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Cocktail Hour: 5 Classic Cocktails

Cocktail Hour: 5 Classic Cocktails

Martini There are martinis and then there is THE MARTINI. Whether you like it dirty, shaken or stirred, with gin or vodka, olives or an onion (or lemon peel), this iconic classic is timeless for a reason. Here at Throomers, we consider ourselves purists with a preference for gin. Try the recipe below for a classic martini that’ll satisfy any martini lover. 4 ounces gin/vodka ¾ ounce vermouth (we prefer a dry vermouth) 1 lemon olives A good martini should be ice cold. Fill a mixing cup or a shaker with ice. Add liquid ingredients and shake/stir until the outside of the mixer/shaker is frosted over. Pour into the martini glass and twist a strip of lemon peel to express the oils and then rub over the rim of the glass. garnish with olives and enjoy. Mint Julep The mint julep is a classic bourbon based cocktail that is particularly enjoyed by southerners during the Kentucky Derby. 1 teaspoon simple syrup 2 oz. Bourbon whiskey 4 Mint leaves plus extra for garnish ice Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in
Sweet Treats: Decadent Brownies

Sweet Treats: Decadent Brownies

Brownies…the ultimate baked chocolate dessert to satisfy those chocolate cravings. They can be fudgy or cakey, dotted with chocolate chunks and nuts or swirled with caramel, but there is no denying the decadence of biting into a luscious chocolatey brownie. A perfect brownie is the ultimate comfort food that soothes your soul and satisfies your tastebuds. My absolute favorite brownie recipe is outlined below. It’s bursting with chocolatey goodness from the batter to the half melted chocolate chunks baked into the batter. It’s best served warm or at room temperature with an ice-cold glass of milk. The Ultimate Brownie Recipe 1 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder 12 tbsp unsalted butter 12 ounces chocolate (chunks, chips or baking chocolate) 4 eggs 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla essence 1 tsp coffee essence (or 2 tsp instant coffee powder) 2 cups of chocolate chips/chunks Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees Grease or line a large baking dish (15″ x 10″) Use a saucepan to melt butter
Take A Bite Out Of New Orleans

Take A Bite Out Of New Orleans

10 MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS (& WHAT TO ORDER) New Orleans has serious soul. Its rich heritage and distinct culture are discernable with all five senses. There’s music everywhere! And not just classic New Orleans jazz. Ten-piece brass bands congregate on street corners, and talented, solo rappers spit beats (the city gave us Lil Wayne, after all). I can’t imagine a quiet New Orleans. There’s a celebration for everything, and the city goes all out. New Orleans remains alive 24 hours a day, partially because the nightlife rolls straight into the morning. Beads aren’t just prominent around Mardi Gras: If you look up, you’ll likely find a few strapped in the trees and balconies year-round. La Nouvelle, as it once was called, is dressed in history; the diverse architecture reflects the city’s unique past. Its earliest roots were with the French (1718), overlain by the Spanish and personalized by residents from the Caribbean Isles. By the time Americans took over in 1803, each culture had left its distinctive mark. You’ll notice brightly painted Creole cottages in the French Quarter, and the most
FORPHEUS: The Amazing Ping-Pong Playing Robot

FORPHEUS: The Amazing Ping-Pong Playing Robot

Omron, known for their health care technology is using ping-pong to showcase the latest in their industrial automation evolution … and we couldn’t be more excited about this fun way to introduce advanced technology. The company began with blood pressure monitors and now, they are on the cutting edge with their latest artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. If you ever thought that robots were going to take over, this could be the epicenter of the invasion. This global tech company has created a robot that plays with balls —ping-pong balls to be precise! It uses deep learning, a foundation for AI, which is enabling robots to learn much faster and effectively, performing tasks without human interaction and finding their way around unknown environments. You can watch it play ping-pong here… Omron is not intending to market the ping-pong robot, but rather, their technology for industrial uses. “We made the ping-pong robot for the purpose of demonstration, so visitors could actually see the fruits of our challenge of this technological evolution aimed at the construction of new relationships between people and machines, through
Conversations with My Toilet: The Kohler Smart Toilet

