Show #17: Nothing Lasts Forever. Grief, Loss and Acceptance

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We all experience loss – of relationships, jobs, friendships. But when that loss involves the death of a loved one, the process requires special attention.

grieflandOur guests are Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller, authors of Griefland, a book that has offered support, comfort and advice to many who have experienced the unthinkable: the loss of a child.

Then, our wonderful guest – Mara Brosler – from Connecticut Hospice, talks about the process of death and dying – and those are two different things. Enjoy this insightful show.

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Show #16: Body Image. Talk Back to the Mirror!

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realistic for all?

Don’t like what you see in the mirror? Maybe you are influenced by the media, unrealistic expectations, old messages, negative thinking.  We explore the issues, from teens to older, males and females – weight, wrinkles, reality, etc. – with guest Ilise Gold,  (Ilise Gold Life Management LLC) – learn to love your body again!

We also interview a man who lost 80 pounds – and has kept it off – about how it changed his confidence.

Some books we mentioned:






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Show #15: Living Your Magic Life

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Nana's Book

Nana’s Book


Nana, Randye, Diana, Nicky, and Milford Edwards (our producer at WDJZ)

Want your dreams to come true? This simple formula points the way to living your magic life. We talk, laugh and share with Nana Danso, award-winning speaker,author of Real Magic: Breaking Through the Illusion of Success

Nana is also an award winning speaker – with, of course, magic included! Check out his website

After the show, Nana amazed us with some sleight-of hand, too (see picture below)

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The formula spells MAGIC, of course –

Post-show magic!  Nana amazes Nicky

Post-show magic!
Nana amazes Nicky

  • Motivation
  • Aspirations
  • Gifts
  • Inspiration
  • Confidence

Listen to the show to find out how it frames the details that will inspire you to your  magic life.

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Show #14: Second Chances at Love

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One of Ronnie Ann Ryan's Resources

One of Ronnie Ann Ryan’s Resources

After divorce, loss, or a lifetime of “living single” – can we fall in love RARyanagain? We talk with relationship and dating coach Ronnie Ann Ryan, author of many books and resources including MANifesting Mr. Right about how to find love no matter what your age – and meet a couple who found new love with each other in their senior years.

And, we learn: What is “flirt school”? and other fun tips!

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Second Chances at Love: Podcast

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Show #13 – Educating the Whole Child

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Many say that our children do not graduate prepared to truly succeed in the world. Are schools too focused on mere academics, always “teaching to the test”?

How can our children’s education change so that they experience more skills like problem solving, personal communication, empathy? Can our schools embrace the ethical, social, and cognitive needs as well?

In this sometime controversial episode of The Life Talk Show, we talked with three guests:

1 – Hans Wilhelm – With over 42 million copies in print, Hans Wilhelm is one of  America’s foremost author/illustrators of children’s books.

Many of his 200 books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have become successful animated  television series that are enjoyed by children all over the world.

“Sharing hope, joy, and confidence with others are the main  reason I create books” says Wilhelm. To learn more:

2 – Theresa Tillinger – Principal of St. Ann Academy in Bridgeport, CT , tells us about how her students helped to build a new school in Kenya, were featured on 60 Minutes, and what they all learned. Here is how her school’s philosophy is to “let students lead.”

3 – Dr. David Martin tell us more about metacognition, and why it’s vital for students to “think about thinking.” More information on his research can be found at the NAFA homepage. His book, Thinking Academy,  describes how any school may become a Thinking Academy, in which all subject matter in the curriculum has an explicit foundation in higher-level Thinking Strategies. Look for it on e-Bay, and soon on Amazon.

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Show #12: Books that Changed Our Lives

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“Reading brings us unknown friends.” — Honoré de Balzac

Fiction, non-fiction….philosophy, self-help…what books have changed your life? Randye, Nicky and Diana share a few in this special “just us” segment.

The books we discussed (we brought so many more!)

The panel’s favorite books:

  • The Stand- Stephen King
  • Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living – Roger Housden

    4 books

    Randye’s Books

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People– Stephen R. Covey
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst

  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Four Agreements– Miguel Ruiz
  • The Color of Water- James McBride
  • The Prophet- Khalil Gibran
  • You Can Heal Your Life– Louise Hay
  • The Dance of Anger– Harriet G. Lerner
  • The Seat of The Soul- Gary Zukav
  • The Lord is my Shepherd– Psalm 23

Diana –

  • The Power of Now- Ekhart Tolle
  • Eat This Not That-David Zinczenko
  • Bridges of Madison County– Robert J. Walker
  • The Five Languages of Love– Gary Chapman


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Show #11: Aging Parents: Preparing, Caring, Protecting

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young-old-hand-300x240According to US News, “Nineteen million Americans care for someone over age 75, typically a parent or a grandparent, who may or may not live with them. Often called “informal caregivers,” these adult children or relatives provide 75 to 80 percent of all long-term care in the United States.”

We talked about the issues of preparing for this stage of life, caregiving, and prevention of theft and scam through awareness. Thanks to our guests in this important show: we learned a lot!!

by the way, the FBI has a great page for info on scams and fraud. As our guests reminded us, “awareness is key.” Check it out!

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Show 10: Good Nutrition: Sustainably Delicious

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Sustainably Delicious by our guest Michel Nischan

Sustainably Delicious by our guest Michel Nischan

How can we eat well and deliciously? Going to local farmers is one important key to food that both tastes amazing and is better for us. Guest Michel Nischan – chef, cookbook author and CEO and founder of Wholesome Wave. He teamed up with like-minded actor and philanthropist Paul Newman to open “The Dressing Room-Newman’s Own”, a homegrown restaurant located on the grounds of Westport’s Country Playhouse.

On the phone we also welcome guest Glen Colello – co-owner with Lisa Storch of Catch a Healthy Habit Café in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Café serves Raw Food, Juice Bar and Smoothies.

Gus FVRx

Launch of Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) in two New York City Hospitals

A bit about Wholesome Wave – “Wholesome Wave programs improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. We reach over 28 states, working with more than 60 community-based organizations who manage nearly 400 farm-to-retail venues, and impact more than 3,200  farmers.”

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Show #9: Love, Medicine, and Miracles, w/Bernie Siegel

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Bernie's 12th Book

Bernie’s 12th Book

Our special guest for this show is Dr. Bernie Seigel. Bernie  has touchedmany lives all over the planet. In 1978 he reached a national and international audience when he began talking about patient empowerment. In his latest book ( his 12th ) “A Book of Miracles- Inspiring True Stories of Healing , Gratitude, and Love.” Dr. Seigel reaffirms his original beliefs, who advices more LOVE as a path to healing, and with a lifetime’s wisdom and experience, he trusts in miracles more than ever,


Trio’s Tips:
Diana-Forgiveness is Love, un-forgiveness is hate. Forgive the wrongs done by others to you, and perhaps others will forgive you for your wrongs.

Nicky– Healing comes from having faith and love in your heart.

Randye– Sometimes the only thing left to change about a situation is your reaction to it, and your thoughts about it.

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Show #8: The Commonality of Faith

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Interfaith Hug

Interfaith Hug

If all faiths share the idea of “love one another”, why do we get bogged down in whose idea about faith is “right”? We explore what faiths have in common with Dr. Brian Stiltner, Chairperson and Associate Professor of Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University.

PS – You may also want to check out a related article in the Connecticut Post. On Sunday, July 28, 2013 nearly 100 Jews, Christians and Muslims gathered on McLevy Green in downtown Bridgeport for an interfaith celebration and meal in observance of Ramadan.

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