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Bob Dickinson: Voyage of Mercy

Caring for those in need is to consider others of more importance than ourselves even though they may never be able to repay the kindness. Jesus taught us many things that linger in most hearts today; to be kind, compassionate, and to love one another. One teaching many people know is Matthew 6:21, “Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.” Another is Mark 8:36, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but lose his own soul?” Such relevant statements fit any age and are worthy of patterning a life after. The very successful former CEO of the world’s largest cruise ship line strives daily to live these ideals. He is often quoted on how one never sees a Brink’s truck at a funeral. He knows acquired wealth is not something to be hoarded; instead, one’s treasure is to be put to better use rescuing the less fortunate; people who have fallen into homelessness and need a way back. Bob Dickinson, Miami’s innovative philanthropist and renowned wine aficionado is that man. And

Protector of Rainforests

Transforming recycled cell phones into solar powered guardians of the rainforests. Rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystems, some surviving in their present form for at least 70 million years, according to National Geographic. But deforestation by illegal logging is a colossal threat to critically important ecosystems and contributes to global warming. Endangered species are facing extinction as a result of a loss of habitat and poaching. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, every second, nearly three acres of rainforest are destroyed or significantly degraded and could lead to complete deforestation by the year 2100. An estimated 50 to 90 percent of all rainforest logging is illegal, according to INTERPOL. The need to prevent illegal logging of our rainforests is at a critical point. A lack of surveillance in the deepest rainforests and the inability to alert responders promptly are the primary reasons illegal activity is so rampant. What grand scale solution could be devised and quickly implemented to save our rainforests and, ultimately, our existence? Saving the Rainforest Sometimes brilliant ideas come in small packages. With a

Shawn Hardnett: Beacon Of Hope For Our Youth

Going above and beyond to educate those who need it most, he illuminates their future, offers a role model, and makes them a part of a legacy. He was told that North Forest was a “wasteland in Houston.” That was exactly why he was determined to go. Though weary from years of work in the struggling education system in New York, he was focused on entering one of the lowest performing districts in Texas as a force of change. Educational Reset “We opened the school for black and brown boys, taking the lowest performing demographic out of the lowest performing district. Now, these kids are outperforming the state in Reading and Math,” says Shawn Hardnett. His title is Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys Public Charter School. That said, he has proudly worn many other worthy titles – school founder, leadership coach, principal, educational consultant and, most notably – teacher.  What Hardnett does may not be obvious to the casual observer, but his results clearly are, and they are profound. You can see it

Jonathan Mangum: Love of the Laugh

He sees laughter as a beautiful experience that makes us better people. Jonathan Mangum lives in the moment. For him, inspiration is everywhere, and life wouldn’t be fun without the spontaneity of it all. That’s how it was when he lost a bet and switched pants with Wayne Brady on live TV, or when he rapped about benign topics with his hilarious co-stars, or when he crossed the stage in a snazzy power suit and stiletto heels to relate to an audience member’s pain. Mangum is an actor, comedian, and co-host of Let’s Make A Deal, the popular multi-generational television game show on CBS. His ability to think on his feet and bring comedy to any situation has allowed Mangum to be featured in over 100 TV commercials, movies, and shows, like Whose Line is it Anyway?, Reno 911!, Married…With Children, and NCIS. Let’s Make A Deal Mangum is most known for being the announcer on Let’s Make A Deal with Wayne Brady. The TV game show began in 1963 in the United States with hosts’ Monty Hall and Stefan

Andrew Gross: Thrilling the Page

#1 New York Times bestselling author takes us on one thrill ride after another with his suspense novels. As an amateur writer, I began my research into the life of author Andrew Gross completely intimidated. Picture a finger-painting kindergartener standing in front of the Mona Lisa. Yeah, like that.  Once I discovered we had some things in common regarding style, I felt a bit more comfortable. Like me, he uses fragments on occasion instead of Grammarly-approved sentences. He also likes to kill off characters unexpectedly. I soon felt a kinship with this literary genius that I had absolutely no right to possess, and I’m keeping it. Being an amiable genius, I’m sure Gross won’t mind. It was kinship with an established author that began his own climb up the literary ladder of fame. But as anyone knows, once you reach certain heights, the struggle is to stay there and keep proving yourself worthy. No one has done that more effectively than Andrew Gross, penning 14 action-packed thrillers and blockbuster collaborations with world-renowned author James Patterson. Big Apple Beginnings Gross was

