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Why More Young People Are Turning to Online Therapy

Therapy can help with a huge range of mental health complaints from stress and anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and more. There are many reasons to consider therapy, and with the internet now creating new avenues for accessing mental health treatment, it’s no surprise that online therapy has become a popular choice for young people who are seeking mental health support. Due to the COVID19 crisis, online therapy has become an even more popular option over the past year in order to help ensure that people who need additional support for their mental health and wellbeing are able to access it safely when needed. So, why is online therapy becoming a more popular option?

Added Convenience:

Online therapy is usually done from home, meaning that the client has the additional convenience of getting therapy from the comfort of their own place without having to go and visit the therapist at their office. This can be a better option for people who have busy lives or commitments like kids that might be difficult for them to work around when they get professional help. Online therapy can be done from your kitchen or living room, meaning that there’s no need to rush after finishing work for the day or find a sitter for your kids while you go for your appointment. 

Find a Suitable Therapist:

For people who live in remote areas where the choice of therapists available is not always the best, online therapy can be an ideal alternative. Online therapy offers more choice to people who live in remote or rural areas where there are limited mental health resources available to them in the local area. It provides clients with the option of finding a therapist that might be a better fit for them without being confined to the local area only or faced with the need to travel long distances to visit a therapist on a regular basis. 

More Accessible:

Another reason why online therapy is becoming more popular among young people is that it provides more access to these services for people who have physical limitations. People who are housebound or disabled might find it difficult or even impossible to go out and visit a therapist in person, while online therapy can be done from wherever is most comfortable for them. 

Less Overwhelming:

Going to therapy can be a huge step to take for somebody who has been struggling with mental health issues that they struggle to talk about. Often, the internet makes getting therapy easier and more accessible for people in this situation who might feel comfortable talking about physical health issues with family and friends but will struggle to open up about their mental health. Since online therapy can be done from home, or another environment that the client is comfortable and familiar with, it can be easier for clients to overcome the stigma that has long been attached to mental health issues and feel more comfortable asking for help. 

Familiarity:

Today, young people have been born into a world where the internet is used for pretty much anything. From applying for jobs to online grocery shopping, many young people are used to tapping into their phones or laptops when they want to get something done, so it’s no surprise that getting online therapy tends to come naturally to them. In a world where a lot of communication with friends and family is done online and there are more online services than ever before available, it makes sense that young people who are used to this way of doing things would prefer to get mental health support online too. 

What to Consider When Choosing an Online Therapist:

There are several apps that have made finding an online therapist easier, and many therapists that will typically practice from an office or their own home have also started offering online services, many as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. If you are considering online therapy as an option for yourself, there are several things to consider before you start including:

  • The type of therapy that you want – do some research into different types of therapy such as CBT, DBT, and holistic therapy to find one that seems suitable for you. If you are not sure, a good therapist can help by talking through your options and providing you with more information on what might be suitable. 
  • Insurance coverage: Bear in mind that many states don’t allow out-of-state therapists when it comes to insurance coverage, so check the location of the online therapist before you begin since they will need to be licensed in your home state. 
  • Therapist experience: It is important to choose a therapist that is experienced in and knowledgeable about the specific issue that you are looking to get help with. 

Today, online therapy has become a popular and viable way for people to access mental health services more easily and from the comfort and safety of their own home. 

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Uncorked with Broadway Benefit

“UNCORKED WITH BROADWAY” PAIRS WINE AND SONG TO BENEFIT TEEN CANCER AMERICA 

Alfie Boe Leads All-Star Fundraiser on Friday, May 21 

Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, is partnering with Wine Insiders to host “Uncorked with Broadway,” a virtual wine tasting and music showcase on Friday, May 21. Benefitting TCA’s mission to support teens and young adults with cancer, the live video event will feature appearances and performances by more than a dozen of Broadway’s biggest stars, along with top sommeliers presenting four wines that are currently available for order.

Purchase of one of the wine package options includes registration for Uncorked with Broadway, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on May 21. All wines are specially discounted and proceeds from the event go directly to Teen Cancer America. 

Performers scheduled to participate include Tony Award winners Alfie Boe (La bohème), Laura Benanti (Gypsy), Michael Cerveris (Assassins) and Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys), Tony nominees Laura Dreyfuss (Dear Evan Hansen), Megan Hilty (Noises Off), Danny Burstein (Moulin Rouge!) and Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), and Broadway veterans Elaine Paige (Follies), Erich Bergen (Waitress), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin), Donnie Kehr (The Who’s Tommy), Telly Leung (Aladdin) and others.

