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Health Benefits of Wearing Sunglasses The benefits of wearing sunglasses go beyond the issue of simply looking fashionable. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation, the sun’s glare and according to scientists at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre , have recently been shown to reduce the effects of jet lag! The body’s internal clock is affected by light and it seems that by wearing sunglasses on plane journeys, people can help their body clock adjust to new time zones.
For protection from UV rays, larger sunglasses that are wraparound shaped are best because they protect more of the eye area and do not allow the light to get around the side of the lens into the eye. Make sure the sunglasses you buy say they protect against UV rays. The lenses in most low priced sunglasses purchased at the department store do not offer sufficient UV protection.
In recent years scientists have discovered that the sun’s UV rays can be very harmful to our eyes. Studies indicate UV light can increase the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. This is because ultraviolet light can damage your retina and cornea.
Lastly, let’s not forget those too young to care for their eye health. The younger the child is, the more vulnerable their eyes. Unlike an adult’s eye, the lens in a child’s eye has almost no protective pigments. A child’s crystalline lens is totally transparent with a very large pupil. Children’s eyes therefore absorb much more harmful solar radiation than adults. This is why Julbo infant/youth sunglasses are available at Gossage Eye Institute starting at $20.
According to experts, wearing sunglasses on sunny days also offers a benefit of improved vision at night. For optimum protection they advise wearing sunglasses that are 100% UV absorbent. Sunglasses protect the delicate skin in the eye area from premature signs of aging due to UV rays and sun damage. Your eyes can get damaged by the sun just like your skin. However, you can’t protect your eyes with sunscreen like you do your skin. Your only defense is to wear protective UV blocking sunglasses.
No matter what you plan to do this summer, Gossage Eye Institute has the perfect pair of sunglasses waiting for you. Sexy and stylish, strong and masculine, we have them all. Call today for a free consultation.
Dr. David D. Gossage’s unique approach to eye care involves close personal contact with patients at every phase of their eye care process. From the initial consultation through surgery and post operative care, he believes in keeping patients informed about their treatment and progress. He specializes in in general ophthalmology such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, refractive surgery, diabetic eye care. Dr. Karen M. Luparello specializes in pediatric eye care and adult strabismus. Her expertise as a diagnostician and her concern for her patients’ well being, make her highly respected and admired, not only by the individuals that she serves, but also by her fellow colleagues. Dr. Gossage and Dr. Luparello are the only ophthalmologists in Hillsdale County. Dr. Mark E. Kosciuszko specializes in vision therapy, low vision evaluation, and contact lens fitting. He provides comprehensive eye care for the whole family including glasses and contact lenses. He also provides medical treatment of eye diseases and injuries. He is regarded as an expert in fitting difficult contact lens patients.
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Hello again my friends. Another two months have flown by and we are finally enjoying the beautiful summer days of Michigan that we have been waiting for. This is becoming an exciting time for us here at Simply Hers with this issue growing again in size. We have so many great stories and amazing advertisers it is hard to contain it all. Speaking of advertisers, I would encourage all of our loyal readers to patronize the businesses that have chosen to support our magazine. Through them we are able to bring you this amazing content at no cost to the reader.
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May and June are special months for me because I am lucky enough to still have my parents with me. Celebrating the ones that do the most and generally receive the smallest recognition just seems fitting. In this issue we celebrate two amazing moms and the journeys they took through the adoption of a son, one giving and one receiving. We also share the story of an inspirational father as he faces some unexpected challenges with courage and perseverance. Lastly I would encourage you to take advantage of our ideas in the Moms, Dads and Grads section as well as our newest feature The Resale Trail. Thank you again for your continued support. Please visit us on Facebook and watch for our first ever Bridal edition coming out in June. Happy Reading!
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Beyond The Basics By Tracy Donohue Simply Hers Magazine
After a long, harsh winter, t-shirt and shorts weather never felt so good. While there are many exciting warm weather fashion trends this season, the reality is that a good percentage of our summer wardrobe is often made up of tees shorts and flip-flops. However, with current fun trends in t-shirts and shorts these casual closet staples do not have to be boring, unfashionable or unflattering. The general rule in fashion is to accentuate your attributes and carefully camouflage your faults â€“ this is also very true when selecting tees and shorts. Letâ€™s take a look at some simple ways to add some fashionable flavor into these two summer basics and take their fashion quotient up a few notches.. 12
A woman wearing a boxy, men’s fit t-shirt is a thing of the past and, for the most part, looks dated and unflattering on a woman’s soft curves. Try a fitted women’s tee which is an updated and feminine classic available in many colors and designs and is most flattering in a v-neck style with a slightly longer sleeve length. Solid colors or subtle printed tees are best especially with feminine detailing around the neckline. Don’t be shy about bringing in bright colors and patterns if your top half is trim. All body types should avoid a fitted tee that is too tight. Also, for a fashionable alternative, try a cropped tee with an asymmetrical bottom edge or a longer tunic tee worn belted or loose and flowing. The fashionable tees look great with a sassy tailored short, a longer length Capri, jeans or a great summer pant. If you want to wear a form fitting legging remember to always cover your rear with a longer tunic length.
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With so many different women’s figures, shorts can be tricky. A style that is flattering on most body types is a solid color, straight cut, flat front Bermuda style short without large pockets that hits just above the knee. This style is most slimming in a solid, dark color with a low rise waist about 1” below the navel. Women with trim figures can feel confident wearing this style in bright colors and patterns keeping in mind that small patterns like small checks or florals and fine vertical stripes are always more slimming on the body than large patterns. Petite women may want to go a bit shorter to a mid-thigh length to give the illusion of a longer leg. In general, most women should avoid wide leg, pleated shorts which tend to add weight to the often troublesome bottom half. If you’re a woman with gorgeous gams and slim hips and thighs, you can definitely wear a shorter short – just avoid styles that are too revealing or tight. You might also want to consider drawing attention to your waist with a fun belt or a feminine design detail at your waist. Shorts are versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the shoes and top they are worn with. For a casual look, pair a great short with a fitted feminine tee and an embellished flat sandal or for a nice lunch or dinner out, wear a cardigan over a flowy blouse and a pair of nice trendy (yet classic) espadrilles which will give legs a longer, leaner look.
1.Short Classic Carhartt Short, $30. Carhartt apparel is available at several Michigan locations and locally at Powers Clothing in Jonesville.
2. Military Vibe Lee Ellis Short, $38 Available at Maggie Anne Shoppe, Hillsdale, 517.439.1334. 3.Classic Style Merona Lace Tank with Petals $22.99 Check Bermuda Shorts $17.99. Available at Target, Michigan locations.
4. Short and Sexy Merona Smocked Top, $17.99, Striped Shorts, $22.99, and Faux-Python tote, $24.99. Available at Target, Michigan locations. 5. Proper Patterns Merona Heritage Button-Down Stripe Shirt $19.99, Boatneck Sweater $24.99 and Plaid Madras Shorts $17.99 Available at Target, Michigan locations. 6. Simply Perfect Merrell Belay Short, $60 Available at Gander Mountain, Michigan locations. 14
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It’s time to lighten up. From juicy lips to feminine tips, spring and summer beauty trends are here and have a little something for every woman to freshen her look with hot new colors, cool new products and a brand new sunny attitude.
Trend: Natural Radiant Beauty A healthy, simple, natural look is the perfect makeup look when the sun is out and relaxation is on your mind. This spring’s twist on the natural beauty look is right off the spring 2011 runways and is “glossy face” which features radiant, glowing skin that can be worn as an all over bold iridescent face effect or simply as a glossy lip or cheek. Get this natural radiant look with products from Sephora, Michigan locations (www.sephora.com), such as Model Co. Shimmer Air Brush for face & body, $30, or Tarte’s selection of great beauty products that enhance a naturally beautiful you.
