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INSIDE: 6 Interview of Former Navy SEAL and FBI Special Agent Jonathan T. Gilliam

21 Movie Reviews

23 13 Young Voices: Nazhi “Thee Baker” Forrest 25 14 Voices of Vero: IRC Raptors – What has been the best thing about playing rugby? 27 18 Travels by Steven: Viva Mexico!

Recipes: Holiday Side Dishes Treasure Coast Stylist: Wear White After Labor Day! Tech Insights: Is your search engine only presenting one side?

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Navy SEALs make up less than one percent of all United States Navy personnel. Despite their small numbers, they make a huge strategic impact on every operation of which they’re a part.

■ The Teams have operated in every hellhole known to modern warfare and come away with many victories and a vast history of achievements. Most SEAL missions are unreported and unknown to the general public.

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With their specialized training, Navy SEALs are that ‘Failure is NOT an option’ the Teams have been not restricted to just the sea, but are capable of very successful. fighting in desert, urban, and jungle conditions. The ■ Navy SEALs are said to be most effective when SEAL stands for Sea, Air, and Land. striking from the water.

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The physical screening is staggering. It requires a ■ Nicknames for the Navy SEALs include “Frogmen,” 500-yard swim in 12:30, 50 push-ups in 2 minutes, “The Teams,” and “The Men With Green Faces” – 50 sit-ups in 2 minutes, 10 consecutive pull-ups in 2 given to the SEALS by the Viet Cong during the minutes, and a 1.5-mile run in 10:30. Vietnam War because of the face camouflage they ■ 80% of SEAL trainees drop out before finishing used. The VC feared SEALs and often put bounties on their heads. the program. ■

During the Vietnam War, Navy SEAL Teams 1 and 2 had a kill ratio of 200:1, and were one of the most ■ Legendary SEAL Team 6 helped take down Osama highly-decorated groups of soldiers in the entire war. bin Laden. To practice for the invasion mission, they recreated a full-size replica of his compound ■ The Navy SEALs have counterparts in other and practiced over and over again to make sure branches of the military. The Army has the Green Berets, Night Stalkers, Army Rangers, and Delta everything went right. Force. The Marine Corps have RECON and MARSOC. ■ The original Navy SEAL Team 6 was formed after These are soldiers who receive extra training a failed Delta Force mission and was given its team beyond that of the other troops, and are thus number in order to confuse Soviet Intelligence as to considered Special Forces. how many teams there actually were (there were only ■ The tridents that SEALs wear on their uniforms are 2 at that time). officially designated as the “Special Warfare Insignia.” ■ The Navy SEALs who killed bin Laden were the They are often called “Budweisers,” referring to the same team that rescued American Captain Phillips Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course. who was held hostage by Somali pirates in 2009. The tridents also bear a resemblance to the Anheuser■ The brain of a Navy SEAL is trained to alter the Busch logo, the makers of Budweiser. way the amygdala process fear. Call it a fight or ■ The Navy SEAL dog of choice is the Belgian fight response. Malinois. These elite canines can detect explosives ■ Up until 2015, women were not allowed to join the or hostile humans, and they can run twice as fast as Navy SEALs. After the ban was lifted, one woman an in-shape human. They are trained parachutists, tried her luck in training camp in 2017, but dropped meaning they jump out of planes with their out after one week. handlers or solo. ■ More SEALs have died in training than in combat.

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Q&A Jonathan Gilliam INTERVIEW OF

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’m talking to an American hero, Jonathan Gilliam. Great to have you, and thank you for serving our United States.  Listen, that’s one of the reasons  why I’m coming down there to give the speech for the Annual Muster, is that we should all be serving the United States.

outside of North Little Rock, and within several months got offered everything that I’d been trying to get for three years. Rhett Palmer So I got a slot, a SEAL slot for the Navy, which doesn’t mean you’re going be a SEAL; it means you have a slot to go to SEAL training. And I went through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, and started in ‘97, and then was at BUD/S by 1998. 