Boe, a longtime friend and supporter of TCA, became an official ambassador for the charity earlier this year. Best known for his performances in Les Misérables, La bohème and Finding Neverland on Broadway and London’s West End, the British tenor connected with Pete Townshend in 2017 when he performed with Billy Idol as part of Townshend’s “Classic Quadrophenia” tour series, featuring orchestral productions of The Who’s iconic rock opera.

“I am excited for this extraordinary event and being a part of the Teen Cancer America mission,” said Boe. “I can’t think of a more enjoyable evening than raising a glass with some of the most talented stage performers in the world and helping to raise money for such a great cause in the process.”

“Uncorked with Broadway” will include wine tastings guided by professional sommeliers from Wine insiders, Ferdinando Mucerino and Chris Hoel. Mucerino is a Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier and was named 2019’s Best Wine Director by Wine Enthusiast. Hoel is the founder of Harper’s Club, a global wine advisory firm, and is the former director of the wine program at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California.

Featured wines will include Bruno Lafon Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (France), 2019 Le Pied Marin Picpoul de Pinet (France), 2018 George Phillips Cellars Reserve Selection No. 025 Pinot Noir (California), 2019 Henri de Lorgère Costières de Nîmes Rouge, a Rhône red blend (Mediterranean Coast).

Wine must be ordered by Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. ET to be received prior to the event. Orders will be shipped by Wine Insiders and delivered within 1-3 business days. For those unable to attend the virtual event or are not interested in purchasing wines, raffle tickets are available for various prize packages. Separate, tax-deductible donations to TCA may also be made.  

Daltrey and Townshend founded TCA in 2012 to provide specialized programs, treatment and facilities throughout the U.S. for teens and young adults with cancer. For more information, please contact Michelle Aland at Michelle@TeenCancerAmerica.org.

About Teen Cancer America

Teen Cancer America seeks to bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care by helping the health providers and health systems develop specialized programs and facilities for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology. Age-targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development. Outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can hopefully light the fire in America’s health systems. For more information, visit Teen Cancer America.

About Wine Insiders

Wine Insiders, with 39 years of heritage and two million customers across the country, is the nation’s Direct to Consumer wine leader. Wine Insiders offers a curated selection of award-winning premium wines to customers in 41 states plus D.C. Customers receive fast, no-cost shipping on orders of more than six bottles, as well as a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee with each purchase. Wine Insiders’ offerings include individual bottles, packs of six or 12, and a no-obligation wine club for a hassle-free way to explore the world of wine. Visit Wine Insiders.

Do you need a sports tipster?

Why do your sure bets keep losing? Many sports bettors constantly grumble that they don’t find as much luck as they expected. How many times have you wagered on a ‘strong’ bet only for the team to lose? There is a lot that goes to winning a game. The players could be fatigued or they could quarrel with the coach. This inside information is what a tipster offers. 

There are many sites with eSports betting and lucrative odds, but developing a winning strategy proves to be a different ballgame. A losing streak can be very discouraging if you are new to sports betting. Can a tipster service change your fortunes and put you on a winning streak? Maybe so. There are many tipster services offering improved winning rates. Do you need their services? 

Tipsters Have Deep Game Insight 

Tipsters are bettors with deep experience in the sport, leagues and teams they study. They have spent a long time studying games and have deep insights and inside information. A professional tipster has all the valuable information at their fingertips. They know what team is strong in the first half or second half. They know how teams perform historically against each other. 

A good tipster can tell when a team is priced appropriately, underpriced, or overpriced. They can compare the odds against different strengths and weaknesses they have sniffed about the team.  

Tipsters Supplement Betting Apps

There are many betting apps and software analysis tools which have made sports analysis very easy. They use Artificial Intelligence for statistical analysis into huge volumes of historical data. These apps have made sports betting easy, even for novices. 

The disadvantage with these apps is that they cannot make the deductions that a human can. For example, they cannot tell that a coach has a bad relationship with his players, or that a new player is having difficulties adapting.

A tipster is useful for supplementing what you see on sports betting prediction apps. Combining the two sources will give a richer data set to help you make a betting decision from an informed point. 

Tipsters Balance Out Your Views 

In sports betting, you will often have a nagging doubt at the back of the mind. Is this the right call? Is this the right betting option or do I pick another? It is normal to have self-doubts when you are new to sports betting, or when you have suffered a string of losses. You could make the right call but lose an opportunity because of self-doubts. 

