Archive for March, 2012

A Little Q&A with WMG

Monday, March 26th, 2012

When I introduce myself as the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Wasabi Media Group, there are a handful of questions that I am oft to receive.  Today I thought I’d share a few and educate our audience a little bit about WMG.

Q:  What is Wasabi Media Group?

A:  Wasabi Media Group (affectionately known as WMG) is an Internet-based publishing company that is comprised of 24 niche publications.  These publications cover a wide array of topics, including everything from aerobics to zoology.

Q:  Where do you get all of your content?

A:  All of our content is original, written by members of our specialist and writing teams.

Q:  Why is Wasabi in your name?  Do you like sushi?

A:  First, I do enjoy sushi, but I am not a huge fan of wasabi.  Second, we chose the name Wasabi, as we are an incubated company that is part of the Wasabi Ventures portfolio.

Q:  What is the subscription fee at WMG?

A:  There is no fee to read any of the articles at WMG.  Additionally, you don’t need to register, give us your email address, or log-in via Facebook or Twitter in order to enjoy all that we have to offer.  Just choose a topic and begin reading!

Q:  Do you plan on adding any more publications?

A:  At this point, we are satisfied with the size of our publishing family.  However, you never know what the future may hold.

Q:  Are there any changes in the near future for Wasabi Media?

A:  We are constantly updating our publications with new designs and features.  We also continue to increase the number of articles we are publishing on a weekly basis.

Family Heirlooms

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Family heirlooms often make people think about jewelry or fine silver.  However, the heirlooms that I treasure most from my grandmothers don’t belong in either of those categories.  In fact, neither of these heirlooms has any monetary value, but the emotional value for each is priceless.

From my maternal grandmother I have an etched glass sugar bowl and creamer.  I used to store them in a cupboard to keep them safe.  Then I realized that my grandmother would far rather that I use and enjoy them than let them sit on a shelf.  I frequently use the creamer as a vessel for a reduction or sauce that I serve at a candlelight dinner for my husband and me.  I know that she would appreciate that we take the time to have an intimate dinner for two on a weekly basis and that we use items from her kitchen as part of it.

From my paternal grandmother I have her recipe for Irish soda bread.  Honestly, I don’t remember ever eating her soda bread, but I know both she and her sister made it, which led to a debate over whether to include caraway seeds.  Every St. Patrick’s Day, I make corned beef, cabbage, and her Irish soda bread for my family and a pair of good friends.  I know that she would love that I continue to use her recipe and share it with others.

If I think about it more deeply, there are many more of these heirlooms: a condiment dish from my great-great grandmother, a recipe for chrust from my great grandmother.  Many of these items come to mind at holidays, such as the chrust, which is made at Christmas.

As you think about upcoming holidays and special occasions, keep your family heirlooms in mind.  That special recipe or hand-me-down serving dish could be an important part of the occasion.  Also keep in mind, that the celebration you hold now could be the inspiration for someone else’s heirloom in the future.

If you’re seeking inspiration for your holidays, don’t forget that we have a special occasion publication, Holidays Helper, which can provide you with some great suggestions.  We’ll leave finding the heirlooms to you.

Delaney M.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

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Head Outdoors

Monday, March 12th, 2012

All of the snow has melted outside my office windows, and this week’s forecast includes temperatures near or over 60 every day.  Weather such as this makes me feel more inclined to participate in outdoor activities, for although I enjoy a couple hours of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, I would rather be inside during most of the winter.

However, once the temperature is warm enough that I don’t have to don a scarf, gloves, and heavy socks, I look forward to time outside.  Whether it be a leisurely walk in my neighborhood, a hike in a state park, or an afternoon bike ride, I enjoy getting away from the electronic world and immersing myself in exercise and nature.

I think of myself as an average sort of outdoor enthusiast.  On one end of the spectrum is the group of people who are dedicated to their sport, purchase specialized equipment, and are fully immersed in these activities.  On the other end is the group of people who are new to outdoor activities and are seeking information on how to begin.  For me, I have the basic gear necessary and a base of knowledge for how to safely participate in outdoor activities.  However, I don’t have aspirations to set any outdoor records.

I think that our outdoor fitness publication, Outdoors Eagle, does a fine job of meeting the needs of all within this spectrum.  Covering many topics, from the basics, such as choosing a backpack, to more advanced, such as ice climbing vacations, Outdoors Eagle offers the advice that you want.

As nicer weather approaches your region, be sure to take some time and enjoy the outdoors.  I know I will be doing so.

March Highlights

Monday, March 5th, 2012

March came in like a lion at the WMG East Coast office.  After a winter with almost no snow, we were greeted by eight inches of snow on the first day of March.  Apparently, Mother Nature wanted us to have snow in different months this year, as the last time we received this much snow was last October.

With snow-covered lawns for the first time in four months, it feels more like the middle of winter than nearly the start of spring.  What better way is there to remind myself of the month it is than to highlight some of the great things to expect at WMG for the month of March?

  • Get the kids ready for St. Patrick’s Day– Our holiday publication, Holidays Helper, has great suggestions for decorations, crafts, and foods to celebrate the wearing o’ the green.
  • Get the adults ready for St. Patrick’s Day- Whether you’re looking for a good beer or wine, you’ll be able to find the perfect pairing for your Irish dinner at Parched No More.  (Be sure to return next week when our staff bartender suggests alternatives to green beer.)
  • Enjoy the madness of March- Whether you have your schedule organized so that you can watch every one of the games or are content to watch just a few, be sure to check in with Buzzer Eagle to get the highlights from NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Maybe a snowy start to March equals a good excuse to stay home and watch a little basketball. . .