Chefs Honor Sailors and Their Families With a Holiday Feast to Remember (Random Acts of Cooking E1)

What would be a unique way to honor the service of 400 hungry sailors and their families for the holidays? You contact Chef Plum, have him round up his crew of top flight chefs and grill masters, bring in enough food to feed…well…the Navy, spice it up with a dash of top flight entertainment, and you have all of the ingredients for a memorable evening of food, love, and family!

This unique gathering is at the heart of this first episode of a new OnlyGood TV Series, Random Acts of Cooking. This series follows Chef Plum, an inspired chef who looks to spread the message of kindness and community through the power of food. In this debut episode, his team of chefs prepare and cook a special holiday meal at the US Navy Base in New London, Connecticut, while also teaching some of the sailors how to cook and use special techniques in the base galley.

"The universal language of happiness is food," Chef Plum explains. "That's what Random Acts of Cooking is - using that power to help other people and do something amazing with it."

Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Flake knows that being on active duty on a navy base, away from home, can be difficult for the sailors during the holidays. This event was a chance for the base community to share a wonderful meal as well as a special musical performance by American Idol 2015 winner Nick Fradiani. "To see all of the families come in, not just the sailors, it brings us together and today, makes us all whole," he said warmly.

Chef Plum uses his master culinary skills and his big heart to change people's lives using the connection that can only be achieved by sitting down around a table and sharing a meal with others. Watch his team go above and beyond to make this a night to remember for all of the sailors and their families.

A big thanks to the following who contributed to this great event:

Big Green Egg: https://biggreenegg.com/

Open Minded Organics: http://openmindedorganics.com/

The Pantry in Fairfield: https://thepantry.net/

Salmon and Sable: https://salmonandsable.com/

Sysco: https://www.sysco.com/

Spiceology: https://spiceology.co/

Mystic Bourbon: http://www.whatismystic.com/

The Green Thumb Organic Farm: http://www.greenthumborganicfarm.com/

Lucky Hare Brewing Company: https://www.luckyharebrewing.com/

Two Roads Brewing Company: https://tworoadsbrewing.com/

Sid Wainer & Sons: https://sidwainer.com/

To learn more about Chef Plum, follow him on Instagram: @chef_plum

Follow the other Chefs seen here at:

Chef Jeff Purrazzi - @forkkingchef

Chef Dan Monroe - @chef1aboveall

Chef Michele Ragussis - @chefmichele

Chef Robert Prado - @chefrobertprado

Chef Dave Boredom - @dave.boredom

Pit Master Tony - @backdraftbarbq1

Grill Master Melissa Reome - @grillmomma

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Veterinarian’s Home is Wildlife Rescue for Animals of All Kinds (Dr. Amy Jo’s Wild Life Part 2)

Outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, there's a 35 acre plot of land that might as well be called Dr. Amy Jo's Wild Habitat. A stroll on these grounds would put you face to face with raccoons, coyotes, cows, foxes, deer, skunks, rescue dogs, and even an African Oryx.

The glue that holds this menagerie together is the soothing presence of veterinarian Dr. Amy Jo Pilmer. "I seem to be able to calm them and they are very comfortable with me," she reflects. "My thought is because I spend so much time with them." Many of these animals were either rescued or brought to Amy when they were very young, and in many cases, near death. There was a baby deer that was found unresponsive on the side of the road and needed intravenous feeding to pull through. A Belted Galloway came to her with almost no control of her legs but has healed and grown under her watchful eyes. Numerous sick and ailing shelter dogs have recuperated on her ranch and gone on to find new, loving homes.

Healing seems to come naturally to Dr. Amy Jo and she particularly loves the care and nurturing of baby animals. But she also knows that inevitably those she rehabilitates will grow up and need to move on. "It's almost heartbreaking … it's like a kid when they turn 18," she reflected. "They don't want or need you anymore and they leave and go off to be their own animal."

Watch and meet Meatball, Fast Eddie and many of Amy Jo's other frisky critters and see what day-to-day life is like for a woman who seems to have a life giving touch, no matter what kind of a wild thing comes through her gate.

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THE BIG DAY! - Today We Find Out The Sex Of The Baby! (The Creation Of Us E5)

In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Aydian and Jenilee will experience one of the most emotional milestones of a pregnancy - going for the ultrasound that will reveal to them the sex of their baby.

