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“Focus On Summer”

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June 2021 | Vol. 12 No. 3

GLAM + STYLE

From the executive editor

Fashion: Summer Fashion Preview ........................................................ 6

COMMUNITY FOCUS She glows’ : RasAmen Oladuwa .............................................................. 8 He glows’ : Chad VanMeter..................................................................... 10 glo GIRL: Sammy Hernandez................................................................. 12

FEATURES Feature Focus: Your Water Adventure Awaits .......................................................... 14 Father’s Day Gift Ideas ........................................................................ 15 Fathers and Daughters ....................................................................... 16 Motherhood: Kids and Mental Health ............................................... 18 We Love Your Style: Jaime Byrd ......................................................... 20

SHOPPING  glo Gal’s Shopping Guide ................................................................... 21

glo Goes + Travel Travel: How To Stay Safe and Still Quench Wanderlust .............. 24

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Greetings glo readers! I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot lately—not just because June marks the month we celebrate fathers, rather because I’ve seen him only once since December 2019. He and my mom retired to Florida over a decade ago, which made it difficult during the pandemic to travel to see each other. I am so thankful for the technology that kept us connected. My daughters are 5 and 2—and going that long without seeing their Pop would have altered the course of their relationship. Facetime was a gift. I know sometimes technology can feel like a burden—especially if you get sucked into the negativity that occurs so often on social media. Without it this past year, though, the isolation would have been intolerable. Being able to see my parents’ faces, to connect with my friends via text and Evans, early 1980s. My dad and me with Roy Roger and Dale social media, and to stay in the loop about breaking news, is truly remarkable considering I grew up in the 1980s and all this technology we take for granted today would have seemed super futuristic. We so often hear people telling us to unplug, and I don’t disagree with that sentiment. However, staying connected to those who are most important to you is imperative. If technology offers that to you, it’s okay to embrace it and be grateful for it. I know I am. This issue, we celebrate dads and focus on summer. Be sure to check out the heartwarming Fathers and Daughters feature on page 16 and our Summer Fashion Preview on page 6. As always, we designed this issue for you. We hope you enjoy it. This issue is another joint publication, with HOME Living tucked inside the pages of glo. Like our partners and many of you, we are taking it month by month, and we are hopeful that things will bounce back in the months to come. Don’t forget to sign up for our new e-newsletter, The Glo(w) Down, which we launched in January. It provides additional information about our She Glows, He Glows and Glo Girl features, as well as a wrap up of our Favorite Things for the month, and more! Xo,

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How long have you been creating art and how did you get started? I have been drawing and passionate about creating ever since I was young. I was always the “artsy” friend with a family full of creatives. I started to take art very seriously about five years ago. I started a stationery company, and it sort of just grew and evolved from there.

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Title of piece: Through the Weeds Inspiration for this piece:

My inspiration for this was one of self-discovery, spurred by heartache. Though this wasn’t made until years after the fact, and was more of a letting go experience. I kept coming back to this idea of myself swimming through the weeds, or obstacles of life, to the clear waters of finding out who I am—to find what I’m really drawn to and what matters most to me. It is a journey we are all on, but unique to each of us.

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What is your preferred medium? I am a natural dabbler who loves to try everything, but I have mostly settled on drawing digitally in the past year. Though, if I am creating physical work, I lean towards gouache and watercolor combined with colored pencil.

What advice would you give to young artists just starting out? Just keep creating. It doesn’t matter if it’s “good” or “bad;” there is no such thing. The important thing is to just keep draw, painting, or whatever your medium is. I would also say draw from life, go on a walk and draw the things around you. Keep a sketchbook and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make it pretty. Just draw every day and don’t stop.

Where can we find more of your work? You can find me on Instagram: @graceyencer or visit my website: graceyencer.com a

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FASHION PREVIEW By Lauren Caggiano

Call it a blast from the past, a comeback or nostalgia. Whatever strikes your fancy, summer 2021 is going to be all about retro looks, according to local women’s retailers. “So much is coming back from late 90s and early 2000s, with a hint of 70s,” said Emma-Marie Metcalf with Lyn-Maree’s Boutique in Auburn. “(With) new movies, you can’t even tell if they are set in the 90s/2000s, or if it’s set in today’s era!” Intrigued by the styles of yesterday? Metcalf has a few words of advice to help you look and feel your best. “The trick for not looking like you’re trying too hard is picking one, maybe two, trends to wear at once,” she said. “Don’t try to rock the mom jeans with a crop top, white Filas and some gold chain... you’ll absolutely look like you’re trying too hard. Pairing a new trend with something classic is always a great idea, too!” It’s easy to look fabulously retro from head to toe. Speaking of chains, Metcalf said chunky necklaces are back in style. The same goes for large hoops, scrunchies and clutches. The finishing touch is the footwear, of course. Metcalf recommends white boots, sandals and sneakers. Platforms, as well as chunky sandals and heels, are having a moment, too.

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Feeling sensual? Channel your inner goddess with a dress perfect for a warm summer day. According to Metcalf, when in doubt, opt for a more form fitting style that can easily be worn with sneakers. If all else fails, look no further than the mom jean trends to really bring it home. “Luckily, many places are making a mom jean that is somewhere between the OG mom jeans and jeans that are actually flattering on people,” said Metcalf. “Look for a lighter, looser-fitting denim, ankle length with a high waist to achieve the more flattering ‘mom look.’” On the note of denim, expect to see bellbottoms and largerfitting distressed jackets. If casual/laid-back is your go-to vibe, Sue Johnson with Susan’s Fashions has some good news for you. Quarantine really changed the way we approach fashion. Overall, most women are dressing more casually than they did a few years ago, and they might want to refresh their look photos courtesy of Susan’s Fashions 6

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“People are starting to come out and want casual styles but not as casual as their at-home wear that they wore during their stays at home,” Johnson said. “Jeans that are embellished are very popular paired with some fun tops. Drawstring pants that are crinkled and cuffed are casual and comfortable. Sneakers are a must with all these casual looks. I mean fashion sneakers — not for athletic wear!”

