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Fabric Through the Ages

Recently, National Public Radio aired a news segment on Otzi, the 5,000-year-old frozen man discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Otzi has received a lot of attention, since he was the best-preserved “mummy” scientists have ever recovered. At the time of his death, this iceman was wearing a hide coat, skin leggings, a loincloth, fur hat, and hay-stuffed shoes. While extensive research has been carried out on the mummified corpse, scientists had been unable to identify the various animal skins due to their advanced state of decomposition. Thanks to recent advances in DNA testing, researchers have now identified the ...

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7 Steps to an Organized Kitchen

Kitchens are one of my favorite rooms to organize when assisting my clients. Why, you ask? Excluding the bedroom (because of the hours we spend sleeping), the kitchen is the most frequented room in our home. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. If this room is unorganized—or if the organization isn’t tailored to how the cook uses it—we may be sending valuable kitchen time right down the drain. Click the magazine below to learn Nancy Rothwell’s Seven Steps to an Organized Kitchen on PAGE 32:

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Summer Snazz: Lookin’ Good on the Go

Ella Fitzgerald sang, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Listen to Ella. Of course, you could listen to the Kardashians, who live their lives in front of mirrors, forever polishing, primping, and poofing. Or you could really live, which means getting out there to smell that just-cut grass and stretch out like a cat on soft sand. However, you still want to look good goin’ out the door. You just want to get out that door ASAP. So, here are some quick and easy fashion, hair, and makeup tips. Click the magazine below to read the rest of Katie McKy’s ...

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Child-Free Woman

I am a 51-year-old, unmarried woman without any children. Thankfully, this doesn’t make me quite the anomaly that it used to. In fact, last year’s U.S. Census Bureau showed more women are childless (47.6 percent) than at any other time since they began tracking in 1976. Yet the expectation remains; others assume a woman of my age has children. Click the magazine below to read the rest of Mary Ellen Bliss’s insights (for all of us) on being a child-free woman. The article is on PAGE 16:

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Women Rock!

Almost everyone knows a woman that has faced breast cancer. From close relatives to long-lost friends, disease has touched countless people. Sadly, many more are diagnosed daily. In the Chippewa Valley, Women Rock is an annual event offering a forum for addressing breast cancer through donations, shopping, camaraderie, and—most importantly—education. Charter Media (now Spectrum Reach) and Mayo Clinic Health System partnered together in 2003 to create Women Rock in Eau Claire. Click the magazine below to read the rest of Heather Rothbauer Wanish’s article detailing the Women Rock event PAGE 32:

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Thumbs Up for Eau Claire’s Show of Hands

Hands Across Eau Claire—one of the first public art installations in the most recent trend of such installations in Eau Claire—has come to its conclusion after 10 years and more than 100 hands. The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire (CMEC) started the Hands Across Eau Claire project as a way to create awareness about the museum. The hand, which is the symbol of the museum, helped explain what the museum was going to offer to the community. “It is a hands on museum, not a museum of historical preservation,” says Suzie Slota, the Executive Director of CMEC from 2005 to ...

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The Bond of Sisterhood

When most people hear the word “sister,” visions of little girls sharing dolls, secrets, and clothes come to mind. They might lovingly remember late night teen-talk whispered across the bedroom. Families might recollect times the girls would fight and make up, always inseparable in the end. Agreements and disagreements are equal building blocks for most sister relationships. These experiences don’t come to my mind. Separated at ages two and four, raised in different foster homes, my sister and I didn’t do any of those things. Spending precious limited hours per year together, we grew up as comfortable strangers. In fact, ...

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A Top Notch Résumé: Your Gateway to the Job Interview

Are you considering a geographical move that requires you to search for work? Do you think you’re ready for that internal promotion? Or, have you been thinking about “what’s out there” in terms of new opportunities in your field? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you will definitely need a new or updated résumé to move forward. Now the panic sets in. You haven’t written your résumé for over 10 years. Do you still need the same sections on your document? What do you keep, and what do you eliminate from your job history? Should there be ...

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Rider on the Storm

As a child, Angela Meyer dreamed of horses. Poverty precluded owning any horses that weren’t palm-sized. So, Meyer played with her plastic ponies and dreamed big: of horse jumping in the Olympics, of owning horses too big to perch atop her dresser, and of becoming a veterinarian. She lost the Olympic and veterinarian dreams when she was the third car in a five-car pile-up in college. In the squeeze, her vertebrae and pelvis rotated and chronic back problems followed. That was just the beginning of having things taken from her, which is why today, Meyer has no distant dreams. I’m ...

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A Military Mom’s Pilgrimage

As I sit at my kitchen counter collecting my thoughts, I try to focus on positive things to distract myself from worries. But the heaviness in my chest and the hollowness in my gut overwhelm me. I want my son home—in Milwaukee with his wife and dog. This is his last deployment (at least this is what we are led to believe). I tire of self-challenges, immersing myself in new exercise routines or keeping busy to prevent myself from getting too anxious about my son’s deployments. Most days I do really well, but today is different; today I feel like ...

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