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U Magazine Table of Contents
In The Spotlight A New Horizon ....................................................................................5 From financier to mountaineer, Emilie Cortes makes her mark.
Adventure is Out There! .....................................................................9 Emilie Cortes’ Call of the Wild Adventures has trips geared for women.
Learning Compassion ......................................................................20 Families who volunteer help others and themselves.
Living Art ...........................................................................................27 Madison Hartley’s creativity blossoms at her floral shop, A Native Bloom.
Knowledge & Advice What We’re Reading: Central Oregon Book Club Selections ....12 To Your Health: Painful Desert Rocks............................................13 WCIL: Preservation Pioneers ..........................................................14 Early Flavors: Tastes of Spring ........................................................16 Caring for Others: The Challenges of Caregiving .......................22 Keeping it Creative: Kid Projects for Summer .............................23 Welcome Home: Designing Kids’ Rooms .....................................26 At the Workplace: Effective Leadership ........................................30
Editor’s Note A chair says a lot about a person. I walked into my new cubicle one month ago and was greeted by a desk full of old U Magazines, stacks of story ideas, a forest of dust … and this chair. One of its rubber arms appeared to have been chewed on — or at least picked apart during moments of intense editing. The upholstery on the seat was discolored, with shadowy crevices and grooves. And speaking of grooves, the chair’s cushion had been permanently molded by the previous owner’s, um, seat. A large bite had been taken out of the cushion itself, revealing the oddly-sticky foam lining. Needless to say, I inherited a chair that would be better off in a horror film. But a chair — even that kind of chair — says a lot about the person who sat in it. Each scar and tear, each protesting squeak and groan, was a reflection of the previous owner’s dedication to the job he held for nine years. All those weeks and months of editing, discussing, planning, revising and leading each magazine into well-known, well-liked and well-written publications — well, that’s bound to leave a few marks. So what the chair said about my predecessor was awe-inspiring. And empowering. For the first few days, I sat myself down and laughed with my new co-workers about the ridiculousness of my inheritance, all the while gaining courage from its history. And eventually, the chair was replaced. It rests nearby, free to be used by visitors (if they dare). It hasn’t met up with the dumpster. Yet. Meanwhile, my new chair and I are getting along fine. Thanks to my predecessor, Ben Montgomery, I’m ready to make my mark.
— Althea Borck
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by Bridget McGinn for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Kevin Prieto
Emilie Cortes’ love of all things outdoors fueled her desire to move from financier to small-business owner
Growing up in a small town in south Texas, Emilie Cortes was always the last one picked for dodge ball. When she ran track she finished last in every race. “I did get the spirit award, though,” said Cortes. It is this determination, enthusiasm and sense of humor that fuels Cortes’ pursuit of challenging goals both personally and professionally. At just over five feet tall and self-described as “chubby,” Cortes, 39, doesn’t look the part of an accomplished mountaineer. In fact, she has climbed on six of the seven continents and leads
backpacking, trekking and snow camping trips for her company, Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc. and nonprofit organizations such as the Sierra Club. She holds an MBA in finance from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as CFA and CAIA designations. She’s a member of the Financial Women’s Association, the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition and has served on the National Association of Women MBAs Board. After 16 years of high-powered work in the quantitative finance world that included handling $7 billion in investment assets, Cortes decided to
take a risk and become an entrepreneur. In 2012, she purchased Call of the Wild Adventures and relocated to Bend from San Francisco. “My biggest fear is the loss of financial security,” said Cortes. “But I thought, ‘What happens if I feel this fear and do it anyway?’” The courage to undertake this major life transformation came to Cortes in 2010 via a climbing expedition to Makalu, an 8,000 meter peak in Nepal. “That journey brought me to this place where I learned about myself, I learned how to face fear and it totally transformed me,” said Cortes.
Emilie Cortes has a few local hikes that she calls her “staples,” including Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park and Pilot Butte. She also loves to hike Tumalo Mountain, Black Butte and Grey Butte.
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Cortes is slowly working on ticking off the tougher local mountains. Next on her list is North Sister.
Her previous altitude record was 19,300 feet, but she had harbored a secret desire to climb to greater heights. Makalu represented a huge challenge. “Only serious climbers even have the guts to try,” said Cortes. “And I could have held myself back. But I found that in some cases I have even more toughness than the guys, they suffered more than I did. I may not have brought as much brute strength, but I brought other things. Like a map.” It turned out that she was the only member of the team who had brought one, and by default she took on a leadership role as the men checked in with her each day to learn the details ahead. Cortes recalled how as a newbie to the Himalayas and the only woman on the team she was very conscious of not being a burden. “I wanted to contribute to the team and I felt like there were extra expectations of me as a woman, not unlike what women can feel in the corporate world,” said Cortes. She made it to Camp Two at 23,000 feet, and thought to herself that she hadn’t done too shabby. “I’m half the size of these guys and I felt really good. Yeah, I’m a small woman, but I acclimatize well to high altitude,” said Cortes. “That experience completely re6 | U Magazine | June 2014
framed the way I looked at opportunities in my life.” Around this same time, Cortes was experiencing dissatisfaction with her work environment. “I had had it with the corporate world,” said Cortes. “And there was a lot of stress.” A torn ACL and lack of support from her employer to ensure a good recovery meant that Cortes was unable to get outdoors to refuel and refresh herself. She had to face her work without her “release valve” of climbing, and it gave her a new perspective. “I thought to myself that if I kept going like this I would have a heart attack by the time I was 50,” said Cortes. A friend of hers had purchased Call of the Wild in 2008, and Cortes had been serving on their advisory board. She started to think seriously about how she could manage to purchase the business, and began saving money with that goal in mind. In 2012 the deal was finalized. “It has a been a huge shift,” said Cortes. “People always ask me, ‘How does it feel to be living the dream?’ and I have to say that I’m not sure I’d call it the dream yet. There is a lot of work involved in running a business. I spend a lot of time promoting, there is accounting to do, bills to pay, staff. … I work
long days and have no days off. In the past I used to rejuvenate by going climbing, but when you are running a business you can’t just leave and go climb.” Climbing for Cortes is an activity that sparked something within from the very first time she tried it. “As a child I always felt very disconnected from my body. I didn’t believe I was athletic. And when I started climbing it was really the first time I connected with my body,” said Cortes. “I realized that I might actually be powerful. I began to believe that if I could do this maybe I could do anything. It was very confidence building.” Her first climbing experience was with a friend climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. They researched and trained for the 17-mile, 4,800-foot elevation gain. She had been working out a bit, but the 8,800 foot height seemed daunting. “We really researched how to do this climb. We trained for it, figured out all the logistics and at the time it seemed very intimidating,” said Cortes. During the climb she really felt the altitude for the first time, and when they reached the last section — which involves cables — her friend decided not to go on. Cortes faced a decision point.
