Philanthropic Fashion Designer Boosting Careers, Not Just Confidence.

Ola Hawatmeh Is A Philanthropic Celebrity Stylist and Fashion Designer.

She has been boosting confidence in everyone she comes in contact with since before I first crossed paths with her, but did you know she also likes to help boost the careers of others to help make their dreams come true?  It is no wonder to me that celebrities enlist her to style them.  Ola has just enabled a determined young woman with down syndrome to walk the runway of her first fashion show.

Grace Strobel is a wonderful  young woman from the St. Louis area who has been making an impact by changing the perceptions of those around her, confidently showing everyone how it’s not bad to be different.   Having a disability doesn’t mean being unable to live your dreams.

Grace And Ola Teamed Up To Put On A Spectacular Fashion Show Together At Atlantic City Fashion Week 

Ola stated of her dedication, “She had a dream to be a model and I gave her my word to help her dreams come true.”


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The Factory of Dreams: St. Louis Corvette Plant

  This Book Is An Excellent Gift For Nostalgic Classic Car Enthusiasts, Especially Corvette Lovers!

For a number of years, the St. Louis Corvette plant defined a way of life for thousands of St. Louis area workers, including Granite City business owner, Mike Dixon of Dixon Heating & Cooling.

In 1981, the assembly line at the St. Louis Corvette plant halted for good.   “It was a combination of track on the floor, pushed hand carts and what workers called a ‘knife-edge’ conveyor.” ~ Corvette Magazine.   The plant shut its doors and production moved south to Bowling Green, Kentucky, but the memories remain and Mike Dixon decided it was time to share his experience in the story.

“On August 1, 1981, the St. Louis Corvette Assembly came to a final halt, and the last Corvette built there rolled out of the factory. ” ~ CorvetteActionCenter.Com

My dad was a lover of classic cars and loved perusing at car shows.  If he were still on this earth, I’d buy him this book as a gift from my heart because I know he’d really enjoy reading it.  If you know someone in a Corvette Club this book will make a great gift for them too.

“There Are Really Two Stories Told In The Book.

One is about the car, but the other is a peek into the life of an auto worker in the 1950s and ‘60s, when the industry was at its peak for its workers.  It shares an engineering triumph, by St. Louis and automotive engineers.  It’s about the startup of the plant, but it’s also about the history of the cars and the men who built them.”  Melissa Meske ~ Advantage News

Dixon Now Has His Hands On Corvettes As An Owner Of Them.

He has five of them and enjoys taking them to Classic Car Shows, including his 1972 red convertible Corvette with its value being sentimental and not just material.   Mike had a part in putting this one together when he worked at the factory.

“I did a VIN search, determining when and where it was built.  From that, I know it is one that I dropped the body on. And it only took me 40 years to own it,” Dixon said, laughing.”

Did You Know That Channel 9 Actually Had Its Own Corvette?   Watch The Video Below and Listen To How That Deal Was Made.

“The Corvette Emerged As Its Own Statement That A Machine Can Also Be Art.”


Published in October 2018, The Factory of Dreams: St. Louis Corvette Plant is a brand new book for Corvette enthusiasts & automobile history lovers, and is now available on   Please post your review & give it a rating after you’ve read it.  Thank you!   Enjoy!

Attention Musicians: How To Get Booked On News Stations

An Opportunity For You To Gain The Exposure You Need To Turn A Dream Into Reality. Succeed At Getting Booked On News Stations And Boost Your Publicity.

Sound Advice From Kim Hudson
Everett Dean is a Shining Star in Chicago and St. Louis. Learn more about him and his style of music!

Kim Hudson is a successful multimedia journalist for Fox 2 News, and she has taken the time to make a video offering advice for how hopeful musicians can gain exposure and get booked on news stations.

Kim is looking for bands to book for the St. Louis area audience with the potential reach to be in the several hundred thousands, however; this advice is applicable for getting booked on just about any news station nationwide.

