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Publish Date: 12-22-2016 11:21:20
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MWSA(Military Writer's Society of America Award Winner Carolyn Schriber talks about the creepy legends and her heroine in Civil War Era historical novel. Interviewed by National Small Business Administration Journalist of the Year, Joanne Quinn-Smith aka Techno Granny for the Roving Pittsburgher Report at http://pplmag.com

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Publish Date: 12-18-2016 21:54:11
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Merry Christmas from PPLMag, Pittsburgh's Premiere Podcasting Portal's anchor podcasters. JoAnn Forrester, "EmpressofBiz": Sunita Pandit, "Mrs. Cardiology;" Lou Lombardi,  "Loudini Rock N Roll Circus," Joanne Quinn-Smith, "TechnoGranny Show"and "PositivelyPittsburghLive" Listen to all of their podcasts at:  http://pplmag.com

 

Publish Date: 10-17-2016 22:13:44
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With their best trick or treat foolshness, Anchor hosts JoAnn Forrester, Lou Lombardi, Sunita Pandit and publisher and host Joanne Quinn-Smith wish you a Happy Halloween 2016. Check out http://pplmag.com to check out these #podcasts, EmpressofBiz, Loudini's Rock N Roll Circus, Mrs. Cardiology, TechnoGrannyShow and MondayMorningMarketeer. PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com is Pittsburgh's first internet radio and TV network and Pittsburgh's Premier Podcasting Portal.

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Publish Date: 09-07-2016 13:31:44
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The ice cream season may be over but the memories go on from Remember When will last all year.  A Pittsburgh tradition in Wind Gap section of Pittsburgh with great Doo Wop on Sundays and kids dancing in the parking lot enjoying ice cream that area residents come from miles around for.  One of our first attempts at Pericope, (follow PositivelyPittsburgh for more Pittsburgh fun) so pardon our bloopers from our cell phone.  

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Publish Date: 09-07-2016 13:13:21
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There are over 10,000 dances that originate from Greece.  Part of the fun at the Holy Trinity Greek Church Festival in North Hills is the dancing.  This is a group of young ladies having a great time entertainining hundreds of attendees of the festival.  Don't miss this great fun in late August next year.  

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Publish Date: 09-07-2016 12:39:05
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Video from 2015 boat show, a great event that is being held this year,  October 10 to 13, 2016 with complete with complete cruising program for sailors and power boaters and loads of fun if you just want to be a tourist and watch. 

 

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Publish Date: 03-26-2016 00:48:46
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Happy Easter from Publisher Joanne Quinn-Smith and all of the PPLMag Hosts!


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Publish Date: 05-23-2015 16:10:34
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First Annual Author Zone Awards with Pat Avery and Joyce Faulkner of Red Engine Press in Bridgeville, Pa.
They are co-authors of "Fun Days in Pittsburgh" and third place winners in the Children's Book Category.  Listen in to learn about Luke the Author Dog.
Book available for purchase at:   http://youmightbeapittsburgher.com

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Publish Date: 05-17-2015 02:52:52
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On Amtrack ride from Johnstown to Altoona. What a view of the Horseshoe Curve right from the train. Submitted to PositivelyPittsburghLive by Jill Kummer of BlackTie Pittsburgh.

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Publish Date: 01-13-2015 01:57:12
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Jim Greenwald and Mike Mullins some of the questions answered on this ten minute interview.
 

What caused you to write this book?  He wanted to attempt to make PTSD something that a non-sufferer could feel thru us in order to improve understanding.  Spouses and family have real difficulty in dealing with those who have the problem.

How did you get started writing?   I have written since I was a kid.  As I neared the end of my work career I thought it was time to do it.

Do you plan on doing another? Yes.  God willing, more than one.

Do you have a favorite poem? No. 

Which do you enjoy writing more, poetry or prose?  I love poetry.  I love prose. I love words.  I feared that the different approach to writing prose would hurt my natural instincts regarding poetry.

Do you have a favorite era?   I appreciate the unity of the 40s and the chaos of the 60s.

Will your next project be similar?   I am spreading my wings and in the midst of trying fiction.

What is reader response to OtM?  Last weekend I had a vet who bought the book in June.  He had a message from his wife.  She read it as well, which was our hope.  She told me “thanks for allowing her to feel what her husband feels and making PTSD even more real for her, in terms of the way it works on the mind of a vet.

