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Lip color is really more of an accessory than a makeup product. It’s also a mood evoker -- if you’re feeling sultry, you can wear gloss to draw attention to your mouth, or if you’re feeling tired after a long day you can grab a bold lip color for a pick-me-up before heading out on the town. But do you know which shade is appropriate for each activity? Here are some basic rules of thumb for you to follow...


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Mindy was a great candidate for our makeover. She enjoyed a fun-filled day which began at Marilyn’s off Monroe where we searched for an outfit suited specifically for her. Ultimately a dazzling shirt and complimentary blue jacket topped a pair of black skinny jeans and some gold flats created her outfit. But, as every woman knows, an outfit isn’t complete without the accessories. So, some sparkle was added with gold earrings and a matching necklace and a fun spring time purse completed her ensemble. Mindy then headed to Volume Salon where the experts chose a mocha brown color for her hair to offset the reddish skin tones of her skin. Next, some highlights were added to brighten and soften the look. Lastly, Mindy received a stylish new cut just below her shoulders which tapered to frame her face and create a slimming affect. The look was finished with a bright pink manicure and an application of natural colored makeup to even out Mindy’s red undertones. Here is the final result...

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Making the Most of Pregnancy By Stephanie Gordon Simply Hers Magazine

As my pregnancy draws to a close (I’m secretly sad about this), I’ve had the chance to reflect on my nine month journey to motherhood. I think about the advice I’ve received and the stories I’ve heard. Honestly, I disregarded a lot of these stories. I know my pregnancy journey has been unique – not like any other. I’ve had a healthy, unproblematic, happy pregnancy. And for that, I’m very grateful. I attribute these five things to my healthy pregnancy – if you care to tune in to my advice. Chiropractic I’m not sure what I would do without my adjustments – and my husband for that matter. His patience with my occasional whining has been supremely appreciated. I feel sorry for those pregnant women who didn’t take advantage of chiropractic during their pregnancy. If you didn’t, how did you manage? My ever changing body and growing belly definitely created growing pains. Without my husband and his chiropractic adjustments, I know I would have been miserable. Exercise Most of you know that I’ve CrossFitted my entire pregnancy. I hope my training helps during labor and delivery. I know it’s hard to get moving some days, but if I hadn’t kept moving, I would probably be a big, painful, miserable blob. I’m definitely slower than I was during early pregnancy, but CrossFit has helped maintain most of my strength and endurance the past nine months.


Diet Sure, I’ve caved. I’ve consumed a patty melt, some pizza, and I’ve bought two boxes of Captain Crunch cereal. But, I’ve had a very paleo pregnancy. Because I avoided grains, sugar and most dairy, I’ve had

healthy weight gain and avoided gestational diabetes. My blood levels have been exactly where they needed to be as well. So many say it’s ok to splurge when pregnant, but the thought of unnecessary splurging baffled me. I wanted to stay healthy for me, my baby and my husband. AND bounce back to my pre-preggo body (eventually) after giving birth. Prayer I’ve prayed for my baby each day of my pregnancy. Early pregnancy is a scary time for most women – it was for me, too. Nothing is certain, and a sweet, precious baby can be taken away for numerous, unknowing reasons. I prayed that my baby would make it to the second trimester and prayed that my baby would be healthy. I could not have gone through my pregnancy without my faith and I am ecstatic to know that she will be welcomed into this world a healthy, baby girl. Patience Waiting for baby to arrive is excruciating – especially the last four weeks! I’ve wanted to know what she looks like, sounds like, and smells like. When I first found out I was pregnant, I kept telling myself nine months is a long time to get ready for this baby. In reality, yes, nine months is a long time, but time flies. Now, I’m playing the waiting game. I am enjoying these final quiet weeks with my husband, trying to relax and enjoy “just the two of us”. I’ve really enjoyed being pregnant, and these five things have helped me through each day. It’s an experience that is a true blessing. Will I do it again? Yes, I can only hope that my husband and I will be blessed with another child down the road. I will miss her inside of me, where she’s safe and sound, but she has a beautiful life waiting for her.

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Listen up ladies!! I’m sure most all of you have heard the phrase lately, “Strong is the new skinny.” It’s true! More and more people are getting into fitness lately, especially women, and some of the credit goes to the Crossfit nation. I’m not going to get into the great Crossfit debate of good and bad. However, I was reading an article on one of my favorite fitness sites about a week ago and something the writer mentioned really resonated with me. Whether it’s right or wrong, Crossfit has brought a LOT of people into the gym that probably wouldn’t be there otherwise. Another point of interest was that with Crossfit woman were doing lifts that they would’ve NEVER done prior because they, and I quote most the female population, “are for men!” You know the lifts I’m talking about, deadlifts, cleans, back squats and much more. Again, I’m not going to throw negative propaganda at Crossfit, but I’m not promoting it either. So now that all these new people are hitting the iron it’s time to show them how to properly build that strong body! So, let’s talk about a group of muscles that will help get you that STRONG look and feeling! The posterior! I’m not just talking glutes here, but the hamstrings as well. The first exercise we’ll talk about is the Romanian Deadlift. Stand tall with the bar across your upper thigh.

The second exercise is the back squat. This is the grand daddy of lower body exercises and also will rank right up there with calorie burn due to the utilization of the largest muscle group in the body. Step up underneath the bar with it resting across the top of your shoulders. While maintaining a neutral neck (looking forward) raise the bar up off the rack and step back. Make sure to pull your elbows down, locking the bar onto your back. First action is to push your hips back as you begin to squat down. Get all the way down to where your upper legs are parallel to the floor before pressing back up. As you press back up keep your chest tall maintaining a flat back throughout the motion. The third and final exercise that I’ll touch on today is the hip thrust! Burn baby, burn!

First action is to push the hips back as you let the bar lower along the front of your leg. Put the force of the weight on your heels, while maintaining a soft knee. (Soft knee is just a SLIGHT bend of the knee, staying away from a squatting action) Keep your shoulders pulled back maintaining a neutral neck and flat back. As you stand up push your hips forward into the bar flexing your glutes to finish the move.

Lie on your back on the floor. Pull your knees up towards your glutes, while maintaining a flat foot. Raise your toes off the floor so that you can put total pressure on the posterior chain. Using your shoulders as an axis point, lift your hips up creating a straight line from your shoulder to your knee. (DO NOT hyperextend your spine by pushing your hips past that line, or to much anterior pelvic tilt.) Hold at the top for a 2 second count and return to the bottom. . Now, depending on your goals will depend on how you will utilize these exercises with repetitions and rest time between sets. Want to give a run just for the good of it? Do 4 sets of 12 of the RDL’s, 4 sets of 10 with the back squats (use a spotter), and 4 sets of 20 hip thrusts. Take 45-90 seconds rest with the RDL’s, 60-120 seconds with the Squats and 30-45 seconds rest with the hip thrusts. Adjust the weight accordingly to optimize reps starting with lighter weight. Also utilize a 2-3 minute rest between exercises, remember the shorter the rest the less time your muscles have to recover! Good Luck! As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!!


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Have you heard the news? Removing trans fats from the industrial food supply could prevent tens of thousands of premature heart attacks and cardiac deaths each year in the U.S., according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Wageningen University. WOW!! How did we get into this trans fat death trap? It all began back in the 1930s, when butter became expensive and scarce. Scientists discovered how to make an inexpensive replacement – margarine – by partially adding hydrogen to vegetable oil so it became solid and spreadable like butter. This was such an instant success that the process was soon used for making shortening. Food manufactures loved it! It was inexpensive, offered a wonderfully long shelf life and tasted GREAT. Partially hydrogenated fats made perfect doughnuts, French fries, crackers, desserts, pie crusts, you name it. Life was good for food manufacturers, and happy consumers everywhere had a convenient solution to their expensive butter problem. By 1970 (40 years later), it became known to the FDA that partially hydrogenated fats were causing heart disease. But how could they pull this product off the shelves or sound an alarm when partially hydrogenated fat had made its way into 40,000 food products? The ISEO (Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils) effectively muted the debate about trans fats for years, and by the year 2002, Americans were averaging at least 12 grams of trans fat a day. Thirty-Six Years Later: The FDA sticks a toe in Finally by January 2006, thanks to consumer action groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the FDA began requiring that all food products include trans fat content on their labels. The agency stated that as long as a product has .5 grams of trans fat or less per serving, the label can say “zero grams of trans fat per serving.” (Canada’s limit is .3 grams.) Of course this wasn’t a ban, but a gentle nudge for manufacturers to find an alternative fat if they didn’t want their product to “look bad” in the eye’s of label-savvy consumers. This was a positive step, and many margarine companies and Nabisco Oreos, Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish, Frito Lay chips did indeed step up to the plate and reduced their trans fats enough to sport “zero grams per serving” on their labels. An improvement, yes. But still not a gold star Even though the use of trans fats is being drastically reduced in many food products, there are three very important points every consumer must know in order to protect themselves: • If the product still includes partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients (which most margarines and baked goods do), the product may indeed have up to .5 grams of trans fat per serving even if the label states “zero grams of trans fats.” If you consume more than just one single serving per day, then you can indeed be eating more than the FDA recommended “as close to zero as possible” trans fats, even though you think you’re eating “zero grams.”