Whether You’re A Solo Artist Or A Brand Name Band, Kim Knows It’s An Opportunity For You To Gain The Exposure You Need To Turn A Dream Into Reality And She Wants To Help You Succeed At Getting Booked On News Stations!

While famous bands go on tour selling out show after show, they all had to start somewhere.   Do you know or have you heard of a band that became famous after traveling from station to station performing on news segments?   These days you can even advertise your own channel.  Make contact with me if you’d like some help with that.

Youtube maybe a modern outlet, but news segments are still a tried and true approach too, especially if you want a reason to travel!  You could make a tour of it.  You’ve got to invest first in order to reap any returns.   Fox 2 Now even has a Youtube channel and may upload your performance at your request, which you can then use to  further appeal to a worldwide audience (especially if you know how to advertise it.)

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Though Not For A Musician, I Personally Booked A Segment For A Local Business With Kim Hudson.

She’s easy to communicate with, was very thorough expressing what she needed from us to make the segment a success, and it all went wonderfully because we followed her instructions, so I have no qualms about praising her while I recommend you listen to what she has to say so you too can learn how to get booked on news stations.  Watch the video below:

Follow Kim on Twitter.   Like her page on Facebook.  Subscribe to Fox 2 News on Youtube and save her email to your contact list!  Make the connection and support Kim back in exchange for her being so supportive of your endeavors.  Why?  Because successful people #SupportOneAnother!

Yalber Business Funding. Get the funding your business needs Hard work is not just about trying to make a bunch of money.  It’s about applying the time and efforts to make something good happen.  Shine on!

Listen Below To A Song Sung By Malaysian Entertainer CK Andrew, Of Which I Got To Work With Him and Compose The Lyrics For!

Impressive Holiday Costumes

Halloween Parties Are Planned Well In Advance By People Who Favor The Holiday.

Whether it’s because you want to dress up as your favorite character or if you’re thinking about dressing up as the favorite character of someone you wish to impress, you found this article because you want to stand out or are thrilled about the date.  Look forward to being the life of the party?  Below are costumes I consider impressive and why, as well as a few matching costumes for couples, and lastly links to props and decor if you’re planning to host your own party, for any holiday celebration.

My First Pick Is The Bumblebee Transformers Costume.

From the very first movie this character caught hold of my heart.  To me he’s a representation of loyalty and protection.  It isn’t a cheap one but who is able to resist those piercing blue eyes?   Click the image to purchase at a reduced price or to be linked to more costumes.
Transformers Bumblebee Costume

Next Is Thor God of Thunder.

My tastes are more geared towards Thor with short hair as seen in Thor: Ragnarok.  This movie actually motivated me to go back and watch all the other Thor movies.  I originally watched it at a theater with my kids in an effort to treat them for my birthday, but seeing him enter the arena with his new look and ready to defend, was like being surprised with a beautiful present for myself.  However, we all have our own tastes so if you prefer the long haired Thor you can add the wig.   Own it today for under a hundred bucks.  Click the image to see if they’ve restocked, or click here to get it on Amazon.  These costumes are selling quickly!  Here’s another version of a Thor costume.   Also, I found the hammer for twenty dollars on Amazon.

Thor CostumeIf you’re into scary costumes Venom the movie was released the first week of October 2018.

It was a very popular costume last Halloween.  If you like scaring people then this mask will help you do it. Click the image below to see if they’ve restocked.  Amazon still has a few of this version of the Venom mask for sale, but they’re selling quickly too.  You can click here to view another version of it.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally Costumes Are Still A Favorite For Couples.

The year 2018 is the 25th Anniversary release of the movie and it’s an animated adult cult classic that doesn’t look to be going out of style any time soon.

Men's Jack Skellington Costume


Another Adorable Couples Costume I Found That I Liked is the Oreo Cookie Costume.

This is a two for the price of one deal, and yes, I was one of those kids who split the cookie to lick the cream first.

Halloween Express has more to offer than just a large collection of costumes and for any occasion.  Even for pets!  It’s a unique online party store where you can and will find the largest selection of props, decorations, and party supplies for any holiday celebration all on one website.  Happy hunting!

