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Dr. David D. Gossage’s unique approach to eye care involves close personal contact with patients at every phase of their eye care process. From the initial consultation through surgery and post operative care, he believes in keeping patients informed about their treatment and progress. He specializes in in general ophthalmology such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, refractive surgery, diabetic eye care.


r. David D. Gossage is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is, among other things, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Osteopathic Association, and a lifetime member of the American Medical Association. In addition to his many professional associations, Dr. Gossage has been recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Gossage has been voted America’s Top Ophthalmologist in Comprehensive Ophthalmology for the past 5 years running. He is the recipient of the Patrick G. Murray Award for Academic Excellence and had the highest OKAP score in the nation during his residency. Dr. Gossage is a dedicated member of the community and has been helping patients in Hillsdale County for over 10 years. With his vast array of knowledge and dedicated service to patients, you can put your trust in Dr. Gossage at the Gossage Eye Institute. Dr. Gossage believes in combining a friendly, pleasant and comfortable environment with the latest technologically advanced procedures and equipment to offer you and your family the most

comprehensive eye care available in the tri-state area. The friendly and courteous staff is there to ensure that you and your family receive the attention and service you deserve. The doctor is a board-certified ophthalmologist who utilizes the most currently available resources to provide personalized treatment options based on individual needs for patients of all ages. Gossage Eye Institute and Optical also provides our patients with a full range of quality and professional vision care services through our full-time staff optometrist and full service optical dispensary. Because Dr.. Gossage realizes the value of your time, the Gossage Eye Institute and Optical strives to keep waiting times to a minimum. They realize that some of the younger patients are happiest when kept occupied and have a fully stocked playroom for their enjoyment. It is important to everyone that the patients feel welcome and comfortable. So remember, for all of your eye care needs, you can trust Dr.. Gossage and all of the professional staff at Gossage Eye Institute and Optical where your vision truly is the focus.

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By Rob Shewman You’ve got your suntan lotion, a giant cooler and three cheesy novels loaded in the Kindle -- you’re ready for a summer road trip. You may be prepared, but are you up to date on your summer auto maintenance? Sure, auto maintenance is the last thing on your mind, but it’ll jump to the front pretty quickly if you’re on the side of the road. Spend an afternoon on some simple auto maintenance procedures and you’ll thank yourself in the end. RadiatoR Flush: The coolant in your radiator doesn’t last forever. Over time it can break down and start to corrode the inside of your radiator. This can lead to cooling problems and radiator repair. A radiator flush once every 5 years or 100,000 miles is great insurance against future problems. Replace YouR aiR FilteR: You should replace your air filter twice a year, so now’s a good time to get that 5-minute job out of the way. tiRe checks: Summer traveling could mean driving in the rain. The tread on your tires must be adequate for rainy weather or you could end up in a ditch, or worse. Checking the tread depth on your tires take one minute. While you’re at it, you should check your tire pressure, too.

All of the seasons in Michigan have their own claim to fame, but you have to admit that spring and early summer are really showing off this year! There’s something about the renewal of plants and flowers that just a month or so ago were invisible, that rejuvenates the spirit.

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This time of year reminds me how lucky wer are to be Michiganders. I love sitting beside the soccer field enjoying being outside while cheering my son Lucas’ team to victory. And, this time of year also means school will be letting out soon so my son Gavin will soon be back home from his second year away at school. I am sure that makes me much happier than it does him but that is just a woman thing!

This is also the time of year when we honor Moms, Dads and grads- all good reasons to celebrate family! I am blessed to have my Mom and Dad, and offer a heartfelt ‘HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY’ and ‘HAPPY FATHER’S DAY’ to both of them. The support for Simply Hers magazine from community and advertisers continues to humble me. Our Facebook fans are over 1,000 strong. If you haven’t joined us yet, please do that. We are dedicated to constantly looking for ways to improve YOUR magazine. If you have story ideas or topics you would like to see covered, I encourage you to let me know. I would also encourage you to support and thank our advertisers. As you know, this FREE publication would not be possible without them! Sunscreen-check! Sunglasses-check! Tall, cold drink-check! Reclining lawn chair-check! Simply Hers Magazine to read-check! LET THE SUMMER BEGIN ☺


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As I type this, Mother Nature is playing her silly spring games with us- eighty degrees one day and then down in the low thirties the next night. But one thing is certain about this time of year; there is never a dull moment! Along with the green grass that perpetually needs mowing, May and June bring on a flood of activities- graduation, open houses, weddings, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, just to name a few. In this issue, we celebrate those activities and all that summer promises. I also had the privilege of sharing a mother’s story of her 4 year old daughter’s battle with cancer. I think you will be touched by the sadness but inspired by their courage, as you meet the Macy family and their little angel, Alex.

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On a personal note, my husband and I will celebrate our 32nd anniversary in June. I always say our union proves that God has a sense of humor! As early as the wedding ceremony, I had a ‘what-haveI-gotten-myself-into moment’ when during our vows, the minister asked Buzz to repeat, “…until parted by death.” He actually said, “until parted by death….or hockey.” It was a glimpse of things to come! Whatever the next couple of months hold in store for you, I hope you embrace the change of the seasons, the special moments with family and even the busyness of it all. They are what keep us feeling alive! HAPPY READING ~


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Cosmetics companies have embraced SPF additions to their foundation lines; it’s a good thing for your beauty and your health. Choose a foundation that contains at least an SPF 15 for summer to keep your lovely face safe from damaging ultraviolet rays. Look for products that protect against UVA and UVB radiation for the best protection.

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Foundation covers your skin, but to keep your lips safe from the sun’s damaging rays while you protect them from chapping, use a lip balm that provides a layer of protection to your lips. Planning a beach getaway or a ski vacation for a real change of pace? It’s just as important to keep your lips under wraps in the snow, as UVA and UVB rays readily bounce off white snow and sand. Balms help heal chapped lips, but you can also find protection in a full-coverage lipstick.

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Professional Massage Therapy opened in March of 2009 with the goal of bringing professional and knowledgeable massage therapy services to their clients, with an emphasis on personal attention and improved health. Located at 97 S. Broad Street in Hillsdale, MI (on the corner of Broad and South Streets), Professional Massage Therapy is like a little oasis where you can relax in the capable hands of Certified Massage Therapists, Rachel Bigham* (owner) and Jenilee Gibson**. Both Rachel and Jenilee pride themselves on understanding their clients’ needs and preferences. Their efforts were validated when they received the People’s Choice Award in 2011. Some of the services they offer are relaxation, deep tissue, pregnancy and chair massages. Specialty services include hot stone, myofascial and trigger point therapies. No longer considered just an indulgence, massage therapy is now recognized as contributing to good health and overall wellbeing. Rachel and Jenilee also like to educate, offering information on procedures that may lower blood pressure, increase circulation, increase range of motion, improve digestion, reduce stress, and detoxify.

