Thursday, May 27, 2010

5/27 - Colin Michael Day, Kaitlin Berry, Charles Glassman, Doug Brode,

Colin Michael Day -  "The Loneliest Road in America"
In July 1986 U.S. 50 was named “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life magazine, which quoted an AAA spokesman as saying, “It’s totally empty.” Yes, traffic is light from Fernley to Ely, but you will meet friendly people in the towns along the way.   In the stretch of highway east of Fallon to the Utah state line, a span of 287 miles, there are only three major towns: Austin, Eureka and Ely. There are also several ghost towns along this path. Colin Michael Day is an American actor starring in and producing the independent film “The Loneliest Road in America”.

Pearl Abraham -  "AMERICAN TALIBAN"
Pearl Abraham is the author of The Seventh Beggar, Giving Up America, and The Romance Reader, and the editor of an anthology about Jewish heroines in literature, Een sterke vrouw, wie zal haar vinden?. Her stories and essays have appeared in newspapers, literary quarterlies and anthologies. Abraham teaches literature and creative writing at Western New England College and lives in both Springfield, MA, and New York City.   An avid, near-six-foot-tall surfer, John Jude Parish cuts a striking figure on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. When he isn’t on water, John lives on wheels, a self-described skate rat—grinding and kickflipping with his friends, and encouraged by his progressive parents. His hero is the great explorer Richard Burton, his personal prophet is Bob Dylan, and his world is wide open—to new ideas, philosophies, and religions. Through online forums and chat rooms, John meets a young woman from Brooklyn who spurs his interest in Islam and Arab literature. Deferring Brown University for a year, he moves to the idyllic New York borough to study Arabic. Like Burton, John embraces the experience heart, body, and soul—submitting to Islam, practicing the salaat, fasting and meditating, dancing with dervishes, and encountering the extraordinary. Burton lived the life of a nineteenth-century adventurer, but he also penetrated the ancient wisdom of secret worlds. John will too—with unforeseen consequences.

Doug Brode -  "Mr. Pop CULTURE America"

One of the major media events of the last week was the "Lost"  Finale. Some viewers loved it and some hated it, but why the popularity and so much controversy. We turn to our "Pop Culture" expert and authority, Doug Brode, who can be found on line at .

Dr. Charles Glassman - "Brain Drain - The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life"
The book offers a groundbreaking revelation that provides readers with the necessary tools to stop personal brain drain while helping them to find the things in life that are right for them. It explores many areas that include: how to get out of an unhappy relationship; how to improve overall physical health; how to increase energy; how to break free of bad habits; and much more. Broken down into 19 chapters and three parts: The Automatic Brain; The Power of Our Mind; and Seven Days to Belief, Brain Drain connects the dots between mind, body, spirit and wellness.  Stuck in an unhappy relationship? Always seemingly sick? Too stressed and exhausted to enjoy life? Unable to break free of bad habits and unsure how to fix the situation? Do the daily occurrences and interactions with others frustrate and anger you if someone gets in your way? When life is going great, do you find yourself constantly expecting the worst? Dr. Glassman s book, Brain Drain, discloses the universal answers to these questions, with an original and groundbreaking revelation that gives you the tools to stop your personal brain drain and help you find the things in life that are right for you.

Kaitlin Berry and Gordon McHenry Jr.-  Sun Life Rising Star
Each nonprofit organization will receive a $50,000 grant along with training, materials and the curriculum necessary to develop and provide financial education for the youth in its program. Additionally, each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help finance a post-secondary education. In conjunction with Sun Life Financial’s official sponsorship of the 2010 Cirque du Soleil Big Top and Arena Touring Shows, winners will have the opportunity to attend a Cirque du Soleil performance tonight, Friday, May 21 where each organization and student will be recognized at an award ceremony prior to the Cirque du Soleil show at Randall’s Island Park. An independent panel of judges comprised of local New York community leaders selected the winning organizations.   New York is the one of six cities that the program will visit in 2010, including Seattle, WA and Boston, MA. The awards program will give away a total of $1,000,000 in grants and scholarships; all winning organizations will automatically be considered for the National Sun Life Rising Star Award – an additional $50,000 grant to further their mission. As well, winning students are invited to enter an essay competition where one student will be selected as the National Sun Life Rising Star award winner and receive a scholarship worth up to $50,000 payable over four years to the educational institution of their choice. The national award winners will be announced in the fall of 2010. For more information on the Sun Life Rising Star Awards, please visit

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