Monday, September 12, 2011

Sara B Consulting has moved

The bags have been packed and Sara B Consulting blog has moved! I've now combined my blog and website into one convenient location. I hope you find it easier to follow comment and share with your friends. Thanks for following and your support. Check out the new site here:
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lest They Be Forgotten

Today is a day of remembrance, compassion and love. Today some of us are sadden and pray silently, some feel blessed and thank God for the ones who serve us, and some feel a fire inside of them with a desire to do something, be something, and feel something. 10 years ago my Aunt Pam felt that fire within her. She was a flight attendant for American Airlines when 9/11 occurred. It became one of her missions to make sure that the Flight Crews lost during that tragic day were not forgotten by holding the Lest They Be Forgotten Luncheon at her house every year on the anniversary. A few weeks ago my Aunt Pam lost her battle with ALS. Although, it was a very sad time for family and friends, her life was celebrated for all the amazing things she accomplished. Below is her eulogy and I do encourage you to read it as it is very touching story of tribulation and inspiration. The following exert is about the luncheon.
"Pam was especially touched and decided in her always kind and compassionate way, the Flight Crews should not be forgotten. Each year for the next five years she hosted a Lest They Be Forgotten Luncheon at her home and her expense. The last luncheon more than 100 flight and ground crew attended. There were active and retired employees from, American, United, TWA, Eastern, Continental, Frontier and more in attendance. "

