Today's Charlotte Woman June 2013

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Beauty Inside & Out

Juli Emmons & Haven Wilson The Tale Of Two Drama Queens

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Contents | June 2013



Editor’s Letter In The Name Of Beauty

10 Seen In The City Rucker Fashion Show


12 Eventful Goings On Around Our Town

14 The Purposeful Life Plan For Purposeful Summers

16 Girl Time Tips, Trends, And Fancies


20 A Thing Of Beauty Makeup Artist Kim Chapman


24 Safety Net Cyber Expert Theresa Payton

28 Style Sink Or Swim?

33 Wine Up The Folks Next Door

34 At Home Flower Power

37 Top Of Her Game Laura Schulte

38 Behold, Beauty Create Your Most Confident Self

44 Health Flash What You Need To Know To Stay Well

50 Essay

OnTheCover Juli Emmons, co-founder of Charlotte Film Community, hams it up for the camera.

Retail Therapy

Photo By Glenn Roberson.



In The Name Of Beauty n my experience, women do strange things in the name of beauty. Consider beauty in Queen Elizabeth’s time. Back then, long foreheads were a sign of hotness. If you were unlucky and had a short forehead like me, you would pluck an inch or more of hair from your hairline to make your forehead longer. And I thought plucking my eyebrows was painful! Today, wrinkles are everyone’s obsession. I know a woman who puts Preparation H under her eyes to keep her under-eye skin from crinkling when she smiles. She doesn’t smile much, either; even in full-blown laugh, she keeps the skin under her eyes from moving. You can practically see her eyes bulge from the effort. I once had a babysitter who would go on cleansing diets that were comprised of water and raw carrots and turnips. For her skin, she would eat a tablespoonful of olive oil every day, on the premise that you could moisturize your skin from the inside out. Sometimes, she’d eat it by the spoonful. She did look a good 10 years younger than she was, I have to admit. Personally, I started taking good care of my skin in my 30s, convinced that when I hit my 40s, I wouldn’t wrinkle or sag. The day after my 40th birthday, it was like the collagen thieves showed up and took their first installment. And they were a bit greedy. Since then, I’ve learned the ugly truth: Aging is inevitable. It happens to us all … some more than others, according to your genes. Sometimes, I look at my loving parents, and dole out the beauty

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treatments I’m going to need in the (hopefully) distant future. My father has droopy upper eyelid syndrome; only, unlike a woman, he claims to love the extra skin that hangs over his eyelashes. Says he doesn’t need sunglasses anymore! Put me down for eyelid surgery. My mother has great facial skin. Redhaired and fair-skinned, she’s also lived under a wet blanket of sunscreen and perpetual umbrella for the last 30 years. I’m a bit more of a sun goddess; I ride horses every chance I get, and even though I do sunscreen, I am beginning to get arms as old and scaly as a lizard. My face is always full of freckles. If I run the equation in my head — sun versus my favorite hobby — I wind up crinkled and papery every time. And what is up with these large brown freckles? I don’t remember having freckles this large. Could they be age spots? Put me down for IPL treatment. Thinning hair runs in my mother’s family. I often have considered starting a hair transplant fund, in case I ever need some hair follicles transferred to the top of my head. There’s only one problem — I never have any extra money to go in this fund. If only I didn’t spend it all on olive oil and economysized Preparation H! Oh, well. If the time comes when my beloved hair falls out, maybe Elizabethan styles will come back in vogue, and my newly lengthened “forehead” will be all the rage. Pass the turnips, will you?

Volume 17, Number 2 June 2013 Karsen Price Editor

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Kerrie Boys Creative Director idesign2, inc Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Dana Durham Beth Howard Melinda Johnston Pat MacEnulty Rosie Molinary Lee Rhodes Style Editor Stacee Michelle Contributing Photographers Michael C. Hernandez Laurie Martin Glenn Roberson Peter Zay Mission statement:Today’s Charlotte Woman celebrates the lives, loves and endeavors of the women of Charlotte. Our mission is to inspire and motivate our community through well-written editorial content, artful photography and elegant design. The magazine will enlighten, engage and entertain its readers, ever seeking to spotlight the unbreakable strength that is the heart of Today’s Charlotte woman. P.O. Box 1676 • Cornelius, NC 28031 704.677.9159 Today’s Charlotte Woman is published by Venture Magazines Inc., and is distributed on a complimentary basis throughout the greater Charlotte area. Subscription rate is $20 per year for 12 issues. Copyright© 2013 Venture Magazines Inc. All rights reserved. Copying or reproduction, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited. Today’s Charlotte Woman and Venture Magazines Inc. do not necessarily endorse the views and perceptions of contributors or advertisers.

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Cosmetic Dentistry of the


Ross W. Nash, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dental Care

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ver 200 guests gathered April 14 at a fashion show featuring fashions by Coplon’s to benefit the Rucker Education Scholarship Fund, an educational scholarship fund for A.R. Rucker Middle School. The event raised $25,000, which will go to one select student to help support the aspirations of a first-generation college student. The fund’s mission is to promote academic excellence, community empowerment and leadership development through civic service projects and mentoring programs during their undergraduate matriculation. Fashions included Coplon’s spring and summer luxury collections. Attendees viewed 50 looks from designers including Alice + Olivia, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Monique Lhullier, Milly and others. The fashion show was covered by the production team for WE TV for future coverage on the newly announced show “The Ruckers: Southern Royals.” The show, expected to premiere this fall, will follow three local, modern African-American sisters — Ruby, Ellen and Ione — who are heirs to one of the oldest and most prominent Southern families in the Carolinas.

Ione Jamison, Ellen Carter and Ruby Cooper

The catwalk awaits models, pre-show. | June 2013 10

The show included items from Coplon’s.

Co-chairs Ione Jamison and Kristine Benton

Kiran Dodeja Smith and Kristine Benton

Over 50 looks were spotlighted.

Baige Edens and Andriette Farmer

Ruby K. Rucker and guest

The elegant invite.


Changing A Good Smile To A Great Smile

ent before treatm Fred’s smile

Dr. Ross W. Nash Ross W. Nash, DDS, is one of only 46 Accredited Fellows in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, meaning he has acquired extraordinary skills in the area of esthetic and cosmetic dentistry.


red often received compliments on his smile and, in fact, was voted “Best Smile” in his high school senior class. He had used tooth whitening procedures to lighten his upper teeth, but had some crowding in this arch as well as in the lower arch. Fred desired to improve his smile even further for professional reasons but did not wish to have them “cut down.” A conservative approach using Inman Aligners for only a few months on both arches followed by direct composite bonding on two upper teeth and two lower teeth allowed us to turn his good smile into a great smile with minimal time and expense.

