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                                                                                      Q&A                                      cynthia
                                                                                      Dee                                      M. ELLIS
                                                                                22    Wallace


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  FLAIRE IS A SUPPLEMENT TO THE TELEGRAPH                                                                   It really is amazing how fast time
                                                                                                       goes by when you reach a specific age.
                                                                                                       It's hard to believe that it's September
                                                                                                       already and once again I'm turning
                WHAT’S INSIDE                                          CONTRIBUTORS                    another year older.

                                                                                                           This month is my favorite, not
                3   Gimmee a redneck girl                              PUBLISHER                       because it's my birthday, but because it
                     Laura Snyder                                      Jim Shrader                     kicks off fall weather (and after the sum-
                                                                       (618)463-2580                   mer we've had I'm ready for it.) Fall
                4   Cover Story                                        Jshrader@thetelegraph.com       reminds me of so many things - fashion,
                    12th annual women’s                                                                football and friends.
                seminar
                                                                       EDITOR IN CHIEF
                                                                       Dan Brannan                         The No. 1 thing about fall is all the
                6   Grafton’s only
                                                                       (618)463-2560                   new back-to-school fashion. I don't
                    female mayor
                     City to host 175th           9                    Dbrannan@thetelegraph.com       believe you have to be in school to get
                                                                                                       in on the great deals either. There are so
                     anniversary celebration.
                                                  Spicy Roasted                                        many bargains it's hard to pass them up.
                                                                       EDITOR/SENIOR WRITER            So go ahead and shop! Treat yourself
                10 FACES                          Pumpkin Seeds        Cynthia Ellis
                     Employees of Raging                                                               and buy at least one thing. I dare you.
                                                                       (618)463-2570
                     Rivers Water Park
                                                                       Cellis@thetelegraph.com             The second thing I love about fall is
                12 Style Sense                                                                         football. The start of school and prep
                     ‘Project’ under way                               CREATIVE DIRECTOR               teams playing all across the River Bend.
                                                                       Georgia Mills                   I mean, there is something about high
                13 Meet a Woman                                        (618)463-2554                   school students playing the gridiron
                   with flaire                                         Gmills@thetelegraph.com         game that just takes me back to my
                     Elisa Gates                 22                                                    youth. I think it's the spirit so many of us
                                                                       GRAPHIC SUPERVISOR              had back in the day.
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                                                                                                       friendship. For whatever reason during
                16 September calendar                                  Jwilson@thetelegraph.com        this season I like to get together with my
                    Labor Day, Grandma Moses and grandparents                                          girlfriends to do different things. I'm
                                                                       ADVERTISING DIRECTOR            more prone to it in the fall because it's a
                18 Basic Beauty                                        Johnny Aguirre                  new school season, and when I was
                     Hair: The Crown Jewel                             (618)463-2543                   young I would get to see friends I hadn't
                                                                       Jaguirre@thetelegraph.com       seen all summer when classes
                20 Bridges, buttresses and backsides                                                   resumed. There were a few girls in my
                    Lynne and Eddie Agha                               PHOTOGRAPHY                     neighborhood I hung out with in the
                                                                       Cynthia Ellis                   summer, but other than that I waited.

                         On the Cover
                                                                       (618)463-2570
                                                                       Cellis@thetelegraph.com              Fall has always been my favorite
                                                                                                       season and this year I'm looking forward
                                           flaire/CYNTHIA M. ELLIS                                     to it. My son started his senior year and
                                           Attorney Lori DaCosse                                       I've only got the next 10 months to
                                           with Sandberg Phoenix &     CONTRIBUTING WRITERS            spend with him before he leaves for the
                                           von Gontard P.C. of         Corey Stulce                    U.S. Marines. I plan to make the most of
                                           Edwardsville kicks up her   Vicki Bennington                it, especially since it's the start of some-
                                           heels beside the barn at    Laura Snyder                    thing new.
                                           Beverly Farm in prepara-    Lynn and Eddie Agha
                                           tion for the "Cowgirl Up"   Jill Moon                           Anyway, hope all of you have a fabu-
                                           seminar this month at the                                   lous fall!
                                           Holiday Inn.
                                                                                                                                       — Cynthia
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                                                                                                   I told my husband to stop watching it     neck girl!" my husband crooned, oblivious
                                                                                              for fear that we would crash. He got mad       to the impending storm in the back seat.

                             LAURA                                                            at me for acting like he didn't know how
                                                                                              to drive. I thought we should probably
                                                                                                                                                 I oversaw the return of the Game Boy
                                                                                                                                             and instructed them on the proper way to


                             on life
                                                                                              back up and get that number, because it        ask for something. "You do not say 'gim-
                                                                                              looked like we soon might need both a          mee'."
                                                                                              chiropractor and a divorce lawyer.                 My husband could not resist an
                                                                                                   He pulled over and let me drive.          encore: "Gimmee a, gimmee a, gimmee
                             By Laura Snyder                                                       Five minutes later he asked if I knew     a redneck girl…"
                                                                                              what the speed limit was. He likes to              "I'll give you a red neck all right!" I
                                                                                              spring pop quizzes on me like that.            exploded. "I think my hands around your
       Gimmee a redneck girl                                                                       "I'm going 80, so that must be the
                                                                                              speed limit," I answered tartly… and illog-
                                                                                                                                             neck might do the trick!"
                                                                                                                                                 "I'm driving," he grinned as if that
     love road trips. On road trips, my        weds, or listened to that person complain      ically.                                        would save him.


