Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mealtime Magic: Yummy Gummies

• 1 cup juice (try carrot/orange and cranberry/raspberry)
• 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
Step-by-Step Directions
1. Measure 1 cup of juice. Pour 2/3 of the cup into the cooking pot. Leave 1/3 cup in the measuring cup and sprinkle it with the unflavored gelatin and let it sit.
2. Meanwhile, a grown-up can help heat the juice until it starts to boil. Carefully pour the hot juice over the gelatin.
3. Stir for about 5 minutes, or until the gelatin dissolves.
4. Pour it into the candy molds and/or ice cube trays (work in the sink in case there are spills!).
5. Refrigerate until the gummies set, about 5 hours. Run the molds under hot water and slip out the shapes. Eat right away or cover and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Makes 4 Servings (makes 12 to 60 gummies, depending on the size of your ice cube trays or candy molds)
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Mealtime Magic: Sweet Tea Bread

Sweet Tea Bread

Makes 1 loaf
Sweet Tea is so ubiquitous and all encompassing in the South, we use it in just about any way we can. This light, delicately flavored quick bread is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon gathering, packaged up nicely with a ribbon or sliced on a silver platter.
  • 1 family-sized tea bag
  • 2 sprigs mint, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of one medium lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

  1. Put the tea bag and 2 sprigs of mint in a measuring cup. Add 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 30 minutes, then remove the tea bag and mint. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Measure out ½ cup of the tea, reserving the rest for the glaze. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the butter in the bowl in three additions, alternating with the tea and scraping down the sides of the bowl. When everything is well combined, beat on high for 5 seconds, then scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze.
  6. Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl. Whisk in the remaining tea slowly, until you have a pourable glaze about the consistency of heavy cream. Drizzle the glaze over the cake with a spoon, spreading to cover the top with a few attractive drips down the sides. Let the glaze set for about an hour.
  7. The loaf will keep in an airtight container for a day.
 In times of needed comfort we often turn to food. There may be no better way to express condolences to the bereaved than to show up with "funeral food": comforting casseroles, cheesy potatoes, sweet sheet cakes. THE SOUTHERN SYMPATHY COOKBOOK: Funeral Food with a Twist by Perre Coleman Magness provides a bevy of hearty bites for those with heavy hearts, whether you're feeding an entire congregation or delivering a meal to a friend in need. 

The Southern Sympathy Cookbook covers all meals from The Great Awakening (Breakfast and Breads) to The Sweet Hereafter (Desserts and Sweets). Recipes include Three Bean Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette, Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce, Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls and Buttermilk Bacon Stuffed Eggs. Throughout these Southern funeral recipe staples are woven unexpectedly humorous obituaries and anecdotes. Readers get a glimpse into the Southern grieving process and the story behind why these foods are so important in times of mourning. 

Perre Coleman Magness is an event planner, food writer, and the author of Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014) and the blog The Runaway Spoon. Perre has studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study in London, Morocco, Thailand, and Mexico. Her kitchen of choice is at home in Memphis, Tennessee, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

Thrifty Thinking: The Cost of Assisted Living Facilities by State

Did you know that if you want to ship mom or dad to an assisted living facility on the cheap, you should send them to Missouri which has the lowest average monthly cost of $2,525?
In the years to come, baby boomers are projected to enter assisted living facilities in record numbers. This will put a heavy financial burden on families across America.
To help families plan, the team at AssistedLivingFacilities.org put together a comprehensive resource for Americans in every state called: The Cost of Assisted Living Facilities by State
Here are a few examples:
·         Increase in Occupancy Levels: Through 2017, occupancy levels at senior living facilities was at 88.3%.  That number is expected to peak in 2026, the year when baby boomers reach the age that seniors typically move into assisted living facilities.
·         Different Options of Care: In terms of supply and demand, prices for assisted living facilities will increase in the years to come. The national average cost is $3,600 per month for an assisted living facility. A private, single-occupancy nursing home costs $7,604 and getting a home aid for eight hours per week costs $693. 
·         Delaware (not NY or California) is Most Expensive State: Delaware has the highest median monthly cost for an assisted living one-bedroom at $5,745.  New York, which you might expect to be higher, costs $4,100. 
·         Missouri is Least Expensive States: If you want to ship mom or dad off on the cheap, send them to Missouri where the cost is $2,525.
·         Beware of Hidden Fees: In addition to base fees, 30% of facilities require a security deposit while 22% require an entrance fee before moving in.
AssistedLivingFacilities.org is the leading resource for assisted living information and includes an assisted living directory by state.

