All posts by Karen L. Zickes

Love After Loss

It’s been four years since my husband passed away, but the journey moving forward without him continues daily. Perhaps it’s no longer a journey of healing; rather it’s simply our journey of life. After all, are we ever completely “healed” after the loss of a loved one? Unchartered territory Losing a spouse or significant other

The Briarfield Café a local people pleaser

I just discovered one of my new favorite places to stop in with the family for a good home-cooked meal, but I’m beyond disappointed it took me so long. Sadly I have driven by it more times than I could count. If you are like me, stop in The Briarfield Café once, and you won’t

Ye Olde Durty Bird makes its mark downtown

I have continued to make an effort to head downtown with the kids more often during all times of the year. However, we still love “Summer in the City”. There’s something about walking the streets and seeing all the people out and about in Hensville, Uptown, down by the river, or somewhere in between. As

INKY’S Italian remains a Toledo icon

As you know, this month we’re celebrating the exciting 25th anniversary of Toledo Area Parent. In honor of this occasion, I thought I’d reminisce and return to my very first Food Fight from January 2007. In a society of easy come, easy go it’s with even more unbridled enthusiasm that my first Food Fight is

New Twist on an Ancient Roll

Not long ago my teenage daughter came home raving about this cool new sushi place called FUSIAN that she had been to with friends. She finally convinced me and we ventured out for family dinner one Saturday night. Rock-n-Roll It is bright, contemporary and minimalistic in décor with lime green as the accent color. I