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Q: Did the tooth straightening take a long time? A: We used an removable appliance called an Inman Aligner for only a few weeks to straighten the front teeth in each arch. Q: Do the teeth move back after one stops wearing the appliance? A: Bonded wire retainers or clear removable retainers are worn to hold the teeth in their new positions.


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Q: Does elective treatment like this effect dental health? A: Performed in the absence of dental disease and maintained properly, elective treatment for improved appearance should have no detrimental effect on dental health.


Q: Did the bonding require tooth grinding? A: Minimal or no tooth contouring is needed for many direct composite bonding procedures. In this case almost no tooth preparation was necessary.

A straighter, whiter smile after treatment


Eventful G O I N G S






A Don’t Miss Musical Catch It If You Can


f you can, grab tickets to the brand-new Broadway musical “Catch Me If You Can,” coming to the Belk Theater June 7 through 9. The splashy musical tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., who runs away as a teenager and, with nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and a penchant for forging checks, becomes a prolific conman, until his lifestyle finally catches the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty. Based on an incredible true story and a DreamWorks film, the delightful musical was created by a Tony Award®-winning “dream team,” including Terrence McNally, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Jerry Mitchell and Jack O’ Brien.

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ix exercise with pleasure at the first-ever Happy Hour Rush 5K, on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at The Metropolitan. A unique mixture of exercise, charity event and party on the block, the Happy Hour Rush 5K is meant to be casual — in fact, business attire is encouraged. The race, sponsored by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, features a scenic course along the little Sugar Creek Greenway and finishes at the dynamic Metropolitan. Post-race participants are invited to stay and enjoy happy hour specials at all of the Metropolitan establishments, as well as awards and live music. A portion of the proceeds benefits RunningWorks, a nonprofit that encourages the homeless community to rediscover the power of teamwork, discipline, confidence and respect.

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Feeling Free Julie Moos Exhibit At The Gantt elebrate womanhood with the exhibit “I Got Freedom Up Over My Head: Portraits by Julie Moos,” at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture through June 15. Moos is a Canadian photographer who has captured a generation of women who have been active citizens, church members and civil rights activists. The collection is on loan courtesy of the Bank of America Collection, through the Arts in Our Communities® program. Since the program’s launch in 2008, Bank of America has loaned complete exhibitions to more than 50 museums around the world.


Running & Brewskis USNWC Brew Dash Is Back ooking for a fun challenge? Held June 15, the Brew Dash 6K winds through the trail system at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and wraps up with the second-annual Brew Stash Bash. The race is part of the USNWC trail system. Participants can then enjoy Brew Stash festivities, including live music, food and a wide selection of the Southeast’s top craft beers. The race begins at 11 a.m., and the Bash follows.


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Fourth Annual Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest oak up the sounds and rhythms of some of the world’s greatest jazz performers at the fourth-annual Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest June 21 and 22, at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre. Presented by Novant Health,Wells Fargo and Belk, this year’s lineup features 5th and York; saxophonist Euge Groove; Sax in the City (including Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, and Vincent Ingalla); and Brian Culbertson, among others.


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Fun, On Purpose Planning Makes For Intentional Summers By Rosie Molinary f you’re anything like me, it is not uncommon to get to the end of a season and think, “Oh, I wish we had picked fresh strawberries, taken more naps in the hammock, read on the front porch, and caught fireflies.” Moreover, if your kids are like most average kids, they have a whole list of things they want to do this summer and they’ve already been barraging you with requests. “Can we go to Carowinds, the beach, a baseball game, Great Wolf Lodge, camping?” If you want a way to make summer fun while also making it purposeful, this month’s exercise will be perfect for you and your family. Enjoying an intentional summer starts with claiming what you would like to do for fun. Block off some time on the calendar and have everyone sit down and write a list of absolutely everything you would each like to do this summer. Your kids’ lists might include going to local hot spots like Carowinds, Discovery Place Kids, Imaginon, or the Whitewater Center. Your list might include stand-up paddling, hosting a low-country boil, seeing a movie by yourself, or getting a massage. Every list will be personal; just make sure it really captures what you want to happen this summer. Now, ask your kids to write a new list. This list should include everything they would like to learn, experience or accomplish this summer. Their lists might include learning how to throw a football spiral or nail a corner kick in soccer, volunteering at the animal shelter, identifying five insects found in the yard, nailing a back handspring, baking brownies and giving them to the neighbors, and making homemade ice cream. After they’re done with listing, you can add suggestions. You might add read 10 books, compose five letters to grandparents, learn how to play chess, memorize a powerful poem, finish summer homework by August 1, write a

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children’s book, or cook dinner for the family. Next, explain to your kids that they can be in charge of what fun experiences they have this summer by earning them. Together, line up the items on their “learn, experience, accomplish” list with a reward from their fun list. Write your grandmother five times and we go camping in the Pisgah National Forest. Get your summer homework done before August 1 and we go to Carowinds. Read 10 books and we’ll visit Great Wolf Lodge. If your children’s lists have similar fun items on them, you can make the journey to the reward contingent on everyone completing one of their experiences. Once your children’s lists are complete, put them in a visible place so they can serve as a gentle reminder that by practicing intentionality with their time, they can make things happen. Tuck your list into your calendar, journal, or add it to your to-do list and start incorporating it into your daily life … so you don’t pass another season without enjoying what you most desire. Worried that your kids are too young for an intentional summer? Try a simplified version for kids as young as 3. Last year, we challenged our preschooler to let us read him 100 different books because he was stuck on the same five books. We moved through 100 different books in just weeks, he earned a movie at the theater, and then he insisted on reading 100 more different books. To get the most out of your summer, play with the ways this tool can work for you and your family!

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A Tale Of Two Drama Queens Juli Emmons & Haven Wilson Unite The Local Film Industry Photography By Glenn Roberson

eeling dramatic, anyone? If not, you should be. Or so say Juli Emmons (left) and Haven Wilson — two local, self-described “moms” who happen to be bitten by the drama bug. Emmons and Wilson are founders of the Charlotte Film Community, a networking and educational group for those in the film and television industry in Charlotte. The group, which started in 2009, hosts monthly meetings, has over 100 active members and currently reaches over 2,500 members online. Both women — who have three children apiece — share a love of film. They combined this passion with a hope of


bringing more film projects to the Queen City, and as a result, the Charlotte Film Community was created. Emmons is a casting director and leader of CFC, while Wilson is an actress and serves as co-leader and public relations manager. They don’t just focus on networking, either. The CFC has taken active steps to grow the film industry in the area, even taking a road trip to Raleigh a few years ago to rally then-Governor Bev Perdue into raising the film tax incentives in North Carolina, to help the area become more competitive with other states. Since accomplishing that task, many new projects have come to the area, and Emmons says that for 2013, North Carolina is projecting its largest, most profitable film-making year to date.

