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Going Green with Teens!

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Going Green with Teens!

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In the Express Yourself!® Going GREEN program four fabulous teen hosts and two amazing guest stars from around the country who are truly living eco are featured.  In segments one and two, hosts Katelyn Darrow (New Jersey) and Caie Kelley (California) interview Mario Jr. (Florida),the first President of KidsStar and host of the Voice America Kids Radio show, Mario Jr. Alive and Green. In segments three and four, Youngjoo Ahn (California) and Clare Durant (Indiana) go on an exciting journey with Alison Teal (Hawaii) adventurer and film maker of the series, Alison’s Adventures. As an environmental activist, he is President of TEAM ECO JR a non-profit providing opportunities to kid’s of all backgrounds. Alison travels the world looking into the secrets to survival, sustainability, and happiness. Alison Teal can be seen on a brand new Discovery Channel series “Naked & Afraid” where Alison’s survival skills are tested.

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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 Katherine@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!
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SCAMS BY CYNTHIA BRIAN

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SCAMS BY CYNTHIA BRIAN

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The most common scams are probably still computer hacking, there are a lot of types ranging in seriousness. Veteran host Youngjoo Ahn welcome first time co-host, Clare Durant, as they interview Global Youth Talk reporter Ryan Sim with his information on scholarship fraud and author Ashley Elston with her book The Rules for Disappearing that discusses fake identities and the Witness Protection Program. The hosts also offer tips on how to protect yourself from internet stalking as well as other scams. Whether it be a friend hacking your Facebook for fun or a thief stealing your social security ID or someone in a foreign country trying to get access to your credit cards or bank accounts, scams are on the rise. Some of the most common scams according to the FBI include the Nigerian Letter, telemarketing fraud, identity theft, advanced fee schemes and health care fraud.

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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 emailKatherine@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!
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THE APP RAP- GATE GURU By Alex Pawlakos

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THE APP RAP- GATE GURU By Alex Pawlakos

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App: GateGuru by GateGuru Inc.

For: iPhones and Android phones

Price: Free

With the arrival of summer, many of us will be spending some of our time in airports. Unfortunately, for many vacationers, the airport experience is the worst part of traveling.  However, there is a handy little app called GateGuru that definitely helps in making the time spent in airports a little more bearable.  For starters, once you enter your flight information directly into the app, GateGuru will keep you real-time informed on any delays, as well as security-line wait times. In addition, when you enter your airport location into the app, you are supplied with a wealth of information about the airport and what it has to offer.  For example, you can sort by restaurants (and then types of foods), different shops (for example, book shops and gift shops) and services and ATM machine locations. Detailed maps are easy to navigate. Even more useful than just listing what food shops are available, GateGuru supplies the user with reviews from fellow travelers. This is most appreciated when searching for airport food.  A really neat feature of this app is the ability to rent a car quickly through an exclusive partnership with Avis-Budget.   GateGuru says that this allows them to offer the user discounts up to 35% compared with other leading travel sites.  Since airport delays are an inevitable part of traveling, GateGuru is an app every traveler will find indispensable. 

 

Alex Pawlakos enjoys biking, weightlifting, and tutoring in his spare time. He is a reporter on Express Yourself!™) Teen Radio.

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 
 

Summer Plans for Teens BY Caie Kelley

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Summer Plans for Teens BY Caie Kelley

 

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With weather like this, it’s easy to spend one’s days lazily lounging besides the pool and tanning. For some, this may comprise the whole of their summer plans. However, many Lamorinda teens spend these weeks doing the opposite – interning, traveling, taking classes, and preparing for the upcoming school year.

For example, Noah G., now a senior at Miramonte, is interning at Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan’s office for the summer. “I am very interested in learning about how the government works, and this internship will be an opportunity to see this on a more localized scale, so I interviewed a couple of months ago and was accepted. I’ll be spending more time inside than outside in the sunshine!”

Some teens are also taking extended trips to foreign countries. Kacey S. and Meg S. are among a large group of Bay Area students who participate in the Amigos de las Americas program. They travel to Equador and Paraguay, respectively, for eight weeks this summer.

“I am excited to put myself out there and immerse myself in the rich culture of Cotipaxi,” said Kacey, “I’m a little nervous about the isolation, but this is an amazing opportunity to improve my language skills, learn something about myself, and spend time away from home. I really want to get the best out of this Amigos program.” Similarly, Caroline C. is returning to Kenya this summer to aid and teach underprivileged children. Many teens feel that volunteer service trips help them gain an important sense of perspective, and allows them to help others who are truly in need. Caroline found her first trip, taken during her freshman year, to be an enriching experience that she is excited to do again.

