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Grand Rapids

January 2011

decor trends be organized


what’s your happiness quotient? healthy weight

getting a good night’s sleep

beauty essentials Carol Hendershot, Expressions of Grace Yoga

What’s New?

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Faces in Health Care

Andy Paige Beauty & Style Expert Starting Over and TLC’s Ten Years Younger Glam Squad Beauty Boot Camp – All Three Days

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The People Who Make It Happen . . . Publisher/Owner Victoria Upton victoria @ Editor in Chief Angela Klinske angela@

January 2011 Health & Happiness

Creative Inspiration Coffee Health Writer Robyn Hubbard, MD Beauty Guru Marianne Bockheim Lifestyle Writer Janice Lynne Lundy Fashionista Sara Cosgrove Contributing Writers Ashley Cole Nikki Robertson Mary Dykstra MBA, CPO Mary PreFontaine, R.Ph, FAAFM Jerri Schmidt Photography Daniel E. Johnson Ruth Parbel

SALES Sales Manager Roxanne O’Neil Sales Representatives: Shelley Funk Lynée Karamol

Health & Happiness 4 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep ........................................6 Getting Fit Goes Beyond Lifting Weights ....................................8 4 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight ......................................19 Reaching Your Goals in 2011 ....................................................29 Jumping Rope: Not Just for Kids................................................30

Broaden Your Horizons What’s Your Happiness Quotient? ..............................................4 The New Financial Reality: Transformation ..............................32 Reader’s Lounge ........................................................................38

Interior Ideas Bringing Design Trends into Your Home without Breaking the Bank ......................................................10 Conquer Your Clutter: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals ......................28

Looking & Feeling Good From Drab to Fab ........................................................................20 Beauty Essentials from the Inside Out ....................................24

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Coming in February 2011

Matters of the Heart

Women’s Health Post Partum Depression: More than Just Baby Blues? ............26 Linking Cortisol Production to Stress..........................................31

Recipes Kiwi Mediterranean Kiwi Couscous ................................................12 Kiwi Mint Lemonade ................................................................12 Soyummy Soft Soy Tacos............................................................................22 Soy and Spinach Artichoke Dip ..............................................22 Lemon Tofu Cheesecake ........................................................22

Faces of Health Care Troy J. LeBaron, O.D. ..................................................................16 William T. Cullen, M.D., F.A.C.S...................................................17 Ronald D. Ford, M.D., F.A.C.S.....................................................17 Melissa A. Sandman, M.D., F.A.C.S. ..........................................18

Around Town Faces & Places ............................................................................27 Events Calendar..........................................................................33

Women Who Inspire Carol Hendershot, Expressions of Grace Yoga........................14

Cover photo by Ruth Parbel

January 2011


What’s Your


(Happiness Quotient)? Janice Lynne Lundy

Have you checked your happiness quotient lately? How happy are you – really? I like to imagine that on any given day, I can pause and gage my happiness quotient (HQ), an inner barometer with a contentment range of one (lowest) to 10 (highest). Today, I’d say I’m at a nine. You? I firmly believe happiness is an inside job. Real, lasting happiness comes and stays as a welcome guest when my mind and heart are pleased and satisfied. If your HQ is low today, I’d like to invite you to consider two very important principles and their supporting practices. They can boost your happiness barometer to enjoyable new heights:

Your Most Predominant Thought What do you think about most often? When you take a moment to notice your thoughts, what preoccupies you? If you’re like most people, your mind may focus on what’s wrong. That’s the nature of the human mind. Its default setting is negative. It naturally drifts off to troublesome scenarios. It scans your horizon, seeking security and comfort; noticing what it doesn’t like or wants to be different. As a result, we easily find ourselves lost in thoughts of worry or regret, fear or anxiety. Doesn’t it make sense that if we’re spending much of our time focused on what’s wrong – albeit, unconsciously – that we might feel unhappy or discontent? If we want to feel happier, we’ll need to practice shifting our attention toward what feels good, right or true. The mind is quite elastic and trainable, and we can literally point it toward something new. With time and practice, focus and concentration, we can retrain our brain. Begin by stopping yourself at regular intervals throughout the day to notice what you are thinking. Stop, look, listen and feel. Then consciously choose to think about something else; something positive, hopeful, appreciative or joyful. Notice how different this makes you feel. You’ll need to engage in this process again and again for the mind to catch on. Give it at least 21 days of practice. What we focus on expands. Patiently, we retrain ourselves, and how we respond to life. We’re switching our mind’s default setting to happiness!

Your Most Predominant Mind Pattern Each of us has very specific ways in which our mind works. We have deeply embedded patterns and story lines, likely sourced in childhood events, that have become habituated ways of thinking – and they tend to run us. And they can cause undue stress. For example, many women have “worry mind.” We mull incessantly over what might happen in the future to ourselves or to our loved ones. Another pattern is “busy mind.” With the frenetic pace of our lives, this is not surprising. The faster we go, the busier our minds get. “Busy mind” can cause anxiety levels to escalate. Both of these mind patterns can be extremely debilitating, causing severe stress and culminating in poor health.


One of my predominant mind patterns is “planning mind.” Being a teacher by training and calling, I often find myself lost in thought, creating lesson plans for an online class I teach, blog posts, or simply planning out my life months ahead of time. I seem to think that allowing my mind to behave in this way will bring peace of mind. In reality, it often creates feelings of anxiousness or overwhelm. Use the “Stop, Look, Listen, and Feel” process with your predominant mind pattern too. Simply notice it, name it and, with the assistance of some deep breaths, let it go. Turn your attention to something else. In time, you can rewire your thinking to be less rigid, more flexible and workable. No matter your mind pattern, you can work with it successfully. And please know this: there is no shame in having a particular “kind” of mind. It is simply a result of being human! Choice by choice, we can shift how we respond to our minds. We do not have to be run ragged by pesky thoughts or mind patterns. Infuse yourself with passion to be happier and you will be. Take good care of your mind and I’m confident you’ll see the HQ scale tip mightily in your favor.

Janice Lynne Lundy is an Interfaith Spiritual Director, retreat leader, author and the woman behind Buddha Chick™. Visit her website to learn more:

January 2011

Editor’s Letter A new year invites us to explore steps toward self improvement. Many of us can admit we set a resolution or two, and it’s no secret that people who set goals – and write them down – enjoy more success with achieving those goals. With health and wealth most likely to top our list of resolutions, Women’s LifeStyle offers insight on both of these topics this month. Whether you prefer a gym, class or being outdoors, Michigan has much to offer. Before you let snowy weather keep you locked up inside, consider the winter wonderland we live in. Among the snowy hills, icy lakes and public parks lies an endless list of opportunities to get out and get active. From ice skating and snow walking to skiing and fort building, the opportunities are as boundless as the number of snowflakes that fall from the sky. Indoors, choose from dance, yoga, even spinning. This month, we talk with Carol Hendershot about the benefits of yoga. Grand Rapids has set some health-related goals of its own, including building its reputation as a destination for quality health care. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital opens this month, offering an additional 206 beds and 150 pediatric physicians in 40 pediatric specialties. This town also has many specialists for women and their families, and they are featured in this month’s “Faces in Medicine” profiles. After a holiday season that sometimes sends us into a spending frenzy, we tend to balance that spending with saving and organizing in the New Year. Our new “Conquer Your Clutter” columnist, Mary Dykstra MBA, CPO, offers insight on setting goals this year, while local financial expert Jerri Schmidt weighs in on personal finances.

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A New You for 2011 By Kathy Hyink, LMSW ACSW You already know that your state of mind affects every area of your life. When your attitude is positive, you feel energetic, motivated and congenial. When your attitude is negative, you feel tired, frustrated and anti-social. Do negative thoughts outweigh the positive more often than you would like? Why not make NOW your time to change? Why not celebrate 2011 by giving yourself the ultimate gift: a refreshed and re-invigorated YOU . . . a YOU ready to take on whatever challenges life brings your way. But where do you start? Self-help programs? Psychotherapy? Medications? Prayer? Nutritional supplements? All these things have their place. Although sometimes no matter what you may try, your quest to smash the negativity from your life seems like a losing battle. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be. Perhaps you’ve read articles here in the past and wondered if my program would help. My clients – who range from business people and civic leaders to mothers, fathers, teachers and students – are pleasantly surprised when they

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Ways to

Get a Better Night’s Sleep


iving a healthy lifestyle goes far beyond diet and exercise. Working to alleviate stress and getting enough sleep are two major factors to a healthier you. Improve your overall health and well-being throughout each day with these four tips:

Establish everyday healthy habits. Diet and exercise are essential for a good night’s sleep. Regular exercise in the morning or during the day, for just 30 minutes, will help you fall into a deeper sleep and wake up with more energy. Avoiding caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants will increase your quality of sleep as well. Also, staying away from heavy, fatty foods at dinnertime will promote a healthier digestive system. By eating at least two hours before bed, your body will be able to digest food more easily, which will help to keep you from tossing and turning.

what your body is trying to say. Keep in mind that staying on a regular sleep schedule will keep you feeling more energized in the morning. Set the mood. The quality of sleep is as just as important as the number of hours you are sleeping. Without the proper sleep environment, your body becomes more vulnerable to diseases and your immune function decreases. Making simple changes to your sleep environment will help you sleep better. Try avoiding bright lights, TV, texting, loud music and computers. Leave your busy day at the bedroom door and reserve your bed for sleep and downtime only so your body will prepare itself for sleep mode once your head hits the pillow. – WL

Just relax. Performing daily relaxing rituals, like yoga or meditation, will help calm your mind and body from a stressful, busy day. If you don’t have the time to spend stretching out in a yoga pose, try reading a book, catching up with your family around the living room, or sipping chamomile tea before bed. Making small changes like these are bound to keep you more relaxed, with plenty of peace of mind and primed for a restful night of sleep. Tossing and turning? If you’re having trouble relaxing and falling into a deep sleep, try logging a sleep diary for one week, and list the time you went to bed, fell asleep, any night-time awakening, and the time you wake up. Calculate your average hours of sleep and look for patterns throughout the week. By observing what your body is telling you, you can make adjustments to get a deeper rest. Sleep is how the body rejuvenates so it’s essential that you get at least eight hours per night. If you’re regularly getting more than eight hours of sleep a day and still feel tired, consider seeing a physician to determine


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G e t t i n g

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Beyond Lifting Weights courtesy of Metro


etting fit does not necessarily have to include weight training. While weight training can be a valuable means to getting healthier and shedding pounds, there are a host of other exercise options that can lead to very positive results.



