January Jones – Why Military Kids R Special

January Jones sharing Humorist Sporty King

January Jones – WHY Military Kids R Special

Today is Purple UP Day in celebration of Military Children, during this Month of the Military Child. At some time today (or whenever you read this) find a way to put on some purple and say a prayer for our Military Children. Thanks. And please be sure to read the bottom line, if not through to the bottom line. 

10 Reasons Why Military Kids Are Special
Military Kids…
1 Help their country by supporting their parents on military duty
2 Take on more responsibility when their parent is deployed
3 Learn to get along with people from all over the world
4 Experience exciting, new places to live
5 Know how to adjust to changing schools and making new friends
6 Understand about different cultures and people
7 Travel all around our country and the world
8 Positively cope with change and stress
9 Take pride in their parent’s patriotism
10 Appreciate our great country and its history and values
Source: National Guard Family Program. http://www.nationalguard.com/


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Sporty King, ACS, CL has spoken with domestic and international audiences, sharing his passion for Life, Leadership, and Literacy. He is an award winning professional speaker, author and TV personality who delivers inspirational, practical, usable techniques to apply in your daily life. Thus he works with people who want to help others feel good about themselves and their contribution to the bottom line. Imagine sharing that message with your students, parents, conference and meeting attendees. 

Jack-of-all-trades…master of none? Not really.
                                    Which life would you say doesn’t affect yours?

Sporty’s signature keynote speech, “How To Be UGLY” (Unique, Gifted, Lovable You), delights and enlightens audiences of all ages, ethnicities and genders. View it on the Video Links page. Best used as a keynote-plus-concurrent session speaker, it is his passion for manipulating the English language that brings magic to his words… a magic that makes him the ideal person to deliver your winning message. Also consider using Sporty as M.C. (L.) * (
Master of Ceremonies, Creativity & Listening: one who listens intently to delight your audience with the connecting points throughout your program.) Thus his moniker,The Master of Listening.

Recently finishing as Division Champion, while competing for the 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking, he is an accomplished member of Toastmasters International, having earned the designations ACS, CL (Advanced Communicator Silver, Competent Leader); and is a member of the 1996 Toastmasters Hall of Fame, having finished as one of the Top 9 speakers in the world at the International Speech Contest.

Among King’s media appearances are the Chicago Tribune; ABC/TV’s “Someone You Should Know” news segment with Harry Porterfield; and weekly on WGN/TV’s nationally syndicated Minority Business Report, delivering inspirational messages about business and life.

Sporty is a native of Harlem, in New York City. He started writing poetry in 1969 to combat homesickness. Having won an ABC (A Better Chance) Scholarship, he went away to private high school (in Massachusetts). During his first year he was one of seven blacks in a student population of 200+… second year 1 of 5… 3rd year 1 of 3…. His poetry started out somewhat militant, but with an introspective base of seeking to understand [rather than perpetuate].

King began his 18-year career at The Wall Street Journal in January of 1975 as a messenger. While at the Journal, he began sharing his poetry at the department Christmas party. Sporty wrote poetry that would get each person in the department’s name into the poem. It became the highlight of the party, and heads of other departments began seeking invitation to his department’s party. Eventually, more  departments merged their party, and people vied for position in Sporty’s poem. One year the poem got up to 70  names, 10 pages…. He served his final 6 years at the Journal as Midwest Region Classified Advertising Sales Manager, before retiring to pursue his oratorical gift.

As a Chicago Public Schools registered vendor and ISBE Certified provider for CEU/CPDU credits, Sporty was consistently on the program at the Chicago Archdiocese of Chicago’s Young Adult Ministry seminar; Poetry Instructor at Harvey APC After-school Mentor Program; and Young Authors’ Club Coordinator at Ella Flagg Young Elementary School. He is a former Bolingbrook Community League basketball coach and referee; Adjunct Professor at Kennedy-King College; former Artist-In-Residence at Purdue University; former Public Speaking instructor at Harold Washington College and Prologue Alternative High School; Past Board President and member at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys & Girls Club; and Board President at WYTEC (Westside Youth Technical Entrepreneur Center). All places where he enjoyed a hands-on influence in the lives of young people.

That influence is fueled by Sporty’s belief that we touch children’s lives by re-educating and refreshing adults. Thus his message is well received with parents and auxiliary organizations as well. He credits his 1994-2010 monthly sessions with “Seasoned” Citizens at Chicago Department on Aging Centers as keys to his ability to increase communication between generations.

In July 2010 he relocated to Charlotte, NC and has continued sharing his gift for saving lives through his contract with the Urban League of the Central Carolinas, facilitating a Life Skills Training Program.

In January 2011 he began working with the Cadre of Speakers… facilitators available to Military Service Members through the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP). YRP weekends serve pre, during and post deployment Service Members and their families to keep their bond strong as they keep America strong. Seminars are scheduled for the families and are held in multiple locations every weekend throughout the country. Sporty received his first Command Coin for Excellence from the 181st Infantry Regiment.

