“Keep Up The Rates” Campaign Encourages Vaccination Amidst COVID-19

By William Schaffner, MD
For NewsUSA(NewsUSA) – The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our health and well-being beyond the damage caused by the virus. In nearly every community, elective surgeries have been postponed, and routine care has been delayed. Amid closed healthcare offices and clinics, compounded by fear of contracting COVID-19, routine vaccinations have declined significantly across all age groups, with demand plummeting as much as 95 percent for some vaccines.A recent analysis found that vaccination rates in the US have dropped dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Vaccination rates for older adults dropped an alarming 83 percent compared to last year, and 19- to 49-year-olds saw declines of more than 60 percent. Another study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in Michigan, fewer than half of infants age 5 months and younger are up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. These stories are confirmed by my colleagues across the US who are deeply concerned about their patients not receiving recommended vaccines.As the country shifts to a "safer at home" approach, now is the time to catch up on postponed medical visits. The decline in vaccination rates represents a threat to public health, along with a strong opportunity to prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, influenza (flu), and pneumonia. Life-saving vaccines should no longer be delayed, and we must do everything we can to encourage both healthcare professionals and patients to take the necessary steps to ensure that we use available vaccines to protect all individuals in the US.The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is leading a national Keep Up The Rates campaign with nearly 100 partners to encourage all individuals to receive recommended vaccines that may have been delayed during the pandemic. The multi-media campaign is engaging national experts and leading public health organizations to reach populations most at risk of delaying vaccinations or experiencing complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. A digital hub offers information and resources, including a shareable public service announcement video (in English and in Spanish) to encourage everyone to do their part to stay up-to-date on all recommended vaccines.Immunization protects entire communities. Individuals who are not able to get vaccinated due to underlying health conditions rely on community immunity to protect them. If communities are not up-to-date on recommended vaccines, then vulnerable populations are left at greater risk of exposure to serious infectious diseases. Staying current on recommended vaccinations helps us to stay healthy and also protects those around us who are at greatest risk of serious complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.On their own, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can lead to long-term complications and even death. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, outbreaks of other infectious diseases will also strain the capacity of US hospitals.Vaccines are one of the most important and effective public health tools available to prevent many diseases across the lifespan. For example, two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine provide 97 percent protection and flu vaccinations can reduce the risk of flu and related complications by up to 60 percent. Look no further than the urgency to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to see the tremendous role that vaccines can play in protecting public health and, ultimately, giving communities the confidence they need to return to normal activities such as school and work.While the growth of telemedicine has worked to bridge the gap for sick visits and some preventive care, vaccinations are a critical part of well-visits that must be administered in person. Fortunately, healthcare offices and pharmacies are finding new ways to provide safe environments for patients to receive vaccines. Healthcare professionals, who are well-trained in minimizing the risk of transmission of communicable diseases, wear personal protective equipment and enforce social distancing as the norm in these settings. Exam rooms and common areas are frequently sanitized to reduce the spread of viruses, while the waiting "room" in many settings has been transformed to a parking lot or specific area designated for patients receiving vaccines.We need help in spreading the campaign messages-join us in encouraging your family, friends, and patients of all ages to stay up-to-date on all recommended vaccines.Together, we can make our communities as healthy as possible and, one day, look forward to adding COVID-19 to the growing list of vaccine-preventable diseases. To learn more about the steps that you can take to help keep up the rates for all recommended vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, listen to The Schaffner Report podcast. William Schaffner, MD is Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

