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here are some pretty dark metaphors for talking about secrets. “Skeletons in the closet,” “Where all the bodies are buried” or “three may keep a secret if two of them are dead”; why is it that secrets are often referred to in such a way? It lends to this death reference a lot, which creates a connection to secrets being of life-or-death consequence.
goes for us now. The things we keep secret: the addiction, the abuse, the divorce, the bankruptcy- none of it is more upsetting to the people you love than the actual act of keeping it a secret. The lengths you’ve had to go through to keep it hidden are what people end up focusing on in the end. When we’re doing that we’re like the kids who are missing the point about cleaning their room.
“Skeletons in the closet” always bothered me the most. The closet reference it makes is more relatable and scary because everyone has a reference point for having a closet, and also for hiding things away in the said closet. Think about when kids “clean” their room. Usually any of the clothes or toys that were lying around has been shoved into the closet to give the appearance of a clean room. Every parent knows this trick, mostly because every parent is guilty of using it themselves at one point or another. It’s the place that we hide things, and not just for the sake of hiding, but it gives the illusion. All else is clean.
People in recovery often say, “You’re only as sick as your secrets”; which I’ve found immensely powerful in all aspects of life. What I see time and time again are people hiding things from the ones they love. Something I question them around is their motivation for withholding this secret. Sometimes people will try to convince me or convince themselves “People won’t understand” but just the opposite is true. People will understand and the fear is there will be disappointment, guilt, and shame. We fear others will feel that way towards us because we already feel it towards ourselves.
Kids who shove stuff into the closet when they’re told to clean up think the adults will be upset about the actual stuff they’re hiding away. This is maybe a tiny bit true because likely they were either warned about it several times, or was it forbidden in their room to begin with. And while the adults might be upset about what is in the closet, most of the time what is most disappointing is the fact that the kids didn’t actually do what was asked. They took the shortcut. It leads to these larger worries about integrity, honesty, responsibility. That’s the real problem, much bigger than the messy room. I’m going to go out on a limb and say something outrageous- we need to remember this lesson from our own childhood and remember that the same
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Instead of sitting in that ugly reality, we distort things and minimize our secrets as “not a big deal” as justification for keeping it hidden from loved ones. It’s not usually an outward manipulation; we’ve really convinced ourselves that it’s not a big deal. But the truth is if something is genuinely not a big deal, there’s no reason to stuff it to the back of the closest right? It’s a huge red flag when you find yourself actively hiding something from the people you love. That’s the difference between being private and being secretive. When your private you don’t really want the whole world to know, but when it’s a secret, you don’t want anyone to know. Privacy means you might tell one or two select and trustworthy people to help you cope. A secret might feel like you can’t tell anyone.
To maintain privacy people tend to be reserved about giving details or elaborating on a subject, but when it’s a secret, people will often actively evade the topic, lie, or hide things to prevent being found out. It’s one thing to be protective and discerning over who has certain information and how it’s handled, but if it feels like the world is crumbling down for people to know, then that’s an issue. When it comes to the things you keep to yourself, really evaluate if you’re merely being private about it, or if it’s a secret. One of the biggest indicators of this is secrets are mostly ignored, and the effort is in covering them up instead of working through and fixing them. There are two things that will help you take control of the power a secret or fear has over you. The first is to shine a light on it. Yes, the very thing you’ve been actively trying to avoid will be your salvation. Darkness cannot survive in the light, but metaphorically and physically. When things are brought to the light they can be seen completely; better than just being seen is that they can be examined, evaluated, and finally understood. This second part is crucial to recovery. If you know the mechanics of how this thing works, what triggers it, the emotions it brings up in you and in others, and the antidotes that repel it, you’re in a place to finally overcome it. It’s important to feel that you’re in control of this information, it’s not controlling you. Find a tactful and respectful way to shine some light on your skeletons. It’s scary either way. That’s why such dark metaphors are always made- but a skeleton in the dark is a lot scarier than one in the light. Start by finding the line between privacy and secrecy and accept help and love in the face of this secret.
We all know secrets rarely stay as such for long. It was George Bernard Shaw that joked “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”
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s a Professional Organizer, I’m always looking for ways to be more efficient. Cell or “smart” phones, when used properly can make our lives easier and more productive. That’s a great thing! However, many people have quickly gone from using their smart phone to help them stay organized and manage their time better to becoming completely reactive every time it rings or chimes. So, the important question to ask yourself is-- are you controlling how you use your phone- or is it controlling you? Addiction may be a tough word, but if you fear that you are too attached to your phone and the instant gratification it can bring, chances are your hunch is correct. Here are a few questions to ponder• Do you check your phone multiple times while talking to or dining with people? • Do you sleep with your cell phone or is it within arm’s reach? • Would you panic if you left the house and realized you did not have your phone with you? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are not alone. 91% of American adults use a cell phone and many are completed consumed by them. Here are some tips to help limit the excessive use of your cell phone.
By: Deb Cabral *First- determine how much time you are actually spending on the phone each day. Keep track for a day or two. When we ask clients who are looking to manage their time better to do this exercise, they are often shocked by the results. *Turn off the sound alert for text, email and social media sites. Do not react immediately to every call, text or post you receive. Distractions decrease productivity. *Schedule time in your day to check messages, return calls and answer emails. Create a routine that works for you. Two to three times a day should be sufficient. Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit, so stick with it! *When in a meeting or visiting with family or friends, put your phone on vibrate or silent. I promise, after a few times it will get easier.
