Table of Contents
Editor’s Note / Contributors .....................................3 Welcome to the Rest of Your Life .............................4
Section 1: Enlightened
A Literary Mecca .......................................................7 What We’re Reading ................................................10
Section 2: Relationships
Katie the Garden Angel...........................................12
Section 3: Well-being
FALL FA S H ION Pages 23-27
Spectrum of Color, Flavor and Versatility.............15 Vine-Ripened Recipes .............................................17 Bone-A-Fide Health .................................................18 360 Degrees to Wellness .........................................20 Pilates at Home ........................................................23
Section 4: Image
Cozy, Casual and Stylish .........................................23 Fashion in the Bag ...................................................26
Section 5: Achieve
Weaving It All Together ..........................................28 Communication Tips for Managers ......................30 Saving for Back-To-School .......................................31
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Thoughts gone wild Writing is a means for letting your mind speak for itself. It’s hard to say what first drew me to writing. It’s not something I’ve often considered despite the fact writing is so vital to my chosen career. When I was a young student, creative writing assignments always opened the door to less conservative ideas. There were no wrong answers, we were assured, and teachers often encouraged the sharing of ideas that joyfully skipped beyond the sturdy walls they constructed around other, more structured subjects. Creative writing allowed us to shape our own barriers, create worlds of sheer silliness, and even mock ideas we were too immature to understand. The best pieces were the ones which drew the heartiest laughs when read in front of the class, a lofty standard for the time but one from which I never shied. When I put pen to paper, laughter was a goal I took quite seriously. Times changed, of course. As I continued my education through high school and into college, it wasn’t enough to simply be clever or unique. Expressing ideas on paper became exercises in regurgitation, structured arguments for or against studied ideologies, or unnecessarily
lofty displays of English prowess. Creatively, we were often reminded that a writing piece of any type was a representation of self, a peek behind a curtain that hid snapshots of our past, our experiences ... glimpses into our souls. Heavy stuff. It’s little wonder many of us learn to become a bit self-conscious—even defensive—about thoughts and stories we create in the written form. It’s true, though. Writing is about discovery, both for the writer and for his or her audience. To write is to capture, organize and record the random electrical charges in our brains in a relatively comprehensible way. Doing this can certainly be an eye-opening experience. Sometimes the experience is satisfying, empowering and perhaps even joyful. Other days, it can be akin to running a 100-meter dash in waist-deep snow. In your underwear. Blindfolded. Writing is about being curious of yourself and of the world, opening unlikely doors to discover—perhaps create—a new reality. It’s lifting the lid of a Dumpster and finding a 5karat diamond set between a banana peel and
an old paperback by Kilgore Trout. Yes, sometimes it’s about luck, inconspicuously stumbling upon an idea, a plot line or a clever turn of a phrase while free writing in your journal. Mostly, though, it’s about shedding barriers—mental, emotional and societal—and truly allowing your mind speak for itself. It’s amazing to discover what it has to say once you remove the muzzle. In this edition of U Magazine, writer Mary Sojourner discusses the lofty status Central Oregon has garnered in the promotion and encouragement of the written word. (See “A Literary Mecca” on pages 7-9.) From literary, performance and workshop events like the Bend Poetry Slam and The Nature of Words, to groups of common literary interests like the Central Oregon Writers Guild and dozens of local book clubs, Central Oregon is securely entrenched as one of the significant literary hot spots in the Northwest. And this thanks to a group of people who have been brave enough to remove the muzzle and let their thoughts run wild. —Ben Montgomery, U Magazine Editor
U Magazine CON T R I BU T OR S ANNISSA ANDERSON, a freelance writer and public relations consultant, also studied culinary arts and worked as a pastry chef in another life. Though she’s lived in the Northwest for the past 20 years, she spent her childhood living abroad.
SUSAN THOMAS SPRINGER began her journalism career as a TV news reporter. She worked in corporate marketing, managing communications for a bank and launching high-tech products. Today, she’s a freelance writer living in Sisters where she and her husband enjoy raising their twins.
GAIL ELIZABETH KRETCHMER is a regular contributor to several local publications, an Internet blogger, and an occasional freelancer for corporate and nonprofit organizations. She recently earned a Masters in Fine Arts Degree in writing. Gail enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her husband and three boys.
LORI GLEICHMAN considers herself intensely curious about almost anything, which is what makes freelance writing a joyful experience. When not writing, she works as a marketing/PR consultant and loves to read travel memoirs while dreaming of her own next adventure. She lives in Bend.
BUNNY THOMPSON is an internationally published writer living in Sisters. She cruised on a sailboat for six years and 40,000 miles where she wrote a novel and published travel and adventure articles in national and international magazines such as Sail, Cruising World, Southern Boating and Island Scene.
SONDRA HOLTZMAN is a record keeper of an evolving life. A professional artist and founder of The Traveling Studio, her journals and sketchbooks reflect explorations afar and close to home. Sondra is a published author, storyteller and travel writer and loves kayaking with her miniature longhaired dachshund, Scout. U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2009 | 3
Welcome to the rest of your life.
Achieving parental balance
Contemplating the joys, pitfalls and challenges of parenthood by Lori Gleichman, for The Bulletin Special Projects Welcome to the rest of your life ... being childless in a child-filled world. My husband and I didn’t set out to not have kids; it just turned out that way. Years ago, over dinner one night, I asked, “You need kids?” He answered, “Nope. You?” I said, “Nope,” and that’s the depth of the discussion that charted the rest of our lives
in terms of children. Don’t get me wrong, we actually love kids. They’re kind of cool (mostly) as their perspectives on the world are usually wildly entertaining and unexpectedly insightful. We’ve enjoyed hosting nieces, nephews and children of friends for long weekends, but after a few days we gratefully return them to their parents, and us to our DINK (Dual Income, No Kids) lifestyle.
