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Mercedes Benz of Salem Presents The Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The 2017 G-Class, Forever Young Since it was originally conceived in 1979 as a vehicle to be used primarily in tough off-road terrain, the G-Class has undergone an astounding evolution. The G550 4x42, the most recent offering in the G-Class lineup, will arrive in dealerships in 2017.

initially a very practically-oriented offroad specialist by giving it a premium interior and road- going qualities on par with those of the premium sedans from Mercedes-Benz.

the gene pool for other very successful SUVs built under the Mercedes-Benz brand. The G-Class has been voted off-roader of the year countless times over the past years, most recently this year. A comprehensive range The G-Class today is considered the of features ensures that this classic top model among luxury-class cross- cross-country vehicle remains in a Over the course of 37 years, country vehicles, and has provided class of its own in the off-road sector. Mercedes-Benz has refined what was Mercedes Benz of Salem 2405 Commercial St. SE Salem | Sales: 800.336.4148

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Here’s to Your Health

Four Easy Health Habits You Can Start Today! And four life-changing (non) diet books for better health in 2018 By Marisa Michael Every new year brings new introspection. Many people take this time of year to re-evaluate their health habits. If you are asking yourself what goals or resolutions you should set this year, think positively! Instead of restricting foods or making negative goals like “Cut out sugar” or “Don’t eat anything after 7pm,” make goals that work for your lifestyle. These negative goals are not relevant or evidence-based. Not only does restriction often lead to over-eating and bingeing, it’s not healthy for your mental state or metabolism. Here are four easy things you can start today to take steps toward better health. Easy Habit 1: Add one fruit or vegetable to your usual routine. Try some berries on cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt. Add baby carrots to your lunch or try cut veggies with hummus for a snack. Eat apple slices with almond or peanut butter. Add spinach and mushrooms to your eggs. The possibilities are endless! Easy Habit 2: Try a new fruit or vegetable. Next time you are at a restaurant or in the grocery store, pick something new. Expanding your usual food repertoire helps keep things interesting. It also gives you more opportunity to have a wider variety of nutrients. Win-win! Easy Habit 3: Take some time to rest. Adequate sleep, or even just a few minutes of deep breathing to decompress, can do wonders for your health. Rest helps with blood pressure, mental health, and hormone regulation. Try this deep breathing

technique next time you feel stressed: Find a quiet place. Set your phone timer for one minute. Close your eyes. Breath in slowly for four counts. Breathe out for slowly four counts. Continue until the timer beeps. Enjoy your newly calmed self! Easy Habit 4: Move more. Even just a little bit of exercise can make a big difference in your health. You don’t need to spend an hour at the gym. As little as 10 minutes, three times per day is enough to reap the benefits of regular exercise. This can mean talking a few timed breaks from your desk to walk around the office. Park farther away. Take the stairs. Find a movement or activity that is fun for you—walking, jogging, swimming, soccer, tennis, hiking, dancing…whatever it is, find joy in the activity! Four life-changing (non) diet books for better health in 2018 Book 1: Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole. This book has been literally life-changing for many people. It takes a comprehensive approach to mindful eating, outlining how to alleviate anxiety around food choices and body image. This book will end your search for the perfect diet. It is the cure for yo-yo dieting, weight cycling, guilt, and shame. Book 2: Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon. Did you know that being overweight is usually not a threat to your health? This eye-opening book lays out why worrying about losing weight may be unfounded and unnecessary, and how to have conversations with your health care

