January Jones welcomes Michele Sfakianos, author Ace Your Life

 Michele Sfarkianois

January Jones welcomes Michele Sfakianos,

author of “Ace Your Life”

About the Author


MICHELE SFAKIANOS is a Registered Nurse, Life Skills Expert, Speaker and Author. In 1982, she received her AS Degree in Business Data Processing/Computer Programming. In 1993, she received her Associate in Science degree in Nursing from St. Petersburg Junior College, graduating with Honors.  In 1999, Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida International University, graduating with High Honors.

Michele has been previously published in both Poetry Books and a Nursing Journal. Michele is also the owner of Open Pages Publishing, LLC offering quality self-publishing. Her first book “Useful Information for Everyday Living” was published October 2010 and was later changed to “The 4-1-1 on Life Skills” then released June 2011. Her next book, “The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting” was released October 2011. Michele’s latest book, “The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood” was published October 2012. She is well respected in her areas of expertise. Her years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Mother and Life Skills Expert have given her the knowledge and wisdom to write her books.


Website: http://www.my411books.com

Phone: 239-454-7700 (office)

Alternate phone: 239-229-2805 (cell)

Email: Michele@openpagespublishing.com

January Jones-Katherine Hepburn-She Did It Her Way by Scott Smith

Katharine Hepburn

January Jones-Scott Smith-Pat Boone-Investor’s Business Daily 

Katharine Hepburn
She Did Things Her Way

Not many actors could survive the dramatic career ups and downs that Katharine Hepburn did.
She was fired from half of her first paid efforts on stage for inability to act.
Her first movie, “A Bill of Divorcement” in 1932, was a hit and the next year she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in “Morning Glory.”
But she refused to attend the Academy Awards, wouldn’t sign autographs, was critical of the studios, and prickly with the press, earning her the title Katharine of Arrogance (after playing Catherine of Aragon).
In 1938, after a string of flops, a group of theater owners announced that Hepburn was “box office poison.”
Eventually, however, starring in 52 movies over a 64-year career, she became the greatest actress in the history of American cinema, according to the American Film Institute.





Ralph Brennan on New Orleans’ Restaurant Renaissance: August 19- The Connected Table LIVE!

It’s hard to believe that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast with its eye on New Orleans 10 years ago August 29th. At the time we were planning a major dining and wine event for following February the following year which sadly was cancelled. The aftermath left many of our restaurant friends recovering for months, and people were still living scattered here and there.

Flash forward to 2015: New Orleans is back on its game and its restaurants are better than ever. Media outlets around the country will be focusing their eyes on “The 10th Anniversary,” but we never lost sight of New Orleans and neither did its staunchest supporters, its restaurateurs.  One of the first restaurants granted a license to reopen was Ralph Brennan’s Redfish Grill.

New Orleans Restaurateur Ralph Brennan

New Orleans Restaurateur Ralph Brennan

Ralph Brennan is a third generation member of a family whose name, Brennan, is synonymous with New Orleans cuisine. The flagship French Quarter restaurant, Brennan’s, founded by his grandfather was Ralph’s playground where he worked as a prep cook during high school summer vacations. After earning his MBA and working as a CPA for Price Waterhouse for eight years, Ralph returned to the family business.

Always leave room for dessert! Chocolate Bread Pudding from Ralph Brennan's Seafood Cookbook

Always leave room for dessert! Chocolate Bread Pudding from Ralph Brennan’s Seafood Cookbook

Today, The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group includes the recently renovated (2014) Brennan’s, Red Fish Grill, Ralph’s on the Park, cafe b in Metarie and cafe NOMA within the New Orleans Museum of Art, well as restaurants in Disneyland. he is a co-owner of Commander’s Palace and Brennan’s in Houston. And he’s acquired the venerable 200-year-old Napoleon House in the French Quarter, best known for its Pimm’s Cups and Muffulettas as well as a mighty fine Sazerac.

Brennan's, celebrating 70 years, is in  New Orleans' Historic French Quarters

Brennan’s, celebrating 70 years, is in New Orleans’ Historic French Quarters

We had the chance to dine at Brennan’s when we were at Tales of the Cocktail. The restaurant’s elegant beauty and courtyard charm have been given a ladylike “refreshing,” and Chef Slade Rushing now runs the kitchen, given the menu a facelift as well. Don’t fret: Breakfast at Brennan’s classics like Eggs Sardou, Eggs Hussarde and Bananas Foster are still served along with the classic Milk Punch. Ralph is author of Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Cookbook.


Ralph Brennan is a tireless advocate for the city and its restaurant industry, Ralph is a past president of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and New Orleans Restaurant Association and he served as board chairman of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.  Ralph also puts his money where his (and ours) mouths follow to support Gulf Coast fisheries: Over the past 10 years Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group has purchased nearly five million pounds of Gulf Fish and six million oysters. That’s alot of clams!

Red Fish Grill BBQ Oysters

Red Fish Grill BBQ Oysters

Ralph Brennan joins us August 19, 2:28pmEST on The Connected Table LIVE! to discuss his role in the fabric of New Orleans dining and tourism and the city’s healthy comeback.


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