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August 23rd, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman

By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Pluggz)

There is a different way of buying shoes today, how they look and how healthy they are for the feet.

Everything about Pluggz shoes is different- their styles and construction as well as inside and outside the shoe.

Sharon Whiteley, Founder and CEO of LISTEN Brands, LLC,

“We are the only company that has the carbon and rubber technology. The foot is most sensitive in the shoe where our plug connects to the body, you are grounded.

Pluggz carries three classic styles of shoes- the ballet style flat with metallic-colored toe, the laser-cut and the moccasin.

The Laser designed needle-size cuts are open slightly making the leather shoes a little bit lighter for hot climates, summer seasons and resort wear.

The Metallic ballet-styled shoes shine with the contrasting color over the toes. It pops out accenting the toes. The shoe is not totally rounded and yet not totally pointed. We don’t want a pointy toe.

Wear them with jeans and never take them off unless they are going to a wedding.

Even the colors are different, not the usual colors. They are earth and metal colors. We look for a pop color, this year it is plum. Pluggz does follow fashion and watches the color trends.”

Pluggz leans toward the brighter side of the palliate because we are about energy and connectivity and believe the brighter colors reinforce that story.”

Turn the shoe over and look at the specially raised heel. How the pieces are put together. They have slip resistant, rubber soles.

In addition, we have arches and heals in our insoles that are padded with memory foam. They are bio-mechanically engineered with our heals to keep the body upright and stable.

Many other flats on the market are not good for your feet. If you look at the insole, they are totally flat and have no arch whatsoever.

Peoples’ feet perspire. There is no way you have a body part having friction not having sweat. By having a moisture resistant (wicking) mesh lining it breathes a little bit and doesn’t get sticky.

Pluggz are bio-mechanically engineered for true comfort. We have the trampoline heal, you don’t jump on it.

Besides our shoes being different, they are all manufactured with high quality leather skins or high quality leather suedes.

The quality is that Pluggz are hand-made shoes, reminiscent of the early shoemakers.

You can see Pluggz Shoes’ unique construction on their website’s videos and illustrations.

For information about the concept of grounding or about Pluggz Shoes, call (800)-771-8314.

Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist featuring Show and Dining reviews, Travel, Health, Spas, Luxury, Cars and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. If you want to suggest topics for articles, for information or to ask any questions about Sandy’s articles, call (702)-731-6491.

Reconnect Yourself to the Earth’s Energy

August 8th, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman


Pluggz “grounding” shoes not only look great and are amazingly comfortable, they are carefully designed, engrained and constructed to provide a supporting fit that is mechanically good for your body.

Every pair of Pluggz has a Trampoline heel, a cut-out on the bottom of the show that allows the heel bone to stay centered. The classical design
offers cushioning during heel strike and takes weight away rather than aclid rubber making it more comfortable to wear.

The sole and heels benefits of a wedge since the instead of sole is filled in, while keeping the look of a heel on the outside of the shoe.

This helps support the foot and keeps it more stable. As a result of this design, there is no need for a shank which keeps the

shoe lighter and softer.

By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Pluggz)

In ancient times, people walked barefoot. Throughout the years civilization brought modern advances.

Sharon Whiteley, Founder and CEO of LISTEN Brands, LLC, believes, “There are healthy benefits of walking barefoot. We don’t have that direct connection to the earth any more. Our bodies are electron deficient.

Science proves the physiological benefits of getting that connection restored.”

SZ: “What are the benefits of being grounded?”

Sharon, “Most of us think of the word being grounded as being balanced and getting centered and this is physiologically what happens.

I attended a conference and the subject switched to grounding aka earthing. The basic message, earth is an electrical field that has natural energy in the form of electrons and our bodies are electrical systems as well.

The very best thing that someone can do is walk barefoot on the grass or beach for 20-30 minutes but 95% of us cannot do it.

We decided to create a product that people could use in their daily lives to get them more connected to earth and benefit from this natural energy.”

SZ: “You can walk barefoot in shoes?”

Sharon: “When you walk in Pluggz Shoes, the energy comes from the ground up. You walk directly on the ground, which is grass, sand, dirt, gravel, tile and brick, city sidewalks or concrete (concrete is water and sand). You are getting connected to the earth. That is like going barefoot without being barefoot.

