Sunday, March 21, 2010

3/22 - Sharon Cooper, Tommy James, Grace Schireson, Anoop Desai, Catherine Cardinal

Monday March 22, 2010
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Georgia State Rep. Sharon Cooper -  Taxpayers’ Tea Party Activist
Georgia State Representative Sharon Cooper says it has never been more urgent that voters stand up, take an interest in the process of how ideas become law, and make their voices be heard. "Americans need to pay attention to what is happening in their government, to let their elected officials know how they feel about it and to hold them accountable for their actions," said Cooper, author of The Taxpayers' Tea Party: a Manual on How to Take Back Your Government. Our founding fathers wrote the ‘establishment clause’ of the First Amendment to the Constitution to ensure all Americans the right to speak their minds to the government. Far too often, we’ve ignored that right because it was too much trouble, or we just didn’t care that much about what was going on in Washington. Now is the time to take an interest and make your feelings known.

Tommy James  - "Me, the Mob  and the Music"
The music of Tommy James is played continuously, everyday, in every country in the world, and has been for more than a generation. His songs are so ingrained in modern culture, it's difficult to go for more than a day or so without hearing one of them on the radio, TV, or a film soundtrack. To date, Tommy's sold over 100 million records and has been awarded 23 gold singles, and nine gold and platinum albums. He was born Thomas Jackson on April 29, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio, his family finally settled in Niles, Michigan, which he still regards as his hometown, where he made his first stage appearance as a child model at age four. In 1959, at the age of 12, he formed his first rock band, "The Tornadoes", and began playing local gigs around the area, developing a sizeable following along the way. In 1964 a local DJ asked Tommy and the group to sign with his new regional label, "Snap Records". Among the four sides they recorded was an obscure song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich called "HANKY PANKY". The group changed their name to "The Shondells" and released it as a single. It was an instant local hit but didn't break nationally and was soon forgotten. Tommy then added producers Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell to the team who, over the next two years, produced seven more back-to-back gold singles: I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW, MIRAGE, I LIKE THE WAY, GETTIN' TOGETHER, OUT OF THE BLUE, GET OUT NOW, and the party rock rave-up, MONY MONY. In 1968, Tommy James and The Shondells became one of the first acts to experiment with Music Videos of their hits, creating a mini-film around "Mony Mony," thirteen years before MTV hit the airwaves. After spending three months on the road with Vice President Hubert Humphrey's Presidential campaign, TJ and company took over the creative reins of their career by writing and producing their next record, the groundbreaking CRIMSON AND CLOVER album. Released in early 1969, it went multi-platinum, and spawned three more monster hits for the group: DO SOMETHING TO ME, CRIMSON AND CLOVER, and CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION. A fourth song on the LP, SUGAR ON SUNDAY, rose high on the charts in a cover version by The Clique. Tommy did so as a solo act, writing and producing the million selling single TIGHTER, TIGHTER for the group Alive 'N Kickin". Over the next four years Tommy scored an additional twelve chart singles including: COME TO ME, BALL AND CHAIN, I'M COMIN' HOME and DRAGGIN' THE LINE.

Grace Schireson, PhD - "Zen Women"
While there have been a few other books on this topic, and while you can read the stories of these women on the Zen Women blog, this book is the first to examine the human beings behind mythology and stereotype. In so doing, Grace Schireson offers a view of a more balanced view of our shared tradition. Grace Schireson is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, abbot of Tofukuji in Kyoto. Grandmothers shower young children with kind words, candy, and unwavering love. Ch’an masters frequently refer to “grandmotherly kindness” and sometimes describe the “compassion of a grandmother’s heart.” Those who live near a grandmother in a three-house hamlet may feel especially fortunate as a result of the many blessings the granny bestows upon them.

Anoop Desai - "American Idol Finalist"
Anoop Desai (born December 20, 1986) is an American singer who was a contestant on the eighth season of American Idol, placing 6th. Desai has credited his decision to audition for American Idol to the death of a friend, Eve Carson, who was murdered. During the broadcast of the wild card round on March 5, 2009, he gave a "shout out" to his alma mater and mentioned Eve, as it was the first anniversary of her death. Desai is the second Indian American to advance to the final stages of the popular reality show, the first being Season 6's Sanjaya Malakar. On December 31, 2009, he announced that he will be releasing his first single in March 23rd 2010, and an album/EP release in May 4th 2010. On January 22, 2010, he announced that his first single, titled "My Name," is co-written by Brandon Rogers and Desai, and will be released in March 2010.

Catherine Cardinal  "Men to Run From"   (Jesse James/Tiger Woods?)
Catherine Cardinal, Ph.D. is an Internationally Certified Relationship Coach and a member of Resource Realizations, a certified Hypnotherapist, Movement Expression therapist and an Anger Management Facilitator. She has dedicated her work to helping clients achieve success and happiness. Her client base is composed of people from all professions and backgrounds, from celebrities to teachers to homemakers. Her trademark is an integrated approach which yields positive results in short period of time. She has also found that as a published author, she has been able to utilize mass media to reach and help vast numbers of people. Magazines and television have also offered her the opportunity to educate and inform on topics, which positively influence individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Since appearing on television and radio, she is frequently contacted by corporations and community groups to deliver talks on topics that are of concern to them. She is also an expert at addressing a broad range of issues that affect individuals private and professional lives.

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