“I have a healthy respect for heights, but I thought, I have worked hard for this and I don’t want to regret not doing it,” said Cortes. “I looked at the other people and thought if they could do it I could do it.” She continued the climb on her own, but soon had doubts. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing? Is this such a good idea?’” said Cortes. She decided to ask two women on their way down about the remainder of the climb, and they encouraged her, advising her to rest on each plank. Cortes then focused on each plank, one by one, and made her way to the top. The feeling she experienced was unlike any she had had before. “I thought, ‘This is amazing. This is the culmination of all that effort training, planning, facing and overcoming my fears,’” said Cortes. “I knew at that moment that I was ruined forever for regular hiking.” She had never been backpacking before, but she took classes and sought out other women who were experienced climbers to ask them for input on which mountains to climb. “I sought advice from women because I thought I would believe them more,” said Cortes. “I trust someone from my own gender. I treasure the time I spend with men, and most of the time I spend climbing mountains is with men and I love my male climbing partners. But I also enjoy the camaraderie with women and feel that in my work I can have the most impact on women who might otherwise choose to opt out of an experience like that.” It was during an ascent of Mt. Rainier that Cortes realized that her words could have an impact on others. The only woman in the group, she was also the only person to have climbed a mountain before. The others looked to Cortes as a leader. At one break, a young member of the group approached her and told her that he was feeling tired, hungry, thirsty and discouraged. He asked how she was doing. “I told him that I was feeling tired, hungry and thirsty too, and that I was doing great,” said Cortes. “That’s mountaineering. They don’t just give these mountains away.” She watched as realization dawned on the young man’s face. “He said ‘Oh, you mean I’m doing great,
too?’ and for the rest of the climb he was fine. All that shifted for him was his perspective,” said Cortes. “I realized that my words had impact on him, they had power. In that moment, I saw myself as a leader and a role model.” Cortes sees herself and her business Courtesy Call of the Wild Advent as helping to Emilie Cortes, far ures right, shares a m ile sto ne with a group on provide women with a trek to Annapu rna in the Himala yas. examples of other women in leadership roles and overcoming challenges. “I’ve done some mountain climbing and and she can make anything fun,” said really feel like I’m qualified to say that Buckley. I’ve never traveled with a better guide She recounted a trip down a mountain in than Emilie,” said Alix Buckley, 54, an Nepal after many days hiking. Everyone experienced adventure traveler. “She works was hot, tired and in desperate need of a really hard to make sure that everyone feels shower. very successful. I am a pretty powerful “We were in this little rickety jeep and person to begin with, but every trip with we had a flat tire,” said Buckley. “Emilie plugged her iPhone into some speakers and said, ‘How about we dance by the side of the road?’ So there we were, in Nepal, dancing by the side of the road while we waited for help. She can make even a disaster situation fun. I’ve traveled enough to know that these are the experiences you will remember. I What I am interested in is how will never forget that day.” we can overcome obstacles For Cortes, it is the opportunity to help other women experience what she continuously to achieve our goals.” experienced on her Makulu climb — learning about herself and facing her own fears — that makes her vocation with Call of Emilie I feel that much more confident. And the Wild worthwhile. I see it in the other people I travel with, too.” After a recent snowshoe trip to Yosemite, Providing a safe space for other women one of the participants shared with Cortes to experience the self-realization and that she could tell that she was clearly the empowerment that she herself felt during least fit person on the trip. her Makalu adventure is key to Cortes’ “She told me that if she had been with her leadership of Call of the Wild. Understanding husband or friends she would have turned that we each have the power to overcome back,” said Cortes. obstacles is one of her key messages. With the encouragement of the guides and “Obstacles never stop,” said Cortes. “Life is the other women on the trip, she kept going, a series of obstacles. What I am interested and was proud of her achievement. It helped in is how we can overcome obstacles her to realize other areas of her life where continuously to achieve our goals. What are she was selling herself short. the ways that we can think about obstacles “I ask all the participants to write a postcard differently?” with the one thing they want to remind their “Emilie has a wonderful sense of humor stressed out, overworked, multi-tasking self
“Life is a series of obstacles.
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“I just keep taking steps every day. The summit is still on the horizon.”
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back home,” said Cortes. “I mail the postcards to them after our return. On her postcard this particular woman wrote a simple message: ‘Stop turning yourself around.’” Through outdoor activities and adventure travel, Cortes has experienced her own personal growth and achieved greater selfrealization about the ways she held herself back. Helping other women to gain this type of insight and move beyond their fears is highly satisfying to her. “I think I am like a lot of other people in my generation,” said Cortes. “We want to have an impact. It’s not enough to just make money and go home. Owning a business is tough, but that is part of following your passion. When I recall that soul-sucking feeling of the corporate world I am determined to see this all the way through.” Not surprisingly, Cortes likens her life transition to business owner and entrepreneur to climbing. “I just keep taking steps every day,” said Cortes. “The summit is still on the horizon.”
ADVENTURE is out there! by Gregg Morris for The Bulletin Special Projects
Photos courtesy Call of the Wild Aventures
Call of the Wild brings out ‘an extra sense of adventure’ Since 1978, Call of the Wild Adventures has organized and lead wilderness trips for women by women. Excursions range from local day-long hikes to two-week Himalayan adventures. While exercise, relaxation and picture-taking are all on the agenda, it’s the mental aspect that separates Call of the Wild from other adventure travel companies. “We set a different tone by giving the women a sense of empowerment and accomplishment they usually don’t get in their day-to-day lives,” explained guide Kara Sigler. Call of the Wild, currently the world’s longest-running women’s adventure travel company, serendipitously began when founder Carole Latimer decided to pursue her passion after being fired from her secretarial job. She organized and ran the
excursions for 34 years and even published a backcountry cookbook, Wilderness Cuisine. In 2012, Emilie Cortes left behind the security of her Bay Area finance job to become owner and president of Call of the Wild Adventures. She traded in her corporate dress shoes for a pair of hiking boots. “I couldn’t do the 30-year grind anymore,” explained Cortes. After purchasing the company, Cortes decided to move the base of operations north from San Francisco to Bend. A warehouse full of gear and the use of local outfitters on international trips allowed Cortes to be based where she saw fit. From Bend, Call of the Wild Adventures guides trips to places as close as Smith Rock State Park and the three Sisters to places as far away as Kilimanjaro in Africa and the
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Italian Riviera. As for a preference, Cortes defers to her own sense of adventure. “There is an extra sense of adventure when you travel to the other side of the world,” she explained. Call of the Wild Adventures offers trips geared for women of all ages and fitness levels. Participants have ranged in age from 16 to 80 years old. Most of the women sign up for the company’s adventures independently. However, after completing a trip, many of them become friends and U Magazine | June 2014 | 9
traveling or hiking companions. “We try to foster those connections,” said Cortes. “It enhances the community spirit. And, hopefully, they come back to take another trip with us.” “Most of the women carry such a huge burden of worry,” Cortes explained. “They constantly wonder if they can keep up, or carry a pack, etc. To see them, by the end of the trip, with a little encouragement, gain the confidence to complete the trip is really great.” In addition to customizable family and group trips, Call of the Wild offers four types of excursions: hiking and trekking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, backpacking and multisport. Every trip guide is a certified Wilderness First Responder and trained in Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. And, more
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A Call of the Wild hiker revels in her recent trek up Mount Whitney in California.
importantly, they are passionate about what they do. “I love working with groups of women in the outdoors,” said Sigler, an eight-year veteran of Call of the Wild. “And I love that we focus on good food and community.” Call of the Wild takes great care in ensuring the food on all of their trips is something
that the clients will rave about to friends. The recipes are taken from Latimer’s original cookbook or are homemade by the guides. Preparation usually takes between two to five days, including shopping, preparing, cooking, dehydrating and packaging the meals “They do an amazing job with food,” said Stephanie Tanler,
who has been on two trips with Call of the Wild. “I really loved the chicken curry salad roll.” “It’s important to be nourished in the backcountry,” added Sigler. “We make real food, with real ingredients, and then dehydrate it ourselves. And, we never forget the coffee.” As an example of their stewardship of the land, Call of the Wild recently renewed their partnership with Smith Rock State Park to maintain the native plant garden near the welcome center yurt. This is the second year Call of the Wild will assist in weeding and planting in the park. “I can’t say enough about Emilie and the whole staff,” said Tanler. “I respect her so much. She’s very professional and easy to be around. I can tell she cares about women.”
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What We’re Reading
by Bunny Thompson, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Brief reviews of recent selections made by Central Oregon book clubs. “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman Book Group Book club names are often intriguing — or not. Here is an explanation of one group and their name evolution by one of the members. “We don’t have a special name, just Book Group. When we began meeting in the mid-90s, we were Women Reading Women, but WRW sounded too much like the WCW my older son was so enamored with at the time. And at some point, we decided that we could read books by male authors without bursting in flames. We meet September thru May and take a well-deserved break over the summer. (Beach reads rule!)” Stedman’s book has been reviewed before, but I thought this group’s diversity of discussion illustrates what makes belonging to a book club so valuable. The Light Between Two Oceans tells the story of a lighthouse keeper on a tiny island off Western Australia. When a baby washes up in a rowboat, the lighthouse keeper and his wife decide not to report the incident and keep the baby as their own. One member of this group expected the responses to the book would be “cut and dried” and the discussion brief. However, she was amazed when the entire group engaged in a complex, layered conversation about moral dilemmas and consequences. Their opinions about the characters and their motivations were diverse with one member sympathizing with the same character that another member con12 | U Magazine | June 2014 12 | U Magazine | June 2014
sidered hopelessly self-centered. It was a great meeting, and the group felt the book was well worth it.
“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline Chapter Chicks and Bend Book Worms Both of these groups read Orphan Train for their last discussion. Kline opens a chapter in history that few of us know: For 75 years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the Great Depression, the Children’s Aid Society operated orphan trains which carried children abandoned or orphaned in New York City to the Midwest in an attempt to find them suitable homes. It is also the story of a rather testy teen foster child in Maine whose life intertwines with an elderly woman who was a passenger on one of those trains when she was nine. The friendship that develops between these two women and the transformations they both make creates a fascinating and heartwarming story. The Chapter Chicks enjoyed the parallel stories, well drawn by the author and “something not all authors can pull off,” commented one member. Their discussion led to a conversation about the foster care system in this country, its intentions and its flaws. During the Bend Book Worms meeting, Diane Elliott joined the group and related the story of her father, Elliott Bobo, who was a passenger on an orphan train. As the youngest of four children, Mr. Bobo was taken from his alcoholic father’s home, given a small cardboard suitcase, and
placed on an orphan train at age 8 years old. He eventually ended up with a loving older couple in Arkansas who cherished, cared for and educated him. As an adult, he attempted to locate his three older sisters, but sadly was unable to do so. Diane was able to trace the family after her father died and shared pictures of his early life. Mr. Bobo was interviewed for a PBS documentary aired on American Experience along with many other elderly orphan train riders. All were not as lucky as Mr. Bobo and most struggled to transition from one life to another. Says one orphan train adult, “The human soul is difficult to interfere with.”
“A Place at the Table” by Susan Rebecca White Book n’ Babes This is the story of three unforgettable characters who are so different, and yet, so much alike. They are drawn together by their love for cooking. They meet at a small café in New York City and begin to talk about piecing their troubled lives and trying to find a place for themselves in the big city. In classic Faulkner style, the subject of race, class and religion are brought into a modern day scenario. This group felt the characters were well developed and very realistic. “The author wrote so eloquently in the voice of each character,” said one member. They discussed what it would be like to be so different and to be rejected as the characters were in this book.
