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Brenda Ockun is the creator and passion behind Stepmom Magazine, a leading, online resource for anyone who is married, living with or dating a partner with children. Brenda says that her “…commitment is to bring you the most comprehensive, informative, and solution-oriented resource available, every month, in one beautifully designed package. I promise that we’ll tackle the issues you can’t talk about anywhere else. And we’ll do it with a highly qualified, hand-picked team of stepfamily experts who, like you, understand, because they’re stepmoms too.”
Today, we'll talk about our experiences and try to cram in as much as we can to make your life better!
As always, I thank you for listening and if you ever want to talk further, you can find me at:
The Evil Stepmother Speaks: http://bit.ly/lBKSwP
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEvilStepMotherSpeaks?ref=hl
There is also a SECRET Facebook group called Stepmom Life Class. It’s a sacred space to vent and find solutions. To get in, you have to friend me at https://www.facebook.com/barbgoldberg
Tweet me @StepmomSpeaks: http://bit.ly/135aHAx
Rebroadcast of the long running radio program, "The Ave Maria Hour", a presentation of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. www.AtonementFriars.org.
St. Helena - Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co Emperor Maximian?s stepdaughter. Constantine became emperor in 312 after the fateful victory at Milvian Bridge, and Helena was named Augusta, or empress. She converted to Christianity and performed many acts of charity, including building churches in Rome and in the Holy Land. On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Helena discovered the True Cross. She is believed to have died in Nicomedia. Her porphyry sarcophagus is in the Vatican Museum. Geoffrey of Monmouth, England, started the legend that Helena was the daughter of the king of Colchester, a tradition no longer upheld. In liturgical art Helena is depicted as an empress, holding a cross.
My name is Ethan Robinson. I am a 25-year-old trans male from Western New York. Although born in Buffalo, NY, I spent most of my life growing up in South Florida. After graduating from high school and attending college in Florida, I decided to return to the Buffalo area in 2006 to be close to my father, who later in 2008 passed away suddenly (so glad I moved). I immediately became actively involved in the local LGBT activist community. I returned to college as a full-time student in 2012, and aim to graduate in Business Marketing during 2015. My gender identity is the product of an evolving self-discovery that has developed over some years. I am engaged to a wonderful woman who is also trans* and thus understands me on a very real level. I have a stepdaughter who is 15 whom I love, and a dog and two cats. I am in the process of helping to organize a benefit for my top surgery that will occur in May, with Dr. Garramone. I currently partake in vlogging my transition on my personal YouTube channel. I hope to grow that channel and talk about a broadening range of issues as time goes on. I have a wonderful, supportive and loving family. Upon coming out as trans, my biggest concern was about maintaining a strong relationship with my Mom. When I first came out to her she was undeniably in a state of shock, and not really understanding what being trans was all about. We have come a long way together since then, but the journey is far from over. It has been interesting, and continues to be, to watch our relationship evolve. From Mother and Daughter to Mother and Son, what an incredibly loving woman she is to embrace me. My Mother does have her struggles with regards to me changing my gender and that is all a part of this journey. I believe that when we transition, our family also has to transition in a sense.
(www.paxstereo.tv) Morning Coffee with Mario Talk Show – Here we go celebrating beautiful, talented and hard working women again, and this time it is Sophia Janell Taylor (www.sophiajanell.com) who is so much more than eye candy that she almost glows! Come and check out this wonderful spiritual person who is "Rehabin' The Hood" with her self-produced reality series, entertaining us with her new book "Faithful Liar". and soothing us all with her own original wonderful music. You are guaranteed to be uplifted and entertained.
In Victor Allen's Nu New Sportz, the L.A. Lakers are eyeing Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James in the 2014 NBA free agency market! Which player is a better fit for L.A. and which player can play alongside Kobe Bryant? Lolo Jones reportedly involved in a bar fight with a bobsled official Tony Carlino's stepdaughter. No confirmation that Lolo Jones may have knocked out the woman who confronted her.
In HOtt PiXX by Vic, we look at how attractive are our bald African-American female models? We rate the various models that display the bald or close to bald look. Share your opinions with us in our interactive chat room.