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Any of these items would pair well with another summer 2021 staple: “T-shirts of all kinds are really important---with three dimensional embellishments, graphic art and writing,” said Johnson. You’ll be sure to capture attention with a layered chain necklace with charms and coins. Whether your style preference is full-on retro or you prefer to borrow a few elements from yesteryear, look to Metcalf for a reality check: “As always, the most important thing about these trends is wearing the ones you love and feel good in.” a

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Even when attending college in Connecticut and living in other places, RasAmen Oladuwa has always considered Fort Wayne home because it is filled with loved ones. Determined to give back to her community, she has developed two online resources to help others reach their goals. “Through my work with web marketing, I found my passion in community building,” Oladuwa expressed. She is the owner/operator of RASS Web Consulting and takes pride in helping small businesses. Her services include developing marketing plans, branding, reviewing existing websites, creating social media accounts, and designing new websites. As Oladuwa expanded her skills in digital marketing, she confirmed her suspicion that most races and ethnicities are underrepresented. She and her friend Olivia Torres developed a project called Content Creators of Color (CCC) to help bring more diversity to the professional sphere. 8

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“Olivia, our leadership team, and I have experienced the unique struggles of being *BIPOC/ LatinX in the marketing industry, and we want to use our expertise to make sustainable change,” she explained. “Our mission is to provide professional development to BIPOC/LatinX creators within the digital marketing space.” Oladuwa’s excitement about the project is contagious. “The best thing about The CCC Project is that we take a hands-on approach to networking and professional development,” she remarked. “We want to foster a strong, interconnected community and let our professionals define their needs on their terms.”

The CCC Project is not exclusively online but wants to build relationships and create awareness in person. There are plans to be involved in the local citywide Juneteeth Festival, a community event commemorating the emancipation of anyone enslaved in the US. There is also an upcoming event called Dog Days, designed to praise our pets for all the ways they have helped us through the pandemic. Being a dog owner herself, Oladuwa knows what a positive impact our fur babies can have on our lives. Find out more about RASS Web Consulting by exploring rasswebconsulting.com or email Oladuwa at rasamenoladuwa@gmail.com. Become a member of Content Creators of Color by visiting contentcreatorsofcolor.com or sending an email to thecontentcreatorsofcolor@ gmail.com. a * BIPOC stands for “black, indigenous, and people of color.”


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Chad VanMeter has always been drawn to projects that help people identify and develop their passions and talents, so when Holy Cross Lutheran Church showed an interest in getting the church and school more involved with the local community, he felt called to be part of it. “My wife and I care deeply about creative people (as well as) their projects, and we dreamed of an intersection where the faith community could help the creative community and serve as a patron of the arts,” he said. The solution is The Garden, a multi-use creative space designed to connect local students, artists and innovators in order to cultivate a thriving cultural life in the ’05 neighborhood in Fort Wayne – specifically within the North Anthony Corridor. The Garden is a reimagined bank with beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces for art exhibits, live music, private events and more. According to VanMeter, the North Anthony Corridor has been home to a number of small boutique shops over the years, but despite its history as a campus village, there have been signs of blight in the last decade. The loss of the local grocery store has been devastating to the neighborhood, but he hopes that The Garden will be a catalyst for attracting local development and leading a resurgence. “Now that things are opening up again, we are looking forward to our public events to bring people together, he said. “People are longing to connect, and we can’t wait to try some things.” The Garden’s formal grand opening was slated for April 16, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A slimmed down, socially distanced version was held on August 20, and despite the challenges, it was a great celebration that featured an art show, food trucks, photo booth and more. VanMeter says The Garden gives local artists, musicians and others a safe, supportive space in which they can try new things while giving Fort Wayne the chance to showcase homegrown talent. “It may not seem like Fort Wayne is the best place to be creative, but in actuality, we have some incredible things going on here,” VanMeter said. “Night markets started on May 19, the Unfinished Art Show May 20, Live Music, Food Trucks and Vendors. Check out our socials or website for more information @ TheGardenFortWayne.” a 10

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Though only 20 years old, Sammy Hernandez has built an incredible resume. During high school, she was the National Honor Society president, the Central Branch YMCA Teen Leaders club president, Indiana Youth & Government attendee, swim instructor for children with special needs, and marketing president for Distributive Education Clubs of America, and she started a mentoring program at Adams Elementary. She also ran cross country and track. In her first year at Notre Dame, Hernandez was the senior advisor for the Diversity Inclusion Equity and Belonging Committee, served on the leadership board of Latinx Student Alliance, and joined the women’s boxing team. She was recently selected to intern at the White House as a second semester sophomore. Hernandez wants to be either an immigration lawyer, a human rights international lawyer or possibly an elected representative. The semester in Washington will help cement those plans, but the motivation for her future comes from her past. 12

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Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Hernandez came to the United States at age 6 and has lived the American Dream ever since. One day she wants to write a book about her adventures and her stepsister Lilly who taught her to be the American woman she is today. “My seventh-grade year, we were at the beach with family,” Hernandez said. “[Lilly] was like, `Sammy, what do you want to do with your life?’ I told her how I wanted to help other immigrants, and that’s when she said I should go to Notre Dame.”

A few years later, Lilly died in a car accident. A mourning Hernandez dropped all of her activities for more than a month. At first, she couldn’t process her loss. “I just took that time to reflect and told myself that I can either sit here and cry all day and dwell on what I can’t change, or I can do something and make my sister proud,” she said. “I know she would have wanted me to keep going and not give up.” So she applied for and earned The Lilly Endowment Fellowship. “I firmly believe she’s with me, holding my hand,” Hernandez said. “I feel so empowered when I do everything, and it’s not really `Should I do it?’ it’s `I am going to do this,’ like she’s guiding me through this.” a


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Your Water Adventure Awaits by Mary Jane Bogle

Nothing says “summer” like the refreshing splash of cool water on warm skin, and there’s no better place to find outdoor water fun than the Fort! Positioned at the convergence of three rivers, Fort Wayne offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for your next big adventure or just hoping to get your toes wet, you’re sure to have a great time at one of Fort Wayne’s many parks and waterways. Here are three options to get you started. Water Fun #1: Kayaking and Canoeing The Saint Joseph, Saint Mary’s and Maumee rivers offer a wide range of views of Fort Wayne and the surrounding area, all from the unique perspective of one of Fort Wayne’s three waterways—or even the Leo-Cedarillve Reservoir. Just put in your paddle and follow any number of water trails.

