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Magazine Editor’s Note
Table of Contents Contributors .................................................................................... 4
In the Spotlight Celebrating Sass.........................................................................5 Jill Neal’s Wild (But Tasteful) Women dance away the blues.
Slow Cooker Success .............................................................. 11 Food prepared in a slow cooker doesn’t have to be bland and watery. With some advanced prep, slow-cooker cuisine is possible.
Piercing Star .......................................................................... 19 Jamie Lesowske, owner of Starfire Body Piercing Studio, offers clients of all backgrounds a bold way to express themselves.
Wrapped in Color, Texture & Style ....................................... 25 These days, scarves are for all seasons, not just for warmth during the wintertime.
Knowledge & Advice Welcome Home: Bedroom Design & Decor ........................................8 What We’re Reading: Central Oregon Book Club Selections ........... 9 To Your Health: The Facts About Bladder Cancer .......................... 10 Slow Cooker Recipes.............................................................................12 A Helping Hand: VanGo! ..................................................................... 14 Feeling Rusty? Antioxidants & Free Radicals ................................. 16 Bold Expressions: Expressing Yourself with a Piercing ...................22 Caring for Others: Keeping Our Older Parents Health & Happy ...24 High Desert Life Styles ........................................................................28 At the Workplace: Hiring is No Easy Task ....................................... 30
Women wield the power to effect change in the world. That’s the message Amanda Stuermer, founder of a new event here in Central Oregon called the MUSE Women’s Conference, hopes to instill in this year’s attendees — and pretty much everyone she reaches through her charity, Shine Global. “We want to inspire women and girls by showing them the enormous potential they hold for change,” said Stuermer, who lives and works in Bend. “Our mission is to then empower them to begin creating positive change within their lives, within our community and within our world.” This first annual MUSE Women’s Conference will feature panel discussions, live performances, workshops, a MUSE First Friday Art Walk and a trio of internationally recognized keynote speakers. Speakers include global journalists/philanthropists Naseem Rakha and Jensine Larsen, and international humanitarian, writer and Oprah Winfrey’s “all-time favorite guest,” Dr. Terarai Trent. The event will be held in various downtown Bend locations, including the Tower Theatre, Friday - Sunday, March 1-3. According to its website, the concept for the conference was influenced by International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Its goal is to inspire, yes, but also to demonstrate to women in attendance that there exists ways to channel this inspiration for the greater good. “MUSE will bring together mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, artists, educators, visionaries and leaders to ignite inspiration and create real change in the Bend community and beyond,” says a statement on the MUSE website. The staff here at U Magazine salutes these efforts. In each edition, we, too, strive to inspire as well as demonstrate how, with a little courage and conviction, women of every age, ability or status in life have the power within to leave a positive mark on the world. Learn more about Bend’s first annual MUSE Women’s Conference at www.museconference.org. — Ben Montgomery, U Magazine Editor
is a product of The Bulletin’s Special Projects Division, P.O. Box 6020, Bend, OR 97708. All content is the property of The Bulletin/Western Communications Inc., and may not be reproduced without written permission. Story ideas may be submitted to editor Ben Montgomery for consideration. Contact him at 541-383-0379 or bmontgomery@ bendbulletin.com. Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013.
Staff members for The Bulletin’s special projects division include: Martha Tiller, Special Projects Manager; Ben Montgomery, Special Projects Editor; Nicole Werner, Special Projects Image and New Media; Stacie Oberson, Special Projects Coordinator; Christopher L. Ingersoll, Photographer/Editorial Assistant. Cover image by Jill Neal of Jill’s Wild (But Tasteful) Women
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In a world full of unique people, ideas and practices, KARI MAUSER has a desire to uncover and share the inspiring stories that surround us. When she’s not discovering new and intriguing things through her writing, she and her husband are re-discovering the magic of the world through the eyes of their two little boys.
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.
Former Bulletin business reporter turned international teacher, JEFF MCDONALD, has returned to Bend following a three-year sojourn in the Middle East. When he’s not traversing the globe, he enjoys the seasons, the laid-back culture, and the people of Bend volunteering, she enjoys exploring the back roads and history of Oregon.
Writer and singer/songwriter LAUREL BRAUNS is a regular contributor for The Bulletin, Bend Living and VisitBend.com. She is currently teaching guitar and exploring Bend’s legendary running trails. She performs music around town with her band, the Sweet Harlots.
KATHY OXBORROW owns Oxborrow Consulting, which assists public and nonprofit agencies. She grew up on a Nevada cattle ranch and returned to her roots after stints in San Francisco and Portland. She lives near Bend and enjoys riding her horse Sara.
An avid crocheter and origamist, JOHN CAL worked as a baker, head chef, ukuleleist and Sno-Cat driver before settling into writing. He enjoys filling his time with yoga, postcard writing and collecting bowties. John also collects candy from around the world — he has a 100-plus specimen collection (and counting) — and lives in Sisters with his dog, Hank.
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.
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Jill Neal’s Wild (But Tasteful) Women dance away the blues.
Walking through the front door of Jill Neal’s Wild (But Tasteful) Women studio just blocks from downtown Sisters, Aretha Franklin belts out “Freedom” from Neal’s front office. On all sides, the walls are lined with Neal’s portraits of women. Not just any women — women with huge smiles and huge hips … women swinging martini glasses, dancing, singing, and eating, sometimes all at once These ladies like to party. “There are so many sentimental pictures of women, and nice women pictures, and there’s crude pictures, but there is nobody celebrating the sassiness that women feel, especially when they are together,” Neal said.