Spinning is a popular and valuable alternative exercise option. However, because it can be so demanding, spinning can be a tough routine for those making a lifestyle change. Once you’ve gotten into an exercise groove, spinning might be something to explore. Often set to aggressive, pulsating music, spinning involves riding a stationary bike through demanding courses featuring hills and other difficult terrain.

For those who subscribe to the idiom that “variety is the spice of life,” fusion classes (also known as total body conditioning) classes could be the perfect fit. That’s because such classes are a combination of other classes. Because they combine so many different elements, these classes tend to run a little longer in length, oftentimes exceeding an hour in length. The benefit of these is that they build up your cardiovascular as well as muscular strength.

Aqua aerobics Aqua aerobics which consists of intense cardio movements mixed with some strength training. The chief benefit of a good aqua aerobics workout is that it will work all your muscle groups with low impact on joints.

Dance Shake, wiggle and shimmy yourself into shape by participating in dance classes. With offerings such as ballroom, belly dancing, hip-hop, salsa and tango you’re sure to find a class that you’ll enjoy. A side benefit is you won’t be reluctant to be the first one the dance floor at the next shindig.

Pilates The popularity of pilates classes is now so great that many gyms offer classes several times per day. Not unlike yoga, pilates is both a physical and mental exercise. The exercises themselves can be quite demanding, focusing on stretching and breathing that strengthens the abdominal core.

Abdominals Few people look at their abs and don’t think they could use some work. That said, nearly every gym offers a class focusing strictly on abdominal exercises. These usually range anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes in length. Anything longer than that might cause painful and unnecessary muscle strain, so beware of ab classes that might be longer than 30 minutes, especially if you’ve only recently gotten back into exercise.


An activity such as yoga is one which doesn’t involve any heavy lifting but can pay numerous dividends to mental and physical health.

Group Exercise From fitness bootcamps through outdoor fitness excursions, working out with others adds structure to your workout sessions. Participating with a group can also increase your motivation and encouragement from exercise buddies helps create consistency. Exercise groups make working out fresh and fun with variety of exercises and locales.

Yoga Arguably no alternative exercise class is more widely known than yoga. A centuries-old Hindu discipline aimed at promoting control over the body and mind, yoga classes are offered at nearly every gym or fitness center across the country. Much of yoga is concerned with helping you become stronger, more balanced, focused, and flexible. If you’re looking for a noncompetitive environment where you can move at your own pace, this might be the best workout program for you.

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How to Bring Trends into Your Home (without breaking the bank) Story and photos by Ashley Cole


his year’s design inspirations continue to include the use of real materials and finishes, such as natural patina on woods and metals. “Going green” is no longer a trend; it’s becoming standard in the design industry. While 2010 was about subtle comfort, the New Year brings bolder designs, colors and a touch of glamour, such as putting a graphic modern print textile on a traditional style chair. Grey is the new beige. You’ll see it mixed with colors such as purple and yellow, as well as on its own by layering matte and shiny tones together.

You can incorporate the latest design trends into your home’s décor without breaking the bank. Focus more attention on creating timeless spaces that reflect your individuality more than copying what is splashed across glossy magazine covers. Here are some ways to incorporate the latest trends into your current décor:

“. . . the New Year brings bolder designs, colors and a touch of glamour, such as putting a graphic modern print textile on a traditional style chair. Feel good with “soft” goods. Investing in soft goods with a shorter lifespan such as pillows, bedding, towels and throw rugs, is an easy and affordable way to incorporate a new color or trendy pattern. You’ll get your fix without making a major investment on long-term furnishings, and when a new trend comes along, you can simply swap out the soft goods for new ones. Paint. By far you get the most bang for your buck with the magic of a couple gallons of paint and some sweat equity. Changing a wall color, trim detail or finish on a piece of furniture is a quick way to get a completely different look without a full renovation. The nice thing about paint is if you tire of the color over time, it’s easy enough to paint over it. Revamp a small room. Redecorate a tiny guest room, powder room or laundry room. This allows you to add a new look to adjacent, larger spaces, but it won’t require as much material or furnishings. Small spaces allow us to indulge our desire to redecorate without undertaking a major remodeling project. Try bold colors, fun fabrics and trendy accessories in these areas. Have fun!

It’s all in the detail. Trends come in all shapes and sizes. Examples of complete room makeovers may show a new style in large pieces of furniture, on wallpaper, in light fixtures, on the flooring and in each accessory. But you don’t have to overdo the trend in your own home. Take something you like, such as a pattern you see on a sofa, and find a throw blanket in a similar fabric to lay across your existing sofa. Instead of wallpapering the entire room with a bold pattern, buy a small amount of wallpaper and frame it to create a piece of artwork. Imagine the room like an outfit you would wear. You may not want to pull off the over-the-top runway version, but take what you like about the piece and make it your own. Mix and match. A well-decorated home is one of personal style and layers. Not everything has to be “matchy-matchy.” It shouldn’t look like it came straight from a showroom or catalog layout. There is more interest when unexpected pieces mix with one another. Try a modern collection of vases in an antique armoire or a vintage lamp on a clean-lined side table. Adding layers takes time. Don’t try to buy all of your accessories at once. The best results happen naturally over time.

Ashley Cole is a professional interior designer based in Grand Rapids. Her work has been featured on HGTV as well as numerous publications, including Kitchen Trends and Home Magazine. Ashley’s passion is “creating environments that enliven the spirit.”


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Mediterranean Kiwi Couscous 4 to 6 servings

3/4 cup water 1/2 cup couscous salt 3 kiwifruit 1 yellow or orange pepper 1 cup colorful cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, preferably spicy 3 green onions, thinly sliced 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 3 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp dried oregano leaves pepper 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil In a small saucepan, lightly salt water then bring to a boil. Add couscous, stir, cover and remove from heat. Let stand until water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into bite-size chunks. Dice pepper and slice large cherry tomatoes in half. Pit olives if needed and thinly slice green onions. Place all in a medium bowl. Whisk vinegar with oil, garlic, oregano and generous pinches salt and pepper. When couscous has cooled, gently stir with kiwifruit mixture. Toss with as much dressing as needed to just coat. Stir in feta and basil. Salad will keep well refrigerated for 1 to 2 days.


Kiwi Mint Lemonade Makes about 2 1/2 cups (without sparkling water), enough for 4 drinks. So refreshing after a workout! If you don’t have mint, try fresh lemon balm. The lemonade is also delicious without the herbs. 1 1/2 1/2 3 2 to 3

cup water cup granulated sugar cup packed fresh mint leaves kiwifruit lemons Sparkling water

In a medium saucepan, heat water with sugar over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. Let stand 20 minutes. Meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into chunks. Puree in a food processor. Place puree in a pitcher. Strain cooled syrup into pitcher, pressing on mint, then discard leaves. Refrigerate until cold. Squeeze juice from 2 lemons. Stir into kiwifruit mixture. Taste, squeeze in juice from remaining lemon for a tart lemonade. Pour into glasses. Top with sparkling water. Serve garnished with a slice of kiwifruit.

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Carol Hendershot, Expressions of Grace Yoga By Nikki Robertson • Photo by Ruth Parbel


or Carol Hendershot, yoga is about finding a healing, healthy and spiritual path. As owner and instructor of Expressions of Grace Yoga in Grand Rapids, her goal is helping students find confidence, health and ease within their everyday lives. With 14 years of experience, she says yoga distracted her from the difficulties of being a single mom of two young children and working full time. She shares that yoga and meditation saved her life during a time when panic attacks and depression were daily occurrences. Today, in her early 60s, she feels better than ever. She shares that gift of health with her students.

Hendershot encourages students to practice, not necessarily perfect their poses, to breathe and think of yoga as a healing practice.


Getting fit along the way is a bonus. Rockford is her home and she’s traveled the world (India and Nepal are her favorite places). Carol brings the experiences she’s learned from other cultures to her students, to help them get out of their comfort zones, if only for one day a week.

“It’s not about creating the perfect pose, but feeling better in your body.” – Carol Hendershot

Her studio overlooks Versluis Lake, where she says students can watch the seasons change. She hopes the environment she’s providing encourages her students to live in their bodies with more strength and less stress. She tells her students, “Remember that this is your practice. It’s not about creating the perfect pose, but feeling better in your body. Our number one reason for being here is to help students have a great experience and feel warm and welcomed.”

January 2011

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“The eyes are the jewels of the body that provide us with our most precious sense: vision,” says Troy J. LeBaron, O.D. at Professional Eyecare of West Michigan. “Protecting and enhancing vision for my patients gives me great pleasure and fulfills one of my life’s dreams.” Professional Eyecare of West Michigan specializes in Pediatric Optometry, Multifocal Contact Lenses, and Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease. “We’re not just another eye care practice,” says LeBaron. “The practice is committed to providing the best in customer service as well as unmatched fashionable eyewear.”

