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GOOD PEOPLE BY DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this self-made man - now a successful doctor - secure enough to face his humble beginnings? As Margie risks it all for a new start, will her luck finally change for the better? This recent Broadway hit is a gritty, witty, and surprisingly touching look at the game of chance that we call life.

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THE TEMPEST BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Duke Prospero and his daughter Miranda were banished to an island many years ago. After taming the wild inhabitants of this new home, Prospero continues to seek his revenge on the brother who betrayed him. When his latest magic trick, a large tempest washes up some royal visitors, Prospero soon finds himself at the center of an incredible odyssey about family, love and mercy. An adventure for all ages!


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Built on a Firm Family Foundation: Robert, Susan & Stephanie Butts and Mike & Lauren McDonald By Kendal Norris | Photos by LHM Photography

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few decades ago, it was the norm for two or more generations of families to live and work together in close proximity. But in today’s highly mobile—even transient— world, it’s become uncommon. Refreshingly, the members of the Butts-McDonald family of Haile Village have returned to that earlier mode of continuity and closeness. Robert (Bob) Butts and his wife Susan, a teacher, are natives of Sebring, Florida, where they married in 1979. They have two daughters: Lauren Butts McDonald, an ophthalmologist in private practice, and Stephanie Butts, an attorney with the Allen Law Firm. Both practice their professions in Gainesville. During their early married life, Bob and Susan operated both a construction company and a retail business in Sebring. In the mid-1990s, they decided to switch gears and move to Gainesville so that Bob could pursue a law degree. He graduated from the University of Florida Levin Law School in 1996 and began his new career. Today, he is partners with Marc Warner and Michael Sechrest in the law firm of Warner, Sechrest & Butts, PA, located in Haile Village. Bob said, “Our firm does a variety of law, including construction law, business law, and personal injury.” Demonstrating a strong spirit of community involvement, the law firm also received the 2012 Chief Justice’s Pro bono Service Award. After moving to Gainesville, Susan continued her teaching career at Terwiliger Elementary where, over the years, she’s worked as a reading coach and taught almost every subject. Today, Susan is the Curriculum Resource teacher in charge of instructional materials, training teachers, and administering standardized testing. She says, “My favorite part of the job is sidewalk duty, because I like to greet, interact with, and get to know the students as individuals.” Susan is grateful that as a teacher, she was able to keep a regular schedule for her young daughters. She added, “Since we were on the same timeline each day, I could be there for after-school sports and musical activities and be home with Lauren and Stephanie on the

holidays. Now they are young adults, and Bob and I are so proud of them.” Although law is Bob’s primary occupation, he also owns Advanced Building Concepts, Inc., a company that has built custom homes in Greystone, Town of Tioga, Haile Plantation and Steinhatchee. Bob commented, “Susan has always helped me with all of the office duties for the company, and our girls even spent some weekends helping us sweep out homes on our construction sites. Now we’re privileged to have our son-in-law, Mike, running the day-to-day operations, and he’s doing a superb job.” A native of Gainesville, Mike McDonald earned his BS degree in Construction Management from the University of North Florida in 2008. Mike’s father, Tony McDonald, MD, is a general surgeon in Gainesville, now with the Veterans Administration Hospital after twentyseven years of private practice. It was he who encouraged his son to ask Lauren on a date while she was in medical school at UF. The two of them hit it off, and became engaged to each other during Lauren’s first year of residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Mike and Lauren married on January 1, 2011 and moved back to Gainesville in July 2013, where Lauren began her ophthalmology practice as an associate with Dr. John Dryfuss.

Here, it’s possible to build long-term care giving relationships, which are very satisfying. — Lauren Butts McDonald On providing comprehensive eye care to patients, Lauren observed, “It’s such a pleasure to be able to help improve people’s vision. I hold clinic four days a week and do various types of surgery the other day. Although I’m grateful for my trauma and emergency experience in Nashville because it helped me learn, it’s also made me appreciate being in TheVillageJournal.com | 23 23


the more relatively calm environment of private practice in Gainesville. Here, it’s possible to build long-term care giving relationships, which are very satisfying.” The youngest of the family, Stephanie Butts, graduated from UF in 2009 with a BA in marketing and went on to earn her law degree from the University of Mississippi. Upon returning to Gainesville in 2012 to begin her career in the law, she commented, “It was nice to live in a different part of the country and make new friends, but I am glad to be home and doing something that I really enjoy.” Mike McDonald’s professional background includes three years of commercial building experience at PPI Construction Management

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in Gainesville, as well as building custom homes in Nashville. Now he’s fully involved with Advanced Building Concepts here in Gainesville. Mike commented, “I like working with customers and being a part of the process from design through the finish. We are committed to giving our customers a positive experience and a great product and work closely with architects and subcontractors through every phase of the building process.” Of Mike’s skill and dedication, father-in-law Bob says, “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Mike taking over the reins of the business. He’s brought fresh ideas, original thoughts, and wonderful energy to our projects.” In 2014, they look forward to building homes in the Town of Tioga, Bella Vista and Greystone.

Bob and Susan Butts are Haile Plantation residents, having built their most recent home in Haile Village in 2002. They are also very involved at Grace United Methodist Church where Susan has been in a twelve-woman small group for over ten years. She noted, “We’ve been fortunate to build a strong bond among ourselves, having dealt with all types of health, marriage, children and job crises over the years. Bob is on the leadership council at church, and we also enjoy contributing to the activities of the Interfaith Hospitality Network.” Lauren and Mike are avid runners and make good use of the trails in Haile Plantation where they also live. Stephanie visits often and continues to take advantage of Haile’s many amenities.

accompanies her dad on drums, but I’m just the family groupie.”

In his free time, Bob enjoys music. He said, “I like all music, and enjoy playing music with other musicians. I find that it’s a relaxing outlet and another way to share good times with people.” Susan added, “Sometimes Lauren joins in on the piano, and Stephanie

Built on the firm foundation of family ties, the lives of Bob, Susan, and Stephanie Butts and Mike and Lauren McDonald are filled with purpose and fulfillment. They derive pleasure by working hard at their various careers, and by simply being together.

