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Hunkering Down: The Living Room Concert Series

Hunkering Down: The Living Room Concert Series

Bust lock-down blues, watch Elton John hosting “Living Room Concert for America” this weekend. The New Venue: Your Living Room While hunkering down the past couple of weeks, we’ve come to realize all of our neighbors are in the same predicament. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, famous or infamous, happy or sad, alone or with loved ones, we need to be at home to get through these difficult times. It is not a time to be selfish or take an undue risk; in fact, nothing could be worse. So, with venues and bars shut down from coast to coast, some of our favorite entertainers have taken it upon themselves to do what they do best. They’re performing from the safety of their own homes filming with their personal cell phones, cameras, and audio equipment. Billboard magazine is keeping its readers informed about the latest and greatest live streams and virtual concerts to watch while at home, as well as other current events in the music world. Living Room Concert for America While there have been a
Hunkering Down: Time for Some British Comic Relief

Hunkering Down: Time for Some British Comic Relief

Take a break from news headlines and fill your screen with British comedy. There are some excellent British sitcoms or “Britcoms” you might not know about that are guaranteed to lift your spirits during these days of self-isolation. Britcoms are known for their crisp dialogs, clever wit, and cynical view of life, ensuring a good hearty laugh. There are many to choose from, but here are some favorites to help chase the blues away. Black Books – (my personal favorite) A BAFTA Award winner, the show aired from 2000 to 2004, starring Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, and Tamsin Greig in the leading roles. Set in the London bookshop Black Books, the series follows the lives of petulant book shop owner Bernard Black, assistant Manny Bianco, and their friend and neighbor Fran Katzenjammer. Available on Tubi (Free), Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, and Vudu. The Vicar of Dibley Set in Dibley, a fictional quiet Oxfordshire village, a female vicar is assigned to the Parish Church of St. Barnabas by the Church of England after women are permitted to be ordained. Dawn French
Hunkering Down: Stock Up and Eat Your … Mushrooms?

Hunkering Down: Stock Up and Eat Your … Mushrooms?

Increasing research shows the lowly mushroom packs surprising nutritional and health benefits. I learned something new recently.  If you are looking to eat healthily and fight off any viruses, as each one of us are these days, one of the best foods to eat is mushrooms! I was watching a news show one morning, and I learned that mushrooms are one of the healthiest foods we should be consuming these days.  According to the Food Revolution Network, “mushrooms are a superfood, and one of the most health-promoting foods on the planet.” Fiber and protein-packed mushrooms are an excellent source of Vitamin D.  They are loaded with antioxidants and boost your immune system, helping to fight inflammation naturally.  Numerous studies have shown that mushrooms are particularly helpful in fighting various types of cancer and certain strains of flu viruses. If you would like to learn more about the magical benefits of mushrooms, perhaps you should pay attention to this TED Talk presentation by Paul Stamets, a world-renowned “mycologist,” which is a scientist specializing in the study of fungi: Although relatively new
Coronavirus: Making the Most of Hunkering Down

Coronavirus: Making the Most of Hunkering Down

Adapting to the new normal can be difficult, but here are some great ideas to keep you preoccupied at home while waiting out the pandemic. As a thriving baby boomer, or “throomer” (throomers.com), we may feel like we are 35 years old, but it’s critical to pay close attention to updates on the Coronavirus and keep our distance from others. But, while we are on the sidelines, we should continue to remain positive and make our lives a bit more constructive. I have some ideas. Stay Well First and foremost, we need to focus on wellness. We recognize that it’s best to stay at home, remain cautious, and accept this predicament, not putting ourselves or others at risk. However, we cannot just sit around our homes and become couch potatoes! We must focus on our mental and physical health and reach out to help those who are struggling to keep up.  We have to avoid going to gyms, which is disappointing —  I feel bad for those whose livelihood depends on people like us working out — but we need
Coronavirus Prevention May Be in Your Pocket

