Ethan Bortnick - Sun & Sky Entertainment

Fourteen year old Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work. At three years of age, the Hollywood, Florida native begged his parents for piano lessons and discovered an uncanny ability to hear a song once and play it back note for note – the musical equivalent of a photographic memory....
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"You did such an AMAZING job! I felt like you know the character and topic so well. I wish I can write like you I would give everything! I almost cry at the end of the text how good it was." ~ Regular Client (West Coast - USA) "Thank you so much, sir. I really really respect you and hope next we can work together again." ~ Z. Aiyadi (Indonesia) "Billy, thank you for the Uplift article about Dr. Buono. It inspired me to write to the son of my fifth-grade teacher. Her name was Jean Love and that name fit perfectly! Unfortunately, Mrs. Love passed away in 2015 but I managed to find her son's address and I'm mailing off a letter tonight. The solid foundation she gave me made it possible for me to become a successful corporate teacher and technical writer. I really wish I'd had the opportunity to speak with her again and your article has inspired me to contact other people in my life who have made a difference. I'm a 63-year-old grandmother now and you can bet I will be encouraging my grandchildren to say thanks while they still can."~ Regards, (name withheld for privacy) GREAT! You're a dream to work with Billy, thank you. ~ Paul, Gold Prospectors Of America "...Billy is the consummate professional with a seemingly unending skill set! Not only did he produce an excellent product well within our required timeframe, he went above and beyond by contacting the company for which we are building a relationship with and thoroughly researched our niche. In doing so, he provided an invaluable contact that led us to a networking opportunity that we may not have acquired otherwise. If you get the opportunity to work with Billy, I highly recommend you seize it! Billy is professional, exceedingly talented in many areas, and a flexible easy-to-work-with genuine person." ~ Ben A., CEO at Mo Opp "It was great to work with Billy. Great scriptwriter and hard worker." ~ R. I. at Elite Entertainment - Hong Kong, China "Billy is such a good writer, very creative and hard-working. But the thing I liked the most from him was his amazing attitude. Very kind, polite and collaborative! I would like to work with him on other projects." ~ C.M. "Billy was a pleasure to work with, I engaged him to write several articles. He came up with the ideas and executed as promised. There were on one or two occasions that revision was required, this was done expeditiously and without complaints. Recommending him to anyone else looking for an experienced writer. Will definitely engage his services again. (In fact I just did)" ~ Kelvin. P., Executive Search Recruiter - Hong Kong, China “You are so kind Billy, I am so glad to work with you!” ~ Monica Cervera -  Barcelona, Spain Upon seeing these intriguing delights, I experienced the same sort of insanely happy, childish surprise that overcomes you when grandma prepared your favorite meal [Chicken Parmesan w/Spaghetti] or when you were treated to your absolute favorite takeout place on Sunday [Pastrami King on Queens Boulevard]. From the very moment that humans have walked this earth to the moment you are reading this, man has made so many great contributions to society. Pillsbury gave us the Toaster Strudel. Joanna Rohrback gave us the flow of the rhythm with her Prancercise routines, and Joseph Pedott gave us the Clapper. But to trump it all, Billy Soden gave me these exceptional pieces of work. The wording! They flow so nicely together. The rhythm! The flow of the rhythm is so graceful! When I read these amazing pieces, my mojo was again renewed. I was taken far away, to a land where Chinese delivery is available 24 hours a day, where rainbows and kittens are plentiful, and my poster of the legendary Chuck Norris wearing his very own Action Jeans brand [A special blend of denim and Elastane fibers with a stretch range of infinity because Chuck Norris] could be displayed without fear of ridicule. At a time when there is so much strife in the world, humanity needs to hear Billy and his words. Life is too short to overlook beautiful simplicity like this. In summary, I highly endorse Billy Soden [creativity, timeliness, attention to details, and really a great guy to work with]. ~ Michelle B. - Beaverton, Oregon "The piece is indeed KICK ASS. Truly phenomenal work." ~ Sunny R. - Kuwait First and foremost, I want to express my great gratitude for helping me to get in the PsyD program. I have been admitted into the Clinical Psychology program. Thank you so much for your fantastic help with essay and scholarship impact, it means to me a lot. You are a highly talented writer! ~ K.R. ~ China "We hired Billy for a small job cleaning up grammatical errors in a CV and early on it became clear to us that we needed Billy's help in more ways than we initially anticipated.  Billy understood our needs better than we did and produced a work product that was a " home run".  He was easy to work with kept his work within budget and on time.  We will definitely be using Billy in the future." ~ Kevin and Michelle - Georgia, USA "This is called over-delivering the value! I am super grateful for the job you've done!" ~ Kamila - Poland "Awesome job! Better than what I expected!" ~ Misty - Georgia, USA "Great work Billy! Such a pleasure to work with. Quick, efficient, patient with me and my changes in direction and delays. 5★ experience from start to finish and hoping that we have a chance to work together again on another project. Thank you!" ~ Alan E. - Phoenix, Arizona "Very fast turn around time. Fantastic job. Definitely will use again." ~ Brett R. - San Fransisco, California "Another excellent project with Billy. Really produced a first-class piece!" ~ Ksenia R. - Beijing, China "Billy is going to be our long-term partner! Truly an excellent editor and writer." ~ Client Name Withheld

