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Today's guest is Liverpool native and author Helen Stringer. Helen came across the pond to the west coast to attend film school and work in the film industry.
Now a resident of the Bay Area, Helen has entered the world of YA novels. Her book, Spellbinder features the main character Belladonna Johnson who can see ghosts. It’s a trait she’s inherited from her mother’s side of the family, like blue eyes or straight hair. And it’s a trait she could do without, because what twelve-year-old wants to be caught talking to someone invisible?
Helen has an uncanny ability to think and write in the tone young aults can relate to. Tune in as we find out what inspires her to write, how she got into the publishing industry and what advice she has for aspiring YA novelists everywhere.
She's also written the Midnight Gate. Join us as she talks about the world of young adult fantasy and what inspires her.
Joining Bill today on KOKS Live is Helen Stringer to talk about: Fear, Fright and Fantasy - Making Reading a Fearless Experience for Kids!
Frightful entertainment is a longstanding tradition that goes back before stories were ever written. Scary tales told by old uncle Harry, ghost stories around the campfire, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, monster movies, and murder mysteries and every horror and suspense tale on paper and film are all part of entertainment by fright. Unfortunately, younger kids who are unable to separate the tale from the truth are also exposed, and often truly frightened by media and second-hand tales from older kids. How do we make fearless sense of the realistic non-reality of stories that are made to scare kids senseless? Ask a storyteller!
A storyteller since her Liverpool, England childhood, Helen Stringer’s first job was researching the family history of the Earls of Sefton at their estate, Croxteth Hall. The vast, empty old mansion, opened to the public for tours, became a the buildings in her books. In America, Helen attended film school, worked in the entertainment industry and then at an entertainment law firm. Like so many writers, her writing was done second shift. While working and learning how the industry works, Helen began working on SPELLBINDER, getting great advice from a partner in the firm. Helen now lives in a barn at the back of her parents’ house with a bunch of cats and a ton of books. Her books, Spellbinder and Belladonna are intended to stir the imagination of middle-schoolers on either side of the pond.
More info: HelenStringer.net
Join Helen Brahms and Molly Burke as we tackle some of the traveling chalenges out there to take you from a tourist to a traveler with confidence to help you get off the beaten path. Today we are going to look at Cultural Awareness when traveling. What things should you be aware of when traveling. What may be okay for you to do or say at home could be offensive in another country and land you with a hefty fine or jail time.
Hybrid Jazz has always strived to show class, dignity and variety with each episode. What you'll hear on 7/22/14 takes all of that to a new level. Helen Sung has been captivating listeners - via recording or live - since she emerged on the New York scene in the late 90's. But I'm getting ahead of myself ;)
Born to Chinese immigrants in Houston, our guest was playing piano at five. Her teacher was strict and permitted Helen to play only Classical music - which she did throughout her education at the respected Houston High School of Performing and Visual Arts. Her motivation for college: to teach and to perform when possible. All that changed when she saw Harry Connick, Jr., on stage - in Helen's last year of University of Texas at Austin.
The transition was swift. Obsessed with visualizing Harry's fingers on the piano, Helen got a hold of Everything-That-Is-Jazz: from Jelly Roll Morton to Keith Jarrett. She received dual degrees in Texas, but her eye was on the inaugural program at the Thelonious Monk Institute in Boston. It was mutual love - Helen's unique talent was now under the watchful eye of Artistic Director, Ron Carter. She toured with the Cream of the Jazz Crop - across the water with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. It changed her life. And ours who are fans.
That move to New York cemented what many already knew, including Wynton Marsalis, who now has HIS eye on where Helen Sung will land next. Terri Lyne Carrington knows, Helen having been a key component in the award-winning "Mosaic Project" in 2011. The Kennedy Center realizes her power, too - she is a recipient of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.
Her sixth project, "Anthem For a New Day" is brilliant and brave. We could go ON for days about Helen Sung - but let HER tell her story: on 7/22/14 :)
In 2000 publisher Roland Stringer created Secret Mountain, a record label and publishing house that has brought together musicians, illustrators, songwriters and authors with the intention of creating a wealth of book/CD combinations with musical influences from around the globe.
Guest Helen Delger of Therahands Massage Therapy joins Host Kevin Hunter on The Business Forum Show. Hear Helen's story of how she took the leap of faith and started her own massage business in 2005.
For more information or to reach Helen, please visit: http://therahandsmassage.massagetherapy.com/
Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
Enhanced sleep quality.
Helen Jackson is a distinguised CUBM graduate. Upon competion of her associate degree, she went on to earn her BS and MS from Geneva College and now serves as the Recruiting Specialist for CUBM. Helen and her husband Andrew pastor the Webster Avenue Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in the Hill District (Andrew is a CUBM graduate as well). Helen is about to retire after 32 years of service in the County Court System. Today Helen talks to Karla and John about her CUBM experience, what she tells potential CUBM recruits and why she thinks everyone should enroll at Geneva College at the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry.
The Lady’s Choice Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, founded in 2003 in Fayetteville, North Carolina by Helen Hooper, is exclusively dedicated to the teaching, building, and empowering of strong women of all ages.
Because women need to be given the proper tools, life skills, and strategies in order to make positive decisions, The Lady’s Choice is there for them no matter their age. Becoming a woman can make a young lady vulnerable and open to life’s unfair attacks and unseen obstacles. Without the proper guidance, education, and cultivation of women, our society will lose valuable leaders of tomorrow and will continue to lose precious mothers and daughters to the negative influences and tumultuous issues that plague women today.
The Lady’s Choice Crisis Intervention and Resource Center promotes high scholastics, mental/physical wellness, morals, and ethical standards, the foundation of our program. With our primary goal of preparing every woman for a perpetual life of success, The Center offers the opportunity for teens to develop a positive self-image while gaining life management, leadership, and communication skills. We assist ladies in making positive decisions concerning their personal endeavors in order to become effective future leaders, successful business women, precise decision-makers, knowledgeable wives, and nurturing mothers.
Our activities include Spring and Fall Tea Events, "Life Support" for Women, Lady's First Mentoring for young adult women, Motivational, Educational Speakers and workshops.
This weeks show is recorded in sunny Brooksville, Fl at the May Stringer mansion, The historic mansion was built in1856.
The mansion serves as a museum, which has over 11,000 artifacts, including authentic war memorabilia, 1800's kitchen, the southern commnication system. used before the computer age, school room depictive of the late 1800s and extensive mayan artifact collection. The house has a reputation for being haunted and has attracted many ghost hunters and paranormal enthusist from all over the country. We had an excelent time exploring the haunted mansion. Tune in this week to hear all about our adventure.
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