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by Ed Duffy

Local author, TEdX speaker, Toastmaster and storyteller Michelle Mras celebrated the release of her first book this past weekend. 

The release party took place at the Buzzed Badger coffee house on B Street. It was a fitting location in that the owner, Shanyka Lock-Alcordo. says it was Michelle’s TedX talk and her book that lead her to quit her job and pursue her dream of owning her own place. 

Both Michelle’s book and the Buzzed Badger are off to a great start. It was standing room only as friends, family and associates offered praise, congratulations and encouragement. 

Summary from the Amazon page: “This book is the chronological story of how I met and became a part of Mary's family. It contains life lessons and advice on how to truly live from Mary Mras, a fabulous wife, mother, sister and daughter, educator, and a teacher of all.

Anyone fortunate enough to cross her path surely felt her magnetic presence. Mary lived her life with intention and by example, showed us how to live a fulfilled life not by being famous or boisterous, but by simply sharing a smile, laughing through tough times and loving her family.”

Eat, Drink and be Mary is published by Vertex Learning, LLC and can be found online at or just use the link below.