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Magazine Editor’s Note

Table of Contents Contributors .................................................................................... 4

In the Spotlight Making Beautiful Music in Central Oregon.............................5 Violinist Isabelle LaForet Senger left L.A. to settle in Bend, where she founded High Desert Chamber Music.

Curator of Flavor .................................................................... 13 Understanding the different cuts and flavors of bacon will help any home chef best utilize this flavorful food.

Physical Therapy for Women’s Health .................................. 19 A number of pelvic floor issues can potentially benefit from physical therapists specifically trained in women’s health.

Globetrotting Rock Star.......................................................... 25 World-renowned rock climber Kate Rutherford recently left life on the road for a Central Oregon with Smith Rock State Park view.

Knowledge & Advice What We’re Reading ...............................................................................8 Punch Up Your Confidence: Women’s Self Defense......................... 10 Bacon-Flavored Recipes ....................................................................... 14 Anatomy of a Lunch Box ..................................................................... 16 To Your Health: The Facts About Bladder Cancer............................ 18 High Desert Life Styles: The New Tip of Expression .......................22 Caring for Others: Planning for Your Elder Years ............................24 A Helping Hand: The Bloom Project..................................................28 At the Workplace: Loving Your Job..................................................... 31

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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. Printed by Northwest Web Press, Story ideas may be submitted to editor Ben Montgomery for consideration. Contact him at 541-383-0379 or bmontgomery@ Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

I write this introduction of U Magazine in a bit of a hurry. Not only am I pushing the limits of our deadline — when don’t you push the limits of the deadline, I can sense those around me thinking, somewhat in jest — but I’m planning for a two-week departure that will begin when my daughter decides it’s time. It’s all up to her, our second of two daughters, who my wife, older daughter and I will get to meet any day now. She’s not due to be born for another four or five days, but my wife assures me she’ll be coming early. We’ll certainly find that out soon enough. I’ve been asked a number of times over the last few months if I’m disappointed we’re not getting a son this time around. Some have even offered their sympathies that a son isn’t on the way, assuming that’s what I was rooting for. To be honest, though, I didn’t think that far ahead. I know it’s a bit cliché to say, but I’m perfectly happy with a healthy baby, regardless of sex. The fact that we’re having another girl certainly doesn’t thwart my aspirations as a parent. It seems unnecessary to point out these days, but I’ll say it: girls aren’t confined to stereotypical gender roles in today’s society, and there are plenty of female role models around here who can serve to inspire her no matter what path she chooses in life. If she decides she loves music, for instance, and she aspires to be a performer either professionally or therapeutically, professional violinist and High Desert Chamber Music founder Isabelle LaForet Senger could be someone she looks up to. (See “Making Beautiful Music in Central Oregon on page 5.) Or, if she decides to pursue more thrilling adventures like rock climbing (please don’t pick rock climbing), new Redmond resident Kate Rutherford could serve as a role model due to her passion, persistence and ability to excel doing what she loves. (See “Globetrotting Rock Star” on page 25.) Boy or girl, the sky is virtually the limit when pursuing your passion here in Central Oregon. I’m looking forward to seeing what path she chooses. — 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; Stacie Oberson, Special Projects Coordinator; and Kari Mauser, Special Projects Editorial Assistant. Cover image by Nicole Werner / Model: Isabelle LaForet Senger

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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.

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. Enthusiastic and outgoing, BRIDGET MCGINN enjoys meeting new people and sharing their stories. She spends her days working as a marketing and advertising professional, making photos or documentary films and spending time with her family. She may also be seen being dragged along the end of the leash of her beagle. GREGG MORRIS is a local 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 6-year-old daughter. Free time is spent in the woods with his family or executing his duties as a member of the Deschutes County Search and Rescue team. KATHY OXBORROW is a writer and consultant who helps her clients tell their stories in a compelling way. A former pubic affairs TV producer in Portland, Kathy’s curiosity and inquisitive mind bring a fresh perspective when conducting research or interviewing people for a project. She lives outside of Bend and enjoys riding her horse, Sara. 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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MUSIC in Central Oregon by John Cal, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Nicole Werner

Violinist Isabelle LaForet Senger left her classical performance career in L.A. to settle in Bend, where she founded High Desert Chamber Music. Vibrato. It’s the slight variation and pitch in a note. When someone sings or plays a musical instrument, a stagnant note would sound flat, uninteresting. The skilled musician, however, can insert just enough vibrato into the music, creating fuller sound, the vacillation of the pitch building tones that allow the music to dance in melodic harmony across our ears. Still, too much vibrato can create dissonance, conflict. Too much

change too fast is often something too difficult for a melody to bear. But somehow, violinist Isabelle LaForet Senger is turning change into even more beautiful music, both for herself and for those across the High Desert. Senger had arrived and was living the life of a professional musician in Los Angeles. She was a member of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. She received her bachelor’s degree from the

University of California - San Diego, summa cum laude, and her master’s degree from UCLA, magna cum laude. She performed with the Los Angeles Opera and the Pasadena Symphony. Her work has been featured on soundtracks for movies such as “King Kong,” “Ted,” “The Matrix” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” as well as the on cartoon sitcoms like “Family Guy,” “King of the Hill” and “American Dad.” U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2013 | 5

She’s recorded music for Christina Aguilera and Kanye West, and even performed live with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. “I don’t want to sound like it wasn’t really great and that I’m not really proud of my accomplishments,” said Senger. “I’ve done some really exciting things, and that’s all fine. It’s the life of a professional, working musician living in L.A., but you don’t spend hours practicing, you don’t dedicate your life to something and do all of that so you can play something cool. You want to play music you really believe in.” In August of 2007, Senger and her husband, Francis, uprooted their lives in Southern California and moved to Bend. “The hectic life in L.A. is mostly spent on the freeway,” said Senger. “You can spend 20 percent of your day just commuting.” And while she and Francis found the pace and the lives they were looking for in Central Oregon, Senger also knew that there wasn’t going to be much work in Bend for a worldclass professional violinist. “I knew going in that my life as a professional violinist was essentially over,” she said. “I knew I wasn’t going to find anything. I knew I was going to have to do it myself, to create something for myself, and I understood that I was going to have to find something new . . . that’s what made me gravitate toward chamber music.” In 2008 Senger founded High Desert Chamber Music, a nonprofit organization based in Bend dedicated to “bring world class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon,” according to its mission statement. “As a professional musician, you manage your own life as an individual contractor, but I quickly found out that I didn’t have any experience in music in the business sense . . . My biggest challenge was just getting the thing off the ground,” Senger laughed. “I was starting from scratch. I founded, I started this big 501(c)(3), and I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have a guide or an assistant. For a while, I was essentially just winging it.” But through her “winging it,” she managed to create an organization that is raising the bar for classical music in Central Oregon. “We’ve been really fortunate and were able to experience slow, steady growth,” she said. “I found some really great

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Crown City String Quartet

people with amazing insight on how to do this whole thing, and I have a completely amazing board. We have a wonderful board of directors, who I’m so fortunate to get to work with and get support from. I’m not

professionals to further educate them about the practicality of being a musician as well as the passion that’s required to pursue such a future. High Desert Chamber Music also provides complimentary tickets for the string orchestra programs at Mountain View, Bend High, and both High Desert and Pilot Butte Middle Schools. “The success of the organization will always be very important to me, but I always want people to know that the sense of community and giving had really resonated with me,” Senger said. “It’s what my husband and I were looking for when we moved here and has been a big part of why we’re so successful. The people of Central Oregon are the reason we’re still here.” This year’s sixth successful season of High Desert Chamber Music’s Central Oregon concert

level, and it’s amazing to get to share and introduce that to people … “I want people to experience the music that is performed when people dedicate their lives to their instrument, how it’s possible to communicate without words.” The experience of founding a nonprofit within a small-town environment, she added, has changed her outlook on life, not just professionally, but also personally.

