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The CBD Ed Show with Ed Chaney Welcomes Becky Olson to the Show on October 23, 2020

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Phoenix, AZ — 10/20/2020 — The CBD Ed Show is excited to welcome Becky Olson, inspirational Breast Cancer Awareness Month speaker and author to the show on October 23, 2020. Olson is the author of the book, The Hat That Saved My Life, written in 2004. Since that time, she has dedicated herself full-time to bringing her message to women around the world. Olson is a motivational keynote conference speaker, breast cancer awareness month speaker, workshop leader, and radio show host. Her warm, witty style breaks through the boundaries that are holding us back from enjoying life fully.

Olson is also the co-founder of the organization www.breastfriends.org. Along with Sharon Henifin, both breast cancer survivors, they realized the need for an organization whose purpose was to reduce the sense of isolation and fear that often came with the cancer diagnosis. Olson will be joining The CBD Ed Show for the October 23rd installment “Surviving Chemotherapy with CBD” where they will discuss general cancer support and her experiences through breastfriends.org

The CBD Ed Show can be found on VoiceAmerica’s Variety Channel Fridays at 11 AM Pacific Time.

The CBD Ed Show with Ed Chaney is the real-talk show about CBD benefits and news, hosted by entrepreneur, innovator and industry expert, Ed Chaney. Ed has been sharing his knowledge and insights about CBD since 2014. As The CBD Ed Show has been developing, new insight and inspirations have come forth in the field of natural healing.

Since October of 2019, The CBD Ed Show continues to bring together industry experts, health professionals, researchers, and individuals who share their insight, stories, and real-world experiences with CBD. Chaney has established himself as a leader in the industry of CBD and its benefits, gaining a devoted listenership. With interesting and timely topics, Ed brings you the best in the industry and delivers the answers to your questions about CBD and how it can give you your life back.

For information please visit https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/3919/the-cbd-ed-show-ed-chaney

The VoiceAmerica TM Network offers the latest conversations in a talk radio format, providing education, interaction, and advice on key issues live, on demand as well as through podcast download.

If interested in hosting a talk show on VoiceAmerica Network, contact Jeff Spenard, President of Internet Radio at 480-294-6417 or at jeff.spenard@voiceamerica.com

About VoiceAmerica
VoiceAmerica, the pioneer of digital radio programming since 1999, is the original digital broadcast company for the production and delivery of Live Internet Talk Radio programming and continues to be an industry leader in Live Internet Talk, podcast audio creation, production, and distribution. VoiceAmerica creates and distributes over 900 unique and innovative radio programs that engage millions of listeners worldwide. Five diverse VoiceAmerica network channels distribute live programs daily that reach a growing domestic and international audience. Listen live at VoiceAmerica VarietyVoiceAmerica BusinessVoiceAmerica HealthVoiceAmerica EmpowermentVoiceAmerica Influencers, and on our Apple and Android devices. Follow VoiceAmerica on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network and VoiceAmerica TV are radio and TV divisions of World Talk Radio, LLC, an independent and privately-owned digital entertainment media company.
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Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume

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Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume
Four curious young dinosaur friends explore the mystery of Gigantosaurus, the largest, fiercest dinosaur
of all. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Cadence G. comments, “I enjoyed the DVD Gigantosaurus: Season 1,
Volume 1 because this collection of episodes is full of adventure. I think kids will really like to watch this
series featuring four young dinosaurs named Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu who are all afraid of a huge
dinosaur named Gigantosaurus.” Joshitha B. adds, “The voice acting is very high quality and the dialogue
easy for kids to understand. Cyber-Group Studios’ animation is quite smooth, plus the cinematography,
by Director Olivier Lelardoux tells the story clearly with its high-key lighting and, for the most part, eye-
level shots. With each episode presenting a new fun adventure for four friendly dinosaurs, it will surely
keep your kids’ interest peaked.” Ethan P. contributes, “This educational preschool TV series is based on
a book and was first made into a series in France. The graphics are super impressive, the voice-overs fit
each character and the music is appealing. My favorite episode is “Don’t Cave In” because it’s about how
Tiny hears a rumor that there’s a monster in a cave. The gang is running away from Giganto, when they
run into the cave that they weren’t meant to.” See their full reviews below.
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Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1
By Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
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I enjoyed the DVD Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 because this collection of episodes is full of
adventure. I think kids will really like to watch this series featuring four young dinosaurs named Rocky,
Bill, Tiny and Mazu who are all afraid of a huge dinosaur named Gigantosaurus.
Each one of these 26 episodes tells stories about this crew of four characters who are best friends. In one
episode, they try to get one of Gigantosaurus’s scales; in another episode, Rocky (Dylan Schombing)
tries to be brave and goes to the top of a volcano. Many wild things happen to the group of friends
through their adventures, but they always seem to figure things out.
My favorite part of this series is the time when Gigantosaurus slaps Rocky with his tail, and Rocky flies
through the air. It is a super funny part because what seems like a bad thing at first—getting hit with
Gigantosaurus’s tail—ends up helping Rocky get to where he wanted to go. I also like the upbeat theme
song at the beginning of each episode—it sets an energetic tone. I like the animation because each
character is cute and colorful. Rocky is my favorite character because he may be small, but he’s super
confident.
The message of the film is don’t judge people or things by what they look like. Just because
Gigantosaurus looks scary, he might not necessarily be mean or evil. And even though Rocky is on the
smaller side, he still can be really brave. (I understand because I get judged for being small, but I am
capable of many things that might surprise people!)
I give Gigantosaurus 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 10. This DVD is available now, so
look for it.
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Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12
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Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 is a very cute and entertaining animated series for younger kids to enjoy with friends and family. What I like the most about this DVD is that it comes in a gift box package which includes two discs  with 26 episodes of Gigantosaurus and two action figures, Rocky and Mazu adding up to over four hours of fun.Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 is about four small funny dinos living in the forest and discovering new things. The dinos Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu are the perfect team. Rocky is a red dino who is very brave. Bill is a blue dino that is kind of scared of literally anything. Tiny is a green dino who loves to be silly, tell jokes and have fun. Mazu is a brown dino who is extremely smart, and he is the one with the brains. These four together have incredible adventures and they help anyone along the way. There’s one thing that they cannot do, which is go near Gigantosaurus. Gigantosaurus is the biggest, fiercest dino of all. He is 100x their size and can destroy anything in his path. He does help them, though; he gets them food by walking because the trees shake when he moves around causing the coconuts to fall.

This educational preschool TV series is based on a book and was first made into a series in France. The graphics are super impressive, the voice-overs fit each character and the music is appealing. My favorite episode is “Don’t Cave In” because it’s about how Tiny hears a rumor that there’s a monster in a cave. The gang is running away from Giganto, when they run into the cave that they weren’t meant to.One of the morals of the series is not to brag because Rocky brags about how he was going to win the talent show, but instead he crashes it. This tells kids not to brag in any way or form—instead just do your best.

I rate Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 the highest, 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18 plus adults can enjoy this DVD with their kids as well. It is available now, so look for it.

 

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1
By Joshitha B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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The DVD Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1, a collection of episodes from the animated children’s TV show, is incredibly adorable and perfect for preschoolers. The voice acting is very high quality and the dialogue easy for kids to understand. Cyber-Group Studios’ animation is quite smooth, plus the cinematography, by Director Olivier Lelardoux tells the story clearly with its high-key lighting and, for the most part, eye-level shots. With each episode presenting a new fun adventure for four friendly dinosaurs, it will surely keep your kids’ interest peaked.The storyline follows Rocky, Tiny, Marshall and Mazu – a pack of dinosaurs that spend their time going on exciting journeys that often involve provoking the most threatening dinosaur of all, Giganotosaurus! As time passes, the group finds out that perhaps that the biggest dinosaur isn’t so scary after all.

The way the story is told is very engaging for young minds. The episodes stand alone quite well so you don’t need to watch it in chronological order to understand what’s going on — always a plus in a kids’ show. The production design is appropriate for youngsters. For one thing, the color schemes are bright and eye-catching, so it really sets a childish mood. There are plenty of things for children to learn from in the show – being smart is like a superpower, boldness is essential to success. When it comes to preschool DVDs, Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 is the cream of the crop.The message that Giganotosaurus always promotes is “never judge a book by its cover.” The other dinosaurs often fear Giganotosaurus because he is huge, but he is actually very nice and completely unlike their expectations.

I rate Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. The DVD is available now so look for it.

 

VoiceAmerica Has Continued Growth of Internet Talk Radio and Podcast’s

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VoiceAmerica Radio’s YTD Growth Proves The World Still Loves Talk Radio!

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PHOENIX, AZ: VoiceAmerica, the leader in online media broadcasting and the largest distributor of live Internet talk radio, reported a 20% increase in unique total shows, with the launch of 43 new shows in 2020 year-to-date. The new programs raise the 2019 total to nearly 260 unique shows across the VoiceAmerica Business, Variety, Health and Wellness, Influencers and Empowerment channels, which in aggregate reach 40+ million listeners a year in 140 countries. According to a recent report on Nielsen.com, “As more Americans opt to stay home amid growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), media consumption is, unsurprisingly, peaking. Yet amid the various media options consumers have to choose from, including streaming platforms and connected TVs, a recent Nielsen survey found that 83% of consumers say they’re listening to as much or more radio as they were before the pandemic.”