New Guitar Show Goes Virtual, Crowd Goes Wild

(NewsUSA) – Guitar fans, mark your virtual calendars. Guitar.com, a media leader in all things guitar, has announced a three-day virtual guitar show to be held on October 2-4, 2020.The show, known as Guitar.com/Live, will feature master classes, keynote speakers, expert discussions, and product showcases, all presented in the Guitar.com Live Hub. The goal is to connect guitar fans with players, makers, brands, and products in one virtual space.The cancellation of live trade and consumer events in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has pushed all industries, including the guitar industry, to get creative in how to launch products, communicate with audiences, and drive sales. The Guitar.com Live show is designed to provide audiences with what they want online – a more meaningful interaction with their favorite instrument makers, artists and brands."Guitar lovers and players of all stripes are invited to join us as we come together for an epic virtual gathering of music lovers and artists, gear brands and gear heads," says Chris Vinnicombe, chief editor of Guitar Magazine."Audiences can expect to experience a series of incredibly immersive virtual spaces, as well as see the latest gear, hear breaking news firsthand, and get up close (virtually) to their heroes. It’s also perfectly timed for guitar players to figure out what they might want to get – and give – this holiday season," says Vinnicombe."You can expect a truly world-class experience, thanks to launching partners Taylor Guitars, PRS Guitars, Ernie Ball, Music Man and MONO, and the help of best-in-class animators, designers and photographers," he adds.The live hub includes three virtual spaces: The Main Stage, The Lounge, and The Showcase. The Main Stage will play host to artist performances, as well as master classes and video podcasts.In addition, The Lounge will be the place for music industry discussions, gear reviews, and interviews with musicians, guitar makers, and other experts. Finally, the Showcase will be a product-focused venue where top guitar bands will launch products and host Q&A discussions.The Guitar.com Live show launches with founding partners by Taylor Guitars, PRS Guitars, Ernie Ball, Music Man and MONO.Entry is free during the show, but enthusiasts who want to plan ahead can register for advance updates and exclusive access at guitar.com/live.But wait, there’s more: Early bird pre-registrations will be entered in a lottery for a one-year free subscription to Guitar Magazine.For more information, visit Guitar.com/Live.

Covid Pandemic Highlights Value of Transportation Techs

(NewsUSA) – The Covid-19 pandemic has driven education for children of all ages from school to home, and often a hybrid of both. As remote learning stretches into the new school year in many areas, parents are worried, with parents of young children especially concerned about writing.More than half of parents of young children (54 percent) say that "writing is the area of greatest concern," in terms of remote learning, according to a survey conducted by Learning Without Tears (LWT), a company that has been providing writing and other educational materials to parents and teachers for more than 40 years.Parents faced with remote learning want to know how to develop and improve their children’s handwriting without the guidance of a teacher in a classroom setting."Whether you are employed outside the home, or a stay-at-home parent, remote learning is challenging. Some subjects, like handwriting, are particularly difficult without a teacher’s direct instruction, which creates a lot of angst at home," says Lana Dugdale, from Southborough, MA, mother of three young kids, including a rising first-grader.LWT is meeting the home-based learning challenges with improved and innovative updates to its classic and proven products."It’s clear now that too many students were left behind as the country moved to distance learning," says Terry Nealon, CEO of Learning Without Tears."During a child’s elementary years, any gap in learning can result in setbacks that impact that student for the rest of his/her life. Learning Without Tears has always focused on improving learning outcomes; we don’t have to accept those gaps."To enhance remote learning, families can choose from a range both digital and print resources: activity books geared towards various elementary school grades, including books on letters and numbers, printing, and cursive, as well as keyboarding programs. In addition, with sharing materials out and hand sanitizer in, individual manipulative packs for hands-on learning are the ideal solution for single student use in the classroom, or for parents opting for homeschooling in small groups or pods.Need more handwriting resources? There’s an app for that. Designed to help young children learn the correct way to form letters and numbers and to show parents how to support that learning, LWT has launched "Wet, Dry, Try," for use on an iPad. With over four hours of instruction and technology that identifies individual student needs, the app provides a multisensory approach, with customized audio instructions that give teachers a way to monitor student progress remotely, when they can’t be in school.Learning loss during school shutdown has parents, teachers, and kids worried, stressed, and looking for solutions, and LWT resources are improving this unsettled situation. So teachers can be as effective remotely as they are in the classroom, LWT’s +Live Insights – its platform that brings all of its solutions together for in-school, at-home, and hybrid teaching – facilitates crucial data-driven individualized student instruction, as well as "whole class" gallery approach that was typical of remote teaching in the spring.The only thing certain about back-to-school this year, is its uncertainty. Visit LWTears.com for more information about early education products and resources for families and teachers to weather the new world of remote learning and beyond.

