Something from Nothing: How to Use What Bothers You to Fuel Creativity and Inspire Positive Change

Something from Nothing: How to Use What Bothers You to Fuel Creativity and Inspire Positive Change

by: Katy Farber I don’t have to tell you that we live in a deeply divided and troubling world. It is a constant barrage of mostly unsettling, disturbing, and upsetting news. But it is also the most connected world we have ever lived in, and every single person alive right now has a chance to tell their stories. Like most people, I have a long list of issues that concern me greatly. In my writing workshops, I like to help…

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Raw, Vegan Valentine’s Day Treats That Prove Chia Seeds Are For More than Growing Pets

Raw, Vegan Valentine’s Day Treats That Prove Chia Seeds Are For More than Growing Pets

by Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li of Ocka Treats Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean denial. For two friends, Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li, the desire to indulge in sweet desserts while maintaining healthy eating habits led to the creation of their own line of raw, vegan treats. They share with us how their company, Ocka Treats, came into being—and offer a few delicious, chia-based recipes just in time for Valentine’s Day! Carmen Ng: Ever since I was young, I…

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A Love Story, Perchance

A Love Story, Perchance

By: Cynthia Sillitoe I have to admit, at first I walked past my new cat. My mom and I were at the Phoenix Humane Society. In my early twenties, I was homebound due to chronic illness. I was still grieving the loss of my childhood cat who had been my constant companion. Life without her was unbearable. Finding a new feline was a strange experience. Cats had always found us. They showed up on our porch and couldn’t understand why…

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Winter Blahs Have You Down? Coach Jenna Armato Shares Simple, Easy Steps For Staying Motivated

Winter Blahs Have You Down? Coach Jenna Armato Shares Simple, Easy Steps For Staying Motivated

Lauren Jonik: The new year is typically a time when people are inspired to set new intentions and think about their goals for the coming months. Often, it seems the challenge for many people is not thinking of areas in need of improvement, but adopting new practices to make intentions reality. What are some steps people can take to create change that lasts? Jenna Armato: The first step toward being intentional is focusing on the journey and not just the…

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Shared History

Shared History

by Nikki Stern At 7:30 a.m. on a summer morning, the northern Wisconsin air did not yet hint at the promise of another typically beautiful day. Our twelve-year-old selves, denied the future pleasures of hot coffee, had stoked ourselves with pancakes and bacon. Dressed in the camp uniform of blue shorts and white blouses, some of us with navy cardigans to ward off the lingering chill, we made our way to the platform, picked up our .22 caliber rifles and…

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