“A Guide for Aging Heroes: 30 Days to Owning the Second Half of Life” was recently awarded the Literary Titan Gold Book Award. The Gold Book Award is bestowed upon books that exemplify exceptional standards in the presentation of original content. The award honors the crafting of elegant prose, showcasing a talent for transforming simple words into compelling, beautifully constructed text. This prestigious accolade is a tribute to books that represent an extraordinary achievement in the literary world.
Authors and publishers worldwide submitted their work to the International Firebird Book Awards. The Firebird Book Award judging panel includes a diverse group who represent a cross-section of ages, cultural heritage, races, religions, gender, and experience. Only exceptional works earn the coveted Firebird. This year, “A Guide for Aging Heroes” swept first-place awards in the categories of Aging, Health and Fitness, Self-Help, Wellness, and Mind/Body/Spirit.
“A Guide for Aging Heroes” debunks stereotypes about aging and redefines it as an opportunity for a renaissance. While the first half of life is often driven by conformity and efforts to do what society deems appropriate, the second half is a chance to reinvent one’s self and adopt a more meaningful and authentic way of being. Beyond the scope of typical how-to books, “A Guide for Aging Heroes” lays out a lifestyle marked by adventure, personal evolution, service, and wonder. It takes readers on a voyage of self-exploration, embracing the holistic interconnections between us all.
Daily reads include motivational anecdotes, simple instructions, and suggested activities to help readers engage in personal change. “A Guide for Aging Heroes” offers easy techniques for transforming life’s emotional, intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual domains. This book shines a light on a new way of experiencing the second half of life.
“For those of us at whom this book is squarely aimed, the well-structured segments require a healthy dose of self-reflection to properly navigate, but the rewards are well worth the effort. The book is disarmingly honest about our faults but courageously hopeful about our power to overcome them.” – David Buzan, author of In the Lair of Legends
Randolph Harrison is a celebrated educator, member of the American Psychological Association, and former counseling therapist. He is a recipient of the prestigious Roston Endowed Teaching Chair and the WPCC Excellence in Teaching Award. Randolph has lectured on psychology and education topics in cities across the US. He is energized by exploring ideas with others. Harrison is a writer, musician, motorcyclist, sailor, fitness geek, and avid outdoor adventurer.
Erica Schwarting sees life through the lens of an artist and has an innate talent for design. She manages inclusion, well-being, volunteer, and spiritual care services for UNC Health Blue Ridge and has a certification in Inclusive Workplace Culture. Being a change agent for diversity, equity, and inclusion is deeply ingrained in her character. She has spent a lifetime working to enhance and improve outcomes for others locally and internationally. Erica has contributed to and participated in initiatives ranging from therapeutic horseback riding programs to LGBTQ empowerment events. She has competed in hundreds of races, including a Ragnar Relay in Hawaii, the Mt. Kilimanjaro Half-Marathon, and the Chicago Major Marathon.
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Lisa MacNally, LMT, of Pittsfield, New Hampshire, is celebrated as a Women of the Month for March 2023 by P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized) for her outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of massage therapy.
About Lisa MacNally, LMT Lisa MacNally is the owner and a Licensed Massage Therapist at Health Revolution Massage, LLC.
With over 12 years of experience, MacNally is responsible for general massage therapy, sports massage, Swedish massage, oncology massage, geriatric massage, pregnancy massage, chair massage, acupressure, pressure point and trigger point therapy, orthopedic massage, Ashiatsu foot massage, hot stone therapy, therapeutic deep tissue massage, and postural counseling.
MacNally earned her L.M.T. and passed the National Exam Certification for Massage Therapy. She is a member of the A.M.T.A. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking trails, nature, and being with her family.
For more information, visit www.healthrevolutionmassage.com.
About P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized) and powerwoe.com P.O.W.E.R.-Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized is an organization and an online community. P.O.W.E.R. Magazine is a digital and exclusive print magazine featuring celebrities and everyday hardworking professional women. Our mission is to provide a powerful network of women who will mentor, inspire, and empower each other to be the best they can be. Through our valuable services and collaborating with like-minded professionals, our members can potentially gain the recognition and exposure they deserve, as well as obtain knowledge from those who have already achieved success.
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In recognition of the notable contributions made by Professor (late) Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Government of India has designated 29th June every year, coinciding with his birth anniversary, as “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated at the national level. The objective of this Day is to create public awareness, specially in the younger generation for drawing inspiration from Professor (late) Mahalanobis about the role and importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation.