I like all music, and enjoy playing music with other musicians. I find that it’s a relaxing outlet and another way to share good times with people. — Bob Butts

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he Sebastian Ferrero Foundation’s sixth annual fundraising and advocacy event, Noche de Gala: Oasis was held on Saturday, October 26 and hosted 1,000 guests, over 120 generous sponsors and 300 dedicated volunteers. The Moroccan inspired event generated $3 million in support of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. During the program, the Pritchett Family announced a generous $1 million donation in memory of Marvin H. Pritchett, followed by the Brink Family announcing an extraordinary $1 million match-donation. Event producer, Keith Watson of Keith Watson Events, brought this magical event to life. Moroccan inspired décor adorned the tents and exciting entertainment was provided by Bellydance Superstars. Guests bid on more than 350 unique and extraordinary items in an electronic silent auction, enjoyed an exquisite dinner by Embers Wood Grill and danced the night away to live music. The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is proud to have the continued support of thousands from around Florida and the southeast. Noche De Gala isn’t just a fundraiser. It’s a union of like-minded professionals and parents who believe the only way to ensure children in this community have the best healthcare is to bring a full-service children’s hospital to Gainesville. “As we consider the progress that we’ve already made, we are extremely thankful to those across the region who have partnered with us in our mission,” said Horst Ferrero, founder of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.

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Girls Place Receives $15,000 in Honor of Renae Clements By Kendal Norris | Photo by Matt Pendleton

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hen recently retired Executive Director of Girls Place, Renae Clements, received the news that she had won the Safeco Insurance Community Hero Award, she responded, “First, I was in shock, and then I was thrilled. So many people helped make this happen. It was an amazing effort that will truly pay off in terms of helping our clients.” Nominated by Kacey Anderson of McGriffWilliams Insurance, Renae was part of a nationwide contest in which individuals of outstanding achievement in community service competed for a total of $15,000 for their

organization. By receiving enough votes to get through the first round, Renae won an initial $5000 for Girls Place. Then, even by generous Gainesville standards, a huge outpouring of voting support over a three-week period came from a wide swath of businesses, churches and individuals, putting Renae over the top into first place. Gia Arvin of Matchmaker Realty, the current president of the Operations Board of Directors of Girls Place, commented, “It was really incredible – the amount of assistance everyone gave, beginning with Kacey and the team at McGriff Williams Insurance. Renae is the most deserving person I know, and we were all ecstatic about the recognition and honor for one of our own.” The fortunate recipient of the financial award, Girls Place, is an after school enrichment program. It had its inception in the early 1980s when Gainesville’s Junior Women’s Club saw a need for after-school athletics for girls who were, at the time, excluded from the Boys Club. Renae was hired to run the newly formed Girls Club, and did so very successfully for the next thirty years. With a background in public relations and Florida state politics, Renae combined her business savvy with a passion for education to help empower young girls. At Girls Club— later renamed Girls Place—she raised funds, secured a five-acre land donation from the city of Gainesville, and oversaw the building of a clubhouse. The facility gave girls, ages five through eighteen, a safe and productive place to go after school, over the Christmas holidays and during spring/winter breaks and summer months. Under skilled supervision on the campus, they could study, do homework, socialize, engage in sports, express themselves creatively, and grow in confidence. Gia’s enthusiasm for this non-profit organization is rooted in the fact that she was a participant as a child in the Girls Place basketball and softball cheerleading program. She recalled, “It was a wonderful setting in which to make friends, learn new skills, embrace opportunities for growth, and just have fun. We all admired Mrs. Clements for her tremendous dedication TheVillageJournal.com | 29 29


and her mentoring skills; she was, and is, a total inspiration.” Organizationally, the division of Girls Place age groups is done in way such that girls from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds are brought together, engendering openmindedness, positivity, celebration of differences and mutual cooperation. “Through inter-generational sharing, we help the girls build self-esteem and become strong and independent,” Renae stated. “Many of them are already coping wonderfully with difficult situations. We’re here to help them along by giving them love and guidance, and teaching them respect for self and others. If children know they are loved, they can accomplish anything.” Another way such values are instilled in the girls is through the mentorship program of Girls Place. Once a week, someone from Gainesville’s professional community speaks with different age groups on a particular topic: gardening, healthy eating habits, occupational options, artistic pursuits, etc. These efforts are bolstered by weekly field trips after school and during the summer months that give the kids exposure to museums, parks, local businesses and nature trails. Specialty classes are also offered periodically on topics such as cooking, martial arts and agriculture. With a keen emphasis on physical fitness, the “Morning Miles” program encourages parents and kids to walk or run every morning before school starts. A gardening program involves the girls in growing their own fruits and vegetables. The on-campus gymnasium hosts basketball and volleyball practice hours well into the evening. (There are currently forty different Girls Place teams!) Besides soccer and softball, teams are also developing in the sports of Lacrosse and track and field. Although Girls Place has a small, highlyqualified paid staff, all of this supervising, counseling and mentoring of at least 120 girls a day would not be possible without

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the wholehearted efforts of approximately 200 dedicated volunteers. This includes a Grandparents Program, harnessing the considerable life skills of seniors in the community to read, draw, and interact meaningfully with the girls, as well as a large number of University of Florida students. “It’s really heartwarming that, after leaving Girls Place as participants, a number of young women return to serve as counselors and mentors,” Gia added. “Their experience and enthusiasm are channeled back into the program with wonderful results. Kacey Anderson, on our Board of Directors, is a great example of this.”

Through inter-generational sharing, we help the girls build self-esteem and become strong and independent — Renae Clements

Girls Place has merited financial assistance from United Way and the Central Florida Community Action Agency. But in order to keep the non-profit facility in excellent condition, running smoothly and expanding with ever-increasing demand, a busy round of signature fundraising events happens throughout the year. “Hats, Hearts and Handbags” features Gainesville women leaders buying and decorating tables for a theme contest and silent auction. “Swamp Chomp” is a fun, tailgating fundraiser during Gator season that presents a live band, dinner, dancing and silent auction to benefit the Mentoring Program. For the first time this year, the organization hosted “Giddy Up for

Girls Place,” an event centered on a country western theme of boots, jeans and barbecue, which supported capital improvements on the campus. According to Gia, “The $15,000 Safeco Community Hero Award given to Renae Clements will be used to expand our Mentoring Program and to install cameras to improve our building’s safety and security. With so many people coming and going throughout each day, it’s an added measure to ensure the girls’ safety.” Renae added, “In all of our years of operation, Girls Place has never had any debt service. Fundraising has always been the biggest challenge, because we’re a grass-roots organization with no association with a large, umbrella corporation. We’re locally supported,

and we’d like to keep it that way. We’d also love to be able to increase our number of partial scholarships.” The after school activities, athletics, specialty classes and summer day camp programs have comprised a winning combination of benefit for thousands of girls in the Gainesville area over the last three decades. The foundation was solidly laid by a remarkable woman, Renae Clements. Commenting on handing over the leadership baton to the new Executive Director, Janna Magette, she said, “I have so very many cherished memories of girls who came from all types of backgrounds and prospered in our nurturing environment of team players. I’m grateful to have been part of it all.”

