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Sometimes, it may be easy to forget about giving your car the tender loving care it needs to stay healthy. But with the heavy snow, icy roads and cold weather that winter can bring, now is the time to make sure to care for your vehicle. here are five winter car care tips: 1. take your car in for a tune-up. If you haven’t taken your car to the shop for a while, now is the time to do so. A tune-up will help keep your car running longer and may save you money by detecting potential problems early. 2. check your tires. On slippery or icy roads, your tires are extremely important to giving you stability and controlled handling. 3. check your fluids levels. Make sure you check that the transmission, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluids and coolants are filled to proper levels. You should use de-icer windshield washer fluid which will help clear light ice and frost while preventing re-freezing.
‘Tis the season! I absolutely love the holidays, the sights, the smells and of course spending time with friends and family. I have so much to be thankful for, it seems this time of year when I find myself reflecting on Marlanea McGraw just how blessed I truly am. As I reflect on the blessings and beautiful Owner/Publisher people that have touched my life it seems fitting to make a special acknowledgment to a very special lady. Peggie Bildner the editor of Simply Hers has announced her retirement as this will be her farewell issue. Peggie, I know I speak for everyone when I say you will truly be missed. Your dedication and commitment has made this magazine what it is today and I truly appreciate everything you have done. Thank you my friend! 2013 has been a wonderful year for us and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the advertisers who have supported us throughout the year. Without these local business this publication would not be possible. Please remember to shop locally this holiday and support our local small business community. In closing I would like to challenge each of you to participate in the pay it forward movement, big or small your kindness will make someone’s day a little brighter. I hope you find a little something amongst the pages of Simply Hers to brighten your day - it has been my pleasure to serve you in 2013 and I look forward to an amazing 2014. I leave you with my warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
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By Peggie Bildner Editor In Chief It’s hard to believe another year is coming to an end, and that it’s been 3 years since the first issue of Simply Hers was published! When I was first approached by Marlanea to contribute to her new magazine, I had no idea what it would even look like, let alone whether or not it would be well received. I had recently left a 30+ year insurance career and the idea of getting involved in something completely different seemed exciting and challenging. And it has been that! I never realized that every 60 days, getting the magazine out to the stands would be comparable to giving birth- sometimes painful but always exciting to see it come to life! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of it and humbled by your compliments and encouragement as I’ve dipped by toes into the world of journalism. With a milestone birthday coming at me full speed, I’ve decided to try retiring- again! So this issue will end my time as the Editor in Chief and feature writer. As long as you are interested, I will continue to contribute with my S.O.S. organizing column. And Kacie is too young to retire, so she will probably still be sharing her puppy shenanigans in Pet Tales from Kacie’s Corner. I thought this would be a good time to take a look back over the three years and check in with some of the amazing people I’ve had the opportunity to write about. I hope you will enjoy the follow ups as we catch up and answer the question-“Where Are They Now?” I was also privileged to interview Ron and Marsha Baker for a Veteran’s Day feature. I don’t think we could have found a better representation of our respected Veterans- this couple is patriotism personified! Thank you for allowing me to connect with you through the pages of Simply Hers and a very special thank you to those who gave me the opportunity to share their personal stories. Wishing you all the best in this Christmas season and a very Happy and Healthy 2014! Peggie
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CONTENT Fashion 17 52 Following Sara
Layering for Winter
BEAUTY 20 54 Where Are They Now
Baby Its Cold Outside
A Look Back
Healthy Living 24 56 SOS
Taking on a Fit Pregnancy
Beat the Clock
Muscle Up... Live Fit 26 58 Red White & True Blue Benefits of a Personal Trainer
The Ron Baker Story
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Searching for the Positive
Oval Track - Straight View
Health by Zonya 28 62 Greatest Gift is Time Going Paleo... Or Not
Remembering our Seniors
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Life is Never Black & White
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My Journey 38 70 HOME
A Man Named Richie.
How to Handle the Mantel
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Baby Its Cold Outside (BPT) - During the winter, when temperatures drop, skin care steps that were crucial during the hot summer months can often be overlooked because skin isn’t as exposed. Instead of waiting until skin is uncomfortably dry and itchy, make sure you’re moisturizing every day so skin stays soft, smooth and supple. And with all of the gatherings and parties that happen through the holiday season, you want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you wear - whether it’s a short cocktail dress or a sexy, silky number. So, if you’re the type to hide red, flaky skin under layers of clothing every fall and winter, consider these simple tips that will have you prepared to bare your arms and legs during one of the biggest party seasons. * Stop the scratching - With dry air comes dry skin, which can cause irritating itchy spots. Scratching those spots damages the skin and leaves red welts amongst the white scaly patches. Add a little moisture into the air at home using a humidifier, especially in the bedroom where you sleep at night. Your skin, hair and sinuses will notice the extra humidity indoors, helping you to feel more comfortable in your skin. * Moisturizer is key - Although a simple step, moisturizing is often overlooked. But you’d be surprised how applying a layer every day can make you feel more comfortable and confident. With all the parties, you don’t have time to sacrifice fashion because of poor
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Q & a witH Dr. ravi YariD What is the difference between a D.O. and an M.D.? D.O. stands for Doctor of Osteopathy which is based on Osteopathy, a principle form of medicine founded by andrew taylor still M.D, D.O. He was a Doctor of Medicine (M.D. also referred as Medical Doctor) that felt its principle based in allopathy could be improved, as medicine in the 1800â€™s was â€œheroic,â€? many treatments were barbaric, including bleeding and mercury soaks and did more damage than good. Medicine has come a long way, in both the M.D. and D.O. world, but i feel one consistent difference remains, the philosophy. Osteopathic Physicians are taught a more holistic approach, we treat patients not just symptoms. treating the patient is based on: The body is a unit, which has interrelated structure and function, and has self healing capabilities. also Osteopathic Physicians are taught osteopathic manipulation; although this was initially integrated into the practice, currently the medical economic market
How supportive are you of natural approaches to health prevention before medical intervention? it is my belief that prevention is paramount. Medical intervention will probably always be necessary, but most diseases in our world are preventable. it is my belief that as we evolve in medicine, prevention will take a front seat and research will be geared to this.
What is cranial sacral treatment? Cranial-sacral treatment is a simplified version of Cranial in the Osteopathic Field that has been taught to a variety of other non-professional occupations. it involves subtle motions that, once perceived, can be assisted in normalizing function and motion at a fundamental level in body. Cranial in the Osteopathic Field is an extremely complex and extensive field that will take generations to explore is depth and applications. we already are able to utilize cranial in healing from illness and help normalize function of the body and mind. i have studied Cranial with courses taken with the Cranial academy.
Will you see/treat children that are un-vaccinated or on an alternate vaccination plan? i believe we are free to choose any path for ourselves. i also believe parents may choose a path for their children they see fit. i always recommend having an educated opinion and research vaccination for yourselves when determining what you feel is the best course in the complicated and controversial topic. i will respect all opinions and treat all individuals and families with any decision they have chosen for their vaccination path.
You send many of your pain patients to pain clinics, why is this better than seeing my primary provider? i have been a physician for over 10 years and i have treated pain from my internship/ residency on. in my experience, pain treatment is incredibly complex and challenging. when dealing with a patient that have severe enough pain that requires the highest potency pain medications and/or other pain interventions, i will refer to a pain specialty clinic. These clinics are more specialized in dealing with and treating pain issues. Just as someone who has diabetes, uncontrolled with standard interventions, that require higher level management are sent to a diabetes specialist.
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What do you think of when you see a pregnant woman? Do you think she’s fragile? Do you think she’s fat, lazy, and emotional? Do you think she’s beautiful and glowing? Do you think she’s totally awkward for growing a human inside her body? Whatever you think, you usually don’t pair weight lifting and pregnancy. This is a silly, sad myth. My husband and I are expecting our first beautiful child this May, and I’m proud to say that I’m pregnant and I CrossFit. I’m not going to say it’s easy, because it isn’t. I can’t describe that soul crushing exhaustion coupled with wanting to puke all day, every day. Take that exhaustion and a conscience, and it equals one big battle. Should I go work out? Should I rest? Sometimes I listen to my body and rest, and sometimes I hit the gym. It’s a balancing act, and I believe women shouldn’t physically restrict themselves, unless their doctor begs to differ.
Some of you might think that lifting weights is bad for the mother and baby. In actuality, lifting weights and exercise doesn’t harm the baby. It’s a matter of breathing and staying in tune with your body. It’s ok to take a rest, and it’s ok to slow down. Do know that exercise in fact helps relieve stress for the mother and boosts her energy. Exercise also leads to better sleep for the mother and helps prepare her for childbirth. If you exercise during pregnancy, you’re bound to “bounce back” to your pre-pregnancy body that much quicker, too! I’ve known fellow CrossFitters who delivered their babies in two hours. I’ve known
CrossFitters who exercised the day before they gave birth, and two weeks after they gave birth. Yes, this seems a little extreme, even to me, but I hope that you expectant mothers out there take on a fit pregnancy for yourself and your sweet little baby that’s rapidly growing inside of you. As always, I hope you pair your exercise with healthy foods. Because I avoid grains, sugar, and dairy on the daily, pregnancy has been a real test for me. I’ve been good, but I’ve caved and enjoyed a grilled cheese sandwich and dabbled in some crackers. I understand that this is ok, but this is not how I will eat my entire pregnancy. Fruit, more specifically, mango and bananas have been my savior, along with La Croix sparkling water, and Kombucha. So, if you see me, don’t think that I’m fragile, lazy, and awkward. Know that I am exhausted, thrilled, full of joy, and still lifting weights. You may think my form of exercise is too much, but know that baby Gordon and I are happy, healthy, and fit. I wouldn’t want to be any other way for myself, my husband, and our baby. If you’re looking to start an exercise program, pregnant or not, Matt Young at CrossFit Timoro will take great care of you. He has personal experience with training pregnant women.
