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Magazine Editor’s Note
Table of Contents Contributors .................................................................................... 4
In the Spotlight For the Love of Rodeo ................................................................5 One of the nation’s top barrel racers, Terrebonne’s Brenda Mays, continues to follow her childhood passion as a rodeo cowgirl.
Stitching the Tale of Two Rivers ........................................... 10 A group of Central Oregon master quilters tell the story of creek restoration through fiber arts.
Sauces in a Snap .................................................................... 13 With the right ingredients on-hand, you can elevate your dish with a sophisticated, simple-to-make sauce.
The Magic of Molly ................................................................ 25 Events director of Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, Molly Cogswell-Kelley, keeps her poles in the air.
Knowledge & Advice What We’re Reading: Central Oregon Book Club Selections ........... 9 To Your Health: Nailing Good Health .............................................. 14 Recipes: Simple Sauces ....................................................................... 19 Summer Beauty: Sheer Illumination ................................................ 20 Stolen Faces in the Crowd .................................................................. 23 About Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation............................27 At the Workplace: Get What You Deserve ....................................... 28 Women I Admire: Beautiful Shades of Pink .................................... 30
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When we introduced U Magazine with our first edition in 2006, we provided readers with an opportunity to share stories with us about women who have positively impacted their lives. Fittingly, we called the segment “Women I Admire.” Our goal was to invite readers to participate in the publication of U Magazine by submitting content that’s personal, thoughtful and inspiring. For a while, that’s what we got — personal narratives about mothers, grandmothers, friends and neighbors whose stories of strength, perseverance and honesty struck a chord with our readers. Eventually, though, submissions dwindled. After two years of sharing these wonderful stories, we reluctantly discontinued the segment. But it’s back. And once again, we’re asking readers to help keep this segment going. In this edition of U Magazine, Sisters writer John Cal shares with us a story about a long-time friend who, determined to face adversity with honesty and integrity, taught him to see beauty in a whole new way. In his story, John captures the essence of our “Women I Admire” segment. Not only does he share personal stories and feelings about a woman who’s important in his life, but he does it in a relatable way — a way that forces us to consider people in our own lives and what they mean to us. Read his story, “Beautiful Shades of Pink,” on page 30. Following the story is information about submitting your own “Women I Admire” piece for possible publication in U Magazine. I look forward to reading your stories. — Ben Montgomery, U Magazine Editor
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; Clint Nye, Graphic Designer; Stacie Oberson, Special Projects Coordinator. Cover photo by Nicole Werner
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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.
GREGG MORRIS is a local freelance writer and musician. You can find him around town finishing articles at the local tea shop, performing with his band Organic Music Farm or homeschooling his six year old daughter. Supposed free time is spent in the woods with his wife and daughter or skillfully executing his duties as a member of the Deschutes County Search and Rescue team. Bend has been home to LINDA ORCELLETTO and her husband, Joe, since 1996. Their “fur child” golden retriever keeps them busy with outdoor activities. When not pounding the keyboard or volunteering, she enjoys exploring the back roads and history of Oregon. 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.
One of the nation’s top barrel racers, Terrebonne’s Brenda Mays continues to follow her childhood passion as a rodeo cowgirl. by Kari Mauser, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Nicole Werner
Sitting in a rocking chair near the wood stove, Brenda Mays stole a glance out the large picture window next to her. In the pasture, just beyond the back yard, a horse meandered by. Four or five dogs lounged in the sun on the back deck. A smile crept across her face as Mays shrugged matter-offactly. “I’ve been on a horse forever,” she said. This statement was hardly an exaggeration since Mays
was born and raised in a rodeo family, not just her parents but her grandpa and his dad before him. “I’ve loved the rodeo since the time I was really little,” she said. “I especially loved traveling when my mom was competing. I hated to come home.” It was 1975 when Mays’ mom, Lynne Mays, made it to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and, in doing so, gave her then 7-year-old daughter a dream of her own.
“I knew right then that I wanted to go [to the NFR], I knew that this was what I wanted.” That was the start of a new chapter in Mays’ rodeo life. She began barrel racing, competing for jackpots and having a blast. “When you’re a kid, you really don’t have any worries,” she recalled. “You just go out and have fun.” The fun was more than just the competition for Mays. It was the experience of being on the road, meeting so many different
people and becoming a part of the rodeo family. “In rodeo, you’re friends forever,” she said. Her passion for rodeo, started at such a young age, grew ever stronger over the years. With that passion came an extraordinary level of dedication and determination, which eventually earned Mays a place among the world’s best barrel racers. Like her mother, Mays had set her sights on making it to U MAGAZINE | Summer 2012 | 5
“I’ve loved the rodeo since the time I was really little. I especially loved traveling when my mom was competing. I hated to come home.” the NFR. And with her mother by her side, she realized that dream in 2007. “It might have taken 30 years, but hard work finally paid off,” she said. “It was exciting, and the people I had been traveling with made it as well, so that made it really special.” Qualifying for the NFR that year inspired Mays to work even harder. With a tenacity that couldn’t be matched, she dug in and raced on. Her grit paid off. Not only has she made it to the NFR every year since, she’s also won the PRCA’s Columbia River Circuit each of the past five years. “That’s a huge deal,” she stated simply, with an apparent humbleness in her voice and nonchalant attitude. Even placing third in average scoring at the nationals last year doesn’t go to Mays’ head. Instead, it fills her with 6 | Summer 2012 | U MAGAZINE
excitement. It was the first time she’d finished that high in the average, and it’s the first time she made all 10 runs without hitting a barrel. “If you can leave them standing for 10 runs in a row, that’s a pretty big feat. That’s exciting,” she said, the pride in her eyes apparent from beneath her baseball cap. “People ask me all the time if I get nervous, but no, it’s more excited — blood pumping, adrenaline flowing … “But at the end [of last year’s finals] when all I had to do was leave the barrels standing for my last couple runs to win the $30,000, that was pretty nerve racking,” she said. “And it’s easier said than done, but when it’s time to run, your adrenaline gets going and the whole thing is over in 14 seconds.” Fourteen seconds to fame, in Mays’ case.
“I guess people would know who I am,” she said. “But I’m just a person who rodeos, like anybody else. I just happen to be blessed with a couple of good horses. I mean, you can have all the talent in the world, but you
better have a good horse. It’s a team.” The three horses that make up her team now have enough spirit and talent that Mays believes they’ll win her the world title if she works hard enough at it. But she knows it won’t come easy. “People think this is a glamorous life, but it isn’t as easy as it looks, and it isn’t always as much fun as people make it out to be,” she said. “It is a lot of work. And you really have to be willing to make a lot of sacrifices.” The hardest sacrifice for Mays is being away from her family. After being away from her Terrebonne home and on the road from the start of January clear into May, she is relieved to be home with her husband, Andy Easterly, and their 14year-old son, Kyle. Mays met Easterly through the rodeo, and as a steer wrestler, he is no stranger to rodeo’s demands. For Kyle, growing up with this way of life, and as he advances on the high school rodeo team in steer wrestling, calf roping, and team roping, he too knows what it takes.
