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~ Read stirring stories of everyday heroes that leave a lasting impression on our lives shared by speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters...
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~ Everyone loves a story — and this is the place to discover them. Backstories will help nurture your soul, spirit, and intellect. We take a look at the power of...
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~ When you look good, you feel good and you do good! Too often we don’t make looking good, and feeling good about it...
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~ “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems...
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~ Numerology is a relationship between numbers and the everyday life path of a person. Numerology can give you insight into current and future predictions of love,..
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~ Listen to a voice who speaks not only to immigrant women but to all women about impactful issues we face in our lives as individuals and as citizens of this great nation...
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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_lynda-colter-bergh-economy.jpg]Lynda Colter-Bergh "Bottom Lines"
~ There are numerous and varied lines that run through our lives. They are patterns, truths and principals. Bottom lines are woven from facts, human consciousness, lessons...
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~ Career Strategist and Chief Career Happiness Officer Julie Bauke believes in you, even though you’ve likely never met. Regardless of where you are in your career...
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~ We all live in a digital (electronic-based) world now whether we love it or hate it. Living in this digital world can be wonderful and connective at times...
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~ No matter what it is you do for a living, whether you work for yourself, for someone else, or are working in the home, when you want to do things right...
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~ Read stirring stories of everyday heroes that leave a lasting impression on our lives shared by speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters show...
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~ Whether it is about children, education, animal welfare, disaster and humanitarian relief, human rights, heath, or needed social services, community support and...
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~ The impact of connecting with one another can be profound. Author of Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life Sharon Rainey illustrates the numerous ways our...
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Getting the Kids Ready for Summer

Getting the Kids Ready for Summer

  It’s May, and it’s starting to get hot. The birds are chirping, and the bees are buzzing. In case no one knows, I am a mother of five (3 I birthed and 2 I had the pleasure of gaining through marriage). Somerville and I talk a lot about how blessed we are to be [Read More!…]

May, 2015 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

May, 2015 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? What inspired you… books, movies, family members, museums? What life experiences and exposure made an impression on you? The first thing I remember wanting to be when I was kid was an archeologist. When I was 10, I was [Read More!…]

2015 New Media Awards

2015 New Media Awards

  Check out the New Media Institute’s 2015 award submission discount for WVM readers today. http://www.newmediaawards.org/subfiles/wvmentryform.php Entry Submission deadline is May 20, 2015.  Don’t miss your opportunity to cash in on this great discount!

Fast Food… the Indian Way!

Fast Food… the Indian Way!

  I still remember the day when I fell in love. It was a Tuesday, the first of the 101 Tuesdays I had promised to keep a fast for Lord Ganesh, the Elephant God in lieu of his divine intervention to settle matters of my heart. He kept his promise. Every Tuesday, when I sat [Read More!…]

The Scandal of Healthcare: Nurses, Waste & Customer Service

The Scandal of Healthcare: Nurses, Waste & Customer Service

  The American Hospital Association, a staunch national advocate for more than 5000 hospitals, measured satisfaction among healthcare employees and concluded, “that hospitals fail to meet the expectations of their employees far more frequently than employers in other industries do. Indeed, the data shows that health care employers are worse off than the national norm [Read More!…]

Couple wants Careers Working Together... Crazy?

Couple wants Careers Working Together… Crazy?

Dear MiMi, My husband and I are looking for a new career, and we want to work together. We are trying to pay off our debt, including college tuition for our adult children. We need to sell our home, because the mortgage is a great burden. And, frankly, we want to spend more time with [Read More!…]

Military Family Precautions for the Recent, Direct ISIS Targeting Threat

Military Family Precautions for the Recent, Direct ISIS Targeting Threat

  As military families, we often face many trials that civilian families do not such as constant moving, finding new friends, long deployments, and lack of close family support. But, until recently, as family members, we did not have to face the “enemy.” That was for the active duty member to do, and, do it [Read More!…]

Playing Safe… Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Sport’s Concussion?

