coffee, and sometimes it’s as simple as holding a conversation that can make a difference in someone’s day. At the end of the day, that’s the most important
thing.” After college, Nicole plans on going to medical school in Florida. She would like to open another coffee shop in a different location and hopes that her business will contribute to her educational funds.
“I hope that caring for every individual that walks through my doors affects them the same way. Sometimes it’s a free cup of coffee and sometimes it’s as simple as holding a conversation that can make a difference in someone’s day. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing.”
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A Hometown With Heart
By Marion Ugochukwu
hese eight words—“I thought the capital of Florida was Orlando” —have too often characterized the nature of my conversations with out-of-state students here in Tampa, Florida. My name is Marion Ugochukwu, and I am a fourth-year Honors environmental biology student at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In February, I had the honor of becoming the eighth Miss University of South Florida, but before any of that happened, I was a little girl growing up on Shannon Lakes Drive in the Killearn neighborhood of Tallahassee. Growing up, many of my classmates complained of having “nothing to do” in Tallahassee, and they’re right. There’s nothing to do in Tallahassee but appreciate the intricacy of old Southern architecture. There’s nothing to do but lose the differences that separate us when we all cram into Doak Campbell Stadium and cheer on the Seminoles. And that’s when we realize that there is something to do, even though we’ve done it one million times. Because the truth is, there’s still magic in going to Tom Brown Park at midnight and looking up at stars that aren’t hidden by overwhelming city lights. There is a joy in the expectation of our favorite Tallahassee traditions—Springtime Tallahassee, the Downtown GetDown, the Winter Festival or even the executing of our 1,000th tomahawk chop. We grew up on these traditions and they are ours—they are all something that we do. When I was a child, my parents instilled in me a feverish, intense appreciation for the natural world. I’m a first-generation American. My parents are Nigerian and were raised in a way that correlated the natural to the divine, in that the work of the divine cannot be replicated. That means family, friendship and things like animals or trees take precedence over
cars, the newest gadgets or shopping excursions. With this in mind, I never truly grew a taste for the glitz and glamour of big cities. There are a lot of things Tallahassee has that big cities will never know, like the nonexistence of traffic jams or the proper use of a horn. Call our city slowpaced or too Southern, but we Tallahasseeans know a traffic horn is a fighting word, and we don’t use ours if it isn’t necessary (Tampa, we’re looking at you). In Tallahassee, we have Kool Beans Cafe, Sahara’s and Gaines Street Pies for every nameless, culturally drained restaurant you could conjure. Every one of us has a prized possession we bartered, got from the local’s farmer’s market or bargained for at one of our many vintage stores— and we’ll tell you it’s the only one that exists. In Tallahassee, we understand that there’s something inherently enchanting in knowing the name of the person who serves you at your favorite restaurant, posing with your favorite footballer or helping a stranger—who we know is just a friend that we haven’t made yet. There’s something beautiful in watching and participating in a tradition that you enjoyed so much as a child and growing up and keeping that tradition alive for the younger generation. How many of us grew up watching the Marching 100, only to join one day?
How many of us drive through Dorothy B. Oven park during the holidays every year, no matter how old we get, knowing what we will see, but reaping joy from it anyway? For us, that is thrilling. It’s not that we are enemies of change; we are simply patrons of tradition and charm. And we shouldn’t apologize for that. Being a millennial, I’m comfortable with change. However, on one of my biannual trips to Tallahassee, I was deeply
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troubled when I came home and witnessed what has become of the trees that used to densely populate many of the landscapes in town. It was the same feeling I got when the Tallahassee Mall started to lose businesses— that grappling feeling of trying to hold on to something that was such an integral part of my childhood. I realized there’s not much I can do to stand in the way of the demolition of Tallahassee’s history and traditions, and I fear for what could be sacrificed next.
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In order to inspire preservation of what we love most about our city, I always ask people this. Take a picture of the most common street in your hometown with your mind. If you weren’t from this place, would you mistake it for somewhere else? Is it littered with big chain restaurants and outlet stores to the point where identification of it from another town is now marred? If so, that’s a shame. We don’t have that problem in Tallahassee—yet. At the end of the day, these are things that I attest to as a child who grew up in Tallahassee—the intense, conscious, pursuit of the preservation of a living history that reminds us all of what’s important, in a way that flashing lights, like those found in some of our other Florida cities, never could. This is our export—we foster tradition, we support our communities, we smile at strangers and we raise our children the way my Tallahassee parents raised me—with an intentionality to shape an identity that will value family and community and that knows what it’s like to play outside, share with friends, and cry when a person who lives across the street passes away. If our neighbor’s world stops, ours does too. Tallahassee will change and get bigger—this is unavoidable. But we must continue to teach our children and new residents and remind ourselves that there is something so unique and bright about the Tallahassee community experience that is not found anywhere else in the world and work hard on preserving that. Because of those who nurtured me and came before me, no matter where I go, Tallahassee and its values will go with me, holding the capital place in my heart.
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Dr. Lisa LangHannah will receive the Eunice W. Thompson Merit Award during the 61st Annual Convention for The Charmettes, Incorporated, next year in South Carolina. Lisa is currently the executive director for The Charmettes, Incorporated, and a member of the Leon County Chapter. Ashley Webb is the new owner of Old Town Cafe, which is named after the Seminole Tribe’s nickname for Tallahassee. For 25 years, Old Town Cafe has been serving Tallahasseans, and Ashley is excited to continue this Tallahassee tradition. Erika Hagan became employed and was eventually made partner in under two years at Hoy + Stark Architects. At the time of her hiring, the company only had the two founding principals. She shows her commitment to the community through retail, educational and government architecture projects.
