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Holiday Time

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Here come the Holidays! Are you psyched? The Christmas décor came out even earlier than usual in the department stores this year. In the middle of October, one friend said he saw a Santa in a store holding a pumpkin. I also received my Cabela’s Christmas 2008 catalog, and do you know that inside they gave me a coupon for 20 percent off if I place an order of $150 dollars or more? Wow, I was tempted to look for things in the catalog that I didn’t need just to save money and get a jump on my Christmas list and my holiday shopping!  For many of you, the demands and obligations of the holiday season propel you into a pace of life that is often fun, but also fast and furious. The parties, the shopping, the meals and the gatherings seem to subtly grow in magnitude each year. There is a part of us that looks forward to all of the frenetic festivity, but after all is said and done and another January rolls around, we often look back with tired bodies, depleted spirits and souls that replace “ho, ho, ho” with a sighing “ho, ho, hum.”   I think we have all wondered at one time or another, “Is it all necessary?” Moreover, have we celebrated the holidays with all the American gusto we can muster? Perhaps, but did we truly experience a spirit of gratitude during Thanksgiving and well up with the joy of Christmas? Are holidays hopelessly harried? I want to encourage you to be intentional, be courageous and do some things differently this year to fight that trend.  Start now and get out a piece of paper. Make a list of words that describe what you want your holidays to be like.  Brainstorm with your spouse and kids and get their desires down on the list. You might want to make a list of what you liked best about some of your past holidays, and what you liked least. Next, jot down some ideas about what you can intentionally do less of, or more of this year to get you closer to the holiday experience reflected in your list. Now, get out your calendar. Here’s where you will need the courage that I mentioned earlier. Block time out (or block time in) for the things that will help you to have the holiday season you are longing for. I hope you will take time to slow down, linger with your spouse and loiter with your kids. Making time to be fully present with your closest circle of family and friends is one of the most important gifts you can give and receive.    Finally, in the midst of all the demands of Christmas, don’t forget to reflect on the stunning reality of what the holiday means to you, whatever that may be. Here comes Christmas! Enjoy it to the fullest.Brian Long is senior pastor at the Church of the Foothills in Cameron Park. To reach Pastor Long, call 530-677-3057.

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Fast Fixes?

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Detox diets are also referred to as fasting and cleansing, but are they safe? Detox diets are designed to help rid the body of toxins by fasting with juices or water and slowly reintroducing foods. There are conflicting opinions from experts regarding the effects that detoxification has on the body. Proponents believe the body should be occasionally cleansed to rid it from the toxins in the vegetables we eat, the air we breathe and water we drink. They claim detox diets help with weight loss, increase energy, assist with clarity of thought, and aid in disease prevention. Author of the book Detoxification and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Linda Page, N.D. (naturopathic doctor), Ph.D., believes that the modern day toxins we are exposed to are more than the average body can handle, even though our bodies naturally eliminate toxins that we ingest or inhale. Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph, glands and skin. Dr. Page says, “The body doesn’t know what to do with foreign substances, so it will store them outside of the regular elimination system in our fat, so we don’t get poisoned.” Her detox program involves drinking fruit juice, taking cleansing boosters such as herbal laxatives and colonics, as well as probiotics, which replenish healthy bacteria and antioxidants during the weekend-long program. Richard DeAndreas, M.D., N.D., believes in a 21-day detox program during which you follow a strict plant-based diet, which means no meat and no dairy. However, Chris Strychacz, Ph.D., a research psychologist believes that a once-a-year, week-long water fast is the answer.  However, Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., Director of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson says, “There is no scientific evidence to support claims made for detox diets.” He believes [that] the best thing you can do is [to] stop putting harmful toxins into your system, eat organic foods, drink purified water and avoid second-hand smoke. ...For more about safely detoxing and cleansing, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Strokes of Genius

