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What Matters Most

by Rebecca Barnes, Prince William Living Publisher The upcoming holidays are a great time to think about ways to get involved with your community. Our December feature, “The Joy of Giving” by Emma Young, shares the stories of many in our community who focus on giving to those in need, often by establishing traditions and values in their families, places of business and neighborhoods. Learn …

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Prince William Living Launches Interactive Holiday Gift Guide

This time of year, thoughts turn to shopping for the holidays. Here at Prince William Living, we believe in “Buy Local” and encourage you to patronize local business with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. In our very first Holiday Gift Guide you can find the perfect gift for that special someone, while investing in our community. We’ve included gifts for him, her, kids, the person …

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Living Thankful

by Rebecca Barnes, Prince William Living Publisher As we celebrate “National Adoption Month,” a familiar saying comes to mind: “Family isn’t always blood.” It reflects that who we claim as our family often goes beyond those born into it. The people that Amy Falkofske talked to for “Creating Families” can certainly attest to this; each started or added to their families by fostering or adopting children (page …

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Falling for the Classics

I find that autumn brings out my sense of adventure; something about the changing leaves and cooling air gets me out of my house and exploring. There’s a feeling of nostalgia tinged with possibility as the days grow shorter but enough sunlight lingers to beckon us outdoors. This makes it a perfect time to meander through area antique shops and …

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A Moment of Thanks: Our First Responders

Often, we think of emergencies as things that happen to “other people.” And who can blame us? It would be hard to enjoy life preoccupied with what could go wrong. Still, a little preparation can pay big. Even commonplace events such as storm damage can knock us off track if we aren’t ready. Luckily, September is National Preparedness Month, so you’ll have plenty of reminders to …

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Ending Summer With Style

As summer comes to a close, back-to-school and fashion sales dominate my inbox and mailbox. While trying to squeeze in the last of summer, I’m supposed to be planning our fall wardrobes, with style and panache no less. However, I like to call my personal style, “deja vu:” I throw open the closet, pray something fits, and hope that it’s …

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How Tourism Affects Us

Now that summer is in full swing, vacations have begun. While many of us are planning vacations away from home, for others, “away from home” means here. Have you ever stopped to think about our secret asset: tourism? Thanks to out-of-towners, your favorite restaurant stays busy, the hotel you put your mother-in-law up in stays in business and the job your teenager has might very …

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Letter From The Publisher

Much of the focus in this month’s issue is on the outdoors, which makes sense; June is the beginning of summer vacation. Travel by plane, train and automobile starts. On page 4, writer Helena Tavares Kennedy takes us on a trip suitable for all ages in “Always at Home Wherever We Roam,” looking at why more people are adopting the RV lifestyle. As some Prince William …

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Serving Those Who Serve

May is the month of that national holiday, Memorial Day, when we remember the service and sacrifice of our military heroes. In Prince William, this strikes especially close because, as many of us who live here know, we are home to U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico. Some of our nation’s heroes, and those who, in turn, serve them, live right …

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Spring, My Renewable Energy

Spring is my source of renewable energy. Blooming flowers, longer days and mild temperatures lure me out of winter’s hibernation and into a flurry of activity as I seek to get more organized and recommit to “going green.” If you, too, look at April as a time to clear out the cobwebs and set some Earth Day resolutions, don’t miss …

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