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May 18, 2017 07:52 AM PDT

How to Raise Respectful Parents

Laura Lyles Reagan

At long last—a practical, “how to” guide for teens to help them navigate the confusing transition from dependence on their parents to becoming responsible for themselves!! Author and Sociologist Laura Reagan provides teens with a detailed road map on how to build positive relationships (and influence) with their parents while, at the same time, honoring their own need for greater autonomy. The companion chapters on “How to Listen So Your Parents Stop Talking “and “How to Talk So Your Parents Will Listen” are exceptional at building communication and negotiation skills.

Laura Lyles Reagan, known as the Teen & Parent Relationship Whisperer, is a family sociologist with more than 30 years of experience in practical youth development and parenting coaching. She holds a Masters in Sociology specializing in interactionism and communication dynamics. She is a former instructor in the Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her original research, “Dynamic Duos” about adult mentor and parent impact on youth and teens was featured in the Journal of Applied Social Science, 2013. Her teen and parent coaching service has trained parent educators at the Pharr San Juan Alamo Independent School District in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas which was funded by a grant awarded by the Raul C. Tijerina Foundation.

Laura’s youth development career spans service in Mexico City as a youth substance abuse counselor to nonprofit management in the Boys & Girls Club Movement. She conducts workshops on hot topics such as teenparent communication, substance abuse, bullying prevention and teen suicide prevention in English and Spanish. She is a frequent radio guest and can be interviewed in English or Spanish. She has published over 100 articles in regional parenting magazines throughout the United States and Canada. Most importantly Laura is the mother of one teen daughter and one young adult daughter. She lives to recount their adventures.

This is her first published book. Laura’s website: www.lauralreagan.com

May 16, 2017 12:40 PM PDT

Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott

The lively and fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch

In August 2012, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in what Terry McDermott calls “one of the greatest exhibitions of off-speed pitches ever put on.” For McDermott, a lifelong fan and student of baseball, the extraordinary events of that afternoon inspired this incisive meditation on the art of pitching.

Within the framework of Hernandez’s historic achievement, Off Speed provides a vibrant narrative of the history and evolution of pitching, combining baseball's rich tradition of folklore with the wealth of new metrics from a growing legion of statisticians who are transforming the way we think about the game. Off Speed is also the personal story of a fan’s steadfast devotion, first kindled in McDermott by his father at the local diamond in small-town Iowa and now carried forward with the same passion by his own daughters.

Approaching his subject with the love every fan brings to the park and the expertise of a probing journalist, McDermott explores with irrepressible curiosity the science and the romance of baseball.

About the Author

TERRY McDERMOTT is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (co-authored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers—Who They Were, Why They Did It. A native of Iowa, he now lives in southern California.
https://www.amazon.com/Off-Speed-Baseball-Pitching-Deception/dp/0307379426
www.off-speed.com

May 12, 2017 09:08 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.
www.rgaetan.com www.unariusunited.com

May 12, 2017 08:49 AM PDT

Animal Planet's Hit Series "The Vet Life" Returns with All New Animal Adventures and Family Fun Saturdays 10pm ET/9pm CT

Ric Speaks with Houston-Based Vet Dr. Diarra Blue about the Series and Tips on Caring for Your Pets
this Summer

In Animal Planet's popular series "The Vet Life," three doctors who forged a friendship in veterinary school follow their dreams and open up a brand new practice in Houston, Texas, where they treat not only family dogs and cats, but also farm animals and rare exotics. In between tending to these creatures, the three doctors must deal with the tricky balance of work and family life with their wives and kids, while lending support to each other along the way.

