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10 Interest Sections – 60+ Columnists. ...REAL WOMEN…REAL LIFE…REAL VOICES... Women’s Voices Magazine is modern, informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining. The 45+ WVM Columnists live in cities and towns all across the United States. They range from 23 to 50+, from single working class mom to seasoned executive, with columns from serious and poignant to down right hilarious and LOL funny.

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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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~ Living in an era of political gridlock, the average American strives to find their voice and impact. As a free-thinking nation, it is imperative we work...
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~ This column offers a change from the traditional journalistic convention of instigating blind partisan aggression and explores the new road to political...
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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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~ Have you ever felt like you needed a Public Relations professional in today’s competitive world? In reality, you probably do whether a professional women or not...
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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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~ We are in the second decade of the 21st century, but are women still living in an unbalanced man’s world personally and professionally? Are power...
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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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~ No matter what mountain we climb, no matter what glass ceiling we break through, until we learn to believe in self, support each other and maintain a faith in...
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~ Do you equate being assertive with being bossy or bitchy or a negative cliché of feminism? You might be surprised to know many women do, and they may be...
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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_reina-howard-impact.jpg]Reina Howard "An Immigrant Woman’s Voice"
~ 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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~ 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...
[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_yoland-snipes-community.jpg]Yolanda Snipes "100 Seeds for 100 Fields"
~ We have all heard the saying, “You reap what you sow.” What if your intended harvest was making a difference in 100 lives by encouraging voluntarism and setting an...
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Easy Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Macarons Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Macarons Recipe

  By Anne Schaeffer, November, 2014 – For Thanksgiving this year, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I want to bring to our big family gathering. For the past several years, everyone has been congregating at my husband’s parent’s home, and it’s been wonderful. So, of course, I want to assist in [Read More!...]

Women’s Voices Magazine Receives New Media Institute’s “Standard of Excellence” 2014 Award

Women’s Voices Magazine Receives New Media Institute’s “Standard of Excellence” 2014 Award

  Women’s Voices Magazine was honored on August 26th with the 2014 New Media Awards “Standard of Excellence” for the Lifestyle Category from the New Media Institute headquartered in New York. The NMI Awards recognize achievement in new media communications covering four major categories and innumerable sub categories. The four categories were websites, blogs, mobile apps [Read More!...]

November, 2014 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

November, 2014 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

  I know most people think of what they are grateful for in their lives during the month of November as they celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. And, it’s wonderful to have gratitude in our hearts during Thanksgiving, and all year long! I’m sure the original pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving did so out of [Read More!...]

SPECIAL - Nov 8 & 9 Only - Great Holiday Gift Idea & 10% Goes to Charity

SPECIAL – Nov 8 & 9 Only – Great Holiday Gift Idea & 10% Goes to Charity

  You know what one of the best holiday gifts is? It’s a book! Books are always the right size and affordable, and everyone likes receiving a book to get lost in as a way of relaxing and stimulating their imagination. This is especially true for Arlene’s book Buzzard’s Glory as it brings you to [Read More!...]

This Year’s Story of My Garden & the Lessons of Life within It

This Year’s Story of My Garden & the Lessons of Life within It

  November is the month I think of as the end of the gardening year, the last chapter in the story of the year’s garden. This year, I am thankful the story of my garden is mostly a good story. After a particularly harsh Midwest winter; I don’t recall too many casualties in the garden [Read More!...]

Make Your Own Perfect, Affordable Gifts… Make Scents of it All!

Make Your Own Perfect, Affordable Gifts… Make Scents of it All!

    The holidays are full of the aromas we love… home cooking, wood smoke, and warm spices like cinnamon. But with health concerns about artificial scents, how can we bring home the aromas we love without risking the health of ourselves, loved ones, and pets? We can go with artistic, natural scents in beautiful [Read More!...]

