COFFEE-CARDAMOM BANANA BREAD IN A PINCH

2021-10-26T13:22:18-04:00

Photo by Jeff Vanderspank on Unsplash By Tanja Rohn MacKenzie I can rarely follow a recipe. I can’t help but browse through a few, get inspired, and adapt. I don’t know where I picked up this baking methodology, but there it is. Raising two school-age kids gave me the opportunity to get creative with after-school snacks. They didn’t like that too much.  Chunks of nuts in the banana bread? “Yuck!” Chocolate chunks instead of chips? “What is this?” Flaky salt on top? “Too crunchy.” No matter. My solo tea-time was delicious. Enjoy this treat all by yourself while the littles are [...]

COFFEE-CARDAMOM BANANA BREAD IN A PINCH2021-10-26T13:22:18-04:00

SEEKING CLARITY THROUGH BLIND SPOTS

2021-10-26T13:10:59-04:00

Photo by Tara Winstead on Unsplash By Michelle Winters Blind spots. We’ve all got them. Oftentimes, these occur within the bounds of love, either for someone or something. Our emotions get in the way of seeing things with the clarity that others may have.  For some parents, it might be an inability to see their own children’s behavior objectively. For teenagers and young adults, it can be a failure to see consequences on the other side of bad decisions. For many leaders, it often presents as a disconnect from subordinates or students. Blind spots are those personal traits that can be [...]

SEEKING CLARITY THROUGH BLIND SPOTS2021-10-26T13:10:59-04:00

HERD IMMUNITY

2021-10-26T16:05:19-04:00

Photo on Unsplash By Lisa Profera MD You’ve probably heard about herd immunity more than ever over the last 20 months. But what is it exactly? According to the Oxford Dictionary, herd immunity is a “resistance to the spread of an infectious disease within a population that is based on pre-existing immunity of a high proportion of individuals as a result of previous infection or vaccination." When we refer to a “herd” of humans, we generally mean a portion of our community — this can be local, regional, national, or even global. When a large portion of the community is protected from [...]

HERD IMMUNITY2021-10-26T16:05:19-04:00

TIFFANY BIRCH, OWNER AND NATIONALLY PUBLISHED DESIGNER OF BIRCH DESIGN ASSOCIATES

2021-10-26T16:32:09-04:00

Photo by John Sobczak By Marji Wisniewki The Psychology of Home Design Right away, I felt at ease speaking with Tiffany Birch, the owner of Birch Design Associates. We found common ground over an admiration of a mutual friend and the paint color, Naval. It was as if I had known Tiffany for a long time, even though we were only a few minutes into our interview. That’s one of her strengths as a designer. She loves people, and it shows. Tiffany aims to have each interaction with her clients be personable, enjoyable, and most importantly, fun. She’s Ann Arbor’s own [...]

TIFFANY BIRCH, OWNER AND NATIONALLY PUBLISHED DESIGNER OF BIRCH DESIGN ASSOCIATES2021-10-26T16:32:09-04:00

COMMUNITY AS A BALM

2021-10-26T13:15:07-04:00

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC The powerful energy of community has saved me during these challenging times. Perhaps it has for you as well?  What a blessing, the many forms of belonging I’ve recently had the privilege to experience — from rich professional and neighborhood rendezvous to the online Midlife Magnificence Facebook group I created, I’ve managed to relish the soothing, satisfying balm of us humans meaningfully coming together. They’ve been times richly-laden with the sharing of stories, struggles, support, and successes. Miraculous things have occurred during these beautiful, simple moments of connection. Author Brene Brown once [...]

COMMUNITY AS A BALM2021-10-26T13:15:07-04:00

THE PRECARIOUS MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DURING COVID-19

2021-10-26T16:19:00-04:00

Photo on Pexels By Alon Kahana, MD, PhD The theme for our November issue of The Brick Magazine is “community.” In that spirit, this column will be the first of several on the topic of mental health, focusing this time on the mental of health of adolescents and young adults — our children and grandchildren. Stating that adolescents face complex social and emotional challenges is an understatement. From the pre-teen years to adulthood, our personality and sense of self are realized based on our genetics, environment, and upbringing. This is driven home to me especially when I take care of children [...]

THE PRECARIOUS MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS DURING COVID-192021-10-26T16:19:00-04:00
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