Simply Hers November/December 2020

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from the publisher Every time I sit down to write the notes for our next issue, I tell myself that next time I will be able to say, “We made it! The pandemic is in check and we are back to ‘real normal’ instead of the ‘new normal.’” (Is anyone else sick of that expression?) However, now I’m writing notes for the November/December issue, and I still can’t say that. I’m sure that many of you are as frustrated as I am and maybe you’re getting pretty discouraged. BUT, as the Grinch discovered, you can’t stop Christmas from coming—or Thanksgiving, for that matter. The holidays are upon us, and that is a good thing. Let’s decide to focus on what is unchanging and wonderful about this time of year. We still have reasons to be grateful, and we can make these holidays special and meaningful even if we can’t do them exactly as we’ve done before. Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher

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In this issue, you will find articles focusing on just this outlook. As always, we are trying to help you with your holidays by providing some recipes and other inspiration and we have our annual “Countdown to Christmas” giveaways. Something new this year is the “Holiday Joys” photo contest. You have a chance to share a photo of your Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations and win a nice prize package. As this strange, difficult, sometimes totally bizarre year draws to a close, I want to thank you for continuing to pick up our publications! I know it was sometimes a bit of a hunt to find one, and we truly appreciate that you made the effort. We hope we’ve been at least a small bright spot for you! My eternal gratitude to our steadfast advertisers who carried us through the shutdown and are still supporting the magazine. Without them, Simply Hers wouldn’t exist, and we urge all of you to read the ads as well as the articles and patronize local businesses whenever you can. The only way to keep area retailers, professionals, and services in our area is to support them! Finally . . . my staff. MAN, what a year we’ve had! But, by working together and keeping a sense of humor, we still managed to put out every issue of every publication despite the difficulties. I am beyond thankful for every one of them and very proud of my outstanding team. Wishing you joyful, blessed, and peaceful holidays.

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C O N T E N T

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Coldwell Banker - Groves Real Estate

Fashion 12

Perfectly Plaid

Beauty 14

Winter Hair Care

Stuff You Might Not Know About

Harriet Quimby

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Breast Cancer Screening 22 Why Is It Important?

Business Spotlight 24

Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan

Ask the Doctor 26 Ear Infections

Taking Time 28 For Self-Care

34 Over The Edge

For the Love of a Dog

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Working for Coldwell Banker Groves Real Estate has many perks – not only for clients but for the staff and community as a whole. Because at Coldwell Banker not only are they working to help homeowners, but to make the area a better place to live and raise a family. Coldwell Banker is a strong supporter of the community it has been a part of for more than 30 years. Being a local business is a source of pride and the realtors and staff enjoy giving back. For more on Coldwell Banker Groves Real Estate turn to page 10.

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Business GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY in many ways

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Working for Coldwell Banker Groves Real Estate has many perks, not only for clients but for the staff and community as a whole. At Coldwell Banker, not only are they working to help homeowners but to make the area a better place to live and raise a family. “We are strong supporters of our community,” said Sherri Groves. When asked what her title is at the business, it became apparent that the tasks she does to keep Coldwell Banker thriving were numerous. While she settled on office manager, it is clear that all the staff at the family-owned business wear many hats. Among the hats the entire team wears is community outreach. From teams and clubs to community events and local non-profit organizations, Coldwell Banker is a strong supporter of the community it has been a part of for more than 30 years. Being a local business is a source of pride and the realtors and staff enjoy giving back by participating in service groups such as Junior Achievement, supporting local 4-H clubs and FFA, and being involved in larger groups like the Hillsdale Kiwanis and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness (CAPA).

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—————— H —————— The business also uses its support of the community as an incentive to their staff. Sherri said there is a wheel in their office full of gift cards to local businesses and when a staff member reaches a milestone or hits a designated sales target, they can spin the wheel and win a great local prize. Self-motivation is an important attribute of a good realtor and the staff at Coldwell Banker is driven to do their very best and to give their very best to their clients. “You have to be able to think on your feet," Sherri said. "[Real estate] is fast-paced and can be hectic but is very rewarding. The realtors here really care about who they work for; it is not just a job for them. We’re like 10 a family here.”

The family atmosphere is literally true for Sherri. She works alongside her husband Tim and with her father-in-law Denny and aunt Barbara. While Sherri does have her real estate license, she does not work as much with the buying and selling of homes as she does with numbers. A CPA by trade, Sherri came to work with her husband in 2009 after working as an accountant. A self-proclaimed “behind-thescenes person,” Sherri really is a “Jack of all trades” knowing the ins and outs of the real estate business. “No two days are alike,” she says of her job, and that is the way she likes it. She also enjoys the flexibility of her job which allows her to help her children with their schooling, which they are completing virtually, as well as working from home when needed. Working with your spouse could be considered challenging, but for Sherri and Tim, it never has been. “It’s never been a struggle. We always enjoy spending time together,” she said. The difference with their positions – Tim being out and about helping clients and Sherri in the office or at home working with the numbers – means they are not side by side all day every day. But Sherri says she does enjoy working with her husband even when “shop talk” bleeds into the dinner conversation. Sherri jokes that the kids will often have to ask them to change the subject from realty. “Our kids know all about real estate,” she said with a laugh. “Real estate is a way of life, not a job.” When they are not busy with work, Sherri and Tim can usually be found at one of their two children’s sporting or extracurricular events. Often, the two will go out for a date lunch. “We use lunchtime as date time,” she said.


This creativity and flexibility proved to be a tremendous asset when everything stopped last March. Like just about every business in the country, real estate was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Spring is a busy time for realtors and the inability to show clients homes was a challenge. Coldwell Banker agents rose to the occasion and developed creative solutions. “There is nothing like physically seeing a home,” Sherri said. “We couldn’t do anything in person for a while so it posed some challenges.” Coldwell Banker relied heavily on virtual tours but all agents remained in contact with their clients by utilizing email, phone calls, or virtual meetings. Sherri said real estate is a business of personal connections and “you cannot replace human interaction.” Thankfully, Coldwell Banker is back to being able to see customers face to face (or mask to mask), and “business is back up to pre-pandemic levels and maybe even beyond,” Sherri said. In fact, the demand for homes is so great the market is in need of more inventory throughout the Hillsdale, Branch, Lenawee and Jackson area. So what should people do if they think they are ready to sell? Sherri suggests contacting a real estate agent first “from Coldwell Banker, of course.” There are many steps involved in selling a home and it is not as straightforward as one may think. A real estate agent can walk homeowners through the process to make it as simple as possible. The large, wellseasoned staff at Coldwell Banker can help clients with any questions that may come up during the buying or selling process. “Our realtors do their homework,” she said. “Your house is your largest purchase. It’s stressful. Our goal is to make our clients feel like a person that matters, not a transaction.”

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————————— H ————————— She added that it is important to choose an agent who fits well with your personality and is willing to tell you the truth and not “just say what I want to hear.” It is also good to have an agent who has a good support system so if he or she does not know the answer there are others can who help and have a “strong network of resources.” While Sherri may take her work everywhere she goes (even on vacation), she and her family do enjoy camping and during hunting season when Tim and Tyler (13) are out hunting, Sherri and Kylee (16) enjoy shopping. She also is an amateur chef and her kids want her to open her own restaurant someday. Sherri is also a member of the Jonesville Community Schools School Board and treasurer of Hillsdale County Board of Realtors. For more information about Coldwell Banker Groves Real Estate or to talk to an agent, call 517-439-1511 or visit www.homesofhillsdale.com. 11


PERFECTLY PLAID

It’s that time of year again when you hear the term “basic” in reference to gals who love a good pumpkin spice latte, sherpa-lined boots, and plaid. So how is that a bad thing? We say “Bring on the basic!” Put on those comfy boots, grab your PS latte, and check out our picks for a plethora of plaid to keep you woven in style all winter long!

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This Classic Plaid Flannel Shirt from Old Navy is made of soft, cozy double-brushed 100% cotton flannel. An easy pairing with jeans or leggings, wear it alone or throw it over a favorite tee. $29.99 at www.oldnavy.com

These navy blue and orange plaid earrings from Obsessories LA on Etsy are the perfect accent for a solid tee or sweater. Made of hypoallergenic surgical steel, they’re a simple way for anyone to make a statement. www.etsy.com/shop/ObsessoriesLA.

Spun from a lightweight cotton blend, this Checker Flare Shirtdress from Calvin Klein makes a wearable summer piece, with bow cuffs adding a touch of playful. $49.99 at www.saksoff5th.com

Check out this cute blanket scarf from CCKIISE! One of fifteen colors, these scarves are warm, comfortable, and lightweight. Its large size allows for it to be tied and worn in many different configurations. $10-$18 at www.amazon.com

LOCAL FEATURE Shop Hillsdale’s very own Maggie Anne’s for this beauty! Vera Bradley’s flagship tote is large enough to hold the extras for a weekend trip, snacks for a soccer game, or the necessities for your commute to the office. The exterior pockets are perfect for your phone and keys and the interior pockets keep everything else neatly organized. The zip closure keeps everything secure. The adorable deer accent brings the holiday spirit everywhere you take it! $140 at Maggie Anne’s, 50 N. Howell Street, Hillsdale.

