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Well, hello again! As the kids head back to school, we’re reminded how quickly summertime flies. With only a month left of endless sunny skies, pool days and barbecues, let’s not waste our weekends! This month, don’t leave all the learning to the kids. Discover the love language of your spouse, read up on random knowledge or learn the secrets to a thriving summer garden. With all the time you’ll be spending in the sun, be sure to check out our tips for melt-proof makeup, and don’t forget your sunscreen! No matter where this August takes you, we hope that you stay safe, have fun and make the most of it.

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What’s Inside… 6 Summertime Flies 7 Introverts vs. Extroverts 8 It’s a Mad Grad World 10 Public School vs. Homeschooling 13 Gainesville Teams Gear up for 2013 19 HS Football Schedule 2013 20 Gator Sports 21 Housing Market Heats Up with Kevin Williams

22 W hy is Gainesville Called Hogtown? 24 What’s Happening Local 25 Doctor Talk 26 10 Tips on Loving Your Location 29 Sitting Pretty 30 Did You Know? 31 “The MANual” Review 32 Gainesville’s Growing

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“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.” Henry James

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Summer By Kat Freestone


s e i fl Don’t let another summer slip by without making the most of the long days, time off and family plans. If you’re like me, you look forward to the promise of fresh fruit and warm weather, but it’s all too easy to let your summer goals go to waste. This August, let’s take advantage of everything the end of summer has to offer. Try Something Fresh There’s nothing better than ripe strawberries, juicy blueberries and soft peaches, especially when they’re on sale! Stock up on watermelon, mango, kiwi and all your other favorites while they’re still in season. Cook them in cobblers, toss them in salads or simply enjoy them plain.

Read – A Lot Read for pleasure. Read to learn. Pick up something you’d ordinarily skip. Read by the pool or on the beach, read about culture and history, and read with your kids, too. 6

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Get Some Exercise

Go outside! No more treadmills or crowded gyms. Go for a swim, play tennis How many summers has your family wasted with friends or take the dog on a muchneeded walk. in front of the TV? Turn off the computers, reruns and iPhones and head outside! Now is the time to ditch technology and Spend Quality Time with the Kids reconnect with nature and each other. Summer’s almost over, and while you may look forward to the start of school, you can be sure your kids don’t. In these last few Beautify Beautify your body, mind, spirit, family, home weeks of freedom, focus on them. Take and life. Clean out the garage and donate the them to their favorite ice cream parlor or out to the park to play some ball. clutter to the Salvation Army. Take a day to pamper yourself with a fresh pedicure and a haircut. Gather your family around for a night It’s not too late to put those summertime plans into action. Get up, get out and of popcorn and storytelling. Take a moment enjoy August! to appreciate everything that you have.


“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Introverts vs.

Extroverts By Kat Freestone

These character types are widely known – and widely misunderstood, too. Do you really know which one defines you? Extroverts at the Game Introverts at the Game

If being at the game surrounded by loud crowds and all of your best buddies is what gets your blood pumping, odds are you’re an extrovert. Extroverts are energized by what’s happening in the outer world.

Unlike extroverts, introverts are drained by busy, crowded environments. If you’re an introvert, your energy comes from what goes on in your inner world. You still love to watch the game, but you’d prefer to do it at home with just a few of your closest friends.

Extroverts at Work Introverts at Work At work, do you find yourself talking through problems aloud and brainstorming with others? Extroverts prefer to talk to clarify what they think and find solutions quickly when working in a group.

If you think work meetings are unproductive and would prefer to work alone, you’ve got the character of an introvert. Unlike extroverts who need to talk through their problems, introverts find talking distracting.

Extroverts around Others Introverts around Others How would you say your friends and family describe you? If the answer is accessible and understandable, then give your extroverted side a point. Extroverts relate well to others, especially new acquaintances.

Do you feel uncomfortable connecting with people you’ve just met? Introverts are subtle and can be difficult to know well initially. However, with time an introvert can be just as open and personable as any extrovert.

Extroverts and Life Goals Introverts and Life Goals What is your mission in life? Do you want to give back to your community? Do you strive to change the world? Extroverts often find satisfaction in taking action, seeing tangible results and in making a difference.

Do you often ponder the ways of the world? Do you enjoy reading about history and think about humanity’s future? Introverts often work to understand the world, though they don’t necessarily set out to change it.

Extroverts and Interests Introverts and Interests If you’re an extrovert, odds are you have interests – lots of them. Your interests have breadth, but not necessarily depth.

Are your weekends consistently filled with the same two or three activities? Introverts’ interests have depth, not breadth.

Extroverts and Friends Introverts and Friends If you have a bubbling social life, you’re an extrovert through and through. You find happiness in the company of others – lots of others. Spending time alone is out of the question.

Your relationships are limited, but that suits you. You have a few, very close friends who you enjoy hanging out with once in a while, but you value your alone time, too.

Introverts and extroverts may be different, but it’s those differences that make us unique. So, which one are you? “Faith moves mountains, love transforms hearts.” John Paul Warren

About the Authors:

By Coach Micheal J. Burt and Colby B. Jubenville

It’s a

Mad Grad World

10 Tips to Help Graduates Survive (and Thrive!) in the Job Market Jungle The hiring landscape facing recent college grads is inhospitable, to say the least. Here, we share 10 tactics to help graduates create a best-odds scenario for acing interviews and landing a job. 8

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Coach Micheal Burt is the co-author of Zebras & Cheetahs: Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle. He represents the new age leader: the Zebra and the Cheetah. Part coach, part entrepreneur and all leader, Coach Burt is the go-to guy for entrepreneurs who want to become people of interest, salespeople who want to be superstars and managers who want to be coaches. He is a former championship coach and the author of eight books. His radio show, Change Your Life Radio, can be heard globally on (WLAC). Follow Coach Burt at Colby B. Jubenville, PhD, is the coauthor of Zebras & Cheetahs: Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle. He holds an academic appointment at Middle Tennessee State University and is principal of Red Herring Innovation and Design (, an agency specializing in teaching people and organizations how to compete on unique perspective, education and experience in order to create unique value. He regularly speaks on his philosophy, Collective Passion, a model that illustrates how to meaningfully connect organizations, customers, and employees. Zebras & Cheetahs: Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle is available at bookstores nationwide. “When things go bad, don’t go with them.” Elvis Presley

If you’ve graduated from college, congratulations! Take a few moments to admire your diploma and pat yourself on the back … and then get ready to attach your nose firmly to the grindstone (again). Graduates are facing one of the worst job markets in recent memory. In 2012, about 1.5 million bachelor’s degree holders under age 25 (that’s 53.6 percent) were unemployed or underemployed, and the trend isn’t on track to change this year, either. In today’s economy, companies need to know that you’ll add remarkable value instead of being a drain on the payroll. You have to show and tell potential employers how you’ll bring unique and immediate value to the table. In our new book, Zebras & Cheetahs: Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle, we explain exactly what it takes for employees (and specifically, leaders) to survive and thrive in the fast-paced, always-changing and highly competitive business world.

Learn to leverage your past

Here, we share 10 tips that will help you to show your value so that you can get – and keep – a job in the chaos of the concrete jungle:

Showcase your innovation

Respond quickly With such a high unemployment rate for college graduates, most jobs won’t stay on the market very long after being posted. Responding quickly to a job posting will express to the company that you are eager for that particular job.

Show up in person (and early) when you can Now that you’ve secured an interview, don’t screw it up by being late. Arriving at your interview with plenty of time to spare is just good common sense, but most importantly, it’s the first in-person opportunity you have to show your potential employer that you’re hungry, committed and motivated.

Differentiate yourself This is arguably the most important thing to bring to the job interview table: a clear answer to the question “What makes you different?” While it may sound cliché, a big part of differentiating yourself is simply allowing your personality, interests, values and quirks to flavor the interview. After all, employers aren’t just hiring your skill set; they’re hiring you.

Whether you’ve made poor choices in the past or have dealt with an unforeseen obstacle, employers want to know that you can clear hurdles and reinvent yourself when circumstances call for it. It might help to think about your life backwards: Where are you today and how did you get there? What were the major turning points or challenges? You didn’t earn that degree without putting in your share of metaphorical blood, sweat and tears!

Innovative thinking is going to instantly increase your value to a company that is trying to move forward. Make sure to weave examples of how you’ve thought beyond established boundaries and actively sought efficient new solutions to problems into your interview answers.

Let them know you play well with others

off-balance just to see how you handle yourself. If this happens, don’t react defensively or become argumentative. Instead, show that you are flexible and willing to admit when you are wrong or when you don’t know an answer. Remain calm and express an interest in learning more.

Hit the ground running As we have pointed out already, companies want to know that you’ll add immediate value if you’re hired. That’s why it’s important for you to come to the interview not only with general ideas as to how you’d be an asset, but with at least one specific action plan for how you’d like to hit the ground running.

Show your agility Agility in the workplace also means that you’re a quick learner, not just a quick doer. This is definitely something you want to get across to the employer. Try to remember what he or she says earlier in the interview so that you can tie later answers and conversations back to it.

Be persistent If you get a job offer after your first interview – and it’s a position you’re excited about accepting – you’re one of the very lucky few. Odds are, you’ll have to fill out many applications and go to numerous interviews before you reach gainfully employed status. That’s okay! Keep putting these strategies into practice, and sooner or later, you’ll hear those magic words: “You’re hired.”

Nobody is looking to hire a hotshot employee who’s in it for individual glory. During your interview, highlight your role in past group projects when the opportunity arises. You should make sure you leave the interviewer with the distinct impression that you are both a people person and a team player.

Solve their problems All companies want you to be able to do at least one of three things: make the company money, save the company money and/or solve major problems. Before you go into the interview, think about specific ways in which you can tie your skills and accomplishments to achieving one of those three outcomes.

Be coachable Many interviewers will purposefully try to ask you difficult questions or knock you a bit

“What a lover’s heart knows let no man’s brain dispute.” Aberjhani

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Public School The Pros and


Homeschooling is fast becoming a new norm for many parents and kids in America, with an estimated Public School Pros 2.04 million kids being schooled at home over sending • Transportation. Parents don’t them to public schools. Low test scores, violence, bullying have to worry about getting their and exposure to certain social “evils”, lead many parents to kids to and from school, since a bus is consider homeschooling over sending their child to a local provided to take their child to school and public school. So what are the pros and cons of each? How back home. . can parents make a sound decision for their child? • Social skills. Going to a public school will give your Here are the pros and cons of both child the social skills they need to take on the world after homeschooling and public schools. school; kids get to be around people of all races, some with disabilities, some from other countries and get to become immersed in different cultures than their own.

Public School Cons

• Activities. Public schools offer a large array of extracurricular activities, including drama, debates, sports, performing arts, and more.

• Underfunded schools. There are many schools in America that are underfunded and may not have equipment and materials that are needed.

• Facilities. Unlike homeschools, kids who attend public schools have the benefit of being able to use the many different facilities that the school offers, such as pools, tennis courts, lab equipment, up-to-date technology and more.

• Overpopulated. With too many students and not enough teachers, students may not get the one-on-one time they need. As a result, their performance can suffer.

• Curriculum. Public school students get a better choice of courses to take instead of relying on their parents to choose the studies they get to learn about.

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• Peer pressure and bullying. This important con of public schools is a big one. Students of public schools have to deal with peer pressure from friends, and also bullying, which has become a huge problem in schools in the last few years.

“The only thing that will ever make me fall in love is: if I fall in love.” C. JoyBell C.

Homeschooling Cons of Each By Kristy Wyatt

Homeschooling Pros • Freedom. Homeschooling gives a child more freedom than public schools; he is more able to learn and study when they want to, without the constraints of class bells and certain class times at public schools. • Flexibility. Like having freedom, a homeschooled child also has more flexibility than at public schools. For example, public schools have class periods, certain lunch and study times, and of course the school bus or car pool. Homeschooling eliminates these schedules and restrictions, allowing the child to learn, study and play when they want to. • Practicality. Parents who homeschool their children generally have a more unstructured curriculum than those in public schools; the learning activities that homeschooled kids have are more practical than public schools, since their parents can create study plans that are prepared just for their child and the child’s learning needs. • Emotional freedom. A homeschooled child doesn’t have to worry about bullying, peer pressure or the risk of violence in school. This is a big pro in light of the many school shootings that have happened over the last decade. • Religion. Unlike public schools – where religion is not instilled in any way – families who homeschool can inject their religious faith into their studies and learning activities. “Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.” Mother Teresa

• Savings. There are many costs associated with public schools, including extracurricular activities – cheerleading, football, etc. – and also the cost of breakfast and lunch.

Homeschooling Cons • Time. Parents who homeschool have to spend a lot of time teaching their children, coming up with lesson plans and also having to comply to state regulations for homeschooling, which might be a con on its own. • Social skills. Many parents who are thinking of homeschooling their child are concerned about the lack of social skills their child will miss out on. A homeschooled child won’t get to play football, be a cheerleader or join a debate team. This is a big concern for many, since the social stigma of homeschooled kids sees them as loners, socially unfit and they can feel isolated. • Commitment. Parents who homeschool have to commit a lot of time to their child. There are many moms and dads who love this idea, but for those who just cannot imagine spending so much time teaching their child, should not consider homeschooling; homeschooling is a long-term commitment that parents need to take into strong consideration before deciding on this type of education. Flourish Magazine | August/2013 11

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2013 Eastside players to watch, at front, from left are Landon Rogers, Dantez Willis, Malachi Loftland and Joseph Malu. Back row, from left, are Keandre McCray, Greg Turnage, Michael Linton and Seth Brown.

The click-clack of cleats on concrete as players approach the field, the crack of pads and helmets colliding, the echo of the P.A. announcer’s voice, the yells of feverish fans and chants of cheerleaders fill the cool night air – Can you hear it? It’s the sound of high school football, and it’s almost here. Area teams kick off 2013 with preseason games on August 23rd. We caught up with the coaches to get a little insider info on the upcoming season. So get your popcorn ready … It’s time for high school football. going to back down from anybody. We’re going to bring it every time we play.”

Eastside Rams Coach

Jeff Parker, 3rd year After posting a 3-9 mark in 2011, the Rams went 6-6, won the District 5A-5 championship and reached the regional semifinals a year ago. Eastside defeated Buchholz 13-10 in the 2012 season opener before losing three of its next four games. This season, the Rams have another tough early schedule with Buchholz, GHS and Trinity Catholic on the docket for Weeks 1-3. “I like that because it gets us prepared for when we get to districts – and that’s what really matters,” Parker said. Repeating as district champs and returning to the postseason remain the chief goals. “ We go into every game expecting to win. We’re not

has a chance to play center in college if he keeps improving his weight.”



Junior Landon Rogers stepped up when Sir Jackson was injured last season and passed for almost 1,000 yards in three games. “He’s a phenomenal leader who’s really intelligent,” while commanding the Rams’ offense, which primarily will line up in a one-back spread.

The defensive front “is probably the core of our defense and pretty much the heart of our team.” It’s led by seniors Michael Linton (6-1, 260) and Barry Johnson (6-2, 265) and sophomore Benjamin Houston (6-0, 280).

