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Greetings from Warm Weather? NOPE-WARM THOUGHTS!!!



Investing in a booth to assist me with the upcoming Aladdin Shrine BRIDAL SHOW. Booth costs are approx $1000.00 (this will include all items needed as well). The investment will offer the opportunity to gain a 15% return on your investment from events booked that day. TO ASSURE NO LOSS…if the investment of $1000.00 is not met, I am guaranteeing the FULL investment to be returned to investor within 90 days. THAT IS A NO LOSS GUARANTEE!!!


In addition to the above, there are MANY bridal shows-LET ME MAKE YOU SOME ADDITIONAL DOLLARS. I have always done very well in booking my gigs for the year, however want to “take it up a notch” and become a vendor at a few local Bridal Shows to increase revenues. With that said I am looking for investors for all these events with the same guarantee. Please e-mail if interested in helping me and make a few “easy dollars.”

NEED HELP WITH YOUR PHYSICAL GOALS FOR 2011? LET ME HELP YOU!!! In the last 10-15 years I have always been in (physically) decent shape. I have worked through some injuries and learned what works and what does not. I also know how I feel when I am in shape and want everyone I know to feel the same way.

I will be getting my personal training certification in February and am seeking clients. I will work with YOUR schedule, and offer competitive rates while I am completing my certification. Utilize my FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of what works and how to achieve your goals. If you are interested in this service, or want to schedule your personalized appointments e-mail

ALSO I HAVE RECENTLY FOUND MY LARGE COLLECTION OF BASEBALL CARDS. There are some of the “unique, misprint, and rare items” from baseball during 1978-1994. Most items are still in boxes, and in mint condition. FORTUNATELY for me, I have doubles or more of ALL ITEMS. With that said, I am looking to unload some of these items to invest in some other areas I am pursuing. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking a look at this collection, please let me know.

This will week this may take as long as it did to drive home on Thursday in the grasp of a harsh winter storm!

Greetings from WARM, SUNNY, and gentle breeze laid back…oh hell who am I kidding it is 6’ and windy with and 6 inches of snow on the ground. I really despise this time of year, but ya know what? I am making the best of it. I am “howling away” for warmer weather, and better situations…but history and folk lore show I am not the only one. Did anyone get a chance to see the moon Thursday through the break in the clouds?


Thursday was a “Full Wolf Moon” (and NO for those under 20 reading this, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH The “Twilight” series of movies and books – Fold Lore suggests; in January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.


As I type away or “howl for better times and MUCH BETTER WEATHER” on this and many other projects I have Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Zac Brown Band, and even Buster Poindexter (Hot, Hot, Hot). I have old pictures from the past few years of trips full of waves, surf, and sand. AND I am using old memories to keep me warm.


That is like life itself, our current situation, location or whatever MAY not be what we want, but we need to make it the best we can to make do, enjoy, and smile!


So in addition to the above, I am using the many hours inside to; work on projects, try to enjoy some relaxing (that is kinda difficult), and focus on important things. ALL WHILE; having the heat set at 78’, a stocking cap on my bald head, wearing “board shorts” and a BRIGHT HAWAIIAN shirt. Someday I will have the option of the beach in January, until then I am making it bright, sunny, and warm here in my own paradise. Right now (as Jimmy Buffett said) I DON’T need to “change my latitude to change my attitude.”


HOWEVER I am going stir crazy since I have been here in O-H-I-O since the second week in December! I am waiting patiently about getting back on the road and trying to overcome some MAJOR setbacks. These recent setbacks are not ALL BAD I am making sure I learn from them all to assure NEVER happens again, and at very least try to make sure others learn also!!!


With that said (set backs suck!). These recent difficulties are making it difficult to enjoy and keep that smile I vowed to have this year (#38 on New Year Resolutions). However I AM TRYING, and trying to continue to do for others, and still enjoy things for myself.


The bad times DO allow myself, and anyone (if we let it), enjoy the small “everyday miracles” I talk about. The ones we don’t see all the time, OR APPRECIATE, when things are going great. I am finding these daily occurrences very soothing. Even something as simple as the sun coming up, reminds me that dreams do come true (let’s face some people don’t get that chance…and well HELL we here in O-H-I-O don’t exactly see the sun often right now, even if we do awake to a new day!)


Ya know this Rock & Roll Dream I have (Meatloaf DID SAY Rock & Roll Dreams DO come true), and I wanna be that “Cowboy” that birthday boy Kid “Bob” Rock talks about. Kid sings about being able to “Roll On,” being

“Born Free,” and enjoying it all with “Amen”…you know, everyday look in the mirror and say “Damn It’s Good to be me!” (I will admit though I still look at “that picture”)




Kid is in town Next Friday January 28thIf you have an extra tixx, an extra pass, or just want someone to tag along…FEEL FREE TO CALL ME? I was pursuing some upcoming gigs and did not make the call I was supposed to for my tixx, and have had 2 MAJOR gigs cancelled this and next week.  AND if you have not considered going…MAKE YOUR OWN PLANS TO GO! Bob is an amazing showman, and one of THE MOST GROUNDED ENTERTAINERS I have ever seen, or met! He brings ALL forms of musical Genre’s to the stage and his performance can meet ALL musical tastes!


How about a quick 5 SONG Kid Rock Playlist?

The song that started to change my life

AND ONE MORE…It is cold let’s remember Summers of the past!





I hate when I’m dreaming and in my dream I have you, it feels real but then I wake up and realize that we’re still only friends


“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” – Mahatma Gandhi


I have not always done this, and now enjoying the memories…without the person

‎”Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault


“The mind of each is different from that of the other, just as the face of each is different from that of the other.” – Jewish saying


We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it ~ Lyndon Johnson

“You can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden


For those waiting on someone to tell them to…

Simon says everybody become wealthy in 2011..lets go,be great-Chad Ocho Cinco





NO MATTER WHAT…It’s Alright!


THIS IS SUCH A FUN SONG!!! Catchy Upbeat, and gotta admit…just made me smile-just “the way I like”

“na na na nah na na nah”…still singing along


I CAN”T get enough of this song!!!



When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards…and just do what you know is right?



The 4 Goals We All Share~Brian Tracy

We all start out with four primary goals in life.

The first is to be healthy, enjoy high energy, and live a long life.

Second, everyone wants to have good relationships with people they love and care about and who love and care about them.

Third, everyone wants to do work that they find interesting and challenging and that pays very well.

And the fourth common goal of humanity is to achieve financial independence, to reach the point where you have enough money so that you never have to worry about money again.

The best news is that it is more possible for you to achieve these four goals, at a higher level, faster, by starting and building your own successful business than in virtually any other way.

When you start and build your own successful business, you take complete control of your life. You become the master of your own destiny. You remove all limits to what you can do, have, and be in life. By building a successful business, you open up a world of opportunities and possibilities that the majority of people can only dream about.


If things seem to be clogged up in ur life.. Give more! That which is held up in your life will be released!-Rev Run


“How firm Thy Friendship O-Hi-O”


Still in need of some Buckeye Leaves (I know it’s cold…BUT easier to find in the snow?)

Ronald McDonald House is having a new “Tressel room” renovation and is coming along great!


What our decorator is in need of is some BUCKEYE leafs, real ones, if you have any in your yard (Even in the snow) and can let us know that would be great

We need about 40 for those who know more than I do they will be put in a wall décor on one wall (they will not cause allergies after they are put in a hard plastic shell) Ok I am so not creative so I cannot explain the science behind it BUT if you have real BUCKEY leaves we can donate to the room let me know


STILL ASKING…are you able to help, or pass onto someone who can?

I HAVE A FRIEND THERE WHO ADOPTED A LITTLE GIRL; can anyone help with this request?

Any social worker friends that do internal home studies? The kicker is they would have to come to Haiti. But it is the same as ones they would do in the states. Depending on the price of the home study I would be willing to pay for transportation/lodging while in Haiti.

Friends have found a place in Colorado but they want $2000 for home study plus 1st class lodging/flights/food/etc. She can’t afford that.

If you know someone but they are not willing to come here how much do they charge to do one in the states and world they approve one of a single person living at her parents’ house?




I have been getting some GREAT DEALS, find out how you can as well-IT IS FREE!



Really using the Weather Bug a lot this week!



WHO WANTS TO GO ON A ROAD TRIP? “Hit the Lights!!!”

Rock & Roll Legends of Rock exhibit


We were genuinely honored and humbled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in April of 2009 and now our friends in Cleveland are continuing to share the Metallica love with additional Met-artifacts on display in the Rock Hall’s Main Exhibit Hall as part of the “Legends of Rock” exhibit. If you’re going to be in the


Cleveland area, stop by and check it out!



