Friday, July 29, 2022

The Untold Story of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreaking Health Struggles

Traverse City, MI, July 25, 2022 — New research sheds light on the story of Elvis’ flawed DNA and chronic illnesses. For the first time, a research-backed explanation of why the world lost Elvis on August 16, 1977, is offered. The news reports of the day painted him as bloated and unconscious on his bathroom floor, leaving devastated fans with a graphic, tarnished final image of their shiny idol from Tupelo. Toxicology reports confirmed that he was overloaded with prescription medications — just another cliché, a rock star who popped one too many pills. Those assumptions have plagued the story of Elvis Presley for decades.


Historian and author Sally Hoedel, however, doesn’t see Elvis as a cautionary tale of self-destruction. Instead, she sees a man who struggled, every day, to survive. First, Elvis struggled through extreme poverty. Then, he struggled through extreme fame like no one had experienced before. Finally, he struggled with disease and disorder in nine of the eleven systems of the body. Five of those disease processes, Hoedel finds, were present from birth. She expertly puts all of this into historical context, pointing out differences in medical treatments and protocols for the time. Additionally, the family tree is shown to have the same ailments leading to short lives for Elvis’ mother and three of his uncles, all on the maternal side of the family. With the lack of longevity in Elvis’ family, his death at age 42 is no longer a coincidence and has an explanation.


In her compelling, thought-provoking release, Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Hoedel offers factual and scientific data, plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis, to dive deep into his struggles with multiple chronic health conditions. Having access to various medical records and relationships with Elvis’ nursing staff was also invaluable.


Hoedel examines Elvis Presley — devoted son, husband, father and friend — while plowing through the negative hype and legendary myths surrounding the man. Elvis’ downward spiral of health struggles is intertwined with his life story. Her extensive research provides answers to lingering questions about his death and dispels the long-held theory that abuse of prescription drugs is what killed Elvis. Readers may be surprised to learn that, based on Elvis Presley’s family history and the genes he was dealt, nothing could have saved the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The result is a totally fresh, unique, humanizing approach to Elvis.


“It was clear that the more he toured, the more medication he would need to function through the very real ailments. Toward the end, even the medication wasn’t enough,” said Hoedel. “A new tour would start, and Elvis would be fresh and ready to go, but after a week he would be right back where he started and need more medication to sustain the schedule.”


Bodyguard Ed Parker said, “Elvis was like a battery that had been drained too many times. His body could no longer hold a charge.”


All the while, Elvis had close to 100 people relying on him, from family to friends to employees. Memphis Mafia member Lamar Fike begged Elvis to quit touring after Elvis complained of fatigue and pain. Elvis replied, “I have to make payroll.”


“I wrote this book because I genuinely believe this is a story that Elvis would want known,” Hoedel said. “He needed to be a strong American male while he was alive, and he hid his pain and his body’s weaknesses. Yet, he always knew he was just like everyone else: human. I believe he would be OK with everyone now understanding just how human he was. He struggled but he tried. My only hope for this labor of love is that it makes someone stop and think about Elvis just a little bit differently. He deserves it.”


To date, Elvis: Destined to Die Young has won two awards. It was named the Best Nonfiction Book of the year at the Pencraft Book Awards and the Best Regional Nonfiction Book at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.


Larry Geller, long-time friend and hairstylist to the King said, “Grappling with and creating a wholistic picture of one such as Elvis Presley is no small task, and Sally has made a meticulous and intelligently crafted contribution.”


Rose Clayton Phillips, co-author of Elvis Up Close and The King and Dr. Nick, said, “Elvis: Destined To Die Young is an earnest examination of how the genetic profiles of Elvis Presley and his parents interacted to abruptly end Elvis’ life. Author Sally A. Hoedel in an admirable quest to uncover the true causes of Elvis’ relentless pain and untimely death, has penned an intriguing book to dispel decades of rumors about Elvis’ demise. Hoedel has mastered an enormous amount of pertinent research, which she delivers in an authoritative, yet conversational style, giving needed clarity and perspective to scientific and medical data.”