Thrifty Thinking: 3 Major Ways Financial Illiteracy Is Harming Americans

America is consumed with higher education – going to college and earning a degree – as the necessary means to a well-paying job.
Yet with parents emphasizing the importance of academic excellence, and their children graduating and going on to successful employment, why do many still remain uneducated in fundamental financial matters?
Numerous statistics show financial illiteracy is a major problem in the U.S., reflected in enormous personal debt, woefully small savings, and irresponsible spending. Despite being home to many millionaires and billionaires, the U.S. ranks only 14th in the world in financial literacy, according to Financial Literacy Around the World, a Standard and Poor’s Rating Services Survey.
“A lack of knowledge or interest in financial matters comes from the family culture early on, and often as adults people have to teach themselves,” says Alexander Joyce, a retirement planner and president and CEO of ReJoyce Financial LLC (www.ReJoyceFinancial.com). “They’re not teaching financial literacy in high school, certainly not even the basics, like how compound interest works.
“People need to self-educate and research. All the information is out there.
Financial illiteracy is a widespread problem and its consequences reach far, from having no emergency funds to having little set aside for retirement.”
Joyce comments on three areas where the costly effects of financial illiteracy are significantly felt:
  • Low Savings. A 2017 survey of more than 8,000 people by GOBankingRates found that 57 percent had less than $1,000 in their savings account. “There’s an overall lack of education there as well from our schools,” Joyce says. “But at home if you don’t set examples for your children, I don’t think it will ever change. At the end of the day, you’ve got to put a little aside and say to yourself, ‘I’m not going to touch it.’“
  • Credit card debt. In December, NerdWallet revealed in its Household Credit Card Debt Study that the average American household owes $15,654 in credit card debt. Forty-one percent in the study admitted to spending more than they should, which leads to paying more interest and lingering high debt. “It’s a lack of discipline and not knowing the effect of interest rates,” Joyce says. “Most people are well-educated enough to understand what living outside their means actually means. But many adults act like a child making a decision and not really thinking about the consequences until they actually happen. This is especially true with the younger generation. The way the world is progressing with technology makes it easier to buy, and I think people easily get trapped in that.”
  • College debt. Five-figure college loan debts are common and continue to be a major drag on the economy. Joyce says parents of normal to low-income means might want to re-evaluate saddling their child and themselves with such a burden. But he also points the finger at colleges and employers. “The colleges are to blame as well, because they make it seem as though in order to get a good job, everybody must go to college,” Joyce says. “There’s nothing wrong with trade school. The cost of college is ridiculous. And I think employers can do a better job of having a benefits package that would absorb a lot of that college debt cost for a long-term valuable employee.”
“People lack financial discipline,” Joyce says. “They need to stop and think about their needs versus their wants, about their short-term and long-term goals.”

About Alexander Joyce
Alexander Joyce is CEO and president of ReJoyce Financial LLC (www.ReJoyceFinancial.com), a full-service retirement income planning firm in Indianapolis, Ind. He’s a licensed professional in Indiana who specializes in working with individuals who are nearlng or already in retirement. He holds the NSSA (National Social Security Advisor) CRPC (Charted Retirement Planning Counselor) designation. He hosts informational and educational seminars as well as the radio show Retirement Halftime Show. In addition, he can be seen monthly on Money Monday as well as  Your Money on the IndyStyle program, broadcast by WISH-TV, myINDY-TV and WTHR in Indianapolis.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Healthy Habits: Drunkorexia

The term drunkorexia pretty much means exactly what it sounds like: being drunk and anorexic at the same time. Unfortunately,  more than 80 percent of college students, both male and female, who binge drink report doing it.
I had a chance to interview and post content from Joy Stephenson-Laws, the Founder of the non-profit pH Labs’ -  the life and death impact of drunkorexia and tips on being proactive in identifying it and preventing it. 

