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VOL .24/NO. 11

Stay Well p.30





WHAT WORKS for this Designer p. 8


Winners p.32 p.34


22 Things p.14



P. 10

PLACES TO SHOP FOR LUXURY p.5 Sally Kicks It! p.48



Passion for

Bone Marrow p.52 5 BLESSINGS P.56

Before You Go! p.58

in November p.54

How to Keep Looking Good p.50 Sterling silver eight strand necklace with freshwater white pearls in the chain and one black tourmaline with an enhancer bail, $350; Leather smokey quartz and cubic zirconium bracelet $95; Sterling silver honeycomb sparkle ring, $162; available at Clater Jewelers, 1201 Herr Lane; 502.426.0077.


NOVEMBER 2014 / IN OUR ISSUE Volume 24 8 Number 11


t’s easy to get caught up in juggling too many responsibilities while forgetting to treat yourself well. In honor of our Luxe issue, here’s a short list of ideas you can try for adding luxuriousness to your life. • Invest in a sparkly dress for an upcoming holiday party or black tie event. Take a look at the one featured on page 34 for some inspiration. •B  righten up your skin with one of the many products or procedures featured on page 50. •G  o for the bling. There are some splurges that are worthwhile. Flip to page 44 to see what pieces of jewelry are at the top of our luxe list. •U  pgrade your wardrobe with a trendy outfit that will make you the favorite in the crowd. Find it on page 38. •L  ooking for a gift that will make your life more beautiful? See ideas on page 14. Add a classic piece of clothing that will never go out style like the dress shown on page 42. Celebrate yourself and live in your own lap of luxury!



e found out about Lauren LoBue when her cousin tagged her in a Facebook post about our model search for this issue. She appears on our cover and in one of our Luxe Honorees’ clothing and jewelry pages. Lauren is a Special Education major at the University of Louisville. Dress by Aidan Mattox, $440, available at Rodeo Drive. Earrings: 14k Yellow Gold Blue Topaz dangle earrings, $995; Ring: 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Halo Ring with Cushion Blue Topaz, $1,695, available at Davis Jewelers.

COVER PHOTO: Melissa Donald MAKEUP: Denise Cardwell, Blades Salon & Spa HAIR: Tiffany Maynard, Blades Salon & Spa

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WHAT WORKS Amanda Jessee, 29, interior

designer with BVC Designs, 615 E. Washington Street HOMETOWN: Louisville NEIGHBORHOOD:



Matt Cline



“It’s the little things that make me feel luxurious and make my life special.” Interview by LUCY M. PRITCHETT / Photo by MELISSA DONALD



Amanda Jessee knows luxe. As an interior designer with BVC Designs, which specializes in custom baths and kitchens, she helps her clients discover the richness of good design, whether that includes glassy tiles for the walk-in shower or rugged stones for the living room fireplace. One of her own luxuries of life is her Olivia and Joy forest green leather tote bag. “It holds my iPad, Stanley retractable tape measure, and the Sherwin-Williams paint deck,” Amanda says. “There is room for my wallet, holding my ID and license, which I can pull out and use as a clutch if I go out in the evening after work.” On her iPad, Amanda uses the Evernote Penultimate sketching app, which allows her to take a photo of a client’s kitchen and draw over it with a stylus to show the client exactly what changes are going to be made.

Amanda luxes up her bedroom with nine decorative pillows on her king-size platform bed. “Some are from IKEA; I made some of the smaller accent ones; some I found at a vintage shop,” she says. “I like the mix of colors — golden yellow, pale blue, cream, and white. And the different textures and patterns — damask, raw silk, Ikat — make the space feel luxurious and comfortable.” As she uses pillows to accessorize her bed, Amanda uses jewelry to accessorize her outfits. “I have some great heirloom pieces. One I wear all the time is the hammered-gold tiger’s eye ring from my grandmother. I like costume jewelry and am drawn to statement necklaces. One of my favorites has gray and black faceted jewels, each about the size of a quarter, arranged like a tiara.

FOOD AND DRINK Amanda likes to relax at Louisville’s fine selection of restaurants. “They all have a different atmosphere,” she says. “I like the Garage Bar on East Market. It is casual and a good place to catch up with friends or get to know a client. Last time I was there, I ordered a basil gimlet. And their turkey wings are great.” For a more sophisticated spot, Amanda heads to Proof on Main in the 21C Museum Hotel. “It feels like I am in New York City,” she says. “I can sip my martini and be swept away. It is inspiring to be in the space with such fabulous artwork.” For a pleasant spot to have dinner with her mom or friends, Amanda stops in at Loop 22 at the Douglas Loop. “Its atmosphere is a mix of the other two — casual yet upscale,” she says. TODAY’S WOMAN





Bett is launching a dart using an instrument called an atlatl, which was used to hunt large game years ago.

BETT ETENOHAN, 64 • Outreach coordinator, Corn Island Archeology

• Retired naturalist from the Falls of the Ohio in Clarksville Hometown: Winchester, New Hampshire Household: Husband, Carl Houchin; Lhasa Apso, Borte Neighborhood: Highlands




For some, a turning point in life comes with a single event. For Bett Etenohan, the point came after a series of events changed the way she looked at work, her family, and activities that brought fun and joy into her life. “I was working full time when my first grandchild, Lilly, was born in 2007,” she says. “The next year, my mom passed away, and in 2009 I had heart surgery. In 2010, my daughter Heidi, Lilly’s mom, gave birth to twin boys, Johnny and Teddy. Teddy has Down syndrome. “All those events, one right after another, made me stop and take a look at my life. I realized that, ‘Wow, I have been spending time doing things that were not as important as the things I was not doing.’ I was working full time, taking care of the house. You know — the stuff you do when you have a career. I did a lot of thinking about family and how I wanted to spend time doing things with them.” Bett has two sisters, both of whom live out of state. Her daughter Heidi lives in Dayton, Ohio, and her other daughter Erica lives in Colorado. “I wanted to be there for my daughters and my grandchildren,” Bett says. “There was so much uncertainty about what was going to happen with Teddy, what he was going to face in the years ahead. So, in 2011, I retired as naturalist at the Falls of the Ohio, a position I had held for more than 17 years. “I appreciate all the things I got to do in my career as a naturalist. And now I have traded fossils for archeology and help plan special events and digs for school children. I get to spend a lot of time outdoors and do some traveling. I have picked back up an earlier interest of mine in fiber arts. “I appreciate my family and want to be supportive of my sisters and daughters and grandchildren. I want to do the things that are important to me and enjoy them.” TODAY’S WOMAN / / @todayswomannow




Cathy’s survival tips for art buyers:

1. Buy what you like. If

you’re going to look at it every day, you should like the art. Buy art that makes you feel good. It could be the color, subject matter, or style, but bottom line is you like it.

