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Constitution Cafe: Rational, Respectful, and Thought-Provoking Conversations

January 27, 2021

https://youtu.be/bREq0fhd86Y Last fall, I was at Panera Bread interviewing Fayrouz Saad, the woman running for congress, when a few people sitting at the table beside us stroked a conversation. One of them was John Kulesz, a local attorney and activist who for the past two and a half years has facilitated the Constitution Café at the Troy Historic Village in the Old Church. “What’s the Constitution Café?” I asked. He explained that it was a forum where people explore the meanings and ideas behind the Constitution of the United States. This project was started by author Christopher Phillips, author of Constitution Cafe, a book which addresses the much needed conversation about our founding document and forging common ground at a time when our country needs it most.  I admitted that I didn’t know as much about the Constitution as I should... Read More

US Navy Officer Turned Prolific Writer

January 27, 2021

https://youtu.be/-CnIneebfNs I met author John R Monteith through his wife Aida, a dear childhood friend of mine. Knowing our love for books and writing, she introduced us years ago and since then, John and I’ve had several conversations with him about the art of prolific writing. We’ve both authored 12 books, and he’s now ready to publish his 13th book. Last week I invited John to come on my TV show for several reasons. Aside from being supportive of my work, and this being an opportunity to reconnect with his lovely wife, he is a highly accomplished author and has good literary advice to share. He also has a fascinating story. John graduated from the Naval Academy in 1991 and his career in the U.S. Navy included service abroad a nuclear ballistic missile submarine and a tour as a top-rated instructor of combat tactics at the U.S. Naval Submarine School. A few years... Read More

The Path of Consciousness

January 27, 2021

It was a full moon, a Wolf Moon in January of 2016. We were on a family trip in Cancun, Mexico, on a tour of the Riviera Maya. Before 3:00 pm, I left my husband and children and walked beneath a wooden archway with the words “Path of Consciousness” printed in Spanish and English. The trail led to the Mayan ceremony I’d signed up for which included a Temazcal steam bath. This relaxing mystical old-age rite is good for the soul and mixes a spiritual journey with an encounter with the basic elements of our planet: water, fire, earth, and wind. I came upon a narrow pathway to the right, with a bowl of incense beside a large shell. Over it, a sign read: “Enjoy a relaxing experience and feel yourself being reborn with this mystical old-age rite. The Temazcal steam bath is good for the soul. It mixes a spiritual journey with a truly delightful encounter with the basic elements of our... Read More

Hypnotic Regressions and Past Lives

January 27, 2021

  https://youtu.be/0wLP-8JUzLk Marie Gates has led a most interesting life, along the way helping countless writers and those seeking the spiritual path. I met Marie over 20 years ago when she led the Rochester Writers Group at Barnes & Noble. This group introduced me to many wonderful people, some who have since passed away, and others who I became good friends with including Marie. Over the years, the more I learned about Marie, the more I respected and admired her as a person and as a writer. She has had a most interesting life. As I’ve often said, “What’s the use of having a great book if you have a lousy life? These days, especially, having a great life can easily translate into a great book.” That’s the case with Marie Gates. She has translated her great experiences into several books and is currently working on her third book.  Marie holds an M.A. in psych... Read More

Your Purpose Will Give You Prosperity

January 27, 2021

https://youtu.be/OBG5KrOz3Qg I met Sylvia Hubbard, Detroit's literary diva, some ten years ago when I attended one of her workshops. The most memorable part of the workshop is seeing her children there, one crawling under the table and she going about her business with the most pleasant attitude. As a new mom going crazy and wondering how I'm going to continue my writing career, I thought, "Oh, this is doable." We kept in contact and continued to watch each other grow as authors, especially as we're both members of Detroit Working Writers. She went on to publish over forty books, five which became bestsellers, she won awards, and she continued to nurture Motown Writers Network which she founded decades ago. She did all this while raising three children on her own.  "How did you do it?" I asked her when she came on my show last week.  "I start of... Read More

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