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Scattering Kindness

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Scattering Kindness


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“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama XIV

A Message From Our Founder, Cynthia Brian

Whenever we felt angry with someone when we were children, my Mother would advise, “You’ll catch more bees with honey than vinegar. Be kind.” Although I wasn’t sure why she wanted us to catch bees, as we matured those words became the foundation of our characters. Kindness begets kindness.

The BTSYA Pop- Up Concert at Aegis Living spread the love among seniors and a pooch. Thanks to Chelsea Pelchat and Brigitte Jia for organizing such a kind event.

Jelina Liu has signed on to be the official videographer for upcoming SHINE webisodes. If you want to contribute to the scripts that focus on being the star you are, shoot me an email.

The Pear and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23 and we are thrilled that three of last year’s sponsors have once again stepped up to support Be the Star You Are!®. If you are interested in joining our STAR sponsors, email Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org. More information at www.BetheStarYouAre.org/events .

Our sincere thank you to our STARS:

Gold Star Sponsor: Michael Verbrugge Construction: www.mvcremodeling.com

Media Sponsor: The Lamorinda Weekly: www.lamorindaweekly.com

Silver Sponsor: MB Jesse Painting: www.mbjessee.com

The planning committee for our 20th anniversary celebration will be meeting at our offices on Tuesday, September 5th. If you’d like to help plan this exciting event, be in touch by email.

Our STAR Book Review Team has been on super drive these past few months reading and writing reviews to help learn about great books new and old. Check out www.BTSYA.org and click on Book Reviews for a plethora of ideas for fascinating reads for all ages.

As you prepare for the upcoming school season, take time to savor the sunshine while you enjoy the juicy fruits of summer. Give thanks for the farmers of our world who work to feed us all. You’ll want to read my article In Praise of Farmers.  https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1112/Digging-Deep-Gardening-with-Cynthia-Brian-In-Praise-of-Farmers.html


Be kind to one another. Happy days! We’ll chat in September!

With gratitude and joy for your support. Remember that my virtual door is always open!

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 422

Moraga, Ca. 94556






By Karen Kitchel

If you asked most people if they want to scatter kindness, I believe you would hear a resounding “yes!”  If you need some ideas on how to begin, here are a few simple ways to start scattering kindness.

 Interrupt the ordinary
Think about the people who help you get life done (mail delivery person, garbage collector, etc.)  Interrupt them on an ordinary day with a cold bottle of water or candy bar and a “thanks for what you do.”

Love from afar
Send a little treat or trinket with the name of your state to a faraway friend or distant relative with a post-it note that says you were just thinking about them.

Popsicle scattering 

While at the grocery store, pick up a box or two of popsicles and drop them off at a local shelter. All you have to say is “enjoy!”

Pennies for wishes

Save up your pennies and spread them out near a fountain where kids will find them, and they can make wishes.

Take the sting out of sorrow
Add to your calendar the  birthday and anniversary dates of friends who have recently passed away. Then do something to remember the loved ones left behind on these difficult yet special days.

A line to say to make someone’s day

“That color sure looks good on you!”

Magazines for the homeless

If you enjoy reading, gather your used magazines or ask your doctor or dentist’s office to save some for you, and take them to a homeless shelter.

Kindness cards

Make up a few note cards to keep in your purse or car. Randomly drop them on an empty park bench, a counter or windshield.  They can say things like:  “You are appreciated” –  “Always remember how special you are” –  “There is not another person in this universe just like you” –  “You are better than butter!”

About the author:

Karen Kitchel is passionate about scattering kindness. As President of the Cheerful Givers nonprofit organization, she helped to bring birthday gifts to more than one million less fortunate children. Prior to that, she helped create a corporate university at BI Worldwide.  Currently she serves meals to the homeless, is a job coach, teacher, writer and mentor.  She can be reached at karenkitchel@comcast.net.

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Pitbull Hard Money Conference

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Pitbull Hard Money Conference

VoiceAmerica will be Streaming both Live radio and Tv of this event. Tune in at 7 am as we go live radio at https://www.voiceamerica.com./livevents and Live tv at http://www.voiceamerica.tv/live ! Jeff Spenard and Ryan Treasure will be on-site with Live interviews and event updates with tall the change makers in Hard Money.

The Hard Money Lending Experts

  • National Private Lending Conference
    March 2, 2017 Scottsdale AZ – ALMOST Sold Out!
  • Private Consulting
  • Ultimate Resource for Real Estate Brokers, Lenders, Investors & Service Providers

Rock Against Trafficking Event Live with VoiceAmerica

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Rock Against Trafficking Event Live with VoiceAmerica



Rock Against Trafficking is a non-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States under Section 501c3. It’s simple mission is to amplify the power of music to generate the awareness and resources necessary to end human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise on earth. That such an enterprise would be tolerated at all is amazing but for it to be the fastest growing enterprise demands a call to action. Under the leadership of Gary Miller, many classic and legendary stars have answered the call to offer their incredible voices to end human trafficking.

After two years of painstaking effort, legendary and global superstars have come together to cover songs by Sting & The Police to raise money to fight the scourge of human trafficking. The album will be entitled Set Them Free.
The organization is based in Malibu and is dedicated to building partnerships with other human trafficking charities to distribute the proceeds of album sales to the rescue, recovery and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims.


