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Say Yes to The Holidays!

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12/23/15 – Say Yes to The Holidays!

The holidays not only bring excitement, family gatherings, festive food and parties, they can also bring stress and anxiety. Join the Kanes in Being Here and practice the skill set of bypassing holiday discomfort as you say “Yes” to what is happening in your life. Callers welcome at Tel# 1-866-472-5795!

Listen Live this Wednesday, December 23rd at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Network.

After this Wednesday, you can stream or download this episode and over 400 episodes on a wide variety of topics from our archives here.

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Family Vacations, June Garden Guide, Healing Touch

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Family Vacations, June Garden Guide, Healing Touch

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices ofBe the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

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This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!
The family that plays together stays together. Are you taking mini vacations with your loved ones? Does spending time in an exotic locale help or hinder relationships. Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany chat about their recent family adventure and how it encourages more get-aways.

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End of the school year, graduations, Father’s Day, weddings, baby showers, vacations…June signals the beginning of summer and the season of outdoor celebrations. With so many milestones to check off our fun to-do lists, we hardly have a moment to think about gardening. And that’s exactly why, Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian gives you a step by step guide for your June outdoors.

The sensation of touch enhances our pleasurable emotions making you feel happier. Petting an animal, walking barefoot on the grass, sleeping on satin sheets all trigger sensations with big mental and physical benefits.
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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.
Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

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Graduate Level Grief

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I made a commitment to writing regularly in my blog. I really committed. I thought about what I would say each week over the months, how I would say it, what was meaningful to me, what would be meaningful to the people who read my blog. I made lists, plans, created visions. I was all set… except then I didn’t do it.

Yes, I’m very busy with my radio show, Good Grief, with my family and my work as a grief counselor. Yes, I’m still absolutely committed to time when I’m not working; to singing, creating, and just plain goofing off. But I didn’t think any of that explained why I wasn’t writing. All those things have failed to prevent me from doing many other things these past few months that I didn’t seem to have time for.

I lived with the question for a solid week or two. Why am I not writing my blog? What is in the way? Then I ticked off possible explanations. “I’m procrastinating.” Hmmm… Unlike many other periods in my life, procrastination hardly even qualifies as a part of my personality right now. “I’m uninspired.” Definitely not. I’m inspired beyond my wildest dreams by amazing people I get to meet and talk with every day, by the guests on the radio show and the meaningful conversations I get to have, and by my community and family. “I don’t want to write.” Wrong! I love to write and I’m writing other things all the time with great relish.

When the answer hit me over the head, I almost laughed out loud. I was not writing my grief blog because I was experiencing that time after a new loss when I just don’t want to share. I need time to absorb the new reality, to adjust to the changing picture of what I imagined the future to be. I need time to (wait for it) process.

I had not really written since I found out my mother has pancreatic cancer.

When it finally dawned on me that I was simply practicing what I preach and listening to what my own heart told me I needed, I relaxed. And then, respecting that my mother is busy adjusting too, I asked her if she would be ok with me writing about this newest wrinkle in the fabric of my life. “Everyone knows anyway,” she said, bestowing a blessing on whatever I might say about it. (Thanks mom).

So here’s what I want to say. Cancer stinks. I hate the endless doctors appointments and project management, getting all the pieces to work together. I hate waiting in endless waiting rooms with other people who also don’t have the energy to wait for anything. I hate anticipating losing my mother, who I love, in the very foreseeable future. I hate unexpectedly crying in public when there is nothing at all sad going on. I hate that I know how to do all this so well because I’ve done it before for years at a time without a prayer of changing the eventual outcome. I hate that no one has cured cancer yet, including my brilliant son-in-law, a cancer researcher who I honestly think has a chance of it.

But all of this is really so very small. What I love, even now, is so much bigger. I love my mother, who was clear right away that if they offer her 6 months of chemo for 6 months of time, it’s not worth it. I love the conversations we’re having in which we can share our love for one another in a way that is more immediate, and deeper than it was six months ago. I love that the doctors who are caring for my mother ask her about herself as a person before they talk about treatment and, when they run late for her appointment, apologize. (Thank you, Dr. Tempero and her staff). I love that I have all that experience to offer my mother, to ease her burden and help her feel supported and nourished. I love all the hearts on her Caring Bridge page. I love being so deeply in touch, every day, with my love for her and for everyone else in my life, knowing that having them at all is, at best, fleeting. I love pictures of her with my grandsons. I love that there is nothing in me that wants to shy away from the whole experience.

