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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
Click here to read Lauren's Articles

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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"So, what are you driving these days?"

Whenever I get asked that question, I resist the urge to laugh. Which day?

This month's newsletter is up to its taillights in car reviews; from the stylish 2014 VW Beetle Turbo R-Line Convertible to the jaw-dropping Alfa Romeo 4C, the Fix family has been driving everything from fun and sporty to the fast and furious. Don't miss my test drive in the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S or our featured "Hot Car of the Month" - the 2013 Lamorghini Aventador LP700-4 Coupe.

Last week I had the great privilege of being the guest of honor at the 2014 Concours D’Elegance luxury car show at the Americana Manhasset. I've also had the honor of serving on the jury of the 2014 North American Car/Truck of the Year. Check out which cars we deemed "the most outstanding new vehicles of the year." 

Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat calling my name. I'll let you know what I think.

Love Your Car, 

Lauren Fix


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.


Closer to you: Those were the days


Move on to the beat of your own drummer; life will be grand

She had many loses in a short period of time and it seemed to make it hard for her to come back into a way of living that felt good again. “I just want it to be the way it used to be when the kids were little and I could see their silly smiles as they ran through the yard with their dirty faces and muddy shoes chasing our black and white border collie.”

Those were the days when I would take my Jesse dog for a walk or run up the street to the creek where the fishermen were casting their lines into the water on the big blue bridge. Jesse loved to go that far and he would look down in amazement at the water. He did not like to swim but would go out with me down by the lake as I cast some big sticks for him to chase.
Chasing is a border collie’s favorite thing to do and he did it well. Jesse died about a year ago, it may be longer but it seems like yesterday. And as time passes me by other loses continue down my road of life with the passing of my mom and other people who I felt close to, but during all these years, I never felt close to myself until now, and the good memories keep on flowing like a great river that has a tale to tell.

Fun Times

Another very pleasant memory is that of my job where I played the piano every day for the patients. The older patients loved to hear those old songs from their childhood, and we would play the game, Name That Tune. Excitement and smiles grew when someone knew the song.

We had a drumming circle with a music therapist who believes in the vibrant energy of drumming and how it wakes up everything in your body; decreasing depression and helping by joining with others together down the drumming road of life.

Letting go

When you let go of those bad thoughts, good ones seem to surface in your mind’s eye. Share with others today and let go of your problems because it is a good thing to do. And when you let go, you can move on; taking better care of yourself instead of worrying about what will happen tomorrow or what happened in the past that bothers you today. It is time to get back to yourself and like a child trying to decide what he or she wants to grow up to be, begin to  think about what you want to do with the rest of my life.


To Finish Strong, You First Have to Begin!

There’s a wonderful positivity phrase called “Finish Strong” which is appropriate for November. With November now underway, it is clear that there are just two months yet for us to live well, do well, work well, and be well in 2014.   Let’s finish strong—being the very best we can be!

As we think about what we had intended to accomplish in 2014, or to what we’d intended to put our attention fully into, recognize that we often judge ourselves not by what we start, but by what we finish!


How many half-finished tasks are surrounding you?  What needs to happen yet to move more of these unfinished tasks to the Finish Line? I’m reminded of some great advice from a very organized supervisor to me (many years ago) as I tended to stop one task and move to another. Rather than over-multi-tasking, she said, “Finish the job, Claire! Finish the job you are doing—stay with it through completion – you’ll be surprised how establishing this habit will serve you in many ways—every day.”  How absolutely right she was!  (When you finish the job, there is no clutter build-up to get in the way of the next job on your plate!)


Here’s a Finish Line wish from First Thing Every Morning (book) which comes with these words of wisdom:  “As you contemplate the Finish Line for 2014, may you have…

n  Enough successes to keep you eager,

n  Enough failure to keep you humble,

n  Enough joy to share with others,

n  Enough trials to keep you strong,

n  Enough hope to keep you happy,

n  Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.”

And may I add….

n  Enough wherewithal to Finish the Job!

Here’s to a great, successful November.  Lights On!



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).



What is your problem?  Have you ever tried to figure something out? You sat there, sometimes for hours...trying and trying, but you just couldn't solve the puzzle.  No matter how much you pushed, pried, or fiddled with it, there was nothing you could do to get that object opened.
Often times in life, we find ourselves faced with similar circumstances. Yet, it seems in spite of what we do, we are still unable to get the job done.  At times, things are actually much more simpler than what they appear to be. It just takes new perspective.
Imagine this, a mother tries and tries to launch  a wireless  internet program, and no matter how many attempts she makes; whether too slow or fast, she just can't get the password to work. Suddenly, her 4 yr. old son walks in. Then, turns to his Mom with a big look of satisfaction saying, "this way Mama" as he took the paper in her hand and turned it upside down. So now, instead of entering in the password WOW003, this ecstatic Mommy entered, MOM003. Finally, success!
All along, all she needed was a NEW PERSPECTIVE. What is your problem today? Is it possible that the answer could be right beneath your nose? As was the case with the 4yr. old and his Mom, you may simply need to turn things upside down.  Perhaps that means even literally rattling a few cages, until you have resolution.  Begin to brainstorm, draw upon new blood. Go out into your community and research alternative solutions, if necessary. You are your greatest resource.  Go out there, to the coffee shops, & the malls. Observe, ask questions, gather ideas from others.  Remember, there's almost always more than one way to solve a problem. The thing about LIFE is not "if" we are going to have problems, it's HOW are we going to respond to them when they come?

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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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