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  • Best Selling Author and Candle Magic Expert Jacki Smith Releases “The Big Book of Candle Magic”

    Book cover for The Big Book of Candle Magic

    "The Big Book of Candle Magic" by Jacki Smith

    FERNDALE, MI, U.S.A., June 28, 2022 / -- Jacki Smith, co-owner of world famous candle maker Coventry Creations and best selling author of two books, has another book quickly climbing the charts. “The Big Book of Candle Magic” will be released to book sellers everywhere on July 1, 2022.

    30 years in the making, “The Big Book of Candle Magic” is the definitive resource for crafting spells and manifesting intentions using various candles and combinations. It’s a comprehensive reference in which Jacki Smith shares her magical secrets with readers, enabling them to become empowered through successful spell casting. The book explains the nature of magic spells and provides examples for a wide variety of purposes including love, money, healing, and protection. Liberally punctuated with tips from "Aunt Jacki," “The Big Book of Candle Magic” leverages Smith’s many years of experience to give readers the most complete candle magic book ever written.

    “No one knows their way around a candle like Jacki Smith does: her name has been synonymous with candle magic for over three decades. In The Big Book of Candle Magic, Jacki shares everything you need to know about preparing, using, and empowering candles to illuminate your life and bring big magic into all your endeavors. This extremely comprehensive guide, brimming with techniques and tips, is sure to level up your craft through the experience and expertise of someone who has devoted their life to the art of candles and their magic,” said Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch.

    “Knowledge is most powerful when you share it,” said author Jacki Smith. “Over the years I’ve experienced and learned so much. Through trials and errors, successes and failures, I’ve uncovered the best paths and unlocked secrets. ‘The Big Book of Candle Magic’ is both a reference and an educational text where I’ve captured that wisdom for the magic community and the curious alike.”

    To learn more about “The Big Book of Candle Magic” visit

    About Jacki Smith

    Jacki Smith is the founder of Coventry Creations, an internationally known maker of spiritual products, and co-owner of Candle Wick Shoppe in Ferndale, Michigan. In 1992, Jacki was the first on the national market with her Blessed Herbal Candles, launching the intentional candle industry. She now sells her own brand of candles to hundreds of metaphysical bookshops. Visit and follow Jacki on Instagram at @coventrycandles.

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  • Blue Zones and Diet ID Partner to Empower Well-Being Improvement at Scale

    Blue Zones and Diet ID Partnership

    Blue Zones and Diet ID Partnership

    Introducing Diet Quality as a New Vital Sign

    This unique and dynamic combination of assets will allow us to measure and deliver personalized, precision community health and nutrition interventions at scale.”
    — Ben Leedle, CEO of Blue Zones and Co-founder of Blue Zones Project

    DETROIT, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2022 / -- Blue Zones, LLC and Diet ID, Inc. announced today a strategic partnership to bring powerful innovations to the fields of health promotion, disease prevention, and well-being improvement. Blue Zones empowers people to live better and longer lives by applying their research of the world’s longest-lived cultures – blue zones. Diet ID is a digital health platform whose mission is to make diet quality a vital sign by providing a fast and elegant way to measure and manage nutrition. This partnership will combine the patented, clinically validated Diet ID assessment and platform with the Blue Zones transformation model, a first-of-its-kind approach to improving the well-being of entire populations and communities.

    The Danish Twin Study established that only about 20% of life span is genetic, while the other 80% is controlled by lifestyle and environment. Improving lifestyle, and especially nutrition, is critical because poor diet has now surpassed smoking as the leading cause of preventable death. Diet quality is the single leading predictor variable for both premature death and chronic disease in the United States and much of the world but is rarely measured or managed effectively.