According to Stormy Kromer’s website, you can have your Kromer and your ponytail too! They solved this ongoing hat-hairstyle dilemma with the Millie, named for Stormy’s niece. It’s essentially an Ida with a place for your pony. It still has Kromer’s classic construction, wool blend outer, a cotton lining, and a pull-down ear band. Another cool feature, the company is based in Ironwood, Michigan! The Millie $46.99 at www.stormykromer.com

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TOMS is mad for plaid. This is their iconic silhouette, now with TOMS CloudBound™ sole which provides extra comfort, extra traction, and an extra breathable insole. An ultracomfortable and hand-washable OrthoLite® Eco LT insole offers premium cushioning and increased air flow. Meanwhile, a rubber / EVA outsole outfitted with custom tread and tractions pads provides a super sticky grip. $54.95 at www.toms.com

colorSTREET puts plaid in the palm of your hand - well, on the tips of your fingers! Plaid Reputation is a gorgeous sparkly plaid in shades of grey, black, and silver. Plaid About You is an overlay of a black plaid on a clear polish strip which allows you to layer it over any other colored polish for a custom plaid manicure! $13 & $11 respectively at www.colorstreet.com

Meet L.L. Bean’s premium ultrasoft cotton flannel robe in a wrap style that’s just the right weight to stay warm and cozy without overheating. Made from the finest flannel for superior comfort, softness, and durability. $79 at www.llbean.com

You’ll fall in love with the oversized, plush throw from The Big One! It’s large size makes it perfect for snuggling down to watch your favorite holiday movie or take a well-deserved nap! It’s available in forty-two colors, including six different plaids like this one we’re showcasing in the Jewel Plaid color. $29.99 at www.kohls.com

A pair of Buffalo Check Plaid Cozy Crew Socks from A New Day at Target is the perfect way to treat yourself to an extra layer of comfy-cozy warmth on chilly days. A bargain at $3 a pair and available in three colors: black/cream, blue/cream, and red/cream. www.target.com

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A slimmed-down, but not too slimmed-down, version of Madewell’s best-selling, wide-leg pants. Specially engineered for an A+ rearview (the secret is the way they fit the high waist), this is the plaid pair you’ll want to wear every single day. $95.00 at www.madewell.com

Here’s a twist on an iconic L.L. Bean favorite. This slim plaid shirt features their authentic chamois-shirt fabric in a longer length that looks amazing with leggings, skinny jeans, and more. $89.00 at www.llbean.com


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ADVICE FROM

Mindy Shoemaker STYLIST, VIAGGIO SALON

Mindy Shoemaker has been helping to cultivate beautiful hair for over twenty-five years! Working at Viaggio Salon in Hillsdale, she’s ready to take on the challenge of helping you tame your winter locks! Read on to hear Mindy’s advice for not just managing but having great winter hair!

As the weather turns cold, we start seeing a change in our hair from the lack of moisture in the air and the use of central heating. Hat-head, itchy scalp, unruly flyaways, and frizzy, matted hair, and dry, split ends are all things your hair goes through when cold weather sets in. Just like your skin, your hair deserves an extra dose of attention during the cold, blustery winter months.

DRYNESS, STATIC, ITCHY SCALP, OR JUST LACKLUSTER HAIR? I recommend a Malibu Makeover. This consists of a Malibu treatment which helps remove minerals, medication, and product build-up from the hair. I’d follow that with either a moisturizing or protein treatment especially created for your hair type. During winter, I also recommend switching to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and using weekly deep conditioning treatments. Viaggio carries Innersense and Olaplex products which have formulas for all hair types.

DRY, ITCHY SCALP? Cold air combined with overheated rooms is a common cause of itchy, flaky skin. My suggestion is to switch to a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for scalp issues such as the L’ANZA Scalp Balancing System, paired with Malibu Scalp Therapy Satchets once a week, to help alleviate these problems. These products will help remove the dry skin build-up on the scalp and keep your scalp balanced.

FIGHTING STATIC OR SPLIT ENDS? Always use a heat protectant before any heat styling. All of Viaggio’s L’ANZA hair care products have a built-in heat protectant safe up to 450°. Also consider using a leave-in conditioner for added moisture and turn down the temperature on your curling iron and especially your flat iron. In addition, lower the heat setting on your blow dryer. All of these tools can zap your hair of much needed moisture. To give your hair a break from heat styling, I suggest getting creative - try a braid, bun, twists, or ponytails. You should “cool down” on the hot, steamy showers as well. Although they feel great during the winter, hot water can actually strip your scalp of its natural oils and dry out your hair shaft (and skin!). Shampoo with warm or lukewarm water and shorten your shower session. If you’re prone to dryness, I suggest cutting back on shampooing as it also strips the scalp of its natural oils. If your hair is oily, consider applying a dry shampoo with absorbing ingredients like clay to refresh and absorb excess oil. Viaggio carries L’ANZA Dry Texture Spray which is the perfect product for this.

KEEPING HAIR HEALTHY IN THE COLD The reality of winter is that extreme changes in weather can wreak havoc on your hair! I suggest covering your hair with a hat before going outside to prevent the harsh weather from coming into direct contact with your strands which can weaken them and cause further damage. However, no woman wants the dreaded flat “hat head,” so when purchasing your winter hat, keep in mind certain fabrics can worsen static. Avoid fibers such as wool, acrylic, and anything rough to the touch. Instead, opt for fleece or cotton or find a hat with a silk or satin lining. If you can’t find a hat with a silk or satin lining, try wrapping a silk scarf around your hair before putting on your hat. Once you arrive at your destination, remove your scarf and your blowout or curls will be intact and protected. Lastly, avoid walking out the door with damp hair. This is when the hair cuticle is open and hair tends to get frizzy and gather static, plus it could literally freeze like an icicle!

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DRY NEEDLING:

AND PHYSICAL THERAPY By: Triston Culp, PT, DPT Hillsdale Physical Therapist

What is dry needling? Dry needling is a technique that uses small, threadlike needles to release underlying myofascial trigger points to treat pain and movement impairments. The term “dry” indicates that the needles are used without medication or injection. Dry needling is similar to acupuncture in both its scope and practice with the aim being to release taut bands of muscle and to stimulate nerve roots to increase function. What diagnoses respond well to dry needling? Patients experiencing any kind of pain will typically respond well to dry needling. Conditions that respond well to dry needling include but are not limited to headaches and migraines, trigger points, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, muscle strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, tendinopathies, and joint or spine pain. What can I expect at my treatment sessions? Like all physical therapy, treatment will begin with an in-depth evaluation performed by a certified dry needling specialist to identify and assess your area of pain. If you are a candidate, the thin, filiform needles will be inserted through the skin into areas of your muscle for several minutes, typically with little to no discomfort. You will then be reassessed for effectiveness of treatment, in which the goal is increased muscle activation and a reduction in pain,

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thus increasing your ability to function. This is a result of increased blood and oxygen flow, increased nerve response, and increased endorphin (feel-good chemicals) production. Is dry needling safe? Additional precautions are taken for those who are pregnant, have a bleeding disorder, or a local infection. Your therapist will review possible risks and side effects during your initial treatment. Will my insurance cover dry needling? Dry needling is a service that requires a physician’s signature to initiate physical therapy treatment and is an out of pocket cost for some insurances. For more information or to schedule an evaluation, call your local Athletico clinic or request an appointment online through our website www.Athletico.com. Michigan is a Direct Access state, which means we can initiate physical therapy without a referral or prescription from your physician for most insurances which provides you with an immediate physical therapy option.

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You Might Not Know About . . .

HARRIET QUIMBY By Sarah Gray —

It’s been more than 100 years since man first took to the sky and woman was not far behind. Michigan native Harriet Quimby became the first woman to receive a pilot’s license – and her triumphs did not end there.

Quimby joined the Moisant International Aviators, an exhibition aviation team, and made her professional debut in a night flight over Staten Island for a crowd of 20,000 spectators. The flight earned her $1,500.

There is conflicting information about where Harriet Quimby was born in Michigan on May 11, 1875. Some websites state she was born in Coldwater while others say it was in Arcadia Township in northern Michigan. In addition, little is known about her early life. Her biography picks up in 1902 when she and her family had moved from Michigan to California and she began writing for the Dramatic Review, a publication out of San Francisco.

The press called her “China Doll” because of her petite frame and fair skin. It is said that she capitalized on her femininity by wearing trousers tucked in high lace boots and a plum-colored blouse accessorized with a necklace and bracelet. As the first U.S. woman pilot and one of few in the country, she drew crowds wherever she went.

Soon after, she moved to New York City and became a theater critic for the publication Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly having more than 250 articles published in a nine-year span. Her journalistic talents would be accomplishment enough, but in 1910 she attended an air show in Belmont Park and decided she wanted to learn how to fly. On August 1, 1911, she took her pilot’s test and the Aero Club of America awarded her a U.S. pilot’s license making her the first woman to have such a license in the United States. She was the second woman in the world to earn a pilot’s license, the first being Baroness de la Roche of France.

In addition to her skills as a pilot, Quimby also wrote seven screenplays that were made into silent short films. Starring in her films were such early acting greats as Wilfred Lucas and Blanche Sweet. Quimby herself also had a small role in one of the pictures. One of her earliest flights with her team was during the inauguration of Mexican President Francisco Madero when she became the first woman to fly over Mexico City. On April 16, 1912, after

nearly a month of preparation, Quimby boarded her French Bleriot monoplane in Dover, England, and became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. The overcast flight lasted 59 minutes. Her success was overshadowed, however, as the day before her historic flight the Titanic sank in the Atlantic consuming all media and public attention. Shortly after on July 1, 1912, she flew in the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet. She and event organizer William A.P. Willard were aboard her brand-new two-seat Bleriot monoplane when the plane unexpectedly tipped upwards. Both Quimby and Willard were ejected from the plane and fell to their deaths. The aircraft glided to the ground and stuck into some mud with very little damage. Quimby was just 37 years old. Quimby’s pioneering spirit influenced many women. While she was buried in New York, a monument to her, the Harriet Quimby Compass Rose Fountain, stands in a cemetery in Los Angeles. In 1991, the United States Postal Service issued a 50 cent airmail postage stamp commemorating Quimby. She was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Long Island Air and Space Hall of Fame in 2012. She is also memorialized in two Michigan Historical markers – one near Coldwater, the other in Arcadia Township.

Have an idea for Stuff You Might Not Know About? Email your suggestion to Sarah Gray at sarah@simplyhers.net.

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BREAST CANCER SCREENING

Why is it Important?

By Rachel Gier, FNP-C Hillsdale Medical Associates

October is breast cancer screening awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women except for skin cancers. In the United States alone, a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. I challenge you to name seven other women that you know. Among you and the seven other women you named, statistically speaking, ONE of you will develop breast cancer in your lifetime. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer can vary. The most common symptom is a new lump or mass. Other symptoms can be swelling to all or part of a breast, skin dimpling (like an orange peel), pain in the breast or nipple, retraction of the nipple, nipple discharge, changes in the skin around the breast or nipple, and swollen lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit) or by the clavicle (collar bone). Unfortunately, not all women have symptoms and the abnormalities leading to further testing are initially found on their screening mammogram. Performing a self-breast exam monthly can help you become familiar with your breasts and be able to detect changes. Women should do a breast self-exam every month. You can perform the breast exam in the shower, in front of a mirror, or lying down. To perform the exam on yourself, use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter

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and go around your breast from side to side and up and down. Be sure to go into your axilla (armpit) and up to your clavicle. Screening for breast cancer is an important part of early diagnosis. Women between the ages of 40-44 have the choice to start screening mammograms earlier if they wish. Women between 45 and 54 should have yearly mammogram. Once reaching 55, women can switch to having a mammogram every 2 years. While these are only guidelines, you can work with your healthcare provider to determine what frequency of screening may be best for you. Some women may be tested more frequently depending on their family history or risk factors. Women can also check their own breasts for any changes. If you have concerns about your breasts or nipples, please discuss them with your health care provider. There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. If you notice a change in your breasts or nipples, it does not hurt to have it checked by a healthcare professional. Even subtle changes can lead to bigger problems if not evaluated in a timely manner. For further information regarding breast cancer and screening, please visit www.komen.org, www.cancer. org, or speak with your health care provider.


