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WHYY Interview: Coping with Life’s Challenges

On April 1, 2009, Nancy Karibjanian from WHYY interviewed me for a segment called Newsmakers on a program called Delaware Tonight.

The title of the segment is Coping with Life’s Challenges.

It’s now 6 months later and thanks to Ray Buchta from Delaware Digital Video Factory, I am finally posting the video here at Thanks Ray!


Thanks, Thanks and Thanks again

Thank Carol Arnott, from News4Women, for contacting WHYY on my behalf. Without Carol’s help this interview would have never happened. I also want to thank Megan Pinto, Nancy Karibjanian and WHYY for giving me permission to use this footage. Thank you to my pal, Francesca, at CMP Designs in Trolley Square for taming and beautifying my hair for the taping. She worked magic on my mop!

Team Giggle On E-Eaces the Blues

Team Giggle On is still accepting new members for the October 25th E-Eacing the Blues walk in Wilmington, Delaware. This charity event benefits the Mental Health Association in Delaware. If you live out of state or far-far-away and want to participate by making a financial contribution to Team Giggle On, I would be most grateful.

My Silver Lining, Kelli Karlton

I would also like to acknowledge and thank my friend, partner and co-captain for Team Giggle On, Kelli Karlton, for her support with Giggle On, her dedication to raising awareness about mental health issues and her leadership and commitment to the Support Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss. Kelli and I were brought together because of the loss of our loved ones and we gained a beautiful friendship. There is ALWAYS a silver lining!

Laugh Off Stress with Christa

If you’d like to laugh off some stress with me in a Laughter Yoga class, come out to the Hindu Temple in Hockessin, Delaware, Wednesday night at 6:15 pm. All you need is a willingness to laugh – I’ll help you with the rest.

Remember: Don’t Give Up! Giggle On!

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Like, yo – I’m famous

Like, yo – I’m famous.

Ok, not really famous, not Kate Hudson, Sean Penn or Sean Connery famous but I am in the Limelight at the News4Women site this week. Is this my 15 minutes of fame  – Andy Warhol style? I dunno.

Make sure you read to the end of this post for some juicy dish about moi. It’s a confession. Rumor has it – something BIG is happening for me (to me) next month! B-I-G!

Here is the question and answer section from my Limelight spot. If you want to be in the Limelight visit the News4Women site.

  1. Success can be defined in many ways. How do you define success?
    Success is the opportunity to learn, grow and experience joy.
  2. If you could have a conversation with a particular individual, living or dead, who would it be and why?
    Einstein. I bet he would have helped me with my high school physics homework.
  3. Tell us about your favorite book or author.
    Jim Rohn’s wrote “Change Begins with Choice” and his words resonate deeply in my heart. “Any day we wish; we can discipline ourselves to change it all. Any day we wish; we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge.” We have the ability to totally transform every area in our lives – it all begins with our own power of choice.
  4. What is something readers of NEWS4Women would be surprised to learn about you?
    I once was a professional chef. I rarely cook now but I still have my chef hat and a complete set of J.A. Henckels knives. Mangia!
  5. Confess a guilty pleasure- come on, we all have them!
    Chocolate covered espresso beans.
  6. If you were given $10,000 to make a difference in your community how would you spend it?
    I would use the $10,000 as seed money to develop and facilitate grief retreats for adults who lost a loved one to suicide. Suicide prevention, education and support for survivors of suicide is a cause near and dear to my heart.

NEWS4Women was founded by Carol E. Arnott

Carol’s passion to support other women through social and professional connections grew from her experience as a woman business owner, a social activist, and from a sincere desire to help other women. Carol recognized that women are not only a major economic force, but are also largely responsible for social change in our communities.

By providing a collaborative community of education and empowerment NEWS4Women promotes economic opportunity for women and supports nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life for our families.

Carol and are are two similar peas in a similar pod. We are both business owners and visionaries AND we have really cool cartoon caricatures of ourselves! If you want a cool cartoon of yourself, email me and I’ll tell you how to get one.

Salud’ to you Carol and to NEWS4Women! You embody the Giggle On! spirit and we thank you for making the world a better place.

Next NEWS4Women Event and other BIG News

The next News4Women event is March 2nd (rescheduled to 3/9 due to snow) at Deep Blue Restaurant in Wilmington, DE.  We are supporting the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and rumor has it…drum roll pu~lease… I will be celebrating my last night as a 30 year old.

On March 3rd, I turn 40. Gulp! and DOH!

[Did I just admit that?]

Click here to register for the News4Women MS Event at Deep Blue online.

In case you are wondering what to wear to Deep Blue, may I suggest this Giggle On! shirt for the ladies? I’ll be wearing mine!

I hope to see you there.

Giggle On!

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Sip Wine, Support Kids

Support Charity, Drink Wine

Last Monday night I attended a WINE4Women charity and networking event at Domaine Hudson Wine Bar & Eatery.

Proprietors, Tom and Meg Hudson, graciously hosted a group of mostly local woman as we sipped wine, made new friends and raised money for a local charity near and dear to my heart, Supporting Kidds.


Helping Children Cope

Supporting Kidds is a center for supporting and educating bereaved children, their families and the larger community in which they live. I visited the facility last year and was deeply touched by the education, therapy, love and support the professional staff provides to local children and their families.

Children experience overwhelming feelings when someone close to them dies – sadness, confusion, shock, fear, anger, guilt and worry.

In the midst of these reactions, children must also struggle with the reality of what has happened and manage a multitude of changes in their daily routines that accompany loss.

Children look to adults for cues on dealing with their new circumstances following a death. Yet parents and guardians often are overwhelmed or unsure about how to help them. Supporting Kidds can help.

Supporting Kidds welcomes a new leader

My new friend, Patti Tillotson, Ph D, is the new Executive Director of Kidds. Patti lost her daughter to suicide and is the founder of Steps For Steph, an organization that raises funds for teen suicide prevention through online charitable shopping. I had the privilege and honor of meeting Patti at the Out of The Darkness walk last fall. Patti is an inspiration to me and I wish her the very best in her new role at Kidds.

Women Supporting Women, enter Carol Arnott

Another woman deserving of kudos is the creator of the Wine4Women Sip to Support event, Carol E. Arnott. Carol is the Chief Visionary Officer and founder of NEWS4Women, a Network to Encourage Women’s Support, to help promote economic growth for Delaware women, advocates for social issues affecting families, and unites women to provide a powerful voice through programs, information, and an active social network in Delaware and the surrounding areas.

Annie, Jen and me getting our Giggle On! at Domaine Hudson. Photo courtesy of Lindy Powers.

Giggle On! Kudos

I want to thank my friend Annie for inviting me to this event. Thank you Carol for creating a way for Delawareans to Sip to Support charity. Thank you to Tom and Meg Hudson for hosting us at Domaine Hudson. If you live in the Wilmington area, and haven’t yet sipped wine and dined at Domaine, please stop by. You won’t be sorry. Thank you Lindy Powers from Lindy Powers Photography for the wonderful photograph you took of me with my friends Annie and Jen.

And thank you to the Academy. It was a pleasure just to be nominated…oops, wrong speech. Scratch that. *laughing*

If you know a bereaved child in the Wilmington area who needs help, please direct their parent or caregiver to the Supporting Kidds web site.


Supporting Kidds helps children get their Giggles Back!

God Bless the staff at Supporting Kidds! Keep up the great job.

NEWS4Women will be at Deep Blue Bar and Grill next month supporting the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I will be at the event with my friends Kathy and Kristin celebrating my last night as a 30-something. Oy-veh. Happy Birthday to me!

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