Now that manufacturers aren’t using partially hydrogenated fats, what fat are they using? This is what I like to call the “saturated fat switcheroo.” In the instance of Crisco, they fully hydrogenate the fat instead of partially. And although trans-fat free, recent studies show this “interesterified” oil lowers the good HDL cholesterol and raises blood sugar by changing the body’s levels of insulin. For Jiffy baking mix, they’ve switched to lard. For many donuts, it’s palm oil. For the corner bakery, it’s butter. These may all be “trans fat free,” but they are also all very high in artery clogging saturated fat! You know, the other bad guy. Keep in mind that restaurants and schools continue to skate along using the inexpensive, pre-prepared convenience products that still contain trans fats, or the scary replacement fats mentioned above. So just because you don’t see a label, doesn’t mean trans fats and saturated fats aren’t in there. I applaud cities like New York City who have begun a city-wide ban of trans fats in their larger restaurants. Even if all cities were to follow, you still need to remember points 1 and 2 above. So how do you keep your intake of trans fats as low as possible while making sure too many saturated fats don’t creep up in its place? Don’t throw your hands up in despair. Here are a few tactics that will help keep your “fat check” in line. • Limit restaurant fried foods like fried chicken and French fries. • Watch the number of times you choose cookies, pastries and doughnuts and opt for low-fat bran muffins or fruit and yogurt instead. Add in a single handful of walnuts, almonds or pecans that are high in omega three “good for you” fat. • Scrutinize the crackers you choose and begin eating natural peanut butter. • If you order pizza often, check the ingredients of the crust. If pizza is something you eat weekly, you need to know what’s in there! • Serve olive oil with bread, as authentic Italian restaurants do. • Make your garlic toast and grilled sandwiches with a spritz of oil, not butter or margarine. • Sauté onions in oil instead of butter or margarine. In a nutshell, follow what I call the one-two punch: First keep fat intake to as low as possible, then add back the good omega three fats like olive oil on your salad or walnuts in your cereal. Works like a charm! Don’t ignore the giant elephant in the room Remember, while everyone’s captivated by the latest trans fat headline, “Wendy’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken change their frying oil to trans fat free,” don’t be suckered into overlooking the giant elephant in the room – unhealthy habits. Trans fats or not, Americans eat too many calories by the way of too much fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates and don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains. And most of us don’t get near enough physical activity. Getting rid of trans fats is a step in the right direction, but there’s still plenty of dietary “work” to be done .toward gaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

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Sports Injuries & Chiropractic Care

Sports Injuries

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports are all too common. Often, these injuries occur in someone who is just taking up sports as a form of activity, doesn’t use proper safety equipment, or becomes overzealous about the exercise regimen.

Ankle sprains most often involve tears of one or more of the ligaments along the outside of the ankle. Knee ligaments, including the larger external supportive ligaments and the smaller internal stabilizing ligaments, can also be torn. The cartilage on the back of the patella (knee-cap) can also become eroded from overuse, leading to a condition termed chondromalacia patella.

The more commonly injured areas of the body are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor of chiropractic before undertaking such activities.

Recent research has shown us that, in some cases, joint manipulation can be helpful with pain reduction and more rapid recovery.

Strains and Sprains

Although bones can sometimes be fractured with acute sports injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another. An acute twisting or overextension of a joint can lead to tears of muscles and tendons, called “strains,” and tears of ligaments result in “sprains.” These tears range from mild to severe. In mild injuries, just a few fibers are torn or stretched. Severe injuries, where there is a tear through the full thickness of the structure, are most often considered unstable injuries and frequently require surgical intervention. The intervertebral disc, a ligament between the vertebrae of the spine that works as a shock absorber, can also be torn, resulting in a disc bulge and/or herniation.

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the baby crying...

How do we make him stop?

By Dr. Jon Herbener Simply Hers Magazine

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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In the last column I discussed some of the reasons why babies cry.

be the cause of the tears. If the culprit is air or gas, try to burp the baby or gently massage the tummy.

Okay. So my baby is crying. Now what should I do? Sometimes the cause is obvious and you can quickly remedy the situation. In other causes you may have to experiment with a couple of calming techniques until you find out what your baby likes – what brings comfort to him/her. Keep in mind that babies are all different. What works for one baby doesn’t always work for another.

A gentle massage or light pat on the back can often help soothe a crying baby. You might do this while lying baby tummy-down across your lap.

Many years ago, fresh from Pediatric training an infant was brought to the Emergency Room crying unconsolably. I spent several minutes taking a detailed history of recent events and possible reasons for crying. The entire time the infant continued to cry unconsolably. At last it was time to perform an examination. I began at the top and both ears were normal as was his throat and lungs. His heart was beating well and his abdomen was soft. He moved all four of his limbs normally. Remember, these were the days of cloth diapers and when I unpinned his diaper I found that the pin had been accidentally pushed through the skin of his lower tummy. In a few minutes he stopped crying but mom was horrified at what had happened and she began crying. Fortunately, safety pins for diapers are a thing of the past but the lesson was learned. Look for obvious things first! Do a quick exam of your baby’s diaper to make sure it is clean and dry. A new diaper may be the answer to the problem. See if your baby is hungry. If your baby is hungry he/ she will likely stop crying when you offer the breast or bottle. Keep in mind, however, that crying is a late sign of hunger that can interfere with feeding. You may need to calm your baby before he/she can begin feeding. If your baby begins to gulp during the feeding, take a break. During and after each feeding, take time to burp your baby. Look for signs of discomfort. Feel your baby’s hands and feet. If the baby seems to hot or to cold, add or remove a layer of clothing. If your baby is cold, a warm bath might be calming. You may also want to remove clothing to see if tight elastic or irritating material might

Babies generally like movement. Sometimes, just the feeling of motion can help soothe a baby. You might rock baby or walk through the house. Keeping safety precautions in mind, try placing the baby in an infant swing or vibrating infant seat or an infant sling. If weather permits, head outdoors with the stroller or a baby carrier. You might even want to buckle up baby in the car seat and go for a ride in the car. Singing quietly or playing music may help calm your baby and stop the tears. In early infancy offer a pacifier. Sucking is a natural reflex. For many babies it a comforting, soothing activity. If your baby is overly tired or has had too much stimulation move to a calmer environment, at times, baby just needs to get away from the noise and commotion. If you have tried everything and your baby is still upset consider letting the baby “cry it out.” While listening to your baby wale can be agonizing keep in mind that sometimes babies cry to get rid of excess energy and some babies can’t fall asleep without crying. Your baby might go to sleep more quickly if he or she is left to cry for a little bit. If you have fed, burped and changed your baby and he/she appears otherwise alright it’s okay to let your baby cry for ten or fifteen minutes in the crib. All babies cry but some cry more than others. For a few babies, no matter what you try to do to stop the crying nothing seems to work. If your infant fits this description it is possible that he/she may have colic. Colic is a term used for periods of intense inconsolable crying that lasts for three hours or more at least three days a week (sometimes every day) and for at least three weeks. The crying episodes typically start a few weeks after birth and generally begin to improve by age three months. Next time I will discuss colic in more detail with the most recent information regarding causes and treatment.

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HillsDale HealtH & wellness spring anD Happiness

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Dr. ravi YariD as we have all endured, this winter was harsh. it left us chilled to the bone, awaiting a long overdue thaw. Then we had . . . more snow. it would appear the worst for the year is over, and most of us are hoping to not see any white on the ground until Christmas. with a sigh of relief, we eagerly await the green of the grass and trees as well as the multitude of colors from flowers. with the spring blossom come warmer weather and an injection of invigorating energy to most. This is usually a happy time, one of renewed hope and optimism. we engage the season with spring cleaning, outdoor activities, and, being in

Our happiness is not a result of a temperature or an outdoor color, it is a choice, although it may rarely feel that way. we associate happier emotions, warmer feelings, with spring or summer, but this is merely conditioned. There are plenty of people whose lives do not better in the warmer seasons. in fact, this is the worst time of year for depression. That means for a great many, this is the saddest time of year. why this is may be too complex to begin to theorize here, but know this: You have control of your mood. You are not merely reactive to life and your entire emotional state is not subject to the whims of day to day happenings of life. Don’t you know somebody who is always upbeat? Do you perhaps know someone who is always easy to anger or rage? These emotional states are patterns we choose for ourselves, they are also in our control to change. The key to control and change is awareness.

i will challenge everyone, including myself, to be more aware of our emotional states. How our emotional states influence those around us. i challenge all of us, this spring, to elevate our emotions and be aware of how this will impact others, and ourselves. This conscious effort has the power to change your life, and the lives of everyone you are in contact within a day. This change may be only a little at first, but as it grows the results could be more than you would have ever imagined. Keep in mind, awareness is a challenge. Choosing happiness can be a challenge. Keeping love in your heart is the key and the only way to master this is practice.