Jeff Spenard, CEO and owner of World Talk Radio, LLC, home to the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Networks, observed, “As people turn to Internet talk radio for fresh content, small-to-midsize companies, non-profits and global enterprises are seeing this medium as an opportunity to expand their brand and grow their reach. VoiceAmerica’s account executives guide them through the show development process to launch thought leadership programming that engages listeners by educating, inspiring and entertaining. Sponsoring and hosting a talk radio

show also raises an organization’s social media credibility, similar to the reputation boost from being a published author. Our goal is to help businesses create value, earn trust and generate brand loyalty with our audiences.”

According to Ryan Treasure, VP of Broadcast Operations at VoiceAmerica, “The topics presented by our new shows are as diverse as the companies themselves. For example, we recently added programs by Bootlegged Innovations, Life Counseling Solutions, Nexecute, Staging Symmetry Home Staging Consultants and Vitality Health Utah. We look forward to more organizations bringing us original talk radio content.”

About VoiceAmerica

VoiceAmerica, the pioneer of digital radio programming since 1999, is the original digital broadcast company for the production and delivery of Live Internet Talk Radio programming and continues to be an industry leader in Live Internet Talk, podcast audio creation, production, and distribution. VoiceAmerica creates and distributes over 900 unique and innovative radio programs that engage millions of listeners worldwide. Five diverse VoiceAmerica network channels distribute live programs daily that reach a growing domestic and international audience. Listen live at VoiceAmerica Variety, VoiceAmerica Business, VoiceAmerica Health, VoiceAmerica Empowerment, VoiceAmerica Influencers, and on our Apple and Android devices. Follow VoiceAmerica on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network and VoiceAmerica TV are radio and TV divisions of World Talk Radio, LLC, an independent and privately-owned digital entertainment media company.

GREAT LEADERS PIVOT, DISRUPT, TRANSFORM

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GREAT LEADERS PIVOT, DISRUPT, TRANSFORM

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This blog is provided by Marcia Daszko, speaker, author and strategic advisor.  It is a companion to her interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future titled Pivot, Disrupt, Transform: How Leaders Beat the Odds and Survive that aired on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020.

 

Is your job, business, or industry facing new challenges, opportunities, or threats?  What do WE do? Great leaders see the needs of customers or society, and they rapidly pivot their direction, disrupt the status quo, and transform to make a difference!

Why do some leaders struggle, flounder, and fail while others see possibilities and opportunities and passionately are inspired to create a new future?

Leaders (at home and at work) transform to make progress with new, different, bold ideas and actions. Leaders see new markets and opportunities to serve and make a difference. That’s transformation: thinking and adding value like never before!

When we face challenges in life and a crisis such as a pandemic, some people quickly discover their natural leadership and internal courage. Others shrink, hunker down, and take no accountability. There are varying degrees of leadership and various places where it shows up.

Some people can jump into action and accelerate their creativity and innovate because they have a great foundation of strategic thinking and can use a Strategic Compass tool.  They’ve invested in themselves and their colleagues and have been learning to lead. They quickly gather an action team, create a plan, and launch into action.

 

Do You Know How to Think Differently and What to DO?

In recent months, we have seen leaders emerging around the world.  They step up individually, in organizations, and in nations. They reach across communities, industries, and countries to collaborate, partner, and find rapid solutions.

Leaders see the challenges and what needs to be done to beat the obstacles. What will it take? Leaders Pivot and transform!

Here are key Pivot Points that leaders use:

 

  • BECOME AWARE. Leaders anticipate crises. When it hits, they quickly assess and grasp the situation. They strategically see its probable impact and step up to address it. They sense and respond.

The Question for You: What are you aware of and how will it impact you?

  • BELIEVE. Leaders believe that by working together a crisis can be addressed. They have no doubt that they will make progress to serve customers, brand new markets, and society. They don’t waste time. High speed is their modus operandi.

The Questions for You: Do you believe that you can succeed and serve fast enough? Do you believe you can deliver an AMAZING EXPERIENCE OF VALUE THAT IS NEEDED?

 IF WE BELIEVE IT, WE CAN ACHIEVE IT. 

  • CREATE. Creative people are full of ideas in a crisis. Their creativity is contagious as they engage other people to explore and discover new, different, possible solutions. The more creative people are, the easier and more fun their work and solutions flow.

The Questions for You: Are you constantly discussing and exploring new ideas and choosing which ones you will implement? Are you learning and acting fast enough?

  • CAN DO. Innovators make their ideas happen. They influence, leverage, and connect with others to achieve their goals.

