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March 16, 2018 08:52 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 16, 2018 08:48 AM PDT

COLORS OF THE HEART by Vicky-Lyn Ashby

In this compilation of poems, Vicky-Lyn shows that she has mastered the art of words as she evokes deep emotions in her readers encouraging them to explore the colors of their hearts. Colors of the Heart truly displays the raw emotions of life, gripping the reader into a dramatic view of romance and heartache.

Vicky-Lyn Ashby is no stranger to poetry writing. She published her first poem at the young age of fifteen with the American Poetry Association and since then she has been inspired by close friends and loved ones to write many more. She has published three books of poetry and has had several poems made into songs by various recording industries.

This is a republished book and is now available for sale at its lowest retail price. Available for sale in All Amazon sites, B&N, PageTurner’s Bookstore, Chapter’s Indigo in Canada, Waterstones in UK, Booktopia in AUS/NZ and a lot more. Also available for sale as an eBook, Paperback and hardcover.


March 15, 2018 07:52 AM PDT

Wedding Season is Just Around the Corner!

Learn About All the Hottest Wedding Trends as Ric talks with
Etsy Trend Expert, Dayna Ison Johnson

Dayna is also a Judge in the New NBC Craft Competition Series, Making It, Starring Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman
Premiering This Summer

Springtime is one of the most popular seasons of the year for weddings, and as the world gears up for another Royal Wedding be sure to familiarize yourself with all the latest wedding trends. To keep it simple, Etsy - the global marketplace for unique handcrafted items - offers its Wedding Trend Guide, a showcase of all the products, themes and big-day ideas that you'll see walking down the aisle this year, maybe even on the new Princess.
To Learn More About the Etsy Trend Guide, Visit:

March 15, 2018 07:49 AM PDT

Get Small, Live Large!

From Academy Award® Winning Director Alexander Payne
Comes the Hilarious and Original Comedy Starring Matt Damon


Discover the secrets behind creating the film’s incredible
miniaturized world with Visual Effects Supervisor Jamie Price as he talks with Ric

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Visual Effects Society, and the Director’s Guild of America, Jamie Price has worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director on more than 15 feature films. His credits include Air Force One, Enemy of the State, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Son of the Mask, Australia, Pacific Rim, RoboCop, and more. He began his professional career in visual effects at Industrial Light & Magic. In addition to his film work, Price has lectured on visual effects at the University of Southern California in the Peter Stark Producing Program.

When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul Safranek (Academy Award® winner Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger.

Downsizing is available now on Digital and will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 20.

March 14, 2018 12:14 PM PDT

Get Noticed. Be Remembered.: Creating a Personal Brand Strategy for Success by Krista Clive-Smith

Want to get noticed and be remembered? BRAND YOURSELF. A nationally renowned expert on personal branding, Krista Clive-Smith demonstrates with remarkable insight how professionals, students, entrepreneurs and even parents can develop and control their own personal brands to influence the way others view them. In this step-by-step system for personal transformation, you'll learn how to create your own personal brand image. Clear, consistent and truly authentic, your personal brand will be fully aligned on the outside to who you are on the inside. While this subject could be perceived by some as superficial, Krista Clive-Smith takes an entirely different approach and delivers hard-hitting, applicable content in a soulful manner-- getting to the root of who you are and who you choose to be. If you're lost in life or looking to find yourself, this book is the answer you've been looking for. Define it, position it, package it and champion it: show the world your brand!

Krista Clive-Smith (formerly Krista Green) is a recognized expert in the fields of Branding, Organizing, and Business-- the marriage of which creates simplicity and systems... with style. She is seen regularly on the platform speaking at conferences and corporate events, as well as providing training and management consulting for business owners and high performance brands in the U.S. and Canada.

Named to the Top 40 Under 40 list of outstanding young business professionals, she’s the author of the book “Get Noticed. Be Remembered.” and the 4-Disc Audio Series “How to Brand, Sell, Market and Grow Your Business.” Her first company, Organized for Life, went on to become the first Professional Organizing franchise system worldwide - and the first employer in the industry.

