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Last August, after weeks of tests, I heard the words I feared most: the pain in my abdomen was caused by a malignant tumor. I admit to a brief period of wondering how I got “chosen” for this. I had exercised regularly, eaten well, had no family history of cancer, had normal pregnancies, and breastfed both of my children…all things thought to help prevent this type of canc…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

It was a simple request: find a few of the area’s hidden gems in the world of artisanal residential work. As it turns out, finding these master craftspeople wasn’t hard; Western New York is rich in talented, creative souls. The hard part was choosing from so many of them. Here are the stories of four local craftspeople, whose passions include metal, fire, wood, glass, pain…

Buffalo Magazine

In the 1950s, 20 percent of marriages in the U.S. were interfaith unions. By the first decade of the 21st century, they grew to 45 percent. These statistics from ‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage Is Transforming America are underscored by the fact that while interfaith marriages may be more common, they also come with a unique set of challenges. These inclu…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Sometimes paint and glue bond and repair things; other times they bond and repair people. That’s the short way to describe the therapeutic power of art, an activity that’s more than a fun distraction; art can promote mindfulness, channel anger, treat physical ailments, foster communication and measure and achieve goals. Take, for instance, Barbara Murak’s work. O…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

As the old joke goes: “Marriage is like a deck of cards; it starts with hearts and diamonds, but ends with clubs and spades.” Alas, with 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the United States ending in divorce (Divorcestatistics.org), that may have a kernel of truth. But what about the other 50 percent of marriages? What are their secrets to success? We approached some h…