provider about your weight status. Book 3: Fearless Feeding by Jill Castle. End the power struggle during meal times with this practical book on how to raise children to have a healthy relationship with food, how to deal with picky eaters, and how to make sure your child is getting the right nutrition. It includes chapters for every stage of childhood, from infants to teenagers. A game-changer for any parent that wants to know how to feed their kid right. This book will help you raise competent children that have a nourishing relationship with food. Book 4: Roar: How to match your food and fitness to your female physiology for optimum performance, great health, and a strong, lean body for life by Stacy T. Sims. Don’t let the cumbersome subtitle fool you—this book is a reader-friendly, evidence-based, science-loaded truthbomb. A boon to active females everywhere, the well-renowned author details how taking into account female physiology helps maximize training and fitness gains. Did you know female hormones play a role in body temperature regulation, hydration, muscle building, and more? Arming yourself with knowledge of your own physiology can help you achieve greater fitness goals than you ever thought possible. If your New Year’s resolutions include nutrition or fitness goals, contact a dietitian today! You don’t have to do this alone. Get the support and information you need to succeed. Marisa Michael is a registered dietitian and personal trainer and owns Real Nutrition LLC in Contact her at


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SEAFOOD Thinking about a quick getaway? The Tillamook Coast is a great option, and it’s only a couple of hours from anywhere in the valley. The secluded coastline is a wonderful retreat from everyday life. You can wander vast expanses of pristine beach and enjoy the crashing winter surf, you can cruise in and out on the coast roads that all seem to lead to some great, scenic spot, or you can take refuge in one of the many fantastic eateries or coffee shops. To sweeten the deal, during the winter season, lodging can be found on the coast at incredibly low rates; particularly

during mid-week. Check out and search for “Tillamook.” You’ll like what you find. Of course, one of the big reasons to visit the coast is the fresh seafood, and there are some fantastic options. Great seafood is not really easy to find in the valley, but on the Tillamook Coast, it’s everywhere. And of course, fish just seems better when you can see, hear, and smell the ocean. Here are a few standouts...

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The Fish Peddler

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The photo above is one of their signature dishes, “BBQ Prawns” spicey, smokey, creamy -- you can’t go wrong with this option. Do you like oysters? Try the Netarts Bay Oyster Stew - sure to satisfy the seafood lovers. And for you landlubbers, they also offer Painted Hills Beef burgers. And for the kids... grilled cheese of course!

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5150 Hayes Oyster Dr. Bay City 503-377.2323 Find ‘em on Facebook The Fish Peddler is so close to the ocean, it’s partially IN the ocean. At the end of a pier, it’s part shipping dock for fresh oysters to the valley and beyond, to the likes of Winco, Costo and more, part fresh seafood shop, and part restaurant. There are big, plate glass windows in the dining area through which you can watch the workers shuck, and pack oysters to be shipped out. Lunch and a show!

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Pacific Restaurant Nelia Seratista & Philip Biermann, owners of the Pacific Restaurant in downtown Tillamook have got it going on! Veteran restrateurs, Philip and Nelia are building one of the best looking restaurants in Tillamook, or anywhere for that matter. Both formerly of Portland’s Heathman, they know their stuff. Nelia grew up in Hawaii, and that’s apparent in the look and feel of the restaurant, fresh orchids greet you at the door, and there’s a hint of Hawaii in many of their menu items. Philip is from Idaho, and with a tongue-in-cheek, he assures us the potatoes are also world class. While the dining room is stunning, and the

main restaurant is to die for, they are also working on the other side of the building which will become a sleek, modern bar with the same beautiful, slab redwood countertops and cool vibe as the restaurant. Off-site, they also still operate the Hawaiian food truck that “drove” them to the success they now enjoy in the restaurant. And, as if they needed to expand their repitoire, they also cater and will offer group events in the new bar when it’s open. Hats off to these two, they are doing an unbelieveable job, go take a look!

OK, here’s something that doesnt’ happen ever... you walk into a little cafe on the coast, the owner (Brian Williams) walks in, you think to yourself “looks like a nice guy, maybe retired from something and opened a restaurant as part of a life long dream to do something else, maybe a finance guy, or insurance...” Then, he announces he used to run the Cordon Bleu in Chicago, and his wife Carol is a pastry chef. Just a little life-lesson not to judge people before they make you a fantastic Halibut burger! Lesson learned. Go eat here!

