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Tracey Duffy


Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Remember when sitting cross-legged on the floor with a coloring book kept you happy and occupied for hours on end? There’s no need to stop just because you’re older. Adult coloring books have caught on like wildfire, trading in the rudimentary outlines of cuddly kittens and cartoon characters for intricate patterns ranging from Tibetan mandalas and Japanese kimonos to A…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, big families ruled. If you were part of a semi-large clan whose siblings outnumbered the parents, you learned everything from your older brothers and sisters, wore hand-me-downs from both, and happily piled into the back of your faux wood-paneled station wagons with no regard for safety (or comfort). One-on-one time with parents and per…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

Boudoir studios have cropped up across WNY, and women are striking a (sometimes scantily-clad) pose. Some say they are also shedding their insecurities. Lindsay Kozyra, a 31-year-old mother of two young boys, recently posed for boudoir shots. “It was such a great confidence boost and so empowering for me,” said Kozyra. She said she was nervous at first, mostly because s…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

When I left for college in 1983, my mother bought me a reversible comforter from Sears with matching pillow shams and a bed skirt. I was the Martha Stewart of my residence hall. Somehow, my fellow co-eds and I all managed to get by without custom window treatments, matching accent rugs and pomegranate room scents. But today’s dorm decorating means business. Big busin…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Meals on Wheels volunteers bring a lot more than nutritious daily meals to the elderly and disabled of Western New York — they also deliver much-needed companionship. In some cases — especially when family members live far away — deliveries can serve as the only social time clients have all day. “It’s a deep and abiding relationship that you see between the volunteer…

Buffalo Magazine

When most people tell the story of how they met and married, it usually spans a decade at most. In the case of Susan Makai and Richard Martin Brown, it spanned four. Long Island natives, each came to Western New York for their undergrad education – she at Fredonia and he at UB, where he was her brother’s roommate. One night Makai’s brother asked Brown to tag along to wa…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When it comes to mixing hobbies and drinking, women have been known to get creative. Book clubs with Bloody Marys. Pottery with Prosecco. Cooking classes with Cabernet. If it comes with a side of alcohol, sign us up. (Within moderation, of course.) Enter paint-while-you-drink art lessons, the latest Western New York trend that pairs step-by-step instruction with wine, b…

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Introduced in 1966 to reaffirm bonds and honor African heritage, today millions of people celebrate Kwanzaa worldwide. But what makes the holiday special for Western New Yorkers? We asked some local people to share their favorite tradition or aspect of the holiday. Sharon and Kenneth Holley, who were instrumental in the formation of Buffalo’s city-wide Kwanzaa celeb…

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The 2010 U.S. census revealed a significant rise in nontraditional households in America; married straight couples with children now make up less than half of U.S. households. Today, more and more families are blended, or headed by same-sex partners or single parents.  And Western New York is home to countless “modern families.” But while the snapshot of what “typica…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

The treehouse…that magical safe haven in the sky where imaginations run free and kids rule the roost. A secret hideout where you can keep watch of the enemy, whether it’s the school bully or your neighbor’s little sister. Unlike the makeshift forts our dads cobbled together with salvaged two-by-fours and a hunk of sheet metal — when best friends communicated through two…

Good interior design entails more than picking out a paint chip and a couple of funky throw pillows. The following tips will help you create spaces so beautiful you may just never want to leave the house. 1. Build around one piece Whether it’s a hand-painted vase, a tapestry that’s been in your family for generations or a unique fabric, an “inspiration piece” can be a gr…

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Let’s face it; very few husbands are good at everything (even though they might argue otherwise). When it comes to home repairs, they usually fall into three categories: 1) those who tackle any project with ease; 2) those who think they can; and 3) those who call an electrician to change a light bulb. “I definitely have my limitations and know pretty quickly if a job is…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

While there’s something to be said for umbrella-drinks-on-the-beach vacations — and the mental break that comes with them — there are also getaways that expand your mind instead of emptying it. You can spend a week (or a whole summer) exploring some of life’s most important questions just 90 minutes south of Buffalo at The Chautauqua Institution, a 750-acre lake community …