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The Public – Hope Gardens: A New Residence for Homeless

(by Karen Carman) This past December, Hope Gardens opened its doors on the East Side of Buffalo. Hope Gardens is a newly built, 20-unit, permanent supportive housing project designed to meet the needs of women who have experienced chronic homelessness. Women...
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Tank Watch: 40 days by @LukeWachob

Welcome back to the Sabres Tank Watch. The clock is at 40 days, with 19 games remaining. In last week’s preview, the best case scenario was a 9 point cushion between Buffalo and the 29th place Oilers, while the worst possible outcome was finding the Sabres in 29th, 1 point ahead of Edmonton. So, on […]
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How to Make Friends and Control the World

They say writing is a solitary profession. I’m not exactly sure who, “they” are, but apparently it’s group valued for their wisdom. Hopefully it’s also a collective not easily insulted, because for my nickel, “they” are wrong. When words demand release from my writer’s soul, they tumble out in two forms—personal life reflections and fiction […]
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How to Make Friends and Control the World

They say writing is a solitary profession. I’m not exactly sure who, “they” are, but apparently it’s group valued for their wisdom. Hopefully it’s also a collective not easily insulted, because for my nickel, “they” are wrong. When words demand release from my writer’s soul, they tumble out in two forms—personal life reflections and fiction […]
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Quote of the Day 3.2.15

“It’s true that it’s a solitary occupation,but you would be surprised at how much companionship a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them.”  – Anne Tyler
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Waking Up Into A Dream by @ScottyMCSS

Hey there, Sabres. Hi, Sabres fans. You’ve endured a hell of a time the past two seasons on the ice. The fanbase has been there with you, suffering the ups and downs of the tumultuous rebuild. You’ve had to emerge out of that locker room every game, and put up an intense physical effort for […]
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Religious Intolerance in the Workplace:

How to Safeguard Your Rights   by Alberta Parish Recently, a Georgia worker was unfairly terminated from his employment, because he wrote a religious book and distributed it among his coworkers. When I first heard this story, it reminded me of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution wherein the freedom of speech, of the […]
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On Byron Allen’s Class-Action Lawsuit

  by Zachary Husser Dear Family of Friends Network, After reading what Mr. Byron Allen has to say about Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network, the Urban League, the NAACP, Jessie Jackson, and a few others as it relates to Black Media NOT getting Advertising Dollars, I’m almost 100% in agreement with Allen! However, […]
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Higgins Calls for Vote on Clean, Long-Term Bill to Fund Homeland Security

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the statement below following today’s failure by Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Funding for the DHS will expire at midnight tonight, February 27, 2015, unless further action is taken.

“Political gamesmanship has our Homeland Security Department at the brink of shutdown.  At risk is our nation’s economy and security.

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On Being A Writer

I am a writer. Those words don’t come easily to me. In fact it’s only because of two special women that the four word phrase now lives in my mind and has become a part of my being. This evolution began last summer, during the final stages of editing my second book, Crown Hill. Throughout the process […]
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Quote of the Day 2.28.14

“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.” —R.L. Stine, […]