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At that point, I’m relieved to be released from the responsibility—minute-byminute, day-to-day—for the safety, welfare and health of a child. And every time, the fun-filled, worry-laden experience prompts me to wonder what kind of people it takes in today’s world to raise good kids? Why do some people find such joy in parenting while others struggle? Who do new parents and fill-ins like us look to for examples and advice? I posed the question, “Is parenting harder today?” to the Web and got wideranging opinions that debated the wisdom of being friends with your child vs. the disciplinarian, the role of daycare in development, the selfishness/selflessness of single parents, the negative impact of TV and the Internet, the dangers of
high fructose sugar and the exercise benefits of Wii Fit. Without even addressing the basics, it seemed a lot to worry about. I asked my mom the same question, and she answered simply, “Yes.” “It was a given we loved you,” she continued. “After that, it was our job to make sure you were safe, got fed every day, went to school and became responsible adults. There were problems, but I don’t think we worried so much. We didn’t worry about child molesters on every corner and the risk of vaccinations. You didn’t have helmets, and we still didn’t think you had a head injury every time you fell off your bike. We didn’t start planning for college the minute you
The moment you realize that life can, and does, change in an instant is a profound moment in its journey. Sometimes we learn that lesson as a child; sometimes we’re older. Sometimes we get pretty far along in life before circumstances hit with a force you never expected, shifting perspectives and priorities forever. And the funny thing is that when this moment arrives, it’s usually never of your own making. Otherwise, this
column would be called “Welcome to the life you planned...” Instead, it’s a chance alignment of forces that make you realize this is the new normal. In other words, “Welcome to the rest of your life.” — Lori Gleichman
Parental Resources Parenting is hard work. Helping can be even scarier, but there are resources designed to support adults in raising great kids. Deschutes County’s Ready Set Go and Jefferson County’s Healthy Start programs have merged under the new name, Healthy Families of the High Desert. They assist families in giving newborn children a healthy start in life and preventing abuse through weekly intensive home visits for high-need families. They also offer a one-time ‘welcome home’ visit to all families with newborns. Call 541-749-2133 to find out more. Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery provides crisis intervention and therapeutic classroom for children 6 weeks to 4 years old who come from families at high risk for abuse. They provide a positive support system to parents so they can succeed. Learn more at www. mountainstarfamily.org. •
started kindergarten; we helped you learn to read.” So how does someone know what is the right balance between the seeming simplicity of parenting when I was a kid and the apparent complexity of raising kids today? My guess is there are no “right answers,” but I think there are plenty of good examples around and, when all else fails, good instincts. A friend volunteered as a “big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He and his “little,” as they like to call the kids ages 6 to 15 with whom they are matched, had a simple routine to start their time together. They went to McDonald’s and bought a Happy Meal. Then they crushed the toy under the tires of his big truck. Later, they added a packet of ketchup to the carnage, I guess to mimic blood. When my husband first told me this story, I laughed. After all, it’s such a “boy” thing to do. Then I immediately worried that it wasn’t very PC, the blood
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon is a one oneto-one mentoring program designed to empower youths to achieve their highest potential. Currently, 75 “littles” are waiting to be matched with a “big.” In addition to having fun a couple of hours every week, kids in the program do better in school, get along better with othere, and are less likely to experiment with drugs, alcohol and smoking. Check it out at www.bbbsco.org.
Since kids don’t come with instruction manuals, the Central Oregon Family Resource Center fills the gap with information, referral services—including a printed directory of services, a library and a staffed helpline— and classes to promote good parenting and healthy families. Find information at www. frconline.org.
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Reading was my first lifeline. Writing was my second. We readers can’t imagine life without books or magazines or newspapers—or in a pinch, the label on a ketchup bottle. We browse new and used bookstores. We are the first in line for a public author reading. If we don’t have a good book to read, we feel a little lost. And most writers can’t imagine life without writing. We sign up for writing classes, whether private circles, university or community college classes. We come together in writers’ support groups. We plan to write or find ourselves stalled out, coming up with a million reasons why we haven’t quite started. On the best
days, we write full steam ahead. Both readers and writers are fortunate to live in Central Oregon, an area rich with bookstores, book clubs, writers’ groups and creative writing classes. Central Oregon is home to High Desert Journal, a quality magazine of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction; The Nature of Words, one of the preeminent book festivals in the Northwest; the Central Oregon Writers Guild, a group of writers who come together for inspiration, practical knowledge and support; and the Deschutes Public Library, within which there are endless possibilities for reading and hearing other writers.
Newcomers and oldtime residents alike can find a warm reception and broad range of titles in Between the Covers and Camalli’s Book Company in Bend and Paulina Springs Books in Sisters and Redmond. Cynthia Claridge, co-owner of Paulina Springs Books, could be speaking for the other bookstore owners when she says, “I want a customer to enter this bookstore and whether or not they find what they’re looking for, discover a gem of a book that they weren’t expecting.” Dudley’s, in downtown Bend, is the newest of the area’s used bookstores. Owner Terri
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“It warms my heart to see how people connect up to form groups—writers, Spanish language students, people struggling to find work, artists and musicians.” Cumbie offers two large rooms of books as well as first- and second-floor meeting places. “My customers create a wonderful sense of community,” Cumbie says. “It warms my heart to see how people connect up to form groups—writers, Spanish language students, people struggling to find work, artists and musicians.” Community is a thread that runs through so many of Central Oregon’s literary offerings. Love for this place is another. Elizabeth Quinn, editor of High Desert Journal, describes the publication as “constantly Patricia Smith, four-time National Poetry Slam champion and a featured author at The Nature of Words, performs at the Bend Poetry Slam last year (see posters far right). Photo by Tina Davis.
examining the layers of place through exposing the culture and sensibilities of the high desert West.” Readers and writers alike will find yet another gem at The Nature of Words festival.
Here in Central Oregon, you can bring your words onto the page in creative writing classes at Central Oregon Community College and the OSU Cascades campus, workshops at The Nature of Words and through the Central Oregon Writers Guild. Whether you are ready to begin writing, have
This year’s feast, to be held Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 4-8, will include readings by Sherman Alexie, poet Matthew Dickman, beloved Oregon author, Jane Kirkpatrick, Oregon poet Kim Stafford, and more. As always, it will offer handson writing workshops, and the winners of the 2009 Rising Star Creative Writing Competition for poets and writers ages 15 to 25 will be honored. Poetry readings abound in Central Oregon—at the colleges, the Deschutes Public Library, local bookstores and during “poetry slams” at the Silver Moon Brewery. Bend scholar and writer, Alastair M. Jaques, periodically reads the work of leading American poets in his Great American Poets in Performance series. Perhaps you read, shop at local bookstores, sit entranced at readings and book festivals, love meeting with your book club—and yet you crave more. You know you carry words that need to be written. Gerry Lopez, author of “Surf Is Where You Find It,” meets fans and signs books at Between the Covers, a bookstore in Bend that regularly hosts literary events. Photo by James Jaggard.
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once written and stopped or are dedicated to improving your craft, the Central Oregon Writers Guild offers support and more.
“I breathe, therefore I write,” says guild president, Elsie Marie Rochna. “Central Oregon Writers’ Guild has nourished my love of the written word as well as being a source for my insatiable need to learn more about all genres.” The group’s Web site is a rich source for writers, including everything from information on writing workshops and seminars, to tips about how to go deeper and wider into the writer’s work. You write poetry, and it’s time to share your work ... time to hear other poets read. Bend Poetry Slam welcomes you. A poetry slam is a gathering of poets in friendly and enthusiastic
reading competition. Your reading must be your own work. Bend Poetry Slam takes place the second Wednesday of every month at Silver Moon Brewery in downtown Bend. Poets sign up at 7 p.m., and the show begins an hour later. Bookstores, journals, writing classes, writers’ groups—here in Central Oregon, a reader’s universe is always expanding; a writer’s work is never done.
Authors Craig Johnson, Ann Rogers and Kathleen Dean Moore talk with fans and sign books (above-left) and author Luis Urrea speaks at Bend’s Tower Theatre (below), both events part of the annual The Nature of Words event, founded by Bend author, Ellen Waterston (right). Photos courtesy of The Nature of Words.
