Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nativity Scenes And The Separation Of Church And State - Dr. MaryAnn Diorio Releases Statement

Can Christ be kept out of Christmas? Does a religious display violate the separation of church and state? Dr. MaryAnn Diorio has released a statement that may help clear up some of the confusion

According to an article on the Opposing Views website, for three years running the city of Brookville, Indiana, has been threatened with a lawsuit from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Last year, the commissioners reportedly received a letter requesting that the city's nativity scene be removed from public property. The FFRF maintains that the display violates separation of church and state in that the display is on public property.

"Not so," objects award-winning author Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. "The concept of 'separation of church and state' is found nowhere in the Constitution.  The phrase comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson on January 1, 1802, to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut in regard to a rumor that the Congregationalists would become the national religion, an alarming thought for those who had escaped religious persecution in England.  Jefferson wrote: 'I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.' As verified by Jefferson's letter, the phrase 'separation of church and state' is a quote from his letter, not from the Constitution. Anyone who has read the Constitution can verify the accuracy of my statement. The purpose of this 'wall' to which Jefferson referred in his letter was not to keep religion out of government, but to keep government out of religion. Indeed, as James Madison, the Father of the Constitution and our fourth president, so eloquently stated, 'The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.'"

"The real issue here," Diorio continues, "is not religious or non-religious freedom. The real issue is the spiritual conflict between good and evil that has existed since the fall of mankind.  As the Book of Ephesians reminds us, '. . . we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world" (Ephesians 6:12).  Ours is a spiritual battle, not an intellectual one or even a political one.  Knowing this, we can love our enemies even as they persecute us."

Dr. Diorio holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and has been teaching the Bible for almost 20 years. She writes award-winning books for the young, and the young-at-heart. Diorio has written seven books, been a contributor to eight others, and has published seven booklets. She recently brought her considerable talent and impressive background together in 'Who Is Jesus?' to create a work that is certain to become a classic in the Christian children's books genre.

Dr. Diorio holds numerous degrees including the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Counseling, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature, the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Italian Language & Literature, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in Writing for Children and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French.

She has won numerous awards, including Third Place for “From Feminism to Freedom” AMY Writing Awards; Fifth Place, National Writers’ Club Short Story Contest for “The Birthmark”; Top 100 Short Stories ranking for “The Birthmark”, Writers’ Digest Short Story Contest; Honorable Mention for radio script, TAKE ONE Radio Theatre; Second Place for Novel, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference Contest; Third Place in Women’s Fiction, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest; Second Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, East Texas RWA Southern Heat Contest; Second Place in Historical Category for Novel, Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic Begins Contest; First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest; and First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Spacecoast Launching a Star Contest.

Dr. Diorio is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of her works are available at online book retailers and at her site. More information, including information on 'Who Is Jesus?', is available at her site at

About Dr. MaryAnn Diorio:

MaryAnn is also a multi-award winning author, a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor as well as a gifted Bible teacher and speaker whose heart’s desire is to help people become all that God created them to be. For all that God has done and continues to do in her life, MaryAnn gives Him all the praise and all the glory.


Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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How To Avoid Plastic Surgery Nightmares In NYC - Denise Thomas, New York City Cosmetic Surgery Consultant, Offers Advice

Thomas, the world's first Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Consultant, has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News and in Allure, Vogue Magazine, New York Magazine, Glamour and others

The public hears lots of horror stories about cosmetic surgery today for a number of reasons - most recently botched celebrity surgeries and the newest trend - cosmetic surgery to improve the 'selfie' or FaceTime appearance. Celebrities such as Meg Ryan, Renee Zellweger and Mickey Rourke make headlines, as do a few 'everyday' people who have cosmetic surgery after realizing that the impression they are making on social media may be less than stellar.

Denise Thomas is the world's first Cosmetic Surgery Consultant. She recently announced her current lineup of cosmetic surgery consulting services. Based in New York City, Thomas has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Discovery Channel, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight. She has been featured in Vogue Magazine, Allure, American Express Departures, Glamour and New York Magazine.

Denise helps take the worry and stress out of approaching cosmetic surgery alone and helps make it a pleasant experience. She brings 30 years of experience to the table for her clients and works with people worldwide. She can help anybody who might be considering Face Lifts, Nose Rhinoplasty, Breast Lifts, Breast Reduction, Eye Lifts, Thigh Lifts, Lipo, Ear deformities, Tummy Tucks, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and nearly any other type of plastic or cosmetic surgery.

Plastic surgery is not just for celebrities. Social media has had a tremendous impact in regards to the cosmetic surgery industry. Many surgeons are seeing an increase in procedures due to FaceTime, Skype and the selfies.