“Being away from home can really get to you, the down time is challenging,” Mays said. “But my husband and son are so supportive and are always telling me to keep going, so I suck it up and go out and do a good job.” The friends she’s made along the way make it easier. “It’s a family out there, too,” she said. “We all have the same goals, and everybody’s pulling for everybody else. “Don’t get me wrong, we are all very competitive and we’re not going to back off from trying to win, but we all help each other out when we can.” It’s Mays’ sincerity and willingness to help along with her impressive horsemanship that draws people to her. Kelli Jo Hammack has known Mays for about 15 years, and in that time they’ve become great friends — friends who compete. “It is so rare to find somebody you are competing against who is also your biggest fan,” Hammack said. “She is always looking out for you, always willing to help and always wants you to
do well. She inspires everyone to want to do better.” For Marguerite Happy, knowing she can count on Mays to always be there to answer questions, to help out with her horses, and even to make her laugh makes their friendship invaluable to her. “Brenda has such a great sense of humor, and she makes herself accessible to people,” Happy explained. “She’s such a role model, but she’s so humble and real. I admire her horsemanship, her competitive spirit and the fact that she’s not a showboat. “She is so inspirational that she’ll get the best out of you that you can be, even if you have to dig down a little deeper.” Mays knows about digging down to find the best within. She’s been at it since she was just a little girl. “I believe that anything is attainable,” she said with a shrug. “If you want it bad enough, you can get it. It may take you 30 years, but if you really work hard enough at it, you’ll get it.”
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Bathroom sinks with a FLAIR Bathrooms have come a long way over the years, and finding a modern solution to a current bathroom can be a challenge. One of the easiest and most common ways of updating an aging bathroom is to change out the existing sink, cabinet and counter with something eye-catching and functional. Since your guests use the sink each time they enter the bathroom, the use of a vessel sink gives an instant “wow” factor and provides a lot of bang for the buck. A vessel sink is merely a modern version of the centuries-old “washbasin” that was used in the days before running water. It’s simply a free-standing sink that sits on top of the counter. Within that broad definition there are a plethora of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials from which one can select the right vessel for their room.
Another consideration is the faucet. Since vessels are taller than conventional sinks the faucet height is important. One can elect to use a wall mounted faucet or tall pedestal type faucet that is 3-6 inches taller than the vessel. With just a little creativity a whole new look can be achieved in the room. Vessels can be found in glass, cast iron, wood, bronze, copper, stone and even stainless steel. Since the new Vessel in your room will be a statement of style it does not need to match the existing toilet or tub. It can coordinate nicely while being very different from its predecessor. A couple of considerations when using a vessel sink are the height of the counter and the type of faucet to be used. With vessels ranging in height from 2-7 inches it may be necessary to lower the counter top height so as to allow easy access to the new bowl. Consider an antique furniture item rather than a conventional cabinet as a base for your vessel or employ counters of varying heights. The depth of your new vessel will help determine how high the new counter needs to be. The new counter
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What We’re Reading
by Bunny Thompson, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Brief reviews of recent selections made by Central Oregon book clubs. The interconnection of people and their ability to overcome circumstances dominates the recent selections of our local book groups. From South Africa to New York City, Paris to Iran, these choices for a good book will enlighten and expand your knowledge of history and connect you to cultures in a way you may not have considered.
“Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka CRS Book group
If you liked the writing style and storyline of Otsuka’s debut novel, “When the Emperor was Divine,” you’ll love the second novel of PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner. It is the story eight women brought from Japan to San Francisco in the early 1900s as “picture brides” (think mail-order brides). In separate sections, the book traces each journey to the U.S., meeting their new husbands for the first time and raising children who will not have that strong bond to their Japanese culture. “It was written in a cadence style we have not encountered before,” said one club member. “This style of writing allowed the author to cover a large amount of information in a very small amount of space.” A lunch of fresh sushi made the meeting authentic and delightful.
“The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay
Fair and Tender Ladies In the late 1930s, apartheid was beginning to take root in South Africa. Based on events of that time, this novel follows an English-speaking South African boy named Peekay who is raised by his Zulu nanny and his grandfather on a farm in the province of Natal. He is eventually sent to a board-
ing school for Afrikaans and is traumatized by the bullying of the other students. With the help of a famous black chief, Peekay learns the power of words, the power of the human spirit and the power of one. The members of this book group felt they learned a lot about the history of South Africa before and after World War II. “The book touched each member in a different way,” said one member, “and made for an active and thought-provoking discussion.”
“Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi BIBLIOBABES
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nafisi led a group of women who met in secrecy to read and discuss the forbidden Western classics. Over time, these women learned to speak their minds, a cultural and political offense that could bring harm to them if they were caught. They began discussing books and transitioned to a profound reflection of their inner dreams, fears and disappoints. This group was impressed with the author’s depth of knowledge in literature, and several members intend to read or re-read some of the classics Nafisi presents in the book.
“Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles Chapter Chicks
This book was chosen as the Deschutes County Novel Idea book for 2012. Set in the
1930s in the jazzfilled, martini-drinking world of New York elite, this book tells the story of two young women, Katey Kontent and Evie Ross, who come to the city to escape their simpler home life doldrums. They chance to meet a handsome young banker named Tinker Grey who, in turn, introduces them to the world of wealth and sophistication. Oyster Bay mansions, martinis at the St. Regis, cashmere and jazz begin to define them. They soon realize this world of wealth holds a darker and more complicated side. Of course, martinis were served at this book group’s meeting. Several members had stories of their own mother’s high adventures in the late ’30s, which served to enhance the sparkling discussion.
“Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann Bookies
Another novel set in New York City, the author starts with the daring tightrope walker who danced and leaped high above the concrete on a rope suspended between the Twin Towers. Like 9/11 many years later, people on the ground below were held in disbelief. The two central characters are a radical young Irish monk named Corrigan and his aimless brother, Ciaran. Keeping his initial tone, the author introduces his characters and connects their lives in a six-degrees-ofseparation style, drawing them together as the unforgettable voices of the city. “This book is a multi-layered story with much to talk about,” said one member. U MAGAZINE | Summer 2012 | 9
The Essential Decorating Layers of a Space
very well-designed space was originally approached from the concept of layers. You shouldn’t take on a space without a plan. Layering gives you a systematic way to approach design and create balance in your home. There are a few easy steps to layering in your own home. Whether new construction, remodel, or just completing a space, the same steps apply. First you need to identify what style you like. What does the architecture in your home say? Are there furniture pieces or accessories that you want to base your design around? Maybe you have been tearing pictures out of magazines. There are no rules that say you ‘have’ to follow a specific look. It‘s just a good tool to get you started and stay focused.
a ‘nubby’ woven texture will make you want to snuggle. Rough natural woods are also a great texture. Adding end tables made from reclaimed materials gives your space the feeling of nature. Layering creates a mood and depth to your space. It is such an important step to take when designing and is often overlooked. Layering also helps you stick to a budget. Yes, there are hundreds of options out there. We strive to make each and every space a piece of art. All your senses will be awakened.
