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Back to School and Exciting Announcements

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Back to School and Exciting Announcements

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“Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man and studying all the various editions of them.”  Lord Chesterton


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When I was growing up, summer vacation lasted until the week after Labor Day. Of course, we didn’t get out of school until mid-June, but that seemed reasonable since August is always such a hot month. Today, our kids are back in the classroom in August and for some school districts, the curriculum is completed by the end of May.

Many schools are struggling with getting enough supplies to enrich their students. If you have the means, consider what our Kindness Coordinator, Karen Kitchel, does annually. Donate a few items that teachers can use to your local schools. Everyone wins.

And with school back in session, remember to drive safely and slowly through areas when children are present. Actually drive safely and slowly at all times!

This past week, I spent over 40 hours on tech support for a variety of issues, plus my Linkedin account was hacked. Linkedin doesn’t have chat or phone support. It was infuriating and exhausting trying to find a remedy to a deleted account with blocked emails/passwords when the only way to access any support is by logging in. Twitter to the rescue. I found a Linkedin support person on Twitter who opened a case within 3 days and re-instated my hacked account. This made me ponder the safety of our youth who use their phones for their livelihood. Encourage 2 step verifications, changing passwords, and not sharing personal information. I found the Linkedin hacking to be very disruptive, intrusive, and upsetting. We don’t want our kids to experience weirdos online.

On a very exciting and positive note, my newest book is a children’s picture book, No Barnyard Bullies. The series is titled Stella Bella’s Barnyard Adventures and it is going to delight little ones (and maybe big ones, too). This series is based on true-life stories that I’ve learned from my adopted animals over the years since growing up on a farm. The book will be available before the end of the year and we will start pre-sales soon with a discount for you plus gifts of extra goodies. Best of all, the proceeds benefit Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3, where we really care about kids. More information below.

Also, come meet BTSYA volunteers and radio reporters in person at the Pear and Wine Festival to be held on Saturday, September 24th. We welcome sponsorships and appreciate donations to continue our vital empowerment work embedded in our mottos, 

“To be a leader, you must be a reader. Read, lead, succeed. Communicate, collaborate, innovate!”

School is back in session. Here’s to a safe and fabulous learning experience for everyone.

Happy School Year!

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556




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Blackboard-School is Backby Karen Kitchel

As prices for basic school supplies have greatly increased, we can only imagine the challenge faced by families with many children who all need supplies.  This presents a simple and easy opportunity for us to come to the aid of our neighbors everywhere.

Teachers often choose to purchase extra supplies rather than to see a child go without. If asked what is needed, they will quickly provide a short list of things like crayons, pencils, markers, folders, etc. which can all be purchased either in-store or online and delivered to a home or school.

Each year I enjoy bringing an assortment of school supplies to Partnership Academy in Richfield, Minnesota where I volunteer to assist a Kindergarten teacher.  The response always makes me smile.

If you want to help children get off to a great start, consider donating supplies to your local schools. They will be greatly appreciated and give everyone a smile.


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


FRONT COVER-NoBarnyardBulliesWithin the next few months, Be the Star You Are!® is excited to announce the launch of a new children’s picture book series, Stella Bella’s Barnyard Adventures, authored by Executive Director, Cynthia Brian, with proceeds benefiting Be the Star You Are!®. Also coming will be NFT’s related to the series and events of empowerment.

The animal kingdom is filled with timely and timeless tales that are relatable to humans. The animal family of Stella Bella’s Barnyard Adventures experiences complex encounters that challenge their integrity, individuality, and character while amplifying diverse expressions and original viewpoints to co-exist as a group. The barnyard animals address critical issues facing children including bullying, nature, power struggles, adversity, adoption, homelessness, creativity, justice, health, kindness, ethnicity, and being different through a cultural lens of hope and resolution. With visually rich illustrations, each picture book moves a child to appreciate all animals while learning the lessons the natural world teaches humans.



Each book is 32 pages peppered with lively conversations between the species. Colorful, animated illustrations of the characters by Jensen Russell bring the prose and poetry dialog to life. 

No Barnyard Bullies ​follows a pampered piglet who lives in an apartment as she is re-homed to a barnyard filled with happy critters. Thinking that she is the Queen, she bullies the other animals until she is stopped by a tiny bunny who defends a three-legged goat from her attacks. Everyone is equal in Stella Bella’s barnyard where bullies are not tolerated and inclusiveness is paramount. 

Price of the book is $14.95. Pre-order NOW to get the discount and first editions as soon as they are published. https://www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store/No-Barnyard-Bullies-COMING-SOON-PRE-ORDERS-ONLY-AT-A-DISCOUNT-p486474870

More information at https://www.cynthiabrian.com/books. Premium and bulk sales available at deeper discounts.