Conversations with My Toilet: The Kohler Smart Toilet

Now you can personalize your throne for the ultimate toileting experience. My toilet kicks your toilet’s butt. Or, at least it can really debate it! Why? Because Kohler has once again upped the ante with a new paradisiacal product. Okay, maybe it can’t physically beat its butt (there’s a pun in there somewhere and yes, it’s intended). It does, however, know everything Google’s Alexa does. Walking into the restroom, guests lose their breath as a beam of light comes to life behind a sleek, square and luminous device sitting where a white ceramic toilet should be. It might not be immediate apparent, but this is a wonder of human innovation. If the visuals don’t take your breath away, sit down before it greets you as you faint from the glorious wonder. King of Thrones This year, if you forgot the name of your favorite actor or need to know where to buy the newest gadgets, just ask your toilet. Think some kid with a startup “disrupted” the game? Think again! A whopping 146 years ago, a little plumbing company called Kohler emerged. Today,
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
Aglamesis: Cincinnati’s Ice Cream Delight

Aglamesis: Cincinnati’s Ice Cream Delight

On National Ice Cream Day, July 21, I was passing through Cincinnati, and I had to stop at a little soda fountain and candy store called Aglamesis Brothers. My sister and brother-in-law, who live in Dayton, introduced me to it about a year ago. I was completely charmed, and I want to share this quaint place with folks who may not know about it. The shop is located on Madison Road there in Cincinnati (or “Cincin-daddy” as my nephew Emory says it). The building is painted pink, and has a white and pink awning—the colors of candy and sweetness. There is an ice cream place in south Florida named Sloan’s that also uses the pink motif effectively; perhaps the owners learned this trick from Aglamesis Brothers. Certainly the color scheme is redolent of sugary cotton candy twirled in wispy skeins to form a fluff of pleasure. The name of the business too carries a suggestive power, painted in gold on the large front window. “Aglamesis” can be a little hard to get your tongue around, but once you do its combination
Ker & Downey: The Lion King, An African Fantasy

Ker & Downey: The Lion King, An African Fantasy

The king has returned… this summer, the highly-anticipated revamp of Disney’s The Lion King hits cinemas. Its iconic story is further enhanced by an all-star cast and all-new groundbreaking CGI and virtual reality technology. Some very real places played a part in the development of The Lion King, and although the pride lands you’ll see on screen are a mixture of fantasy and reality, they are sure to inspire you to see the true African wilds for yourself. Here are just a few ideas for injecting some African fantasy inspired by The Lion King into your next custom Africa safari. Samburu National Reserve Director Jon Favreau has said that his take on the Disney classic will include “the spectacle of a BBC wildlife documentary.” The difference is that every member of the animal cast in The Lion King is completely computer-generated, from the flocks of flamingos to Simba himself. What about the landscape, you ask? Some of it is actual footage from locations in east Africa, in particular the lands surrounding Saruni Samburu. This luxury lodge was designed to hover over
Alyssa Hiller: Elephant Trekking in Chiang Mai

Alyssa Hiller: Elephant Trekking in Chiang Mai

As you’ve likely seen on most of your friends’ post-Thailand Instagram feeds, elephants are a must. But, we didn’t just take quick pictures; we spent the entire day with the elephants, bathing, feeding and riding our gentle giants as their dedicated caretakers for the day. Needless to say, we couldn’t recommend this experience enough if you travel to Chiang Mai. First and foremost, do your research before selecting an organization; many companies do not promote safe and fair treatment of the animals. If your elephants are performing circus tricks or have rigid equipment on their backs, think twice. Additionally, book far in advance! Many people travel to Chiang Mai solely for this experience, and space is limited. We selected Patara Elephant Farm, Thailand’s only elephant breeding farm, based on its incredible reviews and mission. At 7:30 a.m., we were picked up from our hotel in a comfortable vehicle, alongside eight other passengers. After a one-hour drive through a rather precarious, Jungle-Book-like winding path, we entered an open, lush setting near the mountains of Hang Dong Valley, with several elephants hanging

