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Sunday, December 1, 2019

12/2/19 @9:00am pst - Gary van Warmerdam joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm - talking about PathwayToHappiness.com and his book, Mindworks available on Amazon.

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with featured guest Gary Van Warmerdam


I have been guiding people for the past 20 years in changing their belief systems and emotions to personal change. While the self help industry has grown with the digital revolution and flooded the internet with millions of articles and information, these seldom give you the depth needed and the practical tools for long term change. My intent is that Pathway to Happiness offers you a deeper and well proven process with practical exercises that will shift your thinking, emotions and behaviors permanently at the core.

What I am fundamentally sharing about is how to change your negative thoughts, emotions, emotional reaction,s and behaviors. The most effective way to do this to change your beliefs (most of which are sub-conscious), and release repressed emotions. I’ve learned and developed many practical ways to do this. Exercises that are practical are important to me. I want things that work and are repeatable. That’s probably due to my mechanical engineering education. You won’t find a lot of “woo-woo” or new age philosophy written about here. If you do, I am probably punching holes in the logic, or application of it.

I didn’t get into this field 25 years ago because I thought it would be cool, or make money. I got started because I was unhappy. More details on that below. My mind was full of incessant thoughts of judgments and blaming than I couldn’t stand anymore. Any approach to fixing how the gears in my mind worked had to make sense. Oddly this led to developing consciousness awareness. It seems like an abstract quality to develop for practical real world results, but it works.

I was very blessed. I had an extraordinary teacher in Don Miguel Ruiz. He was a neurosurgeon by training. He was also trained in the shamanic traditions of his Mexican ancestors. He taught me to apply spiritual wisdom in practical ways to relieve my mind of suffering. I feel part of his genius was in making practices straightforward and simple. I try to do that as well.

Gary van Warmerdam is the creator of PathwayToHappiness.com, a website with lessons for changing beliefs that drive negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In 1994, due to his own unhappiness with work and emotional drama in his relationships, Gary became motivated to learn about how his beliefs affected his emotions and decision making. He studied extensively with Dr. Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements and other best-selling books. Gary realized that with a proper approach he could gain greater control over his mind and emotions. With practice he developed the power and the freedom to choose the peace and happiness he was seeking. Educated and experienced as an engineer, Gary brings a common sense approach to changing beliefs, emotions, mindfulness, and living in greater happiness. Since 2001 Gary has been lecturing, leading seminars and coaching individual clients so they can live happier lives. His methods are not limited to a particular philosophy or approach, but are based in careful observation and getting results. You can explore more of Gary's work at his website www.PathwayToHappiness.com which has extensive free material and online courses for changing beliefs, emotions, and creating better relationships.


12/2/19 @9:15am pst - Kent Skov joined host Janeane to talk about L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre (LAC) and his up-coming New Year's Eve Shows

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Two Shows at “One of The Top Three Comedy Clubs in All of Southern California” per KABC-TV 

BURBANK, CA., December 2nd - Kent Skov’s L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre (LAC) continues its popular celebration of the incoming new year, which has been sold out every year for the past 25 years, with two shows featuring an all-star troupe of improv players. This will be the fourth New Year’s Eve in the new Burbank theatre.

There will also be a press conference on Monday, December 9th at 3pm to meet Edie McClurg, Kent Skov and the LAC members as they unveil their outside mural featuring LAC alumni Will Ferrell, Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria and Josh Groban, as well as current LAC member McClurg, in honor of LA Connection’s 43rd anniversary!

The schedule for Tuesday, December 31st was announced today by founder Kent Skov:

"This year’s celebration will have an 8:00 p.m. show for the amazing price of $25.00 and a 10:00 p.m. show for the ridiculous price of $35.00!" said Skov. He also noted that a limited number of combo tickets that provide entry to both shows are available for the bargain price of $50.00. The late show will include party favors in the ticket price. The theatre is also handicapped accessible. There is free parking across the street at Bank of America.