Meet the talented illustrated, Jensen Russell

Jensen is an illustrator based out of Savannah, Georgia. She is currently finishing her last year as a student at Savannah College of Art and Design working towards a BFA in Illustration with a concentration in Publication. She currently works within children’s book illustration and editorial/commercial freelance. She have always had a taste for the strange and unusual and strives to incorporate this into her art in a way that is comforting and touches upon inner-child healing. Her goal in my art is to exaggerate the human experience and encourage others to feel emotions all the way through.


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2021 Pear Festival-covid-masks downIt sure feels great to have in-person events occurring again. Join us at our Be the Star You Are! booth at the Pear and Wine Festival on September 24, 2022 from 11-3pm in the Moraga Commons Park. BTSYA volunteers and radio reporters will be offering crafts  for kids, a reading circle, and we’ll plant seeds for literacy. We’ll have several free give-aways as well. The festival features food, pie eating contests, wine, live music, arts and plenty of activities for kids, including inflatables. The event is FREE and the location is beautiful. Enjoy a wonderful day of fun with the family. Sponsorships available. More info: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/events-1/2022-pear-and-wine-festival-a-day-of-free-family-fun

Sincere gratitude to MB Jessee Painting and to the Lamorinda Weeklyfor sponsoring Be the Star You Are!® again. For expert painting with integrity and care, visit www.mbjessee.com and for the latest local news delivered with love, visit www.Lamorindaweekly.com 



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“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

                                                       ~ Mark Twain

Learn Every Moment!

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Discover new opportunities, educate yourself.
Happy August!
Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity
PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556


Hygiene Education For Kids Back To School Sharon Kleyne Talk Radio

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Hygiene Education For Kids Back To School Sharon Kleyne Talk Radio

Pandemic Hygiene Education Gets Children Back to School Says Talk Radio Host Sharon Kleyne. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® Trade Secret pH-Balanced Water Sponsors Power of Water® Water Life Science® Sharon Kleyne VoiceAmerica.

The pandemic continues to rage across the U.S., yet Sharon Kleyne, host of the globally syndicated The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, FDA approved naturally pH balanced water technology for acid mantle protection, on VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio & Apple iTunes, a program that welcomes international scholars, researchers, physicians and teachers, is on a mission to get kids safely back to school.

“We must reopen the schools!” says Global Health Olympics™ lifestyle founder Kleyne. “Children are overeating stuck at home. They’re depressed and anxious. They miss playing with their friends and interacting in person with teachers and other people. Kids need to get back to being outdoors playing at recess, playing sports, while older kids need to be practicing their social skills in various school activities such as student council, music, sports, debate, pep clubs, student committees, dances and assemblies with exciting, well known and inspiring guest speakers. None of this can be duplicated at home.

“Because they are stuck at home,” Kleyne continues, “parents must deal with added stress, and incidents of alcoholism, drug use and physical abuse have skyrocketed. Getting kids back to school will free up many parents to get back to work so they can put food on their kitchen tables. But,” Kleyne reminds us, “we must prepare children by teaching them the proper hygiene habits they will have to follow from now on.”

These habits include washing the hands several times a day, learning to avoid touching the face (no eye scratching or nose picking!) and washing the face day and night with a washrag. It is important to teach kids that their complexions must be cleansed of harmful toxins.

Kleyne wants children to learn that they must wear their masks with pride because to do so protects others from possibly catching the virus, which is usually transmitted through the air we breathe. Wearing the mask is non-negotiable if we want to get on top of COVID-19. “Children must also learn how to clean their masks, or discard them regularly. Why? Because one’s spit accumulates in the mask and that spit can be contagious. Cloth masks must be washed with disinfectant. Kids must learn how to do this and why they’re doing it.

Kleyne also teaches children to drink lots of water every day. “Water is the source of life,” says internationally respected water and water evaporation researcher Kleyne. “Without water, there would be no life on this planet. The moment we are born,” Kleyne reveals, “we begin a process of evaporation that continues to the end of life. We need to teach children that they must drink at least 8-10 glasses of pure water every day to maintain their immunity strength protection.”

In this way, we’ll succeed in safely opening the schools and getting our children out of quarantine.


Interested in immunity strength protection for the organ of the eyes, listen to these programs. They feature wisdom, knowledge, new technology and health tips for better living every week on the internationally syndicated The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, naturally pH balanced water technology for acid mantle protection on VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio & Apple iTunes with Program Director Rose Hong of Global Dragon TV with Sharon Kleyne.

