PAXSON CHASE, a singer/songwriter, alternative/indie artist from Trenton, New Jersey, joined us to discuss his battles with depression, and how involvement with music has considerably assisted in his journey.
FROM HIS BIO:
"... Paxson Chase is looking to change the music narrative in his home state. Mostly being surrounded by trap and drill rappers, Paxson decided to take his own route.
Using his dark tone to offer his thoughts on depression, Chase mixes in an alternative sound as well. He also likes to step out and explore his voice going into bedroom pop and soft rock. 2020 was a big year musically for Paxson as he surpassed 300,000 streams. This gave him motivation to keep pushing because of the effect he is having on those going through similar, dark situations. Using influences from idols like XXX and Kid Cudi, he wants to keep being versatile and speaking on real life occurrences. Paxson also is trying to bring back the art aspect of music with his blends of sounds and harmonies.
With seeing amazing feedback from release last year titled “I Want to Kill Myself But Now Is Not The Right Time”, expect to see more and more heart wrenching music from Paxson Chase in 2021."
ZAHRA MESRIZADEH, an Iranian-American bioengineer & researcher currently living in San Diego, California, and who believes firmly in the importance of societal balance, joined us to discuss her latest release, "The God of the Gaps".
FROM HER LINKEDIN PAGE:
"Biomedical Engineering student, with skills in cell culture, nanotechnology and biology. I am interested in a career in biomedical engineering with focus on molecular, cell and tissue therapeutic development. I am interested in developing nanomedicine that could be used in immunotherapy, and could open a path into the biomedical industry."
CASEY WAESCHE, a Mom, a Wife, a Sister, a Daughter, a Friend, a Colleague, and AUTHOR from Alexandria, Virginia, will join us to discuss her latest release, "I'm the Boss of Me".
FROM HER BIO:
Numerous Child Psychologists, Therapists, Teachers, Childhood Specialists and Parents are all saying my book, I'm The Boss Of Me, is a MUST HAVE for all little ones. (And they all know an adult or two that could benefit from reading it, too!)
But the MOST exciting thing to ME is that the LITTLE ONES are the BIGGEST FANS!! I'm getting videos and stories of them reading and LOVING the book!! Some for the first time ever!!
I wrote this book with my, then, 7 year old son when he came home, again, with a note from his teacher saying he had another "outburst" in class. I asked him why this kept happening and he said, "It's not MY fault, Mommy! My mouth did it!"
I said, "Well you need to be a better Boss of your mouth!..." and an idea, philosophy, book series and more was started!"
A longstanding fixture on the Australian jazz scene, Connie’s songs - at various points evoking Blossom Dearie, Madeleine Peyroux, and Carol King - brim with elegantly expressive melodies, and poetic lyrics.
As an author, she loves the long-form, but as a songwriter, she finds it thrilling, to sum up, the difficult, the wonderful, the terrifying, and exhilarating feeling of falling in or out of love in 4-minute soliloquies accompanied by talented musicians. She also believes we create our own reality and that belief is the driving force behind all her work."
ALAN WATERS, an award winning director/designer/producer with work all over the stage, on film, and in music, will join us to discuss his amazing work and career, his podcasting services, and his future plans.
FROM HIS BIO:
"Alan is an award winning director/designer/producer from Statesboro, GA; now based in South Western Virginia. He went to school at Ogeechee Technical College for Hospitality and Tourism Management, and then Georgia Southern University for Theatre and Performance.
Alan began his professional career at the Averitt Center for the Arts, and has worked regionally with the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. His Off Broadway credits include work with Abingdon Theatre Company, Bard City, Barrow Street Theater, Classic Stage Company, Fiasco Theater, Keen Company, New World Stages, New York Theatre Barn, Out of the Box Theatrics, Red Bull Theater, Sheen Center, SITI Company, The Cell Theatre, Transport Group, Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company, and The Duke on 42nd.
Alan is the Managing Artistic Director of DimlyWit Productions, a multimedia production company founded by independent producers for independent producers, for which he produces and designs podcasts, web series, and other virtual productions."
Each episode, our hosts ask six thoughtful questions that guests can use to define their life in the 21st century at this moment.
-What inspired you to take on your profession?
- If you were pursuing a different path, what would you be doing and why would you be doing it?
- Past, Present, Future → How do you see yourself now, and how does it compare to five years ago? How do you see yourself in five years?
- What principles do you live your life by?
- What are you grateful for?
- If you were to leave something in a time capsule for people to dig up 100 years later, what would you put in there and why?"