5 Tips to Help Older Adults Stay Apart, Not Alone During COVID-19

(NewsUSA) – Almost 42 million Americans identified as caregivers for an older adult prior to COVID-19. Overnight, it’s likely that millions more have joined their ranks.With COVID-19, there are added complications, notably physical separation. Some people are supporting older relatives who live far away while others may be close by, but are maintaining a safe distance. The goal is to maintain social closeness while also practicing physical distance."As the primary caregiver to my parents, I know well that the ways we support the older adults in our lives have changed," says Ray Spoljaric, CEO and Co-Founder of Aloe Care. "Caregivers are resilient, committed people and will go to any lengths to provide for those they care for. Now more than ever, communication and collaboration are key to providing the highest level of care."If you’re a new caregiver, or concerned about COVID-19 for someone you support, consider these five tips from nationally recognized expert Amy Goyer:* Establish a Care Circle – Identify the people who can help. It may be a combination of professionals, family members, and/or friends.Collect names, phone numbers, and email addresses of everyone in your Care Circle. This is also a good place to store elders’ information, particularly what you would need in case of an emergency (i.e., medications, pre-existing conditions, home access details).* Stay Connected – Next, establish regular check-ins.With new physical distancing guidelines, social connection is more important than ever. Prepare a schedule of remote check-ins by the Care Circle. Consider leveraging technology in a solution like Aloe Care, which facilitates easy check-ins and care collaboration.* Maintain Medical Care and Support – Telehealth is a rapidly advancing option for safe care. In fact, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently expanded coverage and loosened policies and regulations regarding telehealth.Many pharmacies have mail- order options and are expanding support for caregivers to manage medications.* Cover the Essentials – Assess the food, household, and personal supplies the elders have at home and what they need to keep in stock.Many grocery stores now offer contactless delivery or pick-up. A quick online search should reveal the best local option. Additionally, the Area Agency on Aging’s Eldercare Locator is a great resource, as is Meals on Wheels.* Well-Rounded Health – While it may take some creativity during COVID-19, everyone needs stimulation physically, cognitively, and emotionally to maintain their well-being (including you, dear caregiver). Find ways to keep your loved ones and yourself active with technology, puzzles, letter-writing, exercises and more.For more advice and resources about remote caregiving, please refer to the complete "Apart, Not Alone" guide by Amy Goyer

3 Tips for a Safe Roof Repair or Replacement

(NewsUSA) – Defending against the elements, a home’s roof helps protect against water infiltration that could threaten structural integrity and lead to mold or indoor air-quality issues. Timely roof repair or replacement is essential to protecting the home and its occupants. The following tips can help homeowners safely repair or replace a damaged roof:1. Look for "No-Contact" Service OfferingsThe global pandemic has heightened awareness of safety and social distancing, leading to many "no-contact" sales and service options. For example, a "No-Contact Service" badge indicates that members of the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network (OCCN) can work with the homeowner remotely.OCCN members offer digital tools to support shingle selection, generate estimates, secure financing and even sign a contract digitally. Drone inspections eliminate the need for a contractor to walk the roof.2. Consider material performancePerformance and safety are complementary. Technologies such as the Build Your Roof 3-D digital roof experience educate homeowners about the critical layers of the roof and key components of the Total Protection Roofing System*.To perform against wind and water infiltration, a shingle must be installed properly. Nailing zone performance is essential to shingles staying in place on the roof deck. Owens Corning architectural shingles have demonstrated higher nailing zone performance compared to competitors’ shingles, including outstanding resistance against high winds and protection against water infiltration.Compared to shingles with single-layer nailing zones, Owens Corning Oakridge Shingles feature a double layer of protection in the nailing zone to hold shingles in place. And Duration Series Shingles include patented SureNail Technology with Triple Layer Protection in the nailing zone, offering a new category of performance.Materials underneath matter too. Compared to felt paper, synthetic underlayment is tougher, resists tearing, repels water and delivers a higher level of weather-resistant protection. Learn more at switchtosynthetic.com.3. Style with Safety in MindA home’s roof is an opportunity to boost curb appeal. Owens Corning architectural shingles come in a variety of colors supported with digital design tools. The Design & Inspire resource features a range of shingle style boards. Homeowners can "try on" a roof using the Design EyeQ roof visualizer tool, upload a photo of their home, or select from shingle styles and colors to coordinate exterior décor.When it comes to home improvements and safety, the roof is a great place to start. And as the tips above illustrate, home improvements can be made safely and with minimal or no contact. *Excludes non-Owens Corning roofing products such as flashing, fastener, pipe boots and wood decking.Owens Corning 2020. All rights reserved. 