Once you’ve chosen your style, you want to look at your lighting. If a space does not get enough natural warmth or coolness or enough visual warmth or coolness, you will need to add these through fixtures. It is important to note what your space looks like in the morning and in the evening. Something that will enhance your lighting is wall color. Wall color, ceiling color, wallpaper, and faux finishes are all ways that you can layer in a room. Wall color will have a tremendous impact on the totality of the room design and on the overall mood and feeling of the space.
Now we have the frame work of our layering: our look, lighting and color. The last step is to accessorize. There are many details in this step of layering. Work from the larger items down to the smaller accessories: large furniture, rugs, window treatments, wall art, small furnishings, pillows, and decorations. Keep it simple. It is always easier to add than to take away.
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Quilter Mary Nyquist Koons
Tale of Two
RIVERS A group of Central Oregon master quilters tell the story of creek restoration through fiber arts.
by Laurel Brauns, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Nicole Werner
At first glance, Jean Wells’ quilt looks more like a painting. In it, a half-dozen burnt orange steelhead make their way up Whychus Creek in Sisters, careening over boulders and flying above waterfalls in gravity-defying leaps and arcs. Her piece is connected to 16 other panels in a 40-foot collaborative exhibit created by some of Central Oregon’s finest fiber artists. Whychus Creek flows through and connects each of the panels, which depict this historic stream that runs right through Sisters — a stream that has been nothing more than a dry riverbed for the better part of the last century; a stream that has finally been restored and will someday be teeming with trout, steelhead and salmon. U MAGAZINE | Summer 2012 | 11
This quilted masterpiece is just one of many awarenessraising efforts spearheaded by the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and the U.S. Forest Service. Other efforts include beer brewing, bike riding, and outdoor painting, but the quilt is arguably the most visually stunning. The project is the brainchild of NFF’s only part-time staff person in Sisters, Karly Hedrick, and Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) executive director, Ann Richardson. The two got together and realized they could harness some serious word-of-mouth publicity for both organizations by joining forces. First, 20 quilters were invited to explore Whychus Creek on a guided hike near the wild and pristine upper reaches of the stream. They then scouted the Deschutes Land Trust’s restoration project at Camp Polk Meadow, where they were given an interpretive tour of the re-meandered stream that will eventually provide improved habitat for countless native species. “The idea was not just about making a quilt for the rivers,” said Richardson, “but about educating these artists so they could become stewards and interpreters of this 12 | Summer 2012 | U MAGAZINE
entire project, not just passive quilt makers.” Quilter Betty Gientke admits that she had little understanding of the significance of the stream’s re-meander before the tour. “It was an ‘ah-ha’ moment for me because I’m not a fisherwoman,” she said. “But I was inspired to research it, and I found out that fish like to hide under logs; they like slow water with pools, riffles and glides, which is what the re-
meander recreated.” Gientke’s quilt shows the creek’s re-meandering from the perspective of a Ponderosa tree, and it has been a conversation starter for many who see it. Gientke never hesitates to share her new knowledge of the stream’s restoration. “One hundred and eighty thousand native plants, 5,000 cubic feet of rocks and 700 logs were placed to welcome the fish
“The landscapes that surround us inspire incredible art, and these artists are using their creations to raise awareness, appreciation and stewardship for these lands.
Photo by Gary Miller
— trout, steelhead and salmon,” she said. “What I learned about Whychus makes me appreciate all the other areas I visit and how important it is to maintain these areas, even if we have to recreate them.” “Because of this project, my husband and I joined the Deschutes Land Trust,” added contributing quilter Mary Nyquist Koons. “It was quite surprising to discover how much impact irrigation and water needs have on the river.” Recreating natural habitat like Whychus Creek requires monumental fundraising and the cooperative efforts of many disparate local, state and federal organizations. The success of this project has become a model for the nation. But even as the area around Camp Polk makes headlines, many Central Oregon locals have little awareness about the history that is being made in their own backyards. “This project is really the tale of two rivers: the Whychus and the Metolius,” said Hedrick. “One is the forgotten river that everyone is just getting to know and care for again; the other is the Metolius, that everyone knows and loves, and that now needs restoration after overuse.”
As the quilters embraced the age-old tradition of telling a story through their craft, many mixed their memories of the Metolius with their newfound appreciation for Whychus. This new narrative wove the rivers’ histories together, and a new appreciation was born — for the forest from the quilting community, and for the fiber arts from the forest community. This led some quilters to take the challenge a step further. “A week after the original education tour, a group of quilters went back and set off on a longer hike up to the Whychus Falls,” Richardson said. The result was an additional four panels of Whychus Creek Waterfalls, which will be displayed alongside the “quilted river,” as the installation premiers throughout the Northwest throughout the next year. The 17-panel exhibit will be gifted to a donor who pledges $20,000 or more, and each of the waterfall panels will be offered for donations of at least $1,500. Half the donation will go to Sisters area forest restoration efforts and will be matched by the National Forest Foundation. The exhibit will be on display at Black Butte Ranch throughout
the month of June. An artists’ reception will be held there on Friday, June 15 at 5 p.m. In July, the exhibit will be on display at the Clearwater Gallery in Sisters, then travel to quilt shows in Portland and Tacoma. U.S. Bank is the official presenting sponsor of the project and will house the exhibit at their Bend branch sometime during the year. “This project shows how our local arts and natural resources reinforce each other,” said Hedrick.
“The landscapes that surround us inspire incredible art, and these artists are using their creations to raise awareness, appreciation and stewardship for these lands. “Ultimately, we aren’t just making a quilt; we’re making a sense of place.”
“Tale of Two Rivers” quilters include (above, left to right) Sheila Finzer, Valori Wells-Kennedy, Catherine Moen, Jean Wells Keenan, Sarah Kaufmann, Betty Gientke, Cindy Young, Mary Nyquist Koons, Judy Johnson and Mary Stiewig. Not pictured are Charlene Kenny, Ruth Ingham, Carol Webb, Donna Rice, Donna Cherry, June Jeager, Jan Hearn, Pat Welsh, Tonye Belinda Phillips and Helen Brisson.
