New book release: ‘Easy Read Word Search Puzzles and Planner for Seniors’ by Boost Brainz

‘Easy Read Word Search Puzzles and Planner for Seniors’ by Boost Brainz. Photo: Amazon

One of the best ways to improve your memory and keep your brain sharp is to do puzzles. While this is especially true for seniors, anyone can benefit from this. If you are looking for gift ideas for someone, or even for yourself if you love puzzle books, this is an interesting one. (Boost Brainz, 2022)

“Easy Read Word Search Puzzles and Planner for Seniors: Large Print Collection of Wordfind Memory Games” by Boost Brainz.

Do you want to improve your memory? Do you enjoy word search puzzles that take you back to golden memories of the past? If you are looking for a fun puzzle activity that will take your imagination to the nostalgic golden era of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, then this word search puzzle book is for you. The content and structure of this puzzle book has been designed to help improve memory and engage your mind in a fun and relatable activity.

The word search puzzles are based on the themes from the decades 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. For each decade, the puzzles are divided into Levels 1-3 (easy to difficult levels). For each level, the puzzles are created around five themes for each decade, i.e. 1) Social Events and Movements, 2) Science and Technology, 3) Music and Fashion, 4) Cinema and Television, and 5) Geopolitics.

What is included:

  • WORD SEARCH PUZZLES- Wordfind memory games 
  • ACTIVITY PLANNERS(Monthly To-Do List, Blood Pressure Records, Blood Sugar Records, and Weekly Meal List)
  • LARGE PRINT- Large Print Word Search puzzles and solutions
  • GREAT GIFT- A great gift for adults and seniors

Order your copy now and have fun!

This easy to read puzzle book comes in extra large print and is divided into difficulty level and by decade and each is divided by theme including music and fashion, cinema and television, and more. Each puzzle has a fun fact about the year in question and the solutions to the puzzles are in the back. The activity planners at the end include monthly to do lists, regular to do lists, a page each to record blood pressure records, blood sugar records, and weekly meal lists. Having recently bought a similar activity planner for my mother to help her track her numbers, this one is more useful because it also has fun puzzles for an extra ‘brain boost.’

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Book review: ‘The Paper Tiger Syndrome’ by Rebecca A. Ward

‘The Paper Tiger Syndrome’ is a guidebook on the journey of healing and self-repair. Photo: Amazon

Rebecca A. Ward is an American therapist, activist, healer, author, speaker, and coach. As a trauma survivor herself, she has triumphed over extraordinary suffering and come out on other side to her joy again. As a licensed therapist in California and ICF-Certified Professional Coach, Rebecca holds a multitude of trauma-informed certifications, including Somatic Experiencing®. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and CA Marriage and Family Therapists Association. In her new book, “The Paper Tiger Syndrome: How to Liberate Yourself from the Illusion of Fear,” Rebecca shares her personal trauma-to-resilience story and the wisdom from her own clients to help readers transform their own trauma wounds into personal growth, presence, resilience, and joy and reconnect back to the truest version of themselves—what she calls the Original Blueprint®. (Amazon, 2022)

“The Paper Tiger Syndrome” – Paper tigers are thoughts and experiences that conjure up dread but do not present any real danger, they just create the same physiological responses in the human body that our ancestors experienced when they were stalked by predators on the plains. In the modern world, however, those responses are unwarranted. They are neurological “misfires” that harm our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, all in an effort to keep us “safe.” In the Preface section of the Introduction, the author explains that the book is “a roadmap to guide you on that journey back home.” This is followed by the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) survey to help readers find out where to begin since ACEs are known to be linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance abuse in adulthood. The book consists of examples from her clients’ lives, and her own, as well as journaling ideas and exercises/rituals to enhance the healing process. All together, she shares ways to overcome fear, stress, and trauma in your life to help regulate your physical body. Based largely on the principles of somatic therapy, it contains specific exercises and tools to help you walk the bridge from fear to safety to unconditional love. It is divided into ten chapters including The Anatomy of Fear, How We Survive Childhood, and It Takes a Village.

