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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For the last episode of 2018, I wanted to share excerpts from shows that helped me transform and rebuild after a few years of treading water. All of my guests have helped me in some way; unfortunately, I didn’t have time in an hour long show to play segments from all of my favorite moments of 2018. I had to narrow it down somehow, so I pulled moments from certain episodes that stayed with me, that still whisper in my ear and guide me on my path forward.
Here are the guests in order:
Dennis McCarthy’s dedication to figuring out the mystery that has dumbfounded Shakespearean researchers for hundreds of years continues to inspire me to never give up. The truth is out there, but we also need the courage and wisdom to look for it and recognize it when we see it.
Natalia Iyudin shares her wisdom and experiences as a film director. Her advice to stand firm in your convictions and to know who you are before you get into the film industry was solid. We’ve all seen how the industry can destroy those who are not ready for that life.
Sophie Grimm’s perspective on audience helps me give each person the healthy respect we all deserve. Her audition advice also helped me prep my son for his theatre audition.
Roclyn Porter is a therapist who works with first responders. In her discussion of compassion fatigue, I realized I was suffering from it. Roclyn gave me an impromptu therapy session to help me heal. I can now see the symptoms when they show up and know what to do to alleviate them.
Jamie Jenson, a former colleague, talks about her year of saying, “Yes!” Her goal to accept every opportunity that came her way has helped me to say yes to things I normally would have said no to. Those yeses have been some of my best moments this year.
Chris Carrera and his family decided to move to Costa Rica for a year to find out what was missing in their lives. His description of the rat race made me rethink some of the choices I was making.
Finally, the last two segments I share came from Devin Powell, Jay Mansfield, and Adam Rivera. Their definitions of going all in were probably the most impactful perspectives of this year, making me realize that I have not been going all in with my dreams and goals. Every moment since those interviews, I have been making choices that are bringing me closer and closer to the life I’ve been striving for.
For some musical inspiration, I chose Pink’s cover of The Greatest Showman’s “A Million Dreams”
Sasha Alcott and her husband Chris Viner, bought a van in the summer of 2016, left their jobs and have been DIY Touring the US and Canada under the name When Particles Collide ever since. They are currently on tour in the New England area. Sasha talks about how she and Chris met, how they named their band, teaching, touring, going all in, and advice for musicians wanting to go on tour.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Lay My Body Down for You” by When Particles Collide; 2nd song: “Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash; 3rd song: “Misunderstood” by Wilco
Lorraine Watry is an award-winning Colorado contemporary realist painter of water-scapes, landscapes, and reflective objects. Her art is characterized by bright colors, dramatic light and realistic reflections. I am lucky to have her illustrate my children’s book, You Are Mine, due to be released in the summer of 2019. We talk about teaching art, her numerous awards, a favorite quote, and where she goes from here.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Let the Rain” by Sara Bareilles; 2nd song: “Make ‘Em Laugh” from Singing in the Rain; 3rd song: “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae.
Amanda Law is a jiu jitsu instructor, soap maker, and jewelry artist. On this episode, she talks about MMA, jiu jitsu, the longest match record she holds, her Tortuga Soap and Beauty to Beast Jewelry companies, her involvement with Mission 22 and We Defy, and her favorite quote from Rocky Balboa.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Alive” by POD; 2nd song: “Anthem for the Underdog” by 12 Stones; and 3rd song: “I’m Alive” by Disturbed
Karlina Lyons is a producer with 20 years of experience in domestic and international media production. Her career focus is on educational programming for children and families, most notably with Sesame Street. Recently, Karlina produced The Heroin Effect and Light Attaching to a Girl.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “I’m Free” by Soup Dragons; 2nd song: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison; 3rd song: “Pilgrim’s Progress” by Kris Kristofferson.