You attended the University of Arkansas with a double major in Political Science and Psychology, became a police officer in Arkansas, received a commission in the US Navy and you went to Officer Candidate School?   So after I graduated college, affirmative action was big in ‘95 and I could not get on with the police department, and finally got on with Camp Robinson Police Department right

through? Was it where they tie you up and nearly drown you? You know, everybody sees that on television, where we have our hands tied behind our back and our ankles tied together, and we’ve got to bob up and down and kind of float in the water. They think that’s scary, because the image is kind of claustrophobic, but the reality is that it was probably one of the least scary things we did.

Wow. And so after graduating, you became a Basic Underwater Demolition Specialist with the SEALs. It’s very hard to get into the SEALs. Like one out of 35 guys that try Now, Jonathan has been a SEAL, he’s been out for it make it?   with the FBI. He’s sat in for Sean Hannity on No, it’s way over than that. We have over 75% Fox, he’s been on NewsMax, MSNBC, CBS, fail rate on average. My class started with well ABC, BBC, and he’s the author of Sheep over 130, 11 finished with the original class, 21 No More: The Art of Awareness and Attack overall that started, finished; the other guys Survival. He will be live and in person here got recycled for various things, and so overall and everybody within the sound of my 21 guys graduated from over 130. There’s voice is invited to come out to the Navy even been a class that never was, a class that SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, on nobody graduated from.  November 7th to hear him speak. So the good thing about the SEALs is, Tell us a little bit about your history. Where America can count on them, even with some of the changes that have happened. The training did you grow up, sir?   is so difficult and the water is so cold that it is I grew up in the Ozarks, in Arkansas, just on still the place where you have to prove yourself the Missouri border in a town called Yellville. Then we moved down by Little Rock to a town in order to be the tip of the spear, and that hasn’t changed. Thank goodness.  called Bryant after that, and that’s where I graduated high school.  What was the scariest training you went


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But to be honest with you, the scariest ongratulations. Now, you also became a Federal Air Marshal. How was that as a job?   thing about SEAL training is the thing that It was the same as if you pull a chair into the corner of your house and you sit most people don’t really discuss, which is there for five hours. I was flying September 11th, 2002 where we had real credible looking into your own soul and understanding threats, so we were amped up and it felt good to actually be on the flight, but what you’re made of. That will scare a human the reality is, nothing really occurred except for people who take medication or being, when they have to look at what they’re drink and then they get to altitude, they don’t realize that the cabin’s pressurized at about 9000 actually capable of, and then choosing to go feet, so medication and alcohol has a different effect at that attitude. So you had a lot of people beyond that which they think that they can, doing some crazy stuff because of that, but no terrorist incidents.  what their body is telling them is appropriate.  Then you became a security contractor for DHS. Explain what that’s all about.  Most human beings, when they get to that I left the Air Marshals and I got offered an incredible job at a company that’s no longer around. point, they will stop, they will quit, because It was called AMTI, Applied Marine Technologies Incorporated, and it was run by an amazing it’s frightening to look at SEAL, Norm Carley, and a bunch of other Frogs from SEAL Team Six and Red the reality of where your Tail, and other SEAL teams, and then you had Special Forces from the Army mind can take you past Rangers and Air Force Combat Control. So you had this incredible group of your body. Your mind will people with all this experience coming together, and then DHS would hire us. go far beyond what your We would go and do the threat assessments all over the United States as body tells you is smart and an assault force. So we would look at high-value soft targets and we would normal, and to go past that target them from the attackers’ point of view, and then we would brief them. point, it’s scary. And this is part of a presidential program that was going on at that point by Now, from just a daily President Bush. standpoint, I’ve got to be And then also I came up with a course and that was handed to us called honest, I was out there Soft Target Awareness Training, which I redesigned and turned that into during El Nino, and the a similar thing that we could teach all over the country, executives from waves of the beach there different companies and their staff, on how to look at themselves from in San Diego were pretty the attackers’ point of view. big, and when you hear I spent several years doing that, and then went from there into the FBI, – JONATHAN T. GILLIAM something as big as a and I was in New York City with the FBI until I left in 2013.  freight train crashing over CONTINUED PAGE 9 you and pushing you into the bottom of the ocean, like somebody stepping on you with a large shoe, it’s a frightening thing. So water Demonstration at last year's Muster actually is the most frightening thing that you Photo courtesy Navy Seal Museum have to deal with on a day-to-day basis in SEAL training. 