LISTEN to the internationally syndicated The Power of Water® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, FDA approved, naturally pH balanced water technology for acid mantle protection, on VoiceAmerica World Talk Radio & Apple iTunes. This program features UCLA’s Dr. David T. W. Wong, DMD, DMSC

Follow this link: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126500/encore-saliva-diagnostics

Some recent Sharon Kleyne talk radio programs feature:

Dr. Jill Maron https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126368/the-power-of-neonatal-saliva

Dr. David T.W. Wong, DMD, DMSC https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125933/saliva-diagnostics

Nancy Yonally Coleman & James Derick https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/125837/be-safe-strategies-for-you-and-your-families-to-go-back-to-school-and-work-safely-during-covid

If you would like to watch a brief, entertaining educational film that demonstrates the application of the new Dry Eye Solution® technology Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, sponsor of Sharon Kleyne’s talk radio program, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0gOr8TB45U

The Gift of Health

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Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

  • • If health is wealth, why aren’t we taking care of ourselves? Hosts Brigitte Jia and Joven Hundal spend an hour discussing the elements of wellness, not only for our bodies, but for our minds, self-esteem, and spirits.  Millennials have been given trophies and awards for participating in everything. Joven questions the benefits of such a practice as it does not encourage intrinsic motivation. Brigitte tackles defining physical and mental health. How do we maintain an active lifestyle, stay fit, get enough sleep, do homework, have a social life, and eat properly while managing stress, disappointments, anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion? They read and discuss the chapter, The Gift of Health, from Cynthia Brian’s award winning book, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. The take away is that we have one life to live, in one body. Health is a life-long commitment. Being healthy has a profound effect on your happiness and quality of life. It’s worth the effort.
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Listen at Voice America Kids Network: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/102048/the-gift-of-health

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Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

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Be the Star You Are! charity. It’s ALWAYS the Season of Giving.  Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html .

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A Transformational Approach to Teaching by Ariel & Shya Kane

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February 17, 2016: A Transformational Approach to Teaching

“I remember that before I met Ariel and Shya, I saw teaching as something hard and not fun. Little did I know that listening would make all the difference.” – Susan Finch, voice and speech coach, NYU’s Atlantic Theater Acting School and The Juilliard School

Whether you are a teacher, parent, student or simply would like to learn how to effectively share an idea, listen in and learn how to connect with others in such a way that you experience their brilliance – as well as your own.

Listen Live this Wednesday, February 17th 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.

You can also subscribe to BEING HERE on iTunes!

Susan Finch – Susan Finch has been teaching Voice and Speech for over twenty-five years. She is an alumna of the Juilliard School, where she currently coaches in their Drama Division and is on the faculty of NYU’s The Atlantic Theater School and Actors Connection. She co-leads Speak Up with Ariel Kane, a fun series of classes where participants discover how to express themselves with clarity and confidence in any situation. An award-winning voice and speech coach and professional actress, Susan coaches theatrical productions, actors, and corporate clients which includes Fortune 500 companies. For more information on Susan’s work please visit susanefinch.com
Michael Hanko – New York City voice teacher Michael Hanko founded his program FreeBody FreeVoice in 2003 to help singers and others discover a new level of skill and wellness. His holistic approach, designed to allow students to experience a magical unleashing of their full potential, includes vocal instruction, Alexander Technique, and bodywork. Michael teaches private lessons in his studio in Chelsea and group classes at various venues. He also performs regularly, most recently in his original one-man show Platoon Lieder. For more information on Michael’s work please visit freebodyfreevoice.com

Cleaning Up The Toxic Spills In Your Life By Asya Gonzalez

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Isn’t it funny how the people we surround ourselves with can affect how we feel, how we act, how we see ourselves and the world around us?  I believe we are often a product of our environment and it’s inevitable that the people we keep closest to us will influence us to a degree.  So, don’t you agree that it’s crucial to choose the people in our lives very carefully?  I know that we often don’t have a choice about who is in our lives. We usually don’t get to pick our teachers, we don’t have control over who will be in our class and if you work, you might have to work with someone you don’t like.  And sometimes, the most negative, or what I like to call toxic, people in our lives just might be the very people we live with.  It can be difficult to stay positive and lifted up when someone is impacting you so negatively.  

Eleanor Roosevelt has a quote that I have really taken to heart.  She once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  And she’s so right!  You can’t control what someone is going to say to you, but you sure can control how you’re going to receive it. So, let me repeat that again: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  No one.

I’ve had my share of negative people and, unfortunately, some have been my family.  It used to affect me, but as I have been moving forward, and growing and getting stronger mentally, I’ve learned that if you let this take hold of you it hinders you from branching out and reaching your goals.

When I first started my t-shirt company, my parents and brothers supported me 100%, all the way, and they still do. The majority of my friends were also supportive, but there were some people who I thought were my friends who had negative comments and tried to make themselves feel or look better by saying hurtful things about me.   I had to realize that there are always going to be people like that in life. The key is learning how to deal with it. If someone were to bring you down, it’s usually because they want what they can’t have. Jealousy is a negative energy sucker and is not healthy.  It’s not healthy for the person who feels jealous and it’s not healthy for the people who are affected by it.  The absolute best way to deal with it is to ALWAYS know your self-worth!  Surround yourself with people who find you valuable and worthy so when you feel a bit defeated and forget your own value, they’re there to remind you.  When you know your value, you can achieve much. Keep family and true friend around you to combat toxic people.

It’s not easy dealing with jealous or toxic people.  People who are angry with you because of success or good grades or making better choices, often they are feeling that way because they don’t feel valuable themselves.  A way to help yourself not react to them in an equally negative way is to try and see them as who they are: Real people with real problems and real feelings.  They are worthy of love and affection but they don’t believe it for themselves or have had such a negative, bad experience in their lives that they become hardened and lash out.  A way to reach them just might be to restrain yourself from lashing back and showing them care and concern.  BUT at the same time, you want to be careful that you’re not trying so hard that you hang out with them so much that you lose sight of yourself and your goals.  You don’t want to change into their patterns.  I remember once my mom giving us a lesson on toxic people.  She said that it’s very easy for good kids to fall in with the wrong crowd.  She had us stand up on a chair, one at a time.  When I was up on the chair, she said, “Try and pull me up” I grabbed her hand and yanked up with all of my might and nothing happened,” She said, “Now, try and stay on your chair” and then she tugged on my arm and I was pulled off the chair.  She said, “See how hard it was to pull me up but how easy it was for me to pull you down?  That’s how it is in life.  Choose your friends wisely.  It’s very difficult to pull a toxic person up out of their toxic lifestyle, but it is VERY easy for a toxic person to suck you in through gossip, bad choices, peer pressure and pull you down to their level.  Choose wisely.”  I will never forget that analogy.

So yes, there will always be people in your walk of life who will be toxic and try and bring you down, but you have a choice to surround yourself with positive, goal oriented people who want to see you lifted up.  You make the choice to positively impact those around you as well.  Remember the quote I mentioned earlier about no one being able to make you feel inferior (or lousy) without your consent?  I have another great quote from the same great former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt:  “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”  Choose the mind that YOU want to have and then choose the people you want to positively impact your life. Read the official article at Be The Star You Are. 

College Pressures By Cynthia Brian

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When it comes to thinking about college it is pressure cooker stress time! Whether you’re a high school senior getting ready to fill out those college apps, or whether you’ve still got some time on your hands, our hosts, Asya Gonzalez and Henna Hundal, along with our savvy reporters, Caiseen Kelley, Nicole Eubanks, and Caie Kelley guide you smoothly through the challenges. Techie Caiseen helps you navigate the juggling act with apps for your phone and computer. Health Beat reporter, Nicole, tackles stress and eases your frustrations with the information that there is something for everyone, so just chill. Veteran of the application madness, Caie Kelley, is on her way to Harvard this fall. She provides inside tips on how to just be your best self, write great essays, choose an appropriate school that fits who you are, consider the location, weather, courses taught, and, in the end, know that everything is going to turn out all right. Henna spent six weeks at the University of California at Davis this past summer living in the dorm while taking college classes so she feels prepared to leave the nest, although wonders if her parents are ready for the change. Asya’s dream college would be Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles, but she lives in Colorado and wonders if she can juggle her company, Stinky Feet Gurlz, from California. Lots of food for thought with a talented group of young ladies on the verge of the next chapter in their young lives. Think College-Wise! And congratulations to everyone involved with Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity. Today, September 9th, is our 15th Anniversary.

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss “School Stress and How to Manage It” with Cynthia Brian

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss “School Stress and How to Manage It” with Cynthia Brian

SchoolBeing young doesn’t exempt you from stress. Between rigorous academics, extracurricular exercises, homework, family, friends, and other activities, teens are not living life on easy street. Co-hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Alex Lee lead a discussion about how young people can find relief from everyday school pressures. Hear about stress in the life of celebrities with our What’s Poppin’ reporter, Caie Kelley, about the stress technology causes with our Techie Talks reporter, Caiseen Kelley, and the statistics about the deterrent to our health induced by stress when we talk with Henna Hundal, our Health contributor. The teens offer tips to manage the tough times and reduce social anxiety with stress from school and life. No matter who you are or how much money you have, stress knows no boundaries but with mindfulness, it can be controlled. Relax, Sit Back, Breathe

Listen at Voice America Kids Channel for Express Yourself new Episode “School Stress and How to Manage it” Every Tuesday at noon Pacific Time.   Also Tune in at Express Yourself! Teen Radio.

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity.

For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit the website and Click here to Donate.

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