Monday, October 5, 2015

Media Monday: KRUSING AMERICA "Official Selection" at Veterans, Soldiers & Sailors Festival on Veterans Day!

Congratulations KRUSING AMERICA!

Your project has been chosen to screen during the 2015 Veterans, Soldiers & Sailors Cinema Festival! 

Screening will be on Veterans Day November 11, 2015  at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles at LA LIVE.

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Tickets are available at EVENTBRITE:

ABOUT Veterans, Soldiers & Sailors CINEMA FESTIVAL 

The V.S.S has joined the Festival Alliance under the umbrella of the Big House Los Angeles Entertainment Festival and we are a festival created for Filmmakers who are ex-military-Veterans, currently enlisted soldiers and by extension Veterans and soldiers currently serving in foreign militaries as well. We welcome you.

We also welcome Filmmakers who are not Veterans or military connected who wish to participate in our event as well.

The V.S.S staff is combined of Veterans and currently enlisted soldiers who share the passion for Filmmaking and the Entertainment arts. We know how challenging it can be for us military folk to break into the film industry so we decided to create our own film industry starting with the V.S.S Cinema Festival, we also have plans to launch into V.S.S film production and V.S.S film distribution with Big House LA. We encourage filmmakers with the desire to progress in this industry to join us in making these endeavors possible.

In regards to the V.S.S Cinema Festival, submitted films for this showcase do not have to be "military related films" we simply are a platform for military filmmakers to showcase their work. We are looking forward to having an exciting event filled with all day screenings, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and guest, honorary speakers and also an opportunity for attendees to network and mingle.

As one of the few existing Military related film festivals, we take pride in our partnership with the National Veterans Foundation and the Big House Los Angeles Entertainment Festival.

Films submitted to the V.S.S '15 will also have the opportunity to compete in the Independent Film Playoff and a chance to win the Big House Independent Film Championship.

Let's make it happen Soldiers & Sailors! Bring it home for us!

Todd H. Mathus,
V.S.S, Festival Commandant

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday Study: Support H.R. 3551 THE SAFE STUDENTS STUDY ABROAD ACT Bill / "Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act''

My dream is when laws are in place to protect our traveling education students, when parents and students can make informed decisions and that no family will have to go through horrific despair and many unanswered questions. 
– Ros Thackurdeen

A month ago I wrote about this Act; today it is also known as the "Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act''. Ravi Thackurdeen is the son of my sweet friend Ros Thackurdeen.

Ros's son, Ravi died a 100% preventable death on a Study Abroad trip. Many have been raped, mugged, drugged, murdered - Sadly NO ONE REALLY KNOWS HOW MANY.

Study Abroad is federally funded, unregulated and in many schools mandated as a graduation requirement. Schools do not share what happens on prior programs. Knowledge of previous deaths and injuries is the foundation of fatality prevention. With comprehensive and transparent study abroad safety data, patterns can be revealed, and a science-based understanding of prevention achieved.

I signed the petition then and now...This Bill: The Safe Students Study Abroad Act is also called  the ``Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act''.  Read more below and SUPPORT H.R. 3551 The Safe Student Study Abroad Act by leaving your comments at:
We need support, please read and sign…Thank You!


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require additional reporting on crime and harm that occurs during student participation in programs of study abroad, and for other purposes.


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee , which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. The majority of bills never make it past this point.


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require additional reporting on crime and harm that occurs during student participation in programs of study abroad, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act''. 


(a) Reporting of Crime Statistics.--Paragraph (12) of section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of subparagraph (C); (2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (D) and inserting a semicolon; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(E) while a student is participating in a program of study abroad approved for credit by an institution of higher education, distinguished by whether the criminal offense occurred at a location described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D), or at another location, without regard to whether the institution owns or controls a building or property at such location.''. (b) Additional Reporting for Programs of Study Abroad.--Section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)) is amended-- (1) by redesigning paragraph (18) as paragraph (19); and (2) by inserting after paragraph (17), the following new paragraph: ``(18)(A) Each institution of higher education participating in any program under this title, other than a foreign…CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE

Please SUPPORT H.R. 3551 The Safe Student Study Abroad Act by leaving your comments at:

We need everyone's support…Thank You!
Ros Thackurdeen

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Foodie: GRACIAS MADRE locally grown, organic, farm fresh ingredients inspired by the Moms of Mexico!

Welcome to a seat at love’s table. Un lugar en la mesa del amor.


We first conceived the idea of Gracias Madre while visiting the families of our employees in Mexico. We wanted to both; offer organic Mexican food to the communities we serve as well as honor the mothers who work tirelessly in the kitchens of Mexico and often live without their husbands and children while they work side by side with us in California. Inspired by some of the recipes of these families and the love of their mothers, Gracias Madre serves organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food, full of flavor and love.


