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Tell me about your Mother By Molly Lizzio, MA, LPMFT
he relationship between mother and daughter is the most complex and rich relationship life has to offer. When I think about mother daughter relationships I think of the enormous spectrum between best friend and hellish nightmare. How over the course of our lives we can run the entire gamut with this one woman. The thing about mothers is absolutely everyone in the world has one. That relationship starts long before a child is born. For months that woman serves as a total and complete life source for a baby. A baby hears and senses everything the woman goes through, and they have their own communications, filled with butterfly flutters, kicks, and cravings. Because of the intimate nature of a mother child relationship in utero it sets up the future to continue a close and intimate bond. However that’s not always how mother child relationships play out. While nature is a huge part to all of this, we know that it isn’t everything. I’ve seen adopted children have just as secure attachments with their mothers as any one else, and on the flip side, I’ve seen biological mother daughter duos who have bonds shattered and broken beyond repair. There’s an entire part about being a mother that has nothing to do with nature, and everything to do with nurture. A woman doesn’t have to have given birth to be able to create a lasting attachment. There are many mothers who have no children. For example, the wonderful and caring aunts, sisters, and best friends who often help mother the children they are close to.
They are the ones who are mothers to many, but have no children to show for it. Mothering is about nurturing, love, and acceptance. Mothering is not just someone you are, but it’s also what you do. Please understand that when I speak of mothers I mean it in the most broad and richly dynamic way possible. Mothers of any kind help form who we are, and who we’ve yet to become. It’s a complete stereotype that all therapists want to know about your mother. And the thing about stereotypes is they’re usually pretty true. As a family therapist it’s important for me to understand all dynamics of a person’s family, and without sounding like Freud, I recognize the uniqueness of a mother relationship. Every person in the world is alive because a woman birthed him or her. But that’s where the similarities end. One of the reasons therapists want to understand about your relationship with your mother is because even the lack of relationship will be very telling. We learn about life, love, and relationships through our early bonds with our mothers. Our Mother is our first and greatest teacher. We’re shaped by the life she leads, and for better or worse, we carry it with us for a lifetime. A securely bonded mother daughter relationship can become an asset like no other, It can send a woman soaring to new heights. It can give both women great confidence and strength because of the guidance and nurturing they receive. A negative relationship will speak to the resiliency and resourcefulness of the child. I’ve witnessed the unbounded strength of
many women who work through their partnership with their mother to come through better informed and at peace about the relationship at whatever state it’s in. Here’s the important thing to remember when it comes to mothers. We can’t change the nature of these women. It’s one of the most frustrating facts we have to learn again and again as adults. And yet, it provides a level of security in the world. For better or worse we come to rely on the behaviors and attitudes of our mom. Whether it’s that she is a best friend who shows unconditional love and support, or she may be a cold or dismissive mother who you live your life trying not to become. It’s something a woman can set her watch by, and it will help her orient herself in a world of chaos and uncertainty. It’s one of the most complex relationships any of us will ever experience, whether it be a strong and securely attached relationship, a strained and tense relationship, or even a non existent relationship, we are shaped by the women who mother us over the course of our lives. As Mother’s day is upon us take a moment to reflect on all the mothers of your life. That biological mom, adoptive mom, step mom, aunt, grandmother, next door neighbor, teacher, nanny, friend, and mentor; those women shape you every day. And by shaping you they invariably shape future generations. Marvel at that lineage, and the influence one woman can have on another.
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Elizabeth Cummings Monroe By Audrey Levinson
short trip to Cazenovia, NY brought me to the home and studio of Elizabeth Cummings Monroe. I first saw her eloquent abstract paintings hanging in a place I have frequented more than once. Every time I visited this office they taunted me to research further into the aesthetics behind the work. They were so peaceful to stare
or carve into the layers of paint, and sometimes uses collage as well. She works each layer to cover and let peek the best parts of the layers beneath. This process actually looked like a lot of fun. There was so much freedom. She said that when all is done to a painting the first important quality was her composition and, always an artists challenge, knowing when to stop. Once she has finished, the next important factor was to render something that could “portray a provocative emotional response”. Be it wonderful or awful to the viewer it is the soulful connection to the human spirit that drives her as an artist. Elizabeth creates her images intuitively. She allows herself to create without a blueprint. Elizabeth was raised in Liverpool, NY. She attended Onondaga Community College and Oswego State University. She has a degree in chemistry. However, her hearts desire from a young age was to take the courses needed for her degree in art. I asked her why she did not take that road. She told me she is like
at while waiting to be called. Yet, I could see there were layers and layers of emotion put into them. They reminded me of a symphonic masterpiece that’s sound could touch the soul with every section of instrument being played, one as important to the piece as any of the others. As I talked to Elizabeth about her work. This was in fact her focus. She took me to her studio and showed me the bones of two of her paintings. She works on high quality Arches paper and begins applying washes of paint. She lets her emotions take the lead in this process but creates no main character. As she layers and de-constructs the surface she uses many techniques and is a courageous and playful maestro. She showed me an organic side, using natural and found objects to make marks
is emptied, she cannot create until life has filled the vessel again. This presented a problem for her. She could not create on demand as is needed to produce artwork for any professor and this deterred her from her true educational desires. I asked Elizabeth who her inspirations were and she told me with a loving sparkle in her eye “my father”. She had many stories
about their relationship. One of her first memories being the smell of her father’s acrylic paints. He would let her hold the brush as a little girl and let her paint with his “good” paints. He once took her to Commercial Art Supply and told her she could buy anything she wanted that day. These are memories that seemed so precious to her and she seemed to speak as if he is still her creative shadow. Elizaberh admires artists such as De Kooning, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Rauschenberg, Miro, and Kandinsky. The look of a number of her paintings had an Asian influence. She stated she is also interested in, and sometimes collages Asian newspaper scraps or paints Asian letter characters into her works.This is what makes Elizabeth an interesting artist to me, she connects many aspects of life her psyche, her memories, her influences, and her intuition.
a vessel and life is what fills that vessel. When she feels that she needs to unleash from the inside she paints. Once the vessel
Elizabeth allows life to fill her up until she cannot keep it all inside and with a burst of creative energy she allows her art become her true and strongest voice.