Still others are spending the summer frantically preparing for the upcoming school year, through classes at UC Berkeley and DVC or tackling the massive amounts of AP homework. “I have seven books to read”, explained Ben, “in addition to the textbooks I’ll need to highlight and the college applications that I need to begin. I’ll hang by the pool when I can – but it’s with Pride and Prejudice under my arm instead of any light reading.”

So while teens in the area have certainly not stopped their active lifestyles, summer is a wonderful time to delve deeper into books and pursue extracurricular interests. And, of course, it always includes a bit of fun in the sun!
 
Caie Kelley is a junior at Miramonte High School and the Pop Culture reporter on the teen show, Express Yourself!™  In her free time, she enjoys swimming, piano, and volunteering.
 
As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian – Salute the Season

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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian – Salute the Season
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“The law of living is giving
The nature of nature is giving
The clouds are giving rain
Trees are giving fruit
Earth is giving grain
Moon and stars are giving light
With gifts of nature’s giving, we are living to complete the cycle of living, and giving
Let us give from our mind, hands, and heart to the world.” Chitrabhanu
 
Like a middle child, July emerges with a bang, fireworks, parades, and the celebration of our American independence. Sandwiched between the end of school, graduation, and Father’s Day month of June and the vacation, travel, back-to-school month of August, July must grab our attention swiftly, less it be lost between it’s frenzied siblings. And capture our interest it does with an abundance of luscious fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs to nurture our bellies, and a profusion of sizzling hot hued plants to seduce our spirits.
 
Summer is in full swing in the garden.  This is the season of plenty.  For a gardener, the shed becomes a playhouse, and shears the tool of choice as we trim, cut, prune, and fill our baskets with food and flowers to share. Containers are overflowing with pretty petunias and spilling lobelia as we welcome our visitors to a party on the patio.
 
We witness the bud burst of agapanthus into brilliant blue blooms within days. Gladioli spires shoot for the stars, their cherry throats contrasting spectacularly with the grays of the dusty miller.  Honeybees dance on the magnolias, hollyhocks, penstemons, and flowering succulents, sucking the nectar and pollinating surrounding specimens. Fences of scarlet trumpet vine herald the arrival of butterflies and hummingbirds. Asiatic lilies in colors of the rainbow poke their heads above the crowd making sure they are recognized. Hydrangea blooms are as big as beachballs, mandevilla and pink bower vine enliven arbors and pergolas. The garden is alive, vibrant, and waiting to be enjoyed.
 
Like all celebrations, there are always a few inconveniences that need to be addressed.  Here are my favorite ways of eliminating the pests.
 
Yellow Jackets:  If you have yellow jackets plaguing your summer barbecues, you need to follow the yellow flyers back to their nest. Yellow jackets live and hatch in holes in the ground. While it is advised to hang a trap only on the day of your event, contrary to popular belief, the more yellow jacket traps you set, the more yellow jackets you’ll have to contend with because when a soldier dies, the Queen doubles her duty to produce more warriors for the colony. The hard part is finding the nest. Once you’ve located it, instead of buying a spray, call Vector Control.  A professional will come free of charge, dress in a bee keepers suit, and go to work spraying the nest with long hoses to kill the queen. The problem with commercial repellents is that they can’t get far enough into the tunnels. When my yellow jacket issue arose, Vector informed me that the underground nest was probably at least thirty feet of winding chambers filled with thousands of yellow jackets. 
 
Mosquitoes: Plant lemongrass, the main repellent ingredient in citronella candles. Crush or dry the leaves, mix with alcohol or oil and apply to your body, clothing, or make a spray for outdoor areas as a deterrent. Set out citronella candles and torches. Buy Dunks for your fountains, which don’t hurt wildlife but kill the mosquito larvae, and call Vector Control again to get mosquito fish if you have a pond.  The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent Patio Lantern sold at hardware  and home stores is another great resource. 
 
Snails and Slugs: If snails and slugs are munching your seedlings, handpick at night when they are feeding, wrap copper strips around perimeters of the problem area, or trap in pans of beer. Coffee grinds and wood ash are also deterrents.  Make sure to remove garden debris and look under rocks and flowerpots.  Since they are hermaphroditic, they will fertilize themselves producing thirty to 120 offspring that begin eating the moment they hatch.
 
With the irritants under control, focus your attention on pleasant summer guests. Quail, robins, finches, and orioles brighten the landscape with their song and their antics. Provide birdbaths, fountains, and feeders to keep them frolicking in your yard.  Fill a clay saucer with water for the butterflies and if you have a swimming pool, rescue the bees that attempt a drink but are doomed to drown.  Don’t confuse bees with yellow jackets. Bees don’t hover around food, only yellow jackets do.
 
