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Apr 04: 1] The Guide for an Amicable Divorce 2] Frientimacy ~ PODCAST

Not all of the more than two million American divorces this year will be contentious, acrimonious affairs. Wendy Paris, the author of Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce offers tips on avoiding dueling lawyers, venom in the probate court, and how not to accumulate a fortune in legal fees.

In Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness, author, speaker and friendship expert Shasta Nelson provides the blueprint for nurturing friendships to help enhance your own inner harmony.

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After announcing her intention to split with her husband journalist and author Wendy Paris was surprised by the doom-and-gloom forecasts from some of her friends. Intent on making it an amicable process, she set out to discover the truth about today’s divorce, and to separate the myths from the facts. The resulting book, Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce, challenges the negative assumptions and biased reporting about divorce. Wendy worked as a print and electronic journalist for more than 20 years, covering relationships, culture, art, dating and marriage. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, The New York Observer, The Guardian, Marketplace Radio, Travel & Leisure, and others.

Friendships can be complicated, and sometimes it’s hard to tell how strong your relationships with others are. That is where Shasta Nelson comes in with Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness. She covers a wide range of friendship building subjects, headlined by the frientimacy triangle: Positivity, consistency, and vulnerability as the three essentials for building intimacy in friendship. She also demonstrates the 5 major obstacles to intimacy and how to overcome them, why friendship should be the “rock” that you schedule the rest of your life around, and why sometimes when you feel like you give more than you take in a friendship, you might be surprised at how much you receive from your friends that you don’t even recognize. Shasta is an author, public speaker and shows such as Katie Couric and The Today Show have sought her out as an expert guest.

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Mar 28: 1] Taste, Art, and the Cultural Revolution 2] Become Thin From Within ~ PODCAST

In American Foodie: Taste, Art and the Cultural Revolution, food expert and Sommelier Dwight Furrow examines the contemporary fascination with food and culinary arts not only as global spectacle, but also as an expression of control, authenticity, and playful creation for individuals in a homogenized, and increasingly public, world.

For many of us, losing weight is not the problem… it’s keeping it off for good. Thin From Within: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss by Joseph J. Luciani PhD (aka Dr. Joe) provides a tangible self-coaching system that successfully takes self-sabotage off the table.

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When you think of the word cuisine, what comes to mind? Burgers? Barbecue? While it’s likely neither of those are amongst your answers, they are distinctly American. One of the things food expert and Sommelier Dwight Furrow examines in American Foodie: Taste, Art and the Cultural Revolution is the history of food in America and what elements have kept us from being mentioned among the world’s finest cuisine. He also tackles the philosophy of the ever increasing foodie craze, as well as 10 reasons to eat mindfully (that have nothing to do with losing weight.) Dwight is a professor of Philosophy at San Diego Mesa College. He writes on the philosophy of food and wine, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. He is a columnist for Sommelier Insight and a contributor to Three Quarks Daily.

From his own emotional struggle with food, Joseph J. Luciani PhD (aka Dr. Joe) developed a proven, psychologically based method to change one’s psychology of eating, and learn to replace old, destructive habits with an empowered mindset that builds the confidence and self-discipline needed to keep the weight off. In Thin From Within: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss) he offers self-coaching tips, a 3-step self talk, and a great way to asses your own situation with his food addiction self quiz. Dr. Joe is a practicing clinical psychologist and internationally bestselling author. He is an in-demand speaker featured frequently in major media, including MSNBC, CNBC, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, NPR, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Fitness, Health, Shape, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Mar 21: 1] Clearing Emotional Clutter 2] Expectation Hangover ~ PODCAST

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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Mar 07: 1] Hard Cold Winter 2] Infinite Awareness ~ PODCAST

Last year Seattle native Glen Erik Hamilton introduced readers to disillusioned Army Sergeant turned vigilante, Van Shaw in Past Crimes… which has now been nominated for an Edgar Award… and now he’s back in Hard Cold Winter, which just received a starred review from Library Journal: “From the very first page, this thriller is clever, timely, and definitely an attention grabber.” Glen will be appearing at University Bookstore in Seattle with J.A. Jance on 3/16/16 at 6 PM, and at Eagle Harbor Books in Bainbridge Island the next night (3/17/16) at 7:30 PM.

