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The Debbie Nigro Show
43 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
Helluva Lesson In Family Business From 2nd Gen CEO
There are 5.5 Million 'Family Businesses' in America That Employ About 98 Million People. Family Business is a very tricky dynamic says Joe Armentano, CEO of Paraco Gas Corporation, one of the most highly recognizable brands in the propane industry. Joe is about to release his first book, detailing the incredible entrepreneurial journey of Paraco Gas that started with his Dad Pat back in 1968 in Mt Vernon, N.Y. “A Helluva Ride" includes the inside stories of his family-owned and operated company which he has overseen over the last 40 years and shares some important lessons learned in business and in life. With more than 425 employees, 28 locations, and $150 million in annual revenue, Paraco is the largest independent propane marketer in the Northeast. Over the last 40 years, Joe has overseen Paraco’s tremendous growth, acquiring 53 companies primarily independent propane companies and family businesses. Today, Paraco services over 110,000 residential and commercial customers. Through its barbecue exchange program, Paraco’s cylinders are found in the homes of over one million consumers. In our candid and warm conversation Joe Armentano and I discuss growing up in family business, passing the torch to the next generation and about employees who work for family businesses. We also discuss candidly the often painful internal struggles of family business dynamics, like the hard decision about 'who' of the family members should be next in charge to run with that business. In this podcast of our entire live radio show we hit on topics like 'are you born an entrepreneur or do you become one?' (hmmm), and we run through Joe's 'Top Ten Family Business Lessons'. A very 'real' been there, done that, list - that will surely benefit anyone involved in a 'Family Business.' By the way, Joe Armentano doesn’t consider himself an entrepreneur because he didn’t start the business from scratch, his father did. More of a Professional CEO/ Manager than entrepreneur, Joe admits he didn't originally intend to go into the family business. He'd made a commitment to self development and went off to NY's Fordham University (with the intent to be a lawyer) then to NY's Iona College for an MBA in Finance when he was 30. Joe feels it's critical for family business members to get work experience outside the company. His own job is to make himself 'replaceable' knowing if something should happen to him the business could and would carry on. Enjoy our conversation.
15 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
More Older Women Are Dating Younger Men
It's An Official Dating Trend: More Older Women Are Dating Younger Men Julie Spira America’s Top Online Dating Expert & Digital Matchmaker says yes it's a trend and it's because women have more independence and economic stability these days and because younger men like an older woman's confidence. 'Confidence' Julie says, is sexy at any age. I love Julie Spira who I met back in college. When I saw she joined the TODAY show on this subject the other day I invited her to join me to talk more about what's going on in the 2021 dating world. Julie was involved in the TODAY show segment with special anchor Maria Shriver and three couples with different age gaps talking about inter-age relationships. Julie knows this stuff better than anyone. She's an award-winning dating coach, internationally-known bestselling author and the go-to person in the media for online dating and mobile dating advice. Based in LA she has clients from NY to San Francisco and from London to Sydney. With over two decades of experience, she coaches singles from college-age to the large population of baby-boomers who are looking for a first or second chance at love. Many celebrities too! Through a combination of online dating profiles, mobile dating apps, email etiquette, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Julie helps singles shorten their search to find their dream dates. Oh and Julie said, "October is 'cuffing season"! (Who knew?) A time when even the most commitment phobic men decide they want to be in a committed relationship. She added, this seasons 'cuffing season' is gonna be off the charts because people are looking for meaningful connections after Covid to combat the loneliness they've all felt. During Covid, online dating habits changed and the zip code and age range restrictions got tossed out the window, and she says there will be more of that moving forward. "People are working from home and people will move for love", and Julie knows a lot of guys who have moved across the world and across the country for women they love. She says, if you’re online dating don't get hung up on someone having to live in the same county or the right side of the freeway. 86% of singles Julie polled during Covid said ‘finding a meaningful connection’ was the most important thing, as compared to let's get back to hooking up like we used which only accounted for 3% of respondents. Julie shared that the majority of people are really longing for that meaningful connection and a committed relationship and with the holidays around the corner you’re gonna see a lot of activity during 'cuffing season'. Her advice for people getting back in the dating game right now? -Cast a much wider net. If somebody writes to you and they’re far, so what, nobody stays in the same home forever -Write a new profile whatever you wrote before is old news. Start from scratch get great new photos and post 6-8 photos. You’re only as good as your worst photo she says and don’t over filter them. -Keep your profile short and brief. And no more playing the waiting game! If someone writes you write back same day, within the same hour or within the next 4 hour window. -If you like someone when you meet them and it's mutual make a next date right then and there before you leave. -Don’t think when you meet it's a 'connection'? Don't initiate a next message because you don’t want to send a rejection letter. But if the other person connects you should politely respond that you didn't feel the connection needed for the long term relationship you're seeking. -And always remember… Hearts are fragile. If you're in the dating pool or involved in online dating you'll enjoy listening to what Julie Spira has to say about it all in our warm conversation here.
26 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Moving Forward After Profound Loss
Getting Through Profound Loss Is Not Simple As Many Of You Reading This Likely Know. Susan Sall Warner's son died by suicide 3 years ago and her husband unexpectedly died from cancer 6 months later. (Correction from the '3' months mentioned in the podcast conversation) Very tough losses to move on from. Susan graciously agreed to talk with me about the often taboo subject of suicide, about what one is supposed to say to a mother who's endured such a tragedy, about how she endured the double whammy of the unexpected loss of her husband soon after, and how a 'widow -woman- human' who's suffering such pain moves on. Susan says she lives her life by 'going forward, but not moving beyond'. Susan started writing about it all and talking about it. About the depth of loneliness, the horrible pain, the empty heart and then the mindset to move forward and rediscover, reinvent and enjoy life to the fullest. Her message began to resonate with others who had also suffered the loss of a spouse, a child, a parent, a sibling and she felt she was really making an impact and helping others heal with her message... "That with loss - life doesn’t have to end, and it does not need to DEFINE them." Susan is now helping others who've suffered profound loss move forward and has become both a motivational speaker and writer on the subject. She's also continuing to do her work as independent College Counselor. Susan joined me for a heartfelt conversation on suicide, loss, a mothers pain, a widows pain and more as we closed out September which is Suicide Prevention Month.