Dr. LeBaron obtained his B.S. in Applied Biology from Ferris State University and his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tenn. He’s involved in several professional organizations, including as board member of the West Michigan Optometric Association. “My philosophy of care is to provide the highest level of care with compassion and understanding, while taking the time with every patient to meet and exceed their expectations,” says Dr. LeBaron. Born and raised in west Michigan, Dr. LeBaron has an 11-year-old son and enjoys the state’s beaches, parks and bike trails.

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William T. Cullen, M.D., F.A.C.S. Now Accepting New Patients

Elite Plastic Surgery William T. Cullen, M.D., F.A.C.S. combines medicine with artistry when he works with patients. A plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, his practice comprises all areas of cosmetic surgery including, breast augmentation, body contouring, liposuction and cosmetic surgery of the face using the most advanced techniques available. Dr. Cullen graduated from University of Dublin-Trinity College and received his doctor of medicine degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. He also completed a residency in general surgery at Butterworth Hospital/ Michigan State University and was a resident in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery-Grand Rapids Area Medical

Education Consortium. He was granted a fellowship at University of Utah-Fellowship in Hand & Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Cullen has been Plastic Board Certified since September 2002, he’s a fellow of American College of Surgeons and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He’s an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Surgery. Originally from Portwashington, Wisc., Dr. Cullen enjoys west Michigan for the four seasons, its proximity to Lake Michigan, and the community’s conservative values. He is married with three children. In his spare time he enjoys golf, gardening and travel.

William T. Cullen, M.D., F.A.C.S. Elite Plastic Surgery 245 Cherry SE, Suite 308 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 459-1907 • Health Tip: "Avoid smoking, stay hydrated, use sun protection, and reduce stress."

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cullen call (616) 459-1907 or visit

Ronald D. Ford, M.D., F.A.C.S. Now Accepting New Patients

Hand & Plastic Surgery Centre, PLC Ronald D. Ford., M.D., F.A.C.S. has a simple yet effective philosophy of care: An analytical approach delivered to each patient in a compassionate and caring way. His specialties include breast surgery, cancer reconstruction, cosmetic surgery, burn reconstruction and hand surgery. He’s an accomplished surgeon, educator and mentor and has published several articles and presented to colleagues on these topics. Dr. Ford is also chief of plastic surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital, and as an awardwinning educator, he is program director at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners. At Michigan State University,

he oversees the clinical and didactic education of plastic surgery residents, as well as residents in general surgery and orthopedic surgery. He also oversees family practice residents during their hand surgery electives, medical students during their hand and plastic surgery rotations, and physician assistant students, and young students interested in pursuing a medical career. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Ford makes his home in west Michigan with his wife and three children. He is an advocate for active lifestyles and enjoys bike riding on scenic Northern Michigan roads.

Ronald D. Ford, M.D., F.A.C.S. Hand & Plastic Surgery Centre, PLC 245 Cherry St. SE, Suite 302 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 459-4131 • Health Tip: "Eat healthy, make time every day for aerobic exercise, and as you age, integrate weight training into your exercise regimen."

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ford call (616) 459-4131 or visit

January 2011


Melissa A. Sandman, M.D., F.A.C.S. Now Accepting New Patients

Decatur Vein Clinic Melissa A. Sandman, M.D., F.A.C.S. strives to educate each patient about vascular disease and their own situation so they can make an informed decision about their treatment plan. "I love to see improved quality of life in patients after they’ve had treatment," says Dr. Sandman, who specializes in general and trauma surgery and phlebology. Sandman, who graduated from Hope College and Wayne State University, is board-certified in general surgery, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She’s also on the teaching staff at Spectrum Health and is recognized as an all-star doctor by

Grand Rapids Magazine (December 2010) by HealthGrades. Dr. Sandman is from west Michigan and enjoys an active lifestyle of running, biking and swimming, and spending time with her husband and children. Decatur Vein Clinic was founded more than ten years ago and is the first vein treatment center in the Midwest to be accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). Call today to find out how to achieve healthier veins so you can look, live and feel better.

Melissa A. Sandman, M.D., F.A.C.S. Decatur Vein Clinic 3152 Peregrine Drive Suite 100 Grand Rapids, 49525 (616) 447-0707 •

Health Tip: "Live an active lifestyle." To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sandman call (616) 447-0707 or visit


January 2011

4 Ways to Maintain

Healthy Weight hile every person is different, there are ways to keep weight off and many of them are relatively minor. What these methods all have in common is the commitment level they require. Making a long-term commitment to each of the following changes not only helps weight loss, but keeps that weight off as well.


Closely monitor fat and sugar intake

Courtesy of Metro

Be aware of your eating habits Negative eating habits can include overindulging, eating when bored or looking to food for comfort. Many times people don’t even realize they are routinely treating food in these ways. Keeping a food diary, in which you write down when you eat, what you’re eating and why you’re eating is a good means to discovering just what your eating habits are and determining if they are healthy or not.

Reduce consumption of foods high in fat and sugar, or substitute with reduced-calorie and reduced-fat foods and beverages. The fat in your diet should be limited to 30 percent or less of total calories each day.

Remember the value of balance when planning a diet

Get daily exercise

Mom, Dad and no doubt school teachers extolled the virtues of a balanced diet, and for good reason. Don’t forget the five good groups (milk, meat, fruit, vegetable, bread) when planning a diet. If you have a specialty diet, due to an existing condition (i.e., diabetes) or lifestyle (i.e., vegetarian), consult with a physician as to how to best balance your diet, as there will no doubt be certain foods that are off limits.

Exercise comes in many forms, and it’s best to determine what type of physical activity best suits each individual and each lifestyle. Initially, you should work your way up to regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging or swimming, since it is a key factor in achieving permanent weight loss and improving health. For maximum benefits, most health experts recommend exercising 30 minutes or more on most, and preferably all, days of the week.

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Sneak Exercise Into Regular Activities Regular daily activities can provide a lot of exercise and can be tweaked to provide even more. • Move while watching TV or playing video games: There are several video games today that make physical activity part of the fun. Even if your gaming system doesn’t feature getting up and being active, do so on your own. While watching a television show, dance, walk in place, do jumping jacks, or any other activity during commercials. • Go outdoors: Instead of recreational activities inside of the house where space is limited, play games, go on walks, or organize a pick-up sports game in the neighborhood. You’ll burn calories, get exercise, and enjoy fresh air, too. • Leave the car at home: Whenever possible, bike, walk, rollerblade, or get to your destination another way. Suburban life tends to create the car-to-storeto-car-to-house pattern, which doesn’t make for much physical activity. • Keep moving: If you simply must sit, such as in school or at the office, tap or kick your legs. A little movement is better than none at all. • Park further away: When in store parking lots, park furthest from the entrance so you’re forced to walk a bit more to and from the car. • Take a walking tour: Sightseeing during a vacation? Many big cities are perfect for strolling. With so much to see, you won’t even realize how much walking you’re doing.


From Drab to

Fab By Sara Cosgrove

It’s a New Year and a perfect time to add some color and style to your wardrobe. 1. Park the Parka and match a stylish jacket with a favorite pair of denim. This short, velvet Damask Coat from Ollie Sang is soft and sassy and adds a little heat to casual day at the office. $329. (For retail locations, 2. Sure, you can grab your Smart Phone to check the time, but wouldn’t a cool, new watch make a better impression? Keep time in style with the Gaucho watch by Tokyo Bay. The leather band sports a delicate bracelet style, is adjustable and has a toggle fastener. Available in Natural, Honey and Brown at $88 each. ( 3. You ain’t got a thing if you ain’t got that bling! The ball on Times Square may have already dropped, but you can still ring in the New Year with Lisa Freede’s disco ball ring. 14K gold filled and retails at $52. (For retail locations, visit 4. Brighten up your winter days or nights with this turquoise colored Turkish Nights handbag by Mary Frances, a perfect accessory for jeans or an evening dress. $231


5. Denim is a classic staple for any wardrobe. Find a pair that fits your figure best. The classic Laurel Canyon bootcut style from Paige Premium Denim (available at Nordstrom) has a universally flattering fit, and is so popular among celebrities that several, including Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, have more than one pair in their closets. This season’s version is Omega, 98% cotton, 2% spandex, and retails for $189. Lane Bryant just relaunched its Right Fit collection, which was created when thousands of women were measured using a 3-D body scanning system to ensure the best fit for their bodies. The updated Right Fit collection features more washes, cuts and lengths at $49.50 to $54.50 a pair.



6. Put on a happy face with YOU’S, a fun, fashionable collection of frames that looks great and feels fabulous. Designed by a team of Dutch artistic masters, YOU’S frames reflect the beautiful countryside of Holland. Style #688 shown. $230.99

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The Best In



Gild the Lily

Savannah Fine Consignment

450 East Division Mon-Fri 10-7 Sat 10-4 • (616) 863-8491 Two floors of fresh fashion for your home & body at “get it now” prices. Formal wear, plus, petite, and designer departments. Nominated 2010 Rockford Retail Store of the Year.

7649 Riverview Drive Mon-Thurs 10-8 Fri 10-6 Sat 10-4 (616) 667-9923 Discover brand name clothing, beautiful formals, outerwear, leather purses, shoes & accessories. Featuring sizes petite/plus. Beautiful handmade jewelry by local artists.

