Chrystyna Marie new album ‘LIFE’ gives LA blues, rock and pop

Chrystyna Marie LIFE album cover

LA. Blues. Rock. Pop. Chrystyna Marie has it all on her new album “LIFE.” Marie has a similar sound to Elle King, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. You’ll hear bass, drums and percussion throughout the album. And you’ll listen to plenty piano, organ and guitar… the harmonic and trumpet.

The album LIFE was produced, engineered and mixed by David Gavin Baxter at Knob & Tube recording, mastered by Phil Demetro. There are eight songs in total that will have you jamming from start to finish. Some of my favorite tracks are ‘I want That Boom Boom,’ ‘Mr. Insecurity,’ and ‘A Woman Knows.’

Have a listen to Chrystyna Marie‘s ‘LIFE’  album on Spotify.

Chrystyna Marie in a red hot dress.

About Chrystyna Marie

Originally hailing from Toronto, Marie sings with a powder keg voice over a cocktail of grungy blues and pop. She is a classically trained singer. Marie also has a background in acting, with lead roles in local community plays such as West Side Story as Maria and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

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Drug-Take Back Day: TimerCaps combating opioid abuse

prescription drug pill safety tips

October 28, pharmacies and police stations across the nation will be participating in the National Prescription Drug-Take Back Day. Collection sites will be open from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM. This event will give the public an opportunity to dispose of any unused and unwanted prescription drugs. So considering taking a look inside your home for expired prescription drugs and more.

In 2015, 33,091 people died from overdoses involving some type of opioid, including heroin.  A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association found that 42 percent of opioids prescribed for acute post-surgical pain were not consumed. At least 67 percent of patients had leftover medicine, and 91 percent of the patients with leftover medicine did not dispose of it properly.

The last Drug Take-Back Day was April 29 and resulted in 900,386 pounds of unwanted medication turned in at 5,498 take-back sites. Many Drug Take-Back sites and anti-drug coalitions are passing out TimerCaps as an incentive to bring in medication and educate people on safely taking and storing their meds. If TimerCaps are not available at the Drug Take-Back sites, they can also be bought at Rite Aid, CVS, and on TimerCap.com.

Six Principles of Safety Against Prescription Drug Abuse

The TimerCap solves 5 out of the 6 principles of prescription drug safety. You can see below how the TimerCap helps promote safe medication use:

Drug take day six principles of prescription drug safety

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What to say when someone hurts your feelings and not hide your truth

How to react when someone hurts your feelings

Ava Miles, who has recently released a new series of non-fiction books, is helping women let themselves be more comfortable expressing their inner goddesses. Miles shares with us on how to handle and what to say when someone hurts our feelings through her series The Goddess Guides to Being a Woman. If you read “Goddesses Don’t Do Drama: Removing Toxicity from Relationships,”which is one of the books from the series, it helps people get through relationship moments when they are feeling hurt or angry.

It takes courage to go from hurt to healing. What’s one of Ava’s secrets in knowing what to say when someone hurts your feelings? Transforming unhealthy relationship patterns.

According to Miles, many of us never learned how to express anger and sadness. Sometimes that may be the case because we are encouraged not to do so. We simply don’t know how to say things kindly when we’re upset. And sometimes it can make us physically ill and unhappy.

“You don’t have to walk away or wait until after the ‘f*ck you’ to speak your truth,” says Miles. It all begins with recognizing and removing victim/perpetrator language from the conversation.

What Is Victim/Perpetrator Language?

Here are some examples:

  • It’s all your fault.
  • You did this.
  • You’re to blame for this.
  • You’re wrong.
  • You’re not giving me enough.
  • This isn’t good enough.
  • You’re not pulling your weight.

Victim/perpetrator language is the language of drama. In order to get to the open-hearted, honest, loving communication we all crave — we need to begin to recognize and move away from the raised-voice or talk-to-the-hand variety. Ava invites us all to try our hand at goddess-woman language by using statements such as:

  • I feel…
  • What I think I hear you saying is…
  • This is hard for me to say, but I’d like to share this with you…
  • This doesn’t feel very loving or kind to me.
  • I want to understand.
  • My feelings are my responsibility.
  • I take responsibility for my part in _______.

“Goddess women use words that convey love, compassion, kindness, affirmation, and honesty,” says Miles. “Sure, we all have moments when we might not be able to package our feelings and thoughts into a big red bow, and that’s okay. We can be honest about that too.”

Learn more information by visiting  www.AvaMiles.com.

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Must read CRM roadmap for data center management

Gerard Blokdijk has been in enterprise data center management and CxO roles over the past 25 years. Blokdijk has published a new book called ‘CRM: The Definitive Guide’ to share wisdom he wish he had when he needed it. The book highlights what is important now in CRM and what will be important in the future. In short, the book is a CRM roadmap for instantly understanding and moving forward in the right direction by utilizing verifiable data. Below are five of the 905 critical criteria featured in the book:

1. What is the future of CRM with regards to Customer Service five years from now, What Technologies would affect it? What trends in Customer Service landscape would we see?

2. Has your organization ever had to invoke its disaster recovery plan which included the CRM solution and if so was the recovery time objective met and how long did it take to return to your primary solution?

3. Can visitors/customers easily find all relevant information about your products (e.g., prices, options, technical specifications, quantities, shipping information, order status) on your website?

4. How to make sure high data availability in mobile computing environment where frequent disconnections may occur because the clients and server may be weakly connected?

The answers are in the book which is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major retailers the full info now. Highly recommend this ebook for managers, advisors, consultants, specialists, professionals and anyone interested in CRM assessment.

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How and what to talk to your daughter about sex

Photographer Kathia Zolfaghari takes photo of Ava Miles on couch as Miles talks about sex.
Ava Miles shares tips on how to talk about sex with daughters. Photo Credit: Kathia Zolfaghari

Have a pre-teen or teenage daughter(s)? Let’s talk about sex. What are you telling your daughter(s) about sex? Ava Miles, author of the book series “The Goddess Guides to Being a Woman” discussed with us about the important points to make when talking about sex:

What Are You Teaching Your Daughter About Sex?

According to surveys conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, teens say parents are the biggest influence when it comes to their decisions about sex. What are parents telling their kids about sex? What are they telling their daughters?

Female sexuality is taboo in cultures and societies throughout the world but should we convey those views to our daughters. Miles encourages parents to look at the language they use around sexuality with their children, specifically their daughters. Here are some questions parents should ask each other:

  • Are you using fear-based language?
  • Are you using shame-based language?
  • Are you talking about sex as something purely functional?
  • Or are you sharing information about how sex can be fun, joyful and connected?

When talking with your daughters about sex, have the focus be on developing them into strong women who practice healthy sex and overall happy lifestyle. Positive sex lives begin with how parents present sex to their daughters and sons.

Miles wants all women and girls to identify with their innate goddess nature, and part of that entails creating joy and comfort around their own sexuality. You can learn more about how to start and continue the discussion by visiting AvaMiles.com.

About Ava Miles

 Ava Miles is an international bestselling author with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Technical Writing as well as Spanish. She also has two graduate degrees, one in International Peace Studies and another in Political Science.

Using her degree, Miles spent many years traveling the world and sharing her gifts with women and men in war-torn countries, helping them to rebuild and reintegrate their communities amidst intense struggle. She has managed multi-million-dollar projects and multi-national teams of people in the private sector, in non-profits and in domestic and international agencies as well as multilateral organizations such as the United Nations.

Now, she brings that experience together with her passion for sparking joy and personal success in people’s lives, launching an all-new series of life-fulfillment books called “The Goddess Guides to Being A Woman.” With seven books in total, “The Goddess Guides” invites readers to reimagine what it means to be a modern woman—on their own terms.

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Surf Rock listens: ‘Caffeine and Nicotine’ by Blakeley

Blakeley smokes a cigarette and sings her single Caffeine and Nicotine.

Pop star Blakeley has a single called “Caffeine & Nicotine,” out and it’s definitely worth a listen. The single has a bouncy variant of electronic rock and gritty thematic elements. If you enjoy bubblegum pop and surf rock, you’ll appreciate this track. It reminds me of chilling in an alternative culture, coffee shop, quintessentially Brooklyn. And it gets better. Blakeley has a new EP coming out this winter. Fromgirltogirl highly recommends checking it out if you are someone that is looking for an EP to vibe to that isn’t oppressive or over the top topics.  Listen to “Caffeine & Nicotine” on Itunes.

  • She delivers a bold crossover composition that merges elements of folk, EDM, rockabilly pop to present a marriage of confessional poetry, deep house music, and effervescent guitar twanging.
  • She writes, produces, and performs her work in different mediums.

Find more of her music, videos, and galleries on her official website and Facebook. Let us know what you think of Caffeine & Nicotine.