15 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
'Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old'
What Age is Old? Hmmm I'm 'Delusionally Young' So I Don't Really Know How To Answer. What I do know, is people nowadays don’t want to age the way their parents or grandparents did. For the 70 Million Baby Boomers 55+ in U.S. 'old age' always seems to start 'tomorrow.' Award Winning NY Times Contributor Steven Petrow agrees this generation does not want to age the way previous generations did and neither does he, so he wrote a whole new blueprint. To find out if you're old (lol) and get some great inspiration for your own 'new old age' you should check out Steven's terrific new book called 'Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old' inspired by watching his own parents getting older. Getting older is a privilege Steven reminds us, and he reveals how to do it with grace, wisdom, humor and hope. PS On the subject of age...make a note. If you call me 'Miss' vs M'aam you'll always get a bigger tip. Wink.
10 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
MARVEL-ous Stunt Woman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard
Janeshia Adams-Ginyard is very cool and very talented. A 'stunt woman extraordinaire' you've probably seen her perform her incredible stunt work in movies like Avengers, Black Panther, True Blood and her recent Emmy nominated work in Lovecraft Country! Janeshia's currently working on the set of her latest project, a new untitled Marvel Production, but she stopped by to chat right before the Emmy Awards. This year for the very first time the Academy created an Emmy Award for OUTSTANDING STUNT PERFORMANCE. And although there were other women nominated as part of a stunt team, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard was the only woman to receive an EMMY nomination as an individual, in a field that has been traditionally dominated by men. Go Janeshia! Janeshia's wardrobe closet sure must have a load of range. I doubt you'd suspect what she did for a living if you ran into her wearing the outfit in the first photo which looks like she just came from Church. No doubt you'd have a better clue if you ran into her in the supermarket wearing that warrior outfit which quite frankly I wish I could borrow for the weekend. Would sure take my 'weekend sporty' look to a whole new level. Speaking of sporty, Janeshia said all she wanted to do was sports since she was 9 year old, and shared as life went on it was 'sports' that got her through everything. Her stunt work is an amazing extension of her love of sport and surely a unique way to utilize her athletic abilities. Is Janeshia Adams-Ginyard fearless? "I'm a trained a professional not a daredevil" she said. Adding that if she feels any fear or resistance she will just say no to a stunt. What's the craziest thing she's done as a stunt woman? Well she's been set on fire three times. And then there was that 'falling over the railing backwards down the stairs' fall that was pretty scary she said. Wow scary stuff for sure falling over a railing backwards down the stairs. Actually sounded to me as she was saying it like a potential senior citizen injury. So I was thinking...wouldn't Janeshia be the perfect gal to teach seniors how to fall properly? She sure would be! She actually loved the idea and agreed seniors could prevent a lot of broken bones by learning how to fall the right way. I assume she'll get right on that idea after her next Marvel Movie. LOL Great gal. You'll enjoy our conversation.
10 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
Discovered A New Place To Take Some Fun Shots
My gal pal Lisa who lives far from me had missed me during Covid. She texted me to come join her for some networking fun at a place called Pinstripes in Norwalk, CT. Her gal pal Sherry who I love, had taken over the Director Of Sales position there. I'd never heard of Pinstripes. Sounded to me like it might be a baseball joint or sports venue. I love my pal Lisa and she told me to bring my other half Dave, and Dave and I said what the heck and went for a change of pace. I'm so glad we did. We had so much fun and were so impressed with the place (not a baseball joint) I thought some of you might want to check it out. 'Pinstripes' Bocce Bowling and Bistro entertainment venues started in Chicago and they're expanding around the country. They're all about best in class food and experiential entertainment. Norwalk, CT is their 13th location. 5 more locations are opening in N.J. and Florida. Founder and CEO Dale Schwartz was just quoted in Forbes as saying the plan is open 100 more over the next 10-15 years. The Pinstripes we went to was up on the rooftop of the brand new Norwalk, CT mall I'd heard so much about but never seen. Needless to say Malls are now betting on 'experiences' more than shows to draw a crowd. Whoever decorated Pinstripes needs to come to my house and decorate for me. Such a cool vibe. 'Pinstripes' in this case refers to the kind you might see in 'classy Italian suits'. So it's no surprise the place is classy and the Italian American food is made from scratch. Great food and wine and drinks, but family friendly too. Love the choice of high and low tables and comfortable bars to dine at. You can also be served at the bowling lanes while sitting in comfortable leather couches. And there are 3 cool Bocce courts inside and one outside and the outdoor area also has a fire pit. Let's talk about Bowling. I love it. I was once a kick ass bowler but it's been 8 years since I bowled, mostly because the last time I did I snapped a body part. My then date (Dave) had to lend me his late mothers cane still in his trunk to get me out of the alley. I miss bowling and heard my own advice in my head, “Risk It or Regret It!" so I stirred up some good commotion by being first to say let's bowl! Before you knew it everybody had bowling shoes on whether they were good or not, and we all had a ball. Bowling is great for camaraderie. Pinstripes encourages local businesses to use the place for that purpose. The Norwalk location has 23 luxury lanes with full service so that's a nice way to business bond. Now let's talk Bocce. Did you know Bocce is the 3rd most participated sport in the world? Way back my typically low key Italian Grandma Garfield surprised everybody when she made the local newspapers as a contender for the Annual Sambuca Romana Bocce Tournament. I found the ripped clipping. (1981I think) Grandma didn't play any sports so we had no idea she was a Bocce babe. That's the thing about Bocce. Anybody of any age or ability can play it, and anybody can be good at it. It’s a marquee sport in the Special Olympics. Bocce as a Special Olympics sport provides social contact. Don't’ know how to play bocce? No problem. Pinstripes puts out instructions and the staff will also explain how to play. The balls by the way are light, not heavy like bowling balls. Pinstripes In Norwalk, CT is a 27,000 square foot full service Italian American bistro restaurant with lots of space for the current #1 participation sport in the world …social distancing. They do weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, bar mitvahs and catering and they have a roof top patio. The bowling lanes can be semi private or private for any occasion including corporate team building. You'd think from this conversation with Pinstripes Sherry Wyatt that I hadn't been anywhere exciting in a year. I loved the fun of re-connecting with my friend and loved the whole fun experience and wanted to share it. “People are missing not just dining but reconnecting with friends and family,” Dale Schwartz Founder and CEO of Pinstripes (FORBES)
10 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Rest Assured When Your Name Is A Rest Stop You've Arrived!