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Miracle on Main Street Scores Another

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here was another Miracle on Main Street, thanks to the Junior League of Gainesville and their team of supporters and community volunteers.

The December 7th event, also known by its acronym, MOMS, marked its 23rd anniversary where the Junior League of Gainesville invites parents to shop for presents for their children at no cost.

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This year, more than 500 families participated in the festivities that included kid-friendly activities like visits with local Gainesville celebrities Albert and Alberta; holiday photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus; face painting with O2B Kids; Zumba dancing; crafts and snacks at the Kids in the Kitchen tent In addition to the gifts parents may have chosen for their children, every child received a book to take home to read with their family through the Junior League’s Read with Me program.

“Miracle on Main Street has continued to evolve year after year, and has grown into something very special for hundreds of families in Alachua County,” stated Morgan Lee, president of Junior League of Gainesville. “We are so proud to be able to help so many families provide gifts for their children during the holiday season.” Junior League members begin planning for the MOMS extravaganza long in advance – nearly a year – working with community agencies and elementary schools in Alachua County to identify the families to invite. Throughout the year, the League purchases new toys and bikes, as well as collects new or gently used toys via toy drives. According to 2013 MOMS Chairman Channing Casey, it is estimated more than 1,300 children received gifts at this year’s event. “The impact we can make – collectively as an organization and community – is remarkable,” she said. “Knowing we are providing something extra special for a child makes the months of preparation and work well worth it.” The holiday shop featured toys for children of all ages – play sets, games, balls, puzzles, dolls and crafts, to name a few – as well as ‘big ticket’ items like bicycles, scooters, electronics and more. The bikes were made possible by generous supporters who donated $50 upwards to $500 for the purchase of bicycles, in addition to grants from local businesses including Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors, Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, Walmart Distribution Center, McGriff-Williams Insurance and others who wish to remain anonymous. With the collective efforts of donors and raffle participants, the League had more than 240 bikes on hand for families to choose from, which is much more than years past.

Miracle on Main Street has continued to evolve year after year, and has grown into something very special for hundreds of families in Alachua County. — Morgan Lee, President of Junior League of Gainesville

“We’re proud to be a part of such a great cause,” Mack Williams, Partner of McGriffWilliams Insurance said. “It just warms your heart when you see a child’s face light up at the sight of a shiny new bike or toy, and we’re happy to be a part of making that possible.”

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More than 90 volunteers worked during the week leading up to the event, including Junior League members, theirs friends and family and employees at the Walmart Distribution Center, who have been devoted MOMS supporters over the past few years. Others pitched in to help as well, including Gator student athletes and folks from Gator Cycle. “I remember the Christmas I got my first new bike and how excited I was,” recalls Fred Lintz, Manager at Gator Cycle. “With this event, we get a chance to share that joy with other families in Gainesville.” Fred and the team at Gator cycle helped with bike assembly, conducted quality assurance checks, donated bikes Gator Cycle received in trade, and spruced up any donated bikes in need of repair. “Since I was first introduced to this event three years ago, I knew it was something Gator Cycle would want to make part of our holiday tradition,” Fred said. “The Junior League women and all of the volunteers deserve a big ‘Thank You’ for putting on such an awesome event!”

Funding for the event comes from money the League raises from its Thrift Shop and Tour of Kitchens event, as well as grants and donations from businesses, organizations and individual community supporters. To learn more about the Junior League of Gainesville and Miracle on Main Street, visit www.gainesvillejrleague.org.

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ach New Year brings a fresh start, a chance to improve on the year before and of course, make all-important resolutions. The problem is, the resolutions we make are often lofty, unrealistic goals that represent radical changes we’d like to see in ourselves. Most of the time, we’re simply not ready to pull a 180-degree turn in our life, and the resolutions that begin with great intentions flame out. We won’t tell you to transform yourself in 2014. Instead, we have seven suggestions to make your year exciting, productive, fulfilling, fun, and hopefully, your best year yet.

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Learn a new skill. It’s probably been years, and for some, decades since you’ve stepped foot in a classroom, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Whether you’d like to learn something fun like how to play a musical instrument or how to knit, or a skill-set to forward your professional career, there are some excellent inexpensive sources on the Internet to teach you everything you need to know. Lynda. com is an online tutorial service dedicated to comprehensive learning for technology related fields. For a reasonable yearly membership you can literally take hundreds of courses on web design, blogging, HTML and CSS, video editing, photography, game design, business basics and audio engineering. Industry leaders teach all the courses and the site helps you organize and track your progress. It’s an incredible tool. YouTube may be fun for watching cat videos and vines, but it’s also an untapped resource for learning just about any musical instrument. Tutorial videos take you from your first notes to your first concert. We’ve also found YouTube a great resource for cooking instruction!

Take one personal day. We mean it. And don’t make it a weekend either. Take one day off of work this year and do whatever you want. Sleep all day. Read the book that’s been sitting on your shelf. Go get a massage. Go for a hike. Have lunch in the park. Go to the restaurant you’ve been meaning to try all year. Watch reruns of your favorite show. Whatever it may be, fill your day serving nobody but yourself. At the end of the year you’ll look back and truly appreciate the 24 hours you devoted to yourself.

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Take part in random acts of kindness. Every day we have the opportunity to do a little bit more for the people around us. It’s easy to dismiss others. Yes, we just told you to take one day and only think about yourself, but that leaves 364 days where you could make a difference for your community. Volunteer at a retirement home or an animal shelter. Bring in your neighbor’s garbage cans when they get left in the street. Buy a sandwich for someone who’s hungry. Give more compliments. Pass fewer judgments. Smile more. Projecting kindness is something we should always strive for, but in 2014, put it into action.