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Trends for 2018 By Hong Wolf Real estate trends start the new year very strong, buoyed by higher consumer confidence, lower corporate tax rates, and robust growth in job market. In the coming year, new homes are projected to enjoy strong growth, at an average of 8-12% nationwide, and existing homes are going strong as well, projected to grow in sales at about 4-8%. Affordability for starter homes continues to be a challenge. Due to high prices and real estate taxes in California and other high-priced areas, many home owners are looking to move out of these areas, either

through retirement or working from home. Highest growth areas this year will most likely be in the suburbs and small communities. In commercial real estate, industrial continues to be strong, hospitality is ticking upward with significant investment from foreign investors, multifamily is seeing an increase in the lifestyle segment of the market, office space appears to have stronger growth in suburban areas, and retail is strong in the brick-and-mortar market. Locally in the Portland Metro and surrounding markets, we are seeing an increase in inventory over a year

ago by about 7+%, and a decrease in the properties sold comparing to about a year ago. In the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon, there is significant shortage in inventories and sales by double digits in some Counties such as Benton and Marion Counties, but significant increases in double digits in inventories and sales in some counties such as Linn, Lane, and Deschutes counties. Overall, as interest rates continue to be at historic lows, the demand for real estate continues to be strong. For details in each specific market, please do contact me and I would be happy to provide you with more detailed information and analysis.

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On the Money

When Life Events Affect Your Benefits By Sten Carlson

Getting married or divorced, having or adopting a baby and retiring are significant milestones in life. These “qualified life events,” as they are commonly referred to in the insurance industry, may permit you to make adjustments to the benefits you receive through your employer or other provider. If you’ve experienced a life event this year, review your benefits and determine if you need to make new or different elections to ensure the desired coverage for you and your family. Keep the following items in mind as you complete your review: Act promptly. Be aware of deadlines to make your new benefits elections. Generally speaking, providers offer special enrollment for a limited timeframe during which you can update your new status or make changes in your covered dependents. If you miss the window, you may face a waiting period. In some cases, a missed deadline means you’re out of luck until the next open enrollment period or the first of the year, whichever applies to your situation. Change health insurance coverage. Do you have enough insurance? Too much? If you’re newly married,

compare the benefits offered to you and your spouse through your respective employers to see where you can get the most value. A higher deductible plan may make sense if you have two incomes, are both young and healthy and don’t anticipate significant medical expenses. If you add children to your family, you’ll want to make sure they are included in your health insurance as dependents. If you’re retiring before you are eligible for Medicare, evaluate COBRA benefits (continued coverage under your employer’s plan), insurance through a still-employed spouse or your options through the healthcare marketplace. Evaluate life and disability insurance. Marriage, divorce and the addition of children are all reasons to evaluate your life and disability insurance coverage. If your coverage is insufficient, make it a priority to obtain additional insurance. Unfortunately, many policyholders forget to remove a former spouse as a beneficiary to their policies following divorce and remarriage, which can complicate legal matters should your health be unexpectedly jeopardized. When reviewing your coverage, take time to verify that your beneficiary designations are correct.

Sten Carlson, CFP®, CRPC®, CLTC MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers feebased financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 22 years. To contact him, visit the team website at or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.

Adjust your Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions. If you have a health savings account (HSA) and experienced a family event this year, the amount you’re allowed to contribute annually may have changed. If you added to your family through marriage or children, you can set aside more money in a HSA. If you experienced a divorce, you can split savings accumulated in an HSA or assign the benefits to your former spouse as part of a divorce agreement. Check with your healthcare provider to learn how much you can contribute based on your situation. Consider legal and financial advice. Some life events, such as divorce or adoption, may involve benefits decisions that have legal implications. Consider meeting with an attorney to discuss your situation and get advice on next steps. Additionally, these events may trigger numerous changes to your budget, investments or other financial affairs. Think about meeting with a financial advisor who can help you evaluate your benefits within the broader financial picture of your life goals and retirement plans.

