Musician Stephen Watts, Founding Member of Contemporary Jazz Band Dotsero Releases First Contemporary Christian CD

Watts plans to go on tour sharing his music and his testimony. "Through All Generations" is designed for both Christians and struggling addicts.

By taking me, a modern-day prodigal, and letting people see the error of my ways, maybe I can inspire young people, Christians, believers and non-believers to take an honest look”

— Stephen Ray Watts

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jazz musician Stephen Ray Watts, founding member and saxophonist in the Denver-based Contemporary Jazz band Dotsero, is playing a different tune. Watts transitioning from contemporary jazz to the world of Contemporary Christian Music after a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ that helped him find recovery from alcoholism almost ten years ago.

His first contemporary Christian album, entitled, “Through All Generations”, a 2 and 1/2 year project recorded in Colorado, has stretched both his musical prowess and his faith. Uncharacteristically Watts wrote lyrics, sang on selected melodies and harmonies, played instruments other than his saxophone, and partnered with vocalists to create an album that explores the darkness of human struggle and a return to the light of God.

Watts admittedly a “seasoned alcoholic” in his early teens, was fortunate enough to have been raised in a Christian home by, unknowing, yet loving parents who encouraged him to pursue his love for music, follow his passion and keep Jesus close.

His career exploded as his disease progressed. A failed marriage with his son’s mother, followed by many other broken relationships. For years he tried to manage his addiction, coordinating his life, relationships, parenting and work around which days he would allow himself to drink.

Like many addicts, he started reasoning and bargaining with his demons, making promises he could not keep causing inner anguish, guilt, and shame. “It’s never a good situation where you’re physically trying to plan your life around an addiction,” Watts said.

In 2008 Watts was in his darkest hours, witnessed by people closest to him, hallucinating and calling out to Jesus for help and forgiveness. His rabbit hole of emptiness became overwhelming, and it became apparent that “(alcoholism) was killing me and I needed to get help.”

He spent four days in a detox center and immediately got involved in Alcoholics Anonymous.

It was his love of Jesus Christ that helped him acknowledge, admit, and somewhat manage the addiction.

In Watts’s opinion, alcoholism is a progressive disease that never ends. “Addiction is a very selfish and self-centered physical and mental obsession and problem,” Watts said of the emotional hurts his addiction caused his loved ones.

A core principle of the AA “Big Book” is to acknowledge a higher power. “I think it’s divinely put together because one of the biggest assets of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is this idea of being able to surrender and turn one’s life over to a higher power of one’s own understanding.”

Watts wants to use his experience with a successful recovery, his faith in his higher power; Jesus Christ, and his life-long love of music to bring peace to those who are struggling and help them see that there is hope for recovery.

His freedom has given him a new outlook and new purpose in life. The new album, though inspired by his personal struggles with alcoholism and recovery, is not overtly about addiction, but rather about the human struggle to wade through life’s darker times to find the light of the world, Jesus Christ. Watts kept his lyrics more faith based and Biblically inspired so he could reach a larger audience in the hopes that his personal message could reach people who don’t even know they need help.

“By taking me, a modern-day prodigal, and letting people see the error of my ways, maybe I can inspire young people, Christians, believers and non-believers to take an honest look at the secrets that they have in their life that are hurting them,” Watts said. “If I can bring out the idea that I was in the throes of alcoholism and addiction and say, I went into these dark places, but Jesus brought me out, and I’m not ashamed to tell you that now I am “all in” to be a witness for what Jesus Christ has done for me.”

In the Bible, there is a story about the son of a wealthy man who demanded his father give him his inheritance. Upon receiving his inheritance, the son went into the world and squandered his money with drinking, gambling, and riotous living. The son eventually ran out of money and returned to his Father’s home to ask for a job as a servant. The father welcomed him home with love and forgave all his poor choices. The story of the prodigal son represents Christ’s love for the church. Watts considers himself a “modern-day prodigal son,” and wants to use his story of recovery to help others return to a place of peace and acceptance.

