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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Coming up soon! How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change Turn Angst into Action by Harriet Shugarman

Our children are becoming increasingly depressed with the world around us, and Harriet Shugarman – Executive Director of ClimateMama, professor of Global Climate Change Policy and World Sustainability, and Chair of the Climate Reality Project (NYC), helps parents explain the climate crisis to their kids, overcome overwhelming fear, and find hope to galvanize positive action.

Here's a recent article about Covid & Climate change and a list of pieces about Shugarman:

How to support your children in turning climate angst into climate action Open Democracy

How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change Without Scaring Them Global News

Why the Peoples Climate March Mattered Climate Reality

One Community at a Time Boulder Weekly

Why I March, Building Climate Hope, ClimateMama

Action, Hope and Optimism, Climate Change, Global Moms Challenge

Moms Matter in the Fight Against Climate Change The White House

From Mother to ClimateMama Climate Reality

The Climate Change Revolution Begins with You MSNBC

2020 #NYCclimatehero, The Human Impacts Institute

Building grit and hope in the face of the climate emergency

In her illuminating new book How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, Harriet Shugarman provides a comprehensive description of the climate crisis, how to communicate it to the children in your life, and how you can work together to be part of its solutions. It’s work like this book that makes me so incredibly inspired by, and proud of, our global network of Climate Reality Leaders.--Al Gore

With catastrophic global warming already baked into the climate system, today's children face a future entirely unlike that of their parents. How can we maintain hope and make a difference in the face of overwhelming evidence of the climate crisis?

Help is at hand from a reliable expert and one of the most trusted advisors to parents, Harriet Shugarman – Executive Director of ClimateMama, professor of Global Climate Change Policy and World Sustainability, and Chair of the Climate Reality Project. How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change provides tools and strategies for parents to explain the climate emergency to their children and galvanize positive action. Coverage includes:

The unvarnished realities of the climate emergency, where we are at, and how we got here

Strategies for talking to kids of different ages about the climate crisis, including advice from engaged parents on the ground

How to maintain our own hope, and that of our children

A list of practical actions families can take to tackle the climate change crisis

Ideas for helping children follow their passions in pursuit of a livable, just, and sustainable world.

A lifeline for parents who are feeling overwhelmed with fear and grief, this book provides both hope and practical ways to engage children in pursuit of a better world that is still possible.

Harriet Shugarman is Executive Director of ClimateMama, professor of Global Climate Change Policy and World Sustainability, and Chair of the Climate Reality Project, NYC Metro Chapter. She is a nationally recognized influencer, connector, and trusted messenger for parents on solutions to our climate crisis. A recipient of the prestigious Climate Reality Green Ring Award and praised by Al Gore as “an outstanding Climate Reality Leader who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to her role as a climate communicator and activist.”

How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change/ 192 pages/PB 6x9”/978-0-86571-936-1/May 2020


In her illuminating new book How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, Harriet Shugarman provides a comprehensive description of the climate crisis, how to communicate it to the children in your life, and how you can work together to be part of its solutions. It’s work like this book that makes me so incredibly inspired by, and proud of, our global network of Climate Reality Leaders.

---Al Gore

With all the love and wisdom of a true mother, Harriet takes you by the hand and fearlessly leads you to face the stark truth about climate change. Once there she doesn’t let go, but rather uses that love to encourage us to step forward and become part of the solution. Harriet’s vast experience, knowledge, and care for our planet and our humanity, vibrates through every page, giving us all the tools we need to arm ourselves and our children who are literally facing the fight for their future.

---Linus Roache, Golden Globe-nominated actor, and climate activist

This book is essential reading. As the global climate emergency imperils our present and future lives, climate education is vitally important. Read this insightful guide to why and how we can “talk climate” with kids!

---Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., O.B.C., singer, author, Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring

Raising kids in a world made uncertain by climate change is a challenging task. Read Harriet Shugarman’s book, How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change, to learn how we can speak to our children about climate change in a way that conveys urgency but maintains agency in the battle to preserve a hospitable future for us and them.

---Michael E. Mann, distinguished Professor, Penn State University, co-author, The Madhouse Effect

How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change is a precious and necessary book delivered at the perfect moment. Harriet Shugarman skillfully guides us through this most perilous time by helping us to look squarely at the climate crisis while simultaneously showing us how to navigate through the fire. Her words are all at once fierce and soothing, responding to many questions parents around the world seek to answer as their children look them in the eye.

---Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International

This book will sustain you in your commitment to protect, empower and support your children to act at this defining moment of our planetary history. Indeed, taking action, together as a family, is the antidote to fear and demoralization.

