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It starts with a little sniffle. Then the body aches begin, you start burning up—and before you know it, you’re bed-ridden and your head feels like it’s going to explode. Sound familiar?
The flu can be passed around all year, but it always seems to hit the hardest during the winter. According to the CDC, as of late December, all national key flu indicators are elevated and about half of the country is experiencing high flu activity. Is it the stress of the holidays? The semi-cold weather? The snowbirds? (Just kidding, we love you guys!) Whatever the cause, I felt the flu coming on right when I was supposed to be ringing in the new year, all happy and healthy.
The Richard’s staff and my father are my two go-tos for any questions I have about ailments or health concerns. Between them, I know I’m in good hands. So what have I learned when it comes to the flu? The following three items always seem to be the answer every time. And from experience with two out of the three, I’ll vouch for them personally!
1. I’ll start with elderberry. For years,my father’s answer to beginning flu symptoms was black elderberry. Turns out Elderberry has components like bioflavonoids that fight coughs, colds, flu and bacterial and viral infections. What I didn’t know was that elderberry also is effective for its antioxidants, which lower cholesterol, improve vision, improve heart health and fight tonsillitis. And it tastes great, too. If you take 1-2 teaspoons at least four times daily for three to four days when you start feeling icky, elderberry can shorten the severity and duration of the flu. It’s also recommended to drink elderberry tea for soothing flu symptoms.
2. Acute Cold & Flu, otherwise known as ACF by Buried Treasure, has been a godsend for me this season. The minute I started feeling achy and warm, I grabbed a bottle of ACF and started chugging. Not literally—you actually take spoonfuls throughout the day until the bottle is gone. I’ll be honest, this stuff reminds me of a medicine man or witches brew. It does not taste good at all, but I’ll be darned if it doesn’t get the job done. This is one of the few things worth swallowing against your will. It is a complete blend of all things that individually fight every aspect of a cold or flu, like vitamin C, which is the number one choice for enhancing immunity; echinacea for antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal elements; and then good old elderberry (see above) to block the flu virus from invading healthy cells. This diamond in the rough also contains goldenseal, known to help relieve fever, chills and achiness; ginger root, which suppresses coughing; and myrrh, which is a powerful antiseptic and an expectorant for colds and chest congestion. ACF is a great product to start taking even before you start feeling flu-like.
3. Oscillococcinum is a new one for me, but after doing some research I found it popping up everywhere. It was also recommended to me by Steve, the store manager at our location off 53rd Avenue in Bradenton. Oscillococcinum is actually a homeopathic medicine that aims to restore health by delivering a highly diluted dose of a substance that produces symptoms characteristic of the illness being treated. In this case, the substance is extract of Muscovy duck heart and liver, which is identified by homeopaths as reservoirs of influenza virus. The Oscillococcinum remedy has been found to lessen symptoms and shorten the duration of sickness, and is recommended to be taken in combination with other immune-enhancing supplements, like elderberry. (Again with the elderberry! Coincidence? I think not.)
I believe prevention is the most important thing to remember when flu season sets in. If you can remember to build up your system ahead of time by taking vitamin C, washing your hands and getting plenty of rest and relaxation, you could easily avoid becoming ill. But if the flu strikes, be sure to have all or at least one of these items on hand.
Good luck, my friends—stay happy and healthy this year!
Until recently, many people thought about growing and caring for orchids as a complicated and mysterious process–when in fact the opposite is true. The Orchids are easy to care for and very forgiving. To keep your orchids blooming for many seasons to come, follow these expert tips from Selby Gardens greenhouse manager Angel Lara.
Know your orchid. Most orchids come with a care tag that includes important information about light, water and temperature requirements. It’s helpful to do some research on the genus of orchid you are caring for.
Keep a consistent watering schedule. The most common mistake people make with their orchids is over watering. Making small adjustments as needed is easier on a schedule.
Repot your orchid as soon as it is done blooming. Bark, charcoal and perlite are universally good mediums for orchids because they are well-draining.
Fertilize just before and during the growing season (typically spring and summer). Angel calls his method “weakly, weekly,” meaning that you should feed your orchid once a week with a watered-down fertilizer (no need for a specially marketed “orchid fertilizer”). Reduce feeding frequency to once a month or less during the fall and winter months, during the plant’s natural “dormancy.”
