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HAPPY END OF 2020! Cynthia Brian Reads Leadership to Miracles from Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts

December 30, 2020

Everyone is thrilled that 2020 is at an end. Now we look to the future of 2021 with hope and faith. We have to come together, reconnect, and rebuild our country. Purple is the color for 2021.

 

As an Empowerment Architect, Cynthia Brian’s aim is to encourage, inspire, inform, and motivate. Her “heart book”, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference offers readers a wealth of true stories, uplifting quotes, and simple exercises to help you be the star of your own performance  In today’s StarStyle episode, Cynthia reads chapters on Leadership, Lifelines, Listening, Love, Magic, and Miracles to help you end 2020 with hope and start 2021 with a fresh, positive perspective. Buy copies of this book and others at https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store.

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/127121/a-new-beginning-cynthia-brian-leadership-to-miracles-from-be-the-star-you-are

Peace, Harmony, and Christmas with Nola Hennessy

December 23, 2020

Australian author and founder of Serenidad Consulting, Nola Hennessy

brings harmony into Christmas festivities as she visits with Cynthia Brian on StarStyle®. Nola will discuss how developing resilience for life relies on both good and bad experiences, and how best to build a new year that is founded on the lessons learned in 2020. Nola sees peace through an educator’s lens, strongly and consistently advocating for ‘prevention’ strategies and proactive education to resolve the world’s global conflicts and increasing levels of violence and discord. Her multi-award winning book “Post-Traumatic Stress – Not a Life Sentence” includes a special Chapter on “Resilience for Life” in which Nola writes “maintaining the goal of inner peace…………..and (giving yourself) positive affirmations………..will help create your self-fulfilling prophecy “.

 

Cynthia Brian shares The Gift of Harmony from her book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference about an extraordinary experience with fur seals in the Galapagos Islands that proves that we are all united. 

 

Bio: Nola Hennessy

Nola Hennessy is a thought leader on peace, an insightful and multi-award-winning business woman and author, and globally recognized for her enduring commitment to inspire others to live lives of positivity, compassion and love. Nola empowers people in their journey away from revenge, violence, hatred, greed, and power and control struggles.

 

Born in Australia in 1957, Nola knows that change is inevitable and, as a leading change agent and widely recognized for her capacity to make a difference at a global level, Nola’s global organization Serenidad Consulting® is her vehicle to affect the changes that she knows the world needs.

 

One of Rotary International’s Inspirational Women 2011 and the USA’s Women of Impact 2014, Nola become a senior manager at age 16, and a senior leader at age 19. She leads Serenidad Consulting®, founded in January 2010, in its strategic intent to facilitate positive relationships and global peace outcomes. www.serenidadconsulting.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/127120/peace-harmony-and-christmas-with-nola-hennessy

Cynthia Brian Reads the “A’s” from Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts

December 16, 2020

Since Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference debuted, readers have been asking author Cynthia Brian to read the chapters to a world of listeners. In today’s StarStyle® episode, Cynthia reads the introduction to the gifts as well as several chapters that begin with the letter “A”. Included will be Abundance, Acceptance, Action, Adventure, Affection, and Affirmation You’ll be empowered by the chapters to be your best self. As an Empowerment Architect, Cynthia Brian’s aim is to encourage, inspire, inform, and motivate. Become the star of your own performance. Buy copies of this book and others at https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store.

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/127118/cynthia-brian-reads-the-as-from-be-the-star-you-are-99-gifts

Winterizing, Comfort Zone Challenges, Dig it with Kids

December 09, 2020

As winter approaches, we want to get our outdoor spaces and home ready for the cold and wet. Cynthia Brian offers tips on winterization. Don’t forget to test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, clean out gutters, replace furnace filters, stack the firewood, and have plenty of hot chocolate fixings ready for those long, dark nights in front of a blazing fireplace!

 

From dives of danger to flights of fright, author of Sleeping Around…Challenging My Comfort Zone, Mary L. Peachin, is no shrinking violet. “I like to live each day to the fullest” says the self-proclaimed adrenalin junkie. Mary will discuss her global adventures including encounters with saltwater crocs, bears, and sharks. Get your heart pumping.

 

Watching the wide-eyed wonder of children during the holidays is an additional dividend of the magical season of Christmas. This is a great time to spark children’s enthusiasm for gardening. The rewards go far beyond reaping a harvest of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Not only do kids get to dig in the dirt, it’s a plus if they get dirty.