Hope Dealer: Need one? Be one.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing? I’m as optimistic as they come, but I’m looking out my window into the world and I am stunned and saddened by the infinite amount of hopelessness I see in the lives of so many. Are you frustrated by the hate, hurt, and divide? If so, I’m with you, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Four years ago, I started wondering what my new purpose was. It’s not like I had never visited that question before, but this was different. It was…well, think mid-life crisis on steroid
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This adventurer tied 100 helium balloons to a camping chair---and got the best view of South Africa

Whether you’ve seen “Up,” the 2009 animated comedy-adventure film or not, you will appreciate Tom Morgan and his adventurous spirit. In the movie produced by Pixar, Carl Fredricksen, together with a young “Wilderness Explorer” named Russell, sets out to fulfill his dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to his late w
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Teacher tells 9-year-old who wants to be an astronaut to be 'realistic' — so boy asks an astronaut, and the answer is epic

What did you dream of becoming when you were a child? Did anyone ever tell you it was unrealistic or make you doubt yourself? 9-year-old Isaac dreams of becoming an astronaut one day, but his teacher implied that he might want to choose something more “realistic.” With no offense to the teacher, who may have been focusing on the assignment at hand, that’s probably not the best advice for a young
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Once a Florida fashion photographer, John Coffer has been living for decades like a pioneer by choice. You should see his photography now

One of the most intriguing and interesting artists in the United States lives one of the most interesting and intriguing lifestyles. That artist is John Coffer.  He can’t be reached by phone. He works from a log cabin. And, he has no internet connection. He’s considered a master of the lost art of tintype photography, a style of photography that was used around the time of the Civil War. Tinty
Inspiring teacher got a phone call from his former 8th-grade student, and what happened next will make you want to do the same

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"For more than 40 years, Albert Siedlecki has taught science to eighth-grade students. Most of those years were spent at Memorial Middle School in Medford Township, New Jersey, where he is affectionately known as “Mr. Sie”—coincidentally pronounced like the “sci” in science. Throughout his career, he has impacted countless students by using a hands-on learning approach and challenging them to do their very best, while clearly loving and enjoying his career immensely. But he never realized how much he really meant to the children in his classes until he received a phone call from a former student..." Feedback: "Billy, thank you for the Uplift article about Dr. Buono. It inspired me to write to the son of my fifth-grade teacher. Her name was Jean Love and that name fit perfectly! Unfortunately, Mrs. Love passed away in 2015 but I managed to find her son's address and I'm mailing off a letter tonight. The solid foundation she gave me made it possible for me to become a successful corporate teacher and technical writer. I really wish I'd had the opportunity to speak with her again and your article has inspired me to contact other people in my life who have made a difference. I'm a 63-year-old grandmother now and you can bet I will be encouraging my grandchildren to say thanks while they still can. Regards, (name withheld for privacy)
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Rachel Macy Stafford, NY Times Best Selling Author Endorsement

Wow! One of the most thorough, accurate, and beautifully written articles … and to think it’s about my work in the world! I am so moved! The intro is incredible! ~ Rachel Macy Stafford _____________________________________________________________________________ "Stafford offers hope in this story she posted on her Facebook timeline. It's a message well worth your time and consistent with the times in which we live. Her conclusive message of prevailing love is not a Hallmark, Disney-infused, idealistic, or empty expose'. Rather, it's a poignant reminder that whether it be the love of a friend or love of humanity, it all starts with authentic connections.” ~ Billy Soden
Hope Dealer - Chapter Two Excerpt

Hope Dealer (Book) - Short Excerpt Chapter

Money was always an issue and we were “trained” on exactly how many squares of toilet paper should be taken from the roll after going to the bathroom. When my only pair of tennis shoes became one size too small and had worn to the point of being anything but shoe-looking, I asked for new tennis shoes because I needed them to participate on the track team at school. I was refused and told that because the Italians were then running barefoot in the Olympics, I could just run barefoot in track as well. It was reactions and behaviors like this occurring regularly and growing proportionately in extremity and ridiculousness that were setting off alarms in my head.
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Youth in Focus Brings Clarity Through Creativity For At-Risk Youth by Billy Soden

In an interview with Billy Soden from NTD Television/The Epoch Times, Ashley Mouldon, Administrative and Development Associate for Youth in Focus, explained what the organization is all about. Soden: What exactly does Youth in Focus do? Mouldon: "We work with youth, 13-19 years old, who face a variety of challenges in their lives on a daily basis, and who struggle with a combination of combination of racial or ethnic discrimination, poverty or homophobia.  At Youth in Focus, we feel that we reach at-risk youth at a crucial time – at or before the 9th grade – when 90% of the majority of youth that drops out of high school do during that year.   Studies have found that the majority of kids who drop out of high school do so because of financial pressures, or because they do not believe they can be successful.  By attending our creative youth development photography program, students are able to become part of a community filled with support and resources to help them be successful.
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Five 5th-Grade Heroes Stand Up To Bullying by Billy Soden

In 2015, the Pew Research Center analyzed statistics nationally from varied sources in eight different areas. Those areas were: All eight categories could easily, in one form or another, have a direct correlation to the last one listed, “being bullied.” In general, the study revealed some broad conclusions: Low-income parents, for instance, are more concerned about teen pregnancy and their kids getting in trouble with the law than are higher-income parents. Black parents are more likely than w
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