RUNNING BACK Dantez Willis (5-foot-8, 160 pounds) returns after “running real hard for us last year.” The coaching staff “expects big things” out of the speedy senior who added muscle in the offseason.

RECEIVER Senior tight end Seth Brown (6-4, 240) and senior receiver Keandre McCray (6-3, 185) are college prospects. Junior Austin McClain is more of a possession-type receiver while Octavius Simmons can help at receiver or running back. Another split end to watch is Malachi Loftland (5-10, 190), who played JV quarterback last season.

OFFENSIVE LINE Junior Greg Turnage (6-3, 260) started at left tackle last season, but likely will switch to center to make all the calls on the line. “He

“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present.” Paulo Coelho

LINEBACKER Junior Brandon Jackson and seniors Austen Seeberg and Quinn King should be mainstays in the Rams’ base 4-3 defense while the staff continues to look for other linebackers to “fit in there.”

SECONDARY Senior D’quan Davis “plays center field for us back there at free safety. He does a lot of great things for our defense.” Several underclassmen are battling for the cornerback spots, but he’s excited about the potential of the defensive backfield.

SPECIAL TEAMS Junior Joseph Malu (6-1, 170) is consistent as the team’s placekicker. “I think he only missed one extra point and he also hit a couple of game-winners for us, including about a 38-yarder.” Punting duties remain up for grabs while Simmons should be the top returner. Flourish Magazine | August/2013 13

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Story and photos by Mike Capshaw Seniors Demitri Weeks, left, and Quinlan Washington are focused on their goal of winning a state championship.



RUNNING BACK Junior Gerald Donald is power runner who did not play football last season, but had his “coming out party” in the spring classic with 118 yards in a 10-6 win against Orange Park Oakleaf. Donald has “big shoes to fill” after Kenny Scott (1,662 rushing yards in 2012) graduated and will get help from Tyler Stankunas, a transfer from Newberry. Senior Terrance Jones and Kyle Brasfield are battling at fullback.

Coach Mark Whittemore, 2nd year

QUARTERBACK Senior Quinlan Washington (6-foot, 180 pounds, 4.51 seconds in the 40) was the starter before suffering a lisfranc fracture in his foot in the 2012 season opener against Eastside. Washington is a “special athlete” with the ability to also play receiver and safety. Sophomore Jackson White, whose dad is UF running backs coach Brian White, and senior Jordan Nichols, whose dad played quarterback for the Gators, are savvy reserves with the ability to start if needed. 14 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

Senior Jerome Johnson (6-1, 310) was utilized at times as a lead blocker out of the backfield in the spring classic. He anchors the defensive interior while junior Tyree Rhymes is expected to be a playmaker off of the edge.

LINEBACKER Logan Weekes (5-11, 215), who’s Dimitri’s brother, does a “great job of going from C gap to C gap, so he’s a true inside linebacker.” Jones, Brasfield and Stankunas, who had 77 tackles at Newberry a year ago, will help at linebacker, too.



The strength of the offense, Whittemore is excited about a nucleus of six receivers with “good length and speed.” Barry Moore caught a nine-yard TD pass from White in the spring classic and Laron James had a game-long 34-yard reception. There’s also Washington, if he doesn’t play quarterback, as well as Demitri Weekes, Jared Goar and NaQuan Howard that are all capable of making game-changing plays.

The reason the Tigers line up with five defensive backs is because of the skill in the secondary. Other than the aforementioned receivers, such as Demitri Weekes (6-2, 190) – a college prospect at safety – impact defensive backs should be James Tomlinson and Austin Freeny.

OFFENSIVE LINE Senior Josh McCullough (6-2, 300) is the leader up front along with classmate Felipe Rodriguez at right guard.

SPECIAL TEAMS Daniel Nicholas won the kicking job in the spring and is “pretty accurate from 35-yards out.” A few freshmen could get looks as well as BHS tries to replace its punter and kicker. Howard, who has 4.4 speed, Washington and James will get shots as returners.

“Love is like a good cake; you never know when it’s coming, but you’d better eat it when it does!” C. JoyBell C.

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Story and photos by Mike Capshaw Herman Bellamy is “a completely different player” after dropping 50 pounds since last August.

Gainesville Hurricanes scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and Oregon, among others. Senior Herman Bellamy (6-1, 250) transformed from a defensive tackle to fullback after shedding 50 pounds. “He has great feet and is just as strong as he was at 300 pounds.”


Coach Mark Latsko, 1st year

QUARTERBACK Senior Jack Cornell (5-foot-10, 155 pounds) and sophomore Caelen Christian (5-11, 180) are “neck and neck” after battling all offseason. Cornell commands the huddle after serving as varsity back-up in 2012 while Christian started for JV and offers “a little more of ad-libbing if the play breaks down.”

RUNNING BACK Senior Tony James (5-11, 185) “ran a 4.29 laser-timed (40) at Florida’s camp.” He sports

Senior Kenric Young (6-1, 190) has dozens of offers and is “a true No. 1 receiver — good hands and a long-strider.” Classmates Ladale Thomas (5-11, 175) and Dontarian Evans (5-7, 155) help give the ‘Canes “a lot of speed.” Watch for junior Ahmad Ivey (5-8, 155), a transfer from Buchholz, to make plays out of the slot or backfield. Senior Nick McGriff (5-11, 200) returns from minor knee surgery as a catching and blocking tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINE Senior tackle Byers Hickman (6-5, 265) is committed to Florida Atlantic. Junior Trent Wooden (6-0, 235) returns at guard. Senior Carlos Ramos (5-11, 235) and sophomore Andrew Markham (5-11, 235) take over center and guard. Converted tight end Reed Armagost (6-5, 225) switches to tackle “because we want our best blockers on the line.”

“Each star is a mirror reflecting the truth inside you.” Aberjhani

DEFENSIVE LINE Three starters are gone, but Latsko believes Calvin Brown (6-3, 210) and Jordan Giberti (6-3, 200) are capable and he’ll “rotate through a couple of guys” at nose guard.

LINEBACKER Bellamy can shine at Mike while senior Juan Jenkins (6-0, 210) has FBS offers and will call plays from either inside linebacker or strong safety. Seniors Matt Solt (6-2, 210) and Spencer Bauer (5-11, 170) shore up the linebacking corps while coaches are “toying with the idea” of switching senior Khalif Gamble (5-11, 180) from defensive back to outside linebacker.

SECONDARY Junior Kris Young (5-9, 165) was sharp at cornerback this spring and Ivey should see action at the other cornerback position. Senior Malion Waddell (5-9, 155) and junior Henry Montgomery (5-9, 150) can make an impact with Jenkins, when he’s not at linebacker.

SPECIAL TEAMS Punter Cornell and kicker Alex Holloway are back. Ivey and Evans could get shots as returners to keep James fresh for offense. Flourish Magazine | August/2013 15

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Story and photos by Mike Capshaw Oak Hall players, at top, from left, Robert Yancey, Bill Nodine, Jackson Armstrong and Jackson Kerry. At front, from left, are Alec Sharkey, Daniel Sharkey, Casey Cohrs and Chance Mayo.

Eagles Oak Hall


Senior Trey Carr (5-11, 175) scored four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving and an interception return) in a 54-14 win against St. John Lutheran in Week 10 and followed up with another “star” performance in the spring game. Freshman Jackson Kerry will back him up along with Chance Mayo. Matt Davis (5-9, 175) is a pass-catching fullback.


Scott McDaniel, 6th year

Senior Brad Pita (5-7, 140) is a “fearless, big-play threat” after averaging more than 20 yards on 20 catches last season. Sophomore Evan Moorhouse (5-10, 170) will play inside receiver. Yonge or Trunnell, if not at quarterback, will play receiver.



Freshmen Chase Trunnell (6-foot, 175 pounds) and Michael Fortner and sophomore Phillip Yonge (5-7, 140) have no varsity experience at quarterback but are vying for the job. Trunnell is a “strong kid” who started on defense in 2011. The diminutive Fortner “has a good feel for what we want to do.” Yonge also is a “heady” player who lined up at receiver when healthy in 2012. “All three will be very valuable members of our team, regardless of where they play.”

Senior center Jackson Armstrong (6-3, 225) leads the strength of the offense. Bill Nodine (5-10, 200) is legally blind, but does a “really nice job” at guard. Brandon Moreno is undersized for a tackle, but is an athlete who “plays extremely hard.” Juniors Alec Sharkey and Robert Yancey can help up front as will Casey Cohrs.


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DEFENSIVE LINE Armstrong is “tenacious” up front and is “the

kind of guy that will grab a leg and hold on until help gets there, regardless of who’s running the ball.” Davis is a “big-play guy” who’ll draw double teams to allow others to make tackles.

LINEBACKER Trunnell could end up at linebacker, possible the Mike, which will be a chore if he’s also the starting quarterback. Sharkey is the other linebacker but may have to “hold on to his position as we shuffle guys around,” such as Cohrs.

SECONDARY Most of the Eagles’ players are built like defensive backs, which is why they run a 4-2-5. Senior Jake Kirshcher, who also swims and plays lacrosse, is in his fourthyear playing football and will man the safety spot while also helping at receiver. Kerry can “make his money” on defense this year. Mayo is another who could play a factor in the defensive backfield.

SPECIAL TEAMS Danny Stirt handled kicking and punting duties for the past four years before walking on at Duke. Moorhouse is a soccer and lacrosse athlete who has a strong enough leg to take over for Stirt.

“You can take my life, but you’ll never break me. So bring me your worst ... And I will definitely give you mine.” Sherrilyn Kenyon

Johnson was hired to Veteran coach Kent resigned less than a replace Rob Cox, who ar t of fall camp. Cox month before the st PK Yonge, such as wears many hats at chool program, and directing the af ter-s e. The Eagles lost wanted more family tim s under Cox over 16 of the past 18 game s. Johnson has more the past two season h school athletics than 30 years of hig County. He won experience in Alachua and made nine three district titles seasons at playoff trips during 15 side before spending Hawthorne and East Newberr y’s the past two years as son is excited to athletic director. John s to tr y to restore return to the sideline g ways. the Blue Waves’ winnin

Story and photos by Mike Capshaw Blue Wave players, at top, from left, Ethan Moses, Mason Hewitt, Ed Bonahue and Chuck Gates. Bottom row, from left, Antwan Patterson, Miles Jackson and Hunter Eskew. Below, Former Coach Rob Cox.

PK Yonge

Blue Wave

season, as is senior Anthony Andrews, who was the leading rusher in 2012. Ethan Moses could play fullback or tight end while junior Quadae McDonald and sophomores Christian Ellis and Derek Bain can help in the backfield as well. “They are starting to fill out and grow into what we wanted in the backfield,” Cox said.


Kent Johnson, 1st year

Jackson can line up as a receiver or tight end if he doesn’t start at quarterback. Junior Antwan Patterson and senior Hunter Eskew are the primary receiving threats.



Once Johnson arrives on campus and begins learning his new players, he’ll likely see the potential of sophomore Miles Jackson and senior Josh Gerbhardt at quarterback. Cox said Jackson’s athleticism “gives us a lot of options” while Gerbhardt is a left-hander who manages the offense well.

Senior Ed Bonahue is a five-year varsity starter at center and also excels in AP courses. Senior Mason Hewitt is a returning starter at right guard while classmates Chuck Gates (6-3, 260) and Reid Wilson have experience at guard and tackle.


Gates “will probably be our best D-linemen,” and will line up along the interior as will Hewitt, who started at tackle last season.


Junior Obed Santana, who sports a 3.9 GPA in all AP courses, is primed for a breakout


“Imagination is what you do with your inspiration.” Violet Haberdasher

Who will play at the end spots remains up in the air, but Gerbhardt fits the mold to help there.

LINEBACKER The staff will “try to get some younger guys going,” at linebacker, but can count on Bonahue, Jackson, Moses and a few other upperclassmen in an area that should be the strength of the defense.

SECONDARY Jackson and Patterson star as safeties. Patterson is a smart defender who had an interception in the spring game and “a couple of picks” last fall. Andrews and McDonald are solid at the corners and will get help there from Santana and Eskew.

SPECIAL TEAMS Eskew was a second-team all-area performer as a punter and kicker. He “could punt at the next level” and also excels academically. Andrews returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns last season. Patterson and Santana also could serve as returners. Bonahue is back for the fifth season as the team’s long snapper. Flourish Magazine | August/2013 17

e 23-year David LaMarre, whos in Florida and career includes stops lifornia, doesn’t his home state of Ca a young team. mind inheriting such use you get to “I just love that beca or four years.” coach them for three e will breathe He hopes the Flexbon nse. “In a life into this new of fe love to have 22 perfect world, I would t there yet. star ters, but we’re no athletes on I want to get our best even if we don’t defense. Our of fense, ill be pretty have the best, can st .” good with this system

Story and photos by Mike Capshaw From left, St. Francis’ Austin Manning, Lexie Scott and Nick Oelrich are all smiles heading into the season.

St. Francis

Wolves junior Austin Manning. Speedy freshman Damariel Causey should contribute after starring at feeder school St. Joe’s last season. “His best football is ahead of him.”


Coach David LaMarre, 1st year

QUARTERBACK Sophomore Nick Oelrich and junior Danny Veilleux are “about even” heading into fall practices. Both played receiver last season. Oelrich is a strong and Veilleux is very athletic.

RUNNING BACK Monroe Thorton, a first-year football player, could play halfback or one of the slots. Sophomores Hoss Marino and Mark Borado had strong offseasons. Veilleux, if he doesn’t start at quarterback, could help as should 18 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

Sophomore speedster Julian Jacobs is a track athlete and can be playmaker. Junior Patrick Fricks missed last season with an injury, but “runs crisp routes, has good hands and is getting taller, so he’s going to be a big part of our passing game.”

OFFENSIVE LINE Lone senior Eric Junior played guard last season, but will start at center unless coaches can develop another center among “several young linemen” they’re evaluating. Ideally, Junior will play tackle because LaMarre likes experience there, which is why Brenden Abrams also could move from guard to tackle.

DEFENSIVE LINE Sophomore Tristin Daily likely lines up at nose tackle because he’s strong enough to

“control both A gaps.” Junior, Adams and junior Patrick Coogan may play both ways, although Coogan “shined more defensively” during the spring. Freshman Rafael Melendez “has really caught our eye.”

LINEBACKER Manning is athletic and will serve as the team’s Mike linebacker. Marino or Borado are vying for the other inside position. Junior Austin Tucker caught a touchdown pass in the spring game, but likely will make the biggest impact at linebacker. Oelrich is another possibility on the outside.

SECONDARY Causey could start at boundary corner while Jacobs or Thornton could end up at field corner. Villieaux can help at free safety and Marino will get a look at strong safety.

SPECIAL TEAMS Junior Lexie Scott was 22 of 25 on PATs and even kicked a 20-yarder last season. Causey and Julian Jacobs have the speed to make a difference as returners.