As a neuroscientist, Marjorie Woollacott had no doubt the brain was a purely physical entity controlled by chemicals and electrical pulses. After experimenting with meditation for the first time, however, her view changed. Now, years of meditation have caused her to question the reality she built her career upon, forcing her to ask what human consciousness really is. Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind pairs her research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power. Marjorie will be speaking at the Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island on Sunday, February 28, 2016 and University Bookstore in Seattle on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

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With Hard Cold Winter, the follow-up to his succesful debut novel, Past Crimes, Glen Erik Hamilton proves he’s no one-hit wonder and has quickly become one of the most electrifying new voices in crime writing. Featuring noir overtones, Hard Cold Winter explores just how far one will go to seek justice and the thin line that separates justice from vengeance. A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton grew up aboard a sailboat, and spent his youth finding trouble around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific Northwest. He now lives in California with his family, punctuated by frequent visits to his hometown to soak up the rain.

Between the scientific and spiritual worlds, Marjorie Woollacott‘s Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind breaks open the definition of human consciousness to investigate the existence of a non-physical and infinitely powerful mind. It’s both a memoir and an exploration of her experiences, first, as a neuroscientist and professor, but later, as a meditator, with mystical experiences unexplained by scientific understanding describing her discoveries as she worked to meld these two parts of her life together. Marjorie has been a neuroscience professor and director of the Motor Control Lab in the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Oregon for more than three decades and a meditator for almost four. She has ongoing grants from National Institutes of Health to study balance and falls in older adults and to study balance and control problems in children with Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

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Feb 29: 1] The Four Purposes of Life 2] Succulent Wild Love ` PODCAST

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-author SARK’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.”

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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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Feb 22: 1] Iditarod: Fast Into the Night 2] The Great Human Race ~ PODCAST

Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry in the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, FAST INTO THE NIGHT: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail is the memoir of Debbie Clarke Moderow and her spunky pack of Huskies, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt…and soldiers on.

National Geographic Channel (NGC) retraces humanity’s journey across the globe in the epic new series, The Great Human Race. Two experts embark on a mission to retrace a migratory route of our ancestors, from where man first walked the Earth, all the way to North America. Today’s guest Cat Bigney , an adventurist and survival instructor from Utah, is one of them.

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At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Clarke Moderow was not your typical musher in the Iditarod, but that’s where she found herself when, less than 200 miles from the finish line, her dogs decided that they didn’t want to run anymore. FAST INTO THE NIGHT: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail is the story of her journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies. The first failed attempt crushed Moderow’s confidence, but after reconnecting with her dogs she returned and ventured again, facing injuries, hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and clashing personalities, both human and canine. Debbie ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes and 32 seconds. In 2013 she graduated from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in creative writing.

The Great Human Race follows two experts on a mission to retrace a migratory route of our ancestors, from where man first walked the Earth, all the way to North America. Bill Schindler, a top experimental archaeologist and primitive technologist from Washington College, and Cat Bigney, an adventurist and survival instructor from Utah, trek across the planet, enduring miles of treacherous terrain along one of the paths of humankind’s first footsteps. Cat is an experienced outdoor survival expert, anthropologist and primitive survival instructor, teaching since 2000. She spent much of her unconventional childhood in a teepee and out exploring the Wasatch Mountains. She has collaborated with some of the top survival experts in the world and earned a degree in Anthropology and Earth Sciences, with a focus in Archaeology.

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Feb 15: 1] Thinsulin: Lose Weight for Life 2] Master Job Interviews 3] Boost Your Brand ~ PODCAST

Don’t be a yoyo. With so many diets on the market, it’s easy to get into a pattern of losing weight, gaining it back, losing it again, and getting caught in that cycle. Dr. Charles Nguyen M.D. introduces The Thinsulin Program to get the body and mind on the same page to help maintain that weight loss for life.

