What to Do When Life-Storms Attack Your Marriage

It's no secret that marriage is hard. Sharing a life with someone every day can be a challenge, especially when disagreements arise; however, it also comes with many benefits. I've been lucky enough to be married to my wife, Paula, for almost 60 years! Those years have come with many ups and downs but perhaps the time we were challenged the most was the 18 months that followed me quitting my job. I walked away because a senior leader at my company offered me a large sum of money which he then ...

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What Is God's Plan for 2018?

Right now some of you may feel like God is far away but, as I know from experience, our Creator is always pursuing us. Around this time of year, as we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome a new beginning with 2018 we often start thinking, talking about and asking people what their New Year's resolutions are. Some plan to lose weight others plan save up money for a special item or trip and a few give up things. It got me thinking one year- in addition to New Year's resolutions, we create ...

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Top Advice from Industry Experts on Disaster Preparedness

From left: Jack Manilla, Joanne McClain, Terry Arko, Ray Arouesty and Bob Vincent. At the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Orlando, a panel gathered to share their expertise about preparing and responding to natural disasters. In light of the recent hurricanes, and with the venue being in Florida, the group focused mostly on hurricanes. Moderated by PSN Editor in Chief Joanne McClain, the experts addressed all aspects of the issue, including preparation, clean-up, safety, managing ...

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The True Love You Should Celebrate This Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2018 For as long as I can remember Ash Wednesday has always been a significant day in the Manilla household, as it is for every Catholic family. I will never forget going to mass with my parents, brother and sister in Sharon, Pennsylvania.  I received the mark of the cross on my forehead to remind me that I too came from dust. It has always been a day of reflection – a day to remember the incredible sacrifice of my Savior. But as I looked at the calendar this year and noticed ...

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The Scripture We Conveniently Forget This Time of Year

We start to realize and reflect on things we don't have and try find ways to fill those areas of our lives whether that's with gifts, relationships or something else. (jill111) Around Christmas time, we tend to get caught up in the moment. We start to realize and reflect on things we don't have and try find ways to fill those areas of our lives whether that's with gifts, relationships or something else. But when we strive to fill that longing with temporary things, that satisfaction, that feeling ...

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Parenting Pointers: Success Tips from Jack Manilla

“Secrets of The Pink House” is the story of Florida businessman Jack Manilla, who lost everything because he chose to make the right decision and not follow his co-worker down the path of embezzling money from their company. Jack was forced to start over. He lost his homes, cars, everything material in this world.. but not his hope. Inspired by his faith, Jack transitioned into a new way of thinking and dealing with his problems, and 18 months later, became owner of a pool business, Portofino ...

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Learn About These Books Written by APSP Chairman and Son of Jandy Founder/Inventor

As the year draws to a close, two books come out chronicling the journeys of industry professional’s past and present

Secrets of the Pink House

Jack Manilla

The outgoing chairman of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals came into the industry as a third career after facing a turning point. Having worked as a high-level executive at Westinghouse, Manilla entered his first ...

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How You Can Find Divine Love on Valentine's Day

I know for some Valentine's Day is hard but I hope you can learn from me and realize that God does love you unconditionally. Typically, I have found that there are two types of people when it comes to Valentine's Day. There are those who love it and there are those who wish the holiday never existed. I have often found that the latter group typically all have something in common- they feel alone. They may literally be alone or just feel like they are- whether that be caused by the ...

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How Prayer Defeated Agonizing Cancer

In the summer of 2006, our middle son Paul, who lives in New York City, came to visit us in Florida. While visiting he came down with a heavy rash on the left side of his forehead, and I took him to the hospital. They diagnosed it as shingles and advised him to see his doctor when he returned the city. Upon his arrival home, Paul's doctor sent him to a specialist to do a hip bone marrow biopsy and aspiration. A few weeks later, Paul was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, multiple myeloma, in ...

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CEO Learns Powerful Lesson About Love of ‘Material Possessions’ After Losing Absolutely Everything

Jack Manilla was a Fortune 500 CEO back in 1994 when he was faced with a split-second decision: take part in a lucrative offer that purportedly involved embezzled funds — or quit and let his conscience win out. In the end, he chose the latter, but the fallout in his own personal and professional life was swift and painful, leaving him shaking his fists at God as he wondered why he was punished after doing the right thing. Manilla lost his homes, his vehicles and all of the wealth he had ...

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Bookmarks: Signings, releases, storytimes

MONSTER TIME Jacksonville natives Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos introduce their new middle-grade series, “The Adventurers Guild,” at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Bookmark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. The new series follows best friends Zed and Brock in one of the last cities standing after the world falls to monsters. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly ...

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APSP Chair Jack Manilla Publishes Autobiography

Jack Manilla, APSP Chair and owner of Portofino Pools (Jacksonville, Fla.), recently released his autobiography “Secrets of the Pink House.” “Secrets of the Pink House” is Manilla’s personal story of how he was led to a career in the pool and spa industry after he made an ethical decision to walk away from a successful, high-paying corporate job. What followed was a painful 18-month journey of losing everything ...

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A Message of Hope For Hurricane Survivors

As I watched the news the other night, I felt my heart shatter like glass. I watched as a man living just 15 minutes from my office stood next to a large pile of wet rubble, which used to be his home, and describe how he lost everything he owned in Hurricane Irma. In addition, he had lost his job and car. Totally devastated he pointed to the sky as he expressed how angry he was at life and at God. My family and I are among the blessed who survived Hurricane Irma. My home, business and all our ...

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10 Stories That Cut Through the Awful and Depressing Media Cycle to Inspire You

As we start yet another Monday, let’s look at the 10 most inspirational stories going right now — stories that can help build us up and lift our spirits amid media and political cycles that are anything but fulfilling, positive or enriching: — 1) A homeless boy from Detroit, Michigan, had his Christmas wish come true when his family was able to move into a fully furnished home that, much to his delight, included a bed of his own. Watch him

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5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With God

Take some time to reconnect with your Heavenly Father.

We all strive to spend time with God and in His word but sometimes life can get the best of us, especially when juggling work and a family. Carving out time to talk to our Creator becomes another item on the list of things we need to check off. Over time it becomes lower and lower on the list; most days it gets left unchecked. Then before we even realize it, our relationship with God has become something ...

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Go Big Or Go Home

How Dealers Handle Pro Sports Pools By Seraine PageJack Manilla, CEO of Portofino Pools, lives and breathes sports.“I’m an avid NFL fan,” says Manilla, who grew up hearing sports on a portable radio in western Pennsylvania. He remembers his dad simultaneously listening to the radio while reading the sports page.“Sports got in my brain,” he says.For pool professionals who also happen to be huge sports fans, landing a pro sports team client is a dream come true. In recent ...

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