With a Capital EM: Heart Strong

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

I came prepared with a list … and a lot wine. As someone in my 30s I’ve nearly perfected the art of “the talk” with a heartbroken friend. So, when I woke up to a text from a friend in need, asking if we could do dinner that night to talk, I knew I had to be prepared. For her, a list was necessary. If the ups and downs of relationships have taught me anything, it’s that heartache is The. Worst. And being a typical Type A person, the way I deal with problems — either at the office Read more [...]

Why the Heart Matters

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

The heart is one of our most fragile and vital organs. Without it, we are unable to pump blood throughout our bodies reaching other necessary organs. The heart is divided into four main chambers: the two upper chambers are called the left atrium and the right atrium (plural atria) and the two lower chambers are called the right and the left ventricle. There is a thick wall of muscle separating the right side and the left side of the heart called the septum. Normally with each heartbeat, the right Read more [...]

Tips to Avoid a Fashion Funk

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

I’ve been in a funk lately. Not a “I’m in a bad mood” funk, or a “I’m stuck in a rut” funk, not even a “I’m sick of this weather” funk. The funk I am in is much more serious than that. I’ve been in a SHOPPING FUNK! That’s right — I’ve been having trouble buying new clothes and shoes. I’m trying to figure out how and when I got here and I just can’t put my finger on it. I’ve certainly spent time at stores, and a few things have even caught my eye. But when push comes Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: Love Lets Go

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

When my baby sister called to tell me that she had enlisted in the military, my heart jumped into my throat. Well, it might’ve if I wasn’t vocalizing my objections so adamantly. It was a speech of conflicting sentiments as I tried to validate her right to make her own decision while voicing my displeasure in the one she had made. I was trying to stand on both sides of the street and it wasn’t working. She passed the phone to my father who I ribbed for not preventing her enlistment. My Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Olympic Dreams

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

This February, an event that happens every four years is about to begin again. I’m not referring to taking my wife out to a movie in an actual theater, I’m speaking of the Winter Olympics that takes place in Sochi, Russia. Twenty-five hundred athletes, representing 86 countries, will compete in close to 100 events over a two week period. Many of the events are thrilling and glamorous like downhill skiing and figure skating to name just a few. But the sport that I get excited about, and can Read more [...]

DIY: New Year Notebook

Written by Jaime Hardesty. Posted in Columns, DIY

What better way to start your New Year off then to help organize yourself with a fun little notebook. I have always loved the Moleskine notebooks. With their fun colors and their slim design, these notebooks are perfect to carry in your bag and use for jotting notes when needed. And I’m sure you can guess what I am going to say next … yes, I saw this cute idea on Pinterest - to embroider the cover of your notebook. I thought this would be a perfect craft for this month’s DIY and January’s Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Winter Woman

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

I don’t remember the first time I realized that I didn’t love winter. But I can remember the first time I realized that it’s much better to embrace winter (as it comes year after year) than fight it. It was a cold and wintry Saturday. Matt and I were standing on a frozen lake in our hometown. Were people ice skating? No. Playing hockey? Nope. They were playing softball. You read that right. Our hometown hosts an annual fundraising softball on ice game. And although I had spent a good 27 Read more [...]

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 [...]

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