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Abigail Bradley.................................................... 16
Tell Me Lies. Tell Me Sweet, Little Lies................. 18
And She’s Smart Too............................................ 30
Q&A with Toni Trucks.......................................... 32
Shop Smart Shop Local................................ 4, 8, 12
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Personal Design Style ...................................... 28
The Art of Tattooing............................................. 42
Women and Beer: A Crafty Combination!............ 10
A Getaway with your Girlfriends...................... 14
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ArtPrize: Op Art Redux.......................................... 6
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Can Art Improve your Love Life?.......................... 31
August Events...................................................... 34
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Time to pull out that trusty compass and weathered map, because we are going on an
artistic journey this month. It’s art-topia here at Women’s Lifestyle and we are head
over high heels to show you what we’ve been up to.
We visit the latest and greatest creativity competition, ArtPrize (p. 6), as well as take
you back a few decades to the very humble beginnings of the annual, rain-or-shine,
all-volunteer Festival of the Arts (p. 22). You will learn about the fine art of Abigail
Bradley (p. 16) but also about the Stone Age art form of tattoos (p. 42).
Are we going to fast for you? Keep up now… because we also have the current trends
in pours couture (p. 43). That’s fancy for cocktails. It’s an art all in itself. And, we also
have the low-down on craft beers (p. 10). We are Beer City USA after all. Halt! Be
sure to check out Restaurant Week (p. 14) too, because it’s an epicurean’s delight.
Although some may say it’s an art, our Dating Diva dishes about one of her first dates
and applies mathematics and Game Theory to the little, white lies men tell to make a
great first impression (p. 18).
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personal design style (p. 28). And, we catch up with rising Hollywood starlet, Toni
Trucks (p. 32).
Time to trade in those stilettos for some hiking boots, because we are all over the map
this month. This is going to be one heck of an art-tastic expedition.
For the first time in ArtPrize history, the organization
received the largest number of Facebook comments
regarding their latest reveal for 2012.
With happy and equally upset Facebook followers, their
site was flooded with opinions on the first glimpse of the
ArtPrize 2012 poster. Many were thrown by the ‘op art’
(also known as optical art) with its stark contrast of black
and white, rigid lines, and optical illusion.
“Up until now, ArtPrize has been represented by lots
of color and rounded shapes,” says Artprize Designer
Lindsay Jones of Square One Design. “This year has
changed what everyone expected from ArtPrize, yet
it rings true to their mission; constantly evolve and
challenge people to stretch their minds.”
I sat down and chatted with the designers from Square
One Design, a 27 year-old local firm who was chosen by
the ArtPrize team to create the posters from 2010, 2011
and now 2012.
A river of black and white (with one contrast color) will
adorn the city. Square One Design does not just create a
poster, they create the designs that will be seen all over
Grand Rapids on maps, window clings, large outdoor
installations, programs, fliers, busses and more.
But before I go down that road, there are a few things
that need to be brought to the surface: the thoughts and
feelings that I as the writer of this article need to purge.
I, Jenny Luth, as a downtown dweller (live, work, play),
had a bit of a ‘tude with ArtPrize in the past. Some of
you other downtown dwellers might sympathize with
me, meaning, you might also need to purge an attitude
towards the three weeks out of the year when hundreds of
thousands of people storm your walk in to work, fill your
eardrums with screaming children, or block traffic on your
way to lunch.
It was like everyone was watching a solar eclipse in the
sky, looking up and bumping into you, walking across the
street when cars had the green light, or standing in line at
my favorite deli and paying for ten ice cream cones when
all I wanted was my 3:00 p.m. work-pick-me-up-iced-tea.
We (most Grand Rapidians, including myself) think we
have ArtPrize figured out. We live here…we know what
to expect each year.
I began thinking it was a tourist trap for our city. Yet each
year that passed only energized me more, changing my
mind about the idea of all these people flooding our big/
little city. ArtPrize was becoming opposite of a tourist trap
in my mind, instead an ever changing experience. And
isn’t that exactly opposite of what a tourist trap is? The
same experience over and over that only new onlookers
think is fun.
I once found myself walking through downtown on my
way to a work meeting and attempting to avoid tripping
over the sidewalk cracks while watching construction
of a large scale pig hovering over my head and dodge
parking meters while being distracted by a light show of
sun beams dancing on my skin from the reflection off of a
I’ll return to how I reconciled with ArtPrize after I explain
my process of understanding it.
In less than four short years, worldwide audiences of
artists and fans have already come to expect certain things
from this now non-profit organization called, ArtPrize.
“The op art design was chosen for its originality and
striking contrast,” explains Lin Ver Meulen, Principal of
Square One Design. “Op art is not for everyone, but it
was a win-win when we shared it with the ArtPrize team.
Not only is it simple yet complex simultaneously, which
matches their core values, it will also help them cut costs
for printing.” Black and white printing can be done almost
anywhere and it costs nearly half as much as color.
“Providing a great product while helping a non-profit keep
a healthy budget really meant a lot to our team,”
continues Ver Meulen.
When we are encouraged to see new things, we change,
and then we grow.
What changed my view of ArtPrize was its constantly
evolving attitude, which brought my big/little city to life
with energy in the streets that I had never seen before.
Not just art in the streets, but people! Gobs of pedestrians
walking to and fro, eating at all the local restaurants,
and taking pictures and memories of OUR city which
transforms into a big city once a year.
