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Meghan Campbell Focused on compassionate, quality care. — By Melissa McCance—

There’s a well-known adage that you can’t pour from an empty pitcher. Often this is used to encourage people to take care of themselves so they can continue to give to others. But, sometimes, it’s necessary for someone to take care of the caretakers, and that’s exactly where Hillsdale Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Meghan Campbell keeps her focus. “I went into nursing to take care of patients, to make sure their needs were met and that their time in the hospital was as comforting and positive as it could be. In this job, I want to take care of nurses so that they are able to give the best care possible to our patients.” Meghan graduated from Morenci High School and went on to earn her associate’s degree at Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio. She began work at Hillsdale Hospital in 2009 and worked in a number of departments and positions including the 10


patients’ safety as a priority and work hard to maintain standards.” When asked what she would like to see implemented once the effects of the pandemic lessen, Meghan spoke enthusiastically about establishing a structured focus for nursing education. She knows that most nurses want more growth as well as refresher education to sharpen existing knowledge and skills—things that were learned once but might not have been used for a while. Her idea is to have department-specific continuing education so the nurses in each department will be trained in the most-current methods of care and treatment.

medical/surgical floor, joint replacement, house supervisor, charge nurse in medical/surgical, CCU, infection control, clinical manager for medical/surgical and CCU, and director of inpatient services. This experience throughout the hospital has given Meghan a first-hand understanding of how the various departments function and what demands each area puts on the nurses who work there. She accepted the position of chief nursing officer in September 2021. As the chief nursing officer, Meghan oversees the inpatient units, emergency room, surgical services, obstetrics, behavioral health, the house supervisors, and the case managers. The managers in those departments report to Meghan and she collaborates with them on the day-to-day details as well as assisting with staffing issues, strategizing, and quality control. In addition, she has numerous regular meetings and assessment responsibilities as part of her duties. Meghan describes her job as challenging but rewarding and says that she feels she has grown a lot as a nurse and a leader in very short period of time.

Meghan is committed to Hillsdale Hospital and to the community, and she and her husband of 15 years live with their four children in Hudson. She is happy to be working here and speaks with pride about the staff at the hospital: “I love the people here. I know it’s a cliché, but it truly is a family. It makes it easy to come to work. All of the nurses really care about the patients and their families, about the hospital, and about the community. They’re here for the right reasons, not just to put in a shift and get a paycheck. That’s important. Time in a hospital can be a very scary thing, and skilled, caring nurses make a huge difference— they spend the most time with the patients. I feel very lucky to have the staff we do.”

“It’s a demanding position, but I like to be challenged and to keep learning. I don’t like to be stagnant,” she explains. Since assuming the post, Meghan has been working hard to meet community needs and to help bring needed medical specialties to the area. Hillsdale Hospital offers a number of specialty services that many small, rural hospitals don’t have. She feels that as chief nursing officer, she can effect change to ensure that patients get quality and compassionate care, and a big part of that is making sure that nurses have the support and training they need to do the best job they can. As for most hospitals since the coronavirus hit, staffing has been an ongoing challenge. “COVID has not been kind,” says Meghan. “It’s been difficult, but we always have our 11


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LifeWays Reveals New Brand Identity with Redesigned Logo and Website LifeWays, the community mental health services program serving Jackson and Hillsdale counties, has announced the launch of its new brand identity, redesigned logo, and website. These changes come at a time when LifeWays is evolving its service offerings and expanding its reach.

The visual design showcases and celebrates those we serve, our staff, and our community, while the layout is structured to provide a seamless user experience. The site also better highlights our values, our commitment to quality, transparency, media relations, and who we are.

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“While our name remains the same, our brand, logo, and website have changed significantly to better represent who we are and who we serve, as we grow our services to reach more people,” commented Chad Surque, Director of Communications at LifeWays. “Our new identity is welcoming, inclusive, and professional— words we would use to describe not only our brand but also the services we provide and the manner in which we provide them.”

Designed to represent the many paths to recovery and the diverse array of people served by LifeWays, the new logo brings forth feelings of hope and help to the community. This cleaner, simpler logo design also aims to be more easily read, understood, and recognized.

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All right, PRIMEates, it’s time to talk about it again. Nutrition. I’ll start by saying that I’m not a nutritionist, BUT I’ve been doing this fitness thing for a very long time and I know a thing or two about a thing or two. First off, there’s no cookie cutter answer that works for everyone. Second, there is no easy way. Let me say that again, THERE IS NO EASY WAY!! That fad diet your friend group is talking about, 9 of 10 times isn’t sustainable. There is something useful in each macro (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) and to cut out any would alter energy systems or eliminate proper use of one. When it comes to working out, most think the hardest part is getting your ass up, going to the gym, and “surviving” the workout. As much as I want to say that my job is the be all, end all, I can’t. It’s what you do with the other 23 hours of the day. It’s what you put in your mouth, how you manage daily stress, and how well you sleep. We’re going to go over some nutritional intake briefly. I say briefly because I want to keep this somewhat simple. Any time I have a new client or an old one who has decided to alter goals or just get stricter on the lifestyle to achieve a desired image, the first thing I ask is if they’re tracking their calories, and, of course, they aren’t. That’s where we start, because we can’t improve on something without knowing where it stands to begin with. When we start tracking calories, I ask them to pay attention to the protein intake because this is going directly correlate with recovery time. Now is not the time to change what you’re doing completely, simply because we want to do this in the least invasive way possible. Certainly, we will be making more healthy choices because by putting it in the app you have to own it and that’s part of this process. The other piece of this is that you MUST measure