Now more than ever, people are struggling with anxiety and depression. Life’s hardships can create a sense of apprehension that is hard to shake but the truth is that most fears and anxieties are really just paper tigers. A paper tiger is defined as ‘something, or someone, that appears to be a threat, but in reality is powerless.’ The difficulties the author experienced and surpassed give this book an aura of authenticity; she knows what she is talking about and her tone is caring without being condescending. She even pauses every now and then to encourage readers to take a break if necessary. The language is easy to understand and the layout of the information includes diagrams, lists, and reflection opportunities. To get the full benefits, the author recommends having a personal journal to complete the written exercise and write down your thoughts or download the Companion Workbook. Highlights include Chapter Four: It Takes a Village where she stresses that a lack of connection ‘heightens fear reactions and diminishes virtually ever aspect of life, including longevity’ and Chapter Seven: Healing Childhood Wounds where she shares guidelines to help overcome harmful childhood conditionings like body shaming. “The Paper Tiger Syndrome” is a highly informative resource guide that is encouraging and therapeutic and includes the necessary tools to guide readers through their healing journey. It is recommended for readers interested in self help, personal transformation, and spirituality books.

“Fear is a cheap marketing tool to keep you in line. Fear is not the way any infinite Source wants us to feel. We’re here to discover love for all that is in us and around us.”

*The author received a copy of this book for an honest review. The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to her.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Upcoming horror movie release: The Ghosts of Monday

Ghosts of Monday will be released January 23, 2023. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Because any day is a good day for a horror movie: Acclaimed actor Julia Sands stars in The Ghosts of Monday, an unnerving new horror experience from filmmaker Francesco Cinquemani (Eye For An Eye). It will be available on digital, blu-ray, and DVD starting January 23, 2023. (The Ghosts of Monday, 2022)

Mark Huberman (Vikings Valhalla) stars as a television director who becomes embroiled in a supernatural conspiracy after traveling to Cyprus to make a tv pilot about a haunted hotel. Julian Sands (Warlock), Marianna Rosset (Survive or Sacrifice), Elva Trill (Jurassic World: Dominion) and Anthony Skordi (Onassis) also appear in the frightening profusion of suspense and scares.



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Texas Wine Revolution announces second annual Texas Wine Auction

The event, set for April 29, 2023 will showcase Texas grown wines, a chef-curated dinner, live music, and more to raise funds to support local organizations. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Texas Wine Revolution (TWR), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce its second annual Texas Wine Auction that will take place on Saturday, April 29, at Vista Oaks Event Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will feature an evening of live and silent auctions, musical performances, and culinary delights with wine pairings presented by Texas chefs and wineries. (Texas Wine Revolution, 2022)

“I couldn’t be more excited to build upon the success of our inaugural auction. We are closer than ever to achieving our goal of providing access to health services to the hospitality workers that really need it and continue our effort to help Texas wine reach new heights. The Texas Wine Auction team has been working tirelessly to create an amazing event that will continue to get bigger and better each year, all for a great cause.” – Dave Bryant III, Texas Wine Auction Chairperson.

This year’s event will have eight chefs providing various dishes with a chef competition and prizes including overall Best in Show. Chef Angie Ragan, Gordon Ramsay’s Next Level Chef Fox Season 1 Semi-Finalist and Owner and Executive Chef of Salt by Angie; and Chef Roshni Gurnani, most recently featured on Alex vs. America, will be featured at the event with other chefs being announced later this year.

The Texas Wine Auction was developed to bring together a collective of Texas wineries and winemakers to showcase the beauty of Texas-grown wine and raise money for some incredible organizations. Much of the hospitality community operates on an hourly, rather than salaried, basis, which makes the need to provide support and quality health options greater to those hard-working employees who do so much to grow the world-class wine and tourism industry that attracts millions of visitors each year.

Sponsored in part by Dr. Robert Ebeling III of the Friendship Lane Center for Cancer, all proceeds from the event will be filtered through TWR to go directly to beneficiaries, including Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Programs, to fund research and development initiatives for winemaking and grape-growing practices to further the Texas Wine industry. Proceeds will also go toward making an impact on the hospitality community through the funding and operation of a mobile medical unit focusing on wellness and preventative care benefiting employees of restaurants, wineries, vineyards and other hospitality personnel.

Featured wineries, Inwood Estates and William Chris Vineyards, will showcase their wines alongside Ab Astris, Kalasi Cellars, Kerrville Hills Winery, Pedernales Cellars, Texas Heritage, Texas Wine Collective, Becker Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards, Calais Winery, Chateau Wright, Hawk’s Shadow Winery, Hidden Hangar, Lost Draw Cellars, Reddy Vineyards and many more to come.

Guests will have nearby accommodations available as well as complimentary transportation to the auction from various pick-up points around Fredericksburg. Additional details regarding accommodations and transportation will be announced on the website at a later date.

