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A Perfect Storm Takes a Village: How Raising Funds Gives Back to the Community

DSCN5304My daughter did this!  I’m so proud of her.  She inspires me in so many ways.  She is a go-getter, and she’s a giver.  (She’s the grown up bossy little girl I told you about before.)

“4 Momz 2 Momz” is the perfect storm of service organizations’ fundraisers.  Twice a year it raises money for Moms United; it helps local families, and it helps local charities.

Moms United is fellowship group run through Marengo’s Zion Lutheran Church.  The group is open to the public and meets the third Thursday of each month during the school year. The “4 Momz 2 Momz” fundraiser helps pay for Christian  based speakers who cover topics like finances, motherhood, women’s friendships, and marriage.

“4 Momz 2 Momz” is the brainchild of Cecily who, as a mother of five children, knows that kids’ clothing, strollers, books, and toys take a big bite out of every family’s budget.  She and her friend Jacki 

Be Bossy

I am surprised to find out about Beyonce’s Ban Bossy Campaign led by Beyoncé.  “I’m not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” is her tag-line.  I get your position Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Garner, Sheryl Sandberg, et al. Bossy, Lippy, Smarty Pants.  Maybe these terms mean to remind little girls to be nice.  Maybe they’re even meant to remind grown women to be nice.  Still, rather than ban these words, I think we should embrace them. What’s wrong with being a Smarty Pants, or being Bossy?  I want at least one Lippy person in my group; someone unafraid to tell me what’s…

Osteomyelitis, Part 4: Are we in a Roundabout?

It’s been six months since Duckie’s last surgery; now three years since she began her “My Legs Hurt,” chronic complaint.  If you are catching up, here’s Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Duckie with one of her favorite Chicago Sky Players
Duckie with one of her favorite Chicago Sky Players

Duckie’s went back to see Dr. Bone.  Why?  Because Dr. Bone and Dr. Traumbone merged practices.  Dr. Bone greats us like long, lost friends.  He looks at Duckie’s leg, he has her walk, he takes X-rays.  Everything is as good as…  Well, everything is good. 

Fixing Technical Difficulties

And I thought I was such a smarty pants. Last week, my screen went blank.  For the life of me, I could not figure out what went wrong. I could see everything on my iPad.  I could not access my photo library that way.  By “Once A Little Girl” blog seemed fine, so it couldn’t be the browser or computer setting.  What the heck. It didn’t help that I was not at home. Thank heavens for help forums and Google+.  Problems with  this happening go back more than five years.  I just needed to change my theme to Twenty-Eleven, draft…

Game Plan Report: March

First my success rate at predicting the Oscars: I got a whopping 42% correct. If I factor out the winners awarded to movies I did not see, my success rate climbs to 53%. (I only missed two movies that got awards, FROZEN and HER. Those two raked in three awards.) Not bad for someone who knows nothing about movie-making. Oh, and guess what? The “Achievement in Documentary Short Film” went to a story that makes the heart and soul smile: THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE. Check out the trailer here: The Lady in Number 6 (YouTube)…

And the Winner Is….

For some reason, my “movie watching marathon” ended up more of a drag than a lot of fun.  Besides, I was in California last week enjoying the warm outdoors.  I got to see the “walk of fame,” and the bleachers were already set up for the red-carpet event. There should be a new Oscar category:  Uplifting (Makes the heart and soul smile.)  So many of the movies nominated this year were, well, decidedly NOT in that category.  Scroll all the way to the bottom, if you want to see my nominees in this category. Best Picture: NEBRASKA:  Loved-One turned to…

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