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 …

March movie magic

Now that awards season is over and the La La Land buzz has died, there is a whole new set of films ready to captivate audiences. Our picks this month are four new films that are sure to entertain. Some include the magic of watching a favorite princess …

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 …

Mirror, mirror on the wall

I am notorious for overthinking everything. Sometimes that is a good thing, at other times, like when decorating my home, it can be a real pain in the… well you know. Anyway, I’ve been on the hunt for a year to find a fun mirror to compliment an …

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 …

Like mother, like daughter

I’ve never been skilled in the kitchen. My friends can confirm this, my kids can confirm this, even the family dog can confirm this; her name is Hope. The last time I tossed Hope a French fry while making dinner, the crunching sound startled us both; …

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 …