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  • 00:37

    Books and Kids - Selection and Censorship

    in Family

    Antoinette Kuritz & Anissa Wardell joins Bill today to talk about the democratization of publishing has made it so absolutely anyone can publish a book.  The intrusion of heavy-handed government is threatening to functionally re-write both history and the classics.  And the once simple pleasure of selecting children’s books has become a task; and young adult books have become a mine field.
    With literally millions of publications, and the access of to both the internet and e-books, how do we select and encourage appropriate reading material for, with, around our children? • The mportance of reading for kids • Choosing the right books and why parents need to read what their kids are reading. • Using books as a tool for keeping communication open • Value of parent/child book clubs • Family reading time - why and how to make it happen • Books vs. electronic devices for kids • Why to choose books with controversial topics • Why we should NOT change languaging in the classics • How do we teach what the schools leave out.?
    Antoinette Kuritz, Book Developer, Publicist, Publishing and Media consultant, KUSI-TV “Book Expert”, and Founder of the La Jolla Writers Conference is up-to-her-keyboard in the book biz.  Antoinette regularly provides candid and comprehensive nuggets of wisdom, wit and woe about getting your words into print and avoiding the predators in the world of both traditional and self-publishing. Taking writers of all levels from idea to best seller, Antoinette has represented best selling authors worked with media hosts and producers across the nation as well as in Canada and Europe.  She is quoted regularly in national media on issues relating to the ever-changing book industry!

  • 00:52


    in Culture

    ENVISION THIS: You can promote literacy, character building, and your business all in one move by sponsoring "Books for Kids" right in your neighborhood.

    Our guest, Dapo Akers is author of Robin From the Hood. He is one of the authors who writes for Books for Kids, a free book giveaway program run by Performance Strategies Publishing. You can partner with them! Coleen Liebsch of PS Publishing is also with us.  She says, “Rather than "sponsoring" books in the traditional sense, our partners purchase a $4.50 advertisement in the form of a full-color sticker inside the front cover of a Books for Kids book.  The sticker will say "This Book Is A Gift From:" then prominently feature your company's logo and contact information.”

    Dapo, whom we first met through his community building Feel the Ville rap on You-Tube, writes for adolescents.   His Robin From the Hood series deals with the tragic and dehumanizing underworld tales of “hoods” ruled by drug lords and corruption. This Robin, like the familiar folk hero, has a philanthropic mission to rescue his community from doom.

    Other authors in the PS Publishing lineup write for kids of other age and interest levels. Coleen represents this ambitious project to get books that build character into the hands of kids and create a community bond with the local businesses that sponsor those books.


    Please consider supporting the work of Envision This! We connect you to visionaries of a better furure. Donate now at www.envisionthismedia.com.

  • 00:44


    in Education


    Candace Fleming, award-winning author of "The Family Romanov", whose books have won multiple literary awards, and most recently ALA selected "The Family Romanov" as a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, is our guest. Candace will be joined by Amy Irace, one of Follett's Academic Consultants, who holds a master's degree in reading. Amy will share strategies for avoiding summer reading loss.


    Presented by FOLLETT LEARNING

    www.follettlearning  @follettlearning

  • 00:43

    WebbWeaver Books Proudly Presents: Author Heidi Neumark

    in Books



    Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory, and Faith~

      Heidi Neumark’s life changed when a few computer keystrokes exposed a generation of family secrets. Late one night while her family slept, Neumark discovered her hidden Jewish heritage—and uncovered hundreds of questions: Did her grandfather really die in a concentration camp? How did she never know her grandmother was a death-camp survivor? Why had the family history and faith been rejected and hidden?
      Heidi’s search for the truth quickly became more than a personal journey; it also became spiritual. It caused profound ponderings on her thirty-year vocation as a Lutheran pastor. It was a shocking revelation that her Jewish roots and successive family loss and trauma now suddenly and inherently connected her to the multi-ethnic, marginalized community she had been ministering to for three decades.
      Hidden Inheritance takes the reader on a journey that seamlessly weaves personal narrative, social history, and biblical reflection to challenge readers to explore their own identity, vocation, and theology. Neumark boldly calls readers to explore the harsh places of the past, uncover the possible buried secrets, ask new questions, forge new understanding, and discover new hope for transformation that is only possible when what has been hidden is finally brought to light.

  • 00:45

    WebbWeaver Books Proudly Presents: Author Sarah M. Johnson

    in Books


    Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God~

      "Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God" takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in "Life is Beautiful", about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.

      "Life is Beautiful", however, is more than a story about an airplane crash. "Life is Beautiful" shares the personal struggles of Sarah’s father’s drug use, his recovery, and redemption to be a better person. He gives back by doing missions work in Africa, takes in Sarah’s aunt dying of uterine cancer, and eventually leads their family to the mountains of Guatemala. Sarah also discusses her struggles with alcohol use and depression; where she eventually hits rock bottom. It is not until she starts seeking God through prayer, books, and therapy, where she starts to turn her life around.

      "Life is Beautiful" is not only a unique story, but it shows the strength of God’s Will. When all hope is lost, she never gives up on God. This story is a true testimony of God’s love for His people, and when one seeks a spiritual journey and connection with God; He gives back in love, forgiveness, and happiness.

