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Finding Your Frequency- Live-Friday’s on VoiceAmerica Variety

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Finding Your Frequency- Live-Friday’s on VoiceAmerica Variety

“Finding Your Frequency” is about more than just content and code. It is more than just philosophy and polishing your image. It’s about both failure and success, the difference between the two and all of the steps in between! Jeff and Ryan discuss the digital media space and all of its aspects. It’s about making the mistakes, taking the chances summoning the intestinal fortitude to step out of your comfort zone and discovering what you can accomplish when you decide to try, decide to learn, decide that you have something to say and Find Your Frequency! It’s live every Friday at 2 PM Pacific Time and 5 PM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. Click HERE to Listen live and on-demand!

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

Live Broadcast of the 41st National Hard Money Conference

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Live Broadcast of the 41st National Hard Money Conference

Event Description

  • The VoiceAmerica Live events team will be on site broadcasting the entire event! tune in at http://voiceamerica.com.LiveEvents
  • A one day event for real estate professionals.
  • Presentations on a wide range of topics pertaining to real estate based private money financing.
  • Exceptional speakers representing all facets of the industry–providing on point and insightful commentary.

Event Schedule

  • Evening Prior to Event – No Host Cocktail Party  (Details to be provided upon registration)
  • 7am – Check-in & Continental Breakfast
  • 8am – 1pm – Morning Session – Presentations
  • 1pm – 2pm – Lunch
  • 2pm – 6pm – Afternoon Session – Presentations, Round Table Q&A, Bring Your Deal
  • 6pm – 8pm – Hosted Cocktail Party

Just some of the day’s

Speakers & Panelists

Complete line up to be TBA.

Leonard Rosen

CEO, Pitbull Conference
How to Structure a Real Estate Fund
& Raise Capital

Jon Hornik

Attorney, Larocca Hornik Rosen
Greenberg & Blaha

Mayor of Malboro Township, NJ
Founder, Navesink River Capital
Legal Aspects of Private Lending
Understanding Valuation & Deal Flow

AJ Poulin

The Mortgage Office
Servicing Investors & Loans
Loan Servicing Software


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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. (http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!store/c1747) “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.  An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill Optimism doesn’t mean life will be perfect, just that we can imagine positive outcomes. Given a choice, we all have the power to write our own personal happy ending. Bud BilanichDr. Bud Bilanich, the Common Sense Guy, leadership consultant, career success coach, motivational speaker, bestselling author, and influential blogger, joins hosts Asya Gonzalez and Jennifer Lee in an uplifting romp through the power of hopefulness.Asya Gonzalez-stinking feet - 4Jennifer Lee-event

The program ends with Jennifer singing “Put Your Records On”. Be an optimist and take advantage of the opportunities to accomplish that which you thought you could not. Bio: Bud Bilanich-Optimism Bud Bilanich, The Common Sense Guy, is an executive coach, motivational speaker, author and blogger.  Dr. Bilanich is Harvard educated but has a no nonsense approach to his work to goes back to his roots in the steel country of Western Pennsylvania.  Bud is a cancer survivor, on the faculty at the University of Denver Business School and lives in Denver with his wife Cathy.  He is a retired rugby player and an avid cyclist.  He likes movies, live theatre and crime fiction. www.BudBilanich.com Listen at Voice America Kids:http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/90949/the-gift-of-optimism Listen, View Photos, Descriptions, & More at Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio: http://www.expressyourselfteenradio.com  Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES: ! https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3 Read our February Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/672296/5ba937b37f/288055965/ac7221bc2f/ Have you ever bought a TV cathode screen or computer screen? If yes, please take 3 minutes to help BTSYA. Easy help. http://ow.ly/SFIHz  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! For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself! Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites <Iframe src=”http://www.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”auto” width=”420″ height=”380″></Iframe> Thanks for supporting teens! Be the Star You Are! charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html . If you are buying gifts on line, check out http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fholidaytoylist%3Fie%3DUTF8%26pldnSite%3D1&ein=94-3333882&ref_=pe_732550_158412520 Amazon donates a % back to BTSYA with every purchase.Thanks for helping us help others. Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