Drunkorexia as a term is fairly self-explanatory, but why does it happen?
·       The idea behind drunkorexia is to limit the number of calories from food, so that you can drink more (have fun) without gaining weight. Drinking on an empty stomach also gets you drunk faster and for less money.
 What are the dangers?
Dangers include the following:

·       Dehydration
·       Vitamin and mineral depletion, especially B vitamins
·       Chronic malnutrition
·       Alcohol poisoning
·       Blackouts, which may lead to risky behaviors like driving under the influence and unprotected sex. It also may make someone more of a target for a sexual assault.
·       High blood pressure, heart disease
·       Reduced cognitive abilities, e.g., difficulty concentrating, trouble studying or making  decisions
·       Poor academic performance
·       Social problems, e.g., fights, violence, dysfunctional relationships
·       Legal problems – DUI’s
 How can parents talk to their teens about avoiding it?
Talk to your teens using simple language about the importance of drinking responsibly so that when they are allowed to drink, they can make intelligent decisions. Telling them not to drink is almost futile but you can tell them to make sure they never drink on an empty stomach. Drinking on an empty stomach is asking for trouble – because of the effects of the alcohol reaching your brain faster than if you had food in your system. Explain that the effects may seem to feel good at first but they may not be aware of their surroundings (blackouts) and put themselves at risk for harm to self and others.  Alcohol related sexual assaults are a real issue and is quite prevalent. A good site I usually refer to in my discussion with teenagers is  https://sobercollege.com/addiction-blog/what-percentage-of-college-sexual-assaults-involve-alcohol/.   Finally, recent studies confirm alcohol may make you fat – and may actually make it difficult to lose weight so drinking really defeats the purpose if they are trying to keep weight off.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2017-01-11-study-reveals-how-alcohol-shifts-brain-into-starvation-mode/

What about parents whose children are technically adults - how can they balance warning of the dangers with allowing freedom?
As parents we should provide the necessary education as indicated earlier. We should also expose them to education from the community or colleges where relevant. Recently, my husband suggested that young adults with a propensity to drink should be required to become familiar and involve themselves with groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to really understand the impact that irresponsible drinking can cause.
We also have to allow our young adults the freedom to make decisions based on what they have learned from both us and the community.  And they will make the wrong decisions sometimes.  When they do, we have to be prepared to provide support and appropriate intervention. Appropriate and early intervention will make it more likely for them to learn from the first bad experience rather than repeating the bad decisions.  
I also provided more information on this issue in my blog --http://phlabs.com/knowing-about-drunkorexia-can-save-your-childs-life.  

Stephenson-Laws, pH Labs’ founder, a national nonprofit health information organization with a diverse team of health care professionals who are experts in making complex health and health-related topics easy-to-understand and easy for your audience to apply to their daily lives.  

Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (www.phlabs.org), a national non-profit health information company that provides education and tools needed to achieve optimal health. Her most recent book is Minerals - The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, available through Amazon, iTunes and bookstores.

Fun Freetime: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Tour

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South Africa’s preeminent singing group, received GRAMMY® Award nominations for their two 2017 albums: Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids & Parents Around the World in the "Best Children's Album 2017" category and Shaka Zulu Revisited in the "Best World Music Album 2017" category. Starting on January 17, 2018 at the Washington Center for Performing Arts (Olympia, WA) and continuing through to April 9, 2018 at Dolly Parton's park Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform songs from their GRAMMY® Award nominated albums on their North American tour. Concert details are at mambazo.com

It is with the deepest gratitude that the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo accept these nominations, which mark their 18th & 19th GRAMMY® Award nominations during the past 30 years. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won the GRAMMY® Award four times: in 1988, 2004, 2009 and 2013. The group was most recently nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2016, for the album Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers.

Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids & Parents Around the World 
This is a collection of songs with a message for parents, their children, and of course everyone else to share and enjoy during these trying times. Ladysmith Black Mambazo member Albert Mazibuko says, "with this children's album, we want to share our songs of peace and love with the little ones. We want parents to have a collection of songs with a positive message to listen to with their kids. We know first hand how hard it is to raise children in a world of conflict, in a world where kids need positive role models and words of encouragement. We hope our songs can be an important part of the lessons of peace and love that all parents want to fill their children with."

Shaka Zulu Revisited
A 30-year celebration of the group's first internationally released studio album, Shaka Zulu, which won the group their first GRAMMY® Award. In 2014, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's founder Joseph Shabalala retired, handing his four sons the role of joint leaders. With the passing of his torch, Joseph's sons wanted to honor their father and other members of the original group, who have retired or passed away. By re-recording the songs from their original album, they present these new versions for both longtime fans as well as people who have only recently become acquainted with the group's music. Joseph's son ThulaniShabalala says, "Shaka Zulu Revisited encompasses so much history for us. By re-recording the original album and having the Recording Academy deem Shaka Zulu Revisitedone of the five 'Best World Music Albums of 2017,' this becomes an amazing moment for everyone involved with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, both past and present."

Ladysmith Black Mambazo U.S. 2018 Tour Dates

17 (Wed) -- Washington Center for Performing Arts -- Olympia, WA
19 (Fri) -- Hering Auditorium -- Fairbanks, AK
20 (Sat) -- Alaska Center for the Performing Arts -- Anchorage, AK
21 (Sun) -- Neptune Theatre -- Seattle, WA
22 (Mon) -- Aladdin Theatre -- Portland, OR
24 (Wed) -- John G. Shedd Institute -- Eugene, OR
25 (Thu) -- John Van Duzer Theatre -- Arcata, CA
26 (Fri) -- The Green Music Center, Sonoma State University -- Rohnert Park, CA 
27 (Sat) and 28 (Sun) -- Freight & Salvage Coffee House -- Berkeley, CA 
30 (Tue) -- The Center For The Arts -- Grass Valley, CA
31 (Wed) -- Rio Theatre -- Santa Cruz, CA
1 (Thu) -- Belly Up Tavern -- Solana Beach, CA
2 (Fri) -- Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts -- Scottsdale, AZ
3 (Sat) -- Sammy Davis Festival Plaza -- Las Vegas, NV
5 (Mon) and 2/6 (Tue) -- The Barns of Wolf Trap -- Vienna, VA
8 (Thu) -- State Theatre -- Ithaca, NY
9 (Fri) -- Enlow Recital Hall, Kean University -- Hillside, NJ
10 (Sat) -- Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts -- Storrs, CT
11 (Sun) -- Sanders Theatre -- Cambridge, MA
14 (Wed) -- Swasey Chapel, Denison University -- Granville, OH
16 (Fri) -- Memorial Auditorium, Ohio University -- Athens, OH
17 (Sat) -- Old Town School Of Music -- Chicago, IL
22 (Thu) and 2/23 (Fri) -- Ordway Center For The Performing Arts -- St.  Paul, MN
24 (Sat) -- Overture Center For The Arts -- Madison, WI
25 (Sun) -- Pabst Theatre -- Milwaukee, WI
27 (Tue) -- The Ark -- Ann Arbor, MI
28 (Wed) -- Music Box -- Cleveland, OH