After releasing his album, Watts plans to go on tour sharing his music and his testimony. Since his music is designed for both Christians and struggling addicts, he will continue to tour at churches, addiction recovery meetings, Bible Colleges, and at recovery centers in Colorado, around the country, and around the world. Watts plans to visit Voice of Life Radio in Dominica this Spring 2019.

“I will break the ice with a small performance where I just play music,” Watts said of his experience with a recent tour. “I’m sharing much more than a message of recovery, but a reality based on truth. My higher power is Jesus Christ. This is what I believe took my obsession (with alcohol) away, but I had to do the work to be able to show my sincerity and that I was true to this ultimate surrender.”

After nine years and six months of consecutive sobriety, Watts acknowledges that his disease is still alive. He continues to attend AA meetings and he relies heavily on the strength he finds in his faith. He hopes his testimony and his success in battling and arresting the addiction, “One day at a time” will help others find hope.

Watts will release his album and begin touring in early 2019. Watts has also been reaching out to God’s children via his internet radio / live stream broadcast entitled DOTSERO PRAISE FELLOWSHIP, on www.kuhsdenver.com and facebook.com/stephenraywatts, and Dotsero Praise Fellowship Youtube Channel, with a New Podcast scheduled to begin also in 2019.

The CD will be distributed online and in hard copy at religious music / book stores, and at live performances everywhere Dotsero and Stephen Ray Watts perform worldwide.

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The Resiliency Center created to meet ongoing needs resulting from mass violence

When a needs’ analysis identified 65 zip codes with people impacted by the Hesston and Newton, Kansas, mass shooting, The Resiliency Center was formed.

The effects of a traumatic event do not end in a single day, week or month. It can take years for healing to occur with the help of appropriate resources. Our services provide a bridge to recovery.”

— Jan Jones, executive director of The Resiliency Center.

NEWTON, KANSAS, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On February 25, 2016, three people were killed and 14 others injured in a series of shootings in Newton and Hesston, Kansas, including in and outside an Excel Industries building. The shooter was then killed by a responding police officer.

Two years later, family, friends, coworkers and community members still face the aftermath of that day. Out of this traumatic event—and its ongoing challenges—arose The Resiliency Center, a grant-funded nonprofit organization with services to foster resiliency and promote healing.

“The effects of a traumatic event like the one that occurred in Newton and Hesston do not end in a single day, week or month,” said Jan Jones, executive director of The Resiliency Center. “It can take years for healing to fully occur, with the help of appropriate resources. Our services provide a bridge to recovery.”

The Resiliency Center, with offices located at 215 S. Pine in Newton, is part of SafeHope Inc., a 20-year-old nonprofit that provides advocacy and support to survivors and secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking in Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties.

Like SafeHope, The Resiliency Center provides free, confidential and voluntary counseling, as well as advocacy services. It was created to help both children and adults reach their full potential, with service and response experts available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The resources of The Resiliency Center are available to all those affected by the events of February 25, 2016, including first responders, students, teachers and faculty, businesses, houses of worship, emergency management personnel and volunteer organizations.

“Our community understands that impact of trauma firsthand, and we welcome any affected individual to The Resiliency Center,” said Jennifer Tarwater, program director for The Resiliency Center. “Immediately following the shooting, the leaders of this community, with support of the Kansas Governor’s Office and the Office for Victims of Crime, facilitated a needs’ analysis. The results of this analysis identified at least 65 zip codes in Kansas where people were impacted by this tragedy. The center’s services will go beyond Harvey County, and The Resiliency Center is available to all who have been impacted by this tragedy.”

After a traumatic event, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as “an experience in which individuals fear for their lives or the lives of those close to them,” adults and children alike can experience a change in how they view the world and others. The specialized trauma therapy, support groups, community wellness initiatives and other programs offered by The Resiliency Center provide a safe place for people of all ages to develop the knowledge and skills for healing and change.

Research has shown that, for years after a traumatic event, highly individualized symptoms can affect a person’s daily functioning in a multitude of ways. Depression and anxiety are common, as well as difficulty eating, sleeping, parenting or working. Children face additional symptoms in school and with their social groups. It can be common, at any age, to experience flashbacks or dreams of the event, or to be easily startled by stimuli in otherwise ordinary circumstances. Some people may notice they feel numb to routine daily activities, or that they begin to avoid social interaction.

