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COVID-19 Impact On The Pet Industry

COVID-19 Impact On The Pet Industry

Russell Gibbons: A Taste for Business in the Pet Industry Keeps His Company Afloat During the Coronavirus Shutdown Resilience Amidst the Storm In Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense job losses, the capitulation of businesses, and the general destruction of wealth and capital, according to Russell Gibbons, owner, and CEO of Huds and Toke, a gourmet pet treat company in Queensland. His family-run company is one of the lucky ones. Although operations have slowed, orders continue to flow into the company. “As we are a manufacturer of foodstuffs, we are deemed an essential business, so the government hasn’t shut down our business or distribution channels. We can even make human food should the need arise, so they want people like us to remain open and operating!” says Gibbons. Take a moment and watch this short video to learn how Gibbons has taken his company onto the global stage … “Our government acted very early and very swiftly with extraordinary measures. Some said it was too extreme at the time; however, as a result, we as a country seem to be
Rejuvenating the Immune System

Rejuvenating the Immune System

Aubrey De Grey: Rejuvenating the Immune System of the Elderly Could Give Them a Fighting Chance Against Infectious Diseases Like Coronavirus. Like most of us, Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist, has had his run-ins with coronavirus. His wife caught the virus in January while in China. A little later, his stepdaughter contracted the virus while in the United Kingdom. Both recovered, now de Grey is staying at home in the mountains of Silicon Valley with his supplies, pursuing his life’s work — the fight against aging. While de Grey believes that governments across the world are doing what they can to help slow the spread of the disease, there’s one thing they’re not talking about, and that’s aging. It has become clear that the elderly population, especially those with underlying conditions, are at an increased risk of contracting coronavirus. Because of this, de Grey has pushed his passion into overdrive to find the cure for aging. He wants us to think of the elderly who contract coronavirus as persons fighting at least two diseases: aging, COVID-19, as well as
COVID-19: The Unseen Enemy

COVID-19: The Unseen Enemy

Jonna Mendez: The Master of Disguise Discusses an Unseen Enemy A Different Kind of Threat Living undercover for years,  Jonna Mendez has served tours of duty around the world and became the CIA’s chief of disguise. She’s helped steal a top-secret encryption machine from a Soviet Embassy and helped America win the Cold War. Now, the coronavirus is threatening Americans and everyone worldwide. We’ve asked Mendez for her insights on this unseen enemy. Behind Closed Doors HOW ARE YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ETC., DOING? My circle of family, friends, and colleagues is knitting itself together a little more closely as we each hunker down in our respective caves. Family checks in with me often; as the matriarch of the group, there is a little extra concern regarding my wellbeing. My son had already risen to the occasion following our loss of his dad in 2019. And he, too, keeps close tabs. I have used this quiet time to reach out to those I interact with less frequently, catching up and listening hard. I have been in touch with an
Finishing The Semester Virtually

Finishing The Semester Virtually

Douglas Klutz: While the Pandemic Takes Its Course, College Students Turn to Virtual Classes to Finish Theirs Coronavirus is having a devasting impact in every sector of society, testing our healthcare system, economy, and personal health. Even our educational system is shut down, but not shut off. Distance learning has been around for over a decade; now, it is a tool used to slow the spread of COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands of college students around the country were told to head home and continue their classes online. Professors had to scramble to convert from in-person to virtual classrooms. But for Douglas Klutz, number one rated professor in the country, teaching virtual classes is nothing new. We’ve asked Klutz, who teaches criminal justice courses at the University of Alabama, to provide his insight about the coronavirus and the impact it’s having on higher education. Work and Play at Home Spending time at home has allowed Klutz to engage in some extra R&R and keep in touch with loved ones and friends. He says, “Most of my family was in Wilmington, North
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels On COVID-19

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels On COVID-19

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Founder Gives Her Twist on Easing the Impact COVID-19 is Having on Employees When we first spoke to Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne’s pretzels, we were amazed to discover how she was able to overcome unfortunate events and tragic personal loss and go on to create one of the most successful franchises in the world. Now, the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging businesses and workforces globally, and full economic recovery is uncertain. Throomers caught up with Beiler to get her take on the coronavirus effects on her, the company she founded, and future outlook. Auntie Anne’s became the biggest soft-pretzel franchise on the planet with 1,700 outlets in malls, airports, military bases, travel plazas, universities, and many other places. The coronavirus has dealt a heavy blow to the foodservice industry and accounts for 60% of jobs lost in the U.S. in March. Some eateries have shuttered their doors while others are being creative to weather the storm. Auntie Anne’s has introduced mobile ordering to skip waiting in lines and offers delivery so you can still enjoy their
COVID-19 Antibody Therapy Developed