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Are Lion the New Rhino with Pieter Kat LionAid By Eli Weiss

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Are Lion the New Rhino with Pieter Kat LionAid By Eli Weiss

Join Eli Weiss this Monday with long time guest on Our Wild World Talk Radio Show and Lion conservationist, Dr. Pieter Kat with Lion Aid. On Nov 7th at 8 a.m. PT, Tune In as we discuss the #illegaltrade in endangered species more specifically #Lions. As time goes on we all notice and realize more and more that it is all about money and the politics within the realm of the Canned Hunting industry are becoming even more corrupt. But the ultimate price, will be the loss of the very definition of ‘wildness’. In the illegal wildlife trade, the fact that the value of an animal is only tallied upon its worth as a carcass or its parts shows that money will win the day.

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Encores! By Ariel Hardy

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Encores! By Ariel Hardy


We’ve reached 51,564 live listeners and downloads of the 13-week show, Energetically Speaking, full of prayers and teachings by energy healer, Ariel Hardy!  If you missed this intense series, full of teachings and prayers, VoiceAmerica is replaying each lively episode two or more times a day on the 7th Wave Channel until the end of December 2016.
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Tune in, while it’s still playing!


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Independent book editor and publishing expert Janet Spencer King  joined me on “Turn the Page” to discuss how to become a published author.”

In this post, Janet offers additional advice to help make your book a success!

Janet shares, “Just about every client I have ever had asks me the Big Question: “Will my book be a success?” No one can answer this question upfront; there simply isn’t a way to determine if a book—however good it is—will do well. However, there are several factors to keep in mind when you decide to write and publish your book.

Fiction writers need to keep writing! Most first-time fiction authors can’t expect to sell many books. But we fiction readers are a greedy bunch—when we find an author whose work we like, we want more. Authors who hang in there, writing another and yet another novel, have a much better chance of being discovered. It may not be until the third or even fourth book, but once success starts creeping in, readers are apt to go back to purchase your previous titles. The beauty of being a self-published writer is that your books live on in perpetuity unlike traditionally published ones, most of which are pulled off the market well within the first year.

Many non-fiction writers have the advantage of an existing platform that will help sell their book. Given that non-fiction is often based on a successful business, or expertise in particular areas, these authors may already be doing presentations, holding workshops, and in other ways meeting people who are in their reader niche.

Read books in your genre that are currently popular—you’ll find out how to handle many areas in your own book by learning what other authors did. Go to writers’ conferences as often as possible. You will learn lots more about writing and meet editors and agents. Google lists conferences around the country according to region and genre.”

“All writers, whether fiction or non-fiction must have a web site! I advise using a URL with your name plus the word “author.” For example, www.spencerkingauthorservices.com . The reason is that your site now welcomes your next book and your next. Using one book’s title locks you into one book only. Non-fiction authors might want to link their expertise to their name in the URL.”

“Many traditional publishing houses are setting e-book prices nearly as high as print books, but self-published authors are free to set their own. I advise no higher than $9.99 and as low as $6.99 for smaller books. Amazon pays 70% royalties on sales of e-books priced between $2.99 and $9.99, and 35% on books that are priced higher than $9.99. The price on your e-book must be at least 20% lower than the print book in order for you to get the 70% rate.”

“You must own your book’s ISBN! It tracks all information including the publisher (you!), sales and revenue. The ISBN cannot be transferred; once purchased by someone, it remains with that entity and you’ll want it to be you. In the US, purchase of ISBNs are through Bowker.com, one number or a packet of ten. I suggest purchasing a packet since you can use it for e-books and other future books.”

Janet recommends, “The Novel-Maker’s Handbook” by Diane O’Connell (Station Square Media), and “Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents,” by Jeff Herman (New World Library).

Listen to our conversation for guidance on navigating the options of traditional and self-publishing, and more tips on writing a professional-level book that will sell!

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Dribble For Cancer #NBRPA

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Dribble For Cancer #NBRPA

VoiceAmerica and Rebound Media will be on site in Phoenix Arizona while the record for the Most basketballs bounced will be Broken.  “Dribble for Cancer” The #NBRPA will be there with Former NBA Players to sign autographs. This charity event is just one way the NBRPA and its members give back to the community. Tune in to the www.voiceamerica.tv Rebound TV channel to see all the content for this and many other events!!



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Got Clues? Insight Into The Life Of A Real Private Eye by Francie Koehler

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Got Clues? Insight Into The Life Of A Real Private Eye by Francie Koehler

Francie Koehler, a great grandmother, accomplished private investigator, and radio talk show host completes Saint Leo’s online criminal justice degree program.

Saint_Leo_University_OnlineFrancie Koehler, 73, devoured Nancy Drew books when she was young. While fascinated by the adventures of the feisty, independent teenage detective, Francie never imagined herself as a super sleuth tracking down clues and solving mysteries.

Fast forward to 2016 and that’s exactly what Francie has been doing for nearly three decades.

Working as a licensed private investigator, Francie has earned numerous awards for excellence in her field. She has served on investigator committees and association boards, and offered countless hours volunteering her skills to industry-worthy causes.

This spring, the mother of five, grandmother of 16, and great grandmother of two, adds another accomplishment to her distinguished resume: an online criminal justice degree from Saint Leo University.

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