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Blakeley and her keyboard.
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A Grandfather ‘s marital advice to his grandson

A husband's advice to his grandson Joel.
How does a husband survive marriage? A grand father shares his stories and advice with his grandson and the world.

Good marital advice is priceless to millennials who struggle to navigate dating scene and feel overwhelmed by thought of marriage and a family lifestyle.  When Peter Davidson, author of various book publishers, grandson Joel got engaged, Davidson decided to jot down some words of marital wisdom to Joel.  The marital advice was based on his vast experience as a husband and thought why not share this wisdom with the world. From there, Davidson started his blog maritaladvicetomygrandsonjoel.com to share upbeat and humorous  advice and stories of married life that any engaged couple, newlywed, long-married person, or single person will find insightful and fun to read. He adds new “wisdom” to the site every week. If you subscribe to the blog, you will automatically receive each update.  Let us know what you think.

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Artist Temporary Hero celebrates island R&B music with LP ‘Indigo’

With daring and wrenching presentation, eclectic electro-pop musical artist Temporary Hero releases his newest LP ‘Indigo’ as a producer and performer acclaimed for the top 20 track ‘Wildjoy’ and the music video ‘Circus.’ If you love the dance music genre, you will enjoy the boldness of this album. Check it out on Spotify.

2017 LP Indigo  by Temporary Hero.

For the ‘Indigo’ album, Temporary Hero traveled to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, after a personal tragedy to reinvigorate his life. It also allowed him to found inspiration from the island, ocean and his inner soul. Every song from the album is conjured through his experiences on the island. Listen to the song ‘ Can I Kiss you Now?’ and you will hear a story within the towns of  Christiansted and Frederiksted on St. Croix. The island sounds are woven in some of the tracks, without overt pop/reggae songs – except for the only bonus track a cover of Blondie’s faux-reggae song The Tide Is High.’ That song is performed on the mandolin.

Sketch illustration Temporary Hero top island R&B singer

‘Temporary Hero’ has sounds like Sade and Justin Timberlake – you will hear this in “Can I Kiss You Now?” But he is also like Ed Sheehan, John Mayer, and Shawn Mendes. We love kiss you now because of smooth guitar and beat of the drum against the sultry vocals of ‘Temporary Hero.’ One our favorite songs from the Indigo is ShipWrecked – it is jamming.

To learn more about Temporary Hero follow him on Facebook, Twitter and visit the website at AntiCodonRecords.com.

About Temporary Hero

Starting out making underground club records like Ballet remixed by legendary Andre Lodemann, the artist pushed his craft into contemporary dance music territory after forging his way into the top 20 Billboard club chart with WILDJOY featuring Jason Walker. After, he visited a cross-genre platform focusing on current and futuristic pop music with first full LP”Sunset People” featuring the MTV hit “Circus.” The pop and dance circuit is just the tip of the iceberg for this artist. He has covered Sinatra and Bing, Chet Baker and then covered 1/2 of Fleetwood Mac’s polarizing TUSK album to critical acclaim.

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How to cut out relationship drama: Ava Miles’ guide to being a woman

Ava Miles photographed by Karthia Zolfaghari.
Photo Credit: Kathia Zolfaghari

No matter social status, race, gender or religion, we all experience relationship challenges from time to time but there’s a hidden cause behind relationship drama and a way to end it once and for all.

International bestselling author Ava Miles, whose brand new book series “The Goddess Guides to Being a Woman” was released in August to discuss ways to remove relationship drama. Many people say they want less drama in their lives, but how many of us are actually able to identify when we are active participates on the drama and make a different choice to avert that drama?

Miles states the underlying cause of relationship drama is victim/perpetrator language … it is its own communication style, a negative style of communication. The core of the language uses guilt, shame, and manipulation to bring about desired results —classic perpetrator-style. It objectifies the parties involved, casts blame and takes no personal responsibility, and creates explosive and intractable conflict in relationships. It divides couples and prevents them from having loving interactions with others, including the people in our own family, home life, workplace, and community.

If you are living in a drama-filled relationship battered by toxic communication, you have to recognize what is going on. Here are the common strategies or phrases people use in relationships that continuously feed on drama:

* You never do anything special for me
* You always say you’re going to do it and then you don’t
* You always forget about me
* You’re not giving me enough
* You’re not pulling your weight
* This isn’t good enough
* I need more from you
* I want more from you
* This isn’t working
* I need you to do better than this

Miles says, “Goddess women speak differently. The words we use not only convey our deepest feelings and thoughts, but also our divine nature. As a goddess woman, we want to use words that are loving and kind because it’s who we truly are. We speak from our hearts. We allow ourselves to be vulnerable when saying something doesn’t come easily, when it’s a little scary to share this much of ourselves.”