COVID-19 Antibody Therapy Developed

Dr. James Crowe: A COVID-19 Antibody Therapy Developed by Vanderbilt Shows Promise in Neutralizing the Effects and Spread of the Virus At the forefront of battling the pandemic are men and women working diligently to find a cure for COVID-19. At Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, a team of researchers is on the leading edge of developing an antibody therapy to stem the spread of the virus until a vaccine becomes available. Dr. James Crowe, Director of Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, has led the team in researching and creating antibodies for deadly global viruses such as Ebola, HIV, influenza, and Zika. Now, their efforts are focused on developing antibodies that not only reduce the spread of COVID-19 but help prevent a person from contracting it. In the Midst of the Storm Throomers caught up with Dr. Crowe for an interview on his insights on the coronavirus and was surprised to learn how he and his wife, Lisa, fared during the onset of the pandemic while traveling abroad. Dr. Crowe recounts, “The pandemic has been pretty disruptive to the plans my wife
Building Support During COVID-19

Building Support During COVID-19

Luke Mickelson: From Building Beds to Building Support During COVID-19 Luke Mickelson, Idaho’s hero to bedless children across America, has shifted focus during the coronavirus quarantine. Normally, Mickelson would be swinging a hammer in his workshop, tirelessly building bunk beds for sleepy kids who desperately need a proper place to sleep. During the current crisis he’s adjusting to hunkering down like the rest of us to wait it out. Staying Busy For him personally, the hectic daily schedule hasn’t changed. It’s just a different to-do list. Mickelson homeschools his kids like thousands of parents across the country, making sure they don’t fall behind. He also works on projects he normally wouldn’t have time for while running his non-profit Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), whose mission is to end child bedlessness in America. “I still work from home three days a week and help homeschool. I always find ways to stay busy,” Mickelson says. The Fundraising Struggle Being a non-profit, SHP relies heavily on private contributions to run his charity. With the crisis affecting the livelihoods of most Americans in a
NYC During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NYC During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Peter Shankman: Running in Place in NYC During the COVID-19 Pandemic How does one cope being cooped up in a high-rise apartment when you’re used to living every day at full tilt? The key is to stay active physically and mentally to hit the ground running when we’re cut loose. Peter Shankman, PR Superstar and all-around goal-crusher extraordinaire, has his infamous ADHD superpowers idling with purpose. Shankman rose to the top of every chosen profession in NYC by harnessing his so-called impediment to work in his favor. Founder of the successful journalist/specialist resource website HARO, Shankman later sold it and moved on to PR for Fortune 500 companies, coaching, keynote speaking, book writing, and TedX Talks. Staying busy came naturally for him, so he harnessed his natural impulses to become a successful Jack-of-all-trades in the world’s toughest arena. We decided to ask how he and fellow New Yorkers are coping with the lockdown. HOW ARE YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ETC., DOING? Well, here in Manhattan, life is not fun right now. New York is usually pretty crazy, but now
Colonel Terry W. Virts: Stuck on Earth

Colonel Terry W. Virts: Stuck on Earth

Author’s Note Writing articles for Throomers is always a privilege because the subjects are among the most interesting and accomplished people on the planet. Recently presented with a list of potential subjects, I jumped at the chance to write about Colonel Terry W. Virts for two reasons. First, in my opinion, there is no more uniquely courageous, even heroic, career choice than the life of an astronaut. Second, the most famous person I’ve ever been lucky enough to call my friend was an astronaut. In the early 1980’s, I moved into a neighborhood in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and soon learned a celebrity lived a few houses away. Over the next several years, I became friends with Al Worden, pilot of Endeavour, the command-module for the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, and his lovely wife, Jill. Although there was an air of specialness about Al, a calming otherworldliness, he proved to be a genuinely grounded and humble man. He and Jill were warm and welcoming neighbors to all comers in our community.On March 18, 2020, Al passed away in Sugar
Business Practices to Survive a Pandemic