“Stop giving meaningless praise and start giving meaningful action.” Steve Maraboli



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’s Whatning : e Happ



Urban Meyer weighs in on Aaron Hernandez while quarterback Jeff Driskel signs with the Red Sox

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer defended the University of Florida in the wake of Aaron Hernandez’ arrest for murder. The former UF and New England Patriots’ tight end is charged with murdering Odin Loyd, a 27-year-old, semi-pro football player. As the story – perhaps the biggest ever with Gators ties during the traditionally slow summer college sports news months – continues to grow, Hernandez’ issues at UF has hit the mainstream. He reportedly punched a bar manager in 2007, causing the manager to lose hearing in his ear. Hernandez is also involved in an open investigation of two men being shot in Gainesville in 2007 when Hernandez was a 17-year-old freshmen, according to a police report obtained by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”

In addition to the murder charge, Hernandez is being sued in civil court for allegedly shooting a man after an argument outside of a Miami club, causing the man to lose an eye. He’s also being investigated for a double homicide in a drive-by shooting that occurred last July.

Red Sox Sign Driskel Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel signed with the Boston Red Sox after being selected in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft in June. “Nothing changes,” Driskel tweeted. “I am still a full time student athlete at UF, fully committed to playing football. #GoGators.”

Meyer, now at Ohio State, hasn’t spoken publicly about Hernandez but was candid during a text-message exchange with Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.

Driskel, a junior from Orlando, is headed into his second season as the Gators’ starting quarterback. He’s passed for 1,794 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons.

“Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible,” Meyer texted. “I just received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests by Hernandez covered up by University of Florida or the coaching staff. This is absolutely not true. Hernandez was held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.”

Baseball Feels the Draft

Meyer also described Hernandez’ troubles at Florida as “very minor,” while pointing out that he and his staff did the best they could to mentor Hernandez. “He was questioned about being a witness (to a shooting), and he had an argument in a restaurant, and he was suspended one game (reportedly for a failed marijuana test) ... That was it.” 20 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

After initially looking like they would dodge serious damage from the MLB Draft, the Gators’ baseball roster has taken a hit. The biggest unexpected loss was closer Johnny Magliozzi, who signed with the New York Mets after being selected in the 17th round. Magliozzi, who had two years of college eligibility remaining, led the Gators with a 2.67 ERA in 29 games. Jonathan Crawford (Detroit), Daniel Gibson (Arizona), Cody Dent (Washington) and Taylor Ratliff (Arizona) also signed professional contracts. In a non-draft related loss, redshirt freshman outfielder Cory Reid is transferring to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Reid wants a chance to be a regular starter after playing in 32 games with 11 starts this season.

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel plans to continue his football career despite signing with the Boston Red Sox. He plans to pursue a career in the NFL after college, but if that doesn’t work out, he’ll then try baseball with the Red Sox.

Gators Gold Florida coach Billy Donovan guided USA Basketball to a gold medal for the second consecutive summer. Donovan improved to 14–0 all-time in international competition as the United States beat Serbia 82–68 in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship game in Prague, Czech Republic. Gators sophomore guard Michael Frazier II averaged 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game. Donovan led many of the same players to the gold by winning the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil last summer.

Trio to Transfer UF women’s basketball players Chandler Cooper, Vicky McIntyre and Sydney Moss have left the program. While Cooper and McIntyre’s transfers were fairly seamless, Florida’s coaching staff did not grant Moss a release to play for another BCS school. Moss, the daughter of former NFL receiver Randy Moss, was second on the team with 11.8 points while adding 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in earning All-SEC Freshman Team honors. Her play was instrumental in the Gators’ run to the Final Four of the WNIT as she was named to the All-Tournament Team.

By Mike Capshaw, Photo by Tim Casey/UF Communications “God always gives his best to those who leave the choice with him” Jim Elliot


Housing Market

Heats UP The housing market may be down, but it’s not out. Things are looking up in Gainesville as we enter the real estate buying season, which is showing early signs of promise. Kevin Williams of Gainesville Appraisal Service talks with me about buying, selling and everything in between.

Currently, what do you see happening in the Gainesville real estate market? Supply and demand are becoming more balanced. When the market was declining, there were a lot of houses for sale but very few buyers. As a result, sellers had to cut their prices if they wanted a chance to make a sale. Now that supply and demand are balancing out, we’re seeing fewer price reductions and more homes selling fast – within six months of being on the market.

What are some keys to selling a property? First, price the property correctly. When a homeowner wants to sell a property, they need to take a good look at the competition. When I’m doing an appraisal, I always analyze other homes that a potential buyer would be interested in, and I compare that to the seller’s home. Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer; if there are 10 other houses for sale in your neighborhood, how does yours stack up against the competition? Why would someone choose your home over others? Try to think of ways to set yourself apart.

So what can I do to set my house apart from the competition? Make a great first impression. I call it the “wow factor.” A few special touches are all you need. Current buyers like to see updated kitchens, bathrooms and entertaining areas. If you have an older home, minor updates in these areas will make a big difference. Try refinishing the kitchen cabinets, updating the plumbing and light fixtures, and putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. As for entertaining areas, buyers are especially interested in oversized patio and deck areas, a screen lanai, outdoor fireplaces and summer kitchens.

Can you give us an update on the new construction market? Over the last six months, we’ve started to see an increase in the amount of new construction activity. Builders are competitively pricing new homes, and buyers have accepted these prices. The Gainesville area has newly constructed homes ranging in price from $150,000 to over $1 million. We’ve also seen an increase in new high-end construction; these homes range in price from $600,000 to over $1 million.

What makes the Gainesville Real Estate Market so unique? The University of Florida makes it unique, plus Gainesville’s three local hospitals. These four employers have a huge impact on the Gainesville real estate market. The new Shands hospital, the new VA hospital and the NFRMC expansion are all great for the real estate market. If it weren’t for the University or the hospitals, as many people wouldn’t be moving to the area.

Moving forward, where do you see us? Over the next year, I expect there will be a lot of PR about the recovery of the local real estate market. We’ll see consumer confidence start to increase. Many potential buyers have been afraid to jump into the real estate market due to declining prices, but as prices start to stabilize and even increase, consumer confidence levels will go up and they will start to return to the market.

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” Jim Elliot

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What’s Happened: Local History

The front of the Hogtown historical marker at the Westside Recreation Center on the northeast corner of NW 8th Street and 34th Ave.

The back of historical marker, which is near the area that once was known as Hogtown.

Why is Gainesville called

Hogtown? Story and photos by Mike Capshaw

The two towns were actually separate for more than a century. Hear the word “Hogtown,” and images of a small Arkansas community with shoeless, overall-wearing bumpkins may come to mind. Some, however, may think of Gainesville. A Google search of “Hogtown” results in a list of Gainesville-area events and businesses, albeit with spelling variations. There’s the annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival and even Hoggetowne Middle School — all in Gator Country, not Hog Country. 22 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

Despite this, the legend that Gainesville once was known as Hogtown simply isn’t true. According to a map drawn up in the mid-1800s, they were separate towns and remained that way for more than a century until Gainesville annexed Hogtown in 1961. A historical marker at the northeast corner of NW 8th Street and 34th Ave. shows the location of Hogtown, which was a few miles west of Gainesville’s original homestead. Hogtown’s history is short, and it isn’t always sweet.

Its name came from white settlers who traded with Seminoles, who raised hogs along nearby Hog Creek. More than a dozen Seminoles settled in the village before the Treaty of Moultrie Creek moved them to a Central Florida reservation in 1823. Treaty terms awarded Chief John Mico $20 for “improvements” made to Hogtown. The peace wouldn’t last long. Nine years later, the Treaty of Payne’s Landing gave Seminoles in Florida three years to move west of the Mississippi. Bands of Seminoles

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda

stayed after the deadline, refusing to give in to the demands. One group of eight Native Americans set up camp near Hogtown. As they smoked slabs of meat from a successful hunt, a group of whites showed up, seized the Seminoles’ weapons and began whipping them. That’s when two Seminoles returned and opened fire. One Seminole died and another was mortally wounded during the “Murder at Hogtown” in June of 1835. Three whites were injured, so Indian Agent Wiley Thompson demanded the others go to trial for their actions. A trial never occurred as the whites involved reportedly didn’t want their actions that day examined in a court of law. Two months later, a private carrying mail from Fort Brooke (Tampa) to Fort King (Ocala) was killed. Allegedly, the murder was retaliation for the Murder at Hogtown.

Hogtown would play a significant role in another historical event as Fort Hogtown was a fortification built by residents during the Second Seminole War (1835-42) and patrolled by mounted riflemen. In 1853, Alachua County residents discovered that Florida Railroad’s planned route would miss Newnansville, the county seat. Hogtown plantation owner William Lewis collected 20 votes pledging to move the county seat and change the name to Lewisville. Another Hogtown plantation owner, Tillman Ingram, sweetened the deal by offering to build a courthouse “at a low price” using lumber from his sawmill.

Fun Fact: Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in the world, was once called Hogtown.

The move was approved in 1854 and the new town was named Gainesville. Newnansville residents — upset with losing the county seat — called the area chosen “Hog Wallow,” because it fell between Hogtown and Paynes Prairie.

Got a historic Gainesville nugget that you believe is worth sharing? Please send suggestions, comments or concerns to mike.capshaw@whpinc.

There’s a debate about where the name derived; it could have either originated from a large pork procession plant in the city or from an old bylaw, which fined folks 10 cents for every pig they let run loose in the streets.





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By Mike Capshaw

Burrito Famous! recently opened in the building that used to house Subway at the corner of University Ave. and 34th Street. Menu options include baja fish, beef, chicken, pork and tempah as well as other toppings such as fried plantains that can be served as bowls, burritos, nachos or tacos.

Local What’s Happening

While a change in the local airwaves made waves, the rest of the headlines from the past few weeks have been mostly positive as Alachua County’s economy continues to strengthen. ‘That’s the Business’ JVC Broadcasting Media has purchased five local radio stations from Asterisk Communications Inc. for $3.5 million. JVC took control on June 1 of Gainesville’s WBXY 99.5 FM The Star, WXJZ 100.9 Smooth FM and WYGC 104.9 FM The Game as well as Ocala’s WTRS 102.3 FM Thunder Country and WMFQ 92.9 FM. The company plans to move all of the stations into a centrallylocated office in downtown Gainesville, according to the Gainesville Business Report. On May 30, the conservative talk show “Talk of the Town,” which aired on 99.5 FM, was stopped halfway through its two-hour show after one of the hosts made a comment that irked the new ownership. “It’s these out-of-stater owners that really don’t have a feel for the community, so they’re changing the format,” said Jake Fuller in response to a caller’s question regarding show being pulled as a “liberal plot.” JVC CEO John Caracciolo explained his abrupt decision to halt the show to The Gainesville Sun. “I’m sorry it ended the way it did, but when you’re not professional on the airwaves, I have to make a decision that benefits the company,” he said. “Shows come and go. That’s the business.” The Star was changed from a talk format to Party 99.5 FM electronic dance music while The Game changed from sports talk to a simulcast of Thunder Country.

Mall Movement Belk in the Oaks Mall is undergoing a $3.7 million facelift to its two-level, 100,000sqaure-foot store. The renovations will modernize the store as it expands its fashion 24 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

lines and merchandise. The renovations will switch the men’s department from the first floor to the second floor while moving women’s from the second floor to the first floor. The store will remain open during construction, which is scheduled for completion in September. Several other Belk stores are undergoing renovations this summer and will have grand re-openings on Oct. 16.

Restaurant Happenings •B  usiness has been booming at the new Burrito Famous! near the northwest corner of W. University Ave. and 34th Street. The owner of Burrito Famous! is Rob Roche, who also owns Relish and the Pita Pit. The restaurant also offers delivery. •M  unchies 420 Cafe is moving into a new location. The Rowdy Reptile bar took its spot on the second floor of the UF Plaza at 1702 W. University Ave. Munchies 420 is owned by JD Chester, who also owns Fat Daddy’s. • The Copper Monkey is coming to Jonesville. The location formerly occupied by Kazbor’s Grill and The Pickled Pelican on Newberry Road will be The Copper Monkey’s second location in Alachua County. The first location has been opened since 1980 in a shopping plaza on W. University Ave. •K  C Crave is open for business after completing renovations of the old Calico Jack’s building on SW Second Ave. KC Crave’s only other location is in Jacksonville Beach. •S  tan Given told The Independent Florida Alligator that he plans to open two new Wingstop locations in Gainesville. Given, who owns the Wingstop at 4310 SW 20th Ave., also owns Heavenly Ham and the

News Nuggets

Flying Biscuit Cafe franchises in Gainesville.

• T he Future Farmers of America has future plans for Gainesville. The Florida branch of the national organization is in the process of constructing a 6,000square-foot headquarters in the Florida Farm Bureau office park at 5700 SW 34th St. The cost of the project is expected to be $1.5 million. FFA’s current Florida headquarters is located in Haines City. • UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital earned recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation. UF Health finished in the top 50 nationally in six of the 10 areas of specialties that were ranked. • T he Alachua County Library District has started construction on the Cone Park Branch Library in east Gainesville. The 10,000-square-foot building at 2841 E. University Ave. is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. • Steinmart, a Jacksonville-based retailer, plans to close its Gainesville location on Newberry Road in August due to underperformance, according to The Gainesville Sun. The department store that opened in 1997 employs about 40 people. Hobby Lobby may look at moving into the vacant location. • RTI Biologics of Alachua announced the acquisition of Pioneer Surgical Technology of Marquette, Mich. for $130 million. The combined company will employ about 1,100 people and is deciding on a new name to reflect its expanding portfolio, according to a press release.

“To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately, 2. Do it flamboyantly, 3. No exceptions.” William James

ck i u Q s Tip

Research has shown that people who have great patient-doctor relationships are more satisfied with their care – and they have better results. Whether you’re in for a routine checkup or something more urgent, here are some quick tips you need to know before every chat with the doc.

Kat Freestone

Doctor Talk Start Talking

Star Pupil

Don’t wait for your doctor to ask you questions. You know what hurts, what’s working and what’s not. Speak up.

Make a list of questions you want to ask beforehand so you don’t forget. Star the most important ones. Write down the answers.

Get Personal

Pens are Old Fashioned?

Spilling your deepest, darkest bodily secrets can be downright embarrassing, but you need to do it anyway. Your doctor can’t help you if they don’t have the details.

If taking notes doesn’t appeal to you, bring a tape recorder to help you remember the visit. Just remember to ask if it’s OK first.

History Lesson

It would probably be uncomfortable to ask your doc upfront if they washed their hands before they touch you, but you still want to be sure. Instead, you might try saying, “I’ve noticed some doctors wash their hands before touching patients. Why is that?”

Bring an up-to-date “health history” list with you. It should include everything, even symptoms or events you think are unimportant.

Don’t Overlook “Over the Counter” Your doc will likely ask you what medicine you’re currently taking. As you’re counting them off, don’t forget to include over the counter drugs or supplements – they count, too.

Student and Teacher Never be afraid to ask too many questions. If you don’t, your doctor will assume you understand.

Sanitation First

Follow Up If you have questions or if your symptoms get worse, call.

Remember, quality matters, especially when it comes to your health.