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Gray Matters

No good deed goes unpunished What is it they say about assuming? It’s a bit of a vulgar little phrase, but it definitely applied to a funny little incident that happened to me a couple weeks ago.

By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

I got a call on a Tuesday to make a funeral dish for church. I have made them before and I like to do it, because with three little ones at home sometimes it can be difficult to find time to give back to the community.

So now I am confused, the funeral dish coordinator is confused now and I have confused and worried the staff at St. Anthony’s who now think there is an unscheduled funeral about to happen at their church - or they have a very crazy lady who is a member of their parish.

Thursday morning I made the green bean casserole, got the younger two in the car and drove to St. Anthony’s before taking my son to preschool in Litchfield. When I got to the kitchen there were a few people there, food was around and I figured I would just drop off my dish and go on my merry way.

This is really bothering me now so I make one more call to the coordinator. She insists there is a funeral today and she has people all lined up to come in and help out. At St. Anthony’s, I ask? And then the pieces come together. No, she replies in a surprising tone, at Sacred Heart.

I was wrong. As I was about to drop and go I was stopped and asked what I was bringing food for. This is a dish for the funeral, I replied. Then I got the news: there is no funeral today. What? But I got a call to bring in a dish. My fellow parishioners were very nice about it, but no, there was no funeral today – they were setting up food for another event. And no, they did not need a green bean casserole.

Suddenly it all makes sense. You see, Scared Heart is the parish my family was a member of in Mt. Pleasant, where we lived before moving to Jonesville eight months ago. I guess when I told the parish our family was moving they did not tell the funeral dish coordinator to take my name off the list. (And to be fair I didn’t mention it either.)

I left confused. Did I have the day wrong? What was going on here? After I dropped my son off at preschool I found the number of the woman who called me (as I did not know her personally) and gave her a call. But after talking with her I only grew more confused. Yes, she told me, there IS a funeral today. She said she had many people lined up to help. But I was just at the church I said, and was told there was no funeral today.


I figured that would help. It did not. No one by that name went to St. Anthony’s.

We both hung up puzzled but determined to get to the bottom of this. She was going to make some calls and so was I. So I call St. Anthony’s church office and was politely told again there was no funeral today. This time though, I had the name of the deceased so

When I had gotten the call to make a funeral dish the woman did not mention what parish she was calling from, and I just assumed it was St. Anthony’s because why would it be anywhere else? After the confusion lifted we all had a good chuckle. (And I did call St. Anthony’s back and explained the mix-up.) I took away two valuable lessons from this funny little story – it is important to clearly identify who you are on the phone and never assume. Because when you do, I have found out first hand that it makes a silly little donkey out of you and me. It also leaves you with a green bean casserole getting colder by the second. If you are interested in reading more of my musings check out my blog Gray Matters at www.graymatters03. blogspot.com

Financial Tips for Newly Single Women

Within a marriage, a man and a woman’s financial circumstances are generally pretty much equal. But if a divorce occurs, the woman’s situation tends to be somewhat more challenging than that of her ex-spouse. And that’s why, during this major life transition, you may want to meet with a professional financial advisor to go over your spending needs and your cash flow, so that you know what you absolutely need today — and how you can plan for tomorrow.

Contribute as much as you can afford to your retirement accounts. Even if you will eventually receive some of your ex-spouse’s retirement funds, you need to take full advantage of your own savings opportunities — because it’s pretty hard to save “too much” for retirement. If money is tight, it won’t always be easy, but contribute as much as you can to your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn the employer’s match, if one is offered.

Before we get into some possible steps you can take, let’s look at some of the reasons that women may fare worse than men, financially speaking, following a divorce:

Rebalance your investment portfolio. If you are now investing for yourself, you’ll want to take a close look at your asset mix to make sure it is appropriate for your situation. For example, your risk tolerance may be quite different than that of your ex-spouse’s. So if you now have total control over an investment portfolio, you need to make sure it reflects your needs and preferences. Consequently, you may need to “rebalance” your holdings.

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Above all, get some help. As mentioned above, now is a good time to meet with a financial advisor. And if you don’t have much experience in managing your finances, you may even find it helpful to work with a trust company, which can collaborate with your financial provider to manage your assets and also provide a variety of other functions, including bill payment and record keeping. A trust company’s services can prove especially valuable to you and your family should you ever become incapacitated. Unfortunately, a divorce may leave you feeling “at sea” in many areas of your life. But by following the above suggestions, you can at least help keep your financial ship in calmer waters.

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The weekend kicks off Friday evening with race registration beginning at 4:00 p.m. The Daniel Parker Memorial Triathlon starts at 6:00 p.m., along with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by Jonesville Lumber. The Grosvenor House Civil War Encampment will set up and be active all weekend long. Carl Fast Park will the the site of a Car & Bike show from 9:00 am until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Besides the Civil War Encampment, the Grosvenor House will hold activities throughout the weekend, and be sure to catch GoProv at the Sauk Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday brings some great events in the Carl Fast Park, starting with an Antique Tractor Show from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament continues Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m. Come out and support your favorites! Canoe races continue, starting at Noon. The Tom Sawyer Raft Race is at 3:00 p.m., and the weekend culminates with the Domestic Harmony Duck Derby at 4:00 p.m. This is just a sampling of the events being offered at the 2014 Riverfest. Anyone needing further information or wishing to volunteer can visit www.jonesvilleriverfest.org. See you there!

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Let it ride!!!

By Ashley Price Simply Hers Magazine ~Special thank you to the readers of Simply Hers magazine and those who follow my column. I’m grateful for your readership and the continued support!~

May 17th marks my two year anniversary living in Boomtown, USA. I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. My original plan when I started this journey was to cash out and move back home in April of 2014. I decided to give myself two years to see what I could do out in this thriving metropolis but that was before I actually knew what I was getting myself into. Before I realized the incredible opportunity that exists in this ever changing, unique place. Just a few short years ago Williston was about the size of Hillsdale, Michigan with a population around 12,000. With the boom, this place has exploded. I heard a customer say that the only way they could grasp a true count on the people living in this area was through water usage. The water usage here, he said, is currently serving around 75,000 people. But no one knows for sure. According to the North Dakota Job Services Labor Market Information reports, it estimates that Williams County has approximately 29,500 people. Regardless of the true number there has been a tremendous explosion of people flocking to this area from every part of the world. All trying to earn a living and find their version of the American Dream. With the influx of people, this area is experiencing some pretty amazing growing pains. Since I’ve moved to Williston there have been about 15 new hotels, 8 new family dining restaurants, a new $76 million recreation facility (the largest park district-owned indoor recreation center in the country), multiple housing units and much, much more. All sectors are growing here. The oil and gas industry of course but also health care, construction, the service industry, and professional and technological services. According to an article in the Williston Herald, in 2013 the county department issued 770 building permits with a value of $254 million! In January 2014 alone there were 23 permits with a valuation of $11.7 million and there are no signs of it slowing any time soon.


With all of this growth comes opportunity and I have decided not to cash in. I’m going to let it ride! I am very excited (and equally as scared) to announce that I am in the works of starting my own indoor billboard advertising business out here. If I’ve learned anything from my time

here it’s that I want to work for myself. I don’t see the value in working my ass off, putting in 60 hours a week and expending all of my energy for a paycheck from a company that doesn’t care about me. I never want to be a slave to a corporation again. I’ve seen a multi-billion dollar corporation push an employee out the door because she had Multiple Sclerosis and get away with it. I’ve been told on the phone by a Human Resources director, “Well the employee doesn’t need to know that”. I’ve also been advised to, “Make sure you pick up the phone and call because e-mails can be subpoenaed”. These people care about nothing but a bottom line and I refuse to be a pawn in their game. It takes all kinds of people to build a bridge and I appreciate the people that have a happy life working for someone else. I feel like most people spend more time working than they do with their family or doing the things they’re passionate about and I want to make damn sure that I don’t turn out to be one of them. This whole experience has been about finding my true north. Taking my freedom and becoming the master of my own destiny. It’s about finding what is going to make me truly happy and help me to live the life I want. I know deep down in my soul that starting a business of my own will help me achieve that. I want to build something great. I want to be a part of something greater than myself and become a contributing member to this insanely fast growing community. Something I have creative and financial control over, that will grow in direct correlation to my level of ambition and hard work, but most importantly I want to build something I can be proud of. Something you guys can be proud of. A wise man once said, “know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em”. Well, I’m not even close to folding. I’m all in and I’m going to let it ride! The journey of self-discovery in the most unlikely place in America continues! So let the chips fall as they may. Wish me luck!

