For Pete’s Sake: Resolutions

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Yup, it’s that time of year when our thoughts turn from the visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads to the reality of them sitting on our waistline. So begins the list of New Year’s Resolutions most of us started mentally last month after the second ham sandwich and third mug of eggnog. The origin of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians who made promises at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. I bet you were Read more [...]

This is Your Year

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

Miraculously another year is behind us. It’s amazing really — so much has happened in the blink of an eye. If you are like me, you’re likely taking some time to reflect on 2013. Mentally sifting through the highs and lows while making grandiose plans for this New Year in front of us. After years of making and breaking resolutions, I managed to stick to a couple of key ones in 2013. First and foremost, I cleaned up my diet. Not to perfection, but enough to significantly improve my energy Read more [...]

Sports Savvy: Tips for First Place Parenting in the Sports World

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Columns, Sports Savvy

As someone who doesn’t yet have children of my own, I often look back at how I was raised and think about what I’d apply as a parent. Don’t get me wrong, there wasn’t anything bad or missing from my experience as a young athlete, (other than overwhelming athletic ability), but it is that lack of talent and a complete excess of desire, that makes me worry I’ll become an overzealous sports parent. To make matters worse, I spent my college years coaching a crop of the most talented, beautiful, Read more [...]

My New Years Resolution? To Think Like a Seal

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

Have you ever been running so fast, that everything around you was like a blur? Me neither. Not literally. But, this year flew by and I am feeling a bit disoriented. There were so many new areas of interest I pursued and I moved through them as quickly as possible trying very hard to keep all of the most important things in mind like family, relationships and moving my projects forward. It was difficult but I’m sure all of you experienced this over the year as well. I am very happy to be standing Read more [...]

Peppermint Party Platter

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

With the holidays in full swing, who has time for making crafts? We are busy shopping and trying to get those last-minute gifts for family and friends. This month I wanted a craft that would be quick, easy and something fun my little elf could help with too. When I was trying to decide what I wanted to make, I thought it would be great to create something I would be able to use for holiday entertaining. A friend was telling me about a craft idea that sounded pretty awesome; however, I didn’t Read more [...]

Ghost at the Wharton Center

Written by Whitney Bunn. Posted in Monthly Issues

If you’re a sucker for a timeless love story with a touch of comedy and a dash of suspense, chances are you’ve seen the 1990 hit film Ghost. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore and the late-Patrick Swayze, the film follows the ghost of Sam Wheat as he tries to solve the mystery of his murder and protect the love of his life, Molly, while he is trapped between two worlds. This beautifully simple story earned Ghost two Academy Awards and was the highest grossing film of 1990. Adapted from Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Let go to Let the Magic in

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

My name is Emily and I’m a control freak. (Everyone now – Hello, Emily). I wish that admitting this problem really was the first step to solving it, but the truth is I think with more than 30 years of control freak behavior under my belt, changing is going to require a lot more than 12 steps. And to be honest, in my day-to-day life being a control freak is a good way to be. Let’s face it. I’m in charge of a lot – both at work and at home and if I didn’t take control, who would? But Read more [...]

Gifts That Truly Give

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

I wish there were words to describe my love of Christmas, but I have not been able to come up with them yet. To simply say it is my favorite time of year just does not do it the justice it deserves. Christmas is the joyous smell of vanilla candles, the taste of freshly baked chocolate crinkle cookies, carols on the radio and memories made with family. It is a time for fond reflection on the past and hope for the future. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Some of my most memorable Read more [...]

Good News December 2013

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Good News, Monthly Issues

Capital Area Michigan Works! Hires new Leader Capital Area Michigan Works!, which administers federally and state funded programs to help connect employers and job seekers, has promoted chief operating officer and president, Edythe Hatter-Williams to Chief Executive Officer. She is the first African American and female to lead the organization. Hatter-Williams began her career operating employment and training programs for at-risk youth in the Flint Community Schools. She joined Capital Area Read more [...]

Celebrate, Reflect and Give Hugs This Holiday

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

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day shenanigans of life, isn’t it? It feels like I just put the last of my straggler holiday decorations away and I need to get them out again. Sheesh. You know what I mean. I swear a holiday kitchen towel just recently went through the wash. I know I can’t be the only one who feels like this year moved at warp speed. It was a busy year. As you’re probably aware, I lead a group of creative folks at my branding agency M3 Group. Well, in Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Shop Till You…

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

The ending to the original saying is drop. Shop until you drop. That is not the case these days and hasn’t been since Al Gore invented the Internet and retailers populated it with websites we can go broke on. When I was a kid my Christmas started with the arrival of the Sears catalog. Yes, I’m that old. The joy of combing through the Big Book - as it was referred to then - and circling what I wanted Santa to bring was always a highlight of my holiday season. Finding out that Santa only brought Read more [...]

Binge Buyer’s Recovery Club for the Holidays

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley, Monthly Issues

Are you a binge buyer during the holidays? I have to admit that I am/was too. I used to wait all year and then go for it! Dropping a couple of grand at the holidays seemed like fun and it was, oh yes it was! Then I thought about it and it made absolutely no sense to me to spend money like that when it’s the most jacked up, price gouging time of the year. Since then, my retail recovery 12-step program kicked in, and I have made it my mission to share my self entertainment buying guide for the holidays: 1. Read more [...]


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