Both shows run longer than usual shows, and each is different with different casts composed of the top improvisors in the theatre troupe. They will include a mixture of award-winning movie-dubbing clips from LAC’s library of old movie classics and improv. Skov also promises some surprising fun throughout the evening. The late show will include celebrity impressions, a take-off on the Dating Game, as well as topical and relationship humor. The shows are fast, furious, and funny in the style of “Whose Line it is Anyway.”

In addition to the non-stop comedy, there will be several giveaways to guests. Fans of “The Walking Dead” will be happy to hear that a DVD of LAC’s critically acclaimed “The Night of the Living Dead—Dubbed,” which was created during the show’s limited run in Spring 2006, will be one of the coveted prizes. And per their annual tradition, one lucky guest will win a ONE-YEAR PASS to the LAC’s comedy performances.

Some of LAC’s alumni include: Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Matthew Perry, Jon Lovitz, Shannon Elizabeth, Hank Azaria, Sharon Lawrence, Josh Groban, and Amy Sherman Palladino, the Emmy award-winning creator of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Details for New Year’s Eve performances:
WHEN: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

WHERE: LA Connection Comedy Theatre

3435 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA. 91505.

ADMISSION: 8:00 p.m. $25.00; 10:00 p.m.

$35.00. Both Shows: $50.00 (Limited tickets available)

Produced and directed by Kent Skov.

For reservations and additional information, call 818-784-1868 or 818-710-1320 x2.

Ongoing Schedule:


8pm Less than Flattering All-Star Improv $10

9pm Stranger than Fiction All-Star Improv $10

Pay $10 and stay all night if seats are available


5:30pm Comedy improv for Kids by Teens $10 Performers ages 12-18 years old

7pm Rotating Rookie groups improv $10

8pm Temporary Insanity improv $10

9pm 2001 an Improv Odyssey improv $12 LAC Top Improv Group – Longest running hit show

Pay $12 and stay all night if seats are available


3:30pm Comedy Improv for Kids by Kids $7 Performers ages 5-12 years old

8pm Out of Nowhere – Improv Comedy Featuring LAC’s JV Teams $10

(First 3 Sundays of the Month)

8pm Adavnced Level 4 Rookies (3rd Sunday) 

Followed by JV Teams Doing Improv Comedy $10

8pm (4th Sunday) Stand-Up Rental $10

Monthly Auditions:

Saturdays 3PM, Sundays 1:30pm, Wednesdays 6pm

L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre

3435 West Magnolia Blvd

Burbank CA. 91505

Free parking all around the theatre

For more information please visit: http://laconnectioncomedy.com

For reservations and group rates call 818-710-1320 x2. All ages are welcome, but some later shows may not be suitable for younger audience members. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks at no additional charge. There is free parking available all around the theatre, which is located at 3435 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA. 91505.

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12/2/19 @9:30am pst - Pieter Kohnstam joined host Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about his book, A Chance to Live, based on a memoir of Pieter's father and their escape from Nazi persecution; this is a powerful story of struggle, determination and survival. Pieter will also talk about his childhood friendship with Anne Frank (she was his babysitter and playmate) and how he is related to Janeane! Live on KUCI 88.9fm - streaming www.kuci.org

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with special guest Pieter Kohnstam

As a small boy, Pieter Kohnstam lived with his parents in an apartment in Amsterdam during World War II. By coincidence, one of their neighbors was the Frank family, including Anne Frank, who became Pieter's sometime babysitter and playmate. When the Nazis occupied The Netherlands, the Frank family went into hiding, but the Kohnstams decided to flee. They made their way across Belgium and France, crossing the Pyrenees to Spain in a year-long journey filled with dangerous border crossings, and miraculous escapes. They spent the nights sleeping under bushes and trees, and hiding in barns, hotels, a bordello, and the homes of strangers from all walks of life, both Christian and Jewish, who took them in and helped them. The Bishop of Barcelona interceded personally to make it possible for them to travel by ship to Argentina. Based on a memoir of Pieter's father, Hans Kohnstam, "A Chance to Live" is a gripping tale of struggle, determination and survival during the Holocaust, chronicling what is best about people, and affirming that we are, after all, one human family. With a new Appendix describing Hans Kohnstam's subsequent life as an artst in Munich Germany