Coronavirus Prevention May Be in Your Pocket

From travel checkpoints to at-home screening, smartphone-based digital health tools could play a role in limiting outbreaks, writes Binah.ai CEO David Maman David Maman is CEO and founder of Binah.ai, a company that developed a video-based vital signs monitoring application for smartphones using artificial intelligence technology. To date, more than 2,400 deaths and 78,000 cases worldwide have been confirmed as a result of the coronavirus. Officially named COVID-19, the mortality and incidence of the disease are still rising, and these numbers will be even greater by the time you read this article. In an age where data, technology and connectivity are more advanced than ever before, each and every one of us bears personal responsibility for preventing the reach of a known epidemic. We live in a time where technology is at our fingertips and can be leveraged to potentially prevent public health emergencies, enabling all of us to share in and lighten the burden. While we are still learning about COVID-19, the initial panic has forced thousands of people to flock to hospitals and primary care centers to be
Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19: Is it Over-hyped?

Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19: Is it Over-hyped?

As of this minute according to a dashboard produced by Johns Hopkins with data sourced from the US CDC and the WHO, there have been 82,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is now called SARS-CoV-2. That sounds pretty scary when the talking heads in the news media breathlessly toss out figures. And also as of this minute, 2,810 people, mostly elderly, immuno-compromised patients, have lost their lives as a result of this disease. What the media are loathe to tell us, however, are the number of people in whom the disease has run its course and who are now recovered. That number currently stands at 33,252. The news media are in the business of selling advertising. More viewers enable them to sell more ads at a higher price. And nothing sells air time like the latest tragedy, whether it exists or not. Humans have a natural fear of the unknown and COVID-19 was unknown when it burst onto the scene in December 2019. No one understood how virulent it was, or how
Antarctica: An Unforgettable Journey

Antarctica: An Unforgettable Journey

Satisfy your wanderlust with an ultra-luxury cruise to an otherworldly destination where icebergs churn, mountains tower, and glaciers reign. It was like a dream. A couple of years ago, I received a phone call offering my wife and me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Antarctica at a vastly discounted rate, provided we could travel 30 days later.  Fortunately, my wife and I had the flexibility to say “yes,” and we did.  Wow, to this day, we remain thrilled by the experience! Embarking on a Great Adventure In a matter of weeks, we were on a plane traveling to one of our favorite cities, Buenos Aires, Argentina home of some of the world’s best steaks and pizza (yes, pizza). It’s also where we were mugged a few years ago, but that’s a story for another day. Following our one-day stopover in Buenos Aires, we traveled to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on Earth, also known as “The End of the World.”  I was somewhat familiar with Ushuaia for two reasons — Leonardo DiCaprio had filmed The Revenant there several years ago. And in a
Travel Safety Tips for those with Wanderlust!

Travel Safety Tips for those with Wanderlust!

When wanderlust visits, it’s time to travel! The world is huge and awaits you with millions or beautiful sights and destinations. Traveling is one of the most satisfying endeavors we can look forward to. With more and more people roaming the world in the age of globalization, it is more important than ever to practice safety. Below, find some of the top tips to make your trip as enjoyable and unforgettable as it can be. Research your destination Perhaps the most important tip of all, it is important to know as much as you can about your destination before arriving. There are millions of online traveler reviews. Additionally, if possible, consult with locals for the best information in real time. Someone who lives there can let you know location specific issues you should know about. Another fantastic resource is the State Department’s website for country updates and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Know who to call Make sure you are aware of whom to call in an emergency. Get the contact information for the nearest embassy or
Ker & Downey: Perfect Pairing: Chile & Argentina

Ker & Downey: Perfect Pairing: Chile & Argentina

Ker & Downey’s Luxury Chile & Argentina journey strikes a unique balance between the finest luxuries and most stunning landscapes these two countries have to offer. From the lakes and deserts of Chile to the vineyards and tango halls of Argentina, this inspirational itinerary is only a taste of what this region of South America has to offer. Suggested journey at a glance: 14 days/13 nights in Pucon, Atacama, Santiago, Mendoza, and Buenos Aires There are many ways to experience luxury travel to Chile & Argentina. 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 on a handcrafted trip. Pucon Luxury travel to Chile & Argentina begins first with a helicopter ride to the waters of Chile’s Lakes District. One part working hacienda and one part Relais & Chateaux hotel, and Beyond Vira Vira acts as an idyllic retreat in the shadow of Volcano Villarica. Over three days, you’ll kick off your journey with a myriad of bespoke adventures through this
Tapplock one+: The One-Touch Smart Padlock