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VIP Mastercast Presents Ryan Treasure: How to Improve your Brand

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VIP Mastercast Presents Ryan Treasure: How to Improve your Brand


Voiceamerica is presenting VIP Mastercast  with Maria Ngo and Ray Dugray, hosts and producers of a positive television talk show based out of Las Vegas creators of VIPmasterCast.  Maria and Ray will be talking with their Guest Ryan Treasure, VP of Broadcast Operations for Voiceamerica, to talk about company branding and how to reach out to your target audience.  Ryan has been with VoiceAmerica since 2004 and oversees the engineering and production department for VoiceAmerica. He ensures all the hosts have a positive experience with their engineers and keeps over 300 shows per week running smoothly.  Ryan also spearheads the technology advancements of VoiceAmerica’s radio platform and is constantly tweaking, bettering, and progressing the features and functionality of the Network’s listening environment.

Ryan has been involved in broadcasting for fifteen years, with an emphasis on New Media Production and Delivery for the last eight years. Ryan is a true techie. He has made audio and video production in the new media broadcasting space both a career and a passion. He has produced everything from live concerts, corporate events, and terrestrial radio to Internet Radio, commercial/educational video shoots and live web broadcasting. When asked what he enjoys about his job he stated, “I enjoy the technology behind Creating, Producing, Syndicating, and Broadcasting content. VoiceAmerica is always looking for innovative team centric people and technology to make delivery more Interactive.”


Ryan Treasure

In the interview video below, you will see Ryan describe more in detail how to improve your marketing strategies.  Listen as Ryan will talk about three main ways to improve your brand.

1. First things first, if you don’t have a brand get one.  A brand isn’t just a logo but a positive message you give to your clients and the world.  Once you developed a brand that you like and encompasses your ideas, stick with it.  Keep in mind to add the element of  interest.  Make sure your brand grabs peoples attention and keeps them interested.

2. Step two, creating assets for your brands.  In other words, showcasing your brand.  By using assets like photography, videos and print media to promote your brand which can be more compatible for various media outlets.  And the most important part, make sure ALL your assets  reflect your message.

3. And last but not least,  if your not an expert in branding, your not alone.  Reach out and find people who can help you through the steps.  In order for your brand to look professional its important to hire professionals to do the work if your unsure what to do.  And lets not forget about technical difficulties you might run into.  Either bad sound audio or video can also interrupt the message your sending out to other people.  So good hardware is must, from microphones or internet glitches.

Watch the entire interview below with Maria Ngo and Ray Dugray with their Guest Ryan Treasure.


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Ryan also gives some examples using Voiceamerica and some of the hosts he works with in the interview video.  Voiceameica features more than 300 hosts talking about a variety of topics, from sports and finance to health, hobbies, pop culture, business and, well, you name it.

Voiceamerica is a pioneer in original Web-based talk radio programming. In fact, we practically invented it, back in the 1990s. But we’re not resting on our laurels.

They are constantly looking for new ways to deliver information and lively discussions to our ranks of 2.5 million listeners.  Whether its through adoption of cutting-edge technology, more channels, a growing stable of diverse hosts or agreements with top brands for sponsorship of content.

Dr. Amit Goswami Explains How Our Thoughts Create Our Reality

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Dr. Amit Goswami Explains How Our Thoughts Create Our Reality


 Dr. Amit Goswami was featured in the film “What the Bleep Do We Know?”, its sequel “Down the Rabbit Hole,” “Dalai Lama Renaissance” and the recently released award winning documentary, “The Quantum Activist”. His work helps us to help us understand the quantum physics discovery of the ‘observer effect’ so we can see how our thoughts create our lives and our world. Gotswami is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called science within consciousness, an idea he explained in his seminal book, “The Self-Aware Universe”, where he also solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect. Growing up in India, Dr. Goswami is a unique translator for us all between the worlds of quantum physics and the Hindu Yogic world of working with our consciousness. He says our consciousness is a collection of our thoughts, emotions, experiences and the greater field and by learning how this all interacts, you will see how your thoughts create what you experience.
For more on this topic, listen on demand here to “Create Your Best Life Ever”  with Alison J. Kay.

