Friday, November 27, 2015

Premier World Pageants: Kristen Jones Rossow Hosts Another Winter Wonderland

The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening. - Wallace Stevens

If you are looking for a great pageant, your search is over. I have found a group that delivers everything you ever wanted in a pageant and more. When you or your child enters the Winter Wonderland pageant, you benefit from a system full of beautiful women and girls who join together to not only promote their own platforms, but help promote those of their sister queens. Kristin Jones Rossow and her team give you priceless exposure, networking and experience.

Premier World Pageants encompasses pageant divisions for infants to adult women across the United States and World as well as supports an Ambassador Association that promotes personal development and leadership through community service. Contact us to learn about pageants and events in your area and becoming the next title holder to wear the crown!

Maybe you or your child will be crowned! Pageants are so valuable for our communty. One contestant, Erica described her experience:

Pageants can have a positive contribution on the contestants participating. Through her experience she was able to develop new friendships, get scholarship money and most importantly, develop greater self confidence.

This came though her entire experience and participating in her two favorite parts of the pageant, the talent and interview sections. These sections let Erica show the judges and those watching some of the things she has been able to accomplish and where she is headed in the future. The sense of achievement that came through exhibiting her accomplishments has motivated Erica to become an even better person as well as serve those around her.

Premier World Pageants promote physical fitness, self-esteem and communty collaboration. Consistent winners at higher levels also end up with a platform for community service.

I have watched Kristen work on multiple occassions and have seen how she provides people t with the inspiration, positive energy, and resources to be their best and make their DREAMS become a REALITY!

Winter Wonderland is looking for ladies and girls who promote a positive outlook on life, family values, and the importance of community involvement whether a corporate executive, entrepreneur or stay home Mom. Many of theor participants are first-timers! They support new as well as seasoned competitors in their quest to be their best! 

This terrific opportunity makes me think of the famous words by Henri Matisse:

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."

Look into and experience the value of Premier World Pageants. .

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Beauty and Enduring Light of Jennifer Levy

Lenny Wheeler Photography
“To love beauty is to see light,” wrote Victor Hugo. I have been fortunate to experience both the beauty and enduring light of one of Idaho’s top talents, actress and model Jennifer Levy. Jennifer is classy, charming and fun.

And her resume is extensive. It includes work with Urban Talent Management (since 2006); Production crew with Clear As Mudd Films; Pre-Production crew with Rising Phoenix Studios; Calendar girl for Cruisn’ Biker wear 2015 & 2016 and 96.9 Eagle Rock girl 2015.

“MSG for bookings. I travel!” says this energetic star on her facebook page.

She was Director of Photography, producer and Chloe in Project Fourteen (Clear As Mudd Films) and Producer and Jo in The Bullet.

Lenny Wheeler Photography
I asked Jennifer to tell celebritiesandstars more about her work: “I was able to be a body double for Carbon, a short film, (Christian Lybrook) that won the short script competition last year at the Sun Valley film fest,” Jennifer said. “It will be showing there in March. We are also going to have the feature movie, The Bullet (Clear As Mudd Films, Matt Mudd) submitted for the Sun Valley festival in March too.”

Jennifer has the poise of a superstar, the talent to make complex acting roles come to life, the warmth to be a friend, and the confidence to be an ambassador to her community.

Special thanks go to Amanda Woods of Woods on Fire Innovative Beauty and Lenny Wheeler of Lenny Wheeler Photography for their classic work that helped create this miracle.

"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness," wrote John Keats in Endymion. Jennifer Levy is here to stay. A great model will have something about them that no other model has. This quality is often described as a “unique flair.”

Read more about Jennifer and discover her wonderful uniqueness at the links below.

Links of films, commercials Jennifer is working on or has been in:

Click here for her IMDB page.

Here is the movie Carbon on Facebook.

See Jennifer's profile on Urban Talent.

Checkout Robert Comstock Promotion.

Character page for Project Fourteen.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JdnLevy

Follow the work of Jennifer Levy. You'll be glad you did. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ryan DeLuca Donated $10,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho

Source: WikiCommons
It is always good to look at great examples of influential people who give back to their community. Ryan DeLuca built into one of Boise’s most successful startups, according to the Idaho Statesman.

