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INSPIRED LIVING: Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle

By Kelly Martinsen Inspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any ... Read More »

Faith, Finding It And Keeping It

“The smile is a mask or a cloak that covers everything. I spoke as if my very heart was in love with God, a tender personal love. If you were there, you would have said, ‘What hypocrisy.’”  –Mother Teresa  Faith defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something” do you have it? For years I thought the sharing ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: Eagles wings to get over things

You need eagles wings to get over things That make no sense In this world. ~Tom Petty As I worked on this month’s issue, I listened to an interview with Tom Petty where he recalled the time an arsonist set his home on fire while he was in it. The only material possessions remaining after the fire were the clothes ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: Take Care of the Earth

“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” – Former Intel CEO Andy Grove ☺ This month’s edition focuses on so many wonderful things: travel, fitness for optimal bone health, and even the novel idea of bringing your cat to work! This October issue also marks my five-year anniversary as publisher of this amazing magazine! I am ever ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: Aging with Purpose

I can’t stand the term “anti-aging.” I turned 48 last month, which is dangerously close to 50. To be honest, I am unsure how I feel about these numbers. So it was, therefore, timely that we’re featuring the article “Aging with Passion and Purpose,” by Debora Shouse, in this month’s issue. After all, shouldn’t that be our goal? Shouldn’t we ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: The Ever-Changing Debate on Cancer Prevention

Cancer sucks! Not only does cancer suck, it is a disease that is extremely personal. Like an evil snowflake, it is incredibly individual and no two people’s experiences are the same. Within one year’s time, I watched my beautiful sister succumb to cancer while my husband, thankfully, began a journey toward beating it. I have one win and too many ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: Vape—Your Teens’ New Training Bra

by Kelly Martinsen Vape … the word is everywhere. In fact, it’s a noun and a verb. And if you are like me, a parent of teens, I imagine you are wondering what this thing—which smells like cotton candy and is inhaled through a fancy (often bedazzled) pen-like item—is all about and just how safe it is. Vape pens, also ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: How is your Time Spent?

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me while I looked around for my possibilities.” –The Bangles 😉 The months of May and June for me are busy ones. Too busy, really; they are filled with both end-of-the-year ceremonies and obligations and summer planning. Beginnings and endings. The use of time and the planning of time. Time. Time is so ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: Leading by example

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I couldn’t stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”  –Mark Twain I am going through the whole “ignorant” stage with my brood. Oh, they love me and are respectful ... Read More »

Letter from the Publisher: The Law of Attraction Lite

I’m going to tell you a little bit about the theory of the Law of Attraction and my experience with it, and then I will leave it to you to decide. When I looked up “Law of Attraction,” the word “pseudoscience” was one of the first things to pop up. This law intrigues me not as a science, but more ... Read More »