The Weight Plate Horseshoe

From the Trainer By Ryan Unverzagt Welcome back to another edition of From the Trainer! Hope everyone has enjoyed the summer so far with plenty of sunshine, heat, and humidity on the way. With the restrictions caused by the COVID 19 outbreak being lifted, we can finally get back to the gym. July has a […]

Stress Management Tips for Better Immunity

Stress Management Tips for Better Immunity By Durisan   Your immune system is significantly impacted by your level of stress, attitude, mood and emotional state. When you’re optimistic and happy, your immune system functions properly. But constant exposure to stress hormones does not do a body good. Everyone has stress; it’s an inevitable part of life. […]

Tired of being cooped up?  Your pet may be as well.

By Cindy McGovern Tired of being cooped up?  Your pet may be as well. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been profound, with more than 100,000 American lives lost and over two million infected.  From stay-at-home orders, to social distancing, telework and school closings, the past few months have been stressful for everyone.  It’s […]

Good News….Bad News

By Lani Gering Good News….Bad News I have had a plethora of people ask me what the status is of both the MGM Grand and the Gaylord National since the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 hullabaloo are being relaxed. I had great expectations that included both resorts being up and running in some sense and […]

Before you post THINK.

Before you post THINK. Ashley Rosson T-is it True? H- Is it Helpful? I- Is it inspiring? N-Is it Necessary? K- Is it Kind? Social Media isn’t just for sharing fun selfies or bragging about your vacation plans anymore. The line between our digital and real lives has blurred, leaving many feeling the undeniable sting […]

July Pets of the Month

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is open by appointment only to keep our staff and community safe. Learn more about our adoption process, pet pantry and more at Squeak, Male, Adult Gray Mouse Squeak’s name may sound small, but this little guy packs a big personality! Always one to poke his nose out […]

James, John Quincy & the 4th of July

History by ©2020 Sarah Becker James, John Quincy & the 4th of July In 1821 Mexico declared its independence from Spain; the American Colonization Society established the West African republic of Liberia, and Missouri was admitted as a slave state.  General Andrew Jackson was appointed governor of the Florida territory; New York’s Emma Willard started […]

“The Marches: John Philip Sousa” by Classical Jockey

High Notes By Ron Powers “The Marches: John Philip Sousa” by Classical Jockey The other day I was rooting around for some good music to play this Independence Day. I’ve been in a traditional mood lately and was intent on finding some well-played pieces by the iconic American composer John Philip Sousa. Sousa is best […]

Let’s Pack a Picnic

By the Gastronomes pic-nic /pik nik/ noun – an outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors While the restrictions on dining out in our favorite eateries are being lifted on a continual basis as the COVID numbers decrease, we believe there are still a fair number of people out […]

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars – Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

By Janine Breyel The Sun, the Moon and the Stars – Ocracoke Island, North Carolina A trip to Ocracoke Island, like other things of value, requires some effort.  From the DC area it is a little more than a four hour drive to reach the beginning of the Outer Banks in North Carolina (I-64 to […]