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Loving 10 Your Location By Sarah G. Mason

Tips on

The time has come. You’ve packed your things, planned your route and said goodbye to all your friends and family. It’s moving day, and you can’t wait to get rolling. As you imagine your new home, you hope to find a house with a big kitchen, updated interior and open spaces – but what about the location? 26 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

Your dream home won’t seem so dreamy if it’s behind a noisy highway or fraught with inconsiderate neighbors. Picking the location is as important as picking the house itself; a good spot can mean the difference between loving your new home or loathing it. Don’t overlook something vital by keeping these house hunting tips in mind:

1) Grocery Run As you’re exploring your new town, note the location of the places you will frequent; specifically, the grocery store. After a long day at work, the last thing you’ll want is a 30-minute drive to pickup some milk. Being near the center of activity will make your day-to-day errands a breeze.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

2) Star School District

9) Age Matters

A little research will reveal which schools shine and which are less than ideal. If your kids are taking the bus, living in the right school district is especially important. Have your top two schools in mind and stick to house hunting in their adjacent communities.

Cobblestone paths, big trees and quaint houses: older neighborhoods are just full of charm. However, age isn’t always optimal. As you’re driving through different communities, pay attention to the little things. Are the roads well-maintained, or have the years taken their toll? Are the houses all standing tall or are some falling apart? There isn’t much charm in potholes and overgrown lots.

3) Neighborhood Norms Do you prefer to park on the street? Don’t have much of a green thumb? Aren’t really a rule-follower? If so, you’ll want to look into each neighborhood’s housing association’s rules to see which are laid back and which expect your lawn, garage and car to be kept spick and span.

4) Safety First Even if the school district is perfect and the grocery is across the street, these things won’t matter if you’re afraid to leave your house. Ask your realtor which areas of the city are safe and which should be avoided. Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the neighborhood alone; even friendly communities can rest beside unsafe ones.

5) Work Wants As you’re calculating your daily commute, don’t rely solely on your GPS. Remember things like construction zones, the direction of traffic and rush hour might make your commute longer than you think. If you have the time, do a trial run one afternoon to get an accurate idea of the length of your drive.

10) Nice Neighbors It never hurts to take a stroll around a neighborhood and see who you can meet. Are there lots of kids playing happily? Do people wave as you pass? Having friendly neighbors can make all the difference in the world.

While high ceilings and wood floors can certainly influence your decision, the location of your new home is crucial. As you plan this next phase of your life, don’t forget to look beyond the curtains!

6) Noisy Nonsense Are you a light sleeper? It may be wise to choose a home away from busy highways, railroad tracks, airports and the downtown city nightlife. A simple search on your map can show you which areas are peaceful and which aren’t suited for you.

7) Double Take After you’ve found your dream home, it’s a good idea to go back one (or two or three) more times. Visiting your future house at different times of the day can reveal things you may have missed before, like the noisy train that rolls by every evening or the loud birds that suddenly appear in your backyard.

8) Man’s Best Friend Our pets are like members of the family, and just like any member, we want them to be happy. Search the local area for dog parks and other recreational areas that allow pets. Furthermore, ask around to see how pet friendly the nearby cafes and downtown strips are.

Safety for the

Little Ones

Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while your little ones are exploring their new neighborhood:

• Always call your kids inside before dark • Never let your kids enter a neighbor’s home who you haven’t met • Get to know your children’s friend’s faces • Help your kids memorize important numbers in case of emergency • Set limits about safe and unsafe parts of the area

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West

• Always know where your children are • Pick an additional safe house in your neighborhood that your kids can visit if they need help • Teach your kids to settle arguments with words, not actions • Always be alert for suspicious looking vehicles or unfamiliar faces

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The right desk set-up can take the pain out of your workday. (The physical pain, anyway.)



Holding the phone between your shoulder and ear overworks the muscles on one side and leads to muscular imbalance. Rock a headset when you talk and type.

Prop your computer monitor on a stand or a stack of books to keep at eye level. Looking down at the screen contracts and shortens the scalene muscles at the front of your neck.

Arms Yours arms should bend at about 90 degrees, allowing the muscles around the elbows and forearms to relax. Adjust your seat height to accommodate.


Keyboard and mouse

You want your knees at right angles or out in front of you. If you can’t reach, rest your tootsies on a foot stool.

Push your keyboard and mouse away from you so you can rest your arms on the desk, instead of relying on your shoulders and neck to hold them up.

Seat Scoot all of the way into the seat and use the back of the chair to help you sit up straight, so you can give your back muscles a break.

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” Narcotics Anonymous

Feet Place your feet flat on the floor. Avoid crossing your ankles and tucking them under the seat – it makes you arch your back and contract your hip flexors.

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The MANual: Trivia. Testosterone. Raw Meat. Fine Whisky. Cold Truth. Read one page, and you’ll know this man-guide is far from ordinary. Authors Keith Riegert and Sam Kaplan are here to discuss their experience writing The MANual, to share some of their own daring adventures and to give their take on the future of the male race.


Interview by Lauren Douglass

MANual Keith Riegert and

Samuel Kaplan

What inspired you to write The MANual? K: We were both about to turn 30 and I had just gotten engaged to my girlfriend. We had a collective -life crisis and realized there was a lot we wanted to learn in order to be prepared for this next enormously transformative part of life. I think we learned a lot. If nothing else, we can now comfortably order a “Glenfiddich” at a classy bar.

What are some of the main topics you cover? S: We wanted the book to offer a little bit of everything. It covers war, the sea, a brief history of booze, boxing in Russia, Cuban cigars, big game hunting 10,000 years ago and how to properly grill a steak. K: It’s a journey of random discovery. Everything in The MANual is quick, interesting and broadly varied from page to page. We wanted to mimic that sort of internet information

wormhole everyone ends up going down from time to time: You know, you start by looking up recipes for spicy buffalo wings and 20 minutes later you’re reading about how chickens originated in the jungles of southern Asia.

What do you think is the most important thing men should know, but don’t? S: Well, it should probably be basic survival skills: how to start a fire, hunt and dress wild game, build a shelter, navigate by the stars. But today, it’s probably how to approach and talk to a girl in real life, not on an internet dating site.

What do you hope to accomplish with The MANual? K: Besides providing a little entertainment, we hope the book will inspire men to learn something they otherwise wouldn’t think about. Read this book and go learn to moonshine

whiskey, sail a boat, cook a snake or outwit a shark.

Share something with us from your own transition from boyhood to manhood? S: Keith and I actually met each other during that wonderfully awkward life transition to manhood. When we were 15, we spent part of the summer with a family in a remote village on the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. It was supposed to be a tame, well-organized group trip to support the island’s youth-movement but ended up more like Lord of the Flies. We didn’t see any English-speaking adults for days. People came down with dengue and I had a chunk of flesh taken by what was either a piranha or a small freshwater shark (a unique

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” André Gide, Autumn Leaves

inhabitant of the lake). In the end, we came away with impressive sunburns and life lessons that ranged from the vital importance of bug repellant to techniques for dispatching a venomous scorpion with a flip-flop.

Do you think women would be interested in these topics, too? Absolutely. If you’re interested in bizarre, inspiring and fascinating knowledge, this book’s for you, regardless of gender or testosterone level.

Do you have a motto or quote that you live by? Since we’re talking about The MANual, this one seems only fitting. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguishes one man from another.” – Ernest Hemingway Flourish Magazine | August/2013 31

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Gainesville’s Growing

The only city in the country growing faster than Gainesville is New Orleans, which continues to rebuild since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 32 Flourish Magazine | August/2013 studied data from 475 cities and based its rankings on three factors – population, employment and income. Gainesville came in at No. 2 thanks to the city’s entrepreneurial efforts. “A growing startup hub, Gainesville has plenty of resources for entrepreneurs,” Nerdwallet. com’s Divya Raghavan said. “The Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center provides tools and training for early-stage startups. Highschoolers can benefit from this entrepreneurial environment as well by participating in the University of Florida’s outreach and youth program, such as the Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Sustainability Summer Program.” The population category was measured by growth in the working-age (16 and up) population. Employment looked at growth

Website tabs Gainesville as the second fastest growing city in the nation in the percentage of employed residents. Income was based on growth in median income for workers. Gainesville finished with an overall score of 75.8 and led the nation with an 18.7 percent increase of growth in median income from 2007-11. It was second nationally with a 6.6 percent growth in employment rate and third with a 14.2 percent increase in population growth. Despite Gainesville’s top-3 finish in all three categories, New Orleans took the top spot with an overall growth score of 82.9. The Big Easy had a 45.5 percent increase in population growth and 15.6 percent increase in median income. The next highest ranked Florida city was Miramar, which came in at No. 12.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Saunders

Cymplifest This year’s CYMPLIFEST event was a blast. Hundreds gathered for two days of food, music and fun! The event featured live performances by artists like Jamie Davis, Amy Gerhartz and Javier Colon, the Season 1 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Colon received a huge cheer during his performance when he wiped his face with a Florida Gator’s towel. “It was strategically placed here,” Colon said before thanking Gainesvillians for their “love and support.” Apart from the live music, there were food trucks that served everything from vegan falafels to lobster bisque, as well as a bounce house, face painting and games for kids – the proceeds of which went to benefit Haven Hospice. The event served as the official grand opening of CYMPLIFY, which includes The Market, Cymple Scoops ice cream and the one-year anniversary of CYM Coffee Co.

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Stop By Kat Freestone

More often than not, time just seems to fly by. One minute we’re making New Year’s resolutions and the next it’s June and we’re still stuck on the couch. When you look back on the past year, what have you accomplished? Are you any closer to losing the weight your doctor ordered? Did you ever find time to take that beach trip with your friends? It’s time to stop wasting your weekends and start taking control of your life.

Wasting Your

Weekends Start Early Don’t wait until Saturday to plan your weekend adventures. Instead, think ahead. On Thursday, make a short list of exciting places you’d like to visit, people you’d like to see or things you’d like to do. Set your plans in stone by calling your buddies and making reservations. By the time Saturday night rolls around, you’ll have a plan in place that you can look forward to.

Avoid Lazy Days Did all of your weekend plans fall through? Don’t let that be an excuse. Unplug your TV and computer to dissuade yourself from getting sucked in and move to plan B. Want to take a hike Sunday morning? Put 34 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

out your shoes Saturday night. Want to check out that new burger place that just opened down the street? Have your keys ready and waiting.

Ditch The To-Do List Saving your chores for the weekend sucks out all the fun. Instead, get as much housework done during the week as you can. By Friday night, instead of worrying about your growing to-do list, you’ll be able to enjoy some free time.

up. Want to run three miles without stopping? Want to learn how to use a barbecue smoker? The weekends are your chance to grab these goals and go for them.

Prevent Sunday-Night Stress

Set Goals & Write Them Down

On Friday, plan out Monday’s workday. This way, you can concentrate on enjoying your weekend rather than worrying about work. To pull your mind into the present, make a Sunday night tradition, like dinner with the misses or a trip down to watch the sunset on the beach.

Writing down your goals will make them real, and you’ll be more likely to take steps to accomplish them. Better yet, hang them

So get up, get out and take your weekend back.

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain

Physical Touch This isn’t all about the bedroom, though a little alone time certainly doesn’t hurt. She Loves: Hugs, holding hands and kissing. A thoughtful touch can soothe her and a simple kiss brightens her day. You Should: Communicate your love through your nearness. Sit close to her, snuggle up in bed and kiss her hello every time you come home. You don’t need words to express your feelings; your touch is more than enough. Never: Sit far away if you have the choice, forget to kiss her hello and goodbye.

Quality Time She doesn’t need fancy gifts or endless compliments; if your attention is on her, she’s got everything she needs. She Loves: Deep conversations, quality alone time, someone who listens.

Love Language Learn Her

By Kat Freestone

It’s a simple fact of life – everyone wants to be loved. However, the way in which we give and receive love ranges across a spectrum wider than the emotion itself. Some of us prefer presents, other prefer loving words and others still just want some quality time together. When it comes to showing your wife that you love her, it’s Never: time to tune in to her own personal Expect her to love language. do all the chores by

You Should: Take the time to engage her, always listen closely.

herself; she wants your involvement, no matter how small the task.

Never: Interrupt your alone time together with distractions, fail to listen or postpone a date.

Gift Giving It doesn’t have to be expensive for her to love it.

She Loves: Compliments, words of affection and “I love you’s.”

Acts of Service

She Loves: Being able to look at that pretty charm or framed photo you gave her, since it reminds her of your devotion and thoughtfulness.

You Should: Express your love through words of encouragement and kindness. Always tell her how much she means to you.

She believes that nothing is more important than caring for each other. She notices when you try to make her life easier, even in simple ways. She Loves: Hearing the words, “Let me do that for you.” You Should: Surprise her by washing her car, cleaning the kitchen and making the bed (without being asked!).

You Should: Leave her little surprise presents every once in a while. A few flowers can go a long way.

Words of Affirmation Actions don’t always speak louder than words.

Never: Insult her; angry words hurt her the most and are difficult for her to forget.

Though love is universal, our expressions of love are surprisingly unique. Take the Never: Miss her birthday or your anniversary. time to get to know your wife’s love language in order to have a happy, It sends a message of disconnect and lack healthy, loving relationship. of thought.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Nothing curbs the hot, Florida summer like a cold, clean pool. Pool parties and BBQ’s are common staples of the great American summer, but a dirty pool can be a major damper on such traditions. Between work and dealing with the kids, it’s frustrating to constantly be skimming and cleaning the pool by hand. Enter Solar-Breeze. The Solar-Breeze pool skimmer is an intelligent robot that uses free energy from the sun to keep your swimming pool clean by removing leaves, debris, organic material, pollens, dust and even suntan oils from the surface of your pool before they sink to the bottom. Most of the material that ends up on the pool floor floats on the surface for up to 3 hours before it sinks. If this debris was 36 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

removed from the surface, less material would collect on the bottom of the pool, thus bottom cleaning systems would not have to run as often. In addition, less bacteria would grow and accumulate in the pool since the organic material is being removed before it has a chance to decay in the sunlight. Because of high energy costs, most pool owners cannot afford to run their pool filtration systems round-the-clock. As a result, many owners often resort to removing this material manually using a hand skimmer. The Solar-Breeze automatic pool skimmer is a smart robot, powered by the sun. Without having to lift a finger, this pool skimmer removes 90-95 percent of all debris from the surface of your pool before it sinks to the bottom. And it does this for free, using only energy from the sun, saving you time, money and back-breaking effort.

No cords, hoses or attachments are required. Simply place the Solar-Breeze in your pool, and turn the switch to the “ON” position. It operates automatically all day long when most pool filtration systems are idle, keeping your pool surface sparkling clean. The Solar-Breeze automatic pool skimmer is also equipped with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery that is charged in the sunlight during the daytime. As a result, the unit will operate for several hours after sundown using the power it has stored in the battery during the day. With Solar-Breeze in your pool, you can throw away your manual skimmer and look forward to jumping into a clean, clear pool anytime you want.

You can find more information on the Solar-Breeze skimmer at or call toll-free 877-350-7665.