With two Fort Wayne stores offering rentals, a wide range of kayak sizes, canoes or even paddle boards, and multiple access points, there’s really no good reason not to get out there.

Water Fun #2: Boat Rides If all that paddling sounds like too much work, you can opt for a relaxing riverboat ride instead. Hop on board Sweet Breeze, Fort Wayne’s 1840s replica canal boat, which sets off from Promenade Park. For more details on Sweet Breeze rental options, visit fortwayneparks.org. You can also choose an airboat ride or party barge. And don’t forget Hurshtown Reservoir, dubbed one of the best fishing spots in Allen County. Admission to the reservoir costs just $4/car. Feel free to bring your own non-gas motored boat or rent a rowboat or kayak when you arrive.

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A (tree) house of one’s own By Julie Young

However, before you make plans to begin a treehouse project or even mention the possibility, be sure that neighborhood covenants and local ordinances allow for such structures. It would be a shame to put in so much time, effort and money into a project that has to be removed unnecessarily. Once you are cleared for construction, it is time to get to work. Today’s treehouses can be as elaborate or as simple as you desire and may be part of a larger play structure or a solo amenity in your backyard. It largely depends on what your kids can handle. In order to build a traditional treehouse, you must first select a tree that is strong enough to withstand not only the weight of the treehouse structure, but also the people who will occupy it. Hardwood

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It is a place where grown-ups are not allowed, secrets are shared, and memories are made. Among the leaves and limbs, a treehouse gives children a bird’s eye view of the world below, encourages imaginative play, builds strength and coordination and urges kids to spend time outdoors. And above all … they are FUN!


entire plan, it is time to lay out the platform and attach the main joists to the tree. (Additional supports may be required.) With the platform anchored, you can lay the floor with deck boards and build the frame for the walls and roof, if you plan to include one. Do not forget to incorporate a door, as well as any windows, into the framing process. Once the frame is completed, you can begin to attach siding, trim work and plywood roof boards. After the basic structure is finished, you can decide whether you want to add shingles or any other elaborate details that can add some ambiance to the overall look of the treehouse. Naturally, any treehouse should have a handrail for safety purposes, as well as a safe method for accessing it whether that is a rope ladder, traditional ladder or steps. A treehouse can be a wonderful family summer DIY project. Within a few weekends, the kids will have a space of their own that is far away from the house, but close enough to run back … just in case! 

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Backyard Fences: 5 questions to ask before you build Photos provided by J&R Fence and Deck

By Mary Jane Bogle

With any home improvement project, knowing codes, costs and care are vital pieces of information to research ahead of time. Installing a backyard fence is no exception. Don’t know what to ask? Here are five questions to get you started.

Question 1: What local codes or ordinances could impact the project? Most cities allow homeowners to install fences as long as they pull the necessary permits, avoid building on easements and call 811 before they dig. Homeowner associations, on the other hand, are a different story. Some allow privacy fences; some don’t. Some require cedar only, while others approve chain-link fences. Knowing the codes or covenants for your particular location is a vital first step in planning your perfect outdoor space. Question 2: Where are the boundary lines? Making sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to boundary lines is always a good idea. That’s why Justin Hogeston of J&R Fence and Deck, recommends that customers who didn’t get a boundary survey when they bought their property invest in one before they install a fence. “A survey is a necessary step to keep everybody happy,” he said. Question 3: What style and materials fit my needs — and my budget? Fences come in all styles, sizes and materials, with price points to match. Privacy, pickets and chain-link options abound, as do materials. Pressure-treated wood, while somewhat more cost effective than cedar, might not last as long and could warp or crack sooner without proper maintenance. Vinyl PVC fencing, on the other hand, requires almost no maintenance and comes in a wide range of colors, with everything from white, tan or khaki, to wood tones like golden oak or driftwood grey. You can also order it in black if you’re willing to spend a little extra. Even chain-link fences come in custom colors these days. Question 4: Speaking of custom colors, what else can I customize? Want a privacy fence but don’t like the look of the dog-eared trim design? Try a horizontal fence instead. Or keep the vertical fencing and add trim options. “A cap and trim package can turn a dog-eared fence into something more craftsman-style,” said Hogeston. You also need to decide where to add gates and how wide they should be. “If you want to bring a 60-inch deck riding mower through the gate,” said Hogeston, “you’ll need to choose a wider entrance.” Question 5: How should I maintain my fence? Most maintenance depends on materials. Cedar, for example, will take a stain right away, while pressure-treated lumber needs time to dry before it can be stained or sealed. If you live in an area with high winds, Hogeston recommends PostMaster fence posts, which can withstand winds up to 80 miles per hour. You might also want to lay mulch or gravel beneath the fence so you don’t destroy the finish while trimming. No matter what you choose, doing your homework ahead of time will help guarantee you get the fence you want and need. 

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features  |  how to

Take Care of Your Tools By Rod King

Spring and summer yard and garden jobs go much smoother and more efficiently with reliable hand tools. According to Doug Cooper, one of the owners of Paterson Do it Best in New Haven, “for quality hand tools that will be just as good in 10 years as the day you bought them, buy those made in the U.S.A. Less expensive tools are fine for limited use, but they’re not built to last.” Shovels come in a wide array of shapes and sizes for a variety of jobs. For moving mulch quickly, Cooper recommends a scoop shovel or a fork. They’ll hold four times the amount of a spade and cut the job time in half. A steel-tined garden rake makes spreading mulch easier than a leaf rake. Speaking of mulch, he explained that spreading it around trees, shrubs and flower beds not only improves the overall look of a property, but also helps hold in moisture and chokes out weeds. “Studies show,” he says, “that over a period of five years, trees surrounded by mulch grow a foot taller than those that have not been mulched.