This year, the main event of Statistics Day, 2022 is being organized through physical-cum-virtual mode. The Chief Guest of the event is Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Ministry of Planning and Hon’ble Minister of State of Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Prof. Bimal Kumar Roy, Chairman, National Statistical Commission (NSC); Dr. G. P. Samanta, Chief Statistician of India & Secretary, MoSPI; Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute; are also scheduled to address the participants on the occasion. Moreover, senior officers of Central Ministries/Departments and other stakeholders will also participate in the event through hybrid (i.e. both physical and virtual) mode.
Every year, Statistics Day is celebrated with a theme of contemporary national importance. The theme of Statistics Day, 2022 is ‘Data for Sustainable Development’.
On this occasion, MoSPI also recognizes the outstanding contribution through high quality research in the field of applied and theoretical statistics benefiting the official statistical system through awards instituted for this purpose. This year, the winners of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis National Award in Official Statistics, 2022 and Prof. P.V. Sukhatme National Award for life time contribution in the field of statistics, 2022 will be announced during the event. The winners of ‘On the Spot Essay Writing Competition, 2022’ for Post Graduate Students on the theme of Statistics day will also be felicitated.
During the technical session of the event, officers of the Ministry will make a brief presentation on the theme, followed by addresses by experts from international agencies.
In order to celebrate ‘Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and to commemorate the 162th birthday of Dr M Visvesaraiya, a unique quiz named ‘Tech_Quest 1.0’ was organized at HRDC by the Human Resources Development Department of SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant. This Audio – Visual Quiz, dedicated to Technology & Engineering, had 30 two-member teams participating in the written qualifying round, out of which six teams reached the finale.
This quiz was the culmination of an idea expressed by Shri SK Dubey, ED (P&A) for organizing such an event in order to share knowledge on Technology & Engineering in an interesting manner.
Marjorie A. Graf of Mexico, Missouri has been celebrated as a Top Executive for 2021 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding achievements and high level of success for over 40 years in the fields of finance and retail management. The Top Executive Club members are honored in a gallery on the Strathmoreworldwide.com website.
About Marjorie A. Graf Marjorie Graf is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Graf & Sons Inc. which is a wholesale sporting goods store based in Mexico, Missouri. They sell sporting goods, hunting products, ammunition, shooting and reloading materials on a national scale. Graf & Sons stocks over 20,000 products and ships both nationally and internationally by mail order, phone sales, and internet sales. The company has many extremely competent employees including Marjorie’s two sons who are also involved with the business.
Graf & Sons, Inc. was founded in 1957 by Arnold Graf, his wife Velma, their two sons Bob and Howard, and their spouses. What has become known as “The Reloading Authority” first started as a gasoline service station in Mexico, MO that sold boats, motors, hunting and fishing merchandise. Bob and Marjorie Graf became sole owners of the business after the passing of co-founder Arnold Graf in 1972 and the retirement of Howard Graf in 1981. In 1986, Bob and Marjorie started to advertise across the board and began to sell internationally. In the beginning they shipped just 1,000-2,000 products a year but with the creation of their website, www.grafs.com, in 2001, the product lines expanded to fit the need. Sadly, Marjorie’s husband Bob passed away in 2018.
Marj specializes in finance and the overall operations. She also oversees the exporting side of the business, customer service and sales. She attended significant shooting events, selling to competitors nationally throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Ms. Graf was also integral in the early advertising and international sales. She continues running and managing the company. Previously, Ms. Graf served in sales and service at Mexico Refractories and Kaiser Refractories for over 16 years.
Marjorie was once again honored on the Reuters Billboard in Times Square in New York City in early June 2021. On February 27, 2020, Marjorie Graf was honored as the “2020 Woman of Excellence in Retail” by COMO Magazine in Columbia, Missouri. In 2013, Graf and Sons Inc. was recognized by the Mexico Chamber of Commerce for their leadership in business, their retail business and their philanthropy and was honored at the 29th annual Commerce & Industry Appreciation Dinner. In January 2019, she received the Mexico Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award. Marj Graf was the 2019 inductee ”as an individual” into the Missouri Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame on May 17, 2019 at Linn Creek, Missouri. This was quite an honor as she has always enjoyed the shooting and hunting sports.
Marj enjoys family activities with her four children, five grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In her spare time, she also enjoys shooting, camping, hunting, fishing, cooking, and church activities.
Marjorie A. Graf states, “I credit my parents and upbringing for molding me into a woman of excellence. I’m fortunate. I was taught by my parents that work is necessary to survive. Always do your best.”
For further information, contact www.grafs.com.
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