Category Archives: 2018

Gardening Store to Check Out

Hi All,

We have a gardening store nearby that I noticed when I was out for my morning walk. If you’re in the neighborhood it’s worth checking out.

Garden City is set up in the parking lot at the corner of St Anthony Blvd and Industrial Blvd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I hope you find something for your yard or patio. Happy flower watching in between book adventures.

Chainbreaker Ride Completed for Me on August 11, 2018

Hi,

I made it from start to 1.75 miles up 116 Feet with a pack that was well over a loaded grocery bag – 3 bottles of water and repair kit. We also had an air quality index over 101 which means high level of pollutions particles making breathing difficult for sensitive groups – those that have lungs that need clean air to function well.

There were over 1,000 riders at the event start coming from several states including a group from New York. I’m thankful for the volunteers helping us stay safe and rooting us on along the route.

All that donate to my site still will have 100% of their donations going to childhood cancer – the funds donated weren’t affected by how many miles I went on the day of the event. In my practices since starting in mid-July I’ve averaged about 20 miles a week at about 3 miles a day building up to 12 Miles the Saturday and Sunday before the event on August 11th. There were just too many factors against me at the event for me to get further but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try and to raise money for a good hospital, Masonic Children’s Hospital where keeping kids healthy and happy is job #1.

Thanks to all that helped me with donations and with a ride back to my car when I couldn’t catch my breath anymore. Take care everyone and feel free to use my website to donate to ending childhood cancer until October, 2018. MelissaBlanchardRide

My thanks to the 15 people who gave $400 to this cause. May we find a way to cure cancer especially for those that are our future – the children.

Keep on believing in the possibilities.

August 11, 2018 – 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chainbreaker Biking Event in Minnesota – Donate to Combat Childhood Cancer

Hi All,

The Chainbreaker fight against childhood cancer bike ride is scheduled for August 11. I’m signed up for the 25 mile ride. All proceeds go to finding a cure for childhood cancer and to Masonic Children’s Hospital located in Minneapolis MN. If you’d like to help out here’s my website where you can contribute – safe and secure: Melissa Blanchard’s Site for Chainbreakerride.org

I have 12 donations so far with a total of $300 toward my goal to collect $1,000 to help children overcome a diagnosis of cancer.

Give if you can and positive thoughts and prayers as I participate in the biking event on August 11th 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from Eagan to Hampton, Minnesota will be appreciated.

Here’s some pictures from my 27 + miles put in since last beginning my training for making the 25 mile trek:

Turn The Page Bookstore Anniversary Book signing Event Today in Boonsboro Maryland

Hi All,

It’s sunny and warm in Minneapolis Minnesota today.

I’m getting into shape for a 25 mile biking event for fund raising for childhood cancer research, otherwise I’d be in Boonsboro, Maryland today celebrating literacy, authors and readers at Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe.

Since 2013 I’ve enjoyed going to Boonsboro Maryland to meet authors enjoy one of the best brick and mortar bookstore I’ve ever visited. I hope if you’re in the area you’ll take some time to check out Turn The Page Bookstore and celebrate literacy with other readers and authors.

If you can’t be there in person you can online shop at a safe and secure website Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe

I hope all are having great weather in Boonsboro, Maryland like we have here in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I made it over 5 miles on my bike this morning and up and down hills too. If you want to support my cancer fundraiser which is also a way for me to get healthier too by jump starting my daily work outs with walking or biking here’s my link:

Fairview Health Services Team Member Melissa Blanchard for Chainbreakerride.org

100% of the proceeds go to cancer research and a hospital I’m proud to work for Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Fairview Team of Nurses, Doctors, and Computer support make a difference in helping children heal.

Enjoy the day.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

Spring Reading Ideas

Hi All,

The green is appearing once again in Minnesota so its time to bring some Spring reading ideas.

Here’s the latest from one one of my favorite authors:

Lindsay’s Book Chat

I’m enjoying a mystery thriller that makes you think of things that go bump in the night and laugh out loud at some at Kathy Reichs’s witticisms in her book “Deja Dead”. I like the audiobook so the narrator Barbara Rosenblat is also a favorite of mine. It’s like listening to a one woman play very well done.

Smile Amazon Deja Dead Book Link

If you use Amazon and audible for your audiobook purchases remember to link to Smile.amazon.com where you can pick the charity of your choice while getting much enjoyment from all the products available on Amazon.

Take some time today to begin a new book and take an arm chair journey to places near and far.

Reading is fundamental to leaning about the world around you and the many personalities all around you.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard