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Fall Gardening – A Quieter Time In The Garden?

Oct 7, 2015

Fall gardening doesn’t have to be the quietest time in the gardeners calendar. This article outlines just some of the activities that you can be keeping busy with in your garden this fall. These include growing vegetable in the fall, planting your spring bulbs and maintaining your lawns.

In the fall as the nights draw in and the days become shorter many people think that a quiet and restful time for the gardener is approaching and that it’s almost time to put the garden tools away in the shed till spring. While this may be true for the lawn mower, there are many other garden tools whose services can still be required during the fall.

For the more serious gardener who wants to continue to grow as late in the season as possible or who wants to optimize his lawn and garden in preparation for next year. There is still much gardening that can be done, both in growing vegetables and preparing and planning your garden for next spring, until well into the fall.

With the constant possibility of early winter frosts many gardeners don’t even consider fall gardening. This is a pity as with the right planning, planting the most suitable plants and at the right time of year, the rewards can be well worth the extra work. As often, for example, vegetables, produced in the fall can be sweeter and tastier than those grown in the height of the summer. This can bring a refreshing new dimension to some of the same old varieties of garden vegetables.

It is important, however, to choose vegetables with a short growing season to give the best chance of harvesting before the more severe frosts do make an appearance. Vegetables that can be ideal to grow well into the fall include carrots, beet, lettuce, broccoli, turnips and radish. They should be planted while the ground is still warm and in a place where they are likely to get a minimum of six hours of sunshine.

Fall is also the best time to plant your spring bulbs, especially the hardy varieties such as crocuses, daffodils, tulips and irises and these will do well in either containers or beds. They will flower in the spring so you can look forward to their colourful displays as an early sign of the arrival of spring, which should be ample reward for your additional work and planning in the fall.

Looking after and maintaining your lawn is another task you can be busy with in the fall to enhance your chances of a luscious lawn next spring. It is an ideal time to concentrate on factors like aeration of the soil and clearing debris accumulated over the summer growing season. You should remove any twigs, stones and fallen leaves from your lawns as these can harbor disease and encourage pests. A leaf blower or garden vacuum will make this task much easier and you should, of course, keep all of the organic material for composting.

Aerating disrupts the soil surface by making holes in the earth. This can be done manually with a garden fork or a number of tools can be used to make the work easier, or if you have a larger area to deal with. This allows more oxygen into the soil and water will also gain easier access, rather than simply running off. Earthworms will thrive better in this environment as well as a number of other beneficial organisms. Fertilizers and other top dressing substances will be more effective after aeration and it makes re-seeding, if necessary, more successful.

These are just a few of the tasks that can be keeping you busy in your garden during the fall. So if you want a beautiful garden in the spring it’s not quite time to lock away those garden tools just yet.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John McGuire is a smallholder and gardener who also runs an internet business and has his own garden products and information website.

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Hobbies: A Source of Wellness

Sep 9, 2015

By Roberto Figueroa

Hobbies are much more than activities we do for fun or things we engage in because we like them. They can be channels through which we can experience personal growth, expand our social circle, and receive physical and emotional benefits. Here are some reasons why having a hobby is a good investment of time and energy.

Reboots The Brain
Today, many of us live busy, rushed lives, struggling to balance our time between work, home, and family. As a result, our minds constantly tackle multiple problems at the same time, overwhelming our brains in the process. Because hobbies are single tasks that require concentration (like reading a book, woodworking, or playing soccer) they give our minds the opportunity to shut off the multitude of thoughts by focusing our minds on the task at hand. This streamlines our thoughts and allows our brain to take a break and relax, leaving us refreshed and renewed.

Opportunity To Be Ourselves
Hobbies can also give us a way to express ourselves and explore parts of our personality that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Arts, crafts, sports, and even collecting can be great channels for self-­‐expression. This can be especially healthy for those of us that spend most of our days doing something that doesn’t permit us to show who we are. So in many ways, hobbies help us define ourselves, and can give us a since of purpose.

They Connect Us With People With Similar Interests
It is true that hobbies can help us find a place of solitude, but even those that prefer to engage in solitary activities can’t hide their excitement when interacting with someone that likes to do the same activities as they do. Solitary gardeners can spend hours talking with the floor associate at their local gardening shop, and even book enthusiasts find it hard to contain their glee when they meet another avid reader.
It’s in our nature to want to connect with people that share our same interests, and hobbies can be a great way of entering new social circles and making friends.

Strengthens Our Self-­‐Esteem And Releases Stress
Developing and mastering a skill fills us with a sense of accomplishment that boosts our confidence and self-­‐esteem, both of which positively impact how we lead other areas of our lives. Hobbies also allow us to put our worries aside, and the mental focus h enlthey provide help us release accumulated stress, which makes us feel happier and helps us be more productive at work and at home.

Sources: PsychologyToday.com:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/imagine/200812/hobbies-­‐the-­‐personal-­‐ path-­‐creativity

Bigorbuy.co.za:
http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/article/6578/The_Benefits_of_Having_a_Hobby

PsychologyToday.com:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200910/everyday-­‐creativity

Dailyworth.com: https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/2500-­‐get-­‐a-­‐hobby-­‐it-­‐s-­‐good-­‐ for-­‐you/5

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Youngest Pediatric Resident at Mount Sinai?

Aug 13, 2015

By Laura Duncanson

Rasheedah Andrews is like your typical 22 year old; she enjoys shopping, hanging out with her girlfriends and eating Thai food. But unlike others her age, she’s also the face you might see if you bring your child to the emergency room. She is 22 years old and in her first year of her Pediatric Residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center – Mount Sinai in New York, making her the youngest in her department.
GrenadaHailing from the small island of Grenada, Rasheedah decided from a young age that she wanted to do medicine. Her interest in Pediatrics and medicine on a whole stemmed from her aunt, who is a local Pediatrician as well as one of her younger cousins who has Down syndrome. These factors along with a thirst for knowledge propelled her academically and emotionally. Education wise, she found herself graduating high school at 15, getting her bachelors and entering medical school at St. Georges University School of Medicine from the young tender age of 18. Despite her young age, she doesn’t allow that to hinder her desire to help; from volunteering at local children’s home and elderly homes, she’s always trying to give back to her community. Currently she has an initiative in place which is targeted towards Diabetes and Hypertension in the community that she hopes would improve the level of healthcare offered towards this populace in Grenada. Making pediatrics her career choice, she hopes to become one of the few licensed Pediatricians in her home country.

Medical school wasn’t easy at such a young age. The Good News Notebook Magazine (GNN) asked what was the main  obstacle she has had to face,  “self-doubt” and credits her survival emotionally to a close relationship with God, great group of friends, her mother and her aunt. She has had nervous breakdowns like everyone else but despite that, she still managed to graduate with honors, regular inductee of the Dean’s list and Chancellor list. She gives  acknowledgment to her family for allowing her to follow her dreams and not holding her back in school. She is currently a member of a few organizations such as AAP, IFMSA and a recipient of Grenada National Scholarship which funded her education.

The  two people she told GNN she would have loved to have met was Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelo because they touched people with their words and actions. As far as her future is concerned, she would like to return to Grenada and improve the quality of healthcare in the realm of pediatrics by making it affordable to those who can’t afford. Her biggest role models are her mom and her aunt.

Her words for The Good News Notebook Magazine readers are,” not to give up”, “put in the work and keep focus”. “Although you’ll be faced with a lot of obstacles and negativity, don’t listen too much to what people have to say and just believe in yourself”.
It’s safe to say, her story is an example of hard work, determination and amazing support system.

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Your Dreams Are Possible According To 21 Year Old Entrepreneur

Aug 5, 2015

By Laura Duncanson
Do you remember what you were doing when you were 21 years old? A few of you were probably in college studying while others were partying as much as they could due to their new sense of being legal. Not many of us at that age knew what we wanted to do with life, it was something that we would deal with when we got older, but this is exactly the opposite mentality of our interviewee Darron Hilaire.  Darron is a 21 year old activist and entrepreneur from the Turks and Caicos Islands who has a heart for youth and social development. At 21 he has already successfully started a television series, spearheaded an annual activist movement as well as single handedly changed how this small country sees journalism.