Eat healthier, more frequently. Having a salad once a month doesn’t count, but we’re also

Get in touch with an old friend. All of us have a friend who, for whatever circumstance, we no longer see or speak to as often as we’d like. In 2014, reach out to that person. If they live in town, ask them to lunch or invite them over for dinner. If they live in another state, give them a call out-of-the-blue and take some time to catch up. Sometimes a little action is all it takes to rekindle a dormant friendship. Stay away from Facebook for this one. If you reach out, make a phone call, let your friend hear your voice. You may even have a few laughs, which are much more fulfilling than an “LOL”.

not calling for a raw foods diet, here. We love food. We love unhealthy food. But, health is extremely important and all it takes is a little discipline and simple substitutions to make a difference in your waistline and overall health. Instead of mayonnaise in recipes, use Greek yogurt. Instead of getting French fries at restaurants, opt for a side salad with a low calorie dressing instead. Make it a point to not drink your calories, which means more water, less sugary sodas. When cooking at home, bake more and fry less. Bring your lunch to work more often. It will help you save money and control your portions.

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Get away for a weekend. North Central Florida is a phenomenal place to live, but every now and then it’s nice to spend a weekend away from home. Your trip doesn’t have to break the bank either. Take a drive and spend a couple nights in Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina for a taste of the Old South. Venture north of Atlanta and you can unwind in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with a stay in the quaint old mining town of Dahlonega. Continue farther north to the town of Blue Ridge, which has a great small town feel, small shops, zip lines, horseback riding, hiking and the fresh mountain air. If you’d like to stay in state, St. Augustine, Cedar Key, St. Petersburg and Pensacola are all great beach towns within reach.

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Support local art. Being a smaller town, Gainesville doesn’t always attract the big-name musical acts and artists that the other major cities in Florida do. However, a consistent influx of students and a younger population keeps our local art scene vibrant, and in 2014 make it a point to get involved. Go a see a band downtown at Loosey’s Pub, Tall Paul’s or 101 Downtown. Stop by Cympify for open mic night every Thursday from 7-9pm for music, poetry or comedy, and be sure to check frequently for updates about live performances. See one of the various performance art shows or poetry readings at the Civic Media Center or check out the rotating art displays at The Bull Café & Bar. We only require that it’s local and original. (Cover bands don’t count) The Scene Magazine, which runs every Thursday in the Gainesville Sun, is a great resource for what’s happening around town.

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Tell us about your non-profit, ReRun Sneakers. Well, I’ve always loved running. I’ve been running for a really long time, and I wanted to find a way to get shoes to young athletes who couldn’t afford any. When I saw a picture of young runners at a school in the Bahamas who didn’t have any shoes, I wanted to find a way to get shoes to them. I couldn’t find an organization specific enough to that purpose, so I incorporated my own non-profit in the summer of 2012. To date, we’ve shipped out 700 different pairs of running shoes to various locations.

Where was your latest shoe delivery? Just a few weeks ago in Jamaica. I was able to bring a couple hundred pairs of shoes to the boys homes and some different elementary schools. There’s so much poverty in that area. We travel into the mountains, and people are living in shacks without running water or electricity. When we go there each year, we also renovate the elementary schools and help fix the structures because the weather beats down the buildings. This year we also built a playground, which made the local community very happy that the kids had a safe place to play.

Did they put on their new shoes and want to race you? Yes! They were so excited and so sweet. There were some really fast boys. There was a 14-year-old who absolutely smoked me in the race. He destroyed me…blew me out of the water! But it was a lot of fun.

Who goes with you? I go with a group based out of Ohio called “Mission Jamaica.” I’ve been going since my freshman year, and this year my whole family came. We help out at a mentally and physically disabled orphanage called West Haven. We’ve built great relationships with the kids over the years. They remember us too. They all run up to the gate as soon as they see our bus pull up, and it’s so sad when we have to say good bye. You said you’ve given 700 pairs of shoes. Where did you find all of those? Well, Gainesville Running and Walking has donated several hundred pairs of shoes to us – shoes that are typically in great condition. They have been great contributors and I’m so grateful to them for all the support they’ve given ReRun and me, as a runner, over the past six years. We also get contributions from Hurlburts’ Stride Rite, Evolve Pilates, Cohen & Montini Orthodontics and schools all over the state. St. Thomas Aquinas in South Florida was one of our biggest contributers, and I have officers based out of several states that send shoes as well.

How have you established those relationships? The running community is just very welcoming and supportive. They really embraced us even though we are tiny. Social media and different running sites like flrunners.com also helped spread the word, and people were very willing to help out.

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Are there any organizations or schools in The States that you’ve contributed to? At this point we have focused mostly on overseas locations. In the spring we are planning to look domestically within the Southeast area and are researching groups that would benefit the most from ReRun.

There is often a stark contrast between what is deemed a necessity here in the states versus abroad. Have you noticed that during your visits? Founding this not-for profit organization helped me realize the significance of something as simple as a pair of shoes. Walking down a gravel street barefoot versus having shoes to protect your feet can make a world of difference. The boys in Jamaica were so incredibly excited when they saw all the shoes lined up. They told me they only had one pair of shoes they kept clean for church and school, but now they would also be able to exercise in a pair.

What have you found to be the most rewarding part of this journey and the experiences you’ve had? Definitely just being with the kids when they get the shoes. They are so excited! We had all different colors, types, and sizes for them to choose from, so they were so happy to get something individualized and special. Also, getting to race the boys was so much fun. They were so energetic, and many of them were incredibly talented. It’s amazing to see how such a small gift can bring so much happiness to a child.






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bWhat does the future look like for ReRun? Even though I’m graduating in the spring, I’m in the works right now of making sure it stays centralized in Gainesville. I think it’s really strong here. Most of our connections are in Florida and the Gainesville area. I’m going to make sure it stays strong, and I will continue to personally deliver shipments to Jamaica each December.

Speaking of graduating, what are your plans for college? Academics is my top priority when I look at universities. As of right now, I’ve narrowed my list down and applied to seven colleges. Some of these I would run for, but others I wouldn’t either because of the program or because they are overseas. I’ve received commitment offers from Wake Forest University and Columbia University, but I’m holding off on any decisions until I have all my options in the spring.

Do you have your sights set on a specific career? I definitely want to go into more of the business realm. I’m thinking business finance or economics and management.

That’s the field that your dad and grandfather are in – have you been able to get a taste of business by being around it? Growing up, they really instilled in me the notion that business can be a catalyst for good in people’s lives. I remember my dad taking me into his office when I was little and trying to explain how the stock market and portfolios work. When I was eight years old, I first bought into the stock market with a couple shares of Disney. Very appropriate for my age.


