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Dear Diary By Molly Lizzio, MA, LPMFT


id you ever keep a diary when you were younger? Perhaps it was bright pink and had scented pages and was adorned with a small lock to protect your very private words. I know I certainly did. From the moment I learned about Anne Frank I too wanted to keep a diary of my life. It amazed me that for years the world read her most private thoughts and millions have felt they’ve known her, and have even loved her.

tions, one for every year of June 1st. The idea is you write a few sentences about that day- even if it was a totally mundane thing. If you keep up with things it’s a nice way to look back over the years and really assess how you spend your time, and the milestones you’ve made. It turns into a small chronicle of your life. They have books like this at places like Barnes and Noble or can easily be ordered on Amazon.

If complete strangers around the world can read a small German girl’s diary and feel they understood her, imagine if I kept a similar diary and read it myself years later. What could I know or realize about myself. Could I love myself more the way reading Ann’s words made others know and love her? I wanted to try.

Journal prompts- This is when there are words, questions, or phrases that are designed to give your entry a focus or topic. Some of them are simple and direct like “What was your favorite childhood memory”. Others can be more abstract like a single word “Blue” and you’re expected to write about what comes to mind when you see “blue”. The great part about something abstract like “blue” is that it can go in a million different directions, “Blue can lead you into talking about star gazing you’re your first love, or the color of that favorite car you wish you never sold. Journal prompts are a great way to start off journaling because to some extent it’s guided.

The problem is I wasn’t always good at journaling. I would skip days and even months at a time. I wanted so badly to be consistent but it just wasn’t always my thing. This is still something I struggle with, and I think many people struggle with. As the years have gone on I’ve always come back around to trying to keep a journal. Finally I was able to find a groove that suited me, and the benefits have been numerous. First I had to stop beating myself up if I missed a day, a week, or 4 months. The idea was to just pick right back up and continue. I stopped thinking my entries had to look any certain way. I discovered many different ways to express my thoughts and feelings, and have enjoyed the process over the years. Here is a list of some of the different methods I use, and often recommend to friends, or clients: Day by day 5 year journal- There will be a page for June 1st and it will have 5 sec-



There are books that are already pre-filled with prompts, or you can get an empty journal and fill in prompts you select. Pinterest especially is an excellent place to find journal prompts- not to mention creative ways to make the process more fun. Stream of conscious writing- This is when you don’t necessarily think too much about what you’re writing. What I like to focus on is keeping my pen moving. I never pause or allow the pen to leave the paper for more than the half second it takes to move to the next word. This one can be hard at first, it can be difficult to get out of your own head. Sometimes the

beginning of the entry is nonsense, but once you find a groove don’t be surprised if you take up several sheets of paper. For stream of conscious journaling I don’t go back and read what I wrote for a week or more. It gives you time to refresh and see your more subconscious thoughts in a new light. Gratitude journal- This is perhaps my favorite and most utilized way to journal. The practice of gratitude is among the best medicine we can employ for ourselves. It soothes many aliments, and brings out the positive in our lives. Gratitude journaling is about writing a list of things you are thankful for that day. It can’t be a list of the big things such as my family, my health, etc. We’re supposed to be thankful for those things every day. This list comprises of specific things from that day: a pleasant coffee break with a coworker, finalizing travel plans, your favorite yogurt being on sale- whatever makes you pause and feel happy. I usually have people start with 3 things every day and eventually they move to 5 or more. On some particularly mundane days it can be hard to find 5 good things, which challenges you to be present and on the lookout for good. Create your own affirmations- Affirmations are statements of positivity that people write down, or speak aloud and repeat to themselves. There are millions of prefab affirmations created to help people gain confidence and strength in themselves or their situations. Something I challenge people to do is create their own affirmations. Specific and carefully chosen words that are tailor made to match your own needs and goals. Take a moment to really think about the area you want to focus on, what it is that you want for your life, and

What was your favorite childhood memory? construct a beautiful sentence or two that speaks to that need in such a way that it appears you already have it, or are ready to receive it. Art journaling- Not all journaling has to be in words. If your creativity is more artistic or crafty in nature be free to create images or collages that reflect what is happening for you in this moment. The idea is that it’s not a masterpiece, it’s small daily bursts of different work that make a compilation of your experiences, feelings, and dreams. Blogging – Blogging is an interesting way to journal. When you’re creating a piece to publish on the internet for anyone to see it changes your process slightly. It forces you to consider your process, and decide what needs censoring and what should be left as is. Blogging is also nice because often there is a topic or story that you can convey. Most of the time journaling is a solitary experience, and yet in our ever changing world of technology and sharing online it’s become more common to shares ones thoughts or feelings with someone else- or many some ones. Dream Journal- If you’re a vivid dreamer it can be useful to record your dreams when you wake up. Having a collection of your unconscious creations can be enlightening and even fun. There are many websites and books based around dream interpretation. If you’re a frequent dreamer it’s a relatively easy way to journal because you’re really just reporting what happened in your dreams. How much self reflection or interpretation you do after is always up to you.

I record an affirmation it took me several years to hone and perfect. I have no set rules for myself when journaling. What’s important to me is I’m writing every day- or as close to every day as I can. What I always try to convey journaling isn’t just for 11 year old girls. The truth is your thoughts and feelings are important. Every single one of them. None of us will probably have an Anne Frank moment where our words change the world. And I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful my words and expression are just for me, and my only goal is self expression. Anne Frank wasn’t trying to create a masterpiece that touched the lives of millions, had she possibly known what was in store we may have gotten a very different story. Anne’s diary and her life is powerful because she was being exactly who she was. Which is all any of us can hope to do. Be unapologetically and fearlessly ourselves. And maybe if we’re really lucky we can witness that process and document it in such a way that can help us know and love ourselves better.