Trend: Trend Bright Eyes Bright colored eye makeup is a striking contrast to natural makeup this spring and summer. Whether you want a bold hot-off-therunway bright eye look or a more subtle smoky eye with a pop of bright color in the mix, bright colored eye shadows are making a statement during this sunny time of year. Sally Beauty has a great selection of trendy, bold brights such as Palladio Baked Shadow Trio in Pop Idol, $9, or Real Colors Smolder Eyes Shadow Pallette in Faux-Pax, $9. For a sultry smoky eye with a fun, but less bold pop of color, try easy to use Almay eye shadow trios, $7 each, available at Ulta, Michigan locations (www.ulta.com), and local drugstores in four custom color palettes specific to your eye color.
Trend: Juicy Lips Just in time for warm weather, juicy lips in fruit-inspired colors are out in full force. From sweet peaches to juicy watermelon to rich berries, there is a juicy lip shade perfect for every pucker. Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Lip Glosses, $6 each, offer a new and natural way to get your fruit on during the warm weather months. Available at local drugstores and specialty shops, www.burtsbees.com.
Trend: Feminine Nails Put away those dark winter nail lacquers and freshen your nail color mix with some great new warm weather shades in the trendiest colors. Especially cool new nail colors for now are pinks (pale to bright), minty greens, baby blues, lovely lilacs, and neutrals from nude to mushroom taupe. Check out the trend on colors in OPI’s latest Pirates collection launching in May, $9 each, available at local salons or Nicole by OPI colors, $8 each, available at local drugstores.
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xcessive hair or hair in unwanted places has been a long-standing problem for both men and women. Traditional methods of hair removal have proven to be slow, temporary, and oftentimes painful. However, people can now experience a convenient and permanent alternative by way of laser hair removal treatment, which allows for quick, satisfying results.
effecTive and convenienT TreaTmenT The appeal of laser hair removal stems from its effectiveness, efficiency, and convenience. Laser hair removal can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a relatively short amount of time. for example, an entire back can be treated through laser hair removal and optimum results can be achieved in as little as an hour.
Laser Hair removaL BenefiTs Laser hair removal is not only extremely effective in permanently reducing unwanted hair, but it is also extremely convenient. smaller areas can be treated in 10 minutes or less, and patients are able to return to normal activities immediately.
The treatment is much more efficient than shaving or tweezing on a regular basis. While at-home self-treatment may be cheaper, it also takes much more time and effort to remove hair than it does with laser hair removal. aditionally tweezing and shaving do not offer permanent results like laser hair removal.
PermanenT Laser Hair removaL resuLTs Patients enjoy a permanent reduction in unwanted hair and smooth, soft skin after laser hair removal treatments. While results can, in some instances, slowly fade and necessitate touchup laser hair removal treatment sessions, they are typically necessary only once a year or less. However, most patients experience long-lasting, beautiful results.
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“I saw results in 10 minutes and fell in love with the products” The grandmother of three now receives comments about her young appearance and surprised reactions that she’s turning 50. This isn’t her first experience in multi-level marketing, as she previously worked with other product-based companies. What made this one different, she says, is none of them offered what this one does. “This company offers solid competition and leadership - what people are wanting right now,” she said. “We all want to look and feel young.” Currently Padget equates her workload as a part-time job, but her goal it to become a full-time distributor. “What’s neat is that we’re in 51 countries, so it’s not just in this area,” she said. “I can have people on my team in China or Australia and we all plug into the same training.”
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Galvanic Spa System - The first product launched, the Galvanic Spa System, has been around several decades and includes patented technology in a hand-held unit. Padget attests many women pay hundreds of dollars to receive like benefits with much larger units found in salons all over the country. Age Loc Elements and Future Serum - The products not only deal with the signs of aging, they go to the source of aging, Padget says. These external products are used daily for a transformation that can be seen in weeks. Additional skin care products from cosmetics to hair-care systems work to deliver a youthful appearance. Age Loc Vitality - Nutrients formulated with a selected blend of ingredients in these supplements provide increased physical vigor, mental acuity and sexual drive. Ingredients impact organs like the brain, muscle and heart differently. Padget recommends the product to those 18 and older who have ever felt tired or are unable to fully engage in an active lifestyle.
Padget has a better outlook on life and handles stress better. Having the products, like the Galvanic Spa System, at her disposal saves time and money many spend at spas. Unlike some products on the market, age LOC Vitality is not designed to provide a quick boost, she said. Instead of experiencing a “crashing” effect after taking energy drinks, age LOC Vitality raises and maintains a person’s baseline energy level for the long-term. Cost amounts to less than a cup of coffee a day, Padget says. Predicting how much people spend on aging products each year, Padget believes the system saves money in the long run.
Padget’s goal is to get the product out to the consumer and change lives - physically, personally and financially. She loves to hear stories from other distributors about life improvements because of their association with Nu Skin. She’s also proud of the company’s association with the Nourish the Children Initiative to help fight hunger and malnutrition for children all over the world. The company recently celebrated the distribution of 200 million meals of Vita Meal. Padget does her part by sending five meals a month. “It’s produced in the countries where it‘s used, so jobs and the economy are improved,” she said.
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fitness is a Family affair Once winter has come and gone, adults and children alike are typically anxious to get outside and soak up some spring sun. Few things are as rejuvenating as those first few spring days, when the harsh winter weather is instantly forgotten and the smell of fresh grass is comfortably overwhelming.
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When saying “so long” to cabin fever this spring, consider the following outdoor activities that are sure to put a spring in your step.
Many golf courses re-open in the spring. Though some public courses stay open throughout the winter, the majority of courses do close once the weather becomes too unbearable for golfers to endure or too detrimental to the course’s landscape. Depending on how harsh the winter was and the forecast for spring, golf courses typically re-open their links as early as the first week of March. Even if your favorite course doesn’t open quickly enough, you can still dust off your swing with a visit to the local driving range.
Many fishermen feel like fishing season never ends, choosing to simply add another layer of clothing when the temperatures drop rather than pack it up and wait till spring. For the hobbyist, however, spring is typically a time to find a favorite fishing hole and get back to business. How successful a fishing trip will be typically depends on a host of factors, including water temperature. Oftentimes, the local newspaper will list the water temperature of the area’s favorite fishing areas. Once nature decides to cooperate, get outside and enjoy the first catch of the season.
Perhaps thanks to seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, cycling has grown increasingly popular stateside in the 21st century. Many communities have cycling groups for riders of varying skill levels, and such groups typically hit the pavement once the spring season arrives. When joining a group, be sure to join one that’s suited to your skill level. If cycling alone, be patient at the beginning and don’t stray too far. Remember, you’ll eventually need to turn around and start pedaling home.
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Adults can relive the days of their youth by signing up to play in a local sports league. Such leagues are often ideal for young singles, who can team up with fellow young people to play any number of sports, including softball, beach volleyball, basketball, and even the old standby of elementary school, kickball.
Winter can test even the most devoted of runners. For those who simply can’t run in the throes of winter, when snow and ice cover the roadways, spring is the first chance to get back outdoors and run in the fresh air. Local road runner clubs are a great opportunity to meet fellow runners or learn of local competitions. When running, be sure to bring along some gear to keep you relatively dry should those inevitable spring showers arrive.
Trying to figure out what’s better, group workout classes or workout DVD’s? It all depends on your needs and what you have time for. There are those who want the convenience of doing their workouts when they want to in the privacy of their own home. The only thing with that is how motivated are you going to be doing the same workout over and over? There are some workouts now that offer different volumes or maybe different levels of fitness but still, you are basically going to be doing the same thing regardless of the success. I’ve been in the “group” fitness business for 25 years. Back when they were called “aerobics” classes. My classes have changed over the years in order to get a well rounded workout. No class is the same! Cardiovascular, strength training, core and flexibility are stressed in almost all my classes. As an instructor, I use a lot of my personal training expertise into every workout. For some, coming to my classes satisfy a lot of fitness needs. Some of my personal training clients attend many of my classes to get more of a “cross-training” effect. Too much weight training and not enough cardio or vice-versa can lead to injuries or little results from your workouts. I also encourage one to try something different like a yoga class, or a group fitness class every once in a while to challenge yourself. I do “specialty” classes to work on certain needs such as my “Gutbusters” class. It is strictly an all core workout without aerobics type moves. Men seem to favor this class. (Hmm I wonder why?) I am currently doing a “Boot-Camp” class that seems to be my most attended class of the Winter/Spring season. Its on Sunday nights and men as well as women all fitness levels have attended and its been a blast. So if you are tired of pushing the play button to get your workout started, get out and find a group fitness class to help you get to your fitness goals!!
