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Roma Khetarpal likes to read, swim, travel, cook, take long walks by the ocean, capture sunrises and wind down with sunsets. Roma is a passionate advocate of mindful parenting.
“My purpose is empower parents to tap into their best selves and build communication habits to raise their kids to be happy, think positive, and do good things.” ~Roma Khetarpal
I asked Roma what she wanted to tell me about her life’s work and she said she would love to talk about the tools in her book, The “Perfect” Parent, 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect With Your Kids.”
Here are some of the questions and points that Roma discusses with parents:
…and there are more tools and topics in the book and on the interview on Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town:
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Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson star in the film,
BURBANK, CA – August 21, 2015 – Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller “Unforgettable,” which is the first film in the director’s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Focus”).
Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses,” “Knocked Up”) and Rosario Dawson (the “Sin City” films) star in the film. “Unforgettable” marks a reunion for Heigl and Di Novi, who previously collaborated on “Life as We Know It.”
The main cast also includes Geoff Stults (TV’s “Zoo”), young actress Isabella Rice (“True Blood”), Simon Kassianides (TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Whitney Cummings (“The Wedding Ringer”), Robert Wisdom (TV’s “Chicago PD”) and film and television star Cheryl Ladd.
The film is being produced by Di Novi, Alison Greenspan (“If I Stay”) and Ravi D. Mehta (“Grudge Match”), from a screenplay by Christina Hodson.
Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
The behind the scenes creative team is led by multiple Oscar-nominated director of photography Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Natural”), production designer Nelson Coates (“Flight”), editor Frédéric Thoraval (“Taken”), and costume designer Marian Toy (HBO’s “Ballers”).
Surfs Up At The Venice Whaler As The Crab Shell Bar Turns 1:
The Seaside Institution Celebrates All-Star Team, New Menu & Cocktails!
(Venice, CA), August 18th, 2015: The revival of the iconic Crab Shell Bar in the comfortable downstairs alcove of the Venice Whaler nearly a year ago, gave way to an all-new look, new culinary team and new bar program throughout the restaurant. Proving that elevated food and craft cocktails are right at home on the beach, the Venice Whaler rings in the one year anniversary and resurrection of the famous seaside-watering hole (since 1944) by rolling out a delectably delicious new Dining and Cocktail Menu!
The little seaside institution, which has stood for 70 years where Washington Boulevard hits the beach in Venice has seen a complete makeover this past year due to the collaborative efforts of new owner Mike Dobson (Ma’Kai in Santa Monica and Red O in Los Angeles, Huntington Beach and the newly opened Santa Monica location), General Manager TJ Williams, Executive Chef Nick Liberato (who is featured as a culinary expert on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and has also appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters), and Bar Director Anthony Settecase (who has worked at top spots on both coasts, including Pravda, Balthazar, East Side Company and the Soho Grand Hotel in New York, and Cole’s, Las Perlas,Bar Chloe and Dia de Campo in Los Angeles).
All in all, GM TJ Williams says, “’Dive’ is not the right term for this place anymore. I think it is a fun, craft cocktail beach bar.” And the bar will soon be expanding even further, as the Venice Whaler plans to build out an awning and serve alcohol on its outdoor patio downstairs as well. You will also be seeing more of the Oceanside eatery on the small screen, in two newFood Network series: Beach Eats USA with Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone and Back To The Bar on Spike TV.
“More than anything, we are right here on the beach and it is a beautiful setting,” says Liberato, who still keeps his surfboard in the kitchen. “The best thing for me is that I get to do what I love in the kitchen and I get to surf every day!”
So what are you waiting for? While the Venice Whaler may be an institution, there is still so much to discover with the reinvented kitchen and introduction of two new bars. Grab your sandals and shades and head to where Washington Boulevard directly meets the sandy shore today!
The Venice Whaler is open for Lunch and Dinner every Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am. The Venice Whaler serves Weekend Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and they serve Dinner from 3:00 pm to 2:00 am; The Venice Whaler Takeaway Window is open daily from 7:00 am to 2:30 am; For more information, please visitwww.venicewhlaler.com or call the Venice Whaler directly at 310-821-8737.
