06/09/16 RTIR E-zine: Parenting Toddlers, Retirement Regrets, Luxury Honeymoons

June 9, 2016

01. Hillary’s Faux Feminism
02. Politics and Mental Health
03. Is FBI ‘Cooking Up’ Cases Against Muslims?
04. Stop Hassling Dad about His Beer Belly
05. For Dad’s Day – The Zany Side of Parenting Toddlers
06. Father’s Day – Her Dad Tried to Kill Her
07. In Defense of Fathers’ Rights
08. Dear Dad, Will You Be My Hero?
09. Let’s Talk Wedding Dresses
10. Luxury Honeymoons that Won’t Break the Bank
11. Got Wedding Jitters?
12. Why Muhammad Ali’s Death Wasn’t the Greatest
13. Retirement Regrets
14. A New and Different Way to Improve Mood
15. To Emoji or Not?

1. ==> Hillary’s Faux Feminism

With Hillary Clinton buttoning up the Democratic Party
nomination many are hailing the moment as a win for
women. But Liza Featherstone asks, “We are asked to
celebrate the breaking of glass ceilings this week, as
the possibility of a female president is hailed as
long-overdue feminist triumph? But just what kind of a
feminist is Hillary Clinton?” Featherstone says, “If
feminism only concerns itself with the women at the
very top of our society, it’s not feminism at all. It’s
just elitism.” She says Bernie Sanders actually has a
better record on economic issues, reproductive choice
and gay rights. She adds, “Clinton’s biggest policy
contribution as first lady of the United States was in
the area of health-care reform. There she played a
critical role in narrowing the national policy
discourse — by disavowing a single-payer system, which
would lower costs and ensure that everyone could have
access to care, as in Canada. … This is a feminist
issue. Single-payer health care (also recognizable to
U.S. policy wonks as Medicare for All) is the only
system in which health care is independent of
employment or marriage, both critical considerations,
especially for women.” Featherstone is editor of “False
Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Contact her at (917) 660-6693;lfeather@panix.com,

2. ==> Politics and Mental Health

There are key differences in philosophy between
Republicans and Democrats on the right way to conduct
one’s life and create optimal conditions for the
majority of people. Which ways of improves
psychological health? Which impede personal growth?
According to psychologist Dr. Paul Coleman,
“Emotionally healthy people meet life’s challenges
head-on with determination and creativity, bounce back
from defeats, extend themselves for others, and view
life as positive and meaningful despite adversity.” In
30 years of practice he’s noticed that the people who
are the most stressed, the most unhappy, and whose
relationships get most complicated, must change their
outlook and approach to life in key ways. Which changes
are more aligned with a Democrat or Republican
philosophy? Have your listeners take the quiz and
decide! Paul Coleman, Ph.D., is the author of 12 books
including “Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces”
Contact him at (845) 546-1206

3. ==> Is FBI ‘Cooking Up’ Cases Against Muslims?

The New York Times reports that the FBI has increased
its use of sting operations in ISIS cases. Sue Udry,
Executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense
Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation, says this is
not a new tactic. “A 2014 study by Project Salam and
the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms found
that almost every domestic terrorist plot from 2001 to
2010 was in some way cooked up or assisted (and
eventually ‘busted’) by the FBI. The report analyzed
about 400 domestic terror cases and found only that
only four cases were initiated or driven without the
encouragement of the bureau.” She adds, “These fake
plots provide ‘evidence’ for the media and unscrupulous
politicians to demonize all Muslims and equate
terrorism with Islam. Entrapment is notoriously
difficult to prove in court, and the FBI has thus far
been able to successfully dodge that charge. But, that
doesn’t mean the use of informants has been ethical,
fair, or constitutional.” Contact Sue Udry at (301)
325-1201; sue.udry@defendingdissent.org, @defenddissent

4. ==> Stop Hassling Dad about His Beer Belly

If Dad wants to have another beer, let him! With
Father’s Day coming up, it’s time someone told the
truth about beer—and more importantly—beer bellies.
That someone is R. Belldon Colme, a nutritional
wellness expert who lost more than a hundred pounds and
is now making his life’s mission to deliver straight
advice the weight loss industry doesn’t want you to
hear. Who else would tell you that calories have
nothing to do with weight loss or wellness? He’ll
expose the lies that are posing as weight loss truths,
what’s really behind the making of a beer belly, why
eating less and working out more sets you up for
disaster and what dads everywhere need to know about
their unique bodies. He’s the author of “No One Ever
Got Fat from Calories: The Real Truth Behind Weight
Loss, Your Body and Wellness.” Contact him at (909)
363-6566; belldoncolme@gmail.com