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Local Curves owners said, “To put it in perspective, for every dollar you spend on wellness, you save as much as five dollars on illness.” Curves has partnered with major health insurance and third party providers who see huge financial benefits in wellness programs and offer reimbursements and incentives on Curves gym memberships to their plan members. In an era where many have no health insurance at all and those who do have higher copays, a gym membership may be the most affordable way to keep healthcare dollars in consumers’ pockets. This will become even more important in the near future, according to researcher IBISWorld: As baby boomers pass through their 40s and 50s, healthcare costs are forecast to rise dramatically. Everyone knows that the human body thrives on regular exercise, and that staying fit and maintaining a healthy weight can contribute to significantly reduced risks for various cancers (by as much as 60 percent!), diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and many other debilitating conditions. Here are some other great reasons to head to the gym: THE WORLD’S LEADER IN WOMEN’S FITNESS
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Beauty school prepares students for future By Nancy Hastings Simply Hers Magazine
No matter your age, it’s never too late to explore the career of your dreams, especially if it’s in the beauty industry. At Hillsdale Beauty College, 64 Waldron St., students of all backgrounds learn the cosmetology profession in a small-town setting with one-on-one instruction. Originally Riggs Beauty School, this is the school’s third location with beginnings dating back to 1928. Owner/instructor Diane Kwiatkowski and her husband, Gerald, bought the school in 2000 and enjoy providing the industry with graduates who are a credit to the college, their employers and the cosmetology profession. The couple firmly believes in education beyond high school and giving young people an avenue to pursue. “We impress upon each graduate the necessity for ongoing education to insure professional growth,” Gerald said. Diane graduated from the Select Beauty Academy in 1968 and graduated as an instructor from Edward’s School of Cosmetology in 1973. Gerald graduated from Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University. As president and administrator of the school, Gerald strives to provide individual guidance and scholarships for those who qualify, with the objective of helping students better their lives. “The way the economy and world are changing and with factory jobs gone, this is a field that will always be around,” Gerald said. Diane, who is referred to by students as Mrs. K, says she and her husband both attest that improving someone’s life is where they find fulfillment. And those who attend the school aren’t all high school-age kids. Sometimes those who’ve lost jobs and have always wanted to try cosmetology find their way to the school for a career change. Instilling confidence while building skills is a goal the school strives toward. Also serving as instructors are Lynda Blatchley and Zetave Kafer. Students attend up to four full-days and one half-day each week. It can take 13 months of full-time attendance to complete the 1,500 hour course, longer if students attend part-time. After fulfilling the State Board of Cosmetology requirements for licensing and taking their expertise elsewhere, many students return to recount great satisfaction in their present careers. “We have students who now work in different states, some as far away as Hawaii and California,” Diane said. “It’s a career you can take with you anywhere you choose to go.” The school also provides real life exposure to the role of the cosmetologist by offering services to the public at a lower price. Most services provided in a normal salon are offered and each is supervised by an instructor. “The girls really try to please the client and do a great job,” Diane said. The school also helps the American Cancer Society provide wigs for qualified patients at no cost through the Look Good Feel Good program. Overall, the school provides a niche in the community that many from neighboring states have enjoyed as well, Diane said. “We enjoy being a small school and being able to teach in this environment,” she said. “And, we’re proud to say that 100 percent of our students pass the State Board.”
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Joe By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine
The Joe and Michelle Wollet family has always believed that everything happens for a reason. If that is the case, on the first day of August in 2009 it was no coincidence that Michelle needed more sugar for the lemon bars she was baking. Or that Joe chose Katelyn to be the daughter to ride with him on the motorcycle for that errand. Joe’s habit was to put on his helmet but not buckle it. When his daughters rode with him, they had an unspoken ritual of reaching around and buckling it. They will never know what a difference that may have made in the outcome of that day. It was a beautiful summer day full of plans for the family to join friends at their lake house; a last hurrah before it was closed for the season. But the Wollets never made it to the lake that day. On their way to the store, Joe and Kate were hit by a truck. They were both thrown from the cycle, ending up back to back in a pool of blood. Neither had lost consciousness but it was quickly obvious they were both dealing with severe leg injuries. Kate’s leg was in a “z” shape; Joe’s was missing from the knee down. A young man (still unknown) at the scene offered help so Joe asked for his belt to tie off his bleeding leg. Emergency responders arrived quickly and within a very short time, Joe was life-flighted to Toledo hospital and Kate was taken by ambulance. In the meantime, Michelle heard a call on their scanner regarding a “SUV vs. cycle accident.” Even with the minimal information she had, she instinctively knew it was Joe and Kate and almost
calmly began preparing by turning off the stove, etc. while waiting for “the call.” When it came, she gathered their other daughter Courtney, and rushed to the hospital. When Joe came into the hospital, they had him covered and wrapped up. He assured her that everything was fine, so Michelle didn’t realize the extent of his injury at that time. In fact, she was more concerned with Kate because she was not responding to medication so they could work on her leg. Because of Kate being just fifteen, she was taken to Toledo Children’s hospital. Her stay was twelve days, and she left with rods in the top and bottom of her leg. When Joe arrived in Toledo, the hospital reattached his leg. This attempt proved unsuccessful and three days later, it was taken back off. Almost losing his life at least three times, Joe eventually recovered enough to leave the hospital after nine weeks. He then spent two more weeks in rehab. Michelle and Courtney spent their days and nights going back and forth from Kate to Joe. Michelle says Courtney, even at the young age of thirteen, was her “rock.” Joe smiles as he says his youngest daughter was a “regular Nurse Betty.”
Joe has endured 23 surgeries and faces more, but that is not what he wants to talk about. He refuses to use the word “handicapped” and does not consider himself disabled. He didn’t like the term “stub” the medical community used to describe what was left of his leg, so he has affection-
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ately renamed it his “nugget.” Joe left the hospital on a Monday and on Tuesday he was back in the weight room, in his wheelchair, working out again. On Christmas Eve of 2009, Joe got his first prosthetic. Even though it was a temporary one, he worked for hours so he could walk into the family Christmas. He has not let it stop him from doing anything- the proof being the triathlon he and Kate competed in, just eleven months after their accident! During his recovery and beyond, the Wollets have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from family and friends. Just one of many examples was a benefit dinner where over 900 people attended. That makes Joe even more determined to give back to others. As the two year anniversary of the accident approaches, the Wollets find themselves still adjusting to what they call their “new normal.” Joe says when he wakes up every morning he checks his leg, says, “Yep, it’s still missing,” and prepares to get on with his life! Kate returned to the golf she loves, even making the State finals along with her sister. One big change for her personally is her perspective about her future plans. Prior to the accident she was approaching her college and career choices based on financial security. Since the accident, she has realized a new value to the quality of her life so she explored studies in art, where she finds joy and relaxation. She was recently accepted at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, being chosen for one of only 120 spots out of 800 applicants. She and Joe have a unique father-daughter bond, physically and emotionally having gone through something only they can completely understand. Although they were a close family before the accident, there is a new level of respect and appreciation that only a life-changing occurrence like this can bring. Michelle says she is inspired by her husband every day. Kate says she always knew her Dad was tough but since the accident has seen his true strength come through on many levels. Joe says it’s all about perspective these days. He focuses on staying healthy and refuses to waste time feeling sorry for himself; he has more important things to do. There are people to help, muscles to workout, a wife and two wonderful daughters to love, and laughs to share with friends. And don’t be surprised if you see Joe celebrating Father’s Day with his two special daughters- riding his brand new motorcycle!