---Lynne Cherry, founder, Young Voices for the Planet, producer, Young Voices for the Planet films, author and Illustrator, The Great Kapok Tree, A River Ran Wild, co-author, How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate

As a mother, How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change lifts up my spirit, at the same time as it reminds me that our children are demanding the truth about our climate emergency, and that they are looking to us to help them understand the realities we are facing and the role they can play. Harriet Shugarman has written a must-read guide for parents at all stages of climate knowledge. I trust her to help me find new ways to talk to my children, to tell them the truth, and to empower them to move forward in positive ways. You should too! After reading this book, when your kids ask you about the climate crisis and what they can do about it, you will know what to say.

---Maya van Rossum, Leader, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Founder, the national Green Amendment For The Generations movement, author, The Green Amendment

Harriet is an iconic leader and founding member of the climate and parenting nexus. Her book expertly navigates the complexities of climate science, solutions, and the emotions that come with facing our global climate crisis. Parents and non-parents alike will greatly benefit from Harriet's personal journey exploring the hopes, fears, and realities of the state of our planet.

---Tara DePorte, Founder, The Human Impacts Institute

Shugarman reminds us that we can't know how it will all turn out. Yet, we can find ways of not being alone and ways to navigate this climate emergency. There are steps parents can take to cope, and more importantly, cultivate perseverance in their children.

---Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki's Queen of Green

From the brutal realities of the mounting threat of climate disruption comes this extraordinary work – brilliantly conceived and full of the inspiring messages we all need to hear in these fateful times. How to Talk to your Kids about Climate Change acknowledges our vulnerability – but expertly redirects us to the connections we must make with Mother Earth to restore her life-giving bounty. Sustaining the resolve to do this requires steely commitment to the job ahead – and to infusing the effort with purpose, love, and authenticity. Harriet has brought us a clear-eyed plan to navigate the journey. Keep this guide at your side — in her hands even the most treacherous shoals can become opportunities.

---Lise Van Susteren, M.D. Board Certified: General and Forensic Psychiatry

With five grandsons, I appreciate Harriet Shugarman's honest and sensitive advice to parents and grandparents. Harriet has led the way outreaching to parents. We must unite to end carbon pollution while helping our children prepare for the changes already baked into the climate system. Harriet shows the way.

---Larry J. Schweiger, author, Climate Crisis and Corrupt Politics and Last Chance, former President National Wildlife Federation


Sunday, May 24, 2020

May 25, 2020 at 9:30am pst - Bestselling & Award-winning Author / Screenwriter / Speaker Ann Crawford explores the meaning of life with humor and heart. She joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

Ann is an award-winning author whose fiction focuses a compassionate eye on the lives and experiences of women from all walks of life yet sparks with humor and life.

Speaker, filmmaker and award-winning author Ann Crawford’s books are filled with humor and hope as she examines the beauty of being alive. Her books often embrace the spiritual and metaphysical as she embraces the meaning of life and love, and her most recent title is no different. Exploring the pressures of life in the lime-light, Life in the Hollywood Lane intermingles bouts of bereavement and incredible depth with quirky, funny, aha and LOL moments.

Ann will discuss:

  • Making her books as profound as they are funny
  • Maintaining optimism in tough times (especially now)
  • How she finds beauty and humor in everyday life and shares it with her readers
  • The inspiration behind Life in the Hollywood Lane, and her experience in talent management
  • Doing stand-up comedy and improv, and how that has influenced her writing
  • Her previous titles and being an award-winning author who has topped the Amazon bestseller list
  • Her approach to writing different genres, and how she challenges genre standards by pulling different elements into one title

What she’s working on now

Her most recent title Life the Hollywood Lane follows Trish, an LA actor, bereft after her best friend commits suicide. Glamorous yet tough-as-nails Hollywood is Trish's backdrop and a reflection of her life as she stumbles on through an actor's life of casting calls and premieres, rejection and acceptance. This story comes from Ann's own personal experience as a talent manager and her trademark optimism for life and love shine through in this inspiring story, which I thought would really appeal to your listeners.

Ann Crawford is a fun-loving, world-traveling, high-flying, deep-diving, and living-to-the-max author of ten books. She’s also a screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian. She’s lived “Oh, all over,” having gone from one shining sea to the other, then to the prairie, then to the mountain. Right now her writing nest looks out on a couple of those purple mountain majesties, as she and her family live in Colorado. Crawford is a #1 Amazon bestselling and multiple-award-winning author whose novels go as high and deep as she does—they’re profound yet funny; playful although poignant; heart-opening and heart-lifting; thought-provoking and inspiring; and edgy while universal. Readers often say the worst part about her books is that they end.

