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From the

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Our summer adventures, “Pure Michigan” style!

By Rob Shewman The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun. Take advantage of the lull to prepare your vehicle for the winter ahead. Breakdowns, never convenient, can be dangerous in cold weather period. Engine Performance Have engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather will make existing problems worse. Replace dirty filters; air, fuel, PCV, etc. Oil Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles or so) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. Heater/Defroster The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Windshield Wipers Replace old blades. Stock up on windshield washer solvent you’ll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper. Battery Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Lights Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses with a moistened cloth or towel. Exhaust System Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floorboards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly. Tires Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Let the tires “cool down” before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.

Marlanea McGraw Owner/Publisher

Our next adventure was to spend a day at the Warren Dunes enjoying the beach and dunes with the kids. This time we were not as lucky when it came to the weather. A thunderstorm had us spending two hours in the parking lot! We also did a bit of camping with the family, and we will be wrapping up our summer with a Detroit trip to see my older son, Gavin, and my future daughter-in-law, Andi. There’s a Kid Rock concert on the docket, and we’re hoping to make the Renaissance Festival! I hope you’ve made some memories this summer and enjoyed the company of those you hold close to your heart. As we say good-bye to the summer sun and prepare the kids to return to school, we are looking forward to enjoying cooler evenings and all that comes with them: football, bonfires, and I must say I am eager to spend time in the hot tub! A quick highlight of our efforts for the fall issue: Dr. Karen Luparello is our cover model representing Hillsdale Community Health Center. We are honored to share the story of Crystal Gimenez—her strength and perseverance as she holds strong to her faith, family and friends to get through her struggles. The second installment of our feature on homelessness focuses on a problem we would like to think doesn’t exist in our small community, but it does. The truth is that homelessness can strike anyone, and we are not immune. It is reality for far too many. We are also saying good-bye to Sara So as she signs off to embark on yet another journey. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Sara; we wish you well! As always, I want to thank our wonderful advertisers who support this publication. Without them, this magazine would not be possible.

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This summer we took advantage of some great traveling advice from our friends at Pure Michigan. We kayaked at Pictured Rocks, which I highly recommend! Weather is so unpredictable in Michigan—especially in the U.P.—but we were blessed with fantastic weather and an amazing experience. We also enjoyed some kayaking locally at Twin Pines and B Rocks.

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Fashion 11 44 Teaching Tomorrow’s

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Doctors Today

BEAUTY 14 46 Hillsdale Community Health Center

Aging Gracefully

Muscle Up - Live Fit 20 What is BMI?

100 Years of Caring

48 Over the Edge Wedding Difficulties

Waking Up 22 50 Local Homelessness

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Ask The Doctor 24 54 Pet Tales Poison Ivy

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Life is the Berries 38 An Overview of Divorce

Chandeliers, Jewelry for the Home Rose or Rouge - Picking a Hue for You The Outdoor Room

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Meet Dr. Karen Luparello, Director of the Medical Education Program at Hillsdale Community Health Center and learn about the training program offered at HCHC. The program started in 2006 as a suggestion from Luparello and her husband Dr. David Gossage, the program offers education to interns and residents after they have completed their four years of medical school. Read more about Dr. Luparello and the training program on page 44.

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Comfort is about choosing fabrics that move with you rather than constrict you but also, adding accessories to add the icing to your sartorial cake.

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Nothing downgrades a sophisticated outfit like an outdoorsy jacket. Save the bright nylon coat for your next hike. Instead, slip on a tailored coat when you’re headed out.

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Aging Gracefully Anti-aging is a word that is heard more and more often —especially if you are over a “certain” age. Deep wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet and brown spots are all words most of us would rather not have in our vocabulary, let alone on our faces. The number of anti-aging beauty products and choices have become overwhelming to even the most savvy beauty consumer. These products do not solve the whole anti-aging challenge, however, because aging occurs not only on the outside of the body but on the inside, as well. In fact, eve n a counter full of pricey anti-aging beauty products will not offer you a youthful appearance if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle. Below are some key ways to help slow down the aging process and perhaps even turn back the clock a little.

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Sun Exposure: Sun damage ages the skin faster than anything else. Without protection from the sun’s rays, just small amounts of exposure each day over the years can age the skin in the form of rough, leathery skin, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity, freckles, age spots, deep wrinkles, fine lines, actinic keratoses (thick, rough, reddish patches of skin) and skin cancer. It is important to protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen (one that protects against UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher year round. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going outdoors and then reapplied after sweating or being in water. In addition, you should stay out of the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest, wear protective clothing outdoors such as a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves and avoid deliberate indoor and outdoor tanning.

Alcohol: Besides the negative effects to your body and health from overindulging, alcohol also contributes to aging by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the surface of the skin. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating an uneven, aged skin tone with a flushed appearance and broken vessels. For healthy women who drink alcohol, the recommendation is to limit consumption to one alcoholic drink per day, so go ahead and have your relaxing daily glass of wine, but in order to maintain your youthful glow, avoid over-indulging.

tors such as smoking or ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun that can speed up the aging process. Antioxidants can be found in the food we eat and/or in supplements form and include: vitamins A, B, C and E, selenium, L-carnosine, carotenoids, coenzyme Q10, green tea, soy and isoflavone and zinc. Follow a healthy, well balanced diet which includes your daily fill of antioxidants and fish oil along with eight glasses of water, and your healthy body will be eternally and externally grateful.

Exercise: Healthy, active people always seem to have a more youthful glow about them, don’t they? Exercise helps tone muscles and get blood flowing, which is beneficial to a youthful appearance as well as internal vitality and health. So put down the remote, get off the couch and get some exercise – you’ll look and feel younger.

Stress:

Sleep: When you’re tired, you neither feel nor look your best. Long-term, chronic sleep loss actually alters the body’s hormones and metabolism and ultimately stimulates and accelerates the effects of aging. Although recommendations vary, most adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night for good health and, if possible, try to sleep on your back as this assists gravity in keeping facial wrinkles at bay.

Your mother always told you to get that look off your face or it might freeze that way – well, this has some truth to it when it comes to aging of the skin. In addition to not being good for your overall health, stress and worry often cause frowning that over time can cause the muscles of the face to conform to that position, which will make you look older. Stress management is an important part of any anti-aging plan and can include relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga and exercise. Ultimately, controlling stress in your life will help you look and feel younger. In a roundabout way, mom really was right!

Beauty Regimen: The right anti-aging skin regimen varies depending on your age, skin condition and type, but in general it should involve cleansing, exfoliating, correcting, moisturizing and protecting the skin. There are many product lines on the market as well as many different approaches, from products using chemicals to those that are completely natural. The bottom line is simple: you can invest a small fortune in anti-aging products, but if you’re ignoring the lifestyle issues that affect your skin, you’re going to be reducing—if not completely

Diet & Antioxidants: Smoking: In addition to the obvious health risks, smoking cigarettes actually ages skin faster than anything else except for sun damage. Simply stated: if you want to be (and appear) healthy inside and out, you need to stop smoking.

A diet rich in antioxidants can help you stay healthy and assist in holding back many internal and external signs of aging. Antioxidants are known to prevent agents called “free radicals” from damaging cells in the body and skin. Free radicals are a result of normal body processes as well as exposure to various environmental fac-

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health Matters:

Tips to Prevent Back Pain from Kids’ Backpacks

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rowing bodies need proper care, support and protection, especially anything relating to the neck and spine. Students carry heavy weights in their backpacks, even from an early age, so proper size, adjustment and fitting of their backpacks is vital to reduce the risk of strain and injury, and ensure a better day at school, every day. Any damage to the neck or spine during childhood or adolescence can have lifelong consequences. The following are things parents can do to help prevent back injuries. Look for bACkPACk dESiGN fEATurES ThAT hELP rEduCE ThE ChANCE of bACk PAiN: • Lightweight material (canvas as opposed to leather) • Two padded, wide (2-inches), adjustable shoulder straps • Padded back • Individualized compartments • Hip strap, waist belt, or frame to redistribute the weight of the backpack from the shoulders and back to the pelvis • Consider using a separate bag for the child’s laptop or other heavier electronic items TEACh your ChiLd hoW To LoAd ANd WEAr ThE bACkPACk ProPErLy To Avoid bACk PAiN: • Always use both shoulder straps and wear the backpack on the back rather than over one shoulder • Pack heaviest objects into the backpack first so they are carried lower and closest to the body • Fill compartments so that the load is evenly distributed • Pack sharp or bulky objects in the backpack so they do not contact the back

• Adjust the straps to fit the backpack snugly to the child’s body, holding the bottom of the backpack 2 inches above the waist and keeping the top just below the base of the skull. • Lift the backpack by using the leg muscles and keeping it close to the body, not by bending over with arms extended • Do not lean forward when walking; if this is necessary, there is too much weight in the backpack bECoME A ProACTivE PArENT oN ThE iSSuE of bACkPACkS ANd bACk PAiN • Ask your child if they feel any back aches or pain • Help your child choose the smallest backpack that will meet his/ her needs • Talk to teachers about how to minimize the need for children to transport heavy books back and forth daily in their backpacks; keep one set of books in the classroom for daily work while leaving heavy books at home; make photocopies of homework chapters and assignments that are easily carried • Attend PTA meetings and discuss any proposal by school administrators to remove lockers or to reduce time between classes making it difficult to store unneeded books and materials SEEk MEdiCAL ATTENTioN if you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, chiropractic care can help. The doctors at hillsdale Chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children. in addition, the doctors can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.

