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Shari Rigby I forgive :: Power Of Love, Hope & Forgiveness to Overcome Hate: The Graham Staines Story
India literally changed my life. I never thought I would be working with them,” said North Dakotan actress Shari Rigby. Rigby played the most appreciated character of Mrs. Gladys Steins in the movie The Least Of These. 

I had a pleasure meeting this multi-talented writer, producer, and director during the red carpet movie event at Dallas. When I asked about her experience working with real lepers, those infected with leprosy, she could not hold back her tears. Looking at the infected feet of beautiful women, the thought of the pain momentarily put her in a dilemma. She did not think she could work with them. Her firm belief in holy spirit gave her strength at that moment with the message that she was chosen for a good reason and that she could do it.

“I have literally heard the voice of the god say to me, I love these feet and to remind me the most precious people he adores and I had an opportunity to be with them,” Rigby said.

Rigby moulded herself so perfectly into the role of Mrs. Steins. The audience felt her presence, love, passion, and commitment to her work. The statement, “I forgive him” is clearly expressed in her role of a divine woman with no anger or remorse. She portrays a seraphic power of forgiveness even after the devastating loss of her beloved husband and children.

Rigby expressed her gratitude and felt honored to been able to play a role of Gladys. “Thank you Gladys for showing us the side of forgiveness that most of us don’t get to see," she said. "I hope your story will deliver that powerful message of forgiveness.” Rigby manifested an immense performance by completely immersing herself into the character and digested every word and shown her complete faith in her work.
The message from the movie is that forgiveness is very difficult to grant. The merit of forgiveness comes with a great sacrifice. Like the bible says, “bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the lord forgave you."
Toppick Media Editor  Feb-2019   52   0

Young Achievers - Ishaan Sharma
Ishaan Sharma, a senior at Hebron High School in Carrollton, TX, was selected to perform at TMEA convention on 16-Feb-2019.

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) is an organization of over 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College.

Every year students from schools and colleges in Texas compete at different level to secure one of the prestigious positions in bands, orchestra and ensembles, which perform in front of a packed crowd of 3000+ spectators. In 2019, more than seventy-two thousand (72,000) students competed and only around 1400 students were selected after extremely tough competition. Ishaan Sharma was selected from his school along with few other very talented musicians. Based on his performance, Ishaan was placed in the top Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at very prestigious Lila Cockrell theater in San Antonio.

Ishaan has been playing music since the age of five when he started playing Piano. In the middle school, he joined school band and started learning Trombone. Music has become his passion and he started scaling the heights in his performance. In 2018; Ishaan begged all the awards from his school band competitions and earned extremely high divisions in different performances. Ishaan is part of the Hebron High School Marching band and served as a section leader for Trombone in 2019. Ishaan will be performing in International Trombone Festival (ITF) in July’19 in front of world-renowned musicians and composers. Ishaan will be pursuing his college education in music as a performer. He lives with his parents, his younger brother, and the family dog.

Here is wishing Ishaan all the success from Toppick Media for his musical career.

Listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra performance
Toppick Media Editor  Mar-2019   63   0

PARMESH BHEEMREDDY SWORN IN AS NEW PRESIDENT OF ATA
Parmesh Bheemreddy, who played a key role as the convener for the success of the Philadelphia convention of the American Telugu Association in 2014, has now become its president. 
The association, known by its acronym ATA, is a premier umbrella organization of people who speak Telugu in their adopted land of America. The ATA board held its meeting at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, January 19, when Bheemreddy was sworn in as president of the organization.   

The meeting was attended, among others, bythe board of trustees, past presidents, advisers, standing committee heads, regional coordinators and directors.  Along with Bheemreddy, who is based in Delaware, a new board of trustees was also installed at the meeting attended by a total of 150 delegates from across the US. In their presence, President Karunakar Asireddy passed the baton to the new president.   

ATA expanded its trustee board members to 31 from 27 following the toughest competition from among its members in the history of ATA, which came into being in the early 1990s. Eighteen of its trustees from three categories were elected unanimously.   The following are the 18 members: Arvind Muppidi, Satish Reddy, Venu Piske, Ravi Patlola, Madhu Bommineni, Sainath Boyapa Ili, Ramesh Nallavolu, Srinivas Da rgula, Vijay Konduru, Venu Sankineni, Srikanth Gudipati, Hari Lingala, Sunny Reddy, Sai Sudini, Ramakrishna Reddy Ala, Anil Boddireddy, Rajeshwar Tekmal and Meher Medavaram.  

The new trustees will be in place for four calendar years beginning 2019. Bhuvanesh Reddy Boojala, from Virginia, was chosen unanimously as president-elect. He will serve as the president of ATAfor 2021 and 2022.  

Jan 19th, 2019 In his presidential address, Bheemreddy vowed to preserve and strengthen the Telugu heritage in the US. He also promised to promote further literary, cultural, educational, social and economic as well as religious activities of the community mentioned in the ATA constitution.
Toppick Media Editor  Mar-2019   19   0

Smart Home Locks

It is not science fiction anymore, Smart Homes have arrived and are evolving at a fast pace. Smart Home is a current buzzword and mostly used to boost sales. Our series of articles will cover the technology with respect to each device or appliance. A Smart Home by definition uses devices or appliances that are connected and controlled easily, mostly through apps. Smart devices and appliances vary from simple easy control, status updates to intelligent decision-making algorithms. 

A lock secures our home. Traditional Lock & Key have been the norm for centuries and it is time for us to update to the latest technologies. There are several options available with many advanced features.

KEYPADS: Most simple upgrade is a lock with a numeric keypad. It is simple to setup and use. Most models allow anywhere from two to ten codes other than a master code. A master code is required to change all the other codes. Codes are usually 4 to 8 digits. The keypad can be buttons or touch screen. Some locks require you to touch random numbers before entering the code to prevent fingerprint marks only on the buttons used for code.

CONNECTED: Next level of upgrade would be lock with connectivity like NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The connectivity adds several features and much easier control via Apps. The phone can unlock the door by taping the lock or by proximity. An additional step may be added for safety. Connected devices can be controlled from anywhere in the world as long as you are connected to the internet. Digital keys can be assigned to friends or a house cleaner's phone which will only work for the specified times and days. Independent codes allow for notifications of entry and exit for kids or help. Gone are the days when you drive back to check if you forgot to lock the door.

INTEGRATION: The most common integration is through voice control. Apple HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home are the currently available controls, which allow locks to be locked or unlocked by voice commands. Emerging and evolving integration is mostly through collaboration of different manufacturers. Examples would be the ability to unlock or lock the door through a doorbell device app, surveillance camera device app, etc.

Another level of integration is through Z-wave and ZigBee. Both are competing wireless communications protocol used primarily for Home Automation and will require professional help.

 Some models do not require changing the lock; they simply latch on the deadbolt lever and give you all the features. Some models have eliminated the key. They provide external posts to which you can connect a 9-volt battery, giving you enough juice to get the door open. Some smart locks have built in alarm that sounds in case of tampering.

Smart locks are an incredible upgrade to traditional Lock & Key. Digital locks allow easy configuration, recordings of entry and exit, and setting specific entry times, (Airbnb application).

Forgot your key, no problem. No one has to wake up to open the door. Open the door remotely for friends or deliveries. 

Do you need any more reasons to upgrade to Smart Locks?

Tip: Deadbolt must align properly to the strike plate. Smart lock batteries run out of juice very quickly if the deadbolt movement is tight.

Toppick Media Editor  Jul-2018   292   0

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