Here are some examples of goddess woman language:
* I feel…
* That makes me feel like…
* What I think I hear you saying is…
* This is hard for me to say, but I’d like to share X with you…I’m not sure how to say this…
* I want to share with you
* I want you to share with me
* Can we be totally honest here?
* This doesn’t feel very loving or kind to me
* I want to understand
* My feelings are my responsibility
* I take responsibility for my part in X

For more information, visit AvaMiles.com.

About Ava Miles

International bestselling author Ava Miles calls herself a divine rockstar—something she believes everyone is deep down. With a B.A. in Rhetoric and Technical Writing and Spanish and two graduate degrees, one in International Peace Studies and another in Political Science, Ava Miles spent many years traveling the world and sharing her gifts with women and men in war-torn countries, helping them to rebuild and reintegrate their communities amidst intense struggle. She has managed multi-million-dollar projects and multi-national teams of people in the private sector, in non-profits and in domestic and international agencies as well as multilateral organizations such as the United Nations. Now, she brings that experience together with her passion for sparking joy and personal success in people’s lives, launching an all-new series of life-fulfillment books called “The Goddess Guides to Being A Woman.” With seven books in total, “The Goddess Guides” invite us all to reimagine what it means to be a modern woman—on our own terms.

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National Latino Media Coalition and CBS take immediate action to increase Latino diversity

NLMC and CBS Agree to Record Commitments to Represent Latinos at the Network
National Latino Media Coalition (NLMC) and CBS agree to record commitments to represent Latinos at the network.

In August 2017, Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF and chair of the National Latino Media Council (NLMC), and Alex Nogales, secretariat of NLMC and President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, met with the Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves, and other top executives at the network, to take immediate action to increase Latino diversity and inclusion at the network.

Backstory of increasing appearance of people of color on CBS

In 1999, Leslie Moonves signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NLMC, American Indians in Film and Television, the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, and the NAACP, promising to diversify and increase people of color in the workforce. The meeting in August was convened to evaluate current benchmarks and agree to commitments that will ensure that Latinos are well-represented behind and in front of camera at CBS.

“In a short amount of time, CBS made substantial changes that have catapulted the network to a leader in the field when it comes to the inclusion of Latinos,” said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “This shows that great strides can be made when executives at the networks make hiring Latinos a priority and we hope that every other network considers them an example to follow. CBS agreed that the great progress they have made is only the beginning and NLMCare heartened by how seriously CBS has taken the need for Latino inclusion. Specifically, the network has done the following:

  • Doubled the number of Latino regular actors from 2016;

  • Doubled the number of Latino writers since 2016;

  • Agreed to order scripts from Latino content creators or shows Latin themes and auspices; and

  • Agreed to hear an additional 10 pitches from ten Latino writers/producers.”

“Latinos have been the largest minority group in this country for nearly a decade and a half, and Latinos now represent one in four public school students from Kindergarten through 12th grade nationwide,” according to Thomas A. Saenz, chair of the National Latino Media Council.  “In other words, now is the time for all networks and other media outlets to address this longstanding issue of significant Latino underrepresentation, for the outlets’ own future prosperity as much as anything; CBS has now taken strides to address this issue, and others should follow the CBS example.”

Latino audiences make up nearly 18 percent of the population. Advertisers are eager to reach them as NLMC continues talks with CBS about a pilot focusing on Latinos, additional Latino directors and episodes airing on the network, as well as Latino representation in their casting offices, procurement business, and creative entertainment executives,” Nogales added.

While talks with CBS and other television networks are continuing, NHMC has assembled the NHMC Action Network, a group of influencers working both inside and outside of the entertainment industry, with the mission of supporting changes that make media as diverse as the world we live in.

About The National Latino Media Council

The National Latino Media Council aims to radically transform the media landscape to one that is inclusive of American Latinos from all walks of life. Specifically, it is dedicated to increasing Latino employment both in front and behind the camera. NLMC signed Memoranda of Understanding with ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX seventeen years ago to create opportunities for Latinos at the networks. It is also undertaking efforts to diversify the film studios and talent agencies. The National Hispanic Media Coalition has acted as Secretariat of the Council since its founding.

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