We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Comic-Con: Write for the Entertainment Industry. Pay off 68K in debt. Good samaritan gets rewarded. Donating blood to save babies. Job security. Teen gets into 20 colleges. Yolanda Renee King. Moments from March for Our Lives. Protest. Parkland Students Rally Against Gun Violence. Scholarships: fastweb.com. Waitress wins scholarship for kindness. Generation Z and guns. Dignity. 14 acts of kindness. Best jobs for 2018.

The veterans page: Veterans Day. A surprised 8-year-old. Honoring heroic dog. Honorably discharged veterans shop tax-free. Forever GI Bill. Father takes care of 4 children. Integrate Marine Training? Robotic legs. Costs of war. Saluting a fallen soldier. 300K Lotto winner. Vets and painkillers. Vet resources. Grandmother of veteran's family deported. Housing the homeless. Veteran finds healing through adopting a cat. Wounded Marines help others.

Empowering students to fulfill their dreams through education.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Comic-Con -- Write for the Entertainment Industry

Write for the Entertainment Industry

Would you like to write for TV? In 2017, I attended Comic-Con International, the annual popular arts extravaganza held every summer at the San Diego Convention Center. This is what I learned at a panel called “The Writer’s Journey: Breaking In and Managing a Career In Hollywood,” featuring advice from four industry professionals: Brandon Easton, Geoffrey Thorne, Ubah Mohamed, and Tony Puryear.

The Experts

Brandon Easton was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2014 for Watson and Holmes by New Paradigm Studios. His writing credits include Marvel’s Agent Carter and IDW’s M.A.S.K.

Geoffrey Thorne is a TV producer and has worked on TNT’s The Librarians and Marvel Comic’s Mosaic as well as USA Network’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Ubah Mohamed has written for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and ABC’s The Whispers.

Tony Puryear is an artist and writer and he worked on the Schwarzenegger film, Eraser and Dark Horse’s graphic novel, Concrete Park.  

Find Your Muse

Tony Puryear encouraged the audience to find their muse: “Being a writer is a holy calling. You must get in a quiet place and listen. It’s like joining a cult of one.”

Other panelists added: Never chase a trend because it leads to a brick wall. Instead, go after what you feel passionate about.

Decide what kind of writer you want to be: TV, motion picture, comics and graphic novels, or novels because they are different. Then research the business thoroughly. Find out everything you can about that industry—the roles, the terminology, the people, the ins and outs.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Good Deed Gets Rewarded

J'Mmar Coleman probably wasn't thinking of a reward when he helped a man who had just wrecked his car, but karma does happen. Migos Rapper Offset, Cardi B's Fiance, Buys Good Samaritan A Car For Helping Him After Accident appeared in Good Morning America and Yahoo! News. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Making a Difference

As a boy, James Harrison received 13 units of blood during a surgery. It may have saved his life. Since then he has made it his life's mission to help others by donating blood. For Six Decades, ‘the Man with the Golden Arm’ Donated Blood — and Saved 2.4 Million Babies appeared in MSN News and The Washington Post.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Job Security

If job security is important to you, here are the jobs with the most job security. The 30 Jobs with the Best (and Worst) Job Security also shows the job's unemployment rate, how many are in the labor force, median annual wage, projected job growth, and entry level education needed.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Texas Teen Gets Into 20 Colleges

"Micheal Brown, 17, is a senior at Lamar High School in Houston. He got into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Georgetown."

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Martin Luther King's Granddaughter Speaks at Rally

"My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough. That this should be a gun-free world. Period." -- Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at the "March for Our Lives." 

Yolanda Renee King, Granddaughter of MLK Jr., Shares Her Dream at "March for Our Lives" appeared on CBS News.

March For Our LIves Moments

"Six minutes and about 20 seconds," Parkland survivor, Emma Gonz lez, said, after breaking a six minute and twenty second silence to mark the beginning of the 'March for Our Lives' rally.  
"In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered."
Seven Most Memorable Moments from 'March for Our Lives' appeared on MSN News

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Chanting "Vote them out!" and bearing signs reading "We Are the Change," ''No More Silence" and "Keep NRA Money Out of Politics," hundreds of thousands of protesters packed Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.

Parkland Students Rally to Stop Gun Violence

"No student should ever have to cover themselves with a deceased classmate to survive, but I was that student," -- Parkland shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond said.

"And we can't only focus on school shootings though. Urban communities and low-income communities have always been hit with gun violence. I lost my uncle due to gun violence in Brooklyn 15 years ago, and nothing has changed. Columbine happened. Nothing changed. Sandy Hook happened. Nothing changed. Parkland happened. Nothing changed. -- Eastmond.

"They (Lawmakers) don't know what it's like to be 20 feet from an AR-15," --Parkland survivor Alfonso Calderon.

"Every single day you wake up and it might be a thought in your head, 'I might die today,'" -- Calderon.

March for Our Lives: Students Hold Events in Washington and Across the Nation appeared on MSN News

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Looking for scholarships? Here's a site that you can load your profile and they will send you scholarships that fit your profile: Fastweb.

Waitress Wins Scholarship for Her Kindness

"Waitress Evoni Williams worked the hectic morning shift at the Waffle House in La Marque, Texas, saving up for college. Amid clanking plates, a sizzling grill and customers on the go, an elderly man timidly asked Williams to cut his ham. She did. Someone snapped a photo that spread across social media. Now Williams has a college scholarship."

Generation Z Mobilizes Around Gun Issue

Generation Z Finds a Purpose: "People are saying that it's not time to talk about gun control, and we can respect that. Here's the time: March 24. In every single city, we are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives. This isn't about the GOP. This isn't about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected. At this point, you're either with us or you're against us." -- Cameron Kasky, high school student at Parkland, Florida. 

A Changing of Guard: After Unthinkable Tragedy, Generation Z Emerges Loud and Clear appeared on MSN News

Trump Processes Florida Students' Grief As President, Parent appeared in the Associated Press

We Need Survival Training to Survive Active Shooter Emergencies appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune

Monday, February 12, 2018


You never know where you're going to find inspiration. Reading about LA Laker's Luol Deng taught me a lot about how to handle adversity. The Player They Can't Trade Can Only Pretend to Play appeared in the Charlotte Observer.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mark Cuban's Money Tips

Mark Cuban knows a little bit about money. Here are his three money tips to help you get started on the right track for 2018. This article appeared on MSN Money

Best Cell Phone Plans

Paying too much for cellular? Here's a guide to the best cell phone plans for your needs. The Best Cell Phone Plans appeared on The Wirecutter.