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By Rob Shewman Change your oil. Your car may be clean on the outside, but is it clean on the inside? Motor oil is responsible for keeping your engine clean and lubricated. Without it, your engine would combust from debris and friction. Think of oil as the bloodline of your vehicle. After your car has been driven a certain amount of miles or months, your oil gets dirty and thick, and can no longer perform its duties. Be sure to change your oil about every 3,000 miles or 3 months. CheCk your fluid levels regularly. This is an easy way to avoid potentially big, expensive problems. Which fluids should you check on a routine basis? Be sure to check your oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake and power steering fluids, at least once every couple of months. rotate, fill and balanCe your tires. Tires are expensive, so why not provide the maintenance they require to extend their life as much as possible? Rotating and balancing your tires will help ensure even tread wear, and save you from replacing them prematurely.

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Despite the cold weather there is a lot going on this spring that I am excited to share with you. The Adrian Chamber is hosting a “Special day for women of all ages” on April 12th. We are launching our first ever Makeover Contest in partnership with Volume Salon & Spa. Who wouldn’t love a makeover! Check out all the details on page 16 and I encourage you to enter whether for yourself or a loved one. Lastly, we will be publishing our Spring/Summer edition of Everything Men so be sure to look for it. In this issue we are sharing the story of Caden Bowles. Caden passed away while waiting for a transplant and I would like to thank his family for allowing us to share both his life and his legacy with all of you. This was an eye-opening experience to say the least. Thanks to Caden and his family many more will be made aware of the incredible donor shortage families like his are facing every day. Sit back, grab a cup of Joe and enjoy the issue!

CheCk your belts. Your belts are typically checked during your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance visits. Even if it’s not time for your routine tune-up, it doesn’t hurt to have your mechanic check the health of your belts, and spring is the perfect time to do so. Cold winter weather often weakens your vehicle’s belts and they can snap or break.


Wash your Car. Washing your vehicle will ensure a longer-lasting exterior, and is especially important following the colder winter months where you may have encountered mud, ice, salt, snow or sleet. Routinely washing your car every few weeks will clear the exterior of debris, helping to keep your car rust-free. CheCk your Windshield Wiper blades. If you’re blades are cracked, split, torn, brittle, worn or in obvious need of replacement, get yourself a new pair! After all, this is one of the lowest cost maintenance items on your vehicle, and nobody wants to be stuck in a down-pour with poor visibility! If you have any questions, or if you’re in need of a professional to help you through this check list, please give us a call today.

As I sit here and write to you I am questioning whether spring will ever make an appearance. The Groundhog certainly knew his business when he said we would have to wait an additional six weeks for Old Man Winter to loosen his grip this year.

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care, injury prevention, as well as safe and timely returns to work, life, or sports. Physical therapists may mobilize a joint, provide soft tissue work to a muscle, or perform a corrective exercise to restore normal movement patterns and function. They also educate patients on preventing injury and in performing home exercises.

How do I receive Physical Therapy?

In January 2014, the Gary Gray Physical Therapy Practices embraced their 10 year partnership with Accelerated Physical Therapy, formally changing their name, and continuing to embrace their philosophy of “Putting Patients First.” The “new” Accelerated clinics are directed by the same management teams and highlytrained clinicians who are well-respected in rehabilitative care.

In order to receive physical therapy, state law and your insurance company require a prescription from a physician. Like a prescription for a medication, you choose which pharmacy fills it. Physical Therapy works the same way. Your prescription allows you to choose and attend the provider with which you’re most comfortable and familiar. So if there are any physical therapy needs for you or your family, be sure to consider Accelerated as your first choice.

What is Physical Therapy?

How do I schedule an appointment?

Physical therapy is a health care profession that helps individuals whose ability to complete daily activities becomes difficult, or is adversely affected by aging, injury, or disease. Together with the help of physical therapists, patients work toward the goals of relieving pain, as well as developing, maintaining, and restoring maximum movement and functional ability.

What do Physical Therapists do?

Physical therapists are experts in restoring movement and function. After examining a patient, a physical therapist creates comprehensive program, focused on total body

Please have your prescription and insurance card available when you call. We verify insurance benefits and provide an estimate of coverage for every patient. If you do not have a written prescription, your physician’s office can fax over one or call any of our offices.

What should I expect at my first visit?

Our clinical team works with a variety of patients: senior citizens who’ve had knee replacement surgeries, adults who suffer from back pain, those who experience vertigo, workers who were injured on the job, or high school athletes recovering from sports-related

injuries. From the first time we meet you, we guarantee that our number one priority is your safe return to an active lifestyle. At the first visit (which lasts about an hour), you will undergo a comprehensive initial evaluation, which includes an extensive history, physical exam, and objective testing and measuring. An individualized plan of care and comprehensive rehabilitation program is developed to meet your specific rehabilitative needs. This may include heating or cooling modalities, exercises, stretches, a home program, and/or lifestyle modifications. If you are unsure of any aspects of your treatment or have questions, your Accelerated physical therapist is always there to work with you and assist with your recovery. Not everyone’s body reacts the same. Symptoms like pain or stiffness may require modifications to the treatment plan. Your physical therapist understands this and will assist you to maximize your results. By pushing yourself through too much pain, you may do more harm than good.

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Life Can Hurt... We Can HELP! HealtHy Spring gardening Gardening is one of the best forms of exercise any of us can take, it is good for flexibility, strength, and stamina. However, you need to prepare properly to prevent injuries. Digging, lifting, raking, shifting, and planting can all cause significant strain to the muscles and the back. Gardening can cause muscle strains, ligament sprains, and back muscle spasms.Too often gardeners jump right into yard work in the spring without taking precautions. During the spring gardening season, we see an increase in the number of visits to chiropractors due to muscle strains, sore joints, and back pain. The warmer weather inspires people to get out in the yard but for many people a winter of inactivity makes them prone to back and muscle injuries. To have a happy and healthy gardening season, follow the healthy gardening “do’s and don’ts” listed below.


• Choose lightweight, long-handled garden tools to help avoid bending over too often. • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. • Wear sun block and sun protection garments. • Warm-up before gardening and cool-down afterward—take a short 10 to 15 minute walk. • Perform some simple lower-back stretches. • Switch hands frequently while raking or hoeing. • Dig and lift a little at a time. • Keep your back straight while lifting. • Use mechanical devices when moving heavy containers. • Use a cushion if you are going to be on your knees for a long time. • Change positions every 10 to 20 minutes—take a break and walk around for a minute or two.


• Strain, twist, or reach too far in front. • Take large shovelfuls of soil. • Hesitate to use a small spade. • Dig continuously. • Overload the wheelbarrow. • Stay in the same position too long. • Perform the same activity too long. • Stoop or work too far in front of you. • Stretch or squat with a bent back.

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CONTENT Fashion 11

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Healthy Living 18 Becoming a Better Me

You Are What You Eat 18 The Affects of the Foods You Eat.

Prime Fitness 20

Check on Your Resolutions

Health by Zonya 22 Help Your Kids Excel

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Gray Matters 28 Embrace the Chaos

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My Journey

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44 Aging With Attitude Preparing for Peace of Mind

46 Over the Edge

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(BPT) - Spring is just around the corner - time to start planning your warm-weather wardrobe updates. To help you stay on top of the trends for spring 2014, the experts have plenty of advice to share. Lynne Riding, who is the fashion coordinator at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, and Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, who has the same role at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, offer some pointers.

Q: What are the top five trends for spring 2014?

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson

A: “Look for clean, simple lines,” says Riding. “You’ll also see pleats, sheers and lace, and prints - both floral and graphic.” Hammonds agrees that pleats, especially knife pleats, will be big this spring. “Graphic prints are a ma jor trend, using written words embroidered or printed across ready-towear garments,” he adds. “We’ll also see accessories with metallic touches in gold and bronze this year.” -

Q: What are this spring’s top colors?

A: Both experts agree that lilac and other pastels are the most important color story for spring. Greens, especially mint green, are also big. “Muted and sophisticated tones predominate, although brights are also seen, particularly when paired with metallic touches,” Hammonds says.

Q: What one piece should a girl consider adding to her wardrobe to be on trend for spring?

A: “A poplin dress shirt in white, lilac or mint green is a great spring/summer addition,” says Riding. “It could either be a long wrap shirt without buttons or a long shirt worn on the hips with a belt.” Hammonds recommends adding a modern accessory, such as a metallic bag or clutch, statement eye frames, or even a metallic shoe that can go from day to night. Some other ideas to give your wardrobe the fashion edge this spring? Consider a longer skirt (midcalf or upper ankle length), wearing a classic shirt untucked with the bottom several buttons undone, or an accessory with fringe. And be sure to hang on to fashions with color blocking. Riding says this trend is continuing to be popular. Whatever you do, dare to be edgy and always be true to yourself and your personal style. If you are looking for a little inspiration check out some of the great looks we have collected for you...


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1928 Jewelry 1960s Belle de Jour Rose Cameo Earrings. 1928.com - $16; Sammi Camrose Cable Cardigan. fatface.com - $57; Presh Crystal Rhinestone Silver Chain Cappuccino Leather Wide. endless.com - $66; Havaianas Slim Pearl Mesh. zappos.com - $70; BALMAIN Blue Vintage Jeans. shopmrsh.com - $95; Monki Freya Tote. monki.com - $14


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DESTINED Nail Color. tillys.com - $2; BKE Stella Stretch Jean. buckle.com - $54; Abercrombie & Fitch Sonia. abercrombie.com - $15; DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Large Kaya Coated Canvas Bag. boutique1.com - $238; Satin Bow Hair Clips. forever21.com - $2; Cara Accessories Multi Media Bangles (Set of 19) Silver One Size. nordstrom.com - $29; Naughty Monkey Frosted - Champagne. heels.com - $48


Kendra Scott Wren Earrings, Yellow. charmandchain.com - $70; Old Navy Women’s Shawlcollar Cardigans. oldnavy.gap.com - $30; Yellow Manual Pumpkin Umbrella. americanapparel.net - $28; IOSSELLIANI Set of Five Bangles. boutique1.com - $163; Magenta Plain Jersey Snood. topshop.com - $32; Dark Mid Super Skinny Jeans. missselfridge.com - $65; Hunter Original Gloss. zappos.com - $125; Ray-Ban ‘Original Aviator’ Sunglasses. nordstrom.com - $145

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Navy knot cable cardigan. dorothyperkins.com - $27; A|Wear Navy Check Scarf. awear.com - $5; JUICY COUTURE Clean White Loose-cut burn-out tshirt. jades24.com - $95; Amrita Singh Positano Ring. amritasingh.com - $50; SPERRY TOP-SIDER Cloud Authentic shoes. gravitypope.com - $99; TRUE RELIGION Dark Urban Cowboy Billy Jeans. stylebop.com - $171; Grey Strap Chain Knitted Pear Embellished Bracelet. sheinside.com - $16; Fossil Maddox Top Zip Cross Body,Yellow,One Size. endless.com - $145

FALIERO SARTI ‘Petalo’ scarf. farfetch.com - $245; Sparkling Glass Bead Bracelets with Ribbon Tie. debenhams.com -$9.80; Light grey pearl earrings. debenhams.com - $4; MBYM Longsleeve Anna Light Grey. welikefashion.com - $28; Old Navy Womens Skinny Mini Flare Jeans. oldnavy.gap.com - $15; Roxy Hot Cocoa. zappos.com - $30

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Make the Rounds Dress modcloth.com - $80; MANGO V-neckline essential cardigan. mango.com- $15; Pearl Box Clutch Bag - $57; Chantelle Embellished Heels In Midnight Blue. shopruche.com - $30; L.K. Bennett Classic Bracelet & earrings. lkbennett.com - $73; Chantelle Embellished Heels In Midnight Blue. shopruche.com - $30


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not considered a woman’s crowning glory for nothing. The minute that you make a drastic alteration to your hairstyle everyone will notice. Here are some of our favorite hot looks for 2014. Take a look, and if you are inspired be sure to enter our Makeover contest. Details on page 16.