GR Northeast


Good As New Consignment Boutique

Flat River Cottage

5280 Northland Drive NE Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-4 • (616) 363-6622 Featuring an emphasis on contemporary fashion. High-quality, affordable clothing for women, young men and girls. Beautiful new items arrive daily and consignors always welcome.

317 East Main Street Mon 11-5 Tues-Sat 10-6 (616) 897-8601 Eclectic mix of vintage and antique treasures. Beautiful one-of-a-kind custom painted furniture and accessories. Pieces to make a house a home.

Ready Set Grow Boutique


1971 E.Beltline Suite 117 Knapp’s Corner Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-5 (616) 635-2484 Discover name brand clothing in sizes newborn to 5T. Baby gear, toys and locally made beautiful blankets, bibs and tutu’s. In-house "child friendly" professional photography studio with affordable prices.

Urban Threads 9175 Cherry Valley Ave. se (M-37) Mon-Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4 (616) 891-2524 An upscale resale store that buys & sells the hottest name brand & designer styles for guys & girls. You’ll find an assortment of trendy styles at bargain prices.

Laser Hair Removal $50 per area, per treatment.

Lip, Chin, Cheeks, or Neck Offers good thru 1/31/11

Lisa Hoekstra MD • Rose Ramirez MD Rachel Six • Denise Gritter, Aestheticians Anne Zimmerman RN BSN

6290 Jupiter Ave. Suite D Belmont, MI 49306

(616) 301-2503

Comstock Park

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The Attic

Rosa’s Closet 2141 Wealthy St, SE Mon-Fri 10-7 Sat 10-6 • (616) 242-9100 An upscale women’s resale boutique featuring casual wear, cocktail dresses, handbags and accessories. Host a private party and receive 15% of the sales as a gift certificate or donate to charity.

4089 Alpine Ave., Suite B Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 1-6pm (616) 647-9070 Before you go to the mall – look in The Attic for all the chic, trend-setting brand name and designer fashions you love at pre-owned prices. Youth-conscious labels, adult designer clothing and accessories from bags to belts and more.

find what you’re looking for . . .

and things you never expected.

450 East Division • Rockford (616) 863-8491 A few blocks east of downtown, corner of East Beltline and 10 Mile Road NE

January 2011


Soy and Spinach Artichoke Dip 1 1 1 1/2 1

pound Silken tofu, crumbled pound lowfat cream cheese, cubed cup lowfat mayonnaise teaspoon ground pepper pound frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained 1 pound marinated artichoke hearts, drained, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup green onions, chopped Parmesan cheese, grated, for garnish Beat tofu until smooth; mix in cream cheese, mayonnaise and pepper in mixer bowl. Fold in spinach, artichokes and green onions. Divide mixture equally into 12 (4 oz.) au gratin dishes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, if desired. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly and browned on top. Serve with low-carb crackers or bread for an all-around low-carb snack!

Nutrition Per Serving: 62 calories, 6.6 gm protein, 5.7 gm carbohydrates, 1.4 gm fat, 3.9 mg cholesterol, 254 mg sodium, 1.5 gm dietary fiber.

Courtesy of the United Soybean Board

Soft Soy Tacos 1-1/2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1/2 24 1-1/2 3 3 1-1/2

cups boiling water cups Texturized Soy Protein (TSP) pound lean ground beef cup onions, chopped tablespoon soybean oil (vegetable oil) cups tomato sauce cup canned diced green chilies tablespoon chili powder teaspoons garlic salt teaspoon ground pepper tortillas quarts shredded lettuce cups fresh tomatoes, diced cups lowfat cheddar cheese quarts salsa, prepared

Pour boiling water over Texturized Soy Protein (TSP).


SautĂŠ ground beef and onion in oil until beef is no longer pink. Add rehydrated TSP, tomato sauce, green chilies, chili powder, garlic salt and pepper; mix well. Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Prepare each serving as ordered. Wrap tortilla in clean towel and microwave at HIGH (100% power) 20 to 25 seconds. Place tortilla on serving plate, spoon 1/3 cup filling in center of each tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and 2 tablespoons each tomatoes and cheese. Fold in half. Serve with 2 oz. (1/4 cup) salsa. Makes 24 tacos.

Nutrition Per Serving: (Nutritional Analysis per taco): 149 calories, 10.1 gm protein, 16 gm carbohydrates, 4.8 gm fat, 16.2 mg cholesterol, 560 mg sodium, 1.5 gm dietary fiber.

January 2011

Lemon Tofu Cheesecake Crumb Crust 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs 2 tablespoons pecans, finely chopped Filling 2 tablespoons soy margarine, melted 1 pound Silken tofu 1 pound lowfat cream cheese 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel 1 tablespoon vanilla 3 eggs 3 egg whites Chopped pecans, optional Frozen berries, thawed Combine vanilla wafer crumbs, pecans and margarine; mix well. Press mixture into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 375°F about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

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In mixer bowl, beat tofu until smooth. Add cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon peel and vanilla; mix until completely blended. Beat in eggs and whites, one at a time; mix well. Pour filling over crust. Bake at 375°F 50 to 60 minutes or until filling is set and edges of top are lightly browned. Cool on wire rack and refrigerate overnight to cool completely. Remove ring and press chopped pecans into sides of cheesecake, if desired. Cut into 12 portions, dipping knife blade in hot water between each slice. Serve 1 to 2 ounces berries over each portion.

Nutrition Per Serving: 279 calories, 13.1 gm protein, 27.3 gm carbohydrates, 13 gm fat, 68 mg cholesterol, 272 mg sodium, 0.5 gm dietary fiber


Beauty Essentials for the Inside and Out

Marianne Bockheim has been waving her magical mascara wand for more than eight years. Her mission includes journalism, teaching, makeup artistry for the consumer as well as media, and providing marketing services to beauty and fashion businesses.

By Marianne Bockheim


you’ve heard the mantra: “Eat right, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.”

These habits are keys to optimal health – and beauty. And all those fancy creams, serums, sprays, balms and oils aren’t going to help if you don’t first take care of yourself on the inside. The glow and clarity of your skin, the shine of your hair or the growth of your nails – these are all gages that reflect our health and wellbeing on the inside and out.

use special repair products that can assist in the repair of environmental damage? (For example, before you hit the hay, apply moisturizer to your hands to assist their repair during the night.)

Want gray hair? Get stressed. Stress also triggers skin conditions such as acne, eczema and cold sores. So put on your favorite music and just take a mere 30 minutes to yourself to stretch, lift a few weights and/or take a walk. Your mind and body and will thank you!

Eating healthy is essential to keeping stress hormones in check and for overall optimal health. When our bodies are deprived of certain vitamins or minerals, our skin can become dry and/or sallow, nails can become brittle and hair appears dull and sometimes thin. Taking supplements is necessary if your diet is really out of whack, but consuming foods that contain essential vitamins and minerals is preferred. In all of my research, I have deduced that most issues with the hair, skin and nails stem from a low intake of an essential dietary component from vitamins and minerals to proteins and carbs.

How about dark circles under the eyes? Those are guaranteed if you deprive yourself of adequate sleep, and no amount of eye cream or vitamin K can substitute healthy amounts of sleep. Did you know that while you are sleeping, your body goes into repair mode, making sleep an ideal time to

So getting healthy amounts of sleep, food and exercise is essential to natural beauty. Talk to your health care professional for your dietary and exercise needs. Then, consider these products to enhance your step toward a healthier, more beautiful you this year and in years to come:

Facial Magic Facial Magic is an anti-aging program based on facial exercises developed by anti-aging expert Cynthia Rowland. The program includes a DVD that demonstrates isometric contractions which allow you to acquire a younger look naturally, without surgery. The Starter Kit includes a 60-minute training DVD, a 64-page Success Booklet with progress chart and written instructions, and a counting CD that helps you to correctly position your hands and gives the required count for each exercise. The kit also includes 3 pair of exercise gloves and 2 jars of DailyLift exfoliant and tightener. $99. For availability visit

Get Gorgeous, The Travel Kit for Beauty by The Republic of Tea Mmmm, nothing like a good cup of hot tea to warm the heart, soothe the soul and clear the complexion! The rooibos tea is a naturally decaffeinated tea found to relieve asthma, insomnia and skin disorders. The Republic of Tea suggests that after making your tea, you can use your tea bag to tone your facial skin and beat redness. The kit includes Tea, Rose & Chamomile bath gel, hemp scrubber and gel eye covers. $14.99. Available at coffee/tea retailers nationwide.

“Beauty Equation” by Nigel Barker In this book, internationally recognized fashion photographer Nigel Barker uncovers the real meaning of beauty. Barker shares what he considers “…ten of the essential qualities that add up to inner beauty.” I love this book because it allows the reader to evaluate oneself and realize that being beautiful doesn’t necessarily mean the “fluff-n-stuff,” but rather encompasses values and attitudes toward oneself and others. $19.95. Available at bookstores nationwide.

“Gorgeous! The Sum of All Your Glorious Parts” by Jorj Morgan with Harry Moon, M.D., and Mary Ellen Clark This book is quickly becoming one of my secret weapons against aging and bad attitudes! With chapters such as “Gorgeous from the Inside Out,” “Truth in Beauty,” “Every Day is a Good Hair Day,” and “Building Better Bones,” this book offers suggestions and advice as well as answers hard questions about health and beauty, as well as offers healthy recipes. This book should be a staple on every woman’s bookshelf! $28.95. Available at bookstores nationwide.