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Neal studied sculpture Oregon State University and developed her concept of the exaggerated female form through sculpture early in her career. After college, she developed her talent for pen and ink wildlife and made a lucrative living on her work until she began to feel she was “just painting for (her) customers.” As an aerobics instructor, she was again drawn to the female form and began experimenting with portraits of voluptuous ladies enjoying life. The turning point came when she showcased a painting at a Black Butte Ranch art show of her mom and two other women getting a kick out of a water aerobics dance class. It sold in 15 minutes. “My mom was very encouraging, and the women just kind of took over,” Neal said. “I have a lot of fun with them.” Having fun and living life to the fullest is the most pervasive theme in Neal’s work, even when dealing with darker subjects like cancer. In her piece entitled “Chemo Queens,” bald women in sparkly gowns and huge white smiles stand in a close group hugging and laughing together, as if posing for a candid photo at a party. “There’s all this dark art about cancer, but that’s not how you get through it,” Neal said. “You get through cancer through the support of your friends and a sense of humor.” When Neal celebrates women with an edgy and sometimes sentimental 6 | Late Winter 2013 | U MAGAZINE
feminism, her work is at its most memorable. In one piece called “Reciprocity,” a male Chip & Dale stripper stands in front of a group of screaming ladies, but the focus of the work is on the women. “For thousands of years, men have put women up there and yelled and screamed at them, and ogled them,” Neal said. “I know all these women, doctors and lawyers and professionals, who said they weren’t going to scream at a show like that, and then they just lose it; from their toe nails up there is just something primal that comes out.” In another portrait, Neal has painted her best friend, Cathy, for the label on a wine bottle called “Skinny Bitch.” Neal tells a short anecdote about Cathy — how she just got divorced after 34 years of marriage. “There’s two Skinny Bitch wines, but Cathy’s is the best seller,” Neal said. “I think she’s pretty proud to be on a wine label, and it helped to lift her up during a hard time.” As Neal moves from one room in her studio to another, her other talent for business comes into focus. One revenue stream comes from prints that retailers of frames buy to help sell their wares. Neal has clients as far away as Moscow and Norway. Another is greeting cards she has printed in Seattle and then ships all over the U.S., complete with a rack card display. “I recently had one store in Florida
[which] sent half the cards back to me with a note saying their customers won’t buy anything with women of color on them,” Neal said. More often than not, Neal’s portraits display a diverse array of women enjoying life together. “Well, I won’t even do business with them any more, and I pinned that note up on my wall as a reminder.” Neal’s third source of revenue is the ceramic goods that she has produced in China and shipped to her studio by the container (10,000 pieces). Rows of boxes of plates and mugs take up almost the entire main room of the studio. After starting her own successful greeting card company with her Wild (Tasteful) Women portraits, friends encouraged her to experiment with other products. Neal hired a consultant and got on a plane to China to learn more about the process of producing ceramics. “More and more factories in
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China are paying a living wage now, so production is going elsewhere, but I’m loyal to my producer there,” she said. “It’s such an investment to keep up with demand that I think I’ll do one more container and then go back to painting again… I’m working for my freedom.” Neal paints in a studio out of her home in Black Butte Ranch overlooking the golf course and the Cascade Mountains. An ideal day involves skiing in the morning and painting all afternoon. Although managing her own line of Wild Women products has given Neal a great deal of recognition and success, she readily admits that she longs of the simplicity of life as painter and is looking forward to handing over the licensing of her work to another company. Further, selling originals and prints of her work has always been a big part of her business. “Once you start painting, it’s like picking up a good book, or jumping in a stream,” Neal said. “You just kind of go away with it, so sometimes you don’t want to jump in because you have other stuff to do… I’m just so happy in my studio.”
In her piece entitled “Chemo Queens,” bald women in sparkly gowns and huge white smiles stand in a close group hugging and laughing together, as if posing for a candid photo at a party.
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Bring passion back into the bedroom with thoughtful design and decor. Does your bedroom have that “Fifty shades of Gray” feel? That romantic ‘I want to lounge in there with my spouse’ feel? If you’d like the bedroom to feel more romantic but the laundry, the dog and the home office have taken over, it’s time for bedroom “botox” to take out the wrinkles. What creates a romantic bedroom? A de-cluttered space is number one. We are all creatures of habit. If you have to use your bedroom as a home office, find stylish bins to contain the paperwork and keep it contained. If laundry is threatening to take over your room, clean or dirty, you may not be using your closet to its utmost potential. Romance does not magically happen, it is up to you to create the space to make the mood. Your bedroom furniture should speak to both of you and make you feel amorous when you walk in the room. If that means a four poster bed or a platform bed, make sure the style is your idea of romance. You spend half of your life here. Comfort and beauty are not only important but need to be practical. Your bed-
that envelopes. Using a variation of purple, lavender, and a citron green, adds a playful element. A shade of gray with saffron or a deep blue, will be more serious , yet still adds an element of love to the room.
ding plays a huge role in this space as well. Keep the bed made and put all those beautiful pillows back up there to keep the magic going. Ideally your nightstand has only a lamp and maybe a beautifully scented candle. But if that’s not your reality, a nightstand with drawers or storage is a must. When your space allows, add additional furniture items like a chair or ottoman. Always keep your style in mind. If you like Mid Century Modern pieces, a low back Eames chair maintains a minimal feel. If your room is more Western or Lodge like, a pair of soft upholstered ottomans
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Don’t neglect the windows in your room. Natural light, or if you prefer natural dark, heightens the desirability in your room. By covering them with side panels in a coordinating fabric with a beautiful drapery rod, you will set the tone for a fabulous night ahead. Or if contemporary is your mode, stick to a roman style shade to add clean lines that add all the privacy you could possibly need. Enjoy your bedroom for the reason it belongs to the both of you. Reignite the passion for you and each other.
at the foot of the bed will not only be useful but tie everything together. Color is vital to enhancing the mood. Creamy colors can help bond the relationship by designing a space
What We’re Reading
by Bunny Thompson, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Brief reviews of recent selections made by Central Oregon book clubs.
“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova Fair and Tender Ladies
This is a beautifully written debut novel about a 50-year-old woman and her abrupt descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Genova holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University and certainly understands this disease as a scientist. Alice is married and has three grown children. Her memory begins to fail, and an odd confusion seems to take over her life. The news of early onset Alzheimer’s disease was devastating, but she is determined to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment. The Fair and Tender Ladies loved the book finding it “opened a lot of hearts and a few tear ducts, too,” said one member. They had a great discussion about whether they would submit to a genetic test for a predisposal to the disease. For 2013, this group decided to plan two books in advance instead of just the next one. It allows better time budgeting to finish in time for the monthly gathering.
“Blood, Bones & Butter” by Gabrielle Hamilton
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Gabrielle Hamilton is the owner of the acclaimed New York restaurant, Prune. Before opening the restaurant and achieving success, she spent 20 years trying to find her purpose in life. From the rural kitchen at her home to the kitchens of restaurants in France, Greece and Turkey, she
learned the meaning of hospitality and learns how to cook along the way. The book is full of humor and flavor. This group offered mixed reviews of the book, with some who thoroughly enjoyed the book and found Gabrielle to be a strong woman growing up with a difficult childhood, while others found her to be narcissistic and unable to connect with her staff, children and husband. “Everyone loved her discussions of food and cooking. Also, her descriptions of her time with her mother-in-law and visits to Italy were detailed and delightful,” said one member.