Throomers Interviews

Dr. Joel Kahn: The Amazing Mimicking Diet

Dr. Joel Kahn: The Amazing Mimicking Diet

Can you make money while sleeping? Build muscle while lying on a hammock? Finish your work project while partying at the bar? These things seem too good to be true. Here is another one. How about gaining the benefits of fasting, including losing fat pounds, while eating? The good news is that this is no fantasy and is the hottest science in the research on fasting. And it is something you can start using this week. The articles on fasting are everywhere but it is easy to be confused by terms used. What’s the difference between intermittent fasting, water fasting, juice fasting, and time restricted feeding?  The potential medical benefits from taking a break from eating for a period of time have been suggested in both animal and medical research projects. For example, in one of the Blue Zones of longevity, Okinawa, the expression Hara Hachi Bu (eat until you are 80% full) is a part of the culture. Can you match this or even exceed the purported benefits of the Okinawan Diet while “cheating” the system by eating a
Dr. Nicole Avena: Our Love Affair with Sugar

Dr. Nicole Avena: Our Love Affair with Sugar

Her pioneering research reveals how foods we love hijack our brains into addictive-like eating. Have a sweet tooth? If so, you may be one of the millions of Americans who may be consuming too much of the sweet stuff and we’re not just talking about the sugary white granules, but also the sugar hiding in many foods and beverages we love. Craving the Sweet Stuff Various studies show excess sugar consumption increases the risk of developing obesity, dental decay, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cholesterol levels, and hypertension. With all these risks, you might think to reduce or eliminate sugar intake. But have you noticed how hard that is to stick with? We are constantly bombarded by clever marketing tactics promoting foods that are clearly bad for our health. Alas, too often we make exceptions and indulge in just one more bite of that sweet lusciousness. At the grocery store, we walk through aisles of sugar-laden foods, trying to determine which are healthier choices. How do we know we are making the right choice? Surrounded by sweet temptations, we often
Kristen Ulmer: Extreme Skier and Fear Expert

Kristen Ulmer: Extreme Skier and Fear Expert

Her mind over mountain techniques propelled her beyond the limits of fear. Step into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and you will find a fear and anxiety expert. Her name is Kristen Ulmer. But with years of painstaking training and perfecting, the New Hampshire native’s rise to the top is anything but an overnight sensation. It’s also anything but ordinary. Ulmer believes her particular knack in the maintenance of fear and anxiety was a result of her willingness to ski some of the world’s most dangerous lines and jumping off foreboding cliffs. Able to channel her fear, Ulmer has accomplished amazing feats such as jumping off 70-foot cliffs and being the first female to mountain ski a descent of Wyoming’s Grand Teton in 1997. Additionally, she’s an ice and rock climber, paraglider, adventure cyclist, and kiteboarder. In a 2000 Women’s Sports and Fitness Magazine poll she was voted as the most extreme woman athlete in all disciplines in North America. Finding the Passion Ulmer was born and raised in Henniker, a small ski town in New Hampshire. Her
5 Lifehacks to Meet Men in Real Life

5 Lifehacks to Meet Men in Real Life

As America’s Midlife Dating coach, single boomer men and women are always asking me where to meet quality mature singles in their 50s and 60s. Mature men are interested in meeting quality women, too. This article is specifically geared for single midlife ladies to meet men over 50 in real life. Online Dating over 50 is so vast a topic, it requires its own series of articles. Be sure to check back here at Throomers regularly to get more great tips for Dating After 50. (Psst) Men, it’s ok for you to sneak a peek here and read this article and make use of it for you, too! While this is particularly targeting the social needs of midlife women, men can apply the ideas in their lives too. Breaking Out of Your Rut and Expanding Who You Meet in Real Life One of the greatest challenges singles over 50 encounter is more of your life is set. Dating Coaching clients tell me, “I’m set in my ways.” Well, that’s fine for some things, and not so much for others. You might
How to Sneak in Little Moments of Fitness