The Questions for You: Do you rapidly make your Plan (it might take 10 minutes or 2 hours to discuss and agree on a Plan of Action (do not take a week or month to make an Action Plan to address a crisis!) and act on it? What works; what doesn’t? Revise your Plan; do it again. Faster! You’ll can implement the Plan-Do Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle. It’s just one tool to use to make a difference.

 

Where Do We See Pivots during the COVID19 Outbreak?

 Jobs. Thousands of restaurant and salon workers have lost their jobs. It’s uncertain if or when their employers will re-open. Workers who pivot immediately can find companies who are hiring and secure a new position.

Digital Education. Thousands of students, staff, administrators, and faculty pivoted into a digital learning platform. There has been wide variation with its success, and educators and families around the world are continually adapting to meet education needs. In the future, virtual and hybrid learning will continue to be adopted and integrated into the curriculum.

Telemedicine. Healthcare has transformed for thousands of patients who have been able to connect with their doctors via a Zoom platform to be diagnosed for minor illnesses and receive treatment or prescriptions without needing to go into the office. Telemedicine is a transformation that is widely welcomed and when possible, will not go back to the old way of medicine.

Hand sanitizers and ventilators. Small and large breweries and distilleries across the U.S pivoted from making beer, gin and vodka to making hand sanitizers.  Auto manufacturers pivoted to produce ventilators as seven ventilator producers increased their productivity on 24-hour shifts.

Mask sterilizers. Three Midwest companies transformed 100’s of toaster ovens into mask sterilizer units that can sterilize 150 masks per hour and donated them to hospitals low on mask inventory.

Virtual events. Consultants, trainers, and speakers shifted to virtual classes, events, and conferences to share significant intellectual property.

There is power in the pivots! Pivots in life are perpetual. If you face a challenge, rise up and pivot. The more you prepare yourself for continual transformation (let go of the status quo), the easier it is to embrace new futures.  Wherever there are needs for solutions or there are opportunities to seize, innovators are intrinsically inspired to create new organizations, products or services.

Your power is in your pivot!

 

To become a more innovative leader, you can begin by taking our free leadership assessments and then enrolling in our online leadership development program.

Check out the companion interview and past episodes of Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, via iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRADIO. Stay up-to-date on new shows airing by following the Innovative Leadership Institute LinkedIn.

 

About the Author

Marcia Daszko has helped leaders at home and at work for 25+ years pivot to save or exponentially grow their organizations to navigate crises or embrace new opportunities.  A professional global keynote and workshop leadership speaker, she is a trusted strategic advisor, and facilitator for executive teams.  She is the bestselling author of the book “Pivot Disrupt Transform” and co-author of “Turning Ideas Into Impact: Insights from 16 Silicon Valley Consultants.” She has also taught MBA leadership classes at six universities across the U.S.  Contact her at md@mdaszko.com and access her resources at www.mdaszko.com

VOTE DECENCY!

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VOTE DECENCY!

 

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MIRACLE MOMENT®
“We need someone who is going to stand up, speak up, and speak out for the people who need help, for the people who have been discriminated against.” John Lewis

MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director

cyn-flag-outsideAs of this writing, the pandemic has killed more than 218,000 Americans, put more than 11 million out of work, and disrupted the lives of virtually everyone. With only 4% of the world’s population, the United States boasts 20% of COVID-19 fatalities.

I have never been a political person. I stay away from conversations about politics, religion, and sex because everyone is entitled to her own opinion. I’m not a red or blue person. I’m definitely purple, and fiercely independent. Throughout my entire voting career, I have never voted for any particular party. Instead, I carefully study the issues, then vote for people, policies, and programs that will benefit as many citizens as possible.

To quote a famous film, in the last two weeks, “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” I can no longer be silent because being silent is being complicit. I am standing up to voice my concerns because I believe in American democracy, the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, and the rights of all humans of every color, creed, gender, culture, and viewpoint.

My views may make you angry, and that’s okay.

I am embarrassed by our current leadership. The man in the White House must be replaced. Trump has consistently avoided requiring masks that spawned the Covid-19 outbreak in the White House and beyond, including hosting a “super spreader” event in the Rose Garden to introduce Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination only days after the death of the beloved Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Instead of admitting that the Rose Garden affair was the coronavirus culprit, Trump blamed Gold Star Families for his Covid-19 infection. He’s reckless with no empathy or understanding of the role the Gold Star families have contributed. He won’t denounce white supremacists, conspiracy theorist QAnon, and he incites racial violence with his constant untethered Tweets.

Trump surrounds himself with “yes” people and when someone disagrees with him, he fires him and her. Instead of taking responsibility for the turmoil, hatred, distrust, economic collapse, pandemic folly, and civil unrest he has caused in this country and around the world, he points fingers, blames, and complains.

