Queens of vinyl: female record store owners share the secrets to success and struggles that became strengths

Brittany Benton Photo By Amber N. Ford

In 2021, opening your own record store sounds like a romantic daydream for most of us. These female record store owners show that, while it may not be romantic, creating a thriving and viable vinyl business can be done.

Dear Dixie: Why am I still so self-conscious in my 50s?

A reader writes to advice columnist Dixie, “I’m in my 50s and still self-conscious. Aren’t I supposed to be confident by now?” Are you a woman over 40? Submit your questions to Dixie—she’ll respond with kindness and no bullshit in equal measure.

What are the best cars for mindful driving?

Tamara Warren Founder of Le Car

Yes, mindful driving is a thing. A leading automotive journalist and founder of Le Car ranks six of the best cars, SUVs, and minivans to calm your nerves.

Lisa Congdon’s 69 mantras to blaze your own path to success

Lisa Congdon Let's Move Forward Together

Want to carve out your own niche as an entrepreneur or successful creative? Artist Lisa Congdon’s “You Will Leave a Trail of Stars” book is for you.

Stability wasn’t sexy before the pandemic. Maybe now it is?

Pre-pandemic, many of us were functional—though maybe not comfortable—in our go-fast, win-fast lifestyles. After the most destabilizing year in recent memory, some of us are asking, “I want stability, is that okay?”

Many weed enthusiasts agree: sex and cannabis are a great combo

Sex and cannabis have long been in cahoots—just look at tantric texts. Author Danielle Simone Brand writes about how weed got her to “unrelenting waves of hell yeahs.” Spoiler: it’s not just about increased blood flow.

How Carrie Maultsby-Lute balances the guilt of motherhood during COVID with leaning into her career

Retired professional figure skater, boy mom, wife, globe trotter, multi-passionate Oaklander, Carrie Maultsby-Lute talks about how she’s handling all of life’s big challenges.

Dear Dixie: How to date a confident man when you’re feeling insecure

A reader writes to advice columnist Dixie, “I’m scared I’m not good enough for him.” Are you a woman over 40? Submit your questions to Dixie—she’ll respond with kindness and no bullshit in equal measure.

How to come out of the cannabis closet as a responsible parent

Danielle Simone Brand Jumble and Flow

Are you a canna-curious mom or dad? Meet Danielle Simone Brand, author of ‘Weed Mom.’

What it felt like to live through Texas’s SNOVID-21 as a part-time prepper

SNOVID Austin

By all accounts, we were ready. We had done emergency planning months prior before the election. We’re the type to have go-bags under our bed. So, what made SNOVID so hard to endure?