Hi everyone, thank you for being here. My name is LaMyra Holman Childers. Pamela Richardson Brown was my best friend. This eulogy was a labor of love, although I originally started it for Pam s retirement from American Airlines July 1, 2011.
Pam and I first became friends in August of 1964 (for those of you attempting to do the math in your head, it was just shy of 47 years ago). Pam was in my homeroom and I was new to Harrison High School in Colorado Springs. Coincidentally, we were wearing the same dress but in different colors (what can I say &she liked my taste). If the truth is told every third girl had on the same dress that year, because the Beattles were the rage and so were Liz dresses. They were shirtwaist dresses, long sleeved, with a row of ruffles down the front button placard and were made of small gingham checked cotton. Pam s was red and white and mine was navy and white. Our desks were side by side and thus began our long journey down the road of life next to each other .
Her favorite color was red. Her favorite flowers were Black Eyed Susan s because they made her smile, Carnations because she loved their smell, Sweet Peas because they stirred childhood memories and Geraniums because she carried them for her wedding. She loved to read and was never without a book. Her favorite book was A Town like Alice by Neville Shute. Ironically, it was about a young woman who survived extreme adversity through personal strength and perseverance. She and I would exchange books with each other and we had our own little book club long before it became vogue.
To know Pam was to accept cats. She loved cats as much as she loved books and could rattle off the name of the family cats in rapid succession beginning with Alphie and ending with Zoomie. Yes, 26, not all at once but there were always several at a time. The word was out among the Colorado Springs felines, if a cat wanted a great home they would head to the Richardson house. Later when Pam had her own home there was always a cat or two or five.
Our first summer after graduation she worked as an attendant at Neusteter s parking lot. They wore (what else) red skirts and sweaters. I had started work at the phone company (there was only one back then) and my office was located on the fourth floor of the First National Bank Building directly next to the Neusteter s parking lot. We would have lunch together several times a week. Too many times to count she told me, as soon as she turned 21 (the required age) she planned to become a Stewardess (yes &they were stewardesses back then). True to her word &the day she was old enough she began the task of applying with every airline operating at the time. She was working at King Soopers located in Southgate Shopping Center when as she told the story she looked up and there was her mom, Betty, running in the door, her coat tails flying, waving a paper, and smiling. It had arrived & her acceptance for an interview with American Airlines. Ed Bauer (who is still with American at the age of 75) interviewed her. As he tells the story he hired intelligent young women with engaging personalities and winning smiles . Pam said, The only thing I remember about the interview was Ed covering his name tag half way through and saying what is my name . Pam had remembered his name because we went to high school with a boy named Randy Bauer. I was glad I didn t say Randy but Mr. Bauer instead, because he said Pamela welcome to American Airlines. When she called to tell me she had been hired she said we have to go to Michelle s everyday and eat ice cream because I have to GAIN 6 POUNDS BEFORE I GO TO TRAINING &I AM THAT MUCH UNDER THE WEIGHT QUALIFICATIONS. Needless to say that conversation became of source of many laughs in the years that followed. Our last visit to Michelle s the two of us were joined by Pam s dear friends Janet Morgan Gripe and Whitney Anderson. The four of us consumed a sundae listed on the menu as large enough to feed eight . The next day Pam left for training without her weight having changed by an ounce.
Upon arrival to Dallas the ladies were assigned room mates, four to a room. Of Pam s original room mates one left American to marry, one retired 2 years ago and the fourth one, Beverly Burns left American to become the first female 747 Captain for Continental Airlines. She and Pam have remained friends.
Graduation from the flight school was in Dallas, Texas and Betty pinned Pam s wings on, July 1, 1971. Immediately, she was sent to her base in New York City. Pam LOVED her job. She would write and say, I can t wait to go to work. Her motto became the saying if you do something you love &it will never feel like work.
Long distance calls were too expensive back then so she wrote letters weekly. In one of her letters, she told me she had a peeping Tom the evening before. This puzzled me because she was living on the 25th floor of Waterside Plaza. How could she possibly have a Peeping Tom &.as it turned out she was sitting reading with just a lamp on, enjoying her book when the apartment lit up like daylight. She looked around puzzled and went to the window. Across the Plaza in another high rise, a man with a spotlight was scanning windows of her building and using binoculars to peer in & &.only in New York she wrote.
During her New York days, Pam was seeing Terry Paff. Not long after graduation from the Air Force Academy, he was sent to Viet Nam. At the time, Delora, whom she fondly referred to as Dee was sharing an apartment with her. Terry would occasionally mail gifts to Pam. Pam was never materialistic; practicality and functionality always exceeded appearances. Dee on the other hand was a tall, pretty blond that made an art, of dressing and accessorizing. One evening they were sitting in their apartment visiting when Dee commented on Pam s watch; a tiny, little, Timex with a small black leather band. Dee said, Pam you really need a different watch , to which Pam replied, I like my watch, it s a Timex, you know what they say, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Well , Dee replied, you still need a new watch. At this point, Pam said, I do have another watch, that Terry sent me but it feels so much bigger than my little Timex. Dee who knew every quality brand name, of every product on the market, said, Let me see the watch. Pam went to the bedroom and pulled a shoe box from under the bed. She showed the watch to Dee. Pam said, I instantly realized this watch brand I had never heard of must be something special because Dee nearly hyperventilated . Pam Richardson you have gold Rolex with a customized band and you are keeping it in a shoebox under the bed!!! Pam wore the watch everyday from that day on and it was usually her only piece of jewelry.
Mike and I married in 1973 and as one of my bride s maids, there was Pam watching our vows.
She had flown in from San Francisco where she and her new room mate Carol Lord were sharing an apartment. Carol and Pam remained friends all these years. If you haven t noticed a trend yet &.once you became Pam s friend, you had a friend for life.
In 1974, there was a knock on our apartment door and there stood Pam. I was shocked because she had just been home the week before for a visit. Why was she home again? Before I could ask, she said, Myra Doctor Short ran some tests last week when I was home and the results were questionable, so I came back for more tests. Her next comment was like a knock out punch to the head. I have cancer . How could this be, people our age didn t get cancer. Within a couple of days she was in the hospital recovering from surgery. Never one to dwell on the negative she said, When I get out Dr. Short said, walking will help me recover, so we will walk everyday, o.k.?
A few years later, my good friend, Pierette Goodhue, was diagnosed with cancer. Trying to encourage Pierette, I shared the story of my friend Pam s diagnosis of cancer and her cure. Ironically, years later my friend Pierette became friends with Pam, not through me but through this very church and their children s school. Pete as we call her is here today.