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April 15, 2012 Since I last corresponded with you, I have completed a “culminating event.” These are very exciting events where all of the training we’ve conducted and the things we’ve learned are rolled into a 5-6 day event. My small group was based together out in the field and since our actual officer in charge (OIC) is already in Afghanistan scoping things out for us, I surprisingly found myself in charge! It was a great experience. It is always interesting when I find myself as a 25 year old female in charge of a group of people who are often many years older than I am, and generally almost entirely male. The army isn’t always what I’d hoped it would be, but they definitely weren’t kidding when they said you get training and experience like no other in the world! In the many weeks prior to that we did all kinds of training; weapons training, classes on the culture and how to interact with the Afghan leaders. The language

training has been my favorite part. During the culminating event I was on what is called key leader engagements every day. Basically I would meet with role players who speak the Dari language and are generally from the culture. Having gotten the opportunity to learn some of the language and culture definitely gives us the chance to show that we are there with respect for them and their country. We also received medical training, computer training, etc. It was a long 50 days (I was counting!), but it was worth it. Last week I did get the chance to visit my husband Jae, and my grandparents in Florida. It was wonderful to relax but it was even tougher to have to say goodbye again. The next 9 months can’t go by fast enough. We have a little more training to complete before we leave but will be leaving soon. The next time you hear from me it will actually be from Afghanistan. I’m sure I’ll have a lot more things to tell you about.

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Like it or not, sooner or later you will probably find yourself saying or doing things just like your mother. Harriett Beecher Stowe said, “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s look at some of the valuable lessons our mothers taught us ~ RELIGION- “You better pray that will come out of the carpet!” LOGIC- “Because I said so, that’s why!”

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FORESIGHT- “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident!” THE SCIENCE OF OSMOSIS- “Shut your mouth and eat your supper!” CONTORIONISM- “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!” STAMINA- “You will sit there until all that spinach is finished!” ABOUT WEATHER- “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room!” ABOUT HYPOCRISY- “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times- don’t exaggerate!” ABOUT BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION- “Stop acting like your father!”

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ABOUT ENVY- “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do!” JOB COMPLETION- “I don’t care who started it, I’M about to finish it!”

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Water - The Rodney Dangerfield of Nutrients One of my favorite habits that never gets the respect it deserves is DRINK WATER. Sure we all understand the importance of staying hydrated, but that’s the extent of our knowledge for most. To make sure your busy schedule isn’t compromising your health, TEST YOUR WATER IQ below and find out why DRINK WATER could be your most important habit for excelling in life without undermining your health. T or F Staying sufficiently hydrated can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 79%. T or F The risk of bladder cancer drops 7% for every 8 ounces of fluid you drink. T or F Five or more glasses of water each day may be better for your heart than aspirin. T or F Just 1-2 percent fluid loss strains your heart and entire cardiovascular system. T or F As many as 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. T or F As a rule, you are mildly dehydrated when you wake up.

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And think before you drink anything else. Water is the body’s most important nutrient. It provides the healthy internal car wash you need for better concentration, fighting diseases and flushing fat. Begin drinking water first thing in the morning and add lemon or lime for a refreshing taste change throughout the day. Replace calorie-filled sodas with water because unconsciously drinking high-sugar beverages can account for up to 50 extra pounds you may be carrying around. And just one can of soda per day can double your chances of type-2 diabetes.

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A ”Walking“ Body of Water With most of our body weight made up of water, humans are truly a walking body of water. In fact, I like to think of our body’s dependency on water for efficiently transporting nutrients and removing waste much like Venice, the ”city of water,“ depends on water in its infrastructure for effectively transporting people and products. Making up 60 to 75 percent of our body weight, water plays an integral role in virtually EVERY bodily function. This powerful yet simple nutrient definitely needs to move to the top of the list in BIG BOLD letters on everyone’s healthy lifestyle plan.

This essential, but forgotten hero... • regulates your body temperature by allowing you to perspire and in turn cool your skin and blood • lubricates your joints, eyes, nose, mouth and the air you breath

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Even though you may not actually be DEhydrated, you may very well be living in a constant state of UNDERhydration. Underhydration could be the cause of your dizziness, headaches, lethargy or confusion. Research and studies also show that chronic underhydration and dehydration can be the underlying causes to such conditions as asthma, allergies, arthritis, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, kidney stones, urinary tract cancer, colon cancer and more.

How much is enough?

No doubt you’ve probably grown up hearing the proverbial, ”Drink 8 glasses of water a day.“ It’s one of our culture’s rules of life; much like ”get 8 hours of sleep,“ ”floss your teeth every day“ and ”don’t run with scissors.“ But, honestly, how many of us are actually drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day? I must confess that as healthy as I THOUGHT I was by following my own nutrition advice with proper portions, fats and carbs; I have not always fully recognized the need for drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated. I never seemed to be thirsty, but I did suffer from headaches and mid-afternoon fatigue. I now realize how important water is in managing my energy, minimizing my headaches and curbing my appetite.

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The biggest benefit to adding lemon (or other fruit such as lime, orange, cherry--or even cucumber) to your water is that you’ll probably drink MORE water if it has a bit of flavor. The key is to not add so much fruit juice that it raises your sugar intake and compromises the benefit of drinking water. Whether you choose a slice of lemon, wedge of lime, chunk of cucumber or the convenience of portable envelopes containing crystallized True Lemon, True Lime or True Orange (all favorites of mine!) for your daily water enjoyment, the bottom line is: DRINK WATER!!!


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A Michigan jazz legend.

