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Sunday, October 22, 2017

DETECTIVE THRILLER “DISTORTION” IS OFFICIAL SELECTION AT 13TH ANNUAL LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, OCT.19 – 22, 2017. Actress/Writer/Producer StageCraft Productions, LLC, Tonya T. Cannon, joined host Janeane 10/16 9:15am pst on KUCI 88.9fm

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LOS ANGELES, October 4, 2017 -- “Distortion,” a taut detective thriller starring Emmy Award-winning actor CORBIN BERNSEN (L.A. Law, Psych), will be featured at the 13th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival (LAIFF) to be held October 19-23 at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

“Distortion” is about Nicole (Tonya T. Cannon), a young woman who wakes up from a 3-month coma after being attacked with no memory as to what happened. Now, she is haunted by brief distorted, bloody images of her fiancé as the only clues as to what might have happened. She must work with Det. Baker (Ryan Merriman – Pretty Little Liars, Final Destination 3), an embittered police detective dealing with his own personal demons after the death of his wife and son, in order to regain her memories before she becomes the next victim.

Tonya T. Cannon also wrote the script and is executive producer on the film along with her father Jack Cannon. The film will be shown at LAFIFF on Friday, October 20 at 4PM at LA Live Regal Cinemas, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.lafemme.org/tickets/


Tonya T. Cannon has a wealth of corporate, entertainment, and educational experiences. Dr. Cannon (she holds a PhD in Organization & Management) began her love of acting in her pre-school days in Upstate New York. After high school, she trained for a year at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts majoring in Drama but was soon called to the corporate world where she worked for more than 15 years as a human resource professional. During this time, she completed her undergraduate degree program (Theatre Arts/Psychology) and went on to complete her Masters in Human Resource Management.

Soon, the stage called to her again and she was recognized twice for her acting achievements by the Theatre Association of New York State for her comedic and dramatic performances in Check, Please! and Dandelion Wishes, respectively. She then decided to make the move to the west coast in April of 2014 in order to pursue a film acting career and she definitely hit the ground running. Her drive and determination allowed her to obtain on set experiences, both in front of and behind the camera, in such projects as the hit feature Straight Outta Compton, as well as lesser known projects such as Unusual Suspects and The Badlands of Kain. In 2015, she and her father, Jack Cannon, decided to channel the knowledge gained and create StageCraft Productions, LLC in order to produce, write, and star in her feature debut, Distortion.

The following year, Dr. Cannon wrote 2 short films (crime/drama) which offered additional experiences and insights into filmmaking, and went on to produce an additional two shorts as well as the feature horror, Wiles: The Origin of Greater Magic in conjunction with up and coming Latin star, Vinicius Machado (True Detective, Power). In 2017, Dr. Cannon seeks to expand further into the entertainment arena with the creation of several television/streaming projects as well as additional teleplays and feature films. Her latest project, Sorry, Wrong Text, is a dramatic short film which will further demonstrate her writing, acting, and producing capabilities. Dr. Cannon’s corporate business experience as well as her educational and professional experiences all culminate in her being a well-rounded producing partner that is both creative, yet budget conscious. Based on her experiences, she is able to create interesting and compelling characters in stories with an eye towards what is cinematically engaging yet budget friendly. The slate of projects that are currently in some form of development are sure to keep StageCraft Productions busy and profitable for years to come.

The feature, Distortion, has been submitted to more than a dozen festivals across the world and Wiles is currently in post-production.

Dr. Cannon holds a Bachelors in Theatre Arts – minor: Psychology, a Masters in Human Resource Management, and a PhD in Organization & Management with a specialization in Management Education.

For more information, contact Deborah Gilels at LA Media Consultants at 818-758-6509 or Lisa Lyons at 818-726-8199.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

LISTEN to today's show with Tim Federle! Broadway Performer, Tim Federle, joins Janeane 10/16 9:45am pst to talk about his NEW book, "Life is Like a Musical - How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star." Time to step into the leading role of your own life!

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Right around Broadway performer Tim Federle's third career transition, he realized how many of his hard-won showbiz lessons he could apply to not just being a successful performer, but to being a successful all-around person too.

Life is Like a Musical is for people who find themselves desiring something-- stronger relationships, or a better job or a clearer way of seeing their own lives.
So silence your cell phones, and get ready to break a leg (so to speak) and schedule an interview with the lively and very musical, author/writer, Tim Federle, whose advice will let the performance speak for itself.


How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star
by Tim Federle

Step into the leading role of your own life!

On Tuesday, October 3rd, the self-help book with a showbiz twist, LIFE IS LIKE A MUSICAL, will be available wherever books are sold.

Life is Like a Musical (Running Press) is the latest non-fiction title from Tim Federle, whose bestselling cocktail recipe books Tequila Mockingbird and Gone With the Gin turned book clubs upside-down. This time, Tim gets personal, with 50 essays drawn from his life as a theater kid-turned-chorus boy-turned Broadway playwright. It’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, with jazz hands—and it’s already been hailed as “hilarious, wise, and one-of-a-kind.”

Life is Like a Musical isn't necessarily for people who spontaneously break into dance routines in the middle of the street. It’s for anyone who wants to find their own song, whatever that means to them. From “Cast Yourself in the Role You Want,” to “Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal,” Tim guides readers on how they, too, can benefit from wisdom learned backstage, onstage, and in between gigs.

No theater experience required. Just a desire to take on the role of a lifetime—one’s own.
Tim Federle is a former Broadway dancer turned award-winning writer whose works include the bestselling cocktail recipe books Tequila Mockingbird and Gone with the Gin, the novels Better Nate Than Ever and The Great American Whatever (each named New York Times Notable Books of the Year), and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting. A native of San Francisco who grew up in Pittsburgh, Tim now divides his time between New York and the internet. Connect with him online @TimFederle on Twitter and Instagram

LISTEN to New York Times Best Seller Rescue Road, Peter Zheutlin, share his latest book, "Rescued" 10/23 9:30am pst on KUCI 88.9fm!!

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Peter Zheutlin (pronounced ZOYT-Lynn)

"Rescued is a wide-ranging and intensely moving meditation on sharing one's life with adopted dogs.

Peter Zheutlin is one of the few journalists who have taken on the complex world of animal rescue and actually gotten it right."

—Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

September is Puppy Mill Awareness Month

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month

“The canine overpopulation problem is vast -- there are over a million strays living on the streets of Houston alone,” writes New York Times-bestselling author Peter Zheutlin in chapter 1 from his new book RESCUED: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things (on sale October 3, 2017; TarcherPerigee paperback). Zheutlin has considerable on the ground experience with Houston’s stray dog problem and has worked closely with the local shelters and rescue organizations there, including the SPCA of Brazoria County (which was evacuated today due to the failing levee) and Houston’s Shaggy Dog Rescue. Peter will also talk about pet loss, abandonment, and rescue efforts in Texas.

About the book:

In this follow up to Rescue Road (which spent five consecutive months on the New York Times bestseller list), Zheutlin interweaves heartwarming and humorous stories, lessons, and advice from countless families who have welcomed second-chance dogs into their homes and the transformative effect of these adoptions. Inspiring anecdotes from the book include:

· the left-for-dead dogs Noah and Noelle who were abandoned in Houston’s notorious Melrose Park and found second-life chances in Brooklyn, NY and Massachusetts, respectively;

· how a rescue dog in a Florida prison program helped one ex-convict get his life back on track,

· a Connecticut community that found therapeutic comfort in the local dogs following 9/11 and Sandy Hook,

· when dogs help empty nesters, sixty-somethings, and seniors find greater energy, keep mentally fit, and live with renewed vigor,

· and an NFL player who purposefully sought out a “hard-to-adopt” dog from his local shelter who had been overlooked, among many others.

This book perfectly captures the lifelong friendship, humorous non-Hallmark moments, and endearing quirks and characteristics of these once-lost souls that will resonate with any pet owner.

PETER ZHEUTLIN is a freelance journalist and bestselling author based in Dover, MA, whose work appears regularly in national publications, including The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. Zheutlin has also written for The LA Times, Parade Magazine, AARP Magazine and numerous other national newspapers and magazines. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway, as well as one other book. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, author Judith Gelman, and two rescued Labradors. Learn more at www.PeterZheutlin.com.

LISTEN to Grant Faulkner, Executive Director National Novel Writing Month talk about his latest work, "Pep Talk for Writers!

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Grant Faulkner is an American writer, the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, and the co-founder of the online literary journal 100 Word Story. Grant Faulkner was born and raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He earned a B.A. in English from Grinnell College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the writer Heather Mackey, and their two children.

The following is from: http://www.grantfaulkner.com

Picasso famously said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” How can we be creative every day? That’s the question Pep Talks for Writers sets out to answer. And it’s an important one, right? I know you feel story ideas beckoning you to give them voice. You’ve felt the wondrous, magical rushes of creativity. You know how being creative can change the way you wake up, how you approach your work, how you connect with other people. Approaching the world with a creative mindset is wildly transforming—because suddenly you’re not accepting the world as it’s delivered to you, but living through your vision of life.

That’s the gift I see each November during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I witness thousands of people break down the barricades that prevent them from writing the novel of their dreams and take on the Herculean task of writing a novel of 50,000 words in just 30 days. Writing suddenly leaps up from the cluttered basement of their daily tasks to stand tall on the pedestal of life for an entire month. An audacious goal and deadline serve as creative midwives (and an occasional bullwhip), and writers are propelled by the scintillating rushes of their imagination and the galvanizing force of the huzzahs coming from what can seem like the entire world writing with them.

It seems like such a rollicking novel-writing party is never going to end, but then on December 1, the roars of rapacious novelists start to quiet. Suddenly, people are doing things like shopping for Christmas presents, studying for finals, or cleaning the mayhem their house has become. (Creativity gives the world many things, but it rarely provides a tidy house.)

The thing I hear most often after National Novel Writing Month is “I loved writing during NaNoWriMo, but I have trouble writing the rest of the year.”

It’s challenging to muster such energy each day. The galloping pace of NaNoWriMo is over, and it can be difficult to get up on the proverbial writing horse again. Urgent items on your to-do lists clamor for attention, and tackling those items is important, necessary work—buying groceries, washing dishes, fixing that squeaky door that has bugged you the last three years—so, really, how could you keep doing something so trivial as write? Suddenly, you start to feel creativity falling down on your to-do list. You know the joy it gives you, the life meaning, yet those slithering, pernicious beasts called “the demands of life” loudly yell what you should be doing (and I won’t even mention the siren calls of social media).

No one assigns us to be creative. And, what’s more, society usually doesn’t reward creativity, at least not unless your work makes it to the shelves of a bookstore, the walls of a gallery, or the stage of a theater. You might not think you’re a creative type, but to be human is to be a creative type, so one of the shoulds in your life should be to make sure creativity is not only at the top of your to-do list, but that you put your creativity into action every day. If you put off your dreams today, you create the momentum to put them off all the way to your deathbed.

We yearn to touch life’s mysteries, to step out into the world looking for new solutions to old problems, if not new worlds altogether. We need to tap into our vulnerabilities, seek to understand our fears, look at life through others’ eyes, ask questions, and open up our awareness of the wonders of the universe.

Each story is a gift, a door that opens a new way to see and relate with others in this crazy, crazy world. Stories are the oxygen our souls breathe, a way to bring the unsayable, the unseeable, the unspeakable to life. Our creative lives shouldn’t be a hall pass from the stiff and forbidding demands of our lives. Writing our stories takes us beyond the grueling grind that life can unfortunately become, beyond the constraints of the roles we find ourselves in each day, to make the world a bigger place.

Stories remind us that we’re alive, and what being alive means. “Only art penetrates . . . the seeming realities of this world,” said Saul Bellow in his Nobel Prize speech. Leslie Marmon Silko says that stories are “all we have to fight off illness and death.” Jacqueline Woodson says writers are “the ones who are bearing witness to what’s going on in the world.”

For a writer, life hasn’t really been lived until one’s stories find their way onto the page. We exist in the flickers of a rift with the world, searching for words that will sew the fissure, heal it. A rupture, a wound, finds the salve of a story. If you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. If you don’t create, you hurt yourself. The signature of your self is formed by the work you put into your story. Making art tells you who you are. Making art in turn makes you.

So it’s your duty as a writer, as a person, to build a world through your words and believe in your story as a beautiful work of incarnation, to see it as a gift to yourself and others, as something that elevates life with new meaning—your meaning. Writing a story is many things: a quest, a prayer, a hunger, a tantrum, a flight of the imagination, a revolt, a daring escape that ironically leads you back to yourself. As long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning. Our stories are the candles that light up the darkness that life can become, so we must live in the warm hues of our imaginative life.

It’s not easy, though. The efforts of creativity carry angst and psychological obstacles that must be overcome. In this book, we’ll explore 52 different approaches to being creative every day. Each pep talk will include ways for you to explore your creative notions and angles, because life and writing are really ongoing creative experiments. Some pep talks may sing out to where you are now, while others might become relevant later in your writing process. The important thing is to keep your creative life at the forefront of your thoughts and actions.