Turks and CaicosDarron Hilaire is a growing entrepreneur, former journalist, former youth parliamentarian and writer from the beautiful country of Turks and Caicos Islands. He was one of the few male anchors, sports reporter and also owns his own production and events company Hilaire studios. Currently, he’s the marketing and communications executive for a local telecommunication company known as Lime and in his spare time likes to read and inspire others. The Good News Notebook Magazine (GNN) asked what was the biggest obstacle he has had to face so far, he said self-imposed restrictions and self-defeating thoughts which he counters with reassurance and his faith in God.

Despite his humbling beginnings, growing up fatherless, enduring abuse and depression, Darron still finds himself reaching out and passionate about being a change in his community. He is looked upon as an inspirational individual in the community already as people are starting to see him for what he stands for and flock to hear his wise words and input. When asked about his future in politics he says he sees himself more as an activist, a bridging gap between the people and the government just ensuring things get done. His annual event Manpower TCI, which is targeted towards getting the community together to work on the alleviation in crime and cause a change in the mentality of the country, is just one of the few things he’s doing in the community. He also hosts his own weekly series Awakening Possibilities which main purpose is to tell the stories of successful individuals in life, marriage and business as a means of encouraging others. Both of these are fruits of his business Hiliare Studios. In the future he hopes to see himself and his business being taken to the Caribbean region and international.
GNN asked who inspired him the most, he listed 5 influential individuals Superintendent Kendall Grant, former Director of Youth Angela Musgrove, well known comedian Steve Harvey, global activist Oprah Winfrey and last but no means least God. These individuals saw in him what no one else did, inspired him on what a man should be when he lacked the necessary role model in the home, taught him about life as well as following your dreams. Out of these he said he’d like to meet Steve Harvey the most as he has so much to ask.

His advice for our readers about following their dreams is simple yet profound at the same time: your dreams are possible. He further went on to say,” until we believe our dreams are possible we won’t be able to access or invest in them“.

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Remodeling Tips to Refresh Your Home

Jul 19, 2015

If you have not done anything for years to refresh the visual appearance of your home it is time to reward yourself and your home by freshening it up. Many people tend to undertake big improvement projects pretty occasionally. Do-it-yourself project or a professional contractor – the choice is your but there are some pretty small things that can really make a huge impression.It is important to mention that many people aim at ecologically friendly home improvements. Going green in your home is not only about changing your housekeeping practices. Still, for green house cleaners London has many sensible solutions. Whether installing a solar panel, changing the light bulbs or simply having a nice green lawn to grow your own organic food, it is certainly a good idea to think of doing something green for your home and family.

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The first thing is that a project should never be started without having a clear plan of what you want to improve, how and then – the way of proceedings. It may be a new flooring, installing carpets or deep cleaning the old ones, repairing your terrace and balcony and many more. Never rush into repairs as many people tend to make the mistake to not research their contractor well enough and blindly trust the company. Asking person who has experience and is satisfied with the work done it is a good idea on how to find the best one. Next up, if you are about to hire the contractor, the company’s representatives must remember you to carry out an inspection to assess the work to be done, how long is needed for the project to be finished, and more. You can always ask for opinions and solutions for a particular repair or for the overall appearance.

Then, it is all about the budget. This is the only thing left for consideration before actually starting the process. Make sure you calculate everything perfect and always remember to have some extra money for unpredicted circumstances. A common mistake is to start improving your home without being sure if you are going to fit in your budget.Interior improvements significantly depend on the type of furniture, wall paint and accessories chosen. Fresh paint can really make your home shine.

Then, it is not all about the appearance of your furniture, it is about comfort and convenience. If everything fits and there is enough space left around the rooms, then your choices are right. Still, cleaning the furniture is as important as choosing the right pieces. This is why for furniture cleaning, London has many reliable service providers that can make sure your furnishing looks as new as possible.

Article Written By: Barry McDonald

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Six Strategies to Maintain Your Femininity in the World of Business

Jun 29, 2015

If you are a woman in leadership, or own your own business, I’m guessing you have heard something like this before:
“You have to be tough, aggressive, and rigorously competitive. Don’t show weakness or vulnerability. If you do, you’ll instantaneously lose respect. Emotions have no place in business!”

But, if you have ever seen a momma bear protecting her cubs, you know that the feminine force is in no way weak.

Natalie Peace Contributor at Forbes Magazine alludes to this metaphor in her article entitled, “The Awesome Power of Femininity in Business” and goes on to say:

“Visionary women have helped shift the landscape, showing us new models of leadership that include natural feminine qualities like softness, kindness, giving and emoting. Authentic relating has become the focus of many organizations committed to fostering team dynamics where people feel safe and supported in doing their best work.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliepeace/2012/05/09/the-awesome-power-of-femininity-in-business/

 

Things to Consider in Cultivating Your Authentic Feminine Self in the World of Business:
(These concepts, in great part, are inspired by my mentor and coach extraordinaire, Stacey Martino)

•  You don’t have to be taught HOW to be feminine. The truth is, you know how instinctively. The learning process comes into play in learning how to drop your protective barrier that keeps you from being the natural you.
•  Femininity isn’t about how you look. It’s not about your clothing, hairstyle, make-up or jewelry. Instead, it’s about you are ‘being’, which emanates from the inside.
•  The core quality of femininity is openness. Feminine energy takes it all in, is vulnerable, nurturing, welcoming, energetic, seeks pleasure, able to feel everything and enjoys the ebb and flow of a wide range of emotions.
•  It is a woman’s ultimate power; femininity is NOT a weakness. Just ask Super Woman! She is full of power, yet incredibly feminine.
•  Consider cultivating your femininity in your personal life through dancing, taking bubble baths, listening to music, laughing, burning candles, using potpourri, incense and/or perfume, or putting on your favorite soft or silky outfit.
•  Ask yourself questions like: How open am I on a regular basis on a scale of 1 to 10? In what ways do I shut down to protect myself? How do I pull away, care less and distance myself?

 
Shan White is a certified life coach specializing in guiding women through traumatic transitions and challenging changes. Contact her today to schedule a complimentary “Get Acquainted” session.
Website: www.WomensPeakPerformanceCoaching.com
Office: 719-388-8758

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25 Year Old Solving A Problem with Local Job Fair

Jun 6, 2015

By Connie Alsobrook
Thomas Chastain Jr. is helping to solve a major problem in Rockdale County.  For the 2nd year in a row he has held a job fair to put people back to work. The Job Fair took place on June 3rd at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5290 in Rockdale, Georgia.  Rockdale  is the second smallest county in the state of Georgia, with a unemployment rate of 6.4% as of April 2015 and a population of 85,215. (Source)

Thomas Chastain

When Chastain was asked why he felt the need to hold such an event he stated, “The county Chairman & CEO Richard Oden said it was not in the county’s budget”. The bright young man did not let lack of finances stop him from helping his community. He started asking companies and individuals for any type of donation they could offer. Chastain had a budget of zero dollars when he hosted the first Annual Job Fair and a budget of $100.00 dollars this go around. Both Job Fairs drew over 300 hundred individuals, this is the number the poll collected, many applicants slipped past the poll and did not log in.

In 2 months his Facebook group, Rockdale Jobs Group, has put 88 Unemployed Rockdale Citizens back to work. (per Facebook page)

Chastain said he had few donors for this event, but the one that is a continuous supporter made a huge impact for both job fairs. Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW Post 5290) in Rockdale has been the biggest supporter and sponsor. VFW donated their building and equipment to host the event.

The Job Fair brought some big companies out, like Pratt Industries, Future Staffing, Rockdale 911, Rockdale Fire Department, Rockdale Sheriff  Department, Southeast Sealing, and Banner Security to name a few. Pratt Industries and Southeast Sealing had a private area set up due to them hiring applicants of the spot. Former Rockdale Post 2 County Commission JaNice VanNess and current Post 1 county Commission Oz Nesbitt was also in attendance to show support for the event.

Here is the full list of businesses that participated:
Pratt Industries
Banner Security
Southeast Sealing
Carter-young
Primerica
Truss Components
GA Driving Academy
Medic Inc.
Rockdale Sheriff Department
Rockdale Fire Rescue
Rockdale 911 Call Center
Randstad Staffing
Future Staff
Surge Staffing
Wagner Solutions

Rockdale, Georgia companies and individuals get ready for the next Job Fair because he has already started to prepare for his 3rd Annual Job Fair.