TO YOUR HEALTH
Painful Desert Rocks
Weather in the High Desert is usually pretty terrific and, of course, dry. Very dry. It is a desert after all. These dry conditions can lead people to become dehydrated easily. Unfortunately this dehydration is a leading risk factor for kidney stones. When the urine is concentrated, small crystals can accumulate and create a kidney stone. When a kidney stone is large enough (usually larger than 3 millimeters in size), it can cause significant pain when it tries to pass out of the kidney. When the stone enters the ureter (the narrow tube that naturally connects the kidney to the bladder), it can block the flow of urine from the kidney and can lead to severe pain in the flank or the abdomen. Some people will experience nausea, vomiting, and blood in the urine.
On occasion, people become extremely ill with stones, and death is even possible. In order to diagnose a kidney stone, a doctor will often perform an x-ray evaluation, CT scan, or ultrasound. Once the stone has been diagnosed, pain control is the first step. Many
stones will pass by themselves often with the help of medications and good fluid intake. For larger stones, surgery is often necessary. Sometimes a small temporary tube must be placed in the ureter called a stent that bypasses the obstructing stone to reduce the sharp pain caused by
the backed up urine. Stones can be broken up into small fragments with shock waves and then the smaller pieces may be passed more easily. Special doctors called urologists can also drive a small camera up to a stone and break the stone with a laser while the patient is under anesthesia. Once a person has passed a stone, they are usually highly motivated to do whatever is necessary to prevent more stones in the future. Drinking more water every day is crucial. Reducing animal protein intake is also helpful in lowering the risk of stones. Consuming sodas, energy drinks, and black tea increases the risk of stones especially in young people. If you think you might have a kidney stone, call your doctor or the urologists at Bend Urology and they can help you manage this potentially dangerous and painful condition.
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Women’s Civil Improvement League has kept Bend’s heart beating since 1919
Photo by Kevin Prieto / The Bulletin Special Projects A view of Drake Park’s Mirror Pond today (top) and how it looked in 1904 before the park was established with the help of the WCIL.
by Linda Orcelleto for The Bulletin Special Projects
Towering Ponderosa pine trees, open green spaces, water access, walking paths, picnic tables, benches, birds, soothing river sounds and solitude; something we may take for granted with our beloved Drake Park. It’s hard to picture Bend without Drake Park in the heart of our city. Yet, if it weren’t for the visionary women of the Women’s Civic Improvement League (WCIL), you might be walking in an urban landscape that is similar to Anytown, USA with residential or commercial development, cement sidewalks, traffic, light pollution or city sounds. According to the book “Drake Park, Bend OR” by Jeremy Alden, Sarah Heller and Anna Zirker, WCIL members were pioneers of preserving lands for parks for all to enjoy, in particular, green spaces within the city, such as the land which is now Drake Park. Formed in November 1919, when Bend was just 15 years old, the women, who the book said “had the heart of the betterment of Bend,” 14 | U Magazine | June 2014
played a significant role in acquiring the vacant, riverfront land owned by the Bend Company. The Bend Company operated a mill on the west bank of the Deschutes River and also owned land along the east bank, with hopes to either add new mills, a pulp plant or commercial development. City councilmen and developers saw the land as an unsightly stretch of the river that could be sold for homes or businesses, bringing tax dollars to the city’s coffers. But the women of WCIL remained undeterred. Mrs. May (also found as Mae) Arnold led the charge and proposed the land be used as a park. She and other forward-thinking women of WCIL gathered 1,500 signatures (when Bend had a population of just under 5,500) to convince the City Council to put the $21,000 bond measure to purchase the 10.5 acres on the May 1920 ballot. The measure passed by a decisive 2 to 1 margin, even before women received the right to vote in 1929. Community members
Photo courtesy Des Chutes Historical Society
obviously supported the women’s vision of protecting the land. According to the placard in Drake Park, Robert Sawyer, then editor of The Bend Bulletin, wrote, “The benefits to be derived from the creation of a park will more than outweigh the amount of taxation involved.” Just one month after the land was purchased, the newly founded park board sent out a notice recruiting “500 men, women and husky kids” to clear brush and weeds to improve the park. Leading the initiative to purchase the land for Drake Park was only one of many WCIL accomplishments throughout its history. Their main mission was the beautification of Bend. Efforts included keeping the city streets and sidewalks clean, planting trees and maintaining the attractiveness of the cemetery. WCIL raised funds for a new Deschutes
County library by holding Halloween dances, worked with area businesses to raise money for restroom facilities and contributed to one of the drinking fountains downtown. An auxiliary of the Chamber of Commerce, WCIL organized the Oregon Products Dinner each year, where notable speakers presented topical issues of the day. Also a social club, WCIL held annual receptions for welcoming teachers each September, coordinated clothing drives, rummage sales, flower shows and teas. They also cared for community members by offering assistance in a time of need. Each year, WCIL gave a girls’ league cup to an outstanding senior high school girl.
Though little is known about the organization after the 1940s, the WCIL continues today. No longer strictly a women’s group, the non-partisan organization holds the FCC license for KPOV 88.9 FM, Bend’s Community Radio station, to operate. WCIL is responsible for funding and running the radio station and is also KPOV’s official corporate name. Today, the organization still meets occasionally. While iconic Drake Park was named after a man (A.M. Drake, the founder of Bend), it was the women of Bend who made sure that future generations had a tranquil place to enjoy in the heart of our city.
The Drake Park footbridge has stood the tests of time. Below, the footbridge is pictured as it was in 1940.
In 1921, the Deschutes River had a meandering path through the park (bottom right), but residential development and natural growth have added to the park’s grandness over the years.
Photos by Kevin Prieto / The Bulletin Special Projects Historic photos courtesy Des Chutes Historical Society
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by Annissa Anderson for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Kari Mauser Warm, sunny days mean more than a shift to summer recreation. They also signal the start of local cooking. Early June marks the beginning of farmers markets in Central Oregon, when the first local crops of fruits and vegetables are harvested and sold the very same day. To savor the freshest produce of the season, it helps to know which of these “early bloomers” are at their peak right now. Here are some of the season’s best picks to cook with and enjoy.