Business Practices to Survive a Pandemic

Catching Up with Coss Marte: Adapting Business Practices to Survive a Pandemic. An entrepreneur, fitness and lifestyle virtuoso, and prison reform advocate, Coss Marte is a positive force in our society. He provides the formerly incarcerated (and many others) with an opportunity to truly rehabilitate and find their place in the world. His life’s mission is to tackle issues such as prejudice in our justice system and dangerous conditions in prison. Now, there is yet another hurdle to jump. COVID-19 is posing a tremendous threat to all of us, but it is acutely dangerous for incarcerated populations. The hunger strikes and worldwide riots may not be enough to shine a light on the subpar treatment and low regard for the health and wellbeing of prisoners. We caught up with Marte to catch up and get his perspective on the worldwide pandemic and its impact on the incarcerated and business. Getting fit while in prison was his impetus to create the program that would save so many. About three years after his release, he created the workout fitness company, ConBody, and hired
Entrepreneurial Boom After Coronavirus

Entrepreneurial Boom After Coronavirus

Dru Riess: He Sees an Entrepreneurial Boom After Coronavirus Passes. His Time Had Come Stumbling upon a long-shot business opportunity, Dru Riess knew it was the moment to make something of himself. He pulled out all the stops and took all the risks to build a multi-million-dollar success story in the flexible packaging industry. Now, during this time of crisis in our nation, his printing presses are constantly running to meet the demand for food and medical packaging. Riess offers his insight on the impact coronavirus is having on business and life in general. Up for the Challenge HOW ARE YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ETC., DOING? Mentally, the days are long and lack stimulation for a guy who is used to moving at fighter jet speeds daily. My normal is everyone else’s sprint, but with working from home, you start to get bored. You lack stimulation and wonder if your efforts are truly having an impact. My family is becoming stir crazy but spending more time than ever together. We do fear our son (4) loves home school so much
Compassion and Vigilance

Compassion and Vigilance

Jan K. Rader, Fire Chief: Using Compassion and Vigilance to Battle the Greatest Scourges of Our Time. Fighting an epidemic is nothing new to Huntington, West Virginia, fire chief Jan Rader. She’s been on the front lines battling one of the most rampant plagues of our time, the opioid epidemic. From urban metropolises to small towns and across the entire economic spectrum, overdose deaths are skyrocketing throughout our country. In this battle, she knows she’s facing Goliath, yet she perseveres, collecting her strength and showing compassion to save lives in her community. Now there’s another blight striking our nation, the coronavirus pandemic, and Rader will not stand down to this threat either. Instead, she is steadfast and sure to fight this second front. Her fire department is ready to face this challenge. Like others around the country, members of her department are putting their lives at risk to save folks like you and me from this dangerous foe. Courageous acts are often underreported, yet we recognize Rader, her team, and other front liners can make the difference between life and death.
Chad Pregracke: ‘All Hands On Deck’

Chad Pregracke: ‘All Hands On Deck’

Since he was a teenager, Chad Pregracke’s life’s mission has been cleaning up polluted rivers and otherwise caring for the environment. His early vision has grown into “the only industrial strength river clean-up organization like it in the world,” the non-profit ‘Living Lands & Waters.’ Due to the efforts of Pregracke, 13 staff members, thousands of volunteers up and down the Mississippi River region, and dozens of vital corporate partners, the organization, founded in 1998, has continued to thrive into 2020. To read more about this impressive young man and his life-affirming mission, please see our original article here. 2020 – A Year Like No Other Just three months into 2020, we are suffering a year like no other in America’s history. “A smart friend of mine,” says Pregracke, “compared the impact this pandemic is having to the 2008 financial meltdown and the 9/11 terrorist attacks combined. That sounds pretty scary.”With public life as we’ve known it largely idled, from schools to businesses to leisure activities, one would think this the perfect time to be out in nature volunteering to
Effects of Covid-19 on the Film Industry

Effects of Covid-19 on the Film Industry

An Industry Goes Dark Coronavirus is having a huge impact on the film industry, from movie theaters, filmmakers to just about everyone connected to the business. Whether major media conglomerates or independents, many see the coronavirus as the most serious threat the industry has ever faced with delays in production, postponing premieres, and cancellations. Almost overnight, film projects screeched to a grinding halt as hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people, lost their livelihoods. Some are finding creative ways to push their projects through to survive the crisis until the industry gets back on its feet. We’ve asked documentary filmmaker Sarah Moshman to share her perspective on the current crisis. HOW ARE YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES ETC. DOING? I work as a documentary filmmaker, speaker, and teacher, and my husband works in the beer industry as a bartender, so, for the most part, both of us are out of work for the foreseeable future. We are fine – safe and healthy and distracted taking care of our 2-year-old every day but stressed financially for sure like so many of
Social Isolation at Home with the Kids