“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck Chapter Chicks
Choosing a classic is always a good idea in any book group, and this landmark of American literature was pertinent since Ken Burns had just released the Dust Bowl. “The Grapes of Wrath” chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. Steinbeck won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for this book,
and “The Grapes of Wrath” was cited when he won the Nobel Prize in 1962. The novel highlights the Joad family, poor tenant farmers from Oklahoma who were driven from their home by hardship. This group’s discussion was enhanced by the presence of one member’s mother, who was a child during the Dust Bowl and remembers, at age 9, Black Sunday. “She shared wonderful personal stories that augmented Steinbeck’s saga of the Joad family. Steinbeck is unsurpassed when it comes to landscape descriptions mixed with character portrayal,” said one member.
Poetry Study of Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen Bibliobabes
Paulann Petersen is a former Stegner Fellow at Standford University and was named Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate April 26, 2010. This group kept to its annual tradition of devoting the January meeting to a poet. This year, they chose Paulann Petersen. “We appreciate this departure from prose as invariably we are exposed to creative ways of expression,” said one member. “Petersen’s poetry is often spare yet deep in its images. Past Januarys have included Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, and David Whyte. The variety of poetic expression in all these poets is enlightening. We highly recommend a book group devoting a gathering to poetry.”
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TO YOUR HEALTH
The Facts About Bladder Cancer. Although bladder cancer is the 4th most common cancer in men and 9th most common in women, most people have never even heard of it. But in the U.S. 65,000 people are diagnosed each year. Bladder cancer usually develops in the lining of the bladder but can also be found elsewhere in the urinary tract, such as the kidneys or urethra. It is far more common in smokers and people with certain chemical exposures or a history of radiation. Bladder cancer typically affects older adults, though it can occur at any age. The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. Sometimes the blood is not visible to the naked eye and is only detected by examining the urine under the microscope. Tumors in the bladder are usually diagnosed with a test called a cystoscopy, where a urologist looks inside the bladder with a small flexible camera. X-rays, ultrasounds or CT scans of the kidneys is also important to check the entire urinary tract for tumors.
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The treatment of bladder cancer depends on how deep the tumor invades into the bladder wall. Tumors just growing off the surface of the bladder can usually be “shaved off.” In some cases, urologists can put medicine into a patient’s bladder to help the patient’s immune system detect and fight cancer cells. Many people with bladder cancer will have the cancer come back so bladder cancer survivors often undergo follow-up testing for years after successful treatment. Ten to fifteen percent of bladder cancers can invade into the muscle of the bladder. When that happens, more radical surgery is necessary, such as removal of the entire bladder. Urologists, including those at Bend Urology, emphasize the importance of seeking care right away if a person sees blood in their urine. A thorough examination of the urinary tract should be done promptly. Understanding and addressing this often overlooked cancer can dramatically improve survival and maximize one’s quality of life.
Food prepared in a slow cooker doesnâ€™t have to be bland and watery. With some advanced preparation, slow-cooker cuisine is possible! by Annissa Anderson, for The Bulletin Photos by Nicole Werner
In the cold months of winter, what could be better than coming home to the tantalizing aromas of a warm, home-cooked meal? With a slow cooker appliance and a little advance preparation, healthy, comforting slow-cooked meals allow families to share a relaxed evening together. The slow cooker, invented in the 1970s and too often associated with bland and watery roasts, has come a long way both in the range and quality of its machines and the variety of its uses. Virtually any part of a meal can now be made in a slow cooker, with minimal effort and maximum results. Slow cookers are best used for dishes that benefit from a slow, moist cooking method. Tougher cuts of meat reap the greatest rewards, as cooking meat at lower temperatures over a longer period of time breaks down tough connective tissues, resulting in fall-apart tenderness. But many other foods, like fish, seafood, poultry, beans, vegetables and even desserts, also benefit from slow cooking. Like most things in life, the results of a slow cooked meal will depend on what you put into it. And like any other type of cooking, the success of slow-cooked food depends on an understanding of basic cooking principles. The old method of combining cold ingredients in the crock pot and adding some water or stock will invariably result in disappointment. A few extra steps are needed to boost flavor. When preparing meats and vegetables in a slow cooker, it is essential to take the time to brown the meat first. After adding the meat, sautĂŠ any flavor-building vegetables, U MAGAZINE | Late Winter 2013 | 11
like onion, celery and carrots, as well as dried herbs and spices. Browning ingredients at this preliminary stage heightens the flavors of each ingredient, for a more flavorful finished product. Deglazing liquids, like wine, vinegar, tomato sauce and stock, should also be added and brought to a boil before transferring to the slow cooker stoneware. These extra steps take a little more time, but they create a richer, more complex sauce well worth the effort. Recipes created specifically for slow cookers usually call for minimal added liquids. Using smaller amounts of (or concentrated) liquids works best since the covered slow cooker creates an already moist environment. If adapting a stovetop recipe for use in a slow cooker, consider how much liquid is called for and adjust if necessary. While the span of possibilities for cooking with a slow cooker is seemingly endless, there are also ingredients that work better than others. Any food that needs
to be tenderized is an optimum choice. Dried beans and other legumes that take a long time to cook anyway can be easier to prepare in a slow cooker. Foods that do not fare well are those that tend to be easily overcooked, turn mushy or become bitter when cooked too long, as is the case with fresh herbs, fresh peppers and hot sauce. If using these ingredients to enhance flavor, add them at the end of cooking, to taste. Using a slow cooker to bake desserts, from bread pudding to cheesecake and custard, offers the appealing option of turning on the appliance and walking away, something that could be hazardous if baking in the oven. Recipes that benefit from a moist environment â€“ like those that call for baking in a water bath â€“ are ideal for the slow cooker. Some recipes do call for an inserted baking dish; make sure you have an appropriatelysized dish to set into your slow cooker stoneware before attempting the recipe. Slow-cooked foods are often,
Southwestern Brisket (Serves 4) With less than an hour of preparation on the front end, this recipe results in tender strands of brisket bathed in a sweet, silky and just mildly spicy, brown gravy. Serve over mashed potatoes or creamy polenta along with green vegetables.
