Episode 88: Dating and Single Parenting with Eric Levin

March 24, 2019

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Eric Levin

Today, I tried something new. Instead of talking to a guest about some cool project they are going all in on, I wanted to discuss topics that are important to us. Eric Levin, a single father, a real estate agent, and a good friend of mine, joined me to talk about dating, single parenting, and our boys getting ready for high school.

Instead of the traditional three songs on the soundtrack of his life, I asked Eric to think of one song we could listen to halfway through the show. He shared “Use Me” by Bill Withers.

You can find Eric on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/therealrealtor/ or online at https://ericlevilevin.kwrealty.com/
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Episode 87: From Concept to Stage Production with Paintbox

March 17, 2019

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Jon McCormack (creator), Jordan Formicelli (Annie), and Tomer Oz (director) talk about Paintbox, an origianl rock opera with a twist. Paintbox is currently playing at the Player’s Ring in downtown Portsmouth. The three talk about how Paintbox went from an album to a musical stage production and what it means to them to go all in.

For their song selections, they picked songs from show: 1st song: “Deep Earth” opening number; 2nd song: “California Caramel Cream” midway point; 3rd song: “Sweet Annie Pepperberry” closing number.

For more information about Paintbox, go to http://playersring.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/Paintbox-by-Jon-McCormack-914832692038718/

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Episode 86: Middle School Musicals with the Cast of PMS’s Aladdin, Jr.

March 10, 2019

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I interviewed the cast of Portsmouth Middle School’s production of Aladdin, Jr., which is opening Monday, March 11 and is running for three nights. All shows start at 7 pm. Maddoc, Nick, Scarlet, and Ian talk about the musical, their favorite parts of the show, and what it means to go all in when you sign up for school production.

Song selection: “Friend Like Me” by Broadway’s James Monroe Iglehart

Buy tickets for the show at Portsmouth Middle School’s main office.

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Episode 85: Geezer Stories with Laura Mansfield

March 3, 2019

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Laura Mansfield

Laura Mansfield is the author of Geezer Stories: The Care and Feeding of Old People, a book that was birthed from a series of Facebook posts she originally shared to help her cope with the frustrations, heartaches and small joys of caring for her aging parents. Laura joins me form East Tennessee. She talks about the response to Geezer Stories and shares some statistics that has created “The Taffy Generation.”

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Child of Mine” by Carole King; 2nd song: “Tennessee” by Mindy Smith; 3rd song: “Golden” by Ruth B.

Excerpt from a blogpost: “Pretty Fly (for an Old Guy)”
Gentle readers, you will recall from my previous Geezer Story, that DooDaddy and Gmamma left the old homestead in a bit of hurry, since it sold in a week. We thought there’d be months to pack and sort through the accumulated detritus of decades, from National Geographic magazines to debutante dresses. DooDaddy brought along armloads of Gmamma’s clothes but forgot everything in the hall closet when they refugeed to the Old Folks Home.
So we’ve been gradually replenishing his wardrobe. Last year it was a handsome topcoat. This year it was a leather jacket. Oh the trials and tribulations of shopping with geezers. Lord have mercy! Don’t get me started on trying to buy granny panties for Gmamma. I literally can’t even.

Laura writes from her home in East Tennessee. Learn more at: www.geezerstories.com.

Social Links:
Twitter: @geezerstories
Instagram: @geezerstories
LinkedIn: lauramansfieldapr

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Episode 84: A Memoir of Living with Alzheimer’s with Paula Sarver

February 24, 2019

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Paula Sarver

Paula Sarver is a new author who fell into the publishing world when, after moving her mother into an assisted living center for Alzheimer’s, she discovered her mother’s prayer journal. She turned that journal into An Introspective Journey: A Memoir of Living with Alzheimer’s. Paula joined me from Knoxville, Tennessee and shared a few excerpts from her book. Her mother’s words shed light on the pain and confusion that someone living with the disease feels, and Paula’s experiences help caregivers understand and support our loved ones.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “I Won’t Give Up” by Trisha Yearwood; 2nd song: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver; 3rd song: “joy.” by for King & Country

Follow Paula on Facebook @thepaulasarver

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Episode 83: The Gentleman Bard with Aaron Shaver

February 17, 2019

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Aaron Shaver is an author, actor, storyteller, husband, and father. He also creates introspective video essays based on popular movies or TV shows and connects them to the way the themes show up in real life. He joins me from Nashville to talk about how he found his love for storytelling, how he created The Gentleman Bard, and what it means to him to go “all in.”

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Under Pressure” by Queen; 2nd song: “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Grand Funk Railroad; 3rd song: “Ring the Bells” by Johnnyswim with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

You can find Aaron online at the Gentleman Bard.com

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Episode 82: Restoring Balance and Empowering Women with Moon Essence

February 10, 2019

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Adrienne Irizarry joins me again to talk about a new business she started called Moon Essence. Through her own experiences with vaginal steaming and Chinese medicine, Adrienne’s practice works with women to help restore ease and balance in all stages of life.

