Monday, April 13, 2009

MY Superhero at Big Green Earth Store

I've learned that I cannot discriminate here...
So I have a new friend, named Tony. OK - he's clearly NOT a "woman"...but he's amazing and fabulous, so he's allowed in the club...
Tony is remarkable for soooo many reasons.  Just look at him. There are the adorable little dogs he has, the adorableness of his personality, the kindness in his demeanor, he's a cutie-patootie, adorable, adorable, fabulous, wonderful, amazing....yadda, yadda, yadda....
BUT. The most wonderful and remarkable thing about my friend, Tony, is that he had this fabulous little idea. His idea was to take a retail shop, use it to sell only eco-friendly products, and call it "Big Green Earth Store". Great idea, right?!
BUT. Tony took it one step farther. He decided to collect recycleable goods inside his shop, to make things a bit easier for his customers and the locals, who really appreciate it, right...??
BUT, gets better. He took it even one step farther. He collects stuff that some people don't even realize we can recycle, like bottle caps....who knew...??
BUT. It gets even better...
Tony took the time and invested the funds to develop a way-cool refilling station for his customers. You can actually REFILL "Sun & Earth" products at Big Green Earth Store, and receive a discounted price for your committment to the environment by doing so. WOW.
Get a load of all of these fabulous "buts"! ...go to or visit the store and the Liberty Bell all in the same day!
Big Green Earth Store is located at 934 South St. in Philadelphia.

Join Big Green Earth Store, Whole Foods, Sun & Earth, Grid Magazine and a
host of other local “green” businesses and nonprofit organizations as we celebrate
EARTH SaturDAY on April 25, 2009.

The Block Party will be between 9th and 10th Streets on South Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature giveaways, live music from local musicians, and free face painting for the kids!

Bring your own bottles (laundry detergent, hand soap, dishwashing liquid) to refill with Sun & Earth.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cherry Danish

Last night was my first training session for small group facilitation at Supporting KIDDS in Hockessin, DE.

The program that I’ll be facilitating is called “Healing Pathways". Due to my own life experiences with grief, this is where I’ve been compelled to be for a while now. I know that I lived through my own grief so that one day I might be able to help someone else.

In many ways I see this experience as a kind of group therapy for all of us who are volunteering in this program together. Each one of us has a story to tell: A story of pain and victory, a story of a desire to help others, a story of a longing to give back because someone somewhere along the way might’ve helped us when we needed it. Whatever our individual stories might be, we all share the common goal to “be present” for the kids who need us.

Our training will be 4 sessions (4 weeks) long, and in those sessions we will learn many things about how to do the work ahead of us. But mostly, I believe we’re also learning about ourselves and how we can either personally heal from our own wounds, or how we can help those we love to heal from their wounds. Either way, I know in my heart that we are there for greater reasons – for healing.

Only one session into the program, and I’m already motivated and enlightened. The Clinical Director, Valarie Molaison, Ph.D., F.Th. Licensed Psychologist (is not only FAB-u-LOUSSSS!!) but she did a guided relaxation/visualization for us to break some barriers at the beginning of the session. This was an amazing exercise for all of us. She specifically tasked us to recall one adult who made a difference in our lives as children. At first I wondered, “Oh, man! Who would that be? I don’t know who that would be!” But then as my mind wandered, I remembered someone. I remembered Jean MacGuinness. My mom was a librarian in our school library, and Mrs. MacGuinness was the head librarian. Close to 80 years old at the time, she appeared to me as an extremely shy 4 year old as a prim and proper, stogy, elderly woman. Too young to go to school, I would spend my days by her side at the library, looking through picture books and learning the Dewey Decimal System so that I could help put the returned books away. I remembered her red suit and hat atop her silvery gray hair. I remembered her perfume – powdery and clean, and I remembered how much I loved it, and then I remembered the day that she lifted my shy chin up toward Heaven, and holding it there, she told me to stop walking with my chin down. She told me how valuable and beautiful I was, and that I would miss the world if I never looked at it. I remembered how she would bring all the librarians danish in the mornings, and she’d always give me first choice, and how I would always choose the cherry danish.
...And then my thought stream broke - it dawned on me: “Hey, wait! I don’t love cherries…Why DID I always choose the cherry danish?” I guess because they were red…hhmm…wait, Jean Macuinness’s suit was red on the day that she touched me and informed me of my value….hhmmmm….maaaaybeeee… the red cherry danish reminded me that I was valuable to some person other than the ones in my own family. WOW! What a crazy revelation!! CHERRY DANISH = LOVE!