“I’ve embraced living in a small town,” Senger said. “When I was younger and living in LA, my life was all about me, but living here has changed that.”

“I’m at a point in my career that I’m playing what I want, with who I want, the way I want, and that freedom and ability is such a gift.”

Senger (second from right) is a founding member of Crown City String Quartet, which was formed in Pasadena, Calif., in 2007. The quartet is a favorite at High Desert Chamber Music concerts.

a one-woman operation. It’s a great team of members who volunteer their time to such a great cause.” Throughout the five years since the organization’s inception, attendance at High Desert Chamber Music events has grown. They’ve even implemented an educational outreach program that connects young musicians with

series suggests that Senger’s has again “arrived,” but in a different, more personal way. “I’m at a point in my career that I’m playing what I want, with who I want, the way I want, and that freedom and ability is such a gift,” she said. “I believe in chamber music, that it’s the highest form of the arts. It’s a way for people to communicate personally on a really intimate U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2013 | 7

What We’re Reading

Brief reviews of recent selections made by Central Oregon book clubs. The Bend Book Worms have found a book club protocol that works well for them and which they’d like to share it with you. Here’s how it goes: • During the reading of the book, each member makes a note of one particular question, a comment she would like to make, or a quotation that is memorable and why. In the course of reading, there will be several, but one is chosen to bring to the book group meeting. It should be written down. • After everyone has greeted everyone, the group starts its meeting with the leader asking each person to read their one question, comment, or quotation they have chosen. That is only what everyone shares as they go around

the table — no comments or expanding are allowed at that time. • The discussion leader (who really is not the leader; more the facilitator/timekeeper) has a stack of index cards with each person’s name on one of the cards. Randomly, she draws one name and asks that person to repeat her question, comment or quotation. (If it’s a long one, it should not be read entirely during group sharing, but now it is to be read completely). • The leader begins to keep 10 minutes time. At the end of that time, the next group member’s name is drawn for her time to lead discussion on her question, comment or quotation. • When it is your turn to bring attention to your question,

“Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver Bend Book Worms Global warming, climate change, glacial melting, human causes or natural earth rhythms-it’s a topic that is constantly in the news with each new wildfire, approaching hurricane or loss of a species. In Flight Behavior, Kingsolver takes on this contentious subject delivering a point of view from all sides. It’s been the wettest summer in history in Appalachia. Dellarobia Turnbow, a restless and disgruntled young wife, stumbles onto a “valley of fire” where millions of monarch butterflies are mysteriously living. It creates an international concern that draws a scientist who sets up a lab and studies these butterflies. He learns that the presence of these butterflies signals “systemic disorder” and this knowledge has a bearing on Dellarobia’s in-laws’ plans to log. This group felt the blend of nonfiction and fiction was not seamless and Kingsolver left the enormous issue of environmental distress due to climate change standing a little awkward alongside the story. As one reviewer said, “It was an easy book to put down.”

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by Bunny Thompson, for The Bulletin Special Projects

comment or quotation, you may either talk for 10 minutes — entirely fine to do — or ask the group members what they think about the topic. It’s that person’s responsibility to call on people that want to speak on the specific topic. • The stack of names on cards is passed to the person who just led discussion on her topic, and that person draws the next name. That’s just one way to do it. Of course, it’s paramount that the group chooses a book or selection

that motivates such lively discussions. Here are a few books recently read by Central Oregon book clubs, along with a few thoughts about each selection.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot The Deschutes Public Library Book Club In 1951, a poor African-American woman, Henrietta Lacks, died at age 31 of cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Without consent (which was common at the time), doctors removed tumor cells and began growing them in their lab. The cells, called HeLa, were soon used for research around the world with major advances seen in treatment for cancer. Neither Ms. Lacks nor her family ever knew or gave permission and certainly never reaped any financial benefits from the pharmaceutical companies. This case has recently come back into the media limelight. The National Institutes of Health granted the family a limited say over some of the research using Ms. Lack’s cells. This book group all agreed, though it is nonfiction, it reads like an engrossing novel with fully developed characters. Some felt Ms. Skloot over-emphasized the racial issues; most agreed that she writes extremely well.

“Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard Read, Wine and Bleu Book Club Author Candice Millard is an author who searches for a thread that fascinates her, and she follows it to see where it leads. After reading a biography of Alexander Graham Bell, she found herself focused on one chapter describing Bell’s attempt to invent a machine to detect where the bullet was lodged in James Garfield after the American president was shot. He eventually died from his wounds on Sept. 19, 1881, but why was Bell so focused on this particular invention? This led her to a story that she said was “so wrenching that it transfixed and terrified an entire nation.” This book group found the story fascinating, and one member thought it was one of the best books she had ever read. “Destiny of the Republic” is not a biography of Garfield but an account of American life and politics at the time. It tells the story of the men and women at that moment in history and makes us realize there is an important story that should have never been forgotten.

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Punch Up

your Confidence by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photos by Nicole Werner

Confidence has many applications in life, but one of the most important is having confidence in your ability to protect yourself and your loved ones. While the idea of being attacked by any type of predator might seem like a remote possibility, statistics show that assaults against women are not at all that uncommon. And while the frequency of attacks is unsettling, knowing that fighting to defend yourself

significantly increases your chances of avoiding injury is inspiring. The desire to be prepared in any threatening situation draws many women to take self-defense classes, many of which are offered at the various martial arts studios throughout Central Oregon. “Women usually sign up for the self-defense class because they are worried about something,” said Kristina Knittel, who owns Sortor Bushido Kai Karate with her husband, Brian. “Fear sparks their coming to a class, but they leave empowered.” While part of that empowerment comes from learning proven defense tactics or techniques and in having the strength and skills to counter a physical attack, much of it comes from being Kristina Knittel (left), owner of Sortor Bushido Kai Karate, practices her moves while Tiffany Newman and Amy Campbell (above, left to right) take a break from sets on the heavy bags.