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Looking to develop a lifestyle that promotes fitness, health, and well-being? Take a step in the right direction by hiring your own personal trainer. Here are only some of the benefits of having one. Motivation and accountability Let’s not forget that fitness training requires significant physical work – work which you, if you were on your own, might be prone to put off. Having your own personal trainer not only gives you the motivation and encouragement needed to stay committed to your program; it also provides a good measure of structure and accountability in your workouts. Program tailored to your needs Personal trainers are equipped with the professional knowledge necessary to tailor a fitness program that’s right for you. Do you have a health condition but still want to stay in good shape? Are you looking to improve a set of skills that allows you to excel at your favorite sport? Training for a marathon? A personal trainer will look closely at whatever your needs are and develop a safe, efficient program based on your workout objectives.
Doing it right Information on how to keep yourself active and fit is best acquired from personal trainers – not from mere “Googling”. That way, you waste no time and effort performing workout routines that don’t do you any good. With the help of a personal trainer, you’ll be able to do things right – right at the very
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The Paleo diet by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. (and others similar) has certainly gained popularity. Its theme can be convincing: eat like a caveman, because that’s how humans are genetically programmed to thrive. This means favoring lots of meat (particularly game meats like venison) nuts, fruit and vegetables (except root vegetables and legumes), and consuming absolutely no grains or sugar. In truth, you will lose weight on this. Just think, if you eliminate all sweets and all grains, even starchy vegetables and legumes, this subtracts a big chunk of your calories! I’ve interviewed several who have done it, and yes, they do lose weight. And then….. (predictably) they are unable to stick with it. So what happens? They gain it back! That said, here’s what I find good about the diet: 1) No processed crap. This means no soda, chips, crackers, cookies, donuts, candy, etc., the list goes on. Hallelujah! Obviously avoiding processed “food like substances” is pivotal so I really can’t say this is bad… until…people write me and say “I’m starving on this diet what do you suggest? And of course I say “Follow any clean eating program, especially one that uses a systematic approach to changes habits in a livable fashion.” 2) Encourages LOTS of fruits and vegetables When you are denied grains, you just might fill up your plate with what’s left….VEGETABLES! I admit, I LOVE this part about the Paleo diet! Swapping grains for veggies. Yes, Americans eat too many grains and too few vegetables, so this part is worth listening to. People wanting to lose weight will do well keeping the vegetable servings-two to every one-of grain. But all the way to none? Keep in mind, with Paleo, vegetables (with the exception of a few fruits) are the sole source for fiber. And therefore… even if someone does actually eat enough vegetables every day to meet their fiber needs, will it be enough to ward off the increased colon cancer risk from eating so much meat? We absolutely do not know, and this is a SERIOUS risk to take. 3) Very low in sugar. Not a cookie, cake, candy or sweetened drink. For sweetened food, cavemen only had sparing access to fruit and honey. This is a great goal to strive for, but obviously too restrictive for most people long-term. It is important for us to learn how to tame our sweet tooth so we naturally crave less sweets, yet still enjoy sweets in MODERATION (particularly dark chocolate) While many think they can’t eat just one or two small sweet treats on occasion, without overindulging, it absolutely can be done. And quite happily I might add, as explained in the DIET FREE “Tame Your Sweet Tooth” habit, and the Water with Lemon DIET FREE novel. 4) Very low in sodium (no processed meats). The Paleo diet does not allow for any processed meats, including hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausage, pepperoni, etc. Since excessive intake of these meats has been linked to cancer and type 2 diabetes, limiting processed meats is a super idea. (Do you hear me jumping for joy here?) And since you simply trade out fresh meats for processed meats, it’s pretty realistic most days.
Here’s what I find concerning: 1) The authors profess that we have “evolved very little” since caveman days, and therefore should eat just like a caveman. If that were true, why did we evolve so much that we hardly look like a caveman anymore? (I’ll speak for myself anyway). When the hunt didn’t go well, I bet they ate dirt to fill their bellies. Should we eat that? I think you know where I’m going here. God made legumes and grains. When we eat them as nature intended, in their unprocessed forms, and not in a balance higher than vegetables, they become an important fuel for exercise, something we all need to be doing daily. 2) High protein is hard on the kidneys and colon. The nitrogen in protein must be cleared by the kidneys. Protein is not an ideal “fuel for energy” but rather, is best saved for muscle repair. Eating large quantities of red meat is linked to colon cancer and prostate cancer. In fact, in the book “The China Study”, study after study supports a plant-based diet over animal based. Any “science” supporting Paleo is non-existent. Sorry folks, scientific studies support that a predominately plant-based diet, enjoying meat in moderation is the way to go. 3) They say “cavemen didn’t eat legumes or tubers so don’t eat them.” Really? How do they know? Sweet potatoes, pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, lentils, etc. are undeniably among the healthiest foods on this planet! They provide wonderful plant protein while sopping up nasty cholesterol. There is absolutely no value to excluding these foods (other than to gain popularity from their quick initial weight loss). The bottom line: The latest news is that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world. And it does include smartly chosen grains (yes, even bread!) and legumes along with moderate meats and ample vegetables. And guess what? The 8 DIET FREE habits depict a Mediterranean diet perfectly! So I say let your friends go on their overly restrictive Paleo diet while you live realistically DIET FREE. In no time at all they will be back where they started and wondering why you are doing so well!
Zonya Foco is a TV host, author and professional speaker. Visit www.Zonya.com for healthy tips, recipes and her new DIET FREE lifestyle program.
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Matthew Gordon knew as early as his freshmen year in High School that he wanted to be a doctor. As he entered Albion College, his course of study was pre-med with a goal to pursue orthopedics. However, while playing football in his senior year, he injured his back. Meeting with an orthopedic surgeon, he was faced with the decision of whether or not to have back surgery. His family had always sought chiropractic care so before he took that drastic step, he decided to consult a chiropractor. Within two months of treatments, his back was “perfectly fine”. He had even been able to play football during that time. That experience was pivotal for him, as he realized he was more interested in pursuing the preventative aspect of care. He says the idea of being able to fix the spine and then do rehabilitation to strengthen the patient so the problem or injury doesn’t happen again, seemed more appealing than treating the symptoms after the fact. So after graduating with a B.S. in chemistry, Matt entered Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis. Through his studies there, he earned another B.S. in human biology, his doctorate of chiropractic, and a master’s degree in sports injury and rehabilitation. In January of 2012, Dr. Ervin Malcheff invited Dr. Gordon to join the practice at Hillsdale Chiropractic. He has found it to be a great place to pursue his passion to treat through a combination of chiropractor care and rehabilitation. He appreciates the way all 3 of the doctors have different interests and areas of expertise that they can use to coordinate the best possible plan for their patients. Dr. Gordon sees it as building a “wellness practice” with the goal of each patient being able to do whatever it is they enjoy, pain-free. In May of 2012, Matt married Stephanie Green. Stephanie works for the Chamber of Commerce. They both enjoy cross-fit training and work to stay “in balance” for optimum health.
Dr. Gordon believes each person has a responsibility to give back to his community. So in addition to his office hours, he provides chiropractic care on a volunteer basis at St. Peters Free Clinic, two times a month. As Dr. Gordon’s two year anniversary at Hillsdale Chiropractic approaches, he is looking forward to some added services they plan to offer in the near future, such as in-office physical therapy. Since becoming a doctor, he has been most surprised by how appreciative people are when you help them with small, simple things. He has come to realize that helping a person get healthy gives them back the ability to do what they enjoy. And that is really what a good life is all about!
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by Dr. Jon Herbener Simply Hers Magazine
Suffering burns is an unfortunate occurrence in infancy, childhood and adolescence. Burns can range in severity from minor problems to life threatening emergencies. They occur most often in a child’s hands or face. Burns may result from fire, the sun, heated objects, hot fluids, electricity or chemicals. Common sources of burns in infants are hot liquids (such as coffee or tea, bottles that have been heated in a microwave, stoves and cigarettes). Some burns result from water heater temperatures that are excessively high, more than 120 degrees. We all need to be cautious about a baby’s clothing catching fire from a spark or ashes. Burns can range from mild to serious and are classified according to their severity. First degree burns: They cause redness and slight swelling of the skin. These are the mildest and affect only the outer layer of the skin.
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Second degree burns: They generally cause blistering, intense reddening and moderate to severe swelling and pain. The top layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer is also damaged. Third- degree burns: They are the most severe. Third-degree burns appear white or charred and involve all the layers of the skin. There may be little pain with these burns because of substantial skin nerve damage.