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Goodwill Industries ost of us are probably familiar with the Goodwill resale stores, but do you know the mission behind the stores? It’s not simply about selling things . . . it’s about rebuilding lives, nurturing spirits, and walking alongside those who need support while helping them to a place of greater independence.

President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan Keith Chapman and Vice President of Workforce Development John Haught are enthusiastic and passionate advocates for the clients served by their organization. Part of that commitment is intelligently utilizing their resources to generate revenue that funds needed services. “We try to find a positive use for everything that’s donated,” says Keith. This can be seen throughout the large processing area of the headquarters. Donated items that are suitable for resale are readied and sent to the store. In the refinishing and refurbishing area, people learn to mend and refurbish furniture. John reports that this is a popular work station and many worn or damaged pieces of furniture have found new life and beauty there. In the book department, workers use online resources to determine the books with greater value and those are sold on shopgoodwill.com or other online ecommerce platforms. They also keep an eye out for other more valuable items for online auctions. Donated clothing and fabric that doesn’t sell at the store or that is not in salable condition goes to one of two places. Some is compacted into huge bales and sold to textile recyclers. Another option is cutting the fabric into smaller pieces and selling it as rag bundles to businesses like car washes. Goodwill also provides secure document shredding for area businesses. The shredded paper is baled and sold to recyclers. Cardboard recycling is another service and this is open to community residents. The cardboard is compressed, baled, and sold like the fabric and paper for additional revenue. Keith says they are developing contracts with local businesses such as the ongoing box assembly contract. Goodwill employees

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assemble boxes and fit them with molded packing inserts and the assembled boxes are delivered to a parts manufacturer for shipping their products. They also have some contracts which place Goodwill participants at outside businesses along with an agency supervisor. This gives them not only a source of income but integrates them into regular work environments. That connectedness to community and integration into everyday life is a prime focus for Goodwill. The goal is “to provide equal opportunities for individuals to achieve employment and an enhanced quality of life while connecting them to their community,” explains Keith. Giving marginalized people a chance to develop usable skills and interact with the general population helps move them from a position of dependence to one of independence. As John puts it, “We’re in the business of working ourselves out of business.” He stresses that Goodwill Industries is part of a larger network of agencies working together to provide a complete array of services. Forming partnerships and relationships with their clients is also primary. “We don’t just send them off to another agency and wish them luck,” says John. “We will walk with them through the process.” Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan serves Lenawee and Monroe counties and parts of Washtenaw and Hillsdale counties. Besides their adult clients, Goodwill works closely with the ISD to assist students who can benefit from their programs. And, always, how they approach each individual is guided by their overall mission. To learn more about how Goodwill Industries works and the services they provide, visit their website at goodwillsemi.org.


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TAKING TIME For self-care

Is anyone else out there stressed? Anyone? It’s can’t be just me. Some days I feel like bricks are just continually piling up on my shoulders. My posture is a mess!

GRAY MATTERS By Sarah Gray Simply Hers Magazine

What is it they say on airplanes? In the event of a crash secure your own oxygen before helping others. In a way, the same principle applies. What good are you going to be if you are stressed to the max with no relief in There is a lot going on these days. That’s sight, doing for others all the time and doing quite the understatement. What with the nothing for yourself? In the end everyone normal worries of kids, school, home, money, suffers, not just you. and health we all have more stress added to our plates – or bigger helpings of the worry So, take some time. I really mean it. No we already have. Plus, the holidays are here! schedule is so busy that you can’t take a little Break out the stretchy pants! time for yourself. You are too important. It’s easy to get bogged down in it. Very easy. Too much time watching the news or on social media makes me want to crawl under the covers and wait until spring. Unfortunately, we are not like our pals the bears who can sleep away the upcoming months or like our feathery friends who can simply pick up and fly away to a better location (although I have been eating enough to be a serious candidate for hibernation). And, while it may sound counterintuitive to do what I am about to suggest, it is necessary. We need to take care of ourselves. We need to take time just for us to put our minds, bodies, and souls/spirits in a good place. You are important. Your needs are important. Moms often put themselves on the back burner and do for everyone else before we do for ourselves. In the process we get pretty burnt out and cranky! (At least I do.) It is ok, in fact is more than ok, it is imperative that you (and me, too) take some time for some self-care.

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But, do it your way. Self-care to one woman is completely different to another. Self-care can look like a manicure or massage or it can be an afternoon in a deer blind or hike in the woods. It can also be writing that novel you have been putting off or reading a book with a good cup of coffee or tea – no interruptions. Binge watching a show on Netflix, taking a long hot bath, or going shopping (not for groceries). Do whatever makes YOU happy. Take a day of self-care, a few hours, or just 30 minutes, but do it and don’t feel guilty about it. This time will make you a better coworker, a better spouse, and a better mom. It is not selfish. It is necessary and important. I know I need to take my own advice as much as anyone, so right now I’m going to head out with a book and cup of joe and take care of Sarah for awhile. The world will still be here when I get back. But I know I’ll be in a better place to handle it.


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TURN THE PAGE Book and

Author Reviews

This time around, I am writing about three authors new to me and one old stand-by who’s been out of circulation for a while. I follow a group on Facebook named Goodreads. Weekly, they inquire “what are you reading this weekend?” It’s good fun to read through the comments and learn all of the different genres and authors to choose from and then pick the ones that appeal to you. By Nancy Ryan Simply Hers Magazine

One book title that kept coming up was Ann Napolitano’s Dear Edward. This is the story of 12-year-old Eddie, who loses his family tragically. It also follows the destiny of 190 others. Bestselling author Kevin Wilson reviews it better than I. “It’s an examination of what makes us human, how we survive in this mysterious world, and how we take care of each other. It’s the kind of book that forces us to trust that the author will lead you toward something wondrous, something profound.” It did! New author #2 for me is Charlene Ann Baumbich, and the book is entitled Stray Affections. It is part of a trilogy entitled “A Snowglobe Connections Novel.” It’s a lighthearted, magical story about Cassie, who is hectically raising four little boys and feels she missed her great opportunity to become a veterinarian. It’s also about her best friend, Margret, who has been unable to conceive and watches all of the love heaped upon Cassie. This is one of the better stories I’ve read lately and I recommend it. It is an uplifting, grace-filled journey into their lives. New author #3 for me is Anne Rivers Siddons. I’ve noticed her books on library shelves, but never picked one up. My sister gave me The House Next Door. I’m told it’s a departure from Siddons’s usual novels about the old South, as it is written about a demonic house. It’s not my

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typical genre, but the author’s style of writing made it compelling. Written in the first person, the wealthy, complacent Kennedys befriend the architect of the home being designed next door in their cozy, affluent neighborhood. They meet the Harrelsons, their new neighbors, and bad things start to happen. Then the next buyers, the Sheehans, move in and awful things occur with them. Then, finally, tragedy strikes again with the Cereenes, the last buyers. It is a headscratching, fast-paced read with an ending I’m not sure I interpreted correctly. You decide for yourself! Well-known author Sue Monk Kidd (who wrote the ever-popular The Secret Life of Bees) has written a new novel, The Book of Longings. I happily picked it up at the library and began to read. I quickly discovered a total departure from her past writings. (It presupposes Jesus’ life before He turned 30, preaching his Father’s Word.) Jesus is 18, living in Nazareth. There we meet Ana, who will become His wife. While Jesus is featured prominently, it is really Ana’s story about life for women in first century Palestine and Egypt, and the hardships they encountered daily. Although it is fiction, the author spent a year researching this supposition, and she lists numerous sites in her Author’s Note at the conclusion of her book. They include documentaries; books on the historical Jesus; the religious, cultural, political and geographical background of first century Palestine; scriptural commentary; and biblical archaeology. Although I just skimmed the book, I found many positive comments on it in Goodreads. What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@gmail.com. See you at the library!


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Situated between the long lines of Black Friday and the seemingly-minute-long online deals of Cyber Monday is a relatively new holiday which glorifies the value of American small businesses: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. This national holiday, which was first celebrated in 2010, calls attention to the importance of shopping at the small businesses which serve as the backbone of the American economy and our local communities. Each year, Small Business Saturday draws crowds to main streets across the country with great deals on special products and services, events that encourage shopping locally, and unique experiences that introduce you to neighbors with similar values.

What Is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is an annual holiday that celebrates small business and encourages consumers to shop locally at the start of the holiday shopping season. The holiday aids small businesses by drawing attention to their importance in our economy. It also helps customers who want access to unique products and experiences in their communities, and boosts local economies because they benefit from successful small businesses.

When Is Small Business Saturday?

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This holiday is a clear win for small businesses, but consumers benefit as well by finding great new local products and services and supporting their local economies. When shopping locally, $68 of every $100 stays in the community. Shopping locally also offers a more unique product selection which is the primary reason that shoppers state they prefer small and local retailers.

The History of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday was trademarked by the American Express Corporation in 2010. The day was intended to celebrate small businesses and draw shoppers to these businesses in time for the start of the holiday shopping season. The holiday quickly outgrew American Express and has been adopted or recognized by local business organizations across the country, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and even Congress. The Senate first recognized the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday in 2011. Since then, the Senate has passed this resolution annually to increase “awareness of the value of locallyowned small businesses.”

