Valuable Tips From An Expert Who Simplified College and Financial Aid Planning

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Valuable Tips From An Expert Who Simplified College and Financial Aid Planning
 
Lanham, MD – College and the financial aid planning process should start as early in a child’s life as possible. It can be a frustrating and complicated puzzle, and parents often have no idea where to begin or how to help their children get through it.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now! College & Financial Aid Planning From A Parent’s Perspective (Pendium Publishing) by Cynthia Hammond Davis, is the true story of her struggle to find help putting all of the pieces of the college search, financial aid, scholarships, athletics and extracurricular activities together.

After experiencing first-hand how complex this journey can be, Davis decided to combine her findings and include them in a book to help other parents and students with early college awareness. This book acts as a priceless guide to help parents understand their role as well as offering basic tips on how they can assist their children through the process as efficiently as possible.

Want to know where a lot of scholarship money can be found? Want to find out how your child may be able to attend an out-of-state college while paying in-state tuition costs? Want advice that will save time during the college admission process? Answers to these questions and more can be found in this book – outlined in a short, simple, and to the point approach.

Davis believes that there is nothing to prepare parents on how and where to begin and they struggle through trying to help their children, just as she did, and it was through trial and error she learned how to get to the right information. In her instructive book, she is very candid about mistakes she made along the way in hopes of helping other parents avoid making those same mistakes.

Cynthia Hammond Davis is a College and Career Advisor, Founder/Executive Director of The Light of the City, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and President of CollegeAndCareerAdvice.Com.  She is the radio talk show host of her own Saturday morning talk show, “The College and Career Information Hour,” and an in-demand public and motivational speaker.

As a college and financial aid advisor since 2001, she has helped many parents and students get through the process, resulting in their receiving scholarship offers that total over $1 million collectively each year. What Cynthia Hammond Davis does, she does with the passion of someone who truly cares about her work and about helping students to become tomorrow’s professionals.

College is one of the most expensive things parents can plan for their children and now they don’t have to waste countless hours doing their own research – Davis has done it for them. All they need to do is read the book!

For more information please visit: www.collegeandcareeradvice.com.

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Crooks Beware: Cops Recommend A New Product That Keeps You Out And Keeps Us Safe

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Crooks Beware: Cops Recommend A New Product That Keeps You Out And Keeps Us Safe

“With Rural Burglaries on the Increase – College Towns are on Alert”

Nashville, TN – Alan Young’s common sense and economical approach to prevent becoming a victim has made him a popular guest for radio show hosts who understand how a lagging economy has contributed to an increase in home invasions. In fact, after Young appeared on Georgiann Kiricoples ‘Breaking Through’ radio show, the host commented: “It was really interesting to hear his common sense approach to security. I know that it made me think, especially the part about alarm systems…”

Young, the CEO of Armor Concepts, is especially troubled because crimes are increasing in the suburbs and small towns where it rarely happened in the past.

The recent murder of Yeardley Love, a star Lacrosse player from the University of Virginia, who was killed after her boyfriend allegedly kicked in her door, underscores the theme of bad things happening to good people in good areas. “In any type of home invasion, buying time is critical. If a potential intruder can kick in a door and be in your home in 10 seconds, you don’t have a lot of time to react. If getting in is more difficult, you have time to call the police, plan your escape or possibly prevent them from coming in at all. Home invasions can happen anywhere and at any time,” commented Young.

Featured on local news segments as well as programs like the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, Fox News, Bloomberg and The Discovery Channel, Young explains there are three  important factors in making your home secure: “Use some common sense. Don’t post vacation plans on Facebook and don’t post vacation photos while still on vacation. Many burglaries are committed by someone you know or by someone connected to someone you know. Letting the world know that you’re not home is an easy way to become a target.”    

The second is to make your home a less inviting target than your neighbor’s. By this, he means keeping shrubs trimmed and installing proper lighting (inside and out). “This will make your home less attractive to a burglar unless he knows you have something he really wants.”

