Donna Smaldone
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Monday / April 30 / 2012

There’s always a way out

(photo courtesy of photobucket.com)
(photo courtesy of photobucket.com)

My co-worker (and WonderTwin) John Marcantonio called an impromptu meeting in the sales suite last week. Like dutiful colleagues, we all traipsed our way in, not once asking, “why?!” (we never ask). Without saying a word, he played us the following 40-second commercial…

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Monday / April 23 / 2012

Why I chose to share heroine with a group of high school students

Members of the Warrensburg High School Band and chaperones (including me -- but I'm behind the camera!) on the set of "Stomp" in NYC (April 20, 2012)
Members of the Warrensburg High School Band and chaperones (including me — but I’m behind the camera!) on the set of “Stomp” in NYC (April 20, 2012)

“When we get back on the bus, you need to come sit and talk with us,” implored Tyler, one of the two dozen high school band students on the New York City excursion.

“Yes!,” I agreed with a smile. “I have a story to share with you…”

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Tuesday / April 17 / 2012

Why you shouldn’t fill the hole in your heart

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(photo courtesy of photobucket.com)

I hear a lot of talk about hearts with empty holes. From those who contend with tragedy — to fellow depression-sufferers — to people in religious circles. It’s everywhere.

The thing that makes my left eye twitch is when people condescendingly throw out Read the full story…

Wednesday / April 11 / 2012

Sissy Laughter: the milk out your nose kind

Me and my Sissy. Pure, unadulterated joy. (April 2012)
Me and my Sissy. Pure, unadulterated joy. (April 2012)

Cut from completely different fabrics — she like our sweet-tempered Momma, me like our feisty Grandmother — my sister Debbie and I never thought we looked alike. That was until we were both in our brother Mark’s wedding, wearing the same exact dress, donning the same exact hair style.

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Monday / April 09 / 2012

Growing up Racette: splashy-splashy

(Street sign in Lake Placid, New York)
(Street sign in Lake Placid, New York)

Growing up Racette was, well… magical on many levels. There were boundaries and consequences, yes, but all sprinkled with a dash of, “I dare you!”

As part of my blogging experience, I will occasionally share “Growing up Racette” moments with the hopes of sowing dream seeds into your soul. Read the full story…