One of the most asked questions they have heard since they announced they were expecting is "Are you having a gender reveal party?" As a transgender couple, Aydian and Jenilee frequently need to explain their feelings about the words "sex" and "gender" in reference to their baby, and how important it is that these terms not be considered synonymous.

"Sex is biological," Aydian explains. "My sex is female but my gender is male. Gender is based on your inner feelings, how you want to be seen, and how you feel you are."

Jenilee adds that they won't know the gender of the baby for a while. "It can happen at any point. It's up to us to pick up on their cues. If it seems that the baby is not identifying with their sex, it's something to think about." The couple have a strong feeling that the little person they are bringing into the world should have the time to explore it for themselves and become whatever gender they choose to be.

During the ride for the ultrasound they, they excitedly discuss their expectations of what they will find out. Aydian doesn't have a strong feeling either way while Jenilee has an inkling of what she is about to learn.

What will it be? Join the couple for the big reveal and the emotional reactions when they tell their family and friends.

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After Dudeoir's Photoshoot Goes Viral He Marries His Photographer! (Beauty Redefined E4)

Wedding bells are ringing! In this very personal episode of Beauty Redefined, we join Tami Bears and Josh Varozza at Hagen Ranch, in Plattsville, California, as their families gather to celebrate the joining of this unique couple and the start of their lives as husband and wife.

Tami was the photographer and Josh was the subject of an offbeat calendar of light-hearted photos that struck a chord with people across the country. Josh, a big guy with tattoos and an incomparable beard, struck "seductive" poses for the camera clad in patriotic attire and this series of "dudeoir shots" quickly went viral. Josh became a role model for people struggling to love themselves and Tami became much more than just a friend...they fell in love and got engaged!

"We were spending a lot of time together," Tami recalled," and I really liked him and grew attached and I knew life was better with him." Josh and Tami's relationship has brought together their two 13 year-olds, Josh's son Tyler and Tami's daughter Lexie. "Having a blended family has been one of the most unique experiences in my life," Josh explains. "They fought like cat and dogs at the start but now they get along. It's kind of interesting, and kind of scary."

Lexie has nothing but positive things to say about Josh coming into her life. "I live with them and I see everything that goes on behind the scenes," she shared. "He loves her and treats her so well. I couldn't have picked anyone better for her!"

Come along and see the fun and sweet elements that make up a wedding-- the vows, the first dance, the speeches and of course, the party! Josh and Tami describe their wedding as "non-traditional" so be ready for some surprises!

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Happy International Women's Day 2019 from OGTV!

Here at OnlyGood TV, we celebrate Women every day, through our stories on their bravery, heroism, and strength.On International Women's Day 2019, we highlight some of the truly inspiring Women who have shared their lives with us and celebrate their passion for love, life, and doing Good in the world today!

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An Armless Painter’s Unique Approach to Art, Faith and Family (More to the Story E1)

On this all-new OGTV Original Series, host Marysol Castro will go deep and get very personal with the unique individuals and passionate characters that have been featured previously in HooplaHa and Only Good TV stories. While the original videos piqued the interest of our viewers, this new series will offer MORE TO THE STORY as Marysol goes inside the mind and the heart of her subjects as we learn exactly what makes them live for the greater good!

On this episode, Marysol will revisit Rosie Jon, the inspiring armless painter who uses her feet to not only to paint, but to manage many day-to-day life tasks. Rosie was born with her disability, but not never let it cloud her perspective on what was possible. "I was a very determined child," she recalled. "I just wanted to prove to everyone that I could be more than anyone expected me to be."

There is no question Rosie has lived up to that personal goal and now lives a busy, fulfilling life, despite her challenges. Enjoy Marysol's wide-ranging conversation with this wife, mother of three, artist, public speaker, and woman of faith that uncovers her amazing and inspiring passion for her art and her family!

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Adorable Rescued Dogs Meet Their New Families (A Dog’s Journey Home E5)

The excitement has been building for weeks for over 40 families from all over the country who have gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to finally meet, in person, the dogs they have fallen in love with from watching their videos posted by Tracy.

In this episode of "A Dog's Journey Home", a very special batch of dogs, many who have been with the Tracy's Dogs team for a long time, finally arrive in Madison for the first day of their lives with their new families. They have traveled 1,262 miles and for some, it was difficult to leave the caring and loving environment of the Tracy's Dogs facility in San Antonio.