*Practice common courtesy. How many times have you been in church or at a movie theater and a cell phone rings? Don’t let it be yours. *Step away from the phone! Take a break for an hour or so without having your phone with you. Allowing people to constantly have access to you 24/7 can cause stress. Try it for an hour or so at night or a few hours on the weekend. Be in control of your cell phone and how you use it. It can either enhance or diminish the quality of your life. Take the steps today to create a plan that works for you. Small changes over time can yield big results. Starting is always the hardest part- so implement one tip today!
*Make human contact the priority. Give the person you are with your full attention and respect. How many of us are guilty of checking a text message while we are in the middle of a conversation with someone? Remember, we were taught to mind our manners. This includes while using your cell phone! * Do not use a cell phone when driving without a hands free device. Nothing is that important to jeopardize your safety and that of others on the road.
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othing says summer quite like sunflowers. People were able to see thousands of them in Camillus this year.
The sunflowers were situated behind the Inn Between Restaurant, located on the West Genesee Turnpike. The guests who visited could see 75,000 sunflowers spread out over 75 acres. For a small admission fee, visitors could walk the maze, which was in the shape of a wine bottle pouring wine into a glass this year. Although it might be challenging to walk the 10-acre-long maze, one only has to go as far as a few yards in order to realize the full beauty of this larger-than-life garden.
even every year, although he says that it will take some working out. The exhibit is only open for two weeks, usually in the middle of the summer. If you did not get a chance this year to view the sunflowers, we have captured some of its beauty for you to enjoy. The Inn Between Restaurant is open year-round, and boasts a delicious menu. Follow their Facebook page, The Inn Between Restaurant, and make sure to check out their video section for a drone video that shows the entire breadth of the sunflowers.
Farmer Mark Pigula is a big advocate of Camillus. It was he that started the sunflower tradition, first planting them at his house, then a park, and then behind the Inn Between Restaurant, where they have been for the last 15 years. Pigula wanted to do something special for the community, and saw his opportunity when the patch by his house gained more attention than he expected. “We all want to make our community better,” said Chris Cesta, co-owner of the restaurant. The sunflowers are a large part of that. Not only do they attract bees, but they also bring in a fair bit of tourism. The seeds of sunflowers are considered a cash crop, and are used for oil, birdseed, and food. The restaurant capitalizes on the increased bee population for honey, late-summer pollination and nectar, said Cesta. The sunflowers are planted with a corn planter. Though the flowers bloomed despite the poor rainfall, Cesta said, “The seed head development is at about 30% of what is should be.” Part of getting the flowers to bloom is getting the right seed, which comes from Croplan, a company based out of Auburn, New York. Since sunflowers are not developed for a northern climate, they place a large draw on the nutrients in the soil. This causes the sunflowers to have to be rotated, which is why they are only there every third year. Cesta hopes to shorten that to every two years or
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ur parents care for us as we grow up, and soon we are out on our own to start our lives. We begin to pull our lives together as an extension of our parents; we formulate relationships, jobs, and become self-sufficient. We never really give much thought about our parents in their golden years not being able to take care of themselves. Today, as parents reach those years, we find ourselves thinking about how to take care of them. For me, I was faced with that at the age of 24. My mother had a stoke which put her in a coma for about four months. No one had much hope that she would survive, but I did. She one day woke up and that day. Her life and mine totally changed. The stoke affected her speech, some of her long-term memory and her ability to walk. She was required to go to a nursing home for rehabilitation, which was very trying on her. Every time I would visit she would beg for me to get her out of there. When I received the call about her stroke, I was in Florida and when I returned, her once home was gone. I now had to figure out how and where to get her home. With help from my best friendâ€™s mom, I could stay with her, find a job, get an apartment and bring my mother to her new home. My mom was eventually able to walk again with a cane, but her speech truly never recovered so to understand her. You had to listen really hard to her to figure out what she was saying. In the beginning, I had to put many of my plans on hold until I could get her settled in. I found out that there were many resources available to help me keep her at home. In addition, while I was working I did not want her to be home all day by herself and found an adult day-care program. She would be able to attend
By: Mary McCandless Monday through Friday with transportation to and from the program. It was great. She could interact with others and make beautiful items along with physical and speech therapy. As time went on her needs changed as she got older and so did the need to have help to accommodate those changes. She eventually went from a cane to a walker and then a wheelchair. I needed a wheel chair ramp, hospital bed and many other items, which were all provided to me from the many
tions that you will need to address with family members. It would be perfect for the children to have their grand parents and for your parents to have the children to keep them active. Remember, if you decide to bring your parents into your home, there is help out there for all of you. If your parent was hospitalized speak with their Social Worker. He or she can get you connected with home health care organizations that will provide you with many of the items you need. In addition, many programs will assist at no or a very low cost to you. A great place to get started is the Onondaga County Office for Aging at www.ongov.net/aging. There you can find information about various services. Many counties have Adult Day Care and/or Senior Centers, find one that meets your needs.
agencies throughout Central N.Y. I am thankful for all the help I received, from my brother and outside programs, and I know within my heart that without it, my mother would not have lived another 25 fulfilled years, passing at age 83. We never expect that we would have to care for our parents, especially when we have families of our own. Where do you put them, will they disrupt your life and what about your children? These are ques-
Ariseinc.org can provide you with medical equipment, home modifications, construction of ramps and more. It is well worth visiting this site. There are also emergency response units can be set up in your home with devices that will alert you and authorities if there is an emergency when you are not at home. The services available can make it a lot easier to care for your parents in their time of need. They made my motherâ€™s life better, and I could rest easy while at work, attending classes, and socializing knowing she was ok. In the end, you will have to make some adjustments to care for your parents, but remember they are your parents. They raised you and cared for you for a good part of your life. What a great way to repay them by taking care of them now that they need you.