Career Press founder and publisher Ron Fry is up next to help you ace your next job interview. His 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions will give you the perspective you need… a job interview, after all, is a mutual meeting… to dazzle.

Whether your developing your personal brand or business brand, storytelling is an essential skill in today’s world. Screenwriter, playwright, author and professor Richard Krevolin shows you how in The Hook: How to Share Your Brand’s Unique Story to Engage Customers, Boost Sales, and Achieve Heartfelt Success.

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The American Medical Association (AMA) declared obesity as a disease in June 2013. Successful treatment therefore requires more than just willpower, education, medication or surgery. It requires a paradigm shift that addresses psychological factors and changing the way we think about food. This is the missing link that The Thinsulin Program, co-written by Dr. Charles Nguyen M.D. , addresses. It offers a medical breakthrough by uniquely harnessing the synergy between the working of the body and the power of the mind to manage obesity. Dr. Nguyen is the medical director of the Lorphen Medical Weight Loss Clinic. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of California, Irvine, where he completed his psychiatry residency training and, as a faculty member, won excellence in teaching awards for seven consecutive years. He also won the Thomas F. Riley Community Service Award, the NAMI Bridge Builder Award, and the 2010 Orange County Physicians of Excellence Award. That year, Orange Coast Magazine recognized him as best physician.

No matter how good you look, how much research you’ve done, or how perfectly your qualifications match the job description, if you’re not prepared with great answers to the toughest interview questions, you won’t get the job. 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions is a manual that will help you home in on exactly what the interviewer is trying to learn…with each and every question he or she asks. If you’ve never done well on interviews, never even been on a job interview, or just want to make sure a lousy interview doesn’t cost you a job you really want, author Ron Fry will help you get that job. Ron is a nationally known proponent for the improvement of public education and an advocate for parents and students. In addition to being the author of the best-selling How to Study series, he has written more than 30 other books in the areas of education and careers. He is the founder and president of Career Press, an internationally known independent publisher of trade nonfiction books.

Corporations can no longer just worship the bottom line. Consumers and customers want to be associated with brands that align with their values. For business success today, your company needs to tell a compelling story that creates engagement, word-of-mouth, and brand loyalty. The Hook: How to Share Your Brand’s Unique Story to Engage Customers, Boost Sales, and Achieve Heartfelt Success by Richard Krevolin gives you a proven methodology to create a compelling narrative, then shows you how to share your story with the world and get consumers and customers to listen to and remember your message. Richard is an award-winning screenwriter, author, playwright, and professor. A graduate of Yale University, Richard went on to earn a masters degree in screenwriting at UCLA’s School of Cinema-Television, and a master’s degree in playwriting and fiction from USC.

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Feb 08: 1] Seasons Among the Vines 2] The Disease Delusion ~ PODCAST

Full of international escapades, unforeseen disasters, and new-world twists on old-world secrets, Seasons Among the Vines: Life Lessons from the California Wine Country and Paris paints a picture of flourishing and following a dream even after suffering a great loss, as author Paula Moulton embarked on her journey nearly 10 years after her husband was killed in a car accident. Also today, Seattle’s Dr. Jeffrey Bland introduces us to Healthcare 2.0 in The Disease Delusion… and how his healthcare model opens the door to conquering chronic disease! Enjoy this encore broadcast of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair… Vicki returns live next week!

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Nearly ten years after her husband was killed in a car accident and three days before the 2003 release of the first edition of Seasons Among the Vines: Life Lessons from the California Wine Country and Paris, author Paula Moulton took a risk and enrolled in a wine management program at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The second edition of her book details the adventures that ensue as she struggles to cope with the rigors of the French academic system, life as a cellar rat in Bergerac, and an internship as a sommelier at a prestigious restaurant. Paula is the CEO of A Sip Away, a viticulturist and award-winning winemaker with over 25 years in the business.