Leigh Jenkins, CPA, recently joined Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A. as the new Assurance Services Department Manager. A native of Gulf Breeze, Florida, Leigh has been providing assurance and consulting services for some time. Allison Harrell, a shareholder with the Tallahassee accounting firm of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A.,was recently appointed to the North Florida Outreach Fellows Program by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Throughout her career, Allison has specialized in not-for-profit and governmental accounting. Taylore Maxey was recently elected the national vice president of The Charmettes, Incorporated, during their 60th Annual Convention in Miami. She is currently the Leon County Chapter’s vice president and she handles the public relations and website governance locally and
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nationally for the organization. She will also receive the second place Frankie Drayton Thomas Leadership Award during the 61st Annual Convention in South Carolina. Anna Alexopoulos recently joined On 3 Public Relations (On3PR), a woman-owned communications firm, serving as Account Manager. Anna comes to On3PR with nearly a decade of experience in communications, politics, government and the nonprofit sector. Vicky Shetty, a financial expert with over 25 years of experience, has recently joined the Tallahassee Ameris Bank team as Vice President and Regional Treasury Solutions Officer. In her new role Vicky will work with business clients to provide customized treasury management solutions to help optimize their working capital while mitigating operational and financial risk.
Talethia O. Edwards has started a new organization called The H.A.N.D. (Helping Alleviate the Needy and Deficient) Up Project. As a wife, a mentor, a community leader and a mother to seven children, Talethia has learned firsthand about managing marriage, money and missions with limited funds and started couponing as a hobby. The H.A.N.D. ‘s mission is to help others learn how to create their own economy through couponing, consignment, selling and reselling. Catherine Carver recently joined Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., where she will serve as a staff team member in the Assurance Services Department. She will be sitting for her CPA exam in the next year. Catherine graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. Mindy Perkins will assume the role of President of VR Systems. Mindy has worked with the company for 14 years and previously held the position of executive vice president. VR Systems, a leading elections management technology provider, is a 100 percent employee-owned company. Mindy was the first employee to be hired and to take on a top leadership role. She has also served as the head of customer support, business development, and sales. Dr. Kris Kruger recently joined the team at South Monroe Animal Hospital. Dr. Kruger graduated from Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and has been a small animal practitioner for the past 14 years. Her special areas of interest include internal medicine and dermatology.
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W WM B CO M M U N I T Y | WO M E N TOWATC H Stacy Gromatski, President and CEO of Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group. Stacy is one of five appointed to the advisory board and has extensive experience working with nonprofits and youth advocacy organizations. She currently oversees the Florida Network’s 31 member agencies throughout Florida. Cynthia Swier has recently been appointed to the position of Deputy Warden of Operations at Gadsden Correctional Facility. Cynthia is in charge of oversight of the security, maintenance, training, food service, mail room and warehouse of this 1,500-bed facility. She is fully involved in the reentry progress of the inmates and in assisting in being a leader in social impact. Michelle R. Nickens, a regular writer for TWM, was selected to participate in Leadership Florida Class XXXIV. Michelle is a vice president at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, a local actor, blogger and author of the novel, Precious Little Secrets.
operations for Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Regulatory Compliance Services, Tallahassee. Shacafrica Simmons, better known as Chef Shac, has launched the Sensory Experience, a flavorful fourcourse dining experience featuring a fusion of food, wine, art and music. The “pop-up” restaurant is hosted at various venues on the south side of Tallahassee, where Chef Shac cooks a unique meal for up to 14 guests in an intimate setting. WOMEN TO WATCH
ARTS & CULTURE Artist Joelle Dietrick is celebrating a new exhibition featured in Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition, called “Cargomobilites,” will be up until October and like much of her work, it presents a modern commentary on the interconnectedness of macro economies and micro systems. Joelle has a BFA in painting from Penn State and an MFA in visual arts from the University of California. She now teaches at Florida State University. Her work is also seen on Gaines Street near Cascades Park, where she painted a mural, funded by the National Endowment of Arts, with cooperation and help from those at the PACE Center for Girls.
Tallahassee native Tifini Austin is Christy Crump was celebrating 10 elected to serve years as a dancer her second term with the African as president of Caribbean Dance Florida Federation Theatre and recently of Business & performed for the tenth year at the Professional Florida African Dance Festival alongside Women. Christy is director of 52 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
her 6-year-old daughter for her first performance. A mom of two, she also teaches weekly African dance classes, works for the Department of Health as the Sexual Violence Prevention Program Director and is training to receive her doula certification in preparation for midwifery school. WOMEN TO WATCH
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There is a new family law attorney in town. Former N.C. District Court Judge Dina Foster has joined the law office of Pennington, P.A. as a family law attorney and certified Florida family mediator. She has experience handling all matters related to divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, alimony, property division and prenuptial agreements. Dina received her B.A. from the University of the South at Sewanee and her juris doctorate from Mercer University. Dina began her legal career in North Carolina as a private attorney and concentrated her practice on family and juvenile law matters. She became a North Carolina state prosecutor and prosecuted crimes against children. In 1999, Dina was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to the District Court bench, where she presided over all family and domestic relations cases for more than 14 years. She founded a truancy court in her judicial district and helped create court services for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Before moving to Florida in 2013, Dina was presented with the Order of the Old North State by the Governor of North Carolina for her services to families and
children as a District Court Judge. Dina is currently licensed in North Carolina and Florida. She resides in Tallahassee with her husband and children. Dina’s husband, Skip Foster, is President and publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat.
