Personal Development

Journalism, Memoir, Personal Development

Apr 24: Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat and Learning to Live Your Happy

What? That’s right,  A Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat. Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always the black sheep, and barely knew how to boil water.

But at college, buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, Marissa transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with shaved head. So what happened?

A search for ethical food — part memoir, part journalism, all Marissa Landrigan. Join us to find out more, with this self-described “writer, professor, all around nerd”.

Also today, happiness is … well, we all know that sentence can end a thousand different ways.  For those who tend to dwell in the somber valleys of unhappiness, climbing the hill to happiness can be a lot of work.

Maria Felipe struggled to make that trek, but with a little soul searching, she got the “cuckoo voice of the ego” out of her way.  She shares her journey in Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within.

After experiencing success as a model, actress, and host of TV shows for the World Wrestling Federation, Maria followed her true calling and became a reverend.

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Personal Development, Self-help

Mar 27: 1] Reversing Harmful Moods 2] You Cheated on Your Spouse, Now What?

Sinking into a bad mood is easy and feelings can quickly escalate, pushing you into a deep black funk.  Joseph Cardillo, PhD, returns to tell us how to control of our energy and reverse harmful moods before they take hold.

Dr. Cardillo is an inspirational speaker and expert on energy teachings. His latest book is  Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, and he’s written numerous other bestselling books on health, mind-body-spirit, and psychology. He’s also co-written several books for Harvard Health Publications.

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S,  is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert and author, specializing in infidelity and addictions. His latest book, Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating, is a “Learn it or lose her!” primer for me n caught cheating.

Consider it, says Weiss, a “roadmap for rebuilding trust, restoring intimacy, and salvaging a damaged relationship.”  Today he’ll addresses how men think about sex, cheating, and relationship intimacy. And we’ll share healing techniques for the partner who was cheated on.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

Mar 20: 1] The Education of Will 2] Chuck Wendig’s Thunderbird

Sometimes it takes the convergence of extraordinary circumstances to make us face our own demons. For many years, Dr. Patricia B. McConnell grappled privately with intense fear, shame, anxiety, and guilt.

In her latest book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog, McConnell takes an unflinching look at her own trauma and how a problem dog helped her grow beyond it, ultimately healing both dog and owner.

Dr. McConnell is a Zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. For more than 25 years she’s specialized in canine aggression, consulting with pet owners on serious animal behavioral problems.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, graphic comic writer, screenwriter, and game designer.

He talks “… a lot about writing. And food. And pop culture. And his kid. [And] uses lots of naughty language.” Best know for his New York Times Bestselling Star Wars: Aftermath series, Wendig’s latest book is Thunderbird, the fourth installment in the continuing saga of Miriam Black.

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Personal Development

Mar 06: 1] Goals–Staying the Course in 2017 2] Bashert. A Love Story

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In the third and final installment of a monthly series, Helene Segura MA Ed keeps you focused on reaching the goals you set for 2017.

Today, Helene explores what we can learn from the movies, including The Accountant, Arrival. And how Romeo and Juliet, which we think of as a love story, actually ended with six dead bodies because of lack of planning and rushing around.

Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach clients and keynote/training audiences how to improve work-day efficiencies so they can have a life outside.  Her book is The Inefficiency Assassin.

Drawing upon his own personal experience, former rabbi Herb Freed spins his real-life journey into a fiction tale woven with magical realism.

From the bright lights of Hollywood to Mexico, Israel, Paris, and the dreamy exhilaration of Jamaica, Bashert is a love story about transcending life, loss and the boundaries we mistakenly place on our lives and our hearts.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development

Feb 27: 1] Primal Fat Burner 2] Big Miracles

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Dieting can often leave us feeling hungry, fatigued, and muddle-headed. Paleo expert and nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas says it doesn’t have to be that way, and today she’ll share her revolutionary ketogenic diet for “eating what makes you human” in her new book Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, And Save Your Life With A High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet.