What inspired you both to form Charlotte Film Community? Wilson: We thought it would just be a fun way to stay in touch with folks we worked with on different independent film projects and to collaborate more, and it has ended up being so much more than that! Emmons: When we started CFC back in 2009, there was so little going on “film-wise” in the area. It was always a little depressing to get on those one or two projects a year and then realize you may not see your friends from that crew again for another six months or more. CFC became a great way to stay in touch with each other while pursuing the common passion we have for film.

How does the group promote the film and television industry?

What do you love about acting? Wilson: I love everything about being on set. The audition process and countless rejections ... not so much. But the second I get on a set, it feels worth it. I love getting to meet new people. I enjoy learning and watching all the moving parts it takes to make a film. I like trying to figure out a character ... their motives, their feelings, how they respond and react to those around them. It’s fun to get to be someone else, sometimes! Emmons: While Haven follows her passion to be an actress, my passion lies in casting a film. I love the feeling that it gives me to make someone’s day by offering him or her a role. And I definitely love to watch a finished product and to step back and say,“Hey, I helped make that look great!”

Who is the most famous person you’ve met over the years? Wilson: Juli and I have gotten the awesome opportunity to attend the Emmys® in Los Angeles a few times, and my first trip there, we lucked out! We may or may not have broken the rules and gone into an area reserved for celebrities, and happened upon Michael Emerson, who played Ben Linus in “Lost,” and his gorgeous wife, Carrie Preston, who played Arlene Fowler in “True Blood.” We were fortunate enough to run into many stars that night, most of whom were very cool and took pictures with us. Matthew Fox, from “Lost” (those in my generation know him from “Party of 5”), walked past us as we were waiting outside after the awards. I just stared at him with my mouth wide open; meanwhile, Juli follows him and strikes up a conversation with him!

Emmons: I’m sure I was a sight to see in high heels and an evening gown chasing him down. Afterward, I thought how crazy he must have thought I was!

Any funny stories you’d like to relate? Wilson: Ha! Our lives are funny stories! We are two moms of three who run a film community of about 2,000 members. We have lots of great stories! Emmons: Over the years, we have found ourselves in some interesting situations. Once, we worked on a short film called “Private Spies,” where we were “super spies.” During one of the scenes, Haven was supposed to be riding a motorcycle and I was her passenger. For some reason, instead of just holding her waist, I put my arms all the way around her and hugged my head up to her back like the scene from “Dumb and Dumber.” We couldn’t even keep the bike steady because we were laughing so hard.

Do you think most women have a dramatic flair? Wilson: As the mother of two little girls — yes! I don’t really know if most women do, but I think they should. It keeps life fun! Emmons: In the words of the great Eleanor Roosevelt: “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” I take those words to heart! I definitely think Haven and I like to pull out our dramatic flair with the events that we put on for CFC. We have done so many fun events, from wearing evening gowns to dressing like bar maids and cowgirls — and even riding a mechanical bull! We definitely don’t take life too seriously, and I really believe that is the best example we can give to our daughters.

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Wilson: We started with the idea to “meet, create, and grow film in Charlotte,” and we have really tried to keep that as our main focus. We hold competitions within our community to keep people creating. We have industryrelevant speakers at our monthly meetings to educate our members on this ever-changing industry. We are currently working on making folks aware of the importance of keeping the NC film incentives competitive with the states around us so we don’t lose work. A great deal of our members make a living working in this industry, and losing the current incentives could be really tough for them. I wouldn’t say we are “activists,” but we are very passionate about keeping film here, and so we will do what we can to see that it doesn’t go anywhere anytime soon! Emmons: We believe that “work brings work,” and by putting minds together to create film, that will only lead to more film in the future. The group has definitely evolved over time from being more of a networking

place to becoming a place to learn and connect and work!



Summertime Chowdown Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom Chicken Enchiladas Recipe Courtesy Of Chuy’s Ingredients Tortillas 10 corn tortillas 1 ¼ pound shredded, roasted chicken Mixed, shredded cheeses for garnish Boom-Boom Sauce ½ cup vegetable broth ¼ cup water ¼ tablespoon mixed salt and pepper ¾ pound roasted green chiles 2 ounces tomatillos 1 ½ ounces cilantro 1 ounce green onions ¾ ounce Serrano chiles, minced ½ ounce lime juice 1 ¼ pound shredded cheese To make the Boom-Boom Sauce: In a saucepan, add vegetable broth, water and spices, and place over a medium to high flame. Using a food processor, purée roasted green chiles, tomatillos, cilantro, green onions, Serrano and lime juice. Add to saucepan, stirring well. Bring mixture to a slow boil. | June 2013 18

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nne Neilson has long been valued as a talented artist in the Charlotte community, but recently, her angelbased work — known for its glorious use of color, texture and layering of paint — caught the eye of “Today” host Kathie Lee Gifford. After Gifford discovered Neilson’s book,“Angels In Our Midst,” she declared it one of her favorite things while on air early this spring. “I just adore her work,” Gifford said, telling co-host Hoda Kotb the book would make a great Mother’s Day or birthday gift. “It was such an exhilarating feeling to be recognized in front of a national audience, not only for the art but for the book as well,” Neilson says. “What an honor and blessing to meet Kathie Lee Gifford. She truly is a delight in person and a newfound friend.” Gifford visited Neilson at Art Essex in Essex, Conn., on March 2. The gallery is one of many around the country that offers Neilson’s book, which was first released in October 2012, and sold out in three short weeks. Now on its third printing, the book can be found at more than a dozen retailers across the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia and California. The 256-page coffee-table book features over 100 images of Neilson’s work, including her wellloved Angel Series art, and the stories behind the paintings. A portion of sales goes to a variety of charities, including Charlotte-based The Harvest Center, Levine Cardiac Kids, Allegro Foundation and Presbyterian Hospice & Palliative Care. Neilson lives in Charlotte with her husband and their four children.