"Do you love seeing  yourself on FaceTime, Skype or in a Selfie?" Thomas asked. "Not many do.  Clients used to mention not looking in the mirror. Now the first thing they say when calling me for a consult is, 'I looked terrible in a Selfie, and never do FaceTime, I need a face lift.' The numbers increase each week, pushing them to see a Plastic Surgeon, for those jowls and neck, and, of course, under the eyes. In the beginning I thought it a joke but no longer. I tried FaceTime and  . . . yikes....I had better call myself for a consult."

"My goals," Thomas stated, "are to inform clients which doctors, only board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, have the best results (not just the best public relations firms behind them) and to help them choose the doctor most suited for their particular needs. I guide clients from beginning to end, answering all their questions. I want to take the worry out of doing this alone and make it a pleasant experience. I work for them and have kept my reputation for over 30 years. Referrals are available as well"

Neal Shultz, MD, Cosmetic Dermatologist based in New York City and seen on HSN, recently stated, “Denise understands plastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology from the inside out. Her experience with thousands of patients and countless physicians and her professional insights ensure great referrals to the best physicians. She’s a caring patient advocate and her clients immediately sense her deep fund of knowledge and compassion, resulting in feelings of confidence and security.”

Denise give consultations by phone or Skype, in person and via email. She can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at her website at

About Denise Thomas:

Denise Thomas is the world's first Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Consultant. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Discovery Channel, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight. She has been featured in Vogue Magazine, Allure, Glamour, American Express Departures, New York Magazine and many others.


Denise Thomas

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Author Brinn Colenda Takes First Place In New Mexico - Arizona Book Awards For 'Chita Quest'

In the tradition of WEB Griffin, Tom Clancy and Bernard Cornwell, Brinn Colenda writes military themed novels that reflect military members and their families thrust into extraordinary circumstances

Author Brinn Colenda's newest release, 'Chita Quest', has taken the First Place Award in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. The competition, sponsored by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Co-operative, is an annual, judged contest open to authors and books from or about the Southwest.

“I am thrilled to receive this honor," Colenda stated. "Having my work recognized by the largest writer and book organization in the Southwest is a dream come true.”

Thriller books, especially military fiction, are Brinn Colenda's specialty. He is committed to creating international works of fiction that are character-driven with dynamic, well-developed plots. His works are based on real-life people and experiences. 'Chita Quest' brings a sense of realism to his work that is seldom seen in the military thriller genre for good reason – he has been there. Colenda spent 20 plus years traveling the globe as a pilot and a political-military officer.

Colenda’s work has also garnered awards and notice from SouthWest Writers and the Military Writers Society of America. 'Chita Quest' won two silver medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) in the action/suspense category.

Colenda recently won a silver medal from the Military Writers Society of America in the thriller category at its annual conference for the first novel in this series, 'Cochabamba Conspiracy', which takes place in and around the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Reviewers have raved about Colenda's work and in regards to Chita Quest have stated, “an exciting blend of military intrigue, political suspense, travelogue, and romance - riveting flying sequences and chase scenes - Colenda brings expertise to real characters and fast, intriguing plotting - a thrilling adventure - (a) blend of political intrigue and family values - Colenda is a master storyteller…”

Brinn Colenda is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of Colenda's works are available at Southern Yellow Pine Publishing. More information is available at his website at

About Brinn Colenda:

Brinn Colenda's works are based on real-life experiences. Those experiences were broad and varied including flying missions in South East Asia, an exchange instructor pilot with Britain’s Royal Air Force, commander of an USAF overseas base, Chief of the Air Force Section of the Military Group in the U.S. Embassy-Bolivia, and a Defense Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.


Brinn Colenda

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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Offers Important Advice And Real Help To Self Published Authors

Holstein is a highly successful author who has been down both publishing paths - traditional publishing and self publishing

A newscaster interviewing Diane Von Furstenberg, December 11, 2014, about her new book, 'Baring it All', commented: "You can't get to where you want to go with some rough times."  Fortunately, Diane responded that she was lucky and succeeded with the American Dream early on.  However, both authors who have been lucky enough to find a publisher and Indie book authors often suffer a different type of journey.

"Today many authors find themselves walking through mine fields for years and years," Dr. Holstein stated.  "Over the last 20 years, literally every time an author turns around there is a new way to sell books and usually that new way involves an outlay of a lot of money.  Even worse is the truth that most suggestions, unless applied from dawn to dusk with a bit of fairy dust luck thrown in, led to few books being sold.  Profit margins? Practically nothing. As a result most authors remain in the red."

"That said, bringing one's voice to the pubic via a book that shares a journey, wisdom, or a great read to escape by, is a thrilling adventure.  Where would we be without a good book when we yearn to learn something new or just lose ourselves for a few hours?"

