The Lowest Point in Life? Impossible.

When you are so convinced that life sucks, consider this: It could be worse. Think of those days when you felt like life punched you in the gut. It always could have been worse. No matter how “bad” you believe it is, it could have been worse.

There is no such thing as the “lowest point in your life” because you can always go lower. So instead of focusing and getting depressed on how bad you think life is, take joy in knowing it...


A Self-Remade Man

Ron Flavin is a self-made man. And a self-remade man.

A high school drop-out – one who now holds an MBA – he went into business at age 21, starting with a chain of retail stores. In his mid-30s he and his partner went into the sports apparel and poster business.

For the next few years things went well for Flavin. His company was selling their wares in Walgreens, Kroeger, Big 5 and the biggest dog of them all, Wal-Mart...


NadezhdaPopova: Rising To Her Times

Nadezhda Popova was a true heroine of the Soviet Union – a real-life Luke Skywalker who flew biplanes with canvas wings over enemy territory to drop bombs on the advancing German Army.

She was from Donetsk – that embattled part of eastern Ukraine that is mostly Russian-speaking today and was firmly a part of Stalin’s empire. In Russian, her name was “Nadia.” And, by all accounts, she was all woman.

The women of the...


Avoid Compounding Your Losses

The markets rise and fall. Sometimes the falls are extravagant, harmful affairs that decimate portfolios intended for retirement. Sometimes, and this is been worse, you are in retirement, with 30 percent of your life still to live, and the money starts running out.

How does one prepare for such a situation? We will all be in this place at some point if we should live into retirement, which is the goal. But how do we make it so we...


Step-By-Step Wellness

“Moving Forward: Wellness One Step at a Time” is a free, show that provides information, resources and tips to help individuals make small steps to wellness in their lives.

This show is about being curious and seeing what happens with doing, being or embracing something different. It’s about cultivating possibilities and creating a ripple effect of change. It is about being the change one wants to see.

We provide...


From Belarus | Olga Szwed

Olga Szwed is from Gomel the second-largest city in Belarus.  An extraordinary fashion designer/stylist, she came to America to study at the International Academy of Design and Technology. Aside from designing couture fashion for her own proprietary brands, Olga de la Couture, and her former bridal shop La Belle Reve, Olga is the creative director and designer for Poppy & Bloom, which offers whimsical prints, timeless shapes, and...


Le Yin | Extraordinary Dancer and Teacher

Le Yin is from Nan Chang, China. In 1989, the Beijing Dance Academy auditioned several hundred children in his hometown and he was one of two chosen. Le Yin began his formal training there and continued his training with the Houston Ballet Academy. When he first arrived in Houston, he was only beginning to learn English. Soon he became a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet.

From 2002 until 2007, he was a principal dancer...


Coming to America | Grandpa Joe Vaccarino from Sicily

Fleeing fascism and corruption in Sicily, Grandpa Joe Vaccarino entered the US through Ellis Island. He lived on Mott Street in New York's Little Italy. Back in the day, Grandpa Joe hung out on the street. He played kick-the-can and bocce ball. Eventually, he moved to the Bronx and later to Yonkers. He was a money lender, a spalloni, one of those who moves money.  A man of honor.  La Stessa Cosa. Today, he would simply be called a hedge...