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Holistic Healing with Andrea Scalisi
olistic healing modalities have always fascinated me. I’ve been eating organic foods, using natural beauty products, and exercising for years. However, as I approached my mid-thirties I became more focused on healthy living, and my interests in natural remedies grew. Around the same time, I was desperately looking for ways to help my feline companion with her various health issues. Her conditions were being managed through medication, but I wanted to do more. My search for alternative healing techniques led me to Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”), a relaxation and stress reduction technique that promotes healing. My focus on mindbody-spirit balance quickly culminated into the idea for a healing sanctuary for women, and The Haven Shoppe was conceived.
Activated with Reiki energy, each Body & Soul Mist is infused with a unique blend of essential oils, and is attuned to the vibrations of handpicked crystals that support various aspects of our psychology and physiology. Every bottle displays a beautiful affirmation that captures the energetic essence of the mist it contains. While Power Pose, for example, bolsters confidence, Feel the Love fosters compassion and forgiveness, while Lights Out soothes and calms to induce a peaceful night’s sleep. I’ve received several requests
is not a religion, nor is it associated to any particular belief system; it is nondenominational and complements all lifestyles. It is also extremely beneficial for animals. I’ve seen both cats and dogs respond visibly during sessions as they sense the energy shifts. Inspirational Guidance: This area is so important because our thoughts create our reality. The site features regular blog posts on various topics, focusing on self-empowerment. On Facebook, The Haven Shoppe offers daily inspirational messages, typically in the form of an intuitively chosen oracle card or animal totem message. My ever-expanding collection of card decks includes those created by Doreen Virtue and Louise Hay two women who have been sources of inspiration in my life. Each morning, I hold the intention of pulling a card most needed by my followers in that moment. They are always uplifting and encouraging.
The mission of The Haven Shoppe is to enrich the lives of women through holistic healing and the power of positive thought. Although it currently has an online presence only, my goal is to ultimately have a physical space to offer Reiki sessions to women (and their animal companions!) as well as aromatherapy products. The Haven Shoppe uses a three pronged approach to fulfill its mission: aromatherapy, Reiki, and inspirational guidance.
for a stress themed mist, as well as one specific to pets, so those will likely be my next creations.
Body & Soul Mists are 100% organic aromatherapy sprays made from therapeutic grade essential oils. Emotional trauma is stored in the amygdala gland, within the brain. This gland can only be stimulated through our sense of smell, which is what makes essential oils such a powerful tool for supporting emotional balance.
Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique that promotes healing through the channeling of life force energy. This energy is channeled through the practitioner’s hands to the recipient, cleansing and balancing their energy field. Deeply relaxing, Reiki is a wonderful and safe experience for all. Although spiritual in nature, Reiki
For me, beginning each day with this act of service has been very healing; not only am I sending good vibes out into the world, I’m starting my own day on a positive note, which has a strong effect on how the rest of my day unfolds. In addition, the prospect of others taking comfort in a posting literally makes me want to jump out of bed every morning – which is a major change for me! If I touch just one heart through one of my messages, I’ve had a successful day. Website: www.TheHavenShoppe.comFacebook: The Haven Shoppe: A Healing Sanctuary for Women. Photos by Tiffany WOUNY.COM • MAY 2015
Domestic Violence The Katie Socci Story By Mary McCandless & Erin Colaneri
rin Colaneri, Karrie Glatt, Korynne Higa and Jen Socci all have a mission. It began when they lost a sister, a friend, and someone they loved dearly to domestic violence. They vowed to keep her spirit, memory, and legacy alive and to help others in Katie’s name. Their goal is that Katie’s legacy could save another from abuse and Domestic Violence.
the community is behind them in their fight against Domestic Violence. They have made it their mission to host events that would financially support the Domestic Violence Organizations that are deep rooted in our community. These organizations provide advocacy, counseling, safety, guidance, and support for these victims.
Erin shares with us Katie’s story.