How to Sneak in Little Moments of Fitness

There are so many things we don’t have time for, things we know are beneficial for our lives, but we just lack the time. (Or more likely, the motivation). Yet, despite our busy schedules, we do find ways to “sneak” in time for other, more immediately gratifying things. We sneak in a little catnap, we sneak out of the office a bit earlier than usual, we even sneak dessert or a cocktail when we know it might be best to do without. So, yes, we know how to sneak certain things into our hectic lives. But what about sneaking in something else – what about sneaking in a few moments of exercise? Many of us try to prioritize our fitness. We schedule workouts on our smartphones and eagerly (perhaps naively) invest in expensive gym memberships or home equipment – all for naught. Forget all the possible rationalizations – most would say that they simply lack the time. Hey, I get it! I could definitely use a few spare hours in a day! Today, we are not only working longer hours,
Forget FOMO – Embrace JOMO

Forget FOMO – Embrace JOMO

JOMO (the joy of missing out) is a very welcome new trend and the exact opposite of the soul-crushing ethos of FOMO (the fear of missing out) that has dominated so many people’s lives for so long. The Urban Dictionary defines it as: ‘Enjoying what you’re doing in the here and now and not on social media, broadcasting or seeing what everybody else is doing.’ Example: Guy #1: I had a great day, climbed a hill and didn’t check Facebook. Guy #2: Good day? Guy #1: Yea, pure JOMO. Many Digital Apps Are Designed to Be Addictive Steve Jobs knew very well that the devices he designed and many of the apps they run are addictive, and he took steps to protect his own children from them. ‘We limit how much technology our kids use at home,’ he told reporter, Nick Bilton, when she asked about their use of iPads. Bill Gates took a similar approach. He didn’t let any of his three children have a mobile phone until they were 14 years old. Now current and ex-Silicon Valley tech executives
Bill Magee: Operation Smile

Bill Magee: Operation Smile

Giving Disadvantaged Children Worldwide a Reason to Smile. Healthy Self-Esteem, a Process As children, we look in the mirror and carefully inspect just who is looking back, usually with degrees of disappointment or harsh judgment, much of it unfair. Out in public, while most people are friendly and complimentary, a handful of others will be unfriendly, mean-spirited and at times bullying. Maybe we have a bad haircut, an acne breakout, braces that look like steel girders, a head the size of Charlie Brown’s, or some other perceived imperfection. Every time we hear a compliment, we feel good and are drawn to that person. When we are the target of derision, we withdraw and shrink a little. I certainly did. All of it, the good and the bad, is absorbed like a bone-dry sponge for future self-judgment. Our self-esteem, the very fuel for all our potential achievements, is formed in these moments. It can be boosted with a smile and compliment or torn to shreds by mean-spirited ridicule. Most of us learn to brush it off, put it in perspective and
Becca Stevens: on the Healing Power of Love

Becca Stevens: on the Healing Power of Love

Thistle Farms offers women a second chance at life, but for many being served, it is their first chance at life. Throomers welcomes Becca Stevens and the amazing work she has done bringing hurting women back to life. We thank her for sharing her story with our readers. I began Thistle Farms in 1997 because women on the streets had few, if any, options for long-term, safe housing to recover from the trauma and abuse they had experienced. We started with one home for five women with criminal records of prostitution and addiction. Even though in the community the women were doing amazing healing work, their early childhood trauma, life on the streets, and felonies on their records made it difficult to find a job. In 2001, I started a business, making natural candles and body balms to provide women income. Our guiding principle that love is the strongest force for change in the world, were formed in these early days. On a Mission to Heal The story of Thistle Farms also began for me in 1968 when my parents moved
Changing the World View on Inclusion

