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Power Up! Turn Up Your Personal Dimmer Switch
Personal Power is about our ability or capacity to perform or act effectively--whether in our personal lives, professional lives, or in growing our business, etc., I created the metaphor that each of us has our own dimmer switch, and each of us controls our own respective switch. In a sense, we are our own human battery. Where does our Personal power come from? How do we turn up our energy circuitry to shine more brightly? What is the source for increasing our Personal/Professional Power?
Navigating Through Negativity
I don't know about you, but I find it incredibly unfortunate when I hear people whining to and fro about being bored and unhappy with life. We all know someone like that. Possibly, they are positioned in our workplace. Then again, it could be a neighborhood nuisance, filling the ears of anyone who will listen.
Or, you may find that this hits a tad bit closer to home; As soon as the sun can rise, there's a good chance you'll be listening to the person you are waking up next to. Your ears are filled with complaints, spouting off things much like, "there's never anything to do in this city. We need to move away." Sound familiar?
O'CONNEL & COMPANY proudly presents COMPANY
O'Connell & Company proudly presents
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth
MAY 26 – JUNE 26, 2016
Buffalo, NY – O’Connell & Company, the professional theatre in residence at The Park School of Buffalo, presents Stephen Sondheim’s trailblazing musical comedy, COMPANY, May 26 – June 26, 2016.
COMPANY is directed by ROGER PAOLINI, musically directed by KEN YOUNG, and choreographed by MICHAEL J. WALLINE.
The cast features STEVE COPPS as “Robert”, MARY MOEBIUS as “Sarah”, GUY TOMASSI as “Harry”, MICHELLE HOLDEN as “Susan”, CHRIS TEAL as “Peter”, AMY TEAL as “Jenny”, TIM GOEHRIG as “David”, CHARMAGNE CHI as “Amy”, CHRIS RISO as “Paul”, LORAINE O’DONNELL as “Joanne”, ROGER VAN DETTE as “Larry”, ARIN DANDES as “Marta”, VALERIE STEVENS as “Kathy” and JENNY McCABE as “April”.
The COMPANY creative team includes: KRIS BOOKHAGEN (Production Stage Manager), JOSH HUTCHINSON (Lighting Design), JOHN KEHOE (Set), ADAM WALL (Costumes), EMILY PICI (Props) with SUSAN SHAW (keyboard), MELISSA BENDER (bass) , JAKE THURSTON (bass),Kris BANZHAF (drums)
What do you do when you’ve got three girlfriends, all your friends are married, and it’s your birthday? Find out in Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical comedy. It’s today in Manhattan, and Robert is unable to make a commitment of his own as he makes the circuit of his married friends, alternately observing and participating in the ups and downs of their relationships. COMPANY features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best- known songs. The study of relationships, love and company is put under a microscope during Robert’s 35th birthday party. Robert has to consider whether it’s best to be single, married or even divorced but living together as his crazy, wedded friends play out every possible example of cohabitation.
COMPANY is onstage at O’Connell & Company in residence at The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, NY 14226 (Theatre entrance is in the Helen Long building), May 26 – June 26, 2016. Show times are: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are: $25 with discounts available to seniors, students, industry, military, groups and The Park School community.
For information & ticket orders please call (716) 848-0800 or
O'Connell & Company
in residence at
The Park School of Buffalo
4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, New York 14226
10 Ways to Help a Friend with Cancer
Candace Williams says nothing can prepare you for when your doctor turns to you and says 'you have cancer.' Yet, that's precisely what happened to her in March, 2011. The 36 year-old esthetician, salon owner and mother of two didn't fit the profile of the typical breast cancer patient. Nonetheless she faced the disease head-on, juggling everything during a year of treatment.
"Being sick was really tough for me," she says. "My darkest hour was mid-way through the chemotherapy. I would get sick, and as soon as I started to feel better, I would have to go and get sick again."
Williams faced challenges unique to young women diagnosed with cancer. So often, they are the youngest person in the waiting room and are surrounded by friends who have no frame of reference for what they're going through. In addition to fertility, sex and intimacy and body image challenges, they experience isolation. Online support groups like BrightPink.org and YoungSurvival.org can be incredibly valuable.
So often friends rally around asking what they can do. Besides pray -- to whomever, and make it go away -- forever, it's hard to know how friends and relatives can help. Here are 10 ideas to help a friend battling cancer.
Offer Specific Help
Assume that she needs you and is either reluctant to ask or unable to articulate her needs. Saying "if you need anything, call me" puts the burden on the patient. Psychotherapist Robi Ludwig, a Care.com parenting expert, suggests you offer pragmatic things such as driving carpool, making dinner (Take Them a Meal is a great resource to use as you can create a schedule for the family so people won't prepare tuna noodle casseroles six nights in a row!), doing the laundry or helping with the kids' homework. And with her anti-bodies (and energy) at an all-time low, she'll need a healthy meal and a clean home more than ever. See if you can find a cleaning person to work around her chemo schedule. This might be a gift a few friends can chip in on.
Help Her Find a Great Wig
Before chemo, take her to start looking for a wig to match her hair color, texture and style. Since a good wig can be very expensive, consider taking up a collection for her from friends. Nonprofits like CancerCare and the American Cancer Society provide wigs, prostheses and mastectomy bras to women who can't afford them. You can also arrange for girlfriends to donate hair to Beautiful Lengths or Locks of Love to support the production of quality wigs -- and to show her your support.