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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.

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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Negativity Bombardment…Have You Noticed?


Turn on the TV…what do you hear? Negative news.  Politicians bickering.  Drug companies pushing meds that don’t sound too good when you listen to the potential side effects. Ambulance-chasing lawyers.  Programming that seeks to tear-down values.  Criminal programs that desensitize us to some really bad behaviors and outcomes.  Then take a look at the negative comments on FaceBook…frame after frame of negative postings and snarking--People getting caught up in negative, descending spirals.  Then check out the ladies room in your workplace…what destructive gossip is happening there about the business, the company, the people, the whatever?


Guess what!  It doesn’t have to be that way!  Nope!…You don’t have to go there…you don’t have to join in!  You can be the positive, proactive, person you want to be---even in the midst of huge negativity surrounding you. You can keep a smile on your face and a positive attitude.  It is a choice!


There's some refuge in an image from Buddhist psychology...if you put a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water, it tastes very salty, but if you put the same spoon of salt in a lake, the water remains pure and clear. In the same way we can make our heart (and mind and day-to-day living) more spacious...creating a lake-size that negativity/fears/confusion/injury/hurt can be held more readily within a spacious heart. We allow ourselves to become of greater capacity so that while the negative salt is there, it cannot affect/impact us.


Moving to a larger heart & mind is an “awareness process” that involves a way of understanding and responding to whatever is going on.  It is a way of relating (of being in relation to) the big picture.  Stephen Covey, in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, shares that when we are “proactive” we develop the capacity to choose our response and he equates proactivity vs. reactivity to large-minded living vs. small minded living.


Here’s to YOU as you go forward being large-minded, with a lake-size capacity to deflect the negative while embracing the positive.  Proactive, abundant mentality, encompassing and flexible are all descriptive words for large-minded living. (Yes! It is your choice.)

“It is not what happens to you in life, it is how you proactively respond to what is happening that matters most.”



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).




About Buffalo Niagara Film Festival

The BNFF is the largest and most prestigious film festival in Western New York. It is a filmmaker's festival. A festival hosted by filmmakers and screenwriters for filmmakers and screenwriters...In a region that loves the arts and has produced many famous industry icons both behind the camera, on the screen, and abroad.

The BNFF is committed to providing opportunities to fellow filmmakers and all others in bringing cinematographic arts and other related entertainment products to Western New York through high-profile community events, talent, productions and films from around the country and the world.

We offer and bring unique events like no other, including the BNFF "Walk Of Fame" Trail Of The Stars, special events tailored around BNFF partner and renowned artist Philip Burke, and much more...


BNFF Website - Click Here

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
3840 E. Robinson Rd., Ste 166
Amherst, 14228
(716) 693-0912


Hanging With The Girls

Hanging With The Girls
In my young teens, a group of girls and I hung thick, as thieves. Ours was a friendship that bloomed in the early grades of elementary school, growing stronger every year. In our prime, or so "we thought" (I'm speaking about middle school-of course), we were "on top of the world"! It was the 80's! We had great music, high school dances, and neon colors everywhere . Even better, we had each other, to laugh with, confide in, count on, and well...just let loose with and have fun.
My one girlfriend, had this huge house, which seemed more like a castle to us, at the time. Because life was different then, and we were more responsible than today's "average teen", her parents used to leave us the whole house to ourselves most weekends, "if" we watched her younger brother.
This meant, time to dress up in her mom's pretty clothes, watch the latest movies, order pizza, go for a night swim in the built-in pool, hit the jacuzzi, then rock out ( like only girls can), in her brother's band's music room, and the night was not complete without story time. This was the part where the girls would plead with me to conjure up some very comical, or even scary story to entertain us all. Right off the cuff, I'd create a whimsical, deep, yet short masterpiece, full of surprises, always ending up with either somebody screaming in terror, or all of us laughing so hard we couldn't catch our breath.
Fast forward to our lives today: What happens now? After the marriages, the kids, separation, due to colleges, and then careers?? We've kept in touch over the years, getting together now and then, some of us more than others. 

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Cherry Blosssom Diaries - A Must Read This Summer!

DECIDING WHAT TO READ NEXT?Cherry Blossom Diaries , an upbeat elegant read of a controversial subject. Somewhere between Shade's of Grey (E.L. James) and Etiquette (Emily Post)  The kind of book I would want all my girlfriends to read! - Dori Montini-Kotzin


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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.



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