Auto Pilot - January 2016

Jay Ramowski

A Little Now or a Lot Later

Auto Pilot - January 2016

... is this mechanic trying to *#!$ me?

I am often asked questions about general car maintenance, and they typically start with something like “I took my Weiner mobile in for its 5K mile oil change and they say I need $2000 worth of work but I just spent $500 last oil change, is this mechanic trying to *#!$ me?”  This is always the awkward point where I wonder if I should have become a hair stylist or perhaps a yoga instructor because I am sure they rarely get these types of questions; but based on my lack of Zen calmness and inability to trim even my dogs hair in an attractive manner, I guess my path in life should continue down the all things mechanical brick road.

I.T. Girl - September 2015

by Heather Moon

Stay up-to-date with these tech savvy tips for your daily life!

I.T. Girl - September 2015

Technology can help improve your performance. Used correctly, it can up your fitness stamina with healthy challenges, which can result in enhanced training and an overall higher outcome.

Auto Pilot - September 2015

Jay Ramowski

If You Love It, Drive It!

Auto Pilot - September 2015

While running errands this week, I was reminded how we tend to make assumptions about a person based solely on the car they drive. Case in point, I saw a new Honda minivan pull up and park at the pet store (total soccer mom kid hauler I assumed), but then a very attractive woman in her mid-20s got out of the van. Coincidentally, the driver of the van was in front of me in the checkout line inside, which gave me the opportunity to ask about the minivan. “I have two big dogs and like to go camping and to the beach so it seemed like the perfect car for me,” was the answer I received.

Auto Pilot - August 2015

Jay Ramowski

Should It Stay or Should It Go? Is it Time for a New Car?

Auto Pilot - August 2015

I am often approached by acquaintances asking a similar question that usually starts something like this: “Hi Jay, I have a model year such and such, mini van, sports coupe, wiener mobile, pickup truck, hearse etc. with 89,000 miles on it. Wondering if I should keep it or trade it in on something newer.”

 

Auto Pilot - July 2015

Jay Ramowski

Road Trip Time! Is Your Car Ready?

Auto Pilot - July 2015

Few things in life seem to conjure memories of our youth more than the infamous family road trip. Road trips have almost no socioeconomic boundaries, and for that brief period of time riding in the family truckster, crisscrossing America’s highways to visit Grandma or the Grand Canyon, all are equal: same rest stop bathroom breaks; same fast food and same universal “are we there yet” from the back seat.

Skating Uphill - April 2015

Judith Lawrenson

The Uphill Skater: Living a Healthy Lifestyle

We all know that living a healthy lifestyle is not just about food. Not by a long shot.
It is a very involved process that brings many feelings and emotions into play.

Hissy Fit — February 2015

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

What's Yellow with a Crookneck?

Hissy Fit — February 2015

As I was checking out at the grocery store, the young cashier held up one of my items and asked me what it was. “It’s a yellow squash,” I said. She proceeded to search for the item number so she could ring it up.

Makeover - February 2015

Rachel Rucker

Makeover - February 2015

Stacey Kennedy Macioszek is one of those women who just makes life a little more fun than it was before you met her. Naturally sweet with just a touch of sass, Stacey is the true definition of “life of the party.” She somehow manages to juggle being a single mother of two teenage daughters and one pre-teen son, while also working a full-time job as a chef at Bess’ Delicatessen and Catering Specialists. “I’ve been a chef since I was 20. I just kind of fell into it. But you know, it’s still fun; it really is,” Stacey said.

Skating Uphill - February 2015

Judith Lawrenson

The Uphill Skater: Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Pushy, aggressive people have been known to say: 
“Lead, follow or get out of the way.” I say that is a big crock. 
How much better is it to “march to your own drummer” in the parade of life?

Makeover - January 2015

Rachel Rucker

Makeover - January 2015

When you first glance at Elaine Senn and see the happiness that radiates from her eyes, you would never know that less than a year ago, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Like most people, Elaine was in complete shock.

Parenting - January 2015

It's All Pink

Get Your Toddler or Preschooler to Cooperate

Parenting - January 2015

It's no secret that children crave independence—from picking an outfit to choosing a snack—so convincing yourself- appointed ™big kid∫ to cooperate can be a big challenge. Young children are driven by emotion and they live in the moment. Simply explaining what you want doesn't work! However by using a variety of child-friendly methods, you can bring about some happy cooperation.

Parenting - December 2014

Elizabeth Pantley

The 4 Parts to Discipline

Parenting - December 2014

The days are long and complications abound—there are many, many things we must get our children to do, or stop them from doing—all day, every day. Add the fact that children don’t always listen to us, or do the things we want them to do, and you can understand why parenting is a challenge!

Makeover - December 2014

Rachel Rucker

Makeover - December 2014

Makeovers are the perfect place for a fresh start and Eleni Kotellos is ready for both. Her recent move to Hilton Head from Virginia is the perfect example of her eagerness to start over. After her son graduated from high school, Eleni said she felt it was the right time to get back to doing more of what she loves, and giving herself some much-needed attention. A lover of nature and its beauty, Eleni has a distinctive ability to combine natural treasures, inspired by Japanese art of Oshibana, to create unique pieces of jewelry. Her jewelry line, FLOWERBLESSINGS, offers one-of-a-kind hand-pressed flower pendants, earrings, brooches and barrettes. While Eleni is very in touch with connecting her mind and spirit, we were happy to help her begin to reflect that beauty from the inside out.

Hissy Fit — December 2014

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Save the Children before they all become jackasses. Orginally ran 12/11

Hissy Fit — December 2014

Children are to be seen and not heard. I can’t tell you how many times I heard that from my father when I was growing up. I really never bought into it, but you can bet I immediately shrank into the woodwork when he said it. I knew, in no uncertain terms, that he meant to be quiet and behave, and that meant now! I also knew that if I didn’t, I would be the one on the losing end.

Skating Uphill - December 2014

Judith Lawrenson

The Uphill Skater: Living a Healthy Lifestyle

As “Gone with the Wind” opens, our very slim heroine Miss Scarlett O’Hara 
is being urged to eat a stack of pancakes with gooey syrup on top so that she won’t appear hungry or greedy at the upcoming lawn party. Actually, that is not such a bad idea.