Nora Gedgaudas is a nutritional consultant, speaker, and educator; a Board-Certified nutritional consultant, and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. In private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Big Miracles is not about “wishing for a miracle” in love, life, or business. Big Miracles is a powerful plan. A how-to. A process that can lead  to seemingly miraculous results.

Author and intuitive life coach Joanna Garzilli has helped countless clients — from top tech executives to entertainment celebrities — make over their lives in ways they feel are miraculous. Garzilli has done thousands of intuitive readings, and is often featured in the media including: BBC News, BBC Radio, CNN Money, NBC, and more.

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Feb 13: 1] F*ck Love 2] The Worry-Free Mind

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F*ck Love: One Shrink’s Sensible Advice for Finding a Lasting Relationship is not a typical relationship book.

As the authors say, it “might not help you find the person of your dreams, but it will provide you the roadmap to avoiding the kind of nightmare relationships that probably caused you to buy books like this in the first place.” Sarah Bennett uses her professional sense of humor as a comic, to ground the real-life advice of her psychiatrist dad and coauthor Michael Bennett, MD.

At 3:30 am the hamster wheel in your head is going 90 mph. You toss. You turn. And finally your alarm clock goes off and you face another exhausting day, only to repeat the cycle over and over. again. But life can be different!

Pyschotherapist Bill Wade shares some of the powerful tools from The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive YouDr. Wade is licensed as a professional counselor, and marriage and family therapist, and has maintained a therapy practice for more than 30 years. Both he and his coauthor, Carol Kershaw EdD, have presented workshops throughout the United States and abroad in clinical hypnosis, brain-based transformation, and meditation.

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Feb 06: 1] Revisiting Your Resolutions: Listener questions answered

February has arrived and it’s time to take stock… chances are you fall into one of two groups. Either you have had success with your New Year’s resolutions, or here you are, a month later, and it’s fallen by the wayside. Helene Segura MA Ed is back for part two of a three-part series to help you keep cruising along if you have stuck to your resolutions, or to show you it’s not too late to get back on track!

At 3:30 am the hamster wheel in your head is going 90 mph. After tossing and turning all night your alarm clock finally sounds and you face another exhausting day, only to repeat it again. How do you go from worry to a calm and peaceful mind? The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You by Carol Kershaw, EdD, and Bill Wade, PhD will teach you how to quickly calm yourself whenever worry or fear threatens to overwhelm you.

Listen to Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

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Jan 30: 1] The Four Purposes of Life 2] Succulent Wild Love

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From Dan Millman, founder of the highly regarded The Peaceful Warrior’s Way comes a new look at his earlier teachings…along with plenty of original material… in The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World. This “little book of big ideas” puts together all the puzzle pieces and is especially useful for anyone going through life changes and wondering what the future brings.

Succulent Wild Love: Six Powerful Habits for Feeling More Love More Often combines co-authorSARK’s (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) trademark creativity, with the more left-brain psychological perspective of her fiance and co-author Dr. John Waddell. SARK describes the book as “the best of being single and the best of being in a relationship and how to create that every day.”


Enjoy this encore presentation of Conversations Live… Vicki returns live next week!  Catch Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter for exclusive updates and contests!

The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World places some of Dan Millman‘s earlier teachings (in distilled form) into their complete context, along with considerable original material about finding our career and calling. Especially useful for anyone going through changes and wondering, What next? A quantum leap in awareness of oneself and one’s life purpose… all four of them. Dan is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor. After an intensive, twenty-year spiritual quest, Dan’s teaching found its form as the Peaceful Warrior’s Way, expressed fully in his books and lectures.Dan’s thirteen books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, have inspired and informed millions of readers in 29 languages worldwide. The feature film, “Peaceful Warrior,” starring Nick Nolte, was adapted from Dan’s first book, based upon incidents from his life.