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By Amy J. Hartman
n 1970s America, what is commonly referred to as the second wave of the women’s rights movement was in full swing. The first wave focused on women’s right to vote and resulted in the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1920. The second wave had a wider reach, but at its core was workplace equality. From the civil rights movement to Vietnam protests, 1960s Americans were making their voices heard. Then, in 1963 Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique and launched women into the fray. The book discussed the statistically widespread unhappiness of women trying desperately to fit society’s mold of the perfect wife and mother and being told they must give up their dreams in the process. The book energized American women. Though not all women saw becoming a housewife as a form of subjugation, most could agree that they should be allowed to pursue their dreams, regardless of their status as wife and mother. In 1963, women in the workforce earned, on average, only 58 cents for every dollar earned by men. Despite the passing of the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act, women continued to fight to be heard. In 1970, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, thousands of women nationwide participated in the Women’s Strike for Equality, organized by none other than Betty Friedan. Memorable slogans like “Don’t iron while the strike is hot” and “Storks Fly—Why Can’t Mothers?” helped the event make national headlines and once
again brought wage disparity and workforce inequality to the fore. As the decade moved forward, so did the Women’s Workforce Movement. Over time, media depictions of idealized housewives like Donna Reed were replaced with shows about educated, independent young women like Mary Richards (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Helen Reddy’s song “I Am Woman” permeated the airwaves. The women’s movement was going strong. Outspoken proponents of women’s rights, like Gloria Steinem, were talking and people were listening. More women were entering the workforce and choosing jobs outside female stereotypes. In 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments banned sex discrimination in schools. Federally funded educational institutions could no longer discriminate against or refuse to admit women. In 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibited discrimination in consumer credit practices on the basis of, among other things, sex. Prior to this law, it was often difficult for women to get credit without a male cosigner. In 1976, in Williams v. Saxbe, the courts first
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Today, according to Catalyst Inc., a nonprofit organization that “expand[s] opportunities for women and business,” women still earn only about 78 cents on the dollar. And though women are more likely than men to attend college and to graduate with honors, less than 5 percent of S&P 500 companies have a female CEO. Also, although sexual harassment and workforce discrimination are far less commonplace than they once were, antiquated and, some would argue, chauvinistic policies still exist. For proof, one need only consider the recent decision by Mayo Clinic to make pantyhose optional for female employees. The new policy just went into effect in June of this year. Stories like this make it all too clear that although women have come a long way in the fight for workplace equality, we’re not there yet. The second wave of the Women’s Workforce Movement may have ended by the early 1980s, but that wave will not be the last. Amy J. Hartman is a mother, wife, mentor, ardent volunteer, freelance writer and substitute teacher. She has lived in Tallahassee since 1995.
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n the 1960s, the average price of a new car in the United States was $2,500. Compare that to today, when the median price of a new car is $21,000. Why the vast difference in prices? One word—inflation. Simply put, inflation is the long-term rise in the prices of goods and services in the economy caused by the devaluation of currency. Inflation is an important economic statistic, influencing the interest rate we get on our savings and the rate we pay on our mortgages. As a result of inflation, the value of a dollar is perpetually changing and therefore cannot stay constant. In the market, money is observed by its purchasing power of goods and services. When inflation goes up, there is a decline in the purchasing power of money. For example, if the inflation rate is 3 percent, then a $1.00 soda will cost $1.03 in a year. However, a high rate of inflation, typically over 10 percent per year, can be potentially problematic since it increases costs and makes a country’s exports less competitive in the global marketplace. There are many causes for inflation, including consumer confidence, decreases in supplies and corporate decisions to charge more. While consumers experience little benefit from inflation, there are some who reap the rewards. Some manufacturers can charge more for their products, and business owners can deliberately withhold supplies from the market. Some causes of inflation, however, are a result of a more global impact on the economy, such as the 1973 oil crisis. During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) imposed an embargo against the United States and other countries in retaliation for the U.S. decision to resupply the Israeli military. The embargo banned petroleum exports to the targeted nations and introduced cuts in oil production. As a result of the embargo, oil corporations were forced to increase the price on oil, which contributed to the inflation of gas prices. Before the 1973 oil crisis, a gallon of regular gas cost about $0.36, then rose to $0.55 during the oil embargo. This inflation had an enormous effect on the economy and the daily lives of American citizens. It was common during this time to see long lines at gas stations, some of which were completely closed due to no fuel. Eventually, the prospect of a negotiated end to hostilities proved sufficient to convince the relevant parties to lift the embargo in March of 1974. Inflation is an important economic factor that affects the marketplace and indicates the overall stability of a country’s economy. Inflation has the ability to change the purchasing power of currency, playing a vital role in the everyday life of the average citizen.
