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Dickheads & Debauchery: Former NYPD Detective Uses Humour To Talk About Mortality



Vic Ferrari is a former NYPD detective who grew up in the Bronx, NY. After seeing his fair share of horror, as well as stupidity, he turned to humour to capture his stories as well as advice on how to avoid meeting your maker. Check out our interview as we talk about the foolish things we did as kids, how we survived the 80s and how viewing our mortality through the lens of comedy can be food for the soul.


The American Dream Revisited: With Author Gary Sirak



The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results. A book that is turning skeptics of the American Dream into believers with inspirational stories about people who have overcome great challenges to reach their American Dream.

Gary Sirak uses everyday examples to show just how attainable and truly alive the American Dream is. It is not a far-fetched idea for novels and rare cases, but is something that everyone with a desire in their heart can strive to achieve. The stories in The American Dream Revisited are not get rich quick stories. They are stories of individuals who worked through hardships and challenges and were able to transform their dream into reality.


Called to Live: A Powerful & Uplifting Interview With Mental Health Advocate Nancy Virden



Interviewing someone about the suicide attempt and what happens after is one of the ways that I hope to help bring awareness to Mental Health & Wellness that so many of us struggle with in silence. Nancy Virden’s story of how she found the light within during her dark night of the soul is so inspiring because she speaks a truth that so many of us experience but either can find the words, don’t have the support to say or haven’t found the courage to come forward for fear of being ridiculed. It’s stories like Nancy’s, who captures it so eloquently in her book titled, Called to Live: A Chronicle of Recovery After Attempted Suicide, that paves the way for education and ally-ship around mental illness.


Learning to shovel the shift: Psychic Medium Tricia Carr shares her story of how she embraced her new life as a sensitive



There are a lot of terms we use in the spiritual community that explain our various stages of growth and development. One of those terms is experiencing a “shift.” These shifts come to us continually as life lessons where something within us changes and we often have a shift in consciousness. Instead of saying that “shit happens” we joke amongst each other that “shift happened,” because truthfully the emotions attached to these expressions often feel one in the same.

What do you do when you are faced with a life challenge that you don’t understand and has all of the characteristics of adversity? How do you learn from it? If you lean into the adversity how does it change your outlook? How do we become experts in shovelling the shift?

 Tricia Carr is an author and Healing Artist in Los Angeles, CA. She draws upon her gifts as an animal/nature communicator, medium and energy healer, Tricia works remotely with people and animals all over the world providing online classes and one-on-one services and coaching.
Tricia only opened up to her intuitive gifts two years ago and I had a great time interviewing her about how this new way of life came to be.


Lights Camera Jackson: My Interview With The Youngest Film Critic In America



Jackson Murphy, better known as LIghts camera Jackson has been critiquing films since he was only 7 years old.   He has made appearances on many popular radio and television shows including Fox & Friends, Live with Regis & Kelly and twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He became the youngest winner to date of a New York Emmy Award for “On Camera Talent and as the youngest member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association Jackson also appeared on the “Critics Choice Movie Awards” in 2013.

 


Cherokee Wisdom: My Interview with Cythia M. Ruiz



Cynthia M. Ruiz is an Author, Professor, Commissioner, Inspirational Speaker and Leadership expert. Receiving over 50 accolades and awards for her leadership and service to Los Angeles. She currently serves as a LA City Commissioner overseeing the multibillion-dollar pension portfolio for City employees.

She has received the prestigious Hollywood Chamber “Women of Distinction Award, the HOPE “Ray of Hope” award and the Weingart, “Women Building LA Award. Twice the California Apparel News has listed her on their renowned List of Influential People and LA Weekly showcased her in their people addition.

Cynthia has over twenty years of experience teaching and public speaking. She is the author of “Finding Sane Relationships in a Crazy World” (English & Spanish) a self-help book and “Cherokee Wisdom- 12 Lessons for becoming a Powerful Leader”. She appeared in Discover the Gift (movie/book) with such notables, as is Holiness the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield and many more.

Her career has placed her in many leadership roles including President of the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles where she had oversight of 5,000 employees and a billion dollar per year budget. She has worked as an Executive at the number one container Port in the US and has successfully run her own business.

Cynthia holds a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling and has completed a Leadership Course at Harvard University, John F Kennedy School of Government.

Coming from blended cultures (Latina and Native American), she enjoys a passion for life and an appreciation of the gifts of Mother Nature.

Cynthia knows the importance of giving back and always strives to stay humble. As a Latina she has a passion for women empowerment. Her Cherokee values have inspired her to teach others the lessons she has learned through her books and workshops.

She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city.


What is Normal? Ginny Scales-Medeiros redefines the idea of normal in this powerful & thought provoking interview



Ginny Scales-Medeiros grew up in poverty and abuse. The authority figures in her life tried to normalize the trauma but Ginny knew there was more beyond the definition of normal she was being taught. In her book,”What is normal,” she tell her story through the character Sue.

Normal is relative, and Normal for Sue growing up was High School dropout teenage parents, backwoods strict Baptist rituals, paedophiles, poorly made clothes…living in a trailer that is now a chicken coop.

Now, Normal is discovering the power of lying, stealing, alcohol, drugs and mastering the Art of Selling along the way. Normal is making Headline News, inventing a new product, landing in a movie and creating a real, not ‘normal’ life.

Virginia “Ginny” Scales-Medeiros is an American author and inventor known for her novel “What is Normal?”, inventor of world-renowned black-light sunless tanning system, also starring in “What is the Electric Car?”

Check out our interview and feel inspired.


The Happy Palmist: How Happiness Is Literally In The Palm of Your Hand



Guylaine Vallée became a much-loved and respected fixture on Quebec television and radio, helping people achieve their dreams. From meeting motivational speaker and author Wayne Dyer, visiting Mother Teresa and traveling to Varanasi, India, to reading the palm of pop superstar Ricky Martin to an inner journey seeking self-knowledge through Kriya Yoga, Guylaine Vallée never rests on her quest. How does a small-town girl from Quebec defy convention and become a Vedic palmist to the stars? Guylaine Vallée’s debut autobiography, The Happy Palmist, charts her tumultuous journey from unhappy teen to fulfilled healer and wellness consultant. New York Times best-selling author Steve Erwin (Left to Tell) helped Vallée craft her story, drawing out the rich details of heartache and elation that fills this chronicle of loneliness, hope and redemption.


Don’t Dis-My Ability: Welcome To The World of The Uniquely Gifted



My interview with Shawn Smith will open your eyes to how the world needs to change it’s perception of persons with Dis-Abilities. By working with an asset based approach Shawn speaks to businesses and organisations about the opportunity to work with people who are uniquely gifted.


It’s Our Time. NYC Singer, Lachi, talks about facing adversity & believing in yourself



Lachi is a vocalist, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and author based in New York City. Legally blind, Lachi has definitely faced her fair share of adversity, but, instead of letting it get her down she used it to rise up, empower not only herself but all those who experience her creative flare for life.