"This is the most unique group of dogs we have ever rolled out on the road with," Scott reflects. And it's not easy for Scott's daughters, Sara and Jenna, who have spent so many hours caring and nurturing these pups, to let go. "There are a lot of dogs that are really hard to part with," Sara explained. "Our long stay dogs, you really get attached to them. Once they get adopted, we get really excited but it's also really hard … we shared lots of tears dropping the dogs off but we know they are going to a good place."

Here are some of Scott's thoughts about a few of the special dogs you will meet in this episode:

Meatball – "I call him Meathead….very lovable…he's the only dog who can overheat in 65 degree weather"

Peg – "Miss Congeniality on three legs … sweetheart"

Nellie – "Will drive you to drink but you'll love her every step of the way… perfect companion"

Watch the smiles and tears as Scott hands off each dog and then reflects on the great work by his team. "I'm just really glad all 40 have of them have homes now. That's why we work so hard. It's a rescue…we're saving lives!"

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Blind Waiter Serves Up Diner Classics and Life Lessons

The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you've entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It's no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

John was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa. RP is a rare genetic disorder that involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. John could still see shadows in his early teens while working in his parents' restaurant in New York City, but his condition was deteriorating steadily. Despite the hardship, John was an excellent student and Senior Class President at North Rockland High School. John continued his studies at Ithaca College where he studied Psycology and Business and had a great experience." It was a lot of fun," he recalled. "Being around so many diverse people and different personalities made the best [of me] come out."

After college, John felt the urge to return to the family business and worked alongside his brother, mother and dad, but as he aged, things became darker, the shadows vanished, and by the time he turned 30 he was completely blind. This was also a turbulent time of highs and lows during which John met the woman he would marry while at the same time his father passed away, increasing his responsibilities at The Bendix.

Dedicating himself to his family and his work, John took over a lead role at the diner while he and his wife raised three boys. The oldest, Tony, who was recently accepted to Harvard University, has worked with his parents over the years and has watched his Dad cope with his condition with positivity and hard work.. "Noticing my Dad's lack of fear when faced with his daily challenges provided a blue print for me that I applied to my own life," he reflected. "He's never been afraid to try new things and has been a great leader."

The Bendix may seem like a time capsule from years gone by, but it continues to thrive. Meet the hard working family that keeps its spirit alive and the blind waiter that helps you see what it means to live a meaningful life.

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Can Bailey Return to Work And Avoid A Relapse? (Barely Breathing Ballerina E4)

Bailey Vincent, professional dancer and deaf culture advocate, is still recovering from a complicated triple surgery. She hoped it would address the cystic fibrosis symptoms that have been limiting her ability to lead and perform with her ballet group, Company360, but the road back has been rough.

In this episode, Bailey discusses how recovering from this surgery has been particularly slow and tedious so far, perhaps because this is the third time she has been operated on in the span of a month. "It has really been hard. You feel like you look different, and your vanity comes into play," she reflects. "Behind the scenes I'm honestly feeling a lot worse than I am going to show."

Despite her discomfort, life won't slow down to make it easier. She is still taking care of her two girls, teaching her classes, choreographing a big show, and running her dance company. Her parents are concerned about her jumping back into a full schedule when she isn't close to feeling 100% yet. "Listen to your body and listen to your parents," her Dad advises. "We love you so much so please don't push it."

When Bailey gets to her first stop, a photo shoot for a new "ghost themed" dance routine, it's exhausting. Bailey struggles to finish the shoot, not having as much energy as she is used to. She then moves on to her studio where she tries to dance and teach at her usual pace. Although she starts out pretty strong, after a while Bailey can barely move, and ends up having to teach mostly from the sidelines. After class, her sister Corey expresses concern and worry for her, and Bailey confesses how torn she feels. "It's super frustrating as the Choreographer and Artistic Director to not be able to run rehearsal the way I want to which means giving 100%, dancing completely full out," she says, "It's really difficult to feel like I'm holding back when I'm expecting my dancers to do the same for me."

See how Bailey copes with the stressful decisions facing her... keep working and risk a relapse and another health decline ... or … listen to her sister and parents, take a break, and let herself heal?

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