May 25, 2020 at 9:00am pst - Joe Murray - Artist, Animated Series Creator, Author joins Janeane from Belgium

Joe Murray 

Artist, Animated Series Creator, Author 

Joe Murray is an award-winning artist, animator and book author. He is the creator and executive producer behind the new PBS Series Let’s Go Luna through 9 Story Media, the animated series Camp Lazlo on Cartoon Network, and the groundbreaking 90’s Nickelodeon series Rocko’s Modern Life, for which he recently completed an hour special “Static Cling” currently streaming on Netflix. In addition to animation, Murray is a 3-time author, illustrator of books, and teacher of master classes.

Hailing from San Jose, California, Murray has a combined experience of creating, directing, writing and producing over 120 hours of television. His work has garnered him two Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as a host of international television awards and Parents Choice Gold Awards.

He is also an award-winning independent filmmaker, with his animated films showing at Sundance, Annecy, Ottawa and other prestigious festivals.

Murray resides in Belgium, where he runs Joe Murray Studios/Los Angeles, and Garden Box Entertainment/Europe.

Joe Murray | Executive Producer/Content Director

Friday, May 22, 2020

Coming up in June - Vision Films, The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Janeane speaks with Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick and co-director, Brian Shackelford.

With COVID-19 Shining a Light on African-American Medical Care, Vision Films is Proud to Present 'The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital'

A brilliant and timely new documentary, The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital. This groundbreaking documentary sheds a light on the disparity between the medical treatment that the African-American community receives as opposed to others; an issue that has never been more evident than it has been during the time of COVID-19.

Presented by Vision Films, The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital not only tells the astonishing history of the first all-black hospital in St. Louis, but also recognizes and celebrates the achievements of the brave healthcare workers who were among the first black physicians and nurses to be medically trained in the United States.

COVID-19 has hit the United States harder than any other health crisis ever before, and it has become impossible to ignore the fact that the African-American community has been particularly vulnerable. The disparity between the medical treatment that this community receives, as opposed to others, has never been more evident than it has been during this time and is a major cause for concern.Available on DVD and VOD on May 12, 2020

Vision Films, in association with Flatcat-Productions, LLC, and Tunnel Vizion Films, Inc., is proud to present The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, the ground-breaking documentary that captures the long, important battle that African-Americans have fought to receive quality medical treatment and training. This timely film not only tells the astonishing history of the first all-black hospital in St. Louis but also recognizes and celebrates the achievements of the brave healthcare workers who were among the first black physicians and nurses to be medically trained in the United States.

Directed by Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford, The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital explores the role the hospital played in being one of the first institutions in the country to treat African-Americans in a safe, hygienic and sterile environment. The opening of the hospital meant that African-Americans in the community were no longer without medical care or resorting to illegal and dangerous methods of treatment. Homer G. Phillips Hospital was of utmost importance from its opening in 1937 to its dramatic closure in 1979, which incited riots in its neighborhood of “The Ville.”


Boasting the largest number of black doctors and nurses in the world, Homer G.Phillips Hospital opened its doors in 1937 during a time in history when America still had segregated medical facilities. Through first-hand accounts, witness the controversial history of the hospital’s medical training and how it continues to affect the lives of its practitioners, patients, and community. While its founder attorney Homer G. Phillips was mysteriously killed, the hospital in his name thrived during the most turbulent of segregated times, allowing so many people of color to achieve greatness for the benefit of humankind.

The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital will be available on May 12, 2020, on digital for an SRP of $4.99 - $9.99 from platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Amazon, and FandangoNow, as well as cable affiliates everywhere and to buy on DVD for $12.99 online at all major retailers.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/tAf8hzVJRlM

Website: https://www.thecolorofmedicine.com/

Coming up in June - Sara Auster of Sara Auster Sound!


Sara Auster is the leading voice in sound bath experiences. As a sound therapist and meditation teacher, Sara has traveled the world to share the transformative power of sound and deep listening. From boardrooms to museums, from hospitals to universities, her work has been a driving force in bringing Sound Baths to modern culture. Sara’s thoughtfully crafted immersive Sound Bath experiences invite self-discovery, inspire profound transformation and creativity, and provoke meaningful connection. She guides participants through the therapeutic and healing benefits of sound and listening in a way that is simple, modern and accessible to all.

Sara has curated and facilitated unique, site-specific Sound Bath experiences, from one-on-one sessions to 10,000 people at a time, at iconic venues and events such as the Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden, Palais de Tokyo, Lincoln Center, One World Observatory, The Rubin Museum and SummerStage in Central Park. She has been invited to speak about mindfulness, deep listening and sound therapy for companies such as Google, Microsoft and American Express, and she has led immersive workshops and certificate training at New York University, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The New York Open Center, and MNDFL Meditation Studio.