A tipster is useful for comparisons. What are his recommendations and views against yours? These comparisons are very useful in identifying the weaknesses of your analysis. You become better at sports analysis and improve your betting skills in the long run. 

Tipsters Can Improve Your Profits 

A tipster can be of help in finding quicker financial success in sports betting. The truth is that a good tipster will make more correct calls than you can. You will have a higher win rate and build up your bankroll quicker. 

How to Identify a Good Tipster 

Stay away from tipsters who promise ‘fixed matches.’ The only way to pick a good tipster is by doing a good review of a tipster’s past performance. There are several sites for reviewing tipsters, where you can also find out about the reputation of a tipster. Any credible tipster will give you a trial period to help you assess his performance. Start with several trials and compare performances to pick the best. 

A good tipster can boost your wins and change your betting fortunes, even if you don’t find overnight success. You can use these services to enrich your sports analysis skills and turn into an expert relying on your own tips. 

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ANDERSON .PAAK – LOCKDOWN, LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

ANDERSON .PAAK WINS GRAMMY FOR BEST MELODIC RAP PERFORMANCE FOR EMOTIONALLY CHARGED SINGLE “LOCKDOWN”

MAKES TV DEBUT AS SILK SONIC PERFORMING NEW SINGLE “LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN”

Esteemed singer, songwriter, producer Anderson .Paak takes home the Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance for his critically acclaimed single, “Lockdown”.

.Paak released his highly regarded single “Lockdown” last year on Juneteenth via Aftermath Entertainment, exclusively distributed by 12Tone Music, LLC. Inspiration for the song came from .Paak’s participation in a Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest where peaceful protestors were being shot with rubber bullets by the police. The song was accompanied by the Grammy nominated video directed by Dave Meyers featuring Andra Day, Jay Rock, Syd, SiR, Dumbfoundead & Dominic Fike.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “LOCKDOWN” HERE

The now 4-time Grammy Award winning .Paak also took to the stage with Bruno Mars in a television performance debut of new project Silk Sonic with Bruno Mars. The duo performed a funky retro rendition of their new single, “Leave The Door Open.” Variety coincidentally described the song as “a glorious blast of vintage R&B that could be a Best R&B Song Grammy winner from 1974.”

Anderson .Paak was nominated for Best Music Video: “Lockdown” and Best Melodic Rap Performance: “Lockdown”.

The win for Best Melodic Rap Performance follows his Best R&B Album win for Ventura and Best R&B Performance win for “Come Home” featuring Andre 3000 earlier this year. He won his first Grammy in 2019 for Best Rap Performance for his song, “Bubblin.’”

.Paak was also featured on this year’s Grammy Award nominated albums from Nas (Kings Disease) and Free Nationals (Free Nationals). He was a co-producer on John Legend’s “One Life” from his album, Bigger Love.

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How to Control Your Alcohol Intake and Drive More Responsibly

The next time someone says, ‘Fancy a couple of coldies?’ Take a moment before answering yes. Will you be driving after?

The legal BAC limit for driving in Australia is 0.5%, lower than many countries but still not enough for curbing road fatalities.

How does drink driving affect us?

According to Australia’s peak road transport and traffic agency, Austroads, the country sees 200 deaths annually due to drunk driving. This figure constitutes 18% of all deaths on the roads. Of course, this is accompanied by thousands of injury cases.

The national consensus is still debating on lowering the BAC limit to zero, along with other measures such as more roadside random tests, immediate licence suspension, increasing alcohol prices, and improving support for alcohol-dependent drivers.

What should you do?

Understand that the risks of drinking and driving are quite high. It can lead to accidents and serious harm, embarrassments, and health problems later in life. 

Better still, learn how to control your alcohol intake and drive more responsibly. Here are some simple steps on how to do that.

1. Know your limit

The Australian Guidelines on drinking alcohol state that a healthy person should not drink more than 10 standard drinks a week and/or 4 standard drinks a day. Of course, the amount of alcohol you can handle depends on your age, weight, gender, and mood too. If you aren’t aware of your limit, follow the ‘less is more’ policy.

2. Controlled assessment helps

Assessing your alcohol intake will show how much you drink daily, and when exactly things tend to get out of hand. You can further control this by avoiding situations that trigger drinking, purchasing less alcohol amounts, etc. This will also help you to calculate your safe limit. 

3. Remember to eat and pause

It’s always a good idea to eat before and also while you drink. Empty stomach allows the alcohol to hit the bloodstream faster. A full stomach will also control your alcohol intake. Pace yourself and pause to count your drinks and also, take regular sips of water in between.