CHRISTINE DEPRE, currently from Jacksonville, Florida, and a sexual assault victim after a home invasion when she was a teenage mother of two, Christine is now an advocate and speaker in her attempt to assist women and to be their voice. Once a high school dropout, but now a college graduate, she is seeking to inspire and assist others with her story and journey.
FROM HER BIO:
"I am a survivor of a home invasion sexual assault by a stranger when I was 18 with 2 small children. Teen pregnancy with little to no support trying to sift through the healing process was not easy. With an 8th grade education I had nothing but resilience and God to rely on! I was told I couldn’t and wouldn’t by so many. Found myself in abusive toxic relationships and my only support were addicted parents. I needed more for my children and decided to fight. Today, I am graduating with my MPA and work as a Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator! I want to share that no matter what your background who you are or the odds there is a way out and up!"
LAUREN STIKELEATHER, a newly published author from the Boston area, joined us to discuss her latest release, "A Mixing Pot of Poems for Thought".
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Lauren Stikeleather is a Boston-area native who loves telling stories and making people smile and think. She is the oldest of three sisters and is known in her family for her love of green tea, dessert, the beach, and rhyming poetry. She graduated with honors from Boston University with a degree in Communications and a focus in advertising. A Mixing Pot of Poems for Thought is her debut poetry collection."
DON and DR. DINA PRESTON-ORTIZ, musicians, authors, and entrepreneurs from Arizona, joined us to discuss their careers, their business ventures, their music, and their latest release, "31 Cents to 43 Countries".
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
"From performing as a street musician to meeting and starting with only 31 cents in their pockets collectively, Dr. Dina Preston-Ortiz and husband Don Ortiz have successfully performed in 43 countries and 26 global tours without management or record deal. By working with the Department of Defense Armed Forces Entertainment division, U.S. State Department and Fortune 500 companies they bring a message of how to guide and lead SUCCESS in dynamic environments!
Dina and Don are passionate about entrepreneurial thinking. As international speakers they enjoy sharing their expertise on how to launched and grow companies in environments of constant change. They love coaching on how to capitalize on the unknown, while finding solutions in difficult situations and growing the bottom line organically."
EREZ AGAM, a sales expert and author from Berlin, Germany, who likes traveling & sports and enjoying the enquiring of new cultures, joined us to discuss his latest release, "Berlin's Immigration Secrets".
FROM HIS AMAZON PAGE:
"If you dream about greener pastures overseas but find the immigration procedure to be a daunting one, Berlin’s Immigration Secrets will provide you with the guidance needed to successfully achieve your goals. The author Erez Agam presents a complete guide to the immigration process in Germany based on his own experiences, including several little-known facts and insights.
In the form of a memoir, Agam narrates a story of perseverance, dedication, and resilience, demonstrating how to efficiently tackle the bureaucratic procedures involved in the immigration process and highlighting the difficulties you are likely to face. The essence of the immigration experience and the mindset required to overcome obstacles remain the same no matter what your end goal is, and this book will help you build a new life at your chosen destination."
PAUL BARON, a "serial entrepreneur", and the CEO of The Wall Printer, joined us to discuss his exciting new product to produce murals at a reduced cost for your home or business, and how you can get involved in this venture.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Paul Baron is the founder and chief executive officer of The Wall Printer USA. Paul is responsible for all executive functions, assuring the growth of the corporation and of the businesses that purchase a Wall Printer. His decades of business experience span B2B, B2C, retail, manufacturing, distribution, international business, and franchising. Paul has personally developed and launched business concepts and supported successful revenue growth, which leads to exits for several start-ups and established businesses."
SHAD HELMSTETTER, Ph.D., often referred to as the "Father of Self-Talk" joined us to discuss his research, his new APP, and his first and most recent books, "What to Say When You Talk to Your Self", and "Negative Self-Talk How to Change It".
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. is the author of more than twenty books in the field of personal growth. His ground-breaking classic on the subject of self-talk, "What to Say When You Talk to Your Self," is published in over 70 countries, and is in its 45th printing in 30+ years of publication.
Dr. Helmstetter has appeared on over 1200 radio and television programs, including repeat appearances on Oprah Winfrey, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN News. His self-talk audio programs are listened to daily by individuals and families world wide."
JES DREW, a highly prolific author from Cleveland, Ohio, will join us to discuss her writing career, her upcoming newest release, "Echoes of Summer", her multiple book series, and future writing plans.
