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10 Tips for Safe Winter Driving.

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By Rob Shewman 1. Know your route and keep abreast of weather conditions. The Web can be great source of current weather information. Make a list of Department of Transportation road-condition hotlines and consult them every few hours while you’re on the road. 2. Drink plenty of water. When the weather is chilly, dehydration might seem unlikely, but according to a study by the Mayo Clinic, as little as a 1-2 percent loss of body weight can lead to fatigue and reduced alertness — both of which can be deadly when you are driving in icy conditions. 3. Eat enough food. Your body needs more nourishment in cold weather than it does on a balmy summer day. 4. Pack a winter travel safety kit. Include a cell phone, an ice scraper and brush, a tow rope, cat litter (for use as a traction aid), blankets, a good flashlight, a candle, matches, a good book, a portable weather radio and a can of lock de-icer. 5. Slow down. A good rule of thumb is to reduce speed by 50 percent in snowy conditions. Equally important: Don’t go too slow. Your car needs momentum to keep moving through snow on grades.

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Lastly, I would like to encourage everyone to join us for our first Women’s Expo. We have partnered with American One Federal Credit Union to bring an event that promises to entertain, educate and enlighten. The expo will be held at the Dow Center in Hillsdale on December 1st. Be sure to check out all of the details in the special pull-out section beginning on page 45. There you will also find some great savings with more than 20 advertisers offering exclusive deals to Simply Hers patrons. Please thank them as you are tucking all your extra cash back into your purse! With the hustle and bustle of the season please remember to spend some time with the elderly in your life. All too often they are forgotten as we hurry through the holidays. A shared cup of Joe can make a world of difference in the day of a lonely senior. In closing I leave you with my warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.


6. Keep a light touch on the controls. Smooth operation is the key to keeping control in slippery situations. 7. Know how to recover from skids. When braking on a slippery road, it’s all too easy to “lock up” your wheels by stepping on the brakes a little too hard. 8. Keep your tires in good condition and properly inflated. Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so check and adjust frequently. 9. Make frequent rest stops. Winter travel is much more fatiguing than summer cruising, so stop every hour or so. It takes only five minutes to significantly improve your level of alertness.

‘Tis the season! I absolutely love the holidays, the sights, the smells and of course spending time with friends and family. I especially want to acknowledge my “Simply Hers” family. Can you believe we are celebrating our second anniversary with this edition. I’m overwhelmed when I stop to think about the wonderful support we’ve received from the community. Our advertisers make it possible, our readers make it rewarding! I am looking forward to what the next year will bring as we strive to get better with each issue, and reach out to more readers in an expanded territory. So, once again I say “THANK YOU” from the bottom of my heart.

Peggie Bildner ............................................... EDITOR I would also like to thank the writers who provide such timely and interesting articles


Julie birchfield ....................................................................... Sales ZONYA Foco.......................................................................Health Article Dr. jon herbener ............................................. Ask the Doctor ANGELA BLAKE ..........................................................Fashion & Beauty Laura Loveberry ...................................................Life is the Berries JIM PRUITT ............................................................ Business Spotlight Willie Smith ...................................................................Over the Edge Jake neukom .......................................................... Simple Living nancy hastings ....................................................... Local Spotlight NANCY RYAN .................................................................. Turn The Page Constance blank............................................................Photographer

10. If you get stuck, stay in your vehicle. Stay warm and wait for assistance. Make sure that your exhaust pipe is clear of any obstructions, including snow and ice; if you don’t, carbon monoxide gas can build up inside the vehicle.

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By Peggie Bildner Editor In Chief As I write this, we are at the peak of a beautiful fall. The sunshine on the changing leaves and crispness in the air makes this a favorite time of year for many. But as you read this, you are no doubt starting to notice that things are gearing up for the holidays that will soon be upon us. In this issue it is my privilege once again, to introduce you to some amazing local families. Leon (Lonnie) Booher shares his remarkable artistry and the Hambleton family shares their incredible adoption journey- both are unique love stories that should inspire us all. Since November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, we are also highlighting our local Hospice and its dedicated Executive Director. We are so fortunate to have access to this organization. As you learn about them, please consider getting involved with a donation of time or money. I hope that you will enjoy our regular offerings as well as the holiday ideas and inspiration we’ve put together. I think you find our ads to be great resources for all your shopping needs too! It’s so easy to get swept up in the busyness of all there is to do; but sometimes memories come from the simplest things in the quietest of moments. My wish is that you will find some of those during this season. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Simply Wonderful New Year!


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Winter Wonderland Fall is giving way to winter and it is a great time to connect with our creative side. Projects do not need to be expensive or complicated to leave a lasting impression. Whether you want to spruce things up for the holidays or just give your home a new look, inspiration is all around. We have collected some of our favorite inspirational ideas that we wanted to share. Try them out and let us know how it goes. We will post your results on Facebook to keep the inspirations going!


Download cute gift tag designs free! Tie onto your loved ones’ gifts. www.Jonesdesigncompany.com

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Painted Wallpaper Winter is about to drive us back inside where we will spend many hours looking at the walls. Here is an inexpensive way to brigten your outlook for next to nothing. Painted wallpaper is not a new concept but we have found some motivating inspiration as well as a free template at www.jonesdesigncompany.com. If you have some leftover paint simply add some white and you can do this project for FREE! And, if you don’t have time to do this all at once it can be broken down into small “work shifts” without any problems. Just be sure to finish before Mom comes for the holidays.

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Looking for an interactive gift idea? This one checks all the boxes. It’s easy and fun to make, inexpensive, and once given, encourages creative play. Step by step directions and an easy to follow recipe can be found at www.artfulparent.typepad.com

Here is a yummy project that will make you seem like Betty Crocker is in your family tree. Almost too cute to eat. Take some Nutterbutters and dip the top and bottom into white chocolate. Sprinkle red sugar on top before the chocolate dries to make the hat. Add a dot of white chocolate for the tassle and to adhere the mini chocolate chips for eyes and the red-hot for the nose and Santa has arrived! To give credit where due we found this idea at penguinstamper.blogspot.com

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Little Black Dress


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BEAUTY 28 62 S.O.S.

Fixing the Damage

Hassle Free Holidays

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Kick off the Weight


Christmas Blessing


One Love Story at a Time

ASK THE DOCTOR 36 70 HOME Home From School

Fix up for the Holidays


Sharing Creative Ideas

WOMEN’S EXPO 45 80 HOSPICE OF HILLSDALE Special Pull-out Section



What’s with men and their toys?

52 LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Taste of Life


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There are myriad ways to do the classic LBD—from cocktail-ready sparklers to office-apropos sheaths. A little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel, intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral color. Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the “LBD.” The “little black dress” is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a “rule of fashion” that

every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion: for example, worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening. Because it is meant to be a staple of the wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible: a short black dress that is too clearly part of a trend would not qualify because it would soon appear dated.

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Ruffle Sleeve Lace Dress Elbow-length bell sleeves, satin trim and sheer, floral lace lend quiet elegance to a cropped shift dress. • Exposed back zip with snap closure. • Silk lining. • Cotton/nylon/rayon; dry clean. • By Adrianna Papell; imported. • Dresses and Petite Focus.

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ruched Matte Jersey Dress Inset Empire waist heightens the figure-flattering silhouette of a fluid matte jersey dress with a ruched V-neck bodice and pleated skirt. • Back zip with hook-and-eye closure. • Ruched cap sleeves. • V-back. • Bodice is lined. • Polyester/spandex; dry clean. • By Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique; made in the USA or imported.

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Sexy Little Number An illusion back and short sleeves lend allure to a square-neck sheath dress fashioned with horizontal pleats throughout the body for a modern tiered effect. Side zip closure. Approx. length from shoulder to hem: regular 38”; petite 36”. Lined. Polyester/spandex; dry clean. By Maggy London; imported. Dresses and Petite Focus.