4. Plan your journey back home

Even when you drink below the BAC limit, alcohol still impairs senses. Driving responsible after drinks is most fruitful when a sober friend can drive you back, or give a ride. Opt for public transportation. Or better still, leave the car at home to avoid temptation.

5. Don’t fall for peer pressure

There is no obligation to keep up with friends or other company in terms of drinking. Stay clear of drinking games, situations, and people who encourage binge drinking. 

6. Be proactive about alcohol control

Learn to say, ‘No’. Don’t drink and drive yourself, and neither let anyone else do it. If you find it hard to control your drinking, be ready to accept that there might be a problem. In that case, consider seeking help. It’s better than living with the possibility of harm.

The law should be strict but sometimes there is also a need for support. Specialized law firms such as Astor Legal understands this and can help you reduce your fines, disqualification periods, and even help you avoid imprisonment. 

What Keeps Men From Picking Up Their Household Mess

By Andi Simon, Ph.D.

For many of the women I have been working with during the pandemic crisis, the biggest complaint has been: “Why doesn’t my husband help pick up the mess?” “Don’t men even see the toys all around them, the dishes in the sink, the clothes needing folding?” And when they finally lend a hand, it is hardly neat or “the way I would have done it.”

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the cultural dilemma is upon us, exaggerated during the current stay-at-home, work remotely era caused by COVID-19. What wives, moms and girlfriends might have silently dealt with in the past has become a major issue when both partners are now at home together. Differences are more apparent, irritations closer to the surface.

As an anthropologist, and a wife, and a mother, I know all too well how difficult it is to change habits in adults. Once we learn our habits, they take over and drive us. My husband is a wonderful teammate but loves to leave his cabinets open, his clothes folded but not so smoothly, and his office … well let’s not discuss that. I do confess, at times my office is as big a mess as his, which is OK as long as each of us stick to our own disorderly worlds.

In a recent Atlantic article, “The Myth That Gets Men Out of Doing Chores,” Joe Pinsker writes about how these male-female differences originate partly from how boys and girls are raised, and partly from how men and women simply see things through different lenses. While some contend that boys are naturally messier than girls, there is little research to support that. If anything, boys and girls (and men and women) can both make a mess in the bedroom, the bathroom and the kitchen — indeed, making messes comes naturally to both sexes. Cleaning them up, less so.

The issue is that boys and girls are taught differently what it means to be “neat” or “messy.” There is nothing inherent in either of those words. We learn what they mean as we grow up, and the ones teaching us play a major role in handing down those cultural values about what we should or should not be doing to create order in our lives.

What matters is how we “believe” that we as humans create and manage our physical and social order, at home and outside of it. Watch boys at a sporting event — lacrosse, soccer or anything — and they learn quickly how to pack their sports bag and keep their equipment in good shape (or be yelled at by the coach). Girls do the same. In the office, men can be very neat, or not. I have had bosses with horrible office order and others who were so immaculate that it was weird. The same has been true of male or female bosses.

The question then becomes: Why do we think women should pick up the toys, fold the laundry and close the cabinets, while the guys watch their ballgame and drink their beer with a mess all around them? Humans are culture-creating and culture-living creatures. As children, we learn from parents, teachers and friends what is valued and for whom. If boys are allowed to have messy rooms because, well, they are just boys, they will quickly learn that boys can be messy, ignore the mess, and not be expected to restore order to it. If girls are told that they must clean up their rooms before they can do something they want, they learn other rules and other norms.

It really is true that what we see our mothers and fathers, and others, doing is what we mimic, in business and in life. It becomes embedded in our psyches, sometimes without our even realizing. If girls and women repeatedly hear that cleanliness is next to godliness, they will learn that making the bed, tidying the kitchen and cleaning up messes are positive reinforcements for how good and acceptable they are. Boys don’t learn this. In fact, if a boy neatly picks up his toys and then is called a sissy, what value judgement is that passing along?

So then, if you have a man in the house who repeatedly ignores the kids’ mess on the floor, think hard about what both of you are teaching your kids about personal responsibility, beyond neatness and messiness. You might during this at-home period be able to change their futures by providing them with unbiased values and beliefs about what men and women see and do. Remember, it is easier to change the kids than the guy. I would advise, though, that in your corrections to the latter, tread carefully but quickly, before the opportunity evaporates.

