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By Rob Shewman With gas bills putting a crimp in your budget, you don’t want to be wasting money on other car expenses. To be smart about your car, you need to do the right amount of on-time maintenance, while resisting mechanics’ pitches for unnecessary work. But while neglect doesn’t work, neither does overspending. Here are 10 ways you may be wasting money on your car. 1. Paying for after market extended warranties. These are a waste of hard earned money.Most of the extended warranty’s only cover parts that are internaly lubercated. Think about that. It will cover the things that never go bad. 2. Using premium fuel unnecessarily. Don’t pay this higher cost unless your owner’s manual says premium fuel is “required.” If premium fuel is just “recommended,” you can still buy regular. That’s a savings of about $4 every time you fill up a 15-gallon tank. 3. Failing to change your air filter. “If you have not changed your air filter by about 30,000 miles, it is probably clogged and hurting your gas mileage.

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4. Failing to check the brake pads. Getting timely pad replacement can help you avoid later (and much more expensive) repair to the brake drums or rotors. 5. Buying mileage-boosting additives and devices. There has not been any good scientific study proving that any of this works. Ads come out of the woodwork whenever gas prices go up. 6. Tune-ups for your engine or air conditioning. Modern engines are constantly being tuned by onboard computers, spark plugs are made of platinum and fuel filters are sometimes in the fuel tank. “Tune-Ups” are still due before 100,000. A general rule of thumb: if the air is blowing cold it is fine, if it isn’t - get it fixed. 7. Changing coolant. Modern coolant — you’ll know it because it’s usually brown or light red – is engineered to last five years or 100,000 miles. 8. Ignoring the check-engine light. This amber light in some cars says “service engine soon,” indicates a problem with the fuel or emission system. A malfunctioning oxygen sensor, often the reason for the light, can hurt your gas mileage.

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9. Buying expensive performance tires. Let’s get real: Are you driving an Indy track or circling the mall looking for parking? 10. Paying for built-in navigation. Most smart phones now have navigation options that work just as well and carry free updates of their maps, unlike the built-in systems. You can’t control the price of gas. But by paying attention to your maintenance schedule and doing just enough, but not more than you really need, you can keep from wasting money on your automotive costs.

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Trend: Modern Classics

Women who lean more toward the classics can embrace their style sensibility without looking dated by updating their look with a few key pieces. Recreating and reinvigorating classic pieces such as an updated navy or black blazer, leather jacket or wide leg trouser, or even a simple, tastefully embellished tee, can add a stylish flair to a more conservative wardrobe while taking years off the look and the lady. lindsay phillips kristen wedge patent or flannel, $64 Boutique de Joie, 517-673-8307 120 N Main Street, Adrian www.boutiquedejoie.com tribal leather & knit jacket, $299 Maggie Anne Shoppe, 517.439.1334, 50 N. Howell Street, Hillsdale www.maggieanneshoppe.com embellished tee, $18 Old Navy, Michigan Locations www.oldnavy.com

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The layers trend is doubly wonderful since it looks fashionable and also provides needed warmth this time of year. Factoring strongly into the layering trend are sweaters - a cold weather favorite. Consider wearing a light weight long cardigan with a ruffled, fringed, or asymmetrical bottom over a blouse or long tunic tee – this is a great way to add style without adding undesirable bulk. Layered necklaces, capes, ponchos, and faux fur vests are also fashionable ways to layer up your style this season.

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A quick way to pop up a black or neutral colored outfit is to add a splash of bold color or pattern. For this season, you’ll look trendy in shades of purple, plum, red, and orange. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe with a fabulous vibrantly colored shoe or accessory try one in mustard yellow, fiery red or an electric cobalt blue. If you prefer a bold take on this trend, try colorblocking or perhaps a combining a clash of vibrant colors. Bold prints and patterns continue as a popular trend through the holidays and into the winter. A great way to work this playful trend into an outfit in a tasteful, subtle way is through a printed scarf or blouse or even a patterned belt, handbag, or shoe.


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Watch out Dr. Oz - Many cosmetic treatments available locally. You’ve seen it on Dr. Oz, a cosmetic treatment that you think might benefit you. Or maybe a guest on Oprah demonstrated a new technique for skin care. Learning about the procedures, you wonder, “Would it work for me?” “One thing about these TV shows is that they’ve made it okay for women to ask these questions now about what’s available,” said Dr. Lawrence Desjarlais, MD, PC, who works with a variety of cosmetic treatments in his Adrian-based dermatology practice. Dr. Desjarlais now has a second cosmetic only practice in Ann Arbor. “I’m willing to explore these questions with women at no cost,” he said. “All cosmetic consults are free because my goal in consultation is just to educate people about how the skin got to its present condition, what we can do to prevent it from getting worse and what we can do to make it better.” To many, the big question is budget. What many women may not realize from watching beauty techniques on the TV shows with their Hollywood designer prices, according to Dr. Desjarlais, is how affordable some of those same procedures may be locally. “Hollywood may charge $1,500 for Botox treatments, but we don’t even charge $600 like some others do. You can generally get a Botox treatment from $150-$300 depending on the area treated,” Dr. Desjarlais said. Hair removal from a small area could cost as little as $30 a visit.


“I think everybody in the region has either seen me or had a family member or friend see me by now,” he said. “From the cradle to the grave, we’re able to provide general dermatology services.” While there have been major breakthroughs to assist patients in his general dermatology practice, including psoriasis treatments that have gone from lotions to pills to an injection a patient can administer themselves once every three months, Dr. Dejarlais said changes in the cosmetic industry have been like night and day. “The biggest changes have been in laser technology,” he said. “It has evolved so fast. When I started my practice, a patient would literally hide for three weeks after a treatment because it could leave you bruised, but now there may be an appearance of having a little sunburn for the weekend. Healing is faster, and that’s good because people don’t have weeks to wait for recovery. Dr. Desjarlais and his staff of 12 that keep the two locations functioning also work to stay current in the latest cosmetic procedures.“It’s ever-evolving, and you have to keep up,” Dr. Desjarlais said. He encourages women who are considering a particular procedure they’ve read about or heard about to make an appointment for a free consultation, which generally helps allay fears and provides a clearer picture of the affordability of many cosmetic procedures.

“I don’t think a lot of people understand that many of the same cosmetic procedures — from laser hair removal, to laser treatments for age spots and broken vessels on the face, to name a few — are available right here in Lenawee County.

“I can provide the options so they can make an informed decision,” he said, adding that he just wants people in Lenawee and Hillsdale County to become a little more aware of what’s available in their own backyards. “They don’t have to travel far to get these boutique procedures they’ve heard about on Dr. Oz or Oprah. We can do them right here.”

Dr. Desjarlais received his medical training at Loyola University in Chicago and studied dermatology at the University of Michigan. He is pretty well known in the region from a medical standpoint in terms of treating rashes, warts, acne, skin cancers and other conditions through his 17 years of practicing his specialty. Seven of those years have been in a modern facility constructed at 2000 Curtis Road, just off M-52 in Adrian.

Dr. Desjarlais is available at the 2000 Curtis Road location in Adrian Monday through Thursday, and spends Fridays at the Ann Arbor practice, 2350 Washtenaw Ave., Ste. 3. The Adrian phone number is 517.264.5603. The Ann Arbor number is 734.761.9696. No referrals are necessary. For more information, visit the websites at www.drdesjarlais.com and www.mdcosmeticdermatology.com.






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Handling winter Winter is truly here and even though it’s a magical season and a great time to enjoy outdoor hobbies with family and friends, the last thing you need to worry about is protection for your hands and nails. So before you head outside or enjoy the season from the warmth of your home there are a few simple tips to keep in mind during the cold days of winter. The cold weather months of winter can play havok with your nails, which can be very frustrating if you have spent months caring for your cuticles with a great nail care regime. Cold weather can dehydrate your nails and cuticles, as well as your hands, which in turn can make your nails more prone to breaking or discolouration. There are not many things worse than dry, cracked skin on your hands. It seems there are not enough hand creams, supplements, cuticle balms or pairs of gloves in the world to prevent the rough patches that occasionally form. Although we constantly use our hands it is easy to forget how sensitive the skin can be. So, be kind to your hands, if you go outside in winter wear gloves or mittens. Hydration inside is as important as the protection of skin on the outside. Drink plenty of water, and eat foods that are naturally hydrating such as watermelon and cucumber. Also, always make sure you dry your hands when they have been washed or are wet as this can also sap the hand of moisture. Skin and hair will benefit from Vitamins E, C, A, K and B complex when taken regularly. All of these vitamins encourage smoother and younger looking skin. Check out some of our favorite products to keep your hands and nails healthy and beautiful this winter. 22

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Deep Steep Organic Moisture Stick in Honeydew & Spearmint $5.00 The perfect little tube for hand hydrating on the go. With emollient Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Echinacea and Vitamin E, this is the easiest and least messy of the cuticle treatments. Rub the stick around your cuticles, smooth in any excess and you’re good to go. Pick up a few, they also double as lip balms. Available at FutureNaturals, $5.00 for 0.5 fl oz.

Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil $39.95 Another investment, but if you’ve got dry, brittle nails – this is for you. Indian Neem oil encourages natural nail growth, Keratin strengthens and fortifies nails and Chamomile soften cuticles. A little goes a long way. Perfect for those with splitting, brittle nails (former acrylic wearers!) or nails that won’t grow. Use 2x a day. Kajta Allen Day Spa 6851 North Weston Rd., Allen (517) 869-2207 $39.95 for 1.0 fl oz.


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There are many innovations constantly introduced in the field of cosmetic enhancement. The ProFractional laser treatment is evidence of this. A better version of laser skin treatments, the Profractional laser treatment is more aggressive yet less harmful than most other laser enhancements for the skin. The ProFractional treatment is primarily applied on the face, but other parts of the body can undergo the procedure as well. How does tHe ProFractional laser work? The laser utilized in the procedure is known as the ProFractional Laser. It treats problematic areas while keeping the rest of the face intact. The laser can go beyond the skin and deeper into the facial tissue where it generates heat that is necessary for the treatment. Collagen production is boosted by this heat, which in turn alleviates skin problems. The unique quality of the ProFractional Laser is its ability to create bridges in the skin where the energy is exclusively delivered. The treatment channels lay alongside untouched areas of the skin – these neutral areas allow the treated skin patches to heal faster. wHat is done during tHe Procedure? Anesthetic creams are applied on the face at the start of the ProFractional laser treatment. The cream numbs the face to the slight heating sensation caused by the laser. However, the procedure is generally painless. The face is then treated with laser energy in rhythmic patterns.

“ProFractional therapy can be used on all skin types, both on face and body.”

does it take long to get tHe Procedure and recover? The duration of the procedure will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated and the level of treatment. On the average, though, each ProFractional laser treatment session consumes an average of fifteen to thirty minutes. Since it only takes a short time, busy people can stop for a treatment without setting back their schedules a great deal. Only a minimal recovery period is involved in this procedure. Patients can return to their regular activities in just three days. do results sHow uP at once? Any breaks in the skin resulting from the ProFractional treatment begin to heal in about forty-eight to seventy-two hours. Positive changes in the skin can be noticed in a few weeks. Lines, wrinkles, acne scars and other facial problems are corrected and the skin looks healthier and younger. Dr. Desjarlais has chosen to offer this procedure because it is the latest innovation in the field of cosmetic enhancement. Call today to schedule a free consultation 517-264-5603.

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egardless of where we live, the season we’re in, how old we are; whether we have a houseful of kids or kid-free, single, married, divorced or widowed — today’s busy lifestyle spells S.T.R.E.S.S. And the constant low-grade tension brought on by everything from mismatched socks to burnt toast to unpaid bills and traffic jams spells a constant drip of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. And does this ever spell trouble! Adrenaline and cortisol can be hero hormones if you’re competing in sports, exerting high physical energy or in an emergency situation. But if you’re just driving your car, sitting at your desk or exerting normal energy, these hormones aren’t properly utilized and become corrosive to your arteries by raising your blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation markers. I’m not talking about your typical muscle tightening and stress headaches here. I’m talking about increased risk of heart disease, compromised immune system, weight gain and even depression! To help you manage these menacing stress hormones—without medication—here are a few surefire solutions for “stress-busting” your life. And as the Lickety-Split queen, you know they’re going to be quick and easy!

Just Think BLT and ESP! Breathe Deeply Give yourself INSTANT relief from the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Oxygenate your muscles and mind to give you an instant sense of calm. Deep breathing works while driving, in a meeting, trying to find that coveted parking space…. Actually ANYWHERE.


Laugh and Listen to Music Ever notice how a good laugh dispels stress and makes you feel better? Are you getting your share of this helpful “jogging for your insides”? What’s your favorite music that makes you feel energized? Relaxed? Is it readily available in your car? Within easy reach in your home? Utilized daily? Start employing music as your response in combating stress and feel the difference! (Check out my favorite music by Jana Stanfield at www.JanaStanfield.com) Talk to a Friend How many times might you reach for an unhealthy coping response (stress eating, smoking, drinking) when you could have picked up the phone? Talking about your conflict with a friend can help you keep the problem in perspective and keep you from exaggerating the problem in your mind, creating even more internal hormonal stress. Keep a phone number list handy and use it. Exercise and Eat Right Burning off the excess “stress hormones”; i.e. cortisol and epinephrine, through regular exercise adds to the multitude of health benefits exercise already provides. Eating right means committing and planning ahead for smarter choices, even when time is tight. (See the following Stress-Busting Eating Plan and Exercise Quickies) Simplify and Say No Do your floors and toilets have to be cleaned by you in order to be a good husband/wife? What would the stress benefit be to you and your family if $100 of your monthly expenditures were redirected to a house cleaner every other week? Do you really have to volunteer every time you are asked for girl scouts, school events or church? Pick your commitments wisely. Saying “no” sometimes may be exactly the solution you need.

Prioritize and Plan Try scheduling a mandatory “family management meeting” on Saturday to plan the week’s menu, grocery list, and assign a night of cooking to each family member. If there are special supplies or materials the children need for school projects, they must be requested at this meeting. (No more emergency shopping runs during the week.) Extra chores on Sunday, pitching in to shop, doing laundry, preplanning meals for the week are all responsibilities of being “in the family. The holiday season is here and with the joy and happiness comes the stress. Acknowledging that it is affecting you and taking steps to control it will make the next few weeks much more enjoyable for you and your loved ones. Join me next time as I share my Stress Busting eating plan and some quick stress reducing exercises that you can do at work, at home, even while watching tv.

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In 1999, Carol Haviland had just remarried and retired after a 31 year teaching career. She and her husband Bob were looking forward to traveling. With their five children (Bob’s two and Carol’s three) grown, they thought their years of parenting responsibilities were behind them. Little did they know, God had other plans and they would soon find their house filled with the noise, mess and fun of teenagers coming and going! Carol grew up in Muskegon, an area she describes as “the perfect place to grow up.” When she graduated from high school, she already knew that she wanted to be a teacher but her plans were temporarily squelched when her father tried to steer her into a more lucrative occupation by telling her he wouldn’t pay for her to pursue a teaching career. So instead she got married, took some business classes and found employment in a computer-related field where she did earn a better salary. But she hated the job and her desire to teach never went away, so at 21 she started night classes towards a teaching certification. When her father realized she was determined to follow her dream, he ended up paying her tuition. Her initial plan was to be a Spanish teacher but as a student, she spent a week observing in a Special Education classroom, and she was hooked! Carol and her first husband were both teaching in Battle Creek and had a mutual interest in antique collecting. They also wanted a Victorian home but found them to be out of reach financially in the Battle Creek area. So when research into her family tree brought them to Jonesville, they were immediately intrigued with a big, old, red brick, boarded-up house they saw. They were visiting her grandfather’s cousin Waive Gamble, who was the last person to live in the Grosvenor House as a personal residence. They inquired about the other brick house and ended up purchasing it- complete with 96 broken windows and resident raccoons! For the next four years, they drove back and forth to teach in Battle Creek while they renovated the house. When Carol’s first son Ben was born, she pursued a local teaching position. She spent the next 25 years as a Special Education teacher in the Hillsdale School system. She also gave birth to two more children-daughters Rebecca and Maureen. Ben is now 37, lives in Chicago and is a computer programmer. Rebecca is 34, lives in Napoleon and is a nurse. Maureen is 30, lives in Grand Rapids and is a teacher.


After raising three children as the primary parent, and dedicating herself to teaching special needs children for 31 years, nobody would have argued that Carol wasn’t entitled to a much deserved retirement. She and Bob could easily have followed their plan for the two of them to travel and ride off into the proverbial sunset of life! But that isn’t how Carol’s story went. Just a couple of years into her retirement, they ‘inherited’ three teenage boys who had been living with their youth pastor. All of them had come from very bad home situations but were thriving in a better environment. However, the youth pastor was moving away and the boys were at risk of having to go back to unstable homes or even becoming homeless. One by one, the boys asked to move in with Carol and Bob. They had a big house and even bigger hearts- Carol says the choice was not a difficult one. Carol is very proud to be called ‘Mom’ by John (now age 30) a graphic artist; Andy (22) in the Army National Guard stationed in Afghanistan and Josh (23) in the Air Force and stationed in Iraq. And oh, by the way, Carol never really stopped teaching either! She taught for four more years after her ‘retirement’, did substitute teaching for a year at the Alternative school and even now, is substituting every afternoon. Last year, with their house empty of teenagers again, the Havilands heard of a Hillsdale College student that was attending on a full scholarship but was not going to be able to return due to family financial problems. So once again they opened their home, offering free room and board. Since then, they have provided that same gift to two more Hillsdale College girls. They have even purchased a car for the three of them to share. Where most people at this point in their lives might prefer quiet time, Carol says Amanda, Sharon and Jaime are “delightful, wonderful young ladies” who “add so much” to their lives. In talking with Carol, it is obvious that her love of teaching goes beyond the classroom and the textbook. She strongly believes that even when young people may not seem to take your advice, you can give them a good example. Her experience as a Mom and teacher, have made her aware that there are a lot of kids who need adults to step up and take an interest. Carol has found that when you take the time to find out what’s going on in their lives, you just might get an unexpected blessing in yours! And I believe we are blessed to have this Amazing Mom in our community.

