Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year's Eve!

New Immunotherapy Treatments Fight Janice’s Lung Cancer

By Ashli Findley

There were no signs alerting Janice Durham that she may be suffering from anything other than a typical cold. But when the nurse practitioner “didn’t like the sound” Janice was making while inhaling deep breaths, an X-ray scan was recommended. In November 2015, the scan revealed that she had Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

My Legacy: Love for Nonprofits

My Legacy: Impacting Quality of Life

“The Gheens Foundation started as a legacy gift of Mary Jo and Edwin Gheens of $28 million in 1982. Since its beginning, the Foundation has invested $112 million in our communities and continues to do so. The Gheens’ remarkable sense of selfless, generous stewardship is itself a legacy we should all seek to emulate.” — Phoebe Wood, Trustee of Gheens Foundation

My Legacy: On Impacting Women in Southern Indiana

“Both professionally and personally I’ve had the great fortune of being a part of some amazing acts of philanthropy in our region. The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana reinvented our approach to fundraising and grant giving by launching Impact 100 SI. We just concluded our first annual event by making a $50,000 grant to support transformational change for women facing homelessness in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties. This is ten times the size of our previous awards.” — Kerri Cokeley, President of the Advisory Board, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana

My Legacy: A Surprise Legacy

“What began as my volunteering as a reading tutor, grew into what is today, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Since 1989, millions of lives, both children and adults, across the country have been changed as they have participated in our programming and utilized our resources to create a path to success. Any lasting legacy can be created by helping even one person in need.” — Sharon Darling, President and Founder, National Center for Families Learning

My Legacy: One Good Thing Inspires Another

Friday, December 29, 2017

“I help entrepreneurs piece together their vision into something sustainable…”

By Megan M. Seckman
Vallorie sews a Nuno piece of fabric, which she created to make her top.  Nuno involves felting together merino wool and silk to produce a warm and soft fabric. Photos by Melissa Donald  

Like most art, Vallorie Henderson’s textiles mirror her life. She takes fragments of felted wool and silk, a traditional technique inspired by her native Kentucky roots, cuts them up into morsels of color, and pieces them together to make a masterpiece. The lines are sometimes askew, the edges are often rough, the array of colors contrast, yet somehow create cohesion. The final product is not perfect, it is never precise, but each imperfection helps to create a small miracle. It is alive, organic, and raw. A new life born from scraps of disjointed ideas.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Our New Issue Will Inspire You to a Better Version of Yourself

This month, we want you to embrace the power of change in every part of your life. Check out this month's issue to find out how you can shine brightly in 2018.

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend, celebrate the new year for free at NYE Live! at Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville. Enjoy music by From Paris, confetti cannons, a balloon drop, party favors, and a ball drop.

Keep on reading for more festivities to help you ring in 2018:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Five Things to Read in Today's Transitions

In our winter issue of Today's Transitions, we want you to use innovation to simplify your life and create more free time for yourself. Here are five ways you can make it happen.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Making an Event Fun Instead of Stressful

By Bella Portaro-Kueber
Victoria Staton gives couples a chance to enjoy the wedding planning process. Photo by Aubrey Hillis
Great! You’re getting married soon! Now what?
All you need is love — and a wedding planner.

Walking through the early planning stages can be difficult for any bride-to-be. “Brides either know exactly what they want or they’re completely clueless. But that is where I come in, and the process becomes fun instead of stressful. As I get to know them, I help transition them into a more relaxed zone,” says Victoria Staton of Victoria Staton International Events LLC.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Bake a delicious batch of cookies for your family on Christmas. We suggest trying this recipe from Paige Rhodes.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Give Yourself the Gift of Simplicity