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Two Mother’s Connected at The
Heart An Adoption Story
By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine
On January 22, 2011 there were 2 posts put on Facebook. They were on different pages, written by two different women, but forever entwined by the subject and occasion they were journaling about: Laura Loveberry wrote: “I can’t sleep @ 3:00 a.m. because we are all too excited to have Markus and his birth mom meet today. We are even meeting his half brother. Adoption is beautiful! We want to be a blessing to Markus’ courageous birth mom who sacrificed much, cared for her baby for 9 months, and filled our empty arms after 8 years of waiting. We planned this reunion eighteen years ago, and it is finally here….” Shanan Walker wrote: “Well, today was the day that I met Markus my son that I gave life to 18 years ago!! What a wonderful man he has become!! Thank you Laura & Mark for this day!! Even though the two mothers met on that day for the first time, they had actually been connected for eighteen years. You might even say they were joined at the heart. The meeting they are talking about was their son Markus’ eighteenth birthday party where he was to meet his birth mother face to face for the first time. After years of sending annual letters, pictures, and childhood drawings, the anticipation and anxiety were high that day for everyone. In 1992 Shanan Walker was an eighteen year old college student, trying to maneuver through the financial obstacles of college expenses, when she discovered she was pregnant. Although she and her boyfriend had been in a 4+ year relationship, they had recently broken up and things got even more strained as the pregnancy progressed. As Shanan considered her future and what she could offer this baby, her mother promised to support any decision she would make. Feeling she was too young and ill-prepared to offer the baby the kind of life he or she deserved, she made the decision to allow an adoption.
At this same time, Mark and Laura Loveberry had spent the last 8 years trying to get pregnant and ultimately pursuing adoption. At this point, not only had they endured the frustration and sadness of infertility, but had been on a roller coaster with twelve failed adoptions! It had gotten to the point where Laura, who was now over thirty years old, was emotional at baby showers and Mother’s Day celebrations. Their nursery had been ready for years, but remained empty. One day an encounter at her yard sale connected Laura to a woman where the conversation turned to Laura and Mark’s desire to adopt. That woman was a co-worker of Shanan’s mother, and ended up being instrumental in putting the two families together, through the adoption agency. As they waited for the baby to be born, Laura and Mark prayed for the birth mother. Even though they didn’t know her, they already felt such a deep sense of gratitude and concern for her. Laura and Mark were able to be at the hospital just in time to have their son handed directly to them. After so many disappointments, Laura wanted to guard her heart but she was helplessly in love, the moment she held the baby they would name Markus. As Shanan’s mother approached and asked to “have a peek” at her first grandson. Laura remembers God prompting her to acknowledge this Grandma’s connection. As Shanan’s mother stared at the baby (no doubt trying to memorize his face), Laura told him that this was his Grandma and felt God blessing her for sharing that moment. As it would turn out, his birth grandmother would pass away before she got the chance to see him again. As part of the adoption contract, signed by both parties, the Loveberrys were to send information to Shanan every year around Markus’ birthday. In the beginning, it was baby pictures and bits of news about his milestones. As Markus got older, he started participating in the packages by telling Laura things he wanted to
Top group photo: Mark Loveberry (Markus’ Adoptive Dad), Laura Loveberry (Markus’ Adoptive Mom), Markus Loveberry (Adopted Son), Madison Loveberry (Markus’ Adopted Sister), Brenden (Markus’ Half-brother), Shanan Walker (Markus’ Birth Mom) Top right corner photo: Markus and his newly reunited 1/2 brother, Brenden Bottom left corner photo: Laura Loveberry (Adoptive Mom), Markus (Adopted Son), Brenden (Shanan’s Son and Markus’ 1/2 Brother), Shanan Walker (Markus’ Birth Mom) Bottom center photo: Laura Loveberry and Shanan Walker (Reunited Adoptive Mom and Birth Mom of Son Markus Loveberry)
say and eventually drawing pictures and writing his own letters. Shanan treasured the annual contacts and would spend some time crying as she shared them with her mother. They were mostly happy tears as she watched her baby turn into a young man. Markus can’t really remember exactly when he was told he was adopted because he says he “just always knew”. They have always celebrated “Gotcha Day” on the anniversary of his adoption with a special cake. Laura says they were always very open and honest about it and encouraged Markus to pray for his birth mother every night. He also knew when he turned eighteen, he would have information available to him and could meet her if he chose. Around age sixteen, he started thinking about meeting her. By age seventeen, when the annual letter went out, he told Shanan he hoped she could attend his eighteenth birthday party. Arrangements were made for her to come an hour ahead of the other guests. Over those eighteen years, both Laura and Shanan have gone through many challenges, changes, and accomplishments. Laura and Mark adopted another child, daughter Madison, who is now 13. Laura was crowned Mrs. Michigan America in 2007, opening up a whole additional career as a public speaker, author, and performer. Shanan married, has 2 stepsons and an eleven year old son, Brenden, so Markus has a half brother. Brenden just recently learned about Markus and met him at the same
birthday party. He is excited to have a big brother and both mothers have fun comparing how much the two boys are alike. Shanan often attends Markus’ basketball games and Laura welcomes her as they have quickly become good friends. After Shanan made her decision to allow her baby to be adopted, she never doubted it was the right choice. As she learned more about the adoptive parents and received her annual update packages, she realized even more what a gift she had given him. Markus has thrived as a Loveberry. By all accounts, he is a well rounded, kind, easy-going young man that is a joy to be around. When asked how he feels about the fact that he was adopted and meeting his birth mom, he just smiles and says it’s all been “a great experience”. Not all adoption stories have a happy ending. But after meeting these mothers, it’s easy to see why this one did. While some would call a lot of this story “luck” or “coincidence”, both women believe very strongly that this was all under God’s plan. They give God the glory for bringing them together and blessing them with a healthy, happy son. Their story is a blueprint for successful adoption- one mother carried him under her heart, and the other mother carried him in her heart. There are no egos here, just a sincere desire to love this baby boy-turned young man and give him the best life possible. And that makes for a very HAPPY MOTHERS DAY for two very special mothers!
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Do you love a good sale? Most women do, but do you love a good rummage sale? Men and women alike seem to flock to rummage sales, yard sales and garage sales. It’s one of my favorite summer pastimes. Rummaging, now that’s something I thought would never put me over the edge! I can usually get my husband to go with me on Thursdays and just in case someone is interested in the same thing we have our eye on, we’ve devised a system that generally gets us the item we want. We were foiled in our efforts at a yard sale last year, however, and it still burns me to this day. I have a system to mark Wednesday’s newspaper which advertises Thursday rummage sales. It’s complicated to the untrained rummager, but it works for me. I had my paper in hand with my special markings around a particular ad that had a chair I knew I just had to have, but dang, the sale didn’t start until 9:00. To top it off “No Early Sales” was typed in bold letters at the bottom of the ad. Shoot! Now every good rummager knows sales should start at 8:00 A.M. sharp and not a minute later, but sometimes you get a newbie who doesn’t know the system. Obviously this person hadn’t taken the personal enrichment class, Rummaging 101, offered at our local junior college. Now I used to honor the No Early Sales warning, but after showing up on time at many of the sales only to find that the thing I wanted had already been sold, I’ve learned to pull up to the curb early and wait. If I see someone else going up the drive and no one is yelling at them to go away or if there’s no ferocious looking dog chained to the front table (which I, myself, have tried at my own garage sale), I head on up to get a jump on the action. So last year my husband and I pulled up to a sale about 15 minutes early. I see this little old lady getting out of her granny mobile ready to head up the very long drive. I didn’t see anyone watching, getting ready to yell go away and there was no dog visible, so I tell my husband to get out of the van and head on up. He’s much bigger than me and he looks tougher too, so I let him be my blocker. I figure if he can get all the way up the drive with no ruckus, I’m good to go. I’m still watching this little old lady out of the corner of my eye, but my husband has already gotten to the chair I have my eye on without being yelled at or attacked by a dog, so I get out of the van and head up the drive. I’m getting close to the little old lady, but she must have heard me coming so she kicks it in gear and starts jogging. Now I’m not the woman I used to be, but I’m not about to let this old lady get the best of me so I kick it in gear too. I just get up to her when she gets her second wind and is now at a dead run heading for MY chair. There is no way that little wench is going to beat me out of that chair so I break into a run (and a sweat), to stay right on her heels. I just beat the LOL (little old lady) to the chair by a half second and just as I’m about to drop into the chair to claim it and to catch my breath, a younger woman I hadn’t noticed before tips the chair up to look under it and I fall to the ground instead. Now this younger woman is not dressed for rummaging, a hooker convention maybe, but not a rummage sale. And where is my husband who’s supposed to be guarding my chair? He’s standing there gawking at this hooker’s haunches as she bends over to check the underside of the chair for any defects, so she says. I’m still on the ground gasping for breath watching my husband’s jaw drop and eyes pop. He eventually notices me struggling to my feet, but does he help me up? Heck no! He shoves me out of the way so he can help this hussy set the chair back down so she doesn’t hurt herself. Had he been smart, he would have been worrying about me hurting him. Once the chair is upright again, the LOL steps on my back to get to the chair and plops herself down in it. We’ve all heard the saying possession is 9/10s of the law, right? Well, currently LOL has 100% possession of that chair, but I’m looking for something to biff her in the back of the head with so she’ll fall out of the chair and I can claim it. Too late! Hootchie mama has already paid for the chair, dumped LOL out of it, and has my husband loading it in her truck for her. And guess what? It’s not even 9:00 yet. Talk about putting me over the edge! Oh, and just so you know, my husband is recovering nicely from his injuries and should be good to go rummaging soon.