Short & Sweet A modern short haircut is the

Curly CUTE!

Sexy Straight

way to go if you want to stay fresh and cool this spring and summer season. The diagonal styling brings out the various color to their best advantage, revealing the darker shadows and playing out the highlights for extreme sparkle.

For a power look of the wild kind, give your curling iron a good workout and wow the world with a head full of unruly, luscious curls! The mix of disheveling and distinct contours is the secret to the inescapable allure of this lioness’ mane. Skilled layering and daring styling take care of the look, the attitude has to come from you!

Short & Sassy

Pretty Princess Wild Waves

A long fringe and a short back are right in trend and turn totally charming with all of this flowing movement that seems like an unstoppable force of nature. The curls and waves look very natural, but if you are not blessed with this much curvature in your hair, then there are many ways to add it in any time you want to. Texture, lengths and motion are perfectly balanced for a look that is oohlala and so much more.

This “princess look� takes the side elements and pares down the mass of the hair. Instead of the great rope of knotted tail draped across one shoulder, the tresses are twirled into a froth of curls and allowed to spill down the side of the face. The look is just as dramatic, and gives a softer, more-playful air.

The straight and sleek surface really pronounces the intense shine of the long hair with its deep and warm colors. The glow of the color is just as striking as the flattering, very pretty shape. The cut features a tapered line with fine layers that commence underneath the chin. Fine, balanced and controlled movement with a classic shape and state of the art coloring. Perfection!

Gone is the demure sleekness and her wild side is coming out. Fully developed volume wows with its huge waves, the high crown and the intense play of lightness, movement and elegant curls. All of this activity comes in two tones, a very dark brown framing her face and dominant in the top part of her long hair and a coppery, honey blonde in the lower half.


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Pregnancy: Becoming a Better Me By Stephanie Gordon Simply Hers Magazine

I look at myself in the mirror. I am a changed woman – physically. My daughter has helped me gain 22 pounds, and she sits perfectly inside me. She’s part me and part my best friend and I love her. What’s more beautiful than that? I wonder what kind of personality she’ll have. I hope she’ll be strong like her mom and dad. She likes to work out with me. She really loves paleo pancakes and fruit – especially berries. I’ve started my third trimester and each day I am reminded that her anticipated arrival will be here soon. I have gradually accepted my body since becoming pregnant. It has been a huge adjustment for me. CrossFit is harder with her. Core exercises, along with certain weightlifting movements have become nearly impossible, but I’m at peace with it. I’m still averaging four days a week at the gym, and that’s more than most women get when they’re not pregnant. I am proud of myself for that. I hope all my hard work pays off during labor and delivery. Mentally, weight gain has not been an issue for me. I’m feeling strong and fit. I know this weight gain is normal and good. I’ve maintained my fitness and lifestyle –I am happy to be a strong, healthy mom for my baby. And I plan to be an example of that after she arrives. I look at myself in the mirror. I am a changed woman – emotionally. I can’t describe that feeling of watching and feeling my baby move inside of me. Its life changing and it’s become one of my favorite things. Knowing that my husband and I have created this life is a miracle. I want to give her the world, and if that means


giving up a lot of my world, then so be it. I want her to be happy, independent, self-sufficient and successful, and will do everything in my power to give her everything she needs to be all of these things. But, I will always be a good example of what a woman and wife should be. I will love and honor her father, live a healthy life, and care about my life and my presence. I care too much about her to give up myself and what makes me, me. Sometimes I rock her in our rocking chair at night. I dream about her sleeping in her crib. I stare at her tiny clothes hanging on pink hangers. I think about the woman I wish her to be – strong, beautiful, graceful, smart, and kind, both physically and emotionally. I want her to be a great example in this struggling world we live in. I hope that her father and I will show her the importance of family, kindness, love, health and acts of generosity to others. I hope that we give her the tools to live a healthy lifestyle to maintain for years to come. It’s amazing how quickly life changes and how I would do anything for my daughter – she’s challenged me emotionally in the most beautiful way possible. As these next few weeks pass, I plan to enjoy watching her grow inside of me and watch myself change – physically and emotionally. I will stay active and cherish every moment I have with her in my womb and plan for her arrival. I thank God, my husband and my family for being here every second of my journey to motherhood. Eloise has a lot of great things and people in her life and for that, I am thankful, and couldn’t ask for more.

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Here we are in March already!! How are your fitness resolutions coming? If you’re like most “resolutioners” you’ve thrown in the towel. No worries, you didn’t lose… It felt like WORK and you probably didn’t get the result you were going for. Remember though, that these trips to the sweat shop aren’t just about that ever so elusive “look” you’re hoping for. Consider a study from the American Cancer Society that suggested overweight and obesity could account for 14 percent of cancer deaths in males, and 20 percent for cancer in females. Simply put, your trips to the gym aren’t simply something you should want to do, they’re something you need to do. For those who feel they’ll just never get into working out because it’s too boring, try making your workouts more fun. There’s a list of things you can do to turn your exercise regimen from something you don’t look forward into something you really appreciate AND look forward to.

• Find a fitness class:

Many people find that working out with others is a good way to stay on schedule and stay motivated. You’re less likely to skip a workout if it’s your turn to drive to the gym or if a friend is there to hassle you into not skipping. Also, going to the gym with others can be more enjoyable because you can joke around between sets (or on breaks). As an added bonus, you might even push yourself more physically to keep up with a friend, which is another motivating factor. (I have a couple of those in Tabata!!)

• Mix things up:

If your workouts don’t involve isolating specific muscles each day (where Monday you’ll work solely triceps and back, Tuesday legs and chest, etc.) but instead are more general and less strenuous, then you’re bound for failure! A good way to combat that is to change your routine. Try


going to the gym at a different time once per week, perhaps before work instead of after. Also, go in reverse order of your typical workout. Muscles get used to the same work every day, so if you keep doing the same routine at the same time, you’ll find your workouts are less effective. Mixing things up is beneficial to both your muscles and your mind, which will be less likely to grow bored and WAY more likely to succeed!

• Play sports:

Workouts don’t need to just include dumbbells and sit-ups. If your office has a company softball team, join it. Or if there’s a local basketball league you can join, consider that as well. Such teams should not replace a good workout routine (as they likely won’t feature more than a game or two per week), but can act as a great complement to trips to the gym. Also, getting out in the fresh air can help improve your state of mind.

• Go outdoors:

Many state parks have workout stations along the trails you can walk. And, if you’re on trails, keep in mind the walk itself is great exercise, particularly if the trails feature some hills to climb. Again, the fresh air can be very rejuvenating as well.

• Incorporate music:

Many exercise enthusiasts find that music is a perfect complement to their workouts. Time tends to go by a lot faster when you’re listening to your own playlist. And thanks to the numerous MP3 devices, you can create your own playlist specifically for working out, loading it with music you know will get you pumped up and keep you motivated throughout your workout. This is HIGHLY recommended, music is a vessel and you’ll find yourself moving to the beat. Channeling your energy into what’s right in front of you will also lead you to more successful routines.

HillsDale HealtH & wellness treating aDDiction

Dr. raVi YariD although it has many aspects, as we quest for health there is an aspect of our lives that commonly is swept under the rug: addiction. in truth, addiction is a large part of all of our lives. everyone is, or has been, addicted to something. People commonly assume addiction is related to illegal drugs, but in truth we can become addicted to practically anything, drugs, foods, or even habits. even the term “bad habit” is actually just another term for addiction. what addictions do you have in your life? tobacco is VerY common and probably the first on many minds when we think of addiction. it is one of the most common legal substance addictions and is extremely addictive. cigarettes are filled with so much more than just tobacco, making the addiction much stronger, but ultimately, this addiction must be conquered first on our quest for health as even someone with a very healthy lifestyle that smokes is still extremely unhealthy. other legal drug addictions may be more subtle,

such as caffeine. Do you need that morning cup of coffee? Do you crave soda, iced tea, or other energy drinks? Do you get headaches when it has been too long since having caffeine? This is addiction, and when you feel the effects of not having the caffeine, that is withdrawal. The withdrawal may have a different feel than other drugs, but this is still withdrawal and you are addicted. Food addiction is an epidemic in our country. it is ultimately one of the leading factors in disease and death. it is a cause of so very much disease it rivals smoking. we have become one of the most obese nations in the world, and this is very sad. The reason for this addiction is quite complex, and numerous books have been written about this topic. i encourage anyone with food related addiction to seek out knowledge about food. too many of us continue purchasing cheap, instant, and fast foods full of empty calories which do not replenish our nutrition deficiencies, leaving us hungry . . . which we fill ourselves with more empty calories that become nothing but fat. Most addiction occurs from chemical shifts in the brain signaling gratification. This may be achieved by means other than direct chemical stimulation from drugs or food. one example is the rush achieved from sky diving or other extreme sport. This is situational psychological stimulation causing an endocrine and neurochemical release, also known as a “rush,”

to which some can become addicted. another, less intense but more constant form of this kind of stimulation is achieved through tV and videogames. television and videogames offer an excellent form of entertainment and at times a social and mental exercise. But this has become a numbing addiction for millions. in balance, this is not a bad thing, but when life revolves around the times of shows, or when one can get the controller back in hand, we have another addiction in our lives. addiction has controlled far too many for far too long. life should not revolve around what pulls you or what you “need” for the moment while dulling the life experience, life should be about experiencing what you truly desire. Freedom from anything that controls you and enjoying what really matters. what joyful memories do you have of ingesting a substance for the thousandth time, or sitting watching tV, or playing video games? Most of our favorite and clearest memories involve others for whom we care, and are usually free of substance or addictive distraction. let us feed our minds and free ourselves from addiction and distractions. i admit that i am no expert, i have struggled with food addiction my entire life, and continue to do so. i will be the first to admit this, but i continue to strive for betterment. i would challenge each and every one of you to do the same.