Contact Thomas Chastain Jr. at:
Rockdale Jobs Group

 

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Steps to Transform Your Future

May 22, 2015

Graduation time is here, and most students have their life planned out for at least the next 4 years minimum if they plan to attend college. 2 years if they are going to trade school or obtaining an associate’s degree.  Those that have obtained their degrees have many thoughts, plans, and goals in place that they are anxious to start working on. The Good News Notebook would like to help with keeping you positive and motivated while you take the next journey in your life.

 


As you give thought to your future – your future that may be 10 years; your future that may be five years; or your future that is 60 days away – you actually start pre-paving. And afterward, as you move into those pre-paved moment, and as that future turns into your present, you fine-tune it by saying ‘This is the thing that I now want.’ And those contemplation that you have set forth about your future, directly down to this minute when you are presently aiming what move you need to make, will all fit together to bring you decisively that which you now need to live.” – Abraham

The progressions we wish to get generally happen over time. In spite of the fact that we might want to bounce from beginning to end, and procure instant accomplishment, there are a couple of steps we have to take care of while moving in the direction of our objectives and dreams:
We have to realize what we need.
We have to accept that we can have what we need.
We have to escape from our own particular way by recognizing and discharging the objects that may be hindering our success.
We have to be willing to develop. Change inevitably calls for expanding our comfort places.
We have to follow through and take action that moves us in the course we wish to go.
We need individuals who have confidence in us and support us when doubt surface and the going gets intense.
We may need to learn new aptitudes or add to the ones we have so as to achieve the level of ability needed to make the lives we adore.
We should likewise create priorities, centering our consideration on the goals and dreams that matter most. This can be a challenge, particularly for those of us who have been taught to set our goals aside,
and concentrate on others’ needs first. Social standards and old ideal models may have us think other, yet wise keeping an eye on our dreams doesn’t make us selfish. It makes us solid, forms our self-regard and prompts self-satisfaction. As we learn to care for our dreams, we achieve a feeling of parity, and can care for others from a position of vitality, quality and wholeness.

As we change and develop, we turn into a greater gift to others. Our lives serve to move the individuals who witness our change and take into consideration new levels of recuperating and satisfaction for all concerned, we included.
Do you know what you want? If not, recall on the things that have brought you satisfaction and delight and start to do them. At that point, affirm that you should have a life you adore. Be willing to develop, and take inspired actions. Search out individuals who will champion you so you can take off to new levels of bliss and satisfaction, and find what you have to realize or know keeping in mind the end goal to understand your dream and goals.
Utilize the following affirmation as a day by day practice to remind yourself that you can have what you need and can accomplish it.
Affirmation: I recognize what I want and I have the strength needed to achieve it.

Here’s to a brilliant new future!

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THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD

May 10, 2015

By Alonia Jones

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While there are many gifts that can be bestowed upon women, perhaps the greatest is that of being a mother. To me, it is sheer joy. In fact, it’s almost indescribable! I have been given the wonderful task of interviewing a few mothers so that I may present this article to you. Each one shared beautiful reflections of their dear mothers and how their influences have impacted their own motherhood. It is my sincere hope that these reflections will warm your heart and brighten your day.

Dean LindaLinda Dean – Atlanta, Georgia
Mother: Ruby Anderson
Children: Cammie Blackmon and Cory Kyser

I will forever appreciate the sacrifice my mother, Ruby Anderson, made to ensure that all her children were in church regularly. We were there for Sunday School, Bible Study and church services faithfully. What was interesting, though, was that my daddy would never come. Yet, that didn’t stop my mother from asking.

I remember one day we were all at church; without Daddy, of course. Before any of us knew anything, he walked into the church and gave his heart to the Lord. From that time on, he and my mama served the Lord together.

After I got older, I strayed away from the church. I know it was the seeds my mother planted in me that led me back to God. She died very young (age 55.) But even so, I’m so glad I can recognize that the wisdom she had was actually the gift of the prophecy. This gift, which is the greatest she could have ever bestowed, has now been passed through the generations, even to my grand-kids. For this, I shall be forever grateful.


Victoria WheelerVictoria Wheeler – Atlanta, Georgia
Mother: Geraldine Grady
Children: Brittany Bailey and Jarica Hunter

My mother, Geraldine Grady, was a very honest, straightforward and caring person. I did not realize the extent of her concern for others until she passed away. I still marvel at how people have shared stories of what a wonderful person she was. One that amazed me the most was how she put her life on the line just to save someone else. The owner of a downtown grocery store told me that two guys came in to rob the store. My mother courageously stood between the gun and the lady and told the young man, “This is not going to happen today. You all are going to leave this lady alone. Go on out the store and act like this didn’t happen.”

This was only one of the ways she stood up for people that would never stand up for themselves. As the oldest of eight kids, she did the same for her siblings. Standing up and respecting others is what I instill in my kids. People said my mom fed and clothed them and even paid their bills. I’ll forever remember her loving spirit and her wit.


Be FLY Launch 140614-191Velma Parks – Atlanta, GA
Mother: Cora E. Childs Reese
Children: Lala Harrison (deceased), Alonia Jones, Micheal Parks

Growing up in Auburn, Alabama, my mother, Cora Reese, would sit me down around the fireplace and talk about the facts of life and her upbringing. Each night, she would read the Bible to me and explain the passages. She often told me, “Get an education and learn to do some things for yourself. That way, if your marriage doesn’t work, you won’t have to depend upon someone else for a handout.”

On Sunday mornings before church, Ma would fix us a hearty meal: rice and pork chops some days, fish and grits on others. She kept us involved in everything the church had to offer, and she was very strict about us going to the movies on Sunday, a day to be reserved as sacred. She was so serious about our relationship with God that she made me go back and “tarry” when I joined the church because she said she wasn’t convinced I was for real. So I went back and prayed and sang until I knew for sure that I had an encounter with God. My life has never been the same. I can only hope that I have made as many deposits in my own children and grandchildren lives.


 

 

 

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Mind and Body Benefits of Jazz Music

May 4, 2015

Spring is here and summer is around the corner, so that means picnics, barbecues, concerts under the stars, and backyard parties. Jazz music is known to give a good ambiance for a multitude of gatherings. There are many Jazz artist across the world, with a wide range of soothing sounds and The Good News Notebook (GNN) choose one for this spring.

Brian Culberston was selected by The Good News Notebook as one of the Jazz artist that can send you on a mental vacation and have you begging for more. So who is this musician that makes you feel like you are in heaven and heals you of all ill thoughts?
gnn jazz 2Brian Culbertson born on January 12, 1973, he is an American contemporary jazz/R&B/funk musician, instrumentalist, producer and performer from Decatur, Illinois. Culbertson instruments include the synthesizer, piano, trombone, drums, bass, trumpet, euphonium, and percussion.  He is heavily influenced by funk, and also works with many other musicians in the R&B and jazz arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson is credited with working with Maurice White, Bootsy Collins, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, Avant, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, Vivian Green, Stokley Williams from Mint Condition, Rahsaan Patterson, Noel Gourdin, Brian McKnight, Ray Parker Jr., Boney James, Chris Botti, Earl Klugh, Dave Koz, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, Michael Lington and legendary A&M Records composer and producer Herb Alpert.

In 2013, he announced on his blog that he was working on his fourteenth album, the album Another Long Night Out will be out on February 25, 2014. He states he will revisit his earlier roots in contemporary jazz.
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Culbertson has received several  awards including a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album; 2012 Soul Train Award nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist; Winning Six (6) 2011 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards for Best Entertainer, Best Album “XII”, Best Song “That’s Life”, Best Keyboardist, Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration “w/Earl Klugh”; 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best International Artist; 2010 American Smooth Jazz Award for Best Keyboardist; 2005 ASYM All That Jazz Award; 2001 National Smooth Jazz Award for Best Keyboardist


Mind “Therapy”
1. Listening to Jazz can have an impact on the type of brain waves you produce, it can range from stimulating to relaxing. Brain waves inspire new insights and solutions to unresolved problems. The most highly creative brain  wave called theta by listening to distinctive syncopation jazz.