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MEET CHANDRA and ANDREW ~ As Christmas of 2000 approached, the VanAken family was anxiously awaiting the arrival of their third child. With two little girls, Chelsea age 2, and Michayla age 1, they were excited to be having a boy. The pregnancy had been uneventful, two ultrasounds confirmed all was well. On December 30th Chandra gave birth to a full term, 7 lb. 4 oz. baby they named Andrew. There had been no trauma during the birth or any reason to believe anything had gone wrong. They took him home expecting things to be similar to their other two experiences. But soon Andrew began crying almost non-stop. After about two weeks, Chandra took him to the doctor where he was diagnosed with colic. She was assured it go away by the time he was three months old. It didn’t. After five months Andrew was still crying almost constantly and Chandra had also noticed some developmental delays. Wanting answers, she took him back to the doctor. A nurse examined him, and told Chandra to bring him back to see the doctor the next day. That morning, the doctor confirmed what the nurse suspected -Andrew was blind. In shock, Chandra started to leave but realized they still had not given her any explanation for his constant crying, so she went back into the office. They sent her to the hospital where tests were run. As family gathered for support, they received the devastating news that Andrew did not have a functioning brain. They were immediately sent to a neurologist and after more tests, had a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. In just twenty-four hours, they had gone from wondering why their baby cried so much to finding out he was blind and severely brain damaged. Chandra still has a vivid memory of her husband collapsing into his brother’s arms in tears. It was determined the damage was “old” meaning it had probably happened in the womb.
Most people will agree that being a mom requires the skills of a doctor, referee, maid, taxi driver, lawyer, minister, teacher, and sometimes even an octopus! But when you are the mother of a special needs child, those skills must be taken to a whole new level. Here are the stories of two amazing mothers who are not only meeting the needs of their sons’ special challenges, but helping them to thrive.
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One theory is that he had a stroke, another that a blood clot broke off during delivery. They grappled for answers as test after test delivered little hope. The young family was told that he would not see his first birthday, never leave his car seat, or survive his first cold.
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As a side note, when he was about a year old, a pediatric specialist diagnosed a milk and soy allergy. Removing those from his diet almost immediately calmed the crying.
Today, Andrew is ten years old and has long ago left the doctors shaking their heads as he continues to defy their predictions. For several years he had physical therapy and attended a functional skills classroom. He has had numerous surgeries, two of them to repair his dislocated hip.. Unfortunately, the last one was unsuccessful because he has no muscle tone to hold it in place. He has developed scoliosis and can no longer attend school or have therapy, due to the pain.
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Although the size of a typical ten year old, Andrew functions on the level of about a four month old. His communication is limited to a coo or gurgle. Chandra has devoted her life to taking care of her family which includes giving Andrew the most normal life possible. She says although there are limitations and obstacles to work around with him, they do not let it dictate their lives. She is active with her daughters, in school and church. As a way of giving back Chandra also allows their doctor to give her name to other mothers going through difficult medical issues. One thing she stresses to them is that life changes, but doesn’t stop. Chandra credits a strong family support system and her faith, saying many times they just “pray our way through.” * SPARC is a non-profit support for educational services, located at 68 Waldron St. Hillsdale, MI., Tammy Ryan, Director. For more information, contact St. Paul’s Church at 517-437-2762.
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Krystal admits that Sam’s sensory issues can make their lives chaotic. Even the clinking sound of doing dishes, can cause him to cry. He often throws things, maybe for the simple reason that he doesn’t like the smell of a certain food or maybe just to watch it fly through the air! But she will also tell you how much she loves being Sam’s mother.
Most mothers work hard to make sure their children grow, learn, and achieve to the best of their abilities. In that respect, these two mothers are no different. Their day to day challenges and the logistics may be more complicated, but they just want to give their sons the best life they can. Chandra and Krystal’s determination and love should be an inspiration to all of us. Andrew and Sam are two very special little boys who have two very amazing moms!
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Over the last six years, Krystal has attended numerous conferences and educated herself to be his advocate for educational resources and therapies. Sam is now a first grader at Will Carleton Academy and also attends SPARC* (St. Paul’s Ability Resource Center) three times a week, learning life skills.
Krystal says having a daughter who is “perfect in every way” gives her the opportunity to be involved with her daughter’s sports and extracurricular activities. And Sam has taken her down a road she never would have known. He has taught her to find joy in little things like just being outside or swimming together (Sam’s favorite activity). She describes it as having the best of both worlds. Her life might not be considered normal by most standards but Krystal says she “wouldn’t want it any other way.”
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Container Idea 1 Small colored tin buckets can be used equally well in window planter situations. Three or four together along a ledge are quite expensive-looking and make perfect containers for growing flowers, herbs, or even things such as lettuces and strawberries. At the front of the house they display neat arrangements of marguerites or petunias. Here is a great idea... find an old pair of Crocs and put them to good use. What a fun addition to a drab set of stairs. They can even be hung on a wall if with a little fishing line and they will appear as though they are floating in mid-air.
Container gardening is a fun, easy way to enjoy the pleasure of gardening without the need of a large area of ground. It can be done in town as well as on a farm. Here are a few quick pointers to get you on your way. Sun - Most vegetables need full sun – that means at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. Water – Growing vegetables need water - lots of it. However, you don’t want to drown your plants. The goal is to keep your soil moist but not wet. Soil - Quality potting soil is really important for vegetables. Don’t use soil from your garden, because it will compact in your container and won’t drain water properly Fertilizer - Plants need food to thrive, and their food is fertilizer. If your soil doesn’t have fertilizer already mixed in, you’ll want to add fertilizer. Drainage - Drainage is key to keep plants from drowning. You want your pot or container to let excess water out of the bottom, so your plants won’t sit in water or soggy soil. Make sure your
container has one large hole or several smaller ones. disease and insects –Vegetables grown in containers are susceptible to the same insects and diseases that are common to any vegetable garden. You should check your plants periodically for diseases and for foliage and fruit-feeding insects. Harvesting - Harvest the vegetables at their peak of maturity when a vegetable’s full flavor has developed. Vine-ripened tomatoes, tender green beans and crisp lettuce will have the best flavor. Containers – Choosing a container can be daunting. You can use almost anything for a garden planter as long as it is big enough and has good drainage. Keep in mind though, that the larger your container, the easier it will be to maintain. The next time you are browsing a yard sale don’t be afraid to “go out on a limb” and choose some wacky, crazy container to add to your amazing new container garden.
Container Idea 2 We may as well try to do something useful with the glut of plastic soda bottles that are being tossed into the recycling bin. This is a cute idea for making a small herb garden from plastic bottles.
Container Idea 3 Placing containers near a fence will add support for plants as they grow. This works well for tomato plants and other vegetables that grow on the vine.