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Award-winning local artist Barry Jamison, a Bay Area native and Folsom gallery owner, colors his world in bold shades of ambition. Not bad for someone who started drawing “all kinds of stuff,” testing oils and acrylics, and imitating rock ‘n roll poster art before finding his creative niche with pastels – the artistic medium that he currently favors. Largely self-taught, Jamison has occasionally studied with various nationally known artists throughout his 50-year career, but credits his longevity and success to keeping an open mind. Today he draws inspiration from the local landscape, which he describes as, artistically, a “limitless possibility.” He refers specifically to the region’s open vistas, uncrowded backroads and underdeveloped natural spaces. The area surroundings complement Jamison’s affinity for pastels, a medium that allows him to explore color more conveniently. “Some artists will use an inordinate amount of intense colors in a work, which a lot of time, confuses the viewer as to what is the most important thing [the artist] wants them to see,” he explains. “I like to downplay surrounding areas of color while keeping the center of interest most vivid.”  In addition to painting striking pieces of locally-inspired art, Jamison teaches classes at his Folsom-based gallery/studio, Sutter Street Pastels, which opened in 2002. The studio’s small-sized classes are open to the public and its students are given carte blanche to work on individual projects. During these sessions, master instruction is a given but also is fun. “Most people who join my classes prefer them to be relaxing,” Jamison says.  “When I can schedule it, I’m going to incorporate extended Saturday sessions where we’ll work on location. I’ll teach it like a mini-workshop, starting with a demonstration.”Jamison currently has 16 different pieces of artwork on display at the Holbrooke Hotel in neighboring Grass Valley, and also displays a number of paintings at Edward Jones Financial Services in Folsom. This coming May he will host a one-man art show in Auburn. And somewhere during his packed schedule, he finds time to complete commissioned artwork.In the future, Jamison plans to experiment with three-dimensional work and murals. He also envisions participating in invitational events around the country, such as plein air competitions and exhibitions, and would also like to see a “bona fide” juried art and wine festival in Folsom’s Historic District, complete with “minstrels, jugglers, and street theater.” He hasn’t ruled out starting an artists’ cooperative either.Continual attempts by Jamison to evolve artistically are not surprising, given the fact that the artist says, “I believe my art to be evolutionary; I enjoy challenging myself with subjects that are interesting to me. The key is to be open to happy accidents that may occur and take a painting in a whole new direction.”Discover more about Barry Jamison and Sutter Street Pastels online at pastelpainter.com.

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Christmas in Coloma

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Once again the holiday season is fast upon us, like snow on a pine branch. Children are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa, popular Christmas songs are playing on the radio, trees are popping up in living rooms all aglow with lights, and there’s that cool nip in the air that says, “Winter is here.” Some folks may think that the season, as we know it, has existed since time out of memory. However, the customs surrounding our modern Christmas are, historically speaking, not so far removed from our present. The “traditional” Christmas as we know it, originated before the Civil War, specifically in the 1850s. Step back in time to 1850s Placerville during the holidays, and you would see the beginnings of the more familiar customs as well as some traditions that have all but disappeared. Though far from common, folks were placing Christmas trees in their homes. Some folks, following the German custom from which the Christmas tree originated, placed the tree on a table. Still, others placed it on the floor. These trees were commonly decorated with various fruits and homemade ornaments. Candles placed on the boughs of the trees would become common in the late 1850s, while glass ornaments, originating in Europe, wouldn’t catch on until decades later. Santa Claus was hardly the cultural icon he is today, and shared the gift bearer status with the likes of Father Christmas and Kris-Kringle. Gift giving was quite common at this point, and so was commercialization, though it wasn’t near the fever pitch it has reached in modern times. In many ways, the early “traditional” Christmas of the 1850s was similar, and yet unlike, the Christmas of the present. Interestingly enough, if you want to see how Christmas was celebrated our area over a century ago you do not need a time machine. A drive to Coloma on the either the 13th or the 14th of December would suffice. Musicians wearing top hats wander about performing merry melodies, young children wearing period clothing make dolls from cornhusks, and the scent of roasting chestnuts and baked sundries, carried by the cool winter air, and into to the nose of passersby. Wreaths are handmade, as are other such arts and crafts featured at the various booths and tables. Volunteers, all dressed for the occasion, walk about, telling Christmas stories or giving demonstrations of various trades and crafts that were done during the 1850s. For children, there’s toy making, various period games to learn and play, and a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Additionally, horse-drawn carriage rides are offered so patrons can enjoy the festivities in style. A steaming cup of hot apple cider will no doubt make a perfect end to a perfect day. Nothing beats an old-fashioned country Christmas celebration. Perhaps, after considering the origins of our modern customs of Christmas, getting back and celebrating the roots of the holiday can be just as fun as celebrating the holiday itself.

