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Gail “The Connector” Stolzenburg
Welcome to Connections Now Newsletter!

Happy New Year!

Most people are making a New Year’s Resolution to improve their health. Hippocrates stated that “all disease

begins within the gut.”  So, my New Year’s gift to you is a complimentary copy of the eBook “Gut Matters”
(see book review)

In this issue:

Top Networking and Training Events
Book Review: “Gut Matters” from Gail Stolzenburg
Five Action Monday: book, audio, quote, health, and product
Did you miss . . . . featuring Bob Doll and others
Red O’Laughlin on “What if no one came to the Pandemic”
Houston West Chamber events
Senior Resource Group events
and more.
Harris County Redistricting
Commissioners Precincts
Senate –
House –
Congress –|
Precincts voted on Dec 14   

Top Houston Area Networking & Training Events 

Jan 01-16 Joe Joe Bear Virtual Family Fun Run/Walk
The cost of the JoeJoe Bears for hospitalized kids has gone up 80% this year.

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NEW EVENT! Fri & Sat 8:30 am West Houston Institute, a division of HCC, Small Business Digital Marketing class instructed by Patricia & Brenda Boral of BoralAgency Marketing + Advertising with a number of small business owners. We are focusing on our websites, online tools, understanding SEO, inbound marketing, competitor’s research and more. I was referred by Houston West Chamber of Commerce to attend this new concept for West Houston Institute at no cost. Register at

Wed Jan 05 Katy Business Connections Wednesday 8:30 am Harris County Smokehouse, 222 Grand Parkway just south of I-10. Go to

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 Thur Jan 06 Coffee Talk 9:00 am Millennium Tower Training Rood, 10375 Richmond Ave.  Reserve 

Tues Jan 11 The Senior Estate Concierge  8:30 am Brookdale Shadowlake, 2835 Shadowbriar,
Tues Jan 25 The Senior Estate Concierge  8:30 am Belmont Village Hunters Creek, 7667 Woodway Dr.
Meetings for resources and solution providers for seniors and their families. Go to 

Thur Jan 13 Conservative Leaders Forum 7:00 pm. Speakers include : Vidal Martinez for Harris County Judge; Dr. Jon Spiers for Texas Land Commissioner; Kem Frost, former Chief Justice of 14th Court of Appeals; Kyle Scott for Harris County Treasurer, Christian Collins for CD 8, Becky Green, SREC Special Committee on Vaccine Mandates; and more. Contact

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Tues Jan 18 at 5:30 pm InHouston Katy Business Professional Zoom Networking Mixer, Texas Borders, I-10 & Westgreen Blvd.  hosted by Newell Cheatheam. Register at or

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Wed Jan 19 Toolbox Ministries at Lakeside Country Club 11:30 am with Brad Freels, Chairman and CEO, Midway. Brad simply describes himself through a variety of defining relationships: Believer, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Partner, Colleague and Aggie. Additionally, under Brad’s leadership Midway has developed over 44 million square feet of real estate space including, CityCentre, East River Development, Memorial Green and Century Square in College Station.  Brad is passionate to make an positive impact through his life and leadership, serving in many capacities with non-profit organizations throughout Houston and beyond. Register at

Wed Jan 19HWCOC Rise & Grind 7:00 am  In-Person hosted at Cantina Laredo 11129 Westheimer Rd. 
Register at

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Thur Jan 20CBFA Networking Lunch 11:30 am Ray’s Mexican Restaurant , 870 Mason Rd. Go to

Fri Jan 21 Katy Christian Chamber Breakfast 7:00 am at Church on the Rock, 433 Barker Cypress Rd. feauring Lahan Wats of
of First Liberty. Go to

Tues Dec 25 Brunch & Business With Jeffrey 10:00 am  Millennium Tower  10375 Richmond.

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Tues Jan 25 Houston Area Continuity of Care 11:30 am Virtual meeting. Speaker Jo Alch, RN, of Pajamas for Seniors,  Email or register at   

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Vertical Web Internet Marketing Clinic by Beth Guide
Previously known as the SEO Internet Marketing Class
Wed Jan 26 11:00 am by Beth Guide Go to
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Thur Jan 27 Governmental Affairs Legislative Debriefing Luncheon 11.30 am Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, 8250 Westheimer Rd  Speaker Representative Lacey Hull District 138 Register at

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Sat Jan 29 Win Back America 8:15 am – 5:00pm Houston, For your ticket go to
American Freedom Tour with Donald Trump Jr.,and more

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Fri Feb 04 Houston Westchase Rotary Club Soup-er Bowl & Onlin Auction 11:00 am Quillian Center, 3663 West Center Dr.  Go to

Did You Miss . . .?

