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~ Read stirring stories of everyday heroes that leave a lasting impression on our lives shared by speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters...
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~ Everyone loves a story — and this is the place to discover them. Backstories will help nurture your soul, spirit, and intellect. We take a look at the power of...
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~ When you look good, you feel good and you do good! Too often we don’t make looking good, and feeling good about it...
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~ “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems...
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~ Ever wonder what your pet might have to say? Lots! Everything from past experiences, health issues to what he/she thinks of the new food…and...
[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_linda-strausser-soul.jpg]Linda Strausser "Life Lessons with Linda: Numerology"
~ Numerology is a relationship between numbers and the everyday life path of a person. Numerology can give you insight into current and future predictions of love,..
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~ Living in an era of political gridlock, the average American strives to find their voice and impact. As a free-thinking nation, it is imperative we work...
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~ This column offers a change from the traditional journalistic convention of instigating blind partisan aggression and explores the new road to political...
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~ There are numerous and varied lines that run through our lives. They are patterns, truths and principals. Bottom lines are woven from facts, human consciousness, lessons...
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~ Career Strategist and Chief Career Happiness Officer Julie Bauke believes in you, even though you’ve likely never met. Regardless of where you are in your career...
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~ We all live in a digital (electronic-based) world now whether we love it or hate it. Living in this digital world can be wonderful and connective at times...
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~ Have you ever felt like you needed a Public Relations professional in today’s competitive world? In reality, you probably do whether a professional women or not...
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~ No matter what it is you do for a living, whether you work for yourself, for someone else, or are working in the home, when you want to do things right...
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~ We are in the second decade of the 21st century, but are women still living in an unbalanced man’s world personally and professionally? Are power...
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~ Read stirring stories of everyday heroes that leave a lasting impression on our lives shared by speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters show...
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~ No matter what mountain we climb, no matter what glass ceiling we break through, until we learn to believe in self, support each other and maintain a faith in...
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~ Do you equate being assertive with being bossy or bitchy or a negative cliché of feminism? You might be surprised to know many women do, and they may be...
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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_roseann-vanella-impact.jpg]Roseann Vanella "The Power of Life Changes"
~ When families are going through transition, whether it be divorce, health crisis, aging or caring for children, they often feel they are alone. Roseann Vanella, professional...
[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_reina-howard-impact.jpg]Reina Howard "An Immigrant Woman’s Voice"
~ Listen to a voice who speaks not only to immigrant women but to all women about impactful issues we face in our lives as individuals and as citizens of this great nation...
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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_tracie-rampley-impact.jpg]Tracie Rampley "Support Community Be-Cause it Matters"
~ Whether it is about children, education, animal welfare, disaster and humanitarian relief, human rights, heath, or needed social services, community support and...
[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_sharon-rainey-community.jpg]Sharon E. Rainey "The Ripple Effect"
~ The impact of connecting with one another can be profound. Author of Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life Sharon Rainey illustrates the numerous ways our...
[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_yoland-snipes-community.jpg]Yolanda Snipes "100 Seeds for 100 Fields"
~ We have all heard the saying, “You reap what you sow.” What if your intended harvest was making a difference in 100 lives by encouraging voluntarism and setting an...
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#YoungPolitics - New Column Coming in August!

#YoungPolitics – New Column Coming in August!

  #YoungPolitics – It seems like just about everything has a bit of politics interjected into it in today’s world. This may be due to all of the major challenges facing the U.S. like deficit spending year after year, a huge national debt, a low economic growth rate, a prolonged high unemployment rate, a conflicted [Read More!...]

Avelist… Mothers Helping Mothers - New Column Coming in August!

Avelist… Mothers Helping Mothers – New Column Coming in August!

  Wilhelmina Ryan – Avelist… Mothers Helping Mothers – Is this your first pregnancy? Or, are you the mom of two, three, or more? New moms have a life full of firsts, and experienced moms are still constantly being thrown into new situations. Moms know every day can bring questions from, “What do I pack [Read More!...]