 

 

 

Bio: Mary Peachin

Mary Peachin has slept her way around the world on everything from cots outside beach palapas to mountain huts, sleeping bags, bunk beds, wilderness cabins, dive boats, and sleazy motels.  While doing so, she has experienced unique adventures in remote global destinations—overcoming fears, threats to her comfort zone, and even stark terror.

Some of these include unexpected shark encounters, caring for a Gila monster and Solomon boa constrictor, scuba diving with sharks, venomous banded sea kraits, and colliding with a salt water crocodile in an underwater cave. Mary has snorkeled with whale sharks and humpbacks, and observed tiny muck critters. She has been charged by an elephant, a rhinoceros, and a shark, stung by a deadly box jelly, and stepped on a rattlesnake. Jumping out of an airplane and bungee jumping are only a few of her adrenaline rushes.

Challenges include overcoming her fear of learning to scuba dive and taking her first solo airplane flight. Mary bicycled from the Grand Canyon to Nogales, five hundred miles, not knowing how to shift the gears of her bike. Not satisfied with her performance, she returned the following year to prove her mettle. There were emergency landings in her Cessna T-210, getting lost in the Rockies, having her brakes catch on fire in Mexico.

Mary has traveled to all seven continents, but not on a cruise ship. This book is neither a travelogue nor a guidebook. Sleeping Around is an inspirational biography of a unique woman, one who has led an extraordinary life.

A wife of 55 years, mother of two, and the granddaughter of an Arizona pioneer family, she has given her time back to her Tucson community by raising millions of dollars for worthwhile projects.

This book may read like fiction, but it is real—an incredible story that you won’t want to miss. Dozens of colored photographs will draw you into each adventure. Sleeping Around is a page-turner for teens to seniors, anglers, scuba divers, bicycle riders, armchair travelers, fellow adrenaline junkies. http://www.peachin.com

 

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/127112/winterizing-comfort-zone-challenges-dig-it-with-kids

Trust but Verify, Covid Cons, Garden of Gratitude

December 02, 2020

It’s been a busy year. Since the onset of the pandemic, every day I have worked many hours to improve my landscape: pruning dead limbs, repairing stairs, rebuilding arches, eradicating weeds, planting new specimens, fertilizing, firescaping, re-seeding, and adding amendments. Cynthia Brian offers thanks for family, friends, health, and her garden as she looks forward to winter. 

 

Trust but Verify by Karna Small Bodman features a member of The White House staff and an FBI Special Agent who race to unravel an explosive plot. It is one that threatens the lives of international financial leaders and would sink stock market worldwide.

 

Fraud is on the rise during Covid-19. Find out who are the primary targets, who is doing this, and what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

 

 

BIO: KARNA SMALL BODMAN 

Karna Small Bodman is the author of five published international thrillers  (which have hit “#1 in Thrillers” on Amazon). These novels were inspired by the six years she served in The White House. 

 

When Ronald Reagan was elected President, he named Karna as his Deputy Press Secretary. Later, she switched to foreign policy issues and became Senior Director and Spokesman for the National Security Council where she was the highest-ranking woman on The White House staff.

 

Her latest novel Trust but Verify, won a silver award winner from the Military Writers Society of America  Her four previous thrillers have all been updated and re-released in print, e-book and audio formats by her publisher.  Karna has given over 350 speeches and interviews around the country. Visit her website: www.karnabodman.com 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126970/trust-but-verify-covid-cons-garden-of-gratitude

Thanksgiving and Gratitude, Design Trade Secrets, Rebuilding After Disaster

November 25, 2020

America is a country of great abundance, yet, everyday most of us complain about the lack in our lives.  Being human means that all of us, regardless of race, religion, economics, politics, or sex, will have difficult times and challenges to overcome. We have created a plan that works for us and we’ll share it with you. It’s called, Thanksgiving is Today. A reading of the Gift of Gratitude from Cynthia’s award-winning book, Be the Star You Are!® is included. www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

 

Building and remodeling are on the rise during the pandemic. Cynthia Brian offers a selection of home design trade secrets that can help you elevate your living space. 

 

Disasters are happening at an increasing rate. If you are a survivor of a disaster, what are steps you can take to rebuild your life? Hear information you need to get back to normal.