  • An Interview With Alan Jacobson

    in Books

    Alan Jacobson is the Best Selling Author who has published 9 books, with a 10th, The Lost Codex, to be released very soon. 

    We'll be talking with Alan about his writing, collecting books, and much more. 

  • 00:30

    Modern Signed Books kickoff

    in Books

    Timmy Crook, host of Modern Signed Books and blogger at http://Modernsignedbooks.blogspot.com, will be interviewing John Hutchinson of VJ Books and Norwood Press about book grading, and limited edition releases

  • 00:31

    How to talk to children about anxiety?

    in Parents

    How to talk to children about anxiety?

    How can we support kids who have a anxiety? In this podcast I will talk with Jake Hedges, a Mental Health Counselor at Integrative Counseling Services, who is currently pursuing a certification for Child Centered Play Therapy. He has experience counseling adults, children, and adolescents. He earned his Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2015, and has focused his studies on psychological trauma. He is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, and is interested in how individuals can find resilience in response to trauma and anxiety. He will help us understand how we can help children be Freakishly Well-Behaved. There might even be some things we can learn and use too. BONUS!

    Author, Professor, Mental Health Counselor, Play Therapist, International Speaker, & Mom-- Dr. Mullen has learned from the thousands of children she has worked with insights and actions necessary for parenting that will lead to the behavior and attitude changes you are looking for with your children. 

    If you are willing to learn, listen, grow, and work hard at this, your results will be nothing short of miraculous! You can have Freakishly Well Behaved Kids too! Remember to check out NAUGHTY NO MORE an activity book to help kids make better decisions. When kids feel good, they behave that way!

  • 00:57

    Indie Books #106 (Samuel Marquis)

    in Books

    Tune in and join me as I welcome this week's guest. 

    Author Samuel Marquis joins me to talk the first two of seven books to be released in the next year: The Slush Pile Brigade & Blind Thrust.

    On his thirtieth birthday, Nick Lassiter has lost his girlfriend and his job, is wanted by the police, and has discovered that his unpublished thriller, Blind Thrust, has been stolen and turned into a blockbuster movie called Subterranean Storm. Even worse, the movie is based on a soon-to-be best-selling novel by Australian thriller writer Cameron Beckett, one of the world's biggest brand name authors. Rather than seek revenge through a financial settlement or public humiliation, Lassiter sets out for New York to obtain mea culpas from Beckett and his renowned literary agent, whom he is certain colluded with the Aussie in stealing his debut novel. Once in New York, Lassiter, and his three quirky fish-out-of-water friends who insist on accompanying him, instantly run afoul of the law and other powerful forces intent on thwarting them and their mission. As they encounter one thorny obstacle after another, the scope of their inquiries expands and they are soon in way over their heads, battling toe-to-toe not only against the mega-best-selling author and his agent, but a formidable army of antagonists, including the NYPD, Beckett's Big Five publishing house security squad, and the Russian mob. Collectively, these adversaries present Lassiter with the greatest--and deadliest--challenge of his life.

    For more info about Samuel Marquis and his books:



  • 00:31

    Never too Early to Start: Hypnosis for Kids!

    in Health

    Nick & Joanna are following up on using Ayurveda and Hypnosis during the lifespan.  Following the shows on pregnancy and childbirth, and last week's show on Ayurveda for Kids, today they will be focusing on how Hypnosis can be used to nurture and nourish a child's unique nature and help their emotional and psycholigical development right from the start.  

    By knowing an understanding your child's unique nature or constitutional type, you will learn how foods, exercise, activities, and daily & seasonal practices can be implemented to support healthy development of the body, intellect, emotions, and spirit. This also sets kids up for cultivating the best habits as they get older that will help them reduce stress and age with grace and ease.

    Learn what practices can help the growing number of kids who are facing obesity, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression and other health-related concerns that can put them on medications pre-maturely.  We'll also explore the reasons why some illness present themselves predominantly in childhood due to the energetics of this part of the lifespan. 

    This show will focus on how hypnosis can help kids manage emotions, behavioral problems, and plant positive suggestions that cultivate self-love and and acceptance, thereby helping children know their inherent self worth and deservingness to create a life of health, vitality and joy!  

    Find us always at www.thekalyanacentre.com / www.drjoannacarmichael.com

    Receive 20% off an intitial consultation with Nick or Joanna when you mention this show. 

  • 00:31

    Kim Gosselin and Babies of Two on Tell Me a Story

    in Culture

     What else would a 3 time grandmother do while preparing for the next “blessed event”? Well, if you are award-winning author, Kim Gosselin and you heard that TWINS were on the way, you’d write your first book in 15 years!  How’s that for inspiration? Today on Tell Me a Story, we welcome Kim as she brings us the humorous, heart-filled look at the world as told from the perspective of a baby, more correctly Babies of Two.  In the past, Kim has written books to helps educate children about chronic conditions and/or special needs and Babies of Two is her 17th picture book to date. This will be a delightful program indeed so be sure to mark your calendars. Find Kim here http://www.kimgosselin.com/ where you can find links to all her social media, her amazing blog and how to order her charming book, Babies of Two. Tell Me a Story is a presentation of The Magic Happens Radio Network.  Find us at http://www.themagichappens.com/