Changing the World View on Inclusion

Over 1100 races including marathons, triathlons, and Ironmans later, Dick and Rick Hoyt continue to inspire us in living life to the fullest. Crowds cheered and a slight breeze caressed the triathletes’ faces as they squinted their eyes to make out the finish line. I was one of them. The sun was hot that afternoon. The beads of sweat drips from our foreheads and I hurriedly flicked it aside. My triathlon suit was drenched, my heart was beating out of my chest, my left knee was aching, but I persisted. I thought back to my bag of motivational thoughts, clamoring for a second wind. Before every triathlon I watch a video to get inspired. I always turned to one about a father who runs the races pushing his son in a wheelchair. I recall it when I need hope.  Team Hoyt is well known within the triathlon community and competed for years at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. When the world seems to be against me, team Hoyt reminds me that anything is possible. Witnessing Extraordinary Greatness My shoes
A Preeminent Technology – Futurist Looks into the Mirror

A Preeminent Technology – Futurist Looks into the Mirror

The Making of a Futurist We recently had the privilege of interviewing a gentleman named Kevin Kelly, the former editor/publisher of Whole Earth Review (1983-90), co-founder of Wired magazine (1993), and founding editor and co-publisher of the Cool Tools website (2003). Born in Pennsylvania in 1952, Kelly was educated in New Jersey. Because his father used systems analysis in his job at Time magazine, his son developed an early interest in cybernetics, which is the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things. Given the future that was speeding towards us, his timing was impeccable. After spending one year at the University of Rhode Island studying geology, he decided to take his studies outside the classroom by traveling extensively, including backpacking throughout Asia. This experience remains today one of the influential periods of his life. Now 66 years of age, Kelly, his wife, biochemist Gia-Miin Fuh, and their three children live near San Francisco. He is an accomplished author and an exceptionally popular lecturer focused on the future of science and technology. His Future Vision is Our
Ben Anderson: Award-Winning War Correspondent

Ben Anderson: Award-Winning War Correspondent

He’s in the trenches reporting on the ravages of war and its human toll — true-life dramas that don’t make front page news. Places You’ve Never Been To, Things You’ve Never Seen Ben Anderson stands feet away from combat soldiers as they try to rescue prisoners trapped in a dilapidated building. In the distance, plumes of black smoke rise revealing a city smoldering in ruin. It’s war, and Anderson is front and center, risking his life for his reporting. As an award-winning journalist, television reporter, and writer who is well known for his work on VICE News on HBO and BBC, Anderson goes the distance to get the story. He’s been to some of the most dangerous nations in the world like Afghanistan, North Korea, and Libya, armed with a video camera, pen and paper in hand, watching international politics play out right before his eyes. Get a firsthand look at Anderson in action in this VICE News video clip… Conflict Resolution Anderson was raised in the relatively sleepy hamlet of Bedford, England and now resides in Brooklyn, New York, a
Tanea Smith: Triumphant Wordsmith

Tanea Smith: Triumphant Wordsmith

Sharing her art and words, she’s living proof you can craft your own path to success despite the odds.  The three words Tanea Smith uses to describe her life philosophy are faith, tenacity, and determination. All are well-chosen words for this amazing NYC phoenix who rewrote her life’s plan at the tender age of 19. But another comes to mind as well, and that word is victorious.  Against All Odds  Born in 1975 in Brooklyn, New York to a hardworking single mother, Smith experienced the struggles that often accompany life in the ghetto. Her mother was strict with her and her sister, reminding them as they came of age not to become young mothers themselves. But it happened for Smith all the same. The young woman faced the consequences head-on without flinching.  Ambitious Resolve  When her baby son was nine-months old, Smith became resolved toward a different future than what fate might have planned. At age 19, she put into practice the three words that would become her life’s mantra: faith, tenacity, and determination. She refused to accept her reality as
M.L. Liebler: American Poet, Professor, Activist

M.L. Liebler: American Poet, Professor, Activist

Detroit’s working-class champion of poetry wants everyone to experience true freedom of expression through literary arts. A poet captures the free flow of ideas and feelings into written form, rousing powerful imagery and stirring emotions of the reader or listener. Among great contemporary poets is Professor Michael L. Liebler, recipient of many awards including the 2017-2018 Murray E. Jackson Scholar in the Arts Award from Wayne State University. Beloved Poet and Teacher Liebler is a senior lecturer at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he has been since 1980, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on varied subjects including English, Creative Writing, American Studies, Labor Studies, Living Authors, and World Fiction. He is also recognized as a leading literary arts activist and organizer. To further educate and inspire people in the craft of writing, Liebler became the founding director of The National Writer’s Voice Project in Detroit as well as the Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers Literary Arts Organization. Called the “bard of Detroit” by the Detroit Free Press, he describes what we get from poetry in an interview with
Dr. K. Renee Horton: World Class NASA Scientist

