Sunday, March 25, 2018

Santiago in the House.... Elvis Style....In the spotlight this week !

Wow! I am enjoying such an Elvis Journey and meeting some great people along the way..... Hello all and welcome to our Elvis Spotlight week ! 

So in speaking with this gentleman, he says he's not really and ETA ( Elvis Tribute Artist) because he doesn't look like Elvis.... Hmmmm..... so what do you call it??? I think he's amazing.... say hello to:

                                                           JESUS SANTIAGO

.... what an amazing talent.... check out some of the things I dug up....

I listened to some of his You Tube music and I wanted to find a song that closed your could hear that Elvis influence.... I think this one captures it well.... Jesus, you may not look  like an  Elvis ETA... yet you capture his spirit.....and you look darn fine doing it !  

Jesus explained to me that he saw and Elvis movie when he was just 8 years old and was hooked after that. He loves to sing songs from the Elvis Movies and has been doing that all his life.... he is also a Doo Wop singer and has some shows coming up this Summer, singing with the COASTLINERS.....

His favorite thing is to entertain people....

I have to shout out to my pals, Geri Petito and Richie Santa.... I met Jesus Santiago through them !

Hope you enjoy a little glimpse of Jesus Santiago 

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Are we just lost in translation???

Hello all,

Well, it's another good morning yet this time it's still dark out ! Whew !  Talk about crazy....

If you remember from the last post as we spoke about things that inspire and the K.Y. W.  (Know Your Worth) . I'm going to expand that slightly and change just one letter and one word.... Know Your WORDS.... for this particular purpose only !

With language barriers, poor road signage, text slang, school slang, street slang , work slang... and on and on and on.... Do we all just get lost in translation anymore??????

You know that I don't like to touch on the negative things we have to deal with on a daily basis yet I've got to blog about this for it inspires me to do better....

We have come to a place where visual understanding is the best way we see things and even THAT is limited to a curve of about a minute before we lose our audience....


I think, yes I actually do that sometimes, I think..... we should continue to maintain a level of common ground combining old and new styles ( not only in fashion yet in many communication) and not give in to a World that would like to limit the time we do something, learn something or understand something.... It's true, we have to taper things to keep our audiences engaged today.... yet is it true?  If you write something too long, is anyone reading it? If you talk to long, sing too long or dance to anyone noticing? Is anyone listening?

We can only hope that if we stay true to ourselves and do what we feel in our hearts, that the people that need to see, hear, or do.... will do just that.  I urge you to take the time to read, listen, sing, dance, act, swim, walk, ride, play.... no matter how long it takes.  Don't shorten your strengths to condone mediocrity.... that is not our life purpose !  Don't get "Lost in the translation"....make an effort to understand each other and rise to any occasion....

This full clip is 8 minutes long.... see if you find it as funny as it was when it first came out.... then take a look at another shorter clip that fits the bill !  Stay true to matter what !


Bill Murray Lost in Translation from You Tube

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

How do you K.Y.W.???

Good morning...

I hope everyone remembered to put their clocks ahead one hour in the U.S. for Daylight Savings Time.... Well here, it's 1:44 AM so we don't push them ahead for another 15 minutes and yes I'm up talking to you !

So in case you wonder why some posts go up on Friday, some on Sat. and some on Sunday....
In case you wonder why some are in the morning or evening,  why some are in the wee morning or evening and some are somewhere in between that....
I say this - I need to be inspired.... Even after the interview. No matter what is going on OUTSIDE of the blog post, my interview has to attach itself to something that inspires me...and in turn I hope inspires you....

No inspiration could come greater to me than thinking of my newest friend and business associate,                                                                           GERI PETITO.  

Left Geri Petito/ Right Ava Holly ( The Balcony Blogger)

It's funny how Geri and I met. Giving you the cliff notes version.... we were at a show for an ETA

 ( are you tracking with me?  If you read my posts you should know that ETA stands for 
Elvis Tribute Artist.... )
Well Geri was at this show and I was at this show yet we didn't meet then..... 
When we finally DID meet, it was a bit of an awakening when we realized that we saw each other at the ETA show yet weren't destined to meet then..... funny.... met that very same ETA in the same manner.....

Moving forward, we will connect all of this eerie stuff at the end.... for now, let's move to the interview.... one of the first things that came out of Geri's mouth when I was speaking with her was the K.Y. W.....

