Mar/Apr
2015

Hosting a High School International Exchange Student: My first time as a parent

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Written by By Alison Rentschler, Photography by mike hardwick photography

As an international traveler and a person with many international friends, I’ve always enjoyed the experience of meeting, relating to and communicating with people from other cultures. I often find that we have many similarities and connections. 

 

Mar/Apr
2015

The Male Perspective: Women's Roles

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Written by By Pam Whitfield

Name: Don Hadley
Age: 74
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Job: Owner, O&B Shoes (3 locations in Rochester)
Family: Jeannine, and six children, 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren

PAM: How have women’s changing roles in society helped relationships?

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Recycled Creations You Can Make at Home : Beads

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Written by By Melissa Eggler, Photography by Melissa Eggler

The spring season is quickly approaching (thank goodness!) and with that comes the urge to purge and recycle. Before you toss that stack of magazines, newspapers and junk mail that has been piling up all winter, flip through them and tear out some colorful pages that have a nice pattern or bright colors. With a few quick cuts and some rolling, you can create amazing paper beads that are inexpensive and look beautiful when strung together. I just happened to have Rochester Women November/December 2014 issue, so I thought I’d put it to good use.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

The Male Perspective: Life, love and relationships

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Written by Pam Whitfield

 

Name: Larry Peterson, M.D.

Age: 68

Hometown: Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Relationship: Married to Dorothy for 46 years

Children: Three boys

Job: Retired physician and psychiatrist

Current: Cartoonist and book illustrator

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Recycled Creations: You Can Make at Home

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Written by Melissa Eggler

 

In this easy-to-make craft, you’ll recycle some buttons and an old piece of wood to create a beautiful “Love” wall hanging.

Many of us have our grandma’s vintage button tin stored away with gorgeous antique buttons hiding in it. I have several of these, and because I love buttons so much, I decided to showcase them in this unique wall hanging, instead of keeping them hidden. Because I’m such a recycler, I began by thinking of items I had around the house that I could use as a background piece. My goal when creating something recycled is to spend little or no money on supplies.

A friend recently gifted me several pieces of leftover beadboard she used when she remodeled her bathroom. She said, “Melissa, I know you can do something with these,” and she was right. This was the perfect material for this project.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Grandma, Mom & Me: Winter Memories

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Written by Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

 

Grandma: When I was about 8 years old, we lived in Rochester. Our home was on First Place SE, where the government center is now. Our backyard was the Zumbro River. We lived at the end of the street, and next to our house was a big hill. All of the neighborhood dads would get together with pails of water to flood the hill. The kids would flatten cardboard boxes and slide down the icy hill onto the Zumbro. That is my favorite wintertime memory. We could not wait, and it was so much fun!

Mom: I remember Dad plowing the snow into massive heaps. My younger brother and I would make snow tunnels, then bring out the blanket, a flashlight and our books. We loved hiding in there, reading. When you lived in the country, you had to make your own fun.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Unbroken Resolution: Random Acts of Kindness lifestyle

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Written by Danielle Teal

Several years ago, while I was on my way home from work, I noticed that I was driving practically on fumes. I pulled into the Kwik Trip near my house to get some gas. Knowing I had a tight budget, I squeezed the nozzle a few times until I hit a certain amount. I walked into the store to pay for it, and as soon as I said the pump number, the cashier smiled at me and told me that someone had bought my gas for me. I quickly scanned the store and peered outside to no avail; I couldn’t identify who this kind soul was. In that profound moment, I knew he or she did not want to be known. I had just been gifted a random act of kindness (RAK). 

It Changed My Life

A couple years later, that RAK was still fresh in my thoughts. In 2012, I made a New Year’s resolution to do a RAK every single day for an entire year. What at first was a novel idea turned into a complete lifestyle change. I’m not saying I was an entirely selfish person in my pre-RAK days, but I definitely learned some important life lessons in the process. 

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Wedding Advice FROM BRIDES TO BRIDES

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Written by Jenee Cummings

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Long gone are the days of stuffy church weddings, inflated guest lists and stressful itineraries that adhere to “tradition.” Modern brides have finally recognized that the wedding day is about enjoying one of the most important events of our lives. Today’s weddings are often held in intimate venues and settings focused on the bride and groom and their loved ones.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Caring for Aging Parents

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Caring for Aging Parents - HOUSING OPTIONS

Many of us will face the day when our parents can no longer live on their own, when the physical toll of caring for them becomes overwhelming for family members, and additional care is required to meet their needs. The best time to evaluate senior housing options is before your parent falls and breaks a hip.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

The Male Perspective

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Written by Pam Whitfield

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The male perspective on LIFE, LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

Name: Sanjay Misra, M.D. Age: 49 Hometown: Bareilly, India Relationship: Married to Kami for 15 years Children: Three Job: Consultant and Professor of Radiology

PAM: When women say that they don’t understand men, what should they keep in mind?

 

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