    “This partnership is powerful because it combines the synergies of two innovations,” said Ben Leedle, CEO of Blue Zones and Co-founder of Blue Zones Project. “Blue Zones takes a systems approach to improving well-being at the population level with semi-permanent and permanent changes to the environment – our humanmade surroundings - that make healthy choices easier and more accessible; Diet ID’s visual assessment and intervention platform can measure and manage diet quality at scale and give individuals a powerful, proven tool that makes healthy eating easier. This unique and dynamic combination of assets will allow us to measure and deliver personalized, precision community health and nutrition interventions at scale. The focus on nutrition, which has been traditionally challenging, solves a critical need in community and population health initiatives.”

    The plan will include integrating Diet ID’s unique assessment and intervention platform into all future Blue Zones transformation initiatives to inform strategies and tactics that will improve the health and well-being of entire cities, campuses, and organizations.

    Blue Zones work is based on their identification and research of the world’s blue zones, where people live extraordinarily long and happy lives. The company applies their research to improve well-being at the population level; instead of focusing solely on individual behavior change, the Blue Zones model is an upstream solution that makes permanent and semi-permanent changes to the humanmade surroundings so that healthier choices are easier in all the spaces and places people spend the most time.

    Diet ID, Inc. has designed the first fundamental advance in dietary assessment methods in decades, with unique-in-the-world, patented intellectual property. By using pattern recognition rather than recollection of details, Diet ID can complete a comprehensive dietary assessment in as little as 60 seconds. This image-based method, invented by CEO Dr. David L. Katz and developed with input from world-leading nutrition experts and a team of dietitians, is leveraged to offer personalized dietary guidance based on health goals and dietary preference.

    “Diet ID is to diet what a blood pressure cuff is to blood pressure,” said Katz, “–a whole new, quick, easy, and reliable way to measure what’s essential. It is also a way to increase awareness of and access to healthful foods that are fresh, affordable, and culturally relevant.”

    “Programs to promote health rarely include personal attention to dietary quality, which is foundational for well-being. The partnership of Diet ID with Blue Zones will fill this critical gap and open the discussions and actions that are needed to help individuals and communities shift toward diets that are healthy and sustainable,” said Walter Willett, MD DrPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

    “We are beautifully aligned with Blue Zones,” Katz went on, “and are proud and thrilled to partner with the Blue Zones team in the mission to make the ‘blessings’ of those populations—a bounty of years in life, a bounty of life in years–accessible to millions more people here and around the world.”

    "Both community-level change and personal empowerment are important to disease prevention, health promotion, and foundational lifestyle-based treatment. This partnership represents a novel and exciting combination of the two,” said Michael Parkinson, MD, MPH, Past President, American College of Preventive Medicine.

    “This partnership has great potential to advance the goals of lifestyle medicine by matching an efficient and effective nutrition assessment tool with a powerful longevity plan,” said Beth Frates, MD, President-Elect American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Director of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “This partnership represents a whole new opportunity to help people achieve better quality diets, and better quality health,” said Christopher Gardner, PhD, Nutrition Scientist and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.

    About Diet ID™
    Diet ID is a patented advance in dietary assessment based on pattern recognition, rather than recall. The system, accessible via any web-enabled device and available in English and Spanish, generates a comprehensive assessment of dietary intake- diet type, diet quality (using the Healthy Eating Index 2015), daily servings of all major food groups, and levels of 150 nutrients- in as little as 60 seconds. For more information, visit

    About Blue Zones®
    Blue Zones employs evidence-based ways to help people live longer, better. The company’s work is rooted in explorations and research done by founder and National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner in blue zones regions around the world, where people live extraordinarily long and/or happy lives. The original research and findings were released in Buettner's bestselling books The Blue Zones Solution, The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones, Thrive, and Blue Zones Kitchen—all published by National Geographic books. Blue Zones works with cities and counties to make healthy choices easier through permanent and semi-permanent changes to human-made surroundings and systems. Participating communities have experienced double-digit drops in obesity and tobacco use and have saved millions of dollars in healthcare costs. For more information, visit

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  • Hall explores metaphorical death and emotional growth in Watching Myself Die

    OKEMOS, MICHIGAN, USA, June 14, 2022 / -- In her first release, Watching Myself Die, poet Tekeyah Hall channels her creativity into exploring the metaphorical “death” that one faces when coming of age.

