Queen of the Road: The Road to Riches

Written by Lisa Kost. Posted in Columns, Queen of the Road

When you get to be my age, you understand that life doesn’t always go as planned. Jobs change, circumstances, too, and you begin to see that the fastest way from Point A to B is not always a straight line. Well, it might be the fastest, but certainly it isn’t the most interesting. I organize a “girls’ weekend” with my daughter, Sarah, every Spring, but this year it was clear that she was navigating by her own compass. By the time we left Lansing, she had already researched fun things Read more [...]

Sports Savvy: College Football: New Season, New Rules

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Columns, Sports Savvy

If you are one of the 43 million college football fans in this country, you may be aware that the sport will be adopting a new post season format for the 2014-2015 campaign. Let’s break it down, since it takes a pretty involved fan to process the changes. Out with the old … Here’s what we’re leaving behind: 5 Bowl Games: Previously, outcomes of bowl games had no bearing on one another and did not decide the players in the national championship game. A free pass: In years past, bowl Read more [...]

Staying Business-Focused While Enjoying Life

Written by Tiffany Dowling. Posted in Columns, From the Publisher

I reminded my 17-year-old son recently that while this is a great season of his life, the best is yet to come. The reason we were having this conversation is that he is trying to drag every last show-stopping second out of summer to the point of exhaustion. He didn’t want to work at all and definitely wanted to play all the time. Now, my youngest son and I have a lot in common, but my drive to work at a young age is definitely not a quality we share. I had a paper route and babysat kids of all Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: The Business of Having Fun

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Columns, With a Capital Em

I had a lot of great nights during my younger years. I’m talking the stuff coming-of-age movies are made of. Lots of friends, lots of laughs, just the right amount of drama and chaos and always a late-night re-hash session with my roommates. One of those great nights happened to be a St. Paddy’s celebration in college. I’m not quite sure what made it so, so perfect, but it just was. My friend Laura and I — usually going our own way to say “hi” to other friends (or great looking Read more [...]

Foster Parents: Loving Children Through Their Most Vulnerable Times

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Monthly Issues

Many of us have probably passed by a foster child at one time in our lives, either in the hallway at school or walking down the street, but we never realized it. Perhaps a thought had crossed your mind that you would look into becoming a foster parent … someday. Even though the decision to be a foster parent may appear unlikely for some, for the 13,000 children currently living in Michigan foster care, it’s the most important decision a person can make. Foster care identifies and places children Read more [...]

Back to School With A Cool DIY

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

It seems like Washi Tape is all the rage right now in the crafting world, so I thought it was time that I jump on the bandwagon and try a craft with some! As my daughter is heading into middle school this year, I thought that it would be fun to make her a pencil case that she could carry to class with her and how easy, I thought, to just add some Washi Tape to a pencil to “dress it up” a bit. This craft is so simple, quick and easy. You can make this for yourself or a loved one using mechanical Read more [...]

The Season of Entertainment

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." -Albert Einstein “Back to life …. Back to reality.” School returns effect all of us in many ways. Whether you’re a parent, a student or an educator. Or if you have to drive down Grand River Avenue any time between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m., when August ends, we all get prepared as the upcoming school year returns us to some normality, in one way or another. The fall season also brings with it new television shows Read more [...]

Best-Selling Author of Downton Abbey Books Comes to East Lansing

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Columns

Jessica Fellowes, author of the official companion books to “Downton Abbey,” will be the keynote speaker at the 40th annual Kaleidoscope: Reflect. Recharge. Reimagine. on Friday, Sept. 5, presented by Sparrow Foundation and Women Working Wonders. This daylong event is at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing and is designed to empower, enrich and inspire women. It focuses on women’s health and education initiatives, and features unique opportunities to shop, learn and network. At Read more [...]

Montessori: Rethinking Childhood Education

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Columns

In the greater Lansing area, parents have a variety of excellent education options for their children. But how do parents decide which option is best for their child. Montessori is one option that asks parents to rethink how children are educated. Simply put, Montessori focuses on how kids learn, not what they learn. The Montessori classroom promotes independent learning and exploration by the child. In the Lansing area, there are three private Montessori schools for children ages 18 months to Read more [...]

Reflect for Recovery

Written by Shelley Davis Mielock. Posted in Columns, Image Focus

I had the amazing opportunity to spend five days at the Mirival Arizona last fall. It is the perfect place to reflect, relax and think about your purpose and passions in life. I strongly believe that every woman should be able to experience the resort at some time in her life. During my stay, I was able to work through the intense sense of loss and pain that I was still feeling from the death of my stepfather three and a half years before. I learned a lot about myself, and what drives my decisions Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: After School

Written by Tashmica Torok. Posted in Columns, Mother Flippin'

It is time. This school year, all three of my children will be attending school all day, every day. It will be the first time in nearly seven years that I will not be walking the tightrope of my children’s conflicting schedules. With the exception of athletics and field trips, we will largely be in sync. It’s what my Google calendar has been dreaming of. I will drop them off at the same time and pick them up at the same time and in between, I will be gloriously, peacefully alone. I Read more [...]

Never Stop Learning

Written by Tiffany Dowling. Posted in Columns, From the Publisher

They say that everything you need to know, you learned in Kindergarten. Although I believe that you learned some pretty valuable things at that precious age, like how to share, the alphabet, counting, creativity and other important skills, it sure can’t keep pace with today’s changing needs in the workplace. I mean, who would have thought back then we would need to understand tweeting or blogging? I became interested in the idea of workplace development and contemplating the needs of employers Read more [...]

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