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Diana Sparks

Diana Craig Sparks is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers with a specialty in Antiques & Residential Contents.

Involved in fashion history for over 12 years, she is the owner of Belle à Coeur Treasure Trove Vintage.

Belle à Coeur Treasure Trove Vintage is home to such niceties as delicate antique dresses,

to early 1900s styles, to mid-century fashions,

as well as hats, purses and other accessories as well fabulous vintage jewelry.

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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

Lauren Fix

About Lauren Fix: The Car Coach®

• Seen and heard coast to coast on major TV, print,web and radio.            
• Winning professional race car driver and alpha mom.
• Educational background in engineering and marketing.
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Paula D'Amico


Paula D’Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.

She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Lightworker, Life Gardener,

and owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®.


Besides a rich background in Communications, Paula has a deep history in horticulture that dates back to her childhood when she worked side by side, deep in the dirt with her father, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Horticulture.

In the past several years, Paula has studied under several local and international experts uncovering the power of plants and how the simple placement of plants and the use of Feng Shui in conjunction with her deep religious roots can transform one’s life.

Blessings by Nature® creations help heal hearts, lift spirits, re-ignite energy, and celebrate life simply by using the power of plants, herbs, and words.

Creations include a variety of sachets, glass vessels, and custom order baskets filled with a unique combination of gifts, organic herbs, and words helping to restore balance, bring clarity, and deliver positive energy into your life.

Blessings by Nature® also offers “Plant Power” workshops.

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Angie R. Lucarini

Angie is a wife, and mother of 5 children. She has written countless articles over the years that have been published in the Niagara Gazette. While I have a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Educational Foundations, I have always had a passion for writing.
After teaching for many years, I took time off to raise my children, yet I continued to write. In addition to writing articles, I also authored two books, and was keynote motivational speaker at several women's conferences. Later on, I went on to produce, edit, & co-host my own local television show for two years.

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JAG In Her Basement


JAG is "Just A Girl in her basement" giving you advice on all sorts of issues related to women! JAG is interested in what interests you, so don't be afraid to let JAG know what's on your mind, because she doesn't have a problem letting you know what's on hers.

Paulette Krakowski, Artist

Paulette Krakowski


Paulette Krakowski is an Artist and the Art Gallery owner of  Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca.  The facility offers monthly art exhibits and openings for local artists, a gift shop and art classes. The gallery is working with many local artists, the two local high school art academies as well as raising funds for scholarships and local charities. The gallery has extended holiday hours for the one-of a kind gifts. logo

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Have you ever wondered how Hollywood scripts get picked? This is an illuminating, hands-on workshop that de-mystifies the process screenplays go through. Whether you're an experienced screenwriter or just interested in what it takes for a script to be successful, this workshop will offer an enlightening view into Hollywood's process of finding the scripts that are ready for production with hands-on exercises to help you see your own scripts from a different point of view.

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Time to Stretch Out of Your Comfort Zone! Yes, but….

When listening to a podcast earlier this week around keeping one’s brain healthy, three things were underscored: 1) doing something new every day,  2) doing something a bit scary (for you) every day and 3) getting enough sleep so that your brain has adequate recovery time.  The basis is all about keeping one’s brain active and attentive—creating the novelty for learning new things, considering new ideas, having different adventures, keeping neurons sharp and connections fluid.  The brain needs to be exercised too—and be taken out of its comfort zone and into its stretch zone. This is an important key to our essential growth and development.

You know when someone suggests doing something new and different…that there are generally three reactions:  1) Yes, I can do that…no problem.  That’s your

Comfort Zone.   2) Well perhaps I could try that… you sense butterflies building in your stomach about it. That’s your Stretch Zone. 3) I don’t think so… your stomach does flip-flops and the blood drains from your face, palms sweaty.

That’s the Panic Zone.

How do you know you’re in your Comfort Zone?  You feel little stress; you enjoy doing the things you usually do and they don’t take much physical or emotional energy to perform. They are routine, done without conscious thought. The danger of staying in this Comfort Zone for a long time is that it gets too comfortable and leads to stagnation rather than growth or development. You’re likely to feel bored and unchallenged—clearly stagnant.

The Stretch Zone is the exciting zone, where the butterflies tell you that this new activity could be very good for you. It’ll be a challenge---one you can rise up to, one you can deal with and actually enjoy. It’s also the learning and development zone where you’re able to take yourself to the next level, to stretch your boundaries and become more fulfilled in your life.   Once you step into the Stretch Zone, you’ll be doing new things and taking part in new activities—which at first won’t be easy. It may be uncomfortable at first, but once you’re in the new flow, they get easier and soon, your Comfort Zone will expand to include them!  (It is what we call going through the learning curve and becoming proficient in something totally new!)

The Panic Zone is when you enter something that you feel is well beyond what you feel you can cope with….you know you’ve got to develop competencies first, or to

get some help before jumping in.  It is like experiencing stage-fright—frozen for the moment. For some people, the Panic Zone represents a personal Fear and one must be wary that you’re not using the fear as an excuse to procrastinate over something that is really keeping you from a greater goal.  When in the Panic Zone, small steps, one after another, are called for!  For most of us it is much better to spend good, focused and intentional time in the Stretch Zone….learning and growing….stretching out of our Comfort Zone…not just for our brain health, but for our overall sense of well-being.

So….what new things are you doing as Spring arrives?   What new ideas are you trying out?  What exciting adventures are you pursuing?  What new habits are you adopting? How are you personally and professionally stretching forward?

Lights On!


Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together).



Medicinal Methods of Healing

There are many forms of healing that you can put in your tool box of modalities to try before you move toward traditional medicine.