"Your mind will go far beyond what your body tells you is smart and normal, and to go past that point, it’s scary."

Wow. And then later on you became an Army Ranger, Army Ranger School, deployed as a...  Let me point one thing out about that: Army Ranger School doesn’t mean that you’re a Ranger. You still have to go through battalion training in order to be fully qualified as a Ranger. But the SEALs, we do exchanges with all the different branches. We can go through their schools, but they can’t go through ours because ours is a very specialized school. But I went through Army Ranger School. It was the greatest learning experience as far as leadership I ever went through. When you go through Ranger School you get the Ranger Tab, you’re now qualified to wear the Ranger Tab. They’re still not a Ranger until they go through battalion training and actually function as a Ranger. I was a SEAL, but I get to wear the Ranger Tab because I graduated Ranger School.  November 2020 / ISSUE 118 / Vero’s Voice

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ow, you were an agent for the FBI Criminal and Counterterrorism force. Calling on your extensive experience in National Security, you’ve been an analyst for Fox News, NewsMax, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and a CNN contributor. How did that all happen? And how did you end up sitting in for Sean Hannity?   I’ll tell you, like every SEAL, when I do something, I’m going to do it better than everybody else.  I guess so!  It just happened that Catherine Herridge, who used to be with Fox News, did a story on my squad when I was in the FBI. This is after I left the criminal side and was on the counterterrorism side and I was running the Special Events Unit, which does all of the threat assessments and the security from the FBI’s point of view for all the major events and issues or incidents that occur.  So Catherine did a story on us, I think in 2010, and then when I got out in 2013 and I was doing crisis management for a client, the Boston bombing occurred. So I wrote her and said, “I’m out of the FBI now, if you need an analyst...” And so I had talked to her that one day in 2010, and she immediately called me and said, “I just floated your resume. They’re probably going to call you, so just be prepared, if you want to do an interview.” So 45 minutes later I was on the set at Fox News for about a four and a half minute interview. And for anybody who’s ever done any news, that’s a lifetime of an interview. That was very long, just myself and the host. I think I breathed twice the entire time.  Because of my resume, I started to be on Fox quite a bit. Different people were calling on me because….I don’t know if you remember, but during the Obama administration, there seemed to be a lot of terrorist attacks back then. They since stopped since President Trump came in office. But every time something happened, I was the guy they would call because I had this resume and I was 20 minutes away because I lived in Manhattan.  So what happened was, I was on Sean Hannity’s TV show. He asked me if I wanted to be on the radio. Then David Webb, who has a show on Sirius, asked me to be on his show. And as you can tell from this interview, I have the gift of gab because I grew up in the south. So they said, “You know, you should host the show.” So I started hosting the radio show for Sean and for David Webb, and then Andrew Wilkow. And then I’ve hosted for Gorka as well. I’m going to have my own podcast called The Experts.  It’s interesting being a fill-in host because you get to pop in and make everybody think that you’re really good at radio, and then you get to step out of the way and not have to do it every day. Doing it every day is totally different than doing it once a month. Totally different.  Yes, there’s a lot of work involved, but you get used to it. I’ve been doing it 27 years now. Now, you wrote the book Sheep No More: The Art of Awareness and Attack Survival. Will you be speaking about your book when you come here? I’ll have my book out there, I’m going to sell it, sign it. And anybody who wants to come up and ask me questions about it that have read it, I’ll be there, and I’m not going anywhere until everything and all the questions are answered.  Tell us about the Muster. Every year they have a Muster where people can come, they can see what the museum is about, they typically do different types of

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demonstrations that SEALs or former SEALs will be a part of. They have had the Working Dogs there in the past, they’ve had helicopters in the past, although I don’t know if they’re going to have helicopters this year because of COVID. They have different types of things that you can see about Special Forces, particularly about the SEALs. It’s just a meet and greet and a huge opportunity for not just the civilians to come out, but for former SEALs, current SEALs to come out and interact with the public. It’s just a great time, and the amount of people that come there every year is pretty tremendous.  So I’ve got to be honest with you, I was shocked when I was asked to be a part of this. Being asked by your peers to come and speak and be a part of something like this, it’s probably the greatest honor I’ve had in my career. And it’s also terrifying, because I know I’ll be speaking in front of a lot of SEALs. There’s no greater critic than your own family. 

