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Trauma and Substance Abuse Survivor Turned Writer and Entrepreneur, Shannan Mondor Turns Addiction Into Triumph In Debut Memoir

CALGARY, Alberta -- "HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET HERE? Forever Changing the Genetic Blueprint" (ISBN: 978-0228871224) is a riveting and raw story of how author Shannan Mondor overcame alcoholism and mental illness and broke free from the genetic blueprint of addiction that demonized her family for generations.

She sets you in a front row seat as she shares her life story and experiences, which show the strength, determination and courage of how she no longer wanted to continue with this way of life, and how she would do whatever it took to protect her children from being exposed to a life of addiction that is so normalized and influenced within society.

She teaches about addiction and the consequences of speaking her truth. She fights past fear, loneliness and judgment to end her inner pain that has haunted her for years, and finds inner peace. Along her path she realizes how life is a spiritual journey and there is a lesson to be learned with every experience, personal encounter and relationship. Mondor is sharing her inspiring story in the highly anticipated memoir "HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET HERE? Forever Changing the Genetic Blueprint."

"HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET HERE? Forever Changing the Genetic Blueprint" (Tellwell Publishing, March, 2022), takes readers through Mondor's rehab and recovery journey and showcases how important it is to have a relationship with yourself, that you have the power to change everything, and it all comes from within.

"I've learned that there is nothing more powerful than the strength that I have inside me and EVERYTHING starts there. I am the only one in control of my life. I make all the decisions. By facing my fears and being truthful of who I am, my past, accepting all my good and bad qualities, I've learned to love myself and then I started to heal. This was the most powerful thing I have ever experienced and it has changed my life forever. For the first time in my life, I have complete clarity of who I am, where I am going and what my life purpose is," said Mondor when reflecting on her experience. "I hope that my readers will look at their own life story and be able to relate to what I am saying and make the right decisions for themselves in their own lives."

Not a victim, but a survivor, Mondor reclaimed her power after years of trauma, substance abuse and poor relationships. She now has four beautiful children, a husband and a successful career sharing her story as an inspirational speaker and now as a published author.

In addition to writing and speaking engagements, Mondor has created a brand with the motto "Fear Fighter". It is no surprise that Mondor and her Fear Fighter brand thrive off of promoting living a positive, fearless and powerful lifestyle. "I have dedicated my life to teaching people through my own experiences about addiction about how to find their power within. I speak in depth on how I tackled my fears and what I learned throughout my journey".

To learn more about Shannan Mondor and "HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET HERE? Forever Changing the Genetic Blueprint," please visit

"HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET HERE? Forever Changing the Genetic Blueprint" is out now from Tellwell Publishing and is available through Amazon.

Review copies of "HOW IN THE HELL DID I GET HERE? Forever Changing the Genetic Blueprint" are available upon request. Shannan is available for interviews and commentary. Paperback: ISBN-13: 9780228871224 / Hardcover: ISBN-13: 9780228871231 / EBOOK: ISBN-13: 9780228871248.

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New Memoir has Grit, Faith and Compassion – Larry Callies, the Black Cowboy Story

ROSENBERG, Texas -- "HERE COMES COWBOY LARRY, STEPPING OUT IN FAITH" (ISBN 978-1667838816) is the biographical story of Larry Callies in his own words, he dreamt from the age of ten of becoming a Cowboy; and his spiritual journey as man of color to the founding of the First Museum honoring the long history of the Black Cowboy Heritage.

Born in El Campo, Texas in 1952, Larry Callies' life begins as the veil of the Segregation Era was lifted, and the unregulated racial divide offered scant opportunities with harsh limitations and constant strife with the rise of civil rights and black empowerment.

This must-read story shares insight into Larry's unshakeable grit, unrelenting compassion, unbending stubbornness, and unmistakable kindness which Larry cultivated while growing up in a segregated Southeast Texas over three decades on ranches, singing Country Western songs at the then segregated Gilley's Nightclub with Gilley's all white band, and life-risking bull penning jobs.

Together, the reader will experience Larry's dream unfolding and take on different shapes through the influences in his life from his Cowboy Father, his Christian Mother, and Famous Cousins to Community Members, Famous Singers, to his eventual tragedy when Larry was diagnosed with Vocal Dysphonia and ultimately ending his budding singing career.