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Many times, we do not think to apply sunscreen unless its summer or we have traveled somewhere warm. The fact is, you can still have damage to your skin regardless of the temperature outside. Skin protection and care should be a priority all year round. Per the American Academy of Dermatology Association, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer sometime during their lives. While there are multiple types of skin cancer, one of the ways you can help reduce the risks is by utilizing sunscreen. Picking out sunscreen can be overwhelming as there are so many types. When picking a type of sunscreen, look for one that is broad spectrum. This will help to protect against UVA and UVB skin rays. The SPF should be 30 or greater and get water resistant if possible. When applying sunscreen, cover all areas of your body that clothing does not cover which can include ears, necks, and even tops of feet. Don’t forget your lips! You can get a lip balm with at least SPF 30. You should apply your sunscreen at least 15 minutes

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before going outside. This allows it to dry fully. Even if the sunscreen is waterproof, it is important to reapply after activities such as swimming. Follow the directions on the bottle as to when you should reapply. The usual interval is about every two hours. What should you do if you get sunburnt? First and foremost, if you are feeling sunburnt, you should find shade so you are not continuing to expose your skin to damaging rays. You can usually take over-the-counter medications to help soothe the pain. These can include pain medications to help with swelling. Make sure that you stay hydrated. You can also get creams and lotions to help with healing. If you do have areas that blister, let them heal and do not pop them. If you develop blistering, fever, etc., please seek medical attention. Recurrent sunburns can increase your risks of developing types of skin cancer. If you have moles or skin growths that concern you, please schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider for further evaluation.


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TELEPHONE TRAVELING COUPLE VISITS OWOSSO By Lisa Barna

Hello, Simply Hers readers! We’re back with another adventure.

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The dart was planted in the middle of the word Owosso, and while we live relatively close, we have never made our way to this mid-Michigan community. A quick reminder of our travel rules: 1. No Googling the town we’re going to 2. We ask for one “can’t-miss” place 3. We go to that suggestion no matter what Our barista recommended we visit the Shiawassee Arts Center. The center was filled with gorgeous art at reasonable prices. We loved how inclusive it felt and enjoyed the galleries. 5/5 Stars Next, we were sent off to Curwood Castle. It has information about James Curwood, the famous author who used the castle as his writing studio, and it also showcases all of Owosso’s most famous residents. With history, unique architecture, and a view of the Shiawassee River, this is a can’t-miss spot! 5/5 Stars We sprinted to the Steam Railroading Institute to get a tour and see the train the Polar Express was based on. That’s right! THE Polar Express! They actually flew from L.A. out to Owosso to use the 1225 train for the sound effects in the movie. We also learned about the North Pole Express which people can ride in November every year! I can’t properly explain what a hidden gem this is. We also have to give a shout-out to our tour guide, Joey, who was knowledgeable and engaging! 6/5 Stars!


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Life is the Berries

Dinner Dialog Delight “Excuse me. Are you my daughter’s art teacher? You changed our lives.” By Laura Loveberry Elementary School Assembly Author/Speaker, Inspirational Speaker Women’s Retreats/Conferences, Caricature Artist

Stopping my grocery cart, I listen with a puzzled expression. This came from a mom shopping with her pint-sized daughter. Her child, my former student, beams up at me. My eyes widened with surprise as this mom shared the impact of my unique “homework” assignment. Evidently, two years earlier, I explained to her daughter’s kindergarten class that they could share highs and lows at the dinner table. The kindergarteners practiced waiting turns, listening with eye-contact, and telling their highlights and lowlights for the day. I suggested they do this with their families at dinner. It stuck with this cutie. The ponytailed princess relayed the assignment to her parents. Now, her family shares their good points and bad points every single dinnertime. Their communication grows. They discuss the negative issues and celebrate the positive moments. Turning off technology, they bond over dinner dialog.

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It’s their family tradition now. Waving arms exuberantly, this mom talked fast, filling me in on the joy it brings each evening meal. Radiating with appreciation, she repeated, “It changed our lives!” She continued expounding gleefully on the impact of bonding at dinner. After thanking her for her kind encouragement, I smiled, floating down the grocery aisle. Jesus showed us the importance of breaking bread and bonding at the table. Christ gave thanks to God the Father at the table as an example for us. So, in our home, we add the custom of expressing God’s blessings. We give gratitude for God during our fellowship mealtime. Perhaps our Simply Hers readers will pull up a chair to this custom of converting their house to a heartfelt home. Pass the butter please . . . and who goes first sharing the day’s ups, downs, and gratitude for God sightings?


