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About a year ago, I was on a flight to Greece for work.  I was lucky enough to be sitting in first class, so I had a nice spacious area to stretch out and relaxGreece photo: holidays-uncovered.co.uk in. That was until during take-off, as we gunned down the runway and raised the nose of the aircraft into the air the pilots thought it best to put the brakes full on due to some kind of mechanical malfunction.  

The planes’ nose bounced back onto the runway and the force of the sudden halt attempt sent the plane into a spin on the ground, eventually ending in a swampy field area off of the runway.  The force of the breaking sent loose shoes, keys, change, purses gravitating toward the front of the plane and into the back of my seat mainly until we came to a stop.

Needless to say, the whole experience put us all on edge and some folks were adamant about getting off the plane.  I especially enjoyed the one woman who told the flight attendant she would rather “masturbate with an Emmy statue” than get on this plane again. I don’t know how in the face of fear you can extract such a classic analogy, but good for her!  Emmy Statue: skinnyman.com

Anyway, we all were fine, all lost items were returned to the passengers (with the exception of one shoe, how odd, just ONE shoe wasn’t claimed) and roughly 13 hours later, we took off for our intended location.  As you hear from all the folks who had a frightening experience like that, you quickly gather perspective after the fact of what is and isn’t important, and you take inventory on all the people in your life who you care about.  As scary as that plane moment was, I wish I had something jarring like that almost once a year to keep my eyes widely open. But then again, I hope that I am not really THAT lost in my “life distractions” whereas I’m missing the bigger picture.  

Personally, when I thought I was seriously in danger of not coming off of that plane (because I didn’t know where we were spinning. We could have been heading for gator infested swamplands. Who knows?)  My biggest fear was that I would have missed the opportunities to actually fulfill one of my dreams. I didn’t even specifically know what “dream” I meant, I just knew I wanted to focus on passions and talents more than just the art of “existing.”   Keanu Reeves photo: dailystab.com

I don’t wish on you the ridiculously scary experience of thinking your plane is going down to light a spark under your a**  to use the New Year as an opportunity to check in with yourself and contemplate some of those accomplishments you ALWAYS wished you’d done at least once.  

For the record, “having a threesome” does not count in this challenge.  There is something in us all that at one time or another, you recognized your talent, and if you keep your eyes open a little wider, this could quite possibly be the year where it stops being a dream you once had and manifests into a tangible fact.  It’s not just for the “lucky” people, it’s for those with a little bit of tenacity and heart. It’s a perfect mix.   

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; it’s worth it to just “take the shot.”  I don’t know for sure if this is a true fact, but I like to think in my head that there was this guy out there almost certainly slated to be plumber or waiter in life, but somewhere along the line they took the long shot on their dreams. And thank God he did, or we’d be in a world without Keanu Reeves.

I mean, if he can do it…what’s stopping you from your own?

Happy New Year!

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On Tuesday, rock legends Van Halen released the name of their new single as well as the city their 2012 tour will be starting in February in Louisville, Kentucky!  'TATTOO' is the name of the single and the band will premiere the song and video next week. This will be a busy week for the band, as it was announced that they will be playing a 45-minute set at New York’s Cafe Wha? on Thursday.Van Halen No word yet on when they will be in Philly.
 
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One of my mantras is “Do not judge; be inspired.” Philly's Phinest Profiles Jen Groover -The Ever Evolving Entrepreneur

Judgment is part of human nature. But instead, it makes more sense to stop and be mindful of the way something works or is built and ask,  “Why is it this way? Does it have to be?”

Mindfulness comes when you just observe things in the moment.  It’s an awesomely powerful tool.  I try to practice mindfulness everyday—stepping out of flow of what I’m doing for a brief time and just being in the moment, appreciating what’s going on around me.  When you can do that, you can see in a new way.  Mindfulness creates fertile ground for inspiration.  You become inspired to change things.

How many products, companies, and industries have started because someone had the audacity to say, “Can’t we do this differently?”  

When you are inspired everything becomes possible and passion radiates. That is a beautiful state of mind to be in. If you are not inspired, but stuck in harsh judgment, you are shutting off possibilities around you.  

The next time you are about to “judge” something, catch yourself and say, “What can I learn from this?”  Committing to becoming more mindful can be the habit that changes your life…and your bank account.

Top media mogul and business expert, Jen Groover, has been tagged by Success Magazine as a "One-Woman Brand" and “Creativity and Innovation Guru”, a leading "Serial Entrepreneur" by Entrepreneur Magazine and has drawn comparisons to Walt Disney and Benjamin Franklin.   Jen Groover's name has quickly become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and evolution. She has gone from guest-hosting spots on QVC to inking deals with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights and most recently making history with the honor of ringing the bell on the NYSE with the first group of all women to ring the bell, representing women’s leadership and economic independence.