What can you do? For minor burns take the following action: Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cool (not cold) running water for 10-15 minutes or until the pain subsides. If this is impractical, immerse the burn in cool water or cool it with cool compresses. Cooling the burn reduces swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. DON’T PUT ICE ON THE BURN.
Apply antibiotic ointment. After cooling the burn for comfort and cleaning, cover the burn with antibiotic ointment. We prefer the use of Bacitracin Ointment rather than “triple antibiotic salve.” It provides comfort by keeping air off the injury, and it reduces the risk of infection. Don’t use fluffy cotton or the material that may bet lint in the wound. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on the burned skin. Provide Acetaminophen for infants under age 6 months or Ibuprofen for infants and older children. If you have concerns about using medication, refer to dosage instructions on the bottle. Minor burns usually heal without further treatment but watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing. If infection develops seek medical help. For major burns – second degree or third degree burns that involve a large area of skin call 911 or your local emergency number. Until an emergency unit arrives follow these steps: 1. Don’t immerse large severe burns in cold water. Doing so can cause a drop in body temperature (hypothermia) and deterioration of blood pressure and circulation (shock). 2. Check for signs of circulation (breathing, coughing or movement). If there is no breathing or other sign of circulation begin CPR. 3. Cover the area of the burn. Use a cool, moist, sterile bandage; clean, moist cloth or moist towels. 4.Elevate the burned body part or parts. Raise the area above heart level if possible. Remember, when in doubt seek the care of a Physician who is experienced in providing burn care. In our practice we recommend that all burns that are more than reddening of the skin be seen in the office for evaluation and recommendations for care.
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Meet the Doctors As the New Year Approaches ... Be Sure to Schedule Your Eye Exam A yearly eye exam is a good idea. Some people actually have concerns that warrant exams or office visits more often than once per year. One must understand that an eye examination is not only a simple vision check. A comprehensive eye examination is a fairly complicated series of tests that not only checks your eye sight, but also neurological function, eye pressure, eye muscle coordination and health of the external and internal eye structures. DO KiDS NeeD A YeArlY eYe exAm? Children are not exempt from the annual eye exam. At around six months and again at 3 years of age, most pediatricians screen children for potential eye problems. if you are concerned about something or have a family history of childhood eye problems, then your child should be seen by a pediatric optometrist or ophthalmologist. Otherwise, a full comprehensive eye examination should be performed between the ages of 4 and 6 years of age. At this point, children are entering school. Undetected vision problems at a young age can set a child up for learning disabilities, bad behavior and poor grades. AN ANNUAl eYe exAm fOr ADUltS? in today’s world, technology has increased our visual demand tremendously. if you begin having eye problems using your iphone or while surfing the internet, you may want to schedule your eye exam a bit
sooner. At 40 years of age, a baseline eye examination is definitely recommended. Why 40? Unfortunately, for all of us approaching this mark, this is the time when early signs of disease and changes in your vision may occur. Obviously, if you notice anything different or strange about your eyes or your vision, seek care immediately. ANNUAl eYe exAm fOr OlDer ADUltS? After the age of forty, eye exam every 18 months is generally a good rule to follow. At around 60 years of age, annual eye examinations are recommended because of the increased risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. DiAbetiCS AND eYe exAmS if you have diabetes, an annual eye exam should be mandatory. Diabetes is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States. if you have wellcontrolled diabetes, a dilated eye examination is mandatory every year. if your diabetes is not under control, your doctor may recommend an examination every three to six months. Vision is one of our most precious of senses. Having good eyesight greatly improves quality of life. make an effort to keep your eyes in their best condition by scheduling an eye exam every year.
Dr. David D. Gossage’s unique approach to eye care involves close personal contact with patients at every phase of their eye care process. From the initial consultation through surgery and post operative care, he believes in keeping patients informed about their treatment and progress. He specializes in in general ophthalmology such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, refractive surgery, diabetic eye care. Dr. Karen M. Luparello specializes in pediatric eye care and adult strabismus. Her expertise as a diagnostician and her concern for her patients’ well being, make her highly respected and admired, not only by the individuals that she serves, but also by her fellow colleagues. Dr. Gossage and Dr. Luparello are the only ophthalmologists in Hillsdale County.
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Hello! Let me introduce myself. My name is Sarah Gray and my family and I recently became residents of Hillsdale County – Jonesville to be exact. I will admit I knew little about the southern area of Michigan before I moved here. I have lived in the Great Lakes state my entire life, but haven’t spent much time in the south part of it. So when my husband said “Jonesville,” I said “where?” and had to get out a map just to make sure it was actually in Michigan. ‘Cause I don’t want to live anywhere else! Of course it was in Michigan and after about 12 weeks of getting our feet wet, I think we are finally getting settled. Not that my life changes all that much no matter where we live. You see, I am a stay-at-home mom. So really all I need is a “home” and I can set up shop. My husband and I have three adorable, witty, patiencetesting children ages six, four and two. So yes, we are busy. Yes, my dinner is often cold before I get a chance to eat it. Yes, it takes us at least 20 minutes to get out the door (in the winter even longer). Yes, I am tired all the time. Yes, my house feels like it is always a disaster. Yes, I wouldn’t change a thing. Oh, and we have a dog too. So some days it feels like I have four children. My kids are a constant source of joy and amazement for me. I can’t believe how fast they grow and the inventive ways they
think and learn. I may sound crabby at times in my future columns but behind that ounce of crabbiness are truck loads of love. I am looking forward to sharing some of my life experiences with all of you and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. I am so grateful for this opportunity to do the thing I love while writing about the ones I love. I want to thank Christine Bowman, Executive Director of the Hillsdale Chamber of Commerce, for connecting me with this wonderful publication and Marlanea McGraw for giving me the opportunity to write. My husband and I have moved a few times since we have been married and I will say without hesitation that we have been felt more welcome here than any place we have lived before. We feel very blessed to be part of such a wonderful community and look forward to raising our children in a county that takes such pride in who they are. I promise one of these days I will figure out where everything is. So far I have mastered finding groceries, pet food, swimming lessons and dance lessons. You see, I am directionally challenged. Google Maps is a wonderful, wonderful thing. But I did get lost coming home from the fair …
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There was a man named Ritchie. He was a friend of my parents since they were teenagers and was taken from the world all too soon and much too unexpectedly last month. My parents had spent a lifetime getting to know the man and loved him for the person he was. To be truthful and much to my regret, I didn’t know Ritchie that well. From his obituary I learned that he was a service man and a family man, two of the most highly respected attributes in my book. But what I knew best of him was that he was my biggest fan and encourager. When he found out that I was packing up my life and heading out for new adventures, on a mission to get rid of my debt he came over to my parents quite often in the two week duration before I left. This encouragement did not stop after I moved 1300 miles away. He read all of my blogs and articles, often times even before my own family and he always made it known that he was proud of me and that he thought my journey was a great feat. At the time I didn’t really understand his interest in it. I was living in my own selfish bubble. To me, it’s always felt like I didn’t have a choice. I needed to pay off my debt or I would die of the weight it was putting on me. After the news of his passing shattered my selfish little wall, it began to make sense. He had seen the world while in the service and I am assuming that he learned a lot of life’s valuable lessons and he appreciated his journey. I think he knew the truth to the quote “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” By Andre Gide and he wanted to help keep me on my path. I try to live my life without regrets, but one regret is not appreciating Ritchie’s presence in my life
more. Mostly, I regret that I didn’t continue to share my journey with him. I have been slacking on my blogs and on my writing in general for months now because of the things that are going on in my life. I didn’t write because I was too tired or too busy, or depressed. I always made an excuse but there are no excuses that are acceptable. I shouldn’t have been wallowing in my own self-pity, I shouldn’t have been so selfish and I shouldn’t have censored out the bad This may seem like a small, silly thing. To his family and friends he was so much more than a cheerleader and they will miss him more than I can ever imagine. But I know he truly enjoyed reading what I wrote and staying up to date with my life. I feel like I let him down. That I owed it to him to be better or stronger. I will never forget Ritchie for the impact he has had on my life in the short time I was able to know him and I will cherish the lessons long after he has passed. There are so many questions in life that go unanswered and often times we feel like we are lost in a dark forest with no compass and no life support. But why is it that we only have epiphanies when something terrible happens? Why does the human race have such a hard time learning and remembering these lessons and practice them while we still have time to? I will do my best to remember each lesson as they happen and to practice these lessons in the short time I have available on this planet and appreciate every single person that enters my life. Because the truth is the compass to guide your way has been within you the entire time and the support you need to see you through the forest of life is always all around you. You just have to open your eyes and your heart because it can come from the person you least expect.
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Rebuilds after fire. The best kept secret in Hillsdale County doesn’t want to be a secret anymore.
“We want people to know about us. We want people to utilize us,” says Kimball Camp Executive Director Harold Campbell. “They don’t realize all we have here.”