2. Know what you’re

buying. If you want to be a collector, make sure you purchase in the collectible category as opposed to the decorative category. Collectibles are originals, or signed and numbered works that are limited in quantity.

Survival Skills By MARIE BRADBY Illustration by MOLLIE BAUMANN

3. Do your research. The

Cathy Shannon, Vice President & Partner, E & S Gallery, Inc.

Internet has been the great leveler in art. If you see a work of art you like, Google it. Visit museums. Also, get familiar with various mediums (oils, watercolor, charcoal) and reproduction processes (lithograph, serigraph, giclees, or etchings) so you’ll know the terminology.

Visual Investment I

t’s Derby Eve. The smooth jazz is playing, the wine is flowing, and art lovers are grooving at E & S Gallery on 10th near West Main Street. They’re looking at art by the nation’s most popular contemporary and old master African-American artists, mixing and mingling with collectors from across the country, and hoping to get a glimpse of celebrity buyers such as actress Angela Bassett, gospel song legend Yolanda Adams, or R & B singer Kem. “When we travel, we are always telling our clients that Derby is a great time to come to Kentucky. And while you are in town, stop by our gallery,” says Cathy Shannon, co-owner with her husband Walter of one of the nation’s largest African-American-owned art and custom framing galleries. “Angela Bassett even came to the gallery,’ Cathy says. “She is a client and wanted to see one of the artists we were representing.” The gallery was featuring art legends Charles Bibbs and Paul Goodnight as guest artists. The gallery was opened in 1989 by Walter and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this




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month. Cathy, who was working in public relations at LG&E, went to the gallery about two years later to have a piece of art framed, and she and Walter hit it off. They eventually married in 1997, and she joined him in the business, which showcases black artists. “This is not a field I envisioned myself in,” Cathy says. “I was in advertising and public relations. He was a collector, and I loved art. There’s nothing better than coming home to pieces of art that you love.” The gallery represents as many as 70 living artists. It also carries work by late artists Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett, old masters from the Harlem Renaissance era. Cathy and Walter participate in up to 35 art shows a year, including the Harlem Fine Art shows on Martha’s Vineyard and in Harlem; the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise; and lately the Capital Jazz SuperCruise. “About 95 percent of our buyers are from outside of Louisville,” Cathy says. “We also do custom framing for buyers, artists, galleries, and local businesses.”

art dealer. Look for an experienced dealer who specializes in the type of art you’re looking for, knows what’s trending nationally, and can advise you on who or what to buy and why.

5. Hanging your art. Your

art will tell you exactly where it wants to go. Hang it where you like to see it, but not in direct sunlight or over a heat vent. Light and heat can affect your artwork. If you have lots of windows, put a UV film on them to protect your artwork.

6. Learn the lingo. An

original piece of art is like a Rolls Royce, a one-of-akind. A limited edition print, signed and numbered, is a fully loaded Mercedes. An open edition is like a bicycle. It will never be worth more than when you first buy it. The first two are collectible forms of art; the open edition is decorative.

22 GIFTS Why 22? Because we are 22 years old!

Gifts for the holidays (or any occasion) that caught Today’s Woman’s eye this month.


Try a gift card to a cooking class with Cook with Mary ( or Chef Gina Brown (




“They’ve a little bit of a cult following. The Aloha Orchid ($12-30) is our best seller; We always have it burning in the store.”


Zip purses ($58, Caden boutique)

— Tayler Reid, store manager, Collections


6 Hat ($28, Collections)

My sister-in-law crocheted a wrap for me several years ago after learning the craft. I appreciated the time as well as the color and design of the sweater cape overlay.


Stone earrings ($36, Collections)


Sweater dress ($170, Caden boutique)

“What’s in? I would say the head-to-toe sweater. The midlength ‘midi’ dress is really in, too. Line & Dot is my favorite brand for sweaters this season.” — McKenzie Gordon, Caden store manager. / / @todayswomannow




22 GIFTS eight Initial necklace, $265




You can find original artwork at all prices all around Louisville. I love this multi-media art piece that combined Hey Diddle Diddle...And, The cow jumped over the moon written book pages with paint. My husband bought me this piece a few years ago.


Dyeable poncho ($62, Baz and Bea boutique)

“We do a kind of art element — if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we can dye it up!” (They do their own dyeables). We’re really captured by anything paired with neutrals.”

Heckenberg and Jennifer Arnold, Peacock Boutique owners.

Kentucky necklace: gold $449/ silver $139


Gifts To Offer Local Veterans



Baz and Bea


post-it notes at work and last year for my birthday, Publisher Cathy Zion gifted me some post-its personalized just for me.



“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” — Maya Angelou

—Justin Keibler, owner,

Personalized Post-Its I love using

What’s trending are statement necklaces and, of course, booties with everything. — according to Claire

It Doesn’t Have to Be New My friend and contributing editor Lucy Pritchett is always keeping her eye out for great local items. But recently she brought me this so cute little coffee set at Crazy Daisy Antique Mall.


he Veterans of this community have a gift in the Active Heroes nonprofit organization (activeheros. com) and is working to build a local retreat that you can help with. They also connect volunteers to military families who need help on homes or with bills. Celebrate Veteran’s Day (November 11) by gifting your time or dollars.

13 ~ Electric Wok I love my electric wok that I bought for myself a couple of years ago and even put it under the tree. Sometimes you have to invest in something you know will make your everyday life more healthy. TODAY’S WOMAN




COLLECTION A few Christmases ago, my mom, who does oil painting, came up with an original way of gifting it. She had her six children choose numbers, and we got to choose paintings in order of the number. It was a great way to share her artwork with us without having hard feelings or choosing who gets what.

16 Skirt and sweater (Caden boutique, $90-110)


ur food writer/photographer Melissa Donald has been into making herb salts and suggests it’s a great food gift. “You don’t have to use too much of this salt, because it adds so much infused flavor to anything you put it on.”