Sally A. Hoedel, a lifelong Elvis fan and historian, has a journalism degree from Michigan State University and is co-owner of Character Development and Leadership, a curriculum business. She lives in Northern Michigan with her husband and their four daughters.


For more information, please visit, or follow the author on Facebook at


Elvis: Destined to Die Young

Publisher: Elvis Author, LLC

ISBN-10: 1-7336526-1-2

ISBN-13: 978-1-7336526-1-2

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Being Britney: Pieces of a Modern Icon - Available NOW


Being Britney: Pieces of a Modern Icon

The Cultural Impact of Celebrity on Feminism and Mental Health


London, July 25, 2022 Britney Spears’ life is as multifaceted as the very contradictions, pressures and expectations that helped create her. Yet, beyond the eye-catching headlines and front-page fodder, an almost indecipherable question remains: Who is the real Britney?


In Being Britney: Pieces of a Modern Icon (Permuted Press, an imprint of Post Hill Press; July 19, 2022; IBSN: 978-1788705233; Hardcover), author Jennifer Otter Bickerdike culls a collage of vignettes, stories, interviews, legends, fan experiences and amusing detours to construct a definitive portrait of the artist and her complex, far-reaching orbit. This unique narrative is the first to provide a sympathetic yet objective re-examination of Britney's cultural impact in the wake of major collective shifts surrounding feminism, celebrity and mental health. The book is coming off its successful launch in the UK, where it became No. 1 in Amazon’s Hot New Releases.


With her canon of bestselling singles, electrifying stage performances and iconic music videos, Britney Spears is undoubtedly a modern pop superstar. But her story has long been clouded by society's dark obsession with beauty, youth and fame — a relentless glare that has threatened to eclipse her musical success. Now, in this timely portrait, Bickerdike takes readers beyond the headlines to discover the Britney behind the product and the society that both created and failed the pop superstar:


1. Being Britney explores the life of a mother and entrepreneur; a victim and fighter; an entertainer and enigma who, for over a decade, was publicly exploited, used, consumed and tossed aside by many.


2. Despite her career spanning five presidents, multiple creative reinventions and over 100 million album sales, Britney's ability to come back from highly publicized personal adversity has rarely been acknowledged.


3. Against continued adversity, her relevance and successes grew with each passing year, culminating in a game-changing Las Vegas residency, a shocking conservatorship battle and the powerful #FreeBritney support campaign.


Being Britney is the compelling and often irreverent account of a talented, troubled and talked-about modern icon, “who has managed to grow a multimillion-dollar empire despite numerous outside forces trying to destroy her from every angle.” Bickerdike recognizes, “after years of being framed as a victim, Britney deserves to be celebrated as the fighter, entrepreneur, inspiration and enigma that she truly is,” whose life, work and individual significance will be recognized for years to come.      


About the Author

Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a rock ’n’ roll cultural historian and author, working across music heritage, fandom, broadcast and academia. She is the author of several books on pop, rock, fandom and celebrity, most recently the critically acclaimed You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The Biography of Nico (2021), and the No. 1 bestseller Why Vinyl Matters: A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans (2017). Bickerdike was literary consultant for Will Sergeant (Echo and the Bunnymen) with his bestselling debut memoir Bunnyman (2021); global music ambassador for the British and Irish Modern Music Institute; and co-founder of Moving the Needle, a nonprofit organization that supports women in the UK music industry through their careers. Originally from Santa Cruz California, she now lives in London.

New Book Debunks Old Age Stereotypes and Encourages Those Over 50 to Create an Extraordinary Life

Stafford, TX, July 26, 2022 — “The second half of your life is the best part.” That’s the message from author, entrepreneur and Life Coach Michael Taylor in announcing the launch of his latest book, I’m Not Okay With Gray: How to Create an Extraordinary Life After 50.