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Spring onions are simply immature (green) onions that have been harvested before they are full size. Often confused with scallions, spring onions are identified by a slightly curved white base that has not been fully developed into a bulb and green leaves that are long and straight. The straighteredged scallions are even younger and can be used in the same manner, for milder results. Spring onions — at their peak in spring and summer — lend a unique flavor to both raw and cooked dishes. Use them fresh in salads, sandwiches and salsas, grilled whole to accompany meats, or sautéed as a distinctive flavor base for soups or stews. Spring onions can also be substituted for leeks in many recipes, such as potato-leek soup. Caramelized
spring onions — cooked at length over low heat — add intense, earthy flavor to eggs, pizza or savory pies. When choosing spring onions, look for those with crisp, bright green leaves and a firm white base. They can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to several days.
Radishes, whose name comes from the Latin radix, meaning root, are in fact the root from a plant in the mustard family. Some of the first vegetables to appear at farmers markets, radishes come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes and sizes. Colored in shades from white to red, pink, purple and even green, radishes can be round, oval or even cone-shaped like a parsnip. Depending on the plant’s growing conditions, their flavor may range from mild to extremely peppery. Though always visually appealing, a radish’s inner beauty shines when thinly sliced or grated to show off its subtle candy striping. Sliced radishes are excellent in salads and can add color and pep to sandwiches and other dishes. But whole or quartered radishes — especially large, sweet daikon radishes — are also surprisingly tasty when roasted or sautéed in butter, allowing their flavor to mellow and texture to soften. When buying radishes, make sure they are crisp and firm when squeezed, with bright green tops. Radishes keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but remove and discard leaves before storing. Wash and trim root ends just before using.
Rhubarb, though generally eaten like a fruit, is botanically a vegetable. And while the stalks may resemble a rose-hued version of celery, its flavor is anything but mild. Consuming raw rhubarb is not advised, however when cooked and combined with a considerable amount of sweetener, it is sublime. Though sometimes referred to as the pie plant, rhubarb has far more uses than playing second fiddle to strawberries in pie. Cooked rhubarb makes a colorful, sweet-tart filling for many kinds of baked goods — including pies — but also cakes, cobblers and muffins. A chunky compote or silky sauce of sweetened, cooked rhubarb is a perfect complement to rice pudding, yogurt and ice cream. And rhubarb-flavored simple syrup adds infinite possibilities to cocktails. Choose crisp rhubarb stalks that are brightly hued; the deeper colored ones will be sweeter. Never eat the leaves as they are toxic. For storing, discard the leaves and store the stalks in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to three days. Wash the stalks just before using.
Spring and early summer produce the best greens of the growing season. At farmer stands or farmers markets, look for tender baby greens sold individually,
Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake (Serves 8)
The cobbler-like batter in this low-tech rhubarb cake is mixed by hand and bakes up perfectly over a sweet, rosy layer of sautéed rhubarb. Once inverted, the cake is a sight to behold!
Canola oil spray, for pan ¾ pound rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1 ½” pieces on an angle 1 ½ cups sugar 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 6 tablespoons cut into ½-inch cubes and chilled 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 ½ cups flour 2 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup vegetable shortening 1 ⁄3 cup milk 2 eggs Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Method: 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil the inner sides of a 9-inch springform pan and tightly wrap bottom and sides twice with aluminum foil. Cut and fit a round piece of parchment into the bottom of pan and oil as well. 2. Combine rhubarb, 1 cup sugar, 4 tablespoon butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is melted and rhubarb is tender and slightly caramelized, 8-10 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining sugar and salt, plus flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add remaining butter and the shortening and, using your fingers, rub into flour mixture to form coarse pea-size pieces. Add milk and eggs and stir until a soft, sticky dough forms. 4. Pour rhubarb mixture into cake pan and spoon dough over it, smoothing with a spatula. Bake until the cake is golden and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, cut around edge and invert quickly over a large flat serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. U Magazine | June 2014 | 17 U Magazine | June 2014 | 17
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like spinach, arugula or mizuna (a spicy Japanese salad green), and in mesclun (salad green mix). Early in the season is also the best time to try refined Chinese mustard greens (or elegant greens mix), as the young leaves are crisp with a dark green color. To get the most out of spring greens, treat them with care. Best eaten raw in salads, make sure to coat evenly and lightly with dressing. Instead of pouring dressing over a salad, try putting a small amount in the bottom of a bowl, adding salad ingredients, and lightly combining the salad with your own clean hands so as not to bruise the tender leaves. If wilting or sautéing greens, again use a small amount of oil and quickly wilt spinach, arugula or mustard greens. Use other flavors, such as garlic, mustard or vinegar, sparingly in order to accent, not overpower, their delicate flavor. Make sure greens are fresh and crisp when purchased and use as soon as possible. If storing, keep in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Always rinse and dry greens thoroughly before using.
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Steve Nase, his wife Carole and daughter Christina volunteer at the Family Kitchen every third Tuesday of the month.
by Jeff McDonald for The Bulletin Special Projects photos by Kevin Prieto
Families who volunteer help others — and themselves.