I    husband is forced to talk to me. He
     would say he liked it too, if he'd just
     put down the remote and thought
about it.
     Our most recent road trip was a ten-
                                               about her plantar warts, we would take
                                               four days just to arrive at our destination.
                                               It was just as well that they didn't know
                                               we were taking this trip.
                                                    Chatting was not necessarily high pri-
                                                                                                   "Well, there is a cop car next to that
                                                                                              speed limit sign ahead. So I guess we're
                                                                                              going to find out."
                                                                                                   "Can you read it?"
                                                                                                   "Not yet. Can you?"
                                                                                                                                                 "Really! I thought you were skinning
                                                                                                                                             cats!"
                                                                                                                                                 "Watch it," he said, "You're starting to
                                                                                                                                             sound like a redneck girl."
                                                                                                                                                 "If you're saying that I'm overweight,
hour adventure which made conversation         ority, but we did try to interact with each         "Nope."                                   drink too much and have tattoos I don't
a necessity. This would have made me           other as best we could. We talked about             They really shouldn't give licenses to    remember getting, you're going to need
happy, but our conversational chops            the things we saw. It might be an unusu-       people who can see a police cruiser, but       that divorce lawyer!"
needed honing. They were rusty from            al license plate: "How on earth did a car      not the sign next to which it is parked. I          "It was a chiropractor."
lack of use.                                   from Hawaii get here?" As if there was         pulled over and let him drive again.               So much for conversation. Where's a
     We started with the usual confirma-       not an obvious explanation.                         Our conversations were not going          remote when I need one?
tions about why this trip was a good idea;          Or it could be a message on a bill-       well. They were further threatened by my
giving each other a high five for thinking     board which needed some clarification:         children's tendency to annoy each other        Laura Snyder is a nationally syn-
of it. We talked about all the reasons we      "Don't Live With A Nagging Pain."              and my husband's tendency to burst into        dicated columnist, author &
could not stop in to see people we knew             We discussed whether it advertised a      song at the slightest hint of a random bit     speaker. You can reach Laura at
along our route. After all, we only had        chiropractor or a divorce lawyer. We           of lyrics.                                     lsnyder@lauraonlife.com
four days. If we stopped to have a piece       couldn't read it fast enough because it was         "Gimmee that!" said one little angel to   mailto:lsnyder@lauraonlife.com
of last season's fruitcake with this person,   one of those digital billboards that changed   the one who just grabbed his Game Boy.         Or visit her website www.lauraon-
get marital advice from those newly-           every five seconds… like a TV set.                  "Gimme a, gimme a, gimmee a red-          life.com




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        12th annual women’s seminar
                                      ‘CowGirl Up!
                                      Get Out of Your Own Way’
                                                                         By CYNTHIA M. ELLIS




                          W
                                            ould you like to          responsibilities and stresses that       Annice has taught English and
                                            lasso more out of         women take on as "purse string-          journalism in the Alton School
                                            life? If so then get      holders" and bookkeepers. She            District.
                                            ready to saddle up        will discuss solutions on what you            Annice plans to motivate
                          for RiverBend Growth Association            can do to improve your current           women to make a difference in
                          and SCORE's 12th annual                     and financial needs and wants.           the lives of co-workers and family
                          women's seminar "CowGirl Up!                    Dawn is owner and chief exec-        members. She's mentored
                          Get Out of Your Own Way."                   utive officer of Customer Service        numerous teachers as they have
                              The "By Women, For Women"               and Beyond as well as the execu-         worked to earn their board certifi-
                          event, is being held from 7:30              tive director of the                     cation.
                          a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the              Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Chamber              "I think it's going to be a fun-
                          Alton Holiday Inn.                          of Commerce. Dawn's message is           filled day that any woman would
                              "We're excited about this               that life is simple and everyone         enjoy," Joell said.
                          event," said Joell Aguirre, RBGA            has choices to make.                          Joell said the seminar is only
                          director of member services.                    "Only you have the power to          event SCORE hosts during the
                              Joell said the seminar will             'change your attitude, change            year. The non-profit organization,
                          focus on how "to be your own                your underwear," Mushill said.           which is Service Corps of Retired
                          woman and take responsibility for               Kathy, who is director of corpo-     Executives, counsels small busi-
                          who you are and what you do."               rate and community learning at           ness owners or people hoping to
                          The seminar will feature four               Lewis and Clark Community                start a new business by using the
                            speakers - Donna Eye, Dawn                College, will keep attendees "rid-       expertise of local long-time busi-
                               Mushill, Kathy Willis and              ing high on emotional intelli-           ness men and women.
                                Annice Brave.                         gence." Kathy will call upon                  She said the event's exclusive
                                      The women will tell             women to improve their leadership        sponsor is Sandberg Phoenix &
                                    attendees whether they            skills by lassoing in emotional          von Gontard P.C. of Edwardsville.
                                     need a life "make over,"         intelligence at work and at home.             Lori DaCosse an attorney with
                                       attitude adjustment, or            Kathy will redefine what it          Sandberg Phoenix said she was
                                        control of their emo-         means to be smart through and            looking forward to the event.
                                          tional intelligence.        understanding of emotional intelli-           "It's my first year with the law
                                               "They are all real-    gence and hot to leverage it to be       firm and my first year to attend
                                        ly incredible women,"         flexible and productive. She will        the event," she said.
                                      Joell said.                     teach women not to automatically              Lori said she likes the idea of
                                           Donna is the sales         corral their feeling, but rather learn   the seminar and how its focusing
                                       advertising manager            to recognize they and use them to        on "taking responsibility for who
                                        for the Suburban              "ride high in the saddle of life."       you are as a woman."
                                         Journals of Greater              Annice was name Illinois                  Beside women learning how to
                                          St. Louis and a mem-        Teacher of the Year for 2011 and         "Cowgirl Up!" the event will also
                                           ber of the National        was one of four finalists for the        provide an opportunity to network
                                            Association of            National Teacher of the Year             as well as get a chance to door
                                             Professional             Award. For the past 24 years             prizes and attendance gifts.
                                              Woman and presi-
                                               dent of DREAM
                                                    consulting.
                                                          She will
                                                                                Tickets are $50 and include lunch.
                                                             iden-              To purchase yours contact Joell at
                                                               tify
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                                                                                           City to host 175th
                                                                                        Anniversary celebration
                                                                                                 Sept. 17 and 18