& MIAMI SOUND MACHINE:
A Benefit Concert for Viva Broadway
TO PERFORM GREATEST HITS INCLUDING:
“GET ON YOUR FEET,” “CONGA,”
“RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU,” “MI TIERRA”
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
AT THE MINSKOFF THEATRE
CONCERT DIRECTED BY SERGIO TRUJILLO
PRODUCED BY THE BROADWAY LEAGUE FOUNDATION INC.
VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE
TO SOLD-OUT CONCERT
One Night Only: To Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month!
New York, NY – August 18, 2015 – A limited number of VIP seats are available for Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine: A Benefit Concert for Viva Broadway. The concert will take place on Monday, September 14th at 8:00pm at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan.
Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine return to New York City to perform a special concert comprising their greatest hits including: “Get On Your Feet,” “Conga,” “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Mi Tierra,” and more! There will be a special performance by Emily Estefan. The Broadway production On Your Feet!, a new musical based on the life and music of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, will begin previews October 5, 2015 and opens November 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre.
“VIP” packages ($750) include a pre-show reception with Emilio Estefan, premium seats to the concert and post-show cast party with Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine at the Hunt & Fish Club NYC in Midtown Manhattan.
Proceeds from this benefit will support Viva Broadway. The Broadway League’s Viva Broadway initiative is an audience development partnership with the Hispanic community to help bridge the world of Broadway with Latino audiences around the country. The long-term initiative aims to increase awareness about Broadway while culturally enriching lives, bringing families together, and building new careers in the theatre. Proceeds will go towards The Broadway League’s Family First Nights®, a nationwide program specifically designed to encourage economically at-risk families to attend theatre on a regular basis.
It’s Going To Be A Hunka Hunka Good Time
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This is a re-post, originally published on April 18, 2014
I first saved the quotes in this post and started writing it in October 2013. I saved it in a draft file. The topic came up again recently and caused me to revisit it. As I began to write this, the thoughts and ideas sounded familiar to me. When I found the quotes stored in my draft files, I was not surprised that I have had this in the back of my mind. It is an integral part of my message, my core beliefs. This is about Falling in Love with Acceptance and Letting Go of Negativity:
“Always fall in love with what you are asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with.” ~Robert Frost
Are you happy? Can you be happy and negative at the same time? I think perhaps some people can. For some, it makes them happy and satisfied to express their opinion openly. It may be the way they choose to live and be. Maybe they don’t want to be stifled. So, I accept that there is a place for what can be perceived as negativity. My eyes have been opened to the fact that saying negative things and having strong opinions either for or against issues does not mean a person is negative or even unhappy. Everyone is free to say what they want to say and feel how they want to feel. That is a part of acceptance.
Is not sharing outwardly your strong negative feelings about things a sign of weakness, or strength? I come from a place of depression and anxiety. I work hard to choose happiness and joy on a daily basis. I have suffered loss in my life. I have overcome major obstacles in my relationships. I have survived tragedy and serious health issues. I have experienced racism, sexism, ageism, and I have been challenged for my religious beliefs. I have been discriminated against for being overweight. I have been called a hypocrite for supporting gay friends. I don’t always fit in. I don’t always agree with the status quo.
What you believe in your heart and what you stand for comes through your actions more so than your words. Anyone can say they believe in something, and you can agree with them. When you choose to make it a core belief, you don’t have to talk about it. You live it. You model the behavior. You walk the talk.
“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change, rather than allowing it to master you.” ~Sri Ram
I choose to believe in hope and I practice unconditional love. Does this make me seem weak and without opinion or position to others who do not know my personal history? It’s something to think about next time you judge someone for what they don’t say. They might be biting their lip and making a strong choice to remain positive.
I have been told that statements I make seem passive aggressive at times. When statements are taken out of context, or perceived by someone other than the intended audience, without background or history – I can see how my statements could be understood to be passive aggressive. It is all in the interpretation of the reader.
I am often so conscientious as to not offend anyone when making a statement, that my carefully chosen wording ends up sounding passive aggressive. I also have a wicked sense of humor that does not come across the written word (unless you know me well.) As a writer, expressing oneself is a learned skill. The bottom line is, I am an honest person. I am careful not to hurt feelings. I prefer not to confront others. I usually let things go. If I decide that I need to say something to someone, I will confront them honestly and privately.
