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The Doctor's Corner: Fighting holiday blues and bulges

November 30, 2011|By Dr. Jane Bening

I am pleased to announce that I will have a recurring column in the Coastline Pilot and Daily Pilot. Your feedback is welcome. My goal is to grapple with relevant health topics, which will be interwoven with the colors of local personalities, enterprises and culture — a sort of Southland medical and social tour of my own creation.

With Thanksgiving under our belts (literally), discussion of maintenance of health in body and mind through the remaining holiday season is in order. I chose to tap into some of my favorite locals for their advice and coping strategies.

Last weekend, I rambled through the magical feel-good place that's one of my favorite Laguna institutions throughout the years — the Sawdust Festival's Winter Fantasy — with my friend Amy. According to the participating artists, exhibiting there is a sure antidote for holiday blahs. Plus, its location in beautiful Laguna Canyon is awe-inspiring.

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Patty Jo Kiraly, a 27-year participant with lovely jewelry designs, was her usual affable self, sporting a festive plaid holiday vest straight from London. Her simple advice to watch the waistline: "Stop eating before you're full."

Gary Spellman, an eight-year exhibitor of heart-warming, retro mixed-media and oils, gets caught up in the work of the Winter Fantasy from mid-September until the first of the year. It is his substitute for the "gray-out" escape holiday behaviors of some, such as alcohol abuse or compulsive shopping. The festival helps keep him jaunty and creative.

Patrick and Christine Sullivan, second-year Sawdust artisans, don't have time to get the blues or bulges. When creating jewelry and hand-knitted items, they enjoy reacquainting themselves with tots from last year whose parents return to show off the wee ones and get fuzzy, warm hats in bigger sizes. This darling couple, married 45 years, is so happily sated with holiday glow from the festival buzz that they get too tired to eat.

Brynne Cogorno, creator of eco-friendly, hand-printed notes and T-shirts, usually has mild seasonal depression as darkness deepens. Selling at the Winter Fantasy for the first year has perked her up. She is heartwarmed by the addition of twinkle lights and a driftwood holiday tree (a gift from mom) to her busy home work space.

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