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As students get ready to head back to school this year, many will load up backpacks, join school sports teams, and engage in new activities after months of summer vacation, making them more prone to injury. Physical Therapists with Accelerated, soon to be Athletico, offer the following tips to help keep kids safe and healthy this school season. Backpacks – While backpacks are often considered a fashion statement, students need to make sure that their backpack makes the grade by: • Wearing both straps. • Carrying only what they need – students should carry only up to 15% of their body weight. • Loading it correctly – Put the heaviest items closest to the back. concussions – Starting the school year may mean joining the starting line. Every coach, parent, and athlete should know the facts about head injuries and what to do including: • Seeing a medical professional for any head injury. • Be aware of symptoms which are not always present, like a headache or being sluggish. • Continue to monitor – Symptoms may not surface for 48-72 hours after injury. Athletes sustaining a head injury should not return to play until cleared by a licensed healthcare provider. • Accelerated and Athletico’s therapists have training in the latest concussion evaluation tests and return-to-play guidelines.

stretching – Stretching is critical for safe training in sports, but it also helps to maintain general flexibility for daily activities. Students should warm up

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So, if you weigh 200 pounds at a height of 72 inches, what would be your BMI? 200 lbs/2.2046=90.72 72” x 0.0254=1.83 First, square the height in meters: 1.83 x 1.83=3.35 Then, divide your kilos by the squared height in meters: 90.72/3.35=27.08 or a BMI of 27. How does this example stack up in body fat? Well . . . <18.5 is underweight 18.5-24.9 is considered normal 25-29.9 is overweight 30-34.9 is class 1 obese 35-39.9 is class 2 obese >39.9 Extreme, class 3 obese That would put our example overweight category. According to the 2001 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, this is where twothirds of the adults in the United States fail! Scary!! Personally, I think that number is getting larger due to the drastically increasing BMI of our youth. The health issues we see today in our children that are

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I woke up an unemployed, stay-at-home mom in July. I have no emails to check. I have no calendars to tend to, and no phone calls to make. I have so many thoughts that consume me when I think about the fact that this is the first time in my life I won’t be getting a paycheck. I’ve been working since I was 14. Considering myself a modern, independent woman, it’s a lot to accept, especially since I (actually, my husband) pay on my student loans each month. It’s almost a slap in the face. I don’t want to come off as a complaining mother who gets to stay home with the kids. I wouldn’t and couldn’t drop my girls at daycare every day. I want to be there for my girls. But, with my role as “mom,” I need a sliver of professionalism in my life that helps fulfill something I need, and I don’t think this makes me a bad mom for wanting that. I know there are lots of women out there feeling what I’m feeling. My husband’s a doctor – why should I have to work? Well, first things first. Being married to a doctor isn’t roses and rainbows. He works different hours. He works occasional weekends. He never gets out on time. He stays late to do patient notes. It’s not as simple as cracking a back and going to the next patient. It’s time, smarts, dedication, and energy. I eat dinner alone with Eloise at least three nights a week, and it’s going to stay this way for a long time. We have hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. It’s lonely. So, no, I don’t have to work, but I just lost a little piece of me that actually felt contributive and productive. I know. I stay at home with Eloise. I’m contributing enough. I do the laundry. I do the dishes. I cook. I take out the trash. I mow the lawn. I teach our daughter new things each day. I do every little detail around our house that usually goes unnoticed. I contribute a lot, and it’s hard work. I should feel like super mom but that’s usually not the case. Sometimes I feel like I’ve totally lost touch with the woman I was. I’m not saying this is a good or bad thing.

I went to college and paid $40,000 a year so I could have a big girl job. I had dreams and aspirations to work in the broadcast industry. I’m not sure what I’d be doing if my life had taken a different path. I had plans to meet a lot of people, which I did get the chance to do early in my career – which I am so thankful for. That’s the problem with today’s women. We all have huge goals, which I think is great. I want my daughters to have huge goals. But, when you fall in love, and start a family, which I would never change, reality hits hard. Priorities change, as they should. I hope I can be a voice to women who are having the same struggles I am. It’s ok to feel like you’re in a rut. It’s ok to be worn out from doing the same things every day – dishes, laundry, changing diapers. It’s ok to cry and be lonely. It’s not glamorous, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. I so know what you’re feeling. You are not alone. I don’t know where I will be professionally a year from now. Baby girl 2 will be approaching 9 months of age. Eloise will be well over two years old. While the next few months will be consumed with Eloise and preparing for baby 2 this November, this is the time I need to start soul searching. I will be in the same small community, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Opportunity isn’t my community’s greatest asset, but it does give me the opportunity to do start something someone else hasn’t. So, while you’re folding your third load of laundry as your toddler is going through your dresser drawers, it’s ok to let some tears fall slowly down your cheek. You are lucky to be with your children. You are lucky you are taken care of. And, it’s ok to be a little selfish wondering what your next move will be. Keep up with Stephanie via her lifestyle blog at www.thewholesomehouse.net for motherhood, food, and fitness ramblings.


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No matter what you’ve heard, the poison ivy rash itself is not contagious; only the oils from the poison ivy leaves can cause the rash. The rash is the skin’s response to the leaf ’s oil, which can be transferred to and from other body parts and clothing. After the initial exposure, once a person has washed all exposed clothing and skin, neither the resulting rash nor the drainage from the rash is contagious. Nor does the poison ivy rash spread. The supposed “spreading” or secondary reactions occur when there are two nearly simultaneous exposures: an initial, intense exposure and a secondary exposure resulting from a lesser contact with the poison ivy oils. The larger rash will appear first, and then the secondary, less intense rash may develop. This secondary rash appears later and smaller than the first rash because that area of the skin was hit with less intensity, or was hit briefly, or the oils were transferred to that area from clothing or hands. Treating poison ivy should begin with the twofold aim of decreasing both inflammation and itching through antihistamines such as Benadryl or generic forms of Claritin,

Allegra, or Zyrtec. Anti-itch creams, such as calamine lotion, are helpful for mild reactions. For rashes that are more than just a few lesions, over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can diminish both itch and rash. Nevertheless, some reactions are so severe that they should be evaluated by medical personnel (i.e. large area of involvement, swelling, or the persistence of symptoms on over-the-counter remedies). In those cases, stronger steroids may be prescribed. Such steroids may be given orally or as an injection. Both are of similar strength and work equally fast. Only very rarely, and when scratched to the point of infection, does poison ivy require the use of antibiotics. By far, the best treatment for poison ivy is prevention. Take time to look up the poison ivy species common to Michigan. Remember the old rhyme “leaves of three, let it be.” Before burning your leaves and brush, recall that the oils may become airborne when burned, so identify all brush before you burn. When in doubt, throw it out, and do not burn.


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It is with some sadness that I write this to you, my readers, this month. Sadness, because this will be the final article that I write for the magazine. I have been proud to write this article for nearly three years, have seen the magazine grow and prosper, and, like many of you, have seen my own life take many different twists and turns which I was happy to share with you. You have followed me as I married my best friend and the love of my life, Jae Ho So, in a quickly-put- together but no less meaningful ceremony in a small metro Detroit art gallery. You followed me as I prepared to deploy to Afghanistan, travelling to numerous locations throughout the U.S. as the Army trained me and prepared me for combat. You visited me in Afghanistan, through your letters, your care packages, your thoughts and well wishes. And, in turn, I tried to offer you a little peek into what my world was like, often not easy, but no adventure worth having ever is. Thanks to your patience and kindness, I will forever have a written record of my experiences. Certainly worth sharing with my future family, and through my collection at the University of Michigan perhaps a way to for others to experience what Operation Enduring Freedom was like through the eyes of a 25-year-old girl. You returned home with me, where you shared my hopes and dreams for the future. My time in nursing school, my full-time work with the Michigan Army National Guard. My many experiences as a Commander in the United States Army. Again, often not easy, but, oh, so worth it. You allowed me to share my sweetest companion, my furbaby MacArthur.

Now I sit at my computer terminal, one month away from the final year of my 20s. I am excited to share with you that I was selected by Wayne State University to be one of eight applicants in a new program that they have received federal funding to test: a Veterans Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. Starting sometime next year, I will return to school to finish my nursing degree. The program will be extremely intensive, completing the requirements for a full Bachelor’s degree in a little over a year, and I will complete my clinicals at the Detroit VA with seven other veteran students who were selected. I have no doubt that this will be one of the toughest adventures I have embarked on yet, but I am excited because I also know that this is an entirely new fork in the road for me to travel. I have always enjoyed doing this article, but I knew that at one point it would have to end. I prefer always to end things on my terms, and rather than be a continuing thorn in our poor editor’s side (I’m not real good at meeting deadlines), I have decided that this point is the ideal time to bow out. Next year I am up for promotion, so this year I must complete my military education requirements before hitting the ground running again as a college student. I certainly hope that this only a pause, and that in the future we may again find our paths crossing, but if that happens it will no longer be as Captain Sara So, it will be as Major Sara So, R.N. My greatest hope of all is that there is even one person out there who, through reading my articles, took encouragement for his or her own life. I have always tried to live my life by the words of Mr. Chris Grosser: “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them”. I wish you luck in your own paths, as you travel your own roads, and start your adventures. To use the lingo I am most comfortable with: Captain So, out.


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take the first step “Everything you want is life is waiting for you outside of your comfort zone.” - Robert Safian Editor for Fast Company magazine That quote has stuck with me for a long time now. It’s been hanging on my wall since well before I took the leap of faith that is North Dakota. And I still cling to it today. By Ashley Price Simply Hers Magazine

As it stands as I write this, I have a little less than three months before I make a u-turn back into the unknown. When I think of leaving North Dakota, it makes me brim with excitement and happiness, but I also feel incredible sadness and worry at the same time. I’m ready to move forward but closing out a chapter that’s been such a huge part of your life isn’t easy to do. Neither ending nor starting a chapter of your life is easy to do. Everything inside of you screams for you to hold on tight when the only thing you really need to do is to let go. But holding on is innate; it’s a fight or flight response that feels nearly impossible to kick. I read this article about Feng Shui, and it was about clearing out the clutter in your home to get the positive energy flowing back into your life. It was really interesting. The author’s basic principle was first that our home is a direct reflection of what’s going on within us. If it’s full of clutter and chaos, then that’s what’s happening within. Second, that oftentimes we hold on to stuff “just in case” and that we almost never need that stuff in the future; we’re just holding onto it out of fear that we may not have the means to replace it if we need it. Basically, live a life of minimalism. Only keep what you need and have faith in the abundance of the Universe to provide you with what you need when you need it. I believe in this theory. As part of my life

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coaching, it’s really all about a manifesting mindset. Ask the Universe what you want, know you deserve what you’re asking for, and, most importantly, be ready to receive it. It’s all part of the same principle, really. Positive mindset, manifesting, making the hard choice that goes against the grain, being willing to step outside your comfort zone to: a) be willing to go ask for what you want; and, b) to believe you deserve it. To believe you deserve a life of abundance, and we’re not just talking money. We’re talking happiness, contentment, peace, the relationships you want at the forefront of your life. It’s everything. It’s an uncomfortable thing to ask for what we truly want because it means we actually have to be honest with ourselves. That is a truly scary thing. And, sometimes it means we might have to make a decision we don’t want to do. Everything about it goes against what we were raised to do and what society expects of us. We feel selfish or that we don’t deserve our desires. We see desires as this mythical, far-off thing. But really it’s just a want. A need to focus all of your attention and energy to achieving that one thing. I’m not sure what is going to happen in the next 3-6 months. I really don’t. But I know the desires I have in life. I want to work full time as a copywriter making six figures a year, I want to own my own property and home in Michigan, I want to be able to have a life of abundance and to travel the world, and I want to be there for my family. Finally, I want to enrich other’s lives as I continue my journey. And, I’m committed to stepping outside that box and heading in the direction of my desires. It’s all there waiting for you. Just take the first step. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.


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Is it time to go back to work? “What are you going to do with yourself all day?”

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That is the question I get asked almost immediately after people find out that all three of my kids are going to school all day (well, one only four days a week). It is usually said in a joking manner as sort of a tease on all this free time I will now suddenly have without a child at home to look after. Most of the time I joke back that “Mama needs to get a job!” But, honestly, I really don’t know, and it’s kind of freaking me out. Having been a stay-at-home mom for the past eight years (my gosh, has it really been that long?), the 8-5 work thing is something I have not been a part of since before the recession. Things have changed – a lot. Plus, I have changed, too. I’m not the same carefree, kidless worker bee I was before. Since before my youngest was born, I have been thinking about going back to work. What type of job should I apply for? Will I even be qualified for what I am applying for? Are there any jobs out there for a person with my “skill set?” You see, as I look back at the choices I made in my life, I think I wasn’t so wise to pick journalism – a dying profession in which you really have to love what you do because you don’t get paid much for doing it. So, maybe I expand my search, think “outside the box” so to speak, but my over-thinking nature has already set up another hurdle: fulfillment or convenience? Do I get a job that

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So much to see and do in rural Western Michigan By Sarah Gray, Simply Hers Magazine Autumn is a beautiful time in Michigan. One of Michiganders’ favorite fall pastimes is simply taking a ride around the state and enjoying the beautiful color Mother Nature has created. This fall take a trip north of Grand Rapids and find a lovely display of Michigan changing seasons—and so much more. Break out the red flannel and head just 20 miles north of Grand Rapids to Cedar Springs, a charming little town with a unique and historic festival the first Saturday in October. Known as the red flannel capital of the world, Cedar Springs celebrates Red Flannel Day, marking its 76th year on Saturday, October 3. Red Flannel Day began back in 1936 when a feature writer from New York complained that “Here we are in the midst of an oldfashioned winter and there are no red flannels in the USA to go with it.” The news reached Cedar Springs and the local newspaper the Cedar Springs Clipper, owned and edited by “The Clipper Gals” Nina Babcock and Grace Hamilton. They answered the writer with a red hot editorial stating “Just because Sak’s Fifth Avenue does not carry red flannels, it doesn’t follow that no one in the country does. CEDAR SPRINGS’ merchants have red flannels!” The story was picked up by The Associated Press, and orders began pouring in from all over the United States. The first Red Flannel day was celebrated in 1939, and it is now the 15th oldest festival in the state. Red Flannel Day features a Grand Parade, Western obstacle course, wine and microbrew tasting event, comedy review, bed races and car and tractor show. For more information visit www.redflannelfestival.org. Get a taste of the Wild West in West Michigan with a trip to Deer Tracks Junction. Located on more than 100 acres in Cedar Springs, Deer

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Tracks Junction features a hands-on petting farm, wildlife tours and wild west playground structures. The hands-on farm allows visitors to pet and feed goats, mini donkeys and KuneKune pigs, to name a few. Wildlife Safari tours are offered in the evenings in an enclosed, climate-controlled stagecoach and give visitors a chance to see whitetail deer, elk, reindeer and Tibetan yaks. If the animals are cooperating, visitors can pet and feed these animals, as well. Deer Tracks Junction is open in September Wednesday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, and ticket prices visit deertracksjunction.com or like their page on Facebook. Enjoy a variety of local artistry at the Rockford Area Arts Commission’s Art in the Park September 12. Located 20 miles north of Grand Rapids, the juried art exhibition is set in the city’s Garden Club Park along the Rouge River. Limited to 34 artists, the event draws exhibitors from around the state featuring works in pottery, stoneware, sculpture, jewelry, glass works, painting, photography, fiber arts and more. The artists are also on hand and sell their works. For more information, visit the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at rockfordmichamber.com. Take in the sights and sounds of nature on a quiet bike ride along the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. The 45.8 mile trail runs from Greenville (about 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids) north to Edmore and then east to Alma, as part of a rails to trail conservancy. The trail is completely paved and maintained and takes riders over rivers and streams, through meadows and wetlands and farms and quaint small towns. For more information or a detailed map visit www.traillink.com/ trail/fred-meijer-heartland-trail.


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When you first step into Gallery 49 in Reading, it’s hard to know where to start looking. Jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, drawings, wood carvings, photographs and more pull your eye from point to point, inviting closer inspection. Set in a light-filled, airy space located at 100 Michigan St. (corner of Michigan St. and 49) in Reading, this artists cooperative offers a wonderful range of art that works with every style and budget. There’s room to wander, making browsing both easy and enjoyable. Rhonda Peters, one of the original 13 artists who formed the cooperative in 2008, described the art featured at Gallery 49 as spanning “fine crafts to fine art.” There are currently 24 artists from the tri-state area in the group with room for 49. New artists are welcome, and can access the membership application through the website (see below) to begin the jury process for admission. Eight of the original members are still active in the co-op.

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Each month the gallery has a featured artist as well as a new art section to highlight pieces that have just arrived. Four studios on the premises give visitors an interesting look at the artists’ works in progress. There’s also a classroom where the artist covering the gallery that day might choose to spend some creative time. Classes are offered and have included woodcarving, drawing, painting, pottery, papermaking and polymer clay. Scheduling the classes is a fairly informal process based on

expressed interest and publicized through flyers, articles, Facebook and word-of-mouth. Peters offered polymer clay instruction this summer during “Summer Fun Fridays” which proved to be popular with adults as well as children. The talents of Gallery 49 artists are familiar to those far outside our local area. Woodcarver Jim Spencer and Scherenschnitt (paper cutting) artist Gudrun “Gudi” Gilbert have received international recognition for their art. Jim Foster (painter), Rhonda Peters (polymer clay), Linda Shiffler (drawing, watercolors, pottery, paper-making) and Kristie Tellier (pen and ink, silver and copper jewelry) are all nationallyknown artists. And, who knows which of the other members will be next to take honors on a national or world level? Not only does the gallery provide a retail outlet for area artists and classes for the public, but it also gives the artistic community in our region a great network. Rhonda Peters and Kristie Tellier emphasized that having input, support and, yes, criticism, from other artists helps strengthen each individual’s work, refining it and taking it to a new and higher level. Gallery 49 hours are currently Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their Facebook page is found under Gallery 49, and the website address is www.gallery49.org.


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Tami and Hank hope one day to have a self-sufficient farm where survivors and their children can come and learn farming skills, grow and sell produce and help in the production of the popcorn. For now, the seven acres the couple has had donated to them is solely for growing their special variety of corn. Strawberry popcorn is unique in its name and flavor. Although it does not taste like strawberries, the ears are small and red resembling a strawberry. “They are very rare,” Tami says of the popcorn, adding she only knows of one other person who grows and sells it. The taste of strawberry popcorn is special, too. The kernels are small and red and when popped are very crunchy. “It’s very healthy popcorn,” Tami says. “It’s one of the more healthy popcorns available.” It has 350 more antioxidants than white or yellow popcorn. Tami and Hank grow their popcorn using no herbicides or pesticides. They try to keep the production as simple as possible. “He is very ingenious,” Tami says of her husband’s methods to clean,

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husk and dry the corn. “It’s an absolutely beautiful fit,” she says of her and Hank working together.

