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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 1

I’m a massive fan of horror. Books, movies, TV shows — you name it. One series that has made an indelible mark on me is Hellraiser. Clive Barker is an artistic genius whose talent has transcended a myriad of mediums, including literature and film. His horror novella The Hellbound Heart was adapted for cinema in 1987. This film, Hellraiser, is a classic that is comprised of numerous spellbinding performances. However, the one that people remember most of all is that of Doug Bradley as the lead cenobite whom society named Pinhead. Bradley’s background in stage acting and his deep knowledge of literature — not to mention the man’s unmistakably wonderful voice — makes his Spinechillers series from Renegade Arts Entertainment a joyful listening experience.

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Tales Of Tamriel, Book II: The Lore

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read and watch my reviews of The Skyrim Library: Volume IVolume II, and Volume III. Titan Books, the same publisher that brought us The Skyrim Library, has two additional books celebrating the lore of The Elder Scrolls. You can read my review of the first one here. These books build on the excellence of the original trilogy by collecting lore books from The Elder Scrolls Online, and it’s a phenomenal way to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this celebrated video game franchise. Watch my video review below for all of the details and to get a glimpse of what’s inside the second book in this series: Tales of Tamriel, Book II: The Lore.

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Audible Review: The Hardcore Truth by Bob Holly

I grew up watching professional wrestling in the early 1990s, and I still watch it today. Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Bob Holly was a fixture in the WWE. His character changed from race-car-driver “Sparky Plugg,” to Hardcore Holly — a no-nonsense wrestler during the “Attitude Era,” when wrestling was more popular than ever. The Hardcore Truth is Bob Holly’s autobiography, and the audiobook version is an Audible Original. The narrator does an excellent job of delivering the content in a direct and impactful way. What I found most interesting about The Hardcore Truth is that Bob spills the beans on anyone and everyone. He dishes dirt on everyone from Triple H to Diamond Dallas Page, with no reservations. I went into this audiobook respecting Bob Holly’s work, and I left it feeling like I knew the man behind the wrestler. He’s been called a bully and tough to work with, and I can see why people might think that. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of the WWE from the 1990s and 2000s, there’s a lot to enjoy in The Hardcore Truth. It’s a tell-all book from someone who was there for Owen Hart’s death, the Chris Benoit double-murder-suicide, and other fascinating, and sometimes grim, milestones in wrestling. It’s one of the best pro wrestling audiobooks available, and I highly recommend checking it out.

Completely Damaged Radio

IMG_5298Today, I took part in an episode of Completely Damaged Radio at Montgomery County Community College, where I talked about becoming a certified DDP Yoga instructor and why I made this decision, as well as pro wrestling, and other topics. It was a fun time, and you can check out the episode below.

Speaking of DDP Yoga, my next class is Saturday (December 21) at 9 a.m. It’s $15 to attend and spots are filling up, so register now.

DDP Yoga Class: December 15

DDPY-PrintMy first DDP Yoga class as a certified instructor was a big success, and it sold out several days in advance. To those of you that came out, thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed the class and found it to be beneficial. If you couldn’t attend, I’ve got good news—my next class is taking place on December 15 at 10 a.m. at FeeLean Fitness in South Philly (16th and Washington Ave.). The cost to attend is $15, and you can register here. I look forward to seeing you all on December 15!

 

New DDP Yoga DVDs Available

With Thanksgiving upon us, DDP Yoga devotees, such as myself, have something to be thankful for: five brand-new DDPY DVDs, featuring 23 workouts from the DDP Yoga Now app. Even better—there is a Black Friday deal going on right now that will save you 30% on these DVDs, so act fast. If you’re a veteran or active service member, you can get 50% off—a fantastic deal that is offered every day of the year as a way to thank those individuals for the work they do. Below are the details of what’s on these new DVDs.

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Kiefer Sutherland: Sharing A Song And A Drink

On June 26 Kiefer Sutherland brought his amazing live band to the Ardmore Music Hall for an 18-song set of rockin’ music. He played material from his new album, as well as his first, and more. In addition to being his guest for the evening, I got to hang out with the man himself after the show, which was a great honor.

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Audiobook Review: Breathe To Succeed

Breathe To Succeed is focused on the power of mindfulness and owning one’s breath. As someone who does DDP Yoga every day, I fully understand the power of my breath. While this is an important concept to understand and master, it doesn’t warrant an audiobook that is nearly five hours long. The narrator does a fine job with the material, and the author clearly cares about the subject matter. However, I think it would be better suited for a TED Talk or a podcast episode, not a full-length book. Therefore, I can’t recommend it unless you know absolutely nothing about owning your breath and are willing to sit through a nearly-five-hour discussion about it. If that sounds appealing, this is the book for you. If not, you should read a more comprehensive book on mindfulness.

Dennis DeYoung’s Grand Illusion

fullsizeoutput_35bdDennis DeYoung is one of the greatest vocalists in the history of music, and he’s currently on tour performing one of the best rock albums of all time – The Grand Illusion by STYX – in its entirety, along with a handful of classics fans know and love. I attended his recent concert in Philadelphia and it was excellent. From start to finish, it was a tour de force of musicianship and showmanship.

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#PPRAMemberMonday: Michael Cavacini

I’ve been a PPRA member since 2007, and I’m honored to be profiled on the organization’s blog today.

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcavacini
PPRA Member since 2007

PPRA: Michael, tell us about your background and your current job.

MC: I graduated with honors from Temple University with a B.A. in Strategic and Organizational Communications and an M.S. in Communication Management. I’ve worked for some of the top communications agencies in the region, including Brownstein Group and Tierney. And I’m currently a Public Relations Specialist for Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, one of the largest law firms in the country.

PPRA: What projects are you working on right now? 

MC: As a Public Relations Specialist for Drinker Biddle, I lead media relations efforts for more than 635 attorneys across the firm’s 12 offices. I’m also in charge of Drinker Biddle’s social media content, and I assist with various internal and external marketing and communications initiatives. 

PPRA: What is your favorite part about your job?

MC: Whether I’m editing an article…

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