I utilize all of these methods- sometimes all in the same entry. Most often I’ll do some stream of conscious writing, and I always follow it up by listing my 5 things I’m grateful for, and in closing WOUNY.COM • JUNE 2015


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few days ago I stopped at the Delavan Center, a place that looks unpretentious on the outside but is very full of happy on the inside. I know amongst its many floors that artists are creating many different things. I got that warm and cozy feeling upon entering this building full of artists of all kinds, one of which we are featuring this month, Aimee Gerde, who can be found in Studio 118D. Whenever I enter an artist’s studio I always expect to see a place where the messy work of creating is done. In my minds eye I see jars of paintbrushes in dirty paint water waiting to be lifted to the canvas again, colored pencils, pastels, and various art supplies in easy to reach places to be grabbed at the whim of the artist. Plywood handmade tables that are ready for any materials to stain them and of course canvases that are stacked in piles around the room.This is a misnomer. These seem to be places of creative intellect, a home to the artist that no one else can control. It’s an extension of a person’s essence. Aimee Gerde has a decorative, yet functionable studio.It had a peaceful zen like feeling just like Aimee. However, what


By Audrey Levinson made her and her surroundings interesting was the duality of the struggles of daily life and the hard work it takes to maintain a peaceful happy life. Something most of us strive to do. Aimee’s studio is the tool she uses to balance the emotions her daily life presents. It is her comfort zone. She has had an adventurous life. She’s lived in NYC, Philadelphia and Florida. She has traveled to Europe, Greece, and Mexico, and even climbed a mountain in Arkansas that had crystals embedded in it’s base. She studies metaphysics as well and her paintings reflect her many facets. Yet she strives to paint what she feels. Emotions can be so different from day to day, event to event in all of our lives. Aimee displays a body of work that is in correlation with this idea. I have, myself struggled with this as a painter. What do you paint? The reality is that nothing feels better or pays the rent and art supply bill like selling a painting. So, who do you paint for? Yourself, your public? The two don’t always work together. From what I saw, whatever the style, Aimee is very skilled and has a wonderful sense of line and color. She displayed paintings that were abstract with lots of texture and color as well as paintings that have an eastern Asian theme. She is drawn to creating this body of work for no other reason than she finds it corresponds with compassion and balance to her. Aimee said that she takes in little pieces of all of her spiritual experiences and learnings but is very interested in the female deities in Buddhism and Hinduism as subject matter.

before. She believes that Americans have not had generations here long enough to create this quality of custom as a people. Our roots are all generated from other places in the world. We have not yet had the time to preserve culture here. With the speed and individuality of technology, customs such as having a coffee or “siesta” in the middle of the Center Studio 118 day are hard to preserve. Life here changes so much and so quickly it can be overwhelming to even the most grounded person. Aimee also has a style of painting that is very decorative, pleasing to the eye, and can pull a room together with a terrific sense of color scheme and style.Artist’s, generally know that it’s a dream to hit upon a style of art that you paint over and over again. The results are that your work becomes easy to recognize. Your name becomes synonymous with the art. This takes for some artists, lots of experimentation. Aimee is an intellectual experimentalist in that she uses her creativity to reflect her observations, thoughts and feelings to connect with the viewer through her many creations. You can see Aimee Gerde’s art at the Delavan Center, Studio 118D.

Aimee found that her worldly travels gave her the opportunity to observe many other cultures and customs.She noted that on a visit to Italy she observed a daily custom where the people stop their work and just sit to drink a cup of cappuccino and enjoy the company they are with.This is an age old custom learned from the generation WOUNY.COM • JUNE 2015


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ia McSherry has found a home here in Syracuse since moving from Florida nine years ago. And after finding a comfortable place within the community, she thought it was only right for her to give back. So after discovering the high school dropout rates in Syracuse Mia, the one-woman show, with her background in fundraising and event planning decided to found the Miss CNY Scholarship Pageant in 2009. “I just felt there was a need to give back, especially to young girls. I wanted to motivate girls to continue their higher education; not just complete high school but to go on to a four-year university, a two-year college, the military, and so on,” said Mia. Each year the pageant accepts a group of high school seniors recommended by their guidance counselors and career advisors from various schools within the Syracuse area. It consists of four categories: Introduction, Interview, Talent and Formal Wear, with a panel of judges choosing the winners and the audience voting on a People’s Choice Award. Pageants are known to be cutthroat contests where girls participate in intense competition, all in the hopes of walking away with the grand prize. Being in pageants herself, and having a daughter who participates in pageants, Mia knows first hand how disappointing it can be for girls to walk away unrewarded after dedicating so much of themselves to a pageant; so she made sure that everyone who participates in the Miss CNY Scholarship Pageant receives a prize for their hard work and effort. The winner receives $1000, the First Runner Up receives $500, the People’s Choice receives $300 and the Junior Achievers receive $250, along with gifts and prizes. While Mia is so happy she can give back to such bright and inquisitive girls, she says the pageant is about more than just giving girls money to aid in the funding of their higher education. It’s about giving them support and mentor-ship outside of their immediate family, about making them feel more secure in who they are. “I’m looking to empower these girls to be all that they can be. And when they do go out to college or whatever they decide to do, they go out with a little bit more confidence,” said Mia. “I feel like these girls are rising stars. Most of these girls have never participated in a pageant before, and by becoming apart



