Wednesday, January 16, 2019

School Shooting Lockdowns Can Traumatize Young Children - Award Winning Author, Psychologist And Selfie Filmmaker Barbara Becker Holstein Helps Open The Doors Of Communication Via The Selfie Project

Dr. Holstein, a psychologist/filmmaker and originator of a unique Selfie Film concept, writes award-winning books, plays and produces short films that offer solutions to problems that impact today's teens and tweens

A recent story on the Washington Post website detailed some of the psychological effects school lockdowns create in school age children. The story was as heartbreaking as it was eye-opening. Some young children weep with terror. Others write final messages to family members - and worse.

Our children do not deserve to be subjected to such horrific lockdown situations in places where they should feel completely safe. Sadly though, it is necessary. Therefore the question we must ask ourselves as parents, grandparents and educators is - "What can we do to help them?"

Award winning author, Positive Psychologist and selfie filmmaker Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has an answer that is as powerful as it is unique.

"We must help our children feel comfortable expressing their emotions, from joyous to despairing. Typically it is easy to be delighted and happy when kids express delight and are in a good mood. However when a child is cross, or pouting, crying over ‘nothing’ or having some sort of meltdown we are less resourceful as adults. We yell, we put down, we try minor punishments. Often we are unsuccessful.

“What is often not acknowledged is that kids have dark emotions just as we do. This is particularly hard when it comes to issues around going to school. Most of us never had to worry about our safety once we entered the school building. In fact, for many, school was seen as a kind of sanctuary, a place away from a dysfunctional family, or a place with a great library and a free lunch and even milk in the morning.

“Kids today often see school as a kind of battlefield. Their nerves are on edge. Will there be a shouting today? Will it be my school this time? Often kids don’t know how to express their anxiety successfully. Here is where ‘The Selfie Project’ comes in. As a psychologist I recognize the importance of venting the more difficult emotions and thoughts we experience.

“One way to get started is to encourage your child to make a Selfie video on what is on her mind about school. Then watch it together, if your child is comfortable with that and discuss the issues brought up.

“Giving a child a chance to privately vent and then moving toward a discussion about how she feels in school can be very helpful to both of you. Maybe there are things you can do as a parent to make things better, from more understanding at home to involvement with the school system to political action.”

Dr. Holstein is currently developing 'The Selfie Project' to help kids share their feelings and thoughts in a meaningful way via Selfies that can reach millions. "The Selfie Project" provides a way for young people to go public on a number of subjects. Bullying is real, school violence is real, drama because of social media is real for kids. 'The Selfie Project' is giving voice to those subjects. A pilot TV show is in the development phase. Teens will have a chance to discuss via their Selfies and in discussion with Dr. Holstein, various topics that affect their lives, from friend drama to fear of assault weapons. As of this moment, teens can share a link to their Selfies and Dr. Holstein will consider them for inclusion on her website,

Holstein's short films have won numerous awards and accolades.

The Truth A Short Film:

Garden State Film Festival Premier - Best Pop Song 2016
Golden Door Int. Film Festival - Official Selection - September 2016
Grove Film Festival - Showing - May 2017
Female Filmmakers Film Festival - Official Selection - 12th of 92 films
Roselle Park Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection - September 2017

The Truth A Short Short Film:

FilmOneFest Premier - July 2016
Chain Film Festival - Official Selection - August 2016
Jersey City Int. Television and Film Festival - Official Selection - November 2016
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection- May 2017

Secrets A Coming Of Age Selfie Film:

