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December 2006 Issue

  • Ask the Plastic Surgeon

    Question:  I am a 62-year-old woman and my youngest daughter is getting married in two months. I’ve had several...

  • Retire Rich
    Darin Painter

    No matter your age, you can nurture your retirement nest egg.
    Follow the lead of five families who are doing it right with smart retirement planning.

A la Carte
Arts and Entertainment
  • Belly Dance Revolution
    Jennifer Davis

    A peek behind the veil reveals the secret lives of Leyla and Cassandra and a growing interest in an often misunderstood art form.

Cool Cleveland
Cover Story
  • Being Abducted by Palestinian Gunmen
    The Editors

    In July 2005, the Rev. Harry Bury, a 76-year-old professor of organizational behavior and systems management at Baldwin-Wallace College, was invited to be a “peace observer” with a group of other priests and nuns as Israeli soldiers withdrew Jewish settlers — and themselves — from Gaza. “Research shows that when international people are there, the belligerents tend not to shoot each other,” Bury explains. “I didn’t have the expectation that I was going to put myself in immense danger.” Unfortunately, he was wrong.

  • Competing For The Crown
    The Editors

    Melanie Murphy began her pageant career as Miss Brook Park. Crowned Miss Ohio last summer, she will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant Jan. 29.

  • Eating 5 Pounds Of Corn
    The Editors

    On Aug. 20, 2006, at the 68th Annual Cornfest in Ortonville, Minn., Cleveland’s top competitive eater, Coondog O’Karma, set a new world record by eating 5 pounds of corn on the cob in 10 minutes.

  • Flying To The 'Top Of The World'
    The Editors

    After 18 days, 66 flight hours, 900 gallons of gasoline and 7,488 miles, Don Sieg and his wife and navigator, Jan, flew over one-third of the planet in their 1968 Cessna propeller airplane. They landed at Alaska’s northernmost point: Barrow, called the Top of the World. Sieg, 53, gives us his perspective from 13,000 feet.

  • Hitting a Grand Slam
    The Editors

    On Aug. 12, Travis Hafner hit his sixth grand slam of the season at Jacobs Field off Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hudson, tying the Major League record that Don Mattingly has held since 1987. It was in the bottom of the first inning, with the Indians rallying to eventually score 11 runs in one inning.

  • Setting Yourself On Fire
    The Editors

    In 1976, Chagrin Falls native Ted Batchelor set himself on fire and jumped off the falls into the Chagrin River on a bet, beginning a decade-long tradition. A stuntman, he set a Guinness World Record for longest full-body burn with no supplied oxygen in 2004. In May, he celebrated the 30th anniversary of his first jump with a stunt that raised $6,000 for the Valley Arts Center.

  • The Cleveland Experience
    The Editors

    What does it feel like to wear the crown of a pageant queen? Celebrate a championship victory?
    Be abducted by foreign gunmen? Or reach into a grizzly bear’s mouth to perform a root canal?
    Most of us may never know. So 14 Clevelanders share their real stories of joy, pain, suffering and triumph.

  • Treating Your Own Breast Cancer
    The Editors

    In 1999, Dr. Jerri Nielsen, who grew up in Salem, Ohio, and worked as a staff ER physician at University Hospitals, was the only doctor among 41 men and women on a scientific expedition researching astrophysics, climatology and weather at the South Pole. In March, after the last plane left, she found a lump in her breast. Her experience became a book, “Ice Bound,” and a TV movie by the same name.

  • Winning A Championship
    The Editors

    The Cleveland Browns hadn’t been to a championship game since their 59-14 drubbing by the Detroit Lions in 1957. Not much more was expected in 1964, when the Browns faced Johnny Unitas and the 12-2 Baltimore Colts. But after a scoreless first half, the Browns struck first with a Lou Groza 42-yard field goal. On the next possession, Jim Brown scampered 46 yards to set up the first of three Frank Ryan-to-Gary Collins TD passes. Brown had 114 yards rushing in the 27-0 victory.

  • Writing Someone's Obituary
    The Editors

    Alana Baranick is an obituary writer for The Plain Dealer and author of “Life on the Death Beat,” which is available at her Web site,

Fast Lane
  • Angel Investor
    Jayne Eiben

    After the tragedy of her husband’s suicide, Alenka Banco devoted herself to the
    transformation of a former Catholic church into the 22,000-square-foot Josaphat Arts Hall complex, a haven for Cleveland artists and their work. Along the way, everything changed.

  • Into The Light
    Tori Woods

    An innovative Cleveland Restoration Society program has illuminated 11 of the city’s sacred landmarks, highlighting the beauty of the steeples, bell towers and domes, while creating beacons for our neighborhoods.

  • Health Care Guide - Be Better in '07
    Lori Valyko Weber
    Tired of guilt-driven resolutions that never produce lasting results? Want some sane, practical and balanced advice? We talked to doctors, coaches and educators about how you can improve your nutrition, exercise habits, relationships, work/life balance and brainpower, whether you’re a dabbling novice or a self-improvement veteran.


  • Christmas Trees I Have Known
    Dave O'Karma

    From fakes to needle-shedders, Christmas trees have vexed our writer, balancing domestic peace and family fights on their fragile, prickly branches — until he finally made peace with the evergreen.

The Agenda
  • Sunny Daze
    Erick Trickey

    Relax, put the top down and have an all-natural cola. This is L.A., baby.

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