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“Women realize they are a lot more powerful than they think they are.” Brian Sortor (far left) demonstrates self-defense techniques to Andrea Newcomb (middle) while Seth Newman plays the role of “attacker.” Photo by Nicole Werner.

confident in your ability to react in the moment. Once the moves are mastered, instructors set up scenarios that stimulate increased heart rate and adrenaline flow so students can see how their instincts kick into protection mode. “Women realize they are a lot more powerful than they think they are,” Knittel said. “They realize they have the ability to speak up and to stand up for themselves and to be loud and assertive. There is a real emotional intensity in standing up against someone who is threatening harm against you because we do not practice that in our everyday lives.” The simulated attack practice is important. Without it, there is an uncertainty surrounding the idea of an actual attack. “We want women to have confidence that they will be able

to deal with the situation in the moment,” Knittel said. “We give them a chance to practice putting words and actions behind their desire to protect themselves

rather than not knowing what they would do if ever in that situation.” Teaching styles vary, but building confidence is a common theme in self-defense. “We are interested in giving people the knowledge to combat

fear,” said Jimmy Smith, owner of Smith Martial Arts in Bend. According to his website, Smith’s teachings address surprise attacks and how to convert the body’s fear into an effective survival response. He also helps his students master the ability to escape from any type of hold or grip. And while self-defense generally conjures up images of fighting, Smith also focusses on teaching people how to redirect energy – to use an attacker’s own energy against him rather than fighting against it. “We focus on getting away from an attacker in three moves or less,” Smith said. “Anything more begins to get more complex.” Teaching awareness, strength, and assertiveness along with techniques and incorporating realism into the practice during classes ensures that women

leave confident that they can face a threatening situation head on without fear of freezing. There’s often a significant transformation in a woman from the beginning of a self-defense class to the end, according to Knittel. “Even if someone is not walking around in fear, they start the class because they are afraid of something,” she said. “And they move from that place to knowing they have a voice, both verbally and physically. They go through a whole gamut of emotions and experiences because we’re talking about pretty intense things, and from that they find their own voice.” Being confident in your ability to defend yourself is not only empowering, it is also the best way to avoid being victimized in the first place. U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2013 | 11


The Custom Window Treatment Difference When it comes time to purchase window treatments, it can be overwhelming and confusing to most homeowners. Especially those who are looking for quality, and who want to invest in products that will add to the value of the home.

There are an array of choices in the marketplace, from ready-made, to made-to-measure, to full blown custom treatments. But how do you know what to look for, and what

marks an exceptional treatment? The answer is simple. The mark of an excellent window treatment is in the choice of fabrics and linings, and in the quality of the fabrication or construction. The thought of ordering custom treatments from a skilled professional can seem like a big venture, but really, it is not. It is important for your windows to function in the manner you need. Hunter Douglas carries many different styles that work with different types of window functions. Draperies tend to have multiple functions for all types of windows as well. They can be used independently or layered with blinds. Searching out good fabrics from the start is a must for a great finished look. Then, the finished treatments will need to be installed properly, and some require “dressing” once they are hung.

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We are always looking for the next best thing in technology. Hunter Douglas has come up with a feature that allows you to take a picture of your windows and input any product into the photo. It is a great way to see colors and textures in the actual space. As designers we understand that visualizing a product in your environment isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Hunter Douglas has also gathered a variety of room shots that showcase different styles and features to help you be inspired.

drapery panels, proper application of the linings and interlinings, proper trim application, blind hemming, and various other standards are what mark excellent custom craftsmanship.

Custom-made window treatments are fabricated with high standards in workmanship, which is of utmost importance. Custom window treatment fabrication is truly an art, and it is not for the novice. There are industry standards for good construction. Double turned 1 1/2” side hems, double turned 5-6” bottom hems, the use of weights at the seams and in bottom hems of

It is understandable why custom treatments are considered an investment—one that will add beauty and elegance to your interior spaces for many years. When purchasing window treatments for your home, seriously consider going custom. The end result will be nothing short of stunning, and will grace you with a wonderful feeling of pride every time you see them.

Curator Of

FLAVOR By Annissa Anderson, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Nicole Werner

Not all bacon is created equal. Understanding the different cuts and flavors will help any home chef best utilize this flavorful food.

Salty, smoky and sweet, bacon covers all the bases for the flavors we crave. In strips piled atop most any sandwich or burger combination to pieces added into soup, chili or chowder, bacon makes everything better. But not all bacon is created equal. Bacon, like other foods that are trendy today, has many variations, some more appropriate for the back of the griddle in a greasy diner and others that take center stage in gourmet fare. What has made bacon, an American breakfast staple for decades, suddenly so essential to so many other dishes? It may have something to do with the resurgence of craft foods. Until recently, most of the bacon we bought for home cooking came shrink-wrapped in plastic from major pork distributors across the country. But, the growing popularity of the farm-to-table movement means more options, like small-batch bacon. Departing from the mass production of food, and often ensuing homogenization of flavor, is this oldfashioned style of making bacon. Rather than starting with frozen thawed pork belly injected with a quick cure, fresh meat is rubbed with a salt and sugar mixture and allowed to dry cure. Instead of liquid smoke added for flavor, craft bacon is often smoked over hardwood chips. The meat used for this specialty bacon is also often from smaller farms that raise animals more traditionally and organically. At Pono Farm & Fine Meats in Bend, most of their small-batch bacon is made from the belly of pig, but sometimes jowl or shoulder is used, U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2013 | 13

said Travis Weaver, Pono’s sausage maker and meat curer. Pono Farm pigs are heritage breeds raised locally, and slowly, without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. The bacon is usually rubbed with a salt and brown sugar compound that sometimes includes fresh garlic and herbs. For custom orders, these ingredients can be replaced with a raw honey and salt cure, or even a habanero and molasses mixture. After curing, Pono bacon is smoked over fruit tree woods — like cherry, apple or pear — mixed with a few hickory chips. The result, said Weaver, is bacon with “nice smoke, sweet, yet savory.” Bacon — both commercial and craft — is sold in a few different forms, and it helps to know which are best for how you want to

The Ultimate BLT (Serves 1) Using locally-sourced ingredients makes the best possible BLT. In Central Oregon, try The Village Baker’s Black Butte Porter bread, Pono Farm thick-sliced bacon and, in late summer, heirloom tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market.

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FOR THE AIOLI 1/4 cup each extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil, combined 1 egg yolk 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon each dried mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper FOR THE SANDWICH 2 1/2-inch-thick slices of artisan bread 2 tablespoons homemade garlic aioli 3 pieces smoked thick-cut bacon, cooked 1 ripe heirloom tomato, sliced A handful of arugula leaves Salt and pepper

use your bacon. For dicing or slicing before frying, thick-cut bacon fits the bill. For a slice of breakfast bacon, thin-cut crisps up quickly. For soups and stews, center-cut bacon has a higher percentage of meat, so it will provide meaty bites instead of fatty bits. Slab bacon is just that: the whole cured pork belly, best for when a little simply will not do. Pono Farm customers from Central Oregon and Portland (where Pono also sells at the Farmer’s Market) favor lean bacon from the pig’s shoulder for sandwiches, but thick-cut bacon ends for sautéing in greens, said Weaver. One Bend client also used saved bacon grease from Pono bacon to make baconinfused ginger snaps. Such is the craze among gourmands for fine bacon. But as much as we love it,


1. Make the aioli: In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Whisk the oil in drop by drop, until mixture thickens to a mayonnaise-like consistency. Continue to whisk in the remaining oil in a very thin stream. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. 2. Make the sandwich: Spread one side of each piece of bread with garlic aioli. Stack one piece with bacon, tomato slices and arugula leaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with second slice of aioli-laden bread. Enjoy.