Pieter Kohnstam was born in Amsterdam in 1936. His parents, Hans and Ruth Kohnstam, were forced to flee from the Nuremberg/Fuerth area in Germany to Amsterdam, The Netherlands during the early days of the Nazi regime. Coming from a well-known upper middle class family, they left behind a lucrative toy merchandising company with sales offices and warehouses in cities throughout Germany and Europe.

It was by chance that the Kohnstam's apartment in Amsterdam was downstairs from the family of Anne Frank. Ruth became a close friend of Edith Frank, and Anne, the youngest daughter, became Pieter’s babysitter. Both children attended the local schools in the neighborhood.

When Nazi persecution of Jews in The Netherlands became intolerable, the Franks went into hiding, but Pieter’s parents decided to flee Amsterdam. After a year-long trek through Belgium, France and Spain, they reached safety and freedom in Argentina.

Pieter’s father Hans, an artist, eventually returned to Germany with his second wife. Over 1,200 of his paintings and drawings have been donated to the City Museum of the City of Munich, Germany. His mother, Ruth, also remarried and became active in social and cultural affairs and eventually helped found the United Nations Women’s Organization in Argentina.

Following high school, Pieter embarked on a career in international banking. A knack for languages and specialization in foreign exchange led him to a three-year internship with Swiss banking institutions in Switzerland.

In 1963, Pieter immigrated to the United States where he pursued a career in the specialty chemical industry, focusing on pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. He became a U.S. citizen in 1968. He and his wife, Susan, married in 1965 and have two children and three grandchildren. Now retired in Venice, Florida, Kohnstam is active in community affairs. He is the past President of the Jewish Congregation of Venice. He is frequently invited to schools and various organizations to speak about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor, his book, and matters relating to Jewish and interfaith topics.

Pieter's book was published in The Netherlands in February 2008 and in Germany in 2016.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

11/18/19 @9:30am pst - Director Ted Haynes of ConPro Films joined host to talk about his film, TICS

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In July a team of amazing filmmakers – with credits that include Netflix MindHunter, Fear the Walking Dead, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer - gathered to produce a short film with a social impact. Tics is a unique take on mental illness, the need to ask for and receive help, and the consequences when help isn’t received.

The producers have all been personally impacted by mental illness and we believe strongly in the importance of our story. However, we cannot share it with the world without additional support. Right now, talented individuals are hard at work finishing Tics on the promise of future payment. The producers are currently hosting a crowd funding campaign to cover the costs of post-production. Based on the quality and content Tics has been selected for Fiscal Sponsorship to operate as a 501(c)3 non-profit. This means all the selfless contributions to support Tics are tax deductible!

Mental illness remains a topic that demands greater awareness beyond traditional means. With your support Tics will create a new audience - one not otherwise enlightened to the topic - and drive greater awareness for change. We appreciate the opportunity to share our story and your consideration to contribute to the success of our film.

To learn more about Tics, the goals and expectations, and to view a teaser for the film please follow this link:


11/18/19 @9:15am pst - Emmy Winning Voice-Over Artist, Emmy Nominated Actress, Executive Communication Specialist and Public Speaker Tasia Valenza joined host Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm

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About Tasia
Emmy Winning Voice-Over Artist, Emmy Nominated Actress, Executive Communication Specialist and Public Speaker


Tasia Valenza (born April 5, 1967 in New York City) is an Emmy Nominated actress who has recently found acclaim as a voice actress and is one of the top in the county.
In the early part of her career, Valenza played the role of Dottie Thornton on All My Children from 1982 to 1986, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work. She also showed up in a guest star appearances in many series in the 90s such as a Vulcan in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Coming of Age", and a recurring role as Lieutenant Winslow in Space: Above & Beyond. She also portrayed Jodie Abramovitz in Aaron Spelling's drama series The Heights. Valenza is best known Iconic strong females in video games such as Poison Ivy in Batman: Arkham Asylum games as well as General Shaak Ti in the Clone Wars, Kalyio Djannis in Star Wars the Old Republic and most recently Avra Darkos in Wild Star.