New Book Dissects Coronavirus: Maybe We’ve Got It All Wrong

(NewsUSA) – When it comes to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Paul Willette quotes from an inspirational Rudyard Kipling poem: "If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too."One might interpret those words as a plea to humanity to keep cool and ride the course of these unprecedented times – this too shall pass.Not Paul Willette. An MD for 26 years, he has now authored "GPS: Global Pandemic Solutions: Directions for a Healthier Immunity against Coronavirus, " which advances the "10th opinion" theory that we’ve got it all wrong."Shutting down businesses and economies worldwide, overvaluing the importance of vaccines and ventilators, and increased testing for the virus in healthy people are fundamentally wrong," claims Willette."In fact, there is little proof they accomplished anything. In some instances, they made things worse. For example, the highest SARS-CoV-2 positive testing rate came from the stay-at-home self-quarantining group.""Do we have a pandemic?" asks Willette. "You cannot test for a virus without distinguishing between colonization versus infection (disease). Pandemics are spread of disease between one person and another within a population. Increased viral testing is not a pandemic."Current testing, argues Willette, only identifies the presence or absence of the Coronavirus, but the premise that a positive test for Coronavirus represents infection is flawed. Willette believes a case of the Coronavirus should be "counted" only when the virus has multiplied in sufficient quantities to cause severe sickness. Furthermore, correlation of positive Coronavirus testing is not causation of Covid-19 death.Willette’s company, Global Health Science Solutions LLC, has been over 30 years in the making. The starting point is medical school, residency and fellowship training. But what makes it different, according to Willette, is the pursuit of solutions incorporating nutrition, biochemistry and cell biology. Visit baisavhealth.com.While much of Willette’s narrative is quashing commonly accepted beliefs about the Coronavirus, he also provides a list of solutions and recommendations for healthy living. Willette says a broader understanding of all living things provides insight into the Coronavirus and the importance of maintaining a healthy immune system. His book delivers great insights into this understanding, including solutions that answer questions such as: why do bats harbor deadly viruses, yet do not die from them? Willette argues the early intervention of steroids (such as Decadron) helps prevent damage to normal tissues, i.e. lung, as the initial general inflammatory response is blunted (similar to bats) until the adaptive immune system specifically targets just the virus."GPS: Global Pandemic Solutions: Directions for a Healthier Immunity Against the Coronavirus" is the beginning of a discussion not just about stamping out disease, but about redefining and improving health in order to move forward for a better future.To learn more and purchase, go to http://baisavhealth.comNOTE: BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter. 