Bob Doll at Harris County Smokehouse 222 West Grand Parkway for PDN –Personal Development In-Person Networking, a Houston West Chamber Event, speaking on How to Build Your Business using Caricature and Drawing. Get your recording at

Bob Doll, author of “Shut Up and Draw”,  is an accomplished illustrator and entrepreneur and founder of Poor Laughing Gravy Studios and Dollhouse Windows. Bob’s role at Poor Laughing Gravy is a freelance humorous Illustrator, caricature artist, cartoonist and art instructor. He performs his artistic skills when drawing humorous caricatures of guests at corporate events, weddings, parties, trade shows, retirement parties, private parties and anywhere that entertainment is in order. His clients include Chic-Fil-a, Meli Marketing, Jump and Joy Party Rentals, Kroger and many more.

Bob provides humorous illustrations for business marketing plans, presentations, videos and advertising. He also holds instructional art classes for kids and adults. For more go

Meet Hiett Ives, author of “88 Successful Event Strategies” speaking on “How to Solicit Business from Trade Show Exhibitors Without Being Asked to Leave”; Red O’Laughling, author of “The Joy of Ageless Health” on “Health & Wellness” and Gail Stolzenburg on “Business Networking & Sex” at PDN – Personal Development Zoom Networking. Get your recording at https://tinyurl.

Senior Estate Concierge Show, hosted by Bill Graff, covered topics of concern to seniors and their families and featured Gail Stolzenburg speaking on Wellness and Anti-Aging Solutions. For your copy of the video go to

Learn 9 simple steps to develop a Growth Mindset by reading my article in the latest edition of Small Business Today Magazine. Go to

Regularly Scheduled Networking Events

NEW EVENT! Java Jabber Fridays 8:30 am Harris County Smokehouse 14243 FM 2920 Tomball. Reserve at Pictured are Ronald Earl Wilsher, author of Miscellaneous Ramblings of a Slightly Deranged Mind; Gail Stolzenburg, author of 21 Ways to Connect – event without experience; and Mike Ott, awesome networker.

Free Online Networking with Joe Axline & Scot Moran
  Every Monday at 10 am 
Zoom Development
  Every Wednesday at 10 am Zoom Networking Skills
Register at


CBFA Live Lunches  11:30 – 1pm Go to www.thecbfa.com2nd Thurs – Los Tios Restaurant 9527 Westheimer (Tanglewilde Ctr)3rd Thurs – Ray’s Mexican Restaurant 870 S. Mason Rd., Katy TX.
3rd Tues – Rudy’s Grill and Cantina 11760 Grant Rd (at Lakewood Forest)3rd Wed – Giannina’s Pizza and Catering 9740 Barker Cypress (Barker Cypress and Tuckerton), Cypress, TX.$10 per person – Includes pasta, pizza, salad and a drink4th Tues –  The Flying Saucer 15929 City Walk , Sugar Land (1st entrance on Hwy 6 @ hwy59)

Every Wednesday 7:15 am Services Cooperative Association 7:15 am hosted by C. Dean Kring at Corner Bakery Cafe, 9311 Katy Fwy #H Join us for the Business Building Breakfast Wednesday, either in person or remotely via Skype with a 20% Cyber Monday discount.. Go to

4th Wednesday of each month – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Third Friday of each month 7:00 am Go to 

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Caregiver Training Camp
AGE of Central Texas will bring back the new caregiver support conference “Caregiver Training Camp” for both in-person and virtual participation FEB 5, 2022 9:00 AM2:00 PM WILLIAMSON COUNTY EMS TRAINING CENTER ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA CAREGIVING EDUCATION & LEARNING HEALTH & WELLNESS VIRTUAL EVENT
Houston Hospice Butterfly Luncheon
The Butterfly Luncheon benefiting Houston Hospice and its Butterfly Program for pediatric hospice patients and their families is set for Friday, May 6, 2022  MAY 6, 2022 11:00 AM1:00 PM THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HOUSTON CAREGIVING CHARITY & FUNDRAISERS The Longest Day
Thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice JUN 21, 2022 AUSTIN, TX ALZHEIMER’S/DEMEN

5 Action Monday

What I am reading –
“Gut Matters” from Gail Stolzenburg (see Book Review)

What I am listening to –
John C. Maxwell Statement for Leaders on hope, faith, life, growth, fear, enthusiasm, backbone, belief, realist, magnet, thoughts, multiplier, purpose, light, and more.

