Sunday, July 24, 2016

Eat Dessert Without Guilt

Before you eat a piece of cake, think about this...
By Brigid Morrissey

Christen hangs out in her apartment with Molly, one of her two dogs. Photos by Melissa Donald 

While gazing into a bakery window on a street in Amsterdam, Christen Malone realized she wanted to be a baker. She was 17 then, a time when most adolescents are thinking about what to study in college. Back in the States some time later, her dream hadn’t wavered. “My parents said I could go to pastry school, but I also had to get a business degree,” she says.

Midway through her studies in baking and pastry arts and in hotel and restaurant management at Western Kentucky University, U of L, and finally Sullivan University, Christen was introduced to the spiritual principle of a universal balance in which everything contains energy. Arising from this newfound awareness were questions nearly every 20-something eventually asks: How do I want to make my time on earth mean something? What is my purpose?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Perfect Summer Drink

Mix blueberries, strawberries and peaches with rose wine — yum!
By Lindsey McClave

Given its fast and furious rise in popularity, it’s hard to believe that rosé wine was ever the victim of false assumptions. Indeed, this “pink wine” was oft considered cheap in the States for some time, a wine that “real wine drinkers” wouldn’t dare let touch their lips. Thankfully, this stereotype is being laid to rest as we embrace the refreshing rainbow of rosé wine being crafted throughout the world.

Friday, July 22, 2016

This is a Clever Game Plan

By Carrie Vittitoe

Laarni Russell is an informatics nurse for a local medical center. When she isn’t working, she tries to ensure she stays fit while raising two young daughters, Leila (8) and Lexie (3), with her husband, Doug. She says she lost about two pounds a month for nine months. Photos by Melissa Donald 

Winning in the Olympics of Life may be tough, but it can be done. These women share their tips for jumping over life’s hurdles — whether big or small.

These Kids Don’t Have Anyone to Stand Up for Them

This agency needs volunteers now.
By Megan S. Willman

Debbie Mefford (left) and Kerma Hopewell dedicate a significant amount of time to ensuring
that the kids being served through CASA are receiving the best care. Photo by Melissa Donald 

I keep a Post-it note in my car that reads, “Be Kind.” It’s been there for years, and I continue to surprise myself by how often I reference it. I confess kindness isn’t always my gut-level reaction, so I use the reminder to keep myself in check. A popular quote says, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It’s hard to remember that we all have “stuff” we’re working through from moment to moment, particularly when we’re distracted or can’t see what may be troubling another person.

But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, we can easily tell that someone needs our kindness and compassion. When that person is a child, what we have to give might make all the difference in the world.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Win Tickets to the Art for the Animals Event!

Don’t miss this chance to show your love for pets and give back to the community. Two lucky winners can win a set of two tickets to the 20th annual Art for the Animals event on Friday, August 5. Proceeds from the event will help the Shamrock Pet Foundation, a Louisville nonprofit working to enhance the lives of our pets through spay/neuter, education, and adoption programs. This live and silent auction event features food and beverages provided by Khalil’s, Sweet Surrender, Four Roses Bourbon, and Red Hot Roasters, as well as music and dancing. Here’s how to enter...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

She Can't Stop Dancing

When she stepped onto the dance floor, everything changed...
By Brigid Morrissey

Christy Byers and Josh Surowki do a showcase routine. Photos by Adam Jones 

Christy Byers traveled all over the world to discover the art of dance. In Brazil, she explored Samba dancing. In Greece, she participated in a ballroom dance competition. But it wasn’t until she visited Argentina for the first time that she knew she’d found the perfect dance. The tango, believed to have originated in the 1880s in Argentina and Uruguay, is a social dance. “It’s a wordless conversation between two people,” Christy says. “It’s about connection and feeling the way your partner reacts to the music.” The added benefit of this social dance, according to studies, is that it lowers the risk of developing dementia and helps those with Parkinson’s disease.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

She’s Not a Southern Belle

Forget floral prints, color, and sparkle. This minimalist prefers menswear and detailed accessories.
By Keri Foy

Photos by Sunni Wigginton

When I think of Southern beauty, I think of drawling accents and big hats. And, let’s be honest, big hair and tanning beds. When Miranda McDonald thinks Southern style, she visualizes — and steers clear of — colorful patterns and glitz.

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