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Cost of Living: Then and Now 1960s A loaf of bread—$0.20 Gallon of milk—$0.49 Gallon of regular gas—$0.31 A ticket to the movies—$0.75 Standard B&W television—$249 Hamburger—$0.20 Daily newspaper—$0.10 New car—$2,500
1970s A loaf of bread—$0.25 Gallon of milk—$0.62 Gallon of regular gas—$0.36 before the 1973 oil crisis, $0.55 during the oil crisis A ticket to the movies—$1.79 Standard color television—$399 Hamburger—$0.28 Daily newspaper—$0.25 New car—$4,500
Today A loaf of bread—$2.07 Gallon of milk—$3.81 Gallon of regular gas—$2.72 A ticket to the movies—$8.00 Standard television—$199–299 Hamburger—$1.95 Daily newspaper—$0.75–1.00 New car—$21,000
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PACE Prepares a Generation of Leaders By Penny Dickerson
illennials have been dubbed selfcentered, narcissistic brats for their carefree attitudes and social media indulgence. These faulty labels are inaccurate, and a social trend study by the Pew Research Center affirms it: “Generations, like people, have personalities, and millennials—the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium—have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.” Those positive descriptions are reverberated daily at PACE Center for Girls-Leon, where Tallahassee’s next generation of leaders represents the millennials’ best. Among them are Haley C., who in June traveled to Washington, DC, to serve on a guest panel during a Congressional Briefing on Young Women and Incarceration. She is preceded by the resilient, 28-year-old Danielle Johnson, who entered PACE as a timid seventh-grader and this year received an acceptance letter to attend Florida State University School of Law. Executive Director Kelly Otte is the Executive Director for the Leon Center, which is one of 19 PACE centers located around the state. She is immensely proud of her local PACE team’s statistical success. In 2014, the PACE-Leon school program served 134 at-risk girls between ages 11 and 18 in Grades 6–12 who presented
risk factors including school truancy, academic failure, single or no birth parent in the home, exposure to substance abuse, an incarcerated parent, sexual abuse and physical and/or emotional abuse. That same year, 122 girls in the Transition Program and 13 families through a Family Reach Program were served. “While we serve a culturally diverse group of girls from every corner of Leon County, the majority come from families who live in poverty,” said Kelly. “Most who are referred have experienced some type of trauma or family situation that made it difficult for them to perform well academically or socially in their zoned schools.”
group home. Danielle was raised a ward of the state. “My parents have Trinidadian-Spanish ancestry, so I am light-skinned, had long wavy hair and relocated from Brooklyn, New York,” explained Danielle. “I was an A/B student, and the kids said I talked like a white girl who thought I was better than them.”
Like the students whose lives it thrusts forward, PACE-Leon also personifies 21st century recidivism success like the 90 percent involved with the juvenile justice system who had adjudication withheld and the 93 percent that earned a high school diploma (or GED), were mainstreamed back to public schools, employed or placed in an individual treatment plan. An acronym for “Practical, Academic and Cultural Education,” PACE was founded in Jacksonville in 1985, and every girl attends free because “they want to be there.” PACE accepts no mandated referrals. Danielle Johnson may one day defend criminals in court, but she was a victim of bullying while attending a local middle school. Her difficulties led to a life of transition for the teen, including unsuccessful homeschooling followed by placement in PACE and an outside arrest for assault that forced her to be placed in a
Danielle endured bus-stop brawls, and ultimately, a classmate snipped off her entire 7-inch ponytail. The incident prompted Danielle’s mother to seek a PACE referral. Once enrolled, the teen spend 7 months at PACE, but succumbed to social pressures and made unhealthy choices. However, like a champion, Danielle rebounded and earned her G.E.D. followed by degrees from TCC and FAMU. Admittedly, her greatest success was breaking the cycle. “We have a saying at PACE: Once a PACE girl, always a PACE girl,” said Kelly, who believes misperceptions are changing. “When you change the life of one girl, you change the future for generations of people.” Penny Dickerson lives in Tallahasseee and is an award-winning journalist and regular contributor to the Florida Courier and Daytona Times. Her work has appeared in national and regional publications including EBONY.com, Orlando Arts Magazine, Florida-Times Union and others. Follow her at pennydickersonwrites.com.
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breast cancer gene and discovered that she did carry the BRCA2 genetic mutation. “When I read the statistics on the risk for a second primary breast cancer diagnosis,” she said, “I asked to have a bilateral mastectomy.” With the love and support from so many, Terese felt she was doing well but knew she didn’t want to go through this again. She summed up her feelings by saying, “Cancer is a terrifying disease, and it hurts you and all those who care for you in ways that I cannot put into words. I wanted to increase my chances of being done with it.” Terese learned that there was a 50-50 chance she had passed the mutation to her children and spoke with them about their risk. Andrea, their only daughter, knew right away she wanted to be tested. “Knowledge is power,” she said emphatically. Terese was truly crushed to learn that Andrea carried the BRCA2 mutation. She was just 21 at the time. After genetic counseling, she began receiving regular health screenings and preventive care. Terese says, “Andrea will always be my hero for the way she handled the news and how she has dealt with it since. My baby sister, Glenda, also elected genetic counseling and testing. The results were not what we hoped for, but she bravely faced facts and made smart, informed decisions. I am so very proud of her.”
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Currently, breast cancer mutation testing is done with a simple saliva or blood test. Tallahassee is very fortunate to have Kristen Parsley, M.D., as the Medical Director for the Tallahassee Memorial Clinical Genetics Center, which provides clinical genetic services in pediatric genetics, neurogenetics, and cancer genetics to all of North Florida. Terese and her family had to make some tough choices. “It was not always easy,” said Terese, “but I feel I am truly blessed in so many ways and am happy with my decisions.” “It is wonderful that we have such excellent medical facilities and personnel here in Tallahassee,” Terese said. “Dr. Mary Swain, Dr. Robert Snyder, Dr. Alfredo Paredes, my oncologists and their teams guided me through my treatment and reconstruction with compassion and tenderness.”
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KRISTINE KNAB: BUILDING A COMMUNITY ON THE PILLARS OF JUSTICE
By Keasi Smith
m on a mission to save the world. I just tell people it’s taking me longer than expected,” said Kristine Knab, a Tallahassee import born in Buffalo, New York, who prefers to go by Kris. She has furthered her mission to save the world for the past 21 years acting as executive director at Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF), where she’s been employed for 37 years. LSNF is a not-for-profit organization that serves low-income families who are in need of legal assistance. And they do it all for no charge.
