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Is Diabetes Hurting Your Eyesight? Diabetes is a leading cause of sight loss so having a yearly eye exam is extremely important even if your vision is OK. Finding problems early can be the key in preventing more serious problems later. If you are living with diabetes be sure to ask your eye care professional to check for signs of cataracts and glaucoma. During an exam the eye is dilated and this allows a clear picture of your entire eye including the blood vessels in the back called the retina. Retina damage happens slowly. The retinas have tiny blood vessels that are easy to damage. These break and leak blood into the vitreous of the eye. The leaking blood keeps light from reaching the retina. Over the years, the swollen and weak blood vessels can form scar tissue and pull the retina away from the back of the eye. If the retina becomes detached, you may see floating spots or flashing lights. You may feel as if a curtain has been pulled over part of what you are looking at. A detached retina can cause loss of sight or blindness if you don’t take care of it right away. Call your eye care professional right away if you are having any vision problems or if you have had a sudden change in your vision.

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On a lighter note there are some fun fall fashions on the market and we have discovered Michigan’s beauty secret hat we just had to share! Also, I think two kids keep me busy but our Amazing Mom this month has a few more than two, just wait until you hear her story. For all of our readers who are computer literate I would like to invite you to friend us on Facebook. Our goal is to reach 1000 friends before the next issue. So join us and invite your friends. We will be introducing new advertisers, hosting contests, sharing upcoming events and much more. Enjoy the book and be sure to take in the beautiful fall colors and we’ll see you back here in time for the holidays. Oops... our apologies Last month we missed giving credit to Mike Venturini for the photos used in the Azzuri business spotlight. Thank you Mike for your wonderful photos.




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Warning to readers... this issue may make you shed a few tears. We have some amazing stories of four local women and their battle against a common enemy CANCER. Cancer touches everyone in our community and we feel we need to keep the fight for awareness strong so women will have the check-ups and screenings that provide early detection in the cancer battle.

Peggie Bildner ............................................... EDITOR ZONYA Foco.......................................................................Health Article Tracy Donohue .......................................................Fashion & Beauty I would also like to Laura Loveberry ...................................................Life is the Berries thank the writers who Jeanine Matlow ........................................................................Home provide such timely and NANCY HASTINGS............................................................Local Spotlight interesting articles PAM Colletta-Benzing....................................Backyard & Beyond Willie Smith ...................................................................Over the Edge AMBER YODER ................................................................Local Spotlight JEAN KARR ................................................................Aging With Attitude James Sheridan ....................................................................Ask a Guy jim pruitt ....................................................................... Local Spotlight


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FA S H I O N By Tracy Donohue Simply Hers Magazine

There’s nothing like a new trendy handbag, pair of shoes or (preferably) both to pop up an outfit and make it look fashion forward and fresh. This fall season there are some fabulous new trends that offer something a little sweet, sassy or sophisticated for every fashionista to fall in love with.


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This classic handbag looks great, travels great and can easily tuck into a casual or work tote if more storage is needed. This is not a small, novelty evening handbag that barely fits the essentials – this season’s daytime clutch should hold your wallet, lipstick, and technology with a little room to spare. With a detachable long strap, this handbag becomes a perfectly flexible, must have accessory for fall.

Ladylike Classic This structured handbag has a feminine, old school, somewhat vintage vibe and shape, but with an updated edge. Whether you buy new or purchase at a vintage or resale shop, this “ladylike purse” looks trendy, fresh and fun this fall.


THE LADY LIKES RUFFLES Miche Bag, Donna shell, $44.95. Base handbag sold separately. Contact Kathie Ward at www. my.michebag.com/kathie_ward, 517.320.2488.

GREEN WITH ENVY Miche Bag, Jan’ee shell, $27.95. Base handbag sold separately. Contact Kathie Ward at www.my.michebag.com/kathie_ward, 517.320.2488. SEEING RED Julie Lindsay (Michigan designer), Red Stud Pouch, $295, www.julielindsay.com, 810.516.4732.

Reptile Skin Whether real or faux, snake, python and reptile skin patterns make incredibly stylish arm candy this season. In neutral or bright colors, structured or hobo shaped, a reptile skin handbag is an adventurous and exotic way to take a walk on the wild side this fall.

SHOWING SKIN Miche Bag, Melody shell, $27.95. Base handbag sold separately. Contact Kathie Ward at www.my.michebag.com/kathie_ward, 517.320.2488.

Fiery Red RED all about it! While neutrals bags and shoes are still strong this season, this fall is the perfect time to make a statement by accessorizing with a rocking red handbag. All shades of fiery red from orangey and true red to cranberry are red hot for fall.

Long Shoulder Strap A key handbag feature this fall is the long shoulder strap that offers a convenient, hands-free, across body option that is easy on the shoulders and back. Ideally a new handbag will include a detachable long strap option that offers the ultimate in handbag flexibility.

BUCKLE UP! Julie Lindsay (Michigan designer), Kat Man Du clutch, $330, www.julielindsay.com, 810.516.4732. LADY IN RED Jenna Kator Collection, Lake Shore handbag (Michigan designer), $98, www.jennakatorcollection.com, 248.840.8961. Available locally at Serendipity Cards & Gifts in Adrian and Blush Boutique in Tecumseh.

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Unique trim design features such as lacing, buckles, zippers and tassels are all the rage in footwear (and many handbags) this fall. These fun design elements are found in a wide variety of shoe designs including flats, platforms and wedges so it’s an easy trend for any fashionista to showcase with style.

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Chunky and Funky Heels In addition to still popular flats, wedges and platform heels, the fall focus is on shoes and boots with interesting and unique chunky and funky heels. These fun statement heels will be a focal point to a fashionable fall ensemble.

Suede and Satin

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Smooth and silky satin finishes as well as textural suede finishes are trend right materials for fall footwear. Of course, these materials generally require a little TLC, but the overall fashion impact is worth it!

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Menswear Inspired Flat and heeled oxford and loafer styles are everywhere this fall and it’s important for fashion forward women everywhere to be seen loafing around town. This cool, updated retro look is an extension of menswear (or boyfriend inspired) and features fun design details ranging from short fringe and tassels to laces and pennies.

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THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING Keep mother nature on her toes with a versatile pair of boots. A stylish high boot will wear perfectly with a twirly skirt or dressy jeans. Be ready for the big game or a night on the town with the stovepipe shaft and distressed leather that is sure to compliment almost any fall outfit.

