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Ever wondered how the world will be ten or twenty years from now? Well, I can tell you one thing, technology will have taken over, and we will have enormous improvements in the way we do things and in the way we live. Currently, home automation is taking root in a lot of countries, and people are warming up to the idea of living in smart homes. In the middle of this home automation hullabaloo are linear actuators whose integration has helped to make certain things possible. The truth is, a smart home which is filled up with products which are connected has immense potential to make our lives better and easier. Convenience is also something people seek in their homes and which I believe will be a forgotten issue in a smart home. Imagine a world where you use your smartphone to prepare your house remotely. This means that in case you have had a long day in the sun, you can cool your house remotely and get there in time to relax and do your evening bidding instead of manually turning on the air conditioner. Aside from this, imagine a world where you can do your chores and focus on them while Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, reads you the day’s big stories. Will this not be convenient and easier? Will we not have made steps in the right direction? Well, I believe so, and this article is here to list some of the ways your life will be improved because of home automation.

Ways Home Automation Improves People’s Lifestyles

Ensures better security and safety

Automation technologies serve many purposes including keeping and maintaining the safety of our homes. For example, you can install a smart access lock which will help you to remotely open your doors to any friend or relative who may have visited you. This will simply require their notification that they have arrived and whether you are in the house or not, you will be able to let them in.

smart lock

Additionally, you can also monitor the security of your home using security cameras. Having these installed will help you remotely know when there is a visitor at your door or when burglars are at your home and are trying to get into your home. Nowadays, security cameras are integrated with motion systems, which make it easy for them to track or even trail any intruder. These upgrades will enhance your lifestyle and ensure you will never be caught off-guard or experience any unpleasant surprises.

Different devices will be connected


Home automation will also ensure different devices are connected which will save you time and increase convenience. Currently, many people use devices which are independent of each other and therefore, communication between these devices is not possible. However, with home automation, you can have different devices connected, and this will ensure communication between them is maintained and that your house is run conveniently. For example, you can have the motion sensors in your home connected to the thermostat. If you, therefore, move from one room to another and it is during winter, the motion sensors may communicate to the thermostat that will start making your intended destination warmer. Life will indeed be improved.

You will save more especially on account of energy bills

Most of the time, people leave their lights on or forget to put them off when they leave for work. Additionally, it is also tedious to go room-by-room switching lights off, closing doors, switching the air conditioner off, etc. It takes more time, and one may end up forgetting others which add to the monthly bill. However, home automation will help you put everything off in your house because they will all be connected and you will be controlling them using your smartphone. You can choose to have lights come on the moment you walk into a room or switch them on before you get home from work. The choice will be yours to make.

You can stay connected with your family and loved ones without much effort

Connecting with family members can be hard and often people fail in their effort to stay connected. Currently, people are using their smartphones to follow their friends on the various social media platforms. Through technological innovation, one can now monitor their children, pets, or any close relative. You can have your phone tell you when your children arrive home from school or when your pet is outside the house. Instead of getting worried about your children and calling the school to inquire about the time they left school, you can now know exactly where they are and be to their aid whenever something happens or is about to happen.

You will turn your home green

Embracing home automation is also another way of going green or embracing the challenge of conserving energy. For example, if you are leaving home for work, you should not leave your thermostat on all day simply because you need to find the house warm or cool when you get back. However, you can have it on a timer and ensure it sets the temperature just where you like it when you get back.

In conclusion, home automation will indeed improve our lives in so many aspects. People’s lifestyles will change for the better and in a lot of ways than the few listed above.


The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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