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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.

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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The Power of Massage


Have you ever eaten something really amazing and said, "this food was made with A LOT OF LOVE"? It was so good, you could somehow taste the time and effort that the chef put into making it.

I had a similar experience the other day, only it was not with food. While in a lot of pain, I went for a massage. As my therapist was working, I remember thinking to myself, every move she made was being carefully crafted, just as an artist would precisely take a brush and with each stroke carefully create a masterpiece. In other words, my therapist was the artist, and I was the canvas. She very strategically took each muscle of my body gently pulling, stretching, & placing them exactly where she wanted them to be. I could feel the tension being released with every movement. I immediately felt total relaxation come over my body. For the time being at least, my body & mind had completely surrendered to the power of massage therapy. I was at peace. What is it about massage therapy that promotes mental & physical wellness?

Therapists are now able to use the power of massage and touch therapy for such things as balancing hormone levels, stimulating the nervous system, and even reducing anxiety and depression. This is done by increasing the serotonin and dopamine levels in our bodies. Massage is excellent for this, because it naturally stimulates the release of endorphins in your body. And, endorphins are the feel good chemicals in your body.

I decided to call on an expert who has been practicing and perfecting this profession for 11 years now, to see what other interesting facts we could learn on the subject. For that, I tossed some questions out to my own therapist, Gina Puglisi LMT, proprietor of Massage Center of Niagara.

When one of my children was an infant, I would have to gently massage him to sleep at night, in order to calm him down. Starting on his tiny foot, slowly working my way up his chubby little leg, then repeating the same routine all over again on his other leg. This method of touch therapy worked at immediately stopping his crying, while soothing him into a peaceful sleep. Interestingly enough, I found that Gina also massages her small doggies into a state of relaxation. Much like the way, I used to put my own son to sleep.

Because we live in such a fast-paced, society, I believe people often tend to be so driven. As a result, we end up putting ourselves at the bottom of the list, and only consider going for a massage if we're in pain. However as was the case with my infant, not only are there various forms of massage therapy today; but when used on a more regular basis, it can be a powerful and effective resource to bring peace in our life. I asked Ms. Puglisi to share with us the variety of therapy, which she offers at her Massage Center, which is located at 920 Main St. in Niagara Falls, NY. In addition, I asked Gina for some practical ways, much like the one I gave, in which massage therapy may provide healing, peace, or relief.

Ms. Puglisi suggests,"a consistent massage therapy schedule of every 4-12 weeks, depending on your needs, along with an at home stretching regiment". She went on to say that doing so, " would greatly improve your quality of life". Gina added, "when you're not channeling these energies properly, stress and tension can build up and result in physical pain and clouded thoughts. When stress levels are minimal to none your mind is free to focus on the joys in life including family and careers."

With headaches and migraines being an increasing issue facing Americans today, myself included, I asked Gina Puglisi for any recommendations to help alleviate sufferers. She responded, "therapeutic massage is one of the best ways to help relieve stress and tension. Regularly receiving 30 minute sessions could alleviate tension headaches". Here is a link ( for more information on the study of massage therapy and headache relief.

Furthermore, Ms. Puglisi made note that, "Massage therapy has a very long list of benefits from improved cognitive thinking, increased mind-body awareness to the diffusion of lactic acid and carbon monoxide build up in muscle tissue that can cause aches and pains." Click here ( for more detailed information on massage therapy.

In Closing, it is my belief that when the body is touched, rubbed, and massaged, it stimulates us, relaxes us, promotes healing, and releases all kinds of positive feelings, and chemicals in our bodies. Basically, it does the exact opposite of what stress, worrying, and tension does to us. In other words, I believe that we owe it to ourselves, to take even a little time out of our busy schedules for going for a massage, in order to cleanse our body and minds of all of the negative elements which we collect on an everyday basis. If we take a little more time to do this more regularly, I agree with Ms. Puglisi, in saying that our stress levels would be lower. Thus, we would be "free to focus on the joys in life", and probably even live longer too.


Do What You Said You Were Going to Do! (Integrity)

IT HAS BEEN SAID that "integrity" is difficult to define, yet most of us can recognize it in another person. The word "integrity" is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. (It is the opposite of hypocrisy!)

IT HAS BEEN SAID that the true test of a person's character (integrity) is what he/she does when no one is watching." How do you rate on Integrity?

Why is this word, “integrity”, front and center for me—enough to write a column on it? Because I recently concluded a consulting gig with a group of women who happen to be assigned to the same work group, and who cannot get along; women who are so selfish that they’ve become blind to the reason they are employed! These women feign niceness, while undermining the other. They promise cooperation, collaboration and attention to deadlines in their words, yet their behavior and results tell a different story. Their hypocrisy, dishonesty, deceptiveness, selfish egos, misalliances, and other immature behaviors shine through.

Have you a workplace situation where people have forgotten why they are employed there? Or, who’ve forgotten that respectful and honest interpersonal behaviors are key to success? Where the mission of their work is being eroded by dysfunction and cruel behaviors? Whatever happened to Basic Business 101? Whatever happened to playing nice in the business sandbox?

Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence, said it best. “There is no such thing as a lapse in integrity.” Leaders set the expectations and hold people accountable to act with integrity. Where do you stand on integrity? Time to take it up a notch?

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). 716-622-7753


Loving Your Car

Loving Your Car: How to Take Charge of Your Car and Get On With Your Life

Designed for general audiences, Lauren Fix provides the ultimate “fix” to keep people in the know about their car and to keep their cars on the road. Moving beyond standard car-care tips, Lauren shares all the tools needed to purchase, care for, and basic car repair, including how to talk to your mechanic in a language you can both understand, how to find the best car for your lifestyle, what car repairs you can do yourself and which ones to avoid.

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The East Coast Premiere of 10 DAYS TO HAPPINESS


O'Connell & Company proudly presents the

The East Coast Premiere of


by Donna Rae Davidson


“10 Days to Happiness does for Buddhism what Late Night Catechism did for Catholicism.”


Buffalo, NY – O’Connell & Company, the professional theatre in residence at The Park School of Buffalo, presents The East Coast Premiere of, 10 DAYS TO HAPPINESS by Donna Rae Davidson, opening on September 17 and running through October 18, 2015.


When do hilarity, torture, and enlightenment go together? 10 DAYS TO HAPPINESS. This is no doubt the first and only play about a silent mediation retreat, the main character is supported by a laugh-out-loud slideshow and 3 silent assistants who meditate, eat, and walk the walking path with her.

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Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

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