It was during one of those walks we talked about Pam not being able to have biological children. Do you think a man will be comfortable marrying me if he knows I can t have children? My reply, If he isn t, then he isn t worthy of you and doesn t deserve to marry you. What about you , I asked. ME ? She asked surprised. I am fine with it, my mom adopted me and I know how I love her and how she loved me. No, I don t have a problem with adoption at all.
In 1977 she met just that man. His name was Bob Brown, like her he loved flying, in fact he proposed to her in the air while piloting a plane. Bob had served as a pilot in Viet Nam and Pam never grew tired of his piloting stories. Pam was thrilled by Bob s large Iowa family. She loved each of her sisters and brothers in-law. The Brown clan as she happily referred to them became her family too. Bob was a hard working, honest, salt of the earth man. If you want to hire a good worker hire an Iowa farm boy she would say many times over the years.
Their wedding was beautiful. A summer wedding at the United States Air Force Academy Community Chapel, red geraniums in clay pots and we brides maids wearing, what else, red dresses. Bob was handsome and Pam was radiant and beautiful.
Knowing they would be adopting children Pam began researching what needed to be done. The ever so organized Pam had files of information. Through a passenger on a flight she heard about Los Posingos Orphanage in Bogota, Colombia. It sounded like a perfect fit. It didn t take long and she and Bob were doing the paper work for an adoption. She called and asked me for a letter of recommendation to be included with their paperwork. I was honored and thrilled to provide the letter. I remember writing, a child in Pam and Bob Brown s home will be blessed with wonderful parents. In May, 1981 a precious little boy soon to be named Donald Miguel came into Pam and Bob s life. It was November 30 when the elated couple finally held their son. In addition too their new baby, they had formed a new friendship with Amparo Escabar, fondly known as Pito . The Escabar family worked closely with Los Posingos Orphanage and also knew the Rubios family that provided foster care for Donald until the adoption finalized. Pito would leave Colombia and visit the Brown s often after Donald s adoption.
Knowing the process would take a while, Pam and Bob immediately began paperwork for another adoption. They had no preference whether it should be a girl or boy, just a baby. Less than two years later, to help speed up the paperwork process, it was Pito who hand carried their documents back to Bogota. Shortly after delivering the paperwork, Pito received a call from the orphanage and was asked to contact the Brown s and let them know they had another baby. A baby girl would soon join the Brown family. Her name would be Ana Christine.
The wonderful Escabar family cared for Ana for eight months until the adoption became final. Pito developed a special attachment to this tiny little baby girl and Pam and Bob s attachment to the Escobar s (especially Pito) deepened. Pamelita, as she became known, called Pito several times a week to check on their new baby. Although very ill initially, slowly the little girl began to thrive. Bob was able to go to Bogot� one day before Pam and saw Ana for the first time. The next day it was Pam s turn to arrive and finally hold her little girl. Pito became Ana s God Mother.
The family of four was living in Geneseo, Illinois. Pam (still a Flight Attendant) and Bob (a Captain for Air Wisconsin) were based in Chicago. Bob was also a Major for the Air National Guard.
Friday morning, March 25, 1988 Pam took the children with her to St. Malachi s church to do some volunteer work. She was dusting and polishing wood around the altar when Bob walked in dressed in his flight uniform. They had a quick conversation and Bob kissed his young wife, and children good bye. He left for his weekend National Guard duty. That evening at approximately, 6:25 p.m., 10 miles northeast of Rushville, Illinois, Bob s OA-37 twin seater jet crashed into a freshly plowed corn field. Major Bob Brown and Col. John Allen were killed.
The young widow Pam was a picture of grace and composure at the memorial service which was held in a hanger; the only place large enough to accommodate the crowd. Donald 6 and Ana 4, too young to understand what was happening, sat near their mother, who had once again been dealt a devastating blow.
Within two weeks, Pam began the recovery from grief and started her journey as a single mom. A year later she made the decision to move back home to Colorado Springs. Leaving her dearly loved friends in Geneseo, she and Patti Adams Cooper drove a huge rented moving van from Illinois to Colorado to her new home. By now you all know the pattern they are all still friends, Linda, Deb, Mary, Patti Laurie and others whose names I may have missed.
Pam had the support and friendship of Carl Cox during this time, however; she remained single and watched her children progress through elementary, middle and high school. No surprise to anyone she was an eager volunteer and always available to assist with any project. Donald headed to Grinnell in Iowa and Ana to CSU. Donald married his wife Erica, January, 2003. Pam was an incredible mom. She loved, listened, encouraged and advised them well. She read to them, taught them the importance of faith and believing and insisted on good manners. If her children needed anything she would move Heaven and Earth to accomplish it. Pam traveled with her children and instilled in them a confidence that today allows them not to be fearful of new adventures but anxious to explore possibilities. Their travels took them to Paris, New Zealand, Colombia, and China and for Pam included walking across Scotland from coast to coast. Brown family reunions, weddings and special occasions were a must and Pam made sure her children remained in touch with their father s family. Pam once said to me she hoped she could be the kind of mother-in-law Luella had been to her and I am sure Erica will attest she was.
Eleven years ago she recruited me to become an American Airlines Flight Attendant. It was Pam who pinned my wings on. One year later the 9/11 tragedy struck. Pam was especially touched and decided in her always kind and compassionate way, the Flight Crews should not be forgotten. Each year for the next five years she hosted a Lest They Be Forgotten Luncheon at her home and her expense. The last luncheon more than 100 flight and ground crew attended. There were active and retired employees from, American, United, TWA, Eastern, Continental, Frontier and more in attendance.
For ten years Marc Littlefield and Pam would have lunch and movies dates. Marc would go his way and Pam would go hers. Then about two years ago their relationship took a turn. Pam happily shared with me she was in love with Marc. She was eager to share her happiness with everyone she spoke to from her friends to the mailman. Marc, who had managed to remain a bachelor for 60 years gave up the battle and proposed to Pam last October. They were planning a wedding ceremony at the summit of Wilkerson Pass where the photo of them was taken.
Things don t always go as we wish or plan. Once again Pam had been dealt a devastating blow. As Marc, Ana, Donald and Erica can attest she confronted her illness with determination and fortitude.
My profound sympathy is extended to Betty, Ana, Donald, Erica, Marc. Cindy and Stephanie, and all of Pam s extended family.
A special thanks to Kay and Dave for hosting so many out -of-town guests. And thank you Mrs. G., Laura, Mr. Ken, Fran and all those I do not know personally for being there to help.
In closing I want to leave you with this thought, the depth of a friendship is determined by the number of personal things one can share without feeling of reprisal or judgment. I love you Pam, you will be missed, God bless you dear friend.

