Twelfth Night Masquerade

Kentucky Shakespeare hosted its inaugural Twelfth Night Masquerade on Jan. 6 in the Whiskey Row Lofts.

The celebration of the transformation from the holiday season to the carnival season included entertainment by the band Endless Summer.

The fundraiser supports Kentucky Shakespeare, the largest in-school arts education provider in the Commonwealth and the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States.

Photos by JACOB ZIMMER | Contributing Photographer

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GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Autumn Sage

GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Autumn Sage

GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Autumn Sage

  • 1 1/4 parts GREY GOOSE® Le Citron Flavored Vodka
  • 1/2 part Green Chartreuse
  • 2 one-inch pieces of fennel, diced
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 3/4 part agave nectar
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 2 parts seltzer water

In a cocktail shaker, place the fennel, sage and agave nectar and muddle well. Add ice and the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with fennel fronds and enjoy!

Vein Treatment and Aesthetic Center Restores Beauty Inside – And Out

Dr. Leesa Richardson left anesthesiology for phlebology, a specialty that lets her develop relationships with patients.

Dr. Leesa Richardson left anesthesiology for phlebology, a specialty that lets her develop relationships with patients.

Leesa Richardson, M.D. will never forget the woman who came to her Vein Treatment and Aesthetic Center, 201 Fairfax Ave., with some of the worst varicose veins she has ever seen.

“True varicose veins are a medical issue – they’re painful and can cause cramping, leg fatigue, swelling and other problems,” she said. “They can make people self-conscious, too. That woman got up before dawn to workout at the gym, before other people arrived. She was hiding herself.”

Such problems are at the heart of Leesa’s phlebology practice, although she began her career as an anesthesiologist.

“I loved doing the procedures; but since my patients were unconscious, I couldn’t develop a relationship with them,” she said. “So I went into emergency medicine. I loved the work and patient contact, but the swing shift – bouncing back and forth between nights and days –wore pretty thin.”

For years she worked in an urgent care center, which had “much more livable hours,” and later took extensive training in venous disorders through the American College of Phlebology. In 2007, she bought a 1920s-vintage house on Fairfax Avenue, remodeled it, and moved her practice there during 2008.

Dr. Leesa Richardson chose the 1920s-vintage building because it’s a ‘cozy, warm environment’ for her patients.

Dr. Leesa Richardson chose the 1920s-vintage building because it’s a ‘cozy, warm environment’ for her patients.

“I like the concept of having a doctor’s office in a cozy, warm environment, and what I can do here in a small office setting is pretty comprehensive,” she said. “We do a lot of cosmetic work on ‘spider’ veins, and are busiest from January through May. Patients wear compression hose before the procedure, and they want to wear them under long pants, before summer.”

In addition to more patient contact, Leesa likes treating medical complications from venous disorders with minimally invasive techniques. Instead of the traditional method of surgically stripping a major vessel in order to collapse it, she can thread in a laser fiber that is thinner than a guitar string – no major surgery, no long weeks of recuperation.

Many problems are treated with injections through tiny needles, accompanied by only a little stinging or itching that usually ends by the time the patient leaves the office. Some procedures require several treatments, although in other cases, results may be seen almost instantly.

The waiting room features a portrait of Dr. Leesa Richardson by Louisville artist Sloan Showalter.

The waiting room features a portrait of Dr. Leesa Richardson by Louisville artist Sloan Showalter.

Leesa, assisted by Colleen Hepfinger and Ann Stewart, provides additional services such as hair removal, skin rejuvenation, photo facials (light therapy that decreases unwanted red or brown pigment), and reduction of age spots. They also help patients select medical-grade skin care products by brands such as SkinCeuticals, Obagi and GloMinerals.

But was Leesa able to help the woman who hid in pre-dawn workouts?

“The procedures we did made her not only look better, but also feel better,” she said. “Six months later, when she returned for a checkup, we saw that she had lost 60 pounds, had a beautiful new haircut, and was wearing a skirt above the knee. Her husband said, ‘This is the best thing she has ever done for herself.’ ”

For information about the Vein Treatment and Aesthetic Center, 201 Fairfax Ave., visit www.veintreatments.com or call 502.895.6600.

Lessons From The School Of Hard Knocks

But in looking back at the lessons I’ve learned
And the mountains I wanted to climb,
I just look at myself to find,
I’ve learned the hard way ev’ry time.
–Jim Croce

I told a friend that my McNay Consulting organization has started doing life coaching. She looked at me strangely and said, “You’re fat.”

My friend believed that only perfect people can be life coaches.

I’m trying to figure out what a perfect person looks like. Everyone I know has some kind of problems, even if he or she presents a strong exterior.

I understand what life coaches can do. They help people visualize where they want to go and figure out how to get there.

Sounds simple, but it is harder than people think.

