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What do people say about you when you’re not there? Are you the type of person who buys FIVE $1 Lottery Tickets every day and hands them out to random people who do their job well as you interact with them? Keep reading to learn about this fascinating person who lives The Promise named Dr. Louis Sportelli! The Promise to be uniquely you, and spreading your goodness, is how you will be thought of and remembered. Do you make people laugh? Do you make people think? Do you do anything at all that is memorable? I remember the first time I was trying to come up with a parody to the classic song, “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and daughter, Natalie Cole. Eventually I decided to just sing it straight because I didn’t want to ruin this beautiful song for everyone forever – as I have with all the parodies I have created. You’re…
Posted On Tuesday, 16 February 2021 00:00 Written by
With the lessening of COVID-19 restrictions, we are denying the healthful needs of young people. As adults, you and I were fortunate to go where and when we pleased – well, for the most part. My youth was hampered somewhat by the ‘Great Depression’ but, for the most part, I didn’t have to be “sheltered-in” or wear a mask when outside or being with people. I was in school during World War II, but my ability to play outside was not affected as it is with our youth today. For most of my youth, I could –and did – go to school and be with my classmates on a daily basis. Distance learning was not available. Today’s students are limited by staying at home and receiving instruction via the computer.  This wonderful internet device has given us tremendous access that wasn’t available to me. However, it takes second place to…
Posted On Friday, 12 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Part 2 in a series. Part 1: Need a Little Romance Tip for Valentine's Day? Get the Scoop From Mr. Romance Himself, Greg Godek, Author of 1001 Ways to Be Romantic Greg Godek Sure, you could buy some roses.Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates. But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else. Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is a romance kit “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). It’s a must-have for anyone, in any relationship (whether dating, engaged, or married for 50+ years!) who wants to spark some more love in their lives.
Posted On Wednesday, 10 February 2021 00:00 Written by
One of the great writers of his time was James Allen (1864-1912) He was a British philosopher and pioneer of the self-help movement. His book, As a Man Thinketh, is one of the most read books of that era. His brilliant approach to creating the best of life’s possibilities impacted the lives of many.  If life is, at any given time a prison in which to labor or a garden in which to bloom, Allen eloquently moved his readers steadily toward the garden. I hope you enjoy these excerpts from his book, The Life Triumphant! Every being lives in his own mental world. His joys and sorrows are the creations of his own mind, and are dependent upon the mind for their existence. In the midst of the world, darkened with many sins and sorrows, in which the majority live, there abides another world, lighted up with shining virtues and…
Posted On Friday, 05 February 2021 00:00 Written by
The “King of Talk” has left us. Larry was 87 and died on Saturday, January 23rd. The cause of his death was not listed, but the fact that he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles in December for COVID-19 gives me the feeling that it may have influenced his departure for a new microphone from which to broadcast “Larry King Live.” However, why is this sports column remembering a non-sports figure? Please read on! I first met King (he asked me to call him Larry) about 1986. That’s the year the National Football League began Instant Replay, but the replay was from the press box with an Instant Replay Official (IRO). There was no voice communication – just a sideline hand signal from an assistant (not a game-official) that a given play was being reviewed. The game was then delayed while the IRO reviewed that play. Anyway, Larry phoned…
Posted On Friday, 05 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Greg Godek Sure, you could buy some roses.Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates. But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else. Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is a romance kit “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). It’s a must-have for anyone, in any relationship (whether dating, engaged, or married for 50+ years!) who wants to spark some more love in their lives.
Posted On Wednesday, 03 February 2021 00:00 Written by
As the National Football League concludes its 100th season in this disastrous Pandemic year with rescheduling and postponements due to COVID -19, we approach Super Bowl LV to be played February 7,  2021, with some uncertainty. Note: The two combatants were determined after this article was written.) This is my 60th year of association with the NFL of which 31 of those years was as an on-field official. From the get-go, I have always considered it an honor and a privilege. My belief is that every player, some 1700-2000, hired each year, consider it likewise. Yet only eleven players from each team get to play each play in the game. Those other players sitting on the bench but under some variance of a contract, are their substitutes. How important is each play to them? Are they ready and able to play when needed? Let’s look at some important and vital-position players, who are…
Posted On Friday, 29 January 2021 00:00 Written by
The swivel chair of 2020 continues even in 2021. Whether we call it The Pivot, the Bounce, or the “fight your way out of a corner”, we have all had to adjust, rearrange, and adapt to what now is. The Christmas and New Years break came to a welcome end as the children returned to school to give Mommy and Daddy a first day of quiet in some time…only to immediately be sent home as the whole school became quarantined; The meetings set to fly to, as Speaker in-person, in March have now been pushed to September and eventually will become virtual; The families who thought things were fine are suddenly now faced with health challenges, as the world stops around them and fight for their lives. Time to adapt! 2020 got the ball rolling – 2021 will see how gritty we really are.   The Promise is in full effect!   What…
Posted On Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:00 Written by
 Stefan Swanepoel is an articulate, captivating, energetic speaker who has delivered over 1,100 talks, with over 700 as the keynote speaker. He is a fact-packed storyteller with a razor-sharp intellect and the proven ability to translate complex issues into easy to understand messages. It is easy to understand why Stefan has for over four decades served as a successful business executive in roles including President and/or CEO of a real estate brokerage, a global real estate franchisor, a national REALTOR® association, a MLS organization, and a technology startup. For the last 19 years he has served as a trusted confidential adviser to CEOs and other senior leaders in the real estate industry. Stefan received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pretoria and holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Johannesburg. He is also an acclaimed author of 33 books and reports. His books have appeared…
Posted On Friday, 22 January 2021 00:00 Written by
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