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Cause: Drinking and eating too much. Too many cocktails or salty hors d’oeuvres and you could wake up looking like a blowfish (and not in a good way).

Cause: Drinking red wine or wearing dark lipstick. Last night’s Cabernet was delicious, but you don’t want to carry its memory on your lips, which may already be dry and flaky from cold winter winds.

CAUSE: Standing too long over a hot stove. When we are confronted with too much heat blood rushes to the surface of the skin to cool you off.

Often holiday foods are salty, and salt acts like a magnet causing your body to retain water and making you feel “puffy”. Dilute the salt by drinking lots of water or other caffeine-free fluids like peppermint tea, which can also ease any digestion issues you may have after overdoing it. Hint: To help keep fluids from pooling in your face overnight, sleep propped up on two or three pillows.

The red color will cling to the dry pieces of skin on lips, but you can remove it by exfoliating the outer layer of skin. Wet an extra-soft toothbrush with warm water, then gently rub the lips with a circular motion. Next, rinse your lips, pat dry, and apply a moisturizing lip balm with petroleum. Another way to remove color from lips is by gently rubbing them with lemon juice. Afterward, rinse, dry, and apply lip balm.

Sore Hands

Acne Breakouts

Cause: Carrying shopping bags and writing cards. Your hands are one of your hardest-working body parts at any time of the year. During the run-up to the holidays, they’re pulling a double shift.

Cause: Stress. The too-much-to-do-in-toolittle-time holiday syndrome can leave your nerves frayed and your skin blemished.

To soothe hand muscles, try the following techniques. Stand over a table and place your palms flat on it; spread your fingers, then press against the table for 15 seconds. Turn your palms around so your fingertips are facing your legs and press again. Next, hold your right hand in front of you, palm down, and spread your fingers. Use your left thumb to firmly press each of the webs between the fingers, one by one, toward the wrist. Repeat with the opposite hand and thumb. This compressing and letting go increases circulation to the hands and relaxes them.

If you’re prone to breakouts and don’t have overly sensitive or dry skin, try preventing them with regular use of a face soap that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If an important event is coming up and you tend to break out when you’re run-down, starting a week before, use a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide cream every night on the area where blemishes usually occur. When a pimple does appear, place an ice pack on it for 5 to 10 minutes to reduce swelling, then pat the area dry and apply benzoyl peroxide cream or gel with a clean cotton swab. You can top it with concealer that also contains benzoyl peroxide.

To keep your face from heating up like a skillet while you’re cooking or madly cleaning up, lower your internal thermostat by chewing on ice chips or draping a slightly damp, cold towel around your neck. Another way to cool down: Fill a bowl with whole milk and ice cubes, dip a cloth in the solution, and pat your face with it. The lactic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect. Too late to prevent redness? Brush on a yellow-based loose or pressed powder to neutralize and hide the red.

Red, Swollen, Tired Eyes

Cause: Staying up late. Celebrating into the wee hours, overindulging in food and drink, then haphazardly removing makeup (getting bits of it in your eyes), can leave your eyes with a hangover. Lie down and place cold cotton balls or a chilled gel eye mask over closed eyes for 10 minutes. This will drain accumulated fluids and reduce swelling. (To get ready for the morning after a big night, soak cotton balls in water, flatten them with your fingers, and keep them in the freezer on wax paper until needed.) Avoid drops that claim to take the red out because they work in the short term by contracting blood vessels but can backfire later on, making eyes redder than ever.


Submitted by Sara So Edited by Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

following sara Hello from Afghanistan Simply Hers has been following a local young woman, Sara (Amstrong) So, a Captain in the United States Army. She is currently deployed in Afghanistan and has agreed to share her experiences with our readers through email updates. In this email, Sara is thinking about the family time she’ll be missing over the holidays and shares some thoughts about a future career path that would keep them apart. October 15, 2012 Friends and family, I write to you once again from the universe that is Afghanistan. As I write to you the weather is cooling rapidly. In the mornings it can be quite chilly, although it still climbs into the upper 80’s during the day. The famous winds have begun to calm down, and in their absence ominous clouds have begun to form and move in the east. As ecstatic as we all would be to see the rain (it hasn’t rained a single time here since we arrived in early May), it casts a light over the landscape that is eerie. This place certainly makes the perfect Halloween wasteland. I think this year I’ll dress up as a Soldier for Halloween. I have the perfect props in mind and everything. As you read this I’m sure the holiday season will be forefront in your mind. I think the holidays will be a very different experience for us here. Of my small team most of my Soldiers are young and single, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I can say that this deployment has shown me how truly blessed I am in the family and friends department. One of my biggest fears before coming here was that my family and friends would forget about me. Not that I would blame them, it’s difficult to maintain a relationship when the person isn’t there with you to share in your life. Boy have they proven me wrong! If anything this deployment has shown me that there may be a point in my future, closer than I’d like to think about, where I may have to choose which path to invest in- my family and friends, or my Army career. Luckily it’s still a few years away before I even have the luxury of such a decision. So back to the holidays.... This will be the first ever holiday season I will have spent away from my family. I don’t think it’s really even hit us yet, too many things to focus on here. By the time you read this article it will be best to stop sending packages. The mail system becomes severely overloaded here during the holiday season, and the hope is that shortly after the new year we’ll be getting ready to leave, so any packages sent after the first couple weeks of November stand a very good chance of never making it to me. I will most likely be writing at least one or two more articles for Simply Hers, hopefully chronicling our travels home and our readjustment. For now the most prevalent feeling within myself and amongst my team is that of numbness. While thinking about missing home the other day I equated it to breaking a bone. When it first happens the pain is sharp and intense, something you know that you’ll never forget. As the wound begins to heal it may stop hurting but it begins to itch. No matter how long you have it, as long as it is still an injury it finds some way to remind you that it is there. Sometimes the itching is worse than the initial pain. That is how things have become here. Obviously


we’ve been here long enough that the terrible pain of saying goodbye has faded somewhat. But no matter how long you’re here you never forget that it isn’t where you belong. No matter how long I am in this place, without my friends and family, and especially without my husband, Jae, I know that I will never feel like a complete person. I can’t speak for everybody in this experience, I have come to realize over the past couple of years of my life that I conceptualize myself in terms of my relationships with my friends and especially with my family much more than many other people do. My family has always been my greatest blessing. It has certainly helped me come to terms with my future, as I have come to realize that I can never truly be happy away from them. I have nothing really new that I can tell you about our mission here. I know the drawdown in troops is making things difficult for those of us who remain. I continue to grow more and more jealous of those lucky enough to be stationed on bases during their deployment. Our small Combat Outpost has grown very crowded lately, it makes things difficult. Often there is no running water and you have to be careful as it becomes very easy to start picking up and passing disease. During August and September I contracted what appeared to be a staph infection on my face, recently another Soldier has begun to show the same symptoms even as mine clears up. It’s the dangers of having too many people in such a tiny space. The European forces stationed with us have begun to talk of pulling out completely. So we currently have to perform part of their mission on top of our own. I’m proud of what I’m doing and I know someday I’ll look back and think that all of this wasn’t that bad, but it’s tough not to get frustrated. To go 4 months without a single day off and not lose your temper with people back home and their (at least perceived) petty gripes. We even had a large portion of our unit sent back home last month. It can be tough to see them online excited to be home, having fun, or the worst part talking about missing Afghanistan! I’ve had words with a couple of Soldiers, only to be told back that it’s not that bad. Truthfully it isn’t that bad, we’re very lucky. But like anybody going through any tough experience, that’s the last thing you want to hear out of anybody’s mouth, especially if they’ve never walked a mile in your boots. So finally friends, from Afghanistan, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. If you know my family please give them a hug when you see them, I know they’ll be needing it. This month my challenge to you is when you raise your glasses for a toast this holiday season, remember those who have given so much. Toast to those who left their hearts at home but their bodies here, those who will be missing this Christmas, and all those after. The true heroes never have their voices heard, so we must speak for them. And have a drink on me! CPT Sara Elizabeth So Frontier SFAAT Executive Officer 210 Military Police Battalion In Loving Memory of 1LT Ryan Rawl, 1982-2012