Who, What, Where, & Why to Buying American Products from US Companies

Who, What, Where, & Why to Buying American Products from US Companies

  By Brenda Krueger Huffman, July 2014 – With companies outsourcing what used to be manufactured in America by American workers the past few decades, many Americans are trying to turn the tide by seeking out products “Made in America” and supporting companies and retailers making and selling American made products. But, American made products [Read More!...]

July, 2014 - Greetings From the Executive Editor

July, 2014 – Greetings From the Executive Editor

  As an American, I’m always grateful for our Founding Fathers and the incredible courage it took for these men (and women) to stand up to what they saw as oppression. I think this set a course for the identity of the United States and the culture of Americans – one of imagination, bravery, and [Read More!...]

Resources to Learn to Grow Your Own Vegetables… Delicious & Patriotic!

Resources to Learn to Grow Your Own Vegetables… Delicious & Patriotic!

  I think I’m a patriot every day, but during July I feel even more patriotic, often decorating my front flower borders with American flags for the fourth of July. I’ve even thought about planting containers of red, white, and blue flowers for the occasion, and then switching them out to more fall-like colors later [Read More!...]

How to Freshen up “Your Zombie Space”

How to Freshen up “Your Zombie Space”

  I was recently exercising an inexperienced horse for the San Diego Humane Society, and he reminded me of something important. Horses are often worked in round pens, but when I worked him in a square one, he stopped at the corners, unsure if he was supposed to turn or halt. ​ This is a [Read More!...]

10 Things You Need to Know to Organize a Home Office

10 Things You Need to Know to Organize a Home Office

  For those who work at home, organizing and maintaining a home office can be a unique challenge. After all, your kids wouldn’t put toys on your desk, and your significant other wouldn’t dump the mail on your keyboard at an office. Maintaining order and organization in your home office presents more challenges than organizing [Read More!...]

DIY Summer Fixes – Remove & Replace Patio Door Screens - VIDEO

DIY Summer Fixes – Remove & Replace Patio Door Screens – VIDEO

  By Leah Bolden & Karen DeVenaro Summer is here, and it’s time to open all the doors and windows in the house! Here is a quick solution to make summertime living more pleasant and insect-free…replace that worn or torn patio door screen with a brand new one. This is an easy DIY task that [Read More!...]

Family Talk… Top 5 People You Want to Meet?

Family Talk… Top 5 People You Want to Meet?

  If you could go back in time, name 5 famous people you’d like to meet and spend the day with in the prime of their life. ​ BRENDA - Carmel, IN, Executive, Married, 1 Step-Son, Middle Sister Jesus Christ, Sitting Bull, Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Jackson Pollack.  She wasn’t famous, but I’d also like to [Read More!...]

Did You Know Many Military Bases Host July 4th Celebrations?

Did You Know Many Military Bases Host July 4th Celebrations?

  There are many ways to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends. As we celebrate our nation’s independence with traditional barbeques and picnics, parades, a day at the beach or the most popular… watching fireworks, this year I highly recommend joining the military community and celebrate Independence Day, military style. Military bases [Read More!...]

My Life is Changing, but I’m Still the Same Me… Only Better

My Life is Changing, but I’m Still the Same Me… Only Better

  This month I reach another milestone birthday. As the new saying goes, 50 is the new 30, and I am there! I have just returned from an amazing, fun-filled, long weekend away with my best friend from college, the kickoff to what promises to be a couple of months of celebrating with friends and [Read More!...]

An Adoptive Mother’s Feelings in Finding her Daughter’s Birth Family

An Adoptive Mother’s Feelings in Finding her Daughter’s Birth Family

  Have you ever wondered how you would feel if your adopted child wanted to find and connect with their birth family? How would you feel if you were this mom? In my work as the Founder & Director of the International Adoption Search Birth Families, LLC., I facilitate this reunion at times. We did [Read More!...]

In Defense of the Working Mom

In Defense of the Working Mom

  How will our parenting decisions today affect the adults our kids will become tomorrow? Molly Skyar, in open conversation with her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, views our parenting through a psychologist’s perspective. Question: I’m so tired of people feeling sorry for me that I work full-time. How can I explain that it works for [Read More!...]

Grandma, Why am I an American?

Grandma, Why am I an American?