Happy Birthday Bobby!!!

Kid Rock’s 40th Birthday Bash – A Love Affair With Detroit


A massive crowd of around 60,000 fans gathered at Ford Field Saturday night for Kid Rock’s 40th birthday celebration.


But what they got was much more: The nearly three hour concert became a de facto tribute to Detroit and the spirit of the city, in addition to a toast to one of its most popular backers.


Make no mistake, this was a Kid Rock party through and through: The were stars (among them Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Anita Baker, Run DMC’s Rev. Run, J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf and supermodel Cindy Crawford), cars (Rock was presented with a Chevy Camaro SS by NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, who sent in a videotaped birthday message) and enough pyro to light the skyline on fire.


But Detroit was always center stage: Mid-concert, Rock was presented with a Spirit of Detroit Award by Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, and later Rock returned the favor by announcing $25,000 donations to four Metro Detroit charities, COTS, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Haven and Rainbow Connection.


And throughout the concert, Rock made his love of Detroit known: During one pre-taped video segment, he blasted LeBron James for leaving Cleveland, saying the love he has for Detroit gets returned to him tenfold. “I was born in Michigan and I’m gonna die in Michigan,” Rock said, to massive cheers from the crowd. “Never forget your roots.”


Rock celebrated his roots throughout the 30-plus song show, reaching far into his back catalog during “Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley” (1990) and “Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp” (1996), both performed while he donned an LED-enhanced full length fur coat. The show featured nuggets from throughout Rock’s extensive catalog, with a heavy sampling of his latest, 2010’s “Born Free.”


The birthday boy was loose and in high spirits throughout the evening, leading his 10-piece Twisted Brown Trucker outfit through an epic set. It was the ultimate Kid Rock experience, and one of the most memorable concerts Detroit has seen for some time. It was as if everything in his career had lead up to Saturday’s show, and the evening was an exclamation point on a career that is still going quite strong.


Following a video montage that capped Rock’s first 40 years, from early childhood photos to rocking crowds in concert, Rock’s band took the stage and tore into the Beatles’ “Birthday.” With strippers dancing on poles on either side of the stage, Rock shouted “We have a celebration going on tonight!” and joined in on his own birthday song.


Confetti exploded over the crowd and Rock bit into “Cowboy,” one of his signature songs from his 1998 breakthrough album “Devil Without a Cause.”


A taped video message from Conan O’Brien played on the video screens, later followed by messages from Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel and animated icons Beavis and Butthead. O’Brien’s message was the best of the bunch, with the talk show host praising Rock’s line in “Cowboy” about starting an escort service for “all the right reasons” as “the greatest lyric of all-time.” Leno’s segment showed an early clip of Rock participating in one of Leno’s “Jay-walking” bits.


Rock’s right hand man Uncle Kracker was the first of the evening’s guests to take the stage, joining his friend on a rendition of “Good to Be Me.” Peter Wolf later joined Rock on the J. Geils Band’s “Detroit Breakdown,” while McBride took the stage with Rock to perform “Care” (with a videotaped cameo from incarcerated rapper T.I.).

Sheryl Crow had the night’s best cameo, sitting down at a stool with Rock for their hit “Picture” and then shaking things up with him during a cover of Free’s “All Right Now.” She stuck around for “Collide,” a duet she has with

Rock on “Born Free,” and their chemistry on the song was genuine: At the end of the stage’s long catwalk, the two slow danced underneath the light from the mirror ball above, like they were the only two people in the venue. In a night marked by lots of explosions and fist-pumping from the crowd, it was an unabashedly sweet, tender moment.


Rev. Run and rock ran through a handful of Run D.M.C. classics, and Cindy Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber, led the crowd through a sing-along of “Happy Birthday.” Anita Baker – whom Rock introduced as “the true soul of Detroit” – sang the National Anthem near the show’s close, before Rock and crew closed out the night with a towering version of “Born Free.”


Rock brought all his guests out at the end of the show and told the crowd, “I’m going to cherish this moment for the rest of my life.” It’s fair to say the crowd felt the same, having witnessed the biggest show of the hometown boy made good’s career.


Rock made numerous jokes about being 40 throughout the evening, most pointedly during “40,” a humorous ode to the milestone he officially reaches Monday. But if he’s slowing down he didn’t show it, and Detroit and Rock will likely get together for many birthday bashes to come.



Happy 89th Birthday, Betty White!


Happy Birthday, Betty White! The octogenarian turns 89 on Monday, January 17. She’s had an absolute whirlwind of a year as an actress and comedian, and now it’s time to celebrate yet another big birthday.


According to TMZ, just one of White’s birthday bashes will honor her with a party at one of New York’s finest restaurants. Both TV Land and the cast and crew of Hot in Cleveland, in which she stars, will honor her at Le Cirque in Manhattan, where the menu is said to include mini crab cakes and shrimp.


PRNewswire reports that a digital birthday card for Betty White appears on the Hot in Cleveland Facebook page, and since going live just days ago, has already seen more than 10,000 personal messages, photos, and videos added to it. Celebrities including Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Taylor Swift, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Fran Drescher, Carl Reiner, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler and more have added their own personal messages for White on the card. The digital card will be presented to her at the birthday bash at Le Cirque.


Can you imagine the excitement that Betty White has experienced this past year with the absolutely phenomenal reigniting of her career? To be in one’s late 80’s and revered with the status of a rock star has got to be almost unfathomable. Her insane year started with a Superbowl ad with Jay Leno and David Letterman, and soared to a Facebook campaign urging SNL producers to have her guest host Saturday Night Live. It culminates in White being the star of a sitcom called Hot in Cleveland.


It just goes to show those young celebrities in Hollywood that seeking the proverbial fountain of youth through cosmetic surgery and various serums and solutions isn’t the only road to stardom. White, in all her aged beauty, has shown everyone that natural is best, and that personality counts for way more than appearance–although at her age, she is still a strikingly beautiful woman.


It’s wonderful to learn of the ways Betty White will be honored for her 89th birthday this week. May she continue to enjoy her popularity and amazing success until she decides for herself that she’s had enough. And even then, it’s unlikely her fans will let her rest.

Happy, happy birthday, Betty White!



Rock producer and Monkees hit-maker Don Kirshner dead at 76

Music producer and promoter Don Kirshner helped make The Monkees a sensation in the late ’60s.


“Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” set the standard for live TV performances

Kirshner corralled the songwriting talent for the hit ’60s TV show “The Monkees”

He was influential in making stars of Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Tony Orlando


Music producer and promoter Don Kirshner, who found songs for The Monkees to sing and whose live TV rock show helped wean 1970s audiences off lip-synched programming, died Monday in Boca Raton, Florida, his publicist confirmed Tuesday.


Kirshner, 76, died of heart failure, according to Sharon Ellman of the public relations firm Dash Media.


A renowned song publisher and rock producer, Kirshner is best known for managing the songwriting talent behind the successful pop music television series “The Monkees,” and for his signature TV program, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.”


He achieved his first major success in the late 1950s and early 1960s as co-owner with Al Nevin of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music. The firm had under contract several of the most important songwriters of the so-called Brill Building, including Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.


As a producer-promoter, Kirshner was influential in igniting the careers of artists such as Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Tony Orlando, as well as discovering rock acts such as Kansas. He also produced hits such as “You’ve


Lost That Loving Feeling” and “Where The Boys Are.”


Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra were among the many performers who recorded Kirshner-produced songs.


Kirshner, who had supervised the music for the sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Bewitched,” was hired in 1966 by the producers of “The Monkees” to provide hit-worthy songs to accompany the TV program. Within a demanding time frame, he quickly corralled songwriting talent to craft catchy tunes for the show, which became a smash hit among teen audiences.


In September 1973, Kirshner created, produced and eventually hosted his own syndicated, weekly rock-concert program, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.” The show’s long-form, live performances distinguished it from the often lip-synched fare typical among TV music performances up to that time.


The show aired until 1981 and featured performances from many of the big-name acts of that era, including The


Rolling Stones, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, the Police, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie.


Kirshner was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2007.


He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sheila, two children and five grandchildren.



I could handle when it was just Regis, I handled the name change from Live to Regis and Kathie Lee, then even Regis and Kelly…I don’t know if my mornings can handle this?


Experts Weigh in on Who Should Replace Regis Philbin


Regis Philbin, co-host of ABC’s morning talker Live! With Regis and Kelly, announced Tuesday morning that he would be retiring this summer.


So who will be sitting next to Kelly Ripa once Philbin exits?

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with three experts — our chief TV critic Tim Goodman, MediaWeek’s Marc Berman and Jerry Springer — and asked who they believed could do the job.