SZ: “Pluggz Shoes look similar to all other shoes except for the 1-¼” black circle inside the shoes and on the soles.”

Sharon: “Pluggz is a custom formulated carbon and rubber block plug. If the shoe just had a rubber sole without the carbon mixture it would not be conductive. The carbon and rubber mixture makes it conductive.”

SZ: “We can just plug ourselves in like plugging a lamp into an electrical outlet.

Sharon: “The plug on the outside penetrates through the hole in the shoe. The piece of it on the bottom is what is hitting the ground.

What makes our shoes conduct to the earth is the design of the shoes at the metatarsal area, the insole of the shoe, inside the foot pad, called the K-1 point. The ball of the foot is the most sensitive part of the foot for nerve endings to be able to get the earth’s energy into your body. It happens to be an acupressure point.

These shoes have insoles that are made of a wicking anti-microbial lining. Wicking means that there is some ability to absorb moisture so the feet don’t get sticky as feet perspire even in the winter.

For information about the concept of grounding or about Pluggz Shoes, call (800)-771.8314.

Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist featuring Show and Dining reviews, Travel, Health, Spas, Luxury, Cars and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. If you want to suggest topics for articles, for information or to ask any questions about Sandy’s articles, call (702)-731-6491.

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August 8th, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman


August 7th, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman

New York Times Bestselling Romance Author Meets Husband In A Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Could It Be The Perfect Love Story?

That’s exactly what happened to Lisa Renèe Jones, author of the sexy Inside Out Series, described as part Fifty Shades, with the thrilling suspense of Gone Girl. One day before her career took off, Lisa was in a Barnes and Noble at the New Release rack, dreaming of the day her books might be there, when her now husband, also a book addict, approached her. From there, love bloomed, and the story gets even better.

Diego was a physical therapist, laid off when the office had financial troubles, and Lisa was a starving artist. They began auction-hunting before’ Storage Wars’ made it popular. During that time, Diego found a journal and started reading. Lisa often jokes he was such a chick reading it. ‘Someone is dead next door!’ ‘She’s pregnant again!’ ‘What is she thinking?’ He decided right then that Lisa needed to write a story about a journal found in a storage unit, and either someone dies or they turn into a zombie. She opted out of the zombie idea, but after Diego “nagged” her (her words, not his) for several years, she sat down and penned the mystery.

The story tells of a prim and proper school teacher, Sara McMillan, who inherits a storage unit full of Rebecca Mason’s belongings. Sara reads Rebecca’s journal and could relate to how the other woman has feared her dreams but chased them despite that fear. When the journal ends ominously, she also fears for her life. Sara seeks out Rebecca, but is unable to find her. Somehow Sara begins living Rebecca’s life without meaning to, becoming involved with the same people that Rebecca knew, and with one man in particular. Lisa uses sex as a tool to show vulnerability when we trust someone. What if we trust the wrong people? What if we do it at a time in our lives when we feel the most exposed?

The story was an immediate bestseller and was quickly snapped up for cable television, currently in development with acclaimed producer Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland w/Johnny Depp, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs, and more).

“Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story – her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality,”
– Suzanne Todd, Producer of Alice in Wonderland

Since the release of book 1 in the series, If I Were You, Diego and Lisa’s life has changed, their dreams have been realized, and it all started with their love of books, and inside a Barnes and Noble. Lisa and Diego can be seen weekly on YouTube with their adorable Oriental Shorthair cat, Julie. Recently, Lisa convinced the rather shy Diego to “Read from Fifty Shades of Grey and If I Were You. If that isn’t love, what is?” To see that video and more, visit Lisa’s YouTube channel:

Book 4 of the Inside Out series, No In Between, where all the secrets behind Rebecca’s disappearance are revealed, is due out August 19th. Find out more about Lisa at:

The series begins with If I Were You


August 7th, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman

True North: The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours”–

An Inspirational Story of Survival and Hope, by Tom North

Unlike the Movie, This Family Had Deep Dark Secrets.