So, I guess we could call this Continuing Education, having taken what sometimes feels like the graduate level course in grief. Lifelong learning for the griever. Showing up for class. Taking notes. Putting one foot in front of the other and stepping into love, because even the hurt tells me how very much I love. How very very much.

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Cheryl Jones has been working with people facing loss in their lives for thirty years. She is the host of Good Grief, a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, about the transformative potential of our losses. You can learn more about her at her website at Weathering Grief.

Boomer Burnout

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Boomer Burnout

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As a generation we have responded to a plethora of challenges; demands of work and family, the crashing and burning of financial markets, (how many recessions have we lived through) layoffs, cost cutting, substance abuse, parents, siblings, and of course for some of us, teenage children. The reasons why we may be burnt out are numerous.

Cutting slack to the boomer generation is not what I do; coaching up our generation is what I do, and to say there is a passion for reaching deep and inspiring others would be an understatement of Godzillalike proportions.

Here comes the Kool-Aid everyone!

Remember back in the day (we did not coin that term but borrowing is ok in my book) when we were telling everyone never trust anyone over 30? That the ‘Generation Gap’ of our parents and us was so profound that we just knew they would never get it, and that loud music and the Beatles, acid rock and disco were the scourge of a generation. We find the tables completely flipped everyone (everyone being us, the boomers) in that the consensus is building that we are becoming relics, heck the youngest of the baby boomers started turning 50 this year!

Relics, pppppleeeeeasssse!

Burnout is just a phase, like taking a breather, time for some regrouping and re-evaluation of our next fifty years. Time to get over the “been there-done that” mindset and shift into fourth gear. We’ve got plenty left in the tank.

Transitional competitiveness is a term that resonates with me, kind of like playing hoop in the driveway or playing touch football in the street with the neighbor kids, building friendships and skills took practice and engagement. You do not become an empowered
generation by sabotaging your own success, and we are destined to pick up our games and get leading: the 21st century and our younger generations need guidance.

Mike Murphy of Time magazine had a cool quote recently that he used in the context of pumping up the Republican party which was, “we can do the hard work we must do to win: leave our comfort zone, face and fix our policy weaknesses, revamp our rusty tactics and focus relentlessly on tomorrow’s voters instead of yesterday’s”. I liken his attitude to a larger demographic, the 80 million or so baby boomers who may be in need of a fresh mindset, and some inspirational rah-rah!

Climbing the ladder of life is the fun part of our journey.  Think about that for a second and when you are feeling a little bit worn out, or burnt out.  Walter Wriston, former chairman of CEO of Citigroup said “when you retire you go from who’s who to who’s that”.

Ugh!

Investing in quality of life can be likened to the perpetual 401k, think about the diversification of personal attributes and adding value to the world for the betterment of humanity.  If you keep your personal compass pointed in the direction of success you eventually will find happiness.  Fearing success, or fearing that next ‘thing’ you want to try, disables our love of life.

You gotta fight for the right to ‘Maximize Your Quality of Life’.  As Benjamin Franklin said, “time is money” it is up to each of us if we are going to increase our wealth, our personal bank of well-being, happiness and health.  I believe together we’ve got a lot more in the tank baby.  As my friend Judy Diaz of ‘Next Avenue’ said to me it’s all about “how to be my best over 50”!

I love it, how about you!?

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Tom Matt is the host of the radio talk show ‘Boomers Rock’ where he interviews experts in all fields that pertain to baby boomer quality of life and is heard on Grand Haven’s WGHN 1370 AM and syndicated on the VoiceAmerica Radio network

He encourages messages and feedback, loves sharing success stories and can be emailed at- tom@boomersrock.us.

Finding Your Powerful Voice In The Face Of Adversity: Learning to Hold Strong In the Face Of Backlash By Margaret Jacobson

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Finding Your Powerful Voice In The Face Of Adversity: Learning to Hold Strong In the Face Of Backlash By Margaret Jacobson

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In this Episode “Finding Your Powerful Voice In The Face Of Adversity: Learning to Hold Strong In the Face Of Backlash“ The Mother Rising is joined by Lisa Joyce Goes, co-founder of The Thinking Mom’s Revolution. Lisa will describe how she found her very powerful and outspoken voice as an advocate for families and children challenged with iatrogenic autism and environmental illness in the face of harsh criticism and backlash from both her immediate and the medical communities. We will see the similarities in her transformative opportunity through becoming a Thinking Mom and also discuss the high divorce rate within the autism community and challenges of parenting when the children have health issues involving special care. Lisa is incredibly inspirational and her dedication and commitment to children and families dealing with iatrogenic autism and environmental illness is very empowering. She’s a wonderful representative of being an everyday super hero!