Dr. K. Renee Horton: World Class NASA Scientist

She’s teaching diversity and elevating courage and resilience in those aspiring to be in scientific fields. The race to space is a mission filled with heroes of legend. These are the people we look up to, the people we remember and put up on our walls. Our list, however, is incomplete. We need to add those unsung heroes, those men and women who make a difference, to its roster. At the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, we find one of those hidden figures, Dr. K. Renee Horton, who fought adversity and a disability yet excelled in one of the world’s most prestigious scientific fields. She works as the quality engineer at the facility and the former Lead Metallic and Weld Engineer for the NASA Space Launch System (SLS), a key player in the success of deep space exploration on this, the most powerful rocket ever built. She was nine-years old, when her love of space, the universe, and the stars was initiated upon receipt of a gift by her father, a telescope. “I
Theo Fennell: The Ultimate Precious Metal Wizard

Theo Fennell: The Ultimate Precious Metal Wizard

Elegant, theatrical, indulgent — his fanciful flair in craftsmanship is the ultimate in luxury jewelry and silverware. Imagine having a gorgeous dream. You’re running through a field of sparkling jewels dotted with buttercups of the purest gold. Sparkling bumble bees dance in the air around you, trailing all the colors of the rainbow from their wings. Now wake up and see your dream sitting on your nightstand in the shape of a ring you can slip on and wear with delight. This is the upscale, whimsical world of Theo Fennell. Born for Conquest Fennell was born in exotic Egypt to a military family and it isn’t surprising that one of his heroes is Lord Nelson who gallantly saved Britain from Napoleon’s invasion. Perhaps this was a foreshadowing of a soon-to-be master jeweler defending traditional British jewelry smithing from extinction. Fennell, although having been raised in an army atmosphere, emerged from childhood with an innate propensity for whimsy which would serve him very well later in life. The Etonian Schooled at Eton College, one of the most famous schools in the
Mareko Maumasi: Forged in Folded Steel

Mareko Maumasi: Forged in Folded Steel

He found his calling in the fiery flames of blade smithing and became a master of stunning hand-forged blades. Many years ago, there stood a child on the banks of the Puget Sound, the salty sea breeze fanning his creative embers. Born with the innate desire to craft and build, he made many things from a very young age. As he looked out across the Sound, he didn’t know the kind of Kill Bill ancient blade master and epic artisan he would become. If he did, he would’ve smiled like a knowing Beatrix Kiddo. How Awesome Began Mareko Maumasi grew up in Washington State and, like many other kids, liked to build stuff. He was a budding artist who loved crafting things with his bare hands. It just came naturally to him. By his teen years the creative embers led him to cooking and he opted for a career in the restaurant industry. Some years later, while concentrating on his food craft, he met a man named Bob Kramer who would fan Maumasi’s creative embers into an inferno of metal artistry.
Nonny de la Peña: Immersive Journalist

Nonny de la Peña: Immersive Journalist

Storytelling brought to life: Experience the true impact of news and stories by being there through virtual reality. Hunger prowls the streets of Los Angeles like a wolf. Living in LA is a struggle and making ends meet to provide for family is coming up short. Another day is about to pass in hunger, and you are there, a witness to this sad commentary on hunger in America. You’ve just been immersed in a true-life journalistic drama using virtual reality. When you’re done, take off your headset and have a nice day, or better yet, feel compelled to do something to make a difference in our world. It’s one thing to read about something and another thing entirely to live it. Award-winning Mexican-American journalist, documentary filmmaker, and CEO/Founder of Emblematic Group, Nonny de la Peña is spearheading a new tech movement that will help bridge the gap between experience and reality and bring the story to life through virtual reality. De la Peña’s virtual reality projects through the Emblematic Group have won many awards and she has been nicknamed the
Kevin Stone: Hollywood Hypnotist