What they value and believe is in positive thinking and optimism. “We value Katie’s beliefs’ and the beliefs’ of her family”
Katie Socci was a truly caring and compassionate woman. Katie was a mother, a daughter, a sister, an Aunt, a Critical Care Registered Nurse, and the best friend a girl could have. Her life was ended by her ex-fiancé on June 15, 2011 at the age of 29. She showed so much love and compassion to everyone, especially her Critically ill patients. Katie worked as a Travel Nurse and touch the lives of so many. She has worked all over the country, from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Her last job was at University Hospital in the Surgical ICU. She was an amazing nurse! She could make her patients feel “human” again and cared for them like they were her own family. It was family that ultimately brought her back to her hometown of Auburn. Her family meant the world to her, and there was nothing more important. Katie, pictured above with Sydney Renee was never more proud or in love then when her beautiful daughter was born. Katie had so much love for her daughter it was so beautiful to see the bond. Sydney, like her mother is such a beautiful free spirit! She is her twin! Katie would be so proud to see what a smart and sweet little girl she has become. Katie always put others needs before her own. Many of us may know a person who has experienced some form of domestic violence. These four ladies share with us their vision, which is to help others in our community that are, or may be affected by Domestic Violence. Their dream is to empower victims of Domestic Violence to come forth and stand tall knowing that
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We hope and pray that our efforts, and Katie’s legacy, could potentially save another’s life. They have put together a fun and crazy, “Socci Stiletto Stampede”. The Stampede consists of a very colourful, highly entertaining 50 yard co-ed Stiletto Dash, a traditional 5K, live music, raffles and silent auctions. According to Safehorizon.org below are some of the most common signs of domestic abuse and violence: Accuse you of cheating and being disloyal? Make you feel worthless? Hurt you by hitting, choking or kicking you? Intimidate and threaten to hurt you or someone you love? Threaten to hurt themselves if they don’t get what they want? Try to control what you do and who you see? Isolate you? Pressure or force you into unwanted sex? Control your access to money? Stalk you, including calling you constantly or following you? If you recognize the signs of domestic violence and suspect that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you are not alone; there is help in your community. Locally contact Vera House which has a 24 hour crisis and support lines. To celebrate Katie’s spirit, join them for the 4th Annual Socci Stiletto Stampede, on June 7th at the Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Rd, Skaneateles, NY. Save the date and make a difference and have fun doing it. Sign up today, visit www.soccistiletto.org
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May is the month when we celebrate one of the most important people in our lives, Mom. She is the person who has nurtured us from birth, who we seek out for advise and who is always trying to guide us in the right direction. Some of us may not have the same experiences with our mothers but remember, you only have one! Mother’s Day is a great time to thank her for what she has done for you or to forgive her for what may have caused distance between the two of you. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue and we strive to bring great stories, events and more. The Team!
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As Central New Yorkers, we expect to have a lengthy winter, but this year was exceptional. To celebrate the coming of spring, why not try this delicious dessert that compliments that long awaited backyard barbeque. As an added nutritional bonus, garnish the Lime Pie with kiwi. To save time, a store bought graham cracker crust may be used, but as always, I think homemade is best! Enjoy Enjoy yourSpring! Ginny Stewart Gordon
1 c. graham cracker crumbs 3 Tbs. butter melted 3 Tbs. sugar 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 4 egg yolks 1/3 cup lime juice 2 tsp. lime zest 2 kiwis, peeled, cut into thin slices Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix graham crackers, butter and sugar. Firmly press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9” pie plate. Bake for 6 minutes. Cool. In another bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, yolks, lime juice and zest. Mix until creamy. Pour over the cooled crust and bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool. Garnish with kiwi slices. WOUNY.COM • MAY 2015
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Compassionate Partners in Breast Reconstruction By: Christine Vickers
his month is National Women’s Health Awareness Month and an important and obvious focus for women is on breast health. CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, LLC is a leader in Central New York in the area of Breast Reconstruction. Beth Phillips, longtime Registered Physician’s Assistant at the practice notes that approximately 40% of the overall patients they treat come for breast reconstruction. Beth relates that surgery is typically performed after a patient has had a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or biopsy in cases where a lot of breast tissue has been removed. The practice employs two board certified plastic surgeons and recognized experts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Anthony Deboni and Dr Gregory Baum perform breast reconstruction in conjunction with general surgeons at our area hospitals, mostly working out of Crouse Hospital. Stages of the Reconstruction process. Beth outlines the steps a patient will typically follow after a cancer diagnosis and or after learning they need to have surgery. “A patient will come to us after having seen a general surgeon who is planning on doing their mastectomy so they will then meet and make a plan with the plastic surgeon. There are different ways to do reconstruction but most times it is done through implant reconstruction. General surgeons will perform the mastectomy and it takes us about an hour beyond the surgeon’s time to place what we call the tissue expander under the breast muscle so
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we can stretch the muscle slowly. As patients heal they will have some draining and we have them back in few weeks at our office. The tissue expander has a port where we are able to inject saline it’s kind of like inflating a tire. Each week they come back we fill them a little more until the time where we can go back and put the implants in.” it is very important to stretch the muscle so it doesn’t thin out. “It gives more tissue coverage over the top of the implant if patients have a nice thick muscle. If the patient is not in the middle of radiation or chemotherapy after about 3 months we go back and take the tissue expander out and put the implant in. Sometimes we can put the regular implant in at the time of surgery but most of the time the process is done in 2 stages. Most people can go back to work after 3-6 weeks of the surgery and that they can typically drive within 2 weeks. Many women come out surgery with A or B cup like breasts.(From the tissue expanders and saline) “I think the emotional well being of women in not having to see that flat look that everyone associates with old mastectomies helps women feel so much better about the process.” For clarification Beth said that the tissue expanders are the temporary implants and they are filled with saline. Most patients however choose silicone for their permanent implants because it tends to give a more solid look and feel more natural. The old belief that silicon can be harmful, Bethshares that recent studies have
debunked this claim and it is widely used successfully. Beth takes a highly personal approach with her patients assisting Dr. Deboni in surgery and meeting with them for office visits and procedures. Her biggest piece of advice for women is to be informed and know all your options. “As with anything, the more information the better!If someone is thinking that they may want reconstructive surgery it in the future but does not feel comfortable having it immediately following their mastectomy, their best bet is to talk to a plastic surgeon ahead of time. The reason for this is that it can change where the scars are made, and where the mastectomy is made. Also informing the plastic surgeon on whether they will need radiation is important as that can impact when reconstruction can be done. For Beth Phillips, as a health care professional with over 20 years experience it is extremely meaningful to work in a field that makes women feel whole again. “Prior to coming here I had worked with lung cancer patients, people with aortic aneurysms and cared for some very sick people.I was concerned that I would not find this work as rewarding. But, whether its reconstruction or a cosmetic procedure, it is truly a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of something that improves people’s wellbeing. People just leave our office feeling better.” For more information on breast reconstruction, including a 3D video animation of the process, and all other procedures offered at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery visit: www.plasticsurgeryofsyracuse.com
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Three Generations of Baldwins
Jacqueline, Lorna & Thea
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reast Cancer—it has no preferences. It will take your mother, your husband, your wife, your child…and it can take you. We as a people are so intertwined, so connected, that everyone is affected by the disease. That is why the deep desire to find a cure is so important to the three generations of Baldwin women and their entire family. Carol Baldwin started her journey to find a cure in 1990 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Having gone through the traumatic experience of chemotherapy and radiation, Carol noticed there was not a lot of support groups for people going through breast cancer doing that era, so she decided to form the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Her goal then, and till this day, is to find a cure. Carol officially began her mission to find a cure for cancer in 1996, and has become a champion for the cause ever since. Her efforts have been extremely instrumental in spreading the word about the importance of cancer research, having raised over two million dollars throughout the years. The organization continues to grow steadily, with all the money raised by the Central New York chapter staying here for research, treatment, and prevention. However, the support doesn’t stop there for the Baldwin family. The fund helps assist individuals and their families going through
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treatment by connecting them to resources they may not have had access to, like certain physicians and connecting them to social workers. But the Baldwin women also take their support a step further by sitting with families during treatment, and listening to their stories, being the steady rock they need.
they do and so determined, situations do come up where they are unable to agree on certain things. However, Jacqueline says they have really learned to let things roll off their shoulders because “in the grand scheme of things, at the end of the day, we are working together to save people’s lives.”
“People don’t understand there is so much more to this job then just raising money and holding glamorous events,” said Associate Director Jacqueline Keuchler-Calveric, Carol Baldwin’s granddaughter and Beth Baldwin’s daughter. “We’re sitting with people; we’re sitting with people that are dying, mailing pink blankets to people to cheer them up. It’s unbelievable.”
The second generation belongs to Carol’s daughter and Executive Director Beth Baldwin. For years Beth has managed to full heartedly take on the task of fighting breast cancer with such vigor only on a few hours of sleep each night. And although she admits she is very tired, her deep need and desire to help people is what propels her forward.
Jacqueline describes her mom and grandmother (who is like a second mom) as two of the strongest people she knows, always finding herself amazed by their will to help others and ability to stay strong for those who sometimes can’t help but breakdown. From observing their powerfulness, Jacqueline says she has learned how to stand for what she believes in, especially when it comes to relationships. Having lived with both women for a great majority of her life, Jacqueline has been able to form an incredible bond with each of them; but it is not always easy being close with your family and working with them too. Since all three women are so passionate about what
Beth prefers to be the one behind the scenes, pulling things together for the fund and making things happen. Many of her undertakings consists of organizing events such as the Gillie Girl Marathon, their participation in the New York State Fair, A Night to Remember Gala, Paddle for the Cure, Aiming for the Cure, Serving for the Cure and more. “This isn’t about raising money…it’s about helping people,” said Beth. Her main concern is for those who have passed, who are going through treatment and for those who may have to face it some day. Tirelessly, she will sit with total strangers, while they are getting tests, cancer treatments and surgeries. Countless people will approach her to tell her their
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stories or ask for her help, something that she willingly takes on. Although she prefers to be the one in the background, she is prepared to fight her hardest for who need assistance, to make sure they never go without it. Many women are afraid to do self-checks and get yearly mammograms due to fear that they may have breast cancer. For Beth, fear is no substitute for action. She asks women if they want to walk around always wondering if they have the disease or if they want to know and be able to fight it together. Her passion is deep, and with every word she speaks that passion is loud and clear. As a “no excuse woman”, she is dedicated to fighting this fight with her mother and family. Equally important, if you are adopted or have a parent that does not know their genetic background it is imperative that you are checked. There may be someone in that unknown line that has had breast cancer or some other disease and by being proactive with your own health may save your life. The Third generation belongs to Associate Director Jacqueline Keuchler-Calveric, Beth’s daughter and Carol’s granddaughter. Although it would have only seemed natural for Jacqueline to take her place at the forefront of the foundation, it was by accident that she found herself fully immersed in continuing her family’s work. After she received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and mental counseling, Jacqueline went on to work as a substance abuse counselor through Crouse Hospital. However, when she was just four weeks pregnant she was hit by a car and was
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unable to return back to work. That’s when Dr. Newman, who plays a significant role in the organization, suggested Jacqueline join the team because she was so familiar with the organization having already spent so many years volunteering.
“I’m really honored to be a part of it (the foundation),” said Jacqueline. “I think I’m honored to be a part of it because I feel like its such a privilege to be a part of people’s live, especially when a lot of time it’s towards the end of people’s lives.”
After switching to the organization there was a time where Jacqueline thought she was wasting her education, but after sitting with a
With that sense of honor also comes a sense of uncertainty for Jacqueline, having to live up to all the work her mother and grandmother have done for the foundation. People look to her mom as an angel, and her grandmother and the foundation as a fixture within the community. Yet, there is still the belief that although Jacqueline may not be able to run things the way her grandmother and mother do, she can do it in a different way that could be just as good.
Carol & Beth Baldwin family going through the cancer journey she realized that the foundation is where she is supposed to be. Her heart is there, with her grandmother, and her mother, and all those families going through such a difficult period in their lives. Although she wasn’t doing the kind of work she always thought she would, she understood that God was just using her in a different way.
The fund has sort of become this precious family heirloom, one that is passed down from mother to mother, generation to generation; and because of this pattern there is a significant part of Jacqueline that hopes her daughter and stepdaughter will get involved as well. At five, both girls are extremely motivated and love going to different events to help. In a sense, both girls have been born into the fund and Jacqueline wishes she had been so involved at a younger age. The future is bright and filled with hope for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. And although leadership might change with the generations to come, the reasons why the Baldwins fight breast cancer will always remain constant. “We do this because we care,” said Jacqueline, “because we love people.” WOUNY.COM • MAY 2015
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Educating Young Entrepreneurs By: Leah Wolf
hoosing a career is a nerve-wracking decision for anyone. Multiple factors contribute to this decision, including probability of getting a job, wages, interest, personal goals, as well as a host of other considerations. Unfortunately, young girls often have a tough time breaking into male-dominated careers. They have a harder time visualizing themselves in certain positions because there are a limited number of women holding high-level titles that they can look to as role models. However, one high school teacher at Cicero, North Syracuse is resolving to change this. Linda Dwyer has been teaching entrepreneurship at CNS for 20 years. She noticed that very few girls took her course, or any other business class for that matter. Ms. Dwyer aspired to change this trend and encourage young ladies to pursue any career they choose. She wanted them to expose them to as many opportunities as possible, so she applied for a grant. With the money she was able to obtain, Ms. Dwyer took about 40 girls on a field trip to Armory Square. On the field trip, girls were able to meet two local ladies who built their own businesses. Ms. Dwyer said that it was hugely inspirational to the teenagers, because both of the businesswomen were from the Syracuse community and successful. Sharing their experiences and expertise provided insight to the business world which helped increase the student’s interest. Amanda Gold, owner of Clothing Bounce, Jet Black, and other companies, was the first entrepreneur they visited. Gold gave a tour of her stores and happily discussed business concepts with the teenagers. She also shared how she got her start in the industry. For the second half of the field trip, students met with Karyn Korteling, owner of Pastabilites. Girls heard Korteling’s story about how she began the restaurant right out of college, and the
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path she took to become successful in a career that tends to favor men. This year, Ms. Dwyer applied for and was awarded another grant. She will be taking approximately 40 high school girls to the Dome for the Annual Women Entrepreneurs event. There, the students will be able to talk to various business owners and gain knowledge and inspiration for their futures. They will also have the opportunity to attend sessions and speeches about leadership, business, and finances as well as hearing how those presenting achieved their goals. This program is an amazing opportunity for the female students at CNS high school. It will empower young females and show them that there is a place for them in the business world. Ms. Dywer’s quest has the potential to have a huge impact on their futures because it will keep teenage girls from limiting themselves when choosing a career path. Ms. Dwyer has brought her business students on field trips to other local establishments as well, with the goal of getting them involved and interested in a variety of careers. Even though many of the girls attending do not plan on having business as a career, it is still vital that they see successful female leaders. One of the most important steps to choosing a career is being able to visualize oneself in that role. Giving young women mentors and role models will make it easier for them to see themselves in a variety of careers. Young girls are often intimidated by the high percentage of men in certain fields. Ms. Dwyer saw the problem with this, and found a plan to help rectify it. Giving girls a clear image of what they can become opens up their futures to careers that they might not have had the interest to pursue.
Ode to my Mother
By Linda Quinn, MS, RDN
am so lucky to have a mother who is trim, vibrant and health conscious. At 87 years old she looks and feels like she is in her 70s. She enjoys Zumba, ballroom dancing and gardening. She eats plenty of fruit and vegetables and exercises daily. Mom made food a family affair when I was growing up with all of us sitting down and enjoying well-balanced meals three times a day. My mom’s healthy habits guided my development and facilitated my career choice while attending the University of Florida. She is my role model. She is my Mom. There used to be an old saying that “if you want to know what your girlfriend will look like in 30 years, look at her mother.” Although this is not always the case, there is some truth to this. That is because mothers have a tremendous impact on their families’ habits and health status. According to a study that appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, mothers who eat a healthy diet at home set the best example for children who subconsciously monitor what their mothers eat. The researchers concluded that mothers who want their children to eat well should adopt healthy eating habits themselves and serve the same foods to their children. Using force, rewards or punishments to encourage children to eat vegetables is far less effective. Bad eating habits can actually start in the womb. Researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center found that mothers’ diets can
determine children’s taste preferences even in utero. The Philadelphia based scientists found that taste preferences that develop at crucial periods in infancy have lasting effects for life. Mothers that eat a wider variety of food can help their children be more accepting of different foods as they grow and mature. On the other hand, moms that eat a “junk food” diet can set up their offspring for a preference to snacks and fast food and distain for healthier fare. Not only do we inherit our Mom’s genes we also inherit her habits. Moms can make a big difference. It may be fun to be the Mom who makes great desserts and has a cupboard full of snack foods. But, moms who find ways to make fruits and vegetables available and desirable can be the most inspiring of all. Displaying and teaching good lifestyle habits can optimize the potential of every child no matter what their abilities or genetic potential. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are chronic diseases. They just don’t happen overnight. There is an American epidemic of these chronic diseases far outpacing any inherited risk. They are a result of life long habits. Research shows that we have control over 40-60% of our risk. It is a choice. Choose to prioritize good food and good health in our homes. That is what my Mom did for me and I will be forever grateful!
Turn your hungry kids into grateful healthy adults 1. Include a fruit and/or vegetable at ever eating experience. 2. Prepare and eat a fresh raw vegetable salad on most days. 3. Eat Breakfast. 4. Pack lunches with a fruit and a vegetable. 5. Serve two vegetables at dinner. 6. Allow for choice making. 7. Never force someone to eat a food. 8. Offer foods multiple times before giving up. 9. Eat healthfully yourself and set a good example. 10. Make food a family affair with everyone helping to choose and prepare meals and snacks.
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others and daughters are complex creatures. Sometimes best friends, sometimes worst antagonist, often within seconds of each other. Throw in a business partnership and life gets really interesting. Here at the Heckled Hen Antiques, my daughter Samantha and I are prime examples of this. We are best friends, business partners, partners in grime and crime, mutual antagonists on some subjects, each other’s staunchest supporters at all times and always the first in line to give each other a firm kick in the pants. Samantha has been involved in my business ventures since the days before having a store front. She always loved setting up at shows and constantly surprised people with the product knowledge she had acquired while ‘picking’ and researching with me. Bringing my daughter on as a business partner has been rewarding, frustrating, educational, and the best thing I ever did. It has taught me that yes, someone besides myself can make a decision, that some of my ideas are as archaic as hers are innovative, and most of all, that my daughter is intelligent, beautiful inside and out, and an excellent negotiator. I say that tongue-in-cheek since I knew by the time she turned two that she could make you wonder why you said that brownies and ice cream for dinner was a bad idea. Her infectious enthusiasm has cinched many a deal. I’ve learned that sometimes I need to shut up and listen. Hopefully she has learned that her mom is not a total idiot. She has taught me how to research on the computer. Hopefully she has learned to listen to what our customers really want to see in the store. She has taught me that just because I don’t read certain publications, others do. I have taught her that coupons don’t work in this business. She has taught me how media driven the current generation is and how to adapt our business to this. I have taught her how much more personal the service can be going old school. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. We’ve been in many heated, teary arguments. We’ve agreed to disagree too many times to count. I feel blessed to have her by my side everyday and to have my beautiful grandchild in each afternoon. She feels blessed to be able to bring her child in anytime and to be respected for her knowledge. At the end of the day we are still mother and daughter, best friends, favorite antagonists, staunchest allies, and quickest to praise and criticize.
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Marion Kramer & Kelly Mulpagano
arion Kramer at a young age did not image becoming a hair stylist, in fact she wanted to be a teacher, but after a short time she decided that was not for her. She heard about Cosmetology classes offered at the once known Central Tech. and signed up for the program. She did this while in high school and once into it knew that was what she wanted to do. That was in 1968. Her career began, and along with marriage and a daughter Kelly. Kelly Mulpagano who loved to watch her mother do hair, at 19 also became a stylist. Marion tried to encourage Kelly to go to college, but she was set on doing hair. Kelly went on to cosmetology school and received her license too. Both mother and daughter were working at different salons, until 2006 when a fellow stylist approached Marion and because of health issues could no longer do hair, offered her to take the salon over. She suggested that Marion and Kelly take it over together. At first she was hesitant, but her husband convinced her to do it. Her daughter Kelly was pretty well set at the salon she was working for, and didn’t really like change. But with a little bit of nudging Marion convinced her to do it. Their salon is Hair and Body in Liverpool, NY which they started together in 2006, now let’s fast forward to 2015, they are still going strong. Marion’s take on working together; “I am from the old school and Kelly is from the new school. I bring wisdom and experience and Kelly brings youth and freshness”. “We compliment each other; we ask each other for advise on different things. We both have our own clientele”. Marion says that having her daughter Kelly at the salon brings a sense of balance to it. We are very comfortable with each other and there are times when we don’t see eye to eye, but that is with every mother and daughter relationship. The two mix it up and can cater to any of their client base. As mother and daughter relationships go, they always got along well together and never had problems working together. Kelly also has a 2 year old daughter and when she comes to the salon, she is very comfortable there. Will she be the next generation of stylist? Time will tell.
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Retirement Planning By Mary Ann Pierce, MARATHON FINANCIAL ADVISORS, INC.
o retirement planning conversation would be complete without a thorough discussion and understanding of a person or couple’s Social Security benefits. The Social Security program went into effect on January 1, 1937. At that time, life expectancy was age 60. Many people at that time did not live long enough to collect their Social Security benefits.
Spouses have many options for collecting Social Security benefits, and it is very important to review and analyze these choices before committing to a decision. “Non-working spouses” (and I want to clarify this – this applies to those who do not work outside the home for pay. I would never imply that a stay-at-home spouse or parent does not work!!) are entitled to apply for as much as 50% of their retired spouse’s full benefit amount.
With improved medical care, and healthier lifestyles, the average life expectancy today is age 78. We now may live many years in retirement, and Social Security may be a big portion of our retirement income. Choosing when and how to receive our benefit becomes a top priority.
There are also provisions for collecting Social Security benefits as a divorced spouse, if the marriage lasted at least ten years. Certain conditions must be met for eligibility, and the benefit may be paid if the divorced spouse’s earnings record (and subsequently their benefit) is less than
Our Social Security benefit is calculated using an average of lifetime earnings, and the age at which we collect the benefit. There is a minimum requirement of 40 quarters of work (10 years) and payment of Social Security taxes to be eligible for benefits (as an individual). The earliest possible date to collect Social Security benefits is age 62. Full retirement age used to be age 65, however due to increased life expectancy, those born after 1943 will see a gradual increase in the full retirement age to age 67. Individuals have many choices about how and when to take a Social Security benefit. A person taking an early retirement benefit at age 62 will see a decrease of approximately 25% (from the full retirement age (FRA) benefit amount). Postponing collecting Social Security benefits past full retirement age will increase the benefit payable by 8% per year (each year that you do not collect the benefit). You may postpone your benefit until you reach age 70.
that of the ex-spouse’s benefit that they are applying to collect. A person may receive a Social Security survivor benefit, if the person who is receiving Social Security dies. Widows and widowers at their full retirement age may collect 100 percent of their deceased spouses benefit, if it is higher than their own (they will not collect two benefits, however – only the higher one).
Dependent children may receive a family benefit. For many reasons, people often choose to work past the age of 65. You may collect Social Security benefits while still working. Keep in mind that there is a limit to how much you may earn before your Social Security benefit is reduced (if you are not yet of full retirement age). After full retirement age, you may earn as much as you wish without reducing your benefit; however, depending upon your earnings, your Social Security benefit may be partially taxable. There are so many strategies and options for determining when and how to take your Social Security benefit that it is impossible to cover them in one short article. Information is available to review on the Social Security website, www.ssa.gov where you may also set up your own individual account to view your earnings record and current benefit calculations. I also would strongly suggest, if you are nearing retirement and considering starting your Social Security benefit, that you make an appointment to meet with a representative at your local Social Security office to review your benefits. 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. (formerly Susan Budrakey & Associates) and Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. are separate entities.
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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body By Kristen Penfield
ost of us can admit that we take good care of our teeth. Right? Well.. define “good”. We find it acceptable to brush at least twice a day - three on a good day. Flossing when it occurs to us to do so and almost getting to our dental appointments every six months. Ok, once a year…or two. We mean well, then life gets in the way of our dental hygiene. “I’ll go in the next few months,” we say to ourselves.
Dr. Sutherland-Pollard tells us, “Education and early detection is what deters many people from an array of complications that could otherwise go unnoticed.
What we don’t know? Rather, what we do know, but choose to overlook; could be causing more harm to ourselves by ignoring good dental upkeep and maintenance. Hidden diseases could be lurking silently in our mouth that could easily be identified by our dentist.
“The mouth is one of the most important parts of our body to maintain. New studies have linked bacteria to systemic diseases,
There are certainly signs such as bleeding gums, inflamed gums and more, but not all complications have pain associated with them. Warning signs could present themselves, unbeknown to some people.”
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and are more likely to develop more severe periodontitis. This can make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar. Dr. Sutherland-Pollard also provides dental care each and every week to the children in the Syracuse City School district who are not receiving regular dental care due to their family lacking insurance. In conjunction with Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc., she is able to educate and treat children in the importance of good dental hygiene. “I was going to help for a few months, but it’s been seven years now,” said Dr. Sutherland-Pollard. That’s how strongly she feels about the importance of dental care. Oral Cancer Screening
Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day.
Oral cancer screening exams are extremely important as well. floss once a day. Eat a balanced diet, limit sugar. For a very low cost and a few minutes, a screening can detect oral cancer that would easily be Schedule regular dental checkups, and tell your missed by the human eye. Dr. Sutherland-Pollard explained, dentist about changes in your health! “We have noticed an increase in oral cancer in patients aged 1855. We screened a patient last week who had no symptoms of oral cancer. chronic inflammation (from periodontists) is Dr. Xandria Sutherland-Pollard opened her The screening detected oral cancer, and treatassociated with cardiovascular problems and family dental practice with her husband, Dr. ment has begun.” Early detection saves lives! diabetes. Brian Pollard in 1996. Their passion is not Make an appointment with your dentist today, only providing high quality family dentistry, Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria. it could possibly save your life. but also educating the public in the imPlaque is bacteria that is constantly forming portance of good dental hygiene that could on your teeth and gums. Oral bacteria is Dr. Xandria Sutherland-Pollard and her huspossibly save lives. linked to heart disease, artery blockage and band, Dr. Brian Pollard of Smile Design, D.D.S., stroke. It’s so important to continue regular P.C. can be reached at 315.652.6341. Consistently, they update their professional checkups with your dentist! It cannot be skills and knowledge through education overlooked,” Dr. Sutherland-Pollard urged. Visit their website at http://www.smiledesignsyrprograms and use innovative therapies to acuse.com. help refine the quality of their patients dental Dr. Sutherland-Pollard explained that people experience. with diabetes often have periodontal disease “Your mouth is a gateway to your body’s entire system,” states Dr. Xandria Sutherland-Pollard, owner of Smile Design, D.D.S., P.C. in Liverpool. “A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. Making this connection is critical for early detection of infection, disease or cancer,” claims Dr. Sutherland-Pollard.