Soon You'll See This Billboard In New Jersey. They're About To Re-Name Their Garden State Parkway Rest Stops After Home Town Celebs! You're encouraged to stop by and besides reaching for a cool drink, maybe pick up some life inspiration shared by these Jersey icons as to how to reach for your own stars. Steve Edwards is President of The New Jersey Hall of Fame which is overseeing the project. He joins me for a fun conversation to share the back story, talk about the home town celebs getting the honor and share all the cool things each rest stop will soon feature. Also how and when they're going to roll out this re-name change game. Millions travel the Garden State Parkway including me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who won't miss pulling into a rest stop called 'Cheesequake' which is truly a brain stinging taste bud confusing name. Calling it the 'Jon Bon Jovi' service area will leave no doubt. All nine celebs being honored with their own service areas in NJ are members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame! Here's a list of the rest stops and the names they're about to be changed to. Montvale: James Gandolfini Service Area Brookdale North: Larry Doby Service Area Brookdale South: Connie Chung Service Area Vauxhall: Whitney Houston Service Area Cheesequake: Jon Bon Jovi Service Area Monmouth: Judy Blume Service Area Forked River: Celia Cruz Service Area Atlantic: Frank Sinatra Service Area Ocean View: Toni Morrison Service Area I love upbeat fun stories like this. And I like the point of it. “We encourage patrons in each service area to identify with one of our inductees and take to heart the advice our inductees provide on how to reach the pinnacle of their respective professions,” said Steve Edwards, President of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “ The rest is up to you!” BTW: The New Jersey Turnpike Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on renaming the nine service areas in honor of notable New Jerseyans. (Unanimous anything in 2021 is like wow impressive) PS: There will be no change to the following names of the service areas on the NJ Turnpike. Grover Cleveland, Thomas Edison, Alexander Hamilton, Vince Lombardi, Molly Pitcher, Richard Stockton, Walt Whitman.
10 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
New Role Models In Barbie Dolls Honoring Frontline Workers
Barbie Dolls Are Now Honoring Front Line Workers! Mattel, Inc. just announced that Barbie® will donate $5 for the sale of every eligible Barbie doctor, nurse and paramedic doll sold at Target during August to the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), benefiting the children of first responders. These special Barbie dolls give children the opportunity to role-play with everyday heroes who show up for us in emergencies 365 days a year. LOVE THIS! Go Barbie Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children's foundation joined me for a great conversation that makes me love Barbie more now than I did as a kid. As a kid I liked her hair, her playhouse and Ken better than her, because quite frankly her swanky lanky physique just made my chubby one feel inept. But times have changed and so has Barbie. With over 200 careers, Barbie continues to celebrate role models, as every child imagines that they can be anything, but actually seeing that they can, and hearing the stories of others, makes all the difference. Jillian Crane said , “Mattel and Barbie showed up for First Responders Children's Foundation at the beginning of the pandemic. With their generous donations, we gave some joy to children across the country during a very difficult and scary time. With Mattel's financial support, we bought thousands of hotel room nights with food stipends for first responders on the frontlines." Very Cool. Jillian added, "This exciting new partnership with Mattel, Barbie and Target will support our Power of Play Program which focuses on the social, emotional and behavioral well-being of children. BTW: This is a continuation of Mattel’s #ThankYouHeroes signature program, launched last year as part of the company’s broader “Play it Forward” platform, focused on leveraging Mattel’s iconic brands to give back to communities in times of need.
15 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Do You Have The Guts To Go On A Spaceflight ?