By Bob Mueller

My wife Kathy and I love to travel. We have started a new tradition during the week of Labor Day visiting Kentucky and Indiana locations. This year we stayed at the Old Jailers Inn Bed & Breakfast in Bardstown, Kentucky. We did parts of the bourbon and wine trails. We revisited Bernheim Forest where we enjoyed our first kiss years ago. We sat on a park bench in the stillness of the forest and renewed our love.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Community Gifts: Ohio River Greenway

By Carrie Vittitoe

One of the best things about living in Louisville is being so close to Southern Indiana, which has its own set of special gifts that Kentuckiana residents share. One of those is the Ohio River Greenway project, a 7.5-mile green corridor, which began in earnest in 1993 when a commission was formed between New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville. “All three communities started at the river and built out. We are reinvesting in and rediscovering that area,” says commission chair Philip Hendershot.

Community Gifts: Big Four Bridge & Waterfront Park

By Carrie Vittitoe
Take a leisurely stroll across the walking bridge. Photo by Paul Schuhmann
Waterfront Park is an 85-acre gift to the residents of both Louisville and Southern Indiana that will continue to give enjoyment for many years to come. It was developed in stages, and parts of it are still in the works. Phase IV, a 22-acre site between 10th and 15th streets, has great historical significance, according to Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem. “It was the site of foundries that made [much of] the wrought iron on those fabulous balconies in New Orleans,” he says.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Why and How She Had Her Spider Veins Removed

By Tiffany White 
Post Sponsored by Clark Memorial Hospital Vein Center 
Alicia Smith says she had no reservations about trying the treatment and has been pleased with the results.
Photo by Melissa Donald

Alicia Smith, 35, enjoys wearing dresses, skirts, and shorts, but when spider veins appeared on both of her legs in 2012 after she had a baby, she tried to hide them. “They started burning and itching, and I didn’t like how they looked. I wore stockings for a while, but that didn’t seem to help at all,” she says.

She’s Helping Someone Start Over

By Carrie Vittitoe

We featured Kena Young in the print magazine in December, but wanted to share a more detailed story of how she supports people in need.

Surviving a Category 5 Hurricane

By Megan M. Seckman

While most of us watched Houston wade through the massive flooding of Hurricane Harvey, Helen and John Faith braced themselves for the next storm. Far out at sea, the warming Atlantic Ocean was fueling a budding Irma to become the next potential Category 5 hurricane of the season. Since January, the Faiths had spent all but five weeks on the Caribbean island of St. John, building their ideal vacation property and potential retirement home. The couple, who typically reside in their lakefront and landlocked home of Borden, Indiana, were no strangers to vacation property or to the temperament of hurricanes, however. They’d built —and rebuilt — after Ivan in 2004 on the Gulf Coast and had most recently sold their property in Costa Rica. Real estate and coastal vacation property had been part of their lives for decades; buying and selling property with a bit of a risk is what allowed them to retire early from each of their respective careers.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

What To Do This Weekend

Only a handful of shopping days remain before Christmas, so this weekend you can mark shopping off your list at the Procrastination Celebration. Or, enjoy some fun with trains, holiday trees, music, and food.

Look below for more information on these events and more for a happy weekend:

What To Do This Weekend

Only a handful of shopping days remain before Christmas, so this weekend you can mark shopping off your list at the Procrastination Celebration. Or, enjoy some fun with trains, holiday trees, music, and food.

Look below for more information on these events and more for a happy weekend:

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Community Gifts: Louisville Free Public Library

By Carrie Vittitoe

Public libraries have long been a gift to local communities, but the Louisville Free Public Library is adapting that gift to improve how people read, learn, interact with technology, and engage with others. One of the ways it is doing this is through the creation of three new 40,000-square-foot regional branches to help fulfill its mission of bringing 90 percent of the local population to within five miles of a library.