 Alderwoman Bobbie Ambur g is the only female to be elected ma yor of
 Grafton. Her photo stands out among a long line of mayors at Grafton City Hall.




    Grafton’s only female mayor shares her passion for the city
               By JILL MOON                       greatest turmoil.                              the Ruebel Hotel and the Brainerd house,
                                                     She felt compelled to run for mayor and     which now houses the restaurant Mississippi
              rafton Alderwoman Bobbie Amburg     was elected in 1997. She served one term       Half Step. She also struck a good deal and


 G            is passionate about her second
              home, the city of Grafton at the
              confluence of the Mississippi and
 Illinois rivers.
      She moved there from Alton after she
                                                  through 2001. During her four years as


                                                       It's more exciting
                                                                                                 saved all of the historic stones from the quar-
                                                                                                 ry that used to be in Grafton. Many have
                                                                                                 been used throughout town, including at The
                                                                                                 Grove Memorial Park.
                                                                                                     After serving as mayor, she focused on
 married her husband, Ed Amburg, in 1984.             now because we're                          her family because her daughter, Susie Bell,
 Her passion showed, and Grafton residents                                                       died at age 38 during Bobbie's mayoral
 elected Bobbie as mayor right after the Great         building and not                          term. Susie left behind four daughters, for
 Flood of 1993. To date, she is the only
 female to be elected mayor of Grafton. Her               tearing down.                          whom Bobbie became guardian. Bobbie's
                                                                                                 mother also died while she was serving as
 photo stands out among a long line of may-                                                      mayor.
 ors at Grafton City Hall.                                                                           But she couldn't bear to leave the city
      Bobbie became a City Council member         mayor, she faced personal heartache, but       politics of Grafton, the city she loves.
 first after longtime Grafton resident Flo        overcame, which is Bobbie's nature.                She ran for alderwoman again in 2004
 Rowling piqued the future mayor's interest.         "I thought at the time I needed to run,"    and has been seated ever since. Now, she
 Flo became an alderwoman because she             said Bobbie, who looked up to and admired      is seated for Ward 2, because Grafton
 wanted a bike trail through town. From           Gerald "Windy" Nairn, who was mayor during     realigned to accommodate a growing popu-
 attending meetings and listening to Flo,         her first term as an alderwoman. "His health   lation with the Grafton Hills subdivision.
 Bobbie and Grafton resident and current          wasn't good, and he had been doing it for 32       Her latest big project is much more joy-
 Senior Citizens Committee chair Evelyn Laux      years. I knew how much work would be           ous than the days of the flood. She is chair-
 ran for office. Bobbie became an alder-          involved to get grants, FEMA buyouts, a new    woman for the Committee for Grafton's 175-
 woman for what then was Ward 1.                  water plant, a new sewer plant, buying prop-   year Anniversary, which will host a big cele-
      Then, the Great Flood of 1993 wiped out     erty for Grafton Hills."                       bration Sept. 17 and 18.
 much of Grafton.                                    While she was Alderwoman, she also              "It's more exciting now because we're
      "I never went through a flood like that     managed to save several historic stone         building and not tearing down," she said with
 before," Bobbie recalled about Grafton's         houses and buildings in Grafton, including     a proud smile.
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                                                       h
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                 By Charlotte Stetson                  a portion of their family estate to build a community hospital. Sisters
                                                        Eunice Smith and Ellen Hatch were visionaries with the expectation
                                                        that the hospital they founded would be “laid out according to the
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                                              ‘Project’ under way
                                                         ne of television's most stylish reality shows is currently



                                       O                 under way and many of you are tuned in to see what
                                                         "project" will be the next one to walk down the runway.

                                           The ninth season of Project Runway, which airs at 8 p.m. on Lifetime, kicked off at the end of July, and by now
                                       one-third of fashion designers have been told "you're out!"

 1                                         The reality competition series was a sleeper hit when it first appeared on Bravo in December 2004. It switched
                                       to Lifetime in 2009 starting in season six.
                                           Several designers that have stood out through the start of the show either for the fashion or wacky personali-
                                       ties include: Jay McCarroll, Wendy Pepper, Santino Rice, Austin Scarlett, Chris March, Korto Momolu. Kara Saun,

                          2            Kenley Collins, Gretchen Jones, Mondo, and Christian Siriano.
                                           For all those who love the show we thought we would share a few looks.
                                                                                                                               — CYNTHIA M. ELLIS




                                                                              3                                                                    4




                          5
                                       1 — Christian Siriano not only has his
                                       own fashion line, but he also designs
                                       footwear for Payless Shoesource

                                       2 — For three years Austin Scarlett
                                       designed wedding dresses for Kenneth
                                       Pool

                                       3 — Kenley Collins, season 5, gained
                                       notoriety with her 1940s inspired clothing