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What We’re Reading I recently read a journalist blog on The Daily Beast, a Web-based newspaper that listed the books President Obama has been seen reading as he travels around on Air Force One. The blog calls it the Barack Obama Book Club and points out that “the list shows a predilection for presidential profiles, a weakness for explain-it-all bestsellers, and the occasional hankering for literary fiction.” Here’s a list of a few of the books: “What Is The What” by Dave Eggers “Netherland” by Joseph O’Neill • “Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet” by Jeffrey D. Sachs • “Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer” by Fred Kaplan • “Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope” by Jonathan Alter • “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America” by Thomas Friedman! Here are some of the books read by literature lovers closer to home: • •
“Karnak Cafe” by Naguib Mahfouz
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A suspenseful novella written by an Egyptian Nobel Prize winner, this book is about three young friends who survive interrogation by the secret police only to find out their lives have been ruined by suspicion, fear and betrayal. The book generated great conversation about the impact of issues in the Middle East and their effects on the world along with the
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need to advance culturally through freedom, public speech and science. One statement in the book, “everyone in a conflict is both a criminal and a victim,” created the seed for a rich discussion.
“Easter Island” by Jennifer Vanderbes Bend Bookies
This debut novel is an interwoven tale of two women in different eras, both hindered by the conflict between their own passions and their loyalties. Throw in age-old mysteries of the World War I defeat of Admiral Von Spee, who led his ill-fated fleet across the
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South Pacific to Easter Island, the existence of giant statues there and the origins of the first flower, and you have the making of an engaging historical novel that combines romance, warfare, and science.
“Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Fair & Tender Ladies
This is a lighter-than-average book for this group but the host selected the book as a good summer read. The story is told through letters between a single, 30something author, Juliet Ashton, living in London and members of a book club on the island of Guernsey following World War II. “We felt the letter format worked well, but paled in comparison to the glory of Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies from which we select-
ed our name,” said one member. “But we enjoyed the skill that made it work.”
“Two for the Road: Our Love Affair With American Food” by Jane and Michael Stern Sunriver Women’s Book Group
Jane and Michael Stern have traveled throughout the U.S. since the 1970s looking for food in small roadside restaurants that may not be very healthy, but is inspiring, funky and just plain tasty. They write a monthly column for Gourmet Magazine called “Roadfood” and you can hear them on NPR’s Sunday program, “Splendid Table.” The Stern’s enthusiasm for road food compensates for the often fatty, fried, sticky and oversized offerings found in these quirky establishments. The Sunriver Women’s group enjoyed the book and had great fun sharing their own road food experiences during summers spent on long trips.
“Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations” by Georgina Howell Paulina Springs Books/Avery Wine Bar Book Group
“Why have I never heard of this amazing woman before?” That was a statement from one of this book group’s members, and all agreed. This biography of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) told the story of a woman who was the most famous British traveler of her day, male or female, and also a poet, scholar, historian, mountaineer, photographer, archaeologist, gardener, cartographer, linguist and distinguished servant of the state. Is there any wonder why this book group questioned why T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, received so much attention and Gertrude Bell was such an unknown? “Her mountain climbing experiences wearing a skirt awed all of us,” said one member. “History books need to be rewritten to include all the gifted women who have contributed to the growth and history of the world.” Books provided by Paulina Springs Books, Sisters and Redmond
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Katie the Garden Angel
Recycled, reinvented, reused and resurrected ... ... Katie combines passion and lifestyle to create a curiously beautiful garden. by Bunny Thompson, for The Bulletin Special Projects Impeccably groomed gardens and well-placed flowers invite the visitor to stroll, sit and gaze, but none are quite as unique as The Garden Angel. Tucked on a quiet back street in Sisters amid pines and fir trees, Kathleen Franks-Crabb, better known as “Katie the Garden Angel,” has created a magnificent space that is as unique and peaceful as a walk through Silverton’s Oregon Garden and as curious and peculiar as a weekend garage sale. With Whuchus Creek babbling in the background and birds flitting in and out, you walk among trailing hops, honeysuckle, 12 | Autumn 2009 | U MAGAZINE
Delphiniums, Phlox, flowering quince, wild plums, roses and tool boxes. Tool boxes? “I have an affinity for tool boxes,” Katie said, pointing to an old red variety reminiscent of the ’50s era, with flowers and greenery cascading from each drawer. “They’re so useful for many things if you just look at them artistically.” “Everything in my garden is recycled,” she added. “I’ve collected things from the dump or rescued them from destruction at an old homestead. See these Delphiniums? I found them in the dumpster at Lutton’s Ace Hardware at the end of a season. They were so sad and looked completely dead. I brought them home and here they are, happy and safe.”
That’s the way Katie speaks about her plants— lovingly, like you would speak of a child or special family member. She lifts a delicate flower as if holding a newborn’s hand, the proud parent admiring a gift of nature. It’s obvious the plants have returned the love by thriving and growing into a lush oasis. As you walk through the garden, you’ll find an old iron bed headboard trailing honeysuckle, a stepping stone that was once a grinding stone in a mill, several woven grapevine chairs rescued from the recycle dump at Black Butte Ranch, a chicken coop door, an old office filing cabinet filled with daisies and tiny pink flowers, and a vintage 1940s wooden bike rack holding a 1942 and a 1947 bicycle. “... and they are riders,” Katie said with pride.
She once chased down a man driving a pickup truck through Sisters with a load of old iron fencing pieces. When he said he was taking the pieces to the dump, she asked him to drop the load off at her house instead. “It saved him the dump fee, and I’ve made some great trellis with it,” Katie said. Describing herself as a Bohemian, Katie is a native of Bend (she was on the last court for the Bend Water Pageant and remembers when the first stop light went up in Bend) and has a rich Oregon pioneering heritage. Her great grandmother was widowed after her husband was killed in a wagon accident. With the pluck and grit of a pioneering woman, she loaded her five boys into a wagon and moved from Prineville to homestead land in Ft. Rock Basin. She hauled water with a team of horses
and a wagon, and she raised her boys on the land. Katie’s grandmother was hired at 17 years old to become one of the early teachers at Wastina, near Silver Lake, and her photo and original contract are in the museum at Ft. Rock. “The women in my family are very strong,” Katie said. “It’s evident in our history and in my own girls.” Katie has five children, and her youngest son works with her in her Sisters landscaping business, The Garden Angel. Through several marriages and some difficult times, Katie has pulled on this pioneer strength and her artistic talents to get her through. In 1967, to help pay for Christmas when her children were small, Katie began painting Christmas themes on the windows of businesses in downtown Bend. She continued painting
She lifts a delicate flower as if holding a newborn’s hand, the proud parent admiring a gift of nature. It’s obvious the plants have returned the love by thriving and growing into a lush oasis. Katie Franks-Crabb, photos by Lyle Cox
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windows for the next 10 years, doing about 85 percent of the windows in Bend. In the early 1980s, she began painting llamas and traveled to llama conferences to show and sell her artwork. Many of her llama images were silk-screened onto cups and T-shirts. Hard times hit Katie in the early 1990s, and she found herself living in Sisters in an old camper with no money and only a part-time job. She began working for a landscaper and, once again, pulled out her pioneer spirit and artistic talents to learn a new skill—decorative landscaping. Her father and grandfather were farmers, so she knew which plants and flowers grew best in Central Oregon. The ability
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to bring out the best in an outdoor garden space proved so popular that the residents of Black Butte Ranch began asking the contractor to “send out that garden angel to work in my yard.” A few years later, the contractor sold the business and told Katie, “I have good news for you. You’re going to be selfemployed.” He helped her through the process of starting a business and, with a pair of gloves, a set of clippers and an old Volkswagen, The Garden Angel business was formed. Today, Katie employees seven people from April 1 until November 15. What about the rest of the year? “I told you, I’m a Bohemian,” she said. “I
travel every winter to live on the beach in Baja in my little camper.” Her gardens patiently wait for their angel to return next year to recycle, reuse, reinvent and resurrect. >> If you would like to see Katie the Garden Angel’s garden, she opens her garden during Sisters in Sisters celebration, calling it “Celebrating the Relationship Between Women.” Stop by on Friday, Sept. 25 between 4 and 7 p.m. for a special showing and wine tasting. Or, you can visit on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 27 by request.