  “Grandma, why am I an American? I mean I could have been from anyplace else in the world? What makes me an American?” “Sit with me for a little while dear, and I will tell you a story.” ​ We American’s are from everywhere in the world. The world is a lovely place filled [Read More!...]

5 Steps to a More Courageous Life

5 Steps to a More Courageous Life

  Courage, what is it? I’m sure it means something different for each of us. Let’s take a look at how the dictionary defines it. Step 1 – Define Courage for You ​ You can determine what courage means to you; to help here is how the dictionary defines courage: the quality of mind or [Read More!...]

Other Freedom Celebrations in July… The Naked Truth

Other Freedom Celebrations in July… The Naked Truth

  And here I thought it was all about flags and fireworks. ​ Ask any American what’s special about the month of July, and they’ll likely respond with a variation on that theme. Come July 4th, or Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, or whatever you want to call it, to Americans, it’s picnics, [Read More!...]

Is He a “Mr. Stingy?”

Is He a “Mr. Stingy?”

  When I was young, I was a big fan of the “Mr. Men” and “Little Miss” book series. You know what I’m referring to, right? “Little Miss Scatterbrain,” “Mr. Happy,” and, of course, “Little Miss Sunshine” are just a few of the personifications of characteristics children have been encouraged to either emulate or shun [Read More!...]

Camping at its Finest… 6 “Glamping” Ideas

Camping at its Finest… 6 “Glamping” Ideas

  Growing up, one of my favorite things I looked forward to each summer was our annual family camping trip. For a week or so each year, we’d load up the van with food and family and escape to our favorite beach campground where we’d swim, bike, and eat mountains of my dad’s famous french [Read More!...]

You Evaluate… Mary Todd Lincoln was Insane or Historically Maligned? - VIDEO

You Evaluate… Mary Todd Lincoln was Insane or Historically Maligned? – VIDEO

  Was Mary Todd Lincoln really insane?  In 1875, more than a decade after her husband was assassinated, Mary Todd Lincoln found two men outside her room in Chicago. They had papers ordering her arrest. Taken immediately to a local courthouse, Lincoln found an all-male jury already waiting for her, set to determine if she [Read More!...]

Have You Ever Become Aware of a Need for a Past Life Completion?

Have You Ever Become Aware of a Need for a Past Life Completion?

  This month our country celebrates the Forth of July-Independence Day. In-de-pen-dence (noun) Freedom from outside control or support, self-sufficiency, impartiality, freedom, self-determination, and autonomy. ​ On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event, which eventually led to the formation of the United States of America. The Declaration of [Read More!...]

How to Make Frozen Yogurt Without an Ice Cream Machine

How to Make Frozen Yogurt Without an Ice Cream Machine

  I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth, but lately it’s been out of control. I’m talking making a batch of cookie dough – without the eggs of course – specifically to nosh on. Now, every once in awhile I don’t think there is anything wrong with this, but I’ve been starting to [Read More!...]

Learn All about Saison… a Light, Refreshing, Summery Beer

Learn All about Saison… a Light, Refreshing, Summery Beer

  Summertime is officially here…the kids are out of school, pools are getting cleaned and barbecues are being planned. You might be going on vacation or just relaxing by your own pool, grilling out and enjoying your backyard. One thing is for sure, refrigerators will need to be stocked, and coolers will need to be [Read More!...]

O.J. Inspired Me to Write Crime Novels...The Devil Made Me do It

O.J. Inspired Me to Write Crime Novels…The Devil Made Me do It

  “I believe in America, because we have great dreams – and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell Wilkie This month’s Enjoy Quote struck a chord with me, and I thought I might get up close and personal with you. You all probably know that I write crime [Read More!...]

Freedom of Creativity… Do You Embrace it?

Freedom of Creativity… Do You Embrace it?

  It may not come as a surprise that I’m a creative thinker (I know, I AM an Image Consultant). I’ve always believed there’s a special power when you’re able to feel and be your most expressed self. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a naturally creative person, you do have creativity within [Read More!...]

Have You ever had So Much Freedom You were Lost in it?

Have You ever had So Much Freedom You were Lost in it?