1 dried New Mexico chile pepper 1 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 pounds beef brisket, trimmed 1 onion, thinly sliced 3 stalks celery, peeled and thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons dry mustard 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper 12 | Late Winter 2013 | U MAGAZINE
1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup tomato sauce 1/3 cup beef broth 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 bay leaves 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1. In a small, heatproof bowl, soak dried chile in boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain, discarding soaking liquid, and remove stem. Pat dry, chop finely and set aside. 2. In a large skillet, heat oil over mediumhigh heat. Brown brisket on both sides and place in slow cooker stoneware.
3. Reduce heat on stove to medium. Add onions, celery and chopped chile pepper to pan. Cook, stirring, until onions are softened. Add garlic, mustard, oregano, cumin seeds, pepper and salt and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. 4. Add tomato sauce, beef broth and red wine vinegar to pan and cook, stirring, until thickened. Stir in brown sugar and bay leaves and pour mixture over brisket. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 12 hours, or until brisket is very tender. 5. Shred meat in pan, find and discard bay leaves, then stir in red bell pepper. Cover and cook on HIGH setting for an additional 30 minutes, until peppers are soft. Serve brisket in sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.
(Serves 4 to 6)
This sweet, dense banana custard has a consistency that is more like a bread pudding, but it is made without flour. A delicious treat that will be appreciated by young and old alike, it takes just a few basic ingredients to make.
3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 cup water 1/3 cup butter, plus more for greasing pan 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 8 ripe bananas, mashed Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)
1. Lightly butter inside of slow cooker stoneware.
by their nature, healthier meals. Use of dried herbs and spices and other natural flavoring creates a depth of flavor that is often derived from added salt and unhealthy additives in packaged or prepared foods. Using leaner meats and vegetables, and lowfat broths, help too. Slow cooking brings out the flavor in foods naturally, and without the use of added animal fats. When browning or sautéing, use a small amount of healthy oils, like olive or oil, to help reduce saturated fats, and never use margarine in cooking.
2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring sugar, lemon juice and water to a boil. Cook, stirring, until a light syrup forms, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
As in all culinary endeavors, experimenting with new methods and ingredients can lead to finding new favorite foods. To boost the flavor of an old standby, seek out a new recipe that calls for cooking the dish in your slow cooker. If cooking meat, make sure the recipe includes flavor-building ingredients, browning and a sauce utilizing a pleasing blend of seasonings to slowly meld into a comforting, satisfying dish.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and eggs together. Gradually fold in warm syrup. Add cinnamon and bananas and stir to combine. Pour mixture into buttered stoneware. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, until mixture sets. When ready to serve, scoop into small dishes and top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream, if desired.
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VANGO! VanGo is a community outreach program that gives students with limited access to professional-level arts education the ability to build skills in various art disciplines. VanGo can be used by any community organization, not just after school programs. Art education is a useful tool in team building exercises, assisted living programs, community events, or even office parties. VanGo can bring more than just drawing and painting to your site. Other media include printmaking, sculpture, photography, storytelling, music and movement, Medieval illumination … even henna design. To date, VanGo has traveled to 29 sites in four counties reaching more than 2,200 underserved children and youths.
2013 community partners: • Kids Club of Jefferson County in Madras • La Pine Park and Recreation District • Sisters Park and Recreation District • M.A. Lynch Elementary School’s after-school “Cub Club” in Redmond
VanGo Supporters: Wells Fargo National Endowment for the Arts Oregon Arts Commission US Bank Collins Foundation Roundhouse Foundation For more information about bringing VanGo programming to your community site or organization, contact Tracy Alexander, Art Station Manager, at 541-617-1317.
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A HELPING HAND
Hitting the Highway to
TEACH THE ARTS
A program of the Art Station, VanGo takes art directly to area youths. by Kathy Oxborrow, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photos by Christopher L. Ingersoll
You may have seen the colorful VanGo minivan on your travels around Central Oregon. A project of Arts Central, VanGo brings after-school arts programs to rural and underserved youths in Central Oregon. Along with the art teacher, the van contains supplies for the day’s art lesson. “VanGo focuses on extending the school day by providing arts learning outside of school,” said Tracy Alexander, the Art Station manager at Arts Central. This innovative program is possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, support from U.S. Bank and partnerships with the Kids Club of Jefferson County, the MA Lynch Elementary Cub Club in Redmond, and the afterschool programs at the Park and Recreation Districts in La Pine and Sisters. Each site gets 18 visits a year from VanGo. The students in La Pine are drawing Zentangles, a kind of artistic doodling of repeated patterns. A Zentangle is usually done in black and white, and the patterns have a rhythm. The idea is to let the creative process flow and allow the design to manifest organically.
Tracy Alexander, Art Station Manager
“The program is based on the elements and principles of design,” said Alexander. “So it’s not just learning to draw, it’s learning about the vocabulary of line, shape, form, repetition, pattern, balance, and then learning how to compose that type of drawing so that it would translate into a print.” Joe McHaney, the executive director at the Kids Club of Jefferson County, couldn’t say enough good things about VanGo. At a December parents’ night, the club displayed the kids’ artwork created during six sessions with the VanGo teacher. “Our parents were really blown away by what the kids
had done with color variation, the different elements of color and design,” McHaney said. VanGo is a welcome program in Central Oregon because many of the schools don’t have art teachers. Some schools have cut their arts curriculum because of revenue limitations, and afterschool programs always face funding challenges. VanGo offers arts education to children who would likely not be exposed to a structured curriculum, offering lessons in diverse art media from talented artists. The 25 part-time VanGo teachers are skilled artists, some of whom specialize in a particular medium and oth-
ers whose expertise is more general. Contrary to some who think that during lean financial times, K-12 education should only focus on the basics — reading, math and science — research shows that arts education is equally important in producing youths who are capable of creative thinking and who are able to identify and solve problems. These are skills that employers seek. The Conference Board, a national nonprofit that conducts research about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society, reports from its 2007 survey of school superintendents and employers that creativity is an invaluable attribute. “Overwhelmingly, both the superintendents who educate future workers and the employers who hire them agree that creativity is increasingly important in U.S. workplaces and that arts training — and, to a lesser degree, communications studies — are crucial to developing creativity,” states the report.
“Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, lower dropout rates, and even better attitudes about community service...” “Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, lower drop-out rates, and even better attitudes about community service—benefits reaped by students regardless of socioeconomic status,” wrote Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy at Americans for the Arts, on his blog. “Students with four years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with one-half year or less.” Desiree Margo, the principal at MA Lynch Elementary School, whose after-school program partners with VanGo, said the VanGo program is extremely important to her school because 90 percent of the families are living in poverty. “We have to meet the holistic needs of children, and enrichment is a piece of that — art, music, all different forms,” said Margo. Because of the school’s partnership with Arts Central’s VanGo program, MA Lynch is able to provide that enrichment for students who otherwise would not have that opportunity.
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Feeling Rusty? by Jeff McDonald, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Food and supplements rich in antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and slow aging. Eat some blueberries the next time you’re feeling rusty. That’s because the antioxidant properties of the tiny berry counteract the effects of free radicals, which cause aging. Also, you may actually be rusting — the physiological process of oxidation by which a car gets rusty is the same one that makes us older. “Our bodies are the opposite of cars rusting back in the day,” said Dr. Evelyn Brust, medical director at the Westside Family Clinic in Bend. “(Because) we are rusting from the inside out.”
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Free radicals destroy cells by latching onto other molecules, thus causing a chain reaction of cell division that ultimately leads to degenerative diseases, aging and death. While some free radicals occur naturally in the body, most come from the outside world — from eating processed or sugar-laden foods, soaking up the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, smoking, and ingesting various other chemicals in the air, water and environment. Fortunately, we can neutralize free radicals in the body by consuming food, drink and other dietary supplements that are rich in antioxidants, which allow normal cell division to occur, Dr. Brust said. Food and drinks that have a high amount of antioxidants include: leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits and berries, fish, tea and red wine. Useful supplement s c o n t a i n selenium, v it a m i n s C and D, zinc, Omega 3 and
probiotics, she said. Exercise, meditation and reducing overall stress on the body also helps keep the rust away, according to Brust. Patients are becoming more willing to take on the challenge of diet and lifestyle changes as a preventative way of avoiding health care costs later in life, said Dr. Jack Berndt, of Pinnacle Pain Center in Bend. “There is more patient awareness,” he said. “If you want to avoid disease and live as long as you can, it is no longer good enough to just have your annual physical and go from there.” Dr. Berndt’s steps for fighting free radical damage include nutrition, exercise and hormone replacement therapy, as each attempts to combat the damage done by free radicals and the aging process. The first step, nutrition, means reducing the amount of sugar that you put into your body. For breakfast, Dr. Berndt recommends eating lots of protein, some fat, and whole bran cereal, fruits and nuts. Other recommendations include green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, and red and green berries and grapes. He also advises patients to look at the Glycemic Index, which measures how fast different carbohydrates raise your blood sugar. Low glycemic foods that are heavy in antioxidants, such as broccoli and apples, produce fewer free radicals; others, such
as rice cakes, beer and Corn Flakes, produce more, Dr. Berndt said. He advises patients to avoid eating what he calls a “naked carb,” which is similar to drinking a straight shot of whiskey without the chaser. “If you’re going to eat an apple, put peanut butter on it,” he said. “If you’re going to eat ice cream, [add] nuts. If you eat a cracker, [add] cheese. If you’re going to have a beer, add almonds.” Masking the carb with protein will slow down its sugars into the bloodstream, he said. Diet and lifestyle changes are huge, particularly in a town like Bend, where people are more active and conscientious about their bodies, said Dr. Mary Huntsman, MD of Lifestyle Medicine of Central Oregon. Dr. Huntsman is a proponent of the Mediterranean Diet as a way to introduce antioxidants into the body. “It is like a spy story where the bad guys are the free radicals and the Southern Italian grandmother is holding the secret to their containment,” Dr. Huntsman said. Female patients who come to her clinic often complain about symptoms including insomnia, hot flashes and pelvic pain. Rather than prescribing pills as the best remedy for improved health, she recommends diet and lifestyle changes if a client is willing to make them, she said. The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oils and plant oils, avocados, and other foods that are high in essential fatty acids. In contrast, the typical American diet that is heavy in fried and processed foods introduces fats that create inflammation in our bodies, Dr. Huntsman said. Take, for example, t h e difference between a hamburger and French Fries compared with a plate of fresh salmon, a salad and an avocado. “Both of these dishes could have the same calories and U MAGAZINE | Late Winter 2013 | 17
grams of fat, but the calories in a hamburger and French fries are coming from the kinds of carbohydrates and fats that create inflammation in the body versus a salmon and salad meal that is low in carbs and has the kinds of fat that decreases inflammation in the body,â€? she said.
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The salmon, salad and avocado meal are loaded with antioxidants and nutrition, which lower blood sugar levels and relieve pain, Dr. Huntsman said. Also, they stop you from feeling so rusty.
Jamie Lesowske, owner of Starfire Body Piercing Studio, offers clients of all backgrounds a bold way to express themselves. by Kari Mauser, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Christopher L. Ingersoll Soft strands of purple hair peeking out from beneath her bright blonde locks match the dramatic shadow sparkling across her eyelids. Thick black liner and lashes outline her bright eyes that fill with a smile even before her lips have a chance to twist upward. And while the jewelry that adorns Jamie Lesowskeâ€™s face and ears demands attention, itâ€™s her cheerful, welcoming demeanor that really makes a statement. The pride this young business woman feels is immediately apparent as she steps to the center of the room and glances around. The sun beams through the windows at Starfire Body Piercing Studio, glinting off the glass jewelry cases and filling the space with warmth. Any preconceived notions of dark, drab piercing shops are swept away in this bright, open space.
