Greater Columbus Heart Ball

Far from the typical “ball”, the 2017 Greater Columbus Heart & Stroke Ball is mixing it up this year. No need to scramble for a gown or rent a tux, this year’s event is more “Iron Chef meets Dancing Stars”, according to Ivey Cargill Evans, a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Columbus…

Living out Faith

First published in “her Magazine” November 2016.  “Babies are blessings, no matter what.” And it seems that rings true even more so when telling an adoption story. With so many pieces making up one family’s story, it’s hard to fit it all into one article. But Gabriel Wyatt Lesley is one special little boy with…

She did it her way…and it saved her life.

First published in “her Magazine”, October 2016. Kristi Taylor is a woman who does things her way. She’s a wife, a mother, has a fulfilling career with Aflac, and is a cancer survivor. At 34, Kristi was married, happy and expecting her first baby. A healthy pregnancy and 9 months later, Kristi and her husband,…

The Valley Rescue Mission

First published in “her Magazine”, June 2016 edition.  It’s hard to miss the Valley Rescue Mission this time of year as you drive down Second Avenue. The fresh flowers, locally grown and cared for by the men at the Crossroads Addiction Recovery Program, are strategically and colorfully arranged outside the Mission’s main entrance and the…

Merry Christmas, Ron…

Dear Ron,  It’s been four months since you went to the Happy Hunting Ground. Four long or short months, depending on how you look at it, I suppose. There are moments when it feels like it was years since we drove away from Hospice. And there are moments when it feels like I just talked…

Life in the Epicenter

Jacy Jenkins is one of those women who makes you wonder what you have been doing with your life. She’s high energy, passionate, and driven. Her free-spirit makes it easy to see why freelance work is exactly what Jacy was made for and it only takes about 60 seconds worth of conversation to realize that…

Steeplechase at Callaway-A Family Affair

Eliza Brewer can’t really remember a time before The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens. Eliza was seven years old when the first Steeplechase occurred and has fond memories of being a part of the pony races as a child. Today, she watches her young cousins, and her friends’ children race the ponies and she can’t help…

Steele Magnolia {Judy Thomas}

*This article was first published in her Magazine-a publication of the Ledger-Enquirer.  There’s an art to being a Southern Woman. It takes a strong-willed woman to know when and where to use which God-given attribute and Judy Thomas is an expert in that area. A retired teacher, a retired California teacher advocate, former Chief-of-Staff for…

Grace and Second Chances

*First published in her Magazine, a Ledger-Enquirer publication.  Christine Hull is a striking woman. Part French, part Japanese, and wholly southern, her bohemian style matches her inviting personality. Her cheery, no-nonsense attitude makes it easy to see why she feels so comfortable in the classroom. Formerly a teacher and then assistant principal at Northside High…

Bloomers Lawn and Garden Shop

Nestled comfortably on the corner of 13th Street and 13th Avenue, Bloomers, formerly the home of the Lee Baird nursery, is a gardener’s oasis. Family owned and operated by four sisters-both blood and by marriage-Renee Roth, Valerie Aust, Amy Sudduth, and Angie Benoit have taken their love of nature and their mother’s garden and are…

The Gift of Home

Walk into Marsha Mason’s home any day of the week and within the first few minutes of conversation, you will have a glass of iced tea or wine in your hand, and some kind of sweet to nibble on. A native of Atlanta, and a 22 year resident of Columbus, Mrs. Mason exudes southern hospitality…

Ask Theresa-Baby Showers, Hosting, and Invitations

Dear Theresa, Settle an argument between me and my daughter. If someone is giving a shower for you, is it proper for you to invite them to another shower that someone else is giving you? I say no, she says yes.  If it is NO please give me a way to tell her she’s wrong. …