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Located on Long Lake west of Reading, O.C. Kimball Camp YMCA Nature Center has been a fixture in the county for more than 75 years. However, when most people think of Kimball Camp they think of summer camps or their fifth or sixth grade overnight trip many years ago. While all those programs are still a fixture and doing well, Kimball Camp is not just for kids. The organization also holds team building events for businesses, service groups and non-profits. The beautiful setting is also perfect for family reunions, weddings, and holiday parties. “We are available to the community,” said Campbell. “We try to do everything we can to serve the community’s needs.” While programming and usage of the camp’s facilities are continuing to grow, Kimball Camp is not without its needs. On May 10, 2013, a fire struck the camp’s infirmary and staff housing building causing a complete loss of the structure. While no one was injured in the blaze – as no one was inside the building when the fire started – by the time the fire departments of Reading and Allen got to the fire, it was not able to be saved. “The Allen and Reading Fire Departments did an excellent job,” said Campbell. “They did what they could.” The loss of the building has left a hole in the landscape of Kimball Camp, one Campbell hopes will be filled next spring.
Working with their insurance company Sumnar-Scholl Insurance Agency of Hillsdale and the State of Michigan, blueprints are currently being reviewed for the new infirmary and housing building. Campbell hopes the foundation will be poured before the first ground freeze this fall so construction can continue through the winter months.
The camp is also taking the opportunity to expand and update the building, creating an apartment for the camp’s assistant director who lives at the camp year-round as well as more bedrooms and a larger common area of the staff who stay at the camp several months of the year. “It is going to be a nice facility,” said Campbell, adding that while they certainly didn’t want the fire to happen, the camp wanted the building to be the best and most functional space for their needs. Building a larger facility will be great for the camp, but will also leave them with a larger bill. Campbell estimates the costs to be $30-40,000 over and above the insurance money they will receive. And for a non-profit organization in which 75-80 percent of the participants receive scholarships, the additional expenses will be a challenge to raise. Some donations for the new building have already been made to the camp and the Hillsdale County Community Foundation had a Match Day October 18 in which all funds made to the camp were matched to the allowed amount by the foundation. While the construction and funding of a new building on site will be a priority, it will not take away from the main focus of the camp which is to help individuals grow and increase their self confidence and self esteem. Campbell says that coming to Kimball Camp is “an opportunity for kids to try new and different things. Kids talk about the times they have here for the rest of the year.” Whether it is mastering the high ropes course, paddling their first canoe or scaling the 40 foot high rock wall Goliath, the mission of Kimball Camp rings true: “Where your feet may leave but your heart never does.” For more information about Kimball Camp YMCA or to inquire about a program, call 517-283-2168 or go to their website www.kimballcamp.com. Those wanting to make a donation can send them to 4502 Berlin Drive Reading MI 49274.
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“It is a busy time of year, but it is a good time to have a show,” says Kristin Hood, director of 34th Street. She brought back the holiday tradition in 2010 with the musical “Narnia.” Hood, who has been a director with the theater since 2009, remembers taking her daughter Victoria to area theater productions during the Christmas season and it quickly became a tradition. She wanted to be able to bring that to Hillsdale County for other families to be able to create similar memories. “A lot of people haven’t had a chance to see live theater before.” Auditions for 34th Street were held in early October. Hood was pleased to see some community members out for their first production along with the seasoned veterans. “We are always looking for new faces,” she said. Hillsdale Community Theatre has been performing for the community for more than 40 years and puts on four to five productions a year, usually including at least one musical. Based on the novel by Valentine Davis, the Dramatic Publishing Company production “Miracle on 34th Street,” is the iconic story about a young girl and her mother, a jolly man named Kris Kringle and restoring faith in an ever cynical reality-based world. The novel has been made into a movie both in 1947 and 1994 and was also made a musical. While the Hillsdale Community Theater won’t be putting on a musical for this holiday production, Hood said that music is such an important part of the season she will be having a small choir sing Christmas songs during parts of the play. “I like to bring music to these types of plays,” she said. “It helps to round out the production.” Photos by Expressions Photography & Design.
Hood, along with the rest of the cast and crew are strictly volunteers, working nights and weekends to bring live theater to the community. The group has community members of all ages from throughout the county who each bring their own unique talents both on stage and off. Hood stated she has never acted herself but got involved with the theater when her daughter started performing working on sets and costumes. Later she went to an actor-director lab at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea and then began directing productions herself. “The people who are here, want to be here,” she says of the actors, sound technicians and prop designers, as well as the many other people who volunteer their time. “We have a lot of talented people in the area.” Sponsors and ticket sales help to pay for the rights to the plays the group performs but because both the Sauk Theater and Hillsdale Community Theatre is completely volunteer-based, there is always a need for funds to keep the 244-seat theater up and operational. The group recently held a “Light up the Stage” fundraising event to help upgrade their electrical system. The theater has also recently acquired headsets for those who may need a little extra help hearing during the plays. “Miracle on 34th Street” will be performed November 29 and 30 and December 5, 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. and December 1 and 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for children 12 and under. The Sauk Theater is located at 240 E. Chicago St. in Jonesville Hillsdale Community Theatre will announce their 2014 schedule at their annual meeting in February, which is open to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets for the show call 517-849-9100.
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following sara Facing Victimization in Today’s Technological World. By Sara So, Simply Hers Magazine
Another article, another month of writers block! As has become my standard operating procedure, I struggled once again to write this article before you dear reader. I just don’t understand, half the time I don’t want to hear about my life, much less make somebody else read about it. However, as we have solidly rounded the sixth month mark since my return home from the ‘Stan, I do find myself becoming busier, and more reflective about the turns that my life has taken. Although there are certainly days that I long for those first couple of months back, when my biggest concern was when I would let the dog out for a walk, I do truly find myself Happy. Yes dear readers that is Happy with a capital H. I will not lie to you, the government shutdown affected me. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks in that my orders were considered exempt, even then, the way the orders were cut means I lose about half a months pay, and that will not be returned to me retroactively. Now don’t get me wrong. Some pay is better than no pay. And one of the things that I have strived with this article is to keep it from becoming a political article. I am hear to speak about my life, not about the government, not about the Army, heck I don’t even speak for Nursing Students as a whole (even being one myself). However, as the climate of the world has changed, and as I myself have mature there is a subject that I cannot help but speak about. That subject is victimization. First of all I would like to say, that when I speak of victimization, I do not speak about or for the people who have truly experienced unstoppable tragedy in their lives. There are those out there that struggle against depression, PTSD, Personality disorders and a myriad of other neuro-biological disorders of which they have no control over. There are also those that I love and respect who are truly a victim of circumstance, those fighting against cancer, and those dealt a hand over which they have no control. However, those cases are fewer and further between than we would like to think. Some of you may be wondering what caused me to stray from my usual path of reciting the interesting (not really) parts of my life for a public audience. That, dear readers, would be an interaction that I had with a high school acquaintance a few weeks ago. I hesitate to call this person a friend, although social networking sites such as Facebook force us to ‘accept’ those people back into our lives that we would have been hesitant to accept should we actually have to face that person on a daily basis. But this “acquaintance” and I had a falling out concerning the appropriateness of airing strangers personal tragedy’s on a public forum (I’m sure you can guess which side I was on). After a discussion, a defriending, and a subsequent referral to myself as a recipient of welfare, I left the entire experience with a sour taste in my mouth. And I left thinking, why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we let people who were dubiously even friends in high school, back into our lives, to possible wreak emotional and verbal havoc? How many of you out there have personally sabotaged yourselves, by letting negative influences back into your life? I have personally always lived my life by the philosophy that if you lay your head down at night, and reflect on your day, and find yourself unhappy, that it is your own fault.
How little control sometimes it seems that we have over our own lives, and yet we still ruin what chances we have at personal happiness by inviting into our lives those people, those circumstances, those objects and substances and addictions which can ruin that chance at happiness! Why do so many of us act confused about our “luck” or our “karma”, when we time and time again invite the same influences into our life. I’m not speaking about religious influences, anybody who has read this article more than a few times can I’m sure decide what side of that debate I lie on. I want to take this chance instead to take this subject beyond myself, and address the future of this nation. The future of a nation that expects happiness handed to them, in terms of free health insurance, automatic immigration, heck free everything! When did this nation change from an era of JFK’s “think not what this country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, to a country of “who is going to fix this, who is going to take care of this”? This, as convoluted as my argument may have been getting to it, is what I mean by victimization. When did we become a nation of victims? This, in its own narrowed sense is what I hope to pass on through these articles, to other young women and girls like myself. There are enough uncontrollable elements in the world ready and waiting to make you a victim, don’t do it to yourself. If men treat you poorly, look at why you pick men like that. If you are unhappy in your profession, look at what you can do to change to another profession. Growth is not meant to be easy! It is meant to strain, and hurt, and require sacrifice. If you feel you cannot make those change because of the choices you have already made, then you need to remember that you made those choices to begin with. You are not a victim, nobody owes you anything. You can and will control the path that your life takes, if that is what you want. The only things guaranteed in this wonderful country is ‘life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness’. Read that again my friends. Happiness is not a right, only the chance to pursue that happiness is. So what part of your life is making you unhappy (if it’s weight I don’t know what to tell you, I’d do anything to be 10 pounds lighter too)? And what have you done to change that? And more importantly, what have you done to put yourself in that position? I don’t have YOUR answers, I only have my own. I know my unhappiness comes from stress, stress that I brought on myself because I chose to change career paths because I was unhappy at my job. And in that statement is the answer to a whole other question. Don’t forget dear readers, not all pain is bad, not all stress is destructive. I chose to tattoo a Phoenix on myself to remember that very fact, that sometimes change and growth, first requires fire and destruction. I leave you now to ponder these things, as we enter the new year and you think about resolutions to make and break. I will hibernate with a pumpkin log and think up something more warm and fuzzy to write about in the new year. See you then! CPT Sara Elizabeth So
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By Peggie Bildner, Simply Hers Magazine Since I started writing features for Simply Hers in January of 2011, I have had the privilege of meeting so many remarkable people and sharing their stories. In the following years, I have often been asked about some of them and encouraged to do a follow-up to let the readers know how things have turned out or what they are doing now. So, I have checked up on a few of them and am pleased to pass on some updates ~ “WEIGHING YOUR OPTIONS” (January/February 2011) - In this issue we met five women, all who had lost 80-190 pounds. They had embarked on their weight loss journey in different ways but all were in agreement that it was a lifestyle change and not without its struggles. Recently I talked with three of them. Here’s what they had to say:
is she now? Well, that can be a hard question to answer! Since her stroke 2 1/2 years ago, she has traveled to Maui, Hawaii 3 times, to Alaska twice, taken road trips out east and out west twice. She hardly ever misses a single sports activity of any of her nine grandchildren, where she can still cheer and argue “bad” calls with the best of them! That’s not to say she has recovered unscathed, but it is a testament to her determination to not let it rob her of a good life! Her left side remains paralyzed so she needs help with a lot of things (her husband, Neil is the BEST) but her mind is as sharp as ever. Unfortunately, she is still not able to sing but says she “still sings in her head!”
