Join me Thursday, February 2/23 at 1pm EST on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel!
To improve and move forward, we have to learn from our mistakes. All too often, we don’t learn from the lessons as they present themselves. I speak with internationally recognized Crisis Management, Emergency Management, and Busine Continuity expert, Christine Miller about Learning Management.
Chris offers allot of helpful information including:
1. How to plan for a lesson learned workshop/meeting,
2. Participants (it’s more than you might think),
4. Strong – and courageous – leadership,
5. What the acronym O.I.L.L. means and how it helps Lessons Learned,
6. Successes with O.I.L.L. in Eswatini,
7. Tips for starting a Lessons Learned initiative,
8. Who benefits from OILL and Lessons Learned in Emergency Management.
Chris shares allot of information, including allot of her own personal work experiences. Many talk about Lessons Learned, but Chris goes a little bit deeper into the subject than most. Enjoy!
The power of love shines in this heartwarming tale of friendship and inspiration between an unlikely duo. Cheryl inadvertently befriends a mourning goose, Honk, while recycling in the local park. As the budding friendship blossoms and Cheryl seeks Honk a new home, he becomes a viral sensation capturing the hearts and minds of millions.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Kyla C. comments, “Honk is a heartwarming tale of a young goose and his journey through an unpredictable and dangerous time. The amazing Cheryl Alison truly brings the film to life, narrating with emotion and editing in news articles and interviews to help tell the story of the beloved Honk.” Eshaan M. adds, “Honk should be required watching for those who feel like they’re losing faith in the goodness of humanity and the beauty of companionship. Beautiful, raw emotion is captured in a mix of videos that were either collected from social media or filmed by the camera team, but beyond the technical bits of the film, the plot is what shines through.” Tiana S. adds, “Stop what you are doing and check out Honk, a powerful, heartwarming story about a loving friendship that developed between an unlikely duo! It’s a story about friendship, understanding and inspiration. Honk will make you see the world around you differently.” See their full reviews below.
Honk By Kyla C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Honk is a heartwarming tale of a young goose and his journey through an unpredictable and dangerous time. The amazing Cheryl Alison truly brings the film to life, narrating with emotion and editing in news articles and interviews to help tell the story of the beloved Honk. This documentary will make everyone’s day and empower people to make the right decisions.
This film tells the story of Cheryl Allison’s caretaking of the young Honk through the COVID-19 pandemic. Cheryl portrays herself as a humble, average person who just needed somewhere to go, to escape quarantine’s limits. Along her journey, she discovers the adorable and energetic “Honk The Goose.” Honk forms an attachment to her, and she feels responsible for his well-being. Cheryl and Honk become internet famous, but face many obstacles throughout their time together.
Honk is one of the highest-quality documentaries I’ve seen. Not only is it entertaining and adorable, but it’s also educational. I’ve learned so much about how important each small decision can be. The balance between entertainment and education is excellent, never boring, and always provides the information necessary to understand the events of the documentary. Interviews with experts, shots of Honk and Cheryl’s friendship, and images of news articles help move Honk along. One of my favorite things about this documentary is how Cheryl is using the proceeds of everything she’s doing to raise awareness of geese like Honk and to support places that are making a difference. Honk and Cheryl’s story was, and still is, an inspiration to many. Honk’s Instagram account has over 77,000 followers. Through social media, and through this film, Cheryl hopes to support ducks, geese and other birds. By viewing Honk, you are supporting the Roger Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is where Cheryl relocated Honk.
The message of Honk is to realize the consequences of your actions. Leaving a bit of fishing line at a shore, or dropping a plastic bottle, is potentially the difference between life and death for geese, ducks or any other animals. Honk educates people about the difference each person can make in their community and demonstrates the importance of learning about different species and how they live. Friendship and finding ways to bounce back from tough times are displayed throughout the film. This sets a bright mood for the majority of Honk, despite there being some serious and sometimes sad moments. Honk is a perfect family film. In addition, animal lovers, particularly bird lovers, will enjoy this film.
I give Honk 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. You can watch Honk on major streaming platforms and DVD beginning November 15, 2022. Remember, every view counts!
Honk By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Such a wholesome joy of a film is hard to come by. Honk should be required watching for those who feel like they’re losing faith in the goodness of humanity and the beauty of companionship. Beautiful, raw emotion is captured in a mix of videos that were either collected from social media or filmed by the camera team, but beyond the technical bits of the film, the plot is what shines through. Especially for animal-lovers, this is a great watch.
