From the Publisher’s Desk — October/November 2016

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Deb Peterson, Editor/Publisher of Marvelous! magazine.
Deb Peterson, Editor/Publisher of Marvelous! magazine.

Our October/November women’s health issue has become our most popular, which is very exciting. To me it means our readers and advertisers are devoted to feeling good and being happy, and helping others do the same. In this issue we celebrate Marvelous! Woman Corinne Hiser, famous in the area for her devotion to women’s health, her tremendous enthusiasm for helping people, and her signature smile. She could have died from melanoma in her forties, and the experience changed her forever. She hasn’t wasted a minute since. I think you’ll find her story inspiring.

Jan Peitz was 8 when she decided she wanted to be a nurse. She managed high-stress operating rooms across the country for most of her career, including right here at Baxter Regional Medical Center. She’s retired now, but she hasn’t stopped helping people. She still serves on the board and volunteers at the Peitz Cancer Support House that bears her name. She and husband Peter graciously opened their door to Marvelous! to promote women’s health. Thank you, Jan and Peter! Leah Coleman, and her mother-in-law, Debbie Coleman, give kids with special needs the physical therapy and love they need in their early years at one of the coolest preschools around—Kidspiration. Christy Case Keirn writes about the joy this school brings to our community.

I’m excited that our Marvelous! Voices essay in this issue, written by Kim Worlow, is about mental health. If you haven’t been to one of Kim’s InspireMe seminars yet, seek one out. She is refreshingly candid about how she overcame the fear and other psychological issues that kept her from being her true self and impacted the people she loves most. Making new choices can change your life dramatically. Kim can help.

We’re starting something new with this issue—asking our readers to participate by answering a question. We received lots of responses to our first question: What makes you feel healthy? We regret that we can’t publish all of them, but in each issue we’ll include as many as we can. The question for December/January: What is your favorite holiday menu? Send about 50 words and a photo to to participate. Put Favorite Holiday Menu in the subject line.

We celebrate health professionals of all kinds in our special health section. Take a close look at the people in our community who want to help you feel your best and enjoy life in all the ways you desire. If you haven’t been to a health professional in a while, go! They have amazing new ways to help you be healthy. In December/January, we’ll celebrate entrepreneurs. If you’d like to highlight your entrepreneurial business, call Lucinda Blair at 870-421-2123.

Ali Pierce Jefferson was our first runner up in the Marvelous! 5th Anniversary Makeover, and she had a wonderful day of pampering. What a doll she is! Her day was well-deserved. In the midst of struggling with a chronic illness herself as a teen, she found the energy to raise money to buy plush toys for hospitalized children, and Cuddles for Comfort was born. Ali, you are marvelous!

We are absolutely over the moon with excitement about the new Bella’s Table Cookbook by Estella Tullgren, a Marvelous! publication, due out mid-October. Bella’s Table is consistently our most popular feature in the magazine, and people tell us they host dinner parties where they serve only Bella’s Table recipes. How cool is that? Estella will be selling and signing books at Gifts for Girlfriends December 3, 10 to 4, at the Ramada Inn. It’s the best holiday gift of the season! Additional signings will be announced via,, KTLO, and Big Creek Golf & Country Club.

I am so incredibly honored to be chosen by the Mountain Home Business & Professional Women as Woman of the Year. Thank you to all of you who are a part of this important organization, and I’m so appreciative of all of you who celebrated me with an ad in this issue. I’m truly honored.

Health and happiness to you! M! October/November 2016

Love and peace,

Deb Peterson
Publisher, Editor

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