Photography By: Kamyal 2015 Student Contestants Seanice Beard, Celeste Torres, Nadeah Jenkins ,Gabrielle McNally, Kirsten Soos, MyHuyen Tran, Tori Baxter, Clarice Edwards, Wendy Phan and Shushan Muhammed. They are all High school seniors and have all been accepted to colleges. The highs are: Fayetteville -Manlius , Fowler, Syracuse Academy, Jamesville Dewitt, and Nottingham.

of this scholarship pageant they’re taking a chance, and that’s what life is all about taking chances no matter the outcome. You do it for the experience.” Leading up to the pageant the girls rehearse every other Sunday at the Dewitt Library and participate in different activities like the organization’s annual spring fashion show held at Destiny USA. After working for Victoria’s Secret for 20 years, Mia is currently the manager of the

Destiny USA location, and over the years she has established relationships with other store managers who provide clothes for the girls. Mia says events like these are great ways to get the girls’ minds off of the pageant, and to just have fun together. The pageant brings together contests from Corcoran, Fayetteville-Manlius, Henninger, Manlius Pebble Hill; girls who have very different stories and more than likely would not have met each other if not for the pageant. Being able to connect

young, motivated women is one of the best aspects of the pageant according to Mia. “I love it. I love what I’m doing here in the city of Syracuse,” said Mia. “I know I’m doing something right with the Miss CNY Scholarship Pageant.” Make sure to check out the Miss CNY Scholarship Pageant on Sunday June 7th, 2015 at 5 p.m. at The Palace Theatre.




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4 cups rhubarb, chopped 2 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced thickly 1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar 1⁄4 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie (see recipe or buy crust) 1 egg, beaten for glaze-or cream In a bowl, combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and cinnamon. On lightly floured surface, roll out half of the pastry and line a nine-inch pie plate. Pour in filling. Roll out pastry for top crust, cut into 1-inch wide strips, or just cover with full crust. Poke steam vent in top of crust if not making lattice. Brush pastry rim with some of the beaten egg or cream. Weave strips over the pie to form lattice; trim and flute the edge.Brush lattice with beaten egg or cream. Sprinkle top with coarse sugar.Bake on a baking sheet with sides covered with foil (to make clean up easier). 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 40 to 50 minutes longer or until rhubarb is tender, filling thickened, and the crust is golden. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting. Top with real vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream. PIE CRUST: 4 C organic flour, 3 sticks unsalted butter chopped into pea size pieces, 1 tsp salt, Approximately 1 cup ICE COLD water with 1/8 cup vodka included in measure. That’s right, it helps to tenderize the crust. Use pastry cutter to blend or combine in food processor. Don’t over process, combine until just coming together. Roll out, adding more flour as needed. WOUNY.COM •

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“It takes a special person to come from Upstate New York”, Mary laughs as we both comment on how we grew up on the west side of town(where everyone kind of knows everyone) and chatted about folks that we knew. There is certainly something very special about Mary. Her distinctive speaking voice leaves an immediate impression. You may recognize her from the plethora of television credits she has amassed over the years including guest starring roles on “Hope & Gloria” and “NYPD Blue”, recurring roles on primetime dramas, “ER’ and “Law and Order”, as Inspector Bryn Carson on Nash Bridges and more recently on Showtime’s crime drama ,“Ray Donovan.” She has also appeared in television films like “In the Blink of an Eye” and “Indictment “and her numerous feature film credits include “ True Colors”, “ Blue Street”, “Mr. Saturday Night” with Billy Crystal, Love Potion #9 with Sandra Bullock and “The Hard Way” with Michael J. Fox. During our animated conversation, Mary provided a snapshot of her acting career, her current projects and her love for Central New York summers! Mary, born and raised in Syracuse attended Most Holy Rosary grammar school and later Corcoran High School. She became interested in acting at an early age and performed in shows at Holy Rosary and in community theatre in the area. Mary left CNY at age 18 to move to Denver where



her brother was working as a puppeteer. “He needed a partner and I worked with him for a couple years. I then moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University because they had a great drama department. I did a ton of plays while attending school there. “Not merely performing in plays, while honing her acting skills at SFSU, Mary established the theatre company HART. (Haight Ashbury Repertory Theatre) “A lot of my teachers there were Yalies and they encouraged me to apply to the Yale School of Drama for my Master’s degree in fine arts. Of course I knew about Yale Meryl Streep, who is my idol, went there. I had never really considered it but I got this encouragement so I applied and got in. Thousands of women audition and they only take 6 women a year. That was pretty special! Though Meryl Streep was one of her acting role models, when asked about mentors or guides that helped her along the way Mary is quick to note that her family was really her biggest source of inspiration. “My Mother always supported me, encouraged me. She was one of those women who went to work in the 40’s when the men went off to war. She got to experience independence and encouraged my sister’s and I to go and have careers and travel. “I’m very close to my siblings (two older sisters and her brother who has since passed away) and my mother. There were some really hard times. Many, many times I would go for a job and it would be between me and another gal and it would go to the other gal. I would be crushed. My family was there to support me and egg me on and they helped carry me when things