“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Woody Allen


Grilling By Sarah G. Mason


Grilling is an art, there’s no doubt about it. Only practice and technique will enable you to pull perfectly smoked salmon and delicious pulled pork off the grill with ease, but these tips can help get you there.

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Reduce sticking by oiling your hot grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel.

Partially cook your food on the range first, then switch to the grill to cut down cooking time without sacrificing that delicious barbecue flavor.

Use tongs to turn meat. Piercing it with a fork causes juices to escape. Clean a grill with a wire brush while it’s still warm.

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Vacation. The thought alone brightens our spirits. No endless emails or no long hours, just the sun, a fruity drink and plenty of “me” time…or so we thought. TeamViewer, one of the world’s most popular providers of remote control and online meetings software, recently announced the findings of its annual Work/Life Balance Index. The survey, which sought to determine American attitudes toward working during their summer vacations, found that 61 percent of employed vacationers is planning to work during their time off. This year, Americans will come prepared. Sixty-nine percent say they will bring a work-capable devise (cellphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) with them on vacation. In addition, 67 percent of vacationers say they plan to use these devises for work-related purposes. Of course, just because we’re planning to work while away doesn’t mean we’re happy about it. Thirty-four percent of Americans say they’ll do the work, but not happily, while 22 percent will refuse to work all together. In addition, the pressure to work while on vacation has many Americans worrying about the boundaries of their personal lives. “With more and more employees staying connected during their vacation, efficient tools are more important than ever before,” said Holger Felgner, General Manager at TeamViewer. “TeamViewer gives employees the ability to respond quickly and easily to the inevitable requests that come up, allowing them to work as efficiently as possible, and then to get the rest they deserve.” “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

Trains in Japan are so efficient that a delay of just five minutes results in an apology to passengers and a “delay certificate” that they can take to work.

What’s known as a “French kiss” in the English-speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.

Everything you see in a dream is something you’ve seen before in real life.


Knowledge The next time you’re the victim of an uncomfortable silence, toss out one of these facts to open up Seinfeld the conversation. Everyepisode People say, “Bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a milisecond.

“Reality continues to ruin my life.” Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

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DIY By Mike Capshaw


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Happiness Each day is an opportunity to start anew. Life is all about growing and improving oneself in order to live a happy life. After all, the Constitution guarantees our pursuit of happiness, but we sometimes need help on that pursuit. Here are 10 ways we can transform our lives derived from experts in the field of self-improvement:

1) Forget the past Don’t dwell on things you should have or could have done differently. There’s no changing it now, so beating yourself up about it will not do any good. Everything happens for a reason. Now it’s time to move on and look to the future in a positive way.

2) Avoid the wrong people If there’s someone in your life who puts or gets you down, simply remove them from your life. Don’t change who you are just to make someone else happy or want to be a part of your life. It’s your life, so live it. Life is too short to waste on negative people.

3) Face your problems Running from your problems by avoiding them or trying to drink them away will not make them go away. That only makes the problems worse. No one is perfect. We all have problems. Own up to your problems and find healthy ways to deal with them. 40 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

4) Don’t buy happiness That new car or house or whatever you desire will not improve the way you feel about yourself on the inside. Money does not buy happiness. True happiness comes from things that are free: laughter, love and pursuing our passions.

5) Just do it The old Nike slogan is an awesome one. Stop thinking about what you should do by getting off your butt and doing it. Don’t be afraid of failure or of taking risks. Life is full of risks. The greatest failure in the world is in not trying at all.

6) Stop competing Most people are driven by a competitive spirit, which is fine, but can be unhealthy if taken to the extreme. Don’t worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Focus on yourself and concentrate on competing with yourself to achieve your own goals, results and happiness.

7) Stop complaining Negative thoughts come from constantly complaining about work, family or your own life. Complaining is counter-productive. Instead of complaining, be thankful every day for your life. Someone, somewhere has it worse than you do.

8) Don’t be a hater Most often, when someone is “hating” on you, they are either jealous of something you are doing or insecure about something in their lives. Knowing that, don’t hate others, no matter what they did to hurt you. Learn to forgive and forget. Don’t let others ruin your happiness.

9) Stop being a perfectionist Striving for perfection will only lead to failure because no one is perfect. Life is not easy, so don’t always look for an easy way out either. Do whatever it takes to get things done and achieve results, whether they’re perfect or not.

10) Smile. Life is what you make of it The way we react to things is instrumental in our happiness. Take a positive approach to everything while knowing it’s OK not to always act like everything is fine. If you handle life’s curveballs in a positive way, positive results usually will come.

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Events August August 1st 7am Rotary Club Sunrise Meeting @ UF Hilton Conference Center 9am Passages to Middle School at Howard Bishop Middle School 9:30am Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild @ Senior Recreation Center 6:30pm Civil War Roundatble of North Florida @ Milhopper Branch Library 7pm The Civil War: A Visual History @ Matheson Museum

August 2nd 11am Tot Time: Clearly Cool! @ Harn Museum of Art 1:30pm An Afternoon of James Baldwin @ Library Partners Neighborhood Resource Center 5pm Dog Days of Summer First Friday @ Bo Diddley Community Plaza 5pm Dog Days of Summer Charity Mingle @ The Backyard at The Sun Center 8pm Whiskey River Blues Band @ Gator Tales Sports Bar 8pm Free Fridays Concert Series @ Bo Diddley Community Plaza

August 3rd National Watermelon Day 9am Florida Wild Flower Workshop @ Harn Museum of Art 10am Guided Walk @ Kanapaha Botanical Gardens 12pm 1/4 MIle Championship Bracket Series @ Gainesville Raceway 1pm Florida 500 Lecture: Miami artist Xavier Cortada @ Harn Museum of Art 2pm Kids Day @ Nanapaha Botanical Gardens 2pm VIVA Florida 500: Florida’s Modern History, Environmental Politics & Megatrends @ Tower Road Branch Library

August 4th 9am 1/4 MIle Championship Bracket Series @ Gainesville Raceway 3pm Gallery Talk: Kerry OliverSmith and Dulce Román @ Harn Museum of Art 7pm American Made Movie @ Hippodrome Theatre

August 5th 9am Passages to Middle School @ Lincoln Middle School 38 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

12pm Rotary of Greater Gainesville Meeting @ Napolitano’s

August 6th 9am Passages to Middle School @ Lincoln Middle School 9am Passages to Middle School @ Kanapaha Middle School 12pm Kiwanis Club University City Meeting @ UF Hilton 12pm Newberry Area Professionals Meeting @ Newberry Municipal Building 12pm Rotary Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza 4:30pm Professional Women’s Roundtable @ TBD

August 7th 9am Passages to Middle School @ Westwood Middle School 9am Passages to Middle School @ Kanapaha Middle School 12pm Kiwanis Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza 12pm Rotary Club Downtown Gainesville Meeting @ Jolie 3pm VIVA Florida 500: NASA! A History of Space @ Alachua County Headquarters Librarey-Downtown 8pm USGBC Heart of Florida Chapter Meeting @ Volta Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

August 8th 8:30am 18th Annual Global Leadership Summit simulcast @ The Family Church 9am Passages to Middle School @ Westwood Middle School 7am Rotary Club Sunrise Meeting @ UF Hilton Conference Center 1pm Santa Fe CIED: What Business Should I Start? @ SF CIED 6pm Museum Nights: Facing It! @ Harn Museum of Art

August 9th 8:30am 18th Annual Global Leadership Summit simulcast @ The Family Church 4pm UF Commencement – Doctoral @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center 8pm Whiskey Moon String Band @ Gator Tales Sports Bar 8pm Free Fridays Concert Series @ Bo Diddley Community Plaza

August 10th National S’mores Day

10am UF Commencement General @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center 11am French Cooking Class @ Take Away Gourmet 2pm Game Day @ Milhopper Branch Library 3pm New World History Club @ Milhopper Branch Library 7pm Gainesville Community Playhouse Golden Apples Awards Show @ Van York Theater

August 11th 2:30pm Writer Alliance of Gainesville @ Milhopper Branch Library

August 12th 12pm Rotary of Greater Gainesville Meeting @ Napolitano’s 5:30pm International Association of Administrative Professionals @ Ayers Plaza 8pm Jamie Davis @ Gator Tales Sports Bar

August 13th Left-Hander’s Day 10am Santa Fe CIED: The Winning Pitch – How to Say Less and Get More Across @ SF CIED 12pm Kiwanis Club University City Meeting @ UF Hilton 12pm Newberry Area Professionals Meeting @ Newberry Municipal Building 12pm Rotary Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza

August 14th V-J Day 11:30am Gainesville Areas Networking Meeting @ Northwest Grille 12pm Kiwanis Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza 12pm Rotary Club Downtown Gainesville Meeting @ Jolie 3:30pm Girls Tea Party @ Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center

August 15th 7am Rotary Club Sunrise Meeting @ UF Hilton Conference Center 8:30am 2013 Healthcare Summit @ Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall 10am The Oaks Mall: Art, Craft & Lifestyle Show 11am Early Head Start Registration @ Library Partnership

Neighborhood Resource Center 12:30pm Resume Writing & Job Searching @ Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center 3:45pm Tween Book Club & Book Discussion @ Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center

August 16th 10am The Oaks Mall: Art, Craft & Lifestyle Show 6pm Italian Cooking Class @ Take Away Gourmet 8pm Natalie Nicole Green with Little Bit More @ Gator Tales Sports Bar 8pm Free Fridays Concert Series @ Bo Diddley Community Plaza

August 17th UF Soccer @ Central Florida (exhibition) 10am The Oaks Mall: Art, Craft & Lifestyle Show 11am End-of-Summer Back-toSchool Celebration @ Cone Park Branch Library 1pm Family Day: String of Pearls @ Harn Museum of Art 3pm UF Fall Sports Fan Day @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center

August 18th 10am The Oaks Mall: Art, Craft & Lifestyle Show 2pm Gainesville Bird Fanciers @ Milhopper Branch Library

August 19th 9:30am UF New Student Convocation @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center 12pm Rotary of Greater Gainesville Meeting @ Napolitano’s 2:30pm Wii Mondays @ Library Partnership Neighborhood Resource Center 6pm Art for All Seasons – 90-Year Celebration @ The Doris Bardon Community Center

August 20th 8:45am, ConnectME networking @ Gainesville Harley-Davidson 12pm Kiwanis Club University City Meeting @ UF Hilton 12pm Newberry Area Professionals Meeting @ Newberry Municipal Building 12pm Rotary Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” Emily Dickinson

August 21st 11:30am Gainesville Area Women’s Network Monthly Luncheon & Meeting @ Sweetwater Branch Inn 12pm Kiwanis Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza 12pm Rotary Club Downtown Gainesville Meeting @ Jolie 3:30pm Teen Art Lab @ Library Partners Neighborhood Resource Center 4:30pm Milhopper Teen Advisory Group @ Milhopper Branch Library 8pm USGBC Heart of Florida Chapter Meeting @ Volta Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

August 22nd 7am Rotary Club Sunrise Meeting @ UF Hilton Conference Center 2pm Know the 10 Warning Signs: Alzheimers @ The Library Partnership 6:30pm TowerTABL Teen Advisory Board @ Tower Road Branch Library

August 23rd 6pm 2nd Annual Fit2Run Cross Country Twilight 5K/10K @ The Rock Trails 7pm UF Soccer vs. Florida Gulf Coast @ James G. Pressly Stadium 8pm Sin Waggin @ Gator Tales Sports Bar 8pm Free Fridays Concert Series @ Bo Diddley Community Plaza

August 24th 8am 4th Annual Haiti 5K 2013 @ UF Commuter Lot across from the Physics Building 11am A Puppet Man @ Storybook Lady @ Milhopper Branch Library 1pm Grape Stompin’ Wine Festival @ Bo Diddley Community Center 7:30pm Meridian Presents: An evening with special guest speaker Darrell Hammond, former Saturday Night Live cast member @ Santa Fe College of Fine Arts

August 25th 1pm Grape Stompin’ Wine Festival @ Bo Diddley Community Center 7pm UF Soccer vs. Oregon State @ James G. Pressly Stadium

August 26th 12pm Rotary of Greater Gainesville Meeting @ Napolitano’s

August 27th 11am Cosmopolitan: Envisioning Global Communities exhibition opening @ Harn Museum of Art 12pm Kiwanis Club University City Meeting @ UF Hilton 12pm Newberry Area Professionals Meeting @ Newberry Municipal Building 12pm Rotary Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza 3:30pm Tot Time: Look at Me! @ Harn Museum of Art

August 28th 11am Story Time @ Harn Museum of Art 11:30am Gainesville Areas Networking Meeting @ Northwest Grille 12pm Kiwanis Club Gainesville Meeting @ Paramount Plaza 12pm Rotary Club Downtown Gainesville Meeting @ Jolie 4:30pm Milhopper Teen Book Club @ Milhopper Library

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August 29th 7am Rotary Club Sunrise Meeting @ UF Hilton Conference Center 6:30pm Tower Tween Book Club @ Tower Road Branch Library

August 30th National Marshmellow Toasting Day UF Women’s and Men’s Cross Country @ Western Carolina Invitational 12pm UF Volleyball vs. New Orleans @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center 6pm United Downtown Gator Fun-n-Run @ United Downtown 7pm UF Soccer vs. Florida State @ James G. Pressly Stadium 7:30pm UF Volleyball vs. LIUBrooklyn @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center 8pm Clay Brooker Band @ Gator Tales Sports Bar 8pm Free Fridays Concert Series @ Bo Diddley Community Plaza

Only the venues change!

August 31st 1pm UF Football vs. Toledo @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium 3:30 UF Volleyball vs. Duke @ Stephen C. O’Connell Center “It is always so simple, and so complicating, to accept an apology.” Michael Chabon

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Artichokes Can’t we all relate to his involuntary taste and smell recollection? It happens to me this time of year when the subtle aroma of boiling artichokes wafts through my kitchen. It’s my childhood summers, and my mom is preparing a favorite vegetable that keeps family lingering around the table. One by one we picked off the leaves, dipped them in mayo or melted butter, and the sweet velvety texture of the earthytasting meat slid through our teeth. The anticipation was getting to the heart below the choke – the best part! Artichokes are a kid-friendly food for the prep (I was in charge of trimming off the pointy ends of the leaves with scissors), and because it’s just plain fun to eat finger food. You can cook artichokes easily in the microwave or boiled on the stove, or steam, marinate and finish them on the grill for a delicious appetizer. First, to prepare artichokes for cooking, slice off the stems at the base and about one inch off of the top. Cut off the points of the leaves with scissors.

Microwave: Arrange two prepared artichokes upsidedown in a microwave-safe flat baking dish

I just ran across French writer Marcel Proust’s wonderful passage from “Remembrance of Things Past” while sorting through dusty textbooks. He dipped a madeleine cookie into his tea, and an entire village with with ½ cup its gardens and people surged of lightly salted water. Cover. up in his memory. Cook on high for about eight minutes or until the base is tender enough to pierce with a fork.