of color, flavor and varsatility
by Annissa Anderson, for The Bulletin Special Projects Late last summer, I spent a lovely evening with my dinner club friends over an outdoor dinner in which the tomato was featured in each course. Instead of the usual cultural theme, our hosts had decreed that each course must use tomatoes— honoring summer’s late season bounty—in any way we saw fit. Initially daunted by my assignment of creating a dessert with tomatoes, I soon took it as a personal challenge to explore the mighty tomato’s incredible diversity as an ingredient. The dessert I served that night—Sun-Dried Tomato Pound Cake with Tomato-Plum Compote and Basil Ice Cream—
Tomatoes are known the world over for versatility in flavor, offering cooks and chefs an ingredient they can utilize in most any meal.
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was truly a stretch for my culinary imagination. But it proved that the tomato could be deliciously integrated into some highly unlikely incarnations. The vegetable-that’s-really-a-fruit is one of the more versatile ingredients I can think of, which is why it is used in so many different dishes around the world. From the delectable Indian Korma sauce to piquant Mexican salsa fresca, the fresh tomato lends its color and flavor to a broad spectrum of dishes. Like other fruits, the tomato is best experienced fresh and in season, but is also easily preserved by canning and drying. Like a vegetable, it can be eaten raw or cooked (r o a s t e d , boiled,
broiled, grilled or sautéed), and sliced or diced. Tomatoes—historically the fruit of a vine native to South America—have today evolved to include dozens of varieties, ranging widely in color, shape and size. Varying shades of red, yellow, orange and purple can be seen in globe, yellow pear, bicolored and heirloom tomatoes. The almost perfectly round hothouse tomatoes found in the grocery store only slightly resemble yellow pear tomatoes or the irregularly shaped purple Brandywine tomatoes. Tiny cherry tomatoes are a fraction the size of some hefty beefsteak tomatoes. Each variety has its own set of characteristics that lend to ideal uses. The size of a cherry tomato makes it perfect to toss into salads since it doesn’t require slicing or chopping. Heirloom tomatoes, with their unusual striations and coloring, are best prepared sliced and served raw—with a simple dressing—to show off their superior aesthetics. Firm plum (Roma) tomatoes are ideal for making into sauces. Among the tomato’s virtues is its incredible utility in sauces. Tomato sauce preparations vary from uncooked, to briefly cooked, to slowly simmered. Accompanying this article is my favorite quick-cooked tomato sauce. With the elimination of the jalapenos, this sauce can be used in a multitude of ways, whether served simply over pasta, baked in a vegetable casserole or to stew meats. A number of dried or fresh herbs can be added for extra flavor. Sun-dried tomatoes are, not surprisingly, a great substitute for fresh tomatoes. When sun or oven dried, the sweetness of a tomato is intensified—with sensational results! Sun-dried tomatoes are found either dry or packed in olive oil. Dried tomatoes need to be re-hydrated for a few minutes in very hot water then drained to bring out the flavor. Once re-hydrated, they can be stored in olive oil in the refrigerator for some time. The sweetness of sun-
When summer’s end brings its bounty of ripe, sweet tomatoes, seize the challenge of exploring this wonderful food’s diversity.
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dried tomatoes easily improves a number of pasta and vegetable dishes and makes a perfect addition to home-baked breads. The sweet but highly acidic nature of tomatoes presents a challenge when it comes to pairing tomato-based dishes with wines. Wine experts suggest that fruity wines grown in warm climates work best. This makes sense when you ponder the prevalence of tomatoes in Italian foods and how Italian wines—made from grapes grown in a Mediterranean climate—make wonderful pairings for this food. In addition to fruity Italian wines, some California and Southern Oregon varietals—like citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, floral Viognier and juicy Rosé—also make good choices. Tomatoes pair naturally with other foods reminiscent of Mediterranean climates. Some of the best combinations include tomatoes with basil, garlic, saffron, oregano, parsley, anchovies, arugula, red peppers, seafood, cheeses (especially Feta, goat, Mozzarella and Parmesan), olive oil, and vinegar (especially balsamic, sherry and wine). Many other cultures, like those in South and Central America where tomatoes were first cultivated, make good use of tomatoes in their native cuisines. When summer’s end brings its bounty of ripe, sweet tomatoes, seize the challenge of exploring this wonderful food’s diversity. Enjoy tomatoes in a variety of meals, courses and dishes. You may surprise yourself, as I did, with the results of your creativity.
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Vine-Ripened Recipes Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto This variation on pesto—from Norman Kolpas’ Pasta Presto cookbook—is simple, sweet and flavorful. Like other pesto, it can be combined with warm pasta and eaten immediately, or refrigerated to make a cold pesto pasta salad with the addition of fresh vegetables.
3 cups packed drained sun-dried tomatoes 1 ½ cups olive oil (you can substitute some of the olive oil from the tomatoes) 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
(Serves 4-6) ¾ cup shelled walnut pieces ½ cup packed fresh parsley leaves 3 medium garlic cloves
Put all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Turning the machine on and off rapidly, pulse the ingredients several times until coarsely chopped. Scrape down the bowl, then process continuously until the pesto is smooth. Toss with cooked pasta immediately after the pasta has been drained.
Quick-Cooked Tomato Chile Sauce This recipe is one I have adapted from Rick Bayless’ Authentic Mexican cookbook. This mildly spicy tomato sauce makes for delicious (and authentic!) huevos rancheros, when spooned over warm tortillas and fried eggs and topped with fresh cilantro and crumbled Mexican cheese. I have also used this sauce recipe, omitting the chiles and adding fresh chopped basil, for various Italian-inspired dishes.
1 ½ pounds (3 medium-large round, 9-10 plum) ripe tomatoes, roasted, peeled and cored or 1 28ounce can good quality tomatoes, drained Fresh hot green chiles to taste (roughly 3-5 chiles serranos or 2-3 chiles jalapenos), stemmed, seeded and chopped
Tomato-Basil Bruschetta My sister, Katrina Fountain, served these delicious bruschetta during a visit earlier this summer, and I couldn’t wait to repeat the recipe at home. The Romanito tomatoes can be replaced with any variety. The caveat, however, is that the tomatoes used can make or break the flavor of the bruschetta. I recommend using either home-gown or locally grown in-season ripe tomatoes.