A consultant and I were recently doing life coaching exercises to get me ready for the New Year. It started slowly. Because my vision was not clear, my goals weren’t clear and neither was my path.

Then we hit on the million dollar question: Who are the five people you admire most? The five were all close friends and all had similar attributes.

I wanted to be like them.

Once that was settled, the rest of my vision fell into place.

After nearly 30 years of helping people with their money, I figured out long ago that financial issues were rarely about rates of return or asset allocation.

Money is usually about emotions.

Most of the time, people are using money to buy something that is missing in their lives.

It could be they are missing love, self-esteem or security. They could be using money to cure loneliness or, as Jackson Browne once said, “To fill in the missing colors of their paint-by-number dreams.”

Most of the time, money doesn’t care what really ails them. The ailment remains but they wind up losing their money too.

If a person can figure out what he really wants, money can be an important tool in making that wish a reality.

I wonder how coaches learn life’s lessons. My best lessons have come from the school of hard knocks.

If I make a big mistake, I tend to learn from it.

As I noted in one of my books, “Wealth Without Wall Street: A Main Street Guide to Making Money,” I made some financial mistakes when my mother and sister suddenly died in 2006; mistakes that a person with my financial education and background shouldn’t make.

I was using money to deal with grief and personal upheaval. In other words, the same way that many people do.

I’m fortunate. I had the resources to pay for my mistake and the ability to keep on generating income.

A lot of people get money in one large chunk. If they lose it all, they don’t have a chance to earn it again.

I wrote a book about lottery winners and how so many have lost their money. I’ve never heard of many of them winning the lottery twice.

Most of my clients have been widows, widowers and injury victims. They are persons whose lives changed in the split second that a drunk driver ran a red light or a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel.

I frequently see people in settlement negotiations or mediations looking for revenge or some kind of emotional satisfaction.

It doesn’t work that way. I try to sit down with them early and explain a basic fact.

I tell them, “All the insurer can give you is money. They can’t bring your loved one back to life. They can’t allow you to throw away your wheelchair and walk. All they can do is write you a check.”

“It’s your job to take the money and use it to create a normal life for you and your family.”

People will sometimes get a substantial amount. Despite my warning, within five years, that money will usually be gone.

Keeping injured people, lottery winners and others who receive large sums from blowing their money has been my life’s work.

I use a number of financial tools and common sense advice to keep people from making large mistakes. Some people listen. Some don’t.
The people who often don’t listen learn through the school of hard knocks.

A school where you might lose all your money before you graduate.

My job is to steer them away from making bad decisions.

But, as the song says, many learn the hard way every time.

Don McNay, who lives in Richmond, Ky., is an award-winning financial columnist for Huffington Post Contributor. You can learn more about him at www.donmcnay.com.

John & Elizabeth Lenihan

Photo by ASHLEY ANDERSON | The Voice-Tribune

Elizabeth (Ferguson) Lenihan wasn’t in any hurry to find love. Neither was John Lenihan. But when the two finally met on Jan. 1, 1997, they were suddenly swept into a whirlwind romance.

The couple first became acquainted after John’s ex-girlfriend set him up with Elizabeth for New Year’s Day lunch. “On New Year’s Eve, I got a call from a friend and she says she has a friend coming in town and wants to know if I’m free to go to lunch tomorrow,” Elizabeth said. “I was like, sure whatever. I was John’s New Year’s Day lunch date because he had come to Nashville to –”

“–meet girls,” John finished the sentence with a grin.

During lunch, John attempted to impress Elizabeth with his recent claim to fame, an article written about him in The Voice-Tribune by former columnist Lucie Blodgett.

“(The article was about how) I was so small when I was born, I was really sick and they could (fit) me in a shoebox,” John said.

“And I’m like, ‘Are you trying to impress me with this sickly child thing because it’s not cool!’” Elizabeth joked. “But I love how I could just call him on that.”

Though unmoved by his story, Elizabeth did find John to have an incredible sense of humor. “I had never met anyone like him before and he just makes me laugh,” Elizabeth said.

From their first meeting, it didn’t take long for John to know Elizabeth was the woman he would marry. He was so sure, in fact, on their first official date, the first question he asked her was how many children they would have.

“Normally that would catch a girl off track,” Elizabeth laughed. But, she responded without hesitation, telling John they would have three children.

“I said, ‘They’re going to have red hair, I’m going to have to put sunscreen on them, put sunscreen on you,’” Elizabeth continued, alluding to John’s fair skin. “And we do have three children, and I do have to put sunscreen on all of them.”

It was Elizabeth’s “realness” and sharp attitude that John especially grew fond of, and just six months after their New Year’s Day lunch, John proposed to Elizabeth on the Fourth of July.