 

 

Publish Date: 11-04-2014 23:01:38
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Valerie Ormond - Biography

 

ValerieOrmond retired as anavalintelligenceofficer and founded her own business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC. Herfirst novel,Believing In Horses”won theMilitary Writers SocietyofAmericaGold Medaland other awards. Her second novel, “Believing In Horses, Too” is currently a finalist in the Military Writers Society of America book awards for 2014. Valeries non-fiction stories have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers, and sheholdsmemberships inwriting, equine, and veteransorganizations.

Valerieowns and ride horses andserves as Secretary oftheMarylandHorseCouncil. She is happily married to Navy veteran Jaime Navarro.

 

“BELIEVING IN HORSES, TOO” by Valerie Ormond - Synopsis

Sadie Navarro worries about her Navy father serving in Afghanistan. She turns to her love of horses to distract from her secret problems in her thirteenth year. Sadie commits to showing at the largest local horse show and volunteering for a therapeutic riding program – both brand new to her. With her belief in horses, a goal to make her father proud, and the support of family and friends, Sadie feels life moving in the right direction again.   

That is, until one of the therapeutic riding programs arranges for Sadie to assist wounded warriors. Sadie wants to back out, but knows she can’t. That’s not who she is. So instead, she wonders how she will find the strength to face her deepest fears head on.

And then there’s the first horse show. Unnerved by the enormity of the event and discovering how hard it is to show her inexperienced horse, Lucky, Sadie panics. An unwelcome show ring rival, Rachel, makes matters worse. But strong-willed Sadie makes it through the day with the help of her quirky and caring friend, Brady. Sadie only has to breathe deep and stay calm through two more shows to reach her goal of competing in front of her dad.

Sadie gains confidence through experience with the horses and the people she helps through equine therapy. She develops friendships and learns about bravery, patience, and compassion. Standing up for Brady to a school bully comes naturally. She becomes the mentor others have been to her. Sadie learns to compete. 

             Days before Sadie’s father returns home, rival Rachel injures Lucky in a riding accident. Rather than admit defeat, Sadie decides to show one of her barn’s rescue horses in the final competition. Sadie understands by choosing his horse, she likely won’t win, but takes her chance on the underdog. Against the odds, she wins Champion of the year in front of her newly-returned war hero father. At the end of the show, Sadie finally confronts Rachel over her consistent rude behavior and unkind remarks. Sadie knows she should have stood up to Rachel earlier, but she didn’t have the strength to do so until this time.

              Although elated with her year-end win, Sadie doesn’t think her father appreciates how hard she worked or how much she grew up during his absence. At a unique equine therapy demonstration for military families, the horses help bring out unspoken human emotions in the Navarro family. Sadie comes to realize she earned her father’s respect through her actions and who she has become -- not her winning performance in the show ring.

 

 

 

 

Publish Date: 11-04-2014 22:53:50
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Award winning author Bob Doerr grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, and had a career of his own in the Air Force.  Bob specialized in criminal investigations and counterintelligence gaining significant insight to the worlds of crime, espionage and terrorism. His work brought him into close coordination with the security agencies of many different countries and filled his mind with the fascinating plots and characters found in his books today. His education credits include a Masters in International Relations from Creighton University.  A full time author with eight published books, Bob was selected by the Military Writers Society of America as its Author of the Year for 2013. The Eric Hoffer Awards awarded No One Else to Kill its 2013 first runner up to the grand prize for commercial fiction. Two of his other books were finalists for the Eric Hoffer Award in earlier contests. Loose Ends Kill won the 2011 Silver medal for Fiction/mystery by the Military Writers Society of America. Another Colorado Kill received the same Silver medal in 2012 and the silver medal for general fiction at the Branson Stars and Flags national book contest in 2012.  A novella titled The Enchanted Coin which he wrote with his granddaughter for middle graders was released in 2013. His most recent work, an international thriller titled The Attack, was released in May 2014. Bob lives in Garden Ridge, Texas, with Leigh, his wife of 41 years, and Cinco, their ornery cat.

 

Publish Date: 10-07-2014 00:16:14
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Award Wining Author Candace Thompson talks about her interview with Joanne Quinn-Smith on Roving Pittsburgher TV and although she lives in Chicago, her Pittsburgh Roots.

 

Publish Date: 07-20-2014 19:06:26
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Pickysaurus Mac

 

by Sandra Miller Linhart

Illustrated by Sean M Wright

 

Pickysaurus Mac Byline:

     When food tastes like mud, smells like trash and feels like mush, what's a hungry dinosaur to do?

 

Pickysaurus Mac Synopsis:

     Pickysaurus Mac is not your typical dinosaur.  Mealtimes pose a special problem for our picky little friend.  Sometimes foods smell too gross to eat, they taste different than they look and their textures feel like garbage in his mouth.  His friends tell him to eat right to stay healthy, but some things you just can't fix with words.

