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Tis the Season for Kindness

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Blog, Inspiration Corner | 0 comments

Tis the Season for Kindness

Recently, I spotted this very useful advent calendar on a fellow blogger’s site, and I thought it was too cool not to share. It’s so easy for many of us to forget what this time of year is all about — a time to reflect about the year nearly behind us;  an opportunity to gather with friends and family in person (or virtually) and remind each other of the special place they hold in our lives; and a moment to stop, take stock of what comprises our lives (physically, socially and emotionally) and figure out a way to pay it...

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Lovin’ Every Minute of It

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Blog, Inspiration Corner | 0 comments

Lovin’ Every Minute of It

Are you humming a Loverboy tune right now? (Here’s your earworm for the day…heh. You’re welcome. Enjoy today’s flashback aka Attack of the Mullets.)   Like many people across the country yesterday, I was watching the funeral procession and service for George H.W. Bush. I will formally acknowledge here that I did not vote for Mr. Bush back in 1988. In fact, that election has a great deal of personal significance to me because it is the first election for which I was eligible to vote. My opinion of the former...

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New Article on High Flying Adventures Entrepreneur

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Blog, Tampa Bay Stories, Uncategorized | 0 comments

New Article on High Flying Adventures Entrepreneur

When is the last time you stepped outside your comfort zone? High atop a 60+ foot tower, Joe DeRing and his team at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay guide dozens of visitors each day to overcome the fears and obstacles holding them back in life. Their extensive zipline and outdoor aerial obstacle course that oversees beautiful Mobbly Bayou Preserve wilderness in Oldsmar, Florida, serves as the setting.            I’ve had a chance to interview the founder on two occasions now. He is thoughtful as he speaks about what led him from a military...

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New Article Highlights Cool Spaces for Conducting Business NOT as Usual

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Blog, Tampa Bay Stories | 0 comments

New Article Highlights Cool Spaces for Conducting Business NOT as Usual

Excited to share a recent article of mine that has posted this week at 83 degrees Tampa Bay. This one was a lot of fun to research, and I got the opportunity to talk with several helpful people in the process as I was introduced to venues across Tampa Bay including Wesley Chapel, Oldsmar, West Tampa, Ybor City, South Tampa and its downtown district.   The idea for this latest article came to me while I was doing research for something else and I visited the website of the Florida Hospital Center Ice up in Wesley Chapel to learn more...

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The Poetry of Music

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Blog, Pop Culture, Tampa Bay Stories | 0 comments

The Poetry of Music

When a music show sends you on a pleasant flashback to 30 years ago and compels you to record an audio on your way to work, you share it. Or at least I do, The other morning, I was going about my usual daily routine – my 50-minute commute to work – and singing along to Underground Garage on SiriusXM with delightful host Michael DesBarres. He made a comment about Neil Diamond’s talent as a songwriter to craft a simple tune that can connect with so many. Before I knew it, I was waxing nostalgic and back in AP English in my...

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Meet Some Serious Dreammakers — and Your Favorite Rays!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Blog, Tampa Bay Stories | 0 comments

Meet Some Serious Dreammakers — and Your Favorite Rays!

Sometimes in life we come full circle. I had a chance to first meet up with The Children’s Dream Fund back in 2008 when I was the editor for a local women’s magazine and our publication was one of the media sponsors for the nonprofit’s fashion fundraiser Rays on the Runway. At the time, the group was holding the event on Father’s Day as a great way to draw dads, too. Who wouldn’t want an opportunity to get up close and personal with one of their favorite local MLB players? What a cool Father’s Day gift that...

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Meet a Nonprofit Bringing Sun, Fun and Music to Tampa This Weekend

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in Blog, Tampa Bay Stories | 0 comments

Meet a Nonprofit Bringing Sun, Fun and Music to Tampa This Weekend

Recently, I had the pleasure to learn about a fairly young nonprofit in the Tampa Bay area focused on bringing performing arts to all kids across the Bay area. The group, Transcending Elements, launched in 2016 and is determined to provide music, dance and eventually, theater instruction and performance opportunities to underserved youth in the community who cannot afford to take part in other arts programs. As the group’s founder Pamela Ford noted during our recent interview, there are many opportunities for partially- or fully-sponsored...

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Great American Read ~ Reviews: FRANKENSTEIN

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Blog, Book Reviews, Great Reading Challenge | 0 comments

Great American Read ~ Reviews: FRANKENSTEIN

Wondering where I am in the the Great American Read Summer Challenge 2018  that launched in May? Not quite as far as I hoped to be. Part of the reason has been work but also the book at the center of this week’s latest review. Let’s just say that I wasn’t able to read this one quite as quickly and smoothly as previous titles. In fact, GoodReads would never be a phrase I would use to describe this one. Whoops! Am I giving too much away?   This latest culprit – er, title – is FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley, and...

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New Article about Upcoming Dunedin Orange Festival

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Blog, Tampa Bay Stories | 0 comments

New Article about Upcoming Dunedin Orange Festival

This weekend, Dunedin neighbors will be coming together to celebrate all things orange, and any of my local readers across the Tampa Bay area are invited to join them. Read my latest article at DestinationTampaBay.com about this ninth annual community event filled with great food, craft beer, games, giveaways and live entertainment.  Best of all, proceeds will benefit community efforts of the area chamber as well as support programs at the Dunedin History Museum.          Click here to check out my latest DESTINATION TAMPA BAY...

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Celebrating First Half of #DailyPics Photo-Song Challenge

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Blog, Daily Pics, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Celebrating First Half of #DailyPics Photo-Song Challenge

Those of you who have followed me on Facebook or Twitter know that for several years I used to post a regular #SongOfTheDay. In 2017, I decided it would be my last year of carrying out this daily duty and opted to go with a new, more visual regularly-scheduled social media activity – and a throwback to an earlier online photo-a-day blog that I had once completed back in 2010. I coined this new daily ‘creative’ challenge of mine #DailyPics and hopped aboard an existing #2018PhotoChallenge to become a regular photographic...

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