This Past Week's Guests
EZRA SANDBORN, a neuridivergent writer of speculative fiction from Oregon, will join us to discuss his writing career, how he came to be a writer, and his latest release, "Seph - The Reflection of Divinity".
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Ezra Sandborn got his start writing fiction as a dungeon master in online role-playing games . He draws on inspiration from his childhood, sitting under the trampoline and inventing new worlds and characters. Ezra became an author by accident, during a particularly difficult period of his life he was suddenly struck by inspiration for a short story.
After sharing the story with friends and family everyone wanted to read more, and so he continued writing. In less than a month as the result of that novel accident Seph – The Reflection of Divinity was created. Ezra’s writing is defined by his complex characters, deep immersive worlds, and unique stories that challenge the conventional narrative, while exploring the deeper truth of human nature."
JEREMY NUNES, a stand up comic, former Mayor, and now an author, joined us Amazon Prime special, "Who's With Me?!", his days as the Mayor, and his humorous book about his mayoral days, "You Can't Write City Hall".
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Often referred to as "Comedy's next great storyteller," Jeremy's unique show has been in demand for over 20 years. He's drawn rave reviews for his clever observations, unique storytelling style, and ability to improvise with his audience.
After winning $200 in a local comedy competition, the 6'6" comedian left the rural, Southern Illinois life behind to explore the comedy scene in Chicago. Once in Chicago, it was at The Second City Comedy Theater that he first developed the "front porch" comedy that is now a staple of his act."
MOODY BANK$, a singer/songwriter now living in Austin, Texas, joined us to discuss her career, her background, and to share a few of her songs with us.
FROM HER BIO:
"I was born in Torrance, CA but my family soon relocated to Corona, CA where I spent most of my youth. I have always enjoyed being creative and keeping myself busy. Growing up, my life usually revolved around art, music, writing songs and poems, as well as designing clothes, and painting pictures. When I got to grade school, I went in another direction as I started playing basketball. I continued playing throughout school and eventually received a scholarship at a division two college where I played and graduated.
Once I finished college, I decided I wanted to get back to my first love, art. So I relocated to Austin, the live music capital of the world to refine my live show and pursue my music career, as Moody Bank$. Now Moody Bank$ is one of Austin’s most promising upcoming artists, and my debut EP is out now on all streaming platforms."
Last Week's Guests
LIZBETH MERIDETH, an author, domestic abuse survivor, speaker and podcaster from Alaska, joined us to discuss her latest release, "Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters".
FROM HER WEBSITE
"I’m an author, speaker, podcaster, and online teacher. I serve mid-life women recalibrating after crises, and/or women who are (finally) ready to stop falling to the bottom of their own priority list. Limited individual coaching available now, with group coaching to come. What experience do I have?
Nearly three decades working as an advocate, investigator, and probation officer means I’ve helped thousands create change. More importantly, I’ve bucked intergenerational patterns of poverty, family violence, and secret-keeping to create the life I live now. I hold a graduate degree in psychology, traveled six of the seven continents (and counting), and am fortunate to have a vibrant community of support. And I did none of this alone."
SHARON BAZANT, a retired teacher and now author living in Vancouver, Births Columbia, visited us to discuss her two books, "Geckos and Guns", about her time in Pakistan; and "Nine Years in Bangkok, a book that discusses her time in Thailand.
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"SHARON BAZANT is a retired teacher living in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, Canada. Sharon has donned a variety of professional and personal hats as a seasoned world traveler and long-term expatriate. Some of her greatest adventures occurred during her years in Pakistan and Thailand. Readers can follow her ongoing exploits on her blog.
Her memoir Nine Years in Bangkok is out now, as is her most recent book, Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years."
EDWARD DI GANGI, an author from North Carolina and adopted at birth, will join us to discuss his discoveries as he traced his roots as he neared the age of seventy. As he discussed in his book, "A Gift Best Given: A Memoir", he learned that his biological mother had been a remarkable woman, and that she had given him the best gift of all. Today's focus will be on "Fathers Day".
FROM HIS BIO:
"Through three years of research, Di Gangi found that his mother had been a celebrity performer in the glamorous ice show spectaculars of the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to recounting his own story, the author details his mother's life and travels beginning with the time she left home in New York at the age of 17 to travel alone by train across the country to join a traveling ice skating troupe. Five years later and unexpectedly pregnant, she returned home, known only to her eldest sister and her sister's husband, to manage the birth and the adoption of her son.
Di Gangi speaks with enthusiasm and clarity about family secrets, reunions with previously unknown family members, and discoveries as well as genealogy and research into family history."