Comedian Greg Proops is a frontrunner in Goodman’s eyes. He “has been doing all kinds of strange and great things that are always hilarious,” he said. “He’s likable, has the fastest comic timing alive and would certainly perk up a morning.”


Goodman continued on the comedy route with his next choice, Amy Sedaris, “who would be absolutely perfect.”


“Let’s not forget, she’s handy — and a proven hostess,” Goodman noted.


Lastly, he offered Wayne Brady as a candidate for the Live! job. “He’s born to do that. He’d drive down the demo and expand the audience,” Goodman said. “He’s a natural.”


Berman, on the other hand, believes CBS’ How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris is his top choice.


“He’s my No. 1 pick,” Berman said. “He’s well-known and well-liked. He’d be very good next to [Kelly]; he’s entertaining. People want to learn more about him, and he’d bring a whole different perspective to that show.”


He pointed out that Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, would also be a good fit for the co-hosting gig. “He’s done it many times. They have a built-in chemistry. They look good together and work well together,” Berman noted.


Conan O’Brien’s sidekick Andy Richter could possibly land on shortlists, Berman believes. “He’s a likable person, an everyday person. People feel comfortable with him — Andy has those qualities,” he said. “He’d have more exposure if he did this show [instead of TBS’ Conan] and would have a bigger role.”


Survivor veteran Jeff Probst and Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel, who have both guest-hosted on the ABC show before, could also be potential frontrunners. Berman said of Probst: “People know him and he’s kind — and want to know more about him. He’s done it before, and I think he could fill that chair pretty comfortably.”


On Mandel, Berman noted Mandel’s likability factor, but made mention of the risk in hiring naturally funny people. “People like him, and he’s funny. The obstacle is, you don’t want to do a stand-up act every day,” he said. “You want the co-host to be someone you’re comfortable, who you want to watch every day.”


Jerry Springer, who replaced Philbin on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, was sad when he heard the news that Philbin would be stepping down. “He’s a giant in the industry. He’s one of the last of the original broadcasters,” Springer said.


Springer seconded Berman’s suggestions of Consuelos and Mandel, but offered a reason why he couldn’t put himself up for the position. “I’m with NBC and they wouldn’t let me go. I’m under contract with them,” he said.


“For years there was a show in Britain, Richard and Judy, and they married. People loved it. When you watched them in the morning, you could tell whether they had an argument at home the night before. It was the dominant morning show,” Springer said of a possible Consuelos-Ripa daily team-up. “It could work. It would be a different show.”


“He’s so personable,” Springer said of Mandel. “When you’re on every day, it’s more important to be comfortable than hot. It’s got to be someone as comfortable as the furniture. Howie fits that bill.



Ann Hathaway to put on the vinyl suit!


Gotham City is filled to the brim with iconic villains. So, some people were surprised to hear that Bane, a relatively obscure character in Batman’s world, would get a starring role in “The Dark Knight Rises.”


Sure, Catwoman (played by Anne “Meow” Hathaway) will likely get the, ahem, lion’s share of the screen time. And Web searches on Hathaway did soar an impressive 3,693%. However, folks were far more interested in learning more about Tom Hardy, who will play Bane. Online interest in the actor soared an astounding 17,662% in one day. Searches for “tom hardy bane” posted equally impressive numbers. Clearly, folks want to know more about the bad guy.


So, who is Bane? Longtime fans of Batman may have horrible memories of Bane’s other big screen appearance. In the widely panned 1997 film, “Batman & Robin,” a neon-hued Bane, played by the late Jeep Swenson, had a minor role as Poison Ivy’s henchman.


But Bane’s job in that movie was to mostly break stuff and look freakishly large. In the comics, which will presumably have a large influence over the upcoming film, Bane has a mind as impressive as his muscles. He was raised in a prison and famously broke Batman’s back in an epic showdown. In other words, Bane ain’t no Penguin.


It remains to be seen if director Christopher Nolan will use copious amounts of CGI to give Bane the appropriate Hulk-like appearance. After all, Hardy, while no wimp, isn’t exactly 8 feet tall and made entirely of muscle. The actor was most recently seen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Nolan’s “Inception,” where he uttered the line, “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”


Hardy will no doubt look a lot bigger as Bane when “The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters in 2012. And if the film is a hit, which it almost certainly will be, expect Hardy’s career to be a lot bigger, too.


(DAM* IT! I could not find any pictures!!!)



I hope he gets cleaned up! He is a good dude!!!


Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is taking a plea deal that will get him two weeks of jail time plus two weeks of house arrest for driving drunk in his Lamborghini near the Las Vegas Strip.


Tess Driver, an aide to Clark County District Attorney David Roger, said Tuesday that the 49-year-old rocker has agreed to plead guilty Jan. 26 to misdemeanor driving under the influence stemming from his arrest last June.


He’s due to begin serving his sentence Feb. 15.


Neil’s attorney, David Chesnoff, referred calls to Neil’s publicist, Jill Siegel in New York. Siegel didn’t respond to messages from The Associated Press.


In a statement provided to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Neil took responsibility for his actions and said he would learn from the experience.



Super Rich-Russell Simons


FROM ‘Uncle Russy:’ To mark the release of my new book Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All, I went on Twitter and asked a simple question: What would you do if you were Super Rich?


The response was immediate, humbling and extremely encouraging.


@buyhousescheap wrote, “If I were #SuperRich I would rebuild Haiti.”


@313Don214 said, “If was super rich I would buy an apartment building to give the homeless a second chance.”


@Tim Summa wrote, “I would put away enough money to help my family, then I would start to help the youth. There would be after school programs, or maybe I would start my own schools.”


@Antwon Butler Sr said, “I will help with all the inner city school and make sure they all get an education jus like the private school kids get, ya dig.”


@GDMODE wrote, “I’m well on my way to being #superrich because I’m saving so many precious and innocent animals by not eating meat!!! :)”


@FlavianaMatata said, “If I was #SuperRich I would…make sure at least 25% of Tanzania ppl could use internet…”


@treenna wrote: if I was #SuperRich…I would make sure low income mothers would have affordable daycare…


@Iamarealc said, “if I were #superrich I’d buy a home for every homeless family living on the highway underpass on my way home from work. #sad.”


@Enrique Zayas said, “I would Brewster Billion it n give it all away…I wouldn’t spend a dime on myself. But I’d help my family friends n stranger n then enjoy watching there dreams come true…


What made all these responses so damn inspiring wasn’t only the compassion and commitment to service that they expressed, but also what they didn’t focus on.


Not too many people tweeted about buying themselves a new car or watch. Not too many people even wrote about taking that dream vacation, or improving their house. Almost to a person, the responses all put the needs of other first.


And really, that’s the message at the core of Super Rich. That when you dedicate yourself to service rather than success, compassion rather than consumption, and focus on the process itself rather than the results, you will bring out the best in not only yourself, but the world around you as well.


True richness is a state of needing nothing. I try to state that truth over and over again in Super Rich and I see it expressed as well in all these inspiring Tweets. Because when these beautiful people talk about putting the needs of others first, what they’re really saying is, “Nothing I get for myself is going to make me feel half as good as putting a smile on someone else’s face.”


The idea that happiness is the state of needing nothing might sound “new agey” to some, but it’s really as old-school a message as you’ll find. From Abraham to Lord Buddah Jesus to Mohammad to Lord Krishna, all the great prophets have promoted this simple truth. In Christianity, it’s “Christ Consciousness.” In Buddhism, “Nirvana.” In Yoga, “Samadhi.”


Having said that, I want to address one common misconception some people get when I start talking about needing nothing. Having a selfless, compassionate attitude is not going to separate you from worldly success. In fact, just the opposite. This is because when you are a happy, selfless worker completely focused on your service, you will experience this simple truth: GREAT GIVERS BECOME EVEN BETTER GETTERS.


This is such a critical concept. As you move towards a higher degree of consciousness, you will find that the road to enlightened is paved with riches. When you operate from a state of contented abundance you will get materially rich. In fact, much quicker than the selfish person who chases money and is only focused on the results.


In over 25 years in the entertainment industry, I have seen this truth played out over and over again. I watched people like Kevin Liles, today one of the most important players in the record industry and the great director Brett Ratner start off as unpaid interns and quickly climb their way to the top off the strength of their service. They weren’t worried about getting paid or even getting promoted. They were completely immersed in the process of making the people around them better. It was a quality that made them so attractive that soon the world was writing them bigger checks than they could have ever imagined.


So to everyone today who demonstrated that same selfless spirit in their Tweets, I want to know that you are on the right path. Have faith that your belief in service isn’t going to separate you from worldly success, but rather insure it.