1 (Thu) -- Memorial Hall -- Cincinnati, OH
2 (Fri) -- Carolina Theatre -- Greensboro, NC
3 (Sat) -- Rialto Center For The Arts, Georgia State University -- Atlanta, GA
4 (Sun) -- City Winery -- Nashville, TN
6 (Tue) -- Sellersville Theatre -- Sellersville, PA
8 (Thu) -- Symphony Space -- New York, NY
9 (Fri) -- The Colonial Theatre -- Pittsfield, MA
10 (Sat) -- Merrill Auditorium -- Portland, ME
11 (Sun) -- Zeiterion Performing Arts Center -- New Bedford, MA
13 (Tue) -- Rams Head On Stage -- Annapolis, MD
16 (through April 9) -- Dollywood -- Pigeon Forge, TN

More about Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Their Music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala. In 1986, the American singer/songwriter Paul Simon famously went to South Africa and recorded the group's rich harmonies for his iconic album, Graceland -- a landmark recording that is considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. Since then, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with a wide variety of artists including Stevie Wonder, Sarah McLachlan, DollyParton, Josh Groban, David GuettaEmmylou Harris and many more. In addition to the group's winter tour of the USA, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will also tour in 2018 to the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and return to the USA once again. 
Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids & Parents Around the World and Shaka Zulu Revisted are both available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and many other music retailers and streaming services. Follow the Ladysmith Black Mambazo onFacebook and on Twitter at @THEREALMAMBAZO​.

Shopping Savings: Travel Deals at The Broadmoor

 The Broadmoor is the longest-running Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond property on the planet. It’s also one of the few resort destinations in the U.S. people can actually name. And, it is turning 100 in 2018 with a year-long party.
This is where the West begins – at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor encompasses 5,000 acres, has its own canyon with mountain waterfalls, and, if that’s not enough, operates a super-exclusive retreat called Cloud Camp on top of Cheyenne Mountain at 9,200 feet. Guests can try their hands at ranch life at the Ranch at Emerald Valley or pick up a rod and reel at Fly Fishing Camp on the banks of the Tarryall River. There’s a zip line experience that is longer than a championship golf course, and there’s a championship golf course where a guy named Jack Nicklaus won his first major title. The U.S. Senior Open will be played there in June, or guests may choose to tee up alongside legends like Hale Irwin and Davis Love III – experiences that can be arranged for those looking for something even more tailor-made to their tastes.
The more traditional resort is more like a resort campus, with 784 rooms and suites, including the new Estate House, a 12,000-square-foot mansion originally built in the 1930s that exudes a Gatsby-esque elegance and style. On site, there are 10 restaurants – including Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Penrose Room – plus another 10 cafés and lounges; a Forbes Five Star spa; three golf courses; and award-winning tennis.