Social Isolation at Home with the Kids

Noah Charney, Art Historian: View Social Isolation at Home with the Kids as an Opportunity to Learn and Bond. Cooped up at home with the kids during the coronavirus pandemic can frazzle some parents as they long for the day to go back to work and send kids off to school. But other parents are taking advantage of the time to engage with their children in creative and enjoyable ways. Discovering new things together can build closer bonds with each other. When it comes to art, who better to give kids a fascinating journey into the world of fine art and treasure capers than art historian and best-selling author Dr. Noah Charney. Low-Key Living American born Charney lives in Slovenia, a gem of a nation nestled amidst the Alps and edge of the Mediterranean Sea. He and his family seem far removed from the ravages coronavirus has inflicted on the rest of the world. Only recently did the pandemic touch the shores of this tranquil place, and we’ve asked Charney how he and his family are bearing up. He says, “So,
The Benefits of Adding Juice to Your Diet

The Benefits of Adding Juice to Your Diet

Makin Wellness founder, Sara Makin, recently did a juice feast with The Pittsburgh Juice Company! This allowed her to get firsthand experience on how healthy, organic juices can benefit your body. This juice “feast” lasted five days and consisted of about six organic juices and smoothies per day. Each juice contained a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Only a very small amount of food was eaten during the feast. Preparation A juice cleanse is a big diet change, and in order for it to go smoothly, it is important to prepare ahead of time. A few days before the cleanse begins it helps to cut out harmful substances like coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, and sugary drinks. The purpose of the cleanse is to remove the toxins that some of these drinks put into your body. In order to help your body be ready for a large intake of liquids, you should be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water a day or two before the cleanse. Continuing to stay hydrated during the cleanse will also aid in the removal of
Gut Microbiome Health

Gut Microbiome Health

If you are like me, the word “microbiome” was largely unknown 5-10 years ago. Fast forward to 2020 and people approach me at dinner parties with questions like “my trainer said I need to eat more krauts for my microbiome, what do you think?” (eat ’em). But what exactly is the microbiome and is a vegan diet healthy for it? The microbiome refers to the large mass of microbes, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, that live on us and in us. While there is a microbiome of the skin, the genitalia, and the mouth, most of the conversation on the bugs that live with us from birth to death is focused on the GI tract, affectionately known as the gut. We can carry up to 4-5 lbs (2 kg) of microbes in our gut that represent a mass about as large as our livers. Within the tens of trillions of micro-organisms that live there are at least 1,000 species of bacteria consisting of over 3 million genes. What’s more, two-thirds of the gut microbiome—the population of microbes in the intestine—is
Mental Health and Nutrition

Mental Health and Nutrition

“I haven’t had an anxiety attack in months. I’m completely off my antidepressants, which I 100 percent attribute to diet and lifestyle changes.” – Jane Green We love hearing stories like these, where behavior changes are made to improve diet and lifestyle and positive results are clearly seen. While everyone is different and there is no one size fits all approach, research has shown the many benefits of diet and lifestyle changes for mental health. Fueling the body with nutrient dense foods supports enzyme function and serotonin levels (the happy hormone). Reduction of sugar intake improves mood and energy, while an abundance of sugar has been found to decrease a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is connected to anxiety and depression. Consider one study showing the benefits of reducing sugar intake. In 2017 a study showed those who ate 67 or more grams of sugar (17 teaspoons) had more anxiety and depression. Those who had less than 40 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons) exhibited less anxiety and depression. Reducing sugar in the diet can be difficult at first
Mirror: The Nearly Invisible, Interactive Home Gym

Mirror: The Nearly Invisible, Interactive Home Gym

World’s first immersive home fitness system brings live and on-demand fitness workouts into your home. As I clicked through TV channels one evening, something grabbed my attention —a commercial about a sleek looking mirror. But this is no ordinary mirror. Aptly named the “Mirror,” this simple looking glass turns into a boutique gym complete with fitness instructors and classmates right in your home. Wow, imagine that! No more trudging off to the local gym, no more waitlists or sweaty locker rooms, no more paying exorbitant membership fees or waiting for a parking spot. It’s perfect for those of us who want something more convenient.   For months I’ve been contemplating whether to rejoin a gym or invest in a home gym. I prefer a home gym but there’s not much space to accommodate fitness equipment. I haven’t found anything suitable for my needs. Now, I am thrilled to come across this divine solution for my problem. I don’t even need space for clunky exercise equipment. All I need is the space of a yoga mat. Initial cost is $1,500 for
CINEMOOD: The Family Entertainment Experience