A Can of Spray Paint May be All You Need for a Nicer Home Entrance - VIDEO

A Can of Spray Paint May be All You Need for a Nicer Home Entrance – VIDEO

  By Leah Bolden & Karen DeVenaro This time of year gets busier for most people. And part of this is more company coming more often… starting with walking through your front doorway. ​ There is no time like the present to brighten up your front doorway for the upcoming holiday season by giving your [Read More!...]

Family Talk… Why is Thanksgiving Special to You?

Family Talk… Why is Thanksgiving Special to You?

What do you like best about the Thanksgiving holiday? ​ LEON – Clinton, UT, Public Sector, 2 Sons & 2 Step-Daughters, Linda’s Husband – I love the food and drink!  And this year I am looking forward to seeing family members we don’t get to hang out with very much.  It should be a real [Read More!...]

Lack of Motivation in Teen Could be a Sign of Depression

Lack of Motivation in Teen Could be a Sign of Depression

    How will our parenting decisions today affect the adults our kids will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in an open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, view parenting decisions through a psychologist’s perspective. Question: I’m in high school and unmotivated to do well in school. I don’t know what to do. ​ DR. [Read More!...]

Thanksgiving… Does Your Family have an Uncle Billy to Welcome Home?

Thanksgiving… Does Your Family have an Uncle Billy to Welcome Home?

  Thanksgiving in my Forest won’t be U-tubed this year. Well some of it may, and I’ll be able to tell which ones being the old woman of the Forest that still owns a wood cook stove. The house will begin to fill the night before the big day with laughter and cheer. This year [Read More!...]

Are You Ready for Kids? 5 Questions to Answer to Know for Sure

Are You Ready for Kids? 5 Questions to Answer to Know for Sure

  Becoming a mom can be one of the biggest changes a person faces in their lifetime. Raising children is a lifelong commitment filled with both blessings and challenges. Working at Avelist, a website where people go to navigate new situations, I see moms use our platform to share their experiences. I’ve noticed a lot [Read More!...]

You Might be Surprised at What Mentoring Can do for Kids

You Might be Surprised at What Mentoring Can do for Kids

  “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pine I am currently in school for my degree in Social Work. One of my class professors asked us how we would like to be remembered when it’s our time. A lot [Read More!...]

Make Shared Child Custody Work for the Holidays… Yes, You Can!

Make Shared Child Custody Work for the Holidays… Yes, You Can!

  In a divorce involving children, I believe one of the hardest parts of figuring out custody arrangements is how to divide the holidays. I remember the day so well. My ex-husband and I sat in front of our Friend of the Court referee with the list of holidays. My ex kept throwing out, “I [Read More!...]

Looking for Your Family Identity or Lost Relative? Get to Know Search Angels

Looking for Your Family Identity or Lost Relative? Get to Know Search Angels

  What is a Search Angel? A “Search Angel” is someone who gives of their time and expertise, without charge, to help people separated from family and lost loved ones by adoption, foster care, divorce, and alienation, to find their information and reconnect, if they choose. We are men and women of all ages and [Read More!...]

Like Autumn Leaves, Change Life’s Colors & Let go what Should Fall Away

Like Autumn Leaves, Change Life’s Colors & Let go what Should Fall Away

  November is smack dab in the middle of autumn and usually equated to the Thanksgiving holiday and a time for being grateful. I want to contemplate autumn and November in particular with being grateful for the changing of the seasons. By viewing autumn as a kind of bridge from the spenders of summer to [Read More!...]

Thanks for Spanx and More

Thanks for Spanx and More

  It’s November, so it must be Thanksgiving time. The time of year when we construct elaborate lists enumerating our blessings and reviewing just where life has propelled or drop-kicked us to in the past twelve months. Frequently, writers fortunate enough to claim regular column space use the holiday season to convey sentimental messages they [Read More!...]

Feel Good Travel… 4 Paying it Forward Abroad Programs

Feel Good Travel… 4 Paying it Forward Abroad Programs

  Think about the word “travel” for a moment; what comes to mind? Maybe words like “adventure,” “relaxation,” or “outdoors,” or maybe none of those! T he great thing about travel is it has so many facets; it can be any kind of experience you want it to be! This month, in the spirit of [Read More!...]