did not go my way.” Mary continues, “I’m at the point now and that I will lose a job because I’m not as famous as the girl I went up against. It’s kind of like, how do you get over that threshold? Someone has to just give you a shot. “ Most of Mary’s family is located now in California. “Both my sister’s ended up here and we moved my mother out after my father died. We had an Uncle that was a Jesuit at Berkeley that we used come out and visit and as soon as we saw the weather, we all were like, I’m sold, I’m moving out here for the sunshine!,” Mary laughs. I asked Mary if there was one moment or tipping point throughout her career when she felt like she really made it. Mary shares, “I got a movie where I was playing Billy Crystal’s daughter, but the movie didn’t make a lot of money and then wasn’t that big of a hit. So, I felt like I made it because I’m in this huge movie but then movie doesn’t do well. I’ve had that happen to me. You get the sense you are almost there. To other people I’ve made it because I’ve worked and supported myself for 20 years. But I still feel like there is so much I want to do. For me, when I got into Yale I really felt like I had what I needed to get to where I wanted to go. That definitely helped me so much. There is a lot of Yalies out here in the industry. “ Mary had great success early in her career

“ A lot of acting is being like a gambler” as she obtained an agent by her second year at Yale and started getting movies and plays upon graduation. She lived in New York City for a few years doing very well until a union strike hit and the work stopped coming. It was at this point that she relocated to Los Angeles. “The industry has changed so much since when I first started out. I got out of school in 1989 and I had a holding deal with ABC. They would pay to hold me and try to get me on one of their shows. They used to do this with kids coming out of Ivy League schools. Now, there are all the movie stars who want to do television. In the old days, movie stars would never do T.V. They would never do commercials; now they do commercials. So, back then there was a lot more work for what I call myself, a working class actor. “Mary continues, “I fill in all the middle roles, all the character parts. Now those roles are tending to go to famous people so there is less work available. Also, a lot of work is out of town because they are not shooting in LA as much. It’s just a lot harder to get a job.” Mary’s take on her profession is by drawing a comparison to a gambler. “A lot of it (acting) is like being a gambler. With other jobs you build up resume and that it is what sells you, but this is like every day is a new day… everyday is like starting over and possibly hitting the jackpot! “ As Mary continues with her successful acting career she also reveals that she is pursuing both writing and directing projects. “Right now I’m working on a screenplay that is based on one of my friends from the Thousand Islands who is lawyer. I’m also trying to get in television directing. I just finished this huge play, Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill that we performed at the Odyssey Theatre in L. A. One highlight for Mary was meeting Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi backstage after they attended a performance. “It was very exciting Ellen came over and told me how great I was and how much she loved the play,” Mary shares. One of the other actor’s in the play was Kevin McKidd best known for playing the role of Owen Hunt on the popular ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. “We did a lot of rehearsals over at the Grey’s Anatomy so that he could

come rehearse and then go back and forth to shoot scenes. He is just a fabulous actor. Perhaps the best part of her experience performing with this theatre company is that they recently told Mary that she will get to pick whatever play she wants to do next season. “ This is like a dream come true.”It’s not easy to get in theatre companies here because there are so many great actors and so little theatre and it’s so hard did get people to go to theatre here. This is definitely my big news for the year!,” Mary acknowledges. With her strong work ethic and down to earth demeanor, Mary has become a favorite of both directors and actors alike. “Director’s tend to like me because I come with a lot of ideas and say just tell me what you like and don’t like and I can do whatever you want. I come with my bag of tricks and ideas but I’m really flexible. You never know what the chemistry will be like on set. You hope for the best and hope the movie is good but you never know. I was in the one Sandra Bullock movie that bombed”, laughs Mary. Favorite acting partners include Billy Crystal and William H. Macy. “Billy Crystal is one of the loveliest men. What you see is what you get. He is just a funny, funny guy and great family man. William H. Macy is the salt of the earth and another great one. I have worked with a few challenging people but overall I’ve been very lucky.” Two films that Mary worked on are due out this year and include The Sphere and the Labyrinth and Paradise Florida, the latter shot last summer. Mary shares, “I think it is going to be a really great movie. It’s about addiction and the toll it takes on a family. I play the mother of the lead guy. We had a wonderful director, and though we were working with a shoestring budget, it was one of those experiences though where everyone gets on the boat together and just says we are going to make this

happen. It’s a very different experience than the big budget movies. When asked what she is best known for or what is that something about her, Mary has an interesting response, “I’m a storyteller and I have great stories to tell. I think people remember me for my voice and my personality. I will write a book at some point. Crews love me and the people backstage always love me because I’m a team player. It’s the simplest thing, I’ll have the costume girl tell me, “Oh thank you so much for hanging up your costume and my response is your kidding me, don’t people put their own clothes back on the hanger? “ Mary continues, “I came up with a lot of people who are really successful now and I’ve seen people change. They are famous and they become almost non human and want to be treated differently. I find that so strange because it just means they got lucky and they should be grateful! I find that behavior unnecessary and it trickles down to affect everyone around you. Suddenly the crew doesn’t want to work as hard etc. I like to keep everyone