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Meet Benny Poole, an 83-year-old, selftaught saxophone player. He started his music career by teaching himself to read and play music from a book. His first shot at handling a sax was from a friend who had the hots for his sister. The young gentleman offered to let Poole practice on his instrument for a chance to talk to his sister. “A man wanted to date my sister, who was very beautiful,” Poole explained. “He let me play his saxophone while he went to talk to my sister.” “My older brother Mervin had a sax before me and traded it for a bike. That really made me mad to think he gave up the instrument. After all we were poor.” Poole later played in bands throughout Michigan, but even after writing two-hit songs, “Pearl Baby Pearl” and “Sorry “Bout That,” he never left his roots. According to Poole’s wife of 28 years, Christiane Poole, Benny kept his performing local because of his family. Poole himself was offered stardom away from Michigan, but stayed. “I was given many opportunities to go big time, but turned it all down to take care of my family,” Poole explained. “He has raised eight good children because he stayed versus traveling to perform,” Christiane said. “He and the music are really one entity; I would miss the music if he didn’t play.” Benny’s career also includes performing with artist Bobby Holley, Junior Walker and singer and actress Abbey Lincoln among several others. Poole has a natural ability to spot talent and that is just what happened with Lincoln, a Jackson native.


“I gave her a pop song to sing and helped to prepare her for the big time,” Poole explained. “She went all the way to the movies.”

Lincoln later stared in the 1968 film “For Love of Ivy” with Sidney Poitier. Benny has been awarded by the City of Jackson, the state of Michigan and Jackson Community College for keeping his music locally. Among his performances Poole has shared his musical talents for four Michigan governors including republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s father former governor George W. Romney. In 1984 the city of Jackson proudly adopted a song Poole wrote entitled, “Jackson, we like it here.” Along with his passion for the saxophone, the Poole family owned the old roller rink located in Jackson and sold cars for 21 years. “No matter what the man does he is a master at it,” Christiane said. “When Benny decided to take his act solo people thought he was crazy. He finds unusual musical arrangements of songs that are very beautiful.” Benny spent time evolving and fine tuning his one man act and now has over 2,000 song arrangements he plays from memory. Poole ‘s jazz classics can be heard every Friday and Saturday night at Johnny T’s in Hillsdale from 6-9 p.m. along with the Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso and the Water Lily Lounge at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant. “He was even asked to come back and perform while we were on vacation in Acapulco,” Christiane said. “We have been back there nine times for performances.” According to Poole, he has done a lot of things he said he was going to do over the years and does it with a positive attitude.

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Spring gives way to summer. By Pam Colletta-Benzing Simply Hers Magazine

As spring gradually warms to summer, life slowly returns to my backyard vernal pool. The wildlife revels in the weather as the hours of daylight stretch out longer and longer. Frogs and toads sing their love songs at full fortissimo throughout the day and night. Crawdads push their tunnels up through the mud on the fringes of the pond in search of the sun. A pair of Great Blue Herons work their way around those same fringes in search of crawdads and small fish swimming in the shallows. Sedge and marsh grasses are once again lush and green where their blades poke up out of the dark mysterious water of the pool. Tree Swallows swoop across the surface of the water on bug catching, divebombing runs. The resident geese along with their downy offspring pluck new green shoots from the perimeter of the pool. I cannot resist wading into the ankle deep water for an up close inspection of just what might be swimming there. Dipping my clear plastic catching jar (consisting of one empty peanut butter container with the label peeled off and washed thoroughly clean of all food) into the iron stained water, I see millions of insect larva, squiggling and squirming in place, just waiting to grow into dinner for the barn swallows and purple martins that feast here all spring and summer. Those insects that survive the birds may fly over to the pond, where bluegills lurk in the shadows of the willows, patiently waiting for dinner to be served on gossamer wings. As winter snowmelt and April showers have filled my vernal pool, tiny Striped Chorus Frogs, Northern Spring Peepers and even diminutive tree-dwelling


frogs such as Gray Tree frogs and Wood frogs make their way to these temporary waters. Here they can mate, lay their eggs, and reproduce undisturbed by predator fish that live in our big pond, and who would gladly gulp down these tasty morsels. The almost constant, whirring hum of the call of Spring Peepers at night, as well as Striped Chorus Frogs during the day, reaches its peak as the bright spring sunshine warms the earth Tadpoles will emerge from eggs laid among the submerged grasses of the pool. If we get enough rain to keep the pool wet, by mid-summer the tadpoles will be transformed into tiny froglets who will in turn gobble up the mosquitoes that would otherwise make our summer picnics in the backyard a blood-thirsty nightmare. If the vernal pool dries out before the reproductive cycle is complete we could be in for a long, mosquito-bitten summer. If summer rains keep it wet our family will enjoy a summer of discovery. It is here that, in years past, we have found a fat Northern Water Snake with his distinctive grey saddles separated by beigey-brown stripes. We have collected frogs of just about every type common to the area, to identify, and then return to their homes. A Red Eft, which is a land-dwelling phase of Eastern newt, a Blue-spotted Salamander; and an Eastern Tiger Salamander have all been seen in the mud around our vernal pool over the years. We are always on the look-out for new discoveries in the muddy edges of the pool. With field guides at the ready, old sneakers on our feet and collection jars in our hands, I’m looking forward to whatever we’ll discover this season in our backyard vernal pool.


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April was “Michigan Wine Month” but award-winning wineries across the state provide residents and visitors alike with the chance to try Michigan wine year-round. There are a total of 92 wineries across Michigan, with 11 new wineries opening in the last year. Sip a Cabernet Franc at Gravity winery in Baroda, or try the Rieslings at Brengman Brothers just outside of Traverse City. Up in Marquette the S U & D Winery has a tasting bar open daily. Other new wineries in the state include Boathouse Vineyards in Lake Leelanau, Good Neighbor Organic in Northport, Harbor Springs Vineyard and Winery, St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah and the Flying Otter Vineyard and Winery in Adrian. Looking for a perfect weekend outing this spring? Michigan’s wine trails offer breathtaking views and inviting wine tasting rooms in every region of the state. There are trails in Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas outside of Traverse City; the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail, Sunrise Side Wine and Hop Trail and Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail just to name a few. Visit these vineyards and wineries and savor the award-winning efforts of world-class winemakers featuring Riesling, chardonnay, pinot grigio, cabernet and more. Want some somewonder wonderful flavor without traveling farfrom away Want flavor without traveling too fartoo away from town? There are some wonderful wineries in Hillsdale town? There are some wonderful wineries in the area that offer and Lenawee counties that offer unique, exciting experiences unique, exciting experiences without the drive. Cherry Creek, without the drive. Cherry Creek Winery, Woodstock Wine & Pentamere and Sleeping Bear just to name a few. Cheese and Sleeping Bear just to name a few. There are also events happening across the state that provide opportunities to meet winemakers and sample Michigan wines. SPRiNG SiP & SAVOR – This event takes place May 5-6 and each of the nearly 20 wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula will be offering special wine and food pairings. Spring Sip & Savor has been designed to provide seasoned wine trail guests or first time visitors with a truly memorable experience that will allow them to celebrate spring, indulge their senses and learn more about Leelanau Peninsula wines. BLOSSOM DAyS – The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula invite you to celebrate blossoms, beauty and bounty on Old Mission Peninsula May 19-20. Blossom Days includes an opportunity to sample unreleased wines, with barrel and reserve wines showcased in addition to each winery’s standard tasting list. 7TH ANNUAL LAke MiCHiGAN SHORe WiNe FeSTiVAL – Come to Weko Beach June 16 to enjoy the sun, sand and award winning wines – all accompanied by live music. The festival is a showcase event where guests sample (tastes or by the glass) all of the wonderful Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail locally-grown-and-produced varieties. For More information: Michigan Wines – www.michiganwines.com Michigan Wine Trails - www.michigan.org Spring Sip & Savor- www.lpwines.com Blossom Days – www.wineriesofoldmission.com Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival – www.miwinetrail.com