5. ==> For Dad’s Day – The Zany Side of Parenting

They are delightful desperados, lovable scoundrels, and
tiny terrorists. We’re talking about toddlers so
adorable that we give them a pass when they throw
tantrums (and food!), resist potty training, overuse
the word “no” and otherwise turn parents’ lives into
chaos. For Father’s Day, June 19, interview prolific
author, father of three and great-grandfather of a
toddler Howard Eisenberg, whose new book is “Adorable
Scoundrels.” He’ll put a smile on the face of anyone
who has dealt with a toddler as he shares short poems
from his book. Like this one: Can’t find it in Miss
Manner’s Book/ But I have a hunch/ You should leave a
very big tip/ When you take a toddler to lunch.”
Eisenberg and family are kid lit royalty. His late wife
and daughter co-wrote “What to Expect When You Are
Expecting,” and “What to Expect in the Toddler Years.”
Eisenberg’s poems have appeared in Parenting Magazine,
Baby Talk, and The Wall Street Journal. Reach him at
(212) 362-8040; sirhowardeisenberg@gmail.com

6. ==> Father’s Day – Her Dad Tried to Kill Her

Father’s Day is this Sunday, but the image of a father
is quite different depending on a person’s upbringing.
For Florence Calderone-Blake, Father’s Day doesn’t
evoke feelings of love. Florence lived a violent yet
fascinating life as the daughter of Sicilian murderers.
Her father, who fatally shot his own sister and her
unborn child, also sought to assassinate dictator
Benito Mussolini. Later, in the U. S., he attempted to
kill all five of his children. When Florence was 14,
her mother made three attempts on her life in a single
day. Invite Florence to share fascinating nuggets from
her book, “The Sicilian Nobleman’s Daughter,” revealing
the true story of these events, and the surprisingly
joyous life that followed. Florence Calderone-Blake is
a freelance editor, and retired newspaper staff
reporter, feature writer, and college writing
instructor. She’s appeared on more than 900 radio
stations and on national TV. Contact Daniel Fazzina at
(631) 463-7359; FazzinaPR@use.startmail.com

7. ==> In Defense of Fathers’ Rights

35 years ago on Father’s Day in 1981, Jeffery Leving
decided to make it his life’s mission to fight for the
legal rights of fathers after attending a meeting where
fathers shared their experiences in the family court
system.  All too often in child custody cases, the
father is left out in the cold.  However, the ultimate
victims in parental alienation of fathers are the
children.  The fact is that father involvement is
essential to the healthy development of a child.
Numerous researchers have found that father-child
contact is associated with better socio-emotional and
academic functioning. These studies indicated that
children with more involved fathers experienced fewer
behavioral problems, scored higher on reading
achievement and were less likely to be at risk for
adolescent drug use.  Jeffery Leving is the author of
“Fathers’ Rights: Hard-Hitting and Fair Advice for
Every Father Involved in a Custody Dispute” and “How to
Be a Good Divorced Dad: Being the Best Parent You Can
Be Before, During, and After the Break-Up” which has
garnered praise from President Barack Obama and an
endorsement from Francis Cardinal George of the
Archdiocese of Chicago.  He played a key role in
reuniting Elian Gonzalez with his father, has
previously appeared as a special guest on Anderson
Cooper, Nancy Grace, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King
Live, among others and co-authored the Illinois Joint
Custody Law, Illinois Virtual Visitation, Right to DNA
Testing Notice, and Unlawful Visitation or Parenting
Time Interference Laws. Contact him at (312) 296-3666;

8. ==> Dear Dad, Be Will You Be My Hero?

We all need heroes, but more than anyone, kids need
them!  Sometimes we forget that while sports stars and
comic book heroes can be great, dads – for better or
worse – have much more impact and influence on their
kids. Invite Tom Gagliano to share tips to regain or
maintain Dad’s hero status. “Celebrate achievements and
victories by taking your child for an ice cream or
slice of pizza and be curious about your kids’ lives
and ask them how they’re doing and what’s new.  By
being curious we give them the message they are
important and we’re thinking of them.” Tom Gagliano,
MSW, is a mentor, speaker and author. Bullied as a kid,
he now helps others who suffer from negative childhood
messages. He says his goal with his own children is to
give them what his father couldn’t; a safe place to
share their feelings, whatever they might be. Contact
him at (732) 266-4952; gags17285@aol.com

9. ==> Let’s Talk Wedding Dresses

Brides and grooms are getting ready to walk down the
aisle in the coming weeks as prime wedding season gets
underway. Talk about wedding fashion with Rani St.
Pucchi, creator of the world-renowned St. Pucchi
Fashion Design House in West Hollywood . She’ll discuss
the growing trend toward risqué wedding gowns and why
nude is the new white for brides. She’ll share tips for
finding the best gown for your body type and discuss
veils, colored wedding gowns and tiaras. Despite having
no formal training in fashion, Rani St. Pucchi is
famous for designing the wedding dress worn by “Phoebe”
on the
finale of the hit television show Friends. Rani is the
author of several upcoming books including “Unveiling:
A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story.” Contact her at
(310) 990-3912; rani@ranistpucchi.com

10. ==> Luxury Honeymoons that Won’t Break the Bank

84 percent of newlyweds confess they’d skimp on their
wedding to have a fancier honeymoon. With the average
wedding costing 30K, who can afford a luxury trip?
Ultra-economical travel expert Russell Hannon will show
you how to take that dream honeymoon – without skimping
on the wedding, and without breaking the bank. Hannon
will discuss wedding trends, how to use crowd funding
and travel registries to pay for your honeymoon, and
creative ways to leverage the cost of your wedding to
fund your trip. Russell Hannon is the founder of Break
the Travel Barrier and author of “Stop Dreaming…
Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More
and Spending Less.” Once feeling unable to afford to
travel, Russell applied lean principles he learned at
work to travel more and spend less. He has since
visited many of the world’s most expensive cities for
less than his every day cost of living. Contact him at
403 354 0349; russell@breakthetravelbarrier.com

11. ==> Got Wedding Jitters?

