“anthology of anonymoUS” (What Is It That Bullies You?)

Memories of my childhood  make me smile, laugh, cry, cringe, regret, regress, and reflect.   There was someone in Jr. High who bullied me, and during that time I was a tornado of negative emotions with no real understanding of why it was happening.  A classmate of mine, Michael Anthony (who you have read about before For Billy: The Movie) made it his goal to show people who have had a bullying experience that we are not alone.

“The anonymoUS initiative  is a non-profit anti-bullying movement dedicated to helping all people — all ages, all races, all demographics and all orientations — come out, come together and overcome the things that bully them. What began as a simple letter writing campaign has since exploded into an artistic movement, inspiring a feature-length documentary, a book, a musical soundtrack and a live stage show; all focused on exploring the most painful bully of all.”

anthology of anonymoUS (The Book): A powerful collection of 99 responses to the question: “What is it that bullies you?”   This book is a unique look into raw, uncensored truths, experiences, and emotions that will amaze you.  Each story, poem, email, confession is different, yet we can all relate.  Michael Anthony inspired these anonymoUS authors to band together and show us all “Even in our darkest moments, we are never alone.”  Order your copy of this book today! For each copy of the “anthology of anonymoUS” that is purchased through this site (www.iamanonymous.org), $1 will be donated to an anti-bullying program that operates within the delivery zip code.  It is extremely important to consider that by referring this book to your friends, parents, grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, teachers you could be helping someone going through a difficult time.

anonymUSe (The Music): “An 18-track musical collection that explores our inner bullies through an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, new age, R& B, spoken word and dance music.”  Anthony asked a group of talented musicians to respond in song to a variety of the anonymoUS written pieces. Beautiful music has been created to release and re-illustrate the pain someone has once gone through (if this isn’t Karma for the bullying, I don’t what is!) The pain someone has felt, has now been turned into a candid,amazing song.   This is also one of the first non-profits EVER to release a soundtrack along with its book. Show your support to these artists by ordering your soundtrack today and be sure to get a listen preview at the anonymoUSe site.

Let’s face it, we know Michael Anthony is not stopping with a book and a CD.  The anonymoUS initiative isn’t even CLOSE to being done yet.  Plans for a play and workshops are also in the mix, so keep visiting http://www.iamanonymous.org for more information, updates and news.    I also recommend you follow Michael Anthony on Facebook, or YouTube.

Since I could not word it better myself (to describe the incredible achievements and drive this man has), I will end this blog with more information on Michael Anthony and why he is making my generation PROUD!

Michael Anthony Nalepa is a Wheeling, Illinois native who now works as a professional writer and producer in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in Glamour, The Advocate, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide and TMZ, as well as on NBC, Country Music Television, Sirius Radio and TV Guide Network.
 
For four years, he served as Creative Director of Alternative Programming for the Celebration Theatre and now hosts and his own award-winning theatrical variety hour at Lilly Tomlin’s LAGLC theatre in Hollywood.
 
His work as an equal rights activist launched the “anonymoUS initiative”, an international letter writing campaign dedicated to helping people of all ages, races and orientations overcome what bullies them through art and activism. An anti-bullying documentary based on Michael’s childhood in Wheeling, IL is slated for national release in 2013.

 

 

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Noelle Vazzano: A Designer You Should Know

I was flipping through my mom’s address book when I was planning my wedding and I came across a name that rang a bell: “Vazzano.” The Vazzano family lived down the street from me when I was a little girl (5,6, & 7 years old I think). Brittany and Noelle were my first friends in the neighborhood. They moved away when we were still very young, but when I saw their name in my mom’s book-I decided to look them up on good ole’ Facebook. Both of the girls were on there, doing well and it was so cool to see what they were up to.

A couple months after I requested them as friends, I received an update that Noelle had a fan page. I couldn’t leave the Lush360 readers out on what I found when I visited Noelle’s page. She is an amazing, grounded, & talented designer & entrepreneur and she’s only 26. Her story is one that will motivate everyone and she was nice enough to let me share with you readers some pics on what she is doing now!

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Hello from Los Angeles…

Hello,

I’ll be stopping by every now and then with some of my finds out here in Los Angeles…thanks Lush360 for having me!

I live and work in downtown L.A., and let me tell you, it is nice to get to walk to work every day! I watch the news as I get ready for work and feel so lucky that I’m not like all the other Angelenos, commuting across town in their car, fighting with traffic and diminishing their lifespan over stress. What price do I pay in exchange for this stress-free commute? Looking fashionable, is pretty tough to pull off when you’re wearing white sneakers with your killer work-outfit. It looks pretty silly! I refused to be one of those other girls walking around with white sneakers, so I bought myself a pair of ballerina flats that would match with virtually any outfit and were comfortable to walk in.

The only problem with wearing flats is that I was ruining my nice work pants that had been hemmed to perfection for my heels. I was dragging them up and down Fourth Street and it hurt me dearly to see them slowly start to get ruined to the point where they were eventually unwearable. I tried stapling my pants, paper clipping them, rolling them up, but to no avail.

In come Zakkerz!!! Zakkerz are my new best friends and were created by two girls who commuted to work in New York. They solved the pant destruction dilemma by coming up with an effective, temporary pant roll-up wrap. They’re discreet so that you can maintain your fierceness on your way to work.

Check out their website:pic16344

http://www.zakkerz.com/index.html