We become the things we do, and I can promise you, if you excavate your life to make room for your imagination, if you open up time to keep writing, you won’t just finish your novel, pen the poem in your head, or submit a short story you’ve worked so hard on, you’ll change, because once you realize yourself as a creator, you create worlds on and off the page.

If you hear the whispers of a novel coming from the other room, or ideas for other stories caterwauling for their day in the sun, dive in. “The days are long, but the years are short,” some wise person once said. Your story can’t wait. It needs you.

Buy Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

LISTEN to Janeane's conversation with Gretchen Carlson about her NEW book, "Be Fierce - Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back."

Meet Gretchen Carlson - first on the airwaves on KUCI 88.9fm at 5:30pm October 20, 2017, then in person, Sunday October 22 at 1pm!

LISTEN to Janeane's conversation with Gretchen Carlson!

Event location: Barnes & Noble 7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA (714) 897-8781

The former Fox News Anchor will open up about her sexual harassment experiences in the workplace and present strategies for dealing with this behavior.

The following is from

About Be Fierce:
When Gretchen Carlson made the decision to "walk off the set" and speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace, she jumped off a cliff by herself, but it led to a new calling: empowering women to reclaim their power against any injustice.
After the former Miss America, mother of two, and star news anchor stood up, and spoke out, women all over the world joined the movement and began to take back their lives, careers, and dignity. Gretchen became the voice for the voiceless. BE FIERCE shares Gretchen’s experience and powerful stories from the thousands of women who have reached out to her who refuse to submit to intimidation of any kind. Gretchen will also share the wisdom and research of lawyers, psychologists, and other experts helping to confront this problem and advance what has become an international conversation about women refusing to shut up and sit down.

About the Author:
Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2017, GRETCHEN CARLSON is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for female empowerment. She’s also graced the cover of Time and Good Housekeeping magazines and is a marquee columnist for Time's Motto. Since making the decision to speak up against sexual harassment, she sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the issue and in doing so discovered every woman has a story.

In this candid memoir, celebrity news anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world. With warmth and wit, she takes readers from her Minnesota childhood, when she became a violin prodigy, through attending Stanford and later rising to anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News after working her way up from local television stations.

Carlson addresses the intense competitive effort of winning the Miss America Pageant, the challenges she’s faced as a woman in broadcast television, and how she manages to balance work and family as the wife of high-profile sports agent Casey Close and devoted mother to their two children. An unceasing advocate for respect and equality for women, Carlson writes openly about her own struggles with body image, pageant stereotypes, building her career, and having the courage to speak her mind. Encouraging women to believe in themselves, chase their dreams, and never give up, Carlson emerges in Getting Real as a living example of personal strength and perseverance.

“In 1989, Gretchen Carlson was chosen to be Miss America—I was one of the judges who picked her! Since then, I have watched Gretchen grow as a journalist and as a woman, proving that beautiful women can be smart and that working women can be good moms. In Getting Real, Gretchen writes frankly and with humor about the challenges she's met along the way. We can't all be Miss America, but we can all learn from Gretchen how to confront whatever comes our way and come out winners.”
Deborah Norville, anchor of “Inside Edition” and author of Thank You Power

"Finding success in life comes after some failures and a lot of hard work. Watching Gretchen succeed inspires me and will inspire all women: she seized the day, made the most of her talents, and never, ever gave up."
Vanessa Williams, Singer, Actress, and New York Times Bestselling Author

Author, TV journalist and women’s empowerment advocate, Gretchen Carlson Pens "Be Fierce - Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back." She joins host Janeane Bernstein early 10/20 for a pre-recorded segment before her Sunday appearance at Barnes & Noble Huntington Beach, CA.


LISTEN to Janeane's conversation with Gretchen Carlson!

"Using your voice and speaking your truth is a step toward freedom. Be a 'Fierce' force because that's what it takes to change the world." —Maria Shriver

"Gretchen Carlson's very brave and public stand against sexual harassment gave countless women the courage to fight back and is teaching our daughters (and sons) three very important words: it's not okay." —Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and cancer advocate

"Gretchen Carlson is not only FIERCE but brave as she pours sunlight on this scourge that hides in plain sight. Sexual harassment is an issue that all of us should be concerned about not just women. I encourage every man to read this book." —Larry Wilmore, Emmy Award-winning producer, actor, comedian, writer

"Gretchen Carlson is a fighter through and through and she is using her voice to put herself on the right side of history on this issue." —Billie Jean King, founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative

New York, New York – September 26, 2017 – Center Street Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the publication of BE FIERCE: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by acclaimed television journalist Gretchen Carlson on the subject of sexual harassment and empowerment. When Carlson, a former Fox News Channel host, decided to speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace, it led to a new calling: empowering women to reclaim their power against injustice and abuse.

Since then, Carlson has received thousands of messages from women who have had similar experiences, discovering that even in 2017, every woman still has a story. As the face of this prominent issue and recently recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017, Carlson has become the voice of the voiceless and her book will empower women to stand up and speak out against harassment and abuse in any aspect of their lives—from bullying in school hallways to pay inequity in the boardroom. The book will also reveal a playbook to help women and men better understand harassment in the workplace and how to work together to combat it.

BE FIERCE is scheduled for release on October 17th and will be supported by a national media and book signing tour. Carlson also plans to host events at universities across the country to address the growing problem of campus sexual abuse. BE FIERCE is now available for pre-order on Amazon, B&N, Books a Million, and Indiebound.

“Make no mistake–sexual harassment is not just about sex. It's really about power,” Carlson says. “Sexual harassers feel they can get away with it because they believe they’re the ones holding all the cards. It doesn't occur to them that the women they're harassing have power too. We need to encourage women to stop being silent, stand up and speak up and join the movement. Together we can make change.” Join the conversation at #BeFierceBook.

GRETCHEN CARLSON is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for female empowerment. Since making the decision to speak up against sexual harassment, she sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the problem and, in doing so, discovered that every woman has a story. This past year, Carlson graced the covers of both Time and Good Housekeeping magazines and is a marquee columnist for Time’s Motto. Learn more about her foundation, Gretchen Carlson’s “Gift of Courage” and findher book tour appearances at www.gretchencarlson.com.

