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Dream Land

​I just attended the feature presentation by author Sam Quinones at the WVSMA Healthcare Summit.

He describes how aggressive promotion of highly a addictive painkiller and the development of cheap underground heroin production, marketing, and delivery industry led to the current opioid epidemic. 12 more words


Ms. Wheelchair America 2017 Pageant

On August 7, I began a week that would be a life changing experience! I was to compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2017 Pageant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1,583 more words


COVER REVEAL - "It's Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System In Canada"

My publishing company, Cathydia Press, revealed the cover for our first non-fiction title today written by first-time author, Todd Leader.  It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada  419 more words

Making Social Media Work for Community Organizations

This is the first in a series of posts based on Erik Johnson’s presentation, “Getting Your Message Across,” about how community organizations can effectively use social media. 483 more words

Newsletter Articles

Being a peace maker, not a peace keeper

In Gosford, Australia, there is an Anglican church that has caught much attention with its eye-catching billboards that call out hypocritical Christianity, comment on Australian politics, and advocate for love, acceptance, and tolerance each week. 656 more words


Jobless Rate Lowest Since 2001

(Originally published in MIRS, August 17, 2016)

Michigan’s unemployment rate fell in July to 4.5 percent, the lowest rate in Michigan since January 2001.

Michigan’s unemployment rate has continued to move incrementally downward in 2016, sustaining a mostly descending trend since July 2009. 201 more words

Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance

Design sprints for visitor experience advocacy: 5 lessons from the British Museum

This is the second in a two-part series about running design sprints in museums. The first post discussed using design sprints for content development at Phoenix Art Museum, and this post examines how the… 1,318 more words

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