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    Young Female Writers Club

    The Lyrical Side of Writing Written by K.L. Kranes The first time I read the name “Odessa Hott” I think it sounds like the name of a feisty, no nonsense protagonist in a YA detective novel. When I tell the real Odessa Hott this she laughs. You can tell a lot about a person by a laugh. Odessa’s is quick and soft, but sonorous. It’s my first clue Odessa’s much more than a 16-year-old girl from Mechanicsville, VA. As Odessa and I continue to talk, I quickly realize I’m right. Odessa plays the Taiko (Japanese drums) and reels off opinions on Emily Dickinson with ease. When she discusses the writing…

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    Bella Finds

    Craft the Rainbow Brittany Watson Jepson brings fun paper crafts to your home through Craft the Rainbow: 40 Colorful Paper Products. Each of these 40 crafts, split amongst nine color-specific sections, have step-by-step directions and images. Starting with pink and ending with rainbow, each section opens with a quote and some fun facts about the new color. These color-filled pages won’t just tell you how to make each craft, but will also tell you what materials you need, a description of the design and where her inspiration came from. While Jepson does give the time frame for these crafts, they’re mainly based around shows or music. So, if you like…

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    Just Creative People

    Find your creative inspiration at Studio Six! Written by Hayleigh Worgan Grace Brian (left) and Maggie Perrin-Key (right) met in November 2017. They connected immediately, and decided to open an art space together, Studio Six, located in The Aurora Studio Center in Downtown Roanoke. Their serendipitous meeting led them to realize that they had the same vision for an art space that welcomed creative people within the community through workshops and portfolio consultations. The artists complement one other, creating a fulfilling and nourishing space where their talents flourish.   (Grace and Maggie photo by www.paigelucasphotography.com ) Both Grace and Maggie began developing their crafts at a young age. Grace received a sewing machine…

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    Celebrating Bike Month

    Okay, Virginia, it’s time to dust off your bike and explore our region! Written by Kristine McCormick For decades learning to ride a bicycle was the quintessential experience for American kids. Just part of being a kid in cities, suburbs & rural America alike. Long summer days filled with the freedom to ride away from your house, and your parents, maybe siblings too. Do you remember your first bicycle? Mine was a sparkly purple number with a banana seat and handle bar streamers. The majority of Americans stop riding a bicycle sometime in their childhood. For most, it is during the teenage years when the hallowed right of passage known…

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    Earth Girl Wellness – What’s a GMO?

    What’s a GMO? Written by Tina Hatcher, Earth Girl Wellness Food manufacturers praise their products as Non-GMO. A television commercial portrays Triscuits as “Nongenemodiscuit.” So what’s with the Non-GMO trend? Is it worth our interest since most food marketing departments have long tried to lure us in with fancy wording to entice us to buy their product? Especially since many of these marketing ploys are only vain attempts to make a product inaccurately sound healthier? Earth Girl thinks the Non-GMO marketing trend is worth the added effort. GMOs are “Genetically Modified Organisms.” Essentially natural food items (fruits and vegetables) have their genetic material altered to create a newer, “healthier” version…

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    Running for Your Health

    Top Tips to Get Ready to Run  You’ve made the decision to get in shape, and whether your goal is a full marathon or simply a few laps around the neighborhood, there are a few steps to consider taking before you strap on those shoes and head toward the finish line. Here are a few tips to help get you ready for the big race: Seek Quality Sneakers – Feet come in a variety of widths and sizes, so visit a specialty running store to find perfect-fitting sneakers. These may come with a hefty price tag, but there are no shortcuts for comfort and support while running long distances. Make…

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    Funding Your Next Home Improvement Project

    Four Tips for Funding your Next Home Improvement Project: Finding the money to cover these costs may not be as difficult as you think. If you’re a homeowner, you know how long your home improvement to-do list can be. The kicker? It just keeps growing. While finding the time to complete these projects is tough enough, you also have to factor in the cost. Before you put off the deck repairs or master bathroom upgrade for yet another day (or year), consider these options for funding your next project. Save up the cash. This is the most financially responsible way to pay for home improvements. While you might have to…

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    Making Her-story

    Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis will be speaking at the Planned Parenthood Spring Luncheon Written by Hayleigh Worgan Senator Wendy Davis will be the keynote speaker for the Planned Parenthood Spring Luncheon on Thursday, April 26. Senator Davis is known for her defense of women’s rights, and her fight for gender equality. Specifically, her eleven-hour filibuster in 2013 that temporarily thwarted a bill in the Texas Senate to enact a bill that would greatly restrict a woman’s right to end a pregnancy in a safe and legal fashion. Although the bill was later passed, the filibuster inspired women across the nation to stand up and fight for their reproductive rights.…