Larry's greatest success came when he accepted, his now famous quote, "I am a Christian first, and a Cowboy second."

"HERE COMES COWBOY LARRY, STEPPING OUT IN FAITH" shares how dreams can transform from a vision into reality with faith; when one door closes, God will offer another path of opportunity.

About the Black Cowboy Museum:

Founded by Larry Callies, the museum preserves the legacy and offers a wider celebration to understanding the hidden story behind Black Cowboys and their integral role in the Western Expansion in the ever-transitioning frontier through historical photos, memorabilia, books, newspapers and more. Daily tours are available. More information can be found at

About Larry Callies:

Larry is a professional cowboy, singer, writer, and museum curator and is available for inspirational speaking engagements. For more information call Larry at 281-787-3308 or email

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Boise Spring Carnival Invites All Families

BOISE, Idaho -- MyPlaces Community Events, a community-based charity creating events accessible to people with disabilities, announced today that it is hosting its 4th Annual Spring Carnival, Saturday May 28 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.! These events have been a constant draw and boon for connecting special needs individuals with the larger community, in the universal language of HAVING FUN!

This year, with the help of many generous sponsors, we are opening our doors to the larger Treasure Valley Community. You can find the Carnival at the corner of Fairview and Milwaukee in Boise.

Bring your kids or just your inner child and be prepared to have a BLAST! Attractions include:
* A Live Reptile Petting Zoo
* A Large Variety of Traditional Carnival Games (All included with your ticket)
* Photo Ops with Your Favorite Super-Heroes
* Local Food Trucks
* The ICCU Cash Machine
* Bounces Houses
* Obstacle Courses
* And more!

So come out and enjoy the great weather, great entertainment, and the great feeling of supporting special needs activities all year long.

Our most heartfelt thanks go out to our generous community sponsors: 100 Women for Good, Hettich Group, MyDoDad Inc, Idaho Inflatables, Aardvark Entertainment, Idaho Central Credit Union, Sylvan Learning, & Signs by Tomorrow, Our Amazing Host - Watson's Mystery Café

The carnival is held at 8001 W Fairview Ave #1, Boise, ID 83704, Saturday May 28, 2022 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person (on duty care-giving staff are free).

Visit for more information or to preorder tickets as these events often sell out early.

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All Proceeds go to MyPlaces Community Events.

MyPlaces Community Events is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit operating since 2015 to provide opportunities for the Special Needs Community to get out, have fun, and connect with other people.


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China Rescue Dogs Fights to Save 46 Golden Retrievers, 8 Puppies And 22 Corgis from Being Slaughtered in China

VASS, N.C. -- China Rescue Dogs, a leading International non-profit dog rescue based in the United States, is in the middle of an urgent dog rescue effort in China. Shanghai Animal Rescue reached out to China Rescue Dogs for help after they discovered a dog breed farm north of Harbin were selling all their dogs into the meat-trade. 46 adult Goldens, 8 puppies, and 22 Corgis were going to be trucked to Yulin to be slaughtered for the 2022 Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

"The living conditions at this dog breed farm are just awful," exclaimed Jill Stewart, President and Founder of China Rescue Dogs. "It is heartbreaking that this breeder was going to just discard their entire inventory of dogs to be slaughtered. We had to do something. Doing nothing was not an option."

Despite international pressure, dog slaughterhouses and eating dog meat are not outlawed in China. Even though the local government no longer sponsors the Yulin Dog Meat festival, it continues to take place every year in June. With no national animal rights laws in place in China, most dogs (and cats) have little chance at living a full life.

"Yulin happens every day in China," said Brandy Cherven, Vice President of Operations for China Rescue Dogs. "Dogs are still brutalized, tortured, and eaten due to outdated beliefs of gaining more wisdom, warding off evil spirits, or keeping cool in the summer months."

"The world needs to know about the continued brutality." said Jill Stewart, President, and Founder of China Rescue Dogs. "We just can't sit back and do nothing! Yes, there needs to be laws put in place to protect those animals from being uselessly slaughtered, but the urgency today is to save the dogs from the breed farm that are in imminent danger."

So far, China Rescue Dogs and its rescue partners in China have saved 29 adult Goldens, 8 puppies and 22 Corgis. They have seen the emergency veterinarian and are safe in a dog sanctuary. However, they are still trying to rescue the remaining Goldens from the breed farm. The rescue mission is not over yet.