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The studio is decked out in stars — from the business logo to unique star lights to red stars inlaid in the carpet. An infectious grin crossed Lesowske’s face as she considered the décor. “I’ve always been someone who just really goes overboard with a theme,” she said. “I do everything big.” Stars were always a favorite, something she’s collected from the time she was just a little girl. “They’re cute,” she said with a shrug, a tiny silver star twinkling in her nostril. But this Central Oregon woman never dreamed that one day she’d be using her star collection to decorate her own business, much less a body piercing studio. “Believe it or not, I was going to college to be a high school teacher,” she said, her voice laced with amusement. “I really liked piercings, I liked the way they looked, but to be totally honest, I never thought I wanted to be a piercer,” Lesowske said. “I didn’t think I would click with it.” But a job at a piercing studio changed her outlook. “I realized that I was teaching people, and it was something they were interested in, whereas trying to teach a high school student about social studies or history …” Lesowske’s voice trailed off and her eyes grew wide as she considered the difference between where she was aiming and where she wound up going. “My life was really up in the air [for a while], not knowing what I wanted to do,” she said. She was at a crossroads, trying to decide what was next, when she started making connections. One introduction lead to another, and soon she was talking business and financing with highly successful women. “I loved this part of it — the business lunches and the networking — so, I asked myself, ‘What can I do as a business?’” Lesowske opened Starfire Body Piercing Studio 9 years ago. Today, the jewelry cases that once were covered with black cloth because she couldn’t afford to stock them are lined with endless varieties of body jewelry. “We’ve always focused on making sure everybody feels welcome and comfortable, on educating people, and on carrying only top-quality jewelry,” she said, adding that she attributes her success to appealing to a wide demographic and exceptional, honest customer service. “I like to build relationships with people — it’s so much more than a dot and a poke and get you out of here,” she said. “I don’t want to see somebody once and never see them again.” Whether it’s a parent who was apprehensive about bringing her teen in for a piercing coming back to get a piercing of their own, or someone who got a piercing in high school coming back when they’re home from college to say hi and pick out a new piece of jewelry, it’s those moments of connecting with people that shine for Lesowske. “That dynamic, hands-down, is the best part of the shop,” she said. While the staff at the studio enjoys seeing people return, Lindsay Cartier believes their clients also appreciate seeing 20 | Late Winter 2013 | U MAGAZINE
the same faces when they come back. “That consistency is a good reflection of the shop,” she said. In the nearly seven years that Cartier has worked at Starfire Body Piercing Studio, she’s gotten to know a wide variety of personalities, something she credits to her boss. “I love how Jamie works to make this appeal to so many different people,” she said. “It’s a lot different atmosphere and attitude than many people would have imagined before they walked in. It’s a place that makes you want to come back again, sometimes just to say hi.” Rebecca Uecker, who got her nostril pierced at the studio, appreciates and enjoys the atmosphere and often stops by with her kids. “We teach tolerance in our home, and this is one place where you see that put into practice,” she said. “It’s a cross-section of people from all walks of life that you might not otherwise see, and everyone here is so accepting.” Although Uecker wasn’t expecting it, she found so much more than a place to get a piercing when she walked in Lesowske’s studio. “Jamie goes beyond the shop,” she said, going on to describe the huge team Lesowske put
together for the Heaven Can Wait walk last year. “She has this huge heart, and it was so inspiring to see that, even as busy as she is as a small business owner, she would reach out with all this energy to do something for people in our community.” Lesowske’s business practices also impress Uecker. “She’ll never do something that isn’t best for the customer just to make money,” she said. “She won’t sell poor quality jewelry, for example. And she is never too busy to connect with people, to make relationships with her clients.” The collages of portraits and snapshots that adorn the walls of the studio depict not just Lesowske’s pride in the creativity and beauty of the piercings she’s done, but interest in the people. She easily shares bits of each client’s story. From a young lady with multiple facial piercings, to a woman with an elaborate ear project, to a woman donning a simple nostril piercing, and even to a little girl getting her lobes pierced, it’s obvious that there is no “typical” client here. For Lesowske, whatever brings someone
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Piercings give people a way to express themselves while venturing outside their comfort zones. by Kari Mauser, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Christopher L. Ingersoll
While body piercing was once on the fringe, in today’s society it’s widely accepted and appeals to a variety of personalities. Reasons for choosing to pierce a part of the face or body are as diverse as the people choosing the piercings. But, whatever prompts the desire to get a piercing, most people choose them for the aesthetic value. “People get body piercings because they like the way they look,” said Jamie Lesowske, owner of Starfire Body Piercing Studio in Bend. “They’re cute. It’s fun, it can be spontaneous, and it can be a real pick-me-up for someone. And, piercing is definitely a form of self expression.” A piercing is often chosen as a way to enhance or complement a person’s beauty and unique physical characteristics, or as a 22 | Late Winter 2013 | U MAGAZINE
reflection of his or her personality. Some people feel like piercings add an air of mystery to their personas, while others see them as little accents that give them an edge. For many, a piercing marks the passing of a significant moment in their life such as graduation, an anniversary or a special birthday. Although some people have no reservations about a spontaneous decision to get a first or a new piercing, others put a lot of thought into choosing what they want to pierce, what type of jewelry they want, and the timing of the piercing. Rebecca Uecker spent more than a year contemplating her desire to get her nostril pierced. As a professional working in a cardiologist office, she faced having to keep the piercing covered during the healing process and removing it daily once it was healed. “I was willing to jump through the hoops to be able to express myself in my own way,” she said. “My whole life I’ve been a rule follower, and now that I am in my 30s and I’m successful and married and I have my kids, I wanted to do something that was just for me and me alone, on my own terms, something that was not about anybody’s expectations but my own.” Uecker likes the way her piercing looks and enjoys the creativity and versatility it offers. Depending on where she’s going, what she’s doing or what mood she’s in, she can choose different pieces of jewelry — from playful to serious, gold or silver, and even a green gem that matches her son’s school colors. Her piercing also lets her embrace her rebellious side, which has brought about unexpected connections. “With my piercing, I can connect with people outside of the middle of the road where I usually am,” she said. “Piercings become a common
thread even when you don’t have anything else in common.” Piercings span the ages and can be something that bonds generations. Lesowske recalled a woman in her 70s who’d had a nostril and a cartilage piercing done at her studio, and some time later brought her granddaughter in for her first piercing. “Things like that are so fun for us,” she said.
Because piercing has become more mainstream, the demand for jewelry has increased considerably, prompting the industry to create a vast and diverse assortment ranging from the most basic to the more elaborate. From small, intricately designed stars, flowers and hearts crafted from the finest metals to bold and unique spirals and hoops carved from precious stone, bone or even
horn, to studs and plugs inlaid with fine gems and opals, the selection of body jewelry today is limitless. The key, Lesowske emphasized, is making sure you’re buying quality jewelry and finding something within your budget that is complementary to you. Mariah Mooney is often drawn to pieces with sky opal, which reflect different colors in different lights. The 21-year-old has multiple piercings from her eyebrow to her
nostril and her septum and even her nape. As a kid, Mooney liked the look of piercings. She got her first one as a teen and has added them over time. “I think piercings are really beautiful in their own way,” she said. “When I feel that I want a new one, I usually spend a few months deciding. I want to be sure it’s going add to my appearance.”