    Inspired to write by her sister and other members of her family, Hall uses her craft to grapple with emotional growth, and how that growth can lead to the metaphorical death of the person we once were, while our physical presence remains unchanged.

    Hall’s narrative style lends itself to highly visual storytelling. She uses that style to take the reader through the story of her own tumultuous emotions and experiences that many of us also face.

    This storytelling is present across the collection, including in Hall’s favorite poem in the book, “Black Sheep,” where she writes, “I was a black sheep born into a pack of wolves….Even when I wore my best mask and put on my best act, they still smelled the deliciousness of sheep and took a chance on killing a wolf.”

    Hall draws inspiration from two disparate authors—Edgar Allen Poe and Maya Angelou—pulling in elements of grim dark and mysticism from Poe, and the confidence, strength, and inspiring themes in Angelou’s work. She hopes that readers find her work accessible and that they can respond and feel authentically when reading her poetry.

    “I hope in reading Watching Myself Die people know that even though things may seem hard right now, they can get through it, and power and beauty can be found in those painful moments,” said Hall.

    The collection is the first in a planned trilogy series.

    Hall currently resides in Okemos, Michigan, having previously grown up in Detroit. Watching Myself Die, her first published work, is available now through Amazon (ISBN 978-0-578-36562-6).

    Hall is available for media interviews about her newly published work.

    Tekeyah Hall
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  • Author Toni Behm Releases Highly Anticipated Book “The Spell of the Rose”

    The book is a Fantasy/Action/Adventure novel available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle formats.

    ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, December 11, 2021 / -- Author Toni Behm is pleased to announce the launch of her first Fantasy/Action/Adventure book on Amazon, The Spell of the Rose (Fleex: Adventures Around the Worlds Book 1).

    Born and raised in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Toni Behm graduated MA in Bulgarian Language and Literature from the University of Plovdiv and later certified as a TEFL teacher. She has worked at a local radio station, newspaper, and then as an English teacher at school and university. In 2008, Toni moved to the USA to begin her writing career with an initial, short, and humorous fantasy story that turned into a much longer fairy tale.

    In her most recent news, Behm is announcing the release of her latest novel, The Spell of the Rose (Fleex: Adventures Around the Worlds Book 1). The book highlights the choice between good and evil, and the classic influences upon making that choice, which are revealed as Fleex, the book’s main character, contemplates his immediate goals and undertakes bigger-picture spiritual and philosophical reflections on life's meaning and influences.

    The Spell of the Rose is a story about a young man who finds himself in the village of Fogland, where it is always autumn. Like all who live there, Fleex does not remember who he had been before. The woman he is in love with – Fin – is taken by a monster after she remembers her past and shares her secret. To save his love, Fleex will need to venture beyond the safety of “home” to somehow save her, finding his way through countless worlds, collecting scattered clues.

    Fleex soon finds his quest means rather more than simply saving Fin. To our hero, the very universe is hanging in the balance now, for music, knowledge, and all things good are slowly being swallowed by a monster made of light. Only time will tell if Fleex can mend the fractures greed has caused, either reclaiming Fin or meeting his fate en route.

    “On the surface, The Spell of the Rose is a fairytale which follows Fleex through numerous worlds,” says Behm about her latest book. “Beneath that layer lies exploration of themes like sacrifice, forgiveness, the origin of evil within us, redemption, value of knowledge, etc. – all things readers can relate to on some level. What’s unique about this book is that there is hardly any violence, as I believe battles can be won different ways. There is too much violence in entertainment nowadays anyway, I didn’t want to add to it, making the book appropriate for younger ages (11+) and not only adults.”

    Raving reviews of the book are already pouring in, with Kirkus Reviews saying, “[The Spell of the Rose] is an inventive quest tale with colorful concepts that take center stage,” and Diane Donovan, Donovan’s Literacy Services, stating, “Toni Behm's enchanting fantasy may be read on many levels. It works as an attractive adventure story, a philosophical inspection, a religious commentary, a cultural exploration, and a dynamic myth-based mystery, all in one."