1 pound “Romanito” tomatoes, cut into small dice 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 teaspoon kosher salt
(Yield: about 2 cups)
1/2 small onion, roughly chopped 1 large clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Salt, about ½ teaspoon
1. Put the tomatoes, chiles, onion and garlic into a blender or food processor and blend until pureed. 2. Heat the oil in a medium-large pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot enough to make a drop of the puree sizzle, add it all at once and stir constantly for about 5 minutes until it becomes a thicker, more orange-colored sauce. Season with salt and remove from the heat. Serve immediately.
(Serves 6) 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 oz parmesan cheese, shredded fine 1 thin baguette, sliced into ¼ inch thick slices
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush tops with olive oil. Top each bread slice with a thin layer of parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until slightly crisp and cheese is melted. 2. In a medium bowl, stir together tomatoes, basil, garlic and salt. 3. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the toasted baguette slices and serve. U MAGAZINE | Well-being | 17
HEALTH by Susan Thomas Springer, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Calcium is something women have long known is important; it builds stronger, denser bones and can help stave off osteoporosis. Yet many women still aren’t getting enough.
“Say cheese!” is more than just a way to make you smile for your photo op. Cheddar, along with other foods, can keep your bones happy too. Calcium is something women have long known is important; it builds stronger, denser bones and can help stave off osteoporosis. Yet many women still aren’t getting enough. Dieticians say a little knowledge about calcium and how it is absorbed can go a long way toward healthy bones. Current research is helping women understand the best ways to get enough—whether that calcium comes from dairy products, vegetables or supplements. “It’s always absorbed better naturally. It helps to get it in your diet,” said Annie Williamson, Bend Memorial Clinic Dietician. Some of the top dairy sources include yogurt, milk and cheese. You can choose lower fat products without sacrificing the amount of calcium you receive. If you’re thinking about calories, lower-fat mozzarella is a better choice than hard cheeses. Even the milk in your latte counts. Williamson said that three helpings a day usually provide the right amount of calcium For women who want to eat less dairy or who are lactose intolerant, there are still plenty of good food choices. Broccoli, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, sardines, figs, oranges and salmon are all good sources of calcium. Also, many foods are fortified with calcium. So grains, cereals, tofu and even orange juice can provide calcium. Read the labels on these fortified products to determine how much you’re
Calcium Recommendations: - The calcium requirement for teenagers is 1,300 milligrams. - The requirement is 1,000 milligrams until age 50. - After age 50, it increases to 1,200 milligrams.
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getting from them. Supplements can add calcium where the diet leaves off. Dieticians say it’s important to discuss the details of supplements with your doctor. Some types need to be taken with food and others need to be taken several times a day, which may not be realistic for your lifestyle. To get enough calcium, you need to look beyond it. Calcium is better absorbed with weight-bearing exercise and with protein. “We’re looking at vitamin D as being a real player here,” said Carol Schrader,
dietician with Cascade Healthcare Community. Schrader said our bodies need vitamin D to absorb calcium. Good sources of D are sunshine, liver, milk fortified with vitamin D, egg yolks and multivitamins. Even in sunny Central Oregon, people can have low levels of vitamin D. Schrader said it’s a good thing that testing for vitamin D deficiency is becoming more common. “Bone mass tends to peak somewhere in the 20s,” said Schrader. She added it helps if you’ve built a good store at that crucial age, but it’s never too late to be more attentive to bone health. Risk factors include being underweight, having eating disorders, a diet low in calcium, a family history, inactivity, alcohol abuse and smoking. “There’s really only one way to know what’s going on inside,” said Williamson. She recommends women have a bone mineral density test (sometimes referred to as a Dexa scan) to measure the amount of minerals, including calcium, in order to estimate bone strength. Armed with that knowledge, women can make some diet and lifestyle changes to stay healthy and strong.
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DEGREES OF WELLNESS by Sondra Holtzman, for The Bulletin Special Projects
For many years, on my way to water running classes, I’d pass by the Pilates studio with its myriad self-perceived, strange looking apparatus. In my mind, this was a place for folks under the age of 30 who possessed perfect six-pack abdominals. Little did I know Pilates would become one of my favorite forms of exercise, right up there with swimming and kayaking. To my surprise and delight, I also discovered that many women my own age (50 and older) were devoted advocates. What exactly is this allencompassing form of exercise? According to Gabi Davis, owner of The Pilates Connection in Bend, Pilates is a core strengthening program that incorporates a unique type of body awareness based on an innovative system of mind-body exercises evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. “There’s almost a tradeoff between non-impact and osteoporosis,” says Davis, who specializes in a more mature clientele. “Women over 55 need healthy impact. Let’s say they start working out on a treadmill to increase bone density. Many women don’t have the muscular system to support them, which results in pounding on the joints. Conversely, if they start out on the reformer or the mat with Pilates, muscle strength increases without impact.” She adds that strengthening the core and muscular system helps prevent falling, improves flexibility, agility and range of motion, and 20 | Autumn 2009 | U MAGAZINE
Pilates instructor, Gabi Davis (standing above), owner of The Pilates Connection in Bend, leads a class of women who wish to concentrate on core strength and conditioning. Photos by Lyle Cox.
alleviates back pain. Davis, who holds Masters degrees in exercise science, fitness and dance from Leipzeig University in Germany, was a certified personal trainer and teacher before opening The Pilates Connection in 2002. “The benefits of this safe and sensible exercise system spill over into every area of daily life,” she says, “from getting out of bed in the morning to lifting the groceries out of the car. When working with
older women, I stress if they keep their mind active, the aging process is slower, resulting in a healthier lifestyle.” Pilates instructor, Lynn Dalquist, shared her observations after teaching a mat class where the ages of students ranged from 40 to 75 years. “A 75-year-old woman commented on how beneficial Pilates has been both physically and mentally, especially with regard to her golf
game,” she says. “One of the other women agreed, commenting that striking the ball accurately and hitting it farther with a more focused mind was an obvious benefit.” Dalquist listed the six principles that form the basis of classic Pilates: concentration, centering, control, breathing, precision and flowing movement. While Pilates is most certainly a mindbody modality, Dalquist emphasizes the principals are what separate it from some of the other systems. Four years ago, Mary Schell couldn’t walk a golf course without the aid of a cart because of degenerative arthritis in her hips. A professional dancer for most of her life, she wasn’t sure she would ever play golf again. After taking up Pilates and following a committed practice four times a week, golf is now a regular part of her life. Marilyn Porges has been practicing Pilates for the past three years. Although she suffers from arthritis, benefits include a suppler spine and mobility of the joints, which in turn enhance her passion—dancing. “I had to stop practicing Pilates for two months after cataract surgery and actually began walking like an old person,” she says. “After returning to Pilates, my spine loosened up significantly. You can do it at any age and see the benefits within a few weeks.” At age 77, Porges, who is an active member of the Deschutes County Ballroom Dance Club, enjoys rehearsing with her instructor for a swing routine for the club’s annual showcase. “In our routine, he lifts me over his back,” Porges says. “With Pilates, I’m working at lifting my legs up over my head, using my powerhouse (abdominals). Between my dance teacher and Gabi, I’m really lucky!” It’s no secret Pilates enhances the overall quality of life, helping women (and men) stay healthy and mobile while building strength without excess bulk. “Most of us want to be independent, especially if we don’t have the family structure to support us in our senior years,” Davis says. “It’s gratifying to be able to carry your own groceries and negotiate stairs with ease. I like to think of Pilates as 360 degrees of wellness— something you can do at any age. Many of my clients are just starting at 70. Why not?” U MAGAZINE | Well-being | 21
Pilates at Home Try these simple, yet effective Pilates exercises:
Lay on the abdominals, hands under
For this warmup exercise, lay on your back with the legs in a 45-degree angle or table top. Ideally, the head is curled up and the arms are pumped up and down about six to eight inches above the abdominal wall. With the arms extended, do five pumps on an inhale and five on an exhale. This increases heart rate, so the muscles get more oxygen.