Worst of all, he is a liar, inventing statistics and “cures” to suit his temperament. People have died because they believe him. He began airing an ad portraying the pandemic as receding when in fact over 46,000 new cases and 700 deaths are occurring daily. He downplayed the virus when he knew it would be catastrophic.  He failed to increase testing because he believed more tests meant more positive cases, which made him look bad. If he cared about the health of America’s citizens, why did he take a joyride from the hospital amid his Covid-19 ailment exposing medical staff and his Secret Service to the disease? Why is he holding in-person rallies, without a mask, while Covid-19 cases rise, instructing us to “not be afraid of the virus”? He refuses to reveal if or when he had a negative Covid test, yet he claims he’ll kiss everyone at his rallies, because “I feel powerful. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women and everybody.”

He made a campaign ad taking Dr. Fauci’s comments completely out of context to make himself look good. Dr. Fauci was distraught: “It’s so clear that I’m not a political person, and I have never ― either directly or indirectly ― endorsed a political candidate. And to take a completely out-of-context statement and put it in what is obviously a political campaign ad, I thought was really very disappointing.”

Founded in 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine is considered perhaps the world’s leading medical journal, publishing research on drugs, research, and medical treatment. It also has never made a political preference. After reviewing the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic, its editors concluded that the president’s leadership had been “dangerously incompetent.”

“When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs,” the editorial stated.

Fauci said: “You should do things according to good public health guidelines. That means sufficient spacing, uniform wearing of masks, avoiding crowding situations. It doesn’t matter where you are, who you are or what your political party is.”

Donald Trump is a narcissist, racist, misogynist, and vulgar human being who has made America a joke throughout the globe. He pulled us out of the Paris Agreement and doesn’t believe in climate change or global warming despite the horrific deadly and devastating natural disasters that escalate in intensity yearly. He wants to repeal health care for those with pre-existing conditions and abolish women’s reproductive rights. He has vilified federal judges who have ruled against him, shown disregard for the rule of law, and ordered the Justice Department and federal law enforcement to pursue his personal political aims.

He has refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the presidential election and a peaceful transfer of power should he lose. Other than what the New York Times informed us about his $750 payment in taxes, he has not released his tax records.

We need to fear for our country’s democracy as this man strives to be King or a dictator like so many of his favorite leaders, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Nicolàs Maduro, and other oppressors. To whom does he owe millions of dollars?

Winston Churchill stated “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

I don’t like politics. But I do stand for truth, decency, respect, and the desire to do the right thing in the world for everyone. I will listen to the scientists who are working to find a vaccine for Covid-19. I will stand up and speak out against the politicians that I believe are destroying our values while enriching the wealthy. I will sit down and listen to those who I believe care about policies that will improve everyone’s lives. I have attempted to see what his base sees in him. I’m baffled.

Trump must be voted out! We can not allow him to call the election fraudulent without any evidence because people are voting by mail. He votes by mail!

Trump’s enablers should be ashamed that instead of standing up for the people, they are only protecting a party. Perhaps it is time to get rid of the party system and let everyone be independent to think for herself. Government is not about party politics it is about us and the greater good for all.

The stakes in this election have never been higher. Are we going to defend democracy or re-elect an egotistical, self-absorbed despot? Trump had four years to fulfill promises but he has not made America great. He and his cohorts have caused a schism and a divide that will take years to heal.

If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. Have courage, be brave, stand up for justice, equality, and the rights of all humans.

I’m purple. It’s a spiritual color.

I voted for Biden/Harris and encourage you to vote for them too. 

Let’s save democracy. Let’s save America.

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for what is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

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Moraga, California 94556

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TAKE AMERICA BACK

Andrea Smith-fountain“Keep America great,” he says. Keep America Great. This is the slogan on which our current president is runs his entire campaign. Yet, one then must ask what are the implications of this statement. Truth be told, never in history have we ever moved forward as a society by simply shutting out the sins and darkness that underlie all aspects of our government and world. During his Presidency, America is not great, not even close.

In the eyes of the international community, Trump’s America is seen as one of disgrace, humiliation, and embarrassment. In the eyes of the citizens of America, it is sickening to see a country so beautiful, so brave, and so majestic crumble under the reign of a tyrant.

In voting for a presidential candidate, one must look at their own values and see the candidate’s moral code. Trump is a president with zero morals, zero diplomacy, and zero decency as a human being. He has proven time and time again that:

  • he does not respect the lives of African Americans, or of immigrants, calling Mexicans “rapists and drug dealers”;
  • -he does not acknowledge the systemic racism that is plaguing our criminal justice system;
  • – he does not believe in climate change;
  • -he has failed to lead the country during a global pandemic which has costed hundreds of thousands of American lives;
  • -he does not see women as equal to men calling journalists and other diplomats derogatory names.

