Thursday, November 11, 2010

Defining a Leading Lady

There's a new definition of a "Leading Lady."  It's about more than being the wife of a powerful man or the star of a blockbuster movie. 

For the past several years, 107.9 the Link has brought new life to those words.  What started as a simple idea to recognize a few stellar women has turned into the best kind of campaign.  With the help of Leigh Brown from Remax Signature Properties and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, we are able to tell the stories of 30 courageous and inspirational women.  Their dedication changes lives and motivates others to do the same.  Nominated by friends, family or co-workers they are exceptional leaders.

I wish you could have been at the Palmer Building tonight.  You'd have left feeling hopeful... feeling like you'd been a part of something very special.  We handed out awards and gave a $5,000 check to our leading lady of the year, Elizabeth Woods.  Elizabeth lost her husband in the war in Afghanistan.  Now she reaches out to other young widows with her organization Soul Widows.

All of the nominees were so deserving of recognition.  It's been my honor to learn from them each week.  I also stand in awe of the co-workers who do ALL of the heavy lifting to make the program possible.  If you missed the event, here's a peek at what happened on stage ...
My mom Wheezy, in United Methodist Woman mode, delivering the invocation
Our VP Rick giving the shortest speech of all time

Sheri dazzling the crowd with a heartfelt, off-the-cuff address
Matt's comedic awards announcements along with an amazing tribute
Sponsors like the Y's Molly Thompson and Leigh Brown from Remax, sounding more like Leading Ladies
    than advertisers
Delicious dinner from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Beautiful floral arrangements from Flowers of Charlotte
Glasses filled with Cambria Wine

and behind the scenes..

Frank, Bob, Angela, Piper and a host of part-timers working their bottom's off to make sure the video, audio, set, check-in and clean-up went off without a hitch. 
From Diane Pugh, the sales star who found our fabulous sponsors, to our promotions team lead by Matt D., Brad and Jennifer... there are people in every department who nurtured the campaign.

I was filled with gratitude as I watched the Leading Ladies program come to an end for 2010.  The interviews we aired each week, thoughtfully edited by Joe McLane, often brought me to tears and inspired me to strive for the extraordinary.  I look forward to doing it all over again next year. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Best Freebies!

I found a new site that I luv.  Each year they list the top freebies.  I'm diggin' this year's line-up.


If you're a member of Sam's Club or Costco, you can get free tech support -- even if you didn't buy your computer from them.

Or, for PC problems, anyone can head to or for free help. You can search the forums for your computer's particular ailment or post a question to receive a timely response from the sites' groups of geek volunteers. And don't forget to try the manufacturer's Web site. Many post user manuals and FAQs to help you solve your dilemma.


Is your computer vulnerable? You can download malware-protection services available free online.

A PC Magazine Editor picks Panda Cloud Antivirus. Or try Microsoft's Security Essentials, which says renders subscription antivirus services unnecessary.  Time Warner offers computer protection as well.  It's included when you get roadrunner. 


Is your portfolio as diversified as you think it is? You needn't pay a financial planner to evaluate your holdings. Simply use's Instant X-Ray tool to check for balance among stock sectors, investment styles, geographic regions and more.

Then, check out's 25 favorite funds, 22 model portfolios or Mutual Fund Finder to establish the mix of investments that's right for you.


Voulez-vous parlez Francais?  Would you like to speak French... or learn another language? Put away your wallet, and hop on your computer.  At, you can access courses developed by the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in 41 languages.

At, you'll find a list of several free language lessons that you can download to your MP3 player. Or go to to see whether your public library grants you free access to its courses in 22 foreign languages and 14 courses in English as a second language.


You've got to buy groceries anyway, so why not shopt at Lowes Foods... weekly specials offer you Fresh Rewards Cash... use the cash sometime in the future on anything in the store

for more freebies click here

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bargain Hunters Crash the Site

Lowe's Home Improvement's Black Friday sneak peek was a little too successful.  Bargain hunters, using coupon codes for up to 90% off, crashed the company's website early this morning.  Be patient shoppers, the saving continues through the weekend.  Click here for more info!

Smarter than Me

My car and my computer.   No idea about what it takes to fix either when they act up.  Mechanics and IT pros are obviously much smarter than me.  So how do you know when you are getting ripped off when you need repair? is a website that keeps mechanics honest.  All the site needs is your zip code and a few stats about your car... make, model andyear.  You get a price range for what it should cost fo fix dozens of different things that could go wrong. 

Now if I can only find a way to understand my computer problems....

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Making Love to My Feet

Cute meets comfy!  I put on my new Alegria boots about 5 minutes after I got them.  My feet were finally pleased.  On days when I'm not forced to torture my feet in painful 4" contraptions, I demand a shoe that pampers from toe to heel.  This is it!  I wanted something that felt as good as my Crocs, but would be more durable and look a lot more fashionable.  I can shop all day in  these! 
FYI...   Alegria is opening up a new store at Stonecrest in Charlotte. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Trick-or-Treaters My Mom Can't Stand

My mom, Wheezy,  has always been a stickler for manners.  You could probably say the same for most teachers, past or present.  When it comes to Halloween, she's got some strong ideas about what is NOT acceptable on Beggars' Night.  Here are just a few:

SCREAMERS! Do not force your sobbing child to ring doorbells. Trick or Treat is supposed to be fun. Call it a night and take your crying kid home. Take pride in the fact that you are raising a child who hates going up to unfamiliar homes and asking strangers for candy! That's something we hope our kids DON'T DO the other 364 days a year.

THUGS! If you've been causing trouble in the neighborhood keep your behind at home. You play tricks? YOU GET NO TREATS!

2 TIMERS! Teach your kids that its rude to double back around the neighbood for seconds!

GRANDPAS! Do you know the difference between a trick-or-treater and a solicitor? A voter registration card! If you are old enough to vote on Tuesday, then you are old enough to buy your own dang candy! No solicitors!

PROSTITOTS! Just because they make a sexy nurse costume in your child's size doesn't mean you have to buy it! Parents, please say, "NO WAY" to the dirty Dorothy of Oz costumes. Refuse to pay your hard-earned money to turn your daughter into the street-walker version of Strawberry shortcake!

That adorable or kooky costume can pay off for the whole family!  Send your Halloween pictures to the Matt and Ramona Kids Costume Contest at

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cheap Costumes

A cow, a Care Bear, a lobster, a ladybug, a monkey and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.  Those were just a few of the costumes I spotted last weekend at the Lake Wylie Goodwill store.  You don't have to pay a fortune to dress the family for one night of Halloween fun!