Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Holidays from KUCI 88.9fm! Have a safe, happy, holiday season and remember...buzzed driving is drunk driving. Be safe, be smart, and Happy Holidays!

KUCI's Holiday Reminder

Listen to our 2016 KUCI Holiday PSA.

Started the day chatting with UK Host Kenny Jones on his KUCI 88.9fm show "News & Views!"

Listen to my conversation with Host Kenny Jones of News & Views! Chatted about the holidays, how to Get the FUNK Out this holiday season and interesting holiday traditions around the globe! Thanks Kenny!

Happy Holidays from Kenny, Janeane, and the staff of KUCI 88.9fm! Remember to be safe this holiday season and buzzed driving is not safe driving. 

Listen to Kenny & Janeane's holiday PSA.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Filmmaker Malcom Carter featured Monday 12/12/16 on Get the Funk Out with host Janeane Bernstein!

Listen here if you missed Malcom Carter on today's show.

Filmmaker Malcom Carter chats with Janeane Bernstein on 12/12/16 to talk about his film The Connected Universe. This fascinating and visually poetic journey of exploration of the connection of all things in the Universe is Narrated by the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart. Sir Patrick Stewart is not only known as one of the great star ship captains in Sci-fi television history, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, he has also journeyed inwardly as a Royal Shakespearean actor...making him the perfect choice to guide you on this journey. This film explores many intriguing ideas and features the science of Nassim Haramein and his search to understand the mechanism of connection of all things in the Universe. The Connected Universe has a global message, and it is the highest crowd funded documentary in Indiegogo history! In its first two weeks of release it has been purchased by people in 104 countries - over half of the countries in the world!

About Malcom Carter (in his own words)

I am a filmmaker who is passionate about using the power of film to make a difference in the world. Media has great power to move people and to inspire them to think differently and to take action. I believe it is critical to use powerful story telling and cinematic imagery that is often applied to entertainment projects, and I apply those same high standards to ideas that make a difference in the world. In my career, I have had over 2 BILLION viewers in 155 countries. I have been nominated for 25 motion picture awards.
I have loved film since the very first time I saw a movie in the theatre as a child. I have been deeply moved and inspired by many films over the years, and I am truly thrilled to be creating films that I hope will inspire others.

WATCH the trailer

ADVOCATE-ENTREPRENEUR-PHILANTHROPIST: Lorna Mae Johnson chats with host Janeane Bernstein Monday 12/12/16 on KUCI 88.9fm!

Listen here if you missed Lorna Mae Johnson on today's show!

Lorna Mae Johnson is an astounding woman who has truly taken the #noceiling vision to heart. The Jamaican-born Johnson was educated as a midwife in Canada and brought her knowledge to Los Angeles where she is the Founder of the Advanced Care Family Medical Group (largest midwife clinic in East Los Angeles) providing medical care to the under-served community; she is the Founder of Compassion for Teen Life; she is the Honorary Jamaican Consul General; she is a successful entrepreneur and real estate investor and is a foremost advocate for women and girls in leadership and business.


twitter: @lornamaejohnson

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday12/5/16 9:45am PST, Author Shaun Usher joined Janeane Bernstein to talk about his latest book "Letters of Note Volume 2."

If you missed Shaun Usher on today's show, listen here.

Shaun Usher joins me to talk about beautiful notes and letters penned by authors such as Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Seuss, Jane Austen, Mozart, Beatrix Potter, and more! An entirely new set of letters to observe and explore, for a fun new conversation about the art of letter writing, our communication styles, and how we can dwell in the past in our digital future.


  • "A fascinating blog..." - Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic
  • "...a fantastic blog..." - Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
  • "The internet's cultural magpie" - GQ Magazine
  • "Fantastic idea [...] and well done too" - Jason Kottke, kottke.org
  • "...a wonderful collection..." - Scott Beale, Laughing Squid


Letters of Note is a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence, complete with scans and transcripts of the original missives where available.

I have a seemingly endless supply of correspondence to plough through, but your input is always welcome. Get in touch via shaun@lettersofnote.com. If you wish to send images, please forward high quality versions where possible, don't attempt to compress them to the point of illegibility, and please don't crop them to death. If you happen to have an original you wish to post to me using regular mail, let me know via email. If you already know it's fake, don't send it.

You have four choices when it comes to receiving updates — RSSTwitterFacebook, and Tumblr — and unless my fingers crumble away, there will be at least one new post every weekday.

I predict you will also enjoy visiting Letterheady, another blog I run which is dedicated to showcasing interesting letterheads — it's like Letters of Note, but with less reading — and Lists of Note, which, predictably, features notable lists.

Please note that whenever I link to a book on Amazon (typically when highlighting the source of a particular letter) I use an affiliate link — this essentially means that, should you click that link and then purchase said book, I receive, from Amazon, a small percentage of the book's price.

If you have any more questions, please get in touch.


Shaun Usher

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Award winning Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Photographer and Co-Founder of Cinematic Pictures Group TJ Scott chatted with Janeane Bernstein today on "Get the Funk Out!"

If you missed Janeane's conversation 

with TJ Scott, listen here.

Thanks for listening! Follow Janeane here!

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: TJ Scott - Launching new production company (mini Studio) Cinematic Pictures Group.

The Director: TJ Scott is best known for his award-winning directing prowess of the hottest TV seriesonairfrom​StephenKing’s The Mist, Gotham, Bates Motel, Dark Matter, Queen of the South, Damien, Orphan Black, Bitten, 12 Monkeys,TheStrain, Spartacus, Longmire, Motive, Black Sails​ to​ Hemlock Grove ​and​ Constantine​ to name a few. The Writer: TJ is a produced writer of feature films including ​Tracers with Taylor Lautner,“​TheSecretLivesofRoadCrews​” and “​Vivaldi” ​which have been purchased by Dream Works and are now at Paramount. Chris Columbus is attached to direct “The Secret Lives of Road Crews.”

The Photographer/Cinematographer: TJ’s early career as an award winning cinematographer evolved into a passion for creating stunning  still photographic images, which was best realized with the highly successful 2014 release of his coffee tablebook“​ In the Tub​”. Jam-packed with a veritable who’s who of celebrities from the film,television,music and sports industries. Sales of this book resulted in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancerawareness and TJ donates 100% of profits to this cause. Over 33 million​ people have viewed his photos on the internet.

TJ has been published in and on the cover of dozens of magazines, captured over 250 pages of Editorial and Fashion spreads,as well as Book Covers and Album Covers for Bands.

Currently TJ is directing Antoine Fuqua’s ICE in Vancouver, then travels to NYC for the next episode ofGothamandafterthat- New Mexico for Longmire.

OF NOTE: ​This month, TJ Scott and his business partner - leading celebrity and still photographer Dennys Ilic, launched CINEMATIC PICTURES GROUP (CPG).

CPG is a brick and mortar gallery (Cinematic Pictures Gallery) on the second level in the world renowned Hollywood & Highland complex in the heart of Hollywood(and the site of the Oscars). Under the banner ,CPG will have a production company (Cinematic Pictures Productions); publishing company (Cinematic Pictures Publishing); photography company(Cinematic Picture Photography) and a recording label (Cinematic Pictures Music).

For more visit: http://www.CinematicPicturesGroup.com https://www.facebook.com/CinematicPicturesGroup/

Follow TJ Scott everywhere: Twitter: @TJScottPictures Instagram: @TJScottPictures Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CinematicPicturesGroup/

Top prime-time director TJ Scott who is currently directing Antoine Fuqua’s ICE; just wrapped Stephen King’s “The Mist” and has both “Gotham” and “Longmire” up next… (not to mention Bate’s Motel, Queen of the South, Dark Matter, Orphan Black, Damien, Black Sails, Spartacus: War of the Damned) and his business partner, Dennys Ilic - a world renowned celebrity photographer/stills photographer (credits include Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica - subjects such as Harrison Ford, Harry Potter himself - Daniel Radcliffe, LOTR stars Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler and Karl Urban…) - have launched Cinematic Pictures Group. A multifaceted entertainment company, CPG has launched CPG Music (Record Label); CPG Publishing (the ‘new’ Taschen - with four coffee table books on the way); CPG Productions (with a television series - Purgatory and multiple projects in development) — all housed in the brick-and-mortar CPG Gallery - a stunning goth, rock styled art gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Hollywood & Highland Complex - in Hollywood, CA. The gallery which showcases the stunning pictorial works of both founders - CPG Photo, is also a working studio and most days of the week is housing a movie, television, music or fashion shoot.

Author Danielle Krysa joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her book "Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative."

Thanks to Danielle Krysa for calling in today! If you missed her conversation with Janeane Bernstein, listen here!

This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock. Packed with helpful anecdotes, thoughts from successful creatives, and practical exercises gleaned from Danielle Krysa's years of working with professional and aspiring artists—plus riotously apt illustrations from art world darling Martha Rich—this book arms readers with the most essential tool for their toolbox: the confidence they need to get down to business and make good work.


From her website, http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/about/
I have a BFA in Visual Arts {painting, printmaking, and art history}, and a post-grad in design. I’ve worked as a designer and Creative Director for years, but have never stopped loving and creating art. After decades of looking at beautiful contemporary art and thinking “Damn, I wish I thought of that”, I decided to say it out loud, and The Jealous Curator was born. Every day since February 22, 2009 I have written a daily post showcasing artwork from around the world. This has lead to opportunities that I truly never could have imagined – writing books, curating art exhibitions, speaking at events, and hosting my own podcast. It’s been quite a ride, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Danielle Krysa is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art website the Jealous Curator, and the author of Creative Block and Collage. She lives in British Columbia.

Martha Rich is a Philadelphia-based fine and commercial artist.

Author Kevin Smokler talks with host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm about his latest work "Brat Pack America."

If you missed Kevin Smokler on today's show, listen to his conversation with Janeane Bernstein here.

From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the “Goondocks” in Astoria and the “ time of your life” dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, ‘80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. Like few other eras in movie history, the ‘80s teen movies has endured and gotten better with time . In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of the legendary movies from that time and why the places they happened are a tribute to their permanence, why we love them still.

Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and a Trapper Keeper- full of interesting facts about your favorite 80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan of the Breakfast Club and Back to the Future, of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink and Dead Poets Society. Smokler went to Goonies Day in Astoria, OR, took a Lost Boys tour of Santa Cruz, CA and in the present visited retro arcades, mov- ie theaters and record stores. His exploration of highways and main streets of “Brat Pack America” remind of why we love the teen movies of the 1980s so much and, three decades later, still do.

Kevin Smokler (@weegee) is the author of the essay collection "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven't Touched Since High School" (Prometheus Books, Feb. 2013) which The Atlantic Wire called "truly enjoyable" and the editor of "Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times," A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly and on National Public Radio. In 2013, he was BookRiot's first ever Writer in Residence. - See more at: http://www.kevinsmokler. com/

Praise for Practical Classics

“In this engaging survey of 50 books commonly assigned to teen readers, [Smokler] advocates revisiting them from an adult perspective. Even books we loved in our formative years… may have sailed right over our heads, suggests the author, who argues that only time and experience can prepare us to appreciate them fully.”
—San Jose Mercury News

“[F]ull of wit and candor... Putting literature to practical use is not a new invention, but what’s refreshing about the practice in this light is how Smokler pits this sort of practical gifting-as-guidance against the reduction of literature to ‘a letter grade and a dusty old obligation.’”
—Fiction Writers Review

“[S]o much fun…[It] offers a truly enjoyable trip down one’s personal memory lane of books. It’s also a love letter to the act of reading, to continual learning, and to making an effort to slow down and savor the good books in life.”
—The Atlantic Wire

“If you have been thinking about revisiting the books of your youth or those you have promised yourself to read, but haven’t, this entertaining book provides practical, real-world reasons by you should read them.”

-Alan Caruba, Bookviews

“[A] fine guide for any adult reader who would return to the classics with a different perspective in mind.”
-The Bookwatch

“In the short and beguilingly engaging essays that make up Practical Classics, Smokler shows how these works can be relevant and even useful to grownups. Most impressively, he manages to pull this off without sounding stuffy or self-important.”
-The Rumpus

“Possibly the first self-help book to use literature as its prescription, Practical Classics serves as a primer for personal development, demonstrating how one may apply various literary tinctures to the more trouble- some areas of the Human Condition.... [Smokler] holds forth with confidence and a good slathering of wit about coping with our common, human plight.”
-Austin Chronicle

Saturday, November 26, 2016

11/28@9:45amPT NORTH POLE NINJAS authors Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden!