So this story begs the question: “Can you recall an adult who made a difference in your life when you were a child? …who is that person?”
- REMEMBER what it was that they did (no matter how small) to make a difference in your world….what did you hear, what did you smell, what did you see? Were they your “Cherry Danish”?

…and farther still: Are YOU a “Cherry Danish” for someone in your life?

I love you, Jean MacGuinness! <3

Monday, March 2, 2009



...that word has been popping up left and right for me lately, and when that happens I ALWAYS think, "OK, God. You got my attention....sledgehammer, please...what is it that you're trying to drill into my head, now?"

So I'm kinda nervous. Today I did something that I haven't done in a very long time....I actually made a >>COMMITMENT<< to do something for 10 weeks STRAIGHT! BIG, FAT, HUGE, HAIRY step for me....BIG! The worst part about this is that it's invloving other people. Not just "other" people, but CHILDREN....OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN.....WHO ARE GRIEVING!

You guessed it - I made the committment to start my training to become a small group facilitator for grief counseling at Supporting KIDDS in Hockessin, DE. This invloves 4 Wednesday nights of training, and then the fun begins with the actual 6-weeks of Wednesday nights' counseling.

Now, it's at this particular point that I start to hyperventilate and wonder...."WHY AM I DOING THIS?!?!?! I won't be good at this! What if I do more damage to some little innocent kid?!?! ...what if I suck at this?!?!? ...WHAT IF I'm NOT perfect?!?!?"

When I sit back and I become my own guidance counselor (which I tend to do at least 10 times daily these days), I realize that these thoughts are perfectly natural, and honestly, the fact that I'm even thinking them is a good sign that I CARE....which will in turn probably make me a good there! I talked myself down off of that little ledge. WHEW! ...WOW!
I'll keep you all posted on how well I do here....(stay tuned! "Same BAT TIME, Same BAT CHANNEL!") Ka-POW!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Supporting KIDDS

I attended an event on Monday, February 2, 2009 called "WINE4Women", which is sponsored by NEWS4Women, founded by my friend, Carol Arnott (President, Greenville Financial).
These events occur once per month, and this time the event was to benefit "Supporting KIDDS" of Hockessin, DE.

I love the concept Carol has created for these fund/awareness-raisers: "Sip to Support"! ...AWESOME! Who wouldn't want to do that?!?

After a nice conversation with Patti Tillotson, the Executive Director for Supporting KIDDS, I have decided to attend their "small group facilitator's training", so that I may volunteer going forward as a facilitator.

If you're interested in learning more, or even in this program, please contact Patti or Lynn at Supporting KIDDS: 302-235-5544 .

Friday, January 30, 2009

Welcome To The Amazing League of Fabulous Women!

Everyone has a story to tell. ...What's yours?

They say that, "That which doesn't kill us only makes us stronger".
Have you overcome adversity of any kind? If you have, how did you pull yourself back up? What did you learn from it? ...and most importantly, are you willing and able to share that with the world in an effort to help someone else one day? ...even a stranger?

The Amazing League of Fabulous Women is a supercalifragalisticexpealidocious gang (panel) of uber-women who are committed to health and well-being, as well as inspiring the betterment of all life. We are committed defenders of the universe!

The intention of this group is to provide a forum for support and connections to services, as well as chats, information sharing, and charitable cause or event support.
Original Concept was created by Christa Scalies and Annie DiMattia, but it's generated and energized by all members.

Grab your "sword, spear and magic helmet"!