"The company sells about 15,000 nutrition and weightlifting supplements online," the article says. "He sold a controlling interest to Liberty Media, the Colorado-based owner of the QVC home-cable network, for more than $100 million in 2008."

Having recently retired, DeLuca was, and is still an active force in our community. One example from August 2014 is shown by KTVB: CEO Ryan DeLuca had employees dump 100 buckets of ice water on him for the Ice Bucket Challenge. He's donating $100 per bucket to the fight against ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. He says ALS has directly affected the families of several staff members. DeLuca's $10,000 is staying local and going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho, the local sister organization of the ALS Association. has about 800 employees, including 600 in Boise. “He’s not only had a monumental impact on the city of Boise and the state of Idaho, but he has managed to literally transform the entire international fitness industry,” said Matt Rissell, CEO and co-founder of Eagle time sheet software company TSheets.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats "Bless My Soul" Released ‪in ‎Boise‬ Fri. Nov. 13

by Michael Strickland

Boise's music scene continues to grow more exciting. 

"Like a wandering mysterious traveller, Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats don’t quite belong in country, or folk, nor alternative," writes Nanobot Rock Reviews,
"yet they spend their days smoothly passing through each, leaving an identifiable and memorable fusion of all.” 

My eyes lit up when I read the news that "Bless My Soul," the latest album from Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats, will be released at the Visual Arts Collective ‪in ‎Boise‬ Fri. Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. 

Curtis  Sutton and The Scavengers will be special guests for support.  

As we examine the country roots in them: "What makes a great country song?" says Rolling Stone Magazine. "It tells a story. It draws a line. It has a twang you can feel down to the soles of your feet. Some get mad, some get weepy, some just get you down the road."

This band plays those kinds of songs. 

An article called "Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats - Not Your Ordinary Backwoods Story," by Crandal Boudreaux, says:

If I were to tell you three things about Boise-based Americana band Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, you'd probably think I was simply tossing around some of the same old clich├ęs we often hear about country, folk, or bluegrass music. Consider: The band only exists because someone's dog died, because Mel Bay wrote some very useful guitar books, and because a local Western-themed buffet restaurant provides good food at a reasonable price. Sound like some familiar themes?
But life and music ain't that simple, as you find out when you scratch the veneer off this band's story, listen to their tunes, and see them at work. That's when you find that Mr. Warren and his Billy Goats are anything but ordinary, and that they've got an honest, soulful sound that is well beyond their years.
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jonathan Warren has an enviable beard, a dog named Cletus, and a predilection for "foot stompin' music that makes you want to eat a biscuit." There's nothing really unique about that, considering the description could fit a lot of folks in the part of the country where he grew up. But there's something different about this guy.

Jonathan Warren- vocals, guitar, upright bass

David Henry- vocals, cello, guitar

Austin Clark- violin

Boise Weekly said:

It took Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats a full year to record their newest album, Bless My Soul. That's a drastic change in past recording timelines for the local folk/bluegrass band.
"Our last record, we recorded it in three days," said frontman Jonathan Warren. "Our first record, it took a few months. ... We used a more methodical approach [on Bless My Soul]. I had a vision for the album and stayed true to that vision. ... Less was left up to 'the moment.'"
The new album incorporates old-fashioned country-western complete with jovial piano keys and a rattling banjo, but stays true to the Billy Goats' raspy vocals and "psychobilly folk-grass."

Thank you for supporting local live music.: said Seth J Brown' of TO Entertain U, LLC.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Rhonda Byrne Makes Dreams Manifest through The Secret

 "One of the most powerful uses of gratitude can be incorporated in the Creative Process to turbo-charge what you want," The Secret, p. 80. 

Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries.

That is why it is one of my favorite books, says AXS CEO Troy McClain. I look at McClian's endorsement of the work as a key, since I respect his opinion on so many things.

 I have found the The Secret to be very revealing. many of its truths are taken from widely available sources. But in today's media clutter, there is something about this book that puts them together in a way that pulls the secrets of health, wealth and happiness out from the fog.