CINEMOOD: The Family Entertainment Experience

Access an endless library of movies and shows and project them up to 12-feet wide on any flat surface. How to keep your kids and grandkids entertained: Switch on the CINEMOOD smart projector and watch the good times roll. It’s a wireless portable mini-cinema that projects onto any flat surface. It looks like a small cube with rounded corners and has the ability to stream a broad range of content from TV shows to pre-loaded, kid-friendly cartoons. It’s not only great for kids, but for adults too and provides a much-needed solution for families with special needs. CINEMOOD is the world’s first noiseless, ultralight standalone content projector. It combines the high-quality image of a projector with child-friendly portability and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s so easy to use, even a young child can control it. “We created a safe and smart cinema for the whole family. The variety of CINEMOOD’s content is endless,” says co-founder, Paul Zhuravlev. CINEMOOD is getting a lot of press. According to Forbes, “For a pocket-sized projector that’s portable, multifunctional and free of any
Privacy Protection Gadgets: Security in a Digital World

Privacy Protection Gadgets: Security in a Digital World

Finding the right products to protect your digital life can be a daunting task, we’ve simplified it for you. We live in rapidly changing times where technology is advancing faster than most of us can keep up with. For boomers, staying abreast of technological innovations for our smartphones, computers, tablets, and online services is becoming more challenging. Meantime, our data and identity are at greater risk of being stolen than ever before. There are some really great solutions available to help keep your data protected and identity safe, and you don’t have to be a tech wiz to use them. It’s important to take steps to reduce the threat of your privacy being hacked and abused. We’ve made a list of some of the top privacy protection gadgets available that even the least tech-savvy among us can easily use. Mic-Lock with SOUNDPASS Microphone Blocker How private are your conversations? The Mic-Lock with SOUNDPASS Microphone Blocker prevents cyber attackers from using your device’s microphone or speakers to eavesdrop on you. Very compact, it comes with a convenient keychain loop. Just plug
Anxiety Symptoms and Treatments

Anxiety Symptoms and Treatments

Many individuals use the term anxiety to refer to a great deal of worry. But what does anxiety really mean? And what does anxiety look like? Awareness of anxiety symptoms and treatments can increase the likelihood of getting help and relieving any stress you may be feeling. What is Anxiety? Anxiety means an excessive worry or anxiousness that lasts for more than six months. The fear and worriedness manifest themselves in various extreme forms. These forms could look like physical and emotional ailments or psychological unrest. The toll that anxiety takes on an individual is very severe. For many individuals, it may not seem clear or evident that he or she is experiencing an anxiety disorder due to the lack of knowledge and information about its manifestation (anxiety.org). Research suggests that women are more likely to develop an anxiety disorder in their lifetime than men (McLean, 2011, pp. 1). Gender differences and anxiety has shown that the manifestation of anxiety in both women and men could be presented in a similar fashion. However, research suggests that the main difference is
How To Overcome The Fear of The Future

How To Overcome The Fear of The Future

Almost everybody worries about what will happen in the future. The prospect of not knowing if something good or bad will happen to you in the near future can produce a lot of fear and anxiety. As a result, here is a list of techniques and suggestions on how to manage this fear of dealing with the future. 1. Can’t Predict What May Happen: Remember that no one can predict the future with 100 percent certainty. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. Remember that we may be 99 percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that 1 percent to make a world of difference. 2. Take Things Slow: Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes
Lifestyle Apps for Better Health

Lifestyle Apps for Better Health

Free easy-to-use phone apps boost your well-being, help manage weight, sharpen your mind, and more. For many boomers, convenience and simplicity are requirements for any new phone app being considered. If you’re looking to improve your health without a lot of expenditure or travel involved, we have great news for you. We’ve compiled a list of popular lifestyle apps for better health and wellness rated by users this year. Best of all, these apps are all free. Sure, most offer in-app purchases if you want to add more functionality but you can get a lot of benefit by just using the free version. Simply download from Google Play or the App Store and you’re good to go. It’s never too late to start improving your lifestyle! MyFitnessPal Android| iPhone Over 225 million users manage their weight, fitness, and nutrition for free using the MyFitnessPal app. There are over 11 million foods listed in its database, making it the world’s largest compilation. Along with tracking food and counting calories for weight loss, you can keep a journal of all your steps
Travel Books to Feed Your Wanderlust