For as much as ArtPrize changed Grand Rapids, it is still
up to Grand Rapids to continue to help change ArtPrize.
“Changing is the only constant, hanging on is the only
sin.” – Denise McCluggage, American journalist/author/
ARTPRIZE: Op Art Reduxwritten by Jenny Luth
photography by Two Eagles Marcus
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jenny Luth is a senior associate at
Clark Communications in Grand
Rapids. You will probably see Jenny:
A. Eating local food. B. Drinking
local beer. C. Supporting local
bands. D. Smiling. Connect with
Jenny on Twitter: @GRJenny.
Lin Ver Meulen and Lindsay
Jones of Square One Design
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Believe it or not, I was nearly 40 before I consumed my
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solely on Michigan’s growing wine industry. I remember
the day – it was February 21, 2008 – a Thursday, at
Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids. The beer? Pale Ale.
Admittedly, it took me nearly two hours to finish that first
pint. The flavors were different from anything that I had
known before and I was having difficulty deciphering
them on my tongue and in my mind. Luckily, I was with
members of the Michigan Brewers Guild who carefully
guided me through the process. Little did they know the
impact that day would have on me.
Two days later, I was introduced to a whole new world
– the Michigan Winter Beer Festival. More than 3,000
individuals gathered outside at Fifth Third Ballpark in
Comstock Park to sample more than 250 beers from
nearly 50 breweries. It was the ideal venue to explore my
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industry’s leaders at my side throughout the day – asking
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narrowing the focus to beers that might best suit my
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From that first weekend, I was on a Michigan beer quest! I
found myself seeking out the nearly 100 breweries around
the state; looking for local craft beer on the shelves at
my local Meijer; attending countless festivals, tours and
events; and exploring the world of beer and food pairings
alongside one of the nation’s leading experts – Fred
Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing. Ironically, it was
Fred who first introduced me to the Michigan Brewers
Guild, thus setting me on this exciting path.
Over the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to
attend a half-dozen or so Michigan beer dinners at Salt of
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of the restaurant’s popular “Michigan Beer &
written by Dianna Stampfler
photography by Two Eagles Marcus
Heather Van Dyke-Titus own’s Harmony
Brewing Company along with her siblings
Barry and Jackson Van Dyke.
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Wine Series.” These culinary showcases are a great
way for chefs and brewmasters to team up and test
their pairing skills, as well as give the consumer an
opportunity to taste the beers in a totally different,
mouth-watering way. The complexities of the beer
take on new flavor profiles when paired with certain
foods – much like at a wine dinner. In fact, many
industry insiders say that the diverse characters in
beer make it a better food companion.
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this intricate operation. Several of the state’s 100
breweries offer tours on select dates throughout the
year. The Michigan Brewers Guild also coordinates
dozens of such tours exclusively for its Enthusiast
members each year (membership is $45 per year and
also includes one hour early admission for all four
Guild festivals, available online at MiBeer.com).
Tour operators around the state are finding
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guided excursions through Detroit with visits to
historic sites and local breweries. The group also
provides roundtrip motor coach transportation to
all Guild festivals.
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There, a beachside beer-themed lunch is prepared
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Craft beer festivals, social media tweet-ups and
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themselves to this exciting world of beer, as well
as provide opportunities to meet other women
with common interests.
Detroit Draft Divas is one of a handful of “clubs”
being formed around the state and the country
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beer drinkers. This group celebrated its one year
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popular beer scavenger hunt, the group gathers
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“I am part of a group of women who are promoting
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followers are from Michigan.”
Grand Rapids is a hotbed for breweries and tied for
first place as BeerCity USA. Female beer drinkers
here are prevalent – and proud! Downtown’s HopCat
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of women who meet once a month to discuss and
drink quality craft beer. Even the local women’s
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who hangs her mug at Schmohz Brewery, admits that
drinking craft beer is her #1 hobby. She’s not alone
when she proclaims: “I love Michigan beer!”
Heather VanDyke-Titus, who owns Harmony
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VanDyke says she is interested in getting into
brewing as well.
While female craft beer drinkers in the United States
overall remain the minority, here in Michigan those
who support the industry do so whole-heartedly.
More than 20% of the Michigan Brewers Guild
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WOMEN & CRAFT BEER RESOURCES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dianna Stampfler is a seasoned
culinary and travel writer,
focused nearly exclusively on
her homestate of Michigan. An
she is a dedicated supporter
of Michigan-made craft beer,
wine and spirits.
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What’s your favorite beer (today)?
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My husband is a hamburger man. While I crave
gourmet dishes with unusual ingredients, he would
be happy with a nice juicy burger. Our conversation in
choosing a restaurant often goes like this:
Me: What do you think about going out tonight?
He: Where would you like to go?
Me: Well, how about this place, that place, or that
He: Oh… (long pause). Isn’t there some place closer by?
Me: (long pause) ... Well, we could go to that less expen-
sive place, or that other less expensive place, or that place
that has a happy hour.
These are often places that we always go to every time we
dine out. “Yes, that sounds good,” he say’s with enthusiasm.
Needless to say, I get tired of the same old joints for din-
ner. I want more adventure and intrigue with my food. For
him the goal is to get some food -- and quick -- and I’d
like to make dinner an experience.
