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Octonauts: Season Two – Whether You Love The Ocean Or Not, This Is Filled With Information In A Fun Way!

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Octonauts: Season Two – Whether You Love The Ocean Or Not, This Is Filled With Information In A Fun Way!
Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain
Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii, medic Peso Penguin and the rest of the crew, as they
explore the world s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats – above
and below the waves!
Based on the richly imaginative books by Meomi, this series combines
immersive visuals and ‘submersive’ humor to transport young children into a world that is both
real and fantastic, full of mysteries to unravel and surprises around every corner.<p>In this
season set, encounter all types of creatures from the Great White Shark to Lionfish and more!
The adventures don’t end there! Embark on an Amazon adventure with the Octonauts as they
travel down the Amazon River in search of a lost city and Kwazii’s long-lost grandfather, Calico
Jack! So come aboard the Octopod for 24 exciting missions! Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age
10 comments, “The show is based on American-Canadian children’s books by Meomi Design
Inc., which make it ideal for young kids! The series is very entertaining and educational. It
contains lots of information and if you love the ocean, I definitely recommend this series.” Denise
B., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer adds, “. One of my favorite things is how, at the end of each
show, they give facts about sea animals such as the Great White Shark and Sea Snakes.” See
their full reviews below.
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Octonauts: Season Two
By Zoe Canella, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
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Octonauts: Season Two is a very cute children’s television series animated in Ireland and voiced
by British actors. The show is based on American-Canadian children’s books by Meomi Design
Inc., which make it ideal for young kids! The series is very entertaining and educational. It
contains lots of information and if you love the ocean, I definitely recommend this series.
You don’t need to watch Season One to understand Season Two. From the very first episode,
you are immersed in a colorful underworld, discovering the adventures of the very likable
characters. The intrepid Octonauts travel in nautical space ships and the Octopod and will remind
parents of Star Trek and the expeditions of French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. I like that
they work as a team and how they respect each other. Each character brings something different;
they have different specialties and each one is unique.
My favorite characters are Peso, the penguin and Barnabas the polar bear captain which I found
very classy. But, all six adventurers are fun to watch – Kawazii (the cat), Inkling (the Dumbo
octopus), Shellington (the sea otter), Tweak (the rabbit), Dash (the dog) and Tunip (half animal,
half vegetable). They are not only adorable, but it is easy to relate to them. They all have different
accents and, by the sound of their voices, they are different ages too.<p>Everything is very
interesting in this show. Each episode follows a different mission where you learn fascinating
information about the ocean and marine life in a very fun manner. Each episode is based on one
particular sea creature or animal and the Octonauts not only explore the ocean but also protect
their habitat. The technology in the series is imaginary, but the creatures are based on real ones.
The show’s color palette is beautiful with lots of light blues and greens. It’s quite refreshing and
calms you down, which I think is ideal for little ones. I really like the animation, especially the
graphic transitions at the end of each episode as it gives a recap (Creature Reports) to the
episode and additional information about each animal. Each episode is also focused on a
particular conflict or problem, but you can enjoy them individually since there’s no sequence
between them.
Season Two comes with two discs, with 12 episodes each and 12 Creature Reports, which are
music videos about the animals featured in that episode. This gives a nice recap on that segment.
The message series is “explore, rescue, protect.” There’s a whole ocean out there to discover,
but we have to care and preserve our nature for future generations and ourselves. <p>I give this
DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, but parents watching with their little ones
will enjoy as well. It’s available on DVD now, so look for it. Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST!
Film Critic, age 10
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Octonauts, Season 2
By Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
https://youtu.be/Q7FIc355A4k
ll, they actually do more than just rescue, but I really enjoyed
the rescue. They also explore and protect and I can add another one – they educate young
children. The characters are extremely likable and engaging. There are so many different
adventures in this season’s collection. I especially enjoyed the one about the Great White Shark
which the group needed to rescue and at the same time had to be very careful so they didn’t end
up as the Great White Shark’s lunch! The underwater scenes are fun to watch. The dialogue is
creative. I highly recommend this for ages 3 through 7. One of my favorite things is how, at the
end of each show, they give facts about sea animals such as the Great White Shark and Sea
Snakes. I give this 4 stars out of 5 stars for its entertainment and educational aspects. Reviewed
by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juro