Boil: Fill a large pot with four quarts of water, one tablespoon salt and juice from one lemon (optional). Bring to a boil, and drop in one to four prepared artichokes right side up. Boil uncovered until the base tests tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes. Drain upside-down on a cooling rack.

BBQ: Cut and trim several medium-size artichokes, then cut in half lengthwise down through the stem. This will expose the choke or furry part. With a paring knife, dig out the choke. Put them in a steamer and cook until bases are fork tender, about 25 minutes; add more water as needed.

“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.” Mark Twain

Cool. Marinate with equal parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, about 1/3 cup of each for four artichokes. (Add grated fresh garlic and salt and pepper, if you wish.) Refrigerate at least two hours. Barbecue cut side down about five minutes on each side over medium heat until there is a slightly charred look.

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By Kat Freestone

Discussions Suppose you have a difficult topic to bring up with a loved one. How do you do it? Do you feel nervous and avoid the subject? Do you get angry and let it all out at once? Every relationship has its ups and downs, but it’s important to deal with the downs in a healthy, loving way. No matter if the topic is small or big, here are a few tips to keep in mind when starting those not-so-lovely conversations.

The Topic First, you must face the difficult topic itself. Figure out what is bothering you and be honest with yourself. Do you wish your mother would stop dropping by unannounced? Do you want kids, but he doesn’t? Think about which words you’d like to use to covey your emotions and which ones you should avoid. Remember to keep your thoughts loving and open, not critical or angry.

The Fear Of course, there’s a reason these hard discussions are so, well, hard. You’re worried that bringing up a touchy subject will end in an argument, or worse. Though you may feel anxious or nervous, try to hone in on 34 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

these feelings. Ask yourself, what’s really scaring you? Are you worried that you’ll hurt Mom’s feelings? Are you afraid this will ruin your relationship with your spouse? Face these fears head-on by asking your loved one for assistance in overcoming them. When you explain your worries, it allows you to work as a team to get through them.

The Timing

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It’s best not to bring up hard topics when people are tired, distracted, sick or otherwise unable to give you their full attention. Good timing can be the difference between having an open conversation or an argument. Be careful, however, to not use timing as an excuse for avoiding the subject. No time will be 100 percent perfect; pick a time that feels right and go for it.

No one starts a difficult conversation in the hopes that it ends badly. Naturally, you want your talk to improve your situation, whatever it may be. As with your fears, it’s important to communicate the desire of success to your loved one. The more open and honest you are about all of your feelings, the easier it will be to work through them together.

Next time you’re struggling to find the right words, take a deep breath and remember these simple tips. Starting a serious conversation can be a daunting task, but it’s a necessary part of any open, honest and loving relationship.

“Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.” Stephanie Klein

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Melt-Proof Makeup By Danielle Boudreau

It was the perfect summer day. I was headed off to a mid-afternoon barbecue, complete with burgers, fresh fruit and every delicious, bubbly drink in the book. Of course, there was one problem: the heat. Early July is not exactly good to me in the “humidity department,” and 20 minutes into the barbecue, my mascara was running and the unsightly zit that I’d worked so hard to cover up was rearing its ugly head. It was a tragedy on a beautiful summer day; all of my makeup had melted off. Never again will I make this mistake, and neither will you.

Prime example I swear by primer 365 days a year. It gives your skin the base it needs to keep makeup from melting. Whether you’re in the hot sun or trying to pull off a day-to-night look, primer will pull you through flawlessly. An expensive primer isn’t necessary; I recommend L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base.

Meet Matte Use a foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF. Try a silicone-based or matte foundation, this will keep your skin from getting oily. To keep it from looking cakey, you can also use a lightweight tinted moisturizer before stepping out into that hot summer heat.

Cream or Powder? When it comes to choosing your bronzer, blush and eyeshadow, we all face the same question: cream or powder? Of course, there’s never a correct answer. Any humidity in the air will complement your cream blush and give you a natural glow. However, you’ll be walking a fine line; cream-based makeup can quickly turn from delicately dewey to downright oily. If you have oily skin, stick to powder bases to avoid looking sloppy. 32 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

Eye Spy Nobody enjoys looking like (or at) a zombie back from the dead, invest in some waterproof eye makeup. Liquid eyeliner will stay in place better than cream or stick eyeliner. Try Makeup Forever Aqua Liner.

Lip Lock To avoid looking like you just had a Grey’s Anatomy-style, on-call room quickie, ditch the lipstick and befriend lip stain for the summer. It doesn’t smudge and can look just as good with a simple lip gloss slicked over to finish. Try Revlon Lip Stain in Just Bitten and Baby Lips Lip Balm (my saving grace).

Finish strong Just like primer, a finishing powder will hold your look together through long, hot summer days. A translucent powder, such as Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder, will put the finishing touch on your look. For extra coverage, try a tinted powder.

Clean it Up Wash your face well at night. If your face is oily, use an astringent to remove excess oil and then follow up with a gel moisturizer. This will keep your skin healthy after a long day in the sun. Moisturize well at night, but skip it in the morning unless you have dry skin. Use Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream for a fresh face. Next time you’re invited to a summer outing, pool party or barbecue, put your best foot (and face) forward with confidence.

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


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To tap into what originally was meant as retirement savings, you’ll need to make a hardship withdrawal. Don’t hate yourself for tarnishing your golden years. You are not alone. The number of 401K hardship withdrawals have increased significantly during the economic downturn. But making a hardship withdrawal should be a last resort, as the IRS will hammer you with penalties if you’re younger than 59. In other words, you don’t actually receive $5,000 by withdrawing that amount, as 35–45 goes to taxes and penalties, which is a major factor to consider. Withdrawals are allowed for things like medical expenses, purchasing a principal residence or preventing eviction/ foreclosure, payment of college tuition, funeral expenses and home repairs.

There are exceptions that allow for penalty-free withdrawal such as becoming disabled, medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, court orders for alimony or child support or if you become unemployed. In other words, hardship withdrawals are allowed for emergencies only. It’s also important to note that not all employers allow hardships, so check for availability. Once the money is taken out of your plan, it cannot be returned and the tax advantages of having it disappear for life. Some 401K plans offer loans as an alternative to hardship withdrawals. Each 401K plan is different, so make sure to check with your employer to understand all of the risks before trying to cash in on any rewards.

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Avoiding the snooze button can be difficult. Perhaps you stayed up late completing a project or caring for a sick little one. When the alarm sounds, it’s tempting to hit “snooze.” However, that one action can make you rush to try to catch up the rest of the day, adding more stress to your already hectic routine. Being well-rested improves brain function, but the brain doesn’t recharge in those nine bonus minutes. In fact, studies show pushing the snooze button does more harm than good. Your brain tries to restart its sleep cycle, meaning it’s in the early stages when the alarm goes off again and makes you feel even more groggy than you did the first time. Thinking less clearly makes it more difficult to complete your morning ritual. Those extra

moments needed to complete each task add up throughout a day that you already began nine-minutes behind. Tips to avoiding the snooze button include setting a second alarm on your cell phone, synching a light timer with your alarm, setting a coffee pot with a timer (the aroma will help energize your senses) and putting your alarm clock away from your bed, which makes blood flow to your body when you’re forced out of bed to turn it off. One extreme method some try is supergluing their snooze button to completely disable it. If you always hit the snooze button, it’s better to simply set the clock for when you actually need get up. That way, you’ll wake up later in your sleep cycle and ready to attack your day.

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Prevent Accidents

By Kat Freestone

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As we move from day to day, accidents are inevitable. We spill our coffee, stub our toes and forget our keys. However, to avoid something more serious, it’s important to take precautions. Here are some helpful In the Car: accident avoidance tips. Move Your GPS To limit distractions and avoid a wreck, put your GPS face down in the passenger’s seat. Instead of watching directions, listen to them. This also moves your GPS away from your windshield, which can block your view.

pots aren’t accidentally knocked over – or pulled down by young children. In addition, cook on the back burners whenever possible.

Back It In Instead of pulling in nose first, back your car into a parking spot. It may take a little practice, but you’ll have a much clearer view of shopping carts and wandering pedestrians when you pull back out.

Look Around Before opening a hot oven, make it a habit to look around. Is the dog sniffing nearby? Are people crowding around you? In addition, train your children not to come near the oven when it’s open.

Put the Phone Away Turn your phone on silent while driving to dissuade yourself from answering calls or checking texts. According to a 2009 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, you’re 23 times more likely to crash if you’re on your phone.

With Small Children:

In the Kitchen: Keep It Clean Be proactive about keeping your kitchen tidy. When your counters are clear of clutter, you’ll have more work room and will be less likely to knock over heavy pots or spill hot liquids. Turn Handles In When cooking on the stove, always turn pot and pan handles in. This will ensure that

Small Object Avoidance It’s a well-known rule: keep small objects away from children. Cut food into bitesized pieces and don’t give young children hard food like candy or nuts. Keep coins and buttons in check and never leave a baby unattended. Block the Stairs To prevent falls, use a stair gate. Children as old as four may still need help navigating the stairs, so be sure to supervise them. Car Safety Always use correct child seats and put children in the rear whenever possible. Never put a baby seat in the passengers seat, especially with an active airbag.

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

With Day to Day Activities: Pet Pickup We love our pets, but they’re one of the bigger house hazards when it comes to falls. Pickup after your pet and watch for toys and dishes, which are easy to trip over. For small dogs, always be aware of their location to avoid a misstep. Find Balance Anyone can trip, but if you’re surefooted you’ll be less likely to injure yourself. Incorporate exercises that improve balance into your daily routine. Ask For Help No matter how confident you may be while reaching for that high glass or moving those boxes, it never hurts to ask for help. Especially when you’re navigating stairs with a full laundry basket or bucket of toys, an extra hand can make a huge difference. Flourish Magazine | August/2013 29

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Grout floats are used to ensure that grout is applied in an even and uniform fashion. We recommend the HDX 4 inch by 9 inch economy rubber grout float that retails for $4.87.

When it comes to your selection of sponge, the bigger the better! Sponges are used to remove any excess grout. We recommend the QEP Extra Large Grouting Sponge that is $1.97 for one or $5.47 for a pack of 3.

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Tile spacers are used when installing individual tiles. These spacers come in a variety of sizes to help you achieve your desired grout thickness. Tile spacers retail between $2.97 and $5.97 a pack. If you are using a tile mosaic you will not need to purchase tile spacers.

You will need a quality pair of scissors to cut the SimpleMat and to trim the mesh for tile mosaics. We recommend the Husky 3 piece scissor set for $9.88.

Grout We recommend using a pre-mixed grout for your custom backsplash installation. Premixed grout is available in a variety of colors, such as linen and alabaster. It’s ready to apply straight from the container and retails at only $4.98 a pound.

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With a damp sponge, wipe down the installation area. Ensure that the surface is even and free of debris and dust. This will guarantee that the tile backsplash is even and will give the SimpleMat the best surface for a permanent bond.

Plan out how to apply your tile before you remove the protective covering from the front of the SimpleMat. You will need to cut your tile mosaic to accommodate electrical outlets and bends in the wall. With the SimpleMat, tile application is easy. You will find that the tile will not droop or slip like traditional thinset applications. For the most secure backsplash, rub each section of tile mosaic with the grout float to ensure a solid bond to the SimpleMat.

Using the extra-large sponge and water, wipe away the grout that is remaining on the tile mosaic. Use a light circular motion and be careful not to remove grout from the spaces between the tiles.

2) Plan your Cuts Place SimpleMat in the area that it will be applied. Locate electrical outlets that will interfere with the backsplash and mark these areas with a marker.

3) Measure Once, Cut Twice Use scissors to cut SimpleMat to accommodate the electrical outlets indicated in the previous step.

4) Apply the SimpleMat Remove the protective backing from one side of the SimpleMat sheet and use your grout float to apply it to the wall. Smooth the SimpleMat to ensure that there are no bubbles and the mat is firmly connected to the wall.

6) Grout Using the tile float, scoop grout from the pre-mixed grout container and apply to the wall in a left to right manner. Ensure that you apply grout evenly and that it is distributed into all spaces of the tile mosaics. Don’t worry if the grout is covering some of the tiles in the mosaic. This will be removed in the next step.

8) Finishing touches Allow your grout to dry completely before applying any sealers or cleaners. This may take several hours. Once dry, you are ready to seal the grout and enjoy it for years to come.

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We welcome you to join us daily in our flooring department for hands-on instruction. Our specialists can help you select the right combination of tile and grout products that will add that extra “wow” to your kitchen or bath. With many different tile mosaics to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

sunrooms, plumbing, electrical fixture installations and more! The Home Depot is also your go-to location for all of your heating and air conditioning needs, and we offer same day installation on water heaters.

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Myth: Frailty is inevitable The Truth:

While osteoporosis isn’t a disease to be taken lightly, it’s not all doom and gloom, either. According to Dr. John R. Lee, although about half of all women over the age of 50 will experience a fractured hip, wrist, or vertebra, this disease is both preventable and reversible.

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• Exercise, especially strength training, can help keep your bones strong by increasing flexibility and strength, and reducing the likelihood of falling. Try climbing stairs, dancing, swimming, lifting young children, or taking a yoga class. • Make sure you are getting enough calcium. If your normal diet isn’t providing you with a sufficient source, you may want to talk to your doctor about calcium supplements. • Avoid drinking alcohol in excess. • Don’t smoke.

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Dear Debbie: We have just moved into a lovely home that has a large (year-round) sunroom that extends from the family room. Do I continue my interior decorating style (modern) into this area, or should I revert to traditional wicker furniture? – Gerri Dear Gerri: A sunroom is a special place. With the traditional architecture of three walls of windows, it is visually open to the outside, but sealed and protected from the weather. You experience the best of both worlds. Because you feel that you are outside, decorating this space is generally a casual affair. Furnishings are chosen to create a more outdoor mood, but you do not have to be too specific with regard to material. If wicker isn’t your style, then look for other options. Today’s synthetic weave garden furniture has year-round style. Check out the contemporary lines of Dedon’s Panama or Tribeca series at These have linear forms with gentle curves that create a welcome comfortable style. Use cushion fabric to link up your rooms by pattern or color. There’s an exciting array of contemporary lighting options that share the versatility of indoor and outdoor living features. Bover has a series called Fora Mesa shown here that is an elegant weatherproof electric lamp with a modern esthetic. Finishes and lampshades come in white, gray and brown (

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Søren Kierkegaard

Dear Debbie: I have a split-entry home, and made a terrible mistake by having slate tile installed in my 4-foot-by-6-foot entryway. The finish is dull, the color reminds me of a sidewalk at night and even the size of the tiles looks wrong. The carpeting leading to the entryway is light blue with grey undertones. I don’t want hardwood, and marble is too expensive. What can I do? – Annette Dear Annette: Mistakes happen; it is not always easy to imagine what a new floor or wall color is going to look like, and while it is easy to repaint a wall, it seems such a waste, and expensive, too, to replace a floor. The most economical way to address your problem is with an area carpet. You can go as plain or as fancy as you like, with pretty modern florals, jazzy geometrics or simply a sophisticated monochrome weave. Carpet tiles will work well, too, and you can create your own pattern. The carpet does not have to fit perfectly; the gray slate will make a good frame. Another option is to paint the walls in a color that has no blue in it, such as an orange or peach shade. This will brighten the space. Debbie Travis’ House to Home column is produced by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Please email your questions to You can follow Debbie on Twitter at, and visit Debbie’s new website, Flourish Magazine | August/2013 25

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Reduces heart-attack risk by 60 percent or more. Getting one gram of ALA a day – the amount in just five walnut halves – reduces odds for heart attacks and heart-attackrelated deaths significantly.