Jen is a top business and lifestyle contributor and content creator for major networks such as ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, Fox News, Fox Business News and The CW. Jen also contributes editorial pieces to several prominent business magazines and online resources including The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, HealthyStyleNY, Healthy Girl, and Pathways Magazine. Her products, brand and work have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including  O! The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, People, US Weekly, Success and Entrepreneur to name a few. She is also a successful author and highly-sought after motivational speaker and respected thought leader of our time.

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One of the top headlines today in the political world is Rick Santorum's sudden surge in Iowa. With the Iowa Caucus next week, it seemed like a 2-horse race between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Now, according to many news outlets, former PA Governor and right wing zealot Rick Santorum is placing third in Iowa, according to a CNN/Time poll.

Whooptee-friggin-doo! He's third place in polls for the Iowa caucus. Just think about how ridiculous this sounds. This is like bragging about how your kid finished in a practice race in gym class. In the end it means jack squat.

Santorum has zero chance of being elected president in this country, let alone winning the GOP nomination. His family values crap only goes so far. When it comes to taking on real issues, which matter - like the economy or foreign policy he is clueless.

If you want someone to run your church then he's your guy, but he's about the last person you would ever want running your country. We had to suffer with Rick Santorum as a Senator in Pennsylvania for six years when he did absolutely nothing except preach his family values BS. That means a hill of beans when it comes to taking on global problems.

Before long, Santorum will fade and we can focus on the election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. There is only one real qualified Republican candidate in the entire field; Mitt Romney.

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Bring in the New Year with the 18th Annual Hair O’ The Dog- Philadelphia’s Swankiest Black Tie Affair!

Date: Saturday, January, 14th 2012 from 9pm-1:30am (with after parties too!)

Location: The Westin Philadelphia at Liberty Place

General Admission: $95/VIP $165/ Bottle Service $750 per four

All Tickets include Top Shelf open bar and Gourmet hors d' oeuvres

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Philadelphia, PA (December 20, 2011) – Philadelphia-based sports apparel retailer Mitchell & Ness has issued a line of limited-edition apparel in honor of the National Hockey League’s 2012 Winter Classic events hosted at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The Mitchell & Ness Winter Classic 2012 line features vintage-inspired cotton tees ($35) and hooded zip-front fleece sweatshirts ($90) for men and women. In addition, the line consists of an exclusive collection of player tees ($35) bearing the names and numbers of iconic players from the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, the two teams competing in this year’s Classic.

Highlighted players include Flyers legends such as Eric Lindros, Bobby Clarke and Ron Hextall, as well as Rangers greats including Rod Gilbert, Brian Leetch and Ron Duguay. Mitchell & Ness is the only sports apparel brand producing Winter Classic vintage player t-shirts. All items in Mitchell & Ness’ Winter Classic line feature the official 2012 Winter Classic emblem.

“With Mitchell & Ness’ headquarters located in Philadelphia and the Winter Classic taking place here this year, we knew we had to create something special to commemorate the event,” says Mitchell & Ness President Sean McKinney. “Our apparel celebrates the best players and greatest moments in sports history and we’re sure the 2012 Winter Classic will be an experience to remember.”

Mitchell & Ness 2012 Winter Classic apparel is available at the Mitchell & Ness Flagship Store, Mitchell & Ness Alley Store at Citizen’s Bank Park, the NHL Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods and online at www.mitchellandness.com and www.shop.nhl.com. Select Mitchell & Ness Winter Classic apparel is currently available at the Mitchell & Ness Flagship (1201 Chestnut Street) with the full line available by December 20th. Mitchell & Ness Winter Classic gear will be sold at Citizens Bank Park beginning December 26th and will launch in the Alley Store on December 31st during the NHL Legends Game.

 
About Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.

Founded as a golf and tennis company in 1904, Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods provided on-field uniforms to the Philadelphia Eagles, Athletics and Phillies as early as 1933. The Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. was created in the 1980’s with the idea to resurrect authentic jerseys significant to sports history. As the pioneer in this field, Mitchell & Ness is known worldwide for its authentic classic jerseys. The company holds exclusive licenses from the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA to produce premium vintage inspired apparel. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Mitchell & Ness has been “Defining Authentic” for more than 100 years. The Mitchell & Ness Flagship is located in Center City Philadelphia at 1201 Chestnut Street. For more information about Mitchell & Ness, visit www.mitchellandness.com. “Like” us on Facebook: Mitchell & Ness. Follow us on Twitter: @mitchell_ness.