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Feeling great about the way you look on the outside is a reflection of how you feel on the inside. That’s what Sue Cervini, owner of The Closet Consultant in Hillsdale, emphasizes to her clients. Cervini offers advice for those who are career oriented or just need some help organizing their wardrobes. Besides wardrobe consultation she holds fashion seminars and does fashion show production in the Hillsdale area. She got her start in the fashion business while in high school when she worked for a boutique in Toledo, Ohio. There, she learned management and merchandising. She studied fashion show production in Switzerland for a term and after two years at the University of Michigan, she transferred to Northwood University in Midland. There, she completed a degree in fashion merchandising with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Further experience includes working at Marshall Field & Co. in Chicago and Damschroders in Toledo. She also modeled for Jacobsons for 15 years. “When it comes to style, the possibilities are limitless,” Cervini says. “I help women build their wardrobes piece by piece.” While some clients have a good idea of what style they like, others require more advice, she said. Before visiting a client in their home, Cervini asks them to go through their closets to pick out items that no longer fit or are worn out and give them away. “They start the process before I get there,” she said. Along with a collapsible clothing rack, Cervini brings a tape recorder to each consultation to facilitate the process. “If they are not sure about an item, I ask them to try it on for me,” Cervini said. “If it’s outdated, we’ll talk about replacing it with another.”

The client then receives a shopping list in addition to the recording. The consultation can generally be done in one hour. Additional consultation after the first hour is done at a lesser fee. Also a dealer for the Doncaster line of clothing, Cervini said she sells more pants than she does skirts. She believes in having a few quality items that can be mixed and matched and that’s why she likes Doncaster clothing. Everything made in the line is typically the same color of Navy, for instance, that it has been for years, she said. When building a wardrobe with a client, the same shade purchased years ago will inevitably match a newer item allowing different groupings based on color schemes. Client referrals come from dress for success seminars and wardrobe consultations, as well as by word of mouth. As agency owner, she does two in-home shows a year, one for fall and winter and another for spring and summer. “I set up my house like a boutique with water falls and displays that feature up to 350 pieces,” she said. “The two businesses (Doncaster and The Closet Consultant), go hand in hand.”

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Some trends, however, are coming back, she said. Gathering at the tops of sleeves are back, as are shoulder pads, in some instances. A broader shoulder can balance out the lower body, she said. While she prefers to work by season, Cervini will do a complete wardrobe consultation. At this time of year, she helps women concentrate on their fall and winter wardrobes. Once the items are discussed, they are divided by category. “I typically do jackets and blazers first, along with cardigans, then blouses and tops, then slacks and skirts,” she said. As she goes over the items with the clients, she records which jackets can be worn with what pants or jeans, so they can later listen to the tape and learn the combinations themselves. “A lot of people will have a Navy suit together and never break it apart,” she said. “This is such a lack of utility.” Cervini said she enjoys suggesting new ways of putting clothes together as an outfit. She will make suggestions if certain basic items need to be purchased, such as a crisp, white shirt. A shopping list is then created with pieces that need “to be filled in.” Also important during the process is getting accessories out that will compliment outfits. “A scarf can pull two unrelated pieces together,” she said. “They can update a closet and offer flare and versatility.” After coordinating is done, suggestions are made on how to organize the items back into the closet. And though she does not do closet organizing, she’s glad to suggest where to hang certain items.



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Hot dogs are often a low-cost family staple, but are typically loaded with fat and sodium. Buying the low-fat version is healthier, but also can be twice the cost. The adage that “you get what you pay for” is particularly true here. So to help keep hot dogs healthy while staying in your budget, extend the value of the low-fat hot dogs by serving just one (not two) with a healthy side of baked beans and a fist-full of fruits and veggies. Your Dog Gone Payoff: Everyone will be slashing their intake of artery-clogging fat and sodium while not spending a dime more for it.

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Your Bean Booty Payoff: Replacing meat with beans can save $1.00 per person for each meal. Doing this 4 times a week for a year, your family of four will save $832 while reducing everyone’s risk of heart disease by more than 20%!

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Believe it or not one 4-ounce chicken breast or pork chop is all we need. Yes, really. So … start chopping your meat budget by: • Limiting your chop to just one instead of two. • Sharing a steak and fill the rest of your plate with economical veggies and grains. • Downsizing your chicken breast to 4 ounces. • Stop “supersizing” your burgers, and keep it to a quarter pound and just have one! Your Chop Chop Payoff: A family of four that “chops” their meat habit 3 times a week for a year


Your Turkey Tradition Payoff: Saves dollars while eliminating loads of bad sodium nitrate for the entire family.

Buy a few frozen and canned varieties for late in the week when your fresh supply runs low, and check your local farmer’s market for the best inseason buys. Your Detour Payoff: Same grocery bill, but you will need to buy a smaller belt! And since you will be healthy and active well into your 90’s, make sure your retirement plan is in great shape too. Habit #6: Bag the Box Tempted to buy that box of prepared scalloped potatoes for dinner? Instead, buy a bag of

potatoes that’ll serve 3 meals for the same price! You’ll be helping your blood pressure and weight while saving money. The same goes for the box of prepared rice dishes. Buy a whole bag of rice (brown of course!) and you’ll get 7 meals for the price of one! Your Bag the Box Payoff: In addition to getting 3-7 more meals for the price of one, you bump up the fiber and nutrients while avoiding the extra sodium. Bye-bye high blood pressure! Habit #7: Whole-Grain Pasta Surprise Savings You know you should buy whole-grain pasta, but it costs 25% more. But, the same amount of whole-grain pasta will actually serve three times as many people. Surprise! The extra fiber in whole-grain pasta helps people “fill up” on just one cup of pasta, while the “empty-calorie” white pasta takes cup after cup after cup!!! And of course, each added cup means added inches to your waistline. Your Whole-Grain Pasta Payoff: In addition to getting more fiber and diabetes-fighting chromium and zinc, the calorie savings of a “moderate serving” of whole-grain pasta twice a week for a year means each person in your family will drop 5 pounds! Habit #8: Sweet Surrender Tightening your budget and your waistline doesn’t have to mean eliminating sweet treats altogether. Even though the low-fat ice cream might cost 10% more than the high-fat containers, you can actually save half the cost and still enjoy sweets 3 nights a week! How? Just serve 1 scoop in a mug instead of 2 scoops in a bowl and you’ll never feel deprived! Remember, there’s freedom within boundaries and this is a perfect example. Your Sweet Surrender Payoff: In a year’s time of enjoying a scoop of ice cream 3 nights a week, you’ll save money, lower your cholesterol, never feel deprived… and lose 14 pounds! As you can see, there are many creative ways to enjoy the food we love while being good stewards of our food budget and our family’s health. Enjoy choosing wisely and reaping the benefits of the “Power of One Good Habit!”