“Today’s society places a high value on youth and beauty, and the experience and wisdom possessed by older folks is not treasured as much as decades gone by,” Taylor said. “It’s no wonder that many people often dread getting old.” 


And there’s good reason to embrace getting older. One study found that Americans who were more positive about aging lived 7.5 years longer. It is on this premise that Taylor is encouraging his readers to embrace the second part of their lives.


I’m Not Okay With Gray: How to Create an Extraordinary Life After 50 is an inspiring resource written purposely to hopefully change people’s mindsets about getting older and empower men and women over 50 to recognize that the second half of life can be more fulfilling than the first half. The book explores topics such as embracing spirituality, health and fitness, technology, joy, financial abundance and more.


Readers will benefit from valuable insights as the author draws from his experiences, emphasizing the importance of elderly wisdom and how to apply it to live happier lives. 


Taylor is a Certified Life Coach who has helped thousands of people transform their lives from the inside out by changing their attitudes about aging. The author himself did not have an exceptional first half of his life but overcame being a high school dropout, divorce, depression, foreclosure and homelessness to become an entrepreneur, the author of 11 books, motivational speaker and radio host. He also launched a career and company at the age of 60 without any formal degrees or training.


“I’ve met many people who dread getting older or who believe life is finished because they’ve entered another phase,” said Taylor when asked to explain his reasons for writing the book. “I wrote this book to help people renew their mindset about aging and anticipate great things in the second part of their life. This is my gift to humanity to help make the world a better place.”


I’m Not Okay With Gray: How to Create an Extraordinary Life After 50 aims to be an insightful and uplifting first step resource for those struggling to be optimistic about the aging process. The book is available in eBook and paperback formats on Amazon and on the author’s website. For further information, visit:


I’m Not Okay With Gray: How To Create An Extraordinary Life After 50

Publisher: Creation Publishing Group

Release Date: June 24, 2022

ISBN-10: ‎1736636960

ISBN-13: ‎978-1736636961

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Top Reasons to Make Your Own Clothing

People have been making their own clothes for a longer period in history than they’ve been able to buy them in stores, and it is something that a lot of people are starting to take up again. There are many different reasons why making your own clothing may prove to be a great idea. There is no doubt that it has become a whole lot more popular over recent months and years. The following blog post will check out just a few of the major advantages that are worth discussing. 

Options for All Abilities 

There are all sorts of different options available, ranging from those who are beginners in the field to those who are more advanced. For example, you could simply try making some jean shorts out of an old pair of jeans. If you are looking for a stage-up, you could check out somebody who says I made a cute pinafore dress for my toddler girl by using some simple PDF sewing pattern instructions. Ultimately, you can work out what fits your ability levels the best.

Ensure a Perfect Fit 

When you are buying clothes that are off the rack, there will always be certain size imperfections that you will have to deal with. On the other hand, when making your own clothes, you can ensure a perfect fit by tailoring them to your body. When clothes fit exactly as they should, there is no doubt that they look at their very best, so this is another major factor to bear in mind.

Save Yourself Some Money 

Next up on the list is the financial factor, which is what drives many people to make their own clothes in the first place. Everyone certainly lives in a world where the cost of living is biting hard on many families, and money-saving options will always seem appealing. Rather than paying to have the whole clothes made, you save a lot by simply investing in the fabrics, the thread, sewing equipment, etc. 

You Will Be Wearing Unique Items 

You also know that when making your own clothing, you will wear one-of-a-kind items. We live in a world where chain stores have a high level of dominance, which inevitably means that many people will always wear the same thing. However, when you are making your own clothes, you can put your own individual spin on them and create them exactly as you would like rather than following along with the rest of the herd. 

A Creative Pursuit 

One of the major areas in life that can do wonders for people’s mental health is the opportunity to engage in creative pursuits. Making your own clothing is one option you can take advantage of. Plus, you will have something you can regularly use at the end.