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About "The King: The Bowers Files":
FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has matched wits with some of the most violent serial killers in history—and one of them has never forgiven him.... Patrick Bowers has pursued the nation’s fiercest serial killers—and now one elusive foe is back for revenge. Settling into a new post at the FBI academy, Patrick and his fiancée, Lien-hua Jiang, are planning their future together with his stepdaughter, Tessa. But just when his life seems normal, a demon from the past returns to draw him down a dark road he hoped had closed forever. Forced into a desperate hunt to save the two women he loves most, Patrick is in a race against time to stop an international conspiracy from becoming the most widespread act of terrorism in U.S. history.
Critically acclaimed author Steven James has penned 30+ books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, dramas, YA fantasy, and more. Steven has received wide critical acclaim for his work, including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and 2009, 2011 & 2012 Christy Awards for best suspense. His thriller, The Queen, won the 2012 Christy Award for Best Suspense Novel, the 2012 ECPA for Best Christian Novel, and it was a finalist for an International Thriller Award.
Steven earned a Master's Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers.
A big part of being Your Best YOU, for many people, is winning the battle of the bulge. In other words: Dieting and Losing Weight.
Unless you live under a rock somewhere, you know that this is a big problem, and there are endless reality TV shows, interviews, books, articles and programs dedicated to this subject. Have you ever asked Why? Why so many?
I believe that the secret isn't hidden in a green salad. It is a matter of Changing Your Mind. A simple statement with a not-so-simple story behind it.
To share this story, to share the happiness of having a Good Breakup with Food, I am excited to have as my guest Allison Tuttle - my own beloved stepdaughter, and a woman who I see as a true inspiration.
Since I know her well, I already know the details. But her story of how she literally Changed Her Mind and ended up changing her life will make you stop, look, listen and then take notes. A real person who made a real life change - and can help you do it too!
Call up Sister Hazel on Pandora. Make sure to mark your calendars! You don't want to miss this one!
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This coming week on Women Warriors, Wed Dec 26th at noon ET, we will discuss the topic of “Creating Your 2013 Career Plan.” Our special guest will be Certified Professional Coach, Michele Brant. Join us after your holiday celebration and prepare yourself for a wonderful new year!
Michele Brant is an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner and Professional Certified Coach trained through iPEC. Integrating her expertise in the area of life balance, she has worked with countless clients like you, to help them achieve the life they truly want to be living.
She works with professional women who feel trapped and at the end of their rope; putting everything and everybody before themselves. She supports them in changing from being stressed out and out of balance, to feeling energized and inspired about their life.
She knows the challenges that professional woman face from the inside, with more than 20 years of corporate and consulting experience, including project management, training and development, online marketing, leadership, business, career, wellness and life coaching.
She currently lives in the Charlotte, NC area with her husband, stepdaughter, 2 adopted dogs and a cat. To find out more about Michele visit her website at www.complete-living.org.
Romance Panel Anyone?
Listen in as Murray Pura, Amanda Ward & Taylor Sky talk Romance! Check Out Our Panelists:
Murray Pura was born and raised in the Mennonite country of southern Manitoba. He began writing at an early age and his first story was published in a US Christian magazine when he was 16. Since that time Murray has published more than a dozen books and has been the recipient of a number of writing awards. His works include the Amish American novels A Bride's Flight From Virginia City, Montana; The Wings of Morning; and The Face of Heaven. A pastor for 25 years, Murray currently lives and writes in southern Alberta.
'What You See Is What You Get' would be the best way to describe Amanda. Born in Bexleyheath, England 1971, she is a wife and mother of seven children ranging in ages from her 21 year old daughter down to a spirited 3 year old son. Life in her house is manic. There is however, plenty of love and laughter in the home Amanda shares with her wonderful comedic husband Matt and 3 youngest children in Bedfordshire, England. In between school runs, housework and talking to her two cats, Amanda divides her time between writing, dreaming and watching her favourite films and television shows.She is an unashamed addict of Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, Gilmore Girls, Anne of Green Gables & Doris Day musicals.
Taylor Sky -
Taylor Sky lives in Sheffield England, or steel city as it is commonly known. A wife and mother to two teenage boys and a stepdaughter. When she is not writing she loves nothing more than to curl up with a cup of Earl Grey Tea and a good book and her British shorthair Jasper.
Stop the Stepfamily Madness!
As a stepmother, stepdaughter and now step-grandmother, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman has experienced the drama and reward of life in a stepfamily from multiple perspectives. For years, she struggled to parent five children from three different households. She instilled respect into her two biological sons and assumed the same respect would be honored by her husband’s children. At times, the frustration overwhelmed her.
