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Diana Craig Sparks

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.
• Award winning Automotive and Lifestyle Expert
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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.

JAG In Her Basement


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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O'Connell & Company proudly presents SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS

September 18 – October 19, 2014

“Richard Alfieri’s “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” is feel-good lessons in life” New York Post

“Thoughtful, razor sharp, charming, funny and genuinely moving.” The Hollywood Reporter“A heart warmer!” The Los Angeles Times

Buffalo, NY: O’Connell & Company, the professional theatre in residence at The Park Schoolof Buffalo, presents the International Hit Play, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS by

Richard Alfieri. This production, which stars Anne Gayley & Gregory Gjurich and directedby Javier Bustillos, opens on September 18 and runs through October 19, 2014.
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS is a touching and human comedy about a formidable
retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give
her private dance lessons, one per week for six weeks, in her gulf-front condo in St.
Petersburg Beach, Florida.

What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an
intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets,
fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary
Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely
but profound connection.

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Walk alone


Old things that no one wants at the Flea Market

Today I walk alone through the beauty of the fresh smell of autumn in the air. I never mind walking alone because it gives me time to just think about myself and my path in life. The silence is amazing and I can hear things in the brush near the pond where the deer lie down and hide. And I know that they are watching me because I can feel them near. A dog on a leash approaches me with his owner and I bend over to pet the tiny, white and brown fluffy dog that appears to be quite excited to greet me. His owner tells me a story of his dead wife whose dog this was and how his son kept the dog for a year and then returned it to him. He said, “Yes, he thought that I was ready to take back my dead wife’s dog, but the pain is still intense every time I look at Tabby,”  and I replied, “ Yes, pain subsides but never quite goes away until you are spirit too.”

Then I heard the huge bright orange and white fish popping out of the water making large circles that seem endless as they spread across the entire pond. And the circling of energy from the playful fish brought me some good feelings but my emotions about the man I met sent a large tear down my right cheek when I pondered about his plight in life. When loss is so thick that it seems to render you motionless; you have no words to describe the feelings of intense sorrow and pain. The man said good-bye and I returned a wave saying, “Hope things get better for you as the days pass by.” He said with a sigh, “I want things to be the way they used to be for me when Jeannie was alive.” He walked away and I knew I would see him again on the path that I walk each day.


How to Behave in Haunted Houses

How to Avoid Ticking Off the Actors in a Haunted House

Haunted houses are a fun part of Halloween. Here are some tips from a haunted house actor about the etiquette and common sense of going through a haunted house.


Just Keep on Keepin’ on…Stay the Positive Course! …When you hit that low-low time, When your world is crumbling, What do you do to face your Gethsemane/

Just Keep on Keepin’ on…Stay the Positive Course!

When you hit that low-low time,  When your world is crumbling,

What do you do to face your Gethsemane?

~ Claire Knowles

There is something called the “Gethsemane Principle” which states that at some time in life, (often more than once) everyone will face their Gethsemane…when your well-ordered world seems to crumble, when everything goes wrong and nothing seems right, and you wonder if anyone knows or cares; when you want to curl up in a ball and cry instead of keeping on.  You wonder what is happening and why; you doubt who you are, and have little confidence in tomorrow.  Your heart hurts. Your plans have gone bottom-up. You know deeply inside, that you’re being handed a “life-test”—one that you must “pass.”

I expect that as you read this, you can identify very quickly with your own

facing of your own Gethsemane/s.  Some people even call it ‘the dark night of the soul’, but by whatever label you call it, it still happens…at some time or another….inevitably the low ebb comes.  And facing “whatever that low ebb is” is a testament to your personal courage, growth and development.  It is like getting a big, big signal that you have to make a big change—an impetus to face the challenge and move on.  We all have doubts, fears and disappointments in our lives, and times of deep disillusionment.  During those tough times we look for shots of inspiration and encouragement to get us through!  Enter the power of positive perseverance.


Recognize too, that as the world continues to turn, that there have always been “times like these.”   There are also high tides; and as you keep on keeping on…you’ll get through this better and stronger.  Yes, we face our Gethsemane/s and we know that the best way out….is always through!   Leo Tolstoy, author, said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”  Having a trusted friend to talk to helps too!  When you believe in yourself, in your personal potential, in your own future, you have no choice—there is nothing to do but continue—one step at a time.


When you make that decision to keep on keeping on….to face the tough time head-on,  your perseverance and commitment will help you to move through it…yes, one step at a time….doing one little thing at a time….like discovering just one new pearl every day, and soon you have a whole beautiful string that graces your life in new ways.  Be expectant for tomorrow.  Wasn’t it Helen Keller who said, “The hilltop would not be half so wonderful if there were not dark valleys to traverse?”


“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill

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).



Have you ever had one of those days when you just don't want to get out of bed in the morning? You know the type, where you just can't fathom the idea of getting dressed, let alone accomplishing all of the days tasks. This morning, it was my turn to feel the heat of pressure.  Not only was I recovering from a few rough days of sickness,  but I hadn't gotten much sleep the night before. Yet, in the heart of the heat, there in lies the silver lining.

Upon opening my eyes, I felt overwhelmed with exhaustion. After shaking off Sir Sleep, it was off to the races. Forging full speed ahead, I set out to overcome my feelings, and tackle my day. By the time 3:00 PM approached, I had already cleaned the house, finished laundry, made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for my husband, and four children, took my oldest boys to school, taught a Spanish lesson to Pre-K, exercised, showered, took an online Italian Lesson, picked the boys up from school, and nursed a baby in between. Sound like a lot? Those were only "power points", if you will, summarizing the first half of my day!

In the midst of the craziness, it occurred to me that I had succeeded in accomplishing all of my goals, and then some! I realized that it is often when I'm faced with challenges, that I do my best work! Somewhere with in me, lies a fighter's spirit, which triumphs in the face of adversity.

All too often, we find ourselves asking, "Why God, Why?" As we go through trials, we question why the Lord allows us to go through such things. Perhaps we should research how diamonds are made, or gold shaped. These precious jewels and metals, must first be put through extreme methods in order to shine. I believe that life's challenges, breed champions! I encourage you today, should you find yourself faced with trying circumstances, welcome this opportunity, meet the challenges head on.

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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.

Doris Richardson-Edsell


Doris Richardson-Edsell is a retired registered nurse who worked as a counselor and group therapist at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center for over 25 years. She has an MS in Professional Leadership from St. Bonaventure University.

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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