Slashes levels of lousy LDL cholesterol. Getting 3.4 grams of ALA a day – that takes 18 walnut halves, or four to five tablespoons of ground flaxseed – can lower heartmenacing LDL cholesterol by seven percent to 13 percent. Bonus: Adding ALA also tames a blood fat called lipoprotein (a) by 14 percent. Big news, because lipoprotein (a) is an extra-nasty type of LDL cholesterol that paves artery walls with gunky, heart-attacktriggering plaque.

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insulin sensitivity reduces blood sugar levels and therefore lessens the chances you’ll develop diabetes and its complications.

If you’re taking steps to make sure you get more omega-3s by eating fish three times a week and/or taking a fish oil or algal oil supplement daily, give yourself just half of a pat on the back. Turns out these strategies won’t supply ALA or some other important fatty acids that we’ll mention in a minute.

How much ALA do you need? The Institute of Medicine, which establishes nutrient requirements, recommends 1.1 to 1.6 grams a day. You’ll get that much from six to nine walnut halves; but 14 halves – or one ounce – contains 2.5 grams of ALA, and more definitely is better! Meanwhile, a single tablespoon of flaxseed oil packs 7.3 grams, a tablespoon of ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds delivers about 1.6 grams, and a tablespoon of walnut oil (great on a salad) or canola oil (use in place of butter) delivers about 1.3 grams. One serving of leafy, green purslane (the veggie that’s highest in ALA) has 0.4 grams. One cup of sliced avocado has 0.16 grams. So, what’s the best way to invite ALA and the rest of the healthy omega fatty acids over for a meal? Just take these three yummy steps:

No. 1. Add ALAs. Toss ground flaxseed into a smoothie. Use chia instead of wheat as a grain in baking. Try a chia muffin for breakfast. Keep a bag of walnuts handy for when you need a quick energy boost. Sprinkle them on your oatmeal and yogurt, or puree into walnut butter or pesto. Mix up your salad by adding purslane to traditional greens. No. 2. Get 900 mg of DHA omega-3 daily. This is great for your heart, for a quick and happy brain and for your love life. Aim for three servings of salmon or trout a week and/ or take an algal oil or fish oil capsule daily. As we said before, your body converts some DHA into another helpful omega-3, EPA. No. 3. Go for other odd-numbered omegas. Get inflammation-cooling, artery-protecting omega-7s (420 mg a day, as a purified supplement) and use olive oil whenever possible. It provides omega-9. And enjoy pomegranate seeds as a source of that other odd omega – omega-5. Now you’re getting three varieties of omega-3s (DHA, EPA and ALA) plus omega-5, -7 and -9. BRAVO!!! Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, visit

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” Stephen Chbosky

obesity Childhood

causes kids’ health problems today

“Fat Kid Rules the World,” a 2012 indie film about hope, change and self-esteem, looks at teen obesity and behavioral problems. But while it’s deeply moving, it doesn’t show how devastating obesity is to a kid’s body – and not 20 years down the road, but today.

We now know obesity is related to delayed bone development, joint and muscle problems, asthma, headaches and ear infections. Obese preteens can develop heart disease by age 15 or 16! And overweight kids are three times more likely to have high blood pressure. But kids don’t want to be fat. So what’s the deal? Well, Mom and Dad, if you’re overweight, there’s an 80 percent chance your kids are, too. So if you want to keep your child healthy and happy – and what parent doesn’t – it’s time for a family get-fit plan!

• Change how you grocery shop: no prepared food; only fresh or frozen veggies. Eliminate all lunch meats, bacon and red meat; buy skinless poultry and fish (not fried). Choose nonfat dairy products and no (you have to read every label) high fructose corn syrup, added sugars or sugar syrup. Say bye to fast- food stops: Kids who eat fast food three times a week have more asthma, hay fever and eczema.

• Cook and eat together at least four nights a week. It increases every aspect of a child’s health – physically, emotionally and socially. • Start a family walking program; work toward the goal of each getting 10,000 steps a day. Every evening, hit the pavement together.

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” John Green

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“May you live every day of your life.” Jonathan Swift

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Sea Turtle Day

There’s nothing quite like seeing a sea turtle for the first time. Children especially seem awed by these beautiful, majestic creatures. Perhaps it’s a sea turtle’s large, inquisitive eyes or their happy little flippers. As children and adults alike visited the Florida Museum of Natural History last month for World Sea Turtle Day, Gainesville grew a little fonder of these aquatic creatures, and more aware of the threats they face, too.

By Sarah G. Mason, Photos by Lauren Flannery Each year, countless sea turtles are poached by humans, strangled in gill nets, killed by pollution and destroyed by coastal development. With threat rankings reaching “critically endangered,” the future of these creatures is at risk.

“The biggest challenge we face as an organization is generating enough contributions and grant funding to support our critical programs,” said Johnson. “There always seem to be more threats than we have the funding to address.”

Sea Turtle Conservancy – the host of World Sea Turtle Day – is hoping to change that. This international nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group, and it is dedicated to saving sea turtles from extinction.

Johnson and the rest of the Sea Turtle Conservancy team are working to overcome that challenge and others.

“Sea Turtle Conservancy carries out research, education, advocacy and conservation programs with the goal of recovering sea turtle populations and protecting the habitats upon which they depend. Our work is focused especially in Florida,” said Public Relations Coordinator Rocio Johnson. Over the last 50 years, Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research programs have made great strides in uncovering the truth about sea turtles and the threats that they face. Johnson and the rest of the Sea Turtle Conservancy team hope to continue that success in the future, but it won’t come easy. 18 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

“We’re working hard to build our membership to at least 20,000 regular, dues-paying members,” said Johnson. “We currently have about 7,000 members, so we have a ways to go in the coming years. People can help by going to and joining STC today.” World Sea Turtle Day at the Florida Museum of Natural History was the perfect way for Sea Turtle Conservancy to raise awareness and promote their cause. The event was a huge success; parents and kids attended Turtle Tours guided by Sea Turtle Conservancy scientists, enjoyed a craft station focused on reducing trash in the environment and played sea turtle trivia games.

“The Florida Museum of Natural History has a ton of sea turtle information weaved into the natural history of Florida,” said Johnson. “Because we mostly work outside of landlocked Gainesville, many people are not aware that we have been in Gainesville for more than 50 years. World Sea Turtle Day is a perfect opportunity to engage with the local community and get people excited about sea turtles and what they can do to help protect them.” If you’d like to support the Sea Turtle Conservancy and their cause, consider purchasing a Sea Turtle Specialty License Plate. “The specialty license plate was approved by the Florida legislature in 1997 and costs $23.00 in addition to the normal Florida license plate registration fee,” said Johnson. “Of this fee, 30 percent is routed through Sea Turtle Conservancy, which distributes the funding through the competitive Sea Turtle Grants Program.” By purchasing a Sea Turtle Specialty License Plate, you can support research and conservation efforts across the state and help save the sea turtles. To learn more, visit

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Looking for a way to spice up your favorite summertime fruit? This watermelon feta salad is a refreshing, good-for-you treat! Serve it alongside smoky barbeque or enjoy it alone, right out of the bowl! Directions: What you will need: • 7 ½ pounds watermelon (seedless, chilled) • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil • 3 limes (juiced) • 1 ½ teaspoons salt • ¾ teaspoon black pepper • 1 cup mint leaves (fresh, chopped) • 1 ½ cups feta cheese (crumbled)

1) Cut the rind from the watermelon. 2) Chop the fruit into one-inch chunks. Place the chunks in a colander to drain as you chop. 3) In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt and black pepper to create a dressing. 4) Place watermelon in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing and chopped mint over the watermelon and toss gently to coat. 5) Pour the crumbled feta into the salad bowl and stir gently to integrate the cheese into the salad. 6) Enjoy!

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Planting Companion

Whether you’ve had your garden going since spring or you’ve just caught the “planting bug,” gardening is stimulating, rewarding and – for those of you with vegetable patches – yummy! I for one love the veggies of August: carrots, potatoes and my favorite, cucumber. Of course, I’d never plant all three together; they aren’t compatible.




Close-growing plants can either help or hurt each other, and if you want your vegetables to flourish, it’s wise to take advantage of companion planting. Here’s a quick guide to the dos and don’ts when it comes to companion planting this August.

Good Companions

Don’t Plant With!

Sunflowers, cabbage, cucumber and strawberries

Onions, garlic or fennel

Lettuce, chives, leeks, rosemary, sage and peas

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Cabbage, tomatoes or celery

Radishes, peas, beets, corn, beans and carrots

Potatoes or sage

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Cabbage, carrots, caraway, chili, bell peppers, fennel, lavender or potatoes

Chervil, cucumber and squash

Cauliflower, cabbage, turnips or Brussels sprouts

Strawberries, beans and peas

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“Get busy living or get busy dying.” Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption

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By Ginger Henderson

Expecting the

Unexpected... While you’re

Expecting When you’re expecting a baby, it often seems that everything is unexpected. Read on for some often overlooked issues that can sneak up once your bundle of joy arrives. Physical Changes By now you’ve likely read about the physical changes to expect with your body, such as swollen breasts and stretch marks. But don’t think that your physical changes will end just because your new baby is out. While many women don’t bleed for an entire six weeks of recovery, you can expect to have an unpleasant discharge for up to two months. This can take a toll on your intimate relationships, especially if you happen to be married to a particularly squeamish mate. Try thinking outside the box. If your six week recovery period comes and goes and you’re still plagued with pregnancy remnants, consider moving your usual bedtime activities to the shower instead. Of course, if either of you is particularly uncomfortable 14 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

about moving forward with sexual activity, don’t push it. Give yourself all the time you need to heal and to relax about becoming sexually intimate again.

Emotional Changes Nothing puts a woman on the front seat of the emotional roller-coaster more than childbirth. You’re up, you’re down, you’re everywhere in between, and it often feels as though you go through it all in mere minutes! Trust that the emotional issues you’re feeling are felt by every woman who’s ever been in your shoes. You may find yourself overcome with joy at one moment and crippled by fear at the next. You may find yourself wanting to shoo away older children to allow yourself one on

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” May Sarton

one time with your new baby. You may yearn for the attention you once had during your pregnancy that has now been passed on to your baby. All of these emotions are completely normal and often experienced by mothers. Cut yourself some slack. Cry when you need to, laugh when you want to and take advantage of those who understand (such as your mother, motherin-law, grandmother, aunt, etc…) by talking through some of your feelings. Before long, your hormones will begin to level out and you’ll begin to feel more like yourself again.

Relationship Changes For such a small creature, a baby can have a huge impact on the relationships in your life. Where you once spent Saturday mornings lazily lying around with your partner, you’re now awake and bleary-eyed in the wee hours of the morning. When your partner mentions sex, you may have to fight the urge to throw a brick at him. You may feel he’s not spending enough time with the baby or not doing his share of the childrearing. These resentments can grow over time and become a huge

problem if not dealt with early. Communication is the key. You may not feel as though you should have to ask for help, but understand that men are often not born with the same nurturing “gene” that women seem to have. A calm conversation about expectations can help keep everyone happy. You may also notice that your baby causes some divisions among your friends. If you’re the first among your circle of friends to give birth, you may suddenly feel out of the loop. Instead of girls’ night out, you’re more interested in a quiet night at home with your little one. While it’s important to keep contact with friends, be aware that women who have not yet experienced this life changing transformation will likely feel the rift. They may call you less, come over less often or stop inviting you out altogether. While it can sting, rest assured that the time you’re devoting to your family is what’s most important. One day, when your friend becomes a mother, she will understand the feelings you feel right now.

No matter how well you prepare yourself, there will undoubtedly be things that will catch you off guard. The keys are to stay flexible, to remember that phases and feelings are often fleeting and to keep lines of communication honest and open. Most importantly, remember that you must be willing to adjust your expectations to meet your reality. By preparing yourself for the many changes in store, you’ll be ready to tackle the unexpected with grace.

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Secrets to

Balancing Family, Friends and By Becky Sander


The sun is just starting to dim outside Claire’s office window. She gathers her things and heads for into the next. Now, with our own the door, her mind jam-packed with families and careers taking off, it’s thoughts. She’s still got dinner to not as easy to plan an adventure. If prepare, kids to put to bed and a we aren’t careful, months pass and we husband to attend to – not to don’t see each other at all. mention the four missed calls on her iPhone from relatives Spending time with your girlfriends is and friends.

Claire’s life resonates in some way with all of us; with so much on our plates these days, it’s no easy feat balancing friends, family, work and romance! If you’re anything like me, you might find yourself feeling like a juggler in a circus act — one who looses their balance and watches all of their pins fall to the floor. Instead of finding yourself a mess, I suggest trying these three secrets to help you regain balance in your life.

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good for you! A night out with the girls will spike your mood and leave you feeling refreshed so that your daily responsibilities are a little easier to manage. Every month, make definitive plans with your closest friends. Make reservations and then mark them down on your calendar. Most importantly, let your family know ahead of time. They will start to expect your monthly girls’ night and you won’t have to feel guilty about leaving anyone at home.

Create a Schedule Our minds love to play tricks on us. We might think we’re living a balanced life, when really we’re so absorbed by work or chores that we lose sight of reality. Create a schedule, and don’t just include business meetings and doctors appointments; it’s

important to add in time to spend with your loved ones, too. On your calendar, be sure to include the specific names of each family member to ensure that you’re dividing your time evenly. Try things like, “Watch a movie with Molly,” or “Show Shane how to cook dinner.” Otherwise, you run the risk of devoting more attention to some than others, which can lead to bitter feelings. Writing things down brings clarity.

Combine Work and Play You don’t have to get dolled up for dinner or make big plans for a night out to have a good time with others. According to research, doing physical activities with the ones we love is actually just as good, if not better, for our relationships. Working out with a companion causes the brain to fire positive receptors, thus making an otherwise unpleasant experience enjoyable. Ask a friend, husband, boyfriend or family member to hit the streets for a brisk walk or a light jog. Not only will you be more motivated to work out, you’ll be spending time with people you care about. Now that’s what I call balance! “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” Virginia Woolf

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A Nod to How You Can Embrace the Swinging ‘60s Through Chic Style Icons…

By Heather Aluisio


Louis Vuitton has given a nod to mod by designing his Summer 2013 line around the super chic styles of the Swinging ‘60s. Short hemlines with high neck cuts and flirty swing coats are both adorned with colorful iconic checkered prints and pops of color on shift dresses as graphic prints swallow them whole. Lately, ‘60s style has grown in popularity thanks to these fashion throwbacks by your favorite designers and hit TV shows like Mad Men. You can embrace the days of peace, love and harmony by channeling your inner ‘60s fashion icon. Get ready to learn about three leading ladies of the era that had impeccable style and how you can put together a look that will “blow your mind”.

