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Blackbird Diaries: When a Punch to the Head is a Good Thing

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Sometimes life grabs you, for better or worse and in small and significant ways, and slaps you upside the head. Sometimes it is a gentle reminder like this sign on Lincolnway at the Family & Youth Services Bureau to always keep your eyes open for good so that the evil or tumult of the world around us does not bring down the optimistic spirit inside.

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10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: Pierogi Festival, Midwest Brewers Brawl and Plenty More!


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Each weekend we bring you 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana so you are never without something to do! This weekend features Pierogi Festival, the 80th Anniversary of Sunset Hill Farm, concerts, comedy shows, fundraisers and plenty more!

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Spread the Word for a Benefit Concert in August 2014


2014-Valpo-Benefit-Concert-01Last year, I held a benefit concert at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valpo for my mother, Reva Hauber. In the past few years, she has been a victim of breast cancer, a double mastectomy, medical negligence, a massive heart attack, and most recently a stroke, leaving her severely disabled and unable to work

I held the benefit concert to aid in her payment of expensive physical therapy, as she was terminated from her employer after her absence from work was extended. Last year's concert was in June and it was in the 40's; a freezing day by June's standards. We did well all things considered, but physical therapy still looms on the horizon.

I am hosting yet another concert this year on August 9th from 5pm-10pm at the same location and I will also have a table set up for Dayspring Women's...

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Brian Harvey


Brian-HarveyBorn and raised in East Chicago, IN, Brian Harvey was helping people from a young age. Whether it was helping his family, protecting his friends in the neighborhood, or a random stranger, Harvey had a big heart from the start.

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What Students Don't Know


sparkforchange rotator2-newI am here to set the record straight once and for all. I am going to debunk a myth that too many people believe. You all must know the sacred truth that it is the students, NOT the teachers, who make the impact and have the biggest influence.

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Namaste, Mudathletes!


lauraleeYou all know that Anytime Fitness of Michigan City just went through some changes. There's more room, it's all squeaky clean, and there are now classes offered!

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So Close You Can Almost Feel the Mud


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Mudathlon is almost here! Let the panic ensue!!!

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City in the Spotlight: Whiting


whiting-graphicFor a city with close proximity to Chicago, access to Lake Michigan and a small-town feel, there is one option in Northwest Indiana. Whiting is the only city or town in Lake County that meets all three criteria, and 125 years after their incorporation, the city is as strong as ever.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana: Festival of the Lakes, Mudathlon, and Plenty More!

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Each weekend we bring you 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana so you are never without something to do! This weekend features the Festival of the Lake, a fun movie-themed firefighter meet-and-greet, free yoga, concerts, festivals fundraisers and more!

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A Northwest Indiana Life in the Spotlight: Deanna Proimos


deanna-proimosSeeing as how children are our future, we should make sure to invest in them, right? We need to show them love, encouragement, and guidance so that we can ensure that our kids have the best chances for the brightest futures. 

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A Spark for Change: It Isn't the Critic Who Counts


sparkforchange rotator5I have spent my whole life trying to please. I wanted to be liked by everyone. I wanted everyone to be proud of me. I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to make someone else happy. Basically, I was looking for validation from every single person who I came in contact with, and all I did was set myself up for years of frustration. Even when I did everything I thought I could to make everyone else happy, there were still people who didn't like me or what I was doing. There were times I was completely ripped apart by people even when I did my absolute best.

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