Seeing as you’ve already accomplished so much, do you have a role model or someone you aspire to be like? This is very cliché, but I’m going to talk about my parents because I look up to them so much. My dad is one of those people who may not say a lot, but when he does, it has a really big impact. People respect him so much for his commitment, loyalty and integrity. My mom, she does so much, talk about me doing so much, I have no idea how she accomplishes everything she does, while taking care of three kids. She never lets anything slip through her fingers. I aspire to be like them when I’m older.

Tell us about your siblings. I have two little sisters – Katie Grace and Reece. Katie Grace is 15 years old, way taller than me, funny, smart, beautiful, and one of the best softball players in the area. Reece is ten years old. She’s so precious and loves to read, paint, run, and play with her friends. I’m going to miss them so much next year.

You clearly stay busy studying, running and working with your non-profit, but what do you enjoy doing for fun? Any weekend that I have free, I try and take Reece and Katie Grace to Sisters to have lunch. We absolutely love that place! Of course, most of my free time I spend running or studying at Patticakes. However, when I have a little extra time, I spend it with my friends, normally watching movies or the “Bachelor” by our fire-pit, or going to Midnight Cookies. My classes and running schedule don’t allow for much free time unfortunately!

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Swallowtail Farm


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f you’re looking for a different type of dining experience – slow, fresh and local, yet prepared by a gourmet chef, then Swallowtail Farm in Alachua may be the place to find the dinner you have been longing to savor.

Swallowtail kicked off its second Farm-toTable Dinner Series in November, a monthly gathering running through June that brings some of Gainesville’s finest chefs out to the countryside to prepare a gourmet feast with fresh ingredients right from the farm. And what’s not produced or harvested here – say beer, wine or some cheeses – comes from other local growers and entrepreneurs who bring together the remaining pieces so the chefs can put forth their one-of-a-kind palate pleasers. 58 | TheVillageJournal.com

“I feel like we are kind of trailblazing farmto-table in our community,” said Noah Shitama, a 34-year-old Gainesville native who founded Swallowtail Farm in 2009. After graduating from Emory University with a BA in religion, he says he wanted to get more in touch with the basics of life, so he proceeded to study the fundamentals of food and shelter. For Shitama, these fundamentals have blossomed into a way of life filled with meaning and nourishment. “For me, Swallowtail Farm has always been the expression of a desire to live practically, to cultivate nourishment in the context of community, and to align my hopes with my vocation, guided by a clear sense of responsibility to future generations. Among them, my own children of course.”

These include chefs Chase Rossi of The Top and Tate Clair of The Lunchbox, who prepared December’s feast. Also on the calendar for 2014 are Chef Amanda Bisson of The Jones Eastside (Jan. 11); Chef Gail Johnson of Delicious Delivered (Feb. 15); Chef Jose Gonzalez of The Jones B-side (March 15); Chefs Kris and Teresa Callen of Liv Foods (April 19); Chef Sandra Carlisi of East End Eatery (Mary 10); and Chef Patrick Jones of Gainesville Country Club (June 7). The farm-to-table idea is catching on with those who want eating to be more than just consuming calories. Essentially, farm-to-table means that the food one is eating came directly from a local farm. But in this case, farm-to-table means the table is at Swallowtail and the chefs come to the farm to prepare the meal. This year’s season began with Chef Mark Newman of Leonardo’s 706 in November. The menu is always based on what’s fresh and available at that particular moment, and the chef works his or her magic using the available ingredients. “I like everything about cooking out there,” Newman said. “It is a real inspirational thing. For someone who loves to cook, to be able to actually see the fields the food came from right in front of you is inspiring.”

Shitama says Swallowtail has capped attendance between 50 to 60 people for each farm-to-table experience, a number he says that is manageable for the chefs in the just-raised “barn” that also houses the kitchen. Dinner is served at family-style harvest tables, but he stresses the evening is about more than just the food; guests are invited to arrive early for a tour to learn about the farm. Cocktails are then served while the guests have an opportunity to meet the evening’s chef and learn more about the meal they have prepared. The farm-to-table dinners served as a kind of fundraiser for Swallowtail last year for specific farm projects, like building the barn or buying more animals, Shitama said. The evening in

Newman does most of his farm-to-table cooking on site, with little prep-work done in the commercial kitchen he is accustomed to. “It’s a little bit Spartan, but I like the challenge of cooking on a four-burner stove for 55 people.” But anyone who knows Leonardo’s 706, knows Newman was an ideal kick-off chef for this season, given that the restaurant’s web page stresses their dedication to using “the freshest locally grown ingredients”. But of course, Newman and his colleagues are not alone in that approach and in fact, Shitama says the farm-to-table idea came about through conversations with chefs who were already stocking their kitchens with farm-fresh produce from Swallowtail. TheVillageJournal.com | 59 59

Ruth Steiner, a Gainesville resident who considers herself a part-time gardener, defines herself as a charter member of the Swallowtail CSA and enjoys the experience of going to the farmer’s market to get food. “I don’t need to put together a shopping list. I don’t need to think about what I might like to eat next Tuesday. I simply pick up these wonderful, fresh and tasty vegetables of all colors, shapes and sizes. Then the fun begins”, she said.

the countryside does not come cheaply – it’s an $80-per-person price tag, but as Shitama stresses it is about more than just the food. “It was really a means to develop our infrastructure last year. But now it is built into budget as part of our revenues to help us maintain what we are doing,” he said. “It is a way for people to support the farm, while enjoying an amazing meal and experience.” Farm-to-table dinners were a natural progression for Swallowtail, given the farm’s emphasis and dependence on Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, CSA is about developing relationships between farms and consumers so that consumers have direct access to fresh, high quality food grown locally and the farmers have a market they can rely upon. In other words, people buy a “share” of vegetables, fruits and flowers grown at the farm and Swallowtail delivers the produce and other items to the consumer at one of five drop-off locations, including the Haile Village and Union Street markets. It is a win-win; the farmer gets his cash up front and can plan an annual budget based on the number of shareholders in the CSA, and the consumer gets a ready supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers weekly or biweekly, depending on the agreement.