That’s why when Restaurant Week rolls around I am
thrilled to be able to stretch our horizons for the delight-
ful 11-day event. With a little persistence, we’ll try as
many restaurants as possible during the week dedicated
to local restaurants. One or two reservations will be with
just my husband and the rest of the meals scheduled are
occasions to spend with girlfriends, couple friends, and
I have been curious to know, though, what other women
experience when it comes to dining out with their signifi-
cant other. Do my friends have the same issues that I do
regarding the when and where of eating out?
When I spoke to my friend, Debbie, she confided in me
that she and her partner have a pretty active restaurant-go-
ing life. I must say, I’m rather envious. Every time I look
at her posts on Facebook she’s at a different restaurant
having all kinds of fun.
Michele, however, has to do a bit more negotiating when
she goes out with her man. He’s very willing, but the ques-
tion usually is “what coupons or deals do we have?” (FYI:
this is something my husband also asks). She chuckles and
continues explaining, “No, he doesn’t always get his way in
using coupons for meals.” Good, I think, I can learn a few
things from her – we’ll have to chat.
My girlfriend, Deanne, has just the opposite issue. Some-
times her husband has to convince her to go out and try
something new. She confesses, “Sometimes I don’t feel
like going and he has to convince me. My husband is the
adventurous diner.” Now I’m jealous. Lucky girl!
When I asked all of them about the perfect date scenario
the response was exactly the same. All of them (including
me) want our dream date… to be a surprise. Deanne says,
“I’d like my husband to say, I made reservations. Let’s
go!” Basically, we all want our mate to plan the whole
thing and spring it on us.
We all share the same feeling about Restaurant Week as
well. “It gives me the opportunity to try restaurants that I
normally wouldn’t,” explains Debbie. “It becomes a spe-
cial girls night out excuse,” Michele adds. “Grand Rapids
is a destination now for people from other cities to come
for the pure pleasure of going out to our restaurants,”
Deanne shares. “Grand Rapids is not just your meat and
potatoes kind of place anymore.”
Certainly Restaurant Week, taking place August 15-25
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AbigailBradleyby Ruthie Paulson Gomez
As Abigail Bradley and I sat down for conversation on a
warm summer’s evening with matching Passion Flower
cocktails, she excitedly told me that she had just returned
from an adventure with her friends. She had experienced rock
climbing for the first time ever in Grand Ledge, MI. Abbey
shared how exhilarating this was for her -- having climbed
all the way to the top of the ledge as a beginner; what an
amazing feeling to have accomplished such a feat that at the
beginning may have seemed overwhelming and frightening.
Miss Bradley and I settled in as we sipped on our cocktails and
began to talk about her art.
“I am a collector of images,” she says. “And when I see
something that catches my eye I capture it immediately. The
digital camera has become a 21st century sketchbook of sorts.
I may see a crane in construction that would create a great
image... I am a fast drawer, but I want that crane right now.”
When it comes to how Abbey creates her art, she has multiple
processes going on. She may have several paintings in different
stages of finish. The term she uses is focus play: playing with
color and texture.
“Construction has been a common theme in much of my work
to symbolize renewal and an optimistic future in our own lives,”
explains Bradley. “I am inspired by the contrasting textures of the
new upon the old, order amidst chaos, and bright upon neutrals.
Integrating contrasting media in artwork also reflects one of my
values of appreciating diversity in an ever-changing environment.”
She continues, “In combination with richly layered atmospheric
surfaces, I often place hints of photographic imagery as a vehicle to
connect us beyond our initial perceptions of what is real. Through
subtle techniques and bold color choices, my intent is to draw
the viewer into my work. Spending time with the complexity and
beauty of each surface, along with the suggested narrative, is much
like getting to know a person.”
I continue to learn much about Abigail Bradley the woman,
through her art.
When she first started incorporating photographic transfer into her
paintings, she knew that many people enjoyed the abstract nature
of her work, along with the texture, layers, and colors. Yet, Abbey
felt something was missing. “It wasn’t quite telling a story, I felt
that my art wasn’t really saying anything.” Abbey had learned the
photographic transfer technique at Kendall College of Art & Design
where she earned her painting degree, but it wasn’t until a few years
later that she began implementing the technique into her work. “It
helps bring more viewers into a painting as a starting point of telling
a story,” she says. “By using the photographic transfer against the
surface, I liked the effect that it was creating: Is it a photograph? Is it
a painting? You couldn’t really tell where the painting began or ended
in relation to the photograph that was transferred onto the canvass.”
As a senior at Kendall, Abigail began taking more photography and
mixed media classes. “The feedback that I received was that my
paintings had this dreamlike feel to them,” she adds. “It was a mixture
of photography with hand techniques and painting.”
I asked Abbey to tell me about her painting entitled Daydream. I
love the fantasy-like aspect to her work. She recounted that it was
the end of a long day and she was sitting in her car in front of her
apartment. As she sat back for a bit, she looked up. Her car at the
time had a sunroof. It was springtime and the leaves hadn’t emerged
on the tree limbs yet. “I can use that for something,” she thought to
herself, and snapped a photo of the tree. “It became another photo in
my collection,” she tells me. Later that photo was transferred onto
a canvass and became Daydream. As she created the photo surface,
she remembers doing all these layers, a little swirl at the top of the
canvas, a little swirl towards the bottom. Even as she’s adding
texture here and there, she may not know what it means in that given
moment. “I put the painting off to the side just to think about it. I’m
working on all these other paintings as the days and weeks go by.