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Life Is Better On The Farm Happy Trails Farm Logo Mug

Help Support The Happy Trails Farm Horse Rescue Foundation

Help Support The Happy Trails Farm Horse Rescue Foundation

Have you heard of the Happy Trails Farm Horse Rescue Foundation yet?

First of all, this place is spectacular and there are many ways to be of assistance.  I’ve personally made arrangements to sell a mug with the farm’s logo featured on it with profits from any sales to be donated to the Happy Trails Farm Horse Rescue Foundation.    This item is not found offline.  Taking care of rescues is expensive.  Sales will benefit the rescues, such as medical expenses, food, and farrier services.   Place your secure order by clicking here.

This place has been there for me and mine as an inexpensive family outdoor recreational place to go for many years.  They’ve treated us like family and now I wish to return the gesture by paying it forward.  You can  click here to place a secured order.  To learn about other ways you can help this organization Click here to visit their website.   Thank you for your time and consideration!

If you would like to donate money without receiving a souvenir you can make checks or money orders payable to Happy Trails Farm Horse Rescue Foundation and  mail it to: P.O. Box 1577, Granite City, IL 62040

Read about my experience with Happy Trails Farm.

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Encountering A Symbol Of Authority

In the event of an encounter with a symbol of authority perception matters and so do manners.

It’s a good thing to be perceptive.  It means to be aware of our environment and those in it.  The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is located in Edwardsville Illinois.  They created an educational video to serve as a tool for helping to reduce confrontation anxiety.  Also in this article you’ll find access to tactical and First Responder supplies.   If you’d rather skip past the lessons and see 10 viral videos of the lip sync challenge, then just keep scrolling down.

Maybe you were in a rush to get to work.

Maybe you’re trying to avoid severe weather, are running late for school, or just appear suspicious.  For whatever reason you find yourself stopped by a cop, remain calm and try to be pleasant, even if you encounter an officer who isn’t.  View the video below to watch their lesson. It covers what to expect during a traffic stop in under four minutes.  “This video is designed to reduce the stress and anxiety through information and knowledge. An informed community is a safer community.” – Lt. Kris Tharp.

Now Ponder This!

When we use our manners to behave respectfully towards others, we ideally expect them to return the gesture.  Realistically, that doesn’t always happen.  Civil servants are a symbol of authority and looked to as an example. Not all set a good one though, and bad experiences can be disheartening for those of any viewpoint.  When we abase each other we make unpleasant memories that cause discord and separation, which then leads to issues that have further contributed to a social crisis.  The truth is that it’s important to consider how we interact with others.  Whether online or off, as a civilian or officer, our actions invoke a reaction.  Developing and improving our social skills is vital.  It’s possible as individuals for us to reach our highest levels of potential no matter our titles or hindrances. Social media is an excellent tool for getting practice. Practice is what makes the master.

Not all people deserve the condemnation they’ve received.

There are bad apples in every tree.  It doesn’t mean the branches are bad or that the roots are dead.  It’s important to remember that we’re all human beings.  Most of us care to right the wrongs that are done.  That’s why many officers enlist and put their lives at risk in the first place.  Productive members of society seek to labor according to our abilities in order to be enabled to provide for our families.  It’s stated by definition that police officers aren’t civil servants, and that they’re lower ranked as public servants, yet it’s their job to respond first and intervene in uncivil situations.  They are meant as keepers of the peace for the betterment of the public, and they wear badges as symbols of authority, so I beg to differ.


When civil servants fail to set the example.

Civilians should set the example of respect by being the first to show it.  We don’t need to be paid by the public to be civil or to live up to civil servant standards.  It’s necessary for civilization to thrive.  You may be surprised to discover how behavior is reciprocated.  Maybe you won’t.  Even if you’ve been robbed, gas-lighted, defamed, falsely accused, charged, jailed, maced, and beaten for having the audacity to regard your rights despite others violating them, don’t take it out on the next officer you see.  I’m not going to deny the negativity, it’s controversial, and I’ve had some bad experiences myself.  However, my aim here is to point out the positive in an effort to make the most of what I’ve learned from them.

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The world is riddled with news of those who abuse their authority.

Predators deliberately seek out positions of trust and power of authority because it’s how they gain easy access to prey, but just like not all animals eat meat, not all people are predators.  We have to remember and remind ourselves that not all are guilty over the few who do, regardless of our experiences with the bad apples that manage to infiltrate any association.  If there’s any position we are all associated with it’s being human. We all make mistakes.  We all start out inexperienced and we all share the desire to be a success, to celebrate our successes and to be regarded and respected by others.

I’m perceptive and I’ve been observing a movement.

When I saw the “Lip Sync Challenge” videos by departments all over the nation become viral sensations, I witnessed more than something fun and entertaining for people to watch.  I saw a psychological tool for progress that triggered more than just my sense of respect for civil servants.  I see it from an empowering point of view.  These videos display our ability to relate, unite, and serve as a reminder to our own and other nations, through the use of entertainment, that even though we’ve made mistakes, our bonds can still be strengthened.

America is a melting pot of a nation, made up of cultures as various as the colors of the spectrum.  We live in an era of worldwide virtual connection and our social structures are ever changing.  We can be conservative by holding on to the good and liberal by changing the bad.  That’s how we find middle ground.  The best way to get along with someone who is different than us, or whom we disagree with is to point out our likenesses.

Below is a list of Lip Sync Challenge videos by various departments.

  Wouldn’t it be neat to see more police departments all over the world represent themselves as keepers of the peace by accepting the challenge?  I’ve certainly found it entertaining and educational.  Some tactics maybe unorthodox but they can still be extremely useful, especially when it’s moral and unites our communities.  Click here and add your State to the search bar to see if your department has participated, and if you don’t see your community involved, then be the first to take action.  Encourage your community to participate.

Illinois State Police Department

Columbia Illinois Police Department

Leroy Police Department

Norfolk Virginia Police Department

Bexar County Texas Sheriff’s Office

New Orleans Louisiana Police Department

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Should you wish to study to become a police officer, the job openings are endless.  Thank you for listening.  Your time is appreciated.

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David Winters: An Iconic Figure

David Winters Is An Entertainment Icon

This multi-talented entertainment power house has developed and utilized  amazing skills throughout the course of his life.  David has participated in over 200 television series, television specials, and motion pictures.

Check out David’s reel.

 I Was Seated In The Back At This Event.

 I didn’t let that stop me from capturing a photo of David accepting his hard earned awards.  It was a wonderful experience to witness.  He won three awards for the film  “Dancin’ It’s On.”

The awards were for Best Director, Best Music Score, and Best Editing.  They were presented to him by the Wide Screen Film & Music Video Festival in March of 2015.

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Did you like that trailer?   Buy the movie!

David Released His Autobiography In June of 2018!

Tough Guys Do Dance, went straight to the top of the best sellers list on Amazon with five star reviews.  David’s face will remain a familiar one to the entertainment industry for centuries to come.  In his new book he shares his behind-the-scenes stories and life events.   Being associated with some of the biggest names in show business, such as  Ann  -Margret, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, and Michael Jackson,  makes this an interesting read for those interested in a new piece of history across a variety of genres.

Click the image to purchase your copy of his book.

His work in Broadway shows and Hollywood Films is legendary!

West Side Story was where David found his stardom. He inspired millions of boys and men alike to embrace the art of dance and truly showed them that “tough guys do dance!” If you’re a student of dancing or an aspiring actor, producer, or director, then you want to study the work of David Winters.  David’s first Directing job was on “THE MONKEES” TV series.  He serves as an inspiration for all generations across a variety of genres.

You can join this group if you wish to keep following him along his journey.  He’s been responsive to my inquiries.

David has kept himself busy.  Be like David and make your lifetime just as full of achievements!

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