Playing Safe… Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Sport’s Concussion?

  “That’s one thing that has been really, really of a positive nature is that sports in general has brought this situation of concussion to the forefront…and to continually make the concussion situation better for those sports athletes going forward.” – Pat LaFontaine, Retired NHL Player The windows surrounding my desk allow me to enjoy [Read More!…]

How to “See” & Appreciate the Abundance Surrounding You

How to “See” & Appreciate the Abundance Surrounding You

  Spring and its holidays bring with it a feeling of a fresh start. Flowers are blooming and give us all a sense of renewal. Just like the flowers, we may feel like we are recharging from the long winter months, and a sense of renewal is all around. This morning I received a Passover [Read More!…]

How You can Laugh Your Way to Summer

How You can Laugh Your Way to Summer

  “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin If laughter were a book, I’d make it required reading. I can’t imagine my night time reading rituals without a dose of Mark Twain or Anne Lamott or Tina Fey. ​ My husband reads the paper and looks for the funniest story. [Read More!…]

Do You Need Event Tickets to Celebrate Life?

Do You Need Event Tickets to Celebrate Life?

  The gift of international friendships and colleagues are rewarding for many reasons, more than I could imagine. This anecdote is a reminder of kindness, support, taking chances, and gifts. My husband, two visiting professors from China and Japan, and I set out to celebrate Chinese New Year, “The Year of the Ram.” We learned [Read More!…]

4 Life Lessons Learned from a New Can Opener

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  I have friends who sometimes have parties at their home, and I get invited. Well, a few months back, I got invited to the Pampered Chef party my friend Kristine Gregory held at her home. I really didn’t think I needed anything until I saw a post on Facebook. One of our mutual friends [Read More!…]

Tributes to the Ultimate Extraordinary Ordinary Women… Mom

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Your (Revised) Summer Calendar… Enjoy One Day at a Time

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Align Your Assets & Live Without the Kinks

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Cyber Security Basics… Surfing the Net Anonymously

Cyber Security Basics… Surfing the Net Anonymously

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Easy Breezy Ways to Make the Most of Your Connections’ Updates - VIDEO

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5 Mistakes Business Owners Make that Hurt their Growth

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Live Streaming Video Apps Meerkat & Periscope Change Social Media

Live Streaming Video Apps Meerkat & Periscope Change Social Media

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Street Smarts versus Business Plans in Entrepreneurship

Street Smarts versus Business Plans in Entrepreneurship

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Trust in Yourself, Believe in Yourself & do not Look Back

Trust in Yourself, Believe in Yourself & do not Look Back

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Here’s Help for the Many having a Hard Time Finding a Job - AUDIO

Here’s Help for the Many having a Hard Time Finding a Job – AUDIO

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Put Your Clothes Back On… You don't have to Wear Thongs to Get Noticed!

Put Your Clothes Back On… You don’t have to Wear Thongs to Get Noticed!

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Is there ‘Career Life’ After 45?  7 Must-Do’s to Rock it!

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10 Business Lessons Learned from a Spider

10 Business Lessons Learned from a Spider

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Why Can’t Politicians Answer Simple Questions? – VIDEO

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The Conservative Scoop… What Sentence would You give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

The Conservative Scoop… What Sentence would You give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

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The Liberal Scoop… Agree Hillary Clinton Should not have a Primary Challenger?

The Liberal Scoop… Agree Hillary Clinton Should not have a Primary Challenger?

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#YoungPolitics… Is the United States an Exceptional Country?

#YoungPolitics… Is the United States an Exceptional Country?

