Day: May 9, 2012

“You Are What You Wear” by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner

“You Are What You Wear” by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner c.2012, DaCapo Lifelong $16.00 / $18.50 Canada 250 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER It’s an old joke, but so true: you haven’t got a thing to wear. Yes, your closet’s crammed. You could wear a different outfit for six months with no repeats. You could skip doing laundry for weeks and you’d be okay, but when you got dressed this morning, everything was all wrong. Why can’t you get rid of that ripped sweatshirt from college?  Are you wearing things that show too much skin?  Why aren’t you taken seriously at work? Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner says that what’s in your closet can answer all those questions and more. In her new book “You Are What You Wear,” she explains. When Jennifer Baumgartner was a small child, she loved to explore her grandmother’s closet. Even at that early age, she realized that she could understand a lot from the things her grandma wore and loved. “Much like a turtle with its shell,” she says, “we tell the world the who, the what, the where, and the when of our lives by what we wear on our backs.” Every item in your closet is there because of an unconscious feeling. You may have hangers filled with baggy clothes because you’re ashamed of your body. Perhaps you have drawers full of neon because...

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Building a better big toy

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A big toy at a west Keizer park is long past its prime, and a local neighborhood association is seeking to replace it. The West Keizer Neighborhood Association is looking to replace the older big toy at Willamette Manor Park with shiny, modern play equipment by spring 2013, but needs the public’s help. The big toy has seen better days: There used to be a slide, but it was broken and subsequently removed. Some of the other components are warped. Ken LeDuc, vice president of the WKNA, said the association seeks partnerships with the city, the nonprofit Keizer Parks Foundation, neighbors and any other interested groups to add not only a safe, clean recreational outlet for children, but to use it to revitalize the park itself. LeDuc pointed out the park was an original host to the parks foundation’s Wild Wild Rec summer play program, but was moved due to lack of attendance. “If there’s not a big toy, the gradeschoolers are not going to hang,” he said. The structure itself costs about $25,000, and with labor and other costs the association plans to raise about $50,000. Step 1 is gauging interest from the surrounding neighborhood. City staff and the parks advisory board are being kept in the loop. LeDuc added he wants to improve access to the park for adults and children...

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