TRAINERmat Celebrity fitness expert Andrea Metcalf influenced the development of the targeted TRAINERmat for Weight Loss. This handy and convenient workout mat puts the perfect figure in reach for both men and women of all ages. Printed onto the mat are 10 major calorie-burning fitness moves for every level, allowing one to move up in intensity. $29.99. For availability


January 2011



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January 2011


Post Partum Depression: more than just baby blues? By Robyn Hubbard, M.D. Grand Rapids Women’s Health he thought of having a baby is exciting and joyful and marks a new phase of life. Most couples think of booties, cribs and stuffed animals. Fortunately, many of the patients I see as an Obstetrician are focused on the positive and haven’t really given a lot of thought to stretch marks, varicose veins, clogged milk ducts or depression. While the birth of a new baby is an amazing miracle, there are some pretty dramatic physical and mental challenges we face as new moms.


Post partum depression (PPD) affects up to one in four women, and any woman with a history of depression or anxiety prior to pregnancy is at risk. The scary fact is, however, that any woman can be at risk, so even new moms who have never suffered from depression can be affected by PPD.

What does post partum depression look and feel like? PPD can cause symptoms of sadness, mood swings, anxiety, anger and even obsessive or compulsive thoughts. Experience has taught me that any mood disorder caused by hormone changes (such as PPD or peri-menopause) can look like depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. It seems to me that those symptoms are all on a spectrum and some women will feel more depressed or more anxious than another, but almost everyone will feel at least some element of all of those mood problems. Symptoms can include: • loss of appetite • insomnia • intense irritability and anger • overwhelming fatigue • loss of interest in sex • lack of joy in life • feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy • severe mood swings • difficulty bonding with the baby • withdrawal from family and friends • thoughts of harming yourself or the baby

Why do women get PPD? PPD is a disorder triggered by intense hormone changes and physical changes following birth. These changes affect chemicals in the brain like serotonin and norepinephrine which are a big part of regulating mood. Toss in extreme sleep deprivation with a newborn and WHAM, depression takes over. It’s important to realize that this is a medical disorder. Women can’t just choose to perk up and feel better. Symptoms can last for up to a year and treatment is needed.

What should I do if I think I have PPD? If you’re worried that you have PPD, call your health care provider right away. It’s usually quite easy for me to diagnose post partum depression even with a few questions over the phone. Getting help is the most important part. Every day that you suffer from PPD, means a day with your baby that you’re not enjoying to


the fullest. Call your doctor immediately if you have any thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby.

What should I do if I think someone I care about has PPD? More than half of the new moms who call me with concerns about post partum depression were encouraged to make the call by a friend, family member or spouse. It makes sense to me that because new moms are tired, busy and overwhelmed anyway it’s easy for them to feel as if symptoms of depression are normal. Husbands, grandmas, sisters or close friends may have a more objective view and realize that the new mom is not herself. If you’re worried about someone you care about, bring it up. Most people with depression are relieved to hear that you notice they are suffering, and grateful to have someone offer to help. Encourage them to call their health care provider for help.

2. Medication: Antidepressant medication is commonly prescribed both during pregnancy and while nursing. It can be very safe, and highly advisable for some women with significant depression or anxiety. Most women to whom I prescribe an antidepressan start feeling more “themselves” within one to three weeks. 3. Lifestyle changes: Trying to get sleep, even just four hours in a row, can make a huge difference in depression symptoms. All new moms should try to eat well, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, and avoid alcohol and significant caffeine. Taking the baby for a walk or finding another way to exercise can do a lot to boost your endorphins which trigger mood improvements. Left untreated, post partum depression can interfere with mother-child bonding and cause family problems. Children of mothers with untreated postpartum depression are more likely to have behavioral problems, such as sleeping and eating difficulties, temper tantrums and hyperactivity. Women with untreated depression have more problems with work performance, and more marriage problems. Treating depression is very manageable, and can make a huge impact on many lives. Remember, the best way to take care of your baby is to take care of yourself!

Treating depression is very manageable, and can make a huge impact on many lives.

How long does PPD last? The mildest form of mood changes after having a baby is called baby blues. Most women have a period of days to weeks where they feel tearful, irritable or cry for no apparant reason. This is very common and always goes away on its own. Post partum depression has similar symptoms that last longer and are more intense. Often PPD will interfere with your ability to care for the baby and to handle other daily tasks. Untreated, PPD can last for a year or more.

For more information, contact Grand Rapids Women’s Health or visit these websites:,, and Mom’s Bloom in Grand Rapids at

What are treatments for PPD? 1. Counseling: Seeing a therapist can help alleviate depression and anxiety symptoms by learning coping strategies, relaxation techniques and finding ways to care for you when the baby seems to take everything you have. Sometimes past or current issues influence depression post partum and can be worked through with a counselor. Many hospitals and private groups offer support groups for women struggling with PPD.

Robyn Hubbard, M.D. is an OBGYN with Grand Rapids Women’s Health.

January 2011

Faces & Places Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital opens 1-11-11 Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a member of Spectrum Health, opens Jan. 11. The new 14floor, $286 million, 206 bed hospital will include a Neonatal center offering 40 private rooms in addition to the neonatal unit inside Butterworth Hospital; three surgical floors; a pediatric Intensive Care Unit including an in-patient hospital pharmacy supporting three satellite pharmacies; and an entire floor dedicated to family space, including a multi-faith chapel, four sleep rooms for families in crisis, as well as laundry and kitchen facilities. All rooms are private, with room for parents to stay overnight. Bob Connors M.D. is the pediatric surgeon and president of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “I think it’s the best children’s hospital in the world,� says Connors. “(It) has the breadth and

Main Lobby - Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

depth of children’s specialization you don’t see anywhere else.� A teaching hospital, it includes more than 150 pediatric specialty physicians with specialized training in providing medical and surgical care to children in more than 40 pediatric specialties. “A hospital is only as good as its people,� added Connors. “They are the ones doing the work. We’re very serious about being the safest in the country, and very serious about offering the highest quality of care and treating kids with respect and compassion.�

Joanna Haveman, MD has joined Advantage Health Physician Network (AHPN) as a Family Medicine provider at the AHPN Caledonia Office Location. WOTV 4 has named Morgan Lind of Battle Creek the new Face of 4. Lind, a Grand Valley State University graduate, was one of six finalists competing for the oneyear $20,000 television contract. She is a substitute teacher for Pennfield schools in Battle Creek.

The hospital is named for Helen DeVos, and she and her daughter Cheri DeVos Vander Weide have been instrumental in making the hospital a reality. “This hospital is going to be recognized as a very important children’s hospital, not only in west Michigan, but way beyond,� said Helen DeVos. Visit to learn more.

Morgan Lind (l) and Jordan Carson. Lind is WOTV’s new Face of 4.


January 2011


conquer your clutter

New Year, New Opportunities. This is your year to

be organized . . . By Mary Dykstra MBA, CPO Ready or not, welcome to your New Year! My goal over the next several months is to inspire you, lend courage and offer organizing/time management tips to help you make great decisions about what to let into your life and what to let go. I’ve spent 11 years as a Professional Organizer (certified since 2007), helping clients clear the clutter from their minds and environments. I recommend making small, sustainable change over time that you can grow with. What often happens is we get excited about “out with the old, in with the new,” and set unrealistic expectations with no plan to help us accomplish new goals. This leads to overwhelm and frustration and, ultimately, giving up. So, if you have already decided on your 2011 personal change resolutions, it’s a great time to do a reality check. If, however, you are still wondering what happened to November and are just now thinking about setting resolutions, it’s a great time to read this. Among the best ways to make 2011 a success is to set a few SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed – for the year. If you can’t measure and track a goal or project, chances are it will never get done. If you say “I’ll do it when I can find the time,” chances are it won’t happen. Keep in mind that most projects and goals require multiple steps to accomplish them. Trying to do them without steps and deadlines creates stress, discomfort and disappointment. Setting SMART goals, developing appropriate plans of action, and getting help when you need it can make all the difference between cluttered and clear.

Get a 30,000-foot view: I help new clients get and stay organized by asking a lot of 30,000-foot type of questions before we start because I know just focusing on the piles and overloaded schedules will not work long-term. Rather than focusing on just the details, it takes the ability to see the bigger picture and assess where you are and where you want to be. This is where your planning and goal setting come into play. Most of us think short term – today. To be successful, create a big picture plan. You’ll get stuck and stressed if you don’t because you won’t know where to start, what to do or how to set up a system. Moreover, overwhelm, procrastination, fear and perfectionism have a tendency to pull us into the abyss of despair and non- or misdirected action.

can realistically assess your opportunities and the obligations you take on. It allows you to say “no” to things with clarity. It also allows you greater ease of letting things go, such as material things and busy schedules. • Simplify your life. Reduce the number of choices you need to make every day. Develop good habits and get into financial, mental and physical routines that keep you on track. Again, small, sustainable change you can grow with is going to help you live a more organized, purposeful life. I look forward to sharing additional ideas and tips in the coming months.

Three steps to long term success: • Get support. Sit down with someone – a roommate, spouse or professional, to work on bigger picture goals. Figure out what’s important, then set priorities. This is critical because without clear insight of how you consciously choose to spend your resources (including time and money), you’ll be prey to all things bright, beautiful, new and on sale. • Be choosy. Be selective about what you wish to add into your life and what you wish to keep or let go of. When you know what you want in life, you


Mary Dykstra MBA, CPO is a certified professional organizer, speaker and time management coach. She is the immediate past Director of Examination Development for The Board of Certified Professional Organizers and a current Industry Member Board Director of National Association of Professional Organizers. Her website is

January 2011

Reaching Your Goals in 2011

The New Year SALE!