Mooney also spends time deciding on what style of jewelry she wants, taking into consideration how the new piece will work with what she already has. Furthermore, she likes to be certain the piercing is one she wants to live with because she doesn’t intend to remove them once they’re done. Other people, however, appreciate that a piercing doesn’t have to be forever. It can change with the person donning it, and even close if they change their mind later. That is something that really sets piercing apart from tattooing. Although the two are different in many respects, they also usually go hand in hand because those who like one tend to like the other as well. “It’s the self expression, the wanting something creative,” Lesowske said. “If you see someone with dramatic makeup or unique hair, you’re probably going to find a piercing and a tattoo on them, too. It’s people trying different things simply because we like the way it looks.”
“It’s the self expression, the wanting something creative. If you see someone with dramatic makeup or unique hair, you’re probably going to find a piercing or a tattoo on them, too.” U MAGAZINE | Late Winter 2013 | 23
CARING FOR OTHERS
Advocating to Keep Our Older Parents Healthy and Happy For those of us who are fortunate to have one or both parents still living, we are faced with the reality of a role reversal in our relationship. Now it is us, the adult children, who are taking our parents to their doctor’s appointments, managing their healthcare needs, caring for them or making the decision to move them into a facility. Whatever the situation, it is natural to feel challenged and often intimidated in the role we have undertaken. But if you stay positive and proactive, you‘ll be in a great position to advocate for your parents’ optimal care. And what a better way is there to say “Thank You” for all they have done for you over the years?
Following are six recommendations that may help you understand what may be happening to your parents as they age and what you can do to help: Stay vigilant to sudden changes. Typically, sudden changes arise from sudden problems. Your elderly parent who is confused one week but was alert and oriented the week before, or becomes unsteady walking and starts falling, is likely experiencing an acute problem such as an infection, medication side effect, or perhaps a stroke. If you are attentive to your parent’s baseline health and behavior, you will be alert to sudden and subtle fluctuations. Being attuned to what is “normal” for your parent is critical in advocating for
them. Keeping your parent’s physician informed of changes will help to ensure that they receive a proper diagnosis and timely treatment, which is important in acute conditions. Investigate the source of gradual decline. A variety of conditions can cause a gradual decline. Before jumping to a conclusion, that Alzheimer’s disease is the culprit, recognize that your parent may be experiencing an altogether different problem such as vitamin B12 deficiency, depression, or Parkinson’s disease, for example. When discussing your parent’s decline with a physician, make sure the two of you consider all the possibilities. Prepare for the appointment in advance, making detailed notes how their decline has manifested itself, such as loss of appetite, failing short-term memory, etc. Keep note of how long you have noticed these changes. Know Thy Parents medicine cabinet. Familiarize yourself with the medications your parent takes: what each one is for and how often they are be taken. Make sure you notify each doctor your parent visits of all the
medications they take including overthe-counter medications. Ask what side effects you might observe from each medication and whether it’s potentially dangerous if your parent takes them together. Physicians should also be informed whether your parent drinks alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or smokes, as these substances can effect some medications’ efficacy and safety. Discourage ageist attitudes. Ageism is prejudice against the elderly. It exists in many forms but can be particularly damaging to an older person’s self-esteem when it assumes that all of their woes are age-related. Several examples of expressing ageism to an elderly parent might include: “You’re not getting any younger” or “What do you expect at your age?” As difficult as it may be, try to remind yourself, you sell your parent short if you chalk up everything that ails them to their age. Address not just symptoms, but emotions, too. There is disease and then there is “disease” – that is, a lack of ease, security or well-being. “Dis-ease” can manifest itself as a myriad of emotions in an elderly person, such as fear, grief, boredom, embarrassment or sadness. The fact is these emotions can be every bit as debilitating as disease. For example, a parent who is incontinent may be too embarrassed to socialize, and cut themselves off from friends. Without
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companionship, the parent may become lonely. Discuss with the physician how to address the incontinence rather than allowing your parent to isolate themselves. Together, you can consider different solutions that will ease embarrassment and reinvigorate social life. Strive to maximize your parent’s quality of life. No matter what age we are, we all want to enjoy life to the fullest and have the capability to do the things we want to. As a parent gets older, their quality of life becomes more important than how much longer they live. A person does not necessarily need more medications or surgery to ensure that they are living the later part of their life to the fullest. Sometimes, it is the small gestures that have the most profound impact. Being there to solve a problem or provide companionship are worthwhile services you can provide, and no expertise is required. Improving the enjoyment of life and a parent’s functional ability are cardinal goals of geriatric care. As the child of an elderly parent, you are uniquely positioned to deliver these life changing gifts.
“Scarves are for all seasons now, and they’re not just for warmth. ... They’re a statement.”
Wrapped in Color, Texture & Style
by John Cal, for The Bulletin Special Projects Patti Orsatti, owner of Lulu’s Boutique in downtown Bend, holds up a black Fluxus Nomad Scarf. It’s immense. It’s length, when loosely halved, still easily reaching the floor. It’s width, more akin to a wrap or shawl. If draped over a club chair or across a foot board, it could be mistaken for a small blanket or a throw. But as she lifts its corners into the air, twirling the fabric up and around her head, effortlessly knotting its edges about her neck, you can see that the fabric, cotton jersey, is distinctly light. It floats and gently drapes across her shoulders. “Scarves are for all seasons now,” said Orsatti, “and they’re not just for warmth. They add color to an outfit. They’re a statement.” And like other all-season clothing — shoes, clutches and bangles — we’ve started collecting scarves, creating libraries of organza and silk chiffon, cashmere and knit wool, from which to choose. U MAGAZINE | Late Winter 2013 | 25
“It’s not just about the necklaces anymore. First you pick out your great jewelry. Then you pick out a great scarf.”