Observe your orchid. Check for pests, spots, wrinkles, bad smells or other signs of dehydration or decay.
Most importantly, allow your orchids to experience seasons as they would in nature. There is no need for the use of chemicals on your plant (they could kill beneficial pests/fungi), and you do not need to bring them inside when it gets cold outside; instead, you can protect your plant from freezing temperatures by covering it with a blanket overnight.
If you do spot problems on your orchid, contact Selby Gardens with a photograph of your plant along with your questions at selby.org or take your plant with you to visit Selby. The knowledgeable gardeners are happy to help.
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A SOCCER PLAYER since age 5, Christina Unkel was captain of her college soccer team until she tore her ACL twice. Now 27 and a Sarasota-based business law, civil litigation, and sports, arts and entertainment attorney with the firm of Maglio Christopher & Toale, Unkel turned to refereeing—an avocation that took her to China in August for the Nanjing Youth Olympics Games as a FIFA referee. She’s also one of just three female referees who represent the United States Soccer Federation domestically and internationally… Read more]]>
WITHOUT A DOUBT, they’re the most buzzed-about four syllables in the vacation rental world: Airbnb.
The website is simple. Type in your destination and dates and up pops a list of locals willing to rent out their space. Accommodations range from a humble air mattress, the type of bed that gave the site its name, to an opulent $1,000-a-night, 4,000-square-foot Sarasota School of Architecture treasure on Siesta Key. And those are just two of the more than 1,000 options listed in Sarasota and Manatee counties in early November last year… Read more]]>
Is it lonely at the top? Maybe not for executives and managers who work with a coach to bolster their careers, learn new skills or act as a sounding board for ideas and strategies. Here’s how three local professionals have used executive coaching to further their careers… Read more]]>
THE START OF A NEW YEAR MARKS THE LAUNCH OF WELL-MEANING GOALS TO SAVE MORE, spend less, invest more wisely, and a slew of other personal and financial aspirations. To help you get started, we asked several of the region’s top financial professionals, business owners and philanthropists to weigh in with their favorite financial advice… Read more]]>
Ilene Denton reports on the real estate revival in the town’s top neighborhoods. Plus, Bob Plunket looks at Southside Village in transition, and analyst Jack McCabe scrutinizes our market.
Comic novelist Tim Dorsey explores the funkier sides of the legendary Tamiami Trail, from dark cocktail lounges to scary skunk apes.
We all love to drink it, but what local cup is really the finest? Our java judges decide in a “cupping” of the best beans in town. By Megan McDonald
Sarasota’s growing homeless problem is on everyone’s minds, but plans to solve it seem DOA. Investigative reporter Tony D’Souza looks into how and why we lost our way.
From the Editor
Pam Daniel on the homeless impasse.
People, issues and events on our radar, including top tickets, Carol Tisch’s shopping finds, chef Judi Gallagher’s hot dish, Heather Dunhill’s Fashion IQ —and more.
Loren Mayo discovers dreams aplenty at the Dream Makers Ball.
Mr. C’s trip to Venice—the one in Italy—reminds him a lot of home.
An award-winning cancer diagnosis tool from a local student, and the way to make your New Year’s resolutions work. By Hannah Wallace
Ilene Denton visits an architect’s midcentury modern treasure. Plus: design trends from Marsha Fottler.
Food and Wine
Food critic Marsha Fottler savors the new mall with meals at Seasons 52 and Sophie’s. Plus, Dana Johnson of Bradenton’s Sugar Cubed.
Only in Sarasota
Illustrator John Pirman’s view of the John Ringling Bridge.]]>
For the fifth year, Biz(941) and La Guia magazines are proud to honor the individuals and companies that embrace the range of humanity in our workplaces and community. They are creating an environment of equality, where every person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, cultural background and experiences are valued and contribute to the way we do business. This year’s winners have been bringing health care to underserved communities, ensuring immigrant workers’ rights, educating the disadvantaged and creating jobs for the hard-to-employ. They show all of us that such work leads to stronger companies, more successful organizations and a more vibrant Southwest Florida… Read more]]>
We are now into the third year of a home decor trend that shows no signs of fading. It’s the color gray. You can’t watch an HGTV show on a home renovation without seeing gray on cabinets, flooring, walls and furniture. Magazines, charity showhouses, model homes, museums, restaurants, furniture stores and our favorite interior designer’s gallery—gray, gray, gray. Where did all this gray matter come from, and why are we all so in love with a color that used to be synonymous with a drab day in London?