Cindy Padget Nevins- “I am still at my weight loss within 5 pounds up or down. The Lap Band was a great way for me because it helped me control how much food I was eating. I would have the surgery again in a heartbeat!” Cassandra Hibbard- “I’m happy to say that the 100 pounds I lost 3 years ago is still gone! When I turned over a new leaf I kept it turned! I enjoy a balanced lifestyle when it comes to food and appetite, and I am seeing benefits now that I know will carry all through my life.” Karin Batchelor- “With the help of Weight Watchers and a stepped-up exercise program, I have been able to lose 23 more pounds in the last year. My desire to lose weight and change my lifestyle surpassed any obstacle that came my way! Another bonus has been the opportunity to inspire others to begin their journey to a healthier lifestyle and permanent weight loss.” “SIDE BY SIDE” (March/April 2011) - The story of Barbara (Clark) Hukill’s stroke was the hardest and most personal article I have ever written. Barbara is my sister and sharing the account of the stroke that almost took her life (and forever changed it), came from my postings as she fought her way back. Where 54
“SAY HELLO TO JOE” (May/June 2011) - You gotta love and admire a man who can survive a horrific accident on his motorcycle where he lost his leg, still buy another Harley and adorn it with a personalized license plate that says, “I HOP”! His daughter, Kate, also suffered a severe injury that resulted in rods being placed in both the top and bottom of her leg. Kate is now a junior at the University of Michigan, studying in art and design. She is planning to run a half marathon in Grand Rapids in the near future. Joe has had several more surgeries; the latest was an Ertl bone bridge. This surgery has
allowed him to receive the latest prosthetic technology and he was recently cleared by his surgeon for a NEW Titan jogging blade. In typical no-ordinary-Joe style, he hopes to compete in the 2014 Tough Mudder! “TWO MOTHERS CONNECTED AT THE HEART” (May/June 2011) - Earlier that year Markus Loveberry had met his birth mother, Shanan, for the first time in his 18 years of life. Shanan and his adoptive mother Laura, shared their stories of what brought them to the point of the adoption, the heart-warming reunion, and their love for this remarkable young man. Today, Markus is very busy, recently purchasing a fixer-upper, 4-bedroom house. He is in the middle of gutting and renovating it, while taking a full load of classes at KCC and working at Warner Oil Company. Shanan is thrilled to have her husband back from deployment overseas and is enjoying her family time. She and Markus stay connected and both families try to get together for birthdays and holidays when they can. Laura says, “Shanan remains special to our hearts for the blessing she is and will always be to our family.” “IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE- The Ron Boone Story” (January/ February 2012)- Ron Boone shared the heart-wrenching story of the tragic accident that took the life of his young wife, four year old son, unborn baby and left him paralyzed for the rest of his life. Ron had persevered beyond his loss and led a full, productive life as an educator. Unfortunately, shortly after this story was written, Ron passed away. I was so pleased that he was able to read it and had told me he was pleased with it. The article ended up being read at his funeral service; an unexpected blessing to me that I was able to provide his story to be used to honor his life.
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“C IS FOR CANCER… AND CADEN…AND CURE” (September/October2012) Caden Baker fought Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for four years and had finished his last treatment in January of 2012. The family shared how the fight against cancer had a profound effect on all of them but their photos were a precious glimpse into their tenacity and bond. Today, Caden is still cancer-free and considered in remission. He has blood work and sees the doctor every two months. The battle has left its scars, specifically ADHD, an anxiety disorder, PTSD, a learning disability and scar tissue in the right atrium of his heart from the port. But in many ways, he is a typical energetic 8 year old who loves Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, playing video games and watching TV. Their family unit remains strong and intact. So now we are glad to add one more ‘C’ word for this familyCONGRATULATIONS! I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back and check-in with some of my favorite interviews! As I give you these updates, there is one we can’t overlook. In the January/February 2013 issue, Tanya Zuvers shared the story of her three missing sons, Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton, in “A MOTHER’S HOPE.” The case was recently featured on John Walsh Investigates, giving it national attention. I wish I could report that they are home safe and sound with their family, but unfortunately, I cannot. So I’ll close with a reminder to please keep your eyes and ears open and your prayers lifted up. I’m sure we all hope and pray that in the near future, we will no longer have to ask that question,
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“BEAT THE CLOCKOrganizing Your Mornings!” By now most of you have fallen into some kind of routine with your school day mornings- some good, some bad and some downright ugly! Starting your day in a screaming frenzy or arriving at school/work unprepared and unsettled is not productive for anybody. I remember those days all too well! So I’ve done some research and picked what I feel, are the best tips shared by other mothers. I think you will appreciate some of their ideas and maybe get a smile from some of the others ~ Clothing chaos- (How do you handle getting the kids dressed quickly?)• I let them pick their clothes- and don’t worry if they match! As long as they are weather appropriate, and they can dress themselves, I consider it a success! • I use weekly clothing sorters (the kind you hang from the closet rod), even with uniforms. With outfits in the sorter separated by day, they always have everything they need to get dressed and out the door. • When doing laundry, I fold outfits together and put them in gallon-sized Ziploc bags. Even my young daughters can quickly pick out what they are going to wear. And I know they will be appropriate and match since I put them together. • I iron a week’s worth of school outfits on Sunday and set one out each night. Timely advice- (What are some of your tips and tricks for getting everybody out the door in a hurry?)• I tell them it’s 7 a.m., when it’s really 6 a.m. • It all comes together- breakfast, shoes and hair combing- in the car! • My kids take showers at night. • The night before, I lay out clothes for everyone and get cups of juice ready in the fridge. • We do as much as possible the night before; backpacks packed into the car, lunches made. I keep an extra hoodie for each kid in the car in case they forget a jacket. Our rule is: No trips back inside the house after we leave. That was our biggest time waster! • Cell phones, gaming devices and even the television, are off limits in the morning! • No one has to make their bed or pick up their clothes until AFTER school…I’d rather they eat breakfast. • I made a ‘Morning Checklist’ specific to each child and put it in a glass covered picture frame, making it a dry erase board. It (mostly) eliminates me having to remind them of what they have to do each morning. And they find satisfaction in checking them off.
Breakfast makes champions- (How do you make sure they eat breakfast and pack good lunches?)• I boil eggs on Sunday night for the whole week. • I roll up a pancake with butter in the middle. Hold it in place with a toothpick- breakfast to go! • I keep a bowl of fresh fruit and a canister of cereal bars handy to grab for the no-time-for-breakfast mornings. • I have a ‘Lunch Making Central’ drawer in the kitchen complete with Tupperware sandwich keepers, little bowls and lids for fruit or veggies, water bottles, lunch boxes and individual wet wipes. • I make PB&J sandwiches for the whole week on Sunday evening, and freeze them. That saves the time of getting out all the ingredients every night. • I buy dinners rolls and 2 or 3 kinds of lunch meat, make sandwiches, wrap them individually and sort into labeled zipper freezer bags. The kids can just grab whatever they want and it is thawed by lunch time. • I have a designated area for lunch items so we can quickly see what’s available to choose from. It also helps me to see when something needs replenished. • I buy in bulk and as soon as I come from the store, before I even put things away, I separate them into individual servings so they are ready for quick packing. Keeping it real- (What’s one of your ‘dirty little secrets’ from a crazy morning?)• I’m not proud of this, but if they have forgotten to brush their teeth, I will give them gum to chew on the way to school. • My boys have very curly hair. If we are really pressed for time, instead of stopping to try to comb it, I just “fluff ” it and tell them it looks fine! • I admit it; I’ve sprayed my daughter down with Febreeze! • I have dropped them off at school in my pj’s and robe! • They have gone to bed in their uniforms instead of pajamas! • I keep cinnamon flavored WISPs on hand so they can brush/floss on the way to school! • I have let my son eat a PB&J sandwich for breakfast. Technically it’s just like toast, right?! I hope some of these tips and shortcuts will help you S.O.S. those crazy weekday mornings. But rememberyou should NEVER take a shortcut when it comes to the good-bye hugs and kisses, even if they come smeared with a week-old PB&J!