“Passive-aggressive means that a person finds ways to express himself indirectly so that he doesn’t have to admit how he really feels or thinks. Typically, the term is associated with feelings of bottled up anger, but more broadly, it refers to being untruthful about any emotion or desire (passivity) and retaliating against the frustrations arising from being unable to be honest (aggression). Professionals think that, for the most part, acting this way is a coping mechanism that an individual learns over time. With a lack of honesty potentially leading to problems such as relationship conflicts and insecurity, it is usually to a person’s benefit to try to stop the behavior in some way, such as by practicing “I” language.” ~WiseGeek.org
I respect others and their opinions. I don’t often find it necessary to share my own opinions outwardly or publicly. If you want to know what I am about, you can ask me, read my blog or my book. I am open and happy to share my feelings and ideas with you. I accept you for who you are. Honestly.
Thinking about this reminded me of an app that I was asked to review some time ago. I liked the idea of it, but the app itself didn’t do anything for me personally, so I didn’t review it at the time. I kept it in the draft folder in case I wanted to refer to it – knowing the concept brought up emotions that I wanted to address eventually. (I know that after you read this you will have the song, “Let it Go” in your head, like I do right now. It’s okay. It’s a great song!)
Nate Stein is a 24 year old musician/entrepreneur living in Santa Cruz, CA. He created a self-help app that he considers to be great for healing. It started after a break up he had when he was having trouble letting his negative thoughts go. He said, “There should be an app for this.” He had never made a mobile app before but after a lot of research and some help from a friend, he created Let It Go. Here is how he describes the FREE self-help app…
Let It Go allows you to deal with your problems in a unique way. Write down anything that’s bothering you and Let It Go will release the negative thought for you! The releasing process is completely random for each thought and takes between 1 and 72 hours. Live freely and Let It Go! (Disclosure)
“I want people to benefit from my app and utilize it as a helpful tool. I would love for more people to be aware of the app and most importantly the process of letting something go.” ~Nate Stein
Yeah, but what about standing up for yourself? How about defending yourself and others? What about making a difference? What about fighting the good fight?
We are called to fight the good fight. It’s our duty to help others. We wouldn’t stand by and let someone get picked on by a bully or watch someone being demeaned in our presence. Sometimes we must speak up. I will speak up and express my concerns when it matters to me or someone I love. There are some things that are unacceptable.
“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
I have been inspired by Maya Angelou who does not accept racist remarks or jokes that put others down in her presence. She says, “Not in my house.” And She has actually asked people to leave her home when they crossed the line. I have never gone that far, but I will walk away from a conversation or change the subject if I don’t feel it is appropriate for me. There are some things I will not tolerate in my presence. I don’t always feel up to a confrontation and I am passive in the sense that I don’t feel like I need to correct other people publicly. I am clear about my convictions and I ask that others respect my beliefs.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill
Standing up for what you believe in is one of the most important skills you’ll need in life. People in life will always try to knock you down, but as long as you get back up, you’re showing them that you can stand for what you believe in.
I realize that many people agree with the idea of standing up for what they believe in and some call the process, “speaking from their soapbox.” They want to right the wrongs of society. They want to explain to everyone the correct way of doing things or at least offer their opinion. I think this can be an effective way of getting one’s point across. I have a sopabox I suppose, in my blog. Social media is a sea of soapboxes. Everyone is shouting out what they stand for. Some people flock to listen. Some voices carry loudly far and wide. Some voices float around like a soft whisper.
I have been considering what it takes to be a person of action. I have been told that I am one who “gets things done.” I believe that one person can change the world. I believe that together, we can make a difference. Other than talking about it or even writing about it, what can I do to stand up for my beliefs? I was going to make a list. I Googled it and found a great example:
Here are some Steps from Wiki How:
- When you’re talking to a person don’t raise your voice UNLESS you MUST. Get help if needed.
- Writing a letter or starting a petition greatly improves your chances of people believing in you.
- Follow through with what you want, or you might as well be wasting everyone’s time.
- Don’t get too excited. Sometimes, things may not go as planned.
- Avoid getting into fights with people just because they may believe differently than you.
- It’s okay to keep your feelings to yourself. Choose your battles wisely.
Think of positive ways to express your beliefs. Remember, if you can’t say something nice – sometimes it is better to not say anything at all. Choose your words carefully. As Miguel Ruiz says in his book, The Four Agreements, “Be impeccable with your word.”