  Beyond the national freedom we celebrate during this month, do you ever reflect on the meaning and value of your own personal freedom? What does being free really mean? Is it important to be free? What would you be willing to exchange for your freedom? In the last few years, I have more freedom [Read More!...]

After 20 Years, Clara Peters Left Her Unhealthy Marriage

After 20 Years, Clara Peters Left Her Unhealthy Marriage

  “A strong woman does not let the hardships of life tear her apart, but a woman of strength goes on to accomplish what she wants, even when she is torn apart.” -Anonymous Clara Peters is a strong woman whom didn’t let her hardships in life define her life story. Here is Clara’s story in [Read More!...]

If Dogs Didn’t Go to Heaven, Who Would Want to Go?

If Dogs Didn’t Go to Heaven, Who Would Want to Go?

  I love getting heartfelt questions from clients after they’ve had a chance to digest the information their pets passed along during our reading.  Recently, I had a lovely woman who had lost not one, but two beloved dogs in a relatively short time.  During our session she asked if her dog, Ziggy, was with [Read More!...]

July Numerology… Follow Your Intuition

July Numerology… Follow Your Intuition

  What woman, at some point in their life, hasn’t had a feeling, or just a sense of knowing, or even a premonition about something or someone around them? Was that feeling positive or negative? Did you listen to your intuition or unexplainable hunch? Did you realize later there was a reason for your stepping [Read More!...]

Have You had Dreams Where You Feel Totally Helpless? - VIDEO

Have You had Dreams Where You Feel Totally Helpless? – VIDEO

  We all have dreams that stay with us, and they make us think. Many times, certain dreams have us wondering why we had them and what they mean. We ponder what the dream is telling us, and what is the message we are being given. Dreams in which we feel helpless are often dreams [Read More!...]

Dina Proctor’s 3X3 Meditation (3 Minutes a Day 3 Times a Day) Changes

Dina Proctor’s 3X3 Meditation (3 Minutes a Day 3 Times a Day) Changes

  “You have to clean out what is not working first, fertilize the mind, and then work on the new behaviors.” – Dina Proctor, Best Selling Author, Meditation Expert, Inspirational Speaker, Wellness Woman Meditation is something I used to hear about a lot but never really tried it until about four years ago. Learning to [Read More!...]

Wait… Don’t Ever Settle for a Tin Offering

Wait… Don’t Ever Settle for a Tin Offering

  America! A country once defined as a place where the streets were paved with gold… but never TIN! The story you’re about to read is a true one about a women who for the sake of anonymity I’ll call Laila. I recall the first time Laila and I spoke. It was sunny spring day [Read More!...]

It Takes Guts for Average Americans to Run for Office… Brenda Lenard Does

It Takes Guts for Average Americans to Run for Office… Brenda Lenard Does

  By Brenda Krueger Huffman, July 2014 – Why would any average American want to run for public office? The U.S. has a political class and non-political class in reality. The divide between the two is growing wider each year from differing accountability for actions to political money advantages to mainstream media bias disadvantages. And [Read More!...]

Tax Reform Should Raise Revenues, not Tax Rates

Tax Reform Should Raise Revenues, not Tax Rates

  Americans spent over $400 billion each year ensuring they paid the correct amount in income taxes, a figure greater than the entire GDP of some small nations. Additionally, Americans invest over 6 billion hours (roughly 20 hours per citizen) preparing their tax returns. No right-minded citizen can see these figures and conclude the American [Read More!...]

Examine Loophole Tax Deductions

Examine Loophole Tax Deductions

  A reformed tax system that is simple, fair, and simulates growth will require a series of changes. In a broad sense, the idea of cutting deductions to decrease the overall tax rate is one that Democrats generally embrace. Additionally, transferring some of the weight from income taxes and instead focusing on a business and [Read More!...]

Consider VAT & Lower Income Rates

Consider VAT & Lower Income Rates

  Talk of a comprehensive tax reform has never been more relevant in Washington. It has been over three decades since the last major overhaul, and it is time for an update to the system. The focus for both Democrats and Republicans is simplification of policy, both foreign and domestic. ​ Of the proposed ideas [Read More!...]

