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The Power of Positive Aging: Coping with the Inconveniences of Aging

The Power of Positive Aging: Coping with the Inconveniences of Aging

New in self-help, The Power of Positive Aging presents a fearless and optimistic plan for embracing old age “The Power of Positive Aging is an essential resource for anyone facing the prospect of older age. David Lereah adeptly shows how aging does not have to be the negative experience we’ve been taught it is.”—Lawrence R. Samuel, author of Aging in America and Boomers 3.0 Americans now live longer than ever — a full 30 years longer than they did in the early 20th century — but older Americans are not fully prepared for the challenges of living so long. Our forever-young culture and personal expectations have not yet adapted to our extended life spans. Cancer survivor David Lereah, PhD, presents a wise, practical and fearless guide to the new world of massively expanded life spans in his new book The Power of Positive Aging: Successfully Coping with the Inconveniences of Aging.  Our ageist culture associates old age with chronic illness and dementia, but Lereah teaches that the extra years at the end of your life are not a burden, but
Tips for Getting Together with Loved Ones While Social Distancing

Tips for Getting Together with Loved Ones While Social Distancing

It’s hard to believe we are in the month of July, that warmer weather for most of us is finally here and that we can count on sunshine to brighten most days. What we don’t know for sure is whether July means it’s also time for cautious optimism. Regardless of age, 50+ or otherwise, we are truly living through an unprecedented time that none of us have ever experienced before. We’ve all had to learn new skills, adapt to a new type of living and to make some fairly significant accommodations around spending time with loved ones. It’s been challenging but now, with the arrival of summer close at hand, we wonder – is it time for cautious optimism? If you’re reading this blog from just about anywhere in North America, no doubt your State or Province has recently announced some form of lifting of the restrictions related to COVID-19. Does this mean we are finally free to do as we please? Probably not! What we have learned about any kind of return to “normalcy” is that it will be
Dr. Laura Louis: Love Doctor & Relationship Expert For Improved Relationships

Dr. Laura Louis: Love Doctor & Relationship Expert For Improved Relationships

This love doctor breathes life back into damaged relationships. Love is in the Air Dr. Louis is a renowned relationship expert who believes in the power of love. She has been operating for more than ten years as a licensed psychologist, consultant, and public speaker, helping people all over the world rebuild trust in their partners, believe in themselves, and understand their personal value. Her passion led her to create Atlanta Couples Therapy, a counseling service focused on rebuilding relationships. Dr. Louis’s personal specialty is strengthening marriages that have experienced infidelity. She’s helped hundreds of couples who have felt unfulfilled, distressed, and uncomfortable in their relationships to reconnect and focus on better days ahead. For this reason, Dr. Louis is affectionately known by peers and clients as a “Marriage Architect,” molding problematic relationships into powerful ones through conflict resolution and communication. Love is Dr. Louis’s business. In addition to her couples therapy mission, she is the author of Marital Peace, a book on how to lay the foundation for a solid and meaningful relationship. She also conducts training, seminars and
Kingsford SteakAger: Steakhouse Quality at Home

Kingsford SteakAger: Steakhouse Quality at Home

Now you can really have it your way —the finest dry aged beef made right in your kitchen. Peter Luger’s … Pappas Brothers … Bern’s … Gibson’s … CUT, each and every one a worthy destination for those searching for the very best in steak. What if you could duplicate these iconic restaurants in your own home for a fraction of the price?  Not Possible?  Think again… A Superior Steak One of the most universal myths about the finest steakhouses in America is that the unique flavor and textures of their steaks come from some special grades of meat that are only available to restaurants.  In actuality, the secret to great steak is dry aging.  Steakhouses have known about this for decades, and it’s one of the many reasons why people simply give up when trying to duplicate it at home. Dry aging is a process by which large cuts of beef are refrigerated with consistent air circulation taking anywhere from several weeks to several months, resulting in a much more flavorful and tender steak.  And now you can age your steaks,
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet: Grill Mastering