Honor Fannie Lou Hamer’s Legacy… Exercise Your Right to Vote! – VIDEO

Honor Fannie Lou Hamer’s Legacy… Exercise Your Right to Vote! – VIDEO

  Learning from the past provides hope for the future. Women In History firmly believes the stories we share can have a direct impact on how we live our lives today. ​ This month’s video offering is connected with voting. The mid-term elections are fast approaching, and analyst are predicting a 20% voter turnout. Every [Read More!...]

Changes and Gratitude! Can You Feel It?

Changes and Gratitude! Can You Feel It?

  “And the seasons go round and round, and the painted ponies go up and down……. “ Two words came to me as I woke this morning. Although I’m still in the heat of the Arizona sun, yesterday, when I drove to the peak of Mt. Lemmon, I was able to witness the changing colors [Read More!...]

The Freedom of Forgiveness… Let go & Move Forward

The Freedom of Forgiveness… Let go & Move Forward

    In order to allow a new and better phase of your life to happen, you need to let go of the past. As difficult as it may seem, it’s important to become aware of things that no longer serve you. And, realize it’s time to let them go if you really want to [Read More!...]

Dear Janet… How do I handle an argumentative brother?

Dear Janet… How do I handle an argumentative brother?

  Dear Janet, The holidays are approaching and obviously I’m not alone in dreading family functions. ​ Here’s what’s happening. I have an older brother who is socially awkward and very angry inside. At family functions I get embarrassed for him, and I spend the whole evening on guard as to what he’ll say, either [Read More!...]

Dear Janet… How does our family handle an entitled sister?

Dear Janet… How does our family handle an entitled sister?

Dear Janet, I have two sisters, and we are all in our 40s.  Two of us have spent 20 years building our careers and raising our children.  One sister has spent the past 20 years consistently making fairly poor decisions when it came to education, jobs, and men.   ​ Along with our parents, my sister [Read More!...]

Be a Real Friend to Someone You know Struggling with Fear, Anxiety & Stress

Be a Real Friend to Someone You know Struggling with Fear, Anxiety & Stress

  What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well, the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. Second, [Read More!...]

Pinot Noir for the Holidays…

Pinot Noir for the Holidays…

    The holiday season can have anyone and everyone running around, stressing out and not really enjoying the season. Keep your holiday cheer by taking time to plan a night or two during all the rush and madness to unwind! Imagine a prefect, relaxing evening…you are sitting on your couch and you have a [Read More!...]

Have You Heard about The Mystery of Vivian Maier?

Have You Heard about The Mystery of Vivian Maier?

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3 Things You Need to Clear Out of Your Closet NOW!

3 Things You Need to Clear Out of Your Closet NOW!

  We’ve all been there – hanging onto certain items in our closet we ‘just can’t get rid of.’ You may be thinking, “I’ll wear it again someday,” or “I like it/spent a lot on it,” or “So and so gave it to me; I can’t get rid of it.” Any of those ring a [Read More!...]

DIY Beauty Recipes – Exfoliating Mask, Lip Soother – Hollywood Secrets VIDEO

DIY Beauty Recipes – Exfoliating Mask, Lip Soother – Hollywood Secrets VIDEO

  If you’re on a tight budget – no worries! Here’s some of my favorite DIY fall skin care recipes. They’re very effective and made with common ingredients found in the kitchen pantry. ​ Louisa’s Coconut Oil Exfoliating Mask – For All Skin Types Ingredients: ½ teaspoon coconut oil (organic food grade) Food grade coconut [Read More!...]

4 Affordable, Healthy Beauty Products & WVM Specials

4 Affordable, Healthy Beauty Products & WVM Specials

  As a beauty and age-proofing expert, I’ve made it my mission to uncover the most powerful skin care products on the planet. Most importantly, the products I reveal contain THE highest concentrations of active ingredients – far more than costly department store and popular doctor brands. In addition, the products I recommend are free [Read More!...]

