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Our last month with pup in training, West

April 13, 2014 West is 16 months old now and will only be living with us for one more month.  OMG, I will miss this wonderful dog.  But, I know that he will be well cared for and loved by the trainers at Advanced Training at the Canine Companions for Independence facility in Ohio.  I …

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Everyone needs a boost now and then

In response to some unexpected expenses, I had not choice but to focus my energies on making money.  I took on jobs that I did not necessarily want but took them on with my old fashioned work ethic.  Between working additional hours and dealing with our difficult winter, I lacked the mental and emotional energy …

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I donated my part grey, part dyed hair

Can hair that is dyed or has some grey can be donated?  Yes, as long as the hair is healthy.  Had I known this, I would have donated my hair a few years ago.  When I learned of this, I had just had several inches trimmed off so had to wait.  I waited and procrastinated …

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Paper Shapes

A national fast food chain which shall remain nameless in this blog is promoting a fundraising event that leaves me disappointed. I maintain that all giving is good but that some ways of giving are better. In this scenario, the franchise restaurant is asking the public to donate either $1.00 or $5.00 for a worthy …

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This is March?

No one expected March to be so cold and snowy.  This dreadful winter has both united and stressed us.  We agree that we’ve had enough and want this winter to be behind us, but some of us (no finger pointing) are getting a bit edgy.  We are tired of hunkering down, done being good sports …

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Not for Profit Band Reaches 1 Million Mark in Donations

Today on Community Voices, we talk with Steve Schwartz from the band, “Not for Profit” they have raised over 1 million dollars for Charities since they started as a band in 2007. Not For Profit is a group of professional  men and women mostly from Lake County, Illinois.  NFP has played together for the past […]

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10,000 hits ~thank you!~

Each month I watch the statistics for this site and get a thrill to see the counter rise.  I wish I owned stock that climbed like this!  In a way I do but the rewards are spiritual not financial. Thank you for visiting my site and reading my blogs.  Please continue reading as I will …

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Let the Dogs Speak

Fantastic book from special lady, Marianne McKiernan

I “met” Marianne Sackett McKiernan on Facebook. She is a friend of a friend and since we are both Volunteer Puppy Raisers for Canine Companions for Independence, we are also unofficially family. Marianne is a producer, write, animal communicator and volunteer. She has a Master’s Degree in Secondary English and Library Science. Her writing style …

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Delightful evening with Melanie Benjamin author of The Aviator’s Wife

On a bitter cold Friday night more than 100 fans attended a presentation and book signing sponsored by the Lake Forest Book Store. We all came out to the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire, IL to meet author Melanie Benjamin. Her current book is historical fiction about Anne Morrow Lindbergh titled “The Aviator’s Wife.” …

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Google Yourself

  Are you looking for a job?  Have you met someone new?  Would you like to shine in your children’s eyes?   If someone googled your name, what would they find?  Would you like the person the internet portrays?  If so, kudos to you.  You have probably been true to yourself and said and done things …

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Boycott spammer

I have received so much spam from this company that I am now anti-christian louboutin.  I would NEVER buy their products. I’m not one to participate in boycotts generally.  Instead, I much prefer to accentuate the positive and patronize a business because of the good things they do.  But, multiple spam notices per day has …

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Zero Tolerance for spammers

To those of you who foolishly keep submitting spam, know that there are tools in place to block you.  Your totally unrelated, self promoting posts will not be seen.  How sad that you are so desperate to make a sale that you try to add posts to a site about volunteering and charities. To those disguised as …

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Author (& quilter) Jennifer Chiaverini autographs block for charity quilt

Sometimes people surprise you, sometimes not. Best-selling author Jennifer Chiavarini was exactly as I expected. Jennifer has received high praise for her thorough research and accurate depictions in her historical fiction books. Having listened to many of her books where she nailed the woven personalities, joys and conflicts of a groups of women, I knew …

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Stand Out like author Brent Allan

While in the planning stages of Choices Fundraising Support, I attended my first business network meeting. I was inspired by the positive responses I received when sharing my plans. People asked how they could help. I smiled as I appreciated the community spirit and said I needed to talk to a website designer. I was …

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Monkeys???