 

Talking Points:

Sensory Processing Disorder

     Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), also referred to as Sensory Integration Dysfunction, is a neurological disorder most often diagnosed in early childhood; it is not synonymous with learning disabled.  Many children diagnosed with SPD are intellectually average or above average in intellect.  Understanding the challenges they face daily is the first step for caregivers in guiding them in learning to tolerate the senses, and ultimately succeed in society.

     SPD children must learn to navigate through the "wires crossed" between their senses and their brain receptors.  Symptoms span a wide range between oversensitive or under-sensitive to stimulation of any, some, or all of their senses. 

     One symptom of SPD is the adverse affect food (taste, smell, texture) has on our senses.  Often children who have SPD are labeled as "picky eaters," punished for a condition over which they have little or no control.  These children have a small selection of foods called "safe foods" they're able to tolerate, making meal times unpleasant.  Encouraging one's self to experience new textures and foods in a safe, unforced way helps the SPD child learn sensory tolerance.

     For more information, contact the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation at http://www.spdfoundation.net


Author Bio:

     Sandra Miller Linhart was born and raised in the somewhat isolated, but nonetheless beautiful, mountainous town of Lander, Wyoming.  Here she was able to cultivate her love of reading, due in no small part to the fact the nearest decent record store was a good two hour drive away, and the one local radio station played only country and classic music.  Were it not for this, Ms. Linhart might today be a rock star, or, at the very least have better taste in music.  As it turned out, however, there was a well-stocked and constantly updated library much closer and much less expensive than the local movie theatre.  Thus, the young Ms. Linhart often found herself taking much longer journeys into the wonderful worlds created by authors like Ursula K. LeGuin, Judy Blume, Madeleine L’Engle, Stephen King and, of course, Erma Bombeck in the dusty basement which was the children’s section of the Fremont County Public Library.

     Growing up in poverty, Ms. Linhart’s escape from her stark reality came at no cost to her on printed invitations neatly tucked between the beaten covers gathering dust on the library bookshelf, yearning for attention.  Not content to simply travel to these exotic places created by the wordsmiths she admired, Ms. Linhart soon knew she wanted to craft her own destinations for others to enjoy.  She applied herself wholeheartedly to her studies, knowing diligence and discipline would avail her in the pursuit of her goal of becoming a successful author.

     Ms. Linhart’s formal education includes CA Barstow College, where she studied and excelled in Art & Design, as well as receiving a degree in Sociology, focusing on family and child psychology, both of which were of great use to her as she had both a family and children of her own.

     Ms. Linhart also attended the University of Georgia, where her picture book manuscript, Daddy's Boots received the 2005 Dixie Lee Connor Award for Best Children’s or Young Adult Manuscript at the Harriette Austin Writers’ Conference in Athens, GA.

     Ms. Linhart currently resides in Colorado where she’s knuckle deep in her second installment of the Jones, JEEP, Buck & Blue book series, Stuck in the Middle, which follows the foursome’s adventures in Middle School.  Additionally, she’s working on a YA book series, Hallie of the Harvey Houses.  Two more picture books are in production and are due out in late 2013; Mixed Up!, and What Does a Hero Look Like?

 

Author Awards:

     In addition to being awarded the 2005 Dixie Lee Connor's Best Manuscript in the Children and YA, Daddy's Boots was named the July 2010 MWSA "Book of the Month," and it took the Silver Award at MWSA's 2010 Writer's Conference in the Children Under 12 category in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Gold Medal (1st Place) at the 2010 Branson Stars and Flags Book Award Program in Branson, MO.  Momma's Boots shared the prize in the same contest, and took the Bronze at the MWSA's 2010 Children Under 12 category.  The year prior, The Elementary Adventures of Jones, JEEP, Buck & Blue took 3rd place in the Children's Under 12 category at the 2009 MWSA Annual Writers' Conference in Orlando, FL. Pickysaurus Mac was nominated in the MWSA 2013 Children Under 12 category in Dayton, OH.