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Minor” Intimate Tucks There are many well-known procedures that are performed at plastic surgeons’ offices. Some of the most common to come to mind are liposuction, breast augmentations and tummy tucks. There are some not so widely known procedures that are performed frequently, but due to the discrete nature of the procedures, they are not as openly discussed. Labiaplasty is a procedure that has become increasingly popular over the past decade. This is also known as a labia minora reduction. It is a surgery that removes a portion of the inner vaginal lips usually leaving them to be hidden or barely visible within the labia majora (the outer lips). In 2013, Labiaplasty was the second fastest growing plastic surgery procedure in the U.S. (Butt augmentation was first). Labia can vary in size, shape, and color. Many of these variations are congenital in nature, meaning that women are born with different labial characteristics. Most of the variants are normal, and only occasionally are they considered defects or abnormalities. Women seek labiaplasty for many different reasons. Common functional complaints include chafing or pinching from clothing, discomfort during intercourse, or pain with activities such as biking or horseback riding. Other women are interested in having the procedure for strictly aesthetic reasons. Sometimes women feel self-conscious about the appearance of their labia due to large size or asymmetry. (Actually,
most natural labias are asymmetrical, but one-sided labiaplasty can be performed if a woman prefers.) Labia maybe stretched following childbirth or genital piercing, or they may have pigmentation that the patient does not like. There are several theories for the gain in popularity of the labiaplasty. These include the availability of pornography on the Internet, the use of photo shop to digitally change the look of the labia, the current trends for shorter grooming of pubic hair or brazilian waxes that allows for more visual exposure of genitalia and tighter fitting athletic clothing, including yoga pants. Most labiaplasty procedures can be performed in the physician’s office using local anesthesia. Alternatively, it can be performed in an operating room using general anesthesia. The procedure can take approximately one to two hours, and patients can usually go home the same day. There are two basic techniques that are used. The earliest technique was the “trim” procedure which trims the full length of the labia. That protrude beyond the outer labia, and the edge is then sutured. This carries a greater chance for loss of sensation at the edge of the labia and has more visible scarring. This is the procedure of choice for women who are interested in removing pigmentation of the protruding labia.
Image #1 Female genital cosmetic surgery A newer technique called the “wedge” technique removes a central portion of the labia and brings the two cut ends together which has a smaller scar and leaves a natural edge along the labia. This technique is most frequently used if there is a need to reduce the size of the clitoral hood. Image #2 The recovery usually only requires the patient to limit activities for a few days. However, intercourse is discouraged for approximately four weeks and vigorous activities such as biking may require a longer recuperation time. There is minimal wound care needed. Most of these procedures are self-pay, but in some cases where there is documentation of ongoing physical problems, insurance will sometimes cover the cost. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. The most common risks are bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, scarring and asymmetry. This procedure should only be performed by health care professionals with the proper training. Other common procedures performed on female genitalia include the use of fillers or fat injections for augmenting volume depleted labia, clitoral hood reduction and liposuction to improve the appearance of a heavy pubic region, just to name a few. To learn more, contact CNY Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
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olor splatters everywhere, alcohol, party life, beaches, rehab, more alcohol, DUIs, more rehabs, it ends in a terrible car accident. Her face is amazingly the only casualty. Now the doctors must put her beautiful face back together, and they are incredibly successful. This was the life of Jacqueline Colello. In the aftermath she finds a renewed faith in God, but that is not the only thing Jacqueline finds. She finds the gift that God gave her. Now she has gone home to her mother in Baldwinsville, NY at age twenty she is looking for something to do with her life. The party is over. Down in the basement of her mother’s home she fishes out a blank canvas and some paints. She brings them upstairs and lays out her findings. Purple paint is squirted into the palm of her hand, the color of royalty. Jacqueline will smear the paint across the canvas playfully to see what happens. It pleases her, and she continues the painting. She writes beYOUtiful across her colors. This becomes a signature piece at the beginning of her artistry, and she creates more of them. Jacqueline has been an artist now for three years. Her work is
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By: Audrey Levinson that of a latent prodigy. Her paintings are edgy and sassy. They are In Your Face, all terms she used in our talk about her work. They are full of colorful values and interesting perspectives. Her techniques have no limits, and I can see she is not bound to her paintbrushes. She uses pop culture as a model for her subjects. While I was in her home studio, I viewed portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Prince, The Statue of Liberty, Tupac, and biggie. They are distinctive icons of our times with no mistaking who they are. She captures the facial features magnificently and uses their essence as background. She has also created her own icon called “She Reigns Like a Boss.” It is of a queen with crown blowing a bubble from her bubble gum. Her hair covers her eyes in its glory. Apparently and in my opinion, a young queen who is unaware of the stature of her position but still reins with beauty and has a fun-loving spirit. She told me that this is the painting that gets the most attention. Of course, a modern-day queen. I asked her about Peter Max because I felt he may be one artist who inspires her. Being a self-taught artist as she is I imagined that she has learned through practice, trial and
error and observing the art of artists that have inspired her. However, Jacqueline is a busy woman these days. She spends a lot of time painting commissioned work. She expressed to me that she is also up for Artist of the Year through the Syracuse New Times popularity polls. She is looking forward to a time when she can paint what she wants to paint. She has been working on a very interesting series of Women icons that represent the moon and stars, a tornado, and a hurricane. One of her favorite quotes goes along with “Hurricane Beauty.” “Fate whispered to the warrior, you can’t withstand the storm. The warrior whispered back, I am the storm.” Jacqueline told me that she often feels like the warrior in this passage. Her iconic beauties represent the chaos of stormy life. She told me that she believes she is doing what God wants her to do and she yearns to tell her story to help empower young women the most. She truly is an inspiring artist who has been through an immensely torrid past only to come out the other side with an unearthed talent and a new faith that takes her to better places.