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Steiner even uses her share as a way to expand her culinary horizons. “Once I get the vegetables home, I look through new recipes to discover new and innovative ideas for how to use them,” she said. “Most importantly, I am supporting a local farmer who can understand me as a consumer, and who responds to my requests for different foods.” Steiner is one of 180 members of the Swallowtail CSA. And her attitude is exactly what Shitama and the other Swallowtail farmers and supporters are seeking to cultivate. “We want people to get to know what grows when, and change their method of cooking by learning to cook seasonally,” he said. The property itself is 30-acres, although Shitama says right now only seven acres are cultivated, in the interests of doing what is sustainable. They are also beginning to raise chickens, pigs and one cow, he said. Education is part of the Swallowtail mission and they have now formed a foundation to try and reach out to schools and community groups. They have also started holding all-day festivals, where people can learn about different things relevant to country living, such as beekeeping, blacksmithing or just having a good time on the farm. The next festival is scheduled for mid-April. A chance to spend a day, or even just a few hours, on the farm is an opportunity to see firsthand the impact a local farm can have on the community. Taste a carrot or get a whiff of cilantro straight from the field and who knows, if you opt for a Swallowtail farm-to-table dinner experience, what you see out on the farm may be the very vegetable that ends up on your plate.

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lmond butter has swept past its peanut butter competitor as the healthier alternative. Just as equally delicious, almond butter is more nutritious and can be used as a substitute for peanut butter in any of your favorite morsels. Whether you love it as a healthy alternative or for the delicious flavor, almond butter offers countless possibilities.

The Facts Being the skinny sister of peanut butter is no easy task; almond butter tackles many health issues. From heart disease to weight loss,

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almond butter can play a role in keeping your body in top shape. Like most food products, the healthiest varieties of almond butter are all natural, meaning almonds and salt are the only ingredients. All natural almond butter is free of added sugar and hydrogenated fats. It also is rich in monounsaturated fats, which reduce cholesterol, and calcium, potassium and magnesium, which lower blood pressure. As if that wasn’t enough, almond butter is rich in antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress, which prevents the body from repairing itself. The main reason for swapping peanut butter out for its almond counterpart is you can receive the same benefits without the most common drawbacks. Almond butter contains

the same protein and fiber as peanut butter and lacks the added sugar and fats. These qualities help control your body’s blood sugar, which makes it especially helpful for those with diabetes. One misconception many people have about almonds (and nuts in general) is that they lead to weight gain. Yes, almonds and other nuts do have a high concentration of calories, but when used appropriately as a snack, the other benefits offered far outweigh the extra calories and actually help maintain weight in the long run.

The Fun In addition to the wonderful health benefits of almond butter, it also provides an array of delicious cooking alternatives. There are the obvious substitutes, such as using it in PB&Js, as well as more creative ways, such as using it as a sweetener in oatmeal and smoothies. We have compiled a few of our favorite recipes incorporating almond butter, as well

as a simple recipe to make your own almond butter at home. HOMEMADE ROASTED ALMOND BUTTER Place 4 to 6 ounces of whole almonds on a lined cookie sheet. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes on 350 degrees, stirring once to prevent burning. Place roasted almonds in a food processor and begin mixing. Allow it to run about 15 minutes until consistency is smooth and creamy, scrape sides as needed. Add any additional ingredients you wish to taste: salt, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. TOAST WITH ALMOND BUTTER, BANANAS AND HONEY Toast your bread. We recommend Food for Life® Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain or Rudi’s® Gluten-Free Multigrain. Spread almond butter on toast and top with sliced bananas, then drizzle with honey (optional). SMOOTHIE Combine about 1/2 a cup of frozen or fresh pineapple chunks, a generous spoonful of almond butter, almond milk (we recommend Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla), seeds of

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toasted almonds. Cut celery stalks in thirds and using a spatula, fill with mixture. Chill and serve.

one cardamom pod, agave nectar to sweeten (optional) and several ice cubes into a blender. Blend ingredients until smooth. STUFFED CELERY Cream together one package of reduced fat cream cheese and ½ cup almond butter. Fold in ¼ cup cranberries and ¼ cup diced and


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SPICY ALMOND SAUCE In a large skillet, sauté ¼ chopped green onion in 2 TBS oil until soft. Add 2 cups water, 3 chicken bouillon cubes, ½ cup almond butter, 1 TBS soy sauce, 1 TBS lemon juice, 1 tsp sugar, ¼ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp cayenne. Stirring well, bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered about 6 minutes or until sauce coats spoon. Serve with chicken and rice or pasta. Makes 2 cups. ALMOND BUTTER ICE CREAM Blend one frozen banana and ½ tsp vanilla extract in blender or food processor until you get a creamy consistency. Add 1 TBS almond butter and blend again. Scoop and serve or freeze to save for later.


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n the trendy world of diets, buzzwords like “clean,” “paleo” and “primal” are aplenty. But what do they mean? We dove in to explore the differences in these diets to provide an explanation about these eating lifestyles.

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Clean A common thread among diets is the idea of eating “clean.” The basis of this theory is avoiding eating processed foods where unhealthy ingredients are often snuck into recipes. This diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein such as meats and nuts, and dairy products. The key is to ensure these items are free of preservatives and chemicals. By eating five or six small meals a day, it is easier to control the ingredients and portions that go into each meal. BOTTOM LINE: Avoid foods containing ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. GUIDELINES: • Stay away from processed or refined foods • Steer clear of refined sugar, such as artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal or Splenda • Avoid high fructose corn syrup • Nix soda BENEFITS: • Eating several small meals a day revs up the metabolism, making “calorie counting” unnecessary. Being full from these meals wards off hunger that may lead to snacking on junk foods. • Sticking to healthy, natural foods can balance energy levels, regulate hormonal function throughout the day (leading to a better night’s sleep), promote cell growth and help the body absorb nutrients more efficiently.

Paleo A diet based on food groups of preagricultural, hunter-gatherer lifestyles, the Paleo diet includes grass-produced meats, fish and seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds and healthy oils, such as olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado or coconut. BOTTOM LINE: If it comes pre-cooked, prepackaged or in bulk, don’t eat it.

