Honor of Top Houston Doctor for 2015 Bestowed on Chief Medical Officer for The Right Step

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 04, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Jason ZW Powers, MD, MAPP, chief medical officer for The Right Step® family of programs and the Promises® Austin addiction treatment center in Texas, has been named one of Houston’s Top Doctors by H Texas magazine. The annual list of top doctors is the result of voting by peers and clients.

Dr. Powers recently published his second book, Positive Recovery Daily Guide. In addition to his book, the Positive Recovery curriculum he created is being implemented at the Promises Austin program and The Right Step treatment centers throughout Texas. Positive Recovery is designed to help people with addiction and the professionals who treat them to flourish. Positive Recovery combines traditional and effective new strategies with research findings from the science of well-being – positive psychology – to help make a life in recovery so rich and rewarding that relapse is less likely. Through Positive Recovery, clients learn how to effectively increase positivity, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement from staff members who also graduate from their own training known as Positive Recovery University.

“I’ve seen what happens when you don’t take care of staff. If the staff is burned out, they can’t model ‘healthy’ very well to clients,” says Dr. Powers. “But, when staff members are engaged, forming high-quality connections and thriving, they create a best-place-to-work culture in which they infect one another and clients with a strengths-based approach and higher amounts of well-being; and in turn, the therapeutic milieu thrives.”

“Dr. Powers’ extensive knowledge coupled with his true understanding of the addict and their family creates the foundation for long-term sobriety,” says Julie K. DeNofa, regional vice president, Texas for The Right Step and Promises Austin. “Using his strength-based Positive Recovery curriculum, Dr. Powers helps our clients find meaning and satisfaction in sobriety.”

“It is always an honor to be voted a top doc,” says Dr. Powers. “I’m just proud to work with so many excellent people who each deserve a piece of any accolade that comes my way.”

About Dr. Powers

Jason ZW Powers, MD, holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He was among the first group of doctors certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the highest credentialing board in the country, and is president of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a local expert for The Partnership for a Drug Free America. Dr. Powers is also the author of the comprehensive book about addiction When the Servant Becomes the Master.

About The Right Step® Treatment Centers

The Right Step® family of programs is a network of outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment centers in Texas. Founded in 1990, it provides compassionate, comprehensive treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring issues. In recognition of its high-quality programming, breadth and depth of treatment services, and commitment to personalized care, it has earned full accreditation by the Joint Commission. Today, it is one of the largest private treatment providers for chemical dependency and co-occurring issues in the Southwest. For more information about The Right Step family of programs, call (855) 893-5987 or visit

About Promises® Austin

Located on a private nine-acre estate in the scenic Texas Hill Country, the Promises® Austin program offers addiction and mental health treatment for adults ages 26 and over in a peaceful, restorative setting. Doctoral and master’s level clinicians provide trauma-informed care complemented by a wide range of traditional and experiential therapies. For more information, call (866) 285-9441 or visit

The Right Step and Promises Austin are members of the Elements Behavioral Health® family of behavioral health programs located throughout the U.S. Elements Behavioral Health offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit

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A Short History Of Street Dance Footwear

Unlike all the other dance footwear, dance shoes sneakers can be worn not only for dancing but also for everyday wear. This is not surprising since the whole history of urban dance is the history of people dancing in what they wear regularly rather than wearing something special for their dance.

It is hard to say for sure which dance was the first street dance. The term itself is not very clear, but, to put it simply, a street dance is a kind of dance which is developed in urban areas outside theatres and dance schools. In this manner the American traditional jazz dance can be considered as the first dance to be widely performed on the streets of large cities. So it can be said that the first dance shoes sneakers were jazz shoes.

Similar to jazz, hip-hop culture evolved from the African American culture. Different dance styles emerged from it such as break-dancing, popping and locking. Break-dancing, being very different from all other types of dance in the sense that it includes such movements as putting the whole bodyweight on the dancer’s head, became very popular around the world by the middle of the 90s. In the same way, the clothing that hip hop stars and break-dancers used to wear was popularised. Multicoloured big dance shoes sneakers became irreplaceable in the wardrobe of any hip-hop music lover.

Another type of street dance is house dance. Similar to hip-hop this dance was created by African Americans and was spread around the planet quickly. It incorporates many movements from other dances such as Capoeira, tap, jazz, bebop and salsa. Developed in the night clubs of Chicago almost at the same time as hip-hop, house dance incorporated some movements from it. Just as in the case with break-dancing comfortable footwear is important to the dance and casual dance shoes sneakers serve as an important part of the club look.

