Stories From The Heartland

George Allen, CPM & MHM, president of GFA Management, Inc., dba PMN Publishing, is one of 20 Heartland Christian Writers featured in the recently released anthology titled Stories From the Heartland.

The 215 page perfect bound book is available for purchase directly from amazon.com  This collection of short stories and poems is an appropriate  Christmas gift for the reader on your gift list this year.

George’s three short stories profile his late, colorful father ‘Big George’; describe his post-Vietnam personal encounter cum catharsis experience, titled ‘Making Amends’; and, an almost unbelievable happenstance meeting with a Phantom pilot who flew very close air support in the Ashau Valley, RVN, in February 1969. Anyone who’s read George’s short stories knows they’re in for a treat when they read into this collection….


Thanksgiving Recipes

We've been busy in the Lifestylist®  kitchen working on recipes for Thanksgiving that the whole family can help prepare.

This recipe for Pumpkin Rice Treats was a huge hit with the kids - you can find the recipe for this and other great ideas on the Lifestylist® recipe page.


The Lifestylist® Journey

The amazing journey that has come with starting the Lifestylist® Brand continues to be an adventure. We have been traveling coast to coast, designing everything from intimate factory built homes in land lease communities to luxurious estates - one even with it's own bowling alley!

This year I'm learning though to take advantage of some of the incredible places I've been visiting and have picked apples in New York State, had the meal of a lifetime at Giada's new restaurant in Las Vegas and most importantly, spent more time with my grandchildren.
Today I realized that I have been neglecting this blog, but in doing so I've experienced things that I never knew I could do or see.

Plan on seeing and hearing more from this Ultimate Lifestylist - I've got lots to talk about and share before we move into 2015.


Graduation Gifts

Graduation gift ideas


Graduation season is upon us once again, and time to start thinking about gift ideas. Chances are that your high school graduate might be thinking of college. What do you think they will need for a life of independence?

Panasonic NN-H965WF Microwave Oven

Panasonic NN-H965WF Microwave Oven

This microwave is unique and your grad will appreciate it - a pulsing delivery of microwaves keeps food like stew, gravy and desserts warm in the oven until you are ready to eat it.

SMALL APPLIANCES, Panasonic NN-H965WF Microwave Oven (Catalog Category: Small Appliances / Home Appliances) - $216.15, 4.49 shipping - Available at Amazon.com Marketplace

Crossover 38L Wheeled Convertible Luggage

Crossover 38L Wheeled Convertible Luggage

A truly flexible piece of luggage. Travel with your laptop, roll it through airports or carry it on with hideaway backpack straps. Either way, your graduate can take it all anywhere they go.

Crossover 38L Wheeled Convertible Luggage with Laptop Compartment BLACK - $299.95, Free shipping - Available at LuggageBase

Nespresso Pixie Brown Machine

Nespresso Pixie Brown Machine

Keep your graduate awake with a sleek designed coffee maker. Makes a brew in 25sec.

Nespresso Pixie Brown Machine - Electric Aluminum - Frontgate - $229.00, 24.00 shipping - Available at Frontgate

Kindle Fire HD 7" 8 GB Wi-Fi Black Tablet

Kindle Fire HD 7

No more carrying heavy text books. Read all on an new kindle as well as watch movies and play games.

Kindle Fire HD 7" 8 GB Wi-Fi Black Tablet w/ Special Offers - 2013 Model (Fire OS 3.0, LCD Touchscreen, 1280x800, 10 Hours) - $139.00, Free shipping - Available at Amazon.com

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The American Red Cross Sends Out The Wrong Message

We had storms come through this weekend in East Texas, but fortunately it didn't get as bad as they thought. The same storm did hit really hard in Arkansas and Oklahoma though and so far it's estimated that 16 people lost their lives. If you live in this part of the US you know that Spring can be pretty turbulent and the threat of bad storms is always around us.

I was checking my Twitter accounts while the storms were hitting and I was really surprised to see a message that the American Red Cross was tweeting from many of their local chapters:

Why I thought this was a really poor message to send out is because ANY home is a dangerous place to be in a tornado - the best place to take shelter if you find out that a storm is approaching is in a properly designed storm shelter.

When I looked at footage of the homes that were destroyed by these tornados they mostly looked like brick or frame constructed homes as well as some commercial buildings - to date I haven't seen one manufactured home that was damaged in these storms.

When the tornados hit Moore Oklahoma last year nothing was left standing in the path of those tornados - even a hospital and schools were flattened. After visiting that area myself, it is a miracle that more lives weren't lost.

No matter what type of structure you live in, you need to have a plan in place in case you do experience one of these storms. Staying in your home and trying to beat the odds might be one of the last things you do.