The Ultimate Gift: An Unforgettable Father’s Day

One young man’s Father’s Day gift completely changed life as he knew it. Grateful fathers around the country crack their smiles as they read their child’s handmade Father’s Day card and open up their gift to find the proverbial mug or clothing item. But for one stepdad, this past Father’s Day brought a gift beyond measure, an unforgettable surprise to last a lifetime and beyond. It started like any other Father’s Day. Unsuspecting Donzell Powell, a successful real estate investor based out of Suffolk, Virginia, was being treated to the usual Father’s Day activities. His 17-year-old stepson, Keon Wiggins, had something extraordinary in store for the stepdad he loved. Wiggins desired to give the ultimate gift in gratitude for all his stepdad had done in his life. What could he give that would be more meaningful than anything money could buy? In Gratitude Wiggins recognized it took an extraordinary man with a big heart to take him and his mother into his life. Powell was willing to take on the role of stepfather and created a loving, nurturing relationship with

A Message From Throomers

We often forget how lucky we are to live in the greatest country in the world, one that is not without its blemishes, but still the land of the free and home of the brave.  Yet, our news is dominated by negativity, so much so that it is virtually impossible to read the newspapers or listen to TV without becoming depressed. Recognizing this, and aware of all of the good news that should dominate our lives, Throomers has undertaken the mission of being a source of positivity, to inspire our readers and promote philanthropy without being sidetracked by negativity.  Thus, we have consistently avoided controversial topics such as politics and religion, to name a couple, in our articles. Recognizing that we are at a unique time in our lives, a crossroad, facing an invisible virus that is relentless, it is time to take a stand.  We are confident that our medical experts will find a cure, that it is just a matter of time, before we can resume what used to be our normal lives, and be able to shake

Bobby and Tia Norfleet: A Win for All

Like father, like daughter. They’re setting the pace for equality on and off the track. Bobby Norfleet is in a race without a finish line. As a retired NASCAR driver, he is no stranger to competition, overcoming obstacles, and achieving one’s goals, but his drive wouldn’t let him stop after his laps were done. Norfleet is now retired, but as one of the pioneer African American NASCAR racers, he says he’s obligated to introduce more African Americans to the joys of NASCAR racing. He vowed to not let injustice, ignorance, or bigotry stand in his or other African Americans way as they pursue the sport. Instead, he’s gone full-throttle to help NASCAR become more inclusive by mentoring other African American drivers. And, his most prized protege — his daughter Tia Norfleet — is on her way to her victory lap. Getting off the Back Roads Born in 1960 in Savannah, Georgia, during the Civil Rights era, Norfleet heard about protests and sit-ins to overcome ideologies associated with white supremacy, black inferiority, and segregation. Norfleet remembers watching his brothers street race

Nik Wallenda “King of the High Wire”

Tightrope walking his way into the record books, this aerialist enjoys a good walk where none have gone before. Walking over the mouth of an active volcano is not everyone’s idea of taking a morning stroll, but Nik Wallenda is no ordinary person. He recently walked on a thin steel cable stretched 1,800 feet across the mouth of the molten Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua. Wearing a safety harness and gas mask, he traversed the 2,000-degree cauldron in 31 minutes, pausing briefly to regain balance as hot winds whipped up around him. It was his longest walk, and another notch added to his eleven Guinness World Records. Take a moment to watch his breathtaking feat right here… Wallenda’s daredevil feats without the use of safety nets have been wowing audiences since 1992. A Sarasota, Florida native and seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas, he carries on his family’s tradition of aerial acrobatics, and daredevil tightrope walks. As a child, he participated in various circus acts. At age 13, he made his debut as a professional tightrope walker and decided to make

JC Glick: A Warrior’s Wisdom

A combat veteran brings original and unconventional concepts on education, leadership, and resiliency into the private sector and to the non-profit world. Intrapersonal intelligence is no small thing. It is one of the rarer forms of intelligence of which there are seven, according to psychologist Howard Gardner. This form of intelligence is introspective, a calm that comes from knowing. A person having this gift knows himself and is at peace with who he is. He can handle what life hands him. Rarer still is a combination of gifts involving several types of intelligence such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, kinesthetic, and logic. Great leaders from history were anomalies like this, able to assess, devise a plan of action, and lead by example. These ancient warriors were also deep thinkers and philosophers out of necessity. The world wasn’t always the relatively peaceful, cushy place it is now. The times were brutal. Thinking men who could navigate the storm of ever-changing world events were victorious. This rare type of leader still exists today. His name is JC Glick. His mission is to impart the