Her children were one and two at the time, and even though she had planned to cut back on work, she decided that she would have to balance saving the world and being a mother at the same time. “And so, I jumped,” she said. Jumping wasn’t easy, and it took Kris a couple years of adjustment. “Taking this job has been an underestimated mammoth undertaking,” she laughed, “I was in a state of panic for two years, and then I just found that I couldn’t sustain panic anymore. And so I adapted.”
“I’m on a mission to save the world. I just tell people it’s taking me longer than expected.”
Kris passionately stressed how the access to legal services is vital to every individual, and if denied or unobtainable, can cause ripple effects that give way to violence and resentment in the community. “We’re seeing a lot more criminal activity lately. The issue is that if people don’t have the opportunity to solve their civil problems legally, they are going to find other ways to fix them, and it’s probably not going to be a good one.”
When Kris was 10 years old, her family relocated to Pompano Beach, Florida. Growing up, she witnessed kindness from her parents towards others and developed her own spirit for service. “Both my parents would go out of their way to help people. If they saw someone who needed something, even though we didn’t have a lot, they helped.” And so, when Kris started school at Florida State University, she thought about working towards a career in helping people, such as social work. Though she ultimately decided to major in sociology, Kris later pursued her interest in public interest law. “I didn’t go to law school because I was dying to be a lawyer. I went because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.” She worked for a civil rights attorney for four years before coming to LSNF. There, she worked her way up from a law clerk to director of litigation. It was in 1994 when the executive director position opened up and she had to make a big decision. 60 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
LSNF works in civil and legal cases such as sexual and domestic violence and home foreclosures. They represent senior citizens preyed on by various scams and kids with unique issues. “We impact every social human service problem. For instance, if we keep people in their homes, they don’t need access to the homeless shelter. When people are hungry and have no food, if we are able to get them social security benefits, that’s putting food on the table.” LSNF does a lot with the little they have. The 16 lawyers on staff work in 16 counties. The organization has suffered continuous budget cuts throughout the years and is now operating at a deficit. This is a major concern for Kris, who is retiring in 2016. “We’re applying for funds and ramping up private fundraising efforts. My hope is that when I leave, there
will be more financial stability than there is now.” Despite setbacks, those at LSNF are committed to their cause and work relentlessly to help as many people as they can.
“Anytime you work hard, you’re going to stand out. You have to be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to it. Get tough. Get ready. But don’t have any fear. It can be done.” While Kris is set to retire next year, that doesn’t mean she’s slowing down. “After I retire, I’ll probably come back here and do some of the pro bono work. I haven’t practiced law in a number of years, but I could come here and help out in some of the more easy matters,” she says. “I want to also continue to speak out about the importance of civil legal assistance to people.” As “someone who’s been there,” I asked Kris if she had any advice for the next generation of professional women looking to hold leadership positions in the future. “Anytime you work hard, you’re going to stand out. You have to be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to it. Get tough. Get ready. But don’t have any fear. It can be done.” When it comes to saving the world, making hard decisions, and building her community up, Kris has jumped at every opportunity and is living proof that yes, it can be done, if you only take the leap.
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HAPPENINGS African Americans In World War II Exhibit
Through September 30, 2015 | Tallahassee Museum Visit the Tallahassee Museum’s new “African Americans in World War II” exhibit on display in the Phipps Gallery July 1st through September 30th. The exhibit displays 40 photographs of how life was for men and women during the most widespread war in human history. This exhibit is a great way for friends and family to learn more about history and heritage while attending a local museum. For more information about the exhibit, call (850) 575-8684 or online at tallahasseemuseum.org. Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, floridamemory.com
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September 5, 2015 St. Louis Church Enjoy authentic Hispanic cuisine and culture at the annual Hispanic Festival, presented by the North Florida Hispanic Association. This festival offers everything from traditional Hispanic cuisine and ethnic food to arts and crafts, folklore and live entertainment from many Hispanic communities in Florida. For more information on the event, visit tnfha.org/hispanic-festival.
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September 7, 2015 J. R. Alford Greenway Spend your Labor Day at the inaugural 5K fun run and walk to promote suicide awareness and intervention. The race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and experiences. There is the 5K course or the scenic 1-mile out-and-back course. The 5K course will start at 7:30 a.m., and the 1-mile course will start at 8:00 a.m. For more information, visit bluebirdrun.com.
2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
September 9, 2015 Cascades Park The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim a future for millions. Held at beautiful Cascades Park, the 2-mile walk is a great way for you and your loved ones to help raise funds to further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. To register and find out more information about the event, visit act.alz.org/tallahassee.
An Evening of Grace
September 19, 2015 FSU Alumni Center Come join us for an evening of Grace at the FSU Alumni Center from 5:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m. Benefiting Grace Mission, the event will include hors d’oeuvres and dinner from Andrews Catering, silent auction and dancing to Latin music by Tocamos Mas. Tickets are $100 per person or $180 per couple. For more information about the event or sponsorships, visit gracemission.net or call (850) 224-3817.
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Driving Florida's Image: The 1985 License Plate Contest Through September 27, 2015 Florida Historic Capital Museum Come out to the Florida Historic Capital Museum this month to see a special exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the artistic submissions sent in by the public when the State of Florida held a contest to assist with the redesign of the license plate in 1985. Special activity stations and programming will accompany the event. The exhibit is free and open to the public during all regular museum hours. For more information, visit flhistoriccapitol.gov/exhibits.