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Loveberry Tree Farm gets into spirit of season by Nancy Hastings Simply Hers Magazine

Nothing inspires the Christmas spirit like a beautiful fragrant, fir tree trimmed with colorful decorations and sparkling lights. And a traditional fun way to start off the season is to take a magical trip to a Christmas tree farm where the whole family can choose the perfect tree, fresh from the field. “It’s sure to lift you right into the spirit of the holidays,” says Jon Loveberry, owner of Loveberry’s Tree Farm near Quincy. A trip to the farm at 165 S. Ray Quincy Road conjures up an old-fashioned Christmas, complete with a sleigh or wagon ride drawn by Percheron horses. Chestnuts roasting over the open fire and creamy cups of hot chocolate or spicy mulled cider bring memories of Christmases long ago. “It takes people back to a time when they had more time to enjoy simple pleasures,” Loveberry said. “These are things people don’t get to do an awful lot, so we want our guests to enjoy everything.” Visitors can stroll the grounds, sit by the fire or look inside the log cabin general store where Christmas decorations from wreaths to unique items can be discovered for making homes festive for the holidays. Artificial and live arrangements are among the offerings, while homemade Amish candies, popcorn balls and chocolate turtles are among the treats to be tasted. Loveberry’s Tree farm is in its seventh year of selling homegrown trees on 27 of their 114 acres. It started after Loveberry retired from Warner Oil in Coldwater in 2001. “I planted my first trees that spring,” Loveberry said. His wife, Virginia, a homemaker raising five children, said Christmas has always been special for the family. Three of their children make it a point to help out during the farm’s seasonal opening from the day after Thanksgiving to Dec. 23. The business is closed on Mondays to recharge after the busy weekends. With 12 varieties of trees to choose from, the Loveberrys concentrate on firs “because they hold their needles better and the needles are soft for decorating.” They offer six varieties of fir trees, two pines and four spruces standing by their pledge that nothing beats a real tree.


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NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE 100,000 CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, LEGALLY AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. THE FOLLOWING IS A STORY ABOUT ONE AREA FAMILY THAT HAS BUILT THEIR FAMILY BY ADOPTION, ONE LOVE STORY AT A TIME ~ The Hambleton Family David and Cassie Hambleton married in October of 1992; he was an Electronics Technician in the Navy and she was a day-camp counselor at the YMCA. Like most newly married couples they had talked about their hopes and dreams for a family. David thought two children would be nice; Cassie was a little more ambitious with her desire to have twelve! But a few years later, they were trying to accept that infertility was going to change that plan. Stationed overseas in Italy at the time, they decided adoption was probably their only option and originally thought they would adopt from China. Discouraged by the high cost that didn’t align with their newlywed/Navy income and the strict requirements of the Chinese government at the time; they did a lot of praying for guidance and intervention. Their prayers were answered one day when David met a young female sailor on the ship, who was unexpectedly pregnant and very unhappy. She wanted to make an adoption plan for her child but didn’t know what to do being so far away from stateside resources. Together, they decided they would find a way to make the adoption work! The problem was, they were still in Italy and the Navy was sending her stateside to have the baby. So Cassie followed, without David, connecting with an adoption agency in Virginia to take care of the paperwork and legalities. It was a busy and wonderful time of shopping for baby necessities and then being able to be in the delivery room to see their beautiful daughter come into the world and take her first breath. But it would take almost a year


before everything was final. The adoption is “open” and they are still in contact with the birth mom and family. They never expected that she would be their only child. When their daughter was two and they were back living overseas again, they took a proactive approach to finding another adoption opportunity and had little cards made with their contact information and pictures on them. David and Cassie gave them to all of their friends, thinking it was a good way to make it known that they were wanting to adopt, should anybody happen to meet a young woman who might be thinking of making an adoption plan. Miraculously, some friends of theirs met another female sailor who was pregnant and didn’t feel ready to parent. Their friends gave her one of the Hambleton’s cards and talked to her about them. David and Cassie were even more convinced of Divine intervention, when they realized that David was already working with the birth father! As they got together, they were all comfortable with an open adoption and once again, Cassie was able to coach the birth mother through the delivery and be there when their second daughter was born. Feeling blessed with two infants but still wanting to add to their family, David and Cassie talked about considering an older child. They felt there were so many children “in the system” that needed homes so Cassie started the process by making phone calls to almost every state’s foster care office. She finally got connected to a social worker in the East who was also a military wife. She agreed to help and things were quickly fast-tracked to get them qualified for another adoption. They were soon matched to a beautiful baby boy. Cassie and her two daughters traveled back to the States, ahead of David, to finish up the paperwork. About a year later, the Hambletons took classes and became licensed to do foster care. While doing respite care for another family, they met a little girl with

whom their son became quite attached. Even though they only had her one weekend a month, he became very distraught when she would have to leave. During that time, she became legally free for adoption and her foster mom recommended that David and Cassie be allowed to adopt her. While contemplating this decision, they asked their son (who had been asking for a brother) what he thought about the adoption. He stated very matter-offactly that she was already his sister and they needed to go get her! A couple of years later, now living in Michigan, their son was still asking for a brother. The Hambletons felt ready to adopt again, thinking two more would be their limit. They got their home study and approval for the foster/adopt program and were matched with three brothers, ages 4, 6 and 9. During the adoption process, Cassie got in contact with some of their birth family. She learned that the birth mom had a fourth son who had just been taken into foster care. By this time they had moved back out east. They didn’t know if the baby would be available for adoption, but felt very strongly that the boys needed to stay together if at all possible. So, once again, Cassie and the children moved back to Michigan with the hope that they could get to know this baby. After a long year of visitations, falling in love and wondering about the fate of this little boy, he became legally free for adoption and the Hambletons welcomed him into their family. If you’ve lost count, that little boy was number eight! The children now range in age from three to fifteen. As the children were being adopted, David and Cassie received minimal background and medical information on most of them. As time went on, it became clear that six of the eight children have special needs; having had prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. The alcohol causes permanent brain damage. Some are more affected than others, but all will struggle with the effects of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) their entire life. Daughter number four has an assistance dog, 85 pound “Bear.” He helps her to regulate her emotions and to stay safe. He tethers with her in stores so she doesn’t run away or wander off. Cassie home schools all eight children. Because of some of the children’s challenges, they have found that structure and routine work best. They try to keep the same order every day with minimal running around to different activities. They do enjoy an AWANA program and are just starting to get involved in Special Olympics. Even though they didn’t set out to adopt children with special challenges, Cassie says she has more than enough love for them, as it has seemed to grow as needed with each child. When asked what she would like the general public to understand about their family, she explains that people sometimes say insensitive things to her children. Knowing that all adopted children go through stages of loss and even grief, she is aware of the hurt when others point out that they are a different color, or ask about their biological parents. They actually forget their differences, because in their hearts they truly are a connected, committed family. At this time of year, the children are looking forward to celebrating Hanukkah. With eight children and eight nights of celebrations, each child is in charge of one night. They have a theme for each night like special dessert night with driedel playing, board game night, movie night, do a good deed night, craft night, adventure night, backwards dinner night and the last night is present night! Each child gets the opportunity to say the special prayer and light the candle for that night. As the family files out of their large home on the day we meet, the first thing you notice is what a wonderful assortment of sizes, coloring, hairstyles, and good-looking smiles make up this GROUP of ten. But within a few minutes, those things start to blur as you immediately pick up on the respect and love that makes up this FAMILY of ten. When asked if their family is complete, Cassie puts it this way, “At this time we are content with our family. We try not to say we are done out loud, because God has a sense of humor and if He blesses us with more…. of course we would accept them with arms and hearts open!” For more information on adoption, Cassie suggests these websites: Michigan-www.mare.org/ (click on photo listing in the upper left hand corner) Nationwide- www.adoptuskids.org *Editor’s Note: For reason of safety and privacy, the names of the children have purposely been omitted and the photo altered in this article.