                                       4 — Heidi Klum wearing a dress
                                       designed by season 8 contestant, Mondo
                                       Guerra

                                       5 — Shaunie O'neal (VH1's Basketball
                                       Wives) wearing an original, Korto
                                       Momolu, season six
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                                   WOMAN
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                                                                                                                  5
    elisaGATES
   Elisa (Todd) Gates doesn't                    night out for dinner. Elisa said she
                                                                                                      2
really think about her personal                  likes to wear fabrics that are sim-
style only, that she's a "girl on a              ple to care for and comfortable to
budget." "I love trying to keep                  wear. "I find that I mostly wear a
updated with new looks, but I                    nice, fluid jersey knit," she said.
always try and find similar items
to what I see in magazines for
                                                     Elisa, who works in St. Louis
                                                 as an administrative assistant,
                                                                                                                      7
less - or at least the same items                said the best fashion advice ever
discounted," the 32-year-old Alton               given to her was by her mother.
woman said.                                      "She always told me that any-
   In June, Elisa married Matt                   thing will make you look better if
Gates in a ceremony in Jamaica.
The couple spent more than a
week on the island so she took
                                                 you stand up straight," she said.
                                                 "It will make you look confident in
                                                 what you're wearing and if you're
                                                                                                                  4
with her clothing that could be
easily worn at the beach or a
                                                 wearing anything that's uncom-
                                                 fortable it will show."                                  1
     1. Maxi-dress - "I recently purchased            6. Food - "I definitely love a rare filet
a few tie-dyed maxi dresses for our              mignon. I also love any kind of crus-
'beach vacation' and found they are              tacean. I don't know if it can be consid-
wearable at home too. I bought every             ered a food, but hot sauce can pretty
color."                                          much be put on anything."
     2. Handbag - "I own quite a few                  7. TV - "I'm a reality television junkie.
handbags - some designer, some not -             I graduated from interior design school,
but I prefer a satchel style. It's much eas-     so I love HGTV's Design Star and
ier to locate the contents. I'm drawn to         Bravo's Million Dollar Decorator's and
white and brown leather too."
     3. Jewelry - "I definitely like overstat-
                                                 Flipping Out."
                                                      8. Book - "Hands down my favorite
                                                 author is David Sedaris. I had a six-hour
                                                                                                              3
ed pieces whether it's silver, gold, bead-
ed or stone. I have a lot of necklaces and       layover in Ottawa, Canada and had read
earrings that are heavy to wear, but it just     every magazine so I went into the book-
reminds me that I'm wearing something            shop and decided I would pick up the
that's noticeable. Of course I can never         book with the most interesting cover. It
                                                 turned out to be Sedaris' 'Me Talk Pretty
go wrong with my silver ball earrings or
                                                 One Day.'"
my wedding ring."
                                                      9. Vacation/City - "My favorite city in
     4. Argan oil - "It takes me between
                                                 the world is Venice, Italy. It's so beautiful
25 and 30 minutes to dry and style my
                                                 and unique. My favorite vacation was our
hair. My favorite hair product is argan or
                                                 Jamaican wedding, which we were able
Moroccan oil. It's amazing. It smoothes          to bring 28 of our favorite family and
out my ends and I've been able to get            friends along. It was truly a trip of a life-
away with fewer haircuts."                       time.
     5. Shoes - "I've got too many to                 10. Banana Daiquiri - "If I were
count. I broke my heel two winters ago           stranded on a desert island I could go
and haven't worn heels much since. I
have a million pairs of flip flops, but I do
love a great pair of wedge sandals with
                                                 the obvious route and say I would want
                                                 my husband, but I guess if I couldn't
                                                 have him I would take pinot grigio,                  6               10
shorts or my (actual) riding boots that my       banana daiquiri or a pair of Havaianas
husband bought me."                              flip flops."
                                                                 Warmed Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Currant
                                                                 Sauce and Vanilla Whipped Cream
                           Sixth-              many unusual plants like Swiss      with basil, artichoke and parme-              "I maintain by leaving cream out
                        grade                  Chard. She was recruited to         san served with a side salad.                 of my coffee, I rarely drink soft
                        social                 reluctantly help with canning of         The extended family takes                drinks, and I generally have a
                        studies                the fresh vegetables, and she       turns hosting holidays - all usual-           salad for lunch with Newman's
                        teacher                does have a garden of her own,      ly making the traditional meals               light balsamic vinaigrette - I love
   Myronna Pryor        Myronna                albeit on a smaller scale with a    anchored by ham and turkey                    that."
                       Pryor                   variety of different types of       with special requests for                          Myronna, who is a
loves to travel and make                       tomatoes, basil and chives. Her     Myronna's cheese ball that she                Southwestern High School grad-
desserts.                                      nieces and her 2-year-old son,      makes from her 4-H cookbook,                  uate, served more than six years
   The Alton woman and two of                  John David, like to help in the     still one of her mainstays.                   with the U.S. Army National
her closest friends take an                    garden and gaze into the near-           She said her 88-year-old                 Guard following Desert Storm.
annual "big" trip together and in              by goldfish pond.                   grandmother, Ruth Gillespie of                Two months prior to Sept. 11,
between visit exhibits and                        "We never went out to eat as     Shipman, is a huge "flaire For                2001 she was honorably dis-
restaurants not so far away -                  kids, and my sister and I helped    Women" fan at 88.                             charged.
always looking for that perfect                cook," Pryor said. "We liked             "Grandma loves to use the                     Myronna earned a bachelor's
sweet treat and the best coffee.               baking bread and cookies. I still   flaire recipes," she said.
                                                                                                                                 degree in history and a master's
   In 2004, they began visiting                call my sister when I'm cooking.         As children, she said she and
                                                                                                                                 in education from Southern
Harvest in Clayton, where the                  I need her encouragement."          her sister were in 4-H, and
                                                                                                                                 Illinois University Edwardsville.
scrumptious bread pudding was                     Myronna and her husband,         learned various cooking skills.
                                                                                                                                 She is in her 10th year of teach-
too good to resist. Myronna                    John, like to eat out a few              "My sister, mom and I refer to
                                                                                                                                 ing at Hazelwood East Middle
decided to give it a try herself               nights a week, and on the           the 4-H cookbook a lot," she
and found it was actually easier               nights home, she goes for one-      said.                                         School in Hazelwood, Mo.
than she anticipated.                          dish meals, always looking for           That and "The Joy of                          During her summers off, she
   "I'm a dessert maker," she                  new casserole ideas.                Cooking," along with recipes in               spends time working in her
said. "My sister and I make cup-                  "I like to walk in from work     magazines and on the Internet                 flower gardens and taking pho-
cakes for every holiday, but                   and make something quick,"          are her primary cooking                       tographs of her son, nephew and
she's the lead decorator. We've                she said. "My husband likes         resources.                                    two nieces. She and her two
made as many as 200 for                        plain, homestyle cooking. One            Myronna is also a Weight                 travel buddies are planning a trip
Easter."                                       of his favorites is a hamburger-    Watcher fan, using the program                to Paris and the French Riviera
   Myronna grew up on a farm                   bake casserole."                    after her son was born to get                 in 2013 and are looking forward
near Shipman, where her moth-                     When on her own for dinner,      back in shape, which she                      to the food, coffee and fashions.
er had an enormous garden                      she likes to make "artsy" food;     accomplished quickly.
with tomatoes, sweet corn and                  one of her favorites is pasta            "It really does work," she said.                   — VICKI BENNINGTON