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Pretty Is As Pretty Does The professional hairstylist and makeup artist and her family hail from Long Island, where she was a member of Revlon’s Artistic Team in New York City. As part of that team, a position she had to audition for, Chapman was taught the latest in looks, styles and products, then sent across the country to teach other professionals how to achieve those looks for their

own clients. She tended to some pretty famous people, too. “I once did hair for five of the Rockettes. They were guests for our demonstration show, and they were all so very nice,” Chapman says. All the while, she continued to work in a salon, one of the conditions required by Revlon to keep her in touch with the industry. But the expense and stress of raising three young boys in NYC caused Chapman and her husband, Bill, to consider relocating their family to a place where life was a little less intense. Her husband worked as a truck driver, and he heard about the Lake Norman area from a friend on CB radio. One visit, and the Chapmans knew they had found a new home. “We really liked it here,” Chapman says. “We had to give up the ocean, but we had the lake. The pace was slower and it had a suburban feel. The schools were great, and the people were so welcoming.” They moved south six years ago, and she quickly found the hardest part was leaving her clients behind. “I got a job in a salon, but it was hard starting over. I had a following up North, and it was a matter of reinventing myself. My other accomplishments | June 2013

or Mooresville’s Kim Chapman, beauty means business — many times, show business. Equipped with the essentials — sharp scissors, really good makeup brushes, and a few other tools of the trade — she can get a client cameraready in a matter of minutes, regardless of the surroundings. Whether working in a plush, well-lit studio in New York or dodging cars in a NASCAR pit at Rockingham, she does her best to make sure clients look their best. “My brother-in-law thinks it’s hilarious that I went from the Rockettes to NASCAR, but it’s still show business,” Chapman says.



seemed so far in the past,” she says. But with her expert skills, and a little luck, it didn’t take her long to rebound.

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One of her first Southern clients became a close friend. That friend’s husband had connections to NASCAR and gave Chapman an address. She sent in her résumé, and three weeks later was hired as an assistant makeup artist on a NASCAR shoot. A few weeks after that, she was doing Jeff Gordon’s makeup for a Pepsi commercial. “I got a lucky break,” Chapman says. “I was definitely in the right place at the right time.” One freelance opportunity led to another, and soon she was a regular on the NASCAR circuit. She spent several seasons as the hairdresser and makeup artist for the now-defunct “Inside NASCAR on Showtime.” Her job was to ensure that hosts Chris Myers, Brad Daugherty, Michael Waltrip and Kyle Petty were camera ready. She also made instudio guests look their best, as well. Chapman now works her makeup magic on the road, from Bristol to Daytona, with Fox Sports’ Hollywood Hotel, a mobile broadcast studio that is prominently parked in the track infield during races. Myers, Michael and Darrell

Waltrip, and sometimes Krista Voda broadcast there. Chapman also runs up to the Fox TV booth to take care of announcers Larry McReynolds, Mike Joy and Jeff Hammond. “For the NASCAR men, I may have to trim their beards or eyebrows, but it’s basically just making sure they look good on camera. High-definition television is very unforgiving! But it’s especially fun with announcer Krista Voda, because I get to pull out the false lashes and curling irons and all the other girlie gear,” Chapman says. NASCAR isn’t her only gig. She’s in demand for a variety of other venues as well, and has worked with Speed, ESPN, and Getty Images. Last August, Chapman was hired to work the Democratic National Convention, where she was assigned to the Republican War Room. There, she was on call to touch up the hair and makeup of anyone the party brought in before they went on camera. “Many of them were coming straight off the plane, and it was up to me to make sure they felt comfortable with their look before going on the air,” she says. One of her favorite assignments to date was working as a makeup artist for the band Simplified — specifically during the video for “Screaming at the Ceiling.” “That was one of the most fun times

I’ve ever had,” she says. “We filmed for two nights, and I loved every minute of it. And you know it’s a good song when you’ve heard it 375 times in two days and you still download it on your iPod!” In addition to freelance work, Chapman owns a one-chair salon in Mooresville, known as Closeups Hair Studio by Kim Chapman, where she has a regular client base. All in all, Chapman says trading the Big Apple for Race City USA has turned out well. “I miss certain things about the North, but this is our home now and it’s been a wonderful six years. The support of the community has been fabulous,” she says. “When I think about it all, it’s pretty unbelievable. Some people are lucky to have had one great career. I’ve had two. I’ve been so incredibly blessed. I don’t know how anyone could want more.”

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CYBER CRIMINALS By Lee Rhodes | Photos By Laurie Martin

ithin Corporate America, voice messages are ubiquitous, and few would be deemed monumental. But after 15 successful years in the banking industry and countless phone messages,Theresa Payton got a message in 2006 that would change her life. The message was from the White House, and it indicated that George W. Bush was interested in Payton for the role of Chief Information Officer. When her executive assistant relayed the information, Payton initially thought the message was some sort of hoax. It wasn’t. She went on to work for the Executive Office of the President for two and half years, a position that served as the springboard to her current gig as founder and owner of Fortalice, a Charlotte-based, cyber-security consulting firm. Now, hoaxes (of the online variety) are her business.


In the Middle Ages, fortalices served as defensive structures from which men could watch and warn their kingdoms of potential attacks. Today, Payton’s company places an emphasis on customizing services for small to medium-sized businesses that might lack the funding larger companies could allocate for security. Fortalice also educates consumers about ways to defend against emerging threats. There is no such thing as a typical day in the world of cyber-security. Some days, Payton is busy tracking down who might have placed her client under digital surveillance — in one case it turned out to be a group in Russia. Other days, you might find her jumping on conference calls with a group of analysts to track down the instigators of broader | June 2013

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cyber attacks. Each day also features Payton, a busy mom of women in stalking situations, and the general population. three, driving her kids to school. Like it or not, we all need extra tools to protect ourselves. “Besides family, faith, friends and clients, every day is a “The Internet is an amazing tool, but you must have a different day,” she explains. “It’s always mind-boggling.” sense of awareness on how the tool could be used to target In many ways, Payton was perfectly aligned to work for the you,” Payton says. U.S. government. She is the daughter and granddaughter of two U.S. Marines, and her husband went to the Risky Business Naval Academy and was a U.S. Naval Officer. Education is a key aspect of Payton’s Plug In & Stay Safe While government organizations and business. She teaches Internet safety in Theresa Payton offers tips for businesses may recognize the need for cyberafterschool programs — with middle staying safe online: security, consumers often assume the issue schoolers being a key audience — and at does not directly affect them. churches, opening a dialogue between 1. Have more than one email address. For “A lot of times the cyber criminals hone parents and kids about difficult topics such example, have one address that only your their trade craft on businesses and then scale as online bullying and what to do if unsavory bank knows; one for your friends/family/ down to a consumer,” Payton explains. Even photos of you end up online. Her company school coordination; and one that you something as seemingly innocuous as the tools share for email distribution lists, subhosts Internet safety parties that continue we use for video conferencing and chatting scriptions or confirming your identity. such dialogues, and she blogs regularly. can potentially expose your email address and She is co-author of the book “Protecting IP address, she says. 2. Never click on a link in an email and Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Payton cites a recent study of 80,000 then provide any personal information via Online?” with local attorney Ted Claypoole. that link. Most companies avoid this volunteers whose “likes” on Facebook alone She also is at work on a second book. practice, but cyber criminals love it. enabled a computer model to predict, with Much of Payton’s life today hearkens back 90-percent accuracy, their gender, political to her work in banking, where she supported leanings, religious affiliation, relationship status 3. The adage “If it sounds too good to be fraud, loan loss prevention and commercial true, it probably is” definitely applies online. and whether they boasted a low or high IQ. risk business. Then came her work at the Offers for jobs you didn’t apply for, lottery With video tools, social media and all White House. While she cannot fully reveal or gambling winnings that you don’t manner of other online tools, cyber criminals how the Executive Office came to know can have a field day if there are no precautions remember playing, Nigerian princes that about her, she will say that the President and have no heirs and they found you … in place. This holds true for high-profile his staff were making a concerted effort to these are all Internet scams. executives, law enforcement individuals, hire more women and minorities.