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet: Grill Mastering

High-end outdoor kitchens having all the accoutrements of indoor cooking are raising the bar on backyard grilling. The warmer weather has finally arrived, and it’s time for barbecue. Actually, as a resident of South Florida, it’s always barbecue season! I love my brisket and, if you haven’t already checked out our article featuring Steven Raichlen, now is the time to do so. I also enjoy just about anything else you can cook on the barbecue.      American Craftsmanship One of my favorite companies is Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, which makes custom outdoor kitchens that are downright gorgeous, and can liven up anyone’s backyard.  Forbes calls it the the “Rolls Royce of Grills.” You can see and feel the difference that sets Kalamazoo grills apart from the rest. It’s all in the details, they take pride in their quality, craftsmanship, and performance, and ship directly from their workshop in Michigan to homes all over the world. Kalamazoo has been in business for over 100 years, focusing on custom food and dairy processing equipment. Almost 20 years ago, Kalamazoo decided to expand operations,
Steven Raichlen: Ultimate Pit Boss & Grillmaster

Steven Raichlen: Ultimate Pit Boss & Grillmaster

Back to School  “I spent a lot of time attending school in my younger days.  After graduating high school, I went to college for four years, graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island.  As if that wasn’t enough, I attended Brooklyn Law School for another three years after that! Honestly, after those experiences, I never wanted to see another school again and was ready to start my career.  But now, around 40 years later, I’m ready to go back to school!  Yes, I’ve re-acquired “the bug” to go back to school. “Barbecue University, here I come!”  Barbecue University?  Seriously? Yes, as a matter of fact, Steven Raichlen, the world’s foremost authority on live-fire cooking, is the professor at this esteemed university. Mastering His Fiery Craft A passion for primal flavor in food cooked over a live fire ignites a backyard grill mania. Known as the man who reinvented modern barbecue, Steven Raichlen is an accomplished author, journalist, cooking instructor, and TV host. As inspiration for his books, he has traveled the world in search of all things barbecue and considers cooking
Overcoming  Fear

Overcoming Fear

Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can become a huge factor in their personal life and professional career. Here are six tips that a person can use to help manage their depression. Challenge Your Depressing Thoughts: One of the ways to manage your depression is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. Your fearful thoughts are usually not based on reality. Distract Yourself: Some people can get depressed over doing a certain task. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things. Worrying Makes
Salad Days of Summer

Salad Days of Summer

Discover the origins of some of America’s most beloved salads. The long days of summer are here, and with it comes hot steamy weather and a yearning to cool off. Heavy meals give way to lighter ones and salads with all their fixings rule the day. Sink your teeth into a crisp Caesar Salad or taste the tang of cool coleslaw or chunky Cobb salad. Whatever your preference, salad makes the perfect main course or accompaniment to your favorite meals. Here, we’ll explore some of the classics with histories most people may not know. Caesar Salad Hail Caesar for what could be America’s top salad choice. The origin of Caeser salad began in of all places, Tijuana, Mexico. Credited with its creation was Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef who lived in San Diego, California, and worked at his restaurant in Tijuana to avoid U.S. prohibition restrictions. His daughter recounted that the salad was invented on July 4th, 1924, when there was a big rush for food and supplies ran low. Using what he had, Cardini wowed his guests by preparing
Pedego Electric Bikes

Pedego Electric Bikes

A love of cycling and dislike of hills prompted the co-founding of Pedego Electric Bikes. In 2008, Don DiCostanzo and Terry Sherry were at lunch talking about what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives. They were both 50-something serial entrepreneurs who were in between ventures. Best friends since college, they loved cycling but hated hills. They loved the concept of electric bikes but hadn’t found a really great electric bike. Despite having no bicycle industry experience, they decided to create their own. Over lunch, they designed their first bike on a napkin. The first Pedego electric cruiser bike was designed with a nostalgic look reminiscent of 1950s beach cruisers. Overcoming Challenge #1: Manufacturing in China Manufacturing challenges included persuading big-name bicycle components companies to allow Pedego to use their parts. Most were unfamiliar with electric bikes and were reluctant, but DiCostanzo was highly persuasive. Another challenge was finding the perfect factory in China to manufacture the bicycles, eventually they found one. Overcoming Challenge #2: Distributing Electric Bikes In 2009, the first Pedego Comfort Cruiser bikes rolled
Inspiring Children: the Power of Play

Inspiring Children: the Power of Play

Educational toys help kids gain a better perspective on Black history and learn to build a better self. Child’s Play Children can wear you out with their nonstop questions, picky eating habits, and affinity for play. On the other hand, little ones can also inspire you to be the best version of yourself, ignite the leader within you, and take you to new heights. Ask Tiffney Laing; she owes a lot of her success to the love of her children. Since becoming a mom, her priority has been to make the world a better place for her kids. That passion led her to become the entrepreneur she is today. Thinking of her children’s future, Laing was fed up with a lack of representation in the toy industry. It began to affect her children, who were puzzled as to why no toys looked like them. Her solution was founding Ancestors & Descendants, LLC, in 2016, which later became Bevy & Dave, LLC, named after her children Beverly and David. The company creates toys with brown skin and a historical perspective, changing
SmileDirectClub: New Oral Care