These are just a few of the major reasons that you should consider, if you’ve been on the fence about making your own clothes, but there’s no better time to start a new hobby than now.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Wicked Ones - Official Poster & Trailer


From Wild Eye Releasing and director Tory Jones, and starring Halloween’s Dale Miller, beware Wicked Ones this September!

Evil multiplies in this follow up to 2017's sleeper hit The Wicked One. Set a decade after the events in the first film, survivors Adam and Alex return to Carpenter Falls with their three children - only to be thrust into another confrontation with The Wicked One and two crazed copy cat killers.

Morgan Pyle, Chris Hahn and Lucas Dunaway star in a frighteningly fun mesh of Friday the 13th and The Strangers, Wicked Ones premiering on VOD 9/13 followed be a Special Edition Blu-ray on 11/8/22.




Sunday, July 24, 2022









A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.


Paramount Pictures Presents

In Association with eOne

A Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley Film


 Directed by:


Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley


Screenplay by:


Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Michael Gilio


Story by:


Chris McKay & Michael Gilio




Produced by:


Jeremy Latcham, p.g.a., Brian Goldner, Nick Meyer


Executive Producers:


Denis L. Stewart, Jonathan Goldstein,

John Francis Daley, Chris Pine, Zev Foreman, Greg Mooradian



 Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head and Hugh Grant





How to Help Your Preschooler Transition to Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and frightening for your child, and parents are often just as anxiety-ridden as their preschoolers when it comes to this major milestone. To ease the anxiety, there are a variety of things you can do to help make your preschooler’s transition to kindergarten a smooth one.

Do a Dry Run

One of the easiest ways to help ease your child into attending kindergarten is to do a dry run. Visit the school ahead of the first day—even when the school is closed—just to familiarize your child with the location. If there is a designated day before the official first day of school to meet teachers and faculty, be sure to bring your child along to participate. If your child’s school does not offer a “meet the teacher” day, contact school administrators to see if you can schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher and other faculty before school begins.

Also, a week or two ahead of the first day of school, begin to adjust your daily and nightly routines to get your child familiarized with what will be expected of them during the school year. Adjust bedtimes, mealtimes, and daily routines to get your child accustomed to their new schedule.

Beat First-Day Jitters

It is natural for children as well as parents to be nervous the first day, so using strategies to beat first-day jitters is critical. Always remain positive, because you will be leaving your child for the day and this is likely to cause some nervousness. Refrain from getting overly emotional when saying goodbye at the bus stop or the school and reassure your child that you will see them at the end of the day. Also, be sure to describe school in a positive way and reiterate that this will be a great experience.

To further cut down on first-day jitters, avoid any behaviors that could trigger anxiety or upset your child such as crying, being argumentative with teachers or bus drivers, or disagreeing with your child over meals or fashion choices. Encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast on the first day of school but do not fret if their appetite is not as hearty as normal.

Get to Know the Teachers

Aside from doing a dry run, you will want to remain in regular contact with your child’s teacher, especially during the first few weeks of school. At the beginning of the school year and throughout, teachers will likely send home a lot of information in your child’s backpack, which will include important school events, meetings, and other information. Be sure to check your child’s backpack daily and review with your child the information you receive.

Keep the lines of communication open with teachers, and if any issues come up, be sure you have their contact information on hand. If any concerns arise, do not hesitate to set up a meeting with the principal or teacher to discuss and resolve issues.

Keep Communication Open

One of the best ways to ease the transition to kindergarten is to discuss any fears or insecurities your child may have about starting school. Talking to your child provides good insight into how your child feels and allows you to help them manage their stress. After each school day, always ask how your child’s day went—if they are having a hard time, try to get to the bottom of the problem.