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GUIDELINES: • Increase protein intake • Eat fewer carbs to lower the glycemic index • Eat more fiber • Cut trans fat and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats and increase omega-3 fats • Eat more potassium and less sodium • Avoid excessive amounts of foods with dietary acid • Eat more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant phytochemicals • Avoid cereal grains, legumes (including peanuts), dairy, refined sugar, potatoes, processed foods, salt or refined vegetable oils. BENEFITS: • The unlimited number of fruits and vegetables in the diet have a low-glycemic index, which regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, helping to prevent Metabolic Syndrome. • Because of the fruits and vegetables intake, the body will become slightly alkaline, improving acid/base imbalance diseases, such as osteoporosis, kidney stones, hypertension, stroke, asthma, insomnia, motion sickness, inner ear ringing or exercise-induced asthma. • The high-soluble fiber content of the Paleo diet will improve most diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and high omega-3 fat content can improve inflammatory diseases.

Vegan Following a vegan diet means excluding meat, fish and poultry and animal byproducts such as eggs, dairy and honey. This is one of the more strict diets to follow since animal byproducts are in so many inconspicuous ingredients, like food dye. BOTTOM LINE: Don’t eat anything that comes from an animal. GUIDELINES: • Include fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds and legumes. • Consume high-fat foods sparingly • It is recommended to spend at least 10 to 15 minutes in the sun two-to-three times per week, as Vitamin D is not included in vegan diets.

BENEFITS: • Vegan diets are free of cholesterol and are generally low in saturated fat, reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases • Better control and prevention of diabetes • Healthier body mass index • Lower blood pressure

Similar to the Paleo diet, this theory states that since these foods existed when humans evolved, they provide balanced nutrition. More modern foods, such as vegetable oils, grains and dairy promote fat storage and are not part of this diet.


GUIDELINES: • Completely eliminate processed foods in favor of foods humans have been eating since the beginning of time.

Eating gluten-free is primarily for individuals with a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, known as Celiac disease. Eliminating gluten from the diet works as a form of treatment by excluding the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale, a cross between wheat and rye. There are no proven health benefits to a gluten-free diet for those without a gluten sensitivity. Nonetheless, this has been a popular diet for those looking to lose weight or boost their energy. BOTTOM LINE: Stay away from wheat-based products or any food containing gluten. GUIDELINES: • Always avoid Wheat, Barley, Rye, Triticale • Avoid beer, bread, cake, pie, candy, cereal, cookies, crackers, pasta, pizza and sauces unless labeled “Gluten-Free” ALLOWED: • Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form • Fresh eggs • Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated) • Fruits and vegetables • Cider is naturally gluten free • Most dairy products BENEFITS: • Individuals suffering from Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity who follow a glutenfree diet experience fewer symptoms and complications from the disease and experience increased energy levels.


BOTTOM LINE: Eat as the cavemen did.

BENEFITS: • By eliminating processed foods and increasing omega-3 fats, high-glycemic index carbohydrates are reduced, which can help improve weight loss • Reduces risk of chronic diseases related to insulin resistance • Improves body function on the cellular level

Mediterranean The Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding coasts provide a wealth of nutrients. The style of cooking adopted by countries such as Greece and Italy has been known to help reduce the risk of heart disease while providing a well balance diet. BOTTOM LINE: Focus on healthy, non-processed foods. GUIDELINES: • Primarily eat plant-based foods • Replace butter with healthy fats (like olive oil or grape seed oil) • Instead of salt, use herbs and spices to flavor foods • Cut back on red meat • Eat fish and poultry • Drink red wine in moderation (optional) • Choose low-fat dairy BENEFITS: • Reduced risk of heart disease • Reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases • Reduced blood pressure levels

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By Jake Thompson

ere’s to a Happy New Year! Today, you have a clean slate and endless possibilities for success. How will you harness your potential in 2014 to enhance your life? I recommend using the teachings of Dr. Maxwell Maltz from his legendary book The New Psycho-Cybernetics. Dr. Maltz created the original science of selfimprovement and success, so who better to turn to when you’re ready to take your life to another level? His teachings have helped athletes, scholars, business owners and many others reach their goals – there is something everyone can take away from his message. Try the following advice and watch your goals become your achievements this year.

Use Your Imagination

If you think you left your imagination behind, you might want to reconsider taking time think creatively again. One of the key points in The New Psycho-Cybernetics is the technique of using your imagination to reprogram and manage your self-image. According to Dr. Maltz, your self-image is the key to changing your actions and habits. If you want to lose weight or get a promotion, you first have to think of yourself as someone who has already achieved that goal. This technique can be used to help you overcome a wide variety of obstacles from something as simple as starting a new exercise habit to something as complicated as reaching a financial goal. Both short-term and long-term goals are shaped by your self-image, and the more you imagine yourself achieving those goals, the 68 | TheVillageJournal.com

more likely you are to reach them. Focus on seeing yourself as already at your goal and experience a day in your life where you have lost weight or you already have that promotion. Imagine everything down to the smallest detail. According to Dr. Maltz, this imagination time will begin to change your self-image to that of a person who has already reached your goal, and your actions and habits will fall into place.

Reject Negative Thoughts

Having negative thoughts is a normal part of the process of change. Whether you think you will never really get into an exercise routine or that something will prevent you from your ultimate financial goal or even if one life’s surprises step between you and your success – something less than positive is bound to surface. Dr. Maltz says that the less time you spend on a negative thought the less likely it is to affect you. Ideally, the instant you receive a negative thought you should dismiss it. The quicker that you dismiss negative thoughts, the less impact they will have on your self-image. You’ll find that fewer and fewer negative thoughts arise once you get into the habit of dismissal.

If pushing negative thoughts to the back of your head is easier said than done, try replacing the negative thought with a positive one about your goal. For example, if your goal is to lose weight and you have reached a plateau, focus on how your eating habits are healthier and your fitness level has increased. Finding positives during the process will help you be more successful in the long run.

Be Nostalgic For The Future

Typically, memories of the happier golden days are rarely in short supply, and while it’s nice to recall those memories, they won’t help you reach your goals. Instead, Dr. Maltz recommends developing nostalgia for the future. If you have already imagined yourself thinner or promoted, you should start planning for what you want to achieve next. Are you going to give yourself a fitness challenge now that you’ve reached your goal weight? Is there a project you can execute now that you’ve been promoted? Your self-image will lock onto these images and your nostalgic feelings will fuel the fire.