 

Contact Information:

     sandra@smlinhart.com

     https://www.facebook.com/Sandra.Miller.Linhart

     http://www.smlinhart.com/

 

 

 

 

Publish Date: 07-20-2014 18:53:22
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Trilogy Author, Jeanette Vaughan talks about her experience being interviewed for Roving Pittsburgher TV

by Good News Reporter,Joanne Quinn-Smith aka TechnoGranny

 

Publish Date: 07-20-2014 18:47:00
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About the Author

Jeanette Vaughan  

Jeanette Vaughan is an award winning writer and story teller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. Her screenplay "Angel of Mercy" won the outstanding nursing research award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. In addition, she was named Distinguished Alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Her debut novel FLYING SOLO won fourth place in the 2013 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards for southern fiction. FLYING SOLO also was a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards. Her second novel, SOLO VIETNAM was just awarded the silver medal for historical fiction by the Military Writer's Society. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. She is the mother of four children, including two Navy pilots. She lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheep dogs.

 

Synopsis of FLYING SOLO

French Cajun Nora Broussard Greenwood was born with the wanderlust. Her adventurous spirit doesn’t fit the sedate expectations of catholic 1960s New Orleans suburbia. On a whim, she takes flying lessons to become a pilot. Experiencing the freedom of flight is liberating. However an illicit affair with her pilot instructor forces action. When she confronts her ruthless husband for a divorce, she is cast out sans her children and threatened with her life. Desperate to get them back and gain liberty, she steals her husband’s plane. Trials and tribulations erupt as she navigates the turbulence her life has become. In a bizarre twist of fate, she serves as caregiver to her lover’s sickly wife as a means to survive; hoping he will decide she is his soul mate. But is that to be? Nora must make the make the most difficult decision of her life in order to get things back on track.

FLYING SOLO…the first book -

SOLO VIETNAM….the second book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finale…..WAITING IN THE WINGS has been released since this interview

 

Publish Date: 05-23-2014 01:32:12
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There is always something good and wonderful happening in Pittsburgh as this short movie and song shows.Produced by Joanne Quinn-Smith, host of PositivelyPittsburghLive Talkcast/Podcast. Theme song for PositivelyPittsburghLive Podcast, Celebrating Seven Years of Broadcasting the Good News About Pittsburgh. Song by Martin Thomas, Rubber Duck pictures from Facebook fans at: http://facebook.com/positivelypittsburghlive.  Featured photograpy by Pat Avery from the Pittsburgh Picture Book for Kids from 3 to 93, "Fun Days in Pittsburgh."  Movie Design by Joyce Faulkner.   Song and book can be purchased at:  http://youmightbeapittsburgher.com (c) Martin Thomas and Joanne Quinn-Smith dba PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com 2011-2014
 
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Publish Date: 03-20-2014 23:55:15
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Sunday, March 16 was the last night of the beautiful, interactive art installation Congregation in Market Square. For more than three weeks, Congregation turned Market Square into a wonderful playground as people of all ages, shapes, and sizes interacted with the lights, the music and each other.  
 
This installation was truly a social event got into the act as players waiting to be hi-lighted by a spotlight that sensed where the people were and sensed movement.  It was interesting to watch as participants watched both the screen and the outlines in the center of the square to see where their movement would be picked up.  Josh Kurnot, WVU commented that this was a "live social media event' as he watched people taking pictures and videos. this was truly an innovative art installation that was enjoyable to five years olds or 85 years old and the great part about is it was free, another Pittsburgh first.
 
Video by Joshua Kurnot, West Virginia University Engineering Student 

 

Publish Date: 09-26-2013 00:47:32
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Boys of Diamond Hill

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Military Writers Society of America2012 Gold Medal for History

The Boys of Diamond Hill is a biography about a family of soldiers from Abbeville County, South Carolina.  The events of the 1860s swept them from their farms to distant battlefields covering almost every theater of the war they were fighting for independence from the northern government.  They left behind an extensive collection of letters detailing their experiences.

This work was released March 24, 2011 from McFarland Publishers.

This work follows brothers: William, Daniel, Pressley, Thomas and Andrew Boyd along with Fenton Hall, the husband of their eldest sister. Daniel, Pressley and Andrew served in the Seventh South Carolina Infantry; William in the First South Carolina Rifles; Thomas in the Nineteenth South Carolina Infantry and Fenton in the Sixth South Carolina Cavalry. This sweeping work tracks their participation in the war on nearly every front that the Confederacy fought on. Northern Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Charleston coastal defense. Finally it follows Daniel Boyd as he fights with Johnston’s Army of Tennessee in the Carolina’s Campaign up until the surrender at Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina.

Also covered extensively are close friends and relatives often mentioned. As a result, one family — the Alewines — are followed after the war on their journey into the western wilderness of Arkansas where they became one of the pioneering families in that section.