“They really were thinking about how to have people who are experienced, but also how to get new ideas, new thinking, new names and new faces, including women and minorities,” she explains. She commuted to Washington, D.C., each week during her White House career, a position she calls “an honor” — and one that she shared with her entire family during their frequent visits to the nation’s capitol. Her young sons played with the President’s dogs and watched him fly away on Air Force One. “It was living history at its best,” she recalls. In terms of the living future, Payton sees an opportunity to continue strengthening client relationships and helping companies proactively think through cyber risks. “Who knows what the future holds?” she says. “I’m a faithbased person and I really try and let God speak to me. But our strategic plan is to continue to be an adviser and help companies, consumers and kids understand online threats … and how to better deflect and protect against those threats.”

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Taste Is All About Terroir

By Trevor Burton here’s a nearly untranslatable French word that describes the factors that shape a wine. The word is terroir, and the closest we can come to it in English is the “whereness” of a wine. There are many elements that make up terroir, including soil, climate, exposure to sun, altitude and, in the Old World, regional winemaking traditions that have evolved over hundreds of years. Terroir comes through in a wine. The wine is an expression of where its grapes were grown and where it was made. Some areas of terroir can be vast, but some are small, very small. A few of these small plots of land produce wines that are unique and so spectacular that there is a huge demand for a short supply — the plots can produce only a small number of cases of wine each year. The reality of economics drives prices of wines like this to levels that are downright silly … I’m talking over $1,000 a bottle. This is way out of the realm of a “Tuesday-night-pizzawine” and way beyond the reach of the mere mortals who live in our house. That’s a shame, because these wines would be wonderful to taste.


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the wines that Stags Leap Vineyards markets under the Hawks Crest label. Again, look for Red Hills on the label. Some Red Hills wines I’ve tasted can hold their own against the best that Napa can offer. Others are very good wines at extremely friendly prices. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

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That’s the big picture. There’s a more detailed approach that’s much more fun. There are some vineyards that command the downright silly prices that I referred to before. The trick here is to seek out prestigious vineyards, find the guys who are right next door, and go after those wines. This demands a little more homework or, my favorite approach, a visit directly to the big-shot vineyard! Simply knock on the door of the Head For The Hills winemaker who’s next door. A few years ago, my wife Mary Ellen Over on this side of the Atlantic, you and I were wandering in a vineyard with will find the Red Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area) in California. Red Hills is the owner and winemaker at Château Rochebelle in the Saint Émilion region of on the northern end of the Mayacamas France. We were discussing the terroir Mountains — mountains that help form beneath our feet when he stopped and the Napa Valley. In this case, the knowpointed across the fence to the land next the-neighbor idea is driven as much by door — just a few yards away. “That is economics as by terroir. Château Cheval Blanc,” he said. Red Hill’s terroir is certainly similar to It doesn’t get much better than that. Napa’s. Napa soils vary from volcanic, Cheval Blanc is a wine that goes for maritime, and alluvial; Red Hills is volclose to $1,500 a bottle. I can’t fathom canic in nature. Economics comes into judging whether the wine is worth that play because the Napa Valley is pretty amount! At any rate, we jumped all over well built out. There’s only so much the Rochebelle wines. They’re terrific and grape-growing land, and most of it is very affordable. I can’t remember what taken. As a result, some of the best and we paid for the wine, but it was well wisest winemakers in Napa have exwithin our frugal budget. Thanks, panded to Red Hills, where land prices neighbor! [TCW] aren’t so insane. Several of Napa’s most prestigious houses offer Red Hills wine either with Certified by the International their main label or as one of their Sommelier Guild, Trevor Burton secondary wines. A great example would is the king of the Tuesday-nightbe Cakebread Cellars. Look for any of pizza wine. Just ask his neighbors! their wines that say Lake County Red Hills on the label. Another example would be | June 2013

However, be of good heart — there’s a way around this dilemma. You can get wines that are very close in taste to the pricey superstars simply by going to visit a neighbor … that is, a nearby vineyard or region. First, let’s look at the larger picture. Wine regions are defined by their terroir. Only grapes grown in a particular region can carry the region’s name on the label. For example, Napa Valley, Chianti, Champagne, etc. In many cases, there’s a region nearby that has a terroir that’s pretty similar. It’s like going to a factory outlet and buying topnotch clothing at reasonable prices.

For the first example, let’s travel to Spain. In the northeastern corner of the country is a wine area called Priorat. The wines here are superb and distinctive. They are high on my list of preferred Spanish wines. The soil, called Llicorilla, is a big reason. That is, if you can call it soil. It’s mainly rocky slate … real nasty stuff that finds its way into Priorat’s unique wines. If you check out Priorat on a map, you find that the region is like the hole in a doughnut. It’s totally surrounded by another region called Montsant. Montsant has soil that is close to Priorat’s and shares climate and exposure fairly closely. You can find a few Priorats for under $20, but most command a much higher price. By contrast, Montsant certainly meets that Tuesday-night-pizza-wine category. Very good and very affordable.




Power Be A Gardening Guru This Season

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ou don’t have to possess a degree in horticulture — or a green thumb — to create a gorgeous, interesting garden this season. Mae Lin Plummer, owner of The Laughing Garden and a plant connoisseur, loves to design unique and eclectic landscapes for clients, and she encourages all gardeners to think outside the petunia/begonia/ rose box. “In neighborhoods, landscapes are often very templated, and you see all the same plants,” Plummer says. “There’s no real character to the plantings.” If you are interested in sprucing up your property, but not so interested in looking like a carbon copy of the neighbors, Plummer offers these practical, off-the-beaten path gardening suggestions for Charlotte and the surrounding area.

For Shady Gardens: Try Fatsia [Fatsia japonica] “Fatsia is an evergreen shrub with beautiful, large glossy leaves that are bigger than the palm of your hand. It really gives gardens a tropical look, and it tolerates the dense shade,” Plummer says. “Did I mention that it is evergreen already? It can be potted in a shaded patio, or make a nice understory plant. However, it doesn’t take to part sun, and it does better if it has a little protection from wind.”