Advocating bravery and empowerment at every turn, Gretchen has become a force of innumerable power in our current cultural climate, taking on patriarchal notions of gender and sexuality head-on with extreme resilience and zeal. Frequently addressing crowds at some of the country’s top conferences and speaking engagements with her signature wit and candor, she continues to be a tireless advocate for women and is committed to gender equality, exemplifying how you can truly have it all – a successful career, a substantive family life, and an altruistic purpose.

Gretchen’s highly-anticipated second book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, will be published on October 17, 2017 (Center Street/Hachette Book Group). In addition to her personal experiences and interviews with women who have battled discrimination, the book shares the wisdom and research of lawyers, psychologists, and other experts helping to confront this problem and advance what has become an international conversation about women refusing to shut up and sit down.

Be Fierce will inspire anyone who has experienced discrimination, bullying, or harassment, and will also help guide loved ones on how to support the cause (i.e. chapter 7, “Men Who Defend”).

The book tour will kick off with a Washington Post Live interview (Washington, DC/Oct 16, moderated by columnist Kathleen Parker), followed by 92nd Street Y (NYC, moderated by Samantha Bee/Oct 19), Live Talks LA (Santa Monica, CA, moderated by comedian Heather McDonald/Oct 22), and Barnes & Noble (Huntington Beach, CA/Oct 22). It will include stops in the Midwest, Texas, and Florida—the full book tour is listed at GretchenCarlson.com


"Gretchen's experiences in the workplace will be all too familiar to women of all professions and walks of life-many of whom she's enlisted to help tell their own stories of resilience, courage, and justice in the face of sexual harassment and assault. Her book should serve as a guide for both women and men, for interns and executives alike, on confronting and preventing sexual harassment, and finding the strength to handle the most impossible of situations with ferocity and grace.” —U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

"This book is a must read for any woman who has ever felt victimized or harassed and for any man who knows it's his duty to do the right thing. Gretchen is a warrior and an inspiration." —Paul Feig, writer, producer, director of Bridesmaids, Spy, Ghostbusters, and The Heat

"Gretchen Carlson's landmark sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes shattered the culture of silence for women at Fox News and forced Ailes to resign. Now, in this gripping new book, she shares stories from women all across the country and exposes the epidemic of sexual harassment in the workplace -- and how women can fight to end it." —Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair Special Correspondent and author of the New York Times bestseller The Loudest Voice in the Room

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

When Life Knocks the Wind Out of You

Photo by Hanna Morris on Unsplash

Over a month ago, we had something horrible happen in our community. A 16-year old girl, who was friends with my daughter, passed away unexpectedly. I was shocked and overwhelmed with sadness, as my daughter and her friends faced the most unimaginable, gut wrenching news. I knew I needed to throw down what I was feeling on paper. Life can be so rocky at times. Make sure you give each other lots of love. We could all use it.


Sometimes there are no answers. No explanations. These are the words I heard repeatedly today at an event that gathered over 1000+ people – the funeral for the most wonderful, well-respected, incredibly loved 16-year old girl. 16 years old. My daughter was just with her a week ago. Then Wednesday, we heard the news, she was in a coma. Having lost a friend just over a year ago, my daughter began to get very, very sick. She sensed something terrible was going to happen.

At our synagogue, a service was held and close friends from her youth group gathered; they then spent the night crying and hugging one another, as the morning loomed. My daughter fell asleep at midnight and we were both an exhausted mess, wondering what the morning would bring. At 6:00am, I raced downstairs to check the news on Facebook. Horrified and shaking, I could not believe my eyes. She was gone.

I knew my daughter needed to hear this nightmarish news before she read the gazillion texts on her phone. Thankfully, we have a house rule that no phones are on and in bedrooms at night. As a mother, our roles are rough at times, but this- this was the roughest news to share that would knock the wind out of her. When I heard her stirring in her room, I tiptoed in quietly. Her beautiful blue eyes sparkled and I was so thankful she was no longer sick. But I knew her smile was about to crumbled when I explained what had happened. I took a deep breathe, held her hand and told her, “She is gone, honey. I am so, so sorry.”

Shock and an avalanche of tears followed. As a parent, you can’t imagine losing your child and my thoughts were with the horror her friend’s parents and younger siblings were feeling. “What!? What happened to her?!” my daughter cried, but no one knew. And all I knew was that my daughter needed me more than ever on this day, and I would listen, hug her a lot tighter and try my best to ease her pain. Pretty impossible, but I would do my best.

Here’s what I know about loss and grief. Life knocks the wind out of you. You can’t breathe. You can’t even remember how to breathe. The pain is unbearable. You never think you will heal that cavernous hole in your heart, and the pain that drags you to the ground is monumental. But somehow, slowly you do. And today, as I listened to hundreds of children cry at the funeral, my heart broke for their loss. My heart shattered for her family and everyone that knew her. The service was incredibly moving and beautiful, filled with more people than I have ever seen at a funeral. There were endless tears, kids hugging their peers, children and adults singing songs, and stories I will never forget.

Our incredible community arranged for counseling for anyone who knew this wonderful young teen. When I asked my daughter if she would like to speak to someone, she told me, “No.” She explained that speaking to a stranger would not help her. “Because I have you and my friends to talk to, I will be okay.” I get it. She just needs to keep communicating and sharing her feelings, she will move through her pain and heal. I explained that the best thing she can do is try and shift her perspective, her thoughts and her actions when she is overcome with grief. Of course, she needs to cry and not hold in her pain, but I also want her to walk, breathe and allow herself to feel joy. There is no timeframe for healing. Grief is a very personal experience, but we just keep moving and remembering how blessed we are to have known whomever we have lost. Their light, their love of life, and the gift of having known them, lives in our hearts and minds forever.

I explained to my daughter that life is filled with tough times and beautiful moments; it is up to us to learn resilience and have life skills to handle the tough times. We must treasure and remember those who are no longer with us.

We will celebrate her life by making something she loved – cupcakes, and asking her youth group to join us. In moments like these, we all need to squeeze each other a little tighter and a lot more often. Only time and love gets us through these unexplainable moments when life knocks the wind out of us.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

10/16/17 - Post-show conversation with author and UCI Alumni, Karen Kao. Karen will talk about her debut novel, "The Dancing Girl and the Turtle."

LISTEN to today's inspiring conversation with Karen Kao!

I am the child of Chinese immigrants who came to the US in the 1950s. My debut novel was born out of stories I heard as a child of the old country. But your listeners might also want to know that I am a UCI alumni, where my path to writing started with classes taught by Charles Wright (US poet laureate 2014) and a handful of poems published by Yusef Komunyakaa (Pulitzer 1994). The road then passed through the valley of law practice and crossed the ocean from Washington DC to Amsterdam, the Netherlands before ending up with fiction writing.