$200 off all sofas • $100 off designer chairs $50 off coffee tables $1 off all espresso drinks in the Design Café Special clearances on art, accessories and wall hangings to make room for new inventory. Sale pricing through January 31, 2011

Alexis Designs Turning Homes into Havens! Mon, Wed, Fri- 9:30-5 • Tues, Thurs 10-8 • Sat 10-4 Design Cafe open daily 7 am

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Most people have made New Year’s resolutions at some point in their lives with varying degrees of success. Here are five helpful suggestions for your 2011 goals:

Be Realistic The surest way to fall short of your goal is for it to be unrealistic. Resolving to never eat your favorite food again is a set-up for failure. Set a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding that food more often than you do now. If your resolution is something like losing weight, do some research to see what a realistic, attainable goal would be.

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Don’t decide on a resolution at the last minute. It may help to make a list of possible resolutions and develop this list over time. Keep it with you and ask others to contribute ideas.

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Don’t expect overnight miracles. Resolutions are accomplished with a hundred tiny steps that happen throughout the year. You should think of a New Year’s resolution as nothing more than a starting point and that developing positive habits will keep your plan moving forward.


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To be successful, it helps to have clear steps to put into action. Write your resolution and plan down in a notebook or journal. Decide how you will deal with the temptation to backslide. This could include calling a friend for support, taking a walk around the block or simply thinking positively. Start your plan during the first few days of January to harness your motivation.


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The Visualization of Sound

Talk About It Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better. The best-case scenario is to find a friend or family member who has also made a New Year’s resolution and agree to motivate each other.

Remain Flexible Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day and keep moving forward. Expect that your plan can and will change. Sometimes even the goal itself will change. But most importantly, recognize partial successes at every step along the way. Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit, and six months for it to become part of your personality. Give it time and your new habits are sure to become second nature.

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emember the song, “Not last night but the night before, twenty-four robbers came knockin’ on my door?” Those were the days when playing hopscotch, jumping rope and hanging on the monkey bars were our primary occupations.


While hopscotch and swinging from the jungle gym may no longer be a part of your leisure time, jumping rope could be. Not only is it a great cardiovascular alternative to your usual aerobic workout, jumping rope can increase body awareness and develop better hand and foot coordination.

Roping Essentials One of the greatest things about jumping rope is how little it takes to get started. All you really need are some comfortable shoes and a good rope. The best shoes for jumping rope are either aerobic shoes or cross-trainers. Be sure your shoes have a reinforced toe and provide a lot of cushioning for the balls of the feet. •

Jump ropes have come a long way since most of us were skipping around the playground. Today, they are made from a variety of materials and feature various grip styles.

Some ropes are weighted or have heavy handles. These ropes are usually too cumbersome and are not recommended. Instead, choose a light-weight rope with foam grips so it won’t slip away from you even if your palms get sweaty.

Here’s how to choose the right length rope for you: Step one foot on the center of the rope and bring both handles up to the chest. The handles should reach about chest high.

Learning the Basics Here is a breakdown of the do’s and don’ts of jumping rope: • Lightly grip the handles near the end closest to the rope. • Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your body.


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Your knees should be bent slightly. Turn the rope from the wrist and aim to keep a smooth arc in the rope as it passes over your head. Never hunch over. Keep your back straight and your head up. Jump low to keep the impact on your knees and ankles to a minimum.

A Refresher Course If it’s been a while since you’ve swung a rope, you can rest easy – the essentials are still the same. And the essentials are all you really need to know to get a good workout. But if you want to create a fun and exciting workout, you’ll have to add an extra element – a little pizzazz. The easiest way to do this is to turn on some upbeat music to get you motivated. Fun, exciting music is the best way to keep your energy up during your workout. Once you have mastered basic jumping, try getting a little creative. Jump backward or vary your foot patterns. Try bringing your knees up or scissoring your legs. If you find yourself needing a break but you don’t want to stop completely, twirl the rope from side to side. The point is to stick with it. You’re sure to notice a marked improvement in your endurance level, which will help any other sports or activities you may do. And who knows? Jumping rope might even make you feel like a kid again.

January 2011

Linking Cortisol Production to Stress By Mary PreFontaine, R.Ph, FAAFM any physicians are learning that the consequences of intense acute stress or even prolonged mild stress can lead to numerous adverse health outcomes. Underlying stressors such as glycemic imbalance (constant changes in blood glucose influence cortisol production), insulin resistance or any inflammatory conditions (asthma, irritable bowel disease, arthritis) all place a constant burden on the adrenal production of cortisol (also known as the “stress” hormone). Adrenal or stress hormones are intimately linked with sex hormones and thyroid hormones. Since these hormones act within the body as a web, imbalances in cortisol can cause symptoms such as weight gain, hot flashes and irritability usually associated with sex hormones. High cortisol production leaves a patient vulnerable to immune suppression and weight gain. Prolonged adrenal stress will result in exhaustion and fatigue, which is typically related to low cortisol production.


Measuring and treating adrenal stress is becoming more common with the widespread availability of salivary cortisol and DHEA testing. Many pharmaceutical grade supplement companies are making products to assist the adrenal glands in the body such as AdrenAll (OrthoMolecular), Adreset or Adrenogen (Metagenics), and Adrenal Rebuilder or Super Adrenal Stress Formula (Furture Formulations designed by Dr. James L. Wilson).

Although these products can help stabilize and support adrenal production, the most critical factor must be lifestyle changes, which include: • Going to bed before 10:30 p.m. • Getting physical exercise every day • Taking time for quiet, recuperating relaxation every day • Eating a nutritionally sound diet, and avoiding processed foods and high glycemic index foods • Chewing your food well • Drinking plenty of water • Taking nutritional supplements daily, such as multi-vitamin and Omega-3 fish oils Mary PreFontaine, R.Ph. FAAFM is a consulting pharmacist specializing in dosages for hormone therapy. PreFontaine works with physicians to find the best possible dosage and dosage forms for patients experiencing a variety of symptoms caused from hormonal imbalances.

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The New Financial Reality…

Transformation By Jerri Schmidt, VP Marketing Option 1 Credit Union

Transformation is essential to staying alive in nature, in business, and in handling your money.


hile most Michigan-based industries are in the midst of transformation, many consumers are also finding themselves in a personal financial transformation at some level.

This past decade of economic distress has resulted in new regulations, revised lending policies, hits to many credit scores, and a forced restructuring of debt and savings habits. You’re not alone when it comes to the new reality in handling your finances. Many financial planners talk about the importance of diversification when it comes to transforming your daily, retirement and investment portfolios. The same holds true for your credit union and/or bank accounts. So what can you do to diversify your financial processes and plans to remain sustainable in the 2011 economy? It can be as simple as: Assessment Planning Strategy Due Diligence

first. If you find yourself with high rates on those Assessment: When it comes to assessment, it’s cards, consider transferring your balances to a low important to be realistic. Take the time to fixed-rate credit card at your local credit union or determine how much money you have coming into bank. With credit card rates averaging 14.4%, your household, how much money it takes to run finance charges will seriously cut into your ability your household, what you need for your lifestyle, to save. and what is really going out. The trick to understanding your cash flow is to be absolutely honest and write Due Diligence: Build up your The trick to down everything. Prepare a understanding your emergency fund so you’re ready for the next crisis. A suggested goal is to save at monthly budget including all cash flow is to be least six months of living costs. Don’t income and outgo, right down absolutely honest have enough free cash to realize this to the daily latte. goal? You may want to refinance and and write down consolidate your existing loans to free up Planning: Now is the time everything. some monthly cash, which will help put to prepare to tackle some you in control of your finances. important expenditures before they get more expensive. If you’ve put off mainteWhile you’re at it, take a look at how your nance on your car or on your home, as well as any retirement plans fit. Even if you can manage only a medical care, it’s a good time to put those tasks tiny amount, contribute and build up your into action. Delays of repairs or treatment can put retirement savings. There are a number of options you at risk of an emergency you can’t afford. available from a company sponsored 401(k) to personal IRAs at your local credit union or bank. Strategy: Once the essential bills are under control, you will want to strike a balance between As Vice President for Option 1 Credit Union, Jerri your monthly budget, your emergency savings, Schmidt works to educate, inform, and promote the retirement planning, and regulating your debt. financial and personal benefits of credit union If you’ve used credit cards to pay bills or for membership. Jerri has worked in the financial holiday expenses, check the rates on those cards industry for over 25 years bringing experience and and focus on the highest rate balance to pay down involvement to the community.

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January 22-23 See stunning floral displays at the annual Orchid show, a collaboration with the Grand Valley orchid Society at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Free. Purchase orchids directly from the growers.

January 5 – 25 Calvin College hosts its 24th annual January Speaker series with presentations by 15 renown speakers at Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Free. (See complete list of speakers in the lectures listing on page 36). A remote webcast of the presentations can be viewed at Ladies Literary Club. Live audio of many of the presentations can be listened to online at january/listenlive.htm.

January 22 - January 23 2011 Great Skate Winterfest at Rosa Parks Circle. A day full of winter-inspired events, sports demonstrations and family activities followed by a 24-hour skating marathon with Griffins players to benefit the Griffins Youth Foudation.Free admission.

January 8 & 9 Grand Rapids Antiques Market presents Michigan’s largest indoor antiques show at Devos Place. Saturday 9 am – 7 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

January 23 The legendary Harlem Globetrotters at Van Andel Arena. $20.50+.

January 29 January 12-16 Cirque du Soleil performs a fusion of their avant-garde show and ancient Chinese Circus tradition in”Dralion” at Van Andel Arena. TIckets $37.50 – $97.50.