The third factor is about securing the exterior of your home, namely doors. While home alarm systems are helpful, with police response times often greater than 20 minutes the burglar could be in and out before the police arrive. Young equates an alarm system with having OnStar in your car: “Would you not buckle your seat belt because OnStar will call the police after you have an accident? Alarms are a good addition to your home’s security but 85% of all break-ins are through a door. Secure your doors and you greatly increase your likelihood of success against a burglar.”

For door security, Young recommends EZ Armor, an inexpensive kit that reinforces the jamb, locks and hinges on an exterior entry door. The kit can be installed in about 30 minutes by a do-it-yourselfer; it’s guaranteed to help prevent kick-ins and it can be purchased at major hardware/DIY stores, or online at www.armorconcepts.com. Easily installed on any door, this would also help bring parents some peace of mind while their kids are away at college.

Young was featured on Nashville news last year when a couple, who had been victims of burglary, avoided a repeat offense by taking Young’s advice. After being robbed, the couple installed EZ Armor as kick-in prevention on their door. When the same burglar came back weeks later and tried to kick in the same door, he made so much noise that the neighbors called the police and he was apprehended. Young reiterates: “Security doesn’t need to cost a lot, it just needs to work. Anyone that tells you otherwise is taking you for a ride. With a little common sense and a little effort you can effectively secure your home.” 

Many other valuable home security tips, along with recommendations for what to do after a burglary, can be found at www.armorconcepts.com.

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Don’t Become A Victim Of Medical Error – Instead Get Informed, Entertained, And Inspired

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Don’t Become A Victim Of Medical Error – Instead Get Informed, Entertained, And Inspired

Marina Del Rey, CA – You’re in the hospital and it’s 3:00 a.m. Do you know where your nurse is? It’s a sad fact that every year more than 100,000 people enter American hospitals for one reason and leave on a funeral gurney for a completely different one!

A native New Yorker, Margot Terrence, R.N., has worked at some of the finest hospitals in the country. For thirty years she has held positions ranging from staff nurse and unit manager to Chief Nursing Officer and Director – and she has seen it all! What she witnessed became the inspiration for her book, To Err Is Common (Prisyon Publishing); a novel that is based on actual incidents taking place in hospitals across the United States every day.

Join Nurse Andrea Pastori, a profoundly concerned and dedicated young nurse, who is looking for personal and professional fulfillment in a complex, stressful, sometimes depressing but often exhilarating, environment. While her character is fictional, the incidents Andrea encounters in her quest to serve as a compassionate and competent nurse are very real and tell the story of what those on the front lines, particularly nurses and their colleagues in hospital work, deal with daily in their fight against disease, stress, legal and administrative bureaucracy, accidents, injuries and the ensuing professional and personal heartache. 
 
While we have been somewhat enlightened by the many TV and movie portrayals of life in a hospital, much of what really happens remains a mystery. Andrea Pastori’s story is entertaining and inspiring, but more importantly it offers insight and information to medical professionals as well as assistance to readers that may help them or their loved ones survive a hospital stay.

Andrea is a bright, attractive and gifted young woman who attempts to deal with the often tragic consequences of medical errors on patients and on those who became nurses and medical professionals to heal others but instead have ended up doing the opposite. Through her eyes you will take a long, hard, but also entertaining and involving, look at modern-day nursing. You will be both impressed and confounded by the complicated and sometimes maddening procedures nurses must undertake to successfully do their jobs, while keeping their personal lives intact. And you will have a new understanding of how and why things can occasionally go terribly wrong. One thing is for sure; you will gain a new respect for the challenges of this noble profession and for all who work in it.

Margot Terrence knew early on in life that she wanted to pursue a career in nursing and she has fulfilled that quest for over thirty years. She has been able to manifest her passion for excellence in nursing and in patient care at some of the finest hospitals in the United States. She is currently the Director of Risk Management at a large urban hospital.

For more information on this talented writer, please visit: www.toerriscommon.com.
 
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From Survivor To Thriver – A Young Woman’s Battle To Find Herself In The Midst Of Disfiguring Cancer

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From Survivor To Thriver – A Young Woman’s Battle To Find Herself In The Midst Of Disfiguring Cancer

Guttenberg, NJ – Are you overwhelmed by life’s challenges? Has a crisis sent you into a tailspin? You have the power within you to turn things around one thought at a time. No more self-sabotage. No more feeling lost in your own life. These are the inspiring words of a young woman who truly ‘walked the talk’ in her life and death battle with head and neck cancer that left her disfigured.