The swirl: it’s like a thought; and how I think about daydreaming.
Looking up at the trees, this thought enters your mind and creates this
swirl effect: that is a daydream.” Abbey explained that the technique
of creating this texture by drawing in thick paint is called sgraffito.photo © 2012 copyright Abigail Bradley All Rights Reserved
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Springtime trees without leaves are a recurring theme
in Abbey’s paintings. The trees represent hope for the
future. Similar to awaiting spring, and those beautiful
green leaves which will fill out the essence of the
tree. Abbey adds, “These limbs may be bare, but they
won’t be bare for long. I think so much of my work
is a reflection of my life, no matter what has ever
happened. I’m just very optimistic.”
The artist tells me the story about how she
mysteriously stumbled upon this woman on google
a few years back. She can’t remember which site
or how she found her, but wishes she could find her
again. “She was wearing a shirt from The Limited that
I also had at one time. Her glasses, the way she was
posing, hair pulled back in a pony-tail like I would
have had at the time. It was as if I was seeing myself.
She was a person of Korean dissent living in France.”
Abbey continues, “An artist who described herself as
an impressionist painter. The work she did, looking at
her, it was like I was looking at myself. The outfit she
had was just like mine. Looked just like me, the way
she posed. Kind of freaked me out,” Abbey confesses.
Could this internet encounter be the subconscious
driving force behind Abigail’s most conceptual and
abstract work: Eternal Fraternal Twins? In reflection
to this piece Abbey says it makes her think more about
going back to South Korea to trace her roots.
Abigail’s 2011 Artprize piece, A Flower with no
Name is of personal significance to her. “It was the
first time I’ve expressed something deeply personal
to me,” she shares. The piece resonated with many
people as well. “It tells the story about coming to terms
with identity. Being adopted from Korea--having a
difficult childhood.” People who responded to the
piece related on different levels concerning identity
issues. The honey bees surrounding
an Asian woman is a juxtaposition of
sorts. Historically honey bees were
brought to America by European settlers.
“There are always pros and cons to any
particular action. This woman is finding
peace with coming to terms with herself
regarding things that may be out of her
control,” the artist offers. Abigail began
inserting the traditional lotus flower into
her artwork as a way to incorporate her
Korean heritage. It is a Buddhist symbol
which carries the sense of rebirth.
Abbey told me about her most ambitious project.
It was a commissioned piece requiring her to paint
an abstract mural through a 20 foot hallway for a
residential condominium in the heart of downtown
Grand Rapids. “The client asked me to propose an
environment that would add interest to the long
hallway while accenting the architectural design and
integrating his personal style.” Abbey continues,
“Should the client decide to sell this property in the
future, we also wanted to be conscious of the taste of
a broader audience. As a result, “The Foggy Forest”
was created over a period of three months. This was
an exciting project for sure,” she exclaims. “My goal
with all of my clients is to create original art that will
delight them and everyone they know.” It was because
of this project that Abbey had the idea of creating her
own original lotus flower stencil for her Artprize piece.
“I said to my client, just think, everyday it’s going to
be a new adventure, one day it will be Robin Hood,
one day it will be Lord of the Rings,” Abbey says. “It
depends on how the light hits it.” There are touches of
gold leaf incorporation as well. Three to four different
painting effects were used for the creation: texture
effect to resemble stucco, glazing to vary the shading,
yet conscience of varying it in relation to the lighting
too. She smiles,“When the lights are off there is still
movement across the wall.”
“With this project I had such a strong feeling about
what I was able to do, kind of like rock climbing,”
Abbey offers. “In considering scaling the rocky ledge
I had no idea at the beginning, yet to see my friends
who were climbing up the wall and were there to guide
me along, you begin to have a certain vision, inner
confidence that I’ll be able to do this. Visualize it, be
confident, and commit.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ruthie Paulson Gomez thinks,
dreams, and loves in two
languages: English and Spanish.
She modeled professionally in
Milan and Nice and now works
in the nonprofit sector in West
Michigan. Other past-times
include tango dancing and
©MOTLEY CAT STUDIO
by Christina Hulstrand
Tell me lies.
Tell me sweet,
WWhile out one night with friends, a guy
asked me if I would like to meet for a drink.
I gladly accepted. We hung around the same
crowd and were already connected via Facebook. The
plan was to meet at a restaurant on the outskirts of the city
(that area known as the suburbs for those like me who
don’t like to travel outside the comfort of downtown).
At 4:45 p.m. I arrived at River Town Crossing. At 4:46
p.m. I realized that said meeting point was actually at the
other Grand Rapids mall.
So I send a quick text. “Hey, I went to the wrong mall, but
I should still be there by 5 p.m. Just letting you know in
case I am a little late.”
At the risk of signaling that I am a complete airhead,I was
trying with my text to give the impression that I do respect
his time, not usually late, responsible enough to own my
mistakes, genuinely nice person, and this should also give
us something to laugh about during the inevitable “first
date” awkwardness. Win!
As I am typing into the GPS the fastest route to the correct
place I receive my reply text, “Not really sure how you
end up at the wrong place, sounds suspicious.”
