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Karen Palka is the Founder & Executive Director of A Beautiful Me®. She is a creative person who sees the value in each individual and loves to empower ALL women of ALL ages.

Podcast moment for the week of
September 29, 2014.

Wounds and Healing
Burns and Hurtful Words

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The Queen Of The Big Time

Adriana Trigiani draws reader into the small-town life of an Italian-American family, through three generations with The Queen of the Big Time.   Drawing from Adriana’s grandmother’s experience in owning and operating a factory, a beautiful story is told of the Castellucas who have settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, with the central figure, Nella, a determined and passionate woman who cannot forget her first love.  You will love the characters, and the families they make up!  This is a tender love story about a woman who is constantly learning about herself.  Enjoy!


Cathie Martin is an avid reader and
artist. She has had many
roles in life including
her current position
as News Director at
WGRT 102.3 FM.
A highlight of her job
she says is reviewing
books and interviewing

Catch the Snow

Today in Manistee, the Tip of the Mitt, a light snow is predicted.  Walking by Lake Michigan, in brisk wind and rain, I realized I needed gloves but soldiered on and enjoyed the walk.  In older homes, people are turning on furnaces.
This isn’t fall.  It’s winter.  People react differently: A) With horror; B) With glee; C) With plots of escape.  I plan to relocate to Detroit soon to be closer to family.  Right now, moving to a place that doesn’t get over 200 inches of snow in a season seems like a good idea.  I’ll settle for whatever Detroit got last year.  This winter, I plan to avoid getting stuck four times, three times in my own driveway, once alone in the dark far from home.  And I will be grateful.
But sometimes, you must unclench your fist, take what life gives you, be grateful for the tiny beauty of it, the tiny beauty of the snowflake.
Near Christmas last year, in my work as a staff writer for the Manistee News Advocate, I was covering – of course – Santa Claus at the community center in the tiny town of Wellston, in the middle of the Manistee National Forest.  In the dark, in the cold, through overhanging pines decked with white, I drove my dinky Ford Taurus to Wellston.  The turnoff was unlit.  I missed it.  I attempted to turn around on badly plowed side road.
The tires spun.  And spun.  And spun.  I put on my blinkers and looked around.  Two houses, lit.  I pulled a blanket over my camera equipment, then got out to wade toward the first light.
The first house a had truck with a plow and hitch parked beside it.  But on the door read a bright orange sign: “Beware of Dog.”  I back-tracked to the house across the street.
A man wearing camo with a five-o-clock shadow and a cigarette dangling from his mouth opened the door.
“Do you know who owns the truck across the street?” I asked. “I wanted to knock but I was worried about the dog.”
“Oh, that’s my house. I’m just over here at my daughter’s working on the plumbing. Give me a sec.”
He pulled me out.  Pulled me out with a whoosh and wished me “Merry Christmas”.  Pictures of Santa giving gifts to children made the next day’s paper.  Success.
P!nk sings about taking chances, throwing glitter in the air.  You need to unclench your fist to throw glitter in the air.  You need to unclench your fist to catch glitter.  So unclench your fist.  Catch the glitter.  Even if that glitter is snow.
Meg LeDuc earned a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan in 2007. She has worked as freelance writer and journalist, moving to Manistee, Michigan. She currently is relocating to her hometown of Detroit and supports empowering girls through the work of “A Beautiful Me®”.
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“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”