The Position Success Indicator (PSI): Your Job Fit Solution for the Future of Work

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The Position Success Indicator (PSI): Your Job Fit Solution for the Future of Work

This blog is a guest post by Mark Palmer as a companion to the November, 13 Voice America show interview with Mr. Palmer, Managing Partner, Hire-Directions and Principal, Innovative Leadership Institute. The interview focuses on the Position Success Indicator assessment to help hone find where they fit professionally. 

THE FUTURE OF WORK IS HERE

The future of work is already here: the gig economy, automation, and artificial intelligence. These trends are part of a growing narrative that suggest an increasingly complex and unpredictable workforce.

Studies indicate that by 2025, the global population will reach nearly 10 billion people, with only 15% of that population living and working in high-income economies. In fact, according to a recent Oxford Study, it’s predicted that 47% of jobs will disappear in the next 25 years.

 

NEW PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGES ARE COMING…ARE YOU READY?

Workforce disruptions already force you to make employment decisions faster, smarter, and more often than any previous generation of professionals. Consequently, the coming era of work will produce thrivers, strivers, and survivors.

To thrive in this future workforce—and to navigate new realities while staying authentic to your dreams and interests—you will need a better way to prepare, respond, and adapt to a constant stream of occupational change.

 

YOU WILL NEED OCCUPATIONAL FITNESS

Two-thirds of your adult waking life will be spent creating and maintaining a livelihood. Your ability to make quality professional decisions, quickly and consistently, is more critical than ever.

This ability to adapt and intelligently respond to new professional situations will require occupational fitness: the capacity to quickly identify the right opportunities, communicate how you add value, and consistently choose ventures that align with your strengths and competencies.

 

BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY: “TALENT DNA” TESTING

“Quantified self”, or life-logging technology, has transformed the way we maximize physical fitness. If you’ve used an activity tracker or a DNA kit, you’re already familiar with how “quantified self” can be used to improve wellness goals.

Using a new breakthrough called “talent DNA” sequencing, this “quantified self” technology can now be applied to support professional wellness, too. It builds on current life-logging advancements to accelerate occupational fitness, and can be used to enhance job matching and career mapping.

 

POSITION SUCCESS INDICATOR (PSI): GET YOUR UNIQUE TALENT CODE

Every person has a unique “talent DNA” code, or occupational talent signature made of [32] quantifiable performance markers. These markers correlate with specific job requirements used by organizations to build roles.

The Position Success Indicator (PSI) reveals key professional knowledge—based on your exclusive “talent DNA”—that can be used to match you to the right jobs, build resumes, setup interview strategies, uncover career advancement opportunities, and enhance your networking capability.

We encourage you to take the PSI assessment. You get free overview results and can purchase more detailed report. You can use the results of your report to take the actions recommended below and also use them when you listen to the interview with Mark.

 

PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS PLANS: PUT YOUR PSI RESULTS TO WORK

PSI reveals how you ideally fit an organization’s goals, team projects, and job requirements. You get precise, custom language needed to communicate YOUR unique value in ways that will speak to executives, clients, and venture partners.