Health tips I’m using  – The strongest muscle in your body – Glutes
There are actually three muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, and Gluteus Minimus and you need to exercise all three to cover all three planes: vertical, horizontal, and rotational (twisting). Just doing squats, lunges, and deadlifts is inadequate.

Quote I am pondering –
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently” – Warren Buffet

Product I am reviewing –  Metabolism+ – healthy weight support
Support a healthy resting metabolic rate, Help optimize the conversion of fat stores to fatty acids—compounds your cells can use to power your exercise and recovery, Keep fat from piling up and slowing you down. Maintain energy that lasts all day long, Maintain healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range, and Support healthy HDL cholesterol levels already in the normal range.
For more information contact

Boomer Connection. a TV  series For Seniors, By Senors s now featured on:The Dove Channel
CW Network Ch 39 Houston
Parables TV
Mass Texting Communication System I am using – 

Phone – keep getting voice mail
Mail – takes forever unless I use FedEx or UPS
Email – open rate of 17%. the reset never open my emails
Text – 90% of my text messages are opened within 3 minutes

Cost for Mass Texting – $10 for 500, $20 for 1000

Disclaimer: This is no affiliated marketing company and I receive no money. However, if you use the link below, you will get another 500 credits on the first order. information go here.

Go to

Do you know the best way to spotlight your business? Get it in front of people looking for you? How would you like to be interviewed for the Houston Area Small Business Spotlight show? Well, most people spend over $500 for infomercials but you could do it for less than $100 like I just did and  be mentioned in the next 13 episodes. Check the link below to listen to the spotlight they did for me, then text (713) 269-4620 to learn more. 


Suppose There Was a Pandemic and No One Got Sick

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What is stopping the solution to kill the pandemic virus?

The more I research the pandemic, the more fear and panic appear on stage. However, I live in Houston, Texas, and most of the time, I would never know there was a pandemic in my life. Therefore, other than visiting a medical facility or a government office, I am not required to wear a mask.

I see others wearing them – outside, in their cars, shopping, etc. More power to them. I was at a military funeral yesterday. The cemetery staff had masks on, but only one of over 100 guests wore a mask. At the party afterward, he was no longer wearing it. Only the wait staff at the hotel resort wore masks.

Something today got me to thinking about the 1970 movie starring Brian Keith, Tony Curtis, and Ernest Borgnine called Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came. The analogy is not perfect, but the thought process is similar – at least in my mind.

Current World Stats The new cases of COVID-19 hit around 1 million/day yesterday. I track the seven-day averages because it smooths out the ups and down from one day to the next. The trend for new cases of COVID-19/day is the highest since records have been kept – just under 900,000/day.

Yet, and it is a big yet, the daily death statistics show just over 6,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19. The last time the death toll was that low was the last week of October 2020. We have had three surges since that time. Is the pandemic waning? I do not think so. People are still dying from the virus.

However, the death rate is around 42% less than the winter 2020 surge when we hit just under 750,000 new COVID-19 cases/day. So we have significantly more new cases today and less than half the deaths? Ponder that for a brief moment.
The second coronavirus surge in the United States peaked at the end of April 2021, with around 825,000 new cases/day. The death rate for that second surge was over double what it is today for that surge. The Delta surge in August of 2021 did not go much, with over 650,000 new cases of COVID-19. The current average death rate/day is 40% less than the Delta surge.

United States Stats, The winter surge of 2020-21 peaked out at just over 250,000 new COVID-19 cases/day. The subsequent surge in April/May 2021 was slight, at best – barely exceeding 70,000 new cases/day. The new cases/day of COVID-19 during the Delta surge in late summer of 2021 narrowly passed 160,000/day. The current surge (Omicron) is still escalating, and figures released yesterday show daily average new cases slightly, very slightly, under 250,000/day and continuing to climb.