2. Listening to jazz after a stroke can improve verbal memory, focus and mood.


Body “Therapy”
1. Studies show that listening to jazz can reduce chronic pain.
2. Jazz music can lower blood pressure by causing blood vessels to expand by up to 30%.
3. Listening to jazz for 30 minutes boosts immunity.


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A Trendsetter In The Making

Apr 21, 2015

By Kevin Wilson

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Kevin Krigger participated in the 139th running in the Kentucky Derby   this year , but 19 year old Oliver Lewis, was the first black to win the Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875, riding   3-  year  – old Aristide in record time.  Thirteen of the 15 riders were also African American  .

The phenomenon of black jockeys riding competitively goes back a long way.

African Americans were the first sports superstars in the U.S., winning 15 of the first 28 runnings at the Kentucky Derby.

In the new millennium, 16-year-old Miguelito Wilson, native of Atlanta, Georgia, is making   his mark, pursuing a spot on the Olympic equestrian team for the 2024 Olympics.

At age 5,  Miguelito rode a horse bareback, and fell off; but he was not intimidated.  Two years later, he discovered a pair of riding boots belonging to his father, who rode horses in the   ‘ 80s.  His father worked as a rider and trainer for Joe Walker, now deceased.  He also exercised race horses at Bowie Race Track, taught at various riding schools and summer camps.  Not long after  that incident, his father took his son to a horse show in Georgia. Miguelito’s love for horses is hard to articulate. Horses have been a huge part of his life, and for him wanting to get back on after falling was just a premonition of his future.

Competing for nearly nine years now,   Miguelito  recalls his first contest at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, just outside of Atlanta where the 1996 Olympics were held.  Technically, he did not participate due to illness .  Miguelito unfortunately suffered from a headache, vomited, and had to deal with a pony with a lot of energy.  “My father had to gallop the pony around to get the energy out,” he recalls.

The first victory came subsequently  at Wills Park in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Galloping as a cross country champion for Sutton Middle School, and earning second place in the 800 meters, in 2013,  this Equestrian rider, has competed in  Parker, Colorado,  Lexington, Kentucky, Tyler, Texas, Raleigh, North Carolina, Aikens, South Carolina, and Germantown, Tennessee.

Due to his love of the sport, Miguelito is a online high school student at Georgia Connections Academy  and an honor student  .

He’s self independent and self motivated. “ We are awfully proud of our son,”  says Miguel, Sr.  Miguelito has studied Chinese for the past two years and is an English and writing enthusiast.   “Providing information and passionate about storytelling, I enjoy,”  he   says.  He’s a writer for the Monitor Newspaper.

Amanda Redman, a tenth-grade English teacher at Georgia Connections Academy, enjoys Miguelito’s zeal as a student.
” Miguelito is a model student in my Honors English 10 course this year,” Redman says. “I’m impressed by his ability to juggle rigorous honors level course work with the demands of being a competitive horseback rider.  Few teens could be so successful in both areas.”

Training in North Wake,Texas, 30 minutes from Dallas, Miguelito wakes up at 7:30 am,  gets on the computer, checks his lessons on the calendar, completes two lessons in the morning, eats breakfast,  then looks at the board to see how many horses he’ll have to ride.

On any given day, he can ride between 4-10 horses, excluding a meal or break.  When able, he’ll hang out with comrades, go to movies, play checkers, chess, and draw.   While in that riding zone, he says, he jumps the horses over a course or two.   His day ends  about  4 pm.   when he returns the horses to the barn. He then takes a break to  watch television, or do more school work.   “I’m a working student,” he tells Good News Notebook Magazine.

To excel in this sport  managing a 1,000-pound animal,  one must  be fit, according to Miguelito; who avoids fast food, eats a lot of fruit and tries to make good decisions about his health.  He goes grocery shopping, but he admits, avoiding junk food can be challenging. Cereal or toast, various vegetables and a meat, baked or fried  is part of his dietary plan for success.

When preparing for competition, he stays in a camper, and rides everyday.  He’ll get the grooms  breakfast, observe the strides of the course on the show ground, exercise the horses, get the horse groomers, and eat breakfast.  “There are 18-30 horses at a show,” he pointed out.  His father, a professional, international clothing designer, manufactures Miguelito’s riding gear, which consist  of a black riding jacket,  blue horse bits, a white dress-shirt and tie, a black belt, a tall pair of black riding boots, and a gray helmet.

As an Equestrian, Miguelito does not race.  He competes in a class.  He can do jumpers, keeping the jumps up and display how fast the horses gallop around the course.  As a successful Hunter, who jumps well and makes sure the horses are groomed, Miguelito, is primarily focused on jumpers, in order to go to the Olympics. He doesn’t have a preference, he’ll ride what he’s instructed to ride.  He’s too young for the 2016 Olympics, and too inexperienced.

In defeat, Miguelito, intends to over analyze a lot, as he strives to be a perfectionist. He studies closely where he went wrong, hoping not to repeat the same error.

“Miguelito has a natural feel for horses, they respond to him in a very positive way and want to do well for him,” says  Coach Matt Cyphert, a pro rider, who has trained and mentored Miguelito for a year. “His tenacity and strong work ethic will get him far in the sport and in life.  I see great things for him.”

A Hunter- Jumper Show involves jumping classes being strictly judged on how well riders can communicate with their horses. This past summer, Miguelito competed in Colorado against Taylor Jay, a native of British Columbia, who has been riding since age 4.  “He’s very competitive, and with the right opportunity, he can go all the way, as a rider or trainer,” Taylor, 16, says of Miguelito. In March, Miguelito won the low children’s jumper championship in Gulfport, Mississippi, and on April 5, he won the children’s hunter championship in  Katy, Texas at the Spring Gathering Horse Show.

An Olympic size jump is as tall as Miguelito, who stands 5’4, and weighs 118 pounds.  “It takes effort, money and time to jump Olympian size courses, that level is so rigorous for the rider, at least 12-14 fences,” he says.

Paving the way for others, being a role model for future generations in whatever he does, is his only focus. “Riding horses is the sport of my life, it’s a natural, and for people who look like me at a level like this in unchartered territory, would inspire them,” says the potential trendsetter, who could become the first black male Equestrian rider.

Back in Atlanta, Izzy Lo Russo, a friend since the third grade, is cheering Miguelito on.  “We encourage one another.  He has experienced so many things, still unglamorous and uncomfortable, but he has found what he really loved and wanted to do with his life and went for it.  Not many people have the guts to do that,”  says Izzy, a student at North Atlanta High School.

When you utter the names, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, the Belmont, the Triple Crown and the Kentucky Derby, he’s familiar.  Close to signing an acting contract, Miguelito attended drama camp, and he’d love to see more movies and documentaries about horses.  With a bunch of colleges in mind, he wants to major in Business or Marketing, but overall, to be an Olympian, horse trainer and writer is his desire.  For now, the director of the ride to the Olympics foundation is writing his own script one class at a time.

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The Desire and Determination Within

Mar 30, 2015

By Kevin Wilson
Derek Ogbeide JumpTraveling to countries, near and far, while maintaining his honor roll status, is nothing new for Derek Ogbeide. The native Lagos, Nigerian played soccer most of his life. Surprisingly, the son of Martin and Justina Ogbeide discovered a new desire.

On his 11th birthday, Derek received two leather basketballs from his father. The special gifts motivated him to put air in the balls and toss them against the wall, pretending that the wall were baskets. A year later, he moved in with his uncle, Victor Richard, nearby the prestigious Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland.

At 6’2, 13 years old, wearing size 13 shoe, he attended Kenmoor Middle School in the eighth grade. He admits that he made the team due to his height. Derek blocked shots without jumping, ran the floor graciously, while proudly wearing Number 55 on his first organized hoop team. Reporting to early AM practices on time, running suicides and being chastised was all a part of the process. Not once, did Derek complain. “I remember those days,” he said. In spite of losing a lot of games, he had a thirst to score, block shots and rebound.

Next stop, Toronto, Canada. Representing Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic High School, the 6’5 center gradually improved, while earning A.A.U. recognition, and being highlighted on Hoops Hype Canada. Following his 10th grade year, his parents made a decision to have Derek go to Mableton, Georgia, and reside with his father. “I will always support Derek and his dream,” says Martin Ogbeide, who hold three college degrees.