The Resiliency Center, funded by the Victims of Crime Act through the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program, encourages those affected by the tragic events of February 25, 2016, and other trauma, to explore its services and resources.

Help is available 24-hours a day by calling 833-840-6004. For a full list of services, please visit www.ResiliencyCenter.org. To set-up an in-person appointment, call 316-217-1880 or stop by during business hours at 215 S. Pine, Suite 103, in Newton, Kansas.

Our volunteers play a vital role in our ability to provide quality services within our community. To inquire about becoming a volunteer, call The Resiliency Center’s administrative line at 316-217-1880.

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The Resiliency Center, based in Newton, Kansas, is a safe and supportive healing environment for those affected by the tragic events of February 25, 2016. Our free and confidential services and programs promote healing and overall wellness, and provide education and resources. To learn more about The Resiliency Center, a welcoming place for people to connect and obtain assistance in the healing process, visit www.ResiliencyCenter.org.

SafeHope, based in Newton, KS, provides advocacy and support to survivors, and secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking in Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties while seeking social change through awareness, education and prevention. From a 24-hour help line to supportive services to professional training, SafeHope offers crisis intervention, advocacy and support to address the needs of victims and their children. Learn more at www.SafeHope.net.

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Janie Murray of Sage Life Solutions to be Featured on CUTV News

INGLESIDE, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, January 11, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — People don't take the time to really get to know themselves. Life coaching is all about taking a really good look at yourself, embracing and accepting yourself for the unique person you are.

Janie Murray is the founder of Sage Life Solutions, where she offers one-on-one and group life coaching as well as mentoring for people becoming life coaches.

“The people who find me are seekers. They’re looking to do something different with themselves. They realize on some level they aren't all they could be,” says Janie. “Whatever I can do to make the world a better place person-by-person, group-by-group, is what I'm all about. Allow yourself to explore things. Recognize that people grow through their whole lives, and that is a very good and healthy thing.

Janie started on her path teaching high school math in the inner city of Chicago for ten years. She then made her first career change, entering the business world where she spent the next 30+ years as a human resources executive. She holds an MBA, a certificate in mediation and one in life coaching. Janie’s personal experience includes several life challenges including divorce, single parenting, step parenting and career changing. She now wants to help others avoid some of the pot holes along those roads.

About teaching, Janie commented, “You've got to be quite a salesperson to teach math in the inner city. With so many of the students, it's not that they can't do it; it’s they are convinced that they can't.” As Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.” Giving yourself permission to learn and make mistakes is key to a happy life.

Today, Janie works with clients to help them to realize who they are and what their passions are as the vehicle for growth. Besides one-on-one coaching, Janie offers a five-week course through Sage Life Solutions called "Dream Big and Have It All.” It’s a great way to establish a healthy foundation from which to build the next chapter in your life.

“It gives you a framework to get to know yourself. It helps you explore and answer such questions as: Who are you? What's your moral compass and ethics? What is important in your life? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Where do you get your energy from and what’s your passion?”

Janie says all success in coaching begins with developing and embracing a healthy concept of self-love. That leads to self-care and ultimately to empowerment. “We are our own worst critics. That critical voice in our head never stops! It's constantly niggling. You get enough of that in the outside world. You don't have to do it on the inside of your world,” says Janie. “With self-love comes self-acceptance and self-care. You stop the negative self-talk, you forgive yourself, you become your own best friend and you flourish.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Janie Murray in an interview with Jim Masters on January 15th at 1pm EST.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Sage Life Solutions, visit www.sagelifesolutions.com

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Spanish Translation of Award-Winning Children’s Book Supports Science and Reading Skills for English Language Learners

Life-like illustrations and engaging animal facts help families and educators spark interest in STEM topics

This book helps kids see themselves as members of a group, rather than as solitary individuals.”

— Dia L. Michels

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, January 7, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Si mi mamá fuera un ornitorrinco, an NSTA Recommended title and Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year, is being re-released in Spanish in paperback, hardback, and eBook formats.

