FitBall Leg Curl

By Ryan Unverzagt This month’s exercise is the FitBall Leg Curl. This exercise focuses on the hamstrings, but also involves the glutes, low-back, and spinal extensor muscles. Begin by lying flat on your back with your legs straight. Position the center of the FitBall underneath your heels. Lift the hips up by contracting your glutes […]

Four Truths All Investors Should Know About Risk

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Four Truths All Investors Should Know About Risk Risk, and the role it plays in a portfolio, can be one of the most difficult concepts for investors to grasp. To help clear things up, we outline four important risk-related insights every investor should know. 1. Risk has many faces. […]

Balancing An Industry

By Doug Fabiolli Balancing An Industry I have been in the middle of the maturing of the Virginia wine industry over the past couple decades. When we talk about maturing, I don’t want folks to think that there is an end to this part of our state. There are different challenges that we take on […]

The Plants of Thanksgiving

The Plants of Thanksgiving Fruits Some years are better than others, but if you plant enough varieties, you’re bound to get something delicious in return. Apples. Pears. Peaches. Blueberries. Blackberries. Raspberries. Grapes. Pumpkin. Onions. Tomatoes. Leeks. It’s easy to make pies from many of the autumn harvests. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the mix, […]

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

By Peggie Arvidson What’s Love Got to Do With It? “When we see love as the will to nurture one’s own or another’s spiritual growth, revealed through acts of care, respect, knowing, and assuming responsibility, the foundation of all love in our life is the same. There is no special love exclusively reserved for romantic […]

Mayflower Myths

Mayflower Myths “The reason that we have so many myths associated with Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition. It doesn’t originate in any one event. It is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England and maybe other ideas […]

Winter Weather Challenges Are On the Way…Be Prepared

By Cindy McGovern Winter Weather Challenges Are On the Way…Be Prepared As summer fades to fall, the challenges you and your pet face from the heat and humidity of summer fade as well.  You may take longer walks and your pet may be more energetic.  Don’t forget, though, that winter is just around the corner […]

Pets of the Month

Bugs, Adult, Neutered Male, Black Short-haired Rabbit What’s up doc? The name’s Bunny. Bugs Bunny, and I’m here on a mission to find my new best friend. If you’re looking for a silly bun who will always be by your side to brighten your day, I might be just the one for you. I’m handsome, smart, […]

The Art of the Bounce Back

By Lori Welch Brown The Art of the Bounce Back Yoga teaches you flexibility.  Meditation teaches you serenity and oh so many things.  Algebra teaches you—well, I’m still trying to figure that one out.  What no one teaches you, however, is the art of the bounce back which I’ve probably struggled with more over the […]

A Pocketful of Mysteries

A Pocketful of Mysteries Miriam R. Kramer From the Vault Here are some classic mysteries that I recommended in November 2017. When working in a bookstore they were some of my go-to recommendations. Try these instead of the current crop of mysteries designed to sell with the keyword “Girl” in the title—you’ll be more engaged […]