Discovering a reputable A.A.U. team did not take long. Derek signed with the Southern Stampedes who’s sponsored by Nike EYBL. He honed his skills under Coach Patrick Harper, and played exceptionally well in the Peach Jam Classic. “Derek has an awesome personality on and off the court, he’s fun to be around, a good teammate, very strong work ethic and very motivated to be a great player,” says Harper, a skill development trainer.

Highly recruited by Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Tulane, Arizona, Houston and Georgia, the visit at the University of Houston he’ll treasure a lifetime. Derek met Rockets center Dwight Howard, another Nigerian and NBA Hall of Famer, Hakeem Alajuwon towards the end of his visit. That’s why he wears Number 34. It was a surreal moment, meeting and taking photos with Hakeem, Ogbeide gleefully stated.

When Derek arrived at Pebblebrook High School, a 6A school outside of Atlanta, in 2013, he was the tallest student in the school taking advance courses. “My side of the family are trees, everyone is over 6’4,” says the father, who’s 6’5. Derek’s height, desire and determination rapidly changed the complexion of the Falcons program. His dominating presence in the paint helped the Falcons to a 24-6 record, losing in the finale by six points at the Georgia Dome. “He’s a gym rat, a great ambassador for basketball and our school, he protects the rim and runs the floor better than any big man in America,” uttered Washington, a four year coach at Pebblebrook.

Senior year- competing against DeMatha, a nationally known team from Hyattsville, Maryland, Ogbeide did his job, tallying 14 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks, losing 61-54. In a great game, we spent a lot of our prep time addressing how we were to play against Derek. “He’s one of the most dominated post players that we have played against in a few years. He should have a very good career at Georgia,” said Stags coach Mike Jones.

Losing to Wheeler High, 59-58 in the 6A championship finale in Macon, Georgia on March 7 was a heart breaker. His last game in a Falcon uniform, the Georgia signer tallied 14 points, 22 rebounds and 7 blocks. “Without Derek all of our success would’ve not been possible,” says Preston Fulton, a senior guard. Ranked as one of the top ballers in Georgia, he looks forward to graduating in May, and starting his collegiate career in June. “I can’t wait to get better and reach higher heights at UGA”, says the 3.7 GPA student- who intends to major in Business Administration. “By the Grace of God, he has come a long way,” says his mother. The desire and determination continues.

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Top 10 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Business

Mar 27, 2015

Social media is not just a buzz word. It is a way, perhaps THE WAY, to do business in the new Information Age. Whether you measure success via Likes, Tweets, or Comments, social media can positively affect your bottom line. Without the proper implementation of social media, we, at the GoodNewsNotebook.com, are sure that you are likewise missing revenue as well as overlooking thousands of potential new customers.

Here are 10 innovative ways to use Social Media effectively in your business:
1. Increased Brand Recognition. Every opportunity you have to syndicate your content and increase your visibility is valuable. Your social media networks are just new channels for your brand’s voice and content. This is important because it simultaneously makes you easier and more accessible for new customers, and makes you more familiar and recognizable for existing customers. For example, a frequent Twitter user could hear about your company for the first time only after stumbling upon it in a newsfeed. Or, an otherwise apathetic customer might become better acquainted with your brand after seeing your presence on multiple networks.

2. Improved brand loyalty. According to a report published by Texas Tech University, brands who engage on social media channels enjoy higher loyalty from their customers. The report concludes “Companies should take advantage of the tools social media gives them when it comes to connecting with their audience. A strategic and open social media plan could prove influential in morphing consumers into being brand loyal.” Another study published by Convince&Convert found that 53% of Americans who follow brands in social are more loyal to those brands.

3. More Opportunities to Convert. Every post you make on a social media platform is an opportunity for customers to convert. When you build a following, you’ll simultaneously have access to new customers, recent customers, and old customers, and you’ll be able to interact with all of them. Every blog post, image, video, or comment you share is a chance for someone to react, and every reaction could lead to a site visit, and eventually a conversion. Not every interaction with your brand results in a conversion, but every positive interaction increases the likelihood of an eventual conversion. Even if your click-through rates are low, the sheer number of opportunities you have on social media is significant. And as I pointed out in my article, “The Four Elements of Any Action, And How To Use Them In Your Online Marketing Initiative,” “opportunity” is the first element of any action.

4. Higher conversion rates. Social media marketing results in higher conversion rates in a few distinct ways. Perhaps the most significant is its humanization element; the fact that brands become more humanized by interacting in social media channels. Social media is a place where brands can act like people do, and this is important because people like doing business with other people; not with companies.

Additionally, studies have shown that social media has a 100% higher lead-to-close rate than outbound marketing, and a higher number of social media followers tends to improve trust and credibility in your brand, representing social proof. As such, simply building your audience in social media can improve conversion rates on your existing traffic.

5. Higher Brand Authority. Interacting with your customers regularly is a show of good faith for other customers. When people go to compliment or brag about a product or service, they turn to social media. And when they post your brand name, new audience members will want to follow you for updates. The more people that are talking about you on social media, the more valuable and authoritative your brand will seem to new users. Not to mention, if you can interact with major influencers on Twitter or other social networks, your visible authority and reach will skyrocket.

6. Increased Inbound Traffic. Without social media, your inbound traffic is limited to people already familiar with your brand and individuals searching for keywords you currently rank for. Every social media profile you add is another path leading back to your site, and every piece of content you syndicate on those profiles is another opportunity for a new visitor. The more quality content you syndicate on social media, the more inbound traffic you’ll generate, and more traffic means more leads and more conversions.

7. Decreased Marketing Costs. According to Hubspot, 84% of marketers found as little as six hours of effort per week was enough to generate increased traffic. Six hours is not a significant investment for a channel as large as social media. If you can lend just one hour a day to developing your content and syndication strategy, you could start seeing the results of your efforts. Even paid advertising through Facebook and Twitter is relatively cheap (depending on your goals, of course). Start small and you’ll never have to worry about going over budget—once you get a better feel for what to expect, you can increase your budget and increase your conversions correspondingly.

8. Better Search Engine Rankings. SEO is the best way to capture relevant traffic from search engines, but the requirements for success are always changing. It’s no longer enough to regularly update your blog, ensure optimized title tags and meta descriptions, and distribute links pointing back to your site. Google and other search engines may be calculating their rankings using social media presence as a significant factor, because of the fact that strong brands almost always use social media. As such, being active on social media could act as a “brand signal” to search engines that your brand is legitimate, credible, and trustworthy. That means, if you want to rank for a given set of keywords, having a strong social media presence could be almost mandatory.

9. Richer Customer Experiences. Social media, at its core, is a communication channel like email or phone calls. Every customer interaction you have on social media is an opportunity to publicly demonstrate your customer service level and enrich your relationship with your customers. For example, if a customer complains about your product on Twitter, you can immediately address the comment, apologize publicly, and take action to make it right. Or, if a customer compliments you, you can thank them and recommend additional products. It’s a personal experience that lets customers know you care about them.

10. Improved Customer Insights. Social media also gives you an opportunity to gain valuable information about what your customers are interested in and how they behave, via social listening. For example, you can monitor user comments to see what people think of your business directly. You can segment your content syndication lists based on topic and see which types of content generate the most interest—and then produce more of that type of content. You can measure conversions based on different promotions posted on various social media channels and eventually find a perfect combination to generate revenue.


SOURCE: Jayson DeMers, Forbes Magazine Contributor. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2014/08/11/the-top-10-benefits-of-social-media-marketing/

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Masterful Mindsets While in Transition

Mar 23, 2015

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 Masterful Mindsets While in Transition

Mindset is one of the most important aspects of your life. With a successful mindset, possibilities are endless. Without it, you will find yourself in perpetual frustration and a sense of never really moving forward. Think of your mindset as your rudder on the boat of your life. Used properly, it will guide you to your ultimate destination. Used improperly, it will cause you to go in circles.

After studying some masters on mindset, I have put together some vital principles of a strong and successful mindset, especially when you’re dealing with challenging changes and transitions:

1. Purpose: If you can’t answer the question of “why” you are doing what you’re doing, the  Why
“how” will lack passion. Rick Warren, author of, “The Purpose Driven Life”, said “…without
purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.” It is imperative to dig deep and understand why you are doing what you are doing. Once the root reasons are revealed, the “how” will flow naturally.
2. Prioritize: Everyday, do the thing that you don’t want to do the most. Brian Tracy, trainer & author,
has likened this habit tofrog “eating the frog”. If you figuratively eat the frog first thing in the morning,
everything else tastes wonderful to you and will feel easy in comparison.

3. Persistence: The mindset of success doesn’t ask “IF”, instead it asks “HOW”. If you are
asking yourself, “IF I overcome this challenge in my life?”, then consider a shift in yoursun
mindset. Instead ask, “HOW can I overcome this challenge in my life?”
Diana Nyad, the 60 year old swimmer, who swam from Cuba to Florida in 53 hours, said, “Find a way!” She said, “If it’s important to you, we can all get there…jelly-fish, sea-sickness, pain, cold…find a way.”
Perception 4. Perception (Self): Negative self-perception is the universal human condition of not feeling good enough or deserving. One of the best ways of discovering how you truly perceive yourself is to monitor your thought-life. Be brutally honest with yourself and audit how much negative
self-talk is occurring. Remember Henry Ford’s famous quote: “The unexamined life is not
worth living.”
5. Procrastination: This is my favorite! Steven Pressfield, in the “The War of Art”, said that inProcrastionation
reality, procrastination is an internal force called “Resistance”. He goes on to explain
that we feel resistance most strongly when we are about to dare greatly or grow
spiritually! The first time I fell into procrastination, after reading this, I tried it. I have to admit to you, I just got plain stubborn about it. So, I MADE myself do what I was avoiding, and I really did expand as a person. The next time you procrastinate, try pushing through, and see what comes out of it.

6. Perfection Paralysis: Tony Robbins, says it the best: “Perfectionism isn’t about healthy striving
for excellence… it is a way of thinking and feeling that says, ‘If I look perfect, do it perfect, work
perfect, and live perfect’, I can minimize shame, blame and judgment.” Perfection does not
exist. Instead, focus on your capacity for excellence. Excellence is a goal that can be achieved
each day. Consider working towards an excellent outcome, instead of a perfect one.

Remember, if you can train the rudder of your mindset in positive and forward-moving ways, the boat of your life will reach the destination of your dreams!

Shan is a certified life coach specializing in guiding women through challenging changes and transitions. Contact her today to schedule a complimentary “Get Acquainted” session.

 

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The Art of Tipping

Mar 20, 2015 0

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Sometimes, it feels good to leave a great tip. Perhaps, you let your awesome waitress know that she did a great job or perhaps you choose to leave a huge anonymous tip for your attentive waiter. No matter, we, at GoodNews Notebook, hope you left a good tip. Is there a science or an Art to Tipping properly. We would like to think so.


Please Mind To Tipping

A social psychologist Deborah Serani of Long Island, New York, reported, “People with cash to burn see a “pay it forward” case on the news and realize they can also help.”

“There is a social contagion factor to this generous kind of behavior, but I think it goes way deeper than that,” Serani said. “On an evolutionary level, generosity has been a key to the survival of the species. What this does is it allows those who are struggling to have some success and as a result we are all better for it.”

Huge tips are also sometimes seen as easy charity and a “quick and powerful way to give,” Serani said.

Random acts of kindness, like paying for the car behind you in a fast food drive-thru line, are common after tragedies, she added.

“There is such struggle and tragedy in our days – I just saw another shooting happen. What this does is give people the ability to do something of impact,” Serani said. “From tragedy comes urges to be generous and helpful.”

And the good feeling works both ways, as both parties experience a “high return.”

In other words, the person leaving a huge tip feels just as good as the person who receives it, Serani said.

Many real-life Peter Pans, like the man behind Hidden Cash and the big tipper who stamped “Tips for Jesus” on his receipts, chose to remain anonymous.


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Giving Back to the Community

Mar 16, 2015 0

People have always given back to their community, either as a marketing tool for their company or to satisfy a deep innate desire to be of impact to their community.

In light of this selfless nature of an otherwise selfish being, research has been widely conducted to find out why people give back to their communities. It has been discovered, that not only does it give someone a feel good about themselves, research has also proved that service back to the society is also good for physical health as it’s an act that stimulates the release of endorphins, which is linked to improve nervous and immune systems functions. It’s also a way to build a social life and improve your emotional and physical health all at the same time. Holidays will be marked with giveaways and meaningful giving to the needy and to the community at large.

People whose lives are geared towards giving are known as philanthropists. When you think of the word “Philanthropists”, people such as Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey and Bill& Melinda Gates come to mind. These are just a few of the many who have dedicated their wealth to changing the world for the better through the riches and success they have made over their lives. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were brought up with the belief that if life happens to bless you, you should use those gifts as well and as wisely as you can.

Their first project, like bringing the Internet to public libraries, sprang from their founders’ Microsoft experience. However, in the 1990s, Bill and Melinda came to know about masses of children who required simple medical treatment. With an expanded focus, they searched for and supported organizations which were saving lives globally. The project was connecting all public libraries to the internet and was founded on Bill Gates’ Microsoft Company. They then became aware of the millions who needed simple medical care. This gave them an extended attention on their service to the society and they searched out and gave support to organizations around the world which were geared to improving lives.

ABOUT THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the most renown private foundations globally, established by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in the year 2000 and it is said to be the biggest transparently ran private foundation around the world. The main focus of the foundations is to improve healthcare and lessen great insufficiency. In America, their interest is to increase opportunities for education and make it easy to get information technology.

Their giving has improved lives all over the world and widely recognized beyond those lives they have touched. In 2013, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation is one of the many organizations that have recognized the Gates’ service to the community and it awarded them the public service award for pace setting a significant revolution in the way people perceive the globe’s most persistent well-being concerns and refining the lives of the world’s most susceptible individuals.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

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GOODTRAVEL: The Mountains of Tennessee

Mar 13, 2015 0

It seems awfully quiet and still at first. Then a dog barks down in a farm below and I begin to hear the wind through the pines that sounds like a truck coming around the bend. There is warm sun in the valley and clouds the same dark, blue-grey color as the mountains are moving away over the peaks, giving way to a clear, bright sky. There, above the tree line, there are traces of snow yet harbored by the shadows of the coulees. I can see Mount Le Conte some twenty-four miles distant. This is the austerity of Appalachian winter – the mountainsides bare save for the green of the pines and a crisp chill to the wind. Here, high up on the Foothills Parkway in Blount County, Tennessee, I can see it all.

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I have been all up and down the spine of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee, from the Tri-Cities up in the northeast corner of the state down to Chattanooga down on the Georgia line. Yet of all mountain peaks and valley bottoms, the streams and the small towns, it is here, the Great Smoky Mountains, that I am drawn to like a moth to a light in the night.

And I am not alone. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited of the nation’s National Parks, and as spring and summer set in, the woods and valleys will thicken with foliage and tourists. So I often make it a point to visit during the winter months, a time when it seems awfully quiet and still at first. But the mountains speak, and if you come prepared to listen, you will hear them.


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Benefits of Sunlight

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Daylight savings time is here. Surely, spring is near. Since we all could use a light warm sun light now, we, at the GoodNews Notebook, wanted to share a few benefit of healthy sunlight. It’s not just for tanning, anymore! There are many known benefits of sunlight on mood and health, but regular sunlight exposure also can have long-lasting, positive effects on bone health, heart health, immunity and disease prevention. Sunlight often serves to encourage exercise, physical activity, travel and social interactions.

Builds Immune Systems

Vitamin D or sun exposure have been correlated with a possible role in preventing cancer and infection, and keeping the immune system balanced. It is unclear whether the production of vitamin D or another mechanism of sunlight is responsible for these associated effects. An article published in the September 2008 “Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology” noted a reported 30- to 50-percent reduction in the risk of certain cancers with an increase in sun exposure or vitamin D intake of 1,000 IU/d. The exact process leading to these outcomes, however, is not well-defined.

walk-sun-light-healthy-womanHow? It’s not just plants that metabolize sunlight. Humans do too. Through a complex process, our bodies turn sunlight into life-giving vitamin D. The connection between vitamin D deficiency and cancer was first made by Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a vitamin D deficiency, played a role. Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60% drop in the risk of developing any form of cancer.