We are living in an era of chronic disease, but according to Seattle area biochemist Dr. Jeffrey Bland we no longer need to be. In The Disease Delusion, Dr. Bland notes that science has opened the door for a new kind of healthcare which can be practiced by everyone, providing a way to conquer the causes of these debilitating conditions rather than treating the symptoms with pills. Dr. Bland is an internationally recognized leader in nutritional medicine and is known for his ability to simplify complex scientific concepts to make them personable and accessible.

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Feb 01: 1] Dream House 2] Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe ~ PODCAST

Lush with sensory detail and emotional complexity, Dream House is about family, home, and an architect’s journey to understand the crippling hold one house has on her. Author Catherine Armsden combines her expertise in architecture with a life-long interest in writing, which got a boost when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, as on many days all that was required was to show up at her computer with something to say.

Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe returns today to bring attention to two upcoming important anniversaries that many are not aware of which she memorializes in two projects. There is a Field is a play about Land Day, an annual commemoration of land dispossession and the killings of Palestinian citizens of Israel in 1976, which has it’s 40th anniversary on March 30th. Witness Bahrain takes a stunning look at Bahrain’s uprising, when hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets calling for democracy and human rights in Bahrain–and were met by violent repression from the Bahraini regime, repression which continues until today.

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In the months following her parents’ fatal car accident in Maine, architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart, anxious with her two young children, alienated by her clients’ grand house dreams and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco. While she and her sister Cassie are cleaning out their childhood home on the coast of Maine, they stir up painful memories and resentments over family possessions. A legendary collection of historically significant letters is missing from the artifacts they unearth, supporting a decades-old suspicion that their aunt or estranged cousin has stolen them. Catherine Armsden draws on her real-life experiences as an architectural expert and historian in penning Dream House, which was written after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and both mentally and physically confined to her computer desk, and is the culmination of a lifetime interest in writing.

The coming months bring two important anniversaries. February 14 is the 5-year anniversary of Bahrain’s uprising, when hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets calling for democracy and human rights in Bahrain–and were met by violent repression from the Bahraini regime, repression which continues until today. And March 30 is the 40-year anniversary of Land Day, an annual commemoration of land dispossession and the killings of Palestinian citizens of Israel in 1976. Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe brings attention to both events in her film Witness Bahrain and her original play There is a Field, using both projects as a call to action, willing to risk her freedom to put these events on a platform for the world to become aware of the reality of what happened on these fateful days.

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Jan 25: 1] Old Dog Haven 2] King County Library System ~ PODCAST

Old Dog Haven is a small nonprofit group using a large network of foster homes to provide a loving, safe home for abandoned senior dogs for as long as they have good quality of life. Placement Director Tina Nasbeth and Outreach Coordinator Paula Moreschi join us today to raise awareness for these canine castaways.

Today we’ll also be joined by Gary Wasdin, director for the King County Library System, to talk about the library’s new emphasis on generating community conversations on important topics, which will be sparked by their 2016 Everyone’s Talking About It initiative, encouraging everyone to make positive change by communicating and growing together.

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Old Dog Haven is a network of permanent foster homes for abandoned aging dogs to spend the remainder of their lives with a loving family. Through Old Dog Haven, all veterinary care is paid for, currently over $60,000 per month, and placement assistance is a priorty to people who need to re-home their senior dog. Despite the challenges of capacity (there is always a waiting list of dogs needing homes), funding and staffing (volunteers handle everything from PR to social media and event planning), Placement Director Tina Nasbeth and Outreach Coordinator Paula Moreschi share a passion for these furry friends that keeps them from ever becoming discouraged in making sure every one of them is healthy and happy in their twilight years.

The best way to engender positive change in any community is with communication, and King County Library System is looking to lead the charge towards bringing the community together with their 2016 Everyone’s Talking About It initiative. The goal is to spark an open forum where anyone can get involved, leading to wide participation in discussing topics that matter. KCLS director Gary Wasdin helps to kick off the campaign with Conversations Live.

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