For Sun-Kissed Gardens: Try St. John’s Wort [Hypericum calycinum] “Somebody gifted me with some St. John’s wort,” she says. “I stuck it in the clay and ignored it. I don’t water it or anything. It takes a beating. It is the epitome of easy. It spreads at a nice pace, and it really breaks up my clay. It can take part or full sun.”

For A Cottage Garden With A Native Twist: Try Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire [Itea virginica “Henry’s Garnet�] “This medium shrub forms a nice arching mound, with beautiful, fragrant long ‘spires’ of white flowers in the spring. I love it. It’s tolerant of various moisture conditions and poor soil, and it can take heat, drought, and a variety of light conditions, from full sun to shade — although it performs best in part shade. The leaves also provide a beautiful red fall color.�

The First-Time Veggie Grower: Try tomatoes “Especially easy are any of the cherry or grape tomato varieties,� Plummer says. “Tomatoes take the Southern heat really well. The cherry and grape tomatoes start producing fruit early and often continue producing until frost.They tend to be less susceptible to blossom end rot and other common tomato nuances and they do well potted. And they are fun to pick and eat right off the vine!�

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depending on your space, you can contain it, either with a barrier like stones, or in a raised bed. It is resistant to heat, drought, and it gives beautiful bright color. It also attracts bees — hence the name — and bees are the great pollinators.”

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Best Flowering Bulb: Lily “I’ve had a lot of success with lilies. I do them in pots, in the ground, you name it. They are very low maintenance, and spectacular! There are so many varieties. Some that I like are Lily ‘Luteum,’ Oriental Lily, and the Trumpet Lily.”

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“I like this because of its large, green, almost heart-shaped leaves. It’s not like ivy, which will suck the life out of everything around it. The best condition for this is part shade. It bushes out, and it has tiers. It will drop its leaves at the end of the season, however.”

Easiest Wildflower: Bee Balm [Monarda didyma] “Wildflowers are wild for a reason! They can take off and naturalize, and they can be hard to manage. I like Bee Balm because it’s native, and

Three Things Every Gardener Should Have 1. “A shovel,” Plummer laughs. 2. A compost pile. For those worried about the smell, or about breeding a colony of flies, Plummer offers a tip. “Always make sure you top off the compost with ‘brown stuff,’ whether it’s dirt or a layer of leaves,” she says. “That’s what helps break it down.” 3. A watering timer. “It will save you from overwatering … or from forgetting to water!”






the legacy of civic and community leadership built by Wachovia,” she says. “I was also very focused on supporting my new Eastern team members during a period of tremendous change for them. This honor is especially meaningful to me because it recognizes the fortitude and commitment of my Eastern team members. Their commitment to their customers, communities, and each other inspires me every day.” Schulte serves on the boards of the Foundation for the Carolinas, Charlotte Center City Partners, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Strategic Advisory Board for the Charlotte Freedom School Partners, among others. The Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year award has been rewarding women for significant contributions to business and the community for nearly 30 years. The award celebrates the achievements of exceptional women professionals who exhibit leadership as defined by the values of Queens’ McColl School of Business — competence, character, and commitment to the community. [TCW] | June 2013

ueens University of Charlotte annually honors outstanding women in business, and this spring the prestigious Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year award was given to Laura Schulte, president of Wells Fargo’s Eastern Community Bank. A native of Omaha, Neb., Schulte has held a variety of Community Banking leadership positions for California, Nevada, Utah, southwestern Wyoming, and Border Banking during her 20-plus-year career. In her role with Wells Fargo, Schulte leads 14 states, the District of Columbia, 32,000 team members, and more than 2,700 banking stores. “Laura Schulte is known for her visionary leadership in guiding the final phase of the largest retail bank conversion in U.S. history,” says Queens’ president Pamela Davies. “Since relocating to Charlotte, she has been tirelessly dedicated to our community.” Schulte was honored to receive the award. “When I moved to Charlotte after the Wells Fargo/Wachovia merger was announced four years ago, it was my responsibility to demonstrate through action that Wells Fargo would carry on



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eauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but certain standards have fit the bill for loveliness over the years. Most people — especially women — want to have a trim body, soft and youthful skin, a head full of glossy hair and perfect, white teeth. In other words, we want it all. These days, it’s easier than ever to meet your beauty standard, with a little help from beauty specialists around the city. Health and beauty providers — from doctors to dentists to fitness gurus to nail technicians — make it their business to know the cutting-edge techniques and services that can help you look and feel your best. >


iiiii From The Inside Out At New Day Wellness Center, Dr. Kristin S. Black prides herself on helping others discover their best self. Board certified in family practice, Dr. Black’s specialties include women’s health and concierge medical treatment. She helps restore women’s inner balance through a unique pellet approach to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which uses plant-based supplements with a molecular structure identical to the molecules created by our own bodies to naturally balance a patient’s hormones. “At New Day Wellness Center, we work with a patient to develop a custom hormone replacement therapy for them that can be tailored to each individual’s unique hormone requirements,” Dr. Black says. “The benefits from BHRT are many, including improved sex drive, weight loss, mental health and memory, as well as emotional balance,” she says. “My patients find that their hair, skin and nails have never looked better. They also enjoy lower cholesterol levels and a decreased risk of osteoporosis.”

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Hair Today Medical statistics show that 4 out of 10 men and 1 out of 10 women will experience significant hair loss in their lifetime. In the past, options for remedying the problem were few and far between. “What is not known to most people is that the hair on the side and back of your head is genetically different than the hair on the top of your head, and is resistant to balding or thinning,” says Dr. Broc Pratt. “Therefore, this hair can be moved, or transplanted, to the thinning area — and will remain there for the rest of your life.” The age of “hair plugs” has ended. Since the mid-1990s, the gold standard for the industry has been the use of follicular units, which provide the most natural, undetectable results. Once the follicular units are removed from the donor site (usually, the back of the head), they are implanted into the balding areas of the scalp. This hair takes four to six months before it “roots,” or appears as natural hair. At that time, this hair is permanent and will not fall out as you age. Dr. Pratt notes that obtaining the most natural results is dependent on the skill of the surgeon, and the team’s experience and technical ability. Dr. Pratt says, “Hair transplant surgery can be performed in multiple ways and Physicians Hair Restoration at The Refine Institute offers all of these options. In our hands, a

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Dr. Kara Criswell, of Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, is one of the few female plastic surgeons in the country, and she offers a uniquely feminine perspective to clients in the Queen City. Her sensitivity and warmth promote the development of an open relationship with her patients. “A procedure that continues to gain popularity is the ‘mommy makeover,’ ” Dr. Criswell says. “While breast augmentation, breast lift, and abdominoplasty are all common individually, the combination is now more frequently requested. Women want to minimize their recovery time and maximize their results with one surgical intervention. This combination of procedures can be a great option for many women, not all of which are mothers.” Dr. Criswell says that media influence plays a huge role in the appeal of such makeovers. She notes that there is an incredibly unrealistic

demand on women today to look perfect just weeks after having a child. “We are constantly inundated with images of celebrities looking perfectly toned weeks after delivering,” she says. “Normal women do not look like Beyoncé or Gisele four weeks after having a baby. I sure didn’t! When you have a new baby, a long shower is a lofty goal, never mind spending hours in a gym trying to erase the changes of the nine months we spent growing a little person.” In most cases, diet and exercise alone cannot repair the effects of pregnancy. “It is wonderful to be able to offer women another option,” Dr. Criswell says. “Restoring their appearance restores their confidence. We are able to change not just their bodies, but how women feel about themselves.”