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Family Philanthropy

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Each day, hundreds in our community receive a helping hand from volunteers who understand that supporting others is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures.Yet the delicate balance between ongoing needs and the resources available to help can easily be upset. As we witness in today’s challenging economy, more and more people are being forced into a position of hardship. At the same time, local charities are reporting a decline in private and corporate donations, and fewer volunteers as well.As a result of an increased push in volunteerism to support our overtaxed community services system, local families are finding that volunteering together can be as rewarding for them as it is life-changing for those they help.Helping Others is a Family AffairVolunteering as a family can be a meaningful, shared experience that brings families closer together as well as teaches both children and parents valuable life lessons about empathy, diversity and social responsibility.Lending a hand to those less fortunate can also help the entire family appreciate how blessed they are to have simple luxuries such as shelter, food, clothing and good health.Encouraging family philanthropy is the goal of Hands for Hope, a youth-driven outreach program started in March by El Dorado Hills mom Jennifer Bassett. The group, now 75 kids (and families) strong, works with Powerhouse Ministries in Folsom, as well as local schools and food banks to meet various community needs.Bassett hopes the program’s immediate and growing popularity will have a long-term impact on local families. “The benefit of getting these young kids involved is that they will grow up with compassion for others,” she says.“We are helping raise a generation of children who are already inspired by knowing what they can do to make a difference. Volunteering will just be a part of their lives.”For more family volunteering resources be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

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Oh Canada!

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

In 1986, my parents took us on the first of what would be frequent big travel adventures. By “big” I mean a motor home, a word that still sends chills up my mother’s spine. While us kids could hardly contain our excitement at three weeks of traveling across states in a house on wheels, my mom was less than thrilled with the bruises she endured trying to cook meals on the road. What was unique about that first motor home trip was the ultimate destination – Canada. Having never left the continental United States before, the idea of going to an entirely new country seemed totally exotic. That year, Vancouver was hosting the World’s Fair, an event that, sadly, has lost popularity on the global stage. But in 1986, it was the do-not-miss family trip of the year. And, while I have fond memories of the Expo, I also have lingering fondness for the city too. Green, welcoming and laid back, it was a pretty amazing place in my young, impressionable eyes (oh, and did I mention they have a monorail?). Today, Vancouver continues to thrive as a modern metropolis, and, fortunately, without losing any of its charms in the process. If you’re planning to head north, with or without motor home, here are a few must-sees in western Canada’s coolest town.Despite a perpetually rainy climate, Vancouver’s a city for getting out in the fresh air. Why? The parks. One of the most lush, nature-loving urban areas in the West, Vancouver offers a wide variety of outdoor spaces that should not be missed. Starting downtown, you’ll find one of the city’s most popular attractions: Stanley Park. This enormous natural refuge, one of the largest on the continent, is often referred to as a “rainforest within a metropolis.” Some of the activities and adventures you’ll find here include beaches, a water park, Children’s Farmyard, Miniature Railway and the Seawall, a 10.5 kilometer stretch popular with rollerbladers, joggers and the like. Plus, the area is home to the Vancouver Aquarium, also one of the biggest in North America. Hosting more than 8,000 marine animals, this entertaining and educational venue is a perfect afternoon stop for both kids and “kids at heart.”At the top of many “best of” lists is Granville Island, only five minutes from downtown. Like Stanley Park, the island offers plenty of outdoor activities, plus water sports like kayaking and canoeing. Grownups will love the shopping, great restaurants, galleries and theatre found here. Be sure to stop by the Granville Island Brewery for a tasty cold one.Also called “Little Mountain” because of its high geographical location, Queen Elizabeth Park will treat you with some of the best views in Vancouver, from downtown to the North Shore Mountains. If you can find some quiet time, it’s also one of the most romantic spots in the city, brimming with beautiful gardens and perfect for gorgeous sunsets.Once you’ve had more than a few breaths of fresh air, head back to downtown’s West End and English Bay, a trendy and colorful destination for fashion, beauty, culture, dining and more. Whenever I go to a big city, I love to find the tallest building and check out the view. Vancouver’s answer to this is the Lookout, a 551-foot climb in glass elevators to the top of Harbour Centre Tower. Once there, you’ll enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding areas.Accommodations in Vancouver are plentiful and varied. One of the best is the Pan-Pacific, a 504-room hotel at Canada Place on the waterfront. Its desirable location, adjacent to shopping and Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street, historic Gastown and the Pacific Centre mall, makes this one a top contender for your Vancouver stay. The Five Sails restaurant sits right on the water and provides fine dining, a superb wine list and great harbor views.If you’re more into the “boutique” hotel scene, then look no further than the Opus Hotel. In the downtown Yale district, the Opus similarly offers convenient access to Vancouver attractions, including Stanley Park, Granville Island and Chinatown. Freshly modern with fabulous amenities, like a fitness center and world-class spa, this hip hotel attracts a cutting-edge crowd.Vancouver is also host to a number of bed and breakfast-style accommodations. One of my favorites is Barclay House, also located in downtown. Comfortable and beautifully furnished with both local and international designs, it’s hard to resist the Barclay’s charms. They even offer two room suites, so bring the kids along!Dining out in Vancouver can be a fun and flavor-filled experience. I suggest you start your day at Sophie’s Cosmic Café. This Vancouver institution typically has a line down the block, so get there early. It’s worth the wait if you like egg dishes served with their signature house hot sauce. The environment is cool and kitschy, with photos and vintage items scattered all over its bright yellow walls. For something a little more upscale, make a reservation at Bishop’s Restaurant. Though small and simply appointed, it also serves some of the highest rated cuisine in town, having served Presidents, celebrities and countless visitors with a gourmet palate. Even if you can’t make it up to Vancouver right away, there’s plenty to look forward to down the road. In just two years they will host the 2010 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games. There are plenty of great things in store for this amazing city…be sure to get in on the action!