Monday, December 18, 2017

She Changed a Bunch of Things — Starting with Cutting Out Coffee

By Brittani Dick

Cutting out coffee, making a much-needed career change, and getting married — the past several months of Kirsten Steele’s life have looked much different, but in the best way.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

What We Love About Her Red Hair

“Now that I’m a mom, it’s so different.” Carrie Ann Smith, owner of MADE Blowdry Boutique on Lime Kiln Lane, thought that when she found out she was going to be a mom, no one would see her as a business owner, but rather as a mom only. However, like many new moms, she found she was welcomed into a wonderful club she never thought she’d be a part of.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Community Gifts: Louisville Metro Police Foundation

By Carrie Vittitoe
The 2005 death of Rebecca Grignon-Reker's husband, Officer Peter Grignon, started the Louisville Metro Police Foundation. She is shown here with memorabilia from his service. Photos by Melissa Donald 

Safety and security are gifts we prize in our city, but we don’t often consider the cost of these gifts to the men and women who help provide them.

This Bride Walked Down a Beach to The Altar

Earlier this year Hayley Anderson and Nathan Liu married in a summer destination wedding on a beach in Charleston, South Carolina in front of 45 guests. “Walking down the aisle to my groom on the beautiful beach of Isle of Palms” is the bride’s favorite memory but she says she also loved spending time with close family and friends in Charleston.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Nina’s Entrepreneurial Adventure

By Lucy M. Pritchett

Nina Rodahaffer’s Turning Point came when her desire to care for others led her to a nursing career and, a surprise to her, an entrepreneurial adventure.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend, join the Nutcracker as he battles the mouse king, take advantage of the final two days to check out an 8-foot-long Santa's workshop made out of Lego bricks, enjoy the beautiful music of the holidays, and more.

See below for fun ways to fill your weekend:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Hanukkah!

A little history here for those who don’t know: Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. when one day's oil miraculously burned for eight days. The miracle of the Hanukkah oil is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah known as a hanukkiyah for eight days.

Community Gifts: Thrive Innovation Center

By Carrie Vittitoe
Thrive Innovation Center displays new ideas for better quality of life in the home, including the bedroom. 

Who would have thought that right here in Louisville we have a simulation lab focused on aging? The Thrive Innovation Center was conceived as a result of economic development incentives in 2010, when Signature Healthcare relocated to the city. InnovateLTC was created as an affiliate of Signature to drive innovation and collaboration. Sheri Rose, Thrive Center CEO and executive director, says the goal is for the facility to “become the epicenter of long-term care and aging innovation.”

Monday, December 11, 2017

Good Style Acts as Neeka Parks’ Creative Outlet

By Keri Foy
Neeka Parks wears clothing and accessories reflective of other cultures. Photos by Sunni Wigginton  

She's interviewing felons. She's talking to the families of victims. She's helping to determine the fate of many Kentuckians.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Community Gifts: Parklands of Floyds Fork

By Carrie Vittitoe

When Dan Jones, founder of 21st Century Parks Inc., attended a meeting of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy in 2002, it seemed obvious to him how a new generation could have the same impact as the original park system. “We should do the same thing again,” he thought after a few months of letting the idea marinate in his mind.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Matching Seniors with Companions: Maybe You Want to Get Involved?

By Brigid Morrissey

"Some people look for their love match through online dating sites or speed dating, but ElderServe is matching aging adults with volunteers to be their friendly companions and offer support."

Friday, December 8, 2017

Giving Back: Community Foundations

By Marie Bradby

Giving Back: The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

“It’s important for people to give back to the community where they live, where their kids go to school, and where they earn their living,” says Linda Speed, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.

Five Great Ideas for Your Home During the Holidays

By Keri Foy
Amanda suggests replacing older holiday decor with newer items for an updated look.
Photos by Melissa Donald 

Amanda Book at Madhouse in New Albany believes a beautiful home is more than what lines the shelves. It's about weaving layers together that quell the chaos in your life.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend offers multiple holiday bazaars and markets for finding that perfect, unique, or handmade gift for that special someone. Also this weekend, enjoy the classic Nutcracker on the stage or on ice, put on your pjs and watch the timeless Polar Express, take in a holiday concert or play, and more.