Alison J. Kay, PhD Holistic Life Coach & Energy Healer, is the host of “Create Your Best Life Ever”  on the VoiceAmerica 7th Wave Channel.  She has helped many understand and transform from their self-sabotaging behaviors and core energetic patterns behind their suffering – whether it’s physical illness, mental depression, emotional angst or spiritual crisis – into the Higher Self; a new and improved, lighter versions of themselves. She recently returned from living in Asia for the past ten years where she studied the longevity, health & wellness practices of the ancient cultures there, from their use of subtle energies.

Alison has been a meditation practitioner for 21 years, a meditation teacher for 14 years, an India certified Yoga Alliance Registered (RYT-200) yoga teacher, and a successful energy medicine practitioner for 16 years blending 5 different modalities into a functional system to address the mind-body system, helping 99 percent of her clients attain the results they seek her for.

Finally, to assist in her ability to ground the spiritual into the physical, Alison is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, with 20 years of vegetarian eating, and 25 years of endurance athleticism & weight training.

This year, Alison published her first book with Hay House’s Balboa Press, entitled What if There’s Nothing Wrong? As Alison builds her platform between her radio show, book, clients, products & workshops, she’s asking “So if our minds didn’t find anything wrong, would we then create our best lives ever? What else is possible?”


Phoenix Mercury Go Guru

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Phoenix Mercury Go Guru


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I’ve always been a sports fan.  And, as a female, I’ve always been a huge supporter of women’s sports.  I played growing up.  I play as an adult.  I realize the values and character-building that sports bring to a child’s life.  So when the opportunity came to work directly with professional athletes, I jumped on it.  Professional athletes, especially professional female athletes, have a unique position in society.  They have the dual tasks of simultaneously having to exceed in their sport and having to serve the global community as ambassadors and role models for young girls and boys everywhere.  They don’t have to just do their thing on the court–they have to justify their reason for being there.  And with these co-existing demands, communication and media skills become essential to translating this mission to a broader audience.  That’s where I come in.

My company, Impromptu Guru, was recently named the official communication and media coach for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.  Through partnering with this amazing organization, I’m able to work with staff and players to communicate their messages more effectively.  For the staff, I help by providing communication, relationship building and sales training so that they can spread the word of the WNBA experience and expose more and more people to the league.  For the athletes, I assist by coaching them in messaging strategies for interviews and on handling the pressures of the media and community appearances.  Again, these athletes don’t just have to succeed on the court; what they do off the court is equally scrutinized.

Since partnering with the Phoenix Mercury, I’ve gotten to work with the entire team.  I had the opportunity to present about communication and media tips to the entire team in the locker room before the ladies went to the practice court for the team’s annual Media Day on May 10th.  I’ve gotten to talk to the coaches and the executive staff about their messaging strategies and goals for the team.  And I’ve gotten to work one-on-one with many players, including the media icon and all-star Brittney Griner (who, I’m told, quotes some of my pieces of advice before she goes on camera for many of her interviews).  As Amber Cox, the President and COO of the Phoenix Mercury said to a group of people recently: “Jill has the unique ability to connect with the players on their level.  If you can get a 22 year-old all-star to remember and recite what you tell her before she goes into an interview, then you know you’re getting your point across and helping her improve.”

I’m honored to work with the Phoenix Mercury, to be a partner to the team, and to help advance a league (the WNBA) that will have far-reaching effects on our society and the role models, on and off the court, that kids can have.


