Oldest Living Teenager

Dick Clark

I just want to take a moment to pay tribute to an Entertainment Icon. The Legendary Dick Clark.

RIP Mr. Clark


A Message From The Creator

When you can see obstacles for what they are, you never lose faith in the path it takes to get you where you want to go.

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Tina Turner

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939) is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in the rock music genre have led many to call her the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Turner started out her music career with husband Ike Turner as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of hits including “River Deep, Mountain High” and the 1971 hit “Proud Mary“. With the publication of her autobiography I, Tina (1986), Turner revealed severe instances of spousal abuse against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. After virtually disappearing from the music scene for several years following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career, launching a string of hits beginning in 1983 with the single “Let’s Stay Together” and the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer.

Her musical career led to film roles, beginning with a prominent role as The Acid Queen in the 1975 film Tommy, and an appearance in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. She starred opposite Mel Gibson as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, and her version of the film’s theme, “We Don’t Need Another Hero“, was a hit single. She appeared in the 1993 film Last Action Hero.

One of the world’s most popular entertainers, Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist and was named “one of the greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone.  Her combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide.  She is known for her energetic stage presence,  powerful vocals, career longevity,  and widespread appeal.  In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. Turner’s tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008–2009. Turner was raised a Baptist, but converted to Buddhism and credits the spiritual chants with giving her the strength that she needed to get through the rough times.  Rolling Stone ranked her at 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time and considers her the “Queen of Rock and Roll”

Local Inspiration



Kaira Rouda

“I find myself looking in the mirror and realizing with no uncertainty that I will continue to redefine my life, my brand and my work.” — Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is an award-winning entrepreneur, marketer, speaker and author.

Kaira is the bestselling author of REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs (Wiley), founder of numerous companies including Real You, and brand creator of Real Living Real Estatethe nation’s first women-focused real estate brand.

In late 2009, and with the help of a tweet, Kaira helped orchestrate the sale of Real Living to Brookfield Residential Property Services, a Toronto-based firm with approximately USD $90 billion of assets under management. Kaira remains brand strategist and consultant for the company.

Kaira’s first novel, HERE, HOME, HOPE (Greenleaf Book Group) was published in May of 2011, and won a 2011 Indie Excellence Award for fiction.

As an authority and sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship, branding, marketing to women, and work-life balance, Kaira has been a speaker at conferences across the country. She has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, FOX Business, ABC, NBC, WomenEntrepreneur.com, ABC Radio Network as well as hundreds of newspapers, television and radio shows coast to coast. She is a favorite interviewee and contributor to online women’s communities, and radio shows, and was named to Forbes’ list of the top 30 Women to follow on Twitter.

Until writing her first book, Kaira had been the “Connections” columnist for The Columbus Dispatch for more than 10 years. She continues to write her own blog, on her website www.kairarouda.com and a free, weekly tip with a subscriber base of several thousand women. Earlier in her career, Kaira was a contributing editor to Columbus Monthly magazine and a freelancer for national and regional magazines including Midwest Living. Her first national magazine byline appeared in Bride magazine, shortly after her honeymoon.

Named 2008 Best Entrepreneur from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, Kaira was recognized in Entrepreneur magazine’s inaugural Top 50 fastest-growing, women-led companies list. She’s also been listed in the top 10 real estate newsmakers of the year and one of the Top 50 most influential women in real estate by the industry’s trends report. Formerly Vice President of Marketing for an Inc. 100 firm and franchisor, as well as for her career in advertising agencies and media firms, she’s received multiple ADDY, Webby, Telly, Communicator, Prism, WebAward and W3 awards. She also to Twittergrader’s Most Powerful Women on Twitter.

Active in her community, she created Central Ohio’s first homeless shelter for families, served two terms on the board of the Mid-Ohio FoodBank, the YWCA, March of Dimes, The Wexner Center for the Arts and is an underwriter of The Women’s Fund.