Elegant & Delicious Twist on Classic Favorite… Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs, Caviar Optional

Elegant & Delicious Twist on Classic Favorite… Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs, Caviar Optional

  We were talking about different recipes before Thanksgiving, and I thought I would share this great one with you.  I make these for Thanksgiving, and they are delicious.  Everyone loves them.  They’re a gourmet take on the classic deviled eggs that are easy to make and very pretty too! ​ Blue Cheese & Caviar [Read More!...]

Small Doors can Lead to Big Rooms in Life

Small Doors can Lead to Big Rooms in Life

  “Opportunities? They are all around us; there is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.”- Orison Swett Marden The question is, “Have you passed up your purpose and your promise, because you were looking for the double doors?” ​ Cora Jakes Coleman is a lovely wife, an awesome mother, [Read More!...]

Her Name was Teresa Demjanovich & She Came from Jersey

Her Name was Teresa Demjanovich & She Came from Jersey

  Her name was Teresa Demjanovich. She came from Jersey. At college she had a vision of St. Mary, Christ’s mother. Miracles began to happen with her, the most famous being the cure of a legally blind Teaneck boy. ​ Her order began early after her death to lobby her for sainthood. But the movement [Read More!...]

Do You Know What a Colored Ribbon Tied to a Dog’s Leash Means?

Do You Know What a Colored Ribbon Tied to a Dog’s Leash Means?

  I have a lot of clients with dogs who do not play well with others. Some of these pets have been previously attacked; others are rescues that are skittish; some were not properly socialized as puppies; and some are just plain alpha. So what if you have such a pet and want to take [Read More!...]

November Numerology… 11 is a Powerful “Being Guided” Month

November Numerology… 11 is a Powerful “Being Guided” Month

  November is a powerful month in the metaphysical world. The number “11” in numerology is associated with angels and their strong presence in your everyday life. Trusting your intuition is synonymous with your angels and heavenly guides directly communicating with you. When a thought just seems to jump into your mind, listen to it, [Read More!...]

A Near Death Experience Theme… Gratitude Despite Life’s Challenges

A Near Death Experience Theme… Gratitude Despite Life’s Challenges

  Life can change in a heartbeat. Most of us travel through our days doing whatever it is we do, working, taking care of family, connecting with friends, participating in activities. It’s another birthday bash, another holiday. For some of us, this day-to-day sameness suddenly gets interrupted by a crisis. In many cases, it’s medical. [Read More!...]

View from the Right – Mid-Term 2014 Election Analysis

View from the Right – Mid-Term 2014 Election Analysis

  Kelsey’s analysis of the November 4, 2014 mid-term election results coming soon! ​ Kelsey Budd currently resides in Washington D.C. and works as a strategic communications consultant. A graduate from the College of William and Mary in 2011, she lives by the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the [Read More!...]

View from the Left – Mid-Term 2014 Election Analysis

View from the Left – Mid-Term 2014 Election Analysis

  Alison’s analysis of the November 4, 2014 mid-term election results coming soon! ​ Alison Jarris is a federal consultant living in Washington, D.C. with a passion for travel and an interest in politics, health and journalism. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2012.

#YoungPolitics…

#YoungPolitics…

  What made you interested in politics?  And, are the majority of your millennial friends politically informed and active?   ​ ​ Paul Bremmer – Wash D.C., St. Bonaventure University 2012 Graduate, Bio  – I first became interested in politics during my senior year of high school. It was the fall of 2007, and the race for [Read More!...]

Optimize Your Work-Life Balance Now for the Holidays & 2015

Optimize Your Work-Life Balance Now for the Holidays & 2015

  We always seem to talk about optimizing life as women, but many of us fall short. We especially fall short around the holidays and with our plans for a new year. My top two critical parts of optimizing work and life includes a financial aspect, timelines, and communication. The easiest way to get started [Read More!...]