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Turning the Tables

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Holiday gatherings with friends and family often center around your dining room table, decorated in all its festive glory. In the spirit of the season, we asked three local interior designers to describe the inspiration behind their favorite holiday tablescapes....Classic EleganceNancy Murphy of NT Interior Design & Home Staging in Diamond Springs, says designing eye-catching tabletops is a vital part of her business. Murphy’s favorite setting for the holidays is a classic combination of whites, soft blues and silvers in what appears to be a magical, winter wonderland.To start, Murphy fills long silver trays or glass vases with ornaments of different shapes and sizes. She sprinkles white plastic snow and adds large white feathers and other sparkly seasonal elements. “The result is a beautiful, low arrangement that lets people visit,” she says. “Then in the middle, I’ll use crystal candlesticks to create height.”Murphy also has fun incorporating bows into her holiday themes. “I’ll tie little bows of blue ribbon on chandeliers,” she says. “And on chairs, I’ll wrap gauze material into a bow in back. It adds such elegance.”When planning your table, Murphy recommends keeping perspective. “People watch design shows on television, then try something new and usually go overboard,” she says. “They should bring in what feels right for them, not go with a certain popular style.” ...For more of Table Design ideas be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116

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Master of Acrylics

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

The ancient Roman philosopher Cicero once said, “The most valuable of arts, is the art of living.” That is the best way to explain how Rocklin artist Jerry Lipp enjoys his life – he lives it to its fullest. “I am truly blessed to be able to make my living doing what I love,” Lipp says.Between being a CEO of a local multi media advertising firm and putting in more than 60 hours a week painting, he shows an obsession for creating. “Even if I didn’t make good money in my profession,” Jerry says, “I’d be working at McDonald’s to buy materials to paint.”He studied under and has been influenced by many local and international artists. However, he credits his grandmothers, both accomplished painters, for teaching him the basics and seeding his passion. “They tried teaching me to paint with oils,” Lipp recalls. “What six year-old kid can wait for oils to dry?” They both switched to quick drying acrylics as their media and so did Jerry. “Once they starting using acrylics,” he confesses, “I used to ‘borrow’ their supplies.” In his painting he works with texture and lots of color. He aspires to paint women in abstract without offending or objecting them. “The female form is the essence of the piece,” Lipp says, “not the object.” His inspired process to complete each painting takes about three to four weeks. “To me, painting is like breathing…I spend most of my time painting.” And, after spending the better part of a month completing pieces of his work, according to Lipp it is hard to part with them. “To me,” Lipp admits, “selling a painting is like selling my kid.”His personal vision, seen in his work, conveys a specific emotion of each of his subjects. He is quick to categorize himself as a painter and not an artist. “I am a painter of paintings,” he explains, “I’m not in a position to criticize my own work…that’s up to the viewer.” This creative, dynamic man is also humble. As an accomplished businessman in all his endeavors, he knows the importance of surrounding himself with good people. “We are here for each other,” Lipp says. “Everyone in my life leaves me a better person.” Part of Kallie Cabrera’s job as an executive administrator working for Jerry Lipp is to make sure he has everything he needs to give him more time to paint. “It’s been an incredible experience learning and growing both with him and in the art,” Cabrera says. “His work is tremendous and I love being part of his creative process.”Noel Flynn, fellow artist and owner of Noel Flynn Gallery, works with Lipp to transform loose canvases into framed gallery-wrapped works of art. “Jerry’s depiction of the female,” Flynn says, “skillfully blends the outer fringes of reality together with the rudimentary abstraction of color and form.” Lipp works hard creating everyday. He believes that your mindset drives you. “It is up to you,” he says, “if you are successful or not.”