Originally published in English in 2002, this 64-page book has long been praised by teachers, librarians, and museum educators. Its science-through-literature approach helps kids extract important science content while strengthening and rewarding reading skills. The content aligns directly with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as both primary and middle school curricula. In addition to its other awards, this title earned a Young Voices Foundation Seal of Approval.

The Spanish text helps readers develop reading and science skills. According to the Migration Policy Institute, “Dual Language Learners now make up nearly one-third of all children in the U.S., ages eight and under. These children stand to benefit disproportionately from high-quality early learning opportunities.” Si mi mamá fuera un ornitorrinco provides engaging early learning opportunities for Spanish-speaking English Language Learners.

The universality of the life cycle is beautifully captured in this stunning book, described as, “Completely engrossing” [Foreword Magazine] and, “As engaging visually as it is verbally!” [Carnegie Academy for Science Education].

Si mi mamá fuera un ornitorrinco reveals how fourteen mammal babies travel the path from helpless infants to mature adults. Unlike reptiles, insects, and amphibians, all mammal mothers feed, protect, and teach their young—even though these tasks often challenge their own needs for survival.

“A mammal baby's journey to maturity varies dramatically depending on whether it is a bear or a bat, a shrew or a seal, a hippopotamus or a human," explains author Dia L. Michels. "Despite these differences, all mammals are born entirely helpless. All mammal mothers must guide their young from this helplessness to maturity. As their mothers teach them how to find food and shelter, social mammals learn another important survival skill: that they are part of an interconnected society in which each member helps the others. Humans are no exception. Born more immature than any other baby, we rely even more heavily on our family and community. This book helps kids see themselves as members of a group, rather than as solitary individuals.”

The stories of these mammal babies address important science topics, including sensory perception, infant identification, habitats, life cycles, adaptation, ecology, metabolism, anatomy, biomes, classification, and survival. A Teacher’s Guide (also available in Spanish) expands and extends the science content and includes hands-on activities. It is available for free download at the publisher’s website. Educators also appreciate the glossary and metric measurements included in the book.

This title has been embraced in educational settings, but also as a community health resource. Birth Centers, Departments of Health, and maternal and child health facilities use it to share with expectant parents and families with young children. In 2011, the New Mexico Department of Health purchased 6,000 copies for a statewide program designed to promote family life, parenting, and literacy.

“This is one of the most engaging nonfiction books I have ever read! It correlates so well with our science curriculum and the supplemental resources are especially teacher-friendly,” says Sonya Smith, Science Coordinator for the Advancing Teachers of Middle School Science program at Mississippi State.

Dia L. Michels, an internationally published, award-winning science and parenting writer, has written or edited over a dozen books for children and adults. She gives presentations across the country on mammal lactation, family science, and attachment parenting. She can be reached at Dia@ScienceNaturally.com.

Andrew Barthelmes is a talented illustrator and graphic artist. He is the designer behind the award-winning One Minute Mysteries series of science and math books. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and other publications. He lives in Peekskill, NY with his wife and three kids. Contact him at Andrew@ScienceNaturally.com.

Science Naturally is an independent press committed to increasing science and math literacy in fun and engaging ways. Our books are designed to help readers gain a better understanding of how science and math affect everyday life. All of our titles have earned the coveted “NSTA Recommends” from the National Science Teachers’ Association.

Science Naturally titles are available for direct purchase. They are distributed to the trade by National Book Network. Library bound editions are distributed by Children’s Plus. They are also available at a significant discount on the First Book Marketplace for organizations who serve children in need.

Review copies are available upon request. Sample text, cover scans, the articulation of content to the NGSS, and the Teacher’s Guide can be found at www.ScienceNaturally.com.

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WE NEED TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT WHO WILL GO ALL OUT IN TRANSFORMING AMERICA INTO A WISE SOCIETY.

Know the Level of Your brain You Are Living From.

Know and Harness the Difference Between Your Brain and Mind.

Wisdom Education is Brain Health Education; Where Wisdom Land is a Start...

Our Education System Has Cutting Edge Mind Education While Brain Education Is Under the Radar Screen.

Actualize your Brain Power.

The brain is a vessel that stores good and bad.