happy. I have people always telling me, you are not in that union, or Mary that’s not your job; don’t pick up that light, “she laughs. Mary is very interested in working behind the camera and specifically in directing. “Kevin McKidd is going to be directing an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and I hope to shadow him. I’m going to apply to this ABC Program where they train people to become directors. There is definitely not enough women directors.” Mary said her proudest achievement is her ability to support herself as a working actor. “I am most proud of the longevity of my career, that I haven’t’ given up and that I’m producing work that I love. My work is still getting better and there is always room for improvement. I’m constantly listening to that and evolving. There is no real arrival. There’s just the process. You have to stay in the process because if you make it about the end or what you want to get, then it just doesn’t go that way and you don’t get what you want.You have to stay out of the results, because you can’t control them.” Mary’s advice to those looking to pursue an acting career is succinct, “the sooner you get to NY or LA the better! Nowadays, kids are starting to work a lot younger. Get to the big city and get in a good class and start working on your craft. Also, doing plays is the best experience you can get. “ Mary and I ended our conversation the way we began it, talking about some favorite local places and people. “I come to Syracuse every summer to see all my friends who live here. We get together and tell stories just like the old days. I spend a lot of time up at the 1000 Islands on the (St. Lawrence) River because many of them have homes there. Mary shares that one friend is the owner of Swallows Restaurant on South Ave. “ I love going in there because I can sit and have beers with 5 generations of families that I grew up with. “When the late Jane Fahey Suddaby’s former assistant superintendent at Oswego County BOCES name came up in the course of our chat we both noted the loss of a life gone too soon. “My sister Martha and I had just sat and had drinks with Jane and her brother the summer before she passed, “Mary said. After we recalled Jane’s zest for life and sense of fun, Mary said that she really understood the importance of living life to the fullest each day. “I’m seven years out now, I’m a breast cancer survivor, that totally gives you the sense that you have to just live every day. “ Not only is Mary a cancer survivor, but she is a true Hollywood survivor conquering those often treacherous waters, building a varied body of outstanding work and thriving on her way!



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love “locally grown”. I eat “locally grown” throughout the year. I talk about “locally grown” to anyone who will listen. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, this is my mission. Food grown locally is the healthiest most sustainable food you can eat. It’s a great way to help the local economy and fresh-picked produce just tastes better. June is the start of the growing season in Upstate New York. Although we can go to a grocery store today and buy just about any fruit or vegetable we desire, many cultures around the world still eat seasonally. It is an ancient tradition. There is something magical about eating a fruit the day it ripens. I always feel that way when I bite into that perfect, fragile strawberry that must be eaten within a few days. It is less about quantity and much more about quality. The importance of locally grown also depends on the people who grow our food. With so many people complaining about the American work ethic, look no further than the nearest farm. Family farmers are the true backbone of America. They are up at the crack of dawn, tending their crops and then selling the food that they grow with their own hands. They are there rain or shine, cold or hot, for richer or for poorer. I think back to my immigrant grandparents who came here from Poland. My grandfather was lucky enough to get a job in a factory but they still ran a full scale farm on Smith Road in North Syracuse.



During the Depression their farm provided everything they needed to survive. Every Saturday they sold their surplus produce at the Regional Farmer’s Market while my mother was growing up. Years later my siblings and I loved to visit the farm on the weekends. The memory of that farm with its rolling hills of McIntosh apple trees, Concord grape vines and bunches of herbs and vegetables is still etched in my soul. I remember tasting a peppermint leaf for the first time. It was a weed growing in a stump at the end of the vineyard. I was so small, but the taste and the smell of that moment is still locked in my memory. I’ve been eating leaves ever since. When I go to that same Regional Market each week, I meet people just like my grandfather who grow the arugula, the hand-picked peas and all the vegetables and fruit I love and cherish. We have a bond and a sacred trust. They grow the food that keeps me healthy. This isn’t California, this is New York. Where there are bugs, and mold, and rain and black dirt. This is where the hearty people live and hearty food is what we need to stay that way. I talk about phytochemicals in fruit and vegetables. I brag that Central New York fruit and vegetables often times have more of these substances than produce grown elsewhere. That is because plants, unlike us, don’t have the fight or flight response. They are stuck in the ground and have to adapt and survive. They have had to develop these chemical “protectors” over hundreds and

thousands of years. That is what makes our onions and garlic so pungent, our apples so hard and our grape skins so thick. These are nature’s protectors from the rain, the snow, the bugs, the mold and the fungus. The same substances that protect the fruit and vegetables protect us from chronic disease. Researchers have discovered that they can protect every organ in the body and lower our risk of developing cancer, heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s. This is Nature’s gift to us. Eating food that grows around you may protect you better than food from somewhere else. And, it can help to protect the environment too. Most people are buying produce from thousands of miles and days away. Nutrients, taste and quality can all be lost over the distance and time it takes to get to our door. As the growing season unfolds, visit a farm stand near your home or the different markets scattered around Central New York. You will see, smell and truly taste the freshness in these home grown treasures. In fact, it may change you like it did me, long ago on a little family farm in North Syracuse. Linda Quinn is the Chief Happiness Hero at Island Girl Living, LLC. Contact her at islandgirllivingllc@gmail. com to book speaking engagements. Check her out at

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Strawberries June Vit C, anthocyanins High in cancer protective, Antioxidants Asparagus June Vit K, Folate, quercetin Strong Anti-inflammatory benefits Peas June Protein, saponins, fiber Protective against diabetes Rhubarb June B-Complex, VitK, Calcium Low in Calories Baby Arugula June Vit A, VitK, Vit C Powerful anitoxidant Peppers July Vit C, Vit A, Lutein, Lycopene Powerful antioxidant activity. More Vitamin C than Orange juice (Red,Hot) Berries July Vit C, anthocyanins Highest amounts of anti-cancer and disease protective antioxidants. Onions July Allylic Sulfides CNY soil called “Muck” has very high amounts of this nutrient. It is Cancer and heart protective. Tomatoes July Vit C, Lycopene Protective against Prostate cancer especially when cooked with Olive oil. Cauliflower Aug Indoles, sulforaphane Among the most cancer-preventive agents known, especially the colon. Apples Aug Polyphenols Protection against lung problems, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s. Winter Squash Aug Vit C, Vit A Lung and Eye Health protector Pumpkins Sept Vit C, beta carotene Protects cells from damage. Grapes Sept Resveratrol CNY grapes have higher levels of this heart protective substance. Spinach Sept Beta-carotene, VitC Most protective food for eye health.