       Warmed Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Currant Sauce and Vanilla Whipped Cream
                                                                                       Preheat oven to 350 degrees             1/2 c. bourbon (Jim Beam black
                                                                                   Fahrenheit. Remove the outer crust             label is nice. Alcohol quanti-
                                                                                   from the bread. Cut the loaves into            ty could be reduced if
                                                                                   one-inch square cubes. Place into              desired)
                                                                                   large mixing bowl. In a saucepan, com-      1/2 c. dried currants
                                                                                   bine milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, vanilla
                                                                                   bean, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to              While pudding is baking, combine
                                                                                   a boil; remove from heat. In a mixing       all of the sauce ingredients in a
                                                                                   bowl, whisk together eggs and egg           saucepan except for the bourbon and
                                                                                   yolks. Slowly pour half the hot             currants. Bring mixture to a boil.
                                                                                   milk/cream mixture into the eggs and        Remove from heat, add bourbon and
                                                                                   whisk to incorporate. Add the remain-       currants and set aside.
                                                                                   ing milk/cream mixture and whisk
                                                                                   together. Let the custard cool slightly     WHIPPED CREAM
                                                                                   and pour over the cubed bread. Toss         1 pint heavy cream
                                                                                   the ingredients together lightly and        2 T. sugar
                                                                                   place in a buttered or greased 9 x 12       1 t. vanilla extract
                                                                                   casserole baking dish. Bake 25 to 30
                                                                                   minutes or until top is golden brown.           In a mixer, combine cream, sugar
       2 loaves brioche (hard to find local-   2 c. heavy cream                                                                and vanilla. Whip until stiff. Set aside.
  ly) or challah bread (from Duke's            3/4 c. granulated sugar             SAUCE                                           To serve:
  Bakery) or substitute other white loaf       1/4 t. vanilla                      2 c. granulated sugar                           Cut bread pudding into desired
  fresh baked bread                            1/2 vanilla bean                    1/2 t. baking soda                          sized pieces and place in a dessert
       Butter or nonstick spray                1/2 cinnamon stick                  1/2 t. vanilla extract                      bowl topped with bourbon currant
                                               1/4 t. nutmeg, freshly ground       2 T. light corn syrup                       sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.
  CUSTARD                                      3 egg yolks                         1 c. buttermilk                             Garnish with a sprig of mint and a dust-
  2 c. milk                                    3 whole eggs                        8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter            ing of powdered sugar.
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september                                                                                         9


                           5
                                                                                                          Grandma Moses Da y - was a
                                                                                                          renowned American folk artist. She
                                                                                                          painted her first painting when she
                                                                                                          was 76 years old, ne ver receiving
                                                                                                          a formal art education. Did y ou
                                                                         National and                     know that? I didn't.
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  3 — 12th Annual Elsah
  Photography Exhibit
  Sat., Sept. 3, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

  4 — Praise in the Maze
  Gospel Music Concert at                                                                                                                 2
  Glazebrook Park in Godfrey.
  Sept. 4th, 3 - 6 p.m.
                                                             Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a charitable program of the
  9 — Rare Earth at Argosy
  Casino, Fri., Sept. 9, 7 -10 p.m.
                                                     9     Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) established by media,
                                                         entertainment and philanthropic leaders who have been affected by

  10 — 8th Annual Walk and
                                                         cancer. SU2C aims to raise significant funds for translational cancer
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  Picnic to end Violence,
  Hellrung Park, Sat., Sept. 10
  from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  17-18 — Grafton's 175th
  Anniversary, this year is
  Grafton's 175th since it became
  established in 1836, and big
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  weekend celebration Sept. 17
  and 18.