Once you take the free assessment, maximize your results—combined with the Professional and Interview Success Plans—in two (2) simple steps:

 

STEP 1: IDENTIFY YOUR FIT

Use the plans to identify your operational strengths and fit with common organizational goals, projects, and job roles:

  1. Trace your universal job fit using the world’s only position requirements blueprint used to design ALL jobs (Professional Success Plan, Alignment Plan)
  2. Locate your operational impact points (Alignment Plan highlighted strengths)
  3. Identify your high level fit – best fit with organization needs (Professional Success Plan, Org Fit Map)
  4. Identify your detailed level fit – best fit with specific job functions (Professional Success Plan, Alignment Plan, Jobs Matrix, Requirements Insert)
  5. Pinpoint your “thrive zones” – fit with key performance objectives, where you will be most successful in jobs and career development (and understand where you WON’T)

STEP 2:  COMMUNICATE YOUR VALUE

Utilize the free results and plans to enhance your professional CV, resume, social media, and live interactions:

  • Use the Professional Summary (your free professional brand statement):
    • as an opening for professional social media, CV, and resume descriptions
    • to create a 30-second networking “pitch” (don’t just network, FIT-work!)
    • as a companion to your custom interviewing strategy (Interview Success Plan)

 

  • Use the Requirements Insert in the Professional Success Plan to summarize your value (your strengths converted to an organizational grade “job description”):
    • submit this insert with your resume, and stand out in interviews and job fairs
    • use with recruiters and hiring managers to assess fit for new jobs or performance reviews
    • use in cover letter style emails used in conjunction with job applications
    • get the right wording to communicate with executives or project stakeholders to articulate where you fit and add value

 

WORKFORCE TALENT GENOME PROJECT:  BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER

Our talent coding technology gives you the opportunity to personally make a difference in improving the future workforce by participating in a new kind of research—online, from anywhere.

By taking PSI, you are contributing your unique “talent DNA”, thereby helping to build the world’s first generation talent genome library.

This global “talent DNA” data repository will be used to enhance future workforce readiness, and to improve job design, job matching and recruiting. It will also optimize merit-based diversity, and protect workers everywhere from displacements caused by increasing job and market disruptions.

As a reader of this blog and listener to the interviews, please consider enrolling in one of the innovative leadership online leader development program. For additional tools, we recommend taking leadership assessments, using the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook and Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, and adding coaching through our online innovative leadership program. We also offer several workshops to help you build these skills.

 

About the

Mark Palmer is co-creator of the Position Success Indicator; The Job Fit Calculator; and LaborGenome™ Talent Mapping technology.

He is co-author of the Innovative Leader Fieldbook, and senior editor for the Innovative Leadership Guide to Transforming Organizations. Mark is also a consultant, and Principal and Advisor with the Innovative Leadership Institute., a management consulting firm offering progressive leadership development, team building and organizational effectiveness. He was also a TEDx OSU Speaker in47 Percent Automation Metcalf 11-19-2018.png

Feng Shui with Master Denise Liotta Dennis and Gratitude

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Feng Shui with Master Denise Liotta Dennis and Gratitude

 

 

Would you like to enjoy exceptional romance, relationships, wealth, abundance, and happiness while keeping away tragedies? Learning about the science of Classical Feng Shui could be your golden ticket to prosperity and passion. Author and Feng Shui Master Denise Liotta Dennis sheds light on this ancient wisdom of harnessing the power of energy. Denise discusses her newest book, Hollywood’s Fatal Feng Shui, An In-Depth Examination of 10 Celebrity Homes with a Tragic History, which illustrates how when basic tenets of Feng Shui are violated disaster and death are manifested.

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Cynthia Brian cultivates gratitude while encouraging us to appreciate the small wonders of living, especially the miracles of nature. When we face the day with gratitude, science indicates that we’ll be happier and healthier!