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We frequently discuss with parents the reasons children should stay home from school when ill. We have developed the following set of guidelines to help make that decision. Nine ways to know if your child should stay home because of a medical problem: 1. An infection such as strep throat that requires treatment with an antibiotic. Children should stay home until they have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours.

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As the holiday season is rapidly approaching, many Americans experience greater than normal levels of stress. Stress manifests itself in each person differently. Many people find themselves with increased neck and back pain due to a combination of stress and outside factors. Holiday stress can never be eliminated but the good news is that neck and back pain can be. Many people first notice the physical signs of stress in their neck. Neck pain is sometimes attributed to a forward head posture. An example of this is to try and hold your arm extended in front of your body for 30 minutes. After a while, the muscles in your back and shoulder become sore and fatigued. This also occurs when you lose the natural curve in your low back and neck after leaning forward. The muscles in your hips, back, shoulders and neck start to tighten up and become sore. During the holidays we spend a lot of time in these positions wrapping presents, cooking, cleaning, running errands and driving. In order to assist with reducing this forward head posture we can to do several things: 1. Strengthen our postural muscles. 2. Get out of forward positions with frequent rest periods 3. Stretch muscles that are sore. Exercises that we can do to help ourselves are quite simple and take very little time: 1. Posture- lift your chest and pull your shoulder blades backward. Do not extend your neck back, your body will naturally lift your head and neck into the right position. Try to work on this each day. 2. Slow sitting- pick a solid chair with armrests and slowly lower yourself into a seated position. We, as adults, tend to plop into chairs and loose strength


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Leon (Lonnie) Booher does not seem very comfortable when talking about his wood carvings and bronze sculptures. In fact, most questions are answered with a wave of his hand towards his wife, Jan and “it’s all her!” Spanning three decades of personal works, his house is a virtual museum of detailed artistry that would rival some of the best galleries. To make this even more remarkable, Lonnie has completed many of his pieces while in an all-out fight with cancer! Lonnie Booher was born 72 years ago and grew up in the Osseo, Michigan area. He served in the military from 1959 until 1965. In 1962, he married his wife Jan. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Lonnie made his living as a diesel mechanic, working for Watkins Oil for 50 years. In 1982 Jan mentioned to him that she had never had many toys as a child and had always wanted a doll house. That was enough to start the creative process flowing; the result being a huge, very detailed, multi-level dollhouse, to eventually become one of three. With no previous training or instruction, Lonnie was accepted into an advanced wood carving class conducted by a German instructor in Frankenmuth, where he learned to make miniature furniture to fill them. His wood carvings are too numerous to count, each one obviously done with precise detail and taking approximately 300 hours to complete. Where most people would lose patience with this kind of finite work, Lonnie finds it relaxing.

“Jesus and his children”

by Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

Realizing Lonnie’s natural talent, Jan (who is employed at Hillsdale College) asked Tony Frudakis, a well-known artist and sculptor at Hillsdale College, if he would consider allowing Lonnie to attend his class. That opened a whole new area to showcase his natural ability and eye for detail! To date, Lonnie has sculpted five pieces that have been bronzed, and is working on a sixth. Reluctant at first, the grandchildren have become his “models”. They take photos of them in certain poses and Lonnie uses the photos as reference for their features and other details. One of his most impressive pieces, and his first, is a statue of Jesus with two children. Lonnie explains that the Jesus figure is a combination of a college football player, his daughter-inlaw (for the hair), and a granddaughter (from a younger photo and then an older one), taken from photos as models. Each sculpture/bronze is not only a work of art with painstaking attention to detail, but the Boohers have the added pleasure of recognizing their grandchildren in each piece! The sculptures take Lonnie approximately a year to complete, and then they are sent to a foundry where a mold is made and the bronze pieces are poured. Lonnie is very involved in that process as well, being a stickler that the details are not compromised. They have several pieces made from each mold so family members can purchase some and they keep one of each. In June of 2006, as the Boohers were returning from a trip to Florida, Lonnie started having severe back pain. By the time he got home, he could hardly walk so they immediately went to a doctor to have it checked. At some point, they were sent to an oncologist for blood work, where it was discovered he had Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood that affects your bones. The rest of 2006 was spent dealing with broken bones, including a hip replacement and trying to prepare him for stem cell transplant. It was also discovered that his back was broken in three places. But even that took a backseat to dealing with the cancer, because at that point, the best prognosis gave him about 6 months to live. He had the stem cell procedure in 2007. After that, they still had to deal with his broken back and, although they found a surgeon who agreed to try to help him (it was a very difficult surgery that the doctor had never done before), Lonnie was still warned that he would very likely spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Obviously, they didn’t know Lonnie! With his trademark determination and without complaint, Lonnie not only never went into a wheelchair but walked and walked and walked, until he wore through BOXES of the tennis balls they put on the walker legs. To this day, even though his back “is full of cement and metal,” he walks, without any assistance, 40 minutes (2 miles) every single day. Jan is honest when she says there have been times when she had to think, “Can’t we catch a break?” as it seems like they are faced with one thing after another. Last summer he had severe skin cancer. Even now, Lonnie is facing oral surgery to remove his remaining teeth, a result of no calcium from the disease as well as the medications he has had to take. And of course, it has taken a toll on their finances and retirement plans. But she will also quickly tell you that “Lonnie has NEVER ONCE complained,” a fact as amazing as his talent! Both Lonnie and Jan have strong faith and give credit to the Lord for the many miracles they have experienced. Lonnie Booher is now about seven years past his six month prognosis. His beautiful carvings and sculptures that fill their home are testaments to those being very productive years. And although Lonnie is not comfortable taking compliments about his talent or work, he proudly shows me a photo of his beautiful granddaughter, posing in cowboy boots and hat, leaning on a fence. She is the model for his current work in progress. Even with all the stumbling blocks Lonnie has had to overcome and may still have ahead of him, it is clear to see that this quiet, humble artist has no intention of leaving that piece unfinished.

These are hand carved, wooden replicas of actual carousel pieces. The elephant features a wicker basket-seat painstakingly weaved out of tiny pieces of string!

This sculpture is called “9-1-1”

One of the 3 houses he has built & filled with handmade miniatures- This is a General Store with a Grange Hall upstairs. It opens up to display rooms full of detailed pieces.

This barber shop is one area of a full city block, modeled after the actual town of Mineral Spring, Wisconisin. Lonnie carved each barber chair and the barber station.

This bedroom features a hand carved replica, with all the details, of Mark Twain’s bed. It is only 5 1/2” high, and 7 1/4” long. Lonnie also carved the chaise lounge chair and mirror.

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2012 Women’s Expo

An Impact Felt ‘Round Hillsdale County Giving back in a community shows in many different ways and takes many hands. People giving freely of their time and donating to make a difference is such an important part of what makes a community thrive. It builds unity, helps provide support to those in need, shows caring and dedication, lifts people up, gives a sense of pride, builds teamwork and most of all, makes a community shine. When it comes to giving back, women make a huge impact. They are instinctively nurturing, want to give of themselves and do it without even thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong, men have a huge impact as well, but when it comes to women, what they don’t have in physical strength, they make up for in spiritual and emotional strengths that naturally guide them to help others. They do so much without the expectation of receiving something in return.