    The book is translated by Milena and Simon Bullock and illustrated by Behm’s sister, Boryana Netsova.

    For more information about Toni Behm, or to order The Spell of the Rose, please visit

    About Toni Behm

    Toni Behm is a Bulgarian-born author, known under her published pen name, A.V. Osten. Behm’s first e-book is her dystopian novelette, The Head Employee Precedent, which is part of the Hemisphere series.

    Toni lives in Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their two cats.

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  • New Book Examines the “Unshakable Faith" of Famous and Little Known African Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

    "Unshakable Faith: African American Stories of Redemption, Hope, and Community" (Our Daily Bread Publishing)

    In our diverse communities, churches, organizations and political spaces . . . [Black] history . . . offers us a window into the meaning of America.”
    — Carey Latimore
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI, USA, December 8, 2021 / -- Our Daily Bread Publishing has announced the release of the upcoming book, Unshakable Faith: African American Stories of Redemption, Hope, and Community—Available January 4, 2022 in paperback and eBook formats wherever books are sold. In his new book, Dr. Carey Latimore recounts the unshakable faith of famous and little known African Americans from colonial times to the present. This faith sustained them, inspired them, built community, and even helped them to forgive.

    “In our diverse communities, churches, organizations and political spaces . . . [Black] history . . . offers us a window into the meaning of America,” says Latimore. "We can appreciate the strength of a people who refused to be destroyed and who fought and loved their way into our nation’s story. What more American story can exist than this?”

    Rooted in biblical teaching, these Americans found their unique voices. Their lives illustrated the truths of God and affected generations. The faith of Christians from the past—like Cyrus Bustill, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, and Duke Ellington—became the example which today has affected the lives of ones like Chance the Rapper and Kanye West.

    "God builds His church from those of all nations, tongues, and backgrounds,” says Latimore, "and His people are richest when they listen and learn of His grace through this mosaic."

    About the Author:
    Carey Latimore serves as associate professor of history and codirector of the African American studies program at Trinity University, and associate pastor of a local church. Frequently asked to serve as a commentator and consultant on current topics such as race, land ownership, political identity, and religion for local and state media and organizations, he also is the author of The Role of Southern Free Blacks during the Civil War Era. Dr. Latimore and his wife reside in San Antonio, Texas.

    About Our Daily Bread Publishing:
    Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries—a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Whether it’s a radio broadcast, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide many ways to help people grow in their relationship with God. For more information, visit

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  • How Riti Grover is Applying Adizes Methodology to Embrace Change

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    Library Director Riti Grover

    FARMINGTON HILLS, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2021 / -- Riti Grover, a library advocate from Farmington Hills, Michigan, is a library director, facilitator, and leader with years of expertise in her field of job. She has spent years leading, developing, managing, and growing libraries in communities. Her dedication to service, enthusiasm for innovation, and collaborative spirit, together with her exceptional leadership abilities, contribute to the transformation of libraries into "community attractions." Her dedication and enthusiasm for the advancement of education and knowledge are apparent. To understand how she has applied the Adizes methodology to embrace change, we first need to understand what the Adizes model is.

    What is Adizes Methodology?

    The Adizes Methodology is a patented, structured approach for expediting organizational transformation established by Dr. Ichak Adizes and used by Adizes Institute License holders since 1975.

    The essential operating premise at its core is that all organizations, like biological beings, have a lifecycle and display predictable and repeating behavior patterns as they develop and mature. Every company faces a fresh set of obstacles at each level of development. The profitability or failure of an organization is determined by how well or badly these challenges are addressed and essential adjustments are implemented.

