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Sharing and Caring

Our November issue demonstrates how the Prince William area practices sharing and caring. In America, November is the month where we celebrate Thanksgiving. Some people post 30 days of things they are grateful for on social media, start or keep writing in a gratitude journal, or prep and strategize about celebrating Thanksgiving and getting a head start on holiday shopping. …

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Celebrating Fall

I don’t believe that anyone I know has ever criticized the month of October. In our area, the weather is generally cooler, and the leaves are starting to change. Crisp air. Apple cider. Scarf and boot weather. As Goldilocks said, “It’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold.” Yet. So, whether you love pumpkin spice, the first month of the last quarter of the year …

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Ride

September is one of my favorite months for many reasons. One reason is a change in the seasons. Fall officially begins on Sept. 22, although in our area we sometimes get a late burst of summer, which means cooler temperatures arrive later. Regardless of the temperatures, the people in our cover story by Helena Tavares Kennedy ride anyway. “Helpers on Hogs: Riding Together for a …

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Finding Your Religious Compass

I grew up in a Catholic home. My father converted to Catholicism the year that I made my First Holy Communion. But, more importantly than being raised in a home with religion was that my parents raised my four older siblings and me to be good people by using our faith in God as our compass. And did I mention that I was raised in the …

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What’s Your Favorite Place to Watch Fireworks?

Fireworks and American Independence Day celebrations go together like apple pie and ice cream. Even though fireworks were invented in China in the ninth century during the Tang Dynasty, watching fireworks on the day that we celebrate our independence from the British is an American rite of passage. Everyone has a favorite type of firework or place to see them. I’ve lived in this area …

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What questions are we asking about the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain?

Rebecca Barnes, Publisher

Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain. Successful, famous people who ended their lives. Social media is blowing up with questions, sorrow, and even judgment. “Why would someone that has everything kill themselves?” This, friends, is the wrong question. What we need to ask ourselves is: “What are we doing about it?” Depression and suicidal thoughts have nothing to do with status, financial …

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Go Discover the World

June is a fun month, and it officially launches summer on its 21st day. Pools are open, and the water is almost warm enough to swim in without getting hypothermia. We celebrate dads with Father’s Day. And high school seniors graduate and celebrate with family and friends. In our area, thousands of young people will graduate from high school and contemplate their next life choices. Some …

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Celebrating Local Military Spouses Growing Their Businesses

By Kim Howard, CAE I’ve mentioned here before that I am a military brat. The men and women who serve hold a special place in my heart, including my father, husband, fathers-in-law, my sister-in-law and three siblings. Our family’s military bond is strong. We are all grateful for our active duty military and veterans, but we should also extend that gratitude to their spouses. Growing …

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Growing Professional Athletes at Home

By Kim Howard, CAE “The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third Edition” defines the word athlete as “a person possessing the natural or acquired traits necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts.” In our community, there is no shortage of leagues for almost all athletes at every age. Our schools offer a wide variety of fall, winter and spring sports for both …

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