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BIO:Denise A. Liotta-Dennis

Feng Shui Master, International Author, Teacher, and Speaker

She’s known as the “fast-talkin’ Texan”—an interesting and delightful oxymoron—Denise A. Liotta-Dennis is the founder and president of Dragon-Gate Feng Shui (DGFS), LLC an international consulting and development firm, specializing in authentic Feng Shui site selection, planning, design, audits, and assessments for commercial and residential real estate and construction projects. In 2006, Denise founded The American College of Classical Feng Shui, the training arm of Dragon-Gate, a premier platform to learn Classical Feng Shui. Denise has studied with four noted Feng Shui Masters from China, Malaysia, and Australia

Denise has six in-depth books on Classical Feng Shui addressing the most popular systems of Eight Mansions and Flying Stars. The books are sold in fine bookstores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Denise has more than twenty-five years of experience working in interior design, including residential and commercial projects.

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What Does the Future of Work Look Like?

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Guess How Much I Love You Christmas To The Moon And Back – Captures The Christmas Spirit

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Guess How Much I Love You Christmas To The Moon And Back – Captures The Christmas Spirit
On a snow-covered Christmas Eve, Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends stumble across
a little Brown Bear who is lost. Determined to return their young friend back to his
mother in time for Christmas, the friends venture bravely into the unknown woods.
Through this epic journey, we are reminded that the greatest gift of Christmas is being
with the ones you love. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan B. comments, “I really love
this film because it captures the Christmas spirit by showing us all the characters telling
us what they think about Christmas. They show us that Christmas really means family.”
Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror adds, “The production values are outstanding, from
the animation to the voice over talent to the background music. The images look like
watercolors brought to life. I love them!” See their full reviews below.
Guess How Much I Love You Christmas To The Moon And Back
By Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
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This film is based on the British book series written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by
Anita Jeram, published in 1994 in the UK and in 1995 in the US. The book was a ALA
Notable Children’s book and sold over 28 million copies worldwide!
Now, I have an adorable special guest who helped review the film with me, Little Field
Mouse. I really love this film because it captures the Christmas spirit by showing us all
the characters telling us what they think about Christmas. They show us that Christmas
really means family. It’s really about spending time with your family, not about giving
gifts or any of that stuff. It’s spending time with your Mom and Dad and anyone else you
love. That’s what I really respect about the film.
I really do cherish the story and also the animation in this film which is true to the
original illustrations in the book. It really captures the adventures of Little Nutbrown
Hare and his adventures. The show is produced by SLR Productions Australia (Suzanne
Ryan) and Scrawl Studios and stars the voice of Ky Baldwin. They really capture all the
original pictures from the book which look just like watercolors. I love them. It looks like
a beautiful story that was drawn by a little kid. I really love that! The animation is
something that everyone will truly enjoy.
I really love the characters in the story, especially my friend Little Field Mouse. Of
course Little Nutbrown Hare is my favorite character. He’s absolutely adorable and at the
same time, kind and thoughtful. Just his love for everything around him makes me love
him more. He’s kind of fun and silly, but really he is just adorable.
The film is really suitable for preschoolers but also older kids, up to age 8 will enjoy this
because of all the fun and silly stories. I even think tween and teens will like this show.
Of course, adults can enjoy this as well and it makes a great show for families to enjoy