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Help Your Kids Excel, Soar and Thrive – The Natural Way! By Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI Simply Hers Magazine


Childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are all terms that are associated all too often with kids today. From preschoolers to teenagers, Three school age childrenphysical and behavioral health issues in our nation’s children are skyrocketing out of control. How we eat, directly affects our concentration, energy level, metabolism, and resistance to disease. Even academic achievers and active athletes feel the strain of a busy and demanding school week, and what they eat affects how they perform. So whether your child appears to be the epitome of good health or is challenged with one or more health concerns, here are a few tips for helping our kids excel in school, soar in health and thrive in life – Naturally! Pump up the “Natural” and Discard the “Processed” From the increasing flood of sugars, fats, food colorings, additives and preservatives, it’s no wonder we’re experiencing increased health and behavior concerns in our country’s youth. I say, “Get back to nature and take advantage of all the benefits provided in natural foods, close to the farm!” “Natural” means choosing wholesome foods with minimal processing. Wholegrain breads, cereals, rice and pastas instead of white. Eating fresh meats and cheeses instead of processed. Natural means choosing “real” fruits and vegetables and not thinking “fruit-flavored snacks” or “vegetable chips” are healthy alternatives. Wholesome foods generally mean less sugar, fat, sodium and chemicals, and more fiber and nutrients like beneficial antioxidants that our bodies need. Foods close to the farm also help normalize blood sugars and provide greater hunger control than processed and chemically enhanced foods. As I like to say, choosing natural foods means choosing foods with ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. Keep Preservatives, Chemical Food Colorings and Flavor Enhancers to a Low Roar While colorings, additives and preservatives are all FDA-approved, they are NOT all risk-free. For over 10 years now, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reports studies that show various food colorings linked to bladder, brain, thyroid and adrenal cancers, as well as linking to behavior problems in kids. As a result of two 2008 British studies linking food dyes to ADD/ADHD behavior in children, CSPI petitioned the FDA this past June to ban 6 commonly used food dyes. The simple solution? Opt for “natural” foods and you’ll avoid any risks associated with artificial food coloring. Color Their World with Fruits and Veggies Make sure the bright colors in their meals and snacks are from natural fruits and vegetables, not artificially colored, “fruit-flavored” snacks and beverages. A 10-year old needs a combined 4 cups of fruits and vegetables every day. Are you eating that much? Are you buying that much? Fresh is best, then frozen, canned and juice. And serve your children 100% fruit juice with no added coloring instead of “fruit drinks” and “ades” loaded with artificial dyes.

Impart the Goodness of Whole Grains Did you know that whole-grain wheat and oats contain as many beneficial antioxidants as broccoli or carrots? So eat your whole grains for disease-fighting antioxidants in addition to sorely needed fiber. Replacing refined, enriched (white) flour products with whole-grain products also naturally increases your daily fiber intake by as much as 8 grams. This is a great start since Americans should get 30 grams a day and typically fall short by 10-18 grams. To calculate a child’s daily fiber needs in grams, take their age plus 5. Whole-grain bread, pasta and brown rice are all high in fiber. High fiber means high in volume so you fill up faster on fewer calories, creating a natural portion control for the pasta and bread lovers in your family! Enhance Their Snacks Everyone wants snacks and treats—even adults—but snacks don’t have to be empty calories loaded with fat, sodium, sugar and nothing else. Instead of a plateful of cookies or a bag of potato chips, try two cookies and an apple or a handful of nuts and an orange. Fruit smoothies with low-fat yogurt make great “healthy” milk shakes for breakfast or snacks; and whole-grain tortilla chips with fresh salsa and bean dip provide a ton of nutrients without a ton of calories. Check out my Benito Bean Dip recipe that younger kids can help make and teenagers can prepare themselves. Quench Their Thirst with Water Never underestimate the power of staying hydrated. But when kids look to quench their thirst, it’s usually with soda, juice or “power” drinks – when the real power drink is just plain, pure water! Headaches, fatigue and low concentration are often signs of “under-hydration” or dehydration. Get them in the habit of starting their day with a glass of water, since we wake up naturally a bit dehydrated. (That’s why you weigh less first thing in the morning.) Try carrying bottles of water in the car for both long and short trips, and I strongly recommend a constant water bottle at their desks and in their school lockers. Relying on the drinking fountain at break time is just not enough. If water is too “boring,” then add a splash of 100% juice or an envelope of TrueLemon, TrueLime, TrueOrange or EmergenC for a little extra flavor. Just avoid artificial sweeteners and dyes. I hope you can see how choosing natural foods and good clean water can help your kids excel in school, soar in health and thrive in life by eliminating processed foods and artificial ingredients. Go ahead and take advantage of all the essential nutrients natural, wholesome foods have to offer!

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When you are deprived of regular exercise – whether through inactivity, illness or injury – basic processes slow down, directly resulting in inflammation, the leading culprit in pain and disability. Nutritional Counseling directly addresses inflammation in every tissue of the body supplying nutrients necessary for healing while reducing and eliminating substances known to cause inflammatory processes, furthering the damage of injury and disability. In combination, the two provide the most comprehensive support for a good night’s sleep. Chiropractic care and Nutrition Counseling are a powerful, one-two combination for creating a healthy, active lifestyle. By addressing structural imbalances, chiropractic care releases tension and addresses pain, while nutritional support calms inflammation, provides your body with necessary building material and creates eating patterns supportive of your daily routine.

Why is the baby crying?

Many new parents are constantly asking that question.

The Dream: Your baby starts sleeping through the night, just a few weeks gurgles happily while you run errands and only fusses when hunger strikes. The reality: your baby’s favorite play time is after a 2 a.m. feeding and crankiness peaks whenever you are out and about.

By Dr. Jon Herbener Simply Hers Magazine

Babies cry. The average newborn cries one to four hours a day – and for lots of reasons. Babies cry because they are tired, hungry, lonely, too hot, too cold or simply because it’s that time of day. All this crying can be particularly baffling for first time parents, who might think they should know what their screaming bundle of joy is trying to tell them – and be able to do something, quickly! Rest assured that if you can’t figure out why your baby is crying or how to stop the tears, you haven’t failed as a parent. Don’t take the tears personally. If your baby’s crying is causing you stress or anxiety, take a deep breath and try to relax. Ask for help if you feel you need it and remember this stage won’t last forever.

WHY BABIES CRY Dr. Jon Herbener Board Certified Pediatrician Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrician Practicing in Hillsdale for 37 years Chief of Pediatricians at Hillsdale Community Health Center

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When your baby cries he or she is generally trying to tell you something. Crying is a baby’s way of communicating that he or she is hungry, uncomfortable or simply has had too much stimulation for one day. There may be times when your baby needs to cry it out, but, in general, it is best to respond quickly to his or her cries – especially when your child is a newborn. Don’t be afraid that by doing so you will be spoiling your baby by giving him or her too much attention. Just the opposite, studies indicate that being responsive to a child’s needs might help him or her cry less overall and show less aggressive behavior as a toddler.


Most newborns eat every few hours around the clock and usually wake for feedings during the night. Quiet babies may squirm or root around or fuss gently when they are hungry. More active babies can become almost frantic when hunger strikes. They may get so worked up that by the time feeding begins that they gulp air with the milk. This can cause spitting up, trapped gas and more crying. Some babies are intensely bothered by having air in their stomaches, while for others it isn’t as much of a problem.


Just like adults babies don’t like to feel uncomfortable. A common cause of baby discomfort is a wet or soiled diaper. Tummy troubles are also a common source of discomfort. Gas or indigestion can cause your baby to cry. Often, after a burp or the passage of gas, the crying will stop. Temperature can also be a source of discomfort – if baby is too hot or too cold it can trigger tears. So can tight, binding or itchy clothing. Some babies seem to be particularly irritated by tight or rubbing clothing.


Sometimes, babies cry simply because they are looking for attention – a little Tender Loving Care. Babies may be lonely or bored or he or she may be frightened. As you will find, babies like to be held. They like to see and hear their parents and listen to the sound of their parent’s voices and heartbeats.


When a baby is overtired or overly stimulated, crying becomes a way to unwind or release tension. Tired babies generally fuss and you may find that your baby needs more sleep than you think. Newborns often sleep for 16-20 hours a day. Too much noise, movement or visual stimulation also might drive your baby to tears. In addition, many babies have predictable periods of fussiness. They cry at certain periods of the day and often for no apparent reason. Picking up on particular patterns can help you better respond to your baby’s cries. • A hunger cry may be short and low pitched. • A cry of pain might be a sudden, long, high pitched shriek. • If your baby is making lip movements or rooting, hunger might be the problem. • If your baby is rubbing his or her eyes he or she might be tired and in need of sleep. • If your baby hears a loud noise and begins to cry, he or she may simply be startled. In the next issue I will discuss some suggestions for comforting a crying baby.

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Women’s Center Offers

Spacious Serenity & expanded services By Nancy Hastings Simply Hers Magazine

With a dedication to service and comfort, the Hillsdale Community Health Center’s new Birthing Center and Women’s Services has gained notoriety among staff and the families they serve. With it’s one year anniversary approaching, the center, located on the hospital’s new ground level addition, has seen an increase in families utilizing state-of-the-art services and equipment. As of mid September, HCHC Director of Development Judy Gabriele reported 322 babies born at the new center. Clinical Nurse Manager Amy Zoll said the surroundings provide the nurses with more space and noted that it’s a joy to watch staff and

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families embrace what the new unit offers. There are 10 beds; eight are private and four are for labor, delivery, recovery and post partum better known as LDRPs. The center also offers a two-bed triage. Each room is equipped with a whirlpool jetted tub, a couch that doubles as a bed for the patient’s significant other, a wall-mounted television, wireless Internet and a central fetal monitoring system. Decorated in soothing earth tones, the rooms are spacious with plenty of room for staff and families, something RN Tressa Reinche says everyone can appreciate. “The neat thing is a lot of input during

construction came from the nursing staff,” Reinche said. “The layout of the unit changed based on the input.” Two high risk rooms are located next to the nurses station for immediate attention. A large nursery, breast-feeding room and a family waiting room are also included in the new unit. A nourishment room provides supplies for patients and emphasizes the hospital’s motto of being a healthy food facility. Zoll said perhaps the greatest thing happening in the unit is the surgical suite located at the end of the hall, providing efficient and safe care within the unit.

A grant from the Ronald McDonald House of Outstate Michigan has allowed the center to purchase a new central monitoring system, which replaces the GE Centricity the hospital has had since 1997. “With the upgrade, everything is new,” Zoll said, noting one of the advantages of the system is the remote component known as the OB Link, so patients can be monitored at all times. This option allows providers to view fetal monitor strips in real time from their office, home or “on the road.” “This is a great comfort to our moms,” Zoll said. “With this system, we are able to monitor them while they move around, so they don’t have to feel confined. It’s a great system.” Also new is the state-of-the-art security system called HUGS. With this system, a device is placed on the baby’s ankle, which alerts staff to an infant being removed from the center. Regular drills are conducted to make sure the system doesn’t allow a breach, Zoll said. “When moms come in, they are educated about the process,” she added. “A lot ask about security, so they can know what to expect. We want to meet those needs and be on top of the game.” Several grants have also enabled the unit to provide hearing screens for newborns. Since 2004, seven babies have been identified with hearing difficulty. Heart defects are also screened, identifying issues that otherwise would not be found till later. With added services and technology, Zoll said numbers for those being serviced have gone up steadily since the beginning of the year.

