MARIANNE PEEL, a poet from Chicago, Illinois, joined us to tell us about her journeys throughout the world, the human connections that she has made, and to explain how all came together in her new book of poetry, "No Distance Between Us".
FROM HER PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE:
"MARIANNE PEEL is a poet, musician, and retired English teacher. She received Fulbright-Hays Program awards to further her research in Nepal and Turkey and to support her work as a teacher. She also served as an educator in China’s Guizhou province and as a volunteer at Kara Tepe refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Peel’s poetry has appeared in numerous print and online journals. No Distance Between Us is her debut book."
AMY NORDHUES, an author and sexual abuse survivor from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, joined us to discuss her story, including her latest release, "Prayed Upon: Breaking Free From Therapist Abuse".
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Amy Nordhues is a survivor of both childhood sexual abuse and sexual abuse as an adult at the hands of a mental health professional. She is a passionate Christ-follower and expert on the healing God provides. She has a BA in psychology with minors in sociology and criminology. Her devotions have been published in The Secret Place (Judson Press) and include: A Big Softy, Winter 2018, Fixer Upper, Summer 2019, No, Thank You, Summer 2021 and Unveiled, Fall 2021. Her essay, Give Me a Sign, won 2nd place at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Foundation Awards. She blogs at www.amynordhues.com. A married mother of three, she enjoys spending time with family, writing, reading, photography, and all things comedy.
She hopes that through her ministry, she can shed a light on the very under-reported issue of therapist/clergy abuse both to offer support to the victim and to aide loved ones so they can better assist the victim with the very arduous process of healing. She also hopes to work towards improving the laws in her state which currently has no legislation regarding therapist abuse. In over half of the states in our country, it is illegal for a therapist to engage in sex with a client. The power differential that exists in any therapeutic relationship makes it impossible for a client to give consent. For this reason, the patient entering therapy must be protected."
JAMES A. ROSS, an author from Jackson, Wyoming, joined us to discuss his writing career, and his debut novel, "Hunting Teddy Roosevelt", as well as his "Coldwater" series.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Storytelling is fun, but it never paid the bills. To take care of necessities, I’ve at various times been a Peace Corps volunteer in the Congo, a low-level staffer for a Midwestern Congressman and a three-piece suited Wall Street lawyer and deal maker. Hey, it was a living. These days I write from my home in the Teton Valley of Wyoming, where elk and other four-legged residents outnumber the two-legged variety by ten to one, and the patrons of the local cowboy bars appreciate a well-told tall tale.My short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I have been a guest storyteller on the Moth Main Stage and a several times winner of the live storytelling competition, Cabin Fever Story Slam.
My debut historical novel, HUNTING TEDDY ROOSEVELT, won the American Book Festival Fiction Award for historical adventure, the Independent Press Distinguished Favorite award for historical fiction, the Firebird Book Award for action/adventure, and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award for historical fiction and shortlisted for a Goethe Historical Fiction Award. My debut mystery novel, COLDWATER REVENGE won the American Book Festival Fiction Award for mystery/suspense: hardboiled crime and the Firebird Book Award for legal/thrillers. The second book in the series, COLDWATER CONFESSION, is scheduled for release in April 2022."
BRYAN COLLINS, an author, writer, and storyteller from Ireland, joined us to discuss all of his projects, but especially his newest release, "I Can't Believe I'm a Dad! What Every Guy Must Know About Parenting, Fatherhood and Hair Loss."
FROM HIS AMAZON PAGE:
"Stressed out Irish Dad Bryan Collins would know. As the father of three kids, he’s often looked around for an instructional manual for his kids and found none in sight.
Now, in his frank and confessional take on parenting, expectant and new Dads can finally get an insight into what it’s really like after their son or daughter arrives.
You won’t find this advice in a typical parenting book. Strap in."