Authors Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden
joined me Monday 11/28/16. 

If you missed the show, listen here!

So perfect for fans of Elf on the Shelf and other fun Christmas traditions!You may not know that Santa has a team of special elves, selected for their ability to help carry out top-secret missions that are all about helping, giving, caring, and listening. Anyone who receives this box is called upon to help carry out those top secret missions with a bit of stealth and an open heart. The gorgeously illustrated picture book retells the ancient legend the North Pole Ninjas use for new recruits. After reading the book, readers are given their own Ninja missions to carry out: 50 special tasks packed in a special envelope--tasks of compassion and caring for their communities, to be carried out in stealth to spread love without the expectation of accolade. Complete with a plush and huggable “sensei” to guide Ninjas on their journey, this is the perfect antidote to worrying about whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

Molly Schiot, Director, Filmmaker, and the founder of the Instagram account, "The Unsung Heroines," joined me 11/28 to talk about her incredible book "Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History."


The Unsung Heroines of Sports History


Simon & Schuster | Hardcover | October 18, 2016 |

If you missed Molly on today's show, listen here!

Simone Biles. Serena Williams. Katie Ledecky. Today, we know these women, their names, and their accomplishments, as well as the many others who have left their mark on the sports world in recent years. But what about the women who came before them, the trailblazers who made it possible for these champions to get out on the field and play? In GAME CHANGERS: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History (Simon & Schuster; October 18, 2016; $25), Molly Schiot celebrates the stories of those forgotten female athletes and shares rarely-before-seen photos.

Director and artist Molly Schiot started documenting these lost stories after she pitched an idea for a short film to a major sports network about the Wake-Robin Golf Club, a group of African-American women who fought for their right to play golf in the 1930s (pictured at right). The film didn’t get made, but Schiot continued to spend time researching at the LA84 archive. She soon found dozens more undiscovered female athletes from the pre-Title IX era, and knew she had to highlight their achievements. She created the Instagram account @theunsungheroines and shared a photo each day of female athletes who made significant strides (literally and figuratively) in some of the most popular games in the world. Her account gained an enthusiastic following, and the result is GAME CHANGERS, a beautifully illustrated collection that gives these “founding mothers” the attention and recognition they deserve.

The book also features new and powerful conversations about women and sports between some of today’s heroines—including former US Women’s National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach, professional skateboarder Lacey Baker, and SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion—and the pioneers who motivated them to push forward. This empowering and unforgettable book is the perfect keepsake for mothers, daughters, fans, feminists, and the champions of tomorrow.

* Select photos featured in the book can be available for publicity use upon request *

A sample of the many remarkable women Molly Schiot features in GAME CHANGERS

When talented nine-year old Kim Green was refused the right to join Little League baseball in her hometown of Newark, Delaware because she was a girl, her mom Sylvia Green decided to take matters into her own hands. Along with other activists, Sylvia successfully sued the Little League and formed a massively popular all-girls team called “the Angels” in protest. Girls were finally permitted to try out for Little League baseball in 1974 and in that first year alone, over 30,000 young women participated.

Sheryl Swoopes was the first woman to be signed by the WNBA and was the inspiration for the Nike Air Swoopes, the first signature basketball shoe named after a woman. For years before, it had been nearly impossible for female basketball players to find sneakers that weren’t specifically designed for men. Swoopes shoes soon became so popular that men looked for larger sizes so they could wear them too.

Christy Martin is one of the most successful and prominent female boxers in the United States. She was the first female boxer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and had a seven year winning streak in the ring. After being shot by her then-husband and trainer Jim Martin, she became an advocate for victims of domestic abuse.

Earlene Brown won numerous national championships and Olympic medals for her achievements in track and field. She was the first woman to break the 50-foot barrier in shot put. Brown says that when she was young, she “was ashamed of her size. I never thought that something of which I was ashamed… could make me feel proud. But I feel proud now.”

When NASCAR driver Janet Guthrie qualified for both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500, she was the first woman to race in either competition. She faced constant humiliation from onlookers and other racers, who chanted insults like, “no tits in the pit!” when she was on the course. Despite her talent and multiple wins, Janet was eventually forced to retire after not receiving sponsorship in a widely male-dominated sport.

Gertrude Earle was an American Olympic swimmer who swam the English Channel in fourteen hours and thirty-four minutes on August 26, 1926. Her swim broke the world record time by two hours and she became a national celebrity, starring in a short film about her life and even joining a vaudeville act. Eventually, she withdrew from the public eye and retired to teach swimming at a school for the deaf.


Molly Schiot is a director, filmmaker, and the founder of the Instagram account, "The Unsung Heroines." She is a graduate of Brown University and the Glasgow School of Art, and her creative endeavors have led to sold-out exhibitions of her paintings and drawings, music videos for the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Mark Ronson and The Raveonettes, and commercials for Miu-Miu, Levi's, and Converse. She is the creator of the “Check You Out” series for Paper Magazine and recently directed an ESPN “30 for 30” short, “Our Tough Guy,” about the life of one of the NHL's most fearsome players, John Wensink. She lives in California.

GAME CHANGERS: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

ISBN: 9781501137099

E-Book ISBN: 9781501137112

150 four-color images

Price: $25

Follow the author on Twitter @MollySchiot and on Instagram @theunsungheroines

Visit Simon & Schuster online at www.SimonAndSchuster.com

Monday12/5/16 9:45am PST, Author Shaun Usher joined Janeane Bernstein to talk about his latest book "Letters of Note Volume 2."

If you missed Shaun Usher on today's show, listen here.

Shaun Usher joins me to talk about beautiful notes and letters penned by authors such as Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Seuss, Jane Austen, Mozart, Beatrix Potter, and more! An entirely new set of letters to observe and explore, for a fun new conversation about the art of letter writing, our communication styles, and how we can dwell in the past in our digital future.