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Time is so fragile...

By Sara So Simply Hers Magazine

The other day I came across quite a relic. While cleaning out my closet I came across a small tub full of the few artifacts I had chosen to keep from my childhood. Within were treasured items, pictures of my high school years, gifts given from friends and family who had traveled abroad; and finally, one small blue plaid book. It was the diary that I had kept sporadically, chronicling the years from my preteens, all the way up until my late teens. In all, nearly a decade of my young adults life. Now, the thoughts and stories found within are mine, and mine alone. As Gabriel Garcia Marquez was once quoted as saying: “All human being have three lives: public, private, and secret”. However, one thing that I am willing to share is the quotation that I had inked deeply into the cloth cover of the book: Because ten billion years’ time is so fragile. So ephemeral… It arouses a bittersweet, almost heartbreaking fondness. I remember understanding the definition of the words when I was young, so in that way I understood it. However, understanding that the definition and the meaning of something were two separate things, is a concept I wouldn’t fully comprehend until I was older. Now, I’m not going to spend this article trying to convince the world that this 27 year old is some old wise soul. But having spent the past several years of my life in a wide variety of situations, locations, and emotional highways, I think I may have come to better understand the meaning of this quote. It speaks of ten billion years, which while an expanse that the human mind cannot comprehend, could also just as easily say 100 years. 100 years, while longer than many of us will live, could easily be used to describe the human lifespan. Then it becomes,


a quote describing the bitterly beautiful briefness of the human life. That what often seems never ending, especially when one lives a life of sorrow, it is in reality merely a blink within the cosmos. If my experiences have taught me anything, it is that life is bittersweet, but it is oh so short, and very fragile. I myself have recently lost a Soldier to suicide, had several others attempt it, and very nearly lost my grandfather to a sudden illness. The happenings within my life over the past couple of months have brought me up short, have made me take a step back and reevaluate my priorities. I suppose only tragedies can do that for a person. The spinoff of the past couple of months have changed things. My husband had to see his wife, a person who is very even keeled emotion wise have a panic attack bordering on a nervous breakdown. I’ve run myself ragged, I’ve picked myself back up, I’ve done all the things that can and must be expected of a healthy functioning member of society. I don’t want to pontificate dear readers, I hate sounding like Oprah and I’m not here to guilt you into a life of happiness. A bittersweet life means that you don’t get to enjoy the sweetness of life without also tasting its bitterness. I can and I will seek out at least one good thing each day. Whether it’s waking up warmed by the closeness of my husband, or a delicious glass of wine; a favorite song on the radio, or the noise my dog makes when he tries to howl while he has a ball in his mouth. At the end of the day if I lay my head down on my pillow with unhappiness in my heart, I have done that to myself. You can’t change the bitterness that life will inevitably bring your way…but you can choose to savor its sweetness every chance you get. Try not to forget that readers, because 100 years is fragile, and ephemeral, and it will be over before you know it.

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S.O.S. Sort, Organize, and Simplify Your Life!

By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

As I write this, spring is off to a very slow start. But, hopefully as you read this, we will finally be enjoying the warm weather of spring and soon-to-be summer. This is a great time to take all that pent up energy from being cooped up inside to get your outdoor living area organized and ready for fun! Organizing S.O.S. style is breaking it down to doable proportions so let’s start with three main areas of outdoor “stuff ” ~

• Stackable, airtight containers. These will allow you to keep stored utensils and (un-refrigerated) condiments clean and critter-free.


Many moms find it a constant challenge to keep their kids’ toys organized, especially in the summer. Some simple solutions can get them under control which can help with safety (have you ever backed over a tricycle in the garage?), sanity (do sports balls fall out every time GARDENING GEAR Set up a potting station, indoors or out, and assign all you open the storage door?) and even savings (rusted, your garden tools, supplies, etc. to one space. The area dented and lost toys equate to wasted money!) Try these storage ideas to rein in the toy and sports equipment should include: chaos: • A shelf to store extra pots. Use galvanized metal or spray the unit with a clear, Rustoleum- type protection • Buy several galvanized pails. Depending on the items you have to store, you can buy all large or different sizes. if it will be outside. Paint a spot on the front with chalkboard paint and • A potting bench with areas to store tools, gardening label them with chalk writing. Some examples would books, and boots. If it is inside or away from the be-‘BALLS’ , ‘BUBBLES’, ‘SAND BOX TOYS’, ‘CARS & elements, consider covering it in oil cloth (a heavy vinyl TRUCKS’, ‘WATER TOYS’ and ‘SIDEWALK CHALK’. table cloth works great) for easier cleanup. Big binder Line them up on a shelving unit for a cohesive look and clips nailed along the edge or side make handy holders quick access for pull out and put away. for seed packets and gloves. • Make use of the space between the studs in your garage. Simply by putting up small pieces of wood between the • A hose organizer. studs, you can create areas to hold baseball bats, tennis rackets and hockey sticks. • Bushel baskets for fresh-picked produce and weeds. • Garbage type bins with locking lids for potting soil, • A recycled entertainment center can be re-purposed as a storage cupboard for sports equipment such as pads, top soil, birdseed, etc. skates and helmets. Several old lockers set up in a garage or storage shed give great storage too. ENTERTAINING GEAR Being an organized host can mean the difference between enjoying your guests and constantly traipsing • Using outdoor hooks, hang baskets on your fence or inside to grab extra cups or ice. Be party-ready all deck rail to hold outdoor dog toys, balls or other items that aren’t damaged by the weather. summer long with these outdoor additions:

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• A storage bench for outdoor furniture cushions. Find • Hang a mesh (see-thru) laundry bag to fill with balls one with a water resistant liner and it can stay outside all and/or pool toys. year long. Look for one with a flat top and get double There are many new garage and storage items available duty by using it to set drinks on. that can help with all of these areas. This is also garage sale season so consider cleaning out all the unused gear • An ice chest and beverage caddy. lying around your house and use your profits for some • A console. Choose a weather resistant, outdoor new storage solutions! When you commit to keeping entertaining console and it can double as a bar or buffet only the items you love and use frequently, you will have more space to organize them. We’ve survived a long, hard during the party and a storage unit later. winter…. time to S.O.S. your way into some summer fun!!

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Get On Board!

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After reading the book, Love Does by Jeff Gkkulf, Craig Masselink and Ginny Melby just do not want to just sit around and leisure away their summer. Both are motivated to make a difference and live more intentionally Goddriven lives. So 23-year-old Craig and 18-year-old Ginny, fellow paddle boarders, come up with the challenge to paddleboard across the width of Lake Michigan and raise money for Restore International, a non-profit organization that fights against child sex slavery in Uganda. Craig asks his younger brother to join the cause and instantly Trent Masselink is all in. This trio come up with the notion, and once the ball is rolling, it is a full-motion event in a mere two weeks. Preparation involves one short practice night outing where the stars fill the night sky, the mood is serene, and the paddle boarding is peaceful. They plan to be able to rest up and restore strength in the calm and coolness of night travel. Perhaps they will quote scriptures and sweetly talk to God in the solitude and ease. A volunteer support team of family and friends grab up supplies of Gatorade and high protein foods. Two days before the launch a 40-foot boat is offered for use by a friend of a friend. I am pretty sure the praying momma’s of these kids are thankful for a much bigger and safer boat than the 20-footer originally set up. Another person hears of the quest and donates all the gas for the boat. The trip is so spontaneous that on the boat ride across to get to Milwaukee, the last minute volunteer captain asks where to dock as they near Wisconsin’s starting point. The youthful faces look around at each other with bewildered faces. “Oops, we forgot that detail,” one admits. No worries because after a couple cell phone calls, another friend of a friend offers a boat slip rent-free for the night before the official take-off. Time after time God works amazing behind the scenes. Much to Craig’s surprise, even the author of the bestselling book Love Does calls personally to thank the paddle boarding expedition for bringing awareness to the plight of the kidnapped girls forced into the slave trade. God is using ordinary people with extraordinary passion and it is


