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Year-end donations help charities provide important programs

My parents raised my sisters and me to appreciate what we have and understand how fortunate we were to have a nice home, soft beds, clothes, access to good education, full stomachs and people who loved us. Thanks to their direction, I’m a firm believer that if you’re able to, you should give back to

A few of my favorite things

Barbara Streisand and Maria from the Sound of Music sing about raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens as a few of their favorite things. While my husband, family and friends rank as my favorite people in my life, there are some things that bring smiles to my face and warmth to my heart. As

Help me bring a horse to the home of a child with cancer

I’m raising money to bring a Camp Casey Horsey House Call to the home of a child with cancer. I’ve never used this blog to ask for direct help but I decided to share this organization with all of you because it’s that awesome. Read more to learn why I’m asking for a donation to

Volunteers needed for great charities

For most of my career, I have worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on missions, fundraising, volunteers and getting the best bang for always low budgets. I loved knowing my work was making a difference in the lives of people in our communities. So it’s a little strange to be in the for-profit world, not

Touring Kentucky’s horse racing farms

I’ve been obsessed with horses since I was a child. I started riding horses when I was nine, evolving into a hunter/jumper rider and then dressage. I exercised racehorses in college and had visions of becoming a horse veterinarian. I followed horse racing, getting a subscription to The Blood Horse magazine and watching races on

A memorable return to Kentucky Horse Park

If you are a horse lover, you most likely have been to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where this four-legged, beautiful creature is on full display for visitors to learn about and fall more in love with. Horses were my first love and filled my life for years. When my husband suggested we stop at

The season of giving to charities

The end of the year brings the holidays, parties, shopping, decorating and trimming the Christmas tree. It also is the time of year that charities focus on year-end donations. Giving USA shares that total charitable giving in the United States reached more than $298.4 billion in 2011. Individuals contributed 73 percent of that amount. 2

Oh Fudge! (A Mackinac Island getaway)

June 3-4, 2011: Mackinac Island getaway (Part 1) 2 The first adventure of the summer started with a long weekend to Mackinac Island. It’s been years since I was on the island so I was excited to get there and relax. Ok, I admit, any trip appeals to me and I’m always excited to get

For the love of a horse

I recently spent a wonderful day working at Horses Haven, a local organization that rescues horses, donkeys and other animals who are abused, neglected, unwanted, aged or whose owners can no longer afford to keep them (not so unusual with Michigan’s economy). I loved being at the horse farm.       I think “horse” was