Book Review: One, Two, Follow Through Starring Polly Pivot by Mary Jacobs

One, Two, Follow Through is a powerful story for everyone as it celebrates diversity, inclusivity and the principles of success in both life and in sport. Top celebrities like Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Lorena Ochoa have endorsed the message as it is positive and cheerful for all. Polly Pivot and her friends are great role models for all kids!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Smith Publicity. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Polly Pivot likes to golf but when she goes to golf camp, she starts to overthink what she’s doing and she loses her MOJO. After she goes home, she considers what happened and comes up with “One, Two, Follow Through” which she tries the next day and it works!

The motto one, two, follow through is something that not only works in golf and other sports, but it works in our lives as well. It’s a good lesson for children to make things simple. The story also encourages them to try golfing which is something that they can participate in for many years to come.

One, Two, Follow Through is a fun book to read. It’s told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. Several of them made me giggle, and I’m sure children will love them.

About the Author

MARY JACOBS grew up in Southern Illinois, the youngest of six with five older brothers. She received a full golf scholarship to Tulane University, and transferred to The University of Arizona in 2005 where she became an All-American golfer. She won a Bronze Medal while representing the USA in the world Olympic Games, and briefly thereafter finished her playing career. She is now a highly esteemed LGPA Teaching and Club Professional in Southern California where she resides with her partner.

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About the Illustrator

RON NOBLE is an Emmy Award Winning Animation Director and lifelong cartoonist. After graduating from Syracuse University and creating an award-winning animated short Living in Ridalyn, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a storyboard artist for Klasky Csupo Studios. He served as a supervising director on Nickelodeon’s The Wild ThornberrysRocket PowerAs Told by GingerAll Grown Up, and Rugrats, where he won an Emmy for directing. He joined Cartoon Network in 2005 as lead storyboard artist by day while creating Nobletown Studios at night. With Nobletown, he has created dozens of animated videos and shorts, and continues to work as a storyboard artist for TV shows such as Space Racers and Legends of Chamberlain Heights. In addition to illustrating One, Two, Follow Through, he is also working on a series of his own called Letter Beasties. 

Audiobook Review: In Case You Get Hit by a Bus by Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer with Gene Newman

When Abby Schneiderman’s brother was killed in a head-on collision by an impaired driver, her family was thrust into a position many families experience: they were shocked, heartbroken, and unsure what to do next. While her brother had made some financial arrangements, her family had no idea what he would have wanted and had to make all sorts of stressful (and expensive) decisions in an incredibly short amount of time.

Out of this tragedy came the focus of Everplans, a digital company that Abby co-founded with fellow tech entrepreneur Adam Seifer to help people of all ages organize their lives and legacy now—so that their loved ones won’t have to later.

Drawing on the wealth of experience from Abby, Adam, and Gene Newman, here is a clearly designed and easy-to-follow program to help even the most disorganized reader take control of modern life’s burgeoning mess of on- and off-line details. Breaking the job down into three levels, from the most urgent (granting access to passwords, outlining a financial blueprint) to the technical (creating a manual for the systems in your home, understanding legal documents) to the nostalgic (assembling a living memory complete with photos, recipes, and significant stories)), IN CASE YOU GET HIT BY A BUS takes the anxiety and stress out of putting your life in order and covers just about any contingency, helping you leave the best parting gift you could ever imagine.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free audio copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

In Case You Get Hit by a Bus contains a wealth of information about preparing for your death. No matter what your age, it’s an important resource to get your life in order so that you can ease the burden of your loved ones when you’re gone.

There was a lot of helpful information on getting prepared and I learned a lot. There are so many things you don’t think of when taking on such a monumental task. And there are the little things that are mentioned that are just as helpful. For example, be sure to update important contacts you’ve listed if they die before you.

I like audiobooks but in this case, I was quickly overwhelmed as I listened to this book. I took a lot of notes so it’s not an audiobook to listen to in your car or while working out. It would be very helpful to have In Case You Get Hit by a Bus in the form of a workbook with lists included that could be filled out or copied.

