Mother’s Day 2019

May 12, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

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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.


Episode 92: Getting Over Bad Relationships with Jenn Li

May 6, 2019

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Jenn Li and I talk about how to get past bad relationships. We share ways to take care of ourselves while we heal and books, quotes, and songs that helped us move on.

1st song: “Coming Back to Life” by Pink Floyd

2nd song: “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson

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Episode 91: Seacoast Digital Fast with Jeff Stern

April 28, 2019

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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.

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Episode 90: Everything Under the Sun with Drew Maurais

April 7, 2019

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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!

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Episode 89: Three Pillars of Life with Amanda Woods

March 31, 2019

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Amanda Woods

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.

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Episode 88: Dating and Single Parenting with Eric Levin

March 24, 2019

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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