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Relating Made Easy by Ariel & Shya Kane

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Relating Made Easy by Ariel & Shya Kane


Happy May! Life is certainly blooming and blossoming all around and love is in the air. Here are a selection of transformational resources, plus a few exciting announcements:

In our Article of the Month, “Grandma’s Pocketbook,” a grocery list inspires inner-peace

Our Video of the Month is a special bi-lingual treat as our German-speaking friends express what Practical Enlightenment means to them

Have you stopped to take a look yet at what Practical Enlightenment means to you? Perhaps it is the ability to truly listen to your children or to your spouse. Perhaps it is the ability to be kind to yourself, even when circumstances don’t go your way. Or in the case of our friend, Hilli, in this month’s video, being able to enjoy her friends’ brilliance without feeling envious. Whatever Practical Enlightenment means for you, we encourage you to share it. You will discover how wealthy you are in the process.

The Art of Relating weekend seminar is coming up June 10-12 in NYC. It’s an opportunity to discover a whole new depth of ease, intimacy and satisfaction in all your relationships. You’re invited. So are your friends, colleagues, family and loved ones.

The Art of Being Happy, which we are offering in Cambridge, England on July 1-3, will be here before you know it and places to stay are going fast. If you want to join us, scoop up your spot – you’ll be Happy you did!

If you’d like to join us this fall in Hamburg, Germany for The Freedom to Breathe and A Life Full of Joy: Every Moment Counts seminars, be sure to sign up now to take advantage of the early registration discount – available through June 2nd only.

We are also very pleased to announce that our newest book Practical Enlightenment is now available in Spanish and German! To celebrate, we have a special limited-time offer: purchase a copy in the language of your choice and post a review on Amazon to receive a 50% discount for an International Teleseminar or Monday Night Alive! evening seminar this May, June or July. Get all the details HERE

Whether you speak English, Spanish, German…or all three, we encourage you to get your copy (or copies) today!

Wishing you a May full of sweet, magical moments,
Ariel & Shya

P.S. This month’s International Teleseminar is on May 17th – to join in the fun, click here and find a hub city near you – or create one of your own.


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Fresh Ideas in the Garden

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Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for May
Spring Forward with Fresh Ideas
By Cynthia Brian

“Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.” ~Virgil
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With all the rain we’ve enjoyed this season, spring has birthed the most spectacular garden displays experienced in years.  The air is fragrant with the scent of jasmine, emerald green hills are decorated with golden poppies, and pretty peonies populate our plots.  Songbirds chirp as they feather their nests, butterflies flit from blossom to bloom, lady beetles and bees are busy with their business. A lovely turkey feather poked out from under my fig bush by my living room window. When I went to grab it, I realized it was attached to a wild hen sitting on eggs! She wasn’t even startled and I’ve continued to enjoy watching her daily.

Our natural world has found its equilibrium.

My Pearl’s Premium lawn is finally looking lush and full. The secret was constant re-seeding, daily moisture, and netting to keep the birds at bay. This summer will tell how drought resistant the grass is. One thing is for certain, it has definitely forced out weeds and dandelions. Whereas I used to pick at least a hundred dandelions a day to feed the quail, I am now down to half a dozen or even less. Thus far I am impressed with this grass seed and will keep you posted as the dry weather sets in. (www.pearlspremium.com)
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I’ve been busy planting seeds one by one, a very tedious task, as I’m not one to start my seedlings indoors. Instead I use an egg carton and pour the various seeds I want to plant into the egg holders, then, I meticulously plunge each tiny seed into its own hole. Some seeds, like Echinacea, are smaller than a pinpoint. One has to have serious dedication to growing a variety of specimens when sowing. My preferred method is to scatter a big bucket of seeds mixed with sand and see what thrives. Cinda McKinnon of Orinda has used this method successfully on her wild Mediterranean hillside.
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My March 23, 2016 article about cultivating a wildflower meadow sparked immense interest from across the country.  One of my favorite descriptive notes arrived from Ron in Texas who wrote:
“What a wonderful article on growing wildflowers. I’ve always loved wildflowers, remembering the trillium that carpeted the Wisconsin forests in the spring and the daisies, black-eyed Susans, and other wildflowers that covered any open field all summer long. Later, finding wild azalea in the Georgian woods and now, in Texas, going to see the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, as well as finding every vacant lot here in Houston filled with 7 foot tall sunflowers. Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, planes seed most Texas highways with beautiful wildflowers largely in the spring before the heat and drought of summer and their beauty. I always let my yard grow wild in spring so that many wildflowers there can bloom and reseed.”

And that is the secret to spring wildflowers-allow them to bloom and reseed.

The simple pleasures of spring are available to all of us to savor. Get moving and get into your garden.
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REFRESH your dirt with a few yards of new, enriched top soil and compost. Good soil is the foundation for a healthy, happy landscape.

TILL your cover crops of vetch, mustard, clover, or fava beans into your soil. If they have grown to large to till, pull them out, run them over with a lawnmower, then return them to the soil for all of the nutrients they will provide your produce.

SEPARATE seeds in an egg carton for ease in sowing.

POKE holes in the soil with a pencil or stick to plant a variety of small seeds including sunflowers, hollyhock, cathedral bells, purple hyacinth beans, and perennial sweet peas.

SOAK morning glory seeds for 8 hours before planting or nick with a fingernail clipper to assist in rooting.

DISCOVER spring by scattering wildflower seeds. Allow them to bloom and reseed themselves for another display next season.