EMILY THIROUX THREATT, a former business owner, college professor, author, and "Grief Transformation Expert" from Hawaii, joined us to discuss her personal grief over the years, how she can help you overcome and deal with grief, and to discuss her new book, "Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief: A Comprehensive Guide to Reclaiming and Cultivating Joy and Carrying on in the Face of Loss".
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Having gone through the experience of the poor health leading to the death of two husbands, as well as the deaths of my father, mother, sister, aunts, and uncles as well as many friends, I have much experience in the grieving process, and I have learned to face life with love, optimism, and joy.
I have kept journals and written to express myself most of my life. This led me to a career of teaching writing and writing books. So, after my second husband died, I naturally turned to writing to help deal with my grief. Then I discovered that I could use writing to help friends deal with grief, too. My new book, Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief: A Comprehensive Guide to Reclaiming and Cultivating Joy and Carrying on in the Face of Loss, provides guidance for navigating the downs and ups of that unfamiliar territory.
I spend my time now writing and teaching others to write to deal with all kinds of loss. And when I am not writing, I am enjoying the beauty of Maui.
Emily is a Grief Transformation Expert and holds a Master’s Degree in English with a Concentration in Writing. She has been teaching writing and composition on the college and university level over 30 years. During that time, she published three writing textbooks. with Prentice Hall and Pearson Education."
EDWARD DI GANGI, a returning guest and an author from North Carolina who was adopted at birth, will join us to read from his book, "A Gift Best Given: A Memoir", as we are promoting "National Adoption Awareness Month".
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."
ANTHONY and STACI LO CASCIO, professional tap dancers and teachers from New York, New York, both of whom became ill - putting the lives and careers in jeopardy - and researched and changed their diets, joined us to discuss their new book, "Food As A Prescription: A Handbook for Those Currently On or Prescribed a Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free and/or Dairy-Free Diet".
FROM THEIR AMAZON PAGE:
"The time has come! With an increasing number of people implementing a gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, and even a dairy-free approach to life, it has become apparent there is a massive amount of value in taking control of your diet and understanding your food - as a prescription. If you or a loved one suffer from allergies, skin irritations, or auto-immune issues like psoriasis, celiac disease, IBS, Hashimoto's, ulcerative colitis or arthritis, or if you simply want to live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, this handbook is for you!Whether you have been on this journey for a while, or you are new to the concept of using your food as a prescription, there are many questions you will have.
For example: Are there any support systems out there? Can I safely go out to dinner ever again? How do I manage my day-to-day life? Are there tips or tricks that could make my life easier? And for those who are new to this approach: How do I even get started?Anthony and Staci Lo Cascio began their personal journeys with the very same questions. After two decades of experience and experimentation, while facing many trials and tribulations as well as overcoming various obstacles on the way to developing a dramatic, philosophical dietary transformation and accompanying lifestyle shift, they have answers! And now, for the first time, they are ready to share them with you.Congratulations on taking control of your life and health, and best of luck on your journey to using your food as a prescription! The accumulated knowledge in this book will save you time, money, physical setbacks and possibly even your sanity!"
ULLIS KARLSSON, a gal from Sweden who suffered from depression, low self-esteem, and was suicidal, has turned it all around around and now serves as a Feminine Leadership Coach, International Spiritual Teacher and Author, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, public speaker and trainer. She will join us to discuss all, including her books, "2:47 AM: The Journey Home to My Heart" and "Holy F*ck and Sacred Water: The Secret Connections to Everything".
FROM HER AMAZON PAGE:
"Ulrika Ullis Karlsson was born and raised in Sweden. Her first book, "2:47 The Journey Home to My Heart" was published 2019, 2020 it was published on Amazon. It is a raw, naked and vulnerable autobiography where she takes her readers through her inner darkness - from mental illness and being suicidal - into the light of a vibrant life. Today she is passionate about guiding others who suffers from mental illness or stressful lives into more a more heart centered, relaxed and happy life.
