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Issue 89

There are places and people in life with the ability to excite and inspire a fire in our soul, and it’s those destinations and creators that make anything feel possible. This issue of American Lifestyle magazine touches on just a few of those bursts of inspiration, with a ride on the Ghost Train of Ely, Nevada—a twentieth century steam engine that is kept alive by a passion for the past. Glass artist Amber Cowan also holds the past near and dear to her heart, using historic pieces of found glass, antiques, and heirlooms in her intricate works. Our past can also shape the course of our future, a sentiment appreciated in the dancing of Step Afrika!—a Washington DC-based step group—which turns traditional stepping into multi-dimensional performances.


All Aboard the Ghost Train

A nostalgic trip to Ely, Nevada, to discover how the Nevada Northern Railway keeps century-old steam engines running while also preserving a long-past way of life.


Amber Cowan’s Generations of Glass

A look at how artist Amber Cowan melds glass sculpting and flameworking to transform found glass into intricate works of art.


Movie Magic: The Foley Team of Skywalker Sound

A behind-the-scenes glimpse at Skywalker Sound to witness the wonder of a world-renowned Foley team creating the background sounds for cinema.


A Touch of Southern Charm

Lauren Clement discusses how her team at Lauren Nicole Designs completely renovated and modernized a Greensboro-area lakeside home.


Valerie’s Home Cooking

TV personality Valerie Bertinelli shares recipes from Valerie’s Home Cooking (Oxmoor House 2017), including roasted eggplant pesto pasta and lemon-raspberry panna cotta.


I Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans

A visit to the Crescent City to take in its legendary jazz music scene, including insider perspective from trombone player Charlie Halloran.


Step Afrika!: Journey of a Thousand Steps

C. Brian Williams shares how he started Step Afrika!, a dance company that celebrates and promotes the tradition of stepping, a percussive dance form.