President Trump does not care about what America stands for, the American dream, the love and bravery that made us so powerful. He is a liar and a cheat.  Look at his own tax reports and the business school he created that scammed thousands of students.

It is time that we join together and take back what is ours, the country and land that once made us so proud. We cannot afford another four years of this disaster.

Please vote for Biden/Harris in this election because your vote is a vote for humanity.

My name is Andrea Smith and I am currently a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic High school. I have a strong passion for the reform of the criminal justice system and to fight the systemic racism that is plaguing our nation. I hope to study sociology and journalism in college and in my free time I love to spend time in the water whether that be surfing, rafting, or swimming. Hosting Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio and being a reporter for In the Spotlight is a dream come true!  🙂


DIFFICULT DAYS

by Karen Kitchel

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“Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

There was a pause.

“Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet.

“No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do”

“That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

 “Difficult Days are so much easier

when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh.”

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…. he thought that his best friend had never been more right.”      A.A. Milne

 

Sending thoughts to those having a Difficult Day today, and hope you have your own Piglet to sit beside you.

Karen Kitchel who penned two chapters in the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, is the Kindness Coordinator volunteer with BTSYA. She serves meals to the homeless and is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor. www.scatteringkindness.com


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Court Order Says My Ex Claims the Children

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Court Order Says My Ex Claims the Children

Many tax preparers misinterpret court orders and tax law when preparing tax returns. Since 2009 the IRS has taken the position that a county court cannot tell the IRS how exemptions are claimed on a tax return. Attaching copies of a divorce decree are not sufficient to claim the exemption on a child who does not live with you.

Basicly, the parent who has the child in their home for more than half the year and provides 50% or more of the support (this does not include child support) is the parent that can claim the child as a dependent. The dependency can be released to the noncustodial parent if the custodial parent signs form 8332. The noncustodial parent must then attached form 8332 to his tax return. If you are a noncustodial parent, make sure to have the custodial parent sign 8332. If form 8332 is not attached to your return, it can cost you later.

One area where I commonly see mistakes for custodial parents is with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The noncustodial parent is not eligible to claim the EITC, since their child did not reside in their home 6 months or more. Even if the child dependency is released to the noncustodial parent, the custodial parent is eligible to claim EITC if they have earned income. The custodial parent may even be eligible to claim head-of-household filing status. In cases where the parents have joint custody, there are many factors that the tax preparer has to examine before determining who is eligible for the EITC.

I always request a copy of the court documents.

IS MY JOB MAKING ME SICK?

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IS MY JOB MAKING ME SICK?

In a recent interview on my Career Central podcast, Shannon Rollins shared her personal experience of having the stress of a job negatively impact her health. Right out of college she started climbing the corporate ladder. The faster she moved up the worse she felt. She went through a battery of tests and finally received a definitive diagnosis of stress. She immediately changed jobs, only to find her symptoms following her. That was when she realized it was not the job that needed to be changed, it was the way she approached work. Her successful journey to discover how to create a healthy work environment led her to build a business, LivWell, focused on helping others understand how to create a healthy work environment.

During the podcast, Shannon shared strategies listeners could use to determine if it were possible to create a healthy work environment or if it was time for a job change. These strategies included setting boundaries, saying “no,” and being your authentic self.

During this time of COVID-19 and the way it has blurred the lines of work and home for so many, the need to set boundaries has become even more important. To ensure you have the time to refresh and reenergize, she suggested people working from home designate a work only area. Even a small table in a corner where work can be stored, even if it must spill out onto the kitchen table the next day, helps separate work and home life. Another great idea is to set specific work hours and stop checking electronic and phone messages outside those hours. Shannon has always wondered if her first boss would have been willing to help her set limits if she had asked. Recent articles about work life balance show that Shannon’s experience is widespread, and her techniques are effective. A recent article by Krystin Arneson shows the importance of separating work from home and an article in the Harvard Review discusses the role a manager can play in limiting the loss of employees due to stress and burnout.

Shannon’s approach on how to say “no,” is unique. She encouraged listeners to understand why they are saying “yes.” Is it because you want to do the project or because there is a psychological reason that motivates you to say “yes” ? She shared how she discovered her motivation for saying “yes” was her desire to be liked. Once she came to this realization she was able to ask her herself, before responding to a request to do something, was she saying “yes” because the project advanced organizational goals or because she wanted to please the person asking. This insight help bring her workload under control.

Her final suggestion was to be your authentic self at work. The idea of “fake it till you make it” works in the short term for closing a skill gap but it is a formula for failure when applied to who you are at work. She encouraged listeners to identify their strengths and make sure their current job taps into those strengths. When job success depends on using skills you do not enjoy using you can find yourself dealing with internal friction that can increase your level of stress.