  • "A fascinating blog..." - Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic
  • "...a fantastic blog..." - Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
  • "The internet's cultural magpie" - GQ Magazine
  • "Fantastic idea [...] and well done too" - Jason Kottke, kottke.org
  • "...a wonderful collection..." - Scott Beale, Laughing Squid


Letters of Note is a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence, complete with scans and transcripts of the original missives where available.

I have a seemingly endless supply of correspondence to plough through, but your input is always welcome. Get in touch via shaun@lettersofnote.com. If you wish to send images, please forward high quality versions where possible, don't attempt to compress them to the point of illegibility, and please don't crop them to death. If you happen to have an original you wish to post to me using regular mail, let me know via email. If you already know it's fake, don't send it.

You have four choices when it comes to receiving updates — RSS, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr — and unless my fingers crumble away, there will be at least one new post every weekday.

I predict you will also enjoy visiting Letterheady, another blog I run which is dedicated to showcasing interesting letterheads — it's like Letters of Note, but with less reading — and Lists of Note, which, predictably, features notable lists.

Please note that whenever I link to a book on Amazon (typically when highlighting the source of a particular letter) I use an affiliate link — this essentially means that, should you click that link and then purchase said book, I receive, from Amazon, a small percentage of the book's price.

If you have any more questions, please get in touch.


Shaun Usher

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Corinne Jayaweera joined me Monday at 9:45am PST to talk about her film Documented America!

Listen to today's show here!

Corinne Jayaweera has enjoyed her career in various academic roles and settings. At the DruckerSchool of Business, she lead the Mentor Program and Kravis Concept business plan competition. Corinne left CGU to focus on her fledgling film and event planning company. She has grown from producing her first documentary in 2008 to directing and producing documentaries and narratives. Corinne is active in the PSA program at Women In Film and has produced and has been on the producing team of multiple PSA’s. Outside of her own projects she has worked as a unit production manager, as well as a wardrobe manager. She is extremely proud of her, loving and supportive family. In Corinne’s spare time she enjoys country line dancing, white water rafting and taking walks in the woods.

Coninne's website and short film:


Meet Iris, 94 year old aeronautical teacher and certified flight instructor, who has taught and inspired many aerospace leaders and pilots over the past 60 years. She competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany and was in one of the earliest groups of women to ferry planes for the Air Transport Command in World War II.


Dr. Estelle Toby Goldstein, also known as "The Renegade Doctor" joined me at 9:00am PST Monday 11/21/16!


Listen to today's show here!

My name is Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD and I'm known as "The Renegade Doctor" -- and the reason they call me that is because I'm going to tell you the things the doctors, hospitals, insurance and big drug companies DON'T want you to know ... In our radio chat, I'm going to tell your listeners how to live pain free without using over-the-counter products that damage your body, without prescription narcotics that are potentially addictive and even lethal, without going to a doctor, and without spending all of your money.  I'm here to tell you about natural products that can do the exact same things as prescription drugs, without the dangers, and without the costs, and I'm going to  tell you where you can find these products on your own in local stores, on the internet or by mail-order.

We have been missing out on some of the greatest advances in medicine.  Not because they are so new -- some of these are many years old -- maybe centuries.  But the knowledge has been buried by the special interests who not only want to keep you paying for things that may not work, and may make you worse -- This knowledge is used all over the world.  It is written up in medical journal -- but usually not in the USA.

And like nearly all Americans, you probably don't even know you've been missing out.  If you talk to your doctor about a natural product or an alternative treatment, you will be told that it is too risky, it hasn't been proven, there's not evidence that it works.  When the truth is, most have more scientific backing than anything in your doctor's sample cabinet.

If you've been feeling that modern medicine has been making you worse instead of better, then this may be the most important 20 minutes you will ever spend.


I will be opening my private practice in Orange County soon, and my emphasis will be in getting people off of prescription drugs safely and with minimal discomfort.  I can then give them natural treatments to take the place of those drugs, and in some cases, eventually make them totally free of the underlying problem so they don't need to take anything.

I am also going to start a series of free seminars soon concentrating on Massive Obesity -- people who are at least 50 lbs and even 100 lbs or more overweight as judged by BMI.  I have written a book about my own struggles.  





LIVE from NY Monday 11/21/16...it's Natalie Roy and Kristin Hanggi! TUNE in Monday at 9:30am pst!

Natalie Roy is an actor, author, meditation and yoga teacher living in New York City, and co-founder of CREATE workshops and The CREATE Le'ts Play Podcast along side Kristin Hanggi, Tony nominated director, writer, producer and story coach.

If you missed Natalie and Kristin on today's show, listen here!

instagram @createplaygroup

twitter @createplaygroup

@natalielynnroy, @hanggilove

Amir Alexandre Banifatemi, Organizer of TEDxLA joins me Monday at 9:15am pst!

Amir Alexandre Banifatemi
Los Angeles, CA, United States

About Amir Banifatemi
Entrepreneur and innovation promoter, Amir Banifatemi has a passion for entrepreneurship, education, and active mentorship. Amir’s career spans more than 28 years in Europe and the United States in the development and growth of high technology ventures. He is an active angel investor, board member of the Tech Coast Angels , and the founding member of K5 Ventures. With a constant focus on identifying and developing future and emerging technologies that can impact society, he got inspired by TED conferences where he found that the intersection of ideas, innovation, and community that TED and the TEDx program offer to be a compelling experience and a driver to further actions and engagement.

About TEDxLA
TEDxLA will be an event where the village in which it is held will play a central role in how we have global impact. Where the action we take will be as important as the ideas we share.

Imagine if we could allow each speaker and performer to bring people together and allow them to visualize an “imagined future”. How can we offer everyone the opportunity to touch and feel an idea? Imagine we could transform the previous impossible into possibility by one idea.

TEDxLA 2016 theme is Imagine

We welcome you to join a gathering of the minds as we explore how we imagine our collective future.

Imagine a day when the City of Angels acts like a city of angels. Where hungry minds collaborate, where entertainment, science, arts, innovation, inclusiveness, freedom, and the spirit of being oneself becomes like a tradition that always existed.