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here was an empty table in the corner, undoubtedly reserved for wedding guests to congregate and rest their champagne-filled flutes, but somewhere between entering the room and assessing the wedding reception a five-year-old Elizabeth Hendrickson decided that table was meant for her. Taken by sultry notes floating from sleek trumpets and saxophones, she mounted her stage and began tap dancing for what she thought was her audience.
warmth. An only child, Hendrickson spent much of her time entertaining herself with her active imagination; putting on shows for groups of captivated stuffed animals and often times captive family members.
Hendrickson was a performer, in every sense of the word. If attention was a light, she was the wild moth that flew towards its
Years later, Hendrickson’s table has transformed into a bigger stage, one with professional lights, cameras and a live
“My cousin and I had a talk show, and we used to make commercials with our video camera,” laughed Hendrickson. “I definitely had the bug when I was very young, and I liked being the center of attention, plus I never shut up.”
audience (sorry stuffed animals!). With a career spanning 15 years and four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, she is one of the most noted soap stars out there. However, daytime dramas were never on her list of things to accomplish. Broadway, that was the goal. Although born in New York City on the Upper West Side, Hendrickson lived out her childhood and adolescent days on Long Island. Being within such close proximity to the city, there was always a luster about it, and she was drawn towards its seemingly boundless skyscrapers and energetic streets. She may have been physically removed
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was a possibility and so were any schools, but out of them all she decided to attend Syracuse University. The cold weather was definitely not alluring, but she would suffer through it for a school with the third highest ranked musical theater program in the country.
from that world, but luckily there were bridges to connect her and someone to find that connection through. For years, Lester Colodny worked in New York as an agent, collaborating with artists such as Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Joan Rivers. He was a writer and a director and an advertiser. He was also Hendrickson’s grandfather and mentor. Throughout her youth, she would spend her weekends with him in the city, going to musicals and the ballet. Sitting through a performance of CATS or A Chorus Line, her favorite musical, was her idea of a day well spent.
During the first week of school, Hendrickson remembers a teacher telling her class to look around the room at their classmates and understand that only one of them— maybe—would make a professional career out of acting. That didn’t scare her though, if anything, looking at the faces of her competition only enhanced her belief that the success story would belong to her. But as autumn fell away to quickly make room for winter Hendrickson found herself feeling as grey as the clouds over Syracuse. Her castings never felt quite right and the idea of being graded on her art became more of a frustration than encouragement. An impregnable desire for freedom as an actress and as a college student started to build within her, and then there was of course that desire for the city. Syracuse was nice,
“I knew that was the
“My very first day on All My Children was with Susan Lucci, and it was the scariest, hardest thing I had ever done in my entire life. That was the day I gained a whole new respect for the entire medium,” said the soap star. “It was definitely that moment that first day, being run over by Susan Lucci in a car that made it all a little surreal. I knew that was the moment I could make a career out of this.” It was like being a part of a play, a really complicated and intricate one: secret love affairs, evil twins and the elimination of enemies. Hendrickson fell in love with the formatting of soaps because she could do a scene without stopping or tape an entire show in one day. She had thought that was only reserved for theater, but soap operas allowed her to have one foot in each world. She was now a professional actress, with a solid role and an even more solid paycheck. Who needed a college degree when everything you wanted was
moment I could make a career out of this”
“I was so lucky to spend time there, and it was definitely something that opened my eyes to theater and Broadway. That was where I got the idea in my head that performing was something I wanted to pursue,” said Hendrickson. Years later, her grandfather would be the one to take Hendrickson to get her first headshots and then bring her to her first audition when she was 15. He was her biggest advocate, the person she went to for everything. He made show business look fun, and completely attainable. When it came time to apply for college, musical theater was clearly Hendrickson first choice, and it neither scared nor surprised her family. Having grown up around artists, there wasn’t a moment where she felt unsupported in her dreams. Any aspiration
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Her first major audition and offer were for the role of Frankie Stone on All My Children, which would later become one of her most career defining characters. It was the best news she had ever gotten, except soap operas really weren’t her thing. When given the choice between watching daytime soap operas or The Price Is Right when home sick from school, The Price Is Right won out every time. She even made sure to tell her agent that she specifically didn’t want to do soaps.
with its open landscape, friendly residents and cute stores, but it wasn’t where Hendrickson saw herself at that point in her life. She just “couldn’t imagine spending anything else at Syracuse. I was also very cold, and I missed home a little bit. So I decided to quit Syracuse and move to the city.” There she enrolled at Fordham College at Lincoln Center during her junior year and randomly changed her degree to journalism. She still doesn’t know why till this day. While Hendrickson wasn’t busy writing essays or reading articles, she was taking non-credit classes at NYU Tisch School of the Arts as a part of Stonestreet Screen Acting Conservatory. Excited to hone in on her craft, she took every class she could from commercial to ballet to film, and since a credit theater program didn’t tie her down anymore she was able to start going on auditions.
