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In southern Dallas, Texas, Sunny Giovanni-- or "Gio" as she likes to be called-- was born on the fifth day of June in 1989. Born to a mother who was a teacher and a graduate from Texas A&M University you couldn't so much as watch a Disney movie if you hadn't read the book beforehand. Gio has had a very strong history with literature, diversifying from poetry (winning placements in oratorical contests), to thriller short stories as a way to vent her frustrations.
The pen was handed down to her from an older sibling as a means to focus her negative energy and anger into something different but was used as a way to alter her own situations.
As a preteen Gio witnessed how much her writing could touch someone when she left one of her prized spirals in a classroom without knowing. Two weeks after it went missing someone brought it back to her asking for more, letting the young author know that almost everyone she knew read the story, but without knowing it was her in the story she had written.
Sunny Giovanni is an advocate for gay and transgender rights, and says: "You can't help who you are and you damn sure can't help who you love. You should be true to who are rather than to conform and live the ultimate lie and live miserably until the day you die." Credited from the poem she penned "Titanium", modeled after her novel.
Gio is a mother of three children, the founder of Lucid Legends Publishing/ Photography, Kno Joke Entertainment, the host of "We Talk TOO Much Radio" on BlogTalk Radio and blogs on Tumblr under the name "KnoJokeGio". She is a friend to many and prides herself on making a smile out of an extremely horrible day. "It doesn't matter if you're having a bad day... a smile could make everything else seem so small. Crack a joke when someone is hurt and see how fast they cheer up.
ENVISION THIS: Reaching out to young people to inspire them to read, write, and create.
Debbie Hilbish is with us to share her vision, passion and mission to inspire students to read, write and create. She reaches out to as many people as possible to share what they do at Student Author Visits, Inc. (SAVI) founded by Larry James, a 70+ great grandfather, artist, writer of music and author of children’s books. Debbie became Chairperson and Secretary at SAVI after retiring from a career with the United States Post Office, publishing books of her poetry, and hosting eight-week authors’ fairs at The Reader’s Oasis book store in Quartzsite AZ.
SAVI started because “America’s economy began to fail in 2007 and millions of citizens are still struggling, plus the fact that the income disparity gap in our country has widened every year for at least the last twenty years has brought us to the point where it’s impossible for many parents to purchase books for their children.” It is a free program provided to elementary fourth grade classes and boys and girls clubs in selected areas. At the beginning of each visit, Larry introduces himself and thanks the students for inviting him. He reads the first chapter of one of the chapter books he has written and illustrated. The children than get to listen to one of the age appropriate songs on our music cd. The question and answer segment is next. Children ask good questions like: How do you write, illustrate, or publish a book? The program usually last about an hour. At the end of our visit each student receives a FREE SAVI PACK which consists of: 1 copy of the signed chapter book, 1 CD with 8 (eight) age appropriate songs, and a BOOKWORM BUDDY BUTTON.
Ayurveda, the “science of life,” is a complete wellness system that includes all that we associate with medical care — prevention of disease, observation, diagnosis, and treatment — as well as self-care practices that are generally absent from Western medicine.
Author Michelle Fondin discovered this 5,000-year-old tradition when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Ayurveda resonated with her because she was searching for ways to understand why she had become ill and actively participate in her healing — rather than simply turning it over to experts and protocols. Join us as Michelle shares her expertise with us!
Michelle S. Fondin is the author of The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda. She holds a Vedic Master Certificate from the Chopra Center and is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and Yoga Alliance. She treats clients at her Ayurvedic Path center, speaks and offers workshops, and lives in Herndon, Virginia.
Connect with Michelle at http://michellefondin.com
The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda (on Amazon) link http://amzn.to/1KL9zHo
Connect with Bonnie at www.bonniegroessl.com
Bonnie's Amazon page http://tinyurl.com/kkfy4m8
Jennifer Snow's a traditionally published romance author who is living the dream: she's been published by more than one publisher, and she's branching out into the hot sub-genre, sports romance. In her home country of Canada, though, there's apparently some circles who still are all about "literary" fiction. Jennifer and I talk about her experience writing for more than one publisher and how those editing experiences differ. Will we see her on the indie side of publishing? We just might.
