General Features

Making herstory: The women who are changing the dynamics of West Michigan politics

Falling Behind: How a Muskegon school psychologist is fighting for reading reform in school

From Muskegon to Grand Rapids, a merry band of travelers carpool via a Rapid van

Grand Rapids paves way for bicycle-friendly roads with bike lanes, safety grant

Grand Rapids Urban Growers and urban farming take root in Grand Rapids

Give archery a shot

Bullying in the age of tech-savvy children

A sweet little party for all ages

Holiday entertaining: Signature drinks, punches keep expenses in line

Holiday Gift Guide: Give the best gifts ever

Nonprofit Features 

Fighting the good fight: Well House director dedicated to changing lives and perceptions

Young, energetic leader nabs dream job at Holland-Zeeland community foundation

The First Tee of West Michigan: Teaching life skills through the game of golf

Say what? Talking to kids about race doesn’t have to be daunting

Honoring Our Youth: A starting point to success

Author, athlete, inspiration: Chris Sain, Jr. helps city youth

New City neighbors sow community seeds for year-round harvest

Calling All Colors comes to Kent County

Berston Bicycle Club: Kids discover the power of pedaling

Turning the tide on typical low-income housing

Home Decorating and Interior Design

The elements of kitchen style

Space makers: Create space without knocking down a wall

A cartload of entertainment

Big ideas for small spaces

Love your landscape

Create a backyard refuge: How to get more privacy in your backyard

Rub-a-dub-dub in a high-style freestanding tub

Bold & Brassy

Be bold, decorate with stripes

How to ride the summer color wave

To beat germs, hands-free technology has made inroads

It’s Gotta Be Big

Grow your style with chintz

Retro light bulbs are glowing strong

Bright light ideas

Don’t step on the cracks (or break your mother’s back!)

Turn on the bright lights Page 6-7

Arts and Entertainment

Seamless Transition: Art Martin enjoys evolving roles and responsibilities at Muskegon Museum of Art

Becoming Made: Kalamazoo artist details the craft of Japanese woodblock printmaking

Muskegon Museum of Art’s winter exhibits explore expressions of faith

Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt: Bull’s Eye quilts on display at MMA

Last Hurrah on the Lakeshore: Escape to the beach before summer slips away

Cool, Calm & Collected: Collectors Show brings NYC and ArtPrize art together for sale

Big, Squishy Art: Inflatable exhibition takes over Muskegon Museum of Art

Music for the Masses: West Michigan Symphony caters to all with “Classical Music for Everyone”

Stop whining, start sampling: Wine About Winter pairs art and wine in Grand Haven

Second Life: Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center hires managing director, rebrands

Send Off The Holidays With Broadway’s ‘A Christmas Story’

Business and Finance

Could you survive sixth months without income?

Supermercado Mexico and Mexicana Bakery team up to provide more local flavor

Shorouq Almallah works from the epicenter of entrepreneurship at Grand Valley

Health and Wellness

6 proven tips to maintain a healthy, beautiful mind

Stop sitting: Moving throughout the day is vital to good health

Recovery on Water empowers patients and survivors to fight back and get fit

A quarter of breast cancer patients might experience long-term pain

When to consider working with a pain specialist

Good medicine: Medical research collaboration booms in Grand Rapids

Puff, Puff, Poof! Put down the cigarette for good

5 caregiving tips for Alzheimer’s patients

A Rock … in a hard place Page 11-13

Education

Online alternatives expand options for home-based learners

On the verge of quitting: Virtual schools offer high school students a second chance

Innovative language programs expose online learners to new languages and cultures

Online institutions support Michigan as a leader of online education

MSU’s Confucius Institute leads in Chinese-language instruction for online learners

University officials, students keeping close eye on immigration ban developments

How City High students are leading the way with a new composting pilot

GRPS’ Parent University boosts student outcomes by empowering parents

Restorative Circles program builds empathy, conflict resolution skills in middle school students

Entrepreneurs

Enlivening spirits with Ashley Cole

Ashley Lieber: Ecology Artist

Jamiel Robinson aims to bring black-owned businesses out of the shadows in Grand Rapids

Local cupcake and tea party business caters to Muskegon’s princesses

Environmental

Gayle DeBruyn: Helping solve wicked problems is a prize in itself

Wege Prize winners tackle wicked design problems

Out of the classroom and into the community: How Muskegon students are contributing to environmental stewardship

Groundswell takes learning outside for Kent County students to learn about the environment

Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative receives $150,000 EPA grant to support environmental stewardship

Blogs

ElanVeda

Essential Oils, Behavioral Changes Effective for Mild Depression

Good Gut Health, Herbal Supplements May Help Counteract Depression

Consider Herbal Supplements to Help with Anxiety

Learn How to Combat Anxiety with Healthier Coping Strategies

Can Essential Oils Help You Sleep Better?

Lengthen, Strengthen and Stimulate Digestion with Yoga to Aid Weight Loss

Yoga’s Restorative Benefits Calms Mind, Primes Body for Weight Loss

Clear Toxins and Reset Digestion with Ayurvedic Cleanse

Holistic medicine emphasizes body-mind-spirit connection

Essential Oils Pack Powerful, Plant-Based Punch

Breathe easier, fight back against cold and flu season with All Sinus

10 essential oils to try for sore muscles and joints

Reset Your Body with These Natural Detox Tips

New School

How to get your brand to stand out

Why your marketing isn’t working

Why content marketing?

Why should I use an ad agency?

Top ten SEO mistakes

4 reasons to go with digital marketing

Why your company should be on social media

The importance of strong branding