Tapplock one+: The One-Touch Smart Padlock

Swap physical keys for digital ones and protect your belongings the smarter way. Today, all our mobile devices come with advanced security features, ranging from fingerprints to PIN numbers. With all this technology, why do we still keep an assortment of little keys to open up padlocks? If you work at a school or facility, it can become quite an ordeal finding the right maintenance personnel or employees who have access to gated supply cages and locked file cabinets. I recall a time when I forgot my bike’s lock key. There I was in the middle of downtown with my manager, waiting for maintenance to bring bolt cutters at 2am. Perhaps you found yourself in a similar situation. Or, how about going on vacation and realizing your house sitter doesn’t have the gate key. We can go on and on listing similar scenarios, but is there a simple solution to this problem? Meet the Tapplock one+ A highly rated smart padlock, the Tapplock one+, offered at $99, can be opened with your choice of a mobile app, fingerprint, or Morse
Charity Gifts: Better Gifts for a Better World

Charity Gifts: Better Gifts for a Better World

How to bring hope, joy, and gratitude through charitable gift-giving. Gift-giving is a long-standing tradition and finding that unique gift can become a tiring exercise. Too often we exchange gifts that are less meaningful than we would like and those often end up being regifted or shelved. Doing something for the less fortunate can be both fulfilling and bring meaningfulness back into gift-giving. Investing our gift money to save lives, provide clean water, shoes, blankets, or empowering self-sufficiency makes a huge difference for those in need. Giving hope by supporting a good cause will make the holiday season so much more special for all involved. We’ve provided our readers with a list of ideas for giving charity gifts. Make a purchase and a percentage or item is donated to a charity. Some purchases allow you to donate on someone’s behalf or you can provide them a gift card so they can choose their donation. Uplift someone’s life in the holiday spirit, you couldn’t give a more valuable gift! cuddle+kind Hand-Knit Dolls Jen and Derek Woodgate were moved to take action
Pacsafe: The Original Anti-Theft Carry Solution

Pacsafe: The Original Anti-Theft Carry Solution

Here’s a great preventive measure to keep criminals out of your stuff. Have you ever been robbed unbeknownst to you? I can tell you it is a very unpleasant experience. While shopping the toy wonderland, FAO Schwarz, during the bustling holiday season, I noticed my leather handbag had a long clean cut and realized my camera had been stolen but my wallet was safe and out of reach. But most alarming was that I had held my handbag close to me and the slice was about three inches away from my kidney! Security could do nothing as I did not know where or when it occurred, and they had bigger problems to deal with. These robbers stealthily work the holiday crowds undetected. I swore I would never allow that to happen to me again. Regaining a Sense of Safety I was determined not to spoil my holiday cheer. The following day I came across a luggage store and my eye was drawn to a sign with “anti-theft” on it. Curious, I wandered to the display of assorted handbags and carriers
PTSD Therapy in a Virtual World

PTSD Therapy in a Virtual World

Sometimes reliving traumatic events are the only way to move forward. Our way of life is preserved as the result of brave warriors who have fought in some of the most war torn regions of the world. These men and women in uniform sacrifice so much to protect the freedom we enjoy here at home. Some sacrifice a piece of themselves as they experience unfathomable horrors of war. Trained for valor and victory, they come home to stare into the abyss of despair. Countless veterans know what it’s like and question the meaning and purpose of everything. Many times, trauma they experience comes in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, or other psychological disorder. The VR Treatment There haven’t been huge advancements in the field of treating veterans, but one exception is the work of Dr. Barbara Rothbaum. “What if we can influence behaviors in the real world based on experiences in the virtual world?” she asks in a TEDx talk. You can view her talk in full here… In the mid-1990s, she along with Dr. Larry
7 Kinds Of Anger: How To Deal With Rage