About Andi Simon

Andi Simon, Ph.D., author of the book Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business, is a corporate anthropologist and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants. A trained practitioner in Blue Ocean Strategy®, Simon has conducted several hundred workshops and speeches on the topic as well as consulted with a wide range of clients across the globe. She also is the author of the award-winning book On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights. Simon has a successful podcast, On the Brink with Andi Simon, that has more than 125,000 monthly listeners, and is ranked among the top 20 Futurist podcasts and top 200 business podcasts. In addition, Global Advisory Experts named Simons’ firm the Corporate Anthropology Consultancy Firm of the Year in New York – 2020. She has been on Good Morning, America and Bloomberg, and is widely published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Business Week, Becker’s, and American Banker, among others. She has been a guest blogger for Forbes.com, Huffington Post, and Fierce Health.

AC_LatinoCovid by Allison Christensen for 360 Magazine

Antibody Cocktail May Prevent Symptomatic COVID-19 Infections

An antibody cocktail being tested at UVA Health and other sites was able to block 100% of symptomatic COVID-19 infections among people exposed to the virus, early results from the clinical trial suggest.

In addition, those who developed asymptomatic infections accumulated far less virus in their bodies than usual and saw their infections resolve within a week, according to interim data released by the cocktail’s manufacturer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

“This is the first treatment shown to prevent COVID-19 after a known exposure, and offers protection for unvaccinated individuals caring for a family member with COVID-19,” said UVA Health’s William Petri Jr., MD, PhD, one of the leaders of the trial at UVA. “We expect that Regeneron will file for Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA so that this drug can be used outside of the context of a clinical trial.”

Antibodies for COVID-19

The phase 3 clinical trial aims to determine if the antibodies will prevent COVID-19 infection in people who have been exposed but not yet developed the disease. This is known as “passive immunization.”

Regeneron’s new analysis, which has not yet been published in a scientific journal, looked at outcomes in approximately 400 trial participants. Of 186 people who received the antibodies, none developed symptomatic COVID-19. Of the 223 who received a placebo, eight developed symptomatic COVID-19, the company reports.

Asymptomatic infections occurred in 15 of the antibody recipients and in 23 of the placebo recipients. Overall rates of infection, including both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections, were approximately 50% lower in the antibody group.

Among those who developed infections, placebo recipients had, on average, a peak viral load (the amount of virus in the body) that was more than 100 times greater than antibody recipients. The antibody group also recovered more quickly–all the infections resolved within seven days, while 40 percent of infections in the placebo group lasted three to four weeks, Regeneron said.

The cocktail also appears to shorten the duration of viral shedding, the time when the virus is being manufactured in the body. The viral shedding period was nine weeks among antibody recipients and 44 weeks among the placebo recipients. While people with COVID-19 are not infectious for this entire time, reducing the duration of viral shedding may shorten the period when they can spread the disease.

There were more adverse events reported among placebo recipients than among antibody recipients – 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Regeneron attributed this to the larger number of COVID-19 infections in the placebo group.

There was one death and one COVID-19-related hospitalization in the placebo group and none in the antibody group. Injection-site reactions were reported among 2 percent of both groups.

“We are profoundly grateful to the nurses and staff of the UVA COVID-19 clinic, led by Dr. Debbie-Anne Shirley,” Petri said. “Their day-to-day support made our participation in this trial possible.”

About the Clinical Trial

Phase 3 clinical trials, such as the one under way at UVA, examine the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and treatments in large numbers of people. Positive results in the phase 3 trial could spur the federal Food and Drug Administration to make the antibody cocktail available for post-exposure COVID-19 prevention.

The antibody cocktail is not a vaccine and is not expected to provide permanent immunity to COVID-19.

The team conducting the study at UVA is led by Petri and Shirley and includes Gregory Madden, MD; Chelsea Marie, PhD; Jennifer Sasson, MD; Jae Shin, MD; Cirle Warren, MD; Clinical Research Coordinator Igor Shumilin; assistant Rebecca Carpenter; and COVID-19 Clinic nurses Michelle Sutton, Elizabeth Brooks, Danielle Donigan, Cynthia Edwards, Jennifer Pinnata, Samantha Simmons and Rebecca Wade.

To keep up with the latest medical research news from UVA, subscribe to the Making of Medicine blog.

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Super Bowl STEM Activities

With millions of families tuning into Super Bowl LV to see if Tom Brady will win another championship, there is also a great opportunity to introduce some fun activities that will keep kids learning and active.

Youth sports and learning experts at Skyhawks Sports Academy and STEM Sports® recommend two fun activities to get children learning and active for Super Bowl weekend. The activities are easy to learn and use objects found in most households. Bonus–there may or may not be a STEM education hidden in these activities, so it is a win-win.