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The Hillsdale Women’s Expo is American 1 Credit Union’s way of giving back to the women in the Hillsdale community. It’s our thank you for all you do in the community to make Hillsdale a better place to live. It’s a thank you to our membership for allowing American 1 to serve some of the wonderful women who live here. We’re proud to be a part of the Hillsdale County area. Its American 1’s passion to give back to the communities we serve. We’ve held Kids’ Fest in Hillsdale for over 14 years. It was time we brought something new to the community and when we were approached to bring our Women’s Expo, which we’ve held in Jackson for over 10 years, to Hillsdale, we welcomed the idea with open arms. We thank Simply Hers magazine for approaching us about doing this and for helping support the Women’s Expo.


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The Women’s Expo would like to Thank Hillsdale Jewelers for their E=Electric Booth C=Corner Booth wonderful donation. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. R=Regular Booth Double = Double booth and fee is doubled Booths are 8’X8’ Some booths have pillars in their booth, we will discount these booths $10 for each booth. • The small red dots along walls and on brick pillars are where electrical outlets are located • Dotted lines are curtains

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IT’S A WOMAN THING! Yes, that’s the one line description of Simply Hers Magazine, but it can also describe the Women’s Expo being held at the Hillsdale College Dow Center, on December 1st. After attending other gatherings in Adrian and Jackson, I was convinced that women in the Hillsdale area would enjoy (and deserved) an expo of our own! Teaming with American 1 Credit Union was a natural choice since they are very community oriented and have been doing this kind of thing for several years. What I didn’t quite expect was the enthusiastic response by the participants who quickly filled vendor spots, encouraging us to make this one of the best! At one amazing venue, you can experience tastings, shopping, fashion, pampering, health and fitness… and much more. So bring your friends, your moms and your daughters and prepare to have a fantastic, fun filled day. I hope you will mark your calendars to come share the day with us. It promises to be entertaining, informative, relaxing, and just plain fun! Not only will you have a great day, but it’s a good way to show support to the businesses who serve your community. Bring your friends and make it a Girls Day Out….. see you there!! ~ Marlanea McGraw Publisher, Simply Hers Magazine

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By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I can already hear those big sighs as you think, “More like the most hectic time of the year!” Within the next few weeks, the holiday frenzy will start. You have promised yourself that this year will be different; you want to enjoy the season rather than just be swept up in craziness! Here are some tips to help you Sort, Organize and Simplify your holiday plans and preparations ~ Keep the decorations simple! The things you use every day can feel special if you just add a touch of something seasonal. Take a couple of spools of ribbon for a walk around the house. Narrow ribbon can embellish a decanter or vase, while wide ribbon can be used as a tieback for a curtain or looped around a pillow with a festive bow on the front. Any clear glass vessel can display holiday garnishes. Fill pillar holders with greenery (holly, pine needles, pine cones.) Or use seasonal fruit, such as cranberries or kumquats, to add bright color to a decorative bowl. Simple brown bags are perfect for gifts from the kitchen. A little trimming and a sweet note make them extra special. Use decorative scissors to finish the opening, then tie them closed with a gingham pattern ribbon. Organize for productive shopping! Make a list of everybody for whom you want to purchase a gift. Include notes of ideas and sizes. As you make a purchase, write it down so you can remember what you’ve purchased for each person. Mark the name off when you are done. You might even note on the list how much you’ve spent if you are trying to keep within a budget or spend equally among the recipients. Clean it, and then forget it! Do a thorough dusting and sweeping before you put out your decorations. Don’t worry about doing it again until the holidays are over. Once you have everything out, it’s too difficult to clean around them and nobody will notice anyway! Get your holiday outfits ready for fun! Go through your closet (your spouse’s/children’s) to see if you have things to wear for upcoming parties and gatherings. Maybe you’ll find you have a nice pair of black pants but need to pick up a special top to go with them. Before you run out and spend money on new, take time to review what you have. Take things to the cleaners or launder them, if necessary. Have everybody try things on to make sure they still fit and are in good condition. A few minutes spent doing this will save panic the night before you need to be party-ready!


Less is more! Evaluate your decorations annually, and keep only what you are really going to use. If an item is damaged or has lost its color, give yourself permission to let some of that stuff go! Consider using natural accents, like nuts, pinecones, fresh greenery or flowers that you can toss after the New Year. Limit gift wrap to one or two kinds that can double as all-occasion. Make it seasonal with bows and trimmings. Plan, pack and track during post-holiday cleanup! After Santa has come and gone, and it’s time to untrim the tree, a few simple steps can streamline the process and put you in better shape for next year: *If you have an artificial tree but not the box it came in, stow it in an inexpensive, oversize duffel bag to keep it clean and uncrushed. *Old nylon hosiery can protect specialty candles from getting damaged. Slip knee highs over the pillars to keep them dust free. *Don’t wrap fragile ornaments in newspaper. The ink can smudge decorations. Opt for white tissue paper or plastic grocery bags. *Look around the house for ornament storage ideas, such as egg cartons for tiny trinkets, shoeboxes for larger ones, or paper towel tubes for garlands. *Store wreaths by slipping the hoop over the neck of a coat hanger, then cover with a plastic bag to prevent it from gathering dust over the next year. *Wind strings of lights around coffee cans. Cut an “X” in the plastic top & and stick the plug through. *Keep notes about your decorationswhat worked, what you need to replace. If you’ve finally perfected your decorating theme and don’t want to forget it, label each string of lights, garland, etc. with a marker and masking tape as you take it down. Start a decorating notebook with an inventory sheet so you can keep track of how many strands of lights and how many feet of garland you have. This will avoid overbuying and adding surplus items to your storage woes. A little planning and taking some time to get organized, will go a long way to reducing your stress during this time. But remember, after the last string of lights comes down, it’s the memories we have left. Make some special ones with your loved ones this year so you truly can say, “It’s been the most wonderful time of the year!”


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s an author, TV host and national speaker, Zonya Foco is leading America in the fight against obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease through smart nutrition and fitness. She is the champion of the dietdowntrodden, a coach to the nutritionally challenged and a crusader with a common-sense approach to healthy eating. Leading with her mantra, “The Power of One Good Habit,” Zonya is teaching families across the country the hard facts of good nutrition, and showing them how to turn knowing into doing by mastering one core habit at a time until it becomes an invisible force that can turn the life they have into the life they want. Zonya is schedule to speak at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts as the theater joins forces with Tecumseh’s Parks and Recreation Department and a full slate of Tecumseh community fitness partners, to engage everyone in the annual Tecumseh Community Weight Loss Challenge. The twelve week challenge begins on Sunday, January 13, with Zonya leading the charge! Zonya will motivate and inspire all in attendance to kick off the New Year on the right foot by living healthy! Tickets to see Zonya Foco at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts are $10 or $5 if you have signed up for the Tecumseh Community Weight Loss Challenge. For additional information about the Tecumseh Community Weight Loss Challenge, contact Tecumseh’s Parks and Recreation Department at 517-423-5602. To purchase tickets for Zonya Foco’s appearance at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, contact the box office at 517-423-6617 or purchase your tickets online at www.thetca.org.