Help Independent Older Adults Stay Apart, Not Alone During COVID-19

(NewsUSA) – Nearly 42 million Americans identified as caregivers for an older adult before COVID-19. Almost overnight, it’s likely that millions more have since joined their ranks.With COVID-19, there are added complications, notably physical separation. Some people are supporting older relatives who live far away while others may be close by, but are maintaining a safe distance. The goal is to maintain social closeness while also practicing physical distance."As the primary caregiver to my parents, I know well that the ways we support the older adults in our lives have changed," says Ray Spoljaric, CEO and Co-Founder of Aloe Care. "Caregivers are resilient, committed people and will go to any lengths to provide for those they care for. Now more than ever, communication and collaboration are key to providing the highest level of care."If you’re a new caregiver, or concerned about COVID-19 for someone you support, consider these five tips from nationally recognized expert Amy Goyer:• Establish a Care Circle – Identify the people who can help. It may be a combination of professionals, family members, and/or friends.Collect names, phone numbers, and email addresses of everyone in your Care Circle. This is also a good place to store elders’ information, particularly what you would need in case of an emergency (i.e., medications, pre-existing conditions, home access details).• Stay Connected – Next, establish regular check-ins.With new physical distancing guidelines, social connection is more important than ever. Prepare a schedule of remote check-ins by the Care Circle. Consider leveraging technology in a solution like Aloe Care, which facilitates easy check-ins and care collaboration.• Maintain Medical Care and Support – Telehealth is a rapidly advancing option for safe care. In fact, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently expanded coverage and loosened policies and regulations regarding telehealth.Many pharmacies have mail- order options and are expanding support for caregivers to manage medications.• Cover the Essentials – Assess the food, household, and personal supplies the elders have at home and what they need to keep in stock.Many grocery stores now offer contactless delivery or pick-up. A quick online search should reveal the best local option. Additionally, the Area Agency on Aging’s Eldercare Locator is a great resource, as is Meals on Wheels.• Well-Rounded Health – While it may take some creativity during COVID-19, everyone needs stimulation physically, cognitively, and emotionally to maintain their well-being (including you, dear caregiver). Find ways to keep your loved ones and yourself active with technology, puzzles, letter-writing, exercises and more.For more advice and resources about remote caregiving, please refer to the complete "Apart, Not Alone" guide by Amy Goyer

Help Independent Older Adults Stay Apart, Not Alone During COVID-19

(NewsUSA) – Nearly 42 million Americans identified as caregivers for an older adult before COVID-19. Almost overnight, it’s likely that millions more have since joined their ranks.With COVID-19, there are added complications, notably physical separation. Some people are supporting older relatives who live far away while others may be close by, but are maintaining a safe distance. The goal is to maintain social closeness while also practicing physical distance."As the primary caregiver to my parents, I know well that the ways we support the older adults in our lives have changed," says Ray Spoljaric, CEO and Co-Founder of Aloe Care. "Caregivers are resilient, committed people and will go to any lengths to provide for those they care for. Now more than ever, communication and collaboration are key to providing the highest level of care."If you’re a new caregiver, or concerned about COVID-19 for someone you support, consider these five tips from nationally recognized expert Amy Goyer:• Establish a Care Circle – Identify the people who can help. It may be a combination of professionals, family members, and/or friends.Collect names, phone numbers, and email addresses of everyone in your Care Circle. This is also a good place to store elders’ information, particularly what you would need in case of an emergency (i.e., medications, pre-existing conditions, home access details).• Stay Connected – Next, establish regular check-ins.With new physical distancing guidelines, social connection is more important than ever. Prepare a schedule of remote check-ins by the Care Circle. Consider leveraging technology in a solution like Aloe Care, which facilitates easy check-ins and care collaboration.• Maintain Medical Care and Support – Telehealth is a rapidly advancing option for safe care. In fact, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently expanded coverage and loosened policies and regulations regarding telehealth.Many pharmacies have mail- order options and are expanding support for caregivers to manage medications.• Cover the Essentials – Assess the food, household, and personal supplies the elders have at home and what they need to keep in stock.Many grocery stores now offer contactless delivery or pick-up. A quick online search should reveal the best local option. Additionally, the Area Agency on Aging’s Eldercare Locator is a great resource, as is Meals on Wheels.• Well-Rounded Health – While it may take some creativity during COVID-19, everyone needs stimulation physically, cognitively, and emotionally to maintain their well-being (including you, dear caregiver). Find ways to keep your loved ones and yourself active with technology, puzzles, letter-writing, exercises and more.For more advice and resources about remote caregiving, please refer to the complete "Apart, Not Alone" guide by Amy Goyer