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Hidden away on California’s north coast is the historic town of Fort Bragg. And no, it has nothing to do with the military base in North Carolina. It’s not easy to get to, but once you get there Fort Bragg is a great getaway to relax and recharge your batteries. About a three hour drive from the San Francisco Airport, the little town is remote, but worth the trek. Getting there from the Willamette Valley. You can drive to PDX or Eugene and then fly to Oakland, San Francisco or Santa Rosa --home to the Charles M

Schulz airport, where you’ll be greeted by Charlie Brown and Snoopy (their creator was from Santa Rosa). Once you’re on the ground, you’ll need a car to drive north up through the Vineyards and finally to the Redwoods and out to the coast. So the dilemma is: once you drive to the airport in Oregon, fly down to California, and then drive from the airport in California to Fort Bragg... maybe it’s easier to just drive all the way from the Willamette Valley to Fort Bragg? It definitely costs less, and if you enjoy spotty cell phone service, driving between Grants Pass and Fort Bragg is definitely for you! Photo: The Intersection of Main & Laurel

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Whatever you decide, once you get yourself there you’ll love it. Fort Bragg sits near the northern end of the Mendocino coast which starts at the town of Gualala in the south and ends near Legget on the north. Legget is not exactly a town. It’s known as a “census-designated place” -- whatever that is, but it IS home to some of the largest trees on earth. The last town that is actually on the coast as you drive north is Westport, 10 miles north of Fort Bragg, and there’s not a lot going on there. There are some very scenic places to stay in Westport, a great little store, a restaurant or maybe even two, but Fort Bragg is the northernmost city on the Mendocino Coast. Historically, Fort Bragg has always played second fiddle to Mendocino in the battle for tourist dollars. Mendocino has always 20

been billed as the romantic, artsy town with the rich history of artists, writers, musicians and generally enlightened folk. Fort Bragg has always been a blue-collar town where working people work for a living. There were even standoffs back in the day, in the middle of the highway in Fort Bragg between the “Fort Bragg Loggers” and environmentalists of “Mendo.” The history of Fort Bragg is logging and fishing -- that’s it. If you weren’t somehow involved in one of the two, you weren’t in Fort Bragg. Times have changed though, and now the logging heyday has passed. The Georgia Pacific mill that took up an area right on the water equal in size to the entire town of Fort Bragg closed up shop in the 90’s. That was a huge blow to the town that had been built by and for loggers. Most of the local logging operations sold logs to the mill in the center of town. Now loggers Willamette Living Magazine February / March 2018

have to drive far and wide to deliver to mills out of the area. The fishing industry has also seen better days, in the 60’s and 70’s locals made a good living hauling in Salmon, Cod, Crab and Sea Urchin from local waters, and the more adventurous (or crazy) would haul north to Alaska and bring in big money with holds full of Salmon, Halibut, or Crab. Regulations and scarcity have brought the lucrative days of fishing out of Fort Bragg’s “Noyo Harbor” to an end as well. It’s been a rough road for Fort Bragg, and the recession of 2008 didn’t help. Property values plummetted, and a lot of locals had to hang up the trade their families had known since grandparents arrived from Italy, Finland, or Portugal. But, like the resilient people who founded Fort Bragg, you can’t keep that place down. Now, the town has become a legitimate challenger

Photo: The Pudding Creek Trestle Bridge

to Mendocino in vying for tourist dollars. The mill property is still in limbo, given the environmental cleanup that’s still underway, and the fact that the huge swath of land is still owned by GP who has yet to announce any plans. But the city has built a walking path through the property, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more scenic spot anywhere. There has always been great food in Fort Bragg, largely as a result of the aforementioned immigrants. Lodging options range from spectacular homes perched on stunning bluffs offered as rentals on, to the Motel 6 in the middle of town. You can spend a lot, or you can get a great deal at the Motel 6, big rooms, wifi, big TV, classic restaurant adjacent, and a pool and spa, it’s a great base for daily excursions. Recently as low as $260 for four nights on