When Feathers Burn & Phoenixes Rise… the Fall & Rise of Entrepreneurs

When Feathers Burn & Phoenixes Rise… the Fall & Rise of Entrepreneurs

  It happened this week; a business acquaintance, who I admired for her tenacity and creativity, announced on Facebook that after a long and very painful reflection, after five years of successes and struggles, she was going to close her business. It happens to the best of ‘em. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 [Read More!...]

4 Ways to Screw Up a Job Search & What to do about it!

4 Ways to Screw Up a Job Search & What to do about it!

  Let me just say it. Being on a job search is like being on a big roller-coaster ride in hell’s worst amusement park. Am I right, or am I right? Yet, you have to get on that coaster, strap yourself in, and hope that when the ride ends you are still in possession of [Read More!...]

Is Your Credit Report Scaring Lenders?

Is Your Credit Report Scaring Lenders?

  You pay your bills on time, and you never miss a payment, but you’re still having trouble with getting any type of credit. Something on your credit report could be “scaring” lenders. The big gremlins that haunt credit reports are accounts such as bankruptcies, foreclosures, tax liens, and judgments along with late or missed [Read More!...]

If Superwoman Lost Her Cape, Does the World End?

If Superwoman Lost Her Cape, Does the World End?

  I fell flat on my face while trying to be a super woman. One thing women must realize is it is not always best to multi-task. The key to life is to do as little as possible and to enjoy the moments as they unfold. Younger women believe it is necessary to work very [Read More!...]

The Real Cost of Energy… Steps to Change Negative to Positive

The Real Cost of Energy… Steps to Change Negative to Positive

  Let’s talk about energy! Over 100 years ago Albert Einstein addressed the scientific community passionately presenting the idea everything we see, hear, taste, and smell is not matter but energy. Everything that “matters” is energy. He went on to say that energy cannot be created or destroyed. It only can be transformed. Think about [Read More!...]

Ello, Unique Social Media Site or Just One More?

Ello, Unique Social Media Site or Just One More?

  When you think of social media sites most people immediately come up with Facebook and Twitter. You then begin to think about Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Foursquare, and others. I really don’t know how many social media sites are out there, but it’s safe to say there are thousands aimed at a variety of demographics, [Read More!...]

The 11 Most Common Web Hosting Service Types Explained

The 11 Most Common Web Hosting Service Types Explained

  The Wikipedia gives the meaning as follows, “service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically [Read More!...]

Why You Should Up Your Number of LinkedIn Status Updates - VIDEO

Why You Should Up Your Number of LinkedIn Status Updates – VIDEO

  It’s fitting this month’s Thanksgiving theme of “random acts of kindness and gratitude” blends right in with my topic of posting quality status updates on LinkedIn. Hint: Do 80% of your status updates on content that will help your network connections. In this month’s video, I cover the why, what, how, and how often [Read More!...]

Why I am Thankful for Not Always Getting what I Want

Why I am Thankful for Not Always Getting what I Want

  November is a time many of us remind ourselves what we are thankful for. I love seeing people stop to post, tweet, or simply say words of thankfulness. We should do this more often. Being thankful is good for your soul. We should make a habit of focusing on, and being thankful for, what [Read More!...]

When Gratitude Is Not Enough

When Gratitude Is Not Enough

  There are many inspirational quotes, books, and people who continually remind us to be grateful. We are encouraged to be grateful for every little and big thing and everything in between. It’s even highly suggested we be grateful for our challenges and negative experiences since they are opportunities for us to learn and grow. [Read More!...]

From Weeds to Reality – How One Woman’s Dream is Saving Lives

From Weeds to Reality – How One Woman’s Dream is Saving Lives

  “If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.” – Unknown Sometimes it takes a person many years to find her passion. Other times, it looks you in the eye, and you know in an instant. ​ The latter is how Barbara Hutchinson became the founder and Ranch Director of Renaissance Rescue Ranch. “Some [Read More!...]

1, 2, 3! What do these Numbers have to do with You & Me?