A rape. A war. A society where women are bought and sold but no one can speak of shame. Shanghai 1937. Violence throbs at the heart of The Dancing Girl and the Turtle.

Song Anyi is on the road to Shanghai and freedom when she is raped and left for dead. The silence and shame that mark her courageous survival drive her to escalating self-harm and prostitution. From opium dens to high- class brothels, Anyi dances on the edge of destruction while China prepares for war with Japan. Hers is the voice of every woman who fights for independence against overwhelming odds.

The Dancing Girl and the Turtle is one of four interlocking novels set in Shanghai from 1929 to 1954. Through the eyes of the dancer, Song Anyi, and her brother Kang, the Shanghai Quartet spans a tumultuous time in Chinese history: war with the Japanese, the influx of stateless Jews into Shanghai, civil war and revolution. How does the love of a sister destroy her brother and all those around him?

Two public book tour events coming up this week
in Southern California!

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California: this is their newsletter.
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum: the Eventbrite page

http://inkstonepress.com. The book is available on Amazon.

Four Day Weekend’s Frank Ford joins Janeane 10/16 at 9:45am pst to talk about his book, Happy Accidents: The Transformative Power of “Yes, And” at Work and in Life

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Success is no accident – in fact, it’s an attitude. And no one knows that better than one of the country’s most enduring and successful improv comedy troupes, Four Day Weekend. For 20 years, Four Day Weekend has been delighting audiences with their uproarious improvised performances from their Ft. Worth theatre, and have magnified their success through producing commercials, products, and live events, and are now bringing the secret of their success to publication.

Happy Accidents: The Transformative Power of “Yes, And” at Work and in Life, to be published by Wiley in September 2017, teaches each reader how to facilitate a positive attitude and make the most of every opportunity by bringing the most valuable and productive skills from improvisation into your daily work and home life. “It’s a semi-autobiographical account of our journey over the last 20 years,” explains co-founder and co-author David Wilk. As their show’s success in the early days continued, the group quickly realized “We were running a business,” says Four Day Weekend’s Frank Ford. “We are not business people, and in those days, we were eighty percent show, twenty percent business. Now, we’re 80% business and 20% show.”

That shift required adopting a way of thinking that is the key to the secrets revealed in Happy Accidents. “The philosophy of ‘yes, and,’ worked so well for us on stage,” Ford continues. “We asked, well, what if that was our business model as well? It not only opened up our ability to communicate within the group, but opened us up to so many different business opportunities.”

One story in the book – about how the group parlayed an under-funded offer from a major company into a positive magazine article that eventually lead to delivering a major keynote presentation to members of the US Congress and meeting the President and performing for the troops – exemplifies how “we use the ‘yes, and’ philosophy to find solutions,” says Wilk. It’s worked for the group – in spades. A weekly comedy show and the ‘yes, and’ perspective have elevated the group to the point where they are now “Entrepreneur In Residence” at the business school at Texas Christian University.

“Business books rarely use the word ‘empathy,’” admits group member and co-author David Ahearn. “But the ‘yes, and’ philosophy helps you as a person. You look at life differently – you don’t see mistakes, you don’t see obstacles – you see workarounds, choices. You learn about active listening, how to be a better communicator.”

“After twenty years,” says Wilk, “our default now is ‘yes, and,’ and we don’t judge ideas. Being ‘yes, and’ people in a ‘no, but’ world – people want to work with you if you are a ‘yes, and’ person!”

Co-Founder & Cast Member Four Day Weekend 

Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab and professor of neuroscience with over 100 scientific studies to his credit, Matthew Walker, Ph.D., joins Janeane 10/16/17 at 9:30am pst to talk about his latest book, WHY WE SLEEP: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Scribner, on sale October 3)

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As the Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab and professor of neuroscience with over 100 scientific studies to his credit, Matthew Walker, Ph.D. has devoted his career to understanding one of our most prevailing biological mysteries: sleep. In this brilliant exploration and the first of its kind by a leading expert in the field, WHY WE SLEEP: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Scribner, on sale October 3), Walker illuminates the scientific discoveries that he and fellow researchers have led in the past two decades to help us understand the vital importance of sleep and how it can change our lives for the better.

Sleep is the ultimate health panacea. It enhances memory, makes you more creative; makes you look more attractive; keeps you slim and lowers food cravings; protects you from cancer and Alzheimer’s; wards off colds and the flu; lowers risk of heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes; abates depression and anxiety; and is one of the most important predictors of illness. Herein, Walker outlines how we have misunderstood and misused this powerful and necessary habit on both an individual and structural scale, offering straightforward advice on sleeping more and better.

Charting the fascinating experiments and breakthroughs in sleep science—from the serendipitous drug breakthrough helping PTSD patients from reliving their worst nightmares to testing Nobel Laureate Francis Crick’s hypothesis on the function of REM-sleep—WHY WE SLEEP is a clear-eyed primer and illuminating guide on how exactly we can sleep our way to health, longevity, and wellness.

More praise for WHY WE SLEEP:

“Simply a must-read. World-renowned neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker takes us on a fascinating and indispensable journey into the latest understandings of the science of sleep. And the book goes way beyond satisfying intellectual curiosity, as it explores the cognitive, health, safety and business consequences of compromising the quality and quantity of our sleep; insights that may change the way you live your life. In these super-charged, distracting times it is hard to think of a book that is more important to read than this one.”

—Adam Gazzaley, co-author of The Distracted Mind, founder and executive director of Neuroscape, and Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco

“Most of us have no idea what we do with a third of our lives. In this lucid and engaging book, Matt Walker explains the new science that is rapidly solving this age-old mystery. Why We Sleep is a canny pleasure that will have you turning pages well past your bedtime.”
—Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard and author of Stumbling on Happiness

"In Why We Sleep, Dr. Matt Walker brilliantly illuminates the night, explaining how sleep can make us healthier, safer, smarter, and more productive. Clearly and definitively, he provides knowledge and strategies to overcome the life-threatening risks associated with our sleep-deprived society. Our universal need for sleep ensures that every reader will find value in Dr. Walker's insightful counsel."

—Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., former NHTSA Administrator, NTSB member, and NASA scientist

Matthew Walker, Ph.D. is an award-winning neuroscientist and a leading world expert on sleep. He has appeared in several Google Tech talks and radio features on the BBC and NPR, including “Science Friday.” Dr. Walker was the feature of a CBS “60 Minutes” special entitled “The Science of Sleep.” He contributed to the recent National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America; the PBS NOVA special “Memory Hackers”; and, most recently, the BBC Horizon documentary Curing Alzheimer’s. He is a frequent international public speaker and offers workshops of various kinds to business leaders and technology firms.