Liz (Chloe Mitchell) and Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) Courtesy JPI Studios coming true, right? Wrong—or at least, that’s what her parents said when she broke the news that she intended to quit school. Both of them couldn’t quite understand her decision, but it was her stepfather who was convinced Hendrickson was going crazy and would be making the biggest mistake of her life if she did. She had always been busy and used to doing multiple things at once, but this was a new level: long days on set coupled with 90 pages of reading material a week and writing projects. It all seemed to matter less, especially since she didn’t even want to be a journalist. School seemed a little nonsensical when she was finally doing the kind of work she wanted to do all along. Her parents didn’t have to take care of her anymore. She could pay her bills and afford her own lifestyle, and so it was set: she quit.
career. She has had all these opportunities and choices to make, and rarely has she second-guessed herself, instead choosing to go with her first instinct. She says that’s why she has the career she does, because she made bold choices from a young age and never strayed from the path she envisioned for herself. Frankie wasn’t the first step, but it was a great one. Hendrickson was able to really delve into the role and create the character from the ground up with her acting coach at the time. Frankie was only a three-month contract, a plot-device to further along a murder-mystery storyline, but Hendrickson took the time to develop her aspects, from her walk to what she wore. She was from “the wrong side of the tracks” so she made her more tomboyish and grungy.
“The weird thing is, I look back, and I realize I never really doubted myself,” said Hendrickson. “You never know until you try, and I always had that [confidence] when I was younger. I always knew that I would be okay no matter what at the end of the day.”
Sexy and witty, rough yet sensitive, Frankie—and Hendrickson—charmed her way into audiences’ hearts. So much so that when she got killed off the show fans started a petition to bring her back. Writers later wrote Hendrickson back into the series as Maggie Stone, Frankie’s light and optimistic identical twin sister.
If anything, that’s the one thing that has surprised Hendrickson the most about her
After four years on All My Children, Hendrickson decided to leave the show
for California, once again proving to her parents that she was a little crazy and irrational. Despite having a stable job in the city she loved, she realized she had never lived outside of New York and wanted to know what pilot season in L.A. was all about. So, she moved to California despite only knowing one friend. As soon as she landed she started auditioning and doing a bunch of guest appearances, and then the writers’ strike happened. The whole industry seemed to freeze, but somehow Hendrickson managed to land a recurring role with The Young and the Restless as Chloe after the head of CBS Daytime saw her in a oneact for the show. “I just really fell in love with the studio, with the people I was working with, and I loved my role—I had never played anything like that. I had never played a b— before, and I was having so much fun,” said Hendrickson. “I had never played something so opposite from myself, and then six weeks turned into six months, which turned into six years.” Hendrickson played the edgy stylist until 2014 when she decided to part ways with the show and try new ventures to help her evolve as an actress. During her break, she was a guest star on shows such as NCIS,
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“ I’m better all around when I am working ” Photos Courtesy JPI Studios
Liz (Chloe Mitchell) with the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) Casual and even The Young and the Restless, but she missed working every day. When you’ve been working consistently for years, downtime starts to lose its shine very quickly. So when the show called to ask her back, she said yes. She wasn’t given any major plot specifics, but she knew it was going to be big, and since she was available signing on just made sense. “I’ve realized I’m better all around when I’m working. I’m saner. I’m happier, and I think the break that I had was needed but there’s nothing better than when you go back, and you have somewhere to go every day,” said Hendrickson. And she admits she’s pretty lucky to make a living doing what she loves because that’s not very easy to come by. But it wasn’t like she happened upon her career one day; it was years of doing workshops and taking classes and auditioning. Hendrickson has been able to find a home in acting and make a home out of LA her home. It is tough though, being so far away from her family, some of whom reside in Upstate New York. She always misses her family and New York, so she still makes sure to visit when she can. Hendrickson admits the area is exceedingly beautiful, and she would love to live there one day, but there’s just something addicting about the California sun and the Hollywood buzz. There is where she seems to be at her best, where she gets to perform in front of her audience and make them feel something. That, she will always be restless for.
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Pushed into Battle. And Winning. Jessica Ellis fought breast cancer with a broken heart
hy, seemingly, do some people get put to the test? Why do some suffer more than others? Why do some get bad news when they’re already grieving? Is there something to be learned? Is it for all of us to learn? Sometimes I am lucky enough to meet and speak with extraordinary people in our community. When our Editor-in-Chief asked me to meet with Jessica Ellis, Jessica didn’t just tell me her story. She taught me her story. She taught me patience. She taught me strength. She taught me courage. She
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By: Kristen Penfield
taught me how to keep going – with a broken heart and a tireless attitude. We want to share her story so you, too, can learn from her experience. For 32 years Jessica Ellis’ father, David McGuire lived with Hepatitis C. They refused to let it interfere with their lives. McGuire adored his daughters. Jessica (and her older sister) spent a lot of time with their father and would laugh that he loved his motorcycle almost as much as he loved his girls. As he aged, however, the, Hep C began taking over; he began hallucinating,
battling psoriasis and getting sicker. But that is not what took his life. “My father was my true hero. He raised me and my sister, and we were extremely close,” Ellis said. “When he passed away in a motorcycle accident two years ago, my world changed. My heart broke,” she added. Ellis was desperately grieving the man she loved so much. At the same time, as her father’s death, Ellis was also trying to get answers for her son, Jaden (12) who was diagnosed at
“I was in shock, because it is not in my family history” age three with Autism. “Jaden was in a different school district [than he is now] and was struggling. He didn’t like the school and fought daily with his me about not going. We were in the middle of looking for houses to move and make changes for our son that were desperately needed,” said Ellis. Their difficult search continued to find the right school, home and options for their son, all while trying to mend Ellis’ grieving heart. Four months later, Ellis was driving to the veterinary hospital with their sick dog, Lucy, whom they adored, when she received a phone call from her Doctor. ‘You have breast cancer,’ is what she was told. “I was in shock, because it is not in my family history,” Ellis said. Lucy passed away. Two months later, she had lumpectomy surgery. She was diagnosed as Triple Negative Breast Cancer. (This means that the breast cancer tumor cells do not express the gene for the Estrogen or progesterone hormones. Normal breast tissue cells have estrogen and progesterone, which stimulate cell growth). Ellis swiftly began to deal with what was mounting on her plate. “My husband Shawn and my sister were my rock. I am getting through much of this because of them,” credits Ellis. She decided to fight hard, no matter what it took. “I waited 32 years to have the child I’ve always wanted. I love my husband. I will not leave my boys,” said Ellis. Ellis never dreamed that at age 43, she would be handed such unexpected blows, so early in life.