Honk is a remarkable tale of unlikely companionship. Dallas native Cheryl Allison inadvertently befriends a loud, chatty goose she names Honk; she realizes he is mourning the loss of a loved one and their bond grows deeper. As the friendship blossoms, Cheryl seeks to find Honk a new home and he becomes a viral sensation across nations. The beautiful relationship between the two (not owner and pet but two equal friends) is wonderful to watch.
The direction and editing by Cheryl Allison are beautifully-executed. What’s really nice is that the subject of the documentary is the same person who directs and edits it; this means that she has been able to choose the most moving portions of footage and cut it together. I also love how the choice of music accentuates the mood of the more emotional scenes; the lyrics from the credits — “think about where we have been, the joy we shared with friends who cared, all the things we’ve seen” — were especially touching as they summarized the theme of the film. I like the contrast between the footage taken by the camera team and how formal and traditional it feels compared to the footage taken by Cheryl, which is more fun and informal.
Honk promotes finding those who support you and, in turn, helping others, whether animal or human, in times of difficulty. The compassion exhibited by Cheryl in this film also serves to push the message that we should care for animals, even those we wouldn’t consider domesticated or “pets,” because they too have highs and lows in their lives like we do.
I give Honk 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults. Honk releases November 15, 2022 on digital and DVD.
Honk By Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
HONK! HONK! Stop what you are doing and check out Honk, a powerful, heartwarming story about a loving friendship that developed between an unlikely duo! It’s a story about friendship, understanding and inspiration. Honk will make you see the world around you differently.
Honk tells the story of Cheryl Allison, who was cleaning up a park during COVID restrictions in 2020, and encountered a friendly, but lonely goose suffering from a great loss, who started following her around. She realized she couldn’t leave him alone there, so she started visiting daily and eventually they became best friends. The goose loved to make loud noises that sounded like honking, so Cheryl named him “Honk.” Their encounters were so unique and such a breath of fresh air, that Honk became a famous internet sensation once Cheryl posted their videos on social media.
Honk highlights how we should be treating other species in our world today. I enjoyed how this documentary is told through real-life experiences, live streams, Zoom calls and TV broadcasts. It helps give a full picture of Cheryl and Honk’s journey. One unexpected concept in the film is how pollution affects animals and their environments. There is one emotional scene where, after Cheryl finds a fishing line around Honk’s foot, she immediately cleans up the park and Honk’s surroundings to protect him. People don’t consider what happens to litter and how it can affect animals. You will experience different emotions while enjoying this film. It is funny watching Cheryl honking at Honk when she is looking for him. Their bond is so charming that Honk became one of the world’s most famous geese. There should be more “Cheryls” and “Honks” in the world.
Honk starts off being just about the loving bond and companionship between Cheryl and Honk. However, it has so many hidden messages — animal cruelty, pollution, friendship and, of course, kindness. We all have to play a part in taking care of our animals, which includes proper treatment when we can longer take care of them and just taking care of the earth, which then helps protect animals. The film forces you to sit back and think, not just about your day-to-day relationships, but also how you treat the planet.
I Honk 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. You can watch Honk on major streaming and cable platforms, plus DVD, starting November 8, 2022.
Honk By Carlee S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17
Honk is a heartwarming documentary that follows the friendship between director and editor, Cheryl Allison, and a lovable goose. She successfully shows viewers how her friendship with a goose impacted her life. At a time when everything was uncertain in the world, this goose was the “honk heard ‘round the world.” He was able to reach out, in spite of social distancing constraints, and spread happiness to others.
This documentary is set during the Covid pandemic, when social distancing regulations were in effect. While on a walk Cheryl notices a goose approaching her. She names him Honk and they become instant friends. Cheryl decides to record her time with Honk and her videos and posts with him go viral on social media. She receives word from her friend, Mary Beth Purdy that Honk is a domestic goose and is in danger. Now Cheryl is on a mission to help save her goose friend from a harmful environment, predators and the new risks that social media has brought to him.