during the holiday season. I definitely give this 5 out of 5 Magnificent Stars. It is
available now on DVD so, look for it!
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Guess How Much I Love You: Christmas To the Moon and Back
Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
I thoroughly enjoyed this short film and highly recommend it for kids and families. This
is a heartwarming tale about Little Nutbrown Hare who wanders outside one night when
he can’t sleep and discovers a rare, all white fawn dancing in the snow. He knows all
white fawns are rare and when he talks to her she runs away. Through lots of escapades
Little Nutbrown Hare finally is able to convince his forest friends the fawn is real and
able to befriend the white fawn. The characters are interesting and charming. A field
mouse and a squirrel friends are all friends with Little Nutbrown Hare and they interact
with each other in the most loving way. I felt sorry for Little Nutbrown Hare when no one
believes that he had seen the white fawn. Eventually the truth comes out and they finally
see her and believe Little Nutbrown Hare. The morale of this story is about love. The
love between Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad, the love of friends and possibility of the
love of strangers. The negative behaviors shown are about doubt, but that disappears over
time. I particularly enjoyed seeing the field mouse trying to protect Little Nutbrown Hare
by making a white fawn out of snow. He tries to protect his friend’s honor in doing so.
The educational and social elements that make this film valuable emphasize the various
ways that you can show someone how you love them. Adults often tell children that they
love them and they can hear it in this story in a way they can relate to. The production
values are outstanding, from the animation to the voice over talent to the background
music. The images look like watercolors brought to life. I love them! I recommend this
for ages 2 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It uses vocabulary and ideas which little
children can understand and enjoy. Questioning, probing and problem-solving are
developed in a manner suitable for the target age. It is very enjoyable and charming. If
you have a festival for preschool and early elementary kids, this will fit right in.
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Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
I thoroughly enjoyed this short film and highly recommend it for kids and families. This
is a heartwarming tale about Little Nutbrown Hare who wanders outside one night when
he can’t sleep and discovers a rare, all white fawn dancing in the snow. He knows all
white fawns are rare and when he talks to her she runs away. Through lots of escapades
Little Nutbrown Hare finally is able to convince his forest friends the fawn is real and
able to befriend the white fawn. The characters are interesting and charming. A field
mouse and a squirrel friends are all friends with Little Nutbrown Hare and they interact
with each other in the most loving way. I felt sorry for Little Nutbrown Hare when no one
believes that he had seen the white fawn. Eventually the truth comes out and they finally
see her and believe Little Nutbrown Hare. The morale of this story is about love. The
love between Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad, the love of friends and possibility of the
love of strangers. The negative behaviors shown are about doubt, but that disappears over
time. I particularly enjoyed seeing the field mouse trying to protect Little Nutbrown Hare
by making a white fawn out of snow. He tries to protect his friend’s honor in doing so.
The educational and social elements that make this film valuable emphasize the various
ways that you can show someone how you love them. Adults often tell children that they
love them and they can hear it in this story in a way they can relate to. The production
values are outstanding, from the animation to the voice over talent to the background
music. The images look like watercolors brought to life. I love them! I recommend this
for ages 2 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It uses vocabulary and ideas which little
children can understand and enjoy. Questioning, probing and problem-solving are
developed in a manner suitable for the target age. It is very enjoyable and charming. If
you have a festival for preschool and early elementary kids, this will fit right in.
Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juro