Texas Wine Revolution is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating consumer education and awareness of Texas-grown wines as well as giving back to the industry and communities we operate within. In 2022 Texas Wine Revolution announced its inaugural Texas Wine Auction, an event supporting community and industry through a showcase of Texas wine and world-class cuisine presented by top culinary talents from around the country.

New album release: Darkest Hour – The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers announce upcoming album Darkest Hour, due out January 27, 2023. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

The Gibson Brothers are the real deal. They can pick. They can sing. And they can write a damn good country song. Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall was always an early supporter, encouraging their writing, and predicting success. They have won about every bluegrass award you can name and released albums on almost every premier Americana label you can think of including Sugar Hill and Rounder. Their songs have been recorded by bluegrass legends no less than Del McCoury. It is a resume almost anybody in country music would be proud to have. Despite all of this, The Gibson Brothers are not yet household names. Their latest album, Darkest Hour, produced by dobro master Jerry Douglas, might just change that. It is due out January 27, 2023. (The Gibson Brothers, 2022)

Kicking off with a flurry of traditional bluegrass excellence, The Gibson Brothers’ new single Dust is more than a just statement of musicianship. It is the whole package; world-class picking, clear and refined vocals, and rock-solid songwriting. An ode to leaning into down-and-out—“Left in the dust” by ex-lover— Dust puts a clever, positive spin on being left behind. “Me and dust, we do fine.” Dust is the first track The Gibson Brothers have shared from their upcoming album Darkest Hour. Produced by dobro king Jerry Douglas, Darkest Hour represents the purest form of Leigh, Eric, and the band’s stage show, with a room full of exceptional musicians.

Darkest Hour spans from trad-grass to country-soul and back again, utilizing classically bluegrass instruments as well as electric guitars and drums to craft a sound fit for the songs it surrounds. While The Gibson Brothers have achieved a level of success doing things their way, and that is not going to change, those who know—their peers that voted them to two Entertainers of the Year Awards, and their famed crop of producers—know just how talented these guys are and just how much they deserve for Darkest Hour to take The Gibson Brothers to a whole new level.

Fans can purchase or stream Dust today at and pre-order or pre-save Darkest Hour ahead of its January release.

Darkest Hour track list:
1. What A Difference A Day Makes
2. Heart’s Desire
3. So Long Mama
4. I Feel The Same Way As You
5. Shut Up and Dance
6. I Go Driving
7. My Darkest Hour
8. Who’s Gonna Want A Heart Like Mine
9. One Minute Of You (Song For Annie Gray)
10. Your Eyes Say His Name
11. Dust
12. This Good Day



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Niche at Pearl now carrying men’s apparel

Local designer and clothing store announces the addition of a man’s section in store, including a limited men’s clothing selection from the brand. Photo: Niche, used with permission.

Beloved local clothing store Niche is excited to announce the addition of a men’s section to their storefront at Pearl as well as a limited collection of men’s clothing designed by the brand. Up until now, Niche has exclusively designed and carried women’s apparel, known for its modern look including clean lines, rich textures and textiles and distinctive architectural details. (Niche, 2022)

“Niche’s men’s line is inspired by the same thing we think about for the core collection: clean designs and luxe fabrics that feel really good on,” said Niche Co-Owner Ayse Derman.

The fashion brand was founded in 1997 by mother/daughter team Nilgün and Ayse Derman and recently celebrated 25 years in business. The men’s section at Niche will feature button up shirts, golf shirts, light jackets, flannels, hats, wallets, soaps, and other gift items. Niche’s line will start with button-up shirts and pullovers and will add more items over time. Additional brands carried in-store include Raised by Coyotes, Passion Lille, Man Ready Mercantile, and Duke Cannon.

Niche products come in a wide price range that allows each customer to find what works for them. The flagship store carries an extensive selection of Niche clothing alongside a curated collection of accessories, gifts, home decor, kids’ toys and clothing, fabrics, and plants. Stitch at Niche, a curated fabric store & project space, is also located within the boutique where you can find unique DIY kits, gorgeous textiles by the yard, trims, interesting buttons, and sewing thread.

Photo: Niche, used with permission.