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Nazhi “ Thee Baker” Forrest N azhi Forrest may only be 16 years old, but she is already a thriving social entrepreneur, working to help those suffering from sickle cell anemia. Through her business, Nazhi Thee Baker, LLC, Nazhi combines her love of baking and her personal experiences with the hereditary blood disorder to inspire others affected by it. Nazhi’s mission began in 2014 when her older sister Shakarra, now 21 years old, suffered a stroke thought to have been triggered by sickle cell anemia. Diagnosed with the disease since infancy, Shakarra, Nazhi, and their younger sister Italiyah spent years in and out of hospitals, searching for relief from stabbing pain, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms. “After my sister’s stroke, I was angry and sad,” says Nazhi, a junior at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie. Shakarra’s stroke was a turning point. Learning that processed foods were impacting the girls’ health, the family turned to healthy foods with natural ingredients. “Once the doctor told us that certain foods were killing us, I did something about it,” says Nazhi. “I began to bake healthier treats since we couldn’t eat store-bought treats at all.” Nazhi began experimenting in the kitchen, baking cookies and cakes with unrefined ingredients. At the suggestion of a neighbor, she started selling her products, and soon her business was born.

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These days, every Saturday at 1 A.M., Nazhi wakes up to bake chocolate chip cookies and small Bundt cakes that she and her family sell later in the morning at the Farmers Market on Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. All proceeds support the nonprofit Nazhi Thee Baker Angel Foundation. With the funds, Nazhi distributes TLC bags to hospitalized children, holds Christmas toy drives, and sponsors cake-decorating contests. Recently, she started “Healthy Hearts Walk” to raise awareness about sickle cell anemia and to promote healthy eating habits. “We lived our lives constantly in fear, but after 2014, when Nazhi started baking, hope came alive,” says Nazhi’s mom Nashanta, the foundation’s executive director. “Even though my daughters battle sickle cell anemia, they still want to give back to children whose lives are restricted by chronic illnesses.” Nazhi says, “Just seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they enjoy my treats and helping so many people encourages me. I hope I can motivate younger people to follow their dreams under any circumstances, just like I did.”

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Alexa Marcellaro, Hooker It’s difficult to give just one reason. It’s about personal, physical, and mental growth alongside a family of women who have your back day and night. Win or lose, you leave the field with tremendous gratitude and respect for the sport, players, and yourself. Respect all. Fear none.

Cierra Flores, Multiple Positions The best part of playing rugby is no doubt the family you join when becoming a part of such an amazing sport. I’ve created so many lifelong friends in my rugby career. I am beyond thankful for this sport and everyone I have met along the way because of it.

Allen Hernon, Multiple Positions The respect for the game is truly incredible, from both your teammates and your opponents. Plus, I can hit people and not get in trouble.

Veronica Lake, Flanker I got really fit when I started playing. I lost 30 pounds during my first season. My favorite part is feeling like I found myself somewhere in the blood, sweat, and tears.


Rick Hoch, Prop and Lock It’s 80 minutes of brutal tackling, beating each other up, pure exhaustion, cheering for the other team, shaking hands, and then sharing a beer and singing songs with them afterwards.

It builds strength, not just physically but mentally also. You become stronger, more resilient, more confident. Also you get to be a part of a sisterhood that lasts forever.

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Trisha Bauer, Multiple Positions

I’ve found a great team that pushes you at practice and just as much in the game, and the socials are outstanding. It helps me feel not so old.

Justin Hayskar, Forward For me it has been the camaraderie and the intensity that comes with playing a sport that has more risk than softball or kickball. You bond with the guys on the field and the spirit of the game inspires you to play for the guy standing next to you. It’s a sport full of honor and tradition and it’s a worldwide family. It’s the emphasis of the team being greater than individual. It’s a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen.