Alice Guy-Blache Women In Cinema Award - Nomination - October 2017, Golden Door International Film Festival
NewFilmmakers, Manhattan- Official Selection, January 24, 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series - Best Experimental Film nomination - March 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series - Best New Jersey Short nomination - March 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series - Best Concept nomination - March 2018
Hang on To Your Shorts, Official Selection - April 2018, Nominated for Best New Jersey Drama and Best Experimental Film
Awarded: Best Educational Film Award at the Jersey Shore Film Festival, August, 2018
Shown March 1 1018 as one of 6 outstanding women’s films at the Behane Center in Jersey City, for Women’s History Month by Golden Door International Film Festival.
Brightside Tavern Film Festival, Season 7 - Best Experimental Film - March 2018
Jersey Shore Film Festival - Best Educational Film - August 2018
Indie Awards - Award of Recognition in 3 categories: Women Filmmakers, Leading Actress and Educational / Instruction / Training

Falling In Love A Coming Of Age Selfie Film:

Brightside Tavern Film Festival-March 2017- Best Experimental Film Nomination, Second Place Award as Best New Jersey Film Short
Grove Film Festival, Official Selection-May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Best Experimental Film nomination - May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Best Concept Film nomination - May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Megan Brown Rising Star Award - May 2017
Love Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection - February 2018

Official selection to premiere at the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University on June 9th, 2018
Semi-finalist in the JELLY Fest Film Festival, June, 2018
Official Selection Golden Door International Film Festival - September 2018


Official Selection for the Brightside Tavern Film Festival in early August, 2018


Official selection at the One Minute Film Fest, Teaneck, New Jersey, September 8, 2018

'The Medium, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film'

Selected to be screened at the Young Filmmakers's Screenings in Manhattan in early March, 2019.

The Selfie Project Pilot

Independent Shorts Award - Certificate of Achievement Los Angeles, December 2018
Global Indian Film Festival - Selected for screening - Mumbai India
Best Shorts Competition - Awards of Recognition - The Selfie Project Educational/Instructional/Training
Independent Talents International Film Festival- Semi-Finalist

'Secrets' was selected for inclusion in "Passages: Women in Transition," Women In Media - Newark's 2018 Women's History Month film festival, held on March 27 – April 5, 2018 at Rutgers University Newark, New Jersey, and at various satellite venues in the area.

'Falling in Love, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film, is detailed in a new ebook: 'A Selfie Film - Falling In Love' by Dr. Holstein. This ebook presents issues and stories behind the creation of Dr. Holstein's "selfie films", which utilize cutting edge New Media technology. Topics and questions for discussion can be used by a parent and a child, or a group of hundreds as universal subjects of growing up and handling tough issues are presented.

Dr. Holstein makes a number of her books and films available to be used as fundraising tools. She requests that any verified charitable organization interested in raising funds contact her via email. She is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information 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 and a pioneer in Selfies as Film. Dr. Holstein's Enchanted Self website was included as one of the best websites in positive psychology. 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 Your Tango, 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

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Best Restaurants In Tokyo Detailed By Tokyo Table, A Guide To Where To Eat In Tokyo

Tokyo Table is the definitive source for dining enthusiasts in Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Table, branded as the definitive source for dining enthusiasts, has a single mission - to help travelers find the best restaurants in Tokyo. While some travelers may prefer Michelin restaurants, others may prefer simple, everyday food. What all travelers have in common is the desire to find the best restaurant in Tokyo, however that might be defined by the traveler.

Tokyo Table and the online Tokyo Restaurant Guide are the brainchild of Kelly Crow. Kelly trained at Le Cordon Bleu and earned the highest certification, Le Grand Diplome, for mastering both Cuisine and Patisserie.

"Having visited every restaurant on this list, I can personally guide you to all the best places and why you should visit them," she stated. "Here you will find a wide variety of restaurants, but they all share in common the perfect mix of hospitality, ambience and quality cuisine to create a memorable evening.

"Tokyo has become the gastronomic capitol of the world. In a single week, you can dine in the Tokyo branches of some of the best restaurants from all over the world, including Michelin-starred restaurants from France, Spain, Italy, Japan and China, as well as the very best of what Japan has to offer.