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ranks. They eventually added a 3rd child- son, Dave. (Dave served 9 years as a Navy corpsman working with the Marines, serving 2 tours overseas.) Marsha thrived as a military wife. She found the travel exciting and considered it a blessing to meet friends all over the United States, many with whom she still keeps in touch. Between his assignments with the Marines and then the Air Force, they lived in South Carolina, twice in Texas, twice in Alaska and the state of Washington.
If you look up the word ‘patriotic’ in the dictionary, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you found a picture of Ron and Marsha Baker! Marsha in her red, white and blue outfit (right down to her earrings and handbag) and Ron in his pickup totally decked-out in Marine symbols and patriotic sayings. Even now as they talk about Ron’s long and unusual career, it’s obvious the military will always have a piece of their hearts. Ron didn’t intentionally set out to serve in two different branches of the military, but he did know as early as fifth grade that he wanted to go into the service. Although his father had served in the Army (he was an officer in World War II, and was sent home disabled after being wounded in France), Ron has a vivid memory of being a senior in High School and seeing a Marine in his uniform blues get out of a vehicle to come into the school. Just the sight of him in uniform resonated so strongly, Ron was certain that the U.S. Marine Corp was where he was meant to serve. When he spoke with all the different branches of service, he was impressed that the Marine recruiter didn’t try to sugarcoat the challenges he would face. Ron knew if he could make it as a Marine, it would be invaluable training and an accomplishment to be proud of. In April of his senior year, Ron joined the Marines. Two weeks after his high school graduation, he left for boot camp. His pay, for the 24/7 physical, mental and emotional commitment- $78 a month! By January of 1966, the Vietnam War was heating up and like so many young men of that era, Ron was sent into combat. Even though he and Marsha had been dating since high school and corresponded regularly, Ron had made the decision to not get married until he was sure he would return from the war. He was in combat about every other day, in conditions that are almost indescribable, involved in 14 major operations. So it seems even more amazing to learn that he ended up volunteering for two more assignmentsserving a total of three back-to-back tours of duty in Vietnam! In an era when a lot of young men actually left our country to avoid the draft and those who did serve were happy to have survived one tour, WHY would he volunteer to go over there two more times?? His answer brings a tear to the tough Marine’s eye, as he explains that the men he served with were “family”, his “brothers.” He remembers being home on leave, sitting in his mother’s living room. The television was on and they were showing scenes from the war, his unit. It somehow seemed wrong to leave them in those conditions and return to safety.
Ron would go on to serve 16 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant in December of 1988. His awards and recognitions include a meritorious service medal, three Air Force commendations and 17 other awards and decorations. But unfortunately, those aren’t the only things he has to remind him of his 20 years of service. Primarily due to his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam, Ron is considered 100% disabled. He has suffered a heart attack, has diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic renal failure and diabetic neuropathy. When asked about other negative effects Ron’s military career may have had on them, Marsha suggests there were times when it was hard on the children to move around and be away from extended family. But the Bakers choose not to focus on the costs, but the immeasurable value of having served their country. They believe they all benefited from their varied life experiences and friendships they made. And Ron points out that with all veterans he has met in VA hospitals and clinics, he has never met a single one that regretted their service. Even in retirement, Ron still enjoys talking about the military and never hesitates to participate whenever he’s asked to speak or take part in a memorial ceremony. He serves as the Adjutant (treasurer) for the Williams County DAV. Marsha refers to him as the most patriotic man she knows! Ron sums it up like this, “I am just one of millions of Americans who love my country and consider it an honor and privilege, as well as a ‘debt paid in full’, in the service of my fellow citizens for the cause of freedom.” Marsha (aka The Better Baker) has published two cookbooks and is currently busy with sales and book signings for the second one, Love At First Bite. She likes to say, “I’m a good cook, but I’m a better Baker!” Ron agrees, saying she loves to bake and he loves to eat, so they are perfectly matched! They have 8 grandchildren (5 of them are redheads like their Grandpa.) So, with 20 years of military experience and 66 years of life experience, would Ron follow the same path? Before I can hardly get the question asked, he quickly responds with, “In a heartbeat!” And you almost get the feeling that if you held a stethoscope to that heart, you might hear the National Anthem playing!
When Ron completed his last tour in February of 1968, he proposed to Marsha in true Drill Sergeant style- “Marry me now, or forget it!” The wedding was planned in 3 days…they were married on March 10th! Over the next few years, they had 2 children- daughter, Debbie and son, Daniel. As Ron’s 4 year commitment to the Marines came to an end in 1969, the Bakers expected to settle into civilian life. The job market and economy in general, were very unstable and Ron found himself scrambling to find and keep employment to support his family. After having ten jobs in a 3 ½ year period of time, he was tired of getting laid off and frustrated that he couldn’t offer his family more security. So for him, it was only natural to go back to the military where he knew hard, honest work could provide both. Unfortunately, the Marines at that time were not taking re-enlistments but as he left their office, he noticed the door across the hall was the Air Force recruiter. As Ron puts it, “The office was right there and the door was open, so I walked in and joined the Air Force!” Although he was able to skip basic training and other steps usually required of a new recruit, he still had to start over to work his way up the
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Can circling an oval track straighten out your view? By Laura Loveberry Inspirational Speaker and Author
So I am talking to God this early morning at the athletic track as I am walking round and viewing the stunning sunrise God paints for me. Thinking exercise will lift my serotonin levels and ease me out of this inescapable wretched feeling, I loop walk alone on the track. Usually I listen to my daily Bible reading on my walk with my YOU VERSION app on my cell phone speaking God’s Word. Today, I leave my phone home. This morning I want to simply talk with God out loud alone with His colorful sunrise masterpiece filling the sky. For 3 weeks I have had anxiety feeling like a dark cloud blocking my thoughts and blurring my mindset. So to the track I go. My gnawing angst feels like my body is shaking all over, but it is only on the inside where the turmoil won’t quit. I am trying not to take any pills, if I can just plow through this season of pain and apprehension. I do not sleep at night. So to the track I go walking, talking to God, crying out to this God of heaven, earth, and sunrises. Walking, talking, crying out. Walking, talking, crying out. Walking, talking, crying out… “Oh God, I am facing this gigantic issue. The matter looks bigger than any mountain I have ever faced. It is dangerous, with cliffs, ridges, and slippery slopes. It is one immovable Mount Everest. You bring to my mind Joshua and Caleb of the Bible. They faced giants others thought made them look like grasshoppers. But Joshua and Caleb knew the power of God to overcome, rise above, and be victorious. The challenge remained forbearing, but You, oh God, gave them their strength and determination to trust You in all challenges.
“So right now, stirred by the Bible story of old, I choose to live newly inspired by heroes of the faith and be strong and courageous. Yes, Lord, I give you thanks for my dreadful situation in advance because You can use this to encourage others facing dilemmas of impossibility. I am begging you, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-caring God, please remove my fears, remove my crippling anxiety, and calm my anxious heart. I am crying out to You from my deep valley pit. I thought perhaps you might move the mountain for me, but I
have the sense YOU want me to use YOUR strength to climb it step by step. Each step I will trust you, acknowledge your power, and give you all the glory. I choose to keep Your joy on this journey. I certainly can not do this mighty mission on my own weak power. I give this fully to You, the God of heaven, earth, and morning sunrises at the oval track. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.” My husband Mark has been encouraging me to give this totally over to God. Mark is a steady support, but he too is exhausted on this together climb. Previously Mark, in his Bible-character-“Job”-moment of crashing down and falling hard; determined to give our whole situation over to God. He simply prayed, “God, I can’t do this, but YOU can. I give this situation completely over to you. It’s all yours.” Done. Mark said, “Laura, you have to give the whole thing over to God and then take one step at a time.” But I am not accustom to living in fear. But I am not at ease with dangerous escalations. But I can’t take the intense drama. But. But. But.