Scribner is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., part of the CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and multi-media formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lauren Schneider, LCSW Clinical Director of Child & Adolescent Programs OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, joins Janeane 10/16 9:15am pst!

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Lauren, a nationally recognized authority on Children’s Grief, has provided trainings for mental health clinicians, educators, clergy, health care providers and graduate students throughout the community since 2000. Lauren is the author of "Children Grieve Too: A Handbook for Parents of Grieving Children". She also created “My Memory Book…for grieving children” as well as grief-related curricula for use at Camp Erin Los Angeles and in OUR HOUSE grief support groups. Lauren is the Associate Producer of “One Last Hug…and a few smooches” an Emmy award winning HBO documentary about Children’s Grief. She trains and supervises OUR HOUSE group leaders as well as MSW and MFT clinicians and students. Lauren maintains a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in grief and loss.

Lauren’s areas of specialty are:

· Talking to children after sudden deaths due to homicide, suicide, overdose or acts of terrorism- the more stigmatized and unusual the circumstances of the death the less likely adults are to feel comfortable talking to their children about the cause when someone they love has died.

· Children need to be told the truth in age appropriate language because they always find out the truth and they will feel anger, resentment or a lack of trust towards those who weren't honest with them if they aren't told the truth.

· Helping grown-ups understand how to explain these types of death and how to empower their children to create their own narrative so they can comfortably talk about it with friends.

· Preparing children for funerals or memorial services

· Fostering resiliency in grieving children

Published Articles, Books & Film:

· "Children Grieve too: A Handbook for Parents of Grieving Children."

· My Memory Book…for grieving children”

· Associate Producer of “One Last Hug…and a few smooches” an Emmy award winning HBO documentary about Children’s Grief. 



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LOS ANGELES, OCT. 23, 2017 - Praised for its unique premise, “Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise” from director Jennifer Townsend, will be entered into competition at this year’s LAFemme International Film Festival, to be held Oct. 19-22 at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

The acclaimed film, which recently competed in the San Antonio Film Festival, DOCUTAH and the CATE Festival in Santa Monica, is a powerful, intimate, and timely film that dives off the edge into the truth of women’s experience in the world.

Director/producer Jennifer Townsend was not in the film business at all when she first encountered the now-classic road movie “Thelma & Louise” in 1991. Profoundly moved by what she’d seen, she wondered if others had been similarly affected by the film. Originally setting her sights on writing a magazine article about its cultural impact, she sent out a series of press releases to newspapers across the country in search of volunteers to fill out a questionnaire regarding their feelings about the cinematic landmark. Their responses were enlightening and disturbing.

More than 20 years later, the 75-year-old Townsend realized that if she was going to do something with the information she’d accumulated, now was the time, and “Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise” began to take shape.

Critic Kurt Gardner of Arts Beat LA praised the film’s insightful and often passionate interviews, calling the results fascinating. “Most all of the interviewees felt liberated by the film,” he wrote, “responding to the notion of female empowerment, which was something they hadn’t experienced in the cinema before.”

Brian Passey of The Spectrum was impressed with the process Townsend employed to tell her story, but commented that “...the most impactful elements of Townsend’s film occur when her subjects begin making comparisons between events in the film and incidents in their own lives, including numerous stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault.”

The film will be shown at LAIFF on Thursday, October 19th at 2PM at the Regal Cinema Complex at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, 1000 West Olympic Blvd. Tickets are available at the box office or on the festival’s website at www.lafemme.org/festival.

For more information on the film or to interview director Jennifer Townsend, please contact LA Media Consultants, Deborah Gilels at 818-758-6509

Illustrator Johanna Basford, frequently credited with igniting the adult coloring book craze with her international bestsellers, joins Janeane 10/16/17 for a pre-show segment!

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Illustrator Johanna Basford, frequently credited with igniting the adult coloring book craze with her international bestsellers, Johanna’s Christmas, Magical Jungle, Lost Ocean, Secret Garden, and Enchanted Forest¸ is changing the coloring book game once again with IVY AND THE INKY BUTTERFLY: A Magical Tale to Color. Johanna Basford has sold more than 21 million copies of her books worldwide. Basford’s books are not tools of procrastination, but devices that allow us to detox from the digitized world we live in, and through which we rediscover how to stop and smell the flowers. Please let me know if you would like an interview with international bestselling illustrator Johanna Basford.

Basford’s latest masterpiece is a delightful original fable to accompanying her lavish illustrations. IVY AND THE INKY BUTTERFLY began as the bedtime story Basford told her daughter Evie each night. It’s the story of a little girl with a vivid imagination who follows a magical butterfly to the world of Enchantia, through its many realms, meeting whimsical characters, and discovering many wondrous things along the way.


· What about coloring do you think is so therapeutic?

· In your bio you’re described as an “ink evangelist.” What does that mean to you?

· Your previous coloring books have been hugely successful. Were you surprised by that? What in your life has been different since the books took off?

· Can you describe your creative process?

· What’s the most surprising context you’ve seen for people coloring your books?

· What are you working on next?

IVY AND THE INKY BUTTERFLY is a charming story that interacts playfully with beautiful, colorable artwork in Basford’s signature style, it’s an adventure for readers of all ages to customize, color, and cherish.


JOHANNA BASFORD is an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels. Her intricate, hand-drawn illustrations are loved the world over by those who have colored in (sometimes more than once) her bestselling books Johanna’s Christmas, Magical Jungle, Lost Ocean, Secret Garden, and Enchanted Forest. Johanna is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. She likes sugar mice, floral teacups, peonies, and bumblebees.


Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @JohannaBasford

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Today 10/11/17, Janeane spoke with Phil Gaimon, a professional cyclist from 2006-2016, including two years in the World Tour. A perennial crowd favorite, tireless social media presence, podcaster, entrepreneur, Fondo host, and more. Phil shared details about his new book, "DRAFT ANIMALS: Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once in a While)."

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Phil Gaimon retired from laziness and computer games in 2004, and began riding a bike to lose weight. Years later, against all odds (and his parents’ wishes), he realized his lifelong dream of becoming a professional athlete. After years of amateur bicycle races, of sacrificing stability and living out of a suitcase while working his way through cycling’s minor leagues, he was signed to a team in the Pro Tour, the sport’s highest level. But once there, he found that turning pro didn’t instantly solve his problems. It didn’t make life easy, and it wasn’t quite what he thought.