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Julius Fletcher, Outside Center The best part of rugby for me is the ability to continue competing as an adult. Sport has always been an integral part of my life. As an adult, work and responsibility normally monopolize my time. Rugby provides me with a constructive escape, a place where I can put forth my efforts and energy for a larger goal. Being able to continue to compete into adulthood has provided me with great opportunities to push myself to my highest levels. Rugby gives me an outlet to channel my energy to serve my team the best way I can. 

I was overwhelmed by how welcoming and encouraging the community was. We all trusted each other to leave it all on the pitch. There is no rugby without teamwork and support.

Meagan Svensson, Flyhalf The best part of playing rugby for me has been the camaraderie. All my teammates have become like family and as well the other teams’ players! Besides, rugby is just a great sport. I have played soccer my whole life and just joined rugby a couple years ago. It’s unlike any sport there is and I’m always learning new things. November 2020 / ISSUE 118 / Vero’s Voice 15


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dusted off my suitcase, packed my best resort-wear and headed to Cancun, Mexico! Specifically, to the adult-only Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf Resort & Spa, a four-diamond resort located just north of Cancun. Mexico is open to tourism without having to show a COVID test, and the destination is doing its very best to make travelers feel safe and sound, all while enjoying fantastic savings. After all, what better way to promote travel than to give you first-hand experience of how the world is opening and following health and safety protocols. As a travel professional, I was invited by AMResorts to experience their collection of properties in Cancun, and happily accepted! I flew on American Airlines, and while the plane was full, it was completely sanitized. Everyone wore a mask throughout the entire flight, and service was limited to a sealed plastic bag given to all passengers upon boarding including a bottle of water, cookies and a sanitizing wipe. Prior to boarding I completed a health questionnaire required by Mexico, and felt completely safe during the entire journey. The only time there was an issue was while waiting in line at Immigration because the person behind me didn’t care about social distancing. So, I politely asked him and his family to stay distant, and stretched my rolling luggage behind me as a barrier so he “got the hint.” I transferred to the resorts by a pre-arranged AMStar shuttle, with a friendly English-speaking driver in a mask who wiped down all luggage with sanitizer. Upon arrival at the resort, I took my luggage (they deliver it, but I was only staying three nights), and proceeded to the open-air lobby where I was asked to use hand sanitizer and my temperature was taken before I could register. Actually, each time I returned my temperature was taken, although most guests have no reason to leave the expansive resort which is shared by its family-friendly sister property, Dreams Playa Mujeres. Every staff member wore a mask, and I learned they all take COVID tests every 15 days! Resorts in Mexico are limited to 60% occupancy, and our resort had 40% occupancy, so it was easy to socially distance by the pool and the beach. The resort is gorgeous and spread over acres with multiple restaurants and bars all included in the price of the room – even a round of golf

(small fee for cart rental). The rooms themselves are large with great views, balconies, and amenities including: multiple pools, expansive beach, nightly entertainment and more. An added benefit of staying at this location is that one can use the facilities of both resorts, and I was able to visit the children and teen area to see how great this would be for a family to visit. There is social distancing in all the restaurants, so while you may want to eat outside, eating inside is no problem, menus are by QR code, and most guests were compliant. AMResorts has many properties from Playa Mujeres south to Riviera Maya. Most of the resorts in the collection are four-diamond all-inclusive (which they call “Unlimited Luxury”). I was lucky enough to check out Secrets The Vine in the Cancun Hotel Zone (Miami Beach style, with entertainment and restaurants surrounding a wine theme with a great cellar), Dreams Natura Resort & Spa (a newly-opened family resort in Riviera Cancun including extensive area for children and teens with a waterslide, lazy-river and zip-line coaster!) and Breathless, Riviera Cancun (AMResorts adult-only brand with a party atmosphere). AMResorts has a Preferred Club where the rooms are the same, but for around 15% more the room location is better, the minibar is stocked with liquor, and there is a private club, restaurant and pool…definitely worth the little extra when deciding where to stay.