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janet and david whalen married 1983

By Peggie Bildner Simply Hers Magazine

Amazing moms JANET WHALEN

Janet and David Whalen met at the University of Kansas and married in 1983. Although neither of them had come from exceptionally large families, they both had the same philosophy of being “open to life” and wanted to subscribe to the teachings of their Catholic faith, discouraging unnatural contraceptives. So it was with anticipation and happiness that their family grew….and grew…..and grew…. with baby number eleven arriving in 2009! They are, in order of birth: Veronica (27), Benedict (25), Patrick (24), Theresa (23), Angela (20), Elizabeth (17), Dominic (14), Gregory (12), Bridget (9), Paul (6) and Robert (22 months). The three oldest children are married and the fourth is engaged. They also have five grandchildren (with a sixth on the way) ages three years, three years, fifteen months, one year and nine months. Janet is a full time homemaker (that is an understatement!); David is the Provost and an English Professor at Hillsdale College. They moved to this area about sixteen years ago, wanting to raise their growing family in a rural, more conservative setting. A few years ago, they found a house in the Quincy area that could accommodate them with room to grow. A gathering of the family this summer challenged that when twenty two children and adults filled the nine bedroom/six bathroom home! For the Whalen family, back-to-school preparation this year will mean purchasing clothes and school supplies for six of their children, still living at home and attending school. Factor in the logistics that two will be attending Hillsdale College, two attending Hillsdale Academy and two more attending St Charles in Coldwater, and you may feel overwhelmed just thinking about it. But this challenge doesn’t shake Janet, since she has been handling back-to-school days for over twenty years! In the past, Janet has also home-schooled the children off and on. According to an Associated Press story (Eileen AJ Connelly for msnbc.com), the average American family buying clothes, shoes, sports equipment and school supplies will spend about $530 for an elementary student, $682 for middle school and $1,094 for a high school student in 2011. Janet estimates her family probably spends about $500 total, primarily for the four youngest school children. Clothing costs are helped by the fact that all of the K-12 schools her children have attended use uniforms, and the two college students buy most of their own. An average school day for Janet starts about 6 a.m. She tries to attend mass at St. Charles every day. The Whalens make faith and family their top priorities, putting an emphasis on family dinner time. Even their evening chore time when


they put things in order before going to bed (toy pickup, dishes, vacuuming) is combined with time for sharing and praying. They don’t have cable and watch very little television. Extra curricular activities are limited to only those in which the children really have a strong interest. To accommodate family time, studies, multiple schedules and vehicle sharing, they have to make choices.


CeleBrating 22 Years

Janet admits that she has been on a learning curve with the challenges of mothering a large family, but it is obvious her love of life and family comes naturally. With a B.A. in Humanities, and numerous language and music classes to her credit, she says parenting her children has “still challenged every bit” of her education. Janet has learned to “submit to each of their unique personalities, talents and gifts” and in doing so truly enjoys each one of them individually. Because of the size of their family, they are sometimes criticized or subjected to questions and comments, so here are Janet’s answers to some of the commonly asked questions: -Yes, they know how these babies are getting here! -No, they do not need to take a sex ed. class (in fact, they could teach one!) -With the help of a big garden, and by making most things from scratch, they spend about $250 a week on groceries. -No, they do not feel they are being irresponsible to the environment or leaving a larger “footprint”. In fact, Janet would argue they probably generate less waste than the average size family. They routinely compost and recycle. The whole family practices the conservation of resources. -Yes, they can and do love each child as much as the one before. They have found that love multiplies! -No, they do not expect the older children to be substitute parents or take on parental responsibilities. They do find the younger children learn a lot from their brothers and sisters, just as they do teachers and others outside the family. -No, she does not really know who the Duggars are (of ‘19 Kids & Counting’ fame) so she can’t possibly be trying to keep up with them! And for the answer to the question we all just have to ask…. you’ll have to wait until the end of this story! It is going to be unusually quiet at the Whalen house this fall, when baby Robert will have Mom all to himself for the first time. She knows he will miss all the attention and activity of his siblings. So the natural question has to be asked - Are they done having children? Janet smiles, shrugs her shoulders, and replies, “We are open to life. We don’t know if God is done.”

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Gudi works on an intricate pattern.

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Silhouette cutting ancient art form... When German artist Gudi Wittgen Gilbert began cutting paper she had no idea it was going to lead to a career these many years later. Today Gilbert spends hours doing an ancient art called Scherenschnitt. In the USA it is called silhouette cutting. A member of the Hillsdale County Art Guild, she is well known throughout the the United States and Europe for her creations. She is also a member of the Hillsdale County ArtWorks board, and as such has created tributes to the persons selected as the Hillsdale County Artist's of the Year for the past four years.

and advertising for the Hillsdale Academy musicals each spring. “I like to customize the silhouettes with the couples,” she said. “I like to do the intricate scenic silhouettes, some that tell the stories of the people who come to me with requests.”

Gilbert has been in the USA for 38 years, as well as 38 years in Germany before coming to the states. She calls it her 38/38.

After that, using paper and scissors, Gilbert produces a full-sized picture for the couple, as well as smaller copies suitable for use on the announcements or invitations that the couple can then take to their printer for color choices and paper selection. All of the work Gilbert does is in black and white, but color can be added during printing.

She likes to custom design works of art for individual clients. Using her scissors and a single piece of black paper imported from Germany, she creates wedding invitations, birth announcements, and pictures that can be used on note paper, a perfect way to honor a friend for a special occasion. Some of her creations are on the walls of doctor's offices, as well as the walls of many Hillsdale area homes. Her work has also been featured in children's books and magazines, as well as on cards sold by a greeting card company in Switzerland. She has also created a picture for the Children's Garden at Barber House at Hillsdale College, and for the past four years she has created pictures used in the programs


But they do have to allow her time to meet their requests. These are not pictures that can be done in 10 minutes. “They need to give me four to six weeks to create and customize their particular request,” she said.

When she first came to Hillsdale she was a housemother at the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house. Then she moved to the McIntyre Hall where she was the housemother for 140 young women. Nine years ago she married Arlan Gilbert, a Hillsdale College professor. Though he is now retired, the couple still resides in Hillsdale. “This kind of art work is something that is very unique and it also gives people something memorable to hang on their wall,” she said. “Sometimes it is their very first picture, and certainly provides a lasting memory of a very special occasion in their lives.

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Bill and Angie Berry enjoy life on the farm.

By Jim Pruitt Simply Hers Magazine

I always thought while buying chicken from the grocery store “We shouldn’t be eating this but what choice do we have?” Then Angie Berry came into our office and while talking about eating healthy, mentioned about raising their chickens. We tried one and it was great! Just knowing it wasn’t filled with hormones and additives we were sold! We are so thankful to Angie and Bill Berry for offering quality, healthy food from their farm to the community. Dr. Dave & Jan Knapp


Berry’s naturally A self-described country mouse and city mouse have hit on a winning formula: raising healthy, high-quality meat for sale.

derness and tastiness. The grass-only diet, no corn or soybean additives, means the meat is much healthier and leaner.

Bill and Angie Berry own Berry’s Naturally on Carpenter Road, east of Reading in southwestern Hillsdale County. Eschewing the traditional approach through commercial agriculture, the couple practices sustainable farming as they raise lamb, beef and chicken on their 40-acre parcel.

The Berrys use a rotational grazing approach that Bill says is unmatched in the area. The goal is to move the animals to fresh pasture every day. For the sheep, that’s a move of 80 feet. Electrically charged tape and wire fences keep the animals moving and the predators out. “It may not look intimidating, but as long as you keep the animals fed and the wire hot, it works,” Bill said. Draft horses are used to work the pastures and hay fields.

Sustainable agriculture is a process that stresses healthy, earthfriendly practices in raising animals or crops. While not exactly organic, the method casts asides fertilizers and pesticides for an old-school approach. So far it seems to be working. “The land produces for us,” Angie Berry said. “We work the land and keep the land as God intended.” Unlike commodity farmers, the Berrys don’t take their products to town and let someone else determine the price. Instead, they sell their meat live by the pound and then ship it off to a local processor where the customer can take home the meat. Bill has been a farmer all his life. He married Angie 30 years ago and found traditional farming to be a struggle. “That was in the mid-1980s when interest rates were high and margins were tight or negative,” he said. “That’s when we bought this little house and decided we were going to do things differently in this place.” That was 23 years ago. During that span the Berrys raised two daughters, transformed their home that came with orange walls into a quaint farm house. The land got a makeover as well with several years spent clearing it of chemicals and time spent on researching what type of grass grew best in this area and which animals ended well on grass. That’s why the couple chose Murray Grey cattle and “hair” sheep. Each thrives on grass and produces a tasty meat. The Berrys raise “hair” sheep rather than wool sheep. Hair sheep produce a lean, tasty meat that is great for grilling. The grass-fed sheep also retain the Omega 3 fats intact. Hair sheep are growing in popularity among producers as wool sheep is not as profitable as it once was. The Berrys raise Murray Grey cattle, which they say excel in ten-

Bill said his system is one of constant adjustments. He tries to add something new, like the beef, every year and throw something away as well. He said other people could probably duplicate about 50 percent of what he does, but the finer points of his operation are the product of years of experimentation. While both Angie and Bill have day jobs – she works for Hillsdale College and him for Towlift- they do not consider themselves to be gentlemen farmers. “We want to make a profit,” Angie said. While they love their animals they know what their purpose is. Even their girls, who grew up in 4-H, understood what the animals disposition would be. Still, Bill has a solemn view on his role. “We are definitely caretakers of God’s animals,” he said. “When you domesticate an animal, their needs come before yours. Once you have penned them up, you better make sure they have water, they have feed.” With their children grown, the couple has had more time to devote to the business and that has meant more time together. “It is so rewarding being out there checking the lambs during lambing season.” Angie said. “We have to do the tagging out there, we’re a team. Nothing is more rewarding than going out there early in the morning, watching and listening to what’s going on outside in Mother Nature’s splendor. As their business takes off, word is getting out. So much so that Bill said he is getting calls from people asking about getting some steaks for that day’s barbecue. Right now, they don’t have that capability, but that could move to the top of the priority list soon.

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7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that i have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet i choose not to bite you. 8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. perhaps i’m not getting the right food, i have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak. 9. please take care of me when i grow old. you too will grow old. 10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. never say you can’t bear to watch. don’t make me face this alone. everything is easier for me if you are there. Because i love you so.

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According to The American Cancer Society, there are eleven million cancer survivors in the world. Here are the stories of four very special women ~


Before cancer was ever detected in Darlene Stuchell’s body, it had already invaded her life. In fact, as she went for her annual mammogram early in 2002, her thoughts and concerns were much more with her best friend Bonnie’s battle with breast cancer, than her own test. But Darlene would soon be told she had a cancerous lump, hidden so deep in her chest wall that it couldn’t be felt or seen, except by the mammogram. She was scheduled for a lumpectomy where they removed the tumor and fourteen lymph nodes. At that point she had to make a decision of whether or not to have chemotherapy. With the opinions of 2 different doctors, because the cancer had not been found in the lymph nodes, Darlene chose not to take chemo but did start on a 6 week regimen of radiation. Although she had to take a leave from work and admits to being exhausted, when you ask her how she felt during that time, she seems to downplay what she went through. She chooses instead to talk about how supportive her husband Tom and two sons were; how friends and church family rallied with cards, meals, and prayers. She coped by learning everything she could about her particular type of breast cancer, the stage it was in, and treatment options.

But as she faced her battle armed with support and information, she had to watch her best friend loosing hers. Before 2002 was over, Bonnie had passed away. In the years since, Darlene has had more surgery when additional lumps were discovered (none of them have been cancerous) so in 2009 she chose to have a mastectomy. In 2010 there was another “punch” biopsy on the scar line, which was benign. Through all of this, she has felt she is still here for a reason. She takes that responsibility very seriously as she has championed for the American Cancer Society* with the “Stuchell Clan Relay Team” raising money through various projects over the years. She also works with a support group through the Hillsdale Community Health Center**. In 2006 Darlene became an ambassador for ACSCAN (American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network) and attended a nationwide event in Washington DC. While there, she was able to talk to legislators about funding for cancer research. She also placed a luminary for Bonnie at the Reflecting Pond during a very emotional ceremony. Darlene’s commitment to help, educate and advance research to find a cure is only matched by her compassion for those who are still in the fight. And she believes Bonnie is right there beside her, cheering her on!

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s darlene’s Story Approximately two years ago, at age 47, Jill Cleveland was recovering from uterine cancer. To make things even more difficult, her husband Brian had been away on his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq with the Army National Guard during that time.