Jill Schiefelbein is an accomplished speaker, author, professor, and business owner. She is the owner of Impromptu Guru, a communication consulting company that was named Gilbert Arizona’s 2012 “Rookie of the Year” less than a year after its inception. She is also the host of “Communication Nation,” a business communication talk show on VoiceAmerica’s Business Channel. She works with professional athletes, politicians, business executives, and groups to improve their communication and messaging strategies. Learn more at http://impromptuguru.com

Live your dreams…By Simran Singh, 11:11 Talk Radio Host

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Live your dreams…By Simran Singh, 11:11 Talk Radio Host

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From the time I was 10 years old, all I ever wanted to do was write. I dreamed of seeing my words in print. I would daydream about walking by a window full of my books and stopping to gaze inside. I had notebooks full of words, all books written to eighty percent of completion and then placed aside.

I would create an obstacle, a challenge or other work to distract myself from finishing. I doubted myself and whether or not what I had to say was relevant to anyone but me. I was afraid, have been afraid that if I truly put myself out there, nothing may be left.

No matter how much I wrote or how the writings would reel in comments, compliments, and at times, criticism… I could not see the value I held as a writer. I down played the gift, telling myself because I was paying for it, it could not be considered worthy.

  •  What would make me believe in me?
  •  What would make me believe in Divine power flowing through me?
  •  What would make me believe that all I desired could manifest as infinite possibility?
  •  What would make me stop caring what other’s thought?
  •  What would be the moment I would take a leap of faith?

I would not know until I decided to row. We are not given the opportunity to have our desires until first given the opportunity to know what it means to create those desires. Our blessing is to be able to walk, step by step, in the creation of our lives. The journey is about the discovery of the vision by walking and waking to the footprints we can walk on the pathway there.

We become inspired with a dream or an idea, but only in the ‘exhale’ does it manage to take form. The ‘exhale’ is the release of ‘YES’. It is expressing the voice waiting to be heard; one that is soft and faint. We must breathe life into it, allowing it to gain strength and sound. Just as our creator continually breathes life into us that we walk another day… we must continuously breathe life into our â€˜children’. We must raise their voices and encourage them to keep walking. At times, they may stumble, but we can show them how to crawl and walk and run. There may be mistakes but that is how they learn and grow. Opportunities may arise for them and we must be willing to go the distance to meet them. Most of all, we must listen to the voices.

In Love, Of Love, With Love and Laughter… Simran Singh


Simran Singh, award winning publisher of 11:11 Magazine & 11:11 Talk Radio, has released a powerful new book, Conversations With The Universe, guiding how signs, symbols and synchronicity are the way the world speaks to us. Simran states, ‘You are not on a journey, YOU are the journey!’ Readers of Conversations With The Universe receive FREE support videos, meditations and audios at:
www.ConversationsWithTheUniverse.com – www.simran-singh.com


Point-of-Sale Social Networking Gets People Talking about Your Products When They Are Ready to Buy BY NANCY LIN

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Point-of-Sale Social Networking Gets People Talking about Your Products When They Are Ready to Buy BY NANCY LIN



By Nancy Lin

When you walk into Logbar in Tokyo, you will be handed an iPad. It’s a unique bar, run by Takuro Yoshida, a computer engineer, that provides a point-of-sale social networking platform connecting customers and bartenders. After you log on, you will see profiles of other customers in the lounge. You can chat online with them or send virtual chocolate to each other. Customers click on “like” or “cheers” button to show their liking of different drinks.  You can even create a new drink, name it and market the product to other customers. If other customers order your original cocktail, you will receive 50 cents as a reward.

It’s not surprising that the 2-month-old bar is already generating lots of buzz on Facebook and piqued the interest of businesses in retail, education, event planning and real estate. At the bar where the point-of-sale social networking platform is being tested, 40% of orders are referred by other customers. All the customers have used it to communicate with other customers.

