Photo by Gian Paolo Aliatis on Unsplash By Tiffany Edison When it comes to the home office, the name of the game is function. But why not take it to the next level and actually make it fun? You can, in fact, furnish your home office affordably with sleek new furnishings that are a direct extension of your personal style. It’s safe to say that productivity increases in environments deemed attractive, making the home office the most relevant space needing a makeover in your home. Like the word pivot is the current buzzword in the workplace, convert just might be the trending word [...]
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Photo by GE Anderson By Marji Wisniewski This month, we sat down with Nancy Young, the founder of dbts Skin Bar in Ann Arbor. When Nancy was 19, she worked as a beauty specialist at Victoria’s Secret. She noticed that many shoppers coming into the store were asking how to “cover up” their blemishes, blotches, pitting, and scars. After a while she thought, “What if we stopped covering up our imperfections and focused on healing our skin?” This is when the idea for dbts Skin Bar was born, and she’s been educating others on how to improve the look and health [...]
Photo on Unsplash By Lisa Profera MD and Angelina Bielby Raise your hand if you feel drained by 2020. Me too! I can’t promise you a perfect year, but I can point you in the direction of some solutions that will help your body be its best self, and perhaps give you some of your vitality back. As you know, January is a popular time to try new things and implement healthier habits. To start us off, I want to tell you about a simple food that’s been making waves in nutrition circles: bone broth. Bone broth is the liquid product of [...]
One foot in front of the other is how we get anywhere. But where do we go from here? So often, we concentrate on what we don’t want. We complain, we lament — we’re busy being angry. And rightly so; there’s so much we need to change. But how should we go about creating this change? One thing I’ve started doing more of lately is reframing my questions. Instead of asking what we want less of, we should ask what we want more of. Focusing on what we do want — justice, equality, peace, and kindness — can be the first [...]
Photo from Kerrytown Concert House By Deborah Meadows The African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County (AACHM) was founded in 1993. Our mission is to research, collect, preserve, and exhibit cultural and historical materials about the life and work of African Americans in Washtenaw County. Our programs include videotaped oral histories with the Ann Arbor District Library, Underground Railroad tours, and performances from local artists in our Focus on the Arts events. The latest Focus on the Arts was at the Kerrytown Concert House in October. The Kerrytown neighborhood was historically home to a melting pot of nationalities, including [...]
Photo on Unsplash By Morella Devost How did Christmas become the gift-giving holiday? To the chagrin of those for whom this holiday is a sacred religious festivity, the reality is that for the majority of people, Christmas is all about gifts, parties, and food. The origins of this tradition can be traced back to Roman times. In the Roman Empire, December 25th was the date of observance of Sol Invictus (the rebirth of the “unconquered sun”). It was essentially a celebration of the sun returning after the winter solstice. This holiday also coincided with Saturnalia, the festival of Saturn, the god [...]