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OCCUPATIONAL ATHLETICO’S THERAPY: FLUIDOTHERAPY

SPLINTING AND By: Holly Hendershot, OT Hillsdale and VS. Jackson Northwest PHYSICAL THERAPY ORTHOSES

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What is Fluidotherapy? Fluidotherapy is a modality used during By: Chas S. Frey PT, DPT, Biomedical Dry Needling Cert. Hudson, MI treatment sessions theOTupper extremities By: Holly Hendershot, OT.forStaff that consists of fine NW. particles in combination at Hillsdale and Jackson Manual Therapy: Do you dry remember it was appropriate to shake someone’s with heatwhen to simulate a whirlpool effecthand, give at a drug however have a “one size fits all” 1) Torso and store, chest wall mobilizations awithout high five, hug loved ones, sit within six feet from others, or be able see the use of water. When utilizing the fit. These can be slightly adjusted and are good 2) Torso manipulations Brief introduction on OT individuals’ smiling faces? Well, thereitistypically light at the end of the tunnel. fluidotherapy machine, reaches for intermittent use, however custom orthosis 3) Trigger point release to taught muscleafibers Occupational therapy is a form of therapy that helps is preferred and can be altered as the patient up to approximately 105°F. The use of this individuals with rehabilitation following injuries and It is hard to believe we have passed the one-year mark since COVID-19 was Vestibularwith Training progresses their stages of healing. high intensity beindividuals used for daily various illness by incorporating the first announced to beheat a globalcan pandemic. Many changes haveroles, occurred reasons such as reducing pain symptoms routines, and habits through activities that are Breathing over the last year to accommodate this new virus in order to attempt living well. Oncecontrol/retraining this heat modality is utilized, patients meaningful to All theaspects patient. Occupational therapy and desensitization ofhealth the skinandalong with How do splints work? out daily activities. of care scientists from the all parts will move through their treatment session under Body positioning training focuses onbeen theswelling. client’s specific goals assists An orthosis is fabricated by an occupational therapist of study have working around the clock to helpand provide care and new reduction of the guidance of their physical or occupational them in returning to their prior levels of function. At inScreening the clinic to the patient’s structures andcould their be innovations for battling COVID-19. offitpsychosocial factors that therapist. Athletico Physical Therapy, occupational therapists overall needs. Patient’s are then educated and contributing to increased fatigue havewe more of a focus the upper What diagnoses well tovirus and have provided instructions on how to maintain the integrity Today, have gained a lotrespond ofon knowledge about extremity; this specifically, the elbow, wrist, hand, and digits to obtained insight on common signs and symptoms. Some of the symptoms of the orthosis and on the wear schedule as well. Fluidotherapy? You Are Will my Important: insurance cover Fluidotherapy? assist individuals inused improving their overall function may include running aisfever, cough, of breath, muscle or Depending on the patient’s condition, the orthosis Fluidotherapy forshortness patients thatfatigue, have It is our sole purpose toprotection help you gain back function following an injury, as Insurance does cover the cost of fluidotherapy and aches, their headaches, ability tonew beloss independent in sore their daily body of taste or smell, throat, congestion, may be worn for while they are sleeping, musculoskeletal or nerve-related injuries disease, or a virus. Our team of clinicians takes great pride in establishing activities. running nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. However, as with any for light of daily or at all times to help a part theactivities, treatment session and can assist also be of their upper extremities. It can be very personal treatment programswhile for individuals and communicate with the new virus, it takes time to understand fully the degree to which it impacts inused proper positioning the patient is healing. when a patient is being treated in physical beneficial for patients with chronic arthritis, entire medical team. If you or someone you know has been trying to individuals. Until that physical therapy can offer assistance to those In sessions following the initial orthosis fabrication, The purpose oftime, splinting recover following an episode of COVID-19 and is struggling carrying to out fractures ofaffected the fingers and wrist, muscle carpal tunnel therapy. who have been by COVID-19 by managing strength, the occupational therapist can make adjustments Splinting can serve multiple purposes such as daily tasks, please keep physical therapy services in mind as we are here syndrome, lateral and medial epicondylitis, heart and lung capacity, pain, balance, endurance, and overall ensure the orthosis is properly fitting for the patient to immobilization, stretching, light exercise, painfunctional relief, helpwell. you get back to function. DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, and many other abilities. as assist in functional use during daily activities to Local Athletico Clinics with Fluidotherapy: orthopedic injuries. provide support to structures of the wrist and hand. Patient Testimony: HOW WE CAN HELP: · insurance Adrian Will my “As a COVID-19 survivor who cover experienceda asplint? long stay in the hospital and still Coverage for a fabricated orthosisoneisofdependent onsteps · Hillsdale working through some of the lingering symptoms; the most important What can I expect at my treatment Conditions that respond well to splinting Exercise: what type of out insurance a patient has. Patients with I took was to seek physicalNorthwest therapy. Many conditions respond well to splinting. sessions? 1) Strengthening muscles that assistvery with breathing · Jackson aAthletico federal payer such aplan Medicare Medicaid,needs, autofrom developed a specialized to address alland my reconditioning Some include but are not limited 2) Upper of andthese lower at body strengthening Upon arrival the clinic, patients will to bepostinsurance and Workers are typically balance and core strengthening andCompensation upper arm and joint reconditioning. The care I surgical splinting such as Dupuytren’s Release and 3) Aerobic exercise and endurance training placed in the fluidotherapy machine for covered insurance. other do receivedmore has by helped me by gainingAll a higher levelinsurances of function throughout my day. I For information on Fluidotherapy ornot to flexor or extensor tendon repairs of beneficial the fingers. 4) Stretching approximately ten minutes. It is fully cover the of a custom orthosis and require am forever grateful forcost the care/compassion shown by thelocal staff. ” Athletico Some non-surgical conditions that respond well schedule an evaluation, call your 5) Balance Training to beginDeQuervains sessions with this heat modality to an outpatient of pocket payment dependent on the type of -Dawn; in Hudson, MI include 6) Functional specific training Tenosynovitis, Carpal Tunnel clinic or request online through assist in heating the tissues of theArthritis upper and insurance coveragean theappointment individual has. Syndrome, Thumb Carpometacarpal our website www.Athletico.com. Michigan is a extremities priorand to soft massage. many other wrist handtissue conditions. For more information on we can better serve you, or to schedule an evaluation or free Education: For more information and to find your closest Direct Access state for physical therapy, which When in the fluidotherapy machine, patients assessment, call your local Athletico clinic or visit athletico.com. In 2015, Michigan officially 1) Energy conservation Athletico location, visit Athletico.com, or call the means we can initiate physical therapy without are also asked to move their upper extremity became a Direct Access State which means one can obtain physical therapy services without a 2) Activity modifications Custom vs. pre-fabricated splints Hillsdaleonoffice at 517-439-2376. We establishes also offer free referral or prescription. Depending one’s insurance coverage, this benefit a quicker actively to help increase range of motion as 3) Relaxation techniques a referral or prescription from your physician Custom orthoses are fabricated to fit an individuals assessments, insirance coverage, way for you to be placed injury on path for getting backpending to function.your foryour most insurances. provides you with an specific needs based on their diagnosis or to determine if you are aThis physical therapy candidate References: www.athletico.com/services/covid-19-recovery-and-rehabilitation/; www.cdc.gov/ condition. Pre-fabricated splints can be found immediate physical option. or to help guide you in therapy your medical options.