The goal is to save all the dogs from the breed farm. Once rescued, China Rescue Dogs will find them loving forever homes in North America, where they can live out the rest of their lives with love and without fear.

The rescue effort is being played out in real-time on the China Rescue Dogs Facebook page:

"This is why the CDC Dog Ban needs to end now," said Stewart. "Even if we are able to save all of these dogs, we still cannot bring them into the United States to be adopted."

The suspension, which was announced by the CDC last year stated that effective July 14, 2021, all dogs imported from 113 countries (including China) may not enter the U.S. for a period of at least one year. Now, almost a year later, responsible international dog rescue organizations, like China Rescue Dogs, should be allowed to resume giving dogs a second chance at life here in the U.S.

To learn more about the organization, please visit:

About China Rescue Dogs:

China Rescue Dogs is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Jill Stewart, an ardent advocate of animal rights worldwide, and especially in China. Their global mission is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from China and provide them with loving forever homes in North America.

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Los Angeles Child Author Releases His Debut Book in Conjunction with Children’s Book Week

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Seven-year-old author, Sammy Wallace, will release his debut rhyming children's picture book, "I Slept in My Bed Last Night" (ISBN 979-8985784404; WF Publications), on May 2, 2022, in conjunction with Children's Book Week.

Sammy, a first grader at Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School (Los Angeles), is excited to take part in this national literacy initiative. As a champion of Children's Book Week, he is donating a book to all his classmates and several libraries across the San Fernando Valley. He wants to encourage other kids to write books and hopes to serve as an inspiration.

"Kids make great authors because we know what other kids like," said Sammy. "I think more kids should write books...they just need to be encouraged and told that it's possible."

Sammy created the premise of the book at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles. Due to school closures, Sammy kept busy with his imagination and often composed stories with his grandmother.

Sammy's grandmother, Dr. Gwendolyn Mukes, who transcribed the book for him, felt that it was important to help Sammy find his literary voice while maintaining a sense of wonder and imagination. "When we started on this project almost two years ago, our country was in a turbulent time. With the onset of COVID-19 and the spotlight on racial disparages, we really wanted Sammy to just create stories that were fun and lighthearted," said Mukes.

The book is a comical story about a boy who finally decides to sleep in his bed. While fast asleep, a mysterious monster wakes him up from his dream. Confused as to exactly what the monster is, and what the monster wants, the brave boy contemplates a series of possibilities as he tries to unlock the mystery.

Early reviews call the book "funny, engaging and delightful." The book will go on sale May 2, through Amazon, Barnes & Noble (online), and in a few select stores.

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"I Slept in My Bed Last Night" by Sammy Wallace

Publication Date: May 2, 2022

8.25 x 8.25 full picture book, 34 pages

Published by WF Publications

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‘Bop-It and No More Covid’ – Book One in The ‘Bop-It’ Series Written and Illustrated By Jessica J. Wohlgemuth

VANDERHOOF, B.C. -- Children's book, "Bop-It and No More Covid" (ISBN 978-0228839965; paper), written by country prairie girl Jessica J. Wohlgemuth, looking to help children cope during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The world shut down in March 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It left many of us unsure what comes next and how life would look. Canadian country girl, Jessica Wohlgemuth, wanted to help ease the anxiety of her nieces and nephews - so along came "Bop-It and No More Covid!"

With information always changing and regulations never far from the horizon, parents, guardians and teachers alike may struggle to find a way to educate our children, when it is something we ourselves know very little. "Bop-It and No More Covid" offers parents and teachers a unique way to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may have affected your children.

Are you tired of living the COVID life? Find hope and cheer in this little book about a fuzzy little grey bunny named Bop-It. Read about how he and his friends learn to cope through the pandemic, finding fun in the new normal.

"This bunny tale - from the characters to the plot to the emotions this author / illustrator expertly showed in both words and her illustrations - will appeal to all children. Adults are desperate for help through this, which means children are even more confused by the whole thing. I commend Jessica J. Wohlgemuth for taking on the chore of creating a story that explains, educates, inspires, and shows ALL ages that this pandemic can be 'kicked' and we can resume happy lives. I definitely recommend this book to all parents who are looking for a way to help both themselves and their children through this very trying time. 5 - Stars!" -- Amy Lignor, Reader Views.