Designer Eric Cross of Home Resource in Sarasota has observed the arc of gray, and his style background, which includes 25 years in fashion merchandising, gives him the edge in understanding this trend.
“Interior design follows the fashion runway,” says Cross. “Influential fashion designers such as Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and especially Michael Kors caused us to fall in love with gray. That impacted the carpet industry, furniture manufacturers, textile designers, paint palettes, wallcoverings, you name it. Fashion leaders made us see the possibilities of all the wonderful gray tones out there. Gray truly is the new neutral. I don’t think it’s a fad; gray is here to stay.”
Cross adds, “There are warm grays and cool grays. Warm grays have undertones of brown, ivory, caramel, yellow and beige, which has given rise to the color now called greige, a mix of gray and beige. With the warm grays you’d have metallic accents in gold, copper, bronze, brushed steel and brass. Then bring in supporting colors of soft yellow, olive green, tangerine, muted pinks and camel. That gray-and-camel Michael Kors look is really appealing.”
Then, the designer says, there’s the other gray range. “Cool grays have undertones of blue, purple and greens, and typically the metallics that pair well with the cooler gray tones are brushed steel, chrome, nickel, silver, pewter or smoky mirror,” he says. “For accent colors with cool grays I like to see purple and lavender, peacock blue and emerald green. Of course, white and black go with all shades of gray and can be brought in for both cool and warm grays. And don’t forget iridescent finishes because they provide subtle glamour.”
Cross is one of the dozen or so design professionals showcasing rooms in the Jewels on the Bay charity Designer Showhouse, open to the public from Jan. 19 through Feb. 15. This year’s showhouse, on Siesta Key’s Midnight Pass Road, belongs to a British couple who has fallen for gray in a monumental way. They painted the outside of the house in gray, and inside they’ve used a hue of the same color for the walls, ceiling, flooring and trim. Designers installing furniture and accessories in the various rooms of this three-story contemporary home have found creative ways of using gray and supporting colors to make the rooms a chic and stylish study in modern gray.
“If you’re thinking of introducing a palette of grays into your own home soon, a tour through the Designer Showhouse will be useful,” says Cross, who is doing the game room in the home. “You’ll see how the designers layer different shades of gray and introduce a lot of texture to make the spaces inviting and lively. Layering is key when doing a gray scheme.”
In his own home, Cross says there is very little gray. “I have an Asian sofa with a black lattice back in my living room that’s a family heirloom covered in a red paisley fabric. That pattern determines my accent colors in that part of the house. The rest of the rooms express a palette of creams, beige and caramel with warm wood furniture. I’ve got leather nightstands in the bedroom and alligator-skin print upholstered chairs in the dining room. But if I were going to do a remodel, I’d choose that Michael Kors camel and gray color scheme with white, ivory and black. It’s my favorite way to use gray.”
20th Anniversary Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
To benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Jan. 19-Feb. 15
8319 Midnight Pass Road,Siesta Key
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Comfort and style in a historic piece of furniture.
Few items of furniture are as recognizable as the Chesterfield sofa, named for Philip Stanhope (1694-1773), the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who was a British diplomat, writer and expert on fashion and furniture. He supposedly commissioned the first Chesterfield for his home. In classic Chesterfield styling, the back of the sofa is the same height as the rolled arms, giving the piece a wraparound cocoon feeling when you nestle in. The back features snowball tufting, and the sofa usually sits on bun feet. When you see one in a design magazine, you envision the library in a British country home, the common room at a men’s club or the family room in your contemporary home. New Chesterfield versions that are particularly fetching are by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (about $3,500) and the version that RH produces called Kensington (about $4,000). Many makers of modern-day Chesterfields offer them in velvet, linen and a variety of easy-care fabrics. But tobacco-hued leather rules if you’re strict about wanting the classic look.