Produces More Vitamin D

The most well-understood benefit of sunlight is the production of vitamin D. When skin is exposed to sunlight, a series of chemical reactions begin that converts precursors of vitamin D to the active form of vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed for the intestinal absorption of calcium and the maintenance of calcium and phosphate levels necessary for healthy bone formation. It is also important for proper immune function, cell growth, and nerve and muscle function. Some foods naturally supply vitamin D, such as fish and liver. Other foods, such as milk and cereal, are typically fortified with vitamin D.

In addition, It is well known that vitamin D stimulates the absorption of bone-strengthening calcium. The process of vitamin D manufacture begins when sunlight changes the 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin into vitamin D3. Emerging research is showing a direct correlation between both bone density and blood levels of vitamin D3. Higher blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a lower rater of fractures of virtually all types; lower blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a higher rate of fractures of all types.

Creates a “Sunny” Mood

It is common for people to refer to a good mood as a “sunny disposition,” and to associate lack of sun with sadness or depression. Scientific research has examined the frequently observed relationship between sunlight and mood. A study from Denmark, published in the September 2011 issue of the “Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health,” demonstrated that outdoor work, even in the winter, provided enough sunlight to counteract mood difficulties. Research published in the March 2013 journal “BMC Psychiatry,” demonstrated a measurable change in a component of blood, interleukin 6, in depressed participants who were exposed to the sun, but not in non-depressed participants exposed to sun. This suggests that sunlight may affect mood in some people, but not others.

Impacts Your Heart Health & Blood Pressure

Exposure to sunlight has a beneficial impact on blood pressure and heart health. A study published in the March 2010 “European Heart Journal” showed that the beneficial effects of sunlight on heart health and blood pressure may be related to the chemical nitric oxide, which acts on blood vessels to decrease blood pressure. Nitric oxide activity may be modulated by sunlight. The immediate effects on the heart and blood pressure appear to be short-term, lasting less than 24 hours without additional sunlight exposure.

Helps Prevent Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is more common in populations that live farther from the equator. People who move from a low-risk area to a high-risk area before the age of 15 acquire a higher risk of developing MS, whereas those who make the same move after adolescence retain a lower risk. These observations suggest that environmental exposure, and in particular, early sunlight exposure (which is correlated with vitamin D levels) in the first two decades of life, influences the risk of developing MS. Related to this finding, several European population studies observed that there is a lower risk of MS for births occurring after October and a higher risk for MS for births occurring after May. This suggests that maternal levels of vitamin D during the third trimester of pregnancy may influence risk of MS.

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RED WAGONS REINVENTED: Chad’s Bracket Cheer Up Children with Cancer

Mar 6, 2015 0

Recently, we, at the GoodNews Notebook, learned about a wonderful father who is doing “Good” as an answer to his grief. Roger Leggett lost his son to a heart attack and now helps his granddaughter, Felicity, who has pediatric cancer. But, he is making a difference in the lives of many as he travels through this heart-breaking journey.

According to his Facebook Page, Chad’s Bracket (https://www.facebook.com/ChadsBracket), while visiting his cancer-fighting granddaughter, Roger noticed several families having difficulty transporting their children—and their medical equipment—through the hospital. So Roger enlisted help from several local organizations to create a device that safely connects I.V. poles to our red wagons. Did he stop there? Nope! Earlier this week, Roger delivered 20 brand new wagons.

Wow. Since that moment, Roger has partnered with WellStar, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals, Tanner Medical Center, and even the Hiram Police Department to sponsor and deliver these “red wagon miracles” to some of the most amazing children.

THE STORY BEHIND CHAD’S BRACKET

The origins of Chad’s Bracket are as bittersweet as any history could possibly be.

After a week of severe headaches and vomiting, on Friday, April 22, 2011, Felicity Withrow was diagnosed with a brain tumor. An MRI on Saturday, April 23 confirmed that it was a 3cm by 2cm ependymoma. Felicity had surgery on Monday, April 25, 2011 to remove the tumor.

While it may seem like a brain tumor diagnosis and immediate surgery was the worst possible scenario, Felicity’s family would soon learn that heartbreak could run much deeper.

During the surgery, doctors discovered that they had to leave a small 4-5mm portion of the tumor that was on her brain stem and could not be removed. This was unexpected, and it meant a change in the chemo plans. What followed was a roller coaster of medications and MRIs and then, another surgery when an MRI showed that the tumor had returned before even the first checkup scan following the first surgery. Even with these events, there were many blessings from God along Felicity’s journey, including on September 6, 2014 when Felicity had her first completely clear MRI.

During one of the many visits to see Felicity in the hospital following that first surgery, Roger Leggett (Felicity’s grandfather, a firefighter and now-retired expediter at Lockheed Martin) and Chad Leggett (Felicity’s uncle, an Emergency Medical Technician) encountered the mom of a patient entering an elevator. That mom was using a wagon to transport her child while also attempting to move an IV pole along with that wagon. Roger and Chad noticed that the mom was having such a difficult time that the IV pole almost fell on her child. They knew immediately that there was a need for some way to attach an IV pole to those wagons so that parents would be able to utilize the wagons in an easier and safer manner.

Tragically, just a few weeks later Chad passed away from heat stroke at one of Roger’s and Chad’s favorite hunting sites.

In the weeks to follow, heartache flooded the family, faith was shaken to its core, and despair was evident to all who surrounded the family with love and support. The family was torn between celebrating Felicity coming home from the hospital and the new baby, Felicity’s little sister, who would soon make her debut, and the sorrow that threatened to take over. But through it all, one thought remained in Roger’s mind: Chad’s legacy. Chad wanted to create an IV pole attachment for those wagons, and would have wanted Roger to continue on that course without him. That thought sustained Roger while he set out on his mission to develop Chad’s Bracket.

That mission included collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Atlanta engineers to check every safety concern, guaranteeing that the wagons were safe even with the weight of a pump and IV bags attached. These measures included using wagons with seat belts, with wheels on the outer perimeter, and that have a low center of gravity.

Also included in the process were Lewis Holland, Grant Little, Dave Taylor, and the welding class at Chattahoochee Tech in Jasper, Georgia, as well as L&W Welding in Paulding County. Their participation was crucial in bringing Chad’s Bracket to life.

Organizations such as the Masonic Lodges in Douglas County, Heard County, Carroll County, and Paulding County (all in Georgia), Georgia Heritage Bank, Grand’s Convenience Store (Dallas, Georgia), the City of Hiram, Georgia, and many others (including individuals we are not specifically naming in order to protect their privacy) have donated money to place wagons specially fitted with Chad’s Bracket into specific hospitals, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facilities, Wellstar Paulding Hospital, and Tanner Medical Center facilities. Requests have begun coming in from hospitals and organizations in other states as well, and Roger is working quickly to determine how to best meet those needs.

There have been many news articles and reports, and much recognition. But true to his character, Roger made this statement: “Thank you everyone for the nice comments. I don’t feel I deserve the praise. I’m just trying to make the time a child and parents spend at CHOA easier and safer. The time spent there is traumatizing enough dealing with many times a life threatening event, without having to deal with the IV stand and the wagon separately.”

SOURCE:
CHAD’S BRACKET – FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ChadsBracket

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MARCH 4TH: Hug A Veteran Day

Mar 4, 2015 0

Today is March 4, 2015.  It’s HUG A VETERAN DAY.  We, at GNN, would like our fans, and family to take time to give the men and women who serve our great Nation a big bear hug!  Moreover, let’s take a moment to be aware of the issues that face our Warriors of the USA as they come back from Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  One of the issues that verterans face is unemployment.  So, in their honor, we would like to share this good news with our veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.  Thank you for your service.


Nationally recognized Marine Corps veteran Jesse Canella, in conjunction with KANDILIT, one of the fastest growing integrated IT service providers, today announced the launch of HonorVet Services (www.honorvet.com), a service-connected disabled veteran-owned staffing and technology service provider that will connect skilled and screened veterans and military spouses with employers across diverse industries for permanent, contract, contract-to-hire, and project-based placements.

In addition to his service in the Marine Corps, Canella brings to HonorVet expertise in military and veterans affairs, corporate recruitment and the acclimatization of veterans for meaningful roles within the civilian workplace. Co-Founder KANDILIT (www.kandilit.com), whose leadership team has over 100 years combined experience, is committed to support HonorVet through its well-established sales, delivery and technology infrastructure.

