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Freedom is NOT FREE: Up front and Personal with Wounded Warrior Staff Sergeant Lani Abalama

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., M.S. Many Americans have lost their lives and have been wounded protecting our freedoms. I had the opportunity to sit next to wounded warrior, Staff Sergeant Lani Abalama who is currently stationed at Fort Knox at the 2011 Vets ‘n Vettes. Staff Sgt. Abalama agreed to let me interview him while we were at lunch. I jokingly accused Staff Sgt. Abalama of being very confused when he told me he had first served in the Marines for 7 ½ years and then transferred to the Army. He can officially retire from the military in 7…


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Vets ‘n Vettes Matches a Vet with a Wounded Warrior

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. My Facebook friend, April Kauffman, from New Jersey, invited me to Annual Vets ‘n Vettes three-day event which was held November 3 – 5 at the National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green.  I had never toured the museum and was anxious to meet April, this human dynamo from New Jersey, so I attended the event and was able to check off both things on my bucket list. Facebook Friends to Face-to-Face Friends! April and I became  Facebook friends because I am an outspoken advocate for our military and their families.   I am a…


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This day in Louisville history…94 years ago!

I know we’ve all heard the quote by Margaret Mead ~ and I cringe to use because of its overuse… Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. As volunteers and staff with Metro United Way work almost around the clock during this time of year on the largest charitable campaign in our region, it’s nice to stop and reflect on our beginnings.  Metro United Way began in 1917 as the Louisville Federation of Social Agencies, the first its kind below the Mason-Dixon line. Brothers…


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Fund for the Arts Listened and Acted

Last week the Fund for the Arts unveiled a new revenue stream for non-profit arts groups in the community. I say, “Way to think outside of the box!” and “Thank you!”  I had the pleasure of going to one of the first demos for the Louisville site Power2give.org. We have to give kudos to Charlotte, North Carolina’s Arts and Science Council for their brainchild, Power2give.org. Charlotte unveiled their site in late August and has seen successful results with funding in their area. What is power2give.org? In a nutshell it is “an online cultural marketplace designed to connect donors with projects…


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Benefits of Volunteering

  Did you hear the one about the woman, the priest, two ministers and a rabbi? Sounds like the lead-in for a joke, doesn’t it? Here’s the real story.  It was a woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi who founded the nation’s very first United Way campaign in Denver, back in 1887.  They raised $21,000 for local charities that year. Volunteering is an American tradition.  Ben Franklin founded the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia back in 1736.  The American Red Cross dates to 1881. Where would our communities be without volunteers? Last year 63 million Americans volunteered…


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Bell Awards and Give a Day

Last week I had the pleasure of honoring a friend, mentor and co-worker, Mary Sullivan, at the WLKY Bell Awards. She was one of 10 chosen for her service and dedication to this community by The Spirit of Louisville Foundation. Tune in to WLKY tomorrow,  October 15,  from 9 to 10 p.m. to see the full presentation on all the winners. Each one chosen is unique in his or her service, but all have done great things for a great many people (and animals, too!) over many years. More than one of us wiped a tear as we heard about World War II…


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Doulapalooza! Music, Midwives, Moms….More!

      A doula is a trained professional who accompanies a woman, a couple, through labor with continuous physical, emotional and informational support. We offer non-medical care with comfort and focusing measures and support the woman’s desires in goals for the birth of her child in both hospital and home environments. Just over 12 years ago, I trained to become at doula- labor coach, if you will, via the Seattle Midwifery School. One of my decisions to return home to Louisville was Birth Care Network was getting organized and I wanted to become a part of the birth advocate community…



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Tedeschi-Trucks and Ken-Ducks Rule This Weekend

This is one of those colossal Louisville weekends — with so much to do and all without crossing a bridge. I want to point out and promote two big events for good causes, which is not in any way to dismiss the Idea Festival or the NuLu Fest, both of which I have plans to attend. On Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cadinal Stadium, there will something a lot more entertaining than a football game going on. The southern Blues of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band will play to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The husband-wife team of Derrick Trucks and Susan…


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Sailing for a Cure Foundation holds regatta on the Ohio this weekend!

Many of you know I have been around boats most of my life, getting out on the Ohio is always great fun and I can handle a pretty big ship when I have to. There is one battle(ship) I haven’t faced, but some folks in our community have, and thats Leukemia & Lymphoma. I have had a few friends afflicted, and recovered, so you just never know who or how you may be touched by this disease. As we enjoy this fabulous Thursday Fall-like  weather, and gear up for a great weekend, lets “raise a sail” and head down to…