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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.
• Award winning Automotive and Lifestyle Expert
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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.

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®.



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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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The Dualities of Life...and What They Demand of Us!

I’ve always been intrigued by the dualities of life. Even as a child I thought it was fun to think about such things:

Day and Night

Good and Bad

Hot and Cold

Yes and No

Fast and Slow

Rich and Poor

Happy or Sad

Sickness or Health

Kind or Mean


As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that dualities are everywhere—our world is one of constant choice. Examples:  Connected/Disconnected; Optimist/Pessimist; Strong/Weak; Honest/Dishonest; Showing up/Withering; Courageous/Holding back; Loving/Hating.  We each make choices in every moment of every day…we each choose where, what and how we will be—among a multitude of dualities.


My view is that there is a wide range of choice within each of these dualities—all the time. It is like a sliding scale. Imagine that you have a stick---a stick containing all the dualities of life and a stick on which you move up and down the scale all the time—depending on where and how you choose to be in any given moment.  And, as life moves on, you tend to find various set points along the way that seem to work for you. You might be very comfortable in an optimist setting (as opposed to pessimist); or you might be shy (as opposed to bold).  While the set points become grooves because of repeated choices, we each still have free choice to move any place along the scale, at any time, and about any duality of life. Our choices, of course, reflect our growing knowledge base, beliefs, values, life experiences, maturity, and personal and professional development.


The teaching of the dualities of life is this:  Everyone has their own sliding stick—their own choice of where they will be at any given moment. And while you may influence where that other person moves on their stick, you cannot control that other person’s choice.  So if another person is mean-spirited (as opposed to kind), or deceptive (as opposed to straightforward), or continually puts someone down (as opposed to lifting them up), they are choosing that point on their duality scale at that moment in time.  You may try to persuade that person to think or act differently, but in the end, it still is their choice where to show up on their slide rule--it is about them, not about you.


And the lesson of dualities is this:  You choose your own response—where you are on your own stick!


I recently shared in my Lights On! Book F/B page this post—it captures this discussion very well:


“Take a look at this....there’s always a polar opposite of any “feeling” we have. We just have to fix our mind to move in the better direction!”







Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author,

in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant,

helping Leaders and their Teams become the most effective

they can be at accomplishing their goals (together). 716-622-7753


Building Bridges

These days, we tend to hear more negative news concerning police officers, than good.

Don’t get me wrong now, in certain cases, the conduct of some officers in the country, has been unacceptable, without doubt. But, are we forgetting a core concept? Police officers in general are putting their lives at risk to help keep us safe. A few bad apples in the bunch, does not spoil the whole bushel. These men and women are not only enforcing the law each day, but they are helping, teaching, saving, and inspiring lives in unmeasurble ways.

With all of the racial tensions existing in our country today, it was in the very least, encouraging to witness officers and students of various races, ages, and ethinicities, come together without hesitation. The Niagara Falls Police Department happily availed themselves to us, as they gave us an inside look at a day in the life of police officers. We walked, talked, learned, and laughed as Officers Pat Clifton and Joe Gianquinto took us through the beautiful Niagara Falls Police Station.

Students were intrigued, as they asked plenty of questions about law enforcement, as a possible career choice. “If you don’t like what’s happening in our communities, become an officer so that you can help to change that,” said Officer Gianquinto.

My colleague Kara Lopoyda  and I, who both work for the Liberty Partnership Program, housed in Niagara Falls High School thoroughly enjoyed our visit, as did our students. The NFPD, warmly welcomed us into their home away from homes. At the culmination of our trip, we even broke bread together. Well, was actually pizza. But you get the gist of it.

Immediately following, we hit up the Engine 8 Niagara Falls Fire Department. Firefighter JP and and the rest of their crew, were no less accommodating than the NFPD. Students found it very cool that they slept, cooked, and hung out in their “awesome” living room. What better way to spend the day, building bridges the old fashioned way.


5 Things Experts Don’t Tell You About Reading to Kids


You cuddle up with your kids on your lap and crack open one of your favorite books to share. Your kids listen intently as you enthusiastically read the story, and you all giggle together at your favorite parts. When the story is done, you close the book and everyone happily drifts off to sleep.


And then there are the other nights….

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Babies to Bookworms

Vicki is a former teacher who blogs about reading and children’s books at Babies to Bookworms.She is a stay at home mom to her one year old daughter – a budding bookworm as well! Babies to Bookworms is a blog dedicated to encouraging parents to read to their kids, and bringing books to life for them. Vicki aims to help parents, teachers and caregivers to get kids interested in reading and learning with fun activities and great books.

Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles

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.

Her coaching/consulting focus can be viewed at Lights On! is created especially for women:

Presentations, Consulting, Coaching, Retreats, and Facilitations.


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