Know that if you throw yourself into the process helping rebuilding Haiti, or setting up affordable daycare or protecting the animals, that the world will reward you richly. Not only with the material toys that are fun to play with for a moment, but with the long term happiness and contentment that comes from giving. And once you touch that true, lasting happiness, then you’ll be Super Rich.


EPA permit snag for Eastern Ohio energy facility solved quickly, Gov. John Kasich says

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A bureaucratic delay that kept an Eastern Ohio energy project in limbo for 20 months was sorted out in a week by the new Ohio Environmental Protection Agency team installed by Gov. John Kasich.


That was the story line from Team Kasich on Friday as a new permit to operate a gas-fueled, co-generation facility was signed at state EPA headquarters in Columbus. The permit allows Mingo Junction Energy Center, which supplies steam and electricity to Severstal Wheeling, to use a waste gas piped over from a coke-making facility in


West Virginia that otherwise would be flared off.

At a news conference, Kasich credited new EPA Director Scott Nally.


“This is a fact — it was over 20 months they couldn’t get an agreement. He did it in 48 hours,  and the air is cleaner as a result, and they make more money as a result,” Kasich said.


Because the project allows flared-off emissions to be captured instead of released into the air, the permit will actually reduce overall emissions in the area, according to Ohio officials.


“It’s important to note this idea that we want to move at the speed of business, that we want to protect the environment,” Kasich said. “But at the same time, we don’t see environmental protection as inconsistent with common sense job growth, as illustrated here today.”


Nally said he quickened the process by getting the agency’s lawyers and the company’s leaders together and working through the 27 outstanding technical issues on the permit.


“So what did we do? Exactly what I should do, exactly what Governor Kasich wants me to do, and let’s get them on the phone right now,” Nally told reporters. “So we got them on the phone, and we ended up that phone call one hour later — we had a permit.”


Wilbur Winland, president of Severstal International, a steel company, said “miscommunication” and “misunderstandings” had held the project up.


“We’ve been working on this for seemingly two years, extremely hard,” said Winland. “Today is one of the greatest days. This is something good for business, and extremely good for the environment.”


Winland’s company is owned by the same entity that owns the West Virginia coke plant — which means the company will reduce emissions while reducing energy costs because it can now use piped-in coke oven gas instead of natural gas to fuel its energy center operation.


Nally wasn’t willing to say who was to blame for the hold-up, but Kasich called it “just bureaucracy and a lack of commitment and a lack of vision.”


When Nally was named to Kasich’s cabinet, the Republican governor said the former Indiana bureaucrat’s top priority would be reducing an 800-permit backlog in the state’s environmental protection agency.


“We were 800, but now we are down to 799,” Kasich said, laughing.




WOW! From The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday

Joe Hallett commentary: Snooping on journalist’s family is new low for Democrats

A general rule of politics is that families are off limits.


Criticize a political opponent, go after a public official but leave spouses and kids alone, unless there are special circumstances that expose them to scrutiny.


Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern broke that code on Nov. 11, nine days after Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland lost re-election. Redfern personally signed a public-records request with the city of Cleveland for the payroll records of a city employee, Mary Ann Consolo Larkin.


Here is what Redfern might have learned from his request: Larkin has worked as a part-time graphic artist in the city planning department for more than 29 years. She is paid about $35,000 a year. She is a classified employee.


Redfern probably already knew that Larkin is a registered Democrat. He also knew this about her: She is married to Brent Larkin, one of Ohio’s most respected and influential journalists.


For 41 years, Larkin has chronicled government and politics in Cleveland and Ohio, first with the defunct Cleveland

Press and for the past 30 years with The Plain Dealer. From 1991 to 2009 when he retired, Larkin was the newspaper’s editorial page director, and since retiring he has continued to write his must-read Sunday column.

Larkin has a reputation as a bipartisan critic. He doles out praise and disapproval to politicians and parties on an earned basis. Over the past couple of years, regular readers of Larkin’s column easily discerned that he didn’t think much of Strickland’s performance as governor.

In a Sept. 27, 2009, column, Larkin wrote, “With breathtaking ineptitude, this governor has almost single-handedly created one of the worst budget crises in the state’s 206-year history.” Larkin concluded the column by writing that Strickland “is well on his way to being forever regarded as a colossal failure.”


That column and others earned Larkin the enmity of Strickland and his Democratic allies, who otherwise smiled approvingly at the frequent swipes Larkin took at Strickland’s GOP rival, now-Gov. John Kasich. Strickland was known to complain bitterly about Larkin.


But Redfern took it a step further. His request for Mary Ann Larkin’s payroll records could be viewed as an attempt to send an unmistakable message to Larkin: Criticize one of ours, and we’ll come after your family.


Redfern told me last week that wasn’t his intent, saying he was following up on a tip that he declined to publicly reveal.


“I don’t want to make it seem like I’m intimidating anybody, because I’m not,” Redfern said. “There was no intent there.”


Larkin believes otherwise. From vacation last week, he e-mailed a comment about Redfern’s records request.


“The Ohio Democratic Party has an unquestioned right to any and all of my wife’s payroll records. That said, the party’s rank and file might be better served if its leaders spent more time trying to elect Democrats, rather than engaging in a comical and pathetic witch-hunt aimed at the spouse of a columnist who dared to be critical of the party’s sitting governor.”


We have been reminded since the Jan. 8 shooting of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that the conduct of our politics has devolved into hatred and fear. All involved – politicians, political parties, the media, interest groups and everyday citizens – are culpable in the demonization and destruction of those who espouse opposite viewpoints.


By going after a journalist’s wife, Redfern descended to a new low. I can’t remember a party leader doing such a thing in nearly three decades of covering Ohio politics.


I harkened to the famously vengeful tactics of President Richard M. Nixon and suggested to Redfern that what he did was Nixonian.


“Really?” he responded. “Those are your words, Joe. You going to put that in a column?”

Thankfully, my wife works in a furniture store.



NEW Governor John Kasich and Gordo team up for O-Hi-O


OSU to gain electric car company; creating new jobs

Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research, Gildo Pastor, Venturi Automobiles president, and


John Pohill, CEO of Venturi North America, pose with the framework of the Venturi Buckeye Bullet on Friday morning. Venturi North America headquarters will be at Ohio State.


Venturi Automobiles is coming to Ohio State and creating about 70 jobs for the local workforce.


Venturi Automobiles President Gildo Pastor came to campus last week to announce the company’s plans to establish Venturi North America at OSU. The company will work with OSU’s Center for Automotive Research to develop and build electric vehicles.


Venturi started as a race car manufacturer in France in 1984 before Pastor shifted its focus to electric vehicles in 2001. Venturi is the largest active electric vehicle production line in the world, according to a Jan. 13 OSU College of Engineering press release.


“I was on the headline of the magazines, especially the sports car magazines, saying, ‘This man is completely crazy,'” Pastor said.


Pastor said the decision to begin Venturi North America in Columbus began about a year ago and OSU was ready right away and made sure they had “all the green lights” to move here.


“It came out to be a fantastic partnership,” Pastor said. “We wanted to grow into a company, and that is what’s happening now.”


Venturi partnered with OSU on the Buckeye Bullet land-speed racing team, a student-run team based out of OSU’s Center for Automotive Research, CAR, that set a world speed record for a battery-powered vehicle. This partnership was a main point that led to Pastor’s decision to base Venturi North America in Columbus.

Venturi North America plans to employ about 70 people within the next two years.


Pastor said he plans to continue work with CAR and the students.


“It’s really important to us to have the speed-racing program to be even more invested in that program,” he said.


“We’ve met a lot of experienced students through this speed-racing program that are going to be looking for jobs and we know some of them already and it’s very interesting for us to have them in our team.”


Pastor said he doesn’t think there is an equivalent of OSU’s automotive research center in the U.S.


Giorgio Rizzoni, the director of CAR at OSU, said the relationship can be beneficial to both parties.


“As they continue to form their business plan, they will be looking to CAR as a partner,” Rizzoni said. “They will be able to rely on the expertise we already have, and we believe we will seriously be able to help Venturi grow as a company.”


Rizzoni also said Venturi will help bring business to CAR.


The company will be headquartered out of TechColumbus, an organization promoting technology-driven companies and economic growth, located on Kinnear Road. Manufacturing will take place at the Science and Technology


Campus Corporation research park on OSU’s West Campus. Pastor said they are two years from producing vehicles in Columbus.


“The goal is to engineer in the U.S. and produce them here,” Pastor said. “They need to be specially designed and engineered for the U.S. market.”