Now a real estate investor and serial entrepreneur, Krista currently owns five companies including her newest venture Clutch Branding (a personal brand agency for thought leaders and entrepreneurs with content). Born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, Krista now makes her home in San Diego, California with the love of her life - her husband Ryan, their daughter Kennedy, her stepdaughter Lindsay, and their dog Cali.

March 13, 2018 12:06 PM PDT

The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty by Bryan Hoch

The meteoric rise of the new generation of superstar Yankees, including Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, and Luis Severino, now joined by Giancarlo Stanton―from the “inside baseball” strategy in assembling the roster, their fascinating paths to Yankee Stadium, and a mission to hoist the franchise's twenty-eighth World Series championship trophy.

“A must-read for anyone who wants to understand who these new Yankees are, and where they are going.” ―Ken Rosenthal, MLB Network and FOX Sports

Derek Jeter and the “Core Four” have passed the torch to a new generation of Yankees superstars―featuring Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, and Greg Bird―who have powered through the minors to become stars on baseball’s biggest stage. Joined by reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, this thrilling group is poised to chase championship titles for years to come.

The Baby Bombers details the inside-baseball strategy of the Yankees’ pivot to a younger, more exciting roster, the players’ fascinating paths to Yankee Stadium, their memorable 2017 playoff run, their amazing assaults on the record books, and a unified mission to hoist the franchise’s twenty-eighth World Series trophy.

Through new, in-depth interviews, veteran reporter Bryan Hoch fleshes out the transition from Jeter to Judge, scoring behind-the-scenes insights from general manager Brian Cashman, former manager Joe Girardi, executives and scouts, members of the current roster, opponents, and Yankees legends of the past.

Winning baseball in the Bronx will resume with postseason hero Aaron Boone in the manager’s chair, aiming to steer the franchise to its forty-first World Series appearance. Featuring nearly fifty photographs, The Baby Bombers tracks the rise of today’s Yankees from fresh-faced rookies into a group that is destined for pinstriped greatness.

“A new generation of stars are developing right before our eyes, and Bryan Hoch is the right journalist to chronicle this exciting time for Yankees fans. This is a must-read book for those that understand the potential of this new core.” ―David Cone, four-time World Series Champion with the New York Yankees and analyst for the YES Network

Bryan Hoch has written about New York baseball for the past two decades, including covering the Yankees as a beat reporter for MLB.com since 2007. Regularly seen on MLB Network, Hoch's work has also been featured in Yankees Magazine, New York Mets Inside Pitch, and on FOXSports.com. He lives in New York City with his wife Connie and daughter Penny.

March 13, 2018 08:44 AM PDT

Spring Pet Care Tips. Ric talks with
Cesar Millan

The weather is warming up. As you and your family start to enjoy the early spring, don’t forget to protect your dog against
spring’s ticking time bombs: fleas and ticks.
The world’s most sought-after dog behaviorist shares his tips for caring for your pets and keeping them safe as the country starts to green up!

Fleas and ticks can be a problem for your pets all year long, but flea populations typically explode about five to six weeks after the weather starts to warm up. Adult ticks, which are approximately the size of sesame seeds, become active in early spring and stay vigorous through fall. Dog owners may be unknowingly exposing their canines to the risks of bloodsucking ticks. One of the most common ticks to infest dogs in the U.S. is the Lone Star Tick, and it’s not limited to Texas - but found as far north as Canada. Lone Star Ticks tend to be more aggressive than many other types of ticks. They will actually hunt their hosts – running towards a potential meal – rather than passively waiting for a host to brush against them. Cesar has teamed up with NexGard, a flea and tick preventative for dogs, to raise awareness of the Lone Star Tick. NexGard is a tasty, beef flavored chew that makes protecting against fleas ticks easier.

Cesar Millan is a New York Times best selling author and has been one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior and rehabilitation for 25 years. He works with non-profit organizations and dog lovers to save millions of dogs around the country in his Nat Geo WILD series Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation. During his nine-season run as host of the hit series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, he rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs, as well as the families that were usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributed to their dogs’ quirky traits. Millan's Dog Psychology Center in Southern California serves as a home base for his expanding slate of dog behavior and training courses and clinics, “Training Cesar’s Way.”
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March 12, 2018 09:30 AM PDT

Download the Yahoo Sports Fantasy app to play
Tourney Pick’em and have a Chance at $25,000!