"Tokyo, though, is more that just haute cuisine. It’s also renowned for fabulous everyday food, with an attention to detail that rivals the best restaurants of the world. Tokyo has 234 Michelin-starred restaurants and 278 Michelin Bib Gourmands. And these are just the beginning.

"Tokyo offers the best food for any price range, impeccable quality, and dedication to service at even the humblest of restaurants. But how to choose? My training as a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef will help you to navigate the Tokyo food scene and find the right place for the right moment."

In addition to the Tokyo Restaurant Guide, Tokyo Table offers Tokyo dining tips (what you need to know BEFORE you dine in Tokyo), and a blog that offers information on individual Tokyo restaurants including cuisine, neighborhood, awards, price ranges, extra charges and links to each restaurant.

"When I review restaurants," Crow concluded, "I bring all the perspectives together and look at three things: quality from the perspective of a professional chef, the warm hospitality of being invited to share something of a culture, and value for the experience."

Kelly Crow is available for media interviews and can be contacted using the information below, or by email at More information is available at her website at

About Tokyo Table:

Tokyo Table is the definitive source for dining enthusiasts who plan to visit Tokyo. The site features the online Tokyo Restaurant Guide, Tokyo dining tips, and information on individual Tokyo restaurants including cuisine, neighborhood, awards, price ranges, extra charges and links to Tokyo restaurants.


Kelly Crow

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Award Winning Author Gina Iafrate Announces New Romantic Fiction Novel, 'Bestowed By Love And Splendour'

Iafrate's sweeping, extraordinary story lines reveal the richness of the human experience told through the eyes of finely drawn characters.

Author Gina Iafrate has announced the release of a new romantic fiction novel, 'Bestowed by Love and Splendour'. Gina Iafrate writes sweeping family sagas that allow readers to travel the globe without leaving home. Like fine pieces of music, her books are layered, providing readers with intricately formed mental images, punctuated by dramatic movements. Gina's extraordinary story lines reveal the richness of the human experience told through the eyes of finely drawn characters.

The new romance novel is the breath-taking story of a broken-hearted wife and mother who is taken away from a tormented life. On the exotic island of Sardinia, she becomes hypnotized by nature's beauty; the cloudless sky, the emerald blue hues of the sea and the gentleness of the people.

But fate strikes once more. Destiny takes over and transports her to a world beyond her imagination, allowing her to find peace, love, and splendour.

In 'The Girl From The Cornfield', it is 1950 and Giuliana Ferrante is growing up in a sleepy town deep in the Italian mountains. Her young life is rocked to its core by a vicious attack that shatters the peaceful existence that she and many around her have always taken for granted. Giuliana, determined to make a future for herself, flourishes by working tirelessly toward her education, securing a legal degree and ultimately a successful position in the business world. She conquers all with kindness and love, managing to rise above the painful memories of her youth. This sweeping, inspirational tale hurdles across time, countries, and characters as it explores how love can heal, reconcile, and restore.

Iafrate is also the author of 'The English Professor'. In that book, Andrew Robertson, an introverted, middle-aged professor leaves his unremarkable London life to embark on a journey to Sicily where strangers welcome him kindly. In this Mediterranean setting, he develops a burning infatuation for another man’s wife. Falling into each other’s arms, Andrew and Francesca both satisfy the longings they have felt all their adult lives. Their union results in a child. But Andrew must go back to London and Francesca must protect herself, Andrew and their child from the violent reach of her husband.

'The English Professor' was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards'. Gina has received praise from readers and reviewers alike. One stated, "A fascinating tale of victory of over injustice where love , grit and determination conquers all." Another said, "A captivating story, hooked after the first chapter and I couldn't put it down." Another stated, "All men and women should read this author to understand their own relationships. 3rd book I read by this author. I enjoy the imaginative way that she has captured the realities of women's life experiences and yet made the adventures understandable rather than scandalous."