FROM HER BLOG PAGE:
"Jes Drew is the author of the Ninja and Hunter trilogy, the Howling Twenty trilogy, the Kristian Clark saga, the Castaways trilogy, The Dystopian Takeover trilogy, The Clockwork Faerie Tale Novellas, The Summers of Yesteryear series, Legends of the Master Spy, The New ESE Files, and Tales from Parallel Worlds."
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."
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."
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."
DARRIN SCHENCK, a former professional racquetball player, the racquetball coach at Arizona State University, VP of Sales for TriageNow, author, and the survivor of a head-crash with a drunk driver, will join us from Phoenix, Arizona, to tell us his story, including his survival from that crash, as well as all that he is doing now to promote safety on the road.
From His Website:
"I walked away from this head on collision with nothing but a small scar on the back of my hand. After a while I really started to question why this had happened, and more importantly why was I spared in this instance? After much introspection, I came to the conclusion that while I had done some good things in my life, I wasn't doing enough. I needed to do more, and on a larger scale.
While the ASU Racquetball team has allowed me the opportunity to influence about 300 kids in my 13 years as coach, I wanted to expand that reach. Although one single speech is not going to necessarily change someone's life, if I have some impact on some of the people I speak to, I will be closer to fulfilling my "WHY". My WHY is to help others chase and achieve their goals as I have."
NOA RONEN, a leadership coach and author from Raleigh, North Carolina, joined us to discuss her career, her views on leadership, and her latest release, "BEyond: Leadership: From AwareLess To AwareNess".
From Her Website:
"My personal relocation experience, reminded me that many times when we step into the path of change, we think we know how the change is going to look like, but in reality even though we try to control every step along the way to shape it as we want, the end result will look differently and this is when we feel stuck.Change Taught Me That There Are Two Main Energies That Can Help Us Thrive Or Get Stuck; The Being And Doing Energies.
Those energies can help us create a momentum with our leadership or keep us stuck. Until we learn to identify and then evaluate the situation we stay in what I call a state of AwareLess."
JACOB CRAIG, a fitness author and researcher from Rochester, New York, joined us to discuss his latest release, "Inspiring Leaders in Health & Fitness", as well as all else that he has learned in the areas of health, motivation, and success.
From His Website:
"I’m Jacob Craig, a researcher and writer on experts in various spaces related to self-improvement. The experts that I study have been able to help thousands of people through their books, podcasts, coaching programs, and social media platforms. After researching them for months at a time, I get to know the foundation of their work, the ins and outs of their programs, and hundreds of interesting tips from each of them. Through my books, my first being ‘Inspiring Leaders in Health & Fitness, Vol. 1,’ I share this information in hopes others find as much value as I have."
JESUS "EDDIE" CAMPA, a retired police chief and police officer, and a current author, joined us to discuss his career, law enforcement, and his newest release, "Unmasking Leadership: What They Don't Tell You".
From His Website:
"Eddie was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After 27 years of law enforcement experience, Eddie retired from public service and transitioned his experience and expertise to the private sector as a mentor, consultant, and sounding board. Eddie served as a Chief Deputy and Chief of Police on two different occasions.
As a result of his last tour as Chief of Police in a city impacted by racial divisions, he created and implemented the innovative No Colors No Labels Initiative designed to remove the preconceived notion that the Police were racially motivated. NCNL provided a safe community for all citizens. In 2017 he was named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian of the Year by the NAACP. He is a leader who believes in diversity and that a workforce should mirror the community they serve."
WORDSMITH, a songwriter, performer, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Baltimore, Maryland, joined us to discuss his ventures and projects, including his work with his entertainment company, his philanthropy work, and his activities with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. he also shared some of his music with us!
From His Website:
"Baltimore City Public schools don't include music classes or music programs. To mitigate this deficit, Rise with a Purpose, Inc.(RISE) will provide an instructional music program for Baltimore City underserved youth & aspiring musicians on the fundamentals of song creation/structure, vocal tones, classical music, dance, & the recording process. Donations will be used for providing an after-school facility, students with instruments and accessories, studio & recording equipment, stipends for teachers, purchase of equipment and technology for virtual instruction."
REDWOOD, a singer/songwriter from the UK, joined us to discuss her songwriting, her background, her background, and. the differences between performing live and in the studio. She also shared two her songs with us!
From Her BandCamp Page:
"Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Worcestershire. Known for her powerful, haunting vocals and perfect harmonies, Redwood has been performing on the West Midlands circuit for the last couple of years."
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.