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June 2015

Features

This is the Life!

It was all I could do to contain myself when I discovered that the luxury hotel chain Four Seasons was building a resort at Walt Disney World Resort. Most people who know me understand my unabashed obsession for everything Disney, but they may be surprised to learn that I feel…

When a Child is Missing

There was a certain panic in that voice that made me stop and look around. A middle-aged man was standing in front of the theatre; his head darted from person to person as the crowd made its way to the exit. As I came closer, I heard him explaining to…

Raising Money-Wise Kids

Personal debt is deep-sixing college degrees at an alarming rate according to a study by Teenage Research Unlimited, as more students drop out of higher education not because of failing grades, but failing finances. The Virginia Board of Education is helping to reverse this trend, requiring all high school graduates…

Columns

On Their Own

They had a plan. My oldest daughter, Sam, who was just shy of twelve at the time, and a neighborhood buddy wanted to go on an adventure, a mile-long walk to the ice cream shop that had just opened down the street. These two had had relative autonomy in the…

Go Fish, Richmond!

One of my favorite TV shows growing up was Franc White’s The Southern Sportsman. I’ll never forget how he signed off each episode with, “Do yourself a favor, take a kid fishing.” I liked it so much, I used it as one of my senior quotes in high school. Most…

Six Words I Say to Emma

I was introduced to Rachel Macy Stafford, also known as Hands Free Mama, through a blog post she called “Six Words You Should Say Today.” I immediately developed a deep appreciation for her parenting style. She’d read an article about how when college athletes are asked what kind of encouragement…

June greetings, readers!

Summer is upon us, and for many, it’s a time of celebration. There are graduations, weddings, birthdays, and end-of-school parties left and right. Being the mom of “advanced maternal age” that I am, (thank you OB-GYNs everywhere for that moniker) I have friends who are at every end of the…

Wouldn’t You Like to Know?

This month, we caught up with Todd “Parney” Parnell, the father of two daughters and sports executive whose job it is to keep Richmond’s Flying Squirrels on top of their game. As vice president and chief operating officer of the Squirrels for nearly five years, Parney says his greatest accomplishment…

Departments

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

As spring blooms start to diminish, here’s a crafty way to make some gorgeous flowers of your own. It’s perfect timing for gift giving, too, with Father’s Day and graduations on the radar. Plus, these will look fresh all summer long!   What you need: • Colorful paper (origami paper…

Parenting Through Divorce

Q: My husband and I have recently separated and are headed toward divorce. While we disagree on many things, the one thing we both want is to lessen the negative impact of the divorce on our 8-year-old daughter. Any suggestions? A: The choices parents make as they move on with…

Alzheimer’s Association

Barbara Cole is a wife and mother, a career woman with a master’s degree in business, an overachiever, and a self-proclaimed optimist. “Some have called me a force of nature,” Cole explains. “I’ve never met an obstacle I could not get around, overcome, or power through!” In 2010, at 53,…

The Nutrition Gap

Over the past twenty years or so, there has been a dramatic rise in food allergies diagnosed in children.  There are likely many factors involved in this increase, but as a parent of a child with one or more food allergies, the reasons aren’t that important. It can be a…

Get Ready to Grill!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peach Glaze For the glaze, blend 1 cup peach preserves, 2 teaspoons grated lime peel, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and salt and pepper. Cut pork tenderloins crosswise in half, and then cut each half lengthwise down the center. Brush pork with glaze. Heat grill to 350…

Pethood Obesity

We all know how much our dogs and cats love to eat. But based on recent veterinary surveys, more than half of our pets are overweight. Overweight pets are at a higher risk for developing arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers. If you think your pet…

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