Abby Rosser lives
in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with her husband and four children. She is a former
kindergarten teacher who is now an author, publishing 5 books in 6 years, and
currently working on book 6. Abby talks about her writing journey, her books,
what it means to her to go all in, and where she finds meaning in her life.
Three songs that
would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “In Your
Eyes” by Peter Gabriel; 2nd song: “Beautiful Boy” by
John Lennon; and 3rd song: “Look Up Child” by Lauren
Jody Clark joins me again to talk about The Ring on the Sill the final book in his trilogy “The Soundtrack to My Life.” Jody grew up in the Kittery/York area of southern Maine and his books are based on his experiences growing up in a beach town. Jody talks about his recent launch party, meeting John Cusack, his writing habits, and what’s next.
The three songs he shared: 1st song: “With or Without you” by U2; 2nd song: “I Melt with you” by Modern English; and 3rd song: “Wild Irish Rose” by The Push Stars.
Jordan Formichelli and Marina Altschiller join me to talk about Little Shop of Horrors (opening May 31 at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord, NH), the show’s origin, producing a big name show as a start-up theatre company (Dive-In Productions), and what it means to them “to go all in.”
They shared three songs from the musical: 1st song: “Prologue”; 2nd song: “Feed Me”; and 3rd song: “Suddenly Seymour.”
For more information on Dive In Productions, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Hanrahan is back for his third appearance. David is a former Boston trial attorney and now the author of three novels. He just released his latest novel, Sanctuary: A Catalyst for Murder. David talks about his new book, a book club in Florida he visited, when he was on the NYC television show “So You Want to be a Star,” and a few near-death experiences.
1st song: “Tired” and 2nd song: “You’re in Heaven When You’re in Love.” Both songs sung by David Hanrahan and written by fellow students at Brooklyn Technical High School, William Goldenberg and Robert Hanning.
3rd song: “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord,” sung by “The Choirmen” at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Abington, MA performed for a special celebration of Cardinal Cushing’s 75th birthday (David is the soloist).
4th song: “Oh Lord I Am Not Worthy” sung by David Hanrahan
Being a mother is definitely a role that demands that we go “all in”. I’m thankful for all the mothers in my life who raised me, nurtured me, befriended me, helped me with my children, and offered me their hands to hold, their arms to hug, and their shoulders to cry on.
Mothers are one of the most important people in our lives and it’s great to take a day to honor that role. I know many mothers who have worked hard to provide the best life for their children, as well as people that have taken on that role without giving birth to the people they have taken under their wing. I know mothers and fathers who have had to play both roles for their children and friends who have become the “mother” in their group of friends.
I also know that Mother’s Day, like many holidays and events can be difficult for people. The best advice I can give is the advice I heard from Brene Brown. I’ve said it often on my show, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again: The most loving thing we can do for others is to create healthy boundaries for ourselves. What does that mean? It means that I know what is my issue to deal with and what is someone else’s. I don’t push my issues on someone else or blame them for my situation, and I don’t take on anyone else’s issue or blame myself for what they are angry or struggling with. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it does get easier with practice. As far as my children are concerned, I’ve made mistakes, but I have learned from them, apologized and then did the next right thing. My children know I am always in their corner, but what they also know is that I trust them to make the best decisions for their lives. I don’t assert my will but will talk things out with them, if they want my input, so that they can make a healthy decision for their lives. It has empowered them and taught them to trust themselves and shown them what healthy boundaries look like. It’s how we show love in our family.
I wish the same for all of you.
So, for this show, I just wanted to play a few songs for those important mother’s in my life, starting with my mother Ana Galovski and my grandmother Velika Kordovich. I miss them terribly and would not be the woman I am today without them. This song is also a tribute to all the amazing women I’ve had in my life who have stood by during some difficult times.
1st song: “Because you loved me” by Celine Dion
Next, I have a few songs I want to play for my children. They are my reason for everything I do. First, I have two amazing adult daughters Nicole Galovski and Carol Linn Powell who are crushing it and have earned rock star status in my book.
2nd song: “Run The World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
Finally, for my son Ian I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate song than “Better” by Toby Lightman. Here are the lyrics:
He’ll be enough to make you cry
He’ll be enough to open your eyes
To all the little things that make this world better
He’ll give you love you never knew
He’ll give his heart only to you
And he’ll make your life oh better
So when he comes to you in the middle of the night
‘Cause he’s scared to be alone in the dark
You’ll tell him everything’s gonna be alright
‘Cause I will be your light
I will be your night
I will be that star in the sky who watches over you
You’ll tell him everything you know
You’ll tell him “oh the places you’ll go”
So you can be a good man and
Make this world better.
You’ll give him all the love you have
Even when he makes you so mad
Keep in mind, that he made your life better.
So when he comes to you and he’s so confused
Because he wants to give his heart to another
You’ll tell him everything’s gonna be just fine
‘Cause I will be your light
And when the years are going by too fast
And he’s growing up to be big and strong
Know his love for you will last
Even when he doesn’t say it to your face
Even when you have to put him in his place
Know that he’s a love that nothing in this
World can ever replace
In all things, remember: Be courageous. Stay strong. Go all in.
Jeff Stern is a filmmaker, senior lecturer in Media and Culture at Bentley University, and the creator of “Seacoast Digital Fast” an event taking place May 3-5. Jeff talks about how digital fasting became one of his projects and what he hopes the event will do for the participants and what it will eventually become. He also shares a great perspective on going “all in.”
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Rock & Roll” by The Velvet Underground; 2nd song: “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel; and 3rd song: “Upside Down” by Diana Ross.
Drew Maurais joins me to talk about the things on our minds. We shared things that happened (or keep happening) that make us irate; things that make us giggle; bullying; our thoughts on Game of Thrones (some of the big moments on the show and a few predictions); what it means to us to go “all in”; and our love for the The Greatest Showman, using our favorite songs for the musical interludes: “From Now On” (Pauline) and “A Million Dreams” (Drew).
We also talked about the new podcast we will be starting together. Let us know what you think!
Amanda Woods is an author and illustrator of children’s books, the vice president of the board for the York Region Chamber of Commerce, on the board for the York Education Foundation, and the “powerhouse” at the Wiggly Bridge Distillery. She was born in Manchester, NH and currently lives in York, Maine.
She shared how she got started in the publishing world and the stories behind her children’s books, the foundation she wants to start, and what it means to her “to go all in.”
Three songs she would include on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw; 2nd song: “From the Ground Up” by Dan & Shay; and 3rd song: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis.
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.