Book of the week: ‘The Impact of New Technologies on Society’ by Siddhartha Paul Tiwari’

‘Impact of New Technologies on Society: A Blueprint for the Future’ by Siddhartha Paul Tiwari. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Siddhartha Paul Tiwari is an award-winning technologist known for his understanding of the ever-evolving world of technology and how it impacts society. Driven by a passion for technology, he strives to provide his readers with the most accurate and up to date information possible. In his new book “Impact of New Technologies on Society: A Blueprint for the Future,” he focuses on technology and the growing influence it has on society, politics, and our economy. He is making his book available for free online. (Siddhartha Paul Tiwari, 2022)

“Impact of New Technologies on Society: A Blueprint for the Future” –  We already see the impact of emerging technologies on our lives and the economy in many different ways, particularly when it comes to the way we live our lives and the way we work. Because of this, there is fierce competition among companies across the globe in order to ensure that they are able to benefit from the new technological developments. Globally, the United States and Asia are emerging as the two global leaders in this area.

Over the years, there has been a significant change in the landscape of emerging technologies since Alan Turing first asked in the 1950s if machines could think like humans. Emerging technologies will enhance economic growth and efficiency in the future. It is possible to greatly improve decision-making when large amounts of data are analyzed by improving efficiency. It is likely that new products and services, new markets, and new industries will be created as a result, which will in turn boost consumer demand and generate new revenue streams. On the other hand, emerging technologies may also have a profound effect on society and the economy. The creation of superman-like organizations could negatively affect the economy, according to several researchers. It may even lead to a wider gap between developed and developing countries, as well as a rise in the demand for workers with emerging skills and technologies, thereby creating job losses. The latter trend may have a significant impact on the labor market in the long run.

New album release: itzl2thec’s L C

itzel2thec is a freestyle music artist. His new album L C is available now. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

For fans of freestyle music and hip hop, there is itzl2thec and he has a new album out. 

Itzl2thec is a freestyle music artist from Austell, Georgia who has been recording since he was 14 years old. His music library is available on several platforms including YouTube, SoundCloud, TikTok, and ArtistRack. His new album is titled L C. (itzl2thec, 2022)

L C track list:
Careful (feat. Mfast)
I Pace I Go
Knew You Would Feel Me (feat. Mfast)
Silver Foxx

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New album release: Killahronh’s All Out

All Out by Kallahronh. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Killahronh is an 80s baby familiar with the Golden Era of Hip Hop, yet on the cusp of Millennialism. He started as a drummer in a few indie rock, and Hip Hop bands, to Podcasting, and ultimately becoming the CEO for the Drodian™️ brand; trademarking and defining its motto as: POSITIVITY, ENLIGHTENMENT, TALENT, ACTION & QUALITY. His style of song creation has been defined as multi-faceted, thought provoking, and smooth. He represents the collective known as the DRODIANS. A group of unique individuals who use their talents and their brands to help make the DRODIAN™️ brand a household name. (Killahronh, 2022)

All Out by Killahronh is streaming exclusively on Tidal and on iTunes.

All Out track list:
All out Intro
Urgency (feat. URG7)
All out Bleach Survivor
Somethin’ ain’t Right (feat. Pause)
All out M&M Cookie Predator
Hit the Ac
All out Airport Predator
Perspective (feat. Dios Negasi)
All out Before Man Walked
Honda Civic (feat. Kinewa)
All out Crazy Trauma
Buy the Ticket Take the Ride
All Outro

14 Songs, 57 minutes

Available on Apple Music and Tidal.

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New album release: Killahronh’s All Around The World

Killahronh’s All Around The World is available for streaming. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Killahronh is an 80s baby familiar with the Golden Era of Hip Hop, yet on the cusp of Millennialism. He started as a drummer in a few indie rock, and Hip Hop bands, to Podcasting, and ultimately becoming the CEO for the Drodian™️ brand; trademarking and defining its motto as: POSITIVITY, ENLIGHTENMENT, TALENT, ACTION & QUALITY. His style of song creation has been defined as multi-faceted, thought provoking, and smooth. He represents the collective known as the DRODIANS. A group of unique individuals who use their talents and their brands to help make the DRODIAN™️ brand a household name.

All Around the World by Killahronh is a body of work with catchy songs. It is available on Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, iTunes, and more. 

All Around the World track list:
Around the World
Better Than Me
Never Enough (feat. Mayaya)
Legendary Moves (feat. Coulter)
Drodian Universe President 1
The Glow Up
Earthquakes Like Tyler and Drake (feat. Jiz Jones)
Blacklisted (feat. Dios Negasi)
Golden Ticket
Drodian Universe President 2
Oblivious (feat. Jiz Jones)
Scared of Success (feat. Tony Tig)
Playing My Song (feat. Emily Coy)

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