Photo by Gary Miller
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Nailing GOOD HEALTH Your nails can offer health care professionals signs of your body’s overall level of health. by Linda Orcelletto, for The Bulletin Special Projects How many times have you heard from your mother that you are what you eat? Turns out, mom (as usual) was right. Healthy eating habits as a daily routine are not only essential for overall health and energy, but also the appearance of your nails. “Your nail health can be the window to offer signs of your body’s overall health,” says Eris Craven, a registered, licensed dietician with My MD Personal Medicine in Bend. “The foods you eat and your lifestyle play an essential role in your nail health.” Fingernails and toenails are made up of keratin, a hard, strong protein also found in your hair and skin. Healthy nails should be smooth, hard and have a pink glow. Warning signs are cracked, discolored, brittle and chipped nails. Some nail health issues are the results of mineral and vitamin deficiency in our diets. The most common mineral deficiency is a lack of iron. This manifests itself through dry, brittle or cracked nails. Craven recommends talking to a health care professional for a diagnosis, then taking a simple blood test to determine if you are mineral-deficient. Once a medical professional makes a diagnosis, Craven then offers a vitamin/mineral-rich plan based on food preferences. Foods rich in iron readily absorbed in the body include seafood and animal products such as lamb, chicken, pork, shrimp, oysters and egg yolks. Iron-rich foods not readily absorbed by the body include green leafy vegetables, tofu, kale and fortified whole-grain cereals. Craven also recommends foods with a high zinc content: lean beef, turkey, peanut butter, cashews, almonds, peanuts, lentils
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and fat free milk. Vitamin C enhances iron absorption, so you can do yourself a double favor by eating food rich in both iron and Vitamin C: orange or grapefruit juices, spinach, broccoli, strawberries and potatoes. Do-it-yourself medicine is risky, so consult a professional before drastically altering your diet based on perceived nail health. While Craven recognizes the benefits of vitamin supplements, she encourages people to use a diet enhancement plan first. Since your nails grow only .1 mm per day, any nail health
is effective to clean your hands thoroughly, and is less drying. Hand sanitizers, because of the high alcohol content and rate of evaporation, are another culprit of dry hands and nails. Use liberal amounts of lotion, particularly around the cuticle area. Lifestyle habits due to stress, such as drumming your fingers and chewing on or picking your fingernails, also contributes to damaged, split and weakened fingernails. These issues are harder to control and remedy. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is a great way to nourish your nails from the inside out,
“Your nail health can be the window to offer signs of your body’s overall health.” changes will be noticed over a longer period of time. Laura Cheshire, family nurse practitioner with The Laura Center in Redmond, monitors her patients’ fingernails during annual exams for any noticeable changes. Particular signs, such as discoloration, ridges or other drastic changes, can be a signal of an illness or disease But these factors are only signs, not a specific indication of a problem. Cheshire believes our environment and lifestyles are also key factors to nail health. “If your work requires you to use your hands often [such as a construction worker, seamstress or in the food industry] and you don’t take proper care, it will show through dry, cracked and distressed nails,” says Cheshire. If you wash your hands often, Cheshire suggests using only a pearl-sized drop of moisturizing soap, then rinsing vigorously to the tune of “Happy Birthday to You.” This form of washing
but taking care of your nails with these quick tips is also important: • Wear rubber gloves when doing the dishes. Soap and hot water are enemies to nail health. • If you must use harsh cleaning detergents, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and nails. • If your job requires you to work with chemicals, use gloves. • Nail polish is a chemical.. Even though your nails aren’t alive, the chemicals soften or discolor them. • If you do polish, stay away from removers containing acetone or formaldehyde as they dry the nails. • Fingernails aren’t tools. Don’t use your fingernails to open cans, pry things open or scrape things.
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CARING FOR OTHERS
THE SANDWICH GENERATION: Feeling the squeeze The Sandwich Generation, a new buzz word, refers to caregivers who find themselves squeezed in between caring for younger loved ones such as children, and their elder parents or other elder family members. Currently, the typical American Sandwich Generation caregiver is in their mid-forties, married, employed and cares for his/her family and an elderly parent, usually a mother. Women in the sandwich generation often try to do it all. It is important to note that there are more and more men that find themselves in a caregiving role. Likewise, there is an increasing segment of family and sandwich generation caregivers that live in rural communities. And, often rural caregivers find themselves removed from readily available and professionally organized support services and care networks. They may also find themselves not only carrying the normal burdens that are associated with providing care for a loved one, but also with such challenges as geographic barriers to resources and isolation from other caregivers, family members and informal supports. This lack of service availability can add to caregiver stress, burnout and even depression. This stress takes its toll not only
on personal relationships with spouses and children but also on the caregivers own well-being as they struggle to take better care of themselves. Some of the most common stressors that affect both urban and rural sandwich generation caregivers are: • How do I find resources that I need for myself and my parent? • How much of my time is too much time in caregiving roles? • How do I divide my time between by own family/children and my parent? • How do I keep generational peace between my kids and parent? • How do I find time for my marriage? • How do I find time for myself? • How do I deal with my feelings of isolation? • How do I deal with my feelings of guilt for not having enough time to
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accomplish all that I “should” be doing? To counter act some of the above listed stressors, following are some tips that may help sandwich generation caregivers: Communication: Encourage children and elders to communicate with one another. Make sure that all family members have an opportunity to talk about and share their thoughts and feelings. Hold a family meeting: This provides an opportunity to discuss the many caregiving tasks that need to be accomplished each day or week. Mutual expectations should be set regarding how many tasks of caregiving will be accomplished. Caregiving is often a one person show but it does not need to be if you have family support. The family meeting also allows family members to take part and share in the gift of caregiving which can be very rewarding. Ask for assistance: Never be afraid to ask for assistance. Contacting resources such as your loved one’s physician, home health social worker or even the local Area Agency on Aging can provide valuable resources and information. Take time to care for yourself: Often, caregivers are run down and even sick because they have
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not taken time to care for themselves. Take time every day to “check-in” with yourself, even if it is 10 minutes. Enjoy this time for reading, exercising, listening to music or whatever you like to do. Spend time with friends outside of the family. Remember to laugh at the funny things in life. Take time to be “in” your marriage or significant relationships. Listen to your body. Too often we do not listen to our bodies no matter how loudly they may be talking to us. Families need to recognize the importance of addressing stress and managing it in healthy ways. Every situation is unique but there are always common factors which bridge these situations and caregivers together. It is easy to become lost in the caregiving you are providing but it is important to remember that support can come in many different sources. For those who are feeling “squeezed” in the sandwich generation, you are not alone and assistance can often be just a phone call away.