Travel Books to Feed Your Wanderlust

Stuck at home? Here is our recommendation of the best travel books to feed your wanderlust until you can take your next adventure. From harrowing journeys to tales of whimsy, these selections are bursting at the seams with inspiration for a future trip. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World  by Eric Weiner The title alone makes us want to dig into this book that has been described as part travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide. Travel across the world with Eric Weiner as he attempts to answer where happiness lies. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway With The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway became the voice of the Lost Generation. Drawing from his life in Paris and his annual trip to Spain to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights, this novel about life post-World War I is one of Hemingway’s greatest works. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne Take a spin around the globe in this Jules Verne story about Phileas Fogg’s bet
Italian Days: Amazing Food & Wine

Italian Days: Amazing Food & Wine

Fine food adventures await you in little gems across Italy. When you think of Italy, what comes to mind?  There are many answers to this question, ranging from Julius Caesar to Nero to the Coliseum to Vatican City, and we still haven’t left the magical city of Rome. We could go south to Naples and Pompeii and Sicily, or north to Pisa, Florence, and Venice.  We may think about Lamborghinis and Ferraris, or the stunning Amalfi Coast.  And way up north, we can visit Milan or Lake Como. There’s just so much to explore. Food, Glorious Food Italy has always been about one highlight after another.  But, when I think of Italy, the first thing that pops into my mind is FOOD! And there’s a little secret that isn’t so secret any more, not since earning 1,590 5-star reviews out of the 1,613 that have been posted on Trip Advisor since debuting several years ago, a stunning 98.5%! A couple years ago, I made plans to visit a variety of cities in Italy, including Bologna, which would be a base for our
The Islands of the Mediterranean

The Islands of the Mediterranean

Ker & Downey’s Journey to the Islands of the Mediterranean is the perfect way to experience the beauty of island-hopping. Over the course of 12 nights, uncover the cultural treasures and natural wonders of three of the Mediterranean’s most enigmatic islands: Sardinia, Sicily, and Malta. Suggested journey at a glance: 13 days/12 nights in Sardinia, Sicily, and Malta This suggestion is just one of many ways to see the Islands of the Mediterranean on your own customized Ker & Downey itinerary. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible. Sardinia Your exploration of the Islands of the Mediterranean begins first in Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean and a haven with some of the most beautiful turquoise waters in the world. You will have every opportunity to explore these waters from your sun-soaked and celebrity-studded hideaway at Cala di Volpe. Your four days on the island are highlighted by a private sailing expedition through the secluded paradises of
Teri Turner: What’s Cooking?

Teri Turner: What’s Cooking?

Everyday foods made with love, inspiration, and packed with health-enhancing goodness. A scoop of love, a dash of seasoning, and a whole lot of creativity — those are Terri Turner’s favorite ingredients. She adds this heartfelt concoction to every one of her thousands of recipes, like cheesy tomato chickpea pasta, Greek lemon chicken, and sizzling shrimp lettuce wraps. There is no doubt that Turner is a woman about her food. As a food and lifestyle blogger and creator of No Crumbs Left, a blog featuring healthy recipes and products, she is one of those few people who manages to make a living doing what they love the most. Turner is known for her healthy, everyday recipes. She believes good food brings people together. “I live for the moments when people realize all they need is food that’s good for them and actually tastes good,” she said. Turner cooks from the bottom of her heart and her more than 800,000 social media fans appreciate it. “I try to give people the best food options,” she said. Those options can be found
How to Get Ready for Love Online

How to Get Ready for Love Online

Before You Publish Your Dating Profile, Take Stock of Your Finances April Braswell, leading expert Midlife Dating and Relationship Expert and Online Dating Coach discusses some pre-dating foundational work to do before you jump feet first into the dating pool again after any time away for career building, after death of a spouse, after a divorce. First things first. Before you just throw up your Online Personals Dating Profile and expose yourself to the world, you first need to do some self-assessment.  And before you run screaming from the room thinking this is going to be like your annual review with HR (ok, now you are running screaming from the room…), pause, breathe, and trust me. This is going to be fun! One of the areas in which to assess yourself is Your Financial Picture.  Like getting on the scale (you own one, right?  If not, getteth thyself over to QVC, look up TANITA…) How are your finances? Do you own or rent? If you rent, how much is going out the window each month into someone else’ bank account?
6 Tips to Stay Relevant in the Workforce

