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Ellen Matis

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Hiking / Published / Travel By On February 4, 2019

Five things to do during a romantic getaway in Clarion, Pa.

During the month of celebrating love, there’s nothing more romantic than cozying up in a cabin in a remote location — and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region is full of them. The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region consists of five counties in the northwest and central part of the state: Forest, Elk, Cameron, Jefferson and Clarion. It’s also home to outdoor…

Business / Lifestyle / Reading By On January 31, 2019

Making sure to observe the ‘One-Minute Rule”

I’ve been an avid listener and reader of Gretchen Rubin, of “The Happiness Project” podcast for many years. I’m a sucker for anything that’s about making life a little better by taking some easy steps. One of my favorite rules that I’ve been following since listening to is the “One-Minute Rule.” Gretchen says that, when it comes to decluttering, you…

Personal By On January 27, 2019

Life Disconnected in 2019

It’s funny, about this time last year (closer to New Year’s Day), I wrote that I was going to write more on Life Disconnected. And guess how many times I wrote on Life Disconnected? Fewer than 10. This blog means a lot to me. It’s a place where I get to write freely, without the constraints that writing for a…

Published By On January 1, 2019

Wintergreen, a picturesque wedding destination

Sure, when you think of Wintergreen Resort you probably think of its great slopes just about an hour and a half from Washington, D.C. But did you know it’s one of the most scenic spots to plan a wedding? Wintergreen boasts a “magical setting for an unforgettable wedding experience.” Because the resort is nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the…

Published By On January 1, 2019

Franklin County, Pa., offers cure for mid-winter blues

Now in its 17th year, Franklin County, Pa.’s IceFest is a sure way to “help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us,” organizers say. The festival kicks off on Jan. 31 and continues through Feb. 3, featuring live ice carvings, a Snowfall Ball, chili cook-off, Polar Dunk Plunge, live glass-blowing demonstrations, and more. Make sure to be in town…

Published By On December 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: Remember to disconnect

During the fall season, I was able to take two trips that really allowed me to “disconnect.” The first was to a cabin near Wellsboro, Pa., with family, and the second was to a leadership retreat at a camp, where use of cell phones was actually not allowed. These two trips were great reminders of the importance of disconnecting from…