This documentary is touching and beautiful. My favorite scene is when Cheryl goes back to the pond the day after she first meets Honk and records herself calling to him. Honk immediately recognizes her voice and swims to her. She talks to him and he responds with his honking sounds. This shows how attached Honk was to her from the start. The film is a mix of interviews, zoom meetings and videos of Cheryl with Honk. The added footage of her initial recordings with Honk are delightfully entertaining. It gives viewers a better understanding of Cheryl and Honk’s friendship and the bond they create with each other as time progresses. The information about animals in the film, by experts Mary Beth Purdy and Kathy Rogers, is insightful and adds depth to the understanding of caring for these types of animals. In addition, the music at the end of the documentary fits well with the theme.
The message of this film is about love and the connections you make with others. Love and a need for companionship is what drove Honk and Cheryl together. It then drove her to protect him. While watching, we also gain a better understanding of what animals need, the importance of protecting animals, and what we can contribute to help keep these animals safe.
I give Honk 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Honk releases November 15, 2022 on digital platforms and DVD.
It’s our September 2021 update with Regina Phelps on all things related to the global pandemic. This month we talk about: a) the current state of COVID around the globe, b) the latest happenings with the need (or not) for booster shots, c) vaccine ‘passports’ and why they are being implemented, d) the progression of the Delta variant and the impacts to the young and school systems, and, e) considerations for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Aa always, it’s an informative episode where you get the latest updates on the global pandemic without the political spin. Don’t forget to check out the 2 article links mentioned during the episode for more information. 1) Considerations in Boosting COVID-19 Vaccine Immune Responses – The Lancet Published: September 13, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02046-8 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)02046-8/fulltext 2) Fact-Sheet Workers-Need-Respirator Mask info – ACGIH https://www.acgih.org/covid-19-fact-sheet-worker-resp/ Don’t miss it!
It’s that time again! It’s my monthly discussion with recognized BCM industry expert Regina Phelps. For this month we mix it up a bit and talk about what the pandemic means to the field of Business Continuity, how to promote what BC professionals do and offer organization’s, and how we can show Value on Investment (VOI). As always, we start off with a quick update on the status of COVID-19 and vaccine’s around the globe. It’s always a great discussion with Regina, so don’t miss it.
Some of us had our move-outs planned way before the pandemic. Some of us were awaiting the upcoming weekend to begin the process, while the others were waiting for the summers to start.
But, of course, the pandemic did not permit us so. Those of us who could delay the move altogether (i.e., owned the property) opted to do so. But those who couldn’t came face to face with a grave issue: how to move out safely during this deadly pandemic?
Our post today is particularly for you guys, i.e., those who found themselves dealing with safety concerns while moving out. Here are five handy tips and reminders to help you get through the process without contracting the virus.
#1. Disinfect Thoroughly
Firstly, you need to eliminate and eradicate all germs in both places, i.e., your former home and your new home. Doing this will make the process safer for you and all other people involved.
For DIY cleaning, we recommend allocating at least 3-4 days. You can use EPA-registered cleaning agents like CleanSmart, Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Germ Away, etc. Or if these aren’t available, you can opt for alcohol, bleaching agents, soaps, as well as supporting equipment like gloves, mop, paper towels, clean rags, etc. Make sure you frequently use hand sanitizer while you clean and keep a mask on.
If office work has you occupied, you could hire a professional cleaning crew to get the job done. Just make sure you let the cleaned house rest or ventilate for 3-4 days after they clean it. For your former house, ask the cleaning crew to pay a visit once you’ve left the place. In this way, you will come into contact with them.
#2. Hire a reliable Moving company
Back when the world was free of corona virus, it would’ve been up to you whether you would like to get some professional assistance while you move out or not. You were to decide whether it is convenient or not.
Today, things are a bit different. The process of moving things will expose you to the external environment extensively. If you choose to do it all on your own, it might take you weeks, which would mean days of exposure to the unsafe air. The burden of handling it all alone may have you frustrated at points, and you may lack in following the standard SOPs.
For that very reason, it is highly recommendable that you hire reliable movers. They will get your things packed and moved in minimal time with complete safety and without risking your health or theirs. To assess their reliability, you can read the reviews of their clientele online.
#3. Acquire a Moving Quote Virtually
Along with reliability, you will need to assess whether the company’s service charges fit your budget or not. For that, you will need to get an estimate. Naturally, an estimator will need to visit your place for this. And this, in turn, will put both you and the estimator in danger because you never know who carries what kind of germs.