1-2 l arge cloves of garlic (if there is a green sprout inside the clove, remove sprout) 1 Tbsp+ of coarse Kosher salt 1/3 cup of fresh oregano — leaves removed from the stems 1/3 cup of fresh chives 1/3 cup of fresh parsley Chop the garlic and Kosher salt together until the garlic is chopped fine. Add the herbs and chop until the entire mixture is minced. As you are incorporating the herbs, more salt may be needed. If the mixture is seeming too dry, add a bit more of salt, about 1 tsp more. Spread out the mixture on parchment paper and let dry overnight. Keep checking until the mixture is completely dry. Let cool and place in an airtight container. Any combination of herbs can be used. This makes a great gift. Wonderful on eggs, in sauces and dressings, rubbed on chicken and pork, sprinkle on vegetables, etc.


Gifts for those in Transition Our magazine Today’s Transitions, which recently won the Gold General Excellence Award and eight other awards at the National Association of Mature Publications, is a great gift for all those who are a caregiver or an older adult. The magazine offers local information about enjoying life as well as health and caregiver information for the reader. or call 502.327.8855 for a subscription.





You probably know about the many subscription-based gifts out there, and I have been the recipient and giver of a few of these over the years. They are a gift where the surprises last for months depending on your investment.

Subscriptions I have been gifted or gifted to others are Tea of the Month and Quilt Block of the month. Birch Box sends samples once a month about your areas of beauty interest.

eighteen GIFTS FOR THE FITNESSWANNABES Stacie Barnes, owner of Louisville East Jazzercise Premier Center, recommends these two gifts for those who want to improve their fitness: 21

• “  A Polar heart rate monitor/watch can track the number of steps taken, calories burned, and heart rate. The watch lets you know if you are improving your fitness level. ”


• “  A resistance tube is is a great strengthtraining tool. It is a stretchy tube you hold on both ends which enables you to do different muscle-toning exercises. It is good for beginners and experts. I love it, because it is portable. You can store it in a drawer, hang it on a doorknob or put it underneath a bed.” The tubes range in price from $10-$30. TODAY’S WOMAN / / @todayswomannow




Professional Connections


Networking and careerbuilding opportunities for women around town

Athena’s Sister Every 2nd & 4th Mon. • 6-8pm 1741 Frankfort Avenue Marlene Aldrich Perry 502.322.4135

Legal Secretaries of Louisville Every 3rd Tues. • 11:30am Bristol Bar & Grille 614 West Main Street Elizabeth Harbolt 502.568.5446

BPW- Business & Professional Women- River City Every 2nd Wed. • Noon Lunch and Program noon-1pm The Bristol-Downtown 614 West Main Street 502.499.4420,

MLWPC - Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus Every 4th Mon. • 5:30pm Olmsted Bistro at Masonic Homes 3701 Frankfort Avenue Sherry Conner 502.776.2051

CBPW - Christian Business & Professional Women Every Second Thurs. (Odd months only) • Noon Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Sharilyn Unthank 502.417.5481 Distinctive Women, Entrepreneurial Women Making a Difference Every 1st Mon • 6:30-8pm Email for meeting location Deleskia Butler 502.509.5521 EWI - Executive Women International- Kentuckiana Every 3rd Tues. • 5:30pm Contact for information & reservation Dotty Wettig



League of Women Voters Every 3rd Mon. • 6pm Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave. Pat Murrell 502.895.5218

BPW- Business and Professional Women- New Albany Every 3rd Mon. • 5:30pm Contact for info & reservation. Tuckers, 2441 State St. Nadine Wilkinson 502.523.1698

Bridge the Gap Professional Women Every 5th Sun. Heyburn Building 430 W. Muhammad Ali, Suite 24A Hazel Parrish, Chapter President 502.417.2566, Call to reserve for security.

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NAWBO - National Association of Women Business Owners Every 3rd Tues. National Association of Women in Construction Every 2nd Mon. • 5:30pm Call for meeting location Patty Stewart 812.288.4208 #121 National Association of Women MBAs - Louisville Chapter Every 3rd Wed. • 6pm Location varies-Details on website louisville-kentucky NEW - Network of Entrepreneurial Women Every 2nd Wed. • 6-8pm Location varies. See for details. Network Now Every 2nd Fri. • 11:30am Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Lee Ann Lyle 502.836.1422

The Heart Link Network Every 1st Wed. • 6:30pm Inverness at Hurstbourne Condos 1200 Club House Drive Barbara Madore 502.377.8625

Southern Indiana Women’s Networking Group Every 3rd Wed. • 11:30am Holiday Inn-Lakeview 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville

IAAP - International Association of Administrative ProfessionalsLouisville Every 2nd Thurs. • 6pm Location Varies – See website for details.

Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. Every 2nd Fri. • 6:30pm Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway, Suite 930 Mamie L Maxwell 502.767.4180

WIN - Women in Networking Every 2nd Wed. • 11:15am Oxmoor Country Club 9000 Limehouse Lane Laura Ridge 502.491.7877 WIN - Women in Networking II Every 3rd Wed. • 11:30am Holiday Inn Louisville East 1325 Hurstbourne Pkwy Kim Fusting 502.267.7066 WIN- Women in Networking III Every 2nd Tues. • 11:30am Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Mary Elliott 502.931.2906 WIN- Women in Networking IV Every 3rd Tues. • 11:30am Big Springs Country Club 5901 Dutchman’s Lane Meg Blackwell 502.641.9589 WIN - Women in Networking V Every 2nd Thurs. • 11:30am Buca di Beppo 2051 S. Hurstbourne Parkway Lee Ann Lyle 502.836.1422 WOAMTEC - Women On A Mission To Earn Commission Every 2nd & 4th Wed. • 11:30am The Village Anchor 11507 Park Road Charlene Burke 812.951.3177 Women’s Business Center of KY funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the SBA

Every 1st Fri. Roundtable • 8:30am Location – TBA Sharron Johnson, 502.566.6076#104 center.html Women’s Council of Realtors Every 3rd Thurs. • 11:30am Big Spring Country Club 5901 Dutchmans lane Elizabeth Monarch 502.551.1286

ZONTA- Advancing The Status of Women Every 1st Thurs. • 6pm Logan’s Steakhouse 5005 Shelbyville Road Joyce Seymour 502.553.9241 Listings are on per month basis. To list your meeting for free, email your meeting date, time, location, contact info and website to or call 502.327.8855 ext. 14. Deadline for inclusion in next issue is 11/8. TODAY’S WOMAN / / @todayswomannow





Roasted Turkey Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing Butternut Squash Soup Cranberry Relish* Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles Sweet Potato Mash*

Baked Rolls* Pecan Pie Ginger Molasses Cookies Chocolate Mousse Cake Apple Walnut Cake*

*recipe online at




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• Prepare and freeze pie crust(s) ~ Form into discs, wrap individually, and place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer.