That’s a great deal! Before it was Motel 6, the property was “The Tradewinds.” It’s a classic. There are a ton of places to walk in Fort Bragg, on the ocean side of Hwy 1, try the “Haul Road.” Get there by Pudding Creek beach on the north end of town, just climb up the hill and you can walk out on the recently refurbished trestle bridge, or walk north to Ten-Mile Beach. It’s called the “Haul Road” because logging trucks used to haul logs along the road to the mill in town. At the north end, Ten Mile Beach lives up to its name, it’s really ten miles of beach, and you’ll often find you have it all to yourself. It’s the longest stretch of uninterrupted, remote beach in California. During world war II, Japanese submarine commanders considered coming ashore at Ten Mile, but thought again when they discovered the local residents were more Portland Metro Edition |

heavily armed than them. On the East side of Hwy 1, try Jughandle Reserve and it’s “ecological staircase.” You can find the entrance to the trail just south of town. On the trail that leads up into the woods, you’ll see trees ranging from old growth Redwood to the famed “Pygmy Forest” of Fort Bragg -- trees that are hundreds of years old, yet stand only five or six feet tall as a result of poor, sandy soil. It’s an interesting hike, and there are great picnic spots. For details and directions, check If you want to take a great sandwich for a picnic, visit Cyrano’s on Laurel St. in the middle of town, or B&C Market on Oak St. Hint: at Cyrano’s: the “Mendo Melt” at B&C: the Tri-Tip with Horseradish Jack -- you can thank us later!



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If you’re more of a shopper than a hiker, just start on Main St. between Redwood and Laurel and walk all the way around the block. There are great stores, some new, and some old favorites. If you want to grab a sit-down lunch, hop across the street to the Fort Bragg Depot and you’ll find the Laurel Deli, a favorite of Locals since way back when it was actually on Laurel St. For a quick picker-upper, try the Mendocino Cookie Company in the Company Store Building. The big building

on the corner of Main and Redwood actually used to be the Company Store for the Union Lumber Company way back when -- check out the Madrone flooring -- you’re not going to find that at Home Depot. The Mendocino Cookie company actually started in Mendocino across from the firehouse and is another favorite of the locals -- and has been for years, and years. Ask for a dozen cookies to take home, and good luck getting them all the way home.

For a real taste of Fort Bragg’s heyday, drop into the “Old Milano” -- it’s a watering hole that has been in Fort Bragg for years and has seen some wild nights... and days. It’s at 300 East Oak St.

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For Dinner, eat what the locals eat, nothing fancy schmancy, try Jenny’s Giant Burger on Main St. at the north end of town, Lee’s Chinese on Redwood, or the best pizza on the west coast at Bernillo’s, also on Redwood.

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To Your Health

Social connections can affect your health When it comes to treating health concerns like hypertension and high cholesterol, doctors have many effective tools to help patients. But for social issues such as isolation, unhealthy relationships and poverty – factors that can impact a person’s health – there isn’t an easy cure. Studies of how social ties affect our health have already linked social isolation to poorer health outcomes. Now researchers are looking at how social relationships may help to reduce stress and heart-related risks. As research continues, some studies have associated strong social connections with living longer. It’s important to note that having relationships isn’t what affects health outcomes. For example, the health benefits associated with being married only hold true if the relationship is positive. Being in an unhealthy or unhappy relationship can create stress and contribute to health problems. A study by Michigan State University found the association with marriage 24

quality and heart health seems to increase with age. Older couples ages 57 to 85, in good marriages had a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease, while people in bad marriages had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, especially women.

