• close connections: Looking forward in 2021

    Like all important messages about life, “looking forward” is vital. Yes, we also need to “be in the moment” to see clearly what is happening and to keep anxiety at bay. And, we need to “study the past” to see what works and to keep from making the same mistakes again.

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  • Weird and wonderful holidays in 2021

    If you overindulged on December 31, rejoice, because January 1 is both National Hangover Day and National Bloody Mary Day. Those are just a couple of the little-known holidays you’ve probably never heard of or observed before. Here are more weird and wonderful reasons to celebrate in 2021.

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  • The art of cooking small

    I am the mother of five grown children. As our family grew, I adjusted my shopping, food prep and cooking methods to accommodate. One by one, as my children began to leave the nest, I found that shopping and cooking meals for a smaller household presented its own challenges. I went from preparing meals for a family of seven down to two—my husband and me.

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  • alive & digging: A go-to guide for indoor house plants

    Developing a green thumb for potted plants took me longer than learning any other concept in gardening, but finally, it clicked. Here are a few tricks I figured out along the way.

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  • Online classifieds: Buy and sell with ease

    In addition to the lockdown, three of our four kids moved out. We seized on these life developments as the opportunity to eliminate 20-plus years of build-up. Most of the stuff went to the garbage or was donated. But, a few things had too much monetary value.

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  • Don’t fall for your old diet tricks

    Little white lies aren’t so bad when you’ve been gifted a not-so-great sweater. But when it comes to your diet, honesty is the best policy. The small food fibs you tell yourself (“I need to eat this macaroni and cheese to get through the pandemic”) can sabotage your health goals. Here are a few common examples of diet self-deceptions, and how to combat them.

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  • business highlight: Enjoy life independently at The Inn at Garden Plaza

    Upon entering The Inn at Garden Plaza, there’s a sense of comfortable elegance. The open space offers cozy seating areas around the fireplace, while a nearby baby grand piano beckons to be played.

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  • ask ms kitty: herbs for cat happiness

    Catnip is a member of the mint family of herbs and can enrich your cat’s life. It’s usually a safe plant to give your cats, but you may want to see how they react at first.

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  • faith: trusting god with the new year

    As we leave 2020 and look forward to a new year, let’s remember that God’s love is unchanging! So, no matter how difficult this year has been, let’s focus on God, who he is and what he means in our lives.

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  • Passing on family traditions

    Retired teacher and principal Becky Van Vleet wanted to memorialize the tradition of passing down a family heirloom. As she wrote down its history, the story led her down a new career path as a children’s book author.

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