A novel approach to PTSD

Janyre Tromp knows something about PTSD. She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to childhood trauma. She experienced it as a result of her daughter’s long illness, which brought to the surface her childhood experiences once again. Combine that with stories from her grandfather’s experiences in World War II and a friend’s family history, and she had the makings of a novel.

There are people behind those masks

If you’ve dined out during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve probably noticed many changes. Masked restaurant staff, adjusted seating capacities and limited menus are just a few of the differences over the last two years as restaurants work tirelessly to overcome unforeseen obstacles and stay in business.

Davenport rolls out new STEM degree programs

Davenport University is offering two new degree programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to combat teacher shortages in urban areas.

Harnessing diversity for better

RhaeAnn Booker always knew she wanted to work in a hospital, it just took her a while to get there — and not in the position she thought.

Creston: The next Eastown?

Historic homes and in-progress apartments; pubs in place for generations and trendy new eateries; walking trails and playgrounds.

LMCU kicks off annual reading program for kids

Lake Michigan Credit Union is challenging kids to read five books this month for a chance to win $100.

Grand Rapids Gold partners with community organizations

The Grand Rapids Gold is launching its NBA Cares Season of Giving for the holidays.

Exploring Ada

Drive the short 13 minutes east, from downtown Grand Rapids and you’ll find Ada, the quaint town that strikes just the right balance between old and new.

Big Screens & City Lights

What do Houdini, Liza Minnelli and Barbie all have in common? No, this isn’t a mystifying riddle, but, in fact, all puzzle pieces that led to the community space that is Studio Park

Puppy adoption highlights company’s commitment to charity

The grand opening of a tire store in Wyoming had an unexpected outcome for a puppy named Peanut who was part of the festivities.

Helping for the holidays

When Maribeth Groen talks about kids in need in Kent County, she doesn’t just talk about the poverty level — she talks about something more subtle. 

School of Rock offers music camp

A Grand Rapids-based music school will be hosting a 2022 summer music camp.

Getting social with sports

He didn’t realize it at the time, but Chris Wessely’s calling dialed him up while he was a poor college student studying abroad in...

Christkindl is coming!

If you’re dreaming of a Christmas-time European getaway, you don’t have to travel farther than the Downtown Market. 

Discers fling for food drive

November in Michigan brings cold days, gray skies and fleeting daylight. But most importantly of all, it brings anticipation of the holidays.

Art that’s hardly mundane

Jenny Roberts is an artist, poet and Chicago transplant living in West Michigan, whose work examines the subtleties of life.

The king of hospitality

Reflections on ‘Night Mayor’ George Aquino by his goddaughter.