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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Over 500 women on one island for a girls-only weekend may sound like a setup for a raucous reality show primed with wine slushies, feather boas and lots of shrieking. In reality, that island is Grand Island — and the 500 participants of the first-ever Western New York “Wild Women Unite” will be forgoing pink drinks for guns, compasses, paddles and zip lines. The weekend…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

If there’s one thing that local quilters agree on, it’s that quilting has never been strictly a craft. Quilts are also examples of art, as planning and admiring them transcends decades. What’s more, quilting creates a respite in our increasingly busy lives. “Fabric is fun to do, but it is also tactile and soothing,” said Ann Shaw, owner of Sew What? Quilt Shop in Wil…

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…

Donna Propis, 67, rushes to the yoga class she takes twice a week at the Amherst Senior Center. She’s in a hurry but the hooting from the lounge makes her stop for a moment to see what’s going on. A group of seniors are clapping, sighing, and catcalling as two 80-somethings square off against each other … at the bowling alley … on the computer screen. Totally engaged in th…

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…