  • Farthest Football Throw: We all know a key skill for a quarterback is to throw the football accurately and for distance, but even the pros fall short or overthrow the ball. So, grab a football and measuring tape and start a fun competition to see which family member can throw the ball the farthest. Have each person try it 3 times and record the results. This activity will also teach your children math skills as they calculate the distance between the farthest and the shortest throws.
  • Glove Grip Test: Notice how many football players wear gloves during the game? It’s not because they’re cold, it’s because the gloves give them a better grip while catching and passing the ball. To test it out, gather different types of gloves you may find around the house – sports gloves, boxing gloves, leather gloves, mittens, dish cleaning gloves, or even disposable gloves. Try passing the football and catching it from different distances and with different gloves to notice the difference in grip and accuracy when throwing and catching.

With football being such a popular sport, these easy and fun activities provide the perfect opportunity to introduce kids to science and math concepts, as well as get them away from their screens and moving around. Consider spending a commercial break doing one of these activities, or pivoting to any of these activities if things aren’t going well for your team.

For children interested in taking STEM learning to the next level, Skyhawks and STEM Sports® offer in-person and virtual programs using sports as the real-life application to teach science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Skyhawks also offers Flag Football camps for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and in a variety of formats in communities across the country. Current program offerings continue to follow proven COVID-19 protocols per state and local guidelines. Winter programming is currently underway, and more information, schedules, and registration are available on the Skyhawks’ website.

About Skyhawks Sports Academy

Skyhawks Sports Academy is a youth sports camp organization based in Spokane, Washington. Skyhawks was founded in Spokane in 1979 as a soccer program for children to learn sports in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment. Skyhawks currently offers programs in more than 11 different sports including Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, Baseball, Multi-Sport, Tennis, Mini-Hawk, Lacrosse, Golf, Volleyball, Cheerleading, and Track & Field for children ages 4-14 across North America. The format of our programs includes traditional weeklong summer day camps, year-round after-school programs, sports leagues, and clinics. For more information, visit their website.

About STEM Sports®

STEM Sports® provides turnkey K-8 supplemental curricula that use various sports as the real-life application to teach science, technology, engineering, and math skills in classrooms, after-school programs, and camps. Our double-play combination of physical activity and cognitive thinking provides a comprehensive, inquiry-based educational experience and a solution for crucial STEM literacy for students. As a result, students develop critical thinking, collaboration, creative problem-solving, and leadership skills that can be applied throughout their education and future careers.

Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and National Standards for K-12 Physical Education, our curricula will cultivate and promote participants’ STEM engagement and retention. STEM Sports® provides all of the necessary and relevant sports equipment along with the entire list of supplies called for in the teacher/administer manual and all of the items have a long-lasting shelf life. Learn more on their website.

Rules of creative writing and storytelling

The internet and libraries abound with books, novels, and stories written by authors. Some of them are more successful than others and this is because authors have managed to create interesting and compelling stories. Storytelling in copywriting is the trend that will describe the marketing efforts of many businesses in the next years, as it begins to gain momentum as an important marketing trend. However, storytelling and creative writing have a few rules that, if followed, can help you create amazing pieces of text. 

There is no special formula to unleash your imagination or write a piece of text that many readers can relate to. It is more about talent, hard work, and a few creative tips that can enhance the writing skills of anyone. 

A Dedicated Writing Space 

This is something that all writers are stressing over and over again. Having a dedicated writing space helps you enter a flow state when you do not feel how the time passes. When you are in a flow state, you get so involved in what you are doing, that everything in your environment seems to work for you. 

You are more efficient and productive, and sometimes, as a writer, you would want to be like this. But apart from this benefit, a dedicated writing space allows you to gather your resources and concentrate on your piece of text. It is a great way to eliminate distractions and let your ideas pour on paper. 

Structured and Specific Stories 

Creative writing and storytelling develop impressive and emotional stories. To be successful, they need to appeal to the public and help it relate to them. Writing general stories and concepts and using lazy word combinations is one of the things to avoid. Instead, be specific and use words that describe complex states. For example, instead of very sad you can use sorrowful or instead of very shiny you can use gleaming. Everyone is now competing for the attention of the people, no matter if it is online or offline. But many writers need feedback and suggestions on their pieces of text and writing services can turn out to be of help. If you need help from an essay writing service UK, they have a large base of proficient writers that can support you in the writing process and help you find the best words. 

One or Two Narrative Points of View? 