The Boys of Diamond Hill by JK Jones is now available for order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

 

Publish Date: 09-26-2013 00:35:51
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CW4 Daniel Flores (Ret.) served 26 years as an attack helicopter pilot and infantryman. He served with the Texas Army National Guard in a Long Range Recon Patrol unit, served 21 years with the U.S. Army reserves attack helicopter squadron, 7th Sqdn. 6th Cavalry Regiment, flew the AH-1 Cobra, AH-64A Apache and the AH-64D Longbow helicopters, and currently flies airplanes and helicopters for the DHS Air and Marine department.
 
Book Synopsis:
 

A gripping memoir of an Apache helicopter pilot’s journey of faith and courage while in combat in Afghanistan. The story is an edge of your seat, action filled, account of the current helicopter war in Afghanistan and has multiple layers of love, camaraderie, combat, humor, family, and faith all coming together to show true patriotism and courage in today’s world.

 

This incredible memoir follows a normal American’s journey through the military. We follow Daniel as he attends Army basic and infantry training, graduating as the Distinguished Honor graduate, and after 5 years as an infantry and recon soldier, he becomes a pilot in the free world’s most advanced attack helicopter;  the AH-64 Apache. Incredibly, he survives a crash that happens under questionable circumstances and while raising a family, his children teach him a heartfelt lesson in faith and courage under the most difficult of times in the war on terror. The memoir continues into unbelievable combat action in Afghanistan, amongst the dramatic Hindu Kush Mountains. Going into war he is assured that the tour would be “non-eventful” since the Taliban had been defeated years prior but instead he finds out the beginnings of the Taliban resurgence was just starting. He is involved in some incredible battles, both in the Apache and emotionally, and through the loss of friends in combat, he realizes placing faith in the people he looks up to, could leave emotional scars that would haunt him for years to come.

 

www.danielsouthofheaven.com  

 

Publish Date: 09-07-2013 17:34:09
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CONTACT:  Joanne Quinn-Smith

                        412-444-5197

info@pplmag.com

 

 

JJ Media Group Takes Over Eventsburgh.com

Tweeters and Facebookers Get Paid for Promoting Events

 

PITTSBURGH, May 00, 2013 -- JJ Media Group, owned by Jill Kummer of Black Tie Pittsburgh and Joanne Quinn-Smith of PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com, has purchased three-year-old EVENTSBURGH (http://eventsburgh.com). The company will officially take over EVENTSBURGH site on July 1, 2013 with rewards for event venues, organizers and those social media buffs who just love to promote.   Black Tie-Pittsburgh and PPLMag.com have  combined online followings large enough to rock out EVENTSBURGH.  The site is a multi-function site for all area events where Event Organizers can pay a small pay per click reward to those who forward the Event Announcement when the Organizers choose this option.

Eventsburgh Format:

·         Event Organizers post events, usual process with all event sites

·         Event Organizers can choose to promote event through EVENTSBURGH members

·         Event Organizers decides how much they will pay per click to those who forward the event

·         Members who promote on social media receive a cash or site credit reward per click on their social media forwards.  This option works like AdWords.

“People are doing this now on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and other social sites.  Now they get rewarded for it,” says Kummer. Quinn-Smith adds, “This model makesEVENTSBURGH an event-promotion phenomenon.Event organizers get greater reach and POWER USERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA get paid.”  Having Tweeters and Facebookers and LinkedIners with huge followings to promote our events is a win-win for everyone.

 

BlackTie-Pittsburgh.com records and tickets events for more than 150 nonprofits throughout Greater Pittsburgh. PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com is Pittsburgh’s First Internet Radio and TV Network with more than 60 syndicated pages and audio and video channels.    -XXX-

 

Publish Date: 09-07-2013 17:29:44
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MWSA 2012 Joe Epley, Passel of Hate

Joe  wrote extensively (news stories, speeches, programs, brochures, magazine articles, etc) during a 40 year career in journalism and public relations but this is his first novel.  Most of his military career was in the National Guard and Army Reserve, with more than 12 years serving in Special Forces units.  In the active Army, his duties were primarily in public affairs.  He  retired from the Army Reserve in 1977.  His web site http://www.epleywrites.com/ contains a list of honors and achievements received throughout his career.

“A Passel of Hate” centers on the events in western North Carolina leading up to and including the battle of Kings Mountain during September and October of 1780.  In the Carolinas the American War for Independence is oftentimes a civil war with families and neighbors bitterly split in their loyalties. For Jacob Godley this becomes a harsh reality when his hatred for Rance Miller, an infamous Tory raider responsible for the murder of Jacob’s friends, drives him and his youngest brother to join the Liberty Men while their three other brothers fight with the British Loyalists. Driven by their different ideologies, the brothers and their respective forces find themselves on a collision course as they converge on Kings Mountain, along the Carolina border. As the Liberty Men decimate the Loyalist forces in savage fighting, Jacob’s life is shattered by finding all four of his brothers dead on the battlefield. Consumed by a quest for vengeance, he tracks Miller through the backcountry for a final confrontation. Historically accurate and viscerally affecting, “A Passel of Hate” is as exciting as it is action-packed.

