The Prophetic Encounter – Excerpt from New CJ Golden Book!

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About the Author: CJ Golden is an author that we have featured in VivMoments in the past. She has published several other books including: Tao of the Defiant Woman: Five Brazen Ways to Accept What You Must & Rebel Against the Rest
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I am a woman who has learned to follow her path and understand that it will take me where it will, even if the direction appears to be rather off course. I’ve come to recognize that the world around me is rotating as it is supposed to and it is up to me to find the meaning behind this new development in my life. It was such a circumstance that took me to a charming hotel in Cape Charles, VA where I met innkeeper Tracy LaCroix and learned of his dramatic “heart-stopping” journey. A … [Read more...]

I Write to Report a Rape

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About the Author: Stephanie J. Andersen: Stephanie Andersen received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2006. Her personal essay on adoption and motherhood was listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2009 and published in both an anthology titled Choice (2007) and in Brain, Child Magazine (2008). She has written two memoirs—one on the heartbreak of giving up a child for adoption and another on her discovery of and investigation into the 50-year old rape of her mother.

By Stephanie J. Andersen I Write to Report a Rape Office of the Chief of Naval Operations 2000 Navy Pentagon Washington, D.C. 20350-2000 December 13, 2013 Dear Admiral Jonathan Greenert: I write to report a rape. On July 7, an 18-year old woman by the name of Susan M. Keller was raped near U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. She had been on a double date, which ended at a party on the beach. Before the night was over, she was raped and dropped off naked at Station … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Perfect Father’s Day Gift for Any Kind of Dad

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About the Author: Michele Meyer, VIVmag's contributing fashion editor, has written about style, relationships and other topics for InStyle, Travel + Leisure, Four Seasons, Allure, More, GQ, W, Black Card Mag and others.

Outside of her clueless entitlement, I really can relate to Gwyneth Paltrow — and I suspect you can too. It has zero to do with launching side-butt fashion trends, topping People’s Most Beautiful list or naming children after fruit. Like Paltrow, I’m a daddy’s girl. With Father’s Day around the corner (June 14), let’s honor things we adore in the man who taught us how to drive a stick shift, change a tire and cuss at the TV. There’s something for every type of dad on this list. (I have to … [Read more...]

As Bike Month Rolls to a Close, Our Favorite Rides and Accessories

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About the Author: Josie Rubio is a senior editor at VIVmag.

Not since I was about 12 have I ridden a bike on a regular basis. A few years ago, I did get a little bit of practice in Copenhagen; thankfully, the city is built for bikes, even if the tall bike I was riding was not quite built for someone my height. But that saying “It’s like riding a bike…” rings true, and this summer, I will don a helmet and ride again. As National Bike Month rolls to a close, I wanted to share some of the coolest new accessories, bikes and gear that I'm coveting. And if … [Read more...]

Win a Dakine Bike Jersey, Jacket and Backpack!

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As we noted in our Bike Month favorites in VIV Says, Dakine’s bike apparel and accessories not only look cool, but they also keep you cool, whether you’re running errands or going on a hike. Dakine's short-sleeve Xena jersey has mesh side panels and quick-dry polyester with Microban antimicrobial technology to ensure you'll arrive dry at your destination. The Dakine women’s breaker jacket is so compact and lightweight, you can stash it in its own pocket — or in a Shuttle 6L bike pack with a … [Read more...]

Win a Copy of ‘The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook’


As noted in VIV Says, Chefs Collaborative, an organization of chefs committed to sustainability, has released The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook: Local, Sustainable, Delicious Recipes From America's Great Chefs (Taunton Press, 2013) to mark its 20th anniversary. Some of the nation’s top chefs — including Hugh Acheson, Michael Anthony, Rick Bayless, Phoebe Lawless and Monica Pope — share their tips for eating well and responsibly as well as some of their delicious recipes. One lucky reader will … [Read more...]

Just Beachy: 8 Must-Read Novels for Your Summer Vacation


With Memorial Day behind us, summer is unofficially here! Check out these new books to stash in your beach bag or download on your e-reader, from thought-provoking literary works to lighter reads. And the Mountains Echoed (Riverhead Books, 2013) by Khaled Hosseini. I was excited to read the latest from Hosseini, who wrote The Kite Runner (Riverhead, 2003) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead, 2007). (Reading the latter book made me eternally grateful that I was born a woman in America … [Read more...]

Win a Copy of the New Novel ‘Looking for Me’ by Beth Hoffman!


As we mentioned in our VIV Says summer reads post, author Beth Hoffman has a new book called Looking for Me (Pamela Dorman Books, 2013), which tells the story of 36-year-old Teddi Overman, haunted by her brother's long-ago disappearance and compelled to return to her childhood home in Kentucky to make peace with the past. Before the release of her bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (Penguin Books, 2010), Hoffman shared her VIV Moment with us; a near-death experience and a comment from a … [Read more...]

A Sweet New Super Snack: Win SNAP Infusion Supercandy!

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About the Author: Lara Rosenbaum is a former member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team and an outdoor enthusiast living in the Bay Area. Her work has appeared in VIVmag, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Shape, More, SELF and numerous other publications.

Confession: I’ve got a major sweet tooth. And while I’ve written about sugar, researched it, and now generally avoid it (who wants to spike their energy levels and then crash?), nixing sweet treats altogether can be pretty tough! Enter SNAP Infusion Supercandy: a new breed of sweets that bridges the gap between nutrition bars and, well, candy. We’ve seen vitamin gummy bears and even jelly beans laced with electrolytes, but SNAP Supercandy takes the healthy treat idea even further. For … [Read more...]

Win a SNAP Infusion Supercandy Gift Bag!


As we noted in VIV Says, SNAP Infusion Supercandy satiates your sweet tooth while providing healthy antioxidants, electrolytes and vitamins. Compact for packing, these treats — available as gummies, jelly beans, tart chews, caramels and chewing gum — are favorites of athletes on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams. Five lucky winners will receive a gift bag with a SNAP Infusion Supercandy multipack (with three packs each of gum, tarts, gummies and jelly beans), a SNAP mini playground ball, a … [Read more...]