“At 40 years old, I knew what I was looking for and it did not take me long to figure out that Elizabeth would be my wife,” John said. “I was very well assured from a couple of weeks into it, then I freaked out, broke up with her and we got back together.”

To ask her hand in marriage, John decided on a somewhat unconventional proposal. While sitting around the house, he took off his cross necklace and placed it around Elizabeth’s neck, asking her to marry him.

Later, John took Elizabeth, her mother and the friend who introduced the pair to New York to pick out an engagement ring. After Elizabeth stopped by Vera Wang to find her wedding dress, she was then forced to face the most difficult part: planning a wedding in less than three months.

“(On) Oct. 4, (1997), we got married at Calvary Episcopal and had a big reception at our house,” Elizabeth said. “It was perfect. We had a sit-down dinner. The last guest left at five in the morning. It was a fun wedding. We had an orchestra for the first part and at midnight we had a jazz band and omelets at two in the morning.”

Following the wedding, the couple took a five-week honeymoon on a cruise through the Fiji islands and later visited Australia. Traveling has become a favorite pastime for the couple, who often take a vacation to Telluride, Colo. each summer with their three children: Lillian, 12, Adelaide, 9, and Elle, 6.

“We travel a lot and take the kids a lot but also make sure to do things ourselves,” Elizabeth said.

“And, we travel with (Elizabeth’s) family,” John said. “A lot of people freak out about in-laws, but I couldn’t do without our in-laws.”

Last year was both a busy and big one for the Lenihan’s. John opened Sotheby’s International Realty, 3803 Brownsboro Road, and the fashionable duo walked away a Best Dressed Couple at The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed of Louisville Presented by Churchill Downs in August.

Though 12 years apart in age, the two seem to form a perfect balance with each other, and always keep God and family, or “Team Lenihan,” at the center.

“We  know we are meant to be together and centered our family around our belief in God and our belief in each other,” Elizabeth said. “I truly look at John and he is a gift to me. There’s a reason he’s in my life. I’m his cheerleader, he’s my comedian. As long as John makes me laugh and as long as I’m his cheerleader, then it’s all good.”

Do’s

“Know what you stand for, wait for it and commit completely to it,” John advised. “And do offer unconditional support.”
“Figure out what it is about that person that you love and keep encouraging it,” Elizabeth said.

Don’ts

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” John said. “I was once told, you enter a marriage with your eyes wide open; you stay in a marriage with your eyes half-closed.”

“When contemplating who you are going to marry, don’t just settle for less than you think you deserve,” Elizabeth continued. “You should not compromise on your values.”

Photos Courtesy of Adele Reding Studio

Twist of Fate for the Tide

Alabama vs. LSU in the BCS championship game.

Alabama vs. LSU in the BCS championship game.

Last night the No.2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide topped the No.1 ranked LSU Tigers in the BCS national championship game that was almost as boring as the original matchup, touted as “The Game of the Century,” between the two powerhouses back on Nov. 5.

Though the feat by Alabama came as no surprise - considering they were favored despite losing to LSU 9-6 in overtime two months ago - I was certain since the day I watched the two play on the evening of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships that Alabama would redeem themselves on Monday, Jan. 9.

For a second, just forget about all the bickering over the BCS system and who should have squared off in the championship game.

This was Alabama’s year.

Not because of their defense, which shut out LSU in the 21-0 victory. And, certainly not because of Alabama’s field goal kicking, which was abysmal during the original SEC matchup, with Cade Foster missing three field goals for the Crimson Tide on Nov. 5 and Jeremy Shelley (who set a bowl record with five field goals last night) having a field goal attempt blocked that same game.

This year was Alabama’s year because of what happened to Tuscaloosa almost one year ago.

Some people, including a stubborn friend of mine, find what happened behind the scenes last April in Alabama unrelated to the big game last night. But, as a writer and avid sports fan, I believe it is one of the most important factors.

The world of sports has this uncanny ability of producing truly great and inspiring stories if you look beyond the surface, and in the case of Alabama, there is certainly no exception.

In May of 2011, Lars Anderson published an incredibly moving article in  Sports Illustrated on the devastation of Tuscaloosa after the most destructive tornado in Alabama history tore through the University of Alabama’s college town, killing 41 people, and around 350 total in the South. Several athletes at the university were affected by the destruction, including junior starting longsnapper, Carson Tinker, whose girlfriend died in the disaster.

Because of this, before the football season ever began, Alabama had set themselves up not for the “Game of the Century,” but perhaps the “Story of the Century.”

A story of redemption and perseverance.

But as the football season progressed, it became not only about the devastation of the twister, but also redemption from Alabama’s loss to LSU during the regular season; redemption from the terrible field goal kicking that game; and redemption from Alabama neither winning nor making the SEC championship in 2011.

