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Child Advocacy Center: providing light in the darkness

Child Advocacy Center: providing light in the darkness

By Wyndi Veigel Imagine being a teacher and one of your students makes a claim of abuse by a family member. Unsure of where to turn, you report the incident to local law enforcement. As a mandatory reporter you have no choice but to speak…

Charming Charleston

Charming Charleston

By Sydni Ellis Cobblestone-paved streets. Centuries-old lighthouses. Orange-and-red daylilies, roses and abelias. The city of Charleston, South Carolina, is simply charming — especially in the fall. If you are looking for a place where horse-drawn carriage rides still exist and antique lighthouses still stand prominently…

Turning women into girls

Turning women into girls

Sisters on the Fly celebrates over 20 years of adventure  By Sonia Duggan Imagine being part of a group where only women are allowed. No kids, no husband, no pets. Your only responsibility is for yourself – and making sure you have fun! Sure, there’s…

Pumpkin Walnut Sage Risotto

Pumpkin Walnut Sage Risotto

Total time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6 Risotto:  6 cups vegetable stock 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 large yellow onion, finely diced 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 cup grated pecorino cheese Walnut Sage Pesto: 2 cloves fresh garlic 1 cup…

Life after cancer treatment

Life after cancer treatment

By Carrie Dunlea Once the initial shock of a breast cancer diagnosis wears off, many patients are ready to get down to business and begin treatment. Based on data collected by the SEER database, which is maintained by the National Cancer Institute, five-year survival rates…

Gatsby is Great!!

Gatsby is Great!!

People call me Gatsby or St. Gatsby but I also think the Great Gatsby has a nice ring to it, don’t you?? I’m a handsome 85 pound, 7-year-old pibble mix with those quintessential “airplane ears”. I have a great big smile and an adorable spot…

Travel on the water

Travel on the water

Paddling trails offer adventure, fitness By Sydni Ellis Hazy orange and pink light spreads like fire across the early morning sky, as the sun slowly rises above the clouds. A late-summer sunrise is such a beautiful experience. Especially since 6:30 a.m. is practically the only…

In-Sync Exotics

In-Sync Exotics

Supporting rescued exotic cats for 20 years By Sonia Duggan There’s a hidden gem in Collin County. A haven for the neglected, abused and the unwanted. It’s a place where lions roar, tigers play, cheetahs run, servals play and lemurs climb. To some, it might…

Sweet Success

Sweet Success

Beekeeping business spans generations By Joseph Honescko North Texas beekeepers function much like the hives they care for. The honeybees build community within their colonies to create sustainable systems that outlives each individual. Beekeepers across Collin County and beyond are doing the exact same thing…

Dinner Uncomplicated

Dinner Uncomplicated

I have to warn you: These sesame noodles are addictive. I discovered them on a trip to New York City, where they are a mainstay on every Chinese restaurant menu. The sauce is creamy and rich but also quite spicy, which makes for a delicious…