Venturi manufactures 200 cars per month in Europe and specializes in creating electric delivery vehicles. Chief executive officer of Venturi North America John Pohill said Friday that the Columbus division will begin with the same focus.


The company could start with a motor assembly facility, then shift to building smaller delivery vans and commercial vehicles for the public, Pastor said.


Pohill said citizens of Columbus should be excited about Venturi’s plan to come to the city.


“We intend to employ from the city of Columbus,” Pohill said. “And I think there will be other small businesses that spin off of this, and there is a lot of potential for a lot of different things to happen.”


Pohill said Venturi’s electric vehicles will run an average of 150 miles on one charge and the price of cars depends heavily on what kind of battery the company uses.

They are working “very, very hard to keep the price very, very low,” Pohill said.


Pohill and Pastor came to campus Friday. Earlier last week, Venturi debuted their new model, Venturi America, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


OSU President E. Gordon Gee visited Detroit with Gov. John Kasich Wednesday.


“Dr. Gee and Gov. Kasich did stop by the auto show and talk with Venturi staff, but it was not the primary purpose of the trip,” said university spokesman Jim Lynch in an e-mail.


In this case…You Da Woman!

‘I can kill myself, or I can live’

When her husband fatally shot their two sons and himself, Sarah Adkins chose to fill the unfathomable void with a foundation designed to help others cope with violence and grief.




Eight-year-old Solomon Geller, was quite the little athlete, Adkins said. She called Samson Geller, 6, an “old soul” who loved wearing jeans. Their energy was boundless.


Seeking good from tragedy


Solly and Sammy’s Foundation for Peace is raising money to honor two slain boys and to support programs that serve women and children, educate against violence and provide grief counseling. The charity is named for Solomon and Samson Geller, who were killed in September by their father. The foundation’s inaugural gala is planned for July 8 in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio State University Union.


People ask because they care.


Sarah Adkins understands this, and she hopes that the well-intentioned will, in turn, try to understand her raw, honest answers.


How are you doing?


I’m not good. But thanks for asking.


Is there anything I can do?


Yes. You can touch me.


Adkins needs to feel kindness. It makes sense, her therapist says, that ever since her children were killed, Adkins would crave the embrace of people who are good.


Sometimes love works better than anti-anxiety pills.


“If you touch me, help me, and hold my hand, I don’t have to take them,” she said of the pills. “But it’s hard, because I make people cry. They see me and cry.”


Adkins had two beautiful boys, ages 8 and 6, with shiny blond hair and boundless energy. Solomon, the oldest, was athletic, a dodge-ball legend among his second-grade classmates at Barrington Elementary School.


“He did the monkey bars like it was his job,” Adkins said.


Samson was an “old soul,” a kindergartner who loved animals and long pants – never shorts, no matter how hot the day.


“He always wore jeans,” she said. “He thought he looked good in them.”


When she came home after a weekend antiquing trip on Sept. 26 and saw her children lying so still, saw what looked liked blood in their hair, Adkins thought for a moment that it was a joke.


Seconds later, she was screaming the truth to a 911 dispatcher. The boys’ father – her husband, Troy Geller, 35 – had killed them and himself in their Upper Arlington home.


Geller shot Solomon and Samson more than once in the head and chest. Then he shot himself in the head.


Adkins closed her eyes to the horror and pictured God holding her sons.


Later that night, in a hotel room where she lay in her parents’ arms, Adkins, 35, knew that the only power she had left over her shattered life rested in a single choice. She told her mom and dad: “I can kill myself, or I can live.”


Dying would mean one more life taken by a man who had refused help and counseling and whose twisted mind apparently found a way to justify murder instead of ending his marriage with a divorce, Adkins said.


She thought about what Solly and Sammy would want her to do.


She pictured Geller, too, and said, “You’re not going to win.”


Photographs flash on the website: Solly and Sammy making the peace sign, Solly and Sammy in the bathtub with soaped-up hair, Solly and Sammy building sand castles.

The brothers are the face of a charity now.


In November, Adkins and her close friends started Solly and Sammy’s Foundation for Peace with the dream of building an organization to give money to programs that help women and children, educate against violence and provide grief counseling. An inaugural gala is planned for July 8 at the Ohio State University Union.


Adkins’ friend Cristina Worrel – their sons used to play together – said the foundation seems the best way to wrest something good from the tragedy.


Adkins is cheerful and optimistic by nature. So were her boys.


“She’s not an angry person,” Worrel said.


Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak serves on the foundation’s board. She said it’s the first time she has taken on such a role in the aftermath of a case.


At least 14 children and teens younger than 18 died by homicide in Franklin County last year, the highest total in recent memory, child-welfare advocates say.


The coroner fought tears when she spoke of the loss that Adkins and others endure.


“I’m a mom, too,” Gorniak said. “I don’t know how you get up every day, or where that strength comes from. There aren’t many people in the entire world who have an inkling of what she’s going through.”

Adkins said her therapist also warns against a search for reasons.


“If anyone should have known, it was me,” she said. “I lived with him. And I had no idea.

“No one on this planet had any idea that something like this could happen.”


Geller never had been violent, Adkins said. They both were pharmacists, and she recently had completed a doctorate, a move that they agreed would improve her career.


Geller had preferred to be a stay-at-home dad, she said.


But he wasn’t content. A neighbor described him as “out of step” and not very friendly. While Adkins thrived, Geller withdrew. He didn’t seem to want close friendships, or time with relatives, and he thought the family should move to Colorado “so it would just be the four of us,” Adkins said.


“He would never open up. I’d say, ‘Talk to me. Talk to someone. I can’t be happy for two people.'”

Despite the tension, the boys loved their dad.


“It took me a long time to even contemplate divorce,” Adkins said. “No one was cheating on anyone. I didn’t have an affair. He didn’t abuse me.”


Gorniak said most families never find answers. Still, they need help and support so that grief doesn’t destroy them, too.


She said she is trying to secure funding that would allow her to make good on a campaign promise to link families with bereavement or other counseling services when they lose loved ones to crime or other sudden or unusual circumstances. “We had applied for a grant and didn’t get it,” she said.


Gorniak said she’s pleased to be a part of Solly and Sammy’s foundation, which could help others and honor the memory of the boys at the same time.


The coroner will never forget. She keeps one of their little Lego cars on her desk.

Adkins carries five different house keys.


She has not returned to the yellow house on Doone Road, which is for sale, and she might never. The other keys open doors to the homes of friends and relatives who stand ready to harbor and love her.


“You see this horrible tragedy of what someone did to his beautiful children,” Adkins said, sobbing hard. “What people don’t see is the goodness, the blessings. I have 10,000 angels with me.”


She and Worrel manage to laugh through their tears when they talk about the day the “angels” got mad.

Not long after the shootings, Worrel and others went to the house to remove furniture for storage, sale or disposal.


One piece – it might have been a bookcase – that they had carried outside wouldn’t come apart, so Worrel hit it with a hammer.


“I was pissed,” she said. “I hit it again. And again. And I just went to town.”


A man who lives nearby offered his sledgehammer and quick instructions on how to use it. Emotions took over, and soon the crowd was smashing everything. Those without tools, Worrel said, threw shoes.

It was spontaneous therapy – an anger-letting, they realized – over a senseless crime that everyone had been powerless to prevent.


“People just joined in,” Worrel said. “We brought all the furniture out. And we smashed it all.”

Adkins took back her maiden name and burned her wedding dress. She has returned to her job and a sea of support from her colleagues at Medco but often works from her parents’ home in Athens in southeastern Ohio, where she grew up.


“It’s a nice, quiet place to be,” she said.


Adkins said she believes in a loving God and the words from 2 Corinthians, which speak of being defeated but not destroyed. She had the passage and the names of her sons etched on a gold necklace.


“I chose to live, right?” she said, searching Worrel’s face for affirmation.


“You’re doing great,” her friend said.


Adkins tries to fill her mind with things she doesn’t regret: hiding candy surprises for the boys at the bottom of the popcorn bowl, letting Sammy eat nothing but Popsicles one day, taking the hamsters along on their beach vacation.


“It’s hard for me to be around children,” she said. “Hard because I want to squeeze them so tight.”


Adkins said her sister has dreamed of the boys, so vividly that she could feel their skin and count their freckles. Others have, too.


“I keep waiting for them to come to me,” Adkins said. “I keep hoping.”

She wants to tell her sons that she hasn’t given up – on life, on love, on the good that should be done in their names.

TO HELP or for more info:



To donate in person or by mail: Solly and Sammy’s Foundation for Peace, c/o PNC Bank, 1530 W. 1st Ave., Columbus OH 43212



I’ll bet there’s no problem finding salt for the roads when it snows in Margaritaville.