Would You Go On a Spaceflight? Could Your Body Take It? While watching Richard Branson and Crew and then Jeff Bezos and crew take their historic flights this Summer in real time all I could think about was... no way I'm going. I don't do underground tunnels or above ground cooped up. So I can't even imagine outer space cooped up! Also I don't like feeling heavy. Did you know the people on board these sort of missions feel 3.5 times their normal weight on their way to an altitude of more than 50 miles? I panic when I feel 10 pounds heavier so I'm out. Also what about getting nauseous on a space flight? Can't even say the word or think about it. Who does think about these things is my pal Glenn Butler, who will tell you what happens to your body on a spaceflight because he's spent a lifetime on this subject. His book 'Bending Atmospheres' is getting rave reviews. Glenn has over 50 years of experience in military, scientific, commercial diving, aerospace and hyper-hypobaric engineering, research and clinical operations. He's the founder and CEO of Life Support Technologies (LST) group. Founded in 1984, LST’s initial mission was to transfer deep diving/hyperbaric technologies and oxygen enriched air (nitrox) diving and oxygen safety techniques to NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of Defense. Today, LST’s group of companies specializes in advanced wound care, hyperbaric medicine, hyperbaric tunneling and aerospace hypobaric consulting and engineering services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, LST has been instrumental in aiding Metro New York hospitals with hyperbaric therapies and other life-saving measures. Over the course of his career, Glenn and key associates have developed and provided advanced commercial and military deep diving and saturation techniques decompression tables and equipment. Currently, he has 12 deep diving/hyperbaric technologies patents and 48 peer-reviewed scientific papers. As of 2021, Glenns’ professional appointments include the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Hyperbaric Safety Committee; the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panels Support Surface Standards Committee; and NFPA-99 Healthcare Facilities Codes Hyperbaric Facilities Committee (2005 edition). Because of what I learned from Glenn, I actually tried the hyperbaric oxygen chamber to speed up some slow healing after my breast cancer surgery. I share that story candidly and Glenn shares a lot of great candid information here in our warm and interesting conversation so you’ll know what to expect on your spaceflight. (Send me a postcard because I’m not going)
15 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Love That This Girl Risked Her Dream At 17
You Know I Love a Girl Who Risks Her Dreams! New York-based rising pop starlet Amanda Ayala risked auditioning for NBC's "The Voice" at only seventeen and her life was changed forever. Her new song was just came out and I play a little taste of it here in the interview on my live show the day before it was released. So happy to introduce you to Amanda. We bonded over taking risks! Her 'single' is available on Spotify. It's called 'Seventeen'. It's a nostalgic summer anthem for anyone who misses their youth. "When people listen to this track I truly hope it takes them back to that age, where they can reminisce on the simpler days when life was just carefree and abundant with those butterfly feelings". (OMG Amanda don't let me get started about those young hot summer romances) 'Seventeen' is an engrossing pop production that draws parallels to the likes of Taylor Swift. The track was produced by Mark Matter, mixed by Mikaelin 'Blue', and mastered by Randy Merrill. With two singles that have already reached Top 100 of the iTunes Rock Chart and Top 100 Hot AC, Amanda is well on her way to securing a spot in the limelight as an artist to watch in 2021 and beyond! I hope you enjoy listening. Great example of 'Risk It! Or Regret It!' Whatever IT is For you!
15 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Do You Have Inherited Jewelry Sitting Somewhere In A Drawer?
Do You Have Inherited Jewelry Just Sitting Somewhere In A Drawer Doing Nothing? How ridiculous is that? Let's get it out and get it on! There’s a talented gal I want to introduce you to who can show you how to 'rejewelvenate' (love that word ) your inherited or out of date jewelry pieces so you can really enjoy the precious memories - but in your own unique style. I take great pride in featuring guests with hard earned credentials who are passionate about what they do. Jennifer Vichinsky is a GIA Graduate Gemologist, jewelry designer, highly ethical appraiser and a super talent with a creative streak. Check out some photos of her cool before and after work. Jennifer’s been in business a long time and truly does some remarkable things to re-invent pieces of jewelry many of which were inherited and carry the memory of people who were loved dearly. For example she’s designing wedding jewelry for a gal that inherited pieces of jewelry from her mother and her grandmother, so that she can bring those memories along with her on her wedding day and beyond. I really loved the story of how Jennifer helped a Grandpa turn his old cufflinks into beautiful earrings for his beautiful granddaughters. (tear jerker) Jennifer consults for free, listens carefully, designs ideas in computer drawings first and presents a choice of metals to bring those ideas to life. Might be fun to look in your drawer and find pieces that are just sitting there or outdated and have her make them into something special for yourself or somebody you’d like to pass on a memory to. Enjoy my live radio conversation with Jennifer Vichnsky posted here as a podcast and check out her website at https://www.rejewelvenateddesigns.com
15 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Unreturned Messages Are Driving Us All Crazy
Unreturned messages driving you crazy? You and everybody else! Too many messages, vague messages and unreturned messages, are all contributing to what innovator and communications expert Sam George calls, the growing ‘dyscommunication crisis’. I don't know about you guys but I'm definitely feeling overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the communication channels I'm supposed to be keeping up with. Between emails, texts, Facebook, Instagram, Linked, Twitter etc., honestly it’s becoming harder and harder to keep up. Obviously it's not just me. Most people are on digital overload and it's causing anxiety. I feel bad if I forget to answer an email or realize I haven't returned a text or call. Usually it's because I meant to, but probably somehow got really busy and maybe forgot and possibly was so busy went on to the next thing. I've also been on the other side of communications where I've sent out something and heard nothing back and then was left wondering - what the heck? The human brain is not wired for digital communication. That’s what Sam George explains in his new book “ I’ll GET BACK TO YOU The Dyscommunication Crisis: Why Unreturned Messages Drive Us Crazy And What To Do About It” . The 'Dyscommunication Crisis' is the cloud of misunderstanding and uncertainty that replaces the staple feedback loop of the past, says Sam. "The brain is the cause of