Roasted Apple & Bacon Salad (Serves 4) This salad is perfect for fall, when apples are in season. A warm, baconscented dressing cuts the chill on crisp autumn days.


2 large apples (Braeburn or Fuji), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 medium shallots, very thinly sliced and separated into rings 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips 5 ounces baby lettuce mix, preferably one with frisée and radicchio (for texture)


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, combine apples, olive oil, syrup, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat, then transfer apple slices to a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir, and continue to cook until golden brown and tender, 10 to 15 minutes more. Set aside. 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine shallots and vinegar. Set aside. 3. In a heavy frying pan over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp and brown, about 7 minutes; drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 3 tbsp. of the accumulated bacon fat and return pan to low heat. Remove shallots from vinegar, reserving shallots, and add vinegar to hot bacon fat, whisking until dressing is emulsified. 4. Arrange greens in a bowl and add apples, bacon pieces, and shallots. Pour warm dressing over greens and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

we fear it. Bacon is, after all, a food laden with saturated fat, which has been shown to cause heart disease. Fortunately, the majority of recipes using bacon today are mostly attempts to harness bacon’s beloved smoked flavor without inducing a heart attack for the diner mid-way through the meal. Good quality bacon, used in sparing amounts, can add smoky flavor to so many foods. A crafty cooking method is to sauté a small amount of chopped bacon, reserving the cooked bits to a paper towel, and using the bacon grease that is left to sauté meat, rice or vegetables, subtly infusing the ingredients with smoky bacon flavor. Another, more obvious method is to simply adding cooked pieces of bacon into the preparation of sandwiches and cold foods like burgers, BLTs or salads. If the bacon is worth its salt, you’ll soon be singing its sweet praises. U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2013 | 15

Anatomy of a


BOX When kids head back to school, it is time again for parents to pack their lunch boxes. And while lunch box foods need to be easy, healthy, and portable, they must also satisfy each kid’s tastes — not always an easy task. Keeping in mind that food is fuel and one of the main goals is that they eat their lunch, it is also important to include a variety of the right kinds of foods for optimum health. With busy schedules, it may

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be tempting to load up on pre-packaged foods to toss into school lunches. But buying processed lunch items can lead to an excess of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, additives and preservatives in a child’s diet. Kids who eat a large amount of processed foods also adopt a taste for sugary, salty and fatty foods. The earlier they start eating fresh, whole foods, the easier it is to form lifelong healthy eating habits. For current nutritional standards, look no further than the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s nutrition guide for

When packing lunch for your children, be mindful of both variety and nutrition. Lunch box (above) courtesy of Matt Skeels and available at Iron Horse Antiques in Bend.

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parents. MyPlate — which replaces the food pyramid — illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual, a place setting. One of the notable differences with MyPlate is a greater emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Here are some simple strategies for following these guidelines and getting your kids the smart, healthy portions they need.

Fruits & Vegetables

According to MyPlate, the food portion of a kid’s lunch box should be roughly onehalf fruits and vegetables. Of this half, vegetables shouldn’t get shouldered out by an excess of fruits, which generally have higher sugar content. But both fruits and vegetables are naturally high in vitamins and minerals, and all fresh produce is low in fat and calories and chock full of fiber. Adding a whole piece of fruit to lunches is easiest. But for toddlers and younger children — who generally prefer cut fruit — cutting fresh fruit once or twice a week and storing in the refrigerator makes it a cinch to add it to lunches even during the morning rush. On days when fresh fruit is not an option, pulling some unsweetened, dried fruit from the cupboard can keep a lunch on its nutritional track. Including vegetables can be a little trickier, especially for kids with picky palates. But many kids can be enticed if raw, cut vegetables come with a small container of their favorite dipping sauce. Ranch dressing,

peanut butter and hummus, especially, gets kids immediately interested in vegetable sticks they would otherwise ignore. For more adventurous eaters, add thinly sliced vegetables to sandwiches or wraps for crunch and color without being too obviously healthy. MAKE AHEAD: Pesto green beans. Steamed or blanched fresh green beans lightly tossed in pesto the evening before and refrigerated make a kidfriendly vegetable to pack the next day.

Whole Grains

Grains, especially whole grains, should make up about a quarter of the food on the proverbial plate. Whole grains can come from whole grain breads, brown rice, whole grain cereals, and whole wheat pasta. Whole grains are preferred over refined wheat and rice products because their high fiber content helps keep energy levels strong and blood sugar steady, important for helping to keep kids at their best while at school. Beware: many breads that appear to be whole wheat are not; check to make sure the first ingredient says “whole” when buying sandwich breads. Most kids are happy with a sandwich, but if burnout sets in, it may be time to get creative with grains. Cooked bulgur, barley, wheat berries, farro, and quinoa make a wonderful base for cold grain salads, when combined with flavors kids like. MAKE AHEAD: Cooked quinoa tossed lightly with balsamic vinaigrette and

roasted vegetables. Include children’s favorites, like broccoli, carrots and beets, which all taste great the next day in a cold salad.

Lean Proteins

The remaining quarter of the lunch should contain protein, preferably from lean-protein sources. Chicken and turkey, fish, eggs, tofu, beans and lean meats all fit the bill. Avoid processed meats and use tuna sparingly, keeping within the guidelines for minimum mercury exposure. Nuts and seeds are also great sources of protein. For variety, or a vegan option, include a handful of unsalted nuts or small container of nut or seed butter. Bean dips and hummus are also good vegetarian options. MAKE AHEAD: Chicken salad. Slice cooked chicken breasts into small cubes and mix with a small amount of poppy seed dressing, chopped celery, halved red grapes and chopped almonds.


Veggies Plus,

PLEASE! Get your kids saying “please” to more raw vegetables when paired with delicious dipping sauces.


Dairy is an important part of a child’s daily diet. For daily consumption, choose low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk products to get kids the calcium they need without added fat. The amount of dairy recommended per day varies by age. Visit www. for recommendations. TRY: Milk in Tetra-Pak containers for school lunches. The shelf-stable milk cartons don’t require refrigeration (before opened) and come in whole milk and low-fat varieties. U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2013 | 17


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.

A number of pain and bladder issues related to the pelvic floor can potentially benefit from physical therapists specially trained in women’s health.