January 8 Visit downtown Rockford for the Second Annual Ice Festival and see chainsawwielding artists carve giant sculptures, try your skill at the ice miniature golf course set up in Garden Park adjacent to the dam, pose for ice photos, and stroll through town with your scavenger map, locating sculptures and entering to win prizes. Noon - 4 pm. Free.

January 15 The Rockford Education Foundation presents “The Capitol Steps” in a benefit performance at Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium. The Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 million albums, including their latest Liberal Shop of Horrors. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio. $35. Call 863-6317 or visit for more info.

January 17 GRCC Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with “Pass It Forward” and encourages doing good deeds and inspiring kindness thoughout the city. Events include a march and program starting at the Ford Fieldhouse at noon (doors open at 11 am) and their 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse.

29th Annual Giants Awards & Banquet at Devos Place recognizing thirteen African-American individuals for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids. 6 -9 pm. For more information visit or contact Jennifer Smith at

Ongoing Through February 27 “Betty Ford: An Extraordinary Life,” at Gerald R. Ford Museum. 254-0400 or

Through February 16 “Diana – A Celebration,” at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Through May 1 Bodies Revealed at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

MUSIC/DANCE January 6 Wu-Tang Clan at the Intersection. $45.

January 7, 8, 9 The Grand Rapids Symphony welcomes rising star cellist Richard Narroway performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C at St. Cecilia Music Center.

January 13 Steel Magnolia at the Intersection. $15.

January 14, 15 Grand Rapids Symphony Classical Series presents Stravinsky’s The

January 2011

Nicki Krzeminski of East Grand Rapids and Kensie Smith of Grand Rapids snowboard at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg RD, Belmont.

Firebird at Devos Performance Hall.

January 6, 13, 20, 27 One Trick Pony presents “Acoustic Stew,” a series of live performances by local and national musicians on Saturday evenings starting at 8 pm. Reservations suggested.

January 21 Uptown Winter Worship Concert at Wealthy Theatre. $8.

January 22 Naturally 7 brings their R&B and beat boxing full-band-sound created entirely with their voices to Forest Hills fine Arts Center. $26-40.

January 22 The Lazy Blue Tunas rock One Trick Pony with fun cover songs and originals.

January 26 Martin Sexton at the Intersection $23. 8 pm.

January 27 Dave Holland Quintet at St. Cecilia Music Center at 7: 30 pm. Pre-concert wine and hors d’oeurves reception begins at 6:30 pm.

January 29 Glenn Bulthuis and the Tonedeafs perform “The Music of the Beatles” at Van Singel Fine Arts Center. $14.

January 29 Mary Rademacher-Reed performs jazz and blues standards at One Trick Pony.

Ongoing Second Fridays Grand River Folk Arts Society presents “International Dance” at the Wealthy Theatre Annex. 949-8374 or

Fourth Fridays Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society presents Contra dancing at the 5th Street Hall. 307-0883 or


photo by Daniel E. Johnson

Melissa from Kentwood, along with her friends Lindsey and Kari from Caledonia ice skate at Rosa Park's Circle. Rosa Parks information and hours: Monday and Tuesday 6pm to 9:30pm Wednesday and Thursday Noon to 9:30pm Friday and Saturday Noon to 10pm Sunday 12 to 9:30pm $1 Admission / Free skates with ID.

Saturday Evenings

January 28 - May 8

Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society presents Acoustic Saturday Nights at Wealthy Theatre.

Jim Dine Sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens. or 957-1580


Through January 31

Wednesday After Dark at The B.O.B., featuring live music from the local indie scene. or 356-2000

Photographer Sara Pearson displays a selection of her works at the Walker Public Library. 647-3970.


Alan Adsmond watercolor paintings on display at the East Grand Rapids Library. 647-3880.

Through January 16 Motawi Tileworks at The Design Gallery at Design Quest. 940-9911 ext. 41 or

Fire and Water Art Gallery features portrait pieces by Patti Sevensma.

Performance Arts/Film January 4 - January 9

Cuff by Hugh Acton

Broadway Grand Rapids presents “In The Heights,” the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including best musical. Find out what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.

All seats reserved. Call 455-1001 for reservations.

January 14 - January 29 Civic Theatre presents “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Anne’s diary tells of a claustrophobic reality: eight lives surviving Nazi threat. Yet her voice shines through: “I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people . . . even after death.”

January 16 UICA’s Women Behind the Camera series features “The Secret Life of Words” by director Isabel Coixetin. Free.

January 28-February 6 Costumes by Oscar de la Renta, the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes and stunning choreography combine for Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs” at Grand Rapids Ballet Company’s Peter Wege Theatre. $30.

January 30 UICA presents “Vision” by director Margarethe von Trotta in their Women Behind the Camera series. Free.

January 20 – March 13 The Design Gallery at Design Quest exhibits the work of Michigan artist, Hugh Acton. Acton presents an array of his contemporary copper sculpture and jewelry as well as samplings of his iconic mid-century modern furniture designs and curious pieces such as an extendible Christmas tree and The Flower Tower. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public. Hours: 10 am-8 pm Mon, Thu, Fri; 10 am-6 pm Tue, Wed, Sat; 1-5 pm Sun.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT January 4 & 13 Intro to GROW, the required first step for enrolling in classes at Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Receive an overview of programs and services, and meet the staff.

January 12 Inforum, a professional women’s alliance, presents a private viewing of “Diana: A Celebration” at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Networking and cocktails. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Members $25, Non-members $35. 336-5506

January 19 Business networking at GROW’s Lunch with Punch. Noon-1pm. You bring lunch, we’ll provide punch. Bring business cards.

Girl’s Night Out January 20

January 14 & 15


Master Arts Theatre presents Interactive Mystery Dessert theatre, “The Cat Screamed at Midnight” by Jack Pachuta. “The Cat Screamed at Midnight” actually incorporates you into the action. The actors will move among you, have conversation with you while you ask them questions to figure out whodunit! Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $18 and include dessert.

Sunday Night Funnies at The Radisson. 363-9001

Mondays Comedy Mondays at Dog Story Theater. 894-1252 or

Tuesdays Meanwhile Movies at Wealthy St. Theatre. 459-4788 or

Grab your girlfriends and go to Alexis Designs for “Girl’s Night Out Extravaganza,” a night of pampering, laughter and shopping. Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Silpada and many more show off their wares. Shoulder massages, make up and hair tips, home decorating ideas and many great specials. Enjoy champagne drinks, desserts and sample our coffees in The Design Cafe. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. RSVP (even at the last minute!) by calling 531-7576.

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CHILDREN January 4, 5, 6 & 9 Kids Night On Broadway (KNOB) comes to DeVos Performance Hall. Kids ages 6-18 can see “In the Heights” for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

January 8 Could you survive in the harsh winter climate? Learn how many animals of Michigan survive and glean a few tips. Learn to make an emergency fire and shelter as well at Blandford Nature Center. 1 pm - 3 pm. $5. Ages 10+.

January 13 Listen to a winter classic tale about a boy and his grandfather’s adventures during a night hike while sipping hot chocolate. After the story, take a guided hike to talk with owls at Blandford Nature Center. 6 pm - 7:30 pm. All ages. $3.

January 22 Learn how the first people of Michigan lived and hunted in the winter. Visit our wigwam and hear a story around the fire at Blandford Nature Center. 2 pm 3 pm. All ages. $3.

GROUP MEETINGS & SUPPORT GROUPS Mondays Women’s Co-Dependant Support Group meets at Kentwood Community Church. 455-1740 ext. 3162

First Mondays

Specializing in unique gifts, jewelry, natural aromatherapy and body products, meditation tools, candles, books, music, cards, incense and art with something for everyone.

Mothers & More Chapter 137 at St. Thomas Catholic Church. 648-6988 or

Body | Mind | Soul

Mondays Breastfeeding Support Group at the Spartan Stores Family Childbirth Center. 252-7985

Introducing Readers at Spirit Dreams Tarot Card Readings, Psychic Readings, Angel Readings • Call 456-9889 to schedule

Second & Fourth Mondays Citizens for Parental Rights. WKTV, 5261 Clyde Park, SW, Wyoming.

Second and Fourth Mondays Pine Rest offers a support group, The Family Connection, for family members of those diagnosed with a mental illness. At the Pine Rest Southwest Clinic, 4211 Parkway Place, Suite 100, Grandville. 222-3700.

Tuesdays Domestic abuse survivors support group meets at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. 451-2744

Karen Hays Psychic Reader

Eugenia Marve Psychic Reader

Margaret Newman Nickelsen Psychic Reader

Vivan Love Kyle Intuitive Angel Reader

Available by appointment for half-hour ($35) or full-hour ($70) readings.

Psychic Fair • Saturday, January 29 • 11 am to 4 pm 1430 Lake Drive SE • Grand Rapids, MI 49506 • (616) 456-9889 Mon-Fri 11 am to 6 pm | Wed till 7 pm | Sat 10 am to 5 pm | Sun noon to 3 pm

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Tifany Smith, sister Rachel, and nephew Matthew of Grand Rapids walk at Riverside Park.

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Second Tuesdays

January 6

The National Organization for Women (NOW) meets at 629 Michigan St NE. 855-1526

Kelly Clark presents “Faith and Freedom in Contemporary China,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

Second Tuesdays Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & CFSrelated Fibromyalgia support group meets at the Peter M. Wege Health & Learning Center. 531-7088 or

Second Tuesdays Diabetes Support Group at the Metro Health Professional Building Conference room. 252-7985 or

Second and Fourth Tuesdays MomsBloom Postpartum Depression Support group meets at Spartan Stores Family Childbirth Center. 252-7985 or

Wednesdays The Mother-to-Mother Support Group meets at 10 am at 555 Midtowne St NE, Suite 100. 977-5683 or

January 7 Theary Seng presents “Daughter of the Killing Fields,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 10 Temple Grandin presents “All Kinds of Minds: The Importance of Developing Each Person’s Unique Strengths,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 11 Andy Crouch presents “Playing God: Creativity and Cultural Power,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

Josee Stack of Comstock Park walks every day.

photo by Daniel E. Johnson

January 12 Third Wednesdays Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan meets at the Women’s City Club.