contagious…many want to jump on board. Donations are rolling in to rescue girls across the continent. So God is all over this event. Mom’s are praying. Strangers are offering paddle boards, boats, gas, food, and donating money to Restore International, the rescue ministry of sex trafficking little girls. Media coverage is growing. You think God is going to give the paddlers great weather conditions and an easy way, right? Looks like smooth sailing. Wrong. So off the coast of Wisconsin, the life-changing deep water trek begins. Through the headwinds of day and into the night they paddle eastward. In 30-minute shifts they rotate and tag team. As the sun sets, the waves rise, and the pelting rains fall. In the dark of night Ginny Melby’s mom is on the accompanying support boat with spot light shining on the paddle boarder and earnestly praying for God to bless the voyage with smooth sailing. But in the midst of her prayers, Melby gets a sense that God will give them strength to make the journey, but not necessarily smooth calm waters. The 2 Cor. 2:19 NIV Bible verse came to her mind, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Can you imagine the momma heart? This will be for God’s glory because they will truly need to depend on God for each stroke of the way through the non-stop rain and huge water swells. The pelting rain continues in the night and 6 foot swells relentlessly, repeatedly rolled on and on. Because the swells roll in waves pounding alongside the board, the standing surfers over compensate by grueling paddle stroke after paddle stroke as their left side if forced to paddle away aching with the uneven effort. This was definitely not the peaceful night they plan. Not even close. At one point Craig remembers the faces of little African girls he met while on a mission trip to Africa. He pictures

each face in his mind with every stroke as he is wiped out physically and totally drained. He sings out loud in the dark night with every laborious stoke, “Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from heaven above.” The beat of the song is his thrusting cadence for paddling. The scariest moment is when the support boat turned off the spotlight for a minute to show how deathly dark the night is. Fear of not adjusting to the 6-foot rocking swells is overwhelming. “Turn on the light. Turn on the light,” races in their minds. During the grueling 80 miles often they would focus on the letter “f” centered on the back of the borrowed boat that was leading the journey. Perhaps “f” is for “failure” that is totally NOT an option because they could not let down the kids in Africa and all the supporters wrapped around this event. They never say a word about quitting to each other, but each one tries to battle quitting out in their mind every time their 20 minute sleep break is done and their sore stiff muscles painfully squeeze back into the wet suit for their leg time back on the paddle board. They keep their knees slightly bent and pray they stay balanced on top of the board because once they fall in the cold deep waters, they never warm up again. But fall in they do often. Traveling on their knees is safer in the huge swells at night, and the frigid water, in spite of the wet suits goes to the core of their bones. This is not an easy adventure by any stretch. But God is God. God gives them the vision of their purpose, the strength to paddle on through their pain, ache, and cold; and the desire to make a difference in the life of a little abducted slave girls. A rescue of a life with every stroke is their repeated mantra. The opportunity to overcome their physical adversity for the sake of freedom for children is more powerful than their temporary pain; they paddle on. Early on a cloudy windy Monday morning they all say the last 10 miles is the longest of their 80-mile ordeal. Acknowledging the teamwork to make this happen, all 3 exhausted, sleep-deprived, chilled-to-the bone adventurers climb on the one paddle board to finish together. They spot the shore line and finally see the faces of cheering family, friends, prayer warriors, reporters, and onlookers. Three little girls, the same age as the girls in Africa, raised money and now wave a “Welcome Home” poster. Craig, Trent, and Ginny tread the final steps through the curling waves and onto the sandy beachhead. They are bonded together forever with this joint adventure inspired from a book Love Does. And they did. Love did. This expedition started with one book, happened in two weeks, and bonded three friends for life. And you too, just like me, can join in the voyage of “Love Does”. You can begin by following the tug in your own heart to do for others out of Godly love. Perhaps you’ll read inspiring books that challenge you to action. Or maybe you will find a ministry you know serves out of love for God and heart for people. We can give our time, our money, our prayers, our skills, our things. I believe we are blessed to bless. You may even start your own unique ministry for God. Let’s get on the same wavelength with these adventurers! Let’s do it. Love does. Love did. Now it is our turn. Before you turn the page of this book, will you join me in asking God to show you where you can use your skill, follow your passion, and love people right where God leads YOU? Love does. Jesus did. We do. So join the adventure even when the pelting rains downpour, when the sailing is rough, when you are chilled to the bone! Get on board!


A bike for Skyler

By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Maågazine

Skyler Monahan may be the happiest little guy you will ever meet despite all the obstacles that have been put in his path. The 12-year-old Hillsdale County resident was born with congenital quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and intractable epilepsy which limits his mobile ability. He is also unable to speak but uses his own form of sign language to communicate. Those limitations do not change his love of going fast. “He is a boy,” says his mom Sandy Monahan-Miller with a smile. Skyler loves to ride in the family truck, go four-wheeling up at Silver Lake and being outside as much as he can. “He loves anything with wheels or gears,” Sandy says, adding sometimes she will simply turn a bike upside down and spin the tires for her son. She mentions that when he was young he loved See-n-Say toys and although he did not have much arm strength, he taught himself to hold the toy on the floor with his chin so he could use all his strength to pull the lever with his arms. It may come as no surprise then to discover that his favorite television show features one of the biggest wheel of all – “Wheel of Fortune.” His physical limitations, however, keep him going fast on his own. Recently, a fellow student at Greenfield, the special education school in Hillsdale County, brought in his adaptive tricycle from home. Skyler fell in love. “His teachers say when he is on the bike he is the happiest boy in the world,” Sandy says. Skyler has been attending Greenfield since he was six. “They are wonderful,” says Sandy. “They give him everything. The teachers and staff go out of their way to make me feel like he is being taken care of.” She said when the Skyler’s teacher called a few years ago to say eight and half-year-old Skyler had started walking, the teacher was as excited and happy as she was. Sandy said she looked in to purchasing a bike for her son, but with a price tag of $2,100 it didn’t look like Skyler was going to be getting one of his own anytime soon. Then Sandy discovered Friendshipcircle.org and the The Michaela Noam Kaplan Great Bike Giveaway. The nation-wide contest is designated for children with special needs who are looking to be more mobile – just like Skyler. The contest was based on voting and the child with the most votes at the end was guaranteed a bike. Sandy completed a profile on Skyler, linked it to her Facebook page and asked everyone she knew to vote. With only one vote allowed per person Sandy tried at get to as many people as possible. Pretty soon the message went viral and Skyler was in second place. With family located throughout the state and around the world, Skyler’s story and votes went global. “It was very touching,” says Sandy. “I started getting messages from people all over the country.”


She mentions one couple who she had never met contacted her and offered to build a bike for Skyler if he didn’t win. She was being stopped at the grocery store, by co-workers and everywhere in between asking if Skyler had won. They all wanted to make sure he did.

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Unfortunately for Skyler all the votes, hopes and prayers were not enough. He ended up in second place – still an honor with around 800 participants vying for the top prize. Although he was not guaranteed a bike, there was still a chance he could win one. The contest put the remaining contestant’s names in a drawing and randomly selected 13 to also win bike. Sandy crossed her fingers, but Skyler was not selected.

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Later the same day and after sharing the news with the many hopeful voters she was approached by co-worker Deputy Steve McManamey with the Branch County Sheriff ’s Department. He too had heard about Skyler and voted for him – along with many other members of his department. After learning Skyler did not win he asked Sandy if the Branch County Deputy Sheriff ’s Association POAM could help by donating the money to purchase one. Sandy, who is a probation and parole officer for Branch County, said she was surprised – especially since Skyler does not live in County, but McManamey insisted. The association ordered the bike for Skyler and the family picked it up April 18. “We are very excited they decided to do this,” Sandy says of the Deputy Sheriff ’s association. This generosity proves Sandy’s husband John Miller’s point exactly. “He didn’t win a bike for a reason,” he says adding that there are many other well deserving kids out there who needed a bike and would not have gotten one otherwise. While the bike will be a great way for Skyler to get around and have some freedom, it will do a lot more than get him from place to place. “The bike will be another type of muscle therapy,” Sandy says. While Skyler is strong, his disabilities don’t give him a good control over his muscles. His new bike – a Rifton, has a five-point harness that will keep his back and neck straight. The pedaling will also be good for his legs. In addition, the bike comes with a push bar and hand brake so parents or other adults can offer assistance to the rider while still giving the rider freedom. Sandy plans to keep the bike at home and take it with them on all their family outings. “The bike will help him to feel more independent,” she says. “He loves to be outside and we want to include him as much as possible.”

