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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Jake Hanrahan: Irregular Warfare

As audiences turn from mainstream news reporting, independent journalism is gaining in popularity and trust. Riveting stories of conflicts and crime on the world stage are brought to us by journalists who accept the risk of putting themselves in harms way. They do it to get the story behind today’s headlines so the rest of us can know what’s actually happening in the world. One such independent journalist is Jake Hanrahan of the UK, who brings us stories from some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots. His firsthand reporting also covers the underworld of organized crime, exposes extremist political views, and dives into conspiracy theories. Take a look at his showreel to see what takes to get the story… Journalistic Integrity at Stake In an interview with Defiance, Hanrahan shares his view on why audiences are becoming distrustful of mainstream news, “Because a lot of people are getting sick of what they’re seeing every day. It’s not just kooky people. Normal people now, everybody is just going like, ‘Hang on, I’m sick of this. I’m sick of being told what

Estella Mims Pyfrom And Her Brilliant Bus For Underprivileged Kids

Underprivileged kids take charge of their destiny on a magical mobile learning lab. Magic School Bus  In today’s digital age, information is everywhere. This has made for a more informed general public, but some poor and rural locations have fallen behind due to a lack of resources. That’s why Estella Pyfrom, an 82-year-old activist and educator from Quincy, Florida, is giving those who need it an “education on wheels.” Her ‘magic school bus’ established a movement to make education accessible to all. The Brilliant Bus is a non-profit, designed to help both underprivileged children and adults access education, modern technology, and educational resources no matter where they live. The project is helping to eliminate the digital divide in communities and has been featured during a Microsoft Super Bowl commercial, in O, The Oprah Magazine, and was a recipient of Toyota’s Standing O-vation award. Pyfrom was also named a CNN Top 10 Hero. You can watch her hero story here… Retirement Redefined When most people retire, they usually spend their savings on traveling, moving to a different country, or satisfying their

MYKA MEIER ETIQUETTE: ILLNESS/DEATH

What do you say to someone who has just lost a loved one, and how do you support them? I advise not to say you know how someone feels, because even if you have lost someone in the past, you still may not know how they feel. Instead, be sure to reach out and tell them you are thinking of them (or praying if you / they are religious) during this time and that if they need you for any reason, you are just a phone call away. I think it’s important to let someone know you are there to help or support. I also think it’s a nice gesture to cook or send food to the home of the person who just lost someone. Not only for them to have something to nurture the family at loss, but also to help feed any visitors who may stop by. What do you say to a friend who has a serious illness? How can you help but not get in the way? I think in this case it’s again important to

White Noise, Pink Noise, and Fan Sounds For Sleeping

The Sonic Sleep Coach app includes soothing music and sounds to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. We created high quality sounds, such as the Sonic Pink Noise, that are designed to relax the mind after a long stressful day and put you in the right mindset for sleep. Such rituals can reduce how long it takes you to fall to sleep because your brain can associate certain music or particular sounds to falling asleep. This is known as stimulus control therapy, or more broadly, classical conditioning, where a stimulus can act as a trigger to induce a behavior. Our sound landscapes, which we call a “Sleep Tent” also blocks out noise pollution while you sleep to make your sleep more regenerative. Noise pollution can often wake you up during the night with or without conscious awareness of these sleep disruptions.  Our unique pink noise and white noise fan sound are designed to block out more frequencies of sound than your typical fan noise or white noise. But we also include these types of sounds, along with a fan noise,

April Braswell: Breaking the Ice with People

Getting into a Conversation Comfortably, Confidently, and Casually When the Holiday season is in full swing, this is a particularly easy time of year to break the ice with people every day of the week. Whatever the time of year or season, there is often a seasonal event or occasion upon which you can lean to assist you in how you break the ice with people who are complete strangers. This can assist you whether you’re a single looking to date and get more comfortable and socially skilled or a new sales person needing to sell items, services, or just yourself as a professional. Developing your ease and agility for breaking the ice with people stands you in good stead in all social and business professional interpersonal situations. Whether you’re a single hoping to get the cute guy to ask for your number or a get the beautiful woman to talk to you and give you her phone number when you ask for it, or possibly a sales man or woman looking to make more selling connections, many people want