The three doctors enjoy a competitive comraderie -- last season, Dr. Diarra Blue treated an escaped tiger, only to be one-upped by his collegaue Dr. Ross and his baby kangaroos! Dr Blue joins Ric to discuss not only the new season of "The Vet Life," but also offer helpful pet care tips, such as providing special care for your pets during the warm summer weather, and how preventative medicine can extend the life of our beloved animal friends.
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/the-vet-life/

May 09, 2017 12:28 PM PDT

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch by Chris Dempsey & Andrew Zimbalist

In 2013 and 2014, some of Massachusetts’ wealthiest and most powerful individuals hatched an audacious plan to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston. Like their counterparts in cities around the world, Boston’s Olympic boosters promised political leaders, taxpayers, and the media that the Games would deliver incalculable benefits and require little financial support from the public. Yet these advocates refused to share the details of their bid and only grudgingly admitted, when pressed, that their plan called for billions of dollars in construction of unneeded venues. To win the bid, the public would have to guarantee taxpayer funds to cover cost overruns, which have plagued all modern Olympic Games. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chose Boston 2024’s bid over that of other American cities in January 2015—and for a time it seemed inevitable that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would award the Games to Boston 2024.

No Boston Olympics is the story of how an ad hoc, underfunded group of diverse and engaged citizens joined together to challenge and ultimately derail Boston’s boosters, the USOC, and the IOC. Chris Dempsey was cochair of No Boston Olympics, the group that first voiced skepticism, demanded accountability, and catalyzed dissent. Andrew Zimbalist is a world expert on the economics of sports, and the leading researcher on the hidden costs of hosting mega-events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. Together, they tell Boston’s story, while providing a blueprint for citizens who seek to challenge costly, wasteful, disruptive, and risky Olympic bids in their own cities.

About the Authors
Chris Dempsey is a former Bain & Co. consultant and former Massachusetts director of transportation, and was co-founder and leader of No Boston Olympics.

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He is the author of many books, including Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and World Cup and May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy, and the coauthor of The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball and others.

May 04, 2017 12:50 PM PDT

Moms For Hire: 8 Steps to Kickstart Your Next Career by Deborah Jelin Newmyer

Moms For Hire is a stylish, eight-step guidebook for moms who want to re-enter the workforce and amp up their professional mojo.

Whether you downsized your bustling career to raise your children, or you chose the full-time job of being a stay-at-home mom, you now feel ready to get back in the work game, but re-entry can be intimidating. Using creative exercises, advice, and anecdotes from well-known working moms, this book will become a guide to creating your own successful re-entry strategy.

From simply giving voice to your desire to work, to learning how to negotiate the best deal once you land the dream job, Moms For Hire guides you through each step of the process in a way that keeps you motivated and inspired.

The simple promise is this: if you commit one hour a day to this book, you can find rewarding work. The search for fulfilling employment requires plenty of will, stamina, and support; let Moms For Hire be your devoted partner as you step into this new, life-changing adventure.

Deborah Jelin Newmyer has been a film and television producer for over three decades, including work on The Goonies, Jurassic Park, Little Rascals, An American Tail, Schindler's List, and recently "The Sing Off" and The Good Lie. All the while, Deb held down an equally rewarding career as a mother to four thriving children. She resides in Los Angeles but will always be a proud Jersey Girl.
https://www.amazon.com/Moms-Hire-Steps-Kickstart-Career/dp/1510705694

May 04, 2017 08:14 AM PDT

Stop Guessing: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers by Nat Greene

Become the greatest problem solver you can be!

Bad problem solving costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time, money, and sanity. In this book Nat Greene—who's been solving hard problems professionally for over twenty years—shares nine behaviors anyone can adopt to find solutions to even the most seemingly intractable problems.

The problem with most problem solving, Greene says, is that it's not problem solving at all: it's guessing. We have an idea of what might work and we try it out. If that doesn't work, we try something else. And so on. It's inefficient at best, and with really hard problems there are simply too many variables for guessing to work. Greene shows you how to adopt the behaviors great problem solvers use to arrive at solutions efficiently—without guessing. He illustrates them with examples ranging from everyday issues like fixing a malfunctioning garage door to stopping frequent breakdowns at a chemical plant (saving millions of dollars) to addressing the scourge of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. So stop guessing and start solving today!

Nat is a business leader, author, and champion of great problem-solving. He helps smart people make radically better decisions and all his activities and interests are tied to this mission. Nat helped found and run Stroud international and is the author of two books. Wedged is a look into some of the drivers behind political dysfunction in the US and Stop Guessing explores the behaviors of great problem-solvers.