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BROADSTREET DOWNTOWN MARKET The vision for Broad Street Downtown Market began in December 2008. When they were selected to take possession of the existing downtown grocery store for renovation and revitalization. The construction phase began on April 1, 2009, and on May 22, 2009, the community was given a building many did not recognize. The community noted the beautiful open ceiling and the original wood trusses. Displayed are the original signs from back when the building was a car dealership in the early 1900’s! The front of the store is all open with beautiful new windows allowing plenty of sun and visibility for those sitting in the coffee bar area. 2 long snack bars with high stools line the corner windows where patrons can plug in and enjoy the free wi-fi. Broadstreet Downtown Market offers seating for more than 40 people, and have held events including political meet & greets for candidates wanting a place to express their views. There is a fountain soda machine and cappuccino which is self-serve and refills are free while customers are enjoying lunch or breakfast. Most recently, they have added the best coffee in the area (just ask them) served in air pots from the coffee bar. Evelyn Bay Coffee Company was recently showcased on the Travel Channel, and Broadstreet Downtown Market is the only location in the county to not only sell their fresh roasted coffee bean by the pound, but serve it to customers too!


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Improve your happiness one “thank you” at a time ... By Deb Wuethrich Simply Hers Magazine

If you could increase your happiness level by 25 percent, would you do it? What if you could have a higher level of personal satisfaction in life, increased vitality and optimism — simply by practicing gratitude? The benefits of practicing gratitude are not new discoveries. Gratitude is considered a virtue in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu thought, and philosophers have studied the topic for centuries. Some recent studies, however, have brought the subject into the scientific realm. A study at the University of California/Davis by Robert Emmons and Michael E. McCullough at the University of Miami demonstrated that there are definite health benefits to counting your blessings. Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits, including helping people become more connected to others, exhibiting a notable increase in helping others, and experiencing better health. In the study, students journaled things they were grateful for throughout the week, or hassles they had encountered. The interesting thing is they didn’t have to be thankful for big things, or even tangible ones, to ultimately improve their moods or sense of well-being. Some wrote of being grateful for being alive, of seeing a sunset through the clouds, and of the generosity of friends. Emmons also conducted a third study, just to make sure that the theory carried over beyond the young college-aged test subjects. He studied individuals who had neuromuscular conditions. Surprisingly, those who kept gratitude journals were more satisfied with their lives overall, more optimistic about the coming week and slept better. “The regular practice of grateful thinking, then, should lead to enhanced psychological and social functioning,” Emmons wrote in a professional journal. Researchers at the University of Connecticut even found that gratitude can have a positive effect against having a heart attack. Two other studies revealed that gratitude is also likely to build and strengthen a sense of spirituality, given the strong historical association between gratitude and religion. University of Michigan researcher Neal Krause found that older individuals who have faith in God and a belief that he strengthens individuals in adversity are better equipped to cope with stress.


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One study at George Mason University noted that women tend to be more grateful than men. Lead investigator Todd Kashdan said that may be because men are generally taught to control and conceal their softer emotions. The good news is a 2011 study at Eastern Washington University has had better results, and notes that modern man may have managed to overcome his instincts, giving himself some opportunities to enjoy gratitude related feelings. So how do you practice gratitude? Keeping a gratitude journal is one way — just regularly writing down what you are grateful for in a notebook. Another means is to send notes of encouragement or gratitude to others who are important to you. Tecumseh resident Cassie Hollenbeck has been doing that for 30 years. “I’ve been a big contributor to keeping the post office in business and put something in the mail to someone almost daily,” she confesses. “It started with a journal that was written for me and given to me by a boyfriend back in high school, and the affirmation meant a lot to me.” Hollenbeck said she remembers her pastor once saying that if you want to express gratitude, do so in the first 72 hours of when you first feel it or you will most likely forget to do it. She taught her children to write handwritten thank you notes very early, before they played with or used the gift. “I have realized that the written word still lifts spirits and brings happiness to others, especially when the recipients may be feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders,” she said. A third way to practice gratitude is to write letters to family members and friends, outlining why you appreciate them. Hollenbeck has also practiced a version of this, through an annual letter to each of her children so they could have a record of the many things their family had to be thankful for in each chapter of their lives. Despite the studies that show men are less likely to feel gratitude than men, Hollenbeck had a delightful surprise when her son, Jake, moved 2,000 miles away for a time. “He wrote me a letter of gratitude,” she said. “That letter remains an inspiration and gift to me. You just never know when it will be too late to say what your heart is feeling. I encourage everyone to do it now. You’ll be thankful you did.”

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For most families, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are full of traditions. Some of them have been around so long, nobody can even remember who started them or why. Others evoke such warm memories; you can’t imagine not having them as a part of your life. Whether it’s Aunt Lou’s special turkey stuffing, focusing on religious celebrations, or the silly way your brother always wraps his Christmas gifts, most every family takes on their own family traditions. Experts agree that they promote stability and create deep roots. Ask people about their family’s unique traditions and you will hear everything from the silly to the profound.


Here are some that local families have shared, as well as some ideas for starting your own: SANDI H. ~“One of my fondest and most cherished family traditions is baking Christmas cookies for family and friends with my Mom. Every year we would gather shortly after Thanksgiving either at her home or mine from early morning through late evening and literally bake the day away.  It was not unusual for us to make and bake, cut-out and frost, close to 130 dozen of all varieties, but especially Christmas cookies. Now that Mom is gone, I started petitioning the aid of a grandchild or two to carry on this tradition.” JANET W. ~“We usually plant pumpkins in our garden and when the fruit is young, we scratch names or sayings in the skin and that forms scar tissue which grows with the pumpkin, not hurting them at all but helping us relish our garden more, as if fairies had been playing there.” PENNY L. ~“My mother’s sisters always handmade a gift for each other every Christmas due to their low income. As each one in the family marries it’s a tradition that you make a gift for each other married woman in the family. We carry the tradition on today as "Make Gifts" are a big part of our Christmas together.” DARLENE S. ~“We have a Christmas gift exchange where a poem is read that tells you either to pass the gift right or left. But the fun really begins after the exchange is over and the paper fight begins! Everybody turns the tissue or gift wrap into bombs to throw at each other. We make 93 year old Gram ‘off limits’, but that doesn’t stop her from throwing at everyone else!” NICOLE B. ~“My sister puts the angel on my parent's tree every year. One year they waited and waited until my sister and her husband drove in from Cheyenne, WY. where my brother-in-law was stationed when he was in the Air Force. She is the sibling who ended up living near my parents. I sometimes wonder if the angel on the tree is why!”

JANET W - On December 5th, in the evening, each family member puts a shoe outside his/her bedroom door in anticipation of a visit from St. Nicholas whose feast day is celebrated the next day on Dec. 6th. (mom usually helps out St. Nicholas with gold coins that fill each shoe--or coal, if necessary: a few boys and Dad have had that treatment once or twice!!! in remembrance of St. Nicholas helping the poor in his parish.”

ROXANNA W. ~“Two new jigsaw puzzles were purchased and put together on the dining room table, during the whole holiday break with Chris, mom and dad staying up late most nights. Also, when Chris was young, everyone would color a page in his new Christmas coloring book and then sign and date it.” WENDY B. ~“In the fall, we get together to make about 20 or 30 apple pies at my Mom’s house. We have a ball doing it and they are the best pies ever!”

PENNY M. ~“We have tacos on Thanksgiving. It started when Rick was young. His mother did not enjoy cooking so Rick said he would cook. He had learned how to make tacos from a Mexican Boy Scout Leader in Toledo when he was a Boy Scout. Rick still uses the shell bender that was given to him. Rick always says that on Thanksgiving we should give thanks for something we are thankful for, and he is thankful for tacos!!!”

SALLY N. ~“No Christmas Day would be complete without a 3 family pool tournament with winners getting bragging rights for the next year.”