SO…you parked in a lot with signage stating MUST remain on the property, and you admittldy left to go to another establishment off the property, and the tow company is to blame? Now that being said…they are still scumbags, just not in this case!!!


Couple Claims Towing Rules Target Customers of Columbus Eatery


A local couple believes a towing company crossed the line, towing their car from an eatery where they were customers.



Reminds me of a DJ in Nerk I used to like and respect…


Man Accused of Drunken Driving Had 5 Children in Car


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A Clark County man accused of driving drunk with several young children in his vehicle was expected to face a judge on Tuesday.


Police said Darryl Campbell, 26, was stopped by deputies after he was spotted driving the wrong way along U.S. Route 40 on Friday night.


Investigators said Campbell was driving more than 80 mph and had a blood alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit, 10TV News reported.


Deputies said five children under the age of 10 were in the car, none of whom were wearing seat belts, 10TV News reported.


None of them were injured.


The children were placed in their mother’s car after Campbell’s arrest.

Campbell faces several charges, including drunken driving, child endangering and other traffic violations.



Yet another reason to go Deer Hunting?

Latest PED gives sports deer-in-headlights look


Deer antlers? Yes, deer antlers. They harvest the so-called velvet antler (a soft coating that covers deer antlers) in New Zealand, freeze-dry it and then grind it into a powder. It then gets shipped to the United States, where it gets put into either capsules or liquid extracts that can become a simple mouth spray. You can buy it for $68 a bottle.


For the elite athlete, experts say it’s essentially a human growth hormone; one of the substances organized sports is trying to keep out. The difference here is deer antlers are natural, not synthetic, and properly discovering it in a test falls somewhere between extremely challenging to virtually impossible.


Bengals safety Roy Williams says he uses the mouth spray “all the time.”


Best anyone can figure, first you need to run a blood test (which leagues such as the NFL or Major League Baseball don’t do). Then you need to run a blood test at the exact proper time. Otherwise, nothing comes up. “You can find it,” Jonathan Danaceau, a director at a World Doping Agency approved lab, told in its report about new Raiders coach Hue Jackson’s connection with a supplement company that produces the spray. “But saying whether this is synthetic or natural is hard to determine. It’s only detectable in blood, and most anti-doping tests are done in urine.”


It’s a loophole for the athlete – turning drug tests into intelligence tests. You have to be stupid to fail one. The benefits of deer antler – or more specifically the substance IGF-1 that comes from it – are clear. IGF-1 is banned by everyone. “It’s one of the proteins that is increased in human growth hormone … it’s considered performance-enhancing,” Danaceau said. “It’s similar to HGH in that it aids in recovery. It helps build tissue, and strengthen tissue – more than you can ever do by training alone. Any preparation that is not naturally occurring is banned.


Taking IGF-1 through deer antler is banned as well.”So it’s banned, but difficult to detect, which leaves sports leagues in a quandary. How the heck do you stop this? “I use the spray all the time,” Bengals safety Roy Williams said. “Two to three times a day. My body felt good after using it. I did feel a difference.”Williams never tested positive for anything. Considering various NFL assistant coaches, including new Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson have been associated with a company that admits shipping it to NFL players, it stands to reason the stuff is all over the league. The NFL wants to claim it is fighting performance-enhancing drugs. A look around any locker room will tell you there are more than a few holes in the system. Guys will do pretty much anything to play in the NFL – the money, the fame, the competition. Now this? The NFL is already in the collective bargaining fight of its life – you want to put blood testing on the table with the Players’ Association? Who even knows if this stuff is all that bad? Cheating is cheating but, maybe some of this stuff shouldn’t be considered cheating. If it can’t be enforced, why not make it legal for all?


Besides, the NFL is a brutal sport and recovering each week so you can get back on the field is a major part of it. If spraying ground up deer antler into your mouth helps, are we supposed to be outraged? Don’t you want players to recover from injuries? Fans don’t seem to care what NFL players take – the game, in and of itself, is a health risk. Only the most naïve believe it’s clean anyway. Yet according to Nielsen, a remarkable 53.2 million people watched the end of the New York Jets-New England Patriots game Sunday. That’s essentially one in every six Americans, babies included. And while there is an inherent unfair advantage if one player keeps staying healthy while another doesn’t, what we haven’t seen in the NFL is what plagued baseball – over the top performances. Some fans aren’t comfortable with players coming along and suddenly slugging 20 percent more home runs than anyone ever had. Since no one is suddenly throwing a football 100 yards in the air or rushing for 3,000 or kicking 80-yard field goals, it’s easy to overlook. Ray Lewis (notes) is linked to this controversy through text messages with a supplier.


Here’s guessing most fans will just shrug. Or laugh. The meanest linebacker of this generation might be playing with Bambi in him? Some will actually applaud the resourcefulness of a veteran prolonging his career; after all, the game is more exciting with Ray Lewis in it. If this was Albert Pujols, the reaction might be different. Or maybe at this point it won’t. Baseball doesn’t take blood tests either. IGF-1 can make the punishment of the season easier though. It’s the same for the NBA or NHL. This is the new challenge for the leagues, the next level for those looking to circumvent the rules. It’s “natural.” It’s easy – no messy needles. It’s secretive, no accomplices to shoot you up who can one day turn on you (right, Roger Clemens?). It’s effective, essentially HGH without the risk, because you probably aren’t getting caught. Freeze-dried, ground up, liquid extract, New Zealand velvet deer antlers. That’s the level the athletes will go to gain an advantage. Anyone got any good ideas how far the leagues have to go to stop it?


Jersey error makes Roosevelt High team the Rough “Ryders”


Move over “Natinals,” there’s a new bizarre misspelling on D.C. area jerseys, and the erroneous duds aren’t even getting changed … at least for now.


According to the Washington Post, Theodore Roosevelt (D.C.) High has played the 2010-11 season with jerseys that misspell the common nickname used for the school’s mascot. Roosevelt’s teams are known as the Rough Riders, and when Roosevelt athletic director Daryl Tilghman placed the uniform order for the school’s basketball team, he requested jerseys that said “Riders” on the front, just as the school has used in prior seasons.


The difference is that this year, the vendor for those uniforms sent back jerseys that say “Ryders” on the front. While that uniform maker has defended the uniforms to Tilghman by claiming Ryders is “the cool way to spell it,” that excuse would hardly seem to wash with the nation’s 26th president.


“We’re a school, not a rec [league],” Tilghman told the Post when asked about what he told the jersey vendor about the misspelling.


The uniform company has reportedly agreed to replace the jerseys with a set that spells the name correctly as soon as Tilghman returns the misspelled ones. That, of course, would leave Roosevelt without uniforms altogether while waiting for the corrected jerseys to arrive, a scenario which Post reporter Alan Goldenbach said has delayed the transaction … and may for the rest of the season.


That might not thrill the ghost of Teddy Roosevelt, but the Roosevelt team itself might not be too concerned: The Rough “Ryders” are 13-2 in the erroneous uniforms this season, including a perfect DCIAA record


Buckeyes get boost as Brewster returns

The debate about whether Ohio State’s suspended five will return in 2011 made us forget about Mike Brewster.

Quite possibly no Ohio State junior projected better to the NFL at his position than Brewster did. If he decided to enter April’s NFL draft, he likely would have been among the first three centers selected.

That won’t happen.

Brewster told The Columbus Dispatch on Monday that he will return to Ohio State for his senior season. Although he had indicated as much on his Twitter page, Brewster’s confirmation is very good news for the Ohio State offense.

“This was really my first season understanding how to play center,” he said. “I made a lot of progress, and I think I can make that much more progress with another year at Ohio State. Then I think I will be really ready for the NFL. I think it will make me that much more confident about making the step to the next level.”

The All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection will anchor Ohio State’s line in his fourth season as the starting center.

Left tackle Mike Adams, one of the to-be-suspended players, also tweets that he’ll be back in 2011. With both Brewster and Harris back, Ohio State returns three of five starters up front.

Quarterback Terrell Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas all have said they’ll return.

Saturday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft.


Life was not designed to be easy…Ask God for a tough enduring heart-Rev Run

From the movie ‘Michael’ (1996)

Michael: Remember what John and Paul said.

Frank Quinlan: The apostles?

Michael: No, the Beatles. All you need is love.

<< 1 Corinthians 13 >>

Love Is the Greatest

1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;a but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.


4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.


8Prophecy and speaking in unknown languagesb and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.


11When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.c All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.


13Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.



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Even Olympic Athletes allow themselves to fall into a rut, JUST LIKE US!