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Opinion: Is the Flag Still There? – VIDEO

Opinion: Is the Flag Still There? – VIDEO

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Washington Watch – Small Business Export Resources You’ll Want to Check Out

Washington Watch – Small Business Export Resources You’ll Want to Check Out

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3 Tips to Take Control & Be Heard in Your Doctor’s Visits - VIDEO

3 Tips to Take Control & Be Heard in Your Doctor’s Visits – VIDEO

“Sometimes life’s callings are like kittens, they choose you. I never wanted to be a writer or three-time cancer patient. Yet, here I am writing about surviving cancer.” – Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos Affirmation – The more grateful I am, the more reasons I find to be grateful. Have you met your guardian angels or spirit guides? [Read More!…]

Sometimes in Life, All You can do is Smile, No Matter What

Sometimes in Life, All You can do is Smile, No Matter What

  It was just a normal day. I woke up, ate breakfast, and went to school, thinking this day is just like any other. However, what I didn’t realize was this day would be one that changed the course of my life forever. It was mid evening; I was completely exhausted from a long day [Read More!…]

3 Areas to Watch to be Fit & Enthusiastic at 50

3 Areas to Watch to be Fit & Enthusiastic at 50

  “Be inspired to know you can eat delicious and wonderful food, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing… you just need to get the right mindset.” – Tami Lindahl, CPT Tami Lindahl is truly a fitness guru. She speaks about helping women to get fit with great love and exuberance. She has [Read More!…]

May Numerology… Bring More Freedom & Adventure into Your Life!

May Numerology… Bring More Freedom & Adventure into Your Life!

  What woman doesn’t want more adventure and freedom in their life, right? The month of May opens the doors wide for just those types of opportunities! May equates to the number 5. In numerology, the number 5 means fun, fun, fun and go, go, go! This is the time for you to expect to [Read More!…]

How to Cope with a Terminal Illness in Pets

How to Cope with a Terminal Illness in Pets

  Dear Mary, Our beloved Great Dane, Ellie, is suffering from bone cancer. It is in her right front leg and, because she is now 8, our vet does not feel she would be able to withstand life on three legs. We are heartbroken there is nothing we can do. We are doing everything we [Read More!…]

“IF” - A Poem by a Father to a Military Son

“IF” – A Poem by a Father to a Military Son

  I came across this post on a blog by one of our military heroes. I won’t say his name. His mother had to have been so proud of all he has accomplished. I don’t know him personally, but that doesn’t matter. The miracle I can see is where he has been and what he [Read More!…]

Don’t Give Up! Don’t Lose Hope!

Don’t Give Up! Don’t Lose Hope!

  “Your destiny and purpose is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.” – Ralph Marston Dr. Kishma A. George is the President and CEO of Kingdom Investments in Single [Read More!…]

How to Stop Droopy Jowls & Turkey Neck - VIDEO

How to Stop Droopy Jowls & Turkey Neck – VIDEO

  Do you have sagging jowls, slack neck skin, or losing volume in the cheek area of the face? To help restore lost facial muscle tone, strengthen and lift sagging jowls, or to plump up hollowed cheeks, the Facial Flex Ultra is an affordable and natural face lifting device that can safely and effectively strengthen [Read More!…]

Do You Know the Best Oil for Beautiful Skin… at Any Age? - VIDEO

Do You Know the Best Oil for Beautiful Skin… at Any Age? – VIDEO

  Squalane oil contains a unique antioxidant derived from olives and is proven to protect the skin from free-radical damage. Our bodies produce a small amount of squalane early in life, but production begins to decline by age 20. The beauty of squalane oil is that it can help prevent fine lines and age spots, speed the [Read More!…]

5 Style Habits Aging You & What to do about It

5 Style Habits Aging You & What to do about It

  OK, to be honest, I’m not about telling women what they can’t wear. There are so many ‘rules’ about what’s age-appropriate and what’s not, and the truth is when certain things are put together tastefully, it’s not about the age. Recently, I’ve had a lot of women tell me they don’t think they can [Read More!…]

An Analysis of ‘Mad Men’ & Why We Loved it

An Analysis of ‘Mad Men’ & Why We Loved it

By the time you read this, the show, Mad Men, will (some might say finally) be drawing to a close. After seven seasons— although I’m still not sure why they split the last season over two years— there are as many opinions of the show as there are spots on a leopard. Some of you [Read More!…]

Refreshing Pinot Grigio for Warm Weather Relaxation!

