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March 23, 2018 09:29 AM PDT

Open Up to Vitality, Prosperity & Equanimity
by Susan Smith Jones, PhD

For a woman with three of America’s most ordinary names, Dr. Susan Smith Jones has certainly made extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, longevity, 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 30 books, including The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle; Invest in Yourself with Exercise; and newly released, and the discussion of our program today,
CHOOSE TO THRIVE: Open Up to Vitality, Prosperity & Equanimity.

Who doesn’t want to have more Vitality, Prosperity and Equanimity, as you say in your book’s subtitle? We all do! Today’s show is for you if you would like to enjoy life more and live with more enthusiasm, youthful vitality, high self-esteem, success and a positive attitude. Everything we discuss today can be found in much more detail in her new book which is available at Amazon and also her website in 5 different formats, including an autographed copy by Susan with a note card and bookmark. You can read the entire Foreword and Afterword for the book, as well as view aSampler of the contents, on Susan’s website.


March 23, 2018 08:34 AM PDT

Flight of the Valkyrie a novel by Arthur Cantrell

Based on the real events at the end of World War II this thrilling military novel has increased relevance in today's climate of terrorism. Flight of the Valkyrie centers on an attempt by Heinrich Himmler, member of the doomed Nazi hierarchy to infiltrate the Manhattan Project and capture the newly developed atomic bomb intending to use it as leverage to mitigate Germany's surrender terms. Receiving classified intelligence of the project's progress from a mole within the Russian spy network a top-secret team of German commandos lands on the coast of Maine and launches a ruthless campaign of blackmail and forgery. The gripping story is inspired by real-life intrigues of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, who instigates a special underground organization in a desperate attempt at self preservation at the time of Germany's surrender in 1945. All the hallmarks of a great espionage thriller are here, enhanced by the cast of endlessly complex characters, the fresh and distinctive voice of this first-time novelist, and the note of authenticity of the best historical fiction.

Arthur Cantrell is an oncologist making his home in Arkansas. A retired member of the National Guard, he served for over two decades achieving the rank of Colonel. His decorations for distinguished service include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal. While he previously published in a medical journal, Flight of the Valkyrie is his first novel.

March 23, 2018 08:31 AM PDT

Friction And Fantasy by Ramon Pinon Jr.

Human sexuality resists simple or facile evaluations and no generalization can do justice to the vast inventory of sexual feelings, practices, or behaviors. Our sexuality is not only a source of joy, wonderment, emotional release, and happiness, but also of frustration, revenge, intimidation, and deadly power. Coming to grips with our sexuality is no easy task, for our attempts to understand ourselves, to distinguish between reality and illusion, are mired in mythologies of the past, misinformation, moral and religious imperatives, lack of scientific knowledge, and wishful thinking. By tracing the development of our understanding Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box presents a historically informed way of trying to make sense of one of the most emblematic aspects of our humanity. Beginning with the seemingly simple query what is sex, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box provides for the general reader a wide ranging exploration of the complexities and mysteries of our multidimensional sexual universe - sexual fantasies, why we have sex, the mythologies of our sexual anatomy, love, sexual desire and arousal, orgasm in females and males, the taboo subject of solitary sex, the controversies regarding erotic preference and gender diversity, unusual sexual practices, sexual violence (rape, pedophilia and child sexual abuse), and the dilemmas of sexual discontent. Blending scientific and historical perspectives with literary commentaries, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box offers a wealth of information not easily available to the general reader in a stimulating and thought-provoking manner.

Ramon Piñon Jr was born in El Paso, Texas in 1939. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1966. He now holds the title of Emeritus Professor, Division of Biology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has taught a wide variety of classes spanning a broad area of modern biology. He developed the first Human Reproduction course in the UCSD Biology department in 1973 and taught it for many years. Out of that experience came his textbook Biology of Human Reproduction published by University Science Books in 2002. His transformation of his textbook into a form more suitable for the lay reader has led to his latest books, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box, a historical and scientific exploration of human sexuality, and a companion volume, How We Become Female and Male: Our Extraordinary and Perilous Journey, which focuses on the biological aspects of our reproductive system.

March 23, 2018 08:27 AM PDT

Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars: Your GPS in an Era of Hyper-Change by Jeff Piersall and Eric Wright

Some attribute it to Aristotle, but whether the great Greek philosopher said it or not doesn’t affect its timeless truth. “If you want to avoid criticism, all you have to do is say nothing, do nothing and be nothing.” If on the other hand, you decide your life is purposed for something worthy and being on the playing field is preferred to sitting in the stands, there is something you are sure to encounter; what Jeff Piersall and Eric Wright call “barking dogs.”

Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars illustrates this encounter as the voices that find fault, who don’t think it’s possible, who are unable to see a future alive with opportunities waiting to be seized. They are the ones governed by fear instead of faith. Unfortunately, many times the loudest of these barking dogs are kenneled right in most people’s own heads. For Jeff and Eric, that priceless quality is wisdom. It goes beyond knowledge or aptitude and transcends this era of cultural and technological hyper-change, with principles that are timeless.
About the Authors

Jeff Piersall – CEO and Founder of SCB Marketing, former high school and college basketball coach, Piersall is a wealth of knowledge of people and live experiences and at all levels. He has published over 130 articles over the past decade on business leadership and vision. He resides in Melbourne, Florida.

Eric Wright – former pastor and an author who has published over 200 articles and his experience brings an entire lifetime of human experience. Their combined human knowledge and experience brings wisdom to the reader. He resides in Melbourne, Florida.
www.Jeff Piersall.com

March 20, 2018 09:27 AM PDT

Make Dreams Come True this Prom Season

Ric Catches Up with Style Guru Monte Durham from
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

He’ll Share His Prom Tips and Tell You
How to Empower Deserving High School Students in Your Area with the 7th Annual

Say Yes to the Prom Initiative
The initiative will help 1,000 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the country find the perfect prom look. In addition to gifting students with prom dresses, tuxedos and accessories as well as one-on-one style sessions with Monte Durham, TLC and premier editorial partner Seventeen magazine teamed up this year to bring the prom of a lifetime to one deserving high school as part of the initiative’s inaugural “Win A Dream Prom for Your School” contest. This is the first year a school has won not only formal wear, but a prom itself. TLC’s Say Yes To The Prom special will capture the winning school’s entire experience from shopping for their dream looks to their unforgettable prom.

Designed to go beyond the dress and tuxedo to prepare students for college and careers, this year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM will feature scholarship, internship and mentorship opportunities as part of educational and youth workforce partnerships with The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative and The Emma Bowen Foundation. Students at each event also will meet and be paired with professional mentors from the fashion and media industries. These mentor-mentee relationships will extend beyond the event and offer students an ongoing connection to the professional world.

The 2018 Say Yes To The Prom Special premieres on TLC on March 24th at 9/8c

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March 20, 2018 09:11 AM PDT

Twilight Sparkle’s School of Friendship is in Session!

Get Your Kids Ready for New Adventures, Original Songs and
New Characters in the New, Magical Season of…
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Premiering Saturday March 24th at 11:30am ET/PT on Discovery Family

Ric Catches Up with Actress Tara Strong, the Iconic Voice
of Lead Pony "Twilight Sparkle," As Well as
the Voice of Many Other Well Known Animated Characters.

Launched in 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic follows the magical Princess Twilight Sparkle and her trusted assistant Spike, who live in Ponyville in the enchanted land of Equestria, along with her colorful pony friends – honest Applejack, generous Rarity, kind Fluttershy, loyal Rainbow Dash and fun-loving Pinkie Pie. Together, they teach one another valuable lessons about the most powerful magic of all – the magic of friendship.

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the My Little Pony franchise!

Following the events of the My Little Pony movie, in the season eight back-to-back premiere episodes, Twilight Sparkle and her friends discover that the Friendship Map has expanded to show the world outside Equestria. Through two exciting original songs, Twilight Sparkle learns that friendship needs to spread beyond the limits of the kingdom and decides to open her very own School of Friendship. But things come to a head when the new non-pony students ditch class on Friends and Family day, putting the entire school in jeopardy!

Tara Strong is an Emmy® nominated actress for her role as “Twilight Sparkle.” Her career has spanned both TV and film but it’s her voice work that has landed her some well known roles including; “Bubbles” in The Power Puff Girls, “Timmy Turner” in The Fairly Odd Parents, “Dil Pickles” in Rugrats, “Raven” in Teen Titans, and “Melody” in The Little Mermaid 2. She is also Miss Collins on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and the current voice of “Harley Quinn.”
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March 20, 2018 09:03 AM PDT

More to Love with
Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard & Priscilla Faia

The trio is reprising their roles in the popular
polyamorous romantic comedy You Me Her. Season 3 premieres March 20th at 10PM ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network. They talk about it with Ric

Television's first polyromantic comedy is back for a third season on AT&T AUDIENCE Network. What begins as an impulsive date between suburban husband Jack (Poehler) and neophyte escort Izzy (Faia) spins into a whirlwind three-way affair including Jack's wife Emma (Blanchard), who's been keeping secrets of her own. Over a span of just 10 days, their arrangement becomes something else entirely: A real romance with real stakes involving three real people.