Gold medalist, now 474 pounds, competing on ‘Biggest Loser’


When he won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, American wrestler Rulon Gardner weighed 286 pounds. A few months ago, he tipped the scales at 474. He knew something had to be done.

Gardner hopes to accomplish his weight-loss goals while competing on the hit NBC reality show “The Biggest Loser.” The 11th season of the program began on Tuesday night, with Gardner competing to lose the most weight and earn a $250,000 prize.


At the Sydney Games in 2000, Gardner pulled one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history when he earned a 1-0 victory over Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin in the Greco-Roman super-heavyweight division. Karelin hadn’t lost an international match in 13 years and was 59-0 in Olympic competition. He hadn’t so much as given up a single point in six years and was the three-time defending gold medalist. Gardner stunned him in overtime of their match, an upset on par with the Miracle on Ice.


Now he’s hoping for another grand achievement:

Gardner grew up as one of nine children on a dairy farm in Utah. He had only wrestled in one international competition prior to Sydney. He followed up his Olympic gold with a bronze medal in Athens.


Since his Olympic glory, Gardner has had a tough go at it. His toe was amputated after suffering from frostbite following a snowmobile accident, he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle, and he survived a plane crash that left he and two other men in frigid waters for over an hour.


After defeating the greatest wrestler in the world, losing a toe and surviving a plane crash, Rulon Gardner knows all about overcoming adversity. Losing weight is his next great challenge.


8 Amazing Blogger Weight-Loss Transformations

If you’re trying to lose weight, health experts recommend writing down what you eat. Why? Because it works! A Kaiser Permanente study found that those who jotted down their intake lost twice as much as those who didn’t. The following eight people not only started a food or exercise journal, but did so for the whole world to see, sharing all or a portion of their weight-loss journey online. Read their powerful stories and check out the drastic transformations.


Roni, 34, from Baltimore; Total Pounds Lost: 70


How I Did It: I finally realized that not everything revolved around how I looked in a bathing suit. I stopped seeking some insane vision of skinniness and joined Weight Watchers with the intent of learning how to eat, not reaching a certain size. The small shift in focus made all the difference for me.


How My Blog Helped: I decided to post a weekly update on my blog to report my progress. This small commitment to post the good, bad and ugly was a huge part of my success. It gave me a place to face the emotional side of weight loss: I celebrated my losses, cried about my gains and vented when I felt like whining.


Top Tip: Set non-weight-related goals to build your confidence. Sometimes the scale will not be your friend, so you should set goals that are within your control: Sign up for a 5K, start a food journal or blog and commit to it, ditch the diet soda, have a four-day-a-week walking goal. Declare the goal, reach it and then set another.


Theodora, 27, from New York City; Total pounds lost: 55


How I Did It: I started working out with a trainer twice a week and doing cardio three or four times a week on top of that. I cut way back on fried food, refined carbs, dairy and red meat, and added in lots of fruits, veggies and lean protein. After a few months of being a gym rat, I took up running so that I could work out outside. A little over a year later, I’ve run three half-marathons, a marathon and countless other shorter-distance races.


How My Blog Helped: I started my blog for two reasons: to hold me accountable and to help me professionally. I was as unhappy with my career at the time as I was with my body. I started taking pictures of all of my meals and blogging about them, which kept me on track and helped me connect with other supportive, health-focused people. My blog also helped me land my current job as a social media specialist.


Top Tip: Remember that you don’t have to be perfect to lose weight. If you get off track, you just get right back on. Don’t let yourself sabotage the rest of the day or week or month. It’s like getting a flat tire—you fix it and move on, you don’t poke holes in the rest of your tires.


Ben Davis, 24, from Little Rock, Arkansas; Total Pounds Lost: 120


How I Did It: I went from 15 hours a day of computer games to running, running and more running (short distances at first, then building up to miles). I also started applying healthy eating principles that I already knew but didn’t practice. I would walk in the grocery store and head for the fruits, vegetables and whole-grain breads rather than the frozen pizza section. Simple choices like that really put me in the mindset of eating smarter. I switched out Pop-Tarts and cereal for whole-grain English muffins and smoothies. I switched out McDonald’s for sandwiches and soups.


How My Blog Helped: I started the blog after I made a Christmas promise to my grandmother to get a grip on my life. It served as an easy way for her to keep up with me from New England on a day-to-day basis. Over time, I began to accumulate an audience, so it really kept me on track and helped me stay motivated. I didn’t want to let myself down; I didn’t want to let my grandmother down; and I didn’t want to let the Internet people down, either.


Top Tip: No matter what life change you need to make, do it publicly. Obviously you don’t have to start a blog for the world to see, but make sure you’re sharing your struggles with people who care about you. The natural thing for us to do is hide our vices and try to fix them in secret because we’re ashamed. But I’ve found that, more often than not, people are excited for you, and will be there to support you and help you in any way they can.


Lori, 42, from Fort Edward, New York; Total pounds lost: 105


How I Did It: Basically it came down to calorie counting. Since I had so much weight to lose, I actually worked my way through a few different programs like Nutrisystem. During that time, I picked out the things that I liked in each program and figured out how to make it work for me. It took me four years to lose 100 pounds, but I also knew that the changes I was making were changes that I could keep going with and love. I eat a diet that consists of whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats—with the occasional cupcake in there!


How My Blog Helped: I started blogging my daily eats and exercise instead of writing it in a physical journal to stay on track. When I began taking pictures of my food, I then began to plate it better and make the food look appetizing before I even sat down. I’ve also met some of the most wonderful people online that I would never have met had it not been for my blog.


Top Tip: Speak kindly to yourself. Expecting perfection is setting yourself up for failure. When you allow yourself to be imperfect and not beat yourself up, you will find it easier to make the right choices.


Katie, 22, from Charlotte, North Carolina; Total Pounds Lost: 50


How I Did It: Through portion control and exercise, I slowly lost 50 pounds over the course of about 14 months. Prior to starting my weight-loss journey, I had no idea what proper portions were. My idea of what was “right” was distorted because I was never educated about it. Once I started to pay attention to how many servings I was actually consuming, my body also learned what it really feels like to be hungry and full. I still eat the same foods as before, but less of them.


How My Blog Helped: My blog came after the weight loss as a means of maintaining. After reading several food blogs and being intrigued about the concept, I decided to start my own. It has evolved into my take on healthy living, which involves healthy eating, exercise, indulgence in moderation and spending time with family and friends. Through sharing my daily ups and downs in a public way, I have learned not only how to maintain my weight through exercise and healthy eating, but also to live life without fear.


Top Tip: Step off the scale! Judge your weight loss on how your clothes fit, how you feel both inside and out, and the choices you make. The scale is only a small indicator of what weight loss really means. Being healthy means living the life you’ve always dreamed of!


Lynn, 47, from Pittsburgh; Total pounds lost: 168


How I Did It: At first, I lost all of my weight through Weight Watchers online (I never attended a meeting). Only after I lost 110 pounds did I start exercising by walking with a friend at our local track. We started with a mile, and every week added a quarter-mile. I eventually built up the strength to walk a 5K in 38 minutes.


How My Blog Helped: I started my blog after being on Weight Watchers for 6 months (I’d lost 50 pounds by then) to get a big monkey off my back: my scale number. All my life I’ve been afraid to tell anyone what I weighed. What if someone found out? What would they think of me? But it’s not like you can hide 300 pounds, so by “telling my secret,” I found freedom and support from a number of people who were on the same journey.


Top Tip: Never, ever start “dieting” until you’ve done the inside work first. You’ve got to answer these questions first: Why do I want to lose weight? Is it out of self-loathing or self-love? If the answer is self-loathing, a diet won’t work. If you don’t love the “you” that’s 200, 300 or 400 pounds, you can’t take care of yourself the way you need and deserve to as you’re losing weight. Learning to love yourself—or at least care enough to work toward loving yourself—is key to successful weight loss.


Erika, 26, from Miami Beach, Florida; Total Pounds Lost: 163


How I Did It: I lost my weight by dropping processed foods, cutting down on sugar, lifting a few weights, embracing yoga and becoming a runner!


How My Blog Helped: I began my blog as a way of keeping myself accountable for the things I was learning on my journey toward better health and a more fit body. I could never say “I didn’t know that” if I knew I could turn around and read my own words, where it was essentially me writing and explaining it to myself.


Top Tip: Take stress management seriously! When we feel stressed out, it becomes more difficult for our bodies to burn fat. Find an outlet to relieve stress such as kickboxing, yoga, journaling or sports. Basically anything that will help you relieve pent-up tension and energy.