Most of the companies today have some component of social media as part of their marketing efforts. Despite availability of analytic tools, it is still hard to measure how social media programs are helping to drive revenues. Even social media companies have a hard time getting traction for social commerce.  Adverting revenues still account for 85% of Facebook’s overall business this year, according to the most recent quarterly report. Logbar’s platform not only is converging social networking in virtual and physical worlds, but is getting people to talk about your products right when they are thinking about buying. It helps social media reach the last leg of the purchase cycle and create a new way for physical stores to better compete with online competitors.  It turns your customers into ambassadors at time and place when it really matters.  Potentially, companies can track how online activities truly affect offline shopping and purchase behaviors.

But Yoshida has bigger plans. His goal is to expand the point-of-sale social networking platform and customize it for different industries, social events and places, such as restaurants and shopping malls.  Several companies in Japan are already using the social app for their big events.  The app comes with a small device that has high-sensitivity GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities.  While most location-based social apps today can find people nearby in a large area,  Logbar’s app can recognize people individually even when they are only a step away from you.  This makes it perfect for events with large crowds.

The company plans to open its API to developers in the next few months.  It also hopes to test the app in restaurants in San Francisco. Click here to learn more about its social networking platform and contact information. 

About the guest blogger: Nancy Lin is Host and Producer for Business Reinvention Show. The show features innovative companies and trends that have the potential to transform industries and reinvent business models. She brings to her show a strong understanding of business having worked in marketing for Yahoo, DHL, Johnson & Johnson and Pepsi in the US and international markets and driven strong growth with innovative business strategies. She is also an executive coach, a business consultant and the founder of Change Agent SF, which helps clients transform the way they look at their businesses and leadership.  Follow Nancy Lin on Twitter at @BizReinvention .

Cynthia Brian’s Garden Gala: Digging Deep With Cynthia Brian

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Cynthia Brian’s Garden Gala:  Digging Deep With Cynthia Brian

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“The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.”
        — Paul Cezanne, French artist, 1839-1906

Entertaining in the summer garden is my favorite manner to gather friends and family for al fresco dining, conversation, and laughter. There is always so much to celebrate in June–end of school, graduations, Father’s Day, birthdays, showers, and weddings that sprucing up the end of my springtime yard in anticipation of the summer to come is stimulating and pleasurable. (In fairness to truth, the 37 green bins of dried daffodil, tulip, and freesia leaves that I pulled and collected to add to my compost pile was not exactly fun, but it was necessary.)

After power washing and sealing the brick and stone patio, washing all the outdoor furniture, sweeping the cobwebs from crevices, cleaning the barbecue, repairing the nightscaping, filling the fountains and pond, I took an inventory of what’s hot and what’s not. 

My beautiful peonies, camellias, and rhododendrons finished just as my foxgloves, hollyhocks, geraniums, abelia, and pelargoniums exploded into bloom. As the weather warms, the calla lilies are nearing the finish line for the year while the Four O’Clocks and Stargazers are setting blooms. Since the spring bulbs had completed their beauty routine, the garden was in need of perky colorful annuals. I planted dianthus, dahlias, zinnias, lobelia, and salvia to enliven the palette.  The isotoma blue star creeper was expanding exponentially on my lawn, much to my delight, although a greedy gopher had moved in. That problem was quickly remedied by putting garlic in the holes. Next it was on to orchard as I prepped for my nature revelry.