Seed of Hope is available for purchase in several stores in the area, and, while it has not been profitable yet, Tami has big hopes for the future. “God has directed us in all of this,” she says. Tami and Hank travel together to trade shows to tell people about their unique strawberry popcorn and spread awareness about domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Tami says that when she was in an abusive relationship it took many times before she was finally able to leave the relationship for good. She encourages women in abusive relationships to get the help they need. “I felt like I had no other choice,” she says of staying in her abusive relationship. “It’s ok to leave. It’s not your fault. There are many resources out there to help.” Two of the resources that helped Tami are Domestic Harmony in Hillsdale and the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Tami recently began working in the domestic violence awareness field while going to Jackson College to get her degree in Family Life Education. October is also National Popcorn Poppin’ Month—a “God wink” as Tami calls the way God has led her and her husband to use these seeds of hope to spread awareness about domestic violence. Seed of Hope popcorn can be purchased at Oak Haven Party Store & Perennial Park in Hillsdale and Glei’s in Coldwater, Jerry’s Market in Devil Lake and Devaughn’s Popcorn in Jackson Or, you can either visit their website at www.strawberrypopcornmi.com or like their Facebook pages Seed of Hope and Seed of Hope Strawberry Popcorn.


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I have often prayed for the Lord to give me the words to speak, so I can be a comfort for those in this hard season of life. The other day I heard a remarkable statement on the radio by a widowed woman causing me to ponder on each word and think in my mind, I want to remember this sentence to share at just the right God-timing for another. The opportunity comes soon.

Jesus Christ, this was also her grandchild’s best day ever. Death is not the end for those who put faith in Christ. It is the new beginning. For a true follower of Jesus Christ, death is the doorway into the best day ever. Oh, yeah, down on earth, we are going to be missing them to pieces, but our faithful departed are fully whole and new in glorified bodies praising Jesus.

Sure enough, the next day I run across an acquaintance I have not seen since I heard her husband had passed away. I remember this couple as a strong Christian pair who love Jesus. I give her a hug, and we chit chat a bit. I let her know I heard about her husband’s death, and my heart is with her. I share the comment I heard on the radio earlier. I remind her as Believers, “Your worst day ever is your husband’s best day ever.” With a pensive look, she asks me to repeat what I just said.

You may have heard of the book title, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Well, we can have terrible rotten, no good for nothing, horrifically painful, overwhelming, hard, bad, uber- bad, stinky, overbearingly heartbreaking days. Some call these the “dark night of the soul” days. When a soul mate spouse dies, when an innocent child dies, when a best friend in the world dies, we can draw strength from the truths and promises in the Bible. In John 3:16 of the NIV Bible, we read, “For God so loved the world the he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Not perish but have eternal life means living forever with Jesus. It is true. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

“Your worst day ever . . . is your husband’s best day ever,” I say again with a pause in the center. With a soft thankful smile she gently states, “I will always remember this. I had to process the words a moment, but it is true and comforting.” We both acknowledge her husband left the earth, but because of his faith in Jesus Christ, he went directly to be with Jesus. It was truly the exceedingly best day ever for him with no more suffering, struggle or pain because he is in the presence of Jesus. Immediately, she mentions another “worst day ever” in her life when a grandchild had died, and she felt comfort by the truth as Believers in

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My friend will now remember her worst days on earth as her loved ones’ heavenly BEST DAYS ever. Period. And this truth helps the one staying on earth in the grieving process, because our loved one is celebrating life on high, praising Jesus, the one who gives forever life. Let’s share the “worst day/best day” concept with others in need of a ray of light in the dark times.


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In this new release, author Blume incorporates her love of writing young adult fiction (over 15 of them) into a mainstream adult novel. Meet our heroine, a nervous Miri, as she boards a plane back to her home in Newark, New Jersey, where the story began. She is traveling there for a memorial service, 35 years after three planes crash mysteriously within three months of each other. We then flashback to 1951, when Muri and her best friend Natalie have turned 15. They are watching Natalie’s new 17” Zenith TV, as Kate Smith sings White Christmas at the annual tree lighting ceremony in New York City. The story centers around three tragic plane crashes enroute to Newark Airport, all of which occur in their little neighborhood. These crashes are witnessed by some of the townsfolk and also Miri and her boyfriend, Mason. The tragedies affect their lives in ways they could not have predicted, and, in some cases, change the directions they choose for their futures. The book is formatted in several vignettes, with a character name at the beginning of each vignette, followed by their story. My problem reading this was that there were so many characters it is difficult to keep track of them all or to get too vested in their stories. For instance, there is Miri and her mom, Rusty; her gram, Irene; her brother, Henry, and his fiancée Leah; Miri’s boyfriend, Mason; Mason’s brother, Jack, and his girlfriend Christina. There is Miri’s best friend, Natalie; her brother, Steve; her father and mother, Dr O and Corinne. And on and on, if you get my drift! I almost made up a chart to keep them all straight. Well, after finishing this book, I reread an older publication of Blume’s that I thought I remembered enjoying years ago. Summer Sisters is written in

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the same format, but with thankfully fewer main characters, namely Victoria and Caitlin. There were, however, several secondary characters, and, once again, I might have benefited from a cheat sheet to recall them all. Summer Sisters starts with the characters as sophomores in high school. Caitlin asks Victoria to accompany her to her father’s home in Martha’s Vineyard for his summer visitation custody. Victoria is from a very different background and family than Caitlin, and her eyes are opened as she comes out of her shell with her new-found friend. They grow up as each summer progresses, and the storyline follows them into their late 20s. I enjoyed rereading this. There are three more older Judy Blume books I am going to look up again (thanks to my Kindle) that I don’t think I’ve read. Even if I did, it was probably 30 years ago, so they will be new to me now! Smart Women introduces Margo, who is an architect, recently divorced and relocated to Boulder, Colorado, with her two teenage children. She meets her new friend’s ex-husband and falls for him. It is a story of the struggle to balance a new life and romance with her uprooted adolescent children. Wifey, according to the author, is a rather risque novel, her first written after her reputation as a young adult author. It had negative reviews relating to its subject matter. It features Sandy, a discontent, bored housewife, and that’s all I can tell you, except it’s supposed to be funny. Lastly, Forever will also be on my list to read. It begins with seniors in high school, best friends Katherine and Erica, and delves into their futures. I hope the characters are kept to a minimum! What are you reading? Email me at nancyryan47@ gmail.com. See you at the library!


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An Overview of Divorce

By Laura Rahe Simply Hers Magazine

Most people enter into a marriage with the expectation of spending a lifetime with their spouse. This is often a reality, but for a number of reasons, people sometimes experience marital breakdown. The divorce process can appear complex and intimidating on top of the emotional turmoil a person is experiencing. This article is an attempt to explain the basic outline of the divorce process for readers who may be facing the dissolution of their marriage. To obtain a divorce, one of the spouses files a summons and complaint in circuit court. In order for a judgment of divorce to be granted, one of the spouses must have resided in the State of Michigan for 180 days and usually in the county where the complaint is filed at least 10 days before filing.

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A spouse does not have to have done anything wrong for the other spouse to obtain a divorce in Michigan. This means that in the complaint for divorce, the filing spouse must simply allege that there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship, that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and that there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. Whether the other spouse agrees with this statement has little legal effect. While a divorce case is pending, either spouse can seek relief regarding use of the marital home, protection of marital assets, obtaining spousal or child support or establishing a temporary child custody arrangement. This relief can be in the form of a temporary order, ex parte order or personal protective order (PPO). A husband or wife can sometimes obtain relief ex parte,

meaning without the other spouse being notified, even before a temporary order is entered. In cases of domestic violence, a spouse can seek a personal protective order. The State of Michigan offers a system called Friend of the Court in cases that involve child support, custody and visitation arrangements. Sometimes the Friend of the Court is also involved in spousal support. Except in certain circumstances, however, both spouses can opt out of Friend of the Court services. The role of the Friend of the Court may include making recommendations about child custody, parenting time or child support. It can also provide a mediator to help with child custody and parenting time conflicts, and it enforces court orders regarding custody, parenting time, health care coverage or support. In some divorce cases, more information is required, which spouses can obtain through discovery. Discovery can be an informal exchange of information between the spouses, or it can involve more formal methods such as interrogatories, requests for admission, depositions, subpoenas or requests for documents. At the final hearing, testimony is taken and the judge enters an order dissolving the spousesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; marriage. The judgment will address property division; child custody and parenting time, if applicable, and may include an order for spousal support. Divorce proceedings can be stressful for both spouses. Competent legal counsel can assist spouses through the divorce process, oftentimes by reducing emotional turmoil, and can help them understand their rights, choices, and obligations.


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TEACHING TOMORROW’S DOCTORS

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hose familiar with the popular television show “Grey’s Anatomy” may have certain presumptions in mind when they think of a teaching hospital. So it may come as a surprise to know that Hillsdale Community Health Center is a teaching hospital and has been for the past eight years. “It’s not often a rural hospital has a training program,” says Dr. Karen Luparello, Director of the Medical Education Program at HCHC. “Having a teaching hospital here is beneficial to the students, staff and patients.” Started in 2006 as a suggestion from Luparello and her husband Dr. David Gossage, the program offers education to interns and residents after they have completed their four years of medical school. Interns learn at the hospital for one year, rotating through different disciplines.