A lot of children are very vocal about their dislikes about the school, but others may take some prodding to get them to open up. Always let your child express what is frustrating them and try not to project any of your fears onto them. Let your child talk openly about things so you can help them come up with practical solutions. Your child may be prone to ask more questions in the first few weeks of school, so answer them as best you can.

Ask them what they’ve learned and how they feel the school is helping them, if they’ve made any new friends, or if there are any activities they particularly enjoy at school. Keeping communication open can help ease the stress of transitioning to kindergarten.

Making Kindergarten an Exciting Time

Kindergarten is undoubtedly a big change for many children, and for those who did not attend a pre-kindergarten program, it will be their first experience in a structured learning environment.

Transitioning to kindergarten can be especially stressful for children who have no other school experiences as they will be expected to develop social skills, as well as practical skills like reading and writing, all while being expected to follow classroom rules. Always express excitement when discussing the type of things that they can expect in the kindergarten classroom, as this will help your child mentally prepare for one of the most exciting and educational times of their life.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Property Buying: 5 Tips to Save Stress

Buying a property rarely comes without some kind of stress. It’s not a straightforward process, after all, what with all the documents to sign and insurance to cover. Plus, there’s the obstacle of actually finding a property you love enough to spend money on in the first place! 

Luckily, there are some ways to save yourself some stress while searching for your perfect home (or project!). Whether it’s your first time buying a house or you’re an experienced buyer wanting an easier ride the next time around, here are five tips for reducing stress when buying a property. 

1: Give Yourself Plenty of Time

One of the quickest ways to feel stressed while property buying is being inflexible with time. Telling yourself that you will be settling into a new home in a month might be pushing it – you want to give yourself enough time and space to choose a property that is right for you. Plus, many underestimate how long things like packing a home might take! Instead of setting a time limit, set a goal of choosing the right property, even if that takes a little longer. 

2: Get an Inspection

When initially looking around a property, it’s crucial to take note of common problem areas and to ask as many questions as you can. You want to ensure that the property is in excellent condition and won’t cause problems down the road. That isn’t enough, though – to know everything about a property, building inspections are essential. By getting it done by a professional, you will know for sure whether a property has major issues or not, and then you can decide whether it’s worth the asking price. 

3: Set a Realistic Budget and Stick to it 

Everyone needs a budget when buying a new property. It gives you a sense of what kind of property you can buy while ensuring you don’t overspend. So, before you start browsing listings or booking tons of viewings, set a budget. Be thorough when setting it, making sure to include things like moving vans and new furniture. There is so much to pay for, so be realistic when setting a budget and stick to it as diligently as possible. 

4: Ask Friends and Family for Help 

Buying a new property is always challenging, especially if you’re moving yourself, your family, and all your belongings into it. One way to make it less stressful is by asking friends and family for their help. Whether they have a moving van or they can look after your child for a day or two, their assistance can make the difference between a stressful and smooth property buying experience. 

5: Leave the Idea of Perfection Behind 

One of the biggest obstacles when buying a property is searching for perfection – and not finding it. The truth is, there is likely no property out there that meets every single one of your requirements and falls into your budget. So, instead of being disappointed by every property, leave the idea of perfection behind and keep an open mind.

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Friday, July 22, 2022

The Five Things Seniors Should Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life in the Post-Pandemic Era:

After decades of seeing the average life expectancy of Americans increase, we saw a dip last year due to COVID-19. The pandemic hit hardest among older adults.  So, what can be done in this post-pandemic era, for seniors to live longer and healthier?

The healthcare team at Carmel Valley Manor has doubled down on their commitment to using technology and cutting-edge programs to help its senior residents and staff live longer and healthier and setting new standards for geriatric healthcare.  Dr. Pablo Veliz, Medical Director at Carmel Valley Manor, provides his top 5 tips for staying healthy into your nineties:

The Five Things Seniors Should Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life in the Post-Pandemic Era: 

1. Diet – We continue to see data that indicates a balanced diet with a focus on plant-based nutrition is important as we age. Seek out fresh, seasonal ingredients wherever possible.2.