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Talking Liposuction with Beth Phillips By: Amari D. Pollard


hether she voices it or not, every woman wants the perfect body: for her fat to go anywhere besides her stomach preferably her chest, thighs, or butt, and for her hips to align in that flawless hourglass shape. In order to achieve that desired look some women go on strict diet and exercise regimens while other look to alternative methods like liposuction. Beth Phillips, a Physician Assistant at CNY Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, said liposuction is best used for contouring the body, getting rid of a little muffin top or saddlebag. “If they’re coming in thinking that they’re going to lose a couple of pant sizes with lipo I think they’re going to be disappointed,” said Beth. “It’s best used for remodeling—if you have a couple of lumps and bumps or whatever that you’re hoping to shave down.” There are different types of liposuction like ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction and tumescent liposuction, but CNY Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery usually uses the latter. The surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using either local or general anesthesia. The doctor makes tiny incisions about a quarter of an inch in size in the treatment areas and infuses it with a solution that reduces pain and bleeding while swelling the fat tissue for easy removal. After about ten minutes, the doctor then goes into the same stab incisions with a cannula, a thin hollow tube, and suctions out the fatty cells. Beth said other methods such as the laser-assisted liposuction can be used but are a little more controversial because there is often times problems with the laser burning the skin. The initial and long-term results of generic liposuction tend to be more positive, with people noticing the results right away and others not until a few weeks later after the swelling has gone down. But if people are undergoing the surgery to look good for a certain event, it is suggested they have it done three months in advance because swelling can be severe. Many of CNY Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Syracuse patients use liposuction to make improvement on body areas that include: sculpting cheeks, chin, and jowls; eliminating love handles; and reducing the buttocks, thighs, and hips.



While it’s easier to focus on the benefits of liposuction it is important to remember the dangers of undergoing such a surgery, no matter how minor they may be. There is always a risk of bleeding when choosing liposuction, and the chance of having lumpy or saggy skin afterwards. “Some people are very thin and when we’re trying to liposuction their bellies, there is always the risk of having a little bit of lumpiness which is sometimes not worth the risk of it,” said Beth. “I think people usually come in needing something more like a tummy tuck and if we take the fat out that they want out and the skin’s still there, then they’re going to have saggy skin and it won’t look great. We try to discuss with people whether it’s just fat that we want to remove or if they require more fat and skin.” But no matter what method is used to help someone create that more ideal body, liposuction is not a substitute to diet and exercise. The fast cells taken out during surgery are permanently taken out so if the weight is put back on the fat cells will come back with a slightly different distribution. So, in order to maintain that new look after surgery one must eat healthy and workout regularly. For more information on Liposuction, and all other procedures offered at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery visit:

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All eligible employees must be included in the plan. Employer contributions are made at the discretion of the employer, and maximum allowed total contributions (employee and employer) will be the lesser of 25% of compensation or $53,000. A SIMPLE IRA may be appropriate for an employer with fewer than 100 employees. Eligible employees will have earned at least 5,000 in the prior 2 years and are

Depending upon your income level and tax filing status, you may be eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, a Traditional IRA, or either/both (total contributions not to exceed $5,500/$6,500 if age 50 or over). Your tax advisor can help you to decide which type of account would be most beneficial to you given your current situation. If you intend to contribute a larger amount of money, or if you have employees and would like to offer a retirement plan, you may consider a SEP IRA, a SIMPLE IRA, or even a 401(k) plan. Your choice of plan will depend upon how much you wish to contribute, the cost of the plan and the reporting requirements involved. Any employer may set up a SEP IRA; to be eligible to participate, one must have been employed in 3 of the last 5 years, be at least 21 years of age, and have earned at least $600.



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expected to earn at least $5,000 in the current year. Again, all eligible employees must be included in the plan. The contribution limits for participants are $12,500 with a $3,000 “catch up” contribution for those age 50 or older. Employers may make a matching contribution of up to 3% of compensation. Any employer (other than government entities) may establish a 401(k). Any employee who is at least 21 years old, and

It is important to meet with your tax advisor and your financial advisor before starting a retirement plan to choose the plan most appropriate for your business. An annual review of your plan is also necessary to keep up with changes in contribution limits and other plan updates. Article written by Mary Ann Pierce, CLU, owner of Marathon Financial Advisors, Inc.. ** Securities and investment advice offered through Cadaret, Grant, & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC Marathon Financial Advisors, Inc. and Cadaret, Grant & co., are separate entities.