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“Shovels come from the manufacturer with a beveled edge, but they don’t make them very sharp because of liability issues,” Cooper said. “If you want to make slicing through the clay soil around here easier, file it into a nice sharp edge. It also helps if rust and dirt from previous use has been removed. So that your shovel is ready for the next big job, after using it, spray it with water, use a brush to get the dirt off and sit it in the sun to dry. Then give it a light spray with WD40 oil and hang it back in its special place for future use.” Hanging tools back on garage or shed walls, rather than in a barrel with other tools, assures that they won’t be damaged or lose their edge. They’ll certainly be easier to get to when needed. And if a split or broken handle is spotted, don’t wait around for it to break during use and cause an injury. Replace it with a quality tool that will last. New on the market is a Burro Buddy (under $40) that sits across the wheel barrow and makes moving tools to the job site easier. Another new item is called Amazing Rake (under $40) that eliminates bending and stooping to pick up leaves, shrub trimmings, grass clippings, pine needles and more. It closes around the pile, clamps shut and then can be dumped in a cart or barrel.  

Holding a new Amazing Rake is Doug Cooper of Paterson Do it Best in New Haven. It eliminates bending and stooping to pick up leaf piles, grass clippings, shrub trimmings and more. (Photo provided)

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well being  | features

Optimize Your Sleep By Lauren Caggiano

Shut-eye. Catching Z’s. Sleep. Whatever you call it, it’s estimated that more than one third of all Americans are not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours each night. That’s every 1 in 3 adults. Are you one of them? Healthy sleep habits aren’t just ideal, they are vital. That’s because they allow your brain and body to recharge so you can perform optimally both cognitively and physically. We all want better sleep. But how can you achieve it? Here are a few tips sleep health experts say will get you on track to a more restful and rejuvenating snooze. First, it helps to develop and stick to a routine. For example, you might set a definitive time to power down electronics and carve out some time to read and/or enjoy a relaxing bath or shower. Your routine should consist only of activities you enjoy and help you to reset from the busyness of the day. The mind-body connection is powerful. Speaking of the body, there’s evidence that supplements like melatonin and magnesium can help put your body in a natural state of relaxation before bedtime. Be sure to consult your doctor about dosing and whether these products are right for you. If you take these supplements, don’t overdo it with water consumption. That’s because medical professionals suggest you avoid drinking too much water a few hours before bedtime. Water has so many benefits to our overall health, yet drinking too much right before you go to sleep can actually disrupt your body’s natural rhythm. Instead, it’s best to keep in a hydrated status throughout the day and take a sip or two before bed. That way you aren’t backloading your hydration and

having to get up to use the bathroom, thus negatively impacting your sleep. Another simple yet impactful way to set the foundation for a good night’s rest is to invest in a quality mattress and pillow. Do some research about which types are best for your sleep position and preferences. There’s no shortage of options for every price point. On that note, sleep experts recommend choosing a good sleeping position to promote spinal health. If you sleep on your side, try drawing your legs up slightly toward your chest and put a pillow between your legs. If you tend to be a back sleeper, place a pillow under your knees to help maintain the normal curve of your lower back. Consider environmental factors, too. Studies show that most of us sleep best in a cool and dark room, around 65 degrees. You can set your thermostat so that it follows an automated pattern, and you won’t have to manually adjust it. Some people find aromatherapy to aid in restful sleep. You can invest in a diffuser and some soothing essential oils like lavender to encourage the body to release the cares of the day. A pillow spray can provide a light and relaxing scent, too. Whether you try one or a combination of these techniques, you won’t regret investing in sleep health. Here’s to beauty sleep! 

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Protect Your Pets

s t s e P fr o m By Stacie Ball

The days are getting warmer, and the outdoors is promising fun in the sun for the whole family, including our pets. Unfortunately, everyday pests can cause anything from mild annoyances to deadly diseases. Read on to find out which pests to look for and how to prevent them from raining on your pet’s parade. Other Insects Fleas and ticks are the biggest offenders, but other insects can beget problems for your pets. Stinging and biting insects like bees, flies and ants can cause discomfort, but a few insects can contribute to more serious health problems for our four-legged friends. Not only can mosquitoes inflict a relentlessly irritating bite, but some can pass along heartworm. Fireflies can be toxic to animals if eaten, while cockroaches, beetles and crickets can bring about stomach worms if ingested.2

Prevent Pests

Ticks are eight-legged parasites, about a quarter of an inch long, that feed on the host animal’s blood. They can also pass on diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tick Paralysis and Lyme Disease. Contact your vet if your pet exhibits high fever, paralysis, lethargy, pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite or breathing problems, especially after being in wooded areas. Be sure to inspect your pet and remove any ticks immediately with gloves and tweezers. Pull them straight out of the skin and disinfect the area.1

Fleas These tiny insects are much smaller than a tick and look like small black dots. They do not pass serious diseases, but their bites are very itchy and cause a lot of discomfort. These bites can lead to serious infections if left untreated. Fleas can jump and multiply rapidly, so it’s easy for your furry darling to end up with several bites within a short amount of time. Fleas can live for about three months without a meal, making it very difficult to evict them from your animal companion and your house once they have taken up residence.

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Don’t let insects and other pests be your pet peeve this season! Be the “cat’s pajamas” by keeping your pets healthy, happy and pest-free. 