all the challenges right now because the brain wants instant feedback so it can complete the patterns it uses to process information. An unreturned message for example, is a pattern that needs to be completed. When a message is not returned the mind jumps to conclusions and creates a worst-case scenario ending because it’s concrete and completes the pattern. The rational mind is the cause of these irrational thoughts. “ The misconception is created in our heads before there is a response to understand. This is the first time in history that human beings have not had instant feedback by phone or in person. It's the biggest shift in communications ever, says Sam George. It changes everything. With emails and texts now the dominant form of communication, so much is lost. Things like 'a good conversation with someone'. A good conversation is good because it validates each persons full understanding of what was just discussed. None of that validation happens in a digital conversation. When you have a good conversation you feel good! In the digital communication era a whole experience is being lost. People want to know they’ve been heard and people who send emails want to know their message was opened and read. Often emails just get lost in message overload. But there are some things you can do to increase the chances your email will be read, says Sam. One tip? “Don't put a predictable subject line in an email. The key is to put a subject line that creates curiosity. The key is to get people to open your email on the spot and if they do they’re most likely going to return it right away.” I myself often put a whole message in subject line! Nothing left to curiosity there but sure gets to the point if they never open the darn thing. LOL Another Helpful Tip For An Answered Email? Follow Up! "Lots of people are uncomfortable with following up, but Sam says a whopping 75% of people appreciate the reminder!" He suggests when you follow up you don't even reference the unanswered email , rather just cut and paste your old email, put in a different subject line and send it off. "Sending another email quells your anxiety", he says. More real time suggestions for dealing with the reality of our dyscommunication crisis are in Sam Georges new book including 'breathing techniques on the spot' to help to stop the negative loop of thinking in your head. Proven exercises that trigger your mind and quell the cycle in your head he says. For more about Sam George and how to buy his book visit: dyscommunication.com
44 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
'Best In Class CBD' Real Stories Of Miraculous Things
All CBD is NOT the same. All Wellness Practitioners are NOT the same either. Word of mouth from trusted sources typically steer you to the true professionals in any industry. On my first day back in the radio studio since last March 'live' with other humans as in person guests, I did an entire show on CBD. CBD by the way does not stand for 'Come Back Deb' though it's a cute idea since this day was a bit of a comeback for me. you see, right before Covid I fought breast cancer and won. Needless to say I was immuno-compromised and stayed far away from everybody for a long time. I'm now a little more comfortable since I'm vaccinated, 'showing up'. That and my own hair's growing back. So here I am in the WGCH Radio Studio in Greenwich, CT with two 'Best In Class' Guests today. My valued friend and class act businessman Paul Borde the Founder/CEO of PrimaBeeCBD (front) drove in from Chatham, Mass. Dr Adam Massoud (left) is the Chiropractic Physician/Founder Greenwich Wellness 'who literally saved Paul' and inspired him on his CBD journey. The main thing you need to know about CBD is it does not make you feel stoned. It's NOT the stuff that gets you high. It is the stuff that can get you well. 'Staying well' and "getting well" have become priority for many of us after this past year and what I've been hearing first hand about the benefits of CBD have intrigued me A LOT. People are curious and want to know more about it. Me too. I have no clue where to start with it, and I'm a big baby about taking anything new until I'm sure about it. So I'm getting educated and educating all of you who are interested as well. That's why I really felt todays' podcast show should be posted here as a 'full show' vs just the interview excerpts I've been featuring here all throughout Covid. CBD Education! You see All CBD is NOT The Same. All Wellness Practitioners are NOT The Same either. Word of mouth from trusted sources typically steer you to the true professionals. The right CBD is being used to help people with huge success. The CBD buzz is everywhere and it's only going to keep getting louder. Most people have no clue about what they're really buying. It's critical you TRUST the source of CBD because the real deal stuff with the right efficacy can really work wonders for you, for pain relief, inflammation reduction, sleep, anxiety, etc. Not so long ago Paul Borde' was at wits end and could barely walk from a back injury sustained while playing golf. His pain was a '10' on the agony scale. Trying to avoid surgery he decided to trust a referral to highly regarded Greenwich, CT chiropractic physician Dr. Adam Massoud. Dr. Massoud was able to treat Paul successfully and had combined CBD with his treatments. Paul, who didn't even know what CBD was, not only recovered 'pain free' but was so blown away by feeling so great again he started his own best in class CBD company called PrimaBee! The story gets better. He hasn't taken a pain pill in two years and is passionate about helping educate others about CBD as a wellness 'game changer'. Paul and the chiropractic physician who got him well, Dr. Massoud are collaborating so they can help as many other people as possible with the best CBD possibly available. Dr. Massoud will tell you he cannot keep CBD on his shelves in his practice. Paul Borde' is a sweetheart of a guy, but when it comes to business he's a no nonsense guy, a stickler for everything 'best practices'. Paul scoured the country for the highest quality USA grown hemp and has applied the industries’ best manufacturing methods and formulations to create some of the finest CBD in America. Each batch is 3rd party tested trusted and effective. He and his partner Stephen Crane even have 'certificates of analysis' on their site PrimaBee.com to show you the level of safety, quality and purity of their raw materials rarely found in the CBD industry. As for Dr, Massoud, he's passionate about his purpose that people lead an emotionally balanced and pain free life. He's unique too, in that having cared for 9,000 patients of all ages, his patients credit him for being 'the fastest and most intuitive source of guidance they've ever experienced with a one on one physician'. He believes patient education is the most important part of any treatment to achieve optimum health and wow did he take time to educate how CBD affects your endocabinnoid system. He didn't want to go so far as to cal CBD a miracle but he is very clear he's seeing it do miraculous things to heal and help people. I enjoyed learning about CBD from these two trusted sources and I think you'l enjoy listening and learning too. Maybe something in this conversation will help you or someone you know.