6 Tips to Stay Relevant in the Workforce

If you take a good look around, you may find that the landscape of your workplace is entirely different than it was even just 10 years ago. These observations can be overwhelming, but if you’re both proactive and reactive, you won’t get left behindIn fact, you may be able to establish yourself as even more of a powerhouse 1.  Job hunt No, I’m not suggesting you go out right now and find a new company to work for, especially if you’re happy where you are. What I am saying is that you should periodically peruse job listings in your field to see what employers are looking for in their new hires. If you can’t do the things they need new employees in your position to be able to do, now’s the time to learn. Photo: Pexels 2.  Continue your education The most obvious way to stay current is to continue learning new things. You don’t have to go so far as to obtain a degree or certificate (though if you want to, more power to you). Taking enrichment or continued
Guardians of the Children: Protecting Our Priceless Resource

Guardians of the Children: Protecting Our Priceless Resource

Biker heroes serve to shield and protect the powerless victims of child abuse. They’re not just another biker club rumbling down the open road. They are not a Motorcycle club at all. Rough looking on the outside, they’re soft on the inside when it comes to kids, especially victims of child abuse. Meet Guardians of the Children (GOC), a non-profit biker organization formed in 2006 by Founders “LT” Trevino and “Bamm-Bamm” Cano whose members protect abused and neglected children. GOC’s members cover a broad range of professions united in a cause through their love of motorcycles. As bikers, they leverage their alliances to serve victims and their families. More Than Bikers “We’re an organization within the biker community,” says the Vice President of San Antonio Chapter. “It’s a matter of dedication to the lifestyle — we’re a group of volunteers that uses the image of the biker to help us in our mission, but we’re not living out the full lifestyle that the motorcycle clubs do.” GOC benefits communities by informing the public of how widespread the child abuse crisis
Fed with Faith: Where Hope and Compassion Reign

Fed with Faith: Where Hope and Compassion Reign

A life transformed, one man’s journey leads to honoring God by feeding and caring for the homeless. One Man’s Journey At 50, Jean Manganaro knows firsthand what it’s like to be homeless. Just before his 16th birthday, he came home to find his parents had left and abandoned him. He came from a dysfunctional family where there was abuse and alcohol. Wandering through the streets of South Florida, he sought scraps and shelter where he could, but there was no place for kids to stay or programs that he could turn to for help. Drugs and alcohol provided temporary oblivion, but his troubles soon found him in juvenile hall. Years passed as his life stagnated in the streets with dependency on substance abuse. At age 29, he turned his life over to God finding strength to become sober. He attended a 12-step meeting and met a man who offered him a place to live. Manganaro was given two weeks free rent but had to find a job during that time and start paying rent at the end of the two-week period.
Bethany Hamilton: Discover Hope in the Hard Things

Bethany Hamilton: Discover Hope in the Hard Things

We all have a story. And we are currently living it out. Gradually twisting and turning with sweet victories and sometimes bitter defeats. A mixture of honey and salt, like lemons and lemonade. Large or small, we encounter challenges as we live out our stories. Maybe you know “salt” as trials, tribulations, tests, traumas, hurdles, bumps in the road, setbacks, or heartbreaks. But regardless of the name, these more difficult aspects of life are part of the human experience. Where we differ is in whether we let the hard things we encounter define us. Does this salt enhance the flavor of our life or is it overpowering and making it something we can’t quite stomach? My story shifted significantly when I was 13. Faced with a trauma that altered my body, I had to answer: how will this affect my story? Fortunately, back then I had a steadfast mindset that presented only one option: move forward in faith and trust that out of bad can come good. Without knowing it I maintained a perspective that was focused on achieving the

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CINEMOOD: The Family Entertainment Experience

Access an endless library of movies and shows and project them up to 12-feet wide on any flat surface. How to keep your kids and grandkids entertained: Switch on the CINEMOOD smart projector and watch the good times roll. It’s a wireless portable mini-cinema that projects onto any flat surface. It looks like a small cube with rounded corners and has the ability to stream a broad range of content from TV shows to pre-loaded, kid-friendly cartoons. It’s not only great for kids, but for adults too and provides a much-needed solution for families with special needs. CINEMOOD is the world’s first noiseless, ultralight standalone content projector. It combines the high-quality image of a projector with child-friendly portability and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s so easy to use, even a young child can control it. “We created a safe and smart cinema for the whole family. The variety of CINEMOOD’s content is endless,” says co-founder, Paul Zhuravlev. CINEMOOD is getting a lot of press. According to Forbes, “For a pocket-sized projector that’s portable, multifunctional and free of any