Family bonding can take place in a number of different ways — think game nights, trips in the family trickster or hitting the links or slopes for a day of fun. But many local families are finding that volunteering also bonds them together while also benefiting those people, animals or causes that they serve. Volunteering has many benefits and can be done with children as young as age 3, said Betsy Warriner, executive director for Volunteer Connect, which connects volunteers with organizations throughout the region. 20 | U Magazine | June 2014
“I think it’s really important for a young person to get a sense of being able to give and be part of the community at an early age,” Warriner said. “It’s a wonderful experience for a family to do something like this together.” For the Nase family, volunteering every third Tuesday of the month at the Family Kitchen in Bend has become a tradition they all enjoy. Steve heads to the kitchen before the rest of the family, arriving around noon to start preparing and cooking the food. His wife Carole, an elementary school teacher, and
his daughter Christina join him after school. They help with the final food preparations and serve the hot meals together. “It’s kind of like a machine,” Carole said. “Everyone knows what they have to do.” Doing volunteer work has its challenges, Steve said. Because his daughter is young and the homeless population can be unpredictable, she does not serve meals directly, he said. “You’ve got to monitor them for safety,” he said. For Christina, volunteering started on a family trip to Mexico at about age 4. The
now 16-year-old Bend High School student has vivid memories of teaching song lyrics to children in an impoverished village, she said. By age 5, she had started serving desserts at the Family Kitchen in Bend. She and her family were hooked, she said. “Ever since I was born, it feels like I’ve had a lot of fun seeing people get warm meals,” she said. “It’s very touching to me and makes me feel good.” Volunteer Connect’s Warriner says families should talk about concerns and expectations before volunteering, and to talk together afterward about what the family members saw, heard, felt, and learned from the experience. “When starting out, there might be some fear going into a different environment and connecting with different people,” she said. “The best way is to acknowledge that and talk about it.” Warriner encourages parents to find age appropriate activities that they can do with their children. Kids as young as 3 can do things such as write greeting cards for veterans, work in a community garden or put together activity boxes for hospitalized children, she said. By age 7, kids are usually OK to help people more directly. And by 12, they are often ready for volunteering in more challenging situations, such as feeding people who are hungry or doing environmental restoration projects. Volunteering with animals is another opportunity that can be challenging, yet highly rewarding for kids. Susan Meyers volunteers with her two children, ages 11 and 16, at Equine Outreach Inc., a 20-acre horse rescue and sanctuary located west of the Bend Airport. Many of the horses being cared for at the sanctuary were seized from a Powell Butte property in January 2012 after being severely abused and neglected. Some are being cared for and rehabilitated to the
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point where they can be adopted; others are in hospice, receiving compassionate care and attention as they die naturally in their stalls. “I’m trying to instill in my kids that there’s more that we have to give back,” Meyers said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s summer, spring, winter or fall. We’re there on Saturdays.” Her 16-year-old daughter, Christa, who wants to be a pediatric nurse, goes out into the pasture with the horses, making sure they are getting exercise and all the love and attention they need, Meyers said. Eleven-year-old Hannah works in the Sanctuary Row, feeding grains and keeping the area clean. She’s too young right now to work with the animals in the pasture, Meyers explained. “They see a need — they see the effects of abuse and neglect,” Meyers said. “It hits their heart of compassion. I think kids need to learn compassion. They need to have an opportunity to understand what compassion is.” Christina Nase, front left, was 4 years old when she and her family took a trip to Mexico. Now 16, Christina remembers her family teaching song lyrics to children in an impoverished village.
• Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon 541-318-4950 Cleaning, yard work, clerical, cooking
•Bend Park & Recreation District 541-706-6127 Summer craft and adventure programs, therapeutic recreation programs, Junior Lifeguard training and volunteer programs
• Bend Area Habitat for Humanity 541-312-6709 Home repairs, greeters (Note: For 9 years and older) For more information about volunteering, visit: www. volunteerconnectnow.org or call 541-385-8977.
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CARING FOR OTHERS
The Challenges and Opportunities of Caregiving and Sibling Relationships Providing care to an aging parent can bring out the best and worst in sibling relationships. Often when siblings are brought together under stressful situations such as caring for an aging parent, differences can come to surface and result in “quibbling siblings”. It is not uncommon for adult children to find themselves replaying old family dynamics, as sibling issues can be one of the toughest aspects of caregiving. Most often the unequal division of caregiving responsibilities gives rise to discord amongst siblings. Research on the aging population shows in general one child will assume 99% of the role in care of a parent. Unfortunately, this child is the one who will carry the greatest burden when faced with issues and care of the aging parent. This may be because they live in closest proximity to a parent, may have fewer family obligations or be perceived as the “favorite child”. This situation may lead the primary caregiver to feeling frustrated and other siblings to feel uninformed or left out. Strained family relations can
ultimately impact a family’s capacity to provide quality of care to a parent. Research shows the more children are involved, the better off the parent will be physically and emotionally. Good communication can often help families avoid conflict. Following are some guidelines which may be helpful when siblings collaborate to create a strategy for care of an aging parent: • Determine the kind of assistance a parent wants and needs. • Arrange for a family meeting. If communication is contentious, involve an outside facilitator, such as a social worker, counselor, or geriatric care manager. A family meeting creates an opportunity for siblings to ask questions and share concerns. Siblings will be more willing to help if they feel included in the decisions of caring for their parent.
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• Express your feelings honestly. Tell your siblings how you feel about the situation. • All family members should be informed about a parent’s medical condition and living situation. Discuss legal and financial decisions your loved one has made. • Be flexible and allow siblings to help in ways they are able.
Most often the unequal division of caregiving responsibilities gives rise to discord amongst siblings. Divide tasks according to individual abilities, skills and preferences, location and physical health. Assess family resources. Accept whatever help siblings are able to provide. Ask for commitments, how are they willing to participate? On-going family meetings help to keep everyone in the loop. Skype or conference calling can be used if siblings are outside the area and cannot attend in person.
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• Expect differences of opinion and accept siblings for who they are. Try to find room for compromise and respect other’s perceptions. • Use outside community resources if siblings are unable to help. Area Agencies on Aging can provide a link to local resources such as Meals on Wheels, elder transportation or in-home care agencies. Siblings who participate together in the care of their parent have an opportunity to connect with one another on a deeper level. Siblings share biological and cultural heritage as well as memories based on shared history. Caring for the family that will survive a parent can nourish a relationship with a common purpose, as in the end, your family is all you have.
With a little imagination and a few household ingredients, these fun projects will keep your kids entertained this summer Quinn and Logan Mauser have fun with a batch of homemade flubber. See a recipe on Page 25.
