Masterpiece Smiles March 2019

MARCH 2019


Renaissance READER

March Madness Memories ROCK, CHALK, JAYHAWK

When I was a student at the University of Kansas, I was proud to be a member of the men’s tennis team. Sadly, that program no longer exists — sports that don’t make money are always on the chopping block — but my Jayhawk pride has never left me. When it comes to athletics, it’s no secret that basketball is our claim to fame. Since my college days, we’ve made the Final Four 11 times and won the ultimate prize twice. In my tribute to Susie last month, I failed to mention she attended my alma mater’s arch rival, Kansas State University. In these parts, we call that a house divided. The less said about it, the better, especially when K-State dethroned the Jayhawks from their perennial perch atop the Big XII standings for the first time in over a decade. All kidding aside, it’s worked out well that we attended rival institutions. During the average year, when Kansas stinks at football and K-State struggles on the court, we each have a secondary team to root for. This year, “WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT KANSAS BASKETBALL IS THAT IT KEEPS ME CONNECTED TO THE PLACE WHERE I WENT TO SCHOOL.”

What I love most about Kansas basketball is that it keeps me connected to the place where I went to school. I think back to all the tremendous players I’ve watched over the years from the legendary Wilt Chamberlain to Celtics greats Jo Jo White (a personal favorite) and Paul Pierce. The team has given me so many memories, especially recently. I don’t think I’ll ever forget where I was when Mario Chalmers hit the three that led to our title win in 2008. It’s these thoughts, more than any number of accolades or banners, that really matter. As I write this article, I don’t yet know what this year’s tournament will have in store for either the Jayhawks or the Wildcats. No matter the outcome, I’m sure March Madness will provide plenty of thrills and fun. It’s one of the great sporting events of the year, and a great excuse to say three of my favorite words on the planet: Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!

though, it looks like we’ll be wearing different colors during March Madness.

So much has changed since the time when I was sitting in the student section at Allen Fieldhouse, including the price of tickets. These days, Kansas basketball is a very big deal and a very big business. Even for an alumnus, scoring tickets to a big game is no easy feat. Getting season tickets for good seats costs a pretty penny as well. I guess having the prestige of being one of the country’s truly elite programs isn’t without its drawbacks. However, I don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining. The victories taste just as sweet from my couch as they do from courtside seats. When I do have the opportunity to attend a game in person, the atmosphere is electric. The crowd is packed to the rafters, and it gets so loud that they keep a decibel reader on hand. The players these days are skilled beyond all comprehension. I wasn’t too shabby as an athlete in my time, but what these young men can do is a whole other level of performance.

-Dr. Jan L. Cobble

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CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK’S DAY Family-Friendly Activities

ones, or draw rainbows on the windows. You’re only limited by your imagination.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to mean heading to the local Irish bar and drinking a large green beverage. If you’re not interested in going out this year and would prefer to do something at home with the family, here are a few ways everyone can celebrate. IRISH-THEMED FOOD What better way to get festive than by making some St. Patrick’s Day-themed dishes? You can make rainbow cupcakes, green cookies, St. Patrick’s Day popcorn, or — for a more traditional dish — Irish soda bread. You can also cook up an array of greens for dinner on March 17, which could include Brussels sprouts, spinach, cucumbers, green beans, peas, or asparagus. A MISCHIEVOUS LEPRECHAUN To treat your kids to a fun game, leave green footprints around the house and participate in impish tricks! Empty a tissue box, hide the remote, swap out regular light bulbs with green Spring is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate with another round of spring-cleaning. Banish the clutter and make room in your life for something new! Many charities see a sharp increase in donations as spring-cleaning season starts. Donating your used books, kids’ toys, and gently worn clothing allows your old items to have a second life. However, when filling that donation box, make sure you’re donating each item because it can do good and not just because you feel bad about throwing it away. Charities have a big problem with well- meaning citizens dropping off items that are better left in the trash. There are many items charities simply cannot handle. Most charities will have lists of items they can and cannot accept on their websites. Some items that you should not donate include:

EXPLORING IRISH CULTURE Another way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family is to sit down and read about Irish culture with your kids. Learn where the legend of the leprechaun came from or read other stories from Irish folklore. You can also watch videos of Irish dance performances and encourage the kids to make their own. There’s also fascinating history on St. Patrick and why he became the patron of the holiday that your family members can research together. If you have Irish roots, tell your kids about your heritage. WATCH IRISH MOVIES For a relaxing activity, settle down in front of the TV for a movie night filled with films related to Irish culture. Try “The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Luck of the Irish,” or “The Secret of Kells.”

MAKE AN IMPACT Teach your kids how to be “greener” this month by doing more for the environment. Discuss ways to save energy and water in the home, and talk about the importance of taking a break from electronics and enjoying the outdoors. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it’s a good start to get your family to create new ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You might even create family traditions that will last for years to come.


The Right Way to Donate After Spring-Cleaning

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Expired medications

expensive for organizations with already- strained resources. Some local charities spend over $1,000 a year on dumpster and trash removal fees for unusable donations. While charities will have no choice but to throw unusable donations in the trash, there are services you can use to make your spring- cleaning eco-friendly, even for items you can’t donate. For example, if you have torn or stained blue jeans, reach out to Blue Jeans Go Green. This program keeps denim out of landfills by turning it into insulation. And while Goodwill can’t take your batteries or old flip phone, you can check out to learn how to safely recycle your e-waste.