Physical Therapy

for Women’s

HEALTH by Bridget McGinn, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photos by Nicole Werner

Molly Nelson (right), physical therapist at Step & Spine Physical Therapy in Sisters and Redmond, instructs a client.


or eight years following the birth of her daughter, Anne Ferrell struggled privately with an issue that many women experience but are generally reluctant to talk about: urinary incontinence. After an embarrassing incident during a sprint track workout, Ferrell went to see her primary doctor and confessed

her frustration. Her physician immediately recommended physical therapy. “I was surprised, thinking she’d at least mention some type of medical procedure,” said Ferrell. After just three visits with Diana Spring of Alpine Physical Therapy’s Pelvic Wellness and Women’s Health Program,

Ferrell saw dramatic improvement. Spring is a licensed doctor of physical therapy and fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. “The evaluation, conversation and exercises I received from Diana have completely changed my life — no kidding,” said Ferrell. “I don’t worry about leaking

when I set off on a sprint; I don’t worry about coughing hard or sneezing and having a leak.” The idea that urinary incontinence is treatable through physical therapy may be surprising information to many women, who often suffer silently for years believing that nothing can be done to address the issue. It is in fact one of the most common U MAGAZINE | Autumn 2013 | 19

Diana Spring, physical therapist at Alpine Physical Therapy in Bend, works with a patient.

“As women see their symptoms changing and improving, I can see them becoming more confident in themselves. They start to do more of the activities they had stopped due to their symptoms.”

complaints (considered a pelvic floor issue) that Spring treats in her practice. “In the case of incontinence, many women are still living with the idea that it just happens as we age,” said Spring. “And we now know that is not the case and should be addressed.” Spring said other women’s health issues that can potentially benefit from physical therapy and that she sees commonly include issues related to childbearing and the pelvic floor: peripartum pain, pelvic organ prolapse, fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, bladder pain, pelvic pain (which can overlap with hip and back pain), and post surgical/procedural recovery (i.e. abdominal or breast cancer treatment). Like Ferrell, many women are unaware that a specialty area of physical therapy related to women’s health even exists. In fact, the American Physical Therapy 20 | Autumn 2013 | U MAGAZINE

Association (APTA) offers continuing education for therapists to become certified as Women’s Health Specialists. A handful of therapists have gone on to become board-certified in the area of women’s health, an opportunity that has only been available since 2006. Prior to professionally pursuing her interest in women’s health, Spring completed a residency and fellowship in manual therapy. She was inspired to continue her education and gain a certification in women’s health and pelvic health because she felt there was not enough information taught about the pelvic region. Spring is currently eligible for a Certification of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the APTA. Another Central Oregonian working toward her CAPP is Molly Nelson, DPT of Step & Spine Physical Therapy in Sisters and Redmond. While in school for

physical therapy, a visiting therapist specializing in women’s health sparked an interest in the field for Nelson. “It was always in the back of my mind, and I started taking the specialized coursework in this area when I was pregnant with my son,” said Nelson. “It really helped me to become more educated about my own body as well as about what other women can experience.” Nelson now enjoys treating women who are experiencing issues related to pregnancy, and one of the most common issues she helps women address is lower back pain. “It is probably most typical to see lower back pain and back issues associated with pregnancy, especially near the middle and end of pregnancy,” said Nelson. “These women are exhausted anyway, and the pain can be exhausting in itself. But it is possible to improve pain levels and

help women function better on a day-to-day basis.” Typical treatments for lower back pain include exercise prescription, stretching, bracing options, reviewing body mechanics and manual therapy such as mobilization or soft tissue massage. Other issues that pregnant women experience can be safely modified by specialists in women’s health. “We make sure that positioning is comfortable and safe,” said Nelson. “Our normal physical therapy toolbox for treatment doesn’t change, and while not everything we would normally do can be done with pregnant patients, we are able to make accommodations for our regular techniques.” Most patients that come to Spring and Nelson are referred by physicians, but both therapists say they are seeing an increasing number of self-referrals from women who have learned of their specialty through friends

and word of mouth. “Our area of specialty has been around for a while, but in a quiet way,” said Spring. “These are private issues, and people didn’t use to talk about these sorts of things. But this isn’t the 1950s anymore, and people are more willing to talk about their bodies. People are advocating for themselves more, asking questions and actively seeking answers.” Talking with other women about health issues can help others find the resources and information they may need to change their lives for the better. Dorothy Judd experienced this herself after she received physical therapy treatment from Spring to address complications following a surgery. Her amazement at the success of the treatment led her to become an advocate for others. “I had never, ever heard that there was physical therapy like Diana does,” said Judd. “And neither have other women, and that is too bad. It needs to be known. Being 73, I was born in the day when you didn’t talk about anything related to your health. Women just suffered. Now I’m an advocate. I’ve told one friend who has already gotten help, and I get really excited listening to her talk about how she has also improved.” While some women can be

embarrassed and reluctant to speak openly about the physical challenges that they face, Spring has found that often patients are so fed up with their symptoms that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get help. “I find that most women are relieved that someone is actually asking some of these personal questions about their bowel, bladder and sexual function,” Spring said. “Having a safe space to talk about these concerns is definitely the first step to addressing the issue and allowing healing to take place.” “Most women who come to see me are at the point that they are getting past feeling shy about talking about these issues,” she continued. “They

want help. I hope that, in the future, women come and see me sooner so I don’t read on my intake paperwork that she has been dealing with this issue for 20 years, 10 years, 5 years.” Judd admits that she was uncomfortable heading in to her first physical therapy appointment, but Spring soon put her at ease. “Diana is very matter-of-fact and makes you feel very comfortable,” said Judd. “She takes care of business but is friendly at the same time.” “It was not hard to talk to Diana; not in the least,” Ferrell said. “She

started by explaining the physics of what’s going on in the pelvic floor. She pulled out a model and described what’s going on and how the muscles work together and how this is a complex system of big, powerful muscles that you can work on just like your biceps and triceps.” With that visual, Ferrell was able to better understand what was causing her issues and came to believe that, yes, she could strengthen her pelvic floor muscles. “Perhaps the biggest thing that Diana gave me was the assurance that I did not have to live my life afraid of leaking at any given time,” she said. “No one had ever told me that before.” Seeing their patients improve and blossom in their lives is one of the most rewarding parts of their work for both Spring and Nelson.

“As women see their symptoms changing and improving, I can see them becoming more confident in themselves,” said Spring. “They start to do more of the activities they had stopped due to their symptoms. It is a wonderful feeling to discharge a woman who doesn’t need me anymore, and she can spend her days doing what she wants…” Nelson appreciates seeing her patients feel good about being advocates for their own health. “Whether they have improved in their day-to-day function or they have less pain, they are very pleased that they took action and sought treatment,” said Nelson. She encourages all women to talk to their medical professionals and trusted friends and to do research about the issues they are dealing with on their own. “Knowledge is power,” said Nelson. “Find out if what you are experiencing is normal. “Some women feel like because they are pregnant they should just expect to feel uncomfortable. Or they realize that they are wetting themselves and they think it is just a normal thing for a woman to experience after childbirth. But it isn’t the norm, and help is available. I’ve just fallen in love with the idea that there are options and things we can do to help women feel more comfortable.”