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This is not about rescue, so as to feel good when the child lights up with a smile. This is not about the comfort of compassion. This is hard work, struggling with ripped families and children in clouds of pain, anger dancing around in their hearts in the turmoil of a world made crazy. This is caring, yes, but also what is just, what should be demanded. It takes love and a certain measure of courage. And in the simple act of person helping person, It becomes extraordinary. — Mercedes Lawry, Former communications director, National CASA

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TURN THE PAGE Book and Author Reviews

By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

In keeping with this month’s issue highlighting home improvements, I have two book suggestions on the subject. The first is the 8th updated edition of Ultimate Guide Wiring from Creative Homeowner. This all-inclusive book contains ten chapters including Wiring Methods, Appliances and Equipment, Outdoor Wiring, Emergency Power Equipment, Understanding Electricity, Tools and Their Uses, and Materials and Equipment. If you are lucky enough to have a handyman husband around, this book will be appreciated. My handyman husband keeps it nearby, and it assists him in all of our various home improvement projects, both inside and out! Good Housekeeping says it has the ultimate handbook to help you get everything done faster and easier. Good Housekeeping Home Skills includes 850 pro-tested tricks to save time and money and add fun and flair to your home. These tips include Prep & Cook, Clean & Organize, Decorate & Renovate, Maintain & Repair, Enjoy the Outdoors, and Entertain & Celebrate. You can’t go wrong! I received a book recommendation in an email from LaDonna, a fellow reader of Simply Hers. She works in a library in our four-county area, and I’m always interested in a librarian’s suggestions. She says her favorite book is always the one she’s currently reading! This particular favorite book is entitled The Reading List and it is the debut book by author Sara Nisha Adams. Reviewers endorse it as the most heartfelt read of the summer. Mukesh is a widower, living a quiet life in a London suburb. He has recently lost his beloved wife and is lonely. His granddaughter is a bookworm who never looks up, working in a library. She discovers a list of novels she’s never heard of and shares it with her grandfather,

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hoping the shared list of books will create a connection between them. Among other things, the story examines how reading gets us through our most difficult moments. This one is going to the top of my reading list! Fellow reader Betty suggested one her book club read recently. The Only Woman In the Room by Marie Benedict is set in pre-WWII Austria. Hedwig Kiesler is a daughter in a Jewish family. She is known for her beauty and talent and has begun a career as a stage actress. In the novel, her beauty saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. This is a fictionalized account of legendary actress Hedy Lamarr. In addition to her beauty and talent as an actress, she also happened to be very intelligent and went on to invent a torpedo guidance system and also the basis for all modern wireless communications!! This book is certainly one to pick up and read. Not just another pretty face. Husband Marty just read a book he really enjoyed, so I asked him to report on it: “Agent Jack is a 2018 release, written by Robert Hutton. Set in Great Britain during the war years, it is the 100% true story of Eric Roberts. This unassuming bank clerk [AKA Jack King] was a master spy for Britain’s famed MI5 ... you remember, James Bond and all that. I read every page wondering what’s next.” Marty said when he reads a book he mentally pictures the characters and setting as he goes. And in his head the pictures are all in black and white and the people looked like Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner. Fun. What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@gmail.com. See you at the library!


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Over The

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Do you love your home? Do you love your decorating style? I like to think I have a real sense of design and style. I mean, I spend a lot of time watching HGTV’s design shows so how could I not have picked up a thing or two? My husband disagrees with my self-assessment and we’re gonna need a second opinion so this doesn’t put me over the edge. I love the new fashionable word eclectic. The dictionary says eclectic means “deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources” and that’s what I’ve done with our house. We have every imaginable range of style in this house from a bold, blue, old-style end table to a green, boho, three-drawer chest. We have orange, green, and brown chairs that look like someone puked up squares on them and the floral and striped pillows on the brown couch to complement those ugly but comfy chairs. Even if the patterns don’t match, at least the colors do. We go to a lot of yard sales and I generally find anything and everything I might need/want. What my husband doesn’t realize is that I’m saving him a ton of money! I love to change the furniture almost as often as I change my underwear, so if I buy stuff at a yard sale for a fraction of the cost, he should be happy, right? I would hope so, but that’s not the case. Each time I decide to buy a new-tome table or chair I get the speech. Probably every woman in the universe has heard some version of the speech. “We don’t need it” … “We don’t have a place for it” …”It won’t go with the other furniture,” blah, blah, blah, as though he cares about