SmileDirectClub: New Oral Care

Tooth tech pioneer enters the retail market with an exclusive line of personal oral care products. Grin bearers have something new to smile about. SmileDirectClub is revolutionizing the oral care industry with its recent introduction of new premium products for consumer home use. The industry pioneer was the first to build a direct-to-consumer medtech platform for teeth straightening and is now expanding into personal oral care products. They’ve introduced new end-to-end oral care products to keep teeth, clean, bright, and healthy. Offered exclusively through 3,800 U.S.-based Walmart stores and Walmart.com, the new line of oral care products will be the first offered in mass retail by a provider of clear aligner therapy. The inaugural rollout includes smile-enhancing products such as a state-of-the-art electric toothbrush and bright on™, a premium teeth whitening system featuring an LED light. Other new products include toothpaste in whitening and sensitivity varieties, a water flosser, and smile spa™, the first ultrasonic UV cleaner on the market that sanitizes toothbrush heads, aligners, retainers, dentures, and more. The new suite of products offered at an affordable price point
Foodie Fantasies from LG

Foodie Fantasies from LG

Soon, intelligence-laden kitchen gadgets will be coming our way, taking homemade to a whole new level. The rumor mill says that LG, the multinational electronics company headquartered in South Korea, has not been spending all of its time manufacturing some of the best TVs, kitchen appliances, and audio devices in the industry. The Ultimate Home Brewery Machine As a matter of fact, at industry tradeshows in 2018, LG introduced a new concept machine called HomeBrew, a craft beer machine. Using pods similar to the coffees pods introduced by Keurig several years ago, you can create fresh craft beers right in your own home. If you know anything about brewing beer, you are aware that this is a time-consuming process that requires a lot of time and legwork throughout the various stages of the process, from boiling, to mixing, to cooling to carbonating, and, finally fermenting. HomeBrew is by no means an instant solution, but it’s much more of a hands-off approach, and it dramatically reduces the timeline to a matter of weeks before reaching perfection. I really enjoy my beers,
Cocktail Hour: 5 Classic Cocktails For Summer

Cocktail Hour: 5 Classic Cocktails For Summer

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
Teri Turner: Superb Summer Food Selections

Teri Turner: Superb Summer Food Selections

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

Embrace the Plant-Based Buzz: The Best Vegan Wines

Veganism is on the rise in the food and beverage industry. More than just a fad, people are falling in love with animal-free products. Choosing a vegan lifestyle means becoming aware of and avoiding certain products and ingredients. Often, these off-putting ingredients hide in the production of store-bought food and beverages, and your wine is no exception. Although wine is plant-based, a few animal products are used in the fining process to make the wine clearer. But vegan wine producers are using non-animal alternatives in their fining process with fantastic results. The surge of vegan interest has resulted in increased production of more vegan-friendly wines, and supermarkets have stocked their shelves with more animal-free products. Below are some of the best wines for vegans to try out. Château Dauzac Margaux Produced in the centuries-old Médoc tradition, Château Dauzac Margaux is a wine that vegans can treasure. The wine is not fined with egg whites but with plant-based fining agents.  Château Dauzac Margaux is best enjoyed while in its early years with decanting. It will need at least two hours to
Shawn Hardnett: Beacon Of Hope For Our Youth

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
The Ultimate Gift: An Unforgettable Father’s Day

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
Bobby and Tia Norfleet: A Win for All

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
Touring Castles from Home

Touring Castles from Home

Take a great getaway to fairytale castles in faraway places without ever leaving your armchair. Now that summer is here, many of us wonder when we will be able to travel abroad again. Vacationing on sunny Caribbean isles, taking that long-awaited Mediterranean cruise, being pampered in spa resorts, or immersing in European and Asian cultures – all of it seems so distant now as we continue to endure the worldwide pandemic with its travel restrictions. However, we can satisfy our wanderlust by traveling while at home, albeit virtually. How about an escape to some of the world’s most fascinating castles? There’s nothing quite like viewing architectural grandeur and exquisite artisanship that has captured our imaginations, as we have seen in movie sets like Harry Potter and Star Wars and television series like Downton Abbey and the aptly named Versailles. Or, perhaps it is some battle-scarred Medieval stone fortress that has withstood sieges and the test of time. We can easily visualize knights in shining armor on their trusty steeds crossing a drawbridge and heading off to battle while ladies in
Luxury Alaska Adventure