PAPERBACK: 978-0-2288-3996-5

HARDCOVER: 978-0-2288-3997-2






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Sleep in an Unforgettable Luxury Sky Dome Near the Grand Canyon: Clear Sky Resorts Launches Second Season on May 26

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Looking for a unique vacation experience this year? Tempe, Arizona-based Clear Sky Resorts launches their second season on May 26, 2022. Their resort near the Grand Canyon has elevated glamping to a whole new level of luxury by bringing the outdoors inside.

"At one of America's most unique and spectacular places to vacation, our guests stay in spacious Luxury Sky Domes with expansive windows and skylights that provide epic stargazing and sunrise watching from the comfort of their luxurious bed," says Clear Sky Resorts founder, Hal Feinberg.

"Nights in your dome are magical, I definitely got lost in the stars," said a guest who rated their Clear Sky Resorts experience as five-star plus a few thousand. After falling asleep under a sky full of stars, you wake up to a magnificent Arizona sunrise over an other-worldly high desert landscape. "I loved this place! You feel as though you're on another planet," exclaimed another guest.

One of Clear Sky Resorts' most popular 2-person Sky Dome floor plans, Stairway to the Stars, features a spiral staircase leading up to a bed suspended from the ceiling's skylight. Guests feel the essence of the Grand Canyon with wall-sized murals of canyon scenery featured in most of the domes, including the Grand Canyon XL which sleeps five. Clear Sky Resorts also offers domes that sleep up to seven in a variety of fun, uniquely styled Luxury Sky Domes, including 80's Video Game, British Secret Agent, Deep Space and Pink Kitten themes.

Beyond ordinary, Clear Sky Resorts' Luxury Sky Domes come outfitted with luxurious touches not always found at other glamping resorts. Each Luxury Sky Dome features a climate-control system to keep you cool during the warm days and warm during the cool nights. Every dome has its own private bath with a large glass-enclosed shower featuring a rain showerhead and plush towels. Cozy up at night around the artisan firepit or the chic free-standing ethanol fireplaces found in many of Clear Sky Resorts' Luxury Sky Domes.

Although each dome is placed to maximize privacy, solitude, and breathtaking high desert views, this 40-acre resort is also about fun-filled opportunities to get to know your fellow guests, your family and even yourself. Fun, family-friendly activities connect people to each other and make every Clear Sky Resorts vacation a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you'll want to experience again and again.

* Oversized in-ground air pillow trampoline

* Glow-in-the-dark nine-hole frisbee golf course

* Sand volleyball court / swings / playground

* Lots of fun yard games

* Live music, storytelling, wildlife demos and movie nights

* Nightly s'mores around artisan firepits

Opening for the 2022 season on Memorial Day weekend, book your Clear Sky Resorts' Grand Canyon vacation by April 30, 2022, and save 15%.

For reservations and information, go to or contact Clear Sky Resorts by phone at +1-406-219-7811 or email at

About Clear Sky Resorts:

Founded in 2020, Clear Sky Resorts is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. As the first resort of its kind in the U.S., Clear Sky Resorts delivers a unique hospitality experience with luxurious Sky Domes, perfect for nighttime stargazing and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Learn more:

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Legacy Launch Pad Publishing Releases Guidebook for Mothers in Technology by Emilia M. D’Anzica and Sabina M. Pons

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing "Pressing ON as a Tech Mom: How Tech Industry Mothers Set Goals, Define Boundaries & Raise the Bar for Success" (ISBN: 978-1956955187), a comprehensive guide for mothers working in technology sourced from industry leaders who are mothers themselves.

Respectively, D'Anzica and Pons are the founder/managing director and principal consultant at Growth Molecules, a management consulting firm focused on customer support and success. Upon comparing experiences, the authors identified a need for a book that could offer support and guidance to tech moms in a voice they could relate to.

"Pressing ON as a Tech Mom" features interviews with mothers who are prominent tech leaders, each of whom details how they were able to advance in such a competitive field, what obstacles they overcame and how they balanced motherhood along with their careers. As a result of its useful insights and guidance, the book has garnered acclaim from numerous tech industry leaders.

"The stories D'Anzica and Pons share illustrate how you can be a high performer regardless of gender and take the time to be there for your family, too," said Catherine Blackmore, General Vice President of NAA Customer Success and Renewals at Oracle.

Similarly, Alana Karen, Director of Search Platforms at Google, said the book "[drives] to the heart of challenges for working mothers in tech."