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matching furniture! Any of those statements sound familiar to you? I thought so. HGTV has tons of shows on how to refurbish old stuff, although I’ve never actually personally refurbished anything; it looks like a lot of work! I usually get the object home and decide it doesn’t look bad enough for me to work up a sweat so I’ll throw a table cloth over it or stick it in a dark corner where no one will notice. Is that the lazy man’s way to do things? You bet, and I’m okay with that. No reason for me to get down and dirty if it’s not absolutely necessary, right? The one room my husband won’t let me touch is the room where he watches tv. That’s his man cave and he wants it like he wants it. Can you believe that!? The man has no sense of style so what makes him think he can decide what looks good? I’m telling you, if we were to have a contest, I would win hands down. So how ‘bout it, folks? Who’s in to be a judge? There will be no whining and no crying. My husband isn’t much of a whiner, and while I’ve been known to whine somewhat, I promise to keep it under control although I prefer you don’t hold me to that! So, for now, I’ll wait for someone to show up that feels they can be honest, fair, and utterly unbiased. When you come, please disregard that big hole in the backyard that appears to have my husband’s body in it. All will be well as long as you remember I’m the master designer here and it’s best if you work with me and do not put me over the edge!


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Living in Harmony

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The art of Feng Shui, which literally means wind and water, is an established Chinese tradition which has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, millions of people follow the principles of Feng Shui to bring nature and harmony into their surroundings. The goal of Feng Shui is to invite positive energy into your personal space so that your life feels more balanced and energized. Feng Shui can have a positive impact on health, prosperity, and wellbeing. In Feng Shui, there are five important elements used to adjust the energy of a space. Each element signifies a unique type of energy, and is characterized by different shapes, materials, and colors. For example, water is associated with wisdom, emotions, and social connections. You can increase the water element in your home by adding images of water to your walls, reflecting a pond or lake in a mirror, using water fountains or aquariums in your yard, or decorating with objects that have wavy patterns. Furniture placement is also an important component of Feng Shui and increasing the “commanding position” of your desk or bed is an easy first step. According to Feng Shui teachings, being able to see the door but not being in direct alignment while using your desk or bed will bring positive energy into your life. Maximizing light is also an important Feng Shui tool. Light represents the fire element. Natural or ambient light brings relaxation and calm, an important aspect of mental health. Many homes have harsh or inadequate lighting, but putting ceiling lights on a dimmer, or adding accent or candle lighting can improve harmony in any space. Every living thing can benefit from Feng Shui. The important thing to remember is that Feng Shui is really about the energy that surrounds you in your personal space. 36


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Spring is in full bloom, our Manitou Beach Village activities are well underway, and we have a full calendar of events for the year. businesses. On May 1, we have our 3rd annual “Cinco De Mayo 5k.” We have had great turnouts, so get ready! It’s time to get outdoors and enjoy a good run with your friends and family. Contact Nutrition Beach for more details. If you are looking for the latest arrivals, a gift for Mother’s Day, a yummy snack or lunch, then check out our Spring Fling on Saturday, May 7. The Land & Lake Ladies Club Inc. will host “A Nautical Night” on Friday, May 13, which include raffles, corn hole tournament, and silent auction, all with a nautical theme. Beginning Saturday, May 28 through Sept 3, our “Manitou Beach Village Farmers Market” takes place in Manitou Beach Village where you can find a variety of goodies. The area has also become a spot to catch up with friends over a cup of coffee. For those who enjoy checking out great classic cars, you won’t want to miss the Devils Lake Car Show on Saturday, June 18. It’s right in the heart of Manitou Beach Village, so it’s a good day to come out early for the Farmers Market and stroll through our village to visit the local 38

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Children entering 2nd –through 6th grades are invited to attend the first of four Summer Art Camps, June 13-17. Throughout the week, they work on three to four art projects, then pick their favorite to be displayed in the Manitou’s Young Artist Gallery located in the Sandbar Café. After three months, they take them home to treasure. There are two more Art Camps in July and one in August. Sign up early; they fill up quickly. On Saturday, June 25, Devils Lake will also be one of the stops on this year’s Irish Hills Lake & Home Tour, brought to us by the Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce. This is a great way to tour some of the fabulous lakes in the Irish Hills by boat, connect with a local realtor, and learn more about what each lake offers to home buyers. Contact the Irish Hills Chamber for tickets. July is already packed full of fun events and you can get more details when you visit our website at: https://www.manitoubeachmichigan.com. You can also visit our village Facebook page and the individual businesses’ websites and Facebook pages throughout the area for additional details. We look forward to seeing you!