When Michele Howe Clarke received the shattering news of advanced cancer, it hit her mid-stride in a neat and tidy materialistic life. When all was taken away, she turned inward to discover that she was the source of all things and with her purpose rediscovered, she wrote Face Forward: Meeting Challenges Head on in Times of Trouble (Morgan James Publishing).

Face Forward is the story of a life abruptly changed, and of its journey to hell and its flipside. Clarke is a woman greatly enhanced by a piercing life experience and for her there is no going back. She wears the scar of this battle on her face and is reminded every time she looks in the mirror. In her compelling story, Clarke is an inspiring example that in the face of adversity we can still enjoy a rich and fulfilling life.

‘Cancer Thriver’ is how Michele Howe Clarke sees herself and she graciously shares her extraordinary journey from the time of her devastating diagnosis shortly after becoming a first-time mother, through her transformational recovery. Self-pity was short-lived for this brave young woman. Not to say she didn’t feel these emotions and more, but the road to self-pity was not a choice that inspired her.

In Face Forward, Clarke provides readers with the tools to take back control, focus their power, meet challenges head on in times of trouble, and celebrate every day in order to get the life they always wanted.

Michele Howe Clarke is a bestselling author with a vast amount of experience in investment banking; she is a seasoned real estate investor, serial entrepreneur, experienced speaker, a columnist for Examiner.com, and dedicated writer and poet. She earned a BA in psychology from Boston University and an MBA from Howard University. 

Through tragedy, Michele Clarke found transformation. She is the epitome of inspiration in her encouragement to others to ‘Set your vibration to thrive and tune into your best life ever!’

For more information, please visit: www.faceforwardbook.com.

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When His Dream Hangs On Winning The Championship, A Player Discovers The Truth of Stealing First

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When His Dream Hangs On Winning The Championship, A Player Discovers The Truth of Stealing First

Asheville, NC – The year is 1957; it’s a typically scorching hot July in southern Louisiana and American Legion Baseball is the only game in town. Or is it?

Fiction based on fact, Stealing First (Legacy Publishing) by Drew Golden tells the tale of a racially-segregated small town in Louisiana during the 1950’s. While it is a story set in poverty, corruption and bias, its powerful messages of honor and camaraderie are awe-inspiring.

The Nina Redbirds battle Breaux Bridge’s Bayou Braves for the regional American Legion Baseball Championship and Ronnie LeBlanc, the Redbirds’ talented pitcher, believes that winning the regional title is his ticket out of a dead-end job at the local sugar mill.

Saddled by race bias, shabby equipment, and Ronnie’s win-at-all-cost attitude, the Redbirds suffer a series of losses – and Ronnie sees his chance at the big leagues evaporating. When the team’s coach quits, the only one willing to take the job is a former Negro League pitcher who faces being the only African-American in a still-segregated game. 

Beaten twice in the week prior to the championship by the ham-fisted Bayou Braves, Ronnie begins to suspect external forces are the cause of his team’s unlucky streak. As he digs for answers, he stumbles upon a secret: Bo Brasseux, the town’s bigoted banker, is scheming to kill the Redbirds’ new coach, throw the championship game, and ruin Ronnie’s family financially.

A scout for the Chicago Cubs, impressed by Ronnie’s talent, could be the answer, but will being tapped by the Cubs be enough to thwart Brasseux’s despicable plans against the coach and Ronnie’s family?

Ronnie’s dream has two strikes against it; his own win-at-all-costs attitude and the biased town fathers who want his team to lose. And when bad luck and bad sportsmanship join forces in the championship game, Ronnie sees his dream ending in a shutout, unless…

Adapted into an award-winning screenplay, Stealing First is Drew Golden’s first novel. The author’s many articles and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines nationwide. This talented writer holds a degree in broadcast journalism, and teaches writing at the Reuter Center on University of North Carolina’s Asheville campus.

For more information, please visit: www.stealingfirst.net.

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