Monday, February 8, 2016

Before She Goes: Pink is Her Neutral

By Megan M. Seckman

Wendy has an evolving wardrobe filled with bright, distinctive clothing. Photo by Sunni Wigginton

Wendy Saladino, professional interior designer at Tassels, is a self-proclaimed Southern girl. When I met her for coffee, she was clad in a periwinkle Kate Spade dress that was covered in a black cat pattern. With her giant pink (like Legally Blonde pink) diamond earrings and a black bow tied around her neck, she was a statement piece herself — nothing like the gray sweaters that surrounded us on that very gray morning.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

What’s She Reading, Watching, and Listening To...

By Megan M. Seckman

Latisha prefers reading books for increasing her personal growth and knowledge. Photos by Patti Hartog

Like many former English majors, Latisha Reynolds, 44, has a passion for literature. She’s long had a soft spot for thrillers, poetry, and the work of African-American writers such as Toni Morrison. She still proudly displays her gargantuan...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Using Her Vision to Build Houses

By Anna Patterson

Building homes is more than a job for Penny Love -- it has become her passion. Penny 's skill as a builder can be seen in this home owned by Sol and George Clahane. Photos by Melissa Donald

My tires crunch through the ice as I pull into the Harrods Glen neighborhood. I wind carefully through the subdivision, squinting to glimpse the house numbers on the passing mailboxes. When I finally reach my destination, my rusty Ford feels very out of place. But then, so does the house.

Before me stands a...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Just Ask Joyce: My Daughter is Dating a Dud

Q: “Our 18-year-old daughter has been involved with someone for almost three years, and we really don’t approve of him. I know everyone’s child is beautiful, but she is strikingly so. She could have anyone she wants! She’s also academically proficient and has been offered a full-ride scholarship to a well-known institution. The young man she’s seeing is almost 22, obtained his GED last month, has not had a job — ever, sits on the couch and plays video games all day and has anxiety issues. His parents continue to enable his laziness. Anytime he calls, regardless of the hour, our daughter drops what she’s doing and runs to his aid. His dad has now offered her a job with the company he plans to start for his son. We have tried everything to make our daughter realize this man is not a good fit for her. Now she is considering turning down her scholarship because he doesn’t want her to leave the area. Her dad and I feel hopeless. Can you give us any advice on how to redirect her thinking?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Win a $100 Gift Card to Sassy Fox!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Are you Open to the Whole Life Experience?

By Bob Mueller

The proper nourishment for personal growth is a loving acceptance and encouragement by others, not rejection and impatient suggestions for improvement. Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.

If you will accept me wherever I am, all my energies and desires to grow will be released and energized. If you will reassure me that it is all right to be where I am now, I will have courage to move beyond where I am. With your loving acceptance of me, I will gradually grow into the fullness of life.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ask Alissa: All Women Should Wear This!

By Alissa Hicks

Derby and summer are going to sneak up on us — they always do! There is one thing that all women — yes, all — should invest in for any occasion where they might be wearing something a little extra fancy. Since awards season has begun, I’ve gotten a lot of reader questions about how celebrities seem to look flawless no matter their size.

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