To cut out the whole trouble, we recommend getting a virtual quote. Discuss the idea with your estimator, settle for a suitable platform like Zoom or Skype, and then give a virtual room-to-room survey of your house to the estimator on a video call. You may need a tape to measure stuff that the estimator asks for.
#4. Make Use of Fresh Packaging
Whether you’re moving out on your own and hiring professional movers to help you out, we recommend using fresh packaging. Do not buy old cardboard boxes from stores or warehouses. They could be carrying the COVID-19 germs or microbes that could weaken your immune system.
Instead, contact reliable and reputable companies like VerdeTrader and get yourself spacious and sturdy boxes for packing stuff. You could even tell the hired company about your packaging preferences. So, they do not reuse their old cardboard boxes.
#5. Practice Standard Safety Protocols
Again, here’s one of the most important tips of all: do not forget to wear the mask, use hand sanitizer, and continuously disinfect moved goods with a spray of disinfectant liquid.
Greet and interact with the movers at a distance. Avoid handshakes or any other form of physical contact. Since corona virus is airborne, maintaining a distance of six feet is a must.
During the whole process, avoid touching your face. Do not share food and schedule regular reminders of washing hands and disinfecting surfaces.
Lastly, keep a close check on yourself and others. If you feel a little sick or see someone coughing, halt the process there and then. Get yourself tested for the virus and continue only when tested negative. Even if it’s not COVID, we’d suggest you prioritize rest. You know, the invested time and money are important, but nothing’s more important than the lives involved. So, be careful, be human. Good luck!
It’s time once again for our monthly talk with expert Regina Phelps and discuss the latest happenings on the COVID19 pandemic. We talk about: – the current state of COVID affairs in the US and Canada, – the current state of vaccine distribution and the challenges being encountered, – the new variants concerning scientists, – companies assessing their ‘return to the office’ ideas.
All organization’s strive to be more resilient as they move forward. They want resilient processes and operations but without resilient leaders and resilient employees, an organization will never get there. I talk with noted speaker, coach, instructor and consultant, Tammie Horton on how to create resilience within your teams. Tammie will describe the characteristics that can make a person more resilient, as well as describing how the brain functions in relation to resilient states of mind. COVID has put allot of stress on individuals, teams, and organizations, putting a strain on the well-being of many. Mental health and one’s own well-being is key to creating a resilient mindset, workplace, and team. Full of insightful information, this chat with Tammie is not to be missed if you want your teams and team members to be more resilient.
Join me Feb 4/21, 9am EST as I speak to renown industry expert, entrepreneur, trainer, and author, Geary Sikich.
Geary touches on some key themes relating to COVID, from Supply Chain Mgmt. to Risk Management to the growing needs for an ‘all-hazards’ approach to help build resilience, Be sure to tune in and listen to Geary’s incredible insights on COVID-19, and the future of the Risk and Business Continuity Management industries, including how Governments and the Private sector will need to work together going forward.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” Cicero
MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director
2020 has been a year of overwhelming challenges. Here in America, a land of great abundance, we are weathering enormous unemployment, social unrest, political disparity, and the devastating effects of the pandemic. As I write this, the CDC announced that over one million new cases occurred in the past seven days. The death toll is now at 256,000 and rising. My heart goes out to all of those who have lost loved ones during this terrible crisis.
The best way to stay safe this Thanksgiving is to celebrate only with those you live with. Protect yourself and others from Covid-19 by staying home. Make health a priority over parties.
Being human means that all of us, regardless of race, religion, economics, politics, or sex, will always have difficult times to overcome. No matter what we endure, we need to express gratitude for what we have, not what we don’t. With so much loss, it is tough to be positive, yet even more necessary to give thanks daily. Gratitude exalts the heart and feeds the soul.
We have beautiful new books available to donate through our holiday distribution program. If your organization, shelter, church, hospital, or other group would like to apply to receive books, please email me for guidelines. Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org
Tuesday, December 1st is Giving Tuesday. Created in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to inspiring millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. If there ever was a year when donations are necessary, this is it. If you are in a position to donate, please go to https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504 No donation is too small or too big. Help us continue our vital programs in 2021.
This will be the first year in my life that I will only be celebrating Thanksgiving with one other person, my husband. The toasts and prayers will be for health, peace, unity, decency, and love for our global community.
My sincerest wishes to you for a healthy and happy day of Thanksgiving. Take a walk outdoors, inhale the fresh fall air, and experience the solace of nature.