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Residents stay for three years, focusing on the specialty of ophthalmology.

STORY BY SARAH GRAY PHOTOS BY HOLLIE SMITH

The education program is affiliated with Michigan State University and is an osteopathic training program through the American Osteopathic Association. HCHC currently has three students in the intern program and three in the ophthalmology resident training program. To date, the Medical Education Program has graduated six residents and 11 interns. Of those graduates, several have gone on to some impressive fellowships and training programs. Luparello is proud to say that residents who have trained at HCHC have secured Retina Fellowships at Bascom Palmer in Florida—one of the premier places in the country to train in ophthalmology— as well as pediatric ophthalmology fellowships at Wills Eye in Philadelphia, which is one of the oldest training programs in the nation. Ophthalmology graduates have secured jobs as well as fellowships in cornea, retina and pediatric ophthalmology. Interns who have trained at Hillsdale Community Health Center have gone on to orthopedic residencies, neurosurgery residencies and psychiatry residencies.


Much of that success, Luparello says, comes from the excellent staff at HCHC and the individual attention the students receive.

“There is more one-on-one training instead of 15 being trained by one,” she says. “We have amazing pathology here and a great cross section of patients from Amish and elderly to those seeking preventative care and others who we only see when there is an emergency. Students also receive a great surgical experience. Instead of being one of many students watching, students in our program are able to assist doctors during surgery.” Students also are exposed to many different medical specialties which can give them an edge when moving on to the next stage of their careers. This high level of hands-on experience may be why there is such a demand for the small number of slots HCHC has available. Luparello says the hospital receives 50-60 applications for a single opening, and the hospital and staff carefully decide who will be the right fit for the program. The program has been a win-win for the hospital as well, because it demands the physicians stay up-to-date on what is happening in their fields so they can pass it on to their students. With both the physicians and students so highly-educated on the latest advancements and information, the patients at HCHC also benefit.

“It’s not often a rural hospital has a training program,” says Dr. Karen Luparello, Director of the Medical Education Program at HCHC. “Having a teaching

hospital here is beneficial to the students, staff and patients.”

“The community has responded greatly,” Luparello says. “After an intern or a resident leaves, patients always ask about them and what they are doing.” She says she does tell the students in the program that since Hillsdale is a small community they will probably see their patients when they are outside the hospital and not to be surprised if they get asked questions. Having been a doctor at HCHC for 14 years, Luparello is used to being approached with medical questions outside the hospital, too. “I have to love what I do every day,” she says of the years of schooling it takes to become a doctor. “It is worth the time and energy.” Luparello, who herself is a pediatric ophthalmologist, says there are many more women going into medicine now than before, and she is pleased that three of the six graduates from the residency program have been women. While it is important for girls interested in medicine to do well in math and science, she says staying wellrounded is key and not to forget about volunteer work. She adds there are volunteer opportunities available for high school students at Hillsdale Community Health Center. 45


H HILLSDALE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER CELEBRATES

100 YEARS of Caring

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illsdale Community Health Center celebrates 100 One hundred years is a milestone anniversary for any business or organization, and for a rural hospital like Hillsdale Community Health Center, it is a testament to the dedication and forward-thinking of its staff over the past ten decades. “What a celebration! We have witnessed quite a lot of progress and change in healthcare,” says Jeremiah Hodshire, Director of Organizational Development at HCHC. “Not too many small hospitals are remaining after 100 years. We have a solid history that has evolved and progressed in providing healthcare services to Hillsdale County.”

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Hillsdale Hospital began as a private hospital in a large house that stood where McCollum Street runs into West Street. Known as a sanitarium, Mrs. T.H. Midgley leased the building from the Hillsdale School District in 1915. The lease expired in 1920, and the school district eventually tore down the house and built a new Hillsdale High School on the property in 1929.

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After the close of the sanitarium, a group of citizens petitioned the Hillsdale Common Council to form a public-owned hospital. Hillsdale City Hospital was opened in 1921 in the former William Waldron home on North Manning Street. In 1937, a 50-60 bed hospital on Howell Street was approved sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The cornerstone for the hospital was laid in March 1939, and the building was dedicated in 1940. One of the struggles of small hospitals is to navigate the national healthcare laws and complexities of insurance reimbursements. Many times small rural hospitals such as HCHC become affiliates of larger healthcare systems. Hodshire says while that may be the case with some small hospitals, HCHC is dedicated to staying independent and offering the best quality service to patients. “There are challenges, but we are embracing the future.” Judy Gabriele, Director of Development at HCHC, says “We want each patient treated with kindness, as if they were a member of our own family.” As one of the top five employers in the county with more than 400 employees, HCHC is embracing the changes in healthcare and working hard to stay current in all areas of service they provide. “The last 10 years has been an explosion in healthcare growth,” Hodshire says. “We

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e a full service hospital with all types f surgical procedures, inpatient and utpatient services, home care and mental ealth services, to just name a few. Our uality scores are some of the highest the state and in the nation.” For three onsecutive years, Hillsdale Community ealth Center’s “Mac” McGuire Skilled ursing Facility /MacRitchie North earned p honors from U.S. News and World eport’s Best Nursing Home ratings with ve stars. Hodshire adds HCHC is also e lowest-priced hospital in the tri-state ea.

nder the direction of CEO Duke nderson, the HCHC is working hard to ocus on four pillars: people, finances, uality and community. This includes both patient and outpatient services as well as ome health care.

We are committed to remain dependent,” Hodshire says. “We want celebrate our heritage and history. We ave been strong for 100 years and we ill be strong for the next 100 years.”

illsdale Community Health Center ill celebrate its 100 years of service eptember 18 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with n open house on the front lawn of the ospital.

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We had a family wedding recently and it was wonderful. (Congratulations Chris and Dianne!) Dianne did a great job planning the wedding and pulling it all together. Too bad I didn’t seek her advice before I dressed for the wedding. Things might have gone more smoothly and maybe my dress wouldn’t have put me over the edge.

By Willie Smith Simply Hers Magazine

I bought a dress for the wedding and it was perfect except for the fact that it was a tad too small. It fit just right when I bought it, but the months leading up to the wedding saw a few pounds packin’ on my hips and thighs. I needed something to corral all that accumulated cellulite. There was no way I was EVER going to try a body shaper again. I think we all remember the incident with my “black beauty” a couple of years ago. I’m still mortified every time I see one of those firemen who responded to my husband’s call for help in that fitting room. It wouldn’t be so bad if they just snickered when they saw me, but to point me out and then burst out laughing is just too much. The wedding was on a hot July day so I hope you will understand why I did what I did. It made perfect sense to me at the time. I had an old pair of control top pantyhose that I no longer wore because it was so hard to breathe in them. I wondered what would happen if I cut the legs off those nylons just above the knees. I would be cooler, but the question was could they still control my various body parts? I worried cutting them would cause runs that would weaken the control I so badly needed. I told my step-daughter, Samantha, about my idea and she begged me not to do it. She suggested I try a body shaper one more time. She obviously forgot whom she was talking to. There was no way I was going to spend $30 on one of those babies and risk another emergency response call when I had a perfectly good pair of pantyhose I could use. Why not give those control tops a whirl, right? A better plan might have been to think about this a few days prior to the wedding rather than an hour before I was supposed to show up. I made the cut just above the knees then

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struggled to pull the panty hose up. No runs!! This just might work. The ends at the knees did roll up over my fat thighs, but I could deal with that. No expensive body shaper for this girl. No, siree. I had a cheap solution that seemed to be working and I was going for it. Just in case, though, I told my husband to watch for my emergency signal. If he saw me giving him the “Peace” sign he would know something bad was happening, and he was to whisk me away immediately. I made it through the wedding and even danced once or twice at the reception before disaster hit. I had used the restroom earlier and when I pulled my homemade shaper back up several runs started. During the next dance, I felt my fat starting to ooze out through the runs and I could feel the control losing its strength. I knew it was time to leave so I signaled my husband. I looked like an old hippie giving the “Peace” sign again and again, but my husband wasn’t paying attention. I was thinking very bad thoughts about him when he finally saw me. He must have forgotten about the signal though because he returned the “Peace” sign, then ran over, grabbed me, and started doing the twist. I tried to tell him to stop, that we had to leave immediately, but he just kept twisting and turning me. All of a sudden, my control top stopped controlling, and the runs ran together into one big hole. My fat cells poured through that hole which made my zipper split and the seams tear. How embarrassing! I ran for the bathroom and waited for my husband to bring his jacket to cover me and take me home. I waited and waited some more. It was late; what was that man doing? I listened at the door for his voice and I swear I heard him say Applebee’s. He wasn’t really going to Applebee’s, was he? He wouldn’t! He did. Not only did he go, but the worst part was it was 4:00 A.M. before he realized I wasn’t with him. I won’t go into the details of him finding me in that bathroom or any injuries he might have accidentally sustained, but suffice it to say I was not a happy woman. How could a perfect dress put me over the edge?


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by Sarah Gray, Simply Hers Magazine

This is the second in a three-part series on homelessness in our communities.


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t seems it does not take much for a person or a family to become homeless. Many people in Hillsdale and Lenawee counties are living paycheck to paycheck – some just barely so – and it only take one small change to drastically alter their living situations.