Training is done with Toledo Hospital, while other certifications are done online.

“We’ve been very consistent since opening the new unit,” she added, noting the draw comes from not only added services, but from excellent physician care.

Education is extolled among staff who keep up-to-date on what’s happening in their field.

“They give great care and moms talk about that,” she said.

Zoll pointed out the national C-section rate is 32 percent, while it’s 26.2 percent at HCHC.

Staff includes 16 registered nurses and two CENA staff members, all devoted solely to the center. “There are close to 192 combined years of experience among staff,” Zoll said. “There is a great variety of expertise and some new faces that add wonderful input in care.”

“We also keep statistics on induction rates and epidural rates and we’re below the national average in all those,” she said. “We are constantly looking at these and exploring ways to improve - we’re evidence based.” By empowering women with great information, safety of mothers and their babies is increased, Zoll said. Staff also does what is called “rounding” - where patients are visited every hour and every two hours while sleeping (without waking). The purpose, Zoll said, is to hear input and meet needs. A bedside shift report includes the patient, along with the exiting nurse, so needs are met. “This has meant more to our moms because they feel like they are included in their care,” Zoll said. “It gives them an element of say and engages them.” The health and wellbeing of patients is foremost. Visiting hours are open 24 hours for dads and grandparents. Siblings are free to come and go, Zoll said. Other than that, no one is allowed in the unit under the age of 12. Tours of the facility are encouraged, because staff wants the community to see what’s available. Additionally, free prenatal classes are held for expectant parents planning on delivering at HCHC. These are taught by certified childbirth educators and information can be obtained by calling the Birthing Center at 437-5280. “It’s an exciting time for Hillsdale,” Zoll said. “People can come for point of service right here, without confusion or delays - it’s wonderful for our moms.”


Gray Matters

Embrace the chaos

Living with three kids ages six, no, now seven (yikes!) and under is more than a bit chaotic. If they aren’t screaming at or hitting (or sitting on) each other, then they are dying of thirst or hunger, or can’t find a certain toy or reach the light switch or … well, you see where I am going here. They need a lot of help.

By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

But where it seems they have the most difficulty, is locating the bin or shelf or drawer the toys go in when it’s clean up time. They do not seem to have much trouble finding the toy to begin with, but when it comes to putting it away, they wander around aimlessly. I get it, putting toys away is not fun. But it is a necessary evil when you are a kid and if they could just understand that if they picked up their toys quickly and efficiently, there might be time for doing something fun at the end of the night. Say a family game or some Wii bowling perhaps, but alas, no. Inevitably what happens is they drag their feet – playing along the way – and my husband and I end up doing most of the clean up (and some yelling, I am not proud to say), and the night ends with a few tears and a couple of frustrated and exhausted parents. Now this could all be tolerable if they would figure out that they have to clean up their toys and poking around and getting Mommy and Daddy upset does not make it any better. At the very least the seven-year-old should know it by now, but no. It still happens. Every. Single. Time. With three kids and three kids worth of toys (well, more like eight kids worth) we have a lot of mess – all the time. I am not exaggerating


here. It is all the time. The only time the house remains clean for any length of time is either when they are asleep or we are out of town. I am not kidding. The tough part of this is that I am more than a bit OCD when it comes to cleaning. If you think I am joking just ask my friend. I used to go to her house when we were kids and clean her room for her. She didn’t pay me or anything I just couldn’t help myself. Her mom loved me. So how do I let my kids be kids and be messy and leave toys all over when all I do is have the compulsive urge to pick them up? I have to stop myself from cleaning up the clutter whenever I am playing with them. Just play with them, Sarah. I know they will only be this young once and they will only want to play with their mom for a finite amount of time so I need to get over my need for everything to be neat and orderly and just embrace the chaos. It’s tough, but I’m finding it. Not every day, but most. Too soon the house will be empty of all their Little People, Legos and Disney Princesses and everything will be neat and orderly all the time. Then, I know, I will miss the chaos. For those of you who may be interesting in my further ramblings you can check out my blog at http://graymatters03.blogspot.com/

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We may pass these buildings every day admiring their beauty and detail, or we may not even notice they are there. However we view them, these buildings are rooted in history and are a testament to our county’s rich heritage and the people who work hard to preserve it.


By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

The Mitchell Building

Lenawee County Historical Museum

At the corner of Manning and McCollum streets in the heart of Hillsdale, sits an impressive dark gray architectural gem with an even more impressive history.

From its exterior, the Lenawee County Historical Museum looks more like a castle than a museum, or even a library. However the striking building in downtown Adrian was built solely for that purpose as the Adrian Public Library.

The Mitchell Building, located at 22 North Manning Street, has been many things over its nearly 150 year history. After a number of transitions, it now embraces its past and those who made it, as the Mitchell Research Center and Pulver Library collection.

The two-story, 12,000 square foot museum, located at 110 E. Church Street, was one of more than 2,500 libraries built worldwide through the funds of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist who believed in giving to the “industrious and ambitious.”

Owned by the City of Hillsdale and run by the Friends of the Mitchell Research Center, the building, and the large number of research documents it houses, helps those with a desire to know more about their ancestors and the rich history of the county.

Originally Adrian was denied their request for a Carnegie library in 1902 because the town already had a library with suitable accommodations. In 1904 however, the city was given a bequest of $8,000-$10,000 from Amos Baker to be used for the purchase of books. This prompted the library committee to resubmit their request which was accepted later in the year.

“People come from all over the country to look at our historical records,” says JoAnne Miller, volunteer with the Friends of Mitchell Research Center. “People want to be where their past happened. Our history is far bigger and deeper than people realize.” The Mitchell Building was first constructed in 1868 by Charles T. Mitchell and his wife Harriett Wing Mitchell. Mitchell was a prominent citizen in Hillsdale having success in the railroad business and opening two banks in town. The lavish home featured three floors, detailed molding and wood work, a fireplace with a marble mantel and beautiful medallions surrounding the lights in the dining room and front parlors. As with other prominent homes of the day, the third floor was built as an entertaining space with its own dance floor and stage. Following Mitchell’s death in 1898 he bequeathed his home to the City of Hillsdale giving his wife a lifelong lease until his wife’s death. After she passed in 1906, the building went through an extensive two-year renovation using $10,000 gifted from Mitchell. In 1908 the building became the Mitchell Public Library. The library included a men’s club room, an auditorium on the second floor for women’s groups to meet, and the third floor was left as an entertainment space for parties and dances. The building remained a library for 95 years until 2003 when the Hillsdale Community Library was built next door. During the next few years the occupants of the building shifted several times, but now the building and those who work inside it are dedicated to preserving and educating community members about the wonderful and rich history of Hillsdale County. Completely volunteer run, The Mitchell Research Center is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; summer hours are MondayFriday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, or to volunteer call 517-437-6488 or email hillsdalehistoricalsociety@gmail.com. Further history on The Mitchell Public Library and other historic people and places in Hillsdale County can be found at the Hillsdale Historical Society’s website www.hillsdalehistoricalsociety.org.

Building did not begin immediately, as there was one other wrinkle that needed to be ironed out. Carnegie had several clear stipulations when he granted money to communities for libraries. One of those restrictions was the money he gave was solely to be used for libraries. So when the city wanted to include an auditorium in the library they had to come up with the money themselves. Illinois architect Paul O. Moratz was chosen to design the building. Moratz designed a number of Carnegie libraries and he favored the Richardsonian Romanesque style with its towers, turrets and sandstone arches. Ground was broken in 1907, and in February 1909 the library opened to the public. The building remained a library for nearly 70 years. After falling into some disrepair the library was moved and the Lenawee County Historical Society purchased the building in 1978 for $10. After a lengthy and costly renovation creating handicap accessibility, the building reopened in 1980 as the Lenawee County Historical Museum.“Lenawee County has a rich history. So many important things happened here,” says Jan Richardi, who has volunteered at the museum for more than 20 years. She has also authored many booklets on Lenawee County entitled “Seeds of Time” which can be purchased at the museum. Operated solely by volunteers and donations, much of the museum sits as a time capsule to the past. The auditorium still has the wooden seats, metal arm rests and wire holders under the seats for storing a man’s hat. All the woodwork and some of the light fixtures are original to the early 1900s construction. Two of the three automobiles produced in Lenawee County are proudly displayed on the first floor. The 1902 Murray Motorcar and the 1912 Lion show Lenawee County’s rich history in the automotive industry. At least once a year a theme room is created to show a particular aspect of the county. Currently on display is “The American Red Cross in Lenawee County,” showcasing memorabilia from the Lenawee branch of the Red Cross. The Lenawee County Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free to the public and groups are always welcome for tours. For more information or to set up a tour call 517-265-6071. You can also find them on Facebook and at their website www. lenaweemuseum.org.

Just call Me Dorothy

By Ashley Price Simply Hers Magazine

The hardest part about living in the Bakken is the housing issue. Rent here is right around $1000 per person or per room. One bedrooms go from $1500-2000, two bedrooms go from $1800-2400, with three bedrooms over $3,000 per month. Some larger downtown houses are going for $4,000-5,000 per month. Although this place is a wonderland for employment, it’s a nightmare for housing. I read an article on Wall Street Pit that stated, “North Dakota saw a 200 percent jump in homelessness last year, the biggest increase of any state. There are now 2,069 homeless people in the state of 699,628, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That translates into 28.6 homeless people per 10,000. The national average is 19.” I haven’t lived everywhere or anywhere other than in the state of Michigan but I feel confident in saying this is one of the hardest places in America to live. I myself have been a part of the homelessness statistic and had a rough year in the ole’ housing department. I feel like Dorothy in the Land of Oz trying to find her way to the Emerald City. Much like Dorothy, I’ve had to endure a world of munchkins, wicked witches and terrifying flying monkeys.