What is Giving Great Voice?
It’s the art of confident verbal communication. By thinking like a voice actor and understanding the roles you play in your own life, hone the ability to communicate powerfully, persuasively and confidently in all areas of your professional and personal life!

Giving Great Voice is a fun, interactive program for individuals looking to maximize their communication skills including media communication. Tasia combines acting games, relaxation & mindfulness practices, and other essential communication tools in this unique program to empower you to use your voice more effectively. Confidently craft your outgoing message to the world, and take control over your most powerful communication tool, your voice! Giving Great Voice will be your secret weapon for more successful, fulfilling personal and professional relationships.

Tasia Valenza is a confidence coach, mentor and the owner of Giving Great Voice, which is a platform dedicated to the art of confident verbal communication. Her unique technique revolutionizes the way we use our voices successfully, by “thinking like an actor” in our own lives. She combines her 25+ years as a master communicator, an Emmy-nominated actress, and a renowned voiceover artist to inspire individuals to find their unique voice, and use their voice powerfully to achieve their goals.

Tasia has Given Great Voice to thousands of companies, brands, and iconic roles, most known for characters such as Poison Ivy of the Batman: Arkham Series and General Shaak Ti in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the spirit of Giving Great Voice Back, she created a kindness campaign called the #GivingGreatVoiceChallenge and co-founded the Haven Affirmation Meditation App. She now teaches these same tools that have made her so successful to help people from all walks of life gain more confidence in themselves and their verbal communication.

From working professionals, to students, to stay-at-home parents, at any age, everyone needs to use their voices to be successful. Unlike most professional development classes, Tasia challenges you to dive deep, and explore your own multi-faceted roles more definitively and effectively, all the while gaining more confidence in yourself. Her teaching style is fun, joyful and affirmative, using self-exploration techniques to empower and hone your communication skills.

Tasia lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, and two doggies. She continues to work in her studio/closet to create iconic characters, both professionally and to annoy her children. Contact her today to set up a 1-on-1 appointment, public speaking event or to learn more about the next workshop!
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11/18/19 @9am pst - Memoirist Hendrika de Vries joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

Memoirist Embodies Resistance in Nazi-era Title

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A nail-biting tale of female strength, spiritual resilience and resistance to evil that is relevant today. You won’t forget this beautifully written story ––Dr. Betsy Cohen, psychoanalyst

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – In her award-winning memoir When a Toy Dog Become a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew (She Writes Press, August 27, 2019), Hendrika de Vries focuses on the importance of female empowerment. A story of survival and the power of love, courage, and imagination in a time of violent oppression, Hendrika de Vries shows how the bond between mother-daughter is made stronger amidst subversive activities and acts of moral courage.

Born when girls were to be housewives and mothers, a Dutch “daddy’s girl” in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam learns about female empowerment when her father is deported to a POW camp in Germany and her mother joins the Resistance. Freedoms taken for granted are eroded with escalating brutality by men with swastika armbands who aim to exterminate those they deem “inferior” and those who do not obey.

Following de Vries’ journey from child- to woman-hood, When A Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew bears witness to the strength that flourishes despite oppression, the power of women existing beyond cultural gender roles of the time, and shows that memories hold the keys to the betterment of our future. A therapist for over thirty years, de Vries has used her experience healing the trauma of others’ to tap into her childhood memories of Nazi-occupation to empower others to stand up in the face of injustice.