Just what is this phenomenon?

The Secret is a best-selling 2006 self-help book written by Rhonda Byrne, based on the earlier film of the same name. It is based on the law of attraction and claims that positive thinking can create life-changing results such as increased happiness, health, and wealth.

The book has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 46 languages. The book begins by introducing and explaining the mechanisms of the law of attraction, and then describes historical examples of its application and great men and women in history who are claimed to have harnessed its power.

I have heard so much about this work over the years. That is why it was delightful when it was mentioned as a resource at a recent training with Troy and others, including Brett Labit and David Cohen.

The book describes the law as accounting for a magnetic power that is emitted through one's thoughts. The power of thoughts is likened to the power in a transmission tower, which sends out a frequency to the universe and then returns the same frequency in a physical or elemental form.

This reminds me of what Nicola Tesla said; “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Author Michael Strickland: Info and Resources

Michael Strickland teaches literacy education at Boise State University. and has published a dozen books, see

"Publishing is a wonderful journey that I would recommend for anyone," Michael writes. Here is another one of his web resources for anyone who needs more support: "Get Published: Free Tips and Resources" (on Facebook). An avid book reviewer, "Hopefully I will write about your book next!" Michael writes.

And there are many platforms on which you can follow his  work.

They include:

Free advice about how to get published: Michael Strickland
Michael Strickland Boise, Idaho – Google+
Michael Strickland Boise, Idaho Twitter
Michael Strickland Idaho – YouTube

Michael Strickland Boise Idaho

Idaho Leader Podcast: Michael Strickland, successful Boise writer and educator, shares his story with the Idaho Leader podcast community.  Michael shares humorous lessons from early childhood in New Jersey, challenges faced at Cornell and Seton Hall, and self-publishing advice gained from writing over a dozen books including, Poems Throughout the School Day: Using Poetry Across the Curriculum.

Author shares the 'magic of words' | Idaho County Free Press

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AXS CEO Troy McClain and His Soft Heart for Special Needs

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

Called a “Living Energy Drink” by the Idaho Press Tribune, Troy McClain focuses on growing people and businesses to great heights in his role as CEO of AXS Consulting / ALL AXS. He has spearheaded a number of startup, turnaround and growth companies. An international speaker, he has collaborated with the top names in business, including Warren Buffet, and has toured with Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen (of Chicken Soup for the Soul) and many other influential leaders, athletes and entertainers.

Within all the fast paced and frequent media about Troy's success, there is a softer side to this driven businessman that some people don't get a chance to experience.

Troy lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, Crystal. He is the guardian of his special needs, adopted sister, DoraLynn, who  he affectionately calls “Kid Sis.”

"If you’ve been following my story you’re probably well acquainted with my kid sis and our families love for the gifts she shares with us every day," Troy says. "While she is profoundly deaf with special needs, she has more love, energy and inspiration worth experiencing than anyone I know.

For a few years, Troy's Kid Sis joined him in working at his office in Boise.

Troy described DoraLynn as:
"Always doing her job with a smile, a little sass, and good humor, Over the years I have wished she could hear my laughs and hear the enjoyment she has brought to our friends and family and experience the sounds of the world around her."
In this Inspirational video, Troy McClain teaches people about life lessons learned from people with disabilities that are beyond the obvious.

Hearing is something we take for granted every day, Troy says:
We forget just how special the littlest sounds truly are. The sound of leaves blowing in the wind or birds chirping in the trees. At first glance it may not mean much to those who possess the sense of hearing but to those who don’t it would be life changing. 
I’ve always held the belief that in order to get ahead you must give back. Giving back to the special needs community is something that I am very passionate about.
Through his dedication to DoraLynn, Troy set about to teach others how he learned from the adaptations she and other people with disabilities make to have more successful lives with very special challenges, he told the Idaho Press Tribune. Those strengths, he says, can help anyone. "She's the one who taught me how to listen; non-verbal communication skills," Troy recalls. "It's how to read people who are saying no but really saying yes and vice versa. It transcends beyond the secrets of Donald Trump and Bill Gates."