Other popular street dance forms evolved around rave culture. Those are glowsticking, candy walk, jumpstyle, hakken, kandi stomping, hardstyle shuffle, x-outing, tecktonick and many other types of electro dance. All these dance styles involve intensive footwork, similar to that of an athlete. Usually it was hard to spot anybody dancing in anything other than differently-coloured dance shoes sneakers at rave parties, primarily because of the comfort and stylish looks they provided.

The bottom line is that just like street dance is all about improvisation, dance shoes sneakers can be of any style and any colour. The brand does not really matter. People can dance in anything they want providing that their shoes are comfortable.

However, since the evolvement of tournaments and dance competitions within many of previously underground clubs, more sophisticated and professional dancers may choose something different from casual footwear. In such cases professionals are likely to pay special attention to the weight of the shoe and its flexibility. Some brands nowadays even develop specifically designed dance shoes sneakers made exclusively for dancing and not for walking. Such sneakers are usually made of high-quality canvas or leather and normally feature ankle straps and special heels designed for greater cushioning during jumps and stomps.

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Spring 2015 Convocation schedule includes Virginia Governor, television personalities, and more

Lynchburg, Va. (PRWEB) January 12, 2015

Liberty University has announced its Spring 2015 Convocation schedule, which includes New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson, Christian author Beth Moore, television producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Bible,” “A.D.”), Fox News host Sean Hannity, Grammy Award-winning artist Kirk Franklin, television personality Sean Lowe (“The Bachelor”), Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and next generation leader Matt Chandler. Students will also get to hear music from Christian artists like Kari Jobe, Shane & Shane, Nichole Nordeman, and Rush of Fools.

Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, is held three times a week in Liberty’s Vines Center.

“We are thrilled about this semester’s guest list,” said David Nasser, Liberty’s senior vice president for Spiritual Development. “The word that keeps coming to mind when I think about this semester’s roster is ‘expectation.’ We are expecting God to do great things in and through our campus.”

Nasser noted that those who have been at the university for multiple years have said that this semester includes one of the most diverse Convocation slates ever. Students will hear from NFL players, mega church pastors, comedians, TED talk speakers, authors, missionaries, church planters, and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

Last semester, President Jerry Falwell and his wife, Becki, designated the box in the Vines Center as a prayer hub, where students spend time before and after Convocation praying for the event.

This semester will also see a change in the traditional Convocation format. On certain days, the stage will be moved to the middle of the Vines Center, giving students a different way to interact with what is taking place on the platform. Mondays will be focused on either “prayer,” “praise,” “perspective,” or “play.”

According to Nasser, perspective Convocations are opportunities where students will hear from speakers who will challenge them with unique insights, some might even stretch their minds. Play Mondays, meanwhile, give students a break from the routine, such as the opportunity to hear a comedian or participate in a carnival.

Hundreds of hours have been spent in preparation for the new stage plans, scheduling, and logistics for the 30-plus Convocations this semester.

“Our Convocations are a labor of love brought to you by an army of dedicated people from multiple departments,” Nasser said.

Liberty is also excited to partner with Christian author, speaker, and humanitarian Christine Caine to launch her new initiative, Propel, designed to encourage and equip women for leadership. Propel launch week, Jan. 26-30, includes Convocations with Caine, Hillsong (New York) pastor Carl Lenz, and Beth Moore, as well as worship lead by Kari Jobe and Meredith Andrews.

Past Convocations can be viewed at The most up-to-date Convocation schedule is available at

About Liberty University

Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 450 unique programs of study from the associate to the doctoral level. More than 200 programs are offered online. Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.

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The American Fountain, Market Place, Stratford-upon-Avon – Royal Arms with British Lion

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One of the things I wanted to retake in Stratford was The American Fountain, as I only previously had one dark shot of it. I went all around it getting detailed shots of it.

It is in Market Place, near the top corner of Rother Street. By this point the market was mostly packed up.

From BBC h2g2 – The American Fountain, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Standing prominently in the Market Square of Stratford-upon-Avon, is a remarkable piece of masonry – the American Fountain. Whether you are wandering into the town from the railway station, or even just passing through by car or bus, the edifice is practically impossible to miss, and it is certainly worth stopping to take a closer look.

