Is There a Doctor in the House?

She carries her grandfather's black medical bag and still makes house calls, and her office visits can last from 30 minutes to more than an hour. Meet Dr. Brenda Arnett, a maverick physician in Winchester whose dedication to her patients led her to "just say no" to third party payers ... her practice is cash-only, and it is thriving. Find out more here

The Perfect Nap

You're staring at the computer screen again, unable to focus. It's the middle of the day, and you're feeling completely wiped out. Experts say it may be time for a nap. Click here to learn how a soothing snooze can help you get your groove back for the rest of the day.

Health News & Notes  

Find out the latest news on the health and wellness front from genetic counseling to retro spa practices to healthy dining for college students. Really! Also meet some amazing parents whose grief led them to push for an extraordinary law that will ensure all high school students will have CPR training before graduation. Click here for the stories.

Let's Go Nuts

They're good for your health, and are especially tasty with chocolate and champagne. What's not to like about pili nuts, the latest heart healthy superfood that's earning rave reviews? Learn more about the powerful piliĀ­ which, according to, is packed with more Vitamin E than any other nut.


Mediterranean Menu  

Scot Gordon
In spring, when skies turn from winter's gloomy gray to sea blue, where better to look for culinary inspiration than the sun-splashed Mediterranean? Chef J Frank offers a deliciously vibrant and good-for-you menu. Get the recipes here.
Eat, or Be Eaten!
Craig Larotonda
Virginia has plenty of alien critters that are multiplying fast and muscling out native species. But locavore hunter and author Jackson Landers knows what to do. Eat them! Get out the frying pan and join him as he goes "locavore." Plus, recipes for Chinese mystery snails, kudzu and that pesky-but-potentially-yummy snakehead from Chef Brian Helleberg of Charlottesville's Fleurie and Petit Pois restaurants.
 Slow Food Feast  
Patricia Lyons
Five of Central Virginia's top chefs gather at Manakintowne Specialty Growers' bucolic farm in Powhatan to create the freshest of feasts and talk about the slow food way of life. Read more and get the recipes here.
Reporting for Duty, Sir!
Daniel Chang
Black ants martial up and move in this spring, ready to mount their annual assault on domestic battlefields. Can we all live together? Maybe. One Alexandria-based writer offers up an ant's-eye view of the brigade's seasonal field headquarters.
Rhyme Time 

In anticipation of National Poetry Month in April, Bill Glose reviews books dedicated to the lyrical arts. First up, former Virginia Poet Laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda uses poetry to explore the stormy relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Plus, an exclusive interview with Kreiter-Foronda. 

About Town 
See images from the 50th annual Children's Hospital Foundation ball held Nov. 1 in Richmond. $228,000 was raised for the Healthy Lifestyles Center at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Plus, the Virginia Living Museum's second annual oyster roast  in Newport News, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Splendor Under Glass gala in Richmond.
Events Around the State

MARCH 14-APRIL 27 "Shrek: The Musical," The Children's Theatre of Virginia, Richmond,     

MARCH 15 "Virginia Symphony: Billy the Kid," Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, 


MARCH 21 "Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Benefit," a concert by the James Madison Steel Band, 

MARCH 22  "Crankies Performance," Old time balladeers perform with scrolling illustrations, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, 


MARCH 23 "A Night with Andy Statman," the virtuoso performs jazz to klezmer, Richmond, 


On newsstands this week!
Virginia Living's special double issue flip book! Health & Wellness 2014 examines top trends for the healthy life well-lived, including Northern Virginia's Sensazao Dance Fitness, wellness tourism opportunities around the state, good-for-you grain-centric recipes for quinoa, farro and kamut, mobile medical apps gone wild and more! And in the April issue of Virginia Living, farmers get bullish on bison raising the woolly beasts to meet growing consumer demand for the heart-healthy meat, recipes for farm fresh eggs that elevate nature's perfect food, in the ring with Virginia's pro wrestlers, a visit to the Inn at Little Washington, a faithfully-restored yet artfully refurbished home in Old Town Alexandria, Historic Garden Week and much more. Find the issue on quality newsstands around the state beginning Friday, March 7. Better yet, subscribe and you'll never miss out on an issue!
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