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  Run/Walk, Simmons Law Firm
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                             Spooky Halloween Eyeballs
                                                             Ingredients

                                                               1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
                                                               1/2 cup butter, softened
                                                               2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
                                                               1 tablespoon vanilla extract
                                                               12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
                                                               2 tablespoons shortening
                                                               2 drops blue food coloring
                                                               1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
                                                               red food coloring (optional)

                                                             Directions

                                                                  1. Beat the peanut butter and butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth.
                                                             Beat in the sugar and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll chilled dough into
                                                             small, eyeball-sized balls and place on 2 baking sheets lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for
                                                             another 30 minutes.
                                                                  2. Melt the white chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in
                                                             30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your
                                                             microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Dip each eyeball into the white choco-
                                                             late and transfer to the waxed paper until the chocolate has set. You can chill them in the
                                                             refrigerator.
                                                                  3. Stir a few drops of blue food coloring into the remaining melted white chocolate. Make
                                                             a round "iris" on the top of the cooled eyeball and press a mini chocolate chip in the center
                                                             for a "pupil." For an extra spooky bloodshot eyeballs take a toothpick dipped in red food col-
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                                                                                                                  Basic
Healthy and quick breakfasts for busy school mornings
    Breakfast has long been                 ● Whole grain granola bars         HAIR:
                                                                               The Crown Jewel
referred to as the most important       that feature fruit and nuts can be
meal of the day. It is beneficial for   a quick meal and a satisfying
students heading off to school to       snack.
enjoy a meal before they catch              ● Smoothies made from fruit
the bus.                                and yogurt are fast and can be
    Studies have found that chil-       stored in portable cups to take in
dren who eat a healthy breakfast                                                   Hair is the one accessory that you never take off. It's every woman's "crown jewel,"
                                        the car on the way to school.          so to speak.
have higher energy levels and               ● The cereal aisle at the local
better learning abilities than simi-                                               During the warmer months, though, our "tiara of tresses" take a beating. Sun,
                                        grocery store is filled with healthy   humidity and excessive time in the water can do serious damage, and even as we
lar students who do not eat break-      breakfast options. Cereal manu-
fast.                                                                          head into fall there are still plenty of warm days left and we all could use a few tips to
                                        facturers are increasingly reducing    take care of our mane.
    Here are some time-saving
                                        the sugar and boosting the fiber           Celebrity stylist Alesha Oak answered flaire's questions about how to get and keep
tips to start your morning off with-
                                        content of popular brands. It does-    lucisious locks.
out rushing.
                                        n't take long to enjoy a bowl of
    ● Individually packaged yogurts
make a healthy and quick meal for       cereal, even one topped with                flaire: Summer can be bad on hair, what would you suggest to help keep hair
anyone in the family. A good            banana slices or a few strawber-       healthy?
source of protein and calcium,          ries.                                       Alesha: "You need to wear a hat plain and simple. You're correct; summer heat
yogurt is also filled with helpful          ● Whip up a fast egg sand-         can be very damaging to the scalp and hair. From sunburn to oxidizing your hair, noth-
bacteria that promote digestive         wich. Saute egg whites in a frying     ing good can come out of an exposed head in the hot summer months."
health.                                 pan and place between two                   flaire: What would you recommend to women to combat frizz?
    ● Microwaveable convenience         slices of toasted whole wheat               Alesha: "In order to combat frizz, I would suggest using a good serum. The
foods come in various shapes            bread.                                 Moroccan oil is my frizz-fighter of choice. The Moroccan oil absorbs into the hair creat-
and sizes. Choose the healthiest            ● Make a batch of low-fat,         ing immediate shine and long-term conditioning benefits to keep the hair looking
options among them, such as             high-fiber muffins over the week-      smooth and shiny."
whole-wheat or multigrain waffles       end. Grabbing a muffin and a                flaire: What's the best solution for curly hair during warmer months? What about
or pancakes.                            banana is an easy breakfast.           for straight hair?
    ● Keep a container of fresh             ● Instant oatmeal is available          Alesha: "During the summer months, I would suggest wearing a product such as
fruit salad in the refrigerator. A      in a number of flavors and is a        the Salon Grafix Curl Boosting Spray which helps to keep curls looking soft and fresh
bowl of mixed fruit is refreshing       very healthy and filling breakfast     all day long. This product is filled with conditioning ingredients which aid in keeping
and healthy.                            option.                                your curls smooth and bouncy. For straight hair, I would suggest doing a low ponytail
                                                                               or loose braid which keeps your hair under control and off of your neck for a 'nice and
                                                                               cool' look. Wear a shaping hairspray such as the Salon Grafix Shaping Spray to con-
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                                                                                    flaire If someone is in the water a lot, how can they maintain healthy hair?
                                                                                    Alesha: "I would recommend using the Eufora daily conditioner and applying it to