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Honest Thief Rated PG-13

by Marshall Frank In a word: Engrossing.                     iam Neeson is one of those actors who cannot make a bad movie. Much like DiNiro, Cruise, and so many more, he always gives it 100 percent making his tough-guy characters as believable as possible. Honest Thief is a good movie, but not a great movie, mainly because of too many “Implausibles.” Based in a major city in America, Neeson plays a middle-aged widower raising a boy, and for the last several years worked at becoming a top-flight bank robber. (He had been a munitions expert in the military and knew the mechanics of entering a safe undetected). Over the years he amassed some 9 million dollars but never spent any of it (Implausible #1), but rather he stored the cash in boxes inside a rental storage facility. Alas, Neeson’s character meets the woman of his dreams and decides he’ll give up crime and confess to her, and to the FBI, his crimes, and return the money in the hope of earning a short sentence (Implausible #2). Sounds good enough, but the mission becomes more dangerous when the FBI agents are more personally interested in his piles of cash. Everything goes wrong, even the confession, as he and his lady friend are faced with separate lives for many years. As usual, a number of fight scenes consist of the inevitable overdose of martial arts, compliments of the good and bad guys, as well as a few shoot-outs (Implausible #3). The new romance for Neeson is played by Kate Walsh, a very good actress. I can’t say the same for some in the supporting cast, especially those who play the crooked FBI agents. It just didn’t work for me, and I would imagine the FBI as well. I can opine that Neeson is truly a gifted actor who will likely be confined to more shoot-‘em-ups and too many scenes of martial arts combat rather than deep moving roles like he had in Schindler’s List. Regardless, the film was entertaining, but not worthy of any Oscar nominations. HONEST THIEF:  I’d give this movie a

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This is from Rhett’s Italian aunt who loved to cook for her family. It’s baked in a water bath so you’ll need a 9x13 pan. INGREDIENTS 2 10-oz packages frozen corn, thawed and drained 3 eggs, well beaten 1 teaspoon grated onion 1/4 cup flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon sugar Dash nutmeg 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 cups light cream 1 jar (4 oz) pimientos, drained and chopped INSTRUCTIONS • Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly grease a 1 ½ quart shallow baking dish. • In a large bowl, thoroughly combine corn, eggs, and onion. • In a small bowl, mix flour, salt, sugar, and nutmeg. Stir into corn mixture. • Add butter, cream, and pimientos, and mix well. Pour into baking dish. Place into the baking pan and fill with hot water to 1-inch depth around dish. • Bake, uncovered, 1 hour, or until pudding is firm and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve hot.

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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

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"Most users don't even realize how the algorithms guide you to think a certain way, buy a certain way, or act a certain way." Same goes for social media. If you want to make sure someone’s posts show up in your feed, you need to comment on their posts to let the algorithm know you care. Click on the three dots in a post and say you don’t want to see those ads. If you are seeing posts from people you don’t know, click on the three dots in the corner and say I want to see less of these. Just be careful not to block a friend you do want to see or call them spam. Doing so could get them blacklisted. My parents always taught me that “just because it is print doesn’t make it true.” So double and triple check and use several different search engines before you decide that the result you see is the only possibility.

Laura Steward is a certified geek, business strategist, international speaker, award-winning author and beach lover. She lives in Sebastian, FL and can be reached at Laura@LauraSteward.com or via phone at 772-202-2138. November 2020 / ISSUE 118 / Vero’s Voice 27