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by Kelsi Shelton for The Bulletin Special Projects photos by Kari Mauser Remember all those fun activities you did as a child? Making play dough, creating art with potato stamps and neighborhood scavenger hunts might come to mind. As the final school days pass, tapping into those memories from your own childhood, as well as beefing up that arsenal of fun, time-tested projects, can ease the panic that rises up when facing the reality of your kids being footloose and fancy-free during the long, hot summer months. One of the best ways to find creative
inspiration is to utilize natural resources, said Christine Oden, owner and program director of Mama Bear Oden’s Eco Kidz Preschool in Bend. “Think outside the box and gather things all around you such as rocks to paint, sticks and logs to create toadstools, or pine cones for making beautiful birds,” Oden suggested. “Using kids’ ideas is a great way to inspire children to get outdoors and be active.” Another fun and practical activity Oden said kids love is to plant seeds and watch them grow. Letting the kids pick specific plants and flowers that attract beneficial
insects adds another element of interest. Also, worm composting is both fun and educational and gives kids a way to nurture their gardens. To take it even a step further, Oden suggested teaching kids about the different critters that visit the garden day and night. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to witness the interconnectedness of maintaining a garden, a summer activity that can fill hours of otherwise idle time, she said. Even simple activities such as leaf printing can delight kids of all ages, according to Caroline Nesbitt, Curator of Education at U Magazine | June 2014 | 23
the High Desert Museum. Coloring or painting a sheet of paper laid on top of anything from a leaf or a pine needle to a blade of grass or piece of tree bark can turn into a fun art project. Give kids an inch, and they’ll take a mile with their imagination. “Duct tape is like a line item budget at our house,”said Bend Science Station’s Lisa Bermudez, who has two boys of her own. “I’ll give this to my kids, and they’ll make a sword out of it, which then leads them to asking for a stick and then a rope and then cardboard. … The key is to let them build it. Get a huge refrigerator box from Cash and Carry, or a dishwasher box and see what they do with it.” Bermudez emphasized the importance of listening to your kids to find out what they are most interested in. Then, when looking for fun recipes online, you can narrow the search. When everything in the recycle bin has already been transformed into something else and nature seems to have nothing left to give, some simple science might be the perfect solution. When kids get to mix ingredients to create their own paint or play dough, not only is the process fun but being able to play with something they made themselves adds something magical to the experience, Oden explained. Mixtures that create unique substances are often kid favorites, such as Oobleck and Flubber. Read on for some recipe favorites from Bend’s local experts (and a few outsiders) to try at home and keep the kids entertained throughout the summer.
Is it a liquid? A solid? Both? How can that be?
Ingredients: 1 cup cornstarch ½ cup water Food coloring (optional)
How to: 1. Place cornstarch in a shallow container and add the water and food coloring. Stir carefully with a fork, continuing to stir even when the mixture stiffens. If too dry, add a drop or more water. If too runny, let sit for a few hours, and stir again. 2. When thoroughly mixed, Oobleck will drip from your fork or fingers, but will be solid when force is applied to it, such as squeezing it in your fist or slapping it inside the container.
A great way to add dimension to your kids’ art!
Ingredients: 1 Tbsp self-rising flour 1 Tbsp salt 3 tsp water food coloring
How to: Mix all ingredients until a paste has formed. Best if used to paint on cardboard. — Courtesy Samantha Warner, Program Director of Schibel Teaching Farm
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Soapy Slime Have a towel ready, as this is MESSY but FUN!
Ingredients: 1 cup soap flakes 3 cups warm water Food coloring
How to: Using an electric beater, mix water, soap flakes and a few drops of food coloring of your choice until a soapy “slime” forms. — Courtesy Samantha Warner, Program Director of Schibel Teaching Farm
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Find out what happens when you stretch it, roll something over it, or roll it into a ball and bounce it.
How to: 1. In a large container combine and mix: 1 ½ cups very warm water 2 cups Elmers white glue A few drops of water color and/or glitter if using clear glue (Make sure this combination is completely mixed.) 2. In a small container combine and mix: 1 1⁄3 cups very warm water 2 level tsp 20 Mule Team Borax* (Make sure the Borax is completely dissolved.) *Adults, please do this step, and keep the box of Borax powder away from children; it is hazardous. 3. Combine the glue and borax mixtures. Mix well using your hands until all the liquid is absorbed. You may need to squish, mix and break up the flubber to get it fully combined. Store the flubber in a plastic, air-tight container at room temperature. For best results, measure precisely and mix well as noted above. NOTE: This is enough Flubber for about six kids. — Courtesy www.omsi.edu/for-kids/flubber
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Finding a Balance When Designing Kids’ Rooms Designing kids’ rooms can be a challenge. You need to infuse a certain amount of fun and creativity into kids’ spaces while still being functional. You also have a budget to consider in light of the fact that kids quickly outgrow their things, and their tastes change rapidly too. We have found many ways to work with your growing family and keep an overall design sense within your home. Here are a few things to get you started. Have fun mixing and matching bold bright colors and patterns.
Bedding is an easy way to introduce both of these aspects. Sets are great and most of the time budget friendly. Add a pillow or blanket in another color or pattern to create a pop of interest and texture. Investing in furniture that will grow with your children is important. A good dresser could last all the way through college. You can paint it or change the knobs to give it a different feel. Storage items are a necessity in most homes. A toy chest converts nicely to a place where all their sports clothing and accessories could be kept. This makes it easier for them to be
prepared for games or practice on their own. It is common that the smaller rooms in the house become kids’ rooms. Getting creative with your use of space can be a challenge. A commonly overlooked item is a desk or work surface. You may have a different area of the home to monitor homework and other activities. Research shows that
Accessories are and always will be the easiest way to introduce a theme. This is true for the rest of your home as well. Themes can be gender neutral making it easier to tie other elements into the room.
by creating even a small space in a child’s room that allows them to be creative, improves their independence. Our latest design included a framed-in chalkboard wall. It is great for brainstorming and homework but also serves as a canvas for artwork.
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If you feel lost when it comes to designing the right space for your kids, whether they are on their way into this world, or growing up too fast, we have many more tips and tricks to make you and your kids love their room. We love to see what you are working on. Stop by our showroom or schedule an appointment for us to visit your home. Everyone deserves a beautifully designed space.
living Madison Hartley puts her creative energy into floral masterpieces by Sondra Holtzman for The Bulletin Special Projects photos by Kevin Prieto As a young woman with a passion for helping other people, Madison Hartley has devoted the past two years of her life as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her desire to learn more about how art can affect victims of trauma, a question she first began exploring while studying social justice and fine arts in college, led Hartley to the Americorp program and to the position as Arts Support Group Coordinator at Bendâ€™s Saving Grace, a shelter for local women and children. Hartley said she was drawn by the intensity of the job at Saving Grace and appreciated the idea of being able to bring art into the shelter. Her role offered Hartley a chance to bring art to others, while also giving her an outlet for her own artistic talent. The match couldnâ€™t have been more perfect. Living off a stipend of just $4.75 an hour, however, presented Hartley with a need to find another income source. During college, Hartley had worked for a florist, honing her skills in the art of floral arrangement, an experience that fostered her passion for flowers. She graduated with a bachelorâ€™s degree in fine arts with a focus on painting, but art and flowers, she said, were a natural connection for her.