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Dr. Ross W. Nash is a gifted cosmetic dentist, and one of only 46 accredited fellows in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Nash says that one of the most popular techniques at Cosmetic Dentistry of the Carolinas is the Inman Aligner. “The Inman Aligner — a fast, easy and affordable technique for straightening front teeth in only a matter of weeks — has been extremely popular with my patients,” he says. “This involves a removable retainer-like device worn 16 to 20 hours a day during the treatment time.” At Mallard Creek Family Dentistry, Drs. Hillary Rogers and Melissa Gustafson find that a variety of procedures are hot now, due to advances in technology. “The advances in dentistry, especially in the areas of toothcolored, metal-free fillings and Invisalign teeth straightening means dental work goes unnoticed,” says Dr. Rogers. “Unlike the past, when someone had unattractive, mercury fillings, we have the technology that fixes the problem without affecting the smile or the inside appearance of the mouth. Our Zoom! whitening procedures are also a popular way to get great results quickly and effectively.” For Dr. Sheila Gordon Holt, of Holt Family Dentistry, patient comfort is a top priority. She is aware that visiting the dentist can be a bit stressful, and so she takes steps to make patients as comfortable as possible. “We offer television, blankets, headphones — anything that will distract them from focusing on the procedure they are having done,” she says. Dr. Holt enjoys helping clients have the healthiest smile possible, and this includes offering all areas of cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, veneers, implants, and most recently Invisalign, which are clear braces suitable for many teens and adults. At Cotswold Family Dentistry, Drs. Peleaux, Bailey and Patel pride themselves on offering excellent care to patients, which includes an emphasis on continuing education. “When there are advances in dental technology that can help impact the health of our patients, we research it and bring the best back to our patients,” says Dr. Peleaux. She is especially excited about a recent innovation — the use of allporcelain crowns, bridges and veneers. “We are excited to have an alternative to the porcelainfused-to-metal crowns that have been used in the past. IPS e-max is an all-porcelain technique that produces crowns, anterior bridges and veneers that are beautiful and strong. IPS e-max porcelain differs from older all-porcelain restorations, as it offers both strength and durability. Because a computer is used in the fabrication of these restorations, the fit is impeccable.” She adds, “The translucency and light diffusion properties

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iiiii mimic natural tooth structure for beauty and undetectable restorations. IPS e-max crowns are also a good choice for longterm health. Because the translucency allows X-rays to pass through, the dentist can see the tooth under the crown when X-rays are taken. IPS e-max has been a significant advance in the quality of restorations we can provide to our patients.” At Bird Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Suzanne Bird relies on a modern approach to orthodontics that is popular among orthodontists and patients, alike. “I am proud to offer my patients 3M Unitek revolutionary SmartClip™ selfligating brackets,” Dr. Bird says. “They are the modern choice in orthodontics! The brackets are engineered to make treatment more comfortable and faster. Patients spend less time at my office for appointments and usually have fewer visits and overall faster treatment times.” She explains that traditional brackets use “elastic colored

ties” to secure the archwires into a slot in each bracket, which is called ligation. “The bands become stained, requiring them to be changed at each visit,” she says. “In addition to slowing down treatment time, the elastic colored ties attract food and plaque, making it hard for patients to keep their braces clean.” SmartClip™ brackets are different. They do not use ligatures to hold the archwire because they are self-ligating. “Instead of elastic colored ties, SmartClip™ brackets use a small metal clip to hold the archwire into the bracket, thus eliminating all the problems associated with elastic colored ties,” she says. Dr. Bird also offers 3M’s Clarity™ brackets, which work the same as the SmartClip™ brackets but are made in a clear ceramic for a less noticeable option. “SmartClip™ and Clarity™ self-ligating brackets allow me to stay on the cutting edge of advancements in the orthodontic field to ensure patients achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles!” says Dr. Bird. [TCW]

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The Big D The Sunshine Vitamin itamin D has been linked to everything from stronger bones to a lower cancer risk. Now there’s a possible new perk from the sunshine vitamin: a lower risk for uterine fibroids. In a recent study from the National Institutes of Health, women with sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely than women with insufficient levels to develop fibroids — non-cancerous tumors in the uterus that cause pain and bleeding. Dr. Kristin S. Black, medical director of New Day Wellness Center, is not surprised by the findings. “I am a strong advocate for supplementing vitamin D for my patients, especially women,” says Dr. Black. “I have seen its regular use have a positive result in my patients dealing with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and menopausal issues. This study supports the preventive aspects of vitamin D in the development of diseases including some cancers.” Researchers used blood samples to measure circulating levels of vitamin D. The body makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to the sun, or it can come from foods and supplements. Good food sources include dairy products, such as cheese and fortified milk; fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon and mackerel; and fortified breakfast cereals. The study also found that women who spent more than an hour outside per day had a decreased risk for fibroids, by 40 percent. But since


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eople have long studied their dreams for insight into their waking lives. Make the most of this inner source of wisdom with these tips: When you wake up, lie still and let the last night’s dreams come back to you. In the beginning, you might only get a small fragment of the dream, but over time, you’ll open the floodgates. Keep a pad at your bedside to record the dream, or at least tell your bed partner about it over coffee. For greater insight, keep a dream journal in tandem with a journal of daytime events. Then you can connect the dots … you’ll see


how the angry bears in your dream last night are reminiscent of how you yelled at your husband at dinner. Also, consider joining — or starting — a dream group, which are growing in popularity. Ask a dream analyst or other expert to sit in to help guide the discussion or contribute new ideas or points of view. “A dream group is a great idea and having a facilitator is important to guide them,” says Charlotte dream analyst Mary Ellen Shuntich, who has led local dream workshops. For more ideas, check out a helpful DVD series called “Dream Workshop” from the Haden Institute in Flat Rock.