We need a leader who will work on the premise that the key to a thriving, healthy, happy, prosperous and peaceful America is an emotionally healthy America.

We need to elect a president who runs on the slogan, 'Making America wise is our fundamental goal'. Focus has to shift from teaching wisdom to healing the self-image into wisdom via emotional health.”

— Sajid Khan.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 3, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — There is no doubt that there are several genuine leaders who deserves to win the White House on the grounds that they are dedicated leaders who want to do everything possible to help all the America people to prosper in every way. The problem is that the tools at their disposal to improve lives are based on defective expertise that is provided by our so-called experts. Since ancient times it is well known that wisdom is the key to all great societies. Unfortunately there is so much confusion about wisdom that mainstream experts dare not even suggest that the main task of our future president should be making the American society as wise as humanly possible. Yet wisdom is the key to getting rid of the ills of America.

Every single problem like drug addictions, divorce, tiredness, education mess, crime, sleeplessness, unhappiness, corruption, discrimination, prejudice, hatred, violence etc. are all due to lack of wisdom. Our leaders and their expert teams must recognize that this lack of wisdom is the fundamental problem facing America. Only by providing wisdom can the White House leadership tackle these problems and replace them with a mostly drug free, good binding relationships, relaxation, rest, excellent education, crime free, sound sleep, happy, honest, loving and peaceful America. So the question is how do our leaders make America wise?

For the last few decades our experts have realized that to get rid of the above ills what we need is emotional intelligence. However our experts have again misdefined emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is wisdom and like wisdom emotional intelligence is not an independent entity. One can even say that emotional intelligence is an attribute of wisdom. Emotional intelligence is a fragrance that springs from wisdom. It is because our experts wrongly consider emotional intelligence as an independent entity, they try to teach it directly. Naturally there is as much success in teaching emotional intelligence as in teaching wisdom and so our society is as messed up as ever. Emotional intelligence springs from emotional health(EH). In fact America is the #1 emotionally challenged country in the world. What would you expect when Emotional Health(EH) is 50% of health and yet there is no testing and no manual for emotional health. What is worse is that EI and EH are messed up in ignorance. Our experts like Orpah and Daniel Goleman are pushing for EI when EI is the smoke and EH is the fire. We need leaders that will take corrective action. The leader we need is going to stop addressing the symptoms and start addressing the disease.

Another mistake that our experts make is they try to teach emotional intelligence to the mind. The mind itself is a fragrance of the brain and it is very difficult to improve a fragrance by educating the fragrance! However as the mind is a self-conscious fragrance educating the mind does result in, 'mind-washing' and so some improvement does take place through very gradually. What our experts need to recognize is that the mind is a fragrance of the brain and that to make the mind wise it is the emotional brain that needs to be healed into a generator of wisdom.

We need a leader who will introduce EH testing of all, the young and the old and Wise parenting classes for the newly weds and future parents. As well as brain therapy for those older who need their emotional health fixed.

I have published hundreds of articles, papers and blogs explaining this ignorance of our experts and its solution, please google, 'sajid wisdom' to review my path to a wise America. Here are some of the relevant articles: (If the link is broken then please copy and paste the title)

Wisdom 3.0 – Sajid Khan – Medium
https://medium.com/@sajidalikhan2/wisdom-3-0-b6e03324e64a

Creating Definitions That Make the World Wise.
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WE NEED TO FIND AND ELECT LEADERS WHO WILL TRANSFORM AMERICA INTO AN EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SUPER POWER.
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There are other benefits of my formula. The opioid crisis, the sex, alcohol, gambling, drug and above all the ego addictions can all be tackled far more successfully.

GETTING TRAPPED IN AN ADDICTION IS NO LONGER A ONE WAY TICKET.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL WORLD LEADERS, THE UN, UNIVERSITIES, NGOS, EXPERTS, THE MEDIA AND SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS.
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What we need above all is a leader in the White House who will make America an emotional health super power.

'MAKE AMERICA WISE' MUST BE THE SLOGAN OF THE NEXT PRESIDENT!

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All emotions, including wisdom and love etc can now be defined in numbers. The art of living is now a science. Wisdom is a science!


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