Yes, The Broadmoor is historic, legendary, famous – but this is a resort where “vacationers make their own history” with family, friends, and even people they work with. It’s all about experiences, and The Broadmoor does not disappoint with its broad array of choices. You can go bowling at the bar in Play; browse the resort’s impressive Western art collection (one of the largest in the world); throw tomahawks (outside); test your hand at falconry; attempt rock-climbing; and then there is the world-class fly fishing (a 10-year-old girl holds the present record for biggest trout). Check out Broadmoor Outfitters for all the fun Western things you can do here.
What was true in 1918 is still true today. Relaxed luxury mixed with Western hospitality is framed by scenic views and inspiring mountains. It is a destination that can arguably be called “The Most Unique Resort in the World.”
On June 29, 2018, The Broadmoor will officially turn 100 years old. There will be fireworks and then the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open.
Early June will be a time for major celebrations as well, with a Centennial Weekend Celebration planned June 1-3. The weekend package, which is offered at $1,918 (double occupancy), includes such perks as a gala dinner, a welcome reception, and a Prohibition-era themed cocktail party. 
An occasion this momentous is too big to limit to one weekend, so during each month of 2018, the resort will commemorate a specific era in its history with special events, activities, and packages.While activities may change, and more added, here’s a monthly rundown of what to do “Where The West Begins”:
Year-Long Broadmoor Centennial Package: Throughout 2018, there is a new Broadmoor Centennial Celebration Package. It includes Classic accommodations; a copy of "The Broadmoor Story" – a new pictorial history book; sparkling wine and a candy nut tin during the first night's turndown service; $60 breakfast credit per night; and suites available at 25 percent off published rates. Starting at $190 per person, per night based on double occupancy. 
January - The Early Years: Destined for Greatness: Larger than life men and women helped shape Colorado Springs in the latter part of the 19th century. The Broadmoor staff will share truths, myths, and urban legends throughout the month. Highlights: Art and history tours around the hotel, as well as the Legacy of Ice event on January 20 honoring the history of The Broadmoor Ice Palace (now called The Broadmoor World Arena) and its place as the epicenter of skating in the West. 
February - Julie and Spencer Penrose’s Love Story: An unusual meeting of the resort’s founders and an unconventional proposal led to a shared vision of elegance and refinement. Highlights: Decadent Desserts and Wines for Two at the resort’s most romantic restaurants. 
March - Rocky Mountain Wellness: Spa and Wellness From The Beginning To Today: From one of the earliest spas for both men and women came a model of wellness that is an integral part of well-being today. Highlights: Women’s Weekend of Wellness featuring keynote speaker Peggy Fleming, special 100-minute spa treatments all month long, and juicing as well as healthy entertaining classes led by Broadmoor chefs.
April - A Family Destination Throughout The Years: Six generations of guests have brought their families to The Broadmoor because it is a place that makes memories for a lifetime. Highlights: “Dive-in” movies at the resort’s indoor pool and The Broadmoor’s Easter programming including egg hunts, family brunches, and carnival games.
May - The Broadmoor: Gateway to the American West: From a winding road up a mountain and a lodge with unparalleled views to rustic cabins nestled in the pines, Mr. Penrose envisioned more than a resort, but a destination to celebrate American West. Highlights: Smoking and BBQ classes taught by The Broadmoor’s master chefs, with a tribute to Colorado mountain cuisine; history lectures from the resort’s historian on the resort’s fascinating Wilderness Properties; and the new Ultimate Colorado Adventure Package – a seven-day escape in the wilderness.  
June - A Destination Realized: The Grande Dame Opens: When the doors officially opened June 29, 1918, the world was introduced to the jewel of the Rocky Mountains. The rest, as they say, is history. Highlights: Centennial Weekend Celebration June 1-3, including a special gala dinner, dancing, entertainment, and Prohibition-era cocktails; the U.S. Senior Open June 25-July 1; and a June 29 fireworks extravaganza.
July - Celebrating 100 Years of Golf Excellence: From the first golf tournament July 1, 1918, to today, legends have played and history has been made on The Broadmoor’s historic links. Highlights: The Broadmoor Invitational July 22-27, and all month golfers will enjoy a special “19th hole” menu at The Grille.  
August - Designing The Broadmoor Gardens: Spencer Penrose knew that a great resort should have only the best gardens surrounding it. Today, the legacy of the Olmsted brothers is everywhere to be seen and appreciated. Highlights: Special gardening master classes taught by the resort’s master gardener, farm and greenhouse tours led by Broadmoor chefs and the resort’s horticulturist, plus walking tours of the grounds.
September - The Season of Authentic Colorado Adventure: Marvel at the views. Ride through the shimmering gold aspen leaves. Learn why, no matter how far Spencer and Julie Penrose traveled around the world, their true pleasure was in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Highlights: Falconry, zip lining, and fly-fishing lessons.
October - Season of Harvest: Farm-to-table is nothing new to The Broadmoor. From the beginning, locally grown ingredients have always been a part of its culinary heritage. Every day is a celebration of fresh ideas. Highlights: Five course Fall Harvest Dinner and Broadmoor farm tours.
November - Holidays at The Broadmoor: From festive lights and dining delights to enchanting music and eyes filled with wonder, The Broadmoor is pure magic at holiday time. Highlights: Holiday entertaining classes, the construction of a gingerbread replica of Broadmoor Main, as well as November Veteran’s Day celebrations, including a Military Appreciation Gala.
December - The Next Chapter: The Centennial and Beyond: While the resort pays tribute to where it came from, the true excitement is in what the future holds as The Broadmoor sets its sights firmly on the next 100 years. Highlights: The Broadmoor holiday shows and other holiday programming. 