Refreshing Pinot Grigio for Warm Weather Relaxation!

  Scenario 1:                      Imagine you are at a small café, New Age music playing softly in the background, sipping on a light and refreshing glass of Pinot Gris, as you dive into a vibrant summer salad or relish a crispy flatbread topped with gourmet cheese. The flavors dancing around your taste buds as they lightly [Read More!…]

How to Make Sweet Crepes for Mom this Mother’s Day

How to Make Sweet Crepes for Mom this Mother’s Day

A few days ago, I was watching a show all about crepes, and it got my mouth watering. Since then, they have been pretty much all I could think of, and the show brought up great memories of the first time I ever had crepes. I was a bit of a late bloomer when it [Read More!…]

What Traits are You Passing on to Your Children?

What Traits are You Passing on to Your Children?

  When my children were babies, I swore to the heavens, no matter what, I would be a better parent than my parents. In that regard, I have succeeded. I know it sounds mean in some ways, but I believe that was not raising the bar very high unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong, I love [Read More!…]

7 Steps to Leading a Simpler, less Cluttered Daily Life

7 Steps to Leading a Simpler, less Cluttered Daily Life

  How many times have you caught yourself saying, “It’s all about the simple things.” Perhaps you have said this in a humbling moment, where the stress of life was washed away, because your favorite song came on the radio. Or, maybe a loved one was sick, and all they wanted was a walk on [Read More!…]

Car Conversations… The World still Needs You Mom!

Car Conversations… The World still Needs You Mom!

  Some of the most critical moments in a child’s development happen when riding in the car with mom. Such happened for me when I was about 8 years old. I was listening as mom talked to my sister about getting her a hope chest. For those of you who don’t know, a hope chest, [Read More!…]

Dear Janet… How to Forgive Someone for Breaking a Promise

Dear Janet… How to Forgive Someone for Breaking a Promise

  Dear Janet I am finding it so hard to forgive my sister-in- law for hurting my daughter’s feelings. Several months ago she promised to take my daughter along on her family vacation to Disney World in June. A few weeks ago my niece talked about the trip and said she is bringing a different [Read More!…]

Do You Want to Change the World? Start with Yourself

Do You Want to Change the World? Start with Yourself

  I talk to so many women who are longing to create a life filled with purpose and do work that serves others in a meaningful way. It seems to be the main theme across the board of women who are looking for a career change, starting anew after raising their children, or transitioning from [Read More!…]

Are You Willing to Step Into the Art of Soul Dancing?

Are You Willing to Step Into the Art of Soul Dancing?

  We are in a time and place where we are all being propelled to look outside the old paradigm and into the new. It’s a time to drop old restrictions and constrictions and open widely to the vastness of potential waiting for you to embrace. Say good-bye to holding onto anything that no longer [Read More!…]

Trail Blazer Dedicated to Environment Protection… Rachel Carson

Trail Blazer Dedicated to Environment Protection… Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson’s life began in very humble surroundings on a farm in Springdale, Pennsylvania on May 27, 1907. With the guidance of her mother, she learned to love books and nature and was taught, “Every living creature deserves our respect and care.” An exceptional student, Rachel earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in science [Read More!…]

Top 10 Travel Destinations to Visit this Summer

Top 10 Travel Destinations to Visit this Summer

  Each year TripAdvisor has its users vote on their favorite destinations around the world as part of their “Travelers’ Choice Awards.” It’s in order to create a definitive “best of” list for readers to drool over and add to their bucket lists. To make sure you don’t miss out on a single great destination [Read More!…]