Adrienne talks about how and why she started Moon Essence, her experiences with Chinese medicine, Chinese Dietetics, and cupping.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Home” by Marc Broussard; 2nd song: “Better When I’m Dancing” by Megan Trainor; and 3rd song: “Everyday” by Toby Lightman.

Once a month Adrienne leads the Lunar Ladies event at Relief Parenting in Hampton where they talk about all things women’s health. Reliefparenting.com

To get in touch with Adrienne, make an appointment, or follow Moon Essence, use the links below:
My website: Moonessence.life
Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter @moonessenceme
Email: adrienne@moonessence.life

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Episode 81: Lifestyle Medicine with Dr. Love

February 3, 2019

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Dr. Love

Dr. K.L. Johnson or Dr. Love is a multi-lingual, nationally certified speech-language pathologist, linguist, certified autism specialist, certified public health researcher and certified in the practice of cognitive rehabilitation. She is founder and director of the non-profit, Dr. Love’s Healthcare and Dr. Love’s Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine. She joined me from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Love shares her journey into the medical field, her faith and hope in an everlasting God, and a mantra that has helped her get through tough times.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “They That Wait” by Fred Hammond; 2nd song: “Everlasting God” by William Murphy; and 3rd song: “Holy God” by ABC Praise Team.

For more information and to contact Dr. Love go to: Dr. Love’s Integrative Nutrition (https://www.drlovehealthcare.org) & Lifestyle Medicine, LLC. (http://tcunt2018.liveeditaurora.com).

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For I Am Yours: The Story Behind the Story

When my daughter Carol Linn was about four years old, she asked me to tell her a story instead of reading one to her. She loved story time and would beg me to read at least two books a night to her, so when she asked me to tell her a story, I was in a bit of a panic. I hemmed and hawed until my eyes fell on her baby blanket that she hugged to her body. She would often use the ruffles to stroke her cheek while listening to books or watching TV.

This was the same blanket that covered her the first time we put her in her crib, the same blanket she held onto at six months old and wouldn’t let go of, and the same blanket she carried with her everywhere she went by the time she was two and could adamantly refuse to leave it.

So I began, “A soft, light-green blankie lay in a white crib, waiting for the special day. Blankie thought about the important job it had to do. Keeping a baby warm and comfortable was not a job for an ordinary blanket.”

She wiggled with excitement as I told “stories” that were based on true events. Carol Linn loved the story so much, she asked me to tell it to her again. I had a hard time remembering it the next night, so she reminded me of all the parts I had forgotten. When she asked me the third night to tell it again, I thought I’d better write it down. The two of us worked together to make sure I didn’t forget anything. I printed it out and read it to her a dozen times after that, and then she asked me to tell her a story about her stuffed animals, with the same result. Shortly after writing these stories down, Carol Linn started reading, so our nightly books became easy readers that she read to me.

The abandoned stories I wrote for Carol Linn were put into a folder and basically forgotten with a pile of notebooks. However, they stayed with me, in that folder, through two moves: from Rochester, New York to Colorado Springs and from Colorado Springs to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It wasn’t until I moved out to New Hampshire that I opened the folder again and found the stories.

I read the blankie story and started to cry.

By this time, Carol Linn was 21, independent, with seemingly little need for me in her life. I realized then that the personified “blankie” was really the story of my love for her.
When I showed Carol Linn the story after all these years, she cried as well and whispered, “I loved my blankie so much.”

You need to know that Carol Linn had kept her blankie until she moved to New Hampshire at 18 years old. It mostly stayed at the end of her bed or in the closet, but when I went to her bedroom after that emotional goodbye, her blankie was on her bed, curled up by her pillow.

When I told her my “mother’s love” theory, we both cried even harder. Our tears revealed the bond that had never disappeared; it just took on a different form as we aged, and our needs changed. Even though Carol Linn doesn’t sit on my lap and cuddle with me anymore, she knows I am here for her with open arms if she ever needs me: “For I am yours, and you are mine, ‘til the end of time.”

To follow Lorraine Watry’s process as she illustrates , go to : https://www.lorrainewatrystudio.com/blog/2019/1/25/creating-illustrations-for-a-childrens-book

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For I Am Yours written by Pauline Hawkins, illustrated by Lorraine Watry, and published by WordCrafts Press is due to be released in the summer of 2019.

Episode 80: The Hero’s Journey with Mike Parker

January 27, 2019

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mike parker

Mike Parker is a stage and film director, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, actor, and the founder of WordCrafts Press. He joined me from Middle Tennessee where he lives with wife, author Paula K. Parker.

Mike talks about his journey and how he started his publishing company; marrying his high school sweetheart and the secret to marriage; his time as an officer in the famed 5th Special Forces Group; what compels him to want to publish a particular book; some projects near and dear to his heart; how he juggles all his roles; what it means to him to go all in; and the mantra that helps him overcome struggles.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley; 2nd song: “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues; 3rd song: “Dancing in the Minefield” by Andrew Peterson.

To learn more about WordCrafts Press or contact Mike, go to http://www.wordcrafts.net/

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