Cardiac rehabilitation provides motivation and support during recovery. People learn healthy habits and how to reduce their risk of future problems. One of the benefits patients of cardiac rehabilitation express is the support and friendship they find with others.

There may not be a prescription to resolve isolation and other social factors that can affect a person’s health. But there are different ways of coping with stress, health experts agree.

When faced with a serious illness or life-changing health event, many people turn to family and friends for support and comfort. But the stress of coping with a diagnosis can make people feel isolated.

“There is no avoiding stress in life,” said Thomas Marker, MD, of Samaritan Cardiology. “There are adaptive and maladaptive responses to stress.”

Support groups are another social resource in addition to medical care. The Hearts of Samaritan Support Group offers a place for people to discuss their heart issues and meet others who have similar conditions. The support group brings people together who have a common health concern, so they can share their experiences and learn from each other. Participants often find it helpful just to talk to others.

Dr. Marker has practiced cardiology for more than 30 years in the community. He encourages his patients to exercise, and as head of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Samaritan, Dr. Marker helped create a program that offers people recovering from a heart attack or other heart problems a safe and structured place to exercise, as well as address social needs. Willamette Living Magazine February / March 2018

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Red • Itchy • Eyes Cheryl Lohman

You do your best to eat healthy, exercise and use products that are good for you. But you still have itchy red eyes and it’s not from seasonal allergies. Perhaps you have a mild allergy or sensitivity to the eye makeup you are wearing. You can search the world over for something you are not sensitive to…however this may end up costing a lot of money until the right product is found, if there is one. Perhaps your current makeup needs to be replaced. Bacteria can grow quickly in the products. If you’ve been using your product for over 6 months, it’s time to buy replacements. Ophthalmology professionals recommend that you avoid products with fragrance, rosin, nickel and lanolin. Look for hypoallergenic products. The way you use your eye makeup can also affect your eyes. You should always use clean cosmetics and never share it with friends. When applying eyeliner, keep it away from the lash line. Never use saliva to wet an eye pencil as it can spread bacteria to your eye. Never sleep with makeup on and clean your eyes thoroughly without rubbing or scrubbing. You could also stop wearing makeup altogether. However, I don’t mean you’ll need to give up looking great. Permanent Makeup is a great solution for people with seasonal allergies, allergies or sensitivities to makeup or conditions where makeup actually damages the eye. The pigments are sterilized and have been used for decades with out reactions. Because it is long lasting and difficult to remove, it is essential to have permanent makeup applied by a highly qualified artist. Many people feel they would benefit from permanent makeup services, however are reluctant to proceed because they don’t know how to select a good artist. Similar to finding a surgeon, this is not a service you want to bargain shop for. You will want to have a consultation to see actual client photos and learn everything you need to make an informed choice. Today, many professional permanent cosmetic specialists are members of the world’s leading, not-for-profit society devoted to this field, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism. Now you can put an end to those red itchy eyes and save time too. Cheryl Lohman of Image by Design is a Licensed Esthetician and Permanent Makeup Artist and is a Lifetime Member in the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and Associated Skin Care Professionals. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at

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Loving Yourself Starts With Letting Go Everyone wants to be loved. Even those whose very actions seem to be the entire opposite of love may well be crying out for just that… to feel loved.

We all have triggers in our life that can serve to remind us of our fears and failures. These emotional triggers are the most powerful forces inside us. We can choose to stuff everything back inside and not deal with the emotions that surface from past challenges. Or, we can choose to deal with the knots in our stomachs that keep us awake at night. Whatever we do, we can’t keep the circle going. It will only surface again and again and again. I kept my circle going for years. Some will medicate themselves to numb the feelings. My medication was a mixture of work and food. There was too much pain from the past, and I

was not ready to deal with the circle of challenges and the subsequent work I knew would be involved in knowing and being forced to make decisions. Sometimes, holding on for a short while can aid us in becoming stronger and making better decisions in the future; but, when we’re unable to learn, or refuse to learn, or when we have learned and still hold on, we become stuck. When I think about all the struggles I went through in life, most of it came from my negative beliefs. When I got stuck; it wasn’t because someone else was holding me back. The truth was I couldn’t move forward until I got out of my way.