Single Leg Circle
Lay flat on a mat, with one leg extended toward the ceiling. With the extended leg, make circles above your body, keeping the body as stable on the mat as you can. These smaller circles are controlled from your core, not your legs.
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Cozy, Casual And Stylish:
A WAY OF LIFE IN CENTRAL OREGON
As evenings become cooler during late summer in Central Oregon, the days still uphold a good measure of warmth. Dressing for a casual night out at an outdoor event, like a local art walk or music festival, can be challenging. The key is a combination of outfits and clothing options that can adapt to changing temperatures while ensuring the wearer is both comfortable and stylish from afternoon, evening and into the night. Three local retailers have agreed to rise to the challenge, showcasing specific outfits that accomplish the goals of adaptability and style.
1 A sheer, flowing tunic blouse is fashionable and feminine. Worn with a pair of dress denim jeans and pumps, you can go from Joolz to the Tower. Throw a wool shawl over your shoulders when the temperatures drop.
Or choose a flirty peasant blouse for an afternoon out on the town paired with a flattering pair of relaxed fit jeans and a leather jacket or long sweater for warmth. A pleated front velveteen jacket is a stylish, versatile cover for fall days coupled with trendy low-rise stretch corduroy jeans in pumpkin that sit just above the hips. Add a pair of shoe boots and youâ€™re ready for just about anything.
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A silk T-shirt made from recycled vintage scarves is the perfect choice over a black turtleneck for an afternoon luncheon or matinee, coupled with smart, fitted boot-cut black cord jeans and an eye-catching scarf. As early evening turns into the magic of night, step out in a sassy black dress accentuated by a ruffled wrap and drop-dead gorgeous black boots that are sure to impress your partner from happy hour to after-dinner drinks.
Start the day off with a long sleeved T-shirt by Three Dot and then layer with a vest and scarf and a funky piece of outerwear like Prairie Underground when the wind picks up.
... impress your partner from happy hour to after-dinner drinks.
4 1. PEASANT BLOUSE BY SWEET BY MISS ME. $99 2. ADIKTD JEANS. $89 3. VELVET BLAZER BY RYAN MICHAEL. $110 4. SEAMLESS RUCH V-NECK TANK BY LAST TANGO. $39.95 5. STRETCH COURDUROY JEANS BY WORN. $79 6. TUNIC BY MM COUTURE, MISS ME. $89 Fashions Nos. 1-6 courtesy of Desperado 24 | Autumn 2009 | U MAGAZINE
7. PREMIUM T-SHIRT JERSEY TURTLENECK BY THREE DOT. $94
8. MULTI-COLORED SCARF BY RAPTI. $60 9. BOYFRIEND JEANS BY ADRIANO GOLDSCHMIED OR “AG” $215 10. OUTERWEAR COAT BY PRAIRIE UNDERGROUND. $180 11. CITIZEN OF HUMANITY AMBER BOOT-CUT BLACK CORD JEANS. $158 12. SILK T-SHIRT MADE FROM RECYCLED VINTAGE SCARVES BY BURNING TORCH. $243
Models: Mitzi Lovisone, Kymala Lovisone and Tammy Penington.
A floral dress is perfect for the transitional season and works perfectly as a dress with heels, worn with boots or over a great pair of jeans. Chosen because of its versatility and tie closure accent in front, it’s definitely “one size fits all.” This means you can wear it during the day and not be afraid to layer it with a long sleeve during those cold nights in the fall or winter months. Add a lightweight leather blazer to this outfit for a different option.
Another outfit that fits the bill for functionality and style is the pairing of a simple pair of denim with a lightweight cotton long sleeve woven shirt, which looks great with the cuffs rolled up during the day to cool off and rolled down in evening. A stellar cotton fleece jacket provides the perfect compliment to this outfit in a casual way without dressing it down too much. Truly comfortable and stylish.
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19 Here’s a hot new idea: combine the ‘boyfriend’ jean with a great transitional tank and a lightweight cardigan for warmth. Add a leather belt to transform a hot summer outfit into one of Fall’s best looks.
20 14 13. SCARF BY CHANLUU. $186 14. TAUPE AND BLACK RUFFLED WRAP BY ZAZOU. $90 15. BETHANY BLACK BOOTS BY FRYE. $348
18. THREE-QUARTER-SLEEVE LEATHER BLAZER BY JUNE. $256
Fashions Nos. 7-15 courtesy of Hot Box Betty
21. BY MM COUTURE THE MOOD TUNIC. $84
16. FLORAL DRESS BY KARMA HIGHWAY. $56 17. LONG SLEEVE V-NECK TOP BY ELLA MOSS. $55
19. RUFFLE TANK BY ELLA MOSS. $96 20. JACK BOYFRIEND JEANS BY UNION DENIM. $128 22. LONG SLEEVE JERSEY CARDIGAN BY BOBI. $44 23. LUXE LEATHER BELT. $42 Fashions No. 16-23 courtesy of Vanilla Urban Trends U MAGAZINE | Image | 25
In the Bag
Make a colorful, fun and daring statement with your choice of handbag. We’ve all seen photos of the Queen of England with her ubiquitous purse and wondered, “What on Earth would Her Majesty need to carry in a handbag?” It’s not as if the Queen actually needs to carry money. Yet, there she is, photo after photo, with a handbag on her arm.
friendly, to traditional with a twist—yet are never dull. Also, the best bags marry fashion with function. At Clutch in downtown Bend, owner Larie Borden is a big fan of the colored handbag for fall—whether it’s in royal purple, yellow or orange. Borden’s colorful leather bags may come in textures such as lizard or snake, and often sport bold details such as studs and chunky hardware. These
It must be that handbags are more than utilitarian, more than for schlepping stuff, more than for practical purpose alone. Local handbag connoisseurs say a bag is a statement, a pop of color, a fun accessory which can be more daring than the rest of your clothing. This fall, women will find bags which go beyond ordinary while keeping function (cell phone pockets, please!) in mind. Bags this season may range from bold colors, to eco-
un-dainty details come in both gold and silver Borden points out that colored handbags are more adaptable than women may believe at first. “I think that teal is more versatile then brown or black,” said Borden, who adds a bright purse goes with any neutral. “I think the rules have relaxed a lot. Women are not so concerned if they have a pair of shoes to match the purse they just bought,” Borden added.
