How to Create a Happier, Healthier Living Space During Springtime – Shape Magazine

Now that winter has come and gone, it’s time to swap those hygge vibes for an aesthetic that’s brighter and lighter.

Isabel Burton

April 13, 2021

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“Longer days and sunny skies this time of year are so rejuvenating and optimistic — there’s a vibrancy in the air that I love to capture in a living space,” says Kate Hamilton Gray, an interior designer in New York and owner of Hamilton Gray Studio. “Surroundings really affect your mindset, so when the weather shifts, I always make decorating updates to tap into the spirit of the season. Right now that translates to the scent of fresh flowers and a feeling of airiness to bring a punch of vitality.”

Luckily, those updates don’t require a big lift — or big bucks. Here, Hamilton Gray walks you through her easy tips for harnessing the energy of spring.

1. Go natural

2. Put out some eye candy

Place a big bowl of fruit or vegetables on the dining or coffee table or the counter. A variety of filled smaller bowls or pretty plates works great too — whatever you have, says Hamilton Gray. “This is when we start to see an abundance of fresh produce,” she says. “Showcasing it is aesthetically beautiful, and at the same time it gets you excited about warm-weather food and inspires you to eat more natural stuff.”

Choose anything in season, like apricots, cherries, and fennel. Hamilton Gray’s favorite food decor is artichokes. “The shapes and textures are so visually interesting, and they have a long shelf life,” she says. “Bonus: They’re delicious and good for you.” (Steal these other tips to design a kitchen that encourages healthy eating.)

Research backs this up: Exposure to sunlight increases serotonin, which helps you cope with anxiety and boosts happiness and focus, plus it helps improve our sleep at night. “I also open my windows as early in spring as I can,” says Hamilton Gray. “All of it — the soft breeze, fresh air, natural scents, sunlight — breathes new life into a room.”

4. Give WFH zone a makeover

You spend what seems like most of your life here, yet it’s typically ignored when decorating, says Hamilton Gray. “Small changes will get you feeling inspired and excited to do work you care about,” she says. “For starters, dial up the color with a new accessory. I have a faux leather desk mat in a cheerful blue that I love this time of year. Organize some personal objects that announce the warm, sunny weather on a pretty tray, like a seashell from your last beach trip or a family vacation photo. Revamp your inspiration images if you like mood boards, or pile up a few visually stunning books.” (Related: How to Set Up the Most Ergonomic Home Office Ever)

optimistic and joyful, and it will radiate that vibe in your space, says Hamilton Gray. “Nothing pricey — just whatever speaks to you,” she says. “Online resources, like Artifact Uprising, will print one of the millions of photos living in your phone. I put up a large image with a brass binder clip, which feels less permanent and easier to swap out as seasons or moods change.”


Faith basis for couple’s happiness – MPNEWSMPNEWS – Mornington Peninsula News

NOELLE and Michael Woolf at Sorrento, above, and, below, on the their wedding day 8 April 1960 outside St Mark’s Anglican Church, East Brighton. Pictures: Supplied

MICHAEL and Noelle Woolf, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 8 April, met and were married at St Mark’s Anglican Church, East Brighton.

The couple met at the church and regularly played tennis there but, before their relationship became official, Noelle left for an 11-month working holiday based in Toronto.

She made the trip to and from Canada aboard the Orsova and was waved off and greeted by Michael, although she says that initially there was no romantic interest.

They say their strong faith has sustained them throughout the years and they have always done things together.

The Woolfs were members of the former Sorrento Sailing Club where the commodore, Ted Reiks, called out over the loudspeaker one time “Michael, are you bringing the boat in or taking it out?”   On another occasion, Michael was asked to bless the fleet on opening day.

Before retiring, Michael was the principal power plant engineer at TAA-Australian Airlines-Qantas.

He briefly attended Rye Primary School and his widowed mother bought land at Sorrento in the 1940s.

Michael and Noelle often holidayed at the Sorrento beach house and moved there to live 20 years ago.

Noelle is a long time member of the Rosebud TOWN Club and has regularly attended meetings except for nine months during the 2020 COVID-19 restrictions.

Among their fond memories is a three-week camping trip in 1971 with their two young children (Deborah and David), and two mothers in an EH Holden station wagon around Australia.

From Melbourne they travelled the then unsealed road over the Nullarbor to Perth, up to Broome, Darwin. They also visited the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Adelaide River where Michael’s father (an Army chaplain who served and died during WWII) is buried. From there it was down to Alice Springs to load the car on to the old Ghan train to Port Augusta. They finally arrived safely at home, four flats and two blowouts later.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 13 April 2021


Steven Gerrard lifts lid on Alfredo Morelos’ happiness at Rangers – and provides Nikola Katic update – The Scotsman

Steven Gerrard believes Alfredo Morelos is “probably the happiest I’ve seen him over the course of the last three years” and is looking forward to unleashing the striker against Hibs this afternoon.

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The forward has scored in every SPFL Premiership game he’s played since the last controversial clash between the sides back in January and the retrospective ban that followed.