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Have you ever had an experience you thought would be easy-peasy only to find out it wasn’t as easy as you thought and your good intentions were all for naught? I had just such an experience a couple of weeks ago and it was enough to put me over the edge. By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine

We recently adopted a senior dog, Olive, who is the sweetest thing ever! I was hoping to do something nice for Olive so she would like me better than my husband. Our other dogs have always liked him better for some inexplicable reason. This time I was going to be the most loved one. I figured if I did something really nice for Olive, she would see I’m the best half of this deal and I’d be her favorite. The shelter, Vintage Paws, sent a bed home with us, but I thought Olive needed something nicer to lay on so she would be comfortable while gazing adoringly at me, you know, if she so desired. I looked on Marketplace and found a bed that looked like it would be big enough for all of her 107 pounds. I contacted the guy to see it and since he had the bed in his car he asked us to meet him at a Publix store on 301. That was just 6 miles down the road. We could be there in 10 minutes. How was I to know there were three of the same store within 10 miles all on 301? We got to the store closest to us and I messaged him to say we were there. He answered that he was waiting for us in front of the liquor store. Liquor store? There was no liquor store here. It was only 10:00 in the

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morning, but I wondered if the man had already had him some alcohol. Come to find out he was at a different store just down the road on 301 so off we went. We got there and I messaged that we were now in front of the liquor store and he wasn’t. When he answered he sounded a tad bit testy. “Remember, I told you I’d come to you and to STAY THERE!” (Emphasis his!) Well no, actually I hadn’t read that part of the message. I was starting to think very bad things about this guy. So, we’re at the second store and he’s at the first or maybe he was at the second and we were at the first. I was so confused! Poor Olive was never gonna get her bed and I would remain second in her heart. The man then messaged that it might be easier if we met at the medic clinic halfway between the two stores since we obviously didn’t know a Publix from a liquor store. Sheesh, okay, smarty pants! We started back in the other direction AGAIN. I spotted the clinic as we were speeding by at 60 MPH, but we couldn’t turn around and had to go down the road another couple of miles to find a place for a U-turn. What a mess! Olive better love me best after all this. We finally get to the clinic, find the man, look at the bed, buy the bed and go home to Olive. And guess what? Olive loves her bed! The bad news, though, is she dragged the darn thing across the room so she could be close enough to gaze adoringly at my husband! All that trouble for nothin’! I’m telling you, that dog bed experience was enough to put me over the edge.


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Read Your Cares Away

Most of us are getting tired of living “virtually” as we deal with what has almost become normal in terms of being able to hug a friend, gather with family, go shopping without wondering where nearby shoppers may have been recently, or sitting down to a restaurant meal and feeling entirely comfortable. So, what can we do to enrich our daily lives as well as those of others? We can learn new things, add to knowledge we already have, or make it possible for someone else to learn new skills. Engaging in educational, exploratory, and creative activities has no age limit – we are never too young or too old to learn, share our knowledge, or to teach others. For example, go online and find your local library website. Adrian is fortunate to be not only the home of the Adrian District Library but also the central location of the Lenawee District Library. Reading is one of the frequentlyidentified favorite pastimes these past eight months. Reread books from your past, try out new authors, find new series. Spend time on site and select audio books, catch up on the latest magazine and newspapers, or sit and sample a couple of books before taking them home. Since the end of March, I have made several trips to the library and made new friends between the book covers. I discovered the Grace Chapel Inn series – 18 titles read so far. I enjoyed a series of five books in the Sisters’ Circle series and have been re-reading the Elm Creek Quilters series. Thirty-nine books altogether. 36

Offer to pick up books for someone who is shut in or who doesn’t drive. Encourage your children to explore the libraries with you. Pass on your love of books and reading to them. Create a book club for any age group of readers. Wouldn’t a young person’s book club be fun to see develop? Welcome sites throughout Adrian are the Little Free Libraries that have been installed in residential and business locations. A Little Free Library is simply a weather-proof box of books that allows anyone to access literature in a “take a book, return a book” program. An Adrian Morning Rotary member commented that, “we noticed that there were areas where individuals cannot always make it to a library for a variety of reasons. The Little Free Library kiosks throughout the city fill that need and provide yet another means of putting books into the hands of people.” The last but not the least suggestion is to get involved with the Adrian Rea Literacy Center on the campus of Siena Heights University. Launched by the Adrian Dominican Sisters twelve years ago, Rea’s mission is to promote adulty literacy skills. Building those skills opens opportunities for those who have had challenges due to not being able to read. For further information on any of these valuable services and programs, simply Google and log on to their websites.


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2020 has certainly been an interesting year for everyone, but one thing you can count on is that coming to Devils and Round Lakes in the Irish Hills has been a great getaway for so many people escaping reality and looking for some solace. Friends and family have come together all summer—in smaller groups—to enjoy the simple things in life that have become much more important and treasured. The businesses of Devils and Round Lakes welcome you with open arms as we work our way through the changes we have all had to face this year. We continue to offer shopping, food, and drink as well as a place to stay. Look no further than the Sandbar Café Coffee and Creamery, Two Lakes Tavern, Nutrition Beach, Boot Jack Tavern, and Highland Inn to name a few. Together, these locations offer a nice variety of food and drink options.

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We appreciate the support we have received from those looking for a little retail therapy. It’s that time of year to get started on Christmas shopping and you will find a variety of ideas from Devils Lake View Living, Michigan Gypsy, the Manitou Beach Boathouse Art Gallery, Manitou Beach Glass Factory and Nellie’s on the Lake during the holiday season. If you are looking for a quick getaway, be sure to check out the Devils Lake Inn and the Devils Lake Inn Too for a unique experience. Each room has been customized with a special theme. The Trillium House, which is an early 1900s home, is a great location for a good-sized family or a group of friends. If you are looking for a more permanent place in the area our friends at Foundation Realty can help you find your own little piece of paradise. All are located in the quaint Manitou Beach Village. While we have offered a limited number of events this summer, we plan on ending the year with a few more, so be sure to check out the individual websites and Facebook pages for the latest updates. You can also visit our village Facebook page or website at: www.manitoubeachmichigan.com for a wide variety of information about our area.

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The

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The sweet floral scent of lavender brings forth a sense of calm and relaxation. Lavender scented candles, spa products and essential oils are common uses of this beautiful flower, but lavender has so much more to offer. Susanne Graves is bringing the luxury and sophistication of lavender to southern Michigan through her farm, Nellie’s Lavender Estate, and newly-opened culinary market and specialty goods store, Nellie’s on the Lake in downtown Manitou Village at Devils Lake. “It has been an inspiring journey,” Susanne said of starting her lavender farm and working through COVID to create an online marketplace that highlights all things culinary lavender. “The biggest challenge was getting pastry chefs or chefs in general to take a chance on me.”

Lavender has been used in cooking for hundreds of years and has had a resurgence in the United States, including southeast Michigan. “Lavender has a unique flavor profile with a sweet back note,” Susanne said. “It has a nice smooth rich taste that enhances your food.” She added that during this time of quarantine, many people have been “turning back to their kitchens,” and the addition of lavender to drinks and desserts “elevates your entertaining.” She hopes to bring that added sophistication to holiday entertaining and specialty events for a memorable experience.

The journey started in 2014 when Susanne began researching and growing lavender on her farm. Her grandmother, Nellie, loved all types of flowers and plants and especially loved lavender but was never able to grow it. To honor her, Susanne decided to try her hand, and, with help from a grower in Oregon with root stock direct from France, the farm now has seven varieties of lavender dispersed throughout 11 acres of walking trails, natural prairies, and pollinator habitats. Her sister farm was recently established in South Haven with culinary lavender wands and buds earmarked for culinary customers and wholesale restaurant contracts.

Susanne partners with local restaurants including Cascarelli’s of Homer, Klavon’s, Grand Traverse Distillery, Sandbar Cafe & Creamery, Jeri’s Cheesecakes, and Wallace Scones of Detroit to name a few, supplying them with lavender and spice blends like Herbes de Provence, Toscana Italian blend, and specialty sugars to rim glasses, make syrups, or for baking into pies, scones, cookies, and savory entrees. Some of these items can also be found at Nellie’s on the Lake packaged in smaller retail quantities for the home cook or gift giving. The business has created a virtual farmers market where patrons can order prepared items such as Booher’s Lavender Cherry Pie, Sandbar Cafe lemon lavender shortbread

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cookies or Jeri’s Cheesecakes, Zingerman’s coffee and others through the week (until Friday at 5 p.m.) and pick them up at the culinary market held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Curbside and contactless service is offered. Along with the many wonderful baked goods, salads, and spice blends available, Nellie’s on the Lake also carries home and garden and bath and body items, many featuring Susanne’s signature lavender or certified therapeutic grade essential oils from doTERRA.

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The soaps, scrubs, and oils make great gifts for the holidays or for a little “me” time. The market also highlights Hope Illumination candles made from coconut wax with very clean fragrance oils. They are high quality ingredients, and they are made in small batches with care for the product. Susanne plans to feature more local entrepreneurs in her shop. “I want to be a hub for other women business owners to showcase their products,” she said. Looking to the future, Susanne hopes to sell more culinary lavender items in her store including her own simple syrup, grab-and-go items, cocktail mixes, and other high-quality items. She also would like to host private events for small groups to create small crafts such as pumpkin succulents or herb wreaths or seasoning blends or herbal vinegar. Both businesses will be celebrating the holidays with events this year. Nellie’s on the Lake will be hosting a vintage Christmas Dec. 5 – 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A vintage Christmas at the farm will be held the following weekend on Dec. 12 from noon to 7 p.m. at Nellie’s Lavender Estate. Nellie’s on the Lake is located at 161 Walnut St. on Devil’s Lake in Manitou Beach. The store is open Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They offer classes and workshops on gardening, essential oils, culinary, and more the first and third Tuesday of the month. For more information, visit nelliesonthelake.com. Nellie’s Lavender Estate is located at 10405 Sharon Valley Rd. in Jackson. For more information or to book a private event or workshop, email nellieslavender@gmail.com or visit nellieslavenderestate.com or their Facebook pages.

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Tecumseh Tecumseh comes alive at Christmas with many ways to celebrate and revel in the festive season! The fun begins with the annual Streetscape Lighting Ceremony at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 13. The Holiday Open House kicks off at the same time and runs through November 25. Open house hours may vary by merchant. Several of our downtown merchants will be open until 8:00 pm on November 13 and 20. If you aren’t in the Christmas spirit by Friday, December 4, you certainly will be after you visit downtown to enjoy the annual Christmas parade. Starting at 7:00 pm, the parade features floats by community groups, organizations, and families. Prizes are awarded by the Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce. Last year, over 70 floats made for an amazing parade, so you won’t want to miss this year’s holiday spectacular! As always, Santa is the parade’s guest of honor and will be presented the key to city. Free hot chocolate, caroling, and extended shopping hours all add to the fun. That same weekend, the Promenade Candlelight Home Tour runs Friday and Saturday night (December 4 and 5) from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Tecumseh homes are beautifully and bountifully decorated for the holidays, and docents serve as guides while

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Life is the Berries Got Trials?