Look below for more ideas for cheery weekend fun:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Community Gifts: Speed Art Museum

By Carrie Vittitoe

The Speed is 90 years old and one year old,” says interim director Stephen Reily. With its long history and massive renovation, the art museum has both the wisdom of time and the exuberance of youth that continues to make it a prominent gift to the local community.

#DoSomething this Christmas

By Rachel Platt

'Tis the season for giving, but more importantly, giving back.

Giving back is something we should do year-round, but December, for me, seems like an especially good time to think about what I’m doing in my life to help others. It’s something my husband and I always stressed to our children, and I think it’s why The Giving Tree and Rainbow Fish were among our favorite books.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Three Things You Can Change Now — according to Louisville’s Public Health Director

By Lucy M. Pritchett

When the director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness offers her top three tips for women to have a healthier lifestyle, we might want to listen.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Three Events to Buy Tickets for This Month

By Gioia Patton/Arts insider

A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Derby Dinner Playhouse
In this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well-known story (which was performed at New York’s Madison Square Garden every December from 1994-2003), Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!," Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts visit on Christmas Eve and lead him through his Past, Present, and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with cheer before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those who mean the most to him.
WHEN: thru December 31 for various performances
WHERE: Derby Dinner Playhouse, Clarksville, Indiana
TICKETS: $34-$47
CONTACT:  812.288.8281 or go here.

My Husband Only Wants Me To Buy Gifts for Him

By Joyce Oglesby

Q: “My husband and I always fight at Christmas. We differ on the very fundamentals of the season. But when it comes to the benevolence, he likes getting gifts from me but doesn’t want me to give to others. He believes it should be an exclusive exchange between the two of us. Even when our kids were younger, it was a battle to buy for them. Now that they’re older, he thinks we’ve done enough for them and gifts are not necessary for them nor our grandchildren. I want to enjoy this holiday season without feeling guilty about giving to others. Any suggestions would be welcome. PS: I am a working woman.”

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Community Gifts: Whiskey Row Revitalization

By Carrie Vittitoe

A Courier-Journal article in 2011 spurred Christy Brown to become involved in the Whiskey Row revitalization on Main Street. “These magnificent cast iron buildings were being threatened with demolition,” she says, and she felt she had to act. Phone calls led to meetings with city officials, investors, and other benefactors like herself.

Community Gifts: Chef Space

By Carrie Vittitoe
(L-R) Sherry Miller of Mama's; Kortney Warfield of U-Chews; Lucretia Thompson of Lucretia's Kitchen; Viviana Dias Ferreira of Revolution Confections; Andrea Wells of Wells Made Co.; and Vy Howard of Syndesi.
Photos by Melissa Donald 

At its core, Chef Space is a 13,000-square-foot licensed commercial kitchen, but it is really much more. Community Ventures launched Chef Space in November 2015 to serve a multi-pronged mission in West Louisville.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Why I Give: Able to Bridge Community Treasures

By Marie Bradby

“The betterment of our community is not just for our lifetime, we have to make sure there is continuity for the community for the rest of time,” says Susie Stewart about why she serves and gives to nonprofits in her community.

Why I Give: Able to Push the Boundaries Through Education

By Marie Bradby

Dr. Karen Cost had just given a lecture to dermatology students at the University of Louisville when the chief of the department — Dr. Maurice Fliegelman — came up to her and told her that she should get involved in the community. “We need to get you on the board of Metro United Way (MUW),” she remembers him saying.

Why I Give: Able to Kick Down Barriers With a Conversation

By Marie Bradby

On the last Sunday in September, Paula Schoenhoff and many of her family members were breaking bread in Iroquois Park with more than 1,000 Louisvillians — immigrants, African-Americans, Hispanics, whites, Asians, etc., at a giant potluck to connect the community called "The Big Table."

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