The birds, squirrels, and deer had obviously also decided it was party time. A flock of jays and crows swarmed my Queen Anne cherry tree, each flying off to enjoy their spoils sitting on my pickets with a red ball in each beak. I had carefully watched the flowers turn to buds turn to fruit for the past few months and wasn’t about to relinquish my claim to my cherry treasure. Leaning the ladder against the trunk and bending the branches to almost breaking point, I filled my basket with the sweetest as well the greenest cherries, leaving only the top branches for the birds. A garden is to share, after all. The squirrels attacked my two loquat trees, but not before I was able to pluck enough of this luscious Mediterranean delicacy for our own personal pleasure. (FYI-loquats have large pits that will sprout into trees when spit into the garden. That’s why I have TWO trees instead of the one I actually planted!) The deer noticed that the gladioli had sprouted and began their dine-around, therefore I uprooted the corms to replant in my fenced back yard. My bucket was filled to the brim with hundreds of gladioli cormels. Six hours later, I had free sword lilies in all the right places. Picnicking on the patio, we watched two bucks stand on their haunches stretching for the Asian pears. “There is plenty for all,” I declared, while everyone at the table enjoyed their acrobatic antics.

Feeling smug that I had outsmarted the gopher, blue jays, crows, squirrels, and deer, I ventured to see what was ripe and ready in my vegetable garden. Before arriving, I snapped a photo of two dragonflies “in flagrante” in my crepe myrtle bush, a sight I had never witnessed. They didn’t budge the entire time I was inspecting the herbs. The pilgrimage to my potager revealed an absence of culinary poverty. Artichokes, arugula, sorrel, lettuces, potatoes, radishes, carrots, beets, Swiss Chard, mustard, mints, parsley, cilantro, dandelions, onions, fennel, nasturtiums, kale, thyme, basil, guava blossoms, and many greens were the beginnings of the fresh summer flavors awaiting my table. Dust the dirt off a just dug carrot and you’ll understand Cezanne’s words about a revolution. There is nothing more tasty than eating what you grow straight from the soil. It’s superfood packed with all the vitamins, taste, and heart-health nutrients we all crave and need. Soon I’ll be harvesting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, beans, peas, tomatillos, melons, and whatever other seeds I planted or the birds brought in. 

Now that summer is upon us, any day or evening is worth celebrating. Arrange a pretty table with bouquets of fuchsia hued carpet roses, get out the croquet mallets and horseshoes, set out the votives, fill the tiki torches with oil, light the fire pit, let the birds sing the tunes and the wildlife provide the entertainment for a stellar summer supper. Throw some burgers, salmon, or halibut on the grill along with greens, fruit, and veggies, open a bottle of local vino, and invite your loved ones over for a garden fresh feast. Let’s get this party started!

Cynthia Brian’s Gardening Guide for June

To the dull mind all nature is leaden.

To the enlightened mind

the whole world sparkles and burns. 

                       ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The summer season sensually speaks to us of water, fragrance, flowers, fireworks, deck lounging, hammock swinging, sleepovers, swim meets, barbecues, celebrations, camping, concerts, traveling, and eating fresh, fresh, fresh direct from your garden. Whatever you do this June, decide to plant something edible-herbs, vegetables, fruits, or berries. Make iced tea from black currant leaves mixed with fennel, create your unique designer waters with cucumbers, limes, and peaches, delight your guests with a refreshing cold soup of blended melon, mint, and ginger. There is a plethora of abundant varieties to choose from and space is not an issue. Plant, grow, care, harvest, eat, and be healthy. Your enlightened body, mind, and spirit will be grateful to your inner gardener and your world will sparkle and shine.