15 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Joanne Parker is Helping Kids Get Through Grief
Losing Loved Ones Is Hard. Losing Family Is Hard. Losing A Friend Is Hard. Especially for kids. Writer Joanne Parker knows because she lost her sister in a fatal car accident when she was a kid. She's written a series of children's books to help kids deal with grief, the latest of which is called, "I Lost A Friend". Joannes' books which also include "I Lost A Sister" and "I Lost A Brother" are a really valuable resources for children grieving and for those seeking to help them grieve. These books help in discussing the thoughts and feelings that accompany that kind of loss with words of encouragement for moving forward from it. Joanne Parker joined me for a warm conversation on this tough topic. Joanne Parker is a writer from West Chester, PA. After the death of her sister following a fatal car accident she decided to offer people hope and healing. When she’s not running after one of her four children she keeps herself busy with music, theater, CrossFit, and local volunteering. She currently lives in Mobile, AL with her family and two dogs. joanneparkerbooks.com
10 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Whenever Big Sharks Are Nearby I Panic and Call My Shark Guy
Anybody Besides Me A Little Unrelaxed Thinking About Taking A Relaxing Dip In The Atlantic Ocean During 'Shark Season'? Several huge sharks have been spotted near New York, New Jersey, and Cape Cod. Field & Stream Magazine recently quoted , OCEARCH founder and shark researcher Chris Fischer as saying “The moment you’re 3-feet in the ocean, you’re in the wild, and you’ve taken a risk." 3 FEET??? That sounded very 'UNrelaxing'. I decided to put out an SOS for MY 'Shark Guy" Dr. Gregory Skomal to call me so we could...'discuss' just how UNrelaxed we should be at the beach this year. 'Greg' physically tags Great White Sharks for a living. He's the Senior Fisheries Scientist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and currently heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program (MSRP). If there's a TV Shark Show, Dr. Gregory Skomal is usually in it. This is a guy who saw the movie 'Jaws' as a kid and couldn't wait to get back in the water. As opposed to most of the rest of us who saw 'Jaws' and never relaxed on a float in any body of water again. You'll notice at the very beginning of this live radio show recording (podcast) of our conversation I'm talking about avocado robbers not sharks. That's because after my big intro it seems 'Greg' got held up and since I was doing this show remotely, I had no idea if he was even going to show up - so I started talking about 'whatever'. LOL Luckily 'Shark Guy' arrived and shared really good news for beachgoers in NY & NJ. He said, "The chances of getting bitten by a shark in those areas are really low - pretty much non existent." However he did say, up near Cape Cod near the outer Cape, white sharks are hunting seals close to shore so people probably don't want to go in past their shoulders. (Keep in mind wet suits resemble seals in the water. Why they don't make them in day glow colors or plaid I'll never know.) On the subject of shark teeth which people collect and wear, I mentioned when I was in North Carolina in May there were women walking the beach looking for shark teeth? Why the heck are sharks losing so many teeth I had to ask? Greg says, ‘Sharks shed their teeth throughout their entire lives. They have multiple rows of teeth constantly replacing old teeth. Think of their teeth he said, as conveyor belts. It's what they do to keep them sharp." (Another UNrelaxing thought.) And what does a Shark Scientist think about Shark Fishing Tournaments like the ones you hear about in Montauk NY? As long as people adhere to federal and state regulations meeting the minimum size and bag limits, he's totally cool with them. In fact, he's used tournaments over the years to get shark samples to study. Does a shark scientist eat shark? "Most definitely said Greg, it's delicious right up there against swordfish. Better than swordfish. Very good eating" So much fun to have a 'Shark Guy' friend! even more fun I can now 'calmly' go into the ocean '3 feet'. Maybe. You can follow Dr. Gregory Skomal follow all the Great Whites and now you can also follow the sharks yourself too. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, created an app called "Sharktivity" in collaboration with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the Cape Cod National Seashore, and officials from Cape Cod and South Shore towns to raise awareness of the presence of white sharks off their coast. That should app-solutely come in handy next time you're about to dip your toes in the ocean during shark season. PS Dr. Gregory Skomal's shark research has spanned multiple fish habitats around the globe. He's written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and numerous television networks. His most recent book, The Shark Handbook, is a must buy for all shark enthusiasts.
15 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Most High Net Worth Divorce Splits Try For Low Key
I don’t know many people who get married to get divorced. (Well maybe a few) On the subject of 'High Net Worth Divorces' today you've probably noticed they can get ugly, embarrassing and downright nasty. Nationally Acclaimed Divorce Financial Expert Lili Vasileff will tell you, that being in the public eye with a messy divorce endangers sustainability of any potential agreement, threatens well-being of family, and eats up your resources. Unless of course you're 'high net worth divorcee' Mackenzie Scott, former wife of Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, now worth 57 Billion dollars and giving away money. She just gave $2.7 billion to 286 organizations around the U.S. By Forbes’ estimate, she gave away nearly $6 billion in 2020 to 500 organizations. She's also signed the Giving Pledge, promising to give away half of her fortune to charitable causes during her lifetime, or after her death. For this MacKenzie Scott gets a huge high five! Low Fives ( is there such a thing?) are going out to other loud 'high net worth' divorce stories in the news this week. These divorce stories are ugly, embarrassing and down right nasty. The kind of divorces that involve insane amounts of money that people can't stop reading about. The kind of divorces most wealthy people try and avoid like...Covid. Divorce Financial Expert Lili Vasileff says, "These nasty high conflict divorces are thankfully the aberration not the normal standard. What draws people to them is them is the dollars that flash across the screen. After 30 years of handling thousands of divorce cases of high net worth individuals I can tell you that they are ‘managed' successfully with discretion, integrity and privacy." "You will never see the divorce that I’m working on hit the tabloids like this one and why is it? Because someone leaked that info. They leaked it for their own personal agenda. This leaks of these stories are done by one of the parties inside who's vindictive - no question about it because they’re not getting justice for their emotions" She went on to explain, "What makes high net worth divorce cases different is that there's a high risk of publicizing wealth and that means that you put your family in a very vulnerable position. Your kids are vulnerable because people are going to know much you’re worth, you’ve just exposed the contents of your home, all that kind of stuff and if you own businesses or collectibles. Is that anyones business but your own ?" "You really need a trustworthy advocate who is used to this