So what is the K.Y. W. and how does it all connect.....??? 

Let's get back to the interview....

I have to share that this particular interview was done LIVE on Geri's Radio show , which is also live-streamed on Face Book.... Geri made ME the host and she was my guest ! How fun. Being in radio for many years, I felt right at home...yet i was still interviewing the Queen of Hamilton Radio, Geri Petito....

I found out that Geri studied to become a Vegan Chef
When Geri was diagnosed with Cancer, she decided to take charge and found ways to heal herself through eating differently, making changes in her lifestyle and holding fast to her non-wavering faith. 
Geri considers herself a Nutritional Health /Life coach where she helps others get through addiction and disease through her knowledge and experiences. She has even authored a book to reflect her situations and circumstances... a great read .

One of the things Geri said to me is that she should have done this radio "gig" a long time ago.... I stick to the.... everything happens for a reason philosophy.... LOL....hence my eerie meetings with both Geri and Richie.... ( Richie Santa ETA)
Geri touches on some heavy topics yet tries to keep her show filled with fun/humor and humility....well most of the time.... LOL 
Sometimes the guests are just out of control !!! "Cut their Mic's Geno"

Geri has her radio show on Tues. and Thurs. eve's beginning at 5PM... the show is also live streamed on Face Book so you can catch it.... or catch it later there.... 
One of the things I love about Geri is her giving heart. She is an Elvis lover like I am and I guess we are attracted to those who feel the same way we do.... Like minds 
and all that !
So let me speak on that giving heart.... Just as an example....Geri has given 3 of her Thurs. shows out to some very cool people. So she will run her Thurs. show once a month and on the other 3 months, these are the shows you can check out.... On the first Thurs. it's the Mr., Mr. Panting of Mr. Panting Productions  on "Teens With Dreams"  A show focusing on the positive goals and dreams for Teens and what some of our amazing Teen-agers are doing...or going to be doing....

The last Thurs. of the month will feature Sal Angioletti with "Taker 2 takes over NJ" A show inside the wrestling World.

Geri will have a show on Thurs. and the other Thurs. will be hosted by Megan Malfi of Top Cat Productions

 I'm not sure what Megan's show will entail ...yet I can tell you that her work with Top Cat productions helps Teens/ Young Adults with opportunities in Music and Theatre ( oooohhhh right up my alley) Megan also has a Face Book page called My Bi-Polar Rules so check out Megan there as well.

Of course, you can find out info on any of my blogs by reaching out to me on Face Book ( Ava Holly Public Figure) -- or at my website

Now back to Geri and the K.Y. W.... 

Let's link it all up now.... I see Doug Church at an ETA event--never met him. Go to Graceland and add my monthly ETA segment here... I meet Richie Santa at some event someplace and never really met him.... Found out I was friends with Richie at Face Book for quite some time.... go to his show to do the very first ETA interview for my blog segment.... see Geri there yet never met her..... Get some names from Richie for my blog....Jimmy Elvis ( Jimmy T. as Elvis), Walt Sanders, Peter Alden to name a few .... ( Find them all at Face Book)  I speak with Doug Church on the phone for the 2nd Interview, I meet Jimmy Elvis for the 3rd Iterview and speak with Peter Alden and Walt Sanders by Face Book and telephone.... From there, I connect with other ETA's etc.... I meet Dave Weiskopf through Geri, along with  DJ Dani, Gene Pierro, Jesus Santiago and Michele Marzano to name a few....Michele also knows another  Tribute artist that  I know in HER field.... Geri meets Marco Panting at one of our meetings. I then introduce her to Felicia Reed of Females without Fear.....

Find Felicia on Face Biook - Felicia L. Reed
Put it in Perspective and Females without Fear

I met Felicia through our Women on TV network and now have introduced Geri to that platform
Geri has also been a guest on MY show Ava's Casual Chat which is coming up this 4th Thurs. at 2:00 EST

I then tell her about David Silverman, local Chef who will be a guest on Geri's show soon....
 Between Geri and Richie I meet Sal Angioletti, Frankie "Sweets", Gene, Dave, Michele, Megan,etc...and I can't forget Krista Joy, Sandy Delvillar, and Kathy Cossu...... whew can I get through it all???