Old TVs


Loose remote controls

Personal care items, like soap, shampoo, or makeup



Tangled cords or phone chargers Any broken, damaged, or dirty items

These items may be unsafe to sell, costly to ship, or impossible to refurbish effectively. When a charity regularly receives items they cannot use, they have to spend hours of manpower sorting through things that end up in the trash anyway. This process can be

Your donations can be a big help to local charities. Just don’t “donate” your garbage.



Carolyn & Jan

Carolyn & Jim

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SPOTLIGHT ON CAROLYN WALTER A Gold Medal Globetrotter We’re lucky to serve an incredible group of patients who achieve remarkable things. One of these patients is Carolyn Walter, who is about the most athletic octogenarian you’re ever likely to encounter. We met Carolyn after she married — yes, she’s also a newlywed — James Walter, a long-term patient of ours last June. Once we got to know Carolyn, we knew we had to feature her in our newsletter. Carolyn is a member of USA Track & Field’s World Masters team. She participates in meets all over the world, running at both indoor and outdoor events. “My first race was in Budapest,” Carolyn recalls. “If I’m being honest, I didn’t do super well, but I was instantly hooked on the experience.” As she continued to participate in events, Carolyn grew to enjoy spending time with a community of like-minded people as much as the races themselves. “There are 28 women or so who are regulars in and around my age bracket,” Carolyn says. “Some of them have become close friends whom I look forward to seeing at every event. One of them, a woman from Britain, told me how she ran to her brother’s house every day in order to take care of him. She said, ‘What would I be doing if I weren’t doing this?’ That line has always stuck with me, and I couldn’t agree more.” Last year, Carolyn’s running career, which didn’t begin until her 70s, reached a major milestone. In Malaga, Spain, at the World Masters Outdoor Championships, Carolyn and her 4X400-meter relay teammates took home the gold and set a world record for their age bracket. “James was very proud of me, and I have to admit, I was pretty proud of myself too.” In a funny coincidence, Carolyn happened to teach school in the same small town, Windfield, Kansas, where Dr. Cobble grew up. She even knew Dr. Cobble’s mother! It’s a small world, and Carolyn’s determined to run all over it. When she’s not on the track, Carolyn loves to play bridge, enjoy art, and go hunting with her husband. We think she’s just about the coolest lady around. Thank you, Carolyn, for being such an amazing patient and person. Good luck on your next race!



Inspired by Food Network

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8 cloves garlic

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2 quarts water 1 cup kosher salt

8 whole allspice berries 12 whole juniper berries 2 bay leaves, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons saltpeter (potassium nitrate)

1 cinnamon stick, broken into large pieces 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

2 pounds ice

1 5-pound beef brisket, trimmed

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1 small onion, quartered

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1 large carrot, coarsely chopped 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped


1. In a large stockpot, combine water, garlic, and all herbs and spices to make brine. Cook over high heat until salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in ice. 2. Once water temp reaches 45 F, place brisket in a 2-gallon zip-close bag, pour in brine to cover, lay flat in a large container, and store in fridge. 3. Brine for 10 days, checking daily to make sure brisket is fully submerged and brine is stirred. 4. After 10 days, remove brisket from brine and rinse under cool water. In a large pot, cover brisket, onion, carrot, and celery with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 2 1/2–3 hours. 5. Remove, slice across the grain, and serve.





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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1 | Why I Bleed Blue During March

2 | Family Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

2 | Why Charities Hate Spring-Cleaning

3 | Meet A Very Remarkable Patient

3 | We Appreciate Your Kind Words!

3 | Homemade Corned Beef

4 | How to Make Your Sailing Dreams Come True

Take Your Next Trip Offshore SET SAIL FOR VACATION

DO A FULL CHARTER Short of owning your own vessel, chartering a boat for multiple nights is the closest you can get to living out your nautical dreams. Some of the most beautiful destinations on earth — from the Caribbean Sea to the Mediterranean — are best experienced from the deck of a sailboat. Letting the sea guide you to amazing snorkeling destinations, remote cays, and bustling harbors is the stuff of real adventure.

12-foot dinghy or a 60-foot sloop, the same basic principles, rules, and skills apply.

If you’re lucky enough to have been aboard a ship under full sail, chances are you know the thrill and serenity sailing can give you. If you’ve never been but have always wanted to know what it’s like to get out on the wind and waves, there are many great options available for beginners. Here are some ideas to inspire your next waterside vacation. START SMALL For those who dream of becoming a skipper one day, a great way to start is by sailing dinghies. These one-sail, beach-launch boats fit 1–2 people and can be rented at most water sports shops. If you want to make it a family experience, shops usually have 16-foot catamarans for rent as well. Catamarans have two hulls rather than one, making for a smoother, more spacious ride. If you’ve never sailed before, inquire about lessons. Most rental operations have instructors on hand who can show you the ropes. The great thing about sailing is that whether you’re in a

TAKE A DAY SAIL Many day-sail charters exist for those who want to go out a little farther than a dinghy would permit. If you’ve captained a boat and are familiar with the waters, you can apply for a bareboat charter. However, if you are inexperienced or simply don’t want a local guide at the helm, signing up for a day trip with a skipper and crew is a great option.


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