SAUCES in a Snap With the right ingredients on-hand, you can elevate your dish with a sophisticated, simple-to-make sauce. by Annissa Anderson, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Nicole Werner
Sauces are the key to great-tasting restaurant foods. So why should we neglect to use them in our home kitchens? The easy answer is that they often take too much time or require hard-to-find ingredients. But there are sauces — made in a snap — which can add sophisticated flavor to everyday foods. You need not have read Escoffier’s volumes from cover to cover to master some delicious sauces. Fine restaurants have the staff and customer volume to devote the time to making demi-glace from roasted veal bones. But homemade sauces do not have to be difficult or time consuming. In fact, there is a whole menagerie of sauce options that do not require meat, fish or vegetable stock. Whether grilled meats or blanched vegetables are on the menu, there is a simple sauce out there that will complete the meal and gain you applause from family or friends. Here’s an introduction to three basic sauces that are easy to make at home, and that can be varied in many ways:
Originally a strongly flavored garlic mayonnaise from Provence, today an aïoli can mean any homemade, flavored mayonnaise. The basic mayonnaise — a thick, creamy emulsion of vegetable oil, egg yolks, lemon juice and salt — can be blended with other U MAGAZINE | Summer 2012 | 17
Pantry Essentials for
Simple Sauces Making sauces at a moment’s notice is easier if you have key ingredients on hand. With these essential basics and a few other fresh items, a multitude of sauces can be prepared in a jiffy. WHITE WINE: Personal sized bottles or tetrapack containers of inexpensive, dry white wine are great to have stashed in the cupboard. Then, even if you do not frequently drink white wine, you will be better equipped to prepare a white wine sauce like a beurre blanc or deglaze a pan for a quick pan sauce. BUTTER: Keep a cube of good-quality butter in the back of the refrigerator. While nonhydrogenated oil spreads are healthier for everyday use, a tablespoon or two of butter is de rigueur to finish a good pan sauce. Sizzled or browned butter with garlic over pasta or
flavors like freshly chopped herbs, roasted garlic, lemon zest, sun dried tomatoes, anchovies and more to create a sauce to accompany fish, meats and vegetables. Some aïoli recipes even use prepared mayonnaise as a base, making them even simpler to prepare!
This simple butter (beurre) and white (blanc) wine sauce is used by restaurant chefs worldwide. A classic French sauce, it is extremely easy to make and adds mellow flavor to cooked poultry, seafood, vegetables and eggs. The sauce is composed of a white wine and shallot reduction into which chunks of cold butter are whisked until the sauce is thick and smooth. A beurre blanc also offers a lot of room for creative flavoring; many other elements can be added to the sauce. Add fried capers, lemon or orange zest, freshly chopped herbs or other accent ingredients for added zing.
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vegetables is probably one of the easiest sauces to make, and one of the most delicious! ONIONS, GARLIC AND SHALLOTS: Powerful flavor-builders like onions, garlic and shallots are a must to have on hand at all times. Even the smallest amount of these culinary building blocks can improve and substantiate the flavor of a simple sauce. These “cellar vegetables” also keep well when stored in a cool area of the kitchen. OLIVE OIL & VINEGAR: With a good quality bottle of olive oil and some vinegar, simple vinaigrettes can be achieved in minutes. One bottle of white and one of red wine vinegar will suffice, but an array of champagne, balsamic or other specialty vinegars will add variety to your repertoire of vinaigrettes.
Fresh herbs offer a wealth of lively color and flavor, which adds appeal to otherwise unadorned foods. Fresh herbs can be added to chopped fresh garlic, thinned with olive oil and vinegar, and seasoned with salt and pepper for a flavorful chimichurri sauce, a favorite South American sauce used to accent grilled steaks, lamb and chicken. Add chopped nuts and grated Parmesan cheese, and the sauce becomes a pesto for serving over fish, vegetables or pasta. Pureed herb sauces thickened with mayonnaise add a more sophisticated look for roasted or grilled fish, meats and vegetables. Many fresh herbs can be combined with others — try oregano, parsley and cilantro together — for more complex flavors. For entertaining at home, cold sauces like aioli and pesto are a choices because the can be made ahead, reducing last-minute activity. Mayonnaise-based sauces sometimes need to be prepared hours in advance in order to set up, whereas olive oil-based sauces that set
MAYONNAISE: Perhaps one of best inventions in culinary history, prepared mayonnaise is the basis of many quick sauces and spreads. Easily stored for months on end, there is no reason to be without a jar of it!
up should be brought to room temperature, and a liquid state, before serving. To reduce last-minute cooking on a beurre blanc, prepare the wine reduction in advance and reheat immediately before whisking in the butter. A beurre blanc prepared in advance runs the risk of separation.
Citrus Beurre Blanc
This traditional Argentinian steak sauce is also fantastic on grilled chicken and fish. Chimichurri sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.
A basic beurre blanc benefits with fresh flavor and color when citrus juice and zest are added. Although perfect with fresh white-fleshed fish, the sauce also makes an elegant finish for steamed asparagus.
(Makes 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 4 large garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons oregano leaves 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
In a food processor, combine the parsley, vinegar, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper. Process until smooth and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and pour the olive oil over the mixture. Let stand for at least 20 minutes.
2 1/2 tablespoons dry white wine 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 1/2 teaspoons minced shallots 1/4 cup heavy cream Kosher salt Ground white pepper 4 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons orange zest
1. Whisk together wine, juices, shallots and cream in a medium saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally, and boil until reduced by half. 2. Reduce heat to low and whisk in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Add orange zest and immediately remove from heat.
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by Maria Anderson, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Illumination Go bold, find your glow and stay hydrated. Here are 10 ways to keep your look cool when the weatherâ€™s hot. 1. Go bold with evening makeup. Wear eye-popping colors in brighter hues. Try some falsies for your lashes to amp up your eyes. 2. Wear sunscreen. Use one with broad spectrum UV protection and a 30 SPF rating or higher to minimize risks of sun damage.
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3. Go light on daytime foundation. Just like you alter your wardrobe to wear lighter fabrics, your face will also appreciate the lighter versions of tinted moisturizers and such. 4. Use a makeup primer. A great way to avoid the fuss of smearing makeup is using a primer. It
a tinted sheer gloss. Be sure you moisturize your lips at night with a heavier lip balm to help chapped lips heal.
goes on after moisturizer and before foundation and any other makeup. Primer helps you keep a fresh look that should last for six to eight hours.
8. Pamper hands and feet. It’s time to get that manicure and pedicure underway. This summer, pick a bright, refreshing color for your toes — one that makes you happy. If you usually avoid manicures, try one. Start neutral if you are afraid of bright colors on your hands. Simply taking the time to pamper yourself will brighten your day.
5. Apply a bronzer. The key is to dab it on where the sun would naturally add color to your face, including your forehead, apples of your cheeks, and the tip of your nose. Bronzer makes teeth look whiter too. 6. Protect your lips. Wear a lip balm with broad spectrum SPF protection. You can also use your regular sunscreen.
9. Think sleek and sophisticated. During the summer, we tend to just flop our hair on our head. This summer, think sleek and smooth. Side parts are classy and simple. As always, ponies, buns and hats are all
7. Pucker up with color and shine. Trade out your heavy lipsticks and opt for vibrant or neutral colors in
a go. The hair of the summer of 2012 is polished and put together. 10. Hydrate and sleep well. The two beauty must-haves for every woman this summer are hydration and sleep, along with (of course) sunscreen. Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. When you get enough sleep and plenty of water, you’ll feel the difference.
