Faith to Face Hard Times with Sadeepa Munasinghe


Photos by Heather Nash By Kristen Domingue The Brick cover-story articles are most often written by the interviewee as responses to our questions. The interviewee sends her answers to me for review. I then edit the article to create a clear story arc and narrative resonance before passing it to our editor for final review. Never have I worked on an article that moved me to tears. Sadeepa is living with Wilson’s disease, which impacts her verbal and written communication skills. However, you can see for yourself that despite the challenges she faces, she’s of “sound mind,” even more so given [...]

Faith to Face Hard Times with Sadeepa Munasinghe2019-01-28T14:01:15-05:00

Woman on the Street: Wafting


Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash By Stephanie Saline I’m known for a lot of things. Smelling good isn’t one of them. But today, I walked into my favorite café and a well-dressed stranger — a woman, it bears saying — told me as I walked past, “You smell good.” It’s a small place. So upon hearing it, three other women sitting at separate tables took a deep inhale. I sat down at a table, and the woman at the table next to me said, “It’s an odd thing, for a stranger to say you smell good. But you really do. As you sat [...]

Woman on the Street: Wafting2019-01-28T13:00:56-05:00

Wardrobe Pro-Tips: Foundations and Finishing Touches


By Angela Harrison Why do celebrities (almost) always look phenomenal in their clothes? They’re human, they’re not a different species from us — and yet, their bodies seem to wear everything perfectly. Realistically, that level of “perfection” takes about four to five behind-the-scenes people to execute what we see on talk shows, red carpets, and social media. While this kind of maintenance is unrealistic for everyday life, the techniques used to achieve these flawless looks are easily accessible and often overlooked. All you really need is the right style of bra for what you’re wearing, and well-fitting shapewear.   Bras: Sizing, [...]

Wardrobe Pro-Tips: Foundations and Finishing Touches2020-04-03T12:50:21-04:00

The “F -Word” That Is Key to Healing


Photo by Andreas Selter on Unsplash By Morella Devost, EdM, MA For many years in my life, looking in the mirror was painful. I hated what I saw. There were many days I felt ashamed to leave my house looking the way I did. April, 2007 I used to have massive cystic acne. Last month in this column, I wrote about the healing of my acne and how I realized my physical health was intrinsically connected to the health of our planet. I talked about the 3-day juicing detox that opened my eyes, how I systematically “detoxified” my home after that, and [...]

The “F -Word” That Is Key to Healing2019-01-28T11:48:10-05:00

Low and Slow: A Secret Weapon


Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli If you’ve read any of my past articles, you’ll know that my “secret ingredients” are fish sauce and miso paste. Those items add umami, which I believe is key to amping up all of your endeavors in the kitchen. Everyone has a different idea of a “secret ingredient.” A good example is Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, where she demonstrates how those four elements, or “secret ingredients” if you will, are the key to consistently better cooking. Salt brings out deeper flavors. Fat helps us achieve texture.  Acid balances that flavor. And heat transforms [...]

Low and Slow: A Secret Weapon2019-01-28T13:54:54-05:00

Joy in the Winter


Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash By Heather Glidden The temps feel like they’ve been cold forever. Theoretically the days are getting longer, but the days still seem pretty short to me, and summer still feels like a long time away. This makes February one of the toughest months in Michigan. What’s the secret ingredient to creating joy during one of the darkest, coldest months of the year? The surprising answer is to open your heart to it! Now, this doesn’t mean you have to fall in love with the winter (although you may find you don’t mind it as much if you practice [...]

Joy in the Winter2019-01-28T12:51:05-05:00
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