DANIEL HESS, a filmmaker, author, and veteran of 5,000 weddings as a photographer, joined us to discuss his career as a wedding photographer, his recently released book of poetry, and his first scripted movie.
FROM HIS BIO:
"Growing up the thing that really changed and defined much of my childhood was losing my best friend when I was 10 years old to Cystic Fibrosis. From that point forward a creative spark lit inside me that I really wouldn't get in touch with until college when my friend convinced me at the last second to change my major over to film. After that I stuck with film and video sometimes to a stubborn extent in my career. I started my own business at age 19 and I've been at it ever since.
My writing side never truly went away and was reignited after many years of battling depression especially in the tedium of wedding videography. To start off 2021 I collected 5 years worth of poetry in a collection which I just self published mid-January."
EDWARD DI GANGI, an author from North Carolina and adopted at birth, joined us to discuss his discoveries as he traced his roots as he heard 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.
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."
ANDREA BOURGEOIS, a Christian author from Louisiana, joined us to discuss her latest release, "Just Breathe", her book "... for the woman who feels stuck in her relationship with God. It’s for the woman who feels unseen, unsure, overwhelmed, and alone in the desert and desperate for a way back to the Jordan River… so you can feel freedom, can be rinsed clean and can be full of hope".
FROM HER BIO:
"I started hearing “WRITE” as I began to work through difficult seasons in my life.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching in 2011 both from McNeese State University.
After my sister-in-law passed away in 2013 and after God help me overcome doubt in 2014, I began to write more and listen to God’s direction and calling.
I wrote my family story of restoration and redemption and two Bible studies by the time I attended She Speaks Writer Conference in the summer of 2019.
I realized then that God had called me into the ministry and I had a passion to help others study God’s Word, process their pain, and discover their purpose."
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.