My cheery mood turns choleric, but after accounting for a
possible miscommunication of sarcasm I decide to settle
on indifference and move along. It’s 5:04 p.m. when I ar-
rive at my destination (not bad! I believe it’s in the +/- 10
minute rule) and on the off chance my date was annoyed
with my poor ability to research venues, I have success-
Alas, that did not happen.
I walk in the door to see my date sitting at the bar with
his computer. I take the seat next to him. Without even
looking at me he says, “There is no way you made it from
River Town to here that quickly, where were
Now, I pride myself on my truthfulness. I despise lying.
The absolute worst thing anyone can do is insinuate that I
am lying without sound evidence. Immediately I mentally
check out of this date. I have no desire to be with this guy
or know anything about him. If, at that point in my life,
I was a stronger person, I would have left without one
more word spoken. But I was not a fan of confrontation,
so there I sat and listened to him interrogate me on every
picture I had with the opposite sex on facebook and every
post that he ever saw. At one point in time he told me that
I would need to disown any friends I had of the opposite
sex (note: I lived with a person of the opposite sex, and he
After enduring 45 minutes of complete absurd behavior
I told him I needed to go (not a lie, I planned to meet my
girlfriend after the date). True to his overly obtrusive self,
he asked what I was doing. Once I told him, he demanded
I call her now, right in front of him, to prove my story.
After I filed my claim of negligent infliction of emotional
distress and had him sign a restraining order, the date
finally came to an end.
Besides the obvious conclusions that this man is the defi-
nition of a psychopath, should be put into a straight jacket
immediately, and sent some place far, far away, what did
Honestly, not a thing, but let’s discuss lying.
Game theorists are purpotedlygood fibbers (Fibbing =
lying: both being defined as one being full of crap). Game
Theory came about when the founders wanted to prove
that even with bad cards, you could, with some prob-
ability, play aggressively and win in one-shot poker.
So, why, if I am a true game theorist, do I hate lying so
much? Well, in classic game theory, economists believe
that one can never truly be deceived because one should
know the exact probability that the other side is not
“telling the truth” and then do the best they can under
A study by DePaul found that dating couples lie to each
other in at least one third of their interactions (other stud-
ies posted anywhere from 50% up to 85% on first date
interaction, but I’ll go with optimism). This is more than
they deceive other people on a day-to-day basis (another
reason to love dating).
Now, both sexes lie with equal frequency, but most lies
told by men are self-oriented; a typical conversation
between two guys contains about eight times as many lies
about themselves as it contains falsehoods about other
people. (Women, the sweet creatures we are, typically lie
to protect someone else’s feelings).
Shakespeare said, “All the world is a stage, and all the
men and women merely players.”
So when should we lie and maybe, more importantly,
how do we reduce the risk of being tricked by our
Lying is actually reasonably rational. A Saxe study says
that 75% of liars would, if given a second chance, tell
the same lie again in the same situation. Remember,
rationality is acting in a way that gives you the best
payoff no matter what the other person does. Hence if
75% of people do not regret the decision to lie, it is a
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Most lies told on a date are not necessarily harmful. They go something like this:*
• Sports lover: So do you like watching football?
• Sports hater: Ummmm, yeah, I love sports.
• Sports lover: So what do you value most in a relationship?
• Sports hater: Honesty
*Replace sports for any activity you actually like and wish for your future life partner
in crime to enjoy with you.
You’re going to make yourself look richer, more successful, well connected, more
interesting to their specific taste or educated (even more attractive: ladies can you
say miracle bra?) than what you really are, but only marginally. Then, by the time
they figure out your little white lie they already invested time, money and effort and
therefore have a greater tendency to continue on with the endeavor than prior to the
investment (you sneaky devil).
On the flip side, this means they are lying to you also. Why do they do that? Do they
not understand the importance of the decision we are making? You are, actually, try-
ing to find out if this person is worthy of a whole lot of YOUR resources for the near
(or possibly) long term future (jerks!). So figuring out if they are lying will stop us
from picking a less desirable pick from the bunch. But how?
Short of hiring a private investigator, hacking into computers or doing background
checks (all of which I highly advice against), there’s something called Credibility
Theory. It’s a ridiculously “math intensive way to estimate the most credible state-
ments of an agent given expected losses for members of a class based on weighted
quantities.” This approach has the tendency to become very complicated. So, I won’t
bore you and try to briefly explain the concept in a way that is entertaining and pos-
Let’s say you are on an internet dating site to look for a guy.
• You, like 85% of the women in this world, want a guy at least 6 foot tall.
• Approximately 14.5% of the US population is over six foot tall.
• The average height of a US male is 5’9.
• Men are not idiots, especially when it comes to getting a mate. They know you
will key in a search that only return men 6’0 and taller.
• Obviously, if you’re a man and you are 5’11 you now have the incentive to lie
(it’s not that big of a stretch, and he is now at least allowed to
“enter the market”).
Side note: 100% of women surveyed by Cameron (1978) said the ideal height for a
partner was 4” taller than them. This is further proof of why I am validated in my an-
ger when women 5’5 say they won’t date anyone shorter than 6’0. Stick to the rules!
Back to the subject.
By pure statistics, you should figure out that the probability of a man lying about
his height on an internet dating site is astronomical. And, if you’re really smart you
should know that 6’0 is going to be the most lied about height. (Read: if you’re doing
a search, men that state they are 6’0 are more likely than those stating 6’1 or 5’11 to
be lying about their height).
