Saturday, March 31, 2018

Motivational Speaker & Grammy Nominated Singer Jekalyn Carr is a Powerful Millennial Using Her Voice to Lead Change With New Book "You Will Win!"

With so many young people leading movements and speaking truth to power, it is not hard to believe that at just 20 years old, Jekalyn Carr is an experienced motivational speaker and new author, leading her peers to their best lives. Jekalyn, a Grammy nominated singer, has led a winning life since the age of 13, when she began sharing her motivational words with audiences nationwide. In her first book, “You Will Win!: Inspirational Strategies to Help You Overcome,” she offers readers inspirational messages to help them conquer their storms, live in victory and maintain a winning attitude. Based around 14 principles to follow and apply along the path to winning, this book calls for readers to have Intent, Faith, Patience, Perception and more, to become a winner. She also offers 7 ways to win and 12 habits for a win. The book is now available for pre-order everywhere books are sold.
To take the message of the song a step further, Jekalyn wrote her latest hit single of the same title, “You Will Win!”  The single has done amazingly well, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and remaining #1 for 6 weeks in a row. 

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New true-crime podcast Felonious Florida exposes the Sunshine State’s dark underbelly

Florida may be bright and sunny, but its criminals are dark and twisted. Felonious Florida, the newest series from podcast tastemaker Wondery, recounts Florida’s strangest crimes. From a brutal home invasion caught entirely on videotape to a child killer roaming the Boca Raton Mall, these unsolved crimes cast a dark shadow on the Sunshine State.
Felonious Florida launches on April 3: it’ll be the newest in a string of successful podcasts from Wondery, which include Dirty John, Young Charlie, American History Tellers, and Business Wars. Wondery has gained massive critical and commercial success for its immersive approach to sound and storytelling: it just raised $5 million in its Series A funding round.
By combining in-depth reporting with immersive audio, Felonious Florida is sure to become the true-crime thrill of 2018. We’d like to offer you an interview with the podcast’s host, veteran Sun Sentinel reporter Lisa Arthur, as well as an exclusive preview of the series’ first episodes.

March at The Conservation Center: A Gellan Gum Workshop, Treating a Salvador Dali Lithograph, and The Center's Inventory Process


It has been a busy month here at The Conservation Center and we can't wait to share it with you! First, we will fondly recap the Chicago Area Conservation Group's Gellan Gum Mini-Workshop that was held at The Center this month. Next, we'll focus on our Paper Department's treatment of a water-stained Salvador Dali lithograph. Lastly,  we'll investigate the inner workings of the warehouse and what steps our staff take in order to keep pieces organized.
Gellan Gum: It's Not for Chewing!
The Conservation Center is always eager to study new methods of treating objects and learn about other advancements in the field. That is why we were honored to host the Chicago Area Conservation Group’s Gellan Gum Mini-Workshop on March 13th. Northwestern University's Special Collections Conservator, Susan Russick, led the evening with an introductory presentation, tutorials, and a hands-on workshop.
Although he is widely recognized for his paintings, DalĂ­ completed a number of series of lithographs and etchings. When one of these works came to The Center for care, we were excited to treat such a special piece. 
Organization and Conservation: The Center's Inventory Process
Organization and efficient inventory management are of the utmost importance here at The Conservation Center. It is critical for our staff to properly record each piece as it enters and exits our facility, especially with the recent influx of delicate items from our disaster response efforts. So how do we stay organized?



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The Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art conservation laboratory in the country. With 35 years of experience, The Center is a leader in the field of art preservation, evolving new treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-changing art world. We have cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious private collections, museums, galleries, insurance companies, and corporations. 
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Mental Rest For The Mind Helps Preserve Brain Function As We Age


  Growing older is inevitable, but many of the afflictions associated with old age—including dementia, disability and increased dependence on others—don't have to be. So if you could, would you choose to break the mold of aging?

Psychiatrist and international speaker Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., may have some insights. Dr. Jennings prescribes simple, everyday actions we all can take to stave off disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late-onset Alzheimer's. "The choices we make now can help us to keep our minds sharp and maintain our independence as we age,” says Jennings.

An easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout life, The Aging Brain is based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, and the interventions discussed may help prevent progression toward dementia, even in those already showing signs of mild cognitive impairment. The recommendations also may help reduce disability and depression.

"This book isn't just for people hoping to slow the aging process,” says Jennings. "It's also for anyone who is a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia. It offers a hopeful, healthy way forward.”

Jennings, who maintains a private practice in Chattanooga, TN, has authored several books, including The God-Shaped Brain and The God-Shaped Heart. He has spent more than two decades researching the interface between biblical principles and modern brain science. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Life Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, Jennings is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries.

For more information about Dr. Jennings and to hear his lectures, please visit the website:

The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind
Baker Books
Release Date: June 19, 2018
ISBN-10: 080107522X
ISBN-13: 978-0801075223

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tax Day Survey: 58% of Americans Haven't Filed Yet

With Tax Day on April 17, here is a survey that reveals the majority of Americans are fiercely independent when it comes to taxes — but they shouldn't be.

Consider this: 

>> Nearly 70% of Americans file their own taxes—but 45% of Americans have no idea how the new tax bill will affect them.

To conduct the Pollfish Tax Day Survey, the researchers at Pollfish []—the world’s leading mobile survey platform that successfully predicted the PA18 race by 1%)—asked 1,000 Americans about how they plan to file taxes.


(survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted on March 26, 2018)

Only 36% of Americans hire an accountant—16% fill out the forms themselves while 48% use a tax software.

58% of Americans haven't filed yet but will do so before the 17th. However, 1 in 5 wait to mail their taxes until April 17!

Only 20% of Americans say they're very familiar with Trump's 2017 tax reform. 31% don't even know if the Act affects them, while 14% say they aren't familiar with the Act at all.

Q: How likely are you to recommend using this company to a friend or colleague?

#1: TurboTax (31.4%)
#2: H&R Block (18.1%)
#3: IRS software--available to people below a certain income (14.1%)
#4: TaxAct (13%)
#5: Jackson Hewitt (10.4%)

Midwest Independent Film Festival >> Get your tickets and join us to celebrate Kartemquin Films' Academy Award® Nominated Docs on April 3! (Chicago, IL.)


Limited Tickets Remaining for April 3!
Two Academy Award® Nominated Docs and Discussion with Kartemquin Films
Join us on Tuesday, April 3 to celebrate Chicago icon Kartemquin Films! This special double feature will showcase both of their 2018 Academy Award® Nominated films.

Our Producers Panel this month is A Documentary Discussion with Kartemquin Films, featuring Karemquin producer Mark Mitten (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) and executive producer Betsy Steinberg (Edith+Eddie and Abacus Small Enough to Jail).

The panel will be moderated by journalist Amy Guth (WGN Radio broadcaster and documentary filmmaker).

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
2018 Academy Award® Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

2018 Academy Award® Nominee: Best Documentary Short

Q&A with Abacus Director Steve James and producer Mark Mitten following the films.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Directed by Steve James
Directed by Laura Checkoway
PRODUCERS PANEL: A Documentary Discussion with Academy Award® Nominated Kartemquin Films
An in depth discussion about documentary filmmaking with Kartemquin Films producer Mark Mitten (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) and executive producer Betsy Steinberg (Edith+Eddie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail). Moderated by journalist Amy Guth (WGN Radio broadcaster and documentary filmmaker).
Betsy Steinberg
Mark Mitten
Amy Guth
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