Gina's upcoming books include 'Releases From my Soul: A Collection of Anthologies' scheduled for release is 2019

Gina Iafrate is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at Her books are available at online retailers and traditional brick and mortar bookstores. More information is available at her website at

About Gina Iafrate:

Gina Iafrate is bilingual. She writes in both Italian and English. Originally from Italy, Gina Iafrate now divides her time between Hollywood, Florida; Niagara, Ontario; and Europe. Gina’s works have been exhibited at The Pier 21 Museum in Halifax, and in Phoenix Magazine, The Horizon, and Author’s Voice. She is a 2016 Book Excellence Award Finalist. She has appeared in the annual Writers Forum and Niagara Area Artists.

She lives with her husband in Hollywood, Florida, and Niagara, Ontario, Canada.


Gina Iafrate

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of January 13, 2019

The Authors Show serves as a resource for authors and allows members to engage in promotion and publicity for marketing purposes. The site offers professionally produced radio interviews that are broadcast worldwide.

Don McCauley of the Free Publicity Focus Group and Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show, founders of The Authors Marketing Powerhouse, have announced The Authors Show radio and broadcast schedule for the week of January 13, 2019. The new show schedule is available at the Authors Show site.

For those who hope to sell books on the Internet, the challenge can be daunting. It can be confusing difficult, time consuming and expensive. The Authors Show helps authors overcome these challenges by providing opportunities for greater visibility.

The Authors Show radio shows offer professionally produced radio interviews that are broadcast worldwide. The upcoming scheduled radio lineups include:

Week January 13, 2019 On The Authors Show:

14-Jan   Anne Redelfs MD
14-Jan   Liz McCue
14-Jan   Jeoffrey R Hutcherson
14-Jan   Shinese M. Collins
14-Jan   Richard Trayler
14-Jan   Linda Maria Frank

15-Jan   Jody Sharpe
15-Jan   Peggy Race
15-Jan   Lisa Overcash
15-Jan   Donna Louis
15-Jan   Sylvanus Adetokunboh Ayeni
15-Jan   Edward M. Wysocki, Jr.

16-Jan   Darren Walker
16-Jan   Salvatore Esposito
16-Jan   Vicki-Ann Bush
16-Jan   Else Byskov
16-Jan   Erich Hartung
16-Jan   Kass Ghayouri

17-Jan   Brian Wilkerson
17-Jan   Palladian
17-Jan   Dan Corner
17-Jan   Caroline H. Sheppard
17-Jan   Edward M. Wysocki, Jr.
17-Jan   Joy Elaine

Jan 18/19/20   Donna Louis
Jan 18/19/20   Sylvia Stephens Grooms
Jan 18/19/20   Thomas J. Rice
Jan 18/19/20   Jim Dilyard
Jan 18/19/20   Jim Dilyard
Jan 18/19/20   Andrea Wildenthal Hanson


Don McCauley is a marketing strategist and is the facilitator of the Free Publicity Focus Group, a marketing and publicity firm. He also serves as the host of The Authors Show Radio.  Danielle Hampson is the Executive Producer of The Authors Show radio group of programs.


Don McCauley
Free Publicity Focus Group

Danielle Hampson
The Authors Show

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Book By Dr. Richard Ruhling, 'Turkey Soup', Claims Jesuit Role In Lincoln, JFK Deaths And Trillions Lost - Sixty Percent of Taxes To Vatican

Dr. Richard Ruhling is an expert on Biblical prophecy and is also the author of 'The Alpha & Omega Bible Code'

“Follow the money” is a key concept in-Dr. Richard Ruhling’s new book, 'Turkey Soup for People who are Chicken about End-Times', subtitled ‘How 9/11 Points US to Judgment in 2019’. The new book should be appealing to Protestants, patriots and Catholics who are wondering where the pope is going.

Ruhling claims a Jesuit role in the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, the same idea that millions of patriots and President Trump see as a problem. The ebook on Amazon Kindle has a link to Karen Hudes, International Monetary Fund ex-lawyer who says 60% of taxes go to the Vatican.

