Oma A bottle of memories to share with the world

Dangerous is not a word you’d normally associate with a demure 92-year old woman, but once you’ve had a sip of her cherry vodka, you’d know exactly what we’re talking about. Hedy Steinbart, better known as Oma to family and friends (and now …

Jen Dubey A Helping Hand at Every Opportunity

As a young girl, Jenn Dubey didn’t know what “philanthropic” meant. But when her neighborhood ran a carnival for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Dubey’s three older sisters knew the perfect role for her and dressed her in mismatched clothes …

Catrice Lane An Advocate for the Vulnerable

For many of us, certain causes and charities are close to our hearts. For Lansing-native Catrice Lane, that special nonprofit is Volunteers of America. She has been involved with the group’s North Larch Street location since 2014; first helping in …

Locally Grown & Internationally Known

It’s an unseasonably warm night as guests arrive for the Italian Winter Dinner cooking class at Le Chat Gourmet in Eaton Rapids, Mich.30 Students open the doors to find a European-inspired kitchen. Denene Vincent, executive chef and owner of Le Chat …

Cultivating our stories

As humans, we love stories—the telling of, the listening to. Stories about when we were little, stories about our parents and grandparents, about ghosts and haunted houses, big fish, enchanted forests, once-upon-a-times. Most of us grow up hearing …

En-Visioning Your Future

One of the tools I use in coaching and in the Mentor Roadmap™ mentor programs is a visioning exercise. This tool was also utilized at the end of the Leadership Lansing program to help participants think about where they would like to make a difference …

From dark & dreary to light & cheery

Hubs and I have been itching to remodel the kitchen from the floor up. With our first baby on the way, there was no better time to get it done before his arrival! Now that we only have a little over a month to go, I feel like I can finish nesting with …

Merry Maids of Lansing helping women with cancer

Merry Maids of Lansing, part of a national franchise founded in Nebraska in 1979, has teamed up with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit serving women with cancer. The Lansing location opened in 1999. The original owners retired in 2015 …