“We are proud and excited to be a part of HonorVet’s mission and look forward to making a significant impact in increasing veterans’ opportunities in the workforce with Fortune 500 companies,” said KANDILIT CEO, Fahad (Fred) Syed. “Our veterans are an essential and integral part of our society, and they deserve focused and structured services that meet their needs and diverse backgrounds.”

Each year, more than 300,000 U.S. troops complete their military service, providing a highly trained workforce eager to transition to professional civilian careers. Yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, post-9/11 veteran unemployment stands at 24.3%, and this is expected to increase in 2015 due to the planned troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“There are more than 4,100 different types of jobs in the Armed Forces, and 88% of those have a direct civilian job counterpart,” said Canella, President and Co-Founder of HonorVet Services. “HonorVet hopes to reduce the rising and staggering veteran unemployment figures by working with small, medium and large enterprises across the country to help them attract, select and retain a quality workforce by hiring our nation’s heroes.”

For more information about HonorVet Services, please visit www.HonorVet.com

Contact:
HonorVet Services, LLC
Jesse Canella, 973-559-6520
jesse@honorvet.com

Courtesy: YahooFinance & BusinessWire – VISIT SITE HERE

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How To Wash Your Virgin Hair Extensions

Feb 19, 2015 1

You should always co-wash condition your virgin hair extensions prior to installing. DO NOT use shampoo. Use conditioner only.

Shampoos are only meant to clean the hair. It does not condition or soften the hair. It is only meant to clean the hair by removing dirt and oil build up from the scalp so that hair follicles can grow healthy. The excessive use of shampoo can actually cause your hair to dry, harden and frizz up which will lead to breakage and shedding. Conditioner’s (co-wash) work best because it hydrates and moisturizes the hair. It will also give your hair more definition and volume.

gnn Champion Article Follow these steps when co-washing your virgin hair extensions:

  • Wet the hair first.                   

  • Apply a generous amount of conditioner.                                 

  • Use a wide tooth comb to distribute conditioner evenly through the hair. Always comb from the bottom to the top. (Allow the conditioner to sit in your hair for 15- 30 minutes)

  • Rinse using cool water.

  • After washing, pat your hair dry with a towel.

  • Allow your hair to air dry (do not roll or rub hair into the towel that will cause your hair to frizz).

 

Follow These Steps When Washing With Shampoo & Conditioner:

  •  Wet the hair first. 

  •  Apply conditioner.                                 

  • Use a wide tooth comb to distribute conditioner evenly through the hair. Always comb from the bottom to the top.    

  •  Rinse using cool to lukewarm water.        

  • Apply shampoo (if the hair is really dirty full of products apply a generous amount of shampoo).

  • Rinse using cool to lukewarm water.        

  • Condition again (Apply a generous amount of conditioner).

  • Use a wide tooth comb to distribute conditioner evenly through the hair. Always comb from the bottom to the top.  (Allow the conditioner to sit in the hair for 15 to 30 minutes).   

  • Rinse using cool to lukewarm water.        

  • After washing, pat your hair dry with a towel.

  • Allow your hair to air dry (do not roll or rub hair into the towel that will cause your hair to frizz).


*Shampoo tends to make the hair dry and that can lead to tangling and shedding. Conditioning the hair as the first step is to prevent that. Conditioning the hair again after you use shampoo is to retain a good moisture back into the hair*

*Remember that maintaining your virgin hair extensions look and texture all has to do with your own personal maintenance and how the hair is cared for and treated before, during, and after installation*

Other Tips:

*Do not scrounge up the hair in your hands while washing. This is considered as rough treatment*

*Condition your hair 2- 3 times a week or has you see fit*

*Shampoo at least once every 2-3 weeks*

 Sonya Of Champion Hair Extensions
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Man Who Walks 21 Miles To Work Given $280,000 For A Car

Feb 4, 2015 0

We love a touching story of giving at the GoodNews Notebook. This is the perfect way to kick off February, a month of love and caring. Recently, according to the Detroit Free Press, we discovered a story about James Robertson, a Detroit man who commutes about 21 miles a day on foot to and from work has spurred reaction from across the nation, including social media fundraisers that have netted more than $280,000. (UPDATED 2/4/15)  But, our focus is not only on James, but the young student from Wayne State University who took action. How many times have we seen friends and family in need? How often do we fail to take action in one way or another? Therefore, we would like to extend the GoodNews Honor Award to Mr. Evan Leedy for going that extra mile for Mr. James Robertson. Evan’s GoodDeeds shows that you can IMPACT someone’s world in only 3 days.

Evan Leedy, 19, of Macomb Township, a WSU student studying computer science, said he was struck by the article and by the sudden torrent of people commenting online, many of them asking how they could help Robertson. Leedy said he decided to act.

“I just used my phone. I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000,” he said.

“I set the goal at the beginning of $5,000. Right now my page has more than $30,000” as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Leedy said.  As of February 4th, GNN has learned that the donations have continued to stream in at over $280,000. If you would like to donate, then simply go to http://www.gofundme.com/l7girc.

ABOUT JAMES THE WALKER

The concerned by Leedy started because buses don’t cover the full distance between James Robertson’s home in Detroit and his job in Rochester Hills, he walks a little more than seven miles headed to work and about 13 miles home, five days a week. His story — told by Bill Laitner in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press — has inspired hundreds to offer money to buy him a car, pay his insurance and professional help in managing the donations.

james-robertson-gofundme-car-donationRobertson said Sunday he was flattered by the attention he’d gotten for his arduous commutes after the Free Press published a front-page story about him — and amazed that complete strangers would respond so generously, some by offering to buy him a new car and others offering to give him one.

According to the Huffington Post, Robertson’s work ethic and spirit are truly inspiring. Robertson doesn’t complain and he manages to have perfect attendance at work.

“I set our attendance standard by this man,” Todd Wilson, the plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering, told the Detroit Free Press. “I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I’ll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can’t get here — bull!”

“I do it with no excuses,” Robertson told CBS News. “If you want something, you’ve gotta go out and get it … You better go ahead and do it because your girlfriend don’t want to hear it, your coworkers don’t want to hear it and you got to get up and do it again the next day.”

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NFL To Announce Walter Payton Man of the Year During Super Bowl XLIX

Jan 30, 2015 0

Admit the glitz and pageantry of Super Bowl XLIX, we, at the GoodNewsNotebook, would like to recognize the many charitable efforts of top NFL players.  These gentlemen, not only lead on the field of play, but they also lead the league in the game of life.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. The NFL Man of the Year Award is named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, who died in 1999.

walter_paytonThe 2015 Finalists are Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Based on the selected by a distinguished Board which includes Connie Payton, the widow of the late Walter Payton AKA “Sweetness,” the finalists were chosen from among the 32 team nominees for the award, all of whom receive a $5,000 donation from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide to the charity of their choice. The winner will receive a $50,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. The two additional finalists will receive $10,000 donations in their names from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

According to their website, Connie Payton states, “My husband started his foundation, The Walter Payton Foundation, in the hope of providing for the in-need and neglected children within the State of Illinois who found themselves part of the DCFS program. So that we, his family, could continue on with the integrity and dignity of the Payton name in caring for these children, we needed to create; the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. Walter made the Payton name mean something special and we, his family, accept the challenge to make only good things happen in the Payton name.”


ABOUT TEAM SWEETNESS
The Walter & Connie Payton Foundation is about helping abused, neglected & underprivileged children in the State of Illinois. We strive to help boost these children’s self-esteem and give them a reason to believe that tomorrow can be different….. That tomorrow can be better!

In addition to programs already in motion, the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation continue to dream. New programs are being initiated to provide children and Veterans with the tools and the opportunities to live their lives with dignity and pride! The task ahead of us is a great challenge.

LEARN MORE AT www.Payton34.com


QUOTE BY WALTER PAYTON

“Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you can catch them at a young age you can really change a life. There are a lot of studies that show that one act of kindness to these children has a 40% chance of making that child have a completely different outcome in their life. What you hope is that you can get a kid to believe in something and to believe in themselves.”

// Walter Payton #34 //

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