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Join us this week as we welcome pop music recording artist and actress, Mandy Rain. Mandy started her acting career at a young age. In 2007, Rain auditioned for "Star Camp" a Nickelodeon television show that focuses on the making of a super star musical group. Rain was chosen along with seven other kids to join the show and "The Giggle Club." The band disbanded shortly after the series finale. In the summer of 2009 The Giggle Club's producer Nick Cannon formed a group called The School Gyrls which Mandy was apart of along with Monica Parales, and Jacque Pyles. After two movies and two albums, Mandy decide to quit the group and go solo. A year after the disbandment of the School Gyrls, Rain released her debut single "Boogie". Her most recent Ep album "Riot" was released in January of 2015. Currently Mandy has just released her latest single "Back to Bad". The track was co-written by Mandy, Maria Christensen, (J-lo, Celine Dion) and Isaac Hasson (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez). The new single from Mandy is available Now @ digital outlets. We will talk to Mandy about her upcoming schedule, get a behind the scenes look at her music, feature her latest songs, and ask her to share her message for the troops. Please be sure to visit Mandy Rain at http://www.realmandyrain.com/ and spread the word. Fans are welcome to call in and speak live with Mandy during the show (718) 766-4193. As always we will give shout outs to our deployed military listeners. Be sure to join us, Sunday 11/8/2015 at 4 PM EST! Our message to the troops: WE do what we do, because YOU do what you do.
In this episode, we talk with Donald Pratabah, who plays "Joktan the Vampire" in the hot new play, Matt Hewes's To Die For Mandy, which premiers October 29th at the Attic Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. This spooky but stirring play is an indie must-see -- audience members are encouraged to come in costume for a thrilling time! M. V. Sage also discusses the important of dreams and fantasies, as well as the beneficial impact that these can have on our physical, mental, and emotional health.
Learn more about To Die For Mandy here at the play's website! For tickets, pre-order here (or get yours at the door).
As a two mom family in the South, Courtney and Mandy knew the importance of creating community. On this episode, Courtney and Mandy share about being a gay family in the South and what they did to create a large and supportive community of two mom families in their area. They will share specific tips for how you can create a community of two mom/gay families in your area.
Find Courtney and Mandy on Instagram: @court12712 and @mandyb2400.
Find LezBeMommies online at www.lezbemommies.com and on Instagram @elizabethcaliva.
Mandy Eppley will be interviewing passionate animal advocate, educator and author, Dr. Linda Bender. You can look forward to hearing many amazing stories of Linda's service in pursuit of justice for the animal kingdom that are inspiring and world-changing.
Dr. Linda Bender’s love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. Her innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
During the 14 years she spent living in England, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Linda’s veterinary work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife, often in remote areas. Working with zoos in Southeast Asia, she treated animals rescued from the wildlife trafficking trade and helped reintroduce them back into their natural habitats. Working in the field with rarely encountered wildlife, she helped to develop treatment protocols.
In both Asia and Africa she worked with local communities promoting anti-poaching initiatives and educational programs. Sharing stories of her deep connection to animals helped school children understand, respect and protect both wildlife and domestic animals.
Her interest in the healing arts led her to open the Mind the Gap Wellness Center in Cincinnati and she also started one of the first pet therapy programs through the Ohio Mental Health Association. She is also co-founder of the nonprofit organization, From The Heart, whose proceeds are funneled to various animal charities that directly benefit animals and their habitats.
Last summer Linda released her first book, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals (North Atlantic) This book illuminates the undeniable ability for animals to restore our ecological, emotional and spiritual balance. Visit her websit, LindaBend
Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with mother, widow and author Kristi Smith as she shares the story of suddenly losing her husband at the age of 48. Through her grieving process she found that she needed a “how to” book to help her navigate this loss. This led to her writing the book DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully. Through Kristi’s experience she found there are keys to unlocking the doors that will help you to keep moving through the grief process and to heal. Mandy and Kristi discuss the “5 Keys to Unlock the Grip of Grief” which are the valuable lessons included in Kristi’s book that can help you in finding hope
Kristi Smith combines 30 years of ministry with a BS in Psychology, so she comes from a solid place of experience and knowledge. She is not shy about sharing poignant words that she knows will help grievers process the pain. She has compiled the 5 most profound lessons in her book, DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully. You can find her at www.kristismithdreambook.com.
Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with veterinarian and animal advocate Dr. Linda Bender about the importance of grieving our pets and how they continue to bless our lives even after they pass. Dr. Bender shares the story of losing her precious cat, Wimsey, who she considered to be her best friend for 18 years. Both Mandy and Linda emphasize how important it is to allow yourself to grieve pets, as we do for humans, and to not feel ashamed about it. Linda shares several stories from her collection (one of the largest databases of stories about animals in the world) about how beloved animals have contacted their owners after they pass. She helps people see how these experiences are “normal” and not “paranormal.” She says “grief can motivate us to show up as love in the world.”
Dr. Linda Bender’s love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. Her innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine. During the 14 years she spent living in England, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Linda’s veterinary work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife, often in remote areas. In 2014 Linda wrote a book called Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals (North Atlantic). This book illuminates the undeniable ability for animals to restore our ecological, emotional and spiritual balance.
Her non-profit, From the Heart, has a mission of recognizing that all creatures have lives of meaning and purpose, and provides support for animals in need and strives to help people understand the natural connection between humans and animals, and the mutual need to protect the Earth we share. To learn more visit her website, www.LindaBender.org
Mandy Eppley is thrilled to interview award winning photographic artist, Ginger Wagoner, in this episode of Hope is Now. They will be speaking in depth about how service and the fight for justice is an integral part of her life and her art, and how this ties into Step 6 of The Model of Heart-Centered Grief.
An award winning photographic artist, Ginger dedicates herself to creating soulful, intimate, and meaningful portraits. One of Ginger’s clients sums up: “The great thing about using Ginger for your photography is that you know you’re supporting all the great work that she does in the community. She works with breast cancer survivors, creates portraits of children with life-threatening illnesses and for families who lose a child at birth, volunteers building homes with Habitat, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!”
In addition to her photographic work, Ginger is zealous about promoting social justice for women, children, different ethnicities, and same-gender couples. Together, she and her 13-year-old daughter launched JusticeSeeders.com, a site with wearable art calling attention to and raising money for these causes.
Ginger’s artwork is held in private collections across the US, Australia, Italy, & France. She has held positions at the White House, with Time Life, Inc. and with a celebrity photographer in NYC. You can visit her website at www.psphotoart.com.
Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with school social worker Barry Sherman about his story and the impact his mother’s sudden death when he was 18 years old had on the course of his life. Barry also gives a first-hand account of the inequity that is in many of the schools throughout our country. He is experiencing this at the school he currently works in, located in Charlotte, NC, as it has moved backward and is now segregated. The biggest factor that separates the children in his school from other schools is their socio economic status with the majority living in poverty. Due to this, the majority of children are struggling with multiple risk factors that they bring to school with them each day. Thus, instead of being able to teach and create an optimal learning environment, they need to spend time addressing these risk factors. He is using his grief and outrage about this situation to fuel the actions he is taking to address and change this on a systemic level. One of the messages he wants to get out is that the best learning environment can be created when diversity, especially in economic levels, is present in our schools.??
Barry Sherman - MSW, LCSW, is a school social worker with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Until 2011 he served for nearly 20 years as the Assistant Director of The Institute for Life-leadership & Coaching. He also continues his work with INTEGRA for KIDS, a leadership development program for children utilizing the creative arts. www.INTEGRAforKIDS.org.?? Barry is also taking a leadership role in changing what is happening in our schools. To find out more about what actions are being taken by the OneMECK Coalition to institute change in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg system please visit www.onemeck.org. This coalition could also serve as a model for other cities and school systems.