Don’t Fill Out Your Tourney Pick’em Bracket Until You hear
‘Bracket Brad' Evans from Yahoo Sports! talk with Ric

The NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Championship is days away and hoops fans are pumped up. 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? Time to fill out a bracket and compete for glory!

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

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 six times, and he's also the most accurate bracket predictor among macro-sites the past two years running. Most recently he's been analyzing which teams have the best chance of making March Madness.
To pick your bracket, please visit:

March 08, 2018 07:51 AM PST

What Comes After Homo Sapiens?: When and How Our Species Will Evolve into Another Species by Don Simborg

Popular science at its best, What Comes After Homo Sapiens? presents "the Simborg Hypothesis," the startling theory that another human species will emerge in the next two centuries. Dr. Simborg notes that in our evolutionary history two or more human species coexisting is the norm rather than the exception. Furthermore, our tools to alter our genes, our environment, and our technology are unprecedented, and increasingly effective. Dr. Simborg is a physician, board certified in internal medicine and an expert in medical informatics. He theorizes that we will soon see a new human species that will coexist with us. It will be a much different kind of coexistence than what we know of our coexistence with the Neanderthals. What Comes After Homo Sapiens? addresses fundamental questions such as • How exactly do we differ from our closest evolutionary relatives, living and extinct? • How will we know when the new humans have split off into a new species? • When will that happen and what will that new species be like? • What are the chances that Homo sapiens will become extinct? Dr. Simborg surveys the history of our evolution and explains key concepts about genetic engineering, speciation, artificial intelligence and neuroscience creating in What Comes After Homo Sapiens? a de facto multi-disciplinary primer. Building on a foundation of anthropology, genomics, paleontology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence, "the Simborg Hypothesis" answers the existential question: What Comes after Homo Sapiens?

About the Author

Dr. Simborg is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and former faculty member at both the Johns Hopkins and University of California, San Francisco schools of medicine. He is the founder of two electronic medical records companies and was a founding member of the American College of Medical Informatics. He and his wife, Madeleine, have two children and four grandchildren and live in California.

March 08, 2018 07:44 AM PST

Greyhound Therapy by J. R. Conway

People move from place to place for any number of reasons. It was always intriguing to look at people and try to imagine why they were on the bus, where they were coming from and where they might be going. Time spent with some law enforcement agencies gave author JR Conway some insight about why individuals whose behavior was undesirable might be on the bus.

When persons acted in a manner that was considered by the general population as other than normal, around schools, restaurants, hotels and other public venues, the police or sheriff’s departments were called to remove them from the premise’s or takes whatever actions required protecting the public.

Some jurisdictions, not willing to spend time or resources dealing with the person, would take them to the county line and threaten them with jail if they came back. Other enforcement agencies were somewhat more considerate. They would buy the person a bus ticket to the next big city, put them on the bus and wait till the bus pulled out to make sure they were gone.

In Greyhound Therapy, the author fictionalizes the impact that this migration could have on law enforcement activities in a county in Wyoming. The possible approaches taken by the County Sheriff, while dealing with the tragedies in his own life, and the alliances assembled in his efforts to fulfill his obligatios

JR Conway was born in Washington DC and raised on a Maryland farm. At the age of 18 was drafted into the U.S. Army. Is a Vietnam era veteran with multiple tours as a helicopter pilot? upon retiring, JR stepped out of the uniform into another and joined the El Paso County, Colorado Sherriff ’s department. He owned a fixed base operation for a short time where he sold aircraft and taught people to fly. Not the best decision he ever made.

JR moved from Colorado to Wyoming where he started, along with his wife, a security and private investigation company. 12 years after launching that venture, JR moved to New Mexico where started another career as a business consultant and the manager of a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), at a Community College, helping businesses do business with governments.

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