Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation Pays it Forward

Singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi has been helping those in need for several years. Along with his wife, Dorothea, he has used his celebrity status to give back to the community in concrete ways. As reported on CNN, “Behind the music, Grammy award-winning entertainer Jon Bon Jovi is on a mission to feed and empower those in need. His strategy is simple: ‘One soul at a time.’ With his nonprofit Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, based in Philadelphia, the artist is fighting poverty with direct action.” Moved by the plight of the homeless, the foundation has now provided more than 500 affordable houses in the area.

In addition to his affordable housing measures, the  rock icon has established the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a non-profit community restaurant that serves paying and in-need customers. Individuals or families can come to eat a delicious farm-to-table meal in a warm, welcoming setting and meet our neighbors. Based on a “pay it forward” model, diners can either pay for their own and other’s dinner, or work in the kitchen and dining room to cover the cost of their meal.

Bon Jovi now has two restaurants in NJ which have received rave reviews both for the cuisine and the cause. According to their website over 60,000 meals have been served, 59% of which were paid by donation and 41% earned by volunteering. These numbers update daily.


To March or Not to March: When Science Gets Political

| by Cheryl Shainmark

Data is data, science is objective, and the facts should speak for themselves, right? The answer is… complicated. The choice of what to study can be very subjective, constrained by preconceived ideas, and driven by special interest groups, or funding, (often the same thing). Data has always been open to interpretation, and – even before Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase – “the facts” were sometimes ignored in favor of “alternative facts.” But what’s scaring some scientists now is the anti-science, climate change denying stance of the Trump administration, and the fact that data is disappearing.

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New Thinking Allowed: Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove & Parapsychology

Last year Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD. restarted his groundbreaking YouTube show with a new name, “New Thinking Allowed” (video). Dr. Mishlove, who ran the original series from 1986 to 2002, interviewed more than 200 leading intellectuals, including Joseph Campbell, Jean Houston, Terence McKenna, Michael Talbot, and more. In his introduction to the new series, he explains his motivation for starting anew, as a desire to “leave a legacy of the best thinking out there for those who desire to understand who they are and what their potential is.”

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Paranormal Encounters with Brenda McGee

Brenda McGee is the host of the cable TV show Paranormal Encounters with Brenda McGee, where she interviews a variety of guests from psychics to investigators, to those who have experienced hauntings and other paranormal activity. With over thirty episodes (video) under her belt now, recent guests have included channel Roland Comtois, psychic Karmle Conrad, medium Andrew Dee and more.

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Arianna Huffington’s New Venture: Thrive Global.com is Up and Active

When Arianna Huffington announced last year that she was stepping down from running her digital news site, The Huffington Post, it created quite a stir. Her new venture, Thrive Global is a health and well-being “platform,” designed to promote well-being and productivity in the workplace. Months in the making, ThriveGlobal.com is up and active now. And with big names like Debra Eshmeyer, director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! and Kobe Bryant participating, not to mention Huffington’s own namesake news organization and business savvy, success is a sure thing.

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The Coming of the Cosmic Age: Michael Mannion on Wilhelm Reich

The trial of Wilhelm Reich is an unknown, untold story. The US Federal Court-ordered banning and burning of his medical and scientific writings is not taught in American schools. It is not even known to the legal profession. It has long been ignored by those who fight for First Amendment rights in the US. And you will never see Reich’s writings included in any of the thousands of annual “Banned Books” displays around the country each year.

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NHNE: The Near Death Experience Network

Over 40 years after Dr. Raymond Moody first coined the phrase “near death experience in his 1975 bestseller, Life After Life, there has been an explosion of new books, new experiences and increased acceptance of these once rare events. One of the leading websites for documenting these phenomena is NHNE, The Near Death Experience Network at http://nhneneardeath.ning.com/ . With a vast library of videos, research, resources and support , the NHNE has much to offer either the casual browser or the serious student.

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Thrive Global: Arianna Huffington’s new venture

| by Cheryl Shainmark

Arianna Huffington announced last week that she was stepping down from running her digital news site, The Huffington Post. She said she’s planning to focus on a new company she has started, Thrive Global. Thrive Global is a health and well-being “platform,” designed to promote well-being and productivity in the workplace. As the press release stated, “It provides trainings, seminars, e-courses, coaching, and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings from experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, productivity, sports, and sleep.”

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Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Celebrates 47th Year

The Mutual UFO Network, MUFON, has been taking UFOs seriously for 47 years. The organization has been featured on CNN, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and other networks. Billed as “the world’s oldest and largest UFO phenomenon investigative body,” the site covers news, sightings, and research, as well as holding member events and conventions. One of their key aims is to elevate the field from anecdotal observations to science based data and research.

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The Hidden Life of Trees

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As reported in The New York Times, Peter Wohlleben’s book, a surprise hit titled “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From a Secret World,” has verified what many nature enthusiasts, and virtually all native peoples have believed for years: that plants, in this case trees, have feelings too. Since the publication in 1973 of “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins, enormous research has shown that plants hear, feel, and communicate in a variety of ways.

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