So, what about the guy who says he’s 5’11, is he really only 5’9? Not really. He is
more than likely telling you the truth, he doesn’t really gain an extra incentive for say-
ing he’s still under the preferred minimum. Instead he’s going to lie about his income.
How do I know that? Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, along with Duke University
found in a recent, yet to be published study, that for every inch a man is under 6’0
he needs to make an extra $30,000 for the women to be indifferent (I couldn’t find a
threshold for women’s income preference). But basically the 5’11 guy will have to
make $70,000 per year in order for you to turn down the guy who is 6’0 and makes
$40,000 a year.
This seems unfair to the men of the world, but women do this to men; just replace
height and income with hip-to-waist ratio and age.
In conclusion: to figure out if someone is lying, look at what the “pool” norm would
be and then determine the exact probability that they are “not telling the truth” and
they are just doing the best they can under the circumstances.
Or you can skip the math; remembering all truths reveal themselves in time. So for
now, just enjoy the moment.
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3 boneless skinless chicken thighs,
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Condiments for fajitas
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It was in 1969 that Alexander Calder’s
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When I speak to people who are newly diagnosed with a
gluten allergy, sensitivity, or celiac disease, they nearly all
say, “I miss bread!” Bread has become a huge part of our
food culture. The gluten in bread helps make it taste really
good. It lends flavor, elasticity, and general “yumminess.”
Bread is a comfort, a joy. Don’t take away my bread! But
alas, we need alternatives. With multiple allergies on the
rise as well, these alternatives must be creative.
WHY “GOOD” ALLERGEN-FREE BREAD IS
DIFFICULT TO FIND (AND MAKE)
Pastry Chef, Kyra Bussanich is the first Gluten-free
winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She owns
CRAVE BAKE SHOP in Lake Oswego, Oregon and is
a guest writer for The Tender Palate. I asked Kyra why
allergen-free bread is so tough to make:
“There are three legs to fantastic baking: gluten, eggs,
and sugar. Each contributes something to the texture and
structure of the final product, and when you have already
replaced one of the legs of the stool, it makes it more
difficult to successfully swap out the remaining two legs
without adversely affecting flavor or texture (or both).
This is why gluten-free and egg-free baking presents such
The good news is that you don’t have to travel to Oregon
to get your comfort on. Here are a two of my favorite
breads that you can get off the shelves in your ‘hood and
one of my favorite sweet bread recipes that people have
MY FAVORITE BREAD MIXES
Breads From Anna – Bread Mix
(All Purpose Flour Blend)
*Free of Gluten, Yeast, Corn, Dairy, Soy, Nuts, Peanuts,
Rice, and GMO
I absolutely love this bread mix. It is sensuous, tasty,
and versatile. I’ve used it for open-faced sandwiches,
I’ve eaten it plain and I’ve made stuffing out of it. It is
the ultimate comfort bread with or without any kind of
butter. Anna’s sandwich bread is lighter and has a bit
more structure to it. The All Purpose Flour Blend is fairly
dense, which I happen to like, and this is the best bean
flour bread that I’ve ever tasted. A side benefit of the
Breads from Anna mixes is that they are high in protein
and fiber, and quite nutritious. So pay attention if you
are a carbo-loader, this bread will make things happen, if
you know what I mean. The mixes are easy to make, and
though a bit pricey, they are totally worth it.
Though Breads for Anna has not gone for certification,
each ingredient is tested prior to making it to her factory.
She has a completely gluten-free processing plant and
does not process any of the top eight allergens in
“I have Celiac Disease and Type I Diabetes. I knew a
lot of people needed this and I eat my own products,”
explains Breads from Anna owner Anna Sobaski. “I feel
a lot of responsibility to my customers. You have to be
committed in this market. When I say it’s GMO-free and
gluten-free, I mean it.”
Chebe – All Purpose Bread Mix
*Gluten-free, can be made dairy-free. Does not contain
any rice, nuts*, dairy or yeast (see below for processing).
Oh, this bread is wonderful. It is a little crusty on the
outside with a wonderfully soft, chewy texture in the
middle. It lends such a nice flavor to the sandwich itself,
and has a truly crave-worthy texture. I first used it as a
hamburger bun and it even held the olives and the organic
ketchup on the burger. No mess! I’ve since used it for
chicken salad, turkey, and a BLT.
I first saw a Facebook advertisement for Chebe and was
intrigued. I wrote to the company for a sample and they
immediately sent me a few mixes. This was fantastic
because I was able to make their products several times. It
was easier to work the bread with a little olive oil already
on my hands. Kneed this dough well. It will feel like
normal gluteny/yeasty dough, just a little stickier. If you
do not use cheese (or even if you do) brush the top with
olive oil to help it brown and add a sprinkle of sea salt to
the top to round out the flavor. If you don’t use all of the
resulting rolls, freeze them right away and they thaw and
Though they do not test for anything but gluten (and they
test to 5ppm which we love!), their mixes also do not
contain a whole host of other common allergens like rice,
nuts, yeast, dairy, etc. So compare your allergy needs
to Chebe’s processing. Their factory line does have a
separate, nut-free room, for instance, but it does not have
a separate nut-free factory.