But he’s since won a league title and opened his Old Firm goal account with his 55th SPFL strike. Perhaps it’s no wonder he’s smiling.

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Yet quotes emanating from the striker’s Colombian homeland described “difficulties” between manager and player which have since been resolved – but they came as news to Gerrard when pointed out to him earlier this week.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard (right) with Alfredo Morelos as he is substituted during a Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road, on January 27, 2021, in Edinburgh, Scotland (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

“Alfredo has been interviewed lately talking about the difficulties we have had – but I am not aware of them because they haven’t been any difficulties for me,” said Gerrard.

“I have said he has been a challenge because he hasn’t always perfect but he has been a pleasure to work with.”

That challenge has been maximising the Colombian’s potential – a task that Gerrard has taken on and, at times, taken a hard line in discipline, but it has reaped rewards with Morelos’ smile celebrating the league championship and now just seven goals off hitting a century in light blue.

“I think he is really proud to be a champion and a league winner here and hopefully it has given him the hunger to go on and achieve many more things with the team. I’m delighted he has finally got a reward for all the goals he has scored and all the top performances he has put in as a player,” the manager said.

Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos (R) and captain James Tavernier watch on during a Scottish Cup Third Round tie between Rangers and Cove Rangers at Ibrox Stadium, on April 04, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

“I suppose some of the things I have imposed on him in terms of fines and suspensions or certain things I have made him do to try and get himself into better physical shape have been difficult for him, but they haven’t been for me.

“I treat all players the same with certain standards every player has to abide by and if you don’t then you’re probably not going to like what’s coming your way, so I certainly understand his comments in the interview and where he’s coming from.

“But in terms of the relationship, I have never had a difficult day because I have loved every minute of working with him – I still do and I hope he stays around for a long time.

“He’s happy at the moment. He’s smiling, fit and available for Sunday’s game and I am looking forward to seeing him play.”

One player who Gerrard is currently taking a different tact with when it comes to physical condition though, is Niko Katic.

The Croatian is making steady progress in recovering from a knee ligament injury but there “are still hurdles” to overcome, the manager revealed.

Katic began running during the week and his body’s response to the exercise will now be assessed.

“It’s an injury you have to be very patient with,” added Gerrard. “It’s career threatening. There can be no corners cut.

“He has started to jog which is a big step forward so we now see how the knee reacts to that load, but the dream for us is to have Katic available for pre-season training.”

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Carto developed Snow Trails to offer happiness in north central Ohio – Richland Source

MANSFIELD ─ David Lawrence Carto liked to call himself a “snow farmer,” according to his eldest son, Duffy.

The local entrepreneur, who developed Snow Trails into a one-of-a-kind ski resort in north central Ohio, passed away on Easter Sunday following an extended illness. He was 90 .

David was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and moved to Mansfield with his family in 1942. He once served in the Counter-Intelligence Corps. in the Army and was stationed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. That's where he learned to ski.

Duffy said his father wore civilian clothes most of the time due to the service’s nature and used the Army-issue to make ski pants. The sport and its atmosphere appealed to David so much that he started the Mansfield Ski Club with friends after returning to the area.

The group of friends would ski in Knox County, Duffy said . They used their skis to sidestep up and down a hill to pack the snow, getting a few runs along the way.

“He (David) noted that a lot of people really liked it and it was a social activity. People would bring food and drink, ”Duffy said. “He had seen how it worked in Wisconsin and Minnesota.”

In the summer of 1961, David joined investors from Columbus and put together the first commercial ski area in Ohio. Snow Trails opened in the winter of that year.

Duffy said his father was not the biggest investor but became the president of the corporation. He was able to handle disagreements within the group and eventually becoming Snow Trails ’sole owner.

David invented Ski Carnival in the first year of the season, Duffy said, which included the bikini ski race.

In Duffy's eyes, his father was a risk-taker and the ski business was a “real gamble.” It requires plenty of capital investment, but it only brings the owner income in a very short period of time – and depends heavily on the weather.

When Snow Trails opened in 1961, it was also the first snow area that entirely relied on human-made snowmaking. Duffy said that while Ohio has natural snow, it is not enough to create a pleasant skiing experience.

The ski resort's snowmaking system has significantly improved over the past 60 years. Duffy said the first system took compressed air and water blown out through nozzles in cold weather to create the snow.

Now, the advanced system can work at a higher temperature and create more delicate crystals.

The weather is still essential in the process. That is why David nicknamed himself a “snow farmer.”

“Because just like farming, you have to rely on Mother Nature to help get what you need,” his son said.

Snow Trails now uses chair lifts and “moving carpets” to send skiers up to the hills to ski and tube.

Back in the 1942 s, Duffy said there was a rope tow pulling people up to the top of the hill. The ski resort also developed different types of training programs. In 2020, it saw a historic record of visitation .

John Fernyak, local businessman and David's long-time friend, said David was always looking for ways to improve Snow Trails. He converted a barn into a ski lodge and into what it is today, the best ski resort in Ohio that has numerous facilities.