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                                                                              same purpose of air circulation        flipped up to accommodate a
                                                                              and to keep the piece from "suc-       chain.
                                                                              tioning on" to the skin. If too much       One of the most interesting
                                                                              moisture collects underneath the       jewelry pieces in our collection,
                                                                              piece, it can lead to dermatitis or    however, is a ring pendant. The
                                                                              a fungal infection, let alone an       gemstone set part literally
                                                                              uncomfortable clammy feeling.          unhinges from the ring shank to
                                                                                  There are ring styles that have    become a pendant when a chain
                                      The artistry, craftsmanship             flying buttresses from the ring        is passed through the integral
    Lynne and Eddie Agha                and beauty of jewelry                 shank to the center stone, appro-      loop. Another ring literally turns
                                                                              priately called "cathedral" set-       inside out to show a different
                                                                              tings. One of our recent ring          gemstone, ruby on one side, sap-
 Bridges, buttresses and backsides                                            designs necessitated a major
                                                                              structural "back side" to form an
                                                                                                                     phire and diamonds on the
                                                                                                                     other…
                                                                              effective saddle that rests on the         Long ago, women often wore a
    I beg your pardon! Are we dis-      river. Is it solid or are there       finger, while it attaches to the       lapel watch pinned to the front of
cussing architecture, anatomy or        braces, angles and open areas?        shank on the bottom and to the         their dress instead of a wrist-
jewelry here?                           A ring might have a literal bridge    face of the large ring top. The        watch. The delicate watch would
    Actually, we are discussing all     arcing above the ring to hold up a    half-moon air vents are part of the    be suspended from a pin that had
three, because jewelry needs            curve of diamonds. Underneath a       design (see arrows), acting to         an open pendant loop on the bot-
structural integrity to withstand       piece is often a gallery made up      visually emphasize the ring top        tom to hold the timepiece (see
being taken on and off, being           of thin areas of metal and spaces,    while allowing air in and moisture     arrow). The pin part might be very
worn extensively, all without           usually in a pleasing pattern like    out.                                   simple, like in the one pictured
deforming, breaking or losing any       in the heart pendant.                     Some pieces of jewelry are         here, or could be a gemstone-
gemstones set in to it.                     These galleries impart            convertible, as seen from the          encrusted confection.
    We joke that good jewelry           strength, lighten the piece to save   back. The very large turquoise             Jewelry, metallic marvels of
design is effectively "micro-struc-     on weight and cost while allowing     pendant can be worn with the           micro-structural engineering, has
tural engineering." There are           air to circulate between the piece    chain through several different        to have proper support, usually
weight limits on what is comfort-       and the skin. An analogy would        integral bails, allowing it to be      from the backside.
able to wear, what looks attrac-        be that a piece of "angle iron" is    upside down or right side up, or it
tive, and what is affordable due to     stronger than a flat piece. Jewelry   can be worn as a pin. An opal pin      Lynne & Eddie Agha Agha
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                                                                                                                                                                   By COREY STULCE


              y left eyebrow went up when I                                                                                                     been threatened with that, but I certainly


M             was given the opportunity to
              interview Dee Wallace, who I
              adored as the mom in E.T. -         ‘Bright                                                                                       knew within me what those moments
                                                                                                                                                would feel like. The person that I had
                                                                                                                                                loved was threatened in front of my eyes


                                                  Light’
The Extraterrestrial, and Cujo and as a                                                                                                         and there was nothing I could do about
reluctant lycan in The Howling.                                                                                                                 that. We all know that. I laughingly say, 'I
     Her new book is called Bright Light:                                                                                                       played a lot of hookers on Hollywood and
Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting,                                                                                                        Vine, but I've never been one in real life.'
and I was worried that Dee was gonna be                                                                                                         You go in and open up that channel.
speaking from the pulpit at me - but that                                                                                                       When we do that in life, we get all of that
didn't happen.                                                                                                                                  information, we get divine hits, direction
     Instead, the book is an honest - and                                                                                                       and life becomes a lot easier than sitting
sometimes heartbreaking - look at a life                                                                                                        down and working out all the beats and
in the acting world and how the hard                                                                                                            manipulating. It takes all the fear out of it
lessons she learned all came back to                                                                                                            when you can live in trust and knowing.
simply loving herself. It's not a lesson                                                                                                             flaire: A lot of people would be sur-
easily learned or taught as Dee reminds                                                                                                         prised, as the world got to know you as
readers throughout, as a student and                                                                                                            the mom from E.T., it wasn't the greatest
teacher.                                                                                                                                        experience for you, because you strug-
     flaire: I really got to hear your voice                                                                                                    gled to work after that.
in Bright Light, and felt like I got to know                                                                                                         Dee: Yeah, it was a real yin yang,
you. It's very personal.                        you can read a story about actors you          expect to do five pirouettes. You expect         and I think that's an enigma in a lot of
     Dee Wallace: Everything in this book       love and follow their story and inadver-       that after five years of study and focus.        people's lives. 'Wait a minute, I've worked
is very personal. And my very clear inten-      tently get how you can be a happier,           That's what life is. You can't keep study-       real hard; I'm doing everything right. I'm
tion when I wrote it was to honestly            more successful, more fulfilled person, all    ing and focusing and getting to those five       in integrity. Why has this happened?' It's
express my heart and my story so people         the better.                                    pirouettes if you give up in victimness          a scary, frustrating thing that makes us
could connect with their heart and their             flaire: The theme is of someone who       every time somebody knocks you down.             feel like we have no control or direction
story. I think the more authentic an author     is very tenacious. Life has thrown you              flaire: Your classes sound very             over our lives. I think that's one of the
or actress or painter or anybody is, the        some real curveballs, but you keep             intense. What do you do to get your stu-         most important gifts from Bright Light that
more available the connection is for the        bouncing back and let the world lead you.      dents to open up initially?                      I think I draw out pretty well. All of those
audience, don't you?                                 Dee: Absolutely. And isn't that true           Dee: I take them into their heart.          things were instilled in my childhood and
     flaire: Absolutely. For someone who        for all of us? We all have our story. We all   Most people and artists are so focused           took form in my life to bring me back from
is picking it up, there might be the poten-     have reasons that we've been aban-             on getting there, getting to the emotion,        the creation of me as the greatest cre-
tial to get scared off, when they see the       doned, abused, raped, humiliated and left      getting to the tears, getting to the anger,      ation I could be.
word 'spiritual.' 'Uh oh, is someone going      in this world. We all have, to some extent,    getting to have people accept them, get-              flaire: I've heard a lot of performers
to be preaching to me?' Was that some-          the same story. And what I wanted to say       ting to know they're enough that they            say they don't like to go back and look at
thing you thought about with title?             in Bright Light, is nobody is gonna get        don't live in the moment of the scene.           their work. You've been in some very
     Dee: I put the title together, 'Bright     you your joy and happiness and power           And in that moment, that's what creates          iconic films and TV shows. Can you
Light,' because that's what my dad used         back but you. No matter what happened          you getting to the emotion. That's the           appreciate them for what they are?
to call me, 'Bright Light'; and a lot of peo-   to you, it happened in the past. In this       same in life. If we can just stay in this             Dee: I like watching myself when I'm
ple used to say, 'Dee's just a little bright    moment right now, you are the only one         present moment, we get to the creation           good; (laughs) not so much when I suck!
light.' That's originally where it came from    who is in charge or creating you and your      of what we want. Most of us keep looking         I have to tell you, honestly it takes me
and it worked into the theme of acting          life the way you want it to be. If that        at the past, saying, 'Yeah, but see what         four or five times to be able to sit back
and performing - in the bright light. It's so   means you have to get back up 100              happens?'                                        and really watch a performance. When
interesting to me, Corey, when I was writ-      times, that's what it means. Ask the peo-           That keeps recreating it. Or we go          actors watch themselves, they are
ing the book and after, the publishers I        ple in Joplin, Mo., after the tornado. They    into the future. In the future, this is what I   remembering everything that went down
showed it to (who said), 'You can't do          have two choices: I give up. I create          want. That always keeps it out of the now        that day, how hard it was to work with a
this. You can't put the acting world in with    again. That's it.                              and in the future. When the future gets          director or how sick they were or, my
the spiritual world and the autobiographi-           flaire: Do you find yourself tested or    here, it's got to live further in the future     God, we couldn't get that shot because it
cal. Nobody's gonna know what this book         have to go back and remember that?             and you never live it.                           was raining. Being able to lose all that
is supposed to be.'                                  Dee: Oh, sure. I might fall back into          flaire: You used real-life experience       and watch the story is difficult. Is it my
     I stayed in my knowing and stayed in       self-judgment and forget that the highest      in the scene in E.T., talking about divorce      favorite thing to do? Not particularly. I like
my own truth and wrote it in my own way.        thing I can do is to love myself. But          from the father. Then, the scene in Cujo,        to see it once or twice, then next gig.
Now, people are saying, 'How brilliant          somebody called into one of my talk            your son is having a seizure due to dehy-        Been there, done that, created it and I'm
that you put all these worlds together,         shows and asked, 'When will I know that        dration. And again, you are using your life      off to find something new to do.
connected the spiritual world through the       I'm there?' And, the information through       to create that emotion. I thought that was            I do have to say that when I go back
world of your acting. It's so easy to           the channel was, 'You'll know you're           interesting.                                     and watch movies like E.T. and
access!' I think changing your life is an       there when you know there's no there to             Dee: You know an artist - and we all        Frighteners and Cujo and some of my TV
experiential thing. What I was hoping and       get through.' All we're here to do is to       are - can only use the vehicle that you          work, I can sit there and go, 'Wow, no
intending to do was to literally get the        play with energy and play with the cre-        are. When you turn your bright light down        acting, really pure beingness. I was truth-
reader involved in my experience as a           ation of energy and expand and move            and lose your power, you can't really find       ful, I was in the moment and it was good.'
person, as an actress and as someone            into a greater understanding of what that      the truthfulness of you to create those          I wasn't always able to do that. I can
who was searching how to be her power           means.                                         things with. I wasn't a mother at the time       claim my good performance for what it is.
again. I think that's what we all want. If           You don't go into a dance class and       of Cujo, and never had lost a child or had       I think that's important for all of us, to say,
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              'Yes, I am good. I do affect people. I am
              truthful.' If we don't define ourselves as
              beautiful and magnificent, other people
              can't see us that way.
                    I think the most important thing is
              loving yourself. Of course, we're never         We've got everything for your outdoor events
              taught to do that. If you called me and
              said give me one line that's important,
              it's to tell everybody to love themselves
              more.
The Howling         flaire: You're right. It's easy to say,
              but it's tough for us to do every day.
                    Dee: Sure, because we've been
              taught that we're gonna go to Hell and
              everything else if we do.
                    flaire: You talk about having to learn
              that lesson over and over. Was there a
              moment like, boom, 'I get it now,' or was
              it an accumulation of knowledge?
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                    Dee: That's an interesting question.                                     • Fund Raisers
              No one's asked me that before. For me,
    ET        it comes in threes. I learn the lesson.                                      • Family Reunions
              Then the same lesson comes again and
              I learn it in a shorter amount of time.
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              Then it comes in again and it's like two                                       • Water Parties
              days into it, 'OK, wait, I got this before.'
              Once that happens, it's pretty ingrained
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              I love to do. My healing work. I do pri-
              vate sessions all over the world. Got my
              fourth book I am editing right now.
              Teaching acting. Acting. Everything cre-
              ative in my life that I love to do. I spent a
              lot of years thinking I was doing a lot of
              stuff, but I was really waiting. I think
              that's what a lot of people do. We fool
              ourselves by waiting for things to hap-
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