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Granger physicians built home with open concept in mind

Perched on a stool, a cup of coffee on the high-top table in front of him, Jesse Hsieh starts most mornings watching small animals frolic around his expansive backyard. The family physician is so close to the outdoors that he may as well be sitting on the back patio, but with the tall wall-to-wall windows that line the back half of the great room, he and his wife can enjoy nature with the added benefit of temperature control. “We chose these windows because we wanted to bring the outside ...

Roll out the fun for fall with this DIY game

One of the best parts about fall — besides football, color-changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything — is the gorgeous weather. Yard games are a great way to spend the time outside and are the perfect way to involve everyone, young and old. Yard Yahtzee is one of the newest trends in outdoor fun and makes the perfect addition to your game collection. Follow these simple steps to create your own. STEP ONE: If your wood needs to be cut, that will need to be done first. Most home ...

Make your living room the hottest hangout in town

For those who enjoy entertaining, a properly stocked bar is a must. While it is a treat to go out to your favorite establishment or lounge, spending an evening in the comfort of your own home is the ultimate luxury — but only if you have properly prepared by creating a space which can welcome everyone from cocktail amateurs to party professionals. By investing in basic bar tools and stocking up on a few key liquors and mixers, you are setting yourself up to be the ultimate host, which will ...

Local physician debunks popular food myths

Fall begins a marathon of months often filled with unhealthy treats, but a number of favorite foods may have an unnecessarily bad reputation. Dr. Asad Ansari, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist with Beacon Medical Group in South Bend, says the impact of various food groups is not necessarily one-size-fits-all. MYTH 1: Chocolate gives you acne. Consuming chocolate does not mean your face will automatically break out in pimples. “For most people, chocolate likely will ...

Why I Love Michiana: Whitney Behnke

Whitney Behnke is no stranger to southwest Michigan. After growing up in Coloma, the 28-year-old explored the United States for a bit but returned home to the corner of the Mitten State where she met her husband, a Dowagiac police officer. Drawn to Lake Michigan, Behnke left Dowagiac last winter and moved a little farther west. Today, she spends her days showing off all St. Joseph and the surrounding communities have to offer as executive director of St. Joseph Today. What do you do as ...

Do it yourself: Mini-campfire perfect for indoors

Summertime is here, and if you are anything like me, you are itching to cozy up around a campfire to make ooey, gooey s’mores. Many of us are lucky enough to have a great sized yard for a fire pit or friends who do. But for those who do not, this DIY is just for you. This tabletop fire pit is perfect for apartments, small yards or even for when you are in the mood to bring the outdoors inside. All you will need is a shallow planter, river rocks and a small can of chafing fuel. STEP ONE: ...

Cassopolis rental lodge built for fellowship

Homes are synonymous with the idea of a sanctuary. An implicit belief buried in this notion is that a home has a singular family, but this is not the case for Ted and Brenda Gogol’s Knotty Pine Lodge. The sprawling 3,770-square-foot structure has a wide open-concept space and is situated on picturesque Stone Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan. Popular in the summertime, the lake serves as a getaway for folks who share its charms, surprises and comfort for everything from workshops and conferen...

Aquatic expert weighs in on benefits of exercising in the water

Swimming is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of exercise. It may be easier to go for a jog or hop on an elliptical machine than it is to suit up and take a plunge at your local pool. However, for those willing to brave the water — and possibly some chlorine hair — an ocean full of benefits await. “It is a great total-body workout,” says Tricia Yack, the director of the Bridgman Aquatic Center in Bridgman, Michigan. “Overall, you are using every muscle group, as ...

Camp director makes impact on youth

Winding through the gravel drive on a cool spring morning, visitors can almost hear the sounds of summers past: The laughter of children playing capture the flag, the zing of basketballs missing their swoosh and the snap of arrows impaling bales of hay holding brightly colored targets. This is the symphony of summer at Fitch Camp. In a place where time has nearly stood still, among picturesque hills and trees, a sandy beach and a quiet lake, you’ll find a humble man who is making a differ...

DIY: Indoor flower garden

The first hints of spring have made their way to Michiana but, unfortunately for nature-lovers itching to get outside, it could be awhile before the ground thaws and the first pops of color make their way through the soil. This project is perfect for those who are anxious to feel the dirt beneath their fingers, smell the flowers and brighten their day. Simply put, this project is designed to bring the outside in. My favorite part about this indoor jar garden is how much it can be customized ...