This is definitely a book that everyone should use as a resource when planning for their death, sudden or not.

About the Authors

Abby Schneiderman is an entrepreneur, innovator and visionary leader with a passion for finding ways to use technology to make people’s lives better. Together with Adam Seifer, she is currently the co-founder and co-CEO of Everplans.com, a life and legacy planning company dedicated to transforming the way people think ahead and get their families organized. Everplans is offered by hundreds of financial services companies, insurance providers, and employers across the country.

As an industry expert in the areas of digital estate planning,technology and consumerism, Abby has been featured in numerous publications including the NYT, WSJ, Bloomberg, CNBC, and the Huffington Post. Abby was recently named to Fast Company’s list of the most creative people in business in 2016 (https://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2016).

Abby lives with her husband and two little girls in NYC. Abby is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit http://www.everplans.com.

Adam Seifer is a repeat entrepreneur, innovator and product leader with a passion for helping people use their real world networks to enable them to connect and collaborate better digitally. Together with Abby Schneiderman, he is the co-founder and co-CEO of Everplans.com, a life and legacy planning company dedicated to transforming the way people think ahead and get their families organized. Everplans is offered by hundreds of financial services companies, insurance providers, and employers across the country.

Adam has helped to create multiple huge online communities and networks and is an inventor on “the social networking patent” now owned by LinkedIn.

Adam lives in NYC with his family and graduated from Brown University.

For more information, visit http://www.everplans.com.

Gene Newman serves as Everplans’ Editorial & Education Director and has spent the past 25+ years as a writer, editor, digital producer, and content leader for media various outlets including Maxim, Hachette Filipacchi Digital, and Thrillist. He lives in New York City.

Justice

“if one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most – and listens to their testimony.”

-james a. baldwin

Short Story Review: Ghosts and Bad Toasts by Trixie Silvertale

Ghosts and Bad Toasts (Mitzy Moon Mysteries 9.5) is a short story is from the Cold Cases and Haunted Places Anthology, which is no longer available. I thought I’d still share it since I just found it in my TBR list (I can’t believe I forgot about it!). This is such a fun series to read!

My Review

Mitzy Moon inherited her grandmother’s bookstore even though she hadn’t known her. She’s gotten close to her grandmother’s ghost as well as others who had been close to her grandmother…even Mitzy’s father. She also has found the love of her life in Erick, the sheriff of the town she moved to.

When Mitzy attends a Halloween party at an old asylum that’s supposed to be haunted, she find out pretty quickly that it’s truly haunted. One of the ghosts was a mobster who was gunned down during prohibition and another is a relative of Mitzy’s. She’s unable to find out much though because someone is murdered and she has to leave.

Through investigation and with a little assistance from her grams and her solicitor/alchemist friend, Mitzy learns what she has to do to help the ghosts cross over. Will it be a simple crossing or will it be more difficult as is usually the case for Mitzy?

This is a quick read and nice in-between story while waiting for the next paranormal mystery about Mitzy and her sidekicks.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

The Saddest Seas

Cynical Wordsmith

To those who suffer
From despressive states:
I know your base existence.
I share your mental predispositions.

It’s not a constant sadness,
At least not at first.
It’s a cancer,
A living, growing thing.
It feeds off of moments
And it’s not the host’s fault.
There are treatments,
Drugs, and therapy,
But there is no cure,
Just a gentle staving off.
You sail the seas of life,
With natural highs,
Natural lows,
And a plethora of whirlpools.
You start at the brim,
And the winds of fate
Gently push you
In.
The downward spiral begins,
The light seems further away.
Hope slips
And the struggle intensifies.
With water on all sides
You forget how the surface appears,
And all you know
Is the darkest depths.

It will swallow you,
If you let it.
The sea will still flow
As if you never were.
But there is always hope,
Even with…

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