7 Kinds Of Anger: How To Deal With Rage

What Is Anger? Anger is a basic, human emotion tied to survival and honed through evolution. In general, it is tied to our fight-flight-freeze response and prepares us to fight when a circumstance arises. Though anger can be a healthy response to certain situations [it’s entirely normal to feel anger if someone cuts you off on the highway or if you were passed over for a promotion], it becomes unhealthy without the proper management skills . For example, violence of any kind, especially when due to outrage, is unhealthy. Likewise, frequent and/or intense anger may be a sign for an underlying mental condition. It is important to understand what causes rage and to note when it’s causing issues or may be due to a mental condition. What Causes Anger? Many different things can lead to the development of anger; these are often referred to as triggers. Triggers differ from person to person, though many common environmental causes do exist. For example, many people may find themselves growing angry when stressed. Stress can be due to things such as work overloads,
Dr. Daniel Gartenberg: Deep Sleep

Dr. Daniel Gartenberg: Deep Sleep

Deep sleep is the most restorative stage in the sleep cycle. In this stage, our brainwaves become dramatically longer, and our daily experiences are turned into long-term memory. Deep sleep is vital to feeling rejuvenated and learning effectively; without deep sleep, it is difficult to effectively learn and process information. Deep sleep is vital, but it can be difficult to achieve. As we sleep, we spend less and less time in Deep sleep. In the beginning of the night, it is common to spend up to 50% of the first sleep cycle in Deep sleep. By the end of the night, we only spend around 2% of the sleep cycle in Deep sleep. As we age, our bodies tend to spend less time in Deep sleep per sleep cycle. This is why sleep can feel less rejuvenating the older we get, even if we sleep for the same amount of time. Why do we need deep sleep? Every organism, in one way or another, sleeps. We do this for a few reasons: to save energy, to restore the body, and
What’s Missing from Minimalism

What’s Missing from Minimalism

Everything in life works better without clutter. But some minimalists take this too far and try to exist with the absolute minimum number of things they need to get by. Does it matter how many things you own? It certainly does matter if you get to the level of hoarding behaviour, where you have so much stuff in your home that you can no longer function normally. Up to 5% of people in the western world are now thought to be in this situation, and the numbers are increasing each year. It also matters to around 30% of the population who, according to a survey conducted at About.com, say they avoid going home because they have so much clutter. In fact, only 6% of people surveyed claimed to live clutter-free. Everyone else has more things than they need and is struggling to some degree to keep their home tidy, organized and as they want it. Is minimalism the answer? The message of minimalism is excellent. It’s clear the world needs to consume less. But the practicalities are challenging and it tends
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
Third Half Advisors: Bridging the Gap for Post-Career Professionals

Third Half Advisors: Bridging the Gap for Post-Career Professionals

A post-retirement consulting venture helps retiring boomers navigate through their “third half” in life. At last, retirement has finally arrived! So well deserved, it is the crowning achievement of a hard-working career, the off-ramp of a demanding, challenging profession. You’ve looked forward to this for so long, and now you can finally bask on that sunny Florida beach, sleep in, play golf, spend more time with the grandkids. No more fighting rush hour traffic, working late night hours, meeting deadlines, or crafting that perfect presentation, just lots and lots of R&R … maybe too much R&R. Living in the fast lane juggling responsibilities, goals, number crunching, project management, family, and then suddenly switching to a slower-paced lifestyle can be jarring to one’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Some may view this as being led out to pasture and envision themselves sitting among old folks nodding off in front of a television. It’s a scary thought for those who feel they still have so much to contribute and crave a sense of fulfillment like their successful careers once gave them. Retiring with
Diane Latiker: Chicago South Side’s Founder Of “Kids Off The Block” (KOB)

Diane Latiker: Chicago South Side’s Founder Of “Kids Off The Block” (KOB)

