Every Day Life

Holy Moly!

Holy Moly!

Every once in a while, out of desperation when things don’t work out babysitter-wise, I am forced to bring my child to work with me. He usually acts up, gets into something or embarrasses me in front of a client. One day, the universe lined up to spite me mightily and a teacher work day […]

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Backyard Living

A Gift of Enormous Measure

A Gift of Enormous Measure

“I don’t want to be afraid of my children growing up.” I kept turning the phrase over in my mind as I lay in bed drifting off to sleep.  My 17-month-old daughter was sound asleep beside me. I ached a little bit when I thought of how tiny she once was, back in those early […]

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Outdoors

Angels and Beavers

Angels and Beavers

Around this time of year all around the world people are getting ready for Christmas.  And from church services, to Charlie Brown specials, to decorations at Hobby Lobby, undoubtedly I’ll run across the scripture from Luke where a rag tag bunch of shepherds suddenly get a surprise from a gang of angels. You’ve heard it: […]

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Community Commerce

Kitchen Essentials

Kitchen Essentials

Kitchen Essentials, gourmet kitchen store, has been a treat to the noses, taste buds and souls of shoppers alike at the City Mall since their launch in July 2013. It was a combination of a long line of passion for cooking and the acknowledgment of a gap in the local market that led Becki Bryson, […]

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Valley Vittles

Sweet as an Angel’s Kiss

Sweet as an Angel’s Kiss

I’m not sure what a sugar plum is. It sounds like a made up confection, a gossamer treat so impossibly sweet that it exists only in your Christmas Eve dreams because I’ve never seen or tasted one in real life. Sugary sweets have had a place in our Christmas traditions at least as far back […]

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On a Personal Note

Learning Balance in Life from a Bike

Learning Balance in Life from a Bike

Guest written by Liz Chrisman Not one thing stands alone as a dichotomy of life lessons and pure fun more than a bicycle. As a kid, nothing frustrated my strong-willed nature more than not being able to ride without training wheels right from my first sit on the saddle. My first bicycle to memory (a […]

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Bring the Beauty Inside

Bring the Beauty Inside

Story by Tommy Mumert As an artist, Miranda Townsend knows she cannot improve on the beautiful world already created in nature. Instead, she prefers to work with that beauty in a personal way. ”Nature’s organic form inspires my compositions. I draw a lot of my color schemes from the environment,” she said. “The world around […]

You Could be the Match

You Could be the Match

Guest Written by Jason E. Warnick, Ph.D. Until about three years ago, I had been fortunate to never have anyone close to me suffer from leukemia. To say I was ignorant about blood cancers would be generous — I knew nothing. My introduction came while working on a book. Somehow, I managed to get a […]

Flowers of Fall

Flowers of Fall

At the first sight of the maple tree’s yellowing leaves in September, I wanted to yell out a guttural “No!” I know, it’s a bit dramatic, but I clung onto summer as long as I possibly could. In previous years you would find me looking forward to fall and all the things that make autumn […]

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