An expert on personal success, the impact of words in our lives, and turning any negative into a positive, Sporty is the author of 6 books: “I Found Out I’m Dying: A Celebration of Life” … a ‘story’ in poetry that reminds us to be comfortable with the decisions we make in enjoying life to the fullest; “Do You Have Any Idea… How Fine You Are?” … a poetic tribute to God’s greatest gift to, and source of mankind –Woman; “StartingToday…” weekly affirmations for daily living; and “Your Name Came To Mind” … the sequel to “I Found Out…”reminding readers to be comfortable with spiritual growth; “Morning… Noon… & Night…” is a collection of inspirational quotes sure to give you memorable lessons that you can apply and share in your daily dealing with destiny; and his most recent book, “a poet in every PrOphET” is an inspirational story in poetry about the connection between Sporty’s gift and vision….

January Jones-Gadzooks-Quirky Audible Book

January Jones-Gadzooks-Quirky Audible Book

Adele Park is an Audie Award winning writer, producer and editor at Straight to Audio Productions, L.L.C. Prior to opening her recording studio, Park spent 20 years working as a TV and radio reporter, news anchor and on-air personality. Her latest audiobook is Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book by Adele Park


Adele Park


Jimmy Fallon put herr Audie Award Winning Audio Book, Jitters, on his Do Not Read List. Adele Park’s first audio book, WHEN RADIO AND POLYGAMY COLLIDE . . . Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book, received a 2011 Audie Award.

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The Surprising Cause of Stress, Part 1

Today is “tax day”. For millions of American tax payers it is probably their least favorite time of the year, propelling them into a state of duress and anxiety. For a business owner such as myself the task of gathering all of my receipts and itemizing my expenses is time consuming and definitely not on my list of top ten favorite any things. A highly qualified CPA makes the process of filing much easier for me… that is, until we hit a snag between banking protocol and IRS regulations concerning IRA rollovers which seem to contradict one another. Feeling helpless against a powerful government agency that has the authority to make life a living hell is, to say the least, a bit unnerving. However, the worst case scenario is not going to land me in jail or deplete my retirement savings.

A recent poll shared by WPLJ Radio posed this question to women across America: “What is your biggest problem?” A whopping 35% responded: “men”. Since dealing with problems are stressful, is it safe to deduce that stress is caused by men? (Only kidding, guys! I’m actually on your side. Don’t listen to these women – you are not, I repeat not, the problem nor are you responsible for their stress.) Stress is actually less complicated than one may believe. Like anger, it is only a symptom of a deeper issue. And like anger, there can be thousands of triggers but only two root causes. Stress, a state of being characterized by feelings of physical, emotional, or mental tension, is actually rooted in fear and frustration. Let’s take a look at each one:

Fear: feelings of worry, anxiety, concern, and apprehension all contribute to feeling stressed out. We worry about finding a good job, moving to another city, losing our spouse or being alone. Each time we anticipate a negative circumstance we generate feelings of uncertainty. And fear of the unknown is one of life’s greatest causes of distress. Do you struggle with What If Syndrome? What if I get lost? What if my husband gets cancer? What if the plane crashes and I die? What if my child doesn’t get into the college of his choice? Or what if he does and I can’t afford the tuition? We project the worst possible outcome and proceed to worry over things that may never manifest.

Fear is a lack of trust in a situation, another person, ourselves or God: in a situation – we feel unsafe, such as sky diving for the first time. This is a dangerous hobby. I could be seriously injured; with other people – a person is perceived as a threat to my security and well-being. A jealous co worker has the potential to get me fired; in ourselves – we lack confidence in our abilities to handle whatever situations life presents to us. I could never survive the loss of a child; and most importantly a lack of trust in God – if He really is a loving God, why do bad things keep happening to me? I pray for healing every day and still I suffer with chronic back pain.

The way to overcome fear is two-fold. On a practical level: by building our self-confidence, in part, by reminding ourselves of everything we have faced, survived, and overcome thus far in life. On a spiritual level: through our faith in God, knowing that He never promised us that life would be easy or fair, only that He would never abandon us, that whatever we truly needed (not wanted) would be provided for us, and that if we followed His directive we would reap abundant blessings. Just look around you. It’s all ready there.

Frustration: feelings of anxiety derived from the need to control a situation or individual. When people don’t behave in a manner I deem appropriate, when they won’t comply with my wishes or demands, or when a situation does not proceed as I anticipated, I feel helpless and powerless. Being out of control causes anxiety within me as I realize something or someone else is determining the outcome of this situation and/or possibly my life. I do not trust anyone enough to give them power and authority over me. I do not have confidence that they have my best interest at heart.

When I realize that control is an illusion (I have zero control over situations and/or others) and recognize that whatever enters my life is ultimately there for my higher good*, then I do not need to have the final say in how life reveals itself to me. I can relax and be more at ease, knowing that I have full dominion over how I maximize every experience I participate in. I choose how I think, feel, react to, and utilize each and every occurrence. I can transform any perceived negative into a positive simply by my internal choices and how I express them.

People and events that contradict my ideals will always be a part of my life. By addressing the underlying causes of stress and living a faith-based life coupled with the wisdom to fully embrace every situation I experience, I can approach each day with greater peace and composure thereby significantly reducing the amount of stress that enters my life. And a peace-filled lifestyle supports a joy-filled existence.

* “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

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