Gracias As Mexican cuisine is corn or maize centric, Gracias Madre’s first seed saving initiative is to identify varieties of heritage corn we wish to preserve and serve at our West Hollywood location. In the spring of 2014 we will planted two varieties at our own Be Love Farm in Vacaville, California which will became our menu in the fall of 2014. And we continue today.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Women on Wednesday: NORMA T. HOLLIS – America's Leading Authentic Voice Doctor

I met Norma T. Hollis at a Women's Information Network (WIN) Event. She is a brilliant speaker and a powerful women, perfect for my Women on Wednesday blog post.

Welcome to "Genuine Authenticity"- This blog post will hopefully help you uncover your authentic voice and live a genuinely authentic life.

The question I have been asked most frequently in the past three months is "How do you do it?"When I inquire what people mean by the question, the answer revolves around resiliency and strength in the time of tragedy.

I've pondered the answer to this in multiple ways. The bottom line is my belief that God prepares each of us for the challenges we face in life. With this belief I ask myself how I have been prepared to deal with Robert's death and the answer screams at me.

It's decades of studying authenticity and what it means to live an authentic life.

It's coaching hundreds of people and seeing how being authentic strengthens them.

It's recognizing my vulnerabilities and filling gaps in spite of the grief.

It's understanding and living with authenticity.
It's a deep level of self-awareness.

And it's a deep belief that God is in control no matter how it may appear.

Each week I speak with a counselor who helps me channel my grief and maintain my focus. At one point she gave me a handout that described ways people react to sudden tragedy. There were ten reactions that were listed and the first nine of them related to anger, grief, regret and a number of other negative emotions. The tenth one got my attention. It referred to people who gain a deeper spiritual awareness in spite of, or maybe because of, tragedy.

So while people ask me how I do it, I'm asking the question "what's the deeper meaning?"

According to research I have been examining this year, what is missing in the lives of many people is deeper meaning. People seem to avidly seek the financial rewards of life without examining the spiritual rewards of deeper faith and understanding of life. Deep spiritual awareness comes from examining deeper meanings and this often comes from tragedy and challenges in life.

I've had a lot of years of facing and overcoming challenges. One way I have done this is referring to the biblical verse "lean not on your own understanding". If I believe that God is in control then I also have to believe that each thing that happens in my life has meaning that I should pay attention to.

My work with authenticity is aligned with a deep spiritual belief that has driven my life. It's the reason why I have resiliency and how I answer the question of how do I do it. I do it because I know that God is in control. I do it because of my deep belief that this life is just a short time in the lifetime of my soul. I do it because I believe that Robert is not gone, only on vacation and I will be with his spirit again. I do it because I wonder, maybe I'm the one on vacation and I will return home soon. I do it because it has worked on my journey so far so why change. I do it because I like God being in control.

How do you maintain resiliency? How do you step into authenticity in times of challenge? What do you do to fill the gaps of your vulnerabilities? How do you stay strong?

I will be addressing these questions in future weeks. I have learned so much in the past few months and my life journey has hit a fork in the road. As I navigate my way around the bend I will be sharing more about deeper meaning and how to surrender to allowing God to be fully in control.

It's the only way I know how to live. How about you?

With Love and Authenticity,

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Travel Tuesday: KRUSING AMERICA goes to India! ACCEPTED to Access Code Short Film Festival in Srinagar

Dear Linda Kruse,

Access Code Short Film Festival has accepted KRUSING AMERICA to be included in the festival.

The Access Code Short Film Festival is a festival with specific goal of supporting and promoting photography and fresh filmmaking talent.

It is a festival where films from a wide spectrum intersect.

Having a film in the festival is one of the most exciting experiences you can have with your short film. The best thing is that almost every film that enters the contest will be screened at the festival, no matter how many days the festival runs.

1-3 October 2015
Sher-e-Kashmir, Srinagar
Bangalore, Karnataka

About the City:

Srinagar is known as the "Mini Switzerland". It is situated in the Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Media Monday: KRUSING AMERICA "Official Selection" at International Family Friendly Film Festival (IFFF)

Congratulations! KRUSING AMERICA is now an “Official Selection” of The International Family Film Festival scheduled for November 6 -8, 2015 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA.

Screening schedule is being created, films’ will be notified next week of date and time. The Panel Discussions and special events are listed on the website to purchase tickets.

Visit the International Family Film Festival (IFFF) website at: to learn more about the upcoming 20th year.

Thank you for your support of the International Family Film Festival. Congratulations again!

Patte Dee McKee, IFFF Program Director
Chris Shoemaker, IFFF Executive Director

IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and production companies. We strive to "celebrate the world" and respect mankind's fundamental similarities and differences. It achieves this by providing a nurturing environment to share the myriad manifestations of the human condition.