Rather than emphasizing finding the right partner, Succulent Wild Love: Six Powerful Habits for Feeling More Love More Often is ultimately about being the right partner. “You can have what you want without being dependent on the people around you to change, so you can love them unconditionally,” write SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) and co-author Dr. John Waddell. “It is about being wild — as in untamed and not limited by those close to you. You are free to be yourself in your relationships.” Bestselling author and artist SARK has made a career out of sharing her personal, journal-like writings and art, and inspiring others with her vulnerable and honest journey toward self-acceptance. And yet she had one big secret wish: overcoming her fears about finding someone to love and committing to an intimate life partnership. In widower, psychology and spiritual teacher, Dr. John , she met her match.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development

Jan 16: 1] Clearing Emotional Clutter 2] Expectation Hangovers

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Drawing upon both modern science and ancient practices practicing psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk Donald Altman says his book Clearing Emotional Clutter can help the reader to “… heal and move on from pains, insults, traumas, toxic stressors, and emotional clutter from the past and the present — without blaming, shaming, or punishing yourself.”

Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. Her newest book Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life guides readers on how to treat disappointment on the emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual levels.

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Donald Altman promises readers of Clearing Emotional Clutter managing emotional clutter begins with managing their brains, and it’s something everyone can do: “While your brain may have initially been shaped by conditions out of your control, the brain is extremely malleable,” he writes. “Neuroscience shows you can reshape the brain’s inner architecture much like an athlete shapes her or his body by going to the gym. Through learning new tools, you become the master programmer capable of rewiring your brain.” Donald is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, and teacher. He served as adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University.

When our expectations are met and things go according to plan, we feel accomplished, in control, and on track. But when life does not live up to our expectations, we end up with an “expectation hangover.” Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life by Christine Hassler guides readers on how to overcome when a desired result is not met, an outcome is achieved but it does not give us the feelings we thought it would, life throws us a curveball, or we simply do not feel we are living up to the expectations placed upon us (by ourselves or others). As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country and has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows.

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Inspirational, Personal Development

Jan 02: 1] Success with Your New Year’s Resolutions 2] The Clarity Compass

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Two of the biggest traditions surrounding New Year’s are making resolutions and then not following through with them. Studies have shown New Year’s Resolutions run a paltry 8% success rate. Today, Helene Segura, MA Ed, returns to Conversations Live to help you become a part of that 8% by talking about what goes wrong and how to change it when you make that annual promise to yourself! Helene will be returning in February and March to help support you on your journey, so if you have any questions or challenges you would like her to address, send them to Vicki!

How many times has a project or situation in life or at work gotten so discombobulated that it seemed like you ran into a roadblock, leading to frustration setting in? The Clarity Compass by psychologist Dr. Brit Poulson takes you on a step-by-step journey to overcoming mental obstacles through conscious decision-making and clear perceptions on how to proceed… and succeed!

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Why are New Year’s Resolutions so hard to keep? Nearly everyone has made that annual pledge to improve some facet of their life at one time or another but few have ever stuck to them. Helene Segura, MA Ed takes an in-depth look at what happens between the well-intentioned resolution being made and the moment it gets ditched for old habits and provides advice on what you can do to make it stick this year! Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach her individual clients and keynote and training audiences how to improve their efficiency during their work day so they can have a life outside of it.

The Clarity Compass by Dr. Brit Poulson is an invaluable tool for professionals and individuals in all walks of life looking for a better way to settle disputes, overcome road blocks and achieve the results needed to succeed when life throws obstacles in your way. He uses a step-by-step approach to harness your emotional intelligence by having strategic “Creative Conversations”, discern objective facts from subjective stories, and improve your overall ability to articulate what you need and want. Dr. Poulson is the founder of The Clarity Compass Consulting. He teaches managers and executive-level personnel at professional development workshops for Fortune 500 companies. His background in group psychology provides him with a unique perspective that enables him to help professionals improve their relationships, workplace dynamics and careers.

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