Being that the nature of our life on earth is one of experiencing issues that challenge our spirit in ways we never thought we would need to endure, the Mother Rising provides a space of safety and connection. Both during the show and beyond you will access nourishment for yourself with new perspectives and be inspired to try things in new ways. You will feel the energy of an empowered community of listeners that leave you feeling held with the strength, courage and fortitude to embrace your journey as an opportunity for transformation. Like the spirit of Mother that nurtures us, The Mother Rising will nurture your spirit allowing you to feel a sense of clarity and peace on your journey of becoming an expression of your own greatest dream of freedom.

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Plenty of Time When We Get Home

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Plenty of Time When We Get Home

Kayla williamsLove and Recovery in the Aftermath of War.

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Kayla Williams is a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) who currently does research and analysis on national security and veterans’ issues. Kayla is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her experiences negotiating the changing demands on today’s military, and the forthcoming book Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, about her husband’s injury and their joint path from war trauma to healing. Ms. Williams graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and earned an MA in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from American University. Kayla is a White House Women Veteran Champion of Change, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, and a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.  Also listen to the story on NPR about “For Military Couples, It’s A Long Recovery When We Get Home” with Kayla Williams as she discusses her time in the Military and coming home.

Tune in on The American Heroes Network for the New Episode “Plenty of Time When We Get Home” on the Voiceamerica Variety Channel. Listen on Tuesday Feb. 25th at 8am Pacific Time.

American Heroes NetworkIt has been said that we are only a generation away from forgetting our history. Disabled American Veterans struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices. Their stories provides a vital part of history that has contributed to our American tradition. American Heroes Network provides a way for individuals, corporations and small businesses to support our Heroes by helping our veterans and their families rebuild their lives. They help aim our veterans, looking for jobs, in the right direction, help provide homes for our troops, assisting individuals and their families who have been severely injured while serving in the U.S. military and providing scholarships for families of our Fallen Heroes.  This will be a weekly hour long show joined by our military heroes and people and organizations that make a difference. American Heroes Network airs live Tuesdays at 8 AM Pacific, powered by Voice America Variety.

Help Celebrate National Adoption Month

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Help Celebrate National Adoption Month

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            For over 125 years Gladney Center for Adoption has been a pioneer and leading voice for improving the lives of children, adoptive families and birth parents.  To celebrate National Adoption Day, we are proud to feature Gladney’s New Beginnings program believe that all children deserve loving, permanent homes. The New Beginnings Program serves families who share this belief and are able to open their hearts and homes to a child who are – currently in state foster care in Texas or Oklahoma and available for straight adoption, an older child, 5 years old and older, available for adoption and medically challenged.  Tanya Houk, program manager joins us to talk more about this wonderful program.  Tanya has over 15-years experience in the field of adoption and brings a wonderful personal touch to the families she works with at Gladney.  Join us to learn more about this program and the work of Gladney Center for Adoption.

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Tune in with Kelly Ellison Your Adoption Coach Saturday Nov. 23rd at 12 Noon Pacific Time for her new episode discussing The Gladney Center for Adoption with Guest Tanya Houk. Listen now on the Voiceamerica Vareity Channel for other episodes of Your Adoption Coach on demand Now! And Help Celebrate National Adoption Month.

          Your Adoption Coach with Kelly Ellison is designed to reach prospective and current adoptive families, couple, and singles with the resources they need to successfully bring their family together. We will examine international and domestic adoption, resources, costs, stories, highlight innovative agencies and bring the touching stories of families struggling and succeeding to the forefront. There is no greater community builder than Adoption! When we educate and encourage others to become involved, more people are inspired to adopt or be a part of a community of adoption. Our show aims to educate and inspire others to get involved in building a family be it on their own or helping someone close to them bring their family home together forever. Your Adoption Coach is broadcast live every Saturday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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