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126877/thanksgiving-and-gratitude-design-trade-secrets-rebuilding-afte

Soil and Leaves, Becoming Lady Washington, Cyberbulling Rising

November 18, 2020

As the world turns the leaves on our deciduous trees to reds, ambers, and golds, this is a perfect time to replenish your mulch and enrich your soil. If your garden is small, you can buy bags of amendments at your garden center or hardware store, but if you have a large property, it is best to order a truckload. Discover your nature friends and applaud them as masterpieces. https://www.voiceamerica.com/account/HostEcardService#account-mylibrary

 

Author of Becoming Lady Washington, Betty Bolte designs the backstory of Martha Washington when George must choose between duty to country and Martha. Compelled to take matters into her own hands, Martha must decide whether to remain where she belongs or go with her husband… no matter what the dangerous future may hold.

 

Cyberbullying has been on the rise during Covid-19.  According to experts, cyberbullying is up over 70%. What can a parent do to prevent the bullying and provide positive intervention? Find out. 

 

 

Bio: Betty Bolte

Bestselling, award-winning author Betty Bolté is known for authentic and accurately researched historical fiction with heart and supernatural romance novels. A lifetime reader and writer, she’s worked as a secretary, freelance word processor, technical writer/editor, and author. She’s been published in essays, newspaper articles/columns, magazine articles, and nonfiction books but now enjoys crafting entertaining and informative fiction, especially stories that bring American history to life. She earned a Master’s Degree in English in 2008, emphasizing the study of literature, and has judged many writing contests for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Alabama with her husband and life partner; her cat, Calliope, who is also her writing partner; and her dog and walking partner, Zola. www.bettybolte.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126745/soil-and-leaves-becoming-lady-washington-cyberbulling-rising

Sheltering with Nature, Where Light Comes and Goes, 2024 

November 11, 2020

Are you feeling more in touch with Mother Earth as we near the beginning of eight months of stay-at-home mandates because of Covid-19? Or are you feeling antsy, stressed, and out-of-sorts? Retreating to our landscapes was initially a salve to the pain of the corona virus, social unrest, and political nastiness as we encountered improved air quality, quieter skies, and increased bird activity. Vote for decency and respect as you shelter with Mother Nature.

 

Cynthia Brian interviews retired physician turned novelist, Dr. Sandra Cavallo Miller with her second novel, Where Light Comes and Goes. She describes these novels as "science-based medical adventure”. Her novels brim with accurate medicine, science, and geology. They include outdoor adventure, romance, and mental illness. The protagonist is a young female physician at a clinic on the south rim of the Grand Canyon who is remaking herself as she battles an anxiety condition.

 

When the world finally returns to “normal”, with or without a vaccine, pundits predict the year could be 2024. It will take that time to recover from political, social, economic, and psychological trauma. There isn’t an early exit from the pain and suffering. Find out what to expect.

 

Bio: Dr. Sandra Cavallo Miller 

Sandra Cavallo Miller is a retired family physician. After a long career in academic medicine, she now is writing medical novels about contemporary women doctors. Because so little fiction features women physicians outside of CSI/crime scene stories, her mission is to change that. Her books brim with accurate science and medicine, and she enjoys showing the human side while creating an adventurous story. She calls her genre "science-based medical adventure.”As poet and essayist, her work has been published in Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, Embark, Under the Sun, and JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association, among others. When not writing, you are likely to find her hiking with a dog, up on a horse, or studying her latest hobby, volcanology. Website: www.skepticalword.com

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126556/sheltering-with-nature-where-light-comes-and-goes-2024

2020 Elections, Choosing Life with Author Leslie Sussan

November 04, 2020

 

Cynthia Brian continues broadcasting with Wednesdays with Writers and Entertainers as a way to give authors, actors, artists, and creatives a platform to promote their work during the pandemic when their events have been canceled. This outreach is part of Operation Disaster Relief through Be the Star You Are! t01 c3 charity. Make a donation at https://www.bethestaryouare.org

 

A conversation about the election with results still to be determined . Who will be in the White House in January? Who will occupy the House and the Senate. No matter who you voted for, voting is our right and obligation as part of democracy of America. Biden is calling for patience in counting the ballots and saying he’ll be a President for all Americans. Trump is already screaming fraud and threatening to take a lawsuit to the Supreme Court. There are sore loser laws. States have protocols in place to prevent frivolous lawsuits for recounts. Candidates do NOT get to say who won. The voters do. Which man is more Presidential?