Havana Pumpkin Festival
October 10, 2015 Downtown Havana Come out to the 15th Annual Havana Pumpkin Festival. This is an all-day event that begins at 8 a.m. with a delicious all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The festival is fun for everyone, with face painting, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, hayrides and more. The admission to the festival is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Sponsors for the event are the Havana Merchants Association, Town of Havana and Visit Florida. For more information, visit havanaflevents.com.
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AROUNDTOWN Events • Benefits • Activities
A CHOCOLATE AFFAIR, presented by
Covenant Hospice, took place in June at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum. Along with delicious desserts from restaurants and bakeries in and around Tallahassee, the community enjoyed a night filled with dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds from the sixth annual event benefit Covenant Hospice’s unfunded and nonreimbursed programs, such as children’s support, bereavement services and indigent care. 2.
1. Allison Sykes 2. Elspeth Newsome, Loughlin Newsome, Blythe Newsome, Finn Newsome, Abby Newsome, Ana Isabel Newsome, Aidan Newsome, Duncan Newsome, Marshall Newsome, William Newsom 3. Shonda Knight, Sundra Knight 4. Keely Kaklamanos, Dino Kaklamanos 5. Keri Whitehead, Aiden Todd 6. Courtney Howe, Melissa Watts
7. Lori Fitzpatrick, Chloe Bassham, Beth Potter-Bassham 8. Lolani Green, Kelia Wikies 9. Terry Sellers, Kerri Anderson, Amanda Garrett, Kim Klok, Kandy Garrett, Michael Bondin, Pamela Bondin 10. Wendy Mexey, Sandra Nichols 11. Megan Taber, Caleb Wainwright
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BIG BEND HOSPICE’S 2015 SPRING FLING: UNDER THE HOLLYWOOD MOON
Tallahassee’s citizens gathered together for a night of food and beverages from local venues, entertainment and socialization at Tallahassee Nurseries in support of Big Bend Hospice. Proceeds from the event help underwrite the cost of the underfunded programs that Big Bend Hospice provides to its many patients and their loved ones. 2.
1. Emily Connor, Dot Carroll, Mary Siebert Cult 2. Richard Williamson, Danielle Hay, Nigel Allen, Tina Crayton, Carl Crayton 3. Debbie Leonard, Nancy Curley 4. Gail Thompkins, Juanita Geston 5. Patty Bahmann, Nancy Adams, Renee Herring, Mary Whitmire, Holly Hinson 6. Diane Davidson, Kim Ellison 7. Robin Moss, Terry McCully, Mari McCully 66 TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015
8. Natasha Becker, Quincie Hamby 9. Margie Tedrick, Karen Vanassenderp 10. Susan Turner, Connie Palmer 11. Dee Hansen, Judy Rubin, Bonnie Davis 12. Holly Hinson, Shannon Jones, Renee Hering, Lori Mattice 13. Michelle Forehand, Lisa Smith 14. Lucky Jones, Nan Hillis, Melanie Montgomery
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A Look Back...
TALLAHASSEE WOMEN OF THE ’60s AND ’70s The women of Tallahassee in the 1960s 2. and 1970s were just as beautiful then as they are now. Recognize anyone? 1. 4H Club: Standing (L-R): Cheryl Hill, and Marilyn Hollifield. Sitting: Unknown, Alfreda Blackshear and Carmena Greene. (1960) 2. Missy Davis (Whiddon) (1973) Richard Parks Photographer 3. Cheryl Jennings, Laurie Jennings Sapp, Christy Jennings Miqueli (1977)
4. Jennifer McBride Stinson and family (1975) 5. Leila McCraw Shuffler (1964); photography by Tom Dunaway 6. Cheryl and Doug Jennings (1963) 7. Groundbreaking at the FSU BPW Scholarship House; Marion Goul, Evelyn Barr-Brcwn, Phyllis Storms, Myrtle Zita, Hortense Wells and Marie Bowden (1966) 8. Erika Kirk (First Lady of Florida from 1967-1971), Adriana Dollabella 9. Aquilina Howell (1971) 10. Brenda Lee Lennick (1976)
Photo Credit: #1 and #9: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, floridamemory.com
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Succulents Spark a Modern Day Trend By Calynne Hill
f the succulent family, cacti (cactaceau), better known as cactus, achieved widespread popularity in the 1970s. While all cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti. Succulent plants are found in more than 60 plant families that have evolved their waterstorage tissues in their enlarged leaves, roots or stems as an adjustment to arid environments. They are attractive and easy to care for and work really well in containers or in a rock garden setting. Jonathan Burns, the Outdoor Manager at Tallahassee Nurseries, says that “almost no diseases or pests bother succulents, making them perfect trouble-free plants for the novice. They come in countless shapes, textures and colors that appeal to the collector in all of us.” Kelly Horne, a renowned landscape designer, agrees. “They are other-worldly and bizarre, not to mention super easy for those of us that lack any enthusiasm for gardening in the blazing heat of summer.” Succulents prefer dry soil and love heat and the sun. They do not like constantly wet soil so you don’t need to fuss over them with frequent watering, making them the perfect plant for today’s water-conscious gardener. Jonathan says, “With just a little bright light, your succulent gardening is limited only by your imagination.”
This bouquet-like grouping by Kelly Horne, showcases the variety of colors and textures of succulents. Landscape designer, Elizabeth Law, created this rock garden with succulents as the centerpieces.