Chicago South Side’s Ms. Diane opens her heart and home for at-risk youths to realize their potential. A Memorial Like No Other Another stone is placed on a memorial wall in Roseland, a neighborhood in Chicago. Bearing a name and date, the stone is carefully and lovingly displayed among the other 800 stones that have been collecting there since 2007. The wall is a sad testament of young lives cut short by the barrel of a gun. Worse yet, the wall has been rebuilt 15 times since 2007, and is over 400 stones behind! Diane Latiker, a community activist and founder of Kids Off the Block (KOB), set up the memorial wanting to shock “her community and the youth she served,”  KOB is a non-profit started in 2003 in Roseland, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago, where walking home from school could mean dodging a gauntlet of bullets. Even Latiker is not immune to her neighborhood’s violence. Her own van was found shot up by gangs. On another occasion, she says she found herself between two guns with
Harboring Hearts: Battling Heart Disease with Compassion

Harboring Hearts: Battling Heart Disease with Compassion

A way of healing turns into a safety net for thousands of families in their time of greatest need. A typical day, going about daily chores, taking that 20-minute walk, or going off to work, and then you get the call. Suddenly, everything grinds to a halt; a loved one has had a heart attack and is en route to a hospital. Adrenaline kicks in and off you go, making a few calls along the way to inform others and making sure a friend feeds your pet because you don’t know when you’ll be back home. Questions flood through your mind as you try to maintain composure. You arrive at the ER and eventually told of your loved one’s condition. Time passes, and finally, you can be with them. Just the sight of all the monitors, tubes, and IV is enough to scare you, but you must be strong and comforting for them and the rest of the family. What happens next? It is just the beginning. Hitting Home This scenario repeats itself multiple times a day in every community
Kevin Sorbo Q&A

Kevin Sorbo Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Business wise, obviously its Hercules.  If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t have anything that followed.  That led into Andromeda, and that led into all the movies I’ve been doing now.  I’ve gotta brag a little bit, we did pass Baywatch by our third year – – we became the most-watched TV show in the world, topped out at 176 countries, it’s still in 60 countries all these years later. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? The biggest one happened at the end of Season 5 on Hercules.  I. had a problem with my left shoulder.  I was blowing all that stuff off because I was working out two hours every day, doing all my stunts, working 12 to 14 hours each day on the set,   I came back from New Zealand to America
Jonna Mendez Q&A

Jonna Mendez Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Success – I am just like every other woman. Raising my son is probably the most profound experience of my life. I was an older mother, waited a long time to have a baby, and it was life-changing. In fact, I left the CIA early in order to participate full-time in his upbringing. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? Losing my older sister was almost the most difficult life experience. Jennifer was 15 months older than me, and we were close. Even though she lived in Aspen for many years, and I was on the other side of the world, we were always close. She died of a brain tumor. The experience gave meaning to the “carpe diem” meme. Losing my husband in January was the most difficult. I am still unable to talk
Zahi Q&A

Zahi Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I think the greatest accomplishment of mine  is the major site management program for the pharaonic, Coptic, jewish and Islamic sites in Egypt from 2022 to 2011; this included the training of the young people in the excavation tehcniques and museum management. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I think the tragedy that I faced when the Egyptian government decided to build the ring road on the South of the Great Pyramid. At that time the Head of Antiquities and Head of Ancient Egyptian  Egyptian authorities agreed to the construction of that road. I confronted them and I objected to the construction of the road, because it would damage the Giza plateau. At that time, I found that everyone was against me except UNESCO which supported me and my claim. I was ready to
D.W. Pine: Creating Instantaneous Impact

D.W. Pine: Creating Instantaneous Impact

The man behind “one of the most iconic pieces of real estate in journalism.” It’s true, time is intangible, but one iconic magazine has made time concrete. Time magazine, the printed hub for the latest political commentary, science, and technology news, boasts the largest circulation in the world for a weekly news magazine. While the publication is known for its unique writing style, its bold red-bordered covers featuring influential leaders and controversial topics garner just as much attention. For the past ten years, the magazine’s creative director, D.W. Pine has made sure to bring eye-catching and talk-worthy covers to newsstands around the world. Prior to becoming TIME’s Creative Director, Pine designed seven Person of the Year cover packages, numerous TIME 100 assignments, dozens of special issues, as well as hundreds of Time cover features and stories. He has also designed over two dozen book covers for Time, including Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama: Eight Years, The 100 Greatest Places in History, and JFK. Judge This Book by Its Cover Pine is a design director, creative director, manager, writer and speaker. He
Daniel Ciobanu:   The Savage Ivorist