In Season 2, the complex realities of polyamory and "throupling" set in, and Jack, Emma, and Izzy find out what happens when this peculiar rom-com fades to black. They find it's harder than they anticipated to prove their best, truest, happiest lives really are together, especially when more conventional alternatives beckon.

Now in Season 3, it's the day before Jack and Emma’s divorce signing. Circumstances reunite the t​hrouple, forcing them to confront what drew them together and what tore them apart. Will Emma return to her lesbian dream life in Seattle and leave suddenly heteronormative couple Jack and Izzy to start a family? Or will the trio realize being together may be complicated but being apart is unbearable? Most importantly, can all of them really live their best, truest, happiest lives in polyfidelity, a committed three-person union? Can each of them hold onto the “me” in You Me Her?

After finding success as a stand-up comedian, Greg Poehler left his day job as a lawyer to pursue a full-time career in show business, in large part influenced by his older sister, Amy Poehler. Greg is best know for creating and starring in the Swedish sitcom Welcome to Sweden, where he currently resides.

Rachel Blanchard is best known for playing the part of Cher Horowitz on the television series Clueless. She also played Roxanne on the television series 7th Heaven; and has had recurring roles in the British sitcom Peep Show, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and FX’s crime series Fargo.

Canadian actress and writer Priscilla Faia is best know for her roles in Rookie Blueand Method.

AT&T AUDIENCE Network is available on DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114 and via live streaming on the DIRECTV and U-verse apps and DIRECTV NOW.

For more information, visit:

March 19, 2018 07:19 AM PDT

Get a Crash Course in Cocktail Party Science as Ric chats
with Edumacation Author and Podcast
Co-Host Andy McElfresh

The Popular Edumacation Podcast Hosted by Kevin Smith
and Andy McElfresh is Now in Book Form -
Featuring Hilarious, Strange and Astonishing Scientific Facts
to Share at Your Next Cocktail Party!

In the hugely popular Edumacation podcast, filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy) is joined by science aficionado Andy McElfresh for a weekly dive into the most bizarre and extraordinary facts in scientific discovery. Now, the Edumacation podcast has leapt to the printed page as The EDUMACATION BOOK: Amazing Cocktail Party Science to Impress Your Friends arrives wherever books are sold on March 20.

In addition to co-hosting the Edumacation podcast with Kevin Smith, Andy McElfresh is the screenwriter of the Wayans brothers comedy White Chicks. He was formerly a writer and segment director for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, created Nickelodeon's Rocket Power cartoon, was a writer for MTV, Comedy Central, and the Keenan Ivory Wayans Show.

For more info, visit:

March 18, 2018 10:24 AM PDT

LEGACY SERIES by Robert Maxxim

Worldly and past life visions...Atlantis...Lemuria...Ancient visions...Spiritual sciences.

It's the critically acclaimed LEGACY EPISODE series by Robert Maxxim.

Five episodes called "A must read for every truth seeker".

The author's real vision of previous lifetimes in Atlantis and Lemuria and other worlds where these lives took place.

The LEGACY SERIES, thirty years in the making, features advanced scientific and spiritual concepts, backed with evidence.

For Robert these experiences began as a child with sleep time visits to other worlds. They continue to this day in both wake and sleep states.

He's spent forty years studying science, religion and the science of life. Robert works in the field of information technology.

March 16, 2018 08:58 AM PDT

More Uplifting Stories From Matt Shea Books!

More Uplifting Stories From Matt Shea Books! is an array of stories that convey the values and love of author Matt Shea. Writings specifically designated to the countless unsung heroes that keep our communities rolling: the common man.

People like you and me.

The stories selected for this Outskirts Press Kindle were randomly picked from his many books. All in all; they clearly emphasize how its the so-called little people who catch the ball at a moment of crisis- and quietly save the day. All while maintaining a normal everyday life like the rest of us.

People like you and me.

This ebook is Matt's way of thanking the many who have supported him as a writer, and more important:

A tribute to the common man.

Matt Shea writes stories that are designed for both young and old. He profiles the average person in society that's a little different or misunderstood. Matt also writes about the plight of those who are mentally disabled and senior citizens. He exposes their personal battles in life; with values being challenged- but never compromised.

When it's all said and done such individuals are recognized for being a contribution to society. They also achieve their just reward: appreciation followed by acceptance.

His characters are nothing more then average people that represent all walks of life. People like you and me. Matt loves feedback from those that take the time to read his stories. He offers his email address and promises to do his very best to answer all who write him. Matt Shea knows that through others he can improve as a writer and a person.

Feel free to write any comments to Matt Shea: worknmatt7@aol.com

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