MY FAVORITE SWEET RECIPE:
DUTCH CINNAMON BREAD
Copyright: Elisabeth Veltman
*Free of gluten, dairy, soy, rice, nuts, peanuts, and yeast
This is a great recipe to make on special occasions or to
bring to a brunch. It’s flavorful, and is a sweet, soft dessert
bread. I find most gluten-free breads, even the good ones,
to have a slight hole in the middle of the flavor. The sweet
and spicy of this recipe fills that gap deliciously.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup sunflower, safflower or similar oil (a neutral oil
is best, although coconut oil would work and lend a little
1 cup GF teff flour
1 cup GF buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 can Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk (you need the can to
include the coconut fat)
Topping / Swirling Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1 T. cinnamon
(In a prep bowl, mix these together and set aside.)
Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan (use the same oil you are baking
with). In a food processor or mixer, beat the egg, sugar
and oil together until creamy. In a separate bowl, sift
together the flour, salt and soda. Remove the coconut milk
from the can into a bowl and beat the fat into the rest of
the milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg/sugar mixture
alternatively with the coconut milk until blended. Pour 1/2
of the batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 of
the cinnamon sugar mixture. Add the rest of the batter to
the pan and then sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar
over the top. Using a knife, swirl the sugar into the bread
in a figure eight type pattern. Bake 1 hour. Cool for at
least 30 minutes and then remove from the pan. Slice and
serve. This bread freezes really well.
There is a wonderful recipe site run by Elana Amsterdam.
She has Paleo Bread Recipes that I adore. They are grain-
free (made with nut flours and high protein). Find them at
I’m not able to eat these breads because of my specific
allergies, but my readers often tout these brands:
Udi’s multi-grain is a consistent favorite. Find them
at www.udisglutenfree.com. Genius Breads is a new
favorite. Find them at www.geniusglutenfree.com. Rudi’s
Gluten-Free Bakery at www.rudisglutenfree.com is
another that is mentioned by readers.
My Favorite Gluten-free Breadsby Elisabeth Veltman
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Writer, owner of Blue Pearl
Strategies, and lover of all
culinary delights, Elisabeth
Veltman is a Tender Foodie. She
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AAs a designer, it’s true I do have a favorite personal
design style. Defining it in words may not be as
easy as in photos, but it’s a mix of timeless, classic,
global, and organic modern (more on this in #3).
Don’t worry, yours is probably easier to define.
Spending life living and breathing design influences
me in many ways. However, I believe that my job is
not to impose my personal style on client’s spaces,
but to help them discover their own personal style
then I implement it in a fresh and cohesive way,
while maintaining function and injecting a little bit
of my own twist. I know I have done my job well, if
upon completion visitors enter my client’s home and
say, “This is so beautiful! It’s a perfect expression of
you!” Whether or not you use a designer to help you
along the process, defining your personal style will
help to narrow down decisions, give a framework to
work within, and keep a consistent flow from room
to room. So how do you find your personal style?
1. Multiples. This is a trick I use all the time
during the discovery stage of starting a project
with someone. Do you have multiple items of the
same shape, color or style around your house?
When you pull out a number of pages from a home
magazine, do you see a consistent theme from
picture to picture? Maybe different style houses
are shown, but every photo shows white cabinetry
or dark hardwood floors. If you instinctively select
multiples, you begin to see where your style lies.
2. Where you Shop. Do you find yourself
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store, even if you’re not shopping for your home?
Does an ad for a weekend antique market get you
excited? Is there a décor website you browse to the
point of addiction? These are all good indications
of your style. In fact, many clients will use these
references to explain the look they are going
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Hardware.” It doesn’t mean every object is bought
from these places to make your home look like their
showroom, but it does invoke an inspiring base.
Each brand gives off a certain feel you can use to
define your style.
3. Most Recent Purchase. Our personal style
changes through the years. As a child, already
intrigued with design, I poured through floor plan
books in the magazine aisle. I spent hours studying
Victorian homes and designing my own, wishing
to re-create the dollhouse look. As an adult, this
couldn’t be farther from what I am attracted to.
Living in a big city during and after college infused
in me a natural attraction to all things modern.
Travelling the world gave me an appreciation for
classic architecture and global colors, textures and
finds. My personal style continues to evolve each
year. Your most recent purchase is a wonderful clue
on where you are now. Have you suddenly been
buying up global inspired vases or modern lamps?
These clues may point to your present design style,
especially if they depart from your “normal” style.
Maybe it’s time to expand in this new direction.
4. Art. What you choose to hang on your wall or
prominently display on a shelf says something
about you. Art is purely personal, not tied to
function or need, and is usually a good indication
of what inspires you. An abstract lithograph likely
means you lean towards modern design, while a
landscape oil painting may define your attraction to
more traditional décor. Look around at the art you
surround yourself with or aspire to buy and use that
as overall style inspiration.
5. What’s your favorite hotel? This is the ultimate
secret weapon in the search for your design style.
Hotels have a very deliberate, clear design style, so
use them to help find yours. Do you love staying
in cozy, rustic B&B’s with wood paneling, layers
of throw rugs and patchwork quilts? Does a clean-
lined, modern city high-rise hotel have you ooh-ing
and ahh-ing over its chic décor? Did a recent stay at
a Bali-inspired island retreat make you come back
from vacation wanting to completely renovate your
home in a spa-like atmosphere? Take photos and
start a dream board, my friend. This is where your
design style begins.
by Ashley Cole
5Five Clues on Finding your
Personal Design Style
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ashley Cole is a professional
interior designer based in
Grand Rapids. Her work has
been featured on HGTV as
well as numerous publications,
including Kitchen Trends
and Home Magazine.