By Laura Loveberry Elementary School Assembly Author/Speaker, Inspirational Speaker Women’s Retreats/Conferences, Caricature Artist

Are you desperate to know God’s got you in your hard season? Here is an acronym for trusting and sticking with God through your adversity. T.A.R. stands for Turn, Agonize, Remember. It’s based on Psalm 77 and it’s packed with muscle for enduring high winds. T.A.R. sticks to you. If this short acronym stays in your head, you can cling to the Solid Rock when waves crash over you. You will survive your hurricane. The first words of this Psalm teach us to TURN to God with, “I cry to the Lord. I call and call to Him . . . .” (Psalm 77:1 TLB). When you don’t know how or why, you do know who, and you wail to your God. Choose not to be silent to God; cry out to him in your stormy night, “lifting my hands to heaven pleading . . . .” (Psalm 77:2b). Don’t give God the silent treatment. Do not quit howling to him. Turn to Him. In the middle of Psalm 77, the writer moans in despair to God. It is okay to AGONIZE. God already knows our innermost thoughts, so articulate your struggles. Wrestle through your agony with questions for God out loud. The author list six questions, one asking, “Has he slammed the door in anger on his love?” (Psalm 77: 9b). The Psalmist knows God’s love is not shut, but he feels shut off. He vocalizes his deep despair in complaint. In the gap between your trial and triumph, you lament. In your squall, moan to Jesus. He cares. He hears you over the pounding waves. Your prayers in pain are stepping stones leading over the rushing currents to the other side.

At the end of our 77th Psalm, the author recalls, “the many miracles he did for me so long ago.” (Psalm 77:11b). Remember how God rescued you out of your past floods. In biblical days, the Israelites recall God guiding them through waters with God’s footprints unseen. Remember YOUR Red Sea experiences where God bailed you out of your past floods of overwhelm. You landed on solid ground on the other side of rushing torrents. When I recall past deliverance, I anchor my heart to God in my current storm. The final letter “R” represents REMEMBER in the T.A.R. acronym. Trust secures into faith when we reflect back on God’s earlier rescues. Remembering past provisions where God guided leads you now to trust He will pull your out again. Recall the despondency of the disciples before Jesus rose out of that grave. The resurrection emboldened them the rest of their lives. When God appears invisible, we latch onto trust because we saw God deliver before. Waiting is not a waste. One third of all the Psalms are prayers in pain that lead to trust. Songs are meant to be sung and memorized for this reason. When troubles come, when COVID and chaos continue, when life crushes, when we just cannot withstand another gust in the storm . . . we turn to God, we agonize honestly how we feel, we remember how God RESCUES. He will do it again. Got trials? Trust God.

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How much are you REALLY sharing online?

By Sarah Gray

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So, let’s say you are interested in getting a trampoline for your kids. Or, you want to learn more about intermittent fasting. Or, you are thinking about repainting your bedroom. You type in a quick Google search and hundreds (sometimes thousands) of sites come up, a number of which you click on and haphazardly scan. Later in the day you head over to Facebook, and lo and behold, there are ads on your feed for trampolines, weight loss techniques, or home improvement stores. But, you didn’t search those things on Facebook. How did they get there? And what does that say about your digital privacy? Digital privacy is when information about a person is available online. Digital privacy has three different parts – information privacy, communication privacy, and individual privacy. Information privacy means people should have the right to determine how their online personal information is gathered and used. Communication privacy means people have the right to communicate with others digitally and those communications will only be seen by the intended recipient. In others words, when you email or text someone, it is sent only to those you wanted to send it to. Individual privacy means people have the right to decide what they are exposed to on the internet and unwanted information should not interrupt them. Exactly what does all this mean? It means that most people probably don’t have as much privacy online as they think. “Search engines keep track of everything you are looking at [online],” says Amanda Honeywell, CEO of Hillsdale Marketing Group. “When you search for something online like a piece of clothing and then you see that piece of clothing following you around everywhere else you look, it’s because that clothing company has an ad set up with Google, YouTube, Bing, or Yelp, etc. and [they] are selling your information to them.” With more than 70 percent of Americans on some sort of social media platform, this means there is a lot of data out there. But search engines are not the only way your personal information can be retrieved. Online quizzes and “tests,” common on social media platforms like Facebook, are prime real estate for data gathering. These quizzes may seem fun and benign, but, in many cases, there can be sinister motives and potential dangerous consequences. Questions asked on these quizzes and tests are similar if not identical to security questions you must answer for online banking, opening you up for scammers and identity theft.

The Better Business Bureau cautions anyone who may be interested in taking an online test or quiz to make sure the site is from somewhere you trust and never give out your phone number or answers to common security questions such as your mother’s maiden name, the street you grew up on, or the high school you attended. You can also adjust the privacy setting on your social media account to be stricter about who you share information with. “Understand that nothing is free, so anytime you sign up for anything: newsletters, social media, games, etc., you are selling your information,” Amanda says. While this may sound scary and make many feel vulnerable and ready to chuck their smartphones out the window, there are ways to be safe (or safer). Amanda suggests several techniques users can implement to give themselves more privacy online. One is to use a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN allows users to have online privacy from a public internet connection. It can be used on both mobile devices and desktops. Two, get a firewall. This security device filters traffic and impedes unauthorized access to data. Third, keep your cookies clean. Cookies are small pieces of data stored in your computer by your web browser from sites you have visited. Cleaning your cookies will not only potentially increase your computer’s speed, a backlog of cookies can be a security threat – hackers can hijack cookies and steal personal data. It is also important to not save passwords on your browser. There are several secure programs available that ensure safety. It is also important to not have the same password for every site. For those who want the most security online possible, Amanda suggests the web browser DuckDuckGo, or make sure the settings in the search engine you are using are secure and the location and tracking is off. This is available for both mobile devices and on desktops. Be aware that once those settings are off it will be more challenging to locate places around you as the search engine will not be able to locate where you are searching from. The Pew Research Center states that six in 10 Americans (61 percent) would like to do more to protect their privacy but went on to say that their “experts believe that unplugging is hard because social media and other technology affordances make life convenient and because the platforms offer a very efficient, compelling way for users to stay connected to the people and organizations that matter to them.”

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The LocalBeat WHAT’S N E W W ITH YOU R FAVOR ITE B U S INES S ES By Melissa McCance

CAPA HILLSDALE COUNTY Brighten the gray days of February and support a great cause by attending the CAPA Ball on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Hillsdale College’s Searle Center. Doors open at 6 pm, and the theme for 2021 is Mardi Gras. The evening’s program will include an auction, a fine meal, and a speaker. The topic is “resilience”—a quality we’ve ALL had to develop! CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness) is a nonprofit agency that seeks to prevent child neglect and abuse through education and raised awareness. Check the Facebook page and website (capahillsdale.net) for more details as the event approaches.

MOSEART Have you visited the colorful new boutique at the corner of Broad and McCollum streets? MoseArt offers a wide range of unique products from clothing to furniture, lotions to stained glass, and photographs to pottery. In other words . . . they’ve got EVERYTHING! Don’t miss their holiday open house on November 13 (11 am to 7 pm) and 14 (10 am to 2 pm). Both days will feature refreshments and door prizes. On Thursday, December 3, stop in for the sip and shop from 4 to 7 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine spritzers will be offered for you to enjoy while you browse and buy! MoseArt is located at 41 N. Broad Street in Hillsdale. Their hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 to 5 and Saturdays from 10 to 1, and the phone number is 419-438-3751. Follow them on Facebook!

SALVATION ARMY-HILLSDALE CORPS Dates and times to apply for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program are: Monday, 11/9, and Tuesday, 11/10, from 9 am to 3 pm Thursday, 11/19, from 10 am to 6 pm and Friday, 11/20, from 10 am to 4 pm FINAL sign-up days: Tuesday, 12/1, and Wednesday, 12/2, from 9 am to 4 pm Applicants must bring photo identification for all adults with current address on it and a birth certificate for each minor. If you do not have birth certificates, you may bring a benefit letter from MDHHS dated in the last 90 days. This program is open to Hillsdale County residents only. Toys assistance is provided for children ages 15 and younger; food vouchers will be distributed to families to help with the holiday meal. Face masks/ coverings required to enter the building unless medical conditions prevent, and social distancing will be practiced. Call 517-437-4240 for more information. 48


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NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL HOSPICE MONTH

HOSPICE OF HILLSDALE COUNTY

Hospice of Hillsdale County provides compassionate, quality and end-of-life care and support for patients and families. The care and support we offer brings life and love to situations that can be very difficult and challenging. Our staff and volunteers have hearts that are full of hope and kindness, always ready to assist in helping people to live life as fully as possible when a cure is no longer available. Thank you for your most generous support of Hospice of Hillsdale County over the past 37 years. We appreciate your confidence in the care we provide each day. It is a great privilege and honor to work in and for this community.

Shoshanna Finegan, Executive Director

Your only locally-based non-profit hospice serving the community since 1983 • Board of Directors who reside locally. • Licensed and certified to bill insurance for reimbursement. • Patients accepted regardless of insurance coverage, no billing to patients/families. • Focus on quality of life. • Patient choices respected, independence encouraged. • Physical, emotional, spiritual comfort. • Hospice team educated in symptom management. • 24/7 RN response 1 hour or less. • Same staff visits for continuity of care, no visit time quotas. • RN attends all death calls to provide emotional support. • Grief support to family and community for 14 months at no charge.

Please consider a donation to Hospice of Hillsdale County, your local independent non-profit hospice. In keeping with our mission, we provide hospice care regardless of the ability for reimbursement. It is through the generosity of our donors that Hospice of Hillsdale County is able to continue to serve Hillsdale for generations to come. We have been selected, again this year, to participate in the Hillsdale County Community Foundation’s Great Give on December 1, 2020. If you date your donation that day and specify our organization, added opportunities from the foundation will be available to our program. It can be mailed to our office or you can donate online using the Foundation website, www.abouthccf.org For additional information, please call Hospice of Hillsdale County at 517-437-5252

WE’RE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU

Hospice of Hillsdale County’s Bereavement Program is open to anyone in our community who has suffered a loss. We are here to help you with your grief journey and offer private, safe and secure grief resources. BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING We are concerned about anyone in our community who has suffered a loss. Grief is valuable part of life and losing a loved one can be very challenging. Our bereavement counseling program can help those who are grieving by giving them the tools to adjust, heal and regain the ability to cope with daily living without their loved one. One-on-one counseling can be scheduled day or evening by appointment. ADULT GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Our free support group is held weekly and is open to the public, as well as our hospice patients’ families. It is held in a relaxed, comfortable setting where participants are educated about grief while helping and supporting each other.