lot more now, too,” Ellis said. Slowly, they are returning to normal family life and learning how to handle fears. “I stopped being angry. My husband was awesome through everything,” Ellis said, “Especially considering he can’t cook,” she joked. Ellis and her husband Shawn have devoted more time to raising money for Autism research. They began a not-for-profit, ‘Rock Autism’ yearly event to raise money for The Seaver Autism Center and Research and Treatment, in New York City. “Attitude is everything,” Ellis stated. “Whatever hits you hard, don’t let it control your life. I am not defined by Breast Cancer. My son is not defined by Autism. We are here to live. Fight the negative thoughts,” she added. Recently, Ellis was relaxing near her garden, watching her husband and son playing in the back yard. She said, “I just want what makes me happy. I don’t want to be a millionaire. I want these two guys. I want these two dogs. I want this garden. I’ve got a really good life.”
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FALL IS HERE! ARE YOU READY FOR WINTER? he sights of Fall bring changing leaves, cooler days and nights with ultimately the snow. This is the time when we put away our summer toys and prepare for the weather ahead. As with all preparations, we need to make sure that our car is in tip-top shape to handle the upcoming harsh winter.
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n our radar for this fall faux and real fur pieces and accents, soft romantic looks, suede, and animal prints. Color palettes spotted on the runway include saturated earth tones such as olive, camel, and burgundy. Mid to deep tones of blue are perfect for the denim pieces in your wardrobe! Primary reds and even strong yellows give a daring jolt to the traditional fall palette. To prepare for the holidays, pick up some metallic pieces to give a sophisticated look to your basic black clothing. New outerwear looks include bomber jackets with graphic pins, asymmetrical wrap coats, and ponchos. Puffers continue to be strong and classic motorcycle jackets have evolved into shearling flight jackets. Here a versatile micro-suede jacket in classic camel can be both casual and sophisticated. Add a simple tank, jeans, booties, and a statement tassel necklace to complete the look with just the proper amount of sparkle. Other trends in outerwear are patent leather, menswear silhouettes, and military inspired navy coats. Fur and fur trim give all the new outerwear a luxe look. A cozy fur trimmed vest in black or grey will help you transition with style from fall to the holiday season. Romantic fabrics such as velvet, lace, and brocade provide a retro feel this holiday season. Frills and sheer looks are the ultimate feminine statement; especially when paired with Victorian style velvet chokers. The approaching holiday season will really give this look a chance to shine.
New arm candy trends include structured handbags with top handles and saddle bags for versatile organization on the go! Purse accessories are as important to your overall fashion statement as your handbag. Pick up a fur pom pom in your favorite color or trendy leopard that can be easily clipped to any purse or tote for a fun new look! Patent leather materials and tassel charms also add a fresh gleam to bags and shoes. Of course fall is the season for boots! This year, both over the knee and ankle boots will continue to be popular. The new chunky heel will replace the stiletto in both pumps and the new mules!! Yay comfort!!!! Fall fashion is always fun and exciting to shop forâ€Ś.there is a fabulous variety of new looks out there for you to tryâ€Śrock your own look this fall 2016!
