Back-to-school season is a fresh start for grown-ups too!

5 Sep

New beginnings and fresh starts… sign me up!

23 Aug

Great post Jeanette – Well worth reading!


So you’re in writer’s marketing high gear.   You’ve set up your blog.  Tweeted and twittered.  Facebooked, liked, and followed.   You’ve read the marketing tips, blogs on social media success, tips on tweeting.   Smile on your face, you are surfing the social media maze.   Mail Chimp geared up, you’ve drafted a slick newsletter proclaiming your worthiness and upcoming events.    Poised, polished and ready to hit . . . . send.   Click.

And then BAM, your friend unfriended you.   Your follower unfollowed.  Your co-worker unsubscribed to your email blast.   What gives?   All that work.  All that energy.   How could they?  Why would they?  Why would they hurt your feelings so?

In a recent Forbes article, Eric Limer writes “Most of the time it’s due to offensive comments, or the fact that you were never real friends with people in the first place. But you can also get cut off for updating…

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August signals the beginning of back to school shopping. GreenPath has tips to save…

14 Aug

Plan your back-to-school shopping… Here are some great tips!

GreenPath Financial Wellness Blog

Back to school shopping already? The ads and inserts in the paper are usually my first reminders that  back to school shopping  and fall are just around the corner.   This can be an expensive month for parents but a little planning before the shopping might help you avoid the drain on your pocketbook.

According to the National Retail Federation the average person with children in grades K-12 will spend $688.92 this year on their children for back to school needs.  This is up from $603.63 per average family spent last year.

If you have planned for this and have the money set aside to get your kids ready for the first days of school, pat yourself on the back.  Don’t give up though if you aren’t sure you have the money in the bank to make the needed purchases.  There are some things you can do now to cut your…

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Potential homebuyers need to know about pros/cons of new mortgage credit score

3 Aug

Potential homebuyers need to know about pros/cons of new mortgage credit score.

11 Jul

The story of a family separated by fire… Can you imagine if it was your family?

American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom

This story is written by Red Cross volunteer Allen Crabtree.

You know the wildfire is coming. You can smell the smoke and see the flames up on the mountain. Then, with little or no warning comes the knock on your door and the order to evacuate, and you and your family have to leave the familiar and are thrust into the unknown. It is a terrifying time. This is what happened when the Waldo Canyon fire exploded into a fire storm and 32,000 people in the mountain communities west of Colorado Springs were forced from their homes.

As terrifying as evacuation is, try and imagine how it would be if your family was also separated by the fire. Not knowing where your spouse and children are, if they are safe and well – this is the terrible situation that the Fredrick family found themselves in on June 23.



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Summer reads? It’s not too late!

11 Jul

Summer reads? It’s not too late!.

A Special Needs Child in the Family – 2

11 Jul

What your neighbors don’t know about your life

After weeks in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia which was about an hour’s drive from our home, no one could explain how or why my daughter survived. Doctors peered into her tiny isolette and shook their heads sadly, one after the other. In her protected environment my daughter was on display for all to view. There she received the utmost attention from the loving nurses with their gentle touch, acting upon their keen instincts and vast experience to nurture and care for our precious one. Through our interactions with them they passed along their vitality for their careers, and that always included sharing love, hope and encouragement whenever possible.  

There was no explanation for her ability to gain strength and continue to take breaths on her own. Sometimes I even saw a glimpse of “she lived even without my intervention” look in the eyes of the doctors in charge of her care. I’m sure it would have made more sense to some of her doctors if an operation or surgical procedure was what had saved her life. She was quite a puzzle, my little angel.

It was an absolute miracle that she had lived through childbirth to achieve three weeks of age.

My first attempt at breast-feeding took place in front of a large pane of glass overlooking the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. Now that was quite an experience—sensing that anyone looking in our direction from the tall buildings nearby and the buses driving past—could witness the intimate act of feeding my newborn child. Talk about stress! Thankfully, I knew in my “mother’s heart” that it was more important to focus on her needs than my embarrassment, and I toughed it out.

Experiences such as mine, and the challenges we overcame, brought about advances for countless new parents facing similar and even more difficult circumstances in the years that followed. My daughter’s birth took place long before hospitals had any idea how to deal with such a sick child, or how to interact with and educate the parents of such children as they embarked on an unknown journey. Each day brought a new reality, special delights we couldn’t have imagined, and an uncertain path that at times seemed treacherous…

Check back tomorrow to learn more about my Auburn Angel, and her affect upon the world!

All my best!

Betty Anne


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