From Sundance Film Festival to SXSW, Sara is sought out for her unique ability to create and hold space for diverse groups and communities all around the world. She has been a featured presenter at wellness conferences such as In Goop Health and MBG Revitalize, and innovation summits such as The Nantucket Project and Summit DTLA, highlighting her role in bringing the transformative power of sound to the masses.

Sara Auster has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Billboard, TIME Magazine and has appeared in television segments for Vice and Fox 5 NY. Sara’s work was named a top meditation by Oprah Magazine in 2016, and she was chosen one of eight master meditation teachers by The Essential Guide to Meditation in 2019 alongside Pema Chodron and Deepak Chopra. 

Her first book, SOUND BATH: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening, an unprecedented and comprehensive guide to Sound Baths, was published in November 2019.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Coming up in June! Dr Robert Melillo President SNA Biothech CoFounder Brain Balance Achievement Centers 5 xs Best Selling Author Disconnected Kids Adjunct Professor National University Of Life Sciences CoFounder and President Emeritus International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation

Dr Robert Melillo
President SNA Biothech
CoFounder Brain Balance Achievement Centers
5 xs Best Selling Author Disconnected Kids
Adjunct Professor National University Of Life Sciences
CoFounder and President Emeritus International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation
Fellow CDD International Board Of Functional Neurology
Fellow National Institute For Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences

One of the most respected specialists in childhood neurological disorders in America, Dr. Robert Melillo has been helping children overcome learning disabilities for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, PDD/NOS, ADD/ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, bipolar disorder, and other mental, attention, behavioral and learning disorders. He is also an expert in diet, nutrition and neuroimmune disorders in children and adults.

As a clinician for 30 years, a university professor, brain researcher, best selling author, radio and TV host, his cutting-edge research and success with over a thousand children in his private program are what led to the creation of Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Dr. Melillo has a private practice now that helps adults and children with various learning disabilities. He is focused on addressing the primary issue in most learning disabilities and behavioral disorders which is known as a functional disconnection. Since he introduced this concept, functional disconnection has become one of the leading theories in the world related to Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and more. This work is leading the way toward understanding the underlying nature of these disorders and their causes.


In 2004, Dr. Melillo published Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective, a working theory textbook on developmental disabilities. This book continues to be utilized on both a graduate and undergraduate level in Universities around the world. It has been translated into Korean and Chinese. However, it was Dr. Melillo’s best-selling 2009 book, Disconnected Kids, that catapulted him to national prominence. Greeted with overwhelming positive response, the thesis of that book serves as the foundation for the work being done at Brain Balance Centers around the country. Dr. Melillo’s leadership in the field, as well as his personal dedication to the creation of a drug-free multi-modal educational program for children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, and autism spectrum disorders, have made him one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject today, both in the U.S. and abroad. Disconnected Kids has been translated into Chinese, Korean and Hebrew and there are French and Italian versions being completed now. He completed the second edition of Disconnected Kids, released in March of 2015.

Dr. Robert Melillo, the creator of the Brain Balance Program™, is an internationally known chiropractic neurologist, professor, researcher, author, and expert in childhood neurological disorders. He is available to talk about Special Needs Children and The Coronavirus and says:

The Coronavirus is mostly a threat to the “at risk” communities”,especially very old and very young especially kids with developmental disabilities . Kids with Disabilities all have severely dysregulated immune systems ,this make them extremely vulnerable to the Coronavirus.

Many kids with disabilities especially left brain disabilities like dyslexia,dyscalculia,learning disabilities have weak immune systems and are a great risk of not only getting the virus but of not being able to fight the infection and risk of death.

Other Kids especially those with right brain issues like Autism, ADHD, OCD,Tics etc have immune systems that are hyperactive which may result in a severe immune reaction.This can trigger not only severe inflammation ,but also can trigger an autoimmune reaction which can lead to things such as asthma,attacks and maybe even seizures.

The best way to protect against this is to use some specific supplements that can help both populations of children .The single most important supplement for any immune issues is Vitamin D 3,this supplement which most people are deficient in especially kids with disabilities helps to balance the immune system so it is not over or under reactive

Many kids with disabilities put dirty or contaminated things in their mouths or constantly touch their face and mouth .They may not wash their hands so caretakers need to take care to wash their hands for them regularly and try to disinfect their environment including toys,computers, IPads, etc.

