How Is Your Love (Tonight) by ALLIE FARRIS

How is your love (tonight) from the album you make me smile by Allie Farris is Available at Jamendo.com (link to album)

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Boomers, Grandchildren Find Common Ground Through Music

(NewsUSA) – As mayor of D’Lo, Mississippi, one of John Henry Berry’s recent challenges included tracking down errant employees — goats he had positioned to clip the town’s ball fields had wandered off. The quest for the goats is an example of the quirky challenges facing Mayor Berry and featured in the reality series, “Small Town, Big Mayor,” airing on UP TV on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.The series offers a refreshing escape from the negative attitude surrounding much of politics today with a behind-the-scenes look at a hard-working mayor and his family who want to make their town a better place and to help it survive and thrive in the future.The residents of D’Lo include 456 people, as well as 240 cows. Mayor Berry wears multiple hats, serving not only as mayor, but also as town arbitrator, dog catcher, landscaper, sewer repairman, volunteer fireman, high school football announcer, Parish drummer, and 4H Firearms Instructor, to name a few. He also finds time to be the father of five children: Ashley, Ben, Autumn, Preston, and Josh; and husband to Angie.The fourth-generation resident of D’Lo is known for his positive attitude, white suits, and the inclination to drive around town in a golf cart.”The love of my town inspired me to run for mayor,” says Mayor Berry. “As a native of D’Lo, Miss., I want to improve the town and bring in tourism,” he adds. Specific plans to attract tourists include opening a restaurant, he notes.In addition to the restaurant, his goals include legalizing golf carts in D’Lo, making the town more environmentally friendly, putting D’Lo on Kickstarter, building a library, and launching a campaign to recruit new volunteer firemen.Each episode of “Small Town, Big Mayor” will focus on some aspect of his 95-point plan to revitalize the town.In the meantime, Mayor Berry gracefully juggles daily challenges of small-town administrations.”There’s nothing I won’t do for D’Lo,” says Berry. One surprise: “I had to learn to work on the water well and sewage system to keep things functioning properly without spending money the city didn’t have,” he says.Tune in to “Small Town, Big Mayor” for a taste of genuine community spirit as the citizens rally around the mayor. As Mayor Berry says, “We may be tiny, but we have a lot of heart.”

New Book Explores Link Between Music, Spiritualism, and Science

(NewsUSA) – -In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, many people have taken the opportunity for introspection, and many are exploring spirituality and the meaning of the universe in a new way.For Christians, God is the creator, and a new book explores a unique way of examining creation from the perspective of quantum physics, and the interaction of music, light, and sound.Len Mink, a show business veteran, discovered his personal relationship with Jesus in 1971, a relationship that sustained him through a bout with a potentially terminal blood disease. However, he was cured and continued his work as a composer and performer.Mink has produced more than 30 albums of contemporary Christian music as well as hymns projects.Most recently, Mink channeled his musical background to delve into the relationship between music, science, and the realm of the Spirit.In his book, “The Supernatural Power of Music — A Quantum Leap Into Worship,” he presents the essence of the connection among sound, light, music, worship, and quantum physics.”It seems that ‘quantum speak’ and ‘faith speak’ are one and the same,” says Mink.”Science is the discipline of discovering things that already exist,” he adds. Mr. Mink takes readers on a journey into the musicality of the universe, from quasars to crickets.The relationship between music and quantum physics continues to be an area of intrigue and study.A recent article on the PBS website’s NOVA section notes that, in fact, the universe is built on harmonies, and that mathematical patterns not only define musical scales that make the tunes we love to hear, they also describe the waves and frequencies involved in quantum physics and studied by scientists over the ages.”The well-known phrase, ‘knowledge is power,’ is visibly demonstrated in this treasure chest of revelation, giving us an exciting look into both the macro and micro-universe,” Mink notes.Mink’s goal in writing the book is to awaken the spiritual in all people, breathe divine energy into every level of one’s being, and “unlock the life that your heart has been desperately hungering for,” he says.”We live in an ever-revealing cosmos, teeming with the frequencies of life, bombarding you and affecting your emotions, your moods, your mind, and even your physical body. Open your whole being to the Divine Orchestrator and experience the ‘Supernatural Power of Music,’Mink urges.The book is available in paperback direct from Len Mink Ministries or Amazon, through download on Kindle, and audiobook in MP3 and CD format (read by author).For more information, visit lenandcathymink.org.