First Thursdays The Zonta Club of Grand Rapids meets at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant.

Third Thursdays Mothers & More hosts “Mum time: crafts, projects, crumpets, and tea.” 648-6988 or

First Thursdays Free Caregiver Support Group for adult cancer caregivers, 7-8:30 pm, at the Bluebird Cancer Retreats office, 917 W. Savidge, Suite 36, in Spring Lake. RSVP not required but appreciated. or 847-0839

Third Thursdays Sexual assault/abuse survivors support group meets at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE. 459-7062 ext. 106

Daily Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups. 774-1079 or


January 13 Dr. Glenn Geelhoed presents “Mission to Heal,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 14 Ensemble Galilei with NPR’s Neal Conan & Lily Knight presents “First Person: Seeing America,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 17 Nikki Toyama-Szeto (in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.) presents “Beyond Multi-Culturalism to True Community,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 18 Twesegye Jackson Kaguri presents “The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

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January 5 Krista Tippett presents “Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 12 Keystone presents “Finally Reach Your Weight Goal!” Learn why your body stores extra fat and why your past attempts at weight loss did not last. $20. Call 558-8334 to RVSP.


Father Greg Boyle presents “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

Donald Worster presents “John Muir and the Religion of Nature,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 20 Cal Ripken, Jr. presents “The Keys to Perserverance,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 21 Jessica Jackley presents “Harnessing the Power of Perspective: the Kiva

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Story,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 24 Sajan George presents “The Future of Education,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 25 Jean M. Twenge presents “The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement,” 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. Free.

January 27 Dr. Steven Cole, M.D., M.A. presents two lectures on “Motivational Interviewing,.” at Pine Rest. $30.

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS January 18 “Don’t Be Chicken about a Whole Pastured Chicken,” with Chef Jana Deppe real food activist with Tilling to Table. How to prep a chicken from your local farmer – butterfly the meat, braise and stew tough parts, make stock, and enjoy recipes such as cordon blue, a roux sauce and more! Call Gil at 3099147 or visit for more info.

January 29 Psychic Fair at Spirit Dreams 11 am to 4 pm.


Fourth Saturdays Carol’s Ferals & Friendlies Adoptable Cat and Kitten Adoption Day at CenterPointe Mall. 481-0940 or

VOLUNTEERS Michigan Blood is in need of volunteers to fill positions at mobile drives. Scheduling is flexible and no experience is necessary. 233-8523 The Public Museum needs volunteer interpreters, guides, office workers and special event assistants. 456-3588 MomsBloom seeks volunteers to visit families with a newborn. Training provided. or 447-9788 or American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids seeks volunteers to donate blood, help run blood drives, assist in set-up/take-down, and serve as registration greeters and refreshment providers. 456-8661 Faith Hospice seeks volunteers for respite care, visiting, massage therapy, beauty services, and more. 356-4859 Inner City Christian Federation’s Home Ownership Program needs volunteers for their childcare room during class times. 831-1205 ext. 116 Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming seeks volunteers. 252-7009 The WORD Project ESL is looking for tutors to work in the ESL program as one-on-one tutors. 454-4874 The Literacy Center of West Michigan needs volunteers. 459-5151 ext. 10

Yoga by Donation at Armenta Studios.

Volunteer for Kids Food Basket Packing and delivering over 3,100 sack suppers demands the love and support of about 100 volunteers every day plus many others who lead food drives, decorate sacks and more. Volunteers are needed for: • Sack supper packing and delivery • Food and juice box drives • Trail mix and snack sack projects • Sack decorating Your Group Your company, team, church or other group can help Kids Food Basket with a volunteer project. Some groups come regularly and others participate in a one-time volunteer project. Youth About 25% of the hours volunteered at Kids’ Food Basket come from youth

under age 18. Families are encouraged to volunteer together. Youth-led volunteering is available through the Kids Helping Kids program. Administration Support Thank you letters, helping with events, volunteer appreciation activities, and database work are just a few ways you can help. Please contact us to learn more. Other Ways To Get Involved Lead a food and juice box drive, pack snacks and trail mix, decorate sack supper bags, and more. If you have a specific idea in mind for a project or for more information call 235-4532. More details on volunteering for Kids Food Basket is available on their website

Event information can be submitted on our online calendar at

January 2011


Reader’s Lounge

Conversation Starter By Alexandra Fix

Cherries in Winter, My Family’s Recipe for Hope in Hard Times By Suzan Colon Anchor Trade, 2010, $14.95 Faced with a dramatic cut in income as she loses her steady Manhattan magazine job, writer Suzan Colon turns to home cooking to take the edge off her expenses. As she digs out her Nana’s Depression era recipe box, she gets much more than an economical meal plan. Recreating this food from the past, family stories unfold from clues tucked into the handwritten comments in the index card margins. Suzan’s family was no stranger to economic downturns and the women of that family prided themselves, in fact, on surviving in style. As her soups simmer and her stews bubble, Suzan begins to understand, through her family legacy, the difference between being poor in body and poor in soul. With a warm, poignant, honest voice, she lets us in on the family secret that makes you feel rich even when you’re downright poor. Rounding out this hearty memoir are some satisfying recipes of the past, from beef stew with yeast dumplings to lemon meringue pie; from simple bread and applesauce to the extravagance of dark, tart cherries in the winter.

Live More, Want Less 52 Ways to Find Order in your Life By Mary Carlomagno Storey Publishing, 2010, $12.95 “The question we need to be asking is not in what do I store my fifty pairs of shoes but why do I have fifty pairs of shoes to begin with?” This is the heart of Mary Carlomagno’s plan of action for restoring order in our lives. The author admits to being a shopaholic who has changed her ways. Using a framework of 52 “ways” to change our habits and attitudes about our buildup of “stuff,” it’s possible to begin on New Year’s Day and try one change each week throughout the year. The moral of the above shoe story is plain and simple: “Instead of increasing your storage, decrease your stuff.”

Carlomagno addresses so many aspects of accumulation: paperwork, shopping, scheduling, relationships, multitasking and more. I learned about getting past the very real “third-session setback” of purging when the decisions get more complicated as you make solid, but unfinished, progress. I loved this author’s thoughts on “proposana,” or proper placement of our possessions, a term borrowed from Hindu philosophy. There is a true wealth of inspiration in this guide book. Interestingly, Carlomagno’s organizing “ways” translate into an empowering life guide, far beyond even its clutter guide value. If you’re looking for daily inspirational reading to start your New Year right and get your priorities in order, this may well be your book. I’m afraid this book is one item you must add to your “stuff.”

Alexandra Fix is the author of ten non-fiction children’s book, including the series Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Heinemann Library). Over the years, she has truly enjoyed being a children’s librarian, registered nurse, freelance writer, mother and grandmother.


The Hunger Games (2008) Catching Fire (2009) Mockingjay (2010) By Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press $17.99 each (Trilogy set $53.99) Although young adults are the target audience for The Hunger Games Trilogy, there’s no reason to limit the readership range. The series is unusual, thought-provoking and captivating. Once you have read book one of the series, you’ll be driven to read onward through book two and three, so a discussion based solely on book one will simply be impossible. If you’re looking for a conversation starter, I would highly recommend that you propose all three books for discussion. As the first title opens, the Seventyfourth Hunger Games are about to begin. The setting for this series is a futuristic society in the country of Panem, the remains of what was once the United States. The new country is made up of thirteen districts and the Capitol – the center of luxury and excess. Each district serves a role in the needs of the Capitol. Poverty, hunger, depravation and oppression rule the districts and citizens are required to comply without question to the demands of the Capitol. Each year the Hunger Games are staged to entertain the residents of the Capitol. Every district child, age 12 and older, must place his or her name into a lottery designed to select the contestants in the games. One boy and one girl from each district will be a tribute, or player. Televised country-wide and celebrated in the Capitol, the games are required viewing among the masses in the districts. With high-stakes sponsorship competition, the players are delivered to an undisclosed arena and must face the natural elements, the diversions and traps contrived by the gamemakers and each other, in a battle to the death of all but one final victor. The games are mesmerizing in their shocking reality. It’s a survival-type show gone badly wrong. I have not been a fan of television reality shows so I was very surprised at my level of interest in these novels. I simply could not put them down. Author Suzanne Collins builds a riveting tale of choices and conflict, morality and evil, cleverness and fragility. There are intriguing symbolisms and references to the great civilizations of their “past” and their foibles, excesses and failings. Many of the controversial thoughts and ideas are fleshed out with each subsequent novel, adding depth to any discussion of the individual character’s personalities, motivations, strengths and flaws. The central figures in the novel are Katniss Everdeen, a young girl from District 12, Peeta Mellark, her fellow district contestant in the Hunger Games and Gale Hawthorne, the boy who has been Katniss’s friend and hunting companion since childhood. The games play out in intensity and flow into rebellion, war and subterfuge. As you can guess, there will be a love triangle. Interestingly, it’s less clear cut and more complicated than you might anticipate. Collins has done an excellent job of character development and the final outcome of the saga is well hidden until the final pages.

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Women's Lifestyle Magazine, January 2011, Health & Happiness  
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