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Cabin fever cures - and blessings

The wintry weather we’ve been having lately brings to mind a popular discussion topic at playgroups and mom forums back when I had young children: cabin fever – and how to cope with it.

In Pennsylvania, where we lived when my kids were small, there was no such thing as having too many ideas on how to liven up those long dreary days of indoor confinement. Not only were winters considerably longer and snowier than Richmond’s, but it was the 1980s, and there were fewer entertainment options around.

A shot in the dark

A man was shot and killed in Canada on Wednesday, and his death brought the entire nation of 35 million to an emotional standstill.

A man was shot and killed on Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County Monday, and this may be the first you’ve even heard about it.

As a nation, we long ago became numb to the impact of gun-related violence and homicide. It’s simply an expectation now – one that hardly surprises us even when it is particularly awful and cruel, as a host of school shootings have proven in recent years.

The crisis that isn’t

Getting run over by a cow.

Receiving a bite from a poisonous spider.

Becoming infected with MRSA.

Suffering a bunk bed accident.

Being legally executed.

No, these aren’t all just things I’d rather do than watch Dancing With the Stars – they’re actually things that are, statistically, far more likely to kill you than Ebola.

Why I walk to fight Alzheimer’s

People have asked me why I am involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The answer is simple. I will Walk this year and every year, in memory of my grandmother, Edith (Mimi) Bartkowiak.

Mimi passed away on Aug. 16, a mere eighteen days past her 87th birthday, from Alzheimer’s disease. She was truly one of a kind. I know we all say that about our grandmothers, but it’s true. There was, and never will be, another Mimi. She was an amazing woman.

Mimi was compassionate.

Modern parents have it soft (or do they?)


By the time my first child was born, I assumed parenthood couldn’t hold too many surprises. Between caring for three younger siblings, monopolizing my neighborhood babysitting market, and coaching youth sports for the previous two decades, I had more experience with children at age 28 than some adults accumulate in a lifetime.

But I was still in for a shock when my daughter arrived.

I never anticipated the bone-deep, sapped-of-all-life weariness I would feel after a day of being home with her (and later her two sisters).

I never dreamed how mentally cruel motherhood could be: how my children would not only dominate my every waking thought, but seize my subconscious and induce crazy, irrational nightmares about them as I slept.

Henrico’s best

Next week, the Citizen’s third annual Henricopedia magazine will appear in print copies of the paper and elsewhere throughout Henrico County.

The magazine is designed as a resource about all things Henrico – a handy reference whether you’re looking for the number of a county agency or seeking a community organization to volunteer with. . . whether you want to register your child for youth baseball or find a new Italian restaurant to try on a Saturday night. . . whether you’re seeking a senior living community for your parents or a church to attend nearby.

The Henrico that most don’t know

Significant portions of the history of this nation were written, erased and written again in parts of Henrico County that most Henrico residents have never visited.

If you’re among them, this weekend presents an opportunity to change that.

The county will host what Henrico officials are calling the largest event they've ever staged – a reenactment of the Civil War Battle of New Market Heights in Varina, which took place almost exactly 150 years ago.

The Citizen at 13


Thirteen years ago tomorrow, the Henrico Citizen published its first print edition. It was nine days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and in retrospect, probably the absolute worst time to start a business of any type.

Of course, I hadn’t planned to launch the Citizen nine days after unimaginable national tragedy. The truth is, I never expected to own a newspaper, or any other business for that matter – much less to start one from scratch.

But the simultaneous beauty and uncertainty of life – for better or worse – is that there are some things you simply don't plan for.

Peeling off the labels

We live in a society that increasingly seems to demand that all actions, thoughts, beliefs and individuals be labeled in no uncertain terms, one way or another.

It wasn’t always this way. What changed? When did we become so dependent upon – and determined to identify – finite labels for everything and everyone? It’s truly not our best look. And not the healthiest way to exist.

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Henricus to portray ‘Arnold’s Raid on Richmond’ Jan. 31


The Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield this weekend will portray "Arnold's Raid on Richmond," which took place in 1781 when British General Benedict Arnold took his small British and Loyalist forces and raided Richmond as Governor Thomas Jefferson watched from the safety of Manchester.

The event will take place Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Period-dressed historical interpreters will occupy the bluff overlooking the James River.

Visitors are invited to join the American militia, British regulars, Hessians and Loyalists in camp. > Read more.

‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.

OutRVA, ‘Say I Do!’ to give away all-expenses paid wedding at Lewis Ginter

OutRVA and Say I Do! have collaborated to offer LGBT couples an opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Robins Tea House on March 7.

In September, Richmond Region Tourism launched OutRVA, a campaign designed to show people Richmond’s strong LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination.

The winning couple will say "I do" in a ceremony coordinated by event designer and floral artist Casey Godlove of Strawberry Fields Flowers & Gifts and marriage concierge, Ayana Obika of All About The Journey. The couple will receive wardrobe and styling, a custom wedding cake, florals, an overnight stay at the Linden Row Inn (including a suite on the day of the wedding for preparation), and a post-wedding brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday, March 8. > Read more.

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Entertainment

CAT Theatre’s ‘Now Then Again’ begins March 20


Now Then Again, CAT Theatre’s submission to the Acts of Faith “Fringe” Festival, will run March 20 through April 4. There will be a talkback session following the March 29 matinee performance. Now Then Again was written by Virginia native Penny Penniston, an alumnus of St. Catherine's School.

The play tells the story of Ginny and Henry, who find love and a future together in spite of obstacles like his neuroses, her husband and a full disbelief in destiny, while working together at the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.

"From the moment I read Now Then Again, I was immediately drawn to this modern love story that looped together the theories of Heisenberg and Schrödinger with a predestined ending that was completely dependent upon coffee being spilt underneath a burnt out lightbulb," said Director Melissa Rayford. > Read more.

A surprise champion

Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ is more than just sports

McFarland, USA is a Disney sports movie, and like any Disney sports movie, there are a few rules it has to follow.

First, it must star a Hollywood actor whose popularity is slightly on the wane (Kevin Costner – check).

Then it must follow a surprising-yet-true story about underdogs who win big (a high school cross-country team from one of the most destitute areas in the country becoming the state champs? Check).

And, there have to be life lessons all around – not just for the young men who learn the importance and discipline of sports, but for our slightly past-his-expiration-date hero, who goes from a grouch to a loving father figure. Check, check, check. > Read more.

CACGA to celebrate 16th anniversary March 14


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will celebrate its 16th anniversary Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. with “A Date with Frank & Marilyn,” an evening of fun and entertainment designed to raise funds for the center's three outreach programs – Art Matters, Artful Living and Creative Family Studio. A performance by a duo impersonating Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe will highlight the evening.

The evening will include an artist live and silent auction with a variety of unique and hard-to-come-by prize packages including two tickets to the 2016 Masters golf tournament, a trip for two to Napa Valley, dinner for 10 by celebrity chef Patrick Evan-Hylton served at CACGA's gardens, followed by opening night tickets to The Capital Steps and 10 individual date-night packages around Metro Richmond. > Read more.

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