As we approach wedding season, there are a lot of
anxious brides and grooms asking themselves: Am I doing
the right thing? Is this the right person for me? For
the rest of my life? Therapist Kathy Infeld says she
wasn’t sure when she married, and neither was her
husband, but after 43 years together she says they’re
pretty sure now! Invite her to talk about clues you may
be making a mistake, why you need to talk about
finances, sex and children long before you get married,
and why most marriages could be better if couples put
in the work. Kathy Infeld is a therapist, mediator and
coach. She’s the author of “”Creating Love for A
Lifetime-The Five C’s to A Successful Marriage.”
Contact her at (602) 739-0549; kathydinfeld@yahoo.com

12. == > Why Muhammad Ali’s Death Wasn’t the Greatest

As the world continues to mourn the passing of Muhammad
Ali and his impact on boxing and civil rights,
emergency physician Kevin Haselhorst says there are
other lessons we can take away from his death. Most of
us are unaware how Ali spent his final days, Haselhorst
notes. Even a great man such as Ali, who suffered for
years from Parkinson’s syndrome, was at the end placed
on a ventilator, after having undergone dialysis. He
was in critical condition, not fair condition as the
press reported. Haselhorst asks: “Were doctors
miscommunicating with his family or just with the
public? Was there a greater misunderstanding of Ali
being near the end and how he might have been cared for
more properly?” Haselhorst says Ali’s death was an
assault on his dignity. He says a palliative care team
would have protected Ali from the brutality displayed
by his gang of aggressive doctors. Haselhorst is the
author of “Wishes to Die For” and has a free PDF
download on End of Life discussions available on his
website. Reach him at (480) 907-6027;

13. ==> Retirement Regrets

With Boomers entering retirement with 401ks that have
been decimated by the economy, many soon-to-be seniors
fear the worst for what is supposed to be their ‘Golden
Years.’  Financial advisor Rodger Friedman says, “The
greatest financial conundrum this generation is facing
is longevity.  People are living longer, with higher
health care costs, and continued escalation of living
expenses.  How can we financially afford to keep living
and have a sustainable and satisfying retirement?”
Invite Friedman to discuss the reasons many people
don’t get the right kind of retirement advice, and how
to build a relationship with an adviser that will work
for your individual needs. Friedman will talk about the
biggest risk facing retirees today, why being your own
financial adviser is a big mistake, and how to make
sure your relationship with your adviser is a truly
beneficial one for you. Listeners will also get access
to a free 17-page special report on retirement
planning. Rodger Friedman is the author of “Forging
Bonds of Steel.” Contact him toll free at 1-844 -3- my-
plan or 1-844-369-7526 or

14. ==> A New and Different Way to Improve Mood

Research into the benefits of gut bacteria has
exploded. Scientists across the globe are examining how
these microbes can help improve health and prevent
disease. Bacteria appear to do the body a lot of good,
from bolstering immunity to easing digestion. And now,
there is evidence that taking a probiotic supplement
may in fact improve mood by producing compounds that
travel from the intestine to the brain. Researchers
have given this feel-good superhighway a name: the
“Gut-Brain Axis”. Healthy gut bacteria — often referred
to as the microbiome — play a critical role in
preserving the integrity of the axis or connection.
Imbalances in the microbiome can negatively affect the
gut-brain axis, resulting in mood issues like
depression and anxiety. Michael A. Smith, M.D., senior
health scientist representing the Life Extension
Foundation and author of “Feeling Depressed or
Anxious?”, can provide insight about how color can
affect mood, the one, five and ten minute fixes to
heighten mood, influencing mood with food, and more.
Contact Sheldon Baker at (954)790-5512;

15. ==> To Emoji or Not?

With over 74% of Americans using an average of 96
emojis every day in texts, social media, and emails,
the little digital icons used to express emotion have
become an integral part of communication. First
appearing on the scene in the late 1990s in Japan,
there are now over 1,600 emoji in use, with six billion
of the icons being sent every day. The Oxford English
Dictionary even awarded “The Face with Tears of Joy”
emoji the word of the year for 2015. But are emojis
always appropriate? Communication expert Leslie Shore
will explain the pros and cons of emoji use – in
personal and professional communication. She’ll discuss
five reasons to use emojis, four drawbacks, and what to
consider when deciding whether to use an emoji or not.
Leslie Shore is the owner of Listen to Succeed, a
communication consultancy. She is the author of “Listen
to Succeed,” which is used in Universities, businesses
and non-profits throughout the U.S. and Canada. Contact
Mark Goldman at 516-639-0988; markgoldman73@gmail.com

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