The O+ Festival: Chicago and Me

I am excited to announce that I have accepted the position of Clinic Manager for the O+ Festival, being held in Chicago on September 4-6.

So what is the O+ Festival you ask?

The non-profit O+ Festival (pronounced o-positive) connects musicians, artists, and health & wellness providers for weekend-long celebrations featuring concerts and performances, art making, and wellness offerings for the entire community.

In this capacity I am the organizational babe for the health and wellness activities within the O+ pop up clinic over the 2 days it will be running. But before the Festival begins I have to get practitioners on board to staff the clinic.  Also, I am looking for practitioners to work our fundraiser on June 26.

I am looking for, but not limited to, the following practitioners who would be willing to volunteer their time and talents to help our creative community sustain itself.
• Acupuncturists
• Audiologists
• Chiropractors
• Dental Hygienists
• Dentists
• Doctors
• Energy Workers
• Gynecologists
• Homeopaths
• Massage therapists
• Nurses
• Nutritionists
• Optometrists
• Podiatrists
• Psychotherapists
• Reflexologists
• Reiki Practitioners

Contact me or go to the website and complete the practitioner application or the volunteer application and we will contact you.

I hope that my excitement is contagious and it spurs you on to volunteer, donate and/or participate in this historic event.

Upcoming May Event


Crystal River Gifts,
310 N La Fox St # 1,
South Elgin, IL 60177
(224) 535-8708

Saturday, May 16  -10:00 am until 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 17 – Noon until 5:00 PM

I have several slots still available on each day. Call for appointment.

Keep Aidan with his Father

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I received this from a friend of mine – he’s a great dad who is trying to keep his special needs son but the laws of the state of Arizona are not in his favor. Please help if you can and also repost his request on your Facebook or other social network site and comment on it so your friends notice it.  He really needs financial help to pay for his attorneys – OR  if you can help him legally, introduce his cause to any people of note you know, or even lift a prayer of hope for him and Aidan- anything will be much appreciated.


“I am desperately fighting for my son, Aidan. He has so much potential, he is so brilliant, there is someone very special in that wee soul of his. I’m struggling to protect him from being abused further by his mother, and keeping him out of foster or institutional care here in Phoenix as well.

I am looking for people who are willing to endorse him, sharing his story just once a day for a month. It could mean keeping him out of an institution or foster care here in Arizona. It could mean changing the life of one little boy for good.

That’s a picture of my son. He’s an eight year old, Autistic, ADHD kid with emotional and gastrointestinal issues. He’s a brilliant, and his favorite things are science, Lego’s and electronic music. I want what any parent wants, to give my son the best chance at a happy, healthy life. We need help, and we need it urgently as we rebuild our lives.

We’re taking those first steps of healing after suffering from years of dysfunction and abuse. The single biggest obstacle, the greatest source of stress, anxiety, and pain in our lives has been removed from our home. My son’s mother and my now ex-partner is now awaiting trial on charges of assault. There is currently an order of protection against her as well.

No more hearing my son cry after his mother screams at him “I hate you, you little sh-t”. No more being told “you’re a fat, useless, piece of sh-t!” by my partner. Now, I’m the single parent of a special needs son who depends on me to love, cherish, and protect him.
I do not want to lose my son, but here in Arizona an unmarried father has very limited rights, and I have to sue to get custody due to the laws of Arizona. I want to protect my son from the possibilities of more abuse, or the horrors of foster care in Arizona.

A sympathetic father’s rights attorney has been found but funds are needed to secure his services. A sympathetic father’s rights attorney has been found but funds are needed to secure his services. Please follow the link, read what’s going on, and how you can support this. Help me get the word out. Please, help me protect my son.

I taught my son: “‘Ohana means family. Family means no-one gets left behind. Or, forgotten.”
Thank You
JM Firecloud. “

The sadness

It is with a heavy heart that I inform my readers that Vinny Garcia passed this morning. He was a gentle giant of a man who loved many thing and embraced the gift of being alive. The world is a much colder place without him. Vinny loved – Son, brother, friend, husband, father- his greatest joys were his wife Michelle and their 3 children, Gabe, Sofi and Oliver.
I know the family is still in financial crisis. Please, at this time of giving, consider making a donation to the family that Vinny left behind. Any and all will be accepted and appreciated. Thank you.

Hope is a beautiful thing – Let’s kick despair in the ass

I just got this update from my friend Michelle about Vinny. It’s an amazing story and a little hope goes a long way. If you are considering making a donation this holiday season, please consider donating to Michelle and Vinny. Every penny will be used for the purpose intended and you will be helping a local family continue to be a family.

Michelle Garcia
If I ever doubted there was someone/something above us I sure don’t today. I’ve been quiet, I’ve have so many things to do, and so many things to worry about. All the while trying to be by vinnys side. I have such a hard time leaving the hospital. When I do I get sick to my stomach, so it’s just not a good idea. Those of you who know me know that I was the same way when Oliver was born. Yesterday afternoon I was given some of the worst news imaginable. I was told my husband showed very little sign of brain activity, if any. The doctors decided to take him off the presidex and see if he could start to respond. It seemed bleak and I was beside myself. I’m so grateful for the friends who were there for me. It honestly never occurred to me that I would ever have to say goodbye. I stayed awake as long as I could but there was little change. There was a brain scan scheduled for the morning so I went to sleep. Well, sort of. When I woke up I went to vinny, I fixed his sheets, covered his feet, held his hand and started to fix his breathing tube. I was crying, and I said I love you, please just look at me, I need you to look at me. He turned his head, on his own, opened his eyes and started to cry. I had my husband back. The rest of the day I felt like I was in a dream. He cleared the brain activity test, got a new catheter for the dialysis, they started removing the excess fluids (130cc per hour) and they removed the restraints. He began to move his arms a little, he squeezed my hand, he nodded slightly when asked questions. His biggest complaint is the breathing tube. He hates it. The doctor said that if we can get his potassium to 4 and he continues to tolerate the removal of fluid he will get the tube removed possibly tomorrow. He will also be put on regular dialysis and not the slow machine he is currently on. The nurses continue to blow mind. The current nurse, patti, figured out that I have made her thanksgiving pies for the last 9 years! Not last year or this year of course due to the sudden closure, but hearing from a very happy customer really made my day. It also made me pretty sad. Thanksgiving was my second favorite holiday to bake for. Today was the best day of my life. My husband is going to live, he is going to walk out of that hospital and he is going to get his life back. We both are. Thank you all for the continued support. You are all amazing people.