Jul/Aug
2013

End-of-Life Arrangements

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Written by Debi Neville

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The Conversation No One Wants to Have, But Everyone Should

Discussing the end of life—the passing of person and property—is a talk that makes us dreadfully uncomfortable. Yet if our wishes are to be honored after we are gone (or have become incapacitated), the right financial plans and legal paperwork must be in place regardless of our current age or vitality.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

The Nouveau Trousseau

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Written by Olive Martini

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Or Bra-Wars and the Frumpy Fungus

Sometime after the age of 40, I looked in the mirror and saw my grandma staring back at me…in big white panties and a shabby brassiere. My heart sank: “When did I become so damn frumpy?

Scientists will probably disagree, but I suspect frumpy is a fungus that attacks middle-aged women like creeping bread mold. In the human female, it rounds the belly, widens the buttocks and zaps our fashion sense. Psychologists may argue that frumpy is just a state of mind—the insidious spawn of habit and malaise. Whatever it is, frumpy had me in a stranglehold. Big time.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Driving While Intoxicated

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Written by Michelle Kubitz and Alison Rentschler

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Meet Jane Doe. Jane is a 35-year-old, 5’6” female who weighs 150 pounds. An hour and a half ago, she went to a spontaneous happy hour to wish an officemate farewell. She’s now had two premium margaritas with little to no food in her stomach. Is she safe to drive home?

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Pet Q & A - Nov/Dec 2012

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Written by Sara Reusche

pet-qa-novdec2012Q: We’re planning to get my elderly grandmother a pet for Christmas because she’s lonely. Is it better to get her an adult cat or a kitten?

A: While there are many reasons to give a pet as a gift, experts advise against doing so. Dogs and cats are a 10–15 year commitment and entail significant ongoing costs and care.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Captivating Character

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Written by Bob Freund

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Melissa Brandt’s mind flashes back to a scene in her mother-in-law’s home: bunched together on a small silver tray stood 10–15 bottles of Opi nail polish.

“They all were the same color,” she recalls. A dark, rosy pink.

Melissa jots down such slices of life for future scripts.

 

Sep/Oct
2012

Pet Q & A - Sept/Oct 2012

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Written by Sara Reusche

pet-questions-septoct2012Q: What’s the best way to socialize my new puppy?

A: Socialization is defined as positive experiences with new things (people, other animals, places, etc.). Puppies have a “socialization window” that closes at 16 weeks. Everything that happens before then—good and bad—shapes who your new puppy will become. It’s important to make sure your new puppy has lots of great experiences during this time so that he grows up to be friendly and well-adjusted.

Puppy class is a good place to start your pup’s socialization experiences. Look for a class that balances playtime with learning and focuses on calm puppy introduction rather than a wild “free-for-all,” which could encourage bullying.

 

Sep/Oct
2012

Fall Color Fashion Report

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Written by Alison Rentschler

fall-color-reportFrom sideswiped ponytails to burnt orange scarves, color showers expected from head to toe this autumn.

Nails
Gel polish on a natural nail in dark browns, maroon and burnt orange.
—Vikki Ngin of Kari’s Nails.

“It’s a newer polish that lasts two weeks and there’s no chipping. It doesn’t damage the health of nails,” explained Vikki.

 

Sep/Oct
2012

How Sweet It Is

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Written by Janette Dragvold

how-sweet-it-isOn a crisp autumn day, as the leaves begin to fall, there are few places more pleasant to meander than picturesque Lanesboro. Among its many gems is the Bittersweet Boutique and Antiques, an imaginative, eclectic store whose treasures fill the nooks and crannies of its warm, inviting walls.

Sassy socks and stylish service
Owners Val and Bruce Gilfillan opened Bittersweet in April 2011 because Val has always loved fashion and design and wanted a place where people could have fun, find their own style and buy quality clothing.

 

Sep/Oct
2012

Healing Waters

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Written by Amanda Wingren

healing-watersIn front of Liz Yochum’s house is a fountain humble enough to nearly be overlooked. Water bubbles from the source and flows over the smooth granite surface, producing a gentle, calming sound. A purple light flickers, representative of a burning candle, creating an atmosphere of
stillness, healing and comfort.

After eleven years of ongoing cancer treatment, the comfort of the Healing Waters fountain is just what Liz’s practitioners at Mayo Clinic wanted to give her. Ann Weydert, one of Liz’s nurses at the Rochester Mayo Clinic Cancer Treatment Unit, views Liz as the embodiment of constancy.

 

Jul/Aug
2012

Cheap Thrills on Broadway

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Written by C.G. Worrell

0055With a smile on my face, I drive down the road to pick up my good friend, K.T. I crank open the sunroof and sing along with the radio. It’s our shared day off—that special time when we eat lunch, gossip and shop. Our goal today: an afternoon of fun on Broadway without spending a fortune. It’s easy to do, if you know where to go!

With a smile on my face, I drive down the road to pick up my good friend, K.T. I crank open the sunroof and sing along with the radio. It’s our shared day off—that special time when we eat lunch, gossip and shop. Our goal today: an afternoon of fun on Broadway without spending a fortune. It’s easy to do, if you know where to go!

 

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