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BlogHer conference connects

BlogHer conference in NYC July 17 & 18

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

I am sharing this through my new blogger friend Cheryl Stober, a syndicated blogger on the  BlogHer platform. She has been blogging for eight years, at a time when I was chasing after stories and yawning at  township meetings for print media.

“You gotta cover that,” said the editor also yawning, “It’s our bread and butter you know.”

Among hundreds of posts, Stober caught my attention with her nice piece about getting ready for the conference. I was bummed that I couldn’t go so I literally devoured the article and commented and I got a comment back. And there you go we were friends.

My new BlogHer buddy Cheryl Stober
My new BlogHer buddy Cheryl Stober

“I hope to meet you at the conference next year,” she wrote. “Follow me on @cherylstober.”

Her article included getting new business cards and clothes for the event. Of course fashion police at these conferences are on their toes.

Today, Stober tweeted she had lunch with my favorite Glee star, Gwyneth Paltrow. who is a keynote speaker at the conference. I am jealous, no just kidding.

Following #BlogHer15 via Cheryl Stober
Following #BlogHer15 via Cheryl Stober






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Happy birthday America

Celebrate Independence Day

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- I love the Fourth of July holiday for many reasons. Most of all the Independence Day reminds me of my independence when I decided on my own free will to leave my homeland Czech Republic to pursue a better future in America.

Most of my dreams have come true and I am working on the ones that haven’t materialized yet. I am grateful to this great country that I have the freedom to express myself without censorship, that I can fly as high as I choose to, that I can be a woman entrepreneur.

Lowell Showboat decked out for July 4th
Lowell Showboat decked out for July 4th

While honoring the past in Czech Republic, I am moving ahead with life in the USA. Sometimes seemingly small steps lead to bigger victories. The path is not always straight, it winds and twists much like life itself. We now have deep roots in USA with the fourth generation already born here on the continent right at Bronson and Borgess hospitals in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

I trust that Josephine, 19 months old and the new guy will be fully bilingual in this ever-changing world. I know they will be able to travel to the old country to trace their roots and marvel at the European culture, try some Czech beer and the national dish; pork, dumplings and sauerkraut.

Have a burger, a Budweiser and a great holiday,

Emma and the EW team

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Inspiring Women

Inspiring women set examples

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- They inspire us. We look up to them. We admire them. We grow stronger by emulating them.

In the “Inspiring Women” series, the EW team will be talking to some of the influential women in the area.

Orchids in full bloom
Mystic orchids

How do they handle stress, illness, fame, hardship or multi-tasking in light of daily activities?

What makes them strong and resilient?

They keep reinventing themselves, they assimilate or stand out. They’re comedic and serious. They range from trail coordinators, founders of women’s organizations, chamber directors, ministers to local authors, actresses and artists.

What keeps them going in face adversity, controversy and lack of funding? How do they overcome everyday obstacles that bind or deter us?

They never give up until they reach their goal. Call it determination, passion and love for what they do.

But, most of all they’re wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends.

They have families and never-ending domestic responsibilities. The husband is waiting for dinner; somebody needs to wash the dishes and do the laundry.

Social pressures require they look good and fit, and up to speed with changing times. Sometimes they have to put on a mask of happiness, while deep inside they’re burning like a candle. They don’t give into gossip and lies, deceit or danger.

A strange engine inside keeps them humming.

Read about them over the next weeks and celebrate with them the International Women’s Day worldwide on March 8.

About the featured photo:

Artist Kathleen Mooney painted this picture influenced by Gee Bend’s quilts.


Sow Hope


Kathleen Mooney art



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Looking back at 2014

2014 delivered joy, sadness and surprises

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI – From big anniversaries and baptisms to big weddings, we experienced it all. From joy to sadness, we gained new life and lost loved ones.

First in January I celebrated my one year anniversary with WordPress. It was a year of learning and finding my true self. I found out that I am a better employer than an employee. A Swedish friend of mine laughed at that.

I found out that it’s better to give than to receive. So, I also started a blog for my sister-in-law CJ Aunt Jarmilka’s Desserts for her bakery business soon after my own. CJ also celebrated her one year anniversary of blogging.

Sizzlin Summer
Sizzlin Summer concerts in Lowell

In March, I went for my annual retreat in Venice, Florida and I swam with the dolphins. While I was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, Samuel Chavent was born two months prematurely in Dijon, France to my daughter Emma and her husband Adrien.

As I walked from one beach to another, and saw divers, I found inspiration for a new story.

I started my walking routine to the Franciscan Sisters in April for the first time in 15 years without my dog Haryk. He was getting too sick to walk. I also celebrated 100 posts on Earth Day.

100 Posts
Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience nature center

“You’re a prolific writer,” said Alan Blanchard, former publisher of the Ionia Sentinel-Standard in 2000.

We had a baptism in May in Kalamazoo. My husband Ludek is the godfather to Josephine Marie Palova.

I scored a great career success in May. I got my blog into the Gatehouse Media, a 10-million reader market through the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.

We also bought tons of meat at the Jones Meat Market customer appreciation day for the upcoming international wedding party.

March Expo
Bluegrass band Eazy Idle with Dave Simmonds

Then came the summer we never had. I watered my gardens exactly twice. We had enough liquid precipitation to water the moon.

To be continued…..

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Holiday moods

Christmas in the Grand Rapids area

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Following is a picture essay of the holiday season in the Grand Rapids area, Michigan. From big events such as the annual Christmas party for the ABC Undercar employees in  Amway Grand Plaza counting 400 people to a small pioneer one-room school house in Fallasburg Historic Park. That all happened in one day on Dec. 13, 2014. I was overwhelmed by the disparity of both events. One was like a magical kingdom, the other inviting like a tiny cottage in the woods. Enjoy.

Holidays in Grand Rapids
The lobby of Amway Grand Plaza was decked out for Christmas.

The humble one-room school house, home to the Fallasburg Historical Society.

Fallassburg Park
The annual Christmas fundraiser for the Fallasburg Historical Society.

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