No more “Buts”. Period. I have taken my husband’s advice. Today at the ¼ mile oval, I give God this situation completely. If God doesn’t move the mountain, then Mark and I will know we need to climb straight up with God’s strength. If the path is difficult, with insurmountable obstacles, we will continue to trust God and keep moving is the direction the LORD leads. By my human muscle, I can not even move an inch, but God is God, and I am asking for His almightiness to work in and through me as I choose to trust and take the next difficult step up the shear rock precipice. Yea, God has a bottle filled with my tears. He holds all your tears, too. God cares. He desires us to draw our strength from Him when we face the impossible. Well, “Simply Hers” readers, life does bring us obstacles. Perhaps you will want to stride out to the track alone and talk to the Artist of heaven, earth, and sunrises. Our creative God desires to give you His strength, His courage, His power to take your next step, wiping out your anxiety and calming your anxious heart. I met God at the oval track and He is beginning to straighten out my clouded mind. Praying for you, my friend, as you round your next corner…
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Looking for an affordable gift with a personal touch? You can find the best gift you will ever give without having to drive a single mile. No need to wait in line at the local department store, surf the web for hours or pay outlandish prices for a gift that is “all the rave”. In fact, the greatest gift of all will not cost you one red cent. This season give the special senior in your life a gift he/she will not soon forget. Give the gift of TIME. The hustle and bustle of the season is upon us. So much to do, so many people to see, how will we ever finish everything in time? With demands pushing, pulling and speeding us along it is hard to remember that many seniors are lonely during the holidays. They sit quietly as the next generation begins the annual struggle. Wishing there was a demand being placed on their time. An event or errand that has to be completed or the holiday just won’t be the same. We all know that time passes and generations change but how quickly we forget those who do not demand our attention. The one’s that once took the time to teach us to tie a shoe or ride a shiny new bike This holiday give the gift of time to the special seniors in your life. Here are a few ideas that have been proven to put a smile on the faces of everyone involved.
No, not the kind that will buy an item in the store. These certificates are hand-made and include items such as a game night, a Saturday afternoon outing or a night of BINGO. Be creative, it doesn’t matter what the certificate is for, what you are really giving is your time.
Be a Santa’s Helper
Visit your elderly neighbors and offer to do any outside chore that needs to be done. Even if you are not taken up on your offer it will be appreciated. Remember, seniors often do not ask for help. Only by you taking the first step will this be successful.
Be A Chauffeur
Many seniors would love the opportunity to purchase gifts for the important people in their lives but lack the ability to go shopping on their own. Whether they are unable to drive or just can not handle the crowds, your offer to drive them may be just what they are looking for. Why not keep the gift going after the holidays and make it a regular visit to the grocery store?
Feed the birds
It may seem a bit corny but many seniors love to spend time enjoying the outside. Feeding the birds is a wonderful past time but many will not
spend money on anything as trivial as bird seed or day-old bread. A large bag of bird seed or a gift certificate to the local bread store will give them hours of enjoyment.
the Gift of Beauty
A regular visit to the beauty salon for a shampoo and set will do wonders for the self esteem of a senior. Not only will it make them smile when they look in the mirror, it will give them the opportunity to have a conversation with someone other than family.
Can you say Cookies!
Have a baking day. Together you can make gifts to give to others and enjoy a wonderful day in the process. Here’s a suggestion... keep a pen and paper handy to write down any words of wisdom while you are baking. You never know what you will learn. No matter what you decide is the best gift for the senior in your life, as long as you take the time to get to know them, it will be perfect. Keep in mind our gifts are an indication of how well we know each other. Ask yourself which of these ideas would be the best for your grandma. If you don’t know the answer just pick up the phone and invite her to dinner. You can figure it out over a big pot of stew.
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KNOCKING Halloween is past and, ready or not, the candy has made way for the red and green packaging that is the season’s first indication that Christmas is just around the corner. Just last week as I rushed through the center isle of the discount store with my arms overloaded, I took a a glance at the Christmas items that were being stocked and made a silent commitment to myself that I wouldn’t wait until the last minute to prepare this year. With that in mind, I think it is time for a shot of inspiration for all of us. And, a great place to start is the front door. It is the first impression your home makes on guests and passers-by. This year, let that impression be one of an inviting, festive home of a holiday guru. Only you and I will know that the idea came from an inspirational photo you found that led to such an amazing front door display. As you begin to form the perfect look in your mind here are a few bits to keep in mind.
Wreaths: Of course they will always hold a place of honor in any entryway, but there are so many interpretations out there today. From the fabric Santa Clause to the creatively decorated ice skates, the ideas are endless. Archways: Taking the decor around the door can add both depth and detail to your entryway. Evergreen makes a great base and can be decorated with anything from traditional pinecones to enticing candy canes. Accent Pieces: Go a step further by adding some seasonal plants, decorating existing bushes or maybe even standing a couple colorful sentries to show guests to the door. No matter what look you choose, now is the time to get started preparing. Don’t wait to decide your direction, do it now. A little planning today will make you the envy of the neighborhood in ... oh... a little over six weeks I would say.
Welcome to our new craft/DIY project column. You suggested- we listened! In each issue, we will feature a person who will share a step by step project. Our area is bursting with talent and creative ideas and we can’t wait to share them with you! Our creative contributor for this issue is Courtney Dial. After seeing these cute peppermint trays, I wanted to find a way to make it a stand (I have a big obsession with anything on a stand and collect cake stands). Candy canes make the perfect holder! You can make these cute peppermint cupcake stands with just a few simple items! Set them on dessert tables or serve your holiday dessert on its own unique little cupcake stand!
Step- by-step Instructions Step 1: 1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Step 2: Spray the inside of your cookie cutter with cooking spray and set on parchment paper.
Step 3: Fill the cutter with peppermints. Bake for 6-8 minutes (as it starts to melt, it goes fast so watch carefully).
Step 4: Let cool several minutes then carefully push out of cutter.
Step 5: Use adhesive glue, hot glue, and tape to hold candy canes together. We used a bit of tape around the top and it barely showed. Tie holiday ribbon around the candy canes.
PROJECT: Handmade Cupcake Stands SKILL LEVEL: Beginner
Step 6: Use a drop of hot glue to adhere the round disk to the candy cane stand. Enjoy!
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A Splash of Color
No need to stick with the traditional reds and greens of the holidays. Try something daring like pink or light blue to liven up the room.
A Worldly Feel
Try adding accent pieces from other parts of the world to your look. It will not only make your home “one-of-a-kind” in the neighborhood, it will also be a great conversation starter.
Fresh and Simple
There is something to be said for using white as your “color”. We all know Louisiana is not likely to have a white Christmas so why not make one of your own?
A feminine look
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Still have your heart set on “boughs of Holly”? Go for it! There is something to be said for the rich, rustic colors and the smell of pine that accompanies them. In the end the decorations you choose are intended to bring holiday joy to you and those you love, and that is all that matters.
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turn the page Book and Author Reviews During the cold, blustery winter months, I daydream about someday spending that time in the Florida Keys. Well, until that day arrives, author Terri Dulong affords me that opportunity in her Cedar Key series of books. They are full of women resolving problems, making new and lasting friends, learning independence, and fulfilling their dreams. What’s not to like!
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In Spinning Forward, heroine Sydney’s wealthy husband dies and leaves her penniless through his secret gambling. Her best friend owns a bed and breakfast in Cedar Key, Florida. As Sydney is feeling dispirited and discouraged, she takes a trip to Cedar Key to get her life in order. Soon she falls in love with the little island and, with the help of her best friend and newly discovered friends, decides to settle there. She opens a knitting shop and her new life enfolds around her. Book two in the series, Casting About, finds Syndey’s daughter, Monica, arriving for a visit with her mom in Cedar Key. She also falls in love with the island (along with a man). As Sydney embarks on new adventures (starting in book one), Monica takes over her mom’s knitting shop and is about to begin some new adventures of her own. Sunrise on Cedar Key introduces us to Grace, who is fleeing a disastrous affair with a married man. She moves in with her aunt, who resides on the little island, and helps her set up knitting retreat/spa weekends in their beautiful home on the water. Of course, the handsome new owner of the bookstore will catch her eye… In Postcards from Cedar Key, heroine Berkley visits Cedar Key from Massachusetts, where she owns and runs a successful chocolate and gem shop. She comes there to delve into her deceased mother’s past. It seems her mom once lived on the island for a short time, but never would explain why she was there or what happened. Some questions have arisen in Berkley’s life about that time, which need resolution. She loves the friendliness of the women on the island, and when she discovers a perfect building in this wonderful location, she also moves to Cedar Key and re-opens her chocolate and gem shop. ‘Tis the season, right? There is even a Christmas short story by Terri Dulong entitled “A Cedar Key Christmas”
in a trilogy with authors Fern Michaels and Mary Carter. Speaking of Christmas stories, Victoria Alexander has written a holiday book What Happens At Christmas, set in 1886 in the English countryside. Heroine Camille has set her cap on a prince and has brought him home to enjoy an old-fashioned English Christmas. Her family is eccentric and funny. She is dismayed to discover her old beau, who has been in America for 11 years, is also included in her planned Christmas scenario. Think Downtown Abbey! One of my favorite authors, Patrick Taylor (who I featured in my “British Wave” article in the March-April issue) also has a Christmas book entitled, An Irish Country Christmas. Our hero, Dr. Barry Laverty, is spending his first Christmas in his new home in the Village of Billybucklebo, Ireland. His new practice with senior partner, Dr. O’Reilly, has turned into a satisfying experience, and his sweetheart is expected home for the holidays. But as usual, life has a way of intruding on expectations and things do not go as planned. You will discover a whole new outlook into a charming Irish lifestyle when you read Patrick Taylor books. Two other contemporary holiday reads come from very well-known Debbie Macomber, fondly known as “the official storyteller of Christmas”. Call Me Mrs. Miracle is about an angel, going by the name of Mrs. Miracle, who comes to a New York department store and works in the toy section. She has come to match-make the store’s rich owner with a lovely young woman taking care of her eight-year old nephew, as her brother serves our country in Afghanistan. When you read this one, it will make an angel-believer out of you! Macomber’s The Christmas Basket was also enjoyable. Characters Thom and Noelle were planning to elope when they were 19, but circumstances kept them apart--with a misunderstanding lasting ten years. Their mothers, who were best friends, are also estranged. Noelle finally comes home for the holiday and discovers Thom is still unmarried, and maybe old feelings aren’t as gone as they had thought. Holiday wishes may come true... Making it a Merry Christmas, indeed. Here’s hoping your holiday wishes come true this season, and I’ll see you at the library!