Grateful for the thousands of authors who have dared to spend their money and give themselves to writing books, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, as a positive psychologist and author of books for the past 20 years, declares: "I understand the value of the written word to sooth, to heal, to provide inspiration and relief as we go through life.  I also understand how frustrating it is for an author to throw money down an endless drain of hope that usually brings no results in terms of sales and public exposure."

"Some of my books have publishers, but 'Around Every Corner, Romance & Mystery...' is at the moment an Indie book.  I've decided to look for the opportunities that don't involve my check book.  Here are two great ones that I am participating in now:  Wattpad and SELF-e.  Wattpad is a website you can post chapters from your book, chapter by chapter, giving the author a chance to build a following.  It even allows one to put up a video to go with each chapter, which I have done from my YouTube playlist, 'Around Every Corner'. SELF-e is an opportunity for one's book to be selected by libraries, which has been almost impossible for Indies. Am I hoping for miracles? Of course, every author does deep in her heart.  But at least I know I didn't make out a check that was cashed as someone laughed all the way to the bank."

Dr. Holstein's pathfinder book ‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ was published in 1997 by Harwood Academic Publishers and is now in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. Her second book ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU’ has received rave reviews as a wonderful inspirational story book. ‘DELIGHT’, Dr. Holstein’s third book is available in two versions, paperback and a CD-rom that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein’s voice. She is also the author of a book for teens and tweens entitled, 'The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween', in which Dr. Holstein has embedded positive truths and concepts geared to help girls develop self-esteem and resiliency.  The Truth is published by Sky Pony Press.  The sequel, 'Secrets, Diary Of A Gutsy Teen' will be released February 1, 2015.

Dr. Holstein is also open to the possibility of using product placement within her romance novel. "If any company wants their product mentioned in 'Around Every Corner, Romance & Mystery...', and I don't feel it comprises the story line, I will be thrilled to put the product in.  I will be happy to have Natalie drinking Nescafe or Maggie putting MAC lipstick on."

Dr. Holstein can be contacted by email at All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information on Dr. Holstein and her work is available at her website at

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness.  She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Twitter: @truth4girls, and
Twitter: @drbholstein

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Monday, December 15, 2014

School For Functional Orthodontics Offers Orthodontic Training Courses, Orthodontist Education

Clinical courses for Dentists, Orthodontists and Pedodontists include training in functional orthodontics, Bimler technique, Planas technique, Aragao and much more

Dr. Michael Gorbonos has announced the lineup of Orthodontic Training Classes at the School for Functional Orthodontics. Gorbono's clinic serves a dual function; it also operates as a teaching center for Functional Orthodontics and associated treatments. The clinic offers orthodontic-orthopedic treatments to patients of any age, starting at age four. The multilingual clinic teaches in five languages including Spanish, Romanian, Hebrew, Russian and English.  Treatment options include:

Functional regulator of Aragao
Breathing exercises
Functional appliances by Planas and Bimler
Exercises for correct swallowing

The clinic provides treatment for orthodontic problems as well as respiratory problems. These include:

Sleep disordered breathing
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Bed wetting

Other treatments are provided for:

Patients with ADHD
Back pain
Pain in articulations
Orofacial pain

A four day training course for dentists, orthodontists and pedodontists incorporates hands-on training with actual patients. The Course content includes theory, the observation of patients using appliances, and instruction regarding how to build appliances to suit the particular needs of each patient. Students can easily acquire the skills necessary in just four days. The training allows participants to incorporated new services into existing practices and opens up new streams of revenue. This is especially true for those who hope to work with younger patients, as these services are very much in demand.

School for Functional Orthodontics can be reached by email at or by phone at 972-50-5597461. More information is available at the school's website at

About Dr. Michael Gorbonos:

Dr. Michael Gorbonos has been in private practice since 1996. He is the founder and president of IFUNA (International Functional Association). Dr. Gorbonos has served as visiting professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and visiting professor at the Department of Orthodontics, Univeristy Tuluca, Mexico. His offices are located in Haifa, Israel.

Dr Gorbonos applies advanced and innovative techniques to help his patients and specializes in addressing abnormal musculo-skeletal development which is frequently the cause of dental malocclusion and other diseases. The objective is to address the dental irregularity by incorporating an orthopaedic approach to correct the underlying skeletal abnormality.

Dr Gorbonos helped hundreds of children undergo dental treatment successfully without fear or pain through a unique method he developed for treating dental anxiety in children.

His dental practice is set up as a teaching center offering 3-4 day courses. These courses provide the practical and theoretical skills needed for dentists, orthodontists and pedodontists to implement a more comprehensive range of dentistry and orthodontics skills into their practice.


Dr. Michael Gorbonos

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