While this may sound like Catholic-bashing to some, Ruhling says he has Catholic friends and relatives who are fine Christians, but he says they don’t know what their leaders are doing to regain the lost supremacy of the Old World Order when kings did what popes wanted and burned heretics at the stake, 50-100 million by some historian estimates.

"That’s why pioneers risked life at sea and starvation or Indians for freedom in a new world. But the New World Order (bottom of pyramid on $1 bill) is also a Vatican strategy. Bible prophecy shows the pope riding that beast in-imagery in Rev 17:3," said Ruhling.

His ebook claims a Catholic role in mentoring young Muhammad. It explains how Mary, Fatima and use of force are common to both religions. The intent was to have Muslims capture Jerusalem from Jews and Christians and turn it over to Rome. When they reneged, they had the ‘Holy Wars’ to take Jerusalem from the Infidels.

The pope was the only foreign entity to recognize Jefferson Davis as “the illustrious President of the Southern States,” and Catholic Supreme Court Justice Roger Tany said the Negro has no rights that the white man is bound to respect (cited in Ruhling's book). The book claims JFK’s statement about secret societies and his intent to abolish the Federal Reserve was his death sentence-the CIA is also called "Catholics in Action" and their leadership have been members of secret societies.

After Reagan took a bullet, he decided to go along and he appointed an ambassador to the Vatican and opened our southern border that has changed the political arena, says Ruhling who is non-denominational since his church (Seventh-day Adventist) failed to protest those events and the pope’s coming to Congress in 2015.

"Donald Rumsfeld (Catholic) announced $2.3 trillion missing from Pentagon on the evening of Sept 10," Ruhling continued. "The next morning a plane or missile (the reporter saw no wings or plane debris) hit the Pentagon accounting department. If one can believe Muslims trained on Cessna planes could do that and take the WTC down when Building 7 wasn’t even hit, and 1000 engineers said jet fuel can’t melt steel, they might also believe 'Lord God the Pope' (one of his many titles, according to Google)."

“What business does the pope have telling US how to run the country when most of his people to the south want to come here for better opportunities?” asks Ruhling who spent a summer in Colombia and Venezuela where a third could not read or write, but were colonized by priests when America was being founded by Protestants.

Ruhling also says the pope’s Laudato Si’ is about religious legislation to close businesses on Sunday for ‘family values’ and the blessings of the Eucharist, (paragraphs 236,237).

America has been about freedom, but it will surely end if Congress accepts the pope’s plan that hypes climate change for a Sunday law like Europe is doing. Ruhling says that trillions could be saved for the environment and with huge health benefits if Congress would get behind plant-based diets that reverse disease and cut animal products. For every 100 calories consumed by livestock, they give us only 4 calories in high fat, high cholesterol foods favoring cancer, heart disease, diabetes.

But Congress gets millions from lobbyists for meat and dairy industry and are sold out, according to Ruhling. As one senator said, “They own us,” speaking of donations to their re-election when confronted by medical literature showing Rx drugs as a leading cause of death.

Ruhling’s book has information on healthcare and readers can get it for no-charge on Saturday, January 12 at They can also get his ebook, Why You Shouldn’t Ask Your Doctor by leaving an email in the pop-up form at  They can unsubscribe anytime.

Dr. Richard Ruhling is available for media interviews and can be reached by email at His YouTube series on Revelation suggests the Catholic all-male Trinity doctrine as false and should interest Protestants and women at

About Dr. Richard Ruhling:

Dr. Richard Ruhling attended a Bible college with a Religion major. The end times have been a special interest for him since attending a prophecy conference 30 years ago. He is an expert on Biblical prophecy and the author of 'The Alpha & Omega Bible Code', 'The Earthquake and the 7 Seals' and 'The Destruction of Jerusalem: A Sign for US', and 'God Bless America?'.


Dr. Richard Ruhling

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