Jessica Cox: A Real-Life Superwoman

At its core, this is a human story of grit, resilience and extraordinary achievement. People who soar to great heights while inspiring others to do the same are an uncommon breed. They come from all backgrounds and arrive in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most develop their abilities over their lifetimes, little-by-little, as their experiences shape them. More uncommon still are the few who are simply born to be leaders. Let’s meet an extraordinarily rare born leader.    Baby Jessica first graced our earth in February 1983 when born to Inez and William Cox in Sierra Vista, Arizona, a mountainous Sonoran Desert suburb of Tucson. Her parents’ hearts were broken, their sense of normalcy shattered when they first saw their baby’s body. Due to a rare birth defect, Jessica was born without upper limbs. One of life’s great moments of pride and joy shifted sharply to grief and worry. The Grieving Process Everyone’s grieving process is unique and personal. While the Cox’s worked through their initial stages, including denial, anger and guilt, they mostly worried for their beautiful little girl’s

Simone Bruni: Demolition Diva

The walls shook as the ferocity of the Cat 5 hurricane bore down on the old wooden structures in the historic French Quarter. As water began to flood the buildings, wall panels began ripping off piece by piece as poor souls witnessed their lives being swept away by one of the most destructive hurricanes of the century. A City Underwater New Orleans, August 29, 2005 — forces of nature had decimated the city and robbed the population of its beloved lifestyle. The faithful had no churches in which to worship. The athletes had no fields or stadiums in which to practice. The old men had no park to play their chess, and the already hungry and impoverished parts of the city had no clean water to quench their thirst. On this fateful day, even hope had drowned in the floods. This soulful city found itself underwater as its citizens, frazzled, pleaded for help. Thousands were stranded in arenas while others yelled and created SOS signs on their rooftops. The Big Easy fell victim to bad levees and poorly maintained infrastructures.

Smartphones and a Smarter You!

Do you own a smartphone? If so, is it an iphone or an Android? Do you only use it to make phone calls and texts? Your smartphone is millions of times more powerful than all of NASA’s combined computing in 1969. Let’s get the most out of it! The growth rate of technology has increased exponentially in recent years, and keeping up with it is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Smartphones are amazing and constantly changing with new features and cool apps, while constantly integrating additional internet functionality with multiple devices; this is called the Internet of Things, or IoT. More about this in following articles. Smartphones can save you both time and money and I’m not talking pennies. Discounts for hotels, flights, ride shares and retail apps can add up. Time savings by ordering your prescriptions online, and banking online saving trips to the bank. And for all snowbirds you know during season, that can save 40 minutes a trip! Spend more time on what you WANT to do. Tennis anyone? Another round of golf? Throomers

Michelle Gomez: America’s Best Bounty Hunter

There’s an old adage, “Good things come in small packages.” In this case, it depends which side of the law you’re on. The 4’11” dynamo, Michelle Gomez, has been called “the world’s best bounty hunter.” We’re not intending to test the veracity of the claim first-hand, instead we’ve hunted down her story from the safety of our editorial room. A professional ‘skip tracer’ is a private investigator hired to track down people who’ve “skipped out on the court without a trace.” Consider an old western movie where immediately after a bank robbery or saloon shooting, the sheriff gathers up the most brave and forms a posse to hit the trail in pursuit of justice. Michelle Gomez is of that ilk but even more courageous. In taking on a job, she’s a relentless, revved-up posse of one. Since 2003, this Texas-born woman has run her own business, Unlimited Recoveries, where she specializes in the most difficult cases whose trails have gone cold. She outthinks her marks by using clever ruses and rummaging tirelessly through the cyberworld to uncover seemingly scrubbed digital

Krystle Wright
: Canon Master Photographer

Shooting on the Edge: One gutsy woman takes adventure photography where few dare to go. What does it take to live the life of your dreams? For Krystle Wright, the sacrifice is massive. She’s suffered internal bodily damage, a fractured foot, blood clots, swallowed her own broken teeth, and more. But after each injury, she smiles at the camera and continues her journey. It is all, of course, worth it, when you get to live your life to the fullest, skyrocket to the top of your field, and have the freedom to follow your instincts without limitations.  A Sense of Adventure  Wright, a 31-year-old from Australia, is an adventure photographer, director, and cinematographer. She’s known for her extreme photographs taken at perplexing angles. Growing up in Australia, she’s used to beautiful scenery. When she was a child, you could find her surfing along the coast, playing sports, hiking, or exploring nature. In high school, she began toting a camera along with her and unknowingly began her lifelong mission to do whatever it takes to get the right shot. She started