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Strawberries By: Leah Wolf


s summer quickly approaches, so does strawberry season. These tasty berries are perfect for a light snack, and they pack quite the healthy punch. Even though they have been a favorite of people everywhere, the strawberry has some unexpected benefits that may surprise you! The season starts anywhere from June 5-20, depending on the weather in the area. Local farms are all over central New York, and are generally very reasonable in their prices. While it may be easy to grab a package in the grocery store, picking strawberries will get you active and can bring the whole family together. Strawberries can help ease inflammation through lowering the C-reactive protein in the body. They may also be beneficial to those suffering from arthritis, according to a study done by Harvard. One study shows that out of the top 50 US foods for antioxidants, strawberries are ranked in the 27th spot. However, when compared against other fruits, and then other spices and seasonings, strawberries came in fourth and third place, respectively. Although these berries are small, they have more antioxidants than one would expect. Although it is a very healthy food, one must remember to wash their strawberries well; it is one of the “Dirty Dozen”, a moniker that refers to 12 fruits and veggies that are the worst for having pesticides on them. They are susceptible to this because they soak up everything, much like red sponges. However, buying them from farmers or at farmers’ market will lower the possibility of them having been sprayed. Another way to ensure clean strawberries is to look for certified organic ones in the store. If that isn’t an option, rinse them right before eating and give them a swift pat down with a towel. Despite that, strawberries are still one of the best things you can eat.



Not only are strawberries delicious, but they can boost your immunity too. They contain tons of vitamin C, with 82 mg in a single cup. For comparison, one cup of orange sections contains 95 mg, only a bit higher than the strawberry. Forget carrots. The vitamin C in strawberries is just as effective in warding off cataracts, which can cause blindness eventually. Plus, strawberries taste much better than a supplement or pill. Additionally, strawberries have amino acids and minerals that are valuable to the body. They possess 240 mg of potassium. This can help regulate blood pressure, which is very valuable for the morning commute. Fiber is a necessary component for any diet, and it is suggested that women get around between 21 and 25 grams per day. In one cup of strawberries, there is 3.3 grams of fiber. That means that you could have your total dietary fiber for the day with seven cups of strawberries! As the sun beats down, strawberries have another topical benefit. They can protect against ultra violet rays, a main cause of sign of aging. While it may seem a bit silly, applying the juice of the berry may help with sunburns and the like. Strawberries can also help prevent bad cholesterol. Although they are no substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet, the phytochemicals, or antioxidants, fight LDL, a main cause of heart disease. However, it does well to remember to eat strawberries quickly; they start to lose many of their nutrients after a week. Luckily, freezing them within the first few days will preserve these nutrients, and you can have those health benefits year-round. Fresh strawberries are plentiful in the Upstate New York area this month. Be sure to stop and pick up some from our many local growers, or gather up your family and friends and pick your own.

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A lighthearted tale of Chipper! By Mary McCandless


ow did you welcome in Spring? The buds on trees yearning to bloom, or grass coming alive to the warmer days? To me, it was greeting the animals that come out of hibernation to enjoy the same things we enjoy. Every year I put out birdseed and pellets for the birds and wild bunnies that somehow make their way into my yard. But last year I had a new guest, Chipper, a cute little chipmunk. I noticed he would scurry across the lawn, grab a mouthful of birdseed and run back into his home in the ground. Some days you could see him scaling the fence or running in and out of my flowers, always aware that he could at any moment become prey to other animals. I was so impressed with this little guy that I had to learn more about him. Chipmunks love seeds, nuts, and vegetables. They also like to eat grass, fungi, insects, and worms, and are the smallest of the squirrel family. Chipmunks also like to find places to burrow, in the ground. Their home starts out a couple of feet deep and then they make chambers that are about 6 by 12 inches in diameter. They then line the bottom of the chamber with grass, feathers, or leaves so they have a warm place to hibernate and store food. Chipmunks are very territorial. I have witnessed Chipper chase other animals out of the yard to Chipper protect his little world. Chipper is also very smart. He has several holes in the ground, one to toss out the dirt from burrowing and a couple other entrances to ward off any predators. At night I noticed, the holes would be blocked off. They do that by pushing dirt and small stones with their head and feet, thus keeping anything from coming in while sleeping. I decided to purchase some unsalted peanuts and feed him. When I would call out to him, he would peek his head up and cautiously



scurry over to the bird feeder, snatch them up and run back to his home. In an effort to get closer, I placed peanuts at the end of my deck. He would come up, stuff two whole peanuts in his cheeks, which made him look like he had a bad case of the mumps, then pick up a third and stuff that in his little mouth too! As he ran off to the safety of his home you could actually hear the rattling of the peanuts inside his mouth. Several weeks went by and Chipper started to trust me. He got closer and closer to me. One day as he was at my feet picking up his favorite treat, I reached out and, I touched him on his head. I was thrilled when he did not run away, he just turned up his head and looked at me as to say “What are you doing?,” then he scooped up the rest of his bounty and ran off. To my surprise, he came back! I reached down again and he let me pet him! I was so amazed that my new little friend trusted me. I’m sure he was thinking “ I’ll just let her pet me so I can get all the food I want!” He was right! By the end of summer he had about forty pounds of peanuts. Many people regard Chipmunks as a nuisance, however he has never eaten any of my tomato plants or flowers and his

burrows aerate my lawn. So what harm has God’s little creature caused? None, as far as I am concerned, he is friendly. He plays in the yard, chases away other chipmunks, and has plenty of food. What a life! What does spring mean to me? When I saw Chipper peek his head out of his home, for the first time this year ready for more peanuts and welcoming in a fresh new season. (If you would like to see a video of Chipper visit Women of Upstate New York’s Facebook page.)