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Healthy Habits: You Get Bitter. Or You Get Better.

After my husband, Joe, suffered a stroke on June 14, 2016, together he and I began to forge a new path for ourselves: one filled with concern, anxiety and an education into a health arena that we had never expected to encounter.  

There were lessons learned, as well; lessons that reached beyond the medical field, lessons of the human spirit and how far we – as individuals, and as a couple - can stretch in times of peril.  

At the rehabilitation hospital where my husband, Joe, spent several weeks following his strokes, I made it my job to shadow the various therapists as they helped him regain his strength, mobility, flexibility, speech and language skills.  

It was in this manner that I began to understand my part in his rehabilitation; continuing the exercises those kind and knowledgeable therapists presented to him on a daily basis.   

In physical therapy Joe relearned how to walk securely as he graduated from a shuffle to his customary gait – one foot strongly in front of the other as he propelled himself forward and up and down stairs with confidence.

The occupational therapists provided him with exercises that eventually strengthened his right hand and retaught those muscles how to grasp a pen, use a fork and employ that dominant hand to transport food from his plate to his mouth.  

In speech therapy Joe slowly regained fluency; his slurred speech became clearer and the aphasia, which kept words hidden from his expressive speech, started to dissipate.  He was able to more easily communicate through the spoken word. 

Through this all Joe never lost his sense of humor.  Nor did I.   

It was during one conversation while the aphasia still had its hold on Joe that he looked at me and, trying to convey a thought, used a totally inappropriate word in place of the one he had wanted to say.  All we could do was look at each other and burst out laughing.  Anyone walking past the room at that moment might have assumed we were making light of his predicament.  But that was most certainly not the case.  What we were doing was heeding the message we had seen on a hand-painted plaque hanging on the wall outside the physical therapy gym at the hospital:

You get bitter or you get better:
It’s that simple.  Take what has been dealt
to you, and allow it to make you a stronger
person, or allow it to tear you down.  The
Choice is yours.  Choose wisely.

Joe has chosen to get better.  Not bitter.

And that has helped us both more than any other therapy he could have had at the rehabilitation hospital.  

CJ Golden may be a sweet, 70-something grandma-type; however, she is anything but typical. Golden’s voice is one of a kind that imparts wisdom while staying completely accessible to her audiences; like a spunky fairy-godmother with the occasionally red or green tipped hair, she is a shoulder to lean on and a ‘rock on’ motivator all in one. Her upcoming book, One Pedal at a Time: A Novice Caregiver and her Cyclist Husband Face their new Normal with Courage, Tenacity, and Abundant Love, follows the year-long journey of a long distance cyclist during and after cancer-induced strokes.

World Wisdom: New Eco-Friendly Baby Products

The Marcus & Marcus Organic Rattle is made from 100% certified organic cotton and free from harmful chemicals. Each rattle is filled with polyester fiber or squeaky sound that entertains your baby with lots of fun. The size is perfect for their tiny hands to hold with as their favorite toy. The rattle is also phthalate free and free from harmful chemicals.
Available Characters/Colors: Lola the Giraffe, Pokey the Piglet, Marcus the Lion Cub, Ollie the Elephant, Willow the Whale
MSRP: $13.99; Available online

Almost worse than a sleepless baby is the true dilemma of diaper rash.  Olen Cosmetics has created *the* best solution to this dilemma with their Baby Butz Cream. The safest and most effective diaper rash treatment available without a prescription. 100% natural ingredients and 30% zinc oxide. Used in hospital neonatal units and many pediatricians hand out samples plus medical professionals have endorsed this cream. No Chemicals, no Alcohol, no perfumes and hypoallergenic.
MSRP: $6.49 (2 ounces); Available online