1, 2, 3! What do these Numbers have to do with You & Me?

  If you remember, last month’s theme was about harvesting, reaping, and sowing as it relates to us as human beings. This month I would like to take that discussion a little deeper, looking at it from a one, two, and three prospective. Over the years, we have heard that certain times in our lives [Read More!...]

Ideas for Holiday Volunteering, Even if Your Time is Limited

Ideas for Holiday Volunteering, Even if Your Time is Limited

There are many reasons to be thankful and give during the holiday season. My first is the freedom to worship God above. I am also thankful for and grateful to all of the branches of the military, my family and friends, and also for all people I haven’t met yet! After many years of volunteering [Read More!...]

It’s a Matter of Perspective & What Words You want to Use

It’s a Matter of Perspective & What Words You want to Use

  I think I have been playing a bit of a word game with myself the past few weeks. I can happily say I have tested clear of Bartonella (a co-infection of Lyme Disease) for three years now. It took me two years to get through treatment, but it worked. In the Lyme community, we [Read More!...]

November is for Giving Thanks & Gratitude on Veteran’s Day too!

November is for Giving Thanks & Gratitude on Veteran’s Day too!

  One of my favorite bumper stickers reads, “If you can read this thank a teacher, if it’s in English, thank a Veteran.” So, in the spirit of November and being thankful, I want everyone reading this to thank a veteran for their service. Veteran’s Day is November 11. Do you know the significance of [Read More!...]

What You Should Know if Faced with a Carjacking

What You Should Know if Faced with a Carjacking

  Carjacking is a term everyone is way too familiar with, but would you know what to do if you were to come face-to-face with a potential carjacker? Let’s Start with Prevention ​ Know your surroundings prior to approaching your car. Watch for anyone loitering in the parking lot. People should be coming and going, [Read More!...]

Hollywood Beauty Secrets - New Column Coming in November!

Hollywood Beauty Secrets – New Column Coming in November!

  Louisa Graves – Hollywood Beauty Secrets… For Budget-Savvy Gals – In this confusing world of over-priced skin care and costly laser treatments, it’s difficult to know what REALLY works. World class ‘age-proofing’ expert Louisa Graves can help stop the madness with her scientifically proven, do-able age-defying tips. She is a doctor-recommended author of two [Read More!...]

Search Angels - New Column Coming in November!

Search Angels – New Column Coming in November!

    Priscilla Stone Sharp – Search Angels – Were you adopted as a child? Did a parent leave, and you never saw them or that side of your family again? Did you give up a child at birth? Do you have identity questions as a result of lost family ties? “Who am I? What [Read More!...]

What’s in the Harvest in Your Life? What Seeds do You Sow?

What’s in the Harvest in Your Life? What Seeds do You Sow?

  By Shirley T. Burke, October, 2014 – “Your mind is the garden, your thoughts are the seeds, and you can either harvest flowers or weeds.” Every since I was nine years old, I have somehow known I was suppose to “do something” in my life. That doing, I felt, dealt with others. I learned [Read More!...]

October, 2014 - Greetings from the Executive Editor

October, 2014 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

The WVM theme for October, 2014 embraces these two questions, “What Seeds do You Sow,” and “What’s in the Harvest in Your Life?” I believe the seed anyone sows is not only in their actions but also in their mind. For me, anything in life really begins with the planting in my thoughts, taking root [Read More!...]

How to Leave Your Garden in the Fall

How to Leave Your Garden in the Fall

  It’s fall clean up time in the garden. What’s a gardener to do? For all gardeners, I have one simple answer. “Leave the garden in the fall as you’d like to find it in the spring.” I give fellow gardeners this piece of advice and watch as they have their own “ah ha” moment. [Read More!...]

Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Phone

Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Phone

  With so many people taking pictures with camera phones, the world is flooded with amateur images. Some people are naturally gifted photographers, while others have to work on their skills. Anyone can improve their images without fancy editing equipment. In fact, the best photos often need no correcting but come out great right from [Read More!...]