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APR 29: Marc Lesser’s Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader & Ellen Grace O’Brian’s The Jewel of Abundance

Today’s show is all about finding peace and prosperity, personally and profesionally.

Imagine your life if you had the ability to achieve maximum focus without losing flexibility, got more of the right things done, and added to the ultimate goal of bringing more peace into the world?  With his Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, author Marc Lesser dishes up the tools you’ll need for optimum accomplishment without the stress that comes with it.

Marc founded and was CEO of 3 companies, is author of 4 books, and has an MBA degree from New York University. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world.

Later, The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga provides an antidote to the hypermaterialism that poisons our lives.  “When prosperity is equated with material wealth attained for its own sake, the word prosperity loses its deep meaning,” writes author Ellen Grace O’Brian.  For those who seek the fulfillment of both their souls and their material desires, this book is a wellspring of inspiration and intelligent guidance.

Ellen is the director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA, who has been teaching Kriya Yoga philosophy and practice nationally and internationally for over three decades.  She is also a radio host, and award-winning poet who weaves poetry into her teachings on spiritual matters, pointing to the mystical experience beyond words and thought.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

APR 22: Meredith May’s The Honey Bus & Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT

Today’s show kicks off with a buzzworthy guest … literally.  Meredith May learned some of life’s most pivotal lessons about community, loyalty and survival from one of nature’s most fragile and important creatures.  Raised by her fourth generation beekeeper grandfather while her mother’s mental state slowly deteriorated, Meredith’s found everything she needed to know about family was buzzing right there in the hive.  Her new memoir is The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees.

Meredith spent sixteen years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where her narrative reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.  She is a fifth generation beekeeper.

Later, frustrated by how little has changed in the 20 years since first writing about sexual assault in her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson reveals her personal history as a survivor of sexual assault and her journey to healing in her new book SHOUT.  Today, she’ll discuss solutions to this ongoing problem, sharing key insights from among the thousands of women she has interviewed over the last two decades.

Laurie’s is a New York Times bestseller whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults.  In addition to combatting censorship, she regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

APR 15: Dr. James Creighton’s Loving Through Your Differences & Dr. Ronald Frederick’s Loving Like You Mean It

Even the strongest relationships encounter shaky ground … the key is keeping those tremblors from becoming destructive and devastating relationship earthquakes.  Loving Through Your Differences: Building Strong Relationships From Separate Realities explores how your unique emotional reality influences your interactions with the world.  Today, Dr. James Creighton offers tips on how to keep combustible situations in check through expressing your feelings while minimizing blame and accusation, and how the five minute rule can improve your relationships.

Dr. Creighton is a psychologist and relationship consultant who has worked with couples and conducted communications training for more than 50 years.

Later, if you’ve ever frustrated yourself by acting (or reacting) in a way that defies your better judgement, take solace in the fact that we are all hardwired in infancy to act the way we do.  Dr. Ronald J. Frederick joins us today to reveal how to rewire our brains to achieve healthy, secure relationships.  Plus, you’ll learn your attachment style … secure, avoidant, anxious, or fearful-avoidant.

Dr. Frederick has provided innovative and experiential therapy to individuals and couples for over twenty years and actively teaches and trains psychotherapists.  His new book is Loving Like You Mean It: Use the Power of Emotional Mindfulness to Transform Your Relationships.

Finally, to eliminate negative behaviors, you have to find the root and extract it.  “It is our minds that drive the eating bus,” writes nutritionist Carly Pollack in her new book, Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled.  We’ll discuss how to change your story and find the courage to look deep and heal from the inside.

Carly  is the founder of Nutritional Wisdom, a thriving private practice based in Austin, Texas. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a master’s degree in holistic nutrition.

 

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Environment, Lifestyle, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Women's Issues

APR 08: Keep Going with Austin Kleon, National Geographic’s Night Sky Guy, & Dr. Tammy Nelson’s When You’re the One Who Cheats

What do the tough do, when the going gets tough? They Keep Going, which just happens to be the name of Austin Kleon‘s new book where he shares 10 ways to stay creative in good times and bad.