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FROM CASSEROLES TO CROCK-POTS Retro Recipes Get a Modern Makeover By Randi Shiver
can still recall the retro kitchen my grandmother cooked in as I stood on a stool, watching with wide eyes as she created delicious dishes from scratch. How hard it was to open the huge turquoise Frigidaire to grab a glass of Tang. I can remember the sound of her avocado green KitchenAid mixer as the motor mixed meaningful memories into decadent chocolate chip cookie dough, and the apron trimmed with ruffles she wore each Sunday morning when the bacon grease got out of hand. Before my grandmother passed away, she handed her cookbook collection down to me, somehow knowing I would pick up where she left off. My favorite is the Joy of Cooking, a collection of recipes that take my taste buds on a trip down memory lane and remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen. The hardback cookbook, printed in 1963, shows evidence of coming too close to my grandmother’s stove, proven by a brown burn mark on the bottom corner of the cover. As I was reading it recently, one of her handwritten recipes tucked in between the pages fell out and brought a serendipitous surprise. I will always cherish the joy of cooking she instilled in me and am pleased to possess this living legacy filled with recipes and recollections of food from her kitchen.
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Casseroles became popular during the 1960s. This one-dish-wonder method of cooking provided a way for families to eat a hearty meal together easily. This Summer Squash Casserole Cockaigne recipe, which comes from the Joy of Cooking cookbook, may have you wondering what the word “cockaigne” means. I was curious as well but resisted the urge to Google the information and found the answer in the Foreword of the cookbook. The word “cockaigne,” in medieval times, referred to “a mythical land of peace and plenty.” It is used to denote the author’s favorite recipes. Here, I traded out a traditional casserole dish for my favorite retro kitchen classic—the mason jar. These mini-mason-jar squash casseroles provide a perfectly portioned side dish for the BBQ Chicken Sliders. You can assemble these ahead of time, seal them with the lids and store them in the refrigerator. Remove lids before baking. missygunnelsﬂowers.com
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Summer Squash Casserole Cockaigne (Makes 4 half-pint servings) Ingredients: 6 cups summer squash, cut into small cubes ½ cup sour cream 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons grated cheese 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon paprika 2 beaten egg yolks (optional) 2 tablespoons chopped chives plus 1 tablespoon for garnish Au Gratin Topping: 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons grated cheese 4 pats of butter Directions: Place the squash in a pot and cover with water. Boil over medium-high heat just until tender, 6–8 minutes. Drain well. In a small saucepan, whisk the sour cream, cheese, butter, salt and paprika over low heat until bubbly and the cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add egg yolks (if using) and chives.
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Gently mix the squash and sour cream mixture together in a bowl. Divide the mixture among 4 short, wide-mouth 8-ounce mason jars. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and cheese. Sprinkle one tablespoon of breadcrumb mixture over each squash casserole. Place a pat of butter on top of each one. Place a cookie sheet in the oven and place the mason jars on the cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 18–20 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Remove carefully and let sit 10 minutes to cool or screw the lids on the jars to help them seal and stay warm until ready to serve. Garnish with chopped chives. If cooking this recipe the traditional way, spread squash mixture in a small casserole dish and top with Au Gratin mixture. Place 6 to 8 pats of butter on top and bake at 375 degrees for 20–25 minutes. Notes: This recipe is doubled from the original recipe. This recipe was tested using sharp cheddar cheese. The egg yolk was omitted during testing. It tasted great without it and the consistency was not compromised.
Crock-Pot cooking, which was popular in the 1970s when women were going back to work and needed a shortcut in the kitchen, offers a valuable vessel for preparing home-cooked meals. As a working mom, coming home to succulent smells and a comforting meal that “cooks while the cook is away” is really groovy! This Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders recipe combines the convenience of Crock-Pot cooking with a modern-day dinner twist.
Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders (Makes 8 sliders)
Ingredients: 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast 1 cup BBQ sauce ¼ cup Italian dressing ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon mustard (optional)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper Slider buns Prepared or homemade coleslaw Roasted okra
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Directions: Place the chicken in a Crock-Pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix the BBQ sauce, dressing, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire in a bowl and pour over chicken. Cook on low 6–7 hours or on high for 3–4 hours. Remove the chicken from the Crock-Pot and shred using two forks. Put the chicken back in the Crock-Pot to simmer in the sauce on low or warm heat for 15 minutes. Time-saving tip: Mix the sauce ahead of time and store it in a pint size mason jar in the refrigerator for up to two days. Roasted Okra: Lightly coat whole okra pods with olive oil and toss with salt and pepper. Cook them at 425 degrees for 25–30 minutes, stirring halfway. If desired, broil for 1–2 minutes at the end. Assembly: Cut the slider buns in half and lightly toast them. Add a layer of shredded BBQ chicken on the bottom bun. Add a layer of coleslaw. Top with bun. Place one whole okra pod on top of the bun and secure it with a toothpick for a garnish. Randi Shiver, also known as Little Miss Mason Jar, is the mother of two busy boys, a cookbook author and kindergarten teacher at Kate Sullivan Elementary School. Feast your eyes on a plethora of casseroles and crockpot recipes. Scan with your smartphone using the Layar app or visit TWM’s Pinterest board.