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Dog breeds that are especially compatible with seniors

Pets often make ideal companions. They are around when a person needs support, they can provide protection for those living alone, they’re always willing to lend an ear to problems, and many tend to offer unconditional love. Seniors facing an empty nest or the loss of a spouse may find pets can buoy their spirits. Studies have shown that seniors can benefit both mentally and physically from having a pet around. Pets can alleviate anxiety, depression and boredom. While pets can provide comfort and companionship, they remain a significant responsibility. Seniors should find an animal that will fit in with their lifestyles. This is an important consideration for those seniors who travel frequently or have mobility issues. In addition, men and women living in senior communities or assisted living facilities should determine if there are any pet restrictions in place. Those seniors who have decided that a dog will be the best fit can choose among several breeds that may be a good match for their needs. When selecting a dog, consider both size and temperament. Smaller dogs tend to be easier to handle and will need less maintenance. They are easily carried and won’t take as long to bathe and groom. Smaller dogs also consume less food than larger breeds, reducing the expense of dog food and the hassle of wrangling large, heavy bags of chow. Temperament is also important, as some breeds tend to be more easygoing than others. Larger breeds may be preferable to a smaller breeds, which tend to be hyperactive. However, always remember there are pros and cons to each breed, and each dog will demonstrate his own personality traits. The following are some dogs that can be especially compatible with seniors. * Pug: Equally playful and willing to be a lap dog, the pug requires little exercise and grooming. The breed is typically 44

nonaggressive and submissive. Pugs are good-natured and playful; they don’t often bark and are easy to train. * Shih Tzu: The Shih Tzu lives for attention, but this breed can be dominant and difficult to train. The Shih Tzu will be alert to its surroundings and, despite its small stature, can be a good watchdog. * Pomeranian: Pomeranians look like big balls of fur and can bring a smile to an owner’s face. The breed tends to be perky, can display dominance and can be difficult to train. Because Pomeranians can be dog-aggressive, they may be best as the only pet in the house. * Yorkshire terrier: The Yorkie is a diminutive breed in size only, as they tend to have exuberant personalities that dwarf their stature. The ideal lap dog, Yorkies want to lie around and lounge, though some do like to bark. If the fur is kept short in a “puppy cut,” the dog can be easy to maintain. * Pembroke Welsh Corgi: This medium-sized dog hails from Wales and typically requires only moderate exercise and little grooming. They are easy to train and moderately dominant. They don’t bark excessively, and they often get along with other dogs. * Schnauzer: Available in three sizes, Schnauzers are good companions and protectors. This is an intelligent and loyal breed and will need to be kept amused to stave off boredom. * Brussels Griffon: These dogs do not shed, but they will require professional grooming at least once every 3 months. If socialized early, the Griffon can be a good companion but will likely remain wary of strangers. They are good watchdogs and devoted to their owners.

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By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine



Have you ever had an argument with your husband over something you know you’re right about? Well, maybe right isn’t the correct word. There are times when something isn’t really right or wrong, it’s a matter of using words properly; that and it’s a matter of principle too. It’s at times like this that my husband can instantly put me right over the edge.

that I consider myself somewhat of a wordsmith. I love words! I like to learn new words and their meanings even though I can rarely remember them or how to use them in a sentence. There’s nothing worse than having told someone you really like that they’re maleficent (evil) when you meant to tell them they’re magnificent (wonderful).

My husband is always at his computer checking this and checking that which doesn’t involve me. However, when he wants something typed all of a sudden I get involved whether I like it or not. He says he can’t type worth diddly, but he’s just looking for an excuse to have me type for him. He goes on to say he can’t spell either, but nowadays a person doesn’t need to spell. That’s what the computer’s spell check is for. I personally think he just likes having me in the room with him because I’m so pleasant to be around. So anyhow, I’m his typist and his spell check girl. To entice me to help him he says to me, “You know, secretary’s day is just around the corner and I have something very special picked out just for you!” I’m thinking diamonds or a nice cruise. Wait! Scratch the cruise. I think we all remember what our first and last cruise was like. One with the toilet? Sick as a dog? Nope, there will be no more cruises for that man, but diamonds are always an acceptable form of payment.

But I digress. Let’s get back to the issue at hand. This is an example of a statement my husband would be perfectly happy with: “My wife is mean, just plain mean, not nice, mean”. Really? First and foremost it reeks of untruths. Secondly, from a wordsmith’s point of view it is so unimaginative. How, you ask, might I rewrite this? For purposes of this column we’ll use the aforementioned bogus declaration, however, please remember that it is not a true or accurate description of me in any way, shape or form. Here is my re-creation, which I might add, is much more precise. “My wife, who by the way is a wonderful person, can on rare occasions be a tad bit cranky. She is under no circumstances ill-tempered, but she has been slightly unpleasant a time or two in her life. It has been rumored that she was surly once, but try as we might, we have been unable to find anyone to substantiate that tale.”

A few weeks ago he called me to his office and asked for my help. I gave my normal sigh and eye roll as I sat down at the computer and waited for him to begin. I told him you talk, I’ll type and we’ll review it when you’re done. This has been the same system we’ve used for the 24 years we’ve been married. When he’s done rambling, I mean talking we start the review process. This is where the fireworks begin.

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“Sweetheart,” I say, “you’ve used the same adjective three times. We need to change that up a little don’t you think?” You would think I had smacked him up alongside the head and called him a descriptive name. What’s wrong with using the same word more than once he wants to know? Let me stop for a moment to say

Do you see the difference? I don’t want plain; I want words and lots of them! My husband insists that if he’s making the statement it should be written in his words. I say if he wants my help and I’m typing the darn thing, it’s gonna be in my words. Then he tells me he’ll type it himself so I tell him good luck ‘cause he’s gonna need it. And don’t be callin’ me for any help either or ask for any spelling tips ‘cause it ain’t gonna happen. Things went downhill from there. I wish you could have heard some of those words that were flyin’ across the room. I’m still looking some of them up in the slang dictionary. Suffice it to say things have been rather cool around the house lately especially since Mr. Smarty Pants is doing his own typing now. I hope his stinkin’ fingers get exceptionally and exceedingly sore! I’m telling you one of these days that man is going to put me right over the edge.

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pet taLEs From Kacie’s Korner By Kacie Keeshond Simply Hers Magazine

Practicing my smile for the Fur Ball. And the flower comes off in 3...2...1... Welp, the preparation for the Fur Ball pawty was doggone exhausting! By the time I got done with a brush (with my double coats that is no quick task), bath, a little trimming and a pawdicure, not to mention the attempts to girly me up with flowers & bows, I was feeling pretty anxious! To take my mind off the celebridog stress, I harassed my cat-‘cousins’, Trooper and Tuttle, by going straight for their toys and cat food when we arrived at their house. The big event I was to attend was the Capitol Area Humane Society 11th Annual Fur Ball in Lansing. It’s an annual fund raiser where they pamper the pets while the humans enjoy auctions, dinner and hopefully, give generously to a great cause. They see photos and hear stories about pets that have been rescued and found their furever homes. Most of them have happily-ever-after endings but others are very sad and help us to remember what a great need there is in every community to deal with the pet population crisis. The star of the night was a little guy named Toby. He was one of many dogs rescued from a hoarding situation. He was living shut in a

basement, which was actually better than five other dogs that were left outside in the freezing winter weather! After dinner (we dogs get a chicken and rice dinner too) and a live auction, the pet parade starts! We are brought in one by one, our pictures projected on the big screen and then paraded down the red carpet to strut our stuff! It’s fun to hear about and see all the different sizes, shapes and personalities. All in all, it is a great night and best of all, they raise a lot of money to help dogs and cats that aren’t as lucky as me and my friends.

My DFFs: Dutchess & Paddy - Dog Friends Furever For my DFF (dog friend furever) feature this time, I’d like to keep the spotlight on less fortunate pets right here in our area. Please consider helping your local animal shelters and rescue any way you can. But if there is room in your home and heart, here are a couple of wonderful pets that are still looking for their furever homes. For more information or details on adopting, contact the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society at 3881 S. Tripp Road Osseo, MI or call 517-523-2308 ~

Dutchess Dutchess arrived at the shelter on 12/07/13. Her owners were no longer able to care and provide for her. She is a 3 year old. Dutchess is house trained. She is very timid with people she does not know. Once she knows you are ok, she is very loving and sweet. Dutchess has been around with cats and does very well. She is timid with other dogs, especially if they are larger than she is. Dutchess has not been around many children. Due to her UN-trusting nature, she should only be placed with children 12 and up. She is a bit of a nervous nelly due to her breed. She is part Chi/terrier and mixed with Lab/ German Shepherd. She is around the 25-30 pound range. She has the Chi temperament. She arrived needing all her medical updated. Luckily she tested NEG for heart worms. Dutchess will make a great companion for a more mature home. She should be walked or a tie out used when outside. She loves to go for walks & car rides! She is a fence jumper/climber. Dutchess is a very nice size. She does not eat much and is on the smaller side. We would love this pretty girl to find her loving forever home.


Paddy Paddy arrived at the shelter on 12/07/13. He was estimated to be around 1.5 years old. We believe him to be a mix of Terriers. We think there is some Yorkie hiding in the somewhere. He does very well with other dogs around his size which is around 10 pounds. He was surrendered to us by someone that could no longer care for their pet. He is not fully house trained, but will go potty every time he goes outside. He has a good handle on what it is all about. Paddy has a bit of a bad habit, when he gets nervous or unsure about what is going on, he will grumble/growl. He is not being mean, he just does not know how to handle some new situations. Paddy has been with older children 8 and up. He would not be suggested for small children. Usually small dogs and small children are never a good mix. With a little work and a ton of love, he will be an amazing pet.