We’ll find out why this “writer who draws” describes himself as a mongrel, and how that benefits his work. Why he says life is for art, and not other way around. And, the big question that many have asked over the past few months in light of scandalous celebrity behavior, can you separate the art from the man, and the man from the art?

Austin Kleon’s New York Times bestselling books include Steal Like an Artist, and Show Your Work.

Want a fun, educational, and free activity to enjoy with your kids? Try star gazing.  Andrew Fazekas, aka the “Night Sky Guy”, turned his life-long passion into his career.  Today, he shares fun science facts such as what causes the elusive “green flash” at sunset. He also discusses his partnership with National Geographic in taking the world’s first open air augmented-reality planetarium to a global audienceExplore the cosmos with him in Backyard Guide to the Night Sky.

A science writer, speaker, and broadcaster Andrew Fazekas writes the StarStruck for National Geographic, and is the author of Star Trek: The Official Guide to Our Universe.

Sex therapist Dr. Tammy Nelson returns to Conversations Live to help unravel confusion and make sense of unfaithful behavior. She’ll offer tips on how to stop cheating, and share advice for those still involved in an affair with When You’re the One Who Cheats: 10 Things You Need to Know.

Tammy Nelson, PhD is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, an author and a licensed psychotherapist with almost thirty years of experience working with individuals and couples.  Enjoy her previous appearance here.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

APR 01: Greg Iles’ Cemetery Road & Glen Hamilton’s Mercy River

Described as the William Faulkner of the Breaking Bad generation, #1 New York Times Bestseller Greg Iles is no stranger to adversity in a career spanning nearly three decades as an author.  Following a car accident that left him in a coma for 8 days, Greg, much like bandmate Stephen King, rejoined the legendary and notorious lit-rock band The Rock Bottom Remainders.  Today we’ll discuss how his body of work has helped put his homestate of Mississippi on the map.

Born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War, Greg spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983.  His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.  His latest is Cemetery Road.

Later, while Glen Hamilton’s novels always begin and end in rain-soaked Seattle, Mercy River stays in the Pacific Northwest as the central plot sees our hero race on a mysterious quest to the arid high desert of central Oregon.  A Seattle native and award-winning author, Glen returns to Conversations Live to discuss the fourth installment in his popular Van Shaw series.

Glen is the current President of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  He is a winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Awards.  A resident of California, he frequently returns to Seattle to soak up the rain.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

MAR 25: Steve Berry’s The Malta Exchange, Kris Frieswick’s The Ghost Manuscript, & Elise Hooper’s Learning to See

Today, Vicki chats with three authors who weave historical twists with fictional tales to create suspenseful page turners!

First, returning guest Steve Berry is noted for his mastery of blending fiction and history into a cocktail of intrigue and deception.  The Malta Exchange, The latest in his best-selling Cotton Malone series, finds the titular character caught in a web of Vatican intrigue that involves the Knights of Malta and lost documents that could change history.

Steve’s novels have been translated into 40 languages with 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

Next, Kris Frieswick’s 20 years of writing experience didn’t prepare her for the journey as she embarked on her first novel.  The Ghost Manuscript is Indiana Jones with a female lead — we see our heroine on a quest to find King Arthur’s tomb that takes readers from Wales, to Boston and eventually to Cape Cod.

Kris is a journalist, editor, humorist, teacher and author whose work has appeared in national magazines, newspapers and books for more than 20 years.

Finally, Seattle based author Elise Hooper gives readers a peek into the life of photographer Dorothea Lange … the woman who captured the real America … in Learning to See.

Elise has taught high school English and history and enjoys highlighting characters in her books who are real woman that have been often overlooked in history books.

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Conservation, Environment, Lifestyle, Social Issues, Travel & Adventure, Women's Issues

MAR 18: Debra Gwartney’s I am a Stranger Here Myself & National Geographic’s 100 Dives of a Lifetime

Returning guest Debra Gwartney, like many women, struggles with the challenges presented when trying to find that authentic connection with where your roots are … or where you are trying to lay them down.  In I am a Stranger Here Myself, Debra weaves frontier history into a personal exploration of womanhood, place, and a sense of belonging.