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High Desert Life Styles

The New Tip of Nail color simply scrapes the surface of the season’s most creative nail finishes. This year, sophisticated nail art makes its way mainstream. has come a long way from classic, glossy red nail polish. With dozens of nail care brands in stores and spas, the simple choice of what color to embrace expanded from warm corals, nudes and violets to cool blues, greens and shocking yellows. Nearly every color of the spectrum is blended into the beautifying lacquers with which many of us treat ourselves. “Nails are limitless as far as your imagine can take you,” said Amber Sanderberg of Boom Boom Beauty Room in Bend. In recent years, expecially with social networks such as Pinterest as modalities for sharing beauty ideas, our fingernails have are become a canvas from which creative expression exudes. As fashion trends evolve from season to season, color trends as well as texture trends for nails evolve as well. Underneath it all is a well-manicured natural nail. Gather your favorite colors and experiment adding a touch of unexpected color or texture. You may find your creativity is within reach of your fingertips. Nail art by Alicia Wise of Boom Boom Beauty Room in Bend Photos by Nicole Werner

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Ombré: A term made popular in salons by a hair color technique, ombré is the gradient of two colors smoothly transitioning from one to the other. Another twist on Ombré is to paint each nail a slightly different shade of the same hue starting with either the darkest shade on the thumb, using a slightly lighter shade on each successive nail ending with the lightest shade on the pinky.

Matte/Gloss French: This modern version of the French manicure utilizes a single color in a matte finish applied to the entire nail. The tip is finished with a clear gloss for a subtle contrasting effect.

Reverse French Manicure: To achieve this look, apply any color of your choosing to the entire nail. To complete the look, apply another color to the moon or base of the nail above the cuticle. For more interest or an edgier look, use a glitter accent.

Glitter: You don’t have to be 14 years old to enjoy the sparkle of glitter on your nails. Avoid glitter overkill by applying a glitter polish to a single nail, such as a ring finger nail, as an accent.

Caviar: This look is achieved when nails are dipped into tiny seed beads right after being painted while they are still sticky. Use similar color paint as the beads for consistent color.

Nail Tape: For the look of metallic stripes, use nail tape. This foil-like material is about one millimeter wide and is available in rolls. It can be applied to nails still wet with nail polish and finished with a top coat of clear polish. Nail Wraps (not shown): These self-adhesive strips are applied to clean, dry nails and are available in limitless graphic designs from the look of lace to photographs of galaxies. The wrap is applied to the nail, and edges that extend beyond the nail are filed off. Once applied, a top coat of clear polish should be added to increase its durability.

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Planning For Your Elder Years If we were to ask an older person what his or her most important concerns for aging are, we would probably get a variety of answers. According to surveys frequently conducted among the elderly, the most likely answers we would receive would include the following three principal concerns or life wishes: • Remaining independent in the home without intervention from others. • Maintaining good health and receiving adequate health care. • Having enough money for everyday needs and not outliving assets and income. To address these concerns or wishes and maintain the quality of life wanted in the elder years, it simply takes a little preplanning. It is human nature not to worry about an event until it happens. We may prepare financially for unexpected financial disasters by covering our homes, automobiles and health with insurance policies. However, no other life event can be as devastating to an elderly person’s lifestyle, finances and security as needing long term care. It drastically alters or completely eliminates the three principal lifestyle wishes listed above. The majority of the American public does not plan for this crisis of needing

eldercare. The lack of planning also has an adverse effect on the older person’s family, with sacrifices made in time, money and family lifestyles. Because changing demographics and potential changes in government funding, the current generation needs to plan for long term care before the elder years are upon them. Let us look at some facts. • The population of the “very old,” older than 85, is the fastest growing group in America. This population is at the highest risk for needing care. • Medical science is preventing early sudden deaths, which means living longer with impaired health and greater risk of needing long term care. • The Alzheimer’s Association estimates the risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia beyond 85 to be about 46% of that population. • It is estimated that 6 out of 10 people will need long term care of some type during their lifetime.

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• Children are moving far away from parents or parents move away during retirement making long distance care giving difficult or impossible. • Government programs, already stretched thin for long term care services, will experience even greater stress on available funds in the future. One of the important things for planning is how to maintain your lifestyle as you age. You may be healthy enough to stay in your own home with help provided for the following activities of daily living: maintaining a home, providing meals, supervision, companionship, transportation and shopping services. This type of care at home is nonmedical and must be provided free of charge by family, friends, or volunteers or the care must be paid for out-ofpocket. Government programs, in most cases, will not pay for this kind of care. It is wise to plan now how you will pay for care when it is needed. In evaluating your future income you may find it necessary to add some resources such as long term care insurance to pay for this care. Long term care insurance must be purchased while you are younger and healthy. Failing health, stroke or other aging issues will not allow you to

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qualify for this insurance. The process of long term care planning involves the following four principles. • Knowledge and preparation are the keys to success. • Having funds to pay for care expands the choices for care settings and providers. • Using professional help relieves stress, reduces conflict, and saves time and money. • Success is assured through a written plan accepted by all parties involved. We don’t like to think of our elder years in terms of health problems, but a sudden stroke, heart failure or onset of dementia could make it impossible to carry out our own wishes if preparation was not made ahead of time. The National Care Planning Council provides information on what Medicaid and Medicare will cover as well as an overview of how their services can help you create and execute your long term care plan. (

World-renowned rock climber Kate Rutherford recently left life on the road for a Central Oregon home with a view of Smith Rock State Park.



by Gregg Morris, for The Bulletin Special Projects Photos by Gabe Rogel,

To say K ate Rutherford has a thing for rocks is a huge understatement. As an accomplished rock climber, she has traveled the world in search of big walls to forge her way up. Meanwhile, her career as a jewelry maker allows her to transform rocks into polished pieces of beauty. Both pastimes keep Rutherford connected to nature and close to her favorite quote by 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi: “Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rutherford grew up in Alaska, where she lived until she was 12. “It was the real rural Alaska, with homesteading and dog sleds,” she said. As Rutherford was entering her teenage years, the family, which includes a younger brother and a younger adopted sister, moved to Vashon Island, in the Puget Sound outside of Seattle. While most of her family climbs and Rutherford remembers some climbing outings as a child, it wasn’t until later she would launch herself into the world of climbing.

Both Alaska and Washington helped her cultivate a love for the outdoors, but it wasn’t until sophomore year in high school that Rutherford truly developed a connection to nature. As a gift from her family, Rutherford went on an Outward Bound trip to Colorado and Utah. Most of her family had either worked for, or been on, an Outward Bound trip, which generally includes hiking, rafting and climbing. “It had a huge impact on me,” Rutherford said. “It was such an enjoyable experience.” A few years later, Rutherford left to study biology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. It was shortly after arriving in Colorado that she began to fall in love with climbing at places like Indian Creek and South Platte.

Kate Rutherford climbs in Garni Canyon, which is located in Armenia.

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Upon graduating with a degree in biology, Rutherford scored an enviable job studying biology in some beautiful locations. But somehow, she felt unfulfilled. “I had a great job, but I kept dreaming of climbing,” Rutherford said. “I decided to give myself five years to try it professionally.”