Let Go Almost everything comes full circle. Get bored with your past; it’s over. Forgive yourself for what you think you did or didn’t do, and focus on what you will do starting now. The greatest struggle in my life was the struggle to accept, embrace and love myself. I have learned to be my own best friend, because sometimes I fall too easily into the trap of being my own worst enemy. Learning to love myself has been the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done to myself. When I started to learn to love myself, imperfections included, wonderful things started to happen. I let go. I was no longer stuck. I was happy.

Bonnie Milletto, motivational empowerment speaker, writer and personal growth developer dedicated to helping women, men and youth find meaning to create more success, fulfillment and joy in their lives and work. A former corporate marketing director, dental office manager and basement file clerk, Bonnie is the author of BEEN THERE, From Stuck To Unstoppable, the life-changing BEEN THERE Program for youth and founder of the celebrated Amazing You Women’s Conference. Email,


Willamette Living Magazine February / March 2018

Men’s Style

A Proper Fit Oscar Hult “Fit is King.” It’s an old saying, but so very true. A well-fitted cheap suit will look better than an ill-fitting suit that cost much more. However, a cheap suit is going to start looking cheap quickly. The fabrics and construction methods used in making a cheap suit (the inner lining and padding) are glued into place and just won’t stand the test of time -- or cleaning. Definitely something to consider when buying a suit. Here is an example: a $200 suit that holds up for 10 wearings works out to be $20 per use. A suit that costs $700 and lasts for 50 wearings costs only $14 per use, and will look much better. The Natty Dresser has suits for purchase ranging in price from $230 to about $700. We also have Made-toMeasure suits that start at $750, and go up from there depending upon your choice of materials. The importance of fit goes well beyond suits. Casual clothing is also going to look better and last longer if it fits well. Last longer? That’s right. Wellfitted clothing will last longer, for a few simple reasons: 1. Clothing that is too large or too small is much more likely to tear along the seams, because it gets pulled in ways that were never intended. 2. Oversized clothing is easier to get snagged on things like door handles, cabinet corners and car doors. Ending up with those annoying and virtually impossible to repair L-shaped tears in the cloth.

3. Clothing that is too long is super annoying and ends up with damage. Pant hems fray and become unsightly, coat and shirt sleeves end up getting drug through your food, or catching on drawer pulls and generally getting in the way. 4. When your clothing fits well you take better care of it. Sloppily fitting clothing just doesn’t seem important, therefore, you don’t worry about changing out of it to do yard work, or painting the kitchen cabinets. Of course even clothing that you intentionally choose to do yard work and home improvement projects in is going to be more comfortable, and safer to work in if it fits well. Baggy ill-fitting clothing is a life and safety hazard around power equipment. Beyond making your clothing last longer - well fitted clothing will also improve how you feel. When you are well dressed you feel more confident and with that comes a better self image. People you come in contact with will pick up on your over all well being and happiness, and will be more likely to treat you better. Whether on the job or out on the town, you will find yourself getting compliments and respect from your co-workers, friends and relations. So, what does it take to make sure your clothing fits well? Start with taking a close friend (or your spouse) shopping with you. Someone who will be honest with you about how the clothing looks.