S.O.S. Sort, Organize, and Simplify Your Life! By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine
SEASONAL CLOSET ORGANIZING
Attach hooks to the back of the door or a side wall to store bags, belts and scarves. A door hook also serves as a great place to hang your outfit for the next day. Install a second bar to double the space for shorter items such as pants, skirts, shirts, and in children’s closets. You can find bars that hook over the high one- no carpenter needed! Keep a bag for donations (or garage sale) right in the closet to drop in clothing when you realize you no longer need it, wear it, or replace it with new.
As the weather warms, once again we start needing different clothing. Now is a great time to get your closets organized for the spring/summer season. Here are some ideas to help you sort, organize, and simplify your closets:
Don’t buy any more hangers! This is a good way to curb your clothes collecting. If there are no empty hangers when you bring home something new, you will be forced to take something out. (Remember the S.O.S. decluttering rule- for everything new that comes into your house, something old must go)!
Empty the closet area you need to clean and organize. Gather all the clothes for the new season and try on any that you need to check for fit. Scrutinize them for wear, stains, duplicates, and current style. Using the K-D-P (keep, donate or sell, pitch) method, keep only the clothes you are sure you will wear.
Use uniform hangers, preferably wooden or padded. You’ll be surprised how much neater this makes your whole closet look. If you need to put items on a shelf, use shelf dividers to keep them straight.
If your closet is small, store the out-of-season clothes in totes. To keep the weight manageable, separate them by pants, tops, sweaters, etc. using several smaller ones, rather than one large. Move them to a separate storage area. If your closet is large and you want to keep all seasons in there, move the out- of-season to the back of the closet and the current season’s clothes forward for easier access. Professional organizer Peter Walsh says we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. That means we are taking up a lot of valuable space with things we hardly ever wear! To check yourself, at the beginning of the season turn your clothes hangers backwards. As you wear an item and return it back to the closet, face the hanger properly. Anything that remains on a backward-facing hanger at the end of the season should be given away or sold. Take advantage of vertical space by installing floor-to-ceiling shelves between the closet rods or put the narrow ends of the closet to work by adding a chest of drawers and additional shelving.
Put your shoes in plastic, (labeled) shoe totes and stack on the shelf or neatly on the floor. Use your imagination- the cubbies in a vertical shoe hanger work for scarves and slippers. They also come with small plastic pull out drawers, great for underwear, nylons, and socks. If you have clothing items that you no longer wear but are keeping for sentimental reasons (such as a maternity shirt, baby clothing, t-shirts, or sports jerseys), consider keeping just a swatch of the material. Added with other items in a shadow box, you can have a special piece of artwork and more room in your closet. Another option would be to make a memory quilt. You can transform baby clothes, concert T-shirts, or college sweatshirts into a fun patchwork quilt. Getting your closet in order can save you TIME (pick out a coordinating outfit that fits), MONEY (you won’t buy duplicates because you can’t even remember or find what you already have), and most of all, your SANITY (there is a real sense of accomplishment and serenity looking at an organized, efficient space). Just yell S.O.S. and spring into action!
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With the summer right around the corner, Michigan’s culinary landscape is bursting forth with flavors and adventures. Foodies can look forward to taste events, always a great way to enjoy good food and explore city attractions. This summer consider visiting for a Taste of Muskegon (June 18-19); Taste of Kalamazoo Festival (July 21-23); Taste of Grand Rapids (July 22-23); and Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak (September 2-5). Warmer temperatures bring a bounty of Michigan agricultural riches celebrated at dozens of food festivals throughout the state. Pack up your bags and get ready to explore a taste of Pure Michigan. The michigan.org website offers a complete list of events - pick a region and date range to explore how to munch your way through a Pure Michigan spring and summer. Here’s a sampling of what to taste:
The Michigan Sugar Festival in Sebewaing June 15-19 celebrates the important sugar beet crop. What would summer be like without a taste of Mackinac Island fudge? Plan a trip for the annual Mackinac Island Fudge Festival August 19-20, and enjoy entertainment and the treats that are made fresh daily in 17 shops.
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Hunt the elusive Morel mushroom and enjoy festivities celebrating the ‘shroom at festivals in Mesick (May 6-8), Lewiston (May 7) and Boyne City (May 12-15). For those who like the luscious green stalk, the weekend of May 20-22 is the annual Empire Asparagus Festival featuring the Ode to Asparagus poetry contest, followed by the National Asparagus Festival in Hart June 10-12. The Auburn Cornfest, July 7-10, features it famous corn eating contest. There are tons of free potatoes at the Munger Potato Festival, July 28-31. This “spud-tacular” tradition features a carnival, Figure 8 Derby, live entertainment and more.
Fish is on the menu during the Mancelona Bass Festival (June 2-5) with a fishing contest and a host of activities for the whole clan. The annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival June 11 includes a fish fry and fishing tournament. Head to the Upper Peninsula for the Seafood Fest in Houghton, June 16-18. The Algonac Lions Pickeral Tournament takes place July 1-5 along the St. Clair River. The annual St. Helen Bluegill Festival offers a fishing contest, car show, parade and more, July 7-10. The city of Bay Port presents its 33rd Fish Sandwich Festival August 5-6 – they say it takes two hands to hold one of their fish sandwiches.
It’s a berry good way to spend Father’s Day weekend: The whole family will enjoy the Belleville National Strawberry Festival June 1719, as well as the Coldwater Strawberry Fest & Craft Show (June 18) and the Alden Strawberry Festival (June 19). The Copper Country Strawberry Festival in Chassell offers its famous shortcake with the local berries and more, July 8-9. The biggest of them all, the 85th National Cherry Festival, July 2-9, is one big bushel of fun with 150 events to keep you busy between bites of cherry pie in Traverse City.
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The night air blew coolly through the open car windows. A few stars twinkled between strands of clouds in the dark sky. It was very dark on the rural road where we were parked at the edge of the gravel. The high-pitched beeping sound of spring peepers filled the countryside with a din that defied the peaceful label usually placed on country living. My husband and I sat perfectly still, eyes closed, soaking in the sound. Romantic interlude? A little Date Night parking? No. This was just another night in the life of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Frog and Toad surveyor.
numbers in 1981. Michigan followed suit, using trained volunteers to do the count beginning in 1988.
Growing up in the sprawl of the big city didn’t stop me from developing a deep love for the outdoors. Many a Saturday afternoon of my childhood was spent exploring local parks. Summer rains meant searching neighborhood puddles for tadpoles to put in an aquarium at home where I could watch their tails shrink and legs grow as they changed into frogs. The frogs were then released into the backyard to eat their fill of mosquitoes.
Every Spring, between April and June, my husband and I join the over five hundred volunteer DNR Frog and Toad surveyors traversing the roads of Michigan listening carefully for froggy love songs. Three times - early spring, late spring, and early summer - we take an hour or so to check the ten wetland sites that comprise our survey route. Finding the time to coordinate our lives around when the frogs and toads are singing their very best has been our biggest challenge because they don’t follow a calendar. They sing when the weather conditions tell them the time is right. And when it is right, we make the effort to get outside to share a little bit of time alone together enjoying that not-so-quiet country wildlife, checking to hear if there are any different frog or toad voices from what we have heard in years past. The DNR then uses the data we gather to determine how the frog and toad population is doing. It’s satisfying to know that our romantic evening drives are also helping the DNR with scientific research.
As an adult I was concerned with the efforts of municipalities to curb and drain every road in the city so that rainwater no longer collected in mud puddles at the side of the roads. I wondered where the momma frogs would lay their eggs if there were no more puddles. Others around the United States shared my concerns regarding the loss of frog and toad habitat. Scientists in Wisconsin first came together to begin surveying frog and toad
You don’t have to live out in the country to be a Michigan DNR Frog and Toad Survey volunteer. The DNR is always looking for volunteers to run survey routes. For more information go to the DNR’s web-site www. michigan.gov/dnr and type “Frog and Toad Survey” into the search box. If you are interested in becoming a Michigan Frog and Toad surveyor contact DNR Frog and Toad Survey Coordinator Lori Sargent at 517-373-9418.