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I’m like the grandmother that I always threw up on. I’m only gonna show you one I promise.” She reaches into her purse and picks out her iPhone. In a matter of seconds, we’re “Awww-ing” at her beautiful baby granddaughter. Kimberly’s blue eyes light up as she lovingly brags about her wonderful family. “My greatest pride in being a woman is my great family,” she says with an honest smirk. But the steps to this happy place were nothing close to easy. Townsend is a real-life mascot for the saying, “hard work pays off.” New Hampshire native, Kimberly Townsend found herself a single mother of three at 30 years old with only a high school diploma. Times were tough, but her motivation was tougher. Working two jobs for six and a half years while taking care of her children and trying to stay afloat, Townsend never lost sight of the finish line. A Bachelor’s Degree, MBA, and a Law Degree later, Kimberly proved herself. “I knew I had to make a plan of how I was going to take care of myself and my children, and that plan was to seek education to try to create a career path for myself,” says Townsend. When asked how in the world she made all of it happen, she says, “I really couldn’t have done it without a lot of support. My
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By: Abbey Adams three daughters were very proud of me and supportive of me as I was sometimes studying and not available.” Her daughter Virgie recalls, “She used to study at a small folding table, and she’d sit there for hours at a time highlighting her textbooks and making flashcards. She was incredibly focused because she knew my sisters, and I depended on her.” Townsend has a very nurturing way about her. She seems like the type of mom who would offer to have sleep overs at her house complete with buttery popcorn, the best movies, and fuzzy blankets for all. It’s evident how important being a mother is to her. She says, “Mothering, being a mother is like the most important thing that I’ve done and personally the most meaningful.” Townsend re-married 14 years ago, and combined the two have six children. “A big family is a bit crazy, but fun.” She couldn’t help but gloat about her husband, referring to him as a “Saint.” Townsend says, “I just don’t know if I personally could’ve done as much as I have done without his support.” She proceeded to explain how helpful he is, running errands, picking up children, fixing cars, reminding her to study or write. He is the anchor for her fast-moving boat even on the windiest of days. Her husband John admires Kimberly’s tenacity and compas-
sion saying, “She is very goal oriented, and while working extremely hard to achieve a goal, she never treats anyone with anything other than compassion, empathy and honesty.” Not only does she excel in her personal life, but her trek to professionalism is one worth reading about. After acquiring a job at Welch Allyn, a manufacturer of medical diagnostic devices, monitoring systems, etc. Townsend was on her way to success. She describes her time at Allyn as “life changing.” In a relatively short period of time, she went from having a high school degree to being an attorney with one of the premiere companies in the area. Townsend also taught a class at Syracuse University titled, “Managing in a Global
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“ I knew I had to make a plan of how I was going to take care of myself and my children.” Environment.” Although teaching was never on the menu for her, she did enjoy the atmosphere saying one day she could see herself teaching again. Now, Kimberly’s long days are spent at Loretto (founded in 1926), a healthcare organization which provides a variety of services for older adults throughout Central New York. They have 2,500 employees, 7,000 people in their system every year, and are the fourth largest health system in CNY Counties. Townsend served on the board for 12 years and was a chair of the board for two and a half years. She is now CEO of the organization and has been in that role for two and a half years. Loretto is more complex than you think. It is compiled of almost four different businesses; skilled nursing, short term rehab, pace managed care program, and housing portfolios. Townsend says, “I just want to continue the honor, legacy, and work that the people who came before me have done…not only providing high-quality jobs to people in this community but also to serve people in the community regardless of their ability.”
my family or doing something I’m very passionate about.” Her husband John says, “Those lucky enough to come in contact with her, both personally and professionally, are able to tap into a wonderful source of wisdom and strength.”
her mother’s impact on her life, saying, “Almost everything I know comes from my mom, from how to comfort a sick child to setting high, but achievable career goals. But the most important lesson she taught me is that short-term sacrifices are worth their long-term benefits. Doing the hard, sometimes uncomfortable work in front of you is what opens Life notes from Kimberly: doors.” One word to describe her mother? She says, “perseverance.” “Don’t put pressure on yourself” After only speaking with Kimberly What is a day in the life of for close to an hour, I understand a CEO? Kimberly takes a “Learn as much as you can” why her daughter describes her deep breath and says, “Exwith that one word. The CEO of tremely busy, probably 12“Learn and be open to new opportunities” Loretto could write a book of the 14-hour days; meeting with dos and don’ts of business, life, and people, encouraging people “Just do the next thing.” motherhood. She has a wealth of within my organization, experience most people don’t have dreaming for the organiza“Expect to work hard and don’t expect it to be and continues to remain a positive tion, taking the steps neceasy.” light in many peoples’ lives. “Every essary to get us there, and day I am incredibly impressed and inspire people to come along “Value relationships and relationships with inspired by the people that are on that journey.” Townsend people at every level.” around me,” she says, “The single remains a motivator and women head of households who face of the company, but “Maintain a sense of humor.” work for us who sometimes, in she is also a team player and their lives, face incredible challengunderstands the importance es but come in everyday seeking to of working together for the deliver the highest quality of care common good. She stays to people who are in their most involved in her community vulnerable times in life.” She looks at me through community service as well as serv- She also remains a great role model for women everywhere saying, “I think it’s very with a serious honesty and says, “I find that ing on several boards. Being a good person important to be resilient. Particularly for incredibly inspiring and I’m also grateful is the exact model she wants her children women I think you have to not only work because there are so many people who have to follow and continues to pursue greatness smarter but you have to work harder.” been helpful to me and helpful to Loretto.” as much as she can. In terms of free time, Townsend says, “If I’m not working or Townsend’s daughter Virgie, told me about writing (her dissertation), I’m either with
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ver 25 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, but the numbers may be even higher in many cases going undiagnosed. The disorder causes those affected to briefly stop breathing for about ten seconds or more while asleep as a result of throat muscles relaxing, the uvula falling against the back of the trachea and blocking the airway. A major side effect of sleep apnea is daytime sleepiness, and it has also been linked to high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes. In an attempt get a better understanding of sleep apnea and how it truly impacts people I sat down with Drs. Xandria and Brian Pollard, dentists and owners of Smile Design, D.D.S. in Liverpool. You may wonder, what could dentists possibly know about a sleeping disorder? However, when it comes to matters of the throat, they know a lot. Amari Pollard: Is one more likely to suffer from sleep apnea because of their sleeping position? Dr. Xandria: There is a greater possibility of sleep apnea when people sleep on their backs. Dr. Brian: If you’re lying on your back, you’re relaxed and your jaw tends to fall backwards. Your tongue then falls back, resting against the uvula and blocking the airway. So you’ll find when some people sleep on their backs they snore, but if they roll over on their side or sleep on their front, they don’t.