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Quality Connections

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o you have an instinctive drive to live? It’s an inborn characteristic of human beings, and all other instincts work with it to make sure our species will survive. Security is instinctive, too. We want food and a safe place to live. It’s part of being human. Hallmark and Hollywood may have tricked us into thinking that romance is man-made, but the desire for physical intimacy was placed inside us by Creation. It’s a natural desire. When reviewed and broken down to understand motivation, the quest for survival is the unconscious backdrop for most thoughts and actions. Another instinct placed inside us drives us to connect with others. We thrive when we belong. Ancients may have called it being part of a tribe, but throughout human existence survival and progress result from being socially connected to others. This instinctive drive carries wonderful byproducts as well. Communal connection plays a huge part in our mental health and happiness. Quality relationships can boost our self-worth, alleviate anxiety and depression, and prevent loneliness. Longevity improves with shared experience. This year, many of us have been at a loss to get this instinctive need met successfully. Social distancing and isolation for protection has become more of the norm, and when venturing out was sanctioned, masks restricted our ability to read expressions, hear conversations, and sense true connection with another individual. Many have turned to technology to stay in contact, and the hours spent on social media have escalated. According to the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank located in Washington D.C., the increase in usage for Facebook and other social media platforms has been substantial. When Pew started tracking social media use in 2005, only about 5% of American adults engaged with any regularity. This year that figure climbed to an enormous 72% usage. While Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat can be a priceless means of staying in touch with loved ones during a pandemic, it also increases emotional unrest. For example, news sources may be bogus, forwarded updates may be made up, and readers may believe and react with panic to these falsehoods. Because these media platforms are a relatively new phenomena, there aren’t long-term studies to indicate their final impact on the psyche. Users become accustomed to staying informed by checking in frequently. They forget the images they see may be manipulated, the stories exaggerated, and the verbiage more alienating or cutting without the rheostat of faceto-face contact. Some viewer responses have been compared to negative peer pressure where the victim feels inadequate, unwanted, or unworthy. In these cases, social media robbed self-esteem and separated the viewer from Truth. What began as a tool of connection has morphed and now causes harmful resentment, self-loathing, and a desire to disconnect. This last consequence is directly opposite of the innate instinct for community.

So, where does that leave us? Once again, the answer lies in moderation and conscious use of social media – recognizing it as the tool it was intended to be. A 2018 University of Pennsylvania study found that reducing social media use to 30 minutes a day resulted in a noteworthy reduction in levels of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and sleep problems. What to do when we’ve fallen prey to social media overuse and the resulting emotional unrest? “A 2018 Let’s start by paying attention University of to the amount of time we spend on social media. Let’s not try to limit it Pennsylvania at first, just track it. After a week, study found we’ll look at the numbers and make an informed decision about our time that reducing investment. Is it excessive?

social media use to 30 minutes a day resulted in a noteworthy reduction in levels of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and sleep problems.”

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et’s disconnect the sound notification of updates on social media. The dinging or buzzing we await will be missed at first but will eventually free us from the constant temptation to check our phones throughout the day. We can make “no phones allowed” areas. If sleep is a problem, let’s make the bedroom a phone-free zone. If checking the phone while in the car is an issue, let’s put it in a place where it can’t be reached until the car is safely parked and the engine is turned off. When we are with our loved ones, let’s face them without the interruptions. Remember, these notifications are not as important to us as they are. Let’s leave our phones in an off position during dinner, conversation, and family time. We can choose to live our priorities. If we find that we sneak or cheat once we’ve employed these fixes, let’s delete the social media apps from our phones and only check them on our computers or tablets. This will be difficult for those of us who have become addicted to social media, but once the new habit is in place, we will find the time and relationships restored will be more than worth the cost! Human beings need real connection to thrive. Amid the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have had to resort to using social media platforms in the interim. Let’s look at our lives and choose wisely on how we communicate and connect with each other. Let’s not settle for less.

Beth Walsh Stewart is Cofounder of BethWe, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing the stragglers lost in the shadows of the road of life. Best-known for her weekly blogs, regular articles in Vero’s Voice, and workshops aimed to help people live their priorities, Beth is a Biblical Counselor and Professor at New Covenant Bible College in Vero Beach, FL. You can find more of her work at BethWe.com.