CAMP COURAGE Hospice of Hillsdale County offers a one-day grief camp for children each year in June on the Saturday after Father’s Day (rain or shine). The campers are offered structured and free-time activities designed to show them that they can gain the “COURAGE” to cope with their loss. A bereavement counselor and adult volunteers are present to monitor and reach out to any child who may need more in-depth help with their healing process. Activities include swimming, face painting, crafts, music therapy and a reptile sanctuary. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. The day closes with a memorial service. The children LOVE THIS CAMP!

PLEASE CONTACT US AT 517-437-5252 FOR ANY OF THESE RESOURCES OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING: Camp Courage Registration Individual Counseling BEREAVEMENT COUNSELOR Grief Support Groups Hospice of Hillsdale County’s Bereavement Counselor/Coordinator has a 124 South Howell Street, Hillsdale Masters and Ph.D. in counseling and is certified as a Grief Recovery Practioner. Christmas Luncheon www.hospiceofhillsdalecounty.org 45 MONROE ST • HILLSDALE CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL LUNCHEON Each December, Hospice of Hillsdale County offers a free luncheon for Hospice families and community members. This holiday-themed event is a way for those who are grieving to honor their loved ones and manage their grief through the holidays.

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Muscle Up, LIVE FIT 12 A Plan For The Holidays

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LONGSTREET LIVING written by Melissa McCance

This family teams up to help make your home amazing! Personal taste is a very individual thing, and how we choose to decorate and accessorize our homes is a visual representation of what we find interesting, pleasing, and comforting. Even if we can’t name different decorating styles, we know what colors we like, what kind of furniture looks good to us, and what surroundings make us feel at home. We might see a room in a magazine and think, “THAT is what I want my home to look like!” Whether we know exactly the style and atmosphere we want or we’re in the “I can’t describe it very well, but I’ll know it when I see it” stage, it can be a challenge to put that perfect room together. This is where Cindy Longstreet and her talented team at Longstreet Living can help minimize your headaches and maximize your satisfaction. Cindy, her daughter Mackenzie Murphy, and daughters-inlaw Ashley and Brooke Longstreet bring knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to their work at the home interiors store in Coldwater. Started in 1969 as a small furniture store by Cindy’s in-laws, the business grew to include Longstreet Furniture, Longstreet Floors & More, and an additional furniture store in Marshall. In 2015, the three were brought under one roof in the new building at 720 E. Chicago Road in Coldwater. The consolidation makes it easier from both a shopping and a management standpoint. For example, in-

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stead of wondering whether the sofa upholstery you like will work with the carpeting you’ve selected, you can walk the upholstery sample over to the carpet sample and check on the spot. With 70,000 square feet of space, Longstreet Living is able to showcase an extensive range of furniture, bedding, flooring, window treatments, countertops and cabinets, decorative accent pieces, and gifts for all occasions. You can even shop for quality toys from the popular Melissa & Doug line. Gift wrapping is available all year to make things still easier!

In addition to the merchandise, a full range of design services is available. They will help you coordinate the perfect living room, find just the right accent pieces and paint color for your bedroom, or work with you to plan a beautiful kitchen or bath. Besides what you see on the showroom floor, there


is a large warehouse of inventory. “You don’t necessarily have to order and wait,” explains Cindy. “We often have what the customer’s looking for all ready to go.” If you’re shopping for bargains in furniture and accessories, visit the outlet center at the back of the store to find some great buys. When asked about the impact of the coronavirus shutdown, all four acknowledged that it presented a definite challenge. “We were completely shut down for about six to eight weeks,” says Cindy. “Then, we opened with only limited hours. It had a big effect.” Brooke and Ashley both described how much they missed going to markets to see the new designs and trends in furniture and décor. They also want people to know that manufacturers are still in the process of getting production back in gear and customers should expect a longer wait time for special orders. “What used to take about four weeks can now be 16,” warns Cindy. from quality Hunter-Douglas shades and draperies. There’s a wide array of styles with options for sheer, light-filtering, and light-blocking; corded or cordless; and powered or manual, among others. You can even have window treatments that are controlled through Alexa! One thing that can be of concern when having flooring, cabinets, or counter tops installed in your home is the quality of the installation. Have no fear if you buy from Longstreet Living! They have their own team of trusted installers and will make sure that you are happy with the finished job. The same goes for their delivery services—their people will be doing it, and your furniture will be delivered with care. Besides the outstanding selection of furniture and variety of styles you’ll see as you walk through the store, there are many ways to customize your choice beyond simply what upholstery you select. Arms, feet, cushions, and finishes can be chosen to make your piece exactly what you want and make your home reflect your personal style. The process can be a little bewildering, but Cindy and the rest of the staff will walk you through it and answer any questions you might have.

As a true family business anchored in the local community, the people behind Longstreet Living take pride in staying local and being active supporters of area projects and events. “We believe it’s important to give back and help,” says Cindy. It’s evident from talking with the women at Longstreet Living that each of them enjoys being part of this business and that helping their customers navigate the process is something they love doing. This is a family committed to helping make your home just what you want it to be.

Longstreet Living is proud to carry many well-known quality lines of products. Included in the furniture and bedding brands are La-Z-Boy, Flexsteel, England, and Spring Air. “And, we also offer custom, handcrafted Amish furniture,” adds Mackenzie. “You can have pieces that are uniquely yours.” They have a variety of flooring types including carpeting, area rugs, luxury vinyl plank, hardwood, and tile, Legacy cabinets, Cambria countertops, and feature an extensive selection of the popular Shaw flooring products. You might not think “furniture and flooring store” when you need sheets or pillows, but, if you’re in the market for these items, come in and see the soft, silky Tencel sheets they carry along with the many different pillows designed to provide proper head and neck support for all styles of sleepers. They have a temperature-regulating mattress cover that works with the sheets to keep you at a comfortable temperature while you sleep. Window treatments add an important finishing touch to a room, and the Longstreet staff is happy to help you select

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A Plan for the

HOLIDAYS By James Campbell PRIME Fitness Studio

Hello PRIMEates!! Hope all is well as we sit and catch up today. It’s mid-October and the weather is changing as are the colors which is always a cool thing to see in our good state of Michigan. With this change comes the holiday season! As a kid and young adult my Mom LOVED Halloween, so much so that she has been known for setting up her entire house in a spooktacular way! After that comes the more traditional ones with Thanksgiving and the pinnacle, Christmas. Yea, yea, what does ANY of this have to do with fitness? A lot, actually! With all the holiday parties and the rush of getting here and there, we often forget about ourselves. MISTAKE!!! Exercise is the number one form of stress relief that’s most often overlooked and the cost can be as low as a monthly membership to PRIME (or one of those other guys). To put it in perspective, let’s call it an hour three times per week which equates to less than 2% of your week. That’s a miniscule amount of time, especially if you take into consideration the reward. Get in, get sweaty, and get out. You’ll thank yourself when you reflect after the season concludes and realize how smooth it went.

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Here’s a bit more advice for all my peeps out there. Most of you are just getting into the swing of things again due to that nonsense known as COVID. I’d like to point out to you that to succeed you need to do some things in stages. By that I mean, start working out! Get a couple weeks under your belt, then address your diet. Not to say you shouldn’t make healthier choices with nutrition when working out, to maximize you absolutely should. What I mean is don’t put yourself in a box and say “this is what it needs to look like.” Trouble is, when it doesn’t look

like that you consider it a failure. When you learn to swim do you go to the deep end of the pool and dive in head first of the diving board? HELL NO you don’t, then why would you do that here with fitness? Truth is, it can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. I myself am still a work in progress, always trying to learn, always trying new angles. Fitness is not a one size fits all, never has been and never will be. I love fitness, love how you can go in so many different directions, LOVE that you can change directions at any point your little heart desires! However, set yourself up for success and don’t expect to do what that one guy does overnight. He’s been doing it for YEARS and has done one million things wrong before he got it right. Get a trainer, join a Facebook group, or pick the brains those you feel are doing what you want to do. (I discourage you from doing it during their workout though. Some tend to be a bit edgy during that time, or so I’ve heard. ) These are things that may help you understand what to start and shortcut the trial and error process of fitness. As I mentioned, holidays are coming! Don’t be so dang hard on yourself. It’s okay to enjoy that pumpkin pie (not me, but some) or get an extra helping of that sweet potato casserole (YES, that’s for me)! You just can’t make it a daily habit. Workout, de-stress, and enjoy the time with family and friends. That’s something you’ll never regret! In the end we are living our BEST lives and that doesn’t look the same for all of us! Until the New Year… MUSCLE UP…live fit my friends


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Every small town has its Christmas holiday traditions, and our hometown of Jonesville is no exception. When I was in grade school, the downtown block would be lined with pine trees for each elementary school grade to decorate. There would be a competition to see which class would best utilize colorful construction paper chains and tin pie plate decorations. Downtown merchants would also sponsor a free movie on a Saturday afternoon for local children to attend while parents did their holiday shopping. I remember going to watch “Hey There, Yogi Bear” with my sister with Santa in the lobby handing out candy canes before the show. The movie theater was where the current Sauk Hillsdale Community Theater now resides. In my early teens, a group of us would Christmas carol around the neighborhood. Homeowners would graciously listen to our holiday songsharing and then treat us to hot cocoa and cookies. (Neighborhood dogs would also howl along.) In the mid-70s, the Grosvenor House was purchased to become a museum. Museum board members and volunteers spent days decorating the house, local talent was sought to entertain guests, “cookie angels” baked and donated cookies, and a Christmas Open House weekend was scheduled. Hubs (then fiancé) and I attended the first Grosvenor House Christmas Open House. We stood at the top of the main stairway and there was an “ah-ha” moment—this was where I wanted to be married. So, early the

next spring, we did just that. This holiday open house continues today, 40-plus years later. To add to the season, white paper bags were donated to the then village, now city, of Jonesville and volunteers partially filled the bags with sand and placed votive candles inside. These luminaries would line Maumee and Chicago Streets to light the way to the Grosvenor House Open House grand opening. The local CNB branch in Jonesville decorated their lobby with a wonderful silver tinsel tree hung with blue glass ball ornaments. As a child, I thought this was the most elegant thing ever. Now as an adult, I see these “vintage,” highly sought-after tinsel trees only on rare occasions. We actually had the good luck to find one and it sits in the second-floor window of our barn during the holiday season. Silver, with a rotating color-wheel light, it shines in all of its sparkliness. Maybe this year would be a good year to resurrect or start some new hometown holiday traditions. Decorate an outside tree with paper chains and tin pie plate decorations to share in your neighborhood. Or, do some Christmas caroling outside of a senior neighbor’s or shutin’s home. Perhaps light votive candles in paper bags with sand to illuminate your walkway. Whatever it is, it may create a new tradition or memory. From us to you, you’ll find a lit silver tinsel tree shining through the upstairs window of our barn. May you have the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years. From our family to yours—Keeping it in Stitches.