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author Michael O'Hara to #ConversationsLIVE to discsus his journey with words and what it's been like to share it with the world. The two will also discuss his new book DOS ANGELES.
On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. From 2013 to 2014, a period of ongoing recovery from the Great Recession, overall homelessness decreased by 2.3 percent and homelessness decreased among every major subpopulation: unsheltered persons (10 percent), families (2.7 percent), chronically homeless individuals (2.5 percent), and veterans (10.5 percent).
34 states had decrease in overall homelessness, while 17 states saw increases. 40 states had decreases in the number of people living in unsheltered locations, including the street, cars, and abandoned buildings.
The national rate of homelessness fell to 18.3 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population, but the rate in individual states ranged from 120 in Washington, D.C. to 7 in Mississippi.
The rate of veteran homelessness continued its descent of the past several years to 25.5 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population, but the rate in individual states ranged from 146 in Washington, D.C. to 9 in Virginia.
The majority of states had decreases in every major subpopulation: family homelessness (32 states), chronically homeless individuals (27 states), and veteran homelessness (28 states).
This Sunday on Cruz Inc Radio, the amazing and talent cast of "The Face Of Homeless"
Tune in at 9 pm est at www.blogtalkradio.com\cruzincradio
Life can change in an instance and you could be the face of the homeless. It is more than a play
...it is the portrayal of Life!
Angela Copeland is the CEO of Copeland Coaching. She empowers her clients to transform their careers through mentoring for goal setting, networking, and interviewing. Angela is author of e-book "Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job" and columnist for the “Career Corner” column in the Memphis Daily News.
Angela’s success is 100% tied to her clients. Nothing makes her happier than helping a client earn more, live in the city they love, and find their perfect job. Angela’s success is visible when her clients’ lives and careers are transformed.
Before founding Copeland Coaching, Angela was Vice President of Digital and eCommerce at First Tennessee Bank and Director of Digital Strategy and Marketing at ServiceMaster. In 2011, Angela was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40. She has a MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Angela also hosts the Copeland Coaching podcast, a show made for job seekers who want to jump start their job search.
Kelli Richards is CEO of The All Access Group and the host of All Access Radio. As a highly sought-after consultant, super-connector, trusted advisor, celebrity wrangler and thought leader, she connects innovators and influencers from Silicon Valley to Hollywood to Madison Avenue. As a trusted advisor, she transforms the quality of people’s lives. She's also the author of the bestselling e-book, “The Magic & Moxie of Apple – An Insider’s View.”
Karen Stever and Frank Gryner are collaborators on the cutting edge of creativity, technology, recorded music production and video production. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Karen is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and animator. In 2008 she released her first album Playground Isolator, co-produced with Frank Gryner (who has worked with the likes of Rob Zombie, The Dandy Warhols, and The Cult). Karen and Frank’s latest collaboration, a 12-track concept record called Idiot Savant, released late last year, tells the story of Ian, a 9 year old boy whose inner genius is lost on those around him, in the hopes of inspiring listeners to reclaim their inner child and “return to the playground.”
The War of 1812, was one of America's "small and forgotten" conflicts, much like the Korea in the 20th century. Ill advised, and really unnecessary for both Great Britain and the young United States of America (which was less than 50 years old at the time), the War of 1912 was a conflict that gained neither side much benefit, and diverted badly needed resources from other endeavors. Nevertheless, there were a number of intriguing and important lessons to be learned from the conflict, none more interesting than those derived from the British Chesapeake Campaign of 1814. A British squadron under command of Adm. Cochrane, raised habit for most of 1814 from the Virginia Tidewater to the waters around Baltimore, doing a surprising amount of damage and raising havoc against the seemingly hapless Americans. The British squadron took and burned Hampton, VA, portions of Washington, DC, and other towns along the bay, eventually only being stopped by the heroic defense of Baltimore and bombardment of Fort McHenry. It is a fascinating story, little known by most Americans, which almost went unnoticed during the recent bicentennial of the War of 1812.
To learn more about the War of 1812 and the 1814 Chesapeake Campaign, tune into this week's edition of Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) at 1 PM EDT. Author, historian, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and host John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) has invited Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) author LCOL. Charles Neimeyer. , USMC (Ret.) to discuss his new book, War in the Chesapeake. His book is a new single-volume history of the campaign, and will prove enlightening for both academics and those new to the story.
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