Smell some lavender; smelling it can calm me down. I just pick a little and then sit down and breathe

For example, pressing on you temples and holding it there with both index fingers can bring relief to a headache that may be brewing in your life.

Acupressure and Tapping
Acupressure came long before acupuncture, and you can practice this on your own with some self -study of the potent points to press on for some pain relief. I also use the under the nose pressure for any gastric distress I may be having before I move toward some medicine.
Once you learn some of your own medicinal ways, you may find that you do not need as much medicine in your cabinet.

Tap your way to wellness

You can also tap on your body in the same areas as you put your acupressure points for both physical and emotional pain. Tapping helps to move the energy through your body; waking up your soul and bringing a smile to your face. You can tap on the top of your head with all of your fingers and them move down to your face; tapping between your nose, under your eyes on your cheekbones (for some sinus relief), and under your nose for some gastric relief.

Rubs and Self-Massage

Chinese medicine also includes a trinity. They believe in rubs. Rubbing your feet, hands and ears are all in part a way to heal. When you rub the feet (as you may know from reading about reflexology) each part of the foot is connected to an internal organ that you are healing. You can also give yourself a massage, rubbing your arms, legs and belly for some healing ways.

Lavender as a medicinal helper

For its calming effects lavender can be very helpful. For people with high anxiety or depression, lavender can help you to calm down. Just smelling lavender’s fresh scent; breathing it in and out can help you along with some lavender oil that you can put in your bath or rub on yourself at night as a sleep aid.
Copper has been around for its healing effects of both pain and inflammation. If you wear it near the body part that you are having trouble with, it will bring you some relief; maybe even enough so that you can reduce you arthritis medication. There is much research on copper and its medicinal effects.

Rubbing Stones and Glass

Healing can occur with the rubbing of smooth glass or stones. Find some smooth beach glass or stones that you can hang onto when you are stressed or anxious. The rubbing effect creates stillness in your mind’s eye as does meditating and slow deep breathing.

Healing with Color

Healing ways can occur with the use of colors. You can visualize colorful objects or a bright green pasture. You can also wear colors that pick up your mood such as yellow and orange.  When I want mood enhancement I wear the color yellow, and it always seems to be a brighter day when I am bright too!



Are you facing a debilitating struggle, that seems to keep weighing you down? Do you feel like you're fighting for your life, and that final round just won't end? It's like having one of those dreams, where you're running on a conveyer belt that keeps speeding up, yet it isn't taking you ANYWHERE!
I'm here to tell you TODAY, that no matter your struggle, disability, disorder, or flaws, you can not allow what you are NOT, to DEFINE WHO YOU ARE.  Again, that's worth repeating, "you CAN'T ALLOW WHAT YOU ARE NOT TO DEFINE WHO YOU ARE!"
If you are struggling with an addiction, there ARE many resources available to help you to quit, or become free from that which enslaves you.  Money need not be an issue!  Plenty of grants, community centers, hospitals, colleges, and health care programs offer free programs to give everybody who WANTS the opportunity to give up smoking, drinking, drugs, etc., a way to do just that.  Or maybe, yours is a different need, such as getting help for a gambling problem.  Again, there are therapists trained to work with individuals needing support groups, and freedom from this form of addiction.
I'm not at all suggesting that we live in denial or that you put your lives at risk. What I am challenging you to do, is set your sights higher. Then, put all you've got into reaching for your goal. Take your eyes off your pain and place them on what you hope to gain. After doing so, move full force ahead executing your plan with confidence of reaching the finish line.
I know this may sound easier said than done, however I speak from experience. I too struggle daily. I will let you in on a little secret that I don't often like to speak of in my writing, for it is sometimes difficult to divulge the daily struggles I face, without feeling the pain creep up. Still, I will briefly touch on it and separate myself from the negative aspect, in order to motivate any of you who are experiencing similar circumstances, to GET UP and KEEP ON REACHING HIGHER!
I have fibromyalgia, for those of you who may not be familiar with this debilitating illness, among other things, it causes me to have chronic fatigue and unexplained strong aches and pains that come and go in a variety of spots on my body. In addition to that, I deal with daily severe chronic level 10 Migraines. I've had them for 8 yrs now, and have to go to Advanced Care Physical Therapy 3 times a week, in order to manage them. Being treated by my PT, is the only thing that has helped to even touch the enormous intensity, of the pain which I have been suffering for years now. I have tried EVERYTHING else. This means, if I go consistently and my therapist is not out of town, we are able to keep my level 10 days to a minimum (about 3 per wk), leaving the remaining days of the week on average of  6/7 on the pain scale. In other words, dealing with such disabilities, which I choose NOT TO FOCUS on, or ALLOW THEM TO DEFINE who I AM, difficult though it may be, FORGE ON, I MUST.  And, I invite you to do the same.
I've always wanted to run a 5K. This month, I intend to do just that. I've enlisted in an accountability partner, that we may encourage each other. My niece Savannah will run with me. By the way, she too has fibromyalgia. I am in week 2 of my training, and while I have to push myself daily to run, talking past my pain and exhaustion, DO IT, I WILL! When I told a few of my doctors that I was running this race, they responded, "what are you trying to do Angie, kill yourself?" The truth is, I'm trying to LIVE! I urge you to do the same.

Written by
Angie R. Lucarini

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Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

certified in coaching and mediation. She is a partner in Richard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.

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Since her retirement, Doris now works on her passions; teaching  yoga at Southtowns Fitness in Hamburg, NY, and volunteering time and paid work for her former employer teaching yoga and meditation.
"I love to write and post a daily health tip on my website called Body-Mind Health-" Recently, with the help of Amazon, Doris turned her blog posts into books. Her focus is on providing others with healthy mind, body and soulful tips.

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