Photo on Pexels by Gustavo Fring By Lisa Bower Stop calling me Superwoman. I know it’s meant as a compliment. “Wow! You’re such a Superwoman!” Yet, every time I hear those words, I shrink a little inside and feel like I’m being pushed down by a giant thumb. I own my own business. I have four school-aged children and I opened a learning pod to support families during this time of virtual learning. It's a lot. And I guess most days, I do it with grace and a smile on my face. Yet, I’m no different than the working mothers I [...]
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Photo on Pexels By Beth Johnston 8 minutes, 46 seconds was the breaking point for me. George Floyd was murdered in front of all of us. I watched in horror, along with most of America, as a Black man had the life sucked out of him by a police officer pressing his knee into his neck. He called for his mom and every mother heard that cry. It was a pivotal moment for me. I’ve always been a champion for equality. I grew up in Ann Arbor, a fairly liberal town. My parents were both educators and taught me to be [...]
Photo on Pexels By Liz Crowe It’s that time again. “What time?” You loyal Liz-is-your-favorite-booze-expert readers ask. It’s time to talk about a trend. No, I’m not testing seltzers. I know I promised you that, and I might still get to it later this year. But we’re going to talk about an even trendier trend. Think you can stand it? I think you can. This is a tale of seven cans and four tasters — all of whom are, let’s say for the sake of politeness, possessing of a mature palate. That is to say, on the older side of the [...]
Photo on Unsplash by Jamie Coupaud By Marilyn Pellini My friend Bev has a true creative streak. Over the years she has dabbled in painting and all kinds of crafts, knits artfully, and is a fan of any kind of music. She loves attending theater productions where others show off their talents for acting and performance. Her true gift lies, however, with dressing herself and her home. Bev is always so well put-together whenever she ventures out. She’s tall and slim, so the clothes she selects complement her very well. The way she composes her outfits is what makes her stand [...]
Photo on Unsplash by Christopher Paul High By Courtney Opalko My family has a specific room in our house which has, on occasion, been referred to as the “Isolation Chamber.” Maybe you’re picturing a sterilized room of white walls, cold hard floors, and nary a house plant in sight. I’m glad to tell you it’s not quite like that. It’s a beautiful room, painted in the most calming shade of blue. It holds two sofas facing each other, delightful antique chairs, collections of books, and family scrapbooks. It’s designed specifically to foster deep conversations, long games of Scrabble, and lifelong friendships. [...]
Photo by Ryan Doyle By Mikki Moscara Have you ever experienced kismet? Sometimes the details of our circumstances align so perfectly that they stretch beyond the idea of coincidence, and seem to be part of the precisely unique masterpiece of life. That’s what I was thinking about as I stepped away from the computer after an hour-long interview with world-renowned street artist David Zinn. Street art in general is intriguing to me, but the way David Zinn bridges the gap between reality and fantasy is very distinctive and ingenious. By using chalk, knowing that the elements will wash his work away [...]