Ker & Downey: Plan Your 2019 Christmas Vacation

Plan your family Christmas vacation 2019 before it’s too late, since the holidays are fast approaching. Ditch the usual presents and give the gift of travel this year instead. With options fit for the whole family, designing your journey with us will open a magical world of travel to your loved ones. Get inspired to make this a holiday your family will cherish forever. Private Colorado Ranch Say howdy to the holidays at a cozy ranch in Colorado. This is a Rocky Mountain wilderness experience that amps up the luxury. Picture this: 10,000 acres of pure nature and pristine trails for you to explore. Bring the whole gang; there’s plenty of space for up to 20 with 11 rooms and nine bathrooms. The home embraces a cabin-chic design with views of the snow-dusted landscape. Your kids will keep their eyes fixed to the starry sky looking out for Santa’s sleigh. A private chef takes care of your meals, leaving you to kick back and relax in front of a crackling fire. Beyond the ranch, Colorado’s winter wonderland awaits. Go with

Russia: A Visitor’s Dive into Cultural Dynamics

From the grandeur of imperial Russia to the stark soviet era, Russia has a rich mix of heritage and culture to explore. We had the opportunity to visit Russia a couple years ago, spending four nights in Moscow, two nights in a small town named Suzdal, and another four nights in St. Petersburg.  Our trip was arranged through Exeter International which, in my opinion, is the best way to travel to Russia if you are seeking private or small group tours. The special touches added by Exeter throughout the trip illustrates their existing relationships and experience in this part of the world. Red Square After settling into our lovely hotel, the St. Regis, which is literally a couple NYC blocks from Krispy Kreme …  and, oh yeah, the Kremlin … we met the first of our two extraordinary guides, a gentleman named Genaddy, a history professor and former member of the military.  A fabulous guide adds so much to a trip and we were incredibly fortunate to have been accompanied by two special professionals throughout our trip. Unforgettable Moscow Our stay

10 Travel Essentials: Top Travel Gear for Your Next Trip

We’ve listed 10 convenient accessories to make your travel less stressful and more enjoyable. Oh, the joy of travel! We’ve listed some of this year’s top travel accessories that are truly useful, convenient, compact, and lightweight. We’ve picked travel accessories that have high customer ratings and they’re all available on Amazon. No bulky, too technical, or silly travel “must-haves” here, just functional gear you can really use. Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery No more lost luggage! Place this little device on your luggage, keys, wallet, camera, handbag, and they’ll be quickly located using Bluetooth-enabled tracking. Easy peasy! Use your smartphone to ring your Tile Pro to locate items within 300 ft. Can’t find your phone? Double click the tile to make your phone ring. You can even tap into the world’s largest lost and found community to help you locate your lost stuff. The long-life battery is guaranteed for one year and you can replace the battery yourself. Rugged and stylish, this little tracker will give you peace of mind. Check out the details on the Tile website or Amazon.

Lock Laces: Footloose and Fancy-Free

Forget about lacing and unlacing your shoes, turn them into comfy slip-ons! The Problem with Shoelaces Recently I noticed an article in BuzzFeed entitled 22 Products I Don’t Understand How You’ve Lived Your Whole Life Without. The very first item on the list caught my eye! At the time, I had never heard of no-tie shoelaces that could supposedly be used to convert any pair of shoes into slip-ons that would remain ridiculously comfortable forever! And, frankly, I didn’t buy into the headlines, but it intrigued me enough to look into them a bit further. Let me be candid here —I was never really good at tying my shoes, I know that’s pretty embarrassing, but I like to be extra comfortable and it’s always been too tight or too loose, never just right.  And too frequently, it seemed that my shoes would become untied at the most inopportune times. So, I figured I would look into these things, known as Lock Laces, particularly in light of the fact that they had over 10,000 great reviews on Amazon! You can use them on

Scammers, Spammers, Robocalls, Oh My!

Sick of telemarketers and phone scammers annoying you every day? Here’s how you can avoid them… Like most people you’ve probably received the phone call that sounds too good to be true or one that prompts urgent action regarding your credit card account. And then there are the ones you get up to answer and there’s no one on the other end. These are just a few of the examples that not only irritate you but are intended to really harm you such as sucking funds out of your bank account. All they need is one gullible person and their day is made, and unfortunately, there are way too many of those around. Sometimes these callers sound so official, often naming real companies like Microsoft or government agencies like the IRS. You may have received calls to renew that service or membership you never knew you had. Or how about winning that contest you never entered. And there’s nothing more unnerving than receiving a call that threatens a fine, lawsuit, or jailtime. Oh, and that call with no one on