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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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Influential Women Inspire, Amaze

It is with great excitement that we announce in this issue, during Women’s History Month, the results of our inaugural Prince William Living Influential Women Awards. Reading the dozens of nominations was humbling, as we learned about some of the amazing ways that women in our community are breaking barriers and changing lives. From this impressive group, we selected five …

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Keep “Prince William Living”

Growing up, I was allergic to anything derived from a bean or legumes. Not that I missed eating peas or green beans, but coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, cola and anything with soy was strictly off limits. Back then, these types of limitations made dining at restaurants difficult, if not impossible. Fast forward to 2014, and, with education, food labeling and …

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Your Health, Your Way

I never make resolutions, mostly because I never keep them. However, this year, things are different. Last spring, my mother passed after four years of deteriorating health. As her caregiver, I found myself with extra hours in the day, at a period when free time was the last thing I needed. Rather than fill that time with work or calories, …

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