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“Unlike painting, I liked the idea of working with living things and the unique challenges that brings.” That connection is what Hartley called the “seed idea” for pursuing a flower business. Through her position at Saving Grace, she had learned about matched savings programs for business startups through NeighborImpact. In December 2013, a year and a half after joining the other women’s advocates at Saving Grace, Hartley launched her new flower business: A Native Bloom, a wedding and special event floral design studio specializing in romantic, ethereal floral arrangements. For Hartley, bringing a fine art approach to floral design is an ideal way to incorporate art and flowers into a successful business. As a painter, she said she often found flowers would find their way onto her canvas, so turning her paintings into living art was a natural transition. “Unlike painting, I liked the idea of working with living things and the unique challenges that brings,” she said. “Each variety has its own needs when you work with it. I love the thought and time that goes into each arrangement. It’s a fun collaboration where I have the opportunity to explain and educate people on flowers while
working with them to design their wedding. Sharing and explaining my love for flowers has been one of the more surprising components to the business. I knew I loved designing and being surrounded by beauty, but working with brides and their families has really been the icing on the cake.” At A Native Bloom, emphasis is always placed on sourcing the most locally grown and interesting materials. Each arrangement has a variety of flowers and foliage, allowing each texture, movement and color to work together, much like the elements of a painting. Hartley is quick to acknowledge the support she received from her co-workers at Saving Grace when she began pursuing her new business. They offered her enough flexibility to schedule her time around wedding consultations and photo shoots. For Eli Blackwood, Saving Grace’s children’s advocate, Hartley’s ambition to be able to maintain her role at the shelter while starting a small business was nothing short of inspiring. It seemed serendipitous that the young
entrepreneur found a way to put her skills to use in a way that would not only keep herself happy, but provide happiness for others while also paying the bills. Blackwood said she feels Hartley’s unique outlook on people and life stems from her artistic self, and having seen first hand how she was able to bring art into a difficult setting in a fun, appealing and therapeutic way, Blackwood had no doubt Hartley would be successful in her new professional adventure. “Women who have never had the opportunity to do art, let alone been given the chance to be personal and creative with it have walked away from an art session with Madison feeling empowered, beautiful and capable, which is something we all deserve but many only long for,” Blackwood said. Fueled by drive, focus and passion, Hartley continues to work full time with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at Saving Grace while utilizing her time off to grow A Native Bloom. Her flower arrangements at Saving Grace add cheer to the office and shelter,
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making everyone feel better. “Madison’s arrangements are not like other florist’s creations,” said Blackwood. “When you look at them you see there is more to it than just flowers in a vase. You see art. She talks about color and shape and the process of keeping the blooms alive. Flower arranging seems to be her sparkle -- that one thing that just makes you feel bright inside and out.” Hartley gleans inspiration from the family values instilled in her from her childhood. “My mom and dad had the courage to homeschool me and teach me the basic ideas of truth, beauty and thinking for oneself at an early age,” she explained. Additionally, Hartley said she’s been encouraged by her brother’s success with his wedding photography business. “This has really encouraged me to harness the confidence to found my own.” Her confidence is paying off, evident in how well received her floral business has been, a result she credits to her simple, romantic approach. “I like to think of it as a return to the classical style of allowing the flowers speak and move for themselves,” she said. For Hartley, the meager income she earns as a volunteer is payment enough to be given the opportunity to share art with the women and children who find themselves seeking shelter at Saving Grace. With a drive to pursue her passion, the artist has found a way to make a creative living despite what some might have seen as a financial barrier. “Regardless of the small stipend she has been making for the past two years working as an AmeriCorp volunteer, Madison has managed to start her business from scratch,” said Blackwood. “She found something that seemed like a great idea and went with it. So far, everything is flourishing.”
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At the Workplace
by Connie Worrell-Druliner, for The Bulletin
A leader in the office can have many characteristics, but a true leader gets results. Everyone has their own opinions of what characteristics make up a good leader. From well-spoken and patient to charismatic and forceful, the list of qualities can run the gamut. But, sure-tell signs of effective leaders aren’t in their traits, but in their results. As you look within your own company and try to gauge the effectiveness of your own leadership, or the leadership of others, look for these three indicators.
True leaders know they are neither perfect nor omniscient. They are always looking for ways to be better and never veer from the path of self-improvement. One of the best signs of a good leader is a slight spirit of discontent. You have to be able to recognize that you are better today than you were a year ago, but still focus on becoming even better a year from now. And, growth can never take a backseat to your busy-
ness. In the book Great Leaders Grow, by Mark Miller and Ken Blanchard, they point out that, “If you get too busy with your job to grow, your influence and your leadership will stagnate and ultimately evaporate.”
If the proof is in the pudding, then a good leader’s team will achieve success again and again. This is true in the business world and on the football field. Take Terry Bradshaw, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who led his team to multiple Super Bowl victories, for example. You could not be an ineffective leader and still lead your team to win four Super Bowl titles. A poor leader might have a few victories, but continual success is the result of good leadership. A recent Forbes article echoes this assertion with its statement, “The result of good leadership is high morale, good employee retention, and sustainable long-term success.”
Another quick way to determine the quality of someone’s leadership is to look at their teammates, co-workers, or employees. Are they excited about what they do? Are they stepping up and taking on leadership roles of their own? A leader’s power doesn’t just rest in his or her ability to do a task well, whether it’s throwing a football or running a business. The real power lies in their ability to inspire greatness in their team. You are not a true leader if you simply inspire fear or mediocrity. Good leadership begets good leadership. Many people proclaim themselves to be good leaders. After all, no one wants to be told that they’re a bad or ineffective leader. But, good leadership is proven through results, not words. If you really want to gauge the effectiveness of your own leadership, consider your growth, your team’s success, and your teammate’s attitudes. Those three elements will tell you what you need to know.
Connie Worrell-Druliner is the founder of a locally owned business, Express Employment Professionals,
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