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Chevrolet Volt

Nov 30, 2008 ● By Super Admin

In 1996 GM shocked the world by releasing the first modern all-electric vehicle, the EV1. It was a bold, broad stroke to the future of the automobile, a sign that traditional gas-powered cars were nearing the end of the popular road and would become a sort of relic, a toy to be used on Sundays. The E-vehicle had arrived, again, and the world rejoiced. But then GM did a funny thing – when all the EV1s returned from their leases, they dismantled and destroyed them. This really upset a lot of people. Fans of the green movement  even protested outside some GM facilities to save the EV1. Interestingly, however, what no one mentions is that only 800 people actually signed on the dotted line to give the EV1 a chance. Only 800. That breaks down to 16 leases per state. Needless to say, EV1 was not a profit-maker for the company, but rather an exercise in what they needed to look to in coming decades. Interestingly, no one really commended GM for their efforts, but ridiculed and skewered them for “destroying the hope,” as one eco-weenie put it. And no, that particular eco-weenie didn’t lease an EV1, but preferred a large German luxury car. The irony. But that aside, GM was thinking more long term than EV1.In 1996, the call for an E-vehicle was low. Gas wasn’t overtly expensive and the whole global warming thing, while something we all knew about, hadn’t been truly popularized outside of scientific circles. Things were still good. Besides, the EV1 was weird looking. It made no noise and it was small. People didn’t quite understand it. But the knowledge that GM gained from that noiseless, weird-looking little car was glacial in size. Today, it’s filtering down into a new generation of the E-vehicle called Chevrolet Volt, the only one of its kind slated to be on the road as early as 2010. The Middle East is shaking in its overpriced dino tar.Despite the obvious hope, expectations and excitement surrounding the Volt are still very delicate topics. After all, a lot is still up in the air about the Volt, but what is known is that it currently has a cruising range of 40 miles on battery power; it will be a more useful sedan opposed to the EV1 coupe; it will carry a gas tank should you need to travel beyond the 40 mile electric range (still no official declaration of what kind of engine it will have, or if it will recharge the battery yet); it can be recharged by plugging it into a typical home outlet and achieve full charge in about six hours; the T-shaped lithium-ion battery will hold 16 kilowatt hours of energy, have less than 300 cells and weigh around 400 pounds; the Volt will not be as odd looking as its EV1 predecessor and will run you between $30,000 and $40,000. GM is taking the car more seriously than most would believe. So seriously in fact, that they’ve devoted a new $359 million facility to much of its development and a team of roughly 650 people to work exclusively with Volt, many of whom worked on the EV1. From body and interior construction, to safety and electrical durability, to battery longevity and transferability, the team is working to ensure that the Volt will amaze. And they have to; a lot is riding on this new car. With it all, transferability is very important, as it indicates that GM is considering the Volt technology for other vehicles. The battery is transferable to other vehicles. Driving this point to fact, GM USA has been working with GM Europe to develop an Opel using the Volt driveline for the overseas market....For more about the Chevrolet Volt, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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