This episode first aired in August, 2015. It was such a powerful interview that we wanted to air it again. Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with visual artist Gypsy Hundley about how her creative spirit is reflected in her artwork and is her passionate way of serving in the world. Gypsy shares her heart-breaking and inspirational story of having to watch a loved one be sent to prison. From this tragedy she created amazing works of art that helped her, and others, to heal.
Gypsy Hundley has been painting full time for over 10 years. Her work has been displayed in galleries throughout the nation and purchased from thousands of spirits world wide. Starting out as an outsider/folk artist, Gypsy spent years traveling the unknown roads touring art shows and seeking galleries while living out of her van. Her tenacity to evolve and pursue an art career gave her strength to move forward. Her continual changes in her style has gained respect, recognition and admiration. When she speaks of her art, it is as if she's telling a story of an ancient love she has danced through life with, hand in hand.
You can find her artwork at www.gypsyhundleygallery.com.
Host Dr, Victoria Boyd will be joined by Mandy Telleria, Principal and Owner of VOI a single-source ideation and design studio committed to creating strong brands and memorable environments through a cross-disciplinary approach. She attended the UNLV School of Architecture during which time she grew enthusiastic about giving back to the community. Her support spans numerous organizations such as Susan G. Komen, NEWH and designMinds throughout the community. Mandy commitment sparked the launch of The Good Deed Project, a pro bono process which helps to renovate nonprofit organizations in need of facility upgrades.
A registered interior designer she also extends her contributions into the world of academia by teaching architecture and design classes at the College of Southern Nevada.
Connect or learn more at:
www.voi-studio.com - https://www.facebook.com/TheGOODDEEDproject100?fref=ts
Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with former talk show host and mother of 5, Kim Jacobs, about the heartbreak of losing a child as well as the hope and gifts that have come from this tragic loss. Kim sees her son as being an angel on “loan” to her for his 12 years of life. Their family has created The Gabe’s Heart Foundation and are holding a 5K Walk to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, as well as raising funds to be donated to local charities…all in honor of their son Gabriel Michael Jacobs. Kim’s message to all parents to have an ultrasound taken of your child’s heart. This simple procedure can detect the abnormality that Gabe had and, in most cases, can be corrected with surgery. Mandy ties these amazing acts of service into Step 6 of the 7 Steps of Grief & Hope and they talk about how giving back is one of the most transformative things to do to heal on our grief journey.
Kimberly D. Jacobs is a nationally acclaimed expert on life balance. The former talk show host and mother of 5 has spoken to groups ranging from corporate organizations to churches, rallying them to seek balance daily and to live more fully. Recently, she and her family faced their own trial through transition when her 12 year old son died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. While she motivates others to find the strength to move forward and defy the odds, Kim finds herself now having to take her own advice. Her message, “How to Win after Losing,” encompasses the ups and downs of loss.
They have created The Gabe’s Heart Foundation and are holding a 5K Walk on November 21, 2015 in Concord, NC. To register or donate visit www.gabesheart.org. All proceeds will be distributed to local charities and nursing homes during “Gabe’s Random Acts of Kindness Week.”
Counselor Mandy Eppley speaks with pioneer, author and international speaker Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville about the importance of not allowing our “stories” to be who we are. It is so important to respect our losses by taking the energy of the loss and using it in our lives for good. One way that Dr. Dorothy used the energy of being orphaned until the age of 3, and then living in an abusive household after that, was to pioneer a method of energy medicine that she taught worldwide. They speak about using our stories for fuel in our journey, and how important it is to respond to our losses as opposed to reacting to them. This leads us to finding hope!
Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD, international keynote speaker, author, mentor/coach, and frequent radio and television guest, has been featured on OWN Network as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. Dr. Dorothy is President of the National Speakers Association - CT.
Dr. Dorothy, a psychotherapist, was in practice for over 25 years. As a motivational speaker who lived in an orphanage, was adopted and raised in the housing projects of South Boston in a violent alcoholic home, Dr. Dorothy later became a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess and so much more. www.askdrdorothy.com.