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If your pets are having troubles with pests, call your vet for the best course of action. In the meantime, here are six ideas for keeping pests off of your pet and on their way. 1. Bathe your pet often with an insect repellant shampoo or have him groomed regularly. 2. Brush or comb your pet after being outdoors, especially in or near wooded areas. Be sure to inspect fur especially near the skin for “hitchhikers.” 3. Clean pet items like beds, blankets, toys and food dishes frequently. 4. Vacuum floors and wash linens on a regular basis to keep pests from dwelling in your house. 5. Keep your lawn and gardens well-manicured. Insects love to hide out in tall plants and grasses. 6. Check with your vet to see what preventative medications might be right for your pet.3


garden/landscape  |  at HOME By Bethany Beebe

A weed, according to Purdue Extension’s B. Rosie Lerner and Steve Weller, is “any plant growing where it is not wanted”1. Many cultural controls can help prevent weed issues. Using a hoe or rototiller can dislodge the unwanted in their early stages. Mulching prevents weeds from getting the resources they need to thrive, and, when all else fails, some garden gloves and your hands are outstanding weed-control agents. Prevention with cultural control, especially before going to seed, is best. One dandelion, for instance, can produce 15,000 seeds; each of those can last in the soil up to six years1! When the inevitable unwanted green guest arrives, local experts are available to assist. Purdue Extension offers the community information on plant pests and many other topics like trees, turf, and insects2. The Allen County Master Gardener hotline is a free service and can be reached at mghotline@gmail.com or by phone at 260-4816425. Relevant photos of the pesky but prevalent are welcomed at this email address to aid in diagnosis. Extension makes a few requests regarding the photo submissions2. Images must be focused well and include as many parts of the plant (roots, leaves, flowers, berries, etc.) as possible. The image should include an object like a coin to establish relative size. If a ruler is employed, please be sure to share the units used (inches, centimeters, etc.). Finally, any additional information you can provide may be useful

Weed Identification in identification. What methods of control have you tried? What other plants are around your subject? Did you plant it or did nature put it in where you found it? The more information you can offer, the better. It may be better to simply take a sample to your nearest Extension Office. In Allen County, for $3, your weed, plant, tree or insect sample will receive a two-step check. First, diagnostics volunteers will study and research the sample, based on the information and item you submit. Next, an Extension educator double-checks the diagnostics team findings and makes recommendation for controls. Include the entire plant, multiple if possible, placing the roots (and only the roots) in a plastic bag, without adding water. Wrap the whole thing in newspaper and place in a container that will prevent crushing2. Purdue also offers a couple great online resources about weeds for the curious. Resources (3) and (4) in the references below are products of the Master Gardeners and the Purdue University Turfgrass Sciences Department, respectively. No matter how you name them, a correct weed ID will help your garden profit now and in future seasons. 

Resources: (1) https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/pubs/HO/HO-217.pdf (2) https://extension.purdue.edu/Allen/article/3637 (3) https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/master-gardener/wp-content/uploads/ sites/9/2016/09/Purdue-Master-Gardener-Guide-to-Common-Lawn-andGarden-Weeds.pdf (4) https://turf.purdue.edu/category/weed-control/weed-identification/

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Competition with rivals can be great for the economy. In the business sense, new products or processes can be developed and prices dropped as multiple players in a field vie for consumer attention. In the more literal, outdoor field, competition from weeds has less-promising outcomes. After all the money and work to assure garden plants have appropriate amounts of water, light, space and nutrients1, no one wants to sell to the ever-present bidder: weeds.


at HOME  |  reader diy

By Amber Bouthot

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Every month, we highlight do-it-yourself projects from our readers. Do you want to see your project featured in our magazine? It can be something as simple as a craft project or as large as a home addition. If you did it yourself, it can be featured. Email Amber at ambouthot@the-papers.com.

This month’s Reader DIY project comes from Heather Schoegler. She and her dad built these stunning planter boxes to add some privacy to her backyard.

What was your inspiration for the project? Last year, we added a pool to our backyard, but the placement lacked privacy and division from our driveway. My goal was to add something that added visual interest, privacy, and function to the space between the driveway and pool patio. While waiting to find the perfect thing for the space that followed our HOA guidelines, we planted evergreens and grasses knowing we would add planter boxes at a future date. Searching Pinterest for planter boxes generated some ideas but nothing that looked exactly like the concept in my mind, so I married a few ideas I found, measured the space, sketched out the concept, priced out the materials based on my drawing, and went to work.

How long did it take from start to finish? The entire project took 48 hours to purchase lumber, measure and cut the wood, build the boxes, and stain them.

Was it easier or harder than you anticipated? It would have been very challenging to complete on my own, but thankfully I had my Dad to help with the construction. I anticipated it being a full-weekend project and it met my expectations.

What was the total cost of the project? With already having all tools on hand, the three planter boxes cost a total of $500 in lumber, wood screws, and stain.

What did you like best about the undertaking? Working together with my Dad was a highlight for this project. Overall, the best part is probably the joy I get every day when I see the boxes. They are the perfect finishing touch to our backyard space. They marry form and function and compliment the natural wooded landscape so well. The location of these planter boxes created the biggest challenge. The driveway is higher than the pool patio, so we had to be sure that the boxes were level horizontally, vertically, and front to back. Maybe we did a great job building, but I think we probably got lucky that there were very little adjustments to make before tap-conning them into the concrete. We also placed them between the pre-planted evergreens and around the pre-planted grasses so we needed to make sure they were placed correctly by dividing the space into thirds. 

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Unique Outdoor Dining By Cathy Shouse