Author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, Hendrika de Vries’ life experiences, from the dark days of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam as a child, through her years as a swimming champion, young wife and mother in Australia, and a move to America in the sixties, have infused her work as a therapist, teacher, and writer. Hendrika holds a BA (with Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Colorado, an MTS (cum laude) in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Read more on www.agirlfromamsterdam.com

When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew

Hendrika de Vries | August 27, 2019 | She Writes Press

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63152-658-9 | Memoir

This beautifully crafted memoir reminds us that we are never far from oppression by those who wish to silence us.–– Maureen Murdock, author of The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness

She is a master storyteller. –– Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.

From the first page, DeVries’ book left me holding my breath at what she and her parents went through when the Nazis took over Amsterdam; one of the worst times in western history. When at age five, she lost a comfortable and safe world. DeVries’ storytelling makes this nonfiction book read like a good novel. Readers almost 'live' what she and her family experienced and how they rebuilt their life. - Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Program

In an interview, Hendrika de Vries will discuss:

  • The significance behind her memoir’s title and what it represents
  • Her experience as a child in Nazi occupied Amsterdam
  • How male presence shaped her understanding of gender and the absence of her father in her early years influenced her relationship with her mother
  • The xenophobia and violence in today’s political climate, and how looking at our past can help guide our future
  • What led her to becoming a therapist
  • How she uses dreams and intuitive imagination to facilitate recovery in her patients

Her experience as a mother and what being a woman means to her––the mother-daughter relationship

Author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, Hendrika de Vries’ life experiences, from the dark days of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam as a child, through her years as a swimming champion, young wife and mother in Australia, and a move to America in the sixties, have infused her work as a therapist, teacher, and writer. Hendrika holds a BA (with Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Colorado, an MTS (cum laude) in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Read more on www.agirlfromamsterdam.com

Sunday, November 10, 2019

11/11/19 @9:45am pst - author Keith Leon S. joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about his book, Walking with my Angels - A Gripping Story of How One Man Was Saved by Angels Eight Times!

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Angels saved Keith from a drug addiction, suicide attempts and several other close calls. This is a non-religious discussion which is universal for all.

His book Walking with My Angels comes highly recommended by Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Daniel Gutierrez, Bob Proctor and many more.

Not Your Typical Angel Experience! A Gripping Story of How One Man Was Saved by Angels Eight Times

Are Angels earthbound, and here to help us? Keith Leon's story may address some of the most compelling questions regarding Angels and their interaction with us.

Is it possible that Angels can help us overcome a drug addiction, suicide attempts and keep us out of harms way? Hear a true story of one man’s journey with angels, how he overcame the odds, and how his his life was spared over and over again!

Keith Leon S. has been writing books, speaking, publishing other people’s books, and making a difference in the lives of others for over 15 years. A multiple bestselling author, well-known speaker and talented musician, Leon S. has spoken at events that included Jack Canfield, Neale Donald Walsh, Barbara DeAngelis, John Gray, Michael Beckwith, and Marianne Williamson. He’s made music with Stevie Wonder, Ben Vereen, Nancy Wilson, Keb Mo, and Carl Anderson.

Learn how angels saved Leon life eight times! Leon calls them angels. You may call it inner guidance, intuition, or first instinct. No matter what you call it, in the interview you'll learn how to access it by bringing focus and awareness of it into your daily routine.

Some of the topics that Leon covers are:
Discover That There Are Earthbound Angels Among Us
Get Tools to Communicate With Your Own Angels and Guides
Learn How to Open Your Heart and Create Miracles in Your Life
Gain Insights About the Author's Unconventional Path to Living His Purpose
Receive Insights to Reveal Your Life's Path and Purpose

Thirty years ago, Keith Leon S. received a message from angels. He was told that he would write a book that would change lives. Anyone who held this book in their hands would be raised to their next level of vibration. Finally, here it is.

This is the true story of a man whose life was spared with the help of his angels. He has witnessed miracles and at many times the unbelievable. The stories of his adventures with his angels are gripping, humorous, and will have you questioning your own beliefs in angels.

Walking With My Angels: A True Story by Keith Leon S. (Beyond Belief Publishing, August 20th, 2019) and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and select Indie bookstores.