Though it’s still important, weather is no longer the dominating factor when considering scarves. Fabric, color, and texture are much more important considerations. Scarves are intimate. You feel their fabric against the delicate
skin of your neck, their candor brings attention to your face. And while Central Oregon women are wearing their scarves while skiing and camping and backpacking, they still want these same scarves to do double duty — add a punch of color, texture and style, peeking out of the tops of their winter coats or gently draped across the withers of a shift or cocktail dress. Fur and knit scarves, as well as snoods, are trending across
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DRAPE, LOOP & WRAP YOUR SCARF — John Cal, for The Bulletin
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the country, but local women have gravitated to lighter cotton and cashmere/silk blends as well as infinity scarf trends that more closely match Central Oregon sensibilities. It’s in the tying of both of these trends, in the way that they’re worn, that can drastically change the style and warmth. “In our climate, winters can warm up, and it can be uncharacteristically cool and windy in the summer,” said Shelley Singer, buyer and manager of Hot Box Betty, also in Bend. “Ninety percent of what we offer here at Hot Box can be worn year round.” While it may be fill a supporting role in an outfit, scarves are becoming an integral part of
everyday clothing. “It’s one of the last things you put on, but without it, the outfit is just incomplete,” said Singer, who herself was wearing a classic silk cashmere grey heathered scarf by Chan Luu. “It’s not just about the necklaces anymore. First you pick out your great jewelry. Then you pick out a great scarf.” The fun and festive nature of scarves as an accessory is that there are hundreds of options to choose from, each with the possibility of matching the personality of the wearer or transforming the wearer into someone else for the night. And all of this is accomplished with just a few square feet of fabric. Warmth is almost a given, but when playing with the trend, the
Beginner: The European Loop HOW TO: Fold your scarf in half lengthwise and drape across the back of your neck, bringing both the losse and folded ends forward. Place both of the loose ends through the folded loop and pull through to the desired tightness. GREAT FOR: Shorter winter scarves, scarves of medium to heavy weight WEAR: Over a coat with the tails askew or under a coat with just the knot showing. Great with crew-necked tops or to finish off a cardigan or open jacket.
key is to mix elements. When wearing a structured jacket or heavier weight coat, use a lighter weight scarf to feminize your look. When wearing neutrals, try a bold color like cerulean or tangerine to bring emphasis up to your face. Try mixing prints. Keep either the color families or color saturations similar, but play with the weight of the prints, making sure one is the dominant print while the other is more subdued. This is a great way to play with florals. Or even when you’re sticking to a theme of black and white in your outfit, mix textures or patterns to add interest. Local scarf maker Leah Cassidy is one who often plays with the mixing of patterns, taking vintage finds from Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren and repurposing them as neckwear. “I’ve always been obsessed with textiles,” said Cassidy, who mixes stripes and solids and florals alike to create her wearable art. “It’s a smaller amount of fabric than in a dress or top, and so you get more license to be bolder.”
Warmth is almost a given, but when playing with the trend, the key is to mix elements. Intermediate: The Clove-Hitch
or Magic Knot
HOW TO: Drape the entire length of the scarf over your neck with a one-third of the length to one side and two-thirds to the other. Take the longer tail and loop it around your neck once. Take the shorter tail and pull it partially through the draped loop created by the longer tail, creating a small loop for you to pull the longer tail through. Adjust by pulling or loosening each tail. GREAT FOR: Medium to lightweight scarves. Medium length to long scarves WEAR: With a tighter knot with lower cut sweaters and tops or an open or V-necked coat or jacket. With a looser knot in cooler weather or lighter weight fabrics
Advanced: The Half Bow
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HOW TO: Drape the entire length of the scarf over your neck with a one-third of the length to one side and two-thirds to the other. Cross the long end over and pull it partially through, holding the tail mid-length, letting the tail dangle and creating a “half bow” or “pouf.” Wear as is or finish with a broach or pin. GREAT FOR: Medium to light weight scarves, Scarves with variegated bold colors or prints. WEAR: As the focal point with more muted colors or neutrals as the base. Great in cool but not cold months for light warmth. U MAGAZINE | Late Winter 2013 | 27
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At the Workplace
by Connie Worrell-Druliner, for The Bulletin
Hiring is No Easy Task
Avoiding high turnover begins with due diligence in the hiring process. Changes in the economic environment have altered business fundamentals forever, and knowledge is the most important source of business value today. In this spirit, here is the second in a five-part series discussing the “Top Five Threats Facing Business Today.” What keeps you up at night, and what are companies that are surviving and thriving in today’s economy doing to stay ahead of competition? Part 3 discusses your employees.
As the economy has begun to improve during the last few months and signs of production and job growth become more consistent, your business may decide that hiring a new employee is the next step in growing your market share. But as research and most employers suggest, making the right hire is no easy task. The wrong hire can cause turnover, and the harm it causes is something every hiring manager or business owner should be concerned with. Costs associated with replacing an employee include recruiting, training, lost productivity, and new hire expenses, which can total up to 150 percent of the employee’s total annual salary, according to author Bill Bliss. And while there are several incentives or programs a company can offer employees to encourage employee commitment, turnover can often be traced to the hiring process. In fact, research from the Harvard Business Review shows 80 percent of turnover happens because of a mistake made during this process. Here are a few ways you can feel confident you’ve done everything you 30 | Late Winter 2013 | U MAGAZINE
can to make sure your next hire won’t be walking out the door in six months.
There may be several qualified candidates for any one job, but take into consideration the experience each person has that is specific to your business or industry. There may not be any candidates
who have the specific industry knowledge you’re looking for, but don’t discount experience in the same daily tasks that the position requires. And if the top candidates for the job have several years of experience in your business’ industry, but lack an understanding of the specific job you’re hiring for, keep them in consideration.
Don’t let the high costs of turnover and the dangers that come with hiring the wrong employee affect your business. In an online survey on RefreshLeadership.com, a blog for today’s business leaders, 65 percent of respondents believe qualified experience was the most important part of the employee selection process.
When bringing on a new employee, it’s important to make sure that person fits your company’s culture before they ever become full time. Recognize what your business’ culture is, then identify the top candidates that line up with that culture and vision. If your company holds a more professional business attitude, from meetings to dress style, address that in the hiring process through interview questions. When businesses are open and honest about
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the culture and attitude they expect of their employees, they are more likely to attract the right talent.
Train to Hire Better
Being properly trained and prepared to hire the top talent your company needs is an important part of hiring right. Researching candidates, recruiting skills, an understanding of the hiring climate and knowledge of the laws associated with interviewing are all essential skills to have for someone in a hiring position. Reckless hiring is one of the top threats to a successful company in today’s business climate. Don’t let the high costs of turnover and the dangers that come with hiring the wrong employee affect your business.
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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