English Teen Pop Star Has American Debut on Express Yourself!

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In her American debut, English teen pop star, Lydia Singer, chats with Express Yourself! hosts, Jack Pawlakos and Joven Hundal about her journey into the music world. Inspired by the trials and tribulations of teenage-life, 16-year-old Lydia inspiringly put together this EP, Rebellious Teen, while studying for her exams, and sings about the roller coaster of feelings she has experienced. We listen to her single, Out of Control.

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Jack, an accomplished harmonica player, reads the chapter he wrote for the new book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, about his legendary performance at age 12 playing music with some of the world’s leading harmonica musicians at a mega event.

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Siri Phaneendra weighed in about the benefits of listening to music to distress, focus, and be healthier.

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Tune to listen to Lydia Singer as a young English chanteuse is born as a USA sensation.  Express Yourself! launches a teen STAR in Lydia Singer.

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Bio: 

Lydia Singer is a multi-talented singer-songwriter from Buckinghamshire, England. She began her singing career at the age of 9 when she entered her first singing competition and won leading to her following this up with a performance at the Milton Keynes Theatre.

Lydia has been turning heads within the music industry with her distinctive pop-vocals and song-writing skills since she was a young child and wrote her first songs at the age of 13. She is a frequent performer on BBC Cambridge Introducing and has also been featured by BBC Three Counties, Westside Radio, MKFM, Secklow Sessions, Vibe FM, Wandsworth Radio, Riviera FM, and Hype Radio. 2018 saw the release of Truth Hurts which Lydia performed live on BBC. More performances at London Fashion Week show continued and, during June 2018, a trip to Beijing, China for the China-Sino Pop Music Summit proved to be a successful introduction to the Chinese market. One Top 10 and two 20 Music Week Club Chart hits in 7 months, not bad for a 16-year-old singer/songwriter!

https://www.lydiasinger.com/: 

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Life is in the Blintzes

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Life is in the Blintzes

“Life is in the Blintzes”

By Eric in Brooklyn, NY

An excerpt from Being Here…Too, Short Stories of Modern Enlightenment, Ariel and Shya Kane

When my maternal grandmother, Dora, was a child, she came to America from a tiny village in Eastern Europe. One of my fondest memories of her was that she made amazing blintzes, thin crepe-like pancakes filled with savory cheese. When I was a little boy I’d visit her in the Bronx in New York City, and we’d walk together to the store, my small hand in hers, to get fresh ingredients. Then we’d go back to her apartment and I’d watch her make my beloved blintzes. She never followed a recipe. Everything she made was by eye or by heart. The best part of all was eating them. My grandmother was a cheek pincher who loved me with food. And her food, from blintzes to chicken soup to chopped liver, was extraordinary.

By contrast, I hadn’t felt as close to my mother. While my dad and I shared jokes and a common interest in music, when I was in my pre-teen years, I decided that my mother was stoic, cold, and unable to connect with me emotionally. We didn’t spend much time talking and I didn’t enjoy her cooking.

Eventually I decided that I no longer wanted to be associated with the people in my mother’s family: Eastern European Jews. Their heritage, religion, language, customs, and even their food, including my formerly beloved blintzes, had become embarrassing to me. I conveniently forgot about the hard work and sacrifices my family had made to give me the life that I was taking for granted. I forgot how my mother had paid for things – my cello lessons, an expensive private college, and financial support she gave me when I was having some significant personal struggles – not to mention unwavering moral support.

Years passed and the gulf between me and my mother widened. When my parents moved to Florida, I never made visiting them a priority although my mom took the time to visit me. When I was cast as a professional actor in plays in Boston and New York City, my mother always came to see my performances. After the shows she would meet me, give me a hug and, before I had a chance to ask what she thought of my performance, she would whisper in my ear, “You were the best one.”

When I started to participate in Instantaneous Transformation seminars with Ariel and Shya, I saw that I had preconceived notions of my mother. I didn’t see her as she was. I saw her as I thought she was. That’s not the same thing. My thoughts about her were colored by a filter, put in place by my disgruntled teenage self who’d been insecure and desperate to fit in. Once I saw this important distinction, I was able to truly listen to what Mom had to say and to see things from her perspective. I saw her loving nature and acts, both past and present, because they were no longer at odds with my own very strong point of view. I was suddenly able to remember the hugs as well as the cream cheese and jelly sandwiches with no crusts. I even remembered when I went through my “purple phase” and Mom knitted me a purple sweater. It was well made, but in retrospect it wasn’t a great color decision for me. As a result of my new perspective, our relationship became closer and sweeter.

My grandma Dora is long gone. My mother is ninety-one and her health and memory are fading. She’s confined to a wheelchair and although her long-term memory is generally good, her short-term memory is nonexistent. She remembers my Dad, but not that he’s been dead for twenty years.

I recently went down to Florida to visit her. At first she thought I was a doctor, which was not a total loss. I’m a lawyer and a literary agent, but she had dreamt of my becoming a doctor, and to her I was. She told me she’d enjoyed my comedy show the night before (I was a standup comedian several years ago) although she felt I went on a little too long. Of course there was no show, but she was happy, especially that she’d stayed at my friend Oprah’s apartment. I was pleased to learn that I am close friends with Oprah Winfrey.