Meditation was Tom North’s Saving Grace.
Today, he is a leading advocate promoting meditation for trauma survivorsand anyone who feels alone and depressed.

This book has important implications for anyone who has suffered family trauma, PTSD, depression and other major life struggles.

They appeared to be the blissful Beardsleys, the happily blended family–eight of Helen North’s, ten of Frank Beardsley’s, and two children from their union. A family so famous in America that Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda played the parents in a movie–Yours, Mine and Ours–that was the fourth highest grossing movie of 1968 and the Golden Globe winner.

You saw the family in newspaper photos, TV news, movie newsreels and even Langendorf Bread commercials. But they were anything from blissful; in fact they were the beaten and battered Beardsleys.

That’s the real hidden story behind the spotlight. And Tom North, Helen’s second eldest son, is now revealing how he survived the ordeal of living with a horrifyingly abusive stepfather that drove him to depression and drugs, and deprived him of his self-worth–and a mother who protected the image of the “perfect” family at all costs.

But True North – The Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours” is much more than an inspiring and powerful account of a man who rose to success against all odds. It’s a story of how Transcendental Meditation (TM) brought peace to Tom North and saved his life. It brings to light how effective meditation is as a means for healing trauma survivors and especially those who have endured any form of verbal, physical or sexual abuse.

North—today an accomplished writer, motivational speaker, financial advisor, poet and adventurer—is one of meditation’s most vocal advocates for people who are disaffected or suffering from emotional pain.

“My mission is to reach out to people who feel isolated or misunderstood in the world and help them understand that they are not alone, and that their feelings may well be related to experiences they had in their early lives where they felt victimized by those who had greater power than they did. Those experiences may have caused great pain,” says North. “The more people experience their own divinity and essential nature, the more they will actually relate to humanity and see the beauty in themselves and in the world, and not the pain. It IS possible to take the broken pieces of a life, put them back together again and become a happy person.”

No one could be better to prove the point than North. The book begins in the 1950s on Whidbey Island, Washington, where Tom’s mother, Helen North, became a widow when she was just 30 years old and pregnant with her eighth child, when her Navy-flier husband is killed in an accident. Tom was six years old, the fourth child in the North family. Not long after, Helen North met and married Frank Beardsley, a man with 10 children, and she moved her family to his house in Carmel, California. The North children were adopted and their names were changed to Beardsley.

But, it wasn’t one big happy family as the movie depicted. The stepfather’s violence and abuse created a life of intimidation, confusion, turmoil, fear and depression for the North children. Tom’s only solace was with his time spent out of the house, exploring the beaches, forests and other natural environments near his home, giving vent to his natural adventurous spirit. But that was only a momentary respite. It all crushingly returned when he got home and he or one of his siblings was subjected to the next beating or episode of sexual abuse.

All hope seemed lost as Tom realized that he was caught in a prison and there was no way out. When he finally left home, he traveled on a journey of survival, self-discovery, and healing that began when he attended an introduction to TM.

Astonished at the relief meditation provided, the sense of bliss that only drugs had previously offered, and the clarity he experienced, he began to practice daily.

Having set his sights on going to college for a business degree–regardless of his stepfather calling him “stupid” and both parent’s discouragement–Tom made enough money through a summer job on fishing boats in Alaska to enter a school that offered both a business degree AND meditation–Maharishi International University (MIU) in Fairfield, Iowa.

Here the curricula covered everything from biology and accounting, to spirituality and social justice.

Having genuinely found himself and connected with his Divine nature, North ultimately returned home to Carmel where he is happily married with two grown daughters and has thrived as a financial advisor.

But while meditation had provided a foundation of emotional strength, health and spiritual connection for himself, there was still residual pain for him and all of his siblings.

The book accounts how Tom courageously and miraculously led his family to counseling sessions where the shocking truth was finally revealed and confronted. He then came full circle, as he reclaimed his father’s name and was finally, True North.

This book has important implications for anyone who has suffered family trauma, abuse, PTSD, depression and other major life struggles. To book Tom North for a compelling interview on the power of meditation to overcome and heal trauma, please send an email with the name of the show, your contact information, a proposed date and time, and the calling details.

The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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