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April B.

April Brownlee is a professional fundraiser and freelance writer. She was born and raised in the Panhandle, holds a degree in mass communications and started her career in TV news. Married and mom to three kids age 9, 6 and 4 April likes to joke that in her "spare time" she gets to take a shower. But in all actuality, April is a book nerd, a wanna-be chef with absolutely no knife skills, a reality TV junkie, a follower of all things political, and a shop-a-holic. A fan of the "knowledge is power" mantra, April also likes to chat about two subjects that are very close to her--food allergies and children with special needs.
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“Her” Story – An Outsider Sharing a Moment with Strangers

A crowd gathered, so many people they were almost smushed, inside the small corner they had claimed in the hospital waiting room. Some were clearly family. You could tell by the obvious resemblance. One woman introduced herself as "her" co-worker. I still don't know who "she" is, but as I sat in the surgery waiting room this week, waiting for news on my loved one, I listened intently, almost mesmerized by the goings-on across the room from me. I began to think of it as "her" corner.

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The Year of No Resolutions

My social media feeds are full of everybody's new year's resolutions. My email in-box is overflowing with tips and products to help anyone achieve any goal, from the 10 resolutions for the fiscally savvy to celebrity slim-down secrets. Whatever about me needs changing, help is just a click away.

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Through My Child’s Eyes

This week, I am absolutely digging this story posted on the Huffington Post parents feed.

It's all about the way one family told their son he has Down syndrome. I love how the kid just basically shrugs his shoulders and goes on about his day, the weight of what his parents had known for so long having absolutely no impact.

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My Kind of Christmas – A Little Bit of Sparkly New Mixed With a Heaping Spoonful of Tradition and Memory Making

I just love the Christmas season. I love the warmth and glitz you see everywhere. I love how sparkly everything is, with just a little oomph you don't see the rest of the year. I love the deals. I love how everything is packaged so nicely in pretty boxes with bows and ribbons. You don't see that the rest of the year.

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Snack Pak 4 Kids Serving 3800 Children in the Texas Panhandle – Here’s How You Can Help

While working on a freelance writing project this week, I learned something that is kind of shocking to me. There are children at every school in Amarillo going hungry on the weekends. Every school. Even in the "upscale" neighborhoods. Even in your neighborhood. Sometimes, I am guilty of living in my happy little bubble of oblivion. This is one of those times. I literally had no idea. Certainly, I assumed this must be true at some of our schools. But ALL of them? My mind has been blown and my bubble burst. 

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