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By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

In the last Simply Hers issue, I introduced you to my husband Buzz, and shared some of my Facebook posts over a couple of months. Those posts came as a result of a shift in our lifestyle as he first hurt his lower back and then had surgery on his neck. With him needing help and not able to do hardly anything around the house, I started feeling like he was “falling apart.” Thus, the new nickname of Humpty Dumpty! I am pleased to report that he came through his surgery with flying colors and continues to recover with minimal complaint. But in all honesty, I have found it kind of fun to “vent” on Facebook and draw out others’ comments, so the posts have continued. Here’s a peek into Humpty Dumpty world lately, as shared on Facebook ~ Today in Humpty Dumpty World ~ I decide it’s time to bite the bullet & mow the weeds in our yard again. I am out there pulling & pulling the mower trying to start it, finally giving up & going to the door to ask Buzz if he can give me any advice. He says (ready for this?) “You’ve got your shirt on wrong side out!” Talk about not being able to multi-task anymore! I was on the phone & trying to give Buzz his insulin shot. After we were done, I realized I never dialed it to release the insulin....in other words, I shot him with nothing!! Bless his heart- only he would say, “That’s ok Toots, it was a good practice run!” (scrambled......) Buzz went to his post-op check with the neurosurgeon yesterday. He asked questions like, “Can I start using the treadmill, my exercise cycle, carry 12 packs of Coke?” I asked questions like, “Can he mow the lawn, empty the dehumidifier, carry trash out?” The surgeon took the easy way out & said, “Just don’t do anything crazy!” So now the debate begins....what constitutes “crazy??” (If we agreed on that, we probably wouldn’t be married!!) Being a man of written-in-stone-routine, Buzz eats Cheerios every single morning. So when I find a great buy on them (& have coupons to boot), I stock him up! I think I bought at least 9 BIG boxes of Cheerios. So this morning he says, “I guess I’ll switch to oatmeal.” Seriously!?! Today in HDW~ there is the sweet sound of a lawn mower, moving across our backyard! Even SWEETER, is the fact that BUZZ is pushing it & I am in the house writing about it on Facebook :)


Typical incident in HDW~ we constantly have “discussions” about Buzz becoming hard of hearing. Case in point, a conversation at lunch today: Me-”Is the Tiger game on this afternoon or tonight?” Him- “No, the soup

isn’t very hot.” Living with Buzz for over 32 years, I’ve gotten used to his random, off-the-wall comments (usually lines from movies or songs.) But last night he caught me off guard again, when he stopped by my office door & said, “I’m not trying to set the world on fire, I’m just trying to keep my nuts warm!” (Found out later it was from a sign he saw for a PEANUT VENDOR at a baseball game!) Buzz enjoys the membership to the ‘Silver Sneakers’ club (exercise program at Perennial Park) that’s part of his insurance plan. But I wish he would stop telling people he belongs to the ‘Silver STREAKER’S Club’!! (Oh, the vision that conjures up!) Riddle from HDW~ There’s a plant with purple flowers on the porch. There is a DEAD plant in front of the garage. As we drive in the driveway, I say, “That dead plant needs to be thrown away.” Guess which plant Humpty Dumpty pitched into the woods?? After a long, decision-filled day, I was driving home from Lansing very distracted. In the Jackson area, I made a wrong turn and then being flustered, a little later made yet another wrong turn - this time right into the hospital parking lot!!! To make light of my mistake, I said to Buzz, “Did you want to visit anybody while we’re here?” He responded, “If I keep riding with you, I’m going to be IN THERE MYSELF!” For those of you who think a husband can never be “too nice”, or “too laid back”... HD just said to me (very calmly), “Toots, did you mean to leave the water running in the sink? Because it’s about to run over.” A question being pondered in HDW today ~ If the basement (man cave) is the KING’S castle, as I am often reminded, then why is the QUEEN the only one who ever CLEANS the “THRONE?!” We’re sitting, talking over morning coffee, where we usually “review” our plans/appointments for the day. HD says, “I think I’ll get ambitious today and.... (for a split second I got all excited waiting for the big announcement- wait for it..... wait for it.....) make oatmeal for my breakfast.” Thanks for spending some time with me in Humpty Dumpty World! I’ll leave you with this deep philosophical thought that came to me the other day: LIFE IS LIKE A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER- THE CLOSER YOU GET TO THE END, THE FASTER IT COMES UNWOUND!

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Christmas Blessing. Voice from Past ... Inspiration for Future Have you ever received a gift of words that totally inspired you? I received a remarkable gift of verbal encouragement last Christmas that I have cherished all year. My gift came from someone I least expected, but most appreciated.

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On Christmas morning, after we thought all our presents were opened, we got a bonus priceless gift. Breaking over the subtle Christmas music in the background, we hear a clear distinct voice from the past filling the room. “I love you, too, when the rain drops fall one by one by one,” says my deceased Dad. No one moves. Our eyes meet as we try and figure out what just happened. We all heard it. This is Dad’s first Christmas in heaven, and we hear his audible voice fill the room. What on earth just took place? My daughter Madison starts to cry. My husband and I feel our eyes well up with tears. My mind slowly wraps around what just transpired. Eventually we figure out the sun floats down into the room through the skylight, and it shines on our special recorded Hallmark voice book Dad made for my daughter Madison on his hospice bed last year. (With gasping breath, just weeks before Dad passed away, he lovingly recorded his voice for his granddaughter to encourage her aching heart and remind her of all the ways he loves her.) Out of this closed book, we hear my departed Dad’s prerecorded voice saying clearly, “I love you too, when the rain drops fall one by one by one.” Yea, the book is solar activated when open, but this book was closed and on the shelf, and suddenly Christmas morning we hear Dad’s very voice. Evidently a ray of sunshine snuck down into the top of the pages of the book to activate this particular solar-powered page. We are speechless as we embrace and shed tears over our first Christmas without Dad. We are reminded how thankful we are to have Dad’s precious narration recorded.


I walk over and pull the book off the shelf. We have not heard the book for months and in this special moment on Christmas day, we are reminded to open it up, turn the pages, and remember Dad who we miss daily. We now have a new holiday tradition started. You, too, can be inspired all year long by opening another book. This coming January is perfect timing. The Holy Father’s book, the Bible, can be a daily source of strength for you when the rain drops fall, when you need the sun to come peeping through, or when you desire guidance for every day life. I read my Bible daily and find great insight from God’s recorded words. The Bible reads, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…” 2 Tim 3:16 NIV Bible. So if you are seeking a life-changing, awe-inspiring, Godbreathed book, grab The Good Book. May I suggest a read-through-the-Bible plan? Just 20 minutes a day gets you through in a year. You could visit www.intothyword.org and download a free Bible reading plan for this upcoming year or check out your Christian book store for resources. One Christmas, my sister-in-law gave family members a gift that keeps on giving, “The Daily Walk Bible.” This Bible is conveniently arranged and dated in 365 daily readings so it can be read through in the course of a year. How about it readers? Let’s resolve to read through the Bible together and hear from our loving Heavenly Father all year long.

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I was sitting in the living room the other day looking at the dust bunnies having a party under the couch. It was very distracting and I knew I had to do something so I moved to another room. I think the dust bunnies in the living room texted a warning to the bunnies in my sitting room because it was quiet enough in there to think. What could I do today that would not irritate my husband? Nothing, everything I do irritates my husband for some odd reason. One thing I love to do is move furniture around. Unfortunately, that is a major source of irritation for my husband and something that would definitely put him over the edge. I took a moment to think it over and decided it would only irritate him if he thought he’d have to help. If I could get the stuff moved before he got home all would be well. What’s that saying? It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. Oh so true at my house. I mean really, think about it, once the deed is done it would be more work for him to undo it, don’t you think? Me too so I go get my handy, dandy “slide-me” furniture mover thingys. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? You put ‘em under the furniture, push and voila! Your furniture is on the other side of the room. What an invention! I’ll bet some woman thought of it. The mother of invention is an irritated husband you know. She probably had a husband like mine who whines every time a piece of furniture begs to be moved and I ask him to help. I love to move furniture, he hates it. What can I say? There’s something not right with that man.