• Shop for all nonperishable goods.

• Make Chocolate Mousse Cake ~ store in the refrigerator.

• Roast Butternut Squash ~ Roast for soup, place in freezer bag and store in freezer.

• Shop for remaining items and perishable goods.

• Stuffing: Mix meat, herbs, and bread, store unbaked in the freezer.

• Make Cranberry Relish ~ Store covered in the refrigerator.

• Baked Rolls: Place in freezer bags, removal all air and store in freezer.

• Thaw Turkey (in refrigerator).

• Cookies: Make and bake ahead and store in airtight container in freezer.


• Crush cookies for Chocolate Mousse Cake ~ store in airtight container. / / @todayswomannow

1 DAY IN ADVANCE PREPARATIONS: • Thaw all food that you froze ahead in refrigerator. • Peel and chunk potatoes and store in water in refrigerator (both white and sweet potatoes). • Brine Turkey





We asked Mary Wheatley, owner of Cook with Mary, about the best way to prepare a juicy turkey and this is her recipe and tips. This recipe is for a 16-pound turkey.

Prepare the Turkey Thaw turkey in the refrigerator (takes approximately 3 days). Sanitize the kitchen sink by scrubbing it with detergent and a scouring pad. Rinse thoroughly. Rinse the turkey under cold water in the sink, removing the packets in both cavities.

Prepare the Brine Add 12 cups water, 3 cup kosher salt, 1½ cup sugar, ¼ cup black pepper and bring to a boil. Add in 3-4 Tbls of loose tea (optional) and steep for 30 minutes. Add about 12 cups of ice to chill the brine to less than 40°. Lower in the 16-pound turkey and chill for 8-24 hours. Drain and discard the brine. If you are not going to roast the turkey immediately, return the prepared bird back in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. Thoroughly wash hands and re-sanitize the sink.

Roast the Turkey Pat the turkey dry and quarter a large apple, a large onion, and cut 3-4 ribs of celery into 3-4” lengths. Stuff these items into a large cavity along with a handful of fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and sage. Rub the outside of the bird with butter or olive oil and apply liberally with salt and pepper. Place the turkey breast side down on a bed of vegetables and herbs, such as celery and an assortment of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage, etc.) for the first half of the roasting process. Remove the turkey from the oven and turn the turkey over. Salt the top and place back in the oven. By starting with the turkey breast side down, it makes this turkey super juicy and tender. Bake at 350 degrees. When the turkey is done, the internal temperature should register 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer, and the juices should run clear. Check the temperature in several places. Don’t overbake.




WHERE TO BUY FRESH LOCAL TURKEY You can find turkeys that are fresh and never frozen at several local stores. Have the weight of the bird ready when calling to pre-order. Some will have limited fresh turkeys available. WHOLE FOODS 502.899.5545 Pre-order your turkey starting November 1 up until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. RAINBOW BLOSSOM Pre-order your turkey until November 14. Several different varieties are available including Local Broad Breasted Bronze, Amish Heritage, and organic birds. THE ROOT CELLAR 502.618.0663 Pre-order your turkey by calling the store. Turkeys come from local Ridge Acres Farm and whole and half turkeys will be available for pre-order. THE FRESH MARKET Turkeys are fresh but not local. Pre-order until November 21. EARTH FARE 502.327.1714 Check out the store’s website for more details on pre-orders. LUCKY’S MARKET 502.883.4781 Turkeys are offered both fresh and frozen, but are not local.

THE SIDES Add a rich new flavor to your Thanksgiving table.


1 butternut squash 6 tsp butter 6 tsp brown sugar Cinnamon, clove, as desired 1 medium sweet onion, diced 2 ribs celery, chopped 2 Tbls olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 6-8 fresh sage leaves, whole 3–4 cups vegetable broth Salt and pepper to taste Generous pinch cayenne ½ cup heavy cream (optional)

The Squash Soup

Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and fibers. Place cut side up on a lightly greased baking sheet. Place a tsp of butter and sugar in each squash half. Season as desired. Bake at 350 for 1 to 1½ hours, or until very tender, brushing with the melted butter over the surface of the squash. When very tender, remove from the oven and cool. In a 3–4 quart pan, sauté onion and celery in olive oil until soft. Add garlic, sage leaves and salt and pepper. Stir until garlic is aromatic, about 2 minutes. Scoop out flesh from the squash and add to the pan along with the broth and cayenne. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove sage leaves. Transfer mixture to a food processor or blender and in two batches, process until smooth. Alternatively, use a hand-held blender to puree the soup. Return to pan. When ready to serve, heat gently but thoroughly until hot. Add cream and heat through. Portion into bowls and garnish with pumpkin seeds.

The Hot and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds ½ tsp olive oil ½ tsp sugar ¼ t sp cayenne pepper, chipotle powder or chili powder

Salt, sugar and black pepper as desired. Heat olive oil in small sauté pan. Add seeds and heat over medium heat until seeds just begin to pop. Drain on paper towels. Add seasonings and cool. Serve as a snack or garnish for soup or salads.


Adapted from Stacy M. Polcyn on 1½ c cubed whole wheat bread 3¾ c cubed white bread 1 pound ground pork sage sausage (if not available, then use your favorite ground sausage) 1 c chopped onion ¾ c chopped celery 2½ tsp dried sage (eliminate if using pork sage sausage) 1½ tsp dried rosemary ½ tsp dried thyme 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped ¾ c dried cranberries 1/3 c minced fresh parsley 1¼ c chicken or turkey broth 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the white bread and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes in the preheated oven or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl. In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring for 2 minutes to blend flavors. Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apples, dried cranberries, and parsley. (If you are making ahead, you can freeze it now. Thaw and add rest of ingredients right before baking). Drizzle with broth and melted butter, and mix lightly. Place into a 9x13 pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes. Serves 10

GREEN BEANS WRAPPED IN BACON (Adapted from Paula Deen)

1 lb fresh green beans 1 Tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 8 slices of uncooked bacon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Blanch green beans for 3 minutes. Toss them in the olive oil and salt and pepper. Minimize the salt because the bacon will provide salt. Bundle about 5 green beans and wrap a piece of uncooked bacon around the bundle. Place in a roasting pan and roast for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. Serves 8


Offer a wide variety of finishing touches to leave a sweet taste in your guests’ mouths.