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balloons for alex

And for those left behind. By Peggie Bildner Peggie Bildner Simply By Hers Magazine Simply Hers Magazine

If you happen to be in the Hillsdale area at the time, you may notice a profusion of pink balloons in the sky around the 8th of May. They might look like they are just floating aimlessly as the wind carries them, but there is more to this than you can see. As the balloons are released, the people letting them go believe they are pulled upward by angel wings. The wings of a little angel named Alexandria, who left this earth when she was only 5 years old. On May 8th of 1999, Eric and Jonna Macy gave birth to their first child, a beautiful, healthy baby girl they named Alexandria Elizabeth. For the first couple of years, she was your typical little girl, full of energy and curiosity. She would occasionally run a fever, be taken to the doctor and treated for an ear infection. Her parents now look back and realize that she never really seemed to shake the fever for any length of time. At some point, she began complaining that her tummy hurt and they noticed blood in her urine so she was sent for tests. A CT scan at the local hospital revealed nodules in her lungs and a mass on her kidneys. In August of 2003, Alex was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor. Jonna explains that Wilms is a cancerous tumor in the kidney, more often found in girls and usually rearing its ugly head between the ages of 3 and 4. She was quickly sent to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for a biopsy. The diagnosis was confirmed, finding the cancer to already be in stage 4. But doctors felt it was “favorable”, meaning there was a good chance it would respond to treatment. Jonna remembers going into fight mode as she made arrangements to be absent from her teaching position at Will Carleton Academy and Eric re-arranged projects at Nonik Technologies, the new business he had just started. They embarked upon what would turn out to be, a 9 month-long battle against this aggressive disease attacking their little girl. Alex was young enough that her parents felt she didn’t really comprehend how sick she was or how different her life was from other little girls her age. As she lost her hair from the chemo treatments, she just said, “Good! I was tired of it being in my face!” The first round of chemo was not successful. The tumor had spread to an artery and they could not do surgery until they could shrink it. A second regimen of chemo plus radiation did that, so Alex had surgery where a large mass (about the size of a grapefruit) was removed. Unfortunately, the surgery also revealed that the cancer was “unfavorable”. They were sent home as all their treatment options were exhausted. Like a mother bear protecting her cub, Jonna was not about to give up that easily! She began researching Wilms and found a doctor at St. Jude’s hospital in Tennessee that was doing experimental trials on children with Wilms. Knowing it was their “last stop” Jonna and Eric packed up and spent the next several weeks there; a blur of CT scans, blood work and chemo pills. In between, Jonna says there were hours and hours of movies and lots of crafts. After a round of treatment, the Macys returned home. The night before they were scheduled to fly back to Tennessee for a 2nd regimen, Alex spiked a fever. The home nurse who had been monitoring Alex said they should not try to go back to St. Jude’s, so she was taken back to Ann Arbor and placed in Pediatric Intensive Care. After 3 days, Jonna and Eric received the devastating news- the cancer had spread into her female organs and was taking over her lungs. It was obvious they were not going to win the battle. That evening (April 2, 2004), Jonna was back home holding her daughter. Alex was heavily medicated to keep

her comfortable, but seemed restless. At one point, she stood up and appeared to be reaching out or waving at somebody. Seconds later, Jonna says, “she climbed back up on my lap, took about 10 more breaths, and became an angel.” Jonna has no doubt that Alex saw something or somebody and was ready to go with them. During the months of Alex’s illness and beyond, the Macys say support from friends, family and the community in general, was amazing. Remembering the cooperation and understanding from their employers to the benefits that were held, Jonna says they felt so “blessed to have lived in Hillsdale during this time.” It has been 8 years since Alex left this earth; she would have become a teenager this year. Against statistical odds, the Macy’s marriage remains strong. Jonna and Eric have welcomed a son, Charlie who is 4 years old, and a daughter Isabella Alexandria who is 3. The children only know Alex as their “angel sister” but Jonna says she is very much a part of their family. Charlie looks the most like her, but Isabella’s (Bella) name was actually chosen by Alex during a hypothetical discussion with her mom one day about what they would name another baby. Both children are healthy but Jonna explains that Wilms can be inherited so they have had Charlie scanned (he is fine) and plan to have Bella scanned in the near future. In October of 2010, Jonna opened Toasted Mud, a paintyour-own-pottery studio in downtown Hillsdale. She calls the studio her “fourth child” and says the business is “part of my therapy.” That is reinforced when customers will tell her how time spent in the studio relaxes them. On May 8th, 2004 (Alex’s birthday) and every year since, friends and family have gathered to release 100 pink balloons in memory of Alexandria Elizabeth Macy. They feel the balloons are a way of keeping her spirit alive and celebrating the much-too-brief time they had with her. Attached to each balloon is a two-sided note. One side is a note to their angel; the other is for the person who finds the balloon wherever it might land. It explains that it was launched in Alex’s memory and tells a little bit about the disease and her fight. They also give a special email address for those who find the note and want to contact them. They have received many notes of encouragement and condolences from all over the country, including some unique stories that seem to indicate the balloons really do get angel-assistance! The first year they did the balloon launch, it was done from Alex’s best friend’s house. Since then they have been released in the fields of the Will Carleton Academy, to have more open space. Jonna says that most years they’ve encountered typical spring weather with wind and rain. But even when that happens, there is always a point where the clouds seem to clear just long enough for them to send up the balloons. And as the clouds part to let a stream of sunshine through, the Macys are sure their little angel is up there smiling at all the balloons and wanting everybody to know she is happy and healthy again.