Ashley’s passion is “creating
environments that enliven the
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couldn’t have been more than
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waiting for what seemed to be
too long to wait in a grocery store line, most of
those little boys were beginning to become
Lost in this group of young mothers and
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very pretty little girl. I was trying to decide whether
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testosterone floating about. We would catch each
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the little girl, “Oh, you’re such a pretty little girl.”
I agreed and added, “And I bet you’re just as smart
too!” The little girl’s eyes lit up and she smiled
big. I’m guessing it may have been one of the first
times in this adorable child’s life that someone
commented on more than just her looks. At least it
appeared that way to me.
We all finally checked out. The trainee cashier
breathed a sigh of relief and I was on my way,
heading home. I was reflecting on everything that
just happened and it took me back to my own
childhood. I remember growing up as a little girl on
the east side of Detroit. My mom and I were very
close then, just as we are now. We spent a lot of
time together and very often people would comment
on my looks. My mom always had me dressed in
cute little outfits, my hair was curled and life was
really good growing up with the parents God gave
to me. But as I grew older I noticed something else,
every time someone complimented me, my mother
would always follow it up with, “Thank you and
she’s smart too!” I guess my mom never wanted me
to rest on the laurels of outward beauty. I learned it
one day when I was sort of basking in the afterglow
of a compliment. I said to her, “Mother, you know
you don’t have to say that I’m smart.” I believed
that being told that I was pretty was more than
enough. At the time, I don’t think I ever saw “being
smart” as a compliment. Just let me enjoy being told
I was pretty.
In the world that I was growing up in, beauty in
girls and women was what was of value. I’m not
sure much has changed in 2012. But even in my
mother’s youth, my mom was wise beyond her
years. She realized that there was more to a woman
than outward beauty. Think of all the toddler
pageants and teen pageants. I’m not sure that
placing that much beauty on looks at such a young
age is the wisest thing to impart. Sure, pageant
mothers and contestants say the children are judged
on more than just beauty; there is personality,
costume, grace, but take a look at the winners and
beauty plays a pretty major role in most any
The problem I see is if you place your value on
outward beauty, when your beauty fades, your value
too will fade right along with it. I only realized this
and appreciated it, once I could understand it.
So the next time you compliment a little girl on
the way she looks, or her hair, or her smile, or
her clothes, it might be nice to also reinforce her
intelligence in the same way.
Sometimes you can say something to someone and
it can make them see themselves differently. So why
don’t you open up the world for the next little girl
you meet and give her something more to work with
than what the rest of society is already telling her.
She is more than just a pretty face, beautiful body
and a fashionista. She has the capacity to be all of
that and more! Sometimes all it takes is for someone
to help you conceive, believe, and to achieve.
by Kim Carson
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believe it can. Everything in life is art. There is art in preparing food, preparing
a table, decorating your home, or even dressing yourself. Gardens are a form of
art as is your appreciation of them. There is art in wine, in making it as well as
drinking it. I believe that whenever you bring your own sense of self to whatever
you do, it is art.
My favorite art form is painting. My heart races as I watch my hands move color
across canvas. But my interests are many. I have an adorable husband, a loving
family, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to be surrounded by beauty. In all these
things, I find the art of living and loving well.
Think of your last romantic date. Chances are that one or both of you had to set
the stage. Did you have a picnic outside or a lovely meal inside? Whatever the
venue; beautiful fabric, throw pillows, candles, and fresh cut flowers make even the
ordinary feel extraordinary. There is art in the way you smile at someone and make
eye contact while really listening. Let them know you’re thinking of them with
random acts of kindness. Art is brought to the everyday by simply thinking about it.
Here are a few of my favorite ways of bringing art into my everyday:
• Supporting a local artist and being aware of the smile that spreads over your face
when that artwork is hung on your wall.
• Hanging art in unusual places; over a door, under a window or a small
“peek-a-boo” painting hanging in a small nook.
• Serving wine and presenting it with a beautiful wine stopper, ice bucket
• Having a glass already poured for your guests or loved one.
• Using trays, trays, trays.
• Serving water with any one of the following (or mix-n-match)... cucumber, mint,
lavender, ginger, or my favorite summer treat, red pepper.
• Placing edible flowers, like marigolds or nasturtium, on your plates or freshly cut
gems from your garden in a vase for the table. I use ferns, grasses, and herbs. I
also love simple flowers floating in a small bowl or vase or a collection of them as
a great centerpiece! These visuals can make any meal look elegant.
I hope these ideas inspire you to look at everything you do as art. Surprise with the
unexpected and you will delight those around you and yourself. It doesn’t take hours
of preparation. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am the queen of the last
minute. Simply nurture the idea that everything we do in life is art. The details are
what allows you and yours to experience the art of living well.
Art Improve Your
by Stephanie Schlatter
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephanie Schlatter is a full time working artist. She is the
founder of Art Aid for Tesfa, providing art education to children
in Ethiopia. You can currently find her On the Michigan Wine
Trail exploring the relationship between art and wine. For more
information, visit www.stephanieschlatterart.com.