But she had gotten past the shock of the cancer diagnosis, through the surgery, and was relieved to have it behind her. By the fall of 2010, her life was full of family, her husband was home safely and she was enjoying her work as a Licensed Counselor. Then on Thanksgiving Day, a selfexam revealed a mass on her breast. Since it was a holiday weekend, Jill had to wait until Monday to make a doctor appointment. Amy Zoll, CNM (at Dr. Bediako’s office) saw her right away and within a few days she had tests and was referred to a surgeon. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. They felt the cancer was stage 1. Jill admits to being angry during this time, not understanding why cancer would invade her body and life again. She had always tried hard to be a good person and considered herself strong, but to be blindsided like this a 2nd time, was almost more than she could handle. Given her options of a biopsy or lumpectomy (partial mastectomy) she had the latter, feeling she “didn’t want to mess around.” The lumpectomy removed the mass and additional tissue (margin) was removed from around the area. Jill also had ONCO typing, which is a fairly new process where they send tissue for various testing, giving them detailed information and a possible course of

treatment. One thing it revealed was that hers was a Grade 3, meaning it was very aggressive. Chemotherapy was started- 4 treatments 3 weeks apart. During that time Jill lost her hair, almost all of her eyelashes and eyebrows. Even though she had always worn her hair longer, she had it cut short in anticipation and when it started to fall out, her husband shaved her head. The physical pain and physiological trauma were very difficult. She was exhausted and had mouth sores, making it difficult to eat. After chemo, radiation was started- 5 times a week for 6 weeks. The day we are meeting is the day before her last treatment. She has gone through so much, including 2nd degree burns on her chest from the radiation. At times the pain has been excruciating. Her hair is just starting to grow back but her head is still covered in a silk scarf. She says at the treatment center she is known as “the lady with the beautiful scarves” and explains that she has a 20 piece collection purchased by her husband when he was in Iraq. Of course when they were sent home to her, he never knew how they would be used or the extra special meaning they would come to have. Jill and Brian have 3 grown children; Janelle, Erica, and William; and 3 grandchildren. Jill says that as her reward for getting through her treatment, they went to Louisiana to pick up their 8 year old grandson and brought him home with them to stay for 3 weeks. She was nervous for the grandchildren to see her without her hair for the first time so fairly early into the visit, she took off her scarf. It broke her heart when her grandson innocently said, “I don’t like it when people look like that” but she welcomed the opportunity to talk to him and help him understand. Jill tells that during the darkest and most difficult time in her treatment she felt she “separated from the world.” But as she comes to the end of this grueling fight, she is ready to jump back in, especially as she looks forward to these next few weeks with her grandson. Although she was always compassionate towards others, she has a new appreciation of what cancer victims endure and has a message for us who watch from the sidelines and wonder how to help a friend. She wants people to know that while kind gestures and good deeds are appreciated, sometimes the best thing you can do for someone going through this is to just be there unconditionally. Because unconditional love can be the strongest medicine of all!

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Claudia’s Story t Claudia Mesarosh is best known for her successful career as Administrator of the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility. Back in 1989, she was in her forties, working as a Medical Secretary at the facility. She had never had a mammogram because at that time, there wasn’t an emphasis on getting one before age fifty, and her insurance didn’t pay for it. But when she felt a small lump in her breast, she suspected right away that it was “different.” When Claudia confided in her daughter Kim, who was a nurse, Kim made arrangements for her to have mammograms and ultimately a biopsy, at a facility where the results would be available immediately. So it came to be that when she awoke from the anesthesia, her daughter was the one to first break the news to her mother- she had breast cancer. After that, she met with a surgeon to weigh her options and decided to have a modified radical mastectomy with reconstruction. At that time, the mastectomy and reconstruction were two different surgeries; the reconstruction took place a couple months later. During this time, Claudia remembers feeling like she had two battles going on- one with the cancer and another with the insurance company. Back then insurance companies still considered reconstructive surgery “cosmetic” so Claudia focused a lot of time and energy dealing with that misconception, eventually getting it covered by appealing to the insurance commission.

on what she could control, rather than what she could not, helped her stay focused. But she knows her determination was only part of the reason she got through it and acknowledges that she drew a lot of strength from her husband Jim, children, and friends. She refers to Jim and her friend Diane as the “crutches” that propped her up when she couldn’t stand on her own. She also feels that her previous commitment to exercise and good nutrition gave her body a better chance to not only endure the treatments, but fight back. Following the chemotherapy and radiation, Sandra continued to have routine testing every 6 months. After 5 years with no signs of reoccurrence, she was pronounced a survivor. When asked if she worries about the cancer coming back, she refers to it as “a black cloud that is always there.” But then giving one of her beautiful smiles, she adds, “But I see it as behind me, not over me or ahead of me anymore.”

s sandra’s Story Always one to want to research, and educate herself, Claudia made an effort to learn everything she could about her cancer and what her body was going through. Because the cancer had been found in the very earliest stage, she did not have to take any additional radiation or chemotherapy after her surgery. Claudia credits four things for getting her through this time and beyond: family, faith, friends and a sense of humor. That sense of humor was evident when she and her daughter put sticky notes all over her chest before the surgery, with silly poems and “instructions” to the surgeon to get the right one! In the years since, Claudia has continued to get her mammograms faithfully, needing a specialized one since she has an implant. She smiles as she adds that her husband Adam supports her by always attending these appointments with her; maybe the unspoken inference being that they continue to be a little scary and taken very seriously. Even with Claudia’s cancer over twenty years behind her, she still gets emotional when she remembers how people, some who were just casual acquaintances, supported and encouraged her; reminding all of us to never underestimate what an act of kindness can mean. Claudia can now look back and realize that some positive things actually came from her illness. After going through the cancer, she felt a renewed sense of empowerment and confidence that she was capable of doing more. So at the age of 50, Claudia took classes to get her Nursing Home Administrator license, and her Bachelors degree. In June of 1996, she became the Administrator of the Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility, a career she may never have had without the life-changing diagnosis. So it could be said that it wasn’t just Claudia’s life that changed. Because she took something that could have discouraged or even defeated her and chose to use it as a catapult to bigger and better things, many others in our community were ultimately touched by her work.


lthough these four women are different ages, at different points in their lives, and at different stages of their cancer battles, there seems to be several common threads running through each of their stories. They are all strong, although some didn’t even realize it until it really mattered. And all of them put a lot of emphasis on the love and support of family and friends. But one other thing they have in common that impressed me is their willingness to share these very personal details. They all expressed a hope that it might encourage others, or at least make somebody know they are not alone. Unfortunately, their stories are not rare. These women represent our sisters, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, friends, or maybe even ourselves. September is National Lymphoma Awareness Month; October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My prayer is that through these courageous women, we might all find the strength to face our battles and help others in theirs- not just during these two months, but all year long!



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icing on the cake Furnishing your home takes time. More importantly, it takes some finishing touches. Not only are accessories the more affordable part of the process; they help to personalize your pad. Though it’s tempting to follow the latest trends, try to avoid buying more than one in each category. Instead, look to pieces with staying power like animal prints and objects that are practical like cool containers. Decorative boxes provide a place to stash the remote and other odds and ends, while wooden bowls can be filled with fruit for a cheerful display. Other functional options include colorful trays to corral magazines and newspapers. Since they are easily transported from room to room, trays can hold bills and other timesensitive materials that require your attention. Storage totes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are ideal for books and toys. Wall clocks bring beauty and function to every area of your home without taking up any surface space. Flea markets offer an endless array of one-ofa-kind finds. Items with a history like vintage typewriters, cameras and globes feel right at home in modern-day spaces. Starting a collection of antique candlesticks or anything else that catches your eye is a great way to accessorize your surroundings. Although accent pieces add instant character, fewer large-scale objects make a greater impact than a bunch of smaller ones. Be sure you give the eye a place to rest. When there are too many items grouped together, it is hard to focus on anything. Remember to edit your accessories every now and then.