GATHER a bouquet of peonies or even a single stem to create a stunning and long lasting floral arrangement.

BUILD simple raised beds to grow your bounty of vegetables. Even a small 3 x 3 foot redwood box will provide space for plenty.

SHOP for vegetables and herbs at your favorite nursery or garden center. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant, watermelon, pumpkin, zucchini, beans, and cucumbers are available in four-inch pots and six packs at reasonable prices.

PULL weeds on a continuous basis. Weeds zap the moisture from the plants we want. Don’t let them form seed heads.

EMPTY standing water from pots, tires, neglected ponds, pools, or any place where mosquito larvae will breed. With all the rain we’ve had this year, mosquitoes could spread West Nile virus. If you have a pond, the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control will provide free mosquito fish by calling 925-771-6196. California authorities are monitoring the activity of West Nile virus and request that any dead birds or squirrels be reported to 877-968-2473.

SEED and reseed your lawns specifically when it’s raining. Make sure to keep the seed moist until it sprouts. Pearl’s Premium may be the answer for a lush, green, drought resistant lawn. www.PearlsPremiumc.com

DANCE the snail stomp, a dance my children and I invented one very wet winter years ago. Go out at night with gloves on, flashlight in hand, and a bucket to pick up slugs and snails. Find an area to dump and dance. (If you don’t like to dance, fill the bucket with soapy water and the dirty deed is done.)

TOUR gardens when you are not enjoying your personal backyard. Check the newspaper for garden tours around the Bay Area. You’ll find inspiration in what others have designed and accomplished.
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Enjoy the splendors of spring while you dream of a personal journey through nature. Salutations for a fresh start!

Happy gardening. Happy growing!
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Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
Starstyle® Productions, llc
Tune into Cynthia’s Radio show at www.StarStyleRadio.com
LIVE Wednesdays 4-5pmPT on VoiceAmerica Network, Empowerment Channel
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Get Dirty, April Garden Guide, Spring Clean Up, Wildflower Meadow by Cynthia Brian

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Get Dirty, April Garden Guide, Spring Clean Up, Wildflower Meadow by Cynthia Brian

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

This hour is fun, informative, and lively. Join us!

Getting down and dirty is good for you! If you want to bolster the good bacteria in your body, take a roll in the mud says our Health Matters host Heather Brittany. Find out how to bring the good bugs home.
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Spring is in full swing and it’s time for spring cleaning, both inside and out. Find out tips on how to make the clean up easy, go into the garden for April chores and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Would you enjoy creating a wildflower meadow? Wildflowers aren’t fussy. They grow in all kinds of soil, don’t need water once they are established, and add stunning textures and vibrancy to your landscape.  Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian, shares her wild flower sowing expertise.

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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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Spring ReBirth & Book Bash Blow Out!

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Welcome to the rebirth of spring!

Last Month was National Reading Month. One of our BTSYA volunteers,Alex Pawlakos, spent many hours doing research on literacy rates in our nation and unfortunately, found that illiteracy is still a major problem. U.S. Department of Education research shows that more than 60 percent of America’s prison inmates are illiterate and that 85 percent of all juvenile offenders have reading problems. Two-thirds of America’s children living in poverty have no books at home, and the number of families living in poverty is on the rise. Three out of four food stamp recipients perform in the lowest two literacy levels and 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
Thirty-three percent of 4th grade public school students are at or below the “Basic” level of reading tests. Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean average is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average—a gap of 74 points. Families play an important role in their children’s reading success and access to books is a critical investment in the future of our children.


On Saturday, April 25th, Be the Star You Are!® is hosting a Book Bash Blow Out whereby books for all ages will be deeply discounted. We hope you can attend, but if you can’t consider buying a case of books to donate to an organization, school, or library to help get books into the hands of those who need them most. All sales are tax deductible donations to Be the Star You Are!® charity and when you spend $19.99 or more, you’ll be given a FREE book. Thanks to 5 A Rent A Space for collaborating in creating this event and to our sponsor, Brooks Olbrys and Children’s Success Unlimited. Read more about this fun event below. Register for FREE.

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On Saturday, May 9th, visit the Be the Star You Are!® booth at the Moraga Faire where we will be celebrating mothers and sustainable living. After the Moraga Faire, our volunteers will begin a gigantic book distribution to several charities.
To support this effort, donate here.

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Be the Star You Are!® has once again been nominated as a Top Non Profit for 2015. We are grateful for the honor and thankful for our team of dedicated volunteer stars. Read more HERE. Thank you for all of your very kind remarks. Our goal is to empower our volunteers as well as help the people we serve. EVERYONE COUNTS!

Our two radio shows are hopping with incredible guest experts, authors, and celebrities. Make sure to tune in to our teen program, Express Yourself!™ every Tuesday at NOON PT on Voice America Kids hosted by our talented youth and to StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® every Wednesday Live from 4-5pm PT hosted by Heather Brittany and myself for upbeat talk on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.
Enjoy spring and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events. If you’d like to sponsor an upcoming event, shoot me an email. My virtual door is always open.
Cynthia Brian
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Moraga, Ca. 94556

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Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, coach, and host of the radio show, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasting live every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network.. She also is the creator and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501c3 charity.


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Spring Has Sprung!

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It’s official, the first day of Spring has arrived. It’s a time of new beginnings and possibilities. Join Ariel and Shya Kane and “Spring” into your life.

Listen Live this Wednesday, March 25th 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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