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Father’s Day is June 17th, a day we will set aside to honor our dads.Here are some memories shared by local readers, celebrating their father/daughter bond~

My most fun time was in this picture when my Dad and Mom took me to Yogi Bear campground. My Dad let me drive the golf cart and we drank pop and played games all day. My Dad would wait at the bottom of the waterslide at Yogi Bear for me to come down. I had so much fun that weekend meeting Yogi Bear and hanging out with my Dad. I will always remember that vacation and that my Dad let me be a big girl and drive the golf cart. ~ Holly Lanius, Daddy - Ryan Lanius My best Daddy/Daughter moment came at my son’s wedding, compliments of my current husband, daughter-in-law and son. The first time I got married, my Dad would not come to the wedding because he didn’t care for my thenhusband. The second wedding was a hurried, small family wedding due to my husband getting laid off from his job. Therefore, we did not have an official wedding with a reception. So when my son got married, my husband arranged a surprise for my Dad and me to have our Daddy/ Daughter dance. The three of them planned it all without either of us knowing it. There wasn’t a dry eye in the hall! ~Judy Tackett Father- Ken Lamerton

My daddy has always been my hero. Although I’m 28, I still look up to him. He reminds me often how blessed we are with our health, his beautiful grandbabies and an awesome family. He reminds me to be grateful, especially for him! When I look at my husband, I realize that I chose a man just like my dad & he is a wonderful father, too! ~Tosha Adkins-Burger Father: Michael Adkins



My dad David (or Daddy David as I’ve always called him) lives in LeMars, Iowa-a 14 hour drive from Toledo, Ohio, where my brother and I grew up with our mother and stepfather. Though I would have never known, had my mother not told me, David is not my biological father: he adopted me when I was 2 years old. Though my brother is his biological son, he never treated me differently, and has always just been...my dad. He made that 14 hour drive every summer, to come and pick my brother and me up and take us back home with him, where we spent the entire season, every year. Again he would make the journey, at Christmas time. He would arrive in the middle of the night usually, and wake us up every time. I probably added years to the wear of his back by jumping on him when I saw him :) He was, and still is, my big teddy bear. And he is just that! Standing at about 6’ 3”, and weighing about 220 lbs. (just an approximation), but having not an ounce of negativity in him, he is a gentle giant. I remember him holding my brother and I up on his hands! He could pick us up, and hold us in the air with one great big hand, and we thought it was the coolest thing in the world! I remember the holidays he brightened, the unforgettable fun we’d have, games we’d play, how he’d let us crawl all over him like a jungle gym. How he’d never let anyone shake their finger at his baby girl, how he kept, and still has to this day, all of the drawings I have EVER made for him, all of my school pictures, along with my brothers, of course, and all from a man who is not even my biological father. He’s made my life so good by just being a part of it. I’m 27 this year, and still call him Daddy David. I wouldn’t have life any other way than him being my dad.~Shawnae Urban (Father: David Urban)

On our daughter Katherine’s first birthday, my husband Jim bought 50 balloons and filled the ceiling of our living room. Katherine couldn’t stop saying one of her favorite words “bahoon” with great awe! This year we celebrated Katherine’s 18th birthday and she and her dad are off on daddy/daughter college visits. Jim is so proud of his “little girl!” ~Jeannie Vaillancourt Daughter: Katherine Vaillancourt Father: Jim Vaillancourt

When I was 7 years old, my Mom and Dad bought many acres of land on Adams (Mud) Lake. There was brush and burdock and stumps still left from the Palm Sunday Tornado. You couldn’t even see the lake from the road. We spent many years clearing this land and we had a perpetual bonfire. It didn’t seem like work because we were together as a family, we could see our progress, and Dad let us sit on his lap to drive the tractor! We split much of the wood and Dad was patient each time I managed to get yet another wedge stuck. We had to take turns to run back the house to “turn the potatoes” Mom had on the stove. The land really began to take shape. Along the way, my Folks decided to erect a fence that spanned the length of the property. (I still cannot master post-hole diggers!) It was a great project with few blackened fingernails. We made bets on how many boards it would take. Many years later, when I was 11 and my sister was 12, I “somehow” broke her finger. This was the same summer we were to sand and paint the fence. My punishment was to shave all of her boards and paint the quarter-mile span of wood. We stood on the posts as it became dark and made statues for the passing cars. (Passersby probably said, “There are those Neer urchins again...”) We had competitions to see who could walk the farthest down the fence without falling. You can see how this long, white border set a frame around the yard and my growing years. One of the last projects our family did together before my Dad passed away from cancer was to tear out the fence. I can still picture Dad on the Farm-All tractor, cheek puffed out with a wad of Red Man and happy wrinkles around his eyes. We were together and having fun. We had a bonfire with the wobbly posts, and we stacked the boards in the barn. Years after Dad died, I was due to have a second baby while also going through a divorce. It was a particularly hard time in my life, and I prayed for a sign things would be better. My Mom had befriended a widower at the Grief Recovery Program. This friend, Bob Wimmer, always asked how I was doing and offered his help. Just before the baby was due, I went to visit him. Bob knew I was down and out and very low. He said he had something for me. Bob then presented a beautiful oak cradle he had made in his workshop. It was rich in color, would swing or sit solidly, and... was made from the boards from our family fence. ~Penny Neer (Father: Ron Neer)

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Doggone Dilly Down-In-The-Dumps Day

Have you ever had a day where you thought nothing is going well? I am not referring to one major whammy bad event, but several minor downers adding up to a doggone dilly downin-the-dumps day. Yea, well, I had one of those dreadful days not so long ago. By Laura Loveberry Simply Hers Magazine