I wasn’t upset with Mom’s confusion. As long as she wasn’t depressed or scared, I rolled with it, going along with her reality. But she wasn’t eating and her nurses and aides were concerned. An additional benefit of my participating in the Kanes’ seminars is that I’ve become very intuitive. More accurately, I’ve allowed my intuition to override what used to be my denial and doubt.

Flat Book Cover.jpgI knew in my gut that blintzes would reignite my mother’s appetite. I asked the medical professionals if there were concerns about fat, salt or any other nutritional caveats. They said my mother needed calories and, at this point, any were good. I went to a deli near my mom’s house and on the way home, my car was filled with the familiar aroma of blintzes and matzo ball soup. Images of my grandmother’s smile went through my mind. I heard the roar of the crowd at Yankee stadium as we walked through her Bronx neighborhood. Most importantly, I felt the lineage of love that traveled from Dora through my mother to me. Unexpected tears welled up as I drove the Florida roads, far from New York City. I was grateful I could allow myself the pleasure of those tears, the welling of love and affection. When my mother devoured two blintzes and smiled at me, my chest swelled with gratitude for Instantaneous Transformation. My heritage is rich and full of love and life. In that moment, I rediscovered that life is in the blintzes.

This is an excerpt from Being Here…Too, which is available wherever books are sold as of November 12, 2018.

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South African Artists on the rise

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South African Artists on the rise

Just when we thought our day couldn’t get any better. We were invited to an art exhibit by our good friend Zanele Mashumi. She is the art curator at The Melrose Art Gallery. She is by far one of the smartest people I have met when it comes to Art, how it appreciates, what artists to look out for and whose work is going to appreciate exponentially the fastest. She invited us as she knows we are searching for key pieces to decorate our home here in South Africa and wanted us to have a first hand look at the up and coming artists out of Durband and Johannesburg South Africa. We were blown away! The work of the these artists shows depth, creativity and passion. When you here Zanele speak on these pieces she too displays passion and excitement as she knows who’s got next in the art world. Like Art? Want some unique one of a kind prints that will appreciate in value, then you need to visit South Africa with us! bit.ly/2EX4AxzRSA Visit our website for travel dates, discounts and all this related to our all inclusive travel. In the mean please check the video about our night at Melrose Art Gallery in Melrose Arch *which is close to the 5 star hotel where we hosts our travelers.

See you soon…and stay tuned for our one on one interview with Zanele Mashumi coming soon!

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Melrose Arch – This is the place to be

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Melrose Arch – This is the place to be

Our days are usually spent enjoying the spring here in South Africa. As we are heading swiftly towards summer we are continuing to solidify the relationships with places that will be stops on the luxury tour. Today, we visited Churchills, in Melrose Arch. It has a cigar bar and a great view of yet another piazza which holds a big screen, where fellow patrons can enjoy things such as cricket, rugby and soccer. Click this link for sneak peak for all that is Churchills and join us for your own personal experience. https://youtu.be/NTCNQPuasK8

 

A Visit to Monte Casino in South Africa

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A Visit to Monte Casino in South Africa

As we continue our transition into daily life here in South Africa, there is never a moment where you can find something to do and meet someone who is willing to share their love of country with you. Today we visited Monte Casino. A location that is nothing short of amazing, its home to a three theaters, a 10 pin bowling alley, a movie house, multiple venues to shop, magnificent indoor and more importantly an outdoor dining experience on the piazza complete with water feature and a huge big screen so patrons can enjoy the occasional rugby, football or cricket matches while dining. Tonight is one of those nights, its warm, the atmosphere is inviting and its busy! Matilda, the play is showing at the theater and parents are flocking to share the story of Roald Dahl with their little ones. We sit this one out, we have no little ones and we are more interested in visiting the 360 bar in the middle of casino where the view is perfect and the food and drinks are easily pictured on electronic menu. You will meet Caroline! She is our host for the evening and wants to invite you to South Africa. See you soon. https://youtu.be/_IRYWescQjE

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