Join us for this exclusive event. Check out from the day-to-day routine and go on an intellectual journey filled with brilliant speakers, captivating performances, amazing new technology, thought-provoking ideas, and an opportunity to be part of the conversation that will define our future.

See the list of speakers.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mark Gordon, Director/Writer, joined me Monday 11/14/16 at 9:00am pst!

Mark Gordon, Director/Writer

If you missed Mark on today's show,
listen to our conversation

Awakening In Taos is a labor of love for Director/Writer Mark Gordon. He fell in love with the Mabel Dodge Luhan story years ago when he readEdge of Taos Desert and realized that bringing this story to a wide audience through PBS was his personal calling. Since then he has dedicated himself to doing everything possible to successfully complete this production. Mark has been in filmmaking since childhood. His uncle Phillip Krasne produced The Cisco Kid movies and television seriesO’Henry Playhouse for CBS, Gunsmoke and numerous films and TV shows.
Mark Gordon is a fine artist, graphic designer, photographer, web developer, and independent filmmaker. He is CEO of Vision Marketing Associates.


Film tells the story of social activist and patron of the arts
Mabel Dodge Luhan, and her marriage to Tiwa Indian Tony Lujan of Taos Pueblo:
“A woman 100 years ahead of her time”

“Awakening in Taos”, an award-winning film by Mark Gordon and narrated by Ali MacGraw will screen at this year’s Red Nation Film Festival on Friday November 16, at 6 PM at the LAEMMLE PLAYHOUSE 7, 673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

The timing of this film’s release is serendipitous with major stories in today’s news including the nomination of a Woman President and the conflict in North Dakota. This story is set almost one hundred years ago and it involves a strong independent woman who marries a Native American and fights with his tribe to protect 600,000 acres of sacred tribal land from private sale to squatters. Like the Standing Rock Sioux, their sacred sites are desecrated and their religious practices are threatened.

Taos Pueblo fought for 64 years for the return of 48,000 acres and their sacred Blue Lake, granted to the tribe by Spain in the 1500’s. It was illegally annexed as part of a National Forrest under Teddy Roosevelt. After filing many civil suits against the US Government Taos Pueblo finally succeeded by filing a First Amendment rights suit. This case was won on the right of religious freedom violated by the US Government, as they prevented the tribe from observing sacred spiritual practices. In 1970, Richard Nixon signed legislation, the first instance in history where the US Government returned Native land taken illegally. Perhaps there is a message in this story that could help the Standing Rock Sioux get the US Government to honor its original treaty with the Sioux!

“Awakening in Taos” follows the personal evolution of Mabel Dodge Luhan as a writer, salon hostess, art patroness, social activist and a resident of New Mexico. Born in Buffalo, New York, Mabel was a woman unique to her time. Her influence extended into the world of arts, music, literature and activism for social change. In her late 30s she experienced a life-altering arrival into a small town in Northern New Mexico and embraced the Taos Pueblo Indians in a way that seized the attention of the artistic and literary world. Her unconventional marriage to Antonio Lujan, a full-blooded Tiwa Indian from Taos Pueblo, created a revolutionary bridge between two cultures. Mabel and Tony helped to defeat federal legislation in 1924 that would have taken away 600,000 acres of sacred land belonging to the 19 tribes of New Mexico.
Mabel lured progressive thinkers and artists, including D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Willa Cather, Dorothy Brett, Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe and others to the remote town of Taos to attend her salons. Many of these visitors stayed for periods of time and several remained their entire lives. Mabel's home and salons made an extraordinary contribution to the culture of Taos County and the State of New Mexico. Luhan was a writer and advocate for the arts, women’s rights and Native American culture in a time when women were still fighting for the right to vote.

Shot entirely in New Mexico with a local cast and crew, the film features breathtaking cinematography and aerial footage of Taos landscapes and landmarks. These physical features produced a visual response captured in 20th-century paintings and photos by Mabel’s guests.

It was a book, “Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality” written by Mabel herself that piqued Gordon’s interest and set him off on a ten-year journey to get the book transformed into a film worthy of the topic.

Filmmaker Gordon assembled a large team of writers, editors, art experts, historians and documentary producers to bring the many varied details of Luhan’s life into sharp focus. Actress Ali MacGraw happened to sit next to him on a plane and they began discussing the book, which she already loved. She offered to read some pages at a fundraiser in Taos and then signed on when the project was green lighted. Through a biographer of Luhan’s, Gordon met actress Leslie Harrell Dillen who wrote and performed a one-woman show portraying Mabel. She joined the production and appears as Mabel’s voice reading her words from books and letters.

“Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story” won Best Feature made in New Mexico at the 2015 Santa Fe Film Festival. The film has received special recognition and an award for Best Writing at the Hollywood Independent International Film awards. Awakening in Taos was produced in partnership with New Mexico PBS.

The film will be shown November 16th at 6:00 pm at the at the Red Nation Film Festival on Friday November 16, at 6 PM at the LAEMMLE PLAYHOUSE 7, 673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

For tickets and information: http://www.rednationff.com/awakening-in-taos/
Or call (310) 478-3836.

Monday 11/14/16 Ian Scheffler and I chatted about his book, "CRACKING THE CUBE: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik’s Cube Solving."

“Scheffler provides the first comprehensive book on the global phenomenon of speedcubing. Much has changed since the first world championship was organized in Budapest in 1982. But the emotions were all there already—good to see they haven’t cooled in over three decades. The cubing community is growing ever larger, younger—and faster!”—ERNŐ RUBIK, creator of the Rubik’s Cube

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CRACKING THE CUBE: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik’s Cube Solving (Touchstone; on-sale October 18, 2016; $26; Hardcover; ISBN: 978-1-5011-2192-0) by Ian Scheffler dives into the colorful world of Rubik’s Cube. Invented in 1974 by the reclusive Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik, the puzzle was famously popular in the 1980s. It has since come roaring back, inspiring competitions around the world, not to mention robots, movies, and Edward Snowden. As Scheffler shows, this bout of Cube Fever is anything but nostalgia.

When Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube (or, rather, his Cube) in his mother’s apartment, out of wooden blocks, rubber bands, and paperclips, he didn’t know if it could be solved—let alone that it would become the world’s most popular puzzle. Since its creation, the Cube has become many things to many people: one of the bestselling children’s toys, a symbol of intellectual prowess, a frustrating puzzle with 43.2 quintillion possible permutations, and now a worldwide sporting endeavor. The World Cube Association (think FIFA, only with Rubik’s Cubes) hosts scores of competitions throughout the U.S. and in dozens of countries each year, across six continents.

Challenged by a childhood friend, Toby Mao, who turns out to be one of the fastest cubers in the world, Scheffler attempts to break into speedcubing—think chess played at the speed of ping pong—while exploring the Cube’s rise to iconic status around the globe and the lessons that can be learned through solving it. Scheffler’s goal is to solve the puzzle under 20 seconds—the equivalent of running a sub-four-minute mile. After two years, he finds himself on the cusp of success, only to discover that speedcubing is far more challenging than he ever imagined. (Scheffler does eventually go “sub-20,” averaging 18.96 seconds at the Liberty Science Center, in December 2015.)
En route to going “sub-20,” Scheffler encounters legendary figures from the Cube’s first wave of popularity and the contemporary stars of its underground culture, painting a vivid picture of the diverse community dedicated to solving Rubik’s masterpiece as quickly as possible. (Among some of the most famous cubers are celebrities including Will Smith, Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, the rapper Logic, and NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.) To his own surprise, Scheffler journeys to Budapest to meet Rubik. Like Willy Wonka, the inventor guards his privacy, and hasn’t been interviewed at length since 1986, when John Tierney of the New York Times profiled him for Discover Magazine. Now in his seventies, Rubik is still tinkering away with puzzles.

In CRACKING THE CUBE, Scheffler reveals that cubing isn’t just fun and games. It’s a way of life for many around the world. Readers meet Dr. Jessica Fridrich, who won the Czech National Championship as a teen in 1982. Now an engineering professor at Binghamton University, Fridrich accidentally popularized the fastest method of solving Rubik’s Cube. Minh Thai, a Vietnamese refugee and winner of the inaugural Rubik’s Cube World Championship, held in Budapest in 1982, today owns a wholesale fragrance business in Los Angeles but still solves his Cube twenty times before bed each night. Eva Kato of New Jersey leads the vanguard of female cubers—she’s the second-fastest in the world—while Kentucky’s Lucas Etter holds the world record for the quickest single solve, 4.90 seconds—and he’s only fourteen years old. What’s more, for over a decade, students at UC Berkeley have enrolled in a popular mathematics class called “Learn to Solve the Rubik’s Cube,” the final for which is simple: solve Rubik’s Cube or you fail.
For Scheffler, the road to “sub-20” is not just about memorizing algorithms or even solving Rubik’s Cube. As he learns from the many gurus who cross his path, from pint-sized kids to engineering professors, it’s about learning to solve yourself.

Ian Scheffler’s ties to the Cube go back to his childhood, as does his interest in math, science, and engineering. In 2008 his team won the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl, a Jeopardy-style competition, and he traveled as a delegate to the 49th London International Youth Science Forum. He has written for The New Yorker, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds a degree in English from Columbia University, where he co-edited the Columbia Review. He lives in New York City.

New York Times bestselling crime novelist Linda Fairstein joined me Monday 11/14/16 at 9:30am pst!

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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Linda Fairstein has written her first series for young readers. Into the Lion’s Den is the first in a new mystery series for young readers ages 8-12 that Publishers Weekly calls a “modern-day Nancy Drew.” Featuring a smart and plucky young detective named Devlin Quick, the series follows Devlin and her best friend Booker, as they use their wit and cunning to solve crimes across New York City with a little help from Devlin’s Police Commissioner mother.

Linda Fairstein is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Cooper mystery series for adults. Linda worked at the Manhattan District Attorney's office as the head of the Special Victims Unit from 1976 to 2002. Devlin Quick is her first book for children. She lives in New York, NY, where the Devlin Quick series is set.

Linda Fairstein first dreamed of writing mysteries in the sixth grade. A voracious reader of Nancy Drew, Linda penned her first caper for kids, The Secret of Apple Tree Farm at the age of 11. “The books I remember most vividly—and fondly—from my childhood were Nancy Drew mysteries,” said Linda Fairstein. “My two careers in sleuthing—first in the courtroom, and then in The Alex Cooper series of crime fiction—are both the result of my affection for that smart young woman and her friends.”

In Into the Lion’s Den, twelve-year-old Devlin Quick is prepared for a quiet summer day at the New York Public Library when her friend Liza witnesses something strange: a blade falling to the floor of the rare (and expensive) books room, a book left behind with a page meticulously torn out, and a man in a serious hurry to get out of there. But he has no briefcase—nothing in his hands at all, in fact—and he doesn't appear to be hiding anything. Any other kid might shrug this off, but Devlin Quick is not any other kid, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice. But who is he? What did he steal from the library—and why? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City's finest (and, okay, a little assistance from her Police Commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that's bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.

Linda drew inspiration for the novel from one of the first cases she prosecuted—that of a map thief—and her subsequent fascination with Forbes Smiley, one of America’s most notorious art thieves. The novel is also peppered with interesting facts about the New York City and Brooklyn public libraries and the many literary and historical treasures within their walls.

Perfect for upcoming best of November book round-ups and holiday gift guides, Into the Lion’s Den is will appeal to fans of spunky sleuths and clever capers. Linda will visit schools, bookstores and libraries this fall to discuss Devlin Quick. Go to www.lindafairstein.com for a full list of events.

Jill Pauletich-Ragan, the talented writer/director of the short THE WINDOW and writer of the new pilot THE VENUE, Monday 9:15am on KUCI 88.9fm!

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About Jill Pauletich-Ragan 
Jill Pauletich-Ragan is the wife of rock musician Chuck Ragan and is the talented writer/director of the short THE WINDOW and writer of the new pilot THE VENUE, dealing with her own experiences, as her husband's road manager.

The Venue is your backstage pass into the dynamic and provocative world of rock 'n' roll, as experienced by first-time club owner and single mom EMMA ROMANO, who transplants herself and five-year-old son off the tour bus and back to her hometown of Oakland after a life on the road tour-managing her rock star ex-husband. She opens up a rock 'n' roll club and struggles fitting in with conventional society.