West and I were out an about a few days ago. We went to the library, the grocery store and then to JoAnn Fabric where an employee enthusiastically greeted me. She said she was hoping I would come in because she had a question about service animals. She asked if monkeys could be service animals. …

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A funny thing happened on the way to pay my bills on line

Time to pay the bills again. It seems like I just paid them but the envelopes and statements show they are due again. I logged onto my email so I could in turn log on to my bank. I see 102 messages. Many, many are notifications that there are comments on this very site. As …

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The Power of Music

Words have power and so words set to music can have even more influence.  Right now I have the song, “From a Distance” in my head.  I love the message about how you may dislike (possibly hate) something until you get close and see just what it is.  I’m relating this to how I grew …

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A New Year’s Eve Choice

This evening I will be home with my husband and our dogs.  This is our choice.  Going out on New Year’s Eve is just not us.  But to all of you who are heading out, have fun and be safe. The days of making resolutions are behind us.  I’ve made resolutions.  Some were broken some …

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Mismatched Socks

We all have miss-matched socks. It’s the way it is. We wear socks in pairs and yet after we put them through the wash, we find some that we can’t seem to match. For years I have set these aside in the bag of mismatched socks. I associate the song from Rudolph the Red Nose …

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Giving is Fun!

Last night West and I went to the home of Tammy and Grant Brown to give Tammy the quilt she won.  We gathered in their living room which had been beautifully decorated for Christmas.  Their Christmas Tree was right by the window so could be enjoyed from either inside or outside. Tammy is a happy …

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And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Tammy Parkinson Brown for winning the Snowflake Quilt!  Tammy was thrilled when I called her with the news.  We will be getting together in a few days so I can present her with the quilt and take some photos. Tammy earned entries to win the quilt by making a donation on line to her …

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Pick your own Charity Raffle Quilt – Seven Days til Drawing

The drawing for the Snowflake Quilt is NEXT Saturday.  Although technically it is not a “raffle”, it is very similar to one.  The difference is that I am not asking for money for a specific non-profit.  You are free to choose who you donate to   Another difference, is that I do not collect the …

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A Reminder that Pain is Invisible

Last summer I met a lovely woman at a girl’s night out. She was about ten years older than me and as I listened to her and watched her, I thought how I would like to be like her. She was trim and fit. She had an elegance and grace about her. She was my …

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The first to sign a block was Marian P. Licko

As I walked across the school cafeteria where local authors had tables for greeting people, one of the authors seated behind her table called out to me. She complimented my service pup in training, West and said she would like to have him. I hear this a lot, in fact too often. People who are …

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Author Rich Cohen: Bears Fan and Renaissance Man

Each author I meet is different from the last.  I have found each one to be intelligent and interesting.  Rich Cohen is by far the most diverse.  I met Rich Cohen as he was promoting his current book, Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football.  Cook Memorial library was the host of the book …

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Nonprofits Share the Gift of Imagination through Books and Resources to those with Down Syndrome on “Community”

Our next guests share the joy of reading to children around the world and give children with Down Syndrome a place of their own to play and be themselves.   Marie and her guest co-host Tim Padgett will interview Seena Jacob, founder of Bookwallah, a Chicago-based nonprofit. Its mission is to collect and distribute children’s [...]

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Nonprofits Present October Fundraisers

On “Community with Marie Lazzara,” I feature many nonprofits that do amazing things to make their communities better places for everyone. The way they survive is through donations, grants and corporate sponsors. They also have fundraisers that contribute to their programming. As host, I encourage my readers and listeners to check out these various fundraisers [...]

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Special Needs Nonprofits Encourage Their Clients to Excel

On “Community with Marie Lazzara,” Marie and her guest co-host Tim Padgett will interview two guests who work with people with disabilities. They will interview former NBA Player Bruce Flowers, Public Information Director for the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association in Addison. We will also talk with CEO and Executive Director Abbie Weisberg from Keshet, [...]

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