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Berries Have you ever witnessed a hug dreamed about for years and years? I recently saw, through tear-filled eyes, a long awaited embrace at my son Markus’ eighteenth birthday party. Anxiety and nerves faded away and a peace filled our living room as birth mom and son held each other in their arms for the first time ever. We saw their very first touch outside her womb. This hug embraced the gift of life, precious life, that our courageous birth mom, Shanan, gave her first-born son so many years ago. Not only did we all meet our son’s birth mom, but we hugged and kissed on Markus’ neverbefore-met ½ brother, Brenden. I could not help but rub both my hands on his cheeks like a doting Grandma does and tell him how he so looks like Markus at that age. It was like glancing at Markus’s childhood on the ironic day Markus officially enters manhood. This reunion was planned 18 years ago. My husband and I set up the adoption to be semiopen, meaning that we would send letters and photos every birthday to his birth mom via the agency. On Markus’ 18th birthday, he would have the option to meet if both so desired. We brought him up with no secrets, often reminding him that his birth mom loved him so much she give him life and fill our empty arms. He knows how our nursery was set up for years, and we had to just keep the door shut. He understands how eight years of heart wrenching prayers were finally answered by a courageous young woman with an unplanned pregnancy and a heart of compassion. Our church family, North Adams-Jerome School family, and Quincy community fully embraced his adoption so many years ago. Baby showers overflowed with gifts of love and support. Markus was an answer to years of crying out to the LORD in prayer and our whole village of Quincy shared in our newfound bundle of joy!
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We even have a boulder in our garden carved in stone with “Gotcha Day” to commemorate how God answered our prayers with both our children’s adoption finalization days. We had the blessed opportunity to thank Shanan, our son’s birth mom. With DVD camera rolling, wrap-around hugs, and joyful tears; we all sat down to go through the scrapbooks together. Both moms had the same idea; we each created a scrapbook to give. Markus’ life and Shanan’s life are lovingly laid out in photographs and compiled to give a snapshot of lives before they met. Shanan received a heart-shaped locket with Markus’ smiling face inside to wear close to the heart that kept his life beating in her womb. And I received a colorful carved angel with prayer hands and “Love” inscription. Not to be left out, my daughter, Madison, was given a precious little birthstone angel pin she has worn everyday since. Markus’ idea to give his tenyear-old ½ brother a remote control car turned out to be the perfect gift and bonding time for the newfound siblings. Markus also gave cars for Brenden’s two step brothers who Markus would meet at a later time. We recalled how years ago when we would tuck Markus in bed, we often included Shanan in our prayers. We prayed she would know Christ personally if she had not already. Those childhood prayers of Markus were answered in one of our annual letters from Shanan where she says she “welcomed God into her heart” and was baptized. She says God “changed her life in the best possible way.” Shanan’s finding Jesus moment is written down in a Reflections from a Mother’s Heart book that I gave her years ago, and now she has given this to her birth son filled out with her own handwritten memories. Priceless.
And can you imagine the emotion of me, a barren woman, holding in a tight embrace, Shanan, our compassionate birth mom of Markus, who blessed our lives so many years ago? I am reminded of the verses in Psalm 139 that are etched in my heart, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place…your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” All the days ordained for Markus were written in God’s book before one of them came to be. We are so grateful to God for Shanan who filled our empty arms with a precious life and indescribable joy. What a heartfelt privilege and honor to be a part of their mother and child reunion. Yes, we witnessed a hug dreamed about eighteen years in the making, a beautiful long awaited embrace that encompasses the beauty of adoption and wraps around your heart forever.
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When Saturday dawns on May 14, 2011 I will be up packing baskets and crates to bring, what my East of Edon gardens and my hands have produced, to our local farmers’ market.
The van will be loaded as I make that one last trip to the south garden to bundle the freshest possible chives, sorrel, parsley, and perhaps early flowers. Then, with my quart of tea steaming by my side on the ten minute trip to town, I try to anticipate who will come to buy and visit, and what I will sell, and what other vendors will have for me to buy. The market offers fresh, tasty produce, luscious fruits, and glorious flowers. Last year our farmers brought a variety of fresh and frozen meats, eggs, honey and nuts. Loaves of bread tempted with crusty exteriors. Artists and craft persons displayed beautiful homespun yarns from local fiber animals, homemade soaps, paintings, jewelry, wood working, local bees wax candles, a fantastic array of stitched cloth bowls, and much more. The Hillsdale County Farmers’ Market is a great place for locals to buy healthy produce and goods that local farmers and artisans produce. It enlivens downtown and fosters community. An average of 15 vendors in 2009 to 19 in 2010, have joined me on Saturdays in the courthouse parking lot, from 8 AM until 12 noon. With as many as 27 vendors participating in July and August. And we are only just about to start our third year! Vegetables, berries, fruits, meat, flowers, nuts, and eggs have been grown and raised with pride and to a large part without chemical sprays or fertilizers. Shoppers can find out exactly from the source how their food was grown. Many buyers have become regulars, tailoring their menus to what is available fresh in season. Often market prices are below store prices, especially compared with organics. A survey of Hillsdale Farmers Market vendors shows much enthusiasm for this venue to sell locally. Emilie Dasch of Bluebird Meadows Farm feels that the market has helped her business tremendously. Her family has been able to go from selling hay, eggs, honey, and whole lamb directly from the farm to also offering frozen lamb cuts, lots of produce, and homemade bread from local wheat and rye. The Daschs are well aware of the local customer wanting produce earlier, and they plan to provide it in part by planting earlier and protecting plants. The Huepenbeckers of Nature’s Bounty Farm are also trying to catch the early bird with the addition of a new green house. For now the market will only be open May through October, but at some point it may find a venue for the winter months as well. All of the vendors commented how much they enjoy their customers, especially getting to know the regulars. It is gratifying for them to see who benefits from the fruits of their labor. Several businesses downtown have reported increased sales on Saturday mornings. Jilly Beans opened earlier for market days to capitalize on the busy downtown scene by providing warm drinks on chilly mornings and cool ones when the days warm up. Checker Records and the Hillsdale
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“Don’t take it personally.” How many times have we heard that in our lives? And yet, it is so difficult to do. From the time I was little, I took everything personally. Every questioning glance, every cross word, every doubt-filled sentence – it was always, at some level, my fault. How many of us have been programmed to respond like this? My gut feeling is that it is an especially common reaction in women, who tend to be emotionally in tune with other people and eager to create harmony in relationships. After having my first child, I took everything personally. As I wrote two months ago, my son has Asperger’s syndrome. He also has severe ADHD. His young childhood was not easy and people were very quick to judge his behavior, often blaming me for his over-the-top reactions, quick temper, inability to slow down and general quirkiness. I absorbed every eyebrows-raised-in-disbelief look, every unkind remark (often made when the person thought I couldn’t hear) and every piece of poorly-worded advice as a reflection of my poor parenting skills. I believed it myself – I must be a pretty bad parent to have a child who couldn’t behave. I was on the receiving end of playground lectures on whether ADHD exists, which made me question myself for weeks afterwards. Although my son was diagnosed with ADHD at five, it wasn’t until I saw him having a grand-mal seizure one night a few years later (which probably wasn’t his first) that I truly understood that this was a neurological problem and had little to do with me. A year or so later he was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea as well, which was corrected to a
great extent with a removal of his adenoids. This was an epiphany -- all of these “well meaning” people were obviously wrong. Not only were they completely unhelpful in the moment, they didn’t know what they were talking about! That was the point when my own transformation began. I started to understand that what people said had very little to do with me and very much to do with them and their fears. “Since these brain disorders don’t really exist,” they seem to be telling themselves, “I cannot have a child like this.” Or “my superior parenting skills are what make my child behave normally.” I began to value people who truly lacked judgment, who welcomed my son into their homes and into their lives, who saw him as interesting and pretty much normal (which he now is, in spite of early difficulties). These truly open-minded people often surprised me. Their open hearts had nothing to do with whether they voted for McCain or Obama, where they worshipped, or what side of the tracks they called home. My stereotypes fell by the wayside, as did some of my friendships with people who couldn’t get beyond their harsher judgments. If you are still a “good girl,” caught up in worrying about what someone else meant by that comment or that pause in the conversation or that raise of the eyebrows, forget it. I finally got it – usually those are their doubts and fears on display. As my yoga teacher says, “It’s their movie. You aren’t starring in it.” In other words, don’t take it personally.