A Summer Crush… On a Bikini

A Summer Crush… On a Bikini

  Summer days, drifting away, to-oooo uh, oh those su-uh-mmer nights! Summer romances are truly the stuff of legends. With balmy nights at the shore under star-studded skies as the perfect backdrop, what girl could resist falling in love after a day spent lounging on the sand, surreptitiously watching her crush from behind sunglasses as [Read More!…]

What Every Parent should Know about Interacting with Their Children

What Every Parent should Know about Interacting with Their Children

  “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin Recently I went on vacation in Europe with my father and husband. I had the opportunity to be in Paris and Italy for over three weeks. I decided before I left I wanted this article to be about my trip and my [Read More!…]

When the Bullies Come a Calling

When the Bullies Come a Calling

  “Hi, beautiful. What’s up with you today? It’s a pitiful look you’ve got on your face.” “Oh Grandma, that old man’s grandson, Billy, down the holler a ways was picking on me again today.” He says, “Girls ain’t got no brains, and I can’t come and play in his all boys club and to [Read More!…]

Are We There Yet? 10 Tips for FUN Summer Road Trips with Your Kids

Are We There Yet? 10 Tips for FUN Summer Road Trips with Your Kids

  Family vacations are always something to look forward to, but a common complaint among parents is the journey to the vacation destination can be very trying for all involved. Being cooped up in the car, sometimes in car seats for the younger ones, can be extremely frustrating for children. As a result, it becomes [Read More!…]

Family Talk… What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Family Talk… What does Memorial Day mean to you?

  What does Memorial Day mean to you? ​ BRENDA – Carmel, IN, Executive, Married, 1 Step-Son, Middle Sister – Several years ago I was in Washington D.C. on business, and I took in a bit of sightseeing too. I wanted to see the Vietnam War Memorial. From a distance walking up to it, I [Read More!…]

Pizza Toast from Camping Breakfast to Party Hors d'oeuvres - Recipe

Pizza Toast from Camping Breakfast to Party Hors d’oeuvres – Recipe

Toast is not just for butter and jelly on slices of Wonder bread anymore. It’s trended into a complete breakfast meal or upscale hors d’oeuvre. Toast is quick, and you can do almost anything with it anywhere, including making Pizza Toast for every occasion. It is a quick toaster-oven breakfast on school mornings, a delicious [Read More!…]

DIY – 4 Hidden Features in a Common Tape Measure - VIDEO

DIY – 4 Hidden Features in a Common Tape Measure – VIDEO

By Leah Bolden & Karen DeVenaro ​ Nearly every tape measure has some “hidden” features you might not be aware of. Have you ever wondered why there is a slot cut into the tab on the end of the tape? Well, we show you what it is used for. In addition, there is a very [Read More!…]

7 Tips to Shop Your Garden Center in May

7 Tips to Shop Your Garden Center in May

  It’s May, the month when shoppers from coast to coast are packing the garden centers which have been transformed in a matter of weeks from sleepy stores to bustling businesses. The once empty shelves are stocked with flats of annual flowers, and the aisles are lined with flowering shrubs of all colors and types. [Read More!…]

Add Magic & Sparkle to your Home Decor

Add Magic & Sparkle to your Home Decor

  We all have different levels of how much of ourselves we put into our homes. Some of us are minimalists, creating Zen-like homes with neutral colors, preferring soothing empty spaces over shelves of “dust-catchers.” Other people love their homes to include clusters of photos and knickknacks, lots of furniture, and pillows, throw blankets, and [Read More!…]

WVM Welcomes New Columnist Dr. Robert Schmid in May!

WVM Welcomes New Columnist Dr. Robert Schmid in May!

  Dr. Robert Schmid – Cyber Security in a Digital World – Most people surf the Internet, download files, share links, view, research, and text without really thinking about, let alone completely understand, how the digital tools they are using actually share and expose their lives. Are you one of these people? Dr. Bob Schmid, [Read More!…]