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The natural beauty of our hometown is on full display! There are many exceptional events, lakefront campgrounds, and unique local shops and restaurants that make Coldwater a true destination when the weather warms up. We welcome visitors. Lake life abounds, with two expansive chains of all-sports lakes just waiting to be enjoyed. Join the fishermen, campers, and boaters who flock to Coldwater throughout the season. By the way, free fishing weekend is June 11th-12th, so don’t miss it! While you are on the water, dock your boat at Bill’s Grill House or Willows Bar for dinner or a drink. You can even rent your own pontoon boat at Narrows Pontoon and Cottage Rentals. For those of you who want to stay busy on your camping trips, check out Craft Out Loud in our historic downtown for your favorite yarns and fabrics along with a host of other crafts, puzzles, diamond art, and more! There are also several attractions you don’t want to miss. Coldwater loves its festivals, and our annual Strawberry Fest takes place on June 18th from 9AM-3PM throughout 40

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downtown Coldwater. More than 100 vendors line the streets selling food, drinks, crafts, and strawberries as people stroll the sidewalks. It’s a great way to come together! Another unique event is Coldwater’s annual swap meet & car show held on May 7th-8th at the Branch County Fairgrounds. We have the largest show in the area with up to 1,400 show cars, 100 show quality motorcycles, over 300 swap vendor spaces, and 85 arts and crafts spaces. This event brings over 10,000 visitors each year! Tibbitts Opera House is a fixture in the community, bringing year-round entertainment from professional theatre and concerts to community events and children’s theatre. Their summer theatre presentation of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” runs from June 16th-25th, and you are invited! There is much more to see and do in the summer in Coldwater. Come be a part of something special!


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Eleven participating Jackson County, Michigan, museums will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Jackson County Free Museum Day. Some locations will host an “open-house style” reception and self-guided tours while others are hosting child-friendly activities, historical demonstrations, and providing guided tours. “Our museums focus on everything from transportation to musical instruments, historical buildings, schoolhouses, and fine art,” said Rachel Buchanan, Marketing & Development Manager for Experience Jackson. “On this unique day, we welcome you to dive into the rich history and culture that Jackson County has to offer at these locations.” 2022 MUSEUM DAY PARTICIPANTS: Cambridge Junction Historic State Park and Walker Tavern 13220 M-50, Brooklyn, MI 49230 | (517) 930-3806 Self-guided tours of the visitor center and barn Ella Sharp Museum 3225 Fourth St., Jackson, MI 49203 | (517) 787-2320 Museum galleries, historic farm lane, a show in the Hurst Planetarium, and Hillside Farmhouse tour. Planetarium shows and Farmhouse tours will be offered every hour on the hour. Tours run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the last admittance at 3 p.m. Conklin Reed Organ Museum & Heritage Park 105 Fairview St., Hanover, MI 49210 | (517) 563-8927 Museum tours and refreshments, antique farm equipment, barn tours, Kids on The Farm activities, Mother’s Day planting for children Lost Railway Museum 142 West Michigan Ave., Grass Lake, MI 49240 | (517) 522-9500 Self-guided tours, audio docent tours, and rides on the new virtual Boland Express

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The Mann House 205 Hanover St., Concord, MI 49237 | (517) 930-3806 Guided tours of the house Tompkins Historical Stewart Museum 10138 Tompkins Rd., Rives Junction, MI 49277 | (517) 962-3398 Museum tours, schoolhouse tours, log cabin tours, weaver demos, blacksmith demos, and tractor pull Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum 13493 Waterloo Munith Rd., Grass Lake, MI 49240 | (517) 596-2254 Tour of 13-room farmhouse, log house, farm buildings and demonstrations Ye Old Carriage Shop Auto Museum 3537 Henderson Rd., Spring Arbor, MI 49283 | (517) 750-4300 Guided tours, coloring books activities for children, and refreshments Michigan’s Military Heritage Museum (new location in Jackson) 311 N. Wisner St., Jackson, MI 49201 | (517) 926-6696 The Coe House Museum & Grass Lake Area Historical Connection 371 W. Michigan Ave., Grass Lake, MI 49240 First Universalist Church 200 Hanover St., Concord, MI 49237 | (517) 524-8891 The sanctuary of the First Universalist Church building will be open during the day Each museum will offer an on-site prize drawing. Attendees can download the free Experience Jackson app prior to attending and follow along with an app challenge for their chance to win. To ensure strong internet connections, Jackson District Library will provide WiFi hotspots at participating locations on Museum Day. For more information about Museum Day, attractions, events, and hotels in Jackson County, visit www.ExperienceJackson.com/MuseumDay. Museum Day is proudly promoted by Experience Jackson and participating museums.


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Imagine driving down the road, in the dead of the night, and coming to a stop for a disabled vehicle in front of you. You cannot go around the vehicle, so you put your flashers on to inform those drivers coming up behind you of the problems that lie ahead. However, after a few short minutes, you happen to look up in your rearview mirror and see a vehicle racing towards you without even noticing you there. You know you

are going to be hit and you grab the wheel to support yourself. Once the impact is done and the dust clears, you have broken your arm and are having trouble moving your neck due to the impact. Now what do you do? When someone is hurt, either in a car accident, slip and fall, dog bites, or by some other means, that person not only suffers from possible physical injuries but from emotional and financial injuries as well. Imagine reliving the events in this story and knowing that you suffered such injuries and are now scared to drive again. Car accidents can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person can find themselves involved in and it can be hard to get yourself back on track to where you were prior to the accident. Friends and family are great support systems to reach out to as well as counselors to help you deal with some of the emotional turmoil you face. However, what do you do when all of the financial strains come in? In most cases, those injured due to the fault of others suffer great financial strain because of unexpected medical bills, loss of wages, loss of the vehicle and possibly having to take on new payments to get a vehicle. When this happens, you can recover for those financial losses, but you can also recover for the emotional stress that was caused by the accident. A person can recover for what is called economic losses and noneconomic losses. Economic losses are those such as medical expenses incurred because of the injury, lost wages for not being able to work, or for any monetary loss you suffered as a result of the injury. The non-economic losses are those which stem from trauma and emotional distress that have been suffered as well. Non-economic losses aren’t just limited to the person in the accident but can also be recovered by family members. This is commonly known as loss of consortium, that is, the loss of love and affection from that family member. In the above situation, the person was in such of severe pain from the injuries that she could not hug her children nor provide for their basic needs. Therefore, her children suffered as a result of the negligent conduct of the other driver. It is best to understand all of the rights you have as a victim of an accident to ensure that you can recover all that you are entitled to.