Jane Birkin Brigitte Bardot Twiggy This British teenage supermodel was known for her androgynous style and super thin physique. She loved to sport sharp patterns on miniskirts and long dangly earrings. If you want to channel your inner Twiggy, pick up a short shift dress that is filled with lots of bright prints and patterns with sharp angles. Triangles, dots, circles and even stripes will do the trick to get you looking mod in no time. Add some false lashes and oversized silver statement earrings to put the finishing touch on your ‘60s look. Slide on a modern pair of white patent leather wedges to find a balance between the decades. 10 Flourish Magazine | August/2013

The sun is to the sky what winged eyeliner is to Brigitte Bardot. This gorgeous Frenchie is said to be one of the biggest style icons, not just in the ‘60s, but ever! Known for her signature black headband, she effortlessly worked the sex kitten look no matter what she wore. Mimicking her Parisian chic style is simple; she’s usually spotted in capris, stripes and airy white tops. Pick up a pair of fitted white jean capris and pair it with a black and white striped silk boat neck tee and a thick black bow headband. Don’t forget to tease your roots and blow out your bangs to get that big hair look! Slip on a pair of satin metallic ballet flats and apply some liquid liner to complete your ensemble.

The ultimate originator of Boho-chic, Brit actress Jane Birkin’s ‘60s style is still admired today (Hermes Birkin Bag was named after her). You too can sport a Birkin look by wearing a pair of cut off belted denim shorts, a plain white tee and a chunky heeled pair of strappy sandals. Of course, to put the finishing touch on your swinging ‘60s look, carry an oversized vintage tote and adhere a plain, but shiny, necklace pendant or two around your neck. Add a pair of cat-eyed tortoise shell textured sunglasses or a faux floral barrette to accessorize sleek flat ironed hair and your laid back look. Consider dressing with a throw back flair. Designers and notorious style icons make it easy to piece together looks that give a nod to mod in a new age way!

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

Dress to By Sarah G. Mason

Impress... Or Don’t It was a typical Sunday afternoon. My boyfriend and I were strolling through the department store, browsing for cutlery; we’d just moved into a new house and I was sick of eating with my fingers. As we passed rows of designer handbags, summer sundresses and a pair of the cutest baby blue sandals, I couldn’t help but stop and stare. “Why don’t you get them?” Mike asked after seeing the look in my eyes. It was tempting. My closet could use an update, and I’m pretty sure my shoe rack has more cobwebs than shoes. I smiled. “Not today.” I remember the first time I bought a pair of shoes. I was 10. Until then, I’d thrown on my sneakers and headed out to play. Shoes were just shoes; who cared what they looked like? That is, until the day I saw my best friend walk into fifth grade wearing a pair of brand new, bright pink glitter shoes. I was instantly jealous. I wanted them – badly. So badly, in fact, that I begged my mom to take me shopping that very afternoon. Twelve years (and dozens of shoes) later, my priorities have changed a bit. I still dress to impress, but only when there’s cake or someone’s wearing a white gown. I’m not so worried about what others have

that I don’t. Most importantly, I spend my money on doing things, not owning things. In a 2010 issue of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, authors Jing Yang Zhong and Vincent-Wayne Mitchell looked at the spending habits of 5,000 households and then compared them to each household’s happiness level. The results were interesting. The households that spent more money on experiences – like going to listen to a local band or taking a painting class – were more satisfied than those who chose to spend their money on, say, a new pair of glittershoes. In addition, smaller, more frequent “experience” purchases led to greater happiness than one big one (in other words, taking three small weekend road trips created more joy than taking a week-long cruise). Of course, there are two key considerations to bear in mind when it comes to

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams

experience-spending. First, if you’re going to buy tickets to see a movie or take a trip to the vineyards, stay within your budget. Spending more than you have – no matter what you’re buying – can cause stress and decrease your sense of well-being. Second, don’t blow all your cash on one big event. You’re better off hitting up several cheaper restaurants than dolling out the dough on one, expensive meal. Spread those good experiences out over time. After Mike and I left the department store that day, I took the money I’d saved from not buying those shoes and signed us up for a couples cooking class; money betterspent, in my opinion. And plus, we’ll be putting our new silverware to good use! Flourish Magazine | August/2013 11

Before Back-To-School,

Get Kids


Again By Kristy Wyatt

It’s hard for any parent to keep their child from forgetting everything they’ve learned in school over the long summer months. Thankfully, there are many easy and sneaky ways to keep them learning. Parents want their children to retain some of the school habits and knowledge from the previous school year, but also don’t want to become too rigid, forcing their kids to do daily worksheets or read a book every day. To keep the balance between fun and learning, here are five easy ways to Head to the zoo. make sure your kids have an educational, yet This is a wonderful activity to do with your memorable summer. kids; it’s a learning opportunity for both parents and children. Before going, sit down with your kids and ask what their favorite animal is, why it’s their favorite, what animals they expect to see and what exotic animals they hope to see. Challenge them to find certain animals, such as lions or koalas, and point them out to you. If they see an animal that is unfamiliar to them, have them remember its features and even take a picture to look up online later at home. You can also let them look at the map of the zoo and help with directions for getting around. Take pictures of all of the animals you see and at home, have your kids label the names of the animals and put them into a scrapbook for learning later.

The dreaded reading list. Children are often sent home with a reading list for the summer months, which can cause many parents to panic and force their kids to read constantly; this is the wrong approach. Kids don’t want to be forced to read on their summer vacation. Parents have to make it fun, interesting and not at all like school! Instead of just making them read in their room, or read all of the books on their list, let them pick out their own books; they could be comic books, kid’s magazines like “Highlights,” fun websites for kids ( or kid’s cookbooks. Another way to get your children reading 8

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Make the television a learning opportunity. is to read those books aloud. Even if your kids are older, you can still read their favorite books out loud to them to make the characters and plot really come to life. Try reading classics like “Harry Potter” (for older kids), “Hunger Games” or the “Percy Jackson” series.

Make cooking a reading and learning opportunity. Sit down with your child and a favorite (or new) cookbook and let them pick out a recipe to cook together. Make sure they pick out one that is not too fancy or has a long list of ingredients. Then write down the ingredients with your child to take to the store. Let your child choose the items from the list; this can help with counting, comprehension and reading. Once at home and ready to start cooking, let your child assist with taking out the bowls, spoons, measuring cups and pots and pans. Then, help them with measuring out the ingredients. Cooking with your kids not only helps with reading and math, but brings everyone closer to together.

If you allow your kids to watch TV at certain times, make sure to turn it to a learning channel, such as the History Channel, National Geographic channel, or even the local channel for watching Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy. These types of shows are entertaining, but also help them learn spelling, animals, trivia about people, places and things, as well as exotic places. Watch these shows with them and you can not only keep an eye on how long they watch the television, but also what they are learning. Make it a contest when you watch shows like Jeopardy together; whoever has the most correct answers gets a little prize.

Play online learning games on rainy days. On days when the kids can’t get outside to play, go online and find some interactive online learning games, including ones like for younger children and for older kids. These are not only fun for them, they’ll be learning and getting familiar with using a computer, which is beneficial for those who haven’t started school yet.

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Red Cross & Blues Interview by Sarah G. Mason

The American Red Cross is at it again. Last month, the North Central Florida Chapter got together at The Warehouse Restaurant & Lounge for a little “Red Cross & Blues,” a patriotic evening that came complete with a buffet, wine, their signature American Red Cross “Lifesaver” drink, a live and silent auction and – best of all – live music! “All funds raised go to Disaster Services,” said Executive Director Melanie Saxon. “Last year, the North Central Florida Chapter helped nearly 400 families who had fallen victim to house fires, floods and other disasters. Our goal is to respond to every single disaster, no matter the money we’ve raised, but we’re raising as much as we can since we have no way of knowing when disaster will strike or how much money we will need.” This year, Saxon hoped the event would turn out bigger and better than ever. She wasn’t disappointed. “A notable aspect of this year’s event was that we had three musical acts performing: Flagship Romance, Blues by Barry Sides and singer-songwriter Hannah Harber, who recently signed a recording contract. We think these artists make a tremendous difference with growing our event – last year we didn’t have any music at all. This year, the music was a main part of the night.”

“Where there is love there is life.” Mahatma Gandhi

Of course, the show can’t go on without a few hiccups. According to Saxon, it’s always a challenge to find cash sponsors. In fact, nearly a week before the event was due to start, they were still looking! And yet, all the challenges were well worth it. “The best part of working with the American Red Cross is knowing that when folks face a disaster, the Red Cross has the trained volunteers and the resources to always be there to help them. Always.” It’s those volunteers that make the Red Cross the amazing organization that it is today. The Red Cross is always looking for extra helping hands, and Saxon encourages anyone to apply. “If you’re interested in volunteering, call the office. We’re always looking for volunteers in all areas,” Saxon said. “Our volunteer coordinator can help you get the right paperwork done and guide you into training, depending on what you’re interested in.” If you’d like to learn more about the American Red Cross North Central Florida Chapter, visit their website at or call them at 352-376-4669. Flourish Magazine | August/2013


As the summer days grow shorter, there’s no denying it … school days are just around the corner. Soon it will be time to turn your thoughts away from the lazy days of summer and toward backpacks and lunchboxes. Often, the easygoingness of summer makes us reluctant to turn back to bedtimes and daily routines, but taking steps now can help you and your kids make the transition in stride. Take a look at our Back To School Checklist to make sure you’re ready for the big event well before it arrives!

Prepping for

School going back to

By Ginger Henderson

Don’t put off the shopping

Prepare for the first day

Get ready for the homework

Back to school shopping can be a veritable disaster for the pocketbook, especially if you have more than one child to shop for. Start early by picking up a supply list from your child’s school instead of waiting for one to be sent home after the first day. You can also try checking your school’s website – many post supply lists that can be downloaded and printed. Once you have the list in hand, try breaking it down into manageable lists that you can add into your monthly or weekly budget. Remember that many stores often run sales on classroom staples like notebook paper, pencils and crayons shortly before school begins. Have your child participate in a back to school “fashion show” to determine what clothing needs to be bought and include it in your back to school budget figures. By planning ahead, you’ll save yourself the headache of tackling a major expense during an already stressful time for the family.

If your child is feeling anxious about the first day of school, try taking him or her there a few days or weeks before school begins. Many school offices are open during the summer and don’t mind spending a few moments welcoming your child. If this is not an option, you can always drive through the school grounds with your child to help settle his or her nerves. Whether or not your child is nervous about the first day, be sure to schedule extra time to get your morning routine going well again. Allow extra time for traffic and expect a crowded parking lot, especially if you plan to walk your child inside the first day. If your child is clingy, stay long enough to reassure him or her, but don’t stay too long. Spend a few moments reviewing the day’s schedule and let your child know when to expect your return. “After lunch you’ll do math. Then you’ll have a snack and then it will be time for me to pick you up.”

No, not your child’s … yours! Back to school means forms, forms and more forms! Get everything together that you’ll need to fill these out so you can make quick work of it. Take a look at our “Back To School Basics” for an idea of the items most often needed when filling out school paperwork.

Meet the teacher If your child’s school hosts an open house before the first day of school, be sure to attend. This meeting is often the only time teachers are able to go over school policies and classroom routines with parents. Your involvement communicates your commitment to your child’s education and gives you a chance to get to know the person you’ll be sharing your child with for the next several months. If your child’s school doesn’t host open house or PTO meetings, be sure and call to schedule a meeting with the teacher early in the school year to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.

Getting back into the swing of things can sometimes be a bit of a hurdle, but by following these steps you’ll be ready when the big day arrives.


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“Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.” John Wayne

Back to School Basics Save yourself time and headaches by gathering together these items most often needed when filling out back to school paperwork:

• Birth Certificate (necessary if enrolling your child in a new school or starting Kindergarten) • Vaccination Record • P roof of Residency (something with your home address printed on it, often necessary due to zoning restrictions) • Social Security Card • List of emergency contact phone numbers and addresses • Note explaining health concerns or special instructions • List of medications that are to be taken at school *Note* Many schools require a doctor’s authorization form before medications can be administered. Check with your school’s nurse to learn about requirements for medications. • Checkbook or cash in small amounts (keep handy for paying for snacks or lunches)

 o Supply List? N No Problem

If you’re unsure of what your child needs, take a look at these lists of the most commonly used items in elementary and high school classrooms.

Elementary School Supplies • Crayons – 24 count • W hite Washable Glue • Glue Sticks • No. 2 Pencils • Child Safety Scissors • Wide-Ruled Notebook Paper • Facial Tissues • Hand Sanitizer

High School Supplies • College Ruled Notebook Paper • No. 2 Pencils • Pens – Blue or Black Ink • 3-ring Binder with Subject Dividers • Pocket Folders • USB Drive (especially if your child is enrolling in technology classes)

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

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Finish Out the


at Home By Katie Moss

Go Camping Whether you travel to the backyard with the kids or to a secret spot with your hubby, camping is a great way to escape. Build a fire, tell scary stories and don’t forget the s’mores!

Host Your Own Film Festival Can’t find the time to catch up on all of those shows in your Netflix queue? Invite your friends and family along for your very own film festival. Just remember to grab some popcorn!

Dress Up You don’t need a special occasion to pull out that little black dress. Whether you dine out with your girlfriends or share a table with that special someone, this is the perfect opportunity to get snazzed up and try that upscale restaurant you’ve been eyeing. You’ll feel like you’re getting away – for much less the cost!

Relax at Home For a thrifty staycation, stay home. Take a few days off work and set up an “out of the office” message for your e-mail. Turn off your computer, phone and answering

Are you dying for a vacation but don’t have a big budget? A staycation may be your answer. Whether you’re a single lady or a woman machine. with an energetic family, there’s sure to be a Set up a stay-at-home trip that will make your comfy spot on summer sensational. your porch, grab a good book and a fancy drink and prepare for a day of relaxation. If you want to go all-out, have dinner delivered – no one wants to cook on vacation!

Waterworks Traveling to theme parks with the kids can be expensive, so why not create your own water park right at home? Set up your sprinkler or a homemade slip n’ slide and purchase some water guns. Invite all your family and friends and jump on in! Bring snacks and refreshments and get ready for a day of fun. Sometimes, switching things up is all it takes to feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

Act Like a Tourist Florida attracts millions of tourist each year – it’s time to find out why! Beautiful beaches, exciting theme parks, gorgeous

national trails or tourist-driven museums and restaurants are just a few of the attractions Florida has to offer. Spend the day exploring some of these travel destinations without ever leaving your state for a perfect mini-vacation.

Have a Picnic There’s nothing more romantic than a good old-fashioned picnic with your sweetheart. Pack a basket full of your favorite goodies and head to a quiet outdoor spot. Bring a Frisbee and some wine to pass the time.

Your staycation is truly what you make of it. Instead of focusing on what you aren’t doing or where you aren’t going, concentrate on all of the amazing places and activities that currently surround you. You’re sure to have a great time!

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” Albert Einstein

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