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“I think the rules have relaxed a lot. Women are not so concerned if they have a pair of shoes to match the purse they just bought.” For this fall, Borden is seeing a lot of oversized bags in styles which keep function in mind with outside pockets and multiple strap options. For example, one popular bag she carries easily converts from purse to backpack. At The Shoe Inn, owner Karen Saunders and daughter Taniah Evens carry bags (and shoes) which combine casual and comfort. “Everything’s going green and eco-friendly,” Evens said. “We have faux leather and micro suede. Also these are all easy to keep clean.” She added the vegetable
looking than the average boring baby bag. At Macy’s, you’ll still see plenty of leather bags. Styles for fall are good sized and come in the classic styles including hobo, tote and satchel. The colors, aside from the usual black and brown, are rich such as wine, dark cranberry and grape. You’ll also see metalics such as pewter. A few bags come in textures like pebble and even a
dyes and earth tones of her bags fit the Central Oregon lifestyle since active women doing outdoor activities want something both cute and functional. The Shoe Inn also carries matching wallets which can be pulled out of a purse for evening, along with laptop bags with style to hide their purpose. “Function comes in a lot of shades and colors,” sums up Evens, adding that even a tote used for diapers can be better
paisley imprint. For comfort and security, Macy’s carries several Crossbody styles meant to be worn diagonally. For the ultimate in unique handbags, you could have one made-to-order. Mari Lassa is a Bend-based company named by designer and founder Anne Scott for her French Great Grandmother who was hard-working and full of independent spirit. “I’ve always been attracted to carrying a different handbag,” said Scott, who added she
Handbags courtesy of Clutch, Mari Lassa and Shoe Inn. Photos by Nicole Werner.
likes the challenge of creating something beautiful. For this fall, Scott said styles with studs are popular as are neon colors such as hot pink and chartreuse. Scott said Central Oregon women appreciate bags which have both fashion and function. Her bags with convenient straps, such as shoulder and hand, are popular. She uses leathers full of color and texture for her bags which look modern yet come in traditional styles such as hobo, satchel and tote.
Mari Lassa bags are found in Bend boutiques and beyond. Also you can order from her Website where you can mix styles, colors and trims to create your own a one-of-akind bag. The handbag is an accessory that is both necessary (at least for us non-royals) and provides a daring way to show off individual style. As Borden, who started her successful business two years ago focused on the handbag, said, “Women love handbags!” U MAGAZINE | Image | 27
Weaving It All Together Fiber artist, Jolene Northup, strikes balance between personal, professional and social interests. by Gail Elizabeth Kretchmer, for The Bulletin Special Projects Some experts believe that life is most satisfying when a person can balance her personal, professional and social interests. Some believe we derive the greatest joy when we follow our passions. And some find that life holds the most meaning when it’s shared with others. For local fiber artist Jolene Northup, it doesn’t matter which theory is right because she’s created a life that fulfills her in every way. She’s retired in Central Oregon with her husband, lives on a view-studded property, travels to learn about other cultures, teaches the art and craft of weaving in her home studio, and spends at least a few hours each day working on her own art. Northup has fiber in her genes, having learned to work with textiles from her grandmother. She studied painting and weaving in college, with the original intent of becoming an art teacher. “But I didn’t think I’d be a good teacher,” Northup said. “My love for doing the art was higher than teaching it.” She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Weaving degree from the University of Wisconsin and went on to a successful career in textiles, first as a fabric designer and eventually as a high-level executive in the textile industry, where she forecast color trends, hired employees, and ran a sales office. When it came time to retire,
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she and her husband moved to Central Oregon. “It’s a total reversal,” she said. “Most people who knew me as an executive in New York couldn’t figure out how I could
Weavers receive instruction from local weaver and fiber artist, Jolene Northup, at Northup Studio in Terrebonne. Photo courtesy of Northup Studio.
leave such a good job and income. But we wanted to travel for awhile, and when we decided to locate in Central Oregon, I really wanted to get back into weaving.” Northup’s 1,000-square-foot studio sprawls above her husband’s woodworking shop. It’s a perfect place to spend a day, with views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood, a full kitchen and sitting area, a woodstove, immaculate hardwood floors, and six different looms. Northup listens to books on tape or music and tends to have several projects going at once. Although she’s a master at weaving
utilitarian items, such as a dishtowel that seemed too stunning to use, Northup prefers to focus on weaving as an art form. “As you go through your weaving journey,” she said, “there are limitless possibilities.” She’s currently working on projects inspired by travels throughout Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and the American Southwest. “I like to bring elements from other cultures into the pieces, but I’m not attempting to be an Indian artist per se,” she said. The red and black Orca and Thunderbird & Serpent pieces reflect an amalgamation of Pacific Northwest tribes with the use of animal totems and freshwater pearl embellishments. The Largo Canyon Complex series relies on rocky shades of tan and terra cotta, along with evening-sky purple, to reflect the late afternoon landscape of southern Utah. Long-time weaver, Linda Davis, described Northup’s unique weavings as having “an ethnic feel to them,” explaining that Northup “likes to mix different types of fiber, which often give a handwoven texture.” Northup occasionally shows and sells her work, although she does not actively market her creations. Davis also noted that Northup is outgoing and willing to share her knowledge and help others. In fact, it was
through her involvement with the Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild that she ultimately decided to open up a weaving school. “I’d go to the Guild and people would have questions,” Northup said. “I’d find myself going to their houses to help them warp their looms, and I thought, ‘Hmm, I’d really enjoy this.’” She had already built her studio, which had plenty of room for students, and she felt there was a need for these types of classes. So Northup created a Web site, started getting the word out, and went “gung ho” into her
experience and from as far away as British Columbia. Most have a fascination with the craft and a desire to create different types of pieces, and some remember their greatgrandmother’s loom. Lately, there have even been men signing up for the class, who initially tend to be most interested in the technical aspects of weaving and loom operation. Northup Studio’s Basic Weaving class, suitable for beginners, introduces weaving vocabulary, different types of looms and loom parts, and lessons on how to read a draft and warp a loom.
Weaver and fiber artist, Jolene Northup (above and above-right) shows the techniques and tools she uses to create such designs as those displayed on this and the previous pages. Northup is a retired executive and fabric designer in the textile industry. Photos by Lyle Cox.
new Northup Studio business this past year. “I’m just kind of letting things evolve,” she said. She plans to devote five weeks next year to teaching. Students come to her classes with a wide range of
The students go home with a notebook containing lessons and sample projects they’ve completed, along with a “high comfort level they can weave anything they want.” The higher level class, Beyond the Basics, is
designed for students who want to learn about more advanced structures. Most students come into the class planning to weave shawls, scarves and throws, but Northup also emphasizes color combinations and weaving as an art form in addition to basic craft elements. When asked what the keys were to her success as an artist and a teacher, Northup said, “It’s all one thing.” “I don’t need to divide my business from my art or my personal life anymore,” she said. Northup used to feel she had to justify the time she spent working on her art instead of weeding the garden or cleaning or doing the things she thought she should be doing. But now she advises young artists not to worry so much. “You create [your art] because you need to. You
have to do it,” she said. “So you make time for it. If you’re lucky enough that other people like it, that’s good. But if they don’t, you still have to do it.” Northup may be one of those lucky ones who creates art that people like, but clearly there’s more than luck involved. She had an early introduction to her field as a child and an education that supported her talent. he landed jobs throughout her career that were related to the world of fiber, during which she learned new skills that would support her future business endeavors. And all along the way she had passion—for her art, but also for her family, her community, and her lifestyle—and she also had the unique ability to weave them all together into a cohesive and beautiful creation.