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career and a hobby: Syracuse dentists Susan Dunn, Roksolana Stets and R.D.H., Cheryl Barsom know a thing or two about owning both. Their daytime priority, successfully keeping CNY mouths healthy, speaks for itself. What you don’t know about these highly reputable professionals may surprise you. Having nothing like it in the area, Dr. Dunn owns an all-women staffed dental office, Smiles by Design in Syracuse. It’s a unique dental experience for Syracuse, NY families. Drs. Dunn and Stets offer an extraordinary dental experience in Cosmetic, Family and Sleep Disorder dentistry at their beautiful Smiles by Design office. Their ALL female practice stays current with advanced technology and advances in dentistry. Their dental team enjoys long-term relationships with their patients by maintaining a special atmosphere. They bring comfort, compassion and understanding to all who enter.



By: Kristen Penfield Their crowned practice remains their focus, as does their affection for their hobby after-hours; keeping them well rounded and satisfied.

When Dr. Susan Dunn is not at the office she is with her horses. “Riding and training horses is a therapeutic escape for me,” says Dunn. “After focusing on my patients during the day, it’s a wonderful hobby that elicits calmness and uses the other side of my brain,” she added.

As well, Dunn appreciates the physical aspect of riding. “Riding improves my muscle and core strength and develops body balance,” she noted. Enjoying time with her Dutch Warm blood Thoroughbred Cross, “Nugget”, allows her to do just that. Dr. Dunn grew up on a horse farm in Arkansas; horses have surrounded her life and continue to do so. Her passion for horses developed alongside her best friend. “When I was a young girl, my best friend Julia and I would ride and show horses together frequently. I’m certain it was her father’s way of keeping our interest off boys,” she laughs, “But it worked. We were too busy to think of much other than school and horses.” Dunn and her eight-year-old thoroughbred Nugget, spend about three to four times a week together fine-tuning dressage principles and techniques. New to Dunn since June, together they are learning and improving the communication between

“Riding and training horses is therapeutic” them. “I’ve invested in a horse trailer and am now mobile,” claimed Dunn. Her possibilities are endless; her passion alive and well. Dr. Dunn and her husband Mark, an Engineer, also enjoy outdoor sports, cooking and reading. They live in Lafayette with their rescue dog Nelson and cats KitKit and Thomas. Dr. Roksolana Stets expresses herself through painting.Dr. Stets is certainly passionate about dentistry; the proof is with her patients. But on the weekends, her joy and dedication is to her artwork. Dr. Stets was born in Lviv, Ukraine.She and her family moved to the United States when she was eight years old, settling in the Binghamton, NY area, and now living in Syracuse. She has always had an internal flair for artistry. “There is much artistry involved in dentistry; matching shades, using creative designs. As a Dentist, I am able to use my artistic side,” states Stets. But when she is not being creative in the office, Stets is be creative on canvas. “During college, I painted as often as I could, using acrylics and oils. It really appealed to me and I always enjoyed advanced art classes in school,” she added. Stets is now perfecting her techniques at home, using her supplies and easel. Her artwork is nothing short of phenomenal. With attention to detail and technique, her talent and style come alive through her paintbrush. “When I paint, I feel a sense of enjoyment. It is a hobby that helps me relax and maintain balance,” said Stets. Truly, Dr. Stets is an example of an amazing woman who knows the importance of

harmonizing her career with her hobby. Passionate about both, enhancing both, promoting both, bettering herself. Although Dr. Stets currently paints for herself, family and friends, she is entertaining the idea of selling her artwork.

team.Dr. Dunn taught me that having a great support team is key to any successful venture,” she said. Barsom noted that her husband Jeff has always been supportive of her.

Cheryl Barsom, R.D.H. enjoys providing delicious food for others. Cheryl, a registered dental hygienist, has been by Dr. Dunn’s side for over twenty years. Needless to say, their shared passion for oral care has been continuous. Together they have sustained countless patient relationships as well as educate the public on the importance of keeping a clean mouth. When Barsom closes the door to the office at the end of the day, she opens a different door to her restaurant. Barsom is co-owner of Barado’s Café in Brewerton and Barado’s on the Water, in Central Square. Barsom has worked in the restaurant/service industry for thirty years. “I opened the two restaurants with my friend, Chef Donna DiRaddo,” explained Barsom. “She is a wonderful chef who enjoys the black board menu, where she can create fabulous, fresh and different dishes. We buy our ingredients locally, so we know they’re fresh,” she added. DiRaddo’s extensive experience allows their restaurant to boast a tasteful menu that changes weekly. “I thoroughly enjoy the restaurant business,” stated Barsom. “I could never do this without a receptive and cooperative

Barsom explained that she originally planned to cater. But in one year, her clientele became much too big. It was then that she and DiRaddo decided to open a restaurant (or two). Barsom’s feedback on her restaurants has been outstanding. Barsom exclaimed, “People are loving that they can get great, fresh and healthy dishes in their own back yard.” She explained the difference between the two restaurants, “Barado’s on the Water is a more casual restaurant with hand pressed hamburgers, fresh swordfish or mahi mahi tacos, calamari and Maine lobster rolls. Barado’s Café is a more quaint experience, including panini’s, wraps, specialty salads and great wine selections. These three ladies love what they do at home and at work. To reach any of the three extraordinary women, you can find them at Smiles by Design



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