"'Pressing ON as a Tech Mom' is more necessary now than ever before," said publisher Anna David. "It will provide mothers who are toiling in the tech industry, believing they're struggling alone, with crucial support. Emilia and Sabina are trailblazers."

"Pressing ON as a Tech Mom" is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among many other outlets.

About Legacy Launch Pad Publishing:

A boutique publishing company primarily for entrepreneurs who are the leaders in their field, Legacy Launch Pad has published authors from the entertainment and entrepreneurial worlds, as well as sports agents, coaches, non-profit founders and more. Learn more:

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Aldersgate Life Plan Community Wins Charlotte Magazine’s BOB Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Aldersgate Life Plan Community announced today that they won Charlotte Magazine's Best of the Best award for 2022, recognizing them as the best senior living community in town by the voters in Charlotte. "We are proud and honored to be a Charlotte Magazine BOB winner," said Brooks Shelley, Chief Branding & Community Engagement Officer. "We would like to extend our thanks to the readership of Charlotte Magazine for this wonderful recognition."

Aldersgate is a proud resident of East Charlotte. They are committed to getting involved in the greater community and giving back to their neighbors. Over the holidays they brought the community together with their annual Festival of Lights celebration that welcomed more than 600 driving tour attendees and collected over 1,000 lbs. of nonperishable food items to benefit Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays. Residents of Aldersgate actively take part in volunteer opportunities, including reading mentorship at the Summer Literacy Camp at ourBRIDGE for KIDS.

"Our mission is to honor elders and we are committed to creating and fostering diverse, caring communities where everyone has a voice and value," added Shelley. "We strive to give elders their best day possible by creating fulfilling life experiences while partnering with others to create vibrant senior communities. Being recognized for living our mission and vision is extremely rewarding."

About Aldersgate:

Aldersgate is a non-profit Life Plan Community that has been an integral part of Charlotte, North Carolina for more than 70 years. Aldersgate is actively involved in redefining and shaping the future of senior living. Located on one of the largest green spaces in Mecklenburg County, our wooded campus is abundant in natural beauty. The community offers premier lifestyle options for older adults regardless of age, color, gender or sexual orientation. Aldersgate provides an At Home care service that is available to help Charlotte residents with grocery shopping, housekeeping and health assistance.

The community has earned numerous accreditations, such as CARF and SAGE Platinum. The Asbury Health & Rehabilitation Center at Aldersgate was honored by U.S. News & World Report: "Best Nursing Homes"; the local community voted Aldersgate "Best Retirement Living"; and The Charlotte Observer honored it with "Best Assisted Living." Aldersgate is committed to helping residents thrive during this challenging and unprecedented time.

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Thousands Brave the Frigid February Waters for A Record-Breaking 2022 Polar Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians have a longstanding and beloved winter tradition of Plunging into the frigid waters each February to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) athletes. Last month, donning their wildest costumes and swimming attire, more than 2,400 brave (some might say crazy) supporters gathered to take the Polar Plunge.

The 2022 event took place in seven locations throughout the State (Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Medford, and Warrenton) with the largest, Rose City Polar Plunge, taking place at Willamette Park in Portland on Saturday, February 26, 2022. After a year of virtual Plunging to support athletes, SOOR was more excited than ever to relaunch this signature fundraising event with the addition of two new cities and expanding the Polar 5K|10K fun run across the state.

With water temperatures registering in the low 40 degrees, this rambunctious annual event continued to make a splash as one of the most chilling and thrilling fundraisers in Oregon. This year's Polar Plunge was exceeding exciting, not only because it saw Plungers returning in-person, but also because it broke all previous fundraising records for Special Olympics Oregon. Plungers across the state raised more than $479,000 so far - with funds continuing to roll in throughout the month of March. The 2022 Rose City Polar Plunge, Polar 5K|10K, and Super Plunge in Portland raised a record-breaking $282,000.

The 2022 Rose City Polar Plunge was made possible by the generous support of statewide and local sponsors: Law Enforcement Torch Run of Oregon, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Lithia & Driveway, Mattress World Northwest, Jiffy Lube, T-Mobile, Aerotek, Aston Carter, Actalent, Swire Coca-Cola, Hyatt, Southwest, Specialty Athletic Training, Starbucks, and Papa John's.

About Special Olympics Oregon:

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 14,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Learn more at

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