DRAFT ANIMALS, is an insider’s look at the highest levels of professional cycling in the post-EPO (blood doping) era. From breakaway victories, to fending off overzealous water bottle-stealing Belgian fans, to dodging cars at 50 mph while getting your team leader an extra Clif bar, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on life in the WorldTour. But this is more than just a book about bike racing. It tells the story of what happens when you finally achieve the things you set out to, and how it might not be exactly what you expected when you began.


Phil Gaimon was a professional cyclist from 2009-2016, including two years in the World Tour with Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale. He’s the author of Pro Cycling on $10 a Dayand Ask a Pro, an ordained minister, amateur comedian, podcaster (host of “The Peloton Brief”), entrepreneur, and host of Phil’s Cookie Fondo. Phil is retired from racing, but still riding his bike for fun and Strava.

Twitter @philgaimon | http://philthethrill.net/

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A​ ​smorgasbord​ ​of​ ​classic​ ​literary​ ​characters​ ​take​ ​on 21st-century​ ​technology​ ​in​ ​Stefan​ ​Soto’s​ ​new​ ​satire. Tune in 10/9 at 9:45am pst as host Janeane Bernstein chats with Stefan Soto live on KUCI 88.9fm!

"OMG Don Quixote & Candide Seek Truth, Justice and, El Dorado in the Digital Age LOL." This book is a humorous reimagining of classic literary characters Don Quixote and Candide in the modern world. As they set off on a new adventure, you'll be swept into a world of literary lore, tongue-in-cheek humor, and unforgettable appearances by characters from Sherlock Holmes to Mr. Darcy.

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Stefan talks about:

Reimagining classic characters
Incorporating humor into writing
The writing process
Writing multiple genres

Fans of classic literature rejoice! Don Quixote, Candide, and a huge cast of literary favorites are back in a grand new adventure set in the modern world. A perfect read for anyone who wished their favorite characters had more books, and for those who love literary
reimaginings, Soto’s novel stays true to the characters’ original spirit while infusing a wit and humor all his own.

From space shuttles to cell phones, Don Quixote and Candide battle their way through a hilarious collection of misadventures on an enticing twisting narrative in “OMG Don Quixote & Candide
Seek Truth, Justice and, El Dorado in the Digital Age LOL” (Argus Press, September 2017).


After years of living off their celebrity, Don Quixote and Candide join forces to seek adventure in the modern world. In this re-imagining of literary history the two meet Cyrano De Bergerac, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, the crew of the Starship Enterprise, Tom
Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dean Moriarty, Elizabeth Darcy (nee Bennett) Mr. Darcy and multitude of historical figures, and share unexpected encounters with people from their past. While Don Quixote remains rooted in days of yore, Candide is preoccupied with exploiting all things modern. This rollicking fun-filled tale will entertain the well-educated and erudite reader with tongue-in-cheek humor. You are cordially invited to join Don and Candide on their quest to find truth, justice and El Dorado in the digital age.
STEFAN​ ​SOTO​ was raised by a Romani Princess and a Ukrainian circus performer. He resides on an English canal and has no known address. His early works were banned by most right-thinking European powers. The author invites readers to investigate Cervantes and Voltaire's original treatments of the title characters.

10/9/17 9:30am pst - author Sharon Weil joins host Janeane to discuss her latest work, "The Changeability Playbook."

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We live in a time of fast moving and complex change on both the personal and the global level. Welcome or unwelcome, nothing is more certain than the constant and uncertain movement of change. Whether change is met with excitement or met with fear, we can easily become overwhelmed by all of that movement. How do we keep upbeat, optimistic and forward-moving?

"ChangeAbility" is the ability to effectively navigate change with more ease. In THE CHANGEABILITY PLAYBOOK, author Sharon Weil walks you through the personal and public changes of your own life and helps you find new approaches in meeting those changes. She teaches you how to locate yourself in change, and how to use her Seven Principles for Change to bring you new ideas and choices in navigating change.

Based on Weil’s acclaimed podcast, Passing 4 Normal: Conversations with Authors, Artists, Activists and Awakeners about Seeding Change in the World, and Sharon's previous book ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists and Awakeners Navigate Change, this new book weaves together the insight, humor, compassion and hard-earned wisdom of those who have mastered the art of ChangeAbility in a wide range of applied experiences.

Sharon Weil has long been engaged in the conversation about courage and change as an author, activist, award-winning filmmaker, and somatic educator. She is the author of Donny and Ursula Save the World, a political, romantic mishap-adventure; and the host of the acclaimed podcast Passing 4 Normal.

Author C. Bachan joins host Janeane 10/9/17 at 9:15am to talk about her latest book, "Like a Diamond in the Sun"

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What if you ran out of a beach cave to discover your return path was completely covered by deep water and the only way out was to climb treacherous, sharp edged rocks? What if you were shown how to trek across those rocks through your inner sight and feeling, often hanging on only by your fingertips, as the only alternative to drowning?

What if you were in a terrifying storm so bad you were in total blackness and could not tell whether you were on the right side of the road or even on the road? What if you heard a voice that said, keep your eyes straight ahead and I will see you through this?

"Like a Diamond in the Sun" is a collection of inspirational, true, personal stories of how the author overcame these and other incidents by relying on the Divine. Regardless of whether you consider yourself spiritual, religious or non-religious, these uplifting, self-help, motivational stories will recharge your energies, power boost your day and make you smile. They tell the awe-inspiring story of the special love that exists for each of us – love that blazes through our beings and world like a diamond in the sun.

10/9/17 - Spiritual healer, Dani Antman, shares her story of spiritual discovery in new memoir, ‘Wired for God.’ Antman joined host Janeane Bernstein at 9:00am pst!


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Dani Antman, an internationally known energy healer in Santa Barbara, CA where she treats people to create optimal wellness and increase their success and fulfillment in life. Dani shares her search for a spiritual path through the three traditions of Yogic Science, Kundalini Science, and Kabbalah in her new book, "Wired for God" (Turning Stone Press, August 2017). Dani's detailed journey of finding a new perspective on her childhood faith tradition, Judaism, and developing an interfaith spirituality provides a sense of hope and insight for those searching for their own spiritual path.
Dani will discuss:

Using interfaith traditions to find deeper spiritual meaning

Setting out to find your own spiritual path

Reconnecting with Judaism through yoga and inner spiritual thought

Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism

Yoga and spirituality

Kundalini experiences

Hands-on healing

When Dani Antman set out to search for a spiritual path, she never imagined she would end up where she started. In her compelling new memoir, “Wired for God: Adventures of a Jewish Yogi” (Turning Stone Press, August 2017), Antman describes her inter-spiritual journey, leading her back to Judaism.