 

In 1987, honoring her father’s wishes, author Leslie Sussan, with her young daughter, followed his footsteps to Japan to meet the survivors he had filmed more than 40 years before.  Her book, Choosing Life shares a personal journey to answer a simple, yet not easy life question: what gives some people the strength to choose life when faced with unspeakable horrors? A Hollywood cinematographer before the war, the moment 2nd Lt. Herbert Sussan set foot on Nagasaki soil four months after the bombing; he knew he had to tell the real story hidden within the story the Army wanted him to tell. So horrific was the human aftermath, the Japanese have a word especially for the survivors, hibakusha.  Spending the remainder of his life arguing unsuccessfully for the footage’s release, Sussan’s last wish was that his ashes be scattered at ground zero in Hiroshima. The first-person accounts of the filmmaker and the hibakusha whom he filmed embody compassion and courage and send a message calling for peace across nations and generations.

 

Bio: Leslie Sussan

This is a story I was born to tell but it took most of my life to do it. Like my father, I was born and raised in New York City. During college in the early 1970s, I was active in the peace and civil rights movements and was one of the founders of the Gray Panthers. My father, Herbert Sussan, filmed the aftermath of the atomic bombings, only to see the footage buried as top secret for decades.  He believed that the American people could only be mobilized to stop nuclear weapons if they fully understood their human meaning in living color. But the years embittered him. As a young person, I saw him as a hypocrite sitting on the wrong side of the generation gap because he did not embrace my activism and oppose the Vietnam War or support my interracial marriage. 

After he became ill with a cancer he attributed to his time in the atom-bombed cities, he began speaking out for the first time. His last wish was that his ashes be scattered at Ground Zero in Hiroshima. I went to Japan in 1987 with my little girl (then 4). I found myself, like my father, deeply drawn to Hiroshima and spent a year there coming to know survivors who remembered being filmed by my father more than 40 years earlier. And, to my surprise, I also came to know who my father was before he was haunted by the images he saw and could not share. It took me thirty more years to find the right way to share the first-person accounts that my father and the hikakusha (the Japanese word for the survivors) had entrusted to me, but now they are available at last for readers as the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the bombings -- and again faces hard choices about nuclear weapons.

https://hiroshima-choosinglife.com/ 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126410/election-results-life-over-death-teen-cyberbullying

Nature Halloween, Damned if She Does, Friendship

October 28, 2020

During this season, life is about the kids. This is a time of magic, wonder, and things that go bump in the night. Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for most children in the United States but this year, Halloween, the way it has been celebrated for decades, is canceled. 

How about celebrating a nature Halloween?

 

Right in time to give a final push for the Biden-Harris ticket, Irish author Kathleen Kelley Reardon shares her newest novel, Damned If She Does, as it ”artfully stirs" what Kirkus Reviews describes as a "dangerous cauldron of ambitious scholars." "Informed and searing" in her "takedown of ivory tower politics," Reardon makes us work for answers throughout the "page-turning scenes" of this MeToo whodunit. She writes in her blog, “No use dignifying Trump’s sexist low blows. Better to make him squirm.” 

 

We confuse our many acquaintances and business associates with "friends." We go for quantity, not quality. True friends are among the most important people in one’s life. Cynthia Brian reads, The Gift of Friendship, from her award winning book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference. When you have such a friend, you have the greatest gift in the world.

 

Don’t Forget to VOTE for DECENCY and DEMOCRACY!

 

 

 

BIO: Kathleen Kelley Reardon

Kathleen Kelley Reardon, professor, writer and artist, has published ten nonfiction books and two crime mysteries. Her debut novel, Shadow Campus, was described by Forbes as “fast-paced” and a “masterful debut.” Damned If She Does (2020), a Manhattan-based sequel described by Kirkus as “informed and searing,” was selected for their September 2020 “Great Indie Books Worth Discovering.” Kathleen is a member of the Ireland Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She lives in Schull, West Cork Ireland where the upcoming third book in her crime mystery trilogy takes place.A professor of business and communication, Kathleen has published extensively in journals, magazines, and was a signature front-page blogger with Huffington Post from 2005 to 2016.  Nonfiction can inform fiction - as did her nonfiction writing about challenges women face in hostile workplaces before writing her novels Shadow Campus and Damned If She Does.  www.kathleenkelleyreardon.com

 

 

Listen at Voice America Network, Empowerment Channel: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/126203/sheltering-with-nature-damned-if-she-does-friendship

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