Music and Dance Drives New Blood Pressure Campaign

(NewsUSA) -Approximately half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but many don’t know it, according to the American Heart Association. A new public service campaign from the American Heart Association, American Medical Association and Ad Council in partnership with HHS Office of Minority Health and Health Resources & Services Administration encourages all adults to take control by monitoring their blood pressure at home and sharing the numbers with their doctor.The “Get Down with Your Blood Pressure” public service announcement uses catchy music and memorable dance moves to get the attention of people who have and are at increased risk for high blood pressure and negative health consequences associated with it, such as heart attack, stroke and severe complications of COVID-19.The campaign keeps it simple, and encourages those with high blood pressure to regularly follow four easy steps: “Get It, Slip It, Cuff It, Check It.” That means Get the blood pressure cuff, Slip it on, use the band to Cuff your arm, Check your blood pressure with a validated monitor and share the numbers with your doctor. The campaign’s detailed instructional videos are available in English and Spanish.”This new campaign is a fun way to get people engaged in monitoring their blood pressure and keeping it under control — which can often feel daunting to many patients”– and is timely given that high blood pressure puts patients at higher risk of severe complications of COVID-19,” says American Medical Association president Gerald E. Harmon, M.D. “We are committed to eliminating structural drivers of health inequities that place Black and Brown communities at increasing risk of heart disease,” Dr. Harmon adds.The campaign emphasizes self-monitoring and encourages individuals to work with their doctors to create a personalized plan to manage and treat high blood pressure. Changes to unhealthy eating habits and increases in physical activity may be all it takes to get your blood pressure to a healthy range. However, sometimes it’s not that simple. If your doctor prescribes a blood pressure medication, be sure to take it as directed.”This campaign is part of the American Heart Association’s National Hypertension Control Initiative,” says Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., ScM, F.A.H.A., president of the American Heart Association, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research and Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. “The initiative encompasses direct education and training on blood pressure measurement and management with health care professionals in community health centers and community-based organizations. We are meeting people where they are with access to blood pressure education and resources to reduce high blood pressure in communities that need it most.”Visit heart.org/hbpcontrol for more information about blood pressure management.

Health and Safety Priorities as the Weather Warms Up

(NewsUSA) – Who hasn’t heard of the “Freshman 15”? According to Nick Rizzo at RunRepeat, “the ‘quarantine 15’ is the new ‘freshman 15.’” It refers to the excess weight gain that people experience during long bouts of isolation, stress, and reduced physical activity. Every person around the globe has been touched by the stress of 2020 in one way or another.According to healthychildren.org, “The ongoing stress, fear, grief, and uncertainty created by COVID-19 pandemic can wear anyone down, but children and teens may be having an especially tough time coping emotionally.”Most people know the best way to combat depression and boredom is to feed your body healthy foods and be more active.In today’s severely restricted world, there is a solution that includes eating comfort foods you love (and crave during stressful times). The Gianluca Mech Keto is based on offering the tastiest Italian keto food during ketosis to make this process easy and pleasant.The company also offers Decottopia®, which is a five-century old method, secret of the Mech family, for extracting and storing active substances of at least 10 different plants in liquid form without the use of alcohol, sugar or preservatives.”This will help you have a healthy ketosis and to reduce its side effects,” Mech says. “Comfort food doesn’t have to be junk food.”With most schools still incorporating virtual learning, children are suffering from the lack of emotional and social interaction. Tim Murphy, CEO of Boomers Parks, which are open 25 percent to 50 percent depending on the location, says this has been a long year for children everywhere, but he is on a mission to ensure his eight parks exceed local and state health guidelines, creating an industry standard to ensure that guests and team members are protected.Murphy not only takes this seriously, but implements this to his team members by holding daily briefings on health and safety protocols.The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of watching what we eat and socializing safely. The approaches of Gianluca Mech and Tim Murphy demonstrate the ability of companies to adapt to a fast-changing world. Both Mech and Murphy know the lockdown doesn’t mean you have to abandon taking care of your minds and bodies.”Look, there’s no reason why healthy food shouldn’t taste good,” Mech says.Adds Murphy, “We’re all about unleashing fun and I want everyone to feel safe doing so.”For more information, visit www.GianlucaMech.com/en and www.BoomersParks.com.