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The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

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WAYS TO PRACTICE

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Keep a Journal - Write things daily that you are grateful for.

Unplug And Play Embrace and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Write A Thank You Note - Thank them for being there for you.

Raise Happier Kids - Teach a child to be grateful.

Don’t Compare Embrace your beauty and your uniqueness.

Say Grace Before Dinner - Give thanks for the food that nourishes you.

Volunteer With A Local Organization Giving back feels great!

Spend Time With Loved Ones - It will help you grow closer.

Appreciate The Simple Things In Life - Don't overlook them.

Practice Mindfulness Rewire your brain to be grateful naturally.

Say Thank You To A Stranger - Everyone appreciates kind words.

Compliment Someone - Point out a talent that you admire in him or her.

Live In The Now Don't dwell on the negatives of the past.

Do Yoga - Yoga is the union of mind, body, and soul.

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Exhibit Patience - Even when you're in a hurry, be kind to others.

Smile - It will make you, and perhaps someone else, feel good.

Take Nothing For Granted - Focus on the good.

Show Appreciation To Your Parents - Write them a heartfelt letter.

Share Gratitude At The Dinner Table - Tell one thing you're grateful for.

Go Complaint Free For 21 Days - It will enhance your life.

Look For The Good In A Bad Situation - Good can come from it.

Give Away Cookies Thank those serving the community.

Share A Positive Review - Lend your support to a business.

Take A Walk Immerse yourself in good thoughts.

You Have Enough Embrace what exists around you.

Practice Random Acts of Kindness - Help the homeless.

Call Your Parents More Often - Tell them how much you care.

Keep A Gratitude Jar - Fill it with notes on life’s blessings.

You Are Enough - Turn your negative thoughts into positive ones.

Host A Dinner - Show your appreciation to friends and family.

Call Your Friends More Often - Foster a deeper connection.

Celebrate Wins Be thankful for your successes.

Forgive Someone And Be Thankful - We can forgive for a better life.

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Brag About Someone Praise their talents and be their biggest fan.

Recognize Each Day As A Gift - Every breath is a miracle.

Refrain From Gossiping - Instead, try to help others.

Hug A Friend - Friends just need a hug to know someone cares.

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6 Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress During A Pandemic Stress is a part of life. Many can feel stressed during the holidays and now with the added stress of the pandemic, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Stress isn’t always a bad thing; stress can motivate an individual to accomplish their goals. Stress can help people focus on what’s important. However, too much stress can cause headaches, backaches, anxiety, and depression. Here are some tips to help navigate stress during this unique holiday season. • Acknowledge Your Feelings You may feel sad, angry, or frustrated that you can’t celebrate the holidays the way you want to and that’s ok. One way to work through those feelings is with a journal. You could also go for a wintery walk. Try not to mask or escape those feelings with too much food, alcohol, or other unhealthy habits.

• Practice Healthy Coping Skills Practicing healthy coping skills is an important way to manage your mental health. Healthy coping skills can include eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and practicing your hobbies. This can help you focus and work through your feelings. • Adapt your Holiday Traditions While you won’t be able to have every single tradition exactly the way we’ve always done it, you will be able to adapt the most important pieces. For example, you could dress up for virtual services or organize a video phone call of the kids opening their grandparents’ gifts. You could make the holidays memorable by using a family recipe for your holiday meal or hold a virtual holiday party this year. Remember the spirit of the tradition. Here are some methods to make your holidays virtual: • Zoom • Facebook Messenger Video Chat • Marco Polo App • Google Duo • Be Realistic and Limit Your Expectations Start by admitting to yourself and your family that you can only do what you can do. You may not make 20 dozen cookies this year, but you can make enough for those who are important to you. You also may not have the most decorations up this year, but you can put up your favorites.

• Set Aside Differences During the holidays you may find you disagree with your family members. You don’t have to agree with everyone’s beliefs, but you can have empathy for where those beliefs come from. Remember the spirit of the holidays includes love, hope, and togetherness. You can always find common ground even if it’s just a common human experience. • Reach Out to Friends and Family It’s so easy to feel lonely during the pandemic. You may be stuck in the house and missing your social activities. Just remember, many of your friends and family are feeling the same way; give them a call, set up a regular Zoom social event, or start an email chain where everyone shares updates from their year. Thanks to technology you don’t have to be visiting in-person to be social. It may take some initiative though. So, reach out - you don’t know how much that call might make someone’s day.

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Science is finding that ROSEMARY can make you smarter and more alert thanks to a chemical compound in the plant. And all you have to do is breathe in the sweet scent! There’s a small but growing body of research that has found the smell of rosemary can actually stimulate your memory, improve your mood, and make you more alert and accurate. Why not grow some in a pot by the window or rub a few sprigs of fresh rosemary when you feel like you’re lacking focus? If fresh isn’t available, running a diffuser with a few drops of rosemary essential oil would have the same brain-boosting benefits. (Not to mention your home will smell amazing.) The scent of VANILLA promotes relaxation. Vanilla works on both a physical and mental level to help you relax. It quiets the mind and relieves tension so you’re lulled more easily to sleep. When used in a diffuser in the bedroom for a short period of time before bed, vanilla essential oil can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Need more reasons to love vanilla? It has been shown to boost estrogen production, it can help alleviate symptoms of PMS like bloating, fatigue, and cramps, as well as better regulate emotions.

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In August 2019, Rachel and Matt Yoder moved with their three boys—twins Jacob and Oliver (5) and Wilbur (4)—to a small farm near Osseo. This allowed Rachel to make a dream come true: establishing a market garden. If you’re a regular reader of Simply Hers, you’ve seen her “Grow Where You Are Planted” column and have probably enjoyed trying some of the crafts, recipes, and homesteading projects she shared. She relinquished that role when she “switched to gardening for the market versus just feeding the family.” Thus, Sunburst Family Farm was born. An ardent gardener, Rachel had a good-sized vegetable plot at their old home, but now she has jumped in with both feet and both hands! Her current garden is 60’ by 100’, and next season she plans to expand it to 16,000 square feet. She’d always thought it would be fun to have a farmers market stall but realized she had to garden on a larger scale to make it work. Knowing that taking on a new business requires understanding how to do it, Rachel read books by J.M. Fortier, Eliot Coleman, and other experts in the field of sustainable, human-scale farming. Along with how to manage largerscale gardening, Rachel learned about special tools and techniques that help when you’re working such a big plot. “And, how to hold a hoe! I mean, who knew there was a right and wrong way? Little things like that have made it so much easier on my arms and back.” Being aware of those tricks is particularly important for Rachel because—aside from rototilling in the spring—she works the entire garden by hand. Experience is teaching Rachel what works and what doesn’t. For example, sweet corn and winter squash require too much

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PET TALK How to Maintain Pet Care Over the Holiday Season The holiday season is upon us, and while you might start to get flooded with activities, don’t forget about your furrier family members. Pet care is even more essential during this frantic time of the year. Your home and schedule are in flux, and it can cause all kinds of confusion for these guys. Help keep them protected by following the tips laid out below. 1. SECURE & DEMYSTIFY THE TREE Christmas trees are like bright, giant beacons begging your pets for attention. To make it less dazzling, avoid using tinsel, long ribbons, or low-hanging ornaments. Also, because it is still a new plaything in the mind of your animal, use fishing wire to anchor the tree to the nearest wall and ceiling to prevent it from toppling over. 2. WATCH OUT FOR HARMFUL PLANTS While many of the natural holiday decorations are pretty, they are also harmful to your pets. If ingested, holly can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and mistletoe can lead to a host of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems. The popular poinsettia can sometimes cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, or dermal irritation in pets. 3. AVOID DANGEROUS FOODS An important part of pet care is monitoring what your animal eats. This shouldn’t change during the holiday season. Though it might be tempting to share your delicious treats 36

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With thousands of miles of trails throughout the state, Michigan offers a winter wonderland of picturesque scenery. These are trail systems that vary in terrain and level of difficulty from wide, groomed pathways to more natural, narrow lanes, allowing everyone to get in on the fun. If you want to try hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat tire biking this winter, you might want to consider adding these to your list.

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HERITAGE TRAIL DRUMMOND ISLAND The Heritage Trail is a three-mile nature trail perfect for hiking and snowshoeing that offers picturesque landscapes of Drummond Island Township Park. Visitors can experience beautiful forest scenery and the Potagannissing Bay shoreline on its lower levels while the upper levels wind along limestone ledges and shallow caves. There is also a 50-foot drop in elevation along the trail. Visitors may see a wide array of wildlife inhabiting the area from forest birds to whitetail deer.

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CORSAIR HIKING AND CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRAIL – OSCODA From gently rolling to slightly more challenging, the 28.3-mile, one-way Corsair Cross Country Ski and Hiking Trail offers a splendid way to take in Michigan’s winter beauty. The blue diamond-shaped confidence markers and the Silver Valley Trailhead offers a gentler and less hilly experience for skiers, while the Wrights Lake Trailhead is more challenging with longer loops and steeper hills. 42

KEWEENAW TRAILS CALUMET The Keweenaw Peninsula is always a great choice for anyone looking to experience beautiful trails under a canopy of Michigan forests by cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. The cross-country ski season can run from Thanksgiving to mid-April with the region boasting 250 inches of annual snowfall, making it a great way to satisfy your hunger for winter sports.


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PINE BARON PATHWAY GAYLORD Loved by locals and built specifically for crosscountry skiing, the Pine Baron Pathway has four interconnected loops that range from 2 to 2.5 miles. While much of the trail is flat with some minor changes in elevation, the 2-mile Whoopsy Loop does feature some descents and climbs but isn’t too challenging for beginners. Since the area averages about 180 inches of snow every winter, the Pine Baron Pathway makes for a quick and pleasurable experience for anyone who loves cross-country skiing.


