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June 2017

Features

Say Yes, to Charlotte for the Family

Mention “North Carolina vacation” to most Richmonders, and we automatically think beaches of the Outer Banks or mountains of Asheville. But Charlotte? Hmmm. Not so much – right? Yet, here’s the takeaway: If you haven’t been to the Queen City, you’re in for something special. Charlotte, North Carolina – once…

Meet Deli! This Dad’s Got Game

Last fall, at the end of the Richmond Kickers season, the Kickers’ all-time scoring leader found himself in the middle of a multi-generational Deli sandwich. Matthew Delicâte – or Deli, as he is affectionately known by family, friends, and fans – was pondering retirement. He was nearing thirty-five, had three…

SPARC and the Live Art Mission

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Owens feels true acceptance in her Live Art classes at School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC). That feeling isn’t something she experiences in other situations. “It’s difficult for her in some settings,” says her mom, Miriam, explaining that Sarah has a developmental disability. “Some…


Columns

Who’s Up for a Digital Detox?

Writing this sentence took all day. Instead of clacking away with singular purpose, I interrupted myself incessantly to also send nineteen emails, post to Facebook, and update my Twitter, LinkedIn, and two Instagram accounts. The one goal was to finish this piece, yet digital distractions won my attention. Funny, it’s…

A Coach for All Seasons

“Jump!” I could hear him yelling up at me as I stood there shaking at the top of the high dive. I was ten years old and suddenly higher up than any tree I’d ever climbed. The water in the pool below looked like it was a hundred feet down.…

Summer Lovers, Rejoice!

Yes indeed, it’s finally here, in all its steamy glory. If you’re the parent of a school-aged kid, a break from lunch-making and homework-helping is coming your way this month, too – yippee! There’s a lot to love about Richmond in the summer. We have massive rocks on the James…

Here’s to a ROCKin’ Summer!

Have you heard about the latest craze sweeping the nation (other than fidget spinners and slime)? It’s painting and hiding rocks! Cities from coast to coast have groups dedicated to this artsy family project, and Richmond has joined in on the fun. The official RVA Rocks Facebook page launched in…

Get to Know Josh Marin

This month, we caught up with Josh Marin, a favorite of Richmond theatre-goers, who is a New Yorker these days. You may have seen this talented, young performer on the Virginia Rep main stage as Harpo in the 2014 production of The Color Purple. Or, ask your kids if they…

Men and Their Missing Gerbils

I study moms all day long. And – in all honesty – something they often complain about is dads. They’re less-than-no-good at the family breakfast routine, they don’t always understand our deep-seated doubt, and their repeated ability to pee on a toilet seat is beyond comprehension. Men aren’t perfect. They’ve…


Departments

And the Winner Is... Daddy!

Let your dad – or other special man – know how much he means to you by awarding him a very handcrafted keepsake trophy this Father’s Day. Personalize it to show off what makes him special to you! What you need: • Two paper cups (neutral colors recommended) • Masking…

Keys to Custody

Anne never thought she’d be sitting down with her husband trying to make child custody arrangements. She had friends who had gone through divorce. She knew the struggles that it entailed, and what a tricky issue it could be for everyone involved. She had seen parents who worked things out…

Meet the JRA – Guardians of the James River!

More than one-third of all Virginians rely on the James River and its tributaries for water, commerce, and recreation. Flowing across the entire state – from its beginning at the headwaters of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers in Bath and Highland Counties, to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay in…

Pondering a Vasectomy?

While there are many methods of contraception available today, vasectomy is a time-tested, safe, and effective procedure for men. A permanent means for preventing pregnancy, a vasectomy is performed by cutting the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm from the testes to the penis. The procedure prevents the man’s…

5 Family Faves

Zucchini Pasta Boil 6 quarts water (add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt when boiling). Slice 4 zucchini very thinly. Cut them lengthwise down the center, and lay flat-side down to cut extra-thin slices. Dice 1 medium onion and mince 8 large cloves garlic. Heat a large Dutch oven or frying…

New Way to Save for Families and Their Kids with Disabilities

Let’s say you have two children, a daughter and a son. You can freely save money for your daughter’s future, but your son’s is constrained by harsh financial restrictions. While your daughter’s college savings account is free to steadily grow, you are advised not to save money in your son’s…

Guide to Indoor Cats

Cat lovers know that many indoor cats are overweight, inactive, and bored – and that can have a negative effect on their health. Indoor cats can live a healthy and fulfilling life, provided they have environmental enrichment. 1. Playtime Keep cats active by providing different toys to encourage and mimic…

Historic Swimming Hole

Back in 1931, a Richmond man named Jimmie Scott purchased four forested acres in the quiet Rothesay neighborhood. Just south of Windsor Farms, on a bluff overlooking the James River, those wooded acres concealed a big secret: an abandoned quarry. There is no certain date for when the nineteenth-century quarry ceased…

Yours, Mine – or Ours?

With the median age of first-time marriages continuing to rise, more people have established households and amassed lots of belongings when the time comes to move in with Mr. or Ms. Right. Second (or third) marriages compound that quandary by adding even more items – accumulated over more time –…

What’s Next in State Government?

As a sixth grader, my daughter has been studying civics in school this year. The start of a new presidential administration has provided an incredible learning opportunity for her and her classmates as they delve into the importance of our three branches of government and the system of checks and…


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