Washington Watch – A Towel, A Hat & Sunblock – Summer Advocacy Essentials

Washington Watch – A Towel, A Hat & Sunblock – Summer Advocacy Essentials

  Grab your beach towel and bask in the sun of a recent victory for women business owners. What Victory? ​ Thanks to Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), women business owners will have greater access to federal contracts. In case you did not know, women-owned businesses that seek federal contracts have a special program that sets [Read More!...]

The Fun in Shopping for American Products… 22 Places to Look

The Fun in Shopping for American Products… 22 Places to Look

  Shopping at Wal-Mart is a tough trip for me, because every time I look in my basket most of the products are not American made. I’ve curbed my trips to national stores unless I have no other choice. But, before going I’ll review the stores’ ‘Made in America List’ as Wal-Mart provides. Reading labels [Read More!...]

The Stiletto Women Business Owners Symposium™ 2014 Starts Aug 1

The Stiletto Women Business Owners Symposium™ 2014 Starts Aug 1

  Known as “Possibility-Diva,” Kim Harris is known for making things happen! As the Chief Visionary Officer of IAM-Community Consulting & Training, Kim connects businesses with resources, training, and consulting to fuel their business growth. Kim is the Creator/Visionary of the Stiletto Business Strategies for Women Business Owners™ brand which hosts a series of symposiums, [Read More!...]

Does a Business’ Political Views Affect Your Buying Decisions?

Does a Business’ Political Views Affect Your Buying Decisions?

  “The power of willful ignorance cannot be overstated.” The statement stopped me in my tracks.  There is a video on Upworthy.com addressing our complacency as consumers. Industrial farming conglomerates depend on it. We don’t want to know the truth. It’s easier to believe otherwise. In a country where we talk of glass ceilings and [Read More!...]

Here’s 3 Things to Avoid Doing to Get Free & Get Career Happy!

Here’s 3 Things to Avoid Doing to Get Free & Get Career Happy!

  It’s July! Woo! Summer means cookouts, mosquito bites, frozen drinks, and waving the flag of freedom… all good! You may not know this, but our Founding Fathers fought for our freedoms, so you could not hate your job. Okay, maybe that wasn’t really part of their thinking, but I’m pretty sure they would tell [Read More!...]

Looking to Buy or Rent?  Get Your Credit Report in Order!

Looking to Buy or Rent? Get Your Credit Report in Order!

  Are you facing problems in your life due to your bad credit report? There are thousands of people today who have the exact same problem. The consequences of having a bad credit report are severe and can cost you thousands of dollars in interest payments and mortgage loans. Are you looking for a new [Read More!...]

Does Your Team have the Correct Ingredients for Global Success?

Does Your Team have the Correct Ingredients for Global Success?

  A team at its best is when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A team does not only mean a group of people working together but a team of different people working together. How one defines these differences could be based on skill, knowledge, talent, culture, age, experience, etc, but [Read More!...]

Publishing in the Digital Age… Amazon Flexes its Muscles

Publishing in the Digital Age… Amazon Flexes its Muscles

  Amazon began as a book seller and distributor. Then it added music, etc. It is now known as the everything store (with a smile). Its ells everything from electronics and rugs to microscopes and high end grills. In fact, there is very little you can’t buy at Amazon, and often with free delivery. Obviously [Read More!...]

Stop Fearing the Consequences & ‘Do You’

Stop Fearing the Consequences & ‘Do You’

  It’s already July, and it seems like I’ve just gotten through spring. My brother once told me that the older I get, the faster time will go by. He’s 9 years older than me and at the time, as a sophomore in college, I didn’t really pay attention to his words; but now, more [Read More!...]

10 Ways to Build Your Business Tribe

10 Ways to Build Your Business Tribe

  “Art is what we call…the thing an artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, it that the person who made it over came the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and makes [Read More!...]

6 Types Examined… What does a Maiden to Married Name Choice Reveal?

6 Types Examined… What does a Maiden to Married Name Choice Reveal?

  “How vain, without the merit, is the name.” – Homer Three more months to go until my wedding day, my identity re-brand. I have to say, I’m kind of looking forward to the end of the slashes, hyphens. and even question marks. But, I’ll never be tired of this fascinating debate. ​ When I [Read More!...]