“He realized the better it (facility) was, the more customers he could serve. And the more he could serve, the better he could build his business, ”Fernyak said.

Duffy said his father liked to make people happy by providing them with skiing or other activities. That probably explains why he stayed in the risky business for decades.

Besides being a successful businessman, David was helpful and community-oriented, as his friends described. He served on multiple organizational boards, including Richland Carrousel Park and Richland County Foundation.

He was also inducted into the Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame at North Central State College in 2011.

Fernyak said people enjoyed David's company because he was very friendly. He was very interested in doing as much as he could for other people in the community.

Both David and Duffy have taken substantial leadership roles in the community, Fernyak said. They have been supportive of many charities in Mansfield.

“I wish we had dozens and dozens of more people just like that,” he said.

Jeff Gorman, chairman and chief executive officer for Gorman-Rupp, said David knew the community very well and had its best interests in his heart. The duo worked on various community projects over the years.

With his knowledge, David knew what strategy would or would not work in the community, Gorman said. He was also able to translate that into practical and professional means that people could understand.

“It's always a shame to lose a community leader, especially one with Dave's stature and professionalism because they just don't come along that often,” Gorman said. “Dave will be missed, but he will be remembered.”

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'I could not be happier': Delight at travel bubble – Otago Daily Times

“This is the savior.”

Those were the words of Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult who could not wipe the smile from his face late yesterday afternoon after learning quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start in less than a fortnight.

“I could not be happier.”

He said he had done “umpteen” interviews with Australian media organizations yesterday before the announcement, “and they are ready to come”.

That was evident at The Rees Hotel, where about 130 room bookings, primarily for July, came in from Australia between 5pm and 6. 30 pm.

Chief executive Mark Rose said he also received one booking for April 19 and “a little bit” for May.

“But late June, the three weeks through the school holidays, it’s just gone mental.

“We’re really, really happy.”

Queenstown Airport Corporation chief executive Colin Keel said the airport would be accepting only “green zone” flights – initially there would be about 40 flights, both arrivals and departures, between Queenstown and Australia per week.

Direct scheduled services would be operated by Air New Zealand and Qantas between Queenstown and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to start.

“Within the coming weeks we expect Jetstar and Virgin Australia to confirm the recommencement dates for their services, including the Queenstown to Gold Coast route,” Mr Keel said.

Safety of travelers and the public would continue to be of paramount importance.

Mr Boult said he had been given assurances by public health authorities “all steps” would be taken to ensure there was minimal risk to the community at large, and vulnerable people, particularly.

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chairman Craig Douglas said his overriding feeling yesterday was “relief”.

“Businesses will have customers coming in numbers that hopefully will make the businesses viable again.”

Flame restaurant owner Lou McDowell said her initial reaction was “hallelujah”.

“It's just super, super exciting.

“It's exceptionally good news for the whole community and the region in general.

“It’s great for business, great for the workforce who, as we know, have been working on reduced hours … and also really encouraging for mental health.

“Last year we all survived on hope and what we didn’t know … [yesterday] there was just this huge sigh of relief.”

Wayfare chief executive Stephen England-Hall said while it was welcome news for the tourism industry, it was also brilliant for those who had been separated from loved ones in Australia for over a year.

“I’m really feeling, I guess, heart-warmed for those people … I think that’s what the big kicker is today.”

He acknowledged, however, those who were concerned about the borders opening and the increased risk of community transmission that may result in.

“[But] if there was going to be a material increase of risk to Kiwis, I don’t believe the Prime Minister would have made that decision.”

At Dunedin’s Vincent George Travel yesterday there was excitement tempered with apprehension among would-be travelers.

Travel broker Rosann Connolly-George did not expect huge numbers of travelers rushing back and forth immediately, but said the announcement offered clarity for travelers and a boost for travel agents.

Flight Center NZ managing director David Coombes said demand for a transtasman bubble had been steadily increasing from both sides of the Tasman over the past couple of weeks and staff had already been taking bookings.

But helloworld managing director Andrew Carmody said Australian visitors alone would not save businesses linking on tourism.

Otago Peninsula Trust ecotourism manager Hoani Langsbury said in the past Dunedin’s royal albatross colony had relied on visitors from the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

But Australians, who had made up 8% of the visitors, could increase to 30%.

However, Mr Langsbury feared with open borders more New Zealanders would leave than Australians came in.

Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins said Otago needed to make sure incoming visitors more than made up the difference between those who would now head to Australia instead of traveling domestically.

Otago Southland Employers ’Association chief executive Virginia Nicholls welcomed the development, which she described as a lifeline for struggling local tourism businesses.

It was also welcome news for many other sectors, such as hospitality and events, that had borne major financial strain due to extended border closures, she said.

– Additional reporting Hamish MacLean


Survey shows seniors happier with COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Quebec than in Ontario – Toronto Star

A couple leaves a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. A new survey suggests seniors in Quebec are much happier about the province's vaccine rollout than their neighbours in Ontario.

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