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After quitting her job, Rutherford traveled to Southeast Asia to explore and climb. “I went on an inspiring climb in Vietnam and Laos,” she said. “I got hooked. I wanted to climb all over the world.” Coming back to the U.S., now fully engrossed in climbing, Rutherford moved near California’s Yosemite National Park. She worked for Toulumne Search and Rescue and fell into the climbing community. “We were hanging out with the climbing community, one thing lead to another, and I started to climb professionally,” she said. She excelled in the sport to the point that major outdoor clothing and supply companies began to take notice. First, Prana began to

supply her with clothes. After realizing she needed more technical gear, Rutherford struck a deal with Patagonia, Inc. to receive support, clothing and gear. Rutherford is also a climbing ambassador for the likes of Black Diamond, Cliff Bar and La Sportiva. While a professional, Rutherford pulled completed several major climbs and first ascents across the globe. In 2009, teamed with her friend, Brittany Griffith, Rutherford won the endurance climbing competition, 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell in Arkansas. She also recorded a first ascent in Fritz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina. Closer to home, Rutherford has free climbed the Freerider Route on El Cap in Yosemite. With all of the beautiful locales she’s climbed, Rutherford lists the Moonlight Buttress Route in Utah’s Zion National Park as her favorite. “I think rock climbing is a great endeavor for young women because it teaches you how to know and use your body,” she said. “You get to use your brain to unlock the potential of your body. And, it takes you to beautiful places while building community and trust.” As is common for rock climbers, Rutherford spent the last 10 years of her life living out of various vehicles. Beginning in 2003, Rutherford lived

simply in the back of her Toyota Tacoma eating cold cans of beans while plotting the next day’s climb. Then, she lived for a couple years in her friend’s Chevrolet Astro minivan. When they upgraded to a Mercedes Sprinter van, Rutherford said felt like a true “rock Rutherford climbs Herero Arch at Spitzkoppe in Northern Namibia (left and above).

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star.” She counts Toulumne Campground as her favorite parking spot. Recently, Rutherford and her fiance bought a house in the north part of Redmond to be near Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne. The home may feel like a castle to the climbers as they credit its location to the park and her favorite climb, Darkness at Noon, as its main appeal.

Beauty in the Rocks

As Rutherford was developing a love for the outdoors and, eventually, rock climbing, she’s also maintained a passion for making jewelry. “I started making jewelry as soon as I started wearing it,” says Rutherford. “I have always been into wearable art.” Even though Rutherford has used her creativity since a child,

it wasn’t until 2003 that she began to make the jewelry she now sells. “I like to craft elegant and simple pieces that seem to resonate with the climbing community,” she said. “I feel lucky that I stumbled upon this.” While discussing her two main interests, Rutherford draws a strong connection between each of them. “Both rock climbing and jewelry make me use my hands a lot,” she said. “They are both meditative for me. I like to be in beautiful places and work with beautiful things.” Information about and photos of Rutherford’s jewelry can be found at www. For some spectacular pictures and video of Rutherford climbing, visit

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PROJECT The Bloom Project donates fresh bouquets of flowers to hospice and palliative care patients, demonstrating beauty, giving and joy during end-of-life care. The nonprofit serves Central Oregon and has six hospice and palliative care partners: Partners in Care, Heart n’ Home Hospice (Bend & La Pine), Mt. View Hospice (Madras), Pioneer Memorial Hospice (Prineville) and St. Charles Palliative Care program. Five grocery stores support the mission with the donation of flowers on a weekly basis: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, North Albertson’s, Newport Avenue Market and Fred Meyer (Bend). Flowers are also donated from special events, such as weddings as well as memorial services. The flowers come from event planners, hotels, resorts and Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home. The Bloom Project is an all-volunteer run organization. A dedicated team has contributed nearly 3,200 volunteer hours year-to-date. More than 5,200 bouquets have been delivered throughout the Central Oregon region as of July 31. You can help Volunteer your time, coordinate volunteers, deliver flowers, organize events, donate and collect vases, become a Bloom Project ambassador, or make a financial contribution toward oprating expenses. For more information visit or call 541-241-8845.

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Striving to Offer a Level of

KINDNESS IN BLOOM The Bloom Project repurposes donated flowers to spread hope and cheer. by Kathy Oxborrow, for The Bulletin Special Projects | Photos by Byron Roe


wo experiences converged for Heidi Berkman that led to the birth of The Bloom Project, which gives “repurposed” flowers to patients at the end of their lives, bringing some joy and happiness to the time they have left on this earth. The first came when as a meeting and event planner she saw many a gathering end with the flowers adorning an empty room and those who had en-

joyed the floral arrangements long gone. The second occurred when Berkman visited a loved one in a Portland hospice. “It was a traditional January in Portland — dark and rainy,” she said. She remembers how the flowers in the room made a shift for everyone including the family, the patient and the caregiver. “It was just a simple thing, but

it made a huge difference,” she said. Then she flashed on all those flowers she’d seen that once they had fulfilled their initial function sat abandoned and sometimes ended up in the trash. Berkman decided she wasn’t going to let any more of those flowers go to waste when there were people facing death whose lives could be bright-

“The longer you work on something like this the more you find different layers and different ways that touch people.” ened with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. In November 2007, the Bloom Project began in Berkman’s garage. Volunteers collected those once-used flowers and delivered them to caregivers who gave them to the hospice patients. Although the project has moved out of Berkman’s garage into a retail space in the Cascade Village Shopping Center and expanded over the years, it is still run by volunteers, which makes its community acceptance and success all the more impressive. Berkman serves as the volunteer executive director with an eight-person board of directors from various industries. In fact there has been so much interest about The Bloom Project model from outside of Cen-

tral Oregon and the state that Berkman is looking at the possibility of extending the efforts outside of our region. Fundraising efforts are now underway to secure enough money to hire a paid project manager to be a community liaison and coordinate the services among the partners. The Flowers are donated by grocery stores, flower shops and gardeners as well as from various events — weddings, memorials, social and corporate. After a memorial service Berkman said, “Families are happy to have the flowers used again to cheer someone else up.” Berkman marvels at the ef-

fect that the project has on all those involved. “The longer you work on something like this the more you find different layers and different ways that touch people,” she said. She cited how meaningful it is for the folks who donate them, the people who pick them up, those who make them into new bouquets and the hospice volunteers who deliver them to the homes or care facilities of patients. Berkman says she hears stories constantly from hospice nurses and caregivers who tell her what a gift it is for them to knock on someone’s door with flowers and see the delight and surprise by the family and the patient when they receive the unexpected flowers. For patients who are bedridden and perhaps don’t have family or friends visiting regu-

larly, the flowers sitting on their nightstand may be the only thing they see all day long. Traditionally men are the givers of flowers, not usually the recipients so when male patients receive flowers, they are totally surprised. Many men say that they’ve never gotten flowers before in their life. “They’re just as concerned about making sure that the flowers get watered and that they are well taken are of as the ladies are,” Berkman said. Jodi Bigness, Hospice House administrator at Partners in Care, said, “There is something special about having fresh flowers in the room that makes people happy and brings a smile to their face.” The Bloom Project supports six hospice and palliative care agencies in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties serving more than 300 patients. More than 25 businesses partner with The Bloom Project — donating flowers, workplace, utilities and yard debris pickup — all to provide the gift of beauty and joy to patients in their final days.