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I just got back from Las Vegas! You know that saying what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Well, I almost stayed in Vegas, but it wasn’t because I wanted to. Anyone that knows me knows I have absolutely no sense of direction. My husband tells people that I could get lost in a brown paper bag. While that may be true, it was being lost in a casino in Las Vegas that just about put my new friend, Joey, over the edge. My husband and I are early risers so at 6:00 in the morning on our first day in Vegas we’re up walking around trying to find something to do. There isn’t much to do at that time of day in Vegas except gamble. My husband suggested we play together on a penny machine to save money while killing time. I found a penny machine where a brown-eyed boy was being chased by panthers, lions and bears. Oh my!! We’d been playing for about 20 minutes when guess who called? Yep, Mother Nature pushed #1 on her speed dial and I started looking around for a bathroom. I told my husband I was going to “see a woman about a purse” and if I wasn’t back in 15 minutes to come looking for me. What was I thinking!?! I should have known I’d never be able to find a bathroom without a map and a GPS. And thinking that my husband would leave that machine to look for me when he was up 43 cents was crazy. I kept telling myself I was a big girl and could do this. There were signs to read for directions and people I could ask, right? I swear the minute I left my chair everybody deserted that place and took all the bathroom signs with them. I walked for what seemed like hours. Tears were about to start rolling down my cheeks and my legs. I had to find a bathroom now!!
I finally found one just in time. Whew! I felt like a new woman until I walked out and realized I had no idea where I was. Well dang! What was I to do now? I didn’t see a soul to ask so I tried calling my husband’s cell … 79 times I called that man! I don’t know why he even has a cell phone, he never answers the darn
thing. You can’t tell me he didn’t hear that phone ring at least once. Even if it was on vibrate, as many times as I called he should have vibrated right outta that chair. Well, I did what I usually do in a situation like this, I cried. I slid right down that wall and started bawlin’ like a baby. Out of the blue a young man in a security uniform came up and asked if he could help me. What a sweet boy! He reminded me of my sons, all nice and polite. Of course he could help me! Help me find that rat husband of mine! What was that man thinking letting me go off on my own like that? The more I talked to my new friend Joey, the madder he got. Boy was my husband gonna be in trouble when we found him!! Joey and I walked around the casino until we found my husband - still at the same machine. It was okay for him to help that brown-eyed boy get away from the panthers, lions and bears (Oh my!!), but he couldn’t get out of his chair to help his brown-eyed wife? My little friend let my husband have it but good. I stopped Joey just short of calling the police to have my husband arrested for abandonment. It was enough punishment that Joey dragged him away from that machine kicking and screaming because he didn’t get his voucher for $1.27. I’d been gone at least an hour and that’s the best he could do? $1.27? I was lost and in deep distress to boot. The least the man could have done was win some big money. In a situation like this a shopping spree is just the thing to make any woman feel better, don’t you think? (Me, too!!) My new little friend told my husband to leave the casino and never come back. He invited me back though to see him any time I wanted. He said I reminded him of his mom. Isn’t that sweet? I’m planning a trip back to Vegas next month to see my Joey. He said he’d give me some tips on those slot machines as long as I didn’t bring my husband with me. He said the experience with my husband was not something he wanted to repeat. Once was enough to put him right over the edge.
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ot diggity dog, it is finally cooling down! Maybe I should explain something about keeshonden- we are a double-coated dog. Underneath my long silver and black hair, there is a second, wooly coat. So I love the cooler weather, especially playing in the snow! Last winter I was just a pup and had a lot of energy. I would go down the back steps, tuck my head and do somersaults. All I know is that the snow felt so good and I didn’t understand why my ‘parents’ were always telling me to hurry up and do my “business” so they could get back inside! My dog-sister, Delta found her furever home in New York so she gets to play in the snow too. Her ‘mom’ shared this photo of her after playing out in it last winter. We called her “Delta Claus” (snicker! snort!)
Some of my dog-friends that have just one coat, especially the short haired ones, don’t like the cold weather. They want to stay inside where it’s warm and some of them even like to be covered up with blankets, like my little doxie friend, Daisy Rose. Her ‘mom’ sent this picture that shows how she feels about winter, guess that’s why she runs away to Florida for a while! Maybe we’ll call her “Lazy Daisy” (oh, I crack myself up!)
Another fun thing that winter will bring is Christmas! Last year I could barely reach the bottom branch on the Christmas tree so I am looking forward to some real fun this year! Between the gift wrapping that will need to be shredded and the shiny ornaments they will hang for me to pull off, I’m sure I’ll have a doggone good time! I’m a little concerned with my ‘Dad’s’ threats of, “If you don’t straighten up, Santa won’t bring you anything for Christmas” but I’ve learned he’s mostly all bark!
My DFF: Rudy (Dog Friend Furever)
udy is a 5 year old, female, fox terrier that considers herself one lucky dog! For her first 4 ½ years she lived with a human‘Dad’ and sometimes a little girl named Elaina. Her ‘Dad’ was a truck driver who was gone for very long days. When he had to be gone overnight, Rudy would stay with the neighbor. She loved her family but was very lonely and wished for someone to play with her more often. About 6 months ago, the neighbor had to move so he couldn’t help care for her anymore. Her ‘Dad’ also got a job that kept him away from home all week. That is when Rudy’s life took a change for the better. She was sent to live with
‘Grandma’! Rudy has found that it is true what they say about ‘Grandmas’- they spoil you and she loves it! Now Rudy has a nice bed, lots of toys and her dog food always has something yummy in it to make it better. She’s kind of losing her girlish figure but she’s very happy! Even on the days when ‘Grandma’ has to be gone, Rudy knows she will be home soon and she won’t be lonely anymore. She loves car rides like I do, especially barking at the horses and cows she sees along the way. She still gets to see Elaina quite often so she enjoys the best of both worlds- hugs from her favorite little girl and a cozy home with ‘Grandma’!
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Barley is a healthy whole grain that is high in fiber and protein with many great health benefits. It is generally available in pearled, hulled and flaked forms. When cooked, barley has a chewy texture and nutty flavor, similar to brown rice.
cover and simmer. Pearled barley should be simmered for about one hour, while hulled barley should be cooked for about 90 minutes. Barley flakes are cooked over low heat for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
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In a medium saucepan, heat water and salt to boiling. Stir in barley; reduce heat and cover. Simmer 10-12 minutes or until tender. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix yogurt and maple syrup. Add barley, walnuts, cinnamon and stir. Fold in whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Stir in blueberries. Sprinkle with additional walnuts and a dash of cinnamon before serving.
Barley Stuffed Peppers 4 large green bell peppers 1/2 lb. bulk Italian sausage 1 cup onion, chopped
1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce 3 cups cooked barley
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Cut tops off the peppers and remove seeds. In a large pot, blanch peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside. In a skillet over medium heat, cook sausage, onion and garlic until onion is tender and sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, barley, thyme, salt and pepper; heat through. Spoon into peppers and place in an un-greased 8 inch square baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° F. for 25-30 minutes.
Barley Pilaf with Roasted Peppers and Snow Peas 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped 1 1/3 cups vegetable broth
2/3 cup uncooked quickcooking barley 1/2 cup snow peas, (1/2 inch) diagonally cut
6 T red and yellow roasted peppers, finely chopped 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the celery and onion, sauté for 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes until barley is tender. Stir in snow peas, roasted peppers and black pepper. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
Shrimp and Pea Barley Risotto 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ teaspoon pepper 1 cup pearl barley 4 cups low salt chicken broth 12 oz. peeled and de-veined
raw shrimp 1 cup frozen peas 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
In a large saucepan, heat oil; sauté and stir onion, garlic, lemon zest and pepper until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in barley and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring vigorously halfway through for 15 seconds. Stir in shrimp and peas; cover and simmer until shrimp are pink and peas are tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.
Susie G’s Homemade Beef Barley Stew Courtesy of Susan Gillespie of Brainerd Minnesota
1 large white onion chopped 1-2 lbs round steak - cubed 1/2 to 1 full box Quaker barley 1 bag frozen sweet corn
1 bag frozen chopped carrots 1 box and 1 can of beef broth Salt and Pepper to taste Butter or Olive oil for browning
In large pan add butter or olive oil and chopped onions. Cook until onions are clear. Add cubed steak and brown meat on all sides. Transfer onions and meat to crock pot and add beef broth and 2 cans of water. Add carrots corn and salt and pepper to taste. Cook in crock pot on medium for 1/2 to 2 hours. When broth is bubbly add 1/2 box barley. If you like it thicker you can add more but it will soak up all the liquid so add a little at a time as it cooks. Cook for another 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Serve with buttered corn bread and enjoy!
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