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By: Amari D. Pollard Is it hereditary? DB: Well, just from a structural point of view. Neck size and body type may show greater proclivity for sleep apnea. Structurally you inherit certain genetic features from your parents, such as body type, and there are certain ones that make people more prone to having sleep apnea. Why does sleep apnea so often go undiagnosed? DB: It goes undiagnosed because a lot of people are not aware. They don’t know what [sleep apnea] is, so they don’t even know it’s something they should be concerned about. Since it’s getting more exposure now and becoming a topic, more people are talking about. They’ll see it [discussed] on TV, they’ll read articles about it––the general public is becoming better educated. The reason it goes undiagnosed is because a lot of people just think they snore, but they’re not necessarily correlating snoring with sleep apnea. How do doctors diagnose it? DX: Sleep apnea really takes what is called an interdisciplinary approach, meaning the doctor will diagnose the patient first through a sleep apnea test. They put the patient through a series of sleep tests, and then once it’s diagnosed that’s when the dentist comes in. DB: Sometimes patients come in, and their complaint is not about sleep apnea. Their complaint is that their spouse
complains that they snore too much. Their main thing is, they want a device to alleviate snoring. So we make devices for snoring, but we also make devices for sleep apnea, which are similar devices, but the ones that are going to be covered by insurance require a diagnosis of sleep apnea by a physician. Are there other side effects other than snoring and feeling tired? DB: Other side effects are death. Your brain is getting less oxygen and when it gets to the point where your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen, then the brain, which is supposed to give you that reflex to make you gasp and wake up doesn’t necessarily do that. What does the device that you make to help with sleep apnea look like? DB: It’s a double mouthguard. It goes over your upper arch and your lower arch. The device pulls the lower jaw forward so that the uvula isn’t able to close the airway. Is there an age group that sleep apnea affects most? DX: Sleep apnea seems to be most common among those in their late 30s and older. DB: I would once again go back to body type. As you get older, you tend to put on weight so that may be why it appears to impact older people the most.
What is your opinion on the CPAP machine? DB: The CPAP machine is very effective. The problem with it is that people tend not to like it so they don’t wear it long enough for it to be effective. The CPAP forces oxygen into the airway, so even though you have that obstruction, air is being forced in and you’re getting your air saturation. What else should people know about this disorder? DX: Just because you snore doesn’t mean you necessarily have sleep apnea. So if your snoring, but you see other signs, then talk to your primary doctor about it. DB: It is important to know that a lot of medical insurance companies will cover the devices for sleep apnea, but it requires a medical diagnosis. Some dentists do sleep tests. However, you’re better off getting diagnosed through a physician because they will determine the level of sleep apnea and whether they think it’s prudent to use a mouthpiece or a CPAP. SMILE DESIGN, D.D.S., P.C. BRIAN A. POLLARD, D.D.S., M.P.H. and XANDRIA N. SUTHERLAND-POLLARD, D.D.S. 7655 Oswego Road Liverpool, N.Y. 13090 A shared love for art and technology attracted both Drs Xandria and Brian Pollard to dentistry. She loved sculpting and he loved drawing with pencils and charcoal. Designing and shaping smiles appealed to their artistic sides, while the chemistry behind the compounds they utilized in dentistry appealed to their scientific backgrounds. A chance to revitalize an older practice brought them to work in the Liverpool area twenty years ago. Their practice, a renovated split level home, allows them to provide their services in a warm, friendly atmosphere while employing state of the art technology. Digital radiographs, single visit crowns and digital impressions are just some of the techniques employed at Smile Design, D.D.S., P.C. Stop by, pay the practice a visit and see if their temperament and services are compatible with yours, I am sure the answer will be yes.
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The Holidays!!! By: Mary Ann Pierce, CLU
We are starting to see the commercials on TV (already!) Stores everywhere are putting out Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving decorations – and Christmas decorations! After all, there are only 13+ weeks left until the Holidays (Christmas, and Hanukkah are the same weekend this year!) This is hard to believe, considering that the New York State Fair has just finished, and school has just begun.
worry about size or color. One size fits all! There are many restaurants that will offer “extras” if you purchase your gift certificates there. I saw one local restaurant offer an extra $25 gift certificate for every $100
The Holiday season can be a time of great stress for a lot of people. Many of us will go overboard on extravagant gifts and celebrations, and then spend the first several months of 2017 wondering how we will ever repay these debts. However, even if you haven’t started yet, it’s still not too late to save some money for those Holiday gifts, or to begin thinking of ways to keep this year’s spending under control.
If there is someone on your list who you absolutely must buy a personal gift for, then of course you should do that. That still does not mean that you need to overspend to have a personal, much-appreciated gift.
First, write down everyone who is on your list for a gift this year. You may want to set a limit as to how much you will spend per person. Then total up how much you will need to have set aside for gifts. It sounds simple; however, just the act of putting something in writing is often all we need in order to have a plan, and to stick to it.
Because, when you come right down to it, the Holidays are really about spending quality time with our close friends and family – sharing a meal or making a memory – not about the quantity or expense of gifts. An d if we are not stressed out about how much we have spent on the gifts; we will have that much more energy left to enjoy the important things in life, which money cannot buy.
If there are thirteen weeks to go, and you need to have $600 by the end of that thirteen weeks, then you will need to save nearly $50 per week to have that money to shop with. You could also look at it as though you have $50 per week to spend on Holiday gifts (in case you want to avoid the crush of last-minute shoppers!) One way to keep on budget is to buy gift certificates. This may sound unexciting in that you don’t really get to shop for “the perfect gift” for everyone. However, a gift certificate to a favorite store or restaurant is always welcome, and you don’t need to
price. Why not take advantage of some of these? Another way to keep gift giving costs under control is to agree with friends and family not to overspend. Again, it sounds simple. If one person brings up the idea, you would be surprised at how many people will be on board. You may choose names out of a hat (instead of buying from everyone) or choose only to buy for children. This helps everyone to control costs.
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