To sum it up; I’ve had to move four times, one guy owes me $1800 in back rent, I never received the deposit back from one girl who two days after we moved in was served with a

three day eviction notice, and I lived for three months at a pseudo half-way house in a meth neighborhood where we had things stolen and the gas siphoned from our vehicles. But we struggle no more. I just signed a one year lease on a one bedroom apartment in a nice, safe neighborhood. I am so overjoyed that I can barely sit in one place. I have perma-grin and I’m almost sure people in the coffee shop right now think I may be on drugs. But I’m just high on life! I needed a little stability in my life and never feeling like you have a home is the most stressful, unsettling feeling. So this is a big deal for me. I don’t even mind paying out my nose for it. I have so many things I want to accomplish in this boomtown and now I have a more solid foundation to jump from. And folks, I’m ready to leap! My whole goal when I moved to North Dakota was to start my own business. So now, having a home is finally giving me the peace of mind I need to pull the trigger on my venture. After almost two years, things are finally starting to fall into place for me here. I’ve been on an adventure down the winding yellow brick road full of obstacles so that I can find my own Emerald City. Just like Dorothy, I am learning so much about myself, valuable life lessons, and making some amazing friends along the way. References:wallstreetpit.com/102416-the-growinghomeless-problem-in-north-dakota/

following sara What tales are we telling our daughters? By Sara So Simply Hers Magazine

By the time you are reading this I hope that the weather has improved and gotten warmer, because if it hasn’t, then I’m leaving. Just kidding! Although, c’mon Mother Nature, really? If you’re that cranky I suggest

you take a chill pill like the rest of us. I hope that everybody was able to take something away from my last article even if it was that none of us are invincible. This brings me to this month’s article, which like all the previous ones I neglected to write, and hesitated, and procrastinated. Not because that is by nature who I am, but because this article has almost become a reflection of my life, of the turns that it takes, of the revelations that I make. Last month’s it was that perhaps I wasn’t as invincible as I thought, and at the same time it reminded me of how quickly habits can become addictions. And then the holidays passed and I was forced to consider what I could share with readers once again. What part of my life I felt comfortable laying bare. I even picked out a quote that I thought represented that: “The Approach to Combat and everyday life should be the same”. Miyamoto Musashi – Japanese Swordsman and Ronin. Even as my life has become increasingly more stressful it also feels increasingly more triumphant. Each day I climb higher, more successful, I feel as if I can see a peak that can be crested, where I can stand on top and look below at the things which I’ve risen above. I consider what it would feel like to stand on that precipice and look down, at the splashes of sacrifice on the rocks below, the situations and people I’d felt as if I’d defeated. My adult life, so inextricably entwined within the military, has consistently felt like a war. And even as I feel like I’m gaining closer to the top of my personal mountain, I also feel fear, for the unknown that lies on the other side. Sometimes I feel shame. Ashamed that a woman who has lived through so much could be so frightened by the basics of life. By the concept of having children, and being anonymous, and gaining that dog (Corgi!) and white picket fence. Some moments I want that life so badly, and some moments a feel so scornful of anybody who wants that life. When I picture my life I picture the trajectory of something that has been catapulted straight into the air, like a fighter jet, and as it reaches its pinnacle it slows, slows down, reaches its peak, then begins to drop. I feel a sort of delicious inevitability to life, one in which all the things which I will accomplish have been accomplished on that vault to the sky; and then, once reaching the pinnacle my descent is as right as the gravity which pulls an object back to earth, toward mediocrity. Gravity, that is what I feel the pull of on my life. Of course, nobody ever talks about this.


All I can find online are blogs, either about how motherhood has changed someone’s life, or about how somebody is glad that they’ve made the choice against it. Nobody ever discusses how they came to that point. Shouldn’t the next step be as active of a decision as the choices I made at 17 when I decided to go to college and join the military? Why do I feel as if the choices have already been made for me? That the trajectory of my life is as unchangeable as the path that the Apple took from the tree to the top of Newton’s head. I have proven myself, on the battlefield, in the office, at the classroom; and while none of it has been easy it has always been oh so worth it! So why do I feel like I have so much to give up and so little to gain in this next step? And why do I feel as if I have so little choice? I’ve wanted to reach out, but I’ve been afraid I’ll get back the same drivel I always hear. About how I’ll make an amazing mother, and how it will change by life. Yeah well getting a boob job and moving to Hollywood would also change by life; doesn’t mean that’s the right path for me. How do those people feel who had that decision taken away from them by the circumstances of life feel? What about those who tried so hard and yet never got what they wished for? In my prior articles I have tried to write them as if I could speak to or pass something on to a younger version of myself. A young Sara that felt so out of place in a world where girls were meant to love horses, and boys, and the concept of being rescued and living happily ever after. Now I feel just as out of place in a world where it is expected that you be Wonder Woman at everything. Perfect Mother, perfect Nurse, perfect Captain, perfect person. I know my answers lie eventually in my choices. I am a perfectionist, eventually I will be forced to choose which things I wish to be perfect at. The question I have this month, is what tales are we telling our daughters? Our Grandaughters? Our Nieces and friends? What stories are we passing to them about what they should be perfect at? How many women stay at home and feel guilt for re-entering the workplace? How many women re-enter the workplace and regret not being at home? How many women have children and find out too late that it wasn’t really for them (of course nobody will ever admit that but I refuse to believe that 100% of women find bliss in motherhood).Are we really teaching our young girls what is in their best interest? Or just what the gravity of our society has traditionally demanded? Why do I feel pulled by a battle that I cannot win?

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From holiday baking and serving extra guests to a long · WIPE OUT! Take a few minutes to do a quick winter of snow days (which equals shark frenzy-feedings), wipe-down of the shelves inside. It’s amazing how by now your kitchen cupboards and pantry may be dirt can filter into them. overwhelmingly disorganized. We’ve tackled the pantry in past columns so with the spirit of a fresh start for spring, · TWO DOWN- ONE TO GO! After throwing away your ‘TOSS’ pile, and boxing up your let’s tackle the (non-food) kitchen cupboards, S.O.S. style! ‘DONATE/SELL’ pile, concentrate on what you have left to store and consider the zone where it would be · TAKE TIME TO THINK! Before you even start, most effectively and efficiently stored. For example, take a few minutes to assess the layout, efficiency, I keep a separate cupboard area specifically for my and day-to-day use of your kitchen as it applies to baking supplies and pans since they’re not used as your lifestyle NOW. Sometimes things change and often. we don’t think to change/update our cupboards to best suit the way we need the space to function. · PUT LIKE THINGS TOGETHER! As you reLook at your cupboards with fresh eyes and be open fill the cupboards, keep like-items together; such as to changing things around. plates and bowls in one cupboard, glasses and mugs


Most kitchens need cabinet space for dishes (plates, glasses, and bowls), pots and pans, silverware, cooking utensils, baking pans and food storage. Where these items are stored should be dictated by where they are most often used or the convenience of accessing them. For example, the pots and pans by the stove/oven.

in another. Put the items you use most often on the most convenient shelves. Reorganize your drawers to make sense such as cutting tools, knives and cutting boards together, cooking/serving utensils together. Maybe another drawer by your stove can hold pot holders/mitts and serving trivets. If you have more drawers than shelves, re-think using drawers to store small storage bowls or pan lids.

· TREAT YOURSELF TO A SHOPPING · BOTTOMS UP! Make better use of space by turning every other stemmed glass, upside down. TRIP! There are so many new and fun organizing

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Using a plastic tier stand can double your cupboard products out now. If you haven’t strolled down the real estate. aisles and checked them out lately, you need to do that! Something as simple as a holder for pan lids · DON’T BE A BAG LADY! Invest in an that you can mount on your cupboard door, drawer inexpensive plastic bag holder. When it’s full, take dividers or baskets, can extend your space and give most of them to recycle or donate to a food pantry. you that organized look you want. Maybe it’s time to invest in some new stackable storage bowls and · LABEL UNTIL YOU LEARN! It can be confusing and frustrating when you first change pledge to never keep another plastic cottage cheese things around (old dogs…..) so you may want container! to pull out your label maker and identify the new · CLEAR THEM OUT! Take everything out of ‘zones’. It just might help the rest of your family get each cabinet. As you do that, scrutinize whether or on board too! not it’s an item you truly do use. Start 3 piles- KEEP, If the prospect of overhauling your whole kitchen seems TOSS, OR DONATE/SELL. If you come across overwhelming, take it a cupboard or two at a time. The something that you never use or no longer need, main thing to remember is to declutter by getting rid of put it in the ‘TOSS’ or ‘DONATE’ pile. This is the the duplicates and extras you don’t need or use so that the opportunity to really sort out! The less you keep, things you have left can be neatly and efficiently stored. the more organized your cupboards will be when After all, nothing puts you out of the mood to cook faster things are put back. Find another place or get rid than an avalanche of falling Cool Whip containers! of anything and everything that does not belong in the kitchen. Toss odds and end storage bowls with missing lids.

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If a man walks right up to where you are sitting reading this Simply Hers article and says, “Hey, I have a mission for you. Can you put down the magazine for a moment, so we can talk face to face without distractions? My mission for you is mighty, not for the weak-hearted. I desire for you to accept My high-calling charge I give you.” By Laura Loveberry Inspirational Speaker and Author

You look up bewildered to see Jesus standing in front of you, dressed in a biblical-times robe and scars in His hands. Does He grab your modern day attention? Oh, yea. His eyes seem to pierce right into your soul as he talks to you with his hand gently resting on your shoulder. You are totally engulfed in His presence as Jesus speaks: My mission is NOT the easy road. On the contrary, it is a rigorous demanding exhausting route. At times you may think you can not carry on. But I am right with you the whole way feeling your pain, doubts, and exhaustion on this mission. You can talk to me all along the journey. I am calling you to tell others about my life-changing power to set lives free, to restore relationships, and to live in spiritual peace no matter how horrific their situation may be. I desire for you to share the spiritual strength source to make their lives shine in the dark times. I will give you peace unexplainable passing all understanding. You will be a carrier of hope to the hopeless, of life to the dying, and of light to a dark world. So many are searching for “MORE” in life and coming up feeling empty with less fulfillment. I am the “MORE” they are searching, not the things, tone-fit bodies, youth restoring potions, fancy cars, big houses, or the next high-tech gadget . I am the “More,” the full answer to their emptiness, and I am calling you on a mission to speak My truths to a confused, misdirected, lost people.


Find them.

Tell them Jesus loves them right where they are. Tell them in the box stores, at the ball games, in the grocery store, at the party. I love people and long for them to come to me broken and ready for restored purpose in this life I created for them. People are my masterpiece creation and I created them to do good purposeful works I planned for them to do long ago. People are missing out on their God-purpose life. I charge you to tell them I love them, long for a real relationship with each one, and I desire for them to live out their God-calling so they can experience the “MORE” they are missing. By the way, people will laugh at you, mock you, tell lies about you, ban you, and attempt to stop my mission, but you are to keep loving and praying for even the ones who reject you and Me. They are just confused by clever lies against My honest purpose. Your mission from Me, the Son of God with scarred hands, is simply to LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE. Go tell everyone you see about Me. I love them. I love you. Now will you take on My charge? Yea, this is a lot to process, right? The truth is we all in modern living have this historic charge. Reading God’s word makes sense of your earthly mission. You are called to live with heavenly purpose and passion for Jesus Christ. He has called Believers to share “More.” Jesus is the “More” people are striving for. Perhaps you don’t literally see the robe, scarred hands, or the Jesus with skin on, but you can be like Jesus with skin to others. Read God’s inspired words found in the Bible; accept God’s mission for you; love God, love people. Tell others Jesus loves them. The NLT Bible in Ephesians 2:10 refers to your purpose, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” What will you do with this hypothetical, modern day, Jesus conversation? Will you heed the real biblical charge?

