Coastal Virginia Magazine - March-April 2012

How To: Be a Woman Today

Last month, I went to Canada to visit my dying grandmother, “Lola,” (Filipino for grandmother) in the hospital, for what could very well be the last time. The wing her private room was located in what was called “The End…

One For All and All For One

Heather Callahan spends her days running toward what others flee from. She has been a firefighter for over 12 years and has spent the last eight at Chesapeake’s Station 2 Portlock, one of the busiest firehouses in North America.  Callahan…

Brother Knows Best

On the sunniest day Hampton Roads has seen in a while, Mary Miller is planting pink flowers. After digging for a few minutes, she brushes her hands, requests a rinse off from her brother, Luke Miller, who is on standby…

A Town for All Seasons

A town for all seasons— and a day trip for many reasons— that’ is Murfreesboro, North Carolina. From the aroma of down home cooking to the slurp of a fresh watermelon slice on a hot July afternoon, from the boom…

Stunning Springtime Salads

When winter begins to shake off its grip and hints of spring arrive, the urge to venture outdoors is strong. And it usually doesn’t take long for the focus to turn to food—green grass and blossoming flowers provide natural backdrops…

10 Most Beautiful Women 2012

Business owners, musicians, dedicated mothers, marathon runners, educators, philanthropists and simply some of the most positive people—our group of 10 beauties deserves attention for being stunning in so many ways. It was once again an honor selecting and meeting the…

Considering Cabinets

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or building a new home, take plenty of time to consider your options for cabinets. You’ll be looking at hardware, wood, style and finishes. Consider the architecture of your home, how much cooking you do…

Hidden History - Women Wisdom

In this issue’s cover feature we recognize 10 modern Hampton Roads women who represent beauty inside and out. But how much do you know about other well-known Virginia women? Take the following quiz to find out. 1. This daughter of…

Robotham - Mad About Mad Men

When Mad Men premiered in July 2007, my friend Alexis sent me an email asking if I’d seen it. “It’s absolutely brilliant,” she said. Two years later, I started watching reruns with my girlfriend at the time, and before we…

Upfront - Buying Hampton Roads

In the 1990s I had a checking account at Resource Bank, and when they went public, they offered all their depositors the opportunity to buy stock. I bought some but was still living in Los Angeles for graduate school, so…

Excellence in Nursing 2012 Winners

Photos by Jim Pile We know doctors and surgeons aren’t the only important people providing medical care to you and your family. So we established our first annual Excellence in Nursing contest to call attention to some of the often…