Debra is a Pacific University Professor, journalist, and author who grew up in Idaho and now tries to find a sense of permanence on on the upper McKenzie River on the west slope of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon.  Listen to her original appearance on Conversations Live here.

National Geographic’s Carrie Miller was initially motivated to learn to dive by great white sharks … and her passion and discoveries have led her to raise awareness of the critical changes we need to make to ensure the future health of our oceans.  You’ll come away from National Geographic’s 100 Dives of a Lifetime knowing why she calls the ocean the heartbeat of our planet.

Carrie has been covering travel for National Geographic since 1998.  She is a two-time Lowell Thomas Award winner and acclaimed contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine.

 

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Personal Development, Women's Issues

MAR 11: Madeline Bernstein’s Expose on Designer Dogs & Ann Grant’s The Divorce Hacker

Designer Dogs: An Exposé Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding — the title of Madeline Bernstein’s new book tells you exactly what we’ll discuss today, and why it’s so important to share this information and raise awareness of crossbreeding atrocities. The breeder who first introduced ‘designer dogs’ in the form of the Labradoodle, says if he knew how far people would take this unhealthy and dangerous obsession, he would never have started it.

Madeline Bernstein is the President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). A frequent speaker and commentator on issues relating to animal welfare, ethics, and law enforcement, she advocates for humane treatment and respect for animals.

You’ve seen countless life hack articles, but what about a hack to get through one of the most difficult events in life?  Ann Grant, JD, offers The Divorce Hacker’s Guide to Untying the Knot for navigating the churning waters of divorce.  Learn how to know when it’s time to give up on therapy, steps you should take BEFORE filing, and the way the new tax law will impact you.  Most importantly, Ann will debunk the notion that a woman can’t create a new and better life on her own.

Ann Grant began her career as a corporate litigator specializing in unfair business practices and consumer fraud. Following her divorce she created her own firm, focusing on family law and a holistic approach to this life transition.

 

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Fiction, Humor, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

MAR 04: Pam Jenoff’s The Lost Girls of Paris & David Morgan’s Monty Python Speaks

Many of returning guest Pam Jenoff’s historical novels have been inspired in part by her work in international affairs at the Pentagon and for the State Department. Her latest is set during and right after World War II, exploring the story of a group of young women who risked their lives in the defiance of Nazi oppression.  The Lost Girls of Paris is an essential and timeless story of survival, loyalty, and the power of sisterhood.

Pam is a New York Times bestselling author of specializing in historical fiction.

Monty Python Speaks: The Complete Oral History of Monty Python is a no-holds-barred look at the Pythons’ legendary sketches and films, told through interviews with Monty Python’s founding members, actors, producers, and collaborators.  Author David Morgan reveals the story behind Spamalot: The Musical, the group’s reaction to their resoundingly successful 2014 reunion, and a touching look at the group without Terry Jones after his 2015 diagnosis of dementia.

David is a senior producer for CBSNews.com, and for CBS’ Emmy Award–winning newsmagazine Sunday Morning. He has written about film production and media issues for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Newsday,  The Hollywood Reporter.

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Career, Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Spirituality

FEB 25: Marc Lesser’s Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader & Ellen Grace O’Brian’s The Jewel of Abundance

Today’s show is all about finding peace and prosperity, personally and profesionally.

Imagine your life if you had the ability to achieve maximum focus without losing flexibility, got more of the right things done, and added to the ultimate goal of bringing more peace into the world?  With his Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, author Marc Lesser dishes up the tools you’ll need for optimum accomplishment without the stress that comes with it.

Marc founded and was CEO of 3 companies, is author of 4 books, and has an MBA degree from New York University. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world.

Later, The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga provides an antidote to the hypermaterialism that poisons our lives.  “When prosperity is equated with material wealth attained for its own sake, the word prosperity loses its deep meaning,” writes author Ellen Grace O’Brian.  For those who seek the fulfillment of both their souls and their material desires, this book is a wellspring of inspiration and intelligent guidance.

Ellen is the director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA, who has been teaching Kriya Yoga philosophy and practice nationally and internationally for over three decades.  She is also a radio host, and award-winning poet who weaves poetry into her teachings on spiritual matters, pointing to the mystical experience beyond words and thought.

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