Maria Anderson is a 31-year-old Bend native who has worked as an independent hair stylist and makeup artist for 12 years. She currently works at Lemon Drop Salon in downtown Bend. Anderson’s makeup experience includes going on location for weddings, magazine photo shoots, bridal photo sessions and other special occasions.
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WALLCOVERING PREPARATION—Use of a quality primer is a must before you apply a wallcovering. It will protect the drywall and prevent the edges of the wallcovering from coming loose or curling.
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Stolen Faces in the Crowd Identity theft can turn your life upside-down as you strive to regain your personal and financial stability. by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects Ten years ago, Michelle Walker began to receive confusing bills and past-due statements in the mail. Even though she was living in Kansas City, Mo., at the time, the bills referenced a Michelle Walker in Reno, Nevada. Upon further review, Walker (who now lives in Bend) noticed the other woman also shared her social security number. That’s when she knew she was the victim of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information — your name, Social
from computers, cell phones and other equipment that was not properly erased, or formatted, before given away or taken to the dump. Many times, thieves will use public records or simply complete a change of address form on your behalf to gain personal information. Another option for the criminals is to simply steal bank, credit or identification cards such as licenses and passports. More computer-savvy thieves may try to hack your personal computer, cell phone or the
occurs when an impostor uses a minor’s Social Security number for personal gain. Typically, identity thieves use your information for their financial. It may be as simple of a situation as Michelle’s, where someone used her information to get free rent and other services. And Michelle is not alone. The Federal Trade Commission estimates more than nine million Americans have their identities stolen each year. On a scarier level, identity theft may be used for other crimes
including illegal immigration, terrorism, phishing (e-mail fraud), and espionage. More than $15 billion is reported lost by businesses and consumers each year. The national numbers of identity fraud are not encouraging. Victims spend an average of 330 hours resolving the problem. Only 15 percent of victims find out about the theft through proactive steps taken by businesses. A credit card was used 73 percent of the time.
Many times, thieves will use public records or simply complete a change of address form on your behalf to gain personal information. Security number, or credit card number — to commit crimes, such as fraud. “It’s a nightmare,” Walker said. “Once the damage is done, it’s extremely hard to fix.” Sadly, the burden of proving your identity usually falls on the victim. Walker immediately filed a police report both in Kansas City and Reno. She also had to provide two years of receipts to prove she did not live in Reno. While she uncovered no solid proof of this, Walker thinks the theft occurred when she changed her name after getting married.
How they do it
Identity thieves use a variety of techniques to obtain personal information. The easiest way is to rummage through your garbage. They can also steal personal data
computer network of a company or corporation. The Identity Theft Resource Center has identified five categories of identity fraud. First, criminal identity theft occurs when someone poses as another person when apprehended for a crime. Financial identity theft is when a person uses someone’s information to obtain credit, goods or services. Identity cloning entails a thief using another’s information to assume their identity in daily life. Using another’s identity to obtain medical care or drugs is called medical identity theft. Child identity theft U MAGAZINE | Summer 2012 | 23
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What do you do if you’re a victim of ID fraud?
• Review and place a fraud alert on your credit reports. • Close the accounts you believe have been compromised. • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. • File a police report in the community where the identity theft took place.
Above and beyond the annoyance factor associated with this crime, the consequences can be quite major. Walker’s credit score has dropped more than 100 points, which leads to higher interest rates. Although she would be skeptical in doing so, Walker will never be able to electronically file her taxes. “What about my Social Security entitlements?” she asked, knowing now someone could walk into a Social Security office and withdraw her money using her stolen information. Awareness is the most effective weapon against most forms of identity theft.
By being aware of your accounts and other personal information, you can make it harder for the thieves to target you. The Federal Trade Commission website has more information on how to protect yourself. But unfortunately, a heightened level of vigilance will only get you so far in this electronic information age. Walker recently discovered this the hard way. This past February, she was using Turbotax to file her taxes. Nearing completion, she saved her file to figure out her mileage and check her work. She finished the forms and believed all was well. It wasn’t. Whenshefinishedtheprocess and filed her paperwork, she
got a disturbing message. Someone had already filed under her name and collected her return from the IRS. Turbotax returned her fee and told her to call the IRS tax fraud division. Her identity had once again been stolen. “I haven’t recovered from the first one yet,” Walker said. The IRS sent her the required paperwork and told her to wait 45 business days to call. She went to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office to obtain a report number to submit to the IRS. Unfortunately, that is all they were able to do for her. “The list of victims is so long, you feel like they are never going to get to you,” she said.
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The MAGIC of MOLLY MBSEF Events Director, Molly Cogswell-Kelley, keeps her poles in the air. by Laurel Brauns, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photos by Nicole Werner “What have I brought to the Pole Pedal Paddle? Well … I’ve brought hysteria, tears … I quit every year,” said Molly CogswellKelley, events director for the Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF). “Kidding, kidding … no, no, no, I’ve brought fun. Fun!” Cogswell-Kelley is coming up on seven years as events director for the PPP, the Cascade Cycling Classic and myriad other MBSEF events that help raise funds for the foundation’s 550 athletes who train
and compete in non-traditional sports like snowboarding and Nordic skiing. Her corner office at MBSEF headquarters is piled with PPP posters (new and old), bags full of swag for sponsors and athletes and, in the middle of it all, a Goldendoodle puppy named Simon who chews on everything — the corner of a bookshelf, a stray toy, even the head of a plug he found beneath Cogswell-Kelley’s desk. She is dressed in a sporty “little black dress” with fashionable flecks of blonde in her hair, and she has the trim
figure of a dancer. Molly laughs easily, switching between cooing at Simon, talking passionately about her job, and laughing at herself as she tries to explain how she juggles the coordination of one of the most complex multi-sport races in the country. “Seriously, this is the best job I’ve ever had, but they had to talk me into it,” she
Molly Cogswell-Kelley sits with four local kids active with MBSEF (left to right): Ryan Griffiths, Minam Cravens, Ann Gorman and Leo Leukens.