There are two common approaches to the narrative point of view. It can be first-person, meaning the narrator is also a character in the story. Or, it can be third-person, meaning that the narrator is not an active participant in the story. Both of them are largely used in all pieces of writing and storytelling and each of them comes with its benefits. The first-person point of view comes with intimacy and great character building. While a third-person point of view allows the writer to focus on more characters and gives the feeling of omnipresence. 

Which one of them is right for your idea of the story, you get to decide. But the best thing you could do that will also boost your creativity is to experiment. Writing does not have any magic formula and it is your personality and perspective on the world that will be reflected by your pieces of text. Experimenting with all the narrative points of view allows you to develop the story more and also come up with new ideas. This is something both copywriters and creative writers are doing. 

Character Building 

Storytelling is not only about a succession of events that take place. It is also about the characters that take part in those events and interact with each other. No matter your narrative point of view, as an author, you need to paint the readers an accurate character portrait. Think about real characters and describe them. What do they look like? What do they like or dislike? How do they relate to the events that take place? Do they have any hobbies, pets, thoughts they ruminate on?

Not only the story but the characters too, make a story memorable. And storytelling is exactly about this. Understanding and constantly learning about characters is important, as it can help any writer develop a compelling story. 

Conclusion 

There are many types of content writing or storytelling you can choose to write, but this depends on the ideas you have and the message you want to send. To write successful pieces of text, you need to train your brain to enter a flow state, where you forget to check the clock. The best thing you can do is consistency. Have a dedicated writing space and write even when you don’t feel like writing. 

Aim to create specific stories and use a large pool of words to describe the emotions and feelings in an accurate manner. This will help readers relate more to your story and continue reading. Writing is also about experimenting and you can do this with your character building. Both the events and the characters make a story memorable. 

Author Bio: Judy Nelson is a content writer and blogger, passionate about literature. She spends her spare time reading books on diverse genres: SFs, historical fiction, and self-development. Judy loves writing essays on topics such as the psychology of creative writing and writing skills.

Vaughn Lowery illustration by Allison Christensen for his book Move Like Water x Be Fluid produced by 360 MAGAZINE

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Move Like Water × Be Fluid

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Vaughn Lowery, founder and publisher of 360 MAGAZINE, is set to release his first book this month. Move Like Water × Be Fluid is a stunning memoir documenting the author’s journey from a childhood in the Detroit projects to a successful career in fashion and media. The arc of this remarkable passage twists and turns in surprising ways, ensuring readers will believe in the concept that this life truly is what you make it. The text will debut as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE and marks the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing.

This provocative coming-of-age story explores the power of branding strategy, a technique the writer developed at an early age and carried with him throughout his lifetime. Lowery, from the time he was a young child, is able to comprehend that one’s innate, individual self is their greatest commodity in life. Through the highs and lows that inform his experience, he stays true to that ideal. Lowery puts forward a raw and compelling narrative of a child, and later a man, who repeatedly picks himself up, reimagines his life, and finds innovative ways to move forward. The self-empowerment so emblematic in Lowery’s character and story promotes readers to adopt the author’s tactics in their own lives.

The influence of prominent civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, the writer’s grandfather, is prevalent in this work. A beacon for both hope and progress during the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Joseph Lowery weighs heavily on the narrator. This, along with his upbringing and existence as a black man in America, make Lowery both introspective and contextually aware when it comes to race. Moreover, draws parallels between the movement his grandfather championed and led, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, exposing the failures of our system and calling for meaningful, systemic change. Both Joseph and Vaughn Lowery are members of the first intercollegiate historically African American organization Alpha Phi Alpha. Lowery simultaneously considers the work he can do, as a singular human being, to forward social justice causes in his day-to-day life and interactions with others. 

In 1920, his grandmother, Agnes Christine Moore Lowery (the little girl in the blue dress, also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha), came with her grandmother to become the first black to vote in Tennessee. The kids’ book, The Big Day, depicts their journey the day she voted, now available on Amazon here.

Photo of LaJUNE by Armon Hayes for 360 Magazine

Photo: Armon Hayes, Talent: LaJUNE

360 Magazine is also now selling one of a kind home goods via Chairish, a curated marketplace for the best in vintage and contemporary furniture, decor and art. Check out this piece designed by 360’s founder Vaughn Lowery.

