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Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author speaks to Kadima

Julie Yolles Social Scene Columnist

6:03 p.m. EDT May 7, 2015

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Kadima is a Southfield-based nonprofit organization that has provided support services to adults and children with mental illness for the past 30 years. Their tag line is “healthy body, healthy mind.” In that spirit, Kadima hosted a luncheon at the Townsend Hotel recently to help women find balance in their lives.

“You never know somebody’s story,” said Barbi Bell, a senior teacher at Yoga Shelter, which has eight locations in metro Detroit. “Yoga creates a sense of balance in my life.”

Bell introduced University of Michigan graduate Marci Shimoff, who is the New York Times #1 best-selling author and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

“Are you a victim or a victor?” Shimoff asked the sold-out crowd. “The victim mentality is to blame, shame and complain and not take responsibility for your own happiness.”

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Instead, Shimoff recommends “living your life with all your heart and all your soul.”

“Have a kind mind. Give love, service and appreciation” and, she adds “live your passion and dreams.”

A Really Big Night Out

While cancer is certainly no laughing matter, the late comedienne Gilda Radner tried to find the funny in life while living with the disease. So, Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit Chapter is holding its annual funny fundraiser with stand-up comic Johnny Beehner as the headliner of the evening, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Patrons will enjoy a strolling dinner with some of the area’s top restaurants, silent auction and the performance. Tickets are $75-$500 and can be reserved by calling 248-577-0800 or email mcrosslin@gildasclubdetroit.org

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Dueling Davidsons

It will be a busy weekend for Ethan and Gretchen Davidson. The artistic couple are the Entertainment Sponsors for the College for Creative Studies (CCS) Student Exhibition Opening Collectors’ Preview on Friday, May 15 from 5:30-10 p.m. Besides getting the opportunity to purchase graduating students’ artwork, guests are likely to hear a set or two from the Davidson’s during the strolling party and exhibition at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education in Detroit. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/seo or call 313-664-7464.

Contact Julie Yolles at socialscenejulie@gmail.com or leave a message at 248-642-9465.

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