Leo Rosten said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy; but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” Randye, Nicky and Diana talk about the power of purpose, with special guests Tina Banas of Family Reentry Champions and Daee McKnight, Re-Entry Coordinator helping those released from prison to find ways to make their life matter now.
Work Life. Personal Life. Skills. Hobbies. Friends. Family. How do we juggle it all? Or do we? Randye, Nicky and Diana talk about striving for balance in this special “Just Us” Episode. Every six weeks, we go it alone, just the three of us sans guest. Like having coffee with friends!
Some tips we shared:(lots more in the podcast)
- It’s not easy! It’s a continuous process. Try balancing on one leg and you’ll see what we mean!
- Working at home? Separate Workspace from Living Space
- Remember to take care of yourself too. Have something to look forward to, even if it’s just a cup of tea after the kids are in bed
- Diana: remember that everyone else struggles with this too – cut yourself some slack!
- Randye: Prioritize, Compartmentalize, Schedule…and do your best. Forgive yourself.
- Nicky: “Never, never never give up!” Winston Churchill
What happens when we teach people “how we think”? The results can be amazing, from elementary school students to seniors. Out guests are Katayoun Kamyab, biomedical scientist and Instrumental Enrichment ( “Brain Gym”) teacher; and Dr. David Martin, author of “Thinking Academy” – learn about meta-cognition and how it helps us!
Staying in the moment and focusing on gratitude are two of the keys to being happy – exactly where we are. Randye, Nicky and Diana speak with guest Dr. Paul Epstein, naturopathic physician, mind-body therapist, mindfulness meditation teacher – and he guides us all through a meditation!
When mental illness happens, it happens to the whole family. In fact, at any given time, 1 out of 4 families in the US is dealing with major mental illness in one of its members. How to cope? What to do? Why the stigma?
Life Talk Show panel with guest Judy Gardner, President of NAMI Fairfield, CT. We also discuss Randye’s book, Ben Behind His Voices
This show aired on May 25, 2013. It was our first in-studio show, and we were thrilled to have as our guest author and illustrator Michele Hofbauer, veteran teacher and author of Couldn’t We Make a Difference?
We spoke about how, in this increasingly virtual world, we need (more than ever) to find ways to connect in person – and to value that face-to-face energy.
Welcome to the Life Talk Show!
We hope you’ll continue to visit this site as we update content –
Our show premiered in May, 2013, and this website was created in July. For now, here is some basic info:
upcoming segments include:
Connection, Mental Health, Critical Thinking, Creating Life Affirming Surroundings, Living in Possibility, The Power of Choice, Secrets to Happiness, Letting Go of Being “Right”, The Value of Self-care,Integrity and Why it Matters, Recreating Family, Multi-Cultural Bridges, Face-to-Face Connection, How Our Homes Add to Life. Fashion – Why Does it Matter So Much?, Hanging On and Why We Do It