FEDERICA BRESSAN, a researcher, science communicator, and podcaster with a background in technology and culture, as well as a Fulbright and Marie Curie scholar, who writes about science and society. On today's show, Ms. Bressan will discuss her career, her published works, her work in academia, her podcasts, her recent foray into heavy metal music, and all of her terrific work in her field.
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Thanks to my recent research grants (Marie Curie and Fulbright), I have had the chance to travel a lot and meet many incredible people. People are the true potential of this world. The stories they tell you! The knowledge and experience they carry! It's humbling. And inspiring!
At the same time, I have grown a true podcast junkie, bingeing on hours and hours of lectures and debates, with my mind spinning at full steam, racing from religious studies to physics, from politics to anthropology. Synaptic fireworks. I have been constantly triggered by new ideas. One day, after yet another interesting conversation with a colleague, I thought: if only I could share this! If only I could record this conversation and let more people know about this amazing person's story. Then it hit me: I must have my own podcast!"
CHARLIE SHELDON, an author from the state of Washington, joined us to discuss his 3-book series, including "Strong Heart" and "Adrift", with "Totem" to be released this coming October. In addition, Charlie discussed his other books, his writing style, and his other previous work in life.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Charlie went to Yale University and UMass, where he received a Masters Degree in Wildlife Biology/Resource Management. He worked in the fishing industry for 15 years as a deckhand, mate, skipper, and consultant, then relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 1990 to be near Olympic National Park. He worked at seaports for nearly 30 years as a planner, project manager, and executive. When he retired from seaports in 2012 he returned to sea as a merchant sailor for four years, working on various container and military vessels as Able Bodied Seaman and Bosun. He retired in 2016 to work full time at his writing. Nowadays he hikes in the Olympic National Park whenever he can, cooks for his wife, pesters his grandchildren, and continues to scribble tales."
Last Week's Guests
CHARLES COLLINS, from West Palm Beach, Florida, and the author of the Amazon bestselling "LifeCraft Book Series", joined us to tell us about his path to success in life through intent, as opposed to trial and error, and/or intuition, through his five elements that make up one's life, including: Family & Personal Heritage, Family & Household Management, Family & Personal Finance, The Human Being, and Tools for Living.
From His Website:
"A long standing practice observed for centuries in workshops of every type across the world, is the use of the craftsman’s journal by individual craftspeople, and the workshop journal used as a collaborative communication tool for the workshop as a whole, and serving as a reference point or ‘benchmark’ for all craftspeople in the workshop to compare their work, pose questions, share insights, experiences, tool tips and techniques with other practitioners.
Following these same traditions and practical structure, Life Masterpiece Journal serves both purposes. It is the Master’s Journal of a single craftsman’s record of life-as-a-craft, and it is a Workshop Journal; a ‘how-to’ reference guide for all who would practice ‘life-as-a-craft’, to make a masterpiece of their life".
PAUL BLAKE SMITH, an author from Missouri, joined us to tell us about his most recent release, "President Eisenhower's Close Encounters", in which the author explored "A persistent historical question is whether President Dwight Eisenhower in the mid 1950's secretly met with representatives of Alien species and even entered into a formal treaty with them".
From His Amazon Page:
"I'm the author of 5 books from one publishing company, and I now have a new nonfiction book coming out from another publisher. I still live in still live in southern Missouri, long after my four years at SE Missouri State University. I enjoy biographies, sports, and history."
WAJID HASSAN, an author from Pakistan, England, and now North Carolina in the United States, joined us to tell us about his most recent release, “The Struggle for World Sanity", which discusses, "... how to reignite the spiritual flame within us and send it outwards to all, improving not only our own personal lives but those of every lifestream that live on our beautiful world."
From His Amazon Page:
"Through the guidance, teaching, and experiences with his spiritual teacher, along with his own unique mystical experiences, including that of an amazing spiritual contact he experienced with a UFO out in the wilderness, Wajid shows you the way out of the current chaos enveloping the world at the dawn of a new era of peace and enlightenment for all who will remain on Planet Earth after the great change, which has now started.
Here are universal truths revealed to many for the first time that will inspire you and help you raise your vibrations even higher so that you can be of greater service to every life stream that needs healing and upliftment in these troubled times."
Fresh from the success of his book, "A Principal's Family Principles" (available for purchase at www.amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and www.outskirtspress.com), "Dr. Paul's Family Talk" focuses on the family, kids, parenting, schools, jokes, music, sports, issues of the day, and all issues that impact the family.