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Liberty Bar and Restaurant By Lynn Solomon
Ever experienced “plate envy” while dining out in a restaurant? You look across the table and the grieving process begins. You can’t believe food has become this important because you are actually mourning the loss of a menu item that you almost ordered but was ordered instead by your dining companion. Etiquette dictating, you confirm suspicions that you “misordered” by asking for a bite. Dang! The food on your neighbor’s plate is way tastier and more satisfying than yours. “How did I not see that coming?” you ask yourself. For our new feature, “The Best Bites on the Menu,” Tallahassee Woman will be sampling dishes from local restaurants and offering our take on what we believe to be the best things on the menu. Rather than say what not to order, we will simply hit the highlights and hopefully help you avoid having to say, “Hey, looks like you really out-ordered me this time.”
e begin at the Liberty Bar and Restaurant on Monroe Street in Midtown. Tucked in next to Jo Mamas and appearing more like a classic “watering hole,” Liberty beckons with a rustic façade and signage that resembles a highly
regarded London pub. Who even knew this to be a serious food destination? In addition to craft cocktails, beer and wine, many are surprised to learn that Liberty offers a full array of appetizers, small plates, entrees and desserts.
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The first item listed on Liberty’s menu is the iconic English Pub standard, the Scotch Egg. You might say it’s one of its signature dishes. Presented cut in half, a pasture-raised egg is coated in ground sausage meat, rolled in
THEDISH | BESTBITES breadcrumbs, fried and served with a mustard crema atop local greens. Liberty is owned and operated by Executive Chef Jesse Edmunds, his wife Briana and two active partners. Briana is a classically trained pastry chef who attended the Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Jesse and Briana met in Asheville, North Carolina, and decided six years ago to join Jesse’s family back in Tallahassee, bringing with them a sense of Asheville’s food town authenticity and a passion for getting things right. With a seasonally revolving menu, virtually everything is made on the premises from fresh ingredients.
From Briana’s bakery, hundreds of scratchmade biscuits and slider rolls are turned out each week, as well as the popular Goat Cheese Cheesecake with a Lemon Shortbread Crust and Blueberry Compote and other seasonal desserts and ice creams. Some people are convinced that the Duck Confit Mac N’ Cheese is the best thing on the menu at Liberty. This dish is so decadent, delicious and creamy, it should be served with a side of Lipitor and a baby aspirin. It begs this culinary question: What, other than lobster, could make standard fare like macaroni and cheese better than bits of cured duck leg cooked in its own fat?
Liberty is open every day but Tuesdays, and Chef Edmunds proudly caters to the hospitality crowd on Sunday and Monday when many other restaurants are closed. On weekends, brunch can be a tough table to score with locals vying for benedicts, omelets, breakfast sandwiches and possibly the best thing on that menu—three varieties of hand-breaded chicken with waffles.
So you decide—what will you order at Liberty?
If snacking is your thing, try pairing wine with the local and internationally sourced cheeses found on the Artisan Cheeseboard or the Charcuterie Board, where house-cured sausage, pate, mousse, Italian-cured salami and Spanish Serrano ham are among the beautifully presented combinations.
If you are a restaurant owner who would like to be featured in “The Best Bites on the Menu,” please contact us at email@example.com.
Next door to the main restaurant, Liberty recently opened an event space that will seat 75 and accommodate 100 for cocktails. Renovations are also being planned for the original restaurant space. Menu items at Liberty range from $6 to $22.
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One of the best things on the summer menu is a chilled watermelon gazpacho— a perfect blend of bright flavors with only a hint of sweetness. You will want to have it often early in summer because once tomatoes and watermelon begin to wane, it will be gone. The Steak Frites and the Moore Pigs Bone-In Pork Chop are both staples. The former features a tender, juicy bargain of a filet, served with a mixed organic green salad and house-made French fries. The meat, as they say, is “tender as a mother’s love.” The Roasted Cauliflower and Eggplant Caponata, garnished with fried garlic chips, provides a tasty vegan option or is delicious shared as a side dish. TALLAHASSEE W OMAN • A u g u s t /S e p t e m b e r 2015 77
FunnyGirl. Hippie Talk
Before there were hipsters there were hippies. The flower children of the ’60s and ’70s not only started a cultural and social movement, but created their own slang words and expressions. Let’s break a few of them down, TWM style.
Baby or Babe: A term of fondness for men or women. “That’s a gorgeous babe on the cover of Tallahassee Woman magazine.” Bag: A favorite hobby or pursuit, as in, “Reading Tallahassee
Woman is my bag, baby.”
Cat: A likable male. “Our man fan readers are cool cats.” Chick: An attractive, young woman. “The Next
Generation ladies are groovy chicks.”
Cool: Admirable or trendy, and worthy of emulation. “Is there anything cooler than a TWM reader?”
Dig: “I dig it,” means, “I understand your point of view.” Also a way to describe something you like a lot, as in, “I really dig those advertisers in TWM.” Far Out! “Awesome!” As in, “10 out of 10 readers agree that TWM is far out!” Funky: Stylish in an unconventional way. For example, music and fashions can be funky. Groovy! The coolest! “Tallahassee Woman has put the groove in groovy since 2006.” Outta Sight or Out of Sight: Means fantastic, as in “TWM
readers are outta sight!”
Scene: The party or place where cool
people meet. “This groovy scene at the Downtown GetDown.”
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Thing: Total obsession or favorite pastime. “Reading TWM is my thing, you dig?” Threads: Clothes. “Tallahassee’s locally-owned boutiques have some outta sight groovy threads.” What’s Happenin’? What’s going on.
“Find out what’s happenin’ in town in Tallahassee Woman’s Haute Happenings.”
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Published on Jul 30, 2015
The August/September 2015 issue features Jen Taylor on the cover. Also featuring the 2015 Next Generation of up and coming Tallahassee women...