Now    let's   get    to   the     K.Y. W.,  as Geri so well put it,  


Remember that people come into your life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime....people do business with people they know like and trust...
MY worth is in  the people I choose to surround myself with .....building relationships with my connections.... this is so true when it comes to Geri Petito....  
So there's 6 degrees of separation ( or of Kevin Bacon if you know how to play that one) and then there is 


I say this because we have taken these particular relationships to , not only business contacts and connections, yet to friendships that are worth GOLD
By the way, last week, Geri had her Birthdy Bash on the radio and invited me.... Richie Santa was there performing along with Jesus Santiago, Michele Marzano as "Marilyn" and Frankie Sweets on keyboards...Call ins were............ Jimmy Elvis, Peter Alden, Walt Sanders to name a few.....
 ETA's I have already done blog posts on..... 

Catch us on Hamilton Radio on March 20th promoting the new Thursday shows with special guest.... ME.... and special host pre-viewing for HIS show....Marco Panting..... 

Know Your Worth ....what gives it Value to enrich your life and the lives of others?.... I can tell you what gives mine that value and enrichment................


Order her book, find her on Face Book, catch her show and be amazed.....






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Friday, March 2, 2018

Welcome to our very first FANTASTIC FLIP !

Helloooooo all and welcome to our very first FANTASTIC FLIP... So once a year, around March, when we are through the Holidays of the previous year, through the New Year Celebrations and through most of the bad weather... ( although you wouldn't know that by today's weather... LOL)  we will entertain the blog post of another hand selected blogger that I have built a business relationship with..... Today is our very first one so I hope you enjoy the writing of  Krystle J. Bailey.... You will find MY blog post at her site....( see below) Welcome, Krystle, to Ava's Allocations as our very first FANTASTIC FLIP !

Krystle J Bailey is an author, poet, and lifestyle motivator. She is a mom of two and happily married newlywed. Krystle is passionate about encouraging women to live their best lives from the inside out - free from competition and full of self-worth. She uses the power of story and vulnerability to connect with women across the world in a positive and encouraging way. Nourish: A Journey to Loving and Embracing the Woman Within can be found at  


Show up for life with a smile. Life is full of twists and turns, beginnings and ends, ebbs and flows, hills and valleys. In our relationships, careers, health, and life is ever flowing and ever evolving. Change is inevitable and the one thing that we can surely count on. In the most recent changes of my personal life, I have been left with uncertainty. Uncertainty can be terrifying but it can also be magical. Some of the most beautiful chapters of our lives won't be given a title until much later but begin in seasons of unknown.

A few weeks back, I found myself waking up each day lacking purpose or direction. I was beginning to feel frustrated by this burden of not knowing where I was going. Every day, I was sending my children off to school only to feel aimless once I was empty handed. One morning, I woke up feeling refreshed in my spirit. I had a sense of security even in the unknown. 

A simple thought came out of my mouth that began to shift things for me. It said, "Just keep showing up. Keep showing up with a smile. Be a yes to life. And let the rest of the pieces fall where they may." 

That began to open up worlds of conversation that inspired my life. So much so that I began blogging about my experiences! On the first day, I met a 92-year-old man and his wife who felt it in her spirit that she needed to tell me to "not obsess over life" and that "everything will be okay." Hello?! If that's not a beautiful sign to keep showing up, I don't know what is. The same day, I met new entrepreneurial friends who I stay in touch with and expand off of, enhancing each other's lives. On another encounter, I had an awakening yoga experience followed by the pastor at church seemingly speaking directly to my heart. So many beautiful encounters, experiences, and moments of awareness are happening by just showing up with a smile. 

I still don't know exactly where I am headed but things are falling into place. 

Seasons change, we learn to adapt. I'll leave you with a lesson that I learned in yoga practice. 

On the mat and in life, we have three options at any given moment (or pose):

Option 1: Run. Flee. Escape. 

but you're already here... so...

Option 2: Stay but be frustrated, annoyed, telling yourself all the reasons that where you are isn't where you should be. 

Then there is Option 3: Stay and embrace. Stay and welcome whatever the pose or the moment has in store for you, right here, right now. 

It's up to you to choose. Most of life is a dance between those three. Dance like nobody's watching. 

With light and love, 


Krystle J Bailey
Author, Poet, Speaker, Mentor

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