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Communication Tips for Managers Talking with employees about the tough economy by Connie Druliner, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Communication between upper management and employees is always important. But, during times of economic uncertainty and a struggling job market, effective communication is key to the survival and future success of any organization. According to research conducted in 2008 by Weber Shandwick, a global public relations and communications leader, 70 percent of employees surveyed felt their company should be communicating more about problems the current economic situation is causing the company. A lack of communication can cause employees to become distressed, harming productivity and morale. In fact, according to a survey released by Workplace Options, a benefits company in North Carolina of 711 adults, 48 percent of participants reported feeling less productive at work due to current economic uncertainty.
Be a Better Listener
Everyone thinks they are good listeners. In reality, we get into bad habits that prevent us from being good, active listeners. We multi-task. We wait to talk. We play solitaire on our computer during a conference call. Pay attention to your listening skills. When we listen, we are more
effective as a team; we are better communicators; we are more productive; and we have more fun. Listening to each other every day will change our work environment faster than any pizza party, softball game or team-building event. With massive layoffs and shrinking budgets plaguing corporations, it’s imperative for upper management to talk to their employees and not keep them in the dark about the company’s plan to combat the recession. A recession is hard on everyone, but as managers, you can play a vital role in easing your employees’ minds by communicating effectively to ensure that your employees feel confident in their jobs and are motivated to do their best.
Be flexible to change.
When change happens, ask yourself two important questions: Does this change affect my ability to be happy and successful in my job, and does this change affect the ability of those around me—my family, colleagues, clients, and vendors—to be happy and successful in their jobs? If both answers are no, then you know the change is not worth creating stress. No matter what happens to the economy, there is going to be change. Most of these changes are out of your control. We may not control
the change, but we always control our reaction and attitude. Help your employees take ownership of their attitude and reaction to change. How you deal with change determines your success, productivity, creativity, passion and stress.
Be Open and Honest
No news is not good news in times like these. The absence of effective communication can cause your employees to start their own conversations and form incorrect conclusions. To keep your staff from assuming the worst, be sure to communicate openly and honestly about the effects the current economic situation is having on your company. Be clear where your employees stand in their jobs and where the company is headed. Your employees will respect and value your honesty, which will build loyalty and increase productivity.
Employees are the most valuable assets in any company, and treating them with value will go a long way in their eyes. Ask employees what their concerns are. This will show that you care about how this economic downturn is affecting their lives. Your employees know that you can’t fix everything, but sometimes they just need someone to listen to their concerns.
Treating your employees like they are more than just a timecard will motivate them to do their best because they can see you are doing your best for them.
Right now, your employees are seeking not just guidance and reassurance, but most importantly, hope. They want to know that everything is going to be OK. Provide hope to your employees by addressing challenges head-on. Remind them that problems can also be opportunities. Send a clear message that you’re all in it together and will come through this together. Hope-filled employees will give their best—even in the worst of times. But, be careful not to provide false hope. If there is no hope, remain positive but realistic—continue to be open and honest about the situation. Your employees will thank you for your candor. Effectively communicating with your employees during difficult economic times can shape the future of your company. Being open and honest, acknowledging concerns, and providing hope will increase confidence and productivity among your staff and help your company weather whatever the future holds.
Connie Worrell-Druliner is the founder of a locally owned business, Express Employment Professionals, offering human resource solutions. Express can help your organization, by finding qualified workers, solving your retention needs, and providing knowledge based training to your workforce.
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Catherine graduated from Vidal Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles in 1982. Previously the owner of her own salon business in Santa Barbara for 21 years, she was also the house stylist for La Belle Modeling Agency. Catherine takes one client at a time allowing her to focus completely on your needs. She considers your lifestyle, body structure and facial features to create a look tailored just for you. Catherine listens carefully and gives helpful suggestions resulting with a finished hairstyle that’s exactly what you want.
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Saving for Back-to-School Are you really prepared for a new school year? by Christine M. Schroeder, for The Bulletin Special Projects You’ve shopped for new clothes, bought their school supplies, enrolled them in after-school activities and arranged the carpool. Congratulations, you’re well on your way to starting the new school year on the right track. But what about next year and the years following? If your backto-school checklist doesn’t include a plan for future education needs, you might need to make some additional preparations. It may seem like college is years away, but waiting to save for those expenses—even for one year—can make a great difference. Children grow quickly, and the cost of a college education is growing at an even faster rate. Today, many of the elite institutions cost upward of $30,000 annually to attend— and those costs are projected to double in 18 years. The sooner you start thinking about future college costs, the more time you’ll have to develop and implement a solid education plan. Creating an education plan will help you determine how much you’ll need to save for your
College Costs are Rising
5.9% — Average increase in public university tuition from 2006–2007 school year to the 2007–2008 school year. $148,004 — Estimated cost of four-year public university in 2026. 5.9% — Average increase in private university tuition from 2006–2007 school year to the 2007–2008 school year. Over $350,000 — Estimated cost of four-year private university in 2026. Source: “Trends in College Pricing,” The College Board, 2007.
family’s future education needs. When it’s time to implement your plan, there are several options
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Christine M. Schroeder is the VicePresident of Wealth Management at Smith Barney. She can be contacted via e-mail at christine. email@example.com. Smith Barney and Consulting Group are divisions of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Member SIPC. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses associated with municipal fund securities before investing. The offering statement contains this and other important information. To obtain an offering statement, please call your Financial Advisor. Read the offering statement carefully before investing. Investments are subject to market risk and may fluctuate in value. Before investing, investors should consider whether tax or other benefits are only available for investments in the investor’s home state 529 college savings plan. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its affiliates do not provide tax or legal advice. To the extent that this material or any attachment concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. © 2009 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.
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Cheri has committed over 20 years in the beauty industry giving her clients the utmost care and educating them on how to prevent future damage to their skin. She has a vast knowledge of products and how ingredients work together, giving her clients outstanding results for their individual needs. She takes every thing into consideration, time, finances and what bothers you most about your skin. Call today and receive $10,00 off a Facial, Manicure, or Pedicure of your choice.
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available, including 529 College Savings Plans. The plans are one of the best ways to save for higher education, since they provide tax-deferred asset accumulation, professional management, flexibility, as well as several other benefits not available in other education saving options. Most 529 plans also offer systematic investment options, allowing you to make regular, automatic contributions and take advantage of compounding and tax-deferred growth. As you prepare for a new school year, make an appointment to speak to your Financial Advisor about developing a customized education plan that may help you meet your college-funding goals. Even if you already have a plan, it is still a good time to meet with your Advisor for an annual education review to make sure you are still on the right track. Whether your child is preparing for kindergarten or studying for the SATs, an education plan should always be a part of your back-to-school checklist.
Pam Blanton, Executive Officer As a jewelry designer I had little choice but to leave town to get selection and low prices. Now I can offer the emerging designer wholesale as well as retail pricing. The second store and warehouse opened in Eugene three years ago. My privilege is to be surrounded by a creative and knowledgeable staff. Just before I opened over six years ago a woman peeked in and exclaimed; “Gee, you have a zillion beads!”
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