Mentored by the late James White (screenwriter of RAY) who helped her to develop the project, Jill recently made the short film, The Window, that has played in several prestigious film festivals, amng them: Carmel Int'l Film Festival, Edmonton Int'l Film Festival, Dances With Films, and Sacramento Int'l Film Festival. The Window is a valentine to the power of love that he discovered no matter how old you are -

ABOUT THE WINDOWThe following summary about Jill's film is an excerpt from an article written about the La Femme Film Festival on broadwayworld.com.

"The Window", written and directed by Jill Pauletich-Ragan, is a valentine to the power of love that can be discovered no matter how old you are. The charming feature introduces us to Edith, a widow who watches the world from her dining room window every day all alone, until one morning she is surprised by Emilio, a dashing senior who finds unique ways to woo Edith and shake up her world. Since making its debut at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, the film has had a successful festival run and competed in several prestigious film festivals including the Carmel International Film Festival, the Edmonton International Film Festival, Hollywood's Dances With Films Festival and the Sacramento International Film Festival where it won he The Grand Jury Prize for "Best Short." (Oct. 23, 10:00 am)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Comedian, Julie Kidd is the CEO of Funny Mom Productions featuring "Funniest Housewives” and “Single Mom The Musical!" She joined me TODAY 11-7-16!

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About Julie Kidd

Comedian, Julie Kidd is the CEO of Funny Mom Productions featuring the fantastically entertaining “Funniest Housewives” and “Single Mom The Musical”. She was recently crowned the Hilarious Housewife on ABC’s The View. In addition, her jokes have been featured in Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest and Modern Mom Magazine as well as numerous comedy books including, Comedy Thesaurus, She’s So Funny, Mom This Jokes For You, and Loves Funny That Way. TV credits include The View, Life Moments, Iyanla Vanzant, and Next Big Star.

Julie will be talking about the upcoming Funniest Housewives show at the Brea Improv on Dec 6th at 8pm. Tickets HALF-PRICE!

Link to buy tickets and use code word FUNNY to receive discount https://www-funniesthousewives-com.seatengine.com/shows/45229


Architect Christopher Mercier joined me on KUCI 88.9fm Monday 11/7/16 9:15am pst!

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Architect Christopher Mercier, AIA, left Frank Gehry’s Gehry Design Group in 2002 to establish his own architecture practice to create (fer) studio: Form, Environment Research. Their goal: to design contemporary spaces for creative clients, and to re-imagine and re-purpose existing structures, preserving their history and character while adapting them to modern use.

In projects large and small, (fer) studio has designed upscale homes, hotel and hospitality projects, academic and industrial buildings; they even have plans for a large-scale community development called Cedros Market, near San Diego.

Based in Inglewood, California, (fer) studio is at the epicenter of a new wave of urban renewal and restoration. The architecture firm is part of a surge of urban explorers (and intrepid investors) including many writers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs who have discovered the city in their search for affordable live/work spaces and brick-and-mortar retail storefronts.

Mercier wants (fer) studio to be an active and vital part of the community’s transformation. “We want to be part of the re-development of Inglewood,” he says. (fer) studio has consulted with the Mayor of Inglewood and other city officials. “Part of the problem has been that it has no sense of place, no sense of identity,” Mercier explains. “We want to take this place, which has a lot of potential- -good scale and walkability, and bring in a transit hub. If people live, work and shop in a community, it is healthy.”

(fer) studio is staffed by 14 architects, and divides its talents between residential, commercial and hospitality projects. (fer) studio has designed two well-known local restaurants, Father’s Office in Culver City and Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood. They are the architects behind, the newly opened Officine Brera, an Italian restaurant in downtown Los Angeles’ arts district. Officine Brera is housed in a 1920s industrial building that once was home to the Gas Company. “Officine Brera is a mixture of adaptive reuse set against the influx of a new contemporary geometry that fuses together,” says Mercier.

(fer) studio brings the same design philosophy to its residential projects as well, designing houses for clients in Venice Beach, Fullerton, California, La Canada Flintridge, Santa Monica, and Mulholland Estates in the Hollywood Hills.

“It varies from year to year, but our practice usually breaks down to 20 to 30 percent residential, 20 to 30 percent hospitality, and the rest creative office spaces,“ says Mercier. Some of the “creative office spaces” they have designed include a new lobby and reception area for noted business woman Sunnie Kim’s Hana Financial in downtown Los Angeles, and Smashbox Studios in Culver City.

Other recent or currently developing projects include The Hayden, a 30,000 square foot creative office adaptive reuse project in Culver City in the Hayden Tract.

(fer) studio strives to combine environmental sensitivity and trend-setting vision in every project, no matter how large or small and develop a dialogue between interior and exterior space that morphs through the façade.”

ABOUT (fer) studio
(fer) studio began as a one-person firm, headed by Christopher Mercier A.I.A. in 2002. Mercier had worked with renowned architect Frank Gehry at his Santa Monica studio before striking out to establish his own practice.

(fer) stands for Form, Environment and Research, the principles that describe the firm’s design philosophy. Firmly rooted in contemporary modernism, (fer) studio is dedicated to the idea that Form helps to shape the world, and can have a profound ability to positively impact contemporary experience. Through intensive research and the study of the site and environmental conditions, along with extensive client input, each project emerges as appropriate and unique.

(fer) studio’s projects have included “ground up” construction, as well as the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of a wide range of building types: residential, commercial, hospitality and academic. (fer) studio is passionate about urban design and development and the development of sustainable, livable cities.

In 2005, Douglas Pierson joined (fer) studio (another Gehry alumni). In May 2016, Pierson and Mercier amicably ended their partnership when Pierson moved his family to North Carolina for personal reasons.

Based in Inglewood, California (fer) studio is poised at the tipping point of the latest wave of urban renewal in Southern California. For decades, Inglewood, like Silverlake, Culver City and downtown Los Angeles, had been an underpriced and under-developed urban desert of empty storefronts and a deserted main street. In recent years, Inglewood has been discovered by urban explorers (and intrepid investors): writers, artists and entrepreneurs have arrived in search of affordable live/work spaces and retail storefronts. Mercier and Pierson have participated in various local design projects, including the “Inglewood Living City,” an urban design project (fer) studio developed for the city, as well as a similar project proposal the firm has submitted to Solano Beach called “Cedros Market.”