My hurried morning starts out in panic mode by getting up late. Totally messing up my daily routine, there was no time for my morning aerobic workout or my Bible reading. So I miss breakfast, miss my physical workout, and miss my precious God-time start to give my day the right perspective. Rushing to get to my teaching job, I lack a healthy, spiritual good start. The day gets progressively worse with a morning meeting at school for my special-needs daughter. I evidently do not bring sufficient information to the individual educational planning meeting. The “suits” with PhD’s suggest we meet again; I feel lacking in knowledge as a parent with a neurologically-challenged child. A few hours later, I have a teachers’ meeting and discover everything I loaded on the computer for my curriculum for the year (yes, the whole year) is set up on old standards. I am expected to update to all new standards and add assessments by a certain date. Ugh! I feel overwhelmed, lacking in techy skills, and frustrated as an art teacher at this point. After school, thinking things just can’t keep going so badly, I grab the latest issue of Simply Hers Magazine and rush off to watch a sporting event with my family. I bring the March/April issue and begin to read the pages. I mistakenly feel better convincing myself, “At least I wrote an article right!” Just then I spot a girlfriend, so I walk over to show her the newest magazine. She sees my article

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based on what I thought were surefooted deer balancing on ledges of a steep dam wall. She asks me, “Are you sure those are deer?” Then several men around us looked at the photos and adamantly state, “Those are goats!” Oh dear! Oh deer! They are not deer! I can’t even write an article correctly; in print I referred to goats as deer. I feel like such a goof. Writers have a responsibility to assume nothing, research, and print the facts. So I can’t even write right, right? When I get home, my thoughts are so skewed, I feel inadequate in every area of my life by the end of this dismal, discouraging, down-in-the-dumps day. How can I crawl myself out of this dark hole and brush off the dust from the day? Perhaps I shall read Psalms and pray for encouragement to rid myself of the muckiness covering me. I wearily climb into the Word of God and find refreshing relief in Psalm 40:1-3 NAS: “I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock…” How touching it is to realize when I am in low times, our high and mighty God inclines to me. I picture God bending down to me, wrapping His caring arms around me, and tenderly lifting me out of my self-dug deep hole. At times I wrongly choose to stay in my self-pity grimy pit, but this time I wisely renew my mind with inspiration from the God who hears. He gently lifts me out of my pit and sets me on a secure rock. Do you need help out of your down-in-the-dumps day? May I suggest digging into all of Psalm 40 and be caringly pulled out of your day of doubting despair by our trustworthy God whose arms are right now reaching down to lift you up.

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Why do men keep flipping through the channels with the remote control?


ou’ve had a long day. You would like to watch a TV program, hopefully a story with some romance and maybe a little humor. Then your man grabs the remote control and you cringe, knowing he’s about to channel surf, averaging 47 channels per second, and in the process, drive you nuts. Why he’s channel surfing and why it drives you nuts comes back to the different wiring of the male and female brains. Men are wired to solve problems and fix things. Women are wired for relationships and to help people. Even when we’re resting, our minds want to do what we do best: Men want to fix things and women want to connect. Daniel Amen, MD, adds that brain scans show that when a woman’s brain is resting “at least 90% of their brain is active, confirming that women are always thinking, thinking, thinking.” When a male brain rests only 30% of their brain is active. Brain scans also show that the area of men’s brains that are active when they’re resting is the center controlling physical activities, the cerebellum. When women rest, their brains “were more active in the emotional and bonding centers.” When men rest, they often look for problems to solve or actions to take that will energize their minds. Channel surfing does this. Authors Barbara and Allen Pease explain that channel flipping allows men to quickly “analyze the problems in each program and consider the solution needed.” This satisfies his “solution-oriented, problem-solving brain.” This also helps men “forget about their own problems, by looking at someone else’s.” Amen adds that flipping through channels also lets him look “for something new, something different, something exciting.” This is similar to hunters who “surf the wild looking for fair game.” This is also

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why the Peases assert that, “men don’t want to know what’s on television, they want to know what else is on television.” This gender difference can also be seen in the types of movies they prefer. “Chick flicks” aim at female audiences with lots of dialogue, romance, relationship issues and emotion. Male oriented movies are action-packed adventures, where action is taken and problems are solved. As a friend of mine put it, the perfect male movie is filled with “beer, blood and broads.” Men don’t have to “change the channel” during action movies because the scenes change fast enough to constantly bring new, exciting images to the screen. There are three possible solutions for this problem: (1) Hide the remote; (2) Get a second TV and set it up in another room. Or, (3) talk it over with your man, while recognizing that he is not intentionally trying to drive you crazy. Explain what you want and why. If there are specific programs you’d like to watch from beginning to end without channel surfing, let him know. This is where mutual respect for male and female differences can go a long way.

James E. Sheridan attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctorate in Law at U of M, where he graduated cum laude in 1969. Mr. Sheridan served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals before moving to Adrian in 1970, when he entered private practice and became Assistant City Attorney. In 1978 he was elected District Court Judge and has served in that capacity since January, 1979. Judge Sheridan and his wife, Sharron, have been married for 45 years and have two adult children. ©2011, All Rights Reserved

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I think we’ve all heard the saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. Unfortunately, that is NOT Florida’s state motto, which means “the incident” that happened there would not stay there. It’s going to follow us back to Michigan and that is about to put my husband over the edge. We’re sitting in the house we were renting while vacationing in Florida with friends. I look around the place and see this little tiny red light above a lever high up on the wall. I asked Marty and Lynn if they knew what that thing was. They had no idea, but they said they left it alone in case it was some kind of alarm. Everyone thought that was the end of the discussion and I admit it should have been. I would like to explain what happened next in my own words because there are some discrepancies in my husband’s story. You see I’m a curious kind of girl. Add that to the fact that I’m an early riser and serious issues have been known to occur. I’m blaming my husband for this particular incident. If he would stop sleeping in and just adapt to my schedule, things like this wouldn’t happen. I’m up early and as usual sleeping beauty is still sawing logs so I go to the kitchen to make coffee. As I’m waiting for the water to boil I look up and see that tiny red light staring at me. It was just begging me to pull the lever. What was I to do? I did what anybody would have done. I pulled a chair over so I could reach up high and I pulled that lever. Nothing happened. I pulled again. Nada. Now that was anticlimactic.

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I decided to turn the radio on to see what was happening in Florida. Breaking news, the Florida Flood Patrol, commonly known there as the FFP, was being called out on an emergency in this very area. Wow, I mean Oops! It hit me; the FFP is the department that will now rescue me from the flood waters that are currently non-existent in this house. I live in Michigan! I’ve never heard of a flood alarm or the FFP for that matter. I think they put that alarm up high so the flood patrol doesn’t make an emergency run for nothin’. If you’re floating high enough to reach the alarm they know it’s a true emergency. How was I to know?!