“Most of the time it comes down to an eviction due to non-payment of rent,” says Elizabeth Salerno, Lead Case Manager for Housing Help of Lenawee. She has been working with the homeless for more than nine years and has seen a wide variety of cases come across her desk. For the most part, however, many of the cases have the same factors in common. She says most often her clients are homeless because of an inability to pay rent. “They lost a job due to a medical reason or the company has to let people go. Many are very low income and some may just be living off of their disability income.” Society may have some preconceived notions about what homelessness looks like and how people become homeless, but many times it is simply a domino effect. Some of Salerno’s clients are technically already homeless – living with family or friends because they have no place of their own – and come to her for help after there has been a argument or other disagreement and they have been kicked out.

Salerno shares two stories of clients she has helped at Housing Help of Lenawee, going from how they became homeless to how they got back on their feet. Family one A single mom with one son became homeless after losing her job due to her car breaking down which left her with just her child support as an income. She ended up not being able to pay her rent on time and the landlord began the eviction process. She became homeless and had nowhere to stay since her friends and family did not have any space for them. They entered our emergency shelter program and met daily with me to try and connect them to all resources they may need. She looked for work while also working with social security on the application process for her son who is developmentally behind by at least two years. She was also working on trying to find a place to rent, but due to having past evictions on her record she was not able to find someone who was willing to rent to her. I was able to assist with the apartment search and to connect her with a landlord that was willing to rent to her even though she had past evictions. I helped her with the application process so she was able to successfully exit the shelter and move into her new apartment. The new apartment was also close to where her previous job was and gave her the opportunity to be able to go back to work since she was now close enough to get to work each day.

Family two A young couple with one child became homeless after getting into an argument with the family member they were living with. The family member decided to move into a different unit after the conflict and the young couple had to leave since they did not have the income to take over the lease where they had been staying with family. They were able to enter our emergency shelter program and met with me daily while working on increasing their income and trying to find a place that they could afford. While in the program, the dad was able to find a job which gave them the increase in income needed to help with finding an affordable place to live. However, due to not having a lot of references since they were so young and the dad having been evicted once in the past, they were not able to find anyone that would rent to them. I was able to assist with the apartment search and found a landlord that was willing to try working with them. I assisted with the application process and the family was able to successfully exit the shelter to their own apartment. After receiving help the client stated “Cannot stress enough how helpful, caring and compassionate I found [Housing Help staff] to be. Checking in and talking to them every day kept me on track and I always left feeling better.” So it seems that while it can become quite easy to become homeless, the work to get out is much more difficult. “What we are seeing quite often with the households we are working with is that it is getting harder and harder to find available rental units in the county that are affordable and in good condition, and it is even harder to find a place to rent when there are credit issues especially having any past evictions,” Salerno says. “While working one on one with the households, we try to help connect them to all resources that they may need, and this includes trying to connect with landlords.” Salerno says Housing Help of Lenawee is only able to financially assist clients once every twelve months. However, most clients who are assisted do not come back in every year, so she is hopeful they are able to maintain their housing. “We want to help them get back on their feet,” she says, “in the hope that if we give them a leg up, they will be fine.” For more information on Housing Help of Lenawee visit their website at www.h2lenawee.org.

When asked what was most helpful about their help from Housing Help of Lenawee the client stated “having someone to listen and help troubleshoot. Thanks very much.”

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Primary-care health center now open in Hillsdale HILLSDALE, MI –Center for Family Health—Hillsdale, a medical center launched to meet a rising need for primary care in Hillsdale County, is now open.

need for access to primary care. Center for Family Health—Hillsdale was supported by leaders of local institutions including Hillsdale Community Health Center, the Community Action Agency, and St. Peter’s Free Clinic.

Center for Family Health—Hillsdale is a federally qualified health center that accepts all patients, regardless of income. Family-doctor care is provided to any patient, with or without health insurance coverage. The Center also provides services to assist those who are not covered by health insurance in getting coverage through a variety of programs including through the Marketplace, Medicaid or other healthcare programs.

“After so much time and effort by so many different people, I am very excited and pleased to welcome the Center for Family Health to our greater Hillsdale community,” said Duke Anderson, president and CEO of Hillsdale Community Health Center.

Located at 240 W. Carleton Road, the Center is being operated by the Jackson-based Center for Family Health in coordination with the Hillsdale community’s efforts to expand access to care. “The health and human services leaders in Hillsdale have given us tremendous encouragement. Our mission is to work with them to open the door to health care for all,” said Molly Kaser, president and CEO of the Center for Family Health. “We are very excited.” Diane Bishop, director of Center for Family Health—Hillsdale, said physicians will work with Hillsdale specialists and medical facilities so more patients have an entry point to comprehensive care in the community. Three thousand Hillsdale County residents became newly eligible for Medicaid under last year’s Healthy Michigan expansion, creating greater

“It’s a great thing for Hillsdale, absolutely,” said Jill Pavka, director of St. Peter’s Free Clinic. “I just love the federally qualified health center model. It’s comprehensive, quality care for everybody.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held on August 14 at the Center. The Carleton Road location is a temporary home for Center for Family Health - Hillsdale. Plans call for construction of a permanent site in about two years. About Center for Family Health The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. It provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays.

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Pet tales From Kacie’s Korner By Kacie Keeshond, Simply Hers Magazine

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By the time you read this, the dog days of summer will be winding down. I personally (or should I say dogally?) will be glad to see the hot weather end! I’m an air conditioning type of gal myself, but I know a lot of my dog friends love being outside. A couple of tales ago, we shared some information we found about things that are dangerous for dogs to drink. Several people told my “Mom” they appreciated that, so we thought we would add what we read from TV gardener, Charlie Dimmock. According to her, dozens of common flowers, shrubs and trees are potentially poisonous to cats and dogs. One study suggested that 1 in 12 pets have eaten poisonous plants or flowers that made at least 50% of them ill enough to seek veterinarian treatment and fatal to 15%.

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Of course the size and health of your dog can be a factor, with small dogs and puppies being more at risk. Problems caused can be as insignificant as drooling or a tummy ache to potentially deadly damage to the nervous system, kidneys and liver. Now, me and my ‘Mom’ sure don’t claim to know anything about gardening…. well, I’m pretty good at digging holes but my ‘parents’ don’t seem to appreciate my lending a paw to their planting efforts!? Anyway, we’re just suggesting that if you have any of these plants in the area where pets will be, you should keep an eye on them. And, as you purchase new plantings, you might want to find alternatives. I was glad to see that dandelions weren’t on this list because when they are out, my walks are like grazing at a big buffet bar- mmmmm!!

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Upper Peninsula

Take a family photo with Spot in front of the limestone bluffs and beautiful vistas of Mackinac Island State Park, or get a history lesson and visit Fort Mackinac with your dog by your side. Pet-friendly lodging is available on the island at Mission Point Resort. There are plenty of places to walk or run with your pooch in the Upper Peninsula, including the 24 miles of Lake Superior shore at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park or Westmore Landing in Marquette, which offers scenic hiking trails for you and your pup to adventure. Lake-loving owners and their canines are welcome aboard the Isle Royal Queen IV ferry for sunset cruises in Copper Harbor. Motor past Great Lakes freighters and lighthouses while listening to stories about the Keweenaw as the sun dips below the Lake Superior horizon.

West Michigan

Take a trip to Grand Rapids – fur-babies welcomed! Stop by Hillcrest Dog Park, an off-leash park, to let loose. When it’s time to grab some chow, you and your dog are both welcome at One Trick Pony. Norman F. Kruse Park in Muskegon is a win-win when traveling with your pooch. With a section of beach designated to man’s best friend, it is a great spot to soak in the sun at Lake Michigan – including picnic areas for the family and space for your pup to swim. In Grand Haven, dogs are run freely on the southern beach area at Kirk Park and are also welcome at East Grand River Park and Mulligan’s Hollow. Venture just outside Grand Haven to Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg for off leash fun. Pet-friendly lodging options include the Days Inn, Holiday Inn and Serendipity Resort.

Northern Michigan

Stop at Ruff Life Pet Outfitters in Petoskey to find your dog gear for the outdoor lifestyle in Northern Michigan. If you’re heading to Charlevoix, visit Mt. McSauba beach which includes a short wooded trail that leads to the sand dunes – a favorite of locals and canines alike. Miles of forest trails, wide open spaces and long beaches make Traverse City a popular destination for dogs and the people who love them. Several local hotels and restaurants are dog-friendly, including Park Place Hotel, West Bay Beach Resort and The Filling Station Microbrwery. Fido will be sure to want to make a stop at D.O.G. Bakery on Front Street while in town.

Southeast Michigan

Head to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s little Bavaria, for a welcoming vacation for you and Rover. Visit Hund Platz Dog Park, designed for dogs, featuring dog agility equipment your furry friend is sure to love! You’ll find great toys for your pet at Hello Cats and Dogs, complete with a tasty “Barkery.” Pets are welcomes at Drury Inn & Suites and the Frankenmuth Motel. From the Detroit Riverfront and pet-friendly shops, to welcoming lodging, Detroit is the perfect urban getaway for you and your fourlegged friend. Your canine pal can loll at your feet while you dine on the patio of Detroit’s Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius Park or roll in the sand “beach” during summer while masters sip cocktails at the adjacent Beach Bar and Grille. So pack up the family, grab a few bones for the road and head out on a Pure Michigan pet adventure.