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You never know when you will be touched by an angel. Scripture assures us that “God will put His angels in charge of you” (Matthew 4:6). His guardian angels often surprise us by coming to our aid in the most unexpected and timely ways. Following is a story by Alexandra McAdam of her miraculous encounter with a guardian angel:

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orking as I did in Greenwich Village I had frequent encounters with panhandlers. One evening I was standing outside my office building on 12th Street and Broadway waiting for my husband to pick me up by car. “Please, ma’am, can you spare some change?” The soft voice broke into my thoughts. Before me stood a man in tattered clothes, his manner mild, apologetic, his eyes kind and sweet. Despite the harshness of his life, his face was radiant. There was a certain aura about him that made me feel safe. I knew instantly I had to help him, so I dug into my pocketbook and began to pull out a dollar bill. It was nestled close to a five. I began to feel the tension of a conflict between the two, and I gave him the five. His mouth crinkled into a large grin, and his eyes lit up. “Oh thank you, ma’am! You don’t know how much this means to me. I haven’t eaten a decent meal for days.” I nodded my head in acknowledgement and he began to walk away. A minute later, he made a U-turn and was back at my side. “I want to thank you again and shake your hand,” he announced magnanimously, extending his arm in an almost chivalrous way. ‘What’s your name?’ he asked softly. I trusted this man and for some strange reason I still can’t fathom. I told him that my name was Alexandra. ‘I’ll never forget you, Alexandra. My name is James. I’m sure we’ll meet again one day.” Two years later, deeply engrossed in my thoughts, I stepped off a curb at a busy intersection at Broadway and 42nd Street. A horn blared as I stepped right into the path of an oncoming car. Suddenly, I felt a strong hand pull me away and back up to the curb. The car whizzed by, just inches from where I had stood a second earlier. I turned around to face my wonderful benefactor. It was James. I gazed at James in disbelief, stricken to the core of my being. He didn’t seem to share my surprise at all. “I told you we would meet again.” He stretched out his hand once again – the hand into which I had dropped the five-dollar bill, the hand that I had shaken with such unease, the hand that had saved my life. We shook hands once again. And then, James, my guardian angel, melted into the crowd.


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ast month we had a look at whether God is still healing today. When looking at scripture, we can see that there is no Biblical evidence to suggest that it is not in the will of God to still heal today. Remember, the Bible is clear that the Lord never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Keeping this in mind, it is easy to grasp that His nature and character also stay the same. In the Old Testament we find quite a few examples of God healing people. In the New Testament, when Jesus walked the Earth, it is remarkable to see how God did some miraculous healings and how that changed and transformed lives. It is clear from the book of Acts that God’s healing power was still performed in the early church. It even speaks of Jesus’s disciples performing incredible healings through God’s power. The Bible teaches us that Jesus came to save us. John 3:17 (NKJV) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 17

The word used for “saved” in the scripture above is the Greek word “SOZO” and it has a lot of meanings. Many believers believe that the word “saved” only speaks of “salvation” or “eternal life,” but the word “SOZO” means so much more than only that. It means save, deliver, rescue, keep from harm, free from disease, just to name a few. The truth is that Jesus came to do a complete redemptive work at the cross. If you go to

Jesus with anything that comes to kill, steal and destroy your life, Jesus most definitely has all the power and means to set you free from whatever is keeping you in a place of despair. The Bible teaches us that Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. It is vital that we understand the fullness of these words. We need to come to the realization that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is still available to the body of Christ right now. I honestly believe that this is one of the main reasons why it is so important for us to know God and to know Him well. We need to have an intimate relationship with Him. He needs to be our best friend. If you begin to know Him, the way that He really is, you will begin to believe that He is Who He says He is: the all-sufficient wonderful God that loves us and wants to bless our lives. I have personally prayed for many people and I have seen God heal many people. I have also seen people with great faith not getting healed; however, I will never stop believing and praying for God to do the unthinkable and heal a person, whether it be in their physical body, mentally or emotionally. If I could encourage you today, I would like to say this: never stop believing, and always remember God is in control no matter what happens. He holds the whole world in His hands, and He is a good God.

• As Christians we are to walk in the “newness of life”: Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthian 5:7; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:1 •

We are not to be wandering around: Psalms 119:176; Proverbs 21:16; 1 Peter 2:25; Isaiah 53:6

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Blessings, Pastor Alex

Pastor Alex Pappas is Senior Pastor at Oceans Unite Christian Center located in the Indian River Mall. Live broadcasts and podcasts are available at oceansunite. com. Tune in Fridays 11 AM to hear The Supernatural Today on www.verosvoice.com.

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