The feast begins in the orchards, potagers, vegetable, and herb gardens. Plums, apricots, peaches, apples, nectarines, and cumquats are at their peak.  Berries of many varieties ripen this month including blackberries, elderberries, blueberries, raspberries, fuchsia berries, and strawberries.  With the exception of the elderberry, pick and eat straight from the vine or tree or make heavenly pies, smoothies, jams, jellies, and sorbets.  Bulb fennel boasts sprays of yellow flowers, tomatoes, peppers zucchini, and cucumbers are sweet and prolific.  Home gardener’s are privy to their own customized produce aisle.
 
The season of plenty is upon us. Stand, salute, and raise the flag. The greatest reward is sharing the treasures from our own soil. A garden is to give. A garden is to grow. 
Happy gardening and happy growing to you!
 
 
©2013
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
 
Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are excited to announce that their long running radio show, StarStyle®Be the Star You Are!® is moving to the Voice America Network. Live broadcasts begin Wednesday, July 3 from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  You will still be able to access all our previous shows through June 2013 at our World Talk Radio site as well here http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764.  All shows are archived with photos, descriptions, links and more at http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. Come join our power party on Voice America.

Starstyle® Radio host, Cynthia Brian Answers Garden Questions

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Listener’s Request- Isotoma

Hello Cynthia,

I’m thinking of replacing my ugly barren lawn with fake turf so my kids can play, but read that you like isotoma. How quickly does isotoma grow? Can I just buy a bag of it? Can I plant it this late in the season? Will the kids be able to play on it? Thanks so much for all your help.

Patrick

Hi Patrick:

So happy you emailed me first before buying fake turfgrass. For nature lovers, fake is a no-go! I’d rather encourage readers to replace lawn with wood chips or gravel rather than ever going plastic. Yuck, yuck.  

With that admonishment, you will LOVE isotoma, also known as Blue Star Creeper.  My lawn is a couple of decades old and whenever I have brown patches, they are filled with isotoma. The secret to any lawn or garden, as I’ve often written, is the soil.  If you augment and amend your soil, the isotoma will spread quickly. Being native to Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, and the Society Islands, isotoma stays green all year here in our area and blooms consistently until frost.  It’s super durable and a great lawn substitute plus it is so pretty and very easy to care for. Of course it’s a bonus that the tiny blue flowers are stars.  I don’t know how big your lawn area is, but I suggest you measure, then, call a soil company to deliver a few yards of hero soil. Spread it around your entire lawn and fill in the bare areas with isotoma. Isotoma isn’t picky about soil. It will grow in neutral, alkaline, or acidic, yet it’s always a better idea to start with a rich foundation.

Since you live in Northern California, t’s not too late to plant as long as you water more as temperatures rise. I plant isotoma all year around and it is evergreen throughout all the seasons.  Your kids will love the texture and soft, cushiony feel. Isotoma is almost as rugged as grass but it can take up to a year to get established. Patience is required. Once it’s established, your kids can do somersaults, kick balls, and play on it just as they would regular lawn.  It works in both sun and shade and is a “no mow” ground cover.  Now that is something to shout about!

 

Many people use isotoma on patios between pavers or on paths between stones, or as a border edging. It really is beautiful and so adaptable to numerous situations.  Although you may find isotoma seed, I prefer to buy a few flats, spacing each plant about 12-18 inches apart for a rapid filler. The spread is up to 24 inches. Foliage is a striking deep green sprinkled with glorious light blue stars. My goal is to eventually replace my entire grass lawn with the blue stars of isotoma. That would be true Star Style! Enjoy!

 

Happy gardening and happy growing!

 

 Cynthia  

 

 

Express Yourself!™ TEENS Talk the Importance of Attending Youth Conferences

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Every day teens are making an impact in the world as they grow to become our future leaders. Besides programs like Express Yourself!™ where teens get to work as writers, hosts, and reporters, many young people develop leaderships at youth conferences. I developed many of my leadership skills at youth conferences. Hosts Youngjoo Ahn talks about her experience at the national High School Journalism Convention and co-host Katelyn Darrow shares her numerous involvement at conventions and conferences, most notably the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC. Reporter Ryan Sim develops solutions for world problems as part of the MUN Youth Conference, Model United Nations. Sixteen-year-old Indiana guest, Lora Margerum, has participated in six conferences from the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. All agree that being a representative at a conference or convention is an opportunity for learning, growth, and real world experience.

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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 Katherine@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens! Express Yourself!™ broadcasts on the Voice America Kids Network every Tuesday at NOON PT at 

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