environment as I am, who works with individuals with that sense of trust that all remains private to be negotiated until its concluded. " She even works privately withclients before they start with an attorney. "When you file divorce it becomes public right ? There's a public filing any tabloid reporter can go find, the very basic motions the details, who the players are, etc. Seasoned divorce financial experts make sure everything is confidential. It never hits the court system until its over. And that's huge." Lili says, "When your in a high net worth case you have a lot of complicated finances and chances are one party vs the other is less knowledgeable and doesn’t know it and doesn’t have the skills resources or access to those professionals that mange those kinds of valuable assets to become educated. So you need that whole 'step up' to understand whats at stake to get a roadmap of really of what your life looks like as a snapshot from a financial perspective . Seeking out an attorney is not the first move you should make if your headed for a high net worth divorce. The first thing you should do is seek out a divorce financial expert. "You're working with an attorney not an a financial expert, says Lili. So to understand what exists what it costs what is required to sustain those assets in the future or what could be transferable or liquidated now is like Wow! You just grabbed the gold ring of becoming empowered at a negotiation table." She adds "Unless parties have been separated for a period of time, its very usual that one client is much more prepared to trigger the divorce button than the other. And the other, has you know a little more of that emotional gap to come up to speed to say, I guess this is the way it's gonna go. Because once the person files for divorce there is nothing your can do to stop it." Though a gender friendly compassionate financial advocate, Lili shares most of the clients who seek out her advice are women. 90% women in fact. 'Late life divorce' she says is on the increase, and more often than not it's the women who are less knowledgable and have less experience managing assets for the longer term. "Most divorces you got a one shot deal to get it right." "You've got to know your stuff, she says. You've got to negotiate with a sense of confidence and knowledge to make fully informed good decisions because they last for the long term."
15 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
How To Wait 38 Years For Your Film To Be Shown In the US
38 Years? Could it have taken any longer for what's been called by some 'the best jazz film to date' to be seen here in the U.S. ? The film is called 'Music in Monktime'. It's a film about jazz great Theolonius Monk and it will FINALLY be shown at this years virtual San Francisco Jazz Festival which starts June 10th at 7pm. Hard to believe a film this special took this long to be shown in the U.S. market but hey it's sure is giving some joy to the guys who made it who never lost faith, one of whom joins me today. Stephen Rice who produced "Music In Monk Time" with Executive Producer Paul C, Mathews and Director John Goodhue, expresses his awe that jazz lovers will FINALLY see interviews and performance footage of Monk's classic compositions by his legendary associates Dizzy Gillespie, Carme MvRae, and Milt Jackson. It was written and narrated by famous vocalist Jon Henricks. Stephen who's worked with artists like Prince and more knows about creative patience... and rejection letters. He's got a thick stack related to this film. But no rejection this year! Stephen joins me to explain the incredible story behind the rare documentary and concert film that gives a peek into the life and music of Theolonius Monk who was known for a cool look and a cool sound and for getting up from the piano in the middle of a song to dance. For this films broadcast the money Stephen and all receive for the film will be donated and split 50/50 between the SF Jazz programs and liveinpeace.org. That organization is near and dear to Stephen’s heart for the work they have done to provide musical opportunities for the children of the underserved community of East Palo Alto CA where he's taught middle school for the last 10 years. Check out SFJazz.org to buy your virtual tickets for the event.
15 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Todays Lesson: How To Deliver Your Own Baby In A Car OMG!
Did you read about Opera Singer Emily Hardman from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.? She gave birth to her baby daughter 'Rosemary Claire' in the back seat of a Honda Accord a minute after telling her husband Travis to 'pull over' on a highway in New Jersey to which he responded, "I can't pull over it's a death trap." Imagine? Just talking about this freaks me out but Emily was prepared! Kinda. Seems there's an app for that! LOL Emily is a super talented opera singer who majors in 'breathing', a value-added birthing skill that sure came in handy. Luckily her cool calm collected driver husband Travis Hardman, the CEO of The Daily Voice, majors in handling big picture challenges. Both join me to recap this crazy nerve-wracking and ultimately happy story. Any woman who's given birth 'naturally' will tell you it's no picnic. (Understatement). Take it from this Momma who went the natural birthing route for my one and only child. I vividly remember spitting out ice chips onto the floor of the maternity ward like torpedoes and yelling for last minute drugs. Natural birth usually takes 'a while’. (Understatement). Emily who had a C-section first time around with her son Wesley now almost 3, had been preparing her mind and body for this long haul natural birth for 3 years. Getting herself in shape, hiring a doula, pretty much planning out well in advance how it would all go. (If she had just hired a psychic she could have saved on the doula just sayin.) So here’s the summary. The happy couple attend a wedding near Lancaster, PA 5 hours away from Danbury Hospital in CT where the delivery was planned down the road (vs on the road). They had planned everything out with the midwives from the Connecticut Childbirth and Womens Center. They rent a hotel room in PA for after the wedding. They dance the night away and get back to the hotel at 11pm. They pass out by 11:30pm. At midnight Emily’s water breaks but she didn’t panic because she's been told how long these natural births take and she goes back to sleep. (I’d have hijacked a plane) At 3am her contractions are more intense and she wakes up her husband and they end up leaving the hotel around 4am. Emily's laid out in the back seat of the Honda Accord next to their sons' car seat and she’s breathing along with her 'Gentle Birth Meditation app' which recently added a contraction timer when... uh oh and oh no. There was less than a minute between “Pull Over” and “There’s a baby!” The 911 help came within 5-10 minutes as did the emergency ICU unit just in case. In between they got their doula on the phone to walk them through the most harrowing part of the scene which was when the baby’s umbilical cord snapped. (I could pass out from the stress of just reading what I’m typing) All’s now well with the Hardmans and they’re a beautiful happy familyfamily of four now happily moving on. I hope you enjoy listening to their recap today about the birth of Rosemary Claire at Milepost 20.2 on Route 78 in Lebanon PA. It's on her birth certificate listed as place of birth. LOL Also on the certificate is who delivered the baby...MOM. One last side note: It’s not been proven scientifically yet but I’m betting dancing causes birth. (Sometime it also causes pregnancy but hey that’s another story.)