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Stuffed French Toast Waffle Panini
An Exciting New Restaurant In Hillsdale
Located at the Hillsdale Golf Club 1990 Ash Te Wette Dr. Hillsdale
Breakfast For Mom! Bread of Choice 3 Eggs 1 cup milk 2 T. melted butter syrup
sausage, cheese, and/or anything else you’d like to “stuff ” your french toast with (sweetened cream cheese and fresh berries would be delicious)
Our menu is designed around regional and seasonal foods, showcasing the many resources of Michigan and the neighboring areas. The approach is to give you honest, clean and exciting flavors without the pretensions of standard fine dining, Please come in and join us for a friendly, delicious dining experience.
Preheat your waffle iron. If using sausage, pat into VERY thin patties, about a half inch smaller than your bread and roughly the same shape. Cook thoroughly. Mix together eggs, milk and melted butter and a shallow dish. (If your filling is sweet, add a small amount of vanilla and cinnamon). Soak two slices of bread in egg mixture as you would for french toast, letting excess drip off. Add one slice to hot waffle iron, add toppings and place second slice on top. Complete until iron is full, close iron and press down to “close” your panini. If using cream cheese or similar “gooey” fillings, you can scoop out a small amount of the bread on the inside very carefully so it gives more room and doesn’t ooze out the sides. Cook until nice and brown, and serve hot with maple syrup or other accompaniments. Try doing this without any filling, too – it’s yummy!
Bleu Cheese Crusted Filet of Beef 2 5-6 oz Tenderloin of Beef Steaks (Filets) Salt and Pepper ½ cup panko 1 Tbsp butter ½ tsp garlic or onion salt,
1/4 tsp pepper 1 tsp minced herbs, such as rosemary or parsley ½ c. crumbled bleu cheese 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard Peanut Oil, for searing
Combine panko and cold butter in microwaveable bowl. Season with flavored salt and pepper. Heat on high in microwave until butter melts. Remove from microwave, allow to cool for a few seconds and add the herbs and bleu cheese. Use a fork to distribute the bleu cheese into the crumbs without making it into a paste. set aside. Preheat oven to 500°F.
d - one line Just before searing, season the filets with salt and pepper. Add 1
teaspoon canola oil and heat until the oil is shimmering, carefully add the steaks to the hot pan. Sear for 90 seconds per side, remove steaks to an open baking pan to rest until the final cooking. When you are about 10 minutes out from serving time, finish the steaks in the preheated oven. For the 6-oz filet pictured, about 8 minutes of total oven time was required. David’s Dolce Vita Tobacconist & Fine Wines 34 N Howell St Hillsdale, MI | (517)437-3351
First, put the steaks into the oven for 5 minutes without topping. Then remove from the oven and carefully brush mustard onto steaks to allow the crumb mixture to adhere. Just a thin coat — you may not need all of it, depending on the surface area to cover. Then simply divide the crumb mixture over the steaks and return to the oven. Watch carefully, they will burn quickly. Check after 2 minutes; my steaks took about 3 minutes to get the topping brown and bubbly. Allow the steaks to rest a minute as you prepare the plates for service, then serve and enjoy!
Beef is the classic accompaniment for a gutsy red Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec. David’s Dolce Vita recommends Dona Paula Los Cardos Cabernet Sauvignon or Finca Origen Malbec, both from Argentina.
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Dilly Cheese Ring with Spinach Dip 2 large portabella mushrooms
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
2 sweet banana peppers
Fresh Avocados, sliced
Pre-heat the grill to 350F. Brust or rub the mushrooms and peppers with olive oil. Grill until the peppers are lightly roasted and soft, but not mushy, and the mushrooms are soft.
Salt and pepper
Fresh Tomatoes, sliced (optional)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, torn
Your favorite salsa
over the top of the veggies and then fold other half of the flour tortilla over the cheese and veggies.
Cool the veggies and slice. Turn the grill heat down to low.
Once all the quesadillas are prepared, carefully transfer them to the grill. Grill each side for just a few minutes until the cheese is melted and the quesadillas are golden brown.
Brush one side of each tortilla with olive oil. Sprinkle a little cheese on one half the tortilla. Layer with a few slices mushrooms and a few slices peppers and torn cilantro. Sprinkle a little more cheese
Transfer the quesadillas to a platter and slice like a pizza. Serve with fresh sliced avocado and salsa.
David’s Dolce Vita Tobacconist & Fine Wines 34 N Howell St Hillsdale, MI | (517)437-3351
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Portabellas are the muscle of mushrooms, for this recipe David’s recommends Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon or Bear Boat Pinot Noir, both from California.
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Tropical Shrimp Salad 1 cup fresh mango, finely diced 1 cup fresh pineapple, finely diced 1 cup fresh papaya, finely diced Zest of one lime Juice of one lime Juice of one orange
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped ½ cup purple onion, finely diced ¼ cup jalapenos, finely diced ½ can Rotel tomatoes, drained salt and pepper pinch of sugar 2 pounds cooked shrimp
Mix all ingredients well except shrimp. Let sit two hours to overnight. Add in cooked shrimp just before serving. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve with tortilla chips. Note: Shrimp will get soft overnight because of citrus so don’t put shrimp into salsa until serving time. David’s Dolce Vita Tobacconist & Fine Wines 34 N Howell St Hillsdale, MI | (517)437-3351
David’s Dolce Vitas choice is Helfrich Gewurztraminer. This wine will compliment the unique play of tropical fruits and delicate fish.
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Berry Clafoutis 1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
Spray 4 shallow ovenproof dishes with cooking spray. Sprinkle each with 1 tsp. caster sugar. Add berries. Beat cream cheese spread remaining caster sugar, flour, vanilla and 1 egg until well blended. Add remaining eggs, mix well. Gradually beat in milk, pour over berries. Heat oven to 400oF.
David’s Dolce Vita Tobacconist & Fine Wines 34 N Howell St Hillsdale, MI | (517)437-3351
Bake 20 min.or until tops are golden brown and toothpick inserted in centers of topping comes out clean. Cool slightly, sprinkle with powdered sugar..
Berries and a light Sparkler go well together. David’s Dolce Vita recommends La Serra Moscato to compliment the dish.
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Gems of Wisdom Have You Read Your Horoscope Today?
GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, your mind is reeling and the only way to stop these anxious thoughts is to keep busy. Friends provide a welcome diversion.
Gemini, your current interests aren’t panning out as you’d hoped so consider other opportunities. Stop and consider all the possibilities as soon as possible.
CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Thoughts of love and relationships are on your mind, Cancer. However, you will have trouble expressing just how you feel to others. Think through the words.
SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 It might be time to pinch some pennies, Sagittarius. This week you could come up a bit short, and it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the month. Consider working overtime.
LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you are a whirlwind of activity and this causes a bit of disruption to a normally organized life. Others may remark on the change in personality.
CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, things turn out to be very calm at the moment and it is surprising how much you can get accomplished. This slow pace is just the reprieve you’ve needed.
VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 It’s hard to imagine fitting anything else into your packed schedule, Virgo. Somehow you manage to do it. But the effects could prove stressful.
AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, there’s not much you can do about a particular problem if you don’t spend any time actually thinking about a solution. Ignoring the situation won’t help..
LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 It’s time to plan and prepare, Libra. Take out a pen and paper and start making lists. It’s the only way to remain organized with so much going on.
PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, a few minor tweaks to your schedule and you are able to tackle an enormous amount of tasks. Enjoy the productivity.
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Matters of the home take importance right now, Scorpio. Focus your attention on tackling things around the house and you’ll have more time to devote to fun.
ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, be careful what you ask for, as things have a funny way of coming true for you. Censor your thoughts for the time being.
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