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Summer is finally here, bringing with it our region’s nearly infinite possibilities for enjoying outdoor dining. Leave the ho-hum patio behind and seek out the many unique options to choose from, whether having beverages, expanding your tastes in food, or both. What follows is a roundup of offerings to get you started. Jessa Campbell, marketing and communications manager for Visit Fort Wayne, said, “on The Landing, Nawa has a beautiful outdoor dining space situated right under the Bison mural--they even call it Nawa’s Bison Deck. Plus, Nawa’s modern atmosphere and menu, with influences from Thailand, Japan, China and elsewhere in Asia, come together for an excellent downtown experience! The Sidecar, which is a part of Copper Spoon, is a tiki bar, and its boxcar experience gives it a casual, energetic atmosphere with a great cocktail menu.” Brendon Maxwell co-owns multiple businesses, including Utopian Coffee and Landing Beer Co., and pays careful attention to the outdoor experience each offers. Planters filled with lavender, rosemary, Lady’s mangle, and liriope are carefully placed for maximum appeal. “We love our outdoor space here at Utopian Coffee, and it’s one of the reasons we were so excited to open our cafe on The Landing,” he said. “As you’re sitting and enjoying the morning sunshine, you can also enjoy an iced latte or single origin espresso with your breakfast sandwich. “Part of the fun of being at Landing Beer Co. is the fact that you’re in the heart of downtown and get to enjoy the great views and nearby murals as you sit outside. I’d recommend the Hazy Landing IPA alongside the smoked brisket, or if you’re in the mood for something lighter, the garden salad with the Agua Fresca cocktail.” Here are some other fun options: Three Rivers Distilling: special dishes, The Sensei, Bourbon Caramel S’mores Brownie. Sign up for Three Rivers’ newsletter to be first in line to reserve a warm igloo for eating outdoors when cool weather returns around October! The Deck: greatly expanded space, well-known for decades for exceptional outdoor dining overlooking the river Banh Mi Pho Shop: freshly built, beautiful pergola at its Fairfield Ave. location Shigs in Pit Barbecue: new location at Illinois Rd with outdoor space, dog friendly, (Rated Visit Indiana’s Best BBQ, 2019) The details: Banh Mi Pho Shop, banhmiphoshop.com Copper Spoon, copperspoonfw.com The Deck, donhalls.com Landing Beer Co., landingbeer.com Nawa, nawa.live Shigs in Pit Barbecue, shigsinpit.com Three Rivers Distilling, 3rdistilling.com Utopian Coffee, utopiancoffee.com But don’t limit yourself to these. There are more outside dining opportunities waiting for you to discover, whether through an online search or by asking friends. 

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community  |  company spotlight

Felger’s Peat Moss

By Cathy Shouse, Photos by Rebecca Boone

Felger’s Peat Moss is a true family business, officially founded in 1953 by Herb Felger. Like a good television series, there was history before the business was started (outlined on the website), and there is a full cast of characters. Prime Time “Spring is always the busiest season, with May being the busiest month,” said Stephanie Felger, daughter of the owner and Office Manager. “Trends in the landscape industry can change, and go in and out quickly, just like the fashion industry. Most recently, black or dark gray has been a popular color. Also, the idea of creating outdoor living spaces, such as areas with fire pits have been extremely popular, especially since Covid hit and people are spending more time at home.” Beyond peat moss, which they dig from natural peat bogs on their property, they offer architectural stone, limestone, flagstone and much more.

Meet the Felgers Jerry, Owner: I started working beside my father at a young age. I loaded my first customer with a track loader a week before my 8th birthday. But I started really helping more regularly when I was ten. I bought the business from my father in 1982. Deedee, (wife of owner; mom to twins Matthew & Stephanie), Accounts Receivable/ Payable: I started working here full time about 25 years ago. In addition to accounts, I handle customer service. Matthew, (son of owner) rock yard manager: I started working here probably around age 12, doing odd jobs like fueling up equipment and tarping trucks. Now I handle sales

and locating materials in addition to loading customers and estimating projects. Christy, (daughter-in-law to owner; wife of Matthew) office assistant: I started working weekends and whenever extra help was needed and went full time approximately two years ago. I’m mom to the 4th generation, Maleena, 11, and Donovan, 2. Stephanie, (daughter to owner) office manager, delivery dispatcher: My original job along with my brother, probably around age eight, was to stamp our logo and address on the receipt booklets. We thought we were big stuff. Grandma paid us 25 cents per completed receipt book. But as for the real work, I started assisting my grandmother in the office in the late 1990’s in the summers when home from college, then went full time in 2002 as grandma slowly worked her way into retirement and I took over the dispatching.

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Bonus Scene Reveal The family members all live along a road near the farm and they’re literally off the grid, with sketchy Wi-Fi connections. Plus, their own properties could use some attention. “Most of our time in the landscaping season is given to our customers, and our personal yards definitely get overlooked,” Stephanie said. 

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essentials

m a I HOME Tim and Ryen Brumbeloe

By Deborah C. Gerbers

Tim and Ryen Brumbeloe love everything about living in Fort Wayne. New York native Ryen has worked for healthcare technology companies for the last 15 years and worked with hospitals all over the country. She moved to Fort Wayne in 2004 when she was seeking a change and has since made our city her home. “Living in Fort Wayne, we can enjoy a lower cost of living compared to other cities while being only 10 minutes away from the Fort Wayne airport,” said Ryen. “I can fly anywhere I need to and it’s an easy in and easy out of the airport.” Photographer Tim was born and raised in Fort Wayne. He co-owns a commercial and videography studio in downtown Fort Wayne, which is coming into its 17th year in business. “Operating a business in Fort Wayne is very economical,” Tim explained. “There is a tremendous amount of opportunity here in my business to work with numerous local advertising agencies, architecture firms, manufacturers, and even the healthcare industry.” The Brumbeloes live in a peaceful neighborhood on the Southwest side of Fort Wayne. “We absolutely love our neighborhood and home,” said Ryen. “We are tucked away into a beautiful, wooded addition. We live in an association called Covington Creek, which has three-level condos, all with unique layouts and configurations. We enjoy the swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and beautiful walking trails throughout the neighborhood. We are also connected via pathways to Covington Plaza where we can walk to multiple restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping. We feel as though we are in a wooded oasis, but at the same time very close

to everything, including a short car ride to all downtown has to offer.” Fort Wayne allows the couple to stay active and to indulge in one of their favorite hobbies of working out. “There are beautiful trails all throughout the city where we can go for a run or long bike ride, as well as many locally owned fitness studios where we can take classes,” said Ryen. Tim also embraces the vibrant arts community of Fort Wayne. “With photography being a hobby of mine since I was a young

boy, I enjoy creating art for corporate and public installations throughout Fort Wayne, as well as working on private collections for individuals.” The Brumbeloes enjoy all aspects of living in Fort Wayne and would encourage others to live here as well. “We believe that Fort Wayne is one of the best cities to live in due to the lower cost of living and the feeling you have of being in a bigger city with so many shops, restaurants, and activities to enjoy.” 