For all the loved ones you have lost...

Lest they be forgotten

Sara B

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tailgate Time

I LOVE fall. Everything about it from pumpkin to football to chili to crisp morning runs...speaking of crisp too! For all those tailgaters out there preparing for the big game this weekend: ISU vs Iowa (GO CYCLONES), give this salsa a try for a sure the game!
Laura's Salsa
Make extras to top your eggs on Sunday morning!
A reflections to past tailgate posts.

Trey enjoyed his first ISU tailgate, game, and win last Saturday!
What else am I pumped about!? Count down to my new website and blog: 4 days!!! Stay tuned!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Obesity Epidemic on the Rise

Today I am posting an alarming article. Please get informed and be the difference! By difference I mean, practice a healthy lifestyle and stive for bettering your future. You are blessed with a beautiful body, treat it kind and well. I heard a wonderful pastor the other day say, what would happen if I don't take care of my health and am unable to do what I am called to do? How would I go and serve others? Be the difference for yourself, your family, and friends.

And to counter all those that say, "well eating healthy is expensive" or "I can't afford a swim pass or gym membership." PAY NOW OR PAY LATER!
The overall, tangible, annual costs of being obese are $4,879 for an obese woman and $2,646 for
an obese man. The overall annual costs of being overweight are $524 and $432 for women and
men, respectively.
For both genders, the incremental costs of obesity are much higher than the
incremental costs of being overweight.
Adding the value of lost life to these annual costs produces even more dramatic results. Average
annualized costs, including value of lost life, are $8,365 for obese women and $6,518 for obese
men. This report has been prepared as part of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy.

Now for the article:
If the current "obesity epidemic" continues unchecked, 50% of the U.S. adult
population will be obese -- with body mass index values of 30 or higher --
by 2030, researchers said.

Drawing on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
(NHANES) series from 1988 to 2008, Y. Claire Wang, MD, of Columbia
University's Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues projected that,
compared with 2010, there will be "as many as 65 million more obese adults"
in the U.S. by that year.

Obesity prevalence in both men and women in their 40s and 50s would approach
60%, the researchers indicated in the Aug. 27 issue of *The Lancet*, part of
a series of papers on the growing worldwide burden of obesity.

Wang and colleagues also projected that, as a result of the burgeoning obese
population, the U.S. will see the following health impacts:

- 6 to 8.5 million more people with diabetes
- 5.7 to 7.3 million more cases of heart disease and stroke
- 490,000 to 670,000 additional cancers
- 26 to 55 million quality-adjusted life-years lost

The economic burden of these increasing morbidities will be substantial, the
researchers indicated -- medical expenditures alone will be higher by $48 to
$66 billion annually by 2030, without taking into account lost productivity
and other indirect costs associated with a generally sicker population.

Reduced productivity would add another $390 to $580 billion to the annual
tab, the researchers said, based on a 2009 study linking obesity to lost
work time.