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Did you know that by updating existing space in your home or on your property without building an addition, you can maximize the functionality of your environment, add curb appeal, and increase the value of your home? Today, with many of us working and schooling at home, space has become a premium. If a desk in a bedroom doesn’t meet your needs, one possibility is to renovate all or part of an old building. Many homes have old outbuildings that can find new life as an office or an apartment. With a little imagination, old sheds, your garage, a barn, or a chicken coop can provide plenty of options. Here is an inside peek at the design build process from Giraffe Design Build. https://giraffedesignbuild.com/design-build/designbuild-process/ Creating an office above the garage is a great use of unused space, and you can’t beat the commute! Having a home office that’s just a few steps away from the house is the best of worlds, providing privacy when you need to focus on work and convenience to your family. Access to the second floor will require either an interior or exterior staircase. Also, for both health and safety, building codes require a fire barrier and insulation with a high R-value between the ceiling of the garage and the floor of the office. One eco-friendly product that Giraffe uses is blown-in cellulose insulation made from recycled newspaper. With 5-6 inches in the office floor, it will reach an R-value of r38 and effectively block heat transfer keeping the office space warm while providing better temperature control in the garage. 48

Another option is a complete garage conversion. There are many older homes and farms in our area with detached garages that are not in use and can be transformed into an office, a guest suite or even an apartment for an aging parent. This light-filled space, for example, was exactly that and now functions as a gracious living space to accommodate extended family visits and serve as additional work-from-home space. The open floor plan was designed for comfort, a sense of wellbeing, and efficiency. The skylight and the floor-to-ceiling windows create a bright, warm atmosphere in a small footprint so that even on grey Michigan days, this is a cheerful nurturing space. In addition to the inviting interior, this home is crowned with a “living roof” covered in perennials, annuals, and vegetable gardens during warm seasons. The green roof reduces rainwater run-off, insulates the living space below from summer heat, and provides a charming patio with a view. This great post by Giraffe Design Build discusses eco-friendly insulation. giraffedesignbuild.com/design-build/wool-insulationprotects-your-home/ With a little imagination, repurposing your space can bring you big benefits now and in the future.


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PRESSURE WASHING Spring is the best time to pressure wash outdoor hardscaping such as walkways, patios, and decks before adjacent plants put out delicate growth that might be damaged by cleaning equipment or an errant, highpowered spray. This is also a great time to wash patio furniture so it’s ready to be enjoyed in spring and summer. PRUNE WOODY PERENNIALS Woody shrubs and perennials such as roses, hydrangea, and boxwoods should be pruned in very early spring to help keep their shape and encourage better flowering. Use clean, sharp tools to keep the plants healthy and make cuts above dormant buds. By pruning at this time, none of the plant’s spring energy will be wasted for growth that will only be cut away. Use caution when pruning spring-flowering shrubs and trees like lilacs and magnolias. Prune only dead and damaged wood or you risk pruning buds and there will be no flowers. START SEEDS In northern regions with shorter growing seasons, it can be beneficial to start seeds indoors before the ground has warmed enough for spring planting. Using seeds can also give a gardener more plant and cultivar varieties to experiment with, and seeds are cheaper than already sprouted seedlings to populate flowerbeds, containers, and gardens. FERTILIZE BEDS AND TREES Applying a slow-release fertilizer in spring will help nourish flowerbeds for the entire season. This is also the ideal time to apply fertilizer to young trees and other plantings that haven’t yet reached their full growth, so they have the proper nutrition to reach their potential. Choose a fertilizer blend that best suits individual plants and apply it appropriately for each plant’s needs.

AERATE Aerating your landscape, from turf grass to tilling garden beds, can revitalize the soil after winter dormancy and compaction. This is a great time to work in a light layer of snow to bring air and nitrogen into the soil, or to till in compost, manure, and other organic material to nourish the soil. Aerating early in spring will ensure this nutrition is ready for spring growth. ATTRACT BIRDS Birds can be great garden helpers and putting out feeders, bird baths, and birdhouses in spring can bring these helpers right to the yard. While some birds may eat seeds or garden produce, they will eat far more bugs and damaging insects, protecting the garden without the need for excessive chemicals or harsher treatments. WEEDING Weeds are a never-ending threat to a prosperous garden, but, fortunately, they can be easy to control in spring. Pulling weeds by hand is easier in spring’s wet soil when the roots are loose. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide can also help control spring weeds and be sure they aren’t outrageous through the summer. No matter what garden tasks you begin in spring, be sure not to overstretch yourself. After the inactivity of winter, it can be easy to strain muscles or cause sprains—injuries that could severely impair your gardening abilities long after spring. Take each task slowly and both you and your garden will benefit from the deliberate care and warmups of spring before the real workout of summer gardening begins!


