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 [...]

To Tie-Dye For

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

My daughter Grace and I were shopping together the other day at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I was picking up much-needed supplies to get started on my many Christmas projects and she was busy perusing the aisles looking for things that she might “need,” when we came across the section with all of the t-shirts. As we were walking by, I remembered one of my many “pins” (as you know I love Pinterest). I quickly pulled it up on my phone to show Grace and she instantly wanted to make it, a Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Pete’s Peeves

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

We all have them, the “peeves” that is. Those little annoyances or irritations that we let get under our skin and bug us. So here’s my first (soon to be annual) summary of things that drive me crazy. See if any of these make your list too? Morning commuters who treat the stretch of 496 from Trowbridge Road to Capitol Avenue like it’s the back stretch of a NASCAR racetrack. Seriously, are you all in that big a hurry to get to work? If you attacked your work like you attack that stretch Read more [...]

Take Time to be Thankful This Season

Written by Tiffany Dowling. Posted in From the Publisher

It has been an interesting couple of months. They say that when you reach a certain age, you’ve seen it all. Well, I must not be old enough yet because the crazy things I’ve experienced and seen lately have been quite surprising. The situations I’ve encountered have brought out the best and worst of people. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and am sometimes disappointed in the reality of how people respond to difficult situations or a lack of understanding. I’ve never had Read more [...]

Sports Savvy: Say it With Sports

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Columns, Sports Savvy

As a graduate of Michigan State’s College of College of Communication Arts & Sciences, one of my favorite classes was Gender Communication. In all the readings assigned in such classes, I found it to be well documented that both genders cite “lack of communication” as a source of stress in relationships. So, I’m taking it upon myself to help in my own small way. Below are some standard relationship stressors reported by women, followed by a sports-related equivalent. In other words, Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Break all the Rules this Thanksgiving (or the day Before)

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

T’was the night before Thanksgiving and all was, how do I say this nicely, insane. We were young, we were celebrating the biggest bar night of the year and things were heating up. My group of friends, although well-served ourselves, watched as people around us made fools of themselves. Inspired by the scene, the following year I wrote a column for the alternative newspaper I wrote for, all about what not to do the night before Thanksgiving. The column was a hit. Before my friends and I Read more [...]

Home Sweet Home Means …

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

Home is often where I make my best decisions about everything in my life, because I am in my own comfort zone relaxing in a safe environment of space and familiarity. I have always believed that a home is a place where we all can reflect on some of our fondest memories growing up. Remember and try to never forget your parents’ home and how you began to discover a lot about who you have now become. I think that we all want to remember home as a place of protected peace and tranquility. I wish Read more [...]


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