To hear all Shannon had to share on how setting boundaries, saying “no,” and being your true self at work can help you advance your career goals, check out her interview.

Lorraine Beaman is the CEO of Interview2work LLC and host of Career Central which is broadcast live every Monday at 11 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel. Each week, she interviews professionals about real-world strategies listeners can use to develop and advance their careers.

Sheltering with Mother Nature

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Sheltering with Mother Nature

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Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian 

Sheltering with Mother Nature

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By Cynthia Brian

Are you feeling more in touch with Mother Earth as we near the beginning of eight months of stay-at-home mandates because of Covid-19? Or are you feeling antsy, stressed, and out-of-sorts? Retreating to our landscapes was initially a salve to the pain of the corona virus, social unrest, and political nastiness as we encountered improved air quality, quieter skies, and increased bird activity. Then the California fires arrived bringing choking smoke, scorching heat, and black ash. An additional layer of frazzle to our daily lives multiplied because we were unable to spend time in our gardens or outdoors for any reason.

In normal times, I work in the garden daily. It is an extension of my home, a serene, yet wild place where I am most creative and 100% myself. Every morning I walk through my property, a mug of java in hand, giving thanks for the beauty, solitude, and bounty of my magical oasis. Getting my hands in the dirt soothes my soul. I lose track of time as I weed, prune, trim, fertilize, water, and bite into a crunchy apple straight off the tree. I come up with the best ideas for my books, columns, radio shows, and lectures. Before they float away with the wind. I race to write my thoughts down.

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As a fire prevention strategy, I have been clearing the brush and understory plants from my creeks when the air permits. If you live near open space, hills, or creeks, make sure to take time to remove dead trees, limbs, and brush as we have at least another month of fire season. Leave a couple of small brush piles as habitat for owls. Owls dine on a smorgasbord of voles, mice, rats, and other rodents that wreak havoc in the garden. A family of owls can devour several thousand rodents during the nesting season with the young eating as many as four per night. Add a nesting box 15 feet off the ground to a branch of an older tree. When you invite owls into your landscape, you won’t have to use harmful poisons, plus their hooting sound is calming.

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Since sheltering in Mother Nature has been impossible these past two months, I find myself exhausted, jittery, tense, and concerned for the future of our country and our planet.  For me, this means getting creative about the sensory experience that being outdoors provides and bringing those familiar feelings and scents indoors. If we can’t be in Mother Nature, let’s shelter with Mother Nature.

Here are some things you can do to relieve stress, feel energized, and rebalanced.

  1. 1. TAP into the sounds of nature on your favorite radio network.  Listening to the trickling of a creek, the rushing of a river, or the pounding of ocean waves is relaxing. Or tune in to the cooing doves or the whistling cockatiels. Nature sounds quiet our beating hearts and quiets our blood pressure. 
  2. 2. CREATE a bedtime spray that will alter your emotional and physiological mood. Gather fragrant roses petals and lavender in a glass jar. Pour boiling water over the petals, cover, and allow to sit in the sun for several hours to make a floral tea. Add a couple of drops of alcohol and pour the concoction into a sprayer. Spray your pillow before going to bed. Lavender alleviates tension and the fragrance of roses stimulates your immune system. You’ll slumber soundly. Experiment with other florals. Jasmine mitigates anxiety and bergamot increases positivity while reducing stress. 
  3. 3. EAT fresh. Harvest fruits, herbs, and vegetables as needed. Instead of picking a bushel of tomatoes, only pick what you need immediately. Apples, figs, beets, radishes, arugula, eggplant, and peppers are ripe.
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  5. 4. PICK a bouquet of fall blooming flowers such as Black-eyed Susan or echinacea to lessen anxiety. Add a small branch of pistache as it turns red.  Just seeing fresh flowers and colorful leaves intensifies luxury and joy.
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  7. 5. ADD a small, desktop fountain to your office. Watching the movement of the water and hearing the tinkling helps bring the outdoors in.
  8. 6. LOOK at photos of nature. Everywhere I go, I snap pictures of nature scenes that inspire me. When I’m feeling blue, I check out the green.
  9. 7. COLLECT reminders of the outdoors to showcase indoors. Turkeys are leaving their beautiful feathers in yards as they peck at the autumn seeds. Pinecones and acorns are dropping as squirrels stash treasures for winter.  Make a fall arrangement to touch and admire. 
  10. 8. PAINT a pumpkin with glitter and glamour. We’ll have the second full moon of the month on October 31st. Bring on the sparkle!
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  12. 9. PLACE a pot of mums on your patio, porch, or balcony to admire through a window. 
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  14. 10. BUY any book from my website at https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store and besides the extra seeds and goodies you will receive, I will send you a FREE musical CD to help you relax and re-balance. 

Despite what our current leader says, the coronavirus will not be going away any time soon. We must continue to only listen to the scientists and heed the warnings of the medical establishment who have the training to understand these dire circumstances. The pandemic does not favor a political party. It recognizes no boundaries. We must be vigilant, diligent, savvy, and continue to wear masks, employ social distancing, and shelter-in-place as much as possible. When the air is clear, spend time outside. Hike, bike, walk, stroll, run, swim, and garden. 

The leaves are starting to change into their glorious fall wardrobe. Autumn is a prime time for planting, but don’t risk your health on red-alert or spare-the-air days. There is plenty of time to plant bulbs, trees, and reseed or install lawns as temperatures will be warm into November.

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We live in a beautiful area and are indeed too blessed to be stressed. Vote for decency and respect as you shelter with Mother Nature. I wish you peace, tranquility, and good health as we weather these disasters together.

Savor a sunset. Happy growing.

Photos and more: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1417/Digging-Deep-with-Goddess-Gardener-Cynthia-Brian-Sheltering-with-Mother-Nature.html

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Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener, is available for hire to help you prepare for your spring garden. Raised in the vineyards of Napa County, Cynthia is a New York Times best-selling author, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c, celebrating 21 years of service to the community. www.BetheSTARYouAre.org. Tune into Cynthia’s StarStyle® Radio Broadcast at www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Buy copies of her best-selling books and receive extra freebies including a FREE relaxation CD., Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, and Be the Star You Are! series at www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store. 

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Cynthia is available for virtual writing projects, garden consults, and inspirational lectures.

Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com

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How to Keep Business Level During the Pandemic in the “New Normal”

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How to Keep Business Level During the Pandemic in the “New Normal”

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This blog is provided by Bill Higgs, speaker, author and expert authority on culture.  It is a companion to his interview on Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future titled Culture Code Champions: 7 Steps to Scale & Succeed in Your Business that aired on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

 

The pandemic-fueled recession forced businesses to take a hard look at their expenses and make judgments about what is a necessary expense, what is a luxury, and what is an out-and-out waste.

As uncomfortable as that might be for many business leaders – especially if it means cutting someone’s job – it’s clearly critical to the organization’s survival to figure out ways to conserve cash whenever hard times descend on both a company and the economy at large.

At Mustang Engineering, the company I helped found, we used the phrase “plug all the holes in the bucket” as a metaphor for finding ways to conserve cash before it trickled out through the leaks. Those “holes in the bucket” could be labor costs, lease space, and all sorts of general expenses. Ultimately, anything that had the potential to kill profitability was a “hole in the bucket” that we were determined to plug.

Actually, we chose to be tight with money right from the beginning with our company, largely because we needed to be. For example, like many new businesses, we couldn’t really afford a dedicated sales team. And, in fact, Mustang didn’t hire its first full-time salesperson until we had been in business for seven years. We just did without. In the meantime, I did the selling myself.

We also were forced to gather a lot of experience making do with less because we went through four major downturns that were different in their details but similar in their economic impact to what we’ve experienced with the pandemic. Banks went under, there were foreclosures on every street, and hundreds of businesses disappeared in Texas.

In between there were nine other significant downturns, all related to the oil price that was whipsawed around by war, politics, tariffs, embargos, transportation restrictions and OPEC.

Despite those difficult times, we never went down in revenue when they hit because we were continuously preparing ourselves for the next downturn. We didn’t know where it would come from, or when, but we knew it would happen eventually, so we wanted to be ready.

Ever since the pandemic hit the U.S. and the recession quickly followed, businesses have had to make the same type of frugal and practical decisions we did.

So, whenever a crisis like this hits, you have to ask yourself: What do we absolutely need? What can we do without?

Take notes on everything you have done so far to “plug holes” and reduce cash outflow to insure you do not let any unnecessary expenses creep back in. Examine your profit-and-loss statement in detail and see if you can identify other cuts you can make.

Be ruthless.

At the moment, this is a matter of survival. But learning to practice frugality now will also make you much stronger in the long term. You want to make this a habit, not just something you do when dire circumstances arrive.

Imagine how much better shape you would have been in when this recession hit if you had been “plugging those holes” all along.

 

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About the Author

Bill Higgs, an authority on corporate culture, is former CEO and founder of Mustang Engineering, which he took from zero to $1 billion in annual revenues based on a people-first culture. He is also the ForbesBooks author of the just-released book Culture Code Champions: 7 Steps to Scale & Succeed in Your Business. His culture podcast and training modules are available through www.culturecodechampions.com.

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