Healing the Body & Soul

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Monthly Issues

She beat cancer three times. She overcame a divorce. She’s raised two children while running a successful business. A superhero in disguise, attacking life and its obstacles with a holistic approach, is ACC Natural Healing and Wellness owner, Karen Kraft. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has been a passion of Kraft’s since her college years when she studied nutrition at Jackson Community College and taught aerobics. “I was the happiest I had ever been, because I felt so good,” she said. Read more [...]

The Calm in the Eye of the Storm

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

Life begins just outside your comfort zone, and I’ve been uncomfortable all summer! I don’t know if it’s the self-reflective time that you’re promised when you turn 40 (I hit that milestone in January), or if it’s the sneaky way life has of presenting obstacles over and over until you finally learn how to clear them away (neatly and constructively, of course). The months have flown by and I’m not too sure all that I have to show for it, other than a reaffirmed belief of the strength and Read more [...]

Sports Savvy: Survey Says!

Written by Kristin Porter. Posted in Columns, Sports Savvy

If you open any issue of Sports Illustrated, you'll probably come across a story covering the strides women have made in athletics, by playing, coaching, and owning sports teams. And rightly so! But there's some uncharted territory which isn't often addressed. So I set out to uncover if society has made as many strides in how we perceive women sports FANS. Because I speak sports as a second language, I’ve encountered reactions (from men and women alike) ranging from surprise, adoration and camaraderie, Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: Life Lessons for Lainie

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

Armed with a $20 bill and a reluctant smile on her face, my youngest sister Lainie marched toward the cabana area. My other sister Tricia and I watched closely as we attempted to teach Lainie a valuable life lesson — bargaining. The cost to rent two chairs and an umbrella was $25, I only had a $20. We figured our girls’ trip to Tybee Island, Ga., was as good a time as any to loop Lainie into something we have been skilled at for years. While my sister Tricia and I seem to have been Read more [...]

The Wild West Welcomes A Group Of Local Women This August

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Monthly Issues

Barbara Ball-McClure is a born and raised Michigander. She attended East Lansing High School and studied at Michigan State University, but her heart lives out West. After traveling all 50 states and growing an avid love for outdoor adventure she ending up creating a special attachment to Glacier National Park in Columbia Falls, Mont. Spending countless weekends camping and hiking the mountains, Ball-McClure said her love for the park became something she wanted to devote more time and energy Read more [...]

Entertainment Alley: Local Boy Makes it to Hollywood

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley

This month I got to chat with Michigan-born television and film actor Joey Kloberdanz about acting and growing up in Saginaw. Taylor: “Hey Joey what was life like for you in Saginaw?” Joey: “It was pretty typical growing up in the mid-west lifestyle in a pretty big family with two brothers and two sisters. After graduation from Western Michigan University, I moved to LA to pursue acting.” Taylor: “Well, in just five years you have landed a few major roles. That’s just not typical Read more [...]

Giving a Whole New Meaning to Dinner and a Movie

Written by Colette Evangelista. Posted in Features, Monthly Issues, Restaurant Review

When most of us head out for an evening of entertainment, dinner and a movie is always a safe bet. Studio C in Okemos has ingeniously combined the two, creating a restaurant and movie theater all in one place. It is called Oscar’s Bistro. You can either eat in the restaurant area and then go in and see your movie OR you can sit in the movie theater and the wait staff brings you your food while you recline in your seat (yes recline, they actually have recliners). Let’s think about the pros Read more [...]

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 www.allofusexpress.org 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 [...]


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