Healthy Eating Adds Up to a Healthy Heart

(NewsUSA) – Making healthy food choices can be overwhelming, especially if money is tight. Good nutrition is at the core of good health and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke. “Eating delicious nourishing meals on a budget is possible, especially with a few key tips to make it simple,” says Bridget Wojciak, director of nutrition and dietetics at Kroger Health, a national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative. Planning ahead can help your dollar go further.The American Heart Association has developed tips to help families shop, eat and cook healthier meals on a budget.

  • Make a list. Plan your menu ahead of time so you spend your money on what you really need. Try theme nights, such as Meat-free Monday or Taco Tuesday.
  • Go frozen. Fresh fruits and vegetables are frozen at their peak ripeness, so they’re as tasty as they are fresh, won’t spoil, and are often cheaper.
  • Be sale savvy. Stock up on staple foods such as low-sodium canned sauce and whole wheat boxed pasta when they go on sale. Use store rewards and coupons for even greater savings.

Here’s one example of a tasty, healthy meal the whole family will love:Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole with Whole-Wheat Pasta
Serves 6, costs about $2 per serving

  • 13.25 to 16 ounces whole-wheat spiral-shaped pasta
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, all visible fat discarded, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt-free Italian seasoning blend or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 16 ounces frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1 15.25-ounce can, no salt added, whole-kernel corn, rinsed and drained, or 16 ounces frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 8 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fat-free, plain yogurt

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting the salt. Drain well in a colander. Return the pasta to the pot. Cover and set aside.2. In a large skillet, cook the chicken over high heat for 5 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the Italian seasoning blend, broccoli, corn, cream cheese, yogurt. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the cream cheese has melted.3. Transfer the chicken mixture to the pot with the cooked pasta, stirring to mix well.4. Transfer to a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Bake, covered with aluminum foil, for 15 minutes, or until heated through.Visit heart.org/healthyforgood for more information about planning healthy, delicious meals on a budget, and to download the American Heart Association’s “10 for Under $10” recipe booklet.Nutrition Analysis (per serving):
Calories 486Total Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Sodium 456 mg
Total Carbohydrate 68 g
Dietary Fiber 11 g
Sugars 11 g
Protein 45 g

Homestyle Recipes Take the Cake for Gifts, Fundraising

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the holiday season approaches, so does the dilemma of holiday and year-end gift-giving. Whether you are seeking something for a friend, family member, or long-absent colleague, edible gifts are a can’t-miss choice, and the range of tasty treats goes far beyond a prepacked gift basket.
Like many big ideas, Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company started small.
“All our cakes are baked fresh daily, and feature extra-large handmade crumbs,” says owner Andrew Hahn, whose mother and father started Hahn’s Old-Fashioned Cake Company in her kitchen.
The current selection of crumb cakes was inspired by an old family recipe that Mr. and Mrs. Hahn often made for friends and neighbors.
Word got out, and an expanding circle of crumb-cake fans began requesting cakes. A business was born, and it has been family-owned and operated for more than 35 years.
Key features that set Hahn’s crumb cakes apart include:
– Quality. Hahn’s crumb cakes are made fresh daily, with fresh eggs to create a moist base with optimum texture. They are popular not only as individual sales, but sell well in delis, coffee shops, and gourmet food markets.
– Convenience. Hahn’s cakes are packed to ship or enjoy right away. For those lucky enough to live locally, curbside pickup and delivery are available in a limited radius through DoorDash and GrubHub.
– Crumbs. Crumbs and more crumbs. For those who can’t resist picking the crumbs off a crumb cake, Hahn’s has you covered.
The company recognizes the crumb-obsessed, and fills that niche with a Can of Crumbs or a Bucket of Crumbs. These ready-to-eat crumb treats are considered by many to be the best part of a crumb cake, and the bucket lends itself to easy shipping and gift-giving as well.
Crumb cake flavors include the original plain crumb cake (with plenty of crumbs), raspberry walnut, apple, and chocolate. There’s something for brownie lovers, too; the company bakes a classic, fudgy chocolate brownie of the same caliber as its cakes.
Hahn’s Old-Fashioned Cakes also offers fundraising opportunities for schools, churches, and non-profit organizations.
Visit crumbcake.com for more information.