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JANET W. ~“We set up a little crib in the living room with a little bag of straw next to it and whenever anyone does something good, helpful, loving (like getting someone a drink of water, making the baby happy, not throwing a fit about something, not fighting back when you want to, saying an extra prayer, etc.) they get to put a straw in the crib for Baby Jesus. If we’ve not been particularly attentive to each other during advent, there is a flurry of goodness right before Christmas so that Baby Jesus will have a full crib of straw to lie on! Their awareness of selfishness is really heightened.

CLAUDIA M. ~“We had a rather small family growing up and neither of my parents had siblings. My five great aunts had been doing this for many years. They had made large net-type stockings for each family member. Everyone took a trip to the 10 cent store (they really did exist in those days), wrapped all the items, and then filled the stockings.  On Christmas Eve we had a wonderful snack-in dinner and then opened the stockings one at a time. There were funny things as well as practical things like socks or a small notebook and more in each stocking. I remember having so much fun getting together with family and opening our treasures. The 10 cent stores are gone but sometimes the simple things have the best memories!” SHARON B. ~“Our tradition was ‘The Traveling Apron’. Whoever had our holiday family dinner/get together, the hostess would wear this Christmas apron and then she signed her name, added the date and passed it onto the next person to host the next year.”

The fun thing about traditions is that anybody can start one- whether you’re a family of one living in a small apartment or a blended family just getting to know one another. Traditions are really just repeating something that is fun, sentimental, or even a little crazy. They bind hearts together and link generations in a way nothing else can. In a fast paced, ever changing world, it is comforting to know some things will be remembered year after year. If you have special things you look forward to enjoying and passing on to future generations, I hope you will continue to cherish them for many more years to come. If you don’t, I encourage you to let these spark some ideas. Maybe years from now your family will look back and say, “I think it was way back in about 2011 when we started doing this……..”



ONE TRY ~To keep everyone from peeking or getting too curious about their Christmas gifts under the tree, give each family member a reindeer name (changing it from year to year.) Gift tags are marked “Dancer” or “Comet,” etc. On Christmas morning, reveal which reindeer name belongs to which person. ~Using a plain, white tablecloth, give each person a permanent marker and decorate the tablecloth for a keepsake. Some ideas: children’s handprints, or have everyone write down something they are thankful for. A variation of this would be to use a paper tablecloth for the children’s table and let them draw pictures on it before dinner. ~Pick a night in December to drive around to enjoy the outdoor Christmas lights. Make it even more fun by taking hot chocolate to drink and letting the kids wear their pajamas. Another twist on this would be to vote on your favorite, stop at the house and present them with a thank you note, homemade treats or gift certificate. ~Send care packages to the military. Get the whole family involved in choosing items and packing them. Use the time to talk to your kids about how much the soldiers sacrifice. ~ Each year buy and hang an ornament for each child commemorating a special interest or event that happened that year. They will enjoy re-visiting them each year the tree is decorated. When they become adults, you can give them their own ornaments for a start on their tree. ~ End the old and bring in the new year with a family sleepover on the living room floor. Take the time to talk about what you’ve enjoyed about the past year and look forward to in the upcoming year. ~ Involve the whole family in Christmas card sending by setting up an assembly line. Even the youngest children can put a stamp on an envelope. Use the time to tell them about the person to whom you are sending the card, maybe explaining how you met them. Since most cards are sent to those you don’t see very often, it will help make it more personal.

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Recently, Simply Hers magazine caught up with the jolly ole fella, while he was in the Hillsdale area following up on who’s being naughty and who’s being nice. He graciously agreed to sit down for an interview ~ SH – Thank you for taking the time to talk with me, Santa! I know you are probably starting your busiest time of year. SANTA – “No problem! Santa always has time to talk about Christmas.” SH – I know you work year around supervising the elves’ toy making, but this time of year you make a lot of public appearances. What motivated you to be in this line of work? SANTA – “Well, you can tell by my long white hair and beard, that I kind of morphed into a “natural” Santa over the years. But I’ll admit I started out thinking of this as a job where I could make some money. (Santa has bills too, ya know- ho! ho! ho!) But after the first season, I was hooked on the magical innocence of the kids. In that short 30 to 60 seconds they sit on my lap, they share their hopes, wishes and sometimes even their family problems. Now it’s all about the kids!” SH – Even though Christmas is generally a happy time, I’ll bet you sometimes hear sad stories. Is there one in particular that stands out in your memory? SANTA – “Last year, a little girl’s Grandma had just passed away the week before our visit. Her Christmas wish was to have her Grandma be back with her for Christmas. Of course I couldn’t tell her I could make that wish come true but I told her that her Grandmother would be with her on Christmas, in spirit. I suggested she think about her Grandma on Christmas morning and she would feel her Grandma’s spirit giving her a hug. That seemed to comfort her and she left smiling.” SH – And I’m sure you have had some funny incidents too. SANTA – “One that comes to mind is when a family (Mom, Dad and baby) had their picture taken with me, then when they finished, proceeded to go out into the mall. After they had been pushing their stroller for several minutes, they realized they had left the baby with me! Both parents thought the other had put the baby in the stroller and he was still right there in my arms! They were very embarrassed and thankful that I just kept holding him until they returned. I was very thankful they returned-ho! ho! ho!” SH – How do you answer those children who doubt Santa’s authenticity? SANTA – “Well, I let them tug on my beard. I take my hat off so they can see my long white hair. Sometimes I even give them a bell from one of my reindeer, complete with pixie dust! For those who question how I will get in their house when they don’t have a chimney, I show them my ‘magic key’- a brass key on my key ring- that opens the door to every single house!” SH – Pixie dust?? SANTA – “Oh my yes- I couldn’t begin to do everything I do without pixie dust! It helps me get around with supernatural speed and that’s what makes the reindeer fly. You know reindeer can’t usually fly- they need pixie dust!” SH – How many children do you visit with personally every year? SANTA – “I talk with children seven days a week, all day long, throughout the Christmas season. I usually hear gift requests and get my picture taken with 20,000 to 30,000 visitors. That’s not including pets!”

SH – Pets?? SANTA – “The shopping mall where I do most of my visiting has a ‘Pet Night’ where people can bring their pets in for photos with Santa. I’ve had my picture taken with dogs, cats, snakes and a turtle! Ho, ho, ho- I’ve even posed with an iguana! One time a dog, er, um, can we say- treated me like a fire hydrant?! That isn’t one of my favorite holiday memories!” SH – Oh dear! I guess even Santa’s job has its hazards! SANTA – “Well, sometimes boys or girls aren’t sure they want to talk to Santa. They get upset when they’re put on my lap. I’ve been kicked in the groin, the knee and the chin! I’ve been peed on, pooped on and thrown up on! I have to admit, that can take the ‘jolly’ out of me for a few minutes! Sometimes I’m offered cookies and have to look beyond the sticky little hand, to the smile that offers them so selflessly. I’ve learned even a dirty cookie can taste good when it’s given with love! SH – You probably see trends in toy requests. What are the kids asking for these days? SANTA – “For the last three years, it’s been all about electronics- Xbox, wii systems, etc. Last year Pillow Pets were hot items. I always get lots of requests for puppies. But I tell children that Santa can’t make that decision and their parents will have to call me.” SH – Don’t you ever worry that Santa might not be able to come through with their requests and they’ll be disappointed? SANTA – “I never promise anything, or tell them yes or no. I always explain there are lots and lots of children requesting the same toys so not all can get everything they want. I also remind them that they must be good all year long, and sometimes a slip up can cost them a toy! If they don’t get what they want, just maybe they were on the ‘naughty’ list!” SH – Explain to our Simply Hers readers your philosophy about your work as Santa Claus. SANTA – “There may be some people out there who don’t believe in Santa, or think he doesn’t have a place in the Christmas celebration. But I believe Santa Claus represents the spirit of Christmas, the generosity of giving gifts and best of all, the joy on children’s faces. Being a Christian, I am always pleased when a child sits on my lap and acknowledges that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. But I don’t feel a conflict with the religious significance versus the jolly old man who delivers presents, because they are both about sharing love and joy.” SH – Thank you for visiting with me Santa. Before you leave, I have this list that I need to go over with you. Our publisher Marlanea, told me to tell you she’s been very good this year so…… Santa? SANTA! Why is your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly?!

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The Salvation Army of Hillsdale County provides emergency food from its food pantry (Mon –Fri 8:30-12 & 1:30-4) to 1000 people a month as well as runs a five day a week Free Lunch program (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun 12-1:30) which serves between 100-200 people daily. With the dwindling economy and the increased cost of living, the demand for assistance has increased exponentially. The Salvation Army is seeking the public's help to restock their pantries to keep these programs alive and well.

While the primary focus of those coming to the Free Lunch program is to receive a hot meal or socialization, we look to meet the needs of patrons in other ways. This is achieved through programs such as budgeting courses, cooking courses, Bible study and many others which are made available in conjunction with the program. During the summer of 2011 we added a Free Lunch program satellite location for children out of school in Litchfield where we were able to provide an additional 60 meals a day. Having already served tens of thousands of meals through the Free Lunch program we are pleased with what has been done and excited to see how the program goes in the future.