Nat's upbringing ingrained an intense drive to help people develop an Abundant Thinking mindset, understanding that more is always possible. Nat was born and raised in Hong Kong, during a period of immense growth in social mobility, influenced by not only dreamers but also by those looking to push educational and professional boundaries. His father, a professor of material science, taught him about problem-solving at a young age by taking him around the city and helping him to explore what was broken and why.

Nat remains inspired by the belief that anything is possible and has chosen to dedicate his life to productively challenging the conventional limits of the status quo. He takes an approach that is hands-on, data-driven, and follows a rigorous process to break constraints. He always delivers results; a model Stroud follows. Nat's curiosity, determination, and passion extends beyond his work to every corner of his life. He enjoys spending time with his family, and learns a great deal from his children, who are not bound by the same pre-conceived notions and experiences that constrain many adults. Nat, his wife, and four children reside in Marblehead, Massachusetts by the ocean, a symbol of infinite possibility that inspires him.

Nat has a Masters of Engineering from Oxford University and studied design, manufacturing and management at Cambridge University, in addition to executive education coursework in Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program."
http://www.stopguessingbook.com/

May 04, 2017 08:07 AM PDT

Dr LeslieBeth Wish

Dr. LeslieBeth (LB) Wish is a nationally recognized licensed clinical psychotherapist honored for her pioneering work in love, career, happiness, and success.

The National Association of Social Workers has named her on their list of the Fifty who has Contributed to the Profession. She is the subject of biographical entry in many Marquis’Who’s Who publications.

Her latest self-help, research-based books are Smart Relationships and The Love Adventures of Almost Smart Cookie.

Dr Wish and her colleague Dr Carol Morgan are developing workshops in trusting your love intuition. To receive gifts and learn about workshops and free events please go to Dr Wish's website www.lovevictory.com and sign up on the right.

May 04, 2017 08:02 AM PDT

AGELESS CELL Dr Michael Smith, senior health scientist for Life Extension

Intelligently Created
Actively Protecting

Ageless Cell™ helps inhibit cellular senescence, a natural part of the aging process where cells no longer function optimally. Ageless Cell™ was created by Life Extension® in partnership with Insilico Medicine, Inc., a Maryland-based data analytics company that utilizes artificial intelligence to help combat aging and improve healthy lifespan.

Insilico’s advanced efforts identified N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC), myricetin (a naturally occurring polyphenolic flavonoid found in berries, fruits, and herbs), the potent green tea polyphenol EGCG, and gamma-tocotrienol as powerful “geroprotective” nutrients that can help protect the body from the effects of cellular senescence.

By rejuvenating near-senescent cells and encouraging the body’s natural process for dealing with senescent ones, Ageless Cell™ turns back the clock at the cellular level.

Dr Michael A. Smith, author, national spokesperson and senior health scientist for Life Extension based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - the world's leading organization dedicated to helping people stay healthy and live better.

Dr Smith is an M.D. with a great deal of knowledge of natural health and how dietary supplements benefit our body.
www.GeroProtect.net

May 03, 2017 08:44 AM PDT

The KIDZ BOP Kids – Billboard's "#1 Kids' Artist" - are Coming Your Way with an All New Concert…And they visit Ric to talk about it

The Best Time Ever Tour

The tour is headlined by the newest group of KIDZ BOP Kids, who were introduced in January with the release of KIDZ BOP 34.

KIDZ BOP has sold over 17 million albums, since the brand debuted in 2001. KIDZ BOP released the best-selling children's album of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The ultimate family-friendly live concert will feature brand-new songs, choreography and an eye-popping set design. The KIDZ BOP Kids will headline the national live tour, which kicks off in April and will hit more than 50 cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.

INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW KIDZ BOP KIDS:

Ahnya, Cooper, Freddy, Isaiah, Julianna and Sierra

The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine's "#1 Kids' Artist" for seven consecutive years (2010-2016)

KIDZ BOP connects with kids and families through its best-selling albums, music videos, consumer products and live tours. In the US, KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids, featuring today’s biggest hits “sung by kids for kids.” KIDZ BOP has sold over 17 million albums and generated over 1 Billion streams, since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001. In 2016, KIDZ BOP accounted for 23% of all children’s music sale in the US. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums.
For more information, visit:
www.KIDZBOP.com

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