Daniel Ciobanu: The Savage Ivorist

In December, 2019, my wife and I were able to get tickets to see the Bucharest Symphony at the incredible Romanian Athenaeum Theater.  Little did we know that, in addition to witnessing a fabulous symphony orchestra, we would see a special guest, a gentleman named Daniel Ciobanu, who would play the piano during the second of four movements scheduled that evening.  Daniel’s performance was beyond words, so much so, that in addition to being brought out four times following his performance to take bows, he was asked to play an encore in the middle of the show while the members of the Symphony sat there, mesmerized, similar as each member of the audience.  Daniel was incredible.  I hope, one day, you have the chance to witness his brilliance at the keys . . .  Daniel Ciobanu is an extraordinary piano virtuoso who shapeshifts from delicacy to devilry, conjuring up pure emotion from even the most hardened of hearts. A few decades ago, as the country of Romania languished behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union, imaginations slumbered. The human
Dr. Chris Stout The Unexpected Journey

Dr. Chris Stout The Unexpected Journey

Making the most of life laid the groundwork for a much higher calling. Most of us chart our course in life to become successful or excel at something, making all the time and effort we’ve invested in obtaining it worthwhile. Great achievers deserve our accolades and often go on to do great things with the wealth of knowledge and skill they’ve attained. But sometimes, life has other plans setting one on a path of far greater significance. Such is the story of Dr. Chris Stout. The Primer for Greater Things To say Dr. Stout has achieved much in life is truly an understatement. As he puts it, “I seem to run a lot of stuff—non-profits, for-profits, ultras… In addition, I also consult to individuals, start-ups, and behemoths (read: Oracle, State of Illinois, etcetera, etcetera). I have a history of being a Chief/E/O/I/Officer with as many as 500 staff reporting to me.” He’s also an angel investor and runs an international consultancy firm. His pursuits encompass financial management, engineering, real estate, executive coaching, but mainly the medical field. He is a licensed clinical
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe on the Science of Soil

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe on the Science of Soil

Could the solution for climate change lie under our feet? Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our times. As glaciers melt and extreme drought become more frequent, scientists like Asmeret Asefaw Berhe know the importance of research and how it can be used to protect future generations. In fact, she believes that the answer to our problems is right underneath our feet. Asmeret is a professor at the University of California Merced in the Life and Environmental Sciences department. She is also a soil biogeochemist and a political ecologist. What does that mean? She studies the soil to determine the health of the earth and how it plays into public policy. Asmeret’s research has received recognition from the United States Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of America. What’s Soil Got to Do with Climate Change? Her most recent contribution was on her 2019 TED Talk titled What’s Soil Got to Do with Climate Change? Her goal was to ensure that soil got the attention it deserves. “One
Doctor Dre: Hip-Hop Pioneer

Doctor Dre: Hip-Hop Pioneer

The man who brought backstreet music to mainstream America is aiming to battle the diabetes health crisis. Can’t Stop Hip Hop In New York, during the 1980s, hip hop began its takeover. High-powered beats thumped through boomboxes on the streets and subways, and men with high-top fades beatboxed to ladies in gold knocker hoops on brownstone steps. Soon after, the Sugarhill Gang introduced hip hop in the Bronx, and it began to whirlwind into something bigger than life. Today, hip hop isn’t just a style of music; it’s a culture, lifestyle, and worldwide phenomenon. André “Doctor Dre” Brown is part of that hip hop revolution. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, people could tune in weekly to see his face and jovial spirit as a co-host on Yo! MTV Raps, an urban music television show. Doctor Dre broke down barriers and helped bring hip-hop music to the mainstream. He is a celebrated American radio personality, hip-hop entertainer, DJ, actor, talent scout, rapper, composer, diabetes activist, and author. He’s rubbed shoulders with hip-hop icons like Run DMC and Jam Master
Magnifying  Education Through Film