Adapted from Trisha Yearwood Crust: (by Ina Garten) 12 Tbsp very cold unsalted butter (1½ sticks) 3 c all-purpose flour 1 tsp kosher salt 1 Tbsp sugar 6-8 Tbsp ice water (about ½ c)

Dice the butter and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8-12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.



By Mary Wheatley

By Melissa Donald

4 cups chocolate wafer (such as Oreo) cookie crumbs (about one pkg.) 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1 lb semi-sweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled 1 quart whipping cream

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 4 Tbsp Crisco ½ c light brown sugar, packed ½ c turbinado sugar + more for rolling dough ¼ c molasses 1 egg, room temperature 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 c white unbleached all purpose flour 1½ tsp powdered ginger ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp cloves ¼ tsp cinnamon 1½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ¾ c flaxseed meal.

Mix the cookie crumbs and melted butter together until like wet sand. Press into a 10” springform pan. Form a firm bottom crust and press up the walls of the pan to nearly the top. Whip the cream until stiff peaks. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix until totally incorporated. Pour into the prepared crust and chill overnight. Cut into 12 slices and garnish with additional whipped cream and sprinkle with cookie crumbs, if desired. Serves 12

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, cream together the butter, Crisco, and sugars until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides and add the molasses and apple cider vinegar and mix until blended. Scrape down the sides again and add the egg and beat well until incorporated. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, spices, and salt. Add the flaxseed meal and mix until well blended. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just blended. Refrigerate dough for about 20 minutes. Form dough into round balls (dough will be sticky) and coat in turbinado sugar. Add to cookie sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes on a rack centered in the oven until the center of the cookies are just slightly spongy. Remove from the oven and let sit for a minute on the cookie sheet placed on wire cooling rack. Store in an airtight container until they are gone! Makes about 25-30 cookies.

Go to for all recipes and tips for Thanksgiving.

Cut the dough in half. Roll each piece on a well-floured board into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flour the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the board. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan and unfold to fit the pan. Makes two 10” crusts Filling:

½ c light brown sugar, packed ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 Tbsp honey ½ c butter, melted 2 large eggs 1 c chopped pecans 2 Tbsp milk 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1½ tsp vanilla extract 1 10” unbaked pie crust 1 c pecan halves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In medium size pan on medium low heat, melt the butter with the brown sugar, granulated sugar and honey. Stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl lightly beat the eggs. Add the butter/sugar mixture, chopped pecans, milk, flour, and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour mixture into the pie shell. Arrange the pecan halves on top of the pie in a circular pattern. Bake the pie for 40 minutes. Check the doneness by shaking the pan slightly. The pie should be firm with only a slight jiggle in the center. It will set more as it cools. Serves 8 / / @todayswomannow






1 CUP LETTUCE “You need three servings of fruit and four servings of vegetables each day,” says Sandra Meyerowitz, certified LEAP Therapist at Nutrition Works. “That sounds like a lot to people, but a serving of fruit should fit in the palm of your hand and one cup of salad equals a serving of vegetables.” Irrational Rations

Mediator Release Test, or MRT, is a blood test that can help identify food and chemical sensitivities. This test allows those with conditions in which food plays a role, such as IBS, fibromyalgia, or eczema to rebuild a diet and control symptoms. — Sandra Meyerowitz, Certified LEAP Therapist, Nutrition Works.



Gary Barg, editor-in-chief of Today’s Caregiver magazine (not affiliated with Today’s Woman) as interviewed Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News. Dr. Snyderman is also on the staff of the otolaryngology — head and neck surgery department at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I know the medical system as well as anybody. I have been a practicing surgeon for 30 years. And just last fall, my father became very ill. And frankly, nobody was moving fast enough to suit me in my local hospital. I was obnoxious. I went out and stood at the nurses’ station. I took a phone out of a nurse’s hand so I could talk to the doctor who was trying to avoid me. And I was every doctor’s and nurse’s nightmare. And you know what? They saved my dad’s life. But I knew we were within hours, and I did not have time for You can read more of this interview niceties. I needed things at Also, check out to get going. I do not care to help if a nurse does not like me you work through the maze of local after I am long gone. I do services for health care. not care if a doctor says, “Perhaps we are not a good fit.” All I know is that I have an obligation to those I need to protect. Most of the time, the system is great. But when it is not, even if you are not a courageous person, you have to summon all the courage you have and speak up because caregiving is not a role for the timid. And that is one of the things, frankly, that makes it so damned exhausting.” 30





Dr. Farah Ikram, an ophthalmologist at Children’s Eye Specialists, has a simple tip for better posture: “Raise your computer screen to eye level to avoid back or neck pain and posture problems.”

Sugar Swaps JJ Virgin’s book The Sugar Impact Diet discusses how diets are packed with hidden sugars. Find out which ones to discover the reason why you’re not losing weight. Lower your sugar by eating: • Almond butter instead of Nutella • Spaghetti squash instead of pasta • L ong cooking oatmeal instead of instant oatmeal •M  ashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes • Lettuce wraps instead of tortillas • Blueberries instead of grapes TODAY’S WOMAN

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 atching my lung cancer before it spread to my lymph nodes or C beyond. After following a suspicious growth in my left lung for the past year with periodic low dose CT scans, I learned in July that it was malignant. Two weeks later, the top half of my left lung was removed, and no chemo or radiation was needed. Yippee!






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 ncouraging my younger brother to get the scan for his lungs E and finding out that he too had early stage lung cancer. His surgery was a month after mine, and he also needed no chemo or radiation.

 niting with the newest member of our family, Trixie, a now 6-monthU old mixed breed puppy that we adopted from the Humane Society in August. She has brought my husband and me many laughs with her funny antics and playful ways.  aving wonderful, caring friends who are always there for me, H particularly my long-time “Gaggle” group of girlfriends. We met more than 40 years ago when we all worked together and have been getting together monthly ever since. We’re like sisters, which is great for me since I only have a brother. We’ve been through marriages, divorces, children, grandchildren, job transitions, illnesses, and deaths, and this year has been no different.  orking with an amazing group of women who share the same W passion about this magazine and all our media as I do. They’re incredibly talented, driven, and creative. It seems we’ve all been through personal challenges this year, and the other women on our team are always anxious to help out however they can. We’ve not missed a beat!

Count your blessings, as simple as they may be. You’re richer than you can imagine. Cathy Zion Publisher Today’s Woman

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Sparkle and dazzle the crowd with one of these hot picks from our Luxe honorees. Declare it the year to be luxurious and state to the world,


Luxe Boutique ~ Special Occasion RODEO DRIVE

MODEL: Lauren LoBue LOOK: Dress by Nicole Miller, $615; Earrings, $102; Shoes by Vince Camuto, $118; Rodeo Drive, 2212 Holiday Manor Center, 502.425.8999 CAR: 1965 Ford Mustang

Luxe Jewelry ~ Anniversary Gifts DAVIS JEWELERS


MODEL: Roxanna Leuthart JEWELRY DETAILS: Sterling silver and 14k yellow gold 7mm thoroughbred gold dot endcap bracelet, David Yurman, $775; Sterling silver and 14k yellow gold 7mm color classic bracelet with blue topaz endcap, David Yurman, $775; Sterling silver and 14k yellow gold faceted citrine and peridot, cabochon green tourmaline cable bracelet, David Yurman, $3,800; Sterling silver 6-9mm cable link bijoux necklace with pearls, David Yurman, $1,200; 14k yellow gold blue topaz dangle earrings $995; 14k yellow gold diamond halo ring with cushion blue topaz $1,695, Davis Jewelers, 9901 Forest Green Blvd, Louisville; 502.212.0420 BINOCULARS: complements of Mark Eliason NOVEMBER


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MODEL: Ashlie Stevens DRESS BY: Joy Joy, $118; BELT BY: Elise M., $35; BOOTIES BY: Fortress of Inca, $198; BRACELETS: $30 each, Boutique Serendipity, 1301 Herr Lane, 502.423.0058





Luxe Jewelry ~ Engagement Rings GUMER & COMPANY

MODEL: Roxanna Leuthart Gumer & Company, 502.327.3330 VEIL BY: After Glow Jewelry & Wedding Boutique, $175, Gumer & Company, 3816 Shelbyville Rd., 502.893.6060 / / @todayswomannow




Luxe Boutique ~ Classic RODES FOR HER

MODEL: Roxanna Leuthart DRESS BY: Les Copains $765; SHOES BY: Stuart Weitzman, $365; CLUTCH BY: Longchamp, $355; NECKLACE BY: Majorica, $325; BRACELET BY: C. Williams, $295; EARRINGS BY: Majorica, $85, Rodes For Her, 4938 Brownsboro Road, 502.753.7633. The Luxe honorees were chosen by a combination of the Today’s Woman expert panel, including those who own businesses that specialize in the Luxe industry — boutique owners, jewelry store owners, and other high-end businesses as well as our Today’s Woman Inner Circle.





Luxe Jewelry ~ Original Designs CLATER JEWELERS




MODEL: Ashlie Stevens JEWELRY DETAILS: Ladies 14K rose gold and white gold solar quartz, blue diamond, white topaz and white diamond pendant 16” chain $1,804, Blue diamond and white diamond ring, $2,094, Clater Jewelers, 1201 Herr Lane, 502.426.0077. SWEATER BY: Sisters, $98; TANK BY: Kerisma, $30, available at Boutique Serendipity


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Our fashionable, trendy clothing will make you look and feel fabulous for any occasion! We feature friendly personalized service from knowledgeable fashion experts. Unique clothing, jewelry, handbags and accessories make the perfect holiday gifts. Stylish gift wrapping provided!

Dedi’s Beauty Secrets We offer permanent makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. These can benefit people who: • have allergies or medical conditions • desire freedom from daily makeup application Also offering eyelash and eyebrow tinting, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen masks and Smoothsculpt™ Holiday Special: $129 Permanent Eyeliner & Eyebrows (value $345) Expires 2/1/15

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She Kicks It!


Sally Gettelfinger


n June 2013, when a bout of pneumonia didn’t respond to numerous antibiotics, Sally Gettelfinger was diagnosed with Stage 3-A non-small cell lung cancer. Lung surgery and chemotherapy temporarily slowed her down, but she came back strong less than six months later when she climbed 38 flights of stairs in the National City Tower in 16 minutes during the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb. Despite having reduced air capacity as a result of surgery, Sally beat her husband in the competition. Sally began volunteering with the American Lung Association in a clerical capacity but has since gone on to talk about her lung cancer experience at fundraisers. She says, “Wherever they need me, I go.” She spoke at the Derby Eve Gala in May and at the Breath of Fresh Air Gala in October and looks forward to sharing her story to inspire others.

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“Permanent Brows are magic,” says Denise Dixon, licensed esthetician at Skin Perfection at Spotlight Salon. No more worries about drawing them on evenly and grooming is so easy: if you see hairs outside the permanent brows, remove it.”

Looking for Tight Abs Karen Jacobs*, 52, enjoys listening to Doctor Radio on Sirius XM. During a segment about plastic surgery, she realized there was a solution to her dissatisfaction with her body. “I had two children earlier in life, which destroyed my stomach muscles,” she says. “Although I exercised every day, I was still carrying abdominal weight. I heard the doctors on the radio talk about it as something that could be fixed.” When she began her search for a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, she found Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi of UofL Physicians – Plastic Surgery. “He met all the criteria I trust and respect,” Karen says. “My first meeting with him, I was very nervous. But I just found the whole group and especially Dr. Wilhelmi to be very professional, calming, and with a sense of humor — a real person.” Karen decided to undergo an abdominoplasty and breast augmentation procedure, not only for her self-confidence, she says, but also for her health and well-being. “The day of surgery, the doctor and the hospital just did a great job,” she says. “The results are better than I expected.” Though UofL Physicians – Plastic Surgery offers traditional cosmetic procedures like Karen’s, Dr. Wilhelmi says some lesser-known treatments are gaining popularity. “Fat grafting is becoming popular for two reasons,” he says. “First, the fat is used to pump up areas that are wrinkled or dented or to reverse the effects of aging or other contour changes. Second, the upside to the procedure is that it involves removing unwanted fat. We harvest the fat from some other unwanted area such as the abdomen or flanks.” Clients are also loving fat grafting because it has a long-term effect, he adds, and fillers such as Botox and Juvaderm are smaller procedures that can make a big difference.