 

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Santa's journey around the globe on Christmas Eve 2011 has brought him to the United States. As of 11:00 P.M. he has made landfall in the United States -  landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

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Millions of children and parents can track Santa's movements through the NORAD Santa Tracker with a little help from our friends in the U.S. Military. 

You can also track Santa's whereabouts with Google Earth by downloading the plugin through the Santa NORAD site.

He spends 4 minutes at each location and will make the rounds throughout the United States very quickly.

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Santa's journey around the globe is underway this Christmas Eve 2011. Millions of children and parents can track Santa's movements through the NORAD Santa Tracker with a little help from our friends in the U.S. Government. 

santa tracker 2011

You can also track Santa's whereabouts with Google Earth by downloading the plugin through the Santa NORAD site.

Just where is Santa right now as Christmas is just under 11 hours away (eastern standard time)?

As of 1:25 PM EST he's in Badulla, Sri Lanka and set to arrive in Bangalore, India in a minute.

He spends 4 minutes at each location and has plenty of ground to cover yet. He has to make the trek around Africa, Europe, and South America. It will be sometime this evening when Santa arrives in the United States, so try to be patient folks!

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I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day and she was asking me about my dating life and the most recent prospects.  I confirmed my reasons for dismissing some of the suitors and after each diatribe of reasons, I ended each conclusion with “bottom line is that my gut was just saying it’s not right.”  She noticed that I had said this the last time we were having this discussion, and in that instance as well I chalked up the end of that relationship as “my gut.”Quantum Leap photo: thewrap.com

My friend just pointed this out to me as a coincidence, but I went home really wondering about that.  How many other times had I done this?  How many other occasions had I credited my gut with these decisions?  And with that, a new clarity came over me.  And to quote John Cusack, I realized “my guts have sh*t for brains.”   

They were allowing me to take a cowardly way out of something that obviously feared me in some manner one way or another.  Who knows what I was afraid of in those situations?  Intimacy?  Hep C? Explaining to someone my love of the TV show Quantum Leap, and fearing their reaction to my honesty?  

 I don’t know, and who cares.  The point is your gut does speak to you, and it’s usually in those “after school moments.”  These are situations where you just KNOW right from wrong.  In those instances,  I do believe your gut steps up and punches out that twang of clarity to get you out of those situations. But is it possible we’ve been disguising our fears in this more heroic gut-factor suit just to alleviate ourselves from admitting “I’m scared”?

There’s never really been a better moment for change than a new year. And with some timely approaching, I want to take this challenge on myself andHeather Locklear photo: articles.nydailynews.com start recognizing what an actual “gut” reaction is. Because to be quite honest, I think I’ve forgotten what it feels like.  I want to figure out, for me, how I can decipher between my gut saying “haul ass and get out of there” and my past hurts or fears dictating that decision.  I used to think your gut reactions were rare and came from a place you never really knew you had.

Here’s a way to describe it better; my guts, in my mind, were always the “special guest star” in my decision making.  They appeared on special episodes and were credited specially, and then they were gone.  What I MADE my guts become in my life was the Heather Locklear  guest appearance in Melrose Place, where she was in EVERY stinking episode for something like 12 seasons, but she STILL was billed as a “special guest star.”

I encourage you too to go back to recognizing your own innate check as what it was meant to be, and stop allowing it to shoulder the blame for any fears you may have.  This New Year may just awaken to fates which have been trying to hunt you down, but just couldn’t break your walls.  Don’t let your guts be a metaphorical “c*ck-block” in your life and take a chance on different.

 

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Christmas 2011 is just 3 days away, but it's not too late to go out there and buy a Prime Rib at your local Genaurdi's or Giant.

In fact, if you live in the Norristown, Audubon, or Royersford area, Genaurdi's has prime rib roasts on sale for $5.49 per pound! So, you can score a $40 roast for just $25!

Now, for those of you who don't know how to cook prime rib, it can be a daunting challenge, but fear not. The internet is your best friend and what I have here are a list of reputable sites to guide you in the right direction.

Standard Prime Rib Recipe

Prime Rib Recipes from Food Network

Garlic Prime Rib Recipe

Just remember the rule of thumb is to roast the standing rib roast with the ribs down (fatty side up) - using them as a rack. Also, preheat your oven to 450 to 500 degrees before placing the roast in. And, roast it at 15-17 minutes per pound if you want it medium rare.

Best of luck for you prime rib lovers! And, Merry Christmas!

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