Magnifying Education Through Film

His persistence amplifies the reach of works by independent filmmakers. Film as a historical record has been one of the most impactful tools in our learning arsenal. It can illustrate accomplishments to inspire en masse and present tragedies as examples of who we should never be again. If voices vital to the record of our collective human experience are never heard, would it be irretrievably tragic? If no one ever learned about traumas or triumphs happening in obscure corners of our world, would we be blissful in our ignorance? Probably so, and no one could hold anyone accountable, nor could we celebrate with the glorious. Thankfully, one man has dedicated his life to expanding the impact of independent documentarians and filmmakers recording these historical events. His name is Dan Gurlitz, and his archive may be the one thing beings from other worlds should check out first to fully understand what humanity is. Embracing the Art Form Gurlitz began his love affair with the arts at New York University in the graphics department. With a concentration on communicating with fonts, shapes,
Orianthi: Rock Angel of Oz

Orianthi: Rock Angel of Oz

She’s over the rainbow where dreams really do come true. If the yellow brick road were a dusty highway in Adelaide and the ruby slippers a weeping guitar, you’d be well on your way to finding Australia’s musical “Wizard of Oz.” Despite what you’ve previously heard about flying over rainbows, this Dorothy is a petite blonde powerhouse capable of creating her very own riff tornadoes. Her name is Orianthi Penny Panagaris. She resides wherever great music is created, and there’s no place like her home. She’s Got the Music in Her Born in January 1985 in the province of South Australia, Orianthi started playing music at the age of three. After a few years, her wise father handed her an acoustic guitar to keep challenging her. She was up to it, and at age 11, switched to electric guitar after being blown away by Carlos Santana’s legendary riffs at a concert. 11-year-old Orianthi begged her parents for a PRS guitar like Santana’s until they could do nothing but relent. Making One Note Sing Her tiny fingers found it difficult to
Top-Ranked Quad Tennis Star

Top-Ranked Quad Tennis Star

Whatever the obstacle, you can ace it if you set your mind to it. A wheelchair never stopped David Wagner from achieving his dream. Paralyzed from the mid-chest down, he only has thirty percent functionality in his hands yet participates in some of the world’s fiercest competitions. A tennis racket taped to his hand, Wagner has swung his way into top-ranked positions in the quad division. He is ranked number three in the world for singles and number two in doubles. Life Happens Born in Fullerton, California, Wagner was raised in Walla Walla, Washington. He was very active in sports, playing basketball while in high school and tennis while attending college. His life would be altered dramatically one summer while visiting a friend in Redondo Beach, California. While playing frisbee in the surf with friends, a wave caught him, and he landed on his neck leaving him paralyzed. The young collegiate athlete whose life held so much promise was faced with the unthinkable. How would this new chapter in his life unfold? Not to be dispirited, he challenged himself to
The Logistics of Doe Pee

The Logistics of Doe Pee

An Iowa couple saw a peculiar business opportunity and with a little creative ingenuity, launched their American dream. When you are taking a long stroll around the woods and you see a little fawn drinking from a creek, joined by its mother, what do you think? How lovely nature is? Hope not to scare it? Here’s what you should be thinking… Grab a cup and collect its pee! According to Judi Collora and her husband Sam, you’d be crazy not to. The Iowan couple, Sam and Judi Collora, built an entire business around doe pee. They founded the company, Mrs. Doe Pee’s Buck Lures. In 1987, Judi Collora bought a whitetail fawn for Sam to use as a reference for his whitetail taxidermy. From there, a herd grew. The business idea crept in when they realized fresh doe urine performed better at luring bucks than the preserved, processed version sold on the market. Voila, a business was born. The entire operation runs flawlessly and proves that this world has infinite business possibilities for a wide variety of lifestyles. Along with a

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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

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

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