    The Adizes Methodology is a collection of strategies and processes for continuously enhancing organizational function. These procedures are carried out by Adizes' client businesses' management teams with assistance from Adizes or one of his qualified partners. The Methodology's declared purpose is to assist businesses in achieving and maintaining a dynamic state that ideally balances flexibility and control as situations change. Prime is the name given to this condition.

    The Methodology – the clear 11-phase method for diagnosing and resolving problems inside the business – is a private resource available exclusively to Adizes clients. The conceptual framework that underpins that Methodology, on the other hand, is in the public domain and has been published in various formats. The Adizes Methodology is often known to incorporate this intellectual framework, hence the name "Methodology" may be applied to both the publicly released conceptual material and the 11-phase private intervention plan. The titles 'Adizes' and 'Adizes Methodology' are solely used to refer to the theoretical model, not the intervention program.

    Life Cycle Assessment of the Organization

    The Adizes organizational lifecycle, like other lifecycle models, explains numerous stages in the lifespan of any enterprise, from genesis and growth to maturation and collapse. The Adizes lifecycle, on the other hand, explains this maturational arc in PAEI (concern structure) concepts. Courtship, Infancy, Go-Go, Adolescence, Prime, Stable, Aristocracy, Early Bureaucracy, Late Bureaucracy, and Death are the 10 stages of the lifespan. Every phase has distinct PAEI requirements and repercussions for PAEI mismatches.

    Riti Grover uses this life cycle assessment to analyze at what stage the organization is currently operating.

    An institution's development phase begins when it creates a market presence and expands its company's offerings.

    As the company grows in its operational environment, competition increases, leading to maturity as the company attempts to achieve higher levels of productivity through cost reduction and quality control. At this point, some businesses may look for ways to diversify into new products or services, with the goal of supplementing or developing a new revenue stream completely.

    Markets might become saturated with time, making future expansion challenging, and even offering the possibility of beginning a phase of decline with no realistic possibilities for increasing market share. This may lead to companies arguing for new growth approaches even when the moment is not appropriate, perhaps leading to expansion into developing markets or the production of new goods before they are required.

    Change Management

    Riti Grover uses the Adizes change management technique for implementing organizational changes. The first is to think that all corporate initiatives and adjustments must be seen through the lens of lifecycle phases. Simply stated, change management in enterprises transitioning from startup to professional management will be distinguished by different aims, levels of decentralization, and compensation systems than the change required in institutionalized companies.

    This approach also argues that there are no fixed answers, just principles that, when combined with experience, provide success. The purpose is not to invent innovations, but to make them conceivable and to put them into action in collaboration with the customer.

    The change management in the Adizes methodology presumes that all stages are coordinated in such a way that the outcomes of the diagnostic may be employed in team problem-solving and in the company's goal. The framework is built on the findings of the diagnostic and mission. The objective and structure serve as the foundation for the accountability system, while all preceding phases serve as inputs for the incentives system. This relationship serves as the foundation for the start of effective solutions as well as frequent verification and enforcement.

    Collaborative Work Through Synergistic Team

    Riti Grover uses numerous approaches in introducing the Adizes model of concern structure. The majority of them include making some important differences between the conflicting values in question. The ideals of effectiveness and efficiency, for example, are two opposing values underpinning the Adizes model (among others). These two values are distinct and incompatible in that they cannot be maximized at the same time.

    The Adizes Methodology defines effectiveness as "obtaining results that someone requires," and efficiency as "performing operations with little waste." We can achieve required findings extremely quickly and accurately if we go to any length to obtain them, but our resources will be drained and inaccessible for more work. We must also be resourceful and efficient in our work. Over-concern with efficiency, on the other hand, might lead to operations being under-resourced, which can jeopardize the achievement of results.

    Establishing an appropriate trade-off between energy mobilization and conservation is thus required for every action, and this decision must be taken in the face of some uncertainty and risk. Taking these issues into consideration clearly when making a decision, on the other hand, makes it much easier to modify and change the trade-off fast in the early phases of implementation. Striking a suitable balance between effectiveness and efficiency in achieving our goals is critical for making a good decision.

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