Body Fixers

*Name changed to protect privacy.


e talked to Dr. Martin Fox of Martin Fox, M.D. and Associates to find out what’s new in plastic surgery and what he has learned in his 32 years of practice.

What are the most popular procedures for women?

You have surgical procedures, and you also have an explosion of non-surgical procedures. For surgical procedures, you see a lot of breast augmentations, tummy tucks, liposuction, facelifts, eyelid surgery, a lot of rhinoplasty. What newer procedures are clients loving?

One big advance is laser liposuction. The big issue with liposuction is what happens to the skin after you remove the fat. Ideally, you want it to be tight and form to the shape you want. But it depends on skin elasticity. There’s a laser that has been developed for this. It’s a way we treat the skin during the procedure that is the best

thing we have to make the skin form and get tighter. Also, instead of a one-size-fits-all traditional facelift, we’re doing a customized facelift tailored to what patients need. It looks very natural. I actually have people bring in a younger picture of themselves, and I can duplicate it.

What sets us apart from others is that we have a patented wax that we have the rights to that provides the most pain-free experience.

What does the average person not know about plastic surgery?

One thing is that it’s affordable. There’s a population out there that thinks it’s out of their reach, but it’s not. There are all kinds of ways available to pay for it. The other thing I think people don’t realize is that there are many nonsurgical ways to achieve what they want. When they come in and start to look at the menu, they say, ‘I really didn’t want surgery.’ I say, ‘Here are five things you can do without surgery,’ which they didn’t know existed.

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FAVORITE NEW PRODUCTS AND PROCEDURES “The Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is a favorite treatment,” says Leesa Richardson, MD, owner of Vein Treatment Center. “The great thing about this is you can do this with any skin type and there’s no downtime.”




“The HydraFacial MD uses hydradermabrasion to infuse your skin with powerful antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to detoxify, rejuvenate, and protect the skin with no downtime!” says Trish Burton, director of operations at Zishi.

Lydia Pearson, RN at Aesthetic Alternatives A Division of Associates in Dermatology says her favorite new product is Collagen PIN, a microneedling treatment that improves fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and acne scars.

Max Skincare’s latest advancement in anti-aging is Pilar Varon’s favorite new product at her business, Skin Care by Pilar. “ It delivers unsurpassed preventative measures against the effects of aging and nutripeptides to help plump your skin.”

“At the Massage Envy Spa, one of our most popular items is AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser,” says Marcia Cotner. “Because it dissolves dead skin cell build up and smooths out the skin.”


* LIFE-SAVING MATCHES In relationships…play…community






Photo: (l-r) Sam Kimura, Taylor Shorten, Alex Kimura





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“Help! I think I hate my 20-yearold daughter. She has been the biggest disappointment in my life. I wasn’t the perfect mom, but I have done a much better job than other moms I know. After divorcing her dad, I remarried four years later, introducing other children into the household. I then had a serious illness for a couple of years. In the meantime, my daughter went wild. She became a drug addict, got pregnant, and I am now rearing her baby. My marriage is suffering, my health is failing, and I continue to have to rear a grandchild. My daughter is unmanageable and disorderly, and I have spent too many dollars on bailing her out of jail. I resent her, am angry at her, and really feel guilty for everything. Can you help me find a reason not to hate her?”

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haring America’s Marrow (S.A.M.) was founded by Louisville natives and sisters Sam and Alex Kimura. They and their best friend Taylor Shorten are planning a nationwide bone marrow registry drive in 2015. “We hope to register 50,000 donors in 50 states in communities and on college campuses,” Sam says. Sam was diagnosed in 2010 with severe aplastic anemia, a disease in which the bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. “I needed a transplant,” she says. “My sister Alex wasn’t a match, and no match was found through the National Bone Marrow Program.” Sam was treated with immunosuppressive drugs and blood transfusions. She has her blood checked every three months. The Western Kentucky University senior says, “We know how many people out there are fighting blood cancer. That’s what’s driving us to do this, to find life-saving matches.” Big sister Alex uses her experience from two years at the Livestrong Foundation. “This is my way to help Sam,” Alex says. “It’s hard to make up for not being a match and for the feeling that I failed.” Friend Taylor joined the team this spring after teaching in Costa Rica. “People don’t know that they have this incredible opportunity to save someone’s life,” she says. “I’m also selfishly doing this for Sam to find a match for her.” You can find out more about S.A.M. at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

andi West, owner of Sandi’s Styles Fashion Boutique on Wheels in Eminence, Ky., is giving people a good reason for limiting their mall trips. Last year, Sandi turned an ordinary truck into a traveling boutique for people who are either too busy or don’t have the convenience of shopping within their neighborhood. “People who live in outlying areas must drive so far to shop and it so hard to get to Louisville when you get off from work in the evenings,” she says. Sandi and her mom Jessie Covington, who works with her, are on the road five to six days a week traveling through several counties in Kentucky including Jefferson County. Look for her in downtown Louisville this month and at the Light Up Shelbyville Festival on November 8 where they’ll be celebrating their one-year anniversary.

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what’s going on in the month of November.

m m Jackie

m Evancho I’ll never forget the stunned look on the faces of the America’s Got Talent judges that September night in 2010 after they witnessed Puccini’s aria O Mio Babbino Caro performed by 10-year-old Jackie Evancho. Within two months, Evancho became the youngest Top-10 debut artist in history for her 2010 EP O Holy Night. In the four years since, the Pittsburgh native has become an international superstar — a classical crossover song stylist, about whom music critics struggle to describe her preternatural vocal gifts. The now 14-yearold is in the midst of an international tour, which coincides with the September 2014 release of Awakening, her third full-length album. WHEN ~ November 16 @ 4pm. WHERE ~ Louisville Palace TICKETS ~ $18.75-$99.50 CONTACT ~ or at the Palace box office @ 625 South Fourth St.