Tabletop easels elevate everyday objects such as decorative dishes. Books can do the same, especially when stacked together. Get creative with paperweights and doorstops, which can double as bookends. A matched set isn’t your only option. Sometimes the best results come from unexpected pairings. When it comes to artfully arranging your accent pieces, it’s fun to play the numbers game. While symmetry lends order to a space, it can be rather predictable. Try grouping odd numbers together instead. Repetition can also yield great results, whether it’s a seasonal tribute to flowers lined up along a shelf or a row of colored glass bottles that sit on your windowsill. If your budget doesn’t allow much in the way of new purchases, make the best with what you’ve got. Take a closer look in your closets and drawers or swap accessories with a friend or relative. Glass containers become a lovely focal point when filled with seashells and wine corks. Sometimes the greatest home accents are right outside your door. Look to nature for pine cones, pebbles and branches that can be placed in a variety of indoor settings for a taste of the great outdoors. The details really do make a difference when it comes to decorating your home. Evaluate your rooms to see where you could benefit from adding a few pieces. Scattering a handful of decorative objects around your house is the easiest way to spice up your spaces.

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you’ve got personality! A friend and I were commiserating one day about how different personality traits and habits effect our organizing (or lack thereof.) We confessed our weaknesses- mine being perfectionist goals that actually keep me from day to day order. I will not even start a project if I don’t have the time or energy to do it exactly right! On the other hand, my friend tends to keep a very orderly household to the eye of the casual visitor, but cover your head if you open a cupboard door because there may be an avalanche! A few days later I found an article with a similar subject. It explained that understanding our personalities can help determine the best way to successfully deal with organization in our lives. This particular article broke it down by Left-Brained or Right-Brained. It stated, “Some minds are built to create pristine stacks, and others have a natural urge to sprawl and display!” In other words, even if you embrace all the organizing ideas I give you in these articles, they won’t work if they go against your basic personality. If we use our natural instincts to organize in a way that is comfortable with our personalities, the whole process may be easier. For you, it may be finding ways that are more fun and creative to organize your home. Being organized doesn’t have to be synonymous with boring. Just because I get extra heart palpitations when I see a labeled tote, doesn’t mean you want to live that way! So, let’s examine how our unique personalities can best be used to bring organization to our lives. First, take a minute to decide if you are mostly Left-Brained, or Right-Brained. Most of us aren’t going to fit entirely in one category, but I suspect you will recognize yourself more in one than the other ~ You are a “Left-Brained” Person if you: • Put an item away immediately after using it. • Prefer symmetrical design, whether it’s art or a room. • Are the go-to party planner for friends & family. • Love having a designated spot for each item in your closet or drawers. • Have a specific morning routine that you always follow to a T. • Often wear the same jewelry every day. • Tend to order the same dish at a restaurant every time. • Always take a shopping list to the grocery store. • Feel guilty when not following rules while playing games. • Are comfortable with designated locations for everything. You are a “Right-Brained” Person if you: • Love being surrounded by vibrant colors. • Like to move your furniture around. • Keep current projects where you can see them.

• Often have multiple computer windows open at once. • Follow your instincts rather than research, when making major purchases. • Would rather draw a map than give directions verbally. • Often drive with the ‘Empty’ light flashing. • Have a lot of knickknacks around the house. • Have a desk filled with papers, sticky notes and business cards. • Are fine with people making last-minute changes to plans. Based on your answers, here are some SOS ideas that may work best for you ~ KEEPSAKESLB (left-brained): Varied in shape, keepsakes can be a headache for the neatnik. Use matching containers in different sizes for the just-right fit you crave. Inexpensive divided boxes with depth let you sort by item (i.e. matchbooks, seashells) and stack it all nicely in a drawer or tote. RB (right-brained): A memento collage on a bulletin board above your desk can work for you. Start in the center with a bright piece and build out. Fun, vintage boxes or chocolate tins, can catch random objects like ticket stubs. Use glass jars to corral things like shells or even colored paper clips, rubber bands, buttons, or thumb tacks in a creative way. JEWELRYLB: Divided acrylic trays provide options to subcategorize (one tray for rings, another for necklaces). Implement a plan that speeds up your morning routine like putting accessories that you wear together in a row. RB: Since you’re prone to tangles & forgetting what you own, use a display that keeps everything visible and knot-free. Turn jewelry into art by hanging it from insect pins on a foam-core board that’s been covered in material and framed, or a bulletin board. Use a glass bowl for rings and pins. PHOTOSLB: Boxes with photo labels are great for single-subject sorting (like one for each child). They can hold discs too. Flat archival boxes protect larger prints and vintage photos. RB: Load pictures into bright boxes. Use broad themes like “kids” or “holidays” so there’s no pressure for detailed sorting. The idea is to understand that however you choose to sort, organize, and simplify your life; it has to work for YOU. By de-cluttering and finding creative ways to organize the things in your home, it will reflect your true personalityand that is pleasing to both sides of your brain!

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backyard and beyond In late afternoon, as the slant of the shadows reaches eastward each day, I hear the cackle of a rooster pheasant resonate from the deepest reaches of the willow thicket growing in my back yard. The sound of his voice conjures images of a barrel-chested old boy calling to his women-folk. Occasionally, if I’m very quiet while I go about doing my farm chores, I’ll catch sight of him, his emerald head and ruby neck glistening in the sunlight, as he struts his way across a clearing. All year long I can just about set my clock by the pattern the pheasants follow to cross the road from my yard to the neighbors corn and soybean fields each morning, then again as they return, popping their heads out of the field to zip back across each evening. The plain brown hens and young stick together in a single file line waiting at the side of the road as each one takes its turn to cross. The flashy roosters come along individually, sometimes flying low across the road and our pond to reach the safety of the overgrown grassy field on the other side. My bird hunting dog barks wildly at the bay window as the pheasants strut and fly across the blacktop pavement, then disappear into the fields. On opening day of Pheasant season, October 20th, I’ll be out in the backyard with my German Wire-Haired Pointer, looking for the rooster we’ve been hearing cackle out in the willow thicket all summer. We’ll walk back and forth across the frosted, dewy wet fields of the brown grass of the season - pulling through the blackberry brambles, gathering burdock burrs in our

coats. Forget about chores. Forget the laundry that needs to be folded. Life is short and all too unpredictable to pass up an opportunity to get out into the field in search of dinner. The dog, her nose to the ground, will trot ahead, hopefully pushing the birds to break into flight across a clearing in a mad rush to get back under the cover of the tall grass. She has been practicing following a scent across the back yard all summer long. I’m eager to see her put up the birds and then retrieve them for me after a successful shot. After a successful hunt it’s then time to clean the birds, trimming off the extraneous parts and carefully peeling away the skin and feathers, making sure to remove any birdshot that may lay hidden in the meat of the breast. Then we’ll enjoy a dinner of pheasant roasted with fresh apples from our orchard and onions pulled from our garden, with a wild rice pilaf on the side, and baked acorn squash, also grown in our garden, drenched in butter and brown sugar. The delicious autumn harvest flavor of pheasant makes getting soaked by dew and scratched by brambles well worth the effort. And even if we don’t bring home a bird for dinner it doesn’t really matter when I’m out in the field, I just exult in the crispness of the air and the grass underfoot, the challenge of figuring out where the birds are, getting them to fly and the exhilaration of taking part in the circle of life.

