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2014 - A great time to reset

I have written four stories already on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 for the four Shaw Media magazines I contribute to. I interviewed at least eight different “experts” addressing the obvious topics of losing weight, eating healthier, being more organized and spending more time with family. But the most helpful advice I learned for starting... Read more »

Clara Kirk needs our help: deadline is looming

Clara Kirk has spent her life helping those in need. She helps shelter and care for abused women and their children. Clara Kirk is there when others are not. Clara Kirk is there when the men who said they’d love these women forever showed they were liars. Clara Kirk is a tiny 72-year-old widow who... Read more »

So many in need, who do you help?

The holidays are a beautiful time to reflect on your faith, those you love and the blessings you are grateful for. But we can’t deny that this also can be a tough time of year for families everywhere. Even if you have a good job, a typical family usually has each dollar earmarked for a... Read more »
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It really is a wonderful life George Bailey

Did you ever wonder how those around you, or anyone with whom you’ve interacted with along life’s winding path, whether in great or small ways, would have been had you never been born? George Bailey got to see such a scenario play out in It’s a Wonderful Life, a classic movie no doubt anyone over... Read more »

Helping Clara's cause

  I’d like to re-share my post about Clara Kirk, founder of Clara’s House and Clara’s Place, now that I have officially set up a fundraising site to help her continue to help the many abused and homeless children in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Please help me in raising $500 by Dec. 21. Please donate by... Read more »

A heart like Clara's

In my life, I have learned there are people whose live’s are so perfect they tend to invent problems and conflicts just to get attention and make their lives appear to be a bit more interesting. Then there is Clara Kirk. At 72 years old, with little means of her own, this beautiful little woman... Read more »
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Yikes, just typing that out makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end)

My high school theater teacher once told our theater class at the beginning of freshman year that when you go to a play you must empty out your brain and set it up on the stage. So that is what I did this weekend when I went to see Sweeney Todd: The Barber of Fleet... Read more »

October is bully awareness and prevention month: Get involved!

My 14-year-old daughter was bullied, and more than once this past year. In each case I stayed calm. I was my daughter’s soft place to fall and a safe place to share. I let the appropriate adults involved in those situations know that there was a bullying issue and I needed their help in keeping... Read more »

My message to M.O.P.S (Moms of Pre-Schoolers) - Beautiful Mess

Good morning, my name is Amanda Marrazzo, friends and family call me Amy.   I have been asked to come and talk to you this morning about my experiences as a mom, specifically on this theme of a Beautiful Mess.   What a huge topic to speak on.   We all have come from different... Read more »
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Jerry Kill and his new purpose

Many who know me know that I don’t follow football, much less college football, nor do I know the players’ names, much less the coaches. But now, thanks to epilepsy, I do  know who University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is. Like my own 14-year-old daughter,  Abby, Jerry Kill has epilepsy. He  has recently... Read more »
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