5 Tips on LinkedIn Endorsements vs. Recommendations in Less Than 3 Minutes – VIDEO

5 Tips on LinkedIn Endorsements vs. Recommendations in Less Than 3 Minutes – VIDEO

  For this summer’s Independence Day Women’s Voice edition, I take on a hot topic among LinkedIn users. Everywhere I speak on the topic of using LinkedIn I get asked, “Rick, what’s the difference between an endorsement and a recommendation on LinkedIn? What should I be doing?” In this video, I share the bold truth [Read More!...]

When was the Last Review of Your Company’s Must-Have Policies?

When was the Last Review of Your Company’s Must-Have Policies?

  As Americans, we celebrate our independence and our freedoms this month of July. This nation was founded on principles that allow us to change and, hopefully, grow as we see new objectives on the horizon. It is one of the more wonderful things created on this planet, the specific democracy of the United States [Read More!...]

Awesome Graduate Advice… Become Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Awesome Graduate Advice… Become Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

  This past May saw a lot of graduates in our extended family. We celebrated three high school and one college graduation. Every one of them graduated at the top of their class. They worked hard, and I am very proud and confident they will achieve the same success in their next adventure. Graduations, like [Read More!...]

Count Your Blessings Living in the Land Of Plenty

Count Your Blessings Living in the Land Of Plenty

  “Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing Have you ever met someone who raved about how many opportunities the USA offers? Or perhaps you have met those people who tell [Read More!...]

10 Year Old Lily Uline’s “Making Kindness Count” Mission

10 Year Old Lily Uline’s “Making Kindness Count” Mission

  A few years ago the movie Pay it Forward caused the country to think about the difference small, random acts of kindness can make. It also illustrated that when it’s ‘paid forward,’ the effect can grow exponentially. Most importantly, the movie showed each of us can touch the lives of others in a meaningful [Read More!...]

Don’t Settle for Less than Your American Dream - VIDEO

Don’t Settle for Less than Your American Dream – VIDEO

  This month we celebrate freedom and appreciate the life we are fortunate enough to live here in America. People from all over the world come to America with hope in their hearts searching for a chance to discover their purpose – their American Dream. Over the last several years it seems some of that [Read More!...]

Inside the Inside, of the Inside, of the Inside of a Women Inside Prison

Inside the Inside, of the Inside, of the Inside of a Women Inside Prison

  I am writing this on a Saturday evening, after having gotten up early to be at the prison by 8 AM. When I say early, I mean early for a Saturday morning you would love to lay down and rest, after a week of activities that were draining emotionally. The prison is about 55 [Read More!...]

10 Organizations Anyone Can Support to Give Back to Our Troops

10 Organizations Anyone Can Support to Give Back to Our Troops

  We are fortunate and blessed to live in the United States of America. When hearing of the men and women who have sacrificed all for our freedom, I cannot help but wonder, “How are the families of these soldiers faring?” In addition, what services are being provided to help both the soldier and their [Read More!...]

The Love & Support of Community Matters for People & Animals

The Love & Support of Community Matters for People & Animals

  Last month, our Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gave birth to puppies. I like to tell people it was an unplanned pregnancy. She and our tri-color CKC “got it on” while my husband was having a heart attack in the hospital. Sixty-five (or so) days later, my sweet Lola girl screamed in pain as [Read More!...]

The Sacrifices We are Truly Honoring on Independence Day

The Sacrifices We are Truly Honoring on Independence Day

  Soon July 4th celebrations will be unfolding across the country. Parades, picnics, cookouts, and fireworks will all draw people to participate. But what is it we are truly celebrating? If the average person under thirty were polled, would they be able to express what the July fourth’s celebration is truly about? Do they, meaning [Read More!...]

Inspirational Women Trail Blazers We can All Emulate

Inspirational Women Trail Blazers We can All Emulate

  The land of opportunities, home of the free, and breeding ground for the brave; it’s America! Women rule, men rock, and dreams are fulfilled, it’s America! Poor can be rich, and baseball games bring about family bonding, it’s America! There are so many wonderful things to love in America, but take a moment and [Read More!...]

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