Spring is in Bloom

at glei’s orchard & greenhouse Spring is finally here and after such a long, cold winter, everyone is ready to start getting a little color back in their flower beds. Glei’s Orchards and Greenhouses is your one stop shop for all things fresh, fragrant and beautiful. As their logo states they are “the place to go for things that grow.” By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

“We are a local company,” says Damon Glei, who operates the business with his father Owen and wife Krista. “We try to be as year-round as possible.” Established in 1918 on Milnes Road in Hillsdale County, this nearly century old business has had its share of tragedies over the years including two fires in the last 25 years which destroyed buildings and equipment. However, Glei’s has come back stronger each time and recently opened a new location in Coldwater last fall located at 464 N. Willowbrook Rd. “This is not just a family business,” Damon says. “We have had a lot of great employees over the years that have helped us get to where we are today.” Glei’s is the place for all things flowers, with more than 200 varieties of perennials, 300 varieties of annuals and many types of vegetables to fill your garden. When the weather starts to get chilly, Glei’s is your destination for apples with 30 varieties available for pies, crisp, sauce and everything in between. In addition they also grow several varieties of Christmas trees and florist flowers. “We are the farmer,” says Damon. “We want to get the fresh produce as close to the consumer as possible.”


Both location sell flowers, produce, garden items and a selection of groceries. The Coldwater store features a bakery selling homemade donuts, cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones and half dozen varieties of breads.

“We are the best donut in three counties,” says Krista who runs the location. She adds they also make a bacon maple donut that “people go crazy for.” The bakery supplies all the grinder buns for The Stables restaurant in Quincy. They also take special orders and offer ready-made frozen pies to take home and heat when needed. Also new to Glei’s is their homemade fudge. Krista makes all the varieties from chocolate peanut butter to strawberry cheesecake. She also makes a few unusual flavors including watermelon and key lime. The fudge is offered in both locations and Krista says that usually after a customer has a taste, they are quick to buy some to take home. This past March Glei’s held a “Fairy Gardening” class in both locations, a first for the business, and it was such a success the business is hoping to have another class this summer along with other classes. Those interested in learning more about gardening and plants are encouraged to contact Glei’s. Glei’s May hours in Hillsdale located at 3500 Milnes Rd. are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. In Coldwater the business is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Both locations are open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day to Thanksgiving both locations are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hillsdale location will be closed Sundays Halloween to Thanksgiving. For more information visit their website at gleisinc.com or like them on Facebook. The Hillsdale store can be reached at 517-437-4495 and the Coldwater location can be reached at 517-278-1400.

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its competing demands of self-discipline and adventurousness. But I wonder how things might have been different if my father was part of a family business that gave him structure and a steady paycheck instead of working in a bar, the worst place for a man like him. Or if my mother had been surrounded by women, sisters and nieces, perhaps, who could have provided relief from destitution and loneliness, a refuge from strangers.”

My fellow readers tell me that the absolute best books out there right now are Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, and long-awaited (at least by me) Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings. Yes, I have read all three!

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

Kline’s Orphan Train is one of the best books I have read in a long while. I was apprehensive about reading it, as there actually were orphan trains in this country that operated between 1854 and 1929. I didn’t want to read about the horrors and sadness these children must have experienced. However, this book was read without too much angst on my part, and without too much sadness on the author’s part.

Vivian became one of those sad children swept up on the Orphan Train. Her story begins at age nine. She is taken west from New York City and encounters much as she is passed from family to family, looking for security and love. In Molly’s story, she has been a misunderstood child in the foster care system for her entire life. She is now with an okay family, or at least the father of the family has her interests at heart. But past experiences have made it hard for Molly to trust. Theirs are stories of survival, with no expectations.

According to the epilogue of this book, in the 1850’s more than 200,000 orphaned, abandoned and homeless children, were transported from the coastal cities of the eastern United States to the midwest for adoption. This often turned out to be indentured servitude. Charles Loring Brace founded the program. He believed that hard work, education, Christian family values, and firm but compassionate childrearing, were the only way to save these children from a life of depravity and poverty. In point of fact, there was no social safety net in America until 1930. It is estimated that 10,000 children were living on the streets of New York City at any given time.

The following passage tells the essence of this beautiful tale. “When Vivian describes how it felt to be at the mercy of strangers, Molly nods. She knows full well what it’s like to tamp down your natural inclinations, to force a smile when you feel numb. After a while, you don’t know what your own needs are anymore. You’re grateful for the slightest hint of kindness, and then, as you get older, suspicious. Why would anyone do anything for you without expecting something in return? You learn that most adults lie. That most only look out for themselves. And so, your personality is shaped. You know too much, and this knowledge makes you wary. You grow fearful and mistrustful. The expression of emotion does not come naturally, so you learn to fake it. To pretend. To display an empathy you don’t actually feel. And so it is that you learn how to pass, if you’re lucky, to look like everyone else, even though you’re broken inside.”

And so, as the book Orphan Train opens in the year 2011, seventeen year old foster child Molly Ayer is in trouble at school, and has been assigned community service. She agrees, somewhat reluctantly, to help a wealthy elderly lady clean and sort through her attic to bring it some semblance of order. Molly meets 92 year old Vivian Daly, living alone in her mansion, and their poignant story unfolds. We travel back in time to Vivian’s experiences as an Irish child living with disillusioned immigrant parents in New York. Nothing is as they envisioned when they left their Irish homeland. “Mama would sit and I would read her favorite poem to her, Galway Bay.” “Had I youth’s blood and hopeful mood and heart of fire once more, For all the gold the world might hold I’d niever quit your shore, I’d live content whate’er God sent with neighbours old and gray, And lay my bones ‘neath churchyard stones, beside you, Galway Bay.”

As Vivian reflects to Molly, “My parents left Ireland in hopes of a brighter future, all of us believing we were on our way to a land of plenty. As it happened, they failed in this new land, failed in just about every way possible. It may have been that they were weak people, illsuited for the rigors of emigration, its humiliations and compromises,


Their shared experiences and wariness bring them together in a way they did not anticipate. It leads to understanding, friendship, and ultimately, love. I hope you read this book, and experience how these two women from different generations find and nurture each other throughout the rest of their lives. Darn, I have no room to continue on with the month’s other two popular reads as mentioned above. I will get back to them in upcoming issues. Pick them up in the meantime, if you get the opportunity. The Husband’s Secret is not what you think…You will not be able to put it down.See you at the library!

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The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation center 250 W. Carleton Rd. Hillsdale MI 49242 Located in the Kroger plaza 517-439-1202 Monday-Saturday 10:00am-7:00pm

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – Grand Rapids One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than a half-million visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 132-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer.


Bellwether Gardens - Suttons Bay

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Nestled in the hills of beautiful Leelanau County is the bucolic Bellwether Gardens, featuring a unique ‘Garden Nursery’ with a diverse selection of winter hardy plants, from dwarf conifers and shrubs, to perennials and small trees. Stroll through the fragrant, lavender-lined path leading up to the rare weeping larch canopy to the shade loving plants sheltered in a natural setting. This place is truly an inspiration for all who love to garden.

Dow Gardens is on of Michigan’s hidden botanical garden gems. This 110-acre garden is comprised of individual gardens including the rose garden, wildflower plantings, rhododendrons, trees and shrubs hardy to central Michigan. The plantings include 1,800 different areas comprised of herbaceous perennials, tulips (18,000), annual bedding plants (10,000), trees and shrubs. Holding this landscape together is a 6-acre stream, pond and riparian system. The attractions newest feature is a hands-on children’s garden designed for the young and young-at-heart to discover the world of plants.

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Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve - Niles

This park’s 350 acres include four nature trails, mature woodlands, wetlands, ponds and a tall grass prairie. It has specialty gardens that feature a native Michigan woodland wildflower garden, a shade garden and a perennial and rose garden. The Herb Knot Garden features medicinal, fragrant, everlasting and culinary herbs. The conservatory contains tropical, warm temperature and desert plant species. If you have some extra time, don’t miss the University of Michigan Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum, just up the road.

Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens are tucked into the landscape of natural and cultivated areas. Species of endangered and threatened Michigan plants and animals are protected in the nature preserve that features several unique natural communities. Miles of trails await, and indoors, visitors may enjoy an art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, library, cafe, and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits, and special events.

