Is a Synthetic Diamond In Your Future? Beautiful and ethical, there very well may be!

BY MARK MATHOSIAN Before delving into today’s subject here is a trivia question with its answer revealed later.  Who coined the iconic advertising slogan, A Diamond is Forever? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a diamond as a “native crystalline carbon that is the hardest known mineral, usually nearly colorless, that when transparent and free from flaws […]

3 Steps to Finding your Forever Fitness Plan

BY JESSICA BARBER, Owner, CrossFit Polydamus   My husband and I were watching Naked and Afraid the other night and it said that “men are better at reading maps and women are better at remembering the route.”  As much as this is a blanket statement, I get it!  You know those times where you look […]

Book Club – A Gang Worth Joining

I always envied the women I knew who were in book clubs.  When they would be together in social settings, it was like they shared a secret. And occasionally I would overhear conversations about the current book they were reading or books they planned to read.  Lucky them, I would think.  Who on earth has […]

Oh, Rejection, How I Love You!

Let’s be transparent – many of us do not handle rejection well. We get denied a college application, a job promotion, a book deal, or even a date, and we are initially driven to sit alone in a darkened room and sulk. We then wonder why we even tried in the first place and come […]

20 Somethings Doing Something | Celebrating Young Black Creative Entrepreneurs

An incredible thing happens when a platform is created to help elevate entrepreneurs in a community like Winston-Salem. While many creatives working towards catapulting their career choose to venture out into larger cities in North Carolina and abroad, Whitney Daniel, creator of, has provided a space that provides them with growth opportunities right here. […]

The Best News Yet: Chocolate is Really Good for You!

Chocolate is good for you? Well, yes. It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?  But I’m happy to tell you that it really is true. Chocolate benefits your brain, your skin, your cardiovascular system, and even your eyes. Not all types of chocolate have a beneficial impact on health, however. Milk chocolate and […]

Constructing Dreams: The Facts and Falsehoods of Solar Panels

Whether you plan to build or buy a home, remodel a room or seek ideas to expand your “green” footprint, we are all in the beginning stages of constructing our dreams. Each month, this column will invite you to look beyond the usual ideas and consider alternative cost-effective and eco-friendly options. With so many topics to […]

For a Glorious Spring Garden, Get Going This October!

Get outside and work on your garden this October! Cold weather is coming! It’s time to plan, tidy up and prepare for the cold winter ahead! CREATE AND CULTIVATE NEXT YEAR’S GLORIOUS GARDEN Fall is the ideal time to take stock of your garden and make notes about what you like and what you want […]

Keeping It Real: Fragile To Faithful

It’s been a different summer for our family. Normally, we squeeze in a beach trip. This year, we spent most of those sultry days at the hospital caring for my sweet mother-in-law as she faces the final stages of Alzheimer’s. We needed to stay close, so those sandy-toed walks were out of the question. But […]

The Waiting Room: Enjoying the Journey

You’re sitting in a cold waiting room waiting for your name to be called. Meanwhile, you see other folks whose name has already been called, although you’ve been waiting longer than they have. “When is it going to be my turn?” you impatiently ask yourself. This is what life looks like sometimes. You see everyone […]

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