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Home is Where the Chairs are Chained

By Diane K Clow Grandma Quilter and Sewist Picker of Vintage Things

Today I reread all of the previous “Keeping it in Stitches” (KIIS) articles that I have written. The first being for the Simply Hers, May/June 2017 edition. Whoa. That means this is the Five-Year Anniversary for KIIS; thirty articles of random blathering that some of you have actually read thank you!! Anyway, the reason I was reading over the history of my writing was so I could be sure I wasn’t repeating myself from some previous topic. Somehow the memory stick just doesn’t “stick” well for a five-year term. Or even as to what it was I had for breakfast. It came in a box, served in a bowl . . . . In reviewing, I also saw that often the topic was food or mostly baked goods. I will apologize for that now. The topic for today is “Home.” Hubs and I spent years and years working on our “Home.” Forty years of vacation time and weekends all spent wallpapering, painting, constructing, decorating, all based on a “renovate as you have the funds program.” We thought we’d never be done. And we were right! We ARE never done. So now we are doing projects for the next chapter in our lives called “old age.” Replacing things that had to be painted and stained with composite new stuff that doesn’t. The 40-yearold wood siding that Hubs put on the garage is

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now clad in aluminum siding. The deck flooring has been replaced with never-have-to-stain-again material. I am hanging up my paintbrush and turning my step ladder into a DIY bookshelf. Part of this process also included turning a bathtub surround into a walk-in shower and replacing traditional turn door knobs into the flip-like ones for easier use. Unfortunately, this means my three-year-old granddaughter has easier access for escape. I have also found my “style” for decor. I find that I really like a mix of old and new. More modern, neutral, soft colors with a bit of history from an old furniture piece thrown in. I have a couple of mid-century orange cushioned, curved arm chairs that guests admire and share that they may come up missing. My mother is the worst offender for this. (I might have to add a Gothic dungeon look and chain them to the fireplace.) I framed a gas station map of Michigan and hung it in my hall (some of you younger readers may have to Google “map”). It is all kind of a “if it makes you feel happy, include it” look. Our “preparing for old age” look may not get featured in any home decor magazines, but it’s comfortable, colorful, and home to us. For now, however, my mother has left our home so I’ll unchain my chairs. Keeping it in Stitches for the thirtieth time!


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One of the most significant trends in the gardening world is letting nature nurture us. Shrinking property boundaries, life in the digital age, and tightly-packed schedules are provoking a yearning for a deeper relationship with the natural world. We’re increasingly aware of how plants and gardening connect us to the healing power of the natural world. Good garden design begins with an understanding of the relationships between plants to place, plants to people, and plants to other plants. Because after all, good relationships give our lives meaning and worth. Gardens for People: Honoring Homemaking After a busy day, there is nothing sweeter than being able to come home and kick your feet up in a lush green space. Families differ in their individual lifestyles and interests and so should their gardens. Everyone can have a garden – just not the same garden. Your garden can support your lifestyle. The best home gardens are designed to serve and please the people who live there. The finest outdoor spaces are created in harmony with nature and demonstrate respect for the web of life. Let nature be your guide and plant or encourage what naturally wants to grow in your yard and neighborhood. Adapt design strategies from nature to solve challenges you might have: beds that aren’t quite working visually or garden areas that don’t function without lots of maintenance. Choosing plants that attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife benefits the environment and people by providing a rich, sensory experience to play, work, relax, grow food, and enjoy the rewards of being in nature. Plants should be free of pesticides (especially neonicotinoids), ecoregion-relevant, deer-resistant, and low-maintenance. 78

Gardeners frequently remark that native plants are messy and they do not have the extra space to devote to natives. Some natives are indeed quite aggressive; however, others are easier to contain in the home landscape. In every backyard and beyond, there is a spot just waiting for the right neighborly native. With all of the regionally resilient native plants available, you can easily fill these spaces. Some natives fit perfectly into rock gardens, while others make good garden path edgers. Others are perfect for plantings along roadways, while some are well behaved enough to grow among the flowers in your beds and borders. Gardens for Place: Honoring Placemaking Gardens that inspire admiration and delight fit their location and use. Our sense of place is established not only by the “place” but our relationship to it and is dependent on our firsthand knowledge of and experience with that place. If we look closely, every region on earth can tell us many stories; the relationships between the plants and animals that have helped shape it and the history and culture of the people who lived there. Dig into the history of the land where you live. Who lived there before you? How did they cultivate the land? What was its wildest form? Research which plant communities would have existed on the site had it not been disturbed and use them as a design model. What plants and trees inhabit your space? Which ones are native to your area? What birds, insects, and other wildlife do you share in your outdoor space?


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Things like oatmeal, quinoa, and farro are good options. And, beans are great for fiber and carbs. Obviously, the next question is how many carbohydrates should someone eat per day? A good starting point for your carbs is 45% of your daily caloric intake and that figure will vary based on activity level, energy requirements, and other individual needs. Carbs provide four calories per gram, which means that someone eating 2,000 calories per day should start at about 225 grams of quality carbs per day. If you want to fine-tune your best carb levels, you can discuss your diet with a dietitian or nutritionist for personalized advice. So, the bottom line? Don’t run from carbs. You need them for energy and brain health. (Actually, if your diet is too low in this nutrient, you won’t have the energy to run!) Source: 1 “5 Signs You Need to Eat More Carbs: Nutrition: Myfitnesspal.” MyFitnessPal Blog, 5 May 2021, https://blog.myfitnesspal. com/5-signs-you-need-to-eat-more-carbs/.


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