 

Publish Date: 07-27-2013 17:22:12
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Westley Lyons, former Pittsburgh Steeler and author of Pursuit with Passion held a wonderful Wine Tasting and Auction at the Pittsburgh Winery on Penn Ave.  The event benefited Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Steeler Baron Batch, also an artist was there and auctioning off two of his artwork pieces to benefit CF.  He spoke inspiringly about his motivation for his artwork.  Also speaking and making an appeal for CF:  Owner of Elliven Spa in Bridgeville, Pa.  Ashley Thompson

 

Publish Date: 07-16-2013 00:52:08
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Believing In Horses (by Valerie Ormond)
 
Sadie Navarro moves for the sixth time to a new home, only to find her Navy dad departing to Afghanistan for a year. To ease the transition, Sadie’s parents reward their twelve-year-old daughter with the dream of a lifetime, her own horse. While getting to know her new horse, Lucky, Sadie discovers ten horses waiting to be sold at auction and commits to saving them from uncertain futures. Sadie faces head-on the challenges experienced by military families and demonstrates how young people can act to bring about change if they believe in what they are doing. In just a few short months, Sadie meets both good and bad people, and experiences joy, fear, disappointment, self-doubt, empowerment, and a level of responsibility she has never known before.
 
Valerie Ormond spent the majority of her adult life as a Naval Intelligence Officer. The daughter of two English majors, and an English major herself, she always had a great interest in books and writing. She now combines her life experiences, love of horses, and interest in writing in her second career. Her first novel, Believing In Horses (March 2011, J.B. Max Publishing), tells the story of a young girl saving unwanted horses. In 2011, Believing In Horses won the Gold Medal in the Stars and Flags Book Awards; earned the Parent Tested Parent Approved Official Winners Seal of Approval; and was selected by a Maryland State Senator for the National Education Association’s Read Across America program; and received a Maryland Horse Industry Board Award grant for public libraries.
Valerie and her brother, award-winning teacher Edward Ormond, published Teacher’s Tack for Believing In Horses (Veda Readers, 2012), to provide educators lesson plans, discussion activities, and fun learning opportunities to accompany Believing In Horses.
 

 

Publish Date: 04-18-2013 02:28:35
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From the Unspoken Trilogy
Serenade was originally choreographed by George Balanchine Serenade, set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, Op, 48, a hauntingly uplifting piece, was originally choreographed by George Balanchine. While PBT brought in stage director (and veteran Antony Tudor dancer) Donald Mahler, a "repetitor" from NYC to maintain the integrity of Balanchine's work, PBT made it their own.
Video by Martin Thomas of 1CamJam

 

Publish Date: 03-28-2013 02:11:25
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"Unspoken," which consisted of three pieces. The first, Serenade, set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, Op, 48, a hauntingly uplifting piece, was originally choreographed by George Balanchine.

 

Publish Date: 02-03-2013 21:35:30
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When Grandma's False Teeth Fly
by Mary Lee

Katie is not a little girl anymore—she is six years old! But some mean girls at school still tease her about her chipped baby tooth. Katie seeks advice from her grandma, who will tell her a hilarious story that encourages her to use humor instead of anger or sadness to solve her problems. Join Katie and Grandma for a touching, funny, and inspiring story about When Grandma's False Teeth Fly.

Winner of the Silver Medal in Children's Literature from 2012 Military Writer's Society of America
Author Bio

Author Bio

Author Mary Lee is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. Mary served for 24 years. She is an author and songwriter. Mary wrote her first published children’s book, “My Air Force Mom” and her song, “Little Shoes”, with the hope of getting the women serving in our military (past, present, and future) recognized through literature and music.

Mary’s second published children’s book, “When Grandma’s False Teeth Fly” was released in February 14, 2012. This book shows children that using humor is one way to deal with bullies as school.

Mary obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. She enjoys reading, movies, writing, and acting. Mary and her husband currently reside in South Carolina.ntion immediately.

-I drew my ideas from portions of my own life. When I was in elementary school, I had a chipped tooth and was teased about to the point I would never smile showing my teeth. I am a grandma and a great grandma. I have false teeth which have shot out of my mouth twice. My husband is a wonderful baker who makes delicious cherry cream pies. Our sons when they were young have fought over the last piece of pie.