I am grateful for you and your dedication to make this world a better place.
Stay joyful and give thanks for what you have.
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens, 1812-1870, Novelist
Many of us have struggled this year as we continue to live through this pandemic. Lives have been lost, hearts have been shattered. It is clear that we all have to take time to heal our souls. Thanksgiving is a time where we all come together with our families, friends and the people we love.
Even though it is difficult to celebrate normally this year, we can celebrate safely. We can socially distance with our loved ones, or gather together with the people we’ve quarantined with, or even have a simple phone call with a friend. We can enjoy life despite the craziness. Remember and appreciate the little things we all cherish in life.
It is the season of giving and gratitude. Stay safe. Life is worth living.
How can we thank the teachers and staff who tirelessly work to educate and comfort our youth? Whether or not we have children in school, we all want our future generation to thrive and grow.
As a simple gesture of thanks, my husband and I decided to give the gift of coffee to teachers and staff at two local schools. We added a card that says “You Are Awesome!”
By purchasing bags of ground coffee from the Friends of San Lucas, we’re supporting the coffee farmers in Guatemala.
Think about thanking a teacher today!
Karen Kitchel 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
MY 2020 THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving in 2020 looks a little different this year. I’m grateful to be able to celebrate and spend time with my family.
Thanksgiving has always been my second favorite holiday (next to Christmas). What I love about Thanksgiving is having the moment to reflect and show gratitude. Usually, every year we go to my aunt’s house in Yorba Linda. We play games, eat great food, and have fun with tons of family. This year due to COVID it will just be myself and my parents at our home this year. I am looking forward to eating food, playing games with my family, watching movies, and having fun with our new dog Bronco.
This year I am grateful for many things. I am grateful for my mom, dad, family, and friends. I am also grateful for my basketball team, my life, BE THE STAR YOU ARE!® (BTSYA), and most of all keeping a level head throughout this year.
I hope everyone has the best Thanksgiving ever!
Stay safe and Peace out!!
Thirteen year-old Jonathan Jackson is a reporter on Express Yourself!® Teen Radio with his segment, Jay’s Sport’s World. He maintains a 4.0, is passionate about basketball, and dreams of attending U.C.L.A. in their journalism program. https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself
HOLIDAY SHOPPING? BLACK FRIDAY SALES?
The holidays are approaching.To avoid exposure to coronavirus in stores, you may wish to shop on-line. We have suggestions for you to shop, save, and stay safe. Please use these web sites for all of your shopping essentials.
5. Stock up on autographed, first edition books from our StarStyle® store and we will include extra goodies with your order. Plus, through the holidays we are including a complimentary CD of beautiful, relaxing music to help you decompress. https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store.
6. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle. http://ow.ly/cYs130iN6n4
Dr. Mike Wasserman was one of the first geriatricians in the country to recognize the dire situation COVID 19 presented to our nations nursing home residents. He has devoted his entire career to serving the needs of older adults and, since the early days of the pandemic to the present, he has not stopped speaking out about the care needs of our vulnerable older population. Dr. Wasserman has been regularly quoted by various major news outlets and has appeared in interviews on CNN, MSNBC.
Dr. Wasserman has served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s “A Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus” Committee. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s upcoming textbook, Geriatric Medicine: A Person Centered Evidence Based Approach. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer for Rockport Healthcare Services, overseeing the largest nursing home chain in California and prior to that, he was the Executive Director for Care Continuum, a Health Services Advisory Group, the Quality Improvement Organization for California. In 2001 he co-founded Senior Care of Colorado, which became the largest privately owned primary care geriatrics practice in the country, before selling it in 2010. In 2016 and 2017 respectively, Springer published his books, “The Business of Geriatrics,” and “Primary Care for Older Adults: Models and Challenges”.In the 1990’s he was President and Chief Medical Officer for GeriMed of America, a Geriatric Medical Management Company.
This lively discussion with Dr. Wasserman is not to be missed!! His insights about nursing home care comes from the unique perspective of having been the CEO of the largest nursing home chain in California. Because he served at the helm of a nursing home chain, Dr. Wasserman’s insights into the root causes of the problems in our nations nursing homes comes from a valuable inside perspective that one does not often hear. Anyone concerned with care of older parents, grandparents or their future selves should tune in.
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