If you are of average build it should be pretty easy to find things that fit right off the rack. You don’t need to pass over a jacket whose sleeves are a little long, or whose waist is a touch to big. Those things can easily be altered by a competent alterations specialist. However, if you are not an average size, it may be harder for you to find clothing that fits right off the rack. That is where a sales clerk who knows clothing construction and how it should fit can be of great service. Larger gents will probably find that a coat that fits around the waist may be too large in the shoulders and too long in the sleeve. These are fixable, but if you are buying a cheap suit it may not be worth the cost of tailoring. Why? Because it won’t change the fact that it is still a cheap suit and will not hold up to repeated wearing and cleaning. The staff at The Natty Dresser can help you find clothing that fits well and makes you look your best. With an onsite tailor, as well as two seamstresses, we are set up to do alterations and repairs of all kinds; on men’s and women’s clothing purchased at The Natty Dresser or not. Our alteration staff is available Tuesday – Friday from 10am until 6pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but we do ask that you make an appointment for bridal gowns and formalwear. Remember if Fit is King, you too can be treated like royalty. Dress well, Be confident, Find Success! Oscar Hult is a co-owner of The Natty Dresser in Downtown Albany. 541-248-3561 Contact him at

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The Bookshelf The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Worldwide Bestseller • Barry Award for Best First Novel

In 1950’s Barcelona, a widowed bookseller leads his son Daniel to a secret library and invites him to select a book for his 10th birthday. The novel he chooses is so impressive that he resolves to track down its missing author, Julian Carax. In the gas-lit streets and crumbling gothic mansions of a politically troubled Barcelona, Daniel encounters a series of tragic and menacing characters each with a story to tell about Carax. The intrepid Daniel, his aging father, his picaresque co-conspirator, and the object of his crush, might sound like stock characters, but they are artfully imbued with a warmth and humanity that gives this dark mystery a powerful emotional core.

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Great news! We’re happy to announce we’ve partnered with the librarians at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library to select books for “The Bookshelf.” Look for more great picks in upcoming issues!

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century by Joel F. Harrington

Frantz Schmidt was a complex man. He spent his life in quest of honor, holding fast to his religious convictions, but earning a living as a career killer. His father was an executioner, and in 1554 that meant he would inherit that profession. Executioners dealt out justice for towns that looked down on them. They were not allowed to hold citizenship, enter churches, or live within the city walls. Frantz kept a journal for 45 years, chronicling the 394 executions he performed and the personal anguish they wrought. With great psychological fortitude, he respected his duty to the violent job he despised. Joel Harrington’s book, The Faithful Executioner: life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century, is a fascinating account of a man trying to reconcile the hopes he had for his life with the dishonorable curse he was born into.

PNW AUTHOR! Fireman By Morgen A Springer Amazon Kindle & Paperback


Anna has always dreamt about a nameless stranger who lives by a sea she has never known, but when she moves from Texas to a small island in Washington State, she learns quickly that nothing about her dreams—or the ocean— can truly be trusted. Will Anna’s strange new dreaming prophecies save her, or are they a trick setting her up for danger? Find out in Fireman, book 1 of a lyricallyinspired series about terrifying dreams, confusing teenage love, and the mysteries that lurk deep below the dark waters of the Puget Sound.

House of Secrets By Brad Meltzer

New York Times Bestselling Author

Brad Meltzer writes political thrillers based on little known historical facts. His latest bestseller is “The House of Secrets.” This novel is an entertaining page-turner packed with plenty of punch! Meltzer also writes comic books, television shows, nonfiction and children’s books all with the theme of little known American history.

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Should I stay or should I go? Tsunami evacuation modeling along the Oregon Coast

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Saving Atlantis - feature film Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Farrah Karapetian Fly Fishing Film Tour Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Dread Scott Starker Lecture Series

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The Oregon Chocolate Festival Ashland Hills Hotel, March 9 -- 11

Tim Allen

Hult Center, Eugene, March 17

A Special Lunar New Year’s Dinner With Rachel yang of Portland’s Revelry

Kodachrome, by Adam Szymkowicz Portland’s Center Stage at the Armory, Feb 9 - 18

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Willamette Living - Portland Metro Edition Feb 18  

Our first issue of 2018!

Willamette Living - Portland Metro Edition Feb 18  

Our first issue of 2018!