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said. “I’m not a delegator; I like to take everything on myself. I work too hard and cry too much, and I didn’t think I could handle something as large as the PPP.” Years ago when she was offered the job, then executive director Chuck Kenlan explained to her that the event had been running smoothly for nearly three decades already, with systems in place and huge community support. “Some of the volunteer captains have been coordinating their stations since the PPP’s inception,” Cogswell-Kelley said. “They tell me what to do.” And while there were “systems in place” to help Cogswell-Kelley structure the management of some 3,000plus racers and hundreds more volunteers, businesses and supporters,shehassignificantly grown both sponsorship and race participation over the last several years. She has also managed to take on the job of two people, as her assistant was let go due to economic conditions. “The economic downturn has made us take our expenses really seriously and cut way back,” she said. As part of this budget reevaluation, Cogswell-Kelley decided to dive headfirst into the world of Facebook Ads. She taught herself social media marketing, targeting athletes and athletic communities all over the western U.S. And thankfully, her nontraditional tactics have been effective: the PPP has seen record-breaking growth for the last four years, mostly from outside of Central Oregon. She also spearheaded the creation of a website just for the PPP. 26 | Summer 2012 | U MAGAZINE
“She has a level of honesty that is so refreshing, you can’t name anyone who doesn’t like her.” In terms of growing sponsorship, Cogswell-Kelley credits the skills she gained from her prior career as a social worker, as well as a social work degree she earned from the University of Montana. “My job is to make our sponsors feel special, so I communicate really well with them and try to keep them in the loop,” she said.
One way she has done that is by organizing a motorcycle ride for sponsors during the Downtown Twilight Criterium portion of the Cascade Cycling Classic (CCC). Sponsors get to ride right along side the pro men’s race peloton during their first couple of times around the course. Cogswell-Kelley admits that the CCC is one of her favorite
races because of its length (six days to the one day of the PPP), and because much of the time she is out “on course” with the racers, close to the action. “It’s such an exciting time to be surrounded by such athletic greatness,” she said. “It’s really energizing.” Cogswell-Kelley casually races Cyclo-cross bikes herself. She moved to Bend shortly after college with her husband, Shawn, to embrace the outdoor lifestyle, namely to rock climb at Smith Rock State Park. So, it might be difficult to imagine her former life in Missoula, MT as a rock singer in a Mazzy Star/Throwing Muses-esque college band that regularly shared the stage with the likes of Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and other underground sensations of the 90s. But knowing what she is capable of, her performing side could resurface at any time. In the meantime, CogswellKelley appears content to play an enormously significant supporting role, both as a mother to her 4-year-old Maggie, as the financial development and events director at MBSEF, and as a friend and den mother to the 550 or so athletes who pass in and out of the program every year. “She has a level of honesty that is so refreshing, you can’t name anyone who doesn’t like her,” said Dan Simoneau, Nordic Director at MBSEF. “I just got a thank you letter from one of our kids the other afternoon that said the highlight of their day was stopping by Molly’s office to say hello.”
Nonprofit o p o t Spotlight: Spotl g t: MBSEF S
by Kathy Oxborrow, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Promoting the values of competition Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation offers training in skiing, snowboarding and cycling. Founded in 1986, Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation’s mission is to be the Northwest’s leading youth sports training organization, promoting the positive values of competitive sports including Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding and cycling. While executive director John Scheimer has just recently taken the helm at MBSEF, he’s able to speak about the positive effects of the organization from his personal experience as a father of two boys who were involved with the MBSEF’s programs as youths. Presently, the organization has two athletes who formerly participated in their programs, Tommy Ford and Laurenne Ross , who are on the U.S Ski Team and will likely compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “The athletes that make the U.S. Ski Team — that’s icing on the cake, but it’s all these other kids that have come through and gone to good colleges and are now giving back to the community,” Scheimer said. “What’s important is where these kids are going when they leave this program.”
Many of the youths who were involved with MBSEF come back as coaches as a way of contributing to the organization that helped them in their teens. Scheimer remembered when he accompanied one of his sons to Spokane, Wash., to participate in a Jr. Olympic qualifier. These young Olympic hopefuls roomed together during their time at the event. He marveled at the determination of these boys at such a young age. “It’s Saturday morning, and these kids are up and dressed, ready to go, getting their breakfast and getting ready to head to the hill,” Scheimer said. “And I’m thinking, ‘What other seventh and eighth graders are up at 5:30 in the morning getting their ski equipment on and getting ready to race?” The majority of the programs that MBSEF offers are for youths ages seven through high school. These include Nordic, Alpine and freeride skiing, freeride snowboarding, mountain and road biking, and standup paddleboarding. For adults, there are two masters programs in Nordic and Alpine skiing.
The programs are fee-based, but scholarships are available. As a nonprofit and to support families who need financial assistance, fundraising efforts and volunteers become a critical element to sustain the programs.
MBSEF organizes several events to help support the organization. The largest is the Pole Pedal Paddle (PPP) sponsored by U.S. Bank, which was just held in May. PPP is a relay race, with six legs that include Alpine skiing/ snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biking, running, canoe/ kayaking and sprinting to the finish. You can compete as an individual, a pair or on a team.
Bend Memorial Clinic sponsors the next event, the Cascade Cycling Classic, scheduled this year from Wednesday-Sunday, July 17-22. It is the longest consecutively run elitestage race in the country and has attracted most of North America’s top cyclists and teams over the years. Two other major MBSEF fundraising events are held each winter. At the Skyliners Winter Sports Swap, you can bring gear to the Mt. Bachelor bus barn on Saturday, Oct. 13, and folks will help you price, tag and sell your items. BMSEF receives 25 percent of the proceeds. Snowball, the last event of the year, will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Sunriver Lodge. This fundraising gala includes dinner and dancing, plus a live and silent auction. Scheimer points out that without the support of Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, the businesses that sponsor MBSEF programs and the volunteers — more than 600 just for this year’s Pole Peddle Paddle — the organization would not be able to accomplish its mission.
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At the Workplace
by Connie Worrell-Druliner, for The Bulletin
Get What You Deserve
Feel like you’ve outperformed your pay grade? Here’s how to properly ask for a raise. You’ve been working for a few years and now your hard work is paying off. You’ve been assigned new tasks, increased the value of your role, and been given more responsibility. Unfortunately, you feel like your workload has greatly increased, while your pay has stayed the same. With a slow economic recovery, you may feel like you should be thankful you still have a job and one of the worst things you could do is request higher pay. Asking for a raise can seem risky and could harm the working relationship you have with your boss, but if you feel like your workload or duties have surpassed your current wage, you may be justified in your desire for higher compensation. It’s natural to get paid more for handling more important responsibilities at work. While asking for higher salary may not be as “dangerous” to your career as most people think it is, asking shouldn’t be off the cuff, spontaneous, or unprepared. Doing so with your manager does make you look selfish and may affect your career. Don’t let your fear keep you from getting what you deserve. Here are some great tips to clearly communicate your worth to better your chances of getting a raise.
This is How We Do It
Before you start making your case, it’s always important to know your employer’s polices on salary pay. Find out if your company requires annual performance reviews before deciding salary, who makes the decision to allow a raise, or if pay advances are allowed according to a set schedule or rank. If you can’t find anything in your employee handbook, schedule some time with your human resources managers to discuss in further detail.