15 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Todays Lesson: How To Deliver Your Own Baby In A Car OMG!
Did you read about Opera Singer Emily Hardman from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.? She gave birth to her baby daughter 'Rosemary Claire' in the back seat of a Honda Accord a minute after telling her husband Travis to 'pull over' on a highway in New Jersey to which he responded, "I can't pull over it's a death trap". Imagine? Just talking about this freaks me out but Emily was prepared! Kinda. Seems there's an app for that! LOL Emily is a super talented opera singer who majors in 'breathing', a value-added birthing skill that sure came in handy. Luckily her cool calm collected driver husband Travis Hardman, the CEO of The Daily Voice, majors in handling big picture challenges. Both join me to recap this crazy nerve-wracking and ultimately happy story. Any woman who's given birth 'naturally' will tell you it's no picnic. (Understatement). Take it from this Momma who went the 'natural' birthing route for my one and only child. I vividly remember spitting out ice chips onto the floor of the maternity ward like torpedoes and yelling for last minute drugs. Natural birth usually takes 'a while’. (Understatement). Emily who had a C-section first time around with her son Wesley now almost 3, had been preparing her mind and body for this long haul natural birth for 3 years. Getting herself in shape, hiring a doula, pretty much planning out well in advance how it would all go. (If she had just hired a psychic she could have saved on the doula just sayin.) So here’s the summary. The happy couple attend a wedding near Lancaster, PA five hours away from Danbury Hospital in CT where the delivery was planned down the road (vs on the road). They had planned everything out with the midwives from the Connecticut Childbirth and Womens Center. They rent a hotel room in PA for after the wedding. They dance the night away and get back to the hotel at 11pm. They pass out by 11:30pm. At midnight, Emily’s water breaks but she didn’t panic because she's been told how long these natural births take and she goes back to sleep. (I’d have hijacked a plane.) At 3am her contractions are more intense and she wakes up her husband and they end up leaving the hotel around 4am. Emily lands in the back seat of the Honda Accord next to their sons car seat and is breathing along with her 'Gentle Birth Meditation app' which recently added a contraction timer and uh oh and oh no. It was less than a minute between “Pull Over” and “There’s a baby!” The 911 help came within 5-10 minutes as did the emergency ICU unit just in case. While waiting for them to arrive they got their doula on the phone to walk them through the most harrowing part of the scene, which was when the baby’s umbilical cord snapped. (I could pass out from the stress of just reading what I’m typing) All’s now well with the Hardmans and they’re a happy family of four now happily moving on. I hope you enjoy listening to them recap the birth of Rosemary Claire at Milepost 20.2 on Route 78 in Lebanon PA. It's listed on her birth certificate as place of birth. Also on the certificate is who delivered the baby...MOM. One last side note: It’s not been proven scientifically yet but I’m betting dancing causes birth. (Sometime it also causes pregnancy but hey that’s another story.)
15 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Need A Talent Agent With A Built In TV Network?
Theres so much great talent in then world that never gets acknowledged or discovered because they don’t have the right people representing them. Most talented people will admit they're bad at representing themselves because who the heck can everything well? When I heard about a talent agent who created a built in TV network to showcase his broadcasting talent, I thought that was very innovative! The owner of DBA Talent in Pennsylvania David Brunner risked an idea during the pandemic he might not have tried otherwise. He created the first ever online streaming network owned and operated by a talent agency. 24 hours of talk, sports, travel, cooking shows and other entertainment. He orchestrated it as way to support his clients and keep them engaged and motivated during a very hard time for work, and encouraged them to support each other as well. It not only worked but the network is expanding and many of his clients are being seen and plucked away to other network jobs... which is the point of the whole thing. DBA represents; anchors, reporters, weather people, sports and play by play announcers, hosts and experts, management and producers, radio talent, and professional voice talent. Most recently podcasters too. I just love people who think out of the box and invited David Brunner to join me to learn more for those who may be looking for a talent agent to represent them. "It was quite a job but now that we've launched we are proud of what we've accomplished," says Brunner who started in the radio business himself years ago. DB&A Television features talent from every major market in the U.S. They're always looking for talented people. DB&A Television, is a Worldwide 24/7 Streaming Television Channel with first run Entertainment, Travel, Sports, Information & Talk Shows. It's the only TV network in the world run by a talent agency now has 36 shows going 24/7 on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, a You Tube Channel and their own 24/7 network website. David Brunner who goes by 'DB' prides himself on having created a talent agency he's run in the broadcasting field for 28 years that never has more than 100 clients at a time, so each client gets individual attention and a weekly communication which sets them apart from other agencies. They identify and secure new and more rewarding positions for clients, and they negotiate contracts and employment agreements as well as critique performance. DB&A Associates is headquartered in Pennsylvania and represents television and radio clients at the network and local level. I told him his TV network slogan should be 'Please Steal Our Talent Away'. Hey I like it. LOL. Enjoy the interview and share it with anyone looking for a talent agent. dbandatelevision.tv
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