Massive Volunteer Effort Touches 18 States

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Williams is an energy infrastructure company that is fueling the clean energy economy. This spring, hundreds of Williams employees gave their own energy to complete more than 160 community projects across 18 states during the company’s inaugural volunteer week.
“Strong community involvement is at the heart of Williams, driven by our core value to be responsible stewards,” says Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of Williams, which handles 30 percent of the nation’s natural gas. “By harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of our employees, we’re exemplifying our values by lending a hand to the nonprofits that work hard every day to improve our communities.”
Williams volunteer week builds on the company’s long tradition of being a good neighbor through employee volunteerism and financial support. Projects this year ranged from outdoor beautification to volunteering in elementary school classrooms to helping at food banks.
In Houston, employees revitalized a community garden in an underserved area. Williams employee Jerry Fabian is on the board of directors for nonprofit Urban Harvest, which has a mission to increase access to fresh and local food. The Happy Place Garden serves a low-income population.
“This area is classified as a food desert, meaning many residents live away from a supermarket or grocery store with healthy food options. The goal is to revitalize this garden so that the neighborhood can once again plant and harvest nutritious foods from the allotted beds, plus also have a safe space for the neighbors to gather and build social cohesion.”
Fabian, a supervisor of project controls at Williams, says employee volunteerism is not just a duty, but a privilege.
“While we are supporting the areas where we work, live and play, we are also helping to create a sustainable and safe community for everyone. Obviously, volunteering has a positive impact on the communities, but it also creates a positive and lasting feeling of achievement.”
In North Carolina, Williams’ Coordinator of Maintenance Chad Dlugoszewski says it feels good to help a local nonprofit needing volunteers with skills in repairs and construction. At the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, N.C., employees repaired roofs, sanded and painted walls, assembled pantry shelving and pruned trees.
“The center rarely has volunteers with the skills required for upkeep and repairs to their 85-year-old building,” Dlugoszewski says. “Partnering with Williams for the volunteer project allowed them to make repairs that have been needed for years.”
In western Georgia, employees documented thousands of gravestones at a nearby cemetery. The project, in coordination with Billion Graves, will add to an online database of gravestones that can then be located by longitude and latitude, says Tina Kitchens, a senior field office administrator at Williams.
“There is a huge need to record all gravestones so that relatives and descendants can search for their loved ones,” says Kitchens. “Some of the gravestones date back decades and are too dirty to read, so we will carefully and respectfully wash them and load the images to the Billion Graves app.”
Kitchens says Williams’ support of volunteer efforts is meaningful to both employees and those in need.
“It makes us feel good to do something for others,” she says. “I hope if I was in need, there would be caring people out there to help.”
These are just a few of the many volunteer projects completed across the nation by Williams employees in only one week. To learn more about Williams and see photos from its volunteer week, visit Williams.com.

Strategies for a Smooth Retirement on a Fixed Income

(NewsUSA) – When making financial plans for retirement on a fixed income, remember that your retirement life at the beginning is not how it will continue indefinitely. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional will assist you in creating a smooth retirement plan that best fits your needs over time. “Your retirement will evolve in phases as your priorities change,” says Cary Carbonaro, CFP.® “One of the most important things you can do right now is understand how your retirement will change and then budget for those different phases.”Carbonaro suggests thinking of retirement in three phases:

  • Early: The early years of retirement are the years when most retirees enjoy good health and are free of work and child-rearing, allowing travel and other activities to play a larger role in the budget.
  • Middle: This phase can be considered a slowing-down and transitional phase for many. Changes in health, legacy and other goals will impact financial plans and budgeting.
  • Late: Late retirement is when healthcare and other similar issues take priority.

