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First, look through your collection of art,
photographs, and mementos, and select
five, seven, nine, or 11 images that conjure
the biggest smiles. Then follow this formula,
which has always worked for me: Combine
a favorite piece of art (anything from your
child’s first finger painting to an Audubon
print), a few old photos (think vintage
black-and-white family portraits or bright
beach shots), and a couple of mementos
with strong sentimental value (such as your
tickets to the Inaugural Ball or honeymoon
boarding passes). I’ve found that an odd
number of images, and a variety of sizes,
frame colors, and mats, create a good
balance that’s more forgiving and engaging
than any kind of institutional-style uniformity.
Before you start hanging your frames, cut
their shapes out of brown packing paper
and play with their arrangement on the wall,
using painter’s tape to hold the cutouts in
place and spacing adjacent edges two to
four inches apart. This will help you get a
sense of the overall design—the big picture,
so to speak—before you commit to it.
You’ll know when you have an arrangement
that works. When you do, start hanging
the frames, using a level to make sure the
top edges aren’t slanted, then discard the
corresponding paper silhouettes. This
is also a great way to start a collection,
because it makes you think in terms of
clusters and how disparate pieces of art can
complement each other. NATE BERKUS
Berkus runs Nate Berkus Associates, a
Chicago-based design studio, and has his
own line of home products, including furniture,
which is available through hsn.com. To find
out what inspires Berkus, turn to page 53.
THE BEST WAY TO
FROM A DEEP GASH
SKIN GUARD Act fast to unmake your mark.
Heed the Band-Aid advice: Keep your
wound covered and moist. Moisture
accelerates healing by facilitating cell
regeneration, while a bandage shields
the wound from dirt and sunlight, both
of which can cause discoloration.
Here’s how a dermatologist would do it:
Apply the right ointment. Grease your gash with
Polysporin, not Neosporin, before you cover it with
a bandage. Neosporin’s active ingredient, neomycin,
can cause an allergic reaction that actually slows
the healing process.
Lighten up. For a deep wound, consider having
a pulsed-dye laser treatment (PDL), which costs
about $250 and can prevent a scar from forming if
it is done within a week of the injury. Most silicon-based antiscar ointments found in drugstores, such
as Mederma and Scarguard, on the other hand,
won’t. And “natural” skin healers such as vitamin
E and aloe vera can actually make scarring worse,
according to a recent study at Columbia University.
Consider laser surgery. If it’s too late to prevent
a scar, consider having laser surgery, which uses
thin beams of light to whittle away discolored scar
tissue. The cost starts at $250 and varies depending
on the size and severity of the scar, but it’s a
relatively inexpensive way to erase a grisly blemish.
TINA ALSTER, M.D.
Dr. Alster is a dermatologist at the Washington Institute
of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, in Washington, D.C.
How can I become
a better speaker in
Powerful presentations follow a simple
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and limit the use of visual aids. Start
by outlining your talk on note cards
and preparing answers to anticipated
questions. Rehearse both until they’re
second nature, and then follow these tips
from history’s most famous speakers to
make sure you ace your delivery.
Know when to shut up. Abraham Lincoln
delivered the Gettysburg Address, the most
acclaimed speech in American history,
in less than two minutes. Follow his lead.
Board members have remarkably short
attention spans, and the more succinct you
are, the more likely your audience will be to
hear (and appreciate) your message.
Go easy on the PowerPoint. Flashy slides
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Chicago that bear his
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help keep my brain sharp?
Of the eight B vitamins available in our diet, at least five are essential
for proper neural functioning: folic acid, B , B , B , and B . They
boost cellular energy, help repair DNA, and charge memory-signaling
pathways, so a B deficiency can increase your risk for depression,
stress, memory loss, and neurological complications. Recent studies
also underscore B vitamins’ ability to prevent age-related cognitive
decline. If you eat a balanced diet of leafy greens, fruit, eggs, dairy,
poultry, fish, and whole grains, your B bases are covered. For added
assurance, pop a daily supplement (try GNC’s Vitamin B-Complex 50,
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P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD
Dr. Doraiswamy is the chief of biological psychiatry at
Duke University and coauthor of The Alzheimer’s Action