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March 23, 2017 10:55 AM PDT

High Level Wellness Through Simple Detox

Whether it’s the New Year, Springtime, the first of the month, the new moon, or you simply want to shed some extra pounds, look younger, boost your energy, or say good-bye to depression and fatigue, any time of the year is the best time to put yourself on a simple detox/cleanse program. It can be a simple 1-3 day cleanse, or a more deep 21 to 30 day detoxification program. However long you choose, it will benefit your body and your outlook on life.

Join my special guest, Dr. Susan Smith Jones, PhD and me as we discuss what lifestyle choices and foods contribute to a detoxified (or toxic) body and what you can do today to start the process. Susan will also share her wealth of information on the foods and lifestyle practices to help with weight loss, immunity, energy and more. In her latest book, The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle, she discusses customizing cleanses and detox programs for people around the world for over 30 years, and she first learned about the importance of keeping the body detoxified from her grandmother when she was a teenager.

Dr. Susan Smith Jones has certainly made extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, anti-aging, optimum nutrition and balanced living. For starters, she taught students, staff and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit for 30 years! Susan is the founder and president of Health Unlimited, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm dedicated to optimal wellness, health education and human potential. Susan travels internationally as a frequent radio and TV talk show guest and motivational speaker; she’s also the author of over 25 books, including The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle; Living on the Lighter Side; Health, Happy & Radiant…at Any Age; The Joy Factor; and Walking on Air: Your 30 Day Inside and Out Rejuvenation Makeover.

March 22, 2017 08:40 AM PDT

Nat Geo WILD’s #1 Series Celebrates 100 Episodes…

The Incredible Dr. Pol Season 10 Finale and 100th Episode Premieres Saturday March 25th at 9pm ET/PT

Dr. Jan Pol Will See You Now…
If You Have Four Legs and Fur!

The 75-year old veterinarian has become a global sensation thanks to his passion, charm and old-school, no-nonsense approach to animal care. The Incredible Dr. Pol, follows the doctor on his routine 14-hour workdays treating both pets and livestock. After 10 seasons, over half a million animals, record-setting ratings and countless prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic patients, it’s time to celebrate 100. The 100th episode, which will air as the season 10 finale, follows a reflective one-hour special that highlights the series’ top moments and most memorable cases.

Dr. Jan Pol was born in the Netherlands and raised on a family dairy farm. With more than 40 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Pol is a pioneer in treating animals. He began his career working for a local veterinarian in Harbor Beach, Michigan. However, eager to begin their own practice, in 1981 Dr. Pol and his wife, Diane, started their own animal clinic out of their home. The business continued to grow, and they have serviced over half a million animals since their doors opened. Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol treats horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even an occasional reindeer. A true friend of the farmer, he works tirelessly to ensure that the diminishing population of family farmers remains in business. He plays an integral role in keeping farmers’ livestock healthy and their businesses profitable. Dr. Pol is also an advocate for affordable veterinary care.

March 21, 2017 12:21 PM PDT

Dueling with Kings: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-Rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports by Daniel Barbarisi

As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and Positively Fifth Street did for poker players, Daniel Barbarisi does for Daily Fantasy Sports fans in this leap down the rabbit hole of America’s latest obsession.

Daniel Barbarisi quits his job as the New York Yankees beat writer for The Wall Street Journal and begins a quest: to join the top one percent of Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) players, the so-called “sharks,” and figure out whether DFS is on the level—while maybe cashing in along the way.

DFS is fantasy sports on steroids. It’s the domain of bitter rivals FanDuel and DraftKings, online juggernauts who turned a legal loophole into a billion-dollar industry by allowing sports fans bet piles of cash constructing fantasy teams.

Yet as Barbarisi quickly realized, what should have been a fun companion to casual sports viewing was instead a ferocious environment infested with sharks, a top tier of pros wielding complex algorithms, drafting hundreds of lineups, and wagering six figures daily as they bludgeon unsuspecting amateur “fish.” Barbarisi embeds himself inside the world of DFS, befriending and joining its rogue’s gallery as he tries to beat them at their own game.

In a work equal parts adventure and rigorously reported investigation, Barbarisi wades into this chaotic industry at the very moment its existence is threatened by lawmakers sick of its Wild West atmosphere and pushy advertising. All their money made FanDuel and DraftKings seem invincible; but, as Barbarisi reports, they made plenty of dubious—perhaps even scandalous—moves as they vied for market supremacy.

In Dueling with Kings, Barbarisi uncovers the tumultuous inside story of DFS, all while capturing its peculiar cast of characters, from wide-eyed newly minted millionaires, to sun-starved math geeks, to bros living an endless frat party of keggers and Playboy Bunnies. Can he outwit them all and make it to the top?

Daniel Barbarisi is a longtime sports and news journalist, having published over five thousand pieces in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Providence Journal, and appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs over the course of his career. Most recently, he was on staff at The Wall Street Journal, serving as the Yankees beat reporter. He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a Master's Degree from Brown University. He and his wife reside in Boston, Massachusetts. Dueling with Kings is his first book.

March 17, 2017 09:43 AM PDT

From the Critically-Acclaimed A&E Drama
Ric Catches up with Actor Nestor Carbonell and Executive Producer Carlton Cuse

Carbonell is back for the haunting fifth and final season as Alex Romero (Norman Bates’ Stepfather) who is currently incarcerated for perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.

This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho has provided fans with an intimate look into the unraveling of Norman Bates’ psyche throughout his teenage years. Fans watched as Norman’s dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his beloved mother, Norma, in the final gut-wrenching episodes of season four. Season five of Bates Motel picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. In addition, eight-time Grammy Award® winner and series super fan Rihanna checks in to play the role of ‘Marion Crane,’ putting a newly reimagined and contemporary spin on the iconic character.

Nestor Carbonell is perhaps most famous for his roles as Richard Alpert in ABC's drama series Lost, and Mayor Anthony Garcia in the films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He is also known for his regular roles as Luis Rivera on the sitcom Suddenly Susan, and Batmanuel on the live-action sitcom The Tick.

Carlton Cuse is an Emmy® Winning producer, writer and show runner. He is currently working on four drama series: Bates Motel (A&E), Colony (USA), Jack Ryan (Amazon) and The Strain (FX). He was also the screenwriter for one of summer of 2015’s biggest movies, San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson.

March 16, 2017 11:44 AM PDT

Digital Selling: How to Use Social Media and the Web to Generate Leads and Sell More
by Grant Leboff

With an increasing volume of customer time and attention being devoted to mobile and social channels, sales teams need to ensure that they are visible and available online. Until now this has been an area largely left to marketing, but as disciplines converge, sales people need to add digital skills to their existing skillset and how to translate core selling expertise into online business development.

Digital Selling cuts through the abundance of information to help guide salespeople in acquiring the core digital skills needed to understand the new models of consumer behavior. It also explains how to build a brand that is relevant, visible, and has value for the consumer. Author Grant Leboff reveals why embracing the social web is vital, how sales roles change in a digital environment, how to build an online network, how to create structure and time for your lead generation, how to get noticed, and how sales and marketing can work together.

Grant Leboff is the founder of Sticky Marketing Ltd., a consulting firm that advises clients on sales and marketing strategies, building their brand and positioning it as market leader in their particular sector. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, he is also a contributor to many business magazines and newspapers including The Financial Times. He is also the author of Sticky Marketing and Stickier Marketing.

March 14, 2017 11:46 AM PDT

Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s by Jason Turbow

How the Oakland A's of the 1970s--a revolutionary band of brawling Hall of Famers--won three straight championships and knocked baseball into the modern age

The Oakland A's of the early 1970s were the most transformative team in baseball history. Never before had an entire organization so collectively traumatized baseball's establishment with its outlandish behavior and business decisions, let alone an indisputably winning record: five consecutive division titles and three straight championships. The drama that played out on the field was exceeded only by the drama in the clubhouse and front office. But those A's, with their garish uniforms and outlandish facial hair, redefined the game for coming generations.

Under the visionary leadership of owner Charles O. Finley, the team assembled such luminaries as Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, and Vida Blue. Finley acted as his own general manager, his insatiable need for control dictating everything from the playlist of the ballpark organist to the menu for the media lounge. So pervasive was his meddling that one of his managers, Dick Williams, quit in the middle of the championship celebration following Oakland's Game 7 victory over the Mets in the 1973 World Series. The advent of free agency spelled the end of Finley's reign; within two years, his dynasty was lost.

A sprawling, brawling history of one of baseball’s unforgettable teams, Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic is a paean to a turbulent, magical time.

JASON TURBOW is the author of the best-selling The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing & Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and SI.com. He lives in California.

March 13, 2017 09:08 AM PDT

Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’em is Back and You Have a Chance at $25,000!

Don’t Fill Out Your Tourney Pick’em Bracket Until You Hear Ric Talk With ‘Bracket Brad' Evans from Yahoo Sports!

The NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Championship is looming and hoops fans are electrified. The season-ending NCAA tournament is the culmination of 68 of the best teams in college basketball. All the rivalries, camaraderie and drama that comes with a National Championship is on the line in a single-game elimination tournament.

But are you ready to win the office contest? Will you use your head, follow your heart or trust your gut?

Yahoo Sports bracketologist Brad Evans talks about the local teams in your area that are contenders, how to sign up for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick 'Em, and tips and tricks for filling out your bracket.

Brad Also Explains:

*How Do You Get Started?
*What's the Secret to Picking a Winning Team?
*Do Basketball Novices Stand a Chance?

Fantasy Expert 'Bracket Brad' Evans has obsessed about his fantasy teams since before some of you were born! As the Yahoo Fantasy Sports resident bracketology expert, Brad also lends advice on the two-time Emmy®-nominated webcast "Fantasy Football Live." He has been named the Fantasy College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association five times, and he's also the most accurate bracket predictor among macro-sites since 2008. Most recently he's been analyzing which teams have the best chance of making March Madness.
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March 10, 2017 10:18 AM PST

"The Swede" by R.W. Nichelson

The 5th SS was an elite German fighting unit of the fearsome Waffen SS consisting of volunteers from all over Northern Europe. Though they suffered terrible casualties in the bloody combat on the Eastern Front, they were well known for their courage and dedication in battle. This is the story of Hans Gruber and Sven Eriksson, two volunteers from Sweden in the Wiking SS. Their lives, their loves and the horrors of war.

Robert Nichelson is a U.S. Army infantry veteran. Freelance writer, collector and researcher of the Waffen SS and has an unquenchable passion for military history. Robert has written several proprietary manuals including subjects in research and development and instruction manuals for the aerospace industry. Robert is degreed in Parks Management and in Natural resources from Green River College and holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Robert is an avid outdoorsman and adventurer currently residing in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains on Shady Lake in Washington State.

March 10, 2017 10:13 AM PST

Remembering Our Black Trailblazers and Their Legacies by Barbara A. Pierce

The purpose of this book of brief biographies is to keep the memory of our black trailblazers alive, and to inspire further research on these extraordinary individuals.
In spite of the racial divide and the negative sentiments that existed during their time, they pursued a path that improved the dire circumstances of many. It often came at a cost, nevertheless, adversity fueled their determination to make a difference. Their brave actions and significant contributions changed the course of history. The men and women mentioned in this book are but a fraction of those that were instrumental in bringing about that change.

About Barbara Pierce

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee where I lived until moving to New York City at the age of eleven years old. After attending three years of junior high school in the city, my family and I moved to Mount Vemon, New York where I attend high school for three years also. Immediately after graduation, I became a telephone operator for two and a half years before entering college in Pennsylvania. Upon recieving a degree in education, I began my career as an elementary school teacher in Mount Vemon, New York that lasted for thirty-five years. It was during that time I pursued and earned a Master’s Degree in education and reading. Since retiring in 2003, I have worked as a substitute teacher and a volunteer in the same school system. I have also written ten books and has appeared in Who’s Who in American Education Publications.

March 10, 2017 10:09 AM PST

"Nightclub on Elm Tree" by Joan Cimaglia

Written as a poem in four-line stanzas, the story is about the multitude of memorable characters that retreat to the their hot spot in the elm tree where they can let their hair down and live the lush life together.

Miss Spider, a veteran of the tree, narrates most of the story during her encounter with Mr. Owl, a newcomer, as she introduces him to each of the characters, while adding her spin on the story behind them. From the loopy hummingbirds and flamboyant dragonflies to the holy praying mantis and ominous hawk, we get a glimpse of each personality that colors the tree with their own uniqueness.

The story poem is intended to open up minds of young readers, allowing them to unleash their imagination and arrive at their own interpretation of content, characters and social messages.


Joan works for Corporate America but enjoys writing about fantasy and fiction in her spare time. She loves books, nature, poetry, the ballet, her surrogate cockapoo, Daisy, and the sense of ridiculous. Her stories and poems are inspired by the simple beauty of her surroundings and the subtle humor of everyday living.

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