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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 

Monday’s Gratitude List

I’m hopping on a bandwagon.  It belongs to Laurel Regan at Alphabet Salad.  So hop on over to Laurel’s blog if you want to know more about Gratitude Monday.

Today, I am grateful I have waaaay too much to do.  That’s right.  Too much.  And I’m happy about it.  Most weeks, I start Sunday night out

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…

Photo Friday: The Picture of Grief

All winter we watched deer, birds, squirrels, and an occasional raccoon scout our yard for food and water.  We keep a small heater in the water garden.  Just enough to assure a seven-inch circle remains unfrozen.  The koi and the frogs lower their metabolism and come out healthy and happy when the weather warms. The first thaw revealed the carcass of a “thirsty animal” who slipped and fell under the ice, never to recover.  Who knows how long that thing was in the pond polluting the waters for my koi:  Blue, Zorro, and Ida. I am thankful Loved One only…


It’s almost poetry month.  Please visit my favorite modern day poet, Connetta Jean.  She knows how to capture a feeling in just a few words.  I love her photography, too. Spring… | PICTURE A POEM.

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. 

Hilary Grossman’s DANGLED CARAT and a Book Giveaway

SHG at the beachWhen did I first met Hilary Grossman?  It seems we’ve known each other for years.  We’re virtual friends; part of and and we exchange Tweets.  This month I learned more about her by reading her “Chick Lit that happens to be true” book, Dangled Carat.  Over the weekend, I got a chance to meet Hilary face-to-face.  Well, sort of:  we FaceTimed on Saturday morning, she in her beach-house in Long Island, me in my frosty office north of Chicago.

Dangled Carat  is an Indie book about the love of Hilary’s life, Marc:  How they met, fell in love, and well, how the Carat dangled for both of them.

Hilary always wanted to write, but it was a small BlogHer conference about turning a blog to a book that energized her and set her plan in motion.    She hired the author of Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline, to edit her book.  Hilary also hired an artist to take her vision of the book cover from concept to reality.  These are both tips Guy Kawasaki gives

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