Category: CY What’s Happening

  • Dune Buggy in My Mind, a Poem

    Rolling down life’s highway in the dune buggy in my mind. Up and down, endless rolling hills; taking turns that wind. Asking questions, looking for answers. Never hard to find. The answer we get, the answers we give, the people we meet on the way. Our questions are the things that power us, not to go astray. Westward and back, to the east and down, in any direction we travel. Seeking and searching and striving, we want life’s mysteries to unravel. The beauty of a brilliant sunset. A warm sandy beach at our feet. The smile of good folks welcoming us. The beauty of the world we greet.

  • Boxer, Model, Actor, Producer, Director, Writer Gary Stretch is a True Renaissance Man: Talks Boxing Career, Acting and His Film on Ronda Rousey, Through My Father’s Eyes, More

    Gary Stretch is a man of many talents. An accomplished boxer, he is a former WBC International Light Middleweight Champion. Arguably, his most prominent fight occurred in 1991 when he fought Chris Eubank in the billed Beauty v The Best contest for the WBO World Middleweight Championship. If Mr. Stretch’s saga ended there, his life would be remarkable. But he was just getting started. Gary went on to have a career in modeling and acting. His acting work includes roles in the 2004 film Alexander and the 2006 movie World Trade Center.

  • Positive Qualities

    In business, school and life in general, intelligence is something we tend to look at with a certain degree of reverence. We often look up to people who are exceptionally intelligent. Generally, we believe these people have a particular advantage when it comes to succeeding at a given endeavor. I certainly respect intelligence. However, having intelligence is only one of a number of factors that can help us succeed in life. There are, after all, some people who are naturally brilliant yet do not truly push themselves when it comes to accomplishing something. The flip side of this is that there are people of average intelligence who work very hard at their goals and, consequently, accomplish great things.

  • Cultivating Optimism

    Attitude is important. A good attitude does not guarantee the projects we undertake will be successful. However, if we set out to accomplish something harboring a negative attitude about it, our performance will probably be less than optimal. Some people seem to possess an optimistic outlook and some do not. Having a naturally upbeat view on life and the projects we undertake is truly a gift. Having a positive mental attitude can work as a powerful impetus to positive performance. Yet, what do we do if we do not seem to have a naturally positive outlook? No matter how tough our lives might have been up to this point in time, we all have had moments of triumph - no matter how small. If we want to develop optimistic outlooks we must look to those moments of triumph and constantly remind ourselves of the times that we succeeded in our undertakings.

  • Big Arms and Aging: The Ever Popular Ric Drasin, host of Ric’s Corner on YouTube is Back to Talk that and More

    For weight training enthusiasts, maintaining big arms as one begins to enter midlife and beyond, makes for an interesting topic. There is no one better to talk about that than golden age bodybuilder and frequent CYInterview guest Ric Drasin. The host of the popular YouTube show Ric's Corner is back to discuss that subject, as well as reflect on some golden age bodybuilding stories. Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this segment. Speaking of big arms, Ric told us during our discussion that bodybuilding legend Dave Draper once told him, "Don't over train your bicep. It'll turn into a peanut." Having big arms is often a goal, stated or not, of people who lift weights.

  • Awkward Orchid, a Poem

    Awkward Orchid You’ve been apprised and advised It’s up to you, for the chaos to subside Behold, the goal is yours to achieve Empty merriment collides with intense intent Then change happens Time needed varies, but change happens The evolving of the Soul Light glowing and we’re drawn to it We know our knowledge is so incomplete Yet the voice of wisdom beckons “The basics are best.”

  • Psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig and Writer/Blogger Taylor Rae Share their Insights and Wisdom About: Baby Boomers and Millennials, the Digital Age, Social Media and More

    The dizzying pace of technological innovation has impacted virtually everyone in our society. Baby Boomers and Millennials are two demographic cohorts which have each been affected by technology, in particular ways. For a discussion about that, as well as how both of these groups relate to each other, we welcome back nationally known psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig and compelling writer/blogger Taylor Rae, for an interesting discussion on these topics. Some of the areas covered in our conversation include texting and passive aggressiveness, social media’s impact on socializing and how the generation's viewpoints differ, as well as what they share in common and so much more. Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for this discussion.

  • Refreshing Our Knowledge and Skills

    We tend to think of school as something we partake in during the early years of our lives. There is preschool, nursery school, kindergarten, primary school, junior high school, high school, college and graduate school. If we went to these schools in linear fashion, we would be attending them from, perhaps, three years old until our mid or late 20s. However, in today’s day and age, with so much changing so quickly, particularly in the area of technology, we might want to consider school as not only a foundational undertaking, which we participate in at an early age, but as a lifelong endeavor.

  • Alison Arngrim, Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, Talks: Emmy Nomination Consideration for Life Interrupted, Her One Woman Show, More

    In the 1970s, one of the popular television shows in the United States was Little House on the Prairie. One of the characters in the show was Nellie Oleson, played by actress Alison Arngrim. Today, the now veteran entertainer has a one woman show titled Confessions of a Prarie Bitch. This past weekend, she had two performances of the show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York. In the acting world, Ms. Arngrim has teamed up with frequent CYInterview guest Mason Reese, to produce a pilot for the sitcom, Life Interrupted, which will hopefully be picked up. You can see the pilot, broken down into 5 minute segments, on YouTube. In Life Interrupted, Ms. Arngrim plays the ex-wife of Mason’s eponymous character. Her role in the series is up for Emmy nomination consideration, in the Best Actress in Short Form Comedy category.