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When you go through a tremendous loss, it's difficult to see how you can live the rest of your life without that person. Where do you start, where do you go and what do you do? Read more...

At Least 104 Great Things Will Happen This Year

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:19
As each year flies by, how often do you find yourself saying how boring the past year was? Or that nothing memorable or great really happened? I can't tell you how many times I've complained about how monotonous my year was—or that I didn't do anything fun or exciting. My fiancé and I decided to change our view and outlook on 2017. Read more...

Does the Work/Life Balance Exist?

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:57
"Work hard, play hard." "Living for the weekend." "Life in the fast lane." These common phrases have all been used to describe how we approach life and view the intersection of personal and professional. None of these statements represent my opinion of these topics. Read more...

Family Food Traditions: Dutch Banket Yule Treat

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:50
My mother's cousin, Martin Waalkes, recently said, "For Grandma, sugar and butter were spices." (Referring to my great-grandmother, Sarah Ritzema Waalkes.) Read more...

Five Local Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 06:13
I've got two men in my life who approach shopping the same way: They research like crazy, find exactly what they want and—seemingly unconcerned with the price—buy it. Upon receiving the item, they take care of it like a newborn child, keeping it in perfect condition for years and years. Much unlike my own shotgun purchase approach: Is it on sale? Well, I sorta like it. I can wash something "dry clean only," right? Read more...

Matt Lauer Had to Go. Here's Why.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:30
For as long as I can remember, my mornings started with Matt Lauer on the screen. One morning, when my boys were young, one looked at the screen and thought Matt was my husband. (They have the same haircut. We giggled for days over that one.) For years, Matt was a staple in our home bringing us news and events. Read more...
This is the first of four articles discussing lessons Bill McIntyre learned while assisting his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in October 2016. These are lessons that no one prepared him for. Lesson 1: A hospital emergency room won’t give you a dementia diagnosis. Read more...

Traveling ... #ForcedCoupleFun Style!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:00
When Jason and I first started dating, we made sure to travel together at least once or twice a year. We still travel as a family, but the mommy/daddy trips have certainly tapered off. So, for my birthday this year—the third week of October—we decided it was time! Fall is an extremely busy season for us both, so a weekend relaxing was top of the list. Rather than being adventurous and trying something new, we decided to go to our favorite vacation destination: The Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada, Florida. Read more...

A West Michigan Thanksgiving

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:54
Happy Thanksgiving. We hope it's full of good food, good conversations and time with family and friends, near and far. Read more...

Everyone Has Been That Green Girl

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 06:01
This Broadway season, Wicked debuted in West Michigan for the first time since the show's 2003 premier. The musical—following the tale of the Witches of Oz, rather than the Wizard and Dorothy—has garnered worldwide attention and accolades for its storyline, music, set and costume design. Read more...
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