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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Inspirational, Memoir, Self-help

Mar 13: 1] Will Your Way Back 2] To Pixar and Beyond

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There’s adversity, and there’s extreme adversity. Most of us can handle life’s daily ups and downs. But how do you cope when doctors tell you there’s a good chance you’ll never walk again? What goes through your mind? How do you wrap your head around a forever changed life?

Will Your Way Back: How One Man Overcame Tragedy with a Winning Mindset chronicles James H. Osborne’s inspirational 9-year recovery from a road cycling accident, which rendered him quadriplegic. James said he had three choices, give up, accept it or … choose to fight. He chose to fight.

To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History is the never-before-told story of Pixar’s improbable success.

It’s the story of an animation company that was $50 million in the red, until Steve Jobs called Lawrence Levy one day, and made him the offer of a lifetime.

Working daily with Jobs, Levy became CFO of Pixar and implemented a plan that transformed the Toy Story company into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories — it made Jobs a billionaire and resulted in a $6 billion sale to Disney. Levy shares his journey and how the ancient Buddhist philosophy, The Middle Way, played into his personal and business success.

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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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Conservation, Environment, Inspirational, Memoir

Feb 20: 1] NATGEO Soul of the Cat 2] No Barriers

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Talking with Erik Weihenmayer about the way he lives his life, and helps others live theirs, is beyond inspirational.

Weihenmayer astounded the world when he became the first, and only, blind person to climb Mount Everest. He’s also the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on each continent.

And as if that wasn’t enough, along the way he took blind Nepalese teenagers climbing, and helped navigate injured soldiers through the mountains.

Today, he shares stories from his memoir,  No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon — an inspirational odyssey through Ecuador and Peru, to Nepal and Tibet. Weihenmayer embodies the motto of his organization, No Barriers: “What’s in You is Greater than What’s in Your Way.”

Also today: In just 50 years, the number of lions on our planet dropped from 450,000 to 20,000.  Who better to shed light on this than the Jouberts, back from Botswana, just in time for Big Cat Week.

Derek and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers who have been National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence for more than four years. They helped establish the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic to raise awareness and halt the decline of these magnificent mammals.  This year’s Big Cat Week features their latest film, Soul of the Cat, which takes an in-depth look at how domestic cats and their wild cousins are as alike as they are different.

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Personal Development

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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Personal Development

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.

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Personal Development

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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Jan 23: 1] Body Intelligence 2] Out of the Doghouse

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Sinking into a bad mood is easy and feelings can quickly snowball into a big black funk. Psychologist  Joseph Cardillo returns to tell us how to take control of our own energy — and reverse harmful moods — using the revolutionary methods shared in his book, Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life.

Dr. Cardillo is an inspirational speaker and expert on energy teaching. He is a best-selling author of books in the fields of health, mind-body-spirit, and psychology. And has 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 a “roadmap for rebuilding trust, restoring intimacy, and salvaging a damaged relationship” says Weiss.  

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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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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