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Fathers and Daughters by Jaclyn Youhana Garver

This issue, we are giving a big shout out to all the amazing dads out there—the guys who raised us, who love us, and who make life sweeter. A few local women have some things to say about why their dads are so spectacular—to these men, and to all our favorite papas, happy Father’s Day.

Father and daughter:

Herman McDavid Sr., of Youngstown, Ohio; and Lisa McDavid, of Fort Wayne. What’s your favorite thing to do together? Lately we’ve been talking a lot on the phone for hours about life, family and current issues. We both love singing together in church. What’s a lesson he taught you? As early as I can remember, he’d remind me that I’m his daughter and I can do and be anything I want, even now at my age.

Father and daughter:

How are you alike? We’re very patient, big laughers. We both had careers at General Motors. We love classic cars and both have Corvettes. Love astronomy—we’ve watched total eclipses when I was a teenager. We’re both classically trained singers and use our music to minister.

Jim Littlejohn and Jama Smith, both of Auburn. What makes your dad spectacular? My dad worked hard and instilled us with good values. He was at every show choir and theater performance and contest. We were all three raised to believe we could do anything we wanted with no expectation that we should be like our parents or do what our parents did. What’s a favorite “dad” memory? I loved going with my dad dancing and listening to my brother’s band play in local venues, and I loved taking him with my friends to the local bars in Oklahoma City where I went to school.

Father and daughter:

Jake Robbins, of Greenfield, and Leslie Gettys, of Fort Wayne. What makes your dad spectacular? He has always been supportive, kind and caring. He’s a blast to be around and has always been able to make me laugh.

What’s your favorite thing to do together? It’s become a Friday night tradition to visit (my parents with my siblings) and have a glass of wine every Friday evening after work.

What’s a favorite “dad” memory? We had a cabin on Cordry Lake, in Brown County, and I can remember standing on my dad’s shoulder’s and diving off into the lake. He taught me how to drive a boat and a manual transmission. We loved Bobby Knight and watching IU basketball together.

How are you alike? I picture my dad as being the sillier of my two beautiful parents; I do believe that my kids probably think I’m the sillier of their parents, as well.

What is a lesson he taught you? He taught me to never give up and always try my best. The only way to fail is to not take the risk.

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Kim Wall and Julie Wall, both of Fort Wayne. What makes your dad spectacular? My dad is always willing to help. He is a generous, hardworking man that values family and friendship. What’s a favorite “dad” memory? Roller skating with my dad at our family’s roller rink, Roller Dome North. He would have my little sister and me sit on top of his feet and hold his legs while he skated around.

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There’s no question, the past year or so has impacted our lives in a variety of ways. The sociocultural issues, the global pandemic, the disruption of in-person work and school, and transitioning into remote learning and virtual communication have all contributed to our increased stress levels. Those especially affected are children—life as they’ve known it has changed dramatically, and they have big feelings and emotions they might not be capable of dealing with. Like grown-ups, they have likely struggled with depression, anxiety and stress during these unprecedented times. Let’s all consider the mental health of not only ourselves, but our children, as well. According to Sean Goddard MSN, APRN, NP-C, AGPCNP-BC, CMSRN, CEN, Nurse Practitioner/ Owner of The Crossings Mental Health, the pandemic has certainly disrupted daily life, and everyone is feeling those changes—especially our children. “Overall, the extent of this impact depends on many factors, such as the child’s developmental age, current educational status, cognitive function, pre-existing mental health conditions, being economically under privileged, and if the child has been quarantined due to infection,” said Goddard. “Our children have and are experiencing feelings of helplessness, loneliness and fear of being socially excluded or separated from family and friends. Prolonged stress, boredom and social isolation, as well as a lack of outdoor play, can lead to a higher number of mental health conditions, such as anxiety and even depression.” There are some ways we can identify anxiety and depression in our kids, and to be on alert for specific signs of distress. 18

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“Early detection of signs like sudden changes in behavior, unusual persistent sadness, excessive worry, a lack of concentration, trouble sleeping or exhaustion all could be signs that there are underlying mental health concerns,” Goddard explained. “It is vital to be proactive in our children’s mental health and don’t just ask yes and no questions. ‘Are you ok’ equals yes or no. Try asking ‘I have noticed that you have been much more quiet recently, why do you feel this is?’ This type of question requires more than a simple yes or no.” As parents and adults around children we can be the ones to help them best talk about their “big feelings” and develop outlets for emotions. “The presence of a caring adult can make a big difference!” said Goddard. “Your relationship with your kids plays a major role in their mental health, and a solid relationship begins with building trust. This means meeting your child’s physical and emotional needs by taking care of them when they’re hungry, thirsty, hot or cold as well as when they’re scared, anxious or sad.

Your kids need you to be consistent, honest and caring. Find ways to demonstrate that you love them and that they can trust you to keep them safe and healthy. Show your child it’s okay to acknowledge feelings by talking about your own. You can make them feel at ease by having a conversation about what it is that’s worrying them, letting them know that it’s natural to feel anxious.” Recently, society has been more open to talking about mental health and normalizing it, which is crucial to de-stigmatizing it. “There is a large stigma associated with mental health disorders; however, depression and anxiety are some of the most common issues facing people these days,” said Goddard. “To normalize it and let people know it’s ok, especially your children, is the process needed. I believe there is a need to make children’s access to mental health support services geared towards providing measures for developing healthy coping mechanisms during the current crisis. Parents and teachers must receive support to maintain structure and routine for children, and to keep children engaged in play and learning activities in school and at home.” a

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Welcome to our new feature for 2021. Each month, we highlight someone whose style we admire. This month, it’s Jaime Byrd. Her professional life puts her at the interface of higher education and corporate relations. In her free time, she considers herself a design enthusiast who enjoys cooking, yoga and reading. She and her husband, Kevin, grew up in Fort Wayne and most of their family still lives here. They have spent 12 years moving around for Kevin’s professional training, including four years in Michigan and seven in North Carolina. This past fall, they relocated to Maryland to the greater DC area. They are currently living in a rental while their new home is being built. “It has been a fun challenge to make this temporary space feel like home,” Jaime said. “I am looking forward to getting the rest of our life out of storage and designing our new space later this year.”

