MSTORYTELLING: Visiting Gigi’s house

  A first time grandma reflects on the changes a baby brings to holiday family gatherings  By Lisa Alleman Thanksgiving 2018.  We gather around my dining room table to eat our turkey dinner with urgency. Unlike other years, the turkey is not the main event. My daughter, who is 5 months pregnant with our first

Thanksgiving Day Roundup 2020: All the Good Eats, None of the Hassle

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash We all know that cooking your own Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit stressful at times. Luckily, there are other options for both dine-in and pick-up if you want to skip the laborious work and relax with your family and friends. We’ve put together a list of some of

Quarantined and Disconnected: COVID-19’s effects on those with disabilities

Senior citizens and others with conditions that render them especially susceptible to COVID-19 aren’t just struggling because of the potential for contracting the virus — the isolation from months of lost social interaction has been devastating for many. Assisted living facilities, highly regulated, controlled environments when it comes to social isolation, finally allowed visitation with


As winter sets in, isolation increases for older adults, but there are ways to limit loneliness.  In a year that has been defined by isolation, loneliness may increase in the next few months as flu season, cold weather and a possible uptick in COVID-19 become the norm.  It seems likely that many holiday activities will

Good Giving: Understanding the differences between Charity and Philanthropy

 By Sean Nestor Toledo is a city experiencing challenges, both economic and social. Many need help. A bit of expendable time or income may spark considerations of how to give back. Invariably, when determining where to contribute time or money, the terms charity and philanthropy  are often used interchangeably. The two words and concepts are

With Gratitude: Organizations serving Ohio’s 67,500 women vets

There are approximately 67,500 female veterans in Ohio, and roughly two million of the 19 million U.S. veterans are women. In Northwest Ohio, there are 194 female veterans identified. It is with deep gratitude, we thank those who have served and are currently serving our country. And it is with deep compassion that we recognize

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Nothing warms the soul more than giving. Sure, we all enjoy getting presents, but the true spirit of the holidays is about gifting a smile to someone you love, and letting the people that matter know how much they mean to you. All the hours spent searching for gifts is worth it

Living Life to the Fullest: Toledo Chief of Staff Katy Crosby shares her passions and goals

(l-r) Katie Crosby and her sisters Candi Johnson and MeChele Frierson Katy Crosby has been Toledo’s Chief of Staff for the last two and a half years, where she works with the departments of finance, diversity and inclusion, and human resources. Crosby has spent decades advocating for civil rights and equal opportunities for people of