Dang, they’re just around the corner! What was I going to do? Have you ever had a moment when very clear, concise thoughts run through your mind with amazing speed? I did just then and my thoughts said get as far away from that house as fast as possible. As I yell to my friend to follow me, I holler to my husband that he and Marty needed to stay there ‘cause Lynn and I were going for a run. Guess who showed up moments later? Yep, and who was standing by the alarm looking amazingly innocent? Well, it wasn’t me. Apparently the police are called any time the FFP goes out on a call so there was quite a crowd in the house by the time I strolled back in. I really should have explained right then and there that it was my fault, but I pictured myself in an orange jumpsuit sitting in jail awaiting bond. I couldn’t go through that again. I’m not a jail kind of girl and orange is definitely not my color. My husband on the other hand was a cop for 32 years so he knows all about jails, and fortunately for me, he doesn’t look too bad in orange. I still had time to explain before they closed the door on the cop car with my husband in the back, but those policemen didn’t look very nice and I was scared. Besides, with all the confusion I decided it just wasn’t the right time to ‘fess up. I figured I could do that later at court, but then the Judge looked really mean too. Needless to say, my confession was not forthcoming. My husband’s attorney said he’ll be allowed to do his community service hours here in Michigan. He’ll have to wear an orange jumpsuit though with FFP on the back so people are gonna ask about it. He’ll be forced to explain and then everyone will know what he kind of, sort of did. Oh, if only what happened in Florida would have stayed in Florida. By the way, I called the court today to schedule the date my husband will start his community service hours. We decided June 17th was as good a day as any. I wonder why that date sounds so familiar. This incident is definitely going to put my husband over the edge.

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he promise of warm weather and sunshine provides the perfect opportunity to stretch our living spaces outdoors. Outdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular over the last several years. There are entire industries dedicated to showing homeowners how easy it can be to transform a home into a private sanctuary that caters to individual personalities. Outdoor living areas have become an extension of the home’s interior, with many homeowners creating outdoor living rooms and dining areas so they can relax and eat meals outside just as they do indoors. But homeowners thinking of creating outdoor living spaces should consider a few tricks of the trade before beginning their projects.

Strategically place the space.

Property often dictates where the outdoor living space will go, but it helps to keep in mind that the outdoor space is more likely to be used if it’s easily accessible from the inside of the home. For instance, if residents need to walk out the front door to access an outdoor living space in the backyard, then residents might find the area is too inconveniently located and they won’t make the most of the space. Whenever possible, plan the outdoor living space so it’s easily accessible from the home’s interior, preferably from the kitchen so it will be easier to carry meals outdoors when dining outside.

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Many homeowners look at their outdoor living areas as places to kick their feet up and relax, so comfort should take precedence when planning the space. Forgo the plastic patio chairs of yesteryear for furniture that’s more sturdy and roomy so you won’t feel cramped or sweaty on warm summer evenings and afternoons. In addition, don’t forget to shade the area. Some homeowners choose to build pergolas, but oftentimes an umbrella or two can do the trick at a fraction of the cost. If the outdoor living area is near trees, they might provide sufficient shade from the often blistering summer sun. But keep a few umbrellas in the garage just in case.

Illuminate the area.

Summer nights spent relaxing in the outdoor living area make for great memories. But such nights are nearly impossible if the area doesn’t have some lighting. Tiki torches might do the trick for some, while others who want to avoid giving their outdoor area a luau feel might prefer solar-powered accent lights, which won’t require any wiring. If your backyard attracts its fair share of insects, look for insect-repelling lights or lamps. Whatever your preference, don’t forget to have some lighting so those summer evenings spent under the sky don’t have to end when the sun goes down.

Keep the design consistent with your home.

In addition to providing an outdoor respite from the daily grind, an outdoor living space can also increase a home’s resale value. However, homeowners who have one eye on R&R and the other on resale value should keep the design of their outdoor living space consistent with their home. One of the goals when designing an outdoor living space should be to create a seamless transition from the home’s interior to its exterior. The best way to do that is to keep the designs of both living spaces consistent.

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There are so darn many good authors to write about that I am having trouble sticking to just a couple! Books I enjoy feature likeable characters with unresolved issues and happy endings. Reading, it seems to me, ought to make you feel good, not the other way around.

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An author of this ilk is Elin Hilderbrand. She hails from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and sets her novels there. I have enjoyed the visual appeal conjured by these books. Such a quaint place! I would like to visit there one day. Her most recent, Silver Girl, is based on the Bernie Madoff Ponzie scheme. Meredith Delinn is escaping to Nantucket from the notoriety of the scandal brought down on her by nefarious husband, Freddy. Freddy has embezzled millions from his investors, including friends. She is innocent of wrongdoing, but Meredith is being painted with the same brush as her husband. Public scrutiny has driven her underground in an attempt to reclaim her life. She calls on her childhood friend, Connie Flute, from her hometown of Nantucket, and moves there to quietly escape the media frenzy. Connie has her own problems. She’s a widow and estranged from her only daughter. She is lonely. Under the restorative powers of the seashore, Meredith and Connie discover their inner strengths—along with spicy new men. The Beach Club, her first novel, is based on the actual Cliffside Beach Club in Nantucket, where her real-life husband is the club manager and is featured in this novel. Another good one, The Blue Bistro, about a very upscale restaurant, is also based on a real location in Nantucket. Hilderbrand has written ten Nantucket books, each with a different scenario. Lee Childs, a second author I gotta love, will not only grab your interest, but also appeal to the man in your life. The hero of his 15 books is Jack Reacher, a 6’5”, 250


pound ex Army MP. Each one of these stories takes hero Jack to a new town and new troubles. He is the good guy coming in and saving the underdog-- from big city terrorists to small town bullies. Oh what situations he runs into, and almost all he comes upon by accident. Our hero always saves the day. Of course, there are ladies around to keep us female fans interested. Start with his first book, The Killing Floor, and continue straight through the saga of macho Jack Reacher. One male reviewer online describes Reacher as Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Arnold Schwartzenagger rolled into one, but with much more personality and pizzazz. Incidentally, Tom Cruise has been chosen to play hero Jack Reacher in an upcoming movie, with much controversy, as Tom Cruise’s stature is hardly comparable to the fictional character. There is even a petition being circulated by angry fans protesting his casting as not fitting what we picture Jack Reacher to look like. Man, we readers take our heroes seriously! Have fun reading, and see you at the library!