Without the support of family and friends, her marriage would have failed.
Initially, she blamed the parenting skills of her husband and his ex-wife; however, after an introspective analysis she realized that she was a contributor to the confusion and chaos.
You will enjoy Valerie’s proven advice including ;
· Top eight things every stepparent should know
· Little known ways to avoid the wicked-stepmother syndrome and win the heart of daddy’s girl
· Twelve steps to make the most of your stepfamily vacation
· The power of a parental agreement
· Five keys to avoiding stepfamily holiday blues
· 101 ways to cope with stepfamily stress
· Sifting through the murky world of child support and the IRS
· How not to disinherit your biological children in a stepfamily merger
· Managing stepfamily finances: credit, benefits, insurance and more
Valerie has great stories that will empower, inspire and encourage your audience to family restoration. Valerie has spoken /appeared on numerous shows including The Mother Love Show , NBC and Fox.
“Step-parenting is like managing a late-night convenience store: all of the responsibility and none of the authority.”
- Valerie J. Lewis Coleman
Reagan Gomez-Preston began her career in The Parent 'Hood, as Zaria Peterson. She guest starred on UPN's One on One as Flex's younger sister/Brianna's paternal aunt. She also played Francine opposite Holly Robinson Peete in the short-lived UPN sitcom, Love Inc.She has been featured in King magazine twice, first in the September 2003-October 2003 issue, and again in the December 2006-January 2007 issue.She is currently in the animated series The Cleveland Show as Roberta Tubbs, Cleveland Brown's stepdaughter.
Coming out on April 3rd, 2012 on DVD Dysfunctional Friends, the movie.The death of a larger-than life friend has reunited a group of college friends who soon learn that their eccentric acquaintance has left behind an equally unconventional will.
From Producer Datari Turner and Writer/Director Corey Grant and featuring an all-star cast including Meagan Good (“Jumping The Broom,” Showtime’s “Californication”), Stacey Dash (VH-1’s “Single Ladies”), Terrell Owens (NFL star, Vh1’s “The T.O. Show”), Reagan Gomez-Preston (FOX’s “The Cleveland Show”), Jason Weaver (“Lottery Ticket”), Hosea Chanchez (BET’s “The Game”), Tatyana Ali (TV One’s “Love That Girl”), Essence Atkins (TBS’ “Are We There Yet?”), Christian Keyes (BET’s “Let’s Stay Together”), Stacy Keibler (USA’s “Psych”), Dysfunctional Friends is an incisive, humorous study of truth and affection.
JOIN ME TO WELCOME LINDY SMITH AND SARAH HOLBURN-DOIRON:
My 1st guest tonight is Linda Little Smith, but most people call her Lindy. Lindy is a mother, a stepmother, a grandmother and a missing person’s advocate. Her 29 year old mentally ill stepdaughter, Tasha Marie Smith, walked out of her group home December 1, 2010 in Cambridge Ontario, and vanished into thin air without any of her belongings, money or ID. Tasha’s disappearance has opened Lindy’s eyes to the many other missing people in her area and across Canada.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Last week we had Heather (not her real name) call in to the show about her daughter, Angel (not her real name). Angel was the victim of a kidnapping and was rescued and on her way to becoming a survivor of this crime. Angel spoke briefly to the listeners, but was overwhelmed by it all and had to go. I got this message from her today: "The Other night when my mom called in. I listened in and for once I didn't feel so loney. And it's hard for me to feel like that." So she sat down and "Wrote a story. Short story. About what happened to me". Tonight, Angel is calling in with her story. And she will be okay to answer questions. My 2nd guest is Sarah Holburn-Doiron, has been living a nightmare of her own for the past 7 years. Her daughter Kyla was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Sarah will share what happened to Kyla with us in a heart-wrenching story of pain and heartache and what she has done in her daughter's name since, including founding M.A.M.A.s of Canada (Mothers Against Murderous Acts).
Our kids are taking over "Co-Parenting Matters"! Join Deesha and Mike's daughters, Taylor (13) and Peyton (8), and Deesha's stepdaughter Lauren (almost 13) as they answer kids' questions about co-parenting, give shout-outs to co-parents from their kids, and offer some Kid-Approved New Year's Resolutions for Co-Parents.
Does your kid have a co-parenting question or want to give a shout-out? Send them our way: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you and your kids will tune in for a very special show at a very special kid-friendly time, 6 PM EST, Sunday December 18th!
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