An Historical Monument

The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain and Clock Tower (as it is officially known) was presented to the town of Stratford by American journalist, and some would say philanthropist, George W Childs of Philadelphia in 1887. Built to honour not only William Shakespeare, but also Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, the amazing monument was unveiled at the time by actor Sir Henry Irving1. Victorian Gothic in style, the fountain is constructed mostly from Peterhead granite and freestone, resembling a small gothic cathedral of sorts, complete with a set of bells designed by JA Cossin’s of Birmingham and a clock above each face of which sits a caricature of a fairy from Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Also prominent on the fountain are carved stone lions and eagles, representing Great Britain and the United States of America respectively, while horse-troughs line each side. However, the fountain no longer provides water, so neither do these, and flowers happily grow in them instead. In 1984, the local council and other benefactors had the clock repaired after a long period of stoppage, and an ‘American Fountain Centenary Celebration’ was held in 1987.

George W Childs

The man responsible for the Memorial Fountain was George William Childs, a journalist and publisher of note. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 12 May, 1829, he was given a state school education. At the age of thirteen, Childs served a short fifteen months with the United States Navy before making his way to Philadelphia, where in 1843 he became a clerk in a bookshop. A mere two years later, he was a partner in the publishing house of Childs & Peterson. So successful was this publishing business that in 1864 he was able to purchase the Philadelphia Public Ledger, which at the time was a very little-known newspaper.

George Childs was instrumental in changing the newspaper into a respected publication, and it soon became one of the most influential journals in the country. With his newfound wealth, Childs did not become a greedy miser. He gave money freely to support education and charity; and with a deep love of England and its writers, he funded memorial windows to William Cowper and George Herbert in Westminster Abbey in 1877, another window to John Milton in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster in 1888, plus other monuments both in England (the Shakespeare Memorial Fountain amongst them) and America (a monument to the writer Edgar Allen Poe one of many). His selflessness continued, along with his love of all things literature-related, right up until his death in Philadelphia on 3 February, 1894.

Meet Me at the Fountain

Despite the importance of the presence of Shakespeare’s residence, and the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre by the River Avon, it could safely be argued that the American Fountain is the focal point of the town of Stratford. Situated at the junction of Rother Street and Windsor Street, it’s just right as a central meeting place from which you can easily walk to many of the nearby tourist attractions. Also sitting opposite is the White Swan pub, a venue for many jazz bands and visitors, plus a Farmers Market bustles around the fountain every Friday.

There are a plethora of things to buy at these markets, from carrots and tomatoes to old books, from collectable ‘antiques’ to watch batteries. The fresh foods available are mostly local produce and are not only reasonably priced but very good eating. A lot of locals prefer to get their fresh fruit and vegetables from the market, rather than trekking to the local supermarket. Thus, the American Fountain provides not only a memorial to Shakespeare as intended, but also upholds the ideals of the man who came up with it in the first place, by having people share their wealth.

This gothic monument is called the American Fountain, a gift from George Childs of Philadelphia to Stratford in Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year (1887).

On each corner it has a lion and an eagle. The lion represents Great Britain, the eagle the United States.

It is Grade II* listed.

From Heritage Gateway:

Shown on OS map as Shakespeare Memorial Fountain.
Clock tower incorporating horse troughs and drinking fountain.
1886-7. By Jethro Cossins of Birmingham; for George W Childs
of the United States. Ashlar with Peterhead granite plinth.
Square plan. Gothic style.
3-stage tower with conical spire. Lower stage has gabled
diagonal buttresses capped with British Lion and American
Eagle holding shields: Royal arms and Stars and Stripes;
arched recess to each face has shafts and relief carved
tympanum over inscription; to south: trefoil-headed entrance
with strap hinges to plank door and flanking trefoil-headed
recesses, once containing barometer and thermometer; to east
and west: horse trough with dog bowl below; to north: drinking
fountain. Middle stage has round pinnacles to angles, and
weathered sills to triple pointed lights with shafts;
dripcourses with beasts to ends. Top stage has gabled clock
faces, the gables crocketed with fairies to pinnacles. Round
base to spire has 4 round pinnacles to angles, spire with
lucarnes, all with wrought-iron finials.
Erected to the memory of William Shakespeare, dedicated by the
actor Henry Irving. An impressive monument at the north end of
the Rother Street market place, said to be on the site of the
medieval market cross.
(Bearman R: Stratford-upon-Avon: A History of its Streets and
Buildings: Nelson: 1988-: 49; Jaggard G: Stratford Mosaic:
London: 1960-: 60-67; Forrest H E: The Old Houses of
Stratford-upon-Avon: London: 1925-: 147).

The American Fountain, Stratford – Heritage Gateway