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Artist of the Month: Crystal Shaulis, Lake Michigan Book Press

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 02, 2018 /
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There is nothing more intriguing - and beautiful - than a handmade book. Created with care and skill, it invites endless possibilities...poems, stories, musings, sketches, watercolors - things that capture a moment. 

Imagine my pure delight at finding a bookbinding artist, Crystal Shaulis, here in Kalamazoo - through Instagram! I immediately fell in love with her work, vision, and dedication to her art.

Photographer of the Month: Nic Sagodic

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 15, 2018 /
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Nic Sagodic has been running his own landscaping business for about 5 years now. In his free time, Nic likes to skateboard, hike, hammock, and anything that has to do with the outdoors. Photography has given Nic many opportunities to meet new people, explore our beautiful country, and to make a living, too. 

Walk with Zeus: Exploring History in Crete

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 06, 2018 /
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The birthplace of Zeus, the home of the Minotaur, Daedalus’ labyrinth (and Ariadne’s clue), the launching place of Icarus – where are you? Why, Crete, of course! The largest of all the Greek islands, Crete is one of the most beautiful – and historic – places in the world.

An Architectural Tour of Portugal

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jun 29, 2018 /
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Any visitor to Portugal will tell you that the architecture is a must-see. While you’re there, why not arrange your driving plans to include an architectural tour of Portugal?

Top Ten Tips for Integrating Buy Nothing Day into your Travels

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jun 03, 2018 /
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Have you heard of Buy Nothing Day? It's a day celebrated worldwide to protest consumerism. Here in the US, it's celebrated on Black Friday, probably the biggest shopping day of the year. Buy Nothing day started in 1992 in Vancouver - and now is celebrated by over 65 nations. There's even a hilarious Buy Nothing catalog of items you want for Christmas and already have.

Top Tips for Budget Family Travel

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jun 03, 2018 /
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It’s important to take your kids when you travel – not only are you exposing them to the world, but you’re teaching collaboration, patience, great food, different cultures, languages, history, and more. But it can be expensive to take everyone, while you’re traveling.

Artist of the Month: Jan Clizer

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jun 01, 2018 /
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I knew at first glance that our featured artist, Jan Clizer, truly understands how to share the essence of place. Her paintings are utterly evocative, and whatever the subject, take us around the world. I love them - and so will you.

Artist of the Month: Ashlee Forde, Disfusional Studios

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / May 01, 2018 /
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This past fall, while watching the costume contest at Grand Rapids Comic Con, I was weary. I was sitting up front near stage left, so that I could get a glimpse of the incredible costumes as they exited the stage. However, as you know if you have seen a costume contest, they take a while.

Travel Plans This Summer? Don't Let RA Symptoms Stop You

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Apr 09, 2018 /
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The summertime may bring opportunities to travel for business or pleasure, but hitting the road may also bring on aches and pains if you live with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. So how do you cope with common travel conditions that may lead to an increase in pain from RA?Here now to talk about ways to help managange travel triggers, are rheumatologist Dr. Grace Wright and Maria, a woman living with RA.

Travel Plans This Summer? Don't Let RA Symptoms Stop You

Artist of the Month: Melissa Cordes

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Apr 03, 2018 /
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Wandering the Artist Alley at Grand Rapids Comic Con, we were stunned with the talent everywhere we glanced. Like everyone in the hall, we looked and marveled, and then the next booth came, and we did the same, ad infinitem. When we discovered artist Melissa Cordes, though, we actually stopped (never an easy feat at a busy comic con) and talked. So impressed with her talent, beautiful art, wide variety of styles, and joy in creating, we knew we had to share her art with our wandering educators. 

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