2. Hydration – It is simple, but important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Eight glasses a day are recommended.3.

3. Keep Moving – Staying active and exercising helps counteract the aging process. Whether you join a walking group like we have at the Manor, have a personal trainer, frequent a gym, or have a favorite walking circuit, it is important to do it regularly.4.

4. Mental Wellness – One of the big negatives of the pandemic has been isolation and reduced human interaction. This lack of social comradery has resulted in isolation and cognitive atrophy for many. We need to re-engage with friends, family and get out into the community again.

5. Alcohol – Another side effect of the past couple years has been increased alcohol consumption. Enjoy them in moderation.

About Dr. Pablo Veliz: 

Dr. Veliz, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, serves on the staff of the acclaimed Montage Health. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, after earning a bachelor's degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and completed his residency in family medicine at Abrazo Health Network in Phoenix, Arizona. With his clinical areas of interest in preventive, integrative, and geriatric medicine, he is a vital part of the Carmel Valley Manor Wellness Team, aiding its residents to age well. 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Pre-Order The Nightmare Before Christmas Oogie Boogie Plush With Bugs


“You better pay attention now because I’m the Boogeyman!” Kidrobot brings to life your favorite characters from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" movie. The bug-hungry, burlap sack-wearing, gambling monster known as Oogie Boogie is ready to haunt your dreams in 16” tall interactive plush form, complete with removable bugs. Yum!


About Kidrobot
Kidrobot is acknowledged worldwide as the premier creator and dealer of limited-edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. Kidrobot is a collective of dreamers who want to create a space where art, design and surprise meet. The element of surprise – the nod, the magic – finds its way into everything Kidrobot does, creating a point of differentiation. Kidrobot is an innovative cross between sculpture and conceptual art, offering not only a powerful medium for today's international fashion designers, illustrators and artists, but also the creative canvas for emerging street trends and pop art. Kidrobot figures retail anywhere from $5 to $25,000, and many appreciate in value over time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022



Netflix has unveiled the cast and some brand new images from Timeless Films and director Stephen Donnelly’s reinterpretation of the upcoming animated feature Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. The film stars Luke Evans (voices Scrooge), Olivia Colman (voices Past), Jessie Buckley (voices Isabel Fezziwig), Johnny Flynn (voices Bob Cratchit), Fra Fee (voices Harry Huffam), Giles Terera (voices Tom Jenkins), Trevor Dion Nicholas (voices Present), James Cosmo (voices Mr Fezziwig), and Jonathan Pryce (voices Jacob Marley), and will come to Netflix this December.
  • Charles Dickens' ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story. Produced by Timeless Films in association with Axis Studios, and released by Netflix.
  • The CG animated spectacular features re-imagined songs from the legendary and two-time Academy Award® and Grammy award-winner Leslie Bricusse (Doctor Dolittle, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Superman, Home Alone).
  • Directed by: Stephen Donnelly (Lost in Oz).
  • Producers: Ralph Kamp p.g.a., Leslie Bricusse and Andrew Pearce.
  • Co-Producers: Rebecca Kamp and Gareth Kamp.
  • Music & Lyrics: Two-time Academy Award® and Grammy award-winner Leslie Bricusse OBE.
  • Songs Arranged, Produced & Original Score: Jeremy Holland-Smith.
  • Synopsis: Produced by Timeless Films in association with Axis Studios and directed by Stephen Donnelly, Charles Dickens' ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story. With his very soul on the line, Scrooge has but one Christmas Eve left to face his past and build a better future. Featuring re-imagined songs from the legendary and two-time Academy Award® winner Leslie Bricusse OBE, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is one for a new generation to sing.
  • Filmmaker Quote: Director Stephen Donnelly said, “It’s been a fascinating challenge to adapt such a beloved and often-told story. I think this version will give those who know A Christmas Carol all the things they expect, but not as they’ve experienced them before. There are more than enough psychedelic, time-travelling and musical surprises to keep those familiar with the story on the edge of their seats, while the authentic essence of Dickens has been retained for those coming completely fresh to the classic tale. I can’t wait to share this new version of A Christmas Carol with the world and sincerely hope audiences embrace it this year and for many to come.”
  • Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is part of Netflix’s wide variety of original animated feature films which includes Academy Award nominated The Mitchells vs the Machines, Aardman's Robin Robin, Sergio Pablos’ Klaus, Oscar winner Glen Keane’s Over the Moon; as well as Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant, Nick Bruno and Troy Quane’s Nimona, Jared and Jerusha Hess’ Thelma the Unicorn, Shannon Tindle and John Aoshima’s Ultraman, and Aardman sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.