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VALLEY SPUR SKI TRAIL – MUNISING Known for getting up to 200 inches of snow during the winter, the Valley Spur Trail is located in the snow-belt of southern Lake Superior. The trails reside in heavy forest cover, sometimes following old logging roads in a 27-mile stretch that is groomed daily from December to March. Beginners as well as more intermediate and expert cross-country skiers can enjoy the mixture of pine and hardwoods that populate the forest as they traverse through the winter snow.

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Helping Relationships Survive the Season.

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Yeah, right! It is more like the season to be stressed, grouchy, and completely tired of spending time with just about everybody. Let’s face it, the holiday season can be very stressful on a relationship. It doesn’t matter if this is your first Christmas together or if you have been doing this as a couple for more than a decade, the stress can get to everyone. Here are a few suggestions to help you do more than just survive; you might actually have a Merry Christmas. 1. Do one tiny thing for each other every day. This doesn’t have to be anything major, it is simply a way for your partner to know that he is important to you. Make him a cup of coffee before you head out on your shopping trip, go for a walk together, or give him a minimassage to relieve the stress. 2. Help your shopping-challenged guy get it all done. Come to his rescue and you’ll not only have a grateful man on your hands, you’ll also score more couple time. Hit the mall early or late when it’s less crowded. Be sure to steer him toward appropriate gifts and away from the remote-control cars he thinks everyone likes as much as he does. 3. Pull him aside at a party and make a private toast. Creating a quiet moment in the middle of a crowd can help you reconnect when you’ve both been making the rounds. 4. Take advantage of our high-tech world. Send a random text or funny picture when you know the stress is starting to wear on him. Another great use of today’s technology is shopping online. The mall is fun, but shopping in your PJs in front of a warm fire is pretty great, too. 5. Plan a down day at least once a week. The schedules get crowded very quickly this time of year; by planning some time to stay in and chill, you won’t feel guilty when you’ve had enough and decide to blow-off your friend’s invite. 6. Be considerate of both sides of the family. This is one of the hardest parts of the season: deciding where to spend your time. Although you may have spent every Christmas with your family in the past, keep in mind that may be true for him as well. Compromise is the key to happiness here. Really talk about it and come up with the best plan possible to keep the peace. It is important to point out that your decision may not make everyone happy, but the ultimate goal is to make yourselves happy as a couple with the decision and let everyone else come to terms with it. Trust me, there is no one out there who hasn’t gone through the same dilemma. Now go out there and have yourselves a merry little Christmas.

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Natural Christmas decorations can be gathered from your backdoor with ease. Mix the evergreen with the twigs, pinecones, and a few flowers and you are done! Using only white lights continues the natural Christmas decor theme perfectly. Red berries, dried oranges and apples, and cinnamon sticks are also decorating items you can utilize. Holiday tip ­â€” If you remove any branches from your tree to make it fit the stand, wire them together and then add a bow and pinecones for a oneof-a-kind decoration.

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SIMPLE RECIPES FOR THE HOLIDAYS Holiday entertaining is proba bly going to look a little different this year. Huge parties will likely ma ke way for smaller gatherings of fa mily a nd/or close friends. Even on the redu ced scale, having some easy appetizer recipes on ha nd ca n ease the stress a nd ma ke the season more fu n for the hostess. We’ve collected a few for you to try.

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ARTICHOKE DIP 1 large can (about 14½ oz.) artichoke hearts in water (not the marinated variety) 1 c. freshly grated Parmesan (don’t use the powdery grated cheese that comes in plastic cylinders) 1 c. mayonnaise (do not use salad dressing— it doesn’t work in this recipe) Heat oven to 350°. Drain the artichoke hearts and pat dry. Cut in quarters and place in a single layer in a 1½-quart baking dish. Mix the cheese and mayonnaise, blending well. Spread mixture evenly over the artichoke hearts and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Wonderful with chunks of crusty bread or hearty crackers.

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y a d i l o H COOKIE SWAP How to Host A

Prepare tasty treats and plan a cozy afternoon for family and friends.

1. Determine the Guest List. Choose a group of 10-20 friends who you think would be interested in sharing their holiday workload (and baked goods!) with you. In the invitation, ask each guest or family to bring 6 dozen of his or her favorite holiday cookies and to send you the recipe ahead of time.

2. Set the Date and Time. Choose a date that works best for you and your guests’ work and travel schedules. You will want to have the party close enough to the holidays so the cookies will last but not so late that you get caught up in the last-minute rush. A cookie swap party can be any time of day depending on what works best for your schedule. Try to send invitations at least a few weeks in advance to allow people to plan. Baking six dozen cookies isn’t the sort of thing you should spring on a friend at the last minute. 3. Set the Rules. Be sure to include a list of clear instructions in the invitations. Let your guests know how many cookies to bring, when they should RSVP, and when to send in their recipes. Warn them to be flexible - you may have to ask a friend to make something different if you are sent six variations on chocolate chip cookies.

SOME SUGGESTED RULES: A. Cookies should be homemade and seasonally appropriate B.Cookies should be able to last several days after baking. C. Cookies should be made from scratch by an adult D. No burnt cookies, please 4. Get Set. To prepare for the party, set your largest table with enough festive bowls and platters to hold each guest’s contributions. Mixing in a few footed cake stands will help maximize table space and visual appeal. You’ll need tongs for each platter so

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that party guests can make their selections without touching the cookies with their hands. Once you receive the name of each participant’s selected cookie, print or write it on place cards and set them in front of the platters for easy identification and selection. Ask each guest to bring recipe cards for the other guests. Provide inexpensive paper bakery boxes and festive twine for guests to package and take home their cookies. Several smaller boxes per guest are better than one large one, as different cookies types should be kept separate to retain their flavor best. Alternatively, you can ask each guest to bring his or her own plastic containers or cookie tins. 5. Provide Snacks and Refreshments. While the cookies at a cookie swap are mostly meant to be taken home, of course, there is bound to be plenty of sampling during the party. Be sure to offset all those sweet treats with savory foods like dips, cheeses, and olives. You will also want to serve beverages that complement the foods like hot tea and coffee in the morning or a festive punch and sparkling wine at cocktail hour. And a glass of either cold milk or hot chocolate is a cookie’s best friend at any time of day. 6. For the Kids. If you are planning to invite children to your party, a few special preparations like a cookie-decorating station will keep them happily entertained (and allow the grown-ups to talk without being terrorized by sugar-crazed youngsters). Set up a low table with undecorated sugar cookies in festive shapes and an assortment of icings, candies, and sprinkles. Provide the children with disposable paper aprons and chef’s hats and allow them to decorate the cookies as they choose.

Follow these steps and you’ll have a party with friends, food, festive cheer, and enough baked goods to last you the rest of the season. Sweet.


Turtle Cookie Balls

1 package cream cheese, softened (8-ounce) 70 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2-1/3 cups) 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping 4 packages Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted* (4-ounce) ¼ cup chopped pecans

1. Mix first 3 ingredients until blended. 2. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Freeze for 10 minutes. 3. Dip balls in melted chocolate. Place in a single layer in a shallow, waxed paper-lined pan. Sprinkle immediately with pecans. 4. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. *Place broken chocolate pieces into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat and stir. Continue cooking and stirring in 10 second increments until completely melted and perfectly smooth.

Italian Christmas Cookies 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla Frosting 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice Crystalized sugar for decor

Loaded Christmas Cowboy Cookies

1 cup flaked coconut 3/4 cup chopped pecans 1 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1/4 cup holiday red and green chocolate chips 1/4 cup white chocolate chips 1/4 cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Place coconut and pecans on a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted, watching very closely so they do not burn. Set aside to cool. 2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture; beat well. Stir in the oats, white, dark, and holiday chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and toasted coconut and pecans. 3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment covered baking sheets. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, and salt. 2. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, softened butter, ricotta cheese, and lemon peel with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until fluffy; scrape side of bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until smooth. Stir in vanilla. On low speed, beat flour mixture into sugar mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. 3. Using floured fingers, shape dough into 54 (1-inch) balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set but not brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes. 4. In small bowl, beat powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice with spoon until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Using knife, spread 1/2 teaspoon frosting on each cooled cookie; immediately top with sprinkles. Let stand about 30 minutes or until frosting is set. Store covered in airtight container at room temperature. 69


Chri s tmas Concoctions Peppermint Martini 2 ounces peppermint schnapps 4 ounces vodka 4 ounces simple syrup candy canes, crushed white chocolate candy canes, whole 1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. 2. Crush candy canes reserving one cane for each drink to garnish the glass. 3. Melt white chocolate, dip rim of glass, and dip into crushed candy canes.

Jingle Juice 1 bottle (750ml) Whipped Vodka 1 bottle pink Champagne or sparkling rosĂŠ 1 (2 liter) bottle Cherry 7-up Cranberries for garnish 1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients. 2. Stir well. 3. Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries 70

Eggnog Martini 2 shots Rumchata 2 shots vanilla vodka 3-4 shots store-bought eggnog dash of cinnamon & nutmeg 1. Shake with ice and pour into glass.


Drunk Jack Frosties 1 c. vodka 1 c. Prosecco 1/2 c. Blue Curaรงao 1/2 c. lemonade 6 c. ice Lemon wedge, for rimming White sanding sugar, for rimming 1. In a blender, combine vodka, Prosecco, blue curaรงao, lemonade, and ice. Blend until combined. 2. Run a lemon wedge around the rim of each glass then dip in sanding sugar. 3. Pour frosties into rimmed glasses and serve immediately.

Very Merry Ornamentini 1 cup vodka 1/2 cup Cointreau 1/2 cup Cherry Juice 1/4 cup cranberry juice 1/4 cup orange juice sugared cranberries rosemary sprigs for garnish clear glass ornaments 1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. 2. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into four 3-inch clear glass ornaments that have been rinsed. Replace the topper on each ornament. 3. Add sugared cranberries and a rosemary sprig to four martini glasses. Set the ornament in the glass to serve. Before drinking, slowly pour the contents of the ornament onto the cranberries.

Sygared Cranberries 2 cups sugar - divided 1/2 cup water 1 bag (12-ounces) fresh cranberries 1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the cranberries until they are well coated. Using a colander, drain the liquid from the cranberries. Transfer the cranberries to a wire rack and let dry for at least an hour. 2. Working in small batches, roll the cranberries in the remaining sugar until they are well coated. Let them dry for at least one hour on a wire rack. 3. Store the cranberries in a bowl without a lid. Enjoy as a snack within two days or use as decor for up to two weeks.

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