Getting Out of Debt

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored Content – Debt can be a crushing burden in the best of times. And right now, with more uncertainty in the world than we have ever experienced, it can be more terrifying than normal.Perhaps you’ve lost your job, you’ve gotten sick, or you had to stay home to take care of your kids and now you are in debt (or more in debt than you were before.) What do you do now? Many people are dealing with the same issues, but you can take steps to fix it.First, write down your budget. Having a clear idea of what money is coming in and what money is going out is a huge step in getting out of debt. Be thorough. It is easy to overlook small expenses that add up over time or underestimate what you are spending on groceries or entertainment activities.Second, look at your spending and think about expenses you can reduce. If you are spending more than you’re making, you may need to cut costs to make your rent or mortgage payment. Look at such things as coffee shops when considering your wants versus needs. That said, it’s also paramount to build small "treats" into your budget so you’re not constantly feeling as if you’re depriving yourself.Third, give priority to your secured debt. Secured debt is something such as a mortgage or car loan where there is property used as collateral. After secured debt comes interest-bearing unsecured debt such as a store credit card and finally, debt without interest, such as medical bills. All of your debt is important to pay, but prioritizing will help you come up with a plan, such as the debt snowball method.The debt snowball method is a popular method of paying down debt. If, for instance, you have three credit cards with payments of $50, $100, and $150, stop using the cards altogether so you aren’t building up the balances. Keep making the same payments even as the minimum goes down. If the $50 payment card is paid off first, take that $50 and add it to the payment for the account with the highest interest rate to get it paid off faster. Instead of paying $100, you are now paying $150. Once that account is paid off, apply that $150 extra towards the final card payment and you will be out of debt far sooner than you would be normally.For tips on budgeting, saving, talking to kids about money, and even a basic course in personal finance, visit https://www.familycredit.org/resources. Family Credit Management is a non-profit credit counseling agency that has 25 years of experience in helping people get out of debt. So if you would like to talk to someone about your debt, feel free to reach out to one of their experts for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Murder and Synagogue Politics, and Books About Building a Better Life

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"Two Jews = Three Shuls"
by Sandra Tankoos"An engaging stew of murder mystery and synagogue politics." A respected Rabbi is found murdered in his synagogue in a wealthy suburb on Long Island, NY. Deborah Katzman, its first woman president and a Holocaust survivor, was charged with reducing the growing friction within it walls.The Rabbi had been growing more traditional at the same time as his congregants were becoming more liberal. Younger women were clamoring for equal participation in religious services. Emotions were exploding . . . but is all of this enough to cause murder? Purchase at https://amzn.to/2zM3vGn"The Sergeant’s Daughter"
by Teressa Shelton As a little girl, Teressa’s father dotes on her and her little sister, Karen, while mercilessly mocking her older sister, Debbie. Teressa thinks it’s Debbie’s fault – until she gets older and he begins tormenting her too. His verbal abuse turns physical. Her sergeant father brings his military life home, meeting each of his daughters’ infractions with extreme punishment.Meanwhile, their mother watches silently. Terrified to tell anyone, Teressa seeks solace in books, music, and the family she can find outside of her home: a best friend, a kind neighbor, and a doting grandfather. Teressa ultimately grows into a young woman who understands that if she wants a better life, she’ll have to build it for herself. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2YCOsZg"The Mill of Lost Dreams"
by Lori Rohda Between 1870 and 1900, twelve million people immigrated to America. Hundreds of thousands of them came to work in the textile mills of Fall River, Massachusetts. The Mill of Lost Dreams is a story of love, friendship and sacrifice that provides an inside view into the world of textile mills and the daily life of seven courageous souls who leave home and risk everything for a better life.Over the course of seven decades, there are marriages, births, secrets exposed, friendships tested, and innocence lost. Some succeed in making a new life away from harm, but pay a terrible price. Many cannot build the life they dreamed of, and the consequences impact and shape the lives of their children – and their children’s children. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2NJt6Dj"The Man’s Guide for Online Dating Success"
by Darel Ison From swipes to Super Likes, online apps such as Tinder, Match, Bumble, and Coffee Meets Bagel have changed the dating game. And most men can’t make it off the bench.But Darel Ison has been successfully online dating for over 20 years. He has gone on hundreds of dates and made his mistakes, so you won’t have to.This book follows his best – and worst – online dating adventures and shares the formula he’s perfected for connecting with women. Ison gives readers advice on mentally and physically preparing for the online dating world. He introduces best practices for the most popular dating sites and apps, helps daters draft a standout profile and attract women’s attention. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2VjAQQmNote: BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.