"Charly’s joyous creativity and persistence will encourage trick-or-readers to think outside of the box this Halloween.” – School Library Journal (full review at the bottom of press release)


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MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.– A Costume for Charly (September 6, 2022, Beaming Books, $18.99) features a bigender character that is human like everyone else. This unique voice in children’s picturebooks encourages equal representation and understanding. Author C.K. Malone explains, “I wrote A COSTUME FOR CHARLY so children who are both a boy and a girl could have another mirror available to them and so children who do not understand the concept could have a window into the LGBTQIA+ experience. Now, more than ever, the representation of all identities in the LGBTQIA+ community is vital and necessary.” 


Halloween is always tricky for Charly, and this year they are determined to find a costume that showcases both the feminine and masculine halves of their identity. Digging through their costume box, they explore many fun costumes. Some are masc. Some are femme. Some are neither. But all are lacking. As trick-or-treating looms, they must think outside the box to find the perfect costume--something that will allow them to present as one hundred percent Charly.

About the Author  

C.K. Malone (they/them) is a bigender award-winning educator and literature coach at the secondary level. When not grading essays or helping students, they're busy helping design culturally and LGBTQIA+ responsive units for the district and working as climate and culture coach. When they're not writing, they're coaching and advising through alignment with the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network. C.K. continues this work in the literary world by advocating for all to be given the space to tell their own stories. Though they love the many hats they wear, their favorite is as an advocate for diverse voices.


Twitter: @CKMalone2

About the Illustrator

Alejandra Barajas was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in July 1984. At a very young age, her grandmother gave her a book by painter and illustrator Carl Larsson. This awakened her interest in art. She completed her degree in Fine Arts at Guanajuato University. Since then, she has been working on individual and collective projects and illustrating magazines and children's books. She is a very calm person who appreciates silence and loves contemplating the local landscape while playing with her dog.

5 Ways to Choose a Baby Bassinet

Instinctively, parents want to keep their newborn close to them.  Dr. William Sears, a board-certified pediatrician, recommends that babies should sleep in the same room with parents but not in the same bed for the first year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released new guidelines stressing that co-sleeping under any circumstances is not safe for infant sleep.

Here are key factors to look for when choosing a bassinet:

  • Is it certified safe? 

Parents should look for labels that say Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) which is the voice of the industry on quality and safety for baby and children's products or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

  • Check the age limit

Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper® bassinets are only for an infant up to approximately five months in age or when the child begins to push up on hands and knees, whichever occurs first. Move your child to crib when this stage is reached.

  • Portability for convenience

Bassinets are small and many are portable. This is convenient for visiting relatives or moving to other areas of your home.

  • Safety with Support

A soft mattress is dangerous for babies. Check that the mattress is strong enough to hold a baby without flexing.

  • Keep baby within Arm’s Reach

When a baby is within arm’s reach there is increased bonding, ease of feeding and a greater sense of closeness.  Created in 1997, the Arm's Reach® Co-Sleeper® brand bassinet was the first patented co-sleeping product on the market that attaches securely to a parent’s bed