Resonating with anyone who has felt the need to search for their own spirituality, “Wired for God” pulls together concepts from Eastern faiths and Judaism to create a beautiful picture of inter-spiritual discovery. Just as Antman paves her own route to spiritual truth, she paves the way for readers to find hope that they, too, can find their spiritual home.


​When the Judaism of her childhood doesn’t satisfy Dani Antman’s yearning for spiritual awakening, she embarks on a quest for a spiritual path. Dani finds herself immersed in the world of yoga, energy healing, and Kabbalah but her journey of inner transformation has only just begun. A healing crisis, misplaced trust and a failed marriage, intensify her desire for a teacher who can lead her to self-realization. Her prayers are answered in the form of a realized adept, a Swami from the faraway shores of Rishikesh, India, who initiates her in his lineage of Kundalini Science, the study of the Divine force within every human being that is the initiator of spiritual growth.

And so begins an incredible inner journey as Dani dedicates herself to a spiritual practice aimed at the
redirection and completion of a challenging Kundalini process related to her Jewish past. Paradoxically, with the completion of her process she experiences a triumphant return to the religion of her birth. “Wired for God” is the candid and compelling memoir of Dani Antman’s spiritual journey from mystical Judaism through Kundalini Science and back again, told in a conversational and informal style. Her story gives inspiration and hope to all sincere seekers looking to make real spiritual progress and find their own unique spiritual path.


As an internationally known energy healer and interfaith minister in Santa Barbara, CA, Dani Antman has been at the forefront of energy medicine and healing since 1992, when she graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She has also completed over five years of training at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, to support the healing of trauma and PTSD.

Dani was a senior teacher at The School for Nondual Healing and Awakening for over nine years, and has led workshops at the Esalen Institute, La Casa de Maria, and The Lionheart Institute for Transpersonal Energy Healing. She also is a spiritual guide, helping others to navigate their spiritual path.

Healing Sessions
Dani is available for long distance Skype or phone sessions, and in-person sessions in Santa Barbara, CA. As a healer I help you transform immobility and despair in to passion. I believe that our most challenging situations in life are a portal to growth and transformation. The work of inner healing actually is the spiritual path!

If you have ever experienced a crisis in your life, such as divorce, trauma, illness and loss of a loved one, then you know how hard it is to move forward. You feel overwhelmed and are unable to get off the couch, so to speak. An energy healing will support a fundamental change in your consciousness. It transforms the root cause of a problem so that you can adopt a new way of being in the world.

After a session, you may feel more grounded, more connected to your true self and more excitement about being in life. Motivation and inspiration return and you regain the sense of your inner divine spark!

The work of inner healing actually is the spiritual path!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

9/25 Leslie Korn joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her latest work, "The Good Mood Kitchen: Simple Recipes and Nutrition Tips for Emotional Balance

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Revolutionize your personal cooking and eating habits for optimal energy, health, and emotional well-being. This book of mood-savvy tips, tools, and delicious recipes guides you step by step through all the essentials. It features dozens of easy-to-understand graphics, lists, and charts to help prioritize choices for maximum benefit.

Learn how to: Assess your unique digestive style and nutritional needs and develop the diet that’s right for you. Substitute problem foods, ingredients, and habits with healthy, delectable alternatives. Navigate gluten sensitivity and other allergies. Use smarter, healthier food preparation options for busy schedules. Identify common nutritional complications behind depression, anxiety, and other mood challenges. Engage family and friends in nutritional change. And much more.

This is the essential dietary road map for anyone interested in improved mental well-being. Explore tasty, life-changing ways to eat healthier―and happier!

In the words of Leslie Korn

Hello, I’m Dr. Leslie Korn. I’m a Harvard Medical School-trained traumatologist specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative approaches to treating the mind and body.

My life and career has taken me to both Harvard and the jungle of Mexico with many stops in between. I am a passionate advocate for and believer in culturally traditional medicines used by people around the world. 

My Story

My career path began as an undergraduate when I was introduced to yoga and meditation. A Chinese Master, Dr. Ho taught me acupuncture and the I Ching. I penned a letter to my idol Simone de Beauvoir.She wrote me back encouraging me to write. I still have her letter framed on my wall. I’ve since written 6 books with more on the way.
I arrive in the jungle of México

At 20, I longed for adventure and self discovery. I traveled to the jungle of Mexico and lived in small Indian fishing village where there was no doctor, roads, or electricity. I started a small elementary school for children. We studied biology at the lagoon and math meant measuring ingredients for cooking. We wrote poetry and danced while listening to Ravel.

I got sick with all kinds of odd ailments and the village women taught me their medicine to help me heal and I taught them about reproductive rights and birth control even as the village priest paid me visits to tell me to stop. Thus began my career.

I learned natural medicine and indigenous healing rituals. These experiences and studies led to my innovative methods of helping clients recover from trauma and addiction by understanding the mind body and spirit in context of the great quest.

In 1977, I became certified in polarity therapy, therapeutic massage, and yoga, and opened a natural medicine, free public health clinic in the jungle, which I ran for more than 25 years in collaboration with
local healers.
The indigenous population traveled by mountain path and canoe to obtain treatment.

I funded my clinic by offering training to thousands of health professionals from around the world whose studied bodywork, culinary and herbal medicine, and yoga with me in the jungle.

City jungle or the psych ward

I returned to the jungle of Boston after 10 years and began working on my first master’s degree in cross cultural health psychology. In a public hospital locked psychiatric ward, I did gentle bodywork and rocked schizophrenic women to sleep lieu of their daily sedative. I still teach rocking to clinicians and clients as an important treatment for people of all ages. I returned to the jungle for 2 years and then again..

Training the people who treat the mind and body

I always returned to Boston to treat clients and my clinical practice was filled with dozens of psychiatrists who in turn referred their patients who were cutting, burning, purging, and generally traumatized, to receive bodywork and body-centered psychotherapy, nutrition, and to learn yoga to alleviate their distress. I have written up these many case stories in my published books.

Harvard Medical School

I accepted a clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School. While there, I brought bodywork therapies into outpatient psychiatry and further developed my theories and practice of Mind Body therapies for the treatment of PTSD. I was appointed as a clinical supervisor, but I longed for the jungle of Mexico and my patients there and left Harvard.

Therapy Dogs

Thirty years ago, I began working with the first of several of my therapy dogs and I continue to present workshops on how therapy dogs help to restore touch and sensation with children and adults who have been traumatized.