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the Spirit of Women with Kathleen Miller Murphy By Amari D. Pollard
To take something from concept to reality that will benefit your hospital, patients, physicians and staff is one of the things I love the most,” said Kathleen Miller Murphy when talking about her job as the Manager of Community Education and Development of Crouse Hospital Spirit of Women. Growing up as a Central New Yorker in a community service oriented family, Kathleen was always enticed by a life of service, and that interest eventually lead her to the steps of Crouse Hospital. From a young age she was drawn to the medical field, dreaming of one day becoming a cardiac surgeon or medical examiner. At 15 Kathleen was a junior volunteer (candystriper) at Crouse where her love for medicine developed further, and the possibilities of different specialties and patient contact drove her to attending the Crouse School of Nursing. Kathleen has now been with Crouse for 25 years, starting in labor and deliver, then Care coordination, and finally switching to education. While working as the Childbirth Education Coordinator she always looked to see what was trending across the country so that their program could advance and become a leader in the community. One day Kathleen’s research lead her to Spirit of Women, and the program has became quite a force at Crouse, with over 5,000 women signed up since its launch in June of 2014. “The mission (of Spirit of Women) is to focus on improving women’s health and the focus is women because we see them as the Chief Medical Officer for their family,” said Kathleen. “They are generally the decision makers for all those they care for from children to aging parents and grandchildren.” Throughout the year Spirit of Women offer programs with their providers on everything from cardiac to orthopedic to OB/GYN to neurology and many other areas. The goal is
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to help women, and even men, properly educate themselves on health issues so that they can take action, get healthy and reduce levels of stress. Along with their various programs, Spirit of Women hold two large events: Their Annual Day of Dance for Youth Health, which is a part of their national heart health initiative, and Ladies Night Out, which focuses on breast health. There are numerous benefits to joining spirit of women, such as receiving monthly emails concentrating on different wellness topics and VIP information on upcoming events (which are all free, with the exception of Ladies Night Out), along with special discounts on their Spirit of Business Partners. Kathleen says members love to get together with family, friends and coworkers in a relaxed environment and hear from top doctors about topics that interest them. These events give people the opportunity to have great access to doctors, nurses and other providers, where they can ask questions and receive valuable information. “We build relationships with each of our members at our events—that personal connection is important to many of our members and important to us as a health care provider,” said Kathleen. As the Manager of Community Education and Development Kathleen finds herself doing something different everyday; whether its building new relationships within the community, planning fun health education programs, or working with the physician offices in Crouse’s HeartCaring program. With the success Spirit of Women has achieved, a lot of Kathleen’s responsibilities involve working with other hospitals nationwide to help advise them on events and ideas. But one of her favorite facets of the job has to be the business and marketing aspects because she grew up in a business family; and since
launching her own charity called Charity for Children, board and event planning along with building a business fit perfectly with her love of people and healthcare background as a nurse. While work can be hectic at times due to the program growing faster than anyone imagined or was prepared for, Kathleen says her department has been bless with fantastic people who are dedicated to giving the community great quality services. “I have an incredible team of health professionals that I work with and they make this program a success,” said Kathleen. “The strength of the team we have built is one of my favorite things about this job- they are an amazing group of uplifting women who love what they do.” Although Crouse and Spirit of Women are such a huge part of Kathleen’s life, she loves spending time outside of work with her daughters and husband. Like most mothers she spends most of her time cheering on her kids at basketball and soccer games, golf matches and school plays. And while Kathleen’s not doing that, she’s working hard as the President of Charity for Children with her friend and co founder Nina Albino. Giving back to the community has become somewhat of a family affair for Kathleen, her husband and kids, as they spend a lot of their time throughout the year working on charity events. And while it’s only a small part of what they do together, Kathleen hopes it helps her to instill those same values in her children that her parents did in her. For Kathleen, there is nothing more rewarding than the life she has with her family and the work she does with Crouse; and even on the hardest days she feels she has the dream job she has always wanted.
Join the Spirit of Women by going to www.crousehospital.spirithealth.com Spirit at Crouse is serious information — and seriously fun! We’re dedicated to educating, engaging and empowering women of all ages to make more informed healthcare choices… and assisting with access to the Crouse integrated care network of experts and services. We help each other nurture a healthy lifestyle through entertaining, interactive and educational events.
Treatment of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins not always simply cosmetic M
any who have varicose veins seek cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance, but there may be underlying medical concerns that need to be addressed. Varicose veins are often a symptom of venous reflux disease, which left untreated can significantly impact a person’s health and well-being. Venous reflux occurs when vein valves weaken and lead to the reversal of blood flow through the valves often presenting visually as twisted and swollen veins visible just beneath the skin. Removal of these varicose veins can prevent complications such as bleeding, ulcers, non-healing wounds and blood clots among others.
Less invasive procedures allow patients to be treated in an office setting on an outpatient basis. Patients are awake during the procedure and receive local anesthetic,” says Dr. Maini. “Assuming there are no complications, the patient experiences minimal discomfort and is able to return to their daily activities quickly.” Dr. Maini notes that sclerotherapy treatment used for removal of spider veins (the smaller vessels easily visible on the skin) is purely cosmetic but recommends those with spider veins see a professional to ensure proper course of treatment as these too are part of the spectrum of venous reflux disease.
“Many people suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, and other vascular lesions. While common risk factors include obesity, age, gender and lifestyle, heredity accounts for 75 percent of cases.” says Dr. Atul Maini a vascular surgeon with St. Joseph’s Physicians. Through minimally invasive procedures surgeons are able to satisfy the cosmetic concern, but most importantly, can identify and treat the underlying cause.
To reduce risk of venous complications, Dr. Maini suggests maintaining a healthy weight and daily exercise. “Cardiovascular activity such as walking, and running keeps leg muscles strong which aids in maintaining vascular and circulatory health,” says Dr. Maini. He advises that all patients with varicose and/or spider veins be evaluated by a medical professional to rule out additional abnormalities, especially if symptoms are causing discomfort.
Modern techniques utilizing the latest in laser technology and microphlebectomy are used to treat varicose veins. “In the past, treatments to remove veins required invasive cutting and extended healing time.
Learn more about vascular surgery services and Dr. Maini by visiting www.StJosephsPhysicians.org.
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