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It might have been fate that brought Sam and Pam Holladay to a thoroughly original midcentury modern home on the Sara Bay Country Club golf course designed in the 1950s by Sam’s first employer, architect Tim Seibert.
Sam came to Sarasota in 1972 after graduating from the University of Florida to work for Seibert Architects—an integral member of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement—and Pam joined the company three years later. He bought the practice from Seibert 20 years ago.
Design work on the compact 1,350-square-foot, three-bedroom house had begun in 1959. Seibert’s colorful client was Texas Jim Mitchell, owner of Texas Jim Mitchell’s Reptile Farm and Zoo, a mom-and-pop tourist attraction on five acres at the northeast corner of Fruitville Road and Tuttle Avenue. Texas Jim had grandiose plans to build a bigger house, Sam says, but his wife wanted to spend their money on a large swimming pool. She got her way with a mammoth 12-foot by 48-foot pool overlooking the golf course that is still well used and in remarkably good shape. The house that Seibert eventually built was to have been the guest wing. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they paid in the $20,000s range for it,” Sam says.
With its flat roof, open floor plan, terrazzo floors and walls made of white concrete block, blonde luan-wood paneling and glass (“Tim says he used a lot of off-the-shelf materials,” says Sam), the home is typical of the humble materials used by Sarasota School architects. A bank of floor-to-ceiling paneled walls between the master bedroom and courtyard ingeniously swivel out so that portion of the home can open up completely to catch the breeze.
It was built on a 6 by 16 module, Sam explains, “one of four in town I know of that were built this way.” The columns and beams are six feet wide, the walls are 16 feet apart, and each sliding glass door panel is six feet wide and eight feet high. Those are the dimensions of the building materials that were available at that time.
“It created a very human scale,” Sam says. “It’s small by today’s standards, but we think it’s absolutely plenty,” says Pam.
Artist Craig Rubadoux’s parents had bought the home from the Mitchells, and when they put it up for sale in 2004, the Holladays tried to buy it. A friend beat them to it.
“It was in rough shape,” says Sam, “rotting roof, soffits with holes in them, plaster falling down—scary stuff. The previous owners had been heavy smokers, so [my friend] scrubbed down all the wood paneling and refinished it. Hardware that he thought was bronze was really discolored aluminum.”
Luckily, that friend reached out to Sam for advice. “The beauty is he did exactly what Sam said,” says Pam. As a result the house is wonderfully preserved, down to the Formica countertops and space-age hardware in the kitchen and baths.
Then, last year, their friend offered to sell it to them. “When we got the call, we said we can’t not do it,” says Pam. Other than deferred maintenance, they didn’t have to do a lot. They reconstructed the original wooden courtyard trellis that had disappeared over the years and repainted the dark wood a light taupe, replaced the garage door, and added a floating built-in dresser in the master bedroom. They also planted bromeliad gardens in the various screened-in courtyards. Outside, the tropical landscaping was well established, but they plan to replace the wooden pool fence with something more airy that will offer better views of the golf course.
It’s not their first Seibert-designed residence. For 10 years, the Holladays lived in a home on Spring Creek Drive that had been Seibert’s first commission when he opened his office here in the late 1950s. Their most recent residence, which they sold when they bought this home, was a William Rupp-designed house on 42nd Street.
Since purchasing Seibert Architects, Holladay’s firm has continued to design modern homes, and he also has done several historic renovations—at Historic Spanish Point, the C.B. Wilson house at the county-owned Urfer Family Park and the Lord-Higel House in Venice.
His office also created a scheme for the potential restoration of the Ringling Towers Hotel before it was torn down in 1998. Sam also consults with the Hermitage Artist Retreat on its historic beachfront campus.
“We love contemporary work; it’s our passion,” he says.
“Good architecture is good architecture,” the couple says in unison.
Tim Seibert, now retired and living on Boca Grande, has told them he’s glad they have this house, Sam says. “It’s so viable,” says Pam. “This is a house that hasn’t changed in 50 years and it works wonderfully. Everything about it makes us happy.”
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This article appears in the January 2015 issue of Sarasota Magazine. Click here to subscribe. >>]]>