I get the sliders out, put ‘em under the chair then decide to move it completely out of the room so I have plenty of space to work with. I get to the door of the room and give the chair a push. It won’t go through the doorway so I give it a big shove. It still won’t move so I climb over the chair and try pulling it. It’s not moving. Maybe if I tip it just a little. Nope, that’s not gonna do

it either and now I can’t climb over it to get back into the room without killing myself. How would I explain that to my husband? I know I’d get “the lecture”… if only I had waited for him I wouldn’t be in this mess. Blah, blah, blah. Yeah okay, whatever. I decide to crawl under the chair so I can pull from inside the room and hopefully dislodge it. Uh oh, my butt’s too big and the chair moved when I tried to slide under it. Now I’m stuck in the doorway lying on my belly with a chair on my back. What in the world am I going to do!? My husband is due home any minute. I can’t let him find me like this. I’ll never hear the end of it. It’s not so much that he would be mad, but I’ve already heard “the lecture” in my mind, I can’t stand the thought of getting “the look” too. Yikes! I need help. Calm down I tell myself. Think clearly! How do I get out of this? Let’s see, all the kids are either out of town or at work. There’s no way any of them can help me. Oh man, I’ve got a real problem here!! I have three friends I can call in a situation like this, Carol and the two Marys. I know they would come running to help if I called them, but how could I call? The phone is across the room and all the struggling I’ve done has just made things worse. I’m no longer just stuck under this chair I’m now a permanent part of the doorway. I shoot up a quick prayer knowing it’ll be a few minutes before God quits laughing at me decides to help. Too late! I hear my husband coming through the door, asking where I am. Dang! Where does he think I am? I’m stuck under a chair in the middle of a doorway because he ran off to some meeting and left me here with too much time on my hands. Yeah! That’s right, it’s all his fault. He knows how I am; he should never have left me here with nothing to do. I am so mad at him right now. Wait ‘til he gets me out from under this chair! I’m gonna find a cliff and push that man over the edge.

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Welcome to our new craft/DIY project column. You suggested- we listened! In each issue, we will feature a local person who will share a step by step project. Our area is bursting with talent and creative ideas and we can’t wait to share them with you! Our creative contributor for this issue is Lynne May. Besides card making, she enjoys scrapbooking and genealogy. She also enjoys traveling and is currently working on a scrapbook of a trip on Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica pier. Lynne says she “will try about any craft”, and has dabbled in crocheting, knitting and painting. Lynne lives in Hillsdale with her husband, Doug. She is the mother of two grown children and says her very favorite hobby of all is spending time with her grandson Braylen, and looking forward to the arrival of his baby sister in December!

Step- by-step Instructions Step 1: Using the graph paper, play around with the colors to get the combination that looks the best to you. Step 2: 1st Row- Using the graph paper roll a strip of tape runner across the bottom. Place your first square in lower left corner and go across the graph. Be sure to keep edges even on graph paper and tight together. 2nd Row- On the lower left side, start placing squares up the left side (will form ‘L’ shape) 3rd & 4th RowIs another ‘L’ above row 1 & 2. Continue to fill the quilt with your squares.

PROJECT: Handmade Card - try different color combos for different occasions, pink or blue for New baby; whites for weddings; school colors for graduations. SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate, depending on how detailed you get

Step 3: At this point you can use an embossing folder on the quilt. It gives the quilt some texture. Put quilt in folder and run it through a Big Shot or Cuddle Bug. If outside edges are a little uneven, trim them slightly to even them up.

TIME: 20-60 minutes, depending on experience and details (mostly for preparation) Tools needed: Tape runner, scissors, graph paper, large oval punch, large scallop oval punch, small word stamp with green ink pad, border punch your choice, 3/4 inch square punch or paper cutter, optional: an embossing folder with the Cuddle Bug or Big Shot.

Step 4: After trimming, punch out red scallop oval. Take word stamp, stamp onto a small piece of white paper, take large oval punch, turn punch upside down so you can center the stamped paper and punch. Place scalloped framed word in the middle of the quilt.

Paper Needed: 6” x 12” White for card 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” Green for mat 5-1/4” x 5-1/4” Red for mat and small red for scalloped oval 5” x 5” White for border punch 4” x 4” Green for mat 1 Graph paper- minimum size of 3-3/4” x 3-3/4” 5 Different pattern &/or plain sheets of paper/cardstock. Cut into 3/4” x 3/4” squares- 8 of each color. You will have extra squares left over.


Step 5: Glue quilt to 4 x 4 green paper Glue 4 x 4 to 5 x 5 white paper that has been punched with your choice of border punch. Glue 5 x 5 to 5-1/4 x 5-1/4 red mat Glue 5-1/4 x 5-1/4 to 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 green mat Glue green mat to 6 x 6 white card

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hen families in Hillsdale and surrounding areas find themselves needing care or help for a terminally ill loved one, they are fortunate to have a hospice care program right in the community. Hospice of Hillsdale County is somewhat of a “hidden” treasure, since often people don’t understand their mission or the scope of their participation in helping persons with terminal illness. They offer this description of their services and involvement - “Hospice is an alternative form of care for those persons living with terminal illness and their families. It is a concept which places an emphasis on palliative care- the relief of pain and other distressing symptoms related to the illness. When a cure is no longer attainable, Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death, but strives to validate a life, providing comfort and promoting emotional healing for patient and family.” With emphasis on letting the patient be the focal point and decision maker, they ask the patient how they feel and really pay attention to the answer. They are a community based in-home care program, using local people to provide the services. They can also provide hospice care in other settings such as long term care facilities or nursing homes. Since its formation in 1983, led by Dr. Larry and Jane Fowler, they have served over 2,250 patients. They are a non-profit, independent hospice and are not affiliated with any other organization. They serve all of Hillsdale County and the surrounding areas of Lenawee, Branch and Jackson Counties. The numbers from 2011 show 139 patients and families were served, with an average daily patient count of 21.8. Contrary to some perceptions, hospice care is not only for the elderly or cancer patients. In fact, in 2011 out of the 139 patients, 53 had a cancer diagnosis and 86 were non-cancer patients. Patients do not have to change physicians. They also do not have to have a primary caregiver. Services are available to all persons of any age. The care provided is truly a team effort, made up of representatives from medicine, nursing, social work, clergy, other trained professionals and specially trained volunteers under the direction of a physcian. Hospice of Hillsdale County is qualified to bill Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and private insurance for available reimbursement for hospice care. However, they provide their services regardless of the ability for reimbursement. No charges are ever billed to patients or their family. Because of their commitment to accept and treat all patients, they rely heavily on additional financial support. Through donations, memorials, property, stocks, bonds, bequests and deferred gifts, 100% of your donation benefits their patients. They generate additional revenue through fund raisers. Hospice offers a long list of services including, but not limited to, nursing care, home health aide services, physician services, pain management, medicine, supplies, pastoral care, nutritional guidance, support groups, inpatient care for pain control and 24 hour on-call availability for emergencies. Hospice sees the patient and family as a total unit of care and even provides bereavement care to the family for 14 months after death. They sum it up like this, “WHEN MEDICAL SCIENCE CAN NO LONGER ADD MORE DAYS TO LIFE, HOSPICE ADDS MORE LIFE TO EVERY DAY.”

With Christmas approaching, the staff of Hospice put together a few gift suggestions that might be appropriate and appreciated by the hospice patient: • Inspirational tapes/books • Diary/journal • Scrapbook (special pictures that would represent their life) • Flowers (consider an automatic weekly or monthly delivery) • Notes through the mail • Massage • Manicure/pedicure ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HOSPICE OF HILLSDALE COUNTY: Located at 124 S. Howell Street Hillsdale, MI 49242 Phone (517) 437-5252 Website www.hospiceofhillsdalecounty.org Office Hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F

MEET THE DIRECTOR Kitty Aemisegger, L.B.S.W- Executive Director

Kitty Aemisegger seemed destined to end up in a career connected to the medical field. Her father, Dr. Arthur Strom, was a physician in Hillsdale for 43 years. One of four children, all of her siblings also have careers connected to the medical community. Kitty obtained her degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Her first employer was the Hillsdale Community Health Center, where she functioned as a Social Worker and Discharge Planner for 17 years. Kitty credits that time as a great opportunity to learn about the medical side of things. In 1992, she decided it was time for a change and shortly after leaving the hospital, was hired as a social worker for Hospice. In 1994, during a particularly difficult financial time for the organization, she was asked to become the interim director for a few months. She remembers this feeling like “a huge step”, but as they say, the rest is history! The hospice work and other staff members have become her second family. She explains her commitment to her work by saying, “It’s not a job, it’s a calling.” Her husband, Steve Aemisegger, owns and operates Hillside Lanes. They have two grown children- son Christopher, an attorney in Columbus (married to Amanda, an emergency room physician) and daughter Amy, an athletic trainer (married to Dan Evans, an assistant basketball coach), both at Hillsdale College. Steve and Kitty grew up in Hillsdale and were happy to be able to return after college to raise their children. In fact, they even purchased Kitty’s family home that her parents had built in the late 1930’s. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining. When they can get away, she and Steve love to take road trips on their Harley Davidson motorcycle. Since starting her career at Hospice 20 years ago, many things have changed in social work and the medical community. Even with more paperwork, insurance red tape, and government compliances, Kitty is able to keep her focus on the patients and families they help. The success and growth that the hospice program has realized with Kitty at the helm, is a reflection of that commitment. We are grateful that she came back to her hometown and took that “huge step” many years ago. Because of that, our community is a better place to live….. and to die.