Vitamin D is also protective for the gut lining and can help promote a better barrier. Zinc has also been shown to inhibit the coronavirus and block replication of these viruses in culture in the lab. In general the other supplements that help the immune system are Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A palmitate,N acetyl Cysteine and Glutathione.

For kids with neurological imbalances doing specific brain exercises and stimulation can help improve the brains regulation of the immune system .

Imbalances in the nervous system lead to imbalances in the immune system and gut that can leave children at risk to the coronavirus.

The idea is that with a virus there is no medication so the only defense is your own immune system . There are supplements that can help but the most important regulator if immune system is your brain and the two hemispheres regulate it differently . The left brain boosts the immune response the right hemisphere dampens it . So fir viral infections stimulating the left hemisphere is maybe the most important thing anyone can do anywh

When it comes to any virus it is all about your health . There is no medication, antibiotics don’t work so your only defense is your own immune system . To strengthen your immune response the best thing you can do is to take high dose Vitamin D and Vitamin C . The most important factor in regulating your immune response is your brain . The two hemispheres regulate it differently the left brain activated and strengthens the immune response so you should your left brain which will activate your immune system. How? Listen to music with only your right ear especially happy music with happy words or Mozart all are very left brain stimulating . Use your phone inly in right side , use vibration or massager on the right side of your body . Surround your environment with the color red, get red glasses . Watch funny movies laughing is a left brain activity so laugh as much as you can. Use pleasant smells especially using your left nostril . There are many more things you can do to stimulate the left brain you can find them in my book Disconnected Kids . If you have a right brain deficit like ADHD , OCD , etc you may have a overactive left brain so then be careful , you don’t need to stimulate your left brain because it is already strong and your risk of infection is low .

Use this to educate kids about health and hygiene

1. Tell them that the virus affects people that are not healthy ,so the best way to protect yourself is to eat healthy foods ,exercise ,get a good night sleep and not sitting around playing video games or watching TV,eating sugar and junk food lower your immune system ,vegetables and fruits are god for your immune system.

2. That they must clean themselves ,wash their hands regularly every day,cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing ,washing,taking showers etc

3. Sunlight kills viruses ,so it is very healthy to be outside in the sun ,they can socially distance but being outside is a good thing ,they are more likely to get sick indoors then they are out in fresh air and sunlight.

4. Let them know that this is very rare ,that infectious disease is not generally a big issues if you are healthy ,that this will pass and everything will go back to normal .

5.Taking vitamins is one of the best ways to protect yourself from all kinds of illness,Vitamin D, Omega 3,Vitamin C,Vitamin A,Zinc are some of the best ways to prevent viruses.

6.Tell your kids that the brain controls your immune system and your health more than anything else ,so do things that are good for the brain especially the left brain .

Puzzles ,board games ,chess,and reading a good book ,especially a fiction book.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Coming up in June! John Kenny - Poetry for the Age of Coronavirus

In the spirit of his New York Times bestseller Love Poems for Married People and Love Poems for People with Children, as well as his wildly popular New Yorker pieces, John Kenney presents LOVE POEMS FOR ANXIOUS PEOPLE.

With his signature wit and hilarious realism, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection of poems, this time taking on one of the most common feelings in our day-and-age: anxiety. Kenney covers it all, from awkward social interactions and insomnia to nervous ticks and writing and rewriting that email. Kenney’s poems are perfect for anyone who can relate to the feeling of anxiety…and who can’t today? Kenney has perfected the humorous poetic form to poke fun at the experience in a thoughtful, funny way that begs to be shared.


New York Times Bestselling Author of


Read an excerpt from Love Poems for Anxious People on NewYorker.com


It started out simple enough.

A brief search.

Kanker sore.

Which I spelled wrong

and now realize is a district in India

as well as the Dutch slang

for a very bad word

and also, somehow, cancer.

Which led me to a site that linked

canker sores to cold sores

showing how oral cancer lesions

can mimic an open canker sore

symptoms of which include

mouth pain and difficulty swallowing

both of which I suddenly had

as I followed a link to

the definition of head and neck cancer

which I did not know was a thing

nor did I realize I was now at risk of it

as a result of my mouth lesion/kanker/cancer sore

which often causes

golf-ball-sized tumors

resulting in blindness, lack of motor function,

and complete sexual dysfunction.

Which is good to know.

Then I looked up an earache I was having.

And it turns out I have two months to live.

Or possibly a head cold.

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John Kenney is the New York Times bestselling author of the humorous poetry collections Love Poems for Married People and Love Poems for People with Children, and the novels Talk to Me and Truth in Advertising, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has worked for many years as a copywriter. He has also been a contributor to The New Yorker magazine since 1999. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.