How do you describe your style? My design style has evolved over the years, and no one genre currently defines my style. I love clean lines, natural light, neutral palettes (with a bit of color mixed in), and textures to amplify a space.

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pillows and rug balance out the teal tones, and the gold coffee tables add an extra layer of visual interest.

Bookshelves – I love books. I may own too many! We have bookshelves in multiple rooms,and incorporating books as a focal point or to add color is one of my favorite design tricks. Books can liven up a space and can work to showcase your interests. The flexibility in how the books are arranged offers another opportunity for creativity.

Tell us a little about each of the areas you chose to highlight. Why did you choose them? What makes them your faves? Living Room – Our current home is relatively small, so we spend most of our time here. I love the floor to ceiling windows and the natural light that streams in most of the day. We also watch the sunrise over the mountains in the mornings, which is stunning. These couches are the boldest pieces of furniture that I own, and I’m glad I branched out to incorporate them into an otherwise neutral space. I think the light 20

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Corner of our kitchen – Both my husband and I love to cook, which means we often find ourselves in the kitchen. Food is a big part of how we enjoy spending time together, so it’s important that our kitchen is also a reflection of our style. I am a cookbook collector and like to incorporate them as decor in the kitchen to add color to the space.

Bedroom – I chose a design aesthetic that is consistent throughout our entire home, so I embraced neutrals mixed with teals and gold in other rooms, as well. I love the cheerful feel of this corner of our bedroom.

When you think of your home, what’s the feeling you hope your family and visitors have? I always want my home to feel welcoming, cozy and calming to people who visit. We love hosting dinner parties, so I am excited to be able to do that again soon.

What’s your favorite color? My favorite color is black. I generally own black clothes, drive black cars, and like to incorporate black in my interior design. a


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Wanderlust By Hillary Knipstein

Last year’s long-term pandemic lockdowns and restrictions have inspired wanderlust in even the staunchest homebodies. While public health experts warn that COVID-19 continues to pose a real threat, the roll-out of a vaccine and better understanding of the virus allows for a cautious optimism about an eventual return to normal travel. For now, though, COVID-19 (and travel insurance!) remains a central concern when considering travel. Weigh the Risks Although nearly every piece of data on COVID-19 seems to cause controversy, the CDC’s guidance is clear: “Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.” Before traveling, consider the guidance of your destination’s local public health officials, the destination’s hospital capacity, and pre-existing conditions of those traveling with you or hosting you. Follow the Guidelines By now, the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines are familiar—they’re more important if you’re traveling in close quarters with many others. Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose while in public settings. Maintain a distance of at least

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In each issue, we provide a list of community events. Due to COVID-19, many events have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled. Please check the websites of our community partners for details specific to their venues and events.

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Germanfest Heimatabend (Evening at Home) Celebration

Concert; dinner of smoked pork chops, sauerkraut, potatoes and gravy, strudel; full service bar available. $12/adults, $6/children. Maennerchor/ Damenchor concert at 5 p.m., dinner following, Park Edelweiss, 3355 Elmhurst Drive, Fort Wayne. For more information, call Patti Knox at 260.444.3634.

16-20 | Wednesday-Sunday | Carnival, parade, hot-air balloon launches, car shows, kids’ zone, food vendors, entertainment. Free admission. Downtown Huntington. 260.356.5300, huntingtoncountychamber.com.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Remember when your dad used to catch you in a lie and how it made you feel? You will feel a similar uneasiness in your professional life, but if you are honest and forthcoming, your perspective will be considered. Give your boss a chance to play fair.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) The personality traits you inherited from your father will be the traits you look for in others. You like to be unpredictable and adventurous, and you have boundless energy, but you are also empathetic, loving and kind. A special relationship will take a significant step forward

Leo (July 23 - August 22) Your dad told you that education was the key to success, so naturally, you are attracted to books, documents, lectures and tools that will help move you forward. Be careful not to take on too much because you may not be able to cope with the responsibility. Dad still knows best. Rely on his advice and wisdom.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) A health issue with your father will take your emotions on a roller coaster ride and you may feel like you are the parent at times. This will pass, but how you handle it will say a lot about your character. Do the right thing. Take a break when you need to and get some plenty of rest and exercise.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) Time management is always a struggle, but this month, you may be in over your head. Professional struggles, financial issues and more will be weighing on you, and if you aren’t careful, it could lead to a breakdown. Ask a father figure for advice. He’s never steered you wrong before.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) Family should be one of your main priorities this month, so plan a special gathering to honor dad for Father’s Day. Incorporate activities that will have the young (and young at heart) working together for a common goal. Don’t take small squabbles personally. 26

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Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) This is the ideal time to get to work reorganizing your home. Dad’s DIY expertise will be invaluable for this project and you would be crazy not to ask for his assistance. He’s got the Midas touch when it comes to transforming spaces and you will learn a lot working along side him.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) A class reunion will bring back a person from your past. Is it that boy your father warned you about? Has he settled down or is he still a rebel? You won’t know if you don’t attend. Sometimes the risk is worth the reward.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) Encourage the men in your family to embark on a father-son adventure on the water. They will come back with stories about the one-that-got-away, and you will have a day all to yourself. Everybody wins and no one will suspect that your motives were anything other than selfless.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20) Major life events are on tap this month, and you need to be ready to act. A career opportunity could change your life forever, but it may require a longdistance move. Dad will learn various ways to keep you connected virtually to the ones you love!

Aries (March 21 - April 19) Excessive irritability will lead to tense moments in your relationships. Manage your anger by taking a yoga class or learning to meditate, and then don’t sweat the small stuff. Your imagination will lead to an original project that will require you to travel. Visit your father while you’re on the road.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Although you’ve spent most of your life claiming that your dad loved your sibling more than you, deep down you know nothing could be further from the truth. Will this be the month the two of you finally bury the hatchet and realize Dad’s heart has room for you both? a

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