The deaths in the United States nearly reflect the same trends worldwide. The COVID-19 deaths in the winter of 2020-21 peaked at 3,500/day. The late Spring 2021 surge was barely noticeable because the daily deaths rate continued to drop during that surge. The 2021 Delta surge recorded daily deaths at the 2,000/day rate. This week the COVID-19 daily death rate average is below 1,200 and continuing to descend.

One surge saw 250,000 average new cases with daily deaths around 3,500. The next surge was barely discernable in recent cases. Daily deaths continued to fall during that surge. The Delta surge peaked in the 160,000 range, with daily deaths accounting for merely 2,000/day. This week, the new cases are being reported as records – and they are! However, the daily deaths are also at records levels – not reported.

Headlines “U.S. sets new daily high for Covid cases.” This tally represents a grim new milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by the CDC. Higher numbers are expected because of the holidays. All of this is despite the constant push for vaccinations.

Big story not unreported – vaccines do not last long. We are rapidly approaching a new vaccine program – The Shot of The Month Club! The Omicron booster lasts about ten weeks, and its infection prevention capability starts to fall by double digits.
My daughter’s roommate received two vaccine doses during Thanksgiving and was randomly tested today at work and found to test positive for COVID-19. How can you get a double dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and get infected less than six weeks later? Vaccines are not the savior many thought they would be.

Omicron in the United States AP News reported eight days ago that the Omicron variant was responsible for 73% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States. ( A week later, we are not – not so fast! – the latest infection rate blamed on Omicron is only 58.6%. However, do not worry, because more new cases are coming.

The CDC model shows more cases about to be reported because of holiday visiting and air travel (at pre-pandemic levels). The fear level must be maintained because health officials do not understand Omicron’s severity. FEMA surge facilities are being prepared along with additional vaccination sites.

Is this pandemic only present on paper with specific criteria – new cases and hospitalizations? Every state has its programs to protect its citizens. For example, I track the Texas Medical Center website ( to see what impact the pandemic virus is causing at a local level.
The latest data shows 150 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds. At the Phase I Intensive Care Hospital Plan, there are over 1,300 ICU beds. The current impact is 11%. When those 1,300 ICU beds are full, Phase 2 and Phase 3 plans can accommodate almost another 1,000 ICU beds.

The Omicron variant is not benign. It can kill. It can hospitalize people (even those fully vaccinated – and even those with a recent booster – see last week’s headlines about the CEO of Southwest Airlines becoming infected). However, the hospitalization rates are significantly lower than the Delta variant, and the death rates are continuing to fall – as if there is no marked increase in new cases of COVID-19.

Is this a case of selective pandemic reporting? Unfortunately, no. It has not changed since the virus entered the news realm two years ago. So instead, maybe it is a case of not reporting what might be critical for people to know regarding the pandemic virus.

Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin –

Book Review  The 1 Book Millions Method by Mike Shreeve

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Point #1: For more than one hundred years, books have been the number one scalable sales asset for building trust and authority, and for filling your pipeline with pre-qualified prospects.
Point #2: The more people read your book, the more money you’ll make, even if you mess up every other part of your business.
Point #3: The best method to sell more than one hundred copies of your book per day is the one you’ll find in this very book (which just so happens to sell more than 150 copies per day itself). I call it The One Book Millions Method.
The method you’re about to discover has radically transformed my life for the better, with benefits far beyond the financial. I hope you’ll be able to make the connection for yourself as well.
Above all, it is my sincere hope that you learn more than just how to implement The One Book Millions Method. I’ve interspersed little bits of advice and lessons I’ve learned from thirteen years on the front lines of entrepreneurship, having made all the mistakes and living to tell the tale. Yes, this is a marketing book, but it’s really a book about designing a better business – A business that brings you joy, financial rewards, and even peace.
I sincerely believe that the world can, should, and will be changed for the better within my lifetime and the lifetimes of my children. I believe it will be the entrepreneurs, self-employed, dreamers, and inventors like you who will make that happen. So, it’s a great privilege to share what I know with you.  I hope it inspires and informs you to grow and improve your own business, so you can grow and improve the lives of others.
If you read this book and decide you’d like help implementing its strategies as quickly as possible, please book a call to chat with my team by going here: THE ONE BOOK MILLIONS METHOD 5 Helping people like you to write books, launch them to the world, and turn them into 7-figure businesses is exactly what we do day-in and day-out. We’re here to help. To your success, Mike Shreeve

Have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Safe Week!

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