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exposure to the sun can contribute to other health woes, including skin cancer, a supplement may be a safer bet — 1000 International Units a day is a common recommendation. “Most patients would benefit from at least determining if they do have low vitamin D levels,” says Dr. Black. “This can easily be deduced by their primary care physician, by ordering a basic blood test. If their level is determined to be low, taking a quality vitamin D supplement to reach a sufficient level would be appropriate. Once achieved, a patient can experience great improvement in their overall well-being and feel much better.” Although the restoring of sufficient vitamin D levels can be striking, even described as miraculous by some, Dr. Black cautions that taking vitamin D should be viewed as a preventative option. “It should not be used as a replacement for established protocols of diagnosed conditions and diseases,” she says.



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Relative Health What Your Body Inherits ou watch what you eat, take healthy strolls and get eight hours of shut-eye each night. But if you don’t know how your Aunt Myra died or exactly what put Grandpa in a wheelchair, you may be missing information that’s also vital to your health. That’s why more doctors are recommending that patients compile a family health history — a document that details the illnesses that run in your family, providing clues to your potential health fate. Finding out what runs in your family can help you predict problems you’re at risk for and take action to prevent them. Follow these steps to uncover and manage your own health heritage:



A family tree is a good way to structure your research. It allows you to easily discern recurring problems. Generally speaking, anything that develops under age 50 could be a risk, especially if it occurs among more than one relative. You can use a code or color to identify individuals with a particular medical condition. Alternatively, your findings can be entered into downloadable forms, such as those provided by the U.S. Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait (

Use The Information! Make A List List family members and health conditions. You should look at the health history of your parents, grandparents, siblings and their children, aunts, uncles and cousins. A good rule of thumb is three generations. You should also note the age at which these conditions developed, as well as whether individuals have passed away, and, if so, at what age and what they died from. Talking to your relatives at holiday gatherings or family reunions is a good start. But if interviewing relatives isn’t possible, follow the paper trail. Family Bibles and any places where people have saved genealogical information are a great source of information. Sometimes, information such as a birth defect is recorded on a birth certificate, baby book, or family birthday book. Ditto for death certificates and hospital medical records. In addition to listing the cause of death, these documents often reveal other diseases that an individual had. | June 2013 46

Share your history with your primary care doctor. If you and your physician discover harmful health trends, you can devise a plan for preventing disease or catching it early. Whether cancer, heart disease or diabetes runs in your family, you can often lower your risk by eating well, exercising, stopping smoking and other lifestyle measures. Also, your family’s health trends may prompt your doctor to suggest screening tests at earlier ages or at more frequent intervals than is generally recommended, or you may need to use more precise screening tools. For instance, if you are at high risk for breast cancer, MRI may be used in addition to mammograms. In some cases, you may be prescribed medications that lower risk for disease, such as aspirin, which helps prevent heart attacks, or tamoxifen, which may protect certain high-risk individuals against breast cancer. Rarely, you may be referred to a genetics specialist to assess your risks and test for certain diseases.

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Herbal Menopause Relief Black cohosh is commonly prescribed in Europe as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. A study in Obstetrics and Gynecology using a standardized version showed it reduced hot flashes, mood problems and vaginal dryness, compared to a placebo pill. (Discuss supplement use with your doctor.)

Soy Foods Eating soy-rich foods like tofu, soy milk and soybeans may reduce hot flashes, thanks to compounds called isoflavones. According to the North American Menopause Society, soy-based isoflavones are effective in relieving mild menopausal symptoms. The organization also found a link between soy-food consumption and a lower risk of breast and endometrial cancers. But high levels of supplements containing soy isoflavones can be dangerous, so stick with food sources.


Massage Several new studies show that regular massages combat the sleep disruptions and mood problems that occur at menopause. In one study, women who got an aromatherapy massage once a week for several months had fewer hot flashes, experienced less depression, and had less pain, including headaches. [TCW] | June 2013

Recent research shows that the famous tension tamer can reduce sleep problems common at menopause. Women who took regular yoga classes experienced much lower levels of insomnia than those who didn’t participate. Check out the offerings at the local Y, gyms and health centers, or follow a yoga DVD.


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Retail Therapy By Pat MacEnulty

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hen I was little, my mother used to take me to a store called Furchgott’s, in one of the first enclosed shopping centers in the town where I grew up. I remember getting my Girl Scout uniform there. They looked so pretty and green, and I imagined the mannequins were my friends. I wore mine proudly until one of the other Girl Scouts threatened to beat me up. I quit going to Girl Scouts, but didn’t quit shopping with Mom. One winter she bought me a tan raincoat with a raccoon fur collar. When I wore it, I thought I was the most elegant 8-year-old in the whole elementary school. Shopping trips inevitably involved food: a hot fudge sundae at Woolworth’s or cream-filled chocolates from the May Company. Every sense — taste, touch, sight, sound and smell — was stimulated. After each trip, there was always the requisite search through the parking lot for the car. For a while, my mother had a yellow foam ball on the antenna to act like a beacon. Of course, a lot of cars did this as well, because some radio station thought it would make a good promotion, so it wasn’t always especially helpful. Shopping together is something my mother and I enjoyed even during my terrible teens and troubled 20s. Later in life, much of my mother’s shopping was done in an armchair with a catalog or two or three, and to this day, some of the nicest things in my closet came from her discerning eye and ready credit. When Mom got really old and dementia set in, I missed those days spent wandering through stores, looking at one thing or another and hearing her say, “That would look good on you. Let’s get it.” I had my own daughter by this time, and though we loved to shop as much as any pair of girls, between my full-time teaching job and taking care of my mother, we hardly ever had

any time for it. Malls had lost their allure for me. As for raccoon fur? Are you kidding? I had long since realized that fur belonged on the animal that grew it. At some point, taking care of my mother began to consume my life. Eventually, after a trip to the hospital, she was sent to a nursing home. I spent hours looking for the right place, checking with insurance agents and social service folks to get the paperwork done. After I got Mom situated, I had to put her name in all her clothes and get some food for her, because the food at the nursing facility was inedible. It seemed that I hadn’t seen my family for weeks. On the way home, I wept. I missed my boon companion, my bosom buddy, my best friend. My kid. When I finally got home, my daughter asked if we could go to Target to get a bathing suit for her trip to the beach the next day. I was exhausted, but I didn’t want to miss the chance to go bathing suit shopping with my girl. Unfortunately, the collection of suits was especially not cute that year, but we didn’t have time to go anywhere else before the stores closed. Then my daughter held up a bathing suit top covered with ruffles and said,“I so want ruffles.” I started laughing so hard that I collapsed to the floor. My daughter was doubled over in the aisle, the bathing suit ruffles waving in the air. I wept again, this time from laughter. And as we laughed, something inside me that was tarnished and stiff began to soften and glow. We’d only been shopping, but it felt like my life had just been saved. [TCW]

Pat MacEnulty is the author of six books. She is a professor at Johnson & Wales, a workshop leader and freelance editor, and a great mother.

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