Amanda, 29, from Troy, New York; Total pounds lost: 107


How I Did It: Ditching fast food and becoming active. After I had my daughter, I had takeout almost every night. I had no concept of portion control and often ate until I felt sick. I started to pay attention to portion sizes and weigh everything that I ate. It’s so easy to overestimate a cup of cereal, and if you overestimate 100 calories five times a week, that’s an additional 500 calories! Once I lost about 50 pounds, I started running and eating more veggies, proteins and healthy carbs to fuel my body.



How My Blog Helped: I started my blog when I was already down 70 pounds to keep myself accountable. I was at a standstill with my weight loss and thought that recording what I ate as well as my thoughts would help keep me on track. Eventually my blog took a turn toward a running blog. I started to train for my first half-marathon and documented each milestone. I want people to know that if I can go from being 276 pounds to running marathons, they can too!


Top Tip: Add exercise to your life. Not only does exercise burn calories, but it also makes you feel good. There are so many times that I am in a bad mood and I lace up my sneakers anyway to go for a run.




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10 Morning Mood Boosters

Have you ever noticed that what happens during the morning hours often sets the tone for the rest of the day? When things go smoothly, you tend to feel more relaxed and ready to face whatever the day may bring. However, when things get bumpy before you’ve even managed to get dressed, you’re more likely to remain grumpy until bedtime. While some hassles can’t be avoided, you can make mood-enhancing decisions during the a.m. hours that will set the stage for the next 16 or so. We spoke with the experts and combed the latest research for 10 pick-me-ups that will have your mood rising like the morning sun. Try one (or all!) of them for a happier and healthier you.

1. Pick one “spoil-me” task to do.
When you wake up, give yourself 30 seconds to think of at least one nice thing you can do for yourself that day…and then do it. When Alice Domar, PhD, psychologist and coauthor of Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health, was in Los Angeles for a book tour one winter, she woke up much earlier than usual. But instead of fretting about lost zzz’s, she realized with excitement that she could score some fresh fruit at the nearby farmer’s market, which would’ve been impossible if she were back home in Boston. That impromptu side trip kept her mood lifted throughout the day.

2. Eat a well-balanced meal.
Start your morning with a nutritious mix of complex carbohydrates and proteins that will last you until lunch, such as oatmeal or toast with peanut butter (include a sprinkle of cinnamon, which one study linked to improved mood and alertness, for an extra boost). Other research found that a moderate amount of caffeine (200 mg, or the amount in about two cups of coffee) elevated mood and mental sharpness, so enjoy some joe or black tea with your breakfast.

3. Get some fresh air.
Head out for some “green exercise”—physical activity performed in an outdoor setting—even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Researchers found that people experienced an enhanced mood and higher self-esteem after just five minutes of various types of green exercise, including walking and gardening. The study also found that exercising near water amplified the effects, so if you live near a lake, river or waterfall, even better.

4. Listen to the sounds of nature.
Capture the benefits of the great outdoors, even if you can’t get outside, by listening to recorded nature sounds. In a recent study, participants recovered from a stressful situation more quickly when they listened to a recorded combination of running water and bird sounds. Open your window in the morning so you can hear Mother Nature’s music as you get ready, or invest in an alarm clock that eases you awake with nature sounds.

5. Focus on feeling good.
Right after waking up, Robyn McKay, PhD, a psychologist based in Tempe, Arizona, and founder of the Smart Girl-Modern Goddess coaching program, recommends taking five deep breaths and making the decision to feel good for the day. “Imagine that, even when you encounter frustrations and surprises, you will remember to breathe and respond mindfully—rather than react mindlessly—to your circumstances,” she says. Dr. McKay also suggests that, throughout the day, you “take five deep, intentional breaths and remind yourself of your decision to feel good.”

6. Drink hot chocolate.
A recent study found that sipping a drink containing cocoa flavonols improved participants’ moods and levels of alertness—even as they worked on a series of challenging math problems. So go ahead and savor some hot cocoa made with lowfat or skim milk and dark chocolate. The protein and carbs in the milk will help keep your blood sugar levels stable until lunch, which will help you hold on to your mood momentum.

7. Take a moment to assess yourself.
Don’t jump out of bed right when you open your eyes in the morning. Instead, take five minutes to pay attention to your body and notice if you feel any stiffness, then do some light stretching while breathing deeply, suggests Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, RPT-S, RYT, a psychotherapist and yoga teacher in Marietta, Georgia. She notes, “Before racing off to the hundred things on the day’s to-do list, it can be tremendously beneficial to claim these five minutes to tune in to your body and your breath. You’ll find that you are more ‘present’ and better equipped to deal with the busyness of the day ahead.”

8. Envision the negative.
You’ve probably heard that gratitude is a mood elevator, but here’s a surprising twist to that tactic: Think about a positive event from your life—how you got your dream job or met your ideal partner, for instance—and then imagine what your life would be like if the event hadn’t happened. Though it seems like this would have the opposite effect, it actually improved the mood of one study’s participants more so than simply thinking of the positive event itself.

9. Breathe in some mint.
Researchers found that sniffing peppermint enhanced mood and attention while also fighting fatigue. Try keeping a bottle of peppermint essential oil or bag of peppermint tea on your nightstand so you can inhale the positive scents right as you wake up. Another happiness helper is chewing gum, which elevated the moods, alertness and attention spans of another study’s participants. Pop a piece of peppermint gum after breakfast for a double-duty perk-up.

10. Smile.
There’s one thing you can do just about anywhere: Smile. “Remember,” says Dr. McKay, “smiling is a simple way to change your mood—and the mood of those around you, too.” So spread your good-mood wealth by baring those pearly whites as often as possible in the morning as well as throughout the day.


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Need a pick me up during this dreary time of year?


Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” – Dr Seuss


If you want to succeed in your life, remember this phrase: That past does not equal the future. Because you failed yesterday; or all day today; or a moment ago; or for the last six months; the last sixteen years; or the last fifty years of life, doesn’t mean anything… All that matters is: What are you going to do, right now? – Anthony Robbins


Joel Osteen.. Today, don’t settle where you are. Don’t settle for a weak, defeated mentality. Instead, have the attitude that “I am anointed by Him. I can accomplish my dreams. I can overcome any obstacle.”


“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” #quote Erma Bombeck



‘Yes Sir I read yer periodical every week. It is not a mailer, it is not a blog, and it is not just your thoughts for the weel…no sir that thing is a Matt Sexton Peridocal”-Sam Dunn


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain


To succeed in life, you have to know what you’re doing, love what you’re doing, and believe in what you’re doing. Follow these rules, and you’ll always make it.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up ~ Mark Twain

What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny compared to what lies within us. ~ Walt Emerson




Take control over your environment and ensure that it’s predominantly positive. A feeling of significance arises in you when you know that you are making a difference in the world.


Don’t blame anyone or anything for your situation or problems. When you do that you are saying that you are powerless over your own life – which is utter crap. An empowering step to reclaiming your life is taking responsibility. Although life may deal you some bad hands, evaluating the choices you make in response to those hardships is critical in affecting an outcome that is more favorable to you.-Jillian Michaels

Superior leaders are willing to admit a mistake and cut their losses. Be willing to admit that you’ve changed your mind. Don’t persist when the original decision turns out to be a poor one.-Brian Tracy

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi


“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie


Learn to focus on your service and not on your reward. Your reward will always take care of itself if your service is good. Many people feel underpaid but the truth of the matter is that if you have good product/service you won’t have enough room in your bank account for the money. Stop counting your money, and start serving better!-Rex Crain


I’m Matt Sexton here’s what’s happening in Central Ohio


LeAnn Rimes plays The McCoy Center For The Arts in New Albany


Love And Theft play Dough Boyz in Ashville




One of David Letterman’s favorites, Jake Johannsen,  is at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton




The Broadway Award Winning  ‘Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding’ at The Lincoln Theatre. AND just like a real reception complete with Italian Dinner and CAKE! For more info



Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. For more info



Warm up with the AAA Great Vacations Expo at Veterans Memorial. For more info



GREAT DATE NIGHT MOVIE, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman star in ‘No Strings Attached,’ rated R.”


Showing you are never too old to find your way; Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner star in ‘The Company Men,’ rated “R.”



Ryan Reynolds stars in ‘Buried,’ tared “R.”



The jam band Phish release Live Phish: 6/27/10 Merriweather Post Pavillion, Live Phish Downloads: 07.04.10 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park, Alpharetta,     Live Phish: 07.03.2010 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA


One of my favorite bands, Social Distortion        has “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes”

Have a great weekend, and stay warm and dry! For Wclt, T-100, your hometown country station, I’m Matt Sexton


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