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What to do...

U Magazine’s selection of upcoming events to definitely include on your “must do” list.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 7-8 SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL: Featuring seven stages of music, and workshops; $115, $50 youth 5-18, plus fees for three-day festival pass, free children 5 and younger; downtown Sisters; www.

Featuring arts, crafts, food and silent auction; proceeds benefit Sisters High School Art Department; free; Sat.10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Creekside Park, U.S. Highway 20 and Jefferson Avenue; 541-549-8905 or

people; donations benefit local nonprofit organizations through Rally Cause; free; donation accepted; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Deschutes Brewery & Public House, 1044 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-382-9242 or www.

Saturday, Sept. 7 YOGIS UNITE!: An outdoor yoga event followed by a potluck picnic; proceeds benefit local charities; on the grass behind the yoga studio at Old Mill; $12, $10 for a special kids’ class; 10 a.m.noon; Bikram Yoga, 805 S.W. Industrial Way, Bend; 541-389-8599 or www.

Saturday, Sept. 14 FESTIVAL OF CULTURES: Features booths representing different cultures, a community-based official citizenship oath ceremony, dance and music performers, food vendors, kids area and more; free; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue, Redmond; 541-3824366 or

Thursday, Sept. 26 BENDFILM KICK-OFF PARTY & 10TH YEAR BREW PREVIEW: Featuring the tasting and naming of a BendFilm 10th Year Belgian IRA created by Deschutes Brewery to honor the festival, live music; receive two beer tickets, appetizers and the first available copies of the BendFilm Guide; proceeds benefit BendFilm; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 6-9 p.m.; Deschutes Brewery & Public House, 1044 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-388-3378 or

Sunday,Sept. 8 ANNUAL GREAT DRAKE PARK DUCK RACE: Event includes live music, food, activity booths and duck races; proceeds from duck sales benefit local charities; free admission, $5 duck race tickets; 11 a.m.; Drake Park, Bend; September 13-15, 19-21 MONTY PYTHON’S “SPAMALOT”: The Tony-winning musical is performed by Stage Right Productions; $24-$29 plus fees; 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-3170700 or Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15 SISTERS FALL STREET FESTIVAL:

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 19-22 “FULLY CHARGED”: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents performers from around the world for a circus experience; free face-time with performers one hour before show; $20-$40; Thurs. and Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7 p.m., Sun. 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-2711. Tuesday, Sept. 24 DESCHUTES BREWERY CO-OP, FROM PITCHFORK TO PUB: Featuring small plates paired with fresh hop and fruit beers; first 100

Friday, Sept. 27 PICKIN’ AND PADDLIN’ MUSIC SERIES: Includes boat demonstrations in the Deschutes River; The Giraffe Dogers, a progressive newgrass band performs; proceeds benefit Bend Paddle Trail Alliance; $5, free for children 12 and younger; 3:30-5:30 p.m. demonstrations, 5-9 p.m. music; Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, 805 S.W. Industrial Way, Suite 6, Bend; 541317-9407 or

Sunday, Sept. 29 CENTRAL OREGON WINE STOMP 5K/10K: A fun run/walk through the vineyard followed by music, food and wine; sign up at Volcano Vineyards or Fleet Feet Sports; proceeds benefit The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; $20 before Sept. 20, $30 late registration, $12 T-shirts; 11 a.m.; Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards, 70455 N.W. Lower Bridge Way, Terrebonne; Saturday, Oct. 5 SWINGING WITH THE STARS: Local celebrities dance with professional dancers in a competition modeled on “Dancing with the Stars”; registration requested; proceeds benefit Central Oregon Sparrow Clubs; $15-$60; 6 p.m.; Bend High School, 230 N.E. Sixth St.; 541-647-4907 or www. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 10-13 BENDFILM FESTIVAL: The 10th year of independent film screenings; venues include Regal Old Mill Stadium 16, Tower Theater, Tin Pan Theater, Oxford Hotel, Greenwood Playhouse and McMenamins Old St. Francis School; $12, $150 full film pass, $250 full festival pass; 5 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. Fri.-Sun.; Bend location; 541-388-3378 or

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At the Workplace

by Connie Worrell-Druliner, for The Bulletin

Loving Your Job

Take steps to turn around the relationship you have with your current job. Get Out of Your Office

Everyone wants a job they love. I’m sure no one has ever said, “I want to spend 40-plus hours doing work I hate,” or “I just want to feel mediocre about my career.” Unfortunately, finding a job that you’re passionate about or maintaining your zeal for a job you once loved isn’t easy. A survey of American workers by Ipsos, a global market research company, found that only 55 percent of U.S. employees say they love their jobs. If that unhappy employee is a manager or an executive, the negative implications could be far reaching. But, it’s not all bad news. If you no longer love your work, there are several steps you can take to help turn around your relationship with your job.

Check Your Perspective

Every situation can look different, depending on your perspective. So, take a step back and consider how you’re looking at your job. Is it just a job, or is it a career with the goal of advancement? Do you see your job as a calling, where you focus on the sense of fulfillment the work gives you? An article from the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical care, research and education organization, points out that neither of these three choices are bad, and most people actually find aspects of all of them to be true in their current work situations. To help revive your job satisfaction, try to remember why you took this job in the first place.

Don’t Stop Learning

Boredom with your normal, day-to-day tasks can quickly drain your passion for work. So make it a goal to always be learning something new. Watch a webinar, read a book or attend a conference. This is also a great precedent to set for your entire department or company. The most successful leaders are those who never stop learning and stay at the forefront of their industry.

Personal connections are keys to maintaining your job satisfaction and ensuring you actually look forward to going into work each day. In a Fox Business article, Jeanette Mulvey recommends making friends with the people you work with. If you’re a supervisor, it can be tricky to maintain the balance of friendship and leadership with your employees. But, you should at least learn what’s going on in their lives and about their goals. This will empower you to help them achieve their dreams, which will fulfill you as a leader. You also need to stay connected with your customers. Meeting customer’s needs is at the heart of every business, and you can’t stay in tune with those needs if you never interact with them. Make a few phone calls, schedule some client lunch appointments or walk the aisles of your store. Nothing revives passion for a job better than seeing how your work fits into the big picture of serving your customers. By changing your outlook about work and rekindling that passion you once had for your job, you can love the job you already have. And, the good news is that not only will you be happier at work, you’ll also discover many other benefits to loving your job. As career advice columnist Curt Rosengren from US News points out, when you love your work you will have more energy, feel more confident, be more persistent and find more enjoyment in your life outside of work. Plus, happiness is contagious, so you just might spread your new found love for the job to the rest of your team.

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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