Public Gardens of the Einerlei - Chassell Visit this enclosed backyard garden full of herbs and perennials with plants for sale after you wander through the front yard full-sun perennial garden. Inside you will find several rooms with a variety of garden themed gifts and commodities. For more information: www.meijergardens.org bellwethergardens.com www.dowgardens.org www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg www.einerlei.com www.fernwoodbotanical.org


Food for Thought

edible Flowers by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D.


Did you know some flowers are edible? There are many bright and showy flowers that you can add to your salads for more color and extra zip, to drinks, and to other dishes to enhance them.

Dandelions are usually considered a weed, but the flowers are edible when they are young. You can take the entire flower, dip it in egg and then cornmeal, and fry it. Squash blossoms may also be eaten in this manner.

There are two guidelines to follow when growing and eating flowers:

Calendulas, also called pot marigolds, can be used as a sort of poor man’s saffron. The yellow or orange petals can be used like saffron, but only after being chopped and sautÊed in oil to bring out the saffron flavor. Raw calendulas are good on carrot cake. Just sprinkle the petals over the cream cheese icing.

1) Eat ONLY flowers you know are edible, as some flowers are poisonous, and 2) Remove the stem, sepals, pistils and stamens before eating so you eat only the petals. Growing edible flowers is essentially the same as growing flowers for ornamental purposes. However, you should never use pesticides, even organic pesticides, on flowers you plant to eat. Flowers should be used the same day they are picked. Pick in the morning, just after the dew has dried, and bring the flowers inside. Pick only flowers at their peak, not unopened blossoms or faded or damaged flowers. They will not taste good. Wash the flowers gently and dry between paper towels. The taste of a particular flower may vary due to cultivation and watering conditions, so taste one before picking a large batch.

Daylillies come in many colors and bloom over much of the spring and summer, depending on variety. The pale yellow and orange daylilies have a sweet flavor. Use in salad or as a garnish, in a drink, or stuff with cream cheese for a snack. These are just a few of the common edible flowers. Enjoy them in your drinks and on your table.

What follows is a partial list of edible flowers. There are many others, but these are among the most common and easiest to grow. Nasturtiums seem to be the most popular edible flower, with their bright orange petals adding color to salads everywhere. They have a peppery, zesty taste and can substitute for mustard in sandwiches. The petals can also be added to butter to color it. Pansies, Johnny-jump-ups, and violas are easy to grow and can add a variety of colors to foods. Simply plant the color you wish to use as garnish and use them as they grow. These flowers have a cool spring green taste. Spread a plain cracker with cream cheese, place a pansy on it, and you have a lovely snack. Violas are also good in fruit salad. They will also color butter.


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Displaying art in your home gives you an opportunity to express yourself to others. Aside from the paint color you select for your walls, showcasing what you find moving, interesting or intriguing is the best way to put your personality into your home. Surrounding yourself with art that move you emotionally or that you really enjoy looking at makes your environment uniquely yours.

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The “Kids Fishing Derby” began over 25 years ago as the “Bill Nichols Memorial Kids Fishing Derby”. Bill Nichols was a Hillsdale County Conservation Club member for many years. Bill enjoyed being at the park and having kids come out to the park to fish.

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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!

Tunnel-of-Fun Water Sprinkler:

Turn your backyard into a water park with a sprinkler made from economical, easy-to-cut PVC pipe. Best of all, the items are easy to find and inexpensive to boot!

Step- by-step Instructions Step 1: Smooth PVC pipe ends with utility knife. From lengths of 3/4” PVC pipe, cut two pieces 60” long, one piece 57” long, and four pieces 30” long. Use a file or utility knife to clean up the ends. Step 2: On a 60” pipe, use the printed markings and a straightedge to draw a pencil line down the length of the pipe. Starting and ending 2” from each end, drill 1/16” holes along the line about every inch. Repeat for the other 60” pipe. Check that the PVC fittings slip smoothly onto the pipe ends.

PROJECT: DIY Sprinkler SKILL LEVEL: Beginner TIME: 1 Hour WHAT YOU’LL NEED Handsaw File or utility knife Drill and 1/16” bit Tape measure Straightedge 3 - 3/4” x 10’ schedule 40 PVC pipes 4 - 3/4” PVC elbows 2 - 3/4” x 1/2” side outlet elbows 2 - 1/2” x 3/4” male adapter MPT x slip 3/4” slip x slip x FPT Tee 3/4” x 1/2” female garden hose-to-MIP adapter PVC cement

Step 3: Cut one of the 30” pipes in half. Use PVC cement according to the manufacturer’s instructions to join a 3/4” tee to the two pipes; let dry. Screw a hose adapter onto the threaded opening of the tee and tighten. Then measure and cut the assembly to 30” long. Step 4: Rinse the cutting and drilling debris from all the pipes and let dry before putting the pieces together. Assemble the two V-shape ends using side outlet elbows and the 30” pipes. Then add elbows to the ends of the pipes. Attach the 57” pipe without sprinkler holes to the side outlet elbows using a male adapter at each end; attach the 60” pipes with holes to the elbows. Rotate the pipes so the water will spray inward as the sprinkler rests on the ground. Step 5: Attach a garden hose to the adapter. Lay a toy water slide or plastic tarp beneath the sprinkler, turn on the water, and let the fun begin. You can also stand the sprinkler on end so kids can run through it.

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4 whole-wheat tortillas 2 cup(s) shredded romaine lettuce 1/2 cup(s) shredded pepper Jack cheese 1 lime

Position oven rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. Gently combine ground beef, beans, cilantro and jalapenos in a medium bowl (do not overmix). Shape into four 5-by-2-inch oblong patties and place on the prepared pan. Broil the patties until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 165 degrees F, 12 to 14 minutes. Meanwhile, mash together avocado, salsa and garlic powder in a small bowl. Place tortillas on a clean work surface. Spread each with the guacamole, then sprinkle with lettuce and cheese. Top each with a burger and roll into a wrap. Serve immediately, with lime wedges.

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Homemade Peach Gelato 3 cups sliced peeled peaches

4 egg yolks, beaten

2 tablespoons water

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 cups whole milk

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3/4 cup sugar


Place peaches and water in a large skillet; cook, uncovered, over medium heat until tender. Place in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Set aside. In a small saucepan, heat milk to 175°; stir in sugar until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of the hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the cream, peaches and liqueur if desired. Press waxed paper onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Yield: 1 quart.

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While using an electric or hand-cranked ice cream maker will get you to your sweet reward a little easier, it’s not a necessity. Here’s how to make do without one: Combine the ingredients for your ice cream mixture following the recipe. Chill the mixture over an ice bath. Meanwhile, freeze an empty freezersafe shallow bowl or pan. Stainless steel works well for this. Place the cold mixture into the cold pan. Chill for about 20 minutes and check your ice cream. As the edges start to freeze, stir the mixture rapidly with a whisk or spatula to break up the partially frozen ice cream. This will help make it smooth and creamy. You cannot over-beat. Return to the freezer. Stir ice cream vigorously every 30 minutes until it is firmly frozen. This may be repeated 4 to 5 times until mixture is smooth and creamy. If ice cream becomes too hard, place it into the refrigerator until it becomes soft enough to beat and continue the process. Ripen the ice cream by storing it in a covered freezer container until ready to serve. Recipe found at www.tasteofhome.com

Easy Peanutbutter Pie For the crust: 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup sugar 8 tablespoons (1 stick), unsalted butter, melted • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until well blended. • Press the mixture into the sides and bottom of a nine-inch deep dish pie plate. • Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool completely. For the filling: 14 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon vanilla 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 cup heavy whipping cream

• Beat cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl. • Add the peanut butter and vanilla and mix well. • Beat in the melted butter gradually. • In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. • Gently fold the cream into the peanut butter mixture using a spatula. • Do not over beat. • Pour into the prepared, cool crust and refrigerate for several hours until set. For the Ganache: 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 6 ounces semisweet chocolate finely chopped (high-quality such as Ghiradelli – not chocolate chips)

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Bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan. Pour over the chocolate in a bowl. Stir gently to melt the chocolate and mix well. Cool slightly and spread evenly over the pie. Chill until served. Cut with a knife that has been heated under hot water and wiped dry between each slice.

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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, someone might dredge up uncomfortable feelings, but you need to muddle through with a smile on your face. This is the case at home and at work.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, separate your personal and professional lives, particulary with regard to potentially contentious issues. You may want to keep mum for a while.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, make your feelings known when something upsets you. Sharing these feelings will benefit you and your friends and colleagues now and in the future.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you are unable to convey some feelings to others, but your body language will go a long way toward getting your message across. Remain conscious of your actions.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, your feelings of restlessness can benefit from a creative outlet. Engage in an activity that keeps your hands and your mind busy, such as a craft or a home project.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 One of your goals is to propel yourself further without pushing others too hard, Capricorn. You want to be successful but not at the expense of others.

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