She has received numerous awards for her civic service including the Ohio Sertoma Service to Mankind AwardKiwanis Humanitarian AwardAWRT Women in Communication Award,Northwest Rotary Woman of the Year and the Columbus Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year. Kaira also volunteers countless hours to her kids’ schools.

Kaira is or has been a member of NAWBO, the International Women’s Forum, the Women President’s Organization, eWomen Networking, the Women’s Council of Realtors, American Marketing Association, the Google Real Estate Advisory Board, and is a WebAward Judge for the Web Marketing Association.

Kaira is a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA in English, and has taken numerous graduate level writing courses. She studied with The Writers Studio in New York and has attended writer’s conferences including Antioch Writers Workshop and the Maui Writer’s Conference.

A mother of four, Kaira and her husband, Harley, have been married for 21 years. After residing in Upper Arlington, Ohio, for all of their married lives, the couple and their kids headed west, and now live in Southern California.





Women In The News

By Marina Villeneuve, Gannett Washington Bureau

Study shows how broad pay disparities are between sexes

Women of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds and education levels — and in almost every line of work — earned less than men, according to a report issued Tuesday by theAmerican Association of University Women.

Women in the USA earned 77% of what men earned in 2010, says the report from AAUW, which has advocated for pay equity since 1913. Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to call attention to the gap between men’s and women’s wages.

The report says that in 2010, women’s annual medianearnings were $36,931, compared with $47,715 for men.

“Women and people of color don’t choose to earn less,” said Dana Schultz, Wisconsin state director of the 9to5 women’s advocacy group. “Many factors contribute to the over-representation of women in undervalued, underpaid occupations.”

The American Association of University Women used national and state Census data to determine 2010 annual median earnings for full-time workers older than 16.

According to the report:

•The gender pay gap was smallest in Washington, D.C., where full-time working women earned 91% of what men earned. Vermont and California tied for second, where women earned 84% of what men did.

•The largest disparities were in Wyoming, where women earned 64% of what men did, and Louisiana, where they earned 67%.

•The gap in median weekly income was largest for Hispanic and Latina women, who earned only 61% of what white men earn, on average.

•Median weekly income for black women was 70% of what it was for white men.

•The pay gap was smallest for Asian-American women, whose weekly median income was 88% of the weekly median income for white men.

•The weekly gender pay gap was smaller within racial and ethnic groups than it was when comparing minority women to white men. That’s because “African-American, Hispanic and Latino men, on average, earned substantially less than white men in 2011,” the report says.

One-third of working women are their family’s breadwinner, which the report says makes equal pay a family issue.

“Now, it’s often that it’s women’s work holding families together,” Schultz said.

“Now is the worst time in a tight economy to cut women’s pay and deny them the kind of fairness they deserve,” she said.

Inspiration Of Style

Fashion Trends You Need To Know About…

Designers this spring and summer are utilizing heavenly fabrics, light as a cloud so to say… – and putting out some wonderful heaven inspired designs. Soft and feminine dresses, and blouses, to make you feel like a bit of an angel.

Designers have not left all you little devils out. This spring and summer you will see a big come back in red! A bold color that is not just for you red hot gals.

Many fashions this season will be sewed up with the up most intricately, touting pleats, folds, and draping. Giving references to ancient Greece and Rome.

The oh so sexy one shoulder look is also big for this summer. Lots of designers have given the a two-sleeve look the cold shoulder …

The Katharine Hepburn’s influence as always still reigns. You will continue to see tailored blazers, cute fitted cardigans, and ties …

As mentioned above florals are so big this spring and summer…You will see the racks over loaded with wonderful floral’s, from soft muted pastels, to South Pacific inspired with bright and bold floral’s – just about in every shade you can imagine…

It seems more than a few designers are adding the sexy silk robes look to their line this spring. Not to mention drawstring shorts, and vertical stripes. The pajama party look with an elegant twist…


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