Matthew Morrison

“At the end of the day, I’m a song and dance man,” declares the Emmy-, Tony-, and Golden Globenominated singer/ actor/dancer Matthew Morrison — best known to national audiences as Mr. Shuster, the head of the glee club on Fox network’s juggernaut series Glee. The 36-yearold California native originally gained prominence in 2002 for originating the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway musical production of Hairspray. Morrison’s current CD, Where It All Began, is a collection of standards, (i.e. The Lady Is a Tramp, Hey There, Luck Be a Lady, Send in the Clowns). WHEN ~ November 15 @ 8pm WHERE ~ Kentucky Center TICKETS ~ starting @ $26 CONTACT ~ kentuckycenter.

org or the box office walkup or drive-thru or call 502.584.7777

m Loretta Lynn This music icon and coal miner’s daughter was the first woman to receive the prestigious CMA Entertainer of the Year Award and, in a career spanning 50 years in the music business, the singer/songwriter has achieved more than 52 Top 10 hits and 16 number one hits. The blockbuster 1980 feature film Coal Miner’s Daughter (starring Sissy Spacek as Lynn), was based on the life of the Kentucky native. WHEN ~ November 7 @ 8pm WHERE ~ Louisville Palace TICKETS ~

$29.50/$39.50/$45 CONTACT ~ the box office @ 625 South Fourth St. or or


m Phillips Since winning season 11 of Fox network’s America Idol and with the subsequent success of his debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon, which spawned the single Home, and the platinum single Gone, Gone, Gone, Phillips has become a platinum-selling-singersongwriter. He’s also toured as both a headliner and with Matchbox 20 and John Mayer. This comprehensive tour comes after Phillips’ Behind the Light album was released to critical acclaim. Unpack Your Heart is the second track released from the album following the hit song Raging Fire.


Wanda Sykes

I’m counting the days until this quick-witted comedian and actress’s Louisville Palace performance. Sykes, who was a writer and performer on HBO’s critically-acclaimed Chris Rock Show, won three Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Writing in 1999. Two years later, she won the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Standup Comic. Her first book, titled Yeah, I Said It (Simon and Schuster), was released in 2004, is a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family, and current events. Sykes is also familiar to film audiences for her roles in Monster-In-Law and Evan Almighty, and her voice was featured in the animated films Rio (as ‘the Goose,’) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (as ‘Granny’). WHEN ~ November 15 @ 8pm WHERE ~ Louisville Palace TICKETS ~

$39.50/$49.50/$65 CONTACT ~ the box office @ 625 South Fourth St., or

WHEN ~ November 18 @7:30pm WHERE ~ Louisville Palace TICKETS ~ $49.50 & $59.50 CONTACT ~ the box office in person 625 South Fourth St. or all Ticketmaster locations or

Go to to read the Arts Insider interviews for Mathew Morrison and Wanda Sykes.





BE THANKFUL there is time to share your story By BOB MUELLER


y mother, her brother, and her sister all lived with Alzheimer’s. In a family prone to Alzheimer’s, I have watched this process of unraveling up close. I feel the urgency of writing this down to remember. We all need mechanisms for chronicling our life stories to remember them, learn from them, and leave them behind for others. We are all only steps away from losing the stories of our lives. I write to remember. It is a strategy not unlike the multitude of calendars or a phalanx of Post-its or a daily journal. It is also a strategy for learning. And for determining who we are — and who we yearn to be. It is the stories of ourselves and of each other that we keep in our hearts. In my work at Hosparus, we are now encouraging people to use Life Review Workbook to record life’s sacred moments to share with family and friends. It allows you to reflect on your life history, especially those parts you think your family may not know or that are most important to you. This will help those you love know and understand you more fully. We encourage you to write about your early years, your teen years, and your adult years. The review includes the following questions: • What are the two or three most wonderful things that have happened in your life?

• What do you feel most proud of in your life? • How would you like to be remembered? • What values are especially important to you? • Are there particular things you feel still need to be said to your loved ones? • What are your hopes and dreams for your loved ones? • What have you learned about life that you would like to pass along to others? • What is the greatest regret in your life? • Is there anyone to whom you need to say “I’m sorry,” “Thank you,” “I love you,” or “I forgive you?” • Are there other precious memories, stories, or thoughts you want to include so they are not forgotten? It’s astounding that every other human being you will ever meet has the same richness and texture of experience and memory and story as you do — whether a 12-year-old girl or a university professor or a person in a homeless shelter or a hospice patient. We are all complex, textured, layered beings — all of us. This is true of every single person we meet. This is the story of life that needs to be written.

BOB MUELLER is senior director of mission & stewardship at Hosparus.




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NAME: Barbara Decker AGE: 62 JOB: Owner/Designer of After Glow Jewelry & Wedding Boutique LIVES IN: Audubon Park Creating comes naturally to Barbara Decker, owner and designer of After Glow Jewelry and Wedding Boutique located in the heart of St. Matthews. Before opening After Glow in 2000, Barbara worked in banking and had been a professional singer but decided to use her talents in a different way. “I started out at art fairs at that time and then opened the bead shop to begin,” she says. About nine years ago, we separated the [wedding boutique and bead store].” It’s the craftsmanship of her work that Barbara loves most. “My favorite part is being able to create,” she says. “When I lock the shop door at 6 o’clock, I get to go to my bench and create. I love that.” Barbara works for other occasions besides weddings as well. “It’s any occasion,” she says. “What happens is I get to know my customers through their wedding, and then they find out I do custom orders and they come back for everything else. Some men come in for Christmas presents. I do Derby events, anniversaries, decorations for cakes, brooch bouquets, beaded sashes, and veils.” With only the help of her daughter, Tammy, who manages the bead store next door, Barbara stays busy. “I have so many deadlines,” Barbara says. “I have to be very organized. I work six days a week, sometimes seven. I put in 10-14 hours a day because I make 99.9 percent of everything that walks out of that door. I’m a perfectionist, I’m afraid. I once did a pair of 6-inch heels covered in Swarovski crystals that took me 34 hours!”

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“I make sure my jewelry coordinates with my outfit! It shows that you care. It’s from within; it’s who you are.”

WINTER TREND SHE’S SEEING FOR WEDDINGS: “The girls are asking for some coverage instead of the strapless. The birdcage veils and the beaded sashes are still very popular. There are no more rules




anymore. It’s just what the bride wants. I think that’s the new thing — just do what you want to do.” FAVORITE THING TO CRAFT: “The beaded sashes. I enjoy making them because I get into a rhythm. It’s a needle and thread. FAVORITE PIECE OF JEWELRY SHE’S MADE: “I have a very bright and bold Swarovski crystals and silver necklace I made. It’s so heavy, you can’t wear it half the time!” TODAY’S WOMAN

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