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It Takes Two
Before building a strategy, you should recognize the difference between role value and individual value. They aren’t the same and you need to know the difference to find out which one to focus on when making your case with your boss. Role value is based on how much worth your employer places on your position. Your employer may have a pay cap on your title and won’t be able to exceed that amount. If this is the case, you can focus on working with your boss to either expand on your job to allow a higher cap or develop a role with commands a higher value and salary. Individual value is objectively knowing your individual worth. What have you done for your employer? How have you helped the company grow, cut costs, or go above and beyond their goals? This is what most people asking for a raise base their case off of and it can be effective if properly and clearly presented.
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Something this important shouldn’t be done on-the-spot. Set up a meeting with your boss to talk about your raise. It gives both of you time to prepare, and meeting face to face will get better results than sending a letter or email. Make sure your manager knows the meeting is about discussing a raise so the idea can marinate in your managers mind until then. If you get immediately rejected for the meeting because the boss can’t give you one, use the rejection as an opportunity to learn how you can better position yourself and prove your value whenever next year’s budget is being discussed.
Once you’ve figured out your angle, it’s time to prepare. To get a better idea of how much you should be asking for, research the average wages of people working in your field at your level. There are several ways to gather this information. The Economic Research Institute offers a free salary calculator that provides an estimated annual mean salary for various positions. About.com also has a free salary tool that surveys salaries from specific locations. Be sure not to make you salary research a principle reason to your boss. It’s for you to base your request on and your manager will not see it as a
You aren’t making ridiculous wage demands; you are trying to maintain a fair balance of effort and reward that’s vital for any successful and sustainable organization. real reason to evaluate your pay. Instead, write out a list of your accomplishments. Pay particular attention to projects you’ve worked on, and how you helped solve any problems that arose. You should demonstrate why you’re worth more money to your employer, including proving how business operations and profits have improved because you’ve been a part of the organization.
If after presenting all the information in a calm and professional manner, and you are still turned down, keep things positive and respectful. Whether it’s out of your manager’s hands or your boss has different plans, a good manager will respect your honesty and keep you in mind whenever opportunities arise. If you are told the areas your manager thinks you haven’t performed well enough in to warrant a raise, you now have a goal for yourself to achieve. If you honestly believe you deserve a raise, don’t be afraid. Have confidence in your worth because you’ll never know if you don’t try. You aren’t making ridiculous wage demands; you are trying to maintain a fair balance of effort and reward that’s vital for any successful and sustainable organization.
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Women I Admire
by John Cal, for The Bulletin Special Projects
Being given a space where we can be ourselves is a beautiful gift from a friend.
Beautiful shades of la. Author John Cal (left) and his friend, Ange
t’s not that I don’t believe in God anymore,” Angela said to me one day while waiting for the MAX in downtown Portland. “I just believe in all the gods, and Jesus and God are two of the most powerful ones.” It was such a change, such a departure from the North Dakota farm girl I met more than a decade ago while going to college in Lincoln, Nebraska. I’ve always tried to be one of those people, a believer of Jesus, who is also okay when other people don’t. I have dear friends who are devout Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics and atheists, but I wasn’t sure what to do with this. Those other friends had never
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switched their perceptions of deity on me. We became friends under certain precepts, under certain understandings, and this conversation I was having with Angela was one that it had never occurred to me to be prepared for. We met at the end of my freshman year in college — in church oddly enough — connecting over the fact that our toothbrushes were the same color (white with blue and green stripes). I’d had a few late-night jam sessions with her younger brother, Ben, prior to meeting her — he on his guitar, me on my ukulele — and though I’m friends now with all four
Barber siblings, it was Angela who first invited me to their farm for Thanksgiving. It was Angela who was my first house guest when I moved to Oregon after college, and it was Angela who met me in Paris for two weeks during the month-long sabbatical I took from work a few years ago. Being from Hawaii, going to college in Nebraska was sometimes tough. People would drive home to their families on weekends or on break, but I didn’t have a home to go to. So Angela invited me into hers. She gave me a family when I needed one, a place to belong, a community to share love with. My senior year in college, Angela got run over by an SUV.
She’s a tiny little firecracker, and one day while out running, Angela, being too short to notice over the steering wheel of a Ford Excursion, found herself under the front passenger-side tire. While there were no broken bones, she did endure months of rehab and hospitalization to as her right leg recovered from severe third-degree burns from contact with the SUV’s tire. Those months saw a steady stream of hospital visitors. We tried our best to cheer her up. It’s hard to be optimistic when there are tubes draining the puss from your burnt, swollen leg after it’s been run over by a car more than 30 times your size. So we watched
A near-tragic accident left Angela’s right leg covered with scars. Photos submitted.
movies. We brought ice cream. We sat and listened and tried to help her feel better. “At least there were no broken bones,” we told her. “At least insurance is covering the whole thing.” “At least you’re getting a huge settlement for getting hurt.” “At least you have such a great support system to help you along.” One day, so frustrated with all of our well-meaning help, she burst out in frustration. “Stop ‘At-Leasting’ me. Can’t you just let me feel bad? Because I feel horrible! And it makes me feel worse when you’re trying to fix me. I got run over by a car. I’m allowed to feel awful.” It’s often so inspiring when people find peace and joy through troublesome times, but in that moment, it was even more inspirational to me for someone to be honest. Which is what I’ve always admired so much about Angela — that she’s willing to tell the truth. “I’m so glad for the way I grew
up” she continued to say that day waiting for the MAX. “I’m grateful that mom and grandma raised me to be a Christian. It taught me something about kindness that I don’t think I would’ve learned otherwise.” And I realized that she got it, that she understood what the Jesus I professed to believe in so devoutly was trying to teach me: tell the truth, live in joy, and be kind to your neighbors, regardless of whether they believe the way you do or not. Though she didn’t use the name to label herself anymore, she was doing a much better job of being a Christian than I was. She created a space for me to be who I am, by being fully who she is, and allowing ourselves to be ourselves is something so few of us do these days. When we met up in Paris a few Novembers ago, it’d been a while since we’d seen each other. She’d spent a couple of years teaching English in Korea, and so I missed running
into her the last few times I was on the farm. One morning over breakfast when we were getting ready to wander the city for the day, she looked across the table at me, over our baguettes, and said, “I’m starting to wear skirts again.” I looked at her confused until she continued. “The accident,” she said. “I didn’t wear skirts for a long time, because of my leg.” Then I remembered the scar, the car. “Can I see it,” I asked, realizing that I hadn’t seen her leg unbandaged since she’d been hospitalized. She pulled up her skirt in the least lascivious way possible, and though I tried to keep it together, I gasped a little, not used to seeing her skin varied and mottled. She began to smooth some lotion lovingly onto her leg, pointing out where it was healing.
“It’s so many beautiful shades of pink now,” she said, and then I began to notice it too, in yet another space, another moment that she created for me, that in her scars, like ground thistles, garden weeds that begin to flower late in the spring, you can (if you let your judgment go) begin to see all the beautiful shades of pink.
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