Luxury Alaska Adventure

Alaska’s Wild Frontiers: Ker & Downey’s luxury Alaska adventure is an exclusive journey exploring Alaska’s treasures – local art, wildlife conservation areas, and plentiful nature.  North America’s “last frontier,” Alaska is a wild land of epic proportions. It is a place where grizzlies gather at the salmon-filled rivers. Moose often stop downtown traffic. Glaciers and their deep valley imprints seem to appear around every bend. In other words, outdoor adventure here is never more than a stone’s throw (or private helicopter ride) away.  Alaska Adventure: Wild Frontiers is Ker & Downey’s exclusive luxury Alaska adventure. It is an in-depth study of some of Alaska’s finest treasures, from local artists and wildlife conservation areas to luxury lodges and wilderness, untouched and unbelievable. Anchorage Ker & Downey’s luxury Alaska adventure kicks off in Anchorage at the city’s most renowned hotel, Hotel Captain Cook. The hotel offers a flawless first taste of Alaska with its historic prestige and Old–World explorer atmosphere. This pairs beautifully with its towering panoramic views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Start off by spending time with two of Alaska’ leading wildlife artists, Jon and Jona Van Zyle. Afterward, leave on a private flight-seeing transfer to the historic Iditarod Trail. You will pause on the
The Strahov Library: A Czech Republic Gem

The Strahov Library: A Czech Republic Gem

Visit a national treasure, one of the most valuable and best-preserved historical libraries in the world. I’ve always enjoyed traveling and long ago became the person my companions have relied upon to put together an itinerary that will be second to none. One of the necessities is to find and work with the best experts and guides. They will magically transform any vacation into a memory for the ages. I tend to rely on Wendy Perrin, Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure, or Rick Steves in my search for those at the top of their game. Pick the Right Guide For instance, in Russia, we were accompanied by two excellent guides arranged by Exeter International, Gennady in Moscow, and Anya in St. Petersburg, who were absolutely perfect! It would not have been possible to duplicate our experience with a group tour. Moreover, if you travel with three others, the expense of hiring the best guides is no more than the cost of traveling on a high-end group tour; in fact, it’s probably less. And, now you get to go when you
Transforming the World

Transforming the World

Speaking powerfully and conscious listening can lead to a world of connection, understanding, and peace. Generally, we don’t give much thought to sound except when we put on headphones to tune out what’s around us or when we strain our ears to hear someone at a noisy restaurant. We’ve gotten so used to noise pollution we hardly notice it anymore. Meantime, our fixation on texting and typing emails has dulled our listening and speaking abilities to the point of being detrimental to our well-being. But, becoming aware of sound and its significance can actually improve our lives. How we speak and how we listen matters; it affects our daily life at home, in the workplace, in school, and relationships. The human voice has been described as being so powerful it can start wars and speak sweet words of love. But speaking and listening effectively today is being overlooked by most people, and we wonder why no one is listening to what we are saying. These observations are by Julian Treasure, a sound and communication expert. A leading authority on work
Bob Dickinson: Voyage of Mercy

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
Ubuntu Life: Empowering Lives

Ubuntu Life: Empowering Lives

A unifying idea, ubuntu means to be human is to recognize the humanity of others. “Ubuntu” is a simple African word that has deep meaning in society. It is a philosophy that holds a universal truth and is a way of life. Ubuntu means appreciating one’s uniqueness and having respect for each other. Each person brings different skills and strengths that contribute to the success of a society as a whole. But ubuntu also encompasses sharing, being helpful, caring, trust, selflessness, and community. Such a philosophy leaves no room for mean-spiritedness or retaliation. Instead, hatred and anger are conquered through compassion and peace. Nelson Mandela, an inspirational figure of freedom in the world, has been called the personification of ubuntu. He did not harbor retribution, bought sought peace, understanding, and harmony. Mandela once described ubuntu as “a traveler through a country would stop at a village, and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu
Protector of Rainforests

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
Jonathan Mangum: Love of the Laugh

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

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

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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’