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What’s with men and their toys? by James E. Sheridan Simply Hers Magazine


Everything we do reflects who we are. The clothes we wear, the people we associate with, the actions we take are all expressions of our inner selves. Why do grown men love toys? Simple: Men’s toys are a manifestation of what’s going on inside. Authors Allen and Barbara Pease explain that men are nearly “addicted to anything that has buttons, a motor or moving parts, makes sounds, has flashing lights and runs on batteries.” This makes sense. Just as the female brain is wired to pick up on non-verbal cues from others, the male brain is wired to deal with things: Sizes, shapes, angles, speeds, distances and relative movements.

Men’s interest in things and their desire to fix things and solve problems can appear nearly obsessive. It can also be helpful: The Peases note that while most new business start-ups are now begun by women, “99% of all patents – of ‘boys’ toys’ that is – are still registered by men.” It’s little wonder that the Swiss Army Knife was invented by men for men. It’s the ultimate gizmo: A knife with multiple-sized blades that also has a screwdriver, scissor, bottle opener, can opener, corkscrew and toothpick! Life couldn’t be better! So how should women deal with their man’s passion for toys?

The male brain is remarkably adept at seeing a 3 dimensional object and picturing what it would look like from a different angle. Our orientation toward the spatial nature of things also helps explain why we’re drawn to operating mechanical devices and backing into parking spaces. This works well with our other passion: Fixing things and solving problems. Our collection of screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, flashlights, and gadgets help us fix things. Even our collection of fishing lures helps solve a problem: How to catch more fish. Boys are often fascinated with toy trucks and building blocks. As men they’re just as fascinated with cars and home improvement supplies. The Peases point out that “men go to home improvement stores, hardware shops and car yards where they can find things to make or build or watch work, and thereby satisfy their spatial urges.”

First, respect it. Understand that our “toy” passion is simply the masculine version of what women do. Women have 37 pairs of shoes and a collection of matching purses, necklaces and earrings, not to mention different color lipsticks to keep everything coordinated. They can hardly resist cute, little teddy bears, with big eyes and are drawn to Precious Moments Collectables. Women’s toys reflect the feminine nature; men’s toys reflect the masculine nature. Second, when you’re buying your man a gift, think of things that will reflect who he is. The Peases warn: “Always buy a man a spatially related toy as a present. Never get him flowers or a nice card; they won’t mean a thing to him.” Above all: make use of your differences, enjoy them, laugh at them and love each other for what you both bring to your relationship.

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With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to share my favorite Christmas present from last year. Since I am an avid reader, my husband Marty gave me an e-reader, a Kindle Touch. Well… you may have thought there is nothing new under the sun in the world of women’s novels. You might be surprised! It has been AN EXPERIENCE getting acquainted with this new technology, but it is amazing! For those of you (like me) who might be a bit intimidated by e-books, the method is pretty simple. Just touch the screen and “pow” all of your favorite authors are available in seconds. If you have an account online, your book is easily purchased. Couldn’t be easier. So what, you say? Well…you can also preview new authors free of charge by choosing their writings and selecting “read a sample”. This opens up two or three chapters of the selected book, which allows you to decide if that choice appeals to you and if you enjoy the author’s style of writing. (E-books are also available free through your local library. But that is another challenge ahead of me for another day!) There’s more! A perk of being a Kindle reader is what they call “Kindle Singles”. (This might be true of other e-book providers as well—I’m too new to know.) E-books have become so popular lately that certain authors will write short stories only for their fans in the electronic audience. I recently discovered a Kindle Single for $1.99 by author Nelson DeMille, one of my favorites. This guy makes you read every sentence of his writings (I tend to skim wordy paragraphs), as he slips in funny one-liners (asides) when you are not expecting them. DeMille has written several great stand-alone books like Up Country, Spencerville, Gold Coast, Charm School, Word of Honor and The General’s Daughter. The latter two have been made into pretty good movies. His more recent books revolve around NYPD Detective


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Patrons and staff each get a taste of life at a Hillsdale restaurant. by Jim Pruitt Simply Hers Magazine

Tastes of Life opened in June 2012 and offers family-style fare. But what makes this establishment different is most of staff is getting their first taste of life through working and learning some basic life skills. The restaurant is an extension of Life Challenge Ministries. The mission of Life Challenge is to take adult men and women and turn their lives around through prayer, faith and work. Many of the staff members at Tastes of Life are in the Life Challenge program. The restaurant gives them a chance to learn skills in food service and earn a paycheck so they can learn to prioritize how to spend their money and how to save it. The Life Challenge program works with people who have serious addictions and may have run afoul of the law. Using the Bible as its foundation, the ministry not only works on the soul and spirit, but the body as well. “We teach them hygiene, we show them how to make a bed, how to do laundry,” Director Jack Mosley said. Tastes of Life’s origins came out of discussions between building owner Glen Ziegler and Mosley on what do with the property after the previous tenants could not continue. Ziegler suggested an adult foster care, but Mosley thought there were too many of those businesses already. “I prayed about it,” he said. “I had a chef in the Life Challenge program that was about to graduate. This individual went to culinary school.” From there the idea took off. The program preaches consistency, a trait the participants need dearly, Mosley said. The restaurant offered another avenue where consistency is a must. “We needed something for the men and women,” Mosley said.


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At Tastes of Life, many Life Challenge graduates come to work. With so many of them being felons, getting a job can be a challenge, Mosely said. The restaurant provides opportunities to develop experience they can use in the future. “We teach them life skills,” Mosley said. “We teach them how to clean, cook and how to be a prep cook.”

The focus on living a disciplined life is part of Mosley’s mission. “Discipline determines destiny,” he said. The store is managed by Chris Keyser, 42. He is a New York native who moved to Hillsdale several years ago to help an uncle with some factories. His life took a bad direction until he entered the Life Challenge program. “I was just flopping around until I put God first,” Keyser said. “He helped me to start being productive.” Keyser met Lisa through the program and they have been married three months. The fare at the restaurant is family style. The kitchen makes everything fresh every day. The shop’s main dish is an eight-ounce signature burger with fresh-cut fries. “We cook everything from scratch,” Mosley said. “We make it fresh, not out of a can. Meals range from an average of $8-$10 up to $22 for a steak. The restaurant originally house the Carriage House and Mosley decided to go with the barn look for the interior. The entrance has a cozy feel and there are roosters (not real) scattered about the dining area. On the north side of the business is an ice cream shop called Sweets for Life. It moved from downtown Hillsdale when the restaurant opened. Prime rib and fish are available Friday and Saturdays. Breakfast is served any time. Tuesdays, tacos are $1 and kids’ meals are free for 10 and under with an adult dinner purchase. Fried chicken is served on Wednesday and Saturday. The restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The store is closed on Mondays.

Tastes of Life manager Chris Keyser poses with his staff. Photo by Jim Pruitt


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Simply Hers November/December 2012  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan

Simply Hers November/December 2012  

Local women's magazine for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Branch counties in Michigan