-The reader would want to read this book because it is a funny story about a serious subject and it gives them another idea for handling bullies. Humor vs. Anger. The cover and the illustrations grab their atte

 

Publish Date: 07-05-2012 01:00:47
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DICK HREBIK is an author, historian, adjunct lecturer, actor, singer, adventurer, and retired Marine major who brings humor and challenging questions to his books and speeches. He holds an MBA degree and is an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). For 22 years he was the Director of Administration of large law firms, including the Washington, DC office of Jones Day. He is a voice from the Silent Generation who has traveled to and/or lived in 80 countries, having climbed some of the highest mountains in the world.
Books - So, You Want a Job? -  Corps Vet -  The Warrior Among Us
Speeches - Secrets and Spies -  What's Wrong in America

Dick Hrebik, 31 SE 5th St. Apt 1209, Miami, FL 33131
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Semper Fi,
Dick Hrebik

THE WARRIOR AMONG US - After a nuclear war annihilates an entire civilization, the United States falls off the international stage when Congress becomes impotent after years of increased partisan politics, and is unable to function. The world becomes a battleground centered in the deserts of the Middle East. Finally, Deke, a U.S. Marine, takes up arms with another nation's army in an attempt to save the world from itself by the year 2025. Can he save Earth? Discover our destiny in this suspense filled thriller.

CORPS VET - A memoir of a boy growing up during the Great Depression in a Southern Illinois coal mining town, and a suburb of Chicago, as he begins a 75-year adventurous odyssey through 80 countries, including 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He overcomes adversity, takes a big bite out of life, meets famous people, and has a few thrills and secret missions along the way. Today, this member of the Silent Generation remains loyal to God, country and Corps.

 

Publish Date: 06-14-2012 00:05:47
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PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com was a media sponsor for the Annual Entrepreneur's Growth Conference at Duquesne University on May 9, 2012. The EGC is an annual event for business owners that features both start up and growth workshops for business owners.

The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost, confidential consulting services and training workshops for small businesses and those who are thinking of starting a business in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Next Event in November, Pa Business Technology Conference

Executive Director: Dr. Mary McKinney
Training and Development Director: Christine Hughes


http://www.sbdc.duq.edu/

 

Publish Date: 05-29-2012 01:42:29
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TechnoGranny and Staff Attend Small Business Works presented by Building Bridges for Business

 

Publish Date: 04-08-2012 20:08:12
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Girls Coalition Conference, Interview with Madeline Di Nonno, Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media 

Madeline Di Nonno

Madeline Di Nonno is the Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, the leading non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to improve gender diversity in children’s entertainment through research based programs. Madeline leads the Institute’s strategic direction and brings over 25 years experience in media, marketing and business development in the entertainment, digital media and consumer packaged goods industries. Founded in 2004, the Institute’s mission is to transform how the entertainment community depicts children in its content, sensitize the industry on gender portrayals and reduce stereotyping in entertainment and media targeting children 11 and under.

Madeline serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

 

Publish Date: 03-19-2012 17:28:15
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Beyond All PriceTo escape from an abusive relationship and resourceful enough to find a job as wardrobe mistress for a theater. The actress with whom she shared a room in a squalid tenement took an overdose of opium in an effort to escape a life of prostitution. Nellie joined the Union Army, because life in the midst of a war seemed safer than the one she had been living. She found a home with the 100th Pennsylvania Regiment, known as "The Roundheads" because of their religious beliefs. Her skill and compassion led one of her patients to write, "Even here, amid the roar and carnage, was found a woman with the soul to dare danger; the heart to sympathize with the battle-stricken; sense, skill, and experience to make her a treasure beyond all price." * She was equally at home managing a southern plantation full of abandoned slaves, a battlefield operating station, or a 600-bed military hospital. After the war, her deep-seated need to dedicate her life to a worthy cause continued to drive her efforts until she faced an enemy more lethal than war.

MWSA Review

MWSA 2011 Bronze Medal for Non-Fiction, Biography

Bronze Medal

Beyond All Priceis a five-by-eight inch paperback book. The cover has a pleasant design portraying a gun battery at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. As Civil War fiction, this book presents a well-researched chronicle of Nellie Chase’s career as matron and nurse to the 100th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Nellie Chase existed. The 100th Pennsylvania Regiment existed. This fictional account of Nellie’s efforts gives the reader an insight to the early years of the Civil War; as the 100th Pennsylvania goes through training and campaigns in coastal Carolina.