  • ⎫   MAKE your own potting mix by combining equal parts of compost, good soil, and sand. Add leaf mold plus a small amount of liquid fertilizer.
  • ⎫   GROW Swiss chard, kale, lettuce, cilantro, parsley, and basil in containers with rollers to provide a quick snip for your supper.
  • ⎫   WEED a final time before the hot weather arrives. Weeds suck the moisture from nearby plants.
  • ⎫   BRING butterflies to your landscape with lantana, butterfly bush, and sunflowers. Butterflies have sensory receptors on their feet to help them land on their tasty treats rapidly. Go a step further and provide a butterfly dwelling on a perch.
  • ⎫   POUR leftover beer in saucers to trap slugs and snails.
  • ⎫   WATER lawns and flowerbeds deeply to encourage strong root growth.
  • ⎫   HARVEST seeds of perennials like pentsemon, calendula, and poppies to spread in other areas where color is needed.
  • ⎫   SUCCESSION planting is the key to a plentiful supply of summer greens including lettuces, arugula, beets, carrots, and radishes. Sow your favorite seeds every three weeks as you consume.
  • ⎫   PREVENT fires by removing debris, dead branches, and refuse from around your home and yard. 
  • ⎫   DAZZLE your summer garden by planting dahlias in full sun with good drainage.  You’ll enjoy blooms until the first frost.
  • ⎫   PROVIDE food, cover, water, and nesting places for birds, butterflies, and bees with nectar-rich plants, host plants, and seed-bearing plants. Your garden can become a popular wildlife destination ensuring a long blooming season. Plant asters, cosmos, amaranth. Echinacea, peppers, eggplant, squash, lavatera, bee balm, zinnia.
  • ⎫   PLANT day lilies (hemerocallis), the main stay of summer gardens for prodigious numbers of flowering stems, heavily loaded with buds, from June to September. 
  • ⎫   GIVE your children sunflower seeds to plant. The seeds are large and pop out of the ground quickly, delighting the child within us all. Sunflowers are the essence of summer fun.
  • ⎫   TRIGGER delightful memories with the seductive powers of afternoon/evening fragrant blooms including Angel trumpets, Nicotiana, four o’clocks, evening stock, summer phlox, and evening primrose. To strengthen the scents, water your garden before sunset.
  • ⎫   CUT back leggy perennials and deadhead roses as blooms wither. Save the rose petals to make rose water.
  • ⎫   PACK your garden with summer blooming bulbs including gladioli, lilies, and allium.
  • ⎫   SPREAD seeds of calendula in your potager or vegetable garden to harvest the flavor of “poor man’s saffron.” Calendula don’t transplant well, thus seeding is best.
  • ⎫   EAT organic fruits and vegetables from your garden or farmer’s market for a variety of reasons–your own health, the health of the planet, and generally heightened environmental awareness.
  • ⎫   SHORT on space? Plant a container garden of fruits and vegetables. Seed companies have developed plants that are compact in size, yield more, taste great, and feature unique colors and shapes.
  • ⎫   SAVE the monarchs. Plant milkweed, the butterfly’s favorite nectar. P.S. A spectacular 3-D movie about the monarchs’ odyssey, The Flight of the Butterflies, is now showing in 40 IMAX theaters at museums across the country. 
  • ⎫   SHAKE the dead leaves from magnolia trees using a sweeping motion with a broom or tall pole. Within days, the large creamy white blossoms explode with pollen attracting the buzzing bees needed for garden pollination.
  • ⎫   ADD a taste of the tropics to your landscape with the pineapple guava shrub. It boasts edible pretty magenta and white striped petals topped with fireworks of cranberry feathered pom poms plus later in the year delicious green fruit great for juice or jam.
  • ⎫   FIRE up the tiki torches, votives, and fire pits to illuminate the summer gatherings.
  • ⎫   WATCH for your plums and apricots to ripen soon. The birds will be the first to your trees so either pick early or net the branches you want to keep.
  • ⎫   EXPLORE the world of bee pollinators and create a garden filled with nectar-rich flowers.
  • ⎫   CONGRATULATIONS to all our graduates. Encourage them to become green thumbs by gifting a peace lily to keep their dorm room air fresh. (These spathiphyllum are resilient indoor plants that are hard to kill!)
  • ⎫   THANKS to all the great men who are shaping the lives of our children with their love and dedication. Happy Father’s Day! We lift our rakes to you.


Happy gardening and happy growing to you!

Cynthia Brian is the producer and host of the weekly live World Talk Radio program, StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® heard every Thursday from 3-4pm PT on http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764.   For photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.  Cynthia also produces and coaches the teens for the Voice America Kids popular radio program, Express Yourself!™ heard Tuesdays at NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourselfFor photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com.


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