Now Showing: Fall Theater Preview

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Monthly Issues

The list of reasons we love Lansing is far too long to publish here. But, one of those items is most definitely the terrific theater options in the community. From traveling Broadway shows to children’s theater productions to Tony-Award winning, thought provoking pieces, the Lansing area theater scene has so much to offer. Below check out what you’ll be seeing on stage this fall. All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre P.O. Box 1871 East Lansing, MI 48826 517.333.2580 Treasure Read more [...]

Vibrant Vases

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

As I was watering my flowers the other day I couldn’t believe my eyes. I think all of  the flowers and bushes in my yard have tripled in size this season. I decided to cut myself a bouquet of flowers. While I was searching for a vase I stumbled across several vases taking up a lot of space and not being utilized. So, it hit me … for my DIY Quick Craft I was determined to find a use for all the glass vases and showcase my garden jewels! This month’s DIY is inexpensive and easy to create. I Read more [...]

Good News August 2013

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Good News, Monthly Issues

Capitol City Scoop Opens in the Stadium District Downtown’s newest business is bringing a Michigan State University (MSU) favorite to the streets of downtown Lansing. Located at 625 E. Michigan Ave., Capitol City Scoop will be downtown’s only dedicated ice cream shop, offering downtown patrons and visitors a sweet treat just in time for summer. Capitol City Scoop currently offers 12 MSU Dairy flavor favorites including the Sesquicentennial Swirl, Buckeye Blitz, Hoosier Strawberry, Chocolate, Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: A New Nonprofit, A New Legacy

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

I was born stargazing. Instead of coming out of my mother’s birth canal facing downward, I assumed the less likely position of facing upward causing my mother a longer and more painful birth. My mother was in labor for 24 long hours with no epidural. God bless her. When I announced that I would be sharing my personal survival story with 100 people on July 31, I was not thinking about how I was born. I was thinking about a particular memory in my childhood that I had been researching for a book Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Call me Gramps

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

Yes, I took another step in the game of “life events” when I became a Grandfather on April 9. My daughter Riley brought into this world a beautiful 7 lb. boy named Dax. Mom and Grandson are both doing well; it’s Gramps who had some issues. It started when we first learned of Riley’s pregnancy. Besides the joy of the moment upon learning the happy news, a few days later another realization arrived. This one came as we drove into work one morning and my wife looked at me and called me Grandpa. Read more [...]

Going Virtual: The New Trend in Education

Written by Kelsey Clark. Posted in Monthly Issues

Around 8 a.m. on a typical Monday morning in Blissfield, Mich., Heather Bowser and family are not rushing out the door, packing last-minute lunches or chasing after the school bus like so many American families; instead, she and her two boys run their own schedule, thanks to the freedom and personalization of virtual learning. “We love the flexibility of online schooling,” says Bowser, a Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) parent. “Not only can we spend more time as a family, but my children Read more [...]

Stealing The Show

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

Preparing for this month’s issue of the magazine had me reminiscing about my time in the theater. When I was younger (much younger), I thought I wanted to be an actor. How much fun is it to pretend to be someone else for a while? I loved leaving my life behind and immersing myself into a part. In high school, we had a drama club and a theater class, so I had more than my fair share of options when it came to trying out for parts. I was cast as the lead, Emily, in Our Town and I have to say Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Appendicitis Appreciation

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

As Tabatha berated a salon owner for his errant ways, I lay there thinking just how sick I must be because usually "Tabatha’s Salon Takeover" is one of my favorite shows and I could not for the life of me enjoy the marathon currently on TV. Not even a little bit. Frustrated — because I’m usually healthy as can be and able to enjoy Bravo programming to the fullest extent — I grabbed my purse, got into my car and headed to urgent care. No pain should last nonstop from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Urgent Read more [...]

Creative Cocktail Glasses

Written by Jennifer Hodges. Posted in Columns, DIY

With this month’s theme being sizzle and splash I created an easy craft you can use while entertaining to really make your drinks sizzle! During the summer my family enjoys having friends over for dinner, cocktails, bonfires and great conversation. I like to experiment with fruity cocktails; however a margarita always seems to be a staple. This month’s DIY craft is easy and features decorative cocktail glasses. Turn a margarita, martini or wine glass into a decorative piece of art that Read more [...]

Bikes, Books and More Make for a Sizzling Summer

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

I have a confession to make. I’m finding it difficult to concentrate on all the work I need to do right now with the summer in full swing. I can’t remember a time in the last 10 years that I’ve been so distracted by the warm weather and the lure of a good book. That’s right … I said it. I’m hooked on reading. It’s fascinating. Maybe this is what happens when you get a bit older, but I have to say that once I start a book these days, I cannot put it down. I’m losing precious sleep. I Read more [...]

With a Capital Em: FORE!

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

It’s a word I’ll never actually have to yell because I doubt that I’ll ever hit a golf ball far enough to feel the need to alert anyone. But I don’t care. I think I love golf. Now, my golf score (which I don’t even know because I play “for fun”) may not be my strongest attribute, but the more I learn about it, the more I’m starting to believe that golf may, in fact, be the perfect sport for me. Here’s why: SHOES! While other sports require specific clothing and shoes, I Read more [...]

A Story of Strength

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Monthly Issues

Inspired by the strength of her friend, author Doreen Rademacher wrote the book I Can and I Did: The Kelly Finger-McNeela Story. Rademacher, a journalism graduate from Central Michigan University, was an “accidental banker” as she calls it, for 22 years. But there was something missing. “I had developed expertise and comfort with a paycheck in my field, but I took a leap of faith,” she explains. “I was gathering information and a friendship with Kelly at the time, and it was all Read more [...]


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