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Don’t let the Grid-iron Grid-lock your Relationship. Get ready ladies, it is that time of year again. Remember when football season meant hanging out with your best friends at the game on Friday night? Now, in this crazy adult world, football has taken on a whole new meaning. This is especially true if your significant other is obsessed, which I am sure is the case more times than not. Sundays are spent in a zombie-like trance sitting in front of the TV. He may take breaks for the bathroom, to grab a snack, or to check his fantasy line-up, but that’s it. He gets so deep into the game it doesn’t occur to him that the coach can’t hear him shouting his words of wisdom at the screen. So, what is a person who is married to a maniacal football fan supposed to do to survive? I am glad you asked. Here are some ideas that just may make this season bearable. 1. Turn football time into YOU time. Let’s face it ladies, he probably won’t know or care if you are in the room with him to take advantage of the free hours. Reserve it for getting your own stuff done like going to the gym or getting together with friends who also don’t watch football.

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2. Ask for payback. Watch a game with your hubby, be sure it is his favorite team so he knows you care. Or, if you just can’t bring yourself to do that, agree to leave him to watch the game in peace in exchange for him watching something of your choosing. It is a win-win for both of you. 3. Throw a party! If your significant other can’t be turned away from football Sundays, try bringing the party home. Host a football-watching shindig, and at least you will have people who are willing to chat with you. 4. Reconnect with friends Football Sundays are the BEST time to make actual phone calls! Call your uncle, your grandmother, your long-distance best friend. 5. Day trip away. Visit nearby friends. Meet somewhere unique like a tea shop that serves scones alongside your tea. Go to the zoo. See a movie. Or, spend a girl’s day out with your mother. This has an added bonus for the hubby because he won’t be asked to join you. 6. If you can’t beat ‘em, join them. Once in a while, plan to do and watch whatever your significant other does and actually watch a football game without protesting. It’s good for your relationship and you may learn enough to keep up with the office chat.


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By Melissa McCance

Crystal Gimenez is a young woman who was living an interesting, varied life as wife, mother, local retailer and local business employee until that life was blown to bits by a very rare disease (incidence of 1 in 500,000 people per year in this country) with no known cure and no standard treatment. When I met with her, I was struck by her strength, her determination and—perhaps most impressive—her sense of humor. She struggles daily with the effects of not only the illness itself, but also the stroke and multiple mini-strokes she has had since its onset. The following is her story in her own words. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, started out as a normal day. I went to work at the SumnarScholl Agency, started my morning work and then began to feel sick. I thought I had the flu. At 11 a.m. I decided I needed to go home. I didn’t feel like I could drive far, so I went to my father-in-law’s house in Hillsdale and slept until 2 PM. When I woke up, I felt fine. I headed out to pick up my daughter Ava from school and we went home. When we arrived home, I didn’t have an appetite but I felt all right. I just wanted to sleep.

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At 8 p.m. I woke up with the most horrific pains in my stomach. I thought, “Oh, boy, the flu is hitting hard, now.” I spent the entire night sick in the bathroom. By morning, I could hardly walk, and I couldn’t stand up straight. A few hours later (it’s now Wednesday, September 10), I told my husband I needed some kind of medical care. Justin took me to Hillsdale Health & Wellness where I was seen. At that time I had all the signs of colitis, and I was given antibiotics and sent home. That night the pain got worse and I couldn’t do anything but get sick. At this point, I hadn’t eaten since Monday, yet I was still getting sick. Thursday came and I continued getting sick, and I mean extremely sick. The pain was too much to handle. So, at 8:30 p.m. while the kids and Justin were sleeping, I called my mom to take me to the ER. I had blood drawn, and when the ER doctor reviewed the results, he noticed the counts didn’t look right and said he couldn’t let me go home. I was admitted to Hillsdale Community Health Center at 1:15 a.m. on Friday,

September 12. From that moment, I knew my life was never going to be the same. I stayed at HCHC for three days and two nights. I had an amazing doctor working hard to figure out what was wrong with me. On Sunday I was ready to leave the hospital! I had missed my daughter Ava’s fifth birthday party and I was so upset about that. I still had my best friend Stephanie, mom and husband by my side. It was 3:30 p.m., and Justin had to leave for work. I got settled in for another night in the hospital. My visitors were about to go home, and at 5 p.m. Dr. Rocky Pittman ran through the doors. I remember hearing a bunch of gibberish coming out of his mouth and feeling like I was in a dream. I didn’t hear anything mostly because I didn’t want to. I do recall looking at my mom’s face and watching Stephanie pick up her phone to call Justin. What Dr. Pittman said was, “I’ve got it. In medical school we studied one of these cases. She has a rare blood disease and her kidneys are shutting down. We need to bring in survival flight to get her to U of M.” They


flew me to U of M on September 14, and I was taken directly to the ICU. It was the next day at U of M that my final diagnosis was made: Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, or aHUS. I spent Monday in ICU having a port put in my neck to prepare me for four plasmapheresis exchanges. [Plasmapheresis is a process by which the liquid component of blood, or plasma, is separated from the cells, which removes antibodies from the blood that can attack the immune system of a sick person. The removed plasma is replaced with good plasma or a plasma substitute.] On Wednesday the 17th everything began to go wrong. My family and Stephanie continued to stand by my side. We were all waiting for the Soliris (a drug used for aHUS) to come so that I could have my first treatment. However, I was getting worse very quickly. I knew I needed a meningococcal vaccination before I could receive Soliris. Now, typically you need to have this vaccine two weeks before you start Soliris, but because I was going downhill so rapidly, they needed to get both in me rather quickly. Once they gave me the vaccine, just seconds later I had a stroke. I still had to go to my final plasmapheresis exchange, even in my current state. I can’t recall much of my final

exchange, but I do remember coming out of the exchange and being rushed into an MRI. After that, my world went dark. I lay in my bed unaware of what was happening around me, unable to communicate, not alert. My family was told I wouldn’t make it. They prepared for the worst. I came to mid-morning on Thursday to find myself hooked up to more wires and IVs. Most importantly, I woke up to my second blood transfusion. My first was when I was not alert. I also had my first Soliris treatment during that time. It was scary, to put it lightly. I would receive Soliris treatments weekly for the first five weeks and bi-weekly after that. After seeing my husband and family, I was told at 1 p.m. that I would be having a bone marrow biopsy. At that time, I didn’t understand why or what for. I didn’t ask questions at this time, I just went with it. 1 p.m. came, and my doctor arrived with his two assistants and, just like that with some numbing cream, the biopsy started and lasted an hour. By the end of that, I was even more exhausted and slept for pretty much the next three days. My kidneys were still not responding, but my blood counts started improving.

Monday, September 22 came. Once again, I was mad because it was now my husband’s birthday and we were still in the hospital. I had two more blood transfusions, the last one ending at 10 p.m. After that was finished, they finally released me at 10:30. The following three weeks were awful. I couldn’t walk, bathe or dress myself without help. I slept all day and all night. I had no energy at all for months. I finally began to walk and become more independent. I continued to go to U of M every week for my infusion. I remember my doctor telling me

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at checkup #13 that I would never work again, and it came as the biggest blow you could ever imagine. Here I am today, preparing for infusion #27 on Friday, August 7, still unable to drive, unable to work. Unable to provide for my family. Struggling to put food on the table and to pay our mounting medical bills. I applied for disability in October of 2014—my denial quickly came. I then hired a lawyer to fight my case. My case will go before a judge . . . in February, 2016. In the meantime, we’ve filed for all the assistance you can imagine and been denied. But, I’m still smiling after the journey I’ve been on. Why? Because I’m still alive to see my family. How long do I have? We don’t know, but you can bet I will spend each and every second making memories. Two things that Crystal said during our interview touched me deeply. One was in reference to dealing with the many frustrations and limitations that the illness and strokes have imposed on her and how they’ve affected her sense of having control over her life: “You have to let go of a lot of things.” She has learned to live moment to moment, doing what she can and trying not to tie herself in knots over what can’t be changed. And, because Crystal lives with constant uncertainty, she truly values every second she has with her husband, her children, her extended family and her friends: “It’s those little things that mean the most.” Would that we might all learn these lessons!

There are two types of HUS: typical HUS (caused by E. coli or other food- or water-borne pathogens) and atypical HUS (usually a genetic mutation, but sometimes triggered by other illnesses or unknown causes). People with aHUS are born with this genetic disease and have a life-long risk of it suddenly becoming active with life-threatening complications. Certain conditions such as bacterial or viral exposure might be among the suspected triggers, but the underlying cause is the genetic mutations. The complement system is part of the human immune system which normally helps (or complements) our ability to fight illness by attacking any foreign or invading cells. Controlled by a group of genes, our complement system is usually regulated by proteins that prevent it from becoming overactive. In atypical HUS [aHUS], certain complement proteins are missing or not working properly. Atypical HUS is a rare, chronic disease in which this uncontrolled complement activation causes blood clots in small blood vessels throughout the body. It affects various organs including the kidneys, heart, lungs, brain and the gastrointestinal system. Atypical HUS is unpredictable and varies greatly in episode length, frequency of events and severity from patient to patient. Some aHUS patients will have intermittent signs and symptoms, while others have chronic symptoms on a daily basis. Some aHUS events occur with rapid and devastating consequences. Historically, due to limited treatment options, the outlook for patients was poor, as life-threatening thromboses (blood clots) could recur and be fatal. For more detailed information, visit atypicalhus.ning.com and www.soliris. net.

Living with aHUS

(Crystal answers the FAQs)

Have you had genetic testing done? Yes. I have the genetic mutation of aHUS.

