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Living large — and small

Posted on Jan 01, 2020 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling Ever since my Barbie moved into her homemade cardboard dream house years ago, I’ve dreamt of having my own tiny house.  Wouldn’t it be cool to be a real-life Alice in Wonderland, living large in a diminutive storybook abode? Furnishings would be sparse and intentional but, of course, super cute, and clutter… Continue reading.

The gift of warmth

Posted on Dec 01, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling One of my favorite Christmas traditions is spreading some holiday cheer to a lucky reader. In the past, I’ve given out ornaments, Christmas CDs, one of my favorite holiday movies and a gift basket of Christmas goodies. This year, I’d like to share something meaningful as well as practical: the gift of… Continue reading.

A season of thanks — and food

Posted on Nov 01, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling Thanksgiving and food go hand in hand.  I pull out all my necessary recipes weeks in advance and not only make a shopping list but check it twice. Thanksgiving Day is not the time to suddenly realize you forgot to get an important ingredient!  Good cooks may know how to improvise when… Continue reading.

Riddle me this

Posted on Oct 01, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling What can be seen once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in a thousand years? Are you perplexed by the question?  That’s what I love about brain teasers. You can ponder them for hours weighing all the possible — and impossible — answers. When you finally have that “aha”… Continue reading.

Scent sense

Posted on Sep 01, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling You’ve probably heard educators talk about different learning styles. We learn best by engaging our dominant sense, be it sight, sound or touch. I, however, believe my most evolved senses are taste and smell. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help me when it comes to learning anything. It’s impossible to eat my way to… Continue reading.

Stranger things have happened

Posted on Jul 02, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling My daughter says I’m a teenager stuck in a mom’s body. Why? I’m a boy band fan who once sat in the front row at a 1D concert. I read young adult fiction — and watch adaptations of those books when they’re made into movies. I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty. I know… Continue reading.

Power to the people

Posted on Jun 02, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling What a difference 16 days can make. In just a little over two weeks, 14 Indiana electric cooperative lineworkers and two project leaders brought electricity to an east central Guatemalan village. Ninety homes, a school, two churches and a pump house were electrified, and villagers suddenly looked forward to opportunities they’d only… Continue reading.

Sparking joy!

Posted on May 01, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling Hoarders take note! Decluttering our homes is all the rage thanks to Marie Kondo, a proponent of living more sparsely, simply and, ultimately, stress-free. Kondo says you should get rid of everything that does not “spark joy” in your life.   You might have seen Kondo on television in shows like Good… Continue reading.

Where’s the beef?

Posted on Apr 02, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling I’m not one to typically order a burger and fries when I go out to lunch — I’m more of an Italian food type of gal. But sometimes, especially after seeing an ad featuring a sizzling patty on a grill on TV, I get that gnawing junk food craving. And it won’t… Continue reading.

Connecting with you

Posted on Mar 02, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling As any new parent will tell you, selecting the perfect name is not easy.  Of course, naming a child and naming a magazine are not quite the same thing. But both scenarios usually involve hours of debate, input (both solicited and sometimes unsolicited) from numerous sources, and a long and often ongoing… Continue reading.

To a ‘T’

Posted on Feb 02, 2019 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling Sometimes, the best way to get something off your chest is to put it on your chest.  Imprinted T-shirts can say things you’d never have the nerve to utter yourself. They can give others a glimpse of who you really are — or who you’d like them to believe you are. You… Continue reading.

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