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Pepco Providing 3,000 Free Trees to Maryland and DC Customers


From Bob Hainey: In its second year as an Arbor Day Foundation partner, Pepco is providing 3,000 free trees to customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia through the Energy-Saving Trees program. One thousand trees will be available for each Pepco jurisdiction in the District of Columbia, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Launched as a pilot initiative in 2011, the Energy-Saving Trees program conserves energy and reduces household electricity bills through strategic tree planting.

Pepco customers can reserve their free trees today at arborday.org/pepcotrees.

Fashion Fights Poverty Hosts 7th Annual Fashion Gala on Saturday, March 31st

Fashion Fights Poverty Hosts 7th Annual Fashion Gala on Saturday, March 31st





Fashion Fights Poverty Celebrates 7th Annual Fashion Gala

Fashion Fights Poverty (FFP), the organization dedicated to raising awareness on the fight against global poverty through the world of fashion, will host its 7th Annual Gala on Saturday, March 31st, 2012  at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Boulevard) in Arlington, Virginia.  Tickets are $75 (General) and $150 (VIP).

Proceeds from this year’s gala will support FFP’s programs, including Woodrow Wilson High Clothing & Textile Program, Fashion Fights Poverty Summer Fashion Camp, Vocational Internship/Mentoring Program, and the Detroit Lives Partnership Project, among others.

Highlighting one of FFP’s core values to dress responsibly, the 2012 Dress Responsibly Gala is FFP’s largest presentation yet.

Follow Your Yellow Brick Road

Wouldn’t it be great if we could click our heels together and presto, we’d have instant positive self talk and confidence. Ah, if only…

I remember when my daughter was a little girl. She was obsessed with the movie the Wizard of Oz. For several weeks in a row we’d go down to the Museum of American History, second floor, pop culture section. She would stand there just staring at Dorothy’s shoes and clicking her own heels together. The focus then was on the red shoes and how cute Toto was. As my kids grew up they learned the real message in the movie...having the faith to believe in yourself. And naturally, confidence followed.

It has been many years since we watched the movie together and at holiday time we did just that. Our conversation was not about the red shoes, it was about the message in the Wizard of Oz. My daughter remembered that point in the movie where Glenda, the good witch, said to Dorothy “You’ve always had the power, my dear. You’ve had it all along.”

Recharge Your Battery

What would it feel like to wake up excited and go to sleep fulfilled? Does it sound like a way you would like to live your life? It does for me! And I don’t mean in a “Pollyanna” way or walking around with a smile on my face all the time.

What I have noticed and heard from friends, colleagues and clients is that the lofty goals they set for themselves in 2012 are beginning to fade…as they usually do in the first quarter of the year.

I want to take a stand for you! Recharge your battery if it’s beginning to run low from the hustle and bustle.  

I am vigilant about practicing my positive self-talk strategies and resiliency techniques and tips.  I take good care of myself by eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and practicing breathing techniques that physiologically ground a person throughout the day. If you are doing any of these you are headed in the right direction. If not, begin now. Be vigilant with your health.

Is Social Networking Social Suicide?

Is Social Networking Social Suicide?

Social networking has been and still is a big part of our lives. For some of us, it's our whole lives.

But, it can ruin your life before the blink of an eye and put you to shame. I’ve always said that Facebook should come with a sign that says: “handle with care.” Every time I tell someone that, I get the same reaction: the silent smile, the nod and shaking of the head at the same time. How tragic.

Facebook was invented in 2004 and has 845 million active users with different opinions, different personalities from different locations. That’s what makes it so fun, so mysterious and makes it so easy to find friends that you didn’t even know you had.

Who needs them? Nobody knows, but what we do know is that 5000 friends on Facebook makes you cool. How tragic.