Regardless of your phase of retirement, it’s important to consider all your sources of retirement income. For most people, these include savings, investments and Social Security. Some people also have a pension plan from a former employer.Keys to successful financial planning on a fixed income include:

  • Organizing withdrawals. You can choose to withdraw from retirement accounts monthly, but other options are annual, semi- annual or quarterly. Set up a plan that meets your needs.
  • Budgeting. Your fixed-income budget will likely evolve, but it is important to have a plan in place so you can balance money for fun and adventure with a cushion for unexpected retirement expenses that could drain your savings.
  • Considering costs. One often-overlooked expense when planning a retirement budget is the taxes on retirement account withdrawals. Carbonaro recommends withholding at least 20% to 25% of a withdrawal for taxes.

When developing a financial plan, retirees on a fixed income should also factor in the need for long-term care, which might involve paying for personal assistance with bathing, dressing and taking medications.Caring for adult children also is becoming a more common source of costs for retirees. Census data suggest that more than one-third of adults aged 18 to 34 are living in their parents’ home. In some cases, the situation is reversed, and retirees find themselves moving in with their adult children, either as a matter of preference or because of the expense of long-term care.For more information on financial planning strategies on a fixed income, visit LetsMakeAPlan.org

Turning 65: What to Consider When Selecting a Medicare Plan

(NewsUSA) – Approaching age 65 can be an overwhelming time for many newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries. When can you begin to enroll? Which plans should you consider? What do you need to know?Here’s some information that can help.You have a seven-month window called the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) to sign up for Medicare benefits, which begins three months prior to the month you’ll turn 65. You are first eligible to receive Medicare coverage at the start of your birthday month. If your current benefits end once you turn 65, it’s important to begin researching and comparing your Medicare options early to make sure there’s no gap in your coverage.There are several different types of Medicare plans available:* Medicare Part A (hospital) and Medicare Part B (medical)o Administered by the federal government, Original Medicare includes Parts A and B that provide hospital and medical coverage. For most people, Part A is free, so it’s important to evaluate your options as soon as you become eligible for Medicare.* Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage)o Offered by Medicare-approved private insurance companies and can be considered an “all in one” alternative to Original Medicare. These plans include all the coverage provided by Medicare Part A and B, and some may include additional benefits like prescription drug coverage, routine dental, vision and hearing care, and innovative offerings such fitness programs, healthy food debit cards for those who qualify and transportation benefits to help you get to doctor’s appointments.* Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plans)o Original Medicare doesn’t cover most prescription drugs, so you’ll need to sign-up for a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) if enrolled in Original Medicare. These Part D plans are offered by Medicare-approved private insurers, like Humana.* Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)o Like Medicare Advantage, these plans are offered by private insurance companies and may help pay some of the healthcare costs that Medicare Parts A and B don’t, like coinsurance, copayments or deductibles.When selecting a prescription drug plan, you’ll want to make sure the medications you’re currently taking are covered and compare their costs across different plans. Some plans also take steps to help save you money, like Humana for example. They suggest generic or lower-cost equivalent drugs to their members when they’re available. And when it comes to costs, look beyond the monthly premium and consider the additional out-of-pocket costs. Always evaluate the full cost of the plan, including co-payments or co-insurance, and the deductible as well as which pharmacies are in network.While the many plan options can seem overwhelming, there are resources available to help you choose Medicare coverage that best suits your needs. The Medicare Plan Finder on Medicare.gov allows you to easily compare the benefits and costs of different plans. Other resources on sites such as Humana.com include helpful information to consider in shopping for plans like Physician and Pharmacy finders to help you see if your providers are in a plan’s network. While planning ahead is helpful, rest assured that, as your needs change, you can change your plan during the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Enrollment Period, which goes from October 15th to December 7th each year.Medicare-eligible individuals can visit www.Medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, you can learn about Humana Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans by going to www.Humana.com/Medicare, www.Humana.com/pdp or calling 1-800-213-5286 (TTY: 711) to speak with a licensed sales agent from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, PDP, and PFFS organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal.