Feeling Poetic? Announcing Poetry on the Wall 2015!

From Krista Soukup, Project Manager for Poetry on the Wall 2015!

“We are pleased to announce Poetry on the Wall 2015! (Thanks to a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council). The reading and reception this year will be in the Franklin Auditorium on February 21. We encourage your involvement and support of this popular literary arts project!”

Poetry on the Wall call for Submissions

December 16, 2014—Brainerd MN–The Crossing Arts Alliance (TCAA) invites those interested to submit up to three poems for Poetry on the Wall 2015.  Poets, consider this opportunity to exhibit your work and read during the reception.

Submission deadline 12:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015.  Poets of any age must have resided for at least four months of the past year in the following counties of Minnesota: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena. Poetry must be submitted using black text on white background only (no graphics), submitted as a Word file, using Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri 12 pt. font via email to info@crossingarts.org. Poems in other formats or past the deadline will not be accepted. The submission fee of $15 per poet or $10 for Crossing Arts Alliance members.

No poetry shall violate any copyright and must be appropriate for a general audience. Poetry may be published or unpublished work. Poets will be notified by January 26via email, as to whether or not the poems were accepted by the jury. Contact TCAA at 218-833-0416 or info@crossingarts.org if you have any questions.

A juried exhibition opens February 21 and runs through March 13 at the Q Gallery located at the Franklin Art Center, 1001 Kingwood Street, Brainerd.   Selected poets are invited to read their poetry at the poets’ reception and reading at the Franklin Auditorium on February 21, from 1-3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Poets are encouraged to invite guests. A People’s Choice along with a first, second and third place winner will be chosen at that time each offering a cash prize.  A booklet featuring selected submitted poetry will be available for purchase. The event features award winning author Sheila O’Connor as host. O’Connor is an award-winning author and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and professor in the Master of Fine Arts program at Hamline University. Her poetry and fiction have been recognized with fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Loft McKnight and the Minnesota State Arts Board. The project is managed by Krista Soukup of Blue Cottage Agency.

This activity is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and grants from Sertoma Winter Wonderland, Brainerd Service League, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, and the Anderson Family Legacy Fund.

Video from the 2014 Poetry on the Wall event

For more details, contatc Krista Rolfzen Soukup,Literary Publicist and Agent,Blue Cottage Agency

www.bluecottageagency.com

218.828.4717

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Shelly Bean The Sports Queen: Guest Post from Shelly Boyum-Breen

Guest post from Shelly Boyum-Breen

When I was in elementary school, I vividly remember the Scholastic book order form and the excitement I had to put in an order. As the only girl in my class that played sports, I, like the most of the boys, gravitated to books about the football, hockey and basketball. But never in the choices listed was there one about girls playing sports – no one who looked like me. But I did play and continue to throughout my life.

 

30 years later, I was starting a non-profit to fund female athletes in Minnesota while also substitute teaching in a 5th grade classroom. There, I came across a scholastic book order form and wondered to myself ‘what books are out there now?’ Once again, all of them featuring boys but still no girls playing sports. That was when the character of Shelly Bean was born.

Shelly Bean the Sports Queen

I was born in 1974, two years after Title IX and one year after Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs. Since that time, girls’ participation in sports has grown to an all-time high but the books they read and the dolls they play with still represent princesses.

Shelly Bean the Sports Queen is a product of a new generation where being a “jock” is not only acceptable for girls, but encouraged. Illustrator Marieka Heinlen captures the spirit of Shelly Bean. In each story, she and her friends learn how to play a new sport and parents can utilize the instructional and safety tips at the back of each book as well.

 

Shelly Bean is a sporty, dirty knee little girl with a “can-do” spirit. It might take falling down, getting hurt and getting back up but Shelly Bean is determined to learn new sports and be great. After watching an event on TV or seeing other kids in the neighborhood, she gets it in her mind that it is her time to play and to reward herself each time she’s successful, she creates a new sports charm to put on her crown like a jewel of accomplishment.

 

Author Bio:

A native of Brainerd, MN, Shelly Boyum-Breen grew up with aspirations of playing professional sports. She spent countless hours on the basketball court, neighborhood hockey rinks and local golf courses. With a foundation of support from family, friends and the community, Shelly pursued a career as a physical education teacher and coach. Boyum-Breen received her B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1997.   She spent five years in the education field, coaching the Augsburg Women’s Basketball Team and Anoka High School’s basketball and tennis teams. Boyum-Breen then pursued a job with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization. Shelly served with the organization for three years and later moved into a sales consulting role serving the Lynx, the New York Liberty and the 10th Anniversary WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.

Shekly Bean the Sports Queen

Boyum-Breen is the Founder and past-President of Foundation IX, a non-profit increasing the rate of girls’ participation in sports and fitness, who dissolved upon the merge with the Ann Bancroft Foundation. “Sports helped pave my path in life, building my character as well as my leadership skills along the way. No young lady should be prevented from experiencing these things because of her family’s financial situation. It is my dream to eliminate cost as an obstacle and give girls more than money- the opportunity for experiences of a lifetime. It is an honor to work for girls in sports; and to continue the work that many have done long before me in the name of girls and women in sports.”

 

Shelly Boyum-Breen resides in Plymouth, MN.

Visit the Shelly Bean website HERE or Connect with Shelly on Facebook and Twitter:

Twitter: @SportShelly

 

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This Christmas Season, Create Your Own Job

 

Dusty Springfield unexpectedly summed up the Christmas season with the first two lines of her song Wishin’ and Hopin’:

 

Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’
Plannin’ and dreamin’ each night

 

Be honest, Christmastime is for wishin’ we had a better job, prayin’ for positive changes at work, and hopin’ something new and exciting falls in our lap. Ms. Springfield’s song, about finding the love of your life and maintaining it, is easily translated to professional life. Though I’m sorry to inform you that getting control of your professional dreams is not as easy as flirting.

 

The best way to fall in love with your work environment (and your boss) is to work for yourself. Be your business.

 

You can do it.

 

Sometimes, people think going into business needs to be a huge production, with stockholders and boards and expensive facilities. But it can be much easier than this, and the experts at your local Small Business Development Center can teach you how.

 

The Small Business Development Center, commonly referred to as an SBDC, is a government-supported non-profit entity. That means it’s free to you. There are locations throughout the United States, so there’s no excusin’. Find yours here (insert hyperlink: http://americassbdc.org/home/find-your-sbdc/).

Brainerd Small Business Development Center

A consultant with the SBDC can help direct you in the following areas:

 

1)      Business plan development (yes, you need to do some plannin’.)

2)      Financial analysis

3)      Loan packaging

4)      Marketing and promotion guidance, including how to dominate social media

5)      Research on industry trends

6)      Maximizing business operations

7)      Product development and placement

8)      Growth strategy

9)      Succession planning

 

Essentially, an SBDC consultant can help with any aspect of starting or operating your business. Whether you want to clean houses or mow grass or start a manufacturing plant, the SBDC is here to help.

 

And, I can’t emphasize this enough, it’s free to you.

 

So stop dreamin’ and take control. Make this season and the new year everything you’ve been hopin’ for. Your local Small Business Development Center is here for you every step of the way.

 

 

mike p    Mike C. Paulus is a writer and Business Consultant in the North Central Region Minnesota Small Business Development Center. He publishes a popular blog The Sport of Start-Up at www.mikecpaulus.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Quality Skin Care Products are Your Skin’s Best Friend! {Guest Post from Tracy Watson}

Be good to your skin you will have it for the rest of your life! Do you know the secret to beautiful skin? It’s getting the basics right and getting them right – daily!

It’s being faithful morning and night and making your skin a priority. Effective skincare is worth the time and investment. I guarantee your later self will thank you. Using the right products for your skin type and condition and making sure that each and every product that touches your skin is the perfect fit, will determine how healthy your skin remains as you age.

At the very minimum, your skin care routine should consist of four basic steps; cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF. Establish this routine first, more steps should not be added until this habit is firmly in place. Corrective and/or nourishing serums should only be added when you have the basics down – daily. I often tell my clients when they come in for professional treatments that if they have to choose one over the other, to choose the clinical homecare products first. Without effective skin care products anything I do in my treatment room is like flushing your money down the toilet.

Homecare products account for 80% of skin transformations. We carry organic and clinical skincare products that were developed to address a multitude of skin care needs from adolescent to adult acne, fine lines and wrinkles, dull, sagging skin, hyper-pigmentation, melasma, sun damage, and rosacea. Our products are chirally correct meaning that the molecules in the skin care are working with the molecules of the skin. Remember how you take care of your skin now will pave the road for how beautiful your skin will look as you age. Our products are priced to be accessible and affordable to all who desire beautiful and healthier younger looking skin. Make your skin a priority your older self will thank you!!

 

Special Deal for Mom Squad Readers!

Sugar Plum Facial Treatment w/Holistic Microdermabrasion – $45 for the Mom Squad Followers. Be sure and mention this blog post and sale price to receive this special price:

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Make your list and check it twice, our Sugar Plum Treatment is both delightful and nice!

Tis’ the season for soft, glowing skin!  This treatment features a sweet Holiday Berry Enzyme and a rich Vanilla Clove Hydrating Mask.  These fruit enzymes gently exfoliate while infusing the skin with antioxidants and the Vanilla Clove Hydrating Mask locks in moisture and intensely hydrates dry, winter weathered skin

Make your day Beautiful.

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Post via Nature’s Genesis’ blog.

Tracy’s passion for making women feel Beautiful can truly be seen through her work.
She has an unique ability to enhance the beauty you already possess and to diminish
some of the less flattering features to ensure that you feel your absolute prettiest no
matter the occasion! You can connect with Tracy via the Nature’s Genesis website or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

You can visit Tracy at her salon-Located at J. Amelia’s-4572 Main Street Pequot Lakes, MN 218. 568.4952 in a historic church surrounded by the eloquent town and unique shops of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. An organic wellness salon and full day spa $10 off any service in the salon and day spa.

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Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) from Essentia Health

Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

Seasona Affective Disorder

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{info from Essentia Health press release}

If you start feeling blue when the lakes in the Brainerd Area become icy white, you are not alone. Those blues may likely be Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). S.A.D. is a psychological condition that results in depression. It is normally provoked by seasonal change with adults typically experiencing the condition in winter.

 

About 80 percent of S.A.D. sufferers are women, but this disorder affects men and children as well. Health experts have also found that, not only is age 23 the average age when patients begin to notice the symptoms of this disorder, but the farther away from the equator we get, the more likely we will be affected by this type of seasonal depression.

 

If you ever wondered where Brainerd was in comparison to the equator we are actually a little closer to the North Pole at 2,994 miles compared to 3,221 miles to the Equator. But don’t become dismayed that although the chance of having S.A.D. increases based on where we live compared to others it is still a minority of the population that suffers from this condition.

 

Some symptoms of wintertime S.A.D. to watch for include:

 

- daytime fatigue
- difficulty concentrating
- feelings of hopelessness
- increased irritability
- lack of interest in social activities
- lethargy
- reduced sexual interest
- unhappiness
- weight gain
- In severe instances, people with S.A.D. can experience suicidal thoughts.

 

“If you suspect that S.A.D. may be an issue in your life or that of a loved one, I encourage you to see your primary care team to rule out any possible underlying ailments like Vitamin D deficiency or thyroid disease”, says Theresa Steel, CNP with Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

Theresa Steel, CNP with Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic

 

Another indicator of S.A.D., or as it was called in 1985 when first diagnosed – winter depression or winter blues, is that you have recurrent fall and winter depression with improvement in the spring for two or more years. This would be an indicator that it is likely you are experiencing S.A.D.

Effective forms of treatment include light therapy in the morning, healthy eating, socialization, medications, and physical activity.

 

Special lighting that mimics the rising sun has proven exceptionally helpful for S.A.D. sufferers and these lights can be found at local medical supply businesses or online. I advise my patients to look for the lights that mimic the sun. An example of this is Lightbox Therapy Lamps, specialty lighting that is around 10,000 lux, which can be set to come on gradually in the morning just like the rising sun. By using a therapy light at least three times a week in the morning, you are likely to impact the symptoms of S.A.D. you are experiencing.

 

Eating right, which includes avoiding processed foods and excessive sugar as much as possible, also can have a positive impact. As well as getting regular physical activity. We are fortunate in the Brainerd Lakes Area there are many groomed cross country ski and snowshoeing trails at the Northland Arboretum and the Paul Bunyan Trail, other activities may include: downhill skiing, indoor swimming, walking, curling, pickle ball, or indoor cycling.

 

“It is important to remember that S.A.D. is a form of depression and is treatable”, explains Steel. “Your care team or a specialist, such as myself, who specialize in care plans specific to an individual’s mental health needs may be a part of feeling healthy all year around.”

 

To schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) with Theresa Steele, RN, CNP, or another care team member at the Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center please call 218-828-7394.

 

 

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Sunday Spotlight: Tracy Watson from Nature’s Genesis

sunday spotlight

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be doing a Sunday Spotlight again! I love “shining the spotlight” on Lakes Area moms in business and it’s such an easy way for business to get a little free P.R! This Sunday I would like to introduce the Mom Squad readers to the lovely Tracy Watson of Nature’s Genesis. Tracy has a deep passion for life and also specializes and is certified and trained for Acne and Anti-Aging Treatments customized to produce visible results in every skin she treats. She also has a CTL Light that actually clears acne in 1⁄3 of the time of standard topical treatments. Welcome Tracy!

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1. Tell us about your business. When did you start and how long you’ve been in business too.

Nature’s Genesis started in 2009 as an online store.

 

2. Share what attracted you to this business, and what you like most about it.

I love beauty…both inside and out…I love meeting new people. I love the close bonds that have formed with some of my clients…tears and laughter are an integral part….

 

3. What has been your biggest business challenge with your business thus far?

Convincing & educating women of the importance of taking care of their skin both at home and with a Licensed Skin Care professional. We all live busy lives and need to take a little time for ourselves. I’ve told my family if I could go back and do some things over again, I would have taken more time for myself each week. I would have developed a hobby, taken lessons, went for a massage and a facial treatment. It is important for our children to see that Mom loves and values herself enough to take care of herself.

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4. What business goals to do you have for 2015?

Growing my business and clientele, become known in the community for amazing customer service and working with moms on how enhancing the beauty they already possess.

 

5. Which one your products (or services) are you favorite and why?

Yikes that is a hard one…I won’t be caught without my ageless and vit c serums…these are an absolute must oh and the Cucumber Hydration Toner that is like a 8 oz glass of water for your skin:) I absolutely love the lines I carry…Our products are priced to be accessible and affordable to all women who desire beautiful, healthier younger looking skin. For services I love the enzyme peels they are gentle yet effective and are customized for each individual. The testimonies from the clients bring a smile to my face J

 

6. Tell us about your family.

I so love my family…I’ve been married for 29 years to a wonderful man; yes we’ve walked through some hard times and beautiful times together and both have produced such a love for each other. He is my best friend and soul mate. I have 3 grown sons, 2 “daughter­in­loves” and one beautiful grandbaby. My daughter­in­loves are very artsy and creative. One is a professional photographer in the area (you will see some of her photos on my website and blog) and the other one is super creative in every aspect of life. My boys have led worship and played in some of the area churches in our region…there is nothing like a mother’s love for her boys:)

 

7. What advice do you want to share for moms/women in business?

Keep pursuing what’s in your heart to do. Take chances…Dare to dream….you never know where it might take you

 

8. Name a personal quirk you wish you didn’t have (interrupting, eye rolling, etc.)

I blush…

 

9. What do you and your family do for fun and recreation?

In the summertime you will find us out on the boat…I love to go for walks…play miniature golf. Winter time; we are wanting to take up snowshoeing we will see if that happens this year…I hate being cold:)

 

11. Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Linked­In?

Readers can connect with me via the Nature’s Genesis website or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

12. If you could do anything for a living, and money was no object, what would you do?

I would travel and speak to others on the topic of family.

 

13. If you could “bust out” and do ONE crazy thing in your lifetime (with no consequences)?

What would that be? It would to be totally free and confident to talk and be myself with everyone I meet!

 

14. If you had to choose one word to describe your focus for 2014, what would it be?

GROWTH!

 

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Tracy’s passion for making women feel Beautiful can truly be seen through her work.
She has an unique ability to enhance the beauty you already possess and to diminish
some of the less flattering features to ensure that you feel your absolute prettiest no
matter the occasion! You can connect with Tracy via the Nature’s Genesis website or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Visit Tracy at J. Amelia’s Wellness Spa in Pequot Lakes as well!

Special Deal for Mom Squad Readers!

Sugar Plum Facial Treatment w/Holistic Microdermabrasion – $45 for the Mom Squad Followers. Be sure and mention this blog post and sale price to receive this special price:

tracy3

Make your list and check it twice, our Sugar Plum Treatment is both delightful and nice!

Tis’ the season for soft, glowing skin!  This treatment features a sweet Holiday Berry Enzyme and a rich Vanilla Clove Hydrating Mask.  These fruit enzymes gently exfoliate while infusing the skin with antioxidants and the Vanilla Clove Hydrating Mask locks in moisture and intensely hydrates dry, winter weathered skin

Make your day Beautiful.

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