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On July 10, 2014, the publisher of Automobile Magazine and the doctors and medical staff at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are planning a big event named “Caden’s Car Show.” The stated mission is “to create an experience for the patients and their families at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, to make them feel special and to transport them out of their daily struggle, and to honor the spirit of Caden Bowles, who loved everything about cars.”


Caden Bowles paid it forward with his life. His eyes gave sight to two people who were blind. But this story began 11 years ago in 2002 when Caden was a six weeks old infant. Born with a severe heart defect, he received a healthy heart from an eight-month old New Jersey girl, whose identity remains anonymous, at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Despite enduring such an ordeal while still so young, Caden lived a relatively normal life. His parents home schooled him, and he had what his maternal grandparent’s described as “his ups and downs.” Caden’s hobbies included reading, cars, watching the Three Stooges, cars, spending time with his family, cars, and most of all, cars. An energetic youngster who loved learning about new things, Caden, the oldest of four Bowles children, again faced a terrible adversity just before his eighth birthday when he contracted cancer, a disease that he battled, overcame and defeated with chemo therapy and stomach surgery. Throughout this ordeal, with help from grandparents, his father, a certified public accountant, continued to work. His mother took care of the home front with sister Ava, and brothers Brigham and Drake. Caden never called attention to himself or complained. During his stay in the hospital a pediatric nurse told a friend of hers who happened to be an editor of a national car magazine about the “endless car chatter from this little peanut.” Deputy Editor Joe DeMatio and President and Editor in Chief Jean Jennings, of Automobile Magazine, were intrigued and wrote that Caden was a “car freak, a car guy, car nut, whatever you want to call this passion that burns at a level few can match,” Jennings wrote in a recent issue of Automobile Magazine. “This was not your average eight-year-old car nut. While I was goggled by his Yoda demeanor and expressive hands, which waved around and punctuated his sentences with finger pokes…he delivered a lecture about Jaguar. He spoke in coherent, multi-clause, complex sentences. It was like an


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industry expert’s analysis.” Three years later, Caden returned to the hospital when his body rejected the heart he had received as an infant. Jennings returned to Mott for a visit on Caden’s 11th birthday. She said that even though he was hooked up “to a bunch of machines with a specialized IV line in his neck…he threw his hands in the air, and shouted, “We haven’t seen each other in three years!” Jennings noted that Caden hardly mentioned his medical situation, but “…he joyfully launched into his favorite subject, cars. He showed me his latest project, a newsletter called Full Throttle that he did in pencil on lined paper.” Caden had drawn a logo of a foot on an accelerator pedal over the F in the title. Jennings continued, “The story he’d written was a highly opinionated comparison of LaFerrari versus the new McLaren P1.” Caden illustrated his newsletter with Transformer versions of the two supercars in battle.

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Jennings discovered that Caden was fighting his own battle, for his life and that he needed a new heart. To cheer him up, Jennings brought an Aston Martin Vanquish to the hospital parking lot. Nurses loaded Caden and all his equipment, rolled him down stairs and into the street for a closer look. The next day she brought him an SRT Viper that Caden got to sit in and “fire up.” Word spread through the hospital and the doctors got in on the act. One brought a Porsche, another his Cobra. A well-known writer from Automobile stopped by with a Mercedes SLS. Despite everyone’s good intentions, heroic medical efforts, including a mechanical Berlin Heart, and being listed as status 1A, the highest priority on the transplant list, the gift of another human heart never arrived. At 11 years and three month old, his body finally failed on September 11, 2013. Caden’s passing has left his family, friends, Mott’s medical personal and numerous admirers heart broken. Caden’s grandfather, Dave Dye, a former Hillsdale College Head Football Coach, and later assistant principal of Davis Middle School in Hillsdale, and his wife, Terry, a retired elementary school teacher, related Caden’s story during a recent interview. Caden’s father is Lance Bowles, a standout Hornet athlete, AllAmerican Hillsdale College runner and a member of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame. His mother is Shannon Dye, another Hornet standout athlete, who received a track scholarship to NCAA Division I Ball State University. His paternal grandparents are former Hillsdale Postmaster Jack Bowles and his wife, Diane, along with great grandmothers Marie Huck and Aletiza Bowles, of Hillsdale. Caden Bowle’s short life has had an important purpose. Because this extraordinary child touched many, many lives through his charismatic personality and savant-like knowledge of cars, Caden’s loving family seeks to promote and expand organ donations. His cornea, the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil, and anterior chamber were donated and two people who could not see now have the gift of sight, according to his grandparents. Dr. Christopher Sonnenday, surgical director of liver transplantation at the University of Michigan, says too many people die waiting for a new heart, or a liver, or a lung, or another organ — 18 die every day in the U.S. They die clinging to the hope that another family grappling with loss will see the value in helping others. “There are about 28,000 transplants done each year, but there are currently over 120,000 people on the waiting list,” said Dr. Sonnenday. “We’ve got a 4-1 supply-and-demand discrepancy.” To close that gap, the Dye and Bowles families are encouraging more people to sign up to become organ donors. Caden’s maternal grandmother, Terry Dye, says, “When you die you can’t take your organs with you, but you could give the gift of life with a heart, lung, liver, skin, or eyes.” “Look at the people you love the most,” said Doctor Sonnenday. “If something were to happen to them, would you donate? Give blood, sign up to be an organ donor, and know that you’re doing something bigger and better than yourself when you do.” It was too late for Caden Bowles who was laid to rest in West Woodbridge (Township) Cemetery on September 16, 2013, but it’s not too late for the thousands of men, women and children who are on an organ waiting list, waiting for you to donate the most precious gift…life.

The Power To Heal Lives Q: Can minors register to donate? Yes, but until they turn 18, their parents have the ultimate say in whether they become an organ donor. Q: Will my religion approve of donation? Most major religions approve of organ, tissue and eye donation and consider it one of the highest acts of compassion and generosity. Q: Will I still be able to have an open casket at the funeral? Yes, neither organ nor tissue donation interferes with open casket memorials. Q: How much does it cost to donate? Nothing. It won’t cost your estate or your family anything if your organs and tissue are transplanted. All procedures related to the donation are covered by Gift of Life Michigan. Q: Can I indicate specific organs or tissue to be donated? Joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry gives consent for all organs and tissues that can be used to help another person. However, people wishing to limit their gift may create a separate document to indicate specific organs and tissues they want to donate. They should keep this in their own possession and let their families know where it is kept. Q: Why is it important to register as a donor? Your gift will be used to help others through transplantation, therapy, research and education. If you register to become a donor, you relieve your grieving family of having to make a decision when you die. Q: Who can become a donor? Anyone is a potential donor despite age or medical conditions, so please don’t rule yourself out. There’s no age limit for organ donation (Michigan has successfully transplanted the organs of donors in their 90s). Some medical conditions could make your heart or kidneys non transplantable, for example, but your pancreas or liver could help someone on the waiting list. Donors with some medical conditions, such as hepatitis or HIV, are able to save or prolong the lives of waiting patients with the exact same diagnosis. Medical criteria for organ donation changes as medical advances occur; and a physician evaluates all potential donors at the time of death to determine what can be used to help others. Q: Will doctors work as hard to save my life if they know I’m a donor? Yes, absolutely. This is, perhaps, the number one myth about organ donation. Every effort to save your life will be made before donation is considered or even discussed. By law, the medical team treating you must be completely separate from the transplant team. Q: How do I sign up or ask questions? You can do so at www.giftoflifemichigan.org, by visiting any Secretary of State branch office or by calling Gift of Life at 800.482.4881. It takes about 30 seconds.


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Everyone’s vision for retirement is different - for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your retirement goals might be, preparing to achieve them financially should include a plan that anticipates both the expected and unexpected events and expenses that may arise before or after leaving the workforce. Planning for retirement is challenging Only 46 percent of Americans feel certain that they will be able to afford the essential expenses after retirement, according to a survey by Ameriprise Financial. Breaking retirement planning down into simple steps can be an easy way for those nearing - or in - retirement to begin planning. The approach takes into account four fundamental areas: Covering essentials The foundation of any retirement strategy, essential expenses, includes ongoing necessities such as food, housing, taxes and some medical expenses. Economic conditions may always be a little uncertain and as a result, your goal should be to fund essential expenses with sources of guaranteed or stable income (e.g. social security or a defined benefit plan, among other options). Ensuring your lifestyle In addition to covering the essentials, many people have lifestyle goals they want to pursue such as travelling, or learning a new skill or hobby. Developing a strategy that can help cover the expenses that come with these goals can help you feel more confident about achieving them.


Preparing for the unexpected Unanticipated events such as a catastrophic medical event or chronic illness, supporting a family member and loss of a spouse can have a devastating impact on retirement plans and goals. Developing a plan to cover the unexpected can help you navigate these bumps on the way to your financial goals. Leaving a legacy After accounting for essential and anticipated lifestyle expenses, and preparing for potential unexpected expenses, create a legacy plan for any of your remaining assets. Having a plan in place for your loved ones and the causes that are important to you is a key part of planning for the future and will give you control of your assets in your golden years. -It is important to recognize the possibility that as you age, your physical and mental health could decline. To help ensure that your assets are used according to your wishes, consider working with an attorney who can advise on, and prepare legal documents such as a health care directive and power of attorney. Also make sure your beneficiary designations are up to date and that you begin putting an estate plan in place. It’s never too early - or too late - to start preparing for retirement. Consider working with a financial professional to define and work toward your unique retirement goals.

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If you’ll remember from my last article I told you we were in South Carolina awhile ago. Although we had a great time, except for that lazy river debacle, there was another incident that nearly put my husband over the edge.

By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine

I hate to kennel our dogs when we go away so a couple of years ago when one of my best friends offered to dog sit; I took her up on it. I thought there would be no more sad, puppy dog eyes, no whimpering, no whining and no worrying. Boy was I wrong! We were still holed up in our motel room avoiding that angry mob from the lazy river when we got “the call”. It was Carol saying Kozmo had run away. He’d somehow gotten out of the fence and ran off into the woods. She said it was really cold, raining like a banshee and she was very upset. She was upset!?!?!? What was I going to tell my husband? He loves that dog. He lives, eats and breathes those two dogs. I knew this would not go over well at all. It didn’t. The news upset my husband so much he headed straight for the bathroom. He said his stomach was upset and he wanted to be close to the toilet, but I knew the truth. Soon he would give me the sad eyes and then I was gonna have to put up with the three Ws; whimpering, whining and worrying.