In 2005, (fer) studio submitted a letter to the City of Inglewood’s Planning Department suggesting the city develop a Live/Work Zoning Ordinance to assist the artists relocating to the area. In 2014 (fer) studio began consulting with the city on a regular basis to see the ordinance through City Council’s approval in 2015.

One of (fer) studio’s local clients was the Three Weavers’ Brewing Company, an artisan brewery and tasting room that opened in 2013. “It was a small project for Doug (Pierson) and I,” Mercier says modestly. “We were basically paid in beer. Three Weavers is a great local hangout and a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. We want to be part of the redevelopment of Inglewood, and we want (fer) studio to be the ‘go-to’ firm for the community.”

Today, (fer) studio is a 14 person firm, dividing its time between various residential, hospitality and commercial projects. Completed restaurant projects on Mercier and Pierson’s roster include the popular Father’s Office in Culver City, Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood and the newly opened Officine Brera in downtown Los Angeles. All three projects took vital clues from the local urban environment, and intense owner involvement informed the design strategies that made each space unique.

For Officine Brera, located in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, (fer) studio reimagined the existing space--a 1920s industrial building and a masonry and steel warehouse that once housed the Los Angeles Gas Company as an elegant, Northern Italian restaurant while preserving the industrial character of the 8,000 square foot building using reclaimed wood, concrete and exposed steel.

Other recent or currently developing projects include The Hayden, a 30,000 square foot creative office adaptive reuse project in Culver City in the Hayden Tract.

Mercier and Pierson also designed a 5,000 square foot family home in Fullerton, California, a 4,500 square foot single-family residence in Santa Monica, California, and a renovated lobby/reception area for Hana Financial in a downtown Los Angeles high-rise. (fer) studio recently completed Phase I of the photo studio and office space for Smashbox Studios in Culver City, and a reuse project adapting an existing structure into the Hayden, a creative office complex in Culver City.

(fer) studio’s project mix varies from year to year, but they always strive to achieve a balance of residential, commercial and hospitality projects. “This encourages fresh thinking and helps foster over-lapping ideas between building types that may not happen otherwise,” says Mercier. The architects feel this brings vibrancy to their work.

Today (fer) studio is involved in a variety of projects on a wide variety of scales: from small, sustainable residential spaces to large-scale urban centers. The firm is committed to a contemporary vision of design that continues to expand and evolve with each new project. Mercier brings a unique sensibility and intuition along with years of experience to every commission. (fer) studio is comprised of a diverse collection of young architects, artists, and designers assembled around a design approach utilizing both computer-generated models and hand-built physical modeling to provide a more complex and complete understanding of each project. (fer) studio is a young, eager and contemporary design-focused firm. After fifteen years, it continues to grow, taking on more complex challenges. The firm continues to expand its abilities and create unique contemporary structures that will engage interesting dialogue within the larger architectural community.

*Please note, in June 2016, due to unforeseen familial obligations, Douglas Pierson will be moving his family to North Carolina. After years of a successful design collaboration, Mercier and Pierson amicably have ended their partnership. It is important to list all credit to ‘(fer) studio’ while keeping in mind that Christopher Mercier is now sole principal.

*form- environment- research


M. J. RYAN, a leading expert on change and human fulfillment, senior coach to executives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, and author of "Habit Changers" joined me Monday at 9am pst!

Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras
to Mindfully Realize Your Goals

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"From ‘trust your inner GPS’ to ‘presume goodwill,’ these slogans are simple, memorable and remarkably effective. Changing a habit requires going beyond intention to embrace tactics that enable you to consciously achieve your goals. This book will help you do just that, providing actionable strategies that you can quickly incorporate into your daily routine.”–Fran Hauser, Partner at Rothenberg Ventures and former President of Digital Time Inc.

“If you’re ready to live a fearless, awesome life, Habit Changers will help you take control of your destiny and be the badassiest version of yourself, every day. Ryan’s techniques are easy to jump into and they work.” -Jen Sincero, New York Times Bestselling author of You Are a Badass

M. J. RYAN is a leading expert on change and human fulfillment and senior coach to executives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners around the world. Her clients include Royal Dutch Shell, Microsoft, Time Warner, the U.S. military, and Aon Hewitt. She’s a partner with the Levo League career network and lead coach at SheEO, an organization offering new funding and support models for female entrepreneurs. She’s the founder of Conari Press, creator of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series, and author of many books including This Year I Will…


What would you like to change in your life? Be more focused at work? Communicate more effectively? Find work-life balance? Make smarter decisions? Be more patient with your team or family? Have greater self-confidence? Less stress? Just . . . be happier?

Often, the biggest obstacle to change lies in our most deeply ingrained habits: those automatic thought processes that operate outside our consciousness, and yet have a profound impact on our behavior, shaping everything from how we respond to challenges to how we engage with others.
The good news is that we can literally rewire our mental habits for the better. In Habit Changers,executive coach M.J. Ryan shares the secret weapon that has helped her highest performing clients improve their focus, better manage under pressure, enhance their emotional intelligence, become more effective leaders, and more.

Inspired by the Buddhist tradition of Lojong, or "slogan practice," habit changers are simple, one-line aphorisms that, when recited, reprogram your brain’s automatic responses. Here, Ryan explains how to use the 81 Habit Changers that have demonstrated the most profound and lasting results. They include:

§ You can’t say yes if you can’t say no
§ Don’t push buttons that don’t need to be
§ Handshake your fear
§ Stand where you’d rather not
§ Remember your highest intention
§ Outsource your worry
§ Reach for the better thought

Our capacity to change is our greatest gift as human beings. Habit Changers will help you take control of your destiny and more easily achieve the success and happiness you desire.

Coming up 7/17/24 9:00am - Janeane chats with Producer Jay Silverman about his latest film CAMERA, starring Beau Bridges

‘CAMERA’ starring Beau Bridges, centers around a young mute boy who uses an old film camera to express his point of view, with the help of ...