Kevin Stone: Hollywood Hypnotist

Ever daydreamed,  realized you’ve driven past your exit,  or been totally engrossed in a movie? You’ve experienced a natural hypnosis! Having hypnotized over 1 million people, internationally acclaimed hypnotist, Kevin Stone, is still going strong helping people overcome their battles with stopping smoking, losing weight, conquering phobias, and managing stress among many other of life’s issues.  Best known as the Hollywood Hypnotist, Stone’s been called upon by celebrities for the past 25 years and is the owner and CEO of two companies Mind Growth Technologies and Deep Sleep Entertainment. He’s known as the only nationally recognized hypnotist for his work with high-profile celebrities, sports figures and politicians.  An Extraordinary Hypnotist Beverly Hills, California is home to Stone’s world-famous hypnotherapy clinic and is where he helps over a hundred clients weekly. He treats clients dealing with past trauma, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and addiction. As a hypnosis consultant, he has been instrumental in treating TMJ, autism, and eating disorders.  His natural approach helps people make positive and lasting changes in their lives without the use of medication. Law enforcement agencies, doctors, dentists,

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10 Things to Know About Your Health

Born between 1946 and 1964, Americans numbering over 70 million today are living longer and stronger than their parents.  “Baby Boomers,” named for the rise in births following World War II and the prosperous years thereafter, have benefited from medical advances in preventative and clinical care. Here’s what they and their families should be aware of medically these days: 1. Check for the “stealth virus.” Hepatitis C still haunts the last generation to go without effective screening for virus risks in blood transfusions and surgical (and dental) procedures. Boomers are five times more likely than any other age group to carry Hepatitis C, a virus that damages the liver long-term and could cause cancer as it goes undetected. A simple blood test finds it and a daily prescription pill for 2-3 months can end this threat. 2. Get the new shingles vaccine. Boomers who came down with chicken pox in childhood (before most Americans were immunized against it) can harbor a virus that arises later in life to trigger shingles attacks, marked by red spots on skin and often lingering pain. A

Unlocking the Communication Code of Aging Parents

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”                                                                 -George Bernard Shaw If boomers think they had issues in the past communicating with their parents, try adding in their new role as caregiver.  They have quickly discovered how unprepared they actually are for the volatile conversation about provocative topics that dominate the last phase of life.  Not surprising, they are coming for these experiences frustrated, confused and deeply upset about “what went wrong” despite their best intentions. While it would be convenient to blame this all too common disconnect between generations on the eccentricities of their aging parents, the real problem can be traced back to the messages boomers are sending them.   For the most part, they are based on outdated assumptions about the psychology of older adults.  No matter how hard they try, they cant’ avoid delivering the wrong message.  What can make this better? The good news is that by updating their understanding of the  psychological agenda of their aging parents, boomers can use these new insights to dramatically improve the receptivity and effectiveness

LARRY LEVINE – THE PRISON CONSULTANT

How does anyone become the premier expert in the world in their chosen field? To accomplish so rare a feat, it helps to have relentless energy, an extraordinary work ethic, no fear of failure, and at least a decade of hands-on experience. Each of these attributes clearly apply to Larry Jay Levine – the world’s premier expert in federal prison consultation. And just how would one gain ‘at least a decade of hands-on experience’ in the field of federal prisons? Simple – by spending 10 years as an inmate in 11 of them – from high security on down to medium, low, and finally, minimum security. “It could have been worse,” says Levine. “My ex-wife wrote a letter to the court with information on crimes even the prosecutors didn’t know about. Luckily, the statute of limitations had already passed.” The Incarceration, A New Beginning As described on one of Levine’s several websites, he was a Private Investigator in Los Angeles, California before entering federal custody in 1998. He also reveals that, in truth, he was working as an ‘efficiency expert’