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Carol called my husband’s sister, Sylvia, hoping she would have some suggestions on where Kozmo might be. Sylvia knew nothing, which I might add is not normal. Much like her brother, Sylvia usually knows everything!! What a sweetie though, she came over in the freezing cold and pouring rain to help look for Kozmo, but he was not to be found. Now Sylvia was frantic so she called her husband, Freddy. He suggested checking the dog pound so off they went, but Kozmo wasn’t there either. My next obvious move was to call my hair stylist, Sally. She’s a real dog lover. You all remember Sally, right? The woman who saved me from the bozo red hair incident? Right, now you remember. Sally checked our neighborhood on her way to work, but she couldn’t find Kozmo either so I posted the news on my Facebook page and now all two of my friends knew. My husband added my post to his

Facebook page so his 893 friends would know to be on the lookout for the runaway. Let’s take a moment and review this situation. We have my husband who is distraught, Carol is beside herself, Sylvia is frantic, Freddy is upset and Sally is very concerned. Then we have all our Facebook friends who were worried enough to pass along our post to their friends. There were lots of people on the lookout for Kozmo. Meanwhile on the other side of town we later learned that he was actually “soakin’ up the suds” so to speak in a nice warm, dry house. Apparently he suckered some very nice people into taking him home with them. They found him in the middle of the road looking lost, cold, lonely and very sad. They felt sorry for him so they took him home with them to clean him up and try to figure out where he belonged. After a warm bubble bath they fed him and tucked him into a nice soft doggy bed for the night snug as a bug (or dog) in a rug. Before they shipped him to the dog pound the next morning they must have fed him a big, fat steak. How do I know this you ask? Well, not only had he gained four pounds by the time we got him back, but he had dried steak sauce under his chin! Had we known he was being so well taken care of we wouldn’t have worried about the little snot. As it was my brother-in-law kept checking back at the dog pound and finally there was Kozmo behind bars in an ugly, orange doggy jumpsuit with #46387 on his chest. His bail was set at $35 and because he didn’t have his tags on, the pound demanded to know who the owners were before they would release him. My sister-in-law finally ‘fessed up and gave my husband’s name. She didn’t want to rat her brother out because he had just been appointed to their board the month before. Boy is he gonna have some ‘splainin’ to do at the next meeting! We’d like to say a big thank you to all our concerned friends and to the nice people who rescued Kozmo. Had it not been for all of you, this incident would definitely have put my husband right over the edge.

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Welp, this was quite the winter! I couldn’t go on as many walks, but made up for it by doing my rabbit-jumping moves through the high snow. My backyard balls and toys were lost for weeks! But even when it was so cold on the sun porch that it froze my water bowl, I loved to take my afternoon nap curled up out there. Yep, it’s been a winter of naps….in every position on every piece of furniture, including in the shower!


I’m ready for spring and April will bring my second opportunity to attend the Capitol Area Humane Society Fur Ball. This year it’s called “The Great Catsby”, but don’t let that fool you, the night is all about the dogs! This is a pawsome, annual fundraiser for the organization. I’m excited to be invited again. I never miss a chance to bask in attention and they make sure each guest is given celebridog treatment while the humans enjoy a wonderful dinner and auction to raise money for the less fortunate dogs and cats. After that, we dogs are paraded in to walk down the red carpet, with our pictures projected on the big screen (everybody says, “Oooo” and “Ahhh…”) while we strut our stuff. I might even let my ‘Mom’ fancy me up with some bows just in case the MC stops and asks me who I’m wearing! Of course, the pupparazzi will be out in full force too so I’ll share some photos with you in the next issue.


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Speaking of strutting, I’ve heard that the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is coming up soon. My ‘Mom’ likes to watch all the handsome and beautiful dogs but always reassures me that I am the top dog in her eyes! There are so many breeds and sizes of dogs; I love them all. So I did some dogtective work and dug up (no pun intended) some interesting things about other dogs. Before you get all excited, please know these lists are just for fun. We all know the dog in your family is by far the “most popular” and “smartest”…..just like in my house!

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1. Border Collie 2. Poodle 3. German Shepherd 4. Golden Retriever 5. Doberman Pinscher Just for the record…..Keeshonden were #16, out of 50.

I can’t believe I’m not on any of those lists but here’s one list, I’m sure glad I’m not on! (With apologies to my German Shepherd buddy, Bear)


1. German Shepherd 2. Mutt 3. Labrador Retriever 4. Boxer 5. Doberman Pinscher

Did you happen to notice that two out of five of the ‘smartest’ are also the ‘gassiest’?? I guess all that thinking gives them an upset stomach! Snicker! Snort!

My DFFs: Bentley & Charlie - Dog Friends Furever


I have to tell you about my buddies Bentley and Charlie together, because they are pretty much inseparable. Bentley was the first to find a home with his ‘Mom’, Beth, who lives in Jackson and is a teacher. He is a 4 year old, mixed breed, referred to as a “Teddy Bear”- part Bichon Frise and part Shih Tzu. Bentley was a surprise Christmas present from Beth’s daughters and grandchildren. Charlie is a 2 year old, Chihuahua Pomeranian mix. He was originally born to dog parents owned by one of Beth’s former students. He had been sold to another family but was returned. Beth agreed to take him temporarily but it soon became obvious that he was in his furever home. Beth says that Bentley is definitely the boss of the house! He is

the first to eat, get snacks and toys, while Charlie stands back. They both love to run along the fence with their neighbor’s black lab on the other side. They are also both in the habit of wanting to go outside in the middle of the night. One night Bentley came back in the house with a “gift” for Beth- a full-grown rabbit! She got the rabbit to hop back outside, only to have Charlie come in with it in HIS mouth; the rabbit was bigger than him! Neither dog likes to ride in the car so I was especially honored when they attended my Birthday pawty last summer. Bentley can sit, shake, roll over and lay down but Charlie is the real life of the party because he is a very good dancer!

storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped.

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John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm.

John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door... Only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t on. The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of nowhere through the window, and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.

The night was rolling on and no car went by. The

Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub

Irish Ghost Story This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it’s true.

appear down the road, so, gathering strength; he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had. A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying... And wasn’t drunk. Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other... Look, Paddy... there’s that idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!

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Book and Author Reviews

Change of pace. ..I thought I’d devote this column to male authors. I have a few favorites that I would like to share with you. In past columns I have mentioned action writers Nelson DeMille with his John Corey character, and then Lee Childs featuring Jack Reacher. Author Patrick Taylor writes a more relaxing saga with his Irish country doctor series.

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

So, many years ago I read John Jakes’ The Kent Family Chronicles, eight volumes, which began during revolutionary war times. The volumes start with The Bastard and trace the Kent Family up to the 20th century, ending with The Americans. I recall finishing one book at 2 a.m. and just picking up the next book immediately and starting in, even though I knew my little boys would be waking up in a few short hours! Man, was I hooked on that series. An author who I could read just as avidly is John Lescroart (pronounced less kwah—who knew?!). He has a series of 21 books which take place in San Francisco, featuring ex-marine, ex policeman, ex-attorney, ex-bartender Dismas Hardy. Incidentally, Dismas is the name of the good villain who was hung on a cross next to Jesus, and went to heaven with The Lord when he died. I know, I never heard that story either! Well, anyway, Dismas co-owns a bar called The Little Shamrock and is currently practicing law again, this time for the defense. His best bud is police detective Abe Glitzsky, and the series weaves in and out of their personal and professional lives. His books are fast-paced with incredible plots and are fun to read. There is a likeable cast of characters who remain the same throughout the series. Start with Hard Evidence and read them all, through the latest one, The Ophelia Cut. You will want to end one and pick up the next right away, just like I used to do! I see Lescroart has his new release coming out in May entitled The Keeper. I will be sure to reserve that when it comes in! Author Dave Barry writes books to make you laugh. He recently wrote a novel entitled Insane City about Seth, who is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida with his dufus groom posse. They pull pranks on him and get into complicated problems, making the reader laugh along with their antics. It is an enjoyable change of pace to read. I picked up author William Landay’s book Defending Jacob at the suggestion of a friend. I could not put it down. Not just


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Spring is here, and with it comes the start of festival season in Michigan. If you’ve been cooped up this winter, don’t let your cabin fever get to you. Get out and experience the celebrations that highlight quintessential Michigan from its community collaborations to its historical traditions.

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LaughFest is the nation’s firstever community-wide festival of laughter; it has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. This 10-day festival is based in Grand Rapids and includes events throughout West Michigan. The 2014 lineup includes Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Jim Gaffigan, Sinbad, Jay Leno and many more. Free, ticketed and family-friendly shows are offered.

Now in its 78th year, this year’s National Trout Festival is the perfect reason to plan a trip to Kalkaska. Fishing contests for both adults and kids, singing contests, and parades are only a few of the family oriented activities going on during the festival. Don’t miss the classic car shows, flea market or the fireworks!

aple Sugaring Day - March 22

Discover how to turn sap from Mother Nature into sweet golden syrup for your pancakes during this annual maple sugaring event at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The entire process will be on display, including traditional methods, hands-on activities and taste testing. Free tours of the sugar bush take place at the top of hour beginning at noon. Lessons on at-home maple sugaring and Dog sled rides will be offered throughout the event as well.

ulip Time Festival May3-10

Celebrating more than 80 years of culture, heritage and beauty in Holland, the Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; three amazing parades, multiple Dutch dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!

estiFools April 6

FestiFools brings students and community volunteers together to create unique, free and accessible public art. Experience humongous papier-mâché puppets as they march through beautiful downtown Ann Arbor. While in town grab a bite to eat at one of the more than 250 restaurants featuring a world of tastes and flavors.

orld Expo of Beer May 16-17

Michigan’s largest beer sampling event features nearly 300 different beers available from around the world. Learn about brewing, tastes, food pairing techniques and all things beer. Catch an educational course or expert led discussion held during the event for newbies and beer connoisseurs alike.

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CAPA works to protect children in Hillsdale County By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

Every 10 seconds, a report of child abuse is made. For every one report that is made, many more go unreported. According to a 2013 study by Childhelp, a national organization helping victims of abuse and neglect, more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse. Those are sobering statistics to a hidden epidemic that is affecting millions of children every year. Hillsdale County is no exception, with at least 80 children in the foster care system. The top three reasons for foster care admittance are parental drug use, physical abuse and domestic violence. Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness (CAPA) of Hillsdale County are doing their part to spread awareness and help those in need. “Statewide, the numbers of neglect and abuse cases are shocking,” says CAPA Executive Director Christie Campbell, who has spearheaded the organization for the past two years. “These are our kids. They are the next residents and leaders of our county and our country.” Serving the county since the early 1980’s, CAPA works throughout the year to raise awareness about child safety and educate the public. Special focus is given to the month of April which is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Blue pinwheels will be placed throughout the county to symbolize victims and show that each child affected in an individual and not just a number. Along with the pinwheel campaign, CAPA also has been distributing posters as part of their “Never Shake a Baby” program. The “Real Men Rock” posters feature six local fathers with their children and include information about shaken baby syndrome and numbers to call for help. Posters will be placed in schools and churches and can be acquired by calling CAPA. CAPA has programs throughout the community including in local schools. Their “Baby Think it Over” is a teen pregnancy prevention program which teaches high school students what it is like to be a parent first hand. Students are given baby simulators to take home over the weekend. The baby has a computer chip inside and acts just like a real baby. The students must care for the baby as they would for a real infant including feeding, diaper changing and holding the baby’s neck to prevent injury. After the babies are collected on Monday, Campbell is able to record the data from over the weekend to see how well the student’s responded to their baby’s needs. They are then scored on how well they took care of their baby. “I know how many times they missed a feeding or a diaper change,” she says. “This baby is their responsibility.” Campbell says the program has been very successful so far and noted that many times students who feel they are prepared for parenthood at the start of the project feel much differently when it is finished. CAPA also helps parents by providing safe sleep kits to every newborn in


Hillsdale County. Included are onesies and/or a sleep sack to encourage safe and healthy sleep on their back to eliminate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation risk. Prevention is a big part of CAPA’s mission, but so is awareness. The Cozy Kids Campaign collects warm pajamas to help the less fortunate in the county which are distributed through Project Connect. Lack of suitable clothing for winter is considered a form of neglect. Recently CAPA has also started collecting warm pajamas for adults. CAPA also works to show that the community plays a big role in ending child abuse and neglect as well. Stewards of Children is a training program CAPA provides for adults to teach them how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. “Anyone who works with children would benefit from this program,” Campbell says. “It helps them to prevent, recognize signs of possible sexual abuse and how to react responsibly to it.” As a non-profit organization, CAPA relies on state funding from the Children’s Trust Fund for half of their budget. The other half is raised through membership, donations and fundraisers. Their largest fundraiser is the Magic Ride and 5K Run/Walk, which is held the third weekend in July every year. This year’s bike/run/walk will take place on July 19 in downtown Hillsdale. Child abuse and neglect touches every social and economic level. It crosses all ethnic and cultural lines and occurs in all religions and at all levels of education. CAPA of Hillsdale County strives to uphold its mission “to eliminate child abuse through advocacy and education.” For more information about CAPA, to volunteer or request a “Real Men Rock” poster for your business or organization contact Campbell at 517-4373100. CAPA is located at 20 Care Dr. Suite C in Hillsdale. They also can be found on Facebook with the keywords CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness).

CAPA works to protect children from child abuse or neglect. Here are signs to look for. If you think a child is being abused or neglected contact your local police department or Child Protective Services.

Signs of physical abuse:

Unexplained cuts, burns or welts Problems in school Fear of adults Bite marks Anti-social behavior

Signs of neglect

Unsuitable clothing for winter Extreme hunger Apparent lack of supervision Dirty or not bathed Caregiver abuses drugs or alcohol


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Top 2014 home decor trend: Personalized design Interior design is in a constant state of transformation, and this year homeowners are taking control. The “keeping up with the Joneses’’ mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the exact needs and design aesthetic of the residents. In 2014, more people will actively embrace the role of designer in order to create a home that is truly one of a kind. “We’re at a fascinating point in the evolution of the interior design process. Interior design professionals once ruled the roost, but that’s all changed with design TV, blogs and the Internet,” says Elaine Griffin, New York interior designer and author of “Design Rules.” “Clients today are well educated and have taken back the power. They’re so knowledgeable that they’re doing it themselves.” Assuming the role of designer doesn’t have to be intimidating. Griffin offers a few expert tips for taking your home design into your own hands and creating a custom space that’s perfectly personalized:

Research and check twice Taking the time to properly research and educate yourself is important so you get beautiful results without unwanted surprises. “You want to know what your options are in terms of price, value, quality, design and style,” says Griffin. “What’s returnable? What’s not? Sometimes custom means you buy it, you own it. Do your research.” Griffin also suggests being


cautious when measuring. “Always measure twice, buy once,” she says. “That’s the first place where DIYers fall short. You only have one option when you’re going custom - just right. Scaled drawings should be involved.”

Customize visible features Griffin suggests investing in highly visible features of your home. “Like in the bathroom, you can focus on something that’s focal-point-worthy, like the KOHLER Artifacts faucet collection. It’s a piece that just belongs to you,” she says. Artifacts collection allows you to create a custom faucet by choosing from a variety of spouts, handles and finishes for a look that’s all your own. Window treatments and lamp shades are other highly visible features of the home that are too often ignored. Updating these features can instantly breathe new personality into a room. “Lamp shades deliver great bang for the buck; remember you always want to take the lamp with you when shopping,” Griffin suggests.

Customize color “It’s all about the customization of color,” says Griffin. “It’s not just about a color palette for personality, it’s about having that shade that no one else has.” Numerous paint manufacturers offer technology that allows you to provide a fabric swatch or other color sample and they’ll recommend a custom hue for you.

Don’t overlook the ceiling “The ceiling is the second biggest real estate after the floor - don’t neglect it!” stresses Griffin. “Especially in small or awkward spaces - like the foyer, powder room, stair hall - do something sexy with your ceiling. Add a striking color, install wallpaper, add beams.”

Salvage and tell Using salvaged materials in a renovation isn’t only green, it’s also a chance to incorporate your family’s history. “When you’re remodeling, always look for pieces to salvage: timbers from old floors, side tables, etc,” says Griffin. “We’ve always loved our heirlooms, but now we’re looking at recycled and salvaged stuff in a different light. We have a green eco-conscious, so we want to save what we can.”

When it comes to customized design, the sky is the limit. Expect 2014 to be the year when homeowners take charge and create spaces that truly speak to them from a functional and design perspective. With these expert tips, the one-of-a-kind results will be nothing short of magazine-worthy.



quick color tips to awaken your home

While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and costeffective way to refresh your home, so consider updating several spaces for a clean start. Welcome with color

Color inspiration comes from anywhere. The latest color and decor trends are great starting points. Shades from the Dutch Boy 2014 Color Trends Forecast can modernize a space with a look that matches your taste and personality. The trends collection is called Awaken and is comprised of four distinct palettes - Gather, Connect, Explore and Serene. These collections represent a renewed commitment to the environment.

Create a warm welcome guests will love by pairing a bright hue on foyer walls with an eye-catching display of white-framed photos or a grouping of ornamental mirrors and plates. Paint stair risers with bold colors and patterns such as chevron, stripes or stencils for a modern and chic flair. Opt for a deeper shade of paint to hide scuff marks. Finish off the space with a set of new rugs.

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Looking to make a big impact in your kitchen on a small budget? A new color can awaken your kitchen to make it the center for all to gather. Try bold hues with a mix of decorative and functional kitchen items such as serving bowls, platters and pitchers. You can also rejuvenate your kitchen with an open, airy feel by adding exposed shelving. This will update the look, plus add storage space. An indoor herb garden is also a great way to add green to the room and fresh ingredients to your cooking.


If your dining furniture is looking a bit outdated, consider painting it. Chairs, tables, side boards, buffets and more can be revitalized in just one weekend. (If you are looking for a little guidance be sure to check out Chalkpainting 101 at the Crow’s Nest in Hillsdale )Properly prep your project so it withstands the wear and tear of regular usage. If your buffet or china cabinet has seen better years, remove the glass panels and drawers, and paint it a neutral hue or opt for a richer pop of color like the orange of October’s leaves. Swap out old hardware with new for an easy, upgraded look. Color will easily bring new life to any piece and will blend together your home’s new style.

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Re-energize yourself by making calming updates to your bedroom. Paint your walls a cool hue, such as a cool ocean blue to incorporate a sense of relaxation and tranquility to your resting space. Adding touches of new color and comfort with bedding sets, pillows and luxury throws can quickly upgrade your sleeping space. Accent the space with color-complementing window treatments. For added rest, choose light-blocking materials to prevent excess light from waking you before your alarm. By following these simple tips, such as refreshing your paint colors, updating accessories or completing other color-inspired projects, your home will be freshly styled and you’ll be enjoying your space for years to come.

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HILLSDALE COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE American Cancer Society’s signature event will empower community to fight back against cancer


Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. The American Cancer Society and your neighbors are rallying together to fight cancer in the Relay For Life event of Hillsdale County. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, where teams of people celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes too much. The Hillsdale County Relay For Life event will be held on Friday, June 6th and 7th from 1:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds. Everyone is invited especially those affected by cancer. There will be food, activities, fun and celebration to last the whole 24 hours. To help Finish the Fight, Relay teams will be decorating with their favorite arcade game. For more information regarding the event’s activities, visit www.relayforlife.org/hillsdalecountymi or join the Hillsdale County Relay for Life 2014 Facebook page.

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Welcome to our new craft/DIY project column. You suggested- we listened! In each issue, we will feature a person who will share a step by step project. Our area is bursting with talent and creative ideas and we can’t wait to share them with you! Our creative contributor for this issue is Madaline Sparks from realsimple.com. Here is what she had to say: In 4 quick steps, “grow” a field of eye-popping gerbera daisies in wheatgrass. Also try with: Poppies, black-eyed Susans, or anything that has special meaning to you and your family. Enjoy!

Step- by-step Instructions Step 1: Cut the straws to match the height of the grass.

Step 2: Snip the daisy stems so they are slightly longer than the straws, then gently slide each stem into a straw. If the straws are too narrow for the stems, slit the straws from top to bottom.

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Step 3: Poke holes in the soil with the pencil. Stick the strawsheathed flowers into the holes.

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner TIME: 20-30 minutes WHAT YOU’LL NEED Sharp scissors Drinking straws 2 boxes of wheatgrass (sold in flats or boxes at health-food stores and flower shops) 12 to 16 gerbera daisies A pencil

Step 4: Lightly water the soil to help the flowers stay fresh.


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1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 pound fresh broccoli

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup mayonnaise

2 cups seedless red grapes, halved

1/3 cup sugar

8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. 2. Prepare pasta according to package directions. 3. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems. 4. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, and stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.


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1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 can pinto or kidney beans, rinsed and

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1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

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Layer enchilada ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and forget about it.These hearty enchiladas are especially nice on cold day. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper until beef is browned and vegetables are tender; drain. Add the next eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Combine cheeses. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer about 3/4 cup beef mixture, one tortilla and about 1/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

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15 whole graham crackers

3 cups heavy whipping cream

12 chocolate wafer cookies (Nabisco’s Chocolate Wafers)

1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar

Wash the strawberries and spread them on a double thickness of paper towels to dry. Hull and slice the strawberries into a large bowl. Sprinkle with the sugar, toss to combine and allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract. Whip again briefly to combine. On a platter or in a baking pan, spread a small amount of the whipped cream. Begin layering starting with the graham crackers, then a layer of strawberries, and a layer of whipped cream. Continue layering until you have four layers making one of the layers with chocolate wafers instead of graham crackers. End with a layer of whipped cream. Cover loosely with foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until the graham crackers and cookies have softened. Cut into servings and top each with a fresh strawberry.

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