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Even the most dedicated organizer can get tripped up when it comes to “sentimental clutter.” Julie Hallard, MD, an assistant clinical professor at New York University says, “Sentimental clutter is the adult equivalent of a teddy bear.” Items connected with a memory or the past, especially when the connection involves death, divorce, or estrangement, evoke emotions that can override common sense. If you ever watch the television program Hoarders, you have probably heard many of them say their problem started (or escalated) after someone passed away and they couldn’t bear to part with anything they connected to that person. The key is to find the balance of keeping what is really important and finding solutions to deal with all of the rest. Here are some SOS tips to help you connect your head to your heart when it comes to this difficult process: ASK A TRUSTED FRIEND TO HELP YOU sort through the memorabilia. It’s easy to get lost in the past reading old letters and looking through old photos by yourself. Ask a friend to help you pre-sort items and keep you on track. Dealing with sorted piles makes it easier to make decisions. BE KIND TO YOURSELF. Give yourself more time to tackle objects that have feelings attached to them. Don’t let guilt or grief bully you into keeping things you really don’t want or need but if you’re not ready to purge them, box them up. Mark the box with a “?” to re-visit later. If you happen upon obvious junk, toss it and pat yourself on the back! If you’re in a tender emotional state, grieving because of a death, downsizing, or in an empty-nest situation, sometimes it’s best to wait about six months before sorting through anything difficult. Just be sure to get back to it as soon as possible. GIVE YOUR EXTRAS TO OTHERS. Getting rid of stuff doesn’t have to mean throwing items away. Sharing sentimental items with other family members is a way of keeping the memory in the family. Just be careful not to add to their clutter/disorganization problem! Another option is to donate things to others in need. Doing this can give you a tax exemption as well as a sense of satisfaction. Tell yourself you are honoring the memory or the value by allowing the item to be used or enjoyed by somebody who needs it. ASK YOURSELF THE HARD QUESTIONS. Do you have room for it? If not, are you willing to give up other things to make room for it? Will you use it? Is it really something you love? So many times items are kept out of guilt or irrational emotions so the item just gets pushed back in some damp basement corner or dusty attic. Then


fate (or a leaky basement) determines its future. If you can be sure the item will be cared for properly, then keep it and enjoy it guilt-free. However, if you cannot answer “yes” to the above questions, it makes more sense to let it go. STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR VISION FOR THE SPACE. If you have a small room with one book shelf, does it make sense to keep your father’s collection of 300 books? If you don’t sew, is there really any reason to keep your mother’s fabric and notions that will fill an entire closet? I’ve known so many people who were left with their parents’ collections of dolls, tools, figurines, etc. They don’t have any interest in them, but feel they would be disloyal to get rid of them. Or maybe you’re one of those mothers who just cannot part with a single piece of your children’s clothing or school papers. By keeping just a few special items, you can honor the memory without losing your vision of how you want to live in your space. Make a memory quilt with the clothing or put together a binder of just a few special papers from each child. A shadow box with a sampling of mementos that fits your space will be enjoyed more than box after box of stored items shoved into an out of the way place, or piled where you can’t even access them! BE REALISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE. Are you keeping items that will be meaningful to others in the future? Having had the overwhelming task of helping to clean out a family member’s fifty-plus years of accumulation (we called him ‘Hector the Collector’), I know too well how difficult and time consuming this can be. Do the clean out for yourself now, and for whoever will be charged with taking care of your belongings in the future. Believe me, it is one of the best gifts you can leave your family. Organized, well cared-for, special items will be appreciated. Boxes, bags and storage areas full of eventual dump costs, will not be! HONOR THE MEMORIES. When you keep things that don’t fit your taste, lifestyle, or space, they end up stored and often times neglected. If you limit your sentimental keepsakes to only those you love and can care for, you will enjoy them and be able to treat them with respect. Don’t let “sentimental clutter” invade your home and mind. Living a clutter-free life and being respectful of what you leave behind for others to deal with, should be the motivation that keeps you from sliding into a “sentimental stalemate” with your organization goals. Remember- the memory is not in the stuff, but in your heart!

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Where warm ambiance meets hot coffee. by Danielle Sharp Simply Hers Magazine Jilly Beans Coffee House resides in a well-aged, caramel colored brick building at the northwest corner of Bacon and Howell, in the heart of downtown Hillsdale, Michigan. The warm ambiance awaiting me radiates from inside, particularly on this cold blustery day. I pull the large wooden door open and I am met with the intoxicating fragrances of coffee and fresh baked delights, along with easy listening music that seems to wrap me in a hug. The décor is a mixture of soft, feminine color pallets of muted lavenders and subtle beige, coupled with the masculine earthy elements found in the caramel colored brick of the south wall, the rich, faux mahogany fireplace, the numerous oversized arm chairs, and the dark leather sofa. Wall to wall, everything is neatly kept; the floors are swept, tables wiped clean, décor accents hung aesthetically, even the prep area looks polished and tidy. I make my way to the counter to place my order. I am immediately met with a warm smile and a friendly, salutation. Co-owner and attendant, Jill, shows pride through her willingness to help and congenial attitude. She quickly offers up suggestions that match my interests. The menu boards are clear and concise. A multitude of offerings range from different coffee blends, lattes, cappuccinos, teas, smoothies, bottled sodas, and beverage flavorings, to the option of having most served hot or iced, in various sizes. Along with the ample beverage selection, a variety of scones, muffins, cookies, brownies, and other specialty gourmet treats offered temp me as a diner. As an extension of the menu, owners Jill Nichols and Cathy Moore, offer a sufficient array of daily


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CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Things are completely out of your hands, Capricorn. While you thought you would feel helpless, this experience can actually prove liberating for you.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, look internally for help. Though there are plenty of reasons to avoid an activity, there are many excellent reasons why you should engage yourself. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Happy times are on the horizon, Libra. You just have to make it through a few more obstacles and tasks before you get there. The finish line is in sight.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, the beginning of the “fun-in-the-sun” season is starting and you are very excited about all of the outdoor recreation prospects. Make your to-do list now. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 It could take a helping hand to pull you up from a tricky situation, Pisces. You just may be lucky to have this person on your side.


SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, when it rains it pours, and soon you’ll find out the true meaning of that expression. But being a fighter means you’ll find the silver lining.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, assess a situation before acting. Only then will you have a clear view and map out the steps that you must take. Pisces may help you with your plan.

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