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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
- Book of the Month: February 2018 – Death In The Midnight Sky… Fighting The Mighty Gunship In Combat… A Memoir by Joe Berardino
- Black Violin— American Hip Hop Duo Playing Violin and Viola
- Delray Beach Tennis Open Coming February 19 to 25
- The Lego House— In Denmark
- Broccoli Tots for Broccoli Lovers by Joy Bauer
- Animal Love
- The 19th Boomer EXPO Wrap-Up Salutes Veterans
- The 9th C.U.R.E. Symposium is coming March 10
- Natural Ways to Prevent Colds and the Flu This Winter by Dr. Gustavo Ferrer
- Are These 2018 Nutrition Trends Worth All the Hype? by Anita Finley
- Wouldn’t You Love to Relieve Peripheral Neuropathy? by Kevin Usry, DC, DIBAK
- How Required Minimum Distributions Can Be Used to Meet Your Financial Goals by Gary Polk, CLU, ChFC, CLTC
- Do You Have Any Form of Hearing Loss? See the ad from ClearCaptions on page 7
- Active Life Hearing is UNbundling This Winter by Michanne Davidson, AuD
- The Nerve of One Major Drug Plan by Arthur Oken of SavOn Global Meds
- Cruise.com’s Certified Travel Specialist Program — It’s More Thank Selling Cruises! by Stewart Lowery
- K. Hovnanian’s Four Season at Parkland to Offer Resort-Style Amenities Year-Round on Page 19
- Provisions of the New Tax Law That Will Most Likely Impact Older Americans by Joseph S. Karp, Elder Law Attorney
- FREE Seminars and Events: Health, Wealth, Entertainment, Support
Joe Berardino was there in Vietnam, as a young man fighting to win a war that we now know had an unhappy ending for our American servicemen and women.
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In real life, the author, Joe Berardino, was a gunner on the Douglas AC-47 Spooky (also nicknamed “Puff, the Magic Dragon”). It was the first in a series of gunships developed by the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. It was designed to provide more firepower than light and medium ground-attack aircraft in certain situations when ground forces called for close air support.
Each chapter described what it was like living day to day, not knowing if he and his buddies would live or die each time they went out on a mission. Although this is a memoir, Joe describes his life as a young man, its characters are real, with perhaps his taking some liberties. The reader will be fascinated by what war was like from the author’s perspective. He describes the difference of enlisted servicemen and officers. And due to circumstances of a very close friend in his unit, Ron, who was killed, Joe dedicates his thoughts and motivation to what Ron told him about life.
I was very interested in how dedicated Joe and his unit buddies were to doing what it took to save any American who got caught in battles, even if they had a chance of being captured or killed. The motto they kept repeating was “we always go back to bring our own home, whether dead or alive.” At the time, there were men who preferred to escape to Canada rather than fight in this war. But those who were loyal Americans and went to help fight for America, fought hard and were very dedicated. I was so impressed with the bravery and heroism of our military might.
For those of us who didn’t fight in a war, this book will keep you very excited to learn what it was like, day after day, night after night, sometimes with little sleep, and with lots of gunfire from the North Vietnamese. The words on the pages were vibrant and realistic enough to feel as though you were there, sometimes deep in the jungle, surrounded by screaming voices, explosions and planes crashing down. Close your eyes and feel the power of the author’s words piercing into your brain.
About the author: Joe Berardino enlisted in the Army at the age of seventeen and began working as a weapons mechanic. After his tour was up, he went to Michigan State College where he excelled, graduated and then became a commissioned officer, eventually a colonel, working in the Pentagon. He lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, enjoys playing golf and flying airplanes. He has three children and six grandchildren.
To purchase Death In The Midnight Sky, go to www.Amazon.com
Say goodbye to bags of freezer-burned tater tots. My homemade version is so easy and delish. By replacing the potato with broccoli, I’ve cut back on carbs and calories without sacrificing texture and flavor.
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This skinny spin will set you back only 100 calories (per 5). Go ahead and serve up this crispy, crunchy side dish. I guarantee the kids will ask for seconds.
Servings: 6 Ingredients:
• 4 cups broccoli florets
• 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (preferably whole grain)
• 2/3 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with no- stick cooking spray or parchment paper and set aside.
2. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then remove and immerse in cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well (I typically use a paper towel to dry them).
3. Chop the broccoli finely and mix thoroughly with the egg, onions, cheddar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add the breadcrumbs last—and combine everything. Place in fridge for about 15 minutes to firm up the mixture a bit (this will make it easier to work with). Using your hands, scoop up small portions of the mixture (about 1-2 tablespoons), form into tater tot shapes and place them on the baking sheet.
4. Mist the tops with oil spray and bake for 10 minutes. Flip them over, mist tops, and bake for an additional 10 minutes until the outsides are golden brown and crispy.
Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising of two classically-trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, respectively. Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B plays the viola.
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Despite their successful collaborations, Baptiste and Sylvester had disparate upbringings. As children, they were introduced to their instruments against their choice. Both members attended Dillard High School of Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, where they met and had the same music teacher who spurred them to attend college on full music scholarships.
Wilner Baptiste intended to study the saxophone instead of the viola, but by mistake was put into classes for the latter. Though initially reluctant, Baptiste chose to adapt to changes and accept the fate he was given. “I stuck with the viola and it opened a lot of doors for me.” His goal as a performer is for people to attend the concerts, then return home “to be better people.”
Kevin Sylvester explained, “In my early years, I didn’t want to be the violinist in my neighborhood.” “In the fifth grade I got into a little trouble… and my mom said she needed me to get into something, so she took me to Saturday morning violin class.” His goal for his audience was to think about “…what they would do differently in their lives. We want to make sure they are not just playing the violin or playing other instruments. So, whether they want to be scientists or lawyers or hockey stars or anything—whatever they want to do—just make sure they go about doing it different than anybody else.”
After high school, Sylvester attended Florida International University and Baptiste enrolled at Florida State University. At FIU, Sylvester met Sam G., who would go on to become the duo’s manager. Alongside Sam G., the duo went on to co-found the production company DKNEX, which stands for Di-Versatile Music. The group name “Black Violin” is derived from the influence of a famous jazz violinist, Stuff Smith.
“Our mantra has always been to engage the audience to look at things from a different perspective…At first, we leaned on the fact that we were different—more than on our technique. We wanted you to be confused. This time, we tried to keep our core message, but with more gravitas: more seriousness. Not just be crazy and different, but really step it up and be badass violinists. After we won the Apollo, which is the hardest audience on the planet, we knew there was something there…The hard thing was to package it so that people would give us a chance, because we were doing something that nobody had ever seen. Every time we step on stage, we had to prove it over and over.”
Furthering their notoriety, Black Violin were invited to play at the Kids Inaugural Concert, one of the inaugural balls for United States President Barack Obama, in 2013. The concert was a special tribute to military families and was attended by First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, and Second Lady Jill Biden.
For more information, go to: blackviolin.net
Thank you for your help with my book. You folks are wonderful.
I am indebted to you,
Joseph J. Berardino COL, USAF, (Ret.)
Thank you – both of you – for your outstanding promotion of my book and for keeping me informed every inch of the way. I am enjoying all of the attention.
Hi Dan, Thank you and Anita for giving me an outlet to let people know about my books. It has been a terrific experience and one that I’ll cherish for a long time.
Jorge G. Reyes S.