Another country with an aging population and a growing problem with obesity
is Great Britain. Wang and colleagues analyzed NHANES-like health data
collected in England from 1993 to 2008, finding slightly lower prevalences
of obesity relative to the U.S., but similar rates of increase.

If the current trends in England continue, they would project to obesity
prevalences in 2030 of about 40% in men and 35% in women.

Both NHANES and the Health Survey for England (HSE) involve interviews and
physical exams in more than 10,000 people per iteration. The HSE is repeated
annually, while NHANES is conducted over two-year periods. In both programs,
the individual participants change from one survey to the next, but they are
selected to be sociodemographically representative of the national

Wang and colleagues used epidemiological and outcomes data in the literature
to estimate the disease burdens that would result from the growing
prevalence of obesity.

They also calculated what would happen if everyone's BMI was 1% lower --
approximately 1 kg (2 lb) in an average adult.

"This change might sound small, but such a scenario would have a substantial
effect on consequent health burdens," the researchers wrote.

In the U.S. more than 2 million cases of diabetes, roughly 1.5 million
cardiovascular disease diagnoses, and about 100,000 cancers would be
avoided, their models showed.

Wang and colleagues acknowledged that their calculations were "mere
extrapolations from available data" and that current trends may very well
not continue.

"Past trends do not always predict the future," they wrote. YOU CAN BE THE CHANGE!

An important finding was the rising burden of obesity among people 60 and
older, the researchers emphasized. Of the 65 million additional obese people
projected in the U.S. in 2030, 24 million would be in this age range.

This population -- already the sickest and most expensive in terms of
medical costs -- is the fastest-growing in the U.S. and Britain. Therefore,
the overall disease burden and economic effects of obesity may be magnified.

In addition to their caveat about extrapolating trends into the future, Wang
and colleagues cited other limitations to the study: methodological issues
related to the NHANES and HSE surveys; uncertainties in the relationships
between obesity, other diseases, and economic impacts; and the study's
20-year timeframe, which may underestimate future impacts of pediatric
The study was supported by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity
Research, which coordinates childhood obesity research across the National
Institutes of Health, the CDC, the Department of Agriculture, and the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation.
Study authors declared they had no relevant financial interests.
*Primary source: *The Lancet
Source reference:
Wang Y, et al "Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in
the USA and the UK" *Lancet* 2011;

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Let the countdown begin...

Count to what you ask....
6 days till I launch the new and improved Sara B Consulting website and blog!!!
so so excited! Stay tuned for the big event.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Grilled Parmesan Broccoli

These is a delish side to any meal and kids love it too with the added dash of cheese!
As grilling season come to an end, don't think you have to pack up this recipe as you pack up your flipper and tongs. This would be awesome roasted and broiled as well.

Grilled Parmesan Broccoli
6 cups fresh broccoli spears
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1.Place broccoli in a large bowl. Combine the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; drizzle over broccoli and toss to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
2.Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Toss broccoli, then drain marinade. Place Parmesan cheese in a large resealable plastic bag. Add broccoli, a few pieces at a time, shake to coat.
3.Grill broccoli, covered, over indirect medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender.
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Crab & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

How about some fungi with your dinner tonight!
One cup of crimini mushrooms provides a good, very good, or excellent source of 18 different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytonutrients. To maximize their flavor and the retention of their nutrients it is important to not to overcook them. That's why (WHFoods) recommends healthy sauteing crimini mushrooms for just 7 minutes to bring out their best flavor while maximizing their nutrient retention.
Health benefits: immune system support, anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, aid in cardiovascular health and the list goes on.
I recommend getting at least one serving of fungi in each week. They are easy to throw in salads, eggs, or on top of a burger. I love these tasty and easy appetizers.

Crab & Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
from the kitchen of Mike Brown, brother-in-law & Crossfit Des Moines owner
8 oz low fat or fat free cream cheese (I used half of each as I like the creaminess of low fat)
1 package of crab meat
1/4 C parmesean cheese
black pepper
olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
Take the stems out of the mushrooms and chop up. Saute stems with olive oil and a teaspoon of minced garlic. On the side mix up crab meat, 8oz of cream cheese, 1/4 cup parm cheese, black pepper.
Once the sauteed mushrooms have cooled,add to mixture. Take mixture and fill the mushroom caps and cook 350 for 20 mins.

I wonder how these would fair at a tailgate :) GO CYCLONES!!!

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