Women are Complicated, our Lives are a Combination of so Many Things

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

As a woman who has worked for the better part of my life, I feel a certain responsibility to help the next generation of females succeed. I try to find ways to impart the things I’ve learned over the years so they can benefit from the experience. After all, there is no reason for any one to take on the bumps unnecessarily. Over the last few weeks, I had two women approach me — not about the plight of women in the workplace with male counterparts — but about how women are becoming more and Read more [...]

Sparrow Hospital Guild Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Written by Deborah Ginsburg. Posted in City Spotlight, Columns

Not many organizations reach 90 years of existence, so hitting that milestone is something to celebrate. And that’s exactly what the 90-year-old Sparrow Hospital Guild did this fall. This group of dedicated women have spent the past 90 years, true to their mission; raising money to support Sparrow Hospital. To date, Sparrow Guild has raised over $1.2 million in support of patient care at Sparrow. To mark their 90th Anniversary a celebration was held Friday evening Oct. 10, at the home of Read more [...]

Where’s that 1950′s Man

Written by CatriceLane. Posted in Adventures in Dating, Columns, Monthly Issues

As a 30-something, single female I’d like to settle down without having to settle for less. Shopping and wine nights are fun (even better if I can do them both at the same time) but I’m surrounded by married or happily married folks all day (btw there is a difference). The question I ask myself; “where’s that man with the 1950s style and charm?” My dating sense has been influenced by an amazing father who had a ton of advice about the type of man I should marry. Dad (God rest his soul), Read more [...]

DIY Quick Crafts

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

I love Christmas time. It is my most FAVORITE time of the year. I love all of the excitement and wonder of the season. The way my kids get excited making out their Christmas lists and talking about Santa. Snuggling on the couch sipping hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. Decorating Christmas cookies and making chocolate covered pretzels, these are Santa’s favorite at the Hardesty house. And, of course all of the holiday parties. For this month’s DIY I decided to make some Christmas Read more [...]

Erin McDonough Life Well-balanced

Written by Ami Iceman. Posted in Cover Stories, Monthly Issues

As a mom to a 15-month-old and President and CEO of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Erin McDonough isn’t worried about finding a balance between the two worlds, her only concern is being the best she can be at both. Appointed President and CEO of The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) three months ago, McDonough is settling into her new role and learning everything she can about the trade. “I’m learning to understand everything, but more importantly I am learning to explain Read more [...]

Girl Geeks Embrace Their Passion for Tech … Together

Written by Kristine Richmond. Posted in Girl Geeks, Monthly Issues

Lansing was privileged to host Michigan’s first-ever Maker Week and the Midwest’s first Startup Weekend: Maker Edition from Oct. 6 through 12. This week-long event provided an avenue for people to explore their inner maker, that passion to find or do something new and different. A line up of tours, hands-on projects and guest speakers in areas that included food and drink, textiles and apparel, and 3D printing, electronics and programming took place around the city, all organized by the Lansing Read more [...]

Local Women: Linda Parkinson

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

Jump into Jazzercise Linda Parkinson Owner of DeWitt Jazzercise Linda Parkinson encourages everyone to take the time to make their health a priority, saying that it is a matter of balance. She is the mother of three grown kids, has a full-time job and owns DeWitt Jazzercise still, she thinks she’s found a good balance in her life. Parkinson has been involved in the fitness industry around the greater Lansing area for many years. She became passionate about health and fitness because of the Read more [...]

5 Tips for Stress-Free Travel

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

If you are one of the millions of people who will travel this holiday season, these few tips could save you time and possibly your sanity. 1. Trade the Gifts for Travel In 2010, I decided to forgo the commercial trappings of Christmas and gave my family a trip instead. I scored a “rent by owner” on VRBO.com and ended up on an island in the Bahamas and on the trip of a lifetime. Suffice it to say, I planned this outing right on the “edge of my comfort zone,” complete with a small plane, Read more [...]

A New Beginning

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

33. For a while I thought about being one of those people who hid my age. I’ve heard I “look” young and so I thought maybe I could get away with being 28 for a really long time. I didn’t really follow through on that plan and before I knew it my 33rd birthday arrived and thanks to social media, it was out there just how old I was. Not that it was that long ago, but I clearly remember turning 30. I prepped myself for the big day. Checking my emotions left and right to make sure that Read more [...]

Sparty’s Coney Island

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Features, Monthly Issues, Restaurant Review

I didn’t think it was possible, but I happened to have lunch with three people recently who had no clue that there were two different styles of Coney dogs. THREE. PEOPLE! In the state of Michigan there should be zero people who are unaware of this and so, in doing my part to educate the masses, I decided that I better do the entire restaurant review this month on a classic Coney Island restaurant. Of course, besides celebrating diversity in the form of varying Coney dogs, Sparty’s Coney Read more [...]

Team Traditions

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Columns, Monthly Issues, Sports Savvy

Not enough families these days make it a habit to bond over a family meal. I’m so thankful that my family does. Our dinners are different. They consist of turkey legs, nachos and stadium seating. Attending Spartan Basketball alongside my parents has been a tradition for over a decade. Because the traditions we’ve created are so special to me, I want to share some of my favorites, in hopes of inspiring other families to see how sports can bring them together. It’s so much more than basketball. The Read more [...]

Restore Your Faith in Humanity

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

Sometimes you give till it hurts. Even though I truly believe that most people don’t want to wound you, they sometimes do. This can only happen in relationships if you care deeply. I’m not sure about you but I love people and I try to invest in them. I surround myself with individuals who are similar to me in some ways and those who are totally opposite and everyone in between. I’m an observer of humanity — always. I was recently caught up in an explanation about my love of the AMC show Read more [...]


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