Following her career with the 100th Pennsylvania, Nellie becomes the organizational force that develops the model veterans hospital in Nashville as the Civil War comes to a close.

Beyond All Priceis a recommended read for Civil War followers. It is an interesting story that provides insight into Nellie Chase’s life during and after the Civil War.

Reviewed by:John R. R. Faulkner(2011)

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Publish Date: 03-19-2012 17:19:54
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Joe SanchezJoe Sánchez (born January 16, 1947), is a former New York City police officer and author who published books about corruption within the New York City Police Department, or NYPD. Upon exposing the illegal acts committed by some high-ranking NYPD officers, Sánchez was arrested on the basis of false allegations which were highly publicized by the news media, then subsequently refuted. When his initial conviction for "assault" was overturned, his case exposed the existence of a code of silence among police officers known as the "Blue Wall of Silence."

 

Publish Date: 02-05-2012 00:45:38
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K. Rowe


Biography

After serving just over 20 years in the Air Force, I made the ultimate job switch: to farmer and author. It was a drastic change, not to mention a drastic pay cut! I’ve been writing 25+ years and have been published in a variety of media: book, newspaper, photography, and magazine. I love to write, it seems to be a passion I can’t ever seem to satisfy.

I’ve been publishing a series of books in the Dragonslayers Saga. The first book, Project: Dragonslayers is an MWSA award winning novel about an unlikely Special Forces team who are thrown headlong into the world of counterterrorism. The second book, Dragonslayers: Mind Games continues the saga where the team enters the twisted world of al-Qaeda. They must find the source of a mystery explosive, or risk losing more innocent civilians to attacks. This book was selected for the MWSA summer 2011 reading list. Third book in the series: Dragonslayers: Battle Rhythm, has just been released. This time it’s Yemen, and the team finds out they’re not invincible.

Also I've expanded my work in other genres. Out now is the best-selling contemporary romance, Cowboys and Olympians. You’ll meet and fall in love with Leo Richards, a champion reining horse trainer as he tries to convince himself that he can love again after his wife and unborn child were killed in a fiery car crash. He falls for Katie Shulman, a rich, stubborn woman who just doesn’t like cowboys.

A supernatural thriller titled The Hall is complete and in editing stage. Projected release will be 2012 sometime. You’ll meet Marcus Bishop, wealthy Memphis book publisher; his new and terrifically eccentric best friend, Prince Mongo; along with a ghost and demons that haunt the old castle Marcus buys.

Also just released, the first book in a sci-fi trilogy: Space Crazy introduces you to Dar Meltom, a half breed alien who’s had a rough life. He longs for a life in the stars, and as difficult as it is, his mother manages to give that to him. Space Junk, the second book in the “Dar’s adventures in space” series is also completed. The final book in the series, Space Available, is in the works.

Keep your eyes out, in time; you’ll have lots to read from me. Check back on my page to see if there's anything new. Become a Fan of Dragonslayers on the Facebook page and you can read excerpts from all 5 books (2 currently unpublished)

As always, I appreciate feedback and book reviews. I'm a small fish in a huge ocean just trying to stay afloat. I love my writing and pour heart and soul into each work I do.

Most recently, I was given a rare distinction of placing 4th in Ron Knight's top 100 Facebook authors of 2011. He starts with 8,000 and narrows it down to 100. An honor indeed.
PROJECT: Dragonslayers
K. Rowe
Black Rose Writing
www.blackrosewriting.com
© 2010 by Kathy Rowe
ISBN: 978-1-935605-07-2
PUBLISHED BY BLACK ROSE WRITING
www.blackrosewriting.com
Printed in the United States of America
Project: Dragonslayers is printed in 11.5-point Cambria
Dedication:
To the men and women of the US armed forces:
Courage is knowing when to keep your head down and using it to get you home alive. You will never be the same after you have tasted battle.

 

Publish Date: 12-15-2011 03:50:56
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The Potomac Polo Club.

Home of the Washington DC area's oldest polo club, 1956-2011

The Potomac Polo Club is located at the Red Eagle Ranch and is a full-featured polo and equestrian sports facility centrally located between Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg, MD, and the Dulles corridor.

Designated teams Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and No. 1 Cochran engaged in a little friendly rivalry via the Virginia International Polo Club and The Potomac Polo Club, respectively at the 28th Annual Family House Polo Match.

With everyone's support $200,000 was raised to support Family House Guests in need while their loved ones receive treatment in area hospitals.

Mark your calendars for the 29th Annual Family House Polo Match! Saturday, September 8, 2012!!