“We are grateful to the individuals and business that have supported us, but at this rate we are having a hard time keeping up with the demand.” We are just seeing more people in need of help than ever before and that is saying a lot since The Salvation Army has been serving those in need in Hillsdale County since 1886. Most people say unemployment, gas prices and high food prices are reasons they are in need of food assistance. With the community’s help, The Salvation Army of Hillsdale County has provided social services to 62,753 people throughout the past year.

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The Salvation Army provides the community with social services that include food boxes, a Free lunch program, rent, mortgage, shelter, utility and medical assistance, as well as with a number of other programs to help people get back on their feet. It is only because of the support of community individuals and organizations and local business that we are to provide these services.

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Founded by William Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. At work in Michigan since 1886, The Salvation Army operates 180 facilities throughout the state.

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The Salvation Army needs basic items such as meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, nonperishable items, pasta, soups, dry goods, etc. to help re-stock the food pantries. In addition to food, the agency could also use baby items, like diapers (of all sizes), formula and rice cereal and personal care items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc. Restaurants and stores can donate unused food, hold food drives.

The “Free Community Lunch Program” began serving free meals to the community three days a week on July 13th of 2010. Since November of 2010 the program has served five days a week and is currently continuing to serve on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12 noon through 1:30pm. Guests come from all over the county to partake in the free meal and socialization proved at the lunch program. On any given day between 100 and 200 individuals eat at the Free Lunch Program. The number of people who come to eat and join in fellowship continues to grow each month. The free lunch program noontime meals provide a stable, dignified and healthy way for the less fortunate and those needing social interaction to receive a nutritious meal and fellowship with others. This program serves as the point of entry to the continuum of services available through The Salvation Army and partnering organizations. We are the first place people turn to for food and, we hope, for help in addressing the core issues that impact their lives.The meals we prepare, for some, will be the only meal they will have that day, so it must be nutritionally complete, varied and taste good!

Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:00am-4:30pm Local business, schools and organizations can also get involved by hosting a food collection bin. We can also use volunteers for our food programs. This Christmas season Individuals, business and organizations can volunteer to Bell ring, help with our Christmas food and toy shop as well. Signing up to volunteer is easy. Sign up online at www.sahillsdale.org or call us 517-437-4240. For more information or to schedule large pickups, please contact: Lt. Chris Clarke-Corps Officer Office phone: (517) 437-4240 ext. 105 Email: chris_clarke@usc.salvationarmy.org Website: www.sahillsdale.org

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First, I believe women really do try to understand what our husbands are saying to us. The thing is women need to hear lots of words in order to understand, not just one or two which is generally a man’s limit. Men need to say what they mean then they need to explain what they just said. It would be easier to understand a man if he could just spit it out in 25 words or more, preferably more. I don’t know about your husband, but mine can talk about football or politics all day long, but ask him what he thinks about my new hairdo and I get a one word response. Yikes! Whoa! Sheez! The few times he diverts from his normal one word reply I get that age old question, “How much did it cost?” Although I understand this question I generally choose to ignore it. Let me give you a couple of examples of how “misunderstandings” occur at my house. My husband looks me right in the eye and says, I’m going to clean the garage. What do you think I hear him say? I hear him say, I’m going to clean the garage, but I also hear what he didn’t say (but meant to) and that is “and while I’m at it, I’m going to put up those shelves you asked for two years ago and then I’m going to use them to organize the garage so you can find whatever it is you might look for out there”. Isn’t that what you thought he said too? Do you know what he was really saying? “Could ya move? I’m going to watch the game and you’re in my way.” When he hears himself say I’m going to mow the grass, I hear that too, but I also hear these unspoken words, “and as long as I’m outside working I’ll wash and wax your car too.” Now I ask you, did you not also hear him say that? Do you know what he was really saying? “Could ya move? I’m going to watch the game and you’re in my way.”


You see, if men would use lots of words, women would feel a whole lot better about our conversations with them. We wouldn’t even have to understand what men were saying as long as they kept those words flowing.

Wouldn’t it be nice to say to your girlfriends that you and your husband had a two hour discussion last night about nothing in particular? There is an exception to the 25 words or more rule and I’m going to help some men out here so ladies, show this article to your husband please. There are a few words you men can use and not say another thing, yet we wives will think you’re the best husband ever. Find your wife just before the game starts and nonchalantly ask her if she’s lost weight. No matter how she answers the question, just say, “Well honey, I don’t know what you’ve done to yourself, but you look just fabulous.” We’re not dumb and we’ll know what you’re really saying is you’re going to watch the game, but it’ll still make us so happy we won’t care. We’ll immediately be on the phone to all our girlfriends telling each one of them in great detail what a great guy you are. It’ll take hours for us to discuss this 3 second interaction and by then the game will be over and you’ll have time to spare. (Maybe you should go clean the garage and car, eh?) Please men, listen to me and DO NOT make the same mistake my husband made. When I asked him if he thought the pants I was wearing made my butt look big do you know what he said? “Ya know, Willie, you’re right. Have you put on weight ‘cause your butt does look big. Hey, could ya move? I’m going to watch the game and you’re in my way.” It’s a real shame that that was the moment I finally understood what that man was saying. I heard what he said and I responded. Now no matter what he may tell you, what happened next was an accident. I was moving so he could go watch the game and all of a sudden there was a slip and then there was a fall. Friends and relatives can visit my husband at the local hospital, room 222. Oh, and would you give him a message for me? Tell ‘im I had to sell his big screen TV to buy the treadmill I’m using to get my butt into shape. As soon as he’s able to see he’ll have to watch the game on the old 13” black and white TV. The doctor said it’ll be awhile though before he can see a game. Something about it’s hard to see out of two swollen black eyes, especially with a hanging leg cast in the way. I’m telling you, my husband is going to put me over the edge!

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

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As we approach the holiday season, you will probably need to shift your focus from organizing projects to other preparations and activities. But all your impressive attempts to get organized this past year will be in jeopardy if you don’t maintain your accomplishments! Good intentions will not keep things in order; the S.O.S. lifestyle requires a daily commitment. The good news is that even during these busy days, it just takes little things done consistently to keep organization from falling apart! Here are some ideas to help: Make it a habit. Little routines can make a big difference- toss clothes in the hamper when you take them off. Use a multi bin hamper so you can sort the laundry as you put them in. Go through the mail as soon as it arrives, opening it right over the wastebasket/shredder. Sort remaining mail as you open it, instead of piling it for “later”. Use small labeled totes with handles as portable “project bins”. Some ideasBill Paying Tote (checkbook, pen, envelopes, stamps, return address labels, calculator), Fix-It Tote (stapler, instant glue, screwdriver, needle & thread). Having things organized in one place, makes it easy to grab them when you have just a few minutes to work on your to-do list. IT’S NOT WHAT YOU DO ONCE IN A WHILE. IT’S WHAT YOU DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE”-Jenny Craig Don’t wait until something becomes a big project; make it a part of your daily routine. For example, sort unwanted or outgrown clothes and toys by keeping a tote, basket, or large shopping bag in the corner of each closet or the laundry room. Have family members toss in things they no longer use or want. When the containers are full, donate them or put them aside for a garage sale.


Set a timer. I often hear, “I don’t have time to get organized”, but even designating just 15 minutes a day to put things in place can make a big difference. Another variation on this would be to put on a favorite CD (use something upbeat) and plan to work through just three or four songs.

“THE WAY TO GET STARTED IS TO QUIT TALKING AND BEGIN DOING” –Walt Disney Don’t leave the room empty-handed! Every time you leave a room, make a habit of taking something with you back to the room where it belongs. If you incorporate this as you go about your house, you’ll be amazed how quickly you can get things in order. I have a friend who calls this “grasshopper” organizing. Label! Label! Label! You are much more likely to put things back in the correct place, if you have a designated spot. It also helps the whole family cooperate when they can visually see where something belongs. Don’t forget the “one thing in/one thing out” rule. It is hard to keep things organized when you just plain have too much stuff! More is not always better. Remember the last “S” in S.O.S. stands for SIMPLIFY! Watch the A&E show “Hoarders”, if you need inspiration! Nobody starts out planning to let their things take over their space. When you purchase something or take an item somebody wants to give you, ask yourself if you are willing to part with something to make room for it. Before more toys and clothes come in for Christmas, do a cleanout. It’s a perfect time to encourage your children to give up something that another child could enjoy. Sort & divide! Keeping like-items together always makes it faster and easier to keep things in their proper place. Here are some examples of things I have separated in (labeled) totes- light bulbs, vacuum bags/belts, cleaning cloths/rags, and mailing supplies (bubble wrap, mailing tape, padded envelopes.) Don’t let disorganization frustrate you or steal joy from your holidays. Just plan to keep things up the best you can by doing a little each day, and cut yourself some slack for the next couple of months. We’ll meet again in January with new resolve! Wishing you a Thanksgiving and Christmas full of special blessings!

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the spirit of giving Spread some holiday cheer with the perfect hostess gift by Jeanine Matlow Simply Hers Magazine

Entertaining is no easy feat, especially during the holiday season. That is precisely why you should never show up empty-handed at someone else’s house. Express your gratitude with a token of appreciation that acknowledges the hostess and all of her hard work. This simple gesture leaves the party giver with something to savor after everyone has gone. If the person has a favorite pastime, take that as your cue. For an avid reader, you might buy a newly released book or a gift card to a local bookstore. If you know someone who likes to do a little lighter reading, a magazine subscription is an affordable solution that will last all year long. Just make sure you know what topics fit the recipient’s taste. Look no further than the past for a gift that could be handed down to future generations. Bake or buy a loaf of bread and place it in an old-fashioned bread basket for a practical gift container that can be enjoyed for years to come. Or present a pretty little picnic basket that comes in handy for outdoor gatherings. Colorful aprons are another idea for anyone who likes to cook. Food is a popular hostess gift at any time of year. For those who are watching their waistlines, a bottomless basket of sweets may not be the best way to go. Switch things up with healthier choices, such as dark chocolate, a selection of olive oils or a plate of vegetables from a local garden. A fresh fruit basket is a welcome departure from the neverending supply of desserts that surround us during the holiday season. Whether your host is neat by nature or simply striving to reach a higher level of tidiness one day, gifts that get your house in order are likely to top


everyone’s list. Give your hostess a head start with decorative file folders, magazine holders, mail sorters and more. Or chip in for a digital picture frame, which is a great gift for those who like to track their travels or family milestones with photos. The frame becomes a virtual scrapbook for everyone to enjoy. Find out if the host has a collection of any kind. Whether the person has a penchant for tea towels, owl statues or something in between, you can add to the assortment with an ornament or other object that fits the bill. When in doubt, take a chance on practical pieces whenever possible. For example, a small clock, tray or table lamp will get plenty of use. Even a decorative nightlight is a fun and functional choice that others may not consider buying for themselves. Always keep generic gifts on hand for last minute gatherings. You can’t go wrong with colorful coasters, humorous napkins and wine-related gifts. Whatever you decide to share this season, a hostess gift is a great way to spread a little holiday cheer during this often hectic time of year. When you show your appreciation for the invitation, you take the spirit of giving one step further.

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Offering local youth a place to hang out, have fun and learn about God. By Jim Pruitt Simply Hers Magazine

In a county where many churches are lucky to have 50 worshippers and youth groups are measured in the single digits, a growing ministry is providing the spark for many young people in Hillsdale County. Crossroads Farm, 5520 W. Card Road in Reading Township, attracts more than a 100 teens a week to its middle and high school functions. But its role is not to siphon kids from their local churches; rather they are partners with the rural congregations. Founder and Director Doug Routledge explain that kids need to be in large groups and feed off the kinetic energy that his ministry provides. He said the rural church can’t offer that experience. “At most churches the youth group is a couple of kids and the leader is one of the kid’s dad,” Routledge said. For 12 years, Routledge, 51, and his wife of 18 years, Dawn, 40, have been reaching out to kids and churches in rural Hillsdale County to make Christianity an authentic part of their lives. The challenge on both fronts is daunting. Crossroads offers local youth a place to hang out, have fun and learn about God. The calendar is filled with events for high school (Barnyard, Sundays from 6:308:30 p.m.) and middle school (Trough, Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.) students, plus concerts and the annual murder mystery corn maze. There is even tutoring available from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. The message is key to bring teens to making a decision about accepting Christ, but patience is more than a virtue for the ministry. Doug said a typical teen can take up to two years from hearing about Christ at a rally to walking into a church and another two years before deciding whether that church is right for them. To help the local churches and to keep reaching out


to more youth, Crossroads has developed the Rural Church Initiative. This effort has the ministry send the rural church a trained staff member for 20 hours a week to run the youth group, and then work another 20 hours driving kids to and from Crossroads events. Doug Routledge said this way rural churches don’t have to worry about losing their teens. But the farm also provides help to teens the churches cannot. Dawn said she talked with kids who told her they were washing their clothes in a sink at home because their families didn’t have a washing machine. She said the farm has added a shower and laundry facility so kids can have clean clothes and take a shower. The mission hits close to home for Dawn who grew up in Hillsdale County. She went to college with the goal of working in tribal missions. “Who knew my tribe would be junior highers,” she said.

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A pet isn’t a commodity like an Xbox or a bike. Don’t set the expectation that an animal is a toy or a plaything like other types of gifts they might be used to. There are too many competing stimuli, other gifts to open, etc. for a child to really absorb what the new responsibility means.

If your child (or family) has been wanting a pet, you can still get the animal in a way that sets a good foundation for a great life-long relationship. First, get the child involved in preparing for and choosing the pet. Second, don’t put the actual pet under the Christmas tree. Both of these tips help set up the expectation that a living thing is a very different type of gift. If you don’t want your kids to treat a pet like a toy, then lead by example by not presenting it like one either.

The entire family probably has a lot of other commitments and errands that need to be run at this time of year, making it difficult to focus on the needs of your new family member, and sets a poor precedent. All that stimulus and excitement an be overwhelming and frightening to the animal. When you “surprise” someone with an animal, there’s a chance they might be disappointed that it’s not the kind they wanted. It also doesn’t make them as invested in the choice. Unlike other gifts, the animal doesn’t actually “belong” to the child. While the child may be responsible for feeding and cleaning the bird, the ultimate responsibility (and thus “ownership”) actually belongs with the adults in the household. Animals are not “new and shiny”. They will nip, tear things up and poop. Maybe not what you had in mind for the holidays, especially if you’re a control freak who likes your special occasions to be just perfect.

If you want to use the holidays to introduce the idea of a new pet into your child’s life, there are ways to set your new pet and your child up for success. For example, you can give the “promise” of a new pet along with books and supplies in preparation for bringing them home later. To get the child invested in the new future family member, you might even include a piggy bank with a pet “trust fund” to use as a starter fund for the pet’s care — the child would then need to contribute a minimum amount to that fund to demonstrate their continued commitment. Together, as a family, you can go visit the pets to find one who “clicks” with your child. Remember, a pet can live longer than any other gift your child has ever gotten. No video game or toy is expected to last as long as the relationship you’re starting. Delaying it by a couple of weeks won’t diminish the experience at all.

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Sometimes the line from A to B is a Zig Zag. By Laura Loveberry Simply Hers Magazine

Do you remember learning the shortest distance between two points is a straight line? Well, I have found with life, the LORD allows the journey between point “A” to “B” to be a zigzag line. I am talking unexpected ups and dipping downs, and sometimes spinning round and round. My last year is one zaggy zig. My zags include the untimely death of my dad and dealing with the “firsts” without Dad. My first bike ride with my widowed mom was emotion filled. How surreal it felt to put my feet on the bike petals of Dad’s bicycle knowing his feet were the last to be on those petals. My first summer without Dad and Mom camping in the back yard still feels unfinished. And I can’t imagine how my first Thanksgiving is going to be without Dad. Who is going to sit back in the Dad Lazy Boy, unbuckle the belt, and burp out, “That was a great dinner!” I am facing the first of holidays without my Dad. Other low zags are dealing with heart wrenching issues with my specialneeds daughter as she desperately misses her Grandpa, especially his hugs. She struggles with trying to figure out how to make it through her teen years, grow socially, and make wise choices. Grandpa and Madison had an understanding and bond. Even the mention of Grandpa’s name can send tears flowing down her cheeks. This year’s down swings also include my husband’s arthritis flaring up and leaving his body in constant pain. On top of this, I was pink slipped from my teaching position and had to deal with the emotions of rejection, possible financial challenge, and missing students. This year’s downward dips are many, but the up swoops are encouraging. The upward zigs


are my teaching position was called back, so I continue to delight in teaching art to budding artists in Quincy. My son, Markus, is embracing his senior year and flourishing. Cherishing precious time together, Mom and I are praying and encouraging one another constantly. My hubby and I remain soul mates through all the ups and downs on life’s pilgrimage and our prayer lives continue to flourish. When I am in the zag and waiting for the zig, I draw strength from God to make sense of life’s journey with its unexpected twist and turns. Reading the Bible daily is my main source of strength. Crying out in the silence and talking out loud to God is happening more than ever these days. Embracing a Bible teaching church starts my week with hope. Praise and worship music blasting, seems to uplift my days and ignite the joy. And I am thankful for friends and Simply Hers readers who offer hugs and support. In Psalm 84:5-7 NKJV Bible, I find strength in these words, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley… They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength…” Who has a straight line? Phooey. Life is a zigzag. Are you flabbergasted by the crisscross course of your life? I encourage YOU to draw your strength from God as your power source. I am praying for every person whose eyes fall on this page. Many of our readers are dealing with death, job loss, debilitating illness, loneliness…etc. Jesus knows your ache and loves you deeply. My prayer is your once dark valley could become filled with springs and bright blessings, and God turns your downward zag to an upward zig.

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AGING WITH ATTITUDE Imagine wakening up one morning to find your body has aged 30 years over night (so that makes you 90 plus), your back hurts, your fingers can’t work the remote, you aren’t able to read the lettering on the microwave and worst of all you haven’t been able to find the car keys or remember where you last had them. What a rude awakening to becoming a senior in 2011! If you start researching your options while you can still make the decisions and read the small lettering in the phone book you quickly become enlightened on senior services. Starting at the top is the state Office on Services to the Aging in Lansing that disperses both federal & state monies to the regional Area on Aging Agency’s. Hillsdale, Jackson & Lenawee are in Region 2. Region 2 in turn disperses money to the county Department on Aging in each county which also receive mileage money to assist in providing a wide variety of services. Now the big question... what services you are eligible for, who provides them & how long before they can start? This is where it gets really tricky & the sooner you start learning what’s out there the better off you are. Region 2 has Information & Referrals specialist at 800-3357881. MAPP councilors offer classes on A Matter of Balance, PATH & Creating Confident Caregiver in each county. Region 2 is the agent for Medicaid Wavier services and there is a waiting list to receive waiver services.


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Still going home by Katja Szarafinski Simply Hers Magazine

When I left Germany at the age of 20, I told my Grandmother Oma that, “Of course I will see you again.” I was just traveling the world. I was not actually LEAVING. Little did I know how right she would turn out to be about me leaving my home country, but I did prove her wrong about never seeing me again. So, when my father called me in San Antonio a year or so later to tell me that Oma had only fallen out of bed, “nothing to worry about,” I did not hesitate to fly home feeling the urgency. Phone calls in those days cost $1 per minute, and one dollar was worth four Deutsche Mark. That was expensive, and my family didn’t call much. I left Bruce, my boyfriend, in charge of the houseplants, told my boss I’d be back as soon as possible, and I flew home. Grandma was surprised as she looked at me and wanted to know what I was doing there. “I came to see you before you died,” I said. The others in the room groaned as if she didn’t know and shouldn’t be told. On the following day I held her hand when she breathed her last breath amazingly peacefully in her own bed. I was very grateful to have been there. The following day Bruce called to say that he was also flying home, but to look for his parents who were missing after traveling by private plane to a ball game. I flew from one funeral to the next, from what was right to what was all wrong. Then I found myself in Jacksonville, Florida surrounded by unfathomable grief: three young people suddenly without parents, who had not died peacefully. Everybody was struggling to make sense of it all. In the midst of all that turmoil Bruce proposed marriage to me. I flew home totally at a loss. Home at that point was not Germany, but the security of my job, and I was broke after spending all my savings on plane tickets. I never saw that sweet man again because he could not forgive me for leaving him alone to tend to his sisters and his father’s business and all the sadness. But I know now I made the right, hard decision. He had ruled out ever to have children. I knew I wanted them some day. Jacksonville did not become home. It had become clear to me that Texas was ‘home’ by the next time I flew to Germany. I was married to Roy, and our firstborn was two weeks old. I arrived back in the village on my mother’s birthday, and I could not think of a better present for her than to share that precious child. To see her surprise and to have her hold my sweet bundle made that trip very worthwhile. But then I spent two lonely, rainy September weeks in my folks’ isolated country house while everybody was at work most of the day. I was still adjusting to motherhood and doubly troubled when my husband shared his worry that I might not come home to him. Where did he get that idea?


Ten years later I flew back home for a three month stay in order for my German family to really get to know my American family. I was very tired when the flight attendant handed me a bottle of champagne as I was leaving the cabin early in the morning in Frankfurt. The crew must have been grateful for our good behavior. I had a six month old on my lap and four more children under the age of ten. We had been up in the middle of the night, quietly inching down the aisle, and handing out tiny balloons to other children on the plane as a way of entertaining them and us. So as I took that honorable gift from her hands, I looked at her incredulously, “Where was that bottle when I needed it?” My German family was nearly overwhelmed with the six of us, but incredibly supportive. We went from my brothers’ homes to my dad’s home to my mom’s home. From the baby in cloth diapers to my ten year old right hand man, all were sick during our three month winter stay. At Mom’s house my husband met us unexpectedly for the last few days of the trip. We stayed up late talking about our marriage. Going home to Michigan I was again without help because he had booked a different flight. No champagne this time, but Roy and I shared a home for another 13 years. When people asked me how my ‘vacation’ had been, I wanted to politely strangle them. I’ve flown home an average of once every four years in the thirty years I’ve lived in my American home, but it was not until after the first twenty, that I realized I was not going anywhere but home. Then I consciously started traveling again. With my children I have gone camping to the four corners of these beautiful United States, and the last time I went to Germany I made a point of visiting Berlin as a tourist. Going home now is a conscious choice. Kinkeeping is a priority for me in order to keep my roots strong here and there. Visiting the lovely, warm, and welcoming homes my families keep in different parts of the world will always be a major draw for me, but traveling to see new places has been my passion for as long as I remember. When I was new to the U.S. people asked if I was terribly homesick, but I never have been. When my plane lands in Frankfurt I start getting very excited, and by the time my brother’s car reaches the country roads, fields and woods of my central Germany home region, I usually cry a bit, and I’m done. Yes, I missed those dense, four pound loaves of rye bread, the fall mushroom hunt, and the language, but there were always many wonderful new things to enjoy. No matter where I go, I love coming home to Hillsdale.

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illsdale County Senior Services Center, aka Perennial Park Senior Center, has been providing Homecare Assistance to Hillsdale County residents since 1998. Homecare assistance includes, but is not limited to: bathing, transferring, toileting, dressing, and housekeeping tasks that help older residents maintain a healthy and safe living environment. A client who needs help with simple meal preparation or shopping for weekly groceries is also a request often made and happily provided. The Center’s Homebased staff are trained in a variety of topics including; Alzheimer’s, dementia care, Parkinson’s disease, proper transferring and positioning, identifying elder abuse and neglect, emergency first aid and home safety. All staff at Perennial Park Senior Center are bonded and background checks are completed prior to employment. Additionally, while aides are providing homecare assistance they are also able to give emotional support and companionship to the frailer, elderly living in the more rural areas who are socially isolated. Correspondingly, as the aging population grows so too has the number of people requesting services in their home. When aides are able to assist clients in their home, preventable hospitalizations, due to falls, are dramatically reduced. Personal care assistance also helps reduce health related issues as aides are trained to identify, monitor and report changes in a clients well being. While older residents of Hillsdale County are eligible to participate in the Homecare Assistance grant program (receiving services on a contribution basis), more and more are opting to privately pay for services on an as needed basis. Please call Janda Burger, Information and Referral Specialist, at (517) 437-2422 or (800) 479-3348 for more information or stop by the Center located at 320 West Bacon Street, Hillsdale to pick up an information packet on all available Center services and programs.


ask a guy

By James E. Sheridan Simply Hers Magazine

What do you suggest when I’m trying to get my guy something for Christmas? Shirts, underwear, and socks are fine, but they’re not gifts that tell a guy you love him. Start with what you know about your guy. Is he into sports? Does he have a hobby or a special interest? That much you’ve probably already thought about. So instead consider three thoughts about how guys view gift giving and the holidays.

#1. Let him make you happy.

Men take tremendous joy in making their woman happy. Patricia Love, EdD, explains that, “Most women do not understand how much it pleases a man to please a woman, specifically how important it is to the man in her life to please her.” Indeed, she adds that “he lives to please her.” But, women often make it tough for their guy by believing the romantic nonsense that: “If he loved me, he’d know what I want without my having to tell him.” Reality check: Your guy isn’t a mind reader. If your man is “gift challenged” like most men, make a detailed list of several items for him. Include brand names, sizes and colors. Let him choose which to get.

#2. Be his playmate.

Willard Harley, Jr., PhD, explains that husbands need to have his wife “be his playmate.” “Spending recreational time with his wife is second only to sex for the typical husband.” This isn’t talking time; it’s together time. It may be simply watching TV together or you sitting watching what he’s doing. Emerson Eggerichs, PhD, explains that when wives are with their husbands “shoulder to shoulder,” without conversation, “he is working on their relationship in a significant way – not significant to her, perhaps, but extremely significant, nonetheless.” Getting him something that suits his hobbies or interests places you squarely into the role of playmate.


#3. Be his lover.

Sexuality is foundational to how most husbands see themselves and their marriage. Yeah, I know you “think” you already know this. But, if you really understood its significance, you wouldn’t brush it aside, with a contemptuous, “Is that ALL you men ever think about?” Women often believe that men aren’t affectionate. Wrong. They are, but in a male way. In the male world affection and sex are fundamentally the same thing. Question: How would you feel if your man would not show affection to you? When you are not sexually open to him you’re saying that you don’t wish to show him affection in a way that’s meaningful to him. Don’t belittle this form of affection, just because you don’t understand it. Instead, wrap a fancy box with a “promissory note” inside for an evening of intense sexual intimacy. Then plan the evening, and in the process be sexy, flirtatious and seductive. Love and respect your man for who he is. Helping him make you happy, and recognizing his need for you as his playmate and his lover are gifts that will keep a smile on his face for months. James E. Sheridan attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctorate in Law at U of M, where he graduated cum laude in 1969. Mr. Sheridan served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals before moving to Adrian in 1970, when he entered private practice and became Assistant City Attorney. In 1978 he was elected District Court Judge and has served in that capacity since January, 1979. Judge Sheridan and his wife, Sharron, have been married for 44 years and have two adult children. ©2011, All Rights Reserved

Rosalie’s roadhouse

A Dining Destination to Behold and Experience. By Amber Yoder Simply Hers Magazine


osalie’s Roadhouse in Jonesville is a truly unique dining experience. Located at 417 West Chicago Street, along the US 12 Heritage Trail, Rosalie’s is all about the ambiance. Upon entering the 160 year-old house that was converted to a restaurant, you find yourself in an intimate setting that is a one-of-a-kind culinary and sensory experience. The dining room is reminiscent of a country cottage in décor and design, while the bar area is full of vintage and eclectic license plates and advertising pieces. Owner Colleen Savarino says that each license plate has a story, and that most have been given to the restaurant by satisfied and appreciative customers. Along with the cozy dining atmosphere of the main floor of Rosalie’s, the upstairs is available for private parties and social gatherings. Many customers have taken advantage of the upstairs, hosting events such as wedding rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, graduation dinners, and milestone birthdays. The upstairs space can accommodate 45 or more, allowing for plenty of space for larger gatherings while maintaining an atmosphere of intimacy and relaxation. A popular location for business lunches, Rosalie’s has also become a repeat gathering place for those traveling through the area. For example, Savarino says that many race fans will stop in on an annual basis, meeting other like-minded friends and acquaintances for once or twice-a-year dinner dates. Rosalie’s also boasts a seasonal outdoor patio area for those who prefer to dine in the open air.

asking for the spaghetti dish, grilled with fresh vegetables and feta cheese and sometimes also including grilled chicken or seafood. Pizza and paninis are also well-liked by Rosalie’s customers. The establishment boasts that all breads and pizza dough are made fresh daily Diners can also take advantage of a variety of appetizers, including hand-cut French fries and the locally famous cheese bread, as well as variety of salads, daily soup specials, pasta, steak, burgers and fajitas. Beverage offerings include a variety of bottled beers, three types of draft beer, wine, and traditional soda choices. The house special and most-requested drink is the Long Island Iced Tea. Rosalie’s, with its brick and stucco exterior and cozy interior atmosphere, is a dining destination to behold and experience, as is evidenced by the solid base of repeat customers that frequent the venue. If you are among those who have not experienced the ambiance and culinary offerings available at Rosalie’s, take the time to stop in and give it a try…the friendly and accommodating staff will be happy to welcome you.

Boasting a menu filled with variety, proprietor Colleen Savarino is hard-pressed to choose just one menu item as the most requested from diners. Instead, she is quick to name two very popular dishes; one favorite is a chicken panini offered as a special, which features cranberry chutney, goat cheese, and spinach. Another often-requested item, which is offered regularly on the menu, is grilled “goop.” Savarino explains that this dish started out as a “midnight special,” offered to the staff at the end of the nighttime shift. Over time, the dish achieved a reputation and customers started


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Ultimate Lasagna In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving

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To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

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Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breast Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions. Set aside to cool. With a sharp knife, butterfly breasts open to lay flat. Place each breast between two sheets of waxed paper, and flatten with a mallet. Spread the prepared stuffing to within 1/4 inch of the edge of each breast. Sprinkle each one with chopped pecans and dried cranberries, reserving some of the cranberries for garnish. Roll up tightly in a jellyroll style, starting with the long end. Tuck in ends, and tie in sections with string, about 4 sections around the middle and one running the length of the roll to secure the ends. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully brown rolls on all sides. Place skillet in oven, uncovered. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature is at 170 degrees F (78 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Do not let these get overly dry. 1 (12 ounce) package herb-seasoned bread stuffing mix 2 skinless boneless turkey breasts 1 cup chopped pecans 2 (8 ounce) packages dried, sweetened cranberries 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 lettuce leaves 1/2 cup pecan halves Woodstock wine & cheese 517-547-7522 US-223 at Devils Lake Hwy. Devils Lake

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Allow rolls to set for 15 minutes before removing string, and slicing into 1/2 to 3/4 inch circles. Leave one roll whole, and slice the other for presentation. Stuffing will be spiraled into meat. Present on your prettiest platter on a bed of curly lettuce, and garnish by sprinkling with the remaining 1/2 cup pecan halves and the reserved dried cranberries.

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Oyster Stuffing 1 lb bread, including crusts (10 cups packed and cubed) 1 pint oyster, raw 4 -8 tablespoons butter 1 cup celery, finely chopped 2 cups onions, chopped 1/4-1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced 1 tablespoon sage, minced 1 tablespoon thyme, minced 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated 1/8 teaspoon clove, ground 1 cup chicken stock 2 large eggs, well beaten (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F and toast the bread until golden brown on the middle rack. turn into a large bowl. Meanwhile heat butter until melted and foam subsides. Add onions and celery and cook about 5 minutes until tender. Remove from heat and stir in the spices.

Stir in the bread cubes, and drained oysters and toss well, until the stuffing is moist, but not packed together; stir in the stock and eggs. Put in bird while moist, remoisten and adjust spices as necessary. If cooked in a casserole dish at 350°F until heated through with a crust on the outsides, 25 to 40 minutes. Note: Oyster juice may be used in place of some of the stock.

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Fantastic Holiday Fudge Butter an 8-by-8-by-2-inch pan. Sift cocoa powder and sugar into a medium bowl. Prepare an ice bath. In a small saucepan, combine milk and cocoa-powder mixture with a wooden spoon until a sandy, pastelike texture forms. Add chocolate, butter, and corn syrup. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar has completely dissolved, 7 to 10 minutes. Using a pastry brush, wash down sides of pan with cold water. Increase heat to medium. When a candy thermometer registers 236 degrees remove the pan from heat, and place in ice bath for 5 seconds. Transfer pan to a heat-proof surface, and let sit until thermometer registers 121 degrees, about 45 minutes.

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Using a wooden spoon, stir fudge briskly until it begins to lose its sheen, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in walnuts. Spread fudge into prepared pan with wooden spoon. Using your fingers, smooth fudge. Cover with plastic; chill 30 minutes. Cut into 1-inch squares.

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Gems of Wisdom Have You Read Your Horoscope Today?

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

Sagittarius - Nov 23 / Dec 21

Get creative Scorpio. Feed your imagination with all sorts of fanciful things. If anyone can use a break from reality, it’s you. A project is on the horizon.

Sagittarius, thinking through every decision in excess can lead to a pounding headache and inactivity. Go with your gut and get a few things accomplished.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 You have a lot of stable energy right now, Capricorn. This enables you to be viewed positively by others and gives you the best chance to have your voice heard.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, things beyond your control could affect your reputation. You will be responsible for righting the wrongs against you. Friends can vouch for you as well.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Watch your spending, Aquarius. You need to keep as many funds in reserve as possible for a big purchase that is on the horizon. Put away your wallet.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, prepare for your mind to wander as plans for travel become even more real. Just don’t get too caught up in daydreams and let work suffer.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, most people think you’re perfect the way you are, so don’t feel the need to make any changes -especially now.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 You are in an artistic mood, Leo. Try redecorating a room, or visit a museum and view some of your favorite artists. Take a family member along.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, your sudden problems may seem a little unreal because you’ve been walking on sunshine for a while now. Get back in problem-solving mode ASAP.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you have the ability to change anything in your life. Decide just what it is that you want to change and then get to work on achieving that goal.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 A friend is going through some changes, Taurus. Your support is necessary, so show some patience while this person struggles to adapt to the new situation.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you are a bit frazzled, partially because people close to you are saying one thing but doing another. Once you sort things out, you will be more grounded.

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Simply Hers Magazine Nov/Dec 2011  

Women's lifestyle magazine for Hillsdale, Branch and Lenawee counties in Michigan.

Simply Hers Magazine Nov/Dec 2011  

Women's lifestyle magazine for Hillsdale, Branch and Lenawee counties in Michigan.