After knocking off the No.1 Tigers last night, Alabama completed the storybook finish. The final AP poll showed the Crimson Tide the indisputable new No.1 in football, with an astounding 55 first-place votes to LSU’s one.

I’m not an Alabama fan, nor an LSU fan, nor an SEC fan for that matter. But deep down I wanted Alabama to win. I was rooting for the story, one that will likely capture the heart of America (minus the heart of some LSU and Auburn fans) through an overplayed segment on ESPN narrated by none other than Tom Rinaldi.

The devastation from the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa.

The devastation from the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa.

As a sports fan, how can I not cheer for the underdog? The broken down, beaten down team who was physically very strong this year, but emotionally distraught after all they had gone through.

You may think sports are irrelevant to the big picture, but I believe, and insist, sports are a great teacher to the world.

Whether you played little league, high school or college athletics, I guarantee you have been taught many a great lesson from sports because you were forced to triumph over adversity, taught teamwork, persistence, to build strength and endurance, and maybe even had the chance to accomplish the unthinkable comeback.

Sure, after the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box, as they say. Some would argue why should the outcome of a sporting match make any difference? Why should the winner of the BCS championship hold any significance?

Sometimes, it doesn’t. Sometimes Goliath prevails in the end. That’s why there’s always another game, another season, another championship the following year.

There’s always that second chance to redeem yourself. That chance to show that the hard work, focus and blood, sweat and tears paid off in the end.

I stand by my opinion that some of the greatest stories ever written were written about sports. But, it isn’t the story with the box score or the play-by-play of the game. It’s the story that digs deeper past the actual event and into the very principles sports teach about the incredible obstacles we can overcome.

Last night, Alabama took back the reign of college football by conquering its difficult past to build a better future.

And,  in doing so, the team wrote the ending to a story that began with sadness and defeat, and concluded with an undeniable lesson on perseverance and redemption.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

If you’ve seen one horror movie set in the woods then you’ve seen them all. Part of the reason I’m not a big fan of the horror genre unless it has a comedic flair to it. (See Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness if you need examples) What this film excels at is not being a horror spoof film but instead being a horror film that’s flipped upside down and turned around while not taking itself too serious.

Tucker, played by notable comedic and sci-fi actor Alan Tudyk and his brother Dale, played by TV star Tyler Labine, are two good ole country boys that have decided to go fix up Tucker’s new purchase, a creepy broken down cabin in the woods. At the same time a group of college kids are on a camping trip a short ways away from the cabin.

The two groups first interact when they have an awkward meeting at a gas station after Dale decides to talk to one of the college students while holding a scythe. As you can imagine it doesn’t go over too well.

The first act heats up when the students are swimming that night when Allison, played by “30 Rock” actress Katrina Bowden, slips and hits her head on a rock, almost drowning until Dale jumps out of his fishing boat and in the lake to rescue her. Not knowing where her friends have gone, the brothers take her back to their cabin and take care of her until the morning.

The college students thinking their friend has just been kidnapped, decide to do a recon mission at the cabin, where they overhear an out of context conversation between Tucker and Dale that sounds like the two have been torturing and have plans to murder her.

One misunderstanding turns into a much more serious offense when one of the students gets killed after impaling himself on an overturned branch after thinking he’s being chased by Tucker, who is himself being chased by a swarm of angry bees while carrying a chainsaw. You can see where I’m going with this.

Things escalate more and more as each student accidentally offs themselves in a number of ways, while the backwoods brothers are none the wiser and assume the kids are all part of a murder/suicide pact.

“Tucker and Dale vs Evil” comes in at a whopping 89 minutes. That’s not even your standard hour and a half, people. So do yourself a favor and go buy this or watch it streaming on Netflix. I can say that it’s unlike any other movie you’ve seen this year.

New Year’s Day at Seviche

Chef Anthony Lamas and his staff prepared New Year’s brunch for several guests of Seviche, including a few of The Voice-Tribune staff.

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Louisville Boat Club Christmas with Santa

The Louisville Boat Club held a Christmas buffet and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

photos by John Harralson

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HGTV Viewing Party

Realtor Paul Kiger hosted a viewing party in his New Albany home to celebrate being featured in an episode of House Hunters, titled, “Looking For Charm in Indiana.”

In the episode, Paul assisted a 20-something teacher with finding a place of her own on a $125,000 budget.

photos by Tony Bennett | Contributing Photographer

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Lynn’s New Year’s Day Pajama Party

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe hosted their annual New Year’s Day Pajama Party on Jan. 1, 2012.

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NYE 2012 at The Gillespie

Constructed in 1929, The Gillespie was designed in the Art Deco style of architecture common to the era.

Originally known as the Lincoln Bank and Trust Company, The Gillespie property later became part of National City Bank until 2005.

Last weekend, it was one of the city’s hottest spots to welcome in the new year.

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