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ot zeal? I mean do you have a true passion to make a difference in life? If this burning in your heart is something new or different, be prepared to have people try to squelch it, douse it, or stomp it out completely. Oh, I recommend pursuing your unique heartfelt desire to bless others, but just know opposition may be around the corner. Even in ministry, you may be shocked at those who attempt to thwart your mission. But I say to follow the God-call on your life, despite the obstacles. Obstacles are merely opportunities to overcome. I have been reading about the life of Nehemiah in the Bible. Nehemiah had a passion to rebuild the crumbled walls around Jerusalem. He motivated, organized, and put together a plan to accomplish this task. Opposition grew against his rebuilding mission to the point where workers had to protect themselves with a weapon in one hand, as the other hand lifted the stones for the wall. In the midst of threats, adversity, and mocking; the task was prayerfully completed to the glory of God. Now that is fortitude, and we all need it. As I studied Nehemiah, I recalled barriers in ministry I have faced. My unique sign language drama set to music had been banned in some places. I was once told by leadership that inspirational speaking is not my gift. Production cost for CDs, DVDs and books seemed too costly a financial undertaking. My techy skills were so lacking, I accidently deleted


a nearly complete book. These were just some of the challenges that at times felt like a mountain too difficult to climb over. Almost 15 years have passed since I first stepped up to the platform with wobbly knees and sweating palms. My heart’s desire has been to touch the lives of seekers, to share the life-changing power of Jesus Christ, and to inspire people to draw strength from God no matter what they are going through. God has moved mountains in ministry. I now minister where I was once banned, have a busy speaking schedule, write this column, and offer life-encouraging products to uplift others. At times my crumbing heart was discouraged, but brick by brick, the LORD built me back up through His Holy Spirit with ladies Bible studies, Christian friends, circumstances, church, personal Bible reading, and a supportive family. How about you? Are you living out your destiny? It is not always easy, but Nehemiah offers encouragement in these verses. “But now, O God, strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9b NAS “…the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b NAS I encourage you to not quit, but pursue a God-driven life of purpose. Use your gifts to live intentionally, build up others, and glorify God. Read the book of Nehemiah, and be inspired to take your next upward step. Will you follow your calling no matter what stones or obstacles are in your way?

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The purpose of this article is to entertain and encourage people to think outside the box about a crazy task. It is written for the readers of Simply Hers and my fellow fiber addicts.

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Spinning a life


hen I mention that I like to spin, people sometimes remark how fit I must be because they confuse what I do with that strenuous workout on stationary bikes. No, my kind of spinning has nothing to do with hard work, or telling tales for that matter. As a kid I liked to spin myself around in circles, but, no, now I just like to spin yarn. In my native tongue, German, “spinnen” (the verb, to spin) has two meanings. The far more widely used one is: acting crazily, the other, rarely thought of one, is to make yarn. So, yes, making yarn is what I do, and doing it in this old fashioned way is truly crazy! When I can buy a perfectly good ball of perfectly machine spun wool or polyester at Wal-Mart for a few dollars, or go to a yarn boutique, and spend a few more on some fabulous designer fluff made in Italy, why would I want to sit for hours to make a few yards of sometimes lumpy yarn with hay in it? Because I can! Yes, I know, it’s crazy. Crazy fun! When I first wanted to learn to spin the wheel I inherited from my father, I had a hard time finding a teacher. Then I went to the Spinner’s Flock in Chelsea, and found about a hundred women and three men, who meet once a month to sit around and spin. Wow! The things they made, and what they made them out of, and how they did it, were very exciting to me. There I came across my first Spin Off magazine and found out about the wider world of crazy people. Some of them even spun dryer lint. I like to spin what feels good and what finds me. Yes, I experimented with all the protein fibers from wool to lama, alpaca, silk, angora bunny, to Cashmere goat, and dog hair. And I even grew a sad little crop of cotton in my much too cold Michigan garden, and I had a few lessons in spinning flax. But now I like to meet with my local crazies, and many of them have their own fiber animals. If you have even a small flock of sheep, as I did, you quickly tend to have more wool than you can spin. And, yes, you can spin! There was a time, when more people knew how to spin than ride a bicycle. I think it is about as difficult, and this is how you do it.


Take clean, combed wool and pull some of the fibers out from the bunch, called roving, and pull them through the loop tied at the end of a string which is attached to a drop spindle. I can show you how to make a drop spindle out of a CD and a pencil. Then, holding it up in front of me, I spin the spindle by twisting the pencil, and watch the fiber in my hand twist as I pull some of it out of the roving. That usually lasts about 10 – 15 seconds, and by then most beginners, and I have been one for about ten years, proceed to drop the drop spindle. This is why I like to use a spinning wheel: they don’t fall down. I like to lean back and relax, and not bend down to pick up that darn dropped spindle. I instead attach the little pulled out wool to the string now tied to a bobbin, the spool on a spinning wheel that stores the spun fiber. Then I start treading the wheel’s pedals to do the twisting part with my feet. Next, I adjust the tension so that the wheel does not pull the fiber out of my hands too quickly or too