In the year 2020, which has been afflicted with an overwhelming amount of change, there has never been a timelier moment for insight from a man like Lowery. As mentioned, Lowery’s deep ties and connections to racial justice in America feels incredibly relevant, as do his thoughts on digital media, something Lowery pioneered years before COVID-19 forced the world hurriedly online. Constantly at the forefront of social change, Move Like Water × Be Fluid offers an understanding of the current moment, yet looks forward to the possibility of an evolved, cosmopolitan world. One that Lowery aspires to through all his works, including this installation and 360 MAGAZINE.

As we follow the author through grade school, high school and on through Cornell University, we collect advice from a myriad of powerful secondary characters. From all walks of life, these secondary support systems offer Lowery the push he needs to continue on striving towards something better. We watch Lowery model the work ethic of his admired older sister, gain confidence from an encouraging teacher, change the trajectory of his life due to a neighborhood mentor, and learn from the critique of a Residential Advisor. This self-help-book stands apart for never failing to appreciate the importance of an individual’s support system. Fittingly, while the book catalogues Lowery’s journey to success, it inspires and encourages readers in the same way Lowery’s community uplifted him – to take action towards a meaningful life.

Comparable titles to Move Like Water × Be Fluid include other stories of individuals who later turned to publishing their experiences in self-help books. Numerous celebrity examples include Becoming by Michelle Obama, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, or The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. These titles, as well as Lowery’s first book, all feature introspection and explanations regarding the course of the authors’ lives. 

The following descriptions outlines the chapter-by-chapter journey within Move Like Water × Be Fluid.

Chapter 1: The beginning of Lowery’s journey is marked by his complicated childhood in Detroit, distinctly connected to his sense of place and community. Financial struggles and surroundings reminiscent of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as the author’s early experience with assault contextualize the course of Lowery’s life.

Chapter 2: A childhood mood, coupled with the realization of his intelligence, swiftly changed the direction of Lowery’s life. Following a move to New Jersey to live with his older sister, Lowery’s early experiences of racism shine a light on his passion for racial justice today. The opportunity to participate in an honored education program again changes the trajectory Lowery follows.

Chapter 3: This chapter offers insight into the ups and downs of high school, a narrative many are familiar with. Yet, Lowery’s poised observations throughout the chapter reflect his early understanding of the world.

Chapter 4: After a remarkable yet complex journey through high school, Lowery achieves the first of many dreams by gaining the chance to attend Cornell University in New York. At Cornell, he is able to expand his understanding of self and what he hopes to accomplish.

Chapter 5: Saks Fifth Avenue recruits Lowery to work in their corporate office, marking Lowery’s first foray into the world of economics and fashion. The advice he gains from mentors in the field prompts him to shift towards a career in acting and modeling, supplemented by working in the Medicare Department of U.S. Healthcare.

Chapter 6: New York, in all its hectic nature, pointed Lowery west towards California where he could further capitalize on his talents in the entertainment industry.

Chapter 7: This chapter details one of the events in Lowery’s life for which he is best known: his commercials as “Joe Boxer Guy” that overwhelmed the nation. Following ups and downs in Los Angeles, this success cemented Lowery’s understanding of his own talents as well as his ties to L.A.

Chapter 8: Following an offensive home invasion, Lowery pivots to continue embracing what life throws at him with appearances on NBC’s “Scrubs” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

Chapter 9: With plenty of capital and the space to complement his next steps, Lowery founded 360 MAGAZINE in 2008, powering through the tidal wave that was the recession all due to his own brains and the belief in his product and brand.

Chapter 10: After another painful reminder of the inadequacies of the justice system in America due to an unjust prison stay, Lowery’s comprehension of what is truly important is once again realigned. Despite his negative experiences, his magazine is able to be on the cutting edge of the Los Angeles scene.

Chapter 11: The number 360 is ubiquitous to Lowery – one embodies the other. His appreciation for both his own capabilities and expertise, as well as the ones of others, assures his magazine and brand are constantly evolving. 

Chapter 12: Thinking on the future following the tragic death of a friend, Lowery is nowhere near finished and is more than ready to continue is many metamorphoses. He now exists in a space where he strives to empower others, all around the world. 360.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid, by Vaughn Lowery, is available this month exclusively on the 360 MAGAZINE’s website. 360 MAGAZINE has received numerous accolades, and has recently been featured on Dancing with the Stars. Stay in touch by following both Lowery (@vaughnlowery) and 360 (@360magazine)

Additionally Vaughn has an audio book titled, “Say Uncle: The Story of Vaughn Lowery” which loosely based on his childhood. It is available for here on Amazon Music. For additional info on Vaughn Lowery visit Wikipedia and IMDb.