She is a well liked international Yoga teacher & Yogatherapist with the entire world as her field of work. She is also a co-author of a Swedish anthology about embracing feminine leadership, not be found on Amazon. Ulrika is a mother of two teenagers, she loves Yoga, deep heartfelt connections with others and she loves to travel and eat chocolate. Her vision is to contribute to a more conscious, loving and juicier life. Her motto is: "It all starts within."
CHARLIE SHELDON, a returning guest/author from the state of Washington, joined us to discuss the third book in his 3-book series, "Totem".
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."
DR. MARK RYALL, a recently retired teacher/professor of Mathematics, Biochemistry, and Economics from Hamilton, Ontario, as well as a triathlete who has represented Canada in the World Age Group Championships, joined us to discuss his latest release, "Age-Decoded".
FROM HIS BIO:
"I published my novel "Age-Decoded" because of the many advancements in CRISPR genetic engineering. The book's central question is: What could possibly go wrong with the advent of genetic engineering? The story itself focuses on genomicist Dr. Frieda Sengmeuller, who uses CRISPR to finally stop human aging. But the government secretly uses her methods in other psychological ways, jeopardizing freedom and democracy.
I feel this topic so important, given the impending tsunami of genetic engineering technology. A novel like mine enables readers to really imagine and feel the effects on humanity."
DAN MCCRORY, a retired 37-year employee of AT&T, and now an author from Los Angeles, California, joined us to discuss his books, "Capitalism Killed the Middle Class", and "You Will Always Be My Forever".
FROM HIS AMAZON PAGE:
"Once upon a time, you could work for one company your whole adult life, you could make a decent living, and you could buy your piece of the American Dream. This book is part memoir and part political statement as it follows my thirty-seven-year career at the phone company that began in 1973, about the time economists say worker pay flatlined. The telecommunications industry was ripped apart, absorbed, and gobbled up by each other until, within a few years, Ma Bell had reassembled itself into the corporation that had stifled innovation for almost one hundred years and provided steady dividends and a secure family atmosphere for employees.
Capitalism Killed the Middle Class also examines the present political and economic systems rigged against us, and it gazes into the future for a path to a more secure and prosperous quality of life for our children."
LINDA Mac DOUGALL, a senior massage therapist, senior health advocate, voice for change in the senior living sector, and an author, joined us to discuss her profession and her latest release, "The SPIRIT Method of Massage for Seniors: Raising the Bar...A Primer for Massage Therapists and Caregivers".
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Linda got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology because she was seeking answers to family dysfunction. She already had a background of working with the developmentally disabled population since high school. She went on to be an administrator of two group homes for United Cerebral Palsy for over a decade. Following her ex-husband's career, she then moved to Hawaii and became a Federal advocate for the state of Hawaii's families dealing with their population of developmentally disabled. Her work there brought change to the system in the way of studies and a medical review board as well as the state guardians beginning to imitate her way of questioning and challenging the way things had always been done.
Today her focus has changed to the older adult population. She is a senior health advocate and massage therapist, a holistic health practitioner, and a management consultant for caregiving situations. As a senior herself, Linda is also an advocate for change in the senior living space. Her background and focus on awareness led to the writing of her book "The SPIRIT Method of Massage for Seniors: Raising the Bar...A Primer for Massage Therapists and Caregivers".
LUISA RAMONDO, a highly successful realtor, great cook, and now an author from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joined us to discuss her debut novel, "Beyond the Cobblestones".
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Luisa Ramondo, affectionately known for her Italian heritage and nurturing traits, makes her literary debut with “Beyond the Cobblestones,” a passion project that’s been in the works for years. Inspired by tales of her mother’s journey from the villages of Italy to the bustling cities of America.
She is an award-winning real estate agent who lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three sons. When she’s not writing or selling houses, Luisa can be found on the tennis courts, on a yoga mat, or in the kitchen.
Luisa is known for her natural cooking abilities and effortless entertaining skills. Scents of tomato and basil waft through her welcoming home as she regularly delights her friends and family with Sunday dinners – experiences she’s carried from her own youth that have inspired this lively tale."
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.