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Have your family members been tested? Yes and no. My parents and siblings have not been tested. My children Ava and Gentry have. What were the results for your children? One has what is believed to be the aHUS gene per evaluation of the test by my hematologist at the University of Michigan and by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. What do you have to do because you have this disease? I go to the U of M Cancer Center every 14 days for an infusion. What is the infusion? It’s an infusion of Soliris (Eculizumab is the medical name) which is the only treatment for aHUS. Soliris costs $56,000 per treatment for the drug only; that figure doesn’t include the charges for my care during each treatment. What is a day like for you when you have a treatment? It’s usually a full day, starting with a blood draw when I arrive. This is extremely important to check my counts before any infusion is given to me. I then see my doctor who checks my body for any growths, puffiness, checks my kidneys, lungs—any area of concern. After that, I head to my infusion, and the last stop is to my social worker or therapist. They alternate meetings. How can I follow your story? There’s a Facebook page: Crystal Gimenez’s Fight Against aHUS. It is updated frequently. We also have a page on gofundme: gofund.me/ crystalgimenezahus We will be hosting an aHUS Awareness 5K Run/Walk on May 14, 2016, at Owens Memorial Park. All proceeds will go to the aHUS Foundation. Anyone interested in participating should check the Facebook page for information!


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The “party room” in the basement has officially been replaced by outdoor living spaces. For the past few years the term “outdoor room” has been used to describe any type of seating outside the house. But, for Michiganders, you can’t assume a simple deck or patio to be considered an outdoor room. Here you must also take into consideration if the space can be used for more than just spring and summer entertaining. As a general tip, installing the outdoor room at the end of the season can save you thousands of dollars. Another added bonus is that more companies are available to bid on your job in the fall than during the busy months of spring and summer. Just be sure to add a heat source so that you can use your amazing space for as long as possible.


Installing the outdoor room at the end of the season can save you thousands of dollars

Flooring:

Just like any other room, you need a good floor. When choosing a flooring, keep the elements in mind as well as a budget. A good choice to spend less and get a big return is to use a pre-stained, pressure treated wood that looks like cedar but costs a lot less. If you already have a patio or deck, consider adding an outdoor area rug, to help define the space and add a focal point.

Walls:

Outdoor walls are important to create intimacy and keep your guests from feeling like they are on display. The key to a successful privacy screen is to keep it close to where you actually need privacy. Sit in your space and look around,; any neighbors within your line of sight need outdoor walls to block the view.

Roof:

The roof,of course, is used for blocking the sun, but it also defines the outdoor room. It can be a solid structure to block all of the elements or as simple as the pergola which is great for growing vines and creating ambiance with outdoor lighting.

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hese are just two of the sayings familiar to many of us, sayings that celebrate the warmth, security and loving comfort of home. But, what if home is none of these? What if it is a dangerous, frightening place where you are subjected to constant ridicule and humiliation, are prevented from contacting family and friends, have no access to money or transportation and where you walk on eggshells hoping to prevent—or at least delay—the next slap, shove or punch? For those who live with domestic violence, home is no haven. Fortunately for domestic violence victims in our area, there is a place to get help: Domestic Harmony.

Domestic Harmony has been in continuous operation since 1979, providing a wide range of services for those facing domestic violence by an intimate partner. Julia Denig, Executive Director of Domestic Harmony, is quick to give credit to the community for its help: “We couldn’t do it without the support we receive from the community. This community recognizes the need for the shelter.” Denig has been with the organization for ten years, and said that while she noticed an increase in requests for services about five years ago, things have held steady since then for residential services but with an increase over the last two years in non-residential services. Domestic Harmony does not operate alone, as it is tied in with the area social services network which includes the Hillsdale County Community Foundation, CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness), the Community Action Agency, law enforcement, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Hillsdale Community Health Center. When asked how people could help the shelter, Denig said that one important need is for volunteers to help staff the crisis line, the vital avenue by which many victims first seek assistance. Volunteers also occasionally assist with child care, cover office tasks or interact with residents who just need to talk to someone

for a while. Although there is a yearly membership drive, financial contributions can be made at any time and are definitely needed. In addition, donations of food and household goods help the shelter provide for the residents. (See the separate list of needs for suggestions of items to donate.) The services provided by Domestic Harmony aid both domestic violence victims and sexual assault survivors. First and foremost, Denig emphasizes, is that safe emergency shelter will be provided for anyone needing to get away from an abusive situation. Individual counseling is available during day and evening hours for shelter residents and non-residents, and there are two active support groups. The counseling is there for victims of domestic violence and for children who have witnessed it. If needed, a legal advocate will be provided to help petition for a personal protection order, accompany the victim to court and answer questions about court procedures. The Domestic Harmony team can do prevention education in schools and offers training for businesses and organizations. The crisis line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 517-439-1454 or 1-888-439-1454. The web address is www.domesticharmony.org. All services are free and confidential. Remember, domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse. Being controlled by fear and threats; being kept isolated and unable to interact with family and friends; being denied funds and transportation; having a partner who constantly calls you ugly names, insults you, tells you you’re crazy, stupid, a terrible parent or worthless; being forced to have sex against your will . . . all of these behaviors are abusive. No one should live with fear and violence. If you need help, take the first step and call Domestic Harmony. They will be there for you!

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The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation center 250 W. Carleton Rd. Hillsdale MI 49242 Located in the Kroger plaza 517-439-1202 Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Featured Items: New and gently used items including Clothing for Men, Women and Children, Housewares, kitchen wares, home decor, furniture, books, electronics, jewelry, collectibles and much more. Donations are tax-deductible, always accepted and appreciated.

146 N Main St | Brooklyn MI (517) 592-8686 Hours: Monday thru Friday 10:30 till 5:00; Sat 10:00 till 4:00 pm Brooklyn’s Leading Fashionable Consignment Shop Closet Overload is a quality Consignment Boutique with high standards. We offer up-to-date new and used fashion and accessories. In order to do this we must be very selective. Closet Overload has 2000 square feet of space and has grown each and every year since opening in 1993. Check us out on the web at http://www.closetoverload.net/ for downloadable coupons 74

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Our creative contributor for this issue is Michelle from james-michelle.blogspot.com Here is what she had to say: James and I have been wanting a new headboard for a while now. However, the lack of funds has held us back. However, we got the brilliant idea to substitute some of the materials needed to make a headboard with things we already had.

2. Cut out a design or shape for top of headboard. James used different sized bowls to trace and make the round cuts. Using a box cutter would be best for this step.

PROJECT: Homemade Headboard SKILL LEVEL: Beginner TIME: 2 Hours WHAT YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LL NEED ($30 total) - cardboard ($0) - 2 yards of quilt batting ($8) - tape, packing or duct - staple gun - 2 yards of fabric ($12)

Step- by-step Instructions

3. Lay cardboard shape over quilt batting and cut a 2 inch perimeter around cardboard.

4. Fold batting around cardboard edge and Tape batting around the cardboard. Less tension means fluffier headboard.

5. Take your fabric and iron out any creases you may have in it. (I usually skip this step when using material and always regret it in the end.)

6. Then lay headboard on fabric and cut 2 inch perimeter of fabric around headboard.

7. Fold over fabric around edge of headboard. pulling tight and using a staple gun, staple fabric through batting and cardboard. The starting points would be the top and bottom centers and working outward.

1. Take huge pieces of cardboard. Tape pieces of cardboard together. It would be best if you could find 1 piece of cardboard that was the right size instead of using 2 separate pieces like we had to. Measure ideal size of headboard and cut cardboard to appropriate size.

Then your done! Now, normally I would suggest using plywood instead of cardboard, but when that is all you have, you just have to improvise... :)


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Crock Pot Asian Broccoli and Beef 2 1/4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup orange juice 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 3 cups broccoli florets

2 tablespoons cold water 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel 1/3 cup dry roasted cashews, coarsely chopped 3 cups hot cooked cellophane noodles or black rice Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)

1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 2-inch pieces. Place meat in a 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of the orange juice, the ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture over meat in cooker. 2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. If desired, stir in sesame oil. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Add broccoli to cooker. Cover and cook about 15 minutes more or just until broccoli is tender. 3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meat to a medium bowl. Using two forks, break meat into smaller pieces. Add broccoli to meat in bowl; cover and keep warm. 4. For sauce, strain cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan. In a small bowl stir the water into cornstarch; stir into strained cooking liquid. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in orange marmalade and the remaining 1 tablespoon orange juice. 5. Add cashews and about half of the sauce to meat mixture; toss gently to coat. Serve over hot cooked noodles. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro. Pass the remaining sauce.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 You are on a roll, Aries, and now it is just a matter of maintaining the momentum for a few more days. Don’t let anyone slow you down.

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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, there are many opportunities within your reach, but you are not sure which way to go. Seek advice from Sagittarius when you get a spare moment.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, when you love someone, it can be difficult to step aside and let this person make his or her own choices. But this is what you have to do for lessons to be learned.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Others can see you haven’t been yourself lately, Gemini. So relax and take a break from something that’s been bothering you, and you will return to being your old self. You won’t be disappointed.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Your eyes are bigger than your stomach at work, Aquarius. Delegate some tasks so everything goes smoothly and your project is completed on time. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Learning from your weaknesses can help you to grow stronger, Pisces. Accept a challenge that is presented, even if it scares you.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Now is not the time for dawdling, Cancer. You have a full plate of things to tackle and it seems like the hours will be slipping away. Recharge and get focused. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, don’t let anyone discourage you when tackling a big project. As you have proven time and again, you simply need to establish a goal and your efforts will help you achieve it.


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