slowly, and I lose the thread a few times until I get it right. Then the yarn gets a little too thick or a little too thin until it finds its optimal thickness. It might even brake in the really thin places. But don’t worry; as life goes on, spinning goes on, and most times it does so in a magically seamless way. How the wool fibers mesh and hold on to each other, is a trick I never tire to demonstrate. It goes back together like magic, and children and adults alike never cease to marvel at it. Then finally I settle to a steady rhythm and spin consistent yarn. Let the rest of the world do what it must. For a time forget the dishes in the sink, the thank you notes, and the shopping. Listen to the rhythm of the wheel. Feel the texture of the fleece gliding through your hands. Watch the yarn gathering on the bobbin. Meditate and enjoy a time of peace! Or visit with your teenagers while they fix dinner because Mom is too busy. Perhaps I am lucky and get to spin a beautifully dyed bit of fiber and see the colors change and mingle. Sometimes a fleece has a lot of lanolin left in it, and I can smell that scent of sheep, barn, and chores, and it feels extra good to be lazy. My hands will soak up the soothing lotion as I spin. When all the straw is spun into gold, it is with regret I leave the wheel to return to life’s demands. So now what? I wind it off and usually ply it. To ply is to take two spun strands of singles and twist them together by spinning the wheel in the opposite direction. That is a little like when two lives come together. It makes the yarn and people relax and become fuller. People spinning together have the best time. All through the winter I have monthly spinning get-togethers at my house. At the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market I often let children tread the pedal of the wheel as I guide the flow of the fiber. Some are very slow and cautious at this task, and others try to see how fast they can make it go. I love the challenge to keep up with the panting little boys and still maintain a steady yarn diameter. I love to point out that my yarn is made locally from local fibers, but with child labor. That is so funny. What do I do with all that yarn? I knit something, weave with it, or put it in a basket, look at it admiringly, and fondle it often until inspiration strikes. I have quite a stash of beautiful yarns now and sell a little bit of it. Quietly, romantically, and immodestly I treasure the vision of some very distant, very different future, one that totally ignores even the slightest possibility of wool moths, when a great-great-great-great grandson (yes, the first knitters were guys) of mine holds the last little ball of yarn I made. He will have tears in his eyes as he carefully casts stitches onto my old knitting needles for a special, one of kind project. He will feel a connection to his past, as I feel a connection to my little home village in Germany, where my first wheel was handcrafted. He will sense the touch of my fingers on the delicate strands as they flow through his patient, capable hands, and he will wonder if he could make his own yarn too. Perhaps there is a woman in his life, who would want to learn how to do it. Someone, surely, will still know, and will want to teach it. So as the yarn twists and turns, let us spin a tale. Let us spin a life.

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ask a guy Why do men always look at a woman’s body while talking to them instead of keeping eye contact? Men and women are equally intelligent and equally hard working. But we’re wired to have a different primary focus. Women are wired to focus on emotional connection and nurturing relationships. Men’s wiring emphasizes solving problems, fixing things, defending our home front, providing for our families and procreating. Eye contact is just one example of these different purposes and it is pronounced, even in early infancy. Starting at a few months, most girls maintain eye contact for extended periods with adults looking into their crib, as if studying their faces is the most fantastic thing imaginable. Baby boys, however, typically look at faces for a short time then look off at the ceiling fan, ceiling tiles and any other neat stuff they can see. They’re already doing what males do: Collecting data to solve, fix, fight and provide. Women naturally maintain eye contact for relatively long periods because it’s a way of connecting with others. With men, however, eye contact is used for the things we’re wired for, only one of which involves emotional connection. Typically men maintain extended eye contact to show aggressiveness; they’re “staring down” an opponent. When men talk to each other, they use very little eye contact, unless they’re in a potentially explosive argument. (This is why telling your man “Look at me when I’m talking to you!” is not a good idea. In male speak it’s saying “Let me beat you up emotionally while I verbally assault you!”)


Of course we gladly gaze into our beloved’s eyes in moonlight-and-roses situations. But that’s the flipside of aggression: We’re intentionally being vulnerable as part of the mating dance. However, we don’t do this in serious discussions about household finances … or that we forgot to call to say we’d be late getting home. In those conversations extended eye contact means aggression, something we don’t want to show.

But, why do we look at your body when you’re talking? The short answer is: We like to. That’s also hardwired into us. Louann Brizendine, PhD, author of “The Male Brain,” explains that men have roughly 6 times as much testosterone as women and 2½ times as much “brain space devoted to sexual drive in their hypothalamus.” Testosterone not only creates the desire to look, it also curbs the impulse control center of the brain, making it easy for men to look first and think later. And to make it worse, our eyes are constructed to estimate distances (while women have better peripheral vision), which gives us something like “tunnel vision,” making it obvious that we’re gawking. When your man is looking at your body while you’re talking, in one way it’s a good sign: He’s focused on you. But, in serious conversations, if he only glances at your eyes every few seconds, don’t worry. He is listening, but in the way men are wired to listen, which doesn’t include extended eye contact.

James E. Sheridan attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctorate in Law at U of M, where he graduated cum laude in 1969. Mr. Sheridan served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals before moving to Adrian in 1970, when he entered private practice and became Assistant City Attorney. In 1978 he was elected District Court Judge and has served in that capacity since January, 1979. Judge Sheridan and his wife, Sharron, have been married for 44 years and have two adult children.

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AGING WITH ATTITUDE Volunteer, what does the word mean to you? The Webster’s New World Dictionary‘s definition is one who chooses freely to do something, to offer or give of one’s own free will. Volunteering can be done by anyone young, old, social butterfly or the homebound. Volunteering does warrant you thinking about your likes & dislikes, what age group you like to work with & are you a follower or a leader. The most important thing about volunteering is that you will live longer when you keep your mind & body active. Let’s talk about time, how much do you have an hour a week or 20? If you are on a time budget what about knitting hats for school children while you relaxing with your feet up watching television (can you tell I multi-task), Last week I did registration at Red Cross Blood Drive for the first time it was very interesting. Let’s talk about what ages you like to work with, if you have grand’s like I do volunteering in their classrooms is fun & the little one’s really do say the darndest things. The teenagers think I’m nuts but they like it when I show up. Visit nursing homes & what about the Senior Centers that really need drivers to deliver the meals 5 days a week? What are you interested in? You can volunteer to teach someone what you have talents in or you can learn new activities by volunteering. Do you

have a green thumb? Could you donate extra fruit & vegetables to the food banks. There are festival & parades in every community that could use extra hands on any given day. How about being creative? Have you seen a need that needs to be meant but no one is stepping forward? Step up & do it yourself, ask a friend or one of your children or grand’s to help. The 100 Women project started in such a way as well as the senior men that fix broken steps & build ramps for people that need them ( besides when men are retired they need projects to keep them busy & out of the house besides golf!). What about community service? When there are open positions on county boards ads are ran in the paper, these usually take a few hours a month and they are a great way to learn about what is going on in your county, city or township. The Domestic Violence centers always need items for personal use ( I always bring back samples from hotels for them). What about the Free Clinic in Hillsdale? Last week it said they served 62 new people. Become a Mediator, the training is wonderful. I would rather volunteer than do the dishes, sweep, mop or clean the bathroom & we aren’t even going to talk about cooking. If you need any ideas feel free to give me a call, my husband says that I’m a “professional” volunteer! Jean at 517-270-4851


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iLocal bi-monthly women's magazine for Hillsdale, Branch and Lenawee counties in Michigan

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iLocal bi-monthly women's magazine for Hillsdale, Branch and Lenawee counties in Michigan