I’m The Kind Of Person That…

What kind of a person do you want to be in 2014? Your self-image will fulfill any label that you put on yourself; whether that label is negative or positive is up to you. Consider the following when defining yourself this year: • Are you the kind of person who hates running or loves to ride your bike? • Are you the kind of person who has trouble saving money or is slowly but steadily reaching a long-term goal? • Are you the kind of person who never gets recognized at work or who is always willing to help out? Thinking about the same situation in either a positive or negative light can affect how soon you reach your goals. If you look on the positive side and focus on seeing yourself attaining your goals, you just might reach them before 2014 is over. TheVillageJournal.com | 69 69




PAST & PRESENT By Kendal Norris

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f the pristine promenades of Paris are your concept of an ideal vacation destination, then mountain-ringed Palermo is probably not for you. But if you’re the sort of traveler who enjoys colorful, noisy street markets, medieval, maze-like neighborhoods, slightly crumbling churches, Arabic-influenced gardens and cuisine, and multi-cultural architectural treasures, then the capital of Sicily will do quite nicely.

The key to what makes up the unique mix of Palermo lies in its geographical location. An ample, all-weather port situated on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Palermo has been an attractive, strategic possession for a number of civilizations over the past two thousand years. It has withstood invasions by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Germanic tribes, Saracens (Arabs), Norman crusaders, the Holy Roman Empire, Bourbon kings, and World War II Allied forces. (One might also add the powerful, non-fictional presence of the Mafia or Cosa Nostra since the midnineteenth century.) Throughout its long and turbulent history, Palermo has survived—and even thrived— by adapting to and incorporating these diverse influences. One million or so residents of the city live in a melting pot of Latin, Islamic and Christian cultures. Certain structures embody this curious combination, like the twelfth century Palazzo dei Normanni (Norman Palace). Within its massive medieval walls is the exquisite Palatine Chapel—a beautiful blend of delicate, arabesque decorations with Byzantine mosaics and Romanesque architecture. A multitude of street markets, still carrying the personality and exotic scents of ancient Arabic souks, can be found in every part of the city. The Ballarò, near the Piazza del Carmine in one of the five Norman quarters of the city, is perhaps the most famous. A sea of red tarpaulin-covered stalls, the Ballarò is a place to awaken every sense. From the yelling of sellers, to the sights and smells of fresh fish, vegetables, cheeses, spices, meats and local foods like flour and chickpea fritters, this open air cornucopia is the oldest food market in Palermo. But edibles aren’t the only commodity. Discount clothing vendors offer a variety of vintage and classic fashion items

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certain to tempt bargain hunters. And don’t be shy about honoring the local tradition of haggling over prices, or hesitate to shout if you can’t be heard over the din in a normal voice. After gathering up purchases and being fortified with a panino con la milza from a local sandwich stand (soft, sesame-flavored bread


stuffed with ricotta and veal’s liver and spleen!), visitors may wish to explore the famous, if macabre, Catacombe dei Cappuccini. In the mid-sixteenth century, the religious order of Capuchins ran out of room in their cemetery, so they excavated crypts below it. Initially only the friars were entombed there – some mummified – but later, it was opened to deceased city residents. Today, the catacombs are categorized into sections of Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. Altogether, they house 8000 bodies, some extraordinarily preserved either through embalming or by being enclosed in sealed glass cabinets. Upon re-emerging into the light of day, the calming, sun-washed, seafront promenade called Fors Italico invites an afternoon stroll or nap on a park bench. Visitors may also wish to walk through the prolific palm-studded gardens of Palermo, or (to spare the feet) relax in a horse-drawn carriage around ancient piazzas of the old city. Buying a 24-hour bus pass for approximately four euros is a convenient, affordable option for taking in a wider range of sites. Just a few miles north of Palermo, Monte Pellegrino (Pilgrim Mountain) offers an excellent day excursion. A large nature park encircling the mountain is an ideal picnic spot. There’s also a sanctuary at the top paying homage to the local patron saint, Santa Rosalia, who lived in a cave there during the eleventh century. Her prayers are credited with saving Palermo from a devastating plague. And when her purported remains were unearthed in 1624, they were put into a small chapel built atop her retreat. If water from the cave’s roof drips on someone, it is considered lucky. The stunning views of Palermo, the Golden Shell Valley,

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and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean from Monte Pellegrino make the trip itself worthwhile. Back in Palermo, music lovers would be in for a treat with an evening spent watching a world-class opera performance at the Teatro Massimo (Opera House). For those with more down-to-earth taste, live music and dancing can be enjoyed at outdoor bars and restaurants near the Piazza Garraffello.

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On the topic of outdoors, perhaps the best time of year to visit Palermo is springtime— March through May—when the weather is sunny and balmy, before the encroaching heat and humidity of summer months. The city is easily accessible by overnight train from Rome or Naples, and the Stazione Centrale (Central Train Station) is conveniently located at the edge of the historical center of Palermo. Driving in traffic is generally classified by non-Sicilians as ‘chaotic,’ so think twice about renting a car, and consider opting for the less stressful bus, tram, or on-foot choices. Some words to the wise: keep in mind that English is not as universally used in Sicily as it is on the Italian mainland. There is also an unfortunate high level of theft in Palermo, so take precautions regarding personal possessions. All price and quality ranges of Palermo hotels and bed and breakfasts are available on major travel websites. However you choose to experience the ancient-to-modern wonders of Sicily’s greatest urban center, be prepared for the unexpected, the unusual and the exciting. Because of its richly varied and complex past, it is a place that will surely surprise and broaden your travel horizons.

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ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP There are many versions of this soup. Although it is a staple in many Italian restaurants, this is a soup that is not traditionally served at Italian weddings. The actual translation in Italian is “married soup”, which refers to the marriage of the green vegetables and meat going well together. My grandmother, being the main culinary influence in my life, told me that the soup was created in her hometown of Naples. Her version did not contain pasta, and this is the same way I prepare it today. I hope you enjoy her recipe.

Buon Appetito! INGREDIENTS




• 1 sliced of thick white pullman bread, cut into small pieces, trim the crust first • 1 small onion, grated • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley • 1 large egg • 1 teaspoon minced garlic • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano • 8 ounces lean ground turkey • 8 ounces ground pork • Freshly ground black pepper

• 12 cups chicken stock • 1 pound escarole coarsely chopped • 2 large eggs • 2 tablespoon freshly grated Pecorino Romano • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese, turkey and pork. Shape the meatballs using 1 teaspoons for each, shape the meat mixture into small meatballs. Place on a baking sheet. To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and escarole and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the escarole is tender. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the soup in a circular motion. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin stands of egg, about 1 minute. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper. Put the soup in a bowl and top with grated Romano.



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